The diet that is working…

Hubby has lost 15 on my guidance, I have lost 13, and we are 20 days in.  Many of you have asked for the plan…so here is what we have done so far! Basically, it’s the Lindora program without paying the high cost, and not getting their B-12 shots.  It can be done without going to their clinic!  Here is how.

Portions are small…fyi…and lean.  This is not Atkins eat a bunch of bacon kind of thing.  It’s tougher, but it is working for us the way it should.

First three days:  lean protein only, 6 small meals a day.  We ate eggs, lowfat cheese, high protein low carb bars (gluten free are tough, Atkins Coconut or 1/2 of a Pure Protein bar for me), lowfat cottage cheese, soy nuts, lean meats like steak or pork chop. Most are familiar with this kind of metabolism jump start?   It’s about 1500 calories and 10-15 total net carbs per day.  No starch no starch no starch.

After those first three, rest of week are what we call Menu days,  with one “protein day” per week.

This is what today will entail, use as a great example:

Breakfast: egg whites with cheese and veggies, hubby has one piece whole wheat bread with I can’t believe it’s not Butter, g-free me has a brown rice cake or 1/2 grapefruit

Snack: 1/2 a protein bar (low carb) chopped up with 1/8 c. soy nuts mixed like trail mix

Lunch:  out at Marie Callender’s, we will share a salad with lettuce, tomato, chicken, green veggies and red and yellow peppers, and bring my own g-free low carb dressing

Snack: string cheese and a small apple

Dinner:  Meat, cheese, tomato sandwich wrapped in lettuce with chopped asian cucumbers on the side

Snack:  Low carb ice cream:)


80 oz water per day, your coffee counts.

walking 10,000 steps per day.  We get this by stroller walking, wii fit, whatever it takes.  We miss sometimes but we shoot for it daily.  He has been spinning twice a week. My bladder cannot spin;)  I walk, walk, walk, and type standing up sometimes to make sure I don’t sit too much.

Alcohol:  Avoid.  If we do, he has a scotch on the rocks, I have a vodka on the rocks, or a glass of red wine.

Snacking or parties:  we will snack on nuts and veggies whole time to avoid big no nos!  Last Sunday was slices of red and yellow peppers, cucumbers, pepitas, soy nuts, and cherry tomatoes.

We avoid high carb fruits and veggies like potatoes, corn, bananas, pineapple, raisins.  I do believe these foods are good for you, and more fruit and veggies get worked in later.  But the plan above goes for 6 weeks.  More grains and fruit comes in on Week 7 and 8.  Then we start all over until goal weights are reached!

It has worked for me twice before.  Baby, Celiac Disease, stress and forgetting to keep my body moving happened. 🙂  This photo taken at my start weight.  I have lost 13 so far, and will post a new pic when I hit 20 pounds, which according to plan should be by Super Bowl Weekend!





  1. Carole Stoltenberg said,

    January 26, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Wow Heather………….. this sounds like something I could DO! How do you feel emotionally on this diet? Deprived, depressed, low energy, HUNGRY? I think that has been my downfall in every other diet I have tried. Keep up the good work, you’re doing a fantastic job with that kind of weight loss!

  2. samayazmom said,

    January 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I feel so fantastic and positive. Interesting I was motivated to start this blog a week or so into the diet? Almost like I’m feeling so positive and more myself already! I still take prenatal vitamins daily so I know I’m getting lots of B-complex which really helps keep me keep away from depressing thoughts. On this diet, I feel lots of energy as long as I’m not missing snacks. I don’t feel hungry. I do miss things like popcorn with movies with the kids…so they eat the popcorn and we chop up some veggies, or we ask them to sit out of reach, whatever helps. One does need to watch their breath on this diet…so much protein can make for bad breath. A big help for me and hubby is to support each other and do it all together. A partner in crime really helps!

  3. Zaneta said,

    January 26, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Keep it up, Cousin!!

  4. Erin said,

    January 26, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Tim and I have done Lindora twice, poorly. It makes me go a little nuts. I lose all ability to concentrate, and I get uncharacteristically irritable. I almost cried when the time came to do a protein day again. We couldn’t hack it.
    It does make one aware of how much one eats though, what a portion size really is, and I have to admit, I dropped weight pretty quickly. That is, until I broke and ate a bunch of pasta.
    You and Karl are made of stronger stuff than we, it seems.

    • samayazmom said,

      January 26, 2010 at 8:39 pm

      you are so beautiful and don’t need this diet anyway!!!

  5. Gilberta said,

    February 1, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Keep up the good work from your no help Mom who loves all things fat. Sorry my beautiful girl.

  6. May 11, 2010 at 11:44 am

    The stroller walk is a must for any post-pregnant woman 🙂

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