The 17 Day Diet Cycle 3

Photo credit: Chloe. Silly face: Brody. (Sorry, buddy.)

“Can I help you?” She asks, her hand warm on my shoulder.

I look up from my bent to the floor stance, facing the sea of jean choices, and bite back my go-to, “No, thanks. I’m fine.”

Because her, I like. And help, I need.

She pulls me up, turns me around, places her hand on my hip.

“Well honey, these are way too big.” She smiles.

Her, I love.

I just finished a whole round of the 17 Day Diet, and lost twenty pounds and two jean sizes!

Green tea sweetened with truvia AllDayLong

I completed Cycle 1 and Cycle 2 last summer and fell in love with what I was learning about food and its effects and how I was changing my habits and body.

I did, however, get a titch over-confident in my abilities to hop on and off of the diet for date nights and outings and days away, without gaining weight.

And when I tried Cycle 3 in the fall, I wasn’t able to stick to it. Here’s why.

Moving as a family= Love

Of the three cycles, Cycle 3 is the most like traditional diets.

Proteins are limited, sugar free yogurt, low fat ice cream, and cheese make an appearance, and carbohydrates -while healthy and in small portions- are eaten daily.

And this is where I’ve struggled in the past.

One Skinny Cow Ice Cream never hurt anyone’s waist line.

The problem lies in the whole row eaten in the blink of an eye, or the passing of a TV show, or the writing of a chapter.

So during this school year I maintained the good habits that I learned last summer. My planned meals were healthy and balanced.

But I also ate pizza and cake and Girl Scout cookies. (Ohmygoodness, why are those so very delicious?)

And while I didn’t gain much of the weight back, my energy was low and my mood was crabby and finally, I was ready for a change.

So I made one.

Homemade Salsa – OhMyWord, yum!

For the past fifty days I’ve planned my meals and snacks, exercised daily, and refocused my re-found energy on good – good food, good people, good choices.

I completed all three cycles without “breaks” or “cheats.”

I found full, stopped finishing absolutely everything on my plate, appreciated serving sizes, and became one of those annoying girls at restaurants asking a million questions about how things are cooked and what they’re made with and what could be substituted for fried green beans. (Who fries green beans?)

And you know what? I’m so proud of myself for that one change that this all comes down to: Refocusing on me, instead of food.

My biggest challenges were still outings with friends and birthday cakes and the smell of pizza.

But I found my confidence to tell my story – what I was doing and what I was working on.

And wow, are people ever supportive and helpful and don’t mind (much) when you pass on bread and butter or chips and salsa because as my husband oh so very lovingly points out, more for him.

Today I’m starting the whole sha-bang over again with Cycle 1, working my way towards my goal weight.

Wish me luck friends, and hold the fried green beans!

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  1. Since I just saw you in person last week and I can say – you look amazing. AMAZING! I mean you are always gorgeous no matter what – but AMAZING! Also – you are hot in yellow. HOT!

    Good for you my friend.

    Love you bunches. xo

  2. You go girl!

  3. 20lbs is exactly what I need to use. Thank you for sharing your success and struggles with this! I’m going to check out your links now :)

  4. Galit, don’t you know Crack is the main ingredient in those Girl Scout Cookies? They got us ALLLLL hooked decades ago.

  5. Wow!! That is simply amazing! Great job on sticking with it and losing 20 pounds!

    Fried green beans… are the best thing ever! Try just one.

  6. lose not use!

  7. Oh, Galit, so awesome! I’m so proud of your hard work and dedication to you! Being healthy is what it is all about and looking great is good too. ;) good for you, my sweet friend. I know you can make that goal weight!! xo

  8. I am so proud of you. SO PROUD. Go you and you’ll see that goal weight before you know it.

    Also? Wonderful role model for your children, and dare I say, your friends. xo

  9. Wendy @ mama one to three says:

    Congratulations beautiful mama!!

  10. A big Congrats to you, Galit!! Way to get it done!! Just by writing this you are inspiring so many!!

  11. This is exciting and motivating, isn’t it? The weight loss is wonderful, yes: BUT the realization of the power we have to CHANGE just by our choices.
    That is so exciting.

    Congrats, sweet G.

