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Week 1 Slim-Fast weigh in

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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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5 Responses to “Week 1 Slim-Fast weigh in”

  1. Kristin on October 24th, 2011 10:36 pm
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    Okay, so maybe you don’t want to mention this, or maybe it doesn’t happen to you. I found – close to 20 years ago – when I used shakes, I got a lot of gas. Bloated, wants to get out and does, painful gas. Perhaps it’s a combination of not having as much “food” and drinking fiber? Maybe it was the bags and bags of carrots I ate (they were free on WW back then).

    Congrats on the six pounds…and now I’m craving a chocolate shake.

    Amy Reply:

    @Kristin: Ha! No, luckily, not happening to me. At least not with the shakes. But I farted the evening away last night after having a big broccoli quesadilla for dinner. Sexy.

    I definitely couldn’t have done this in my 20s when I was very sensitive to dairy, at least not with the shakes. But I grew out of it.

  2. Megan on October 25th, 2011 1:41 am
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    Glad I read this post- inspired me to do slimfast again. I have the powder kind, not the pre-made shakes, but I will definitely go out and get those again soon. Slimfast was very helpful to me and I lost over 10lbs, which is more than I have to lose now.. my main problem is snacking! While I’m in the kitchen making food for the kids I CAN’T STOP myself from trying this or that, hell, even when I make baby food I can’t stop myself.. LOL.. The peanut butter bar looks delish and the 100 calorie popcorn would be a good late night snack for me as well. thanks so much.
    p.s. To the 1st comment..I find with the slimfast powder mix I do get gas & bloating.. but maybe with the pre-made shakes it’s not so bad? The gas&bloating never bothered me since I was losing weight O_o
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  3. Susan on October 26th, 2011 9:25 am
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    I feel like it will be awhile before I can think about trying these awesome shakes. Unless I use them as a quick, convenient meal. I’m planning to nurse so assume I need more calories. We’ll see how it all works out and what my body decides to look like when the pregnancy is over :-)
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  4. Nancy on November 2nd, 2011 3:25 am
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    I agree on staying away from the kitchen. It worries me on how much I eat whenever I stay there. I like hearing about your goals and the diet plan. I think you are doing an amazing job with them. This sounds really motivating.