Monday, August 8, 2011

FBD: Week Three Details

My apologies for the delay in posting week three's details ... but we went out of town, and then ... you know ... I got side tracked. :) But, none-the-less ...

I will answer several questions.

1. How much did it actually cost?
2. How hard was it?
3. Was the food delicious or choke-worthy?
4. Was it worth the effort?
5. Problems and/or successes ...

How Much Did it Cost?

Our GROCERY BILL for the third week, for four people = $122.81

I know ... last week I figured it for five people. But, my oldest doesn't always eat the food. He works full time; so, he's not always here. Sometimes, he eats me out of house and home, other times, his boss treats him to a late lunch. Plus, there were leftover items from the previous week that we had bought for him. So, I think the math this time is more accurate with four people.

For one person, that would be closer to = $30.70

How Hard Was it?

Really, our only struggle this week was the temperature in our house. Still without an air conditioner, we just dreaded the "cooked" meals because they would heat up the house. We still struggled with pizza cravings, but we told ourselves, we would treat ourselves to pizza once we got to Rexburg (which we did! YUM!)

Was the food delicious or choke-worthy?

There were some REALLY interesting food choices this week. We really enjoyed the adventure!

Our favorite meal was the WHITE BEAN PASTA:
For one serving, mix 3/4 cup cooked whole wheat pasta, 1 tablespoon pesto sauce, 2 teaspoons olive oil, 1/4 cup cannellini beans rinsed and drained, and 2 tablespoons roasted red peppers. Heat thoroughly. Total calories: 377 ... YUM!!

Another interesting meal was the BASIL BEAN SALAD:
For one serving, mix 3/4 cup rinsed and drained cannellini beans, 1 small tomato chopped, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon dried basil. Total calories: 366.

Was it worth the effort?

This week was totally worth the effort. I felt like I broke through a barrier. My total weight loss at the end of week three was 19 pounds. YAY! Oh ... but keep in mind, this total weight loss includes the the week prior to the FLAT BELLY DIET when I was starting to make better food choices and exercise. So, the 19 pounds is for closer to a five week period (when you include the four day jump start for the FBD, also).

My husband and children all thought it was worth the effort. The food choices were really fun during week three.

Problems and/or successes

The only issue this week was the fact that we procrastinated getting to the grocery store for the shopping. So, the first couple of days, we actually finished up left overs from the previous week. So, our week three didn't really start until a couple days later. But, it worked out fine, because we finished up food from the fridge.

Tomorrow, I will post week four's details. :) Check back!


  1. Fascinating, sounds as though this is working.

  2. My only question - are there enough vegetarian/vegan recipes in the book?

  3. Great question - on pages 14-15 of the pocketguide, it lists substitutes for dairy and meat. For example, we use Rice Milk and Soy Milk instead of cow milk. It also calls for veggie burgers and chik'n nuggets (made from soy instead of poultry) for quite a few meals. For the meals that list animal products, you can substitute with vegan choices (like Tofutti Veggie Slices instead of the cheese listed) as long as you match the calories and follow the guidelines of no transfats and low sodium.

  4. Sounds like a great diet. I wonder what foods are involved. Some times instead of hamburger the local store by me makes salmon burgers. They come terrikyi, tomato & basil, or spinach & feta. They are so good on english muffins!