Sunday, December 9, 2012

Weekly Recap

There's nothing like a German Shepherd sleeping under a Christmas tree to make a living room cozy! Love my dogs...

Yesterday was crazy busy and I was out for about 5 hours. I did remember to bring a Medifast bar along for when I got hungry and I also stopped and got a sugar free caramel Americano for a holiday treat. I did some shopping, helped a friend move, and ran errands. We also got our (real) tree picked out and set up in the house, and this morning we'll finish decorating. We might start making Christmas cookies, too! I am taking my daughter out to lunch and to a Christmas play today so that will be fun.

I feel like I am getting my life back with the help of my physical therapist, my doctor, and Medifast. This debilitating foot pain that has kept me sidelined since early spring is getting less and less intense. I do still have some pain and am not supposed to even walk my dog a mile yet, but tomorrow I can start walking her a shorter distance, just 5 or 10 minutes a day. I also am up to 6 minutes on the stationary bike. My seasonal affective disorder is finally under control, and my eating is too. Hopefully, all of this will continue.

Dinner last night was an old favorite: taco salad made from lean grass fed beef, low fat sharp cheddar, avocado, fresh salsa, cucumbers, and Romaine. Good stuff. Not sure what I will have as my main meal today; that depends on where we go for lunch. But I had my favorite 'special' Sunday breakfast this morning: a big Medifast pancake topped with peanut butter and sugar free blueberry jam with an extra cup of coffee.

This morning I weighed in at 215 pounds. That's a three pound loss for this week. By the way, Medifast has changed its 'expected losses' claim; they now state that after the first week people can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week on Medifast. Three is fine with me, though! That makes 7 pounds over the past 3 weeks. Slow but steady, right?

That's all for now. Here's the new disclaimer that Medifast is asking bloggers to use.

Disclosure: I receive free product in order to evaluate and comment on my experiences on the Medifast Program. Medifast products and the Medifast Program are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Any medical improvements noted while on the program are related to weight loss in general, and not to Medifast products or programs.


Marc said...

Very interesting. I think the required disclaimer says it all.

Anonymous said...

Long time reader of your blog Lynn and I feel like your struggle is my struggle. So many times over the past few months I wanted to scream "Go Back on Medifast!" But we all have to find our own way. I'm so happy you are back on the program, have found a physical therapist who is helping you and that you're feeling the joy of the holiday season.

You are def on the right track!

Anonymous said...

Just a friendly suggestion, but it seems like you drink a lot of coffee...I too was a huge coffee fan and couldn't even imagine starting my day without it. When I had a lot of trouble losing weight even though I seemed to be eating right (I am a religious calorie counter) a friend of mine kept telling me I had to try giving up coffee. I ignored it for awhile because I was convinced since I drank black coffee it wasn't even hardly contributing to my calorie count. Well I eventually tried it just to appeaser her and I have lost steadily since then with no other changes to my diet...I'm definitely a believer now that there are certain things like caffeine that affect people's bodies differently and for some just make it that much harder to lose weight...just an idea!

Lyn said...


Interesting. I will keep that in mind and if I stall that might be a minor change I could try. I always have one cup of coffee in the morning and often a second one in the afternoon. Three is my limit but I am sure it has an impact of one sort or another.

Margaret said...

215! Yay!!!

h2oratt said...

Very happy to hear your progress
I love my dogs also

Sugar said...

Oh my! I am so happy that something is finally working for you! Heres to more good things to you!

Anonymous said...

Coffee wise I didnt lose well with my coffee habit but was such a caffiene fiend, I ditched the coffee and took caffiene pills instead. Problem solved. It seems the coffee itself was my issue, not the caffiene. I do fine with diet soda too, go figure????

Taryl said...

I've lost weight with and without coffee, I don't seem to be too sensitive to it.

You know I worry about your transition from medifast to permanent eating habits again, but I'm glad to see the scale moving for you right now!

Crabby McSlacker said...

Congrats on the progress and sounds like you have a great attitude!

And I love the thought of a German Shepard under a Christmas tree!

Lyn said...


I worry a little, too. I do think I learned and understand what went wrong last time, and I won't be adding the carbs back in like I did then. For now, I am just focusing on getting this weight OFF and getting out of pain, and then when I am ten or twenty pounds from goal weight, I will figure out exactly how to transition without adding back a bunch of carbs.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lyn

Glad you are doing better! I have been thinking I need something just to get me kick started to lose weight. Low carbing just isn't doing it for me anymore. Are the "deals" you had posted for Medifast still valid? And would you recommend it for a short time? I don't think I could afford more than a couple of months of it. Thanks!

Karen said...

I started reading a lot with about 20 pounds left to go. Also , the last 20 pounds takes longer to loose ,so they're will be plenary of time to figure it out.

My blog cronicals my path from medifast to paleo. I did it slowly, over time . The great thing about was that I used the time to get my head straight and figure out what my trigger foods were.

Once I accepted that there was no going back to the SAD, I could focus on what the great things were about the moment I was in now.

Just do that focus on today. Focus on this week. On plan eating is just that. More variety in maintenance but work on today first.

Good luck. Karen p. stay OP for mental clarity. That's where the answers are. The nudges to go on to the next steps come out, but only if you're not medicating with foods. Onward.

Lyn said...


I will ask about deals/coupons for my blog readers and let you know. If so I will have it posted on my Medifast Tips page.

I do think it is worth doing for a few months, because you learn so much about how different foods affect you. And if you do have to stop after a few months, you can take some time to figure out how to stay low carb and still lose on your own... although losing on my own was really hard for me once I got down around 220 both before and after Medifast, it isn't that way for everyone.