The Smarter Science of Slim: Thoughts on Week Three

This past week was a good week!  I can feel my body changing, my palate is changing, and I successfully got both workouts in without cramming them in at the last second.  Plus, I'm dragging my family in with me a little bit.

How I Changed

I'm glad that Jonathan reminded me to take body measurements before I started my challenge because the scale didn't budge this week. But I lost 1.25" total, the same as in week one.  I'm now down a total of three pounds and three inches.  The three pounds isn't that impressive sounding, but three inches in three weeks is.  So I'm happy. If you're going to do the Bailor Challenge from "The Smarter Science of Slim", remember: the scale isn't the be-all, end-all (and it never was anyway).

Veggies Working Great

Here's the part that makes me giggle: I've been cooking dinner for two weeks now and I'm doing a double veggie instead of a veggie and a starch.  Neither my son or my husband even noticed.  I pointed it out to them and they both just shrugged.  Heh. I'm noticing my husband eating less carbs too.  We work together and eat quite a few meals together.  He's been looking a little leaner too.

Starches Are Hitting My System Differently

We had a dinner meltdown at one point during the week and ordered pizza.  Before you totally gasp in horror, it's actually healthy from Naked Pizza; thin crust, ancient grains, tons of veggies, and I had mine without cheese and didn't eat the crust (which is probably technically just bruschetta ...). The funny thing is I could feel the starches hitting my system.  Felt kinda bloaty after 30 minutes and my stomach felt heavy right after the meal.  No I'm not diagnosing myself with gluten issues, because it was just a minor discomfort, but it was interesting noticing that my body has adjusted to all the veggies and seems to prefer them over the starches.  Progress, right?

Protein Is Getting Hard

The nine servings of veggies and four servings of fruit is crowding out the protein for me.  I'm struggling a bit to get it all in.  I had bought some whey protein powder for smoothies, but it wasn't working well.  I just discovered some powdered, flavored protein that you can mix with water, so I'll give that a go and report back next week.  I'm nowhere near where I'm supposed to be, although I am getting protein "doses" four times a day pretty consistently.  (It's supposed to be five on the "look hot" stage of the diet.)

Oranges for Dessert

I do crave sweets, especially at night, but I've finally found a great solution.  Oranges!  They work great; they're juicy, sweet, and on the Smarter Science of Slim plan!  Sometimes I even have two.

Exercise is Working Well

I can't say I'm enjoying the 10-minute workouts twice a week.  I schedule them with dread knowing it's going to be strenuous. I huff and puff like crazy and, when I'm on the bike, always hit at least one 30-second burst where it feels like I'm going to toss my cookies.  But, I have a true sense of accomplishment when it's over and I can always feel it the next day or two. That said, I'm still not in the deep muscle soreness that Bailor describes in the book.  Am I still not working hard enough?  Is it the Pilates instructor body used to all the strength work over the years?  Not sure; I keep pushing as hard as I can and we'll see. I am doing other workouts too.  A little hooping (I'm a hoop girl), a lot of walking, and Pilates twice a week.  I enjoy exercise and see no reason to stop.  Bailor includes the two short, intense workouts specifically to increase metabolism, but still recommends walking 10,000 steps a day.  He doesn't believe in a sedentary lifestyle!  For me, Pilates keeps my back strong and is a huge stress reliever; without it, I get cranky.  So I'm still doing my usual thing. So that's it for week three.  I'm happy with the progress I'm making, my palate is changing, and despite the fact that I'm not perfect on this diet, I am seeing changes and moving in the right direction.  Onward to week four, which is another week at the "hot" level and then onto "fitness model" for the final two weeks. You can catch up on week one and week two if you'd like to see all my progress. 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.

15 Responses to The Smarter Science of Slim: Thoughts on Week Three

  1. Staci March 7, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    I’m glad to hear you’re finding success, Lisa! I’ve been toying with getting into the program since you first described it. The part that’s tough for me is reduction in carbs. I try to eat very clean (my macro levels are around 50/30/20 – carbs/protein/fats) and I’ve been honing in greatly on how much sodium I am getting as I see my weight fluctuate a ton on high sodium days.

    I need to do some measurements as I’ve just recently integrated My Gym Trainer workouts along with Zumba and Joggervals (treadmill intervals … killer). I did my first Tabata session the other night. Holy crap.

    Mostly, i feel like I’m doing okay (aside from some blood sugar challenges (dropping) but I definitely am trying to focus on fat loss and if Jonathan’s plan really serves that purpose I may just need to dive in.

  2. Carolyn G March 7, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    I gave up the Coke a day. Do not miss it. I decided a tall of glass of ice water is the best refresher. I am on the last day of the 1st week in the SSOS Workbook. Energy is up. I am not sleepy at all during the day. My mood is great. I am much happier. I am not having much success with the workouts. My bike does not have enough resistance and I am still not feeling the pain from the other workout. I am probably doing it wrong. I walk at least 5 times a week, because I find it relaxing and I enjoy it. I walk with a friend an additional two times a week. My clothes are fitting better. The best part – I think I can do this for the rest of my life. I did have three days where it seemed like I was having some kind of withdrawal. Those were the days I really focused on cutting out the sweets. This might be part of the proof that sugar is addictive. I am having fun trying new recipes that are SANE and yummy. So far things are really good.

