So the holidays are over, the New Year, the new decade has begun. We enjoyed the festivities and the food and then some.
But in the wake of all that celebration, a few / many extra pounds have stuck around like an obnoxious uninvited guest.
Weight loss can be challenging in many ways but when you are older, female, peri-menopausing (not quite a word, but I will use it anyway) and busy with limited time, weight loss can be a depressing uphill battle.
5 Ways That Gets Results
- A system cleanse
- Clean eating
My son bought me the RenewLife Total Body Cleanse perhaps because he was tired of me harping on the fact that I felt like a puffer fish. See pic below.
The RenewLife Total Body cleanse 14-day program. (I am not an affiliate marketer, my son randomly gave this to me)
So I have devised a plan to aid my weight loss journey. Here’s hoping it may help someone else.
30-Day Clean Eating
- Day 1 – begin by drinking the juice of half a lemon in 1 cup of warm water.
- Hydration, hydration, hydration; Mayo Clinic recommends approx. 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids for men and 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women
- Fruits for breakfast, maintain hydration.
- Fruits / healthy nuts for snacks
- Salad for lunch, using no or low fat dressing, eg. Kraft brands.
- Maintain hydration.
- Dinner consists of greens as well, you can have some brown rice, grilled / steamed fish, chicken or boiled eggs.
- NO fried foods.
- No juice, sodas, sugar products.
The above picture continues shows the products I am currently using.
- First I use the warm water and lemon.
- 2 capsules with at least 8 ounces of water at night.
- The hydration process after the lemon and warm water. I love coffee, so I drink with 2 packets of splenda (artificial sweetener) = zero calories.
By dinner time, I am usually FAMISHED… and was ready to eat one of my kids, but this is what I ate instead.
My friend who got me started on this journey suggested I eat fruits or drink a smoothie on the way home. So I will begin that today.
Results … A Fluid & Ongoing Process
By day 4 the gnawing hunger had begun to subside to a more tolerable level as the body came to some degree of homeostasis and begun pulling glucose from the liver.
By the 6th day I felt less like a puffer fish. My pants were looser.
And Lo and behold I lost some weight. I weighed and had a deficit of 5 lbs.
I had never carried around this much weight and my hips had begun crying for some relief.
I will be incorporating exercise on my treadmill, but for now will continue the cleansing and clean-eating process.
How are you all doing 7 days into our new decade? Anyone else out there fighting the “battle of the pounds”? What is working or have worked for you in the past to lose weight?