Days 1 and 2
The first day of my diet started out with me making a very nerdy, organized list of the next 7 days that I need to follow exactly. There are 2 phases of this program – one that’s very strict for 7 days and then the second phase is done until you hit your target weight.
After my 1st kid, for about 4 weeks, I didn’t have much of an appetite. I could blame that on hormones or what have you. After this pregnancy I am finding that I don’t have much of an appetite once again. I don’t mind it, and I believe that is a big part of the reason why I am able to commit to this. This is as good of a time as any.
I was mainly worried about 2 things – the first being the taste of the mixes. There is a cleanse that you mix with water and the other one is a protein powder that is also mixed with water. The cleanse tastes like a sort of apple juice and isn’t bad – I just make sure it’s cold. The protein powder is pretty good as well, although I do have some trouble getting it fully diluted into water. It’s only 8 oz. of water, though, so you can down it in a few gulps and get it over with. Overall, not bad. I don’t hate it which is a bonus.
My other main worry was giving up coffee. I LOVE coffee. And I love it with milk and lots of sugar. For some reason it’s not part of the rules. Darn it! I can drink black coffee if absolutely necessary but to me that’s on the order of drinking battery acid (if I knew what that tasted like). Coffee needs milk and sugar. Anyway, that’s out. But at this point I’d rather lose the weight than enjoy 1 cup of coffee per day so I’m sticking to it.
Along with giving up coffee usually comes headaches but I don’t have one yet. Day 1 went fairly smoothly and I didn’t cheat. Go me!
OK, now I have a headache. Dr. Dusty, D.C., who helped me with my Nutrition Testing, said I may get one on day 2 or 3 due to my body detoxifying with the cleanse and that’s exactly what’s happening. Not a huge surprise considering that I gave up coffee and started a cleanse on the same day. The bonus of this is that I decided to do this while still on maternity leave so I can be in pain and crabby at home vs. annoying other people with it. Sleep will do my headache good.
I have lost 3 pounds so far. Not shabby, huh? The other reason I liked this plan is because it advertises that you can lose 7 pounds in 7 days. I like fast results – I do not do well on losing a pound or less a week after eating “better” and exercising. I give up easily. Those nacho cravings take over fast.
My fear with most diets is that once you quit the diet then you will gain all the weight back on you just lost because of the temptation to go back to your old ways. His answer made sense and I’m already seeing how it will pan out in my own life. He said that after this you are much more aware of what you are eating and are able to be more disciplined in your eating even after you stop. I am also learning which foods are better for me and that roasted vegetables don’t have to taste like total crap – a little lemon on them and roasted in the oven make for a yummy side dish which is something I would have never done before.
Thanks for eating this in front of me, “buddy.” But… I didn’t cheat! Yay!
The other thing I am learning is how much I would have eaten had I not been on this diet. For example, today my friend and I stopped by Oberweis. She got a huge ice cream bowl which I totally would have gotten any other day. I also saw some caramel popcorn dredged with chocolate that I definitely would have picked up. Once we got home, she made a pizza which I would have shared with her and added another 700 calories on to our Oberweis trip. That was all before 1pm! I definitely couldn’t have done enough exercise to outweigh the damage done that morning.
So, except for the headache (which is par for the course), it’s all going well and I’m happy with the progress so far. I feel good and am happy with the choices I am making on my food.
Tomorrow is another day ..