Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Day 31: Final measurements

BMI: 20.9

Here's my final report.

Weight Lost: 15 lbs

Inches lost
Neck:   1
Chest:   3
Belly:    4
Hips:    2
Thigh:   2
Arm:    1

Overall I'm ecstatic. I'm now doing No Sugar, No Carbs for three weeks. Except for the sugar-free salt-water taffy I just ate. It's the Nut Man's fault.

I still have to weigh myself religiously every morning, and if I stray more than 2 pounds from my final weight (118), I have to do a "steak day". That means I don't eat all day, and then eat a monster steak and a large apple for dinner. Wierd but apparently it works.

Final comment: I will NEVER do this diet again. It's immensely effective but I will never have the determination to follow through on another month of this regimen. I think I'd rather do a South Beach diet, it takes longer but is MUCH less painful.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Day 30: still breathing

I finally got off the stall on Day 26 with a 1/2 pound loss, and then continued downward for a couple of days - I'm glad I extended this phase for a week. I've reduced the 15 pounds I wanted to lose, though my weight still wavers around. Drives me crazy but that's the nature of the beast, I guess. Now that I'm finally getting philosophical about it, I'm pretty much done this phase!

Sunday was my last injection, and today is my last 500 cal day. I am noticing my hunger is increasing exponentially, today might be hard to stick to the regimen. Tomorrow however, I can eat WHATEVER I WANT except carbs and sugar - which, come to think of it, eliminates most of the fun food. Oh well, it will be a huge relief to eat fatty food and cook with oil or butter. yum.

I made some homemade chocolates with stevia, dark chocolate (no sugar), margarine, crushed almonds and coconut. I'm eager to try them out tomorrow! It will be a yummy celebration.

Tomorrow is also my "final" measurements and weight target. For the next three weeks, I teach my body to stay at that weight. THEN I start re-introducing carbs and sugar. Huzzah! The crowd goes wild.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Day 25: ANOTHER Plateau!!!!!!

Oh. My. GOD! I've been stuck at 120 lbs for SIX days, waffling around a half pound up or down. I could just SCREEEEEEM!!!!

I do have more trust in my body now - I know I'm still living off my fat even if my weight isn't moving - but it's so hard not to see the visible evidence. Aaaaaargh!!!

On the bright side, I am getting a few compliments on my looks - and a few puzzled looks, like "did she just get her hair done? or what? something's different"

One week to go. Four days of injections, three days phasing off. I'm into bargaining now. "okay if I can drop another THREE pounds? No? Okay, TWO pounds. TWO? No? okay, ONE?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Day 23: Time Warp

How did it become Day 23? My last entry was THREE days ago!

Anyway, the weekend was fairly uneventful - no ambushes by pizzas, strudels or chocolate bars- though there was a stolen moment with an ice cream scoop - or rather with the ice cream ON the scoop - that I'll keep to myself. Suffice it to say, I still lost a 1/2 pound the following morning so we can turn our eyes the other way about my little indiscretion.

So, update: I'm LOVING my new and improved tummy. I can actually see my muscles, and hallelujah there ARE muscles there after all the work I've been doing! My pants are starting to fall off. My arms are looking toned, and I only have one small roll of fat left on my belly.

Overall I'm thrilled. Technically this was supposed to be my last day, but since I plateaued for almost the whole of last week, I'm extending the treatment till Sunday. I would REALLY like to get to 115 pounds, I'm at 120 this morning. So actually I probably WON'T get to 115 but a couple pounds less fat wouldn't hurt, and will give me a little grace room in case I "celebrate" my success too quickly.

I find myself wanting to stock-pile food. I bought THREE boxes of Girl Guide cookies. I got a ten-for-ten coupon at co-op for Eatmore bars, which I'm going to buy and freeze, and consume them in quarters after I'm done. I mentally have a little list of yummies that I'm going to wade through gradually: I can start with fatty food so I'll definitely do bacon one day. yum. Omelette with CHEESE and jalapenos. mmmm. Oh and other veggies and fruit: Carrots. Bananas. PAPAYA. mmmm.
Then I'll move into carbs: brown rice and dahl... popcorn. Home-made BREAD. mmmm.

Thinking about it is almost as good as actually eating it. I KNOW you're all thinking "she's gonna kiss that flat belly good-bye if she eats all that" but I have a PLAN. Really.

Plus, there's NO WAY I'll ever have the determination to do this diet again so I pretty much have to practice some restraint. And as you know I'm not a big eater. My idea of gorging is eating the whole Eatmore bar in one go.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Day 20: I need a Tshirt

BMI: 22.0

I (barely) survived apple day yesterday! I managed to choke down 4 1/2 apples out of a possible 6 I could have eaten over the course of the day, but it was tough going. I expect eating anything exclusively like that is difficult. I can't believe some dieters enjoy having apple days. Then again some dieters do this diet for 40 days at a time. I'm down to my last week and I'm almost counting the minutes. A friend asked me "what's the first thing you're going to eat when you're done?" and I must confess I haven't thought of anything specific though it will more than likely be a fried egg for breakfast on the first day of stage 3.

I was booked for a pizza dinner (sans pizza of course for yours truly) at a friend's place last night. So there I was, chock full of apples, driving along with TWO pizzas on the seat beside me. They smelled REALLY good. sigh. I had a spare apple or two tucked into my purse in case I was tempted, but I managed to soldier through without even a nibble.

And then TODAY we went to the dreaded fundraising dinner that has a stunningly delicious indian food buffet every year. I ate my dinner beforehand, and brought along a half fruit in case I got the nibbles. I have to say, the evening was a success - I sat through everyone else eating with only one temptation: the bhajias, which are little fried balls of onions dipped  in gram flour.

Three more injection days to go. I don't have a hope of hitting a BMI of 20, which was my original goal. On Tuesday I have to decide whether to extend the diet for another week and try to achieve my goal, or whether to stop where I am...