This is really sucking. I got on the scale this morning expecting to see some water weight because of PMS, but hoping for a downtick on the scale because I have been eating so much better. Nope. Up 3 pounds from last week... to 210.
I am going to call my doctor tomorrow and go in. I want to be sure nothing else weird is going on here. He has been really good about doing bloodwork etc to be sure of my nutritional status but I am due for a physical anyway, and need some referrals for other stuff like my allergy shots and the new physical therapy clinic for my shoulders.
Tomorrow starts week 4 of Medifast Transition and then, after that, instead of adding grains back in I am going to focus on replacing the last 3 Medifast meals per day with protein-rich snacks. Plan summary for week 4: drop from 4 Medifast meals per day to 3, keep eating 5 veggies/2 fruits/1 dairy per day, but double the protein servings and this can also include beans and legumes now (1 cup cooked beans = 1 Lean protein serving). I am also going to keep logging calories and aim for 1500ish even if I have to add some extra food (in the form of whole foods).
Someone suggested in the comments on the last post that since I can only do short periods of activity right now, I could do *multiple* periods in a day. Simple, but I hadn't considered it. It's a good suggestion. It all adds up and that way I might be able to get in 20 or 30 minutes of exercise without hurting myself. It has been very frustrating to me that every time I add exercise I end up hurt. Not just sore, but actually injured and needing to do rest and ice and antiinflammatory drugs until it heals. I know this is because of my severe degenerative arthritis along with past injuries coming back to haunt me. It is not one of things you can "push through" and keep walking or biking or lifting. I've had enough MRIs, xrays and scans for a lifetime. Looking back with regrets isn't generally helpful, but I will just say to you young folks in your 20's and 30's, don't think your weight isn't hurting you. It is. Even if you don't feel it yet, you may find yourself in your 40's like me with irreversible damage to your body from carrying an extra 100 pounds around for years. It is not worth it. It is really not. Don't let this happen to you. It really does suck.
*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast provided me with its products for my personal use for free.*
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