Isagenix Day 15: Half way there…

I am at the halfway point in the 30-day challenge :).  I am feeling pretty good. I went for a run this morning after breakfast.  My knee was only a little sore, and I’m hoping to up my running next week, though it won’t happen the first few days.  On Monday, I have physical therapy, and Tuesday, I have my Bod Pod Assessment.  I’m really excited for this, and a little bit nervous.

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Body composition is one of the best indicators of overall health. Because the BOD POD is highly accurate, it can detect even small changes in body fat and lean body mass (i.e., muscle, bones and organs). Finding your unique daily caloric intake number starts with a measurement of your lean muscle mass percentage. Your BOD POD results are used to calculate metabolic numbers like Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) and Total Energy Expenditure (TEE). Your RMR determines how much energy your body uses to support its basic functions. TEE is an estimate based on your RMR and daily activity level, of how many calories you burn in a given day.  Basically this test will give me a precise number of calories I should take in each day based on my body fat and lean body mass.  Unfortunately, I can’t eat, drink, or workout two hours before the assessment.  I have the assessment scheduled at 9:00 AM on Tuesday.  As long as the assessment doesn’t take too long, I should be able to do my run afterwards.

Weight: No weigh in

Early AM: Ionix Supreme, Metabolic Accelerator, and 16 ounces of water
Breakfast: Dutch Chocolate Shake (new flavor)
Lunch: Dutch Chocolate Shake
PM Snack: Salad and an apple
Dinner: Left over Polenta and a glass of wine
Before bed: Water and Flush

Activity: 3.1 mile run, 35 crunches, 70 crossover crunches

Isagenix Day 14: Two weeks down, two weeks and two days to go…

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My running buddy is in need of prayers.  This morning we discovered our 6-year-old Siberian Husky is bleeding from her rectum.  Right now, she is the emergency vet clinic waiting diagnosis.  It could be anything from an infection to cancer.

Weight Loss

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From Left To Right Day 1, Day 7, and Day 14

The only physical difference I have seen is more definition in my abdominal muscles.  Other than that I don’t see much of a difference.  I have lost 10 pounds total.  I have been alternating between 9 and 10 pounds since my last cleanse day.  I didn’t weigh myself this morning, because I want to give myself a few extra days.  I added a few new routines to my workouts.  My bursitis has gone away completely.  I am still sore, but not as much as I was when my knee was really swollen.

Weight: No weigh-in today

Early AM: Ionix Supreme
Breakfast: IsaLean Shake
Late-AM snack: IsaLean Shake
Lunch: Sante Fe Salad
PM Snack: Apple
Dinner: Sicilian sausage and polenta
Splurge: Red Wine

Activity: 2 mile run, additional 2.5 mile walk, 35 sit ups, 35 cross over sit ups on right, 35 cross over sit ups on left

Isagenix Day 13: Mother-Daughter Day :)

Today, my daughter had the day off of school.  It was one of those random days off that some school districts throw in there to allow teachers time to work their magic.  She and I went to the movies.  I didn’t realize the depth of my addictions to certain foods until I went somewhere that smelled of popcorn.  One of my all-time favorite foods is popcorn.  My biggest weakness is white cheddar cheese popcorn with the cheese powder on the popcorn so thick that it comes off in clumps on your fingers.  Smelling popcorn was even hard.  I was so tempted by the smells and sounds of popcorn popping at theater.  I made sure I couldn’t surrender to the temptation.  I brought an Isalean bar (I normally drink a shake between breakfast and lunch, but since I was out, a bar was far more convenient), enough money to buy myself a Smart Water, and two free movie passes.  We saw “Into The Woods.”

The swelling in my knee is nearly back to normal.  I am still a little bit sore in both knees, but the soreness is normal for me, especially when I don’t run.  Tomorrow I will start running again.  I’m pretty excited to get back on the running bandwagon.  I found that upping my caloric intake is really helping with weight loss.  Besides the popcorn, I don’t really miss the foods I used to love.  The long weekend is going to be tough, but I’m hoping to last 30 days without eating sugar, drinking soda, or having alcohol.  If I can make it until the 1st of February, I will feel somewhat victorious (my husband’s 40th birthday party is that day, and my intention is for that day to be a cheat day).

Weight: 140*

Early AM: Ionix Supreme
Breakfast: Shake
AM Snack: Lemon Isalean Bar
Lunch: Light Chicken Caesar Salad
PM Snack: Apple
Dinner: Creamy Pesto Chicken with Gluten Free Pasta (low-fat Alfredo Sauce)
IsaFlush Pill and water

*My weight did not change between yesterday and today, but I lost a few inches, so I’m not too disappointed with the results.

