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.