Day 8: My 48-Hour Cleanse

Today I kept my first cleanse rolling! Apparently your body gains even more benefits after 36 hours. I’m ecstatic to report that I made my first cleanse day last 48 hours! Two days of cleansing and I’m feeling great!

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Morning walk with Winston and my Cleanse for Life

I stayed busy today with more wedding planning. There are so many details to figure out that things usually start to snowball. I’m left with a headache and an ever-growing list with nothing checked off. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, I was actually really focused today and accomplished a lot!

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Getting shredded

 

In addition to crossing a hefty amount of tasks off my list, I was able to make it to the gym. My ankle has been in a lot of pain recently so I decided to hit the weight room. It’s always such a meat-fest in there, but I lasted almost an hour. I had some AMPED to power through my workout.

 

 

 

I broke my cleanse day with a veggie pasta mixture. It felt really good to do a 48-hour cleanse, but I was really happy to eat something real! As I ate my dinner, I reflected about how the Isagenix 30-Day Cleansing System has really got me thinking critically about what I put in my body.

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Spinach, bell peppers, veggie pasta, grilled chicken, parmesan, pepper

My weight hasn’t changed much this week, however, I have noticed other things. I gained a lot of energy and didn’t feel sluggish. My stomach appears leaner and I am beginning to notice a little more muscle definition. I’m still having issues sleeping, but I think that is due to all of the stress surrounding the wedding. It’s 17 days away! That’s enough time to really see what this program can do for me. I might even take another whack at a 48-hour cleanse if I can keep my mind right!

 

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Day 7: My first cleanse day!

Apparently, your first cleanse day on the Isagenix system is a pretty big deal. I get it, not eating for a whole day is hard. It can be not only a mental challenge, but it also has physical ramifications. Surprisingly, I did not experience any issues and I haven’t been hungry all day! Can I get a heck yeah?

This moment in time marks 24 hours since I last consumed solid foods. I spent today drinking Isagenix Cleanse for life, eating a few Isasnack tablets, and having my Natural Accelerator pills. In addition to these products, I drank a lot of water and one americano (espresso shots with hot water).

I had a lot of energy throughout the day. I stayed busy hiking with my dog, planning my wedding, proof-reading menus for inxpot, and riding my bike. It was a really full day so I think that I forgot about food. I didn’t experience any physical issues besides a brief moment of light-headedness (but that was quickly absolved by drinking water).

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Hanging out with my dog on our 7 mile hike (yes, he really does hike that far and yes, he is terrified of the river because he fell in once)

It will be interesting to see how 30-Day Cleansing Program goes. I have noticed that I have a lot of energy. I don’t feel like I need an afternoon latte to get me through the day. I also enjoy the fact that I think more critically about what goes into my body. Of course nobody is perfect and we give into cravings, but what really matters is to have a balance!

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#winstonvision

Day 6: Reflection

With a cleanse day on the agenda for tomorrow, I enjoyed my IsaLean shake meals and taco-inspired dinner salad. I didn’t have any hunger pains today. I also maintained a substantial amount of energy throughout the day.

Even though I spent the day at work, I was able to enjoy an evening trail run with my favorite person! After our three-mile loop, we had enough daylight to walk our dog! We finished the day with dinner and a movie. It was a very relaxing way to end a fantastic day.

I have overcome a lot of obstacles this week. I underwent extreme stress at work, intense hunger pains, and terrible sleep patterns. Starting a 30-day nutritional cleanse while planning a wedding seemed like a way to simplify my life, however, it hasn’t been easy.

As I reflect on this past week, I notice how my daily health and nutrition has improved. I have been able to sleep until my alarm goes off, which is a really big accomplishment for me. I’ve been paying closer attention to what I put in my body and I don’t consume as many processed foods. In addition to these benefits, I have been trying to lower my stress levels at work by talking through my hardships. A lot could change for me in the near future, but things are certainly looking bright!

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Oro Grande Trail Run

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Romaine, Spinach, Ham, Queso Fresco, Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes, and Pineapple Cilantro Salsa

 

Day 5: Recovery

Today was an emotionally taxing day. Work was really stressful and it made me question my employment choice. I dream of not feeling consumed, achieving more athletically, and spending more time with my family. At the end of the day, I just want to lead a simple, wholesome life.

Thankfully the IsaLean shakes curbed my appetite throughout the hard workday. I was able to conveniently consume a strawberry shake with chia seeds for my breakfast. As a snack I had a banana and some pineapple. In the afternoon, I blended vanilla IsaLean powder with chia seeds and a spoonful of peanut butter.

 

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Couch Selfie!

 

I chose to take the evening off from the gym and rest. I’ve been getting a lot of headaches from stress recently. Sometimes you have to choose the sidelines to better your tomorrow. I ate a delicious veggie pasta salad for dinner (courtesy of my better half) and relaxed on the couch.

