Wednesday, August 6, 2008
For the most part I have decided that this diet was a total waste. It cost me a lot of money, I went without food for a long time and I didn't really get anything out of it.
I gained back my 15 pounds plus another 10 pretty much as soon as I got off this diet, within a month. And it's not like I went crazy with calories either. Turns out that consuming as few calories as required for this diet for that long totally ruined my metabolism. For the first few months after the 21/21 diet I found that I gained weight so easily that it was impossible to keep the pounds off.
Here I am, nearly a year later and my metabolism is still not normal. I am up to around 170 pounds these days. So, as you can see, a year later and I weigh 20 pounds more than when I started this diet. If I eat more than 1600 calories a day I gain weight immediately, it shows on the scale the next morning. I am absolutely aggravated by this considering that most reasonable diets call for eating 1600 calories a day to lose weight at a normal pace.
I just wanted to give an update, felt like it was my duty as a blogger. Sorry the news was so sad.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
I just couldn't take the drinks any more. I got up Tuesday morning and hadn't lost anymore weight. I went to school and had my first Essential Greens drink and thought to myself, I'm sick of this, I'm eating today. So I left school early and went home and had raw baby carrots for lunch, yum. I had another green drink before dinner, then I had a protein shake and steamed broccoli for dinner, wonderful. I stayed up pretty late that night, so at about 11pm I had a nectarine, delectable.
My husband and daughter were a little disappointed that I didn't go the whole 21 days. I was a little defensive and said, "Let's see you go without eating for 18 days and you tell me if you aren't ready to chew something." All in all they have been really supportive. They were very encouraging the whole time and kept telling me about how much weight I've lost. They are a little concerned that I may go back to eating too much too soon. I have been assuring them that I am taking it slow. To be honest I am going a bit quicker than the book says, but I definitely don't plan to jump right into full meals all day again.
Today, I avoided the drink mixes all day. I had a nectarine for breakfast, then I roasted myself some vegetables for lunch: potatoes, carrots, onions and mushrooms with Mrs Dash seasoning. I had a protein shake for a snack, then more roasted vegetables for dinner. I just ate a peach at about 9:30 pm. I have been taking the enzymes with all my food and plan to continue to take them indefinitely. My stomach feels really full after I eat and at first I thought maybe it was a stomach ache, but I'm pretty sure I'm just full. I'm not used to it, I haven't been full for 19 days.
I plan to continue my elimination therapies for this last week, a coffee enema this morning, a detox bath tonight, tomorrow or Friday is a kidney cleanse drink and then a final water enema on Saturday.
I've been forgetting to measure up. I need to do that in the morning if I have time before school. I know I've lost several inches.
Monday, September 3, 2007
I found that the protein shakes give me bad breath. I've been getting pretty lazy on all the detox stuff. I've missed the aloe and night-time inner cleanse 2 days in a row. I've missed the midday inner cleanse 4 days in a row. I haven't been juicing for a week. I haven't been getting in all the drinks. I haven't been drinking the tea at all (unless you count the raspberry tea ice cubes I use to make all my mix drinks.) I have been drinking a lot of water. Last week when I did the kidney cleanse drink, I forgot to follow it with the marshmallow tea. Then I forgot the kidney cleanse drink completely on Saturday, so I did it today. I haven't been walking or exercising every day. I'm going to hop on the elliptical tonight.
I need to do my homework, but I'm feeling so lazy I just can't get into it.
Hopefully I'll get up in the morning and have lost another pound. That would give me the motivation to get through 3 more days.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
On Saturday I picked up my protein shakes, drink mix & more enzymes on the way to the fair. I had a coupon and one of the GNC gold cards, so I only spent $50. I drank one of my Essential Green mixes and a bottle of distilled water right before we got there, so that I wouldn’t starve while I was there. I took my cooler with another drink-mix and bottle of water for the ride home.
