Day 1 of the 2-Day Cleanse went well, for the most part. Day 2, not so much. To give myself a little credit, this is the second time I’m doing it, and the first time I stuck with it all the way.
Yesterday started out great with breakfast, lunch and my two allotted snacks. After work, I went to the gym and could barely get through Insanity without feeling dizzy or seeing stars. I rescind what I said yesterday about being able to do the cleanse and sticking to your normal workout routine. If your normal routine is something as intense as Insanity or HIIT, take it easy the days you do the cleanse.
As soon as I got home, I cheated on my cleanse with a banana. I then made myself a big grilled chicken salad with all sorts of fresh fruits and veggies and helped myself to a tall glass (or three) of Merlot. I picked right back up this morning with a very berry cleanse smoothie.
- 1 cup berries
- 1 cup almond (or regular, skim, soy, hemp) milk
- 1 tsp peanut butter
- ice to fill
It’s been a slow week at work, so my coworker and I visited some businesses downtown to do some marketing. We must’ve walked at least a mile in 90+ degree heat, so that probably counts for some of today’s workout.
Fortunately, downtown Gainesville is pretty small, so we managed to cover it in about an hour. We were pretty starved afterwards, so we stopped by Big Lou’s NY Pizzeria for some lunch.
In my last feeble attempt to stick to the cleanse, I ordered a house salad with grilled chicken and raspberry vinaigrette, but it came with tasty buttery garlic knots, which I obviously HAD to eat. You know, so I have enough carbs to get through my afternoon workout. Thankfully, I had enough salad left over for dinner tonight, and I’m all out of wine, so I should be able to finish strong.
Today’s workout is Pure Cardio, which is my least favorite video so far. You do 15-16 minutes of high intensity plyo moves without stopping to rest, which is tough for me with my breathing problems. Of course, I take breaks when I need to, but I hate to disappoint Shaun T when he’s yelling at me to “Dip Deeper.”
In the spirit of Insanity’s horrific Pure Cardio video, here’s a not-so-scary, but still fast-paced cardio circuit for you to try. I built in breaks, so just set an interval timer or a timer app (I use Seconds for iPhone) for 15 rounds of 30-second intervals. Do 30 seconds of each exercise and rest after every 4 moves. Repeat 3x for a quick cardio workout.
While you’re doing this routine, I’ll be suffering with you in my own way. After Insanity, my poor, neglected abs are getting some much-needed attention. Whitney will be here in 5 days and I’ve got major work to do!
Are there certain foods you eat before a workout so you have enough energy to get through? How do you recharge after an intense gym session?