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My blog has morphed over the years into different things. It is a place to learn about saving money, product reviews, cooking, gardening, and homesteading. It can take you to whatever has my attention at the moment and then back to the day to day. I hope you will learn something here and come back often.

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Fast Metabolism Diet ~ Finale

I have come to many conclusions throughout the past month...

1.  There is never a good time to start a diet.  We began The Fast Metabolism Diet a month ago.  During that month, we have celebrated both of our kids' birthdays, Mother's Day, and Memorial Day.

2.  Stress is not good for me.  When I am stressed, I mean REALLY stressed, I do not care that I am trying to eat healthy.  I do not care if I am overweight. And I do not care how my bad choices will affect the scale. I just want something that will make me feel better and, unfortunately for me, that is food.  Now, I am not going to dive headfirst into a chocolate cake or eat myself sick with a bag of chips.  I just want a hamburger and french fries smothered in ketchup or anything mexican.

3.  Dieting is impossible.  If you have "diet" in your brain then you are not making the changes necessary to lose weight permanently.  I went in to this thinking that I wanted to do the program perfectly, by the letter, for the first 28 days and then I would adjust it to fit our lifestyle.  28 days is not that long, right?!  Well, let me tell you that after 2 weeks I wanted a little more of my lifestyle back.  I didn't want to look at another salad that had lemon for dressing.  Salad is fine.  I like salad.  I also like mayonnaise on my salad...not much ( I don't use store-bought salad dressings) just enough to add a little flavor.

So, for those that came to this blog to find out more about the book, The Fast Metabolism Diet, here is what I would like for you to know.  First, I want to remind you that I received this book free to read and post my review on this blog.  Second, this is one of the best plans that I have been on and I've done them all.  I did not feel deprived (except for my salad dressing) and I was not hungry.  I felt healthier, more energetic, and, as I type this, my nails are clicking on the keys because they are long and strong.

We backslid a little, ok, a lot! over the Memorial Day weekend (my son's birthday weekend was at the same time).  We ate at fast food joints complete with our favorite carbonated beverages, partook of birthday cake and ice cream, and just basically did not care what we ate.  The first morning after eating like this I woke up tired and sluggish.  My husband was so irritable I was wishing he did not have the rest of the weekend off (don't tell him I said that!).  My youngest son woke up completely congested and feeling miserable.  I contribute all of this to the "dirty" food that we ingested.  It was really a wake up call!  What are we really doing to our bodies when we eat processed junk??

Will we continue this journey?  Absolutely!  I don't know if The Fast Metabolism Diet is a miracle worker or not but I do know that you will be a healthier person if you follow what is outlined in the book.  I encourage you to try it for yourself.  I am very happy that I did.

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Fast Metabolism Diet Week 2

Week 2 on The Fast Metabolism Diet is over!  The result...not so great.  BUT, let me explain.

I did lose 2 lbs this week but I then gained 2.2....thanks Mother's Day!

We ate really good again this week and are settling in to a nice routine.  I am learning to incorporate some of our favorite foods into the diet a little bit so it feels less like a diet. We are also learning to appreciate each phase of the diet more.  When we are in the carb/fruit phase, I find myself looking forward to the protein phase.  When we are in the protein phase, I find myself looking forward to the healthy fats phase.  All in all, I am really enjoying the way we eat.  I do not feel deprived in the least.

We have found one interesting bit of information though.  My husband and I both gain weight during phase 3 of this diet.  During weeks 1 and 2, we have been tripping along, losing weight until we hit phase 3.  It's not a lot of weight but when the scale is going down day after day, you hate to see it go up again.  I would really like to know if this is part of the overall diet plan or not.  Now, I do know that the body weight fluctuates during the week so neither of us are getting freaked out about it.  It's just curious that it happens at the same time ever week.  I would love to know if others have had the same issue.

Now, to Mother's Day.  One think that I learned from reading this book is that it's ok to eat anything.  You are not supposed to while on the first 28 days but when you get back to life it's ok to have a slice of cake or a slice of pizza.  Allow yourself to be happy at the thought and enjoy the experience.  This is what I decided to do for Mother's Day.  We ate on plan for breakfast and then we went to Jason's Deli for lunch.  I still stayed on plan by getting the salad bar but I allowed myself real salad dressing and 2 crackers.  Then, I had a small cup of ice cream with sliver almonds for dessert.  And I enjoyed it!  I think the real problem was in the evening.  I was not hungry after that big salad.  I did eat a small snack and a bite of chicken for dinner but that's all.  So, if I were to do it all over again, I would eat a smaller salad for lunch followed by ice cream, and then get right back to my regular snack and full dinner.  I'll chalk this one up to a learning experience and do better next time.

So, on to week #3.  I have chicken and steak thawing to throw on the grill this evening.  I roasted a pan of broccoli and carrots last night and cooked a pot of cinnamon apples for breakfast.  And don't forget....This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/FastMetabolismDiet!

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Fast Metabolism Diet Week 1

My husband and I just finished week 1 of The Fast Metabolism Diet.  I must say... I am impressed!

First, let me tell you about the book itself.  As I stated in the previous blog, I received this book free so I could review it and write a blog about it for SheSpeaks/FastMetabolismDiet.  Since it is a diet, it of course got my attention and I wanted to try it myself rather than just write about a book that I read.  But I need to tell you... this is the first diet book that I have ever read cover to cover.  It's not because I had to write a review but because I felt like the author, Haylie Pomroy, was talking directly to me.  I felt like we were sitting in the kitchen having a conversation, like she understands me, and she can and will help me.  As I read, I could see her wagging her finger at me one moment and then patting me on the back to console me the next. I wanted to stand up to her challenges and believe in her promises.  It was a rather amazing read!

The results of Week 1:
I lost 7.6 lbs and my husband lost 7.4 lbs.  This is the first time I have ever lost more than him.  Usually, I lose about half of the weight he does.  I will admit, I weighed in every day this past week.  You and I both know that is not a good idea but it kept me motivated. Now that we have started the second week, my goal is to only weigh once or twice because I know that the weight will come off slower now.

About the Program:
There are 3 phases to this plan and I love the fact that you cover all 3 in a week!  You eat the foods from Phase 1 for two days (usually Monday and Tuesday).  Phase 2 is two days and Phase 3 is three days.  You repeat this cycle for 4 weeks.  If you are not at your goal weight at the end of 28 days you can continue the program as needed.

The scary stuff:
This is a dairy free, gluten free, CAFFEINE free and sugar free diet.  That seems overwhelming, doesn't it?!  It really is not or at least it has not been for us and we eat pretty normal just like you.  I do miss my morning cup of coffee but I think it's the routine that I miss too.  You know, get up, turn on coffee, cook breakfast, get husband out the door and then sit down and enjoy a nice, hot cup of coffee.  Instead, I am having a glass of water during that time.  It's not the same, but if it gets results I think I can handle it!

Supposedly, the program works because of the type of foods you are eating in each phase.  It would be a really long blog if I tried to explain the foods allowed in each phase so I'm not going to do that.  I would recommend that you get the book so you will have all of the information.

I am wary about the next week.  I have been on a lot of diets.  I have seen them all work for the first week.  I want to believe that this one is different.  I want to believe that this is the thing that will work for my family permanently.  So, I am diving in to week 2.  Wary but determined to follow the plan and just see where it leads.
           ~~~ I hope next week there will be less of me ~~~