Transitions

It’s official!! I am down enough weight to begin the transition phase out of the full optifast.

This, my friends, is me standing on the scale with the first number reading a 2. A 2!!!!!! With me on the scale! I am now officially 46 pounds down, which is ~13.33333% of my initial starting weight and 27.87% of the way to my goal weight =D

Because of how well I am doing (6 pounds away from the 12 week goal at the end of 8 weeks), the dietician agreed that I could begin the transition phase!! There were three options for me to choose from: a full transition (6 weeks to completely real food), a partial transition (staying in the first phase of the full transition), and a continuation of my current routine with 2 or 3 days adding a meal as a practice transition. After discussing the pros and cons of each option, I decided to go with the partial transition.

The partial consists of 3 shakes per day, and one meal of ~400 calories, about half of which should come from the protein source, a quarter from starches, and the remaining quarter from vegetables (although vegetables should take up half of the plate). Additionally, I am now allowed to swap out one shake for a Greek yogurt if I so choose. I didn’t used to like Greek yogurt due to the texture, but I’m willing to give it a shot. The dietician told me the partial is best for those who have a history of issues with binge eating, since it allows you to try out different foods while still having most of the boundaries of the full Optifast diet. She said I can stay on this part as long as I want; for now, that is at least until my next appointment which is late August. I still have restrictions on oils and fats, but otherwise it’s pretty much everything goes!

Since my appointment was in the morning and I have been craving chicken (and eggs) like nobody’s business, I decided to celebrate with my first real non-soley-vegetable food for lunch! My good friend Mike and I went to Subway, and I was able to order an actual sandwich!! I got the oven roasted chicken on 9 grain wheat (since my starches need to be whole grain) with a bunch of veggies on top and a vinegar drizzle to finish it off! Not gonna lie, it was awesome to have different textures and consistencies in the same bite!! Shameless food picture below!

I can’t wait to experiment with some of the healthy recipes I’ve found online!!!

Thanks for reading!

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Temptations and Impulsivity

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.

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Day One Recap!

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!

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One day more!

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!!

The journey begins

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?

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