The scale showed some movement this week! I weighed in at 254.6, a loss of four pounds from my plateau weight of 258.6, and a total loss of 11.4 pounds from my starting weight of 266. When I look at it that way, I can say I'm losing an average of a pound a week, which is slow but steady weight loss. But at this weight, I should be able to lose much more, much faster, so I'm going to try to keep the momentum from this week going.
In my last post I said I was going to try something drastic. I did try something new, but drastic might have been a dramatic word for it. What I tried was something you might have seen floating around the internet before, called "The Military Diet". It's a 3 day diet that lays out exactly what you can eat for every meal each day. Now I have no idea how accurate that moniker is - is this diet used by the military? Made up by the military? Or more likely, did someone simply pick that name because they thought it sounded cool? Regardless of it's origin, it seemed easily doable for me, and I liked the idea of having my food intake completely planned out for three days, and not having to think about it as much. So I decided to go for it. The version I used can be found here.
My experience of the diet was that it was pretty easy for me this time around. I tried it once a few years ago, and I remember feeling staaaarving at the end of the third day. This time I never really felt deprived at all, in fact, sometimes I had to push myself to eat everything on the meal plan. This shows me that my general eating habits have changed over the years. I found the diet easy to stick to, even when I spent 2 of the 3 days on the road unexpectedly.
Now, I know this isn't the smartest long term way to lose weight. Most crash diets like this that promise to help you lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time have you losing water weight or muscle mass, and as soon as you eat normally you'll put it all back on. But I don't think that's what happened for me. I weighed in Tuesday morning before I started the diet, and the scale said 263 - so I had gone up a significant amount! I did the diet Tuesday through Thursday, and weighed in again Friday morning, at 256. Then I ate healthily but not in a super restrictive way Friday and Saturday, and lost another pound and a half!
I think I am going to try doing this diet (or perhaps something similar if I modify it) once a week, until I am closer to my goal weight. This might not work for everyone, but it worked for me, and I am curious if it will going forward. So that is where I'm at this week - with some forward momentum, some new eating ideas in the works, and still hardly exercising at all. I still need to get on that.
My mom also bought me a two month subscription to Weight Watchers online. So I will be checking that out soon and seeing how that goes as well!