I’m Doing It Again

I’ve spent the last month or so indulging in a lot of food and drink that I’m not meant to. I’ve been exercising a bit – but not as much as I should have been. My sister introduced me to blogilates. I really enjoy those (short) workouts!
Anyway, so after all my indulgence, I’ve decided it’s time for a cleanse. So I started the Clean 9 again today. I won’t post updates as I’ve done in the past – there’s only so many times I can tell you that I’m hungry and that I ate stir-fry for dinner!
I’ll update you if I anything out of the ordinary happens!
Here’s to cleansing!
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The New Clean 9 – Days 1 and 2

So I told you I was going to do the Clean 9 again and now I’m doing it. It’s Day 4 and I think I’ve managed pretty well. Honestly, between the summer camp drop offs and pick ups, and the rushing to and from playgroup, I’ve not really had much time to think about eating. Or am I just saying that because I can actually eat now? Ok, it’s a lie – the first two days were tough!

So the Clean 9 has changed. And it’s now the New Clean 9. I didn’t know that – I did no research (because I’d done it before) and just ordered it. The instruction booklet wasn’t in the box (growl) – so I found all the instructions online.

I followed the instructions given on the site (check out the New Clean 9 link above). I waited for that sick feeling I had last time, but it never came. And I really missed food. Probably more because I knew I couldn’t have any? But… I was never really hungry. I had every intention of not smoking for the nine days – but that’s not happened. I tried – I really did. But I would have killed someone. Maybe that’s why the headaches didn’t come? Because not all the toxins left my body?

Now – the disgusting aloe vera gel… I nearly threw up the first time I had it on day 1. But it’s actually not so bad any more. Strange, no? I hated it every single time when I did this two years ago, and I’d forgotten what it tasted like – just that I hated it. But it’s ok. As long as it’s really cold, it’s ok.

When I last did the Clean 9, I was mixing the Forever Lite Ultra protein shake with skimmed milk. And, again not knowing about the changes, bought a whole lot. Once I started reading the instructions, they recommended not using cow’s milk because of lactose – but to use water, almond milk, soy milk or coconut milk. I decided to just mix it with water. And it’s fine.

Another difference is the ‘free’ foods. There’s a list of fruit and vegetables that can be eaten (in moderation) throughout the nine days. I didn’t succumb on day 1. But on day 2, I had 5 grapes and a bit of cucumber. I don’t think I was hungry. I think it was just Sunday and I didn’t know what else to do!

Exercise. The dreaded exercise. You’re meant to do a minimum of thirty minutes of ‘moderate intensity’ exercise every day. I didn’t do it on day 1. There’s no good reason or excuse for it – I just didn’t do it. But on Sunday I dug out my Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD and did it. That workout was only twenty minutes, but something is better than nothing, right?

By the end of day 1, I felt that my stomach was a little flatter. Not flat. Not by any means – but flatter.

By the end of day 2, my MIL was complimenting my complexion!

I feel quite energetic – don’t worry, I’m not about to go and do something silly (like jog) – I just don’t feel like I want to lie in bed all day.

And by the end of day 2, I had decided that I’m going to do the thirty day Forever FIT 1. Why? Because I can feel this working.

I think one of my multiple chins has even gone!

 

C9 – Day 2

You know – it’s not been too bad. I miss food. I spent the day thinking about Chinese food. And kebabs. Instead I ate  five grapes and a bit of cucumber. At least I haven’t  had that sick headachey feeling this time!
Yesterday I didn’t do the required 30 minutes of exercise. Today I dug out my 30 Day Shred DVD – and I feel great!
Now – confession time – smoking. As in I haven’t stopped. 🙈🙉🙊
I can eat tomorrow!!

It’s Time

I look around at my friends and acquaintances, people I see regularly and not so regularly – and I wonder at how they look so fabulous all the time. I wonder about it – especially since most of them have at least two kids. I wonder about it – even though I know the answer already. They exercise and they watch what they eat.

When I say they ‘exercise’, I mean they really exercise. Every day. Whether it’s cardio, yoga or with their personal trainers – they do it. One or two of them do it twice a day (why they’d put themselves through that, I don’t know).

And, as I said, they watch what they eat. And I mean they really watch what they eat. They count calories. Or they only have soups, salads and wraps. They don’t eat carbs. They don’t eat white rice or white bread. And they definitely don’t eat anything fried. Or dessert. Unless it’s a special occasion.

So while I marvel at their willpower, I wonder why I can’t do the same. I envy their skinny jeans, slim thighs and lack of pot belly. I HAVE to have a Coke if I go out to eat. And I WANT to have the French fries. And I WON’T deny myself some dessert – on any day. Why? No really, why? Why can’t I just say, ‘Right, today I won’t have a cupcake’ and actually not have a cupcake? Or a KitKat. Or a Nutella sandwich. Mmmm… A Nutella sandwich!

Last month I decided to start going to Zumba classes with a couple of my friends. I went twice a week. For two weeks. I enjoyed the music. And I didn’t mind too much about getting extremely sweaty. But I hate jumping around. First of all there’s no sports bra in the world that will stop my girls bouncing around. And secondly, I’m so heavy I just can’t move fast enough! My other excuse reason for not going any more is that between taking Booni to playgroup three mornings a week and then going to Zumba the other two mornings, I’m not at home on any morning. And therefore, I’m not getting anything done!

I’m getting a bit tired of the digs LagosDad is making about my lack of enthusiasm for exercising. Just because he’s super slim, he goes on about how ‘I don’t eat bread’ and ‘I exercise at home’ blah blah blah. What he doesn’t realise is the more he goes on at me, the less likely I am to trade in my Havaianas for trainers.

So it was after my last conversation with Vins that I decided it was time. Time to start doing something.

I went onto Jumia and ordered my Clean 9 detox kit (N24000). I’ve done this detox before – about two years ago, and I’m ready to do it again.

So it arrived on Wednesday. And I decided I’ll start it on Saturday. LagosDad is going away for work on Saturday, so I thought it might be easier to do it while he’s away.

I opened the box and saw that while the whole detox thing is basically the same as when I did it before, some changes have been made. It’s now called C9 FIT. I had to go online to find the instructions on what to do and when to do it because… The instruction booklet wasn’t in the box. (I have emailed Jumia about this twice. But I’ve still not heard back from them.)

Anyway, so I’m ready to start on Saturday. I just have to go and buy some almond milk tomorrow. And some brown rice and whole wheat pasta or noodles or whatever – and I’m good to go. I think. I can’t remember what the aloe vera gel tastes like – but I do rememer it being absolutely disgusting. I’m dreading that part.

Oh – and once you finish the C9 F.I.T., there’s a 30 day programme called Forever FIT 1 (N42000 on Jumia) followed by another 30 day programme called Forever FIT 2 (N45000 on Jumia). I’d like to try the Forever FIT 1 later in the summer (and maybe even FIT 2 after that) – so if you sell it for less, or know anyone who does, please let me know!

So, it’s time.

Wish me luck!