I am so proud of my sister losing 3 stone over 9 months in 2013. Read her post on What can I do after the Clean 9 cleansing program to see how she managed to lose the weight safely and steadily and has kept it off since too.
When you decide to do a cleanse it is often quite a hard decision. You need to make sure that you choose the right product, then decide where to buy it from, then when it arrives you are often keen to get started before you change your mind.
But stop – wait – think a little – if you want your cleanse to be a positive and rewarding experience and not end up in disaster then you should follow these tips and preparation guidelines in order to make the most out of the experience, and to achieve the best results possible. Continue reading
As I said in my previous post How life changes – looking back and going forward, I have decided that in 2013, having mastered walking, I am now going to learn to run. I thought I would share the tools I have used to get me started – as having the right tools for the job definitely makes things easier.
I have a Galaxy S2 smartphone – and I use it for EVERYTHING, so it was the first place I turned to when I was looking for help with my challenge. I already used the sports tracking app Endomondo to track all of my walks and other exercise last year. Endomondo has great challenges you can join, and that was how I logged my 100 miles every month – no messy spreadsheets to manage – just turn on your GPS – set Endomondo running – and the app does the rest.
So I searched for an app which provides an easy-to-follow programme to get you running, and I settled on Runkeeper. I was able to set my target as being able to run a 5k in early March – and then the app gave me a programme of walks and runs to follow leading up to this goal. It suggests one workout every other day , which as I used to try and walk every day, seemed quite manageable.
However, Runkeeper did suggest I did short runs from quite early on, before I was really ready to – so I used it alongside my Endomondo, where I set up an interval training programme which would beep every minute or so, and I used this to do my burst of exercise with alternating walking and running segments. This has really helped me to keep focused and spurred me on to run a little more than I would have done without these apps to tell me what to do.
For my birthday I was given a Zephyr heart monitor. If you are exercising to lose weight, using a heart monitor makes the calorie burn estimates in Endomondo much more accurate – and you can see your fitness levels improving too by seeing how quickly your heart rate comes down after exercise. This monitor attaches to a strap you wear round your chest, and links via Bluetooth to the Endomondo app on my phone. I was very interested to see how my heart rate fluctuates during a Zumba class – we do a very high impact routine to a Rhianna song and that gives me my peak reading!
I take several supplements which help keep my energy levels up. For a start, I take Bee Pollen tablets each morning which helps with energy and stamina, I take Arctic Sea for the fish oils and Omega 3 and 6 which has really helped control my inherited high Cholesterol levels and also I take a vitamin C supplement called Absorbant C which helps maintain healthy connective tissues, skin joints and respiratory functions.
The new supplement I have been trying is a drink you make up from powder called ARGI + which maintains healthy blood pressure and cardiovascular health. ARGI+ contains L-Argenine and vitamins and I take the drink just before I go out running – and I have noticed that I can catch my breath more easily when I remember to take it just before my run. I have seen some excellent testimonials from Iron Man competitors about the Forever Living supplements I am taking and how they have helped others – I am not quite up to their activity levels, but every little helps! You can learn more about these products on my website – clicking on the Order Forever Nutri-Lean button at the bottom right to get access to the web shop.
Progress So Far
So how am I doing with my challenge? Well, on Sunday 27th January I took part in my first Just Racing 5k Cross country race. I managed a time of 38:28 and although I walked up some of the hills, I am very proud of my achievement. Weather and work have now meant I have missed out on a couple of weeks of running – but you may see me at a Park Run in Northamptonshire soon trying to improve my time!
January is the month of diets and cleanses after the excesses of Christmas – but which should you choose – and if you have to do a cleanse or diet every January, then does it really work for you? I had followed this pattern for years of losing a little weight through the year but then come Christmas, New Year and two family birthdays, all in 10 days, I would still find myself in the same position needing to lose weight again each January.
So how have I turned things around and changed my life in the last year, which means I am starting 2013 already at my target weight, and I don’t have another year of frustration to look forward to? The secret is the Forever Living Clean 9 Cleansing Program.
Diet vs. Cleanse
One of the complex ways the liver deals with impurities is to increase body fat to wrap up these impurities to protect the body from their influence. Think of all those take-away meals and sweet treats you eat through the year and especially at Christmas. The problem with a traditional diet is you lose the weight, but those impurities remain so you actually have a higher percentage of impurities in your new slimline body. Your lean body mass decreases, which means your metabolic rate slows and you burn less fat. When your body senses an increased level of these impurities it goes into emergency fat production – and when you return to normal eating your weight rebounds, and quite often you end up heavier than when you started.
Kicking off your healthy eating plan with the Clean 9 Cleanse means that your body sheds the impurities during the 9 day program, which means you feel healthier overall, and with fewer impurities in your system, your body sheds the fat and increases your lean body mass. A higher lean body mass means you burn more energy even when at rest and you have a higher metabolic rate. You need to increase your exercise levels as part of the process – the advice whilst on the detox is a minimum of 20 minutes’ exercise each day.
This means that when you finish your cleanse and go back to normal (but hopefully healthier) eating patterns – or move onto the 2nd stage offered by Forever Living – the F.I.T.1 program – you don’t rebound back to your former weight but have an excellent platform to continue your weight loss and achieve your personal goals – whilst feeling healthier and having more energy.
Personally, after my hip replacement in 2007 (see my previous blog post on Looking back and Going Forward) I decided that I needed to make my hip last as long as possible by shifting my excess weight and having a more active lifestyle. I lost more than a stone during the first year (2010) with supplements and a slight increase in exercise, but gained quite a bit back over that first Christmas. So I started again in January 2011 and this time lost another stone by calorie counting and increasing my exercise levels … but from the September of that year I was stuck again. I was then getting really fed up with the constant calorie counting – and although I increased my exercise levels (and discovered Zumba) I was just stuck on a plateau. People did start to notice my weight loss though, as the exercise was changing my shape.
The change came on April 2012 when I was introduced to Forever Living and did my first Clean 9 cleanse. At last I shifted off the plateau and reduced my weight – but more importantly, I was able to move down 2 dress sizes as my figure noticeably changed shape – as I had more energy than I knew what to do with and my exercise levels rocketed. I started getting compliments wherever I went – I have to admit I feel great.
So, going forward – I don’t need to calorie count any more, but I have improved my diet generally – and I did a 2nd Clean 9 cleanse in November to build on my success. I am keeping the exercise levels up but I know if I slip back into bad habits I now have the tools to stop myself – and the usual rebound of putting the weight straight back on when you return to your normal everyday diet has not happened.
If you would like to find out more information about the Clean 9 Cleanse or the Forever F.I.T. program then please take a look at my website . You can purchase both products, or try the individual supplements and gels. Get in touch for a simple online order form which offers a discount and free delivery – full details available on request.