Then I went to meet with the weight loss specialist. I've put off this appt several times. Every time I try to talk to a doctor about losing weight they tell me the same thing.."Eat less, Exercise more." This usually after I tell them that I'm eating 1500 calories a day and exercising 6 days a week! Then if I press the point they usually tell me that I must be lying about how much I'm eating. GRRRR. So I didn't have high hopes for this appointment.
Well the guy who ran my appt was awesome! I say "guy" instead of "man" because he was maybe 22 years old. He listened to what I told him about my current routine and then told me he wouldn't change any of my exercise because I was doing everything right but he did want to tweak my diet a little. Then he ran a metabolic and body composition scan. This tells you exactly the number of calories you specifically burn and also your percentage of fat to lean muscle.
Well it turns out that my percentage of body fat is 35%, ideal is 18-25%, so mine is actually pretty good. He told me he had never seen a woman who weighs as much as me have that low a percentage of body fat. It's usually closer to 50%. He told me if I had 10 more lbs of lean muscle they would put me in the same category as female body builders! Also because I have so much muscle and muscle weighs more than fat he changed my goal weight. All this time I've listed 150 as my goal weight but he told me that 170 is my goal now! So I lost 20 lbs just at that appt! :-)
After seeing the results of the scan he said he thinks my biggest problem is I'm not getting enough protein in my diet to support all that muscle. He gave me a program that involves 2 meal replacement shakes a day, combined with snacks of fruit & veggies. And then one meal that's heavy on lean meats and vegetables. He wanted me on the shakes because he said it would be easier to keep track of the calories I'm eating and at the end of one month we'll know exactly what's going on.
So I've been on the program for 3 complete days now, I was 203 on the morning of the first day and this morning when I woke up I was.........................
I lost 6.5 lbs in just the three days I've been on it. Plus I've had more energy, I spend more time full and less time hungry, I don't crave carbs at all anymore, and I've been sleeping like a baby! HALLELUJAH! Something is finally working and I'm so happy. I have hope again for the first time in months.
So with the change in my goal weight I now only have 26.5 lbs to lose. Seems so much more manageable to me than 50 lbs. Everyone say a little prayer for me that I will be able to stay on the program and not cheat.
I am however taking the day of Thanksgiving off! Have a happy Turkey Day everyone! I'm so thankful for each one of you being in my life!
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