Monday, May 6, 2013

How I lost 20 lbs in 8 weeks

   For those of you who know me, You know I have always been a very active person.  Even after having my two girls, I made it my goal to stay active. And as most of you mommas, I was busy, all day everyday. But even with my rigorous exercise regimens I still couldn't lose the last twenty pounds. It was just exhausting! And after seeing the picture on the left this summer. I finally decided that it wasn't enough to just be active, I wanted to feel healthy and confident again ! I wanted to feel like all the effort I was doing was actually making a difference. So after seeing my friend's weight loss journey(She lost 17 lbs in 6 weeks) , I decided to give it a try because she looked AMAZING! And I was desperately wanting to feel just a little bit like that! And I'm so so happy that I did, it was so easy! 
          So I basically did a 5 and 1 program meaning every 2-3 hours I ate a meal replacement and 1 time a day I would have a delicious lean and green meal, which consisted of 5-7 ounces of lean protein and three servings of vegetables. While on the plan you're not suppose to exercise vigorously which was a bit of a change for me. But on days when my hubby would get off work early and wanted to play tennis, we would go , and I would just add in a bit more protein. And I loved that I could tailor the program to fit my daily needs! But after being on the program for a  week I had already lost 4.5 lbs so I was super motivated and was totally okay with cutting back on my exercise if I could see some dramatic results!
          I really enjoyed being on the diet because I knew I could be on the go all day long with my kids and still have a healthy protein/carb balanced meal readily available.  Also, only having to prepare 1 meal for myself was such a relief! I cant say enough, how easy the program is! All I did was eat what I was told , cut back on the exercise and the weight literally started to melt away! It doesn't matter if you have 10, 30, or 100 lbs to lose, this will work for you! You just have to be completely motivated and Ready to change!
         You start loosing weight immediately.  I lost 4.5 pounds the first week, mostly water weight, and then my body went into fat burning mode and I started loosing 2 pounds of fat per week.  Obviously results vary.  Because you're doing one lean and green meal every day you learn new recipes and new ways to cook and eat healthy food. Which I loved! Transitioning back to real food was easy and you have a mentor every step of the way in case you need help or encouragement.  By the time you're ready for real food again, you've learned certain habits that will help you keep the weight off for good.

I dont mind calling this a diet because that is what it is. But it has also allowed me to change my lifestyle.I now eat mostly a paleo lifestyle(Fruits, Vegetables, Lean Protein). Of course there are days that I eat something outside of that but I'm totally okay with that ,everything in moderation! I am so happy with the confidence I have gained( knowing that whatever I set my mind to , I can achieve)! I feel much healthier than I have in years and I'm so happy I started my weight loss journey!