First update on my liquid diet progress

It seems a little strange to be blogging about hard news one day and my diet progress the next. But as promised, I am providing an update every few days on my diet. The first few days were psychologically difficult; I kept thinking about potato chips (my biggest weakness). I knew I couldn’t have any — plus, I thought if I did have even a few, I would end devouring a whole 10-ounce bag of them.

This is what I am “eating” every day for 14 days (now on day 5):

Breakfast — 1 10-ounce Almased shake (I add an organic banana, vanilla and a teaspoon of flax oil to the blender as well and maybe a sprinkle of Stevia). Almased is a powder made of fermented soy protein, probiotic yogurt and honey); big cup of organic black tea.

Lunch — 1 10-ounce Almased shake (without the banana); mug of clear vegetable broth (low-sodium)

Dinner — cup of low-sodium V-8, mug of delectable hot cocoa with milk (my version of cheating — but I need my daily chocolate somehow, plus it gives me something to look forward every day).

Two hours before bedtime I have another Almased shake. I feel really good on this diet; I don’t feel sluggish during the day and I have lots of energy, even in the early morning. Sometimes my stomach grumbles, so I have to eat lunch right at 11 a.m. and dinner right about 5 p.m.

I don’t weigh myself; instead I use a tape measure and record all my measurements by date and then see how I’m doing. I have lost 1 1/2 inches off my waist since Sunday night, plus more inches everywhere for a total of about 5 inches in 5 days. My tightest jeans fit much better (it’s casual Friday so I’m wearing jeans today).

One of my colleagues & I were discussing how we’re both the type of people who have a hard time making a batch of cookies or brownies, because we want to eat them all by ourselves pretty quickly. I don’t like this about myself, but I have to accept it and avoid making baking goodies at all costs.

Nine days to go with my all-liquid diet — as a reward for completing it, I’m flying to a Florida beach on Dec. 18 — woo hoo!