I Confess, I’m a Yo-Yo Dieter – My 12 Step Program

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12 Steps to Overcome Yo-Yo Dieting


OK, you caught me.  I’m a yo-yo dieter.  I seriously have a problem.  I will do really well for two months.  I get all excited.  I believe I can do anything (being the extreme optimist that I am) and then suddenly, my will is not strong enough any more.  I quit eating healthy.  I start drinking a little soda.  I stop exercising as much.  Then I drink even more soda….  I start having a daily treat or two.  And guess what?  I gain back the 10 pounds I just lost.  Yep, that’s me.  Mrs. Yo-Yo herself.  This just happened to me… again.  :(  Can you relate?


Honestly, I hope you can’t relate, but I have a feeling a lot of you are right alongside of me in this.  It’s a common problem.  How can we as human beings keep our heads in the game?  After all, in order to lose the weight and keep it off, we’re going to have to make a lifestyle change.  We know this to be true, but for some reason, we think that we need to hurry up and hit our goal and once we’re there we can say…. “phew…. all done”.  But that’s not the case!  We cannot say “Phew, all done!”.  We must say, “that was a good start, let’s keep going”.  We have to embrace the lifestyle change with all of our hearts and minds.  It cannot be a maybe.  It has to be met with determination.  Otherwise, we’ll continue on the yo-yo plan of lose it, gain it.


So how can we as people who need to make healthy habit changes do it and stay motivated to keep going?  Why do we keep giving in?  For me, one of the main reasons I give up is that I get tired of having to think about it all the time.  I much prefer to indulge myself in all the food and drink decisions than have to carefully calculate what it is that I need to be eating.  Also, I find it difficult to quit my unhealthy choices, because I find them fun.  My mind associates soda with getting to relax and enjoy myself.  It’s the same with sweets.  If I take them away, I feel like life isn’t nearly as fun.  I know that it is just a mind training thing that I have to get through.


I decided that I have to more carefully plan if I’m going to be successful.  The problem is, I’ve known this for a while, but I’m still failing to make my plan.  You know what they say…. Failing to plan is planning to fail.  That’s not good.  I don’t want to keep failing!  So….here’s my 12 step plan.  In it, I’m saying “you”, but I’m talking to myself.  You may not need my 12 steps….but maybe you do, too….read on to see.


1.  You must find a replacement for drinking soda.  It can still be carbonated, but it can’t be diet and it can’t be full of sugar or high fructose corn syrup.  You may have to mix your own soda to make it into something healthier, but it will be worth it.  Soda is the main reason I am so plump.

2.  You must make a meal plan, including breakfast, lunch and snacks to keep you on track.  That doesn’t mean only make one meal plan ever.  That means, every week, make a meal plan.  Or, you can repeat the prior week’s meal plan if that helps, but it has to be planned.

3.  You must make a motivation Smash Book.  (If you haven’t seen these, check out my Pinterest board here).  This will help you when you’re down by giving you motivational quotes, before and after pictures, and things to think about while losing weight.  You can include quotes like this:


Why Climb the Same Hill Twice


4.  You must decide why you really want to be thin.  Not the politically correct answer but deep down, why do you want it?  Is it enough to make you get it done?  If not, can you find a new reason?

5.  You must have a plan on what to do when you’re eating out.  Make a list of allowed foods while eating at fast food restaurants.

6.  In addition to the Smash book, you must make a travel smash book.  One that you can keep in your purse to help you while you’re out and about.  A few motivational quotes, your fast food list, etc.  Anything that will help you to stay on plan when you’re out with your husband at lunch.

7.  You must find replacements for Emotional eating.  I know you like to eat when you’re tired, sad, happy and frustrated, but you’re going to have to find something else you can do when you’re feeling these emotions.  Emotions are normal.  Eating to celebrate them or to make them go away, just complicates life and doesn’t make anything go away.

8.  You must set goals.  Not just weight loss goals, but exercise goals, maybe even a bucket list!

9.  You must stay hydrated.  You need at least 64 ounces a day, but since you are overweight 100 ounces would be even better.  Strive to get 100 oz of water in a day.  Remember how your wrinkles around your eyes tend to go away when you’re drinking enough?  You’ll look better for it!

10.  You must exercise daily!  I realize you have 7 children, but that doesn’t give you an excuse not to exercise.  You can always fit 15 minutes in at a time.  You can always go outside and jump on the trampoline with the kids.  You can take them on a bike ride  or a walk.  You don’t have to exercise alone.

11.    You must eat more vegetables.  Your body needs the vegetables to grow stronger and leaner.  Your skin looks better with more vegetables, too.

12.  You must refer back to this list often, so you don’t forget about all of your plans.  You know how forgetful you are!


While I may not have all of these goals accomplished immediately, or even in the next month, this is what I know I have to do in order to finally reach my healthy weight.  I’ve debated about even talking about this on my blog any more, as I always just seem to fail and hate to keep talking about my failures, lol, but…I’ve decided to do it as it helps me.  If it helps me, it may help someone else as well.


