Holy shit! I honestly never thought I’d make it to the 14 day mark, but here I am and I’m damn proud. It hasn’t been easy, but it hasn’t been ridiculously hard either. Think of it as more of an aggravated annoyance than anything else.
Anyway…you’re here to see what I’ve learned not read me ramble on and on so here ya go.
- ALWAYS read the labels. Sugar is literally in more food items than not, including those that claim to be all natural & healthy. It’s sickening to see just how much sugar is in our every day food. Sickening & sad.
- Most sauces are terrible for you. Ranch dressing, mayo, mustard, A1…you name it, it probably has more added sugar than you’d ever think.
- It isn’t hard to eat out if you don’t give in and order what you would normally get. Most restaurants have no problems leaving something out or putting something on the side. It doesn’t hurt to ask.
- Herbs & spices are everything. Good flavor is key to sticking to diets, right? Let’s be honest, not many people are gonna stick to shit if what they are forcing themselves to eat tastes terrible or bland which is why herbs and spices are key to making everything taste delicious. I personally LOVE adding Intensity Academy’s Garlic Goodness to veggies & meat. So good!
- Results can happen quickly. Now I didn’t stop eating sugar and flour to just lose weight. My driving motivation is to hopefully reduce my issues with PCOS (read more about my PCOS struggles HERE)…and while I have noticed my bras are not fitting the same & my jeans are a little baggy, I know that it won’t continue to be so obvious and so quick.
- I don’t really miss bread and pasta like I thought I would. Let’s get something straight right now….I STILL LOVE A GOOD PASTA DISH (don’t wanna have my Italian card revoked), but it’s not something I crave and think about daily.
- Everyone will have an opinion about your diet, and that’s completely OK. Mary from high school might want to tell you about how you should eat this and not that, and while some people would get pissy, I choose to take it all with a grain if salt and also use it as a motivator. People are noticing that you’re committing yourself to a healthy lifestyle, you don’t have to take anyone’s advice.
- My feet are no longer “swollen”. I honestly thought that my feet have been swollen for quite some time, and perhaps the food I was eating was causing them to look that way, but I can honestly say that I officially noticed a difference on day 11. Maybe it’s an odd thing to notice, but I’ve never claimed to be normal person.
- Late night cravings aren’t a thing anymore. I no longer crave junk food at night a couple of hours after eating dinner.
- I am sleeping better.
- I do have a little more energy than I used to. I’m not gonna say I am experiencing off the charts energy, because I’m not, but I am experiencing less of a sluggish feeling. I have no complaints.
- I miss pizza. Starting at a young age pizza has ALWAYS been my favorite food. I think the only other time I’ve gone this long without a hot, cheesy slice was last year when I gave up cheese for Lent…..I will never give up cheese for Lent ever again. Nope, not gonna happen.
- I noticed a huge difference in my face today! I joke and say I used to have 20,000 chins as a way to cope with the fact that I definitely felt like my double chin had a double chin, but today I’m proud to say I think my double chins double chin is no longer….yay!
- People ask a lot of questions. My friends want to know what I’m doing and why and I am definitely not afraid to share.
- My confidence has skyrocketed. I think this has less to do with my appearance and more to do with how my body feels.
- Food really does affect how my body feels. 2 weeks ago walking down the block would cause my back to spasm and hurt terribly and I can honestly say that for at least 5 days I haven’t noticed that pain at all so yay!
- I can do it! I really doubted myself in the past, but this time around I decided to stay committed and focused which has honestly been the #1 reason why these past 14 days have been successful.
Tomorrow starts my two days off this plan and while I’m looking forward to some pizza and a couple glasses of wine I can guarantee that I will not be binging all day….I think that’s key too, plus I’m already so cautious with all I’ve already learned about what’s in our food
My advice for anyone looking to make a lifestyle change for any reason is this…do it on your own time on your own terms, within reason. Lay out your goals, but don’t overanalyze it because I feel like that’s where people much like myself fail. The moment I start researching too deeply or overthinking the process I lose focus and determination. I 100% believe that my 14 day success has been primarily because I did not overthink it at all. I took advice with a grain of salt, but stuck to what I’m doing because so far it’s working for me.