Friday, January 21, 2011

One week later, Isagenix 9 day cleanse

Well it's been a week and so far I haven't gained any weight. I haven't lost any weight either, but I'm happy with that. I do know that I'm retaining water at the moment so it'll be interesting to see how it goes.

I have become more conscious of what I'm eating. I was at a business meeting and they had the most wonderful looking brownies. I succumbed and had one, but was in my own little world while I was eating it. A few hours later there were still some left and I had another one.

I did make sure that I had a very light dinner that evening and I was extra careful the next couple of days.

So far, so good. One of the women at work here has started her 9 day cleanse and is about halfway through. Today was a weigh and measure day. She was down 5 lbs and is thrilled. It's the lightest she's been in a couple of years.



Friday, January 14, 2011

Isagenix 9 day cleanse - final results

Good Morning Everyone,

So I've completed my 9 day cleanse. Here are the final results.

Weight before: 151
Weight after: 145.5

Total loss: 6.5 lbs

Bust loss: 2 inches
Diaphragm loss: 1.5 inches
Waist loss: 1.5 inches
Belly loss: 1 inches
Bum loss: 1.5 inches
Total thigh loss: 1 inches
Total knees and calves loss: 1 inch

Overall inches loss: 9 inches

I will post more thoughts later.

Today breakfast is hard-boiled eggs, lunch is chicken soup, and maybe a slice of pizza for dinner.



Thursday, January 13, 2011

My last day!!! Isagenix Day 9 of Cleanse

Today is my last day of cleansing. I'm proud to say that I've done it with minimal cheating and deviation.

I got through yesterday fine. I was concerned about the drive since the water had been going through me but I modified the cleanse schedule so that I didn't do my 3rd cleanse until I got home. Normally I'm a muncher when I'm on the road and I was surprised at how I didn't seem to miss that too much. I allowed myself one of the Snacks per 100 km of travel and that worked out well.

Today I put on a blouse that I received at Christmas that was too snug to wear comfortably. It fits fine now. It's very tailored and I have to say that it looks great.

I'm down 5.5 lbs which is only a half lb from when I did the first set of cleanse days but it feels like more. When I sit I only have one belly bump rather than the three layers that I had before. I'm starting to see my hip bones again as well.

I haven't looked at seeing whether there's any guidance for what to do after the cleanse on Isagenix. My plan is to follow South Beach Diet until I get to 138 pounds or until we go to the Caribbean. I'm looking forward to eating real food.

The benefits of the plan for me have been:

1. I didn't have to think or plan too much while following the program so it was easy.
2. I'm seeing inches lost which I hope will make me more dedicated to continuing.
3. I don't seem to be having the sweet craving that I usually do and I didn't cheat or really want to cheat.
4. I didn't realize until now, but for the last 11 days I haven't worried about what I was eating and what it was going to do to my figure. No guilt and only excitement. Wow!

I'm sure I would have seen the same thing if I had been trying to keep to a 1200 a day calorie diet, but I know that I wouldn't have had the discipline to do so if I allowed myself access to all the foods.

I didn't see the energy that everyone talks about, but I've been sick so it's not fair to say that it doesn't exist.

My cheats were I didn't exercise, I rarely used filtered water, occasionally I had a few more almonds or Snacks than I should have.

Tomorrow I'll post final statistics and then I'll track further progress.



Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Day 8 - Isagenix 9 day cleanse - cleanse day

It's noon and I'm halfway into the 2nd to last day and 2nd to last cleanse day.

I've had three of the Snacks and two of the cleanses so far. I've just now cheated and had 10 almonds which doesn't seem like a lot but adds up to 100 calories so I'll look twice at those. For the calories I would rather have had one of my mini-mandarins.

It's hard today, not sure why, because I don't remember the first two cleanse days being so difficult. I think it's because I've only got a bit more than 24 hours to go and I just want it to be over. I haven't weighed myself in the last two days and my pants don't seem to be fitting any different so there's no extra incentive to make me to a happy dance.

The fluids are passing right through me and I'm concerned about the three hour drive that I'll be starting in a couple of hours. I'm impatient when driving such long distances (particularly this stretch of the road since it's fairly boring) so this will not be fun and I'm not looking forward to it.

I'm a bit whiny, eh?

Patience, patience, patience. I can do it, I can do it, I can do it.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Day 7 - Isagenix 9 day cleanse

Today was my last shake day! I couldn't bear the thought of having one this morning so I had a lemon bar instead.

