The theme of the past 4 days has been that there is a single food I’m craving each day. Thursday was M&Ms, Friday was pretzels, yesterday was garlic bread (with extra mozzarella cheese), and today was shrimp fried rice. Despite the temptation of how easy it would be to just eat a bite of any of the above, I am holding strong. With every craving I get, I am reminded of why I am doing this program in the first place, over the many other weight loss options out there.
Well everyone, I’ve done it – day one of the program is officially complete!!! The picture is what I get to eat in a day, a total of 960 calories of a high protein, very low carbohydrate diet.
As everyone seems to be pointing out to me, that’s a pretty small number. But that’s why this program has such intense medical management!!!! If I were doing this by myself it would be very, very unhealthy. The Weight Management Program involves weekly visits with a dietician and biweekly visits with a physician, in addition to vitamins and some anti-gout and anti-gallstone medications. They also require 40 minutes of mild to moderate activity per day as my energy level permits. Most importantly, this phase does not last longer than about 3 months. They are taking all the precautions necessary to make this safe so the rest is up to me!
Now that that has been stated, on to the fun part! My (medically managed) diet consists of 4 shakes and 2 soups a day. Since today was the first day I wanted to give everything a try. The shake comes in three flavors (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry) and the soup comes in chicken or tomato.
Overall, everything is more palatable than I was expecting. I’ve eaten high-protein foods bars and shakes before, and usually they’re pretty lacking in flavors I enjoy. The chocolate shake and the chicken soup were definitely my favorites, with the tomato soup and vanilla shake being not too bad either. The strawberry shake was just….no. I’m going to try to save it as a smoothie with one of my no-sugar sweetener options (banana extract), but I doubt I will be ordering that again.
I was suprised with how much I used to nibble throughout the day. About once an hour I would catch myself looking around for food, not because I was hungry but because I usually had something I was munching on. The food is actually pretty filling (thanks, protein!) so I didn’t get any extraneous hunger pains.
I know every day can’t be this successful, but I’m glad to have a strong start out of the gate!
Tomorrow is the big day! I met today with the nutritionist and bought all of the food for the first week. Now I’m just waiting on the all-clear from the doctor for a blood test result (to reduce the risk of getting gout), which I should receive tomorrow morning. I can’t wait to share my day one experience with everyone!!
I’m super excited, and a little scared, but I know I can do this!!
One of the many opportunities afforded to me during this program is the ability to take part in a number of research programs. All of them are opt-in, meaning that I got to pick and choose which to participate in and which to pass on. A cool feature, not common in many research studies, is that they share the results of many of the tests with you.
After going over the list with the research coordinator, I decided to sign up for the dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan, the resting metabolic rate test, and the mixed-meal glucose tolerance test. Each test will be repeated three times – once before I begin the program, once when I reintroduce food for phase 2, and once at the beginning of phase 3.
Hello, and welcome! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog. Though this weight loss journey may be mine, I could not do it without the support of so many caring and wonderful people. This blog will serve as a chronicle of my successes and struggles, as well as a way for me to share my progress with everyone. I invite you all to join me on this great adventure!
So how am I going to do it?