I lost track of time last Friday when I meant to originally write this, so you may get a bunch of 17 Day Diet posts…

Never have I been a fan of diets.   Counting points or reading every ingredient on every piece of food or drink you put in your mouth does not sound appealing to me.  This is what causes people to lose focus, drop the ball, eat the double stuffed Oreo’s or lose their mind. In the past I have told my friends that go on Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, etc, etc etc, is to ride more.   Yes, I am lowering my head in shame..

Enter the 17 Day Diet

For the past year from stress of running a micro-managed bike shop, to starting a new job in a completely different industry, to being run over by a car, to life at work, and excuses, excuses, excuses…

A couple weeks ago my mother sent me a few links of a new “diet” that she saw and if both Dr. Phil and The Doctors said it was good – well I’ll check it out (sarcasm.)  After reading through the basics of this 17 Day Diet I decided “What do you have to lose, Arleigh?”

Things Not to Do

I didn’t weigh in when I started, I don’t know what my starting point was and that’s frustrating.  I finally weighed in on Friday, that’s 5 days into the diet, and god I hated what the scale said. I have tons of work to do!!! Looking back I wonder if I lost any weight over those initial 5 days and it puts fear in my heart if I was even heavier than what the scale said on Friday.

Camelbak Bottles

No Cheating

I haven’t cheated, not once.   Some people have said on the weekends you should cut yourself some slack, but I can’t.  I know myself, and if I give in at all – in routine, food, work life, etc.  I can’t cut my self slack or cheat, that is what has gotten me here and I’ll go sliding down the hill that I’ve been marching up.


  1. I started doing a diet in July. I have actually stuck with it and have lost 25 lbs. I’ve got another 25 to go & I’m not a diet person either. It’s slow sometimes but I’ve made it my routine and it’s really not hard anymore.

    Riding more just never really helped me lose weight because I’d just eat more than I burned. Lots of “you deserve it” flavored ice cream and pulled pork, etc.

    I’m not a diet person either. http://pixilateddesign.com/jodycb/2010/07/anti-diet/

  2. I’m doing the South Beach diet. Basically focused on foods with a low glycemic index. Lots of veggies less bread, pasta and rice.

    I think like anything, consistency is the challenge.

    I am kind of wondering how to adapt my diet as I start doing longer rides. I wonder if I’ll be more likely to bonk or if I’ll be ok as long as I eat nuts or something far enough in advance of when my body’s going to be looking for calories.

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