3 Day Diet
Have you ever heard of the 3 day diet? I have, on more than one occasion. It caught my attention, but only for a little. I don’t think I ever really looked into it; just seemed too extreme and doubtful.

Well recently, as you know if you’ve been following my blog, I am having a really hard time lowering my weight. Not even that. I can’t stop gaining weight.

My cousin is getting married this weekend and my son is going to be her ring bearer. I got all excited. I love seeing my relatives, and I love weddings. So those combined are just awesome! Anyway, I started thinking about what I will wear to the wedding. I looked through my closet, tried on pretty much all my “churchy” clothes. NOTHING fit right!! Some would not zip, others just looked absolutely horrible! I was SO disappointed!

So I started searching AGAIN for what diet I can do. I wanted to find something that would work quickly. I know. Everyone says that’s “fake” weight loss. But at that point I did not care. If I can lose enough weight quickly enough to be able to wear an outfit that I already own and look decent enough in it… then I wanted to try it.

My cousin mentioned the 3 Day Diet to me; she had just done it and lost 4 pounds. I decided to look into it. I found lots of info supporting the diet, and some that was against. But that’s nothing new. The “menu” looked easy and very cheap compared to all the other diets I was looking into… so I thought “why not?” I’ve tried pretty much every diet out there, and so far have not found the “perfect” one for me. Who knows? Maybe this will solve all my weight issues… that’s what I’m hoping for.

There are LOTS of different menu varieties of this diet out there. I looked through several of them and decided to try one in particular:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/71351/ten_pounds_lighter_in_three_days_the.html?cat=5

I chose this one because it said you WILL lose 10 pound of actual body fat. That sounded so good to my ears. The other ones just said that you CAN lose UP to 10 pounds. I wanted the “for sure” one.

I decided that even if it was hard, it was only for 3 days, and it was definitely worth a try.

Stay tune for my outcome ; )

The actual 3 Day Diet Details:

Day 1:
Breakfast:
- Black coffee or tea (I used Organic Green Tea)
- ½ Grapefruit
- 1 Slice Toast (I used Ezekiel 4:9)
- 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter 

Lunch:
- ½ cup Tuna
- 1 Slice Toast

Dinner:
- 2 Slices any meat (about 3 oz)
- 1 Cup Green/String Beans
- 1 Small Apple
- 1 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream 

Day 2:
Breakfast:
- Black coffee or tea
- 1 Egg
- ½ of a Banana
- 1 Slice Toast

Lunch:
- 1 Cup Tuna (or Cottage Cheese)
- 5 Saltine Crackers

Dinner:
- 2 Slices any meat
- 2 Cups Broccoli
- ½ Cup Carrots
- ½ of a Banana
- ½ Cup Vanilla Ice Cream

Day 3:
Breakfast:
- Black coffee or Tea
- 3 Saltine Crackers
- 1 Slice Cheddar Cheese
- 1 Small Apple

Lunch:
- 1 Hard-boiled Egg
- 1 Slice Toast

Dinner:
- 1 Cup Tuna (or Cottage Cheese)
- 1 Cup Beets
- 1 Cup Cauliflower
- ½ Cup Cantaloupe
- ½ Cup Vanilla Ice Cream

Directions:

    * You may NOT use any other Seasonings EXCEPT salt & pepper.
    * Drink PLENTY of water to help your body in the flushing process.
    * Do NOT snack.
    * You may substitute Tuna for Cottage Cheese or vice versa.
    * Do this diet for 3 days, then take 3-4 days OFF and repeat the process until all your excess body fat has disappeared. When you are OFF the diet, you can eat anything you want, just eat moderately.
    * It is recommended to keep exercise to a minimum during the dieting days due to the fact that your energy level will be lower than normal.

As with all diets & weight loss routines, be safe and consult your doctor…. 

Info taken from: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/71351/ten_pounds_lighter_in_three_days_the.html?cat=5

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Still Trying, But Disappointed
Wow! It feels like it’s been forever since I updated. I have so much on my mind. Don’t know if I’ll have the time to write it all down. I wish I could update every hour... lol... but that’s pretty much impossible and I’m sure nobody is interested in reading about my life with hour upon hour updates…

Let’s see. The weekend was great. I had LOTS of great family time (not just with my own personal little family, but also with my parents, my siblings and their families).  I love spending time with my family. There’s not much that I find to be more fun. I’m glad we grew up as a close-knit family... Hope it always stays that way.

