You let yourself go, then try some quick fix when your clothes stop fitting, only to repeat the cycle over and over again.
It all changed for me when I went running one more (after popping 2 Hydroxycut pills) and felt, for the first time, that I was not in control of my body. I had just had our second baby (which we call diggies) and was a young mom. I wanted my body back and I didn’t know where to even start. Honestly, I never really had problems with weight before. I was an athlete and powered donuts were my jam! Now here I am barely able to eat spaghetti without gaining 10 pounds. My body was foreign to me.
So I saw a bottle of pill on an end cap in Wal-Mart, bought them and starting using them. At first it was a quick little jittery upper, but as my body built a tolerance to the pills I started to take more. I never went over the suggested allowance, but that morning when I went running, I could not control my body. It didn’t know when to start. I remember coming home, everyone was still sleeping, and throwing up to try to get rid of anything that I could. I threw the pills away and knew I needed to change.
Fast forward to apps like Lose It and My Fitness Pal. While the intention is good, it created another cycle of yo-yo dieting, eating poor foods that were low in calories, but high in fake sweeteners and fat. I was at my wits end.
Then I saw, on Facebook, in my town, a girl that had lost weight by doing a program at home. She was similar to me; ‘skinny fat’ and was making poor choices before she started this program as well. It involved healthy eating, exercise, a nutritional shake (not a jittery pill!) and hard work. Ummmm…let me just watch you, sista is what I was thinking! And I did for about 4 months before reaching out to her.
First I tried the shake, then I bought a program.
The shake was perfect. It helped me get away from the crap food, I felt I had more energy with it and I liked that it was real food and not synthetic.
The program didn’t work out so well. It was hard and I lost interest in about a month. I had results, but was bored with it by day 30.
I continued to drink my shake, but started getting lazy with the rest of my nutrition. Enter yo-yo diet number 47,498,279.
It wasn’t until a program with portion control came out that I succeeded.
I’m a busy mom. I work full-time, my kids do extra curricular stuff, I volunteer on boards, I like to travel. I’m busy. I am not going to weigh my food. Which is why I failed in the past. Buttttttttt…I will cram it into a color coded container. And that’s what I did.
I ordered a program called 21 Day Fix and got my shit together. I went all in, even bringing my containers to weddings.
Guys. I have seen and done it all when it comes to weightloss after baby and I can tell you, this works. But you have to follow it. You have to workout. You have to drink that shake. You have to cram your food into color coded containers. At least for a yo-yo dieter like me.
The first week was the hardest. I was so use to apps and measuring calories that I was overwhelmed. There is no calorie counting in this, just container counting. Depending on your starting weight and how active you are, you will find yourself in a bracket. This bracket will tell you how many of which container to eat each day. Example, red is protein and purple is fruit. I eat 4 protein and 2 fruit each day. You log it into our handy app and try to eat all your containers each day. It’s a lot of food! This provides you with micros and macros and all the terminology that most people don’t have time to research. We did the work so you don’t have to.
The secret is to continue though, which is why we have a year special.
A year of workouts.
Portion controlled containers.
30 days of Shakeology.
And me to help you one on one.
It’s what I am committed to and it has saved me from the constant up and down and frustration of yo-yo dieting.
You can go here to check it out and/or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject No More Yo-Yo Diet!.
Make your shift.