It’s January so that means most people are either on a diet, starting a new workout regime, on a cleanse (exhibit A) or nothing at all because they didn’t want to (me most of the time). But our December was so much fun that I ended up gaining those five pounds I had worked so hard to lose in the fall.
After my sisters had all told me they had great results with the BluePrint cleanse (one of them lost 7 pounds in three days), I figured it was time to try myself. I didn’t purchase it until I saw a sale, which they do all the time, either on their Facebook page, Gilt City (where I got mine), and some other places. If you use that link for Gilt City, you’ll get 25% off, and the cleanse is currently on sale for 37% off – you can do 3-day, 5-day or design your dozen (that’s the one I chose).
My juices arrived when I scheduled them to come (Friday morning) in a very well insulated cooler. I popped them in the fridge, took a glance, and counted down the hours I had left with delicious real food. They all looked pretty good (especially that pink bottle), so I was looking forward to it.
I chose the Foundation Cleanse, and looking back, that was a mistake. I have no clue why I thought I was a “level 2” cleanser. I am not. I am totally a level 1 cleanser (and that’s generous), and they had a really delicious juice for #5 I really wish I would have been having. But lesson learned. Here is where you actually pick your cleanse. The cleanse I chose included three of the “green” juices, which at first weren’t good. But they grew on me. Three times a day you get “romaine, celery, cucumber, apple, spinach, kale, parsley, lemon.” MMMMmmm. It takes like cleansing juice to me.
1. My cleanse was 2 days – I quit mid-day on day 2. Most people do 3 days, and you can buy yours to be anywhere from 1 to 5 days. I only bought mine for two days for these reasons: 1. I was nervous and skeptical. 2. I bought my cleanse through Gilt City which offered the discount for two days only. I told myself if I liked it, I’d cough up some more money for the full 3 days.
2. I wasn’t always starving but it hit my like a ton of bricks day 2. I read a lot of other reviews about the cleanse who said they didn’t get hungry, and while I wasn’t hungry as much on day 1, it was hard sitting down for mealtimes with the family. Watching Clint and the boys eat macaroni and cheese, hot dogs and a big dinner was tough. On day 2, I started feeling pretty tired. Day one started with an energy boost, but I crashed. Keeping up with two boys is not very conducive to cleansing. They are exhausting (in a good way), and I didn’t like feeling like I couldn’t keep up with them.
3. I cheated and eventually stopped on day 2. On day one I “cheated” but in the way Blueprint says you are allowed. You can have cucumber, avocado, vegetable broth and celery if you need to. I had all of these. I felt the need to “eat” when my family ate so I had something to munch on at the table. I told myself if eating celery keeps me from cleansing, I have bigger problems. Day 2, I ate a turkey wrap and felt good about cleansing for about 40 hours.
4. You have to prep yourself days before the cleanse. I ended up cutting out alcohol two weeks prior to the cleanse simply because I was sick of drinking after the holidays. Party after party left me really tired and exhausted (even those nights with only one drink were really messing up my sleep and my New Year’s resolution is all about rest). Blueprint does advise you to lead up to the cleanse by eating fresh fruits and vegetables beforehand, and I’d say I did a decent but not excellent job of prepping for the cleanse. The night before I had a salad with Diet Coke at dinner and felt pretty proud of myself. What I really wanted was a big pizza, so that alone took willpower.
5. I really, really love food. Living in Ohio in the winter, our favorite activities revolve around food. Going out to eat, cooking a big meal, making cookies together. “Enjoying a cleansing juice” doesn’t evoke the same feel-good family time that a good hamburger does. While it made me realize I’m probably eating out of habit a lot of times I don’t need to, I was really missing food and I think my family was getting a little bored. Trying new restaurants (even with the boys) is an enjoyable thing for us to do in our new city, and it was one weekend that the boys were on their own and I was wishing we were out at Bob Evans.
The results? I lost 1.5 pounds in a day and a half (you better believe I’m counting that half day) and felt better from all the damage I did over the holidays. But, I’m also a lot happier in this picture, which was me after eating a turkey wrap and 2 dark chocolate pieces with a diet coke. Ahhhh.. Plus – dreaming about our anniversary trip coming up, while trying on some new tops and outfits! This is one of my favorites – a JCREW striped top WITH tulle, and under $50!
What I did not like: Decreased energy on day 2, being HANGRY, moodiness and overall lethargy. A lot of people ask if I encountered extra bathroom trips … I did not. More importantly, I just don’t have a day that I can rest and relax and not have the demands of 2 little, amazing boys. Anything that keeps me from being able to be my best mom self just isn’t worth it. Now, if I absolutely wanted to lose a couple of pounds before I was going to be in a swimsuit, I may have a little more motivation and give it a try again. Blueprint does make it easy for you if you are ready for a cleanse, and next time I will know what I’m really in for.
Here they were on day 2, feeding each other cheese puffs. Count me in.
Have you done a juice cleanse before? What did you think?