I got to admit, my eating wasn’t the best, but I don’t think it was overly horrible either. We went out to Tomato Street on Sunday for lunch. It was SO delicious!! But I think it sabotaged my efforts quite a lot because it was ALL carbs!!

But still. I thought I was doing pretty well. I have been exercising 6 day a week for I think 2 weeks straight. But Tuesday came, and I was SO SUPER disappointed! I seriously just wanted to cry and just absolutely give up. It all just seems so pointless. All this effort that I’m putting into this weight loss of mine, and all I keep doing is GAINING weight!! It’s so frustrating!

I haven’t given an actual updated weight number on here for a while because I am so embarrassed... but I guess it’s time. Tuesday I weighed in at 189.4. That puts me at a total of 11 pounds gained BACK. Basically 5 more pounds and I’m right back where I started in January of this year. I’ve already tried like 5 different diets this year alone and it seems like it’s all for nothing.  Does anyone else have this problem, or am I the only one?

I really want to stop exercising. It stresses me out so bad. I dread doing it. I like the DVD, I LOVE the fact that the workout takes less than 30 minutes (I just keep telling myself that it’s only 20 minutes) and I KNOW that it really works out my body. The different levels that you have to do, works out all sorts of different muscles so that you are not huge in one area and tiny in another. It makes you evenly worked out & toned. I know its working. I can feel muscles getting harder… but I just hate having to do it. ESPECIALLY since the scale keeps going up instead of down. I keep thinking to myself that I should get rid of all this fat first and THEN start exercising cause then I would actually be able to SEE results.

I guess I am really disappointed because I can’t SEE the results. I feel them and I know they are there, but I don’t SEE them with my eyes and so it makes me doubt the fact that it’s worth it. I want instant gratification, and I’m not getting it.

Ok. So YOUR job for this post is to MOTIVATE me! Lol. I know. I sound lame. But really, I need someone to TALK ME INTO CONTINUING TO EXERCISE!! Tell me that it REALLY is WORKING even if I don’t see it! Tell me that it’s worth it...  I look forward to hearing from you ; )

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Level 2 Day 3 DONE (30 Day Shred)
I am DONE.. time to REST!! 

I just wanted to get on here and say I DID IT!! I DID IT!! WooHoo!! I just finished my 3rd day of Level 2. I managed to get it done this morning right before work... so now I can relax and not even think about it until Monday!! That's an AWESOME feeling!! Accomplishment!

I am doing this level pretty much without weights. Its too hard. I get really weak and just stand there if I hold weights, but if I do it without, then I am getting through the whole workout, which in my opinion is better than doing a few reps with weights and then just standing there. 

Its funny to me how Jillian starts doing the moves, does only like 2 or 3 reps, then walks around just talking. And THEN she acts like she's all tired and out of breath. PLEASE!! Its actually very annoying that she doesn't exercise. Makes me doubt her... except when I look at her. Obviously she does SOMETHING. 

At first, she really irritated me. But now that I've stared at her for like 2 weeks (did you notice that she is ALL over the Internet? It's like no matter what website I go to regarding diet or exercise, she's there!) Anyway.. in the last 2 weeks, I have kinda started to like her. I still don't think that she should be using words like "bad ass" in her videos though.. I mean, my kids watch it while I'm doing it... they don't need to be hearing that every day. I very much disagree with that in her video. 

Otherwise, I think that the exercises really do work. I can really tell that I am getting much stronger. I especially feel it in my arms & shoulders. It's nice. I just hope I don't end up huge and bulky. I guess that's sort of another reason why I'm not in a hurry to use weights. I don't necessarily want to look muscular, just lean and thin ; )

OK.. off to work now... I know.. its Saturday.. I should be enjoying the day off with my family... at least I still get Monday off.. so its still a 2 day weekend.... 

Have a GREAT weekend!!



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30 Day Shred Level 1 Done!
Done with Level 1 Started Level 2!

I have been to busy, and forgot to update. But I do want to say that I have NOT given up yet thanks to God and my awesome cousin Lilly who keeps pushing me... otherwise.. I would have quit days ago..

Anyway. Level 1 is done. WooHoo!! Ten day!! I do feel much more stronger. Still fat, but stronger. Now I need to work on melting this fat off... hopefully soon. 

Yesterday (Thursday) I was supposed to start level 2. I was really excited cause it looks much easier & more fun. Well, I didn't have time to do it in the morning and I HATE exercising in the evening. So I decided I was just not going to do it. BUT.. I got home, plopped in the DVD and just went at it. It was SO HARD!! Oh my!! I know I sucked at doing it, I was so tired and weak. But after I was done, I was VERY proud of myself!!

