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"Weight loss is not a race"

I saw this line today and it really hit home. I had been feeling pretty discouraged after only losing 4 pounds on this round of the 3 day diet, and although in all honesty that is really good, I wanted to lose more, be healthier and thinner faster. I wanted to look amazing overnight. 

On my way to work today, I walked by a group of men who called me beautiful. Not sexy or hot or cat called or "OHdayummmm"; "beautiful". Which even from a bunch of wannabe street thugs, is a wonderful compliment. It made me feel a lot better and helped me realize that even if I can't get to my goal weight as quickly as I want, I am still beautiful- inside and out. 

I'm secure in my identity, regardless of my weight. Whenever I have dieted, I've lost enough weight for my body to feel good again and I've been satisfied, even if it wasn't as much as I should lose to fit in with the popular crowd. I'm able to do the activities I want and still be in shape enough to do interesting things like the skating, SkyHigh, and others. It's only recently that I've decided I want to be actually healthy, actually fit and strong and get back down to my high school weight. I don't want to deal with the health issues my family has and will face. And I want to be able to keep up with my military boyfriend, to be able to do anything and everything, all in the same day. I don't want anything to hold me back, including myself. I'm tired of hearing the excuses I hear from others and even myself about losing weight and getting healthier. I am doing my best to make small changes, outside of this diet even and I think it will make a big difference in my life. 

I want to be healthy, but I want to do it in a healthy way. I know that losing 100 pounds in a month isn't an option (I can't afford liposuction!). And I need to make all of the little changes in my life that will lead to permanent change. That's the hardest part, permanent change. 

How do we change our daily habits to ensure that we don't keep repeating our past choices which have led to where we are now?


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UPDATE: Here is the link to my RESULTS :) 

The diet is as follows (with no exceptions or substitutions supposedly, although there are multiple versions of the 3 day diet): 

Day 1
Black coffee or tea with Stevia
1/2 grapefruit or juice
1 slice toast with 1 tablespoon peanut butter

1/2 cup of tuna
1 slice toast
Black coffee or tea with Stevia

3 ounces of lean meat or chicken (any kind)
1 cup green beans
1/2 banana
1 apple
1 cup regular vanilla ice cream

Day 2
1 egg
1 slice of toast
1/2 banana

1 cup cottage cheese or 2 oz cheddar cheese
1 hard boiled egg
5 regular saltine/soda crackers

2 beef/turkey hot dogs
1 cup broccoli
1/2 cup carrots
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Military 3 Day Diet- RESULTS


So the results are in! But before I get to them, I want to summarize the whole experience.

Overall, this is a really satisfying, easy diet. It is convenient and quick. It fills you up with a variety of foods, all with different nutritional pluses and there is plenty of sweet, meat, and crunchiness for everyone's needs! 

It is only 3 days long, so the commitment isn't hard, even for the commitment-phobes out there. Plus, it has ICE CREAM!! How can you go wrong? Even the bad stuff isn't that bad, or only for a meal or two.

The next time or two I do it (because I will do it again), then I'll be tweaking it just a little. Chicken here instead of tuna, or replacing a meal with one from the day before. I will see how  well it works and post my results as well. 

After you finish the 3 day part, you have 4 other days until you can do it again. Which honestly makes a ton of sense. Even though you may not be feeling hungry, your body isn't meant to function on so fe…

Month One Progress

After about one month now, I've lost almost 8 pounds. I consider that to be an accomplishment as it is an average of two ponds a week and it's the total that has stayed off. I fully expect to never see those 8 pounds again!

I've switched to generally eating healthier instead of continuing the three day diet. I'm sure I will still do it on occasion, when I need to lose a few or if I plateau. But I really want to make sure that these are life changes that I'm making. I want to KNOW that these 8 pounds are never coming back. And the only way I can do that is to make sure that the choices I make on a daily basis will keep me healthy, happy and, for the time being, on a downward trajectory weight-wise. 
In fact, I've even started running. Not a lot, mind you. But the boyfriend is thrilled and I ran two miles in as many days. With most of it being in quarter mile increments. I hadn't expected to be able or willing to run at all before I was under 200 lbs, but th…