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Packing In The Protein: Day 2 (Pssst...It's Working!)

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Saturday, August 04, 2012

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.
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GOALDRIVEN3 10/18/2012 7:46AM

  Thank you for sharing. Will have to try a protein shake. Congratulations of the willpower win! emoticon

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2WHEELER 10/11/2012 9:00AM

    Way to go! I use an unflavored protein mix and add Hershey's cocoa, skim milk, a banana, and some stevia. The other flavor mix I love is orange juice, skim milk, a little vanilla, stevia, and sometimes plain yogurt--tastes like a Dreamsicle.

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KHALIA2 9/19/2012 12:29AM

  I enjoyed reading your blog. Good ideas on the shakes.

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FATHINSN 9/18/2012 10:01PM

    You made me hungrier looking at those shakes, especially those chocolate shakes, looks so delicious! I wonder if I can make a batch and bring to the office for snacks before and after lunch? Perhaps better put them in the fridge (and hopefully no one in the office tempted to take them, hehe).

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GEERACE 8/26/2012 1:26PM

    like you shake ideals

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FRABBIT 8/25/2012 11:25PM

  Great blog. Very creative on the shakes.

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LADYJAJA 8/16/2012 11:53AM

  I have been thinking about jump starting in similar fashion...just to get the hunger and cravings under control. Seems everytime I've ever done that and made it through just one day, it's been enough to motivate me to keep going (no lost ground!). thanks for sharing your experience of standing strong.....also, thanks for sharing the recipes and your reviews!

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 8/15/2012 4:32PM

    Way to go! Its hard to start something and stick with it, I am right now on day 3 of a juice fast and when I let myself get to starving, its HARD to stay with it! Congrads!

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TWINZMOM7 8/13/2012 8:22AM

  Awesome! Where did you find this cleanse/diet/jump start? I'd like to do it myself.

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CAM2438 8/13/2012 8:17AM

    Great Blog! Thanks for sharing!

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CESAU5679 8/12/2012 9:02AM

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Awesome blog. Thanks for the inspiration

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MISSLISA1973 8/12/2012 8:56AM

    How long are you planning to do this? You are really exercising great willpower... good for you! When I've tried stuff like this, I've missed chewing my food even if I wasn't hungry. Congratulations on your success!

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JUSGETTENBY42 8/11/2012 11:43AM

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ASPENHUGGER 8/10/2012 10:50PM

    You've inspired me! I'ma gonna get some protein powder, & have at it!!! Thanks!

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MFETTIG 8/9/2012 11:47PM

  yum! need more wonderful recipes and ideas.

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SUSIESLIM62 8/9/2012 1:19PM

  Way to go. I'm proud of you too! Your shakes sound delicious( ok, maybe not the green one.) I don't have a blender, or the counter space for one, but I have been thinking of using Slim Fast to kick start some lose after my long plateau.Thanks for some great ideas and some inspiration. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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KARENJOJO 8/9/2012 11:08AM

    Sounds great; however, is there a substitution on the Protein Whey Powder if you're lactose intolerant? Thanks!

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LLEWIS6879 8/8/2012 9:02PM

    Probably NOT going to try the green one, but I like your thinking on the shakes and preparing your body for eating less and killing cravings and all that. Kudos! And thanks for the great ideas!

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KELLYPAQ 8/8/2012 7:10PM

    I'd like to try these. I'd probably use it on the days I don't have time to make a full breakfast. Thanks for sharing.


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JPEARL127 8/8/2012 2:30PM

  It is wonderful to hear of your success--it has inspired me to try this for a few days to break out of the plateau weight I'm at. It is the weight that I've been at (or above!) for the past 23 years! emoticon

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BOOKLADYFDL 8/8/2012 9:43AM

    Good job sticking with it! Don't rely on the shakes too long, but it sounds like they are giving you just the jump start you need.

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HYATTI1 8/8/2012 12:51AM

    Protein Shakes are great but not enough to sustain you.

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JELLYBEAN007 8/7/2012 9:27PM

    I have a green smoothie for breakfast every morning. It took some getting used to, but I slowly increased the spinach and now I hardly notice it. The peanut butter smoothie sounds amazing! I think I'll be trying that tomorrow!

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ANAKIE 8/7/2012 6:12PM

    Your first shake sounds like a "green monster". I've heard a lot about them, haven't been brave enough to try one yet. Keep up the good work.

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SONYALATRECE 8/7/2012 4:37PM

    Wonderful!
Keep your body guessing... emoticon
~Sonya

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EMILYDOODLE 8/7/2012 3:37PM

  protein shakes sound really good, i will have to try them!

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GALINAZ 8/7/2012 1:01PM

    Does it bother you that your family isn't more supportive?

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PLYNSN316 8/7/2012 12:23PM

    Way to experiment and find new things that work for you!! You are amazing! And THANK YOU for sharing the smoothie recipes! So excited to try them! Does the cocoa powder add a chalky texture? I found that with regular cocoa powder, but wondered if maybe I was using too much or the wrong kind?

YOU ARE A ROCK STAR!!!!!! emoticon

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TMOORE073 8/7/2012 11:55AM

    Yum yum! Your protein shakes sound soooo good! I really want to try them. What brand of protein powder do you use? emoticon emoticon

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GODDREAMDIVA1 8/7/2012 10:47AM

    Yum...

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IN102WIN 8/7/2012 9:33AM

    Thats gr8 to hear. Actually when you decided to forgo the subway, that is a NSV - Non-Scale Victory is a success that occurs other than weight loss. This post will give some information on it (http://www.priorfatgirl.com/2012/0
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SAMBINA77 8/7/2012 9:00AM

    those shakes look and sound delicious! Thank you for sharing!

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SSHIRLCAL 8/7/2012 1:12AM

    Great job

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TAMPATINK67 8/7/2012 12:40AM

    Awesome

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BLOOMING52 8/6/2012 11:35PM

    Great blog!

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KOKITTY 8/6/2012 11:33PM

    Those shakes sound delicious! I'll definitely have to try the jello pudding mix trick!

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JANGENA 8/6/2012 11:25PM

  Looking good! emoticon

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CYPATAYLOR2 8/6/2012 10:35PM

  Sounds great! I will have to try them. What great willpower. You are awesome. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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MYBELLA50 8/6/2012 10:26PM

    OMG!!! The shakes sound great (with the exception of spinich - but I will try it). Thanks for the inspiration of sticking to your daily goal. emoticon

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MUSHBALL 8/6/2012 10:09PM

  the shakes sound really good except for the spinach. Do you have to put that in?
Good job sticking to it! I may consider this soon.

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AGK3112 8/6/2012 10:09PM

    I love smoothies. I am sure going to try these new shake.

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AMANDAUNBIDDEN 8/6/2012 9:19PM

    These protein shakes sound awesome! Gonna have to try them! Thanks for the tips!

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ANGELONE11 8/6/2012 8:42PM

    Love the protein smoothie recipes and will have to give them a try!! emoticon emoticon

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TODAYIAM 8/6/2012 8:25PM

    WOW this sounds like a great plan!! I would love to try it.. Thanks for the idea!

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