After giving birth to my daughter, I dropped 30 pounds almost immediately. Problem was that I had gained over 70 during the pregnancy. I spent the next year hovering around 160 and feeling absolutely disgusting. And I am pretty sure that I also had some serious postpartum depression adding to my already wondrous experience with becoming a parent. But one day, I literally woke up and decided I did not want to be fat anymore. I had been living in sweatpants just one day too many.
I went on a super starvation diet that mainly consisted of me drinking gallons of Crystal Light and getting exercise by going back and forth to the restroom 46 times a day. But I lost 35 pounds in a few short months. I also lost consciousness several times, as consisting of 50 calories and a jug of water a day has the tendency to do to you. And inevitably nearly all of the weight came back. Just like those skinny bitches in the health magazines always tell you it will. But they are (as much as it pains me to admit) right and the next time I decided to go the recommended route, fueled by both a healthy diet and exercise. I’ll detail everything that has and has not worked for me in this quest on Frenemom, first starting with what I believe got me on the path to success – BluePrintCleanse.
Needless to say, I had built up some pretty terrible eating habits after gaining that much weight. I can now say that I understand how people can become obese and why it is not so simple for them to just “stop eating junk” and lose the weight. The cravings are a nightmare. But I was pretty determined to move on with my life and move out of my hefty figure. I had seen celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow touting the benefits of juice cleansing. What could I lose by trying it? Well quite literally I would lose $255 (the cost of a cleanse + shipping). BluePrint’s cost, which I found the most reasonable of the cleanses I considered for national delivery, was not prohibitive enough for me to pass on it but prohibitive enough for me not to cheat.
BluePrint also had the benefit of being embarrassingly easy. I did not want to deal with cooking anything complex; I also didn’t want to deal with eating anything complex. The three-day Foundation (Intermediate) cleanse arrived in one package, the morning I was set to start, and contained exactly 18 juices – six juices for each day of the cleanse. The juices were also surprisingly tasty, although I will admit by the third day it was very hard to get those green juices (which started off tasting like a refreshing liquid salad) down.
On the first day of the cleanse I had some interesting side effects (earmuffs if you are squeamish!), as I spent the vast majority of that first day in the bathroom. I pooped SIX times. It was simultaneously thrilling and disgusting. But I had never felt more light! The following days were filled with energy and enthusiasm. I had no cravings and I never felt hungry. To be fair, I have had friends who did indeed feel hungry and have cravings on the same exact cleanse, but it never happened for me. And by the end, I had dropped nine pounds and was no longer overcome with debilitating urges to stuff my face with crap. Though I am sure most of that weight was water, it never came back. In any form.
Obviously doing one cleanse did not result in my (second) 30 pound weight loss. This time I exercised rigorously. But unlike the first time around, I was able to eat reasonable portions and healthy meals, no longer having the terrible urge to binge hanging around.
I am still about 10 pounds away from my “goal” weight (see this week’s weigh in), but I now know that it is within reach. As are pants with a non-elastic waistband.
P.S. If you are interested in BluePrint, go ahead and “like” their Facebook page. I have purchased all my cleanses from them on 15-30% off deals, all found there.