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The 17 Day Diet

16th May 2011

Yes, you too can be thin after SEVENTEEN DAYS!!!

Not really.

Darn it.

I may have momentarily thought (hoped) that when I read the title, but sadly, NOTHING is that easy.

Now, I can’t specifically remember where I first saw this book, but I’m pretty sure I walked by it in Chapters at some point. After doing a bit of a web search, I discovered  that it’s also been featured on Dr. Phil.

Despite that (ha), I decided to buy it, because I just haven’t spent enough money on diet books in my lifetime (Unrelated: I’ve been shortlisted to win the Guiness record for most useless diet books purchased by one person).


After reading it, I was actually quite intrigued with the way this diet is laid out. It makes sense, it seems like something I could do because I get to choose the food, and it’s FREE! (minus the one time cost of the book of course).

So how does this work?

Basically this diet is separated into four cycles, but I’ll talk about the first one, since that’s what I’ll be starting. TOMORROW.


So here’s what you can eat during the first 17 days (phase one).

  • Lean Protein
  • Veggies
  • Fruit – 2 daily
  • Probiotic Foods (ie. Greek yogurt) – 2 daily
  • Friendly Fats – 1-2 tbsp daily

That’s it. Of course, there are rules that you have to follow as well, including eating no fruit after 2p.m., drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, and exercise every day. Also, the author is big on green tea as well – not sure I’m going to be able to stomach the green tea to be totally honest, but I figure if I do everything else, I’ll skip the green tea.

What this does mean is I have to officially quit the Diet Coke, and put a serious stop to the Starbucks trips too, at least for the next 17 days. This will be the hardest part for me. Cue the tiny violins.

I’ll blog about my progress in a bit, to let you know how it’s going. I’m contemplating starting up a tumblr just for this specifically, to help me keep track of what I’m doing every day, but still undecided on that one.

So, have you heard of this book, or are you actually doing this “super fun” diet yourself? I would love to hear how it’s going for you. Or if you have any questions about the diet, I’m happy to answer them in the comments!!

Wish me luck.


It’s Ugi Time!

8th March 2011

Look what I got in the mail!

It’s Ugi Time!!

Ugi is a company created by three Canadian moms who wanted a “challenging, effective and sustainable workout that could fit into their busy lifestyles.”

So what is the Ugi philosophy? I’m going to quote their site here:

  • It is all about you.
  • It is about working out for real life, for health and happiness.
  • It’s functional training that helps you operate better and feel better every day.
  • It’s health training that helps you benefit from the relationship between good eating and exercise.
  • It’s happiness training, that helps you get more joy out of each minute, based on the idea that there are 1,440 minutes in every day, and if you use 30 of them for physical activity, the other 1,410 feel better.
  • So Ugi is really about helping you make small choices that add up to big, realistic results.

I was sent the Ugi at Home set, which includes the 8lb Ugi ball, an easy-to-follow workout guide, a five day workout dvd, and a guide to making good food choices, access to the online library and a free Ugi timer iPhone app.

I’m going to be using the Ugi for the next six weeks – a program that involves 30 minutes a day – 30 exercises – 1 piece of equipment.

I’m looking forward to blogging about my experience.

For more information about Ugi -check out their site, on Facebook and Twitter.

Enjoy their promo below:


UGI Promo from Adam Rootman on Vimeo.

Weight Watchers Points Plus – Week Three

24th January 2011

Week Three was le suck.

I had a bad week – It’s that hellish time of the month, I didn’t follow the plan 100% and worse, I didn’t keep track of my food the entire time.

I didn’t exercise. I blame the new treadmill, which up until a couple of days ago, was just a huge dirty box in my front hall.

I would also like to blame the fact that trying to assemble the beast was trying at best. Also, we don’t really have a home for this treadmill that is much, much bigger than I initially thought, so it’s sitting in the middle of our playroom/tv room and I hate it.

It’s a hideous monstrosity. (Yes, making excuses for my failure is my specialty -thank you for asking).

Anyway, by some miracle, I didn’t gain any weight (I didn’t lose any either) so it’s a tie I suppose.


I did want to also talk about a couple of new shows that I’ve been watching about weight loss – HEAVY and I USED TO BE FAT.

I’m not sure if you’ve seen either show, but they are really worth checking out.

I USED TO BE FAT is on MTV and follows younger adults who are transitioning from high school to college and need to lose weight. They get a trainer, who works with them every day for approx. 3 months to try to “give them their life back.” The only thing I don’t love is that most of these kids need to lose about90-100 pounds which equals 1 pound a day, and they are led to think that it’s possible and “normal” to lose that. I think that’s crazy talk. The most recent episode involved this sad, beautiful blonde girl, who needed to lose 100 pounds in that amount of time, but was disappointed when she only lost 50 (which is amazing in my book). The great thing was that they followed up with her three months later, and she continued on her own and lost another 25 – again, amazing. I think the great thing about the follow up was the change in her mental state, from a sad girl who didn’t think she could do it, to this strong, independent women. Despite the unrealistic expectations that some of the trainers use, I think it’s a great show.

