Tag Archives: Diet

Love The Journey

Three years ago, I had a goal to lose weight. That was it. I set up small goals to reach, always thinking that one day, I would reach my goal and finish. Little did I know back then, that this becomes a way of life.

No wonder I had failed so many times before.

There is no finish line when you truly embrace a healthy lifestyle. The key is to enjoy what you are doing to become healthy. If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t do it.

blog sig


Filed under Fitness Inspiration, Health & Fitness

{ Fitness Friday }

Yeah, yeah, yeah….I know. It’s Saturday. This week has been a hectic one for me so this post is a day late. Sue me.

This week I conquered the new Phase 2 workouts, CST (Chest, Shoulders & Triceps) as well as, Back & Biceps. My arms have felt sore as hell all week from them, especially my triceps since Tony neglects to stretch the triceps BEFORE you begin the workout! I forgot all about that since it’s been a while since I’ve done P90X, but a mental note has been made and I’ll be sure to stretch them before I start the workout on Monday. Back & Biceps had me feeling a little weak. I don’t know if it is because my arms were already fatigued from work on Wednesday, if my biceps really are not as strong as I thought they were or a combination of both, but I felt defeated at the end when I couldn’t finish the last move, which I believe were called Strip-Set Curls.

Overall, this week felt pretty good and I know I have to really “bring it” this month so I can see more results. This week was just kinda shaky as I started it off not feeling well due to a slight cold and I was mentally not stoked to workout each night. Thankfully I have been doing this round with the hubs so we keep each other going.

Those of you who follow me on Twitter & Instagram might have noticed I haven’t been doing my plank challenge, and I didn’t reach my goal. Well, I started to feel like I tweaked my left shoulder and the scar from my surgery (which is still healing) started turning a very angry purple color, so I decided to back off and give my body a break. The P90X workouts I’m doing are hard enough on my still healing body, especially since my rest week workouts focused on my core. I’ve been doing shorter planks in the workouts, just not pushing to the point of injury!

As for nutrition, I messed up yesterday and forgot to eat lunch because I was busy trying to finish things at work. I should know better than to do this, but it happens. I ended up with an awful headache (which sucked) but I managed to live and get my workout done with it. The rest of the week was pretty good and I did have a “cheat day” last weekend. We went out for dinner and drinks with some friends. I had a burger, fries and a few beers and I enjoyed every bite of it! NomNomNom!

This weeks goals are to plan our dinners and prep them all in advanced to make my life easier. I planned everything out two weeks ago and had all of the ingredients on hand and it really helped. I want to take it a step further and have everything prepped and in bags, already measured out and labeled. I always do better when I’m organized and I’m at the point where nutrition trumps workouts, so this could really benefit me and help me reach my goals quicker.

I’d also like to find the time to run. I haven’t ran since the Walk With Joe 5K, two weeks ago. The weather has been perfect for running, but between me not being a morning workout person, work and it getting darker earlier, I’ve failed to do it. I know, that is a lot of excuses, but it’s all true.

As always, I welcome those of you who take the time to read my posts to share your week in fitness and your upcoming goals with me. I’d really love to hear what you have going on too!

blog sig


Filed under Health & Fitness, Tummy Tuck

One Ingredient Banana Ice-cream

Yes, you read that right….only one ingredient! Who know the banana was capable of such a thing, right?

I saw a post about this on (yes, you guessed it) Pinterest, and I had to try it!

One Ingredient Banana Ice-cream! Looks just like the real deal!

Ingredients:3 Bananas, sliced into coins and frozen for at least 2 hours.


Put frozen banana coins into a food processor or Vitamix, mix on low until it you have what looks like soft serve ice-cream.

Transfer into a container and put into the freezer until it hardens up to a consistency you like.

That’s it! That’s all there is to it!

Now, there are variations on this and I have tried two of them…

Nutella Banana Ice-cream:


3 Bananas, cut into coins and frozen (as directed above)
6 Tbsps Nutella Hazelnut Spread, or other brand of your liking (I know there are healthier ones out there)


Put frozen banana coins into a food processor or Vitamix, mix on low until it you have what looks like soft serve ice-cream. Add Nutella and mix a little longer. Transfer into a container and put into the freezer until it hardens up to a consistency you like.

