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Starting “Craig Diet” & My Meal Plan

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PS – There are two rather annoying typos in this post of which I can’t fix! BOO!!!  Five points for all of you who figure them out!!! SORRY!


T-minus double digits to Disney.  It is crunch time.  Time to put up or shut up.


Should I keep going?


I do not want to spend a million dollars on an awesome vacation only to hate myself in all my pictures.


I loved Weight Watchers and it really does work, but nowadays, I want something a little different (Sorry Gina).  A Jump Start, if you will.    Something that requires Zero thinking.


It is time to call in the big guns….


Craig Diet, as I lovingly call it, is my husband’s tricks to lose weight.  You can read up on all the tenants of the diet, but just remember, he isn’t a doctor or anything, he just knows stuff.    Besides, this is just a ‘jump start to weight loss’ kind of thing to get me motivated and help curtail some of those bad habits (like eating a peanut butter cup at 5:15 AM when I get up).



Did you know the average stomach is the size of a closed adult fist?  Much smaller than a Large Double Cheeseburger Meal with a Giant Coke from McDonalds.


Craig’s theory is you need to ‘shrink’ your stomach back to its normal size, so he likes to eat something small every few hours for the first few days.  He also thinks this will start to ‘rev’ my metabolism.


Here is my “average” day



The dinners I have planned are far from exciting, but can do the job:

4 Dino nuggets

3 Ravioli with Sauce

Lemon Chicken

½ Chicken Roll from the Pizza Place

Chicken Fajitas


This is the plan.   The first day or two I definitely feel hungry, but by day three and four, the smaller size servings do fill me up.  I will let you know on the 21st how it played out.


I need to confess – I had one of these last night…. Beware… They are out there… Waiting….  I thought I only had to battle these demons during Easter!


Does anyone have any Meal Plans for the week?  Or a Diet named after their militant husband?

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Organization : Weight Loss Chart & Menu Plan for the Week

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Well, it’s Monday.  That means it is time to weigh myself. 

And shake my head, curse for wasting another week, yadda yadda yadda. 

Story of my life.  (I am working a kinder inner voice)


 I created this handy 12 week weight chart.  Why 12 weeks?  Why not.


 Actually, it coincides with how long my pal Myra will be out on Maternity with her little man Averie.  (Hope you are enjoying yourself Myra! I miss you!)


So, now I have no excuse.  Since I don’t have a lunch date, I have been bringing my own lunch.  I am working on incorporating Craig Diet (we have spoken about this before and I am sure you will hear about it again). 


In an effort to keep myself on track, I created this printable Weight Loss Chart (here it is in excel and here it is in pdf form if you don’t have excel). 

I even laminated it so I can’t complain it got wet, dirty, or suffered some other tragedy that would render it useless.  (I also look for any excuse to use my laminator- or the plastic machine as the boys call it)

And see, I even hung it up on my cabinet in my kitchen -for all to see.  Isn’t that ballsy?



To be honest, it has been a slow start.  I am into week 1 and I am down a pound.  However, to be completely transparent, I have been cheating with my old nemesis Chocolate.  It is very hard to resist the call of the Siren.


Here is the Menu Plan for the Week:

Breakfast : Homemade Instant Oatmeal

After Breakfast Snack : Fruit

Lunch: Salad with Easy Lemon Dressing (Will be posted next week – so easy but I have to pace my posts…)

After Lunch Snack: Homemade Popcorn / Pretzels

Dinner : Lemon Chicken with Veggies (I am on a Lemon kick…)

After Dinner Snack : Veggies


Seems like a lot of food, but they are all small portions.  Let’s see how it goes…

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The Tenants of Craig Diet – Revisited

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The boys giving you 'The Look' when you fall off Craig Diet.... :)

Remember, none of these statements has been evaluated by anyone with a medical degree.  This is all just my brilliant but militant husband:

 The Keys:

Volume : The idea is to shrink the size of your stomach & retrain  yourself to eat a ‘normal’ portion, not these goliath portions we are used to.

Frequency: Eat often to get that metabolism going.   Every 2-3 hours is a good guideline.

Avoidance  :  There is no chocolate, fast food or soda /ice tea(diet or not) for the next two weeks.   Also, no exercise (nice….) 

