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Miracle Magazine Weight Loss Challenge: Week Three, From Ayurvedic to “Fat Melting Holiday Shakes”

Three weeks ago, I shared how I can focus on a short term weight loss goal & get there, but that I do not have the motivation or staying power to reach my ultimate goal thus giving up and then blowing it completely.

So, I devised a plan, of sorts, to help me meet my ultimate goal of losing 50 pounds.

The plan:

  • I am going to choose one plan each week to try. Every magazine I pick up has a new miracle diet. Some are healthy and some are more of a fad. Knowing that I can stick to a change in diet for a time with good results, I will follow a new magazine’s “diet plan” each week and share my results here.

The past 3 weeks, I followed the Ayurvedic diet plan featured by Woman’s World from September 2, 2013, claiming, “Dr. Oz’s Ayurvedic Fat Cure! Lose As Much As 80 Lbs. using 3 easy slimming tricks.” . A copy of this plan and a little extra can be found here. While I have done fairly well on this plan … despite my own sabotaging powers, I do believe it is time to move on.

So, for the upcoming week, I am starting the “Fat Melting Holiday Shakes that reset your metabolism!” from Woman’s World 12/1/2014. The plan can be found here.

  • If I am having good results and can tolerate the plan longer, I will continue the plan another week.
  • If I did not have satisfactory results or cannot tolerate the plan, I will take 1 cheat day and move on to the next magazine’s miracle diet plan the following day.
  • I will follow the plan as close as possible to recommendation, attempting not to cheat.
  • I will weigh and measure each Monday to assess not only weight loss but inches lost. I will post those results each Monday after the previous plan has been completed.

My final results from the Ayurvedic plan …

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(And yes, I finally removed my toenail polish!)

Down 6.4 pounds! Yay! 43.6 pounds left until goal!

Measurements: In 3 weeks of trying the Ayurvedic diet plan outlined in Woman’s World, I have lost a little over 5 inches total – 1 inch from my waist, my hips, my thighs, my chest & my arms. WooHoo! I’ll take that!

I will take before and after photos. The posting of those is still up for debate.

The real life test … My pants are not fitting any better, yet. And my before & after photos don’t show any big changes. But, I have not given up hope!

  • I will review the pros and cons (for me) of the plan in detail & share any thoughts or suggestions.

The ayurvedic plan that I have been following the past 3 weeks has been easy to follow and even with my own pitfalls, has shown pretty decent results. In the beginning, my biggest fear was drinking the “tea.” Amazingly, that tea has grown on me and I may continue to drink it in the future. I do also plan to continue taking the triphala … at least until my current stash is all gone. You do not have to stick to any specific foods, which makes adjusting the diet to your food preferences a bonus. This plan worked for me! However, for people like me that need a little more restriction, it can make cheating easier. If you are already well in control & eat a healthy diet and may need a boost to pass a plateau, this plan is definitely for you!

This new shake plan boasts a possible 10lb loss in a week. I know that a healthy weight loss in a week is 2 pounds. Because I am starting a new plan and have high hopes on them delivering results, my goal for this week is 5lbs.  My initial fear with this plan is the “pre-breakfast” apple cider vinegar drink. I have tried this before and I am not a fan. But, can I do it for a week? We shall see!

If you have experiences with this or any other particular diet plan, please feel free to share.

If you need to lose a few pounds and think this challenge may be right for you, then please feel free to join me. Please comment & link to your post so we can share our journey! I do feel that I must add … I am not a physician, so as always with any new exercise or weight loss program, check with your doctor to see if this plan may be right for you. I am only sharing my experiences on this plan with you.

I do know that the best way to weight loss is a healthy diet and exercise. This is just about getting to my goal for now & then worrying about the details. Everyone has to find their own way. So, please, no shaming here. Encouragement gratefully accepted.

