I’m in the last week of the Pavel Plan and things have gone well. So well, in fact, that I don’t consider this my final week. Once I got the hang of it and planned my meals, I found that it really wasn’t too hard to follow. I feel better and don’t have the sugar cravings I once had. Sure, I’ve had a couple of bad days where all I wanted to do was eat, but overall the plan has been easy to follow. Knowing I have three “cheat” meals a week means I don’t have to give up dinners with friends or special occasions.
The hardest part of the plan is drinking my meals. During the week I have a protein shake for breakfast and another one for lunch. The problem is that they are cold and it’s February so I naturally get cold after eating them. Since I eat 5-6 small meals a day, it’s only two I’m drinking through a straw so it’s not too bad, but I miss chewing. Steve and I have become more creative with our dinners and have added shrimp and turkey to our usual chicken. Gone is the lean pork (still too much fat according to Pavel) and most beef. Even “cheat” meals haven’t been too bad. Steve made a wheat crust pizza last weekend with shredded turkey, fresh spinach and fat-free feta – all Pavel approved toppings. When we ate out on Saturday night I did treat myself to some blue cheese chips, but ate a black bean burger and steamed vegetables for my main course. I was craving ice cream so Steve stopped at Harter House on the way home and bought a couple of pints. We never ate it. I forgot about it completely and we took it over to Valerie and Kevin’s last night for dinner and left it there.
I like the way I feel when I eat this way. I don’t know how long I’ll keep up with it in this strict way, but I’m going to keep trying. Friday I’ll have Pavel measure my body fat and get weighed so I’ll see if any progress was made there. I do know my jeans are looser and I don’t feel as bloated as I used to. Sounds like I’ll get some good news Friday!