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Weighing In – One Week on Diet and Exercise Regime

[Female students exercising, one with a wall-mounted device using ropes and pulleys, Western High School, Washington, D.C.]  (1899?)  Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston.  From the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
[Female students exercising, one with a wall-mounted device using ropes and pulleys, Western High School, Washington, D.C.] (1899?) Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston. From the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

It’s been one week on my new diet. I am still keeping up with my DDP Yoga daily exercise regimen. It has been tough adjusting to the increased energy needed to exercise while dieting but I seem to get mentally stronger on this every day.

We also ate out for the first time while on my diet. My children really wanted to go to McDonald’s. My children are not too bad about their food choices. They like the grilled chicken sandwich or the chicken nuggets and white milk.

What on earth was I going to eat at McDonald’s? Salad, of course! The brilliant part of my diet is that almost every restaurant on the planet now offers some form of salad. I went with McDonald’s Southwest Chicken Salad with grilled chicken. It’s pretty yummy and 325 calories with dressing! I picked off the tortilla chip topping but it turns out I didn’t really need to. If you want, you can have the southwest dressing it’s supposed to go with rather than the vinaigrette for about 65 calories more.

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I also invented a new 400 calorie salad this week with turkey bacon, 1/2 an avocado, 80 calories worth of cheddar cheese and a little dressing. It’s the most satisfying of the salads I have created so far. Even my husband likes it!

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Enough suspense….how much did I lose this first week on my diet. The results are astounding to me!

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Aside from delivering my babies, I have never lost so much weight so quickly in my life! It is really thrilling to get results this quickly! But is it unhealthy to be losing so fast? New research suggests that it is not, that the faster you get your excess weight off, especially in the beginning of your diet and exercise program, the more motivated you are and the more weight you will lose long-term.

Tempted as I am to up my calories at this point, any avid watcher of The Biggest Loser knows that you always lose the most the first week and then you can taper off and lose less or even nothing the following week. So, I’m just staying the course this week to see what happens.

*I have no affiliation with McDonald’s.