Well Being

30 By 30: Desperate Times Call For … A Juice Cleanse; Who Knew I’d Love It?

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freshly squeezed beet juiceA couple of weeks ago, I spent a bachelorette weekend in Georgia to celebrate one of my best girls. I had been doing so well on my Weight Watchers app all week, but I didn't want to be that girl who's constantly dieting (and complaining about it) during big celebrations. So I tucked my phone away, and I celebrated. Boy, did I celebrate.

When I got back to the city, I timidly approached the scale. “What are you being shy about? Just hop on,” I told myself. My inner voice is a hopeful bitch sometimes.

And I'd gained 8.7 pounds. Damn. I hopped off the scale and immediately came up with an action plan. After years of avoiding them, desperate times called for desperate measures: A juice cleanse. I had exactly two days until my weekly weigh-in and I'd been working too hard—working out, eating right—to let one party weekend throw me off track. Cleansing out the water weight was just what I needed.

I've spent some time over the past few years creeping on other people's cleanses, but I'm not too interested in starving myself to lose weight (as many of them advocate). My gym has a juice bar, though, where they fresh squeeze juices and sell what's called the Elixir cleanse. After my Monday am spin class, I purchased the two-day cleanse and got to work.

Here's the shocking thing: I actually kind of loved it, and not just because I lost nine pounds in two days (water weight is a crazy tricky terrible thing!). I was never hungry. The juice was delicious. Most importantly, though, I felt like I was taking care of my body. I had fed it nothing but junk for two full days, so I was replenishing it with all natural fruits and vegetables.

My body felt repaired after the two-day juice cleanse. And as far as my weight loss journey goes? I was able to move on without more lasting damage from the bachelorette weekend, which was a really great perk.

I think a lot of the “cleanse” people out there are absolutey nuts, and I do not think it is an effective tool for permanent weight loss. But as a refresher, a de-bloater after a rough week, I way to replenish and reset yourself for the weeks to come—I am officially aboard the juice cleansing train. Plus, anything that shrinks my double chin, if only for a day, gets an A++ in my book.

High- A night of karaoke meant dancing on a booth and singing my heart out which my app tells me equals 4 activity points.

We got some bad news at work this week which called for a lot of wine.

+/-: -1 Total – I'm back on track and heading in the right direction