So, I hopped on my handy dandy scale this morning and, quite honestly, thought that it was impossible that I'd lost any weight whatsoever in one day.
(Reminder for those just coming on board: I'm experimenting with 3 protein shakes per day - for a total of about 800 calories - and a healthy dinner, just for about 3-4 days. The purpose is to jump start my weight loss and get my body used to eating less calories, as well as get rid of junk food cravings.)
I was shocked, to say the least, to see that I was 2 lbs down! Sure, it's probably water weight...but I'll take it. I had actually gained a few lbs over the past couple weeks, so now I'm back to where my tracker says I am. Anything from here on out will be a real loss and will add to my total weight lost.
Needless to say, I was thrilled with this result. And it gave me just the motivation I needed to go downstairs and throw another shake in the blender. Today, I decided to be creative and start putting things together that sound good...just to see how they taste.
Shake #1 at 8am was Green Tropical Somethin-Somethin
1 cup tropical frozen fruit (strawberry, mango, pineapple), 1 cup unsweetened almond coconut milk, 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder, 3 cups spinach
It was...just meh. But...still have my record of no gagging, so that's a win. Haha. It was only 180 calories.
Around 9:30am, we took the kids to their favorite science museum, WonderLab. They were having a blast and we stayed until noon. Well, normally, I would have thrown another shake in the blender around 11am. Also, I would have been drinking water ALL morning...but, as it were, I had not had a drop of water so far today. So...I didn't have that to help me feel full.
By noon, I was STARVING. I literally didn't think I could possibly handle the hunger so I had decided, "Well, I'll just get Subway...that's about 300 calories and it can take the place of one of my shakes." On the way to Subway, my kids got Happy Meals at McDonald's and my husband got Chinese Take-Out (oh god, don't even get me started on this!!!)
Would you believe that, in the midst of all these wonderfully enticing aromas, I said to my husband, "You know what? No. I'm sticking to my plan. It's only a few days and we're on our way home right now. I'll just make a shake when I get home."
OK, do you know how PROUD of myself I was????? It's my first victory in willpower in this area of food in quite a long while. It's not that the 300 calorie Subway would have been bad for me - I totally would have ordered turkey with a ton of veggies and no mayo or cheese. But, it was the whole principle of making a plan and sticking with it...no matter what. For me, this was a victory.
Shake #2 at 12:30pm was Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake
1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 Tbsp Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa, 1 Tbsp Jello Pudding Mix (Cheesecake flavor), 1 cup milk
OH. MY. GOSH. It was the most delicious one so far!!!! It felt positively SINFUL to drink it! The ENTIRE blender full of this stuff was only 230 calories and it just felt like there had to be a ton of sugar in there...but it was just the sweetness from the strawberries. WOW.
And, now, I will show you the two secret weapons for making protein shakes delicious and not gag-inducing:
Just throw a tablespoon of the dry mix in for flavor and texture. Thanks to MOM2IAN for this AMAZING secret!!!!
I have also heard that Hershey's Special Dark Unsweetened Cocoa rocks.
Apparently, this protein shake game is all about creativity. And, by the way, after I had this shake, I was not hungry. It did take care of that severe hunger. And made me realize that I was just craving things...which made me believe I was more hungry than I really was. Also, I needed a LOT of water. That helped as well.
Shake #3 at 3pm was Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana
1 frozen sliced banana, 1 Tbsp peanut butter, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 Tbsp Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa, 1 cup milk
Ummm...it tasted like a Reese's cup. It was about 240 calories.
If you're good at adding, you'll realize that I can have a few more calories than I anticipated at dinner tonight. I plan to have a small serving of meat loaf, a larger serving of asparagus and a LOT of fresh salad with vinegar and oil. And, for good measure, I might have a glass of milk.
Didn't get my strength training in yesterday as planned. Frankly, I was lazy. But, today, when we got home, I got a kickass 50 minute kettle bell workout in and it was KILLER!
Feeling great!!! Body is READY for cardio!!!! I am itching to get into a pool...I'm going to have to find one tomorrow, I think. I don't know how much longer I can go without it.