So the results from Week 1 were good weren’t they!? I’m really pleased with how Week 1 went … you can catch up on what happened here. Meanwhile, here’s what happened in Week 2!
Week 2 has brought its own set of unique challenges. Read on to find out what I’ve been up to …
Monday – Day 1
(I can see my waist is smaller by Week 2)
I did really well last week and was actually surprised by how much weight I lost. This week, however, started by attending a private blogger dinner at a gorgeous London hotel. This meant champagne, canapés AND a three-course meal. Of course, I didn’t have to go mad … I could have just had Diet Coke. I didn’t, of course, I did have champagne, but ‘only’ 3 glasses. Thinking about how many calories I should be eating didn’t spoil my evening either, I just chose my dishes wisely and stopped as soon as I had had enough. I had smoked salmon to start, with one small slice of rye bread … a grilled piece of steak for main, but only had one mouthful of potatoes, and a little fruit salad for dessert. I stayed under 2,000 calories for the day but again, I did feel really sluggish for the rest of the evening and I just don’t like feeling that uncomfortable.
I’m not going to be able to cycle to school until Friday (I’m a woman in demand – at least this week) and I think this will have an impact on how much weight I lose. But I WILL lose weight this week, as long as I keep to the 3-2-1 plan.
Tuesday – Day 2
(My lovely friend Katrina)
I went to Bluewater today to meet a friend for coffee. Bluewater is a dangerous place when you’re dieting! It has all my favourite restaurants, there are cafes on every corner (which means obligatory cakes as well as coffee) and shopping isn’t proper shopping unless you stop for food at least once an hour.
However, I came prepared. Meal Bar at the ready and apples in my bag! My friend Katrina can testify that I really did just have a black coffee and a Meal Bar whilst we chatted – not a muffin nor biscuit passed my lips!
In fact, I just made sure I avoided all the places that would tempt me and left before lunchtime. It would have been all too easy to pop to Krispy Kreme when I got hungry so I just avoided that shop and went home.
I was really proud of how I handled what could have been a tricky situation so now I know I can do it, it needn’t scare me so much.
Wednesday – Day 3
I realise I haven’t talked about the shakes much and this is purely because of the whole ‘I’m not a fan of milk thing.’ So, in the name of being balanced and giving you a full review, I asked my friend to tell me what she thinks of the shakes. After I told her I was starting the 3-2-1 Challenge, she decided to do it alongside me. Friendship right there!
She’s a teaching assistant and found it much easier to take pre-made bottles of shakes with her to work, having one for breakfast and lunch. She said her favourite flavours were chocolate and … chocolate! (She loves chocolate 🙂 ) So for her, shakes work better. Like I’ve said before, it’s just down to personal preference.
Dexter is out all day until 7pm and so I’m home alone. This could prove disastrous when it comes to snacking on everything I buy for his packed lunch! But I’ve resisted. The Salt & Shake crisps are still there, he’ll be glad to know.
Quite frankly, I’ve been thinking about dinner since 9am and wanted a little inspiration as I was only cooking for myself tonight. I remembered seeing some recipes on the Slim.Fast website so thought I’d have a look whilst it was quiet at home.
A few dishes stood out for me so I thought I’d list them here in case you’d like to try them out for yourself:
Mediterranean Chicken with Tagliatelle
Chicken Wrapped In Parma Ham with Sage
… and I just couldn’t resist the sound of:
Fish Finger Pie
The recipe section of the site is split into four sections: Meat/Fish/Rice & Pasta/Dishes under 450 calories – so I think I’ll start to make more use of this resource and will add reviews to this post once I’ve tried the dishes out.
Thursday – Day 4
I’ve been in London all day for meetings. I went prepared and again, took my Meal Bars, but I was so busy that I only managed to take a biteful of each bar in between meetings and tube trains. It didn’t seem to matter though, and I felt fine by the end of the day.
I was with a colleague who wanted to buy a sandwich at lunchtime and I just said I’d wait outside the shop for her. It wasn’t even a case of the temptation being too much, I just wasn’t remotely interested. This is happening more and more … the smells of food cooking and the sight of rows upon rows of cakes just hold no interest for me at the moment. I’m not sure if it’s just because my mind has now been ‘set’ to a different way of eating, but it almost feels as if I’ve taken the control back that food has always held over me.
