Cinch! 5-day Detox Recap

Detox is Done!  Finished!  Finito!  I feel amazing! ! !

 So how about a recap…

Overview:  5 days, 5 ingredients, 4 meals per day spaced 3 to 5 hours apart.  For more details about how it works, refer to my Day 1 Blog.  

How I felt:  The first couple of days were pretty easy.  The food was OK and I was excited to get started.  My energy levels were normal and I did a couple of light workouts.  I also spent a lot of time reading through the book, researching online, and finding some blog buddies to share the experience with me.  By day 3 I started to see and feel the difference in my body, but was getting weary of the same foods over and over again and was very tired and sluggish.  The sight of bread made me salivate.  On day 4 my energy returned, I got in 2 great workouts, and my cravings began to disappear.  Day 5 was a breeze.  The food suddenly tasted better because my taste buds had adjusted to the taste of real food, and I was prepping for my new meals the following day.  I ended up treating myself to a small dark-chocolate at the end of the 5th day in celebration.  A daily dose of dark chocolate is required in phase 2!

Weight loss9 pounds!  It’s hard to believe that I saw 144.4 pounds on the scale a little over a week ago after returning from our holiday (my heaviest ever), and this morning it was at 135.2.  I am sure a lot of that is water weight after my holiday gorging, but I easily slid into a skirt this morning that I could not even zip up a week go.  AMAZING!

Recommendation:  If you are motivated by quick results and don’t mind a few days of sacrifice, the “fast forward” detox phase is right for you.  You can sub some of the 5 ingredients if you don’t care for them, but the most important factor is eating the small meals every 3 to 5 hours to rev up your metabolism, and do not cheat!  If you don’t have much weight to lose or the detox phase does not appeal, you can jump right into the 25-day phase 2.

I’ll post more about Day 6 later tonight.  GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!  Please let me know how you did in your detox phase!

Cinch Day 3

As a morning person, it’s hard for me to deal with barely being able to drag myself out of bed at 9am after 10-hours of sleep!  I was even more sluggish this morning than yesterday, but similarly, my energy seems to be slowly coming back as the day goes on.  I seemed to have some of the signs of extreme hunger today, as pointed out in the book – dizziness and shakiness – so I added a spoonful of almond butter with my breakfast and also went ahead and had my daily 1/4 cup of fresh-squeezed tangerine juice.  The book actually says to add an egg or scoop of yogurt for this problem, but I had already eaten the almond butter before I read that… oh well, I’ll just cut it down by a Tablespoon in my smoothie this afternoon.

My next challenge – back to the grocery store today to pick up some items for Phase 2, which starts Wednesday after I complete the 5-day fast-forward detox phase. I’ve picked out a few meals from the book (or you can also get them in the latest edition of Shape) and they look way too delicious to be diet food! Check it out:

"Fruity Waffle Sundae" (from Shape)

Fruity waffle sundae (shape)
Avocado dip with crackers (111)
Salmon ginger rice bowl (128)
Stuffed peppers (shape)
Fruity waffle sundae (shape)
Avocado dip with crackers (111)
Salmon ginger rice bowl (128)
* Office party *

Berry smoothie & almond toast (96)
Cranberry parmesan popcorn (107)
Pineapple avocado tacos (110)
Stuffed Peppers (shape)


"Cheese and Quinoa Stuffed Red Pepper" (from Shape)

Don’t those sound amazing?  You’ll notice that I tend to repeat meals, which is so I can use up all of the ingredients, and also so I can prep them in advance in bulk for lunches and snacks at work.  I love the fact that the book (and magazine) include recipes for 1 person, however you’ll still have leftovers.  For example, each of the above avocado recipes only calls for 1/4 avocado.  I think I’ll not plan out the weekends and instead use them to make dishes that utilize my leftover ingredients, while still following the guidelines set out in the book.  Yes, you can eat out or make something not included in the given recipes if you wish, although you must follow the Cinch guidelines.  I’ll go into that later.

I am craving a long run, but I don’t think that’s in the cards today.  Despite the beautiful January weather that includes sun and 50 degrees, my body is saying not to even think about lacing up the running shoes.  I guess I’ll have to settle for a long, slow walk. 

Oh, did I mention I was down 3 more pounds today to 137?  Yes, I was quite shocked.  I know it’s not possible to lose 7 pounds of fat in a week, so that only leads me to believe that I had 7 pounds of… um, waste… built up.  Think about that next time you gorge on holiday goodies for a month!  No wonder those pants were too tight at Christmas.