Friday, January 07, 2011

The 17 Day Diet -- Days 4-7

1/4/11

This morning you would've thought someone shot me out of a cannon the way I sprang from the bed and got busy. I woke up to Sam screaming that he wanted Daddy (who was in the shower and couldn't hear him). Sam had overslept and missed having breakfast with Tom and now the world was coming to an end.

Sam appeared in the room with a sleep-induced mohawk, so I suggested he take a shower with Daddy so his hair would go back to normal, I would put some waffles (that I made Sunday and froze) in the toaster so they could eat together while Tom was dressing, went downstairs to find John standing in his pajamas, complaining about a wet diaper and asking to get dressed, put waffles in the toaster, let the dog out, dressed John, put more waffles in the toaster, let the dog in, gathered up clothes for Sam to wear when he got out of the shower, gave them to John to take upstairs to him, boiled water for my water with lemon, made two sippies of chocolate milk, retrieved all the waffles, and my mug of water and lemon, brought them upstairs, and all was right with the world. A week ago, I would have forgotten the clothes, would have been too blearly to think about chocolate milk, and made two or three trips up and down the stairs, growing crabbier by the second.

I'm finding that on this diet, I'm very clear headed and have no problems at all multi-tasking. Plus, this morning, the scale moved again by a pound or two, so today started off really well. Then I got my 17 Mnute  Cardio Buns Workout in during the boys' naptime. Easy peasy (but not the workout-my glutes say "ouch!"). I wanted to add that there was some crticism online about the 17 minute workout being too short to be effective... There's a 5 min warm up, followed by the 17 minute workout, followed by a 5 min cool down, so, in total, it's really a 27 minute workout. The video has three workouts (17 min cardio abs, 17 min cardio buns, and 17 min total body conditioning) so you could conceivably work up to a 61 minute workout--which isn't bad at all. And Dr. Moreno already recommends doing two 17 minute workouts a day. The workouts so far have been pretty good. Definetely not the intensity of my workouts at the Y, but they do have me sweating.What I ate:

Breakfast
Hot water w/lemon
2 hard boiled eggs
1 orange
Snack
yogurt w/ sugar free cherry preserves
Lunch
green tea w/ Truvia
roasted brussels sprouts w/parmesan
sesame tilapia
2 cups coffee w/ Truvia
Snack
raspberry kefir smoothie with sugar-free cherry preserves
Dinner
chicken limonato ( a variation of the samon recipe in the book)
roasted broccoli/cauliflower/carrots w/ sprinkle of parmesan (I usually boil frozen vegetables and Tom raved over how much better they tasted roasted)
caprese salad w/ low fat mozzarella
green tea w/ Truvia

1/5/11
It probably seems like there's not a lot of variety on this diet, if you're basing it on my daily eating log. But I'm eating the same meals over and over as a cost-cutting strategy, and also because of personal preference. I bought a big bag of frozen raspberries, because I'm allowed berries on this diet, but mixed berries have blueberries in them, and I don't really like blueberries. I may get strawberries next week for variety. Blackberries are a little too tart (in my opinion) to naturally sweeten yogurt and kefir. I've also been eating a lot of hard boiled eggs because they aren't as messy as omelets to make, I can't stand eating eggs with runny yolks, and I haven't yet been able to resist the urge to add a pound of cheese to my scrambled eggs. Hard boiled eggs work for me, so that's what I've been eating. And I just really love roasted brussels sprouts, so despite the fact that there's quite a long list of acceptible vegetables to eat, I tend to gravitate to them a lot. And I have a confession to make already, when I say I'm using no sugar preserves, that's not entirely true. I looked at the low sugar preserves (and have had them in the past). I think they taste wierd because they're filled with all kinds of chemicals. I want to eat as clean as possible, so for a few more calories per serving (20) and a few more carbs (5) I've been getting organic fruit preserves sweetened with fruit juice (I LOVE Tree of Life brand). I can identify every ingredient on the label and I'm losing weight beautifully. I'm not willing to fill my body with crap anymore. If I can't recognize the ingredients, and it's filled with chemicals, I'm not eating it. Period. What I ate today:

