You may have noticed there was no "Day 7" post. That's because Sundays don't count. I still maintain my diet (I actually wasn't all that hungry yesterday), but I don't go to the gym, I don't worry about anything, I just chill and relax.
So, on to week 2. First, the stats:
Current weight: 224 pounds (6 pounds lost)
Current stomach measurement: 47 inches (1 inch lost around my midsection)
Calories burned at the gym today: 370. I'm back up to thirty minutes on the elliptical machine. Now I just have to slowly increase the intensity.
I officially signed up for the Gravity machine training today - it's expensive, but I'm paying for five weeks. If it's as good as the trainer says it is (and I believe it is - it kicked my ass when I tried it Friday), I should know by then. If it works I'll pay for five more weeks, and if not, I'll stop and do something else.
A word about my pace:
I know some of you are going to say "Six pounds in one week?! That's not healthy! You can't keep that up! You'll gain it all back!" I know some of you are going to point out that the last time I lost a lot of weight, it was just as quickly as this and that it all came back. I would like to point out that I blame my doctor for that. If I can avoid any more interference from him, I'll be fine. And I intend to. Jerk. That's my doctor I'm calling a jerk, not you.
As for the naysayers that say that once you "go off the diet" you gain it all back when you lose it too fast... Well, that's just it. I don't consider this a diet. I don't think of this as something I've only got to do for six months and then I return to doing what the hell ever I want. I consider this a lifestyle change. This diet isn't temporary. It isn't something that I'm ever going to come off of. It's a shift in the fundamental way I think about eating. Right now I am in a loss phase, so I am restricting my calorie intake more than normal. But the high blood pressure thing isn't going to clear up and blow away. I have to be vigilant about my sodium intake for the rest of my life and I know that. It's no different from a diabetic having to monitor their sugar for the rest of their life. Once I attain my goal, will I start eating more again? Of course. I'll have to. If I don't, I'll keep losing and get underweight, and I don't want that any more than I want to remain overweight. But I'm never going to return to my old habits. I have to remain forever vigilant, and I know that. What makes me think I have the self-control to do that? Because I know that all of the strictest restrictions I'm under RIGHT NOW are only temporary. I'll be able to have occasional treats and nights out and so forth later. That keeps me going NOW. What will keep me going later is the knowledge of what I had to go through to get there. I'll not let all my hard work be undone by carelessness.
I believe I can do this. I hope you do, too. Because in all honesty, you - all of you here on E - are helping me along more than you can realize. I hold myself accountable to all of you and that gives me the control I need. I thank you all.