Thanks so much "SkinnyBride2B" for the praise! I am just starting to accept the fact that I am doing a fantastic job. I find self praise difficult.
My Phase 1 plan was to drink the Optifast
(recommended by a medical friend) shakes (Vanilla & Chocolate) + 1 bar replacement ( Optifast
ones were completely unpalatable), I couldn't even eat 1/2 of it so found that the "Biggest Loser" Breakfast bars and the "Atkins" bars (all from supermarket) close to the OF
nutritional content. In the first week I had 3 shakes , no bars but this was very tricky when I was out and about, so the bars were a convenient mobile food. I also included 2 "meals" through the day,either a soup I made with tinned tomatoes, onion, grated zucchini, fresh basil, chilli and vegi stock, or a plate of steamed vegies, or a bowl of salad vegies dressed with balsamic vinegar and lime juice. Lots of water about 2-3 litres plus tea with skim milk and skim flat white coffee occasionally. I had Christmas & Boxing day eating whatever I desired and then back onto the plan. My original plan was to give it 2 weeks and see if I could manage ( I work full time + + family commitments++), after I coped with this I thought another 6 weeks (brought me to Christmas), and then a further 4 weeks, till now.
As for the "secret" there isn't one, other than my brain understanding that I don't get my comfort from food, and a very supportive, loving husband and children (adult).
Exercise. . . I absolutely loath exercise, the ONLY exercise I do is once a week a do an Aqua fitness class for 45mins with my daughter and walk for 20 minutes about 3 times a week in the early morning. The day I look forward to, or enjoy exercise will be an absolute miracle, people tell me I will, and most of the magazines I read of people who have had signifiant weight losses say that they love it. I can't even contemplate the thought