Lose Weight Quick! BS Fad Diets.

Throughout the years I am sure all of us have read, seen, heard the “Lose 7 pounds in 7 days,” or “drink this to drop 20 pounds in 2 weeks,” bull shit.  If you have been sucked into those lies, never fear, we all have, including me.  Society as a whole is so obsessed with weight that if one does not fit into the societal norms of weight, we look for any means to drop the excess weight as quickly as possible without regards to lasting effects or consequences to our bodies.

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Cabbage soup anyone?  Most means of losing weight quickly from what I have read (and done mind you) over the years tends to entail disgusting drinks, concoctions, and foods.  You follow some sort of plan for about a week or two and drop 7+ pounds, for what?  Momentary satisfaction.  Those “diet plans” never stick.  Within a month the weight tends to come back, and then some.  Putting your body through such turmoil and restriction ends up inhibiting weight loss because it screws with your metabolism and mental well being.

Restricting and denying yourself also has other adverse effects, such as intensifying cravings, which can lead to a food binge.  Most of us who are overweight or have been overweight know that the weight gain did not happen overnight.  Then why put your body through such shock for a quick fix that doesn’t end up actually fixing the problem?

Some diets that I have read and done throughout the years include the cabbage soup diet, the master cleanse, the cayenne pepper and maple syrup diet, and the grapefruit diet.  Did any of those work?  Technically yes, however, if I actually managed to work through a week of that crap, I ended up bingeing and gaining everything I lost and about 5 pounds more.  My body and mental state were in shambles every time.

Find strength and happiness where you are at now, in order to change where you want to go.  Make a long term commitment to your health, instead of a short term empty promise.  Stick to a balanced diet, full of proteins, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats and find a workout regimen that gets you excited, motivated, and charged.  You are beautiful, you are strong, and you are worth more than a 7 day fad.

Start Fresh. Start Where You Are.

So, my original blog was located on leahravenblog.wordpress.com but I decided for an upgrade.  Hence, where we are now.  The original focus on my blog was a weight loss journey, my transformation.  While that is still the major focus, it shall not be my only focus.  I need to transform everything in my life in order to achieve success.  Now, I am not talking about my personality, or who I am as a person, but I need to transform my attitude and my focus to reflect who I want to become.  I need to implement positive consistent changes if I want lasting results.

Right now I want to take a reflection on the previous week, discuss my successes and failures and evaluate what I need to change in order to have a productive upcoming week.  One major positive was that I went to the gym on January 1st.  Why that is such a big deal is due to the fact that there was no one to open up the gym until 7:15am when the gym was originally supposed to open at 6:00am.  I waited and had a wonderful workout.  I also went to the gym on Wednesday and did yoga twice this week.  Major successes.

Setbacks, I missed Friday’s gym workout, did not follow through with my yoga regime, and did not menu plan or meal prep, causing some bingeing and major snacking.

Now let’s talk about ways that I plan to improve my upcoming week.  After I complete this post, I have set aside distractions to menu plan.  I have a list of every food item in my fridge and pantry and am going to come up with some meal ideas.  Working out first thing in the morning has been extremely enjoyable for me, so I am going to continue to work on that and make sure my alarm is set.  Monday I have no appointments on my books so I am going to focus that day on meal prep.  I would like at least a weeks worth of meals prepped and ready to go, if I can get more, fantastic, but that is not the priority.

My goal for the end of the month is to be down 5 pounds, which would put me at 218.4 pounds.  Currently, I am at 223.4 pounds but originally when I started all of this, I weighed 242.6 pounds.  I am down a total of 19.2 pounds.  None of this has been easy, but it has been worth it.  Honestly, if you read plenty of self-improvement books, you will read life is a mental game and it most certainly is.  The most challenging part of my journey is to convince my mind to do things.  I may be enthusiastic and ready to take on the world one minute, then my mind comes creeping back saying, nah, do it tomorrow.  It is a constant battle and immensely frustrating.

Every day is a new day, and every day can be a fresh start.  As long as you never quit, you will never fail.  You may fall, but as long as you keep getting back up you can achieve anything.  What were some of your successes and misses for the week?  What is your plan for the upcoming week?  Let’s talk about them in the comments and maybe we can help each other!  Until next time!