My weight has been an constant source of annoyance for me, ever since my “chubby” elementary school days. Food has always been a source of comfort for me, and I’d be completely content to finish off an entire bag of Cool Ranch Doritos if I was naïve enough to have them in my house. Give me ALL THE CARBS and nobody gets hurt, mkay?
That’s 8-year-old me in the banner photo. God love the 80’s.
My control-freak self has always been able to keep my “eat every crunchy, salty thing in the pantry” self in check. Until the craziness of the last six months caught up with me and I gained FIFTEEN POUNDS in less than 3 months. To put that in perspective, I’m short, and I’ve never gained more than 5 pounds in a year. Fifteen pounds was more than 10% of my overall body weight, gained in less than one-third of a year.
The extra weight was demoralizing. And not in a “I can’t love myself at any weight” way, because I’m all for healthy self-esteem and loving the skin you’re in. But this didn’t feel like “my” weight. It felt like the sadness and the chaos of the past few months had embedded itself in fat cells and excess pounds, and was planning to be an uninvited guest and stick around for a while on my belly and hips. Every time I got on the scale I felt the heaviness of the last few months consume me. It was time for it to go.
I went to my normal fallback, Weight Watchers, and paid for 3 months in advance. I’m thrifty, and I knew if I shelled out that kind of money I would actually go to the meetings. I learned Weight Watchers new “Freestyle” program, where I could eat whatever I wanted from a long list of proteins. I made 0-point soups and tracked religiously. And in three months I lost…2 pounds.
I was frustrated and sad and honestly, a little bit scared. This wasn’t “fun weight,” like the 10 pounds I gained in college, or the 8 pounds I gained during the year of my engagement. This was sad weight, and I wanted it off.
A little over a month ago I met up with a friend who had success with Isagenix. I’d heard from a few friends that it was an easy way to lose weight and still keep up the energy needed to exercise and get through life as a busy mom.
The program wasn’t cheap, around $350 for the first round of stuff, and it involved shakes and vitamins—which I always said were totally bogus. But I was willing to try anything, and this cheapskate ponied up the cash and bought a month’s worth of products.
One month later, I’m FOURTEEN pounds down! FOURTEEN! I’d show you my scale pics, but there’s nobody on the interwebs that needs to know my weight! I still have about 10 pounds to go to reach my goal weight, but it feels so freeing to have those pounds of sadness off my belly and hips. And it was easy and completely fit into my lifestyle. I honestly feel like my overall health and mental clarity has improved. Good stuff.
Will I keep on Isagenix? As long as it keeps working for me, why not? But this isn’t a sales post. It’s to encourage you to try something different when whatever has worked for you for years just isn’t cutting it anymore. Don’t be afraid to try something you’ve always thought was bogus in the past. And if it doesn’t work–try something else! That’s the beauty of just changing lanes!
In the meantime, I’m wearing my jeans again (all the praise hands!) and even though Jillian Michaels mostly gets on my nerves, she’s right about this:
If you’re reading this and your current life situation leaves you heavier than you’d like, I’d be happy to share with you what has worked for me. Shoot me a message through the contact form. But I’d also like to hear from others who have found success with other solutions. What has been your go-to for weight loss, and is it still working as you get older? Let me know in the comments below!