We were there for about 4 hours and I wasn’t overwhelmed with wanting to eat fair food. I never realized there were so many food stands at those things. I’m not exaggerating, I think I saw about 100 food stands, all selling greasy junk food. At one point I forgot I was on the diet and I said, “Ooh, they have wine tastings.” My husband reminded me that I couldn’t have any. I was a little disappointed, but I was fine really. Actually, I’m glad I was on the diet when we went, otherwise I’m sure I would have went overboard trying everything from philly cheese steaks to roasted corn. We walked a lot at the fair, but we probably walked more looking for our car afterwards. When we left, I was crazy-thirsty and on the way home I drank a bottle of my distilled water.
I had my first vanilla protein shake when I got home. They aren’t too bad, aren’t too good, but it tasted more like food that any of the drink mixes, so I was glad to have it. I’ve decided to have those for dinner for the last week of the diet. They have 100 more calories, so I hope they don’t affect my weight loss much.
Today I woke up feeling really good. My husband is not working today for the first Sunday in weeks. He will work tomorrow on Labor Day though. I’m feeling excited because after today, I only have 4 days left on the detox! I’m going to take some time today and tomorrow to make a meal plan for the next few weeks. I hoping this will prevent me from eating everything at once. I’m going to put all those things I have been craving on there. This way if I want something, I can tell myself I will have that on such-n-such day.
I'm glad to be caught up on my blogging. I'll try not to get behind again. I'm going to keep blogging for a couple weeks after the 21 days, so we can see if I gain any weight back.
I’m feeling much better. I’m on my last week. I’m looking much slimmer. I can’t wait to measure up again. I haven’t been doing my walks, but I did go to the gym on Friday morning. I’m giving up on the soup, I can only get a few sips down, so I’ve been mixing up an extra Essential Greens to have for dinner. I’m thinking of having the protein shakes for dinner.
On Saturday, I’m going to the GNC to get my protein shakes and more enzymes. Since, I’m going to complete the whole 21 days, I’ll need to get another Essential Greens too. It’s my own fault since I refused to drink the VegeSplash. It’s still full in the cabinet ($30 wasted). The leftover Essential Greens won’t be a problem since I’m planning to do a shorter detox sometime this winter, probably after Thanksgiving.
Last year, Thanksgiving was my downfall. I weighed about 115 before that, and then I got a sweet tooth and began eating second helpings. I love food. A 7-day detox the week after Thanksgiving will prevent that from reoccurring. The book says to do the detox seasonally. Sounds like a good idea to me, keep me from going off track.
I’m so ready to end this diet. I’ve been contemplating quitting early. I’m not going to quit though. I’m almost there. I’m still losing weight, about a half pound a day, nothing to balk at. I would be foolish to quit now when I can potentially lose 5-9 more pounds.
I’m bored with the food on the diet. I’m only taking a few sips of my juice and soups. Even my sweet potato puree has lost my interest. The book says I should be past craving by now, but I think that my cooking for my family every night and baking all that banana bread has made it harder on me.
I’m constantly fantasizing about all the food I’m going to eat after this detox. I’m going to have to be careful, otherwise I may go nuts and try to everything I want in a few days time. I’m going to follow the post-detox plan (at least for the first 5 days) and then I’m going to have a big Nacho Deluxe with black beans, homemade salsa, black olives, cheddar cheese, sour cream and maybe jalapeños. Mmmm, I can hardly wait.
I love thinking about the food I want. I’m torturing myself with it. Wednesday, I spent the whole day looking through my Cooking Light & Every Day Food magazines and writing down all the recipes I want to try. I’m not going to go crazy when I get off this diet. I still want to lose weight. I’m planning to eat vegetarian most days, stay away from dairy as much as I can (which will be the most difficult, I love cheese). I’ve been lactose intolerant for a while, so I’m considering switching to soy milk and cheeses, or at least go with the “active” cheeses that are available now.
Since I will be adding protein back into my diet, I plan to begin a serious exercise program, including all that ab work that I had planned to begin a couple weeks ago. Surely if I can go without real food for 21 days, I’ll be able to workout daily and stick to my plan.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
I have a big day today. I'm going to go get myself a potter's wheel that a lady from classes sold me for $35! Then I have to run to the GNC to get more drink mix and the protein shakes. I may or may not take my daughter to the state fair.
