Ready, Reset, Go! My Liquid Protein Reset Challenge

I think everyone expects a little weight loss setback around the holidays. It’s not always easy to track everything you’ve eaten when you don’t know what’s in Aunt Jenny’s Holiday Surprise casserole. Exercise routines can get off kilter when there’s wrapping to be done, parties to attend, and 8 different types of cookies to bake. So come January, a jump in the scale usually isn’t a big shock.

I have to admit, my holiday season seems to have started in October and lasted into the New Year. I enjoyed every minute of it but when I saw a 10 pound difference after those few months I knew I had to reset. I took a few days to really think about what I had been doing, what I needed to change, and how I was going to prepare for my New Year reset. One of my steps was to get back onto a bariatric surgery website that has a very strong community that understands the challenges of weight loss. I have to say, my timing couldn’t have been better.

I logged back in around the 3rd of January and read that a group of members planned to do a three-day liquid protein reset challenge on the 9th. This consisted of vitamins, three to four protein shakes per day, clear soups (often with unflavored protein powder added), lots of zero calorie beverages and a determination to rid our systems of carbs, sugars, and other unhealthy cravings, as well as get our stomachs back to the restriction we had earlier in our processes.

I decided that I could do anything for three days, so I stocked up on the necessities - my protein powders, Mio and Crystal Light, decaf coffee and clear Asian broth mixes. *Speak with your dietitian about this and any type of reset before beginning.*

I’m really happy to report that this reset was exactly what I needed and it worked. Not only have 11 pounds come off but mentally this allowed me to reset as well. I’ve worked out three to four times a week since January and my clothes all fit better or are loose again. I am more mindful of what I’m eating and my priority is protein protein protein. I did another 5K race and took over two minutes off of my previous time. I’m no longer grazing and cheating myself by snacking on junk my body doesn’t need. I feel really good about where I am right now and am happily back down to my 100 pound loss and only 11 lbs away from my goal.

An all liquid reset might not be for everyone, but I do think a mental reset is a great plan. If you find yourself slipping backwards, know that our surgeries will always work for us if we do what we know to be best for ourselves. Stock up on healthy food options, move your body a few times a week and treat yourself as well as you possibly can. Surgery was a huge decision and a step toward a healthier life and we are worth it!

For more information about the LifeBridge Health Weight Loss Surgery program, visit www.lifebridgeweightloss.org.

- Written by Bettina M. Straight, Employee Engagement and Communications Consultant, Human Resources, LifeBridge Health

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