The other show is called HEAVY on A&E and I really like this show – much better than The Biggest Loser. This show follows two morbidly obese individuals, who are in a life and death situation in terms of their weight. It’s not a competition, there are no prizes – it’s sole purpose is to help two people get healthy and lose weight. I love that the two individuals can work together to support each other as well. It’s a great, inspiring show with POSITIVE, trainers that are there to do their jobs, and not become household names/personas.

If you enjoy this type of show, and find them entertaining or inspiring, I think they are definitely worth checking out.


Things I did right:

  • Still pondering this one

Things I did wrong:

  • Didn’t track my food
  • Didn’t drink enough water
  • Didn’t exercise
  • Didn’t get enough sleep
  • I could go on for days

What did I lose:

The big ZERO (I didn’t gain – miracles do happen)

Total Weight Loss:

8.5 lbs



Weight Watchers Point Plus – Week Two

17th January 2011

Let me tell you about Week Two.


Not a shocker, but week two for me is ALWAYS a downer. No matter how much I succeed during week one, and I’m pretty sure week one can be considered a success, I usually suck at week two. Don’t get me wrong, I followed the plan for the most part, although I had a couple of indiscretions (hello vanilla bean scone and french fries – I blame my girly sleepover with my friend, Sarah). But it’s the week where I always realize the size of the mountain that I need to climb to get to the end, because no matter how great I do during week one, week two will always be a smaller number, in terms of a weight loss.

The Biggest Loser, this is not.

This is where the whole mental thing really comes in for me. I tell myself that I can’t do it, because I have SO MUCH WEIGHT to lose. The negative talk in my head is non-stop and really kind of pathetic. I kick myself when I’m down at every turn. I wish I only had to lose 15-20lbs so I wouldn’t feel so damned overwhelmed every time I think about it. I’m really trying to think positive, but I’m kind of a weight loss failure, if you haven’t noticed. I totally suck at it, because mentally, I just tell myself it can’t happen.

Another thing that ALWAYS hurts my chances – a certain individual who feels the need to ask me a million questions, each and every day, about what I’m eating, did I exercise and how much weight have I lost so far. They mean well, but it’s brutal on my motivation, and killer on the self-esteem.

Things I did right:

  • Stayed on plan for the most part

Things I did wrong:

  • Haven’t started exercising – although I did purchase a treadmill, I didn’t actually get it home until the night before my husband left on his business trip. It is still in the box, and will be assembled TONIGHT.
  • Made some bad food choices as mentioned above.

What did I lose:

Weighed in this morning, and was thankful and sort of surprised to find out that I’m down another two pounds – praying works!

Total Weight Loss:

8.5 lbs


How did you do this week? How do you stay motivated when you have a lot of weight to lose? Whether you’re doing WW, or another plan, or your own thing, please link up so we can support each other!


Weight Watchers Points Plus – Week One

10th January 2011

Week one is over.

I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that was the longest week ever.

I’m sure the fact that I was now on a “diet” was a happy coincidence.


First off, let me clarify that I’m doing the online program, rather than the meetings, so I can only speak to what the online version has been like for me.

Things I LIKE about the program:

  • The best thing about the online program is that the membership includes access to the e-tools and the iPhone app. I really like the iPhone app – it means I have access to the Points Tracker, Points Calculator and the database at any time.
  • I do like that it’s not about eating certain food groups, or their products or anything like that. They really encourage you to eat healthy, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, etc, and that is reflective in the point amounts given to each item.
  • It sets you up in a way that it is very much a lifestyle change, as opposed to a diet that ends once you lose all the weight.

Things that I don’t like about the program:

  • I don’t love the fact that you could technically still eat things that aren’t really great for you (ie. high in sugar) and still be within the point range. Clearly, you have to put on your big girl pants and make the right decisions for yourself, but it’s easy to see where someone could go wrong and not lose as much weight as they should.
  • The new plan give zero points value to most fruits and vegetables, so as to encourage you to eat as many as possible. The problem with that is, you can’t really eat limitless fruit because of the calories and the sugars involved. So again, you can get in trouble thinking that you can eat as much as you want without regret. Not true.

Things I did right:

  • I cut out all crap – no junk food, fast food, processed foods, and anything high in sugar.
  • I started drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day.
  • I’m eating tons of veggies, mostly raw and in salads, and more fruits than I have in a very long time.