The other variation is just banana, but my bananas were in the freezer for a few days, so they were really hard. I added some Almond Breeze Coconut/Almond milk to it so it could mix easier. Next time I make this version I plan on adding some vanilla whey protein powder to it as well. I really liked the hint of coconut with the banana!

You can top these variations with a little granola, fresh fruit or even a light sprinkle of mini dark chocolate chips to really feel like you’re splurging!

So there ya have it! A quick, easy and healthy way to treat yourself with some “ice-cream” AND sneak in another fruit serving!


blog sig

Leave a comment

Filed under Recipes, Snacks & Treats

{Fitness Friday}

Hello everyone! I decided to try and start a little something new with a weekly, Fitness Friday check-in. I’ll tell you what I’ve done to make myself healthier during the week, and you can tell me what you have done either in the comments, or if you blog, do your own Fitness Friday post and leave me a link below. (I’m not sure how these link-up things work so please feel free to school me if you have experience with them.)

Let’s see….

I’m just finishing up week 3 of P90X, which means that next week is my rest week. Phase 1 seems to have flown by and I’m looking forward to the change in workouts that Phase 2 brings.

In addition to P90X, I’ve also been doing the Plank Challenge. If you don’t know what that is, CLICK HERE. I’ve been doing the challenge for almost 2 weeks now, and I’ve added 1:38 to my time! I can feel the strength in my shoulders and core improving each day!

This was today’s plank time. I found that if I do it as soon as I wake up, my mind doesn’t realize what I’m asking of my body to do. Also, coffee is a great reward!

Tomorrow, the hubs and I will doing the Walk With Joe, which is another 5k. This one is in memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 on Flight 93, including Joe Driscoll who the walk in named after. I’ve done this walk almost every year and while it is quite somber in the beginning, the views in the park where it is held are gorgeous and we end up having a good time as we walk and run through the hills and woods there.

As for nutrition, I am proud to say that I have been REALLY good here. I’ve been testing new recipes and trying to utilize my slow cooker more. The more organized I am, the lower the chance of me being tired and just saying “fuck it” and ordering a pizza. (Oh, how I love my pizza! Nom Nom Nom!) I normally cheat here and there at work with all of the chocolate temptation that is everywhere I turn, but I have not since starting this round of P90X. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a few tastes of the yogurt flavors we carry, but nothing crazy…I promise!

Now it’s YOUR turn! I want to know what you’ve been doing to improve your health and get into shape! Leave me a comment below, write a Fitness Blog and link back here or leave me a link in the comments, tweet at me….whatever! Speak up…enjoy a little time in the spot light and let’s cheer each other on!

blog sig

1 Comment

Filed under Health & Fitness

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

These are very similar to the oatmeal bars I posted on here in the past, but I like that these have a much faster cooking time. I also like that they look like cookies, so you can feel a little naughty while eating them, but they are only around 40 calories each, so you don’t have to feel guilty. Plus they have NO added sugar!

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

(Makes approx 20-24 cookies)

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies – No sugar, no flour, no egg! (Yes, those are chocolate chips. I had a chocolate craving when I made these. Each cookie came out to only 40 calories!)


3 mashed bananas (ripe)
1/3 cup apple sauce
2 cups oats
1/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup raisins (I use craisins)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon.Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all of the ingredients together with a fork. Drop onto a cookie sheet like you would chocolate chip cookies, but flatten the tops down since these won’t spread out while baking. Bake for 15-20 minutes.  Cool completely.


blog sig


Filed under Recipes, Snacks & Treats

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

If you are like me, you’re saying cauliflower pizza crust?! What the deuce?!

I saw this for the first time a few months back on Facebook. An old friend of mine made it for her kids who have different food sensitivities. I remember being intrigued by it but life moves so quickly these days that I forgot about it. I then saw it again on Pinterest and instantly pinned it, remembering how it intrigued me a few months prior, but once again, life came along and I forgot about it. Fast forward to the other day when the lovely Jacmarie pinned the same recipe and I once again became intrigued. This time life was NOT going to sidetrack me! While at the grocery store yesterday, I made sure I grabbed a large head of cauliflower and tonight I satisfied my curiosity with the recipe below (making it a little more healthy, of course):

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Makes one 9″ pizza crust

Cauliflower Crust, cooked and ready for toppings.


