March 27, 2011

Flat Belly Diet and One Week Down

My mama and I have been on the Flat Belly Diet for one week now. It's the morning of Day 8. Sunday mornings are my weigh ins. I actually ended up gaining a half pound bringing my total weight loss to 1 1/2 pounds and 1/2" lost from my waist. The reason this is not surprising to me is because I was sick this entire week. I was on prescription medication for steroids, not able to catch my breath long enough to take even a five minute walk, and the 1600 calorie meal plan is set to help you maintain the weight loss from the 4 Day Jumpstart. For being sick I'm still proud of my results.

This upcoming week will be different for me. I'm off the medicine and will be able to go back to building up my workouts. The diet claims you don't need to workout but I don't see how you can lose weight on 1600 calories a day (unless you've been eating way more than this prior to the diet). I'll weigh in again next Sunday and see if I'm getting the results I should be seeing.

Speaking of seeing the results... my mama has been having great success. She actually sent me an email this morning and wanted me to share with you all. So in the words of my mama (copy and pasted, of course) I bring you her testimony...

"My daughter, Rochelle, and I began the Flat Belly diet one week ago.  I eat CONSTANTLY on this diet!  Much planning in advance and that part of the program is getting easier.  Making meals in advance to freeze will be my next move.  There are a lot of easy options to choose from.  That is a plus, especially when traveling.  Any grocery store has an abundance of my needs...and believe me I can be very needy!  Five pounds lost and 2" reduction off waist and 1" off of hips. My main goal is not weight loss.  I just wanted to feel better and have more energy.  And that I do!  I just wanted to share this with you because I believe we as women are taught deprivation when it comes to food and made to feel guilty by society regarding food. I feel my connection with food is a healthy one now and without the guilt whenever I enter the kitchen. Please do not take offense that I am sharing this with you.  It is not intended to point a finger .  This is with only love in my heart because I want to share the success of my recent energy level change and feel very vibrant internally. I have been losing my hair again and due to stress or not enough of the the right foods, a change for me was in order. The secret is pairing the right fats with the right foods.  Amazing! Yesterday I was able to go for a 30 minute walk.  Huge accomplishment because I have really only been able to actively do anything for 5 minutes at a time.  If you would like to check it out on the internet just look up Flat Belly Diet, it is by the Prevention folks. One of the guilty pleasure snacks is popcorn and cashews drizzed with dark chocolate."
 
My daily check in calls confirm my mama's energy levels. She sounded as though she was bouncing off of the walls last night while just preparing her stir fry dinner and talking a mile a minute. Her excitement is contagious. I couldn't help but be excited for her and more willing to be a support system to her.
 
Keep in mind with any diet... every body is different and everyone will see varying results. Case in point.
 
The key to success is to continue trying to make each day healthier than the last. Even better, make each meal better than the last. Drink lots of water and get your bodies moving!
 
Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and safe day!!!

9 comments:

Chef Dennis said...

sorry to hear you're not feeling well. It sounds like your mama is doing great on that diet, 80 I should try to.
Cheers
Dennis

Pretend Chef said...

Chef Dennis - I am feeling much better now and happy to be off of the meds. My mom is having great success and it has blown me away!

Lizzy said...

I know you'll do much better off the meds. Good luck this week!

PS...our lab was on 80 mg prednisone for a few weeks years ago. Her appetite was incredible...she was constantly on the prowl for food :) I can't imagine watching my diet while on steroids...you've done well.

Pretend Chef said...

Lizzy - Today was a little bit hard on the diet with going to a birthday party but overall I did really well. Tomorrow will be back to following it as best I can. Surprisingly I wasn't that hungry while on the meds. Following the diet meal plan left me satisfied after my initial two days.

Anonymous said...

Hope you feel 100% soon. So glad to hear your mom is enjoying some real benefits from this diet!

Pretend Chef said...

Anonymous - I am feeling better I know the real challenge will be building my endurance levels back up for my workouts. Not being able to workout for over a month has been hard. My mom has seen great results and is keeping her body moving. Thank you!

Lick My Spoon said...

Hope you feel better Rochelle. And sounds like your Mom is doing super on the diet. It must be so encouraging to see the numbers going down on the scales. Good luck to the both of you.

Pretend Chef said...

Lick My Spoon - I am back to feeling 100%. Thank you so much! Seeing those numbers decreasing is incredible!

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