Just Call Me Popeye, Day Three of the Cinch Diet

Sometimes even I think I am a little odd. Since Monday I have only eaten five foods:

  1. almonds
  2. plain non fat yogurt
  3. raspberries
  4. spinach
  5. eggs (or tofu)

This is very different than my usual five foods list:

  1. wine
  2. beer
  3. nutella
  4. toast
  5. butter

Why, you might ask, am I doing this to myself? Because I swore that I would finally lose the baby weight this year (for those keeping track, the girls turned four in February.) And I totally fail at exercising at exerting any kind of self control over my food intake. Last week I saw Cinch, the hot new book about the Cinch diet, at the library and decided to check it out. But unlike my usual diet book perusal where I read them then return them without executing any of the diet plan, I decided that I would give it a whirl.

And it hasn’t been that bad so far. Let’s not get crazy, I miss drinking and I felt a little foolish when I brought a salad over to a play date today because the timing meant I needed to eat right when I got there. But I feel full and the variation of seasonings has kept me from getting bored.

Actually the bored part is the biggest takeaway. I think I need to be a bit more bored by food. I love food with a passion. A passion that’s dangerous for my waistline. I completely believe that it’s fine to have your favorite foods, I was just having them a bit too much. I’ve also realized that I am a total unconscious eater. I constantly am having to stop myself from tasting while I cook, finishing off the girls’ plates, or running my finger through spilled honey. These two things are my takeaways so far. We’ll see Saturday if any weight gets added to the takeaway pile.

Oh and one more thing, I have totally learned to like tofu. This in itself is an accomplishment and perhaps makes this whole experiment worth it.

By the way, though it seemed like every blogger in the world was given a copy of Cinch a few months ago I was not among them. I am proof that word of mouth marketing works however. Feel free to use me as a case study.


  1. I couldn’t do it this week- with the moving and all. So I sadly won’t be losing the last of my baby weight before the conference next week. Sigh. I was good with eating this week though- except I made cake for Chuckles’ birthday. But I am trying to be strong from now until Thursday.
    I am so impressed that you have been sticking with it. I need to try it in July.

    • Dear POPEYE:
      I wasn’t sure if you lasted the 5 days on the Cinch Fast Forward…if so did you lose the typical 8 lbs. Seems so drastic. Like you I like beer, pizza, etc – hence the need to lose some wt. Just wondering how your results have gone and if this is worth the hype. Just saw it on Rachael Ray today.

      • I lost about four pounds but gained them back quickly. However, I feel like it did change my appetite and attitude towards food so I think it was worth it. In the two weeks since then I have lost two pounds without being on any kind of diet (we’re traveling.)

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