Miracle Magazine Weight Loss Challenge: Week Two, Ayurvedic

Two weeks ago, I shared how I can focus on a short term weight loss goal & get there, but that I do not have the motivation or staying power to reach my ultimate goal thus giving up and then blowing it completely.

So, I devised a plan, of sorts, to help me meet my ultimate goal of losing 50 pounds.

The plan:

  • I am going to choose one plan each week to try. Every magazine I pick up has a new miracle diet. Some are healthy and some are more of a fad. Knowing that I can stick to a change in diet for a time with good results, I will follow a new magazine’s “diet plan” each week and report my results here.

This past week, I followed the Ayurvedic diet plan featured by Woman’s World from September 2, 2013, claiming, “Dr. Oz’s Ayurvedic Fat Cure! Lose As Much As 80 Lbs. using 3 easy slimming tricks.” . A copy of this plan and a little extra can be found here. The main premise of this diet plan is to “sip a fat-melting herbal tea, take Triphala for a “flat – belly” and “pig out” at lunch while eating a small & easy to digest meal for breakfast and dinner.”

  • If I am having good results and can tolerate the plan longer, I will continue the plan another week.

 My goal to be considered a success for me for this week was 2 lbs. I did not reach that goal. As a matter of fact, I stayed the same. But, after the week I have had, I consider that a success. Without the tea and the triphala, I would have gained weight back this week.

  • If I did not have satisfactory results or cannot tolerate the plan, I will take 1 cheat day and move on to the next magazine’s miracle diet plan the following day.

By my own goal, I should move on to a new plan. But, I have had a horribly stressful week. I did not lose. I did not gain.

  • I will follow the plan as close as possible to recommendation, attempting not to cheat.

This week, I was on the go continually. Having a family member that just got out of the hospital & was having some family issues, I became her helper, her driver, her companion. Most days, we were gone from sun up to sun down. Because I did not plan ahead, fast food and snack food were my staples. I missed drinking my “tea” completely on a couple of days. But I never forgot the triphala. Due to these issues, I will be taking a do-over week before I decide if I am moving on to another magazine diet plan.

  • I will weigh and measure each Monday to assess not only weight loss but inches lost. I will post those results each Monday after the previous plan has been completed.

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Measurements:

Didn’t even bother this week.

  • I will take before and after photos. The posting of those is still up for debate.

Didn’t bother with these either.

  • I will review the pros and cons (for me) of the plan in detail & share any thoughts or suggestions.

I have definitely put the plan to the test this week. I had a good week and a blah week. Next week will be the deciding factor. And, I must remember to take my own advice next time …

It is important that you remember to take your tea with you when you go out.

I had vowed to exercise this past week. I did walk in the great outdoors one day and spent another doing yard work. But, I did not do my 3 days as planned.

My goal for this week is 2lbs. My ultimate goal is 50 pounds.

If you have experiences with this or any other particular diet plan, please feel free to share.

If you need to lose a few pounds and think this challenge may be right for you, then please feel free to join me. Please comment & link to your post so we can share our journey! I do feel that I must add … I am not a physician, so as always with any new exercise or weight loss program, check with your doctor to see if this plan may be right for you. I am only sharing my experiences on this plan with you.

I do know that the best way to weight loss is a healthy diet and exercise. This is just about getting to my goal for now & then worrying about the details. Everyone has to find their own way. So, please, no shaming here. Encouragement gratefully accepted.

Miracle Magazine Weight Loss Challenge: Week One, Ayurvedic

Last week, I shared how I can focus on a short term weight loss goal & get there, but that I do not have the motivation or staying power to reach my ultimate goal thus giving up and then blowing it completely.

So, I devised a plan, of sorts, to help me meet my ultimate goal of losing 50 pounds.

The plan:

  • I am going to choose one plan each week to try. Every magazine I pick up has a new miracle diet. Some are healthy and some are more of a fad. Knowing that I can stick to a change in diet for a time with good results, I will follow a new magazine’s “diet plan” each week and report my results here.

