Esh, so this is going to be a long one. I have tried to write this post so many times in the last week.
I mentioned that I wanted a medical opinion before deciding on a weight loss plan. Keto is everywhere, but seems so intense and restrictive. I read Dr. Phil’s 20/20 Plan and it seemed practical and can help with my binge eating. I have also been reading Liezl Jayne’s blog and her plan seems really easy to follow long term and is a true lifestyle change.
I will start with the good news. As of now, I do not have diabetes, pre diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. I do have some vitamin deficiencies.
The slightly bad news. Due to my weight, I should not do any high impact exercises like kettlebell workouts or strength training on my own until I lose some weight. Two weeks ago, I hit my heaviest (I’m cringing even writing this) at 205 on my just over 5” frame. This extra weight can really hurt my joints especially for at home exercises. So my first goal is to get to 180 but in total, it was recommended that I lose 45lbs with no set time. My transformation will likely be significantly longer than 90 days. That was so hard to hear and I had to take some time to process.
I really didn’t want to focus on my actual weight as a goal. My doctor said to see it as just metric to help determine my overall health, and we can adjust the weight goal if I am losing more inches than weight. I was also told that I am currently really strong mentally and I can handle losing a designated weight without developing any disordered eating. I just need to be aware of potentially problematic behaviors and be honest with my doctor and therapist if any habits develop.
I will be eating no less than 1500 calories and no more than 1800 calories factoring in any exercise. I was also reminded that if I am truly hungry and it is not emotional to eat even if it is over the allotted calories. It’s been a week and I have not been obsessing over calorie counting. I still eat my food and enjoy it.
I am going to continue to keep my food plan simple, whole foods, limited processed food and only eliminate the foods that impact my IBS. I will continue to use MyFitnessPal to track but will factor in calories. Per Liezl Jayne’s plan, she recommends assigning some rewards and I have thought long and hard about them. I tried to pick some really fun stuff. They get more extravagant as I get closer to my goal. I just need a new car so I figure this will be a good motivator. I am already down 10lbs so I get my first 3 rewards (YAY!).
5lbs – Treat meal
8lbs – New skincare stuff
10lbs – New sweaters
12lbs – New sneakers
15lbs – Manicure
18lbs – 2020 Planner
20lbs – Gymshark outfit
22lbs – High tea at the Brown Palace
25lbs – Fitness tracker
27lbs – Knitting class
30lbs – Day off work and spa treatment
35lbs – New fancy outfit
38lbs – Hire a maid
40lbs – Long weekend with husband
42lbs – Murder Mystery Dinner Party
45lbs – New Car
My doctor recommended Barre classes (at home or in person) as a great low impact workout. I got a free trial membership for Barre 3 and seriously, it’s a low impact workout, but hard! I completed around 4 30 minute workouts this week, and they are challenging. I don’t think I ever been so sore in so many weird places.
Today I am grateful for caffeine, sleep and change.