Monthly Archives: December 2011

How is the 17 Day Diet really 68 Days?

Because of math, duh.

A friend asked me to try the 17 Day Diet  with her to start 2012. My husband said he would be on board too.

Now before you get your panties in a twist about me breaking promises about crazy diets, let’s look at the facts first. The “diet” is a method of encouraging healthy eating, promotes the consumption of lean proteins and veggies, helps wean you off caffeine and sugars, and incorporating daily exercise. Um, I don’t see anything wrong with this.

It even comes with a workbook to help keep you on track! Hmm, sounds an awful lot like a food diary. Again, nothing wrong with that.

So what’s with the 17? The diet is broken down in to four 17 day cycles. (4×17=68. oh, math, right) The first cycle is more restrictive to help detox and wean  you off sugar and caffeine. Each cycle reintroduces foods to your diet and includes “cheat days”. The last cycle is for maintenance. Sort of eating for a way of life.

On average people lose about 10 lbs in the first cycle and about 5lbs during the second cycle. As an average, that sounds pretty reasonable.

Let’s do this thing. Starting now! Wait, it’s still 2011? Gufaw! Ok. Next week.

Let’d do this thing. Prep now.


Hello, my name is Heather, and I’m a Pinterest addict.

In today’s earlier post I forgot to mention I discovered Pinterest. It’s like an online bulletin board where you can post pictures, books, recipes, links to crafts, DIY, etc. I spend far too much time on this site. But you know what, it makes me happy. And I’m creating quite the little motivation board. Most of the the pins come from other weightloss or fitspo sites. I’ll be sure to share some juicy tidbits on here.

Bottom line, a Pinterest addiction is better than a food addiction.

Back in the saddle again…

….because I’d rather hold the reins than just ride along in the wagon. Boom! Original quote. Write that down.

So where the hell have I been this past month? Um, losing my mind. No matter how hard I try I end up being a stressed out zombie from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

I have continued going on walks with Heather and during lunch.

I made about half my Christmas gifts this year and bought the rest.

Made a birthday cake and cupcakes. I’ll post some pics under the Art section.

Worked quite a bit of overtime amidst the end of year craziness. Cha-ching!

Discovered and fell in love with Jenna Marbles.

Failed at being Martha Stewart bc I made no cookies this year or a bunch of fruitcake, then two weeks later decided I was cool with that.

Did some awesome seasonal nail art.

Volunteered at World’s Toughest Mudder. So awe inspiring. Those are like the 1% of the crazy 5% that do Mudder to begin with.

And wrapped it all up by eating a truck ton of food this past week between parties, Christmas Eve and Christmas.

This week I’ll be getting back to normal and allowing my stomach to shrink back to a normal size. Next week it’s time for resolutions and to step up the pace. T-minus 10 months.

What Insulation?

I just finished up my weekly walk with Heather. I’d say a good 3.5 miles. It was getting colder as we walked. I turned on the heat as soon as I got in the car and could feel it soaking in.

I need some caffeine to do some extra work tonight so I stopped at Starbucks. And hot liquid. I walked in with chattering teeth and I could feel that my arm fat was still cold! I am wrapped in a layer of cold fat. It’s like how it takes the solid fat on top of home made soup longer to heat up than the liquid part.

I bet Heather’s skinny frame got chilled faster, but I bet she also warmed up sooner. And she has soup to go home to. Mmmmm, soup.

Backyard Bird nails

So I made a fatal error with the Christmas light nails and added too much glue and glitter and not enough topcoat. Everything that was on top of the flock just peeled off. Oh well, good effort.

That gave me a good opportunity to come up with a new design. I’m pretty excited when I do original designs instead of mimicking something I’ve already seen.

I’m a bit of a geek. I’m an environmental scientist, so it comes with the territory. I also spend alot of time outside and like to be inspired by nature. I present my Backyard Birds.


Yes, that is a squirrel on my ring finger. Very good!

And for those of you just learning, there is also a blue jay, male cardinal, tufted titmouse, and a goldfinch. Goldfinich! Shout out to Jersey.

It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas nail art

I was decorating the tree last night and was inspired to do these. I still need to clean up around the cuticles, but I was tired by the time I was done. It’s hard to see in the photo, but for the background I mixed iridescent white micro glitter and white flocking so it looks very snowy.

Word of the Day: Fitspo

Over the weekend I discovered FITSPO. I had previously heard of thinspo, which is websites and blogs devoted to anorexic looking girls with ribs and hip bones popping out as inspiration. While looking for a little motivation I searched   thinspo and came to Let’s Do This Together. It is covered in pictures of healthy looking foods, women with some definition, and inspirational messages for getting healthy. Not just getting skinny.

I started clipping photos, searching for similar things, found a great postcard to stick on the inside of my kitchen cabinets.

After following some hyperlinks I realized how many more of these are out there. Have a visual of realistic goals and putting them into words is a great motivator.

It certainly helped me over the weekend. When I went out on Saturday night instead of going for the chicken fingers, I got a gianormous salad with balsamic, because the flashcards of motivators was going through my head.

Even though my schedule during the day got turned around, I still went out for a walk. On Sunday I met up with a friend for a run, and made similar plans for later in the week.

With healthy support and motivation from myself, friends, and the internet, I can make this happen.