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My experience with The Plan (the first 20 days menu)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I had not heard of this until the past few months. I had to buy the book and read about it for myself. The description of the person who has tried everything and just couldn't lose weight fit me to a T. I picked a date to start and I haven't looked back.

8/30/13 Starting Weight: 213 (I was 210 the day before, so I was already starting out with extra to lose!)

Day 1: Cleanse Day. I stuck with the meal plan until the end of the day when I ate some M&Ms and Doritos. emoticon

8/31: Day 2: Almond test
Weight: 210.8 (-2.2)
Feeling the effects of the detox. Stuck with the plan to the letter.

9/1: Day 3: Chickpeas test
Weight: 207.6 (-3.2)
Very nauseous and felt flu-like. Took a nap. At bed time soaked in the bath and went to bed early.

9/2: Day 4: Cheese
Weight: 206 (-1.6)
Feeling better today.

9/3: Day 5: Rye
Weight: 205.4 (-.6)
Went on a long car ride and a nice hike at a high elevation. I did not get all of my water in today. I was about 36 ounces short.

9/4: Day 6: Protein-Steak
Weight: 205.4 (stayed the same)

9/5: Day 7: No test
Weight: 204.8 (-.6)

9/6: Day 8: Bread (wheat)
Weight: 203.8 (-1)
Ate the one slice of wheat bread at lunch. By the end of the day I was experiencing some intestinal distress and gas.

***I have not even lost this in a month for years!

9/7: Day 9: No test
Weight: 205.2 (+1.4)
Found my first reactive food: wheat. Leaving that one out of my diet for a while. Today I felt awful. I felt like I had the flu and just wanted to go to bed. I ate the menu from Day 3 until dinner time because we were at the fair. I couldn't find much Plan friendly foods, so I had a carmel apple and a few bites of chicken from my husband's BBQ plate. Did not get all my water in before 7:30.

9/8: Day 10: (The Plan Day 9 menu) No Test
Weight: 205 (-.2)
Off menu: Ate a few ounces of pork with adobo sauce. I haven't eaten either before.

9/9: Day 11: New Protein ~Eggs
Weight: 205.2 (+.2)
I attribute today's gain to the pork with adobo. Will retest pork later. Ate 2 fried eggs with dinner.

9/10: Day 12: No test
Weight: 202.2 (-3) emoticon
Eggs are good! I seem to also lose better on nights I have my red wine with chocolate. I feel super good today. Best I have felt in a LONG time!

9/11: Day 13: New Vegetable ~ Potato
weight: 204.6 (+2.4) Yikes! I put some of the spicy apricot sauce on my chicken and I think it is the tomato in the adobo sauce mixed with the chicken. (I know this for me because of a recent experience with chicken in tomato sauce.) I also did not get all my water in, so that may have exacerbated the response. Not eating that sauce again. Too bad, because I liked it.

9/12: Day 14: No Test
weight: 204.6 (same)
I possibly drank too much water yesterday.

9/13: Day 15: Test~ Lactose-Free Milk
Weight: 203.8 (-.8)

Week 2 total = no loss

9/14: Day 16: No Test
weight: 204.8 (+1)
Not completely sure it was the milk because I did not sleep well, and cheated with some cow's milk cheddar cheese.

9/15: repeat of Day 1
weight: 205.2 (+.4)
I am up too much so I am going to do a few days of eating friendly days menus. I repeated Day 1, but let myself have the ounce of chocolate as dessert.

9/16: repeat of Day 10 with eggs over easy
weight: 204.4 (-.8)
Made a mistake and ate a rye cracker with "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" and got a whopper of a headache. Never eating that stuff again. Next time I run out of butter in the house, I will eat my cracker dry or with almond butter.

9/17: Redo of Day 13: no Test
weight: 203.8 (-.6)
Rode the exercise bike to test that today. 30 minutes with low intensity.

9/18: re-do of Day 14: New Breakfast Addition : Lactose free milk re-do
weight: 203.2 (-.6)
Biking seems to be okay. So, I can add that to my cardio.

