12/13/2011 8:20p: So I went to fat camp last night admittedly hoping for better than the 1.2 I mustered last week! Happily I am able to report I have lost 4.4 pounds this week bringing me to 248.2 for a total loss of 26.8 pounds in 35 days!
Needless to say I am thrilled with where I am at but feel I need to convey a "not such a revelation" moment that has me really happy with my approach to food and eating in general to this point. I am realizing my approach to eating my portioned food has changed to a strategic approach that A. Has me feeling "full" more quickly and B. feeling accomplished with what I am not putting in my body. I attempt to eat my fruit, starch, and fat allotments earlier in the day so it's has more time to process and burn properly. With my water intake increasing to nearly an average of 100 ounces a day my kidneys are able to flush properly and I am not as hungry. More yet I am noticing because of my love for meat and protein that I am saving my chicken, pork, ground turkey, or even steak portion for after I eat my vegetables serving for the day. So only after filling up on salad, grilled or steamed veggies and some water to wash them down do I start to eat the entree. Most impressive to me is I very often am full before finishing my entree which is fine because I have two shakes per day with 26 grams of protein in each and typically 4 teaspoons of peanut butter for my fat intake that also is rich with protein. I'm actually beginning to see a change in lifestyle that the folks at fat camp (Aultman Weight Loss Center) have been preparing me for. Wow, real progress with sustainable practices for the future, this crap might actually work! ;-). Please note the abundance of sarcasm here from the last comment. It is me who is only now realizing that these good folks have been giving me the tools, resources, and best practices to be successful long term.
SIDE NOTE: I am out of state on business the whole week and while being challenged regularly all ready I believe I am making good choices. It is tough because when pulled out of my routine I tend to reach for the familiar, and that typically has led to comfort food, TV, and obviously unhealthy practices. BUT even though my fellow travelers and esteemed colleagues have had to endure a larger than normal amount of stops on the way to our destination due to me keeping up with my shakes and fluid levels, we arrived in a reasonable amount of travel time considering the apparent "shrinking" of my bladder. Also tonight at dinner while I chose red meat for a second straight evening, I also chose peanuts(6) for my fat and starch, stuck to an abundance of water and veggies to accompany the all important entree and while I finished it, I kept the allotment within the allotted portion.
I will however concede that I am anxious about the banquets and their menus the next two nights as I do not want to veer from the program nor do I want to switch to all shakes because of it throwing my body out of its "burn rhythm" (my phraseology not fat camp's - I know Webster's should hire me to consult). So stay tuned as my week and routine could come under heavy fire by tomorrow night. I plan for now to continue as normally as I can with portions and shakes with the 100 ounces of water and take advantage of the treadmills and elipticals in the fitness center on property. If dinner doesn't present itself as totally healthy I plan to eat the parts I can and add a nutrition bar to the daily routine and increase veggie consumption during the day. Again stay tuned, this could be the first true setback I encounter.