It’s the start of a new week, so I’m kicking off Monday with the start of my favorite cleanse. For the next two days, I’ll be doing the Look Better Naked 2-Day Cleanse from Women’s Health Mag.
This isn’t so much a “cleanse” as a short diet and a quick way to lose some water weight. I love doing this cleanse because I never feel hungry or tired while I’m on it. In fact, I always feel more awake and have plenty of energy to maintain my workout routine.
I made my berry smoothie this morning and felt full until around 11. For snack, I ate the cucumbers drizzled with raspberry balsamic vinegar and drank a cup of green tea. Now it’s lunchtime, and I’m at Starbucks to eat my spinach, romaine, and grilled chicken salad, tossed in lemon juice, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The cleanse printout doesn’t say so, but you can add lemon juice and balsamic vinegar to any meal to your heart’s desire without changing the results.
The reason I came to Starbucks was to try their new Refreshers drink. I sampled some at the mall a few weeks ago and learned that they have almost the same amount of caffeine as coffee, and give you the same energy and pep without the coffee flavor or all the added sugar and dairy that I always need to make coffee palatable.
They only have 70 calories per grande cup, with 13g of sugar (not awesome, but oh well, better than coffee) so I figured it wouldn’t mess too much with the cleanse. Plus it’s Florida, it’s 92 degrees out, and a little too hot for fresh brewed green tea. They also had 50% off coupons at the counter for a 5-pack of Vio Refreshers, so I stocked up for the week.
After work, I’m going to the gym to start up Insanity again since I’m feeling a little guilty about yesterday’s day off. In the meantime, here’s an awesome oldie-but-goodie circuit workout you can do at home whenever I’m not motivated enough to hit the gym.
I really love this circuit because you’re working out between moves. It’s designed to make sure you’re either dropping to the floor or standing up after each exercise, and that little bit of extra movement goes a long way. Do 3 rounds of these exercises for a quick, full body workout.
Have you ever tried a cleanse? What are some good ones that worked for you and which didn’t work so well? How do you stay motivated to not cheat during a detox?