Well… Everyone has been telling me that starting a blog was the best thing they ever did. They tell me that they were able to help others, but even more themselves by writing a blog and expressing their feelings in writing. I shrugged off the idea for some time now. But, here I am. I am not a great writer, perhaps I will get better with time. For now I wish to remain anonymous. Perhaps that will change with time as I know if has for so many others. For now, I am doing this for me. To document my journey. To gain a better understanding of myself.
I am a 37 year old mother of three children. They are 11, 8 and 4. This is not my first time on an Optifast-type product. In 2009/2010 I lost 80+ pounds on a similar program. There are many things that went wrong with keeping the weight off that I will talk about later.
For now, let me say that I am on my 17th day of full compliance to FF (full fast). I have 5 products per day consisting of shakes, soups and bars. In the past 17 days I have not cheated once. This is the longest I have been able to make it in a long time. I tried probably 5 or 6 times to do FF, and failed miserably after about a week. I feel like this time is different. This time, I can go the whole way. I can tell I’m in Ketosis now. I can feel my hunger leaving, and my energy picking up.
In the past 17 days I have lost 11.3 pounds, 14.4 total (I cheated the first week). I was hoping for more, but I know this is a good loss. The past few days my weight loss has been flat, and this is a dangerous time for me. I don’t want to get discouraged and give up. I need to remain strong, because I KNOW that if I stick to the fast the weight will come off. It’s simple math, it has to!