I’m done with my first week on the Slim-Fast plan. Slim-Fast sent me two weeks’ worth of products to try, so for seven days I’ve basically been following their plan: a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch, three 100-calorie snacks, and a 500-calorie dinner. It really wasn’t that hard. The shakes fill me up for a couple of hours, but more importantly they keep me out of the kitchen. Not having to prepare food keeps me from getting tempted.
This morning I stepped on the scale, and was thrilled – but not that surprised – to see that I had lost exactly six pounds. I say not surprised because whenever I start a new eating plan I lose a lot in the first week, and I’m pretty sure that most of it is excess water weight (when I eat better I eat less sodium, and I also tend to drink more water when I’m being “good”). I’m not saying that losing excess water weight doesn’t count, I’m just saying that it’s something that happens and then is done – that kind of weight loss won’t be repeated. Going forward I’d be satisfied with a two pound loss each week. More than satisfied. It would get me to my first goal of losing 35 pounds by the beginning of February! But I’m getting way ahead of myself.
I say that I was “basically” following the plan because I discovered immediately that after not filling my stomach with a large volume of food all day, a 500-calorie dinner was just too much! Which is funny, because 500 calories is about what I used to snack on while making dinner. So, I have more snacks. And my snacks aren’t always exactly 100 calories. I just make sure that by the end of the day everything adds up to roughly 1,200 calories.
When I’m not at home, the 100-calorie Peanut Butter Crunch Time Bars are very handy and extremely tasty. But the key is the shakes. First of all, they’re delicious. I’ve been drinking the Creamy Milk Chocolate ones and they taste like thick, rich chocolate milk. Second, they’re convenient. Third, they’re not very expensive. Here in NYC I’ve been finding them for about $10 for a 4-pack, which means they’d be costing me only $5 a day if I were paying for them.
There are also meal bars, which look delicious, but I haven’t needed one yet. The two times last week when I wasn’t home at lunch time I ate “real food” with other people, and just tried to estimate 200 calories. I went into both of those meals telling myself that if the food was irresistible, I would just have my dinner calories at lunch and a shake for dinner, but I’m glad I didn’t do that either time. I think one of the reasons that this is working for me is that I tend to need food more later in the day. I even try to save a snack for late evening after dinner, since I tend to stay up late and my will is weakest then. My favorite late night snack is a 100 calorie mini-bag of Smart Pop microwave popcorn – it fills me up and I don’t have to listen to my stomach grumble while I work.
So, I’m curious to see what will happen over the next seven days. I think this past week was pretty easy all things considered, but at the same time it did seem very long. A weight loss program is only successful if you can stick with it.
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