Things I need to work on:

  • Need to start exercising – Starting today, I’m going to focus on doing something every day. I’ve bought a treadmill, so I might try Couch to 5K although I don’t think I’m going to be able to do it, to be totally honest. Either way, I will be planning to walk 10,000 steps a day, as often as possible. I also own tons of great workout dvds, that I plan to use as well. I really have no excuse not to work out daily.
  • I also need to make a big change in my sleeping patterns. I’ve gone from sleeping 7-8 hrs consistently, to sleeping these odd, messed up hours that are kind of brutal. Knowing that sleep affects your metabolism, can only mean that I really need to get on it sooner rather than later.

What did I lose:

First off, I will say that weighing yourself once a week, is way better than daily. Because of fluctuations, etc, if you’re anything like me, all you will do, is discourage yourself and maybe want to quit. So really try to aim for once a week. Once you get to your goal weight, I say weighing yourself more often is a great idea.

SO, as of this morning, which is exactly one week since I’ve started the program, I’m down 6.5 lbs!!


It’s a big number, and I can absolutely attribute it to big changes in diet. Going from a diet that was absolutely attrocious to the total opposite will do that.

So Week One was a success, and I’m hoping that Week Two will be as well!

How was your week? Regardless of whether you’re doing Weight Watchers or another program, I would love it if you would link up below so that we can high five and encourage each other!! The plan right now is that this will be a weekly post, every Monday until I lose the chunk.

Thanks for all the fab comments on last week’s post – I really appreciate it!!


The Year of the Smaller Ass

2nd January 2011


My name is Maria. (Yes, I’m still here – I took a holiday break).

I am FAT.

I used to be skinny. Then I was thin. Then I was chubby. Then I was baby weight – twice.

But now, I’m just fat.

No cute cardigan is going to change this fact.

In fact there is nothing cute in the closet at the moment, except some depressingly boring tshirts, and one million cardigans.

I’ve lost weight in the past, but never the full amount. I get there 30, 40, maybe even 75% of the way, and then regress.

I am awesome at going backwards.

I’m done with going the wrong way.

So what’s different this time?

I feel OLD, and rickety, and OLD. I’ll be honest, that almost feels worse than being fat.

Also, I see something in the mirror, other than my reflection, that I hate.

I see someone I always told myself I would never become.

I see sad. I see depressed. I see a real stranger.

I deserve better for myself.

As of tomorrow, I will be starting over.

I have decided to join Weight Watchers online – I’ve read about the new Points Plus program, and their many success stories, and I’ve decided that I want to be one of them.

And I start TOMORROW!!!!!!!

I’m going to be posting my weekly updates every Monday, and knowing that so many of you are also planning on doing Weight Watchers or already are, I’m going to have a Mr.Linky at the bottom of each Monday post, in case you want to link up.

This will probably take a while, with the amount of weight I want to lose, so I would love your support, and I want to cheer you on too!!

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post – I chose WW on my own, and paid for it with the pennies I found under the couch cushions.

Yummy Mummy Club – PHAT Mummy

7th April 2010

The Yummy Mummy Club

I’m not sure if you’ve read, but I am a regular blogger over at The Yummy Mummy Club, blogging as PHAT Mummy. My blog is about the trials and tribulations of my PHAT ass. It’s good times.  I am now blogging weekly about my weight loss, and just completed week two.  I lost 5 pounds during week one, and week two was another great week!

How much did I lose??

I would love if you would support me over there, by checking out my blog at the YMC, and following along as I attempt to get back into my original Yummy Mummy status!



Phat Mummy blogs again

26th January 2010


Hope everyone is having a great week so far! You may or may not know that I am now a regular blogger at the Yummy Mummy Club website now. I’ve posted my latest diet & weight loss “confession”, and would love your feedback and comments over there!

Please check out my blog as PHAT MUMMY!! I will be blogging there at least, once a week. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Cute is a thing of the past (a.k.a. Holy Crap I’m Fat!)

23rd June 2009

OK, so I used to be cute. USED TO BE. Its a thing of the past these days. It happens to people all the time. It happened to me. It happened slowly, so I didn’t really realize it was actually happening at first. But it happened.

Back in 2000, when I got married, I was young and happy and cute and THIN. I was able to wear anything in the size 6-8 range, and it was relatively easy to shop for clothes. Of course, I actually didn’t realize how thin I was. I thought I was fat. Yup, I was one of those annoying girls who would always complain about being too fat. “I’m sooooooo fat. I can’t believe how fat I am. I weigh 135 pounds and I’m 5’7″ – I’m sooooooo huge.” If I could go back in time and slap that stupid biatch I would!!! GET IN LINE!!!

