In the spring of 2013, I had enough of my size 14 dresses. I wanted them gone for good, but I wanted an easy diet plan. I couldn’t handle anything wacky or difficult. After considering my options, I tried juicing for weight loss success. I couldn’t have been happier with how easy it was to feel so good.
Adding in the Good
The first thing I wanted was to not feel like I was on a diet. I couldn’t bear feeling deprived. I wanted that light, energetic spring time feeling. But, with fifteen pounds to loose, I knew it wouldn’t be effortless. I had tried juicing in the past, but hadn’t gotten serious about a comprehensive plan. For a change, I’d approach from a point of view of doing what was right, instead of hating myself thin. I started juicing fresh, raw produce – a blend of veggies, with just enough fruit for flavor – at home in my kitchen. I wasn’t taking anything away; it wasn’t about meal replacement. I merely added a glass of veggie juice to my day.
Not noticing the absence of the Bad
However, I found myself not minding at all if I happened to replace a meal. If I got busy, as long as I juiced, I felt nourished. I was energized. I cut back on fatty, rich meat dishes because I wasn’t hungry for them. I kept myself to veggie wrap sandwiches at lunch, or something light. I enjoyed preparing elaborate salads, and filling up my menu with veggies beyond the juice. During the evening, I no longer felt like curling up with an ounce of chocolate. About once a week, I still indulged in a juicy steak or burger. But, for more than that, I didn’t feel like “cheating” because I didn’t feel like I was dieting.
Not that meals were the only solution. We had bought a stationary bike for Christmas 2012. I rode the bike three times a week for half an hour. I cranked up the music, and didn’t care if it was rainy or miserable weather. Outside exercise offered too many excuses to slack off a day or two. We also had an unlimited pass to the local indoor swimming pool. I put in laps three times a week, for half an hour. The exercise wasn’t excessive or difficult. If anything, it was a great reminder that outdoor swimming season was just around the corner.
By the beginning of summer 2013 I achieved weight loss success. Not only did I throw away my size 14 dresses, but I bought the first size 12 swimsuit in years. Fifteen pounds melted off without feeling like a diet.