So it's demo reel time and....I have been wanting to loose a few pounds and have not had much success. By no means am I over weight but I know that I no longer am at my ideal. Gone are the days of being twenty three when running on the treadmill was enough. By the way, I always hated when people would say to me "It's all down hill once you hit twenty-five". And I hate to say it but, It's all down hill once you hit twenty-five. My friend started posting about the Master Cleanse. Initially, my reaction was that it was downright insane. By the way it is downright insane. At first, I chuckled about it, but my interest quickly grew. Three days later I had an arm full of lemons, Grade B Maple syrup, cayenne pepper, uniodized salt, and pure determination. I wanted to start immediately. However, it was six o clock on a Saturday night and I knew I needed to start fresh. I couldn't wait to wake up, drink my concoction and be skinny. Day 1 The plan is to make it ten days. I mark the calendar with a clear start and a clear finish. Next I guzzle salt water (which is nasty but works) and make my first drink. "Hey this tastes pretty good!". Now day one was not too bad. Towards the end I wanted to partake in my roomiesBirthday cake, but it will just have to wait till next year. "I can do this", I smile. Day 2 I wake up and I feel good, not too hungry even. I guzzle some salt water and am off to work.Here we go.Good start but day two was bad! I'm working at a catering cafe for big shows in the area. The problem was not that I wanted to eat everything in site but just that my brain was slow.. Really slow. People would order and I would forget seconds later. I was in a constant daze.At the end of my shift I grabbed a sandwich for my boyfriend and drove home. This is when the migraines hit. Caffeine migraines that felt like someone was squeezing and screaming in to my head."Drink more water, you are probably dehydrated", he says."Are you serious? That's all I am doing is drinking bullshit lemonade and water"!The hinger pains quickly followed. I tried to watch TV, but on every channel someone was stuffing their face with food.. Evil food.At this point I do the good deed of giving my boyfriend the sandwich. He tares into it and tears stream down my face. "I cant believe you would eat my sandwich in front of me"! The hysterics and dramatics unfold. My behaviour was ridiculous. The good news is that after all this I still have a boyfriend.I went to bed early... There was no other escape. Day 3 Once again I wake up feeling great! I have tons of energy (then again I went to bed at 9 and had over twelve hours of sleep which in my life is unheard of). With this energy I decide to go for a run, and do laundry.Day three was...expensive. The hunger was suprisingly not bad but once again I felt fuzzy. My run was normal and afterwards I felt great. Tragedy struck when I went to do laundry. Listening to my ipod I threw in white sheets with a spring to my step. I walked into the kitchen made my lemonade and froze. "NO"! I knew I did it almost instantly. I ran to the washer dipped my hands down in scalding hot water, and there it was. My Blackberry. My new phone. My life. Hunger was definitely not on my mind as I tried to dry out my phone with no luck.It was obvious that the lack of food was going straight to my head. The problem was that I was too invested at this point. I made it past the horror of Day 2. So, I decided to stick it out and continue to detox.
Day 4 Life is good. My skin seems clearer my jeans are looser. Best of all I am really no longer hungry!Now Day 4 starts off with great optimism. It is also the last of my Cleanse Days.About mid way through the day I started feeling really stiff. As a dancer I have always been flexible. So, I was shocked (more so horrified) when I could not touch my toes. In fact, I couldn't even make it half way to my toes. My legs hurt. It got worse and worse, to the point that they ached just sitting. After a few phone calls, and panicked friends it was decided that something was wrong. For the record I didn't over due it with my four mile run the day before. Lately I have been clocking in runs up to 10 miles and I truly took it easy. With a heavy heart (I made it this far after all) I put the lemons away. I digested some bland food, and began to recover. Aftermath The Master Cleanse is intense. It is imperative that you are around people that really like and know you. You will act like a completely crazy person at points. It is a mental game. People say it is perfectly healthy, but I am not convinced.In the four days I lost three pounds.. For me that's a lot. The days that followed it continued to fall off. It has been a week and I lost five pounds total. It was a success but with a cost.