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Monday, October 17, 2011

What Doing a Detox Taught Me

Here I am. Day 8 of a 10 day detox.

And no, I haven't cheated.

Unlike Hubs, who is a dirty cheater.

Though, I guess I should be thankful that he is the type of dirty cheater who cheats with a beer and a basket of wings, and not some hoochie homewrecker.


For the past week, I have followed the plan created for me by Lisa at Whole Health Designs. I won this plan so I'm under no obligation to talk about it. But, since it has made such a huge difference this past week, I want to write about it and tell you what I've learned by going on this detox.

Oh, and for those of you who thought that being on a detox meant you just drank weird things like water with cayenne pepper, that isn't true. The type I was on involved actual food. I wouldn't last 10 minutes on a plan if I didn't still get to eat.  The food on my detox plan kept me full. It didn't stop the cravings for things that were bad for me, but if I was honest about how I was feeling, I was never hungry on this plan.

Being on this plan really showed me some of the incredibly bad habits I had fallen into. The ones that, combined with a lack of exercise over the last almost 4 months, made me want to cry when I stepped on a scale the day before this detox started.

These are not exactly earth-shattering revelations. But, I fell into bad habits and this detox was just the swift kick in the butt that I needed. Here's what I learned:

1. I was not drinking enough water. Not by a long shot. Unless I was at the beach or at zumba, I really wasn't drinking much at all.  But, with this detox, I made sure that I drank a big glass when I first woke up and kept my glass filled all day. This also helped in between meals when I usually would have grabbed a snack.

2.  I was using way too many convenience foods. With the boys in soccer 3 nights a week and Hubs often working late, it was easy to turn to the drive-thru or to grab some sort of meal from the freezer section of the grocery store. While those types of meals have their place, in the past week, I've been eating so much fresh produce and the meals did not take very long to make.

3.  I was adding way too many "extras" to my food. Y'all. I'm the type of person who thinks that the only reason you eat salad is so that you can eat the dressing. And when the dressing is done, you push the salad away. So, the idea of a salad without dressing?  BLECH. Whether it's dressing or cheese or butter, I was adding unnecessary calories to my foods before.

4. I was eating more than I thought I was.  When I'd go to get a snack for the boys or when I'd be making them a meal or when they didn't finish a meal or when I was simply passing through the kitchen, I was snacking.  I wasn't thinking about it because it wasn't a meal, right?

5.  I wasn't planning our meals. I used to be so good at menu planning. And then I failed in a big way. It was so much easier to eat healthy when the meals and snacks were all planned out for me.

6.  I was pretty much taking crap care of myself.  From not eating breakfast because I thought I was too busy getting the boys ready for school and then off to their respective schools to grabbing junk food and calling it a meal, I wasn't putting any effort into making sure that I ate well.

I actually do feel a lot better after being on this plan for a week. Aside from being cranky from the no wine rule.

Does this mean that come Thursday, I will only eat "healthy" and "clean?"

Um, no.

I've missed chocolate and wine and cheese and bread... SO VERY MUCH.

But, I am going to put more thought into my meals. I'm menu-planning and going to incorporate more fresh greens/veggies into our meals- and not add as much of the "extras."  I'm going to take the time to eat breakfast.  I'm going to continue drinking lots of water. And I'm realizing that I HAVE to take good care of myself so that I'm able to take care of my family. And so my jeans fit.

Btw, I also learned that there are waaaay too damn many commercials on tv for bad food. It's just cruel. 

Oh, and? After I get through these last 3 days of the detox, I'm headed out of town to visit a friend and attend Bloggy Bootcamp. I reserve the right to eat and drink whatever the hell I feel like during that time. I have healthy foods planned for when I get back. 

Have you ever tried a detox?

*UPDATE: I weighed myself the morning of day 9. 9 pounds lost, y'all!

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Blogger Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I've never done a detox but I do have a lot of the same habit you had. I need to make some changes for sure.

October 17, 2011 at 7:23 AM  
Anonymous Galit Breen said...

