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 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 6 & 7

Today I am going to highlight the fit chews. Let me tell you, they save me for when I am craving something bad. They give you enough sweet to ease the beast and to move on!  Even when I am not detoxing they are a life saver and they have curbed my night time eating. I rarely ever eat anything besides a couple chews or rice cakes in the evening. They really have helped me reduce on the empty and stress calories.

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When hunger strikes between meals, Fit Chews are a perfect, guilt-free supplement to help satisfy cravings and deliver a quick pick-me-up. They’re also a great way to support a weight-management regimen. Additionally,the tasty bites contain a unique,botanically based,herbal adaptogen blend to help support good health and do not contain any artificial ingredients.

Benefits

• Designed to provide a quick pick-me-up • No artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners •No high-fructose corn syrup • Do not contain soy or dairy

Key Ingredients

Arbonne Adaptogen Blend (Codonopsis, Astragalus, Rhodiola):

• Helps control appetite • Helps increase energy • Adaptogenic herbs have been used for hundreds of years in Asia and India. • Adaptogenic herbs can help support health and Gluten-free.

Day 6

This morning I had a berry shake (fiber, almond butter, once scoop vanilla one scoop chocolate, frozen berries and probiotic). I didn’t have my detox tea until later in the morning because I had to take my youngest to golf and we were running late. I ran for 2 miles while my youngest was at golf. It felt better than the last time I ran but it was still a hilly area and very humid. When we got home I had a recovery shake with half a banana I added ice. Don’t know why I haven’t done that before but it was deliciousness! Since we were going to a birthday part at 2pm, I had a black rice tortilla and hummus. At the party I was good. I only had pico de gallo, sweet potato chips and berries. I had water and a glass of kombucha. In the evening my hubby grilled steaks and we had it with sweet potato fries and peas.  In the evening I had a couple chews and detox tea.

Day 7

This morning we had to get out the door to Church. I made my shake to go and also a iced detox tea fizz stick. Our Church sells delicious authentic mexican food every week, so  after Mass and Sunday School ( I teach the k-1 grades) I had a chicken taco (no tortilla) with cabbage, cilantro, chopped onions and salsa verde with some lime. It was really good! Since I had that at around 11:00 am I had a shake around 1:30pm for lunch. In the afternoon I had an Arbonne workshop and my host thankfully had a big plate of fruit. I pretty much ate all the berries. This evening I had leftover steak (it will be my red meat for the week) pico de gallo and a black rice tortilla. I am now going to enjoy my detox tea and probably have a fit chew.

Surviving the first weekend of the 28 day detox is a big accomplishment. Once you have the first weekend under your belt the rest is smooth sailing (for the most part)! Now on to week 2!

 

Arbonne Detox Part Deux: Day 5

Today I am going to highlight our fabulous probiotic the Digestion Plus. Did you know that 80% of your immune system is in your gut and 80% of your serotonin (which is responsible for mood, sexual desire, appetite, sleep, memory) lives in your belly? Nearly all brain cells and skin conditions are influenced by what is going on in your belly, as well.

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Every day add a single serving stick pack of mild powder to any cold or room-temperature liquid. Delivers prebiotics, probiotics and enzymes to help support optimal digestive health. There are many factors that affect the balance of the gastrointestinal tract, and by supplementing the diet with probiotics and enzymes you’re making sure that you’re helping maintain the balance of “good” bacteria and also helping improve the body’s ability to digest food. Just one stick of Digestion Plus a day helps support better digestive health and wellness.

Benefits

• Supports digestion of carbohydrates, fats, protein, fiber and lactose

• Supports healthy digestion to help minimize gas and bloating◊

• Promotes balance in the intestinal tract

• Supports nutrient uptake from the foods we eat’

Once I started to take the Digestion Plus daily I really felt a difference in my body (don’t want to get into the nitty gritty…ha ha ha). I had taken other probiotics before, but I really saw better results with the Digestion Plus.

Day 5

This morning I was volunteering at my youngest school so I had to do my morning routine a little faster. I actually put my probiotc in my berry shake. I also made my detox tea iced and threw a citrus fizz stick in it and took it to go. I was able to get in a couple of fit chews and a pack of trail mix before lunch. For lunch I had Trader Joe’s Salmon burger patty on top of Tuscan Kale with lemon. The salmon burger was ok. Not sure if I would buy it again. I think I am going to put some spices on it next time, it was very bland.

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I made an effort to drink water this afternoon. I don’t think I drank as much as I should  have these past two days. Around 3pm I have a few fit chews. For dinner I made mahi mahi seasoned with fake soy sauce (amino acids), garlic powder and ginger. I pan-fried it with olive oil and with red and orange peppers, red onions and elephant garlic. Once it was done I sprinkled cilantro on top and added fresh lime juice. It was absolutely delicious.

