I watched my weight creep up over the years and knew it was time to stop it. I heard about a weight doctor who believed that weight should come off quickly and a friend had lost 80 pounds in eight months. The catch was that it was not cheap and biweekly doctor visits were mandatory.
My first appointment involved a meeting with the doctor with my husband (who was also considering the diet). He answered all our questions about the physical aspects of the diet. His assistant then came in to answer our questions about the financial aspects of the diet which was very low in carbohydrates (carbs).
My second appointment was scheduled after I made the decision to go for it. This appointment involved a physical exam including a check of the heart on the EEG machine. Then the official starting weight was noted and it was on to the “specials.” Discounted prices were given for scheduling multiple appoitments at a time.
The shopping was next on the agenda. By shopping I mean that it was time to purchase the not so cheap boxes of vanilla powders, chocolate powders, soy snacsk, oatmeal, and pancake mix. These foods were to be the only thing I ate in the first week to detox. After the first week I could then add vegetables from the list of allowable foods. The most difficult thing was that I could not eat any fruit and it was prime fruit season in California. No watermelon, no peaches, cherries, apricots, apples or oranges.
Did I mention the supplements? Oh, yeah, there were supplements for burning fat, potassium to replace that lost by drinking all the water. Salt tablets were necessary for helping the body know when enough water was taken in by the body. Vitamins, minerals, and the very necessary vitamin D3 to help boost the immune system. And I opted to take a light hunger depressant. All of these added up to 15 tablets and large capsules every morning. Ta da! Who wants to eat breakfast after filling up on those?
By the third day I was done. I didn’t want to do it anymore because I was a little bored, sloshed when I walked and had to set the timer so I would eat every three hours to keep my metabolism going. I couldn’t have the foods I love and NO CHOCOLATE! Despite my hatred for powered food that came in boxes and mixed with water, I persevered.
I lost ten pounds right away then felt the need to celebrate by having milk and cookies. Did I mention there was a no dairy clause in this diet? No cereal before bedtime?
Then my weight became very resistant to powered foods and water. I was still losing but now it was coming off in ounces. I got into a little tiff with the physican’s assistant about my migraines. She tried to convince me the migraines were due to not enough water, not enough salt tablets, and/or not eating often enough. Since I had migraines for over 40 years, I knew better. I was not on a diet for over 40 years because if I had been, would I even be seeing the physican’s assistant in the first place?
I wasn’t surprised that I gained a few pounds back the week after my birthday. Birthdays are to be celebrated and I drug the celebration out as long as I could. I came clean and admitted to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. I admitted to consuming a huge piece of cheesecake, too. But at least it was the low carb cheesecake. (Can you believe it?) The physician’s assistant wrote down “1 deviation’ speaking the words out loud while the pen scratched the words in my file…permanently. I smiled. I burst out laughing and shook my head. “No, not one deviation. I went there twice!”
Needless to say, it has been an up and down process for me as I am an emotional eater. And because I have seemed to have a lack of recognition issue that has shadowed me, I felt it necessary to celebrate my weight loss when the number on the scale was lower than the last appointment.
Granted I should be at a loss of seventy pounds by now, here I am at 30. But I have a new attitude now and a goal. I want to be able to keep up with the high school girls in July when we leave for our tour of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, and Paris.
Now I pull open the refrigerator and stare…wondering what to eat this time. Still nt fruit but I found out a way to get my chocolate. I freeze dark chocolate and spread peanut butter on it. Yum! And I now mix vanilla powder with diet root beer and put it in the blender with ice for a fake root beer float!
I’m constantly thinking of new ways to stay on my diet. Sometimes I eat outside in the back yard. I eat on pretty plates. I Reiki my food. I have decided that by looking at my diet in a whole new way…
Dieting is really not so bad.