Today is Day 8 of the first cycle of The 17 Day Diet, and so far, so good.
I haven't had any big cravings, and surprisingly, I haven't really missed carbs. The most difficult part for me is shopping at Trader Joe's and Target without giving in to the holiday treats available. Oh, I suppose I do miss the Salted Hot Chocolate from Starbucks now and again. I'm not pulling my hair out over it, though.
Brent, poor guy, is having a more difficult time resisting temptation because of the huge office where he spends 8+ hours daily. Yesterday alone he had to resist pecan pie, mini cupcakes, candy and cookies. And I don't think that was even holiday-related stuff, just typical stuff that's always there. We don't have anything close to that in the house, so when I feel the need to eat out of boredom, I reach for baby carrots and cherry tomatoes now.
The plan suggests three cups of green tea a day, preferably one with each meal, but that's on top of eight 8-ounce glasses of water, which is a lot of water for someone like me who has a hard time with water intake as it is. I did find some diet iced green tea from Lipton that's delicious, but it goes back to the whole water requirement thing. So today I've started with some green tea vitamins instead and am focusing on upping my water. (I've heard and tried all the tricks: cute water bottle, infused with fruit, etc. I just have this weird mental block to get over.)
I'm trying to up my fitness level. However, the plan notes that you can take it easy since the first cycle limits your calories a bit, and instead just start with simple walks around the neighborhood or mall. Up until today, that's all I've been doing. I dusted off our Dance Central game and worked up a sweat dancing. I'm going to break out my 30 Day Shred DVD soon.
Meal planning has obviously been fun for me, yet I'm thinking I need to increase my protein throughout the day. I don't feel the need to take a daily nap anymore, and I've been sleeping better at night. However, I'm not getting as much of an increase in energy as I've read I should. That could be due to lack of water, too, or maybe it'll come with time and increased exercise.
As of this morning, I'm down 5.5-6.5 lbs. (The scale was fluctuating between the two numbers.) Brent is down 9 lbs. Yes, most of that is water weight, but as the plan notes, that water weight loss helps keep people motivated. I think I can see a bit of a difference in my face and waist. I'm reserving judgement for another week, though.
I realized, after we'd already started, that the 17th day of this first cycle falls on -- DUN DUN DUN -- Thanksgiving! We also have Brent's office holiday party next week, on our 15th day, so things may get a little dicey toward the end of this cycle. We'll probably wait until we get back to Portland after our Los Angeles trip over Thanksgiving to start the next cycle. Brent and I have already made a pact to try to keep each other in check while we're visiting family.
A week into this and I can say that I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested. You have to have the time to put the effort into it, though. You have to plan ahead and at the very least have lots of the right veggies and proteins on hand. The grocery total for the first couple of shopping trips was cringe-worthy, but I'm sure we're saving money by not eating out like we did. It's been more than a week now since we've eaten out, which is record-breaker for sure.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have some delicious leftovers to warm up.