My 2018 Cleanse And Restore 30 Day Challenge Half Way Mark

As promised, I’m checking in with an update on the Cleanse and Restore Challenge I’ve embarked on. Wooo Who00, I’ve made it through Phase 1, and have completed the first half of the Challenge!  Sure has been an interesting 15 days!  Just as I had hoped I’m feeling better than I have in a very, very long time.

I must admit, I do have a slight advantage in seeing great results so far. Here’s just a little back story….

Last October I began taking the Life Long Vitality supplements, mostly because I felt so depleted from the previous year of physical issues. The 3 supplements, taken together, are amazing!   I noticed I had more energy and felt “lighter” within a couple weeks of incorporating them into my daily routine, even without changing anything else.  People that I hadn’t seen in several months would say things like “wow you look so great, what are you doing?”  and that was pretty much the only thing I was doing.  One of the main reasons I started taking LLV was to hopefully improve my bowel movements which had become “extremely not normal” over a year ago (LOL,  I know, T.M.I.!).  I have to say, things did improve some by about mid-November, and this was with only taking one of each of the three supplements daily (suggested quantity is 2 of each 2x a day).  Now with this cleanse challenge, I’ve been taking one of each with breakfast and with dinner.

In addition, there are several little changes I’ve made for the cleanse that are rather interesting:

  • Caffeine Freak here, I’d been drinking a pot of coffee a day for years; now I’m drinking ½ or less of a pot daily and don’t seem to miss it.
  • Guaranteed I’d be having a glass or two of wine with dinner each night since the beginning of time; now I enjoy a glass or two of wine with dinner maybe every 3 nights, and I don’t seem to miss it.
  • Maybe I’d grab a bottle or two of water, or not, every day; now I absolutely drink 3 16 oz. containers of water with lemon oil or more, daily.

I thought it would be hard to follow this challenge, but it hasn’t been hard at all. My biggest shift has been with portion size, rather than foods.  I’m not a processed foods chick.  I eat pretty clean as it is.  The items that I’ve “given up” for the month apparently weren’t all that important to me, because it’s not a hardship to not have them.  Even the carb craze of pasta, potatoes, and pizza has been bearable.  I’ve made amazing dishes that fulfill me so I hardly notice the absence of carbs (but I also take comfort in knowing I’m half way home to getting me some noodles again….in moderation!).

So during Phase 1, (the first 10 days) I dropped a few pounds and felt even more alert and energized. Seems I slept better and woke up better, too.  By mid-afternoon I’d get crazy hungry, but I could instantly satisfy that with a couple almonds or a half of an avocado, which are some of my afternoon snack choices.  I peed and peed and peed all day and my bowel movements got remarkably “better”( I know, T.M.I . again!) There were only a few times I became a tad lightheaded (sugar or carb withdrawals).  When that happened, it wouldn’t be for very long.  Some deep cleansing breaths helped with a couple swigs of lemon water.  Days 2 – 8 an occasional burp would rise up out of nowhere.  Those burps were wonderfully fragrant tasting like flowers (LOL) and quite interesting to experience!  Actually, I’m rather missing them.

Now I’m half way through Phase 2 (the second 10 days)

My body feels somehow a little less “puffy”. I’m flattening out (well, not everywhere! ) and don’t feel bloated.  Even my fingers got “skinny”.  This seems so strange to me, as I’m consuming more liquids than I ever have. Still peeing like a racehorse, and I am downright proud of my #2’s. My eyes seem “brighter” than normal.  My skin feels softer and tighter.  And my hair—OH MY!  My hair!  People who know me know I’ve been worried about my hair for the last 5 years or so.  Believe it or not, I’ve lost 1/3 of my hair or more in that time—it’s been shedding by the handfuls (although you’d never think that by looking at me) and I’ve been terrified I’m going to lose it all.  But suddenly now I’m not experiencing  alarming hair loss anymore!  I’ve stopped shedding hair!  In fact the texture of my hair seems to be changing—seriously!  It’s softer, more manageable, and not as quick to tangle! This in itself is so very exciting for me!

I’ve had a little bit of tummy growls that are new. Must mean things are moving around.  My energy level remains high, I sleep well and wake up refreshed, and by golly I’ve now dropped 9 pounds since January 3rd—without trying–and I’m eating fantastic!  I’m excited to see what the next 15 days will bring.  So far, I couldn’t be more pleased with how my Cleanse and Restore 30 Day Challenge is going!

 

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