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Last week: 209.2

This week: 206.6

That is a 2.6 pound loss this week. I’m 7.6 pounds from the hundreds, 31.6 pounds from my overall 100 pound loss goal, and I’ve now lost a total of 68.4 pounds.

HECK YEA! One-derland here I come.

The other night I read Jackie Warner’s new book, “10 Pounds in 10 Days.” It is really good. I decided I’m going to do her plan, but I haven’t started yet. I need to go to the grocery store first. I have dinner plans tomorrow so I’m going to start on Sunday. That way when I start I will have 10 days of no straying from the plan she provides. It’s a 1-3 phase plan depending on how much weight you want to lose. For every phase she gives you the exact meal plan to stick with (same foods every day and they change per phase) and an exercise plan for each phase.

Phase 1 – 10 days, 950 calorie diet.

Phase 2 – 10 days, 1200 calorie diet.

Phase 3 – 10 days, 1500 calorie diet.

As soon I saw 950 I knew I wasn’t going to do this. Everything I’ve read and been advised of said never go below 1200 calories. Per what she put though, it’s only 10 days and since she provides the meal plan as long as I stick exactly with her plan I will be giving my body the nutrients it needs. I already eat a 1400-1500 calorie plan, so I figure what’s 10-20 days of eating less for 2 phases. So I’m going to do this! I’ve never followed a plan provided in any book I’ve read. I just took tips from the plan as examples for exercises and/or food. So considering my confidence with cooking/preparing new foods, this is a testament to just how easy her plan is.

She provides excellent tips throughout her book. Some of my favorites include the following:

Steps to setting your goals

  1. Get a journal and define not only your weight-loss goal but your health goal too.
  2. Write down exactly how you would like to feel about yourself and how your life will improve as you achieve your goal
  3. Write three very easy things you can realistically do to reach your goal
  4. Visit your journal frequently (preferably before bed each night), writing down your feelings and thoughts about yourself. Be as gentle and positive as a therapist would be.
  5. Post a picture prominently of yourself at your dream weight or a similar body type.

 

She says 3 liters of water speeds up your metabolism by about 33%. 1 liter is 33.8 ounces, so I’ll say 34. So 3 liters of water is 102 ounces. 102 ounces is 12.75 cups, so 13 cups. To drink 3 liters of water we need to drink 13 cups.

Something I started doing after I read this book that I think helped with my weight loss this week was to drink 2-3 liters of water a day as she instructed. I only drink water anyway, but the last few nights if I didn’t meet my 12-13 cups I chugged it before I went to bed so I still got enough water in for the day.

 

I’ve always thought the slower my weight comes off the longer it will stay off. According to Jackie Warner, not so. She suggests research proves low calorie plans keep the weight off longer because of motivation and appetite. Motivation because we see the results and we want to keep going. Appetite because rapid weight loss reduces your appetite.

Her suggestions for low calorie diets includes: go low enough to cause ongoing fat loss, eat five meals a day every 2-3 hours, and choose foods with high nutrient values to sustain energy.

 

Something else she said that I can relate to, “It’s been proven in research: When people make positive changes in body composition, strength, and endurance, their entire self-worth almost always improves. I’ve lived it and I’ve dedicated my life’s work to helping others find a way to a fit life that brings happiness, worthiness, and health.” I just love her.

 

2 quotes from this book that I love:

  • “Your fridge is like a pharmacy. Make healthy food your drug of choice.”
  • “Change your mind and your body will follow.”

 

So my mealplan for Phase 1 includes:

Breakfast

  • 1 cup of coffee OR
  • 1 cup green tea, 1/2 medium grapefruit, 1/4 cup plain oatmeal with 1 plain walnut
  • 1/2 liter cold water

I don’t drink coffee so I will be going with option 2.

Snack

  • Medium apple w/ 8 almonds
  • 1/2 liter cold water

Lunch – this is the only meal I’m not thrilled about

  • 2 slices whole-grain bread
  • 1/4 medium sliced avocado
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 cup sprouts
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 slice beefsteak tomato
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Snack

  • 8 celery sticks w/ 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/2 liter cold water

Dinner

  • 1 chicken breast (6 ounces)
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 3 small new potatoes (is new different from regular potatos?)
  • 1/2 liter cold water

Post-Dinner

  • 1 cup of green tea

Noooooooooooooo where is my peanut butter!!! My only criticicism about this book at all is that I wish she included an alternate meal plan or maybe a 3rd choice. I was iffy on doing this when I read her meal plan for phase 1, but when I got to phase 2 and 3 I decided to do it. It’s only 10 days and phase 2 and 3 are more along the lines of what I eat every day anyway.

She provides a lot of good tips throughout her book. I could go at this all day giving tips from her book, but instead I will just suggest to anybody that enjoys reading to check it out. Also if anybody is looking for a challenge of sorts, a way to change it up and challenge yourself, I would suggest her plan.

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