I finally did it! I did a cleanse! And boy was it looonng overdue…
I was sensing that my energy tank was running on empty and I had little left to give. This is when I usually get sick which in part sucks and in part is a huge relief to have an excuse to lay in bed and watch reruns of New Girl all day long.
But here’s the thing, why wait until we get sick to finally give our bodies a break?
So I decided to do a cleanse.
A cleanse isn’t just for your body, it’s also for your mind and spirit.
I knew that if I committed to a cleanse I couldn’t go 100 miles per hour all week. I gave myself permission to do a cleanse and get some much needed rest.
I’ve been taking Isagenix products for awhile now and love them, so I decided to try the Isagenix 9 Day Cleansing and Fat-Burning system to give my bod a reboot.
The beautiful thing about this system is that it’s more than just a gut cleanse, it’s a blood cleanse. When you rid your body of unwanted toxins, any extra pounds you hold onto will naturally melt away too. Not bad, right?
The first two days I followed the pure cleanse regiment. After that, I allowed myself to drink green juice and eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Here’s what I experienced.
1. A lot of guilt came up for the first few days.
I noticed that it was really hard to let myself rest and relax without feeling super guilty about it. Thoughts came up as ‘You shouldn’t be lying around, get back to work!’ and ‘You better not tell Peter (my husband) you’re doing this in case he thinks you’re just being lazy’. I kept wanting to jump up and do work or clean the house rather than giving myself permission to rest and recharge. By the way, my husband is extremely supportive, these were just the thoughts running through my mind.
2. The first day of the cleanse I went swimming which felt great.
After that, the most exercise I did was some light yoga or walking with the dogs. Do not plan on doing any extreme exercise during your cleanse. You won’t have the physical energy to do it.
3. I got extremely creative during this time.
I’ve been wanting to get more work done on my book but have come up with every excuse to avoid it. One day, I even decided that baking bread was a better idea than sitting down to write. That’s because it felt like work. During my cleanse, even though I was on the couch in pajamas, I finally started writing again! Rather than pulling out my computer, I grabbed a notebook and wrote old-school style by hand. And it felt fucking incredible.
4. By day 3 of the cleanse I noticed a mild headache which is rare for me.
My energy was greatly reduced and it was hard to focus on things. I had a few client sessions this week that I couldn’t cancel, but I wish I had completely cleared my schedule. Different sensations in your body like fatigue and headaches are a natural part of the cleansing process. Just drink a ton of water.
5. By days 4 and 5 of the cleanse I felt amazing!
Much more clear-headed and my mood had drastically improved. I also noticed that I wasn’t craving sweets like I used to and my appetite was reduced.
6. I could see my abs!
Overall I’m pretty lean and toned, but I’ve never had a sexy stomach in the way I wanted. After doing the cleanse, I could see real ab definition. This was a huge bonus!
7. Finally, it was great to gift myself this time.
I spent an hour each morning in meditation, journaling, read books I’ve been meaning to read for ages, cuddled with my dogs and watched mindless TV just because I felt like it. Ahhh….so good.
So whether you have a little extra weight you’d like to lose, have been feeling sluggish or just need a freaking break…try a cleanse.
You can find the Isagenix Deep Cleanse system here.
And feel free to reach out to me with any questions!