Sunday, February 28, 2016

Bumps in my Journey

My weight loss journey has been long because it never really ends. It keeps leading me through ups and downs, losses and gains. For the last 3 1/2 years I have lived this journey but as long as I stay on this path I am going to be okay. Even though I am having a hard time right now, I have never been perfect at this.

It has been a while since my last post, which was my 90-day It Works! review. I have continued on my Greens and have remained mostly healthy.  I had a brief but easy bout of the flu. While my daughter was horribly sick with the cold and flu for 4 1/2 days, I had one day of minor flu symptoms and took an extra day off to recover as it seemed too short to be true! Everyone that has had the cold and flu around me has had a hard time shaking it. Why did I get off so easy? I credit taking my Greens twice a day!



I have also continued the Fat Fighters (Formula FF) which I either take after my largest meal of the day (usually dinner), or my unhealthiest meal. They do indeed take the edge off my evening cravings.



I did not continue the Thermofit as I ran out and did not re-order. I was in a period of time that was seemingly easy so I decided that I didn't need them. Now I am thinking I need them again as one of the benefits of Thermofit is reduced appetite.


SO. . .now seems to be the perfect time to put my It Works products to another test. Or more specifically the Thermofit. Starting March 3rd I'm going to start another 90-day challenge. It's time to re-loose some pounds! Taking two Thermofit during the day will help with my daytime snacking problems, and I will still take my Fat Fighters to help reduce my evening cravings.

If you wish to join me (there will be prizes!), please contact me here or email andreasgreatgreens@outlook.com for more information on the challenge.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

My Absolutely Honest 90 Day Review and My Amazing Wrap Results

I have completed my 90 day challenge and its time to give you my honest review of my journey. I'm not sure what I can say that I haven't already said in previous posts. Am I happy with my results? Yes! Am I happy with the products? Yes! Is this skeptic still a skeptic? No!

The Greens - I love the Greens! I feel great and I have been healthy. And while I do have a minor cold at the moment (possibly the "easiest" cold I have ever had), I plan to keep taking them.

The Vitamins (It's Vital Core Nutrition) - 
I am in love with these - I have had no cramps since I started taking them!!!

The Fat Fighters (Formula FF) and Thermofit - 
These helped me keep off the pounds over Christmas and lose 3 1/2 pounds since January 1st!


If you think that any It Works product is going to miraculously make you skinny, then you are mistaken. They need to be used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle. What does that mean? It means you can't eat deep fried foods for three meals a day, and expect to lose weight. However, they can help when you do make the bad choice. It wasn't until I committed to making better food choices (most of the time) that I really saw results.

Month three of this 90 day challenge involved trying those "Crazy Wrap Things".  Right up until I saw my fourth Ultimate Body Applicator (aka wrap) results I was ready to give a review that said that the wraps were just meh, but then. . .


But then I finally saw the results!!! It's hard to see our own progress sometimes, that's why before and after shots are important.

What can I tell you about the wraps? Let me compare them to a more familiar product. Think about teeth-whitening strips. . .if you use only one, you might not see results. You have to use the whole box in order to really see whiter teeth. It's the same idea for these wraps. Using one is a sample. Using a whole box (four) is the full treatment. So while I could barely see my results myself after my first wrap, I can really see them after the fourth!

Once again, the Ultimate Body Applicator is a is a non-woven cloth that is infused with a botanically-based cream formulated to deliver maximum tightening, toning, and firming results. It does not make you lose weight or fat! It continuously hydrates for firmer, smoother, more youthful-looking skin, and reduces the appearance of cellulite and skin slackening. This tightening is what makes your problem area look more toned.

Here's one more embarrassing picture for you to show you how it's not squishing you, or making you sweat out the fat, or any of the misconceptions that are common. It covers only the area you are targeting - your stomach, sides, back, arms, legs. . .pretty much anywhere except your face.



As you can see, it only goes about half way around me. No squishing! You just wear something tight over top to secure it. 

In the end, I would still not blindly recommend the wraps to everyone. If you have weight to lose, do that first. Then use the wraps to tighten and tone the skin in the area(s) that you need. If you are already fairly satisfied with yourself but are looking to tighten up an area, then yes, go ahead and use the wraps!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

How I Lost 50 Pounds


So as you likely know, once upon a time, I lost 50 pounds. . .and actually the secret truth is that I lost 60. I am not proud that I had that much weight to lose, but I'm proud that I lost it. Yes, I gained 10 back but that seems to be the easiest spot to maintain and I am happy with it.

I don't have many before/after pics, this is the best I can do!

I am not here to preach about how to lose weight, or what the best method is to do it.  The best way is the way that works for you.

However, I will tell you this.  You have to be ready to do it.  There's telling yourself you're ready when you are not.  And then there is actually BEING ready.  

