It’s no secret that I’ve struggled with losing weight and getting fit/healthy for some time now. Every year now for decades it seems, my new year’s resolution has been to lose weight. The saying that losing weight all starts in your mind and with your thoughts is spot on. I’m not sure why it’s taken me all these years to realize that losing weight is an inside job. But now I know, if you don’t sort out what’s going on with you on the inside, nothing’s changing on the outside.
My problem was/is I’m an emotional eater and if for some reason things weren’t going right or I was not feeling like I wanted, I turned to food. Food boosted my spirits and made me feel good. So in February or so I decided to give myself a fitness challenge of working out for 30 days straight. I actually did it and felt good but lost nothing. You can read all about it here and here.
I continued to watch what I ate, lost a few pounds and then gained them back with the exception of two pounds. Then in May some of the girls I work with were talking about this new diet. Curious, I asked what it was and they said it was called the 17 Day Diet. It didn’t seem extreme or depriving so I was willing to give it a go.
May 12, 2014 was my first day on the diet. It takes you through cycles with a transition day in between each cycle. Another reason I think this worked for me was because I wasn’t starving or feeling hungry all the time. For the most part, you cut out flour and sugar. This gave me the jump start I needed and made me realize that I had a real addiction to sugar. Folks let me tell ya, after about a week I stopped feeling bloated and sluggish and felt amazing. Don’t get me wrong, the cravings were real. However, my willpower and motivation to get healthy and do right by myself, outweighed the need for that cupcake. By May 29th, the determination paid off by me losing 11.4 pounds. Seeing results and feeling the changes made all the difference.
One thing I thought would be really hard, was giving up creamer in my coffee. I’ve been drinking french vanilla creamer in my coffee for a long time and I REALLY enjoy my coffee in the mornings. I knew I didn’t want to drink my coffee black so in the beginning I used 2 Truvia packets. My taste buds adjusted and I was fine without the creamer. Then I stumbled upon liquid flavored Stevia. Yum! I use English Toffee, Chocolate Raspberry, Vanilla and plain. They are really concentrated so you only need a few drops. A friend even mentioned she using it in plain yogurt to add flavor. Great idea right?
After 3 cycles of the 17 Day Diet, I knew I was at a crossroads. I was really craving a bowl of frozen cake batter yogurt from Sweet Frog with pecans, chocolate covered pretzels and chocolate sauce. And after 41 days without cheating, I started feeling deprived. So guess what? I went and had the bowl of frozen yogurt with all the toppings. My craving immediately subsided and I was done. In the past, after having the ice cream I would have immediately felt defeated and said what the heck and continued to eat crappy foods. Not this time though, I had been at a crossroads and chose the right path.
After May 29th, the weight still came off but at a slower pace. By June 17th, I was down 15 pounds then plateaued. July 4th weekend, we had friends in town and I had some carbs and it was crazy how my body reacted. Immediately, my stomach hurt and felt bloated. I felt really sluggish and just blah. I’m so thankful for that horrible feeling. Crazy huh? The reason is because right then and there I knew that those foods were so not worth that feeling. I would much rather eat clean than to have my body go through that again. The week after that, the weight started coming off again. As of July 20th, I’m so extremely happy, amazed, and grateful to say I’ve lost 20.8 pounds! Cutting out most processed foods, flour and sugars (not fruit) has transformed my life. I can’t explain how amazing I feel and how much energy I have. I now know without a doubt I will get down to a healthy weight and meet my fitness goals.
Here’s an example of what I eat in a day:
First thing upon waking: One scoop of Green Superfood powder in a cup of water followed by one cup of coffee sweetened with liquid Stevia (I’m using Sweet Leaf)
Breakfast: 2 eggs cooked with about 1 tsp of olive oil, 2 t tablespoons of fresh salsa, fresh fruit
Lunch: large baby spinach salad with grilled chicken, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes & avocado with EVOO and fresh squeezed lemon juice (half a lemon) dressing
Snack: Kefir smoothie (sometimes I’ll have this for breakfast) contains Kefir(plain) ( I use LifeWay), protein powder, a cup of frozen mixed berry fruit, matcha green tea
*Side note: at first I hated Kefir, it has the consistency of buttermilk but again just sticking with it after a couple of weeks, I grew to like it!
Dinner: Fresh fish or protein with 1 to 2 sides of veggies and on occasion, a sweet potato
*Sometime during the day-a cup of tea with 2 tea bags, sweetened with Stevia