Daily Bread (Week 15)
We are beginning our last week of full meal replacements. 15 weeks is a long time to go without any real food. My body is starting to rebel I think, or maybe I am just compensating for the anxiety I feel about this phase of the program coming to an end.
It is a finish line and it isn’t. This is a marathon and it isn’t. Maybe it is a triathlon. The first part “products” only, the second “transition” adding real food slowly over several weeks, one meal at a time, and the third is what they label “lifestyle” which is for the rest of our lives, 6 small meals everyday, with 3 “products’ recommended. Maybe the line “until death do you part” applies. I am resistant to including these Optifast products in my diet for the rest of my life. There are too many weird chemicals and Nestle really is an “evil corporation.” I’ll try to keep a (relatively) open mind though. I need to make this work. Ignoring my health is no longer an option for me, so I will do whatever it takes. I will ditch the picture of the products starting with next week’s blog, however, as one small act of resistance.
I only lost .3 pounds last week, my smallest weekly weight loss since I started the program. I felt kind of bloated all week, so it did not surprise me much. I also didn’t get much exercise in last week as I had a cut on my arm that swimming wasn’t helping heal, so I skipped several days. Life always happens. We do the best we can.
(My stats for the last week – down .3 pounds, drank 7 gallons of water and exercised for a total of 210 minutes. My total weight loss so far is 40.7 pounds.)