1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower (directions to follow)
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (original recipe called for 1 cup) 
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp dried oregano (I used basil as I’m not a big fan of oregano)
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp salt
olive oil (optional)

pizza sauce, shredded cheese and your choice of toppings*


To Rice the Cauliflower:
Remove the stems and leaves from a large, fresh head of cauliflower. Chop the florets into chunks. Add to food processor and pulse until it looks like grain. Do not over pulse or it will turn into a puree. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a cheese grater to grate the whole head). Place the riced cauliflower into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 8 minutes (You may need to reduce this cooking time if your microwave is super powerful or increase if it’s not as powerful). I’ve seen some recipes call for you to add water but here is no need to add water. The natural moisture in the cauliflower is enough to cook itself.

*One large head of cauliflower should produce about 3 cups of riced cauliflower. You can make additional pizza crusts immediately, or you can store the rice cauliflower in the refrigerator for up to one week.*

To Make the Pizza Crust:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. (If you have one of the Pampered Chef stones, that’s even better!)

In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup riced cauliflower, egg and mozzarella. Add oregano, crushed garlic and salt, stir. Transfer to the cookie sheet, and using your hands, pat out into a 9″ round. Be sure that the center isn’t too thick so it cooks all the way through. Optional: Brush olive oil over top of mixture to help with browning (I skipped this step to save the calories and it browned fine without it).

Finished product! I topped mine with tomato sauce, tri colored peppers, chopped onions, spinach, and a 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese.

Bake at 450 degrees for 13-15 minutes.

Remove from oven. Top your crust with your favorite sauce, toppings and cheese (I only used about 1/4 cup of cheese on mine and a sprinkle of grated parm). Place under a broiler at high heat just until cheese is melted, approximately 3-4 minutes. (I couldn’t use the broiler method since I used a Pampered Chef stone to make mine.)


*Note that toppings need to be precooked since you are only broiling for a few minutes.

Now, I am a complete and total pizza snob so this recipe could NEVER replace actual pizza for me, however, it was really yummy and will satisfy my pizza cravings when I’m trying to stick to clean eating and not looking to have a “cheat day”.  I also like that it is low in carbs and gluten-free so if I’ve gone a little over board in those areas, I can still feel like I’m being bad without the guilt…plus it’s a great way to sneak in another veggie serving!

blog sig


Filed under Main Course, Recipes

Easy Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

I’ve been on a hunt for clean eating recipes this week and tonight I decided to give this one a shot. I’m usually willing to try anything with a Mexican flair to it so I didn’t think twice about tossing everything into the slow cooker and heading out the door without a back up plan for dinner.

Easy Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken


Mexican Chicken Tostada

4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (trimmed of any excess fat)
3-4 Tbs of Homemade Taco Seasoning (recipe to follow)
1 cup of Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth


Place all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and make sure the chicken is coated with all of the spices. Arrange in a single layer the best you can, cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours. The chicken will shred easily when it is fully cooked.

I happened to have some fresh limes in the house, so after shredding the chicken, I squeezed some lime juice over it, stirred and placed the lid back on to keep things warmed while I prepped the rest of dinner.

Homemade Taco Seasoning:

This is so quick and easy to make! No need for all of the sodium, MSG and preservatives that are included in those big name packets of taco seasoning.

2 tbsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. chili powder

You can store this in an air tight jar or mini tupperware and have it ready for easy use. Use about 1 Tbsp of seasoning for each pound of meat when making tacos.

Oddly enough, I had never tried a tostada before so I decided that’s how I would serve this up. I just tossed some whole wheat organic tortillas in a 350 degree oven, directly on the rack (make sure they don’t bend between the grate) for about 5-7 minutes per side, and then topped them with the chicken, organic salsa, corn, guacamole, lettuce and chopped tomato.

I’m hoping to try some more slow cooker recipes over the next week to prepare myself for the back to school craziness. Do you have a healthy slow cooker recipe you love? If so, please share it with me!

blog sig

Leave a comment

Filed under Main Course, Recipes

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

Since making efforts to eat cleaner, I’ve been trying to find some healthier alternatives to the sweets and treats I love and crave. Tonight, I tried this recipe and I’m very happy with the results. Even the kids liked them!

