Ready to talk about how to lose 50 pounds in 6 months? I am because I am proud of my accomplishment. I’ve also had so many people asking me about how I did it, so I decided it was time to share.
Ok, it does feel a bit awkward to talk about my weight. It has been a taboo topic for most of my life. I use to dread going to doctor appointments when I would be forced to acknowledge my weight. I use to hate the BMI scale, saying that it just must be unfair for those of us “blessed” with curves. Shopping for clothes was also a chore because I would see cute things, but then I would be discouraged at the size I would need to buy to fit my body.
But I have had a transformation, inside and out. Over a 6 month period, I lost 50 pounds. I went from having a BMI of 31 to a BMI of 23 – that is going from the obese category to a very healthy normal weight. I went down 4 dress sizes (and shopping is way more fun!). I also went from being a couch potato to taking 5 mile hikes, biking for 60 minutes a day, and ultimately looking forward to the next active challenge! But even with the transformation of my body, it has taken a bit longer for the transformation of my mind to go from thinking I am the “fat” girl to loving myself for who I am. Unfortunately I should have always loved who and what I was (because weight does not define us), but shedding weight and becoming more active has given me a new found confidence in who I am and what I can accomplish.
I’m excited to share with you my tips and explain what worked for me, but I want to say that I am not a dietician or doctor and that before starting any weight loss plan, it is a good idea to consult with your doctor about your unique situation and goals. For me, I was able to lose weight through 3 main components:
I know there are programs out there to help you lose weight faster, but I wanted this to be a lifestyle change, and I want the weight to STAY OFF, so I lost at a healthy rate for me.
Starting Off Right
The first thing I did to start my weight loss journey was research a cleanse program. I wanted to rid myself of all the toxins I had been consuming, plus it was a great way to get myself use to limiting calories, eating healthier snacks, etc. I had tried other cleanses in the past, including all natural juicing cleanses and Enzymatic Therapy Whole Body Cleanse Kit with Probiotics. I had lost a few pounds with them, however, I it wasn’t anything extraordinary and unfortunately I just ended up gaining the weight back.
Since I have been using Young Living for essential oils for almost 2 years and knew that they made quality products, I decided to try the Young Living 5 Day Cleanse. This nutritive cleanse includes the following:
- Ningxia Red, an energizing, replenishing, whole wolfberry nutrient infusion
- Balance Complete, a super-food-based, daily, superfood energizer and nutritive cleanse
- Digest + cleanse, which soothes gastrointestinal discomfort and supports healthy digestion
I already used Ningxia Red every morning to energize and keep up my immunity so I was looking forward to this cleanse. I also liked that it was only 5 days as opposed to some cleanses which are 2 weeks. Balance Complete is a vanilla flavor (with a hint of coconut). I mixed it with water during the initial cleanse, but since have used unsweetened almond milk for more calcium. Balance Complete is packed with 11 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber to fill you up!
During the cleanse, you take a Digest + cleanse soft gel 60 minutes before eating. Then make a shake and take 1-2 ounces of Ningxia Red for your meal. If I got hungry between meals, I would eat a healthy snack (almonds, fruit, veggies). I also eliminated all sugary drinks (including sweetened coffee) and soda. My drink of choice, besides water, is an unsweetened tea. By the end of the cleanse I had lost 10 lbs! Crazy I know, but I think a lot of it was water weight and just not eating so much junk every day.
And that was just the first week! But by the end of the week, I was inspired and motivated to keep the weight loss going. Come back next week to read about the second component in my weight loss journey: Eat to Lose Weight.
If you are interested in purchasing the Young Living 5-Day Cleanse, you can buy it at the retail price, or save 24% and get it at the whole sale price. I have information on this Young Living post about how to become a whole sale member. Otherwise, here is a direct link for the retail option. Young Living also has a line of products for weight management, as well as vitamins to help you stay healthy. Please contact me if you have more questions about any of their products.
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