A few Sparkers are exploring the theme of rebellion at the moment. I've always been a bit of a rebel chick.
My Sparkfriend Racingtodoit asked me how I was going with the Cura, was I still doing it or is it just a phase? Thanks, Lil'Racer.
I'm a bit conflicted about writing about the Cura, because it is a version of the HCG diet and that is not in keeping with Sparkpeople principles, so feel I am breaking the rules or the honour code by talking about it. But since you asked...the fact is, it is a phase, it is my weight loss phase.
I have lost 35-37 kilos since January by following the Cura Romana. (I'm still vacillating about 2 kilos). For the first time in many years I am not at best holding my weight; I seem to have consolidated at a new low weight. This is a weight my body seems to want to be for a little while. I have more weight loss planned for next year but want to pretty much stick here for a few months and enjoy the holiday season. Then I plan to get back on the horse and drop the remaining pounds.
I like the programme very much. And I like SparkPeople very much. I blogged my progress during one weight loss phase, and that was cool. But it did attract expressions of concern about my method, which are sweet, but troubling, and I decided not to do that any more. I really miss being able to share and seek support for my efforts, but I accept that I am using a non-u method so that is the breaks.
I am just right now consolidating from my last weight loss phase, where I got rid of a couple of kilos I had put on from unwise eating, and maybe lost a couple more. (I am bouncing at the moment, which can happen on consolidation. Then you settle. If I pay attention, I'll settle at the bottom of the down bounce). I feel good, as you can tell by reading my blogs-but the holiday season has begun early for me and I have not had such dramatic success because I haven't stuck strictly to the plan. I'm OK with this because that is life, and I'm still making good progress. Plus I have spent quite a lot of this year following a very low calorie diet. So in this last push, I haven't been inclined to deny my body more food when I am hungry, because I don't want to harm myself.
I may do a couple of low calorie days a week, a la the Fast Diet, until I begin again, but at the moment I'm not interested in calorie restriction.
Next year I will follow the weight loss phase for no more than three weeks at a time. Six weeks on 500 calories a day is a bit long, though the first time I did it, my body responded with nothing but gratitude. Anyway, I think I will do three of these rounds, and I plan to pay particular attention this time to the six week consolidation phase, moving onto a more permanent healthy eating pattern. After that, If I put on a few kilos, I will use the Cura to get rid of them.
For now, I am moving through a consolidation phase, in the face of treats at work (on the table behind me, every time someone comes up for a treat I hear them) & a very social social season, with two or three events a week from two weeks ago until New Year.
To help deal with that I am adding to my routine two workouts in the gym at work, including weights machine and my favorite cross trainer.
And that is how I am going on the Cura.
I KNOW, Ptarmigan, but luckily all those days sticking to 500 cals a day have done wonders for my will power muscle.