Lose Five Pounds in One Week: 3 tips for detoxing

As many of you know I did a three-week detox. This short video is a fun way to share my experiences with you in the form of three very helpful tips. Things I wish I was better prepared for going in.

I did however lose five pounds the first week. While that wasn’t really the goal it might be for some of my readers.

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My microphone broke in the middle of shooting. I apologize about the volume issues. Replacing the little bugger tomorrow.

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Flawless: The Intense 10-week Workout Plan

FLAWLESS WEEK1Just finished doing this intense workout. It is a part of a 10-week program that can give you the body of your dreams. (Including eating healthy whole foods)

I like to keep a journal on hand to note changes in strengths, weaknesses and any increases in weights or intervals.

If you are a glutton for punishment or determined to whip yourself into shape, this is the workout program for you.

I’m officially starting this workout next week and am slowly easing myself into it this week due to it’s intensity and my brief hiatus from weights.

Happy sweating.

New Year Detox Challenge

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I love holiday treats but I vow not to become a shadow of my former self in 2013. JOIN ME!!!

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The hustle and bustle of the holidays has turned my fitness routine into Mission Impossible: Flabby Glutes edition. I’ve been reaching for some of the food items on my Naughty list more often because I haven’t had the time to plan out my healthy snacks for the week. But why bother getting down about it. Instead I choose to enjoy the end of the year feasting on all my favourite delights. But only under one condition, I have to start the new year off with an intense detox.

If you’re accustomed to eating well and working out regularly the end of the year is the perfect time to reward yourself. Enjoy it! You’ve earned it. Once the New Year count down is done, your intake of fructose corn syrup and red dye #14 expires. Get back to eating real food again.

Come January 7th I’m going to get back on track. A 30-day detox is the perfect way to do that.

Why?:

1. Because it cleanses your entire body of all the toxins you’ve filled it up with over the year.

2. It helps you drop a few pounds quickly.

3. It is the perfect way to start your New Year’s resolution to lose weight.

4. Gives you healthy, glowing skin and soft shiny hair.

5. Increased energy and metabolism.

6. Improves your mood and libido.

7. ETC ETC

How?CleanseSMART

http://www.renewlife.com/cleansesmart.html

“CleanseSMART is an easy to use, 30-day cleansing program. CleanseSMART works to eliminate toxins, pollutants, and free radicals from the body by stimulating the body’s 7 channels of elimination, particularly the liver and the colon.”

“Take 2 capsules of CleanseSMART I in the morning on an empty stomach (30 minutes before eating) and 2 capsules of CleanseSMART II in the evening on an empty stomach (3 hours after eating).”

For my diet I will stick to the list of foods suggested by the Clean Program. You can get the list from this link: http://www.cleanprogram.com/support. Scroll to the bottom of the web page and you will have access to the PDF of their food list, delicious recipes and other great resources. They even have support team you can contact to help you stay on track.

JOIN ME: I will start a weekly video journal to document my progress on the cleanse. You’ll get full access to my personal experiences while trying to detoxify and reset my body. WARNING: It May Get Ugly. Nevertheless, I’d like you all to watch and feel free to share your experiences too.

2013 IS OUR YEAR!!! Let’s start it right.

 

 

My progress: From Scrawny to Toned

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When I started lifting weights I was 80 pounds and had 20% body fat. (I’m only 5′) I couldn’t curl 5 pounds without nearly bursting a blood vessel. Like a convict taking his final steps on his way to the electric chair, I dreaded my morning trips to the gym. Nevertheless, five days a week I untangled myself from the sheets of my warm bed and ventured out into the brisk winter cold at 6am.

Almost two years later I can genuinely say I’m proud of how far I’ve come. I’ve cut back the routine to about 3 times a week. On days when I can’t make it to the gym because of all my chores I’ll usually create a mental obstacle course. If I’m sweeping the floors I make sure to jog up and down the steps or move fast enough to get my heart pumping sometimes curling a bottle of Windex in one hand. That way I can burn calories while cleaning the house. Or I’ll do push ups and sit ups in between chores.

I’m far from where I’d like to be and I have a severe weakness for Snickers bars that sometimes set me back but I always try to remind myself that you got to keep on keeping on. No matter how hard you fall  you got to just get back on that horse and keep ridding.

I am now a proud 95 pounds with 15% body fat. I can curl 20 pounds on a very good day. (so not most days) But most importantly I’m healthy and strong. As a woman having muscles is so empowering because you can open your own doors and lift things for yourself.

All in all the best benefit I’ve received from this is independence.