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photo-9After indulging a little too much on vacation and then Super Bowl weekend, I decided a juice cleanse would be a great way to clean out the system and jump start my diet (my wedding is 7 months away).

The diet is a 3-day “all juice” cleanse and it was the first time I’d ever done this type of cleanse. So far so good!

I think the toughest part was going trying to do a really tough workout with so few calories in my tank. I drove down to my favorite juice spot, Juice Nation in Solana Beach. The folks there recommended yoga or light exercise so I planned on trying it, but as an avid runner and Crossfitter, I knew that’s not going to last long.

JUICE CLEANSE DAY 1

The toughest part was the morning. I always wake up at 3 a.m. and grab a coffee at 4:30 a.m. on the nose (that’s when Starbucks opens near the TV station). On the juice cleanse there’s *no coffee – yikes! Since it’s only 3 days, I figured I could easily do it. I’m not addicted to coffee, nor do I have a second cup throughout the day, so I didn’t have any caffeine headaches or any symptoms. I just simply love enjoying a piping hot coffee in the morning.

My second challenge came around 9 a.m., when my TV segments where in a grocery store doing a food demo. The food smelled so good, and then of course the chef wants to know, “why aren’t you trying any of my tacos?” To which I respond, “I’m doing a juice cleanse”. Well, you can imagine the look I got from the chef – haha! I managed to get back to the TV station without taking a bite and was able to pop open my second bottle for the day.

The rest of the day, I kept busy with chores and a hot yoga class, and sipping on my juice every 2 hours in between. I think the key was drinking lots of water and going to bed early.

DAY 2

No coffee is no bueno on a morning show shift! This was such a challenge, probably the toughest. I managed to get through an energetic day of work. Logged 4 miles and an hour Crossfit class at Crossfit 2120 in Del Mar, and slept like a baby! One thing I’m noticing about the cleanse was my sleep. I’ve never slept better, and when I woke up, I felt good.

Added note: my stomach felt settled as opposed to a little sour (which can happen when you have to wake up at 3 a.m.) Oh, and what girl doesn’t like seeing the scale drop! Three pounds in 24 hours – whoa! I’m pretty sure it’s “water weight.” Now one more day to go!

DAY 3

The last day was actually the easiest! I had a 7 mile training run with a friend and a busy work day. I drank my juices as instructed – still looking forward to coffee. Once again, slept sooooo good! And I actually had one of the fattest run times I’ve had in months! Crazy how the juices gave me fuel. I won’t recommend doing this for a long period of time on a limited amount of calories, but for me it was just 3 days, so I was doing just fine.

All in all, the cleanse did exactly what it was designed to do. It kick started a clean eating habit for me, it helped me dropped a little vacation weight and literally helped me clean my tank.

Ladies…7 pounds in 3 days! If that’s not motivation to keep going in the right direction, then I don’t know what is. To wrap up my experience, I have to admit, the juices on all three days tasted amazing! I would highly recommend Juice Nation if you want to flush your system and jump start a clean eating regiment.