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BluePrint Cleanse Review


A few weeks ago, I wrote about doing a juice cleanse for a day. I got a comment today asking about it, and realized I’d never written this follow-up post. I’d had some initial thoughts the day of the cleanse, but I’d wanted to think a bit more about the experience before posting.

If you’re too lazy to click over, basically, I felt kinda gross–gained some weight and just not generally healthy–and decided to do a juice cleanse for a day. I wanted to fit a little better into my fave skinny jeans.

Kelly, who is an RD, recently wrote a great post on five reasons not to juice cleanse.

Going into the juice cleanse, I didn’t expect miracles. I had been eating kinda crappily for awhile and was mostly looking for a mental reset, hoping that by forcing myself into a strict regimen of nothing but fruits and veggies in juice for a day, I’d have an easier time getting back to healthy ways. I didn’t expect it to magically “cleanse” my body. I one million percent agree with her point that the juices will not magically detox your body.

Also, juice cleanses are really expensive. Blueprint, which I did because it was on sale at Whole Foods, starts at $65/day. I spent around $40 on my juices on sale. Still not cheap, but a significant discount.

I chose to do this for one day instead of their typical 3-day cleanse because I could not imagine not eating real food for three days. One day, I could handle. Also, I’m currently at a point where I’d rather work out hard than consume less calories, so the idea of a lower-calorie regimen (Blueprint is about 1100 calories) for more than one day was not terribly appealing to me.


As I tried the first juice, I thought, okay, this could go two ways. I could just…have this juice…with my breakfast and just have a juice with breakfast. Or I could just try this for a day. The cleanse was six juices: two green juices, one lemonade-y juice, one beet juice (ew), one cashew milk (YUM) and one pineapple/apple/mint juice. All of the juices except the beet juice were tasty, and since you’re supposed to have plenty of water in between each juice, I never felt really hungry because I always felt so full of liquid.

I was about 4 juices down by dinnertime, and that was the only time I started missing food–so I went to a gentle yoga class. I came home and wanted to just do the cashew milk but finished the beet juice, too.

So? Did I lose weight? Yeah, a pound or two the next day, but that was certainly all water weight since I probably peed at least 10 times the day before. Did it “reset my cravings?” Yes, for the next two days until I went to a party and a few glasses of wine reset my cravings in a different way.

I think a cleanse like this is probably best if you have a big event coming up that you want to lose some quick water weight for, or if you have been eating crappy for a while and want something to force you to think a bit more closely about what you’re eating. (Or if you are having digestive issues–I know quite a few friends who’ve tried juicing to help with digestive issues.) I think a three-day cleanse would probably be more effective, especially from the mental/cravings standpoint, since it’s two extra days to reinforce the fruits and veggies. That said, I like my food and can’t imagine spending nearly $200 to not eat for three days.

Have you ever done a juice cleanse? Would you?

An Uplifting Partnership

I have some exciting news for you (err, those of you in NYC and those of you who like to try new workouts when traveling and are coming to NYC soon!)

Remember when I tried Uplift Studios a few weeks ago?

Well, I enjoyed my experience so much that I’ve entered into a partnership with them! I mean…any fitness studio that also serves wine is basically right up my alley. In all seriousness, I love the work-hard, play-hard vibe this studio gives off.

For the next two months, they’ll be providing me free classes in exchange for me sharing my experience with you. But there’s more! For these two months, you can get a 10% discount on any 8:30, 10:30, 12:30 or 5:30 weekday class or any Sunday class with the code losingweightinthecity. (Why i have such a long blog name when I have a long real name too is entirely beyond me and also makes ordering blog business cards very difficult.)



As I mentioned in my last post, they have switched to a two-class format. I last tried Uplifting – Cardio. I do plenty of cardio, so I tried the Uplifting – Strength class this morning.

Taught by Michelle Mason, their GM and Head Instructor (HBIC? except she’s not a B at all), this class was as much fun as it was ass-kicking.

The 55-minute class focuses on all of the major muscle groups through the use of bands, free weights and body weight, the heaviest weight of all. What I LOVED was that no exercise was ever repeated. As soon as you finished a set of tricep dips, for example, you were done. The class also had three sets of Tabata intervals thrown in between the sets working the major muscle groups.

There was a timer at the front of the room for each :20 interval, which was both the best thing in the world and the worst thing in the world, all at the same time. Twenty seconds of plank jacks? Really long. Twenty seconds of jumping lunges? Not as long. Thank god there were no burpees.

I walked into class sleepy and walked out wide-awake, sore and satisfied. I’d say Michelle did her job.

Do you prefer long, endurance workouts or short, intense workouts? I usually prefer longer, easier workouts, but sometimes shorter, more intense workouts are just so freaking satisfying in a different way.