Well it's the last day of Cycle 1 and the last day of my period. For the past three days I've been following the PMS Exception Diet, and that has significantly reduced my bloating to where I'm back to normal! I stepped on the scale this morning to get my final Cycle 1 weight, and I was 111 pounds! Wow! That's about 1.5 pounds lost per week! I started the diet 17 days ago at 5'0" and 114lbs...cheated a bit on weekends...didn't work out every day, maybe 11 of the 17 days...and I still lost 3 pounds, which is amazing to me! I'm happy with the results. And this motivates me to keep going.
I'm excited about Cycle 2 because there can be high calorie days (Cycle 2 food list) and low calorie days (Cycle 1 food list), one after the other for the next 17 days. Well, "high" meaning "maintenance weight calorie intake," not like, 3000 calories! And "low" meaning 1200 calories! I like that concept of "tricking" your metabolism, keeping it fired up. Let's see what happens.
Here's a few of my tips of why I think the diet worked and how I lost weight:
1) I drank A LOT of water, which I now believe is a great metabolism booster...filtered thru a Brita water pitcher. Not counting the 1 or 2 cups of green tea or any soup I ate, I drank 8-10 cups of pure water a day (with or without lemon or lime). I kept a tally on paper every day.
2) I kept a daily "diary" of all the calories I ate, because the words in Dr. Mike's book "liberal" and "unlimited" don't sit well with me...I need to keep track so I can space out my meals throughout the day and make sure I don't eat too little or too much.
3) I didn't go overboard on working out, which can harm your body if you work out hard and too long. I've done that in the past, and guess what? I didn't see any results from working out hard and long, my body adapted to it. But, in the past 17 days, I could have worked out on more days, actually. But each day that I did work out, I spent maybe 20-40 minutes doing various things. I did light aerobics and squats, 5 pound weight exercises, but I mostly did The Five Tibetans Workout, which is a moderately paced yoga-type workout. I had learned the moves from ABC morning news, and I just do them at home at my own pace. It's supposed to stimulate the thyroid gland, which deals with metabolism, so...maybe it's working!
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