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Day 10 – The Cleanse – Final Day

10th and final day of the cleanse!  Feel good….but the hardest part is next.  Although I haven’t been consuming anything, I still feel that after this cleanse I have more energy and I don’t feel sluggish.  Now it’s just a matter of getting in to a new routine and sticking with it.

I went grocery shopping today and prepared some food for the first week but I officially suck at shopping.  Definitely forgot to grab a few things. I definitely kept thinking in my head “I can have it, but I DON’T want it” as I walked through the grocery store.  There’s just so much shit out there and as delicious as it may be, my eyes have been opened to what they feed us.  It’s going to be hard to reprogram my body to not crave those things, but I’m up for the challenge.

I find it amazing that someone who will claim to care about your well being tries so hard to get you to change, but what people don’t understand is that you can’t force change.  It’s best to voice your concerns as opposed to degrade someone and look at them negatively because they aren’t making changes that you think they should make.  My life isn’t about the changes others want me to make….the key words there are “my life”.  The more you try to force me to change, the less likely I am to do so.

I truly am enjoying learning new things on this adventure so far, I feel very passionate about the direction I’m heading and I feel like a year from today I’m going to be a completely different person from the inside out.  I’ve always said I don’t feel 28 and I think that’s more so in my personality, but I truly can’t wait to physically feel different.

I’m definitely sick of being in doors, I can’t wait to take advantage of the weather and get out more.  I’m hoping to find all sorts of ways to get out more and do more things and get some natural vitamin D in me.

I’m not sure if I’ll be doing a daily update from here on out, but I’ll definitely try.  Thanks for all the support thus far and I hope some people have re-evaluated what they are doing and are open to trying new things.

I’d love to meet up with people and talk more about all of this, so feel free to let me know what you’re up to or what things you might want to improve and we can work on it together!

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Day 9 – The Cleanse

Yesterday was officially day 9, day 8 on the go-go juice.  Not much too report, definitely releasing a lot of toxins out of my body.  I’m excited to start the next to stages of this project, 1. the food, 2. the workout.

Got outside for a couple hours and threw the football around with the old man, tried to get a little vitamin D in me from the sun. Definitely drained me and I passed out around 6, slept for a few hours and then fell asleep again at midnight for the rest of the night.

I still need to figure out what kind of things I’ll be doing for breakfast, I have a bad habit of just getting out of bed and running out of the house as quickly as possible.

I am getting a bit bored of being at home so I’m going to always make a conscience effort to get out more and definitely spend more time out in the sun.

I need  a change of pace and just change in general, I’m going to start rearranging my place.  I really just want to move forward from the last year in my life.  I’m grateful for some of the advice I received from my dad.  It’s still hard to not think about good memories, but at the same time this person in your life did questionable and shady things.  Regardless of the good, you have to realize that someone still put you in a shitty situation and that shows their true character.  We have a choice as to who we surround ourselves with and some people just don’t deserve to be in our lives based on how they treat us.

I know she can’t understand why it is that I never want to see her or speak to her again and she holds on to this  hope for the future, but I’m not stupid, I no longer believe anything she says or does.  I haven’t even spoken to her for a while so I’m not too worried about it.  You start to realize some people just crave attention, so she’ll just find some other guy to fall for the nonsense and she doesn’t realize that b/c she does that, it makes me realize everything she claimed to be special, isn’t special at all.

Some people live in their own little world and can’t admit they have issues and need to improve certain things about them self.  I was by no means perfect and I’m not happy about the person I was becoming b/c of the anger I was being filled up with due to her actions.

I don’t think I’ll ever forgive her for ruining our relationship and not caring enough to make changes, but I’m letting go of the anger and that’s important for my own sake.  I’ll never feel the same about this person but I’m hopeful that within the next month this whole thing will be an after thought and I’ll be another month in to be being a better person.

She’ll realize her loss soon enough, but this whole journey is about moving forward, not backwards and I don’t plan on making the same mistakes as my past.

So with that said, I don’t want to think or talk about the past anymore.

Go Bulls!

 

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Day 8 – The Cleanse

The last several days including today has been fairly easy.  I’m not use to sleeping this much but it’s kind of refreshing.  The next two days will consist of a lot of decision making and research.  It’s been fun to spend my free time immersing myself in something other than work.  The human body is such an interesting and complex thing, yet some of the answer are so simple that we over look them.

I’m still not 100% on how I’ll be proceeding come Monday, I have a general idea of where to go.  All I know is I look around and essentially all we consume is a representation of the billions of dollars spent marketing “food”.  What we don’t realize is that we’re starving ourselves on a cellular level.  All these man made foods trick our body to think we’re getting the nutrients we need, but realistically, we’re starving ourselves.

So essentially we’re overeating and starving to death all at the same time.

I think it’s time to realize that we as humans were made a certain way, that we were meant to live off the natural fat of the land. So I guess I’m starting to realize that I need to live a “natural” life.  It’s time to eat food again, not eat products that are meant to look like food.

I know I’d like to get in the habit of documenting everything I do as well as get blood tests regularly to see the effects this journey is having on my body.