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What about you?  What would you add to this list?

12 Steps to Overcome Yo-Yo Dieting


Progress Continues With Skinny Gut Shakes

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Don’t you just love that name?  Skinny Gut Shakes?  I love to think of my gut being skinny.  It’s been so long since I’ve seen a skinny gut on myself, but many times after I read the name, I visualize myself with a skinny gut.


Are you wondering how it’s going for me on this awesome, Renew Life Skinny Gut Ultimate Shakes program?  Well, it’s been fun, that’s for sure.  It’s a journey I’m definitely not done with and one that I’m glad that I gave myself some time to get used to.


I started with the shakes, expecting to feel different right away.  The truth is, I had to be drinking the shakes for several days before I noticed any changes in the way I felt.  But, once I got in the habit of having a shake every day, my digestion was so much better and my cravings became less and less.  I didn’t really notice the cravings change until after about a week on the program.  Once that change hit, it was much easier for me to say no to junk foods.  I had to be careful though.  If I got off of the shakes for more than a day, I would gradually start craving junk food and adding them back into my diet.


Having a Renew Life Skinny Gut Chocolate Shake helped me feel like I was getting a dessert when I added a little more cocoa powder to it to make it extra chocolatey.  Making a smoothie out of the Renew Life Skinny Gut Vanilla Shake, adding in apples and greens, helped me to get out of any ruts I felt like I was in, by not having the same thing day in and day out.


My weight has been decreasing by about a pound every week since I began using the shakes.*  I had about 2 weeks where I got off track, while my daughter was having surgery and I succumbed to my bad habit of stress eating.  During that time, I gained a few pounds back, but that was my own fault for not staying on program.  I’ve also been exercising regularly and dropped several inches from the combination of diet and exercise.


Overall, I’ve noticed that I feel much better while I’m on the shake program.  I didn’t realize just how bad my digestion was, until suddenly my system is working just like it’s supposed to be.  I used to make runs to the bathroom after indulging in a meal that was less than optimal.  Now, I feel good!


I’ve managed to lose 3″ off of my waist alone!*  Here’s a picture to prove it!

As you can see, I still have a long ways to go, but I’m on the right track and love how just making some slight diet and exercise changes can get me this far.  The key is consistency and not giving up!  Of course, it doesn’t hurt to make sure to take before pictures and measurements, so that I can actually see the progress, too!


If you’d like to join me in my weight loss journey, feel free to join our Sidetracked by Weight Loss Facebook group.  Plus, you’ll want to follow #SkinnyGutShake on Facebook and Twitter to see more recipes and results from others around the web!


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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Greens & Apple Smoothie or Coconut Heaven? More #SkinnyGutShake Recipes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Renew Life Formulas. All opinions are 100% mine.


Hello, hello!  As you know, I’ve been doing the Renew Life Skinny Gut Ultimate Shakes to help me with my health and weight loss goals.  As time goes by, I keep experimenting with new recipes.  While, I still love my Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake, this time, I tried two of the recipes provided on the packaging on the Skinny Gut Shake mix.


The first one was the Greens & Apple Smoothie.  I’m a big fan of drinking your greens, as you often can’t even tell that there’s spinach (or kale) in your smoothie, but you still get the health benefits from it.


Greens & Apple Smoothie

  • 1 Serving of Renew Life Skinny Gut Vanilla Shake 
  • 8 ounces of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 Granny Smith apple, cut in chunks
  • 2 ounces plain yogurt (or kefir)
  • Small handful of spinach (or kale)

I mixed all of the ingredients into a blender, poured it into my glass and enjoyed the great taste!



Did I like it?  Yes.  Next time, I will add ice, as I tend to prefer my smoothies pretty cold, but I stuck it in the fridge to cool it down for a little while and it was perfect.  Isn’t it a pretty shade of green?


The next smoothie I tried was the Coconut Heaven smoothie, also listed in the brochure that is attached to the lid of the Skinny Gut Shake Mix.



Coconut Heaven Smoothie


Mix all ingredients in blender until nice and smooth.  Pour in a glass and enjoy!



This one, I liked even more than the first one.  I really love a coconut taste!  I made mine with vanilla, but I think having it with the chocolate flavor would be perfect, too.  The original recipe called for coconut butter, but our little town doesn’t have coconut butter, so I used the coconut oil I have in the house already.  I have been wanting to add more coconut oil to my diet, so this is the perfect way to do that!


I love how easy it is to grab a Skinny Gut Shake for breakfast or lunch and keep on moving.  I’ve been known to quickly throw it all into the blender and take it in the car with me to sip on my way to appointments.  When I’m in a hurry, it’s still very possible to get a nourishing meal in!


Have you tried Skinny Gut Shakes yet?  If so, have you tried either of these recipes yet?  How’d you like them?


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