Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Back to normal...

Life is crazy busy and complicated as usual. I often think I am going to take a mental health day to just relax and decompress, but aren't those always the days that everything goes wild? Yep, around here it is like that. But most of the work I am doing is at home with a certain kid of mine and on the phone, so it still is a bit relaxing. I like rainy fall days when I can stay inside and bake (banana muffins today) and throw something warm and comforting in the crock pot to fill the house with good smells. So far my concoction for dinner is just grass fed beef I seasoned with onions and garlic, mixed with a big can of crushed tomatoes. I am thinking spaghetti sauce but not sure yet. If so, I'll have mine over spaghetti squash with a salad on the side.

I haven't gone back to calorie counting yet, although I can tell you off the top of my head that I've only had 170 calories so far today (a Medifast hot cocoa and a Greek yogurt). I might try eyeballing it for a few days. I hate adding up all the stuff I am putting into a recipe when I am winging it like I am today, so generally if I save 450 calories for dinner I am fine. I rarely go over that at dinner.

I am laying off the salt today and drinking plenty of water to get rid of any bloat from sitting in the car for hours over the past few days. Tomorrow is my last day of steroids, so I am very hopeful that my careful eating while on my trip will pay off on the scale. I feel good, I am happy. I just want to get to 218 so I can take new progress pics and measurements. That's my first goal.

Then on down the scale and back out of obesity.

As an aside, to those of you who do animal rescue, hats off to you. Thank you for your kindness. I went into an animal shelter this week and it tore my heart up seeing all those dogs in there... some looking so forlorn and hopeless, some begging to be chosen or just for some attention, some just cowering and shivering in the corners. And to know that nearly half of the dogs I saw will be euthanized? It's just too much. Heartbreak. And then I think of all the shelters full of dogs, hundreds of shelters and pounds, thousands of dogs. It just kills me. I know I can't save them all. I felt so hopeless. But I can make a difference somehow. I picked out a dog who looked horribly neglected and unlikely to be adopted and took his info and am working to try and find a home for him. I wish I could take him myself but two is enough, so I will do what I can to help him. I can't fix it for everyone, but maybe I can fix it for him.


Anonymous said...

"back to normal" Lots of people here on the East Coast wish they could say that this morning. They won't be saying it for quite some time.

You are blessed.

Lyn said...

Absolutely Deb. I have family there. Prayers going out to all who are affected.

Kathleen said...

You have a good heart, Lyn, and this really comes through on your blog. Thank you for making a difference in that dog's life.

On another note: calorie-counting. I am a big believer it it. I know you find it tedious, but it really works. Such a simple and free tool is a blessing. One doesn't need to pay for calorie-counting, one can do it on one's own. No matter what diet people are following (Atkin's, Raw, Paleo, South Beach), I always, always advise them to count their calories. It makes such a big difference. Sometimes I think to myself "It is unfair. Why should I have to count calories for the rest of my life?" But, in reality, if this is the price I have to pay to stay at a normal weight (and it IS - if I stop counting I slowly gain), then I am blessed. Things could be much more difficult. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Go back on Medifast. You know it works for you! Get the weight off and then maintain with low carb.

Anonymous said...

I don't agree with the last comment. Medifast isn't a realistic lifestyle, and therefore doesnt translate well when going back to "real" food. I believe that's why so many have trouble maintaining the weight loss from it. Good luck, Lyn. I enjoy reading your blog. Jane

Leslie said...

I'd advise not eyeballing it for a few days. That never works for me, and knowing I'm not going to log what I eat somehow alters my "guesstimator" (I know, you know all the counts and amounts - so do I) and I just don't feel as focused and purposeful. I'm using My Fitness Pal and it's totally simple, esp. since I eat a lot of the same things over and over.

I'm trying to not equate comfort with good food smells and/or tastes. It perpetuates my askew relationship with food and eating.

Good luck!

Lyn said...


I think Medifast has at least as good a success rate as other weight loss plans, so I don't think it is the plan's 'fault' some regain. The vast majority of people who lose a lot of weight gain it back, no matter how they lost it. It's a tough battle.


that is true, an altered guesstimator is no good :)

Anonymous said...

Lyn, I do not think you should eyeball calories. Your pattern seems to be Start Calorie Counting ~> get tired of it and wing it (with the justification of still eating healthy, whole foods) ~> gain ~> start calorie counting, etc.

I think it is far too easy to underestimate how much we eat. OR to start out guesstimating correctly and slowly slip.

For example, I do not think your estimate of 450 calories for half your restaurant meal the other day was near accurate.

Calorie counting is a pain in the ass. But being obese and overweight is more of a pain.

Just my 2c.