They say that nothing tastes as good as thin feels. And that’s total BS to me because I love a damn good meal just as much as losing weight. And that’s the entire point of this – you CAN EAT what you want AND LOSE WEIGHT so long as you plan ahead for those more indulgent meals and balance it off with healthy eating and some fitness.

Since my stomach is now “shrinking” and getting used to its new routine, my cravings for large quantities of food have subsided a LOT from the first 2 weeks. It’s really the first 2 weeks that are the most challenging. Once you get through those, you are WELL on your way!

And when I weighed in this week, I was a happy camper again!

So what did I do? I’ll tell you – here’s a run-down of what I ate each day (along with links to recipes/products) as well as my exercise routine:

Mon, 7/30 (Starting Weight: 245 lbs)

Tues, 7/31

  • Breakfast – 1 cup of Special K + Skim Milk with canteloupe
  • Snack – Premier Protein Shake
  • Lunch – 1 cup of Shredded Chicken (recipe here) with about 2 tbsp of Pesto sauce (about 2 tbsp), 1 tbsp of crumbled Feta and 5 Kalamata Olives
  • Dinner – 1 cup of Bucatini all’Amatriciana
  • Beverages: Water/Seltzer throughout the day
  • Gym: 45 minutes on elliptical machine (approx 5 miles)

Wed, 8/1

Thurs, 8/2

  • Breakfast – 1 cup of Greek yogurt (recipe here), pineapple and honeydew
  • Snack – Premier Protein Shake & Half a Pink Grapefruit
  • Lunch – Cauliflower Purée with some shredded Mozzarella mixed in
  • Dinner – 1 cup of Shredded Chicken (recipe here) with about 2 tbsp of Pesto sauce (about 2 tbsp), 1 tbsp of crumbled Feta and 5 Kalamata Olives
  • Snack – 1 cup of low-fat frozen yogurt
  • Beverages: Water/Seltzer throughout the day
  • Gym: 45 minutes on elliptical machine (approx 5 miles)

Fri, 8/3

  • Breakfast – 1 cup of Special K + Skim Milk with fresh berries
  • Lunch – 2 hard-boiled eggs (recipe here) and a plum
  • Dinner – A Cobb Salad with grilled chicken
  • Beverages: Water/Seltzer throughout the day as well as 1 frozé (because, summer)
  • Gym: 45 minutes on elliptical machine (approx 5 miles)

Sat, 8/4

  • Breakfast – 1 cup of Special K + Skim Milk with pineapple and honeydew
  • Lunch – Pastrami Sandwich
  • Dinner – Half a lobster roll, half a shake shack burger and some french fries
  • Beverages: 3 beers, 3 cocktails and water throughout the day (it was a pool party, so…)
  • Gym: 45 minutes on elliptical machine (approx 5 miles)

Sun, 8/5 (Ending Weight: 240 lbs)

  • Brunch – 3-egg white omelette with mushrooms, spinach & Feta cheese
  • Snack – Kid’s size ice cream from Ample Hills Creamery (yum…)
  • Dinner – Cauliflower Purée with some shredded Mozzarella mixed in
  • Gym: 45 minutes on elliptical machine (approx 5 miles)

Another 5 lbs down! Feeling absolutely terrific here – lighter, more energetic, happier. I am telling you, NOTHING feels as good as losing weight (other than an amazing meal, of course). Is it hard work with dedication? Yes. That’s what causes a feeling of accomplishment. BUT I am also not dissatisfied. I am always content with how filled my stomach is and never feel like I am sacrificing the foods I love!

21.5 pounds down in 21 days

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