I’m just plugging away on the Isagenix. Yesterday and today I have been cleansing. The Isagenix cleanse is a liquid drink that you drink four times a day along with an Isa snack and an Accelerator pill. They have now come out with a powdered form of the liquid that makes it easy to take with you. All you do is add water (unlike Kool Aid where you also get to add SUGAR). In a way it is hard for me and in a way it is easy. The hard part is not chewing and the easy part is no preparation needed. I feel good today, almost like my body has enjoyed a break from digesting food….Hmmmm. You definitely wouldn’t want to cleanse on a day that would require heavy physical exertion as you just don’t have the caloric backup…but then again maybe it would suck off some of those pounds!!!!!! I am looking forward to the shakes and lunch tomorrow:)
My goodness, it seems like so much of my life revolves around FOOD. When we get together with friends, when we get together with family, when we are out shopping, when we are playing games, when we are watching TV (duh), etc. etc. everyone wants to know where we are going to eat, or what we are going to have and of course, what time are we going to eat!!! I know it is fun to get together and share calories but is there anything else you can do? Why does it always have to revolve around food? This is written more out of frustration than anything….UGH. Now don’t get me wrong, I love to eat and share a meal or snack with others BUT when you are trying to loose weight, I guess it just becomes a glaring reality of how much our lives are focused on food. AND now for the worst part…I am not offering solutions (wish I was) just a sympathetic ear with a dose of understanding on the difficulties in our dieting day. 🙂
The Isagenix program continues to work well for me! Yesterday was a bit of a stretch…we celebrated Thanksgiving! We have family in town who will not be here on the actual date….so needless to say yesterday was completely off! Well, I started the day with a shake but of course the afternoon dinner was all about the food!! Oh, it was good. Thanksgiving food is always the best! I am thankful I live in a country where (at the moment) we have a holiday to remind us to be thankful. We shouldn’t have to have a holiday to remind us but should try to remember each and every day to be thankful for the incredible abundances we have! Any way as far as the diet, it will be back to the program today!
This is just a little recap of the South Beach Supercharged that I did a few weeks ago. This is my personal opinion, so take it as such, as I have two friends who used this diet with great results. What I liked about the diet was some of the recipes (this was a love/hate relationship) stretched me out of my usual fare and had me trying new things. I like the diet has snacks planned in and I like the exercise program he has created for this diet…not to hard but gets you out there movin’ the mass! Now what I didn’t like. The diet had some unusual recipes that my family wouldn’t touch if it was drenched in chocolate! I also found that buying for five people could be somewhat expensive on some of the items. Yes, I know he says you are buying quality food and not junk but it still adds up. I would say I spent around an extra ten dollars per person per week…doesn’t sound like alot but over the months it would add up. Also, I told you I personally don’t use artificial sugar substitutes and this diet relies heavily on them from diet drinks to meal prep to almost all desserts. Uh, I think you already know I was tired of eggs after the first week and I missed bread. Overall, I think the South Beach is a good diet and really encourages you to stay off the carb/sugar wagon that can wreck havoc with your blood sugar and the exercise program should be doable for most.
It’s Halloween!!! There is candy everywhere!!!! UGH. I have only succumbed once while I was shopping…a small tootsie roll! For me, the Isagenix does not have me always eating something and that seems to help me with not continuing to eat and eat and eat…it seems once my mouth gets started, it doesn’t want to stop. Just sayin…But having all the yummy, small Halloween candy at every corner is a real temptation….I wonder if we passed out veggies sticks if we could still have Halloween….yeh right!
