You probably want to read Fat Buster Friday: Weeks 8-10 first.
After agonizing over the decision of whether or not to go on the Take Shape for Life diet plan, I placed my order for a month’s worth of bars, shakes, oatmeal, and some fancy mac ‘n cheese on Tuesday, 4/11/17. I was full of hope and skepticism when I received my box full of food on Friday, 4/14/17. Now that the decision had been made, I was super eager to start. But — this was Easter weekend. No way in hell I’m going to let the Easter Bunny pass me by with all his Reese’s eggs and carrot cake and such. I knew putting that much temptation in front of me right away wouldn’t work. So, I set start day as Tuesday, 4/18. That worked out well. Really allowed me time to wrap my head around this whole thing.
Night before start: My Health Coach, Meredith, called me. She reminded me to drink TONS of water. She helped me plan my Lean and Green for the next day. She instructed me to weigh and measure myself in the morning. And, yes, I took a picture. It is my “before” picture that I refuse to post until my “after” picture is smokin’ hot. Her best advice on that call? Keep it simple.
Day 1 on plan: Weight: Ohmygod I don’t want to step on the scale!! I just know it’s going to be as high as it was before I starved myself down to 206 pounds. I was right: 215.5. Pretty damn close to where I started way back on Fat Buster: Week 1. Oh well — onward and upward (or downward maybe I should say).
The first meal — I mean “fueling” — I had was a chocolate shake. I’ve had a lot of different meal replacement shakes over the years, and this one was pretty much as expected. Not bad but grainy with a bit of an after taste. I drank my water and headed out the door for work. Two and a half hours later, I was eager to try the bar I had in my bag. I took one bite and was sorely disappointed! Cardboard wrapped in cardboard with little cardboard flecks on top. But I ate it. I wasn’t sure how this little tiny bar was going to keep me full and satisfied for the next 2-3 hours. The weird thing is that it did! I was shocked. I did start to get hungry when it was time for another fueling and again, I didn’t think a tiny little bar was going to satisfy the major cravings I was having as I drove past Culver’s and Taco John’s. But I ate my little bar of cardboard…this time with a lovely cardboard frosting…and all cravings disappeared. I drank more water and continued on. All the way home from work I considered whether or not I would make it the entire month I had committed to.
The Lean and Green meal can be eaten at any time of the day, and on that first day I needed to eat it right when I got home at 3:30 since I wouldn’t be home later that night. I kept it simple and sauteed some chicken breasts and measured out 3 cups of mixed lettuce greens that I topped with 2 Tbs of sun-dried tomato basil dressing. I weighed out the 6 oz of cooked chicken I was allowed to have. Umm…ok…6 oz of cooked chicken is a whole bunch of chicken! I was shocked at the amount of meat I could have. I was not much of a salad eater, but the dressing I had found was very flavorful so I was able to eat all three cups of greens. I was full after I ate and was hoping I would make it the rest of the day with just the last two fuelings I was allowed.
I did start to get a bit of a headache as the evening wore on. I didn’t feel hungry as much as I felt kind of empty but in a good way. At times my hands and mouth wanted something to do, and I could definitely feel that my body was missing activities that I would normally do…the activities surrounding food prep and eating and looking forward to the pleasing flavors and textures. I talked to Meredith one more time and made it through the whole day feeling odd but very successful.
Day 2 on plan: Weight: 212.0 — Holy crap, retain water much?! While it was fun to see that I had “lost” 3.5 pounds overnight, I knew it was water weight.
Things I learned on day 2: The food is pretty bad. The oatmeal is almost inedible. The fancy chipotle mac ‘n cheese is completely inedible! I craved better textures and flavors pretty badly all day. The plan only allows for 2 mints as a snack in a day. I ate mints pretty much non-stop that day. My Lean and Green for that day was broiled cod with a salad. Obviously, I have no idea how to cook fish! I threw it in the trash and ate leftover chicken. I had already noticed that my hips didn’t hurt quite as bad as normal and I had a bit more of a spring in my step. I was literally walking faster than normal. Weird. Very weird indeed.
Day 3 on plan: Weight: 211.0 — Nice! Still losing water weight. Wow.
I woke with a bit of a headache but certainly not bad. My mind was clearer. My energy was good. Not like through the roof or anything but steady. No late afternoon crash. Interesting. I felt a little hungry when approaching three hours and due for a fueling but eating a meal replacement took care of that quite nicely. The food is still bad.
Day 4 on plan: Weight: 209 — Ummmmm, ok. Two pounds overnight. What is this sorcery?
This was Friday. I was a little concerned because hubby was coming home, and I had to figure out how to feed him and the kids and still have my Lean and Green within guidelines. I made Cilantro Lime Shrimp for the lean protein and sauteed some green beans with portabella mushrooms for the green. I could have 7 oz of shrimp and a cup and a half of the beans so it really was quite a bit of food. Hubby loved it but had to dig around in the cupboards to find more to eat. Teenagers didn’t touch it. I ended up staying up extremely late that night and was starving around midnight. Ate an extra fueling since it had been 3+ hours since last one.
So far so good! I seem to be on a roll….