How Leslie Lost the Baby Weight -- 13 Pounds in 8 Weeks!

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iVillage on Jan 23, 2012 at 11:23AM

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Leslie's Journal, Week 2

a iVillage on Dec 20, 2010 at 10:00AM

I lost 5 pounds this week! This is a big motivator for me. I know from past experience that, for me, the first 10 to 13 pounds come off pretty easily, but after that it gets a lot harder. Still, I’m feeling good and staying positive. And while I don’t see any changes, I did the notice today that when I put on a pair of newly washed jeans, they didn’t feel tight. That was exciting! 

What I love about Chefs Diet is that I don’t have to think about what I need to eat. I have no choice but to eat what’s delivered. It’s kind of fun opening up the little black cooler bags in the morning to see what’s on the menu for the day -- even if I sometimes have to Google the ingredients. (Example: Trahana, which, FYI, are Greek noodles made with a sour dough that resembles rice. They’re extremely tasty, and on my list of good carbs for future meals.)  

I don’t love the fact that the meals come in separated take-out plastic containers. For some reason the portions don’t look like much in these containers. But on a plate, they’re similar to portion sizes of a non-dieting person. Now I always transfer the meals to a plate or bowl before heating them up. It’s amazing how deceiving those plastic containers can be!

I didn’t expect it, but it’s actually easier being on this diet during the week while at work than it is on the weekends, when we’re up in the country with friends and I’m surrounded by junk food, big breakfasts, gourmet dinners and homemade baked goods. I have to admit that I did cheat this week for the first time. My friends’ 13-year-old daughter made homemade bagels, and I had to try a little piece because I was just so curious as to how they came out. They were delicious! This is the only time I’ve not stuck to the diet. But in general, this program has made daily life a little easier. Definitely another plus among many!

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