  12. Congrats!! i so need a swift kick in the……to get me jump started.

  13. Congratulations!!!! 20 lbs is a huge loss!

    You spoke the words I carry in my head all the time now: I’m focusing on ME, not FOOD (namely, the food I’m not supposed to be eating). It’s not about the food or “I can’t ever eat this or that”. It’s about being healthy. Shifting focus like that really helps.

    Best of luck in this new cycle!

  14. So very happy for your success! That 20 lb number is HUGE! Woohoo!

  15. BRAVA my dear!! that’s so amazing. I think the best thing we can do is step away from “diets” and learn to live with food and make better choices. It’s healthier and the way it should be!

  16. Congrats! You look fantastic, but you always did. I’ve heard others talk of this 17 day diet. I guess I need to check it out.

  17. Way.to.GOOOOO!!!! It is so important to be, eat, think healthy for ourselves….but also so that our children seeing us being good to ourselves as well. And just hope the cycle continues.

  18. OMG!!! Galit, you look INCREDIBLE!!! You should be so incredibly proud of yourself for all the work you’ve done on your mind and body. I wish you all the best as you start the cycle over. If there’s anyone tough enough to go at it a second time, it’s YOU! XOXO

    • Thank you for noting the “mind” part, girlfriend. That’s been such a huge part of it for me.

      (And for calling me tough! :))

      xo

  19. Anti-Supermom says:

    I’ve been a low-carber for 6 months now, and even though I don’t see the scale number change that much, I go into Target just to try on jeans and realize that I *am* indeed smaller. Kudos to you for keeping it up.

    Now, off to goggle 17 day diet…

  20. Good luck, Galit! I’m excited for you. What an awesome accomplishment!

  21. Life As Wife says:

    You look great! Love hearing that you feel grey too because that’s important!!!

  22. Oh, HONEY!!!
    Good for you – for all of it. Seriously.
    The joy comes through in your words; the beauty, in your picture!

    One part that really impresses me (because it’s my weakness) is your willingness to “tell your story” to others; the fact that you have the strength to say “no” without worrying (too much) that it’s making other people uncomfortable.

    Because some people don’t *love* it when you pass on the dessert or say no to the cocktail or are SERIOUSLY committed to exercise; since it may shine a spotlight on behavior over which they wish they had more control.

    And it isn’t necessarily intentional, but people can indirectly undermine your progress, your commitment; they may want to be happy for you and proud of you and supportive; but if they feel bad about themselves, they just can’t.

    So I’m incredibly happy that you’ve surrounded yourself with support and that you are advocating for YOU and I hope you are DAMN proud of yourself. Because beyond YOU (which of course comes first right now) think of the example you’re setting for your kids. Yes, you.

    A. MA. ZING.

    • Sweet Julie, yes this,

      I worried about all of this for so very long.

      But most of the time (not all, but most) it was in my head. I was making things about me, that so weren’t.

      So I refocused and (carefully) told people what I was doing and those people? Wowed me.

      (Like you wow me.)

      Thanks for this, you.

      Damn proud, indeed! :)

  23. That is so awesome! And so good you are finding what works for you and sticking with it. You look great!

  24. Laura Price says:

    I think this is so great. These are the same things I struggle to keep up with–feeling the full, appreciating that portion sizes are on labels for a reason (!), and rediscovering the energy potential. You are surely creating such a strong example for your girls, I know.

  25. Congrats! That is AWESOME! And so inspiring! Woo hoo! I’m so excited for you and proud of you for sticking with it and staying motivated. :)

    And now you’ve just made me happy that I fit in a 20 minute intense walk on my Wii Fit tonight before slugging up to bed. I just need to get my intake back on track after my NYC trip and I’ll be good to go. Yay, you! You rock!

  26. Congrats! What an accomplishment! You look fantastic and I love that you are FEELING great too.

  27. Wild Child Mama says:

    There is NOTHING you can’t do, Galit! You are so very strong and incredibly determined in so much of what you do. Way to go for loving yourself!!!!

