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17 Day Diet Cleanse

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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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The Shocker at the Scale #17DayDiet

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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.

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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.