Slique – 90 days

The Young Living Slique products have delivered as promised.  Of course, I had to maintain portion control, reduced daily calorie intake, exercise regimen, and all other common sense requirements of any weight loss plan.

It came out to about $1o.oo a day in costs.  Some of that was recouped in a much lower grocery bill – no more cookies, cereals, chips, etc etc etc.  Since one meal replacement was in the costs, essentially I am/was spending $10.00 a day on lunch.

My current plan is to keep to weight loss calorie intake until Mother’s Day, and then move to a maintenance calorie intake for … ever, I guess.

I no longer feel so depressed and desperate everytime a diet program or fat removal surgery ad comes on TV.  Yes, many of you remarked that I didn’t seem like I needed to lose weight.  You would be correct according to the Smart BMI calculator.  In the beginning of 2017, I felt like sludge, and even though I have not lost huge numbers of pounds, the difference I DO feel.  I don’t cringe at the thought of exercise, I am not stressing my bulging spinal disks as much in ordinary activity, and I feel more like … me.

Slique Tapas – Savory or Sweet Small Plates

Beating the bland blahs of my Slique diet program has made me into a creative tapas chef.  “Tapas” are from the Spanish cuisine which are small plates of delicious food that are eaten not as a meal, but as Pooh would say – “just in time for a little smackerel of something”.   Having very small bits of superb savory or sweet snacks keeps the taste buds happy, and that part of your brain that says “ahhhhhhh” when you eat something goooooood.

Important to remember – You can extend the psychological pleasure of eating if you 1) take smaller bites, and 2) chew them very slowly, and  3) concentrate on being in the moment and enjoying your eating.

Cranberry Delight-
put a leaf of butter lettuce or a small bed of lettuce bits on your plate.
Spoon 1/4 cup whole cranberry sauce or relish (no sugar added) on lettuce.
Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. chopped pecans on top.
Add 2 sections of tangerine, tangelo, or clementine.
YUM

Salsa Delight-
put out 3 small scoops type corn chips
spoon Black bean and corn salsa into chips
Put away chips and salsa into cabinet and go into another room to eat.
Yum.

New Orleans Rice
I make up a batch of Zaterains rice and portion it into small storage containers.  I am experimenting with what can go with it.

Rice Pudding
If I was really ambitious I would make a batch of HEALTHY rice pudding.  Failing that, I buy the pudding in individual cups from the market.
With a cup of rice pudding, I will add 2 or 3 cinnamon crisp crackers.

Getting Creative about the Downside of Dieting

I am past Day 30 of the Slique in 60 challenge.
I have had results- the actual weight loss number isn’t huge, but the change in body size is.  I am over 5 cm smaller in waist and hips.  There must be something to those capsules and oil blend.  So many weight loss programs produce weight loss but not much change in body size, and the weight comes back, as it wasn’t a true body change to begin with.

These are a few thoughts I’ve had on this process.

Cost:  The Young Living Slique products, especially the complete kit, have a pretty steep initial cash outlay.  However, the NutriSystem program costs about the same (or more) for a comparable 1 month of meals.  If you count the Slique products as 1 meal and snacks for the day, it comes to about $10.00 a day.  Not that expensive.  For me, it hasn’t been an “additional” cost, as I am spending much less at the grocery market.

The 60 day barrier:  Nutritional science has proven that it takes at least 60 days to reset your biological metabolism, to set a new norm for caloric maintenance.  This is why it is “Slique in 60” and not “10 days to the new you”.   The hard part is continuing to that 60 day mark and beyond, when you pass that 10 day or so mark and the newness has worn off, and the old habits want to reassert themselves.

The Bland Blahs:  After four weeks on the Slique program, I was getting a little crazy.  The YL Slique products are not the most flavorful in the world (no there isn’t a chocolate raspberry option for the Slique Shake).  I thought a bit on it.  I realized that eating food satisfies a lot of human needs besides providing calories for energy.  There are several psychological dimensions to eating – and one of these is FLAVOR.  I was craving all sorts of snacks, but I realized that in essence I was craving taste stimulation.  So I came up with an interesting solutions to keep my taste buds happy – but not upset the caloric apple cart.

The idea is borrowed from the tapas of Spanish cuisine.  These are what are now appearing in the US menus as “Small Plates”.  Small portions of very appetizing and interesting things to eat.  I have started creating my Slique Tapas to eat in conjunction with a Slique Shake or as a snack.  The two major criteria are that they are salivatingly good (suited to your taste buds) and strictly portioned to be under 200 calories.

