So, I’ve fully embraced my new healthier lifestyle and am actually finding it easier than I thought I would. I went to the gym three times last week and finding that I am almost loving it! I like how I feel after I’ve reached my goal for the day. The adrenaline that I feel still pumping through me when I’m showering afterward is so empowering. I know what all those athletic people are talking about now!
The meal plan isn’t as bad as I was expecting either… it isn’t quite as good as I was hoping though. I guess that is because it is lacking all the sugar and trans fats that I am used to. I’m not buying their food or anything like that. I’m following recipes and portions from a daily menu of normal food I buy at the grocery store that is specific to my likes and dislikes. It is teaching me what and how much I should be eating. I have room to enjoy eating out and to have the occasional treat, but hopefully I can have the control to watch my portions and go crazy with the treats. It is teaching me to read the nutritional charts and be aware of how many calories I’m eating.
I think the most surprising part of what I am doing is how much food they are wanting me to eat! It will be less as I lose body fat but right now they have me eating nearly 400 calories five times a day! I’m used to three bigger meals and a smaller snack or two. I’m having trouble finishing everything they are giving me. I guess it is to keep my metabolism going and keep me full between meals, but I’m sometimes still full at meal times! I guess that’s what happens when you eat the proper food.
I’ve thought a bit more about my specific goal in this new endeavour. Jon and I are planning to take a vacation in October or November, assuming no major life events disrupt those plans. So, my goal is to lose 50 pounds by then. They say a healthy weight loss is done at about one to two pounds a week. I figure there is a little over forty weeks between now and our vacation. I also figure that my meal plan and excersise regime will be a little shot for the next few weeks since I am having my gallbladder removed on Wednesday and I won’t be allowed to excersise as hard as I have been or eat properly. So, 50lbs in 40 weeks is doable right? My first weigh in is on the 28th… it will be every two weeks after that. I just thought with my surgery I would give it an extra week to get back to excersising before my first weigh in. I’ll keep you posted!