Love this Shell! I've been unlearning bad habits lately, too.

(They're so damn easy to fall back into!)

But really eye opening to really focus in on!

October 17, 2011 at 7:26 AM  
Blogger Melissa Jane said...

It's so easy to fall into the "whatevers easy" mode. We all do it. Well done on you success.

October 17, 2011 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger Hines-Sight said...

Congratulations! I know you feel proud to do this. It's very hard. I keep telling myself that I'm going to shed these five blogging-bloating pounds then and I lose about three, and then a weekend comes, and I drink yummy Octoberfest, don't drink enough water, and I've got the water retention back.

October 17, 2011 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

We had a lot of prepared meals last week for some unknown reason. My husband is so ready to go to dinner from scratch.

October 17, 2011 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Never tried Detox. What you are doing is reasonable - and I think I could follow that. I also do not drink enough water ( unless you count Diet Pepsi)

October 17, 2011 at 7:56 AM  
Blogger Singedwingangel said...

I have never done a detox but really need to. I have found myself so busy of taking care of everyone else that I don't have time for me at all. I have tons of exercise equipment here at my house and never get on it.. if I do I am so winded in minutes that it doesn't last long. I want to be here for my kids and grandkids.

October 17, 2011 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Wow! It sounds like I need to try this. I have all of those same bad habits. I've just recently started trying to be more aware of what's IN the food we eat and that's helped some. Really cuts out a lot of the convenience stuff which is just sad 'cause I could use some convenience. =)

October 17, 2011 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Never tried a detox. I bet it's good for you to do once in a while though! Totally impressed that you stuck with it!

October 17, 2011 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger ckbrylliant said...

May I suggest a book called "Eat to Live" Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Maybe you won't become a Nutritarian but you sure will learn about food and their benefits. Really helps you to eat and plan better.

Good Luck.

October 17, 2011 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Maggie S. said...

This is a good list of reminders...

Did you learn a great recipe for something to put on your greens? I mean, dry lettuce, how?

October 17, 2011 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger The Empress said...

Oh, do I ever hear you on the "crapcare of myself" part.

Guilty, guilty, guilty.

We need to take better care of ourselves.

And the carbs: so good but do I really need all the ones I take in?? No. But they're convenient , and they're always there.

A diet higher in Fruits and veggies results in a 70% less chance of Alzheimer's.

I fear Alzheimer's. My mother has it.

Some scary stuff.

So, I eat F and V's all day: just b/c of my fear.

My own personal detox is fear.

Good job, mama..and I hope you took the day off and went to the beach to show off that new bitchin' detoxed bod.


October 17, 2011 at 8:28 AM  
Anonymous Tracy @nystoopmama said...

I've been a vegetarian for 5 years, but I tried a vegan detox for a week last year and I turned into the devil. It was so intense I broke out in hives! That said, I do think if everyone went vegetarian for one day a week they would notice health differences, and I don't mean a plate of pasta, but a plate of veggies. Like, a roasted squash with butter and brown sugar and a side of sauteed garlic kale. I have a gazillion recipes if you're ever interested. It's crazy how addicted our bodies get to certain foods.

Kudos on the detox!

October 17, 2011 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

I'm right there with you on the crap care.....
I know what I should be doing and for some reason I just don't do it. I can blame the busy lifestyle but there are people doing it so it's just an excuse.
I need to do it!

October 17, 2011 at 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

I haven't detoxed but am working on becoming more aware of my eating habits. Meal planning, when I do it, really helps too.

visiting from SITS

October 17, 2011 at 8:51 AM  
Anonymous Denise said...

I hate that it is so easy to pick up bad habits and so hard to pick up good habits. I have tried 2 detoxes (one liquid, one food) and both times I was in withdrawal like a drug addict. It was horrible. I didn't make it more than 2-3 days. I obviously am very, very toxic. I hope to try another but honestly ... so scared.

October 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Alison@Mama Wants This said...

Your detox plan sounds awesome. And to learn all that about yourself and your habits is incredibly useful.

