Sorry I haven't been posting much about my Optifast diet lately... the past 2 months have been **** with school - I haven't gotten to watch any season premieres; I'm not sure if my husband knows I still exist; and my house is a dirty, nasty disaster...its all I can do to keep up with the little things everyday and squeeze in quality time with Chris every now and again.
(yes, they really are throwing alot of work and clinicals at us, this is not an exaggeration).
So anyway... I am still doing Optifast. I'm down a total of 78lbs and have lost 51 inches overall.
I am slightly smaller than I was when I got married... woohooo!!!
It has been an emotional roller coaster, and I have slipped up a few times
- HOWEVER, each time I have gotten back on track and have managed to make this work for me. If I had to do it all over again, I would never do this during the school year!!! I have been learning some new coping mechanisms, and I have found that I really hate binges - as in I just feel gross when I binge and get no emotional numbing from it anymore (which is good that I now know this).
I have personally modified Optifast to fit my needs a little better.... I am still on the fast and I still only consume between 500-800 cal/day; but every few days I substitute a shake or 2 with a South Beach product (I really like the breakfast burritos and pizzas!!) and stay within my calorie range. It was worked for me to satisfy the "I WANT TO EAT" monster that comes out, but it also keeps me on plan and from doing stupid things to either stop this or gain it all back, which I don't want at all. I figure if that even if I am eating something that I'm not "supposed to", as long as it is keeping me doing this program, then I'm not gonna complain or feel guilty.
I have started doing cardio everyday of the week that I possibly can fit it in, and although I know it is a good habit anyway and I needed to really reinforce it as a habit, I started doing it more as a stress relief and me time. I have also started journaling regularly and if I feel like I want to eat junk, I use distractions such as video games or homework to get my mind away from it.
So, overall, I'm still doing well and I hope to be under 250 by Christmas. My dad is still going strong, though his weight loss has finally started to slow down on the fast (he doesn't do cardio and will need to start that soon) - he is down 88lbs and only has 20 more to go.
OH, and with the previous worry about my liver enzymes: they are normal now and no one has any real clue why they went up steadily or why they are normal now. But just as long as it stays normal - thats whats important.