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Facing My Fear: Attending Special Events and Occasions

Hi! I am here again to document my weight loss journey through the fast metabolism diet program. Last weekend I received a news from my aunt inviting us to attend my nephew’s birthday, in which it happened last night!

Facing My Fear in Weight Loss Journey Attending Special Events and Occasions

During the last weekend my mind was going haywire with the possibilities of ruining my diet! How can I tell them that as much as I want to eat the mouth-watering foods they served on the table, I can’t? This had been a great dilemma to me. And just from the fact alone that I was being surrounded with my relatives eating the same food, with me nothing to eat was terrifying. I bet I would really give in to the temptation this time.

I was at a loss. I don’t know what to do. I tried searching the internet and asked the community about it. The good thing is that they’ve provided me with lots of article guide to help me with my problem. They told me not to get too stressed about it and just enjoy the occasion. But how can I? I will be eating foods that are not allowed in the diet. And because I am such a paranoid one, I decided to list down the tips I thought would apply to me so that I will know what to do when I encounter the inevitable.

Before the Dinner Event

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  1. Eat 10 to 15 grams of protein every two hours throughout the day.

When Wednesday came I’ve been eating LOTS of protein throughout the day. On my three meals I had tuna in breakfast and lunch while my snack was packed with nuts and seeds. I know I broke the rules for Phase 2 here (and it kills me!) but I didn’t have a choice. I think this was a special exemption, right? So anyway, I see to it that every two hours, before the big event, my body was packed up with lots of protein.

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  1. Eat natural sugars all day

Aside from loading up myself with lots of protein, I also ate fruits that are rich in sugar to help me prepare for the big event. I ate my favorite watermelon, along with pineapple and mangoes.

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  1. I packed a veggie salad with me

I packed myself a tuna salad (with healthy fats) with me so that if ever I will be hungry after the dinner,  I won’t be tempted to grab those chips and eat my tuna salad with me instead.

During the Event

  1. Enjoying Myself

I had to admit, this rule was the hardest to follow, especially since I was tensed ever since I entered my aunt’s house. It took me an hour (as well as one hell of a scold!) to find myself slowly relaxing. My aunt literally told me

“You’re so stiff! You’re not attending a military ceremony, stop acting so formal! Loosen up!”

Only then I realized my mistake. I was here to celebrate my nephew’s birthday. I was here to enjoy this moment with him! I am not here to punish myself! Since then, I stopped feeling guilty and finally join the fun!

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  1. Drinking Red Wine

Thankfully, my family is not into drinking beers. We preferred drinking wines– especially red wines. That’s why I managed to enjoy drinking this one! Although I had to admit that I didn’t follow the rules of drinking “organic, sulfite-free”, since I have no way of knowing if what they bought is an organic or not. However, I do follow the rule of drinking water along my every sip!

After the Event

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  1. Detoxifying myself

This morning, before I started my last day in Phase 2, I decided to detoxify myself and had a sip of the Green soup. I am now looking forward in getting back on my track again.

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Conclusion:

Honestly, I still felt slightly guilty about it. That somehow I wasn’t able to follow the rules throughout the program. But I also realized that relaxing yourself once in a while won’t kill you. Sure, I might fell in the wagon last night, but I can get back again today. What I fear the most turns out to be a lot better than what I dreaded. Now I am more motivated to continue and make up for last night! How about you? How did you deal these special events and occasions?

Weekly Reflections: Looking Back on my Fast Metabolism Diet Plan Part 1

Let me share you something before I got an idea to write this post. It was Sunday night and I got nothing to do. I was just staring at my laptop, browsing on the net when a particular post from my friend caught my attention. It was all about a throwback entry a year had passed after she made a decision to change herself for the better. For one second I felt relief since we’re doing the same thing, documenting the activities I made during the day. But girl I was dead wrong!

Weekly Reflections- Looking Back on my Fast Metabolism Diet Plan Part 1

Her entry was all about the things that changed in her life after she took that journey. It’s more of her thoughts, memories, looking back and recollecting about her principles in life and what made her to become a better person. That got me thinking, during the first or two weeks in my FMD journey, what have changed?

And this, leads me, into writing this blog post. This time, I will not be about listing down the activities I had done for the day. I will assess what are the things I want to do, I have to do, I had succeeded to do, and failed to do, and we’ll see if I managed to achieve it as I started the fast metabolism diet plan.

Let’s start with the things I want to do:

  • Lose Weight
  • Follow the fast metabolism diet rules
  • Resist temptation and unhealthy indulgence.

