This is what Immersion Creative is all about.
I often spend months immersing myself in my clients’ businesses.
The latest is Dr. Bernstein Diet & Health Clinics.
This is me, on the Bernstein Diet.
30 days. 32 lb. And plenty of posts in terrible track pants.
To see the real progression, click here, and scroll down.
I weighed in today at 181.4 lb. That means I’ve hit (surpassed) my goal weight (185) and I’m ready to start maintenance.
I lost 32.6 lb in exactly 30 days on the Bernstein Diet and I’ve never felt better.
The plan now is to slowly re-introduce my normal diet. I can eat all the vegetables I want, so I’m going to start with Gorilla Food. Everything there is raw, vegan and delicious.
To see the full progression click here.
Today I got my final injection as a part of the weight loss program. I clocked in at 187.2 lb, which means I am down a total of 26.8 lb since I started 29 days ago.
The last few pounds have been a lot tougher, that’s for sure. My healthy weight is 190-200 lb, although the doctor did make an allowance for me to go to 185 lb based on a pinch test.
The way I see it, I have two days to get down to 185 before I start maintenance on Saturday.
As a part of the four-week program, I get four weeks of free maintenance, which is nice. Maintenance is only one, half-shot a week. It also makes a few concessions about the amount and types of food I can eat. Unlimited vegetables. A few more starchy vegetables like kale. 100g a day more protein. Although my fruit drops down to one a day for the first week or so. (I’m going to miss that afternoon apple.)
So the heat is on. Can I lose 2.2 lb in 2 days? My plan: no salt for 48 hours. Let’s see if that makes a significant difference.
They say it takes 28 days to develop a new habit or break an old one. Here are a few I can thank the Berstein Diet for.
1. Lemon squeezed into water. It’s supposed to be good for your liver. Also, if you are craving sweets, BAM!, the craving is instantly gone. It’s weird. It’s easy to do, and lemons are cheap. Now that I’ve started this habit, I’ll definitely keep it up.
2. New breakfast. 3 boiled egg whites. A cup of coffee with milk. And half a grapefruit. It’s the perfect breakfast. It takes minutes, will fill you up until noon, and is super healthy/low calories.
3. Rationing my food. Planning what to eat hours in advance not only makes the meals you are going to eat that much more enjoyable, it is also kind of fun. Most importantly, it keeps you from over eating. Or eating mindlessly.
4. Weighing myself daily. Once you stop weighing, you stop caring.
5. White fish. This is the best bang for your buck, protein-wise. I plan to pretty much drop all processed meat and red meat for good. (Except for Saturday Steaks.) Trout’s pretty much my favourite meal, anyway, so this works out well.
6. Say no to bread. Rice and grain is terrible filler food. I’d rather eat healthy stuff that actually contributes.
7. Limit my dairy. The best things in life are dairy. French Vanilla ice cream and yogurt. Brie cheese. This will have to be strictly treat-stuff. Dropping milk was a good idea, though.
8. Minimal sugar. I had to look away and grit my teeth when my kids got Reese’s Pieces in their Halloween candy. That was one of the toughest temptations of the diet so far. I haven’t eaten sugar in 27 days, and I want to keep this habit up. But like dairy, the odd piece of candy would be nice.
9. Beer. I blame beer for making me 214 lb in the first place. My work and life is pretty social, so I’m constantly in beer-drinking situations. The trick will be to keep it to a minimum.
10. Keeping track of everything I eat. I like this habit, and I’m going to ask the nurses if I can get extra sheets once I go on maintenance.
11. Vitamins. I’ve never felt healthier than when on this diet. I think I must have had a vitamin deficiency from before, be it the B6 or B12 in the shots, or something the potassium pills or daily multivitamin is taking care of. Either way, I feel great. I’m running faster. I feel sharper.
Not sure if it is the vitamins, the weight loss, the lack of bread, booze, dairy, sugar and red meat, or a combination of all of the above -but I feel good.
I will probably keep up these new habits into my new life once I hit 185 lb and go into my maintenance mode.
Update: Just weighed in at the clinic. I’m down to 187.8 lb. So I’ve lost 26.2 lb in 27 days. Only 2.8 lb to go.
Here is how my first diet sheet looks after 26 days of recording every single thing I’ve eaten. Running back and forth to work with this thing in my jacket pocket did some serious wear and tear.
Oh no. I’m moving backwards! I weighed in today and I was as 192.2 lb. That means I’ve gained weight since Wednesday.
My ketones are still +2, so the doc said I’m still burning fat. I am just retaining water. The nurse busted me actually, I’ve been hitting the hot sauce and miso soup pretty hard these days, and she was onto me.
This is the third time I’ve seen the doctor in three weeks. He had to check me out to make sure I am good to go down to 185, because normally they’d like to see me settle at 190. They do a pinch test to make sure I have the right kind of fat to burn. Turns out I’m good to 185. So another week or so (or at this rate – never!).
Setbacks are frustrating. It’s tempting to throw up my hands and say, “To hell with it, then. I’m having a burger!” But I ate a sandwich at Gorilla Foods instead. All raw, vegan, healthy stuff. No nuts. No bread. Pretty filling though. Now I feel better. I’m back on track.
I got the results back from my blood work. My uric acid is a little high. Probably from my previous life of being overweight and drinking too much beer. They suggested I get retested next week now that I’m closer to my fighting weight and drinking water over brew.