So far, in 2014, I have lost a little over 25 pounds. After many unsuccessful diets, I thought about what didn’t work in the past, and I created a customized plan that suits me.
A New Eating Plan
I created an eating and exercise plan that is full of variety. I’ve combined elements of the Slim Fast diet, Joe Cross’ juicing plan, the South Beach Diet, and I’m also using a diabetes workbook as a source for healthy meal ideas.
Throughout the week, I follow one of these plans each day and alternate the eating plan according to my mood and the demands of that particular day. Some days, I require more ‘real’ food and have time for meal preparation, other days, I only have time for a meal replacement. I’m not consistently following one single plan, however, this routine has really worked well for me.
A few days a week I follow the South Beach plan, it’s an older edition, using the food list in the first phase. I try to do at least two days in a row of this when I follow the South Beach plan.
Some days are hectic, and I don’t have time to cook, so I substitute breakfast and lunch with Slim Fast shakes or meal replacement bars and follow the diabetes meal plan for dinner.
Joe Cross Juicing
I was so inspired by Joe Cross’ Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead documentary, but I can’t commit to full time juicing. At least one day a week, I do incorporate green juice. I don’t own a special juicing appliance, just a blender. I followed this wonderful Mean Green juice recipe for blenders on Marin Mama’s blog, and I use a jelly strainer.
Diabetes Meal Plans
I am not diabetic, but several of my health care professionals have recommended diabetes meal plans, anyway. I follow diabetes nutrition guides when I am doing Slim Fast and need a healthy dinner or if I want three healthy meals.
After reading calorie consumption has a major impact on weight loss and through my own experience, I would agree. However, I believe exercise is vitally important, too. I exercise about an hour a day, at least five days a week. I usually do 30 minutes in the morning and then again in the evening. I don’t enjoy a whole hour block of exercise at once.
I have a variety of workouts. The type of exercise depends on how I feel that day. I need variety to stay motivated to do it daily. Some days I do any random exercise DVD we have on hand. Other days I walk on my manual treadmill.
Yes, You Can!
Weight loss success does require some changes, but your newer, healthier routine has to be something that is workable for you. If you cannot commit to an hour of exercise a day, start with ten minutes. In the beginning, I couldn’t even walk five minutes on the treadmill without feeling like I was going to die. Eventually, that yucky feeling subsides and you’re able to do more for longer periods of time.
Remember to talk to your doctor before you start your any exercise or diet plan. Do not beat yourself up if some days are not 100% – just keep going.The most important thing is to remember you can do it!