Starting Weight: 175
28 Day Weigh In: 166.6
Weight Loss: 8.4 pounds
I am so grateful I decided to get back on the wagon last month and do the FMD plan. I had been struggling for the last year with unexplained weight gain and just feeling miserable about my body and myself. Nothing was working. I needed the structure of being told what to eat and when to eat it.
Was I perfect? Obviously not, particularly in the last week. I only lost .4 pounds in week 4, and I had hoped for 2. That was one hundred percent my fault, having had wine 3 out of the 7 days and having had a crazy weekend this past. Do I feel badly about it? If I’m being honest, not really. I made the choice to not have a salad at dinner on Saturday, and I certainly didn’t need that second glass of wine.
But I’m OK with it. I am certainly seeing results of changing my habits, cutting out certain foods and reducing my consumption of others. I would be grateful for being 8 pounds down in a month on any plan, so I’m taking it and moving on.
My plan now is to do another round: I would like to lose about 30 pounds more. Which means probably a summer of FMDing. I’m OK with it. I’m exploring new recipes and foods all of the time and making this a lifestyle I can adjust and work with.
I won’t blog daily. I will post weekly weigh in results and other fitness/health/diet related things as I used to do with this blog. But I’m back in the game. And I feel really good about it.
Well the last two days have been tough for both the plan and just in general. I had a last minute trip three hours south to visit my ailing grandmother, who is not likely to live very much longer. It made the last two days on the program a challenge, but since I plan on restarting the program for another round tomorrow, it’s OK. I know my results this week will not be where I want them, but I’m going to keep on going.
Weight (yesterday, no scale available today): 166.8
Yesterday I had a great breakfast: spinach smoothie and sprouted grain toast. Had raw cashews on the road and managed to do well at lunch: we had sub sandwiches, and I just ate the insides and paired them with the chickpea salad I brought. I had carrots and homemade hummus for a snack, but dinner was a total bust. I mean, not a total bust…it was honestly a healthy dinner but it wasn’t at all on plan. Gluten free pizzas with veggies, seafood and chicken sausage plus wine. Plus one bite of the amazing toffee they put on the table at the end of the meal.
Today was just crazy. I did start the day with grapefruit and raw cashews and had breakfast later. Breakfast was eggs and bacon and white toast…it was obviously not on plan but there was no way around it. I snacked on raw cashews on my ride home, but never really was able to have lunch. I ended up eating a small portion of chickpea salad when I got home, and then had a regular, on plan dinner: cauliflower fried rice, steak and a sweet potato.
No exercise either day.
What I did learn was that even though I strayed a bit, I still was able to be careful and conscious in my choices. Packing a few on plan things to have on hand was key to not straying too far off the plan, even in a high stress situation. So while I know I probably won’t be happy with my fourth week weigh in tomorrow, I know that I made very different choices this trip than I would have if I wasn’t working this program.
Sure enough, scale is up this morning. I know it is the salt but still frustrating. Looking forward to trying some new ideas today for Phase 3.
Breakfast: One egg fried in olive oil over sprouted grain toast with hummus and a side of blueberries.
Snack: More homemade hummus and carrots.
Lunch: Chickpea salad (chickpeas, tomatoes, celery, red onion and cucumbers mixed with lime juice, red wine vinegar and cilantro plus salt and pepper) over quinoa
Snack: Celery with almond butter
Exercise: 1.5 mile walk around school with a colleague
Without realizing it I made today a meatless day. Everything I had was just tasty and I didn’t even miss the meat.
Have to travel tomorrow for an unplanned one day trip to see some family. Which means my last two days will not be at home, with all of the foods that I’ve built up stock on to stay on plan. I plan on bringing bags of raw nuts, some salad fixings and will just do my best.
Second day of Phase 2. Really trying to embrace the spices and look for the positives of this part of the diet…it really is simple, straightforward. I would like to find a few more options for snacks…I saw someone posting yesterday about making homemade jerky, that might be something to try when I have more time.
Even though I’m nearly done with 28 days, I plan on starting another cycle immediately. This program clearly was the first time in a year that my body has responded positively to…and not just my body. My head is finally making better choices and I’m feeling more in control and more positive.
Breakfast: egg white scramble with last night’s roasted veggies and a little spinach
Snack: Cucumbers with smoked salmon (forgot to add the lime when I packed it for work, boo)
Lunch: Leftover pork tenderloin over last night’s roasted veggies and mixed greens with balsamic vinegar
Snack: Beef Jerky. Grabbed this on the run when I needed a quick snack that didn’t need any preparation. Technically not compliant because it had cane sugar in it…but has made me curious to try making some next week.
