Today marks the 12-week point of my weight loss adventure. My goal when I started was to hopefully be through the fat-burning phase before Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season. For the Arizona Diamondbacks that day is tomorrow.
At the time I didn’t think there was any way possible that I would be able to lose 40 pounds let alone before April 6th. Instead I hit that mark three days prior meaning today is the final day of fat burning.
After talking to my health coach Amy we decided it is time to begin the transition state. “Transition state”, that has such an ominous sound. I am in real uncharted territory now.
For the past three months I have had life fairly simple. I had five small meals consisting of meal replacements that I would eat. The only rules were that I needed to eat every 2.5-3 hours. Which meal replacements I used were entirely up to me.
The only challenge was the daily “lean and green” meal where I would select vegetables and a protein to eat for one meal. Deciding what to eat once a day worked out well. I was basically on autopilot. I had six or seven different proteins in rotation and coupled that with about the same number of vegetable choices. It became a simple matter of building combinations to keep things interesting.
Starting with the “transition phase” I will slowly be migrating away from a day filled with meal replacements to taking over and making healthy choices for most meals and “fueling breaks”. A “fueling break” is basically a small snack that keeps your body burning fuel rather than going into feast-or-famine mode.
To say I am apprehensive would be an understatement. If I somehow mess this up then all the hard work I went to over the past 12 weeks will be for naught. Given that for most of my life before going on this program I made unhealthy choices that got me into this mess I am not exactly brimming with self-confidence.
Still, this is the next logical step towards a life of healthy living and I need to take on the accountability for making proper choices. Through the education and support structure I have built up I have all the tools necessary to be successful. I just need to trust myself to do the right thing.
Today is a new day and it is the first step towards building my self-confidence that I can take control of my life and make the right choices whether that be deciding what food to eat or getting enough exercise or making sure I get the proper amount of rest.
The past 12 weeks have shown that I am capable of becoming healthy. Now it’s time to prove to myself that I can make this work. Keep your fingers crossed that the next phase will be as successful as the first one.