Monday, February 18, 2008

Noticed this a month ago

So I am starting to look around at the different law firms and noticed something. There are no fat first-year associates. This has frightened me somewhat as I am obese. I know that people like me. I know that I am smart. But I also know that people unconsciously judge. Knowing that, I am starting a new program. It's a medically supervised liquid diet. But it's not just a liquid diet. I spend 12 weeks on a liquid diet, 6 weeks transition to real food, and then 52 weeks (yes, an entire year) of slow loss to reach a final goal and then maintenance.

Am I doing this just for the job search? Hell no. I want to bend over and not lose my breath. I want to walk up stairs without wanting to die. Do I have to go on a liquid diet? Nope. But I want to do it this way for a number of reasons, not the least of which is I am motivated by results. Plus there are at least 2 very good scientific studies that show that people that complete the entire program have a much better chance to keep off the weight (58% maintained their weight loss at the 5 year mark).

Anywhoo, I quit smoking, I changed careers at 40, I went into science when people said I couldn't handle it, etc. I can do this.


PT-LawMom said...

You can do it!! :) Trust someone who was formerly morbidly obese and is now suffering from malnutrition and nerve damage after gastric bypass surgery 8 years ago -- go with the liquid diet! ;) Good luck!

Eliza said...

Thanks PT. That sounds awful. I have to admit, I thought about the lap band but am terrified of surgery.

So far so good. 3 days in and I don't feel too bad. I need to stop feeling light headed though, it's affecting my study habits.

PT-LawMom said...

That should go away soon, I'm sure. I think they say it takes about a week for your body to adjust.

PT-LawMom said...

P.S. I don't think the lap band is that bad.