Start weight: 196 lbs. in January 2015, 180 lbs. at start of Day-Off Diet
Current weight: 167 lbs.
Time on The Day-Off Diet so far: 11 weeks
What was the turning point that made you want to lose weight?
I wanted to be healthier, feel better, and look good for my 50th wedding anniversary.
What's an example of a typical diet day off (DDO) for you?
For breakfast and lunch, I pretty much stayed exactly with the program, but sometimes I added a glass of wine and some baby back ribs or a Caesar salad for dinner. I still don't eat beef, pasta, or bread and try to choose wisely.
What's your favorite MUFA snack?
What do you like about this plan?
The routine. I didn't have to think too much about preparing food.
What are your favorite activities and exercise routines?
I love walking, and I swim when I can.
What's been your biggest challenge so far?
Making sure I drink enough water and not adding cream to my coffee.
Have there been any times you've wanted to stop, and if so, what keeps you motivated?
I don't want to stop — I really want to reach my goal. I think setting a goal helps keep you focused and motivated, and having the group support helps a lot. Knowing that others struggle too is extremely helpful.
Have you had any cravings during the diet?
Sweets, but I've found peanut butter relieves that issue. I missed having a variety of fruit, but I guess that's changed now.
Do you have any advice for other people considering trying this plan?
With the Day-Off Diet, you're not eating anything artificial and you will be simply amazed how much more healthier you feel and the increase in energy you'll have. Eating clean as much as you can will benefit you in so many ways. The weight does come off slowly, but my mantra has always been 'You added this weight to your body one spoonful at a time, and it will take one spoonful at a time to take it off.' Enjoy the journey. I plan on continuing eating this way even after I achieve my weight-loss goal.
'You added this weight to your body one spoonful at a time, and it will take one spoonful at a time to take it off.'