Sunday, March 25, 2018

Days 10,11 & 12

It's been a pretty busy weekend. I'm still on plan and can't wait for Wednesday's weigh in. I have a feeling I won't lose so much this week even though I've been 100% on plan. I did notice that my face is getting slimmer.

Not much to say today. Tried the Spaghetti Bolognese and liked it, though it could use a little pepper.


12 days down, 72 to go.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Day 9 - Water Struggles

Been feeling gassy today. Wondering what exactly in the products are making me feel this way. Honestly, I like that fact that I feel lighter from eating little food. Spoke to my consultant and asked her for the Cambridge Weight Plan booklet.
Breakfast was a Chocolate Mint Shake and Lunch was an Apple and Blackcurrant smoothie. The smoothie is really sweet so I tend to add more water than prescribed on the sachet. 

Dinner was the original porridge. Tasted yummy as usual. Can't believe people don't like the taste of the porridge. 

My main challenge today was water intake. I've been asked to drink 4L daily. As I type this post, I'm still sipping water. Been able to consume 3.4L so far. If I stay up a bit late, I may be able to complete the task.

Day 9 down, 75 to go.

Day 8 - Week 1 Weigh In Surprises.

I lost 3.5kg, that translates to 7.7lbs! Whooooaaaaat!! I'm so chuffed about that. The Cambridge Weight Plan suggests that people lose an average of 14lbs a month. That translates to about 6.3kg. This means that if I lose at least 1kg every week from here on out, I would achieve a weight loss of 18kg in 12 weeks.

However, I can only estimate the kind of loss that I would be achieving once I see the scale figures at the end of Week 2. So let's wait till then.

On the food front things have been going pretty well. I am still amazed by the fact that I no longer feel hungry and tired when I wake each morning like I used to; and it's only been a week! Wow!
Some colleagues are still trying to sabotage my weight loss efforts by asking me out to lunch, especially when they know I'm on a diet. To be honest I haven't told many people that I'm on this diet. Only five people plus my consultant know about my journey and I plan on keeping it that way, at least until the results begin to show so much.

Breakfast today was a chocolate shake which was quite yummy. It was quite lumpy even though I shook the shaker pretty well. Will probably have to use a blender next time.

A note to everyone, water works. Drink as much water as possible. Though it makes you visit the washroom often in a day (which I consider exercise, considering the distance from my desk to the washroom), I believe it flushes out the toxins out of your system.

Lunch was a strawberry shake I didn't really like. Surprising since I love strawberry flavored foods. 

Anyhoo, this evening I had the rice pudding. I love the rice pudding but don't like that I have to wait about 10 minutes after adding hot water before consuming. Quite cumbersome. WIll probably do more porridge in the future.

Day 8 down, 76 to go.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Day 7 - It's A Week!

OMG! I'm so excited! I did it! I was able to control myself and avoid all the wrong things for a week. Thank you Jesus! My consultant is excited to see my weigh in tomorrow, as I will be taking a shot of myself on the scale and sending it to her.

Yesterday, I think I overexerted myself a bit at work, as I was quite exhausted after dinner. Had to retire to bed quite early.

Interestingly, I haven't really experience dthe ketosis symptoms mentioned by many on Instagram and Facebook. All I had was saliva in my mouth upon waking for two days :). Is that ketosis?

Can't wait to see what happens on the scale tomorrow. If I lose at least 3 kg, I will be pleased.

Day 7 down, 77 to go.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Day 6

What a day! I resumed work today and had to deal with a flood of aromas every single time I needed to head to the water dispenser.It was okay though, as I know why I'm doing this diet in the first place.

Had a cappuccino shake for breakfast, that was really good. Lunch was a vanilla shake, followed by rice pudding for dinner.

Everything was going pretty well, till I suddenly started feeling pretty tired. I did a lot of work-related walking today, plus the numerous trips to the bathroom. Perhaps that was the cause.

Water intake was great too. I did the 4L and then some.

I'm a bit nervous about my weigh in. TOm has a funny way of messing things up. Fingers crossed though, as it is in two days.

Day 6 down, 78 to go.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Day 5 - No Hunger

It's been five days already! Five days since I decided to give the Cambridge Weight Plan a go. My first weigh in is on Wednesday and I'm quite optimistic about it being a very good weigh in.

