The specialist I saw on Monday told me “no more raw vegetables for now, eat only easily digested foods”. OK… I asked him what that diet looks like and he told me to eat pasta, rice, potatoes, bread with a few cooked vegetables and a little bit of protein. That sounds like my diet before I started the Ideal Protein way of eating!
So Monday(11th) & Tuesday(12th) I ate like he told me to eat with a few pieces of candy thrown in for good measure…how stupid was that?!?! I ended up gaining almost 4 pounds for my stupidity (I went back up to 181.4 pounds). I know most of it was water retention because I didn’t eat an extra 14,000 calories but it was a gain never-the-less. I thought, there must be a better way! The idea of gaining back a bunch of weight I had worked hard to get rid of was freaking me out!!!
On Wednesday (13th) & Thursday (14th) I went back on Phase 1 but didn’t have my usual salad with 2 cups of raw vegetables for lunch. Instead I ate canned vegetables or very well cooked frozen vegetables with my packets & my supper protein. NO pasta, rice, potatoes or bread were allowed! By Thursday, I was back down to 180.4 pounds.
On Friday (15th) I went back to Phase 3 eating. I would really prefer to have a big salad for lunch but, for now, I am getting by with those very well cooked vegetables. I am still having a restricted bar or cookie at night after my supper so my sweet tooth will be satisfied. And this morning I was rewarded with another loss. I am now down to 176.8 pounds. This is the lowest I have been in a very long time!
I see the surgeon on Monday (18th) to find out when my surgery will take place. Until the surgery, I hope to continue using the Phase 3 protocol which is working very well for me. I don’t think I will be on it for the full two weeks I should be on it unless the surgery doesn’t take place as quickly as I think it will. I would have been on Phase 3 almost 2 full weeks if I hadn’t done that stupid stunt of eating way off protocol on the 11th & 12th. It makes me sad to think I am still capable of sabatoging myself when the stress gets to be too much for me. The mind is such a big, big part of this weightloss journey and I am still learning how easy it is for me to turn to food as a coping mechanism. Not today though, today I am eating on-protocol!