#1949 Apr 14, 2010
Today is my first day of Transition. We had 4 ounces of chicken and 1/2 cup of gr bean. Any words about going off fast. I'm still wanting to loose around 30-40 pounds. Is it hard once you start to eat?
Since: Apr 10
#1950 Apr 14, 2010
Thanks, Marye. I'm SO eccited!
#1951 Apr 15, 2010
Congratulations, Gloria....I know that it's scary though!
When I started transitioning, I ate fish 5 out of 7 days. You can eat about twice as much fish as poultry/meat for the same calories, so by eating 4 oz. of fish (I ate tilapia)I was able to still keep my calorie count down. I had 40-50 lbs. left to lose, and my clinic told me that as long as I had more than 1000-1100 calories I coud continue to get product and I wouldn't need the labs. Check with yours to see if they would do the same. I ended up taking 4-5 shakes and a meal of 4 oz. protein and 1/2-1 cup veggies, depending on whether they were cooked or raw. I was on transition for 2 months, during which time I lost an additional 10 lbs. I then restarted the fast (not too difficult) and have lost 12 lbs. so far, with about 30 lbs. left to go.
So if you feel you need to lose more, check with your clinic about doing a partial transition like I did.
#1952 Apr 15, 2010
I have been reading this website for one year now. I am an observer, and not much of a participant. I just feel inspired to tell you my story, and hopefully everyone will be inspired---since it has been all of you who unknowingly have inspired me during this past year.
I began the Optifast program one year ago. I am five feet tall, 62 years old, and when I began the program I was taking high blood pressure and cholesterol medications. I weighed 190 pounds! And wore size 22-24 clothes. I am divorced and live alone. I have no one to answer to, but myself.
I was scared to death of the Optifast program, because of all the preparations, testing and physicians clearances the clinic requiredand all the warnings and disclaimers that need to be signed. The cost of the program was another stumbling block for me since I am on a limited income.
But on the other hand, I was facing very probable heart disease and cancer diseases in my future, since this is a strong family history, and I was just unhealthy in general. I thought, just what price do I put on my health? And just how much does it cost to continue treating my blood pressure and cholesterol? And how much will it cost in the future to treat my probable heart disease and clogged arteries?
So with much apprehension, I began the program. I was surprised to discover that the products were very tasty and filling. All that water was a different challenge though. I never drank very much water---I just was not a water drinker. And I just hated going pee all the time (like every 30 minutes!) But I stayed faithful to the program, and did exactly what was required to have successful weight loss.
I read all the assignments in the text book, and faithfully did the homework and all the charts. Slowly I started to learn about myself. I was shocked to discover that I was a binge eater! Not just a binge eater, but I fit into four different categories of binge eating. What a shock that was for me! But with that knowledge, I am now able to understand the behavior, the causes, and the corrections needed to make healthy food choices.
I also discovered that in my past, and the dieting failures, I was exposed to sabotage to my efforts. My relationship contained a passive/aggressive personality who at every chance made rude remarks as a joke. This nice guy that everyone adored, to whom I was married, would buy a box of my favorite chocolates and wave them under my nose every time I announced that I was going to start a diet. He always claimed that he was Just teasing me. There were also put-downs in other areas where just teasing is personal. I cried and cried during that chapter assignment, to realize that I had been treated so poorly at the hands of someone that I loved, and who claimed to have loved me. I cried from relief to finely understand the relationship and move on to emotional health and healing.
As I continued in the program, the weight dropped off. I learned what my food triggers were, and I know that I need to avoid them forever. The program dietitian explained that a person can add flavors to the shakes, but it is best not to alter the products. What you are trying to achieve is to cleanse you pallet. Adding flavors, and usually they are the flavors that you love, does not contribute to cleansing you pallet, and to the discovery of your food cravings. And in a sense it could continue to contribute to your cravings.
#1953 Apr 15, 2010
Your story made me really think, Martha.
I use flavorings all the time in the chocolate or vanilla shakes. I never thought of it as contributing to my cravings before. Definitely something to keep in mind, and to see if/how it affects me in the future.
I'm very glad that you posted and very glad that you seem to be on the road to recovery now. Congratulations on your weight loss!
#1954 Apr 15, 2010
I discovered my craving this way. One day, after about three months on the program, I decided to add my favorite spice, nutmeg, to my vanilla shake to make sort of like an eggnog. I absolutely loved the flavor of the drink. Well the next thing I knew, I had the hungry shakes like I was starving! I couldnt understand what the problem was, especially since I had been doing so well with the Optifast. I waited until it was time for the next serving, and when finished meal, my shakey-hunger were gone and I was feeling fine again. I reflected about what I had done that was different, and realized it was the nutmeg that I had added. I now realized that I cannot eat anything with nutmeg in it, since it stimulates my appetite. What a shock to me that was! No wonder I could easily eat an entire quiche! I also wonder about people who add coffee flavors, especially when it is their favorite treat.
