The Camp Transformation Center – Week 4

This is my fourth week at The Camp Transformation Center, and I have to say it definitely changes your entire life.  I’ve learned quite a bit along the way so far, and more to come I’m sure.  The first thing I learned is don’t take a doctor’s word as gospel.  They are looking out for your well being, but at least for me they went the motherly coddling approach and telling me not to put undue pressure on my hips along with no impact sports.  That was the only thing that finally made my muscles balance completely, and this program helped me with that in a slow pace.

I’ve learned, at least with my bodies metabolism, not to use hydrolyzed protein isolate in between-meal supplementation due to the quick bodily absorption.  During my use, it hindered weight loss.  I slipped back to using Isopure protein isolate (unflavored) which has the same nutritional facts but digests slower.  (0 fat, 0 carbohydrates, 25g protein/serving)

I’ve also learned that person in the front guiding the group is not your boss, they are not telling you what to do, they are guiding you along the path.  When first starting, it’s very painful and feels impossible.  With that person in the front giving instructions it feels very formidable but it’s important to remember that you’re doing this for yourself.  After a week or two the inner anger builds to push yourself.  Once you are your own worst enemy and your own best friend, that person in the front is simply guiding you along so you don’t have to think about what to do next or if you are performing the task correctly.

One thing I’m still learning is how to properly handle food preparation and choices.  The food choice is limited while on the program.  Not limited to diet food, but limited to a certain list of meats that are high nutrient/protein but low fat/calorie and a list of certain vegetables and carb selections that are high nutrient but low fat/calorie.  The largest problem I’m working on is how to prepare it in my kitchen with the limited amount of time I have and allow it to taste decent.  Taking food to work does kind of suck at times since microwaving destroys flavor.  My biggest task now is including the carb selections since (for me) it’s the longest of preparation time.  I’m working on this, and I will do this since I’m including this in my life for a while.

At first the main thought by most (and partially including myself) is I’ll do this and lose some weight then go onto a plateau but then you learn how food interacts with your body.  The food selection within the restaurants within America for the most part is depressingly geared towards how it tastes vs keeping any semblance of nutrition.  It seems most times the selection of nutritious choices are limited to lettuce based salads with chicken, or some other poor choice.  Lettuce offers nothing, it’s mostly water.

I have 2 more weeks on this challenge, and I’m hopefully going to reach the second challenge to continue my journey.  I have lost 15 lbs so far in 4 weeks, with 10.6 lbs lost on the first week.  To reach my 20 lb loss in 6 weeks, I must lose 5 lbs in the next 2 weeks.  My personal goal is 10 lbs in 2 weeks.

Wish me luck.  As I tell the group, may the odds be ever in your favor.

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