Me in 2006 - At Caity's bridal showerUs in 2009 at Candace's wedding
(Warning: This is going to be really cliche, but I embrace the tacky-ness in my life sometimes!)So, the temptation is there to jump on some crazy diet bandwagon, and trust me, I've been there before. For example:
Every year I set a goal to lose weight, and every year I feel like I need to, but this year there's an urgency about it that I can't ignore. I put on some serious weight with the baby (as you can see above) and I am super jazzed up about losing it this year. Ella is almost 8 months old and I've lost 15 lbs. since she was born, but it's not nearly enough.
-The cabbage soup diet (effective, but stinky... just ask my sisters. That soup REEKS!)
-The Carbohydrate Addict Diet (Thanks for this one, mom. You eat no carbs all day, but one hour a day you can eat whatever you want. It led to some crazy binging... not fun.)
-The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet (Eat whatever you want, but drink two tablespoons of vinegar before every meal or something like that. Sick. Acid down the throat. Not good. Thanks again, Mom. :) )
-Cactus Shakes (I can thank the latinos on my mission for this one. Cactus isn't so bad once you remove the spines, blend it up, strain off the slobber-like foam, and add a tub of crystal light!)
-The Body for Life approach (probably the most balanced, but still pretty restrictive)
-The Ultra-simple Diet (I did this two years ago with Emily, and it wasn't so simple...also involved a stinky soup, but pretty darn effective.)
-South Beach Diet (Uh, no. Not cool.)
There are probably many more. But I am now leveling with myself and realizing that it isn't going to be a six-week cookie diet type of fix. I need to change my life. And now I'm ready.
Here are some of my inspirations:
-Emily - My bestest friend - she is in a wheelchair, but still managed to lose 100 lbs!