 

My goals for the upcoming week include getting more sleep and becoming more consistent with my IsaLean shake consumption. I would also enjoy reading more about the Isagenix program and its nutritional benefits. I kind of jumped into the 30-day cleanse without much of a plan. It would be nice to have a better grasp of Isagenix in order to share the science with others and truly reap the rewards! Knowledge is power, right?

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Spinach topped with veggie/whole wheat spaghetti, bell pepper pesto blend, zucchini and cherry tomatoes, coarse ground pepper and grated parmesan

Day 4: Chasing the Light

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This hill is more intimidating in person…

My day started with a relaxing three mile run on some local trails. I was able to do some hill repeats and felt extremely strong considering that I started at 6am! I’m used to exercising in the evening. Early workouts can be rough, but the morning light casts a special glow on the mountains. It’s always a treat to see them in all their glory!

For my breakfast I consumed a chocolate IsaLean shake with banana, PB2 powder and chia seeds. Since I had to work, it took me until almost noon to finish it. I’m the operations manager at a very busy coffeeshop in Keystone, Colorado. It’s hard to get a break so the shakes are a great way to get nutrition on the go.

I had a small spinach salad with tomatoes, avocado and (yes, I caved) bacon braised pork! I’m a sucker for bacon! Our restaurant paired this savory meat with queso freso and pineapple cilantro salsa to make some mean tacos. I opted for the snack size version and used some of the bacon-braised pork in a salad.

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Bacon Braised Pork Tacos (that I didn’t eat, but really wanted to)

Since I was at inxpot until almost 7pm, I chose to eat some plain oatmeal with yogurt and fresh berries as my snack. I didn’t have any snacks today nor did I consume another shake. I figured that the salad and oatmeal mixture was enough food for the day…

After work, my little hamily chased the sunset. We hiked near the Dillon Reservoir. We caught some magnificent views of our favorite mountains and even saw some really pretty wildflowers! The long days full of light are quite rejuvenating.

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Winston watching the sunset

Even though I didn’t exactly follow the daily regiment set out for Isagenix’s 30-Day Nutritional Cleanse, I thought critically about the food that I did consume. I have also significantly decreased my caffeine intake. I’m a whole milk latte gal. Since I’ve been drinking the shakes and water, however, I have no desire to consume other liquids. Who would’ve thought that a caffeine habit would be so easy to break?

I’ll be on the go again tomorrow at work so I have my IsaLean powder all packed and ready to go. I plan to weight myself and start thinking more critically about how the Isagenix program is influencing my life.

Day 3: Enlightening

I’m happy to announce that Day 3 of my Nutritional Cleanse went a heck of a lot better than the past two. Today I succumbed to eating a real food for lunch and was rewarded with less hunger pains and more energy. I’m starting to become an Isagenix believer!

My Daily Recap

It was a pleasant day here in Dillon, Colorado. I started my morning off with a nice hike up Tenderfoot Mountain with my dog Winston. At the peak, I consumed the rest of my IsaLean shake and took in the sights. I wasn’t hungry and I didn’t crave real food.

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Tenderfoot Mountain Trail Dillon, CO

I spent most of my afternoon planning for my upcoming July wedding. Even though our celebration has brought me much joy and excitement, the details have been quite stressful and overwhelming. I’m appreciating having at least one thing in my life being simplified currently. The IsaLean shakes are proving themselves to be a great meal substitution.

If you’re wondering what I had for lunch, here is a picture.

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Greens! Gotta love that spinach life

I was going to make myself a chicken wrap, but I opted for the deconstructed version instead. I prepared a spinach salad with orange bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, avocado and some grilled chicken. I drizzled a little bit of balsamic vinegar on top and toasted half of a spinach tortilla to add some texture to my meal. I’m not very good at counting calories, but I watch my portion sizes. I ate slowly as I continued my wedding planning and was surprised at how full I felt. I didn’t even finish all of the chicken!

My evening consisted of going to the gym and Target. My current exercise routine includes 3 days of strength training, 2-3 days of swimming laps in the pool and 2-3 days of running or mountain biking. Today I did a 45-minute circuit utilizing the row machine, dumbbells, and a kettle bell followed by a half hour in the pool. I’m recovering from a hyperextended shoulder, but my workout felt great! I was relieved to get some resistance training in and stretch out my muscles in the pool.

In case you’re wondering how Target went, it was awesome! I remembered everything that I needed and didn’t buy too much stuff that wasn’t on my list… That’s always a win!

I’m a little weary of the long weekend at work. It’s the Bacon and Bourbon Festival at Keystone. Every restaurant will be featuring “tastes” and usually they’re irresistible. I hope that inxpot is so busy that I forget about all the tempting food!

