30 Days to Healthy Living and Beyond
Almost 30 days ago, I started the Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living and Beyond program--mostly thinking I'd support a friend in her business venture, but also thinking what did I have to lose? The answer is four pounds and a lot of fatigue!
I eat pretty well, in general--or so I thought. But, as I suppose with anything, a lot of "exceptions" were sneaking in to be habits, like "we may as well finish off the bagels," and "a refried bean burrito isn't a bad breakfast, right?" I'd find myself pretty tired in the afternoon and needing a cup of coffee to perk me up, and when it came time to do karate, I never really felt up to it. This was normal though, and I was used to it. I didn't really expect things to be different.
So we (my husband and I) started in on the program. The biggest change was having no dairy or gluten. This wasn't as hard as we thought it would be. Even giving up milk and half-and-half in the coffee wasn't that bad. I managed to find a decent gluten free bread, fake cheese that actually melts, and brown rice tortillas. We started each day with a meal-replacement shake using almond milk. It turned out to be way easier to drink breakfast than to start the day off with cooking something, and kept us from going for the easy carbs.
Dinners were great. The big thing I discovered, or rediscovered, was that a little food prep went a long way. Cutting up peppers and onions and mincing some garlic went a long way to making several different meals. It helped that the first three weeks of the program came with meal plans and recipes, even though I adapted them slightly. At least a few times every single bit of the meal disappeared, and my kids commented on them favorably a good number of times.
Both of us consistently lost weight pretty much effortlessly. And what amazed me even more was discovering that I could make it through a karate class in the evening actually having fun instead of counting down the minutes till I could get in my pajamas. And at the end of my katas, I wasn't out of breath the way I usually was. There really wasn't anything I could attribute that to other than the diet--and I didn't think a few pounds could really make that much of a difference.
To sum things up, I'm so happy we decided to do this, and I'm definitely staying on board. I may splurge on a real pizza soon, but other than that, I'm sticking with the plan. This has been such a wonderful experiment, and I'm looking forward to having continued energy and success.