I’m entering my ninth week on Optifast. This coming Wednesday will be the halfway mark for me. I can’t believe how many changes I’ve experienced in just nine short weeks! I’ve lost a total of 24 pounds,with a 2.5 pound loss at my weigh in yesterday. I’m extremely eager to find out the total number of inches that I’ve lost when they measure me next Wednesday. The average weight loss for an Optifast patient is 30- 50 pounds in 18 weeks and I seem to be right on track. After my 18 week stint, I plan to sign up for a six month weigh-in program where I’ll see the nurse practitioner three weeks out of the month and the bariatric doctor once per month. I’ll probably always exchange one meal and one snack per day for an Optifast product once I’m back on real food. Obesity has been a chronic problem for me, and I think the only way for me to conquer it is to consistently be accountable for, and mindful of, my eating.
Another surprise for me is that I actually enjoy going to the gym. I’ve had gym memberships in the past, that I’ve quickly allowed to expire with very few visits. I don’t know whether the Wellness Center is just a great fit for me, or if I’ve finally, after almost 50 years, made peace with the fact that it’s absolutely impossible to escape exercising if I want to be healthy and fit.
In other weight loss news, I finally went shopping for new jeans! I couldn’t put it off any longer. I can’t stand the feeling of a belt and my old jeans went from being low riders to completely falling down if I didn’t constantly pull them up. I’d vowed to not purchase clothing until I lost all of my weight, but the fear of people seeing how old and ratty my underwear is, coupled with a sale at Old Navy caused me to break my promise. I had no idea what size I’d be in and I finally ended up in a 16 after trying on several 18s that were too large. It’s strange how I always think I’m bigger than what I am when I try on clothing. It’s been many years since I’ve seen myself in a 16 and my goal is to try out a few more lower sizes in the coming weeks ,and to buy some decent underwear!
Here’s the song that’s in my head right now!
I hope everyone’s week has been wonderful and that you’re all on your way to a fabulous weekend! 🙂
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