Start weight: 260 lbs.
Current weight: 246 lbs.
Time on The Day-Off Diet so far: 13 weeks
What was the turning point that made you want to lose weight?
The thought of losing weight was always there. As much as I love me and how I look, when I started wanting to run around with my babies more and my knees really started hurting me, things changed.
How much weight did you want to lose when you started the plan?
When I started, I would have been happy just to see a little weight come off. Now I have goals set, especially after seeing 2 lbs. come off each week for the first three weeks.
How did you pick your day off?
My day off is usually Sunday or Monday. I rotate it. Those days were chosen because I'm a big Sunday dinner girl, and as far as Mondays, it's nice to start the week off with a great meal!
What's an example of a typical diet day off (DDO) for you?
That's easy: My first "day off" breakfast was wheat toast with grape jam and a bowl of Special K, lunch was the cedar grilled lemon chicken from the Pub Diet menu at Applebee's, and dinner was my homemade turkey chili with cheddar cheese shredded on top and a spinach salad. Now there's an example!
What's your favorite recipe on the plan?
I'm a soup girl, so I love the Very Veggie Soup!
What's your favorite MUFA snack?
Thankfully I love sunflower seeds! I can get them from any convenience store.
What do you like about this plan?
I love that it's quite flexible. It's not like the plan says to not eat ever again in your life! The "day off" aspect really lends to the ease of sticking to it.
What are your favorite activities and exercise routines?
At the beginning, I did a lot of walking around. And now that my great friend Washima is back to teaching her bootcamp classes, I'm able to incorporate Saturday morning yoga bootcamp into my week.
What's been your biggest challenge so far?
Not falling into the trap of my major need to compensate what I ate with something sugary. I've never been a huge consumer of sugary goodness, but since I started the plan, I always want something sweet to eat.
Have there been any times you've wanted to stop, and if so, what keeps you motivated?
I have a few stressors in my life already, so I've wanted to give up on plenty of occasions. What keeps me motivated is knowing how much ;my kids will love that I can move with them. I also have a long-term goal to break 200 lbs. I want to see the 100s again, so this plan is giving me an opportunity to set small short-term goals to get there.
Is there anything you would change about the diet?
Maybe a few more snacks. While I appreciate the various MUFA snacks available, it could use a little something.
Do you have any advice for other people considering trying this plan?
Sure do! Do what will make you happy after all is said and done. This plan, like most things in life, come with its perks...but not without putting in the work first. Take your time, follow the recipe, and enjoy that day off! But, if you feel like it's too much, that's quite alright. Always remember to do what makes you happy.
Do you have anything you'd like to add about the plan, the recipes, or your goals moving forward in 2016?
Two things: 1) I can't wait to see what other recipes you come up with! Some of these recipes are awesome, but others I wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole. Trial and error... trial and error. 2) My goal is to get as close to 200 lbs. as possible. I don't know if I'll quite get there before the one year anniversary of starting this plan, but I plan on trying my best to stick with the fundamentals. Happy (and healthy) 2016!
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