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 10


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 9

9 days down, 8 to go!

Today went so-so. My eating was not 100%, I also didn’t work out because the house is under construction, and we are temporarily without a kitchen sink… So it is a little chaotic around here. This post is going to be short and sweet.

Woke up, drank my lemon tea, and ate cauliflower rice with a poached egg for breakfast. Did some house chores inside, shovelled snow for a bit, then came back inside and did some more house chores. Ate chicken breast and salad for lunch, showered, went to work, ate chicken breast and mixed vegetables and drank green tea for supper. Came home and ate a salad and cantaloupe. I wish I could say I stopped eating after that, but I did not. So it’s 10:00PM and on top of my little salad and fruit, I also ate two perogies (my computer doesn’t recognize the work perogy…), a chicken finger, and 6 Werther’s (but it recognizes Werther’s, as in the candy) chocolate crunch candies. The candies alone were 120 calories total… OOOPSIES!

Oh and I also had one single cup of a pumpkin spiced latte, TSK TSK!

I’m really starting to feel unmotivated and mostly irritated. I just feel like I’m not eating enough of a variety to keep being interested. I’m also super lazy when it comes to cooking. I like things that just go into the microwave or the oven and come out and are ready to eat. I hate cutting, peeling, steaming, prepping or whatever. I’m over it. I’m just over this day. At this point, the thought of eating clean just makes me roll my eyes. I’m planning on heading to Walmart in a bit to pick up more produce, yogurt, chicken and fish. Hopefully the walk around Walmart will do me some good.

Tomorrow leaves me with 8 days… EEEEEKS! Wish me better luck tomorrow!

The 17 Day Diet Review – Day 8

Nine days left people!

I’m actually embarrassed to blog about today. It was a joke. I actually should just lie and say today was perfect.

To be completely honest, I started the day out great. I had my tea before breakfast, ate poached eggs and vegetables. I worked out for 20 minutes and did some inner thigh workout that I found on the internet, which was useless. For lunch I had this chilli that was like super healthy. It was made with real tomatoes for the sauce, ground chicken and finely chopped vegetables, and I had more of my cauliflower rice from yesterday. So far so good, right? Wrong. Fast forward to supper time. Right before supper, my lovely father came to pick me up so we could get the car that he bought for me, and I guess that was a celebratory moment, because we went out to eat. Ten points for anyone who can guess the kind of cuisine I had for supper… Just kidding, everyone knows about my chinese food addiction. Like, I’m Filipino and I just can’t quit the noodles and rice. It’s a real problem. I tried really hard to limit my portion of noodles. Ate mostly vegetables and the meat. I guess one up side would be that we went to a quality Chinese restaurant in the city, where the food is amazing and it’s all cooked fresh and with no MSG. Regardless, I still ate the damn noodles. I also ate three fortune cookies… None of which had fortunes that said I would lose weight, so I’m obviously doing something wrong, hahah! So that was my fabulous day. Not so great, but I did try. I’ve had better days and I have had worse, so I’m chalking this one up to the excitement of getting my new car. Tomorrow should be good, unless everyone at work, for some reason, decides to tempt me with Chinese food. Fingers crossed that they don’t. You all know how I feel about that particular cuisine.

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 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


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.