I came from a very traditional home where Mom cooked, the daughters cleaned and lived at home until they got married. Sort of like a prison sentence, but more like wearing an ankle monitor under house arrest. It was our parents way of protecting us from any sort of reality. Thankfully, I went to school full-time, plus had two jobs so I could ensure some sort of social life. Girl’s gotta dance! Unfortunately, my parents, both of whom are excellent cooks, never really bothered to pass along their mad skills. I didn’t realize the implications of this until I got married.  Poor guy assumed I would be ready to feed his ass the minute we said “I do”. (Oh, and technically we didn’t actually say ‘I do’  because you don’t speak during an Orthodox wedding ceremony, but that’s a whole other post).

So fast forward to married life. During meal times, I pretended I knew what I was doing; we would just stare at each other for inspiration, then give up and go out for dinner.  We did that alot. As anyone can expect that began the slow weight gain that took over. All it takes is a pound here, a pound there, 5 pounds a year and before you know it, you are HUGE.

Then April 2003 I found out I was pregnant with my son. I was already overweight so gaining 30 pounds during my pregnancy was difficult to deal with. Of course, I didn’t truly notice (ie. pay attention to) how big I really was until after I gave birth that December. The first week I was completely consumed with my baby, but then I got a glimpse of myself in the mirror and couldn’t believe what I saw. It was my first realization that I was HUGE. A year later, I decided to do something about it and joined a weight loss program that focuses on eating very low calorie (less than 800) while they inject you with “vitamins” so you don’t die on their watch. It was very effective. They tell you not to exercise because it will affect your weight loss – AWESOME! Of course, you get so weak, your hair falls out and your skin gets so dry that exercise is the furthest thing from your mind. I did that for 6 weeks and lost 40 pounds. It was great, I was thin again and I got complemented a hundred times a day. The fact that my muscle mass and metabolism were destroyed didn’t really factor in because I was back baby! I was shopping like crazy and hiding my bags so the hubby wouldn’t have a coronary – it felt great!

Fast forward to pregancy #2 with my daughter in 2006 – I still looked great and gained about 20 pounds with the baby. I was 25 pounds less with this pregnancy and I heard about it constantly. Anyone and everyone loved to point out how much smaller I was with this baby. “You look great. Much better than last time!” Seriously, can you keep you rude, bitchy and RUDE comments to yourself! When did it become ok for virtual strangers to tell you their opinion of what you look like. Seriously, MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. I am a pregnant woman – I AM ON THE EDGE. Don’t push me or you may end up eating one or both of my feet, through your ass!

After my daughter’s birth I noticed a major change in my ability to deal with things. I had had post-partum with my first son, but chose not to take the pills my doctor suggested I take. The second time around, I didn’t mention it to my doctor at all. In fact, I lied and told him that all was fine and well. But it wasn’t and truth be told, I still feel the same way sometimes, although most days it doesn’t really affect my ability to function. And how is that you might ask? Well, I have successfully self-medicated for the last 2 1/2 years with food.

I eat when I’m happy, when I’m pissed off, when I’m bummed, alone, tired, stressed, bored and for no reason whatsoever. I never really understood this phenomenon until it actually happened to me. I always thought it was the oddest thing that people would eat when they weren’t hungry. Weirdos. That is just craziness. The funniest thing is that I don’t even get any enjoyment out of it at all. None. I’ve done this for so long, that I forget what its like to eat things that I enjoy, and then stop to actually enjoy them. That sounds pathetic right? I agree with you.

So here I am, very overweight and very annoyed with myself. I need to lose this weight for my health, for my kids, for my sanity. I’m tired of my fatness being something that I have to think about all day long, every single day. I would rather think about Jeffrey Dean Morgan instead – seriously the man is a GOD, how could you not? I’m tired of having a list of things I want to do, WHEN I lose the weight. I am at the point where I MUST lose this weight – I’m really tired of wearing my fat uniform, day in and day out. I’m tired of guys not checking me out anymore – the good old days of being a yummy mummy are long gone. No longer a MILF, I’m more like a MILRASBM (Mother I would Like to Run Away from Screaming Bloody Murder). Not really what I was going for.

I’m ready to start this – I have all the tools to get started. My only problem now is that although I have the motivation to do it, I need the willpower. I need to turn off that voice in my head that says I can’t do it. I need it to stop telling me I’m a failure, and instead tell me that every pound lost counts even if it is a slow process. I need support from people going through it, who have gone through it and have succeeded – I need some warriors on my side.

Are you a work in progress? A Success Story? A Mommy who needs some support of her own? I would love to hear from all of you. I need all the support, encouragement and laughs I can get. I’m done crying about this – if anything is going to get me through it, its going to be my sense of humour!

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