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Sometime last month when i was a vegetarian, i decided to do a thorough cleansing on the body.

I mean, i was already a vegetarian, so i might as well take the opportunity to do it. There wasn’t a better time to be honest.. because my usual diet consists of plenty of seafood, so to get me on a full juice diet is rather tough, not that i’ve not done it before though. ;)

Few of some very important things to take note :

1. it’s not a diet diet kinda diet if you get what i mean. Sure, you will lose some pounds but it’s not gonna be permanent. You will pile the weight back as fast as quickly as you lost them. So if you’re looking for a permanent weight lost program, this is not for you. I did it purely for cleansing and nothing else.

2. the first day is always the toughest and i really mean it, but hang in there and don’t give up!

3. prepare your vegetables and fruits in advance so that you will not steer away from your course.

4. if you’re thinking to have a program to kick start your permanent weight lost program, yeah.. this detox will do just fine because it does shrink your stomach space! ;)

Guideline to my juice meals.

Breakfasts Lunches Dinners
        Morning Glory                  Mean Green             Sunset Passion
  • 2 Apples
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 2 cups of Grapes
  • 2 Kale Leaves
  • 1″ Ginger
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 4 Stalks of Celery
  • 4-6 Kale Leaves
  • 1/4 Lemon Peeled
  • 1″ Ginger
  • 1 Beet Sliced
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple
  • 4 Kale Leaves
  • 1/4 Lemon Peeled
  • 1/4 Lime Peeled
           Jolt Juice              Bruschetta Tang             Green Machine
  • 2 Apples
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1/4 Lemon Peeled
  • 4 Kale Leaves
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1-2 Garlic Cloves Peeled
  • 1 Bunch of Basil (20 Leaves)
  • 1/4 Lemon Peeled
  • 4 Kale Leaves
  • 2 Apples
  • 2 Cups Spinach
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 2 Celery Stalks
  • 1 Med Carrot
  • 1″ Ginger

Feel free to substitute any of the ingredients with something you can find easily.. eg ; kale with romaine lettuce. I also skipped some of the ingredients such as garlic. Lol! It’s just… so weird i think.. to have garlic in my juice… so i didn’t bother to add that in. For more information, check out this very useful website.

Apart from juice, just juice, zero fiber, we’re allowed to have tea as well. Tea without caffeine, because you wouldn’t want to have caffeine in your system at this point of time, trust me. A week after my detox, i had matcha latte at about 3pm and that night, i couldn’t sleep till 2am!

In the end, i stopped my detox after day 4 because i felt my body couldn’t take it anymore. I’m very in tuned to my body, not sure if it was due to my yoga practice, but i always know what my body needs. Some days, when i need to eat some meat, i will. Some days, i felt i needed vegetables and vegetables it was. On day 4′s evening, i realized my fingers and feet were icy cold even in the afternoon! At night, i had to wear socks to sleep and we didn’t even have the air-cond on. In short, i was cold and i knew i had to stop. Guess the ginger in the juice didn’t work that effectively for this fussy of mine eh?

With a heavy heart, i listened to the body and stopped my juice diet after day 4. However, i didn’t consume food immediately after that. On day 5, i re-introduced solids to my diet slowly. I had smoothie instead of juice. I didn’t have real food. For the rest of the day, i had just fruits and by night time, i had some steamed vegetables.

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photos taken on day 4

Photos on day 1 can be found here. Check out the difference! But of course, after a couple of days, i looked exactly like Day 1 again. Hahahaaa! Honestly, i wasn’t surprised. It was expected!

What i felt after my cleansing :

1. very clean. Haha! yes, like seriously clean.. especially the intestines.. ;P

2. the stomach was more sensitive. almost like an infant’s stomach if you will. i couldn’t stomach anything oily for awhile, no coffee, no big portions, no overeating, nothing too spicy etc. it sounded almost bad doesn’t it, but it’s not. i quite like having a clean system and a sensitive stomach truthfully. it creates certain kinda awareness, where i would not have known had i not done this cleansing.

So, will i do it again?

Yes i will!

However, it will be just a short 3 days for me. No more 5 days!

Happy cleansing, to those of you who are keen to try! :)

 

GRIN.

Nope, not a food post unfortunately though i’d love to make pretzel one day. :)

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I used to be quite chillax over my practice. It was always an on & off affair for this mother of 3.

I started practicing at a not so tender age of 21 with my mother (in law). She’s really flexible and still is at the age of 60!

Initially, i practiced because i felt the pressure of needing to please her — she was always roping me in to practice with her. We just got acquainted then and of course i needed to get into her good book! HAHA! So every morning, without fail.. both of us will be practicing for an hour, with her coaching me all the way — almost like a private class if you will. Not too long after that, i stopped because i got preggy.

