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YBY Day 5 Kickstart weight loss

I do not like diets. In fact, I don’t like anything about them.

I can honestly say, in my whole adult life I have never been on one. First, I don’t think they work. I love to eat and the moment I tell myself I cannot eat something is the moment I will want it like nobody’s business. Second, diets tend to become overcomplicated. When it comes right down to it, we all know what is good for us and what is bad for us. We just don’t do it. Third, I think diets jack with our body’s ability to metabolize and utilize what we do eat.

So, knowing that I do NOT diet, last month I declared a little food war. Totally different.

Before I started writing this blog I was an avid exerciser. Some might say extreme. I ran a marathon almost every year for a decade. I did an Ironman in 2012. Over the last fifteen years, exercise hasn’t been a problem for me so it didn’t really matter what I ate.

Blogging changed that. I started spending a lot more time sitting, writing, and savoring a chai latte and a piece (or five) of chocolate until the wee hours of the morning! I started getting soft.

One morning in November I had enough. I decided I was going to take back my body, my eating and my health. I made a recommitment to challenging, daily physical exercise. I immediately contacted my trainer Julie and I put together a plan to work hard and make changes. I knew I wasn’t working as hard as I had been in the past but I was complaining a little because, after all, I was still working out. I was still running and lifting and doing some of the things I’d been doing for all those years. Why was I getting all soft, all over?

I’ll never forget what she told me that day: nutrition is 80% of your body.

80 percent?! I had no idea.

That was all it took for me. I made the commitment that day to do a one-week detox. Hear me clearly, this was not a fancy store-bought detox or technical cleanse. I am not about fancy high-priced things that I can totally do on my own with a little bit of common sense and discipline. Also, I’m not a nutritionist but I know what I did, how simple and easy it was, and that it completely worked for me.

Here’s the first step of my common sense plan: For one week I cut out all added sugar, salt and processed food. That’s it.

If it wasn’t a real, whole food I didn’t eat it. I drank only water. In one week I noticed a huge difference not only in the fit of my jeans but in my body and appetite. I wasn’t craving sugar. My stomach was full on less and I felt satisfied. I remember ordering my familiar soy chai latte after my week was over and I couldn’t even drink it! It took me 2 days and two separate warm-ups to get through it. My regular daily drink became a rich dessert enjoyed over a few days!

This one-week purge of sugar and processed foods jump-started a month of whole, healthy eating and I watched my body whittle back down to it’s pre-puffy state. I didn’t change what I was eating because I was on a diet, but because I realized how good it made me feel and how simple it really was. Standing in front of the mirrors doing my weight workouts, each week I watched my body trim and tighten back down. I wasn’t working physically as hard as I have in the past, but combining it with healthy eating choices was proving my trainer’s words that nutrition was a huge part of the piece. A piece I never really paid any attention to before.

Later this week I’ll share a list of whole, healthy foods to start incorporating into your diet and an example of a daily meal plan of mine. For now, I want to challenge you to a week-long detox from sugar {and a whole host of other nasty chemicals to boot}. I will tell you right now, your number one culprits are going to be liquid. One of the problems with liquid sugar is your body doesn’t really register it as food, making you eat even more calories overall.

Objective: This week, for 5-7 days eliminate sugar from your diet. Cut out cereals, coffee creamers, fancy coffee drinks, sodas, etc. Feel free to enjoy the natural sugars found in fruits but anything that has sugar in it’s top two ingredients, cut it out.

 Assess: Is sugar a huge part of your daily calories? Are you afraid you won’t know what to eat? Write down how you feel on day 1 and then come back and write down how you feel on day 5 or 7! I would be willing to bet you’re going to be shocked how much better you will look, think and feel in just 7 days! This is the plan I followed to kickstart weight loss and it worked! 

Later this week we will talk about real food and where to find it and I’ll provide a list of whole, healthy foods and a list of ones that have to go. Also I’ll be posting a sample meal plan that I follow every day!


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  • Daisy @ Simplicity Relished January 12, 2015, 8:47 am

    I couldn’t love this more!!! I am a huge proponent of cutting out sugar (especially fructose– the worst), and I haven’t had soda in years. I love what you did and it’s good news to me that nutrition is that important, because I love cooking and eating whole foods. My next step is more intense exercise 🙂

    • Tammy January 12, 2015, 7:16 pm

      Awesome Daisy! Last week I posted on fitness and provided three different workouts from my personal trainer depending on your level: beginner, intermediate or advanced! Check it out and get started! 🙂

  • Ruth January 12, 2015, 5:35 pm

    Thank you for this common sense approach. At work we just began an encouragement weight loss better you event. This fits right in. I m anxious to follow along.

    • Tammy January 12, 2015, 7:15 pm

      So glad you’re here Ruth!

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