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

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Thai Beef Stew

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Sweet Potato Hash Egg Scramble

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Fish Tacos with Sauteed Onions and Peppers  with Avocado Tomato Salad

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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

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

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

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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.

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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.

Arbonne Part Deux:Day 23 and 24

Detox is winding down and I am feeling great! I love this part of the journey when I feel the hard work of the past 3 weeks!

Day 23

Today I had a plain vanilla chocolate shake and didn’t make it to the gym :(. I did go to Trader Joe’s with my friend Amy in the morning and around 11am we got lunch at Chipolte I got a chicken brown rice bowl with black beans, pico, medium sauce, guac and lettuce. Later in the afternoon I had a shake and for dinner I had panfried tuna with asparagus. I make an extra effort to drink water today. I feel like I haven’t been good about that these past few days. I ended my dat with a detox tea.

Day 24

For breakfast I had my berry shake!!! I missed it so! Today I ran 1.38 miles on treadmill I then trained with my trainer and did the following WOD  400 m run, 40 air squats, 8 modified rope climbs, 300m run 30 air squats, 6 modified rope climbs, 200m run, 20 air squats, 4 modified rope climbs, 100m run 10 air squats, 2 rope climbs. After I made sure to foam roll my it band in my right side it is bothering me. After gym I had a recovery shake. For lunch I had hummus with crispy black rice tortilla and hummus. In the afternoon I had a fizz and some chews. For dinner I had chicken stir fry with brown rice. I had a Arbonne detox workshop in the evening so I had the left over shake and some fizz sticks. I am now going to end my day with a detox tea.

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Arbonne Detox Part Deux: Day 22 and 23

Day 22

Happy Monday everyone! This morning I did my morning routine, I am out of frozen berries so I had a chocolate macaroon shake with probiotic added.  I am feeling REALLY good, I was going to go for a 4 mile run, but the weather deterred me so I ran a quick one mile on the treadmill, then rowed 1200m and finally did a 30 min TRX. I really could have done more, but I had a lot to do. I went to visit a friend that is recovering from surgery and she asked me if I could I bring her Starbucks, I ordered what she asked and I just ordered a water. When I got to her house I made a fizz and also had some almonds I had in my bag. When I got home I got made a veggie egg scramble and had it with a black rice tortilla. For an afternoon snack I had a couple chews. For dinner I had 2 chicken lime patties with black beans and pico. around 7pm I had my nightly detox tea.

One thing that has been bothering me this detox is my face. After the first detox I noticed a huge sensitivity to wheat and dairy and I would get horrible eczema and dry skin on my face. This go round my skin got a lot better initially but over the course of the cleanse week, my skin suffered and I believe it is the last of the toxins I had in my system being pushed out. So last night I had a very itchy neck and face and had to take Benadryl to make it stop and to pass out. Miraculously today it is much better, but it’s like over the past 22 days I have literally shed a layer of skin on my face and neck. I am going to have to be very careful with my skin care regime and go back to using the sensitive skin regime and suspend the anti-aging regime (which I adore) until my skin gets more resilient.

Day 23

This morning was rushed and crazy. I really need to get out of bed 10 min earlier and stop hitting the snooze button. I barely made my smoothie. So I was going to run this morning and of course when I got to my start (near my son’s school) I realized I forgot to grab my heart monitor and watch and since I am training 5 min running 1 min walking I really needed my watch. Yeah sure if I LOVED running I would have just ran, so I turned the car around came home and instead of running in my neighborhood (which is so hilly) I cleaned my bathroom and room. For a snack I had my tea and a rice cake. I ran errands and then met a friend for lunch at my favorite local restaurant. I had the special which was a brown rice bowl with seasonal veggies. I added chicken. I also had a red lentil squash soup.

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It was so delicious. I couldn’t finish the whole thing and I regret not bringing it home. Since lunch was rather large I just had a shake for dinner.  About to enjoy my tea and I hope I will finally run tomorrow.

Arbonne Detox Part Deux: Day 20 and 21

I have survived the third weekend!  The cold weather really has me craving a nice glass of full-bodied red wine. Don’t know why. I haven’t really craved anything until this past week, must be the cleanse. I am almost done with my last bit of cleanse. The first few days I didn’t have a problem drinking it and the interesting part is that it really hasn’t tasted bad to me all. Must be that this go round my body wasn’t that acidic.

Day 20

Since I ate late last night, I waited a full 12 hours to have my shake. So I had it around 9:30am. For lunch I had some turkey cold cuts with a black rice tortilla. Later in the afternoon I had some celery and carrots. I also had some fit chews and a fizz stick. For dinner I made ceviche with tilapia it was so good!