I definitely do not drink enough water - and it shows!

October 17, 2011 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

I've never done a detox, but I have considered doing a vegan detox. I'd have to give up all dairy products though...I like cheese...a lot.

October 17, 2011 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger The Mommyologist said...

I LOVED reading this today first thing! I am so happy that you are doing so well with the detox and that you are feeling better. Sounds like it gave you a great jump start to get back on a healthier plan, which is what it did for me. Now I eat super clean about 85% of the time, but enjoy wine, chocolate, etc. on weekends if I want it.

Enjoy BBC this weekend!!

October 17, 2011 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger By Word of Mouth Musings said...

shell + ash = wine
oh yes it does ;)
we will toast at Blissdom!!!

October 17, 2011 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Victoria KP said...

Congratulations on sticking with it! It's so hard to not fall into the convenience food trap. I was trying to decide what to have for dinner last night and realized that my kids had eaten some kind of breaded chicken product or pizza for dinner about 5 nights in a row.

October 17, 2011 at 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am really proud of you for doing this. I seriously don't know how you are doing it!! I'm pretty good with the meal planning & try to drink lots of water. My days go like this:


October 17, 2011 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger The Random Blogette said...

I am so proud of you. I can't go a day without a Diet Coke, or now my new favorite: Godiva Coffee. I tried one of those shake diets before but that is as close to a "cleanse" as I have been. I stopped the shake diet after 5 days. I still lost 5 lbs but I had a hard time with the fact that I could only eat food once a day. I missed it too much!

October 17, 2011 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger RoryBore said...

I have a great soup detox recipe that I have been meaning to try again. you can still eat other food like fresh veggies and fruit...but mostly it's this soup for 3-4 days.

um, yeah, right after our bucket of KFC is done. getting right on that :)

October 17, 2011 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

No. But I do need to stop snacking because my pants aren't fitting the way I'd like them too.

October 17, 2011 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger TheUnSoccerMom said...

I've never done a detox... but my husband just found out he has diabetes, so we've been eating better, or trying to. He's done really well actually...

And you're right! There are WAY too many food commercials!!

October 17, 2011 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger An Imperfect Momma said...

Oh girl, I applaud you for going through w this! I would not be able to survive on a detox. Glad its helped you :)

October 17, 2011 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Brittney said...

way to go Shell!!
Ive never done a detox but since ive been pregnant ive cut out a lot of bad stuff. Lol I will do something like this after the baby is born maybe.

October 17, 2011 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

Good for you. I am hell on portion control. I'll portion it right, then go eat several spoons from the damn pan! Ugh! So bad. And I don't drink enough water either.

Glad it's been a good experience for you.

October 17, 2011 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger mintifresh said...

It's amazing what a meal place can do! I didn't have one from the past week and we've eaten out almost every night! Ack!

October 17, 2011 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Kristina P. said...

I am going to eat a pumpkin bar for breakfast, while I read all these things, and take them to heart.

October 17, 2011 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Lizbeth said...

I've not done a detox. I'm too weak. But I hear what happens in Bootcamp stays in Bootcamp. ;)

October 17, 2011 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger MiMi said...

I am afraid a detox might kill me. But if it helps me lose weight I should do it. :)

October 17, 2011 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger MiMi said...

And. Hello. Salad was made for the dressing. Duh.

October 17, 2011 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

I couldn't go more than 2 days without wine, cheese or bread. You must have some mighty strong willpower.

October 17, 2011 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I have never done a detox, but have given it some thought. I just can't imagine making it through the day without my carbs.

Congratulations to you on your almost done detoxicness!

My family also relies too much on junk!

October 17, 2011 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Mom of 12 said...

That's great that you stayed with it! I love bread and don't know how I would live without it for a day, let alone a week.

October 17, 2011 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Oka said...

I know my family is on the wrong track. Do you find eating healthier is way more expensive? Around it seems to cost a lot more to eat healthier.

October 17, 2011 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Kir said...

