Week 11 of 30lbs in 30 weeks. – 4.5 lbs

Make me proud - drakeI don’t know if you noticed at the top of this post, but I lost almost 5lbs this week! Actually, I’ve lost almost 5lbs since Sunday! I stepped in the scale Saturday and I’d hit an all time high. I couldn’t believe it. I’d had enough. I sat down and wrote out my menu and shopping list for the next week. I am using The Fat Flush Program, which is a pretty strict and regimented program.

I am only 3 days in and I am already amazed at the results. Not just the weight (which is awesome), but at the things I am learning. One reason I believe this program is working so well for me is because of the rituals. For example, every morning on waking, you are supposed to drink 8oz of hot water with lemon. This may seem trivial, but I find I enjoy making the drink and sitting down to the morning news while I sip away. It has replaced my former ritual of drinking a Diet Coke straight out of bed.

Some things have been easier to give up than others. I have been a Diet Coke addict for years. I really thought this was going to be one of my biggest challenge. Oddly enough, I have not been at all tempted to have a soda. I think in part, drinking soda was habit. I always had a glass at my desk and constantly drank it whenever thirsty. I have never really been a fan of water, but this diet requires you to drink a lot of it. I keep a bottle with me at all times and realized that I do like and that I am drinking a TON of it. I wish I had done that much sooner.

I notice most of my “cravings” are linked to things that are part of my routine. For example, I don’t really think about coffee much except when walking past a Starbucks. I have a sudden and intense urge to go in. I walk on by, and the desire immediately disappears. At night, when I get home and settle in with my dinner, I crave a beer or glass of wine. It has been challenging to avoid these, but again, new routines and rituals have helped. I come home from work and spend most of the night cooking dinner, prepping my meals for the next day and cleaning up the mess I make in the kitchen. By the time I am done, I can easily tell myself that the day is almost over and I can make it without a drink for a couple more hours.

Another thing I have noticed is that it helps to have something to look forward to. If I were to follow the diet to the letter, I am not allowed to eat bread (or any carbs for that matter), sugar, caffeine or alcohol for at least two weeks straight. However, I have certain events in the near future that I can look forward to. Tomorrow, we are going out to dinner with friends. I will allow myself to order from the menu and enjoy a couple glasses of wine. Knowing that I have that treat to look forward to, helps me stick to the diet in the meantime.

Lastly, success is a HUGE motivator. In several areas of my life, I have been feeling some frustration. My career is in transition and it is hard to keep motivated when things don’t seem to be moving in a positive direction. I really needed a win. I feel so proud of myself! Proud of my restraint, my resolve and the results. I really hope next week I will be reporting even more great progress (despite my two planned “cheat” nights).

I am having a BIG party when I hit my 30lbs goal and this is the song I will be making entrance to.

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Karen Propp is an artsy-fartsy digital geek who sees beauty in a different way. She chronicles the pursuit of happiness and  her weight loss project, 30lbs in 30 weeks, in a weekly feature. You can read the introduction here and follow her journey here. You can also follow Karen on twitter @karen_propp.

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