Week 1: Day 5

The lovely women at my class on Thursday weren’t lying when they said it would get easier “by the weekend.”

I woke up this morning quite hungry, as was to be expected for a Saturday morning. I slept in (and I use that term loosely) until about 7:30 and was raring to have some coffee. It’s my drug, I admit it. I’ve been making “frozen mochas” for breakfast since I started OptiFast, and they’ve helped me maintain some semblance of normal since every good day must begin with coffee.


These frozen mochas are simple: 1 packet of chocolate shake mix, 8 ounces coffee, 5-6 ice cubes, and 1 packet of MonkFruit sweetener. (Like stevia, but from the monk fruit instead of the stevia plant, it’s a bit less sweet). I’ve found, oddly enough, that drinking the shakes quickly, and savoring… ok, wait, savoring isn’t the right word. Savoring is for things like my sister’s desserts, a slow-cooked short rib, or delicious stew. “Eat slowly” is the term I’m looking for. If I drink the shakes quickly, yet eat my bars and soup slowly, my hunger level is MUCH lower. I guess this is all part of the learning curve.

I spent a few hours today taking photos of a friend of mine for his upcoming album. Usually, I would’ve jumped at his offer for pizza and caesar salad afterward, but I said no thank you, and came home and had soup.

Oh, and too much garlic powder in this soup mix makes for dragon breath…sorry Adam… and cats…and dog… and anyone I may talk to in the next 36 hours…

Another thing I’m noticing: my weekend fueling schedule (food is fuel…food is fuel) seems to be much more manageable than my weekday one.

Weekday schedule:

6:30 a.m. shake w/coffee

9:30 a.m. bar or shake

11:30 a.m. bar or shake

3:30-4 p.m. shake

7:00 p.m. soup

Weekend schedule:

8:30 a.m. shake with coffee

11:30 a.m. bar or shake

2:00 p.m. shake

6 p.m. soup

9 p.m. bar

I wonder if I could swing this at school… no one has to know what’s in my coffee mug!


  1. So glad I found your blog! I’ve been searching for someone I can follow from the beginning of Optifast. My second appointment is Monday and I’m hoping to get my food then. My clinic seems to drag things on forever. Looking forward to reading about your progress and success!


  2. Just found your blog and I LOVE it. I’m a foodie too and completely understand where you are coming from! I successfully Optifasted — stayed compliant — and lost my 80 lbs. and hit goal. It is a wonderful feeling and I’ll be waiting for you at the finish line! Now, in maintenance, it’s been an interesting ride trying to manage my love of gourmet food. But I’m making it. With baby steps. Check out my blog “Optifast Gourmet.” You got this girlfriend! Take Care. Melissa


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