If you are not really ready you will know fairly soon. You will figure "I'll just have a little" of something and instead it turns into having a whole lot of that something.  I'm not saying that isn't going to happen even when you are actually ready.  It's just that when you're not ready, that whole lot will turn into a whole lot more and into a series of bad days until you realize that you weren't ready.  

When you really are ready you will realize what you have done and behave after that one bad day, or you won't let that day get that bad to begin with.


So where did I start?  I really started paying attention to what I was eating.  This does not mean that I ate "healthy" food, I still ate mostly my regular food.  Instead of having seconds, I would only eat firsts!  I would take one serving only.  For example, if the box says one serving equals 3/4 cup, I only took 3/4 cup.  One piece of meat, or two if it was smaller.  One cup of cereal with 1/2 cup of milk and so on.  

My thoughts. . .everything in moderation! You want chocolate, have chocolate. . .just eat 1/2 of the chocolate bar (put the rest in a Ziploc bag for the next time or give it away so it can't tempt you - everyone at work wants the other half of my chocolate bar). You want chips, eat chips. . .just take one small bowl. The best thing I own is a digital kitchen scale, then I can measure just one serving.  Moderation is key, if you deprive yourself you will eventually snap and binge. This way you can factor a little "cheat" into your day and not feel guilty!



I ate fast food!  I didn't usually eat a giant burger and fries (I admit it happened occasionally), I just got that one thing I really wanted.  Maybe a burger one time, fries another time.  I did LET myself have that bad day once in a while though (usually once a week).  Then I returned to my good days.

Now this worked for me, I'm not saying it will work for you.  You might not agree with my way. Maybe you want to do it differently, perhaps a "real" diet, or cutting carbs, or trying to be a vegetarian or maybe trying Paleo (this one interests me but is extremely difficult due to nut allergies in my household).  But if you are wondering how I did it then that was it. I have also fallen off the "food" wagon many times, but when a few pounds creep back on, I go back to being good.

This blog is a diary of my entire weight loss journey. It is a documentation of my highs and lows, my good days and bad. Please feel free to look around (although you may need a pillow).  

Saturday, December 26, 2015

It's Time to Try That "Crazy Wrap Thing" That People are Talking About

I had no intention of ever joining It Works, but the only product that I had ever heard of was "the wrap". I didn't know that they had all sorts of health and wellness products and I certainly had no interest in "the wrap".

Fast-forward to this summer when I learned about some of the other products offered by It Works. Yes, I was skeptical of their weight-loss products, but the health and wellness products had me interested enough to do some research and eventually take the leap. I needed try it myself, form my own opinions, and prove that it did or didn't work.

I am tremendously happy with every product I have tried, so the time has come. . .it's time to test out this wrap thing.

I admit it, I knew nothing about "the wrap".  I presumed you had to wrap it all the way around you, and that it would squish me and make me hot. I could not have been more wrong. 

"The wrap" is actually called the "Ultimate Body Applicator".  It is a non-woven cloth that is infused with a botanically-based cream formulated to deliver maximum tightening, toning, and firming results. It does not make you lose weight or fat! It continuously hydrates for firmer, smoother, more youthful-looking skin, and reduces the appearance of cellulite and skin slackening. This tightening is what makes your problem area look more toned. Problem area? You can use it on your stomach, sides, back, arms, legs. . .pretty much anywhere except your face.

SO I TRIED IT!

So first of all, for a person of my size, it covers my stomach and sides only, so not a squishy body wrap. Once you apply it to your skin, you need to secure it with form-fitting clothing, or saran-wrap (sounds too warm for me), or perhaps a tensor bandage. (It Works also has an item called Fab Wrap which you can wrap around you to secure the applicator as well.) I used a tight tank top over the applicator and then a tight workout top over that. I then noted my thoughts in my iPhone so that I could remember my first impressions.
  • I loved the smell, maybe menthol, not sure, but I liked it!
  • It felt good on my skin as soon as I put it on, and as I wore it longer, it felt cool on my skin.
  • The only "problem" is that you need to drink a lot of water and I was still full from dinner. I just made sure I drank 8 ounces every 10 minutes (I set a timer).
  • You might think I'm crazy, but I swear I felt my skin tightening later after the wrap was off for a while (maybe from the cream soaking in and drying).
SO THEN WHAT?

So then I monitor my results for 72 hours (i.e. before and after pictures) and drink tons of water. You need to drink half your body weight (in pounds) in fluid ounces of water daily. You have to stay well hydrated to maximize the results.

AND THEN?

Do it again (after at least 72 hours)! One applicator is just a sample. . .four is a full treatment (kind of like those teeth-whitening strips, you can't expect results after just one strip, you do the whole package).

HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?

As per the product info, "While results from the Ultimate Body Applicator are lasting, you can counteract the results from the Ultimate Body Applicator by eating poorly and not regularly exercising (as is true with any weight loss or body contouring results)." I have read online two to six months depending on your eating, drinking and exercise habits.

SO HERE'S WHAT YOU ARE PROBABLY LOOKING FOR. . .THE RESULTS!!!

