The Smarter Science of Slim: Thoughts on Week One

I've now completed one full week on The Smarter Science of Slim™ challenge (affiliate link).  Normally when I do an online challenge, I'm perfect. I never cheat because I want the reader to really get a sense of what it's like to do this.  I can't make that claim this week. I started off strong on Wednesday; I ate everything that I was supposed to, and when I was supposed to: protein, fruits and veg, starches (I get two a day); all were fine.  By Wednesday night, I wasn't feeling so hot and then spent two days in bed sick with a fever.  Thursday I pretty much just ate starches and Friday I was back on track for fruits and veggies but I was light on protein.  I was far from perfect. In the nature of full disclosure, I have to say that on January 30th I finished a 30-day challenge where I ate for a month near the poverty level.  So the two weeks before I began the Bailor challenge, I was eating a bit of junk.  Actually, I planned to start this challenge sooner, but my mind was not willing to go there so fast after finishing the other. Ah, the power of food. With that said, I lost three pounds of body weight last week.  Bailor says don't judge by the scale, judge by the tape measure. I've taken body measurements too; my chest, arms, waist, hips, and thighs.  Overall, I lost 1 ¼ inches.  My chest and one arm stayed the same, all other spots lost 1/4 inch. I'll take it.

What Was Easy

The easy part for me was the fruits and veggies.  As long as I make sure I get one or two servings in with breakfast I am fine.  It was also nice to focus on citrus fruits and berries; I love both and it's great to have them as my go-to snack. The bike workout that I did was easy to do (sit on a bike for about 15 minutes total), although it was quite hard to do the super-intense, 30-second intervals that left me breathless, contemplating puking, and pretty darned spent.  I did five intervals of 30 seconds each and truly couldn't pedal any longer at the end of the 30 seconds. I had to really add resistance to the wheel to get to that point, more than I thought I needed. I was expecting muscle soreness the next day though, and I didn't get any.  That said I'm a Spin and Pilates instructor and I've already got pretty good muscle mass. I didn't do the weight training workout because of my cold, so I'll have to report to you about that next week.

What Was Hard

Protein!  After a discussion with Bailor on the phone, I dropped from 30 grams of protein per serving to 20 grams of protein. I'm definitely getting three servings of protein per day, but that's only 60 grams total.  The fourth "snack" with protein in it just isn't working for me.  I'm not that hungry.  I adjusted slightly by taking larger portions of protein with lunch and dinner which is getting me up to 80 grams of protein a day.  I don't know how important that fourth, separate hit is.  I'll have to ask Jonathan for his opinion. So I'm writing this a bit chagrined.  I'm not setting a good example of what the first week of the Bailor challenge is really like having been waylaid by a rather bad cold that took up most of my week.  I'm sure I'll be more diligent next week. If you've been doing the challenge let me know how you've been doing and what you're finding easy or difficult.  I'd love to hear from you. Cheers, Lisa Here's a collection of all my "Smarter Science of Slim" posts

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.

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8 Responses to The Smarter Science of Slim: Thoughts on Week One

  1. Sonia Simone February 22, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    For my protein snack I had a little bowl of greek yogurt with a few chopped walnuts. (Berries are great too.) Maybe that would help? It might not get you all the way up to 20g but it’s something.

    I know what you mean about not being hungry on Bailor. When he says you’ll be too full for dessert, he is not kidding.

  2. Lisa Johnson February 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    Was hoping you’d chime in Sonia. It turns out I can’t stand greek yogurt. Tried it on it’s own, gack … tried it in a smoothie and could still taste it, gack! I have whey protein sitting on my counter and I’ve been eyeing it suspiciously, have yet to try it.

    When it comes to my palate I’m a delicate flower, lol … which is a pain in the …


  3. Wendy February 22, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    What I like best about this eating plan is that you don’t have to be perfect to see results. My sugar and starchy carb cravings were out of control until I started eating this way. I don’t like meat very much, so I drink a lot of protein shakes – I love the feeling of fullness they give me. My biggest challenges are drinking coffee without sugar and drinking the green tea.

  4. Lisa Johnson February 23, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    Wendy I found this great green tea that has peach in it too, it mellows out the green tea and it’s quite yummy. :)

  5. Sonia Simone February 23, 2012 at 12:57 am #

    Lisa, you’re so funny. Too bad, I love Greek yogurt. Ah well.

    You might make a little protein shake for your snack, or maybe you just try it out at 3 meals a day. If you aren’t hungry, you aren’t hungry, it seems insane to overeat just to make Jon Bailor happy. :)

    The whey protein doesn’t seem to taste like anything really. But then I like greek yogurt so what do I know. :)

  6. Lisa Johnson February 23, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    LOL … I’ll try it, if for no other reason then I spent $20 on the can … :)

  7. Mike February 23, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    I too can’t stand the taste of Greek yogurt right now – BLECH! I have been using Source 0% Vanilla Yogurt from Yoplait – I don’t count it as a protein serving, but it’s my little taste of heaven that I’m allowing myself while I lose weight. Plus it’s great in smoothies or as a quick dessert (it has no added sugar and is sweetened with Splenda, only 4g of sugar per 100g). I have a picky palate myself so this program has been interesting for me. I have been on it officially for 6 days but I’ve already lost about 5 pounds. I don’t go by measurements because I find I always measure differently, no matter how much I try to do it the same each time.

    I’m going to also echo Wendy. You don’t have to be perfect (hence my yogurt replacement). I was eating all sorts of crappy foods before which clogged me up and made me weigh what I weigh today.

    Protein and nuts I don’t have a problem with – I am a carnivore! :)

    My issue with this plan is that I’ve never been a veggie eater, and the veggies that I like the most (corn/potatoes) aren’t the best to eat when trying to remove the clog and get fit. Smoothies have helped me get more veggies and fruits into my diet! I’ve found that spinach-based smoothies with different fruits (and you can add either whey powder or yogurt) taste yummy and give me that extra serving boost in this area.

    Good luck if you plan to continue!

  8. Lisa Johnson February 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    Mike, I definitely plan to continue and thanks for the tips … :)

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