Posted by melodieshouse on December 21, 2010
Back in Fall 2007 I went on the South Beach Diet and lost about 20 lbs. Then the holidays came up and I slacked off. However, I pretty much kept the weight off as long as I didn’t pig out on carbs and avoided high fructose corn syrup – when I eat snacks with it or start drinking sodas sweetened with it my weight shoots up rapidly.
Now fast-forward 3 years. I have mild to moderate hypertension that I want to bring down without drugs, my blood cholesterol is borderline high, and I still really want to get down to what I weighed 10 years ago. I crept up another 5 lbs so I need to lose 35 lbs to reach my goal. About a month ago I started eating low-car again and after about 2 weeks lost 5 lbs. Then I gained 2 lbs which I think was due to my cycle and lost them again. But I’m up against this wall, which I’m not sure is a plateau so much as a fixed threshold. My weight is at a number that I have not been able to get below with any conscious effort since my first child was about 8 months. It was easy to lose down to that number more than once, and I think it will be easy to lose weight again once I can break past it. When I had all my babies my weight fell off within the first week postpartum to well below this number but would creep up again over several months. And it doesn’t help that I’ve been seriously craving chips and cookies and giving in either.
So, after reading up some I’ve decided that maybe I need to do some fasting/detoxing to kickstart my weight loss and eliminate those craving. For the next 3 days I’m eating raw veggies and fruits and I’m going to try to drink lots of water as well as herbal tea. Of course I’ll have to eat the holiday meal, but I’m going to be sensible about it and if my weight creeps up again going into next week I’ll do it again, maybe for up to a week. Hopefully I won’t need to, but if I need to I can do this.
If anyone has any suggestions or personal experiences to share, I welcome your comments.