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How am I losing this weight?

Monday, October 08, 2012

I've been asked alot what I'm doing to lose this weight...

I loosely follow the 17 Day Diet... Not so much the cycles as given, but I pretty much eat from the three cycles and occasionally outside of that. I have my lemon water first thing in the morning and it's not always hot water. I get to work and have a greek yogurt and a green tea (hot). I tend to graze all day long... so if I'm still hungry, I tend to have more protein... either a hardboiled egg, or some meat from the night before, or a cheese stick. 1st break is my fruit, whether it be red grapes, or an apple or an orange or whatever else and usually only from Cycle 1. Lunch is veg and protein and a hot green tea. Then my 2nd fruit by 2 pm. More protein if I'm hungry (not always).. and 2nd break is my 2nd greek yogurt. When I get home, I exercise. Most nights, 5-6 nights a week. I usually do minimum 2 miles with Leslie Sansone, tonight I did a bit over 3 miles. Then I have dinner which is veg and lean protein (meat)...

Lately, I've been cooking more things for my son to eat (he told us he's vegetarian now)... so couscous or whole wheat tortillas, sweet potato or squash... but if I have some, I almost always take it for work the following day so that I have that carb at lunch and not for dinner. I drink a cold green tea with dinner and always a huge bottle of water (I finish at least 1 large, 33.8 oz water at work, sometimes 2, max 3 and yes I go to the b/r alot)... then at home, almost always 2 more bottles (I drink ALOT of water)

Weekends are hard... as I'm always running around... but I get my 2 greek yogurts in by 5 pm (one in morning, one usually before dinner)... grab an apple or two for the road, or raw carrots and eat those while driving around. I will grab an hard boiled egg or turkey hot dog, anything portable, while I'm out and about. Always grab a large bottle of water and usually fill a bottle with cold green tea for the road as well. The lemon water is still cold in the morning.

I go and walk outdoors on Saturday mornings... usualy 90 min walk... and sometimes on Sundays as well, or Ill do the Leslie Sansone tape sometime on Sunday.

That's pretty much how I've adapted to my lifestyle. I think it's a bit heavy on Cycle 1 but Mon-Fri, I tend to have a bit of chocolate... not much and first thing in the morning.. but I've been on this since March and I think that my metabolism works with it fairly well.

As for the detox.. I've never really felt it. As for introducing other carbs, I haven't discovered any allergic reactions either.

I went to an engagement party on Saturday... if I'm out and about, I dont' freak out about it, really... but gravitate towards the protein (any) and vegetables and just stay away from the carbs. It seems to be working for us.

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    It's interesting to read your program here. Always to know how other Sparkers are finding success. You've given me some tips.
My biggest success was when I did low carb. Your program seems a painless way to do it.

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BYTHEGRACE 10/9/2012 9:44AM

    Marie...thanks for sharing your program. You are indeed one of the troopers who has made fabulous progress and maintained a darn near perfect outlook. You have adapted what is such a sensible way of eating into your everyday life so successfully and remained positive and supportive to those travelling with you. You are an example o be esteemed!

I, too, have enjoyed success on the 17 Day Diet protocol. There are differences, however, in age (I am older, at 60) and have no children at home. You and Ivan are united in your efforts, while my DH (Bob) would rather starve than eat the type and number of veggies, yogurt AND green tea that I do. Bob supports me wholeheartedly in the exercise arena, suggesting walks with the dogs regularly, while I have been less ambitious particularly since the July flood and disarray that decommissioned the treadmill!
Consequently it has been a fortunate C3/C4 maintenance for a bit here.

I am determined to push forward with the plan that I know works for me, which is the cyclical adaptation that Dr. Moreno prescribes. I have chosen, through 8 rounds, to make some adjustments as well. I now know that in C2 I can add beans and yams...that I will be very uncomfortable if adding anything with wheat (although I do not carry a diagnosis of celiac disease, there is definitely a response when adding wheat back that I don't like-although I lived with it for years and considered it "normal").

There are other foods and combinations avoided because I am (finally) conscious of MY responses. Those include chocolate and anything with added sweetener...DANGER! Like many it is DOPE to me...might as well be doing heroin...and one hit is never enough!

