Every weekend I write a Skinny Saturday post. It's just my time of the week to check in with all of my readers and let them know how my weight loss endeavors are going. And I usually share a ‘Skinny' recipe, which is a lot of fun. The reason I started doing this was to hold myself more accountable to someone. Anyone. Even if it's a few hundred thousand people I've never met! It has been an awesome series so far, and I love the weekly opportunity to discuss my weight loss, health experiences, and thoughts with such a supportive community. However, this is not a Skinny Saturday post.

I don't want to talk about how I want to be energetic enough to run around with my crazy 3 year-old. I don't want to talk about my cholesterol. And, under no circumstances do I want to discuss my horrible, rotten, no good, very bad plantar fasciitis condition that keeps me from running off the calories (I loathe my foot). Today I want to get something a little different off my chest and come right out and say:


Is it so bad that I'm dying to fit into the brand new green chinos I bought years ago in a size too small (well, almost two sizes too small now) instead of thinking about my risk of heart disease? Or that I'd kill for a day at the beach during which I didn't have to distract myself from thinking about the dimples on my thighs? And that one of my dreams is to be able to sit through a car ride without having to adjust my jeans a billion times because they're pinching at my waist? The thought of just being able to “throw on” whichever outfit I grab from my closet in the morning, and know that it will fit comfortably is absolutely mesmerizing, and some days I actually day dream about it. More than anything, I'd really like to stop dreaming about being skinny and actually live it.

But hey, what kind of life am I living when there's no chocolate involved?!? Enter: Slim-Fast.
Yummy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie made using Slim-Fast! www.somethingswanky.com
is an old friend of mine. We've spent the month before prom together, the month before my wedding together, and we've even done a little beach time together. It's my go-to short term weight loss pal. And when I had the opportunity to be a part of a Slim-Fast campaign, I was happy to participate! At the moment, I'm actually in the middle of a cleanse of sorts. I'll talk more about it on Skinny Saturday once I'm back from all of my June travels (I hope you're still there!), but basically I've (cold turkey) given up carbs and sugar for a few weeks. It's painful and grueling but there's a light at the end of the tunnel. It's sort of an exercise in self-control, and when it's done, the next step is to find a way to keep myself control while allowing some of the sweet stuff back into my life. Because I don't want to live one way or the other. I don't want to only feel healthy and skinny when I'm only eating vegetables and lean protein. I want some chocolate in my life (I just don't want chocolate to be my entire life).
That's why I like Slim-Fast so much. It's designed for chocoholics who need a little structure in their diet. In their 3-2-1 plan you simply replace 2 of your meals with one of their yummy products and then eat a reasonable 500 calorie 3rd meal, with a total of 3 healthy snacks in between. One of my favorite ways to enjoy a Slim-Fast is with a frozen banana and a dollop of peanut butter. It's decadent enough to be dessert, but with lots of protein and fiber to keep me feeling full until the next meal!

Yummy Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie made with Slim-Fast | www.somethingswanky.comI've shared my reasons for wanting to lose weight and now I want to hear yours!  In the comments section below, tell me about your silliest reason for wanting to lose weight.  Two lucky commenters from participating blogs will be picked at random to each win a $1,000 SpaFinder gift card!



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