There’s still so many things that I wanted to do, but as I wrote this post, these were the things that popped in my mind. So let’s assess if I indeed accomplished these for the past two weeks.
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Lose Weight

Last Monday, Sept 28, I was half-excited and half-dreaded weighing the scale. I fear to encounter some weight plateau. But I did it anyway, and I am glad I did! My initial weight before I started the fast metabolism diet is 200 pounds. When I weighed in, after a week, I found out that I lost 3 pounds! I know, this might seem very little to get worked up with. It’s really not a big deal, but for me it is! This milestone is a big achievement for me. It was worth it! I know that little by little I will be able to succeed in completely losing weight! So I count this as a success!

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Follow the fast metabolism diet rules.

When I wrote this section, it got me thinking, although it was hard, like really, really hard, to follow all the rules set. But I managed to follow it! Well, almost. As I reviewed the past week thoroughly, I realized something. I haven’t made any journal about my exercise in Phase 2. That’s when realization dawned on me that I haven’t had my exercise during Phase 2. I messed up! I broke the rules! It’s because I was feeling really horrible in that Phase that I don’t want to do anything other than to lay down on the bed. So, as much as I hate to say this, but I failed to do this one.

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Resist Temptation and Unhealthy Indulgence

Now, this is the hardest part for me. Especially since my intense craving kicked in Phase 2. Although I said that I managed not to give in to the bittersweet temptation, I have to say that I didn’t fully succeed with it. I barely managed to control my indulgence. All I could ever think that time was to grab something, anything that could ease and end this fiasco! And even my sanity is telling me to stick drinking with water, it was not enough. My stomach was growling loudly even though I ate my smoothie, it’s like my craving was not sated. So I count this as a failure, since I barely controlled my craving.

 

Now as you’ve read this, you might get depressed that I bluntly said my success and failure in each point. But somehow as I wrote this I felt relief. Because just by seeing and reading them made me feel like my weight loss goals are tangible and real. I can now focus and work on these goals. It serve as a challenge for me to overcome it and maintain my success.

I haven’t realized that  my entry had gone so long. So for now I will just have to end the part 1 here. What about you? What are the changes you’re starting to see as you started your weight loss journey?

Overcoming Weight Loss Challenges in Phase 2, Week 1

Hi! I apologize for the lack of update last week. Life has been busy so I wasn’t able to finish my drafts last week. But here I am catching up to write my journal for the first week of fast metabolism diet plan.

So, I was on Phase 2, week one of the fast metabolism diet(I will just have to summarize my Phase 2 experience instead of writing the 2 day journal individually). I have to say,  I agree with the sentiments and rants of other fast metabolism dieters in this Phase.

Overcoming Weight Loss Challenges in Phase 2, Week 1

Phase 2 for me was horrible! I felt like my energy was sapped out from my system. I felt really weak! I experienced some crams, aches and pain on various part of my body, not to mention my symptoms from caffeine withdrawal is still kicking in. It was unbearable.

I also don’t like the dishes for this phase. There’s simply too much meat without any grains or fruits! Although some of the recipes were delicious, I was struggling with finishing them all. I am already full halfway through the meal (you can view here for fast metabolism diet phase 2 recipe ideas )

Aside from intense headache, my sugar craving started kicking in. I think this was triggered because of the sugar or glucose deficiency in this phase. On Phase 1, my sugar craving was sated because I can indulge myself with eating fruits. But since fruits are not allowed in this phase, I think my body began to crave for sugar. And I tell you, it was horrible! It was so hard to deal with intense sugar cravings!

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That’s when I decided that I needed help. I need someone to tell me how to overcome this struggle. I visited the fast metabolism diet community Page to share my experience in Phase 2 and they answered me to just hang on in this Phase. Also, they provided me an article link to help me in dealing with Phase 2.

I’ve read the article. It says that we’re feeling like this because our body is undergoing some detoxification and was starting to flush the toxins out of our body. I really hope so! I am hoping that even though I am feeling horrible in this Phase, it will be all worth it!

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So, I tried the tips provided in the article. I ate a lot of alkaline veggies in my snacks with the aid of milk thistle tea. I also drank a lot more water to ease the craving I am experiencing. So far,  the craving subdued and thankfully I became a bit better in the afternoon. Nevertheless, I wasn’t feeling at my best.

Summary: 

So overall, I struggled in Phase 2. I dreaded Phase 2, it was unbearable. But I am determined to continue this. I am super excited to make a comeback in Phase 3. They say Phase 3 is a the most wonderful phase out of the three. and I am hoping that after my struggle in Phase 2, I will have a wonderful time in Phase 3. Let me ask you, though, how did you manage to overcome Phase 2? Any other tips you can share to me? It will be greatly appreciated! 
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