Monday, March 25, 2013

Consistently is Good!!!

Hello ladies!

I know I haven't posted in awhile, so I thought I would throw in a quick update for you all to let you know how things are going with me on the 17 Day Diet. So far, so good! I finished my first cycle on St. Patrick's Day and was down about 6# for the whole cycle. I went about a week with no losses, then started Cycle 2 and boom, lost about 1#/ day for 3 days straight. So my total is very close to 9# right now. It may seem slow to some, but for me, this is the most I have lost in a year! I feel really good and my clothes & tummy feel better & less puffy. I want to be down a full 10# by Easter & I think its possible. 10# in a month.....crazy!!

My sister is down about 8.5# this month and we are both getting used to eating this way. No fruit or carbs after 2pm while at first was challenging, is becoming habit now and I am getting used to not eating carbs at dinner. I still miss it sometimes though. I wont lie. I joined planet fitness last Friday and have only had the opportunity to go once but its a nice place & they have alot of machines which is great. I'm hoping that will help accelerate my weight loss, but I guess I need to go, huh? lol! Tomorrow after work is my plan. I had a dentist appt today & errands to run, then meeting my sisters for dinner at Ruby Tuesdays (salad bar) and we are taking a mesh wreath making class. I'm not crafty at all so this should be interesting! haha!

Hope you are all doing well. If I don't post again before the 31st, Have a wonderful Easter!


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wednesday Update...things are going great!

Hello friends!

Just a quick post to update you all on how things are going here. I am excited to report that I am down 5# already!!! woo hoo!!! I think I got on the scale 10x this morning because I couldn't believe it! My sister is down 3# & is on day 4 and I am on day 6. I fell hopeful that this may be the answer for me. I hope it is. It hasn't been bad at all. There is alot of prep work to do so I am cooking alot more, but if it helps me to lose 1#/day I will cook like a crazy woman! lol.I don't mind and with my sister doing this with me, we have been helping each other emotionally and with food prep. She works full time & I work part time so I have a little more time for the food prep than she does so today I shared with her some oopsie rolls & some apple flax protein muffins. The muffins are fabulous!!!

So I encourage you to give this a try if you want to try something new that is not only safe & healthy & created by a Dr., but its also pretty easy to follow. I am going to post the recipe for the apple flax muffins. They are soooo good with a little natures hollow peach jam on top! Heavenly!!!

Hope all is well with you girls! Happy Hump day!!!

Apple Flax Protein Muffins (C1)

(Adapted from recipe by Laura Dolson)

Recipe Adaptation by: Caryl Schiff-Greatorex


1 ¼ cup flaxseed meal
2 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
2 scoops Body Fortress Vanilla Whey Powder
½ tsp salt
9 packets Stevia (equivalent to 6 Tbsp sugar)
1 Tbsp Agave Nectar
1 cup egg whites
1/3 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
¼ cup water
1 Apple chopped fine
½ cup walnuts (optional)

Mix dry ingredients together and add in remaining ingredients and mix. Fill 12 muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 18 – 20 minutes.*
**Please note~ I did not use all of the oil in this recipe. I used 1 T. + 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce. I also used 2 T. splenda brown sugar baking blend instead of just plain stevia. Feel free to adjust the recipe according to the plan that you follow. These are really great!!!

Nutritional Info for 1 muffin:

137 calories
8.4 g fat
140 mg sodium
8 g carbs (but NONE qualifies as a natural starch)
1.4g fiber
3.2 g sugar
9.6g protein

*Note: Consistency is very moist, If you prefer a drier muffin, bake longer

Monday, March 4, 2013

A quick little update.... Monday Edition

Hello to all my wonderful blogger friends!

