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Change in my plan

Sunday, February 10, 2013

It's not a question of will power. I could easily stick to liquid protein meals only for the final 4 days of my 6-week program. But the first day after my liquid runs out is Valentine's Day. And there is a special shrimp dinner at our club that I want to attend. I know eating a full dinner like that--even though it's healthy--is too much for my stomach to handle after 6 weeks on only liquid. So yesterday I started a gradual re-feed along with my liquid meals. I began with 6 mini pretzels yesterday. Today I'll add a half cup of dry Cheerios. Tomorrow a banana, next day an egg, etc. So by Thursday, I'll be able to enjoy my Valentine's Day dinner and not become ill from the shock to my system. I'm still stuck at 98 lb. gone and the scales aren't budging. Added to that, I've had trouble going to the bathroom for 3 days now in spite of extra fiber and stool softeners. Constipation is a problem with liquid protein meals, but I'd had that under control with the fiber and stool softeners until now. I'm drinking extra water too, so something should ease up soon. Through this past 6 weeks, though, I've decided not to use the liquid meals as an occasional method to bump up my weight loss. Originally, I'd planned to do this for a short term every 6 months or so. But now I've decided to just stick with the healthy eating plan for the rest of my life--regardless of where my weight is. I am thankful I had the liquid meals last year to help me get beyond the plateau I'd been stuck on for 4 months. And I've been happy with the losses this time too, although they weren't as dramatic as the losses I had last year. But I need to stop treating my meals, whether liquid or solid, as a method of losing weight. My meals need to be simply a method of nourishing my body in a healthy manner; the weight can look after itself. If I make healthy choices and limit the portion size to healthy amounts, the weight will eventually stabilize at a healthy level. It may take longer; it may not. Either way, I know it will take at least a couple more years to reach a healthy weight. But those years will pass anyway, regardless of my weight. And in the meantime, I need to focus on living--not so much on the fuel I take in to continue living. Many of you probably already know this, but I guess I'm a slow learner. It's not earth-shaking news, but until now I haven't internalized it. It's finally getting through to me. We must eat to live--not live to eat. In the meantime, I'll keep coming to SP for my personal daily Spark; without this site and all of you who post here, I would never have come this far. And as for my goal of 100 lb. off by Valentine's Day. At this point, it doesn't really matter if I hit that "magic" number by Thursday or not--I'll hit that number soon, and then I'll hit 125, 150, 175 and even possibly 200! Because my body will be taking in less fuel and burning more. My losses may go more slowly than many people, but they will continue on a downward trend. And no matter how long it takes, each day I will be becoming healthier and more fit. One baby step at a time. So I invite you all to make the journey with me. Stick with it for the long haul. It's all worth it. WE are worth it.
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    Great insights ... thank you for sharing ... I this said it all: " But I need to stop treating my meals, whether liquid or solid, as a method of losing weight." Blessings to you as you continue to journey down the healthier lifestyle road.
    1899 days ago
    I'm in it with you!!! you are doing fantastic and such an inspiration..and wise words!!! Thank you!
    1899 days ago
  • JILL313
    Hi Cherie, You've had some great WL success on the liquid diet but I think it is a good idea to slowly add back in some real nutritious food. I hope you enjoy the shrimp dinner at the clubhouse but as I'm sure you know eat in fairly small portions so your body doesn't get overwhelmed with too much real food too soon. Continue making healthy food choice in the right portions and soon you'll realize more and more WL success. Maybe soon you'll be able to get back into the pool and do some pool walking or exercise. I am so proud of all you've accomplished. You have thought hard and have come up with some great ideas for yourself. It's more about how you feel than the number on the scale. Keep taking good care of Yourself.


    1900 days ago
    I've come to the same place as you. The journey's the thing. Goals are for football and hockey. Let's walk together, not compete. emoticon
    1900 days ago
    Sounds like you have been giving it lots of thought, Cherie, and I think you are on the right track. A number is just a number, but being a healthy and happy person is much more important. I think you are learning a lot and you're not a slow learner at all. Good for you and regardless of how long it takes, you are moving in the right and best direction!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1901 days ago

    Yes, Yes, Yes, !!!! I want to join you on this journey. Hope you will become a good friend and we can do this side by side.

    1901 days ago
    Your blog today--it just hit me hard! I have been focused on "that number" for much to long. I am eating healthier, exercising but not seeing frustrating! I have not opted for a liquid diet, and give you kudos for trying it, sticking to it and seeing your body change in ways yet unseen. I am going to take your advice and focus on just being healthy..the numbers will fall at will. I have in the past lost 80# and was feeling great...add medication and 30 come back...I will continue, as you do, to take care of my body!
    1901 days ago
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