This past week, I followed the Ayurvedic diet plan featured by Woman’s World from September 2, 2013, claiming, “Dr. Oz’s Ayurvedic Fat Cure! Lose As Much As 80 Lbs. using 3 easy slimming tricks.” . A copy of this plan and a little extra can be found here. The main premise of this diet plan is to “sip a fat-melting herbal tea, take Triphala for a “flat – belly” and “pig out” at lunch while eating a small & easy to digest meal for breakfast and dinner.”

My “fear” when initially reading the article in Woman’s World was the tea. I can stomach a lot of things … except a strong tasting drink. 5 cups is a lot if I don’t like it. Initially, I tried the tea plain. I wouldn’t say it was good, but it wasn’t as aweful as I had envisioned it. I was able to drink it … until I got to about the end of the 3rd cup. Ugh! Imagine drinking your taco seasoning pack. That was what I seem to compare it to. So, I tried one reader’s idea and added a little lemon. I just couldn’t hardly get it down that way, either. I even tried mixing it with a little regular tea. Nope! But, I did finish every last drop! The next day, I decided to cut the recipe down to 2 1/2 cups and check my results. Down another 1lb. By day 4, I could actually tolerate the tea without any issues at all.

  • If I am having good results and can tolerate the plan longer, I will continue the plan another week.

The article boasted a whopping 11 pound loss for one participant. My goal to be considered a success for me was to be 3 pounds. (2 pounds is considered healthy, but I usually lose around 5 pounds the first week on any plan due to that initial water weight loss.) I checked my results on the morning of day 2. Down 2 whole pounds. Maybe that tea was worth it.

  • If I did not have satisfactory results or cannot tolerate the plan, I will take 1 cheat day and move on to the next magazine’s miracle diet plan the following day.

By day 4, I was down 3.4lbs. I had no issues tolerating 3 cups of the tea daily. I didn’t feel deprived. My headache was gone. I realized that I can do this!

  • I will follow the plan as close as possible to recommendation, attempting not to cheat.

I found myself cheating on the very first day. The good news is that this plan incorporates regular foods and a little cheating at lunch. This was my first days lunch …

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Yes, that is my “tea.” Not pictures … strawberries.

Granted, it wasn’t what I was craving.

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Schlotsky’s!

But, a very good lower calorie imitation. Not sure why, but I have been craving mustard. Unfortunately, my husband found my very favorite ice cream and surprised me with it that evening.  I could not resist a few bites. But, at least I did not devour the entire pint in one sitting.

  • I will weigh and measure each Monday to assess not only weight loss but inches lost. I will post those results each Monday after the previous plan has been completed.
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BEFORE. Yikes, I need a pedicure! Oh, and to lose 50 lbs!

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After! Yay!

Measurements:

I did have approx. 1/4 to 1/2 inch loss off of some areas for a total of about 2 inches. But, accounting for differences in me measuring myself … I am not getting all excited over that, yet.

  • I will take before and after photos. The posting of those is still up for debate.

I did do before and after photos. Honestly, I look like I gained weight in the photos. But, it has only been one week and it is not quite even 5 pounds gone. So, I will not be posting those photos. But, I will keep up the process of taking them.

  • I will review the pros and cons (for me) of the plan in detail & share any thoughts or suggestions.

This plan was easy to follow and allowed me to have some diet variety without feeling deprived. I am sure that I would have had better losses if I had followed more strict limits in my eating. I did not exercise. Again, I know this is a very important part of any weight loss plan and I would have had better losses if I had done so. I did have the initial blahs and headache from limiting my caffeine intake and the adjustment to the tea and no snacking. Since the triphala is considered a cleansing product, I associated some of what I was feeling to the detox / cleansing process. But, I never felt tired or sluggish. As a matter of fact, by day 4, I felt better. Less hungry. More energetic.

It is important that you remember to take your tea with you when you go out. I forgot to make my tea one morning before my husband and I ran a few errands. The day out lasted longer than planned. So, I did not drink any tea until around 6pm. I did not lose any weight the next morning and was actually up about 0.6lbs.

