Clean 9 – Days 3 & 4


Day 3 is the first weigh-in since Annie started on the Clean 9 programme.

She is certainly looking and feeling a lot better today. Could have something to do with her being able to eat something for the first time since Tuesday night!



Weight – 102.4 kg  /  16st 2lbs (Loss of 2kg = 4lbs)

Arm – 13.5″

Thigh –  29″

Waist – 38″ (1.4 inch loss)

Chest – 46″ (1 inch loss)

Hip – 43″ (1 inch loss)


Weight – 98kg  /  15st 6lbs (Gain of .5kg = 1lb)

Arm – 15″

Thigh – 29.5″

Waist – 38″

Chest – 43.5″

Hip – 49.5″

I have stayed roughly the same, though with a 1lb gain.

Annie has struggled at times with the programme, though now she is able to eat at least one meal a day it should be getting easier. She had planned her first meal, right down to the last calorie! It was delicious – a good old classic Chicken dinner. We were both pleasantly surprised how much you could actually have as the calorie content in veg is so low. Even then, the plates weren’t overloaded as usual and it turns out, nobody actually needs the portion sizes we were used to eating. Annie couldn’t actually finish her dinner and I must admit, even I struggled (rare…very rare!).

Over days 3 & 4, Annie reported an increase in energy, motivation and confidence. She is feeling positive about this programme and has no worries about seeing it through to the end. You can definitely see the changes in her body and most importantly her face, she is smiling more and hopefully this is just the start of her weight loss journey.

I on the other hand have struggled! Seeing Annie on this amazing journey has really made me see just how much I need to lose the weight too. I can’t wait to get started on the Clean 9 myself and no doubt within a few short days I will feel as positive and motivated as Annie does now.


Clean 9 – Days 1 & 2


We are now coming to the end of day 2 of the 9 day cleanse programme.

It has been hard at times and has taken a lot of willpower on Annies part to continue. But she has, and I am so proud of her dedication to doing this. Normally, our evenings consist of lazing in front of the TV snacking on crisps and sweets. Yet, as I write this, Annie has just taken a bottle of water from the fridge and is using this as a tool to overcome the desire to eat.

Yesterday was a real learning curve for us both. Although we had read the information that came with the Clean 9, putting it in to practice, around work was proving difficult to manage. Annie works in an environment where breaks are often last minute and she doesn’t have access to her personal belongings at all times. This meant that she had to be organised in what she was doing and ensuring she had with her exactly what she would need.

OK, so starting figures…


Weight – 104.4 kg  /  16st 6lbs

Arm – 14″

Thigh –  29″

Waist – 39.4″

Chest – 47″

Hip – 44″


Weight – 97.5kg  /  15st 5lbs

Arm – 15″

Thigh – 29.5″

Waist – 38″

Chest – 43.5″

Hip – 49.5″


Well….they are some pretty scary looking numbers! I actually burst into tears when taking my measurements, never thought I would let myself get to that size!

I have to hand Annies Clean 9 journal (included in pack). She has been completing this regularly so I can see at a glance how she is doing and how she is feeling.

Day 1

Annies hunger levels were low, but so were her energy and motivation. To be honest, she was exhausted. She had just done a 13 hour shift, had a few hours sleep and then up again at 6am, on to her Clean 9 day 1 and a 5 hour shift. She had a quick nap in the afternoon and said this had really helped her energy levels. Overall, she was upbeat and positive about it all (and only a little bit grumpy about the lack of food).

I felt so incredibly guilty for wanting to eat! I quickly ate when Annie had popped out at lunchtime and having tea alone was a nightmare! We discovered that I actually can’t cook that well at all. (Annie normally cooks as she has an irrational fear I will add peppers and onions to all our food!) I had a mini-meltdown at the fact that my potatoes refused to cook and my veggie sausages had burnt. Overall, it was not the best experience and needless to say I have a new-found appreciation for Annies cooking skills.

