One of the things I learned during my journey is that I was deliberately working against my body. To gain the kind of weight I did took systematic and sustained effort. It went against the natural state of my body. What was even more surprising was the shocking ease that I was able to lose the weight with just some smart adjustments.
I think the most important thing was not what I did do, but what I stopped doing. The techniques I’ll describe to you were probably necessary to rapidly accelerate the process and reverse years of abuse and neglect. But I’m convinced that even without them I would have been able to lose the weight (though perhaps it might have taken a good bit longer). Try an experiment. Take one thing you know is unhealthy for you and stop doing it. Measure yourself once a week for three months and see what happens.
For me it was soda. I lost about 11 lbs just from eliminating soda and fruit juice. Granted, I drank a lot of soda. Like 4-5 cans a day. For geeks programming well into the morning hours energy drinks are a must. Mountain Dew was my poison. So imagine that. Not changing any other behavior than eliminating soda and fruit juice and I already dropped 11 lbs.
[Side Note: I’m about to go into a product that I happened to try. I am not telling you to buy it. I don’t have any affiliation with the company, and I don’t profit in any way from them whatsoever. In the spirit of being transparent, I’m simply sharing with you what I did. I’m not saying you should do the same, and I’m not saying it’s the best approach. Just giving you the facts in my case. And, yes, I did consult with my physician before using these supplements.]
I discovered Isagenix at Dr. Ted Omura’s SCORE Clinic in San Jose. Dr. O didn’t push it on me, I just asked him about it one day. I started with the 9-Day Deep Cleanse not with the intent of losing weight but to detoxify and get myself prepared to start my health journey. I lost 11 lbs in 9 days. And it stayed off. You stay hydrated the whole time, basically taking fluids every 1.5-2 hours. So it’s not water weight you are losing (also validated by my ultrasound unit). Plus, it’s not one of those cleanses where you’re sitting on the pot. Only reason you go to the restroom on this one is because you’re drinking all that water.
Isagenix may seem pricey at first but when you consider that it replaces most of your meals it’s really not any more expensive if you are in the habit of eating out at lunch. You start with 2 days of cleanse, drinking only fluids and having a prepared snack and almonds every 1.5-2 hours. The middle 5 days has a shake in the morning, shake in the evening, and a 600 cal lunch. Again, snacks, almonds, and water every couple of hours. You wrap with another 2 days of the cleanse you started with. All in all, it was pretty darn easy…except for that last day when I was just ready for food, especially after already having lost 8 lbs (I lost 3 more lbs those last 2 days). Honestly, though, I really didn’t feel hungry through the 9 days ’cause I was constantly putting something into my body every couple of hours.
Every few months I would find that my weight loss would plateau. For most, altering your exercise program is usually enough to get you out of your weight loss plateau. Because I couldn’t work out I just did another round of Isagenix 9-Day and I would start losing weight again. Isagenix was blessed by my other docs and every one I’ve referred to it has had some success that was right for them.
Picking one unhealthy thing to stop doing is a good way to kickstart your program and give you some confidence with some quick results. Remember, however, that this is about long-term behavior changes so go into this knowing this is just a quick initial morale boost.
Read the rest of my story at:
- Introduction: How I Lost 100 lbs Without Surgery or Exercise
- Mental and Emotional Prep: Face the Root Cause
- Tools: You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure
- Quick Start and Morale Boost
- Nutrition: How I Ate 100 lbs Away
- Detour: A Geek’s Explanation (A Hypothesis, Anyway)
- Exercise (Or Lack Thereof)
- Supplements: All Natural, Baby
- Other Helpful Tips
- What’s Next?
- Resources and Thank You’s