I'm starting this diary to help me through what I hope will be my final VLCD journey to my goal. I'm on Exante at the moment (Day 4) but switching to Slim and Save once my packs run out - I hope it's okay to put my diary in the Slim and Save section!
I've done VLCDs in the past - lost a lot the first time and gained it all back, lost a bit every other time and gained it all back. I've tried CD, Exante, WW, SW, Atkins, The Idiot-Proof Diet (misleading title...), calorie counting. All without success. This time, I'm going to do it. I've realised that if I had just kept trying instead of giving up when it got too tough or I fell off the wagon, I'd probably be at goal by now!
I have a lot to lose (over 9st) but I'm going to take it day by day.
Firstly, I want to get under 20st (18lbs to go!).
Secondly, I want to get my BMI under 40 (46lbs to go!).
Thirdly (is that a word?), I want to lose 4st 10lbs for my holiday in May (66lbs to go!).
By then, I'll be over halfway and I can start making mini-goals again. I feel different this time, like I really can do this. I'm just going to keep trying, no matter what happens. No giving up this time! I am in this until the end. I am not a quitter in any other aspect of my life, so why should I be when it comes to dieting?
My experience so far has been okay:
Day 1 - I was feeling so positive and motivated but also a little sad to be leaving food behind. But the day passed quickly as I was at work, and before I knew it I was in bed (with a cracking headache) and I'd completed the first day. I woke up that night, about 6 or 7 times, needing a wee (damned water!) and the headache was there every time. It lasted about 18 hours in total but I know it was just carb withdrawal.
Day 2 - I felt really faint that morning, but I had my shake and felt better. I went to work again and, again, the day passed quickly. When I came home, I could smell the Chinese takeaway down the street. God, it smelt so good! We always have a Chinese at the weekend so it was really hard to smell that but I went inside and watched 'Fat Families' for motivation. I felt okay then, and off to bed I went.
Day 3 - My first day at home since starting, but it was surprisingly easy! My OH ate his dinner (he's dieting too but calorie counting) and it didn't bother me that much. I watched some TV and dossed about on the sofa (researching Slim & Save) for the evening as my OH was working lates. I wasn't tempted to eat at all, so I think I must have already been in ketosis. When I go into ketosis, I don't get bad breath but it does come out in my sweat a little (gross, I know). Anyway, I've been conscious of it since Day 2 even though my OH reckons he can't smell anything
Day 4 - I've was busy this morning so didn't think about food. I did stare a little too long at the McDonald's we passed in the car, but I've never been that much of a McD's fan so I brushed it off quickly. My OH is on lates again so I've not had my final pack yet as evenings were my worst time for munchies! I have a can of Coke Zero in the fridge that I might have in a bit but I don't particularly fancy it so I might give it a miss. I'm watching 'Supersize vs. Superskinny' - that always gives me a wake-up call! I've been watching 'Cook Yourself Thin' repeats today - I love watching cookery shows while on a VLCD! Bizarre, I know, but it's like I'm eating the food with my eyes if that makes sense? It doesn't torture me or make me feel like eating.
I did have a peek on the scales this morning and I've lost 10lbs already - so pleased! I can't wait to see the full week's result on Friday morning!
Anyway, I'll stop waffling on now. I'll check in again tomorrow xx