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My 7 Day Cleanse Experiment

My 7 Day Cleanse Experiment

The Wife always accuses me of living life in black & white. She tells me my world has no Shades of Gray. This is probably true. I believe life is hard. We all have issues, troubles, excuses…we all need to balance, to juggle, to live…your world is no different from mine…if anything, I’m much luckier and blessed than most, so who am I to complain?, to create excuses?

That is why health is important to me. To perform at a high level…keep the plates spinning, I must be healthy…if not, I get restless, moody, and my performance suffers. As I mentioned in my last post, my health had been slipping. I had all the excuses, but they weren’t doing me any good, so I decided I needed a jumpstart, something to motivate me, shock my body back into eating healthy and excerising…enter The Cleanse.

When I think of a cleanse, I think of cleaning the body of the toxins that have built up over time. Not only the ice cream, the soda, but the toxins I breathe in everyday. What better way to jump-start the body than to run a spybot…identify and destroy all that is causing me to run slow. Reboot.


AKA Poop Pills

I, of course, did what all people do before embarking on a possibly harmful endevour…I Googled it. What I found was confusing & overwhelming. I won’t pretend to be a nutritionist, but cleanses come in all shapes and sizes. I decided the Master Cleanse (made up of drinking mostly lemon water) was not for me. A gentler option seemed to be a fruit & vegetable cleanse, focusing on eating organic natural foods. In addition, my personal trainer suggested that I take a supplement, so I went to my local GNC and bought the “Total Body Rapid Cleanse”. My plan was to go two days, eating only fruits and vegetables, followed by introducing some grains & meats, slowly, later in the week.

My goal was to restart my body and gain energy.  Regain the focus on health & exercise that I enjoyed earlier in the year, when I completed my first marathon. I did not plan to lose weight, although I figured I would. Also, I planned on pooping…a lot. What follows is a short review of the week.


  • Weight: 177
  • Poops: 0
  • Exercise: Ran 3 Miles
  • One Word To Describe The Day: Hungry

I woke up early, ran 3 miles, and started my fruit and vegetable diet. My first breakfast consisted of carrots & strawberries. Throughout the day, I ate when I wanted, but only fruits & veggies. For dinner, I sautéed some squash & zucchini and munched away. My energy dipped & I fought hunger headaches all day. My ibuprofen intake must have been in the thousands of milligrams. I drank water, then more water, bought some  organic-caffeine-free  tea, drank that, then more water, followed  by 32 ounces of water.

Mmmm, Carrots


  • Weight 175
  • Poops: 4
  • Exercise: Ran 3 Miles
  • One Word To Describe The Day:  Headaches

As the sluggishness began to subside, the headaches came fast & furious. I drink too much coffee, which was evident by my withdrawal pains. 48 hours of straight head hammering headaches, and I’m popping Bayer like Tic-Tacs. Along with the usual fruits and veggies, I tried a peach green smoothie…pretty good, if you like spinach…in your smoothie. Our friends brought over dinner (a nice gesture since we recently celebrated the birth of Max), I didn’t have the heart to tell them I was cleansing, but Ohhhhhh did it smell good! I went to bed at 9:00pm, shortly after putting the kids to bed…I was pooped.


  • Weight: 173.5
  • Poops 3
  • Exercise: Pilates
  • One Word To Describe The Day: Better

Woke up feeling as good as I’ve felt in a while, but as the day went on, the headaches and sluggishness crept in. As I mentioned in my previous post, I wanted to introduce a new crosstrain into my work out regiment, so I decided to check out a Pilates class.

Here’s a depressing thought…that feeling in middle school, first day, standing outside, afraid to go in, afraid you won’t know anyone, afraid you’ll look the fool, afraid you’ll embarrass your self…yes that feeling, well, like bullies & cliques, it never goes away…there I am, sitting in my car, watching fit middle age women, coming in and out of the yoga studio, thinking, what am I doing?  I’m going to embarrass myself!

Somehow, I found the courage to go in…as is always the case, 95% of things we worry about doesn’t come true… although, I did embarrass myself, didn’t know anyone, and most definitely…looked the fool. I enjoyed it and will go back next week.  I know I’m going to be sore tomorrow.


