Ok, maybe that’s a strong statement. It MAY not be for me.
You see, I hear all the success stories – including my own sister – people who have lost 10-20-40 pounds doing the 30 day Isagenix system. I wanted to lose 10 to 15 pounds so I thought I would try it. With two two year olds it’s hard to find time to go to the gym and at night I just haven’t felt up to exercising in awhile. It’s not that I’m heavy. I just want to get back down to 120, maybe 125 (which is what I weighed two weeks after the twins were born).
Ok, a year. It’s been a YEAR since I’ve really exercised.
The truth is, there is no “easy” way to lose weight. Scratch that. There is no easy way to lose weight and NOT GAIN IT BACK. It takes hard work, dedication and a lifestyle change. It does not take two shakes a day.
Here’s how it works. You buy Isagenix (which, btw, is a MLM strategy to begin with). They have a 30 day system which includes:
2 shakes a day (for breakfast and lunch or breakfast and dinner)
Natural accelerator pills (twice a day)
IsaFlush (1-2 pills at bedtime)
Ionix Supreme (In the morning)
and then a cleanse which you should do one or two days a week. On cleanse days, ALL you do is drink the cleanse (and some Ionix supreme…and you are allowed the Isagenix “snacks” in moderation).
The theory is if you do exactly as they say, and do not change your daily routine beyond that, you will lose weight. Which sounded good to me because of my severe inability to find time to exercise (I know, I know, it sounds like an excuse but I work a full time job, usually more than 60 hours a week, I’m raising twins, I have a house to take care of, a husband, dogs, life….I have life).
Ok, so on normal days, you have your Ionix Supreme, your morning shake and accelerator pill, your afternoon shake, an afternoon accelerator pill, a healthy dinner (between 400 and 600 calories) and your IsaFlush. And you drink a ton of water.
Quite honestly, it’s easy. I haven’t had trouble sticking with this system on the regular days.
Day 1: I lost 1.5 pounds. Sweet.
Day 2: I was down another .3 pounds. Eh, not bad.
Day 3: I was down another .2 pounds. I had lost 2 pounds total. Not bad for three days. I did discover on day 3 that I felt dehydrated. My lips were dry I was so dehydrated. Which made no sense because I was drinking around 100 ounces of water a day in addition to the shakes.
Day 4: I decided I wouldn’t weigh myself again until Day 11. Which is a weigh and measure day.
Day 5: I tried the cleanse. That day was fine until around 5:30 PM when I got violently ill. I was dizzy, nauseated, I could barely stand. So I made myself a salad. Just a salad. And I took a couple bites of my daughter’s dinner. Nothing more. I had no more than 100 extra calories in what I ate.
Day 6-10: I kept going on the regular shake days. On day 7 I cheated a little. My niece had her birthday party so I had some chips and dip. On Day 10 I did weigh myself.
Day 11 is today.
When I weighed in I discovered that I had GAINED half a pound from where I started.
Yes, you read that right. I went UP in weight after losing 2 pounds. So after day 3, I gained 2.5 pounds.
You cannot tell me that a handful of chips with sour cream dip on them caused me to gain 2.5 pounds.
I did measure myself and according to the tape measure I have lost some inches. But I don’t know if I am measuring in the exact same spot as I measured on day 1 – basically, if you go down a little on your leg or waist or whatever, you might get a different measurement just because you aren’t exactly where you were the first time. According to the tape measure I have lost an inch off my waist, 1.5 inches off my hips/butt and .5 inches off each thigh. My pants disagree though. They feel the same as they did 11 days ago.
So here I am with 19 days of product left. I think I’m going to keep trying it just to see what happens but I also decided to add T25 back into my life. This is the THIRD time I’ve started the program (I’ve never finished it though). this time it’s hard. SO hard to do. Last time I started T25 after doing Insanity and it was easy. This time I think I will do T25 and then maybe try Insanity again.
Also, another weird thing about Isagenix. I have a Diet Mountain Dew habit – one a day. I quit last year for about 5 months and in the first 3 days after I quit, I lost 6 pounds. I quit on day one of Isagenix and, well, you know what’s happened.
I’ll update again after Day 30. We’ll see how it goes with the added exercise.