BEAUTIFUL!...I think we might represent two very determined gals who have evolved based upon experimentation with a formidable outline. There are so many others who have taken the challenge, been encouraged to be 100% compliant through an entire round of three cycles (17 days at a time...and we can do anything for 17 days), seen success and adapted...then discovered that the plan works time and again to varying degrees whether firmly held and followed or loosely applied in principal and food lists.

So, I wonder then, isn't the key finding YOUR way, knowing YOUR personality/idiosyncrasies, and following YOUR path with a great road map and supportive fellow sojourners?

"It's your road and yours alone - others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you"
Decisions determine destiny... and the CHOICE is always YOURS.

Many, many thanks to all of you who have participated, supported, encouraged and experimented. May YOUR journey to a healthier YOU be as joyous and freeing!

(Okay, this should have been a blog, but once started....)

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So close! I'm going to do it!

Monday, October 08, 2012

This mornings' weigh in was soooo great! My week's loss was 6.5 lbs (that's coming off a .5 loss the week before and nothing the week before that)... This puts me at 93.5 lbs gone... FOREVER! I'm seriously NEVER going to go backwards... only forwards.

I just wish I'd discovered all of this sooner, or had my head in it, or well, whatever. I guess I always knew what the keys to success were, but finally I'm using them and it's working!

A few things going on for us now is that my 15 yr old son announced over a week ago that he's a vegetarian. So, I'm trying to make sure he's got all the foods to be successful in his journey of better health and whatever else his reasons for it are. My husband and I, on the other hand, are losing very successfully on the 17 Day Diet program (although, we've taken out alot of the structure of it), and are constantly eating lean proteins in meat form... so it's a balance I'm trying to play out here at home... I know that I've been watching alot of the carbs eat and haven't fully embraced the complex carbs into daily life, or even other daily life... but now, I'm learning quickly because of his choice and I do indulge and eat what I cook.

We had a small festival of sorts a few weeks ago here in town... and a local university had a table setup to cook very healthy dishes. It is their Diet and Nutrition department. I've been going there EVERY single Saturday morning to see what they are offering and tasting it and then bringing home the recipe cards... I've been buying cous-cous (spelling's off, but can't figure it out now), looking for Quinoa, sweet potatoes, squashes, peppers, onions, tomatoes... etc... just healthy stuff. I'm loving it. Tonight, I'll make a butternut couscous (oh, maybe that's the trick, no hypen?) anyway... and then I also found a recipe on here for a sweet potato/black bean burrito. Interesting.. might try that, too. Now, I cook mostly for him, but I'm trying as I go, so a burrito may become my lunch tomorrow.

Well, just so excited for my new healthy life... I think it's arrived... what do you think?

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    Interesting recipes. Butternut couscous sounds delicious. How do you make this? Sweet potato and black bean burrito is worth a try.
You are doing great! Inspiring.

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SARAMCK1 10/9/2012 1:31PM

    Absolutely marvellous. Well done you. Your are a true inspiration to all of us.

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KELLY19770 10/8/2012 11:35PM

    Fantastic! You totally rock!!! emoticon

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CRAFTINWIFE 10/8/2012 3:46PM

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CHRIMSONFYRE 10/8/2012 3:15PM

    wow, what a fantastic and inspiring journey you have had so far. Keep up the great work. Sounds like you have some yummy recipes set up too, let us know how they are!

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COCK-ROBIN 10/8/2012 8:46AM

    Way to go! i'm proud of you.

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DEBSDESTINY 10/8/2012 7:56AM

    I think you are doing great! I am so proud of all you've accomplished. And I think it's wonderful that you are trying so many new foods. I like your sense of adventure. That's my downfall as I am kind of a picky eater! Way to Go! Keep up the good work.


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It's all in the head...

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Just through some recent talks with friends I started thinking that it'd be a great post for a blog...

It's just crazy how the mind works... It's really so powerful.

