Core Challenge Week 1: Detox
It’s been one week since I started the Mynt 8 Week Core Challenge, and it’s been quite the week! In total I’ve lost 18 lbs since starting the program. It seems insane right? I don’t notice a big difference in how my clothes fit so I remain unconvinced. I feel smaller in some places, but the same in others.
So, how did the first week go?
The first three days SUCKED. I was constantly hungry and unsatisfied with the food I was eating. It tasted fine – it just wasn’t filling me up and keeping me full for extended periods of time. The protein shakes were fine too, but again, I just wasn’t staying full long enough.
By Day 3, I was ready to give up. Again, not because the food was bad, but because I wasn’t full. I am not a depressed person, and I found myself super depressed, tired, and hungry all of the time. I was advised that my portion sizes might be a bit too small (could not agree more), and that I should increase them slightly. I increased my shakes from 1 scoop of powder to 1.5 scoops, and if I felt particularly hungry one day, I would increase my portion of protein and carbs from 3oz to 4oz. Since making that change I felt a million times better.
Probably the question you want to ask but are afraid of how to approach is how the cleanse worked. You know what I mean. I took the Cleanse packet in the afternoon, so it wouldn’t be until after dinner or evening hours that it started to take effect. I was expecting the worst, to be crippled over with gut wrenching pains. Even though I have a sensitive stomach, I did not experience this.* I was certainly regular, and about an hour prior to the cleanse packet starting to take affect, my stomach would start gurgling and I knew what would be happening shortly.
I’m going to be honest here, I have been craving “real” food, especially chocolate. Cutting everything sucked, but the food also wasn’t as terrible as I expected. It’s particularly difficult for me because I’m so picky about food. While I could eat lean fish, tofu, and turkey for protein, I don’t actually like or eat those foods so I found myself stuck with only chicken, ground bison and egg whites to work with. I’m excited to start Phase 2 of the program and add in some other foods back into my diet!
Each meal has to include a protein, carbohydrate, and fat. Below is a sample menu of my meals. To view the guidelines for the program, click here.
- Scrambled Egg Whites (3oz) with,
- Onions (3oz, free food) and Peppers (3oz)
- Cooked in Olive Oil
Mid Morning: Protein Shake
- Chicken Breast with Mrs. Dash Salt-Free Seasoning (3oz)
- Raspberries (3oz)
- Salt-Free Almonds
Mid Afternoon: Protein Shake with Cleanse Boost
- Ground Bison (4oz)
- Asparagus (4oz) & Onions (free food)
- Cooked in Olive Oil
*I’ve heard of those who have experienced upset stomach taking the Cleanse. Some recommend cutting the packet in half if you experience this.
** I was provided the 8 Week Core Challenge Kit free of charge. All opinions are my own.
How exciting that you are doing this! I’ll be looking forward to hearing more about how it goes for you. I’m personally loving the For the Glow program right now.,..but this sounds similar in some ways!
How has For the Glow been going for you? Are you blogging about your experience?
Whoa! That is intense. I would be starving too since I am used to eating a ton of food. I’m interested to see how this progresses!
It’s definitely been a change, but hopefully a good change!!