Cinch Day 2

Hello world.  Lots of new activity on the diet blogs today – I guess everyone is researching their New Year’s Resolutions!  If you decide to follow the Cinch diet plan, join the conversation and let’s help keep each other motivated! 

Day 2 went well, although I woke up very tired and sluggish.  I guess it’s my body’s reaction to the lack of complex carbs.  However once again I was not hungry between meals, which is still a big surprise considering this detox phase is only about 1,100 calories per day.  Meals 1 (scramble) and 2 (parfait) were the same as yesterday, but I decided to reverse 3 (salad) and 4 (smoothie).  For one thing, a smoothie seems better as a late afternoon snack rather than dinner, and I wanted to actually sit down and have a plate of food with my husband!  I also decided not to make the actual salad today, but instead eat the ingredients separately.  I sliced up the egg and sprinkled it with pepper, then sautéed the 2 cups of spinach with a little vinegar, and had the raspberries and almonds as dessert.  Yum!  Isn’t it amazing how much spinach shrinks when it’s cooked?  The plate below is actually a saucer!

Another thing I noticed today – frozen raspberries shrink when thawed!  Dieter beware!  Since this phase is built on eating exactly the items and quantities described, it’s important to watch your portions.  I tried to buy exactly the right amount of product at the grocery, but noticed today that I was running out of raspberries too quickly, and those babies weren’t cheap!  So I poured a bag that is supposed to be 2.5 cups frozen into a measuring cup and discovered that the thawed product shrunk down to almost half – 1.3 cups!  So to even things out, I cut down on my dinner portion and will portion them out while still frozen tomorrow. 

Although I haven’t had any significant cravings, it has been a little tough to prepare two meals – one for me and one for my husband.  Plus, I realized that I’m bad about nibbling as I cook.  I caught myself several times going to clean the spoon while fixing one of his meals, but thankfully caught myself each time.  I suppose it would be even more difficult with children, and I have a new respect for mothers out there who try to diet while juggling multiple meals for their family. 

So below is the temptation I had to deal with at dinner while I munched on my egg and spinach, a low-cal / low-carb spaghetti bake.  Although it probably looks sinful, it’s actually not as bad as you might think.  I used shirataki noodles (“the miracle noodle” – no calories, fat, or impact carbs!), beef, light pasta sauce, and light cheese on top.  The shirataki noodles are pretty similar to regular pasta in texture, although a little rubbery.  You can do a Google or YouTube search for them if you want to learn more, or click on the picture below to see th store where we get ours online.  Supposedly they are also sold at Asian grocery stores, but I prefer to purchase online rather than running around town for a single item.   My husband is a “meatitarian”, so I have to do what I can to help keep him healthy since I don’t think he’ll ever agree to eat my “rabbit food”.  Ha ha ha. 

Shirataki Noodles - "The Miracle Noodle"


Despite being sluggish today, I managed to get in 30 minutes of cycling (indoor bike trainer), plus some push-ups, dips, and sit-ups.  Although the Cinch plan is supposed to work regardless of exercise, it’s still recommended that everyone get a minimum 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day.  I love to workout, so this aspect of dieting has never been a problem for me.  Turning down a plate of brownies is another story, but so far that temptation has not struck.  Hopefully my sweet cravings will subside, as promised in the book, before I go back to work on Monday.  Afterall, I work for a restaurant company and there’s always food around! 

Good night.

Hump Day

Why do they call Wednesday, “hump day”?  Actually, I know why, it’s the middle of the week, getting over the “hump” until Friday, but it just doesn’t sound right.

Anyway, it’s Day 9 of my healthy eating experiment.  Other than a brownie binge on Sunday night, I’ve been doing great!  I managed to survive all this time without touching the candy jar in our office, and it gets a little easier every day.  My goal is not to swear off bad food forever, just to get over my cravings and find some healthy balance.  I figured it would take my body 2 weeks to rid itself of the sugar cravings, so techinically I’m only on Day 3 since I slipped up Sunday.   But as most trainers / nutritionists will tell you, a bad meal once a week is OK, so I’m not beating myself up over it.  Besides, I’ve had kick-ass workouts almost every day and I’m pretty sure I burned those brownies off on Monday!  I’ll be eager to check the scale on Friday, although I also have to remember that this is a slow process and it might not have moved much.  Even the slightest change is motivation enough to keep going.  A few months ago, I declared to be 130 (lbs) by 30.  I failed miserably at that, gaining a couple pounds with a month-long sugar-fest, but discovering a gorgeous dress that was just a tad small gave me new motivation to get back on track, and here I am.

I used this picture a while back, but it seems appropriate to post again…