This morning (Friday) my alarm went off at 5am. I just could NOT get out of bed. I reset my alarm for 6am. By then, there was no time for exercising.. I went to work, had a really nice day, came home. I was really set on just doing nothing.. hanging out.. but on went my DVD again. This time, I actually really enjoyed it. It was fun, and much easier to do than yesterday. I think I was just too stressed out yesterday.

Anyway. So 12 days are completed! I am almost half way through. I hope I don't give up.One more day tomorrow and then a rest day. Those are always awesome! 

I am thinking about doing the 3 Day Diet. It look interesting. I could definitely stand to lose several pounds in 3 days... you know anything about it?? I want to start Monday.. let me know if you have any advice...

Thanks!
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Day 9 Level 1 30 Day Shred
Another day done...

We went to bed late AGAIN.. but this time, we had plans in the morning. So I set my alarm to 5 so I could get up and exercise.... that didn't work out. I snoozed it. Then I snoozed it again. Then I re-set the alarm.... about 4 times.. lol.. I just could NOT get up! I was so sleepy!! Finally.. around 7:30am... I crawled out of bed. 

Even thought I was dressed and set to exercise, I so badly did NOT want to do it! I really thought about just NOT doing it today.... so many excuses flooded my mind... but thankfully, I just turned on the DVD and did it. Once again, it felt so good to have it done and over with. 

I think I did something wrong though. My lower back has been hurting REALLY bad today. LIke major pain. It sucks. I wonder what happened??

Went shopping today.. felt so fat. Its like, even though I keep exercising, I am not getting ANY thinner... I actually feel quite fat. It sucks. I have a wedding coming up in less than 2 weeks.. and I have NOTHING to wear!! AAAHHH!! Freaking out a little.... lol

So I'm wondering, what kind of a diet works really well with this type of exercising? What are you doing food wise? And how well are you losing weight? Let me know.. I'm quite interested.... it feels kinda pointless to keep exercising if I'm not losing any weight... getting really discouraged. 
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Day 8 Level 1 of 30 Day Shred
Another day DONE!!

Monday. I'm off. Went to bed late. Want to sleep in. BUT I drag myself OUT of my WARM COZY COMFY bed, put on my exercise clothes, my sneakers, put in a load of laundry and put in the DVD. 


The boys get up before I start exercising. They want to do it with me. So there we are; 4 of us panting, jumping around, working out our abs. Lol. Its such a precious sight to see these tiny little boys exercising. LOVE IT!! They might be in the way (blocking the tv, getting too close) but its so worth it. Not only are we laughing about it, spending quality time together, but they are learning a lesson about the importance of exercising. 


It was really nice to take Sunday off. I think (no, I KNOW) my muscles appreciate it. Today was easier to get through the DVD. I'm stronger. I still have layers of fat, but I can tell that my muscles are forming..eventually they will melt off all the fat around them and shine through! I don't know when.. but I do believe it will happen. Now if only I could start eating a lot less and a lot better... I'm sure I'd have awesome results super fast... BUT... at the moment, I can't do it all at once. Slow is better than never in my opinion.


Anyway. I just finished day 8. I got 2 more days to go of Level 1, then moving on to Level 2. I viewed Level 2 today, and it looks really fun. I'm excited to move on.. I'll let you know how it goes!


Wanna join me?? Its never to late to start!
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Day 5/6 Level 1
Week 1 DONE!!!

I totally forgot to blog yesterday.. oops.. the day at work was so overwhelming and stressful I totally spaced out about writing my entry. 

I do want to say that I DID complete my exercise yesterday. I did not slack!

This morning however (day 6) I REALLY REALLY did not want to do it.. I was just dreading it. We went to be EXTREMELY late last night.. so this morning I was lounging in bed for what seemed like forever... I finally dragged myself out at about 12... I know... that's SO late.. I felt really weird. And I REALLY did not feel like exercising.. 

The ONLY reason that I actually DID do my exercise DVD (30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels) today was cause I knew that my exercising/dieting partner (my amazing cousin/friend Lilly) was going to do it and I was going to confess to her that I did not get it done. I didn't want to have to do that.. so I made myself do it (my 3 boys did it along with me) and it was actually pretty fun. Still hard and tiring, but Oh did I feel good once it was done! I felt so accomplished and great about myself!

I am done with my 1st week of the 30 Day Shred challenge. I get to rest tomorrow (Sunday) I'm SUPER excited about that!!

