Monday, June 25, 2012

do you cleanse?

With Jess's weight loss challenge in full swing, I have debated on whether or not to cleanse?  I lost 1lb this week and while I'm proud of that success, I have a long way to go...I'm trying to see if a cleanse might be right to jump start things for me...

I have tried buying the try at home methods from local nutrition stores, but have seen no change or noticed a "cleansing" at all, if ya know what I mean!  If you still don't follow, these things don't usually "work" for me.  I have read MANY articles regarding the pro's and con's to a good natural cleanse, store bought or even ones you can get at the doctor's office.  As well as the bought cleanse, there is also a body cleansing diet.  This method is more like a lifestyle rather than something you just try one day, so I'm interested in learning more.

As I was running yesterday in the 102 degree heat, I realized how I've slacked on my mileage and on my diet.  We tried the Paleo lifestyle, but honestly with my two boys it's just not realistic for our family (which sounds like an excuse so take it how you wish), My body has never "worked" normally in regards to cleansing, so I'm curious to find out if they actually work, or will work for someone like me.  I'm not even sure if it's right for me, but I figure it's worth a try?

This rambling post basically comes down to the fact that I was struggling and this week is a new beginning for me!  I'm had one of those ah ha moments were I feel like I had let myself down.  I was on a roll last summer at this time, feeling good and running like crazy!  I find with my husband's schedule and this heat, it's very difficult to find time for LONG runs.  This week started a new journey for myself, thanks to Jess's weight loss challenge!  My husband and I tweaked our diet to what works for us and started committing to our workouts!  We all make mistakes and have times in our life where we allow the bad to come creeping back in!  Unfortunately.  I say this like I've gained weight, fallen off the wagon and started leading an UNhealthy lifestyle and that is, by no means what has happened.  I've simply slacked off a bit.  And I feel like being honest with all of you is what needs to be put out there.

Most importantly I want you all to understand that we're all only human and if you haven't made the commitment to yourself to start living healthy, that's ok. Today is a perfect day for change!  I will leave you with a quote from Jess's weight loss challenge!  I thought it was pretty perfect for a fresh start in all of our lives...


Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

I have to admit I don't cleanse. I just try to eat things in moderation and lean towards eating healthy. I know that if I deny myself something I am going to end up eating the whole bag of jelly beans once I get my hands on it.

Laura Boll said...

I've never done a cleanse. Like Christy, I try to eat as well as I can and not worry about the backsliding that is inevitable when you're running high miles! Curious to hear if you try it and what you think.

sarita edgerton said...

I had friends who did cleanses and they said that you might as well take Milk of Magnesia. I have been doing the HCG diet and I have lost 5 lbs this week. Only 10 more to go. Not fond of running in the heat!

jillconyers said...

I've never tried a cleanse. Starting with juicing and a progression of several 30 day personal challenges later I have found that a vegan diet is what works for me.

The heat has been tough this summer! I think I am discouraged with running about this time every year as I adjust to running in the heat.

Good luck with your new beginning. You'll find what works for you :)

Bridie Sellers said...

I don't know that I understand the point of a cleanse. Your body already does the job of removing toxins, etc. It almost seems like a drastic way to get from point a to point b if point a is not eating healthy, and post cleanse you are going to start a new way of eating. It seems the benefit would be more of a cold turkey, getting past the withdrawals of whatever food you are trying to avoid. I also think since it's not a lifestyle change, any weight lost would come right back. Just my two cents.

We all fall off the wagon from time to time, and I totally understand with kids sometimes you can't eat the way you would ideally. We definitely live by the 90% rule - 10% of the time they are eating things that I don't love (pop tarts, etc), but we are very healthy the other 90% of the time. Last night we had big salads and they had salmon on them. My husband looked around, shook his head, and said "I can't believe you've got these kids eating salad for dinner!"

Are you on My Fitness Pal? I have used it on and off, but recently am back on as a friend of mine said she was using it and "friends" people to hold each other accountable. I have been diligent about it for about 3 weeks now, knowing that someone will actually notice if I don't log on keeps me accountable. The phone app makes it simple to use on the go or on weekends when I am not tied to a computer. It's also a huge motivator to work out, as I have my daily calorie limit at the lowest (1200 cals) and I can't survive on that, so I make sure to get in an hour work out so I can eat dinner :)

If you try it out, my user name is Bridies01.

Hollie said...

I've been curious about cleanses lately too. I also felt like I just needed a boost to keep me going.

I'm in Arkansas and we have had the terrible heat too. It has really slowed me down. The only times I have to run are usually at noon or at 5pm and that's not possible with it being 100 degrees.

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