You know it’s time to do something different when your favorite, expensive jeans from last year can’t fit you right any longer. Muffin tops belong in the bakery, and camel toes belong in the sand! I’m not just going to swap these jeans out, because we all know how hard it is to find a pair of faves. Because of this, I needed to do something different with my body. I’ve come to realize that as a lady ages, her metabolism just isn’t the same as it used to be, so there was only one thing left to try: a diet….eek! I tried out a fiber cleanse kit by USANA Health Sciences.
Can I fit back into my pants? Read more to find out….
I used to tell myself I would DIE before I dieted! The word actually scares me. Eating what I want, when I want, keeps life interesting. Although I fall off track at times, I’m generally on the healthy tip. I even exercise more than I ever have since high school.
I never considered my ways of eating as a diet, more like conscious, healthier choices. Fried foods and sweets end up on my plate occasionally, and never have I denied myself of eating anything for the sake of losing weight. But I needed to lose weight, and lose inches, or else I’d lose my favorite jeans.
Recently, I heard about a fiber cleanse diet kit from a leading nutritional company that promised to help shed 5 pounds in 5 days. It seemed promising so I shelled out some dough and ordered it online to give it a try. In a few days, the USANA Reset weight-management system arrived on my doorstep. The box contained 5 days worth of meal replacement shakes, nutrition bars, and vitamins, all to be consumed by following a strict diet plan:
– a shake for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
– a vitamin pack in the AM & PM
– a nutrition bar for snack twice a day
– 1 serving each of a fruit and vegetable
– 64-80 ounces of water
– 30 minutes of brisk walking for exercise
Wait….no bread or dairy? Oh well, it’s only 5 days after all….
I decided to start my 5-day journey on a Monday because it’s easier to stick to a routine during the work week. I work with food, healthy fruits and vegetables to be exact, but luckily, I wasn’t cooking the entire week at work. Since I wouldn’t really be eating anything all week, I went to an Asian buffet that Sunday and gorged on crab legs, stir fry, sushi, and of course, salad (I always start with salad at a buffet). This probably wasn’t the best idea, because the 5 pounds I would lose would probably be all from the buffet! I needed to indulge in something, but I ended up over-indulging.
I also went out and bought a fancy digital scale. Yes, there was no scale in my house prior to this experience. On Sunday night, I weighed in at 130.5 pounds. Oops, I renewed my driver’s license earlier that week and wrote that my weight at 125 pounds, so I definitely needed to lose those 5 pounds!
I woke up in the morning and started off with a Dutch Chocolate Nutrimeal shake. The shakes are conveniently in single-serving packets, and all I did was add 10 ounces of water to a Blender Bottle and shook it up. These bottles contain a round metal whisk and really work well to mix up the powder. I took my first sip and it was surprisingly tasty. Although it was rather strange for me to be drinking chocolate so early in the morning, the flavor was really light and not too sweet. Plus, the shakes contain a good dose of fiber, protein, and other nutrients so you can’t feel guilty about it tasting so good. I took the 6 AM vitamins, which are also pre-packaged, along with the shake and thought that this experience would be a piece of cake- I mean, a piece of carrot.
For snack I ate an Oatmeal Raisin Nutritional Bar. Yuk. This bar is so dense. After tasting this, I just thought of how I had 5 more days of eating it. I was not looking forward to snack time. I must have had 4 glasses of water to wash it down. On the bright side, since it’s packed with fiber, it filled me up quickly. I couldn’t even finish a whole bar in one sitting.
For lunch, while coworkers warmed up their leftovers, I shook up another shake. This time it was the Wild Strawberry flavor, which tasted soooo good. It totally made up for the bar’s cardboard flavor. I drank the shake and finished the bar while sitting in a room full of enticing smells. Why did my coworker have to bring Indian food for lunch? My mind was going crazy each time a waft of savory spices came my way. I wanted to eat, but I had to resist.
When I got home from work, it was Peanut Butter Crunch Bar time. So yummy! It felt like I was cheating the diet because it tasted so good. How could something so chewy and covered in chocolate be healthy? But it indeed contains high fiber and protein, so I devoured it while steaming a stem of broccoli and some baby carrots.
After making a delicious dinner for my daughter (which I couldn’t even taste test), I realized I wasn’t hungry. But to stick to the plan, I drank a French Vanilla shake and ate a cup of broccoli with a squeeze of lemon for dinner. I swear, it was so gratifying to eat this broccoli. The USANA Reset brochure says that the fruits and vegetables are a bonus, and eating the broccoli felt like it.