Anyway.... I am done. Just wanted to share. I think I'm going to take pictures again on Monday to see if there is any noticeable change in my body.. When I look in the mirror, I think I look a little less flabby.. lol...

Have a great weekend... I'll post again.. most likely on Monday....  

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Day 4 Level 1
This morning wasn’t the best. For some reason, for the last 4 nights (ever since I started exercising) I cannot get a really good night’s sleep. I fall asleep fast, but it’s like throughout the night, my brain doesn’t really sleep. I feel like I lie awake a lot during the night. But the weird thing is, when my alarm goes off at 5 am, I jump up perfectly rested. I just hate the feeling of my brain not sleeping at night… does anyone else ever have that?

I think my body is starting to feel what I am putting it through... the lack of sleep, lack of food, and the exercise its not used to doing… because this morning, I felt a little funny. Kind of sick. I don’t know... maybe I’m getting whatever is going around. It seems like everyone is sick, especially at work... people keep having to go home... I sure hope I don’t get sick.

Anyway, this morning, for the first time since I started exercising (I know, it’s only been 4 days lol) but I actually sat on the bed and kind of thought about NOT doing the DVD… that only lasted a few seconds… but the thought sure did cross my mind.. And that’s not a good sign... I think I’ll have to argue with myself every morning for the next 26 days… uh oh... I hope my “good” self wins... lol... and I get my butt out of bed and keep giving it my best to change this body of mine.

I did the exercise this morning (my 30 Day Shred DVD by Jillian Michaels), and it seemed hard again. I don’t know. I wonder if maybe some days I push myself harder and other days I kind of slack. I sure hope I keep giving it my best... otherwise it will be a waste.

My muscles feel a lot better today... I am very thankful for that. I was in lots of pain the last 3 days... yesterday, my arm muscles felt like they were really going to rip if I extended my arms all the way... I’ve been working on stretching them out this morning, so they feel good. Also, I have my step counter on again... hoping to get some more walking in to burn more fat off ; )

I guess that’s all for now... I’m at work at the moment. I have SUCH a sedentary job. I seriously sit for 9 hours straight. It’s so horrible for my weight loss goals... but when I wear my step counter it motivates me to get up and move... sometimes I hide in the corner and either walk or run in place... other times I try to get out on my breaks and walk around the block.. I feel really funny doing either of these... But oh well… it counts ;)
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Day 3 Level 1
Woohoo!! 

Day 3 is done and over with! I gotta say, it feels like I did much more than just 3 days worth of exercise. The way I've been feeling and moving.. you would think I was doing something EXTREME!!

Yesterday (day 2) I was SUPER sore! I moved around like a REALLY STIFF 90 year old woman in pain.. I felt really ridiculous, and I tried not to move when people were paying attention.. but Jo (my awesome co-worker) just could not help but burst into laughter every time I moved... she thought it was pretty funny.. I guess I would too if I wasn't the one in pain..

Today (day 3) is a lot better. I am able to move around a lot quicker with a lot less pain and soreness. 

The exercise itself was a lot easier today also. It felt like I just whizzed through it (I didn't, but compared to the previous 2 days, it felt like it ). I even did all the reps and wasn't whining that "I'm going to die".... so I think my body is improving... yeah!! I'm excited for that!!

I know I'm building muscle underneath this layer of fat.. I just wish that the fat would start to melt off.... sooner rather than later... but for now I am not paying too much attention to the numbers on the scale seeing as how muscle weights more than fat... 

Anyway... that's all for now... I am proud that I have not given up yet... lol.. I know.. I sound like  a weakling... but hey, I'm trying ; )... are you??
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Day 2 Level 1
I did it!! I did it!! Yeah! I'm so excited!! 

I know its just day 2, but hey, at least I didn't quit yet! I'm another day closer to my 30 days being done ; )

I gotta tell you.. I was sore! I knew I was going to be.. but it's been a while since I have actually been sore, so I felt kinda funny. I was moving like a really old grandma... but it was a "good" pain.. something that I knew was changing my body for GOOD!

Anyway, this mornings exercise session was a lot easier. I was able to breath a little better through it. I used my 3 pound weights during the strength interval and it felt a little too easy. So I'll have to play around with that. 

