10 pounds in 10 days
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
I've been struggling. for like a year. I've quit, I've given up, I've restarted only to mess up and start over again. I put on a lot of weight. like basically everything I lost since having a baby in 2012. in march the scale got dangerously close to my highest pregnancy weight. that was kind of eye-opening. I felt completely out of control. no matter what i did i couldn't stay on track. I'd mess up at one meal and throw in the towel for the whole week. as the number on the scale crept up i knew i had to do something. the scale was on track for me to be at 300 lbs by the end of the year. none of my clothes fit. i was miserable! i had no energy, i was mad at myself and i kept digging myself deeper into a big hole of despair. then i read an article.
the article was something about losing 10 pounds in 10 days. i tend to read a lot of these articles, but they are all usually crazy or crash diet-ish. you know, replace every meal except dinner with a smoothie, do 25 squats every time you use the restroom. I'd eat my own arm and no one has time for that once you drink the required gallon of water daily. so this article actually spoke to me. i wrote down the list of 10 things and posted it on fridge and told myself april 1st.
the 10 tasks (as i remember since it's still on my fridge):
1. no sugar, refined carbs, artificial sweeteners or processed foods
2. no alcohol
3. get lots of sleep
4. drink coffee (ew, i chose tea)
5. drink water
6. track everything
7. no milk or dairy (i didn't do this task)
8. reduce stress
10. 5+ fruits and vegetables
April 1st came and i did 8 out of the 10 tasks. having not been completely satisfied with my day 1 results, i started over! the next day! omg, i didn't give up until next week and binge on junk for 4 days. i already had major improvements in my mental being and overall feelings of wellness.
i weighed myself every day and lost 2-3 pounds daily the first couple days. day 5 i gained a pound, which wasn't bad as i was losing lots before then. but it messed with my head. not as much as before but enough that i had a couple beers. then i had one thursday,. then Friday. then i got back into my groove. i thought about starting over at day one again, but then i thought: that's one task, it made me bob around 1 pound for a couple days but i didn't completely give up. I'm going for 10 days and will take what i get! besides, i have tracked EVERYTHING! even with my cheats (beer), i am still within my tracking goals. day 10 was not great. i got too hungry so i ate sugar and i didn't eat what planned for dinner since evening plans changed. but i still tracked. in the end i lost 7 pounds in 10 days. not too shabby!
I'm starting again at day one today. i really like how I've been feeling. i like being in control and feeling in control. I've got a ways to go, but those 7 lbs are feeling pretty good! I've gotten started on making some great habits. I'm not sure if i'll make it to 10 pounds this go, but i do know I'm moving farther away from the direction i was headed 2 weeks ago and i feel accomplished. i haven't felt that way in a very long time. this was the jumpstart i needed and it's completely changed my mental and physical state.
overall, after 10 days of working towards my goals, i feel amazing!