I'm on a business trip and didn't want to have to explain my choice of shake at lunch so I had my meal at lunch today. Three mini Babybel swiss cheese flavour portions (wonderful and 60 calories each), some fresh vegetables, and some Mandarins Sugar Rock which are wee little mandarin oranges that look like they are past their prime but are super sweet and delicious. They're grown in China and some have concerns about that but their taste is worth the risk to me.

Tonight a shake with the orange Want More Energy flavouring. Either the shake flavour is growing on me or the orange is good enough or I was so thrilled about not having to have another, but the last shake was fine.

I don't have a scale here so I don't know how it went today. Last night I stopped at my sister's for dinner before coming to my client's place. Instead of going out I went to the grocery store and picked up friendly meal items. Pre-cooked chicken strips which were a bit of a cheat since they were seasoned and glazed. Some multigrain salad which tasted divine, a half of a potato and fresh vegetables.

I almost became a fully annoying convert yesterday - I finally had the energy that everyone's been talking about and felt better than I remember feeling in months. I blew it though by not getting to the hotel until 10:00 p.m., and then waking up every few hours with either coughing or room temperature issues. I was exhausted today and not able to focus as well as I would have liked.

Two more cleanse days and then we'll see where it goes. Yesterday I wore a sweater that had several women talking at work - it's generally a slimming sweater on me at any weight but I do have to admit that it felt good to have it on yesterday. The women seemed to think that there's been a big change.

I'm getting so very tired of the cold. I'm down to the tail end where I cough because of a tickle, but the coughing is very annoying, particularly when it wakes me up in the middle of the night.

So far it's worked out well. I'm impressed with my dedication to the plan. I've also noticed that I haven't really had any sugar cravings, but the Snacks have got fructose in them and so do the shakes so maybe I'm getting it in different ways. But it didn't bother me to walk by the candy aisle in the grocery store last night. I do want crackers though and that's not normal for me.

Tomorrow night will be the test - I've got a three hour drive that I'm not looking forward to. I'll be tired because of a long day at work.

No regrets - I'm happier with the plan than I thought I would be.



Monday, January 10, 2011

Day 6 Isagenix 9 day cleanse

Today is Day 6. It's another shake day.

I'm up 0.5 lbs which means that I've lost 3.5 lbs so far instead of the 5 that I had after my second cleanse day. But I remembered Patti saying that even when she wasn't losing weight she was losing inches so I took my measurements and I'm down 2.5 inches from 3 days ago so a total of about 7.5 inches. I doubt that the 1/2 inch that's come from my knees is noticeable, but I'm happy with the additional inches from my waste and belly.

I'm starting a business trip for a couple of days this evening so that will be interesting. Fortunately it's casual and I should be fine. I think I'll move my meal to lunch and have my shake in the evening tomorrow. Tonight I'm going out to dinner with my sister but we'll go somewhere simple and I'll have a salad. Wednesday is the second to last cleanse day and I'll be driving that day for 3 hours. It's a boring stretch of road and normally I keep myself awake by popping peanut M&Ms. I'll see how I feel but I expect to be a bit cranky. I'm thinking I might extend it and make Wednesday a shake day. But I'm running out of shake and don't know if I have enough. I do have the lemon bars which I can use and maybe I'll do that.

I've decided that I miss food. I want an orange.

About 5 years ago I got hooked on South Beach Diet and lost 25 lbs with it. Phase 1 eliminates fruits and starches and that lasts two weeks. I saw similar results with that and was down 7 lbs the first two weeks. The interesting thing there is I very clearly remember craving oranges during the two weeks as well. I might only have 4 oranges a year (but orange juice every day) so the craving is surprising.

I spoke with Patti last night. She's doing the 9 day system the same schedule as I am. Her second day of cleanse she had so much energy she's now signed up for a half day marathon. I am only today feeling alert but it's been the three week cold that seems to be going around and I'm coming to the tail end of that.

I am very jealous of her energy. My life the last three weeks has been on the couch.

Patti has said that I can have food on the plan, but right now with my mind set I'm following it as closely as I can. I know that if I start introducing foods at this point it'll be too easy to allow more and more.

Still happy with the program - it's definitely easy to follow as long as you're in the right mindset.



Sunday, January 9, 2011

Isagenix 9 day cleanse - day 5


Yesterday passed uneventfully - two shakes and chicken and edamame for dinner.

I don't think I cheated.

I'm still up a pound, but overall down 4.

Less hungry - the body seems to have gotten used to the limited calories.

Still don't like the shake flavours but they are better with almond extract.