You girls are just the best! Thanks for being so kind & not saying I'm a messed up cotton headed ninnymonger who has no direction in her dieting life .(Like Will Farrell said in the movie Elf)  LOL!
I want to read each of your blogs and am sorry I haven't had a chance to yet but I will get there. Thanks to Dawn, Rosalie, Pattie, Kay, Katie, Beth and oh shoot I am missing one more person......oh forgive me, I just cant think of it at the moment but thank you all for your comments. :)

So I wanted to give you all an update on how things are going. I started 17DD on Friday March 1st and I am happy to report, so far so good! I have been following and am starting to find my groove with it & am liking it. as of this morning, I am down 3#. Yay!!! I am hoping to lose 10# in Cycle 1 which will end on March 17th. Most people lose between 10-15# in Cycle 1. I think if I lost 15#, I would seriously faint! My sister and I have been really struggling on WW and I talked with her on the phone on Sat and she also decided to do it with me so she is on Day 2 & was down 1# as of this morning. She and I got together on Saturday & did some prep work for the week. We made turkey chili (that might I add was fabulous!), we made protein poppers (lemon & chocolate) that are like little bite size cakes that are made with protein powder &They are really yummy and we also made the mock egg rolls for sandwiches. Shes not crazy about them but I actually like them alot. I love spending time with my sister and she is really one of my best friends. We have both come so far with our weight loss and I told her "we can do this...we can do anything for 17 days". Her birthday is March 23rd & she will be 50. She wants to be down 10# by her birthday as it will take her into a new decade of weight. She is so pretty & has a personality & a smile that is infectious.I pray that she hangs in there. I am going to continue to do my very best but need to add in that darned exercise component to get things moving but I am just so darned tired after work its the last thing I want to do. I need to start slow, maybe 5-10 mins at a time.

Well, thanks for listening. I will keep you all posted on my progress.
Hugs to you all!!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

So before you think I'm crazy.....

Good morning friends!

Well, I wrote that last post on Monday & started my day off well with a low sugar, low carb breakfast. As the day progressed, I found that I really wanted my yogurt, and a piece of fruit. I had a talk with myself and decided that I probably made a rash decision to follow BFC again. It just isn't for me & I know in my heart, it could never be a lifestyle for me. Please don't think I'm a nutcase here. I have been so "all over the place" in my thoughts about what to do and it has been making me crazy that I cant seem to make a decision about what plan I would like to follow. Sigh...its rough being a Libra! lol. But I know with out a doubt, cutting out fruit & yogurt for me isn't the answer.

So anyways, let me tell you what happened to me the other day and you will understand why I decided to go a different route. I was at work on Wed and was in our pain clinic. As I was admitting this lady, and I asked her to verify her height & weight. She said her height & her weight was 142. Then she said to me "I wouldn't be this weight if it weren't for the 17 Day Diet". Whoa!! That was the other plan I was teetering over! So we got to talking and she told me her story and how she had lost 42# and her husband has lost 60# in 4 MONTHS!!! Holy cow!! She said she has started the diet last year with her husband and that she has been on every diet known to man and this diet was the easiest with the most rapid results. I did this plan last August and on the first 17 day cycle lost about 10#, which was great. I did not follow through with Cycle 2, don't ask me why because I should have. Anyways, the more I got to talking to her, the more I started to think that perhaps God placed this woman in my path for a reason. EVERYONE is placed in our paths for a reason but I really feel she was divinely placed for me. The ironic thing about it was, SHE told me that she felt that I was put into her path for a reason. I cant describe it, but I walked away from Work on Wed with more clarity than I have had in a  really long time. She told me to read the book again (17 day diet by Dr. Mike Moreno) and I did. I decided that on March 1st I would start and promised myself that I would not cheat & would be true to the plan....100%. If you aren't familiar with the diet, it is actually pretty simple. There are 4 cycles, each of them last 17 days. You start on Cycle 1 that has no "bread" carbs but you can eat unlimited lean proteins, vegetables, 2 servings of low sugar fruits eaten by 2 pm and not after, 2 servings of healthy oils (up to 2 T./daily) and 2 servings of probiotic rich dairy like yogurt. after the first cycle you go on to Cycle 2 & 3 where you get to add additional foods. Cycle 4 is a maintenance plan when you reach your goal weight.This plan is much more "up my alley" and I know that it is very successful and is in more alignment with my beliefs & thinking. So this is what I am doing right now. Hope you don't think I'm crazy. I'm really not. Just been a wandering mess for months and really need to shake things up again and get going. Spring & summer are right around the corner and i DO NOT want to wear a size 14 of anything this summer. I want to be a 10 and I WILL get there!

Thanks for listening. I will keep you all posted.