Uneventful day food wise – home to another chicken stir-fry.
Friday – Day 5
(OK, I don’t look happy (I was!), but I noticed that my eyes are really rather clear and sparkly in this photo)
I spent the day working from home because my eldest son is home from Uni for Christmas and I just wanted to chill with him. He asked if I wanted any breakfast but I declined and explained all about the Slim.Fast challenge I’m on. Luckily for him, he takes after his father and is tall and slim but he didn’t question my decision to have a Meal Bar instead of a bacon sandwich and made me a black coffee instead.
I took Dexter to see The Hobbit at the cinema tonight and amazingly, because I’d already eaten my dinner before I came out, I didn’t even buy any popcorn. Half the time, I think these things are just habit, and so again, was rather proud that I recognised that, realised I wasn’t actually hungry, and didn’t buy anything.
Saturday – Day 6
(Don’t forget … DRINK ALL THE WATER!)
Saturday always starts with an early morning football practice session and we were out of the house by 8.45am. We had intended to cycle to training but didn’t – I’m just so in the habit of getting in the car sometimes, it wasn’t even on my radar, which was annoying because I still haven’t cycled this week.
Dexter was starving after training and asked to go to our local café for a fry-up. I usually cave in but didn’t today and said I’d cook something at home whilst he had a bath. I cooked mushrooms, streaky bacon, eggs and toast and by now it was 11.30am and I was getting peckish again.
I could have had a Slim.Fast snack, an apple or even a Meal Bar early, but instead had one fried egg and four rashers of bacon (no toast). I just really wanted it … and it was delicious! I think you’re setting yourself up for trouble if you keep denying yourself things that you really like so I just counted it within my calories and didn’t snack for the rest of the day.
Dinner was salmon, rice and salad – which is becoming a favourite go-to meal of mine.
Sunday – Day 7
I had a glorious lie-in this morning (10.30am!) and so ate my Meal Bar late whilst I watched some random TV programme about nut roasts. It was football match day but not until 2pm and so I spent the next couple of hours working and doing the housework.
Living the dream.
I ate my lunchtime Meal Bar whilst sat on a fold-up chair on the touchline, sipping on my flask of black coffee to keep me warm! Dinner was home-made bolognaise with tortilla chips and salad – delicious!
I went to the Dr for my weigh-in this morning and I’ve lost 2lbs. It’s the recommended weekly weight loss so I’m pleased. I’ve done zero exercise this week, other a small amount of walking, and so with that in mind, I think I’ve done well. Had I been stricter with my food intake, I would have definitely lost more, but if I lost 2lbs a week, that would be seven stones in a year!
My two-week 3-2-1 Slim.Fast challenge has now finished and I’m in a quandary about whether to carry on or not. It has worked so well for me as a ‘quick fix’ that I can’t see a reason why I shouldn’t just carry on … I certainly don’t see why it can’t be a long term programme either.
I found the first 3-4 days quite challenging but once I was in a routine of ensuring I had Meal Bars and snacks with me all the time, I drank enough water and always had something healthy in for dinner, it was really easy. I promise you, I wouldn’t say that if I didn’t mean it, and you can see for yourself the results – 11lbs lost in two weeks.
I think exercise is really important whilst on this plan, as with all plans no doubt, but the trick is to find something that you not only enjoy, but that also fits in with your particular lifestyle, and that’s what cycling is for me.
There have been days when I’ve been slightly under my calorie allowance, and days when I’ve been way over. I haven’t been an angel but this challenge has actually kicked a few bad habits of mine … and introduced some new good habits.
Would I do Slim.Fast again? Absolutely.
Slim.Fast is dieting made easy and is scientifically proven to help dieters lose weight and then maintain their target weight.*
Slim.Fast 3•2•1 Plan is designed to deliver a total intake of approximately 1,400 calories a day for women (1,600 calories for men). This should result in 1 to 2 pounds of weight loss a week.
*Substituting two daily meals with meal replacements helps to lose weight in the context of energy restricted diets.
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