  • Weight 173.8
  • Poops 3
  • Exercise: Rest
  • One Word To Describe The Day:  Encouraged

The good feelings of yesterday’s morning lasted throughout the day. I wasn’t too sore from Pilates.  Where I had gone from only eating fruits earlier in the week, I was now eating a few almonds, a bit of protein, some beans, etc. I think the combination of the system getting cleaned out and the introduction of a more diverse diet had a pronounced effect over my mood and feeling. I was productive, positive and had great day. Also, I was very excited about running in the morning, a feeling I hadn’t felt in months.


  • Weight 173.0
  • Poops 2
  • Exercise: ran 4.5 miles
  • One Word To Describe The Day: Cocky

By far the best day of the seven. After a great morning run, my energy was up all day. Once again, was productive & positive. I maintained the organic diet, chowing down on apples, cucumbers, carrots, smoothies.  I also got introduced to a homemade lentil soup, which was delicious. As with most things in my life, things were going so well, I got confident, cocky.

Saturday – The Wheels Come Off

  • Weight 173.6.
  • Poops 3
  • Exercise: Rest
  • One Word To Describe The Day: Discombobulated

Woke up feeling so good about how my Friday went, I decided to grab a cup of coffee…Here’s a tip from your Beginnings of Things Blogger, coffee and cleanse don’t mix.

I sat on the pot…for a while…then proceeded to feel jittery, capping it off with a nice dose of irritability.

“Get your hands of my Ipad! & stop ordering Power Rangers DVDs, you’re 5, you don’t have any money!”

I found myself grabbing for Cheez-it’s & Corn Puffs @ 10:30am just to calm the nerves. It was a brutal morning, and I was veering off The Cleanse. You might think, “how does one cup of coffee make that big a difference?”

Well, I don’t know, but it did, so don’t worry about it…

Here’s where having a supportive partner is a huge help. My wife helped me regain my focus…after a reasonable lunch and a healthy dinner, I ended the day feeling like I hadn’t just wasted a whole week of cleansing.

I Starbucked myself right off the diet


  • Weight 173.0
  • Poops 2
  • Exercise: Ran 3.1 miles
  • One Word To Describe The Day:  Cleansed?

I’m  proud of how I handled the latter part of Saturday and most of Sunday.  I maintained the organic, low-calorie diet, and my energy level came back for most of the day. It also rained…which was a big deal, since we are experiencing a Dust Bowl like drought here in the Midwest. The rain, as much as anything, lighten my mood and made for a great day.  I finished off The Cleanse with a run around the neighborhood.

My Conclusions:

Here’s the deal with The Cleanse…I can’t track my toxin level by stepping on the scale. I can only assume that I’m less toxic today than when I started, but I don’t know for sure. I did poop…a lot….but I’m not sure what that really means. I’m fairly certain that a diet consisting of only fruits and vegetables for a few days would have shocked my body, regardless of whether I was taking a detox pill.  In turn, I would have found energy & focus by changing my diet alone…did I have to The Cleanse, as well?  I guess we’ll never know.

My goal was to gain energy and get the focus back to health…to that end, this experiment was a success. I lost 4 lbs in 7 days…about what I expected.  Unforseen benefit?:  Exposure to new foods & recipes.  (lentils, anyone?).

Go ahead, give it a try, get yourself “Cleansed”, then come back here and we’ll compare notes…just stay away from the coffee:)


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4 responses »

  1. Great read and I’ve been debating doing some kind of cleanse since you mentioned it last week. I’ve read that same fruits and veggies thing as well and may try that route. I also need to find time to get a run or two in. If I go for it I’ll let you know but this was helpful to get an idea of how it works.

    • Thanks, I’m glad you found it helpful…it was a good week. All in all, I recommend it to others. You will want to find some time to run/exercise as well, I think that’s a big key. Good luck and keep me updated!

  2. Again with “The wife.” How about “my wife,” which I see you finally used. And, do you work or do you just run around your neighborhood nibbling on carrots and spinach smoothies? Way too much info on the pooping, but I’m so glad “the wife” got you back on track. Possibly nothing else for her to do after giving birth. I’m also glad to read that you’re cleansed. Hate those toxins! Good for you for trying lentils….delish! Next bake yourself some kale chips! Can hardly wait to read the next installment.


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