Friday, May 14, 2010

Day 13 VLCD 126 (+ .8, total release 7.3 pounds)

Apple day.

I'm going to attempt the original instructions from P&I:

The Plateau
The second type of interruption we call a “plateau”. A plateau lasts 4-6 days and frequently occurs during the second half of a full course, particularly in patients that have been doing well and whose overall average of nearly a pound per effective injection has been maintained. Those who are losing more than the average all have a plateau sooner or later. A plateau always corrects, itself, but many patients who have become accustomed to a regular daily loss get unnecessarily worried. No amount of explanation convinces them that a plateau does not mean that they are no longer responding normally to treatment.
In such cases we consider it permissible, for purely psychological reasons, to break up the plateau. This can be done in two ways. One is a so-called “apple day”. An apple-day begins at lunch and continues until just before lunch of the following day. The patients are given six large apples and are told to eat one whenever they feel the desire though six apples is the maximum allowed. During an apple-day no other food or liquids except plain water are allowed and of water they may only drink just enough to quench an uncomfortable thirst if eating an apple still leaves them thirsty. Most patients feel no need for water and are quite happy with their six apples. Needless to say, an apple-day may never be given on the day on which there is no injection. The apple-day produces a gratifying loss of weight on the following day, chiefly due to the elimination of water. This water is not regained when the patients resume their normal 500-calorie diet at lunch, and on the following days they continue to lose weight satisfactorily. 

Now I KNOW the good Doctor says I don't need one, and I know I don't need one. I've never done one and I'm sick of the plateau. Day 6 of either no loss or a gain. I'd love it if the scale had read 125.something today, but alas it's 126. .6 less than my load weight and almost 2 weeks in.

I knew, being considered a "healthy weight" and so close to my goal that this type of round may occur. I'd so hoped given the great load weight and the equally great losses in the first few days that perhaps this would be different. I've not given up hope of getting to the teens again. These stalls ARE normal. I've been 100% loyal to the protocol and know that I'm reshaping and giving my body a nice detox. All of that is worth it.  I still plan on another round, not to lose weight , end of December for detox/reshaping.

So, I don't know if it's psychosomatic, but on the days of no/little loss/gains I feel hungrier and have more cravings! It's either that or hormonal (who would know since I have no uterus). I'm craving chocolate and red meat. I'm going to buy extra lean steak today that have the same calories as chicken to appease that red meat craving. They carry it pre-packaged at our local grocery. When I get it, I'll post the brand and nutritional stats.

Have a great day!

1 comment:

nikkispower said...

Yeah, go for it and do an apple day. I've done plenty of them and they always "release" weight for me even if only a few ozs.--and like he wrote they DON'T come back unless you indulge. I'm getting closer to my goal weight and I'm in all kinds of trouble. So I'm expecting to do a lot of apple days in my next round. Good luck to you whatever you decide.