Saturday, February 26, 2011

A 17 Day Diet Recipe Idea: Apple French Toast without the Toast?

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I'm always searching around the net for recipes that will work on this 17 day diet.  I ran across this 'almost french toast' idea and thought I'd share.  It involves apples, eggs, cinnamon and sweetener. Perfect for every 17 Day Diet cycle!

Let's see who tries it out first!

Here's the link:  http://www.weightloss-hq.biz/weight-loss-forum/17-day-diet-recipes/index.php?option=com_fireboard&func=view&catid=26&id=68085&Itemid=46

Update: Today (2/27/11) I made this recipe and it was good!  I would recommend, however that if you make it, use two eggs for a large apple, and only one egg if the apple is smaller.  I'm going to try it next adding a 1/2 slice of whole grain bread torn into chunks or some bread crumbs into the mixture.  (Of course, wait to add the bread until you've gotten to the activate cycle!) I'll report back how that goes.

The Joy of the 17 Day Diet's Accelerate Cycle - Fast Weight Loss!

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I'm happy to report that today, my 55th day on the 17-day diet, I have lost a total of 18 pounds, losing 2 pounds since I decided to repeat the accelerate cycle on Monday (today's Friday).  I'm repeating this cycle since Dr. Moreno's book suggests that if you haven't reached your goal weight, to repeat a precious cycle.  I chose the accelerate cycle for these reasons:

  • The weight came off fastest on this cycle
  • It's easier to get into the daily groove
  • The low carb menu on this cycle works like an appetite suppressant for me and I gain incredible self control.
Also, I was wiser this time, having found out mid way the first time that there were some items I could be eating (check page 46 in the book under condiments) that I didn't know about .  Last time I didn't realize I could have fat-free cheese and salad dressings on my salad (I like Kraft fat-free cheddar). I didn't realize I could have lowcarb marina sauce (top eggplant with it!) Also, this time I know that I can make a dip using fat free sour cream or yogurt and dip my cleansing veggies in it as as a snack.  If you use the yogurt it counts toward one pro-biotic serving.

Over the past 55 days, I have learned to absolutely LOVE eating raw bell peppers.....green, yellow, red and orange and nibble on them every day now.  I cut out the seeds and slice them into strips and crunch on them whenever I need to.  I've been watching the sales and buying bags of them.  Sprouts had green peppers for 49 cents each and the red, orange, and yellow peppers for 88 cents last week.  I was in Heaven!

I would have never guessed that I could lose 18 pounds in less than two months using pure will power. I'm now within 13 pounds of my goal weight.  Thank you Dr. Moreno for your 17 Day Diet Plan.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Low Carb Cauliflower Rice


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I ran across a video tonight and had never heard of using cauliflower as a rice alternative. I'll be trying it for the accelerate cycle!

Watch the instruction video on turning this head of cauliflower into rice here: "Low Carb Cauliflower Rice"

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Low Carb Whole Wheat Crepes

I've been trying out different crepe recipes from online sites and now have the perfect crepe recipe for the 17 Day Diet.  I fill mine with low carb yogurt and fruit, which means it would count as 1 probiotic and 1 fruit.  Here it is:

Low Carb Whole Wheat Crepes

In France, crepes are a national dish and served widely. According to epicurean.com, "crepes are traditionally offered on Candlemas and Shrove Tuesday to celebrate renewal, family life, and hope for good fortune and happiness ahead.

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time:10 min
Total Time:25 min
6 Servings

Ingredients:

1  Whole Egg
1  Egg White
1/4 cup  Low Fat Ricotta Cheese
2 Tbls  Wheat Flour
2 Tbls Half and Half, non fat
Pinch  Salt
1/2 teas Vanilla - Optional
2 pkts Sweetener (Truvia or Splenda) - Optional
1/2 cup Fruit (Strawberries, bluberries, peaches)
To preference Light Whipped Creme

Click here for step by step instructions: "Low Carb Whole Wheat Crepes"

Monday, February 21, 2011

Return to Cycle 1 of the 17 Day diet

Well I finished up three cycles of the 17 day diet 16 pounds lighter and only 15 pounds from my goal weight.  I'm returning to the accelerate cycle to try to get as close to that goal weight as possible. I plan to kick the exercise into high gear to speed up the weight loss this time (I lost 10 the first time).  Hopefully 17 days to where I want to be...

