So many of you have asked about my weight loss and what I’ve been doing that I thought I would share just a short follow up to my “Keeping the Weight Off” post.

This beautiful vegetable and I have bonded over the last 6 weeks.

You see, my taste buds and I have come to terms with a new way of food gratification, which doesn’t include any sugar or carbs.

It’s been painful, you all! I mean painful doesn’t even begin to describe it, but for this “never been disciplined with her food kind of gal”, it’s been so eye opening to me. It’s taught me a lot about myself, and the struggles I have with disciple in so many areas of my life.

In fact, I jokingly said to a friend, “The rest of 2013, I’m deeming Operation De-clutter Jen’s life, and I’ve begun with my body.” The more I wrestle with that statement, the more reality sets in because that was my straight truth speaking

I’ve really been convicted on areas where I lack discipline, whether it’s with home organization, scheduling or food, and this is the first baby step I’ve needed to take.

Citrus Herb Chicken

This first baby step has resulted in a weight loss of 12 pounds so far, and honestly, if I can do it, anyone can. I promise you!

I’ve often shared that potatoes in any form are my favorite food.

French fries, loaded baked potatoes, gourmet mashed potatoes , hash brown casserole, twice baked, Potato pancakes, do I need to go on? I LOVE them all and I would choose those over a steak any day, so for me to give up carbs of all form for a month now, that’s insanity for me.

Yes, there have been days of wrestling with myself. I may have even put some in my mouth and then spit it out and then done it again. I am just admitting, it’s been hard. I’ve nearly given up MANY times insisting it’s just not worth it.

But it is!

I know this to be true. It’s a battle I’ve needed to win and even though I am SO looking forward to introducing carbs back into my diet this month, I know now that food is not my master.

So during this time of learning and exploring  The 17 Day Diet: A Doctor’s Plan Designed for Rapid Results Keeping the Weight Off: What are You Eating? (Tasty Tuesday) , I pretend that cooked sprouts are wonderful pieces of Angel Hair pasta, and for this girl who really doesn’t even enjoy veggies without a huge dose of ranch dressing or gobs of cheese, I”d say I’ve come a long way.

Adding in some “live probiatics” to my stir fry in the form of cottage cheese was pure heaven. Yes, I’ve been doing a lot of stir fries because they are easy and brainless for me to whip up, but considering that you may have unlimited chicken breast, turkey breast, fish (which I wish I liked) and cleansing vegetables (no carb based ones like avocados  or even sweet potatoes during the first 17 days), you don’t have to starve.

Two eggs, two pieces of fruit and two probiatic based foods each day round out the assortment of food you may eat during the first 17 days. Then you slowly start adding in good carbs, and red meats and end with adding in some treats.

For those interested, I highly recommend what I’ve been following:

The 17 Day Diet: A Doctor’s Plan Designed for Rapid Results Keeping the Weight Off: What are You Eating? (Tasty Tuesday).

It’s manageable and once you get past the first 4 days of completely detoxing from the carbs and sugar, you can DO it! I will be your biggest cheerleader, but know that those first days are difficult and you’ll need someone to cheer you on. 🙂

So what are you cooking up for Tasty Tuesday? 

I can’t wait to see your recipes. I want to vicariously live through you and then in a few more weeks, I’ll be right there with you.