Maybe Mayo: a quest to lose 10 pounds after a decade of decadence

All my life I’ve been rail thin. That is, until somewhere between after college and turning, say, 24. From then on, the weight magically appeared; even had the nerve to stick around. Terrible work schedules, 8-hour sedentary shifts, little sleep and lots of stress now all stand charged as accomplices to the torturous murder of my metabolism. The result: 10-15 extra pounds I can’t seem to lose.

Seem is the key word. In all honesty, I probably haven’t been trying hard enough. So with a renewed determination and heightened sense of accountability thanks to the public nature of this blog, I’m giving myself a new challenge:

Lose 10 pounds in one month.

Why not the 15? …Let’s just say all fat isn’t bad. With that said, my goal is to tone up, trim down, and once and for all, obliterate these 10 pounds.

My game plan is to follow the Mayo Clinic Diet AND workout.

Mayo Clinic Diet: I’ll be following two different versions of the Mayo Clinic Diet. #TruthMoment: I need meal variety in order to not cheat. Not sure if it’s the control freak in me that needs options or what, lol.

                Here’s the first meal plan: click here for instructions

  • Breakfast.  A fruit yogurt parfait (1 cup fat-free yogurt mixed with 1 serving fruit).
  • Lunch.  1 serving tuna and pasta salad (combine 1 can water-packed tuna, 4 cups cooked shell pasta, 2 cups diced carrots and zucchini, and 4 tablespoons low-calorie mayonnaise — serves 4); 1 small orange.
  • Dinner.  One-third of a 12-inch crust cheese pizza; green salad (2 cups lettuce with 1/2 cup sliced tomatoes, red onions and mushrooms); 2 tablespoons fat-free salad dressing.
  • Snack.  1 small apple, sliced.

You can include a calorie-free beverage with each meal.

Here’s the second meal plan: click here for instructions

  • Breakfast.  1/2 grapefruit or 8oz unsweetened juice, 2 Eggs any style, 2 Slices of bacon, Black coffee or tea, no sugar
  • Lunch.  1/2 grapefruit or 8oz unsweetened juice, Salad and or raw veggies (any dressing, {not low fat or fat free}), Meat (Cooked any way)
  • Dinner.  1/2 grapefruit or 8oz unsweetened juice. Meat (cooked any way) Vegetables (any green or red, may be cooked in butter or Seasoning or a salad as above) Black coffee or tea, no sugar
  • Bedtime.  (opt) 8oz Tomato juice or skim milk

Work Out:  I’ve been working out with a boot camp style group for several weeks. We meet three times a week. However, in order to reach my goal, I’m going to have to step it up. Working out must take place at least 30 minutes to an hour daily.

I’m giving myself one month (March 9) to achieve my goal. I’ll post weekly updates. Stay tuned.