|Elizabeth and I celebrating the comeback of my hair.|
I was on a roll, losing about a pound a week. I exercised daily 30 minutes and ate my oat bran as per the diet. When I got sick and cheated a bit, I recommitted myself to the diet on the following week and had no consequences from cheating.
The week after, my nails became brittle and broke. That same week, my hair started falling. That was my last straw. I can handle nails breaking, not hair falling. Taking vitamins while on this diet hurts your stomach, so that was not an option.
That was three weeks ago. I have to confess, I started to panic that the 20 lbs I had lost would come back.
What I did
I started a new exercise routine-30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels. This routine is hard and gets progressively harder. After the diet, it seemed I gained just under 3 lbs. 3 weeks after Dukan, I am at the same point , weight wise when I stopped. I am taking vitamins and something called Shakeology. Portion control and drinking water before a meal as well as eating about every 3 hours is helping me.
I hate shakes. I like my eggs in the morning!! But I add so much fruit and yogurt to the shake, they are filling and yummy. Yet I don`t feel I need to gorge myself. They are super good! My hair is back and super thick and my nails are growing strong.
20 lbs. is not a lot when you have 40 to go, but it is a respectable start. Still, I don`t see it ....
What I learned
I really did learn a lot. I learned about food combining, cooking with low fat and baking without sugar. I also learned to satisfy my hunger with natural sweets rather than a Snickers Bar. That was hard, but doable. I also learned that the more I said, I can`t have that or I can`t eat that, the more I wanted it. Instead I say, I can have a small piece. By the time I get to have it. I no longer want it. Once something is back on the menu, it becomes invisible.
It took me since April 1st when I started exercising, May I took that picture and July the now pic. I am averaging 6lbs. off a month and I am happy. I am not starved. I have energy and my hair.:)