Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The 17 Day Diet -- Days 23-25


Kira told me yesterday that she's giving up the diet. That totally sucks for me (for her, not so much). It's so much easier to follow a stringent diet when you're not the only one of your social circle doing it, but when you are the only one, it seems like the world throws nothing but pizza and burgers your way. I've done a hundred diets before, and it just seems so wierd, so antisocial, so ingenuine to say, "Oh, you go on and have the double cheeseburger, fries, and chocolate milkshake. I'm happy to sit here and gnaw on my lettuce leaf." Ugh. Oh well. Like I told Tom last night, there's nothing on earth that's going to keep me from doing this for me. No, I'm not losing weight at the rate I'd like to (another 0.2 lbs today--I wish it was easier to move that decimal point), but I am losing weight, so I'm going to keep at it.

hot water w/lemon
2 hard boiled eggs
salad w/ lettuce, tomatoes, turkey lunch meat, feta, oil and vinegar dressing
plain yogurt w/ cherry preserves
green tea w/ Truvia
plain yogurt w/strawberries and cherry preserves
taco salad w/ spicy chicken, salsa, fat free sour cream, and sprinkle of cheese


It's bitterly cold today (-5 in the van this morning) and all I really want to do is curl up in the bed and sleep. Maybe I'm coming down with something. Sam was complaining about hurting all over and was coughing tonight. I'm starting to feel very hungry all the time on this diet, and not very energetic. I think the weather has a lot to do with it (but toddlers and their germs don't help). When it's this cold, it's fighting evolution telling your body not to pad your bones. The higher carb cycle 2 days are my saving grace. The meals just feel more substantial. I'm also trying to get more water in. While I was at the chiropractor's today, I noticed he had the following information about what happens when you don't drink enough water hanging on his wall. I found it again here and am posting it on my blog as a public service announcements to all the camels out there (myself included). We need to chug chug chug.


- 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (This likely applies to half the world's population).
- In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
- Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.
- One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters investigated in a Univesity of Washington study.
-Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
-Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
-A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
-Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
hot water w/ lemon
2 scrambled eggs w/ sprinkling of cheese
plain yogurt w/ strawberries and cherry preserves
grilled shrimp
rice w/black beans and salsa
hamburger w/ marinara sauce and sprinkle of parmesan
broccoli sprinkled w/ parmesan


This morning when I got on the scale, I'd lost another 0.7 lbs. I didn't work out at all yesterday, but I did drink about 48oz of water, and I think that's what makes the difference. I'm noticing a pattern where, if I lower my water consumption, I don't lose weight, and when I step up the water consumption, I do lose weight. If that's not motivation enough for upping my water intake, I don't know what is. Today I went to the gym to run. I don't know what was wrong with me today, but my feet were like lead. I just couldn't get going...couldn't loosen up... felt like I was running uphill in quicksand. I ran/walked for twenty minutes, but that was not my plan for today. I wanted to run for 10 minutes straight--and possibly even 20 minutes--since I've done it on the wii. Maybe there is a virus hanging out in my system this week. I certainly don't feel like I'm 100%. Oh, and as an aside, this healthy-eating-diet thing must be rubbing off on Sam. When I asked him what he wanted for lunch today, he said a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and --wait for it--broccoli! I almost passed out cold right there. But then I quickly made it for him before he could change his mind. (And he ate two helpings!)

hot water w/lemon
 hard boiled eggs
turkey lunch meat
broccoli w/ sprinkle of parmesan
yogurt w/ strawberries and cherry preserves

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