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17 Day Diet Cleanse

The the meaning behind and the word itself “diet” is hard for me. I’ve never understood eating crappy tasting food, bars or whatever to lose weight.

Last year I gave a go on the 17 Day Diet. To me it really is a cleanse, a reboot, a solid start to the season. I get easily sucked in to daily life and eating whatever. Now, let me say I don’t eat Big Mac’s or drink too much soda, but my habits aren’t as clean as they once were. The 17 Day plan really cleans the crap out of your diet by going cold turkey. Lean meats, certain fish, egg whites, vegetables, some fruit, carbs only in the form of yogurt and fruit, only a couple servings of “probiotic” a day, not eating late, lots of water and lots of green tea.

Sounds “healthy” right? Well it is. It’s also a test of will power and mental strength. I want waffles & I crave an asiago bagel. (Yes, I love carbs.)

I’m eating lots of turkey, chicken, vegetables, making smoothies, and all those good things. Egg whites are my friend and I look forward to green tea.

What else does it mean? I’ve cut back on my riding and exercise for this week. Starting tomorrow I’ll go for a longer road ride, probably in loops to gauge how I feel. I’m trying to figure out what I can have as snacks other than fruit in my pockets.

12 days left, 11 when I wake up tomorrow. Next week I’ll be traveling down to Charleston, SC and then to Memphis, TN. I’m not worried about once I get to my destination, but it’s on the road snacking I’m worried about. Making smart food choices when tight on time and no kitchen to make it will be trying as well.

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