The Smarter Science of Slim: Thoughts on Week 5

I'm relying now more on my tape measure than my scale

Things are chugging along over here in the lab, erm, house ... I'm down another inch altogether and the pound I gained during last week's time of the month has fallen back off. Overall I've lost four pounds and four inches in five weeks.  I'm happy with that, especially because I have my medium jeans back on.  My brain is no longer thinking in pounds lost though, I've switched over to inches smaller.  I'm only one inch away from my skinny jeans based on my waist and another inch from my hips.  Yay!  I am definitely a fan of "The Smarter Science of Slim®" (affiliate link).

Tastes Are Changing

I'm definitely noticing changes in my taste buds and what I crave.  I really look forward to my nightly orange after dinner; the sweetness, the flavor, it's something I enjoy and has become a nightcap of sorts.  I also have found myself reprogramming my brain.  Walked right by the ice cream shop and did not glance into the window like I normally do.  I didn't want any.  How cool is that?

Sugar Addiction

Sugar addiction is a medically-recognized, low-grade addiction that is not helped by our processed food world.  When you eliminate these foods from your diet, you get a chance to break that sugar addiction.  I did it accidentally in January when I was living on a thrifty budget, then immediately re-sugared for two weeks before I started using "Smarter Science" author Jonathan Bailor's methods.  Now I've de-sugared again and my skin feels tauter, I feel calmer; everything feels great.

Exercise Just for Fun

There is an obligation to exercise on Bailor's plan.  You need to do a searing bike workout and a body-shaking weight training routine.  These bursts of energy are fast and intense, only 20 minutes total.  I have to be honest here and say it's always 20 minutes for me on the bike (I futz ... ), but I've added back in Pilates and tons of walking and, honestly, whatever else appeals to me. I'm exercising because it feels good, not because I feel like I "have to."  That is such a huge mind shift that has taken me weeks to wrap my brain around.  I don't need to go running to get skinny, but because I like running.  So I'm not worried about, "Did I go three miles?" I just head out and stop when I'm done.  Yay!

Finding My "Smarter Science" Combination

What has always appealed to me about "The Smarter Science of Slim" plan is that you can adjust it according to your lifestyle and your goals. You can live like a fitness model with lots of veggies, fruits, lean protein, and not much else.  Or you can live a "fit" lifestyle with a few more indulgences.  This is the first diet I've seen where one size does not fit all and I love that you can dial it up or down whenever you need to. I've been working with two starches a day and two cheat meals a week, which has been a good combination for me, on top of a goal of 80 grams of protein and nine servings of vegetables and fruit.  I've been sticking to it because I chose it, I'm not just "following the rules."  This has also been quite liberating.

Still Struggling with Protein

I'm getting between 60 and 80 grams of protein per day; more than that doesn't seem to sit well with my system.  I'm sticking to lean proteins and I always eat protein with every meal.  I feel sated.  I know this is below the optimal amount that Bailor suggests, but it's where my body is happy.  Jonathan, if you're reading this and you have a comment, please chime in.  I'm just listening to my body and doing what it tells me.

One Week To Go

I've got one more week in my six week challenge, then I'll be on my own.  I'm glad I switched to the "my way" plan and shared it with you.  I suppose it might make for "better" blog posts to show myself eating super clean and dropping lots of inches.  Instead, what you're seeing is a gradual, steady decline and a happy person who is liking her body a little more than she did five weeks ago. I can live with that.  No, really, I can actually live with this, forever.  If you're on the plan, how are you doing?  I also wanted to share Jonathan Bailor's Facebook page; it's really active and there are some great recipe ideas as well as studies that he shares with everyone. Cheers, Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.


11 Responses to The Smarter Science of Slim: Thoughts on Week 5

  1. Staci March 21, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    That is awesome, Lisa! I just ordered the book yesterday so I’m excited to read up on the overall process. I appreciate your take on it; the idea that you can tailor a diet to your personal preferences and needs doesn’t seem like a novel concept but it is, in reality. Keep up the good work!

