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Kristin Tries Bob Harper's "The Skinny Rules" (SUSPENDED: I WILL START NEW JOURNAL JANUARY 1)

Posted by on Aug. 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM
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I've been trying to bust through a plateau since April. My latest effort begins today. I love Bob Harper of The Biggest Loser fame, so after reading his "The Skinny Rules" book, I thought I'd give it a try. Here are the "rules".. they are better explained in the book. Some are not as restrictive as they sound.

1. drink a large glass of water before every meal--no excuses!
2. don't drink your calories
3. Eat protein at every meal--or stay hungry and grouchy
4. slash your intake of refined flours and grains
5. Eat 30 to 50 grams of fiber a day
6. Eat apples and berries every single day. Every. Single. Day.
7. No carbs after lunch
8. Learn to read food labels so you know what you are eating.
9. Stop guessing about portion sizes and get it right--for good.
10. No more added sweeteners, including artificial ones.
11. Get rid of those white potatoes.
12. Make one day a week meatless.
13. Get rid of fast foods and fried foods.
14. Eat a real breakfast.
15. Make your own food and eat alt least ten meals a week at home.
16. Banish high salt foods.
17. Eat your vegetables--just do it!
18. Go to bed hungry.
19. Sleep right.
20. Plan one splurge meal a week.

8/20/12 weight: 161
8/27/12 weight: 158
9/3/12 weight: 157.5 
9/10/12 weight: 157
9/17/12 weight: 155.5
9/24/12 weight; 155
10/1/12 weight 153.5
10/8/12 weight: 154 (DH's birthday... enough said)
10/15/12 weight 151.5 (woo-hoo!)
10/22/12 weight 149.5 (bye bye 150s!)
11/12/12 weight 149.5 ... STUCK
11/19/12 weight 147.5 ... UNSTUCK big smile mini 
11/26/12 weight 147.5 (since this is after Thanksgiving... I am good with just maintaining this week)

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KCisPaulsMom
by Bronze Member on Aug. 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Day One:

Current Weight: 161 pounds
Goal Weight: Somewhere between 125 and 135... we'll see how I look/feel.

Workout - Mondays are always my rest day

Breakfast:
black coffee (this will take some adjustment)
16 ounces of water
greek yogurt
a little (probably 1/4 cup) of raw granola
1/2 cup blueberries

Midmorning boost
16 ounces of water
cucumbers
tablespoon of hummus

Lunch
One slice turkey meatloaf
Big veggie salad with lite Greek dressing

Mid-afternoon power boost (planned)
16 ounces of water
4oz lowfat cottage cheese
apple

Dinner (planned)
16 ounces of water
Salmon (grilled)
lots of veggies

KCisPaulsMom
by Bronze Member on Aug. 21, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Day Two
August 21, 2012

I think #19 will end up being the hardest for me because the amount of sleep I get is not in my control. I have a 14 month old who is teething... and often wakes up at night needing a pacifier or oragel. This is especially hard during the week. If I exercise, it has to be at 5am or it's not happening at all.

I obsessively weigh myself every day. But for this journal, I will only record my weight on Mondays.

Workout: P90X Legs and Back
*This is probably my favorite workout. I know some folks are not so fond of Tony Horton but I LOVE him.
Recovery Drink: Lowfat Chocolate milk
*I don't always have a recovery drink, but I felt kind of wobbly afterwards, so I thought this would probably be a good idea.
Water: 10 ounces

Breakfast:
Black coffee
16 oz water
Oatmeal mixed with tons of fresh raspberries. This was SO good!

Mid-morning boost:
16 ounces of water
apple
one tablespoon natural peanut butter

Lunch:
only 8 ounces of water because I feel like I'm drowning
one serving of ak mak crackers (5 crackers)
3 oz tuna
salad

Mid-afternoon boost:
pear
WW 1pt. string cheese

Dinner:
Water
Red Wine (1 4 oz glass)
Half roasted ancho chile
1/2 cup beans
1/2 cup corn
I think I may have fudged a little bit here, but we were at a restarant. I didn't eat any chips or rice.

choco_mom
by Bronze Member on Aug. 21, 2012 at 9:54 AM

These are great and alot of it is common sense, I do alot of this but why would you want to go to bed hungry, I cannot do that, if I am then I have a hard time falling aslepp.

KCisPaulsMom
by Bronze Member on Aug. 21, 2012 at 10:20 AM

 

In the book, he better explains that rule. Basically, he doesn't mean go to bed starving, but go to bed feeling like you have room enough in your stomach for a snack. He believes that if you don't have tons of carbs in your belly when you go to sleep that it allows your body to release the hormones it needs ofr better sleep. Additionally, he believes that it burns more calories. For dinner last night, I had salmon and veggies. I felt satisfied with that, but I could have easily eaten a small bowl of ice cream (I didn't).

Quoting choco_mom:

These are great and alot of it is common sense, I do alot of this but why would you want to go to bed hungry, I cannot do that, if I am then I have a hard time falling aslepp.


megthompson920
by Member on Aug. 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

These are awesome! I'm going to write down the list and keep it on the fridge and give it a try. Currently, I'm counting calories and working out 5x a week at the gym for 1-1.5 hour a day. I'm losing, but these sound like great healthy things to incorporate into daily life!

KCisPaulsMom
by Bronze Member on Aug. 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Yeah, I decided to give this a go because I hit a plateau with my weightloss. I am hopeful that I will finally bust through.

Quoting megthompson920:

These are awesome! I'm going to write down the list and keep it on the fridge and give it a try. Currently, I'm counting calories and working out 5x a week at the gym for 1-1.5 hour a day. I'm losing, but these sound like great healthy things to incorporate into daily life!


