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How I Lost 5 Pounds in Two Weeks

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It is true. I lost five pounds in two weeks. I didn’t find a miracle drink. I didn’t work out for hours each day. My weight loss came at a time when I was sick. This is not the way that I recommend losing weight but before you feel that my title was misleading, I will tell you that I realized something in those two weeks. The bottom line was that in the two weeks that I was sick, my eating habits changed.

First, of course, my appetite decreased. But, in order to keep up my strength and as an attempt to get healthy, I continued to drink protein shakes two to three times a day and I loaded up on fresh fruit and vegetables, even at times when I didn’t feel hungry.

Also, I consumed less caffeine. Instead of my usual cup of steaming coffee in the morning, I was sipping hot tea to soothe my sore throat. I no longer was fighting the urge to have a biscotti with my morning coffee either. Since my appetite was so weak, I didn’t have the snack cravings during the day that I would usually struggle with.

Also, I didn't drink any alcohol. None. I typically try to limit my alcohol consumption to two days a week and that is usually over the weekend. But I must admit that after a long weekday of being in the car due to school schedules, karate or soccer practice, and errands, it relaxes me to sit down with a glass of wine with dinner or with my husband once the kids are in bed. And if we are being honest, it takes willpower to not do this most nights.

During the two weeks I was sick, I did not do my usual workouts. Perhaps the five pounds were also due in part to some muscle loss but I hope that this is not the case. I have felt better now for a week and I have been able to follow my new habits without any trouble. With dedication, I will be able to continue the healthy eating, keep drinking to a minimum, and resist unhealthy snacking, and get back to my weekly exercises. I hope this will allow me to keep the five pounds off and lose even more.

When it comes to weight loss, even losing five pounds can motivate you.

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Isn't it the truth!! I had this happen to me in Sept. '09. I was able to keep the weight off for 8 months until the next Summer came, and I put it all back on. I did a sprint triathlon that month, and I guess the carbohydrate loading and excessive amounts of water I was consuming got the better of me. It's an ongoing battle that we only give up when we're pregnant.
United in the fight,

March 9, 2011 - 7:55am
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