I was horrified the last time I visited my breast surgeon and she very matter-of-factly told me, “Now that all of your surgeries are behind you, it’s best to get back down to your pre-surgery weight as soon as possible.”
No. It’s confirmed: I’m overweight. AND SHE NOTICED.
Acting real nonchalant, I said, “Oh? Yes, I suppose I have gained a few pounds. Now that I’ve been released to exercise, I’m sure they’ll come right off.” (Because if you act like it’s no big deal, then it’s not, right? And if you say the pounds are sure to come right off, then that’s exactly what will happen, right?)
Hesitantly (because the topic of weight with a woman must always be approached in a hesitant manner), she continued, “I know your body has been through a lot, Leslie. However, well, let’s just say it’s best for your health to get back to your previous weight as soon as possible.”
Yeah. I got that the first time. As soon as possible.
I left the hospital feeling deflated; now that it had been said out loud, it was official. I was overweight and it was time to do something about it. I could no longer use my once legitimate medical excuse… it was time to get to work.
I had 14 pounds to lose. Fourteen pounds may not sound like a lot, but it’s all relative. For my height and bone structure, 14 pounds makes a huge difference. It’s a matter of fitting into my clothes OR NOT.
I fixed my attention on the targeted goal: 126. That was my pre-surgery weight.
Let’s get this party started!
That very day, I began working out and being careful about my food choices. Each day I practiced my new good eating habits, which were really my old habits, just reintroduced. And I exercised.
Three weeks later: weight loss = 0.
I increased my workouts from three per week to five per week. I continued to make healthy food choices.
Two weeks later: weight loss = 0.
Added to my five workouts per week, was now walking the dog — walking briskly, getting my heart rate up, no stopping to smell the roses. I also joined Weight Watchers online and began following their program.
Three MONTHS later: weight loss = 0.
Are you f-ing kidding me?! Is my scale broken?
No, it wasn’t. The fact that my clothes were still fitting the same confirmed this.
A friend suggested that perhaps my body had settled into this new weight, and I should simply embrace it. This was the new me.
Oh, no! I’m not having that! Besides, I refused to buy all new pants, shorts, and skirts. (I had already had to buy all new bras and tops, but that was due to my new ‘upper’ body — and honestly, that was fun!)
Enter my buddy Tony. He and his wife Felicia had written a book called, The HCG Guidebook, Your Key to Weight Loss and Other Hidden Benefits. Although I knew they had written this book and had been successful themselves with the HCG product/method, I believed at the time that that sort of program was for people who had a lot of weight to lose. Not me and my little 14 pounds.
But when nothing’s working, those 14 little pounds were starting to feel like 50!
So over tea one morning, I asked Tony to share with me how the program works. After he was done, I thought, This sounds too simple. I had to get my hands on the book and read it from cover to cover (which can be done in a little over an hour). There had to be more.
Simple it was. But it’s also a super detailed and specific program. That said, having it be so specific, was a good thing. It took the guesswork out of it. Can I eat this? Yes — great. No — okay, move on then.
And as far as difficulty level, I have to admit, it was pretty darn easy. Again, it was a matter of following the program — and having some discipline. If you can do that, you can lose weight.
You can read the book for how the program works, so I won’t go into details. What I’d like to share with you are the actual numbers. Yes, the numbers on the scale, so you can get an appreciation for how the weight came off — how much and in what timeframe.
Starting Weight: 140.6
Day 1 Weight: 140.6
Day 2 Weight: 142.8 (Loading Day – weight gain is normal, desired even)
Day 3 Weight: 145.2 (Second Loading Day, again, expect to gain weight)
Day 4 Weight: 142.2
Day 5 Weight: 140.0
Day 6 Weight: 138.0
Day 7 Weight: 137.0
Day 8 Weight: 136.0
Day 9 Weight: 135.2
Day 10 Weight: 134.0
Day 11 Weight: 133.2
Day 12 Weight: 132.2
Day 13 Weight: 132.2
Day 14 Weight: 132.0
Day 15 Weight: 131.4
Day 16 Weight: 131.4
Day 17 Weight: 131.0
Day 18 Weight: 130.6
Day 19 Weight: 130.0
Day 20 Weight: 129.4
Day 21 Weight: 128.4
Now I entered the next phase of the program: Transition Phase
Day 1 Weight: 128.8
Day 2 Weight: 128.8
Day 3 Weight: 128.8
Day 4 Weight: 128.8
Day 5 Weight: 129.2
Day 6 Weight: I was out of town on a girl’s weekend; no scale
Day 7 Weight: Ditto
Day 8 Weight: Ditto
Day 9 Weight: 129.6 (not bad for 3 days of hotel eating)
Day 10 Weight: 128.8
Day 11 Weight: 128.0
Day 12 Weight: 127.8
Day 13 Weight: 128.6
Day 14 Weight: 127.2
Day 15 Weight: 127.2
Day 16 Weight: 126.6 (Yes! I hit my goal! However, Transition Phase lasts 3 weeks, so I continued)
Day 17 Weight: 126.0
Day 18 Weight: 125.8
Day 19 Weight: 125.6
Day 20 Weight: 126.2
Day 21 Weight: 126.4
For some perspective, the date at the end of the Transition Phase, hitting (and appearing to maintain) my goal of 126 was June 10th.
Today is June 25th, a little over two weeks after finishing the program. Within those two weeks, I took a 5-day family vacation to New York City, where I lived it up!! I found that because of my new habits and especially due to the way my cravings completely disappeared on this program, it was easy to manage such a big vacation and not eat myself silly.
I’m happy to report that this morning I weighed in at: 126.6.
For anyone who has had that last 5-10 (or in my case, 14) pounds to lose, those are the hardest! They seem to hang on for dear life, clinging to hips, thighs, butt, stomach…. YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.
Losing my desired weight in six weeks has felt so good. It has felt like more than a goal hit, or even an accomplishment. It has felt empowering in a way I wouldn’t have imagined it would.
Today, I shared a lot of specifics around numbers, so you could see precisely how the scale moved day by day. However, it goes much deeper than that. There were major shifts that took place in the way I think about food, my relationship with food, the way control plays a role — all things I’d like to share with you in subsequent posts.
Perhaps that’s what Tony and Felicia meant with the second part of the title of their book: Your Key to Weight Loss and Other Hidden Benefits. The hidden benefits are ones I hope stay with me for a lifetime. And ones I look forward to sharing with you. If you aren’t currently subscribed to TLT, go ahead and subscribe now. That way, you won’t miss the upcoming posts. There’s so much more to weight loss than the scale!
Thank you Tony and Felicia, for sharing your book, and serving as guides on my journey. Love, Leslie