Final weigh in: NO CHANGE
RESULTS: 9lbs lost
(I started my period today which is greatly affecting my results... probably by a couple of pounds, but regardless - my total loss is 9lbs)
So, the week started off okay. I ate all fruit and soup on the first day. I went to the bathroom a LOT and felt like I was cleansing my system. It was great. I wanted chocolate and sweets by the end of the night but felt in control and avoided catastrophe. By the end of the 2nd day I felt HUNGRY. I was so happy to have that baked potato. 3rd day was okay - I got the variety of fruits AND vegetables... however was starting to miss more 'solid' food (maybe just carbs or processed foods or meat). I charged through and remained on this crazy program because I wanted results. By the 4th day (bananas and skim milk) I had lost my cravings but also felt like I was starting to lose my desire for food. I ate just because I had to and my stomach was growling, not because I longed for food. I also noticed I was going to the washroom a lot less. I introduced bran because I thought maybe I needed fibre. I later realized I was eating considerably less, therefore was going to the bathroom less. I still needed to eat a bowl of cereal just for my mood... it was getting low and I was sick of eating. By day five (chicken and tomatoes) I was THRILLED to be getting meat. I devoured chicken for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I felt full a LOT quicker though and didn't think I could eat as much as I could have a week ago. By day six (veggies and chicken) I was sick of veggies... and food. I was hungry but nothing I was allowed to eat sounded good to me. I don't know what I wanted... I just didn't have the desire to eat. By day seven I was feeling good to be in the home stretch... but was already wondering what the heck I would eat once my strict plan was over!
All in all, the week was worth it. Maybe I didn't lose the 17lbs I was secretly (and insanely) hoping for, but I got more than a 9lb loss... I got my willpower back. I would tell anyone if you have lost your willpower, just give this week a try. Honestly, if you can make it through the first 2 days... you are home free. The first 2 days were the hardest, then it was just a matter of muddling through the days and eating when you have to. I started seeing food as something my body needs rather than something I LOVE and crave all the time. I think my body likely appreciated eating such healthy foods for a week... although I know I do need more calories than I got each day.
Today when I went to make my lunch I had no idea what to make! My food for the day wasn't laid out or limited... but, I chose to stick with healthier foods. It won't be like that forever (I still have 2 bridal showers, 1 bachelorette party, 2 weddings... a 31st birthday, 30th birthday and 5yr anniversary to survive... then it's Christmas! My point? things will always pop up, there will always be obstacles, I won't eat fruit and vegetables forever)... but for now, I am going to stick with healthier choices as much as possible.
I am glad I did the week and have no regrets. I will be doing this plan again the week before the first wedding... and will follow the food selection the week between the 2 weddings!