The first lesson in the maintenance class summarizes the upcoming lessons and prompts us to reflect on our past and our future. Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing my responses to these questions. Feel free to share your own responses to the questions in the comments section below.
What are some challenges you face now?
I should begin by saying that life is so good. This may just be the endorphins talking, but WOW! I feel amazing, I look so much better, and I’m healthier! I can get around, I can find clothes that fit on the discount rack, I can fit in an airline seat comfortably, and I’m much more social and outgoing.
My biggest challenge right now is the uncertainty and self-doubt that’s lingering within as I transition from meal replacements to incorporating traditional food into my plan. I had inner doubt when I joined the gym. I had inner doubt when I started up Pinnacle Mountain. I had inner doubt when I started this program last November. I’m a doubtin’ machine. It’s what I do. I trust the program, and I trust my dietitians. I will be able to do this!
Another challenge I currently face is time. I commute over an hour each way to work. I spend a little over two hours each day at the gym. I visit the weight loss clinic twice a week, once to weigh in and buy food, another time to attend maintenance class. Meal replacements are quick and easy to purchase, prepare, and eat. I’m concerned that adding in meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning will be hard to fit into the schedule without something else suffering. I’ve already cut out television and couch time in favor of gym and socializing. Anything is possible with discipline and a Google Calendar.
I hear more and more from friends and coworkers, “Aren’t you about finished? You look so good! Here. Have a cookie.” Whatever their motivation, people in my environment seem Hell-bent on derailing me. I was downright rude to a woman who was chasing me with a box of donuts the other day at work. “I’ve lost [at that point] 214.5 pounds! Your donuts have nothing to say to me!” I barked as I forced myself past and into the mail room. I’m not sure why, but even the most caring people can sometimes present challenges.
I’m really in good hands at the UAMS Weight Loss Program. The clinic staff are compassionate, experienced, and so helpful. I have an appointment to meet one-on-one with my dietitian the week after Thanksgiving to get this transition started. Fingers crossed!