Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Day 13 - things returning to normal

My GI tract/stomach has been happy to get some real food. I have been very careful to slowly ease back into solids by eating a few oranges and vegetable soups. Apart from some mild indigestion all things have gone very well. I had my first trip (non salt water flush related) to the loo today! which was just excellent.

My appetite is returning with a vengeance, once your body starts up digestion again it wants food. I have been careful and have struck to a vegetarian liquid diet, but am ready to introduce some meat protein back in.

The hell I went through seems like a distant memory already and I feel great.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Final Weigh in & Smokers are wussy's.

This morning was the final weigh-in.

Starting weight - 180.8 lbs.

Finishing weight - 166 lbs.

I feel fantastic without the extra 15 lbs., and about to enjoy some fresh squeezed OJ!! I imagine I will gain some of this back, but not all of it - the fat around my mid section is gone.

I had a revelation last night as well - Smokers are full of shit. I don't care how addicted you are to nicotine, there is nothing harder than giving up food. You might say 'I have been smoking for 20 years, and I can't quit' that is pure bullshit - I have been eating for 34 and I gave that up. It all comes down to willpower, pure and simple.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Day 7,8,9 and 10 !!

Well I made it - 10 days with no solid food. Surprisingly I feel fantastic - after day 6 things got a lot better. The spins went away, as did the hunger cravings - my energy levels were up. I still detest the salt water flush, but they are over.

The turning point really was day 6, I was very close to giving up - it was a huge test of will not to give into the hunger cravings and trust the fact I was getting everything I needed from the Lemon aid. Tomorrow morning is the final weigh in, I think I made below the 170 mark, but will wait and see.

The most ironic thing about the 10 day cleanse is how I feel now. If you asked me 10 days ago what I wanted to eat I would have told you 'butter fried steak' :) - but I am seriously not craving it at all now. I spent the weekend around BBQ food and beer, and although tempted - it made me cringe to see pop and sugar loaded foods. They simply aren't necessary, and we don't need them. I am going to make a concerted effort to eat only healthy whole foods here out, and am considering trying a no red meat diet for the rest of the month, just to see if this awesome feeling of being completely detoxed can be maintained.

Tomorrow I begin to wean myself back onto solids, by introducing some fresh OJ - the next day some soup broth, day 3 some veggies - and a balanced meal on day 4. I am thinking Sushi ! as I deserve a little decadence.

I will blog my bodies reaction to something other than Lemons and return to solids - and my final weigh in.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Day 6

Today was the first day I felt pretty much normal - no hunger cravings, a little bit of a light head, but other than that; I have tons of energy and feel just great. I am sleeping really well

Words cannot describe how much I detest the Salt water flush - but it is a necessary cleansing evil (wet wipes to the rescue). Timing of the flush is required. I have concluded you are house bound for 2 hours in total, from the last sip to the last trip, so I have taken to waking up early and getting it out of the way before I start my day.

4 more days!!

I might not catch up on blogging until Sunday - as I will be away for the weekend.

Day 5 - 1/2 way there !!

Pretty average day - I felt pretty spacey and hungry most of the day. I made a huge mistake this morning and started taking on lemonade before I was finished evacuating my Salt Water Flush.. not good. I would recommend that you wait until you are totally empty and done with the SWF before starting your breakfast. I am not making that mistake again.

I have upped that cayenne percentage in my tonic to get things moving during the day - as if it wasn't for the SWF in the am, I wouldn't be moving anything though the system, apparently this is common. I drink a Senna leaf tea at the end of the day to keep stuff active through the night - but it does absolutely nothing for me, but I like the taste so I will stay on that.

Getting halfway is a huge milestone, every day one day closer to the end!! Sunday can't come soon enough. I want an orange.

PS - Weight continues to fall off my body, I am going to be close to passing under 170 tomorrow. It is a bit leery to drop this much this quick.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Day 4

Starting to empty out, the salt water flush this am wasn't pleasant at all, but still brought stuff out of me even after 4 days without solids. Truly amazing how stuff gets lodged in there.

