Oh hey… guess I kind of forgot to update here, huh?
Living not blogging is far more fun 🙂
How about an update then?
I’m officially down 77.9 pounds which is more than my adorable golden retriever weighs!
More importantly, I received my bloodwork numbers back from my work health screening. A work health screening was what got me started on this whole thing to begin with, so I was very interested to see what the new numbers would be.
I’m pretty sure my jaw dropped and I let out a little cheer when I read those results!! I had a few other numbers that were higher (LDL) and some that were a little “off” thanks to my recent surgery. Otherwise though, EVERYTHING was in the “healthy” range for the first time since middle school!
Food-wise, I’ve entered the phase of things that I’ve been scared of since the beginning: all REAL FOOD, all the time. A meeting with the dietitian and a food-centered class and I felt confident enough to start with all food all day. Something my dietitian said really stuck with me: “make your choices as mindless as your Optifast choices were.” So I took a trip to the grocery store.
Breakfast: protein shake made with almond milk, coffee, and whey protein
Snack: two light string cheeses
Lunch: greek light yogurt and 1 serving of raw almonds (25 of them)
Snack: either cottage cheese with sugar-free jam OR a bar OR hummus and peppers (it depends on my schedule)
Dinner: This week, crock-pot chicken barbacoa on a giant salad with cucumber, avocado, tomato, cheese, and light sour cream
Snack: sugar-free fat-free pudding made with 1% milk
Next week will likely be the same or similar. So far, it’s gone well! I am noticing that I’m a bit hungrier, so I may need to make my lunch or snack a little bigger. It’s all a learning process!
As usual, I put together a few progress pictures to keep myself motivated:
OH! And I entered the official Optifast “New You” contest too! Maybe I’ll post my whole essay one day… but here’s my official before and after pictures that I submitted:
And with that, I’m signing off! I’ll check in again soon!