  3. Tammy March 7, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Congratulations on the inches dropping off!

    I love the double veg idea. Actually, my boyfriend started the trend of subbing a 2nd veggie for the starch in our dinners about a month ago, and it has had a big affect on me as well.

    Keep up the hard work!

  4. Lisa Johnson March 7, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Staci, I would say the eccentric work would be important to add in, a lot of cardio would contribute to fat loss but perhaps also muscle loss, the eccentric work will make sure that doesn’t happen. And you’re right, Holy Crap on the Tabata! lol … L–

  5. Lisa Johnson March 7, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    Hi Carolyn, yes, definitely have fun with it, glad it’s working so far with week one and you can see this as a lifestyle change you can keep. Keep trying the workouts, I do learn a little trick or adjustment each time I do them which helps me do the next one. You always have to wait for the next day to see how sore you are to see if it worked or not. So it’s a bit of trial and error.

    Tammy, thanks for the kudos! L–

  6. Joe Williams March 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    Lisa – I’ve very pleased to read that you are making noticeable progress. Thanks for being the guinea pig! I’m curious about the difficulty you mentioned about whey protein in smoothies, since that is an option that I would definitely pursue. Is there anything more you can share on that?

    Keep up the great work!

  7. Staci March 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    I forgot to ask my one real question (lol) … What are your daily meals looking like, in general? Or, would you rather not share? I was just curious of some sample breakfast, lunch, etc. meals. Are you tracking calories at all, or just servings?

  8. Sonia Simone March 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    When I was doing instinct diet, I got into the habit of a large serving of a vegetable plus a big mixed salad every night with dinner, with a controlled-portion protein. That’s still how I eat dinner — gets you full without being overfull, tasty and great nutrition. I started making my own salad dressing to avoid the excessive Omega-6 in commercial dressing. Good olive oil, good vinegar, good French mustard and a little salt, you don’t need much to give great flavor.

    I need to get my hoop back out, got out of the habit over the holidays!

  9. Lisa Johnson March 7, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    Yay hooping! So much fun and for me a great de-stressor. Sonia I tend to have your dinner for my lunch and that works well for me. Also, I luckily work right be a Panera and I just get there salad all the time. :) L–

  10. Lisa Johnson March 7, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    Hi Staci,

    Typical breakfast, 2 egg whites and one egg with spinach and onion (it’s actually very 4 Hour Body), lunch, typically big salad with grilled chicken and an eensy bit of dressing, mid-day snack I’m still struggling with for proteins … lately it’s been an orange and guilt a/b no protein. Snacks are pinapple, oranges, blueberries and strawberries, dinner is whatever protein I’m having and a double side of veggies and I give myself extra big portions. Not a huge fan of smoothies so I have them here and there but not a ton. I get the Dr. Praeger’s sweet potato pancakes at Whole Foods which are really healthy when I’m stuck with a last minute meal (usually lunch) and I’ve bought some turkey meatballs at Trader Joe’s that are 18 g. protein for 3 meatballs and tend to eat those with the sweet potato pancakes. I sprinkle flax seed on salads and in smoothies and occasionally in the eggs and whatever the dinner thing is.

    Hope that helps,


  11. Lisa Johnson March 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    Hi Joe, The problem with the protein in the smoothie is that it separates out after a few minutes and it was turning white-ish. I’m assuming I’ve got not high quality protein but who knows. I actually got a sample bottle from a manufacturer just yesterday with some other protein options and I’m going to test those out this week. If they’re good I’ll report back. One thing I’m hopeful about, they had a flavored drink thing, kinda like Kool Aid mix with agave syrup and 10 g. of protein. So it’s got some sweetener but it’s lo-cal. I’m gonna try that. Who knows?

    Yes, my body is definitely a lab experiment right now, lol. L–

  12. Michelle March 11, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    I just posted this on the Smarter Science of slim.

    I forgot to mention in my below comment that I do Pilates (mat and apparatus) 5-6 times a week and a Pilates Boot Camp class once a week.

    So I am posting this here since Lisa’s blog is what got me interested in The Smarter Science of Slim. I have – been SANE at the hot – fitness model level since last Sunday. Today was weigh in day and I am happy to say I have lost 5 lbs this week, I did not measure myself but will do that today.

  13. Lisa Johnson March 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Wow, Michelle that’s a great first week! and yes, definitely measure yourself because some weeks the scale won’t move but you’ll still lose inches. (Think of that time of the month). Also, inspired by your Pilates practice, I own a Pilates studio so I’m always a fan. :) L–

  14. Joseph March 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Hi Lisa! I started SSoS after reading about it on your blog…today is day 1 for me! My wife and I are going for the “fitness model” version. I think I’ll have more trouble with the veggies than proteins…and I’m more like “reluctant hubby” than anything else so I’m a bit nervous about the workouts – but we’ll see!

    I’m really hopeful about this program…it’s inspiring to see such great results from everyone!

  15. Lisa Johnson March 12, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    Joe Good luck and definitely keep us posted! :-) If you have questions please ask, I’ll answer the best I can. L–

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