Before I got pregnant with Sweet Pea I weighed a certain amount. Pretty quickly after she was born I lost the weight and was back down to that certain amount. I stayed there until we started having trouble having another baby, and gradually put on 30 pounds. I've lost weight before but my body keeps settling in at the 25 lb weight gain point.
While doing The Sound of Music last summer I got to know Russ Branjord. He has developed a diet called The Spike Diet, which allowed him to lose 50 lb in about 6 months, and go on to lose over 100 lb! Check out his blog here. A while back he had a giveaway on his blog and I won a copy of The Spike Diet book.
Winning that book was the push I needed to get motivated to lose these pesky 25 pounds. The very basic idea of it is 6 days of specific to your weight/height/age calorie restriction, followed by 1 day of calorie surplus - or your spike day. You watch what you eat for 6 days, and then so that your metabolism doesn't tank, you eat whatever you want on the 7th day. The details of the diet are best found on his websites, along with testimonials, but it's about burning fat and boosting your metabolism.
I've been doing it for 2 weeks now, and I think this could really work for me. It helps that Spencer is doing it too, though he actually goes and works out, I'm just dieting at this point - hopefully the workouts will start soon. In two weeks I've already lost 5 pounds, and am wearing jeans that I haven't been able to button up for years! And my belt is too big!
It's easiest for me to count calories at this point by eating prepackaged protein/fiber snacks and shakes, and eating dinner based on how many calories I have left at that point (always leaving room for a snack in the evening!). Once I get used to counting calories I'll start branching out with my snacks and meals.
The best part? SPIKE DAY!! Throughout the week I'm surrounded by a lot of bad food choices - foods that would ordinarily cause me to throw my hands up in the air and say, "It's not worth it to give up all these foods I love! It's too hard!" But now I see them and just tell myself I can have as much as I want of it on Saturday. Saturday's are my spike day (at least until Thanksgiving and Christmas) and this past Saturday I ate the following:
pb and j sandwich
piece of cheese pizza
little bag of Fritos
handful of fruit
little cheese and meat
handful of Combos
can of pop
small white pumpkin mocha
Doesn't look like dieting food does it? If my weight loss keeps going like it is, I'll be down to my goal weight in just 10 weeks! By Christmas!
The Spike Diet blog was helpful in getting to know the concepts of the diet, but the book has been great for getting a more in depth understanding of the diet, and lots of yummy, and easy snack and meal ideas.
My favorite part, other than the losing weight part? Spike day!
Spencer's favorite part? Center cut bacon is encouraged throughout the week!
Now that you've read my blog post, check Russ's out with the link above! I'll keep you updated on my progress!
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