So, I have to admit that I'm a little disappointed in my weight loss in Phase 1. Mostly because I usually do so much better. Maybe it's what I'm eating, and my body got used to the routine quickly and thought, "Ok, I'm not getting more than this, so I have to stop losing too fast." I'm hoping that adding some carbs back in will confuse it a bit, since we will switch back and forth between the Phase 1 and Phase 2 menus every other day, per the diet plan.
I also didn't exercise as much as I should have. No excuses, but getting up in the morning is so hard!! Does anyone else have that problem? What's your motivation?? Also, by the time we get home, it's usually between 630pm-7pm. I've typically started part of the meal the night before, so that's helpful, but our dogs have a firm dinner time of 8pm, and I can't exercise after I eat. Makes me feel ick. Plus, I really hate taking 2 showers a day. So, the solution is really to exercise in the morning. And there we have it...back to square 1 where I can't get my lazy fanny up!
All that being said, I think I'm going to break out the Jillian Michaels DVD's: she's evil, but in a good way. I know I can't exercise too hard since I'm still not getting a lot of carbs, but I think I need to step up the pace. JM one day, walking the next, etc. Not only do I have to confuse my body with the food, but I need to make sure my muscles don't get used to the same exercises.
(By the way, thanks to Ted for making me that tuna lettuce boat with dill pickles...I needed that!)
All in all, I think the first 17 days I succeeded in:
1. Cutting out carbs & refined sugar
2. Cutting back my portion sizes
3. Recognizing when I'm full, and stopping!
4. Drinking more water (not as much as I need to, but still significantly more than normal)
5. Avoiding temptation
6. NOT CHEATING!!
7. Eating slower
8. Preparing meals early and really using leftovers
9. Shopping smarter
10. Appreciating the days in between the weigh-ins
I think that's a pretty good start for 17 days worth of work. It's ONLY 17 days...really. If you can't do this for just that short amount of time, this isn't the diet for you.