Break Ups Are Hard

I have broken up with Weight Watchers.  I hate break ups. They make me sad.   But it is time for me to move on.  Weight Watchers was a great tool for me for 22 months.  It helped me learn portion control, good foods/bad foods.  The bad thing is that I was always hungry and always thinking about food.

I am a firm believer that if something is not working for you – or even if you feel like something is not working for you – than it may be worth trying something new.  So in my weight loss journey I mainly stuck with Weight Watchers.  I diligently recorded everything I ate.  I counted my points and recorded them on the Weight Watcher on-line e-tools.  I soon realized  that the Weight Watcher e-tools was not user friendly.  And everything that you recorded was deleted after 2 months.  Through my frustration with Weight Watcher e-tools I found a very friendly ap that is FREE.  My Fitness Pal.  I plug my foods in that I eat and it records my calories.  My activities are also recorded through my Map My Run ap.   And I can look back months ago as to what I ate and all the information is still there.  And again did I mention that this ap is FREE!!!

In the past several months I have tried to include other “diets” into my weight loss journey.  Back in January I attempted  the 30 day Paleo Challenge.  I found that it was extremely restrictive.  I couldn’t sustain that restrictive eating.  So back to Weight Watcher’s I went.  Keep in mind that every time I did something other than Weight Watcher’s, I never missed a Weight Watcher meeting.  I liked the group of people and definitely loved my group leader.

And the closer I got to my goal weight, the slower the weight loss became.  I started to get discouraged.  So I decided to try South Beach for a couple of weeks.  I got closer to my goal weight with that program.  I loved the low carbs but still was not convinced that this was the path I wanted to continue on.

Then came Chris Powell and carb cycling.  I bought the Vemma Bode supplement products that Chris Powell endorses.  I loved the Chris Powell protein powder.  I tolerated the protein drink  for my afternoon protein snack.  I definitely did not like the colon cleanse (which I definitely will never attempt again).  And it did not do the cleansing it was suppose to do.    After several weeks of doing this program the carb cycling got confusing.  One day you eat low carbs and then on another day you eat high carbs.  It got confusing when I tried to plan my meals.  I would have a nice dinner planned out that would include a carb such as a sweet potato and then realized it was a low carb day and had to readjust the menu. I lost a couple of more pounds which got me very close to my goal weight but decided that carb cycling was not a sustainable lifestyle.

By trying all of these different “diets” I finally reached my goal weight and then I started to get very nervous.  How was I going to eat now?  How was I going to live the rest of my life and not gain any weight back.  I could continue counting calories but I wanted to be a normal person.  Normal thin people don’t count calories.  I could continue with Weight Watcher’s but tired of the meetings and the feared weekly weigh ins.  And honestly while on Weight Watchers, I felt hungry all the time.  So I have chosen a different path.

I got the book, The Calorie Myth by Jonathan Bailor.  It has changed my life and the way I look at food.  It is definitely a low carb way of eating but I am eating the foods that I love.  The basis of the book is eating Non Starchy Vegetables, protein which includes a wide variety of meats and fish. Whole fats that include REAL BUTTER, nuts, avocado’s and whole cream. Dairy includes non-fat Greek yogurt that I absolutely love.  Fruits are also included.  I got to tell you that for the past several weeks I have been loving this way of eating.

What I have found through my weight loss journey is what foods I love to eat and foods that I can live without.   I love all the foods recommended on The Calorie Myth.  I am never hungry.  I eat three meals a day that include a protein and vegetables.  I eat non-fat Greek Yogurt with a fruit for my snack.  I have found that the foods that are not included in my new way of eating, I can live without.  I can live without sugar, starch and wheat.  I love all the protein and vegetable and fats that I am eating.  I feel great and am actually starting to look pretty good.

So Weight Watchers I am sorry, I will no longer be having you in my life.  I am breaking up with you.  Thanks for all that you have given me but I am moving on to a healthier more sustainable lifestyle.

