My First Week

Having interacted publicly and privately with a number of readers who are in their first week of the program, I thought it might be helpful for me to share my first few days of meal plans and reflections.  Although I wasn’t blogging at the time, I did keep careful records of my first days in the program.

Photo by Retro Traveler

Day 1

Breakfast:
Mocha Shake (2 chocolate meal replacements, 2 tsp. instant coffee, 2 packets Splenda, ice)

Lunch:
Chips (1 creamy potato soup meal replacement, taco seasoning)
Salsa
Creamsicle Shake (1 vanilla meal replacement, diet orange soda)

Snack:
Strawberry Muffin (1 strawberry meal replacement, 1 packet Splenda, water)

Dinner:
Chips (1 creamy potato soup meal replacement, taco seasoning)
Salsa
Chocolate Muffin (1 chocolate meal replacement, 1 packet Splenda, water)

Reflection:
The breakfast shake made more than one glass.  When I step down to fewer meal replacements, I’ll likely only have one meal replacement for breakfast.  At lunch I forgot to chill the orange soda, so I left it for later.  Instead, I had the strawberry muffin.  Next time I’ll need to remember to use less water in the batter.  On my drive home I had the creamsicle shake.  Because I didn’t have a blender, I just added ice, soda, and the meal replacement in a shaker.  It is much better blended.  Dinner was chips and salsa.  I was satisfied without the muffin, but the doctor recommended I have seven meal replacements to prevent the loss of lean muscle mass.  I was able to stay on plan today, though I varied the timings of my items.  Water intake was over 64 oz.  For exercise I tried to cross the Two Rivers Bridge, but I only made it half way because of ankle pain.

More after the break…

Day 2

Breakfast:
Mocha Shake (2 chocolate meal replacements, 2 tsp. instant coffee, 2 packets Splenda, ice)

Lunch:
Chips (1 creamy potato soup meal replacement, taco seasoning)
Salsa
Jell-O Fluff (1 vanilla meal replacement, sugar-free Jell-O)

Snack:
Vanilla Muffin (1 vanilla meal replacement, 1 packet Splenda, water)

Dinner:
Chips (1 creamy potato soup meal replacement, taco seasoning)
Salsa
Jell-O Fluff (1 vanilla meal replacement, sugar-free Jell-O)

Reflection:
Breakfast was creamier this morning.  I used 12 ice cubes, adding 3 at a time.  I really like the mocha shake.  Chips and salsa have become my favorite meal.  I hope to try at least one new recipe each week.  The Jell-O Fluff (which I’m also having for dinner is NASTY!  I’ll try it with other flavors before giving up on it.  The texture is gritty.  For my snack, I had originally planned to have an orange/vanilla shake, but after yesterday’s experience with it, I opted to microwave the vanilla meal replacement to make a muffin instead.  Even without the Splenda it was sweet enough.  I’m still drinking at least half a gallon of water a day.  Having a glass of water in the cup holder makes me less likely to swing into a drive-thru to get something to drink (and possibly risk getting something extra).  Dinner was good.  I only ate half of my fluff.  This batch was made using the microwave recipe.  I’ll give it one more go using the stove-top recipe before I abandon it completely.

Day 3

Breakfast:
Mocha Shake (2 chocolate meal replacements, 2 tsp. instant coffee, 2 packets Splenda, ice)

Lunch:
Strawberry Punch Shake (2 strawberry meal replacements, 1 sugar-free Hawaiian Punch flavoring)

Snack:
Strawberry Banana Jell-O Fluff (1 strawberry meal replacement, sugar-free strawberry banana Jell-O)

Dinner:
Potato Soup (2 creamy potato soup meal replacements, water)

Reflection:
My morning routine is working great.  The mocha shake is a keeper!  I need to get another insulated straw cup to swap out with.  Having given up on hand-shaken drinks, I bought a blender for work ($18 at Wal-Mart).  The strawberry punch shake was delicious.  Next time I’ll use a bit more water, 1 meal replacement instead of 2, half the punch mix, more ice, and no Splenda.  The snack using the stove-top recipe was better than the microwave method, but it’s still not something I’m interested in eating.  While I was shopping for the blender, I picked up some Bac-O’s to add to the soup.  It was a bit thick, leaving my stomach tied up in knots.

Typical Day Week 6

Breakfast:
Cinnamon Roll Muffin (1 vanilla meal replacement, 1.5 tsp Molly McButter, 1 packet Splenda, water)
Strawberries

Lunch:
Minestrone Soup
Baby Carrots
Chocolate Shake (1 chocolate meal replacement, 1 packet Splenda, water)

Snack:
Kale Chips
Orange

Dinner:
Pizza Waffle (2 potato soup meal replacements, 2 tbsp. spaghetti sauce, 1 tsp grated parmesan)
Roasted Vegetables
Salad

Typical Day Week 10

Breakfast:
Toffee Shake (1 chocolate meal replacement, 2 tbsp toffee Da Vinci syrup, water)

Snack:
Baby Carrots

Lunch:
Salad
Apple
Chocolate Shake (1 chocolate meal replacement, 1 packet Splenda, water)

Snack:
Peanut Butter Crisp Bar
Apple

Dinner:
Rancheros (2 creamy potato soup meal replacements, 1 tsp taco seasoning, 1 tsp Cayenne pepper, 2 tbsp corn meal mix, salsa, fat free sour cream, water)
Roasted Vegetables
Salad

4 thoughts on “My First Week

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  2. Sarah Bibles says:

    Daniel, did you ever try the potato soup again?? I was wondering about just having it as soup and how to prepare it?? Your review of it has me questioning whether to try it at all though?! Thanks!

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