Thanks for your responses! I will look forward to people joining me in Phase 2! BMI of 25 or more is "overweight" , so I am at 24 right now. There is a BMI that is considered "underweight", like 19 or something. It's individual anyway and not a perfect guide, especially if a person tends to be a lot more muscular. Individuals like body-builders carry a very high percentage of muscle weight and according to the chart, would have a high BMI but inactuality, they are not overweight. If I lose 10 more pounds, I'd have a BMI of 22-23.
I looked at the BMI chart so I would have an unbiased guide for whether or not my weight goals were reasonable. I found that my sense of whether or not I should lose weight, and the goals I was setting were in line with the BMI chart. I felt clearly "overweight" at BMI of 25 and feel at optimum functioning right in the middle at BMI of 22-23 (granted, it has been a while, but I can vaguely recall how I felt!). I will reassess my goal when my BMI hits 24 in about 5 more pounds and see how I feel.
I am studying the book to make sure I understand Phase 2 and started yesterday to document all my food and all my activity as well as journaling thoughts/challenges/emotions. One day into Phase 2.....so far, so good!
Thanks so much for posting about your success! I think it is great to see that the diet works even if you don't have many pounds to lose! As well.. I love that you touch on the fact that it's not just losing the pounds.. but the added benefit of it being simple, pleasurable and takes away much of the anxiety felt by being on other plans (or not being on any plan at all). I'm at the end of week two and I'm feeling at peace with food for the first time in a very long time. Today I made chocolate chip pancakes for the family and I did not have one pang of wanting them or feeling like I was deprived. Hard to believe but it is true. It's not just about the number on the scale but also what our mental state is that's important.
Pounds lost: 8.5
Fitness Minutes: (89,916) Posts: 900 4/15/12 2:07 P
After about 3 weeks on the Simple Diet, I have lost 5 pounds. It was not a perfectly executed 3 weeks, but it was what I would call "decent." Now this may not seem like a lot of weight to lose..... but I see it as reason to celebrate. Here's why: I only had about 15 pounds to lose as an ultimate goal. It took my BMI from "overweight" back into the normal range. The waist of my pants no longer feels uncomfortable. I feel lighter and freer when I move. I am eating much more healthy and feel much more energetic.
It is even more noteworthy because I have been trying to make the scale move downward for about 2 years now! Instead it had gradually crept up. I tried the "eat less, move more, do-it yourself program", counting calories, and WW points plus program (talk about confusing!). I could not stay on any of it for more than one-half a day and kept going through a cycle of 'failing" and restarting on almost a daily basis. The fact that I have stuck with this for 3 weeks is amazing to me. In the past, trying to "diet" just made my eating habits worse, for some reason.
I believe the SD can work as a way of losing the additional pounds. I actually enjoy being on it, because I love the taste of the required food and I love not having to cook! I love the exercise. I also believe that I will now be able to control my weight and be healthy. I also love the simplicity of the food system which has brought me a sense of peace and freedom. I think that the SD is forcing me to face some bad habits of emotional eating, and thus will make me face some of the underlying issues. That would help with weight loss, but probably more importantly, with emotional growth that will benefit me and my loved ones. I believe that Dr. Anderson definitely knows what he's talking about and will be helping me and so many others to live a fuller and happier life because we will be unhampered by extra weight, both physical and mental. I believe that this is something that I can make a lifestyle.
Since I am now in the normal weight range for my height, according to the charts, I will consider myself being in Phase 2. I do hope to lose the 10 pounds to get to a lower BMI because I feel that is the weight that I was most comfortable at. However, I think I am now developing a more balanced attitude about weight and will be reassessing this goal also as time goes on in Phase 2. I will be studying up on Phase 2 and paying closer attention to Dr. A's instructions for that situation.
Some of you are looking forward to Phase 2, and I will share the highlights of the process, with the thought that it may help all of you move forward on your personal journey. I started participating in this Sparkpeople team about 3 weeks ago and it has been instrumental in working through a lot of this. Love you guys!
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