07/23/2012 11:57 EDT | Updated 09/22/2012 05:12 EDT

I'm Losing Weight -- Why You Gotta Hate?


Another stellar week on the Lindora weight-loss plan. I've been learning a lot about myself but I've also been learning a lot about you, dear readers.

Some of you get seriously crabby upon reading about other people's weight loss. Last week's blog where I wrote about losing 7.2 pounds had a lot of tomatoes thrown at it in the Comments section. This was especially hurtful since I detest tomatoes.

Many thought the Lindora plan was setting me up for failure because it's not teaching me healthy habits. Or that it was extremely unhealthy to lose so much weight so quickly. Some were shocked that I would advocate such a thing as a successful diet on the off-chance that readers struggling with their weight might -- gasp! -- be inspired to try the same thing. Because if there's one thing people struggling with weight should stay away from, it's a medically supervised weight loss plan that assures results.

A common thread in the response was that I wasn't learning how to eat in a healthy manner that will support a lifetime of maintenance. Let me first tell you what I've learned these past years when I tried other programs. I learned to be frustrated at the lack of reproducible results and the random nature I would lose, then gain, then gain, then lose, then gain, then lose, then lose, then gain, etc. It was maddening. I learned only one thing: to be very, very frustrated at diets.

I never learned what works and what doesn't because the results were unpredictable. I never learned effective tools and choice-strategies to deal with plateaus. I learned to feel like a loser.

Now that I am consistently losing I am in a position of strength. Everybody asks "how are you going to maintain?" Well, while I haven't been told the exact program yet, my common sense tells me that you slowly reintroduce additional items to the daily diet and then track what happens. Calibrate. That's how I monitor my sugars. I imagine I'll add an additional protein to lunch and dinner for a week. Try that, and see what happens. If it's safe to proceed, add an additional carb to the day the next week. Try that, and see what happens. If I gain, I know how to dial it back. I've learned how to reproduce a process that gets expected results.

I've also learned that as wacky as diabetes can wreak havoc on the sugars, after the first week I dialed down my nighttime insulin to the point where I don't take it anymore. For you Type IIers out there, you know this is a huge deal.

The nighttime insulin, it turns out, may have played a factor in my frustrations with weight loss in the past. For the first time since diagnosed, my morning sugars are lower than my nighttime's, and the deviation between the two -- throughout the entire day -- stays around 20 and never gets higher than 135. As the song says, if that's wrong, I don't wanna be right. If the overall sugars can drop more, I can start to ween off the metformin and be completely free of diabetes medication.

I've also learned how to properly snack. Snack using a single protein serving. My attitude has been properly adjusted to what consists of a single protein. You can buy low-fat cottage cheese in four-ounce servings, or you can weigh 3.5 ounces of freshly carved turkey. Yummmmm.

Because I'm sidelined recuperating from minor toe surgery, I can't wait to find out what happens when I start to run again, ETA early August. I imagine I might need to fuel up a bit to run the 10Ks. That's a calibration I'm excited to experiment with.

The Lindora plan is covered by medical insurance. It's not a crackpot Hollywood pineapple diet. There is daily accountability, a reproducible process, and among three others (Mrs. The Fat Diaries recently surpassed 25 pounds!), it is making us all very excited about our health. I will continue this blog throughout the weight loss period and into maintenance.

Give me a chance to prove you tomato-throwers wrong. And if you must insist on throwing food at me, freshly carved turkey would be the best.