Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Truth and The Diet

Like most people, I start every new year with a plan to get healthy, exercise more, and a diet. For the past five years I have been doing an annual new years cleanse. The "old" cleanse that I used to do (you can read about it here) was great, for a week, but then I would go right back to my old lifestyle. This new cleanse that I am starting is 30 day cleanse, but then has a maintenance program, so it is not just a "diet" it is a lifestyle change; which is exactly what I need for Operation Body Comeback.

See, to get back to my "old" body, it is going to take more then just a one week "cleanse." Everyone is different. Some new moms bounce right back immediately after giving birth, and some mom's extra weight lingers for a few months and maybe even years. So here it goes, here is my truth, and the plan I have in store to get back to my pre-baby self.

(Me here at my baby shower, a week shy of 9 months preg, yeesh)

Truth: I gained 35 pounds during my pregnancy. I lost 20 pounds within the first two weeks. The plan is to lose 30 pounds (the 15 pounds of extra baby weight, and an additional 15 pounds that I wanted to lose last year before I got pregnant!) I am giving myself about 2-4 months to achieve this goal, and then the long term goal is to stay fit and gain muscle definition. If it takes me longer to achieve this goal, that is ok, but I want to be pretty aggressive about it.

The Plan: I started changing my diet during my pregnancy and incorporated Isagenix shakes for the balanced nutrition that I could not get from food. Because I was used to the shakes, it was easy for me to transition into the 30 day cleanse. I started the cleanse Sunday, and so far I would like to report that I am feeling more energized, and definatly not starving! As for excerise, I took a 40 minute walk with Chloe yesterday (which I will continue, weather permitting) and doing the Post Pregnancy Tracy Anderson DVD. The DVD takes about 30 minutes to complete (totally do-able!). 

The Diet: Just to get an idea of how a typical day goes on the Isagenix cleanse; Start the day with a shot of Ionix Supreme ( a natural energy booster, using all natural ingredients, and NO caffeine). Breakfast is a vanilla or chocolate shake (no green muck here!) filled with all of the protein and vitamins to keep you satisfied until your mid-morning snack. Lunch is another shake, and Dinner is a balanced meal of about 400-600 calories. There is more to the 30 day cleanse that I will go into detail another day.

So there you have it! What is your truth, and what is your plan? Don't have a plan? Join me!!! I would love some company!


  1. Way to go Cara! It's great that you're making your health a priority - it's a great gift for Chloe to have a healthy mama to look up to.

    However, I do want to point out that 2-3 months is a very short time to lose 30 pounds safely, especially if you're not that large to begin with. It sounds like you're being realistic and not putting too much pressure on yourself, but it always helps to be reminded that it's still amazing to lose 2 pounds per week instead of 5. Good luck!

  2. You look absolutey glowing pregnant! Good luck with your cleanse! I hope you'll come joing me for my two year blog birthday celebration. Party is at my place!

  3. Good luck with your cleanse, sweetie. Btw: that photo of you is so beautiful:) Kisses and hugs.

  4. Good luck with the cleanse and the workout :)

    I had my baby 4 months ago. I had put on 22 lbs during pregnancy and was back to my old weight at 3 weeks post. However, I'm not happy with my body. I have lost a tone of muscle definition and my stomach is now a big problem area. Starting 2 months, I started a mommy boot camp and this new year I also started group exercise plans at my gym and also re-doing the 30 Day Shred.

    Don't be too hard on yourself. My fitness instructor even said it took her 8 months to be back to her old self. Pregnancy and childbirth takes a huge toll on the body and most ppl can't bounce back right away. You gotta know that your joints wont be back to pre-pregnancy flexibility till around 8-9 months post :)

  5. You are officially my hero! You can do it, Cara!

  6. Amen sista! I am doing a green muck cleanse-day one. I don't think I am going to make it until day two.

  7. I'm going to read up on your cleanse now! I did the lemon and maple syrup one last year and nearly passed out--yours seems smart and healthy!

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  9. Wow. You look so so pretty! Congratulations.
    Happy 2013 to you and your family.



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