I’ve also set a new goal, a 20lb goal…I want to take this in steps.  I don’t want my overall goal to be my daily focus, but instead I’d rather break it up in to sections.

Today I felt very focused and light….it’s amazing what we’re capable of when we aren’t poisoning our body.  I don’t think we understand or accept that the things we eat are the very things that make us tired, lazy, unmotivated, sick, and so on.

I still know that I have a big battle ahead of me because every day there are so many temptations. I’m going to have to be prepared and organized to get through this and turn it in to a routine, a way of life.

Regardless, I’m excited for what the future holds.

On to day 9 – Thanks for the love and support. Feel free to join in as opposed to watch from the sidelines!

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Day 6 – The Cleanse

Day 6 of the cleanse, day 5 with no food.  I had a nice reminder from the person who set me on this path as to why I’m doing this…you’re suppose to avoid any sort of situations that bring up emotions or negativity, your body tends to hold in more toxins when you’re in a “flight of fight” kind of stage and that’s counter productive to what I’m trying to do.

Luckily I was able to practice a little Pranayama to calm myself down in due time. Thank god I have some level headed people in my life who are there for me while putting up with immature bullshit.

I was also told by this person that it was “never about looks” but then I remembered a direct quote from this person that was said to me and it goes “Girls that aren’t as hot as me are dating hot guys, I deserve a hot guy”……

I’ll give you a moment to wash off the shallowness you just got blasted with….it’s thick and ugly, right?

I really have no clue what to say to that….

Anyways!  Things are fairly easier, I can tell I’ve been releasing more toxins every day and I’ve been really revving up my research as to what I want to do after these 10 days are up.  Going for a 21 day cleanse still isn’t out of the question but I haven’t decided at this point.

I have come to realize a lot through my research and that’s that I’m someone who prefers to try things that are outside of the box and unorthodox, so I’ll be posting some interesting theories and ideas that make sense to me.

I love the idea of “not trying something you know you can’t commit to”.  So many times in the past I’ve tried to make drastic changes and after a month or so I just didn’t stick with it, so why try something that may have better results but you know can’t commit vs. trying something that may take a little longer to reach your goal, but you know you can fit it in your lifestyle.  The idea that yo-yoing in your diet is okay because we can’t just cut ourselves off from certain things that our body is use to, otherwise 99% of the time our body will fail.

I have to accept the idea that we are all different, that something that works for me may not work for someone else.  We need to test out different things and see what works best for us and then stick to that.   So anything I put out there isn’t me saying “you must do this”, it’s me just sharing what I’m learning and what does and doesn’t work fro me.

Please continue to share with others please!  Thanks!

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Day 5 – The Cleanse

Day 5 of the cleanse, day 4 with no food and only my go-go juice. I’m tired, but the hunger pangs have for the most part subsided. I probably could have used more water throughout the day tho…I feel a bit dehydrated. Today has been kind of a mute day, not particularly in a good mood, but these are the effects of a cleanse and I did release a lot of toxins today(sorry).

I try to lay down, but fail to fall asleep…as usual my mind is all over the place.

Some times it’s easy to say you’re doing the right thing or that you’ve made the right decisions, but it’s days like today where you question certain things and miss certain people.

You can’t change the past or the things you’ve done, but essentially we have control of our future, some more than others. At this point I can only improve myself and hope for the best.

I’m contemplating extending this to a 21 day cleanse, but I don’t think I’ll get much support there.

That is all for now….

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The Concoction

Here’s a quick breakdown of what I’ve been drinking the last several days.  Absolutely no food has been involved.

  1. 2 Tablespoons of Fresh Lemon Juice from one half of a Lemon (before cutting your lemon, roll it with pressure on a hard surface to release more of the juices inside)
  2. 2 Tablespoons of Rich Maple Syrup (I’m currently using a Grade A organic amber maple syrup)
  3. 1/10 of a Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  4. 1 – 2 cups of Pure Water
  5. Nightly Laxative

I’ve been multiplying this mix by 6 to get me through the day. I purchased an electric citrus juicer as well.  Do not refrigerate your lemons, you want them to ripen and putting them in the fridge will prevent that.  If you buy 50 lemons, keep out 10 and then refrigerate the rest.  But remember to take out another 10 as you juice the others.

YOU CAN JUMP RIGHT IN TO THE CLEANSE OR you can start off by easing in.  This consists of eating ONLY fruit for one day, followed by only smoothies and soups the next day.   I skipped the Smoothies and Soups day and went right in to the cleanse.

HOW MUCH TO DRINK: That depends on you, drink no less than 6 cups a day but try to limit it to 12.  Some people drink up to 24, but I personally am sticking to six.  I’ve been drinking it any time by body start to feel a little weak or tired.  Also, if I get hunger pangs.  After day 3 my hunger pangs have stopped, in general be sure to drink water first.  We are not able to decipher the difference between hunger pangs and thirst.  Most of the time your body is just dehydrated.

HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST:  In total I only spent $34 for everything I needed.  I don’t really count the juicer b/c I’ll use that for a long time to come.  That was only $20 at bed, bath, and beyond and had a 5 star rating from consumers, so that was a good buy regardless.