Isagenix Day 12: I bet you are getting sick of these…

I am done with my last Cleanse for this month.  I plan on doing one cleanse weekly next month.  The swelling from the bursitis is going down, though I am helping it along with some Alieve.  My stats this cleanse are not nearly as glorious as the last cleanse.  I didn’t lose 4-5 pounds in a week.  I have pretty much maintained my weight loss.  I have read a LOT of blogs and other postings about people stagnating at a certain weight, and realized that (even though I took a few days off of running this week) I am not consuming nearly enough food.  You see the Isagenix shakes are 260 calories.  So two of them come to 520 calories.  The one apple I have been eating is about 50 calories.  The snacks are about 30 calories per serving– so all told I’m consuming well under 600 calories for breakfast and lunch.  With a 400-600 calorie meal at supper, I end up eating between 1000-1200 calories a day.  When I am running, I burn around 400-500 calories (which negates the shakes).  So I decided to add a 200-300 calorie lunch into the mix.  This way I am consuming around 1300 to 1600 calories during the day depending on what I eat.  We shall see if that has any effect on my weight loss. I also upped my flush tablets to two tablets at night instead of one.  I figure anything I do can’t really hurt me too badly, as I am not eating junk food.  Most of the foods I am eating are low-carb, gluten free, and low salt.  I have had no sugar, no alcohol, and no processed foods in over 11 days.

Weight: 140

Early AM: Ionix Mix plus 16 ounces of water and accelerator
Breakfast: Shake, 16 ounces of water
Late-morning: Shake, 16 ounces of water
Mid-Afternoon: Salad (about 300 calories) 16 ounces of water
Late-Afternoon: Snacks plus 16 ounces of water and accelerator tablet
Dinner: Shrimp Cocktail, Rice, and Vegetables, plus water
Before bed: Flush and 16 ounces of water

Isagenix Day 11: Last Cleanse Day! WOOHOO!

Today is my last cleanse day for another 19 days, then I’m going to reassess and decide how many cleanse days I plan on doing the next few weeks.  I really like cleanse days, not during the cleanse itself, but afterwards.  The cleanse itself can be painful at times, because there is no denying that you are hungry, and by the end of the day– water, tea, and the very little nourishment I allow myself gets old after 48 hours.  I am Catholic, and I used to use marathon training and blood sugar as an excuse not to fast, and surprisingly, I’m actually going to be able to fast come Easter.  Really fast, not the pussified version of fasting many Catholics do– aka eat a hearty breakfast in the morning, eat a light lunch in the afternoon, and pig out at suppertime (as a fast is sun up to sun down).  Instead I’m going to do a cleanse on fasting days over Easter :).

My weight has stagnated a little bit, but I have a sneaking suspicion I know why, and it will be confirmed shortly.  That being said, this AM I am again down 9 pounds over my starting weight, and I am pleased with that progress.

I went to Physical Therapy today, and confirmed the bursitis on me IT Band (this is the ligament that runs from your ankle to your knee to your hip.  I am sore, but I will probably be able to run again on Friday or Saturday.  After my knee surgery, when my knees swell, I get terrified.  I don’t want to be told I can’t run ever again.  I have lots of years of living left, and this would just lower my quality of life significantly.

Weight: 141

Weight: I didn’t weigh myself this AM

Early AM: Ionix Supreme and 16 ounces of water

Cleanse 1: 7:30 AM

Snack 1: 8:45 AM

Cleanse 2: 10:45 AM

Snack 2: 12:00 PM (Fruit)

Snack 3: 1:30 PM (Chocolate snack)

Cleanse 3: 3:00 PM

Snack 4: 4:30 PM

Cleanse 4: 5:00 PM

Flush: 8:00 PM

Activity: Rest day.

Isagenix Day 10: Bursitis!!!

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I had a scare today.  I have been cleaning and doing my normal housework all day.  My knee felt tight, and a little sore.  This is not unusual for me.  I had knee surgery about 16 years ago, and this really scared the crap out of me.  I went to the spouse luncheon today, and went to get out of the car.  My knee crackled and popped.  I went to the bathroom, and saw this!  There was a fluid sac on the left knee cap.  I called my PT, and it was Bursitis.  It’s common, not an injury.  It’s caused by lifting weights.  I will probably be doing a little lighter load tomorrow at PT.  Today is also the third cleanse of the fourth cleanses during the 30-day plan.

Weight: I didn’t weigh myself this AM

Early AM: Ionix Supreme and 16 ounces of water

Cleanse 1: 7:30 AM

Snack 1: 8:45 AM

Cleanse 2: 10:45 AM

Snack 2: 12:00 PM (Fruit)

Snack 3: 1:30 PM (Chocolate snack)

Cleanse 3: 3:00 PM

Snack 4: 4:30 PM

Cleanse 4: 5:00 PM

Flush: 8:00 PM

Activity: Rest day.

Isagenix Day 9: Confession Time…

Well, I have done two off diet things the last few days.  Last night, I ate a little more than 600 calories.  I haven’t really been “measuring” and calculating calories for my evening meal, because I trusted that I would know how many calories I would eat during supper.  I was wrong, and way over-ate last night.  And today for lunch, I ate a 600 calorie lunch, and I have no intention of having a shake tonight, because I am about to go into a cleanse tonight and need all my evening calories.  Those confessions aside, I am only up one pound :).

