More lifestyle change/eating plan stuff

I feel like I haven’t blogged in a really long time, but it’s only been 6 days.

So after I finished the first cycle of the 17 Day Diet, I decided that I would go on and blog about the second cycle immediately after. That didn’t happen. From the moment I finished cycle 1, up until about this past Saturday, I’ve been indulging like it’s going out of style. Granted, I did try to eat as healthy as possible the past week, every single time someone has presented me with some sort of dessert, or something deep fried, I gladly accepted. Yesterday I had a breakthrough and realized that I didn’t want to undo all my hard work during cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet, so I should probably stop stuffing my face with crap, and just eat healthy and workout. So yesterday, that is what I did. I started with day 1 of the second cycle, and I just thought I would let everyone know that I’m only going to blog about my journey through the second cycle every couple of days. And again, to keep peoples interest I will be posting ‘after’ pictures at the end of cycle 2! Yayyy!

Anyways, blogging every couple of days will leave me more time to blog about more interesting things… Like clothes, and makeup, and nails!

– E

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The 17 Day Diet Review – Day 15

Uh Oh! Two days left!

It’s safe to say that I had more bad days than good following this eating plan, but I’m not upset. I’ve just come to realize that any type of lifestyle change is going to have it’s bad/horrible days, and there are gonna be some days where you just get it completely right. Last night, after blogging, I was Googling ’17 Day Diet’ reviews, and I was completely enlightened by some of the stuff I had read from other people who had done, or are still doing the 17 Day Diet. So many people raved that by the end of the fourth cycle, they were practically eating whatever they wanted (with a few limitations, according to the book) and were STILL losing weight or maintaining their weight, happily. I read that one person had lost a full 17 pounds doing the first cycle of the book. Another person who had done the four cycles, was down almost 50 pounds, and was looking to re-start the diet to lose a bit more!

To recap my day, for breakfast, I ate two poached eggs, carrot sticks with a bit of tzatziki sauce, and yogurt with strawberries and chia seeds.

Worked out for 20 minutes on the Bowflex, ate cauliflower rice, baked chicken and baked fish for lunch.

For dinner, I had a lot of chicken stir fry, and some sauteed beef (<– beef isn’t allowed in the first cycle. Whoops).

My eating was pretty simple today. I didn’t really snack in between meals because I didn’t feel the need to. Of course I’ve got two nearly perfect days in a row, near the end of the first cycle. Here’s to the next two days! WISH ME LUCK! I’m going to need it!

– E

The 17 Day Diet Review – Day 14

Blogging a little early today. I guess to make up for being late on all my weekend posts.

So right now nearly marks the end of day 14! So exciting. My eating today was exceptional. I tried really hard knowing that I have to post ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos in a matter of days.

This morning for breakfast, I ate two poached eggs, spinach, strawberries and yogurt. I worked out for 20 minutes on the Bowflex.

For lunch I had cauliflower rice, steamed broccoli and baked fish. I ate an apple and a yogurt cup as a snack between lunch and dinner.

For dinner I had riceless sushi again! SOOO GOOD!!! I also had a miso soup and salmon sashimi. I completely forgot to take a picture of my amazing sushi, even though I really wanted to. It will not be the last time I order this exact same sushi roll, so I will for sure take a picture of it the next time I order it.

I doubt I’ll be doing anymore eating for today, so I’m going to assume that I’ll be ending this day on a really good note. If I do consume anything it’ll be a piece of fruit, a yogurt cup, some raw veggies or some tea.

I started researching ‘make your own riceless sushi’ on Google and Youtube, and there are so many easy, healthy variations. It’s obviously unrealistic for me to continue buying these riceless rolls over and over again. As much as I’d love to, I’d go broke. I will definitely be blogging a how to post on how to make your own riceless sushi soon!

Thanks for the continued support and following me on this 17 day struggle!

The 17 Day Diet Review – Day 12

This is review for day 12 (yesterday)

My eating was rubbish yesterday. Please just skip past this post, and if you WANT to read about my failure (and maybe laugh at my life), don’t judge me.

