I’ve been struggling with my weight for years now.
Actually, I’ve struggled with my weight on and off several times throughout my life. It started in middle school, when I spent most of my time either playing video games or sitting on my butt at school.
At the end of high school, I lost the extra weight. I got pretty fit actually, by running every single morning around my neighborhood and cutting out junk food. Then I joined the track team and a weight lifting class.
In college I didn’t gain much weight back, but I was squishier than I would’ve liked. I always weighed less than 180 pounds, but I didn’t have muscle definition.
Ever since about a year after I graduated, it has been downhill. I graduated 8 years ago and weighed 60 pounds heavier than I ever did in college. I would tend to weight the same thing for a long time, then some event would have me eating unhealthy for an extended period of time, and I’d put on weight.
For example, I went to a 3 week training for work. We had food available all day and a generous per diem for dinner, which meant eating well every night. I gained 15 pounds on that trip.
A year and a half later, I spent a few weeks doing my Air Force Reserve duty. They have a very tasty fast food restaurant by that base I don’t have close to home, so I indulged myself. Another 13 pounds added on!
Sure, I’d lose some of the weight occasionally. Usually it was a low-carb diet or fat fast. But the crazy thing was as soon as I started eating carbs again, the weight would come back. Actually, I would tend to binge when I got stressed and saw the weight coming back, making it all worse!
I joined a local weight loss clinic. They provide a very detailed diet, but following it takes a lot of work. It’s eating a ton of food, even if you don’t feel hungry. The food was boring, because I couldn’t eat most sauces or salt.
Plus, cooking up that much food every day is a pain! I suppose the successful people pre-cook their meals, but I struggled with carving out the time to do that.
So I ended up joining a different program. I researched this one a lot before joining, because it involves drinking a few shakes throughout the day, then eating a healthy meal and snacks. To be honest, the structure is similar to the Slimfast diet. The difference is in the quality of the shakes.
In the program I joined, the shakes are made from organic, healthy ingredients. I can’t say the same for other shakes out there that I’ve seen.
This program also focuses heavily on cleansing the body of toxins. Because our bodies build up toxins over time from the foods we eat and air we breathe, it’s important to take action on eliminating those toxins regularly.
I joined the program 17 days ago. During that time I’ve messed up countless times. I haven’t eaten unhealthy foods, but I did eat way more calories than I’m supposed to.
Who can blame me? I went on vacation to the beach for 4 days. I also went to a childhood friend’s wedding.
Yet I’ve still lost 15 pounds. Some of that is water weight, but a LOT of it is fat.
How do I know? For one thing, my clothes feel a lot looser.
But I’ve also been surprised at the fact that my weight didn’t balloon up on the days I ate more. That’s proof that I’d lost FAT, not just water.
When I would go on a low carb diet and come back on carbs, I would put a lot of water weight back on quickly. That’s because cutting out carbs reduces water retention, so a lot of the initial weight lost is just water.
This program is different. I’ve lost fat, pure and simple. I haven’t been my current weight (225) in 8 months, so I’m excited! I’m going to keep following this system because it’s rocking it, and I look forward to seeing what happens in the next 17 days.
How are you taking care of your body? Are you giving it the nourishment it needs and staying at a healthy weight? Or are you like me, struggling for years to lose that extra weight as you combat things like binge eating?