17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Progress

Hey Everyone! I mentioned about a week and a half ago that I was going to try to complete the first cycle of the 17 day diet just in time for Thanksgiving, so I wanted to do a quick update on that.

Has it been hard to stick to this plan?

I’ve actually been following it pretty easily. It’s not too dissimilar to how I’d eat normally, with the main exceptions being no carbs at all after 2 p.m., less coffee (more green tea) and no late-night popcorn or wine (boo, I enjoy a glass of red wine at night to unwind). However, something about these small changes really seems to make a big difference to me!

I haven’t followed the plan perfectly either, there was some cheating going on last weekend—I had to shop at Sam’s Club on Saturday and so I ate several delicious samples of pie, etc. I also had Sunday brunch with my granny which consisted of soley refined carbs-pancakes, grits, biscuits. I did try some of everything but tried to use moderation. Finally, I’ve been craving molasses (anemic) so I’ve added an occasional teaspoon in my coffee. Still, these cheats aren’t too bad, all things considered.

Let me give you a sample menu plan here:

Breakfast: Green tea, two eggs-fried, one serving of sugar-free, low fat yogurt, one apple (as you can see, breakfast is none too shabby)

Snack: Another low sugar fruit such as an apple, orange or berries

Lunch: Lean ground turkey sauteed with cabbage, onion and seasonings. Delicious! Green tea to drink.

Snack: Yogurt (no sugar, lowfat-I love Triple Zero yogurt)

Dinner: Pan fried fish,roasted veggies, spinach salad with apple cider vinaigrette.

Night-time munchies: The biggest thing this has done for me has helped me to beat the night-time munchies. Now instead of getting some skinny popcorn or a glass red wine (neither of which are unhealthy choices actually, but the habit of late-night snacking is not the best)… I’ve found myself becoming addicted to a nightly cup of hot tea, instead.


Okay, so  it’s been 10 days and I just weighed myself. To be honest,  I wasn’t really expecting much. Like I said, I’ve been trying for a couple months with other methods and not an ounce was lost of that stubborn pregnancy weight.  HOWEVER, THIS MORNING I WAS SO EXCITED BECAUSE I HAVE LOST 5 POUNDS IN 10 DAYS.  That might not sound huge but it is for me, especially considering the scale’s war against moving even a tiny bit. It’s also huge because it’s half of my first goal. At this point, I’m only about 5 pounds away from my regular (pre-preg) weight and around 13 away from my most fit weight. However, I also have a lot of muscle from dance/Zumba that I’m pretty sure I built on while doing Zumba through my pregnancy, so maybe I’ll be happy enough to not fret about it once I can get 5 more down.

What now?

Next week, Thanksgiving…. I’m planning to cook several things for not one, but two, Thanksgiving day feasts as well as two potlucks during the week. Also, we’ll have family staying with us and I’m obviously not going to expect them to follow the 17 day diet (my husband has been amazing doing this with me, btw).

If I can just maintain this week, I’ll be happy….If I gain those 5 pounds back in one week, I’m probably going to punch a turkey in the face….After I finish cycle 1, I’m a bit torn between going on to cycle 2 or trying Trim Healthy Mama again. THM is super healthy and is a bit more flexible, which makes it seem like an easier plan to stick to through the remainder of the holiday season. Though I didn’t really lose on it I think I eventually would, slowly, if I stuck it out long enough.

Anyone else out there trying to beat the holiday bulge?? What are you doing? What do your Thanksgiving meal plans look like?


The 17 Day Diet…A Battle Against the Bulge

Hey guys….so in case you didn’t know…it’s 17 days until Thanksgiving. That mean’s it’s 17 days until the kids are out of school, the crazy uncle is in town…17 days until some very important questions are answered: who is cooking what and who’s eating where and is everyone going to get along????

17 days until your kitchen is jam-packed with all the delicious foods of the season (if I’m being incredibly honest here, it’s really only about 14 days until that happens).

Along with all the comfort and joy and excitement of the Thanksgiving/Christmas season, there comes a fear….looming….like a stormcloud.

The fear is this: The scale. Continue reading “The 17 Day Diet…A Battle Against the Bulge”

FREE Sam’s Membership….Calling all Money-Saving Mamas!

Babies sure are cute, but they sure ain’t cheap.  If yours is like many young families, you really have to know how to make a penny stretch. If this is the case for you, I’ve got some exciting news.  Sam’s Club, the place for all things bulk, has decided to offer a huge gift to new or expectant mothers to help pad that new-family budget! Continue reading “FREE Sam’s Membership….Calling all Money-Saving Mamas!”

Kale and Three Simple Ways to Enjoy It

I suppose these days you might say that Kale is trending. Kale is a great food to incorporate into your diet because it is low-calorie but jam-packed with vitamins A, C and K as well as iron and potassium.  It’s shown evidence as an anti-cancer food and may also help fend off diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease (info from Medical News Today).  Continue reading “Kale and Three Simple Ways to Enjoy It”