I lost more than my goal of 3 pounds which was my goal to be considered a success. So, I am going to keep on keeping on with this weight loss plan for another week. I do plan to try to increase my tea back to the 5 cups. Since week one I tried the plan alone with no exercise, I plan to add 3 days of exercise … walking outside when it is nice out and the treadmill on days it is raining. I want to see how this affects me reaching my goal along with this program. My goal for this week is 2lbs.

Initial costs can be somewhat prohibitive if you are on a limited income. I needed to purchase the triphala ($7.99 + tax) and the herbs to make the tea (around $11) These costs will vary by location and time frame that you are able to shop around. If you drastically change your eating, then you may have additional costs there. I did buy a few things like a healthier, lower calorie bread. But, most of the things I ate were on our normal shopping list.

One thing I did forget when preparing to start on the plan … a strainer for the tea. So, I improvised. It can be a little messy. But it works.

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A cup and a paper towel.

Did the plan work? I did lose weight – 4.8lbs

Would I recommend this plan to others? You bet I would and I already have. My Mom is starting on it and my daughter in law is considering it.

My ultimate goal is 50 pounds.

If you have experiences with this or any other particular diet plan, please feel free to share.

If you need to lose a few pounds and think this challenge may be right for you, then please feel free to join me. Please comment & link to your post so we can share our journey! I do feel that I must add … I am not a physician, so as always with any new exercise or weight loss program, check with your doctor to see if this plan may be right for you. I am only sharing my experiences on this plan with you.

I do know that the best way to weight loss is a healthy diet and exercise. This is just about getting to my goal for now & then worrying about the details. Everyone has to find their own way. So, please, no shaming here. Encouragement gratefully accepted.

Fruit Infused Water

When I was in my late 30’s, I worked night shift. 7pm to 7am. In order to avoid the 3am crash, I would drink green tea. Bunches of it! Every night! For almost 2 years. Green tea is good for you. And, even with all that I did drink each night, it did not affect my sleep during the day.

When I went back to day shift, it was like I suddenly could not even think about green tea without getting nauseous. Now, my stomach is very iffy about what I drink. Maybe it is a stomach thing. Maybe it is all in my mind. Nonetheless, I have to be very careful.

I get bored with drinking plain water. I know that I am not alone. Sometimes, you just want something flavorful & refreshing, something to wake your taste buds up! A nice cold glass of sweet tea! Yum! But, when you are trying to lose weight, that just doesn’t mesh.

So, about 6 months ago, I started experimenting with all of the recipes out there for fruit infused water. I like the combo with lemon, orange and lime the most … until today. I found Rosemary and Strawberry Detox Water online and all I have to say is WOW! This stuff is good!

I was not thinking when I bought the strawberries & I only got one package. It contained exactly 15 strawberries. I wanted to stretch it out. So, I cut the ingredients in half but still added enough ice and water to make 2 liters. It’s still great like that! But, I can’t wait to taste it made to recipe!

Now, I must say that I did not fact check all of their claims. But, to be fair, it is just water, ice, rosemary and strawberries … just like the title claims. I can say that I have had a headache since yesterday. This water has not improved it. But, even if it does not live up to it’s claims (I am not saying it doesn’t … just a what if) in most cases it won’t hurt you (unless you are allergic to or have some medical reason for not consuming either of those ingredients). And, it tastes so good! Best of all, my stomach agrees!

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Look at all of that yummy goodness!

What is your favorite fruit infused water combination?

Miracle Magazine Weight Loss Challenge: The Plan

I posted in January about joining a Diet Bet weight loss challenge. I was successful & did win back my initial bet plus some, having lost a little over my 4% goal. Today, I put my favorite pair of jeans on for the first time in a while and I could barely get them zipped. Ugh!

