Daily Bread (Last Week of intensive!)

They shared the “before and after” pictures with us last night.

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I am not done, but you can really see the difference. What you can’t see is how much better I feel.

Our last meeting last night was simply hilarious, as well as moving.  We’d written a song for our facilitator, whose name is Joanna, and we gave her a gift after we sang it.  To the tune of Oh Susanna:

“Oh, Joanna, oh don’t you cry for us. We’re off upstairs to lifestyles, our new group for to meet. A protein bar is in our mouth, a tear is in our eye, we’ll stay your cohort two seven, Joanna don’t you cry.”

She was totally blown away not the least by the fact that she had also written us a song TO EXACTLY THE SAME TUNE! Serendipity? Traveling along on the same wavelength for 30 weeks?  A miracle?

Her song was amazing, with a verse about each person in the class, which I must say, nailed us each quite precisely.

The chorus was “Twenty Seven, Our cohort lost the fat. Smart skills, waters, logging cals, We’ve got the skills done pat.”

My favorite was the last one, “xx kept us very in the know on making habits stick, when faced with hard decisions, for God’s sake don’t be a dick.”  It was one of his more famous lines during check it.  We were all practically on the floor laughing.

I loved my verse too:

“Our group was helmed by Theresa, Reverend mom to all, her sage advice was cherished, she throws veggies at the wall.”  The veggies at the wall line also referred to a check in story, but the less said about that one the better.

The group then overwhelmed me with some gifts.  Two Tee shirts, in two sizes, one that I will need to shirk myself a bit more to fit into.  100% compliant because I was the only one who did not “cheat” the entire time.  Except last week when I had that martini, but they didn’t know that when they ordered the shirts.  A swimming trophy for my exercise, and egg cookers because I’d complained about peeling hard boiled eggs.

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Hugs and tears all around last night.  I blurred the faces in our group pic for privacy as not everyone has been as blatently public about being in the program as I have.

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I am so happy that most of the group will stay together in the Lifestyles class.  As we said last night, we need each other to keep on keeping on and really change our lives for good.

Tomorrow I am scheduled for a test that will tell me what my resting metabolic rate is.  RMR is the amount of calories a body burns when it isn’t doing anything.  It will help me know how many calories I should have each day to keep on losing the rest of my weight that needs to go. No exercise today and no food or coffee tomorrow morning before the test.  I am looking forward to it.

L’Chaim

(My stats for the last week – 1.8 down  pounds, drank over 7 gallons of water and exercised for 260 minutes.  My total weight loss so far is 62.8 pounds.)

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