In my quest to be a super hustler in all things, I’ve decided to step up my diet game, especially since most physical changes are due from diet, whereas exercise is just icing on the probably whey-protein-tasting cake.
I recently saw an article about the 10 Day Green Smoothie Diet by JJ Smith in Woman’s Weekly (yanno, those tabloid-looking magazines near the checkout at grocery stores?) and my interest was piqued. I bought the book on Amazon and joined their (extremely active) Facebook group. I got my book today and am ready to get started!
Smoothies are actually awesome
I was so interested in this book not because of its promise to lose up to 15 pounds in 10 days, but because I actually really love smoothies. Always have. And because smoothies are already something I enjoy and have been making sporadically, I think drinking smoothies for 2 meals per day (plus a sensible lunch or dinner) wouldn’t be that big of a change.
Smoothies taste good and offer variety
I can have nuts and chocolate, fruit and vanilla, PB and bananas… the options available for smoothie recipes (of which there are several in the book, as well as my own I could add in) are wide and vast.
I need a change
I have the exercise down pat, since it helps me reduce my stress and anxiety. I work out 30-60 minutes per session, 3-5 times per week. However, my diet hasn’t been so great. And my weight tracking has reflected that.
Now, while the title of the book has “10 Day” in the title, I am planning on making this a permanent part of my lifestyle. Does that mean I will steadfastly say NO to all future lunch or dinner invites? No. Does it mean I’ll never taste a cake donut again? Gosh, I hope not. But it does mean, at least 80%of the time (and even stricter in the next 28 days,which I’ll explain), I’m going to eat as cleanly as possible.
What’s with the ’28 Days’?
June 12th, the day I leave for San Francisco for an event with Search Engine Journal and a vacation that includes a little beach and hiking time, is my deadline for being 100% committed to this (my birthday is also June 11th, and I’ve always been a birthday goal type of gal). So, instead of 10 days, I’m going to be committed to the program for 28 days, with the following parameters:
- Green smoothies 2 times per day as a meal
- 1 multivitamin per day
- Work out 4-6 times per week
- 1 cheat meal per week (after Wednesday weigh in)
- Measure for lost inches weekly
I’ll be updating on here weekly. With the claims from the smoothie cleanse book claiming 10-15 pounds every ten days, it would be easy to say I’ll lose 30 pounds. But I plan on still eating lean meat and some dairy and gluten (although I’ll be cutting this down to 25-50% of what I’m eating currently), I don’t think my results will be that extraordinary. Instead, I’m shooting for a lasting change that is a permanent part of a healthy lifestyle.
Have you read the 10 day Green Smoothie Cleanse or have done a smoothie challenge? Let me know if you have any tips!
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