Day Fifteen- January 16th:
Had good sleep and got to work and got a ton accomplished. Today went more or less like my other good detox days. I had great energy and focus and got a lot done at the office. For lunch today I had collard wraps with the nut pate I made last night, and I have to say I really enjoyed them. Just as filling as a whole wheat wrap, but without that carb “slump” you get afterwards. After work I got home at a normal time, enjoyed my curried cauliflower soup dinner with Jim, and then headed out to the gym for 30 minutes of cardio, followed by a 30 minute personal training session. It was probably one of my best work out sessions yet, I felt fantastic and full of energy. Afterwards in the evening while relaxing on the couch on my iPad, I discovered kinda by accident some bento box websites and think I’m not totally obsessed. I don’t know if it’s the cleanse and mentally wanting to eat more food, or the fact the food is so cute and organized that’s so appealing. I wasted about an hour looking at photos of bentos, and then fell into a deep sleep around 11.
Day Sixteen: January 17th:
Pretty much same day as I had Monday work wise. Got everything on my task list done and felt fantastic. For lunch I had another grain/bean/greens salad. That seems to be my new favorite thing, I love them. So easy to throw together yet so filling and healthful. After work I went straight to the gym and put in around 45 minutes on the treadmill doing an intense hill workout. Came home, browsed more bento blogs (haha) and crashed by 10:30.
Day Seventeen: January 18th:
Today started great, and ended not so great. Up through around noon at work was fantastic. I was right on track to complete everything I wanted to accomplish. It all went downhill in the afternoon when a variety of projects either threw me massive curveballs, or I was still waiting on information to complete things from other people who I had consistently reminded them of several times a day for the past several days. By the time I left the office at 5:30 pm, I was totally defeated and felt horrible. It made me really, really cranky. Being cranky is not normal at ALL for me, I’m usually a really positive person. When I got home, Jim gave me some space and I kinda just zoned out. I originally had plans to go to yoga, but scrapped that idea and instead opted to just vegetate on the couch all night. So what did I do? I spent probably three hours reading bento blogs, again. What the hell? In bed by 10:30 to start it all over again tomorrow.
Day Eighteen: January 19th:
After today, I realize I need a vacation very, very badly. Today at work was a continuation of the issues from yesterday. The icing on the cake is I started to feel a nasal drip coming on. There’s been a flu bug floating around my office that’s affected seemingly everyone except for me. It was a bad enough bug several people were out of the office multiple days this week. After having a mini-panic attack I was next and I have SOOOOOO much shit to do, I loaded up on vitamin C all day (via a vitamin pill and green leafy veggies, being OJ is not allowed on the program) and I drank a TON of water. By the end of the day my energy leveled out and I felt back to normal, but still had a massive amount of crap to deal with getting ready for my big company sales meeting I’ve organized in Baltimore for this weekend. The end of the day I left the office feeling much like I did last night, just depressed cranky and defeated. I had plans to go to kettlebell class with a friend, and to do some cardio with her after so after my evening soup I headed over to the gym. Right when I pulled up to the gym, I got a phone call from my office that the trip I was supposed to leave for on Saturday morning I now had to leave for Friday night immediately after work due to weather issues. I can’t seem to catch a break. So I did kettlebells (and I’m glad I did), skipped the cardio and then ran home to pack my food/snacks for the trip, all my clothes, electronics, and everything else I would be needing. By the time I sat down for around 10 minutes in the evening it was already 10 pm.
Day Nineteen: January 20th:
After my hellish day yesterday, I arrived at work this morning and received the news that I would in fact have to leave today for a trip I was supposed to go on tomorrow morning. That and by the way, the office is being shut down right at 5 pm so you better get everything finished EARLY today. Yikes! I’ve never been so stressed in my entire life! Luckily I spent the time last night to make my lunch as well as pack lunch and snacks for the trip so I could stick to the cleanse. After work, we went straight to the airport and then to Baltimore via our company plane. I think I finally got to the hotel around 9:30 pm. The hotel luckily had a fridge in the room, which worked perfect for all the cooler goods I brought with me. There was no microwave in the room, but they had one in the lobby which made it quick and easy to heat up my soup for the evening. After my soup and double checking my presentation for the following day, I passed out around 11 pm.
Day Twenty: January 21st:
I woke up early and hit up the gym at the hotel. I really didn’t want to, but I knew tomorrow I’d probably be so tired it wouldn’t happen then, so I wanted to strike while the iron was hot. I did a quick treadmill hill workout, then showered and headed out to pick up a co-worker arriving by train at Baltimore’s Penn Station. In college, I used to live across the street from there, so it was a pretty nostalgic drive for me seeing how the city has changed since I moved back to NY. Once I arrived back at the hotel, my big company sales meeting I organized began. Since I personally booked and planned the entire event, I made sure to order an additional “vegan” meal for myself, which worked perfectly. For our lunch, they brought me a massive salad which I supplemented with some quinoa and beans I brought from home. Later on in the day, there was fruit for snacks which I had with some pre-packed almonds I had brought. During our break prior to leaving for the dinner event, I microwaved my soup and enjoyed that and then we all head out for dinner. It was a little weird not eating with the group, but easier than I anticipated being I was in event organizer mode the whole time. I drank a lot of seltzer since I couldn’t have alcohol either. It was a late, late evening, I wasn’t in bed until around mid-night. Once in bed I had a splitting headache.
Day Twenty One: January 22nd:
It’s the last day!!! We were up at 7:30 am to finish up the sales meetings. I made my own smoothie for breakfast using my portable blender, which held me over until we left Baltimore around noon. It was a long ride home, and at that point I was so exhausted I snuck eating three Oreos on the plane, and then had Jim order me some vegan nachos for when I got home. I was very unapologetic about it too. I made it almost 21, full days including two business trips and barely cheated at all, so I wanted to go out with a bang! Plus, the nacho’s weren’t that bad per the clean program. I already know I’m not soy intolerant, so the soy cheese and meat was ok. So basically all I was adding in was some nightshades and corn chips. Not even 5 minutes after eating, I passed out on the couch and slept (no joke) 14 hours straight. Crazy way to end a crazy month, and my 21 day detox cleanse.
It seems I still really enjoy and have been craving salads. I plan on continuing to eat lots of them now that the detox is over. Although I’m totally exhausted now from this past crazy weekend, I’m in hindsight really glad Jim pushed us to do the detox right after New Years. I don’t think I would have had the energy otherwise to not only be as productive as I’ve been at work, but also to get through the stress of the past 3 weeks. The ending of my detox couldn’t come at a better time, I won’t feel guilty at all indulging in a little chocolate after this past week!