My name is Cara, and I have been practicing the 17 day diet since April 16, 2012. I am still getting through Cycle 1. After I got done with the first week, I noticed great results on the scale and noticed having lost close to 7 pounds. I am close to finishing my second week, and I weighed myself last night only to find I have gained 3 of those 7 lost, back. Now, the scale shows I have only lost 4 pounds on cycle 1. I certainly don't feel any lighter, nor do I look it. My clothes still fit me just as tightly as they did the day I started this diet. I can hardly button my pants still! When will I notice some physical change and where will it appear first? In my face? In my gut? In my waist?
I read other people's posts all the time and find that so many people cheat here and there by having a Hershey's Kiss or a little bit of rice with their sushi. I can safely say I have not cheated a single time. I don't even eat light salad dressings. I strictly have oil and vinegar with every salad, and I make sure to measure out the serving. I have also gone the extra mile and worked out every day I have been on this diet aside from one. I just don't understand what I am doing wrong. I am slightly confused and wondering if I am not eating enough yogurt. I read through some of the meal plans suggested in the book and consistently noticed each day that only one serving of yogurt was on the menu. Should I be eating two yogurts every day?? People are acting like you must get two servings of a probiotic each day. I do have egg whites almost every morning. Is this counting as a portion of a probiotic? I am confused because when I look at the sample daily menus in the book, not all of them say you have to have more than one yogurt serving each day.
I am thinking I am not drinking my water as consistently as I was that first week too. I have decided to work really hard on that until the end of my first cycle. It is only 10:30AM here in Cincinnati and I have already drank two bottles of water, my hot lemon juice and my breakfast green tea for today. Needless to say, I can't stop going to the bathroom! Hopefully this gets me back on the right track. Unfortunately, that hot lemon juice and green tea don't count towards my daily water intake....grrrrrrrrr.
One thing I wanted to ask was about the green tea. I am currently drinking Crystal Light green tea packets-the ones you add to your water bottle. Is this not going to work for me?? I have had some plain green tea, and I struggle to choke it down cause I am not much of a tea fan to begin with. The Crystal Light green tea I have been drinking with each meal is flavored, usually raspberry or peach. Is this what is causing my issue? If so, does anyone have any suggestions on types of green tea they like? I cannot do the hot thing. It has to be something I can drink on ice or cold. I am not much of a hot beverage type of gal. I don't like coffee or hot drinks. It is a struggle for me to choke down my hot lemon juice every morning.
Any advice anyone might have would be greatly appreciated as I am on the brink of tears over here.
Thanks for your support. Even though I am not where I would ideally like to be, I still have the will power to struggle through. My mind and my determination will not let me cheat.