Let me just start off by saying, I am not being paid to give this testimonial in any way shape or form. With that being said I think I will start at the beginning and bring you up to speed.
The majority of my life I have struggled with my weight, from probably second or third grade on. In high school I wanted to turn over a new leaf so I became a vegetarian and started running 4-5 miles a day. Even with that much cardio the smallest I ever got down to was a size 6. After high school I got a desk job so running, and then eventually being a vegetarian took a back seat. Gradually the weight came back on.
Through the years I've tried tons of different ways to lose weight-- Nutrisystem, shakes, counting calories, being a vegetarian (again), Adkins, B-12 shots. I even went to a weight loss clinic all to no avail. I remember consuming 1200 calories a day and running for 45 a day and after two months I was down 2 pounds.
Let me just say I'm not the most exercise obsessed person either. If were being honest I seriously hate working out, running is the most tolerable exercise I can manage because you can burn a lot of calories in the shortest amount of time and even then I still have to coax myself into it. As a photographer, on wedding days I walk upwards of 6-8 miles, so when I come home going for a run is the last thing I want to do.
I think I just reached a point where I gave up and focused on my career and decided this was my situation and it wasn't going to change. I think you just get tired of dealing with sorting through the nonsense.
About a month and half ago I stumbled across an ad on Pinterest and everything changed. I seriously have no idea why I clicked on the ad it was probably her slogan of 'Peace and Happiness through Clean Eating', but I did click and the more I watched Isabel's video the more my issues made sense. The video itself is a little cheesy, but the facts she provides are very true and made a lot of sense to me.
I think the thing that was most appealing to me was that I didn't have to spend a ton of money buying specialty snack packs or ordering a pre-made food system. Honestly with her approach all I could think was, what have I got to lose?
The meal plan itself costs around $40 and I ordered the three recipe books for an additional $70. I even managed to get my husband on board. Once we got started following the meal plans we were seriously in heaven. There's no counting calories on this diet, and apart from processed food being cut out we still eat gourmet meals every night. I don't think there's been one time I've been hungry on this meal plan, or felt deprived of something. Once a week you are allowed a cheat day, which helps to get those cravings out if you do have them, it really is the diet that allows you to have your cake and eat it too.
Today we will have been on the diet for exactly one month and I am down 16lbs.
Two of those weeks I managed to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, the last two weeks between travel and work I haven't exercised once and I still average 1-2 lbs a week gone. I can't remember the last diet I tried where I lost weight doing no exercise. My husband is losing weight much slower than I am on this plan, but he feels so much better that he doesn't mind as much.
My skin which I used to have to take extra care with various products is clear now and doesn't really require them any more. I feel better and have more energy and for the first time in a long time I'm feeling positive I'm on the right track. And for me that's a big deal.