15 Weeks. 15 Pounds. I Did It My Way.

Happy New Year!

Since you asked…maybe you didn’t…maybe you wanted to…maybe only one of you asked…anyway, this is how I lost 15 pounds in the last 15 weeks of 2016.

Note: I’m not a medical professional. AND, this is just what worked for me. You gotta do you.

Note: It wasn’t a pound a week. It was more like…a 1/2 pound the first week, then 1 pound a week for the next six weeks and then 1.5lbs / week…then just 1/2lb / week.

Note: Some weeks it was zero pounds. That’s OK.

Note: I didn’t exercise. I mean, more than normal. I always get in 10k steps per day and do some treadmilling. But besides that – really nothing.

OK, enough of that. Here we go.

Wait. Last warning. It’s really boring. This was the most boring food regimen in the world. I was bored. People I know are bored of it. You’ll be bored.



FRUIT. Usually just Fruit. Strawberries or Mangos or A Banana or 1/2 a Grapefruit.

fruit. diet. strawberries.

Six Strawberries. More filling than you think.

Maybe 6 strawberries. Yes, just 6. No scientific reason to the 6 – it’s just that I don’t love strawberries and 6 was all I could take


Oatmeal – 1/4 cup dry, microwaved with 1/2 cup of water and a pinch of salt then drizzled with honey – no photo needed. I don’t love oatmeal – but it fills you up and the quick oats are a 2 minute deal in the microwave.


Scrambled Eggs

  • Two eggs scrambled with 1 tbsp of butter.
  • No milk
  • Shredded sharp cheddar
scrambled eggs, perfect scrambled eggs

Perfectly scrambled. Topped with cheddar cheese.

Or – Liquids. just Liquids.

Pricey Green Juice or a Vega One Protein Shake

Vega One. diet. weight loss. lose 15 pounds

Green Juice from Equinox’s Juice Bar and a Vega One Vanilla shake with frozen strawberries

The Green Juice is a product of the juice bar at Equinox – spinach, kale, green apples, green grapes, ginger, fennel, cucumber, celery.

To the French Vanilla Vega One shake I added  (surprise!) 6 small frozen strawberries – you can get bags of them pretty cheap at Whole Foods – the 365 brand – water and a splash of almond milk, if I had some on hand.

Lunch. Every Day. Every damn day.

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Salad. Always with the salad.

  • Arugula – a healthy handful – I don’t love greens, but I do like Arugula – it’s an angry, bitter green
  • Diced chicken breast – about 1/2- 1/3 of a breast
  • Diced Cucumber – about 2 inches – I like the English/seedless cucumbers for I am lazy
  • Diced Yellow or Orange Pepper – about 1/4 of a pepper – any color would do
  • Diced Cheddar Cheese – about 1/3 inch of a 2inch x 2 inch brick – I get the organic Whole Foods cheddar because it’s pretty affordable and has a good shelf life
  • 1 TBSP Sunflower Seeds – sometimes raw, unsalted, sometimes roasted, unsalted
  • 1 TBSP Slivered Almonds – Whole Foods 365 brand
  • 1 TBSP Dried Cranberries minced – for sweetness – these are big in the fall and have a 12 month shelf life – so I bought in bulk at Gourmet Garage
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Newman’s Own Lite Italian Dressing


tuna fish, tuna salad, weight loss, diet

More angry greens and diced cucumber, a little tomato, 1/2 a hard boiled egg and a tad of cheese

1/2 can of White Meat Tuna in Water with stuff – sometimes Arugula, sliced cherry tomatoes, 1/2 a hard boiled egg, diced cheese, diced cucumber.

Sometimes with 1/2 an Avocado, 1 whole hard boiled egg.

Drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette – again – my go to here is the Whole Foods lite balsamic vinaigrette dressing.


Protein Plus Vegetables

Swordfish and Something – Avocado or Edamame or Baked Sweet Potato Fries

swordfish. diet. lose 15 pounds

I covered the swordfish in minced shallot, lemon zest, EVOO, salt, pepper and baked at 425 for about 15 mins. The edamame is from a sushi order the night before – most likely

Or, Chicken and something

chicken, zucchini, diet, lose 15 pounds

Perfectly roasted chicken breast with lemon & thyme and deliciously season pan seared zucchini

Or an Amy’s California Veggie Burger topped with cheese and a side of baked Japanese purple potato fries  – they’re just purple on the outside. But super sweet. Try ’em.

Amy's veggie burgers, diet, lose weight fast

Amy’s California Veggie Burgers – good especially when topped with cheddar and a side of baked sweet potato fries

Did I ever go out to eat? You’re wondering. Well, yes I did. I just ordered smarter and ‘on the side’ became my catch phrase. Like these grilled Baja Fish Tacos from Rosa Mexicano – I just had all the sauce on the side and mostly just ate the fish and slaw. Delish.

pescatarian. Rosa Mexicano, fish tacos

Fish Tacos – with everything ‘on the side’

Did I ever cheat? Well, hells yes – that was the key to my success. Cheat meals. No, I didn’t schedule them – they just happened. Like this – the secret Carbonara Pizza at Nicoletta downtown.

Nicoletta, ny pizza, diet

The fried eggs on top make it! Yes, you’re seeing bacon, and spinach too

Or these late night Potato Skins at a dive I’d rather not mention – relax, I shared them 🙂

potato skins, diet, cheating

Just look at all that cheese!

Did I ever order in? Yes I did. I just stopped lazy ordering – read – no more eggplant parmesan (OK, maybe I ordered that once) and no more Cheeseburgers..except a few. Mostly, if I ordered in it was sushi…Including Tempura – a little tempura never hurt anyone..

sushi, diet, vegetarian,

Spicy Tuna Roll, Edamame and Shrimp & Veggie Tempura – yum.

But, for the most part – my meals looked like these:

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Fruits, a lot of Chicken Breast, a lot of Avocado, tons of grilled veggies, a frittata here and there, a veggie burger or several

In no way am I saying that I lost the weight the right way. I just did what worked for me. So Happy 2017. And, remember to always do you.



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