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The GoPicnic diet: Nixing the newlywed 15 - part 2

Read my first post about the GoPicnic diet here.

Day 1
Well, it’s Day 1 and I’ve already run into a problem. Silly me placed my GoPicnic order late and my meals won’t arrive until tomorrow. Oops. Rather than cut the diet short (I can’t exactly change the “70 day diet” into the “69 day diet” without feeling like a porn star, which is so not my intention), I figured I’d work the snafu into my master plan. Because I have one of those, you know. A master plan, I mean. And it’s big. To keep on track, I’m designating today a fasting day.
It comes at a pretty good time, too, because how did I spend yesterday when I should have been gearing up for this challenge? By eating. A lot. Mostly half-priced Cadbury Creme Eggs. (I curse that delicious fondant filling.) All that face-stuffing did not help the situation when I registered my starting weight this morning. My nutritionist told me what’s healthy for me and this is not it. The Newlywed 15 is officially the Newlywed 16.6. Man, I’m a mess. Which brings me to this: I’m not going to tell you my weight. Not because I’m super embarrassed, which I am, but because we’re all working against our own demons, you know? So rather than punch in numbers, I’ll keep a tally of pounds lost per week above a running total. And fingers crossed, that total will be running.  
I also took “before” photos this morning. I’m so not brave enough to share those yet because I kind of, um, look preggers. Like, five months preggers. At least. Which is weird because a friend of mine had a baby yesterday and her stomach looks smaller than mine. Sigh. I’m ready for this. I’m kind of hungry on this fast…but I’m ready for this.  

Day 2

Breakfast: Strawberries
Lunch: GoPicnic Peanut Butter & Crackers (with Peanut Butter & Co. products, woo hoo!)

Dinner: GoPicnic Steak Nuggets & Cheese
Snacks: Raisins, apple, mixed veggies, whey protein

Success! Meals arrived and I’m super excited to start on this little journey. I’ve been trying to get healthy for months but I get so caught up in the calorie counting and point designations and that-tastes-like-ugh feelings that I’ve given up. I’m also five feet tall and small boned, so even thinking about a cookie makes my thighs expand. Which reminds me: I love cookies. But anyway. Both these meals were awesome and I’m feeling good.
Day 3

Breakfast: Pineapple
Lunch: GoPicnic Salami & Cheese

Dinner: GoPicnic Tuna & Crackers
Snacks: Strawberries, carrots, tomatoes, apple, whey protein

So you know those overnight studies where people get tested for sleep disorders? I rocked one today. Apparently it’s uncommon to wake up five or six times a night for, say, almost 30 years straight. Who knew? The picture’s not the greatest quality—I can appreciate that the sleep technician who took it was kind of busy doing her job—but case in point that you really can enjoy GoPicnic meals anywhere. Oh, also: let's not discuss my hair.

Day 4

Breakfast: Raisins
Lunch: GoPicnic Salmon & Crackers

Dinner: GoPicnic Steak Nuggets & Cheese
Snacks: Spinach, strawberries, carrots, corn, whey protein

Holy mother of…mothers. The butter-crunch toffee dessert in the steak nuggets meal is ohmygod good. It’s super rich so eating more than what’s included would just be painful. Okay, “painful” is a strong word. More like awesome-going-in-but-less-awesome-once-it’s-smacked-onto-your-hips. So maybe “painful” was right, after all.
Day 5

Breakfast: Orange
Lunch: GoPicnic Salami & Cheese

Dinner: GoPicnic Peanut Butter & Crackers
Snacks: Watermelon, blackberries, blueberries, green beans, sweet potato, whey protein
Ahem. I discovered, in a heartbreaking moment of staggering genius (no Dave Eggers’ were harmed in the writing of this post), that I can use the cheese from the salami meal as a sweet potato topping. Totally brings it to the next level and really rounds out the feast. I almost didn’t have room for dessert. Almost.
Day 6

Breakfast: Melon
Lunch: GoPicnic Steak Nuggets & Cheese

Dinner: GoPicnic Turkey Pepperoni & Cheese
Snacks: V8 (counting this as a vegetable), carrots, strawberries, melon, whey protein

My delicious co-worker tried to thwart me with delicious home-baked cranberry bread. (That’s right, Barbara. I called you delicious. What of it?) This is waaaay too early to be one of my cheat days. Viva la resistance.
Day 7

Breakfast: Banana
Lunch: CHEAT #1
Dinner: GoPicnic Turkey Pepperoni & Cheese
Snacks: V8, apple, watermelon, carrots, spinach, whey protein

I feel light as a feather, stiff as a board (minus the stiff as a board part, I think) but the scale is a way better judge of my pudge than I am. Luckily, the scale agrees. I lost 4.2 lbs this first week! Lots of water weight, I’m sure, but that’s still awe-freakin’-some considering this has been pretty easy so far. But because life isn't easy, I had to make an executive decision today. I went to a bris--ohmigod, hate watching babies cry!--and in the excitement of it all, totally blanked on dropping a GoPicnic into my bag. I was going to skip the meal and just chow post-snip, but it was at Ben's Deli and hello, it's kind of sacreligious to refuse food at that place.

Nine weeks to go. Hoping it flies. 

Lost this week: 4.2 lbs
Lost total: 4.2 lbs
Amount until goal: 12.4 

*I am not affiliated with GoPicnic in any way and have not been compensated for undertaking this diet.

What do you think? Does it seem like a realistic diet? Anyone want to jump on this—or any other healthy eating plan—with me (just check in with your doctor first, please!)? Power in numbers! Post your results in the comments section and let’s all stay inspired.
Rachel Eddey finished her first memoir, Running of the Bride, and is waging a campaign to get it published. Because, you know. It's not too terrible a read. Please join the revolution.

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