I don't know if there's enough of a demand for it yet, but I figured maybe we could use an official stabilization thread. That way, those of us who are on stabilization can discuss all of the crazy new challenges that we're facing, and everyone is welcome to ask and answer questions about the second phase of the LAWL journey!
I got impatient and asked to be switched to stabilization today, and I have to admit, I'm overwhelmed! I was unlucky enough to end up with the one girl at the COD that I can't stand; she's friendly enough with most people, but with me she's cold as ice and I get the feeling she couldn't care less about my progress. So she practically throws the new diary and booklets at me and leaves me confused and speechless.
Of course, I'm going to go over all of the info with someone who doesn't want me to fail when I go in again next week, and I'm even thinking about stopping in tomorrow just to make sure I have it straight. However, I figure I might be able to get some info from the knowledgeable individuals here to tide me over.
I was given the "Maintaining for Life" food guide, with pretty much every food in existence, good and bad, listed along with exchanges. It was my understanding from previous conversations that I wasn't supposed to use it until maintenance, and during stabilization I was supposed to stick to the weight loss plan (in my case, blue), but increase the number of exchanges. However, I've been reading through my new "Free to Live" binder, and it says on page 3, "While on the Stabilization plan: The servings for some foods have changed from Weight Loss. Use the servings listed for Stabilization and Maintenance." If that's the case, does that mean that I have the green light for ALL of the foods in the MFL book? Or should I just use it to revise the serving sizes of foods I was already allowed to have during weight loss?
If it's the first one, that kinda scares me. As much as I've been whining about missing my old foods lately, I'm not sure if I'm ready for fettucini alfredo and french fries yet. So much responsibility! And I'm getting kinda freaked out about possibly regaining! For me, week one is unlimited veggies, which won't be a problem. Week two is an extra dairy. Week three is an extra fat (and it would be an extra half-protein if I was on green, gold or purple). Then it gets complicated.
Week four, I get an extra fruit... but only if I'm within 3 pounds of my heaviest week 1 weight! Week 5, I can have an extra starch (which I'm REALLY looking forward to!), but again, only if I'm within 3 pounds of my highest week 1 weight. If I didn't get the extra fruit in week 4, then I can choose between the fruit and the starch in week 5. Then week 6, I get one more fat, but again, only if I'm within 3 lbs. If I missed either the fruit or the starch in weeks 4 and 5, then I can choose between fruit, starch and fat.
I know this is a rather long and frantic post, but this has me pretty worried. I was sooo excited for it, and now it's here and I'm terrified! HELP!!!