Day 19 – Fast Food

Yes, today I had fast food for the first time since starting this diet! Before you all gasp in horror, I did my homework and made sure what I got was ok for me to have. I was out all day running errands and I knew before I left the house that I would not be able to microwave food, so I looked into Chick-fil-a’s grilled nuggets. As far as I could tell from the amount of ounces (4 oz of chicken with the 6 pc, which is what I’m suppose to have), the calories which came to exactly the amount that is allowed in 4 oz of chicken, and the way they are made, the Grilled chicken nuggets were perfectly fine for me to have. I got a side salad (skipping the salad dressing) and a small fruit cup. I had to pick the cheese off my salad and eat it with no dressing (I will carry me a small cup of my homemade dressing from now on) and I was allowed to eat everything in the fruit cup except the grapes. The salad, as one could imagine, was dry without salad dressing, but the chicken and fruit was yummy. I do not plan to make it habit to “eat out”, but it is nice to know if I’m in a situation where I can’t get home to eat when I need to that I don’t have to go hours past my lunch time before I can eat. In the future I actually plan to try to use a to go soup container, the kind that is suppose to keep soup hot for days like this one. But I’m not always that prepared. It felt very weird ordering fast food for myself. I haven’t ordered anything fast food except an occasional unsweet tea in over 2 weeks and I felt like I was doing something wrong even though I was picking stuff I could have.

I want to take time while on this diet to do more research into restaurant food. I know there is a way to “order smart”, and it’s time I start learning how. So that when I do come off this diet, restaurants don’t become a pit-fall for me. I’ll keep you posted on what I discover!

Day 17 – I’m Getting Younger

Today I had my accountability appointment with my doctor again. Things are continuing in the right direction. I do need to work on my daily water a little more. I’m bad about forgetting to drink during the day. When I started this the machine thingy said my physical state was that of a 72 year old; today it said 66 year old! YAY!! I’m getting younger every day!!   🙂

I do have to confess, I am still having trouble getting up on time in the mornings. I’m not sure what’s going on. Even before starting the diet (months before), I had been trying to get up early but I have had a harder time with getting up then I have ever had! I am going to work really hard on getting more sleep and I’m going to put my loudest alarm in the bathroom. That way, I have to get up and go to the bathroom to turn it off and once in there hopefully, I will go ahead and start getting ready and not head back to bed!

I am now wearing a pair of jeans one size smaller, a pair I haven’t been able to wear in over a year! I have had many tell me they see a difference in my face and I am feeling better and better! I have come up with a few new “food things” I want to try and will post about them soon!

Day 13 – Oops, was that exercise?

Day 13. . . WOW!! If you had told me a few months ago that there would come a time when I would go 13 days on just 500 calories a day and be successful, no sneaking oreos, or just a taste of chocolate, I would have said you were crazy! But here I am, 13 days in and still feeling GREAT!!! I have been on diets where I limited myself to about 1200 to 1400 calories a day and was miserable, hungry all the time and constantly thinking about food. Fighting everyday to see what I could squeeze into those 1200 – 1400 calories! But here I am on 500 calories a day and feeling great! I get a little bit hungry before lunch (I do feel a little slower getting going in the mornings but not bad), and occasionally I will crave one of my favorite sweets. But overall I’m feeling satisfied and my energy is good… and I don’t walk around thinking about food all day. Other than what yummy lunch and dinner I wanna try cooking. In other words, I keep my focus on the things I know I can have. I guess the drops that come with this program really do work!! I know without them I would be a lot more hungry all the time and a lot more tired!

As you all know I am not suppose to exercise on this diet. The most I am allowed to do is my morning core work and walking. However, I ended up playing basketball with the girls at my boy’s school during their practice today for about 30 minutes. I really wasn’t thinking about what I was doing and about how much moving around I would be doing. I really broke a sweat and about 20 minutes in started feeling very tired and then realized I was burning away what few calories I was allowed in my day. I went and sat down and had an orange and began to feel better. But I honestly wasn’t thinking of what I was doing as exercise until I started wearing down! I guess in the past I have burned about 450 calories during 30 minutes of basketball but I just wasn’t thinking of it like that at the time. I just finished dinner and I am feeling good, but will definitely need to be more aware of my activity level in the future till off this diet.

I am very much enjoying the food on this diet!! And I even have the family eating some of it. I had a soup the other night that I shared on facebook. So far that is my new favorite!!! I’m trying to incorporate more foods that are “Right for my blood type”. I was told that if you can stick with foods that are right for your blood type then you have more success with this diet. So far I think it’s working!! My “accountability check-in” with my doctor went GREAT Monday! The nurse measured my waist twice because she couldn’t believe I dropped 2 whole inches!! As of today I am at 178.4, which brings me to being down 10.6 lbs.!! I have an app on my phone with My Fitness Pal where I have put in my goals of 500 calories a day and I keep track of all my calories that I eat. Everyday the app fusses at me saying that I am eating too few calories. I know this will sound silly, but I keep waiting for the app to “tattle” on me and have a social worker or something knocking at my door trying to force me to eat more! LOL  So far my phone has kept my secret!! 🙂

I appreciate everyone’s support and encouragement! If anyone of you, or someone you know, is interested in learning more about this diet you can contact my Chiropractor at Ehlich Family Chiropractic in Greer and ask them about their weight loss seminar. Tell them I sent you!!

Just sharing one of my favorite meals. . .

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Day 8 – Consequences

Ok, I know technically today is Day 9, and before I go into why I’m writing on Day 8 instead, let me just say that today I am feeling good and back on track.

However, I named Day 8 “Consequences” due to feeling the consequences from not eating the proper amount of calories and getting off on my drops… not to mention not drinking enough water. On Day 7 I had some unexpected family issues to deal with that came up kind of quick that morning and I ended up having to be out of the house most of the day. I didn’t expect to be gone as long as I was and didn’t take enough food with me and completely forgot to grab my drops. By 7 pm (when I sat down to eat dinner), I had only had 110 calories at that point which was my morning coffee and an apple at lunch. I didn’t feel too bad on Day 7, other than a little hungry. However on Day 8 I was very slow going and felt sluggish and dehydrated most of the day. From here on I hope to not run into another predicament that causes me to have to rush out without preparing first. But I am going to keep lean deli slices, and finger veggies in the fridge to be able to grab in such cases, just in case.

But as I said earlier, I’m on Day 9 and feeling much better. I’m down 7.8 lbs and going in the morning for my first weigh in since starting the diet at the doctor office. I have had a lot of cravings for sweets this weekend. . . ok, so I’ve actually only had a lot of cravings for one sweet, a Chick-fil-a vanilla milkshake! Mark my words, my first sweet coming off this diet will be a chick-fil-a milkshake!  🙂