Let's start with the bad news: I didn't make goal weight of 139.6 by Tuesday, November 4. I weighed in at 141.4 -- just shy!
Here's the amazing news: following my three day juice cleanse, as of today I am down to:
Let's take a walk down memory lane, shall we?
In 2012, when I first began this journey post grad-school, I weighed around 165lbs. By mid 2012, I was down to 155ish and measuring at 32" W, 38" B, 45" H.
When I moved to NC in 2013, i was down to 150 and had whittled down to 31" W, 38" B, 43" H.
Today, at the tail end of 2014, I weigh 138.2 and measure in at 28.5" W, 36" B, 40" H.
For you math-minded folks, that means I've lost a total of: 26.2lbs, 3.5" in my waist, 2" in my bust, and 5" in my hips.
I also have gone from a size 12 to a size 8/10
Of course, this blog wouldn't be this blog without progress photos!
|Taken at the end of September -- start of my shred|
|Oh hey, abs! Nice to see you again!|
The guidelines I laid out for my diet were: no coffee (due to sweetener), no simple carbs, less sugar, no eating after nine.
I followed these rules most of the time. I also increased my exercise and the intensity of my workouts. I met my 5 mile step goal every single day.
The icing on the top of the cake was the Jus by Julie cleanse
I drank only juice for 3 days with the exception of water, unsweetened tea, egg whites, steamed veggies.
I drank approx 6 juices a day (and they were all delicious, surprisingly enough). I drank one whenever I felt hungry and honestly, they kept me satisfied enough that I never felt hungry and I never really craved any food.
For "dinner" every night, I steamed zucchini and squash and onions and mixed in two egg whites.
By day 2, I felt incredibly energized and light. I did an hour long trampoline air-obics class that night and was worried I hadn't consumed enough calories to not want to die. But I felt AMAZING.
I couldn't even bring myself to drink all of the 6 juices every day, so I now have about 5 bottles left over and am extending the cleanse a bit. Will do 2 juices today and then an early dinner and will detox on Monday with 3 bottles until dinner.
I definitely recommend doing it over the week rather than the weekend. The week days are more structured and full of less temptation.
|My JUS menu for the last three days|
And while I know I will likely gain some weight back once I start eating normally again, I do think it was a good jump start. I had been stuck around 142 for a while during my diet bet and this gave me the extra edge to get ahead.
I also have a post-cleanse diet planned out, consisting of rich fibers, steamed veggies, and lean protein.
I am looking forward to this continued journey and even though I lost $30 in the diet bet, I gained so much more in confidence, strength, fitness, and health, that it was totally worth it.