This is both a blog and an update on our family's weight loss challenge as well as my unique plan for losing weight, week 9.
It is said that Marie Antoinette uttered these words upon hearing that the working class in France were experiencing a shortage of flour for making bread during a country wide famine. "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche (Then let them eat Cake)", showed her disconnect with both the people and apparently the baking process too. I start this week's blog with these words as I can relate to a hungry feeling from dieting these last 8 weeks and to Marie's love of baked goods also. In fact, this week's diet plan will use the latter to solve the former.
Those that know me best know that this is exactly what I will do. Those who don't are busy thinking of reasons to list below as comments to try and stop me from doing such a "crazy" or "dangerous" thing, but save your comments, I'm committed to doing this (or should be for doing this). Maybe if I explain it a little more, you'll feel better about my choice. My primary motivation this week is to have a little fun with my siblings and
|A counter full of delicious oatmeal raisin cookies|
The idea actually came from my sister, "She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named". We spent a day together last month and I think it was then that she told me about the professor in Kansas who lost 27 lbs in 60 days eating
|Professor Haub with his diet foods in front of him|
|I did check the nutrition.....|
I'll share a couple of neat tricks that I am using this week to both drive my metabolism a little faster, and to break up the monotony of eating just one food. I'm allowed spices, so I am sprinkling some of my cookies with either cinnamon or cayenne pepper. I like both of these and both are proven to increase metabolic rate. The cinnamon actually helps to lower blood sugar too, which is a concern when all you eat all day is cookies. I'm spacing my meals and exercise out to about every 3 hours, and give myself a cookie when I complete at least 10 minutes of strenuous exercise. I've no doubt that I will have developed a Pavlovian response (look it up, I can't hold your hand on every blog) at the mention of oatmeal raisin cookies by the end of this week, with my legs twitching at the near-mention of them. I'm using about 10 other tricks to keep my metabolism elevated, but I won't share them, as after all, I'm in it, to win it.
I'll close with a quick challenge update. It's tough to be accurate with this as some of my siblings haven't been forthcoming with the information on where they stand currently, and some people may have even spread rumors of alleged success or failure to confuse the other dieters (OK, that was me), but here's my take.
March 3rd Update - I did indeed stay on the oatmeal raisin cookie diet all week. At the end of the week, I have to admit a craving for other foods, but I did not get tired of my favorite treat. I did make a modification to my plan and started drinking a protien shake in the am as well, but I did as promised and ate only fresh baked delcious oatmeal raisin cookies. The end result was a net loss of..........