Total lost on Optavia: 35 pounds in 3.5 months
I’ve been procrastinating getting this blog post done. I’m not sure why…
July has been a rough weight loss month. The morning I left for Montana I was 183 pounds. I ate some fuelings for meals and some regular meals with family. I generally drink only water anyway so getting my 100 oz of water a day was not a problem at all. The last day I was there I really ate a lot of food. It was healthy-ish food and some choices were definitely better than they would have been before I went on plan. For the most part I stayed away from breads, potatoes, and other carbs. I didn’t have any sweets. We spent a lot of time hiking in the mountains so I know my activity level was greater than at home. Which is a good thing because while my choices were okay they weren’t okay enough to lose or even maintain my weight without the added activity.
Immediately upon getting back from Montana we went to a 5-day music festival where we camp. And usually drink. A lot. I went into it not at all prepared food-wise. I ate the same food the rest of the family did but really watched my portions. I did drink, but aside from one fruity drink I stuck to spiced rum and Diet Coke. I do think Diet Coke is evil, but make an exception for it once every few months when there’s spiced rum in it. And lots of water. There’s a lot of walking back and forth from our campsite to the festival grounds so my activity level was pretty high. I didn’t eat any sweets. Even just typing that is weird because I LOVE sweets!
I finally got back home Sunday night and the very next morning stepped on the scale. I was pretty scared of what the number would be. Imagine how shocked I was when it was the same as when I had left — 183!
So you would think that I would just pat myself on the back and get right back to making that number go down. Yeah. Umm. You would be wrong. I spent an entire week trying desperately to get my head in the game. I ate crackers. I ate s’mores. I ate graham crackers with butter on them (have you ever? So good). I ate larger portions of the protein part of my lean and green and skimped on the green portion. I ate French toast. I beat myself up for every bite I took.
Now all of those things may be fine in moderation in normal circumstances. But I’m not in normal circumstances. I’m in the weight loss portion of the plan that has literally been changing my life. So I needed to get my s*&t together and get back on plan. Except. There were two things on my mind all week long. My family recipe spaghetti sauce and my favorite Dairy Queen blizzard, neither of which I had eaten since before I went on plan almost four months ago. By the Saturday after I got home I decided to deal with my issue head on. I took a controversial route.
On a Sunday, day 98 of being on plan, I made a huge pot of spaghetti sauce with Italian sausage. I had probably three plates of it throughout the day. Then I went to Dairy Queen and got my favorite Blizzard. I ate the whole thing. It was glorious.
The following day, Monday, I got back on plan with a clear head and laser focus. I weighed 184.5 that morning. Not nearly as much as I had prepared myself for. I’ve been 100% on plan since. On Sunday, day 104, I weighed 180.5.
Would I have lost a whole lot more this month if I had stayed completely on plan while on vacation? Yep. Would I have lost weight faster if I had not eaten a truckload of spaghetti and a Blizzard. Absolutely. But, I’m okay with my vacation choices. I’m okay with my spaghetti and Blizzard choices. Because those were intentional choices that I made fully accepting the consequences. I’m less okay with my week full of random snacking because it was simply lack of self-control. But I got past it and am looking forward to getting into the 170s extremely soon!