The 17-Day diet actually has 3 17-Day cycles: Accelerate, Activate, and Achieve. I'm still on Accelerate. But, I'm down 8 pounds! That's 32 sticks of butter. According to the book's guidelines, I should weigh about 25 pounds less than I weigh right now. That's going with the "large-boned frame" weight range. I'm pretty sure that my bones are large enough to qualify. I feel sorry for people who are 5'2" and have small-boned frames. The chart shows that they should weigh in at 98 pounds. Yowza! I'm still on the the Accelerate cycle because I've taken a break from the diet for a total of 5 days between a Santa Fe trip and Valentine's Day.
In my kitchen there sits a lovely box of chocolates that Alan ordered from Dean and Deluca for my Valentine's Day surprise. Well, there are actually 3 boxes of chocolate. I gave him a box of Dove dark chocolate chocked full of antioxidants. He gave me the heart-shaped box of chocolates along with a box containing a 6"X6" slab of Dean and Deluca dark chocolate sprinkled with tiny bits of dried rose petals and lavender. Right now, it's 10:12AM, and I am savoring a lovely chocolate from the heart-shaped box. It's called the "Charlotte." Each of the chocolates in the box has a lady's name. The Charlotte is a milk chocolate heart filled with apricot and basil ganache.
These are the chocolates I've enjoyed since opening the box at dinner last night:
- Hannah - a mysterious dark chocolate lady filled with burnt caramel and topped with a bit of Hawaiian sea salt
- Kelly - a triangle-shaped lovely filled with strawberry-lemon-thyme ganache
- Helena - an irresistible coconut truffle rolled in toasted coconut
- the aforementioned Charlotte
Miss Sophie with her fresh squeezed lemon marzipan and Elizabeth's passion fruit-ginger ganache topped with crystallized ginger will go missing within the hour. I scoffed at the 3 Potato Gratin that we served to "the mothers," Helen and Mary, on Sunday night. A large order of french fries limp from the fryer glistening with sparkling sea salt would hardly rate a second glance. But, the siren's call of the delicate chocolate beauties that are tucked into their form fitting plastic beds inside the heart-shaped box is too powerful for me to ignore.
I hereby add a 4th cycle to the 17-Day Diet which will be known as Chocolate [pronounced: chok - oh - LATE]. During this cycle, one will alternate between Accelerate and Chocolate each day. On Chocolate days, breakfast will include a demitasse cup filled with rich sipping chocolate topped with a toasted marshmallow. For lunch, a large piece of chocolate meringue pie will be accompanied with a 5"X5" square of lasagne. Dinner will include a large slice of chocolate cake with chocolate icing and/or a large scoop of Sheridan's chocolate frozen custard. The entree: chicken enchiladas.
I'll get back with you on my cycle 4 results.