You? Rockstar!!!! seriously.
I haven't done a detox, I tried South Beach and ended up in bed with a migraine that lasted 3 days....but oh how I would love to if I could lose 10 (or 40 lbs)

good for you...I think you look amazing,but I know that you wanting to d this is a good thing, thanks for sharing it with all of us.

October 17, 2011 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger Eat. Live. Laugh. and sometimes shop! said...

Congrats on making it so far!

I've done a 3 day shake detox (3 shakes/day and one salad in the evening). You can do anything for 3 days so it wasn't much of a challenge. I dropped an easy 4 lbs, though and truly felt great.

I shortly, however, fell back into my bad habits. Wine and chocolate being my main temptations. Though I have ever since cooked better dinners for my family -- more veggies at every sitting and no frozen or processed foods. That is a change I can continue. I also make my own salad dressings which helps not as much with calories, but with all the gunk we just don't need in our bodies!

October 17, 2011 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Not a Perfect Mom said...

I don't drink enough water either, I live on diet coke and coffee...

October 17, 2011 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Babes Mami said...

Ihaven't tried one before but hearing about this one has made me wonder.

October 17, 2011 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I know I need to drink more water but we do menu plan (as much as it drives me crazy sometimes). Glad to hear you learned some things from your detox.

October 17, 2011 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger The Mommy Therapy said...

I think I do a lot of what you had been doing, or not doing. I really would love to do something like this, but I would definitely need a plan from someone else. My neighbor is a personal chef and she is always trying to get me to do something like this. Maybe I'll have to take her up on it.

Maybe you've inspired me? :)

October 17, 2011 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

I could never do a detox. I have way to strong of an emotional connection with food.

October 17, 2011 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Girl it really is amazing when you put the microscope on yourself how you notice all of the ways you are slipping! Keeping our bodies healthy can so easily take a back seat to keeping our kids and husbands healthy! Rock on with your detoxified self!

October 17, 2011 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I did a cleanse once. It involved massive food restrictions and a whole lot of pooping. Never again. I eat pretty clean, normally, anyway.

October 17, 2011 at 1:30 PM  
Anonymous Carolyn said...

Great advice, and good for you for doing a detox.

When I was pregnant, I had glucose intolerance and had to see a dietician who taught me about portion control. Didn't realize I was over-eating. I think it is a common mistake/problem.

October 17, 2011 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger Charlotte said...

I don't know if I'd necessarily call it a "detox" but the past few weeks I've been doing a vegetarian (well, that part of my diet has been the same for 14 years), gluten/dairy-free diet. I've had some strange tummy issues so I just figured I would eliminate some of the trigger foods (which sadly also includes wine and caffeine). But I feel better, so I guess that means it's working!

And I dont know how anyone could do one of those honey/cayenne papper/tea diets. Sounds yuck to me, personally.

October 17, 2011 at 1:53 PM  
Anonymous tracy@sellabitmum said...

Good for you. Yes, it's those bad habits..and bread. The damn bread.

October 17, 2011 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Tri Mommy said...

I never have tried a detox, but I do always try to eat those "clean" or "healthy" foods Monday-Friday. Oh course I eat crap on the weekends :)
I know, makes no sense!

October 17, 2011 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

You crack me up! I know I couldn't live without some of my favorite foods either. You enjoy those you've earned it. But yes I know how it can sneak up on you, and I do think menu planning helps.

October 17, 2011 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I've never done a detox and I don't think I could - not because of the cravings - but because I'm lazy!

I don't particularly crave unhealthy food (lucky me) but but but.

I simply do not know how to make delicious meals that are healthful (veggie-based etc.) And I don't particularly want to learn (see: lazy).

If I had a professional chef (like, say, Oprah?) I'd be SET! Until then, it's pasta baby. All night long.

These have been the sad but true confessions of a woman trapped in the cycle of spaghetti for dinner.

October 17, 2011 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger angela said...

