My husband and I are now six days away from our cruise, which is the compelling reason for following the SlimFast diet. We started our weight loss journey with 9 weeks until cruise departure.
To recap, in the first 4 weeks of our weight loss efforts (before SlimFast), I lost a total of 1.2 pounds due to a gain one week (this is about 0.3 pounds per week). In the 4 weeks we have been using SlimFast products, I have lost 4.6 pounds (or about 1.15 pounds per week). Total weight loss for 8 weeks is 5.8 pounds, or an average of just under 0.75 pounds per week. I am also down a total of 8 pounds since starting this blog about 4 1/2 months ago.
This is not stellar weight loss… but it IS a loss and even though excruciatingly slow, the loss is better on SlimFast. And I must mention this is all without doing ANY exercise.
So, holiday parties! This past week has been fraught with celebrations and lunch meetings!
First up was a 2-party day!
I had a lunch meeting at work that was easier to navigate than I anticipated. Since I knew I had another event the same day, I was waffling between being “good” and “throwing in the towel for the day” (the typical diet mentality which is the reason I counsel people not to diet!).
I arrived right before the meeting started, sat opposite the lunch table, and simply drank some water. I was questioned about not eating, to which I replied that I had a lunch in my office that I was going to eat right after the meeting. I did not share that lunch was a bottle of strawberry SlimFast with protein powder… I was very proud of myself for saving my “meal” for the evening.
The evening event was my first mini-ladies night at my new home to which three of my girlfriends came with food. I drank a couple glasses of wine and had a small plate of food for my dinner and counted that as a success! Until they left, and I went to town on the amazing buffalo chicken dip and spinach artichoke dip left behind. These foods haunted me and my husband for a few days this week…
Next up was an office holiday party!
I faltered. I was told the pound cake was out of this world, so I reasoned that this would serve as my “snack.” I took small spoonfuls of macaroni and cheese and two other items (my memory fails me), and a slice of that recommended pound cake. I ate it all… not a success; but not a huge failure either since I exercised extreme control and took truly tiny portions of everything except that darn cake!
On Friday, I had THREE parties to attend!
At the first party, I just made an appearance and, even though there was quite a spread of food, I just grabbed a bottle of water.
My plan was to not stick exactly to the SlimFast plan and to have a small lunch (instead of a SlimFast lunch) at the second party because it was a lunch party at a restaurant. How would it look if the dietitian didn’t eat? I got an apple pecan salad, dressing on the side and hardly touched, and drank water, I explained that I was saving my calories for my third party (which was very much true!).
At the last party, the wine and cheese at the boss’s boss’s house, I enjoyed a few glasses of wine and nibbled from a few food trays. A little fancy cheese on crackers, a little veggies with dip, and a little genoa on bread. YUM! I have to admit upon arriving home, I had more food…
What a week! So, I suppose now, looking back on all those events AND the fact that I did waffle here and there and had a few small mini-binges on leftovers, losing 1 pound this week is actually quite stellar. 🙂
Some overall thoughts about the experience in case I don’t get back before the cruise:
I have found that going on a diet that replaces two meals a day with liquids/smoothies has changed how I think about food and eating and hunger and fullness. I consider these cognitive changes to be a good thing and I imagine it is closer to how those who are lucky enough to easily maintain a thin/healthy weight think.
However, I know that people can lose 1.15 pounds per week eating real food instead of meal replacements. I wonder if I can do this now, after a mild re-boot of my mental wiring related to food and fullness. I want to say I know I could have done it without SlimFast; but then again, I didn’t, I somehow couldn’t. So perhaps I needed a drastic measure to realign my thoughts.
I have started fantasizing about eating… the allure of the silky mouthfeel of avocado has been dancing in my mind and all my favorite restaurant meals are popping into my brain at all times of the day.
I’m excited to get back to real eating soon! I’m interested to see how the “mental re-boot” I think I’ve experienced will stick with me once I leave SlimFast behind…
To be continued!