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 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 11, 12, 13, 14

I am so excited to announce that this week Arbonne has introduced a new product to their nutrition line. It is the Greens Balance. Mom always said to eat your veggies. Greens Balance makes this easy with its spectrum of proprietary color blends of whole fruit and vegetable powders — delivering antioxidants, phytonutrients and fiber you need to have a more balanced, healthier diet every day. Fruits, vegetables, and legumes are sources of phytonutrients, or nutrients that come from plants. These nutrients include carotenoids like alpha- and beta-carotene in yellow fruits and vegetables, anthocyanidins in blues, lycopene in reds, and sulforaphane in cruciferous vegetables like kale and broccoli.

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Key Blends

Blend of Greens: spirulina, kale, artichoke, broccoli, spinach and more

• Contains chlorophyll, which supports gastrointestinal health and cleansing.

• Vegetables like brussels sprouts and spinach contain glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are enzymatically converted in the body to produce isothiocyanates, which are a focus of research for their ability to support health and well-being.

• Alfalfa, barley grass and wheat grass can contain enzymes as well as vitamins A, K and E.

Blend of Reds: pomegranate, acerola, cherry, red coffee bean and more

• Reds like tomato supply the antioxidant carotenoid, lycopene.

• Red fruits are sources of antioxidants, flavonoids and polyphenols.

• Reds like pomegranate contain ellagic acid and punicalagin to support better health.

Blend of Yellows: pumpkin, carrot, sweet potato, papaya, mango and more

• Yellows are a source of carotenoids like alpha- and beta- carotene and zeaxanthan.

• Yellow fruits and vegetables are a source of vitamins A and C, and antioxidant bioflavonoids.

Blend of Blues: blueberry, black currant, purple sweet potato, elderberry and more

• Blue fruits and berries are sources of antioxidants called anthocyanidins.

• Blue fruits like grape contain resveratrol and vitamin C.

• Blue fruits can also contain antioxidants like quercetin and flavonoids

Benefits

• Includes alkaline-forming fruits and vegetables • Supports the alkalizing effects of a diet high in fruits and vegetables • Supports gastrointestinal health • Whole food powders, supplying antioxidants and phytonutrients • Total content is equivalent to 30 servings of vegetables (1 serving of vegetables per scoop) • Delivers polyphenols, chlorophyll and antioxidants • Supports healthy acid and alkaline (pH) balance*

*In the context of an alkalizing diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables

 

Day 11

Today was my youngest 7th birthday. It was a day of running around getting cupcakes to school, getting ready for the pizza dinner and more cupcakes. I made sure that his day was special and I didn’t want my detox to get in the way of that. In the morning I woke up a little earlier so I wouldn’t be in a rush. I made my morning berry shake before he got up. I then went about making him his favorite breakfast and getting him to school early so we wouldn’t be in a rush. After I dropped him off I ran 2.5 miles. I think I am hitting the detox sweet spot. The run felt GREAT! I am also getting up more bright-eyed and less tired in the afternoon. After the run I went to train with my trainer for 30 minutes. When I got back I had a chocolate macaroon shake with a banana at around 10am.  I ate lunch of the Chicken Power Bowl at around 1pm. In the later afternoon I had a fit chew and some brown rice cakes. In the evening I had a Thai cucumber salad with roasted chickpeas. I resisted the pizza and the cupcakes.

Day 12

My parents are in town so I went out to breakfast with my dad and had a veggie white egg omelet with a side of tomatoes and my detox tea.  Later in the morning I had a couple fit chews and a fizz stick. For lunch I had a chocolate macaroon shake with almond butter. In the afternoon I had some strawberries and rice cakes and then for dinner I made the  paleo stir fry. My food processor broke 😦 so I couldn’t rice the cauliflower so I made some basmati rice. I had a little bit of it with the stir-fry. In the evening I tried the new greens balance with water ( I just wanted to sample it and then I had my detox tea).

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Day 13

This morning I got up and made a green smoothie with the new greens balance powder, vanilla protein and almond/coconut milk. I went to a great TRX class this morning and it was pain free! For snacks I had some turkey cold-cuts and brown rice rice cakes. Lunch was more of a grazing because today was my son’s birthday party with his friends. So “lunch” happened between 1:30 and 4pm I had turkey cold cuts, roast beef cold cuts, sweet potato chips and strawberries. For dinner I am having a blueberry chocolate smoothie with almond/coconut milk and almond butter.

 Day 14

I had the green smoothie again, I am not going to lie I cheated and put 3 chunks of pineapple in it. I am going to have some Arbonne workshops this upcoming week and I wanted to see a yummy way to enjoy the Greens Balance. With the pineapple, ice, almond coconut milk, two scoops of vanilla it is pretty good. I had an early lunch at church (which serves delicious mexican food in between the Masses) I  had chicken no tortilla and I mixed it with cabbage, green salsa, cilantro and onions. When I got home I grazed on some left over cold cuts. I went to a movie with friends we went and saw This Is Where I Leave You. Absolutely hilarious probably the best movie I have seen all year. Click here to watch the trailer. At the movies I had pumpkin seeds, some lentil chips, fit chews and two detox friendly almond cookies. I also had water.  For dinner I had left over stir-fry from Friday.

All in all I did ok this weekend. I definitely grazed a lot which I don’t know how that is going to show on the scale. I also “cheated” a little bit not with bad stuff, but I had some ham cold cuts and some fruit (like pineapple and grapes). I know it’s not like I had a piece a cake or a slice of pizza, but still once you fall off the path it’s easy to justify a worse cheat. I will stay strong this upcoming week. It is also cleanse week. I have my cleanse mixed and ready in the fridge mmm mmm good!

Arbonne Detox Part Deux: Day 8

Happy Monday everyone! Today is accountability day where we send in our measurements and weight to our FB group moderator. I am happy to report that I lost 2 pounds and an inch around my waist. I am off to a great start!

Today I am going to highlight our Detox Tea, it supports our elimination organs during the 28 day detox.  Our body eliminates toxins through multiple pathways (ie) liver, kidneys, intestines and skin. The liver has over 500 functions. It is our primary detoxifier. All of our elimination organs need a tune-up and proper maintenance.

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Our daily detox tea regulates cholesterol, balances blood sugar, promotes weight loss. It contains milk thistle, which supports our liver. It also supports the production of glutathione, which is the master detoxifier of the body. It has nine botanical that support the liver and kidney function for detoxification.

Day 8

I am not going to lie it was hard to get up this morning. I had my regular shake (berries, probiotic, scoop of vanilla, scoop of chocolate, fiber and almond coconut milk) and detox tea. I went for a run in the am, I wasn’t feeling it (my IT band was hurting) so I stopped. What was supposed to be a 4 mile run ended up being 1. 23 miles. I then went to stretch out and then did a TRX class.  When I got back I had a quick recovery shake with half of a banana. I went to a meeting which happen to be at the local health food store so I had a buchi (kombucha). I met some friends to celebrate a friend’s birthday (Happy Birthday Tammy!!!) at a local farm to table restaurant. I had the gazpacho and chicken lettuce wraps.

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It was really good. I didn’t have an afternoon snack because we had dinner at 5pm, because today was my youngest first baseball practice. I made a shake for dinner. It was a chocolate macaroon shake. It was so delicious and I think I am going to have it for breakfast tomorrow. It had ice, 9 ounces of almond milk, tbsp almond milk and a 1/4 cup of organic shredded coconut. It was soooo good! When I got back from practice I had a pouch of trail mix and I am now going to enjoy my detox tea! Good night!