9/19: Day 15: No Test
weight: 203.8 (+.6)
I guess it is a no-go on the milk. emoticon
Might have ate more chicken than I should have tonight. I really enjoyed the Indian spice rub.


Week 3 Total:

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/12/2013 12:13PM

    Great job! I find the same thing: red wine and chocolate agree with me, as do eggs.

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ANU_20 9/11/2013 10:09AM

    emoticon Karla!! Thanks for sharing and keep us posted!There has been a lot of discussion about the 'The Plan' on the chat thread lately and I have been wondering what it is !

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    Thanks for sharing this Karla, it is good to see how others are working The Plan! Way to go on the loss!

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JANEGSN 9/11/2013 12:55AM

    I agree that food sensitivities/allergies can cause problems. I always say if you are doing the basics of exercising and eating so there is a calorie deficit and it is not working, there is something else going on and it is time to look at food allergies or hormones or something else.

Reactions can be hard to tell, some are bigger and some are smaller, but paying attention to things like your stomach reactions and figuring things out is very helpful. And sometimes it is not the food but the way it is prepared (I am allergic to flour, but whole grains boiled is fine, I know of others that have this same allergy).

Good luck with your testing.

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KARLARAMA 9/10/2013 7:16PM

    PROPMAN1, this is not MY plan but from a book called "The Plan" by Lyn-Genet Recitas. It is a food elimination diet.

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 9/10/2013 4:23PM

    Wow this is great Karla! I've heard a lot about this plan lately- Keep pushing and please keep us posted on your progress:) emoticon

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PROPMAN1 9/10/2013 2:32PM

  Is this YOUR Plan? Somehow this doesn't seem 'right' to me.

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Monday, June 10, 2013


My Goals are:
1. I will lose 12 pounds, an average of one pound a week, by August 28, 2013. My final weigh-in will be 199.2 or less.
2. I will be able to run a 5K by August 28th.
3. I will lose 2 inches or more around my waist and 2 inches around my hips. My waist will be 35 inches or less and my hips 43 inches or less.

I will reach these goals through the following plan:

#1 = challenge Habits: Complete all of the TNT and Weekend challenges and aim for 100% points. Post at least once a day in my team thread.

#2 = activity habits: Re-start C25K program and finish it during this round
Strength train 3 times a week. Do 100 push-ups 3 times a week and 250 crunches 3 times a week. Work up to doing 50 squats 3 times a week
Cardio a minimum of 30 minutes for 6 times or more a week. Track my cardio in the Sparkpeople fitness tracker.

#3 = Health and Wellness habits: Take vitamins daily. Drink 100 ounces of water a day. Do yoga daily and knee exercises 3 times a week. Ice my bad knee after running or biking.

#4 = Nutrition habits: Eat 5 to 6 smaller meals a day. No eating 2 hours before bedtime. Don't deny (have a small taste or sample), but also do not overindulge. Plan out my meals a week ahead. Track every bite in the Sparkpeople nutrition tracker.

I will measure my goal by using my scale to measure how many pounds I have lost, by using my measuring tape to see how many inches I have lost, and by maintaining my C25K training schedule so that I can complete my 5K by the end of this round.

To achieve this goal I need Sparkpeople to track my nutrition and fitness habits, I need my bathroom scale to measure my weight, my tape measure to measure my inches lost (NSV), and my C25K schedule and iPod to keep my training on schedule.

I am going to look to my friends, family and my True Blue teammates for support on my journey.

I want to do this because I no longer recognize myself. I am not this overweight person. I want to see myself as a healthy athlete again. I want to be able to be active without knee pain. These goals are the first step in that direction.

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ARKPLE 6/11/2013 11:31AM

    I love your "don't deny," and I can't wait to see you in One-der-land! xo

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JUSTAGIRL45 6/11/2013 9:22AM

    GREAT plan!
So organized and defined. I know you will do it!
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PJ2222 6/10/2013 8:32PM

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BLC22 Goals

Friday, May 24, 2013

#1 = challenge goal: Complete all of the TNT and Weekend challenges and aim for 100% points. Post at least once a day in my team thread.

