Monthly Archives: June 2018

Potato Diet (on pause)

We’re taking a little pause on the potato diet. I plan on doing it again. Maybe for a cycle, three days on, three days off or something. I have some goals to achieve that I just can’t do while only eating potatoes. Plus, Father’s Day is Sunday and I really want to enjoy some nice, grilled salmon!

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One of those goals I mentioned is reaching my 100th class in Pure Barre! I’ve noticed I’m just way too weak and I get way to hungry while also trying to work out. I did lose two pounds in the four days that I did this round of the potato diet, which in my opinion is pretty good. I finally hit 150 (I weighed 161 at the beginning of the year) and got out of my weight-loss hump. I have 5-10 more pounds to lose before we leave for vacation in July.

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We got a new fridge today, so I’m going to stock it up with a ton of fruits and veggies! No more bringing crap home! Well… at the moment.

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Potato Diet Day 4

Day 4

My cravings are starting to settle down and instead of wanting sweets, I’m wanting a nice fruit smoothie. Which would be a shock to people who know me because I hate fruit. I’m thinking our fridge going out might have been a blessing to my diet (partly). Once we get the new one in, I can stock it up with healthier items. I’ve decided I’m just going to do this diet until Sunday. I have a busy schedule coming up where I’m not going to be able to be as strict with my diet and it’s also been very hard for me to work out while on this diet. I’ve been debating trying on Keto once I return from vacation next month, we’ll see!

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Breakfast: One red potato, diced into small pieces with reduced sugar ketchup. Basically the only way I’ve been eating them for breakfast. This morning I seasoned them with garlic powder and our Grill Mates spice.

Lunch: Same as breakfast. Had another Chewy bar in order to not be too hangry at work.

Dinner: Two normal potatoes, sliced like wedges with reduced sugar ketchup.

One scoop of Muscle milk protein mixed with water because I worked out a little bit and went on a walk.

It was a boring food day, but hey, I’m running out of ways to creatively prepare potatoes. Today, I was in a rush because I couldn’t meal prep┬álast night, so I just chopped a bunch of potatoes and went with it! You do what you ‘gotta do!

Potato Diet Day 3

Day 3

I’ve noticed I have a few more followers of the blog since I started the potato diet, so I’d like to say welcome to you guys today! I hope you follow along on this journey with me. Last night I was feeling like giving up on this task, but ya’ll are making me feel more accountable for my meals (which is a good thing). Last night I was VERY hungry and ended up eating a Chewy bar, but I don’t feel bad about that, my body needed something and it was better than the donuts I was craving.

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I have noticed a headache coming along, I think that’s more so from stress. I’ve been slightly irritable but, also, probably stress caused. Last night our refrigerator and freezer broke down, causing everything to thaw out and melt onto the kitchen floor. But here’s the bright side, potatoes don’t need to be refrigerated! Though, I’m kind of skeptical of today’s meal prep. We’ll see…

I also couldn’t help myself and weighed in today. I’ve already lost 1.8 pounds! Woo! This finally gets me out of the weight-loss rut I’ve been in for over a month. That feels great!

I’ve been watching some YouTube videos from a women who has done the potato diet a few times, so if you’re looking for some inspiration, check her out! She has some good videos on how to cook them too!

 

 

Breakfast: One average sized potato chopped in chunks and seasoned by my husband with about five tablespoons of reduced sugar ketchup.

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Lunch: Today’s lunch was more of a snack that I munched on all day. I baked two potatoes and made them into wedges with garlic salt only. I also used my trusty reduced sugar ketchup.

Add a 70 calorie snack bag of Pirate’s Booty popcorn as a snack.

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Dinner: Dinner was one red potato mashed along with a Chewy granola bar because I had to run an errand right after work.

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Daily potato count: 4

 

Potato Diet Day 2

Day 2

So, it’s Monday… and after waking up I wasn’t too thrilled about the idea of only eating potatoes today, especially after having so many temptations come up yesterday after dinner. I’m addicted to sweets. I was binge-watching The Good Place with my husband and the characters are constantly eating froyo. I wanted anything but potatoes this morning. I also had to remove my Facebook app from my phone because of all those random dessert ads you occasionally get. I’ve gotten so desperate to get rid of the ads that I’ve been yelling ‘potato’ into my phone so ‘big brother’ will take the hint that I’m on a diet (you know your phone is always listening.)

