My husband and I began following Jorge Cruise's "Belly Fat Cure" plan in March of 2011. Needing to keep my motivation up, and also wanting an archive to read back over, I decided to join the legion of those people already tracking their progress.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Irene Hit Hard

Good morning everyone, I'm back after losing power for a week thanks to Irene passing through our area and attempting to drag all our trees behind her. I've never had such a hard time with a power outage, and I think '87 was the last time we lost power for more than a day. Even in the 2003 East Coast outage we had our power back later the same day it went out.

So even though I attempted to stock up with soup and such, we had nothing to eat by the third day, and the entire fridge was wasted. We began eating and showering at the shelter set up at our high school, and so there was little way to avoid eating the usual 'healthy' fare of fruits and carbs. My husband and I agreed not to stress it - we were stressed enough! - and just resume our diet after life was kind enough to return to normal.

We capped it off last night by having Chinese Food after the power came back on, since our fridge was empty and our local grocery store had also lost power (and product) for most of the week.

So I was unsurprised this morning when I stepped on the scale and saw I'd gained 4.6 pounds. I imagine that will mostly fall off quickly if we return to the plan with haste.

So back to F-Factor cereal (17g of fiber, work your magic!). I considered making myself some eggs and bacon until I remembered there was nothing but an echo in the fridge. I did stop at Starbucks on my way into work, and had them make my "Breve" latte with heavy cream (they have no Light Cream) and a triple shot. No, I don't plan on making this a habit - the more 'customized' your coffee, the more it costs, anyway! But I wanted SOME kind of reward this morning, and it was a $5 coffee or a $35 pedicure. ;)

I had planned on finishing my Chinese food today for lunch but with the Heavy Cream in my coffee I'd better stick to the plan today. I'll probably get a flatbread sandwich from Dunkin Donuts for lunch, or maybe a couple tacos from Taco Bell.

We are going to the Cheesecake Factory tomorrow for an early dinner. I'll probably have a couple bites of someone's dessert, but mostly I'm looking forward to a repeat of the salmon and asparagus I had at a Cheesecake Factory last summer in New Jersey. We were in a hotel room without a fridge then, so I didn't get to take my leftovers with me, and that has haunted me to this day. That's why we waited for the power to come back on to go!

Now that we have to restock everything I am hoping to make very good choices at the grocery store. Maybe start by shopping directly off of a Jorge week's menu. Though I find his choices are typically very low in fiber, so we'll see if I don't end up modifying it.


  1. Oh No! You had such rough week! We were lucky here and only lost our electricity for 9 hours. In 2003 when Hurricane Isabel came through we lost our electricity for six days - so I can relate (except I wasn't on the BFC then). Soon after Isabel we bought a portable generator to keep our refrigerator running during outages. We have used it numerous times over the years.
    I'm always amazed at how fast the pounds can come back on after taking weeks to get them off! Why is that?! Sounds like you're getting right back on track though and will be back down in no time. Hope this week is MUCH better for you in every way!

  2. I'm sorry that you had to go through all of that! The closest thing we have ever had to that was an ice storm when my kids were little. My hot water tank was gas, so we had hot water, but that was it. We roasted hot dogs in the fireplace and I would use a blow dryer and do my hair at work. Leaving the house when it was freezing with wet hair is something I won't forget!
    Hopefully it will be a memory for you:)
    You will get back on track if you start right away. I found after our brief vacation that I kind of kept up my bad habits for over a week and I gained a couple of lbs that haven't come all the way back off. I know it will, but it gets frustrating:)
    And I agree whole heartedly with Beth, it takes so long to come off, and it comes back so quickly! Jump back in!!!

  3. I also feel his meal choices seem fairly low on fiber. That's the main reason I have yet to use one of his meal plans. Personally, I usually pick a fiber source for the week (like chia or flax or something) and base my meals/snacks around using that. Everything else just falls into place from there. Good luck getting back into routine!

  4. Hey girl, you all on the east coast are having a tough time the past week. The worst we have out here in California is hot weather over 100.
    I'm sorry about the weight. That just shows us how bad it was to eat the way we did before BFC. Don't worry, when things get back to normal you can go back to BFC eating and that lbs will just fall back off. Don't stress..
    Try to have a good weekend :-)