I WANT to try a detox, but I am scared. Scared of failing more than anything else and cycling into an even worse relationship with food :( I am emotionally connected to what I put in my mouth, and it's always a struggle for me :(

October 17, 2011 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Good job with your "no cheating". I like that your detox includes food, though I'm still not sure I could do it, maybe for a day. I've definitely been falling into convenience foods and I hardly drink water. A great reminder for me!

October 17, 2011 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger MommaKiss said...

My husband would totally cheat. He's got zero willpower. Thing is, tho - one week at the gym and no beer? He's down 10 lbs. Easy for him.

good job to you! I recently did a 'reset' of sorts, not necessarily a detox. clearing whites for a while (flour, sugar, pasta, etc.)...and even tho I drink a ton of water? Drinking even more. yep. more more more! Glad you're liking it, you rock lovah.

October 17, 2011 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

Shell, I have never done a detox but I have been sending you good vibes the whole time you are doing yours. Thank you for giving me a wake up call. You could have been writing about me in your every day eating habits. I need to start planning more meals instead of relying on what is easiest while we are in the car from one place to the next. In the end it does not one bit of good for my body or those of the ones I feed everyday as a wife/mom.
You're almost done! YOU CAN DO IT!!!

October 17, 2011 at 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Megan (Best of Fates) said...

Honestly? I'm not exactly sure what a "detox" is. Unless you're giving up heroin.

Then you have my sympathies.

I've heard that's pretty hard.

October 17, 2011 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger Soge shirts said...

Nice job on not cheating at all. I need to try a detox. I'm starting to eat better but still have a ways to go. Enjoy the chocolate, wine, cheese, and bread!

October 17, 2011 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Ma What's 4 dinner said...

I don't think I could do it...no wine, cheese, and bread??? What the hell would I eat? I'm proud of you!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

October 17, 2011 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger Just Jennifer said...

I happen to know a new blogger who has been meal planning for 3 years now. She's my BFF and her blog is called Mom Rocks Mealtime. She tries to choose recipes that are healthy and she posts pics and reviews of each meal. You should check her out!

October 17, 2011 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

I haven't tried a detox but I do know that I need to drink more water. Your plan sounds like it's working!

October 17, 2011 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger KSK said...

i know I don't drink NEAR enough water!! I just don't have a glass by me.. LB or Mojo would likely knock it over!!

Good job with the detox!!!

October 17, 2011 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I’ve often thought about doing a detox...but it seems so strict...all the toddler snacks around really get to me!

October 17, 2011 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger JamieAnne of A Dash of Domestic said...

Ha! My husband would be a cheater too. I think it's a husband thing.

Good for you, drinking more water and eating more whole and homemade foods.

:) You're almost there! Wine is in sight!

October 17, 2011 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger blueviolet said...

You deserve to enjoy a weekend with your buddy and enjoy some naughty foods and wine. Have a great time, but I'm glad you learned some things that you can learn to change and improve upon!

October 17, 2011 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Foursons said...

The food commercials at night are RIDICULOUS. 10 years ago a doctor was helping me lose weight and I mentioned all the commericals and she acted like she didn't know they existed. I could have slapped her skinny self.

October 17, 2011 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Rach (DonutsMama) said...

I really need to do a better job at meal planning--it really does help me stay on track. Both health-wise and budget-wise.

October 17, 2011 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Detox - Nope. Not my style.
I have aversion to things on the "diet" list, after a childhood of watching my mother yo-yo diet. I do need to do better with meal planning and try to expand my gals exposure to veggies.
Proud of you Shell!

October 17, 2011 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

You are my hero!! No wine? For 10 days??

I've never tried a detox before because I've only ever seen and read about the liquid detox diets and like you, I NEED to have food of some sort.

I need to try something and quick! Because what I see in the mirror when I get out of the shower...totally not working for me!

October 17, 2011 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger The Suburban Princess said...

lol! My hubs is a dirty cheater too! He was constantly sneaking things when we were on the 17 Day Diet! I was miserable sticking to it and he was scarfing chocolate the whole time!

October 17, 2011 at 10:52 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Good for you, Shell!! Nope, never tried a detox.
And I laughed very hard at that first paragraph about your husband being a dirty cheater ;)

October 17, 2011 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger From Tracie said...

