Today is my ninth and last day on the Master Cleanse (“MC”). I wanted to go ten days; however this would be complicated due various social engagements where it would be unseemly to carry around a sports bottle full of MC lemonade. I sense the MC’s work is largely completed, anyway. Feel great, rather fresh and toxin free . . .
My first 4 days on the MC were a horror show – exhaustion, nausea, etc. Per the MC literature, this is due to built up toxins that the body is now trying to eliminate. However, I was not following the MC 100% and had ignored the somewhat horrifying laxative tea and salt water flush provisions. Once I added this ‘part two’ to my MC routine, I began to feel much better, energetic and healthy even. The last 5 days were a breeze.
Overall, I lost 7 pounds, but am expecting some of this weight to come back. I hope to lose even more through better nutrition and exercise. It will be much easier to stick with these programs now that I don’t have cravings for unhealthy, junky food constantly.
I do miss food desperately, as well as the socializing that occurs over a meal. I am lonely and very excited to eat again! My husband is taking me to dinner at Cafe Maude this weekend to celebrate my MC completion (the concept of MC freaked him out to no end and he has been very concerned). Is it a bad thing that I already have my Cafe Maude meal planned out? Surprisingly, I am not drooling over the macaroni and cheese (which is truly to die), or any number of questionably nutritious delights. On the contrary, several vegetable sides, like the braised greens, the grilled corn, a cup of soup and perhaps a small crab cake speak to me.
Here is what I am wearing on this cold and rainy MC final day:
Here’s my work outfit today:
The high-waisted skirt was not so adorable IRL – imagine a belted sausage with legs, and furthermore, that this sausage is also wearing the J. Crew Contrast Stitch Perfect Shirt. After viewing self in mirror, particularly the horrible side view, was almost happy that I had agreed to start the Master Cleanse (“MC”) today with a friend. (If unfamiliar with the MC, its basically a lemonade fast . . .)
Day 1 of MC has been pretty easy so far. I even made my husband and stepson pancakes this morning (now a permanent, once a week, weekday ritual) and wasn’t tempted by their steamy sweet buttery goodness. Okay, maybe a little bit tempted, but did not succumb. There is also enough maple syrup in just today’s MC lemonade for 3 or 4 breakfasts – difficult to justify cheating. It’s now close to 5 p.m. and my stomach is rumbling a little bit, but I don’t feel hungry yet. Have a class tonight, and will miss dinner with the boys, but probably am better off without watching them eat their pizza, giant burgers, milk shakes, etc . . .
Another close-up of the bell flower top, with jacket and two layered necklaces. (Sorry for photo quality, it was snapped in the ladies room of my office – yikes – the light is not so good.) Went out for cocktails directly after work and did not have time to change – received several compliments on the top!
My only reservation regarding this top is what the dry cleaner may do to the darling little stuffed blossom details – I shudder to consider the possibilities . . .
So what do you think of the Bell Flower?
My JC Bell Flower top just arrived!
Worried that the top would be too flouncy fluffy flowery, however the blossoms lie flat. IRL looks a bit different than as pictured above – the details inside the blossoms are not ivory, but a pale grey (as you can see in slightly blurry photo below).
Its a really pretty top – so pretty that I ripped it out of the package and put it on immediately (fortunately I was wearing bell flower friendly items . . . ) Following is the Polyvore of my Mid Day Re-do: