Thursday, October 10, 2013
And so I made a small step toward getting better. Today I and two of my friends went to an informational session at Kaiser Permanente, explaining the details of their weight management program. It was very nice and personable, with just twelve people attending and two doctors who did the explaining.. Basically, the program is for a year and a half. Four months of it are spent using Optifast nutritional shakes, bars and soups (made from powder, brrrgh) instead of other food. It guarantees the intake of only 960 calories a day. Every week there will be a well check: the weighing, blood pressure and other tests taken, as well as an inspirational talk. If a person sticks with a program, they are suppose to lose 2-3 pounds a week. Not bad! All that is done with the doctor's support and supervision.
The only variable in that program is I. Will I cheat? Will I follow the guidelines? And if I lose the optimal amount of weight, will I continue the lifestyle that will prevent me from gaining all those pounds and a few more of their friends back?
The program is not cheap. It'll cost more than $4,000. Will I just throw all that money and effort away by cheating? Perhaps, this time, with the help and as the result of my sessions with Mr. P., I will be able to have the necessary will power to make myself better. I hope so!