I am on my third week of the 7 Years Younger diet. In fact, I have a hard time calling it a diet, as it seems to me to be much more so a lifestyle. To this point, I have been surprised how easy it has been to adopt, and I am very pleased with my results so far.
I began by creating my first weeks menu and figuring out the ingredients needed. My first grocery shopping trip was a 2 hour extravaganza obtaining many new products that I had not had in my house for some time or at all. The first aspect of this lifestyle that I noted was that my foods were turning from white to brown: that is from processed grains to whole grain whether it was bread, pita, crackers, chips or rice. In addition, my produce drawer was overflowing when I got home.
The first week of the plan was the kick start period where there were three meals a day but limited to no snacks. Where as all my dieting in the past involved eating at 6 different intervals during the day, this was different and I expected to be hungry and was prepared to deal with it. I was very pleasantly surprised to see that the meals were quite filling and the portions appeared plentiful to the point that I did not really believe that eating like this could promote much in the way of weight gain although it did seem to promote healthy eating.
In addition, I was able to change my work schedule to assure that I had time to exercise 4 of my 5 workdays and once on the weekend. I have never been one to be overjoyed about exercise, but I was determined to make this happen. I achieved my exercise goals doing 30 minutes of cardio work outs on the elliptical and treadmill 5 days during the week in addition to weight training three days of the week. Given my new degree of motivation, getting to the gym was not difficult to achieve, and I actually enjoyed working out for the first time is quite a while.
At the end of the first week, I was overjoyed to see the scale showing me that I had lost 7 lbs. Week two was more of the same with snacks incorporated into the diet and I lost 4 lbs and so far in week three I have lost 2 more lbs. As I write this, I prepare to leave for New Orleans in the morning to watch my Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl, and as excited as I am to be able to go, I am a bit concerned about maintaining my diet momentum, but I already believe that I have learned how to adapt this new lifestyle in different circumstances and am confident that I can keep up my progress.
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