3 years later, boy2 came along. I still didn’t resume my practice. But, I concentrated on cardio exercise instead. I didn’t lose that much weight but what i noticed was, i no longer have a waistline after 2 pregnancies! *horrorsssss* My waistline was like a log! Straight down just like that. It was mortifying! But still, i continued with cardio — kickboxing etc.

For the record, though visibly trimmer, the body was flabby, and not exactly… nice.

When i delivered beepbeep in 2007, i finally signed up for yoga, together with the cardio classes. My love for yoga rekindled. I love yoga! To my (pleasant) surprise, i was one the instructors’ favorites. I often get asked to do demonstration to show the class on the correct postures etc. In 2010, i decided to leave the all woman’s fitness centre. I had a talk with my favourite instructor and he told me that i should totally upgrade myself and so i did.

But i picked the wrong school!

I sillily committed myself to Bikram Yoga for the 12 whole months without even trying out their classes!! What an idiot. Hahahaha! I truly hated Bikram. Bikram made me nauseous. Bikram made me sick. The 90 minute class was a torture. As i like variation, Bikram bored me to tears with its repetitive sequence. Out of the 50 passes i bought, i only utilized a grand total of 20. LOL! Yes, 20 classes for the whole 12 months! That was like less than 2 times a month??? Kekekekeke!

Needless to say, when the last day of 12th month came, i punched the air and screamed, YES! :P

Before i signed on the dotted line with my current school, i tried out 2 other centres. Though pricey, i knew i had to pick this school because as corny as it might sound, the heart told me to. 14 months later, i still love practicing at my current school. In fact, recently, i got so serious over my practice that i am there at least 3 times a week!

Since last November, i got inspired to take photos of my poses to see the improvement. So. The above 9 photos… were taken sometime last year, between November to January 2013. Let’s see how much i can improve by end of this year yeah? ;)

As for the waistline, well.. let’s just say, i’m not complaining though an even tinier waistline is preferred. The secret? Plenty of twisting poses!! *wink*

Disclaimer : i was never a trained gymnast or ballerina.. so, if if can do it, so can you! ;)

Not always, but most of the time, yes. :)

It has been a year since the good helper left us. I get asked pretty often, “How have you been without your helper?, Are you coping?, Can cope meh?” etc.

Truth be told, the initial weeks were tough, very tough. Actually, it’s still tough but not unmanageable. I’ve been more active than ever. I go for my yoga classes thrice a week, i still bake and cook daily for all the meals, Darcy and i still go on dates, occasionally, we sneak out while the boys are watching their Sunday Prime Movie, heck, i’m even selling my very own homemade Granola!

Compare to last time, i was so much more ill discipline. I frequently skipped classes, i was always in front of the computer.. in short, i was a lazy arse. There, i said it.

Now?

There isn’t a second to waste!

How do i do it?

Good time management and the boys. I wake up at 6.30am and by 11pm, i’ll be dozing off (definitely a good habit!). In between, i’ll do my things and the boys will do theirs, and also mine. Grin. Yup, they’re godsend these boys. Not only they’re independent — they go to school on their own, they play by themselves downstairs, stay home alone for a short few hours — they’re also helpful.

Chop garlic & shallots, can! Wash dishes and clothes, can! Sweep and mop the floor, can! Fold and iron, can! Pack my granola, can! Cut nuts, can! Tidy up the entire house, can! Cook simple lunch for themselves, can! Massage mommy, also can!

They are really my angels.

Of course, there are times when i go ballistic over the mess the created, i yell and scream on top of my lungs, i issue ultimatums to clean up, repetitively command them to help out.. it happens. Quite frequently in fact!

Despite my yelling, scolding and all the punishments, they love me to the core.

I do feel the difference between then and now. Before, the helper was there to share the love but now, i get it all. Perhaps because i’m so much more hands on? *shrugs* But what i know is, they know they’re not exactly easy to live with, that’s why they love me so very much. Every time i screamed out loud while doing a chore, they’ll come rushing to check if i was ok. Every time i hurt myself accidentally, their little hands will immediately ‘sayang’ the injured part. They’re also very protective over me, mind you. Perhaps because i’m the only girl in the household? Hehe. No one can badmouth me. If anyone of them is rude to me, the other brothers will give them a good scolding. If my top rides up, they’ll help me to pull it down — cannot let others see mommy’s stomach/back worr. Heck, they even disapprove of me wearing tight and short dresses! Mom, you look too pretty until ugly already. Better give away the dress. LOL!

So yeshh, the decision to do without the helper was the right one. I’m so glad i made that choice. No regrets, truly.

Bad days? Aplenty. But so are good days…

Without the boys’ unconditional love, help and support, this entry will not be possible.

Life’s good, truly..

For that, i’m grateful and thankful. #contented

Have a Prosperous Lunar New Year, everyone!

xx

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