|Me in the buckskin jacket my mom|
wore in high school. One of the vintage
treasures I've never been able to wear before.
I feel so fortunate to be working with the people at Wilson Family Chiropractic on this diet. The center has an upbeat, encouraging staff and offers a lot of services that many Ideal Protein centers don't offer. One of the services they offer is the machine that measures the body fat percentage. I think the body fat percentage is much more important to gauge than my body weight.
A friend recently contacted me with questions about the diet and asked me what her 11 week weight loss goal should be. The center that offers IP in her area gets participants to set a goal and if they don't reach that goal they pay extra money for another 5 weeks to be in the program.
This sounds nuts and from some of the other things my friend said, it sounded like a totally different program than I was on. (It also sounded a lot more expensive than where I go.) The center that I am involved in actually discouraged me from setting a goal and I think this is a much healthier approach to dieting. The idea is to get healthy, to feel better, to learn how to eat and not obsess with the numbers too much. I told my friend to find another center!
It took me a long time to shift my focus from the number on the scale to the actual body fat percentage. I think if someone at Wilson had asked me to set a goal for my first 11 weeks on the program I would have 1. set an unrealistic goal and 2. got discouraged and quit the program if I hadn't reached that goal in the set amount of time.
There have been a lot of times during this journey when I've had to shift my perceptions and goals. There have been weeks when I didn't drop weight as fast as I expected or completely went off track.
In other news, I've been asked to serve as a model during a charity fashion show this fall. I nearly fell over when I was asked. Me? A model? I never considered it before ... so, of course I said yes!! Seems I'm much more willing to strut my stuff than I used to be!