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

Prep time: 10 Minutes – Cook time: Approx 30 Minutes – Total time: Approx 40 Minutes
Yield: Makes 12 – 16 Brownies

Gluten-Free Brownie Ingredients:

  • 1 can black beans (15oz – rinsed and drained)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup egg whites (or 3 eggs  total)
  • 1/3 cup  unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup natural cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup  agave, honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (more if you wish)

Peanut Butter Swirl Ingredients:

  • 1/3 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tbsp agave, maple syrup or honey
  • Pinch of salt
  • Dash of vanilla extract


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Place all of the gluten-free brownie ingredients into your food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Spray an 8×8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Evenly spread batter into baking dish.
  5. On your stovetop melt peanut butter swirl ingredients together and mix.
  6. Dollop peanut butter swirl mixture with a spoon about an inch from each other on the brownie batter.
  7. Use a knife to create swirls in the batter.
  8. Place in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes.
  9. *Ovens vary so your discretion is needed. You will know your brownies are baked when the top becomes firm and the brownies pull away from the sides of the dish.
  10. Sticking a tooth pick in the middle and pulling it out clean will ensure your brownies are baked fully.
  11. Remove from oven when baked and let set in the baking dish for about 10 minutes.
  12. Carefully cut the brownies, serve and enjoy!
  13. To store brownies, let them cool completely and then store them in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

I’ve seen many different recipes for black bean/gluten-free brownies but the coffee and addition of the peanut butter swirl is what caught my eye and made me try these.

blog sig


Filed under Recipes, Snacks & Treats

Spicy Honey Brushed Chicken Thighs

Another week…another new recipe to try!

While trying to figure out what to make for dinner tonight, I stumbled upon some boneless-skinless chicken thighs in the freezer. I know most people shy away from dark meat chicken and opt for the white breast meat, but I love the juiciness of chicken thighs, especially when grilling.

Of course, I didn’t feel like going to the grocery store so the challenge of the day turned into what to do with them. I didn’t want boring ol’ BBQ chicken, so I started looking on Pinterest for recipes and took a little of this and a little of that from different recipes to create tonights meal.

Spicy Honey Brushed Chicken Thighs


8 boneless skinless chicken thighs, about 2lbs (you could use breasts if you prefer)

Spicy Honey Brushed Chicken

For The Rub:
2 teaspoons granulated garlic (you can sub 1 teaspoon garlic powder here) 
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1 tsp brown sugar

For The Glaze:
6 Tbsp Honey
2 tsp Cider Vinegar


Combine the rub spices in small bowl and mix well.

Trim off any excess fat from the chicken pieces. Pat dry. Toss chicken with the spice rub to coat all sides well. Use your hands to rub the spice mixture into the chicken well. Grill chicken for 3-5 minutes on each side, until cooked through.

While the chicken is cooking, warm the honey in the microwave for a few seconds to thin it out a little and then add the vinegar. Combine well.

Reserve about 2 Tablespoons of the honey glaze for after the chicken has cooked. You’ll drizzle it over the chicken right before serving. Use the rest of the glaze to brush on the chicken in the final moments of grilling. Make sure you brush both sides!

The glaze can get messy on the grill, and since it is technically sugar, you may experience some flare up as it drips into the fire.

If you don’t have a bbq, you can use an indoor grill pan or use the broiler. I actually cooked these in the oven tonight because it got very dark and started thundering just as I was preparing to start my charcoal. <sarcasm font> Thanks Mother Nature! <sarcasm font>

I served these with roasted veggies (sweet potato, zucchini, yellow squash and peppers) and some broccoli sauteed in garlic & a little olive oil.

blog sig

Leave a comment

Filed under Main Course, Recipes

Guest Author Blog Post: Review of The 17 Day Diet

I decided to change things up a  bit this week and feature a guest post.

I’ve had quite a few people ask me about the a book called The 17 Day Diet and it is not something I have ever tried.

I knew of a girlfriend who was doing it at one time, but I have a guy friend who has been following it and has seen tremendous success so far.

Of course, it seemed logical to ask him about it and I figure why not see if I could get him to write a guest blog about his experience!

