10 days down. Rinse, repeat.
Cah-razy, right? Or, maybe... not so crazy. This cleanse has been really beneficial for me-- both mentally and physically.
Let's start with the mental part: Have I been walking around feeling like a Greek Goddess with an enlightened soul and sunshine streaming out of my ass? Uh, no. Just a few days ago, I was a crazy woman squatting in a gas station bathroom without toilet paper and a seriously gnarly SHIT-UATION streaming out of my ass! That said, there have been some very connected moments with the inner Mistress in terms of reevaluating my lifestyle. The wine, the rich dinners, the snacking --- has all added up to major weight gain that even the most dedicated TAM routine won't shed without serious changes to my habits.
Not to freak ya'll out with some hocus pocus talk, but I swear, this cleanse has made me VERY sensitive to people's energy. I'm not seeing the color of people's auras or anything that freaky, but I have been feeling either very drawn or very repelled by certain energies this week. There was a woman I passed in the hallway at work-- I had never seen her before, and I was so taken aback by the negativity emanating from her, I ducked into the bathroom to get away from her and that yucky energy! It was wild.
I have also been overly sensitive to sounds (not wanting to hear the drone of TV or loud music at all) and I feel like my sense of scent is full-on Superpower level now. Thank God I love the way Mr. Man smells--- I leaned in to kiss him today and everything about his scent is attractive to me. I've never known someone who smelled good ALL THE TIME. Even when he's been working outside and sweating, his musky manly smell is a huge turn on for me!
Getting though this cleanse takes major will power and mental strength. There are temptations everywhere....This morning was a true test. My boss brought in donuts from Sublime Donuts, just voted Best Bakery in America. Really, dude? I didn't even dare look into the box. The morning meeting we have is in my producer's office-- a small space probably only 10'-12'. Let's stuff 9 people into a room with a box of donuts and a starving girl. Awesome. The moment of temptation was quickly extinguished by the sweaty, morning breath stink of my co-workers--- I literally couldn't get out of that room fast enough! Then I sucked down my mint tea like I was eating a homemade bavarian cream donut.
Now let's talk physical effects of the cleanse: First, what you all are "weighting" for....Day 11 and down 12.5 pounds. I'm thrilled! I actually had to take off a pair of pants this morning because they were simply too baggy to wear to work! Skinny jeans are still about 10 pounds away, but I am soooooo cloooooose!
I hit a plateau months ago at 160--- then put on more weight and couldn't get the scale to budge below 162 during bootcamp. I finally hit the 150's this week! Down to 158.4. I consider that a huge victory. The weight has been falling off-- finally. I can tell I am losing some muscle, but I am also seeing some of those sculpted muscles from my months of Tracy Anderson workouts pop out from underneath the fat layer that is melting away.
The last time this happened, I kept the weight off with intense TAM workouts-- the cleanse stripped away the fat and TAM added some muscle back. My body was rockin'! That's the plan this time around too.
Cutting out caffeine was tough--- although I really didn't have much withdrawal as far as headaches and shakiness. I do miss the taste of coffee, but I do not miss the restlessness it causes me at night. I have been sleeping better than I have in YEARS. Deep sleep without waking up a hundred times! Lastnight I had a dream that JP and I bought a bunch of candy and brought it home. Instead of gorging on it, I said to him in the dream, "I don't feel hungry for candy right now. Let's save it for later." HUH???? Those words would never come out of my mouth in real life--- really? Save it for later? Could it be that this cleanse is perhaps helping the Mistress find that Moderation that has eluded her for so long? Perhaps?
Dare to dream. HA! Literally.
I am truly craving healthy foods now, which is fabulous. Visions of hearty salads with chickpeas and beets, banana smoothies, juicing some kale/lemon/ginger/apple....all sounds divine.
JP has kindly taken over cooking duties for himself. It's just too much for me to try to cook for him on this cleanse. I almost had an anxiety attack frying up chicken for him the other night. While I'm sure he'd be psyched to see some girl on girl action, the vision of me licking Paula Deen's plump thighs is probably not what he had in mind. Just venturing a guess.
More tomorrow to answer some of the questions I've been getting from girls on Facebook....like:
Do I have to do the cleanse for 10 whole days? Can I do it for less time? What kind of water do you use? Do you workout on the cleanse?
Feel free to post questions and I'll answer them in the next entry!