If you’ve read anything I posted in the past, you know that my weight actually weighs heavily on my mind. Monday I started a new plan. One thing I can say about the various plans I’ve participated in and created, is that I have learned a few things.
The first thing is that I am extremely busy in the daytime. Although I don’t mind eating healthy, I find that I do not have time for the preparation some healthy snacks and meals require. I also have very little time in the evenings to prep things ahead of time. My solution is that I need to be on a diet plan that utilizes shakes during the day.
I had been on Isagenix and I really loved it, although after a while, I got really tired of the nasty shakes. No, they never tasted good to me. The chocolate was the best, but then I made the mistake of ordering vanilla. I found there is absolutely no doctoring that can get rid of the gross oatmeal-type taste.
I have a few containers of Isa left and I may use them at some point, but I found Slimfast to be relatively inexpensive when compared to other plans. The most expensive part of the plan are the 100 calorie snacks. You can get around this by planning on your own 100 calorie snacks (up to three times a day), but then you’re not getting the extra protein and fiber necessarily.
It costs around $6 a week for me to drink my shakes. This buys me one small can of chocolate Slimfast and provides 14 shakes (I have to drink them for breakfast and lunch). I eat the 100 calorie snacks in between and make a healthy meal at night.
I managed to get my Bowflex M5 inside the house a couple of weeks ago. Now I have no excuse to avoid exercise. Also, snow is melting and temperatures are rising outside, which means I can do plenty of walking.
Since Monday, I have completed the 14-minute exercise program on my M5 that they advertise on TV every day. Monday, I felt like I was going to die. Today, I am packed full of energy, I feel relatively alert, I’m in pain and I feel almost euphorically happy.
Tonight I am making chicken for dinner. No, I have no idea yet what I am doing with it. I plan on using my Nuwave–another excellent thing to have during weight loss. See, folks? Losing weight is NOT cheap. Even healthy food is NOT cheap. It can be difficult in the winter when you have to deal with snow, ice and people not shovelling and salting their sidewalks. There is one place I can walk indoors for free here. It is a 15 minute drive and they are only “open” Monday through Friday during my working hours. So, not an option. I don’t want a gym membership at this time (although, I am seriously thinking about doing a family YMCA membership, so I can swim and also use their other equipment–plus, for my 8-year-old daughter.
This new plan started, because I started to lose weight. I was stuffing my face with what I wanted, not exercising, yet I lost 10 pounds? My daughter then started selling Girl Scout cookies and I started eating tons of crap (i.e. cookies). Still, did not gain the weight back. So, I thought to myself that I better take advantage of whatever positive thing my body is doing right now and actually work on it. I asked myself how much more I would have lost if I had simply paid attention to my eating and gotten some exercise.
Right now my plan is to use my M5 7 days a week and to strictly follow my Slimfast diet at least 6 days a week. Sunday is my only day off each week (and that is only if I stay caught up on my work), so I may need a day of “doing what I want” so I don’t get bored of the plan.
Another plus to using Slimfast (for folks out there on public assistance–yes, you deserve to be healthy too!) is that the products are covered on the food card. I do know people who are able to use their food cards to buy the Slimfast shakes (buy the can and take the time to mix it–you will save money!) and the snacks.
You only get 5 bags of snacks per box. The snacks are the most expensive part coming in around $5 a box, or $1 per snack. You need 2 to 3 snacks a day. You are allowed 3. I eat a snack in between my shakes and lunch shake and dinner. After dinner, I generally do not feel like eating any more, but you do have the option of an additional snack, if needed.
At that rate, one box of snacks will only cover you for 1 to 2 days. You do get 5 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein in each snack. I forget how much you are getting in the shakes. Fiber and protein are important for two reason. They help you feel less hungry in between meals and also the fiber keeps everything “flowing” through your body.
In addition to Slimfast, I have purchased the biggest container of Metamucil, which provides up to 6 grams of fiber per drink. I drink two of those a day–one in the morning and one at night after dinner. There are other benefits other than fiber from drinking it. The large container is a 1 to 2 month “supply”. At $16, it’s not as expensive as you would think.
So, with my current plan of only needing 2 snacks a day, I need 14 snack bags–or 3 boxes at $5 a piece–that is $15 worth of snacks and $6 worth of Slimfast. $21 a week for you to lose weight is not bad. If you have a family in school and at work, you most likely only eat one meal a day with them. Make it a healthy one. I get around a lot of calories and fill myself up by eating a lot of meat. Roasts (when on sale) are good–chicken, fish, etc.
I checked today and so far am not down any weight. I know you are supposed to wait until at least one to two weeks has gone by. I will keep you all updated on this.
Are you on your own weight loss journey? Please feel free to comment and share your tips here.
TIP: I read somewhere that coconut oil is good for “boob sweat”–that’s what it said! Lately, when I “sweat”, my skin itches like crazy! I started putting a small amount of coconut oil in the areas that sweat and itch and so far, no itch. Try it and let me know if it works for you.