Brown Rice and the 17 Day Diet


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When you reach the second cycle of the 17 Day Diet, you can have some starchy carbs every other day.  Dr. Mike Moreno stresses having brown rice instead of white rice due to its low glycemic load.  If you are still on the fence about switching over to brown rice, try different types and accept that this change is good for your health, not just your waistline.  I Love California Basmati Brown Rice and will never go back to white rice.  It smells like popcorn when it is cooking and cooks fluffy and light. Still not convinced?  Read my article below for the full health benefits and types of brown rice available. Keep an open mind and, in time, you'll learn to love brown rice better than its unhealthy, stripped-of-nutrients, bleached cousin!

Brown Rice and Your Health

What kind of rice are you serving with your meals? If it is that same boring white rice, there are many benefits to switching to one of the healthier brown rice choices.

The Difference between White Rice and Brown Rice

Both white and brown rice are gluten-free, and contain no trans fat or cholesterol, however, the
differences between the two can be monumental in regard to many diseases and health conditions.

The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that the foundation for a healthy diet be three servings daily of whole grains. Brown rice is 100% whole grain, with the bran and inner germ layer still intact. It is not milled like white rice which removes the fiber, the plant-based carbohydrate part of the food our bodies don't digest. Fiber can relieve constipation and prevent several conditions such as gallstones, kidney stones, hemorrhoids, and diverticular
disease, a condition in which small pouches develop in the colon that become infected and cause painful digestive problems.


Health Benefits of Eating Brown Rice

1. Lower Blood Glucose.  Diabetes tells us in their Fall 2010 magazine edition that eating five or more servings of white rice weekly increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, while two or more servings of brown rice actually lowers that risk. Their article, "Brown Rice for Lower Blood Glucose," states "replacing 50 grams of white rice (one third of a serving) with the same amount  of brown rice would lower type 2 diabetes risk by 16%.

Physicians consider a healthy diet one that includes foods low in saturated fat, cholesterol and made with whole grains. Selecting brown rice in place of white rice as a whole grain choice has several benefits for your body.

Continue Reading "Brown Rice and Your Health"

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Day 46 on the 17 Day Diet - Tips for Dining Out on a Diet

Okay, I was lamenting about how slow the weight loss was and then a few days ago I lost a pound and today another! That's now a total of 16 pounds. I'm trying not to weigh every day...but dang, that's hard! 

I may recoil back tomorrow because I took my grandson out for his birthday dinner tonight and I ate a little more than I should have.  But tomorrow back on it! I thought I'd share this article about eating out when you are dieting.  Dining out is like a landmine for those of us trying to lose weight!


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Tips for Dining Out on a Diet

Willpower in a Restaurant

Dining out can be the downfall to many diets. It is almost impossible to completely avoid going "out" for lunch with friends, or having a birthday dinner with family. Here are some methods to keep you on your diet and not give into temptation.

Review your Diet Commitment before Dinner
Before leaving the house, meditate, pray; review your goals, whatever it takes to move your weightloss goals to the front of your mind. Remind yourself of how much losing weight means to you and acknowledge that it requires sacrifice and commitment to get there.

Ask yourself, "Is eating the wrong food worth going backwards on my diet?" or "Will throwing my body out of fat-burning ketosis be worth this one meal?" or "Do I want to gain back that one pound I worked so hard to lose last week?" Take a diet suppressant right before you leave, if need be. Change your attitude about dining out. It's about the company, not the food after all. If you don't agree with that, you need to do some soul searching.

Review the Restaurant's Menu Ahead of Time for Choices that Fit Your Diet
If the destination for dining out is planned ahead of time, check the internet to see if the restaurant has a website. Most major eateries have nutritional information online. If so, plan a meal that is in line with your diet's guidelines. If not, call the restaurant to make sure they have something you can eat without guilt.

Most restaurants have a meal or two that fits into a low fat or low carb diet, and will, at very least, offer a salad that works for almost anyone. Look for grilled chicken or fish with vegetables that are low on the glycemic index. Get used to the idea that if all else fails, you'll order a salad with low calorie dressing and enjoy it.

Stick to Your Diet Guns and Order Naturally
Before ordering, quietly tell the waiter you are on a restricted diet and need to have your meal prepared with no sugar and reduced fat. Ask how they cook their fish or chicken. Ask if they have a low-fat salad dressing and get it on the side. Ask them to leave the potatoes or rice off the plate, so you won't even be tempted.



