Welcome Tammy, and congrats on being a survivor! I'm an 8 year breast cancer survivor, with reconstruction too. :-) I've been doing the Zone for 15 years, and last year I switched from classic Zone meals to Zone Fast 1-2-3. You'll love it! You can find out your daily protein requirement here: http://www.zonediet.com/Tools/Calcu...fault.aspx
The block system is one way to design classic Zone meals, but you don't use it when you're following the 1-2-3 plan. For 1-2-3 use the grocery list explanation which came with your food. It’s your basic blueprint for following the 1-2-3 plan. You can also find it here: http://www.zonediet.com/GroceryAddi...fault.aspx
The 2 week sample menu that arrived with you food had some very good basic ideas for meals and snacks. If your daily block recommendation on the calculator comes to 11 or 12 blocks you will do fine following the women's 1-2-3 plan. If your daily block recommendation is 13 or more, the men's plan should be used. Essentially it includes one extra snack daily to provide more protein. I require 13 blocks daily and I use the men's plan.
Don't forget to include Omega Rx and Sea Health Plus (or Polyphenol Plus). They're very important for best results with fat loss and inflammation lowering.
I'll be happy to help if you have questions. Good luck!
Consultant of Zone Labs
Certified Zone Affiliate
Lost 100 lbs 15 yrs ago, off BP meds, thanks to
the Zone diet and Zone fish oil. ZoneFast 1-2-3 is the best!