Today has been quite a slow day for me as TOM came knocking and the cramps that came with it made it impossible to move about as much as I normally would have. 

On the meal front, here's a summary of what I took today.

I tried the apple and cinnamon porridge. It was good, but I don't see myself taking that often. 

Lunch was a toffee and walnut shake - absolutely horrible. I did not taste the toffee in the shake at all. In fact, it was quite bland. I'm never picking that shake again. 

The chocolate mint shake I had this evening was quite an interesting one. I loved the fact that I could taste the mint with each sip of the shake. Will I have it again? Definitely! However, I'm sure I would prefer plain old chocolate.

I resume work tomorrow and I must confess that I'm nervous about meal times at work. I do not need any naysayers talking about how this diet may not be ideal and blah blah blah. My plan therefore is to be discreet when making my meals. Will be doing more of the shakes at work and having the meals and porridge at home.

Day 5 down, 79 to go.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Day 4 - Getting A Hang Of This

Hey guys. Hope y'all are having a great weekend. So this morning the lady who does the laundry came in and set a giant bowl of rice and kontonmire stew right close to where I was working. I muttered a silent curse and got on with it. Like I said to a friend at the start of this journey, I have eaten every single thing I could possibly crave for so I can give them up for a year if I have to.

This morning I tried the Original Porridge for the first time. It tasted really good and got me remembering my childhood, when we would be given a steaming, creamy bowl of Quaker Oats 
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before heading out to church. 

I think I mentioned before that I really liked the rice pudding, so much that I asked for more from my consultant. Picked up my stash for the week and realized that it included an apple and strawberry yogurt bar. It was quite chewy but nice.

This coming week I get to try the Apple and Cinnamon porridge, Chocolate Mint Shake, Toffee and Walnut Shake and the Cappuccino shake. 

I know it's only Day 4 but I'm really nervous about my weigh in. I feel lighter but I would great if I could get out of the 110s. Fingers crossed.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Day 3

Today has been a really good day, aside the fact that I woke up with saliva in my mouth, which was accompanied by a strange taste. Weird, as this only happens when I'm down with Malaria. Told my consultant about it and she mentioned that my body was probably reacting to the change in diet.

I had the vanilla rice pudding for breakfast and the lactose free vanilla shake for lunch. I love the rice pudding so much that I'm gonna have that again for dinner. At the moment I don't have any other savory meal options though Cambridge has a few such as the Spicy Couscous, Macaroni and Cheese, etc. 

I tried the Couscous for dinner last night and, honestly I'm not sure I liked it. I mean, I managed to eat it but I probably will eat less of it in the days to come. 

Tomorrow I get to meet my consultant to pick up supplies for next week as I will be at work and won't be able to pick them up when my supplies for Week 1 run out on Tuesday. 

Still drinking my water though. Almost finished my 3rd bottle for the day. One more to go and I will have hit my 4L goal for the day.

3 days down, 81 to go.


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Starting All Over With The Cambridge Weight Plan.

After deep thought and consideration, I've finally decided to try the Cambridge Weight Plan. I know a lot of people are going to ask why I won't just do the normal exercise and diet thing. Truth is I've done that and achieved minimal to moderate levels of success. I either lose till I'm halfway through to my goal weight and then give up when I hit a plateau.

After carefully reading about the plan and meeting with a CWP consultant, I started the program yesterday, 14th March 2018. For those that don't know much about the plan, you are basically replacing foods with meal replacement shakes, soups, smoothies and savoury meals. This program forces the body into fat burning mode, since there are no carbs available for the body to use as energy. The program which comes in various stages, allows you to discipline yourself with the Sole Source stage for about 12 weeks before introducing normal foods gradually into your diet.

To be honest, I was quite skeptical when I heard about the program, but that was until I saw someone I've always known to be big lose tons of weight on the program. That was my cue to try.

Today is Day 2 and so far it's been great. I won't lie and say I haven't resisted the urge to engage in mindless snacking ( I tend to like roasted maize and groundnuts in the afternoon), but with my goal in mind and the grace of the most high God, we shall overcome.

Starting weight is 253lbs and I hope to at least leave the 200s by June.

Let's see how this week goes.