- First and foremost, this plan allows fruit! Fruit is my candy. I could never stick with a program that banned fruit completely for even a short length of time. From day 1, two fruits are permitted each day and that component is a major reason I knew it would work.
- My personality type (quirky??) works best if I have a beginning and an ending. I can do anything for a specified period of time. The 17-day cycles attracted me because it was long enough to expect results, but short enough not to become bored.
- It is easy in that the lists include normal everyday foods and no special cooking, shopping or prep skills are needed. I can't say that preparing dinners for myself and Mr. B have been all that different. And to my surprise, he has even remarked that his pants feel looser.
- I am looking forward to the additional options available during cycle 2 and then even more in cycle 3. If not at goal by end of cycle 3, recommendation is to follow the sequence again before moving to cycle 4 which is basically maintenance. I just love the structure of it.
Am I cured? What a joke!! Have I found something that is working for me right now? Yes, and I am profoundly grateful because I was desperate for a shot in the arm from somewhere. And as is often the case, it came out of the blue from a source I'd never have expected. A DIET of all things! But humility is and always will be the word of the day. One bite, lick or taste and every last one of those taste sensations would come roaring back quicker than I can say, "sugar cookie." This has given me a much needed shot in the arm, but I have a long, long way to go and a lot left to learn. And you, my friends have and will continue to help me more than words could possibly express.
When you read this (unless you are, like me, a disgustingly early riser), I will be headed towards a hiking trail challenging myself in a different way. I am hiking solo and although, I have done some solo hiking, this will be my longest. I am properly prepared and it is a trail I know well, but there are still some inherent dangers in solo hiking. So, if you are the praying sort, keep me in your prayers today. This trail has a ready-made meditation spot about 3 1/2 miles in which is where I'm headed to do some thinking and planning for 2012.