I've been feeling a little ho-hum these days, not just because of the soon to be home situation or finances; but mostly in health.
I've been dragging, overly tired and some days I feel not quite right. Dizzy isn't the correct word, but kind of disconnected. I had this feeling over 10 years ago, no medical test showed anything, it went away on its own. Perhaps it is all in my head.
A new weight loss product is on the rise: Vi (I won't honor it with a link). Basically it's a smoothie mix. A few people I know are posting all over FaceBook about it. One has chosen to sell it; I went to her page for information. I couldn't get any information without first giving my name, address and phone number - yeah, that ain't happening. A week later I went to training with some other County employees - one of which is a Vi Team Leader - out of the blue she begins a sale pitch. I asked the obvious: "What is the monthly cost?" I had to ask this question several times to get a straight answer, because I kept getting "If you have 3 people order with you for the month, you'll get yours free." Eventually I learned there are several packets, but the one she recommended was $300 a month - THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS! That's a car payment! I then asked the obvious - "When I'm tired of drinking smoothies for 2 meals a day, how do I maintain the weight loss?" The answer? "You know weight loss is a lifestyle change."
Well - DUH! But it still didn't answer my question! She seemed annoyed I'd asked and the conversation ended. So I did an online search with reviews being 1/2 and 1/2 (naturally those selling it swear by it). I came across this site: David Modderman's Weight Loss & Nutrition Blog where he did a requested review of Body by Vi. Once he started listing ingredients, I knew the product wasn't for me; I have hypothyroid so I have to watch soy intake and what is the main ingredient in this mix? Yep, you guessed it! Soy! So despite all the headless before/after photos...I knew this was not a product for me.
Not that I planned on buying it anyway; but I always like to research. And really? Two drinks a day and then a sensible meal? Didn't Slim Fast invent that years ago? 10 to 1 I could drink a Weight Watchers smoothie twice a day with a sensible meal and lose weight. But I don't want to be limited to a drink as a meal twice a day - once, fine; twice? I'd never last!
What I need, is to kick my butt in gear and do what I need to do - the lifestyle change. I did it once; I can do it again! Goals:
The healthier choice over the bad one
Increase water intake and decrease diet soda
Limit the artificial sweeteners
Studies show that artificial sweeteners are bad for you; diet soda hinders weight loss. I need to start limiting these. Most sugar free products contain artificial sweetener-watch for that! Right now they are saying stevia is the best choice; but years ago it was splenda, which now isn't. It is a gamble.
I've been gone from the weight loss mentality for far too long....it's time to get back in gear.