The Fast Metabolism Diet Experience
April 29, 2013
Day 1 (April 29, 2013): I started the morning excited. I made my strawberry smoothie, following the recipe to the 'T', but after the blender stopped blending and the time came for me to put my smoothie into a cup, I realized the size of my drink was a lot smaller than what I was expecting. Goodness, so the drinks sold at restaurants must be 4 servings in one. Right now, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is sounding really good!
I didn't want to think negatively or feel the guilt of wanting to cheat on this diet already because after reading the book I've learned that guilt will "elevate the release of fat storage hormones" (pg. 25). Thankfully, 10AM came quickly and I was able to snack. I had a mango... Usually, a snack for me consists of a glass of water and a donut. Or the stick shaped crackers and cheese spread. Anything but a fruit. I gobbled down the mango and all that was left was skin and the seed. Poor mango juice didn't even have a chance to drip all over my hands as it would under normal circumstances...I was hungry. I felt myself getting ready to walk to the fridge to look for some junk to fill me up, but instead I went for water. I don't know what it is about water, but sometimes it can be just what a girl needs!
Starting weight: Too embarrassed to mention... Pant Size: 10 - 12
Day 2 (April 30, 2013): I was so sick, the "bug" my mom had when she came to visit finally caught up with me. I spent the whole night and most of the morning in bed and was finally up and about around noon. Still sick, coughing and feeling the chills...but I have to things to do around the house. Thank God hubby worked from home today, so he can take care of the kids!
I'm basically having a repeat of yesterday's food. But for dinner, I will have the Pork Tenderloins with Broccoli and Pineapple. Gosh, I'm craving BBQ, lol.
Day 3 (May 1, 2013): I woke up feeling energized. I went to bed around 11:30PM which is normal for me, but what was different is that I felt horrible yesterday after suffering from a cold, fever, chills, etc. and today I feel great. I still have a cold, but I have never bounced back from what may have been the flu so quickly. I had hard boiled egg whites for breakfast and used one egg to make the Spanish Egg White Scramble recipe with a glass of water. I really feel light today, so I went on the scale to see that it has me at 4.5 lbs lighter. I'm not going to believe that until after I eat dinner, and take a real measurement on Day 7, but I will still shout "Thank you Jesus!" and jump for joy because I'm pretty sure this new eating habit has helped me in some way, even if it's just mentally! :)
For lunch I had the Sliced Turkey and Romaine Lettuce Wrap recipe and used the Salad Dressing recipe to give it a flavor I might actually like. I do not buy turkey breasts, I used to buy Honey Ham or Maple Ham (any brand) only! So after looking for it in the grocery store I realized Hormel Natural Choice is probably the only brand most stores sell that is nitrate-free as required. Making the dressing, my blender has seen more use in the past three days than it probably has since I've owned it (it's more than 10 years old, but still "like new", lol). And who knew homemade dressing could be so delicious??? I'm never buying it again! This meal was totally something I would have never made in the past, but it was so simple, quick and tastes really good! Strip steak was the menu for dinner, but instead of the broccoli I paired it with romaine lettuce and cucumbers.
Day 4 (May 2, 2013): Oh no, I cheated!!! I started the day fine, but ended up having to run a few errands. The only fruits on the phase two list were lemons and limes and me biting into one of them on the go was not happening! Grains and healthy fats were also off limit and basically all the simple "crash stash snacks" I had available. So, instead of starving myself I grabbed a pack of my kid's fruit snacks and I don't feel guilty! My whole day was out of whack, but instead of beating myself up about it, I ate what I could (mostly things on the list), with my head held high and not focusing on my mishap. The last thing I need is more stress, I learned that in the book, lol! Tomorrow is a new day and Phase 3. Mmm mmm, I love the list of food in that phase!
Fast forward... Day 8 (May 6, 2013): This diet has not been nearly as difficult as I thought it would be, as long as I have the food already in my home. I do miss juice, chocolate, BBQ chicken, I could go on and on. I'm officially down 6 lbs!!! Woohoo!
On this diet, I am supposed to work out 3 days a week. Unfortunately I was only able to workout once. I will do a better job of managing my time this week!
Day 9 (May 7, 2013): I had a turkey bacon wrap for lunch and every bite I took made me wish it tasted like IHOP's fluffy pancakes. Gosh, I'm trying to stay positive, but to be perfectly honest, I'm not going to complete four weeks on this program. It has proven to get results, after all, I've lost a total of 6 pounds in just one week. I drink LOTS of water on this program (half my body weight as required) and I have actually tried recipes I thought were really good. But, this diet is too restrictive for me. I like juice, milk, eggs with yolk, etc. From this diet, I've learned the benefits of eating real food, food with no preservatives, food that actually spoil so they won't last forever in my body. I've also learned how to make my own salad dressing, which I used to mix with tuna instead of mayo. I've always been a water drinker, but not the recommended amount and I've learned how easy it is to gobble down 10 glasses. But the cost and taste of completely healthy eating is too much for me to
handle right now. I will definitely incorporate a lot of the new habits I picked up in my life. I will no longer buy a lot of the junk I used to buy after reading the ingredients and seeing a lot of truths I never knew. But, I will also enjoy my life and eat what I like in moderation!
I don't feel sluggish and I do have energy, but I noticed my attitude has changed. It certainly had a positive affect on my body, but I have been a bit irritable and feeling as if I'm missing out.
PS In just one week of healthy groceries I had to purchase, the cost was an additional $50 because the items could only be purchased in the specialty stores. Walmart really needs to start stocking more organic foods!!!
A package of turkey bacon (only 8 strips inside), raw cashew halves and a pack of sprouted grain pitas) cost me $13. Do you know what I would usually do with $13?