#2 = activity goal: Re-start C25K program and finish it during this round
Strength train 3 times a week. Do 100 push-ups 3 times a week and 250 crunches 3 times a week. Work up to doing 50 squats 3 times a week
Cardio 5 times or more a week.

#3 = Health and Wellness goal: Take vitamins daily. Drink 100 ounces of water a day. Do yoga daily and knee exercises 3 times a week. Ice my bad knee after running or biking.

#4 = Nutrition goal: Eat 5 to 6 smaller meals a day. No eating 2 hours before bedtime. Don't deny (have a small taste or sample), but also do not overindulge. Plan out my meals a week ahead.

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SUCCESSN2014 5/29/2013 12:33AM

    Welcome back!!

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BLESSEDLOSER 5/28/2013 11:24PM

    emoticon back!!!
I'm glad you're settled in back in the States, and ready to take care of business in BLC22! I hope you get back on True Blue (formerly known as Blazing Blue Bombshells), but if not, be sure to pop in and tell us how you're doing! Best wishes as you re-start your journey toward a healthier you.

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SAPHRAEL 5/27/2013 12:27PM

    I like how specific your goals are. I think I may have to update mine! I might use a habit app to track my progress. Good luck this season!

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Starting Today

Monday, January 14, 2013

Starting today I am starting over, trying to get my weight in check. I spent the past few months packing my house in Norway, doing home repairs and fixing this and that. I arrived back in the U.S. a few days before Christmas. (I got that dreaded flu on Christmas Eve, as many others probably did, also.)

I spent last week signing up at a temp agency in hopes that I can get some temp work and earn some money while I wait for my husband to sell our house in Norway. I am thankful that I am living with my parents, but I would like my family living here to be less of a burden to my retired parents. It is amazing the amount of paperwork that one has to complete and the hoops you have to jump through (proof of previous employment, assessment tests, etc) just to get in the door!

Starting today I am back to drinking meal replacement drinks for breakfast and lunch, eating fruit and veg between when I am hungry, and eating a healthy dinner and cutting out snacking before bed.

I hope to borrow my parents' treadmill to get started with walking daily until the weather improves (or I can earn money to buy appropriate footwear to walk outside).

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BLESSEDLOSER 1/14/2013 7:33PM


I'm sooo glad to hear you're back in the States, and I'm cheering you on as you start afresh again -- I'm doing the same, and so are a whole lot of us! Stay positive, and before you know it your family will all be back together in a home you can call your own again. Hang in there! emoticon

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KARLARAMA 1/14/2013 6:52PM

    Thanks Amanda! I really do need to not let things slide any more. Now, I just need to find where my parents hid the bathroom scale. I guess I can't obsess about my weight without the scale!

I did manage to get some cardio in today and boy am I out of shape!

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CARBJUNKIE83 1/14/2013 3:46PM

    emoticon sweetie! emoticon on setting that reset button!! So glad things are starting to get back to normal for you! I have missed you!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Well, there is a wrench in the mix! I wouldn't have thought I would be moving so soon. So, everything has literally got thrown out the window. I am trying to decide if I should make time and buck up and just do it, or try the best I can with the time I have. Time is so limited these days because I spend my days packing and cleaning and working on house projects.

My revised plan for success (or at least maintanance)

1. Try to eat freggies at each meal
2. Exercise will now be after dinner walks with my husband and the dogs
3. Drink a glass or 2 of water in between carrying boxes up and down the stairs
4. Take vitamins if I can remember
5. Do some yoga if I get too stressed out
6. Check in at least every other day with my Blazing Blue Bombshell teammates
7. Try to get as much sleep as I can. This one is my biggest challenge. I need to sleep less during the day and more at night. I need to start using my lightbox to get my sleeping cycle fixed.
8. Weigh myself daily so that I know which direction my weight is going and can fix it if it is going the wrong way.

I haven't made it to a goal to reward myself, but I am itching to get the new Experiment in Terror book when it comes out! I have to lose at least a few pounds to get that reward!

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LEVELPATHS 10/22/2012 4:52PM

    Good plan! And don't forget to use that lightbox if it's gonna fix your sleep :-)

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