Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Decent Week, and My Pretty Pup

I am feeling pretty good today! Good about this week, even with two 'slip ups' (one binge and one cheese festival). I did work hard to get back on track, and I was, the rest of the time. It is pretty painful emotionally to wean back off the indulgence I had allowed myself while I was sick for almost a month, but I think I am over the toughest spot.

Last week I did a slightly modified Medifast 5 & 1 Plan (where you eat 5 Medifast meals and one meal of lean protein, veggies, and healthy fats per day. I blogged more about it here.) I modified it for 2 reasons: 1) my doctor told me I should be eating yogurt and taking probiotics because I have been on 3 strong antibiotics over the past 3 weeks (still taking 2 of them) so I replaced one Medifast meal per day with a Greek yogurt. Low fat Greek yogurt (no fruit or sugar added) has very similar nutritional content to a Medifast meal. Not exact, but close. So I am still doing that. 2) I was struggling with the big cut from toast, oatmeal, cookies and ice cream to none of the above. So I did allow myself more fat servings and condiments than Medifast allows each day. I probably had 2 extra fats and 3 or 4 extra condiments daily this week. It helped me ease into the change without too much discomfort. Now that I am (I think) solidly back on track, I am cutting out the extras and going to do the 5 & 1 plan with no additions this week, except for the Greek yogurt no more than once per day. And the week after that, I should be off antibiotics and can cut that back out as well.

My hives are gone, I feel almost back to myself, with only tiredness left to conquer as my body completes its healing. My little girl was up sick last night though and is still in bed right now. She has a pretty bad cough, which I think she caught from her brother who missed 3 days of school last week being sick. And my youngest son also missed a day from migraines. Hopefully with the warmer weather everyone will get back to good health and stay there for awhile!

Oh, almost forgot the weigh in! Scale this morning says 187. I didn't weigh last Sunday but last Saturday I weighed 191, so I am down 4 pounds this week. I am pleased with that.

Enjoy your Sunday!

*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast provided me with its products for my personal use for free. I am not paid or compensated in any other way for mentioning their products. Medifast states an "average weight loss of up to 2 to 5 pounds a week."*


Sandy said...

Congrats on the 4 lb loss! Pretty awesome! I love the photo of your puppy. Oh my gosh, soooooo cute! They grow up so fast!

Jean said...
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Jean said...

So glad to read you are feeling better. Have to ask-what's tracking class? Is it just what it sounds like? Teaching the pup to follow a scent? Sounds like fun and usefulness combined!

Tiredness-that's one that I think we battle often-whether we are sick or not. I love that spring is coming-it always helps me to not feel as tired.
(After I posted the first comment I noticed all the typos so this is basically the same comment. oops!)

Lyn said...


Yes, we lay tracks for the dogs to follow our scent from one "article" (glove, wallet, sock etc with our scent on it) to another article. For puppy training you put cut up hot dogs or cheese every few feet so they learn to follow the scent track, and they always get treats at the final article. We make the tracks longer and more complex (difficult terrain, turns, length and age of track) and less treats along the way as they progress. So yes, basically learning to track a person's scent :) Very fun!

Mike said...

Just found your blog. Keep up the great work. Escaping from obesity is no easy task. Thanks for sharing your story. It's people like you who inspired me to do something about my weight and yesterday I just hit my 100 pounds lost mark!
Starting at 500 Pounds

Sarah Williams said...

Congrats on the great weight loss! And your puppy is adorable!

He Took MY Last Name said...

My little 'pup' is coming up on about... 8 months old. He was a shelter rescue and a lab mix so I don't know for sure what his real age is, but we just go by the 17th of each month :)

They are such good company when you are feeling down or blue. They listen to you too and no back talk... perfect companions!

Glad you are feeling better. I had hives once and it sucked



Floriana said...

She is a cutie. No wonder everyone loves her.

Glad to hear that you are on the mend :)

Ginger Farnsworth said...

Lyn -glad you are back among the living. Being sick is a pain the rear end!

I just want you to know how much I enjoy reading your blog. You keep it real and because of that I am passing the Versatile Blogger award on to you. You are a true inspiration and someday I hope to be in your shoes!

Hanlie said...

I should read up on tracking - maybe I could do something similar with my Basset, since they are bred as scent dogs.

Well done on the loss and I hope everybody gets well soon!

Dinahsoar said...

Yogurt may not be enough. I read the acid in your stomach kills most of the live culture and it never reaches the intestines. I take a pro-biotic that is enteric coated so it doesn't dissolve until it is past the stomach acid...and it is guaranteed to have billions of live beneficial bacteria. I buy mine at a health food store. Walmart sells one too, I think the brand is Enzymatic and I've seen it in the health food stores.

The rule of thumb I've read is that you need to take pro-biotics for the same amount of time you took anti-biotics.

Anonymous said...

I thought of you when I read this piece in today's NYT about the fitness benefits of owning a dog: