When I first visited Pinnacle Mountain, my goal was to see how far I could get rather than to reach the summit. Similarly, when I set out on my weight loss journey, I set as my goal, “to get healthier.” Later, I revised the goal, “to no longer be obese,” which meant that I would need to have a BMI of less than 30. A few weeks ago, one of the dietitians asked me, “So, when are you going to start thinking about eating real food?” For a moment, I was shocked. I knew the time would come, but I didn’t think I was ready.
After considering things independently for a few days and then having a 45-minute discussion with my dietitian, we came to the conclusion that 180 pounds would be a realistic weight for me to aim for. We also decided that the transition from meal replacements to “real food” should come sooner rather than later.
I liken this transition to a skydiver pulling the ripcord. Although the descent slows considerably, it’s much more sustainable in the long run for the diver to hit the ground at a controlled, reasonable descent. My dietitian and I decided that at 225 pounds I should transition to three meal replacements, one meal, and one snack per day. Through the 12-week maintenance program, I will slowly integrate more real foods and fewer meal replacements as my cooking skills, planning skills, and other abilities allow.
So there we have it. The exit strategy.
When do you think I’ll hit 225? Use this spreadsheet to make an informed guess and enter it into the comments below.