Wow, I’ve been really lame on the blog front. Work does that to ya. I’m going to be better – promise!
So, now that I’m officially done with grad school and have no more excuses, it’s time to take off the 30 lobs I put on during that time AND hopefully take off the 30 lbs that have hung around since I can remember. I’ve always been a little on the *ahem* curvier side, but going to grad school part time and working full time sent me into a downward spiral of laziness and bad eating.
To help “reset”, I tried a 3-day juice cleanse a couple weeks ago, courtesy of Jrink, a DC based juicery. It was actually a really great experience and showed me that I DO actually possess the mental toughness to do something so restrictive.
So, now i’m trying something new. A couple months ago, I was on vacation with some girlfriends and one of them had tried a 30 day cleanse by a company called IsaGenix. I had never heard of this company, but she raved about it. She’s also a nutrition counselor and personal trainer, so takes this stuff very seriously. Going through the juice cleanse gave me some confidence, so I decided to also try the 30 day cleanse. The official name is the “30 day Cleansing and Fat Burning” system. I know it seems like a ‘quick fix’, but I’m really looking at is as a test for myself. My biggest problem is lack of control and willpower. Doing this for 30 days will put that to the test. It’s only 30 days. I can do it. Repeat. Whew.
Here’s what you get in the system:
- IsaLean shake (4) – I got Chocolate. It’s not too bad!
- Ionix Supreme (1) – for rejuvenation and performance
- Cleanse For Life (2) – for use on cleanse days
- IsaGenix Snacks (1) – nutritional appetite control
- Natural Accelerator (1) – fat metabolizer
- IsaFLush (1) – aids digestion
- Replenish Sticks (4) –
I was advised to add another order of the snacks, so I ordered some IsaDelights in milk chocolate. These are effing delicious!
How it works: The plan is divided in “shake days” and “cleanse days”. The shake days involve drinking a shake for 2 meals, having a low glycemic 400-600 calorie meal for the 3rd, and having some IsaGenix snacks in between. You also take some supplements such as the “Natural Accelerator”, “Ionix Supreme”, and “IsaFlush”. For the cleanser days, you drink their “Cleanse For Life” tonic 4 times and also have the Ionix Supreme, Natural Accelerator, IsaFlush and 4-6 IsaGenix snacks.
I’m on day 2. I’m trying to structure my meals to maximize the protein and hunger-reducing components as much as possible. I planned 3 meals to swap around: (1) Chicken salad with arugula, spinach, 6 oz chicken breast, chickpeas, chopped apple, Italian dressing; (2) roasted salmon and roasted broccoli; (3) grass-fed beef burger and sweet potato wedges. I’m aiming for 600 calories for these meals. I’ve been eating them at lunch so far, which seems to be working.
I’ve definitely been somewhat peckish, but never full out starving. I think it’s good for my body to experience this since I typically overfeed (hello) it.
I’ll keep track of my progress here and to keep me on track. I took measurements and I’m excited to see what happens. I think this will be the boost I need to get things moving!
Have you ever done a cleanse? How did it go?