I was able to get through the whole 20 minutes (or should I say 27 minutes ; ), but I have to admit, I did stop a few reps short of finishing some of the sections. I just felt like I was going to pass out if I did another one... and as I was standing there panting, Jillian was like "now don't stop, the ones that hurt the most are the ones that count the most"... that made me feel kinda like a loser.. lol

My friend texted me last night and said that she was going to join me and do the shred with me. It turned out that we both planned on doing this morning at 5:30 before work. That made it fun. During the workout, I kept picturing her pushing through the exercises, and it made me smile and gave me bursts of energy just knowing that someone real was doing this with me at the same time... that was awesome! 

Now there are at least 3 of us doing this at the same time! That is such wonderful motivation for me... anyone else want to join??

Now of to work.... hopefully it won't be too noticeable that I move like a 90 year old.... lol
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Day 1 Level 1
Ok. I completed my 1st day of Level 1 of the 30 Day Shred. Do I feel thinner and more toned already? No. But I am in pain ; )

First of all, there are several things that irritate me about the DVD. For like the 1st 3-5 minutes, you can NOT use any function buttons such as stop, forward, or skip on your remote. You basically just have to watch it. Waste of time. 2nd of all, they say that the workouts are 20 minutes long. That's a lie. When I was done today, my DVD player showed 27 minutes. I know that's not a lot, but when you are extremely short on time, even 1 minute makes a huge difference! So there are about 12 minutes that they did not account for when promoting their DVD. 

Overall, the exercise itself I liked. I liked that they switched it up. As soon as I thought I just couldn't do any more reps of a certain thing, they moved onto something else. That was definitely good.

I've been exercising off and on for the last 7 years or so. I didn't think my muscles were THAT out of shape.. so I started out using my 5 pound dumbbells.... a few sections into the DVD, I couldn't lift my arms anymore, so I had to switch to my 3 pounders. So take it from me, start with lower weights and work UP instead of DOWN... ; )

This is embarrassing. I was already saying "this is hard" at the warm up section of the DVD. How horrible is that!?  


Several times throughout the DVD I kept saying "I'm going to die"... lol.... Obviously I didn't.

 I was SO happy when it came down to the cooling down section. It meant I was done torturing myself. After I turned off the DVD player, I just sprawled out on the floor of my living room and just laid there for a good half hour. I felt so weak. My arms were quivering as I was trying to text the girl who recommend this DVD to me to tell her I was dieing.. lol... 


It's been about an hour now since I finished exercising.. I feel really good. Now if only I can stick to this for at least the next 30 days....


If you've done this or are doing this currently, let me know how its going for you! 


Also, since I got my exercise routine down for the next month.... now I have to figure out a good eating plan... any ideas??

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30 Day Shred
I've been hearing A LOT about this DVD that's out there. Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. People have been saying how awesome it is and how it really changes your body. On the cover it says "Lose up to 20 pounds in 30 days". 

I've been wanting to start exercising again.. I just can't seem to find the time. I leave for work around 7am and don't come home till after 6pm... I really like to get my exercising done in the morning, get it out of the way... but in order to do that I have to be up around 5 am.. seems way too early for me. 

ANYWAY. So I gave in. I went and bought this DVD. I figure, all I'll lose is $9. It's worth a try.  It's supposed to be between 20-30 minutes.. I'm pretty sure I can manage to find that much time.

I start tomorrow. I will do Level 1 for 6 days.. rest 1 day (Sunday) then continue for another 4 days. Then move on to Level 2. The idea of the DVD is to do each Level (there are 3) for 10 days.  

So I will start tomorrow and let you know how it goes and if it's REALLY all it's hyped up to be.... 

Keep you update....  

If you've done this DVD, I'd love to hear anything you have to say about it! 
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I don't like these latest updates...
Have you noticed I haven't been updating lately as often?? Well... there is a pattern I have. The more I lose, the more I update... the more I gain, the LESS I update.

So the last few months, I have just been gaining. It totally sucks. I'll do really good ONE day, lose like 2 pounds.. the next day I totally binge and GAIN 3 pounds... I hate this roller coaster that I'm on... I can't seem to find an exit though.

I weighed in again on Thursday... up to 186.0 already. UGH!!! I don't think I could scream loud enough!! I know it's only MY fault. I can't blame anyone or anything for this. I just do not have the disciple I need to control myself from eating everything in site. 

UGH!!! I don't even know what to write on here.. as of this last weigh in of mine, I am only 8 pounds away from my "start dieting" weight. At the rate that I'm going, I can totally see myself gaining these last 8 pounds in like a week.

But I don't want that. I want to start LOSING weight again... Need to go to at least 145....... maybe even 135 if possible.... That's like at least 40 pounds I have to lose!!!

I'm officially freaking out. 
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