…but I’m impatient! Ha!
We’ve all heard that if you lose the weight really fast, you’ll regain it really fast. I’ve heard and I’ve experienced it. But that doesn’t mean I’m magically a patient person. 😉
Yesterday marked the completion of the first 5 days of the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge (1/2 way through the 10-day cleanse phase) and as of this morning, I’m down an even 4 lbs.
Now, that’s really good, right? I mean, 4 lbs in 5 days is certainly above average weight loss. However, it took intentional thinking on my part to come to the realization that it wasn’t disappointing to lose only 4 lbs in the first 5 days! How could an average loss of .8 lbs per day be disappointing? I mean, after all, if I could average that throughout the course of any diet, I’d lose the weight in no time!
Well, I realized the reason that I was initially reacting with disappointment was because of how fast I lost it on SlimGenics, especially in that first week (the very first week, the first week after a few days off, etc.) However, when I actually sat and gave conscious thought to it, I realized why that was and that immediately made me realize why this way is so much better for me!
The SG plan is extremely low sodium. I mean, unrealistic-for-normal-eating low sodium. So, in the first few days of ingesting basically the very minimum amount of salt my body needs to function, I shed ALL my water weight. Not just all my excess water weight, but like all of it. This, of course, also explains why I would immediately gain like 6 lbs if I went off-plan for a couple days. My body was so used to NO salt, that the minute I ate normal food, it would again retain that water weight.
Now, I certainly didn’t lose 100 lbs of water weight on the SG diet, so it’s not like the diet was horrible. I’m eternally grateful not only that I found the SG diet, but that God blessed us with the resources to actually do it. However, there was a good 5 extra lbs of loss that weren’t actually real, because the minute I ate something (even something healthy with salt in it, like MOST things), I would put that 5 extra water weight lbs back on. Not only was this EXTREMELY deflating to my confidence, but it means it wasn’t all real weight loss!
So, this 4 lbs is a REAL 4 lbs! And, if I can manage to find some patience and stick with a nice, steady pace, I might actually stand a chance of maintaining my weight loss and living a healthier lifestyle. Plus, I actually feel better than I’ve felt in a long time – I have energy! 😀