Potato or Potatoe?
Dr. Caroleen says that I passed potatoes even though my weight goes up 0.2 pounds. My weight has been 116.6 for three days straight and goes up a smidge (now 116.8) the day after potatoes. Admittedly, I eat two portions of potatoes at dinner even though Lyn-Genet says not to. Then I pile on the wine and another tiny square of dark chocolate. Frankly, if the damage is 0.2 pounds, then I’m good to go. I feel my weight has stabilized so as long as I don’t see a big spike in weight, I’ll say it’s good!
Valentine’s Day treats
We move the days around so that we can eat filets (on special at Earth Fare) today. We also indulge in a touch more wine than usual. We swap today (day 17) with yesterday (day 16) and change testing 2 proteins in one day with just testing a new protein. Don’t worry about these details. We are at the end of the Plan and becoming more liberal with our choices.
Basically, we want to eat a new protein today. In the first 17 days of the Plan, we test a whopping two proteins. I blew one protein test day on my work BBQ day so I’m left with only two proteins – the chicken we start with and then I passed pork. The book tells you to rotate proteins and not eat steak more than once a week. Come on folks, let’s do this logic puzzle. Surely, someone might react to something which like me, only leaves two meats. Joe and I alternate chicken and pork EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Sure, it’s good, but one can only eat pork and chicken so much. I suppose at this point, we’ve technically passed eggs too so now that’s an option.
I can see many upset tummy days once we get off the plan. I will admit that the stomach discomfort has been at absolute minimum since starting the Plan.
Daily water intake
If I weigh 120 pounds, then I should drink 60 oz of water (page 45)
- 30 minutes of exercise = one glass (8 oz)
- 1 glass wine = 4 – 6 oz to offset same amount as wine
- hot weather = more water based on time outside
- tea counts toward water, coffee does not
This is a usual schedule of water for me
- 7am 16 oz of dandelion tea
- 8am 16 oz of water with lemon
- 12pm 16 oz of water with lemon
- 5pm 16 oz water with lemon
- 6pm 4-6 oz to offset my wine with dinner
Muscle cramps galore
I’ve traded in stomach discomfort for muscle cramps. My legs, my shins, my feet have been cramping like crazy. I wake up in the middle of the night hurting so badly with cramps in my calves. I’ve actually been working out LESS so it’s not like I’m sore from working out. In fact, I point the finger solely at lack of water as the cause of these muscle cramps. Lyn-Genet says to drink half of your body weight in ounces.
The problem with this magic water formula is that I would consider myself more active than the average person. During the workday, I slip out for breaks at work and walk 1/2 mile on the indoor track at the YMCA. I take the stairs from the 3rd to 8th floor at work and sometimes I do it two at a time. I get up and walk around A LOT. I don’t think I’m properly compensating for my activity level with more water. I add the lemon like the book instructs to help with hydration but I just can’t get enough water especially with tea counting toward my water intake. I basically get 3 cups of water a day and I’m dying (or drying out).
At first, monitoring water is about not having false readings with water weight but now, I just need more water. My sodium intake is very low on the Plan yet I can’t hydrate enough with THREE CUPS OF WATER. I know my Yeti holds 30 oz but I also know that half is ice. Trust me, I already measured the average water WITH ice. I know this is tedious but I’m a mechanical engineer. What do you expect?
We are almost done. We are in the final stretch of the plan. For Valentine’s Day, Joe gives me this book for AFTER the plan. Hmmmmmm… I think Joe is ready to be done too!
- Flax granola (store bought) with cereal flakes, 1/2 pear, coconut milk
- Sautéed kale with parmesan, almond slivers, pumpkin seeds, 1/2 avocado
- Rye cracker with hummus
- 1/2 pear
- Filet mignon (Testing this!)
- vegetable Timbale
- 2 glasses of red wine
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The store bought, Columbia brand of flax granola is little balls which actually makes it better in terms of form factor.
Once again, lunch looks slim but it’s weird, because 30 minutes later, I’m super full.
Joe wants his gadgets. I order a mandolin slicer for the vegetable timbale.
Evidently, this recipe is a lot of work. Joe says the mandolin is a must have in terms of prep. He says it saves 15-20 minutes of prep time and makes it “better looking” because the veggies are more uniform. Leave it to the graphic designer to be concerned with appearance and the engineer is concerned with function.
I say, why can’t you just use the knife? But if you haven’t noticed, Joe does 100% of the cooking so I don’t have a lot of room to talk. I will buy the gadgets as they are requested ONLY if they don’t take up too much room : )
Here is our Valentine’s Day meal!