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I had a fit chew (I know this has been a fit chew day) and am now enjoying my detox tea. I hope you all have a great weekend. Weekends are always the hardest when you are detoxing so wish me luck! I will not post tomorrow but will have a weekend post on Sunday! Until then friends…

 

Arbonne Detox Part Deux: Day 2

I am going to take this time around to talk a little bit more about the Arbonne products used  in the detox. Today I am going to highlight the heartbeat of the detox which is the protein powder.protien

 

Arbonne Essentials Protein Shake Mix has a perfectly balanced blend of vegan protein from pea, rice and cranberry, as well as functional fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, flax-seed, and a unique botanical blend for targeted benefits. Just two scoops contain 20 grams of protein to help you feel satisfied and deliver a 100% amino acid score, an indicator of how efficiently protein will meet amino acid needs, to help support muscles. Clinically tested and certified to have low glycemic index, the shakes are low enough in sugar to avoid spikes in blood sugar glucose levels. Blend with a variety of fruits and vegetables for an extra nutrient boost.

Here are some of the benefits:

• Certified low glycemic index

• Protein contributes to the maintenance of muscle mass

• Contains easily digested vegan protein

• Contains over 20 vitamins and minerals to support good health

• Chromium contributes to the maintenance of normal blood glucose levels◊

• Gluten-free • Dairy-free; ideal for the lactose-intolerant • No whey or soy proteins • Kosher-certified • No saturated fats, trans fats or cholesterol • No artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners

If weight loss is your main goal while on the detox than we suggest you replace 2 meals with a shake. We provide delicious and filling shake recipes. I have only replaced when I am in a hurry. What is great is that you know you are getting all the nutrients you need in the shake! If you have worked out for an hour you can have this a recovery shake with a banana yum yum! I also have the shake without banana if I workout less than one hour and also for a quick on the go snack, but I usually just put it in a shaker I don’t add additional ingredients.

Day 2

I woke up a little brighter this morning! I did my morning routine of tea, probiotic and shake. I made a berry shake with fiber, almond butter, coconut milk and vanilla and chocolate protein.  I went for a 2.38 mile run it felt ok, I struggled a bit. I didn’t really exercised that much during my last detox, but I am going to try to keep up with my running training this time. I came home around 8:30am and I grabbed a small 6 ounce shake to take with me as I went to get my hair done. I wanted to make sure I had something to snack on. For lunch I met some friends at a local favorite restaurant 195. It is really detox friendly. I had a greek salad, but without the dressing, cheese and toast.

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I was still hungry so I ate some of my friends chicken and beets. On my way out I ordered a buchi air (kombucha) to go.

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I am low on fizz sticks and that seemed to give me the energy to finish out the afternoon. I have an Arbonne meeting this evening so we will be eating dinner early. I am making spaghetti with meat sauce (grass-fed). Instead of regular spaghetti I am going to eat steamed zucchini. My friend Amy (Yeah, you made the blog 2 days in a row!) gave me this idea and also showed me what veggie slicer to buy. It was the easiest thing to slice!IMG_3752

 

Here is my dinner it was delish! The zucchini spaghetti was good. I steamed it and it was slightly crunchy, I was afraid to over steam it, but I liked it that way. Better slightly crunchy than mushy.  The Trader Joes Rustica sauce is detox friendly and pairs nicely with the meat.

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I enjoyed my detox tea when I got home from my meeting. Have a good night!

Arbonne Detox Final Days

We were gone Memorial weekend came back Monday afternoon and I have been playing catch up all week. I apologize for not posting earlier. We went to the beach this weekend, to a resort that provided our meals. I was a bit hesitant about that, because I still had to introduce dairy and gluten back in. I knew I had to be flexible so I brought my protein powder and coconut almond milk. I also brought along digestion plus probiotic,  fit chews, fit fiber, energy fizz sticks and detox tea.  Breakfast was the easiest meal to eat because they had oatmeal, fruit and eggs. Lunch was a bit harder because it was usually a gluten based food. One day during lunch I had a shake. It worked out, because we didn’t want to leave the beach, clean up and go out to eat. On two different occasion for dinner we ate out. One time at a mexican place and another time at a hibachi grill. Which was ok for me, I stayed to what I thought was detox friendly, but both times I felt a little ick afterwards. I did have alcohol for the first time since finishing the detox and that went well. I was definitely not trying to over do it.

I finally introduced gluten back in the other day and I have to tell you it went ok, but I really don’t miss it.  This detox was one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I am a much happier and healthier person for changing my eating habits. It is still not over. I actually lost another pound this week and this is with not exercising and having the weekend. It’s amazing what your body can do when it is clean of toxins.

Thank you for following me on my journey and I have hoped I have inspired some of you to take a look at some of your eating habits. This will always be a journey, I am not perfect, but I am glad I found something to get me out of an unhealthy eating rut I was in.

I will be back with my normal postings of the fantastic things that make an ordinary life extraordinary! Enjoy the last days of May!