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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.
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    Wow, it sounds like you & I did something similar on C3, and you're really doing an awesome job at removing those pounds.

    Good for you too, that you've decided to wait until your guests leave before resuming full speed ahead.

    I found I had too many choices, on C3, and then of course the "cheating" didn't help. :o(

    So, my ticker had to be revised up, a couple of pounds. I'm okay with it, as I was sick with vertigo, the flu, and now...the flu again. I just wasn't going to be too hard on myself.

    Okay, I'm feeling pretty crummy & going to head to bed for a bit.

    Keep up the great work, you're very inspiring.

    : )
    3442 days ago
    Also, you have to keep your eyes on the big picture. I started the 17 Day Diet on 1 January and am down 12.5 lbs the third week in February, so I averaged 2 lbs per week even though most of the weight loss was in the first 17 days.

    For those of you who aren't familiar with this plan, you keep repeating the 3 17-day cycles until you reach your goal, then you move on to maintenance.

    3448 days ago
    Yay improved fitness. I've been thinking about those barefoot workout shoes too (they look sooooo cool) so will be interested to know what you think . . . .

    As for the weight thing: frustrating. I find it hard enough to eat well when I eat "out": but in the hostess role, hmmmmm. Really tough.
    3448 days ago
  • MCGS62
    One good thing is there is a lot of flexibility. There is no hard fast rule that says you can not stay on cycle 3 for extra time to accommodate guests.

    be careful with new shoes
    and make sure they are tied that seems to be my downfall--literally
    3448 days ago
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    Sounds like you are learning alot about your body & what it needs! Way to go. I just posted in the 17DD under (those who have completed C3). Maybe you could post your experience there as well. This is really helpful. I experienced those similar things my first time around on C3, and it helped me for this time around. We live & learn.

    You are doing GREAT, and very inspiring to see you persevere through the ups & downs.

    Let us know how it goes with the new shoes. lol. My cousin is a true "barefooter". I'm always curious about the whole thing. haha.

    **oops it was the "your first experience on C3" post. Not the "those who have completed C3" post.
    3448 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/24/2012 8:32:07 AM
    Darn, that's a bit frustrating! At least you got back to where your started cycle 3. You have been making such great progress. It is hard when guests are there - unless they are me. emoticon

    You really kicked up your activity level. That helps, too.

    I think I'll wait for the report on your barefoot shoes before ordering. They may have some at our 'local' walking store.

    3448 days ago
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