This has been the best experience of my life. I have been forever changed by this program. I now sleep well, eat well, have more stamina in many ways (including mentally), and I have a new confidence about me that I didn't even know existed.
I truly do respect my body now. I wish that I had had a better attitude at the beginning of this program so I could have gotten more out of it. I might have fallen into the skeptics category several times during the VLCD. I tend to be negative when something is foreign to me or harder than I like, and I normally dismiss things without giving them a full chance. Luckily I had a REALLY good support network at Simpson Chiropractic and they were very good at guiding me through, what then seemed like, "hard" times and what now seems like I was just being a pussy. :)
So the whole thing was 64 days! The hardest part for me was definitely omitting alcohol. I like my beer! The second hardest part for me was discovering that I don't really like a lot of the foods I was eating. It is hard to admit when you are wrong. I didn't know it but I was simply wrong about the way I ate. I was addicted to foods that were easy. I now know that I do like healthy combinations of veggies, and meats as well as the good fats. I also find it way easier now to prepare my foods for the next couple of days.
My plan moving forward is to treat my body with the respect that it deserves. Imagine if you drove your car at 110 mph everyday without ever changing the oil, or getting a tune up. That is how I was treating my body. Now, I try to keep my body in tune by regularly checking it in for maintenance. Meaning, I will step on the scale once a day and decide if I should cut back on anything, add more of something, or simply keep doing what I am doing.
Since I am doing Couch to 5K and my goal is to run a 5k a day, I don't think I will have a problem with keeping my weight in check. Weight loss and my actual weight isn't the ultimate goal here though. I want to be healthy. In that effort, I will also be making sure I am eating from a large nutritional spectrum. Technically, I could simply look at my weight everyday and make that my set point, but realistically I want my set point to be more of an intangible feeling that I have. Something I will monitor on more of an intrinsic level that there isn't a scale for. Well at least not yet anyway.
Good luck to anyone who is starting out this program. If you read this blog and decide it is not for you, I am sorry about that. I hope though that you see that I was just being honest here, and that even though it was hard at points, it was the best thing I ever did.
Results will vary person to person, but I lost 29.9 pounds total doing the Nutrimost program, and I will most likely do another round in a couple months after I finish my first 5K. This is because I still want to be ripped while I am in my 30's. I have never had that quintessential body, but with this program I feel like that is possible.