At night, you’ll need to take a laxative. Since your body is taking in no solids, your body won’t naturally produce bowel movements.  The bowel movement is key in flushing out your system.

Everything in here serves a purpose and helps the body get through this 10 day period without food.  The end goal of a cleanse is to rid your body of all the toxins and to start fresh with a new lifestyle (diet).

While on this cleanse, you can drink water, but do not drink more than double the amount of the cleanse that you are drinking.

For any headaches that I get, I’ve started drinking camomile tea as of this morning.  While Green Tea does help with headaches, I did some research and caffeine is one of the toxins we’re trying to rid with this cleanse.  Camomile tea does not contain caffeine but is a natural healer.  Some of the benefits of drinking it include:

  • Chamomile tea boosts the immune system and fight infections associated with colds
  • Chamomile tea relaxes the nerves
  • Chamomile tea soothes the stomach
  • Chamomile tea reduces inflammation
  • Chamomile tea improves liver function
  • Chamomile tea helps relieve back pain
  • Chamomile tea helps relieve rheumatism

Let me know if you have any questions….this a process you have to be careful with.  I’m not an expert but I did a fair amount of research ahead of time to ensure this was the cleanse for me.  It’s not something to just jump in to.

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Day 4 – The Cleanse

So today is day 3 without eating anything and day 2 of drinking my special “go-go” juice (Shultzie will love that reference).  I’ll have to admit that I didn’t look forward at this and realize that essentially I’d be torturing myself. On the other hand it’s humbling and eye opening. It’s amazing how many temptations we have in our lives on a daily basis and the amount of money that companies spend on marketing and pushing things.  It’s like every road you drive down is littered with fast food restaurants, the convenient, quick, and easy lifestyle isn’t so convenient when you think about.  I’ve fallen victim to it for years, I’d work 12 hours and not eat all day until I couldn’t take it anymore and it was so easy to stop off at the first place you see and get a “biggie sized” dose of a few days off your life. But it’s on us as humans to care enough to make the right choices.  Some of us are blessed and can’t put on a pound…but we also forget at times that regardless of what you look like and if you can or cannot put on weight, our insides are what make us tick.  Regardless of how you appear, your internal make up could be just as bad as someone twice your size.  Too often we forget that anyone can suffer from any ailment at any given time if you don’t properly take care of yourself.

It’s hard to make the right choice and the smart choice every day.  We live in a world that simplifies everything for us that we often forget to take a step back and make the choice that will be best for us versus what’s easiest for us.

Regardless of the different feelings, pains, and changes I’m having inside my body right now, it’s been humbling and inspiring to hear from several people telling me that they are inspired by my goal.  There has definitely been moments where I’ve wavered on my dedication, but I’m glad I put myself out there for this and made it known what I’m trying to achieve because without fail, something keeps coming along to remind me that I can’t give up and need to push forward.  It’s going to be a long road ahead.

Tomorrow is officially the half way point and should be interesting.   I’m going to post the actual concoction I’m drinking tomorrow. I think most people have probably heard of it, but for those of you that haven’t I’ll post it.   I recommend putting yourself through this if you want to really test your will and clear out your system, but for a more regular and easier to accomplish cleanse, there are some other alternatives like a 3 day wheat grass cleanse.

Thanks again to everyone who has shown me support and please continue to share so that we can all hopefully inspire others to improve their life.  We’re no good if we can’t be our best for the people we love and care about.

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Day 2/3 – The Cleanse

Yesterday and today were day 2 and 3 of the cleanse. All is well…hopefully it’s true that after day 3 you no longer have cravings. I do have a wicked headache and I’m pretty tired, but I’m guessing that’s expected. I slept a lot unexpectedly this weekend, that may or may not be a good thing, not sure yet.

We’ll see how this cleanse goes during the week, 7 days to go.

Need to start figuring out the diet as well as starting to get in to an exercise routine. I know I definitely want to clear out my second bedroom so I can work the punching bag again regularly. Very good stress reliever! I need that more than ever….

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Day 1 – The Cleanse

Day one wasn’t easy. It consisted of only fruit and water….I think I may have eaten more fruit yesterday than I have in the last year. But I surpassed some good tests. In the morning I had a meeting with my dad at a breakfast place and resisted ordering anything else but the fruit plate and later in the day I was tempted by a smorgasbord of smells attacking my nose while purchasing some fruit at the local Dominick’s. I was definitely drained by 4pm and took a nap when I got home and just stayed in to do some things around the house.

I appreciate the support I received in the first day, whether it be through facebook, the blog, or via text. I think I realized from day one that it’s not going to be easy, but no one ever said life was easy. Normally I would have given in to temptations but I was able to look past them and realize I can’t just say “I’ll start after the weekend” or “I’ll give it one more day”. One more day turns in to another week and then another month and so on.

Today is day 2 and consists of only orange juice…..not sure how this one is going to play out. But I woke up this morning feeling nice and refreshed. I’m about to head out and get a citrus juicer to tackle the bulk of the cleanse, that should be interesting in itself and by interesting, I mean me actually juicing lemons…

Please keep sharing your ideas and thoughts with me, I greatly appreciate it.

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