Continue reading Tips for Dining Out on a Diet

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Zucchini and Eggplant Recipes for the 17 Day Diet

If you've read some of my other posts, you know I am now in the third cycle of the 17 Day diet, Achieve.  During the second and third cycles I've experimented with my cooking and come up with a few tasty ideas using both zucchini and eggplant. 


Parmesan Zucchini
(Activate and Achieve)

This Zucchini is easy to fix and so tasty.  I like to eat it with Tilapia or chicken.

2 Servings

  • 2 medium sized zucchini squash
  • 1 egg white
  • Grated Lowfat or fat free Parmesean Cheese
  • Nonstick spray Olive Oil plus 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • Salt to taste

  1. Slice zucchini squash into 3/4 to 1 inch slices
  2. Drop 1 egg white in a zippered baggie
  3. Add slice zucchini and shake until evenly coated.
  4. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup lowfat grated Parmesan cheese (the kind that comes in a canister with a shaker)
  5. Heat pan that has been sprayed with Olive Oil non-stick spray. Add 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil to pan if you still have your fat to use, if not you can cook using just the spray, but it won't cook as crispy.
  6. Cook zucchini on both sides, browning to a golden color and cooking until squash is tender. 
  7. Sprinkle with Garlic salt or table salt lightly as it cooks.  Be careful not to salt too much, though, because the cheese is salty!
(I used a generic store brand grated Parmesan cheese that was 20 calories per tablespoon and 1.5 grams of fat.  Could not find fat-free parmesan.)

Per Serving:
Calories: 107
Fat: 7.7 grams
Carbs 4.6 grams
Protein: 6.1 grams

Full nutritional breakdown here: Parmesan Zucchini



Eggplant Parmesan Stack (Achieve)
(Activate cycle - see note below)
4 Servings

  • 1 Large Eggplant
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese (1.5g fat)
  • 1/4 cup Kikkoman Panko bread crumbs or whole wheat bread crumbs
  • Reduced Fat Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Large Tomato
  • Salt to taste

  1. Peel Eggplant and slice into 1 inch thick slices, salt lightly (again, don't get carried way because the Parmesan cheese is salty)
  2. Drop egg white into zippered baggie along with a tablespoon of skim milk and shake
  3. Mix together cheeses in flat bowl
  4. Add sliced eggplant to egg mixture in baggie and shake to coat lightly
  5. Dip each eggplant slice into cheese mixture creating a light batter.
  6. Spray pan with non-stick spray and add 1 tablespoon Olive Oil.
  7. Brown each coated slice of eggplant on both sides, testing with fork to make sure eggplant is cooked through (approx 5 to 10 minutes)
  8. While eggplant is cooking, slice tomato

On serving plate:
  • Place one slice of cooked eggplant
  • Stack one to two slices of tomato and sprinkle a bit of mozarella cheese
  • Stack a second slice of eggplant
  • Top with grated parmesan cheese
Analyzed on Calorie Count's Database as follows (for full nutritional breakdown, see Eggplant Stack) :

Per serving:
Calories: 135
Fat: 7.3 grams
Carbs: 11 grams
Protein: 7.3 grams

It's that easy!   Since I am cooking for one, I refrigerate the extra slices for quick future meals. 

Note: Both these dishes fit into the achieve cycle of the 17 day diet and if you use fat-free cheeses and eliminate the panko, they work for the Activate as well.

If you try these, let me know what you think.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Another pound gone! Review of "Start Walking at Home" with Leslie Sansone

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Happy to report that I finally lost another pound, bringing my total weight loss on the 17 Day Diet to 14.5 pounds.  This is day 44, ten days into the achieve cycle.  Just as I was losing faith in the diet's principles the numbers on the scale change!  Yesterday, I walked my pup and exercised inside for a total of 45 minutes, which I plan to continue every day going forward. I am getting very close to the healthy weight I used to be for most of my life....only 17 pounds left. I am the most confident I've felt in years.

Since I've renewed my commitment to exercise as I am losing weight on the 17 Day Diet, I'm sharing an article I wrote about one of my favorite walking workouts with Leslie Sansone.  If you are in need of a workout that isn't complicated, but works, try this one (and you can order it from Amazon....See My Favorites in the sidebar):

Review of "Start Walking at Home" with Leslie Sansone

Stay in Shape with This Easy Walking Exercise Routine!