  28. You? Are amazing! It’s incredibly difficult to stick to a plan like that…but look at you! And the feeling healthy? So great.
    xoxo

  29. Congratulations to you! What a wonderful thing you are doing for yourself, and example you are setting for your kids. I love it. And yes, you looked pretty darn hot last week. :)

  30. That is just awesome! You look amazing in your photo! I was relearning to eat better and doing pretty good, but it’s been the same MO for me. Lose weight-get pregnant. So losing weight will have to wait until after baby 3. I hope I can remember by then about your diet. I want to lose the weight, learn how to re eat, making better choices ( birthday parties suck) and keeping it off.

  31. You look amazing! But even better is that I can hear how proud you are of your progress, and that’s the important thing, isn’t it? Finding the confidence to know you’re important to yourself. This post is so inspirational :)

    • Oh my, you – that line, “Finding the confidence to know you’re important to yourself,” is *exactly* the rub, isn’t it?

      (Thank you, so very much.)

  32. Congrats! That’s an amazing achievement. I quickly clicked all your links on the book and on your posts for Cycle 1 and 2. And as I’m reading your cycle 2 post I’m thinking how familiar it sounds and then I get to the comments and there I am. In September commenting on the post. 6 months ago and I’m 5-10 lbs MORE than I was then. I’ve added the book to my amazon cart. Along with 50 shades of grey because I need a pick me up if I’m about to give up alcohol and chipotle. I really hope I can do it!

    • Oh you, I get this so well!

      I love that you added the book – let me know what you think/ if you have any questions at all! I’m so very happy to help!)

      And hee! I also love that you added 50 Shades! Enjoy. Ahem. :)

      • Have you read 50 shades already? I sort of feel like I have to read it because everyone is talking about it. I had Chipotle for lunch today as a farewell (because I always finish the whole thing!)

  33. Go you! New jeans are always fun.

  34. Gorgeous inside and out – but now you feel good too … so that totally rocks :)

  35. oh, awesome. I really needed to hear a great success story – I just started back on an exercise routine and better eating habits 9 days ago…..and already I feel like everything in life wants to derail me! But I am inspired and not giving up! More than looking good….I want to feel good again. energy.
    although, new jeans…..always fun!

  36. I am SO proud of you! You’re doing fantastic!

  37. Incredible! I’m intrigued by the 17 day diet. I have read the book. I might try it when I’m done nursing. I’m off dairy because the baby’s skin reacts poorly to it. Seems the 17 day is VERY yogurt dependent. I think I need to wait! Plus need to the extra calories for now. (At least that’s what I keep telling myself)

    • Hee! I love (and am not surprised in the least!) that you’ve already read the book, Nina!

      I think this would be really and truly tough to do while nursing? So I’m on #TeamWaiting for you.

      But when/if you decide to try it, let me know! I think it’s magic and am so happy to help!

  38. Congratulations! Losing weight is not easy and sticking nor i sticking to a diet.

  39. Galit, I am so proud of you! You look so happy and beautiful! It is such a hard thing to change our habits. What was the easiest thing to change for you? What do you think helped you with discipline? I really admire you for sticking with this. I haven’t been able to and I could use all the tips you’ve got. My biggest challenges are that I CRAVE fatty things like cheese, ice cream, etc. Creamy, warm, comfort food like pizza is really hard too. But I know I’m not respecting my body. On the good side, I’ve exercised regularly this week, but not enough cardio. What are your favorite things to do? You are inspiring!!! xoxoxo

    • Thank you so much, sweet you.

      I had to decide to do this for me – I wanted the energy and the refocus on me.

      Once I did that, I layered in 17 minutes of exercise a day, then I got a handle on the initial grocery shopping, and after that I fell for the routine of it all. It helped me take back the reins on everything that I felt out of control of (sleep, laundry, balance, etc.)

      I mark each start day on the calendar – 17 days is just over two weeks and feels so very short and manageable – I’m not on each cycle for forever, you know?

      For exercise I do the elliptical or run every day – but only for 17 minutes at a time. The kids and I go for walks or do pilates together some days, too.

      I’m taking everything in small steps – one teeny tiny step at a time because it is a lifetime of bad habits that I’m trying to unlearn!

      You’ve got this, girlfriend! Ask me whatever/whenever I’m so here for you!!

      xo

  40. So impressive. I need a kick I the pants like that to lose 20 lb! You look great!

  41. GO YOU! No matter what- you are gorgeous, but it does feel good to be in control of it, doesn’t it!? Keep up the great work!