I did update my Weight Tracker though. 14 1/2 pounds in 15 days!
Monday, August 27, 2007
I notice that I haven't had the "healing crisis," just the one tired day. I attribute that to my good health as well as a basically healthy diet and no caffeine before the detox.
I have skipped the walk the last two days, but I have been so busy with baking banana bread (7 more loaves) and cleaning up around the house, that I am going to consider that as exercise. My sister and I are planning to go to the gym again tomorrow night.
Tomorrow it is back to class, hopefully I can throw a few more pots, last Thursday I only threw two vases. I'm wanting to make some more cups and bowls this week. I also need to find a subject for my upcoming painting. I love art.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
I just constantly want to eat something, anything! My family is really supportive though. They keep encouraging me. Every time I whine, "I want some food", they say something like, "I know you can make it, Mom" or "You are almost half way there, it won't be much longer."
So, that's about it. I am going on sheer will power right now. I'm no longer interested in the drink mixes, the juices or the soups. I'm just moving towards that 21 day goal. I keep telling myself 2 weeks will go by quick and life is fast, what's 2 weeks. I hoping to hit a point any day now when I will no longer want to scarf down everything in site. At this point I'm afraid that when I come off the detox, I'm going to go crazy and want to eat up all the things I have been missing in one day, thereby gaining back a bunch of weight. Yet, when I read about other people's experiences on this detox it is helpful. They always seem to get to a point when they are no longer interested in chewing at all and when they get off the diet they are eating very small portions. If they can do it, I can do it.
9 days down, 12 days to go!
Friday, August 24, 2007
But I resisted, I must have some will power. I even did a lot of baking. Bananas again, we have too many. My husband's Dad brought us a ton of them in from Florida. They are all starting to ripen at once so I've been trying to use them up so they won't go to waste. Wednesday I made a banana pudding with chocolate pudding. Thursday night I baked 5 loafs of banana nut bread, I can give a few away to friends and take one to school. Next I'm going to try out fried bananas and also toffee bananas. But there are still plenty, so I am going to have to find more recipes.
I went to bed hungry again. It seems to be a big part of this program to go to bed hungry every night and get up starving every morning. And what's more, I dreamt of food again, I didn't lose any weight this morning and I did another circuit workout at the gym.
--This morning I dreamed that I was slicing potatoes, one of the potatoes turned into a chocolate egg. Then I gobbled it up.--
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I did lose another 1 1/2 pound. A total of 8 1/2 pounds so far! Wow! And it's getting easier to go without my normal foods. No crazy cravings, though I am making a mental list of things I want to eat once I get off this program, but none of them are junk food. If I get a craving I just tell myself I can have that in 21 days.
I'm going to go for my pomodoro soup again for dinner and I'm looking forward to my detoxifying bath tonight.
I was a little worried I'd be tired again or hit my healing crisis while away from the house. I should've known I'd be fine. I love taking art classes. My spirits were high.
I drank the kidney cleanser this morning. I thought it might have me back to peeing constantly again, but it didn't.
I took my cooler to school and had my drinks on time. I didn't get hungry all day. I had a pureed sweet potato for dinner, yum! Instead of walking, my sister and I went to the gym and did our regular 35 minutes of circuit training. I got through it just fine but I wasn't my normal energetic self.
Monday, August 20, 2007
I hoped my coffee enema would give me some energy. A lot of people say that it does. I was sort of worried that the caffeine would make me jittery. Next time I will make my coffee water before I take the kids to school, so it will have plenty of time to cool before 9am when I have it scheduled. I didn't put my little dog in her crate this time, which was a mistake because she scratched & whined at the door a lot. She thinks she has to follow me everywhere, separation anxiety. I guess it gave me a little boost, because I didn't feel like napping anymore afterward. I wasn't all energetic though, like I had hoped. Maybe if I had held it in a little longer than the few minutes I managed.