So far I have only shared my weight loss experience, so I thought it would be nice to hear someone else’s story….and a guys while we were at it. So, without further delay, here is his contribution to my blog!


Hi ladies and gentlemen!  My name is John.  I’m 26 years old, I’m 6 feet tall, and on May 3rd, 2012, I weighed 303 lbs.  To put that into perspective for you, the normal weight range for someone with my height and build (I have a naturally large frame) is 170-185 lbs.  As I’m typing up this post for Nikki, on July 21st, 2012, I weigh 248.8 lbs.  I’ve lost 54.2 pounds in just under 3 months, and I’m going to tell you how I did it.

To get to the end, we have to start at the beginning.  I’ve been a “soft” guy all my life – I’ve never had a 1/2/4/6/8 pack or visible muscles of any kind.  I was just chubby enough to be self-conscious, but just skinny enough to dress well and be a nice guy and look normal.  When I went to college, I gained the freshman 50 – I graduated high school at about 215, and I entered my sophomore year at a rotund 265.  Sick of hating myself, I went on a super-restrictive “diet” and lost 70 pounds in 6 months, weighing in at 190 pounds by January 2007, the spring of my junior year.

This diet, however, was not a diet.  I was counting calories without considering nutritional value.  Here was my diet:

Breakfast:  2 chocolate chip Eggo waffles, plain
Lunch:  Two turkey sandwiches (Sarah Lee white bread, 2 thin slices of deli turkey meat, 1 American cheese singles pack, and mustard) with a handful of Goldfish
Dinner:  A Lean Cuisine or Healthy Choice meal (the pizzas, chicken bites, and beef tips, in some order) with another handful of Goldfish
Drinks:  Crystal Light Peach Tea mix

That’s it.  No switching it up for variety, no occasional slip of the mind and ordering Subway or Papa John’s (my two favorites on my “Rise to 265”).  It was LITERALLY that staple of foods, 7 days a week, for 6 months.

To make a long story short (too late – but seriously, you’ll be surprised how much longer it could be!), because of my complete lack of fat intake, I developed gall stones (though at the time I thought it was ulcers from stress), and I suffered through them until February 2008, when they were finally correctly diagnosed, and my gall bladder was removed.  I was 21 years old and I had no gall bladder.

Fortunately, I managed to keep the weight off for a while.  I moved to a new city after graduating in May 2008, and once I found a job (I work inside at a desk), I saw the weight creeping up, but couldn’t manage to curtail it.  4 years later, not only had I undone entirely the pain and suffering I had endured to be skinny(er), but I had packed on 50 additional pounds.  At the highest recorded weight at my doctor’s office, I was 316 pounds.  My doctor told me that I was at a high risk for diabetes (it runs in my family) and that my liver numbers were high due to fat accumulation.  If I didn’t start losing some weight, I could get cirrhosis or any number of liver-related diseases which could greatly shorten my life.

For my birthday, my parents came into town and spent a few weeks with me.  My mom “subtly” (since when is anything your mom does subtle, y’know?) suggested I read this book that she and my dad had read and been following loosely for a while.  It was called “The 17 Day Diet”

At first, I resisted.  I was hesitant to follow anything called a “diet”, for fear of losing some more-essential organ as the price for being thin.  Regardless, I knew the only way to stop my mom from nagging was to either read it or shoot her….and I don’t own a gun.

The premise of the diet is simple:  We eat shit.  Sugar and carbohydrates are staples of the American diet these days.  We want our McDonald’s, our fancy dinners, and our 44 oz. Coke to wash it down with.  So how about we strip down to the basics and reintroduce ourselves to the “right” way to eat?  The author of the book (Dr. Michael Moreno) asks for you to trust him, 17 days at a time for 4 cycles, and you’ll get the results you need.

How Does It Work?

It’s pretty simple.  The first 17 days “Accelerate” is designed to basically detox your body from all the bad shit you’ve eaten your whole life.  By eating a diet that consists of mostly white meat, green vegetables, non-carb fruit (no bananas or pineapples yet), probiotics (yogurt), and LOTS OF WATER, your metabolism resets, your body begins firing on all cylinders, and you lose an enormous amount of weight quickly.  In the book, I think he says that it’s not surprising to lose 10-15 pounds in the first cycle.  I had more weight to drop than typical, so my weight loss was actually 20 pounds.

