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Sunday, May 10, 2009

FOR MONDAY Steve Starvation Diet (SSD)

Ya must KNOW, this is not 'moi' -grin!

STEVE'S "STARVATION" DIET (SSD)

I have not eaten a single bite of solid food since last Tuesday May 5th. Here is a bit of background:

Five years ago I was snoring a lot at night (maybe in the daytime also -grin!) and would stop breathing for long periods during sleep, according to my wife. So doctor suggested I visit a "Sleep Disorder Clinic". After the usual nights spent in bed at a doctor's office, I was diagnosed with apnea, obesity, (260 pounds) and a flabby piece of fat in my throat. I do not recall the technical term.

In lieu of surgery in my throat, I opted for a weight loss plan, which consisted of six 90-calorie drinks daily of a powdered vitamized formula named MEDIFAST. I was to drink these powdered supplements, blended with water only, 6-8 Oz. each, spaced through each day. Oh, I forgot: NO FOOD! Nothing to eat. Drink lots of water was the other instruction. N.O. F.O.O.D. (OK, OK, I got it!)

For seven weeks I fasted--except for the chocolate-flavored water--not a bit, not even a crumb. Doctor did not believe I did not eat. I explained to him, that I KNOW addiction, and one bite--like one smoke, or one drink, would make null the whole process. Anyone who has ever fasted for more than several days can recall how energy levels rise, activities thrive, and the brain seems to come to life (in a fashion -grin!).

Well, I lost 58 pounds in seven weeks...49 days! I wanted to zip below 200, to maybe 160-180, but doctors both said it was too 'fast', dangerous for a man my age--HUH! My age, fancy that! I could finally wear trousers which had not fit me for 25 years! Also I felt better then I had in many years, and mentally--what a "high"!

So, having found myself to be slipping upward on the scales these days (225), I decided to have another "go", but without the doctor visits and weekly blood tests and I have not had a single bite of food since a banana last Tuesday May 5th. the Medifast I ordered online from a place in California. I won't link them, because I am not a doctor. Although you'd not know that from my "helpful" diagnoses, now and then on these blog comments...bad! BAD! I keep trying to just say "No"....

Anyway, I just wanted to let y'all know where I am in this thing. Next report, in about ten days. Maybe I'll quit this stupidity before then! So far, eight pounds gone Tuesday through Sunday, some of that is "water weight" whatever that is--I really don't care! It's a shorter belt-line which is my goal. (I guess "shorter blogs" should be my other goal -grin!)

As for Weight Watchers...well, I gave that a try about 15 years ago, by mistake. I walked unknowingly into an AA-OA Meeting. A cannon was pointed at me, and fired--when I said I would NEVER give up Hershey Bars! Being sober 20 years at the time did not impress them. Nor did it impress me! Nor does "not eating" impress me, I just do what I do. Usually I do not discuss my "diet", so there may not be a sequel.

And Peeps...I sure LOVE y'all! Thanks for reading!

In LOVE and Service,
Sincerely,
Steve E

20 comments:

Joe said...

Please be careful fasting without the blood work and stuff.

dAAve said...

I seriously doubt that your method is very healthy, but I'm not a doctor either.
Mainly I jsut wanted to drop in and say howdy.

Kristin H. said...

Some days you are my first laugh in the morning, some days you are my last laugh at night. But you ALWAYS make me laugh!

Congratulations on the weightloss. So, no Hershey bars while doing this Medifast thingy, huh?

Queenneenee said...

Hey Steve-I could NOT do what you are doing, but I DO need to do SOMETHING! I have packed on all I lost and then some. BUT I LOVE MY FOOD dammit. I will do it when I am ready I suppose. Good luck with the "diet".

Ed G. said...

Steve - I'd love to support you in this but, frankly, sounds like you're taking some risks that just don't feel comfortable to me...
I've come to care about you and hope to God that you're OK with this direction you've set...

Because I only wish God's blessings on you, now and until the end of your days...

Of course, please feel free to publish or reject this comment but I just feel the need to be honest with you...

Thank you for sharing yourself...

Rainbow said...

we too are concerned that you are not seeing a Dr. and getting the proper care with this diet.....please...we have come to love ya, Steve so please, please take care of yourself.....u make us laugh too.... hugs
"us"

Anonymous said...

Congrats on all your weight loss! I think you should try adding some raw food to your diet, if you can, to keep your hunger down. I think you can find some great support for yourself at http://www.rawpeople.com/?utm_source=A&utm_medium=B&utm_campaign=C

chubskulit said...

nterestng way of dieting....

Lou said...

If you are otherwise healthy, what you are doing is OK short term. I would think your body won't let you keep it up too long before it starts giving you signs such as dizziness, fatigue, and mental (?!?!) fog.

Gin said...

Can you grind up a Hershey Bar and mix it into the liquid? It would then still be considered a liquid diet right? Congrats on the weight loss. It's tough!

Kathy Lynne said...

take heed to all the cautions above....

i've been thinking of gastric bypass myself...just thinking...

Dammy said...

Congrats on your weight loss. I think you should start working on writing short post too! Lol!

Hey! But don't go beyond your limit on the weight loss thing. Be careful.

Nice blog.

mile191 said...

Wow, you are always in my prayers, but more for now, and this time that you are having. thanks for everything you do, in thinking of me, and my family. thanks for the kind posts....comments, emails. thanks for everything. I have been out of town for a week, and am back finally. I didn't announce our leaving...so, in case you were wondering. Yes, we have been gone, and yes, we are back...and I should be back to blogging and knowing how my friends are doing in no time. I am sorry for the blong break....but, I am thankful for the rest and time with hubby. hugs to you. mile191

imbeingheldhostage said...

Congrats on your weight loss so far!!

I'm with your othercommentors -- be careful. When I met my hubby he was out of control losing his weight. I honestly think if I hadn't stepped in when I did, he'd be dead. His family was just standing helplessly by watching him obsess with food control.

Best of luck.

vicariousrising said...

Ugh. I don't believe in diets. Especially ones that are extreme.

Hope yours does what you want it to and you are able to keep it off. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

Syd said...

I know from lifting weights that one of the best programs is A Body for Life--it basically deals with counting calories (eating the right stuff in smaller quantities), exercise, and frequent small meals.
It works because it isn't an extreme thing but rather a life style (=behavioral) change.

Lois said...

Please be careful Steve!
You make me laugh (phew almost wrote a word incorrectly).
Blessings,
Lois

Steve E. said...

Lois, if you happen to come back here, what in heck does "(phew almost wrote a word incorrectly)" mean???
Puzzled-a-roni

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

I went a much more drastic route years ago and had a stomach bypass (permanent separation from stomach.)

I was 278 and now hold steady at 149, but it is not without interesting experiences along the way.

Healthy and happy, that's our goal! :)

Atiyanna said...

As with everyone else my dear, this form of weight loss concerns me with out doctor supervision. Please take care of yourself my friend...I am just starting to get to know you,
Hugs,
~A