I am starting my second month on a Very Low Calorie (VLC) diet of 600 to 800 calories/day under my doctor’s supervision. I began a food diary on July 2 and have been daily entering everything I eat since. At the end of July I had averaged 683 calories and 20 grams of fat per day and lost 13 lbs that month. You can view my food diary online (click on the tabs at the top left to switch between months). Weekends, when we are most likely to eat out, are my biggest challenge. I am often over my goal during the weekends. Even so, I’m still not way over in any one day and have been able to maintain my overall average.
My first two days in August were a weekend and I’m a little over my goal for that two day average (817 calories/day). I expect that to get back on target during the week. Unofficially I have now lost 37 lbs from my peak weight last March – down to 330 lbs from 367 lbs. That is unofficial until I get weighed during my next monthly doctor visit Monday, 8/3/09.
I’ve had a number of questions about our protein intake. We use powdered whey protein mixed with liquid to supplement our daily protein consumption. We began mixing it in milk but that added more unnecessary calories. Now we mix it with water. The powder has 23 grams of protein per scoop and we are using 2 scoops per 8 oz glass of water.
I am now in between belt sizes that I own. My largest belt is now way to big but I’m still a little to large for the next smaller one I have. I may have to break down and put a new hole in the large one to tied me over for the next few weeks. That’s a wonderful problem to have!
Exercise is another story entirely. Margaret and I have been walking for our exercise but that has been really hit or miss. We have to move that higher on our list of priorities!
Thank you for your continued prayers! We are dependent on God to continue to help us see this through until we have regained our health.
In His name,