  2. Dean ouellette March 21, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    Lisa loved this series. I have had the same question on protien. I’m eating 30 ish grams 3 times, plus 1-2 fruits plus 7-9 veggies and I’m always full. Can’t figure out how to get another 2 meals with 30 each in there.

    Great jon on this series as always

  3. Jonathan Bailor March 22, 2012 at 12:37 am #

    Hey Lisa – So happy to hear that the science has helped you find a lifestyle that enables you to practically and permanently achieve your health and fitness goals. And of course, what a wonderful job on the blog series. It was such an honor.

    Regarding the protein, if you are happy with the results you are getting, it’s all good! At the end of the day, it’s about each individual’s tastes and goals because The Smarter Science of Slim is not a set of ridged laws, but a body of knowledge that enables people to most effectively accomplish their particular health and fitness aspirations.

    PS A lot of readers are sharing great tips on easy ways to up protein and non-starchy veggie intake in The Smarter Science of Slim Community at:

  4. Lisa Johnson March 22, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    Thanks Dean and Staci, I guess our body finds it’s happy place and that’s ultimately the goal right? L–

  5. Lisa Johnson March 22, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    Thanks Jonathan! I appreciate your help in the beginning and letting me find my own way. As Staci said, it shouldn’t be, but it is revolutionary to dial a nutrition program into what works best for you. I’ve got one more week and we’ll see how it goes. L–

  6. Michelle March 22, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    Hi Lisa – I am on week three of SSOS and loving it. Not sure if you mentioned any of the eccentric exercises that could be performed at the studio. This morning I tried some eccentric step ups on the chair with the resistance on, stand on chair, one leg on the peddle and squat down with the leg that is on the chair to the count of 10(kinda like Johnathan’s squats)… ouch!

  7. Lisa Johnson March 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Ah, I’ve been doing it on the Reformer, with extra padding under the ball of my foot. Fully racked out on springs, push out with both feet, lower for a 10 count on one foot, it definitely gets the muscle fiber engagement. Still doing side arm press with 20 lb. free weights and doing the pull ups on the Cadillac … Pushups on the Spine corrector are a little easier for my wrists. :-) I like your system though, I’ll try it! :-) L–

  8. Michelle March 24, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    This is pretty YUMMY

    You can use this filling for just about anything. Today we had stuffed cabbage leaves and stuffed portabella mushrooms

    Saute the following chopped items in a pan for about 5 minutes (could use a little olive oil)

    Red/Yellow/Green Peppers
    Summer squash
    any anything else you think will taste good in this mix (tomatoes, a little hot pepper etc.)

    Saute some ground turkey and add some seasonings (i used pepper and some tasetfully simple onion onion)

    Soak your head of cabbage in a bowl of water for a few minutes, take out of the water and microwave for about 1.5 mins with a paper towel over the top.. this makes it easier to remove the leaves off the head. Pull off a few leaves and put them back in the microwave for 1 minute covered to soften them up you are going to fold them over so they need to be a little flexible

    mix the veggie and turkey meat together in a bowl and stuff the cabbage leaves and roll up and/or stuff the mushrooms. The cabbage rolls could be eaten now or microwaved to soften them up. Top the mushrooms with the veggie/meat mixture and bake mushrooms for about 10 minutes at 350.

    Throw a little goat cheese in the cabbage rolls or put on top of the mushrooms.. yum!

  9. Michelle March 24, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

    ps also wanted to mention and not sure if you are a “bar” lover.. but I find them nice in between lunch and dinner there is a new one out there called Quest 20g protein 17g Dietary Fiber 2-3g sugar (some flavors have surgar alcohols) but the PBJ has 2g of sugar. They are yummy and filling but about $2 a bar… so not on the cheap side.

  10. Lisa Johnson March 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Wow Michelle, that sounds really, really good. :-)

  11. Lisa Johnson March 25, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Michelle, I found a bar at Trader Joe’s with only 5 g. of sugar (a smidge more than a teaspoon) but I’ll look for yours … thanks so much for sharing the info. L–

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