7 days (not a Hong Kong horror movie)

Just a pre-program note… in the package there also came a couple of snack bars for me to try. One of them, unfortunately, was choc mint… I don’t do mint. I don’t know why, the rest of the human race seems to like mint just fine, but I can’t stand it, so that one went to my father, who likes mint just fine. I asked him what he though and his response was ‘well… it’s not candy, you’re not going to fool anyone into thinking it’s candy, but it’s certainly edible’. He then scarffed the whole thing and asked if there was another one in the box. No dad, just the one. The other offering was a vanilla yoghurt and apricot bar… now that one I’m sold on. It settled nicely in my tummy, and eve at 702kJ a bar, I am probably capable of violating an entire day’s worth of eating on these things. My advice? Buy them one at a time, if I had a box in the pantry, I’d probably snarf them all…


Day one: …sweet merciful God… scales say 92.6kg. For perspective when I was more or less ready to pop pregnant I was 98kg and change. My baby was 3.6kg. Yeah, I need this pretty bad, don’t I? Did I mention I’m a midgety 5’4ish?

This morning I went with the strawberries and cream shake and my first impression, with the tub advising 1.5 scoops and 200ml of milk was ‘holy hell, that will NOT dissolve in there’. Don’t panic, it will, it just takes a few minutes. The mix becomes fairly thick, I don’t know why that surprised me, the tub does say thick shake on it. Strawberries and cream probably wont be at the top of my list of fav flavours (not when chocolate is available) but it goes down well enough and I think people who order strawberry milkshakes as a preference will be pretty happy with it.

During the day I had two small bowls of food, one pasta and one stir fry, and somewhere in there I had about 100g of blueberries to keep me going. If I understand things correctly I probably should have spaced things out a little better with more snacks like the blueberries but unfortunately the kitchen was kinda bare so we went with what we had.

For the record, yes, I’m nervous about being able to stick to the 7 day plan.

Day Two: 92.4kg, which, lets face it, could be explained by the fact I’m wearing a different top. Lets not get too excited just yet. Still, better than having it go up right?

This actually tastes pretty good! Totally non-sponsored, I just found it and thought you'd like to know

This actually tastes pretty good! Totally non-sponsored, I just found it and thought you’d like to know

Vanilla shake in the morning and vanilla wins the top spot for taste! I’ve also taken a touch of liberty with the ratio’s since I found that 1 and a half scoops in the 200ml was a little thick for me so I’ve added some more milk. I’m using the tone 0 fat kind so I don’t feel too bad about it. What I do feel bad about is the exercise that I haven’t been getting the last couple of days. Turns out going to the pool might actually be making my sciatica worse! The few days I tried walking though, it didn’t seem to have this kind of carry on effect, so I’ll be trying that for the next few days instead. Bit disappointed really, I quite liked the swimming.

By 8:30pm I’m starting to get hungry again. I’ve had a sandwich with spinach, tomato, chicken and low-fat cheese, and three

spinach puff thingies today. Haven’t snacked but it feels pretty late in the day and I don’t really have anything left that’s suitable to snack on. I need to spend more time in the morning organising what’s available to eat during the day, cooking whatever needs cooking etc. Something to think about tomorrow.

I had another strawberries and cream tonight, but put a handful of frozen strawberries in it as well and BANG that made a massive difference! Also I put it through the blender and I think having the milk all frothy made quite a difference to the taste.

I went with a jar to mix - a spoon wasn't doing it, so I put the lid on and shake it all to toot

I went with a jar to mix – a spoon wasn’t doing it, so I put the lid on and shake it all to toot

Day Three: 91.7kg. Slightly nervous about the speed of the weight loss. If I were doing this for more than a week I’d probably fold some more snacks into the business but I can survive anything for seven days I guess. For exercise I’ve been limited to stretching and muscle work I can do at home. I do squats with the baby (about 5kg), lift the baby over my head, bench press the baby, that kind of thing.

Went with another double choc shake this morning and added a couple of dashes of cinnamon which lifted the flavour a little. I think chocolate is a bit deceptive to your brain, you expect it to taste a certain way and when it doesn’t you get a little disappointed. A few handfuls of grapes about the place when I felt desperate, and the same two small bowls of pasta that I had yesterday. My one difference was I allowed myself one can of a soft drink – but other than the shakes I’m limiting myself to one, non water drink a day (sortof standard size, one 250ml glass, or a can or whatever, something about that big. It can be juice or tea or a small soda, but only one).

My sister-in-law bought home a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts for me… sadist. So far I’m resisting temptation, though I am trying to calculate what I’d have to give up in order to have one tomorrow, because seriously, Krispy Kreme!

Day Four: 92kg. Popped back up a little, but hey it’s day four, chill out. I didn’t even cheat with the Krispy Kreme’s though Bob knows I was tempted! A doc’s appointment this morning told me my sciatica is almost certainly not caused by any kind of spinal problem, I’ve got a full range of motion and movement doesn’t seem to specifically set it off. This means that it’s likely caused by the nerve passing through some muscle that’s out of whack somehow. I’ve been referred to a physio (OUCH on the pocket) and will be seeing someone next Monday. After that I’ll have an exercise regimen to go with the shakes.

I should also point out here that my eldest daughter has brought some kind of bug home from school and we’re all stuffed up in the nose and I’m sore in the throat. No idea how that’ll affect things, but I thought you should know.

I made a spinach, sweet potato and ham salad today and I have to tell you, it’s seriously hit the spot. I’m no one’s idea of a foodie but it turned out pretty well if I do say so myself. Just bake the sweet potato in cubes) with some cinnamon on it, I baked some sandwich ham as well (it was going to go out of date, waste not want not) and then tossed that through the spinach with some shredded mozzarella on top. Worked a treat!IsoWhey2

Day Five: 91.9kg. Not a huge amount of movement really, but I don’t know if that’s because I’m sick, because I can’t exercise right now, or what. I had a shake for breakfast. My little half lunch of seafood and then some sushi later. The day was a wreck… my youngest got a grand total of about 3 hours sleep which of course means I got almost none. That probably doesn’t help at all, I’ve read that if you aren’t getting enough sleep it can really mess up your body’s ability to burn fat. Mum’s are kinda screwed that way huh?

Day Six: 92kg. Wow… just nothing is going on for me this week is it? I was a bit worried about the initial jump down but I’m wondering now if it might have been a fluke?

Day Seven: 91.9kg

There are a lot of things about this week that didn’t go smoothly, very few of which had anything directly to do with my IsoWhey diet. I was sick (as were my girls) and because of that there was a spectacular lack of sleep. Still, the recommended safe weight loss range is between 1/2 and 1 kg per week, and this has put me smack dab in the middle of that. I’ve finished the 7 day plan now (or will have by the end of today) and am moving on to the 21 day, one shake per day model. You can find info on their various plans here. From now on I wont be weighing myself every single day – maybe once every second of third. I think being TOO caught up in the tiniest change isn’t going to help anything. After the physio appointment on Monday I should also have some more info on exercise and a way to get a grip on the sciatica that’s been keeping me immobile.

3 Comments on 7 days (not a Hong Kong horror movie)

  1. thanks for that – I was really interested to hear from someone who had actually tried it.

    • I’ve moved into the one shake per day phase now, still have 21 days to go. Once that’s done, I thought I might have a go at doing some other, different things. Like making my own shakes just with fresh or frozen fruit and light milk and see how doing it that way stacks up.

  2. Thanks for sharing – I also hate mint – best only for chewing gum or toothpaste :)

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