Cura Romana Revisited … Weeks 3 to 6

Thursday, September 15, 2011 by Amanda

What surprised me most on the program this time was how closely it followed the same pattern as last time – quick weight loss in the first 2-3 weeks, levelling off for 2 -3 weeks and then rapid loss again in the last 10 days or so. At several points during the program, I checked my weight loss and it was exactly the same as at that point last time and even more once. This totally blew out a few more beliefs I had about weight loss – ie. the more you have to lose, the faster it comes off! At the end of the 6 weeks, I had lost 10.2 kgs and 56 cms compared to 11.5 kgs and 89 cms last time.

The hardest part for me this time was that I found myself wanting other foods. It was not hunger as such but a desire to eat things that were not a part of the plan. I felt a bit deprived and noticed that this is as an issue I have touched on before to do with “missing out” and “not fitting in”. It feels good to be consciously aware of it and I am ready to let it go now.

Last time I went down the baby shampoo route and my biggest desire on finishing the program was to wash my hair and condition the straw it had become. It was a pleasure this time to be able to use conditioner in my hair and was definitely worth buying the John Frieda products (Farmers had them).

This time around I have experimented with some of the recipes in Leslie’s book and have loved the soups. So easy and so tasty. Last time, and for the first 2 weeks this time, I was very boring having grilled protein, steamed veg and fruit. Occasionally with salt and pepper. I found it easier than thinking about another meal after sorting out the rest of the family.

I felt like doing an apple day around the beginning of my third week and decided that the best timing would be on a Wednesday (4 days later). My weight stalled for those 4 days. In hindsight, I probably should have done it the day I first thought about it. However, later on my weight stalled again and on the day I was going to do an apple day, I started losing weight again. I did the apple day anyway because they are so easy and I like apples now. I had forgotten I didn’t like them before until I listened to one of the voicemails Leslie sent me when I was on the program last time.

My biggest hope from this program was that I would discover my ideal weight. As I have never maintained any weight, let alone a healthy weight, I had no idea what my ideal weight was. I am very sceptical of the doctor’s charts and the ideal weight they propose so my biggest wish was that in week 6 of the program, preferably in the last 3 days, I would get hungry and then know that I had reached my ideal weight. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen although I did use muscle testing (kinesiology) in the last week and on Day 45 I was at the ideal weight that I had been given.

I am now back to the weight I was before I got pregnant with my first daughter and I feel fantastic and so does my body. I had a great day sorting through my wardrobe – throwing out clothes that are too big and enjoying the ones that now fit (after almost 6 years on the shelf!). I love my body – really and truly – even the little flabby bits that are still there after 2 children! This is a first for me – loving my body not the flabby bits!

What “firsts” have you experienced lately?

2 Responses to “Cura Romana Revisited … Weeks 3 to 6”

  1. Bernadette says:

    Hi Amanda,

    Good to read this without all the marketing I’ve been reading. I love Leslie and her books but decided to go this one alone. I’m just about to start right at the end of the week right after my birthday and my goal is to lose all the weight I’ve taken on after menopause, stressful life situations and food as sublimation (around 10 – 11kg). I was always long and lean so I look forward to seeing my body this way again – it is empowering as you say.

    Thank you for sharing and I’m glad that I found the site.

    Luv, B

  2. Amanda says:

    Thank you for your kind comments.

    For years I focussed on the weight because it was so obvious that I didn’t feel I had any choice. Thanks to Leslies program, I have managed to switch that and now it is my health that is more important. If I eat something my body doesn’t like, I put on weight but that doesn’t bother me so much any more because I know that it will drop away again. What bothers me is the other reactions I get – the tiredness etc – and this is what keeps me away from foods I would otherwise treat myself with. I have my favourites which my body doesn’t react to and, although they are not the healthiest, I do indulge in these when I feel the need for a treat.

    Best of luck on your latest journey and I wish you all the peace with your body that I now have.

    Love and light

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