January 4, 2011

Cleanse Day 2: Interesting Ups and Downs

Here is a glimpse of Day 2 of the cleanse.
  • 5:45am - Wow, I felt pretty good despite the fact I had to get up 3 times to pee in the night. Oh, and I did have chills on and off again.
  • 6:15am - Out the door for a run. Would I really be able to do it? First couple miles weren't so bad, but I eventually had to slow the pace down.
  • 7:15am - Oh. My. God. I couldn't feel my legs and when I finally stopped I had a massive head rush that took a few seconds to pass. But I did it! Five miles and not an entirely embarrassing pace.
  • 9:00am - Had my first juice, it was like sweet nectar from heaven even though it's essentially a ground up salad. I felt amazing. Who needs coffee???
  • 11:30am - Time for juice #2 and I was starving. Felt fine within minutes of starting it.
  • 12:00pm - Oh boy... is that caffeine withdrawal setting in? It felt like someone was squeezing my head and I was still hungry. And tired. And crabby. And couldn't focus. Not good.
  • 1:30pm - Thank god for juice #3. The caffeine symptoms were subsiding as well. I felt better. Not great, but better.
  • 3:30pm - Juice #4 and all was right with the world. I was suddenly awake, headache was gone and I no longer felt like gnawing off a finger.
  • 5:30pm - Had my first solid food, a small raw "juice bar." I actually held out 30 minutes longer than needed.
  • 7:30pm - My final dinner. Tonight's was a yellow bell pepper and thyme soup and a collard wrap with lemon-herb vegetables. Nothing is cooked, everything is cold, but surprisingly good. I'm holding out for my tiny dessert, cinnamon mousse.
As of right now I feel good. I had a couple rough patches for sure but thankfully each passed quickly. I have no doubt I'll have some serious challenges in the next few days given this is my sole nutritional content.

I'm not sure if it's all the vegetables or just the satisfaction of having the discipline to do this and resist temptation, but it's making me feel amazing. Not in a physical sense necessarily (not yet), but as an accomplishment. I've often considered myself too lacking in willpower to handle a challenge like this.

I'm going to attempt a 6 mile run tomorrow. I'm running a mile outside and the rest at the gym in case I don't feel well. My coach told me to see how I feel and pull the plug after 4 or 5 if I'm not up to it. Fingers crossed, hopefully this mousse has some agave nectar in it!


  1. So...congrats on day 2, I think.

    Honestly, I'm not sure I "get" the whole cleanse thing - and several of the folks whose blogs I follow are doing this. Perhaps you could write about why you're doing this and what the health benefits are? I know that may sound like a silly question, and perhaps I'm just clueless...but perhaps I'm not the only one either...

  2. Sounds like it's off to a good start! Good luck!

  3. I coudln't do this. You are my hero!



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