My BFF texted me this morning to ask about the cleanse, so I decided to post my thoughts about our first go-round with Phase One of The Fat Flush today for anyone out there considering a jumpstart to their fitness regimen.
Trophy Husband and I didn’t complete an entire, uninterrupted 14 days on the cleanse, but we did 10. Of that 10, we meticulously followed the plan about 85% of the time. There were days we missed the timing on drinking the cranberry water or taking the GLA supplements before we ate. I tolerated the flax oil much better than my partner. He had the occasional diet soda, and once Thing One got sick and I was getting up at night to care for him I had a few cups of coffee here and there. So, it was kind of an imperfect round, but we had to make the plan work for us, and I think it did. In that 10 days we both lost around 6 pounds and 5.5 inches.
I got past the icky detox feeling very quickly, and had great, clean energy. When I was off the coffee, soda, and alcohol I slept GREAT. Also, my afternoon lulls really waned, and my head felt clear all day.
The inches lost are amazing. For both TH and me, they came off in that back fat area where nobody wants excess, so for that we are both very happy.
But there are a couple of things that make this hard.
The Fat Flush takes practice. At least for me, Phase One of the plan eliminates things that are standards in my kitchen. So, I found I was working very hard to plan foods that were tasty and NOTHING was quick and easy. In eliminating anything processed, I was no longer able to pop in a Lean Cuisine for lunch, and I had to make sure I was never OVER hungry, because all of the food preparation took extra time.
I was eventually able to pick out a few recipes that were easy to double and freeze, making things a bit easier on Week Two, but I’m not going to lie about how challenging it is if you’re looking to make things a little more varied than basic grilled chicken and veggies.
And because Phase One eliminates any carb that is not found naturally in fruits or veggies, intense working out is not recommended. I kept up the walking, but our great 5am workouts changed and at times diminished. My groove was kind of interrupted. Because my will to exercise is so low in the first place, having an excuse to back off is both a blessing and a curse.
So, this is where we are with all of it. We have a date set with my Amigos to start a new workout plan (Chalean Extreme) on June 8th, and I’d like to be 10 pounds lighter before we begin. I think the way to do that (knowing that our plans can get a bit iffy on the weekends here and there) is to keep up with Phase One as best we can until then.
In order to make this work for our budget and our sanity, I am going to focus more on food and less on supplements. And I’m going to have to simplify that food. I can’t do the ten ingredient recipes with 90 minute prep times every meal of every day. So, we are just going to have to be happy with some repeats, and a lot of lean proteins on leafy green salads.
And, if I commit to keeping our kitchen the center of Clean Eating, then Trophy Husband will have to commit to helping get us out of bed in the morning for at least a light workout. I don’t want to have to keep starting over in terms of the exercise portion of our lifestyle.
Those are both big commitments, but we’re not going to change the way our bodies work if we don’t change the way we take care of them.