Sunday, December 16, 2012

Weigh In and Other Stuff

The scale was good to me this week as it was last week: this morning I weighed 211 pounds. That's a big loss of 4 pounds this week! That makes a total of 11 pounds lost since I re-started Medifast on November 18... almost a month ago. I have averaged 2.75 pounds a week so far, which is a bit higher than Medifast's expected loss of 1-2 pounds per week. I figure it will slow down later like it did last time, so I am enjoying the nice losses while I can.

Here's a snapshot of my eating, which is always 5 Medifast meals and a Lean & Green meal (5-7 oz lean protein, 1.5-3 c. low carb veggies, and up to 2 fat servings). I rarely have the optional snack but it is there if I get hungry.

Friday's dinner was Egg Beaters scrambled with turkey sausage, mushrooms, yellow squash, green onions, and low fat cheddar cheese.

Saturday I logged my food for the first time in a couple of weeks. I had:

Medifast berry crunch cereal with Silk unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Medifast peach oatmeal muffin with black coffee
Medifast sloppy joe on a big flat "cracker" made of low fat cheese microwaved until crispy
Medifast peanut butter crunch bar
Big plate of baked baby kale chips made with olive oil and sea salt
8 oz Greek yogurt mixed with 1 packet of Splenda, 1/4 c Egg Beaters and vanilla extract, baked and chilled
hot decaf green tea
Medifast soft bake cookie

Stats for the day:
862 calories
93 g protein (40%)
96 g carbs (40%)
20 g fat (20%)

I feel very satisfied staying 100% on plan. My calories are usually closer to 1000 and my carbs closer to 85, but I am still in the range I need to be. Not sure what I am having for dinner tonight; I've thought about baking some fish and vegetables, so I may do that.

My feet have been better this weekend by about 60%. My heels are still very sore to the touch, but walking is getting less painful. I admit this whole daily foot pain thing is frustrating, but I am doing all I can and hoping it continues to improve. Here's to another good week!

Required 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.


Anonymous said...

Four pounds is excellent! I am on Medifast too and what I love is how easy it is to get so much nutrition in such a small number of calories. I have never felt better. I am happy for you.

Tara from 3FC

Anonymous said...

862 Calories. See, lower calories, the weight comes off.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy that Medifast is working for you again. I think you should definitely stay completely on plan until you reach your goal.

During maintenance, along with watching carbs, I would raise calories very, very slowly. Like maybe do 900 for a week, then 1,000 for a week, etc. That seemed to really help me when I started to maintain as compared to adding 500 extra calories right away. It gives the metabolism time to catch up.

So happy for you! Take care!

Jac said...

211?!? Awesome! You must be so pleased to finally see consistent losses again!

Em said...

Anonymous up there making the point about calories must think that 500 x 7 = 14,000, because if you maintained on about 1350, then this caloric drop should mathematically have you losing a pound, not four.

Lyn, after this period of pain-related inactivity and extreme caloric restriction, I hope you know how important building lean mass back will be for your maintenance.

Margaret said...

211! Yay!

Anonymous said...

So you're planning to come off Medifast after getting under 200 ? That sounds unwise to me and I'm not a fan if Medifast at all...but it honestly sounds like it's very low calorie (800 calories) and regimented eating plan are the only things that work for you anymore, to be honest. Look at how you were doing pre-Medifast. It sounds like in a roundabout way you are saying 199 is your goalweight and you don't care as much about what happens beyond that....and that's a real shame because that is far too heavy and unhealthy a weight for you.

Lyn said...


I agree 199 is too heavy for my health and best life. I have never had any intention of staying at that weight, and I also have no intention of quitting Medifast when I reach 199 pounds.

Taryl said...

Great week, Lyn. I'm glad you're finding the plan comfortable and easy to adhere to, that is really key to success :)

Anonymous said...

But I thought you repeatedly said in previous posts that you only plan on doing Medifast until you get under 200...

Lyn said...


Repeatedly? No, but I did say before I started last month that I thought I could use the leftover Medifast meals I had from spring to get back under 200. I only had a few weeks worth of food. But since Medifast offered to continue to support my efforts, limited Medifast food is no longer an issue. I will use it as long as I am having success with it.

Sugar said...

I am so glad that you are losing the weight!!!

I hope you are able to get under the 200 mark soon and get rid of the awful pain you are suffering from :)

you deserve the best for all that you have been through!

my best wishes for you!

Anonymous said...

Great loss! Yay!
I'm so inspired by your attitude as we get closer and closer to Christmas! Keep it up!

Denise said...

I enjoy reading your posts again. I joined Medifast again a little over a week ago and we are neck and neck on our weight. I had done Medifast in 2010 for 2 months and lost 20 lbs allowing me to fit into my wedding dress, but the cost of the plan was too much for me to continue. I currently am trying to do the plan as least expensive as possible because I know it works and I promised myself that if I lost the weight, I would be ready to have a baby and at 34, I need to get moving.

Anonymous said...

I'm so very glad you are doing this. I love your plan of medifast to paleo. I know that this will work for you, Lyn.

Lori said...

I am so glad you are back on track!! Congratulations to you.

Lyn said...

Thanks all :)

There was another Anonymous comment that I wanted to respond to but I think I accidentally deleted it when I was deleting some unscreened spam... sorry to the poster! Anyway it was asking if I planned to eat Medifast for the rest of my life. The answer is no, I plan to transition to a Primal/Paleo lifestyle while keeping my carbs in a lower range, probably around 100g/day.

Anonymous said...

Lyn - let's be honest - you're doing awesome!!! : )

Anonymous said...

Promise me Lynn, if you try the 100 carb a day range that if you still battle cravings and start an upward trend, that you'll give the 50ish lower carb approach a shot. I bet the 100 carb level will be fine as long as you stay away from grains, but just keep an open mind okay? I never want you to have to get back on medifast again!

Lyn said...


I'm definitely keeping an open mind! I do plan to stay away from grains and refined sugar totally.

paceyourselfgirl said...

Lyn, could you or any of your readers tell me the best, most economical Medifast food package to purchase? My financial resources are slim to none (i lost my job in a round of cutbacks a year ago) but Medifast is once again really working for you and I desperately want to give it a try.


Lyn said...


I believe the 4-week pack is cheaper per meal than a custom pack, but custom is nicer because you can choose the foods. I sent an email to ask if there is any discount or coupon I can offer on my blog and I should have an answer to post in a day or two, hopefully.

paceyourselfgirl said...

Wonderful!! thank you!