Anxiety and my 1st Optifast Consultation
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Yesterday, I had a consultation with the Healthy Living department at my doctor's office. I made the appt yesterday and wanted to get in ASAP. Before I lost my nerve and decided against it.
I filled out a few pages of a questionnaire and met with a coach. We discussed my eating habits :
I skip breakfast. I either wind up drinking a serving of Carnation Instant Breakfast or eating my first meal around 1-2pm. Then I snack throughout the day (mostly starchy carbs / not many sweets). Dinner is sometimes more balanced or more carbs - whatever is easier for me.
Then we discussed my goals:
To set a good example for my children. To lose weight and become healthier. To relieve my PCOS symptoms.
My coach recommended the Optifast option for me. It would require up to 17 weeks of strict liquid diet (Optifast brand shakes) or to stop when I reach my goal weight. Whichever comes first. Shakes for breakfast / lunch / dinner and in between.
But how the heck?! I do enjoy drinking my meals, but NO chewing?! Is this something people can actually stick to?
I know it's all completely up to me. It's the mental battle that is so so hard. Getting over how hard it is and maintaining the end goal. Making that win over any other goal of a quick fix of food.
Here are my stats:
Age: 39 yrs
Height : 5'3"
Starting weight is 198 lb (89.81 kg) / BMI 35
Goal weight is 155 lb (70.3 kg) / BMI 27
Dream weight is 130 lbs (59 kg) / BMI 23
I agreed that I feel Optifast may be for me. I'm willing to give it a try.
My next step is to meet with a Doctor at the practice and get some testing done.
An EKG, some blood work and a body scan.
It'll be a great way to see if I'm healthy enough to start this and measure progress along the way. I will be meeting with a doctor once a month and a coach 3x's/month. So basically, I'll see someone weekly. I think this will definitely help keep me accountable and I also feel less anxious about what I'm putting in my body. Having my health monitored so often will be a relief for me.
I meet with the Doctor on Tuesday and will post my updates then.
I don't know why there isn't more info on the web about Optifast. I found it so hard to find current info about people on the plan. I have seen it with people who use it as a preop program before weight loss surgery, but not as much for those not having surgery. There is a minimal amount of people with current blogs. If anyone winds up reading this and has any sources I can check out, please leave a comment. I'd greatly appreciate it!