Clean Training: Final Thoughts

Well, we are near the end. Here are the good points up front:

– 13 pounds lost

– Improved run times (more on that in a minute)

– Sustained energy during the day

What I miss:

– Coffee

Really, that’s it. I mean, I will likely still enjoy other non-detox stuff in the future, but coffee was the only thing I genuinely missed. I suppose it comes with the territory of working with the government. Coffee will be the first thing I “re-introduce.”

Other points:

– Run time. As mentioned before, I am training for two long distance races later this spring. At first, I felt a bit empty over longer training runs. Cold weather in the morning did not help. However, this week, I noticed my 5-mile run time was faster, and I also finished an 18-mile and an 16-mile training run. I would usually have gluten-free oats the night prior my “fuel.” I did not feel weighed down.

– Energy. One night last week, we had to work late to complete a short-suspense project. In days past, I would likely reach for a coffee, or something out of the vending machine to sustain me. I can say that we completed our project, and I did not feel the need to reach for anything. I’d say that’s a good sign.

– What’s next? After re-introduction, I will likely go on an 80-20 diet (80% detox food), especially during my training period. There is a noticeable benefit in eating food void of chemicals. I’ve never been one to aggressively advocate for purely “organic” fare, but I can say that clean food is good in the long run.

Lastly, thanks to my lovely wife for her support, and to Meredith M. for her good cheers.

Clean Training: Week 2

So far, I am satisfied with the detox program. I have lost weight, and I don’t feel abdominal discomfort that accompanies bad food. My workdays are structured to support, and I have the best at-home coach for encouragement.

However, this past weekend was challenging. For starters, I was thrown off my game by the lack structure that comes with a work schedule. My daily training runs also lack “oomph” due to the change in fuel. Additionally, for my long run, I attempted to run 16 miles on a very cold Saturday morning. I arrived home frustrated with only 12 under my belt. Mar remarked that I was noticeably irritable, and not particularly patient. Guilty as charged. I was hungry at several points, and I experienced what one friend termed as the “detox rage.” Still, I stuck with it.

I’ve read several anecdotes testifying that many experience some sort of turbulence after the first week, or midway through the second week. Sounds like my body is reacting appropriately.

The lesson here is that structure matters when going through this process. Structure enables one to maintain accountability of time and food intake, and discourages straying from goals. While a person’s decisions ultimately matter most, the structure enables better decisions; lack of structure tempts fate.

I’m looking forward to this next week. Our meal plan is a good one, and I am encouraged by the initial weight loss. I’m certain this “turbulence” will subside later on in the week, my goal is to finish my planned long run on Saturday. We’ll see what happens. Have a good week!

Some meals from my week:

Dirty Brown Rice with Broiled Season Shrimp


Thai Beef Stew


Sweet Potato Hash Egg Scramble


Fish Tacos with Sauteed Onions and Peppers  with Avocado Tomato Salad


Clean Training: Day 1

Happy 2015 Everyone! I hope you all have had a great holiday season. Now it is back to real life for many of us. Most of us we are striving to be healthier in 2015. This holiday season was ok. I maintained my weight, but I was still left feeling yucky. I have decided to do the 28 day Arbonne Detox for a 3rd time. This time I am doing it to feel better, but I am also doing it in solidarity with my husband who has decided to jump on this wagon!

He will be my guest blogger for the next 28 days. He probably won’t post daily, but I love that you can all get a different perspective that is male and that is also from someone that is currently training for a marathon!

Day 1
My primary goal for this detox is to get clean for better performance. I’ve always been active; job requirements warrant fitness and weight requirements. Further, I’m an avid runner, with 2 marathons under my belt, and two forthcoming this spring. Yet despite regular exercise and maintaining weight, I can’t seem to break into the next “band of excellence” regarding fitness. I just don’t *feel* healthy. After reflection, I deduced that bad fuel inhibited true progress.
Some background. Unfortunately, like most of my American demographic, I spent the first 25 years of my life consuming alleged food found at fast food joints and convenience stores. Since puberty dominated most of this time, the accompanying hyper-active metabolism obscured any internal effect. Then, suddenly, everything seemed to stop. Years of garbage-food took its toll, and it was beginning to show. Weight slowly added on like an insidious house guest who slowly accumulates excess baggage. This never got totally out of control, but just noticeable to be a nuisance. Again, being active prevented a total disaster, sometimes just barely.
Even with many hours on running trails, and meeting the Army’s height and weight requirements, I still don’t feel like I’m in control. My attitude always remained: As long as I meet standards, I can tolerate the aforementioned “house guest.” Well, it’s time for that house guest to leave.
Which brings us to today. After (repeated) suggestion from my wife, Marisol, I decided to start the detox. I go into this open-minded and curious. Seeing Marisol’s positive transformation certainly inspired, and I’m ready to feel healthy. So far, it’s been pretty good. Mar’s experience from two successful detox sessions certainly makes her a qualified coach. The shake I had this morning satisfied, and the detox tea served as an apt substitute for coffee. For lunch, I had a chicken patty with brown rice and tomatoes, which filled me up without being “filling.” I don’t feel particularly fatigued. Sure, my body detects something “missing,” but not to the point of debilitation.
I am also doing this amid a marathon training cycle. This morning’s training run felt a bit slower, but I attribute that to bad fuel from the prior weekend. An improved personal record in this race adds more incentive. We’ll see where this leads.
I will check in periodically on my progress. I promise to be honest while avoiding excessive emotion, good or bad; I believe clinical frankness works best on this venture. Yet I am positive that I will come out stronger and healthier on the back end. Sure, losing weight is good, but what good is a leaner body if it cannot perform? Will this work? Who knows, but I can’t wait to find out.

