Thursday, 26 February 2015

Four Weeks In!

Hey Everyone!

It seems people have actually been looking at this blog!! I really thought no one would notice it but thanks to Google i can see that people have been popping in.

So here we are and yeah life is getting easier. Not gonna lie i have had some cheats. I was traveling to Toronto recently, and was on the bus. I thought i had packed a shake in my purse and didn't. I didn't notice till i got to my destination cause i was so packed in there that i didn't think it would be appropriate to ransack my purse in search of my shake and then potentially making a mess as i shake it up. I just had this image of spilling Optifast all over the gentleman sitting beside me!!

Anyway i got to my destination and i was STARVING!! I had only had one shake that day at it was already about 4:30pm. Looked in my purse no shake. All i had was at the bottom of my suitcase. So I went to the nearest place to eat and of ALL places it was McDonalds! So i had a BigMac, fries and coke...haha no just kidding. I had a grilled chicken salad with no dressing. Perfect. I couldn't even finish the whole thing but it just got me to a point where i felt human again.

For anyone interested in weight I'm down to 182/183 (i like 182 better but i gotta go with my scale rather than a friend's!)

I think what i find hardest part is not having different flavours and textures.  Everything tastes sweet and I'm kind of getting sick of anything sweet tasting. So 4 weeks in and im 13 lbs down so far. That's ok right? Hope all of you are doing well to? How are you handling everything?

Monday, 2 February 2015

Well That Wasn't so bad

Ok so end of day 2 ...It wasn't so bad today. Mind you i did take a 2 hour nap. I suddenly felt exhausted around 2:00pm and enjoyed myself a lovely nap before heading to work. I've been thinking about weighing myself. But it's only been two days. But you know how it is with the excitement and all.

I work as a PSW which means i work with people who have disabilities and the things i do range anywhere from company, to cooking a meal to showering someone, brushing their teeth, feeding them, and dressing them. So i need a lot of energy. I've been learning today how to pace my shakes so I'm not going to a shift tired. I typically wake up around 7:00am so my first shake is within that hour. As soon as i feel that energy dip, i take shake number 2 until i feel the next dip in energy and so on. I usually spread them about 4 hours apart. It was recommended that i do 3 hours but i just don't feel ready for the next shake by the 3 hour mark.

Am i the only one who feels like I get a big crash around 6:00pm? 

Tomorrow's going to be a big test. I work with 3 different clients between noon and 7:00pm. So it'll be a big test of my ability to balance the shakes and work. I'll keep you posted!1

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Hello World! Follow me on my New Journey

When i was 4, Ariel sought a whole new world, when i was 7 Aladdin promised new horizons to pursue, and now here i am freshly having turned 30 trying to follow that very thing. I've struggled with weight my whole life. Looking back on childhood photos, I was a chubby kid. Through elementary and middle school and even early high school, I was teased mercilessly for my weight. As i grew up and those people stopped mattering, so did that opinion about my body. I began to like myself exactly as i was but i wanted a change and wanted to get healthy. So i did. I began changing my eating habits, working out several days a week using both weights and cardio. Weight began to drop, much more quickly than expected. Who am i to complain? I'm lookin' good and feelin' great and can chase after a bus without feeling like my lungs were about to explode!  I even climbed the steps of the CN Tower, from the bottom all the way to the top! When my yearly checkup came around I was more than happy to get up on that scale and show off my 50 lb weight loss.

Next came the blood work...well the results didn't go exactly as I had expected. I had hyperthyroidism or graves disease. To make a long story short I was put on meds and despite exercise, giving up gluten dairy and refined sugars for several months, every pound lost crept back up. So here I am trying again, with Optifast this time. I've been followed by a doctor who agreed that maybe this was the way to kick start a new weight loss journey. I turned 30 on January 30th so i figure since a new program was starting with the hospital, it would be a great time to begin. Four shakes a day, a minimum of 3 litres of water, and a total of 900 calories. There are 2 flavours, vanilla and chocolate. I think I'm allowed to have soup broth and i know i can have zero calorie drinks. Today was day 1 and it was awesome and full of energy and super easy!!

Ok that's a lie it was hell....i was trying to be optimistic. Did it work? It's almost 9pm, and i just finished watching Katie Perry's half time performance (best part? Missy Eliot) I just made my third shake of the day and it took me half an hour to get up and actually make it. It did help with my energy level though. I was fading fast and the Optifast was a good pick me up. Ive tried it both warm and cold and it definitely tastes better if you can throw it in a blender with some ice to make it feel like a smoothie. I'm starting at 196lbs. I'd always been 195 and yes one pound does matter! My all time high was 203 and though i haven't reached it yet, this is close enough for me. I hope you follow me as i purse this new horizon in my life. I don't know what i'll weight in a week but if I'm closer to my goal weight of 140-150 i'll be happy. So there you have it, my first day on Optifast. Please feel free to share your experiences with me! I look forward to seeing what the next days have to give.