Tuesday, November 08, 2011

17 days

Confession: I suck at Weight Watchers. I truly believe in the program....for other people. While it helped me and Brent slim down for our wedding in 2006 -- nearly 100 lbs. lost between the two of us -- I've had a hard time getting back into the groove of the program post-nuptials. My heart wasn't in it, and no matter how many times I tried to get back "on program," I'd lose a few pounds, lose my way and struggle.

I'm taking a new approach to this whole slim-down thing. Today Brent and I started The 17 Day Diet. You can read a good, critical review of it here. In a nutshell, it's a series of 17-day cycles with varying levels of strictness. More than anything, though, I'd say it's a clean-eating program. There's little to no processed food involved, and it relies heavily on lots of lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, and probiotics. Sort of common sense stuff, ya know?

Today went well, and I'm actually excited to see how the rest of this cycle pans out. I cooked today, which in itself is rare as I'm a microwave kind of gal, and enjoyed it. I've found a bunch of recipes that sound great, too.

I wasn't sure whether I'd blog about it now or wait until after the first cycle, but I figured that now would be a great way to really commit myself to the program and help me hold myself accountable.

Wish me luck!

11 comments:

  1. Jaime9:56 PM

    Good luck Nanette! You can do it.

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  2. This is such a timely post. I just cancelled my WW membership that i had been paying for about a year. It is a sad and pathetic story - I lost about 20 lbs, totally fell off, didnt go for months and then went back, then fell off again..( and of course ive gained most of that 20lbs back) OH but I was still paying for WW, like somehow that made it better? Ive had great success on that program before, but for some reason Ive been having a really hard time getting motivated. This past spring & summer I did C25k, and even started doing Bridge to 10k. I ran my first 5k (like, i actually ran it!) and then as it started getting hotter out i slowly fell off again. I haven't ran in at least 2 months. My husband and I were just having a conversation this weekend - WHY IS IT SO HARD SOMETIMES? So... sorry, this comment is all "me me me me." But this is just an appropriate post. Perhaps a "new" diet is the way for me to really get into something new.... Thanks for sharing this.

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  3. Good luck! I hope that it works for you and turns out to be something you dcide to stick with long-term.

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  4. Best of luck! I'm eager to hear how it works for you. I am a total WW failure. I was a member for about 6 months and never so much as lost a pound despite counting every point and doing everything they told me. I actually gained about 12 pounds. It was so defeating. I have friends that are lifetime members and have lost so much weight and kept it off, but apparently it's just not for me.

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  5. Go Nanette! I have been failing more than succeeding at WW lately but I made a new effort (yet again) beginning of last week and am doing better. It worked so well for me before but it just seems to be so much harder now- I think it was because my life was all about me when I did WW before. I admire you guys for the clean eating program and wish you the best of luck!

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  6. GOOD LUCK! I'm rooting for you!

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  7. Denise1:29 PM

    I'm intrigued... good luck and keep us posted!

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  8. I think you know how I feel about this news, Nanette.

    xoxo,
    TDR

    P.S. Ben got a job with corporate! Now I miss you and him.

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  9. The 17 Day Diet has been working for me. I'm in between my first round of the three cycles and have to pick cycle 1 back up for my second round. I'm glad you're feeling inspired!

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  10. Anonymous6:06 PM

    My husband and I have lost about 100 pounds between the two of us since late March. We're not on any special diet, though I track my calories through myfitnesspal.com. Our biggest lifestyle changes were walking or hiking 6 days a week, weight lifting, and cutting out sweets almost entirely. Good luck!

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  11. I am a total WW dropout =( Good luck on this!

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