Thursday, April 21, 2011

My Newly Formulated Plan!

I am so excited! I spent some time talking on the phone with my Medifast nutritionist, Laura, this morning (thanks Laura!) I have been trying to figure out how to transition from Medifast to a healthy eating plan based on the whole, natural foods I want to eat forever, but haven't been sure how exactly to do it and still lose weight. I am very happy with the plan that she suggested to me and am starting right now!

I had planned to just start doing the Medifast Transition plan (you can read about that here), but since I already added fruit back in and also still want to lose weight, I was not sure how to proceed. Laura explained to me that the gradual, step-by-step introduction of higher carb foods was not necessary for me now since I am already out of the state of mild ketosis (fat burning state) that Medifast 5 & 1 Plan encourages (by eating about 85 g of carbs per day). So she helped me figure out a plan based on my height, weight, and activity level. It looks like this:

1 Lean serving (same as before... 5-7 oz lean meat or equivalent in eggs etc. I can also use beans/legumes for this now)
3 Green servings (as before... 1.5 oz cooked or raw vegs or 3 c salad greens)
1 extra cup of any veggies, including higher carb peas, carrots, yams, etc
Healthy Fats as before (up to 2 servings)
2-3 Medifast meals (I will be using non-soy-based ones)
1-2 servings of fruit (yay!)
1-2 servings of low fat or fat free dairy (which will be, for me, mostly Greek yogurt which I love and can use in breakfast smoothies.)

Now if I understood correctly, this should be about 1200 calories. I am going to log my meals to stay around that level. She also said it would be okay to go up to 1500 calories but that would probably slow my loss. I also should increase my exercise (right now I am walking about 2 miles/day).

So that's the plan, plus drinking lots of water and green tea. Also, after my current stash of diet sodas is gone, I won't be buying anymore.

I got a phone call late yesterday re: the ultrasound, but the lady who called kept using words like "maybe" and "not sure" and "probably." So I am going in to pick up a copy of the radiology report myself today because I am pretty capable of understanding medical terms, even if the lady who called me is not! Will update when I know something. Also, my son and I woke up with sore throats. Can I not catch a break and stop getting sick?? I took a bunch of vitamin C and am sucking on zinc lozenges, so maybe this one will pass me by quickly.

*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."*


Mom to the Fourth Power said...

That looks like a great plan!
When I start feeling like I'm getting sick, I take the vitamin C and garlic - two in the morning & two in the evening. Garlic, I'm told, is like a natural anti-biotic. I can't tell you how many sicknesses I've thwarted by doing that... I'll take the garlic like 10 or more days and it's amazing how it makes the sickness subside and never really take off. Maybe garlic would help you too, who knows!

Take care!

Ex Yo-Yo Dieter Debbie said...

The new plan sounds very manageable - still quite structured (which is what you're used to), but with more flexibility. It doesn't sound like you'll be diving into the unknown - too many choices all at once would be daunting. Yay for Laura!

My guess about all the "probably" and "maybe" from that lady at the clinic? Non-committal answers to avoid lawsuits (and with that doctor you saw, they may already have plenty!).

Go get that ultrasound out of their hot little hands and go to another clinic, if you can.

Hope the sniffles go away - allergies maybe?

Lori said...

It is always good to have a plan. Good luck with it.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with your plan! I didn't know Medifast has non-soy products too. (Not a fan of soy for myself, for similar reasons as you.)

I hope you get clearer (and helpful) answers about the ultrasound soon. Waiting can be so stressful. Take care.

Kristi-Bisti said...

Just about the sore throat... I gargle with salt water and my sore throat goes away right away. I also use a q-tip to swab my nose with salt water and it really helps with the sniffles!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good plan. I hope you all the best and Happy Easter !

timothy said...

sounds like a very smart concise plan, wonderful. i KNOW it'll work cause well you ROCK! sounds like the typical medical moron , don't you worry about it. you're gonna be just fine!xoxoxoxoxo