i forgot to mention the very yummy lunch i had on the first day of the cleanse. lunch every day is supposed to be brown rice or quinoa, beans, and greens, and then a piece of fruit. day 1 i piled a bowl full of some of the cooked quinoa from that morning's breakfast, some of the adzuki beans from the smoothie, a couple of leaves of kale, salt, pepper, olive oil, and apple-cider vinegar, warmed it for about 45 seconds in the microwave, and ate. really good and really filling.
over the course of the day, i ate an entire bunch of kale. and i gotta say, i felt too full to eat anything else by late afternoon. not bloated, just...like i could feel the food way up at the tippy top of my GI tract. i didn't want to eat on day 2 (yesterday) and ate pretty little, and i felt pretty lousy. just very little energy and still uncomfortably full. more in than out, if you will. so today (day 3), i'm really focusing on staying hydrated and following my instructions (i haven't eaten anything NOT on the list, but i haven't eaten all the things i'm supposed to).
anyway, the good news is that everything has been pretty yummy, except this morning's drink. every day, i'm supposed to drink a blend of two big handfuls of greens, a whole peeled lemon, flax seeds, magnesium powder, and ice water. (the powder and seeds don't have to be in this drink, but i'm supposed to have those every day, too, so i figured i'd just blend it all together.) not my favorite beverage. not terrible, but not my favorite. but it's just one drink, and it's just 21 days. and most of the days since i started eating more cleanly (which is about three weeks), i've felt much better than before. much milder and fewer GI symptoms and way fewer and less severe migraines. so the regular food in the house—the real bagels and kettle corn, for instance—is not tempting at all.
i am working on my skirt, still. got through the first seam of the muslin yesterday and tried out a couple of methods of seam finishing. both were pretty disastrous, but i think i have a zigzag stitch on my machine (task for today: dig up the manual, srsly) that will work better and more easily. i'm trying hard not to want a serger.