I started back on the UAMS program in May. Cinco de Mayo, actually. I’ve been as successful this time as I was last time; I’ve lost nearly 60 pounds since May, people have mentioned how much better I’m looking, and one even said, “You were doing well, and then I got worried that you were going to put it all back on.” The state of the union, so to speak, is optimistic progress.I spend a lot of time reflecting on where I’m going and where I’ve been. I think about the choices I made that led me back to weight gain. Having reached my goal and then lost it again, I have a clearer view of the process than I did last time, including the end-game where I have to actively maintain my weight loss.
Losing weight on the UAMS program is a little bit like this moving sidewalk. It’s an easy way to speed your progress toward your goal. Are you the kind of person who gets on the moving sidewalk and stands or are you the type who gets on there and walks?
I’m a walker. In addition to eating my meal replacements and drinking my water, I exercise. I minimize my sodium intake not because I need to, but because I want to. I minimize use of additives in my meal replacements because they’re unnecessary calories. I don’t drink alcohol. As a result, I’m quickly approaching the end of my moving sidewalk.
Whether walking or running, the transition from sidewalk to floor can be a tricky one. If you’re standing around talking or checking your smart phone while riding one of these it can lead to an abrupt encounter with the floor. You have to pay attention and have a little coordination to do it gracefully. And we’re all carrying baggage.
I’m about 30 pounds away from the end of my moving sidewalk, and I’ll still have about a 15 pound “walk” to my “gate.” I’m paying attention, I’ve done it before, and I’m confident this transition, while maybe not graceful, will be successful.