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Post Thanksgiving Weigh-In Surprise

If you will recall from my last entry, I had mentioned that Thanksgiving was a day on which I did not specifically follow the protocol for the RM3 program I am on from Tucson Medical Weight Loss.  Yesterday, I went in for my weigh-in and weekly fat-burning shot.  I was hopeful for a small reduction, like I’d been seeing for the past couple of weeks.  I would consider my week a success if I saw no gain at all.  I was in for a very pleasant surprise.

The scale shows 266.2 pounds for my current weight.  If you’re just joining me in this journey, you might see that as a lot.  What I would like to remind anyone reading this is that I started this program on July 28, 2015 – about 18 weeks ago.  I weight 356.6 on that day.  So yesterday’s numbers show a total reduction in weight of just over 90 pounds!  The difference from last week is 5.4 pounds total.

And to think that this progress includes a day where I allowed myself to go off the protocol of the RM3 program and enjoy foods that I haven’t been able to eat in some time.  Foods such as potatoes, cheese, turkey and ham, rice and even a little bit of cake.

In my video, I didn’t do a post-weigh-in segment.  So I want to make a couple of comments that I have learned from this experience.

  1. You can’t really control how your body will react to your diet.  Yes, you can predict how it’s going to behave.  For example, we can make a general prediction that decreasing the overall amount of food we eat will result in a decrease in our body weight.  But we don’t really have control over the how.  Our body will do what it’s going to do.  I’ve had weeks where I have strictly paid attention to the protocol of this Phase 1 part of the RM3 program and have removed very little in the way of body weight.  And then there’s times like this past week where I behaved in a way that I thought for sure would cause weight gain and I have experienced the exact opposite.  I just need to trust that my body will do what’s necessary at any given time and have faith that I will reach my goals even if my body isn’t doing what I want it to do when I want it to.  Make sense?
  2. One day of not following a specific diet will not destroy your efforts!  This is an important lesson.  This means that if you find that you are eating in a way that some might consider “cheating” for one or two meals, you don’t have to fear that you’ve just undone everything you’ve worked towards.  Just don’t overdo it.  And even if you do, it’s nothing to beat yourself up over.  You can enjoy a piece of cake every now and then.  You can have some of those delicious chocolate chip cookies that your brother-in-law is famous for.  You can go out and eat a burger at Carl’s Jr. or (Heaven forbid) McDonald’s (don’t go to McDonald’s).  Just don’t do it every day.  Don’t make those things your diet.  Once in a while is fine, but don’t make it your lifestyle.

That last sentence in the second bullet is important.  I think there’s a lot of people that get it in their head that a “diet” is a temporary change in their lifestyle and only used to “lose weight”.  And then, when they’ve reached their goals, they’re allowed to go back to their old lifestyle.  This is an incorrect path of logic.  Because that old way of eating is what got that person into their unhealthy body to begin with.  So how does it stand to reason that they can slip back into that old lifestyle and not expect the same exact results?

The word diet actually has several meanings.  As a verb, it means “to regulate the food of, especially in order to improve the physical condition.”  As a noun it means “the foods eaten, as by a particular person or group.”  I believe that in order for us to make sure our health remains at the level we want, we need to focus on this latter definition.  In order to maintain the level of health that I want to keep when I reach my target, I have to make a paradigm shift in what I consider my normal” way of eating.  I’m going to need to remind myself on a constant basis that I cannot eat the way I used to, even after I enter into Phases 2 and 3 of the RM3 protocol.  I hope to make this change without even really noticing it, and I hope to expand my dietary choices to include my family.  My kids don’t have the same weight problems that I do (which I am grateful for), but they could all stand to learn how to eat properly anyway.

It’s a good thing I enjoy learning how to cook.

-Brian

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