So . . . did I ever mention my reason for starting this blog? I started it because I wanted to record my learnings on this journey and a blog was so much more interactive than a WORD document. I knew from the past 3 years that there is a lot to learn so guess what? I'm still learning.
I saw my doctor this week, one Dr. Fung. He's great. He hears my struggles and he is committed to walking with me on this journey. This is the first time in 10 years I've gotten a doctor to take seriously my weight issues and to really help me. [Note: handing me a diet that's been copied 400 times does not constitute standing alongside me.]
That's the good news. The less good news is that while there is nothing apparently "wrong" with me, I do have a body that is stubbornly holding onto the weight. He agreed that my daily calories should be plenty low enough for me to lose weight and since I'm losing so slowly, that it was time for a "drastic measure." I've agreed to cut my calories to 1200 a day and to exercise 3 hours a week (but not much more). He has assured me this is safe but we are going to monitor for ketosis or other negative affects. I will see him again in a month and we will check on my progress at that point.
So today was a 1200 calorie day and I'm not hungry. My stomach growled a few times, but I can ignore that. Last year I conquered the emotional eating, so I can easily eat whatever is on my plan. I am not tempted usually to snack. 1200 is fairly low, so I will not be able to splurge calories on sweets even occasionally; if I do I'm sure I will be hungry because that will take up some calories that I would usually spend on something filling, like brown rice or legumes. Just knowing that will help me stay with the healthier, filling foods.
Check in: Current Weight: 239
Weight Last Week: 239
Weight loss since last week: No change
Total weight loss this year: 3.8 pounds
(Starting weight, 242.8)
My food choices: 7 of 10 I needed to have more "ready to eat" food on hand
Exercise: 10 out of 10 - I got in 3 hours of exercise
Motivation: 10 of 10 I am ready to proceed!
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