Monday, October 29, 2007

Loosing weight the old fashioned way

As you might have guessed from my lovely ticker above , I have been dieting. More to the point, I began seeing an obesity doctor at the Najarian Center to try to get control of my out of control body. Between the pregnancy weight I'd gained from D, all the weight I'd put on during chemotherapy, then going into full-blown menopause... well, lets just say my skinny jeans hadn't seen the light of day for quite a while.

I know lots of people going to the Center. They are having varying degrees of success. Actually, lots of weight loss success followed by varying degrees of maintenance success. There are drugs involved. Yeah! I readily admit this was the initial attraction. I have never been a dieter but I have been very into quick fixes and having things come easily. What can I say, such has always been my life. I didn't realize there was going to be a big mean old DIET I was going to have to follow too. Not really part of the bargain, as I saw it.

So, they laid out this ridiculously low carb, high protein diet. Well, I explained immediately that I absolutely would not follow a diet THAT low carb. Only because I would gain all the weight back when I went off the diet. However, I would greatly reduce my carb intake and modify my diet to a realistic / livable level. I fully expected them to refuse to treat me. Many of these doctors are pretty particular that way. But, hey, they went for it and said I'd only loose as much as I followed the program. And here I am, 4 months in, and 23 lbs. lighter. I am pleased with my slow but steady loss. I am eating a diet I feel I can maintain for the rest of my life without feeling too deprived. I may not be losing as fast as some of the others but I bet I keep it off longer.

On the other hand... if it doesn't work out the way I expect, I have plan B in my back pocket.

Plan B


ptesinge said...

well i wish you continued success with this Stella. It must be so frustrating to have to do chemo and suffer the additional insult of it making you put on weight!

I'm posting some videos I think you might enjoy (some British humor about weight loss classes).

sarah (killerboob)

ptesinge said...

(Hey stella - they'll be up tomorrow)

Anonymous said...

Wow -- great WORK!