Day 2

Annie has noted down that her hunger levels are higher today, which is to be expected but thankfully, she is feeling a lot more energetic and motivated. She certainly seems happier and is definitely looking forward to her first meal tomorrow, which is already planned out in advance, right down to the last calorie allowed!

I ate – rubbish mostly. Due to the mess I created when attempting to cook yesterday I opted for a classic beans on toast for tea. Again, felt guilty for eating and even more guilty that Annie had to open the tin of beans with a knife as the tin opener gave up on me. Tomorrow will be better as Annie is cooking her 600 calorie meal as part of the Clean 9, I will just eat the same food but a lot more of it!


So, Days 1 & 2 are done. We have laughed, I have cried, she has been hungry, I have been guilty. I can’t wait to see her reaction when she gets to have a meal tomorrow.



Clean 9 – The Reason Why


Me and my partner, Annie, have been together for 4 1/2 years now. Through that time we have become lazy, eating fast food and not exercising like we should. As you can imagine this has led to quite dramatic weight gain! I have put on over 4 stone in that time – not a classy move!

We are always complaining about it but we never seem to stick to any diet or healthy eating regime. It usually lasts a day or two and then we are back to our old ways, stuffing our faces and lying on the couch. Well, something had to change.

A few weeks ago, I set up my own company – That Aloe Thing, working under the umbrella of a 36 year old Health, Beauty and Nutrition Company called Forever Living. The range of products is vast and we cater for men, women, kids and animals! One particular product we sell is a weight management programme called the Clean 9. You may or may not have heard of this, it is an incredibly popular tool to kick-start weight loss or a new fitness regime.

Last week, after a particularly large meal of rubbish, Annie came to me and said she was going to do the Clean 9. I asked her if she was sure (which she said she was) and we sat and went through the details..what she would be doing, how others felt doing it etc.. and then she bought it. It arrived a few days ago but we decided to start later in the week due to work commitments (she was on a 13 hour shift yesterday!). So today is the day it all begins.

We then added a new twist to it. 

As she is doing the Clean 9, we decided that I should continue eating in the same way we have been over the past 4 1/2 years. I was going to do a Clean 9 Vs Standard Diet style blog but I really want to see just what effects my current eating habits will have over a 9 day period.  In following posts, I will be blogging our progress and letting you all see the actual results.

Day 1 – We are ready for you!

My Journey Part 2


So I left you when I had just received my sample products to try at home. Perfect pamper session here I come!

I treated my hair, my skin, my teeth, I drank Gel, I took tablets…I tried it all. Within two days the changes to my body were obvious. I felt and looked better, my skin was starting to glow again and my teeth were whiter. I was in love!

When Lucy (the product lady) came back to collect the products from me after a few days I still didn’t know just what was about to happen.

We sat in the living room of my small, yet comfy flat, discussing each product. I couldn’t love them more. I went on and on about how much I wanted to keep each one and use them every day. I thought they were incredible! It was at that point that Lucy asked ‘What do you think about the business opportunity we offer?’ (Maybe not those exact words but close enough). I was stumped. Here I was just sitting talking about creams and lotions and I am being drawn in to a discussion about a business. Of course, I knew that there was obviously a business behind all of this but I never dreamed that anyone would consider me for it!

She explained to me the basics of how it all works, the realistic commitments I would need to make, and the realistic earning opportunities. She told me how much support there was and where I could go to grow my business.


Now, I am not normally a rash person. I take my time with decisions, I look at every angle and I analyse it thoroughly before going for it. Not this time. Something just clicked as we sat and spoke about it. If Lucy thought I was good enough, then why not? Why not just go for it and see what happens? Take the risk, make the change, be who I want to be.


My Journey Part 1


Why sit around complaining that life isn’t fair, you can’t get the job, house, car, relationship you want, you weigh too much or too little, you don’t like your hair, your clothes, your style?


Why not get up and do something about it? Change the things in your life that you can and work on the rest. Stop making excuses and go out and get that life you want. Sound hard? It really isn’t.

