With another three-and-three-quarter pound loss, i will have met my immediate goal! I can't believe i'm so close. And in a nutshell, it's been accomplished all through the Strong Medicine regimen with quite a bit of cheating.
I'm fortunate that i'm able to tolerate the diet -- some people have problems with VLC -- but it might be the cheating that helped me. I use ample salt on my meat, and i try to keep the quantity to an ideal range of about 16-18oz. per day. I DON'T regularly take the walks Donaldson requires (though i go up and down my three flights of stairs countless times daily). I may not get in the six glasses of water a day, though it's hard to say how much i take in when downing all my supplements. I definitely have occasional alcohol, vegetables, chocolate, butter, cream, eggs, cheese and cultured raw milk. On the rare special occasion, i've had grains, too -- that's why it's taken me a year to lose 20 pounds! But considering my age and hormonal conditions, i'm feeling very victorious.
I COULD NOT have done this without VLC. Enough calorie reduction to get from moderately-overweight to within-normal-range? This is the woman who can fail to lose on 600 calories per day -- and i'm not unusual in that respect! Macronutrient makeup of the diet is centrally important for some of us. Because, although one would eventually STARVE off weight, any protein shortage would cause muscle wasting -- not a good idea for an old broad like me. NO. Forcing my body to burn its own fat by denying it any choice in the matter (hormonally) is the key to success for a middle-aged person who once believed the low-fat whole-grain mantra.
I will continue to eat as i have this week -- plenty of good meats and fats, garnish of low-carb vegetation, moderated use of alcohol -- for the next month, not caring if i go under my 140# goal. You see, my daughter and i are going to celebrate Halloween weekend in NEW ORLEANS!!! It would be a crying shame not to whoop it up while we're there -- a scant 48 hours. After that, i think i can guarantee a day of fasting will be in order!