I am excited to finally test eggs as the new breakfast addition today! We had the option to test eggs as an approved protein early on(day 6 or 10) but we haven’t. I’m confused because I feel there are so many things left to test and we are already in the last week. I guess that means there will be a lot of homework left in phase 3. This makes sense. The first 20 days are just to show us the way and we have to do the rest. Anne says it’s not a diet, it’s a way of life! I’m also starting a list of friendly foods.
I passed Brussels sprouts! Who would think this would be such an exciting thing? We are also starting realizing that the plan does follow a pattern. Of course, we know this all along but we are struggling to just keep up with the prescribed plan. This is addressed in Phase 3 in the book when you learn to make your own menus. I guess Lyn-Genet is onto something. These first 20 days, just do what she says (phases 1 and 2). Then get creative once you figure it out (phase 3). Another thing is that you now have quantitative data (your weight on the scale) supporting what you’re doing.
The weight loss continues after yesterday’s “no test” day (which is expected). In the book, she calls them “rest days” and “no test” days. I’m assuming both are the same. Besides the BBQ party day and that one bloop after rest day (water was off based on my exercise), my weight has been on the steady decline.
I thought the food plan would be so restricting but it’s been the opposite, it’s been freeing! Although Joe spends a lot of time preparing food, we don’t spend as much time with food. I know that sounds strange but with a prescribed meal plan, we simply prepare the food, eat the food, and then the food is done. We don’t hem and haw about what to prepare, if we’re going to eat out, if we are having snacks. The decision time is zero. The book says we eat this at this time and we do it.
Joe’s theory is if I continue down the same path of weight loss (assuming I passed pork yesterday – which I PASSED PORK!) then it must be the water from the day before. I guess it is the water! Not only did I lose all the weight I gained after yesterday’s rest day, but I lose an additional 0.2 pounds. I ask myself, how could too little/too much water really cause weight GAIN? It seems the strangest thing but Lyn-Genet says that’s the first place to look. Your body process water at a set rate and if you drink too much before bed, then you can’t expel it (pee it) away in time. As for stopping water at 7:30pm, it’s because for our 20 day plan testing, having that water weight can confuse the data from being non/reactive to a food. And I go back on the daily wine because you know that one day I skipped it, I do gain weight. I wouldn’t want to risk that again.
- Too much/too little water – Admittedly, I wasn’t as careful with this. I may not have compensated enough for more water for exercising.
- Too much sodium – No prepackaged foods so I’m good here.
- Overexercised – This was the FIRST time I went back to the gym since starting the plan. I played tennis twice. This was pretty low level weight lifting for about 30 minutes.
- Deviated from protein/fat – Followed plan
- Didn’t sleep enough – Got 7.5 hours last night which is actually a little more than usual.
Yesterday, BREAD day is the FIRST REACTIVE DAY!!! That’s for you, Theresa, who is wondering what happens on reactive days. Well, my weight goes up by 0.6 pounds because of just ONE SLICE OF BREAD. I confirm with Anne that the same happened for her with wheat bread. Interestingly, Anne can eat white bread? It goes to show you how I’ve always thought wheat, high fiber, multigrain, etc. must be better for me!
The only other time my weight goes up is when I eat all that stuff at the Superbowl party. So I can eat a whole plate of desserts and all kinds of carbs and I have the same net weight gain as one piece of bread? [Read more…]
Today we test bread. The book says don’t go for the high fiber, multigrain, blah blah, just get the plain white or wheat bread. It’s weird how so much goes against what we think. I always buy high fiber thinking that must be better. It turns out there are more ingredients in all of those enriched breads and they may cause reactions in you. Makes sense!
It’s day 7 on The Plan by Lyn-Genet Recitas and it’s a rest day meaning no new foods are tested. It’s also a day for your body to recover if it was an inflammatory status (hmmm… like on Friday at the work party). Just like that, one day later, I’m back to dropping weight after my Superbowl blowout lunch. It also means that I passed Rye which means I’m less likely to react to other grains and breads – YESSSSS!
It’s day 5 on The Plan by Lyn-Genet Recitas. In actuality, this is the sixth day on the plan but because of my work SuperBowl party, I swap the days. Lyn-Genet says not to do this but at the same time, I’m not starting all over due to one day. Ideally, I would do everything as stated in the book but that’s not feasible for me and my life. I’d rather be 95% compliant than not do the Plan at all.
It’s day 5 but for me, it’s actually day 6 on The Plan by Lyn-Genet Recitas. What happens is that we have a Superbowl party at work. They cater in BBQ which is a local fundraiser for the local BoyScouts (voted best BBQ in Charlotte by Creative Loafing!) and it’s a potluck. Well, I just CAN’T MISS THAT! I used my creative engineering mind and see that day 6 is testing protein so I conveniently deviate and swap the days.