My dinner soup was good tonight. I juiced lots of tomatoes, lots of garlic, some spinach and basil, then cooked the pulp and juice in a pot for a few minutes. It kinda tasted like the pomodoro that I make with pasta. It tasted good, but gave me bad breath & a stomach ache. So I had a cup of hot peppermint tea & an all natural peppermint oil mint. It helped a little, but my stomach still feels yucky, so I'm going to have another cup of hot peppermint tea before bed.
Though I've been little tired all day, I still took my evening walk with my sister, her daughter and my dog. This evening I had a real sense of pride in myself for doing this and I really feel like I will be able to complete the entire 21 days & the 7 days of easing off the detox.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Because I slept in, I was able to avoid the VegeSplash altogether. I really hate that stuff. I may do the diet with just the other 2 mixes. I got the juicer today and used it to make my green bean & onion soup. I added red pepper & Bragg's, it tastes pretty good. Thanks Sonya, for reminding me to juice when I make soup.
I weighed in this morning at 145.5, that's 2 more pounds! A total of 5 pounds in 2 days! Even if this is water weight, (no salt & alot of peeing) I'm impressed. It takes me so long and so much work to lose 5 pounds. I could never have imagined losing that much in 2 days. I can tell the difference in the way my body looks too, I was doughier before I began the detox. I decided I better measure up so I will know how many inches I'm losing.
I drew a sketch of what my body looks like & put my measurements on it:
arms-11 1/2", breast-35 1/2", under breast-31", waist-31", at bellybutton-37 1/2", at belly pooch-42", at butt-42 1/4", at saddlebag-43", thigh-24 1/2". A year later I removed the sketch.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Not much difference between today and yesterday. I find that I really enjoy the BerrySplash and the Essential Greens, but the prospect of the VegeSplash was daunting. So I had another green drink in place of the first VegeSplash. Then for the 2nd, I decided to just mix it with half the water and chug it. It was a no go, I got through half of it again. So I was pretty hungry by the time my next drink came around. My soup wasn't much better tonight. So I decided to boil up a sweet potato while I was on my walk. I pureed it with cinnamon, stevia and vanilla. It was really smooth and pretty good. I enjoyed that. I know I'm supposed to stick to mostly greens in the soups, so I promise myself that I won't do that again (very often). Tomorrow I'm going to try just green beans and onions, that is a familiar taste, so I'm hoping it will be okay. I also think I might like the creamy broccoli recipe in the book.
Day #2 finished, 19 more days to go!
Friday, August 17, 2007
I weighed in this morning at 150.5 & I haven't measured up yet, but I will.
The first 2 drinks aren't too bad or too good either. I've been blending them, adding raspberry tea ice cubes & a packet of stevia. I've been drinking them through a straw, seems quicker to get them down. The Berry Splash is better than the Essential Greens (very berry flavor).
My home version of a colonic (a water enema with lemon as per the book) was okay... I took the opportunity while everyone was gone this morning, put my little dog in her pen, tuned the radio to Spa 73 and set up in the bathroom. It took me about 45 minutes start to finish. I couldn't hold all the water the way she describes in the book. I had to get up 3 times to go, then go back to "refill."
I've been pretty busy (cleaning carpets) so I didn't think about food much all morning. I must have peed 4 times an hour. By noon, I was hungry, so I was glad the VegeSplash was coming up, but it tasted horrible. I added stevia, but only got through 1/2 of it. By 2pm, I was really hungry and kept eyeballing the bananas on the table. But Vegesplash was on the schedule again, so I made some blueberry tea with stevia and put it in the freezer to mix the VegeSplash with. It didn't help much, it was still pretty horrible. I tried to get it down, but could only sip it here and there. To ignore my hunger I made a few phone calls and began prepping my soup in the crock pot. It smelled pretty good and I decided to scoop some out to cook quickly on the stove so I could get some "free" soup broth. I'm thinking tomorrow I may trying making the VegeSplash with the "free" soup. So when the soup was done, I separated it and pureed the vegetables. It didn't taste too good. I was hungry, so I spent some time nursing the 3 options I had: the soup, the broth & the VegeSplash. I don't know which tasted best or worst. I just kept switching between the 3 different textures although similar flavors. I got through about 1/2 of the VegeSplash again. I decided to go ahead and start a different soup to try for dinner, Roasted Garlic Cauliflower. I told myself I'm not breaking this diet! I can do this!
