I Survived: Juicing Edition

I did something I have never done in my life. I didn’t eat for three whole days. As a person who never drinks smoothies, much less juice, this was weird. I never thought I would be one of those juice cleanse people, but here I am. Never say never, ladies.

What made me want to do this:

I was, what the marketing world calls, influenced. I saw a person in the health industry that I respected and followed, do it, so I did it. Honestly, it’s on my list of “never-s.” Oh I would never cut out bread and cheese, I love it! I did that. Oh I’d never go vegan that’s so weird. I did that. The list continues, people. I will say I’ve always been a little curious. What’s the hype? So, just like I did when I moved to New York, I decided in 2.5 seconds and did zero planning and research! Kidding, kinda. I did look at a few different places and watched a couple Youtube videos of people who did them. Minimal research, in other words. I decided to do the same one as my girl Blogilates. As you guys know, I’ve watched her workout videos for about 2 years now and I respect her opinion, okay!

Here’s the one I did:

 

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I picked Cleanse 2 instead of the first one, simply because I felt I wouldn’t need a heavy drink in the morning. Cleanse 1 has a smoothie-like drink in the morning and night, while Cleanse 2 only has it at night. I also preferred to keep it as fruit and veggie based as I could—since that’s pretty much the point. I realize this is super expensive, but all in the name of research and pure curiosity? *bank account gives me the super side-eye*

Things I’m going to keep in mind going in:

How I feel overall

How I sleep

How bad are the cravings during and after

How my energy levels are (gonna try to keep doing the same things workout-wise)

Day 1:

I did a really intense HIIT workout this morning since I figured today would be the day I had the most energy. First two juices were really good, the third one not so much. Ginger in a drink is really weird, but I also drink apple cider vinegar—which is basically salad dressing water. Around 3pm I was pretty tired, probably could taken a nap. I didn’t drink any coffee today and my head is HAMMERING. The worst part of today was probably from 3-6 and then I was less like “I could eat so many chips right now its insane.” I will say after day one, I’m a little peeved at myself for thinking I was too good for Cleanse 1 for two reasons. Cleanse 1 had NO BEET JUICE—I had to choke this one down it was awful. It also had one more of the smoothie-like drinks and honestly, that last juice is the only thing I was looking forward to all day. So yeah, not my best idea. Good intentions paved the road of my personal hell (okay I’m being dramatic but you get it). I’m really hoping I wake up refreshed and can actually go for a run tomorrow, let’s see how that goes.

Please enjoy me drinking beet juice:

Day 2:

Last night was rough! It felt like one of those nights you eat until you make yourself sick and you have to force yourself to concentrate on something other than food. As I was going to sleep—early I might add, I resolved to quit this whole thing after one day. I did not feel great about it, being a competitive person and definitely wanting to prove to myself I could do it. This morning, however, I felt a lot better. I wasn’t super tired and my body didn’t seem to hate me too much for not feeding it. I decided to keep going, cause why not? I went for a walk instead of a run mostly because my head is still hurting. I definitely had my coffee too and I have no regrets people! I need my bean juice okay!! Now that my head feels normal, I can focus on how I actually feel. Today was about 100000% better than yesterday. I have way more energy, I’m not craving stuff as intensely as I was and I even had enough energy for a run. Yes you read that right, at 8 pm I went for a run. I never run at night. I just don’t have the energy for it and I don’t want to. Went to sleep at little full still, but so much better than yesterday.

Day 3:

I’m ready for today! No cravings really and I worked out like normal this morning. I took it a little easier and tried not to overextend myself, but pretty much could do everything I normally do. My energy during this is wild. I was so worried I was going to be dead the whole time and that’s so not the case for me. I felt pretty great all morning. By 2 pm, I lost my energy. This seems to be the point in my day where I normally get hungry and don’t have a lot of energy. Kinda of weird, but I guess makes sense. At night, I was definitely feeling hungry again. Not as bad as Day 1, but I could definitely go for a sandwich. Luckily, it was the last day so yay!

Conclusion:

This went from 100-0 real quick. I really thought after Day 1, I was going to report that I quit and was not gonna do it again. However, I actually kind of enjoyed it in a weird way? I thrive on a structured diet, no thinking means no room for “oh man what am I gonna eat ugh I’ll just have chips for dinner.” If I was a richer lady, I would just order those meal kits every week and never have to think about meals again. I also loved not having to cook. Cooking has never been my thing, I need meals to be 10 minutes prep-time and thats it. It was a good way to sort of force myself to get back on track as far as my healthy habits go.

How Did I sleep?- Actually very well, but I wouldn’t say a huge difference than normal. I’m a good sleeper, overall. The thing that I did notice, however, was I woke up feeling super rested and not groggy in the slightest. No matter how much sleep I get, I usually want to go back to sleep after my alarm, but this was different. My alarm went off and it’s like my body was ready for it and I was wide awake.

How bad are the cravings?-So very bad the first day, then lessen as the 2nd and 3rd day go on. I could always eat, but I wasn’t ravenous the whole time

Energy Levels?-Surprisingly normal. After the first day, that is. I would say the 2nd day was the best as far as energy and cravings.