 

Day 2: A Tale of Hunger Pains

Today was my 29th Birthday. I was showered in praise all day long, but all I wished for was to not feel hungry. In theory, a 30-Day Nutritional Cleansing Program sounded like a guaranteed way to lose weight before my wedding. But in action, this system has yet to prove its benefits to me.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m enjoying the simplicity of replacing two meals with nutritious shakes. I also like that the program calls for two healthy snacks daily. It makes me think really critically about what I consume. It’s almost as if Isagenix has become my inner voice, telling me what to eat and what not to eat.

Hungry, Hungry Emily

My biggest issue with Isagenix so far is that it still doesn’t seem like enough. I’m an athlete. I just competed in my first half Ironman last month and my body became accustomed to a steady stream of calories. Right now I spend about 8-12 hours per week training. These workouts vary but include a couple days focused on strength training, several days of HIIT and tabata work, as well as a day dedicated to a long mountain bike ride. This doesn’t include hikes with my dog, recreational activities like snowboarding, or even my daily steps (I’m on my feet all day long for work). I work out A LOT. And I’m HUNGRY.

Another big flaw with the system is that they suggest making lunch your real meal. Who wants to be sitting at the dinner table at 5pm (as suggested) drinking a smoothie while their family eats a home-cooked meal? Not me. I do think that consuming a 400-600 calorie meal midday would alleviate the hunger pains associated with Isagenix, however, dinner is the only time I get to spend with my family. And I refuse to let that quality time disappear.

Right now, I feel like I paid a lot of money to starve myself and be really restricted not just with my eating habits but with my daily routine. Hopefully my hunger levels subside and the system starts working better with my schedule… I didn’t even eat my birthday cake today. It looked so good!

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Me holding My Birthday Cake 6/22/2017

 

 

My Isagenix Journey: Day 1

Tomorrow I turn 29. My mother swore that it was the best year of her life. To me, it’s a bit daunting. The excuses associated with the 20-something lifestyle have grown dimmer by the day, but the maturity associated with being 30-something lacks little to no appeal. So what does one do in their 29th year of life? They kick ass. That’s what.

My plan? World domination. Obviously. All jokes aside, I’ve embarked on a new venture that puts my lofty dreams in the hands of nutritional cleansing. My hope is that these products enhance my athletic performance, boost my energy levels and (most importantly) simplify my hectic life. In celebration of my 29th year on earth, I decided to partake in Isagenix’s 30-Day Cleansing and Fat Burning System.

Why Isagenix?

I’ve toyed around with the idea of this program for quite some time. Ever since my snowboarding friend posted her transformation photos on Facebook, I was tempted. I was enthralled by her lean muscle and healthy glow. I wanted to know more!

She was very open about Isagenix and how it helped her gain energy and strength. She praised the product and the science backing it. Over the years, she occasionally proposed membership deals, however, finances and timing never correlated. But that’s how life goes. The earth keeps spinning and you’re stuck in a rut along for the ride unless you muster up some courage to change. So instead of spending another month wondering what if? I took the plunge and signed up.

Yesterday I received my Isagenix products in the mail. The packaging was well thought out and further increased my admiration for this brand. I also appreciated the step-by-step walk through my friend gave me about the products. She talked me through the daily routine and like a schoolgirl, I eagerly took notes. I went to sleep that night anticipating my nutritional enlightenment.

You Gotta Start Somewhere

Today was my first day of the 30-day Cleansing and Fat Burning System (I think that it’s called the basic system).  I’m not going to lie. It wasn’t all glitter and gold. After my first shake, I was still hungry. I drank my breakfast shake while I was out walking my dog. This was very convenient, however, I’m pretty used to consuming the bulk of my daily caloric intake in the morning. My body was a little shocked at the lack of calories.

In order to combat these feelings of “starvation,” I ate some oatmeal. Isagenix suggests a 100-200 calorie healthy snack so I whipped up a serving plain oatmeal with banana and powdered peanut butter to tame my appetite. I ate half of the mixture and saved the rest for later. By 11am, I craved my lunch shake. Whenever hunger pains struck, I abolished them by downing some water.

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Winston staring down my morning shake

My body seemed to adjust to the limitations as the day went on. I added some frozen berries to my lunch shake and drank more water. I ate the other half of my oatmeal mixture as my afternoon snack around 4pm. Instead of going to the gym and eating a late dinner, I opted for a home-cooked meal and an evening walk.

 

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Typical Dinner: Salmon, Steamed Kale and Broccoli with a touch of multigrain rice

As the end of Day 1 came to a close, did I feel fitter? Did I have tons of energy? Was I walking on sunshine? Not necessarily, I mean it was just day one. Did I feel healthier? Yes. I was forced to consciously be aware of what I was putting into my body all day long. Did I feel like this thing is going to work? Only time will tell.

 

What do you think about Isagenix? Have you ever tried Nutritional Cleansing? Please share your health endeavors with me! Thanks for reading.