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! ❤