I still have three more wraps to do to consider it a whole treatment but these are my one wrap results. It's actually something that I have a tough time sharing because I am literally letting it all hang out. I do still have weight to be lost, and my food-baby certainly isn't getting any help over the holidays, but this is where I am at (keep in mind that my best efforts to eat well have been thwarted by holiday goodies), I think I see teenie-tiny results though.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

30 Days and Five Pounds Lost!

I started this post half way through the week so it got a little long. You are welcome to skip down to the results as that's what it's all about, right?!?!?

Half way through week four and I was seeing no progress. Yes, this is my fault, as I haven't been on my best food behaviour. I haven't been tremendously bad, but I haven't been creating any major calorie deficits. It's not like I picked the easiest time of year to lose a few pounds though, I know! I am also doing zero exercise, so I really have nothing to blame except me. 


BUT. . .

If the Thermofit is supposed to promote the burning of calories, and the Formula FF is supposed to block some of the fat and carbohydrates from meals, then I was hoping to see some sort of result. At least I'm not gaining though, but. . .

SOLUTION?

#1) I am currently taking Thermofit twice a day. One tablet with breakfast and lunch. That is what the "American" instructions advise. (Take one tablet two to three times per day with meals.) So, I am going to switch to the "Canadian" instructions that advise to take two tablets, once per day with a meal.

#2) I am currently taking the Formula FF once a day. Two tablets after the largest meal (usually dinner). These are the "Canadian" instructions. So I'm going to switch to the "American" instructions and take one to two tablets after your two largest meals of the day.



RESULTS!!!

On Tuesday Olive Garden brought in lunch for us at work, and I also had a dinner banquet that night. Wednesday our bosses brought us Christmas dainties...Nanimo bars, butter tarts, peanut butter-marshmallow thingys (those are my favorites), and more! Friday we had Christmas lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Disaster??? No! I lost a pound!!! 



So my 30 day results are that I lost 5 pounds! Not too shabby for someone who has less to lose then I once did. 

So just think. . .if you start January 1st and you lose, on average, five pounds a month, that's 60 pounds you can lose by next Christmas! It seems far away, I know, but just think how happy you would be right now if you had started last January and succeeded? 

Please visit www.greatgreens.myitworks.com or contact me today for more information on the products. Whether you live in the US, Canada, England, Australia, or many other countries*, I can help you start.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Week Three! Loving This Journey, Even When the Progress is Slow

Men, you may want to skip to below the minions posted below. . .

What's it like to have a period without cramps? Amazing, awesome, incredible, surprising, wonderful, marvellous, unbelievable!!! It has never happened before! 

An internet search of vitamins to relieve period pain brought me to these results: B vitamins, calcium citrate, antioxidants (including vitamins A, D, and E), and magnesium. Guess what vitamins are in It's Vital Core Nutrition? Yep, those ones, and a whole lot more! Turmeric is also a natural herb that is thought to relieve menstrual pain and an antioxidant, and it's in there too!


I also had absolutely no pre-menstrual cravings. That was possibly the Formula FF doing their job. However, during the first few days I wanted to eat EVERYTHING! I have now returned to no cravings, and in fact, haven't been feeling all that hungry.

Next month, I'm going to try taking Confianza during that time. Maybe I can eliminate the bitchy too! ;)




Confianza helps you deal with physical, emotional and environmental stress in a natural way; their herbal dietary supplement consists of natural ingredients that help you reduce stress and fatigue while increasing your energy levels.

I didn't meet this weeks goal. A loss is a loss though, and I must be satisfied. This is going to be a tough month, but that can't be an excuse. I just have to keep moving forward.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Week Two! Feeling Great and Losing Weight (Ha Ha, Cheesy Title!)

I feel skinny, oh so skinny. . .but I am not skinny! I feel good about myself though! I feel healthy, I feel energized, and I have no cravings. I am finding it so easy to eat proper foods and not load up on junk.



I had an "ah ha" moment this week when I realized that since my cravings are almost non-existent, that dining out is becoming a challenge!

It actually started last Thursday and Friday, but I just hadn't realized it yet. I really couldn't decide where to go for lunch. There was nothing that I really wanted and choosing was almost a chore! Then it happened again this week. One day I ended up asking a coworker if she wanted anything from anywhere so that she could make up my mind as to where I should go! (The other days I brought my lunches.)

One evening I also made myself eat popcorn! I didn't want popcorn, but I had bought some popcorn seasoning that I really wanted to try! This It Works skeptic is quickly turning into a believer!

A slogan that I am beginning to believe in!
So I'm sure you are only here for the results. . .the result is 1.8 pounds. (Can I just say two?) I still can't get motivated to exercise, but I'm thinking New Years resolution maybe.  I am also due for a visit from TOM this weekend so I'm pretty sure I'm probably retaining some water. So as a present to myself, despite the fact that I have NO cravings, I let myself eat all the bad stuff today! Yay!


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