I woke up around noon, and felt like crap because whenever I sleep in that late, I feel like I’ve just wasted an entire day. So I didn’t have breakfast type food, I technically just ate lunch and had cauliflower rice and fish. My mother later came home with sticky buns. I ate one. Obviously. I had a cheese string and three cookies, which were basically chocolates with a cookie base…

I went to the mall to pick some stuff up, and I ended up eating a super chicken burrito from Taco Time. When I got home, I ate cashews and a hotdog. Later that night my brothers friends came over so we could all go out for my brothers birthday which was 10 days ago… So they all came over and I of course, wanted to drink so I had red wine, an all mango smoothie with some gin (I’m so healthy) and a couple of shots of stuff I can’t remember, while drinking, I was also eating barbecue chips. When we left to go to the bar I literally made it there, was standing in the VIP line with my boyfriend, my brother and his friends, and in my head, I knew I could not even do it or last the rest of the night. It had been so long since I had last drunk the amount that I did so I made my poor boyfriend take me home. As soon as I got out of the truck in front of my house, BOOM! Upchuck. I was so sick. I had to be put into the shower and everything. Embarrassing to say the least. Never made it to the club, just spewed outside of my house (TMI I KNOW!), basically had to be bathed by my boyfriend, and put to bed. So that was my wonderful day/night. Day 13 isn’t better. LOOK OUT!

The 17 Day Diet Review – Day 11

This my day 11 review. Sorry I’m late.

I’m going to try to post as if I’m in the mindset of yesterday.

So yesterday was good except for when I started eating cookies and drinking wine and Ciroc with juice at midnight.

I woke up, had eggs, salad, yogurt and fruit for breakfast. I also worked out for a total of THIRTY minutes! Woohoo *pumps fist repeatedly*

For lunch, I had fish and cauliflower rice and greek yogurt.

For supper, I was at work and I had RICELESS SUSHI! It was literally like the best thing I’ve ever discovered. The sushi’s encasing is a cucumber and the inside had avocado, raw salmon, raw tuna, and some other stuff. It was so good! I also had a miso soup and salmon sashimi.

My eating from yesterday sounds exceptional, and now that I’m thinking about it, I’m really sad that I sabotaged myself. After work my cousin and his girlfriend invited my boyfriend and I over to come hang out. We stopped at Subway and I got a dozen cookies for $5.00 (not just for myself! I’m not that crazy) and then we stopped to get alcohol. I bought a bottle of dark red wine because I’m one of those girls who’s like, ‘I can drink red wine because it’s good for you!’ Then I drink 2 bottles to myself.

I maybe had a sip of red wine at my cousins place until my aunt offered me some peach Ciroc with fruit juice. I also ate 2 subway cookies, maybe it was 3, and I ate some Dortios.

Why do I always go buck wild after 9:00PM?! It’s like the witching hour… I just go crazy and all my inhibitions go out the door. This has to be fixed. Anyways, just as a heads up, I’m halfway through day 12, and things aren’t looking so great. Another shitty day. Everyone will get to hear about it either later tonight, or tomorrow sometime.

Thanks for keeping up with me! I really do need the support and love!

The 17 Day Diet Review – Day 10

A WEEK LEFT!

Today was AMAZING! I ate good all day and I exercised!!! WOOHOO!!! So I literally have seven days left and I’m determined to make the last seven days really count.

I had two poached eggs, spinach, and yogurt with chia seeds and blueberries for breakfast. For lunch I ate mixed vegetables, cauliflower rice and chicken. I also ate an apple and some yougurt. I was out tonight for dinner, but I still managed to eat well. I had mixed vegetables with salmon and chicken and green tea! I was mildly tempted to get dessert but that passed when I just took two seconds to think about how I have to take a ‘before’ shot of my body 7 days from today. I feel like my posts are getting shorter and shorter each day, but I guess it’s because the less shitty I eat, there’s less for me to talk about. Funny how that works. I’m glad today went well. Last night after blogging, I was up late just looking at pictures of fit women on the internet and on Instagram. That always kind of helps me realize that other people are working hard to maintain their weight and fitness levels, and that I’m no different. If I want it, I’m the only person who can do it.

Anyways, I’m really distracted by how much Spring cleaning I need to do. The list includes a cosmetic purge, clothing purge, shoe purge, handbag/tote/clutch purge, and an unhealthy attitude purge. I’m looking forward to tomorrow to see how well I can do. I’m actually aiming to workout for 30 minutes tomorrow. We’ll see if I follow through. Thanks for the continued support! WISH ME LUCK!

The 17 Day Diet Review – Day 6

Yayyyyy! Day 6! 11 days left! 

So I should probably mention that I did take some ‘before’ photos on the morning of day 1. They’re not fun to look at and I’m kind of embarrassed about them… That being said, I do have over a week left to really do this thing.

