It’s been 2 full days and The Workout Bud and I are going strong with no sugar, gluten, dairy or processed foods (I’m allowing chips that are just the chip, oil and salt). I wanted to share some details about what the next 28 days will look like for us both, our starting measurements, and more.
30 DAY HEALTHY LIVING AND BEYOND CHALLENGE WITH ARBONNE: THE DETAILS
WHAT CAN WE EAT?
On the detox, we are cutting out gluten, dairy, soy, processed foods, and sugar. All of which won’t be too tough for me, because I usually don’t eat gluten, dairy or soy. I think the hardest thing for both of us will be sugar. We’ve been on a sugar train lately. No sugar means no M&M’s, of course, but also no fruit. Allowed fruits are berries, green apples, and limes/lemons. I’m probably going to keep in bananas, mostly reserved for days I have a heavy workout or teach a class or two (I taught 3 yesterday!). My body handles bananas well, so I’m fine with keeping it.
We can eat gluten free grains, vegetables, lean meat, fish, eggs, and all the healthy fats (chia seeds, hemp seeds, coconut oil). Most of the recipes on the blog are safe for this detox. Plus, I’ll be trying out some new recipes. Wednesday night I made a spaghetti squash casserole with chicken sausage, asparagus, and mushrooms. It was so tasty! Recipe will be coming soon, not to worry.
Smoothies will most certainly be a big staple in our diet. And lots of veggies. Whenever I ask The Workout Bud what he wants for dinner, he gives 3 responses, nearly every single time: steak. bacon. veggies + rice. Since the bacon is out and I can’t cook steak/we are not supposed to eat alot of it, he is going to get veggies with rice and a lean meat.
On Wednesday, I prepped food for a good few hours: overnight oats, 2 loaded salads (in mason jars), roasted sweet potatoes, sweet potato cubes, 2 batches of brown rice, roasted butternut squash, zucchini and butternut squat noodles, and chopped a bunch of veggies. I’m hoping to prep smoothies, banana bread and waffles this weekend (sans sugar).
WHY THE HECK ARE WE DOING THIS?
JEN: I just need a reset. I’ve been indulging in sugar-y treats much more than I want too over the past few weeks. Plus, the wedding is in 2 months and I want to be looking good when I walk down the isle. This challenge will be perfect for getting me back on the healthy eating train and get me ready for the wedding.
KRIS: He is hoping to lose some weight and just look and feel better physically. He’s never really done a challenge like this, so I am pumped to see how it he benefits. More than wanting to encourage him as he is going for a weight loss goal, I am REALLY hoping that a month off of dairy will make him decide not to drink cow’s milk again. I also hope it hurts his stomach after the 30 days so that we don’t have to buy it anymore!
DO WE HAVE ANY GOALS?
Glad you asked!
JEN: I want to be okay without eating sugar-y treats. I’ve done the sugar detox before, so I know that time away from it will make it not taste as good. I honestly believe in having balance in your diet. So, it doesn’t mean that I don’t ever want to eat coconut milk ice cream or a few M&M’s every now and then, I just don’t want to be in the place where I am craving them every single night.
KRIS: From the goal booklet Arbonne provides, he wrote that he wants to lose 3 inches in his waist and 1-2 inches in his hips. Overall, I think he just wants to look as fit as he feels.
ARE YOU GOING TO WORKOUT?
JEN: I have fitness goals I want to accomplish before the wedding that I think will go hand in hand with this detox. I want a stronger, more defined backside – that means back/shoulders and booty. I’m planning on working out 5-ish days a week (focusing on the backside), striving for 10,000 steps each day, and incorporating some yoga a couple days a week. I want to move more!
KRIS: He is in a workout funk. He won’t go to the gym with me even! But, he wants to walk. I’ll take it. Hopefully I can sneak in a run or two, while we are on a walk. I’m thinking he will probably get back at the gym soon, doing a combo of HIIT and lifting.
The Workout Bud wasn’t feeling me displaying his before photos on the blog; he wants to wait until there are after photos to put next to it! Here are mine. I’d love to put on a bit more muscle and have my lower belly bloat go away.
If we don’t measure where we start, how will we know how much we’ve progressed. The booklet that comes with the Detox includes a place to add your measurements, along with your goals. Plus, I want to be able to work on banging out push-ups. I timed myself for 1 minute and recorded my push-ups. Keep in mind, my shoulders were sore, and I thought I’d get more, but alas, we all start somewhere.
- CHEST: 31 inches
- BICEP: 10 inches
- WAIST: 27 inches
- HIPS: 35 inches
- THIGHS: 21.5 inches
- CALVES: 14 inches
- WEIGHT: 140 lbs (I had to do a double take on this one. Haven’t been 140 in years. However, I am thinking it’s mostly muscle. Holla!)
- PUSH-UPS: 23 (in 1 minute)
- CHEST: 49 inches
- BICEP: 15 inches
- WAIST: 43 inches
- HIPS: 41 inches
- THIGHS: 23 inches
- CALVES: 18 inches
- WEIGHT: 260 lbs
I couldn’t believe our thighs were only a few inches difference. But, his legs are literally all muscle. Mine are not…yet.
Wish us luck for the next 28 days. I’ll be keeping everyone posted and sharing some new recipes. Make sure to subscribe to the newsletter for extra details and to find out more about how you can join the detox in May! And check out the Arbonne tab for more details on the detox.
What are you eating this Wednesday? Would you give up sugar for 30 days?
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