Eat breakfast. Cut down on non-meal snacks. Adding in more fresh veggies <---those are pretty simple things that I could actually do.

And it would probably be good if I didn't repeat the popcorn/kit-kat "dinner" that I had tonight (true story).

When I read about your detox, I immediately thought of those liquid ones too. Clearly there needs to be more info out there (so thank you for this!) that it can be done with real food. That feels much less daunting.

October 18, 2011 at 4:11 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I've never done a detox, but I was just telling my Mom and husband yesterday that I've gotten to where I just can't eat crap anymore. I hate the feeling after eating a super rich dessert or greasy food--it makes me feel like crap for three days. And even though I crave it, at some point you have to be like, "What's the point?"

October 18, 2011 at 6:36 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

You're making me want to try one! I've never done a detox, but I'm learning a lot of the same lessons. I was doing really well over the summer, but I see some of those bad habits creeping up now that we're busier. I don't want all my hard work to be in vain! I think I need something like this to give me a fresh take.

October 18, 2011 at 7:26 AM  
Blogger Jen@ADropintheBucket said...

I haven't tried a detox, but have totally thought about it. Sounds like it is helping you make some great changes. I just read the book "Food Rules" by Michael Pollen and it makes a lot of sense and good arguments for why we shouldn't be eating all of the processed foods, etc. So, go you! Hope that you are able to maintain the healthy eating after the cleanse is over! And good luck with the menu planning. I actually like doing that, it makes me less stressed during the week.

October 18, 2011 at 8:06 AM  
Anonymous Peaceful Divas said...

I have done a detox and I love it! I juice vegetables as partof my detox as well as staying away from alcohol, bread and sweets. Have you tried a detox bath at night?

October 18, 2011 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Sela Toki said...

Never detoxed but you do deserve to eat whatever the hell you want during Bloggy Bootcamp. LOL. Laughed at that part of your blog.

October 18, 2011 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Good for you Shell. I really like doing cleanses every now and again bc it does give you a chance to step back and see how much coffee you drink etc. It's a nice fresh start. I was actually thinking of doing a juice cleanse before Thanksgiving. Enjoy boot camp! So fun!

October 18, 2011 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Clare said...

Wow, girl, you are brave! I've always wanted to try one of these detoxes, but I haven't mustered up the courage. Yet. But I have been more conscious of the fact that I need to drink more water lately, so I bought a pretty water bottle to carry it in. Whatever works, eh? :)

I could not live without my Friday night wine, and of course, cheese...

October 18, 2011 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger WhisperingWriter said...

I have never done a Detox.

I don't think I could.

I love my sweets too much.

October 18, 2011 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger Helene said...

The only thing I've done as a detox with 7 days on the 17 Day Diet. Yeah, there's a reason it was only 7 days long. Then it was right back to The Abs Diet where I'm allowed a cheat meal once a week and no restrictions as far as bread, dairy, etc.

Sounds like you did really well and got a lot out of the cleanse! It would be super hard for me to give up my wine for even 1 day, let alone 10!!

October 18, 2011 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger For the Love of Naps - Sarah said...

So interesting! Good for you Shell!

October 18, 2011 at 2:35 PM  
Anonymous Crystal said...

That is so awesome Shell. I'm way into cleansing. So healthy to do every few months or so :) Congratulations on the pounds lost. So exciting!

October 18, 2011 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger Dayngr said...

I've done that crappy "drink all the yucky things you can imagine" detox and it sucked so one with food sounds like heaven! Good for you, I'm guilty of the same things you are and probably a 1000 more.

October 18, 2011 at 6:04 PM  
Blogger M-Cat said...

Congrats on the 9.9!! - really who are we kidding, let's just round that up to a nice even 10.

I should detox, I really - really should....but giving up my ding dongs is just never gonna happen.

October 18, 2011 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger Lee-Ann said...

