Today is Saturday. Day 18 was Sunday. I was going to be finished on Wednesday. Life had other plans.
First a few from day 18.
More Meg’s Chili. I was getting really over this by then. Two meals I can do, but this was the 4th, maybe even 5th time in a row I ate this.
My favorite snack is probably the avocado + sunflower seeds with a dash of sea salt.
And dinner. A big bowl of roasted veggies. I love roasted veggies. (It’s actually what I ate last night, not on the cleanse!)
And then day 19.
So from day 1 to day 19, I had lost 6.2 lbs total. Not bad. I was only 2.2 lbs away from my ultimate goal. The goal I have had since I got pregnant with Coda 10 years ago. I never honestly thought I was going to get there. But, I was only 2.2 lbs away! And pretty confident that I was going to finish this cleanse. Only 3 days and I was good to go.
And then life happened.
I got a call from my dad. My grandma had a stroke while she was in Palm Springs and it was not looking good. My dad, sister, and aunt had flights booked to go out and see her. My family isn’t one to let emotions make decisions for them, so I knew if they were flying, then I had to get there. I spent the entire morning looking for flights and throwing things in a suitcase. Next thing I know, it’s almost 1:30 and I had to leave for the airport. I hadn’t eaten all day. I was a mess. And I was hungry. I knew being out of town and not having prepared myself and with everything going on, I was done with the cleanse. Maybe I could have stuck with it, but I just didn’t have it in me. So, when I got to the airport…
And then I had a 2 hour layover in Salt Lake City.
And really the entire week was bad news. I was out in California with the family until Thursday. And so happy to say, she made HUGE progress while I was there. She’s a feisty one and was not ready to quit. Her speech isn’t back yet, but she did start moving quite a bit. They moved her down to the rehab floor on Thursday where she will be very busy with three hours of intense physical therapy a day.
Here she is with my dad on Wednesday.
So, where does that leave the cleanse? Well, one week off the cleanse and I gained almost 5 lbs! Yesterday I felt so crummy and tired and just did not want to do anything. It’s amazing how you can see what a little bit of clean, fresh food can do for your energy! I’m planning to start back up and do week 1 (or a version of week 1 with some recipes possibly form week 2 and 3) next week. I need to find a better balance of good eating and bad eating. Not binge eating. This week was about binging on carbs, carbs, and more carbs. Oh, and Starbucks! I think I drank about $40 worth of Starbucks this week.
After a week or so of cleanse friendly food, I’m going to do a mix of the Clean Eating and Paleo plans from eMeals. I’ve already purchased it for a year. I did it last year and loved the simplicity of it. I didn’t follow it all the time, but did enough to make the plan worth it. Plus, now I have all those recipes forever. I like that they allow you to switch plans once a month, so I will do the clean eating plan for half the month then switch it to the paleo plan. That way I have a nice variety of recipes. I also mix the clean eating slow cooker plan in there too. That one was one of my favorites from last year. So easy to throw some things in the crock pot and call it good. But, nice that it’s clean eating and not just a bunch of processed stuff that you are eating.
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