Was pretty hungry today, I took some Hoodia extract (which is some organic appetite suppressant) to help with the cravings - and had a little extra lemonade. Energy levels are still good, went for a run without any complications.

Strangely I thought I would be craving steak and bacon, but I am just really looking forward to some fresh fruit and vegetables. It seems the more toxic crap I purge out of my system, via the cleanse the more my body doesn't want to return to the status quo. I don't see myself going vegetarian after this, but I will be eating much less red meat for sure.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Day 3

If the master cleanse has taught me one thing, it's that we eat WAY too much food, or at least I do. I can easily get by with 1/2 of what I have ate in the past. Point proven, I am living on lemons and water, and feel mostly great.

My system has almost adjusted to a liquid diet, the hunger cravings are become less severe, and the "slow brain' syndrome is dissipating. If you want to start a cleanse, I would do it on a Friday, so you are relatively back to normal by the start of the next work week.

Day 3 - Weight 178. Even after 3 days my body is maintaining its weight.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Day 2

Day 2 is coming to an end. This is the hardest thing I have ever done. Apparently once you get past Day 3 the cravings go away - I have tons of energy, but I am still a bit light headed.

I found a support forum for people that are starting the cleanse, there are some other Day 2'ers, and we are all going through the same things. Others are on day 15 of 20 day cleanses.. I can't even imagine that at this point.

My first Salt Water Flush (SWF) this morning was 'interesting' - I haven't had any solid food in 48 hours, but you wouldn't know it by what came out of me. Note to others, DON'T do the Salt Water Flush if you have to go anywhere in the next 1.5 hours, and drink it all at once, one big chug - 1 big trip to the loo. You can set your watch by how long it will take to run through you.

At this point - 10 days seems like an eternity, 1 day at a time....

Day 1

Surprisingly my first day has gone pretty well. I am surprised how much energy I have - the Lemon mixture really packs a lot.

The strangest feeling is probably mostly psychological - as I think I need to eat, but really don't. It is strange and rather hard to explain. Other than a little bit of light-headiness this afternoon, and the periodic feeling of hunger I am totally fine.

Tomorrow should bring some excitement as I try my first salt-water flush - which consists of a 1/2 litre of water with 2 teaspoons of un-iodized sea salt. I am sure that will provide some gory details.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

The Night Before - "Baby Wanted 12 Lemons"

Well it begins, thanks to a visit with some friends who have cleansed before, (thanks Ben & Katie) I have completed my research and decided to give the 10 day master cleanse a shot. I am pretty excited writing this - and looking forward to seeing how my body reacts to this 'no food' thing. I have spoken to a ton of people over the last few weeks that do this all the time, so I am pretty confident I will make it through the full 10 days - amazing how you can live for 30+ years and never hear about something so many people do.

I have purchased a ton of Organic Lemons (holy expensive produce Batman) - Jennifer Aniston would be proud , Vince Vaughn has nothing on me.

Starting tomorrow AM - My diet for the next 10 days will consist of RO (reverse osmosis) water, some green and laxative herbal teas, and a Lemon Drink which consists of :

  • 2 tablespoons FRESH squeezed lemon or lime juice (approx. 1/2 lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons genuine organic maple syrup, Grade B
  • 1/10 teaspoon (a small pinch!) cayenne pepper, gradually increase (the more BTUs the better)
  • 300 - 500 ccm (10-14 oz) pure water

I have also purchased some Hoodia Extract - to control hunger pangs, the stuff was super expensive so I hope it works and keeps me from hunting the neighbours Weiner dog (named Clyde) which I am sure will begin to look tasty come day 3.

Although the Cleanse is not a diet and meant to clear toxins and nastiness from your internal nether regions, apparently you can drop a few pounds while on it. So I am logging my weight here on the blog daily.

Night before starting weight - 180.8 pounds.

A lot of people asked me to let them know how it goes, so I decided to blog the journey to allow you to follow along. Enjoy the blog and my certain misery - but be warned I am sparing no details as to what goes in or comes out of my carcass over the next 10 days and the inevitable return to solid food.

Tips, comments and encouragements are greatly appreciated and welcome - especially from those long time cleansers.