I've got some friends who are waiting to "diet" (for lack of another word) til after... fill in the blank. After vacation? When do you leave? Doesn't it make more sense to lose some weight before you go? LOL Especially since most of us tend to not follow diets closely on vacation. Wait til after the holidays? Well, I think the next one is more than a month away... I lost 20 lbs in my first cycle of the 17 Day Diet...

I think you get my point... I'm finally shedding weight that I've held onto for over decades! Well, no more than two decades... I'm not THAT old! LOL ;-) I KNEW what to do... I knew how to do it. I just DIDN'T.

I've never been one to be on diets and not lose... I feel for those that experience that. I always knew that if I didn't lose weight while dieting, it was my own fault... If I got on the scale and saw the number stay the same... it'd be a disappointment, but I never was like... REALLY?? AFTER ALL I DID! Or if I gained a little something... I almost always can say... hmm, that was that cupcake and chai I had... or missing workouts, or well... whatever.

I recently was in a conversation and this happens alot about the 17 Day Diet... and there are times that the "I don't like that, or that... or I really hate that"... I don't think I can do the diet... Well, I am a firm believer in the fact that there is a diet out there for everyone. This is the one for me. However, I think I'm definitely proof positive that it's working very well for me.

This diet is time consuming... I'm eating way more fresh foods and not "quick" foods all the time... I actually have to cook! And that's not a favorite thing of mine to do. However, it's getting better and easier... It's been several months now and I'm adjusting.

As for the liking things... well, I do feel that once on this plan, I started getting rid off all the processed foods in my system and then everything started just tasting better. I NEVER liked brussel sprouts... but hubby did... and I gave it another try... and now I love them.

I hear "I can't eat the same things over and over"... and well, I can. I actually do much better with lack of variety, only because, variety is way too hard a concept for me. I do more... cook various things and sometimes I crave other things... so it's a danger zone for me. However, I don't eat the same things over and over... The "variety" that I feel I have is that I'm always figuring out new ways of cooking things, or trying new vegetables, etc... trust me, one or two max recipes is ALL I have time or energy for. I just can't imagine wanting something different for every meal... I'd be in the kitchen all the time. I like to precook meals... grab and go... that's the kind of person I am.

Also, I've given thought to Thanksgiving a bit... and it's not that frightening. I can eat turkey... in fact, I can have as much as I want before I get full... I can load up on vegetables (a big part of the holiday in my family)... I may have to reconsider the stuffing or the mashed potatoes... but one of two things can happen... I can search for new recipes that I can sort of mimic the item I'll miss... or just have a bit of it... not worry that it's on the table, just don't "go to town" on the stuffing, ya know?

I hope that we all can get our heads in our individual games (journeys) and that we are all successful. Really? We all are smarter than some of the things we try to convince ourselves.

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FP4HLOSER 10/3/2012 1:57PM

    "I can't eat the same things over and over"--this one is funny since when it comes down to it most people eat the same things over and over anyways! It just isn't the healthier versions!
If you are on cycle 3 by Thanksgiving you could indulge in a smidge of dressing and potatoes. But don't want to tempt you on that! LOL! You know yourself better then anyone. we are spending a quiet Thanksgiving alone this year at a rental cottage so we may not have the traditional food. emoticon

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BOTTLEDIGGER 10/3/2012 7:51AM

    You are so "right on " with this blog...there is always going to be something coming up like a party or holiday, but the best thing is to just START on your can't wait or you will never start...once you "start" eating healthy you already feel better that very first day because you know longer have to say "I need to get on some kind of diet"..."I need to do something."...because you ARE doing something! I keep thinking about your success and how good I feel already and that is keeping me the food thing am trying to work on getting the exercise in...had a headache Day 2 but that went is Day 6 and feeling pretty positive about things...thanks again for the blog!

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Maintaining... It's not a bad thing.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Maintaining and good with that!

I have to admit to weighing in a few times a week. For me, it totally keeps me accountable. I had a few cheats this week (Thai Drunken Noodles on Tuesday with a cupcake and on Friday late night, a half order of nachos)... The other things I had, really weren't cheats, but they were added carbs which I try to have only in the first part of the week, but this past week had towards the end.

