So the program is designed to be a cleanse so that you get rid of bloat and help kick start healthy eating. It helps you get rid of the cravings for addictive bad foods (ahem, carbs). And people have lost ridiculous amounts of weight in the three days. Okay, I can handle this...let's do it!
The plan goes like this:
Wake up: 8 oz of water
Breakfast: Shakeology shake and a fruit serving
Not the most delicious thing I have ever tasted, but it was better when I mixed my fruit in. And super convenient to throw it on my Nutribullet and run out the door in the morning. And it really kept me full.
Mid-morning: Fiber Sweep shake
More like vomit in a cup. You have chug it. It's only 8 oz. I actually had a pep talk with myself on day 3 and said that if I could get through chemo, I could tackle this 8 oz of vomit in a cup. I think it was more the texture of it that bothered me than the taste. It turns into a gooey gel as soon as you mix it up. Bleh.
Lunch: a fruit serving and veggie serving plus a healthy fat with the Vanilla Fresh shake
Shake was not amazing, but light years ahead of vomit in a cup. I wish they did a chocolate one though. I'm not a fan of the vanilla shakes in general.
Afternoon Snack: veggie serving with a healthy fat
Dinner: option from the list of dinner recipes (all veggies and a little healthy fat) and a vanilla fresh shake
DAY 1My biggest mistake was starting on a busy day. I had a full day of depositions scheduled for Monday-my first in FOUR years! I drank my breakfast shake on the drive up and then I wasn't able to do the Fiber Sweep until after 2pm. I went way too long without eating and felt like crap because of it. Then I tried to mix up the Fiber shake in the car and ran out of water...it was just all a hot mess. I had no idea it turned to goo after you mix it. I stopped in a parking lot shortly after that to scarf down my lunch of baby carrots and grapes. I should have just waited until Tuesday to start! Oh, and it is recommended that you cut out coffee. First deposition in four years is not the day you want to cut out coffee. I had a headache all day. By the end of Day 1, I was a disaster. All I wanted was a big bowl of yummy pasta. But I had a cucumber and tomato salad instead. It did taste good, but I still wanted pasta. I wish I had taken some pictures of my dinners to make this blog post a little more interesting, but I was too damn hangry to think of that!
DAY 2When I woke up on Day 2, I was surprisingly not famished! I felt pretty good. I was still a little groggy throughout the day, but I wasn't starving. I made my kale with pine nuts dinner and the cravings for carbs were still there but definitely not as bad as before. The dinner was surprisingly satisfying...well, as much as eating a bunch of kale for dinner can be.
DAY 3On Day 3, I woke up feeling even better. I was over the shakes and only eating veggies by lunch time though. I had to choke down my afternoon cucumbers. Dinner was a little easier since I had some roasted asparagus with pine nuts again (the recipe said sliced almonds, but all I had was pine nuts). I really needed to eat something cooked, so I chose a cooked dinner option. Nick ordered pizza for dinner (he asked me if it was okay first). Oh man was that hard! I thought about food for the rest of the night.
THE RESULTSMy final results? 2.6 pounds and 1 inch off my waist. Womp, womp. Yes, I am happy with an inch off my waist. But it's still discouraging to only have lost 2.6 pounds, which is a pretty typical fluctuation for me anyway. Especially when all those skinny bitches out there are blogging about dropping 5-8 pounds! I have two theories on this: (1) Tamoxifen is just going to make me fat forever, or at least for the next four to nine years that I take it; or (2) I was already eating pretty clean so I just wasn't going to have the massive 5-8 pound weight loss that others have. I'm going with theory 2!
I definitely don't feel as bloated, which is something I have REALLY struggled with since my treatments and surgeries. I retain water like crazy! And 1 inch around the waist is definitely a good number, so I'm focusing on that rather than the scale. My cravings are much more manageable. Plus, I feel that I have more control over my portion sizes. Portion control is a big weakness of mine. I generally eat pretty healthy foods. But even healthy food makes you fat if you eat too much of it.
I have a two day break until my 21 Day Fix arrives. I am trying to make good choices until then so I don't undo those 2.6 pounds!