I did a Sugar Busters Challenge at Rebel Fitness in January 2016. I lost 16 pounds and 19" the first month and I was so motivated by the loss that I continued the plan into February and lost another 12 pounds and 11". It was working for me and I basically stuck to the eating plan while slowly transitioning to the moderate plan. I actually had a really hard time adding things back into my diet because I thought once I did - I would start slipping and not be able to get back under control. So I stayed pretty strict for about 6 months and then hit a few plateaus now and then and so I started to incorporate more grains into my diet, like oatmeal and brown rice. I have basically stayed with the moderate plan and lost a total of 71 pounds in about 9 months. I have maintained that loss for the last 4 months. I have completely eliminated processed foods! I still don't eat bread or pasta. (I think I've had pizza once in the last year and I don't miss it!) Very limited dairy. The key for me is that I enjoy eating this way and I don't miss a thing!! We all have our weaknesses and I have mine but I have learned to allow myself something once in awhile without feeling like I'm going to completely fall off the wagon and go back to my old habits. One thing I am really excited about also is that I've learned to order in restaurants to basically stay compliant. I've learned what works and I'm not afraid to ask for something a special way. Another bonus is that my family has learned from my example. My son and his girlfriend came home for Christmas and saw how we ate and cooked and they both have went home and are eating and cooking healthier! It's so exciting to see them sending me pictures of their sweet potato hashbrowns and their zoodles!! Lol!
I'm so proud of them and I'm pretty proud of myself also! I'm grateful for this wonderful support system of this amazing Rebel Fitness family!!
I still get frustrated that I have hit a wall and can't get past the weight I am at now but I'm learning and trying to not focus on the number and focus on how I feel and how much stronger or faster I can get. I went from 208 lbs to 137 lbs so I know I shouldn't be frustrated but I still have my 30 year old brain and forget I have a 53 year old body! And this is a journey that I'm on and I'm excited to see where I am again in another year from now!