My problem is, I can focus on a short term goal & get there, but I do not have the motivation or staying power to reach my ultimate goal. I give up before I get there and I then blow it completely.

I have been trying to read a magazine a day to help clear out a huge old stack that I have never read. When I picked up my Woman’s World from September 2, 2013, the cover title claimed, “Dr. Oz’s Ayurvedic Fat Cure! Lose As Much As 80 Lbs. using 3 easy slimming tricks.” Ayurveda … I had heard that term somewhere very recently. Then I remembered, Embracing Uncertainty had a post on The Hot Belly diet, which she described as an “Ayurvedic approach to detoxing.”

Ayurveda – ancient healing practice from the far East that helps cure many ills as well as being an effective fat fighter. (yes, I had to look that up!)

Every magazine has a new miracle diet. Some are healthy and some are more of a fad. Knowing that I can stick to a change in diet for a time with good results, I came up with a plan.

  • I am going to choose one plan each week to try.

This week, I plan to follow the Ayurvedic diet plan featured by Woman’s World. A copy of this plan and a little extra can be found here. The main premise of this diet plan is to sip a fat-melting herbal tea, take Triphala for a “flat – belly” and “pig out” at lunch while eating a small & easy to digest meal for breakfast and dinner.

  • If I am having good results and can tolerate the plan longer, I will continue the plan another week.

Even though the plan boasted a whopping 11 pound loss for one participant, my goal to be considered a success will be 3 pounds. (2 pounds is considered healthy, but I usually lose around 5 pounds the first week on any plan due to that initial water weight loss.)

  • If I did not have satisfactory results or cannot tolerate the plan, I will take 1 cheat day and move on to the next magazine’s miracle diet plan the following day.

My “fear” when initially reading the article in Woman’s World was the tea. I can stomach a lot of things … except a strong tasting drink. 5 cups is a lot if I don’t like it.

  • I will follow the plan as close as possible to recommendation, attempting not to cheat.
  • I will weigh and measure each Monday to assess not only weight loss but inches lost. I will post those results each Monday after the previous plan has been completed.
  • I will take before and after photos. The posting of those is still up for debate.
  • I will review the pros and cons (for me) of the plan in detail & share any thoughts or suggestions.

My ultimate goal is 50 pounds.

If you have experiences with this or any other particular diet plan, please feel free to share.

If you need to lose a few pounds and think this challenge may be right for you, then please feel free to join me. Please comment & link to your post so we can share our journey!

I do know that the best way to weight loss is a healthy diet and exercise. This is just about getting to my goal for now & then worrying about the details. Everyone has to find their own way. So, please, no shaming here. Encouragement gratefully accepted.

Check back next week for the results!

Betting on Me

Have you heard of Dietbetter? The game where you bet on yourself to lose weight in a specified time frame. If you win a round you are guaranteed to win back your initial bet and possibly more. Count! Me! In!

When I joined Mama Laughlin’s DietBet scheduled to start on January 1st, the pot had in it approx. $40,000ish & 1000 some odd people playing. To date, the pot has grown to $158,200 and 4520 players with a reported “unofficial” 12,823lbs lost thus far. Wow! I can account for only 3.8lbs of that.

We are down to 16 days left of the game. I faltered for about 4 days … ate a big fatty, salty meal out on Saturday and had to finish it off with dessert AND I didn’t exercise all weekend. But I am back again & going to finish strong!

In reality, this is not my finish, it is only my beginning. Actually beginning number 584,000 plus. At this point, I have at least 50 pounds to lose. I can always lose weight. But, I can never keep it off. I am definitely a yo-yoer!

I am 5’2 1/2 (and please don’t forget that half!) And I weighed in at 187.2. A mere 5 pounds less than my heaviest weight ever! I joke that I am a happy eater, a sad eater, a bored eater, a stressed eater. I just love to eat! I rarely drink alcohol. I have never smoked and I have never experimented with drugs. Good food that is bad for you is my only vice. That and sweet tea! What can I say, I am a Southern girl!