Dinner: Last of our beef roast with au jus. While I know this is phase appropriate I know it is salty and realize I will pay for it tomorrow morning. But it won’t last. Paired this with sauteed celery, red peppers and spinach and it was delicious.
Exercise: 20 min stationary bike and 40 min weights/machines at the gym.
Today was one of those days that never seemed to end. Always something to do right up until 830 at night. I was soooooo tired at the end of today. But I felt good about my choices and getting to the gym despite the busy schedule.
So something weird happened yesterday…I got my period for the first time in ten months.
I’m 47 years old, and have been going through perimenopause for years. The last time I had it was in July, right around the time I started putting on weight very quickly (I gained 15 pounds in three months and another seven or so in the six months after that). I have assumed all along that the hormones were definitely a part of the gain, but haven’t been to the doctor. Three and a half weeks on this plan, apparently my hormones are shifting because Aunt Fern came to visit. Very interesting. It never occurred to me that my diet might be playing a role here. That’s really something.
Weight: 168 (stop! stop!)
Breakfast: egg whites, green beans, broccoli cooked in chicken broth. For the first time today I didn’t use a non stick spray. Huge mistake! Took me all day to scrub off the muck. Fail!
Snack: Chocolate Mug Cake Tweaked this and it was really good! I added mint and it was tasty. Texture was just like a cake. Can’t even imagine it is egg whites and cacao powder.
Lunch: Chicken salad over mixed greens. Dijon mustard is becoming my new favorite condment.
Snack: Smoked salmon on cucumbers with dill and lime juice. The lime juice really adds something.
Dinner: Pork tenderloins with roasted broccoli, red peppers and onions. Simple and satisfying.
Exercise: 4.3 mile walk with a friend (no school today due to power outages from yesterday’s storm) and yoga class
Another Phase 1 day. I am trying some different fruits this week…the nice thing about only being on the phases for two or three days is that you never get tired and you can always mix it up and try new things. I’m in week 4 and I am trying things I haven’t had yet on the plan.
Weight: 167.8 (as predicted)
Breakfast: Sprouted grain toast with dijon mustard and thinly sliced cucumbers, with thawed frozen blueberries and mangoes on the side. This was satisfying! The toasts felt like little cucumber sandwiches.
Lunch: Leftover quinoa, roasted veggies and chicken. So tired of salad. Need a warm meal.
Snack: Spinach, mango, raw cacao and stevia smoothie
Dinner: Major storm blew threw and we lost power. I was still able to heat up on our gas stovetop leftover beef roast with au jus, quinoa and roasted broccoli, peppers and tomatoes.
Exercise: 2.4 mile run/walk at gym just before the storm
Full confession: Third day in a row of wine. 😦 With the power out I went to a friend’s to charge devices and we had some wine. Ugh. That’s it for the week. I definitely notice the difference already in having indulged three days in a row. This one wasn’t a conscious careful thought out choice…it was a split second “I’m in stress and I deserve this” one. That’s the kind of decision making that got me to where I am and it needs to stop.
So scale is up .2 this morning but I’m totally fine with it after yesterday’s celebration. I just wanted to have a good solid loss for the week and 2.6 is a number I can definitely be happy with.
Busy day today…hoping to get over to the gym today, but it might not happen. I am trying not to stress about it.
Breakfast: Oatmeal with mango and cinnamon
Lunch: Roasted chicken over veggies and mixed greens with quinoa topped with red wine vinegar. This needed more seasoning and probably more vinegar…it was kind of dry.
Snack: Smoothie with mango, strawberries, spinach, stevia and raw cacao. Yum! I’m getting the hang of these.
Dinner: Leftover beef roast with au jus over quinoa and roasted veggies.
Exercise: 1.2 mile walk before work.
Had wine again today. It was a long day, and I know…it makes two days in a row. I know I will pay for it. Had a meeting and everyone has a drink during these…and after the day I’d had, I allowed myself. Again, it is one of those things that is real life…I am not going to say I’m never drinking again. I have to learn how manage it so that it doesn’t become an obstacle to my health and weight loss. I don’t want to be drinking daily again, but sometimes, I’m going to have a drink. I will have one or two, have lots of water, and not go crazy. That’s how it was, and made a conscious choice.
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