How i lost 15 pounds in 2019
We are barely into March and I am just about ready to hit the 15 pounds lost mark for 2019! I am amazed at the results that I have had. I have lost and gained weight many times in the past but this has been the most consistent weight loss I have ever had.
(The photo on the left of the collage is me at my heaviest weight, around 215 pounds. I’m almost 30 pounds down from that weight.)
Slow weight loss means sustainable weight loss
Although I have been losing less than 2 pounds per week – which incidentally is the most that experts recommend you lose – I think anyone will agree that if they lost a pound a week they are not going to feel upset at 15 pounds lost! The faster you lose weigh, the more likely you are to regain it because extreme measures are what result in extreme results and extreme measures aren’t a lifestyle.
Diets do not work
Most experts agree that diets do not work. The ones that tell you diets work are usually trying to sell you on their diet. It has to be a lifestyle eating change that you can keep up in order to have lasting results. I did use a meal plan but it is one that encourages healthy lifestyle changes and is not a deprivation diet and that’s the GaugeGirl Training 6 week shreds. Christine from GaugeGirl training has over a dozen meal plans that follow the same principals – counting macros and cooking your own food in order to lose weight by eating healthfully.
I started losing weight immediately
Starting my first 6 week shred, I started to lose weight right away but it was super slow. In fact, if I was basing it only on pounds I would probably be upset but Christine was smart and has you take your measurements. I lost 5-1/2 inches off my waist over the 6 weeks. All of my clothes were too big after just a couple weeks!
What is macro approach to weight loss
Macros, short for macronutrients, are the things that make up all the foods we eat. We know them as protein, carbs, and fat. Instead of counting calories, the GaugeGirl Training plans focus on the balance of macros. Christine does not allow the macros to be shared or the recipes, because this is her business and it is worth paying for! I wish that I had tried it sooner, I had been following her on social media for over a year before I finally decided to pay for the plans.
How i lost 15 pounds in 2 months
Following the GaugeGirlTraining 6 week shred exactly, as Christine laid out, was not easy but it was not that hard either. I purchased the Vegetarian shred and the Italian shred and I was able to make substitutions pretty easily as long as I didn’t mind focusing on what I was doing and doing the math. This is what I did to be successful:
- No cheats during the shred, which is one of Christine’s rules. She also does not allow alcohol during the shred but I don’t drink so that was not an issue for me.
- Meal prep for the entire week each Sunday. It took 3-1/2 hours and messed up my old back injury but I prepped every breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the entire week so I had no temptation to cheat. I knew if dinner wasn’t prepped I would be too tempted to get take-out but I wouldn’t throw away food.
- Utilizing the facebook support group. When you purchase a shred or plan from Christine you get access to a private facebook group and asking questions plus asking for support and providing support to others was a big part of what kept me motivated.
- Taking measurements was key, like I said above if I was just going on the scale I would have felt disappointed but the amount of inches I lost blew my mind. My body was reshaping even though it wasn’t losing huge quantities of pounds.
- Being patient was also important. It takes time to gain weight so it will take time to lose it. Not expecting it to happen overnight and committing for the long haul were also important for me.
- FOLLOWING THE PLAN!!!!!!!!!! Sticking to the macros even when I was making substitutions was really important.
I see people in the support group saying they’re not going to follow part of the plan or they are going to drink alcohol or they’re not calculating macros when doing their own thing. WHY!?!? You’ve purchased a meal plan, if you don’t follow it what’s the point?
While reverse dieting I have continued to slowly and steadily lose weight and inches. I am beginning another shred this week (March 11th) because I am not yet at my ideal weight. GaugeGirl Training recommends doing no more than 2-3 shreds back to back but you can reverse diet and do another shred once finishing your first. I am currently about 10 pounds from my current goal weight but I’m still 9% higher in body fat than I want so I still have a ways to go but the 6 week shred has definitely jump started my progress!