Well...I am on day 19 of a juice fast (the last 8 without any coffee at all!!) and I've lost a little over 10# which is great. However, I have been pretty miserable the whole time. Not really all that physically miserable but emotionally worn out. While juicing has done incredible things for me I have come to realize that I need to do something more sustainable and easier on my psyche. I've done South Beach in the past and have really liked it. The losses are definitely going to be slower this way but that's ok with me. I miss so much about eating real food and it's been a huge struggle to either be going without real food while I'm juicing or having another juicing fast looming over my head. I am finishing off the last of my juices today and tomorrow starts some new eating patterns. I am definitely going to try to make the majority of my food fall into the vegetable category but it's time for some real food again - you know, the stuff that tastes really good and you have to chew?!?
So that's the changes part of my title and now comes the hard part - the disclosures!! I've been very hesitant to share my weight on this blog but I've recently realized how much I get from the blogs of people who share where they started, where they are, and how they got there. Hopefully by putting myself out there I can maybe inspire someone else like I've been inspired by others. So...here goes...
My history prior to January 2015 when I started this blog is written about in this post: http://gabbyspersonaljourney.blogspot.com/2015/01/first-post.html. The highest weight I referred to there was 262 pounds (yikes!). I got down to 206 on my wedding day and that has been the lowest I've been since 1999 when I got down under 200 for my sister's wedding. I've already written about how I started to gain some of the weight back after I got married in 2013 and what I've been doing since then. And that brings us to today...when I weighed in this morning I was at 207.6. I'm getting really close to One-derland again and my next DietBet goal is 205.5 but unfortunately I have to meet that tomorrow. I've been struggling the last week on the juice fast by staying right around the 208 mark. I'm planning on a long walk with my husband tonight and crossing my fingers that some of this latest plateau is some water weight that will come off between now and tomorrow. However, I'm not completely living in fantasy land - I definitely understand that tomorrow might be my first ever unmet weigh in on my DietBet journey. If that's the case, I can't promise I won't shed a tear or be sad but what I can promise is that I will not give up. I have goals and I plan to reach them!!
Here's my plan over the next month to reach my DietBet goal of 199.2 by May 9th:
Follow South Beach phase 1 for the next two weeks and then slowly introduce phase 2 foods
Do not go to bed until I have at least 7,000 steps on my Garmin
Drink at least 84 ounces of water a day (3 fills of my water bottle)