In my continuing quest to find a variety of workouts that will motivate me to stay on track with my weight loss and fitness routine, I decided to Leslie Sansone's walking workout routines. Leslie Sansone has over 75 in-home walking videos and she owns Studio Fitness in New Castle, Pennsylvania. This workout review is of her 1 and 2 mile workouts featured in her "Start Walking at Home" series, which I tried on exercise TV. I found them both easy to follow and energizing!

The simple act of walking has inherent health benefits for everyone. The American Heart Association (AHA) endorses a regular walking routine to prevent heart disease and claim that brisk walking for 30 minutes can reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. If you like the idea of a walking routine to get or stay in shape, check out AHA's "My Start" walking site, where you can sign up for newsletters, connect with "sole mates" that share your quest, plan a routine and track your miles from walking, as well as enter your daily food intake. Additionally, if you don't have one, purchase a pedometer to track your steps during a walking program. You'll find yourself taking the longer route when you have that step counter clipped to your waistband!

Exercise Video Reviewed:Start Walking at Home

Instructor: Leslie Sansone
Exercise Level: Beginner to Mid-level
Total Workout time: 20 minutes for the 1 mile, 30 minutes for the 2 mile
(5 minutes warm up and cool down included)
Equipment needed: Just your athletic shoes!
Estimated calories burned (using Calorie Count's Database): 130 - 1 mile / 185 - 2 mile

Continue reading review: Start Walking at Home

Monday, February 14, 2011

Day 43 on the 17 Day Diet

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I'm on the ninth day of the third cycle, achieve.  It's nice to be able to eat more, but boy....the weight loss is crawling now. I'm not drinking alcohol and trying to stick with starchy carbs before 2, but that doesn't seem to be helping much.   I'm stuck at a 13.5 pound loss and would really love to make that fifteen pound loss statement to friends and family.  I think I'll try a few changes:
1. Weigh myself every 3 days instead of daily
2. Every third day resort back to the accelerate cycle guidelines
3. Do 30 minutes of exercise daily (I admit, I've been slacking here)

I've still got almost twenty pounds of extra junk in my trunk, so I will definitely be returning to the accelerate cycle when this one is over. I feel good on this diet and have incorporated healthy alternatives into my diet.....but I want that last twenty gone before I resort to pure mantenance.

How are you doing?? I'd love to hear some comments from others!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

After 37 Days on the 17 Day Diet I've Lost a Bowling Ball!


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It's my third day on the Achieve Cycle and I'm so happy to have gotten this far.  After a week of my weight loss lingering at 13 pounds, I finally dropped another half pound as of this morning.  It's interesting too, because now that I can eat more, I'm finding I am often not all that hungry and eat less!  I have to admit that I look forward to my two servings of starchy carbs, but for the most part, I'm still enjoying most of the other foods I've been eating on the first two cycles. I'm happy that in just 37 days there's 13.5 pounds less of me!  I'm getting into pants I haven't fit into for a year. My skin has a healthy glow and I feel good about myself.  Life is good!

Here's how I'm looking at my weight loss after 37 days on the 17 Day Diet:

My drop of 1/2 pound today = a can of tomato sauce or a canister of Parmesan grated cheese
My total loss of 13.5 pounds = a pro bowler's bowling ball
I've lost 3.5 pounds more than a 10 pound bag of potatoes on this diet!
When I reach 15 pounds I will have lost weight equivalent to a market umbrella!
Since last fall my 20 pound drop equals a 19-inch flat screen TV plus a bag of sugar!

For more fun weight loss equivalents read "Losing Weight One Pound at a Time"

Automate Your Diet and Fitness Routine

Part of a successful weight loss plan involves several moving parts.  This article I wrote a while back has ideas that work in perfectly with the 17 Day Diet! Automating works!


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Turn on Your Internal Auto Pilot to Stay Fit!

Staying fit isn't easy, but if you automate your diet and exercise routine, you'll find it easier to hit and maintain that healthy number on the scale. Here's how to do it.

Automate Your Food Shopping

Shop no more than once a week and use a shopping list. Head directly for those items, rather than strolling up and down every aisle where tempting food lurks. Many stores offer home delivery and their websites allow you to save your shopping list for future use. Consider this option, since it will keep you out of the store and less likely to purchase a treat that might sabotage your diet.

Automate Your Meal Planning

When trying to lose weight or maintain your weight, it isn't necessary to cook like a chef and plan a wide variety of meals. Keeping a balanced diet in mind, plan a simple, weekly menu that includes healthy foods that you enjoy. Then repeat!

