Fat Loss 4 Idiots - Day 28

Today marks the 28th day of my Fat Loss 4 Idiots experiment.

Weight: 138.1 lbs.

Because the way Fat Loss 4 Idiots is structured, there were only 22 actual dieting days, with 6 planned no-diet days (the "cheat days") mixed in. The results? A nine pound loss in 22 days of dieting.

I've heard that others had more impressive weight loss on this plan, but I'm certainly happy dropping the 9 pounds. It's important to remember that some of those other dieters were larger than me to begin with. Dropping 9 pounds for me is pretty significant since it's 25% of the entire amount I wanted to lose.

The beauty of purchasing Fat Loss 4 Idiots is that it is a one time purchase, which you can use on and off whenever you choose. You can generate an 11 day menu whenever you decide it's time to drop some more pounds. This diet is meant to be a quick fix, and that's exactly what it is. It's not a gradual type of long term solution like Weight Watchers.

My Fat Loss 4 Idiots results are obvious: I'm down about nine pounds and more than a pant size (almost two). Did I enjoy the dieting experience? Of course not. But I can't really imagine enjoying any dieting experience. At least with this one, I got decent results in a short period of time.

When I gained so much weight carrying Lilliale, any sort of physical activity was stressful. My legs and feet were too swollen to comfortably fit in shoes, and a simple trip the grocery store left me exhausted from all of the walking. Even after giving birth, I'm still significantly bigger than I was before. However, I've noticed that the weight I've lost has already started to make a difference in my activity level. So hiking today was markedly easier than it would have been, say, 28 days ago. We only hiked two miles, but the hike up was steep and we ended up doing a bit of minor rock climbing to get to the top.

Since we were hiking to a locally famous look-out spot, the best views available were at the top of the large rock formation at the end of the trail. Despite the occasional need for help because of my short height, I still used to climb these rocks with ease when we made the trip as a young girl. Today, I did it on my own - but not without thanking the diet gods that I'd managed to loose enough weight to squeeze into a crevice that would make my climb up easier.

For those attempting this diet, I've got a few parting tips:

1) Milk was my savior round two by allowing me Starbucks drinks with non-fat milk and sugar free syrup so I could get my coffee and my sweet tooth fix.

2) By being picky when choosing my menu, and by choosing less vegetables and more fruit during round two, I was able to satisfy my sweet tooth craving at least once a day.

3) Not all of the combinations work - tuna salad and sausage links, for example - and it may be a sign that a different 11-day menu is in order. After all, they have a tendency to repeat combinations throughout the 11 days, so its not just one day of sausage and tuna, it somehow turns out to be six.

4) Bacon and chicken is a fantastic combination: season the chicken with salt and pepper and wrap the bacon around the chicken. Cook it in a covered saute pan on medium to low heat until the chicken is cooked all the way through.

5) Chicken and cheese is also doable: cook the chicken with seasonings (or seasoning salts) of choice and melt cheese over the top when done.

6) Choose the deli meat sandwich! In all of my attempted menu combinations, I found that only by choosing the sandwich is it possible to escape a day composed entirely of fruit. And trust me, fruit day is only surpassed by vegetable in its difficulty to get through.

7) Eat the pinto beans on vegetable day. They pack extra calories, but that's part of the magic of eating only vegetables: you have plenty of space to fit those calories in. In fact, you may want to.

And with that, I suppose it's time to finally say goodbye. In true Labor Day form, today has marked the end of one adventure and the beginning of the next. I may come back to the Fat Loss for Idiots diet, but for now, I say adieu. Labor Day, it seems, always knows how to send a season away in style.

What I Ate Today:

Breakfast: Eggs over easy, bacon, english muffin and hot chocolate

Lunch: Turkey sandwich with potato bread, turkey, mayo, mustard, lettuce and cheddar cheese

Dinner: Steak, corn on the cob, pasta with butter and parmesan cheese

Snacks: Cupcake, early gray tea latte, chips and salsa, Fiber One bar

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