So by this time I have lost interest in cleaning the carpets and having thoroughly enjoyed my 3 o'clock raspberry iced tea, I am ready to lay down for a short nap, trying to get through to the next hour when I have another drink mix. No such luck on the nap, about the time I go to sleep, my old man calls and I go run a short errand for him, but it's 4 o'clock when I get back and time for my next drink. Essential Greens is on the schedule but I decide I deserve the tastier BerrySplash after the yucky VegeSplash afternoon. I decide that it is tasty, but I see that it turns my teeth and lips VERY purple, more so than my wine ever did. So that's something I have to watch out for.
My garlic cauliflower puree wasn't as bad as it smelled, but I'm saving it for tomorrow and eating my spinach tomato that I made in the crockpot for dinner tonight. It wasn't too good but I managed to eat most of it and 1/2 the broth. I have another serving to put in the fridge, but I'm not sure if I will want it again. I left dinner thinking that if I could eat that then surely I can chug the VegeSplash tomorrow.
So, I'm finished with eating for the day, as I sit here my belly is growling, but I'm filling it with raspberry iced tea and water. I still have a shot of aloe vera juice to drink for the night and maybe some hot tea before bed. I'm leaving now to go for a walk with my sister and tell her about my day. I'm ready to go to bed and start day #2 tomorrow. I hear my husband downstairs cleaning the carpets. How nice, but I know he worked all day so I feel a little guilty.
I'm totally going to do this for 21 days!
20 days to go!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I'm actually glad to have a couple extra days to prepare. I need to get my kitchen cleaned up and prepare myself a counter and shelf space. I need to rework my schedule to add in the elimination therapies she talks about in the book. I have checked into colonics and even though they are affordable in my area ($180 for 3 sessions) I can't really afford them right now. If I decide to do the detox again I think I will do the colonics. This time I will be doing a home version (an enema) weekly. I am also going to do the coffee enema, the kidney cleanse drink and I'm looking forward to the detoxifying baths. Each of these are done weekly while on the detox to help flush out all the toxins I'm releasing into my body.
I have picked up a few more items. My expense tally is growing by leaps and bounds. I'm to the point now where I only have a few things left to buy: goldenrod tincture, the juicer, vegetables and spices as needed, distilled water as needed, and herbal tea as needed. I may or may not need an extra bottle of the drink mix, most people buy 2 of the Vegesplash. When I finish the 21 days, I will also have to buy the protein shakes ($20 at GNC).
My sister is being really supportive. She is excited about seeing how I do and wants to start on the program herself as soon as she can. She says she will take this week to prepare herself (more mentally than anything else) and she wants to start the detox next Friday, 1 week behind me. This makes me feel great. I'm happy that she wants to do it too. It's nice to have a close detox partner.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
I am still really focused, checking the google group daily, gathering soup and juice recipes, typing up my schedules.
I have decided to go the first few days without a juicer, but I figure by this weekend I will be ready for a change from the mixed drinks. I have a $15 coupon I can use at KMart on the 19th to pick up a juicer.
My sister really seems to want to do the detox diet too. She even tried to get me to wait until she got her stuff before I started, but I was like, "No Way." I am in the mindset to do it now, I'm not holding off any longer. I'd start tomorrow if I had my stuff.
I checked out the price for colonics in my area. I can get 3 for $180, which seems reasonable compared to what I have read others saying. But, I still don't have the money for it, so I doubt I will be doing that part of the diet.
I have decided to add an expense tally to the blog so I can track how much this is costing me, so far a little under $200, but I will be adding more.
