Sunday, February 26, 2012

Week 1 Transition Wrap-up/Weigh-in

This past week was the first week of Medifast Transition for me. The goal is to gradually reduce the number of Medifast meals I am eating while re-introducing more whole foods including higher carb veggies, fruit, and dairy. I also plan to use this time to watch my body's reactions to these foods, add exercise, and find a place calorie-wise/carb-wise that results in a balance of weight loss while feeling satisfied and able to continue long term. I thank Medifast for putting together an awesome and thorough guide for people to get back to whole foods after using their plan, and for having registered dieticians available for any questions Medifast users might have.

So, this was the week to add 2 more servings of vegetables per day, including higher carb ones. How did I do?

I added:
roasted Brussels sprouts
lots of plain canned pumpkin
an artichoke
baked sweet potato

Other things I ate this week included:
roasted broccoli
steamed asparagus
spinach salads
Egg Beater omelets with turkey sausage, spinach, olives, salsa, and light cheese
pan-fried fresh trout
hard boiled eggs and egg salad
low fat string cheese
noodle-free lasagna made with zucchini, mushrooms, low carb tomato sauce, light cottage cheese, and light mozzarella
Egg Beaters scrambled with leeks, turkey sausage, mushrooms, and spinach

Next week I plan to also eat some acorn squash and maybe make a butternut squash soup for dinner. I will also be adding fruit; I will write more about that on Tuesday.

And how did the scale respond to the uptick in calories and carbs? It did not budge an OUNCE. I was already up a bit last week to 205, so I had hoped the scale might go back DOWN this week but it was not to be. Still 205 today. My body is surely adjusting to staying out of ketosis and eating more whole foods. A lot of people on Medifast gain a few pounds in Transition before levelling out, so I am glad that is not happening to me so far.

That's all for now! 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.*


Anonymous said...

I didn't gain in transition. During my 4 weeks I lost each week... a total of an additional 5 pounds.

I don't think you can expect your transition period to be typical since you weren't really doing a Medifast 5-&-1 plan before "transition".

Lisa said...

Hi Lyn... I'm on MF too and cannot wait to start adding pumpkin to my foods. I used to have it in oatmeal every day and I love it. Can't wait to try it in a shake, oatmeal, and the pancakes. Yum! And it's like sneaking in a veggie :o)

mensa said...

I'm sure that you're drinking your water too. Don't get discouraged (which it sounds like you're doing okay). I know you'll see a loss soon.


Lyn said...


I was doing a 5 & 1 plan. Not perfectly, but I have definitely been doing 5 & 1 most days.

Anonymous said...

This all sounds GOOD, GOOD, GOOD to me. I am a big lover of ALL fruits and vegetables-trying to limit what types of these foods i could have is insane for me. I love all vegetables, specifically, and not being able to have the higher-carb ones just seems like a sad type of life to me, haha.

Anonymous said...

also wanted to add-i've discovered something else kind of notable-for the longest time i've been scared to death of potatoes, just plain potatoes. thinking they would turn me into a crazy, carb-craving lady.

not so. i've been enjoying a baked potato several times a week with dinner and the inclusion of a past favorite actually feels GOOD. it does not send me into some fury of stuffing my face, in fact i think it helps me stay satisfied

just my experience. now with other foods with lots of added ingredients, like cereal, i get a different reaction. not as calm. but just a plain potato, no issue really.