So, today was day one. I hate day one.
In the past when I’ve tried to get back into my healthy lifestyle, I’ve kicked it off with a five-day juice cleanse. This time will be no different.
And right off the bat I want to say that you have to make sure you are doing the juice cleanse the right way. By “right way” I mean that you do the cleanse the way it was intended to be done. A juice cleanse floods your body with vitamins and minerals to rid the body of all of the toxins it has gained through you shoving that vending machine cinnamon roll down your gullet. Don’t worry, I’m not judging you, we’ve all indulged at one point in our lives.
What a juice cleanse is NOT meant for is losing weight. Yes, you will lose weight when you do a juice cleanse, but that is just a bonus. The juice cleanse is intended to motivate you to eat healthier and to reset your body. You’re metabolism will get rebuilt and there’s a good chance you’ll experience a heightened mood and deeper sleep. You’ll also start to develop withdrawal headaches from sugar and caffeine during days three-through-five and yes, you’re going to become new best friends with your bathroom. Don’t get me wrong, the weight loss is great (I lost 10 pounds while doing my first one and eight pounds when I did my second one). The juice cleanse is simply a jump start to helping you achieve your nutritional and physical goals.
Now, as far as where I go to do mine and what you should do during the cleanse is up to you. For me, I’m a little extreme. I did my first two juice cleanses through Nekter Juice Bar headquartered in Santa Ana, CA. I became familiar with Nekter when a college buddy took me there after a night of drinking in Scottsdale, AZ. Nekter gives instructions to pretty much follow the juice cleanse as is, but if you do get hungry (um, who wouldn’t?) then they allow you to have a handful of almonds or half of an avocado as a snack. I never did that. As far as exercise goes, they said if you do any exercising then you should limit yourself to light cardio. I didn’t do any exercising during my first two cleanses, but I am going to go ahead and do that this time.
For this cleanse, I decided I wanted to go somewhere local. A Clean Juice had just opened up about five minutes from my house in Morrisville, NC…so I decided to check it out. Clean Juice got it’s start in Huntersville, NC (about 20 minutes from Charlotte, NC) and now has over 90 locations in 13 states. The price of the juice cleanse was fair (anything in the $200-$250 range is standard) and so I decided to go ahead and take the plunge. Now, Clean Juice actually suggests that if you drink a morning coffee, to continue to do so during the cleanse as to avoid getting the withdrawal headaches. I’m going to politely disagree with Clean Juice here because the whole point of a cleanse is to rid your body of the toxins. Eventually, the headaches will subside. Please don’t take over the counter medications to relieve your headaches, you’re just reintroducing drugs into your system that you’re trying to flush out. Clean Juice also says that you can continue your normal exercise routine when it comes to working out, but to be smart while doing so. I guess I’m okay with those instructions, but when you’re doing a cleanse you don’t feel like doing much of anything. Kudos to the person in my hot yoga class who did a whole 45 minute session and didn’t eat for a whole week. You are a freak of nature and I admire you.
You would think that a five day juice cleanse would be enough, right? Not for me. Day one actually doesn’t consist of any juice for me. In fact, no sustenance at all. Day one for me included an hour on the elliptical and drinking nothing but water. Essentially, I add an extra day to my cleanse and hydrate with water the whole first day.
As for the actual numbers of where I stand, here’s a snapshot:
As you can see, I have a goal weight of 160 pounds. I’m currently 182.6 pounds, so I’ve got 90 days to lose roughly 22.6 pounds. As evidenced by the image, I have a Fitbit. Now, a Fitbit isn’t a required piece of gear, but I would definitely recommend getting some sort of fitness tracker as it helps keep all of your daily stats organized in an app on your phone, tablet, or computer. More specifically, I have a Fitbit Charge 2 and it is perfect for what I want and what I need. In a perfect world, you would wear the fitness tracker on your non-dominant wrist as it gives more accurate readings, but I have a couple of nice watches I like to wear, so I wear my Charge 2 on my dominant right wrist.
If you do get a Fitbit and you use the app, the home screen is a dashboard that looks similar to the image above. One of the options is to log your weight, but it also additionally adds the option of logging your body fat percentage. I looked up how to calculate body fat percentage and it’s not the easiest process. If you’ve ever been to a decent gym and had a good personal trainer, they will know how to do it or they will have this tool which is WAY easier, but just slightly less accurate:
A couple months ago I went ahead and bought an OMRON Fat Loss Monitor just to get a ballpark of where my body fat percentage was and where my body mass index (BMI) was. Don’t buy anything that’s above $50. Currently, my body fat is at 18.5% which isn’t terrible, but isn’t great either. My BMI is 27.8, which puts me in the overweight range, but then again you shouldn’t read TOO MUCH into BMI.
So there it is. Day one is in the books and I’ve got my initial readings and a good understanding of where I need to get to in the next 89 days. Wish me luck!