I can chronicle how I have gotten to this point. If you were one of my whopping three followers and have ever read my old blog before, you may have seen my story. But, I feel the need to tell it again, here and now.

I graduated high school (well over 20 years ago) weighing 127 pounds & 5’4. I went to college and married. And as is somewhat the “norm,” I gained weight. I was 145lbs when I got pregnant the first time around. When my OB came in my exam room after a large weight gain, he held up a Vogue magazine with a beautiful model on the front and asked me, “Do you ever want to look like this again?” I cried, “I didn’t look like that before!” And I cried some more! Needless to say, he never tried that tactic again on me.

In 1992 and pregnant with my 3rd child, we found out that she had died in utero. I delivered my beautiful little girl in December. Everyone else was celebrating and I just wanted to crawl in a hole! My weight dropped to my lowest adult weight ever of 117lbs.

After the fog started lifting and our life got back to routine, we decided to try one more time to have a child. Bam! Infertility! I was treated for depression in hopes that that was the culprit. I was treated with hormones to make my cycles more normal. And then clomid to stimulate the ovulation. And, the pounds started adding up. After my husband had a vivid dream about God talking of our next son and me declaring I would not try to get pregnant after my 30th birthday, I got pregnant on the clomid. One baby, our son. I weighed 160ish lbs.

After my last delivery in 1997, I breastfed and got down to 145lbs during a contest at work called “Lose Your Lumps.” I won the contest and kept the weight off for a little while.

Around 1999, I settled at 172lbs for many years. Sure, I would lose a few and gain a few here and there. But, 172 was my norm.

Then came my diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome in 2002. When I am good and following my diet and exercise and taking my metformin, I settle around 160. When I am not, I find myself right back to where I am now … struggling to get it all back together.

Then, in 2008, I suffered a bout of extreme anxiety and depression after the hospital closed the unit that I was working on. I did not seek treatment until 2009. And, did not truly feel well again until 2011. It took years to find the light again. But, I did! With God’s help! Later (2013), my NP started me on a new med, Fetzima. It has been a complete miracle for me!

Just 6 months ago, I was 162lbs. So easy to gain and so much harder to lose!

Currently, I have gone back to the basics … making sure to drink at least 8 glasses of my most un-favorite thing … water! Adding lemon and other fruits has helped me to actually love my water! If I do this, I still allow myself to have a lightly sweetened tea. For now. I am exercising on the treadmill at least 3 days a week with 1 day of yoga, some time on the stationary bike and a little strength training. I know I will have to ramp that up soon. But, if I go too fast too soon, I will just quit. I know me! I have been making better choices in my foods … eating way more vegetables, fruit, less white bread, less sweats, less sodium. Again, I will have to make more radical changes on that soon, too if I want to see more results. And, I am taking my meds.

And, I keep track old school.

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It is a rough road for anyone trying to lose weight, to begin exercising and to get healthier. But, I am betting on me. Are you betting on you?

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Dietbetter or the pharmaceutical company which makes Fetzima. I am a current user and am speaking of my experiences only. Always seek your doctor’s medical advice before starting any new medications or diet and exercise program.

Cash Talks!! Fat Walks!! Weekly Updates!

Weight:

Starting 190 Last 171.5 Current 167

Eating Plan:

Finally! The 160’s! Yay! I have had a couple fail days on the hcg … something about the birthday chocolate that I knew was in my freezer and well, … need I say more? But, I am still sooo happy with my progress to date!

Inspiration:

Dieting is not the problem … it is the solution!

Goals:

Lose 50 lbs

Run a couch to 5K in September

I am continuing to have an extreme lag in energy. With only 9 days left on this round of hcg (unless I go longer), I am going to skip the really heavy exercise I have been doing. It will be really hard to do that since I am just starting to feel really physically fit. But, I know I can return to it soon!

Happenings:

This week, I am changing my dining room into my craft room. I have missed that outlet!

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