17 Day Diet, Cycle 3 completed!
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Well, I promised I would blog when I got through cycle 3. This is when we are supposed to add more things into our daily eating, learn portion control, and get a good handle on how to have a healthy balance - in other words, a lot more freedom than the first two cycles. I found this difficult, because once I was not so restricted I tended to stretch things a bit and have "cheats" here and there. So, the short version of the story is, after one week I was up 4 pounds, but at the end of 17 days I was back to where I started at the beginning of the cycle - so no net gain or loss - which is actually a *good* thing, even if it is disappointing.
Now the idea is go back to either cycle 1 or cycle 2 for the next 17 days. I have guests in from out of town, which makes it difficult to follow a strict eating plan. So I am probably not going to go back fully until they leave. I will let you know how the next cycle goes!
On the fitness front, I have really been feeling SO much better than when I started on 1 January. I have increased my number of minutes, along with my strength, flexibility and endurance - woo hoo! I am trying out my new "barefoot" workout shoes - but I am still slowly getting used to them so I won't report on them now.