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:
Yesterday the family (plus a friend for my stepson) went to see the PGA practice round at Hazeltine. I am not sporty or golf-y in the least, but really enjoyed the afternoon. We saw several big name golfers, watched them play various holes – it was most mazing to watch them tee off. The ball makes a much different noise and goes high high in the air . . . you can really appreciate this IRL as opposed to watching on TV.
This was my PGA outfit. It was cute, but I would have felt more comfortable in some sort of sport or golf attire, and definitely tennis shoes:
As for my MC update – it was 90 degrees yesterday. We walked several miles over the course of the afternoon. I carried my little water bottle full of the MC lemonade all over the golf course, sipping occasionally, and did my best to soldier on! (If you ever see some disoriented person wandering aimlessly, clutching a water bottle, please be kind as they are likely on the MC and have only brain stem functioning!)
So far today (MC Day 3) feel pretty horrible – nauseous, headaches, and achy limbs – apparently this is due to toxins coming out of the body. My friend K is also doing the MC, however, in contrast, she has been business as usual, even went the gym yesterday, and aside from the desire to eat something crunchy, is absolutely fine. Yikes, clearly I must be chock full of toxins . . . but 4 pounds lost!
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 . . .