My Personal Journey on my OWN Detox Diet Plan created by Yours Truly and my Bestie
How it All Began....
Yesterday, I started the 7+7 REBOOT, my very own whole food detox that me and my business partner (and partner-in-crime) developed over the last 3+ years.
We were SO over the "dieting" deprivation rollercoaster of eating minimal calories, waaaay too many salads and other just boring foods (like plain boiled chicken - BLUHCK!). And then of course when we went back to normal eating and the weight came back on. The same thing happened with all the fat diet that we tried over the course of our lives. Yes, we lost weight but I didn't stay off! I always tell my clients it's way easier to get there than to stay there!
My stepfather did one of these all-in, eat our food and had a great success! He probably lost about 45 pounds. He did a one year program, had weekly check-ins, ate their packaged processed foods, most of which tasted like vacuum cleaner bag dust and also followed their "lean and green" meal plan. After one year, he looked better than I ever seen him and was down for almost 4 pants sizes! Then after the plan was over he was at a total loss. He went back to his regular eating and the weight came piling back on. Those kind of programs do two things. They make you become dependent on their food product as well as they don't teach you how to eat for the rest of your life. In a word it's not sustainable.
Moving on, being foodies, this kind of bland eating was sheer misery for us, and neither of us are down with packaged/processed foods. Remember that old cliche that "some people eat to live and others live to eat". Well we are sort of both....legit right down the middle. So we spent almost 4 years, each with a composition notebook, that she calls a "marble notebook" - guess that's a Queens thing - and we begin compiling our favorite breakfast, lunches, dinners, snacks and last but not least desserts and then revamping them to the healthy and DELISH recipes that they are today.
We've all probably heard the cliche that the word "diet" should be a lifestyle and not a temporary fix. That is our motto. We get regular feedback from our clients that they have adapted our very own recipes into their regular meal rotation on and on-going basis. Our goal is to educate folks on how to eat healthy for the rest of their life, not just lose weight. Although that totally happens too!
The Hardest Part is Getting Started...Right?!?!
Of course it is. We all want instant gratification and starting a 2-week process of discipline isn't an always such a good time. However, it starts becoming, in our minds, "worth it" when people start saying, "Oh hey have you lost weight?". Or your waistline in your pants begins to feel looser. It's really at that point, that you are in da zone. And while I know how delicious our creations are, I'm not super psyched about 13 more days to go of diligence and discipline. One of my favorite quotes is, "I can resist anything except temptation" by Oscar Wilde. All I can say to that is Amen brother! However, when we make it through a process without cheating or bending the rules, there's no greater feeling than accomplishment of sheer and utter willpower. The cool thing about this program is that it's not a temporary diet but rather teaches my clients new cooking methodologies and new ingredients that they can refer to for the rest of their lives. Another cool part is that nothing takes more than 30 minutes from start to finish to prep and get into your belly. We cut processed foods, we break sugar addictions, we create a healthier eating habits, learn to make new and fun - and speaking meals, you get 3 meals a day and 2 snacks, so nobody's going hungry drinking green juices. BUT the coolest part is that you definitely lose weight/reduce body fat and the esthetic effects happen fast. Like super fast. PROMISE.
The Hot Seat
Today I posted my starting weight, body fat percentage and measurements AND my before pics for the world to see on social media. I'm a real person and my weight can fluctuate, especially during the holidays. I'm totally addicted to sugar. And while I'm not in a terrible place it's not super awesome either. Pants are a little snug and I just feel uncomfortable. My clients hire me for accountability and to have someone to answer to. Today, well yesterday technically, I'm asking the universe and my social media followers to lay some accountability on me. Even though I'm a personal trainer and a nutritionist and some other fitness and health related stuff, and I totally know when I should be doing, sometimes I just don't do it. I'm human and I like chocolate, too.
Daily Updates - What I Ate and What I Did
Every day I will write a short blog a.k.a. food log on here to relay what I ate and what I did for exercise.
Day 1 (which is yesterday) Will Be Posted today (i.e., Tuesday, January 10th
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