(this is $35 worth of fresh organic fruits and veggies – looks beautiful huh?! 4 heads romaine, 5 oranges, 4 beets, 1 grapefruit, 1 bunch parsley, 9 apples, ginger, & 5lbs carrots!)
I have to start by thanking you all for your beautiful words of encouragement! I most definitely could not stay as strong as I have without your love and support. Thank you a million times and back!
Well, I made it. I’m officially half way through this journey. And before I dive into today, I want to touch base on a few things that have come up in discussion.
What is a cleanse? A cleanse is a time to allow your systems a chance to relax and do their job. Especially in today’s world, we are constantly demanding more and more of our bodies, never allowing them to take a second and breathe. This is what a cleanse is, a chance for your body to breathe.
What it is not is a drastic weight loss measure or a way to shed those extra pounds you may have packed on during the holidays. It may be a way to jump-start your weight loss or inspire you to that next step, but do not use a cleanse as a means to lose weight. Yes, it is a side-effect sometimes, but not always. You should not be starving your body, but rather giving it the nutrients and time it needs to get back to full health.
If you expect a cleanse to do wonders for you waistline it can, but like I said this is not its intension. A cleanse is a beautiful thing you can do for your body, do not punish it by starving yourself or depleting it. This is a time to give it what it needs so that it can make you the beautiful creature you are. It is a time of learning and growing, self-acceptance and forgiveness.
Too often cleanses are used incorrectly and as measure of quick weight loss which ultimately end terribly. Yes, you may lose weight, but if you do not treat your body well and learn, you will end up right where you started and probably with a few extra pounds after that terrible binge you had. This is why cleanses/fasts get such a bad rep. People use them for all the wrong reasons and then binge their way back to where they started because they starved themselves rather than nurturing themselves.
Be gentle, be kind, be loving to you if you’re going to do a cleanse.
Ok, thank you for letting me clear that up quickly. On to today.
Last night was rough. I could not believe how tired I was. It was 7:30 PM and I was ready to get in my jammies and call it a night. I tried with all my might to stay awake until the Train got home from work, but I failed miserably. Apparently I had a conversation with him both on the phone on his way home and when he got home, but I don’t recall any of this. But I did wake up feeling amazing, and (TMI) my morning urine was quite strong smelling and pretty strange looking. Those kidneys are working hard to filter and remove. *Thanks kidneys!
Here’s what today looks like so far:
Morning Juice – 2 oranges, 1 apple, 2 celery stalks, 3 handfuls spinach
75 minutes of intense yoga – which felt amazing, I felt so strong!
Afternoon Juice – 1 small handful parsley, 2 carrots, 2 handfuls spinach, 4 romaine leaves, 1 apple, 1″ ginger
Mid-afternoon Juice – 6 romaine leaves, 1 beet, 3 carrots, 1 apple
Dinner Juice – 6 romaine leaves, 1 orange, 5 carrots, 1 tsp maca powder
A halfway recap:
I feel amazing! I can’t even believe it. Beside the physical, the mental aspect is what is the most rewarding. I just feel so positive, happy, light-hearted, and I hate to say this again, glowy. I just feel like I can do anything right now. No ED voice, no harsh demeaning comments, none. Just love. It’s baffling, but true. Physically, I feel lighter and I think my close fit a little better, but I did not weigh myself prior to know how things have changed. And honestly, I’m not too concerned. I just feel good body and mind.
With that said, I’m kind of stuck right now and could use a little advice. My birthday is coming fast upon me and being that the Train and mine’s weeks are busy and often opposite, I would like to celebrate with him this Saturday night, ending the juice cleanse at day 6 rather than day 7. I’m not sure how I feel about this. The reason it would be Saturday versus during the week is because the raw-vegan restaurant I want to go to isn’t open for dinner Monday thru Wednesday or open at all Sundays (damn! don’t they know vegan eat on Sundays too?!). I truly want to complete my goal, but I believe in the joys of birthdays and special time with my husband. I wouldn’t be ending February-In-The-Raw, so I’d be staying true to my month of raw, but I’d be going back on my word. Thoughts? Suggestions? Guidance? Support?
Tell me about you.
Be gentle. Be kind. Be loving to you.