I am enjoying the ease of the Isagenix program! I am still able to make my family a regular meal and then I have my shake or cleanse when they sit down for the meal. I know this program is not for everyone but it is simple and easy to follow. I have had several people ask ask about what happens when you finish. Obviously, I haven’t finished the 9 day plan this time but I can tell you about last time. Isagenix encourages fruits and veggies as optional snack choices and they can be added to the shakes (you do need to remember the fruit does add calories). I found when I had finished the program my desire for sugar and starches was almost gone…and if you know me that is huge!!!! My body actually craved fruits, veggies and peanut butter (hmmm). I had lost 9 lbs and kept it off for over a year. My big mistake was slowly letting so much junk food creep back in…and this hormone thing! Just looking at a picture of Paula Deen yummies puts a couple of pounds on me! So I am hoping my love of all things sugar will be diminished this time as well…as I would like to loose my 10 lbs of sugar…
Well, here’s the scoop on Isagenix….and you will have an actual scoop in your Isagenix shake powder! You can check out Isagenix at www.Isagenix.com but I will give you a little run down. I did well on this program a few years ago and I think it is because I can cook regular meals for my family and I am able to use the shakes as a meal replacement for myself. How much that goes into my mouth is already determined with the shakes!!! Lunches are easy for me because I am happy with a salad or half a sandwich….hence, a sensible meal. There are many other shakes on the market for diet and meal replacement but I have only used Isagenix so that is what I am familiar with. The 9 day plan is simple: shake for breakfast, sensible lunch and shake for dinner. They have little wafers that you take with each meal and as a snack in between meals…uh, they call them snacks but they are really just little wafers that I would NOT call a snack. They are something for your mouth, though. Four days of the nine day program are for cleansing. Cleansing on Isagenix is drinking a liquid drink they have made just for cleansing. On your cleanse days that is what you drink at each meal along with one of those wafer things….the purpose of the cleanse is not to starve yourself but to help your body cleanse itself. As hard as it is, the two days at the beginning and two days at the end….I do feel better after cleansing. Maybe it is the break my body gets from digesting all the food I eat. They have two programs: a 9 day and a 30 day program. I have only done the 9 day and am not familiar with the 30. This is only the second day and I feel better already…it is amazing how much better I feel when I am not overeating! On a side not I am still working on my wrap up of the South Beach Supercharged…
A new day, a new diet! I will give my wrap up of my thoughts on the South Beach Supercharged in the next few days BUT today is the start of a new diet! This one was picked in a less than scientific way…I have used this product before and know it works for me…someone who is now in hormone raging, mood swinging, unseasonably warm, everythings’ a changin’, bulges in new body locations….and it has a name that would be more appropriate for MEN! Yes, it is that time, perimenopause! Now, I know I said I wouldn’t be doing any fad diets and this may appear as one when you first hear about it. It is called Isagenix. I used it four years ago with great results. Great results for me are weight loss 🙂 and the urge to eat all junk food in sight was gone! I felt incredibly good at that point, too. At this point, my hormones are raging far more than four years ago and I just like to see if Isagenix helps. I’ll give you the run down of this tomorrow…
Day 13 of my captivity…oops, of course I mean day 13 of the lovely, tasty South Beach. Well, let’s cut to the chase. I am ready to move on to another diet. I guess I am just way to plain Jane for all the fancy foods on this diet, it must be my midwest roots. I will stick this out until Sunday but am anxiously awaiting our next diet adventure….you can be sure I will be checking to see if bread and fruit are on the menu from day 1!!! Also, since I am not a big fan of artificial sugar and half of the South Beach is artificial sugar…I will be looking much closer at the menus! I am working on a chart to break down each of the diets I use. Just for everyone (or the one person who reads my blog) I do have a friend who has used to the South Beach Diet with great success but she doesn’t like bread to begin with (which is great when we are out to dinner, as I am more than happy to eat her share:)
This Phase 2 is much better for me!!!! There is alot more variety and having a little bread make me a happy camper! I was at the grocery store and of course I was confronted by the maple frosted donuts….I realize they will always be a favorite of mine. Fortunately I had enough smarts about me to stay as far away from them as I possibly could…you know how the dastardly little donuts can jump right out of the case into your hands…well I didn’t let them have a chance!! Well, if the truth be told, there was a little girl picking out her donut and I would have had to shove her out of the way to get mine….I should have bought her donut because she kept me from eating my way through the donut case! I should pay her to go to the store with me and stand in front of the case…