My whole life, I’ve carried around a little belly. I was born with it (as most 9 pound babies are), and it never went away. Sometimes a little bigger, sometimes a little smaller, but always my constant companion. It’s been a point of insecurity my whole life. It would be fair to say that a large part of my psyche has been shaped by it.
I’ve hit a point in my life where I feel like I deserve to experience life without it. I deserve to feel not just pretty good in my own skin, but really fucking excellent. I’m going to be hosting a TV show for a week in May, and I’d like to feel awesome when I’m on set. I deserve that. Burning Man is a big part of my life. It’s a time of very little clothing for most people. Though Burning Man is the least judgmental place on Earth, I would like to go from comfortable spending a week without my shirt on, to very proud to do so. I deserve that experience.
I’m beginning the process with a 30 day cleanse. It’s a pretty specific regimen of meal replacement shakes, nutritional re-balancing, clean eating, some fasting, and some other supplements. I’ve seen a lot of people make HUGE progress with this intensive plan, so I decided to do it! I will periodically update this post with photos and any relevant notes / experiences as I go through the process.
Here are my “before” pictures. This is me on 4 April 2015.
- waist 43″
5 April 2015
- 201.5 lbs (down 1.5 lbs in 1 day)
- 41.75 waist (down 1.25″ in 1 day)
9 April 2015
- 199.5 lbs (down 3.5 lbs in 5 days)
- 41″ waist (down 2″ in 5 days)
13 April 2015
- 198 lbs (down 5 lbs in 9 days)
- 40.5 waist (down 2.5″ in 9 days)
15 April 2015
- 194.5 lbs
16 April 2015
- 192.5 lbs (down 10.5 lbs in 12 days)
15 April Update: As of right now, here’s what I am experiencing. My pants are really baggy on me now. I am cinching my belt down to last buckle hole right now. Any more loss and I’m going to need a new belt or to make a new hole in it. My blazers are all much more roomy than they used to be. I spent all of my 20’s wearing XL t-shirts. I’m now comfortably fitting into Large shirts, without them feeling tight in any way. I’m not far from the day when I’ll be able to comfortably wear a Medium. People are noticing that I’m slimming down – it feels pretty damn good to hear people say “You’ve lost weight!”. Aside from that, in my core, I just feel lighter, tighter, and more energized in my guts. Mentally, I’ve felt more astute, sharper, more focused… just a better version of myself. Oh, one other thing I’ve noticed from this program: 1. When I eat clean, I can eat until I feel stuffed and still lose weight. 2. My stomach must have been stretched out before, because now, I get that feeling of being “stuffed” much faster. Those of you out there who are emotional eaters know what I’m talking about. These changes are a ton of fun to experience! I cannot wait to go buy some skinny pants!
More to come!!
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