Hey there everyone. I started Phase II recently of my diet.
Here is what it currently consists of:
Phase I - 25 days total (from an estimated 21-30 days)
The same 1500 - 1600 calories diet as Phase I
5-8 16.9 ounce bottles of water every 2 hours throughout the day (Mio for flavor) + 2 16.9 ounce bottles for exercise
Phase II - 30 days
+250 calories for each day (twice/day 125 calories for each period) exercising
Exercise on Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat. / Rest days on Tues, Thurs, Sun.
Exercise at this time is 30 minutes on stationary bike (due to lots of rain recently) in the morning and then 30 minutes of walking in the late afternoon with my friend.
The extra 250 calories is easily (mostly) digestible for quick energy and to help curb cravings.
For the morning, I increase my yogurt to double its intake, and then have 1/2 extra banana. I also have one extra bottle of water (with Mio). Any fatigue I have from exercising disappears within an hour.
For the late afternoon, I have an increased dinner with a higher serving size of potatoes, vegetables, and increased protein. The total increase is approximately 125 calories, with more focus on protein for muscle repair. I also have one extra bottle of water (with Mio) after exercising. Any fatigue I have from exercising disappears within an hour or so.
I have been on Phase II for 5 days, and I have lost .8 pounds, so I am right on track. I have lost a total of 16.8 pounds since starting 35 days ago. My legs get a little tired, but I do not get the stiffness or pain from exercising that I used to when I would try similar exercising. My goal is 1-1.25 pounds lost per week and I am right on track.
Although I have slowed on weight loss, the inches are still getting smaller around my waist and hips.
I've lost two sizes so far with my jeans and I feel great!
I hope this helps other people in my age category for considering a diet that works for them.
May 27, 2014
It has been 2 extra days on Phase II and I gained almost a pound.
At first I was upset about it, but my husband reassured me that it is a combination of weight and inches I should be worrying about, and not to get too caught up on the numbers for weight. Sure enough, I found my jeans fit even looser today and my measurement showed I had lost another .25 inches around my hips and another 3/8 inches around my waist since Saturday. Sometimes it is so easy to forget there are going to be plateaus. My husband says it is because the exercise, even with this short duration, is building muscle, and muscle weighs more than fat. I can definitely feel it. My legs seem to have some increased strength and my endurance has definitely improved. It is such a blessing to have him to reassure me, as I was severely tempted to take "a break" from my diet and exercise since I seemed to go up .9 pounds. However, as long as we keep going together, I know I can make my goal by October.
I'm mainly posting this here to remind people not to give up on their diets so easily (as it really can be so simple to stop!) and to remember the long term goal does require effort and focus to reach it. I hope people can see my story and help remember that the journey is as important as the destination for these kinds of plans.
Last edited by TT2014; 05-28-2014 at 10:08 PM.