Chris being gone for three weeks last month really messed me up, blogging-wise, and I realized I was way behind on Optifast posts. Gee, behind already, what a shock
My weigh-in on November 2nd showed a 1 pound weight loss. Not great, but certainly better than 0 pounds and far better than gaining weight. Despite the stress of Chris being gone, I didn’t sit in the living room alone at night and shovel food in my mouth, which the old me definitely would have done. November 2nd was the last day of Week 3.
At my weigh-in this past Tuesday, Nov. 9th, I was thrilled to see a 2 pound weight loss! Considering I spent Monday night and most of Tuesday eating real food at the Kraft Delicious Byte Blogger Event, I was scared that even though I was following my dietician’s strict instructions regarding what to eat, that I would still show a gain. But I guess all that water I guzzled both days really helped with the extra sodium I’m not used to, and the walking didn’t hurt either! November 9th was the last day of Week 4.
A commenter asked me to explain exactly WHAT I’m eating on Optifast, and I’m happy to tell you! But before I do, I just want to make sure readers understand two things:
1. Optifast is only administered through a medical clinic or hospital. Please do not buy it from someone on eBay or anywhere else online. Please do not attempt to lose weight with Optifast without a doctor’s direct supervision.
2. Please do not substitute anything you read on my blog about Optifast for the advice of a doctor. My experience with it is my own and may not reflect the experiences of other Optifast users. Alrighty then!
Every day I am required to consume 6 Optifast products, which I purchase from Sparrow Weight Management Clinic after my weekly weigh in, Nurse or Nurse + Doctor visit, and group session. Optifast products come in powdered shake mixes, ready to drink shakes which come in a cardboard box with a straw like a juice box, powdered soup mix, and meal replacement bars.
I’m also required to consume 3 scoops of medical-grade Benefiber every day, it’s regular Benefiber with sodium and potassium added since the Optifast products are sodium-free. I also have to drink 64 ounces of water a day, in addition to my coffee and the water I use to mix shakes. Yes, I pee A LOT. I can have calorie-free sweeteners (I like Splenda) and sugar free, calorie free, caffeine free drinks – I like the flavored water sold at Aldi and at Walmart, and I drink Diet Caffeine Free Coke now.
In a typical day, I drink 3 shakes, have 1 soup, and eat two bars. I’m allowed 16 ounces of caffeine a day, so in the morning I have 8 ounces of coffee to which I add one packet of powdered shake mix (either chocolate or vanilla), a scoop of Benefiber, and a packet of Splenda. I stick in my hand blender and whir it around for a few seconds, and it’s done.
Date Started: October 13th, 2010
Starting Weight: 204.3
Height: 4’11? 1/4
BMI (Body Mass Index): 41.3
Goal Weight (based on healthy BMI of 25): 124.3
Total Weight needed to lose: 80 pounds
Week One Weight: 199.7
Total Weight lost: 4.6 pounds
Week Two Weight: 198.7
Total Weight Lost: 5.6 pounds
Week Three Weight: 197.7
Total Weight Lost: 6.6 pounds
Week Four Weight: 195.7
Total Weight Lost: 8.6 pounds
Challenges: Getting in all six products a day, drinking 64 ounces a day of water
Now, I would not be being honest if I said that I haven’t eaten anything not on the Optifast plan, because I have. Once a week I have a junior-size deluxe burger from Wendy’s or Burger King and a few fries from a small order. I skip two Optifast products that day. Was I told to do this? No. Am I doing it because if I don’t, I’ll go insane and eat everything in sight? YES. Letting myself have that burger once a week shows me that I can stay in control of food. I can make a choice and then get right back on my plan.
I have no idea where the internal fortitude to do this is coming from. Honestly, I don’t. All my adult life I have been a quitter. I honestly couldn’t have said for sure before I started Week 1 that I would even make it to Week 5. I was sure that by now, I would be begging the dietician to let me go on an all-food plan, that I wouldn’t be able to drink one more shake for anything. Yet, here I am.
I didn’t take a full-body photo the last two weeks, but here’s one from the Kraft Event – it’s MomReviews (me) meeting Jen from The Mom Reviews!
Comments of a supportive and encouraging nature are always welcome! Tips, Optifast Phase 1 recipes, links to your weight loss blog are also welcome! Thanks for stopping by!