Today I decided to write about something a little bit different. I'm going to be completely honest here, before I took my break from blogging, I wasn't too happy with my weight. Even now, I'm still not completely happy yet. For the most part, I have always been relatively thin and I have always been able to eat what I want.
In high school I was on the drill/dance team, so no matter what kind of junk I ate, I was always fit physically. (I even had abs.) During my freshman year of college, I was really good about keeping off the weight. Sophomore and junior year, I did gain some weight, but it wasn't too horrible and I was still content with the way I looked. Senior year just took a plummet for the worst.
First semester I didn't really see much of a difference, but my second semester was a mess. I don't know if it was relationship weight or from all the partying/drinking alcohol, but I could definitely see a change in my body. My face got fuller, my arms got bigger, my legs got thicker and the abs I once had were just a faint memory.
By no means do I think I am overweight, but I do see a difference in my body that I do not like. I'm not as comfortable as I used to be in my own skin. I made a resolution at the beginning of the year to work on my weight, and it hasn't been until recently that I have done something to work on my goal.
I'll be honest with you, unless I am dancing, I don't like to work out. When I first packed on my weight, I was trying to find ways to lose it through cleanses and one of my friends told me about the Master Cleanse. I don't know why I thought I was disciplined enough to not eat for 7 days, but I attempted to give it a whirl and failed miserably. I think I had made my first batch of the spicy lemonade too spicy and it was hard to drink. Also, living at home and not eating is really not an option. My father would never let me not eat anything.
Before I started walking/running at my local park, one of my sorority sisters told me about the Water Detox by Jillian Michaels and how you could lose up to five pounds of water weight, while still being able to eat. I immediately thought I had to try this detox. Well on my break from blogging, I finished up my detox and I wanted to share some thoughts and my results with you all.
1. The detox was fairly easy. I thought drinking 61 oz of the mixture would be a problem, because I don't drink the daily recommended amount of water. I drank a glass of it before I went to work, took a liter of it to work to drink throughout the day, and by the time I got home all I had was a little glass of it left to drink.
2. I loved how you could eat with this detox.
3.The taste wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. From steeping the tea, the smell of it turned me completely off. It's not a tea I would think about drinking on it's own, but I guess diluting it with water, cranberry and lemon juice made it much more bearable. In my opinion I'd rather drink this than regular water.
4. It was simple. It didn't call for a lot of ingredients and the process of making the water was fairly easy. I'm all about simple things. This is exactly why the Master Cleanse didn't work for me. I thought it was too strenuous to make.
Unfortunately, I only lost 1.5 pounds with this detox. I'm sure a major factor as to why I didn't lose as much weight as I could have was because I wasn't necessarily eating the cleanest. I ate decently, but I could have done better. Also I have to keep in mind that the detox was meant to loose water weight. If you don't have much water weight, it's understandable if you don't lose up to 5 pounds.
Overall, I'm not sure I would do the detox again. I think it's great that I got the daily amount of water suggested in my system, but other than that, I don't know if it's actually worth it.
Have you ever done a detox before? Did it work for you?
Love and desserts,