Saturday, February 4, 2012

Saturday Meals

I'm still under the weather today, but in a good mood otherwise. I got up this morning feeling icky with no appetite, so I ended up just having two mugs of coffee with sugar free creamer until about noon. I usually eat at 8am, 10am and 12, but just didn't want anything. I had some tea, too, then decided I needed a little something so I had a Medifast oatmeal raisin bar. Around 2, I actually got hungry so I scrambled some eggs (3) and had another cup of plain tea. Around 4 I had a bowl of corn chips. Yes, those ones I wrote about not really liking. Silly... I think it was the salt I was after. (No, I didn't buy them, but there they were on the counter!)

I think I will just have a Medifast orange drink later and call it a day. I don't really have an appetite.

Regardless of being sick or not, I want to make tomorrow and every day in February a 100% on plan day so that on March 1 I can feel good about going into Transition (basically, Medifast's 6-week plan to cut back on Medifast meals and add back in starchy vegetables, fruits, dairy, and grains). I might leave the grains out for awhile longer... not sure.

I find myself thinking less and less about food these days. Oh, I still have those occasional days where I focus on food, especially around PMS. But I think I am just sort of burned out on the whole dieting/nutrition/food thing and prefer to focus on other things. I just want simplicity. I am still going to make this my fittest year ever, by gradually reintroducing exercise again starting March 1. Until then, I am just doing some of my PT exercises to get ready for more strenuous stuff. It will be nice to focus more on activity and strength, and less on food. The food obsession has truly loosened its choke hold it used to have on me. I am thankful for that.

That's about it for today. Hope to have a nice soak in the tub and get to bed early.


Kristi said...

I love that you didn't eat when you weren't hungry! We are always told to eat at regular intervals, but darnit, I'm not going to eat if my stomach doesn't feel like it! Hope you feel better soon.

Anonymous said...

Why put off exercising until March? You felt so good when you were exercising. After all, you are trying to build health HABITS for a lifetime. Daily exercise is an integral part of the picture.

After enough daily repetitions it becomes a habit and you feel lousy if you DON'T exercise.

Lyn said...


couple of reasons, but the main one at the moment is pain. Hopefully, by continuing the PT exercises through February, I will re-stabilize my joints and protect them from further injury when I add it back in in March.

Anonymous said...

Lyn, thanks for the response re: exercise. I do understand the pain issue. I have fibromyalgia and joint issues, too. But there is almost always some exercise you can do that will not stress your joints, such as swimming (if you have access to a pool.) It can be hard to make myself do it, but non-impact exercise actually provides more pain relief to me than the drugs used for these conditions.

Just another perspective to consider.

LHA said...

You are on the right track! Putting food in its place is the only way I have ever found to have any success with weight loss. Decades of dieting, counting, weighing, measuring and OBSESSING about food left me seriously overweight. I am certainly having better success now that I have stopped all that unhealthy behavior. I wish you the best of luck as you continue your journey!

Anonymous said...

I would seriously consider whether or not you ever want to add grains back in to your diet on any regular basis. There isn't anything in grains- yes, even healthy whole grains- that you can't get in much greater quantities from vegetables (more fiber, more antioxidants, more nutrients, etc.)

With all of your past struggles with carbs and how they trigger you, I would be interested to see how you did on a totally grain free/sugar free (not replacing sugar with fake crap) diet. I know that going grain free is "in" right now, but after dismissing it as a fad I researched it and it actually made me go from a soy and grain loading vegan to a grain free omnivore.

You've said over and over and over again that the main reason Medifast works for you is that it is high protein and low carb/no sugar. You've also bemoaned how hard it is to have that kind of diet off of Medifast- I think if you cut the grains and the sugar (and the sugar substitutes) you would find yourself eating real food and being very close to the Medifast ratios that have helped you so much.