Insert same sister that encouraged me to try yoga. A couple of months ago I was complaining to her about some weight I gained. She looked at me and told me frankly that I “caught” the boyfriend layer. As Oprah puts it, I had an aha moment. Girls, you know how it is when you first start dating someone, we want to keep up with our guys – pizza, wings, and beer. And usually at the beginning of a relationship he is buying and who doesn’t like free food. In my first blog, I admitted I have a love affair with food, so my boyfriend is not to blame. There is a thing called free will after all. But I am the first to confess that I do try to keep up with my boyfriend, who by the way, loves food just as much as me. And to make things worse, he lives in Austin, TX, a city that has amazing food. Mexican, BBQ, and the most eclectic food trailers – oh sweet Jesus, I love the food trailers. The boyfriend and I have now been together for over two years and I need to stop trying to keep up. I’ve gained 10 pounds over the last year and have officially outgrown my beautiful designer denim collection and have gradated to mom jeans – except I’m not a mom, not even close.
Insert Good Morning America. The other day they were discussing the latest fad diet called the 17 Day Diet. I don’t believe in fad diets, but now that I am a blogger, I thought it might be fun to experiment. Just maybe, I could find motivation from blogging to try this diet for 17 days. And just maybe, I could get back into my jean collection. The diet is of comprised of four 17 day cycles. The first of the cycles is called the Accelerate Cycle. Some of the basic rules:
1) Diet consists of lean proteins, vegetables, low-sugar fruits, yogurt and good fats. NO starchy foods. Lean proteins equal chicken and fish, which I hate unless battered and fried.
2) You may eat up to two eggs per day.
3) You can enjoy all the fresh vegetables and fruits you want. EXCEPT no fruit after 2:00pm because it is a carb.
4) No alcohol- gasp, I love my Grey Goose!
5) Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of pure water a day.
6) Exercise at least 17 minutes a day. WTF.
Sounds awful, right? I must be crazy, but all to keep my small number readers entertained. I’ve officially completed day one. I am starving and have a headache. My goal is to keep you updated on my progress. Additionally, each time I blog I’ll identify a motivating factor, provide a meal sampling, and list what I did for exercise that day.
Motivation: To get back into my jean collection.
Dinner: Salmon patty over a bed of greens, tomatoes and an Activa.
Exercise: Spin class – an overachiever here! I crushed the 17 minute requirement by doing 60 minutes.
Anyone care to join in on the fun?