Monday, June 10th, 2019
This morning, my cousin and I began the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse! These smoothies consist of greens and lots of fruits. These smoothies will serve for all three meals of the day for ten consecutive days. The only snacks allowed are: hard-boiled eggs, unsalted nuts, celery, carrots, and cucumbers. Before I introduce my experience on the first day of the cleanse, I wanted to assess my lifestyle pre-cleanse. The weekend right before we began our cleanse, we spent our time at the beach! This meant eating out for 3 and a half days straight and chillin on the beach. During these three days, we ate (and mostly finished) 4 different types of chips, pancakes, pizza, french fries, pasta, funnel cake, frozen yogurt, ice cream, etc. You name it, we probably ate it! On top of that, we shared some adult drinks at the beach as well. I know this sounds pretty bad, but I haven’t been the healthiest in the last year or so, so eating all of these bad foods wasn’t abnormal for me. Moreover, I haven’t been going to the gym or exercising as regularly as I used to. The reason why I decided to take on this challenge/cleanse with my cousin was to show myself that I could be accountable and responsible for my actions. This is an exercise for my willpower. I have never completed anything like this before, but I want to prove to myself that I can do anything I want with pure desire and willpower. It would be one of my greatest self-improvement accomplishments!
Here are some things I took note of pre-cleanse:
- Energy levels: 4/10
- Skin: acne scarring, dull, gray, tired-looking, body acne
- Waist: 27.5in
- Motivation: 100%
- Weight: N/A
- Appetite: 4/10
This morning, we headed back home, stopping by a diner with my cousins family. My cousin and I sat there while her S.O. and three children ate deliciously looking and smelling food! Her 7 year old kept asking me if I wanted a bite and continued to taunt me, but I was not about to give in just several hours into the first day. However, I downed the cup of ice water that the server gave me. I started drinking my first smoothie at 10am and finished on the 3 hour car ride back home, having a hardboiled egg as a snack. Then, we went grocery shopping to get some ingredients for the next smoothie (kind of a pain), and drank our second meal of the day followed by another hard-boiled egg. I ended up going home with cucumbers and peanuts that my cousin was sooo generous to give me so I wouldn’t starve on the cleanse. I stuck my smoothie in the freezer to run some errands, and ended up hanging out with my boyfriend from 6pm-10:30pm. I was having so much fun that the time passed by very quickly and I actually didn’t think about eating or my appetite so much. I arrived home at 11pm to find that my mom had wrapped up leftovers from dinner (Cambodian soup and fried chicken). My mouth salivated at the smell of homemade Cambodian dinner and I felt bad for the leftovers that might not get to be eaten… However, I merely smelled it, and I headed for my smoothie to find it completely frozen. I stuck it back in the fridge, cut up some cucumbers, pulled out the unsalted roasted peanuts, and happily ate those instead. I’m not too sure what I’m going to do with this last dinner smoothie that I was too lazy to defrost, but I’m sure that I can substitute it for another meal some time in the future.
At the end of the day, I only had a slight headache, but I feel awfully dehydrated… which makes sense because I know I should have drank more water than I really did. However, I did get upset at a very small thing that happened between my boyfriend and I… and may have overreacted WAY more than I should have. I couldn’t tell if that was me being hangry or if I was right in expressing my emotions. I guess as time goes on, I can look back and assess the situation better. I don’t feel completely out of energy. In fact, I am still very excited about this cleanse/challenge. The most important thing is that I’m very proud of myself and can’t wait to conquer tomorrow.
After the first day
- Evening weight: 120lb
- Energy level: 6/10
- Motivation: 100%
- Appetite: 6/10
- Skin: um pretty good actually!
- plan when you are going to drink your meals so you can plan when to make it and keep it with you on the go
- drink lots of water
- don’t kirk on people when something slightly terrible happens
- take this thing one day at a time
- DRINK LOTS OF WATER
- remember to snack to make it easier on yourself
- do something fun that will distract you from being hungry/eating if you can!!!
**This cleanse is from the 10 day green smoothie cleanse by JJ Smith. This is just my experience following the book and influenced by my cousin.**