Cabbage Soup Diet Diary: Day Seven

Hazzah! Day Seven of the Cabbage Soup Diet! Do you know what that means? It means tomorrow I get coffee!

First the bad news. I gained back a pound and a half from my dinner-with-friends-cheat so now my net weight loss is 5 pounds. I know that’s still really good for six days, but I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t bummed. However, I believe in living life to the fullest, and I’ll take a pound and a half hit in exchange for a fun evening with good friends any day. I just know that today I have to be really careful.

And I will also confess that I’m a bit scared – today is brown rice and vegetables. The dreaded carbs! I’ve done this Cabbage Soup Diet before and gained back weight from Day Seven. But I think that perhaps I was a little lax on Day Seven in the past and also probably dipped a little too much into the rice. Cabbage Soup Diet Tip #7: Don’t stick your face into that bowl of rice. Try to eat more vegetables than rice. Also, ignore Diet Tip #3 – stop being lazy!

Yes, if you haven’t started working out again, today is a great day to start. Today I took my dog on a two mile walk first thing in the morning, came home and had some brown rice, butternut squash and spinach for breakfast, went to the gym and worked out on the treadmill for 40 minutes, came home and had lunch (the same thing I had for breakfast) and then before dinner I took my dog for another walk. (Only a little over a mile this time.) That may be a little extreme, but I wanted to be sure to walk off that cheat dinner and make sure the brown rice didn’t stick.

Cabbage Soup Diet Brown Rice and Vegetables
Breakfast (and lunch) of (Diet) Champions

For dinner I made Mandarin Orange Chicken from Trader Joe’s (a staple in our household) with broccoli and brown rice. Of course I didn’t eat the chicken. I also realized that I hadn’t had any soup today and ate the last of the soup. (Thank god!)

Today I felt really great. Working out made me hungry, but not famished. I had all of my energy back – which admittedly at my age is marginal at best. But I was able to tidy up the house, clean both bathrooms and do three loads of laundry and I didn’t need a nap. (You are jealous of my rock star life aren’t you?)

Be sure to check in tomorrow when I give a Cabbage Soup Diet recap and let you know my total weight loss. (And thanks so much for reading about my crazy crash diet ride!)

Cabbage Soup Diet Diary: Day Five

Cabbage Soup Diet Diary Day Five – first the good news: Hello Meat! Now the bad news. I only lost half a pound on banana day. I know, I know, that’s still a lot and I’ve lost 5 pounds in only four days. But I always want more! More, More, MORE! (Usually more food!)

But Cabbage Soup Diet Day Five – Meat Day! Meat Day! How I adore you Meat Day!

This is what I had for breakfast:

Cabbage Soup Diet Day Five Beef
Even better than a baked potato!

Roast beef rolls with horseradish (horseradish as zero calories so I don’t think that’s cheating) and tomatoes. Delish! I didn’t need to eat again until lunch. For lunch I had a bowl of soup and a couple more roast beef rolls.

After lunch I went out and ran a bunch of errands and was gone for five hours. This was the first time this week I’ve gone five hours straight (except when I was sleeping) without food. And I wasn’t hungry! The only problem was I left my water bottle at home and was really thirsty. Cabbage Soup Diet Tip #5: Drink lots of water. Especially on meat day. (And don’t forget your water bottle!)

Also the great thing about today was I got to eat the same dinner as my family for the first time in five days. That was nice. (I think they liked that too.) I barbecued hamburgers. Mine was six ounces! The bummer was I didn’t get to put cheese and mayonnaise on it like I usually do (probably has a lot to do with why I need to lose weight in the first place) but it was still delicious. I did put on Gulden’s brown mustard and dill pickles. I guess that technically counts as cheating – but we’re talking an extra 10 calories and no fat so I don’t care. (And no, I didn’t have a bun. I actually almost never have a bun when I eat hamburgers at home.)

