I have made the decision to change this blog into a more personal blog. With that goal in mind, it is my intention to share about my weight loss journey. It is my hope that my weight loss journey will inspire others to lose weight also.
I’ve lost weight before but not as much as I wanted to or needed to. I’d get busy with this and that – life in general, and working (which involves sitting all day and/or night) so that stalled my weight loss efforts.
I have always been weary of sharing anything too personal when it comes to weight. It’s a touchy subject for a lot of folks, especially females. But if I am going to do this and if I am going to be able to inspire anyone else to do this, I need to share it. At my heaviest, I was up to 322 pounds. I am 5’6, so yes, that was way too much.
So it begins, again, and hopefully for the last time. I’ve lost about 17 pounds in the past two weeks, without exercising or pills, just eating way less and a lot differently. I didn’t have a lot of choice in the matter.
My teeth are bad. Basically, I need them out and I need to get some pretty new shiney ones. Unfortunately, an oral surgeon is not cheap, so dental work is on my list of things to do. On the night of June 13, those not so lovely toothaches started up, again. The pain went on for about a week or so.
Anyone that’s had toothaches (and for a prolonged period of time) knows that you don’t want to eat, regardless of how hungry you might be.
When I could eat, the last thing I wanted to do was chew. I wanted food that I could just put in my mouth and basically swallow, bypassing the chewing stage and helping to keep the food off my teeth and thereby having less pain. Trying to eat on the one side that wasn’t hurting wasn’t working out very well at all.
So I ate super soft foods, chopped the food into tiny pieces, and even used the Ninja blender a time or two. I still drank my Pepsi Next (60 calories per can).
I went from eating six small meals a day (to keep from getting what I call the weak jerkies) to a few bites a day. I felt the weakness and hunger from not eating, without a doubt. But the tooth pain was not worth it, so I didn’t eat much.
Some of what I have eaten during this two week period: canned carrots – about 100 calories total (lasted for 3 meals for the first week), canned refried beans – about 400 calories total (last for 4 meals for the first week), shells and cheese with beef (ground to a fine pulp with the Ninja blender), bananas, a handful of fish sticks (nuked to be soft), boiled eggs (sliced super tiny), and scrambled eggs.
The second week became easier but I still ate very little. Twice, I’ve had a Super Sonic Burger, eating it with a fork and knife for tiny bites. On the days I had them, I still lost weight because I only had a banana and/or carrots for the other part of the day. I also had pinwheels a couple of days during the second week, cutting them into tiny bites also, and still losing weight because, as with the Sonic burger, I only had a banana and/or carrots for the rest of the day.
Have I been hungry? Yes! I think one of the biggest issues we have is thinking that we have to eat when we feel hunger pain. Yes, we need to eat every day. But we do not have to eat all day and when we do eat, we do not have to eat junk food that piles the pounds on.
And even though now my teeth are not bothering me for the most part (for now), I am still eating pretty much the same way I did the first week except a little more, although I don’t have to now. I’m on a roll with the weight loss, so I’ve decided to just go with it, make this my weight loss journey, and see how I do. But I am eating a little more now that I can without the tooth pain.
I don’t recommend not eating to lose weight, but I do recommend cutting out the most or all of junk food, the pre-made food, the man-made food, the regular soda, etc.
To conclude, my plan is to share what I am doing and how I am doing, in regards to my weight loss, and hopefully help, motivate, and inspire others that need to lose weight also.