Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Week 3 results

Yesterday, I met with my dietician for the 4th time. The big news was that I lost 2.6 lbs. in week three of the program. This gives me a total weight loss of 14.4 lbs. officially.

I've got to say that such effective weight loss in 3 weeks is a HUGE motivator. It gives me a reason to think that my goal of 175 lbs. is not out of the question. I keep running the numbers like this: if I can lose 2 lbs. per week for the next 7 weeks of the actual 20/20 program, I'll be down to193. Then if I can lose 1 lb. per week during the 12 week maintenance phase of the program, I'll be at 181. That weight would be awesome for me, but I would also be within striking distance of 175. If I can lose 2.5 lbs. per week it's even better!

Another bit of good news: I checked my blood pressure at home this morning and it was at 128/75. This is getting much better than it had been. At some point I'm probably going to have to talk to Dr. Upton (my 20/20 physician) about decreasing my BP medication...

On the food front, I get to have cheese from now on. This is good too, as it gives me other options for snacks.

Finally, I talked to the dietician about my salad situation. I was regularly making a salad for lunch, and topping it with tuna for protein and vinegar and oil for dressing. Unfortunately, this was creating a salad that had about 14+ grams of fat, which really seemed a lot for a salad. For some reason, I forgot that Megan had mentioned some really good fat-free salad dressings that I could use. This cuts the salad from 14 grams of fat to 4. I now have to have a little supplemental fat to go with my tuna, but this still saves 5 grams of fat. Given that I'm allowed 35-49 gram per day, every savings is important!

Finally, I'm down to 2 to 3 shakes a day. I always have a shake for breakfast (with a peanut butter chaser!). That means one more shake a day, probably as a late afternoon or evening snack.

Anyway, things are going well. There have been no setbacks, and I couldn't be happier with the results. All in all, 20/20 may have been one of the best investments I've ever made.

You will totally lose 2 pounds a week! For most people, that's the minimum on 20/20 - it's completely achievable. I have a metabolic rate of 1400 calories/day and I burn just 500 per hour of RUNNING and I averaged 2.2. So you'll definitely get there, and great job so far!
Thanks for the words of encouragement. I've figured it this way: I am probably averaging a 900 calorie deficit every, plus am burning at least 400 calories 5 days per week. This means I have a 8300 calorie deficit weekly. This translates to a 2.4 lb. loss per week.

Anyway, the program is working great!

Way to go!!

BTW, Hi... I'm Stephanie and I have been totally lurking on your blog... I am currently in week 3 and also working with Megan, David and Dr. Upton.

First of all, THANK YOU! You helped motivate me to do it.. and helped ease all my jitters in the early days...

Also, If the shales are still geting to you, I've managed to make a few yummy ones (including chai, creamsicle, Chocolate mint & mocha) I could foward you some recipes.....

Keep it up! (and I'll probably be seeing you!)
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