  42. Popped in from Allison’s! I think you’re right on track–when you quit thinking about it, that’s when it will happen!

  43. I’m having such a rough time with coming back into the habit of healthy eating.
    Good luck Galit! Good for you to stick with this!

  44. Congratulations! And thanks for the reminder that it’s not just about weight, but also how we feel as a result of the foods we eat.

    Yeah, I need to get back into the swing of healthier eating! Ice cream is a total weakness for me and with the warmer weather starting…yikes!

    Have a fabulous weekend, Galit! =)

  45. I am so happy for you!! Congratulations! So much hard work. I love how you put it, “Refocusing on me instead of food.” I think that’s so key and such great perspective. Something that I think that I need to be better about too.

  46. My dear new friend, you have always been beautiful. And now you realize it too! Congrats on making such a commitment, and for loving yourself.

  47. I need to look into this! I said this the last time you wrote about it and I haven’t. But summer is coming. I need to.

  48. Good for you, sticking with it!! I have a bunch of 17 Day Diet recipes from the new cookbook on my blog, check it out!

  49. you are wearing YELLOW???? I LOVE IT!!!

    Plus I am so proud of you…SO HAPPY for your loss and GAIN (new jeans) and that smile. I know you’re smiling.

    love you…can’t wait the hug the SKINNY YOU xoxo

  50. Just want to say congratulations! It’s a hard-earned success, I’m quite sure.

  51. You look stunning no matter what you weigh, but I understand wanting to have more energy and a better mood.
    You are an inpiration.

  52. You go girl! And you DO look fab in that photo!

  53. Good for you, Galit! And can I have your homemade salsa recipe?

    I’ve very much been in the “I need to focus on me” phase in the recent past, too. For me, it slowly evolved once Maddie got to be more independent, in preschool, etc. Kinda like, “OK, I had my kids and they are growing up. So now I need to put more into ME for a change.”

    :-)

    • Oh, so very agreed, Liz! I feel like I can focus on me now that the kids are a titch more independent. It’s like we’re *all* growing up! :)

      And homemade salsa is pure easy and ALLCAPSAWESOME. :) – tomatoes, white onions, garlic, fresh cilantro, fresh lime juice, and a dash of salt. I think it’s even better the next day. Yum!

  54. That’s so awesome Galit! You are so right..it is all monitoring when we feel full and stopping. You inspire me. So glad that it is working for you. You go girl. I’m so glad you feel better.

  55. Go, Galit! You’re an inspiration. I am *sososo* close to the 40 lb mark and with the new family diet changes, I fell off the Weight Watchers wagon. My mom inspired me, though, with the 21 day Digest diet…I needed it to kick my booty back in gear. I can’t do it without extreme willpower, though, and staying active. It’s hard. But if you can do it, I can do it!

  56. Oh my gosh (sob) I think I need to e-mail you for tips and encouragement.

    And, well done.

  57. You are amazing!! 20 pounds and TWO jean sizes?!

    I love your commitment, dedication, energy and will power.

    Work it, Mama!!

  58. I’ve heard of this book and now I am inspired to check it out. You said the phrase that I think has been my problem with eating healthy. I need to focus on me and not on food. I need to FEEL better. Being less crabby would be nice, too. I am not new to your blog but have just recently been brave enough to comment and join in on the conversation. :) Always a good read!

    • Hi AnnMarie!

      Thanks so much for the note.

      I love that the is the one you joined in on, I feel like we just high-5-ed! :)

      I’ll cheer you on, too!

      (And so very nice to “meet” you!)

  59. Thank you for your posts about this. I had not heard of the 17 day diet before your post. I got the book the same day. Read it from cover to cover. I was convinced that it was perfect! I’m on Cycle 1 day 6, I have to say that I have seen a compete change in myself.

    Congratulations on your journey so far.

    • I am soSoSO happy for you!!

      I feel like we’re in it together! Want to go jean shopping? :)

      You’ve totally got this and I can’t wait to hear all about *your* journey!

  60. Good for you!!! I may need to look into this! I am not satisfied with my weight, but I am also not really into very restrictive diets. You look beautiful!!

  61. You were able to lose weight because of your determination and discipline. Discipline is really a big factor in trying to lose weight. Congratulations Galit! Keep it up.

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