Where has the time gone?
By Dan T
It’s hard to believe, but this is my 12th week in the HCG program with Weighless MD.
And the results have been stunning.
Heading into the last week of injections before a 30-day “reboot,”
I’ve shed 62 pounds off what was an incredibly unhealthy body that was facing an almost certain myriad of serious issues in the very near future if something drastic wasn’t done.
As I prepare for this next phase, I’ve done a lot of reflecting on the journey that has gotten me to this point.
Eleven weeks ago, I really had no plan, no vision, no idea of how to fix myself, of how to get myself on a path toward and a healthy and happy existence. I was just muddling through, eating a bunch of bad foods that tasted good, not being active and just dealing with all the consequences as if they were something normal.
And then I stumbled, literally, onto this program, met some incredible, helpful people, gained a whole bunch of knowledge and challenged myself to do something I had never done before in my life.
I chose to put my foot down and stick to the plan – every step of the way – and 62 pounds in 11 weeks is living proof that not only can we do anything we put our mind to, but also if we have a plan that works with a great support system, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish.
While I’m still north of 300 pounds and far short of my ultimate goal, the results are obvious. I’m getting comments from people who haven’t seen me, clothes are starting to fall off to the point where I’ll need a belt soon or risk giving people more than they bargained for, and the “non-scale” victories have been many.
Soon into my time with this program and my amazing nurse, Amanda, and my amazing dietitian, Elizabeth, I started noticing several changes.
The heartburn that led me to eating Tums like candy was gone. The always present knee pain had disappeared. I could do sit in a chair with my leg resting up on another, something I hadn’t done in years.
Walking up stairs didn’t turn into an aerobic exercise. And many more.
In the last few weeks, I’ve gotten more active, although not where I want to be, yet, either. But that’s coming. As more weight falls off, I’m going to get myself moving even more. At some point, regular trips to the gym will become the norm, as I now won’t have to feel self-conscious of other healthy people watching the unhealthy person struggling on the stationary bike or walking on the treadmill.
And, unlike in the past where I dreaded getting regular exercise, I can’t wait to get this going to a new level. I’ve already challenged myself and accomplished so much, but now I want to push this thing even more.
Maybe what excites me even more is I’m now armed with the knowledge to never go back to where I was when I started. I’ve gained so much just from listening and following what Amanda and Elizabeth have had to offer me since we first met. I now track every single piece of food that goes into my mouth and watch closely the carbs, the fats, the sugar – I used to think that just calorie counting was good enough.
Wrong, wrong, wrong.
I still can’t believe how many bad choices I used to make when I thought I was making good choices. I’ve never been a big lover of fast foods, but when I would consume two vitamin drinks and a lot of bread every day, those were probably doing more harm to me than a Big Mac.
After I started this program, I still had a vitamin drink in the refrigerator … and was horrified to see that each serving had 33 grams of carbs and 33 grams of sugar.
There were days when I would drink 2, 3 or even 4 of those, thinking I was drinking something healthy.
And now, 11 weeks later, the carbs in just those drinks equal three full days of carb intake.
It’s really an amazing transformation.
As I prepare for this 30-day break from the HCG and then head into a second 12-week cycle, I know the time is going to come down the road when I won’t be able to/have to rely on the injections to help me in this journey.
And I’m not going to lie, that’s a bit scary. When you’ve seen the success I have, you don’t want to change anything up.
But on the other hand, something Amanda told me this week has stuck with me. She said exactly what I’ve been writing in this blog – now I know what to do, I have the tools available to make that happen, and in my brain, I’m determined not to return to what was.
Nothing could be more true. There’s no chance I’m rewinding and going back to where I was pre-Jan. 8.
That’s not even an option.
Yes, it’s been quite the journey. There’s more to travel, more hills to climb, more goals to accomplish.
But now I’m more than ready to do just that.