Friday, October 15, 2010

7 weeks down, 19 weeks to go

Today is day 50 of 183.  Sounds good right?  I'm trying to think of this as a positive, rather than to think of it as..."Oh gee I have 133 days left."  But, the good news is I have 133 days left.  (Have I confused you yet?)  This morning I went for my week 7 weigh in and was rather pleased that I shed 4.7 pounds. To date, I have lost a total of 24 pounds. I do have a little goal I keep in mind that I would like to hit before the study is over.

After weighing in I picked up my menu for the week and my two cooler bags. Here's a little view at what I'll be eating this week.


Breakfast: 1 whole egg, 2 egg whites, 2 slices bread, 1 can peaches, 3 Canadian Bacon

Morning Snack: Dark Chocolate Zone Bar

Lunch: Bean and Cheese Burrito. 1 cup vegetables

Afternoon Snack: Dark Chocolate Zone Bar (2 on this particular day because they're my favorite)

Dinner: Spinach and cheese pizza, 1 cup vegetables

Evening Snack: Slimfast high protein shake


Breakfast: 2 Yogurts, 30 almonds

Morning Snack: Fudge Graham Zone Bar

Lunch: 7 Boca Chicken nuggets, 1 cup vegetables

Afternoon Shack: Dark Chocolate Zone Bar

Dinner: Mahi-Mahi Burger, 1 whole wheat bun, 1 cup vegetables

Evening Snack: Slimfast high protein shake, Zone bar


Breakfast: 3/4 cup Special K protein cereal, 1 cup 2% milk, 1 can peaches, 15 almonds

Morning Snack: Peanut Butter Zone Bar

Lunch: Cheese and vegetable enchilada, 1 cup vegetables

Afternoon Snack: Dark Chocolate Zone bar

Dinner: Bean and cheese burrito, 1 cup vegetables

Evening Snack: Slimfast high protein shake, Zone Bar

If you are curious to see what these foods look like please refer to this post.

As you're reading this list, you're probably thinking "gee whiz, this is a lot of food" to consume in one day.  My answer is, "yes it is" a lot of food to eat in one day. The nutritionist determined how many calories I should consume based on my resting metabolic rate (so how many calories my body can burn if I were to sit/sleep 24 hours a day).  Some days I can eat it all, some days I can't.  The Zone bars are sometimes what puts me over the edge for the day, those puppies are fillll-iiinng!

This really doesn't look so bad does it?   And remember, all of the foods on this list are available at grocery stores in Memphis.  Nothing shipped, nothing phony.  The Zone Bars are available at Target in the nutrition section near the Pharmacy.  If you're interested in injecting a healthy dose of protein into your daily diet, I'd highly suggest starting with these.  They come in about 6 flavors and they're way better than the vast majority of snack bar options.  Had I not been involved in the study, I probably would have never thought of them as an option to consume.  Bonus!

Week I come!


  1. congratulations on 24 lbs! it does seem like a lot of food - awesome that you're not starving, but truly being healthy. keep it up, girl!

  2. WOW! Congrats! That is AMAZING! Keep up the good work.

    Just you have limits on what you can drink? only water? or can you have zero calorie drinks? tea? hot tea? diet cola?

  3. Pam-Yes I can drink drinks that have under 15 calories per 8oz serving. So all of the above is okay. I stopped drinking soda though about a year ago so that is one less thing I had to combat with. I drink a lot of "Zero Vitamin Water".


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