Monday, January 03, 2011

The 17 Day Diet Days 1-3

To avoid boring everyone to tears, I wanted to publish one update a week, but this is getting kind of long. You won't mind bi-weekly updates, right?

1/1/11
The first day of my new commitment to diet and exercise. Kira and I had already decided to go to the gym in the morning, so I woke up, got ready, and met her at Gold's Gym (where she has a membership that includes free guests on the weekends). It was closed. So we trekked back to my neck of the wood, and the YMCA (where I have a membership and three guest passes a year). It was open. Our intention was to do some cardio--training for that sometime-in-the-future 5K, but we could see a Zumba class had just started and decided to try it instead. I was thinking we'd Zumba and call it a day... But no... Who needs a personal trainer when you've got Kira around? She convinced me we still had plenty of energy (I still don't know how). I've never met anyone like Kira before. She's so happy-go-lucky, with a Snow White-esque voice that evokes images of cartoon bluebirds and singing woodland creatures. She's like a damn Svengali, that's what she is, making me zippity-doo-dah myself onto a treadmill. Anyway, alternating 5 minute intervals, I walked a quarter of a mile, jogged a quarter of a mile, walked a quarter of a mile, jogged a quarter of a mile. Which means I jogged a half mile today! I still can't believe I was able to do it (even though as I type this, I am using a back massager on my thighs and calves--ow!). I'm  about 1/6th of the way to my 5K. Not bad for a first day. I may have over-exerted myself though. By late afternoon, I had a pretty bad headache that lasted all night. It may have been the exercise, but it could also be the sudden restriction of carbs after a continuous holiday binge, or even a change in barometric pressure (after several rear end collisions, I get headaches whenever the weather changes). I should probably take some tylenol for it, but I'm not sure there's any in the house. It probably wouldn't be a bad idea to stock up though, since I plan on making a habit of this.

The first day of the diet went well too, although I forgot my hot water with lemon first thing this morning and am struggling to get my 8 glasses of water in. I'm at 4 right now--in addition to the cup of green tea with every meal (and running to the bathroom every ten minutes as it is). Anyway, today I ate:

Breakfast
Plain yogurt with 1 C raspberries and 1 T sugar free cherry preserves
Green tea w/ Truvia
Lunch
Chicken and vegtable soup (a recipe from the diet) This was DELICIOUS! I made a big batch yesterday in the crock pot and had it ready and waiting for me when I came home half-starved from the gym. Great idea!
Green tea w/ Truvia
Afternoon Snack
Kefir smoothie w/ raspberries and 1 T sugar free cherry preserves
Some more soup
Dinner
Salmon Lemenato (another AWESOME recipe from the book--basically salmon cooked in lemon juice and garlic) in a tossed salad of lettuce, cucumbers, tomatos, celery, sprinkle of parmesan, and olive oil with balsamic vinegar
Green tea w/ Truvia

1/2/11

If yesterday started out with a bang, this morning started out with a whimper. My legs are mostly recovered from yesterday, but the headache from last night contnued well into the morning. I ended up "sleeping" on the couch with an ice pack on my neck. Maybe I slept 4 hours all night.... Ugh.  I was supposed to meet Kira at her gym this morning--just to walk on the treadmill and recover from yesterday--but it's a no go. I don't function well if I don't sleep and right now I feel shattered. I plan to do one of the 17 Minute Workouts (abs) that came with my book instead and rest up for my sculpting classes at the gym on Monday and Wednesday.  I did get my hot water with lemon in this morning (in a big mug, so it was probably more like two servings), and found it easier to drink than cold water, so maybe I'll heat the next six servings up too. Ugh. That's a lot of water. At least the green tea is easy to drink. I'm not a fan of green tea at all, but I got some of the Stash chai green tea, and it's delicious! Plus I tell myself that all the spices in it will rev up my metabolism, which is a good thing if I'm already bowing out of gym time. Well, I haven't really bowed out since I skipped a big workout for a little one, but I still feel guilty about it. I want to be fast and furious, but I've already hit two roadblocks--named Sam and John. While I was doing laundry in the basement and the boys were occupied upstairs, I thought I'd quickly do my 17 Minute Workout. But I wasn't even two minutes into the warm-up when the boys came running downstairs to play with their new HO train they got for Christmas. They can't play with it without supervision, so I had to stop and focus on them or else risk complete carnage in choochoo world. I had to put my workout off until naptime, but I got it in. It was just enough of a workout today and allowed my body to regroup. Today I ate:

Breakfast
hot water w/ lemon
2 hard boiled eggs
1/2 grapefruit
6 oz plain yogurt with 1T sugar-free cherry preserves
green tea w/Truvia
(In hindsight, I probably should've saved the yogurt for a mid-morning snack. This made me feel overly full and I was starving by 11:30am.)
Lunch
chicken and vegetable soup
1 orange
green tea w/ Truvia
Mid-Afternoon (Post-Workout) Snack
8 oz Kefir blended w/ 1T sugar-free preserves
2 C decaf coffee w/ Truvia
Dinner
Chicken taco salad (lettuce, spicy chicken, fat free sour cream, (supposed-to-be low fat) cheddar, but I didn't have any, so used the full fat kind sparingly, and fresh salsa)
green tea w/ Truvia