Exercise! Yuk!! But I did it. I began walking. It was only a few feet at first. I added five minutes each day until I was walking for 30 minutes a day. Well, I am surprised to say that I love to walk now. After a year, I am still amazed at that statement. I continue to walk for 30 minutes a day for five days a week. And also, now that I feel so much better, my daily activity around the house and normal errands has increased. I feel so good physically.
I refused to buy new clothes. Clothes were so expensive---and I just knew that I was going to regain my weight so why waste my money. At least that was my past experience. So I started to use a belt to hold up my oversized clothes. I looked at my body in the mirror, and my minds eye did not see any change. The scale at weigh-in told me differently though. I really had a hard time with my body image.
Well, then came the time to transition to food. I really did not want to go back to food. I was so comfortable with the Optifast productsand I just loved them. I DID NOT want to eat food! I needed to give up my crutchOPTIFAST.
The transition was easy. I have re-learned to eat healthy foods, slowly, and at timed intervals. I continue to weight and measure everything that enters my body. I read, read, read labels.
It was at transition that I had lost the 50 pounds. It was time to buy new clothesbut only two or three outfits for work. I planned to hang onto the old clothes---just in case. So I went to the store, picked out a size 14-16 pants, held them up and as I looked at them, so much smaller than what I was wearing, and I thought Oh, I dont know if they will fit, here goes. Well to my surprise they slid right on!
During transition, I lost another 10 pounds. I was so happy, and I graduated from the program! I continue everyday with my new food skills. My blood pressure medication at been reduced to one-fourth the dose it was, and my cholesterol medication has been discontinued. I was so thrilled, healthy and happy!
Soon after graduation, a friend/coworker mentioned to me that my clothes were too big. I looked at my reflection and thought the clothes fit fine. But one day I was given a photograph taken at work of me, and saw that my fairly new clothes were too big. So I went to the store and tried all different size pants---I was shocked when I discovered that my size was 8-10. So now I realize that my mind played a trick on me, and saw myself larger than I actually was.
I know now that I have made life-long changes. I have improved my health by eating correctly. I am not doing without nor am I deprived or not eating what I want. I eat what I want now---it is just different than what my former self wanted.
I have maintained my weight. I would like to drop another 10 pounds---but I have accepted my new weight and I will maintain this weight. I treat myself once a month with a food indulgesbut then it is back to healthy eating!!
I am celebrating my one-year Optifast journey. I want to say THANK YOU to all of you, and I want to congratulate and encourage all of your successes.
#1955 Apr 15, 2010
I don't know if the flavorings affects everyone, but I know that is sure did me! I am so careful now of what I add to my foods. I do not add any salt, and when cooking I have learned that I can use one-half of the salt and sugar any reciepe calls for. The only flavor additives I use now are Mrs. Dash, which I use on everything, and tasts really good once you are accustomed to it. No sweetings, unless it is an occasional substitute. I have not added butter or margarine on anything in a year! And what is surprising---I don't miss it. I use whole grains everthing, too.
This way of eating really does work. Just stick to it and see. I am truly surprised, but healthy.
#1956 Apr 15, 2010
Well I, for one, am IMPRESSED, Martha! You have given me such hope for the future....I'm SO glad you wrote in. I'm sure that in so doing you have helped a lot of people on this forum!! Most people that post on here have just started the program...hardly ever do we hear of those who have come out the other side...AND kept it all off for a year!! WELL DONE!!! It's great to hear that it can be done!
I'm very proud of you, and hope to also be able to help others when I finish my journey, although I'm sure not as eloquently as you just did. I'm going to print your post out, so that I can refer back to it when needed.
#1957 Apr 15, 2010
I'm starting my optifast later on today when I go to pick up my first week supply. I've done the EKG/lab work, and saw the doctor. I'm excited but a bit nervous at the same time. I've never had a weight issue until a few years ago, since 2005 I've gained about 50 lbs and the scale keeps going up. I was given the samples to try, so far I like the vanilla. I'm hoping to check this board regularly and find support here, I've been unable to find any other optifast messageboards/forum.
28 y/o Female
Start weight: 185
Goal weight: 130
#1958 Apr 16, 2010
That is what we are doing. We are in a 6 week transition. I will see how things are after that. We leave for vacation in May, but what my plan is to use opti and have a small meal. I don't know if I would go back on total fast.....just take it one day at a time. What makes it easy for me is that my husband is doing it with me and we are both very motivated. I want to try to do it by eating food (but in control) and exercise. Sounds like you are having a great success too!!!!!. How much exercise are you doing now?
#1959 Apr 16, 2010
i hav PCOD prob....can i use opti fast...will it effct me in ma menstrul system ....plz suggest frnds n Dr....
#1960 Apr 16, 2010
Hello to everyone that has posted since I started.
I am down 12lbs my first week!!! Down from 220 to 228. Feels great, already lost inches around the belly!