How I feel overall?- Honestly, actually really good. I forget sometimes, how good I feel when I’m eating really healthy. I’ve been letting myself snack A LOT and instead of listening to my body, which was really hurting my moods. I’ll also say my mood was really great after the first day, almost giddy?

Will I do this again?

Actually, yes. Maybe after the holidays when your schedule is messed up and you just want to nap for 10 years. It was a great way to get me back on track as far as making sure I’m putting the ~goods~ in my body. It’s not for everyone, but I really enjoyed it.

 

 

 

 

My Morning and Night Routine

As requested, here is my nightly and morning-ly routine!

Firstly: AM Schedule

Real talk, I get up early as hell and I couldn’t tell you the last time I slept in on a work day. Period. It’s really important for me to workout in the morning and if I don’t get my butt up, I’m not working out. It took me a while to get used to the commute and waking up an extra hour early (actual hell for the first two months), but now that I have a routine I stick to it obsessively. Trying to be a better planner the night before, but most times I’m just winging it. 

6:15: First alarm goes off

I’m gonna admit it. I snooze it. Every.time. I either go back to sleep if I’m really tired, or just lay there for a few minutes

6:24: Second alarm goes off

Okay I’m awake, but I snooze again and check my phone for messages, snaps etc. Basically, the haps while I was asleep (cause I also go to sleep super early)

6:33: Third alarm goes off

Get out of bed, make the bed (which involves pulling up the comforter and propping up the pillows lol) and head to the bathroom

6:33-6:45(ish): Bathroom Junk

Wash my face and chug a glass of water (essential). This wakes me up real quick and gets me ready for the workout ahead. I got into the habit of washing my face before I workout and shower. I feel like washing the gunk off my face before I sweat is better than having the night gunk sitting on my face on top of the sweat? Maybe that only makes sense to me. I also have a super dry mouth, so drinking water all the time is kind of unavoidable. 

6:45-7:30: Workout

This is a give or take since sometimes it takes me a sec to figure out what workouts I wanna do specifically and/or if i feel like running if it’s my running day. Mondays are always 45 minutes no matter what. Tuesday and Thursday is 30-35 (35 on a good day). Wednesday and Friday could be 30, or could be 40-45 just depends on how I feel. Here’s a post more on my workout routine during the week.

7:30: Take a minute to breathe 

This title sounds like my apple watch talking to me. Anyway, I just started doing this again and I really like it. I have the apple watch and on it, is an app specifically just for focusing on breathing. I recommend it just to set some intentions for yourself before starting your day. Again, a struggle because I’m thinking about all the stuff I need to do before work, during work and after work. It’s only a minute, so I try to squeeze it in, no excuses. 

7:31-ish: Shower

Next I head to the shower. Ya’ll know what goes on in there. Then I chug another glass of water and brush my teeth. 

7:45-8:30: Makeup, get dressed, chug more water and run out the door.

This is where I kinda struggle because I like to leisurely do my makeup which forces all other things to be quick and rushed. I try to figure out what I’m wearing the next day ahead of time but if you’re a girl then you know sometimes you put stuff on and it looks dumb so you have to try 50 other shirts before you get it right. Sometimes it works, but most times I’m just late and fast-walking to the subway.

And there you have my morning routine!

Nightly Routine:

For obvious reasons, my nightly routine is a little more lax because I have more time, but here’s a definitive list of everything I HAVE to do before I go to bed.

  • Drink a warm lemon water

Started doing this a few weeks ago and I really like how it’s been making me feel. Yes, it tastes pretty gross but I’m gonna drink the water anyway so why not give it a little boost? I also drink one of these in the morning while I’m at work before I have coffee. 

  • After using said lemon half for my water, I squeeze that shit on my face

Okay this is super weird but I just decided to do this one night and tbh it has dried my face up so much and helped a lot with my scars. I’ll give more details in a different post, but trust me its good.

  • After normal night junk like washing my face and brushing my teeth, I take my eye makeup off with Coca Butter

This is essentially like using Vaseline, but I already had this and it does the same stuff. My lashes look longer and fuller and stay curled better when I do this instead of using a makeup wipe.

  • Attempt to figure out what I’m wearing tomorrow and what workouts I’ll be doing in the morning

New thing I’m attempting to do to save myself from the inevitable power walking to the subway in the morning. Depending on the day, I need to pick out which videos I’ll be doing and in what order etc. This gives me more time to do the actual workout without having to waste time picking videos.

  • Journal/write in some sort of way

I have a book that prompts me each day with a question I have to answer. I love it because it forces me to write SOMETHING everyday. I also have just a regular journal that I write in whenever I feel the urge. I also have one that is a prompt for a 1 page short story. This sounds obnoxious since I also have a blog, but the goal is to write a book one day and I gotta work on fictional writing as well as just blogging. I also don’t write in all three everyday cause who’s that put together?

And that’s the routine! I got to bed at 10:30 because I love sleep and am also a g-maw.