1/3/11

Ugh. Only three days in and my muscles feel soooo tired (I haven't caught up on my night of no sleep yet) but my brain is wide awake! This is the diet I've been looking for. I could compose ballads of love about kefir and Greek yogurt and now I get to eat it twice a day! My stomach feels great! Light and comfortable, and unlike Atkins, I can look back over what I ate over the course of the day and say, "Wow! I ate really well!" (On Atkins, when I was craving fruit and yogurt, I had resorted to eating cream cheese with some sugar free lemonade powder mixed in...techincally allowed, but... healthy? Um...no.) Also, the scale is moving!!! It looks like I've been losing about a pound a day, which is what the diet claims will happen. I'm liking the structure of the diet--a list of foods to pick from--but very clear portion sizes and amounts allowed of fruits and probiotic dairy products (2 each per day). I feel comfortably full and I'm definetely not starving (which is saying something, since it's well known I'm a bottomless pit). I'm working hard on getting this weight off as quickly as possible. I had a moment of "what the hell have I done to myself" when Tom was looking up the Philadelphia Flyers roster and I realized I weighed more than a 6 foot tall professional hockey player. But instead of making me want to cry, it motivated me to hit the gym. On the menu today: body sculpting. Also on the menu:

Breakfast
hot water w/ lemon
2 hard boiled eggs
1/2 grapefruit
green tea w/ Truvia
Post-Workout Snack
plain yogurt with 1T sugar-free cherry preserves
Lunch
taco salad
green tea w/ Truvia
coffee w/ Truvia
Mid-Afternoon Snack
1 C raspberry/8oz kefir/1T sugar-free cherry preserve smoothie
Dinner
sesame tilapia (a receipe from the book. It was INCREDIBLE!)
roasted brussels sprouts with parmesan cheese
green tea w/Truvia

Final Thoughts:

I feel really good. Good physically and good emotionally, because I feel like for the first time in my life, I'm feeding myself purposefully--giving my body the fuel it needs rather than the fuel it wants--and that makes me feel more kindly toward myself. No more self-loathing here. Also, I'm comfortably full and have enough energy to push myself physically, which is a nice change since I have chronically low energy. I think I've been more successful planning for this diet too. I got into the right mindset before I started, and I keep thinking of ways to integrate this new way of eating into my day-to-day life.  Today for example, I was going to have lunch and spend the afternoon with Kira, and I knew that while I was there, I would have to get my 2nd fruit and probiotic servings in (you can't eat carbs after 2pm on this diet). Before I left, I blended myself a kefir smoothie in my portable blender travel cup and brought it with me. So easy! Which basically sums up how I feel about this diet so far.

8 comments:

  1. Hi. So happy to find your blog. My friend, her husband and I are all on day 3. We all have horrible headaches. I don't them usually so I figure it's a detox from carbs. Wicked. We're also very hungry. I'm 3 weeks out from foot surgery so no exercise for me. Good luck to you. Keep posting.

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  2. Hi Pam! So glad you found me!

    You might try adding a little extra salt to your food (I've been salting my eggs in the morning) I read that low(er) carb diets can strip your body of sodium and a small amount will help. Haven't had a headache since I added the salt back to my diet. Hope that helps you. The headaches are miserable!

    Good luck you you all! Stop back by and let me know how it's going.

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  3. Hi !
    So happy I found your blog. Somebody to share with. I am so glad.
    I am on Day 2. So far no headache and I feel good. Seems pretty easy so far. I have a question. It says sugar-free yogourt and I cannot find it anywhere. Went to my local grocery store and went also to Whole Foods.
    They all have low-fat but no sugar-free. I bought the Greek style plain lowfat one, but it still has 8g of sugar.
    Tonight I am trying the sesame tilapia filets with asparagus and carrots.
    Did not get on the scale yet. Not even before Day 1. I am too scared. Of course, its not too clever, as I will not be able to see weight loss.
    But tomorrow morning first thing, I will get on it.
    Have a great day and looking foward to read you more

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  4. Josee, I took the sugar-free yogurt to mean "not sweetened with additional sugar" (so natural sugars in the yogurt, aspartame, splenda, etc. are okay). I've been eating Dannon plain Greek yogurt and love it.

    I love the sesame tilapia so muc I had it or dinner last night and then lunch again today! LOL

    Stop back by and let me know how you're doing.

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  5. Day 4 is much better. I think my body is finally over the shock of days 1-3. Actually not very hungry today. I've found at my local Publix packages of 4 chicken patties. $2.49/pack. I froze them two patties to a bag. I threw them on my grill pan for lunch. Today I also did 1/2 an onion and some mushrooms with them. Only a drizzle of olive oil and some season salt on the chick. Yummy. Having the chicken soup for dinner.

    Keep up the fight!

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  6. Hi!
    My family and I also just started the 17 Day Diet. It's great reading others ideas for foods, and how the diet has worked for them so far. I look forward to continue reading!

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  7. Whew. The end of day 6. I'm exhausted tonight. I didn't get my two full servings of fruit in so I think I'm in carb crash! Sesame fish for dinner, yum. Almost 1/2 way through cycle one! Go Go Go.

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  8. Pam--your chicken patties sound delicious! I need to look for those. I've noticed that I definetely don't feel as full if I don't eat my fruit.

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