Saturday, January 21, 2012
It's been nearly two months since I tossed in the towel on my fitness regimen. Two months of not going to the gym, focusing on the end-of-the-year duties at work, and preparing for the holidays. I actually started to see my friends again which was nice; something I couldn't do while I was on the JE LIVEFIT plan.
Right before Christmas Jeff and I went out with his best friend Cameron and his wife Catherine. C & C are some of the funniest, nicest people you will ever meet. They knew about our fitness regimen but asked us out to dinner anyway (" Do you still eat dinner?" Cameron asked jokingly) and we had a fabulous time. They told us about a diet they had been on called "The 17 Day Diet". Cameron said he and his wife each lost about 20 lbs so of course Jeff and I were intrigued.
A few days later Jeff was still bringing up the diet saying that he felt he could really do this. I bought the book and did some research. It's a very restrictive diet, no lie. There are 4 phases that slowly bring the dieter back to some semblance of normalacy but it is rough going at first.
We decided to think on it for a while- we had a vacation planned for spending New Years in Isle of Palms with my sweet and generous MIL and Jeff's Grandma so we figured if we were ready to pull the trigger we could at least have a last hurrah.
Well, spending New Years Day on the beach with a cup of coffee in your hand does wonders for the soul. When you are surrounded by beauty and love. It makes you forget the vessel which houses your soul and it refreshes your self-worth. Jeff and I both decided to make the commitment to starting over with our health and fitness plan.
It's been nearly two weeks and the plan has worked pretty well so far. I feel a lot less bloated and we have both stuck to the plan religiously.. I would be lying if I said it wasn't hard and that I don't get angry about having to be a dieter. Jeff and I spend evenings talking about pizza and pasta and a glass of wine like they are unreachable delicacies. We will be able to have these things some day but right now we have a goal in mind.
Thanks to anyone who reads this and still stays a spark buddy. I appreciate all the support. Have a great weekend!