What to Expect
from Each Week
Aside from complete food plans for thirty days, each day also consists of seven tips. There's a Motivational Tip, Exercise Tip, Food Tip, Organizational Tip, Beauty Tip, Spa on a Budget Tip (a.k.a. more bang for your buck!), and even a Total Health Fakeover Tip. I'm not asking you to do each tip every day, but try to read them and accomplish as many as you can. For example, if a particular tip tells you to buy a certain kind of shampoo, you don't have to buy it that day. I'm just suggesting that the next time you're buying shampoo to keep it in mind. Another reason for all of the tips is to get you thinking about something other than food. When those impossible cravings happen, you can channel that energy into organizing your closet, counter, or kitchen. Whatever. Next time you're on the phone, tackle that junk drawer. Instead of mindlessly sitting in front of the television set, give yourself a facial or do some sit-ups during the commercials. You found that extra time to eat -- you can find that extra time to organize. All of these daily tips can be tackled in small increments.
Who knows, maybe six months from now you might say to yourself, "You know what? I remember Marilu told me to organize my sock drawer. I think I'll do that." Or, you might remember one of my Total Health Fakeover tips when you have to be somewhere and aren't quite feeling up to the task. The idea is to have some fun and learn new things that you may never have tried before. But please, don't get overwhelmed. These are all things that I do in my life, but I certainlydon't do all of them at one time. I just want to get you into a mode where you take a look at your life and see all the areas you might want to improve. I know that you're busy (we all are), and you don't have a lot of free time (none of us do). But don't you agree that things are easier when your life is more organized and working like a well-oiled machine? Besides, once you take the time to organize something well, who knows -- you might be inspired to keep it that way. Think of each day like you are back in school and the tips are fun homework assignments that'll benefit you. If you can't get them all done, that's fine, because luckily, you're not being graded -- you're being upgraded.
This 30-day program has been divided into five sections. Countdown, Purple Week (a.k.a. "Boot Camp"), Blue Week, Green Week, and Yellow Week.
Countdown (Or, How to Avoid the Last Supper-or Two)
The first four days of this program begin with what I refer to as "Countdown." For those of you who have not already implemented some of the original ten steps from Total Health Makeover, Countdown is four days where you're going to prepare yourself and your body for the rest of the program. Countdown was created for all those people (you know who you are) who like to go on a wild binge prior to starting a new diet. It would be great if you could have the proper mindset from the start of this program that this is not an end, but a beginning. A really common mistake people make prior to starting any weight loss program is they use their new beginning as an excuse to go crazy and overindulge themselves right before they get started. Sometimes they keep doing it and they never actually get started. A few years ago, two of my sisters and I went to a health spa. One of my sisters showed up in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon, and by the time we left for the spa on Sunday, she had eaten her way through L.A., gaining five pounds in the process. It took until Wednesday just to catch up to where she was before she came to town! This is the reason I've put Countdown into the program. I don't want you to have to spend the first four days of Boot Camp catching up. It's like starting with a clean slate. Who wants to spend all of his or her time undoing the damage? Countdown is so you can avoid the "Last Supper" and get the most out of Boot Camp. The idea of Countdown is not to go crazy but to become aware of how you feel and the effect certain foods (or lack of certain foods) are having on your body. It's like a mental and physical preparation. Think of it as the buffer between your old habits and your new life.
I made such a big deal out of doing one step at a time in Total Health Makeover, and I still believe, for this program to be its most effective, you ought to experience each step one by one. But the bottom line is this; you won't hurt yourself by going on this program, no matter where you're starting from. You might be the picture of health already so you're just going to feel even better. Conversely, you may be so far away from the animal you were meant to be that you're going to see dramatic results. And let's just say no matter what steps you did from Total Health Makeover, I'm asking you to live your first four days with NO RED MEAT, NO SUGAR, NO DAIRY PRODUCTS, AND NO ALCOHOL. (The last of which isn't one of the ten steps, but avoiding it should be part of any cleansing period.) The 30 Day Total Health Makeover
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