Sunday, September 7, 2008

Loosing the Fringe - I will do it!

Well, I did it. Remember this post?

Well, I completed all my tests, got my blood work done and ECG - and was accepted into the Weight Management Program at our local hospital. I signed the contract and even gave in my first payment. It is real. I am doing this. I am taking control.

I have huge mixed emotions about the entire program. It is an extreme program, but I truly believe I need an extreme solution for my extreme weight condition. Some people may find it controversal, but after working with my family doctor and researching lots of different options and programs I think this is the program for me.

As I am getting ready physically, mentally and psychologically for the program, I am a ball of emotioons! I am terrified of failure - and optimistic about success. I am nervous, but also excited - at the same time, in the same breath!

I will blog more as I learn more about the program itself. But I have been reading the introduction package and going through the pre-program activities. Here are the basics:

Basically for the first week I have to follow a 1200 calorie diet. That in itself will be challenging.

Then, for weeks 2-12 I follow a liquid diet. Yep, for 12 weeks I will not eat real food. During those 12 weeks I attend weekly sessions and re-learn all about food and the relationship I have with food. I will develop the knowledge, tools and ability to eat properly and in moderation. I will learn about why I over eat and how I can over come my emotional eating. I will develop a positive relationship with food and a new appreciation for my body. This will be done through group and personal sessions with a team of professionals including a MD, a behaviourist specialist, a nutritionist, a psychologist, a homeopathic doctor, a trainer, and a variety of others.

Then, when I am ready, I will slowly re-introduce food into my diet. Learning the right combinations and amounts to make my body and mind function to the best degree. As the weight drops I will also focus on increasing my activity levels - I am so looking forward to my indoor soccer league and also continuing with my Cardio-Blast classes, plus introducing nightly walks.

So, on Tuesday I start this journey. I will be blogging about it here, and also at Our BlubHer Overhaul and I hope for your support. I know that I will feed off your comments and words of encouragement (pun intended).

I have confidence in this program, in the professionals available to help me, but most importantly, I have confidence in myself, and in my support group. Loosing this extra weight, gaining control of my health and rediscovering who I am will not be easy. But, I need to do it. I want to do it. I have to do it. I will do it.


Sarah said...

Wow!! You took "Overhaul" seriously didn't you?! This is me on top of my house applauding you and shouting and cheering and rooting for you! I commit to encouraging you to being disciplined and strong. And when you aren't feeling either you MUST drop me a line and let me hold you up! I believe in you!

A Buns Life said...

Wow girl! This IS hardcore....but I know you have an amazing family that will be there supporting you, and of course you have us! I can't wait to be here for you on your journey! I know you can do it!!

Melissa said...

Wow, good luck! I can tell your going to be a success just by your determination and will.

I can't wait to see your progess!!

Mrs. Schmitty said...

YOU CAN DO IT! We all can!!!

Kathryn said...

Wow! You weren't kidding when you said this is a serious regime. I can understand your nerves. But it sounds like this program also has a lot of support and focus on understanding why a person eats when they eat and how much. The issues behind it, in other words. Sounds very promising.
I have no doubt you will succeed!
Good luck! :)

Lainey-Paney said...

good luck!

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Wow Laura! I am in complete awe, this sounds very serious and like it will bring you lifelong changes. Good for you! I will be here cheering you on.

Sniz said...

Wow! Do you set a goal weight? How much do you want to lose? This is serious and I just think it's wonderful...great, great, great Laura!!!

Pregnantly Plump said...

This sounds like a huge commitment, but I believe you can do it!!
I can't imagine having to relearn my relationship with food. Probably that is something just about everyone needs to do.

Barrie said...

We are here for you. Go, Laura!

imbeingheldhostage said...

Wow-- you are my hero. I completely understand your range of emotions going into this program. I have never finished anything in my life. I think you'll do great and I will be here to support you (worshipping you). Because of your recommendation, I did join the Blubher Overhaul (although I have had some serious computer problems since and can barely keep my home blog going) so also because of you, I have gone three days with NO SODA. That's a miracle for me. so thank you.