Another week has passed and this was definitely not my best week. I didn’t quite cheat, but I was pushing the edges of the program. I was slacking off a bit, a tad lazy. The numbers show it.
I lost 1.6 pounds and one inch this week for a total of 9.6 pounds and 7.375″ in three weeks. I lost the inches on my hips and my arms, nothing else budged. I have to say I’ve been dieting off and on since I had my son 8 years ago. This is the most weight I’ve lost in 3 weeks since I was immediately post-partum. The fact that I did it without much exercise is pretty impressive and my butt is definitely looking a lot better.
Cheating Around the Edges
There were tiny cheats. I put sugar in my tea three times last week. I only did two of the training days with the three exercises, (bridges, bird dogs, and kettlebell swings); it’s supposed to be three. I was very light on the legumes with maybe four servings all week and I ate nuts as a replacement, maybe a little too much. All small things but, combined, they might have had an effect. Conversely, losing 1.6 pounds when you don’t have much more to lose in week 3 after my body has settled in is actually pretty darned good and I shouldn’t be complaining.
The Mental Game
That’s the thing with this diet. You’re “hacking” your body so you’re always wondering what effects everything will have on the scale and your tape measure. If I do X will Y happen? You’re always thinking that. It’s kinda annoying!
I should be chafing at the bit with the restrictions of the diet but I’m still not. I was at Bertucci’s at a family dinner last night with my in-laws and just explained what I’m doing for a diet. They were understanding and didn’t question me. I did have a piece of chocolate in memory of my father-in-law who passed away a year ago yesterday, but it was to honor him and I’m not going to sweat a piece of chocolate for my family. It was 79 calories and I don’t plan on cheating again.
I’ve got extra motivation as I head into the last week. My bikini vacation is coming up and I’d like to look confident while I sashay to the pool. It’s a family vacation with my extended family and I’m really looking forward to it so I think I’m just going to stick with the plan. Keep moving forward.
I am still doing the glass of cold water first thing in the morning which does seem to rev my engine, although I haven’t broken a sweat since the second week on the plan. I iced my back twice last week (I do it when I remember) and both times I was left with a stiff neck the next day, so I’m not in love with it. I might try those patches Tim Ferriss mentions. Actually a company I worked with recently, ArcticEase, makes these great eco-friendly patches that should work nicely and I still have some in my supply closet.
Tim Ferriss Updates
Tim has updated his blog post to reflect changes in the book. Some of them are typos and some of them are changes because people have experienced issues on a larger scale since the book’s been on the best seller list for a few weeks now. The big one is no green tea supplement at the last stack of the day. People are finding it interrupts their sleep.
Tim has been very active on his blog and I like that. One woman is post-partum and breast feeding so she hadn’t been taking the supplements. She’d lost 10 pounds in three weeks and Tim cautioned her to talk to her doctor about rapid weight loss post-partum. Thought that was a smart thing to say and showed he cares about people following the plan.
He also said if you’re a woman over 40 who has had a child or two, the significant weight loss seems to kick in later in weeks 4 to 6. I’m in this category so he’s basically telling me to go for 42 days instead of 30. I’m debating whether I’ll do this or not.
Am I Converted?
You think I would be by now but nope, not yet. Aspects of this diet are pretty great, but some still bother me. The supplements are always something I’m cautious of, the legumes thing drives me nuts (and apparently a few of you guys too), and the idea that fruit is bad just seems wrong to me.
Tweaks For Next Week
I’m going back to week one. I’ve made a huge pot of soup with legumes in it so I can up my legume intake again. I’m drinking coffee more regularly so I can keep the pipes flowing smoothly and I’ve decided to do the big three exercises every day Monday through Friday just to see what happens. I’ve got a number that I’m close to for my hips and I’d really like to see that number by Saturday. Literally 1/4″ will get me there but I’d like a little more.
How are you guys doing? Is it working for you? Are the restrictions a godsend or are you knocking on the bars of your golden cage? Would you even consider doing this after reading about my experience? I’d love to know what you’re thinking. Here are my other posts.