Weight Loss: How I Lost 25 Pounds in 1 Month

In June 2014, I lost 25 pounds. Yep, you’re reading that right: 25 pounds gone in 30 days! I would never believe that amount of weight loss was possible except that I did it. In fact, the first 17 pounds came off in 12 days. I was absolutely stunned. As you can imagine, that kind of rapid weight loss is extremely motivating and kept me going strong for a full month. When June was over, I’d lost 25 pounds!

I kept all 25 pounds off through September 2014, including while on vacation in August. Sadly, in October I gained back 5 pounds (but still down 20; let’s focus on the positive, LOL!).


So – you know what’s coming next, right? Starting in November 2014, I’m working on weight loss again 🙂 I’ll start today on Monday, 11-03-14. I don’t want to put a numerical goal or timeline on it but I have a lot more to lose and will keep going as long as I can. I know that November/December especially will be challenging but, for me, the holidays are a good time to diet. There are SO many temptations, it’s easier to just say “nope, can’t have that; I’m in weight loss mode.” Don’t you hate starting the new year with 10 extra pounds from all the great food? I want to start 2015 with a LOSS, baby!

I’m going to start posting on this blog about how I lost the weight, how I did it so quickly, and how I’m going to keep doing it. I hope these posts can be encouraging to anyone else who is frustrated with the ‘status quo’ ways of losing weight and is ready to try something new – that WORKS! For reals. I mean, 25 pounds in 1 month – it’s kind of hard to believe, right? But I actually did it and know it’s achievable. I know of many others who’ve done that amount and more; it’s very inspiring.

I have a very slow metabolism and a sedentary job as a transcriber / virtual assistant / blogger. In other words, I sit at a computer all day and night. I consider exercise to be “The E Word” that shall never be spoken in my presence and, therefore, all my weight loss has to come from the food choices I make. {Check out THIS past post to see what my doctor said about exercise, weight loss, etc.}

I’ve sworn off Weight Watchers forever. I’ve come to believe that WW is a huge part of the problem, certainly not a solution (but that’s a topic for another post, LOL). I’ve also tried low-carb and had the most previous success with low-carb/low-sugar (I followed the BELLY FAT CURE off and on for a few years). Several years ago, I quit eating sweets altogether because literally one desert would cause me to gain 5 pounds. Srsly. You would think the mere act of deleting sweets would cause you to lose weight, right? Nope, not me. But I still don’t eat them.

Although I could always lose weight, it was painfully slow, involved time-consuming shopping and food prep, and I was hungry. all. the. time. So I’d give up well before reaching any kind of goal I’d set for myself. I’m very impatient and wanted quick results so it all felt “worth it” and I could keep going. The whole “1 to 2 pounds a week” thing just doesn’t cut it for me. I need faster results.

Then one day, I came across an eating plan called IDEAL PROTEIN. Like WEIGHT WATCHERS, JENNY CRAIG, etc., there are Ideal Protein centers around the country where you get a counselor, do weigh-ins, and buy pre-packaged food. However, there were no Ideal Protein centers anywhere near me; the closest one is 60 miles away. Ideal Protein is also an expensive program and not something I could afford, especially if paying for 120 miles worth of gas once a week.

In researching the Ideal Protein eating plan on my own, I was frustrated to find ZERO books on the subject. I did, however, find a lot of resources online where I learned about the plan, what foods you can eat, and how successful it was for a lot of people! {I’ll do a future post with a list of these resources so you don’t have to spend all the time I did in finding them}.

I cobbled all the information together and started my version of the Ideal Protein diet on Monday, 06-02-14. (Yes, I have a *thing* about starting diets on a Monday, ha!). As I said above, I ended up losing 30 pounds in 2 months (June/July). It was difficult but not impossible. I had to kind of make things up as I went along but it obviously worked.

I didn’t use any actual “Ideal Protein” brand foods but found alternatives that were similar. I found a message board full of information and encouragement. I didn’t follow the plan 100%, more like used the principles of Ideal Protein as a guideline and made adaptations that work for ME.

So now it’s several months later and I’m starting the plan again after a break and a 5-pound regain. I’m super tired of losing, gaining, and re-losing the same weight over and over. I need to nip this cycle in the bud and get to it. So wish me luck! And please join me if you’d like.

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional of any kind, just a mom trying to losing weight and sharing her story. As always, consult with a health professional before attempting any diet or exercise program.

If you have any questions, please leave them in Comments below!