KCisPaulsMom
by Bronze Member on Aug. 22, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Day 3
August 22, 2012

I guess I have consciously or subconsciously edited Rule 10: No more added sweeteners, including artificial ones. I have stopped putting sugar in my coffee and tea, but I did eat sky.r this morning which has sugar in it. Also...when eating oatmeal or plain greek yogurt .. I put a little honey. I suppose if I get stalled again that I will have to reconsider this.

Workout:
Turbo Fire 45
Ab Ripper X
Drink:
10 ounces of water (no milk today)

Breakfast:
coffee
16 ounces of water
Bare Naked Granola (1/4 cup)
Strawberry Sky.r
1/2 cup of strawberries

Mid-morning Power Boost
16 ounces water (I'm SWIMMING)
cucumber
2 tablespoons of hummus (only 50 calories... WOW)

Lunch
Water
3 Turkey meatballs
raw veggies (carrots, grape tomatoes and red bell pepper)
peach
 
Mid-afternoon Power Boost
Tropical Fruit Larabar (OMG good)

By this point... I should have had 8 glasses of water, but I've only had 6. I just need to stop for awhile.. I have to pee every 15-20 minutes and my kidneys feel like they're being squeezed.

Dinner:
Water
Wine ( 4oz)
Pork chop
Veggies

KCisPaulsMom
by Bronze Member on Aug. 23, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Day 4
August 23, 2012

Holy crap! I went to bed feeling like I could have a snack (per the rules), but I woke up STARVING. So, I decided to add some extra protein to my breakfast this morning. I'm really trying to hold off on having a cheat meal until September 2. That's the day my husband is taking me out for our anniversary (8 years).

Workout
Core Synergistics
Water

Breakfast
black coffee
water
oatmeal
peach
one egg
2 turkey sausage patties

Midmorning Power boost
None

Lunch
water
salad
ak mak crackers (5)
tuna

Mid afternoon Power boost
Water
2 Van's frozen waffles topped with natural peanut butter

Dinner
Water
chicken stir fry
NO RICE (honestly.. I didn't miss the rice)

 

KCisPaulsMom
by Bronze Member on Aug. 24, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Day 5
August 24, 2012

Today is my meatless day. I am actually kind of excited about it because I get to eat a two egg white/one egg spinach, mushroom and feta omlette for dinner. I'm kind of proud of myself because I am focused enough about my diet that I am now getting more comfortable with eating something different than my family for dinner (even if what my family wants is healthy), but doesn't necessarily measure up to Bob's rules. DH is working tonight. So, I am feeding my boys... Hebrew National All Beef (no junk) hotdogs with baked beans and fruit.

Workout
Water
Turbo 55
Ab Ripper X

Breakfast
Water
black coffee
vanilla sky.r
Bare naked granola
peach

Mid-morning Power Boost
Water
Pear
One cheese stick 
 
Lunch
water
tofu and veggies in black bean sauce
NO RICE

Mid-afternoonPower Boost
Larabar

Dinner
Water
veggie omelette (2 egg whites 1 egg)
1 c tomato soup

 

 

KCisPaulsMom
by Bronze Member on Aug. 27, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Day 8
August 27, 2012

Starting weight (8/20/12): 161
Current weight (8/27/12) 158


Well, my whole family had some kind of malady this weekend.. so I didn't journal. But, I am still proud to report that I have lost THREE pounds!!!

Here's how I'm doing with all of the rules:

1. drink a large glass of water before every meal--no excuses!
I'd say I got this one right about 5 days out of 7
2. don't drink your calories
Got this one 100 percent.
3. Eat protein at every meal--or stay hungry and grouchy
Got this one 100 percent
4. slash your intake of refined flours and grains
Definitely got his one
5. Eat 30 to 50 grams of fiber a day
This was an easy one.
6. Eat apples and berries every single day. Every. Single. Day.
Berries yes... apples no. I ate apples on some days, but subbed out with other fruits on other days. I"m not sure that this counts as a cheat because the goal of eating these two items is to improve fiber intake which I did very well with.
7. No carbs after lunch
Yep. I think this is what really helped me lose 3 pounds.
8. Learn to read food labels so you know what you are eating.
no problem
9. Stop guessing about portion sizes and get it right--for good.
I can't say for sure, but i must have done pretty well.
10. No more added sweeteners, including artificial ones.
I fudge this one a little and put honey in my oatmeal and my yogurt 
11. Get rid of those white potatoes.
Check
12. Make one day a week meatless.
Yep
13. Get rid of fast foods and fried foods.
I had Boston Market yesterday, but I ate roasted chicken, spinach and green beans 
14. Eat a real breakfast.
Yep
15. Make your own food and eat alt least ten meals a week at home.
Yep.
16. Banish high salt foods.
Had Chinese food on Saturday. Salt bomb.
17. Eat your vegetables--just do it!
Oh yeah... I ate A LOT of vegetables.
18. Go to bed hungry.
Yep
19. Sleep right
.I did the best I could, but this could have been better.
20. Plan one splurge meal a week.
Nope. I'm waiting until Sunday, September 2 (my anniversary) for my first splurge meal.

Workout
P90X Chest, Shoulders, Triceps (holy push-ups, batman
water

Breakfast
Water
Coffee
eggs
Turkey sausage
oatmeal
Strawberries
1 percent chocolate milk
This is bigger than usual because I will not get to have one of my snacks today because of my schedule.

Lunch
tuna
ak mak crackers
pear

Mid-afternoon Powerboost
Larabar

Dinner
Turkey
green beans

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