In the week I’ve been on the Slique Tapas wagon, I have stopped dreading the Shake so much, as I have that lovely very small plate to go with it.

Still On Track

I have had two .75 mile walks that are not in my “plan”. Yay for me. No yoga tonight.  I’m not bored yet with the somewhat monotonous food intake- but then again I’m a person who will eat the same thing for lunch for days on end.

I am not going to weigh myself again until Feb. 10.  I’m not one to obsess over minute changes.  I used to make a point of taking two exercise or dance classes back to back before an audition, because I knew I could drop 3 lbs in water temporarily.  And I am knowledgeable in dietary and nutritional science to know that it takes more than 30 days for your body to “reset” your metabolic rate.

That is why true weight reduction is so difficult.  Any short term changes – like those promises of 1 inch off your waist in the first week – won’t have lasting effect until your body resets its metabolic rate and process, which can take 6 to 8 weeks (or more).  It is rare to show any tangible progress in a diet change for at least 4 weeks, and the human psyche is not geared to stick to anything without obvious reward.

When I had more severe hypoglycemia, it was easier to stay on a strict dietary path, not because I had more “will power”.  It was because the cause and effect relationship was so immediate.  Cupcake?  Twenty minutes later – PUNISHMENT with a near fainting spell.  I truly began to mentally consider sugary food as poison.   I can compare the difference between this Pavlovian conditioning and the mere mental knowledge that the lovely, luscious cupcake is not the best eating choice.   I can say that I don’t miss the severe hypoglycemia.  I also can say I know how hard it is not to taste the cupcake when the only mental barrier is the intellectual knowledge that it is more calories, and empty ones, than another choice would be.

None of the Slique horror stories seem to be true….

A prudent person takes a look around the internet for reviews and commentary before purchasing an unseen product online.  The comments on non-YL websites were not always complimentary about the Slique products.  The overall reputation for quality of the Young Living company is very high.  However, there were a number of folks out there who had things to say about the Slique shake mix that were not exactly encouraging.

I have used a lot of protein/meal replacement powder mixes in my time.  There were a some that were hard to manage, not individually portioned, hard to mix, etc etc.  All these issues were mentioned in online comments on the Slique mix.  All I have to say is:  It must have been a much earlier product they were talking about.  I had trepidation in mixing my first shake.  Was it going to be an ooogly-gooey mess trying to mix without at blender?  Was it going to taste icky?  Seem like drinking liquid chalk?  None of the negative comments I read were true.

  • It mixed up well, even in cold milk.  [sorry super-healthy folks, I am not into soy milk].  Just like the super UNnutritious Instant Breakfast of yore, it works much better if the powder is stirred in 1/3 at a time.
  • It tasted…. just fine.  And a huge plus in my book:  It was NOT chocolate.  I hate  crappy chocolate flavored anything.  Chocolate is the last flavor I want first thing in the day.  I am so happy I have a drink mix that is not blah-vanilla or crappy-chocolate.

The gum.  Ah the gum.  the gum is a wonder.  I am a chewer, easily half of what I snack on is to CHEW not to eat.  I can chew all day, almost as satisfying as Australian licorice, but definitely more lo (make that no) cal.

The tea.  Smells nice.  Tastes good enough.  I’m not clear what its purpose in the overall scheme of the program is, but it good.

 

Starting a Weight Management Challenge

I have been quite anxious to lose 25-30 pounds for several years now.  It is some part vanity, but it is due in large to the more one weighs, the more stress on joints.  My knees and back could use a lightened load.

SO.

Having started using Young Living products for pain management, I had looked at their weight management products and had considered trying one or two of them out.  Then, for 2017, the company announced a “Slique in 60” challenge.  SO.

The factors in my 60-day trial are to be:

  1.  Health and calorie conscious in eating choices.  Enter the Young Living Slique products.
  2. Exercise more regularly.  I am going to have to go this one on my own as my yoga group dissolved last summer.  Two components to exercise more regularly are going to be:
  • Fasting exercise.  Research has shown that exercise done in “fasting” state benefits more in using stored energy than doing the same amount of exercise done at another time of the day.  Of course, this means when one first gets up.
  • Yoga.  I am going to find yoga to watch on my big TV and go it alone at home.

3. Accountability.  After a fashion.  these organized challenges are primarily to build in social support and accountability to keep going.

SO.

The one factor I have in my favor is that I am a person who *can* eat the same thing for lunch every day and not go out of their mind.

I guess the last factor I haven’t solved is:

4.  Reward.  Of course, achieving the weight reduction goal is a reward in itself.  However, being human, one can be supremely motivated by some other (non-food) reward.  Let me think on this a bit.