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Disappearing into Transition

 

Nope, this isn't me, but I'm getting there!
Nope, this isn’t me, but I’m getting there!

Yesterday, was my weigh-in day at the bariatric center.  They surprised me by taking my measurements, as well.  I lost another 2.5 pounds and I’ve lost four inches from my chest, six inches from my waist five inches from my hips, and three inches from my upper arms. Woo Hoo!!!

I also met with the dietician and we decided that I’ll make my transition back to food in six weeks.  This makes me really nervous, but she assures me that I’ll still lose weight even though I’ll be slowly adding additional calories to my diet.

Transition is a four-week process and it’s stressed to follow it to the letter, as to avoid any stall in weight loss.  Week 1 involves eliminating 1 shake for 1 serving of a lean protein and a non starch vegetable.

Week 2 still has 4 Optifast products per day, but adds one serving of fruit to be eaten in addition to the existing lean protein and non starch vegetable.

Week 3 includes 3 Optifast products per day, 1 meal that includes 1 serving of lean protein, and 1-2 servings of non starchy vegetables, 1 serving of fruit, and 1 serving of dairy.  The fruit and dairy can be as a snack or part of a meal.

Week 4 features 2 Optifast products per day and 2 meals that include lean proteins and non starchy vegetables, 1 serving of fruit, 1 serving of dairy, and one starch per day. Like with week 3, the fruit and dairy can be used as snacks. Week 4 is the eating plan that I’ll stick with for as long as I want to lose weight.  Once I’m just wanting to maintain my weight, I’ll add 1-2 additional servings of starch.

Transition will bring my caloric intake up to 1000-1100 calories per day.  This is a little scary!  Even more daunting, is that my husband and I will be on vacation during weeks 2 and 3 of my transition.  I’m going armed with my food scale and measuring cups, and luckily, I have access to a kitchen both weeks, so I can cook for myself.  Unfortunately, there may be a few times that I have to eat at a restaurant, but I know some good tricks to keep me out of trouble, and I won’t be shy about bringing my scale and measuring cups to the restaurant with me!

Of course, exercise will still be a very important part of my weight loss regime.  Though my program with the personal trainers will end in four weeks, they’ve educated me in how to use the equipment at the wellness center and have given me a variety of routines to do.

As frightening as transition may seem for me, I know I’ll be ready.  I’ve learned so much about exercise and eating properly.  I’ve also learned to replace my desire to overeat with healthier things like exercising, blogging, crafting, or hanging out with friends and family.   These next weeks will be spent continuing to mentally and physically prepare myself to succeed once transition begins.

I want to thank all of my blogging buddies for your continued love & support. You have no idea how much connecting with all of you means to me! ❤

 

 

16 thoughts on “Disappearing into Transition”

  1. Congrats on your progress! That must be hard not eating food. I wish you success with your transition. One day at a time, you’ll get there! Eating in restaurants is hard. One thing you can do is look up the nutrition info for the restaurant before you go. It’s really eye-opening how many calories a restaurant can pack into a dish compared to what we prepare at home.

    1. Luckily, the place we usually eat at is right by my father-in-law’s house. He’s a regular there, so they’re pretty nice about cooking things to request–like no oil, butter or salt. It’s Hilton Head where there are a lot of retirees with dietary restrictions, so I think I’ll be alright as long as I don’t go seafood crazy!! 🙂 Thanks for visiting! 🙂

  2. Congratulations! Great job. I know that vacations can be stumbling blocks, but you have the focus to follow through. I agree with Cynthia – see if you can find the menu’s and calories for the places that you’ll dine at. Best of luck!

    1. Thank you! I think the only thing I’m really worried about with vacationing is being tempted to overeat. I love seafood, so it’ll be a temptation. I can resist it though with good planning! 🙂

  3. Woohoo!! Congratulations on another great loss 😍 and here’s to exciting times as you move through the transition period. I think with everything that you have gained and learned you will now find that you can enjoy food more than you ever have because it will have lost that guilt factor. And we are all here, all supporting you and wishing you all the success you deserve xxx

    1. Thank you so much, Elaine! You have no idea how much your support and the support of my other WordPress buddies means to me. I do think I’ve changed my way of thinking about food, and I know I’ve found ways to soothe myself without eating. It will just come down to putting everything together and doing the right things. I can’t wait to have homemade hummus! 🙂

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