The first week without eating is OVER! I will never be this far away from my goal again. I will post a little bit further down about my progress and results and how the first week was… but I wanted to start off by addressing my amazing support system.
Because of YOU, I managed to pull through and stay strong. Your kind words have humbled me time and again, and I feel honored to know each and every one of you. I can not properly put into words the gratitude I have in my heart for all my friends and family, and the people I haven’t even MET, who I feel are right there beside me cheering me on. Your words have been the wind in my metaphorical sails keeping me on course, your voice is slowly replacing the negative doubts in my head that used to scream so loudly. One day I hope to replace that strength with a voice of my own… but for now, I am leaning heavily on you all, and I hope you know how much it is helping me get through this. I could not do this alone, and any time you need a friend, I hope you know that I will ALWAYS be here for you. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, I do not know how I would have made it through the emotional stress of last week without each and every one of you.
Now onto the regularly scheduled progress report 🙂
I kicked ASS y’all! For my first weigh in, I really didn’t expect much, I figured I’d drop some water weight and maybe if I was lucky a fraction of an inch.
I would like to welcome you to Awesome-town…. because I lost 9 whole pounds (Which brings my Grand total to 11.5lbs lost since April 30th), and 4 inches off of my waist! My blood pressure has gotten better, I’m down 2 percentage points in my BMI, and my Total Fat % has dropped as well.
The non-numerical goal I achieved this week also astounds me… After, I don’t know how many months, of being unable to walk properly due to my ankles giving out constantly, and my back spasms, shortness of breath, light-headedness… and Oh My GOD the sweat… Seriously y’all… it was brutal, I have now had 2 days in a row, where I could walk easily from my car to my desk… no ankles gave out, no back spasms, no asthma issues… I even sped up at one point just to see if I could do it! (I could!… not for long… but give me a straight shot on a hard even surface and for a little bit I can walk as fast as the skinny girls who normally whiz passed me at what I previously thought to be un-human like speeds.)… Did you know that one week before my program, I stood in the pharmacy isle and seriously contemplated buying a cane. I just couldn’t handle the pain anymore… The distance I had to walk each day had grown exponentially due to my carpool situation changing slightly, and I just wasn’t sure I could do it anymore. There were even days where I contemplated calling in sick simply because I couldn’t face the pain I knew I would be in. It’s pretty sad when you’re afraid to go to work because the walk from the car will practically cripple you. BUT after only 1 week on the shakes, that has already changed… a goal I thought would take WEEKS if not months to achieve.. I’m already there. Time to find a new non-numerical goal to work towards.
Furthermore, I was also able to walk down the stairs without clutching the rickety railing for dear life! I haven’t done that since I moved back into this house… I’m not saying that I try do that all the time.. I still don’t trust my ankles on stairs… but I tried it once, and I did it! and I did a little booty shake at the bottom of the stairs cause I was so excited.
Thanks to this blog as an outlet, and the overwhelming support that has flowed at me from all angles, I managed to get through week 1 (Which BTW I have now realized I was also PMS’ing badly.. so couple my normal food cravings and need for comfort food…. with constant pms munchies… and mood swings… How the hell did I make it through that week? LOL), I did not cheat… I did not consume a single calorie that was not included in my 4 shakes… and I have no idea how I did it, but I plan on doing it again!
If I can make it through 1 week, I can make it through 1 more. So far this week I’ve been great, the food cravings have gotten A LOT better… I even made my bf a sandwich this AM before I left for work so he could have a quick breakfast before going to sleep. Of course I was still tempted to eat my yummy chicken salad creation… but I didn’t. I smelled it…. A LOT… it smelled so good. But I didn’t nibble, or lick my fingers, or anything.
I’m not saying I can stay this strong for the rest of my program…. but my God I’m going to do my best. If I can lose 9 lbs in 1 week… Hopefully that means I can continue like that. I realize it won’t always be 9 lbs… sometimes it might only be a half of a pound… or none at all. Those are all bridges I will have to cross once I get to them.
For now… join me in a SUPER happy dance, and enjoy the heck out of your week, cause I fully plan on enjoying mine!