My Master Cleanse Journey – Day One

First off,  I know the first thing most people are coming to think is “why are you doing that?”. So lets addrIMG_5138ess that first. I did my research on the cleanse, matter of fact this will be my fourth time trying it in three years. The thing is, I never make it past day two and that has been the story of my life for every weight loss or exercise plan I tried in the last five years.

About five years ago I jumped on the scale and I was 150lbs and I freaked. I just knew I had to lost weight and do it fast. I was young and misinformed about weight management. My only exposure to so call being healthy were the body images plaster over the TV in sitcoms, movies and music videos. Since then I have tried just about everything, stuck to nothing and gain ten pounds each year there after.

So lets fast forward to now, I leave for vacation in about 10 days. I am going to Barbados for a summer festival called Crop Over, similar to that of Trinidad’s and Brazil’s carnivals. Now to be honest, I have to disclose that, this trip is not a surprise or a short notice trip. I have known about this for a full year now and as always instead of losing weight in preparation, I gained 10 additional pounds.

I can easily blame it on my schedule, I leave home at 5:30am and normally I return home around 9pm (school and work). Oh and lets not forget the demands of being a mom and wife, oh and wait we got to fit the friends and other family member time consumption in there. Such is life! At the end of the day I know if I really want something I will put forth the effort to achieve it. Weight loss or being healthy should be no different.

So, here we are Friday, July 18th starting this master cleanse diet. Its the freaking weekend, shouldn’t I be planning to enjoy this nice summer with friends and family? They are all types of cool things going on in my area this weekend. We have Artscape, Wine Festival and the list goes on. Instead its day one of my 10 day master cleanse journey and for some reason the day seems to be moving extremely slow… mind over matter is needed, I guess.

The sea salt flush was awful, I wouldn’t be doing that again. That alone would make me quit the whole cleanse. Instead I will take some herbal pills. The lemonade isn’t too bad, I like spicy foods so the pepper isn’t bothering me.

I know I am not suppose to do hard core working out while on the cleanse but I will try :)

Wish me luck and I will keep you posted!!



Saying Yes To Weight Loss

The Journey BeginsI having been waiting for the winter to be over before it even started last year. I imagined myself out shopping  without worrying about whether or not the store had a plus size section or if their size 12 was a small 12 or big 12. I woke up this morning, turned to the weather channel and saw a high of 71 degrees and instantly became depressed.

For the past 5 years I have been trying to lose weight, get back to a healthy state and just feel good about my outer appearance, and each year I GAIN 5-7 pounds. I have continually stood behind excuses like work, parenting, its too cold out, its too hot out and for five years straight I  have failed miserably in the weight loss department… sad but true! I have been a member of numerous gyms, currently I pay close to $200 monthly for my multiple gym memberships and at least two of them I have not been to in over a year…. another sad but true personal fact!

So here I am today – Female, 30 years old, 5.5inch and very close to 200lbs… Something has got to change and for the 100th time I find myself at the “STARTING OVER” point. This time, I am going to try it publicly and uncensored via this blog. I will celebrate my good days, vent on my bad days and seek motivation on my so-so days. I am pressing the reset button for the last time and beginning my journey today… so here we go!

Food:For an entire week, I am committing to Slim Fast shakes – I plan on having on for breakfast and one for lunch. They are convenient, I surprising like the taste of the chocolate and strawberry flavors and they seem to be filling. I plan on snacking on fruits and having a very healthy dinner before 8pm. This week my dinner choice is soup.

Workout: In a perfect world, I would love to go running every morning and believe me when I say that for the last 4 months my alarm has been set to go off at 4:45am so I can go running and every morning I roll over and turn it off every morning…. another sad but true fact! However, I am resetting and trying again tomorrow. My end goal is to run for 45 minute 5 times a week and do some strength training in one of the many gyms I have a membership to – maybe three days a week

Now…. this all sounds good (as it always does) but the missing link is always DISCIPLINE!! I have done pretty good so far today, had my two shakes with lots of water and fruit – here is to hoping I can keep this up tonight – healthy dinner and NO WINE (a weakness).

Workout tomorrow AM.. that is the plan – will let you know how it goes!!

Upward and Onward We Go! 50 pounds of weight loss is the goal!