The Sample Menu for the first two weeks:

Wake Up : Handful of Cereal to get something into that stomach

8:00 AM : 1 cup cereal

10:00 AM : Banana

12:30 PM : 1 slice High Fiber Bread with peanut butter.  Apple Juice or Glass of Milk

3:00 PM : Small Snack like pretzels, baby carrots, etc

6:00 PM : Small Sensible Dinner (4 dino nuggets, small dish of pasta & veggies)

8:30 PM : Small snack similar to 3:00 PM.


One heavy glass of red wine is fine with dinner. (SWEET!)

For all the snacks, try to work in fruit and veggies…not always pretzels and wheat thins, etc.  Regulate amount of actual food (volume) intake…not calories.  Obviously a handful of baby carrots is better than wheat thins, but variety will make it feel less like a diet.

If you “need” to go out for lunch, that’s fine.  Eat non fried items.  Have PB for dinner or equivalent light meal.

 Craig’s comments for when you reach the two week mark:

You can work on the mental side.  It sucks to be on a diet…it’s no fun if you’re constantly thinking about what you can eat and what you can’t.  If you have dinner plans, go out and have whatever you want.  And Craig really means whatever!  Burger and shake…sure.  Pasta and problem.  Just be smart about the volume of food.  Eat small portions.  Obviously, you can’t do this a few times a week, but once a week is fine.

 Also do not eat if you’re not hungry.  Sounds silly, but I think this is a problem with a points system.  People with leftover points always want to spend them.  This never made sense to me.  And then the items they spend it on is usually something bad like candy or cake or whatever.  You’re not dealing with the vice…you’re actually helping it stick around.  I also think the body is not on a daily system…more of a weekly or even larger system.  That why eating out is no big deal once in a while. 

Once you do this for a while, your metabolism should be so good that you can add in some cheats.  This is working the mental side again.  It will be ok to have some ice cream or a donut or whatever once in a while.  Just don’t have three donuts or 5 scoops of ice cream in one sitting.  Portion control!  At the same time, work in a balanced diet with veggies and fruits, meat, dairy, and carbs.

 Craig’s thoughts on Exercise:

Work on the body first to get metabolism going.  Do not exercise for the first two weeks.  Your body will have a hard time adjusting…don’t add to it by exercising and making yourself more hungry.  After two weeks, work in exercising.  Not the same routine every day.  Walking/jogging or gym or sporting activity.  This is hard because of time.  Not important to be every day…couple of times a week…even if it’s a short amount of time just to get the heart rate going.  I’m a fan of “tricking” the body.  Getting into a jogging routine of two miles every day will eventually get the body into craving that exercise.  If you mix it up, your body won’t depend on it.  You’ll also need to increase your calories to deal with the exercising.  A little bit more volume of food with lunch and dinner and they can be higher in calories.  Need to be balanced with portion control.


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Craig Diet Weigh In

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I weighed in before I started Craig Diet & I am happy to report I stayed the SAME! 

Some may not feel this is cause for elation, however, I know how much chocolate I have eaten lately.  To me, it was shockingly great!

And, to celebrate, I tried an old pair of jeans on.  They fit! I am totally sporting a muffin top, but I was just so happy the pants closed. 

Overall, I feel motivated to tackle Craig Diet.

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Tenants of Craig Diet : Temporarily Removed

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So, I removed my post about Craig Diet – he is going to help me with all the angles…..

Instead, I leave you with a picture of my little ones on Halloween…

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And So It Begins… Starting “Craig Diet”

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The only time I lost a really significant amount of weight was when I used Weight Watchers in conjunction with what is lovingly referred to as “Craig Diet”. 

My husband lost 30 pounds in 8 weeks following this plan… but he is crazy…

There are a couple of key components to his diet:

  • It is a “jump start” to weight loss
  • You start revving your metabolism by eating every 2-3 hours
  • You eat small portions to “shrink the size of your stomach”
  • No Chocolate
  • No Soda
  • No Fast Food (Pizza is not fast food, although you are only allowed one slice)

I should note: My husband has no medical degree, but as he so often says, “He Knows S$%!)

Here is my menu for the next 3 days:

6:30 AM : Handful of cereal (.5 points +)
8:30 AM : 1 cup Special K (3)
10:00 AM : Banana (0)
12:00 PM : 1 Slice Toasted Rye Bread (2)  with Peanut Butter (2) & 6 oz Apple Juice (2)
2:00 PM : Cup of Edamame (2)
4:00 PM : Peach (0)

So, I would have eaten 11.5 points + before dinner, leaving 17.5 for dinner & a evening snack.

The first 3 days were the worst, but then, it gets better.  Update Thursday….

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