Thursday, April 16, 2015

Survival Mode

Current Weight: 340 lbs
Total Loss: 9 lbs
Avg. Loss/Week: 9 lbs
- Body Weight %age: 3%

We (barely) survived our first week. It has been full of cravings, deprivation, starvation jokes, hangriness, headaches, fatigue, and (like any true addict) the shakes. That's what happens when you go from eating through your house and the whole of Lincoln like the hungry hungry caterpillar to 800 calories a day. Duh.

Jordan and I are on the far left
We chose a rough time to start, figuring that there would never be a good time to start (a theory I stand by even now). The Higgins clan was in town for the Husker Spring Game and we missed out on our traditional night of eating out with them, Runzas and Val's at the game, and our own BBQ at the house after. We subsisted on PWLC's protein shakes and bars and a very light evening meal with protein and vegetables only. The Higgins clan was endlessly supportive. We strugglebussed through the whole thing and 90% of what came out of our mouths were complaints since 0% of what we wanted to be eating went into them. 

We were very tired all weekend and constantly distracted by lack of oral fixation and satiation.

Jordan missed pizza. I missed sweets.

We remembered hunger and were at a complete loss as to what to do with our extra time now that we weren't  constantly eating. We tried to stay busy with games of pitch (without snacks at the table—unheard of) or watching TV (sans food—who knew you could have one without the other), or do house/yard work (which made us hungry and proved shockingly tiring). In short, our primary activities comprised of nursing our water bottles and moping.

HOWEVER, when we went in for our very first weigh in I was down 9.2 lbs and Jordan was down 6.5 lbs. We absolutely couldn't believe it. Jordan asked me "Does this make it worth it now?" and I conceded that yes, yes it did. 

Things are looking up, but my joy is shadowed by doubt that this kind of weight loss is sustainable. In fact, I know it's not, the ladies at PWLC confirmed I won't see a loss like this again but can I expect any real losses going forward? They say I can...I guess only time and discipline will tell. 

Meg's 5-lb reward: Fresh flowers (orchid)
Jordan's 5-lb reward: Filtered water bottle

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