A few months ago I started working on me so I  quit my rather well-to-do job in a local University. It’s not that I hated my job, I just knew I needed a change, and if I didn’t do it then I never would have. I was sat at my desk one day working through some travel requests when I decided to pop over and see my friend and colleague, a fabulous Research Assistant within our school. As I stood near her desk I caught sight of a certificate on another colleagues desk…’In recognition of 25 years service’. 25 years. That was the moment I knew I had to get out. I didn’t want to be sat in the same chair, at the same desk, doing the same thing in 25 years time. I didn’t want that kind of lifestyle.



So I quit. I handed in my notice and I left the following week.

A few weeks after I had left, when life was starting to return to normal, I got scared. This was not just a break, this was not just a bit of holiday time, this was forever. I had walked out and left a really good job,that most people would have bitten my hand off for. I just left.

After those initial few weeks I spent a lot of time worrying about my future. Wondering what on earth I was going to do next.

Then after a day of browsing Facebook in the vain hope I would find some interesting items or conversation with the world I saw a post by my friend. I had been watching her posts come by week after week and with some vague interest I clicked on a few, looked at the images and thought ‘Good for her’. You see, my friend was running her own business. She was already a success in other areas but had branched out and done something new. I was intrigued by all the changes I could see in her life but not that intrigued to ever ask her. In fact, she even contacted me about it, I read the documents, I listened to what she had to say, and then I walked away with a ‘This isn’t me’ kind of attitude.

Now this one post that I saw on the fateful day wasn’t a big sell on a business, it wasn’t even trying to make sales, it was simply offering people to try her products free of charge in the comfort of their homes. So I did what most of us do when we can’t think of anything incredibly witty to say and I ‘liked’ it. I am sure deep down she was happy with my ‘like’ but perhaps a more reassuring and positive statement would have been better!

So, following my ‘like’ I expected to just get on with my day, in my pyjamas and drinking copious amounts of coffee. How wrong was I!!.

….Journey continued in Part 2




Product Of The Day


It’s all about the Clean 9!

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This fantastic selection of products have been carefully put together to allow you to kick-start your new health regime, seeing and feeling results in just nine days.

The Clean 9 Package includes:

3 x 1 Litre bottles of Aloe Vera Gel
1 x Forever Lite Ultra with Aminotein
1 x Garcinia Plus (70 softgel capsules)
1 x Bee Pollen (100 tablets)
1 x Shaker
1 x Tape measure
1 x Measuring cup
+ Weight management guide

You get all of that for a fantastic price of just £119.24 plus the support of your distributor and those around you who are also on their Clean 9 journey.

If you would like any further information, or to place an order, please contact me by using the ‘Contact Me‘ section…alternatively you can shop direct at That Aloe Thing.


Aloe Gel – Which One Should I Use?


Aloe Gel

Aloe Vera Gel is packed full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are essential to our health and development. With today’s fast food lifestyle, we all too often miss out on giving our bodies what they need.

That Aloe Thing sell four different types of Aloe Vera drinks, each contains the pure stabilised Aloe Vera Gel which is as close to the natural plant as possible.


Aloe Bits n Peaches

Pure nutritious pieces of aloe vera bathed in the flavour of sun-ripened peaches. This is a natural and fruity drink, ideal for all of the family.



Forever Freedom

With all the nutrients of Aloe Vera Gel combined with glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM, this delicious orange-flavoured drink is ideal for those interested in mobility. Contains vitamin C which contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue and provides great nutritional support for sports and active lifestyles.



Aloe Berry Nectar

All the benefits of Aloe Vera Gel coupled with a sweet blend of apple and cranberry juice. Tastes fruity and fresh and is very popular with children.



Aloe Vera Gel

Pure stabilised aloe vera gel which is as close to the natural plant juice as possible, containing over 200 different compounds. This rich source of nutrients provides the perfect supplement to a balanced diet. Drink to promote a healthy lifestyle and well-being.


All products are available to buy through my online store: That Aloe Thing