I debated about writing this post. I really haven’t shared much about my weight loss journey aside from a single instagram post when I hit the 20 pounds down mark. In the past I’ve documented every aspect of my health journey but this time I decided to just quietly plug away at my goal. However now that I’m nearing the end, I want to make it an even 50 pounds! I thought I’d share exactly what I did to lose the weight!
Here is what I Didn’t Do:
Before I get into what I did, I want to talk about what I didn’t do because there are so many ways to lose weight and so many dang companies and people preying on us during vulnerable times.
I didn’t use any sort of weight loss specific product. I do have a few weight loss specific supplement recommendations for those who feel they could use an extra boost. However weight loss ultimately comes down to diet and healthy lifestyle changes. No pill, shake or powder can replace a healthy lifestyle.
I also didn’t follow any workout routines, six week challenges etc. In fact I’ve slacked on working out so much these last six months its embarrassing. Should you work out? Absolutely its so good for you both physically and mentally. But, do you NEED to workout to lose weight? Nope not at all.
The last thing I didn’t do is count calories, macros, carbs or anything else. Now if you want to speed up your weight loss progress counting your calories and tracking your macros is super helpful. I just haven’t ever been super consistent with it, and I’ve never been into meal prepping.
Here is what I actually Did…
I started following the Code Red lifestyle. You’re probably wondering what the heck is that? The Code Red lifestyle was created by Christy Nickel a professional boxer and trainer. The lifestyle is all about eat food in its simplest form, staying hydrated, getting sleep and using supplements that actually matter (Probiotics for one). Every month Christy hosts a 10 pound take down challenge. I joined one in October and was instantly hooked!
Following the code red lifestyle has honestly been the easiest thing I’ve done. Its so simple to follow and when you do, you get results.
The Code Red Rules:
- Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night
- Drink a gallon of water a day.
- Meals should be at least 5 hours apart
- Do not eat past 6:30 pm
- No sugar or artificial sweeteners. ( Stevia and monk fruit okay)
- Include vegetables with every meal
- weigh yourself daily first thing in the Am
Food to eat:
- Any Meat + seafood
- Any Vegetable
- Strawberries, Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries ( no other fruit)
- plain full fat yogurt, Full Fat cream cheese , and full fat cottage cheese, Heavy Cream
- Olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, ghee, butter
- nuts + seeds
Foods to avoid:
- Grains of all kinds
- processed foods
- cheese/ dairy except the ones listed above
- potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes
- Flours of any kind including nut flours
- Lentils /legumes including peanuts and peanut butter
Following Code Red what it was really like:
This list may seems super restrictive and I’ll be honest when I first saw this list I thought there is no way I’ll be able to stick to this, its too hard! In reality its not hard at all. Sure I’ve had days where I didn’t follow the rules to a Tee and slowed down my progress a bit. But I’ve found that as long as I stuck to the plan 99% of the time I was fine and could get back on track quickly. If I’m being totally honest I still drank a latte with stevia daily even though you’re not supposed to and I ate chocolate pretty much everyday too. The chocolate I eat is called Lily’s chocolate and its sweetened with stevia, for me it doesn’t stall me so I enjoy a few pieces in the evenings most days.
One of the biggest things I had to learn is that avoiding certain foods like fruits or grains doesn’t mean these are bad foods, it simply means that these foods do not align with my current goals. Fruit and whole grains are absolutely healthy and nutritious, however when you’re trying to loose weight they can really slow down that process. I’m actually really excited to get into maintenance mode and start incorporating more fruit into my diet again. Summer and acai bowls just go together.
I personally do not consume dairy so that was an additional food group I haven’t been consuming. I do however use ghee and occasionally butter in cooking but no milks, cream cheeses etc. In my own experience dairy is extremely inflammatory for me and inflammation does not pair well with weight loss or overall health and wellness.
What I love about Code Red
Cooking is simple! My meals consist of a Meat ( most meals) and a bunch of veggies usually cooked in ghee. I don’t have to prep too much or spend hours on pinterest trying to come up with recipes for dinner. This also means less dishes! 90% of the time I’m doing 1 pan/pot meals.
I’m only eating twice a day, which means less time in the kitchen! Because of when I have my first meal and needing to wait 5 hours + not eating after 6:30 I’m eating two meals a day. This has been really nice to not have to think about lunch anymore.
We’re saving a ton of money on eating out. Eating out isn’t very realistic when following the code red lifestyle so those meals have become few and far between. I haven’t calculated how much we’re actually saving but I’d imagine at least a few hundred dollars a month… we use to eat out A LOT!
It’s family friendly. There is actually a whole Code Reds kid’s section. That goes over healthy eating habits. Kids don’t need to avoid grains or fruits since they’re goal is to be strong and healthy not loose weight. But it sets the foundation for live long healthy eating.
So there you have it! That is exactly how I lost my pregnancy weight + some! I highly recommend joining one of the challenges if you’re at all interested in trying out code red. The groups are so so encouraging and its people from all walks of life all with a common goal. If you have questions or want more details leave me a comment! I’ll try and help in anyway I can. I’ll also be sharing some of my go to meals in the coming weeks too so be sure to check those out if you’re needing ideas.