Continue Reading "Automate Your Diet and Fitness Routine."

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Turkey Salad Recipe



Turkey Salad with Wasa 7 Grain Crackerbread



  
Since I cooked my turkey yesterday, today I chopped up some of the white meat to make turkey salad.  Here's my recipe which would work for any cycle of the 17 Day Diet.  Once you've reached the 3rd cycle, Achieve, you can eat it with whole grain bread or if you are dying for a cracker, try Wasa brand Crisp'n'Light 7 grain crackerbread. 20 calories per slice, 0 g fat, 15 g carbs, 2 g protein.

Turkey Salad
 Recipe

Light and slightly sweet salad made with home cooked turkey.  Substitute canned or poached chicken if preferred.

2 cups turkey
1/3 cup craisins (use halved red grapes for cycles 1 and 2)
1/4 medium apple
1 stalk celery
3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
1 green onion
1 Teaspoon Orange Zest (optional)

Directions: Chop baked turkey and apple into bite sized chunks. Dice celery and slice green onion. Mix all ingredients together and add salt to taste. Chill for 1 hour. 
Serving size: 1 cup (I only ate 1/2 cup for lunch today)
Calories: 188
Fat: 6.1 grams (1.3 g saturated fat)
Carbs: 11.8 grams
Protein: 21.2
For the full breakdown, visit the recipe I entered into Calorie Count: Turkey Salad

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Achieve Cycle of the 17 Day Diet Feels Like a Feast!

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Today I started the third cycle of the 17 Day Diet. Yay!  I'm stuck right now at 13 pounds lost, and was feeling a little disappointed until I said it in a different way which was, "In only 34 days I've lost 13 pounds!"  Those pounds were coming off so quickly at first that I wanted it to go on forever,but really, I should be excited about losing 13 pounds as long as I don't gain them back, right?

To be honest, I'm a little scared of this third cycle because it seems like I'll be eating quite a bit! Today I cooked a turkey I'd bought during the Christmas holidays when turkeys were cheap.  (I was almost salivating as that 13-pound bird was cooking!)  I had a serving with veggies, and a baked potato topped with a tablespoon of fat-free sour cream. It really felt like a feast!  I'll remove all the turkey from the bone and store it in my fridge (maybe freeze half), which I will turn into turkey salad, sliced on sandwiches and in soups over the next few days. I also baked 3 Idaho potatoes and 2 sweet potatoes while the turkey baked, which I can warm up quickly in the microwave for lunches and dinners.

It's 6:25 right now and, after finishing my yummy turkey dinner, I have to say that I didn't even feel like I was on a diet today!  I ate some of the same things I have grown to like over the past 34 days but was happy I could add in a piece of bread at lunch and a potatoe tonight. I'm having a hard time fitting in all the fruit before 2 PM, so I only ate my frozen grapes today.  I need my probiotic so I may cheat and mix some frozen blueberries into a yogurt shake tonight.  Hopefully, that won't throw a kink in the works!

It's great to have reached this point.  If I can lose a few more pounds over the next 17 days eating like this, I'll be thrilled!  To be continued........

Friday, February 4, 2011

Where to Find Recipes for the 17-Day Diet

Online Resources for Dr. Moreno's Weightloss Diet


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As the popularity of the 17 Day Diet picks up speed, more recipes and resources are popping up online. This is a good thing since nothing can derail a diet more than eating boredom. Here are a few helpful sites I uncovered.

Dr. Mike Moreno's Recipes
The 17 Day Diet book does contain recipes that adhere to the program's guidelines, which helps to get you started. I've already outlined some of my favorite recipes from the book in my "Tips and Advice for the 17 Day Diet" and "Review of Two 17 Day Diet Recipes" articles. So far, I've been pleased with the book's recipes. But eventually, you'll want to explore new options.

New Recipes for the 17 Day Diet
Once I hit week 4 on the diet, I began to tire of the chicken vegetable soup, even though I really like it! That was when I stumbled upon a few helpful online sites that stirred up my taste buds and renewed my commitment to sticking with the 17 Day Diet plan.