Breakfast
hot water w/lemon
2 hard boiled eggs
grapes
green tea w/ Truvia
Post-Workout Snack
plain yogurt w/ sugar free strawberry preserves
Lunch
chicken and vegetable soup
green tea w/ Truvia
Afternoon Snack
plain yogurt w/ sugar free cherry preserves
orange
caprese salad
Dinner
baked salmon
roasted brussels sprouts w/ parmesan
roasted cauliflower/broccoli/carrots
green tea w/ Truvia

1/6/10

Today my schedule got a little messed up when the mom who was supposed to be the helping parent at my 4-year-old son's co-op preschool had a conflict and asked me to come in her place. I love being helping parent. It's so much fun to observe Sam's class and interact with all the kids (ie. girls--which are like a foreign species at this point :-P). But it threw my whole day into upheaval, because I had been planning on working out in the late morning, then having Kira over for a playdate all afternoon. I had to figure out a new time slot to get a workout in, and ended up waking up at 6:30am to get in my 20 minute workout on the elliptical. I initially thought I would eat my mid-morning snack with breakfast, but was so full after the eggs and yogurt that I totally forgot about the apple. I was a little hungry by lunch time, but certainly wasn't ravenous. It had been over a week since Kira and I weighed in with the wii, so we had a weigh in and I've lost almost 4 pounds in 6 days. I have to keep telling myself that that's not too shabby, because it doesn't feel like enough. I'm almost back to my pre-Christmas weight, but I'm really impatient to get the rest of it off, too.
Breakfast
water w/lemon
2 hard boiled eggs
yogurt w/ sugar free strawberry preserves
Lunch
chicken and vegetable soup
apple
Mid-Afternoon Snack
yogurt w/ sugar free strawberry preserves
1 C grapes
Dinner
small salad with lettuce, tomatoes, and low fat mozzarella drizled w/ oil and balsamic vinegar
sesame salmon (oh how I love that sesame sauce!)
roasted brussels sprouts w/ sprinkle of parmesan

11/7/01

I made it a week! Really, it wasn't that hard or that bad. The only struggle I've had is getting my 8 servings of water in. (I manage, on average, about three.) I've got to figure out how to work that in so it can flush more fat out! Last night I dreamed that I was in the kitchen and mindlessly starting munching on a corn chip--and mid-bite was like "WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING! PUT IT DOWN!" So I guess the diet has done more for my psyche than I realized. After a week of eating clean and lean I really can't say I miss eating all the processed food I used to, and I've made a pact with myself that once my family has eaten the rest of the processed foods in the house, I'm just not buying anymore (except in rare circumstances). I'm also drumming into my boys' heads that food has vitamins and anything that doesn't is a treat. If they're hungry, they need to pick food, not a treat. Yesterday, I had a really interesting conversation with Sam continuing the conversation we began about healthy food (and my own realization that I had to rethink our diet). You can read about that here. I told him he had to pick a food with vitamins for his snack and he said really hesitantly, "Can I have grapes?" And I said, "yes!" And he looked back at me with eyes big as saucers and said, "Grapes have vitamins? Hooray!" Also, a couple of weeks ago, when I gave him some canned mandarin oranges after eating fresh clementines for a week, he said, "I don't like these oranges, mom. I want the fancy ones..." Obviously, there's something seriously wrong with our diet if our children can't believe grapes are healthy and think plain, unfussed with citrus fruits are "fancy". I think the changes I'm making are actually going to make all of us healthier.

Breakfast
(I'm out of eggs! The horror!)
hot water w/lemon
yogurt w/ sugar free strawberry preserves
green tea w/ Truvia
Snack
orange
Lunch
big salad of some sort
roasted brussels sprouts (I think I have an addiction)
Snack
yogurt w/ sugar free strawberry preserves
apple
Dinner
baked chicken
roasted asparagus

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