The second round of cycle 1 ended yesterday and it was BRUTAL. Going from cycle 3 back to cycle 1 was a shock to my body. I ended up having to back down with workouts the first couple of days. Then I decided that was stupid – so instead, I kept my workouts at 45 minutes and I started eating a starch/carb serving here and there and extra protein before workouts. While I wasn’t following cycle 1 exactly how it was meant to be, my body needed the extra boost and fuel. All in all, I added 5 whole wheat pitas, 1 serving of oatmeal, switched back to low fat cheese instead of fat free and last night I had Afghan food – which included bolani – pan fried potato pancakes w/chives and some basmati rice. I still ordered green tea and enjoyed a few pieces of the chicken kabob and hanging out with friends. Of the 17 days, I’d say I stuck to the cycle 1 food list about 10 of those days and I exercised 13 of the 17 days. It was almost like doing cycle 2 and I’m cool with that. With the increased workout times and being in the home stretch, I will not be revisiting cycle 1 again. If I don’t make my goal weight by the end of the 2nd round of cycle 3, I will just go back to cycle 2. Wow… did you get all that? I swear, I’m only getting into the details because I now know of at least 8 readers that are doing the diet.
I have officially lost my ass. The jeans in this photo were my “go to” Old Navy size 14 jeans… I pretty much wore them everywhere before starting the diet.
It’s crazy – especially since I had my new jeans on underneath this pair. I’ve dropped 5.5 inches in my waist and I’m now wearing size 8 jeans after 68 days. While shrinking sizes is really cool, losing waist inches is what puts a huge smile on my face. Posting pictures like this reminds me of the old days and brings me back to my Internet safety and digital citizenship presentations I do for work – You posted what on the Internet? Ha! Ha! – This is nothing compared to my old weight loss blog.
No worries foodie friends… screamin’ good turkey meatballs are below.
So…. The Numbers
I am down another 4.4 lbs. for the second round of cycle 1.
Cycle 1: – 15.2 lbs.
Cycle 2: – 5.3 lbs.
Cycle 3: – 4.7 lbs.
2nd Round Cycle 1: -4.4 lbs.
Total Weight Loss: 29.6 lbs.
Woohoo! Today officially started round 2 of cycle 2 and I will probably do a bit of what I did with the second round of cycle 1 – mix some cycle 3 foods into the round.
Now to the Turkey Meatballs – I created this recipe on the fly, based on what I had on hand. This is why there are no ingredient or prep photos, I hadn’t planned on posting a recipe – but they were super tasty!
1 Pound Lean Ground Turkey
Fresh Basil – 4-5 leaves, finely chopped
1/2 Tablespoon Crushed Rosemary
1 Tablespoon of Dried Italian Seasoning
2 Cloves Garlic – minced
1 Small Onion – rough chopped
1/4 Cup Whole Wheat Panko
Salt and Pepper
Parmesan Cheese – finely shredded for topping
1/2 Jar Marinara Sauce – used for baking and then served on top
I mixed everything together and divided the meat into 9 meatballs. They were fairly large in size. I put the meatballs in a glass baking dish and topped the raw meatballs with 1/2 jar of Giorgio Baldi Tomato and Basil Marinara Sauce. Find any sauce with 3-4 grams of carbs per serving – the lower the better. You could also used crushed tomatoes or straight tomato sauce.
I baked the meatballs in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes and then I turned them over and baked them for another 15 minutes.
I served the meatballs on a bed of sauteed spinach – I used 3/4 small bag with two cubes of Dorat frozen garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and a little salt and pepper. I will definitely be making these again!
I’m still sort of stuck in a food routine (eating my favorites from each cycle) – but I did mix things up a bit and hope to continue to do so for the next cycles.
What makes me happy right now…
Having increased energy
Getting lots of good sleep
Less back pain
Smaller clothing sizes/new clothes
Weight loss rewards – think pedicures and massages
Green tea – I know, crazy right?
Sugar free frozen yogurt
Honeycrisp apples… OMG, pure heaven – best apple ever!
Cinnamon oatmeal in the morning