Diets, Digest Diet, Food, Health, Life, Readers Digest, Weight gain, Weight loss
Yes, I did it! I reached my implicit goal: to get my weight below 200. I now clock in at 199 pounds 8 ounces, for a grand total loss of 9 pounds 6 ounces. Yay me! Yay Digest Diet! Let’s recap, shall we?
I started the Digest Diet three weeks ago, weighing in at 209 pounds 4 ounces. I’m a 56-year-young thyroid cancer survivor with a job where I spend most of the day sitting in front of a computer in my home office. If you were paying careful attention, you can count three significant factors in that previous sentence: age, the loss of the body’s metabolism regulator, and lifestyle. These factors gave rise to my weight gain over the years. My issues with weight have been pretty consistent: I’ve needed to lose a good bit of it, and I’ve lacked the proper motivation.
There’s no motivator quite like telling the world what you’re up to. I believe one reason I’ve found success on this diet is because I’ve checked in a couple of times a week—not just here, but also on the Digest Diet Twitter hashtag (#DigestDiet) and their Facebook site. The community of Digest Dieters in the blogosphere has been incredibly supportive, as have the staff at Readers’ Digest.
If you’ve been tracking my progress, you’ll recall that my explicit goal was to lose 15 pounds. Although I fell slightly more than five pounds short of that goal, I’m satisfied with my results. The big deal for me, at least psychologically, was not to see the numeral two leading off the numbers of my digital weight. I cannot tell you what this means to me. I also went down a bra size, too. (I’m not much for measuring myself—I’ve always sort of gone by how my clothes fit and look on me—so I don’t have those stats.)
But let’s take a look, shall we? Here are my before and after pictures:
When I tell you that this is the best diet I’ve been on, these are the indices I used:
- I continually lost weight. I might have plateaued a day or three, but I never reversed direction. The trajectory was down, down, down. And I hope you can tell from the photos, but the sleeve on my shirt is looser than in the first photo, the girls look more reined in, and one of my middle bulges is nearly gone.
- My self-esteem trajectory was up, up, and up.
- I had more energy. It was easier to take extended walks for exercise—at minimum one mile—because I didn’t get winded and my knees didn’t hurt.
- My skin has more clarity.
- With one or two rare exceptions, I’ve absolutely loved every recipe I’ve prepared from this book—so much so that I plan to incorporate almost everything I tried into my regular routine. And here is the answer to the second question in my headline: I’m not done. Not by a long shot. Not only do I not want to see weight creep again, I want to continue this pattern of healthy eating. And I promise to check in with you down the road to let you know if I’ve done so.
Here’s what I cooked for dinner the other evening, toward he end of the diet. My husband loved this, and so did I.
I’ll try, before the end of the week, to share the recipe for this pasta dish. Coming from someone who is half-Sicilian, you know you can trust me when I tell you that this satisfied my pasta fulfillment requirements.
Now, three minor caveats about the Digest Diet:
First, it will help enormously if you love to cook, don’t mind cooking frequently, and have access to a good market with a wide array of produce, seafood, and the occasional esoteric item, such as almond oil. Fortunately, I love to play in the kitchen and a fabulous market recently opened up within walking distance of my home, so I enjoyed pulling these recipes together. But do note that there is a time, labor, and shopping factor involved here, and this diet will require a level of commitment that must take those factors into account.
Second, I’m not sure I would have been as successful on the diet if I were working full-time away from home. The flexibility that being self-employed gives me enabled me to weave the demands of frequent cooking, shopping—and yes, eating—into my day. You’re eating five times a day on this diet, not three, so those with a different daily schedule might find it all a bit challenging. If you are willing to be more organized and dedicated, you’ll do fine. Trust me. Two days into this you will want to keep going. When you see the results and experience how you’re starting to feel, you’ll find it’s worth spending the extra time in the kitchen and at the market.
Finally, there are no guidelines in the book about eating out in restaurants while you’re on the diet, something that my husband and I do about twice a week. (We just avoided restaurants for the duration.) I did, however, find a page on the Readers’ Digest website that addresses this issue. Perhaps a subsequent edition of the book could incorporate the great information on the website.
Last Friday I had a lunch meeting with a client, my first foray into a restaurant since starting the diet. I chose a tossed green salad with feta cheese, grilled chicken, walnuts, and cranberries in a raspberry vinaigrette. I ate some of the cranberries but felt they might have too much sugar, so I left most of them on my plate. Once you’ve been on the diet for a week or so, you’ll get a sense of what foods to avoid and what foods will help you continue to release those damn fat cells.
Would I recommend this book to someone struggling with weight? In a New York minute! I have tried so many diets throughout my lifetime, and nothing—I repeat, nothing, compares to the Digest Diet in terms of results. At no time did I feel I was starving or denying myself of something delicious to eat.
Do you believe that some things in life are just meant to be? I do. I was meant to go on this diet, right now. Here’s the sign the universe sent to tell me so. Do remember the chocolate chip/coconut/walnut cookie from my first Digest Diet post? You know, the “Royale” from Richmond’s Café Caturra? Here’s a photo to refresh your memory:
The restaurant doesn’t make this cookie anymore. They changed distributors and no longer have access to the required ingredients. Now if that’s not a sign from the gods, I don’t know what is.
(Just don’t ask me how I know.)
13 Things You Didn’t Know About the Digest Diet
The Digest Diet: Day 18 and Wow! The Loss I’ve Seen
A Fat Releasing Salad that’s Good and Good for You
The Digest Diet: Day 13 and Slowly Getting Lean
The Digest Diet: It’s Day Eight and I’ve Lost Weight
The Digest Diet: Day 3 and 2 Pounds Free
21 Days of the Digest Diet: Days 1-4, There’s a Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
Buh-Bye, Cookie. I’ll Be Blogging it Off With the Digest Diet
Linda Grashoff said:
Debby Baron said:
Congrats! You did it! And your food photos are so good, they’ve probably inspired others to get on the Digest Diet–or at least to cook and eat healthier. That pasta dish makes the restaurant cookie look boring. I can’t wait for the pasta recipe!