I am pretending today is my birthday, because my birthday will occur in the first week of the diet. My family is going out to dinner tonight. I am going to have a prime rib and french fries, followed by a glass or two of wine. I may even have a dessert. My last supper. I plan to eat light for the next couple days so maybe I won't be so shocked at the fewer calories once I start the detox.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Yesterday I had a mini-crisis with my detoxing products order. Turns out the A1nutrition site was 'out of stock' on most of the items. I didn't want to move my start date so I canceled my order from them and went to another site, 911healthshop.com and got the 4 main items with priority shipping for around the same price. I do still have to buy the aloe pills & enzymes. I also want to get the Bragg's Liquid Amino. From what I read on the Google group, this makes a big difference with the soup flavoring.
I'm proud of myself for working out everyday this week and for not going crazy eating all the foods I want before the detox. I have to confess I have been eating a lot of grilled cheeses with cheddar and feta, but those aren't too bad, only about 210 calories each. I have also been eating dark chocolate everyday and last week I was having wine every night. I have decided that on Sunday when we go out for my early birthday dinner, it will be the last day I have beef, bread, wine and dark chocolate before the detox. I want to eat light on Monday and Tuesday so my body is not too shocked when I go down so much in calorie intake. I have already made the switch to drinking the distilled water and caffeine free herb teas. I have read some people complaining about the taste of the distilled water but it tastes fine to me and I've been a spring and tap water drinker for a long time. So far, the tea I like is Raspberry Zinger, it smells wonderful and with the stevia tastes a bit like watered down kool-aid.
5 days until the detoxing begins!
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
I got everything for less than $100 at A1nutrition.com. This was much less expensive than I could find at the MV site, Ebay or GNC. I will have to go back in a couple weeks to order the protein shakes, which I will need when coming off the detox. I also ordered the book, 21 Pounds In 21 Days from Amazon, that was another $20. I will still have to make a trip to town to get distilled water, more herbal tea choices, organic soup vegees and the Bragg Amino Acid for seasoning my soups.
I should receive everything by Monday or Tuesday, so I have decided to start the diet on Wednesday, August 15th. That will give me 6 days on the program before I start school.
I have made pages and pages of notes from all the information I have found about the diet.
I downloaded my personal daily schedule from 21pounds21days.com.
I have written myself up a workout routine for the 3 weeks I will be on the plan.
The diet only calls for a 1 mile walk per day. I am thinking that since I already workout vigorously 3-4 times a week, I am going to continue my regular routine 3 times a week and add in the 1 mile walk on the other 4 days. 1 mile doesn't seem like much to me, so I am going to increase the distance by a half mile per week and add in speedier intervals twice a week. I also added in a yoga workout once a week for relaxation and most importantly, I am definitely doing an ab routine 4 times a week. I have a 9-week Ab book routine that I have tried to get into several different times, but have never gotten past the 1st week, not because it's hard, it's not, it takes about 10 minutes. Maybe that's why I can't get into it, because it seems so minimal. But I know these exercises will work and getting rid of my belly is my greatest desire.
Hopefully, spending the money, setting a start date, making a schedule and really focusing on this constantly will keep my motivation up and I will be detoxing next week.
Monday, August 6, 2007
I've been contemplating doing the Martha's Vineyard Diet Detox ever since I heard Robin Quivers talking about it. She actually did the diet everyday for 3 weeks while doing her radio show. Dr Roni was in the studio with her bringing her drinks and stayed in her home at night. The diet promises to shed 21 pounds in 21 days, Robin lost almost 30 pounds!
When I started researching this diet I found the blog of a girl called chickycola. She blogged every day of her 21 day detox. I found her experience inspiring and was riveted to read every detail of her detox. She had a lot of bad days and even more good days. At the end of her 21 days, she was full of energy and had lost about 25 pounds. It is because of her that I have decided to blog my own detox experience. Thank you chickycola.
I would also like to say thank you to all the people in the '21 pounds in 21 days' Google group. I have found their experiences with the diet to be a great source of information.