I took the PM pack of 6 more vitamins and for my exercise, I did a 30 minute work-out on EA Sports Active for Wii. I drank more water, had a tangerine, and sat in bed thinking how the next 4 days were going to be exactly the same…unless I switched it up.
To add some spice and variety in the mix, Day 2 started off with the French Vanilla shake. The morning and lunch routine were pretty much the same, but this time, the Oatmeal Raisin bar was more tolerable. I think I was just so anxious to eat something that even that bar satisfied me.
Day 2 is when I noticed something. I found myself daydreaming about food. Each time I checked my Twitter timeline, someone posted a picture of their latest meal. Everyone’s status on Facebook described in detail all of the tasty elements of their lunch. Food was everywhere, from the radio, to TV, to the billboards, and I couldn’t eat any of it. People are obsessed with food, including me.
So I went home and got creative with my food options. After cooking my daughter a hearty dinner of pasta with broccoli, I blended up a banana (my bonus serving of fruit) along with the Wild Strawberry shake. I sauteed a small amount of mushrooms in my lightly oiled skillet, added some leftover steamed broccoli and carrots, and sprinkled red chili flakes all over my plate. I wasn’t sure if this counted as a serving of vegetables, or if I was “allowed” to use chili flakes, but I didn’t care. I just wanted to eat! And the strawberry shake with banana made it even more delicious. Wild Strawberry was officially my favorite flavor.
In the morning, the scale read 128.7 pounds. Hmmmm, so far so good. At this rate, the 5 pounds would be gone by Friday night. Once again I switched up my shakes, and almost everything was the same this day, except I didn’t eat my afternoon snack. I just wasn’t hungry for it. All of that fiber was filling, so I thought to skip out on the bar instead of eating more than I wanted to.
Oh, one more thing….I did sneak in the tiniest piece of pizza ever! I know, I know. I was at my daughters school for an event, and it would have been rude if I didn’t eat. Sorry, but my mama brought me up that way. Ok, who am I kidding? That is all true, but what’s real is that I just wanted something different to eat! I felt guilty after eating the pizza, even though it was so small, but since I skipped out on the Peanut Butter Crunch Bar, I had some extra calories to fill in. Excuses, excuses….
I messed up. It was the usual morning routine, but for lunch, I ate another tiny piece of pizza. I convinced myself it was ok to substitute the plan, so I did it again, but this time I subbed the Oatmeal Raisin Bar and my lunch shake. Dinner still consisted of broccoli and carrots, and I made sure to work out with more effort to burn off the pizza.
Almost over. I was sooooo ready to just give up, but I reminded myself that I paid good money for the kit- and for my favorite pair of jeans. Plus, who wants to be a complete failure? I had to at least finish out the day.
I drank the morning shake. Took the vitamins. Ate a bar. Drank water. Ate an apple. Drank a lunch shake. Daydreamed about food.
For dinner, while making my daughter some teriyaki salmon, I decided that I’ve done good enough. Once again, I subbed a bar and a shake for a real dinner with my daughter. My plate had significantly smaller portions than usual, simply because I just wasn’t entirely hungry. I just wanted to eat something tasty. I still had a serving of vegetables; it just came with salmon.
I weighed myself that night. 127.3 pounds. So it’s not quite 5 pounds, but then again, I didn’t quite follow the plan. I was so happy it was over.
On Saturday morning, my final weight was 126.9. I didn’t lose the 5 pounds, but at least it was something. My jeans still don’t fit. I confirmed that my spontaneous spirit rules over me, especially when it has to do with food (blame it on my Sagittarius sign). I can’t stick to a plan that denies me of one of my passions: healthy, delicious food. I need variety and spice.
Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of will power. I run. I eat healthy, but this type of diet just isn’t for me. Nothing against USANA though, because Reset has a great plan with good products. It was rather expensive, but I figured the price evened out since that’s probably what I would spend going grocery shopping and eating out for the week. The kit cost about the price for designer jeans, so I could have just bought a new pair, but that’s not what I wanted to do. I wanted to show dedication, determination, and have results to prove it. Yes, I made my own rules for the diet, but I didn’t give up!
Even though I didn’t have the expected results, something positive did come out of this experience. I didn’t necessarily reset my body to what it used to be, but I reset the way I think about food. In the days after, and even until now, I’m eating smaller portions. Aside from overeating at the buffet, I don’t eat huge portions anyways. If a shake and just a cup of vegetables could satisfy me for dinner, I know that I can trim more off of my plate. Hopefully this new realization will help me trim more off of my middle so I can finally fit back in those jeans!
Do you have what it takes to reset your body? Order your USANA Reset weight-management system and let us know how you do.
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