DH and I are on the sixth week of following the HCG drops and eating plan. We have both done very well with following the plan and losing the weight we had hoped to lose. Today I find myself 2 pounds from reaching the maintenance goal I had set when I started SP over 5 years ago. I am very excited to be at this point in my journey. It has been a long but very educating process.
Now comes the question I face at this time - are those final 2 pounds really necessary to lose? We had planned to stay with the HCG drops one more week and then to transition off of them and gradually add more calories. However, the past couple of days I have felt really hungry and weak in the mornings - an indication given in the eating plan guide that one has lost enough weight. So today I have stopped taking the drops and began a 3 day transition that is followed by establishing the gradual increase to maintenance daily calorie needs.
I have looked long and hard as I considered this step of change in our plans. As a runner, I know that when you've trained hard to run a long race, you don't stop within several blocks of the finish line and say, "I ran a long distance and this is good enough." No, you want to be able to say you actually made it across the finish line, no matter how slow your time may be in comparison to others running. At the same time, if an injury occurs, or if something happens with a weather change that the race is called done, a runner must stop for the sake of their own safety.
That is the perspective I have as I reach these final two pounds. I would like very much, after all of this time working towards the set goal, to actually make it across the finish line. However, for now my body is signalling me that it is more important to readjust my plan and begin to add more calories now rather than later. To continue on the current course could do me more harm than good.
It is possible that as I work through the transitioning and the increase of calories as well as exercise that those two final pounds may come off. But that is not my focus now. The number on the scale is not as important as my health. I have run this race well. I have learned a lot about healthy eating and I have come to enjoy daily workouts with running, aerobics, and strength training. It is time to move forward with all I have learned and establish my maintenance weight, whether it be here at 2 pounds more than I had set or at my set goal, if those pounds do come off. Either way, I am very content with where I am and all that I have gained from this journey.
It is now time to establish my maintenance plan. This in itself will be several weeks in the process, but I have a good, solid foundation to build upon - thanks to SP and all the teams and friends I have here.
I will always be pressing on to establish healthy eating and exercise so that I can stay fit for my King!