Ginger Kay said:
Well done! I’m happy for you!
Thank you! I’m so glad I took this diet on; it feels life-changing. I really appreciate your taking the time to read and comment. Cheers!
Shazam! Fantastic results, you’ve inspired me to get the book 🙂 Why haven’t I subscribed before? Clearly .. I’m an idiot!
Just hit the “follow” btton.
MJ, thanks so much for checking out my blog, and for hitting that follow button! I’m so happy to welcome you here. And the book is amazing. I’m still doing the diet (a softer version but have lost another six ounces), and I really love the way it’s managed to incorporate itself into my lifestyle. You’ll love the book, I’m sure.
Thanks again and enjoy the blog!!
You look great! You’ll have to help me order something Digest Diet-worthy on Monday.
I was planning on opting for a salad. Having you along will keep me honest!
Thanks so much for readin’ & writin’ in!
Mmm, hoping the salad nicoise is Digest-worthy.
I’m sure it’s eminently DD-worthy. Now the Croque Monsieur that I love so much….not so much. See ya soon!
Stillblondeafterall (@stillblondeaaty) said:
Just wanted to say I’m thrilled with your progress. Keep up the great work!
Thanks, SBAATY! I intend to keep going with it.
mindy trotta said:
Congratulations to you! Sounds like it was just the initial push you need to start you on your way.
Thanks so much, Mindy! Really appreciate your stopping by the blog. Yes, the Digest Diet is an excellent fire-starter, if you will. The weird thing is, and I think I’ve mentioned this in an earlier post or comment, I do NOT feel a craving for sweets or rich food. That said, I’d love to try some of your desserts sometime. Maybe if I walk to Cambridge from Richmond I’ll have earned some! Cheers, Marci
Marci, congratulations on such great results! I lost 8 lbs and am also continuing on with the guidelines from the plan. The amount of cooking and prep was not good for me;
I also felt it was expensive but probaby only because we were following the plan’s 21 days in order versus mixing and matching based on sale prices.
Hi Kay! Thanks so much for stopping by, and for sharing your experience. As I note, there is a lot of cooking and prep, and I seriously doubt I would have done as well if I didn’t work from home and could run downstairs to stir soup or the like. I also found it expensive, but largely because I wanted the best, freshest ingredients so I did a lot of my shopping at Whole Foods. However….and you knew this was coming, right? My husband and I used to eat out two to three times a week. We didn’t enter a restaurant until the very last day of my diet. We saved tons of $$ by not eating out, so I think the scales (welcome to pun central) evened out. I wanted to experience as much of the variety in the book as possible, so I was cooking a lot; now I’ll cook and we’ll enjoy the leftovers, something we do anyway. I’m glad to hear of your success and wish you the best as you continue on! Cheers, Marci
Walker aka The Diva said:
Congrats! and thank you for being bold enough to share weight and photos. Losing weight is so hard at this age so any recommendations we get are wonderful.
Thanks so much for taking the time to write, Walker! It did give me pause to share the before and after photos, and the dreaded number, but once I overcame my fear I realized that doing so was a motivator in and of itself. Thanks again for stopping by! Cheers, Marci
Way to go!! I’m on day 12 right now and I feel the exact same about the energy and confidence. Great points about the cooking. I have to go buy something about every other day, but I think as I make this a part of my life, that many of the “strange” grocery items, will just be a staple in my home now.
Thanks for writing in, Jenna! So glad to hear you’re having the same experience with the diet. (I now have a dedicated space in my cupboard for quinoa!) Best wishes on your DD journey!
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Sharon Greenthal said:
Great job, Marci! Maybe I should give this a try.
IMHO, you surely don’t need to, Sharon. But it’s an awfully healthy way to eat—that alone commends it. Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!
Alana Kelley (@alanakelley) said:
I loved reading about this, Marcy. And you look great!
Thanks Alana! I think you’d love the recipes. (I made brownies the other day using a recipe from the book. Very tasty.) Honey is a frequent ingredient in these recipes, and a ‘fat-releaser.’ I’ve come to love cooking with honey. Now I get what Judy Collins was singing about all those years ago. 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Rachel Peters said:
Wow Marci! That is great! The dishes you have made look delicious! Keep up the good work!
Rachel—it’s wonderful to hear from you! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog. Please say hello to everyone back in the “OC,” and good luck in the contest!
I like your honesty, and your results!!!!
Thank you, jmk! I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to write. (I like the results, too.) Cheers, Marci
What a great accomplishment, and way to go for the future. I looked up the book in the library and it has a VERY long wait list… we’ll see if I can get hold of one! Good luck!
Thanks so much for taking the time to write. I really appreciate it. I’m not surprised to hear about the wait list. Good luck to YOU—your comment just entered you in my book giveaway. Cheers, Marci
Karen Williams Taylor said:
You have inspired me. I’d love to try it.
Karen! I’m so glad to know that. Good luck with it—and good luck with the contest!
I always like to read about a diet thrt some one has had success. Really!
Thanks Haralee! This one works. Really!
barb haley said:
you look awesome congrats on your significant weight loss.. I have been following you this whole timeand You have helped metomake the decision to try thisdiet… wish me luck
That’s wonderful to hear! Wishing you the very best of luck, Barb Haley! Thanks so much for following my journey, and taking the time to let me know. There’s a Facebook page for the Digest Diet if you want some extra support. All the best to you!
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