I have been juggling 10 pounds since I moved here in March. Same 10 pounds, going up a couple, going down a couple, but I've not been able to just get rid of them
So I thought to myself: wouldn't be a nice surprise for my husband when he returns in January from a business trip to shed some of this excess weight? Desperate times call for desperate measures (it has been said), so I began to look into doing a short stint of "magic potions", i.e. meal replacement drinks. I know, I can hear you say "NO, DON'T FALL FOR THAT! IT WON'T WORK!", and I know that is true, but I just wanted to have the satisfaction of dropping weight magically fast and worry about the consequences later.
So, I picked a product (which is incredibly hard when everything has so much SUGAR added!) and thought to myself "It's only a couple of weeks, and you can suffer that long and then get back to normal." And guess what happened?
My worst fear came true...I was HUNGRY! My poor stomach didn't know what I was doing. The magic potion was NOT satisfying, and I wandered around in a dangerous state of "when can I eat real food that I can actually chew?" I kept trying to remind myself that the hunger was going to equal lost weight, so just suck it up and remember its only 2 weeks, which by day 2 was feeling like 2 years. And as always happens, the first couple of days showed weight loss, but I knew that was only water. And let's not forget that I chose to do this during the Christmas holiday. I thought " OK, I can use the Christmas dinner as my sensible meal (yeah right)", sort of stick to this torture program and just pick back up being strict (and HUNGRY, let's not forget that problem) afterwards.
Needless to say, I haven't lost those pesky pounds, I am NOT an advertorial picture of how wonderful this works, and I am certain that I'm NOT going to survive another week of this! My body is trying to talk sense, asking me "why not just tweak your pre-starvation diet, stay within your calorie range and just be satisfied that you're eating well (i.e. healthy) and you'll (perhaps) eventually lose the 10 pounds that no one is going to notice you lost except you?"
With that in mind, I woke up this morning and decided to do a challenging cardio sculpt workout with weights (led by Jessica Smith...I LOVE her workouts!), eat a sensible breakfast, and make a list for the grocery store of healthy recipes I can make this weekend to get me through a few days next week. Hmmm, that sounds a LOT like the advice here on Spark People
I give my kudos to people who can actually survive the magic potion diet! I have found out that it is NOT for me! I do not have the mental stamina and non-protesting stomach (where's the food?!) to stick with this until a result is reached. My jaunt to the dark side was short and only sweet due to the added sugar in the magic potions.
As in most of our favorite stories, right prevails. I'm back to adhering to the advice here on Spark People and continuing my journey counting my little victories each time I choose a healthy meal, drink my water and exercise to keep me strong. I won't look like a lean, mean fighting machine by the time January rolls around, but I'm improving myself 1 day at a time. And that is going to get me to the finish line of this marathon of healthy living!