It’s now 9pm and I’ve finished my evening meal. It’s probably the one I’ve been dreading the most today as a friend who is on the plan said that he hated the main meals so I wasn’t expecting much. Tonight I went for spaghetti bolognese.
This is what it looked like when I put the pack into the bowl… not the most appealing thing I’ve seen I have to admit.
But add some water and stick it in the microwave and it does start to look a little better….
A read of the starter book has also informed me that I am able to add salt, pepper or tabasco sauce so I went for the tabasco option and it was actually pretty decent! Definitely one that I will get again.
An early night is now on the cards as I’m starting to feel hungry and can’t eat anything else till the morning!
So today is the day. I get up both nervous and excited with no idea of how challenging this is going to be.
The below is a photo of today’s “menu”. Looks pretty appetising doesn’t it?
I started the day with a Porridge. All packs just require you to add water and the suggest amount here was 150ml before popping in the microwave for 2 minutes. I first put this into a bowl and attempted to eat it with a spoon but I soon found that the consistency was very much more like liquid so I ended up drinking it instead. I think I’ll try this again tomorrow but add a little less water and see how it comes out.
I took the soup and the chocolate shake into the office and bought a litre bottle of water on the way into the office. You are meant to drink a minimum of 2 litres of water a day which some people find quite difficult. By 4pm I had already had double this amount so don’t think drinking will be a problem when in the office! At home may be a bit more difficult though as I’m not the biggest fan of the tap water in our house.
The soup I ate around 12.30pm and just mixed with boiling water. It tasted OK but by 3pm I was hungry so started on the milkshake which actually took me a good hour or so to drink. I’m not actually sure if I am hungry or just thinking too much about food – I’ve had a craving for crisps pretty much all day but have managed to occupy myself pretty well.
Another update later..
I hate being fat. It’s really not a very pleasant or enjoyable thing.
I’ve tried losing weight lots of times but I’m not very good at this, losing will power and motivation early on and ending up in a worse place than when I started originally. I’m obviously conscious that this is my own fault and I know that some would argue that if I really wanted to lose weight then I’d stick to it. I also know that what we’re taught throughout our life is that to not be fat, you need to exercise and eat less. I get all this, I really do, yet I fail miserably to fix this part of my life, despite how unhappy and depressed it sometimes makes me.
But today I’m trying something new and I thought that blogging about it would help keep me motivated and perhaps help me succeed.
I shall be attempting the Lighter Life scheme – a pretty extreme (but NHS approved) diet that allows you to ONLY eat/drink their food packs and water. It works by eating very few calories and putting your body into what’s called ketosis. I originally came by Lighter Life a few years ago after an industry colleague lost a LOT of weight and has since kept the majority of it off. I was encouraged off the idea by my wife but after another friend lost 8st recently (and is almost at his target weight) I took my wife along to hear more about it. Her previous objection had been that people who take this form of diet usually put it all back on again – but after hearing about the maintenance plan that slowly puts food back into your diet she was a lot happier for me to give it a go.
After meeting my consultant Sharron at the weekend I was planning on starting Lighter Life in a few weeks due to a business trip to the USA all of next week. This would have probably made more sense but after getting back from work and feeling a bit depressed I decided that there is no time like the present and managed to go along to the evenings session to pick up my starter pack and food order.
I have to say I really enjoyed the evening class – I’ve been to many diet groups before but this was a much smaller group (about 6 of us in total) and men only which I think helps as there are a lot of shared experiences. Each week you there is what they call a “counseling session” – and this week we discussed self sabotage when on diets and how to prevent going off-course. It lasted about an hour and was really good to hear in the same boat as you are. A few of the guys there had been going for 10+ weeks so I also saw some of their before & after pictures which were amazing and yet again helped give me some extra motivation and make me feel like I had made the right decision.
From what was said if I stick to the plan I should loose between 9-15lb in my first week and most people who do this plan drop 5-7lb each week – which is another reason they suggest it works because you can see the change in your body in a very short space of time.
At the end of the evening I picked up the food that I ordered (pretty much one of everything!) and arranged to meet my consultant again early on Sunday morning before I fly to the US to make sure that everything is going well.
The next few days are going to be a challenge whilst the body starts to enter into Ketosis but right now I’m feeling confident that I made the right choice and will hopefully continue to blog about my progress.