So, as I have lost a quarter of the person I've been these last few years, everyone's first question, is "how are you doing this?! you look great!" well, i've decided that I will share the basics of things that have worked for ME.
Now, remember, this is what I did, and it may not give the same results to everyone else. But hey, it might have not worked for me either if I didn't try!
This plan is commitment, and it is for slow, gradual weight loss. Depending on your frame, the weight may just fall off, or it will fall off evenly, and slowly, like it did for me.
cleanse your body.
now, this is a very disgusting way to start. There's nothing pretty about this. Get yourself a great colon cleanser. (Pricey doesn't always mean great.) The one I bought was all natural, and didn't cause cramps, this I suggest. It was by Dr. Natura, and I bought it online from a health foods store. Take it exactly as directed, and do not over do it. This started my process. It cleaned out (literally) everything from my body, and gave me a "clean slate."
raw fruits and vegetables.
for a month straight, (sometimes cheated...) I ate mostly raw foods. A typical day looked like this ; breakfast - two apples, an orange, and fresh orange juice. lunch - peppers, (red, green, and yellow) with some lettuce, carrots, and celery (almost salad like) and dinner - broccoli, peppers, kale, handful of grapes, baby carrots, and some strawberries (for dessert!). STICK TO IT. its going to get boring, and you're going to want "real" foods, but this is very crucial after a cleanse. You wanted to start putting really good nutrients back into your body. Sometimes, I'd even juice the fruits and veggies, and make a little frozen drink (with only water, no milk!). In this month alone, I lost 20 pounds. Make sure you're taking a vitamin supplement as well. Read up online about what veggies and fruits have what nutrients and how to use them for the greater good of your body!
make every excuse to walk, or move.
I am the laziest person in the entire world. I hate exercise, I don't have time for a gym (or the money...). But i made every excuse to walk, and move my body. I worked as a waitress which made it easy to keep moving, and on my feet. I wrestled with my kids for an hour a night, I played Wii (Wii fit, or Just Dance) for an hour or so every night. I took walks around my apartment complex. (back in my old apartment, I used to walk up to the store, and do my errands on foot!) A costly gym is good, but for people like me (with kids and kind of broke) I can't make time for that. Don't take the easy way out with house cleaning. Get on your hands and knees to scrub floors, clean your shower once a day (thats a workout!) run around outside with your kids. If you've got a flight of stairs in your house, run up and down them!
Within 10 months from cleanse, til now, I've lost a total of 50 pounds! I went from 178 pounds down to 128. And from a size 12 to a size 5 jean. I think summer of 2013 is the first time I'm actually looking foward to wearing a bikini!!