I was going to title this post "9 lbs, 8.5 inches," but I didn't want anyone to get the wrong idea about the subject matter.
Yes, you read it correctly. In 14 days of doing the sugar detox, I lost 8.5 inches from my stomach and thighs!! Only and inch from each thigh, and the rest was from my stomach!!
I couldn't find an exact picture of 9 lbs of fat, but this is pretty close. I lost 9 lbs in 14 days and I was NOT hungry!!
I got a bit discouraged last week because I lost 7 lbs in the first 5 days and then gained a pound back during the second week. My friends in the FB group told me it was totally normal and to stick with it, and I'm so glad I did! I haven't felt deprived with my eating at all, and plan to mostly stick with the restrictions because of how good I feel. And of the best parts? I did it without surgery, pills, shakes, water powders, or anything other than eating real food. Just real food, that's all you need.
I didn't take before and after photos, but I can tell my face is slimmer, and that's always a plus! I still have a long way to go. One day last week, I was outside talking to a friend of mine and our neighbor and the neighbor mentioned her weight and how she was just dying to lose 8 more lbs. After she said that, a pizza delivery person brought her family pizza and I did drool just a little bit. Anyway, she told us her weight and I realized that I weigh nearly 100 lbs more than her. 100 lbs. Even when I lost 100 lbs several years ago, I didn't weigh what she weighs now (and wants to lose 8 freaking lbs, bless her heart) (and did I mention she had a BABY? TWO months ago?). I will probably never weigh what she weighs but it was a big wake up call to realize how far I have to go. I wish I had never let myself gain so much weight back, but I did and all I can do is work on it now.
The sugar detox was a fabulous starting point! John is kinda over it, but I told him I plan to have a cheat meal every week (NOT A CHEAT DAY like we used to), and I do plan to eat a little cheese sometimes, and drink a Diet Coke sometimes, too, but for the most part, I plan to stick to the plan! No sugar (other than coconut), no dairy (or rare dairy), very little artificial sweeteners, and lots of veggies (hello smoothies), protein, nuts and berries!
Check out Haus of Girls - Fit Family on FB if you're looking to join one of Marta's groups - I highly recommend it!