Tuesday, Jun 24 2008 - progress
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well i am finally making some progress and feel good about where I am going. first I would like to thank all of you for staying in touch during my hiatus. It has meant the world to me.
now for where i am. as i mentioned in my last blog, i decided to get myself into a medically supervised program. there is a gastroenterologist in white plains, ny (www.stomachmds.com) who has had tremendous success with his weight loss program called nutra-thin. It is a proprietary program of shakes and bars that is supplemented with one meal a day. calorie-wise, it is low (around 800) and mild ketosis is expected. the program meets 100% of my nutritional requirements, except for potassium. we'll see if a supplement is needed in the next few weeks. i am also on a new medication to prevent gall stones which could occur with rapid weight loss.
perhaps the most telling statistic is the program's terrific track record for large weight loss maintained for greater than 2 years.
i went to see him last week and started the program the next day. I liked him a lot. The office was beautiful and modern and the members of his staff were pleasant and respectful. I felt well taken care of while i was there. My insurance covers everything but the food and I thought the cost was reasonable - $70 a week which included my co-pay.
he is also a nutritionist and has other nutritionists on staff who will help me eventually develop a maintenance program that will work for me. perhaps more importantly the program includes a therapist who will help me deal with all the other issues that contribute to my weight problems. i have been known to say "it's not what you eat it is what's eating you." but as much as i acknowledged that emotions were a big part of my overeating, i just never took the right steps to address my issues in a forthright and active manner. in short, i never practiced what i preached.
i am into my 5th day and survived a large dinner function last night. i am a bit tired and feel somewhat hungry, but it gets better every day. as advised, i am limiting my physical exertion. it is recommended for the first 4 weeks as i get used to the program. eventually we will work an exercise regimen into my routine.
yes, this is drastic. yes, this is something i thought i would never do. but i have tried everything else dozens of times; tried and failed. this is my final attempt. this is the step before i consider a surgical solution so i am giving this 100%. i have my determination to succeed back and feel great. i am happy with my decision.
thank you all for listening. wish me well. i will be around a lot more often now so i will keep you posted on my ups and downs...i know there will be a little of both. take care and be well..