I kept the exercise up, but didn't do the volume that I tried the week prior.

It's all a journey... I've definitely got a handle on my weight now... I keep an eye on it... I work out extra if I feel that I was bad. I amp up the veggies and water after high sodium days, etc.

My wonderful husband lost 4.5 lbs this week, so he's on track... with a total of 67.5 lbs lost! I'm so proud of him! Really, I know there are ALOT of you with hubby's out there that just can't get into the diet thing or even the healthy thing... and he was one of them! So, it's HUGE what he's doing right now and even that keeps me more on track with my journey.

I know that this week, this maintaining will stay on my mind (not punishing myself, just ultra aware)... so I feel this will be a good week for me... I know I'll report a weight loss next week!

It feels great to have this much control over my own body!! FINALLY! It feels awesome!

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BOTTLEDIGGER 9/26/2012 11:05AM

    You are fortunate to have a supportive husband...I have a "good" one, too!!! We walk together and he helps cook...sometimes we give in to sugary/carby foods together so we have tried to stop that!

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KELLY19770 9/24/2012 10:28AM

    Yay you! emoticon

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ELAYNE39 9/24/2012 9:08AM

    Sometimes just maintaining is a win! Congratulations. Hope you have a great week!

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Wow... almost 6 months in... great success!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Wow, today I weighed in and I've lost 87 lbs! I'm so close to getting to that magical 100 lbs lost mark... I can taste it! Ivan has lost 63 lbs, so that puts us at losing 150 lbs between us today! And, on Wednesday, marks our 6 months of living healthier! I'm so proud of us it's insane!

In all, it seems that it's been coming off pretty quickly... and even though I'm exercising up to 5-6 times a week... and always watching what I eat and documenting what I eat... it's been relatively easy! I've tried other plans before and not sure why, but they all seemed like work. This is the only plan that taught me how to eat, so the thinking is out of it... I just know. It makes ALL the difference! I'm grateful that I found this plan (the 17 Day Diet, which at this point, we've totally modified for our lifestyle)... when we did. We were HUGE (look at my pics and I have them in order)... and I can honestly say that I don't remember us that big... I see bone structure now... I see shape! I see the person that's been hidden inside of me for decades!

In fact, I just believe I can keep going and I'm eager to see what my 44 yr old thin self looks like (I guess she'll be 45) lol! She's still in there... I've still got over 110 lbs covering her shape!

How wild is it that when I find a cute top that I just buy it in my goal size? I borrow clothes from others and if I see something super cute and on sale, I purchase it for the thin me that is inside. Pretty wild!

I'm just SO EXCITED! My body is under major construction and I'm loving every step of the journey!

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BOTTLEDIGGER 9/26/2012 11:02AM

    Your success is an inspiration to me. I have just joined the 17DD team...have not got the book yet, but have been reading a lot about it. I have about 85 pounds to lose and could really use the support...congrats to you on your success!

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FOXFIRENDTS 9/20/2012 10:13AM

    Congratulations and well done, you are are great inspiration and a motivator. emoticon emoticon

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CHRIMSONFYRE 9/20/2012 9:53AM

    You are doing fantastic and are very much an inspiration to everyone. You will be reaching your goal in no time!

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ANGIE3376 9/18/2012 11:27PM

    That is awesome inspire me to not give up. I can't wait to start this diet and hopefully get to see results like yours. You look amazing!! emoticon

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SERVINGTHRUPT 9/17/2012 3:19PM

    Woo Hoo, way to go!

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IMSUNSHINE 9/17/2012 7:46AM

    That is awesome!! Thank you for sharing and good luck with the remainder 13 lbs!

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CINNAMARIE 9/17/2012 7:10AM

    Thanks so much! I know for a fact that if I can do this, anyone can! I'm still surprised I've kept up with the exercising, too! LOL Trust me, I was VERY sedentary and in pain...

Again, thanks for reading and cheering me on! So appreciated!

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KDGILOMEN 9/17/2012 7:08AM

    Thanks for the positive post, I really love to read about others success because it shows me that I can do this. Have a wonderful day and congrats on your awesome success!!

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