Three pounds in a week…!


I stopped for a quick selfie at Sam’s Club during a shopping trip Sept. 9.

I didn’t think it possible, but I did enter into the 150s this week at weigh in. I dropped three pounds in a week without starving. I feel better than when I was in my 20s—energetic, happy and healthy.

The change is obvious and I’ve had several people this week ask my how I’m dropping weight so fast. I swear it’s simple. Here’s exactly what I do, and what I’ve been doing, to lose over 25 pounds since May.

Note: I am not starving myself at all and my workout is pretty minimal. I have an extremely busy schedule, most of which involves sitting at a computer, so I am sedentary most of the time.

Every morning I work out for 15 minutes to a half hour. My work out consists of me listening to music on my phone and moving. I try to swing my arms as well as move my legs to get the aerobic thing going.

BREAKFAST: Two cups of coffee with milk, no sweeteners, then a Vanilla 310 meal replacement shake, made with water. I add a teaspoon of matcha to my shake. Afterwards I have as many raw almonds as I feel like munching and sometimes a banana.

MID-MORNING: Raw almonds, whenever I feel like I want them. I graze.

LUNCH: A Vanilla 310 meal replacement shake, made with water. Sometimes I have the Mocha flavor of 310 Shake, which is also good. I snack on more almonds, a banana or a slice of cheese if I feel like it.

Me at 185 in May 2015.

Me at 185 in May 2015.

DINNER: Varies, but it will be a protein and vegetables. Usually it’s a portion of meat (I don’t weigh it) like chicken or pork and frozen veggies cooked in the microwave. Sometimes, if I had lunch out with someone, I switch these up and have my lunch shake in lieu of dinner. I still try to keep the lunch to minimal breads and absolutely no sugars or artificial sweeteners. Natural fresh fruit sugar is okay.

That’s it. I don’t ever feel hungry. I don’t feel deprived and this all fits in my schedule. The 310 Shake mix I buy directly from the company, 310 Nutrition, and we purchase four bags at a time to get the best deal. One bag lasts one person about a month, I think, with having two meals a day from it.

I encourage everyone to try this, or whatever works for you. I didn’t feel this fantastic even when I was younger. If a fat writer that sat for 16 hours a day at a newspaper (in May, when I started this) can drop 25+ pounds that easy… anyone can. We should all feel this wonderful.

You can follow my weight loss journey…

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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