So here's my update for month 2.
AS is still super strong and I eat baby-like portions. No matter how many weeks I am in SLD, it never ceases to impress me.
Shangri-La has been a fantastic adventure but the learning part is what I value the most. I now know I am in control of what I eat. If I want I have a piece of chocolate or some peanuts, but food is no longer in command.
Food is no longer an obstacle or an excuse. This is FANTASTIC! For 40 years I had a horrible relationship with food. It commanded my every activity in the day. I was always on the look for better flavors and foods that would quench my never fading hunger. This is no longer an issue.
Thanks to SLD, I quit junk food. I no longer crave for it and when I have tasted it, it's horrible! Too salty and greasy. Or too sweet. That means no soda, pizza, chips, donuts, candy or anything like that. When I want something sweet in the afternoon, I'd have a teaspoon of honey and that's it.
I no longer drink industrial amounts of coffee. A couple of cups every morning is just fine.
Home finances have been great. We eat so little that we are saving the extra cash. Who knows, we could soon afford a nice vacation on the beach! (Vacations for Mexicans in Mexico are VERY expensive. We need all the extra money possible to afford them.)
Lastly, I realized a couple of days ago that since we have been doing SLD, our days are longer! Because of the fact that we eat so very little portions, we are barely cooking. And when we do, it lasts for about 4 days!
Before SLD we spent about an hour a meal. 30 mins. cooking, and 30 mins. eating. Some days it was longer, depending on what we cooked. That means that we spent about 3 or 4 hours a day cooking and eating.
Now we prepare meals in about 10 minutes and eat in about 5!!! That's right. For breakfast I have half a bran cookie, some cereal or some fruit. For lunch I just heat up in the microwave something we cooked. For dinner we have a little oatmeal or cereal.
And that's it!
My days are longer for 3 hours! We have been reading our books (we're book worms here), watching movies we didn't have the time to watch and going out for walks!!
Now you must be asking... what about the weight?
Well, I've been losing a lot of it. I have no idea how much because I don't have a scale and I won't obsess about numbers. All I know is that before SLD I was size 44. Today I am 38, which I haven't been able to wear since I was in the University (19 years old).
So here are some pictures.
This is me before SLD and running. I wore pants size 44 and XXL t-shirts. I was getting too big and I did buy a couple of XXXL t-shirts. That's what made me realize I needed to do something.
Before SLD, I started running. I did lose some weight, but hunger and food got always in the way. This is me finishing a 10K race. Still chubby.
This is me at 1 month in SLD, finishing my first half marathon.
This is me TODAY
! I'm wearing an XL t-shirt and pants size 38. Where did my butt go? AWESOME! (I'm making a funny face, not my real face)
I'm having 2 tbsps of CO by 12:00 PM and 2 tbsps CO by 10:00 PM. I pinch my nose so I don't taste it and then I have some water. Super easy. And that's it.
Why I won't obsess about numbers on a scale? Because I have found that numbers are a huge cause of stress and they don't mean anything when you're tall. For Mexican standards I'm pretty tall at 6.2". Even if I lose weight, I'll still be heavy! So measuring progress with pants sizes is fine for me.
What's my goal? Maybe I'll go down as far as size 36. I don't know.
What I do know is that I want to keep on living in Shangri-la for the rest of my life. When I get to size 36, I'll get into maintenance stage and I hope I can still have small meals.
I'll never tire of saying this: I am so very grateful for SLD and for what Seth has done for us. He might have found a cure for obesity.
And to me, that's pushing humanity forward.