Gimmick or gamechanger?

As I’ve mentioned before, I am (still!) in last place in the Fittest Loser contest. I have beaten my personal goal of at least 36 pounds in 11 weeks, but I’m at the back of the pack nonetheless.

I am okay with that and would be content to have another decent weigh-in this week, with another two-pound loss. However, I know all of the trainers have tricks up their sleeves for their contestants during these final days, so I can’t in good conscience not follow my trainer’s tricks. It would look like she didn’t work me as hard, and that is not the case.

And so, I am doing a cleanse. It lasts for three days and the guide promises a loss of three to nine pounds. I’m hoping for the middle range. This is too much work to only lose three, but I’d rather not lose nine because I’d cry when I gained it all back.

The whole “gaining it back” thing is the reason I hate cleanses and other gimmicks. If I lose significant weight, it will all be water weight, and the majority of it will fly right back on these hips. That is very depressing to me.

It’s especially disheartening because I was planning to return to Weight Watchers this Saturday, right after my final Fittest Loser weigh-in. But if I’ve lost nine pounds due to a cleanse, I’ll face a massive gain on the Weight Watchers scale the following week. That is NOT the way I want to start a weight loss program.

So, my plan is to go to the meeting on Saturday and not weigh in. I’ll weigh in the following Saturday when everything has stabilized. I can’t skip the meeting this weekend because I’m in a near panic about going from a very structured program to being accountable only to myself. I am not very good with the whole self-accountability thing.

I’ve also put in place some other mechanisms to help me: this blog, for example, as well as  two weight loss buddies, Sara, from Sara–Losing It, and Sarah, John’s long-time friend from Florida, whom I’ve bonded with over Facebook  since we’re both participating in 5Ks and doing Weight Watchers.

The biggest hurdle will be avoiding restaurants. Jon and I love going out to eat. My coworkers and I enjoy going out to lunch. Social events center on food and drinks…it’s really hard to avoid, and I frankly don’t want to avoid it. So, I will continue to pull a Sally (as in When Harry Met) and custom order every last thing. I promise I will leave my server a big tip.

Two full days and this is all over. In some ways, it feels like it just started; in others, it feels like I’ve been on this program forever. All I know is that it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me and I vow to keep working hard so that it wasn’t in vain.

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About Kristen K

My life has always been pretty darn fantastic--except for one thing: my weight. Not too long ago, I tipped the scale at 283 pounds. I'd gain some, lose some and gain some right back, and I was so frustrated. When I saw a notice for a Biggest Loser-style contest in my local paper, I applied on the spot and I felt like I won the lottery when I found out I was one of the five contestants chosen. We worked out four times a week with trainers and followed a clean eating diet, and my life completely transformed. I've lost more than 60 pounds and I'm feeling confidence for the first time in my life. I'm 29 years old with a great husband, a rewarding job, two adorable dogs and fantastic friends. Weight loss continues to be a struggle now that the contest has ended, but this time I know that I can do it and I'm fully committed. This blog has seved as an accountability tool as I journey from a happy, but fat, person to a happy and confident person. And for the first time in my life, I'm no longer putting it off until tomorrow. This time, I'm starting this minute.
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