Breakfast: Blueberry Chocolate Shake with Arbonne Protein, Fiber, digestion plus probiotic, almond butter,  banana  and detox tea

Morning Snack: Omega-3  trail mix and green tea

Lunch: Trader Joe’s Chicken Lime Burger with brown rice, pico de gallo and half a small avocado


Afternoon Snack: Omega-3 trail mix and Energy Fizz Stick

Dinner: Against All Grain’s Peruvian Chicken with Sweet Potatoes recipe


Marine Corp Marathon 10K 2014


I successfully completed my second MCM 10K! I am really happy about it because it felt great and in the end I got a faster time than last year. First and foremost I had the best running buddy! Maria thank you so much for being a great pacer! I totally was going to run like I trained run 5 min walk 1, but it felt so good that day that we only walked for 1 min after every mile marker, except for mile 6.

I will be honest with you all, I was a big baby going into training for this race. My training plan had me training for 8 weeks and 140 miles. I think I ran 40 miles in the 8 weeks. My heart and mind wasn’t in it. I honestly thought about giving up running all together. Even on race day I totally wasn’t stressing it. We got to the metro 1hr later than we did the year before and when the race started we were still in the bathroom line ha ha ha! Once we started it felt really good. Starting at the right pace really made the race for me. I honestly think the big difference this year was that I changed my eating habits. My race experience pretty much reaffirmed what I have been doing since April. It really is all about what you eat. I didn’t physically train as hard this time around and I not only had a faster time, but I also felt much better doing it. I couldn’t really ask for anything more.


Arbonne 28 Detox Part Deux: Back to the Norm


I am so sorry I didn’t post last week. My iphoto is being wonky on my computer and I am unable to post any pictures. I did have before and after pictures to post but it wouldn’t let me.  My first week back to non detox life has been good. Aside from bringing back in all fruit, pork, corn and alcohol on the weekend I have been eating detox friendly food. Which is great, because the entire purpose of the 28 day detox is to make life changes.  I look at this all like a journey, not a program or a diet.  This is a journey to a better me.  I honestly feel so great! I am sleeping better, I am in a better mood and my body over all is just working better.

Since beginning this journey (April) I have lost 13 pounds and have lost 3 inches around my middle. This isn’t a get skinny quick journey. I am all about maintaining the weight loss. The best line from the 28 day detox presentation is the following, “The common ideology is you need to lose weight to get healthy, when the reality is that you have to get healthy to lose the weight.”  I am going to continue on this journey and hope to stay strong during the holiday’s. The beauty is that once you know which foods don’t make you feel good or you have an adverse reaction to, you are going to stay away from them. Like GI Joe said, “Knowing is half the battle!”

Thank you to everyone that has followed me and supported me on this journey thus far. This journey is not over it is just the beginning.


Arbonne Part Deux: Day 25, 26 and 27

I am 12 hours away from being finished with my second Arbonne 28 day detox boot camp! I am feeling so good right now, that I thinking I am really going to stick to the 80/20 rule this go round. I am going to reintegrate pork, all fruits, corn and wine back in. Going to stick to enjoying wine to once a week during the weekend. I am also going to stay away from boxed snacks even if they do say gluten-free. I am still 3 weeks away from race and I don’t want to erase this awesome feeling! Tomorrow I will share my weight loss and possibly my before and after pics.

Day 25

Woke up and made a berry shake and made a detox iced tea to go. I had an Arbonne workshop in the morning so I snacked on some granola, blueberries and strawberries. For lunch I had a quick shake and some black rice tortilla and humus. Afternoon was busy and we didn’t get to eat dinner until after 7:30. I had zucchini spaghetti and Bolognese sauce.



After dinner I finished my day with a detox tea.

Day 26

Since it is a Saturday I had more time in the morning and I made a pumpkin smoothie this morning. It was delicious. I added about 3 table spoons of organic canned pumpkin, fiber, probiotic, almond milk , one scoop vanilla and one scoop chocolate protein. I also added pumpkin spice and cinnamon.  For a mid morning snack I had trail mix and an iced detox tea and fizz stick. For lunch we went to a local sports bar Maxie’s. I had their tequila lime chicken sandwich with no bun and added grilled peppers and avocados on top and a side salad. It was delicious. For an afternoon snack I had rice cakes and almonds. In the evening we had a pot roast with pumpkin, green beans and carrots. It was perfect b/c it was a brisk evening. I finished my night with a detox tea.

Day 27

I started my day with a berry shake and took a hot detox tea to go since it was a chilly morning. After Mass and Religious Ed I had two adobaba tacos with cabbage, cilantro, onions and some lime. I asked for tortilla this time, because I was tired of the weird looks I would get when I asked for it without it. I just didn’t eat the tortilla. Since it was just the meat and veggies, I was still hungry when I got home so I made a macaroon shake with a table-spoon of almond butter. While at my afternoon Arbonne Workshop I had some raspberries and grapes ( I know not an authorized detox fruit), I also had the leftover fit chews that no one sampled. For dinner I am having leftover pot roast and will finish my evening with a detox tea.