On another good news front–my physical therapist okay’ed me to build up from 3 miles a day every other day to 5 miles by early next week.  He wants me to be OK to run higher mileage runs as a measure of the success of the therapy.  I feel great.  The only “back problem” I am having is my back feels rather tight.  It’s not overly severe or horrible.

Weight: 142.0
Total Inches lost (I measured last night): 30

AM: Ionix Supreme, Accelerator
Breakfast: Shake plus 16 ounces of water
AM Snack: 2 snack wafers
Lunch: Tortilla Soup and Turkey Breast Sandwich (Applebees– under-600 calorie lunch menu), 32 ounces of water
PM Snack: Apple, 16 ounces of water
Dinner: Chili, 16 ounces of water

Activity: Physical Therapy

Flowers: Cypress Gardens

I’m double posting on my blog today, because I didn’t have a lot of time this week with editing.  I have been working about 6-8 hours a day editing the novel, so I have neglected to do any work on my webpage, Esty Shop (which has not been launched yet), or Society6.  Here’s some pictures that I took prior to the New Year.  I got a few new lenses and a tripod for Christmas, so I plan on going out a little later this month when the weather gets better (it’s been cold and rainy lately).  Enjoy some spring flowers while you wait.

Cypress Gardens is near Tampa, FL.  It is co-located with Lego Land and hosts some of the world’s most beautiful gardens and walking paths.  The Gardens is separated into regions of the world, and they feature flowers native to not only Florida, but Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa.  The center of the garden has the Banyan Cypress Tree.  It is thousands of years old, and one of the prettiest trees I have ever seen.

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Isagenix Day 8: Weight going back down again!

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My weight started to fall again today.  I went for another short run, and the runs are going OK.  I think I have to talk to my physical therapist to see if I should continue to run, or if I should stop again, and take a break.  My back doesn’t really hurt per say.  It feels tight.  I would still say on a pain scale it’s around a 1 or 2.  I just wonder if a tight back is going to be the new norm.  It definitely has gotten significantly better than when I had run the NYC Marathon.  A friend of mine posted a pretty awesome looking cross training workout I plan on trying the next week:

5-10 minute warm up jog

3 Reps:
10 Burpies
10 Crunches
30 Second Plank
30 Second High Knee
2 minute Run/Jump Rope
1 minute recovery

5-10 minute cool down jog

Stretch

Weight: 141.6

Early AM: Ionix plus 16 ounces of water and Accelerator tablet
AM: Shake
Lunch: Shake plus apple
PM Snack: Chocolate Delights and Accelerator tablet
Dinner: Low calorie Hamburger Stroganoff and Caesar Salad, 16 ounces of water

Activity (adding this today): 30 minute run (approximately 3.1 miles, but my GPS crapped out on me).

Isagenix Day 7: One Week Down, 3 weeks and 2 days to go!

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Day one on the left, Day 7 on the right

Well, my first week is done.  I am down 6 pounds total.  I am slightly discouraged that I gained some weight after the cleanse, but not overly surprised.  I will say I am preparing my next order.  I wanted to highlight some of the benefits that I didn’t realize would happen doing this cleanse.  Maybe it’s psychological, or maybe there’s something to this that mainstream medicine doesn’t recognize.  I don’t know, here goes:

1.  I am happier.  I had one moment of negativity during the cleanse, but for the most part I have not felt overly negative at all.

2.  I have energy.  Usually when I was eating my “old” diet, I would get up in the morning, eat breakfast, drag myself outside to run, eat a snack (usually laden with fat, sugar, and salt).  Now, I get up in the morning drink Ionix, water, take my accelerator, and drink a shake.  I don’t feel low energy at all!

3.  I am breaking addictions.  The first few days it took will power not to eat the same things that everyone in the house was eating.  Especially since my son and husband whipped out chips and dip while watching football.  I ate an apple.  At dinner, my husband would have a beer, I drank water.  I wanted to eat those foods, I wanted to eat them so badly.  But after the cleanse, they don’t even sound that good to me.

4.  My back feels better!  This really surprised me.  The pain in my back has gone down significantly, I started physical therapy, but physical therapy does not account for the fact that the pain has decreased significantly.

5.  I am drinking more water.  I am staying well hydrated :).  I always have a water bottle with me, and I refill it 6-7 times a day (16 ounce water bottle), and more on days when I’m active.  I’m drinking nearly a gallon of water a day!

So there you have it…

Weight: 144

First thing AM: Ionix Drink and 16 ounces of water
Breakfast: Chocolate shake and 16 ounces of water
Snack: 2 Vanilla Snacks and 16 ounces of water
Lunch: Snack Bar* and 16 ounces of water
Midafternoon snack: 2 Vanilla Snacks and 16 ounces of water
Dinner: Roast Beef, Quinoa, and Vegetables, 16 ounces of water
Before Bed: Flush with 16 ounces of water

* Snack bar– I am going to my son’s birthday party, and will not be able to make a shake for lunch.