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Wednesday, July 4th, 2007
9:09 pm
9:01 pm
Back from Holiday 12/6/07

Ellemay Video Journal
8:29 pm
Sunday, September 3rd, 2006
7:06 pm
Debs Optifast Journal
Check out Debs Optifast Journal
Comments? Encouragement? Support? mdebs1@yahoo.com ... The girl that saw my posting on DietTalk.com from when I first started on OptiFasts...

Saturday, September 3rd, 2005
7:02 pm
Will I be hungry if I'm not eating regular foods?
Q. Will I be hungry if I'm not eating regular foods?

A. The feeling of hunger and the impulsive desire to eat are real concerns. The causes of hunger, whether physical or emotional, are difficult to determine. To increase success in sticking with the diet program, controlling hunger is a primary objective. This control involves both preventing and managing hunger sensations. The Program staff will suggest various techniques to accomplish this goal. The good news is that, for most participants, hunger sensations fade within a few days to two weeks after starting the Program.

Q. What can I do if I'm invited out to eat while I'm on the Program?

A. Dealing with social eating events is one of the topics that the staff in the OPTIFAST Program will help you work through. There are a number of options to consider and strategies that people have successfully used to help them enjoy these social events and still stick to the program. Although initially apprehensive, many patients find that not eating is actually the easiest part of the program. Being successful long-term involves improving your eating habits and choices and including regular physical activity.
Sunday, September 3rd, 2006
6:40 pm
Optifast Program Questions
Some useful info I found on the web...

Q. I’m an emotional eater. Is this program for me?

A. Yes! Eating for comfort or to relieve anxiety is one of the biggest challenges facing America today. Many physicians and psychiatrists often refer to food as "America's most popular and widely abused anti-anxiety medication." When you think of it this way, you can understand more accurately the detrimental effects eating for the wrong reasons has on our bodies and lives.

Eating for emotional reasons may be a behavior learned at a very young age, even as an infant. These patterns need to be changed before anyone can achieve the long-term success they are looking for with the OPTIFAST Program. One of the keys to changing behaviors is not to just focus on eliminating the "bad ones" but to incorporate new ones into our daily habits.

For example, people who often eat late at night, especially carbohydrates, need to commit themselves to changing this behavior. We’ve found that one of the things that works for many participants (who, just like you, eat for comfort too!) is whenever they feel like heading for the kitchen (the refrigerator), they stop and ask themselves if they’re eating to fuel their body or to feed their emotions. Then they write the answer to that question down on a notepad kept next to the refrigerator. If they find what they were about to do was eat for comfort, they immediately go to another room (i.e., home office), and write. They write about how they feel, what they’re planning to achieve the next day, and they just keep writing (sometimes even cards to friends) until they feel they've released the negative energy that was trying to "come out" by eating.

Friday, March 12th, 2004
7:40 am
Since I have at least one person taking a look at this, I will do an update. I'm now starting week 17. This means I'm in the 5th week of transition where they have you eating "real food" and still drinking some shakes. It's much harder than doing the full fast in my opinion. Doing the full fast you don't really have to think about what you're going to eat and when -- it's more which shake flavor will it be and that's it. Now, it's okay, I have 5 ounces of lean meat, 2 c of raw veggies, 1/2 c of cooked veggies, 2 servings of fruit, 1 serving of dairy, and 3 servings of bread/carb plus one shake -- how am I going to split that up and which things are they going to be and how am I going to prepare it ... It's a lot more thinking about food than you really want to do.

The plan has really been working for me though. I've lost 41 pounds in these first 16 weeks. That isn't as much as some people lose, but it was a steady average of 2.3 to 2.5 pounds each week. I've gone from wearing a 40H bra to a 36DD which is absolutely wonderful -- I love not having to go to a specialty store. My BMI went from a 39.5 which is borderline to the icky red section of morbidly obese to 31.4 which is just in the yellow overweight section. I'm looking forward to the day where I can dip under 30 and be out of the bad BMI range altogether.

For anyone considering doing optifast, I have the following advice:

1. It isn't as hard as it seems once you get into the mindset.

2. Make sure that as you lose you start to move -- that's going to be the key to keeping the weight off.

3. Get on the bulletin boards and mailing lists and find any and all support you can because it really will help.
Thursday, December 4th, 2003
10:57 am
Week 2
Well, week 2 was harder than week 1, but that was because it was unstructured due to the holiday. However, it still went well. I lost 3.5 pounds which brings me to a grand total of 6 pounds in 2 weeks!

Advice to anyone out there who might actually be doing optifast or considering it:

Crystal Lite is an acceptable beverage despite the 5 calories.

If you are craving salt, you can have bullion as part of your 2 quarts of non caloric beverage -- it has like 5 calories, but the doc said it was okay.

Time the majority of your calorie intake for when you are up and active.

Current Mood: happy
Thursday, November 20th, 2003
3:42 pm
Initial Posting
Well, I looked around and noticed that while there were a number of weight loss communities on livejournal, there wasn't one dedicated to those of us on Optifast. I'm starting tomorrow and I wanted someplace where I could post my progress and, hopefully, talk with others on the program. With any luck this will help others as well.

Current Mood: hopeful
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