I guess I also technically cheated as I made a salad with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers when I was only supposed to be having tomatoes. But I figure if I’m supposed to eat the soup, which is all vegetables, I can have a salad. I did not put dressing on the salad – just squeezed some lemon juice on it. It was actually pretty good. We eat salad most nights with dinner. I always make my own balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing because it’s healthier and tastes better, but I might try the lemon trick a couple of times a week to keep the weight off. Of course I usually throw some blue cheese chunks in the salad too. Might have to also stop doing that. GRRR!

The strictness of this Cabbage Soup Diet has actually made me hyper aware of all the little things I usually eat throughout the day that I don’t think about. In the morning when I put cream cheese on Marley’s bagel I’ll scrape the excess cream cheese off the knife with my finger and lick it off my finger. (Mmmm… cream cheese!) When I put cheese on cheeseburgers, if I’ve cut  a little too much I’ll eat the extra. Yesterday a pretzel fell on the table when lunches were being packed and usually I’d just pop it in my mouth. These are all very small things, but they all add up. I’m going to try very hard to stop doing those things when this diet is (thankfully) over.

The achy pain is getting better, but it’s still there and it’s still difficult to get to sleep. I have a new theory though. I think it’s the fat just melting away. Hmmm… not likely, but to make myself feel better I think I’ll stick with that!

Just two more days to go. (And more meat on Day Six. Hooray!)

Cabbage Soup Diet Diary: Day Four

Cabbage Soup Diet Diary Day Four – I made it over the hump.

The Good

I lost another pound and a half which puts my three day total at 4.5 pounds! Four and a half pounds in three days – that’s better than the flu. (And for the most part not quite as unpleasant!)

Also, today, for the first day I wasn’t really hungry. I woke up and had a banana milkshake made with two bananas, one cup of fat free milk, a little bit of cinnamon, a dash of vanilla, and some ice. Yum! I ate a banana around ten o’clock, the soup for lunch, another shake around three o’clock (which actually made me really full), and another bowl of soup for dinner. You can have up to eight bananas and as much milk as you want, but I only had four and a half bananas and two cups of milk.

Cabbage Soup Diet Day Four Banana Shake
Oh yes, my shake was overfloweth!

We did eat an early dinner so we could attend a high school concert and got home late and I will admit I was pretty hungry when I went to bed, but I didn’t want to eat a banana at ten o’clock at night so I just fell into bed and actually slept like a rock.

The Bad

I don’t really like bananas. Well, I should modify that – I don’t completely dislike them, I’m just very picky about them. If I’m going to have bananas in a shake I like them very ripe. They are much sweeter that way. If I’m just going to eat them, they need to be the perfect shade of just-a-little-bit green. Cabbage Soup Diet Tip#4: Buy your bananas so they’ll be at the ripeness you like on Day Four. (So if you do your shopping on Sunday to start the diet Monday and like very ripe bananas buy yellow ones instead of green ones. If you like green bananas shop just a day or two before.) In fact on Day Two I hid my ripe bananas so no one else would eat them. (Look, don’t mess with a cranky diet lady’s diet food!)

Cabbage Soup Diet Day Four Bananas
Shake bananas on the left and eating bananas on the right!

The Ugly

Remember that weird pain I talked about on Days Two and Three? Well, last night it came on with a vengeance! My lower back and legs were killing me. I could not sleep, I was in so much pain. My poor husband. I don’t know how he slept (but he’s a man, so he did) with all the tossing and turning I did. Even with three Advil and a Melatonin it took me forever to fall asleep on Night Three into Day Four. I do not know if it is due to lack of protein or my body detoxing, but I will tell you this – it hurt and I did not like it one bit. (BTW, if it was my body detoxing, my body must have been pretty “toxed”!)

I really do think the bananas and milk helped though, because I’m feeling much better today.

And tomorrow – tomorrow is meat day. Can you hear the angels sing? (I can and they are singing Hallelujah!) I have rare roast beef sitting in my fridge, waiting for me. (And you’d better believe I’m waiting for it. Hello Mr. Beef. Get in my belly!)