Ok, maybe not the actual end of the world, but these song lyrics make it sound a little more dramatic, a little more interesting, so we’ll run with that. Life has taken a drastic change of course, however, and we’ll get to that later. First, a sodium update.
I have successfully stymied my cardiologist. My weight basically has not budged. Even, as he put it, we have squeezed all the water out of me there is to squeeze. Every time he checks I’m not bloating, so that’s good. End result, he’s perplexed. There is no higher dosage or stronger medication, so we’ve decided to maintain for the foreseeable future. Which brings us to…
THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! TA DA!!!
Missy and I both have embarked on a medically-supervised weight loss program. We had our first meeting this past Thursday and started the actual plan today. We’re doing the Health One (HNT) Meal Replacement Plan. It’s medically-supervised (I already said that). You’re held accountable. You have accountability with both a coach and peers in weekly meetings. There is no surgery. (I have been told it’s based on a Mediterranean diet, but I cannot find anything to back that up.) So… we’re taking the big leap.
Missy’s and my motivations are very similar. It’s not just losing weight and being healthy, though there is that, too. But there’s more to it. Ever since I was about 7 yrs old I’ve wanted to go skydiving. I even had Missy and Matt convinced to treat me for my birthday the last two years with a skydiving trip. It never happened because I weigh too much (for tandem skydiving). I want to be able to go to a concert or a ball game and fit in the damn seats, reasonably. From what I see even skinny ‘normal’ people have trouble fitting in them, they make them so narrow now trying to shoehorn everyone in to maximize profit. We’d like to lose our CPAP machines. I’d like to get back into routine walking and hiking like I used to. Basically daily life things that make life a quality life.
Oh, and I’d like to stop taking these industrial strength water pills, too. I’m sick of running to the loo every 30 minutes. One day I went 18 times between 7am and noon. I am not kidding.
Anyway, about 25+ years ago I started Weight Watchers . I did very well, lost 11 lbs the first week, and that was with eating an entire medium pizza by myself the last day of the week. But after a few weeks I slowly fell off the boat, and never did another weight loss program… other than occasional instances of just trying to choose healthier options in general… until now.
So what’s kept me from doing anything about my weight all these years. Well, I’ll tell ya…
First, most ‘diets’ I do not find credible. Most people gain the weight back afterward, and I don’t want to hear that even if I know it’s true. And I know that people will either tell me that to my face or say it to others behind my back. But if you think about it, if you go back to bacon cheeseburgers every other day afterward, of course you’re going to gain it back, even with this program. Duh! Granted seaweed and garlic smoothies are not sustainable long-term, but the idea is to change your eating habits. There’s no getting around that.
Second, and I won’t front, fear of failure. I like to eat. I like to eat good food… a lot! I never had the confidence that I could succeed. And to be honest, I still have concerns. But with recent events and other concerns, and the fact that I believe I have more self-discipline at this stage of my life, something inside me is telling me I can do it. The program is 24 weeks, almost six months. This will take us through both Missy’s and my birthdays, Thanksgiving, and right up to somewhere around Christmas. Oh, and we will have to forego our weekly Thursday routine of eating out with friends after Toastmasters while the program is going along. Holiday eating will be in moderation this year.
The first 10 weeks is relatively draconian. The next 8 weeks we add in more fruits and vegetables. The final 6 weeks we add in more meats and everything else that resembles a more practical diet.
Having expressed those two concerns, I believe that this program is different. It’s not a guarantee. It’s not a panacea. But it’s reasonable and safe, and worth a shot.
I will make one promise. I won’t run to Facebook and regale you all with how tasty and wonderful the recipes are. (I wrote about people who do that in my other blog.) I will, however, give random updates from time to time.
So that’s it. That’s our big announcement. Interesting where life leads you.