the cabbage diet – day #3

I still love the soup and am satisfied on the diet. There is absolutely zero change in my weight though.

I had fruit for breakfast, soup for lunch, fruit for tea, soup for an early dinner and more vegetables for supper. Then in a wicked twist of fate, while I was watching a movie, my hand found its way in a packet of Doritos. Damn. The good news is that I ate far less than I would have previously.

The bad news is simple. I have not lost any weight at all. Not one pound. Nada.

I encourage myself by saying I’m detoxing my system.

I could be fooling myself though.

Tomorrow, it’s bananas and milk with more of the soup. God I hope there’s some reward at the end of all this.

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the cabbage diet – day #2

I don’t feel any skinnier. The weighing scale attests to that fact too. Argh.

The good thing is that I am not hungry nor do I crave anything other than the soup and allowed foods, which today was vegetables. I had three bowls of soup, one for each meal. And now I’m wondering, is there a possibility that this will instead, make me put on more weight?

The good thing is that I purged my system three times today. Wheeeee! I love it when I do that. The bad side effect is the flatulence. Although admittedly, it wasn’t that bad today. I am also feeling a little less energetic, which is odd really, since I am eating up a storm. I may have to reconsider staying on this diet because of the massive amounts of work ahead of me the next few days. I cannot deal with a lack of energy.

So I’m going to see what happens tomorrow. No diet is worth feeling crappy over.

the cabbage diet – day #1

I woke up hungry.

And promptly ate two apples, which was all the fruit I brought out with me.

Today was the start of the diet and I had two containers of the soup prepared for my lunch and dinner out. The soup was good (I added cloves of garlic, increased the number of tomatoes and added tobasco… is that allowed?) and while I ate it, I was so satisfied. I shared some of the soup with Kitty and she said, ‘Oh my! It’s so good! I’d eat this even if I wasn’t on a diet! Could I have the recipe?’

I did drink coffee (black with sweetener) and like I initially guessed, I am gassy. I have farted (sorry!) no less than 10 times in a row since I left my friends. Interesting fact: I cannot pass gas in front of others. I simply can’t. So in my private walking moments, I was propelled forward by my gas explosions. They were odorless (thank god!) but I can’t help wonder, is this a side effect to the diet?

‘I tried the diet too,’ Kitty told me, ‘but I barely lost any weight. Maybe 4 lbs?’ Now that discouraged me a little. She’s on the South Beach Diet and has since lost a good 16 lbs. I don’t have the discipline for something like that. I want my diets to be a hit and run thing because darn it, I love my food.

So tomorrow is vegetables, no fruit. I’m not sure how I’ll get through.

Onward!

the eve of all things cabbage

I ate too much.

Soy milk & pancakes.
Salad, Enchiladas, brownies, coffee.
Mushroom risotto, vegetable chowder.

Maybe it’s my body rebelling against the onslaught of cabbage it’s anticipating, I have no idea. But it happens each time I just think about dieting. My body immediately gets hungry and I crave things I normally wouldn’t.

sigh

So I went out and got the stuff needed for the soup tomorrow. Everything is in place. Tomorrow’s diet is cabbage soup and fruits (namely apples; they’re easier to lug around). Let’s see how that goes.

Funny thing that happened today was the trip I took to the gym. I didn’t go there to exercise, I was merely checking the place out and when I returned, I found out that at least 4 others have been planning to sign up too.

Fat season for everyone?

Let’s just hope that the gym decides to give us a group discount.

fat

fat

Alright. Girly moment alert.

I feel sluggish and f.a.t.

I do understand it’s all in the mind. It’s a matter of perspectives. But I cannot deny that my clothes are feeling awfully tight recently and I absolutely hate that. I am happy with my body. I am just not pleased that there are some outfits I simply cannot wear because I have put on weight.

Urgh.

So I decided to check out the quickest way to lose weight. Besides the usual warnings that fad diets DO NOT WORK, I found a good article on weight loss. I may actually try this thing out for a week as the foods are easy enough to follow, except for the no caffeine bit. I will have to break that rule. I cannot live without my coffee.

Need To Lose Weight Fast?

By Kirsten Hawkins

If your normal diet is healthy, and you just want a quick boost to drop 8-10 pounds quickly, or to kick off a new diet with a bang, the Cabbage Soup Diet actually works. The cabbage soup diet has been around for nearly 30 years. It’s based on the notion that your body actually uses more calories to digest cabbage than the amount that it derives from cabbage. It’s a so-called ‘negative calorie diet’, and includes many foods that, like cabbage, are high in fiber and very low in calories. The base of the cabbage soup diet is – what else? Cabbage soup. There are several recipes for cabbage soup available. Essentially, the soup is made with onions, peppers, mushrooms, carrots, cabbage, celery and spices to taste. You’ll be eating the soup every day – as much of it as you want. In addition, there is a seven day routine of foods to supplement the cabbage soup.

Day One: All the fruit you want (except bananas) along with all the soup that you want. No caffeinated beverages or sodas. Drink only water, tea and cranberry juice.

Day Two: Eat all the vegetables that you want, but avoid dried beans, peas and corn. Eat veggies raw, fresh or cooked. No fats, no sauces, no butter. At dinner, you may have one baked potato with butter – and of course, all the cabbage soup that you want!

Day Three: Eat all the fruits and veggies that you want from day two and day three – but NO baked potato.

Day Four: Bananas and skim milk – yes, all the skim milk you want, plus up to eight bananas, along with — you guessed it, all the cabbage soup you want.

Day Five: Eat ten to twenty ounces of beef (or skinless chicken, or broiled fish). Drink at least 10 glasses of water, and eat up to six fresh tomatoes. (if you substitute for the beef today, you may not tomorrow)

Day Six: Eat all the beef, vegetables and cabbage soup that you want. No baked potato. Lots of leafy green vegetables.

Day Seven: You can have all the unsweetened fruit juices, brown rice, and vegetables that you want – and at least one bowl of soup.

That’s it. Remember – this diet is NOT recommended for long term weight loss, or long term use. It doesn’t contain enough complex carbohydrates to be healthy for longer than a few days. But if you just need a jump-start or a quick fix, it’s a good way to pick up the pace for a week. – quoted from Changing Shape

I am puzzled at why I can eat bananas on certain days, tomatoes the next, beef on others and why the drinking of cabbage soup tapers off at the end. Still, it’s an interesting diet and weirdly enough, I like cabbage soup a whole lot. So there. I put this here mainly for myself (for ease of reference) but if anyone has any comment on this, let me know. I’ll update on my progress. Just for fun.

I wonder what cabbage farts smell like though? And at the end of it all, will I smell like boiled cabbage?

Tune in for the answer to this, and more.