Gina's Skinny Recipes
Gina's Skinny Recipe blog, recognized by Kitchn.com's as one of the top ten food blogs, is in the running for top spot in 2011, and I can certainly understand why! The day I discovered the website I spent a few hours looking through all the recipes and printing out some to try. The sidebar on the blog showcases a few mouth watering examples that would work once you get past the first cycle. I've tried two:

1. Gina's Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken fits nicely into the Activate guidelines and is very tasty! I found it a bit too spicy for my gringo tongue, so I will reduce the amount of cayenne pepper next time; also, mine came out a bit soupy, so I will reduce the amount of broth also.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Chicken Pot Pie Soup


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 I just tried another Recipe from Gina's Skinny Recipes that fits into the Activate cycle of the 17 Day Diet. 

Today was one of the coldest days this year and soup sounded good, so I made the "Chicken Pot Pie Soup" from the many recipes on this awesome blog.  It is filled with chicken chucks, portabello mushrooms, celery, potatoes and other veggies.

I used cornstarch as the thickener and made two changes to the recipe: 1) I only used 4 ounces of the mushrooms and I added one idaho potatoe and one sweet potatoe. 

This recipe is delicious! 250 calories, 1.8 grams fat and 31 grams carbs.  Too bad we can only eat this soup every other day on this cycle! :)

Want My Background Story? I'm a Medi-Weightloss Flunkee!

Here's how I looked at my lowest weight after Medi-Weightloss
My weightloss story includes initially following the Medi-weightloss plan whereby I lost 40 pounds (at a cost of almost $1,200!), but then gained back 20 of those pounds during the next year.  This post on my "My Medi-weightloss Tips and Advice" blog will give you my background story and how I ended up on the 17 Day Diet.  Here's that post:

Update and Admission (from Medi-Weightloss Tips and Advice Blog)

I've gotten some emails asking how I have been doing in maintaining my weight loss over the past year.  I'm here to give you an update and add a few recommendations if you have started the Medi-weightloss program. 
First of all, I am thankful that I went to the Medi-weightloss clinic when I did over a year and a half ago, because I was depressed and not feeling very hopeful.  But, once on the program my mood lifted as those pounds melted away!  My weight loss reached an amazing 40 pounds when I stopped going to the clinic.
I had about 2 weeks diet pills left so I continued to follow the program's guidelines until the pills ran out and then much of my willpower vanished.  During those two weeks following my departure, I lost another 2 pounds and I was still flying high at a total of 42 pounds lost....but then....over time I gained back 20 pounds! :(

Here's how it went:

I tried to stick with the routine I had developed, but once I didn't have the diet pills to lean on, I cheated a little here and a lot there.  The holidays came and went.  I saw a ten pound gain and went back to the Medi-Weightloss clinic for help.

I was disappointed at their reception.  I told them I had fallen off the wagon and wanted to get back on track.  But instead of hearing what I had expected, which might have gone like this: "This happens sometimes and we have a restart program," or "We are glad you came back before this got out of hand, here's what we can do," I faced shrugged shoulders.  Seriously!  In fact, I was told that it's not easy to lose weight like the first time and that maybe I was just at the weight my body wanted to be at. Then the RN added, "But if you want to try, we can do it, but I don't want you to be disappointed if it doesn't work, and I don't want you to waste your money."

In spite of the ambivilance I had faced, I paid $75.00, got a vitamin B shot, and a week's worth of diet pills, leaving humiliated. This is not what I had expected from the team that had celebrated my initial weightloss with me. I was not given any diet advice other than go back to the first phase of the diet.  Logically, I should have been able to figure this out on my own, right? But, I think I was expecting something more than what I got, and I went home feeling defeated and alone, and cancelled the appointment I had set up for the next week.  I decided that this clinic was too expensive for the support I had gotten that day.

Over the next few months, the scale went up slowly as I vascillated between eating right and blowing it completely.  The holidays were hard, birthdays were hard and almost all my bad habits came back.  When I had gained back 20 pounds, I went to my doctor for my annual physical and found out that my cholesteral was slightly elevated.  He and I talked about the fact that I had gained back the weight and he agreed to prescribe phendametrazine for me so I could regain control.

I thought this plan would be better since I only had to pay my doctor's fees and the cost of a $20 prescription each month, cutting the costs by 3/4's! That was last fall and over two months I had lost 7 pounds...not as impressive as when I was going to Medi, but at least I was headed back down.

The week between Christmas and the New Year, I starting seeing Dr. Mike Moreno on shows like The Doctors, Dr. Oz, and Dr. Phil talking about his new diet, the 17 Day Diet.  All the doctors recommended it highly and there were people claiming to have lost weight quickly on this plan.  Maybe it was the time of year (New Year's resolution time!) or maybe some divine intervention...I don't know...but I sat glued onto the TV screen and decided that I was going to start this diet in 2011!

