05 January 2013
In less than 12 months I will hit the big 40. I look at my birthday, for the most part, as just another day. I remember turning 30 and that was a huge difference for some reason. Overnight I felt like I was old... The last 10 years have seen huge Financial success followed by huge financial loss. The last decade has also seen a fairly healthy man become overly obese and then 5 years ago I took control (or I thought I did) At the beginning of 2011 I weighed in somewhere near 230-234... not bad for someone who weighed 320. I looked good...a little more than I wanted but 230 is not bad for a guy that is 6' and muscular. The last two years I have focused on business. I have been very happy with my business results... I have ways to go but I am building my business the way I want. If you review the very beginning of this blog you know that I went thru a weight loss journey with Emory Hospital. My success is weight loss was awesome. But my weight is creeping up. This morning I weighed in at 251... I am not impressed. Actually I am depressed about it. A few weeks back I decided I had to get "it" under control. I am a goal oriented person and I have no issue with doing what it takes to get where I want to be.However I like all of us can get off track... The initial Optifast Plan is a 3 part program, 14 weeks of an all liquid diet followed but 7 weeks of transitioning to solid food and then ongoing maintenance . I lost about 80 pounds in the program. And I have used what I learned in the program to keep my diet under control for 5 years. But I am having some problems with this with a normal (read: I love food and eat out all the time). I developed a 7 week Mini Plan. It is designed to help me lose 40 pounds. Here is the program. Phase 1 is 3 weeks of Optifast "food" Liquids and the Meal Replacement Bars (new since I was in the plan). As a reminder this is 5 "meals" a day of either a chocolate vanilla, or strawberry shake,or a soup (tastes like hell) or the meal replacement bar. Each of these meals is 160 calories...do the math and you realize that I will live off of 800 Calories a day. And at 11:58 I have completed the first day. Only 20 more to go. This is essentially the same program as Optifast, but shortened... It is my goal to lose 20 pounds in this phase. Phase 2 is an adaptation of my own 1000 Calories a day for 2 weeks. 4 Optifast Meals and one Meal of 360 Calories per pay. My meal will be either a salad with chicken or chicken with vegetables... or a new discovery. Miracle Noodles are "pasta" with no calories. Very filling and I could make a HUGE meal with very few calories using those. I do get one Cheat day in Phase 2... after 7 days. My goal is to lose 10 additional pounds. If I do not meet a goal of 30 pounds lost by week 5... then Phase 2 is continued (without a cheat day)for an additional week... and then Phase 3 is 1250 Calories daily for 2 weeks. 3 Optifast Meals and two food meals. Phase 3 allows for a cheat day every 7 days... Alcohol is allowed on cheat days. By February 28th the phases should be completed and my weight will be between 205-215. My goal is 209. If I have not reached 209 by Feb 28th then I will return to phase 2 until I reach that goal. Ongoing... I do better with structure... I am designing my ongoing eating plan as we speak. I'll update the blog every few days.