Tuesday, August 21, 2012

17 DAY DIET...here I go again...

Look out...here I go again...besides mentally grieving over our baby Steven, I have been physically uncomfortable. It is one thing being overweight and still wearing maternity clothes when you are holding and nursing a newborn...but when you don't have one to show off and you have on maternity clothes and kindhearted people ask you when you baby is due...well, it is time for a change!

I have posted lots about the 17 day diet you can find all the links on my blog as well as Google away!!! There is even a group on Facebook. 

I am starting on Sept 1st...so if you want to join in...I will be posting for the first 17 days on my blog...than you can get an idea and decide if you want to stop or keep going after the first 17 days.

Some general guidelines for the first 17 days called ACCELERATE CYCLE:

1. One 8oz cup of hot lemon water (squeeze half a fresh lemon in cup)
2. 3 cups of green tea a day
3. All the fresh fruits and veggies you want (minus a few) and no fruit after 2pm
4. 2 sugar free pro-biotic foods a day
(like Chobani fruit greek yogurt and Breakstone's Live Active cottage cheese)
5. Eight 8oz cups of water per day
6. At least 17 minutes of exercise a day
7. Right now the only meat I can eat is fish (I eat tuna & tilapia), turkey breast & ground turkey (lots of turkey tacos and turkey burgers), and chicken breasts.
8. The only "fat" I can use is olive oil and cooking spray

If you want to get ready for Sept 1st...here is a Grocery List:
The book
Lots of fresh fruit (no watermelon, pineapple, green grapes, or bananas)
Tons of fresh veggies (no potatoes)
Green tea (decaff or caff)
Ground turkey
Turkey burgers
Chicken breasts
Olive oil
Salad dressing with no sugar (vinaigrette)

If you want to see some old posts Look here:
I have a long way to go to where I was last March ...I wouldn't give up my time being pregnant with Steven, it was so wonderful.

I have actually exercised for four days in a row...When I went to the gym on Monday morning at 5 am the guys who used to welcome me told me that it was 121 days since I had been there...(May 1st) They said you must of had a busy summer...if they only knew!

Now I have to get up the nerve to go to the Ob today for my follow up and not break down in tears...I am sure I will be sitting in a room full of beautiful pregnant mommas! Mourning the loss of Steven has been the hardest thing I have ever experienced, but morning my fertility is even harder.

Last year I decided that God had other plans for us since I hadn't gotten pregnant and I was entering pre menopause. Since then, I have lost two babies. Baby Hope around 8 weeks in November 2011 and Steven at 5 months on Aug 1, 2012.

Being 44, I am not sure what God has in store for me. I would love to have another baby...(Did I say that out loud?) not sure I can mentally go through losing one again...but I am praying THY WILL BE DONE all the time.

Please keep praying for me!!!


Lena ~ JOYfilled family said...

prayers for you and all the others who seek to restore their health - ALL FOR!

Robin E. said...

I have been including you in my novena to St. Jude, leading up to his feast day. Remembered you especially on the feasts of St. Stephen, yesterday and the 16th. Best of luck with your diet and healing! :)

Anonymous said...

Awww., I am so sorry for your recent loss. I can feel your sadness over the loss of your fertility and I know that I will have a hard time with that as well. I am already dealing with it, being 40, although the window isn't completely closed, I guess. I just find it so sweet to read your perspective on this and it is a very refreshing (if bittersweet) attitude, compared to most people who act like they have to get themselves fixed after 2-3 kids in order to prevent the horror of having another baby. :( This world is so upside down! You really GET what a privilege this whole motherhood thing is...and at least you can have a peace about that and fewer regrets as you move into the next stage of life. I have met a lot of people (in person and online) who regret not having at least "one more", Katie Couric being the most recent example.

Kathy said...

Thanks for this post Sam. I will be joining you on Sept 1st for the first leg of the 17 day diet. I need to get back on track with my weight loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

Sheri Lynne said...

I was browsing facebook today, came across one of your posts, then read history about little Steven's trip to heaven. Wanted to thank you for sharing so openly about your life journey in Christ, and to encourage you that God has given you a really amazing testimony in how He works. After HS, my life took a much different path than yours - I'm 44 and no children or husband, a little sad that I never had kids but trust that God knows what He is doing. I've had poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, which makes it hard to conceive, and some other physical problems so I look back and can see how some things I wanted at the time wouldn't have been good for me in the long-term. Anyway, I think it is so wonderful that you can raise a large Christian family and that you are a positive influence and encouragement to so many.