A few days to go before my weighing week is over and I find myself considering whether to stop the detox/weightloss phase of the Cura Romana because my weightloss has slowed. For example so far this week I have lost just over a kilogram instead of the 2 or 3 I was kinda expecting to release.
Get this, I am thinking about how this week is affecting my average weekly weight loss, I want this to be higher, so I can say I am losing at .5 kg a day. And I am worried because an upcoming commitment might impact on the third week of my consolidation period, which I think is more important than the weight loss phase.
What madness is this?!? And where does it come from?
Well, at least some is from ideas in my environment. I've been looking for blogs from folk who have done the Cura and in my travels come across a lot of commentary on how this diet doesn't work, how dangerous it is, and how bad for you it is. I know that very low calorie diets are not the best way to lose weight, I have my own reasons for choosing the Cura and I am comfortable that they are sound. And yet... As during the first week when I was worried my weightloss was surely too good to be true, my weightloss has slowed down.
Maybe my conscious and my subconscious should have a little chat together and sort this out.
This leads me to think also about how we incorporate the messages in our environment of hatred and disgust about fat people (no offense intended, this is the term I prefer to describe myself). I have noticed such an increase over the years in overt and subtle commentary, it seems to have become quite acceptable to loathe, despise and be horrified by us.
It makes me sad to see the extra burden placed on us, when life is hard enough carrying around all that extra weight.
And in response to the comments below, thank you so much for your thoughts.
Yes, Janet, I so agree about maintenance and have been giving it a lot of thought, as you can see. And so the idea that one dinner out will sabotage my maintenance is just downright silly, as I did realize, at last. Because I am going to be in maintenance from day 45 on. And I'm planning for it. I think I will be able to exercise more when I have released more weight because I won't be at risk of injury. Already I am doing six hours a week in 4 sessions, and plan to add another 90 minutes when I come of the weight loss phase of the Cura. I harbour secret hopes that it will become safer for me to walk on hard surfaces and I can resume walking to work, which I dearly loved until my knee problems kicked in, and I started piling on extra weight.
As for slow and steady weight loss, I have done so before, but not maintained, and yesterday I read in the paper that another study has found that it doesn't improve your chances of maintaining at a lower weight. It is plan B, but I am trying this route to see if I have more success.
It seemed right for me, it made sense according to what I have been reading about weight loss, and my body seems absolutely delighted to have this opportunity to release the excess weight, even if every now and then a stubborn kilo takes a day or two circling the plug hole before it goes down the drain. I feel absolutely fabulous, and absolutely confident I can complete this six week phase. The thought of another long haul to lose the excess weight just desn't appeal. Whereas the thought of mastering maintenance has my interest and I am eager to begin.
Many thanks, Sparkers, do stay in touch because I am thriving on the spark community, and really appreciate your support and concern.
and I love Zumba and I love the Cura Romana.