On my last post I mentioned about doing Dr. Oz 48-hour weekend cleanse and I have just finished it. I can already tell the difference in the way I feel after doing it. I feel much lighter and my energy seems to feel more even throughout the day.So far. I’m only on the 3rd day post cleanse. But the best part of it though is that I feel more inclined to pick healthier options for food to eat now, which is what I am hoping for coming out from it.
I highly recommend it if you are looking to get healthier but having a difficult time getting started. Doing a quick cleanse or reboot usually gets me on the right mindset for getting healthier much easier. After all its all in our minds. And our minds can be our best ally or enemy. You choose.
So let me give you a quick recap of my own experience from doing the Dr. Oz 48-hour Weekend cleanse.
The First Day
The first day was really tough on me. Probably because I started it on a whim (oops I did it again!). Just like when I started my 6 Weeks to Shred challenge. Lol!
Also, I’d like to mention that I didn’t actually follow the cleanse to a T. I know I should have but I’m still pretty happy with the results.
First day, I started my day with my usual water with acv and cup of coffee. Just because at this time I haven’t solidified the plan yet. But then after doing my morning workout I finally decided to go for it. So for breakfast I ate what was recommended on the cleanse, Quinoa with prunes. I haven’t gone to the store yet so I didn’t have everything I needed at that time. So, I made the breakfast but used dates instead of prunes (it was what I had available) and almond milk instead of rice milk.
I made the breakfast as the recipe suggested but thought the portion was too much for me. So, on the 2nd day I cut it in half and that was just enough. It probably will depend on ones size because I’m a pretty tiny person. Lol!
I wasn’t able to make the detox drinks suggested right away but instead I snacked on cucumbers and sugar snap peas (not mentioned on the cleanse) all day long to curve my hunger in between meal times.
Lunch time was awesome! I loved the Fruit Smoothie recipe suggested. Though I forgot and almost add spinach to it because I’m used to making my smoothies that way. Lol! I wished the portion was bigger though! (grins)
By the time dinner time rolled around, I couldn’t wait to eat something substantial. I was so glad that the veggie broth had lots of veggies in it and mushrooms (I love mushrooms!) And then paired it with a side of sauerkraut and kimchi (not included). I believe it’s for the probiotic effects that they have added the sides but because I wasn’t big on sauerkraut, I ended up adding kimchi to the side. And last but not the least, apple slices. I was full when it was said and done and satisfied! 🙂 Good thing too because it was the last meal I had for the day. In the cleanse you were supposed to stop eating by 7 pm and that was around 6 pm.
I made it through the night with just drinking water, taking the Epsom salt bath and drinking the dandelion root tea. In one review I read about the cleanse said that the tea was awful. So I was expecting that and thought I might have to add honey to mine. Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed it! It has kind of nutty aroma and a little bit of bitterness taste to it. And you’d think I wouldn’t like it because I drink my coffee with milk and sugar but I really did enjoy the tea. So that was great!
First Day Conclusion:
Maybe if I was more prepared before starting the cleanse it would have been a different experience for me. But I wasn’t so I can’t complain. Lol!
Anyway, the only thing I noticed on the first day was the low energy, which I suspected due to low-calorie. I had a slight headache too that felt like just hovering around the edge. I was also a little bit hungrier during the middle of the day, so I munched and munched on cucumbers. But other than that, I felt fine.
To be fair, I was expecting these side effects, after all I shocked my system going into the cleansing without much preparation. And also, it wouldn’t be cleansing if I didn’t notice anything on my body, so I accepted all that! Although doing my plank challenge was a lot harder with the low energy I had. Lol! And that night I went to bed feeling completely depleted.
The 2nd Day
I woke up the day after surprisingly feeling well-rested, probably because my body didn’t have to work too hard to process everything I ate on the first day (which wasn’t much).
But the day before I was dreading the thought of not having my morning coffee before I do my workout. So I thought that if ever I needed it, I would take it. But then, no. Turned out I didn’t need it. I still had the energy I needed to do my workout routine. So I was really glad to discover that!
I followed pretty much everything on the 2nd day and made the detox drink as well. I chose the Pineapple, lemon, pomegranate blend-free detox drink and drank that every time I feel like I was starting to get hungry.
And so the 2nd day went well. Surprised that my body adjusted to it so easily. I didn’t really feel so hungry on the 2nd day. And aside from the low energy I felt throughout the rest of the day, it felt right. I didn’t get any headache either. I was well on my way to a healthier Me! Hooray!
I thought it was well worth it! And I did lose 1 lb. for those who were curious! 🙂
And because I did it during the weekdays and we were coming to the weekend, my sons and hubby were talking about Saturday splurges and for the first time I wasn’t really *that excited* anymore. Lol! I wanted to stay eating clean! See the effect already? 😉 But then I thought, oh what the heck! It’s the weekend! I will enjoy it with my family, but determined to not go overboard. Also I already planned on doing a mini detox on Sunday. So it’s all good!
By the way, this quick cleansing lead me to try out or rather follow the guidelines of Dr. Oz 28-Day Shrink your Stomach challenge. At this time though, I haven’t fully decided whether I wanted to follow all the rules strictly and commit to the challenge. Although, some of the recipes I would gladly try out and would consciously follow the portions and what kind of food to eat throughout the day, because it’s all doable. So we’ll see! Maybe I might take the challenge after all! Lol!
3rd training day of Rock Solid Kettlebell program, the Beach Body.
Goblet squats: 3 sets/ 12, 10, 8 reps/ 35 lbs for first 2 sets and 44 lbs for 3rd set
High swings: 3 sets/ 15 reps/ 44 lbs.
Back lunges: 3 sets/ 12, 10, 9 reps each/ 35 lbs
Suspension rows: 3 sets/ 10 reps each
High pulls: 3 sets/ 8, 7, 6 reps each/ 30 lbs for first 2 sets & 35 lbs for 3rd set
Ab rollers: 3 sets/ 12, 10, 8 reps
I also did push-ups, Janda sit-ups and other active recovery movements.
4th training day of Rock Solid Kettlebell program, Rotation & Rear. My fave routine!:)
Deadlift: 3 sets/ 12, 10, 8 reps/ 70, 80, 90 lbs.
Swing: 3 sets/ 12, 10, 8 reps
SLDL: 3 sets/ 6, 5, 4 reps/ 44, 48, 53 lbs.
Bottoms Up press: 3 sets/ 3 reps each/ 20 lbs (except the 3rd rep on left arm)
1-arm rows: 3 sets/ 5 reps each/ 35 lbs.
Russian twists: 3 sets/ 30 reps each/ 25 lbs.
Final day of 21 days Kettlebell Press Challenge
-2 sets/ 2, 1 rep each/ 35 lbs (push press)
and for the strength/ weight test, I did
-1 set/ 1 rep each/ 40 lbs (push press)
*As you probably have noticed, my press challenge turned into push press. But I’m okay with that, seeing the gains I’ve received. I went from pressing 20 lbs to push pressing a 40 lb.
I know for sure that I would take up this challenge again down the road.
Day 20 of 25 days Plank Challenge
-plank for 200 seconds: I planked for 2 minutes (120 seconds)
Day 21 of 25 days Plank Challenge
-plank for 220 seconds: I totally bummed this day, I only managed to do 70 seconds due to low energy from doing the cleanse and my baby trying to talk to me at the same time. Oh well, I think my plank challenge is now kaput anyway. But I would continue to train with planks to improve my ab muscles.
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