Stage Two: The beginning

This is a picture of me in 2000. I was 34.  I like how I looked here.  I will use this photo as an inspiration for getting me through the upcoming rough times.

Yesterday was ‘the’ big day.  I arrived at Dr Rensburg’s office quite nervous.  In fact, very nervous.  He was running late which added to my anxiety.  The staff at the clinic were incredible.  They really made me feel welcome and comfortable.

The appointment was about 1.5 hours long.  Dr Rensburg went through all of my medial history as well as an exhaustive set of questionnaires that I had to fill in after the initial seminar on October 9th.

He then took picture of me – I guess these are the ‘before shots’.  I was shocked at how real they were.  I looked horrible – and fat.  I had a really good look at them and I didn’t like what I saw.  But you know what, I am really happy that I saw it.  There is NO WAY I am going to keep going on like that.  No more.  No way.

After the interrogation questions and taking of my body measurements, I was then examined and had an ECG taken.  Apparently my heart is OK – a little under stress but he said that was normal given the weight I was carrying.  I have high-ish blood pressure.  I think it’s something I have to watch, but he said it would probably go down again, when I lose the weight. He will continue to monitor it each time I visit.

So all up he told me I had a good body, strong legs that don’t really carry any fat, but that I had to lose it around my middle or I was at serious risk for heart disease.  I kind of knew this, but I was pleased to hear it again and know that I am doing something about it, given my age.

I am now expected to lose about 4 – 5 kgs in the first week.  I also have more supplements to take.  I am now on 33SE (2), SF88 (2), Chromium (4) and Mag Forte (8) each day.  It sounds like a lot but it’s not too bad and I must admit that I am starting to feel like I have more energy.  He also gave me a vitamin B shot and within an hour I felt like I could bench-press 200kgs.  I want more of that please.

Now, down to the eating program.  Here’s a daily run-down – yes that’s it!

2 x 95g of protein
2 x 95g of vegetables
2-3 pieces of fruit
3 portions of grains like Ryvita or Vita Wheat
Black tea and coffee
Green tea
2-3 litres of water each day

Last night I began with 6 eggs whites (1 protein serving) with 95grams of spinach and mushrooms.  It was delicious.  I didn’t feel hungry but I must admit that I really missed having a couple of glasses of wine after work.

This morning for breakfast I had a mango (they are in season at the moment and are so sweet and delicious) with 2 Ryvita.

It’s about 12 noon now and I can feel the hunger pains beginning to start but I would like to ride it out for another couple of hours and see what happens.  I have just had a huge glass of water so I am sure that will help.

Lunch will be 95grams of Turkey and 95 grams of spinach – I think I will mix it up and make it into a salad.  Little bit of vinegar and some chilli.

Tomorrow I have to fast from noon until noon the next day.  I’m not sure how I’m going to do that, and to be honest, I’m not going to give myself a hard time if I don’t completely manage it.

Author: Carolyn Anna

I have a deathly fear of bees : I have a natural ballet 'turn-out' position : Most people think I walk like a duck : I use to hate my freckles when I was young, but now love them : I hate people calling me 'dude' : I have never been bitten by a spider or a snake or a horse or a dog : I never say 'cheers' at the end of a conversation or email : I always have to put on lip balm and get a glass of water before i go to bed :

2 thoughts on “Stage Two: The beginning”

  1. Thanks for much! So nice to know someone is out there reading and keeping me accountable. Really really appreciate it!

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