Update: Almost a full year later and I haven't gained any weight back. BAM. Loved the program.
First off. I have to tell you how embarrassed I am posting these pictures of myself in a swimsuit. I'm a modest one piece wearer so to be in a bikini is super weird. And skinny or not... it's just weird... So know that I know that this all a little awkward. Plus, I don't feel like my body is ready for the "after" picture just yet... I've still got some serious toning to do! I couldn't keep it a secret any longer though so this'll just have to do!
Secondly. I wouldn't be posting these results if I didn't feel the love and support from all my family and friends. I have been bombarded with emails and facebook messages asking how in the world I've lost so much weight. Well... it wasn't a walk in the park that's for sure! Hopefully though, I can answer everyones questions and curiosities! So if you're interested keep on reading.
My journey in loosing weight has honestly been a nightmare. I wish I could blame it on my babies, but in all reality it's not their fault. When Boston was born I got back into great shape. I had all the time in the world to exercise and eat right. Then baby number two came my way and I suddenly found myself having absolutely zero time for myself. I started eating whatever the heck I could to stay alive... cough cough processed foods that were super easy to just pull out of the cupboard and binge on and like I was going to wake up at 6 am to exercice when I'd been up at 12 and 3am feeding the newborn the night before. It just wasn't going to happen. So I never lost the baby weight. And my eating habits kept getting worse and worse. I literally didn't recognize my body in the mirror. So I'd start dieting and working out. I started insanity like ten different times. And I started eating better... at least for a couple months... until I'd get frustrated with myself. I just wasn't seeing results fast enough and it was making me crazy. All this effort I was making, all these sacrifices I was making and I had nothing to show for it.
I was beginning to get really discouraged. I got into this cycle where I'd try so hard and then because I was seeing no results, I'd be like, what the heck! This isn't worth all the effort!
Then one day, I was perusing a few of my favorite blogs and came upon my friend Maryam's before and after photos. I thought to myself, whatever the crap she's doing I'm getting on it. Like today.
And so I did. And it was hands down one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Zero photoshop. And don't mind the pasty white... I know I could use some sun!
It's amazing how seeing results can keep you motivated!
It's basically a 5 and 1 program. Every 2-3 hours you eat a meal replacement and 1 time a day you have a lean and green meal which consists of 5-7 ounces of a lean protein and 1.5 cups of veggies.
This diet was perfect for me because I am so busy during the day with my kids that to spend 30 minutes every three hours in the kitchen to make a healthy meal is impossible. Whatever. I'm at the park with my kids or putting them down for their naps, or trying to get them to eat! And in the process, I'm binging on left over Cheetos and snacking on Boston's chicken nuggets he's not eating. These are bars, shakes, oatmeal, pancakes, soups, smoothies, brownies etc.. that you can eat on the go and honestly, it was the best thing for me. I didn't even have to think about it. Every three hours I just ate what I was told to eat and I started loosing weight. Every night I'd grill some fish and have a salad or vegetable, or the program comes with a secret facebook page invite and you have access to tons of super yummy recipes (like the ones you've seen pictures of on my instagram). This diet was possible for me because the guess work was taken completely out of the equation. I had plenty of energy to play with my kids and I wasn't hungry!
You start loosing weight immediately. I lost 5 pounds the first week, mostly water weight, and then my body went into fat burning mode and I started loosing 2 pounds of fat per week. Obviously results vary. Because you're doing one lean and green meal every day you learn new recipes and new ways to cook and eat healthy food. There is a fabulous book that comes with the program that's honestly changed my life. Transitioning back to real food was easy and you have a mentor every step of the way incase you need help or encouragement. By the time you're ready for real food again, you've learned certain habits that will help you keep the weight off for good. No yo-yo dieting on this plan. No way!
I don't mind calling this a diet, because that's what it is. But it's also a lifestyle change. I've started focusing on vegetables and lean proteins. I try to steer clear of dairy, carbs and anything processed. You could say I'm living a Paleo like lifestyle. Everything in moderation though for me so I'm not 100%. I've been learning so much about nutrition and what's healthy for my body and what isn't. I am so much healthier now that I have ever been.
I saw results fast. Those results motivated me. And now I'm on my way to living a healthier life. I feel like the effort I make now actually makes a difference.
Update: I've been overwhelmed with emails and am struggling to find the time to coach all of you fabulous ladies. Go ahead and email Randall, he was my coach and he's absolutely fabulous. You'll love him.
If you are interested, make sure you don't order the food yourself or you'll miss out on the free shipping, 28 free meals and the best part, having me as your coach! I can't tell you enough how happy this program has made me. Loosing weight, especially you busy moms, sometimes feels impossible. Whether you have 10 pounds, 30 pounds, or 200 pounds, this diet is for you. It'll transform your body but it will also give you the tools you need to keep the weight off and to lead a healthier life.
I'll be posting recipes I've loved and blogs I've started going to for inspiration, so stay tuned!
*** If you're interested make sure to contact me before ordering your food!!