I started the Purium 10 day Transformation to reboot and cleanse my system, lose a few pounds and get off the slippery slope of non-nutritive carb over consumption.
This is not a product endorsement, it just happens to be the product I selected to do an annual cleanse with and I'm telling it like it is. I took my measurements, weighed myself and had a "before" photograph snapped. This particular product (Purium) suggests that you "go public" to inspire success. They claim that you can lose between 5-20 pounds in 10 days.
Day one: I was feeling inspired and was prepared to reap the benefits of leaving my comfort zone, so handled the hunger, feelings of exhaustion and weakness. I needed to keep up my jogging, despite the fact that the cleanse instructions recommend that you don't exercise too much and did a 7.2 mile hilly run which left me feeling awful. The cleanse program consists of starting your day off with water, amino acid pills (containing 8 essential amino acids) and something called a "superlyte" which consists of salt and rooibos tea extract and every two hours you alternate with that and a super green "Power Shake" with loads of water. Three times a day you are allowed to eat something called a "flex food", for example, an organic apple, I/2 an avocado, celery, cucumber or watermelon. The day ends with you taking a "supercleansR" which is a herbal concoction and a night time cherry elixir whh tastes good and seemed to put me to sleep.
Day two: I felt horrible and spent most of the day on the toilet, feeling weak and starving, but I kept it up. Thanks goodness I was put "on call" at work and they didn't need me. I wondered how this could be good for anyone, as I had zero energy. The voice of doubt was loud in my mind and it would have been easy to quit at any given moment but I held onto the thought that "the good stuff happens at the end of your comfort zone", and I had forked out a lot of money on these products. These 2 facts kept me going through this dismal day.
Day three: I had to work, but woke up feeling a lot better and was no longer spending as much time in the bathroom. I had more energy today and started getting into the rhythm of the program. The program sent me a motivational text saying "Amino. Shake. Amino. Shake. which describes perfectly how it goes. So far my choices of food for the day had been the same for the first 3 days, an apple for breakfast, a lettuce, cucumber and 1/2 avocado salad for lunch with my own homemade salad dressing which was my addition to the cleanse: juice of 1/2 lemon, 1tablespoon olive oil and chopped fresh rosemary, oregano and basil from my garden which is delicious, with a little Himalayan salt and ground black pepper added. For supper a huge cup of chopped watermelon.....and yes, I was still hungry!! I even managed a 5 mile run and didn't feel too bad.
Day four: Another busy day including work. Now that I was in the swing of things, I managed to stick to the 2 hourly schedule of water and aminos/shake/water and aminos/shake quite well. I wasn't as hungry as the day before. Today I ate an apple, salad as above and for dinner I had a warm cup of vegetable broth and half a tray of raspberries which tasted oh so delicious. No exercise today.
Day five: Feeling the best yet and not as hungry. My morning flex food was an apple, midday an 18oz bottle of kombucha with chia seeds and for dinner a salad with a difference, including lettuce, cucumber, olives, blackberries and slices of watermelon with same homemade dressing and a cup of vegetable broth. This left me feeling satisfied. I am getting used to drinking so much water. No exercise today. I had lost 2 pounds when I weighed myself this morning. I'm eating more flex foods than they suggest.
Day six: Feeling the same as day 5. Breakfast was again an apple with my water and amino tabs, 2 hours later a green shake, two hours later more water, tabs and a fruit, then a green shake and again I had a lettuce, avocado, cucumber and cherry tomato salad. Cherry concentrate at bedtime.
Day seven: Still hanging in there. I've lost 3 pounds so far. Today I changed it up and had a grapefruit for breakfast with all the other prescribed watery drinks throughout the day as above. Lunch time, I visited a friend and had 1/2 avocado and about 18oz organic greens juiced. Dinner was a salad the same as last night. I got a text from the company saying I could do some light exercise, so I went for a 3 mile jog and felt fine.
Day eight: Can't wait for this fast to be over! Watermelon for breakfast, water, amino tabs, green shake, water, amino tabs, green shake. Kale, spinach, cabbage and sprout stir-fry garnished with cranberries, raisins and pumpkin seeds with avocado, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and orange pepper side salad. I drank a cup of miso soup, which is just like broth on the side. My dinner portion was way bigger than suggested but I was extremely hungry after a hard days work.
Day Nine: This is ending tomorrow evening for Thanksgiving dinner, so I'll try to hold out. Watermelon for breakfast, water, aminos, shake, coconut water and papaya for lunch, aminos, shake, broth for dinner with spinach stir fry, avocado, cherry tomatoes and orange peppers. Went for a six mile trot today......the final countdown approaches.
Day ten: Done. Sum total of 5 pounds lost and combined total of 4 inches
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