I was so disappointed in myself when I looked through the pics from my trip to Tennessee. Pictures don’t lie. I could not believe that I let myself that big again. I went to the doctor and she was concerned with my recent weight gain.  She did tests to see if I have a thyroid problem or a vitamin absorption problem. Nope, neither. I’m all good. There is nothing physically causing me to gain weight. Her recommendation was behavior modification. She was 100% right. I’ve been stressed about money and stressed about failing real estate investments. While all along, eating myself into oblivion. And guess, what? Once I comeback to reality, all my financial woes are still right there, plus the extra pounds. It’s that same vicious cycle. Nothing new. Anyway, I decided I’d had enough.  I realized, there was no way I was going to reach my initial 30th birthday weight loss goal in a month. So, I set a new one. As my Mother always taught me, “If at first, you don’t succeed, try-try again.” So I am. I had to stop whining about it being “too hard,” and just do it. I knew I needed fast results to stay motivated. I started the Master Cleanse/Lemonade Diet. Well, sort of. By dinner time, the first day, I knew that I couldn’t do it 100%. I drank the lemonade concoction all day, and I ate veggies for dinner, and that helped satisfied me. Although I ate a little lean meat and veggies with very little, if any carbs, the first 3 days were brutal. So, just to make it clear, I’m not fully doing the Master Cleanse liquid-only diet. I’ve essentially substituted the drink for small meals throughout the day, and I eat one very lean meal. It’s almost like the Slim-fast plan.  After the 3rd day, my stomach shrank some, and I didn’t feel like I was hungry enough to take bite out of Nyah.  The rest of the week has been great, I’ve lost a SIGNIFICANT amount of weight. I know weight loss is about a lifestyle change, but I really needed something to get me moving in the right direction again.   I’m not physically craving the sugary carb loaded foods, and that feels good. Mentally, the cravings are still there sometimes. I have to turn off the TV fast food commercials and purposefully stay away from the kitchen at work that is notorious for cookies, cakes and chips. Since the Master Cleanse is a 10 day “diet,” I plan to gradually implement more healthy foods back into my meal plan in the coming weeks. At first, I wasn’t going to blog about it because I don’t want people out there saying “Carli did the Master Cleanse.” I like to promote programs like Weight Watchers or Hypnosis that can be maintained for a lifetime. But, sometimes you have to mix it up, and since it’s working for me, I thought I’d share with you.

  1. Thanks for sharing with us. It’s nice to know you tell the truth, the good and the bad!
    I’m not familiar with the liquid cleanse thing you are talking about. But will you return back to WW after this 10 daything?

  2. Molly, I try to stay honest in my post, that’s another reason why I decided to tell everyone about it. I will go back to Weight Watchers, because I think its best for long term weight loss.

  3. I’m really glad that you didn’t fully do the Master Cleanse! Your body needs nourishment!

    I understand your feelings completely. I am still unemployed and it’s hard not to want to eat for comfort or boredom. We can’t be motivated 24/7 even if we want to be. We’re human.

    Glad you got a kick in the right direction!

  4. Carli, I watched a movie the other night called Sick, Fat and Nearly Dead, where the guy lost weight and changed his life by doing a juice fast, mostly green veggies. Please look into juicing rather than the Master Cleanse. That way you’ll still get tons of nutrients and vitamins. The MC doesn’t offer any of that. You’ll see results but at what cost? If you need more information on the movie or other juicing information, email me.
    Good luck.

  5. Hey girl, it is hard as heck to stay on a diet…I did a “version” of the 17 day diet. i cheated here and there but still lost…it was a pain at first but now im used to it…sort of…you gotta give in every once and awhile… i just plan on what is most important for me to “cheat on” then i followish the diet and keep a loose eye on calories. i have chosen not to obsess over the years, its never worth it. anyhow, thank you for your pod casts, i’m on week 3 and love it…convinced a coworker to start, hopefully we will run a 5k together in the fall. you rock girl…keep it up and dont sweat it…you are a beautiful woman and you have gotten this far…good health is a constant battle in this day in age…your an inspiration

  6. You are a beautiful person inside and out. Sometimes we slip backwards, but don’t beat yourself up about it. I’m proud of you for taking the neccesary steps to get yourself back on track.

    I can relate to what you are going through. I will do really good at working out and eating right and feeling good about myself. Then all of a sudden I find I have fallen off the wagon and eating everything that is bad for me. I know one day I will figure out why I fight this horrible cycle. Just know you are not alone.

  7. Thanks Melissa, you are so right, we have to focus on eating for nourishment, and not emotions like boredom.

  8. Black Betty, I checked out the website. http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/ That is so awesome that the guy was able to lose so much weight. He looks great! His accent surprised me! lol. But, I totally agree. Juicing is a much healthier alternative. After reading your comment, I tried a spinach smoothie for the 1st time. It wasn’t bad at all. Thanks for the the sugguestion. As I go back to a more normal eating plan, I will definitely incorporate more fresh fruit blended drinks, instead of the lemonade. (PS if anyone is interested, the movie is available on Netflix)

  9. Thanks Jamie! I couldn’t imagine a 17 day plan. I had to eat the 1st day. I’d like to know how it worked out for you. I’m proud to say I’m still eating small portions and still losing. Planning is the most important part. Congrats on making through Week 3. Good Luck on your 5K, work out buddies make the journey so much easier.

  10. Angela, I think some times it takes us hitting that “rock bottom” place to make us realize where we are, and where it is that we really want to be. It was the kick in the butt that I needed. We can do this!

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