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Avoiding Holiday Temptations

I’ve already told you about my 24 year history of losing weight after pregnancy. It’s a long, sad tale — and I’m still dealing with it. I still need to update you on the saga of the past few months, but first I’ll tell you about my latest experiment.

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to review the Slim-Fast 3•2•1 plan. I’m sure you’ve heard of Slim-Fast for years and years. But I have never tried it, on principle. I understand the portion control, I understand the ease of use. The reason I’ve never used the product before is that I have a deep-seated objection to going on a diet to get fit by severely reducing calories and replacing most of my healthy meals with a sugar-laden drink. It just doesn’t make sense. And I can’t see how it doesn’t bring metabolism to a screeching halt.

My opinion on that hasn’t changed, but given my dismal failure at losing weight over the past strongeight years/strong, I figured a few weeks of sugar can’t really be much worse on my body than years of fat. So, I grabbed a couple of eight-packs at the store and, last Sunday morning, began the regimen.

The plan is very simple. Here it is:

  • 3 100-calorie snacks per day – snack bars, fruits, veggies, or nuts
  • 2 Slim-Fast meal replacements – shakes, meal bars, or shake mixes
  • 1 balanced, 500-calorie meal – plate filled 1/2 with vegetables, 1/4 with protein, 1/4 with starch
  • Exercise
  • Drink water

So, yea, I’ve been on Slim-Fast for the past five days. I haven’t weighed myself but I’m sure it’s curtailed some of the eating, especially during this holiday time. It’s easier to resist tempting treats when you have a plan. And while I don’t love the idea of the sugary drinks, I have to concede that a plan is better than no plan when the plate of chocolate dipped pretzels passes by.

You can have Slim-Fast delivered right to your door. Amazon has the products, sizes, and flavors I couldn’t find at my local grocery stores. There’s a great variety to keep you satisfied. You can like Slim-Fast on FaceBook to get coupons and special offers, too.

I’ll keep you posted.

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  • DiNaRa December 16, 2011, 5:16 am

    It is really hard to read because of the garbage there in the post, but the problem of losing weight after pregnancy is very hot for me as I have been doing the same and I have succeeded a bit as I spend several hours in the gym every day and keep to a diet all the time.

  • Alison Moore Smith December 16, 2011, 12:44 pm

    DiNaRa, bless your heart for reading in spite of the coding issues SocialSpark is having. They have assured me, now, that they are working on the issue, but no fix date has been given. Ugh.

    Hopefully now it’s at least legible.

    Good for you for keeping fit. I don’t have “several hours” to spend at the gym every day! I did that — more or less — after baby three (as I pointed out in the original article — but with more, older kids (and still homeschooling) there is just no way to do it. But I’m heading to the rec room to do Zumba right now. At least it’s fun!

  • Alison Moore Smith December 20, 2011, 2:07 am

    So, I stuck with it for a week, give or take. I lost 3 pounds. 🙂 Not bad the week before Christmas.

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