tips on surviving the cleanse, day 26

First of all…I have AMAZING news.
This morning I tried on a pair of pants for “fun” that I have NEVER been able to wear and they so totally buttoned.
Now they were still a tad tight, but whatever, what’s important is they buttoned!!!
My hope is now that on Sunday they’ll fit the way they should and I’ll be able to bust out a Monday Muse photo shoot in them feeling all sorts proud.
{and no, I’m still not nor will I ever be a size 0, no matter what my iphone pictures show you}
{on another note, get an iphone and take pictures of yourself….it can totally make things appear smaller than they are!}
I can’t believe I have gone down 3-4 sizes in a month.
Tracy is SO my new best friend.
And if I was the kind that married girls, I might just propose to her.
But, I’m not…
So instead I’ll just stalk her and tell her how much I love her and how I think her hair is oh so pretty, and oh ya, does she want to see pictures of my hipbone again?
That’s not weird, right?
I mean, cause if it is, I’m totally kidding.
Now let’s get to the update, because things just got kind of weird.
So I made it through the first day of the cleanse, no problem!, which means I will TOTALLY make it another 4 days.
Which also means that in 4 days, I will have completed The 30 Day Method to the letter!
Now because the “cleanse” can be WAY intimidating and kind of off putting (i mean who really is a fan of pureed food anyway?), I came up with a way to make it work and still play by the rules.
Seriously, I was SCARED TO DEATH (in a non dramatic way) that I wasn’t going to be able to accomplish this part…it’s almost what kept me from doing the whole 30 days in the first place.
And now, the expert cleanser that I am after one day, I realize I was making a MUCH bigger deal out of nothing.
Kind of like I did with kale.
And kind of like I did with fish.
And kind of like I did with beans….
And kind of like I did with beets. 
(although i was actually right about the last one} 

Come to think of it, almost HALF of what was on the menu for the 30 days freaked me out a little, to be completely honest.
And yet, when it came time to eat it, most of the time it wasn’t all that bad after all.
Word to yo mutha!
If I can go from being a child like eater, all picky and wanting everything plain…
to now enjoying fish and kale and dijon…
than ANYONE can do it.
Now let’s get to business on the “How to Survive the Cleanse” tips:
First, lets take a look at the foods and which are tolerable (for me) and which are SO NOT.
{trust me, i tasted each and every one made the way it was intended to before I made a final decision about it!  gotta stay true to my own rules!}
Blueberry Applesauce
Kiwi Dessert
Choco Chestnut Pudding
Chicken Protein Soup
Kale Juice
Not so yummy:
Edamame and Carrot w/ Cayenne {will never like cayenne}
Sweet Potato Corn Pudding
Tomato Gazpacho
Kale Spinach Beet Juice {will never like beets, blech!}
Now, just to be clear, while that seems like a lot of food for a cleanse, remember it’s only 4 oz. a day of each recipe.
And to make things even more simple for you, each recipe makes about two 4 oz. servings, so when you make each recipe it will last you two days.
Okay, so those are the facts.
Now here’s what I’m doing to make the not so yummy foods work.
For the Edamame/Carrot puree, simply make the recipe but keep things raw and divide up the final recipe into two containers.  There.  You now have two 4 oz. servings, and it won’t make you gag.
If for some reason you can’t handle the taste of edamame, I would think that the cauliflower/tuna recipe is pretty similar (vegetable & protein) so you could always make that, and once again, divide up the recipe for two 4 oz. servings.
Now with the Sweet Potato Corn Pudding (unless it’s chocolate, not sure anything else should be called pudding…it’s very misleading), I steamed the potato and boiled the corn, put them all together and then divided the serving in half….and I DIDN’T puree them.  
And, in my opinion, it tasted MUCH better that way.  
{again, this may be just me, but puree = gag}
You can also do the same thing with the Tomato Gazpacho.  And if eating it whole and raw still makes you retch, I would think the Tomato Minestrone recipe is somewhat similar, although I think that recipe makes a total three 4 oz. servings.  
Lastly, you all know how I feel about beets.
Gag me with a spoon.
Instead, I went to Jimbos (a health food store) and had them make me two servings of the Kale Juice for the day.  My plan is to go in every morning getting my two for the day until the cleanse is over. 
And the great thing is it’s only $2 each day. 
I chose to do it this way because I don’t have a juicer, and I don’t think I’m quite ready to shell out a few hundred for one….so spending $10 for the week is a much better alternative.  
Now get this!
I actually LOVE the cleanse.
I love having so many options and being able to eat little portions all throughout my day.
I DIE over getting choco chestnut pudding every day.
And it’s kind of major that I don’t have to cook today, because yesterdays cooking covered both today and tomorrow.
Also, I’m the kind of girl who doesn’t mind eating the same thing every day, especially when the food is yummers, so it’s comforting already knowing what each days menu will bring.
And surprisingly, I didn’t feel hungry at all!  
In fact, I almost feel like I got MORE to eat than normal because there were so many different options throughout the day.
I’m thinkin’ I’ll check the calorie content on to see what’s going on….
{i’ll report back when i do…}
Today went awesome.
I had energy, and I totally stayed focused.
I busted out 35 reps of legs, 40 of abs, and ten full minutes of arms.
And then I rocked out 40 minutes of rebounder dancing, and my word, was I was a sweaty betty.
4 days till I look like this:
A girl can dream.
© 2010 “Le Musings of Moi”
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  1. yay!! great job, im so proud!!!

  2. Wow That is so incredible! Go girl!


  3. All I can say is: you go girlie! Your determination is truly inspiring to all of us, although you know I think you are perfection the way you are :) xoxo

  4. Congratulations! You are doing so awesome!! I am totally inspired and pumped up to begin my own Tracy transformation. I start on Sunday.

    I’d love it if you would be my support out here in blogland! I am not telling anyone about this at home, except for my significant other but I really need someone to be accountable to and ask questions of. My blog is at: . If you’d stop by and encourage or kick my butt now and then, I’d so appreciate it! I need to know somebody out there is watching and expecting me to carry on the whole 30 days!

    A couple of questions:

    Do you really think the cardio component is doable for a non dancer? I am so overwhelmed and confused when I watch TA’s segments and I feel like I am not really using my muscles effectively because I am flailing all over the place trying to figure out what she is doing.

    Also, I keep reading about trampolines and foot tapping. I clearly need to go back and read the cardio section of the book (on tonight’s list) because I am not sure how to incorporate these things. Are you supposed to use a trampoline for the cardio portion of the book DVD or is is for another Tracy video? There is so much back and forth on the book video that I am not sure how to use the trampoline for it. I am not sure my ankles and knees will hold up without it, though.

    Also (last one, promise!) I plan to remain vegan through the food portion of the program. Have you heard any advice or seen any blogs of anyone doing this or even the vegetarian option? I think I can find adequate substitutes for some of the dairy (I can’t imagine that Madonna eats dairy, does she?) but I hate to deviate form the plan. Just wondering whether you or anyone else has advice on this.

    Thanks for the advice, and for your awesome blog! Your example is seriously why I finally decided to go ahead with this (though you looked awesome to start girl!).


  5. You are so inpsiring doing the entire 30 days! Keep up the amazing work!