Here we go . . . again!
Today is day one. I'm struggling at lunch time trying to be strong and not go get that turkey sub that keeps popping in my head.
Date: 7/22/2008 12:28:35 PM ( 13 y ) ... viewed 1209 times
Ok, I learned about the Master Cleanse about 3 years ago. A friend told me about it, he had lost a lot of weight doing it. I was curious so I looked it up on the internet. Sounded interesting. I agreed with the philosophy of the body needing to detox. I had a few books about detoxing but never seemed to follow their program because of all the products that were required. The Master Cleanse actually sounded doable. I ordered the book and read it cover to cover. The first time I tried it, by day 3 my head hurt so badly I could hardly function. Now I knew what the problem was, I had a hard time getting the lemonade down, it was just way too sickly sweet for me, so in 2 days I had probably only drunk 6 or 7 glasses. I stopped, my head was killing me.
Now this didn't dissuade me from trying again. I even told friends about it who then went out and bought the book and have gone on with far more success than me. I did it again but I would get hungry, and I had to cook dinner for my kids. There is nothing worse than watching broccoli sitting on a plate when you are hungry. So I'd cheat, sometimes with broccoli, sometimes with a cookie, a piece of bacon, whatever. After 7 days of that, I changed plans and went to Dick Gregory's weight loss fast which is similar to the Master Cleanse in that you drink a water, lemon or lime, and honey drink, but you also begin and end the day with a bowl of bran, and you eat 3-6 grapefruits. I was able to stay on that for about a week longer.
Since then I've attempted several times and never really got past day two. I know I need to do this so why do I keep falling part? Well, I have a co-worker whose focus every day is on what are we going to eat for lunch. I still have to cook for my kids who are too young to cook for themselves. My will power is only a little better than non-existent. The excuses are numerous. But I'm in my 40s now, and with each passing day I'm falling apart. And since I'm feeling it, I'm looking older too, like a middle aged woman. I've always looked young for my age so I didn't expect to look like middle aged woman until my 50s or 60s. For the past 4-5 years or so I have been dealing with a fluid retention problem. My body seems to collect it throughout the night, so frequently my face is embarrassingly swollen in the morning. Initially I thought is was just a reaction to dust in the air, while I slept. When the filter in our furnace was changed it seemed to go away. But over the past 2-3 years it's gotten worse, the fluid is all over my body and it doesn't dissipate thoughout the day. My legs feel like sausages, my knees ache, and I'm just simply uncomfortable. I've gained 20 pounds in the last 3 years; I'd bet three-fourths of that is just fluid. Now to look at me you wouldn't say I was overweight, I'm not going to lie, but I am 5'5 and 160 lbs. I could stand to lose 25-30 lbs.
About 9 months ago I went to see a chiropractor who specializes in pain and weight loss management. Through accupressure and a change in diet (vegetarian with a heavy emphasis on raw veggies) I started feeling better. That lasted until a month ago when I went on a cruise and back to eating everything, and I mean everything. Two weeks ago I really outdid myself and since then I can feel it. Back to the swollen face and legs and knees, but with the added injury of a cloudy head. I can't remember anything, can't think clearly. I took myself back to Bikram yoga (hadn't been in months) to try to sweat out some of this stuff, but I know that I have to go back to a healthier diet. I'm too embarrassed to go back to the chiropractor (plus I don't have the money to continue the treatments) So I'm back to the good ole MC. I couldn't think of a better way to jumpstart my way to flushing out all the evil toxins that have accumlated over the years, but especially in the last month.
Today is day one. I'm struggling at lunch time trying to be strong and not go get that turkey sub that keeps popping in my head. But I'll save that for another post.
Time to get back to work,
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