Sunday, December 18, 2011

Weigh In and Plan

Feeling MUCH better today, physically and emotionally! I think yesterday's ick was probably sugar withdrawal more than anything, and now I am out the other side and things should get easier again.

Today is day 5 on plan. I started back on Medifast on Wednesday weighing 214. Today I am down 6 pounds to 208. I do feel less bloated. It is nice when the bloat/water retention from sugar and tons of carbs goes away. The ache in my hands and feet goes away with it. What a relief.

So yes, now I have a long term plan which I posted about a couple of times this week. I intend to switch to that plan when I feel ready. My goal right now is to get through the cookie baking, fudge making, Christmas candy laden next two weeks without gaining weight. I chose to go back on Medifast during this time because after a week or so on plan, my binge urges get so much weaker. The food obsession fades. I am hoping this will hold true and I can just ride it out and lose weight through the holidays. If and when I feel I cannot stick with it any longer, I have my lifetime plan ready. I feel much more confident having a structured way of eating. I start getting nervous and eating too much of the wrong things and not enough of the right things without that structure. I have NEVER lost weight without structure.

Something I am starting right now: focusing on vegetables. I have been in a rut with the same canned green beans and mashed cauliflower and spinach lately. I had forgotten about all the other delicious offerings that are out there this time of year, most especially kale. I love kale! So this week's grocery list will include a trip to my favorite produce section which has a lot of local organic stuff as well as good quality veggies in season from other locations. I will be getting some kale and looking around for something new to try. I want to try some new recipes to post as well.

Starting in January when the kids go back to school, I will have a structured exercise plan. Regardless of whether I continue Medifast through January or transition to my new lifetime plan, I will have a calendar marked with appointments for my exercise, including walking, indoor biking, and weight lifting. I will be starting small because I have been quite sedentary lately and I don't want to injure myself, but I think a long walk, 10 minutes of biking per day, and weight lifting for 10 minutes 3x/week is a good start. I can work up from there. The PT exercises should be in there somewhere. Maybe mixed in with the lifting at first. If it is too overwhelming I won't do it.

That's all for now. Have a great, healthy day!

*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."*


Lori said...

I know exactly what you mean about structure. I've been feeling the same way about needing a plan, but didn't quite know how to articulate it. Once again you have said what I was feeling.

I also have arthritis in my right hip that seems to flare during times of poor eating. Go figure...

Anonymous said...

reading your new post became one of my daily routines, it is one of the good habits i am concentrating on them to get rid of my bad ones:)

so glad you are ok now and you lost some pounds also, great to hear that.

about vegetables you should try new things so you don't get bored, i should also because i stuck with some and i like them actually.

good luck in your new lifetime plan and in your exercising.

Forty Pound Sack said...

You sound so much stronger. I'm proud of you, Lyn. I love that you just keep pumping along ~

Tuahaa said...

Holidays are always difficult.

Sure, it's always nice to eat the food we all love and miss once in a while, but it can get difficult to control one's self.

It's cool that you took up lifting. It's actually quite fun- ranks above cardio in my opinion

SG said...

wow! 6 lb? that's awesome!

Anonymous said...

Hi! You have got to try a massaged kale salad. It is my new fave! I tear it up, squeeze some lemon, sprinkle some salt then rub it all around for a minute. Lastly, add a drizzle of olive oil and any other fixin's. It is delicious!!!!