If you are worried that you can’t have the delicious foods you’re used to eating ever again, here’s where you see the plan that Dr. Moreno lays out start to make sense:  In Cycle 2 “Activate”, YOU GET TO HAVE MORE FOODS!  The thought process is that, with any diet, you (and your body) get bored with the foods you eat, and therefore to break through the plateaus that occur in diets, you mix up what you eat every day in order to keep your body confused and your metabolism blazing fast.  In this cycle, you alternate days:  On 1 day, you’ll eat only the foods from Cycle 1.  The next day, eat the foods that you are allowed to add in Cycle 2, including potatoes, brown rice, steak, pork (all meat should be trimmed of visible fat), corn, etc.  Again, the emphasis is to eat MOSTLY meat and vegetables, and supplement with snacks of probiotics and fruit.  If you thought your weight loss should slow down significantly, think again!  You should still lose weight in a similar fashion to Cycle 2, about 7-10 pounds!  For my efforts, I lost about 15 pounds.

Cycle 3, called “Achieve”, is where you’ve essentially lost most of the weight you have to lose, and now you need to “be reintroduced back into society” meal-wise.  You can have just about everything you want on this cycle, including whole wheat bread, just about any fruit or vegetable, and even 100-calorie fudge bars!  The name of the game in this cycle is to utilize portion control and begin eating foods (especially the ones you’ve missed!) in a more disciplined way.  This is also the cycle where you start working out more intensely.  For the first two cycles, you are not supposed to work out more than 17 minutes per day (walking or running) due to the low amount of carbs you consume (I don’t fully understand it, but I think you weight lifter peeps probably know what that means).  The third cycle challenges you to work out 5 hours a week.

To be completely candid, I have not started Cycle 3 yet.  Because I have so much weight to lose, I feel more comfortable not “rewarding” myself with the joys of the things (Bread! Pasta! Pineapple! Fudge bars!) that you can eat on Cycle 3, so I’ve shuffled back and forth between Cycle 1 and 2 for these 3 months.  When I get closer to my goal weight (200 pounds), I’ll go down that road.

To round it out, Cycle 4 “Arrive” is all about maintenance.  Since many of us are following the diet because we’re Recovering Fatties, it’s just not smart to EVER make it ok to eat how we’ve been eating ever again…right?


What Dr. Moreno suggests is that, instead of sentencing yourself to a life without the foods you love, you put yourself on a reward system.  During the work week (and you can modify this, of course, to fit what works best for you, as long as you keep the spirit), pick your favorite Cycle (Accelerate, Activate, or Achieve) and follow that plan throughout the week.  Then, on your weekend, eat whatever you want!  No, this doesn’t mean I can literally order Papa John’s 5 times (Friday night counts!) and blame Dr. Moreno, but if I want to go to dinner with my friends and enjoy a slice of pizza, or a roast beef po-boy, or get that delicious chocolate-y thing for dessert, do it!  Just keep portion size in mind, so don’t eat a whole pizza, just a slice or two; or instead of eating that whole dessert, split it with your spouse or amongst everyone at the table.

Learn the discipline while you’re dropping the weight, gradually reintroduce yourself back to the foods you know and love, and never go back to the soda-drinking, takeout-eating lifestyle again.

That’s pretty much it.  I highly suggest you pick up a copy of the book if for no other reason than to get a different perspective on a healthy lifestyle.  I’ve still got 48.8 pounds to go on my journey, and hopefully Nikki will have forgotten how badly this post sucked by the time I get there and let me write an update to share with you all!

All the best,



I’d like to thank John for sharing his story with myself and my readers. If you have any questions for him regarding The 17 Day Diet”, please feel free to comment below and I’m sure he will comment as he can.

I think it’s important to educate yourself on different options that are out there and to keep in mind that weight-loss needs to be approached in a healthy and safe manner. Most of us didn’t gain the weight over night, so looking to lose it over night just really isn’t smart and wont help you obtain long term health.

If you have had success with weight-loss and would like to share your story here, please feel free to contact me! I’d love to hear about you became fit and feature your story here.

blog sig

1 Comment

Filed under Health & Fitness