Amazing weight loss! I start weight watchers 2 weeks ago, I'm eating a lot better than I was, I've lost 3.6lbs so far. :) I so understand the convience foods, that is my problem, so I'm eating more at home with easy things to meet.

October 18, 2011 at 6:28 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Holy moly! THAT'S BASICALLY TEN POUNDS! That's more than a pound a day of weight loss! Wow. I think I might look into this detox thing... I had to laugh at #3 - I do that too, why bother eating if there's no flavor? Every one of your other points (water, not taking better care of myself, always snacking) I'm guilty of! Ugh! Thankfully I'm back on the health wagon with Weight Watchers, but I have to admit, I'm not too happy about it! LOL!

October 18, 2011 at 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Kate F. @katefineske said...

Oh! I am horrible with "diets" and especially diets that allow no wine... Congrats on your success! I'm glad you have found something that is working for you!

PS. I did Bloggle Boot Camp Chicago! What a great experience. Enjoy yourself!

October 18, 2011 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Desperate Housemommy said...

I've considered doing a detox...but, like you mentioned, I had thought that it meant not eating. Um, no thanks. Good to know that there's a "real food" detox out there! Yay, you!

October 18, 2011 at 11:26 PM  
Blogger Mommy Inconsistent said...

Over the years I've done probably three to four detoxes...the worst one "for me" was The Wild Rose and as much as I hated to, by the end of Day 2 I had to give it up...and I hate quitting! But I'll tell you, if you have 'lil kids running around and being demanding, sitting on the toilet all dlay (with your ass on fire) just doesn't work. LoL...now that's graphic.

Congrats on sticking with it. I am so bad at drinking water these days. I'm going to get on that again ASAP..and add some fresh lemon!

October 19, 2011 at 12:32 AM  
Blogger John said...

Now, I might not have seen a recent picture of you, but I didn't know you had any weight to lose (you've always been very, very pretty and pretty damn skinny whenever we've seen a picture of you). With that said, I hate the feeling of not liking the body you're in.

Next, isn't it amazing how easily you can get into the habit of prepared foods and snacks?

While I admire you for this, and I know I'd benefit from the same, I'd never be able to give up wine & cheese & bread. Never. So I'll just run more :-)

Keep up the good work - and let us know how that first glass (oh, fuck it, bottle) of wine tasted.

October 19, 2011 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I really need to try this. I snack way too much and was good when the kids were younger about eating whole, organic foods but since they have gotten older I rely on convenience food for all of us. And? I am a salt-aholic. Can you have salt with this detox?

October 19, 2011 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Lourie said...

I know I don't get enough water...except for when I Zumba. So that is def one I need to work on. Planning is another issue. But one thing you said is something that really has struck, "I was taking 'crap' care of me." And girl that is what I have been again! And my weight is slowly creeping back up. I can't have that. Back to ME I go. :)

October 19, 2011 at 6:27 PM  
Anonymous A Mother's Thoughts said...

Wow, 9.9 lbs. that is awesome! What a great accomplishment. I can't say that I have ever done a detox. I know that they are good for you (just like giving blood), but I would prefer just eating as clean as I can. There is a lot of junk in our healty foods as well though, so I am a advit gardener. Fresh is the best!


October 19, 2011 at 7:06 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I've only detoxed once...after a long fourth of july weekend where I ate nothing but fried food and felt like crap. I ended up losing 7 pounds which was a bonus, but I felt so much better about myself.

October 20, 2011 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Lady Jennie said...

I giggled at your comment of your husband's "dirty cheating." I have done all sorts of detoxes, but I always go back - I think what you decided to put into action is really sound.

October 21, 2011 at 3:04 AM  
Blogger Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

Almost 10 pounds??? WOW!

Those wings made me hungry and it's 6:30 AM...yes, I'm gross.

I add extras to my popcorn and I'm gross.

October 25, 2011 at 6:34 AM  
Blogger Just Cherish Today said...

I have never done a detox but I plan on doing one here in a couple of months, once I am done with the nursing and all :)

October 25, 2011 at 5:50 PM  

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