Sunday, October 17, 2010

Morning Weigh In, After the Struggle

I had a hard time yesterday (and posted about it) and I want to say thank you to all of you who left kind supportive messages and ideas for me to help get me through it. I did get through, staying on plan and treating myself to Medifast brownies for both of my last mini meals. As much as I wanted the "comfort" of that automated hand-to-mouth type eating of huge portions that fill you up until you can eat no more, I knew I'd regret it in the end and it wouldn't do me any good. I knew that it would not alleviate my stress but only add to it, and would add a layer of sadness to an already bad day. I didn't need that. So I just told myself, "Self, you are just gonna have to learn to feel the feelings and not stuff them down with food. You're gonna have to learn not to fill your stomach and lean on sugar and fat coursing through your veins to get you through." I resigned myself to being on plan, and that is what I did.

Before someone says "but you ate brownies! How are you learning anything by eating brownies??" let me explain that Medifast brownies are a) teeny tiny and b) full of protein, fiber, and vitamins and *very* low carb. They are portion controlled so I got the experience of eating an appropriately small serving as a treat and not going nuts for more, and they are nutritious so they filled a bodily need. They also do not have that sugar/fat combo that *real* brownies have, which is what sets off the brain alarms and triggers me to eat the whole tray. I did not get any sugar rush or high from those "brownies" because they are actually just 110 calories of nutrition packaged to look and taste similar to what we know as a brownie. The 11 grams of protein is satisfying, the 4 grams of fiber is filling, and I was able to feel satisfied with that small treat for 3 hours. Will I have brownies in maintenance? Yeah, I probably will. But they'll be low sugar ones, full of nutrition. I already know how to make brownies out of beans or lentils. You can bet I will be working on recipes for that, and I will be able to be satisfied with just one small piece as I am now.

Sooo, what are my results this week? Looking over my log book, I stayed on plan every day 100%, with the exception of a little extra fat in the form of cream cheese made into a sugar free mini cheesecake on my son's birthday. I went out to breakfast at a restaurant once. I walked one mile every weekday plus about a half mile on the weekend. Results? I lost one pound this week, and currently weigh 180 pounds. I am happy with that, especially considering I dropped 4 pounds last week and 8 the week before that. That first week was partly in September though so my total pounds lost for October is 6 pounds so far. Not bad! And I expect to hit a new milestone this week... maybe *two* new milestones! Watch for new pictures coming soon :)

Enjoy your Sunday!

*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast provided me with its products for my personal use for free. Medifast states an "average weight loss of up to 2 to 5 pounds a week."*


20 comments:

Val said...

Glad to hear of your continued success! Sounds like an awesome week. WTG on beating the cravings. You always inspire me :)

spunkysuzi said...

One pound less is a great week!! Can't wait to hear about your new milestones :)

Stacy said...

YAY! I'm proud of you. I bet that next week you'll have broken that barrier and be below 180 :)

Hollyfer said...

Brownies out of beans or lentils? Please share!

Ex Yo-Yo Dieter Debbie said...

Ah Lyn, you're speaking my language when you say that you have to let yourself feel the feelings and not stuff them down with food. That is what I am learning to do, and it sure is easier said than done. However, they say that the more you practice at dealing with stuff without using food to cope, the easier it becomes over time.

It's a tough road, but I think both you and I know it's the only way for long term success.

You continue to amaze me!

Stephanie said...

I definitely want to hear more about these beans or lentil brownies!

And congrats on the loss! You're doing awesome!

Lyn said...

For those of you wanting to make bean brownies, here is one recipe (not mine):

http://mealmakeovermoms.com/kitchen/2009/07/10/black-bean-brownies/

It is not sugar free, but more nutritious than most. When I am off Medifast I will be playing with this kind of recipe, but using egg beaters, applesauce instead of oil, and depending on what I decide, I may try using Splenda or honey or agave nectar as sweeteners.

Raych said...

You're doing an awesome job! Keep it up :D

http://losingwithraych.blogspot.com
-Raych

Cynthia said...

Glad you made it through the temptation! It's definitely hard sometimes! And great job on the pound loss!

I'll be happy if I see that tomorrow, given that I'm sore and retaining water right now. However, freeze warnings and tomatoes wait for no man... major session harvesting had to be done, even if I was already sore from Friday's exercise.

Bonnie said...

How's the "weight room" equipment going? It seems you get out and walk every day but do you get strength building exercise?

Bobbie said...

Awesome. So looking forward to new picture. I am trying to have a healthier eating plan/lifestyle. My overweight son moved in with me and I am trying to help him eat better. My biggest battle with him is portion control. But at least we are getting a lot of fruit and vegetables down him. Which is a huge improvement.

Anonymous said...

Great outcomes!

emma

Ashley said...

There was an article in the New York Times this week about the idea that processed foods could be physiologically (not just psychologically) addictive. I am not at all familiar with this research area, so don't count me as a overly credibly source here, but the article said there are at least some researchers in the field who believe that food companies have proprietary formulations that combine fat and sugar in particular ways to purposefully make processed food addictive. I don't have the link to the article because I read it on my iPhone, but I bet you could find it in their archives if you were interested.

Lyn said...

Bonnie~

The weight room is set up and ready to use! I am just dragging my feet on getting started.

Ashley~

I have read such articles too! If you haven't read "The End of Overeating" by Kessler, it is a very informative read.

Vee said...

You did a whole lot better than I did! And you resisted the temptation to binge, which is one of the major "lessons" we need to learn to get to a maintenance point. Congrats! Vee at http://veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

cmoursler said...

keep up the great work lyn!

Lisa said...

almost to the 70's! :)

gaelowyn said...

I soo "BOOO" to anyone who tries to chide you for 'indulging' in a medifast(or other prepared diet plan food).. especially since you had the one serving size and that was that!! I say that's actually gonna help you out more in the long run.. as you're learning to enjoy the one serving, and let it be enough. That's a very hard thing for some of us to do!!
and to Ashely.. I don't know if 'buy' the whole conspiracy theory about the processed foods.. though I totally believe that they are not good for us at all!!! that and the nutrasweet/splenda thing. I gave them up because they were reacting poorly to a new medication I had to take. Just by dropping those out of my diet, I lost 10lbs in 4 weeks. Seriously, I did not purposefully change a single thing other then not having any sugar free/diet sodas or foods. I've talked to several physicians and a dietician and they've all seen it before. there is research out there showing those fake sugars can actually make your body crave sugar even more, leading to binge eating.
ah well.. good luck to us all and thanks again for another great post!

mallwalker said...

You are doing great. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

The Skinny Doll said...

I've been following you for so long .. such an inspiration! well done on the 180 mark!