Reebok Dance Strappy Bra ($50)
Reebok Cardio Pinnacle Tight ($90)
Cleanse: BluePrint 3 day Foundation
After last weeks trip to North Carolina I was a mess. My stomach was over traveling. I was feeling puffy like you don’t even know from my unstoppable salt intake (I blame my soy sauce addiction), and I was in no way feeling any type of bikini ready for my trip to Cancun. Truth be told back to back traveling is exciting but it takes a mega toll on your body, and if I’m being honest my stomach has been in knots since the election which hasn’t helped anything. My body does not handle stress well. This is my first weekend back in NY for the foreseeable future and I decided to take advantage of it. Cleanse, workout and sleep (in between the massive amount of work I had to get done). I did the 3 day Blueprint Cleanse which I usually do every year (but need to upgrade to every 3-6 months). Full review below! My friends at Six:02 also hooked me up with Reebok’s HOT new Perfect Never” collection featuring Gigi Hadid — she looks amazing in the campaign boxing and being fabulous like she does. I haven’t been working out lately because of all the traveling and whenever I break my habits, I have such a hard time getting back into it! Having actual time this weekend and this sick outfit and beautiful weather definitely helped kick my a$$ back into running and more importantly stretching.
Quick impressions of the clothes: The jacket is so cool, I love the texture but wish it wasn’t cropped (just an extra 1-2 inches so my 6-pack-less stomach had a little more coverage. It’s not insulated and carries a hefty $350 price tag but I haven’t seen a jackets this cool in a while. More affordable are the leggings ($90) which I’m obsessed with. They run big (the size small feels like a medium/large on me) so for sure go down a size, but they are so comfortable. I lived in them all weekend and never want to take them off. They move with me and the design us excellent. The sports bra ($50) is probably the hottest thing I’ve ever owned (two photos up you see the back). Too bad it’s not sized for my body. I’m a size small top with a large bust so unfortunately none of the sizes really fit (an adjustable back would have been amazing) but if you’re a proportionate individual, this is a MUST own. I show the back because I’ll spare you the peep show from the front, but check it out on the model. The sneakers are like swim shoes meets sneakers, and offer great support and such a chic design.
Now for the quick fix to de-bloat and get my stomach back on track, I did Blueprint Cleanse! I signed up for 3 days but now wishing I went 6! Wouldn’t that be crazy?! The rundown in 6 juices/day, each numbered, you pick how many days. You space them out and drink only water/tea in between and your last juice should be 2 hours before you go to bed. There’s also a cheat sheet if you’re going crazy that includes black coffee, celery, cucumber, avocado, vegetable broth… you get the 411 when you sign up or on the website.
First off, was BluePrint hard? Absolutely. Did I cheat — I did! But I was reasonable and got back up and tried again the next day. I didn’t stop. I did the 3-day Foundation Cleanse (but you can do shorter/longer and other types of cleanses — they offer a bunch on the site). Day 1 was impossible. I love juices so I made it through the day no-problem but since I last did the Blueprint Cleanse they updated the #6 cashew drink (which is the holy grail, moment you wait for because it is so delicious) to this new “Cashew Blueberry Bloom” drink that I could not put down. I didn’t know something that could be so similar to the original could be so nauseating. Although I’m sure other people love it. I took two sips and traded it in for a salad with avocado and lemon as the dressing (not quite on the approved list) but close enough. Day 2, I tried again, this time adding coffee — If you knew my daily carb-aholic calorie intake doing BluePrint on a compromise is still major improvement in the cleanse department. Made it through the day easily, had the same issue at night and this time caved with a small farro salad, but again I skipped the last juice so I didn’t feel as guilty. I had so much energy so that was awesome, my stomach started to feel better and I noticed a major de-bloat by day 2, which helped motivate me. Day 3 went really smoothly and I just skipped juice #6 and traded it in for a miso soup and crashed out early. The first two days I was so boosted I couldn’t sleep. and somehow was waking up early. By day 3 (last night) between my run and little sleep from the two days before it all caught up with me and I was in bed by 9pm, ha!
I love this cleanse, whether you follow the rules or give yourself a little cheat. I obviously don’t encourage it but either way boosting your body with so many nutrients and juices is great for it. I do it when I’m feeling lethargic and need to fast-track myself to healthier habits. I’m not craving the chips of last week the way I am craving healthy salads and smoothies now. It helps break my sugar addictions and fast-track me back into the routine I want to be in. Plus I look like night and day in a bathing suit. I’m slender but I puff, bloat so easily if I’m not eating well — it’s mostly my problem with salt and wine (and probably carbs). I don’t suggest it as a weight-loss plan but as a stepping stone to one it’s amazing. From my skin to my insides, everything is flowing better and I woke up so refreshed. I would do 6 days and probably my dinner cheat (or beg for the original cashew drink). It’s so worth it and already feel less guilty of what’s to come in Cancun.
They also have 3 new 10oz flavors Kale Apple Lemon, Carrot Lemon, and Orange Grapefruit Lemon I’m dying to try. Much like many of their other juices, these contain 2-3 pounds of fruits and vegetable and are 100% cold pressed organic juice.
Learn more about the different cleanses at blueprint.com