I started my day by seeing if I had lost any weight from day 1 and to my surprise I had lost 2lbs. As I am not really overweight, I just presumed I would loose the bare minimum, perhaps 1lb, but at least I would of cleansed my body. This spurred me on to complete day 2!
I knew this day would be a little harder as I was going out with my friend and her baby boy (Mason, he is 3 weeks younger than Harry). She was also doing the detox, but a 5-day (crazy lady), so at least I knew I wouldn’t be tempted to eat as neither of us would be able to stop for lunch.
I decided to make my morning juice and lunch juice so I could take this with me in a flask. They also recommend you make up another bottle of the H20 Detox, but I still had 500ml left from the day before so I didn’t bother.
Breakfast was Super Detox Smoothie, this included pineapple, blackberries, blueberries, bio-live yoghurt and ice. This was really thick due to the yoghurt, and in future I would only have half the amount of yoghurt as it was a little too much, and I ended up only drinking 3/4 of the pint.
Lunch was Dreamy Detox, at last a drink that didn’t include betroot or avocado, this included apples, lemon, ginger, celery, cucumber and ice. I made this up, and put in a flask to have whilst I was out.
In the rush of getting the kids ready and out the door, I left without my juice, and left it on the side. So whilst I was out, I just had a peppermint tea, which I think is allowed as it has no caffeine and is ‘low intervention’.
Jason Vale talks a lot about how your diet should consist of ‘low intervention’ foods, meaning foods that have had no or very little intervention from people. For example a ‘low intervention’ food would be fruit or veg as it is grown and sold without any intervention from people, unlike a supermarket fruit juice, that has been pasteurised, includes sweetners and has been processed to have a longer shelf-life.
Returning from my day out, I had my H20 Detox, and once the bubba was in bed, made my final drink of the day Beyond Detox.
Even though I had not had all my juices, I was feeling quite good. Jason mentions you would start to feel a ‘juice high’ once your body had got over the initial cravings. I think I had reached my ‘juice high’, and I was excited to see the results on the scales the next day!
Just Day 3 to go
So starting day 1 of my detox! Due to not finding my juicer till about midnight the day before starting, I only managed to do my shopping on the morning of day 1. So when bubba woke from his morning nap, I dashed out to ALDI and picked up my ingredients, by the time I made it back and got juicing I was having my ‘breakfast’ juice at 11.30am (only 4 hours after I would usually have my breakfast, so I was starving).
You have 4 juices in day 1, the first two being the same (JuiceMaster Super Detox), so I could of skipped a juice given it was almost lunch time, but I wanted to stick to the plan as much as I could. Therefore I just prepared and juiced enough for two batches and stuck one in the fridge.
The ingredients for the first juice included apples, cucumber, celery, carrot, lemon, yellow pepper, avocado and ice. You juice everything but the avocado and ice (obviously). Once everything is juiced you whack it in a blender with the avocado and ice. You need a really good blender, preferably one that is for using ice, which mine wasn’t, so I was a little limited to how much ice I could use, and I had to blend for about a minute to make sure the avocado was complexly liquified.
This resulted in a PINT of juice!!! It was not what I expected, the avocado had really thickened it up, so it was like drinking yoghurt. I could really taste the pepper, I think in the future I maybe not add this, as even a small piece seemed to overpower the other flavours. I managed the whole pint, and it was so filling, I wasn’t sure how I was going to fit 3 more of these bad boys in before the end of the day.
I decided to have my second, as an afternoon snack about 3.30pm. By now I was starting to miss my food, I wasn’t hungry, more so the physical action of eating, like a biscuit with a cuppa.
The third juice was actually more of an energy drink, so the consistency was similar to water and squash rather than a thick yogurt. This was a relief as after my second juice I was feeling really full. This drink was to be drunk throughout the day instead of water, or to help you along when exercising. Called H20 Detox, it was made up of apples, lemon, pineapple, betroot and water (water being 75% of the drink).
I decided to use this when I was doing my core strength training (post to come on this). It had a strong betroot taste and with the sweetness from the pineapple, I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was, and was perfect for during and after my exercise. I would definetely make this if I was going on a long walk or doing a charity run! I felt it really made a difference to my energy levels.
I was starving after my training, my sister and boyfriend were both making their dinner, I was feeling really jealous, but not tempted, I wanted to stay on track. I made my final juice Beyond Detox, this included apples, baby spinach, betroot, parsley, cucumber, avocado and ice. Same as before you juice everything but the avocado and ice. I was really surprised you could juice spinach and parsley! This was probably my favourite of the day, still thick, but quite sweet.
I had made it through day, I felt really full, and very proud, only two more to go.
Juice detox: Day 2to follow soon…
So my little man arrived 5 months ago, and it is only in the past 4 weeks I have really got myself in to gear with loosing the baby weight. To be fair, I lost a stone through breastfeeding alone, but as soon as I stopped (when bubba was 3 months), my weightloss pretty much stopped too. This was when I knew I was going to have to work to get the last 11lbs gone!
So I cancelled my gym (if you’re a mum you know it is impossible to get to the gym with a newborn in tow!), and bought a treadmill, downloaded a running app, Running for weightloss PRO, and challenged myself to at least three runs a week ( I will write about this in a separate post!). I also started a training program, that would build my core strength using an app called, Fitstar .
I set myself an end goal, my friends wedding in May. I knew I would be seeing people who hadn’t seen me since I was pregnant (and I was huge), and I wanted to feel good about myself, and enjoy the weekend without worrying I looked overweight or be self conscious about my outfit.
So I realistically gave myself about 6 weeks (in hindsight this was nowhere near enough time). I had no idea how hard it would be to shift the final bit of weight! I can tell you I started at 10st 11lbs and I am still 10st 11bs! However, my body shape has really changed, my pre-pregnancy clothes fit nicely, I can see some definition across my stomach, but it is very frustrating to still be 11lbs over my pre-baby weight. I think I just have to accept having a baby has changed my body in more ways than one, and that I need to just continue my current training regime and hopefully I will get back my flat stomach, preferably before another baby arrives.
In a last minute attempt to shed some lbs (mainly so I can indulge with my best pal in Paris the weekend before the wedding) I am completing a 3-day juice detox with Jason Vale’s app, I will be writing a post shortly about my experience and results!
I just have to remember, weight is just a number, the most important thing is how I feel in myself and that I have a healthy happy family!