I’ve been hanging back, avoiding writing, because I was afraid that people might be getting bored with my progress, so I was completely encouraged again by the wonderful comments after my last posting. Thank you, all of you! I really appreciate it.
So, here’s the deal: I had my weigh-in last night, after four full weeks of liquids, and I’m down a total of 25 pounds! How incredible is that? And the time has flown by, with minor, occasional moments of total obsession over a piece of shrimp with a chili cream sauce. I confess, I’ve decided that it’s better for me to have one bite of something that is driving me nuts than to sit and lust over it all night! That’s worked well so far anyway.
I highly recommend this program to anyone who needs a jump start back into a reasonable body, so that they can face the long, hard work of losing a significant number of pounds. My total goal is 80 pounds, so I still have a long way to go, but I can already feel the difference. I have energy. I feel light on my feet. (I can see my feet!) Life is good. And, thrill of thrills, I got to add energy bars to my program this week–one a day! You never tasted anything quite so good as a peanut butter protein bar after a long day of shakes.
Last night’s group discussion was about balance, which seems to be the theme for my life this year. We were told to take a circle and think of it as a typical 24-hour day. Then, we were to divide it into 2-hour sections and write in our typical daily activities, separated into 3 categories: productivity (work, errands, volunteer work, housework, etc.), self-care (hygiene, pampering, spirtuality, reading, sleep, etc.) and relationships (family, spouse, kids, friends)–using a different color for each group. It was pretty shocking to me to see my wheel, which I have tried to recreate below. Blue is my color for productivity; red is my color for self-care; and yellow is my color for relationships. It depressed me to see how much time each day I’m spending on work and on ‘being productive’. I felt ok about the hours I’m spending on “self-care,” especially since the majority of them are in sleeping, with a little exercise starting to creep in now. But it did me in to see how little time I”m spending on the relationships that matter to me in my life. There is hardly any yellow on the chart! It really made me decide to try to step back, take notice, breathe, and change things. I recommend trying out this chart for yourselves! It’s amazing what you’ll learn.