I feel extremely good about today! I had a super healthy, and according-to-the-book breakfast. I worked out for just over THIRTY minutes today, because apparently, I was just having a day where I felt strong, and capable. I ate a spinach salad with grilled chicken, half an avocado (I don’t think avocados are allowed during the first cycle though. Ooopsies), and half a cup of greek yogurt. For supper I had an oven roasted chicken breast salad from subway with all the vegetables, no dressing and no cheese. I also drank a million litres of tea and water (:

So there you have it folks! My first 100% successful day of The 17 Day Diet! Today has made me realize that even though some days are shit, you have days where you hit it out of the park. Here’s to tomorrow being amazing too! 

The 17 Day Diet Review – Day 5

Hey guys! This is my review for day 5!

I started strong today! I woke up and had my lemon tea, a poached egg, a spinach salad, some greek yogurt with blueberries, mangoes and chia seeds.

I worked out for 20 minutes on the Bowflex, showered, then had chicken breast for lunch.

I bombed supper time completely… Sad/guilty face. I went to an East Indian restaurant with the boyfriend and we ordered a rice stir fry that had lamb, shrimp, chicken and some vegetables mixed in, butter chicken, whole wheat naan bread and mozzarella naan bread. Of course their entrees came with basmati rice. I did have a little bit of everything, and despite being proud of controlling the portions I ate tonight, I still ate the rice and the bread. Today’s supper has been the one meal that’s gone against the rules the absolute most.

I feel like it’s wrong to develop the mentality that you should workout to eat, or eat to workout, because then you just end up feeling guilty if you eat too much and don’t work out, or workout really hard and treat yourself to something that isn’t necessarily healthy. Regardless, I came home and did some light cardio for an hour to make up for my feasting. Tomorrow I’ll wake up and do better! Thanks for the continued support! HUGS.

– E

The 17 Day Diet Review – Day 1

So today was the first day of my 17 day journey. 16 more to go.

I ate according to the book, except for one chicken finger. Shame on me. My dad showed up at my house shortly after supper, and proceeded to take me to some hole in the wall, Chinese restaurant, downtown. I picked through the chow mein that he INSISTED on ordering, and only ate the broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and chicken. No breads, pastas or rice for this girl.

My dad looks at me like I’ve lost my mind anytime I’m trying to eat healthy, or if I say no to chocolate. He always tells me that I don’t need to drop a single pound. Like, thanks dad, next you’re going to tell me that I’m the prettiest girl in the world (bless his soul).

Other than that one chicken finger, everything was pretty good today. I woke up, had a good breakfast, ate chicken breast, and vegetables for lunch and dinner. Drank water all day, had green tea, had chamomile tea AND, I exercised for 20 minutes rather than just 17 minutes. Where’s my gold medal?

– E

The 17 Day Diet Review

This is literally the ONE eating plan that I swear by.

With Spring practically here, I’m automatically thinking of what I’m going to do about the lack of clothing that comes with Summer. I also LOVE the beach, but feeling even slightly insecure puts a damper on me soaking up the sun.

The 17 Day Diet is split up into four cycles of 17 days each. Each cycle has a wide range of foods that you’re allowed to eat. This book does not tell you to eat a cube of cheese and drink 3 glasses of water, wait thirty minutes and then as a treat you get to eat ice chips for 17 days, and voila, you’re skinny. You don’t starve on this diet, I promise!

I’ve done the first cycle of this diet a total of 1.9 times… It’s almost twice because the second time I lasted the first 15 days and then I went on a road trip to the states, and it was hello fast food and juicy steaks and goodbye self-control. Anyways the first time I did it, I did not weigh myself either before or after. I had this messed up notion in my head that even if I did lose 10-17 pounds, I still would not be satisfied, so instead of focusing on the number, I went off of how I felt 17 days later. On top of some dudes at work telling me that I looked like I had “put in work” at the gym (this book tells you to exercise for 17 minutes a day), I felt good. My insides felt clean, and I literally felt like I was more mobile.

If you have any qualms about my doing this diet, or what more it entails, or how you think it’s super unhealthy for someone to lose such a “significant” amount of weight in such a short time, GO READ THE BOOK! I’m not even telling you to buy it. Go to your library and see if they have it, or borrow it from your sexy, slim friend.

I’m starting the first cycle of this eating plan tomorrow, which is technically today because I’m blogging so late. Anyways, Tuesday, March 11th 2014 will be counted as day 1. I keep telling myself that because I have to blog about my attempt to shed some weight, I’ll have to be accountable, therefore more successful… LOL. We will just have to see. I’ll keep everyone posted from day to day about how much it kills me to prepare actual food, and if everyone is nice, I might even weigh myself and take ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures and post those too! Stay tuned. I HEART VEGGIES.

– E

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This is the 17 Day Diet book sans its ugly paper cover, which I recycled. Above the book is Wish the fish. He makes up 1/2 of my pets.