Operation Skinny Jeans: I have tried it all

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I have tried it all

I have been trying to lose weight for at least the last 5 years of my life. In that time, I have tried everything on the planet. For fun, I will name them.

Weight Watchers
The Jillian Michael's Cleanse
30 Day Shred
Weight Watchers 2 more times
Calorie counting
Green Smoothies
Not eating

I am sure there are other things I have tried, but it has been such a long battle between me and my body that I have blocked something out.

Now I am trying something new. I am trying to love my body, fuel it, and move in a way that I enjoy. It's my body. It's my journey. I am sick of starving myself or drinking a citrus fiber drink that makes me ACTUALLY VOMIT. So I am trying something new.

I want to be healthy because I love my body enough to do so. I want to work out doing something I ENJOY. I don't enjoy the treadmill. I want to eat food that feeds my soul. RESTRICTION doesn't feed my soul. I am in this for the long haul. This isn't a quick fix. This is my life. I want to be an active person. I want to be a healthy person.

Everyone has tried different things. And everyone has had varying success with those different things. I think judging or getting mad at someone else trying to better their life is silly.

What is the craziest thing you have tried to lose weight? Did you do the cabbage diet? I never tried that but I do love cabbage! :D

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  1. HCG diet and I did the cabbage diet. Both made me sick. :(.

  2. I've eaten only fruit to try and lose weight, TONS of protein with little else, advocare, not eating much at all, trying to burn 1000 cal per workout. It's all a vicious cycle that didn't make me happy. I'm happy now. I don't deprive myself, I just limit how much. If I want something sweet, I eat it, but not nearly as much as I used to. And I workout now because I want to and because I enjoy a good sweat sesh, not b/c I feel like if I don't that I'll gain 5lbs overnight, which I used to think. I used to be so obsessed with the scale I would step on it numerous times a DAY. Now, I might step on it once a week. It hasn't done much moving lately, but I'm ok with that. I'm trying to focus more on how I feel and look in my clothes than what that bitch of a scale says.

    1. YES!!! That is the lesson I wanted to point out! DIETS DONT WORK. I love that you are there!!

      (also you are a no reply commenter, which is why I didn't email you my response :D )

  3. Cabbage soup is the bomb.com BUT I never have actually done that diet. I have done everything under the sun, too! You are dong the right thing now though and I am so proud of you!

  4. The key is to not do anything that is not fad... you need to find something that doesn't feel like work! Finding the balance that is sustainable for life is the key. What I found works for me is that I only buy fruits, veggies, meat, and eggs. If I am going to eat something that is not in those categories it is normally because I am at something special. By keeping my prepared meals healthy and consistent the other 20% was fine!

  5. I completely stopped drinking alcohol, which is very hard when you go out with your friends and they are enjoying a few glasses of wine, but it definitely helps!

  6. WW, Herbalife, starving myself. The WW did work the first time I lost weight and then they switched their program. The herbalife worked too but I just wasn't willing to pay $40 for protein powder. I just think I'm unique at that those "programs" are more a catch-all. I've been using MFP to track my calories and more or less keep me in check, but if I'm truly hungry I'll eat more. I think it really depends what you're doing exercise-wise as well. If you can stick to something whole-heartly almost anything can work.

  7. I am SO glad you posted this and yesterday about what you eat because yesterday I was toying with going back to counting points with WW and then I realized that I wasn't trusting myself to eat in a balanced way which is what is my goal. No extremes because they lead to bingeing! Moderation and eating lots of veggies is my plan for now :)

  8. I've tried counting calories, Atkins , Weight Watchers (which I gained weight on thank ya very much!) & of course low fat! My friend tried to talk me into the Plexus fad but I just couldn't do it! Fads make you lose weight but you normally gain all of the weight back plus some! I know what works for me is working out (cardio & strength training) & eating healthy! Lots of veggies, fruit & protein! And of course a cheat meal here & there! I think the cheat meal is important (at least for me) so I don't go on a binge and go crazy! I always remind myself it's not a diet but a lifestyle change!!

  9. I have tried everything under the sun as well. I think I finally found the salutation to my problem, the same thing you are doing.. loving yourself. that means both mind, body & spirit. I put myself into therapy, i started going to the gym & I started eating clean (for the most part) & the weight literally has been falling off of me the last 2 weeks. Since Monday the 6th of January I have lost 7 lbs just by finally committing to something & following through. I hope this works for you & find yourself & love yourself.

  10. I haven't tried anything crazy, because I refuse to try something that can't be a lifetime commitment for me. I loosely follow WW with a focus on eating minimal processed carbs. My body feels best when I eat this way. I refuse to classify it as clean eating, or low carb, because it's neither. My goal is just to focus on eating things that my body appreciates, and avoiding what I know makes me sluggish, or gives me GI issues. It's not always a perfect plan, but it seems to be working for me when I work it...

  11. I call myself a fad diet junkie because I've tried TONS of different things. I've also done HCG, weight watchers, shakes, cleanses, the 17 Day diet...,some of them were more successful than others but I've really got to get out of the "diet mentality" I need to do this for the long haul, that means as a lifestyle.

  12. I'm a new follower (because I've seen you around Instagram and the blogosphere and figured I should stop by) and I just wanted to say kudos to you. I think we all forget a lot of times that this is OUR journey and what may have worked for one person, may not work for us.

  13. I'm a new follower as well and just wanted to say how much I love this post. I've tried WW, shakes, juice and smoothies (both which I still love) cleanses and fad diets. A few years ago I had great success losing weight (unfortunately I gained it back because I fell off the wagon) because I learned what my body likes and what it doesn't like. Now I'm starting over and doing the same thing because I know it works for me. It's a long hard road, but in the end I know I will feel great and be healthier. I refuse to call it a diet. It's a lifestyle change. :) P.S. - The cabbage diet may be a fad but cabbage soup? Om nom nom nom!


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