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Drastic Measures

November 21, 2011 Food 2 Comments

I’m doing the Flat Belly Diet.

Have you guys heard of this? Don’t worry, the “Sassy Water” I’m drinking is more than lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. (I’ve tried that diet and while it is effective, it is not sustainable. Obviously.)

I don’t consider myself a crash dieter or one to follow every fad that comes along. I’m more of a believer in “everything in moderation” and keep myself in check based on how my clothes feel. Even now, my clothes feel fine and I know it isn’t the end of the world if I put on a few holiday/off-season/winter pounds. But we’ve got this beach vacation coming up, you see, and that is calling for drastic measures.

To my credit, I have stopped eating the kids’ Goldfish crackers and have embraced throwing their uneaten food away. However, left to my own devices, “everything in moderation” still meant that I was having at least one glass of wine most nights. When my in-laws were staying with us for 8 DAYS, it was many more than just one. I was also continuing to have at least one dark chocolate peanut butter cup every night. I never measure my portions and can pretty much justify everything I put in my mouth with the activity I did that day.

It’s no wonder the scale wasn’t moving and those daily swimsuit pictures weren’t looking any better! I know I’m not obese, and I looked at that as free reign to basically cheat at every turn. So, I decided it has to be all or nothing. For me to succeed at this and feel good about prancing around in a bathing suit, I need to have someone tell me what I can eat (in specific amounts) and what I cannot eat.

Flat Belly Diet to the rescue!

Factors that helped me decide this was the right plan for me:

  • Calorie intake is 1600 per day (1200/day on the 4-day Jumpstart). This is sustainable long-term. No one is starving. I understand you can even customize the calorie level using their website, based on your activity level and goals.
  • The approved foods are things I eat anyway. It’s lean protein, vegetables, whole grain carbs, and “good fats” like avocados, olive oil, nuts, and DARK CHOCOLATE!
  • The plan is easy. The 4-day Jumpstart is very rigid — which is what I need pre-vacation — and very fluid after that. I will just need to be diligent about portion control or I’m right back where I started.

My goal is not about getting to a number on the scale or fitting into a certain jean size. Rather, I want to feel confident in a bathing suit on our vacation and otherwise push the reset button on my eating habits. I want to get my portions in control and be more mindful about what I eat and how it affects the way I look and feel.

Here’s how I fared on the Four-Day Jumpstart Anti-Bloat Diet:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

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