Yes I’ve said that before, but it makes it no less true. Today is a big day! Last night I met the 20 other people that are starting the next 82 week weight loss journey with me, and then today I started back on all meal replacement products. I have regained some (a lot!) of weight in the last few weeks but whatever! I am feeling totally motivated and really excited to be doing this. And I know that after the next 5-7 days, once I am back in the groove of all Optifast and looking ahead at completing “Phase 1″, I will find it as gratifying and easy as I did the last time.
It’s also personally gratifying to find that I was one of the least heavy people in my new group (aka Cohort 22). After being one of the heaviest in the prior one, that’s something that feels like a really meaningful difference.
That said, I still have a big old chunk of weight to lose. I want to look back at what I did right and well last time, and do that again, but also look at where I had challenges and maybe try something different (I knew this blog would come in handy). One thing I am going to do this time, I am going to plan my reward schedule not based on pounds lost, but rather weeks I stick to the program.
So next week, as long as I have stayed on plan, I am going to get myself a massage on April 25. That’s kind of a big reward for only one week, but it’s also my birthday and my busy time at work will have just ended on the 24th, so a great time to pamper myself.
Then I am going to plan out a new reward for each week I stick to program, with bigger treats happening at 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and then a really great one at week 17 (the end of Phase 1).
Then, weekly for sure as I start the slow transition back to food (aka the really hard part).
So I will be Setting Goals, Monitoring, Arranging my world for success, Recruiting a support team (that’s YOU!) and then Treating myself. And then each day, focusing on these priorities…
- Stay on my eating plan 100% – 6 meal replacements and nothing else, religiously ingested every 2 1/2 to 3 hours to avoid hunger.
- Drink water, and then more water, lots of water
- Exercise (after day 3) 60 minutes a day/5-6 days a week. Walk, bike, gym… anything as long as I am moving!
- Tracking all of the above!
It’s not rocket science and I did it before very successfully. They say there is a very high failure rate of people trying to do this again; I will be the exception to that rule thank you very much.
And now, I need to find a tape measure and take all my current measurements AND then I need to take a new photo tomorrow or the day after for my current “before” picture!!! And in between those, I’ll be thinking about what I want some of my rewards to be after that massage. :-)