Losing weight is hard but making a healthy lifestyle change is even harder. I post regularly on Instagram and Facebook since I was diagnosed, and I’ve been bombarded with people selling Cize, 21 day fix, and so many other diets. Admittedly, I was interested, at first, with Cize but quickly changed my mind after seeing the $140 price tag. Let me just say this now – there is no quick fix for weight loss. I’m not into drinking my meals (shakeology or spark) or spending a ton of money on stuff that’s here one day and gone the next.
I’m getting healthy the old-fashioned way! That’s never a fad. I’m not knocking those who choose to take that route, I’m just saying it’s not what I want to do. I got thinking about the future, my future, and how a fad diet will impact that. Will I be dependent on one of those diets to maintain my weight loss? I wasn’t willing to risk it. I’ve got enough to deal with now as it is.
I’ve tried so many of these fad diets in the past and wasted a ton of money. If only I had that money back, I’d use it to reward myself for reaching my goals now. I’ve tried hcg, Slim Quick, Hydroxycut, Skinny Fiber, yadda yadda yadda. I know I’ve spent a good few thousand dollars on this junk and for what? To end up bigger than ever with type 2 diabetes. What did it get me? Not a damn thing!
It seems as though we all want to lose weight overnight but it doesn’t work that way. I’ve learned that losing weight slowly increases the chances of keeping it off in the long-run. That’s what I want. I don’t want to lose weight and gain it all again.
This isn’t a diet for me; it’s a lifestyle change. The only way I’m going to be successful is to change my eating habits and exercise regularly. I have to learn to change everything in my life if I’m ever going to be successful.
As for workout DVDs, all I can say is that YouTube is a wonderful thing. You see, we have a smart TV (that’s not exactly what I call it, but….) so I can sign into YouTube via an app. That means I have access to a ton of workout videos on the big screen. It also means I can workout wherever I have an internet connection so there’s no excuse for me missing a day.
So, to all those people who have hit me up wanting me to buy something, save it because I’m not buying. There are only 2 things I’ve purchased to help me and that’s the FitBit Charge HR and a premium subscription renewal to Lose It. I refuse to buy “trainer” food, workout DVDs, or shakes. It’s just not worth it for me. What I will buy are Fiber One Strawberry Cheesecake bars because, well, let’s get real, I love cheesecake!
Losing 20 pounds in 21 days sounds amazing but it’s really not healthy or realistic. Don’t spend all that money on crap if you absolutely don’t have to. Think about this – I lost 14 pounds in 21 days simply by eating healthy and moving more. Trust me when I tell you that eating healthy is far less expensive than those fad diets and it lasts a lot longer.
I’m not here to judge or tell anyone how to reach their goals. This is all about me, my journey, and the choices/decisions I make. I’m doing this #MyDayMyWay and you need to do what’s best for you. If you want to give them a shot, go for it and I wish you the best of luck. For me, it’s just not how I want to reach my goals.
I’m also not restricting myself either. I love my Dunkin Donuts iced coffees and I still get them. I’ve cut back (quite a bit actually) but I still roll through the drive-thru to get one when I’m out. I still have cake at birthday parties; I take the icing off and my piece is pretty small. I read about the 80/20 rule a while back on Dr. Oz’s website, I think, and I try to follow that. As long as I’m on track 80% of the time, I’ve got a 20% margin of error, so to speak.
The whole point of this, for me, is changing my lifestyle. I want to be able to eat whenever, wherever and not have to worry about missing a meal. Besides, I’m not all that fond of “diet food”. I tend to think of them as MREs (meals ready to eat) that the soldiers eat. Do you think they eat those things when they don’t have to? Hell no they don’t – they eat real food! That’s me — I want real food for every meal. I refuse to be dependent on anything but myself to lose weight and keep it off….period.
Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein