I have now completed two weeks of the Ten Years Thinner diet and exercise plan, by Dr. Christine Lydon, M.D. I get to start eating legumes this week, so I have white chicken chili going on the stove right now!
First off are the numbers:
Weight lost in week two: 4 pounds
Total weight lost: 9 pounds
Inches off in week 2: Thigh 1/2, Hips 1, Stomach 3/4, Arm 0, Chest 1.
Total inches off: Thigh 1, Hips 1, Stomach 1 1/4, Arm 1/2, Chest 3 1/2
Week two consisted generally of more chicken, fish, eggs and various vegetables. I tried out a few fruits that I rarely eat, such as star fruit, and today I bought a fresh pineapple. I always loved my veggies, but I never was a very good fruit eater. This diet seems to be changing my habits in that regard.
Now that I am starting week three, I get to add legumes to the diet. That really makes it easier to work with some foods such as canned soups. Unfortunately, however, I noticed that most of my favorite vegetable soups still add corn to them, which isn't allowed for a couple more weeks.
One odd thing that happened is that I may have discovered a food allergy. I had quite the full blown allergic reaction to my chicken soup, which ended up with me swelling up, breaking out in hives, and running for the Benadryl! Fortunately it went away fairly quickly once the antihistamines kicked in. Right now celery is the top suspect, because it has the potential for strong allergic reactions, I rarely ate it before, and I put a lot of it in the soup to replace the missing potatoes. But the nuts and the star fruit are also potential suspects. Figuring out the culprit with certainty might be an interesting process.
The exercise program has been going well, but I definitely still feel the need to add a few more exercises onto the end for my gluteal muscles. Of most interest to me has been how week my abdominal muscles had gotten. When I started, I could barely do 10 crunches. Now I am up to 20 or so, which is still hard for me. I guess taking a year off from pilates and Irish dancing shows! I have started dancing again, so improving my abs will also improve my dancing skills.
I will post another update next Wednesday. Until then, for those doing the diet or who are considering it, here is a good white chicken chili recipe that is compliant beginning in week three. I estimate that about 6 servings can come from this:
White Chicken Chili Recipe
One package of grilled chicken breast strips (I like the southwest seasoned ones), or several handfuls of chopped leftover chicken breast meat.
One small onion, chopped
Low sodium chicken broth (about one box)
Two cans mild green chilies
One can diced petite tomatoes
One or two cans canelli beans
Spices: cumin, ground coriander, garlic power, chili powder, garlic powder, cilantro: about 1/2 tsp each
Saute chicken and onion in olive oil. Add chicken broth until fully covered and soupy. Also add the can of tomatoes, cans of chilies and spices. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes. Add one or two cans of beans and additional broth as needed. Add further seasoning to taste. Bring to a boil, simmer for 5 more minutes and serve. The chili can be simmered longer to further steep the flavors if desired. After week four, a small can of corn can also be added to this recipe.