It's been a couple of months since I've posted here due to going on a 6-week road trip! I tried my best to stick to the plan while on vacation, but there were some challenges (like eating at the homes of friends and family where you have no control over what's served!). Portion control was the key for those times. My goal was to maintain my weight loss and not GAIN any pounds I'd worked so hard to get off. Although I only lost 2 lbs. over the six weeks, I was okay with that since I usually gain 5-8 pounds during vacations!
As soon as I returned home, I went back to Cycle 1 just as the book recommends when your goal weight hasn't been reached after 3 cycles. I've begun to lose again and it feels great. I started the plan on April 1, and as of today I've lost 19.5 pounds total and 12" overall. I'm down two sizes and it's so nice to be fitting into clothes that haven't fit in about 10 years AND buying smaller sizes. I'm about half way to my personal goal weight.
One of the best rewards was having my cardiologist keep saying, "Wow!" when I saw him last week. He was amazed and recommended I stop taking one of my high blood pressure meds. That's a huge benefit to losing the weight! I'm also no longer border-line diabetic and I've brought my cholesterol level from 237 down to 115. My wellness was the primary reason I started this plan, so I've come a long way in a relatively short time thanks to Dr. Mike and the 17 Day Diet Plan!
I will keep on keeping on because the results are most definitely worth the effort. If you're strugging, remember your goal and keep moving toward it with focus and resolve. If I can do it, you can too!