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There is a good thing about eating only potatoes, I don’t have to worry about what I’m going to eat, because I can only eat potatoes. The only decision I have to make is if I want them mashed, baked, ect.

 

So here’s how day 2 went…

 

After yesterday’s double workout of barre and some weightlifting, I decided to take it easy and not workout today. My┬ábum was killing me from barre!

I’ve come to realize that this is going to be more of a mind over matter type of diet. I keep letting my head get the best of me, thinking about tomorrow’s meals and the next day instead of just eating every potato as it comes at me.

 

Breakfast: Two servings of the breakfast potatoes that we pre-made on day one. I ended up eating half of them before work and had the rest as a mid-morning snack with a little bit of the reduced sugar ketchup.

 

Lunch: Two medium sized red potatoes with two tablespoons of butter. I added the butter because I went a little too crazy with the spices.

I also was still hungry while at work, so I had a Fiber One brownie which was 90 calories.

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Dinner: Two average sized red potatoes and one small red potato mashed. Had another Danimals smoothie that’s 80 calories because I don’t want them going bad before this diet is over.

 

Daily Potato Count: 6.5

The Potato Diet Intro + Day 1

Taking a little break from the book blogging to focus on my health. I’ve gained some weight, but have also lost some but now I’ve plateaued a bit so I’m going to try something new, my husband will be joining me on this new diet as well and I’m kind of excited because it includes my favorite food: potatoes.

Yes, the potato diet and no, potatoes are not bad for you. I’m not going to go into the nutritional facts because I’m not a dietitian, but from the research we’ve done, potatoes only get a bad rep because they’re usually fried or loaded up with bad things.

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We got the idea to go on a potato diet from Kevin Smith, who recently had a heart attack and went on this diet and lost a decent bit of weight.

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I get it, it sounds crazy eating only potatoes but it’s worth a shot! Worse case scenario, I gain weight and get sick of potatoes. So, I’m going to go on a potato only diet for 21 days, the rest of June (or at least until I leave for a book convention at the end of June, it’s tough to eat a special diet while at a con.) If this doesn’t work, I’m going to jump on the Keto diet.

So, here are the guidelines for our new diet:

  • You can only eat potatoes, they can’t be fried or slathered in bacon, butter, and/or sour cream.
  • You can have a protein shake after a workout in order to get more protein in.
  • Since we can’t have sour cream, butter or oil, we can add whatever spices we want.
  • No drinking your calories! Water is your bff.
  • I’m allowing myself 5-10 potatoes a day.

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I’ll be journaling/blogging everyday and posting pictures. I’m going to share a before and after picture on the final post.

My day one starting health stats are the following:

Weight: 152.6

Waist (at my muffin top): 42.5 inches

Actual Waist: 37 inches

Arms/biceps not flexed: 12.5 inches

Chest: 41 inches




 

Day 1

 

Breakfast: Two small Idaho potatoes chopped and baked in the oven, tossed with garlic salt, Grill Mates and Big Axe Spice. About a table spoon of reduced ketchup over top of them.

On the baking sheet we have about four diced potatoes. This was for me and my husband and we made another sheet for tomorrow’s breakfast also.

 

About an hour after breakfast, I went to Pure Barre for their classic workout. I was very hungry when leaving barre, so I came home for another potato and then did a little lifting with my husband. He’s trying to help me on my upper strength with some barbell exercises. He kicked my butt!

Lunch: One smashed red potato with Tony’s seasoning. One scoop of chocolate Muscle Milk mixed with water.

I also had a snack that was not a potato because cravings started to kick in. I had a 80 calorie Danimals smoothie drink. Yes, it’s day 1, but I had been eating potatoes for two days prior to this in order to get my body prepared.

Dinner: Two small Idaho potatoes, no skin, with a table spoon of light sour cream on each. I had one around 3 to hold me over until later that night. I hate going to bed hungry.

 

Today’s potato count: 5