I LOVE the optifast program. You don't realize how much time goes into eating...and how much we turn to food for comfort until you take it away. It has really been an eyeopener for me. It is a crazy experience but I was ready for it.
More on cravings later.....
#1961 Apr 16, 2010
Tonia - I would suggest getting the premixed shakes. I know they are a little more exspensive (I hated that!) but it helps me out a great deal because I am so busy.
I set the alarm on my blackberry 5 times a day to remind me I need a shake.
My cravings and binging got really out of control. I'm really ashamed of the way I have treated my body. That is why I don't add anything to my shakes, I just drink them (sometimes a little fiber powder). I don't drink coffee, diet soda, not even any crystal light, JUST pure water. I use the 50 calories a day for gum, mints (boy do I need them) and some wheat grass juice once in a while to balance out the Ph in my body. I FEEL GREAT!
I miss going out with my friends and everything that I miss out on now because of the diet but I was totally 100% prepared for that before I started. 12 weeks is NOTHING!
I'm happy :-)
#1962 Apr 16, 2010
CRAVINGS - You all may have mixed feelings on this.
I had a series of four colonics (colon hydrotherapy) to get 29 years of waste out of my large intestine. The stuff that came out would amaze you. The most important thing for me is that it removed the yeast build up in the large intestine. This was the MAJOR source for my sugar and carb cravings. Read more about it.....
My mom thinks I am crazy but having a clean colon changed me! No more toxins for me...
This is how I got it done.
#1963 Apr 16, 2010
I did not explain my binges, so I thought I would do so now---
I was surprised to realize that the trigger for my binge eating was getting off from work. Each day as I left work, I felt very hungrystarving actually. As I drove home from work (3 miles, mind you), I scanned the horizon trying to decide which fast food I wanted. Was it McDonalds, Wendys, Taco Bell, Jack-In-The-Box, Pizza, and ect. Typically, as I drove home, I ate the French fries, or a piece of pizza. As soon as I got home, as I watch my daily recorded drama, I ate the remainder of my fast food. Then I watched the evening news and had microwave popcorn and soda. During my evening TV programs I continued to eat---typically sweets---cake, candy, ice creamyou name it and I ate it at one time or another, until it was time to go to bed. I would feel absolutely stuffed. The next morning I would get up and eat breakfast, even though I usually still feeling full from the night before. Then fast food for lunch at work, and the binge would start over again on the drive home from work.
While studying the chapter in the textbook about binge eating I came to realize the trigger to my binge eating. After many years of marriage and raising children, I now lived alone. I did not realize that it bothered me so much to eat alone. I ate in front of the TV for company and to drown out my loneliness. My starving hunger wasnt hunger at all---but the feeling of stress and apprehension, and I had confused it for the feeling of hunger. What a revelation to me that was!
I worked on the feelings, and take time to relax before driving home. I know now that it is okay to eat alone. I do busy work at home for about one home before I prepare my evening meal. And then I relax before my meal, and I listen to classical music as I slowly eat. I leave the table to enjoy the rest of my evening, watching TV or doing my hobbies. I can control the feelings that caused my binging, and I no longer bingeI am in control, not the food.
#1964 Apr 16, 2010
I like the powdered drinks better. I can mix them in a blender with ice, about 10 oz. of water, some sweetener, and flavorings if I want. It bubbles up to massive volumes, helping to fill me up!
But...I'm at home, and that's easier. When I'm runnng around, I stick a ready-to-drink shake or a bar in my purse, and I'm off!
Good luck to all the newbies..you'll do great!!
Since: Apr 10
#1965 Apr 17, 2010
Katie- Thanks for the suggestion. My options were the ready to drink shakes and soup packets. I choose the shakes.
I made it through day one, I felt good. No headaches, tiredness, or hunger. Day 2 started already, a little hungry but I will try and get a lot of water/fluids in to fill me up.
Quick question for those who've been doing optifast; how often do you go to your center? Mines will be 3x/week for counseling, weigh-ins, shots, and etc.
#1966 Apr 17, 2010
I go once a week for a weigh in and group.
#1967 Apr 21, 2010
My first week went so great...stuck to the diet 100%...never hungry...drank tons of water, had lots of energy....
Now it is going terrible. I had a fight with an on again off again boyfriend on the 7th day of the diet and I can't seem to get back on track.
Before starting Optifast...I broke it off with him and told him he should see other people. Last July 2009 he told me that he would like it if I lost 50lbs. It was a shock to me because I was the same weight when we met in January 2009. Things were up and down for a while after that, then we broke up in December, only to get back together two weeks later. It's really frustrating and I feel likt it is hurting my efforts to get fit.
After fighting we decided to get together on May 1st and make a FINAL decision about our relationship....
It is so hard to come to come to the conclusion that one of the reasons for me to lose weight is to keep him....
#1968 Apr 21, 2010
PS - I told him he should see other people because I was just so tired of him telling me he isn't "sure" about us....
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