A fresh new month is here, and I am so glad to have it. February is that much closer to spring. I strongly dislike winter and the feeling of hibernation that goes along with it, so February has me feeling hopeful and relieved that the darkest days are over.
January was a bit of a wash as far as weight loss goes. I started the month at 201 and ended it only two pounds lighter. But it's lighter, so that's something. The first two weeks of January I was doing Medifast and added daily walking and biking. I never really believed the tales I'd heard from others on Medifast that said their weight loss stalled when they added exercise, but that's what happened to me. Then I added Plan B (low carb but more fat/protein/calories) and alternated that with Medifast for a bit before jumping off ANY plan and just winging it. I even had a "binge" (which I later realized was off-plan overeating but not, in fact, a binge) of 2 slices of pizza and a diet Coke for dinner, and a few hours later a bowl of chips, a candy bar and a Swiss Cake roll. Water bloat came and went, I took a couple of long walks, and the last couple of days have been back on plan. I put some chicken breasts in the crock pot and have been eating that over salad, or having some eggs over easy with spinach. Tonight's dinner will be more of that chicken breast, either in a salad or with some sauteed mixed veggies.
My hope is to drop ten pounds and get back to 189 by the end of the month, then transition off Medifast (using their transition guide) and add exercise back in and continue to lose weight, even if it is very slowly. I'd like to get to a new low of 174 by my birthday, mid-summer. I think that is quite doable.
Off to run errands!
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