Colon Cleanse

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I told you on my last blog that I would talk about one of the components of Vemma Bode’s products.   The Colon Cleanse. You can read all about the cleanse and what it claims to do HERE.  Even after reading the 2 page informational sheet, I still am not sure how a colon cleanse can really help you lose weight. Vemma claims it is a pure and gentle way to prepare your body for a transformation by: 1. Supporting healthy liver and digestive functions 2.  Cleansing impurities at the cellular level and  3.  Nourishing your body for overall health.

There are so many great ingredients in this little 2 ounce bottle (to be added to 12 ounces of purified water).   All the ingredients are natural.  I love that this product contains 10 grams of fiber.  Did you know that we are suppose to have at least 25 grams of fiber a day?  As I read the info sheet I am convinced that all of these natural vitamins and minerals are good for you.

That being said, I was so prepared for this little bottle to totally cleanse me out and help in my new weight loss transformation.  But the cleansing never happened.  It was so gentle it did nothing to “prepare my body by gently cleansing”.  By drinking this tasty concoction,  I did ingest all the healthy nutrients that probably did prepare my body for my healthy transformation.  But again the cleansing never happened.

But what it did do –  And this part of the blog is not for the faint of heart – It made me stink so bad I could not be in the same room with other people.  And on one day that I knew that I had a full day seeing clients, I opted out of taking that tasty little drink.  I just could not risk that odor permeating our studio.

So I am really not sure what this little product really did for me.  I will not purchase it again.  And I still have a seven day supply left.  I have decided that colon cleansing is not for me.  I will let nature do its thing – naturally.

Vemma Bode

Back in October I purchased Chris Powell’s two books adding to my weight loss book library.  I love Chris Powell.  I love his show Extreme Makeover.  I am so amazed as to how he transforms the morbidly obese into healthy people.  He seems like such a nice person.  He seems genuine.  I went onto his web site.  It has a wealth of information about carb cycling.  Low carb for 2 days – 1 high carb day – 2 low carb days – 1 high carb day – and guilt free Sunday.  (Notice it is guilt free not a cheat day).

On January 1st, I weighed 157.7.  On Monday April 7th I weighed 156.9.  That is not a great weight loss for three full months.  Through the months I did get down to 153.1 for a nano second. But my weight has been fluctuating for three full months.  Down a pound, up a pound.  Down two pounds up one pound.  Etc. Etc. And I was getting very discouraged.  My husband even said “you might want to look into doing something else”.  I thought long and hard about how I wanted to continue my weight loss.  I could take a break and maintain my weight.  But I did not want to do that because I really want to lose more.  I could continue on the very slow but steady pace I am on but that was getting very frustrating for me.  I could rev up my exercise.  Which I did do.  I am back to running 3 miles a day.  And doing a boot camp on two days.

So last Monday I made a decision.  I am friends with Chris Powell on Facebook and love his web site.  I am also friends with Heidi Powell and have fallen in love with her posts on Instagram and Facebook.  So I searched the web which brought me to the Vemma Bode web site.  I did the research and felt this program made sense to me and it was sustainable.  I purchased the Turbo pack which includes Protein Powder, Bode Burn (a protein drink) and colon cleanse.

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I have to say I have been loving this program.  I wake up each morning and absolutely love the protein shake.  It is by far the best on the market.  And I have tried many protein shakes.  I enjoy the Bode Burn every afternoon for a quick pick me up.  The jury is definitely out on the colon cleanse.  I will save that for my next blog.  I also am eating my regular foods that I love.  Lean meats, vegetables, greek yogurt, fruit and healthy fats.

I have decided to commit to this program for four weeks.  I can do anything for four weeks.  So far for my first week on Chris Powell’s Vemma Bode program I have lost two pounds.  I am at my lowest weight at 152.9 (besides the 153.1 nano second a month ago).  I feel great and have a ton of energy.  I am enjoying eating real healthy foods.  So for the next four weeks Vemma Bode, Chris and Heidi Powell will be my weight loss partners.