I started the 17 Day Diet on January 2, 2011 and as of this post, I have lost 13 more pounds, which means that I have lost that 20 pounds I gained back after I stopped Medi-weightloss.  And the best part is that I am enjoying the food on this diet, and losing weight WITHOUT diet pills! I know it may sound like a fad diet, but it actually is a great roadmap for getting off the extra weight quickly and transitioning back into mainstream eating as you progress through each 17-day cycle.

This is my last post on this blog (note: The Medi-Weightloss Blog, not the 17 Day Diet Blog!), because I feel I have found a better (and less costly) method to lose weight and am hopeful I will maintain it.  I don't want to discourage you if you are losing weight with Medi....keep it up.  But if you fell off the Medi wagon like I did, or have been worried about how you'll maintain the weight loss (since Medi doesn't actually provide a maintainence diet plan), come join me on the 17 Day diet once you're off their program.  I've started a 17 Day Diet Tips Blog and plan to journal regularly how I am doing and provide helpful tips there.  I'm feeling energetic, sleeping well and extrememly positive about this plan!

Whatever plan you follow, make your health top priority, and don't give up!  If one diet doesn't work, find another.  And don't overpay to lose weight.  Switching over to the 17 Day diet will cost you around $25 for the book or around $50 if you buy the exercise DVD too. That's a big savings over the $1200 I paid for Medi.

Good luck...let's find a way to lose weight that we can maintain for life...that's the goal we must keep in sight.

Watching the Scale

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This is my 14th day on the second cycle (Activate) of the 17 Day Diet and I've lost 13 pounds.  Usually, when trying to lose weight, I only weigh myself once a week or at most, every couple days. On this diet, however, I have been stepping on that scale daily. The weight isn't coming off on the activate cycle as fast as it did on the accelerate cycle, but am seeing a steady downward trend. 

During the first cycle I was losing 1/2 pound most days...it was amazing, but it only makes sense that this pace isn't sustainable.  Interestingly, I'm finding that during this second cycle, which alternates between a day on accelerate and the next activate, I've noticed that I tend to see a drop in weight on the day after the Activate day, which seems backwards to me.  I'm wondering if anyone else has noticed that?  And I've even gone up a pound or so some days, but the very next day, I would have lost that pound plus another one!

I'm sharing this so you won't be discouraged if you don't see the number on that scale that you were hoping for.  I'm finding that if I just stick with it, week by week I am keeping off the weight I've lost during the week prior and an additional few pounds.  The trick here is to be realistic and happy that your weight is less week after week.

This diet has been truly wonderful for me!  After losing 40 pounds on Medi-weightloss, (eating less than 1000 calories a day and taking diet pills), then gaining back 20 after I stopped, I was feeling despair.  But this diet has gotten me back on track eating delicious healthy foods without those diet pills! I hope you are experiencing good results too! Happy guilt-free eating!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review of Two 17 Day Diet Recipes

Chicken Vegetable Soup and Kefir Smoothie

Dr. Mike Moreno supplies recipes in his 17 Day Diet book, and so far the ones I've tried have been quite good. Here is a review of two of my favorite recipes in the book and tips to make them even better!

First, Buy the 17 Day Diet Book!

If you are serious about losing weight and following the 17 Day Diet, you need a copy of the book for yourself. Why? 1) The 17 Day Diet has a lot of moving parts and isn't a plan that your friend can outline easily on an email, 2) You'll find yourself referencing the book often, and 3) The book contains some good recipes toward the back that you'll want to use during your weight loss journey.

Don't be cheap! You can obtain the book at a reasonable price of $21.50 (or $29.00 if you buy the exercise DVD too) from the 17 Day Diet website. Don't buy it from Amazon since the books there are listed closer to $50.00!

My Two Favorite 17 Day Diet Recipes:

Chicken Vegetable Soup:

What I like - The Chicken Vegetable Soup recipe in the 17 Day Diet book has become my staple. You can eat this hearty, filling, thick soup during all four cycles and eat pretty much all you want. It's easy to make, ready in less than an hour, and is filled with chucks of chicken and lots of healthy vegetables. You can eat it for lunch or dinner or even for a snack later in front of the TV, as I have done a few times!
How to make it better or easier - The recipe calls for "baked chicken breasts", but I simply....
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