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Marisol’s Ceviche (serves 8-10)

Ceviche is normally an appetizer, but we had it for our dinner so I made more than I should. I had a lot of leftover that I was able to have it for lunch and then give some away to a friend for her dinner.

Bag of Frozen Tilapia (wild caught) thawed, 10-12 limes, 2 red peppers (or whatever color you like)chopped, 1 jalapeno (seeded), half a red onion diced, a bunch of cilantro chopped, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.

Cut up thawed tilapia place in large bowl squeeze limes on tilapia. Place cilantro, peppers, jalapeno in bowl and stir. Season with a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper to taste and stir.  Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge for 3-4 hours. Half way through stir the ceviche. The lime juice cooks the tilapia it is ready to eat when it is no longer pink. Serve with extra lime juice and a dash of tabasco if you like more heat.

After dinner I finished my cleanse and it knocked me out. I am not sure if it was that or the result of an extremely busy week, but I dozed on and off on the couch from 8:30pm until 11pm.

Day 21

Today I woke up refreshed! I had a chocolate macaroon shake with fiber. I also took a fizz and iced detox tea for the drive to Mass. After Sunday school I had a tortilla less taco, with cabbage, cilantro onion and lime. When we got back home at around 11:30 I was still hungry and had some left over ceviche and a black bean tortilla. I had a FaceTime Arbonne detox workshop (Thanks Vanessa, Cat and Marie Noelle)! I had some almonds during it and a fizz stick and some of my cleanse. At around 4pm I had some rice cakes. For dinner I had Trader Joes  frozen buffalo burger (no bun) with Trader Joes grilled peppers on top. It was really good. I just finished my cleanse and I am not going to enjoy a detox tea.

I am on to week 4!!! I am so excited to have another week under my belt and the end is in sight. Last week was not a good work out week. I hope to run 3 times this week, do yoga one day and strength train 2 times. I just realized I am less than a month out from my 10K in late October. My goal is to stay pretty clean (except for the occasional glass of wine. My reward will be a tasty beer after the race) until the race.

 

Arbonne Detox Part Deux: Day 17, 18 and 19

Sorry, I missed the last few days it has been very busy.

Day 17

So I promised that today would be more exciting food wise, well it really wasn’t sorry to disappoint. In the morning I made a berry chocolate shake, but I added a scoop of the greens balance in it. It was ok, I think the greens balance needs something sweeter to over ride the aftertaste. Once I can eat pineapples (when detox is over) that it was I am going to use, because it was delicious with it!! I had an Arbonne workshop in the morning so I had some berries, a fizz stick and a lot of water. For lunch I made a veggies omelet.

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In the afternoon I had the rest of the cleanse and almonds. I also made sure to drink more water. For dinner I had a shake and at the evening detox workshop, I had a fizz stick and some chews.

Day 18

This morning I made a vanilla shake with strawberries and the greens balance. It was better than yesterday shake, but it still needs the pineapples. I also had an iced detox tea with fizz stick. I trained with my trainer this morning and we did a TABATA workout of wall balls, sit ups, box jumps, elevated push ups and TRX bicep curls. For a snack I had a small chocolate shake before I went to volunteer at the library at my youngest school.  For lunch I had a business meeting and we met at Longhorn. I had a greens salad (which they had to take back because it cheese and croutons on it) with salmon and lemon wedges for dressing. It was really good. For an afternoon snack I had a black rice tortilla. In the evening I had an Arbonne workshop and my hostess had delicious food. I had some shrimp ceviche, sweet potato chips and strawberries.

Day 19

Today I was a substitute in the library at my youngest elementary school. I spent my day reading stories and helping kiddos pick out quality literature. It was a lot of fun and I would do again in a heartbeat. I took a bag filled with almonds, fit chews, fizz sticks and a shake for lunch. I had my shake and an iced detox tea with fizz stick in the morning. I waited and had a snack around 10 am and then again around 11:30am. My lunch break wasn’t until 1:15pm. Once the day was over and I got home I had some more almonds. For dinner I went out to dinner with friends (Nicole, Janira and Amy) for my friend Jen’s birthday. We went to a local farm to table restaurant called Ashten’s. Since I really didn’t eat much today, I made it up at dinner. Which I know isn’t good practice.  For appetizer I had butter bean hummus with cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. It came with grilled pita but I gave it to my friends that were not on the detox. It’s nice to go out to dinner with friends who are detoxing, because you support each other along the way! For my main course, I had the NY strip. It comes from the same farmer that I buy my grass fed beef from. I substituted the mac and cheese it came with, for sweet potato fries. It also came with stewed tomatoes. When I came home I had to finished the last 12 ounces of the cleanse.

Only 2 more weekends to go on the detox. Like I mentioned before the second time around has definitely been easier. It feels like routine. I am very excited for a glass of red wine when it’s over.  I hope you all have a great weekend!