We just started week 5 of the SOS program. We feel like we are getting pretty savvy, and the weight loss is certainly evident. Rob’s dress pants are bunching under the belt and Leslie has plenty of extra room in the waistband. If that isn’t evidence of what this program does for you, we don’t know what is!

Lets step back a few weeks to when this started. There is no doubt that weeks one and two are difficult. We would not say it is hard because the food selection is so restricted, it is hard because of the overwhelming feeling of having to plan six meals a day out in advance. With the help of a couple trusted recipe websites such as Skinnytaste, The Sweet Life Chef and Pinterest, we were able to adapt and overcome. What was our “go-to” meal for those weeks? Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps.  Skip the dressing and it is Phase 1 friendly (and delicious).

Another go to that was easy to make and have around is vegetable beef soup made in the crockpot. We did not use a recipe, rather, just cut up sirloin, vegetables that were in the fridge, garlic, onion, a can of diced tomatoes and some beef broth. Spice it up however you like and let it roll on low for 8 hours. When it is done, divide it up by however many servings of meat you put in and then store in the fridge for a grab and go lunch. Speaking of grab and go, lets look at a sample of how Rob’s daily food routine developed.

  1. Vanilla protein powder with almond milk
  2. Plain greek yogurt with sugar free jam and Homemade Granola (this is DELICIOUS…Leslie will take someone out over the last portion of granola)
  3. Vegetable beef soup
  4. Nonfat cottage cheese with tomato/cucumber salad
  5. Buffalo chicken wrap
  6. Vanilla protein powder with almond milk and almond milk

Generally, he follows the same snack routine, but the ordinary lunch (3) and dinner (5) meals will change out.

The trick that we found to mastering this; find what works for you. When things start getting a little too routine or bland, don’t be afraid to try something new. Part of the fun of this is exploring to find something different to cook. It is unrealistic to think think that we have to eat the same thing for the rest of our lives. Both of us would lose our minds if that were the case. We love flavor and we love new things, so we are constantly on the hunt for a new recipe to try. For example, in week 4, Rob was dying to have some mexican food. After scouring fajita mix recipes, he was able to piece one together that did without the sugar. Really it was salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. He dry rubbed a couple sirloin steaks and broke out the grill pan. After “grilling” onions, bell pepper and Anaheim chili’s, he grilled the steak. They were amazing on a low carb whole wheat tortilla. The leftovers were to die for! A new “go-to” may be formed.