So what did a week of Simply Filling Technique get me? TRY 5.2 POUNDS DOWN.
One word: Halle-freakin-lujah! For the first time in a while, I'm actually below my goal weight. I'm so happy I could just about cry.
But really -- what it got me was yet another alternative. I still have 11 points to spend for the week (ending tonight, that is), but I doubt I'll use more than one or two tonight. I can actually see myself doing Simply Filling for a week at a time, maybe not every week but rotating a week in once or twice a month. Or having maybe 4 days a week when I follow SFT more than Points.
Now in a method that I definitely don't suggest adopting, I actually did this week of SFT with minimal planning. Bought enough fruits, frozen veggies, fresh veggies, and lean meats for a few meals, but I found ways to make it all work well. It was yesterday before I actually used rice or pasta as part of a meal! I thought at first those would be staples, and HOW was I only supposed to have it once and then later sacrifice the points. Nope - I shocked myself!
SFT forced me to be a little more cautious and a little more creative -- not that this is a bad thing!!! So I am going to consult my Clean Eating magazines a little more often, and the Nutrition Action Healthletter from CSPI - they have clean recipes in there as well. I just wish that e-Tools had a way to say, "Yep! That meets our definition for something that would work with SFT!"
I like this alternative -- a lot. If you haven't tried it before, what's one week out of your journey to give it a go? You might surprise yourself; I know I did!