Monday, January 21, 2013


Today was a great day for me, eating-wise:

All my coffee was black... no additives whatsoever. Two cups caffeinated, two decaf.
I ate all five Medifast meals including some lower carb choices.
I had a *fabulous* Lean & Green eggplant dish for dinner that was so good, I want to make it again so I can take a pic and post the recipe. It was delicious and easy. But it had cheese in it, so I will wait awhile before I make it again. I am trying to cut back on cheese overall.
No optional snack.
I drank plenty of water.

880 calories
88 g protein
79 g carbs
29 g fat (28%)

The only think that I did not do is bike. My ankles hurt, which is new to this week. I see the rheumatologist soon and hope he has some answers for me.

I am going to bed at 10 tonight which is quite early for me. Hoping to get to sleep and wake up well rested.


Taryl said...

I wonder if the ankle pain might be related to compensating with an awkward motion because your feet hurt? I'm sorry you keep getting plagued with aches and pains, but it sounds like you had a great day with the things you could control - that's definitely something!

Anonymous said...

Isn't less than 900 calories terribly low? When you go back to eating whole foods won't you have trouble staying in that range? And once you lose the weight, if you go to 1,000 calories a day will that mean you will gain the weight back? I am honestly asking, not criticizing.

Lori said...

I'm glad you had a good day. I hope you got some good rest last night.

Lyn said...


The Medifast 5&1 plan aims for 800-1000 calories a day, with more than 72 grams of protein which is to keep the body burning stored fat rather than muscle. I won't be staying in that range for maintenance, just for weight loss. I can't say what my future holds, but I hope that by following the Transition and Maintenance plan correctly but without adding back in grains or starchy vegetables, and with a higher activity level, I'll be able to eat about 1500 calories a day and maintain. Many people have done this plan successfully and kept it off, but it is up to me to stick to it and follow my doctor's guidance.

Anonymous said...

I know you've mentioned that increased physical activity isn't currently possible because of yor foot pain but have you thought abt adding just upper body strength training? There are many exercises that you can do even sitting down that will help you get some extra activity in without putting pressure or weight on your feet or even going to a gym.

Biz said...

Ah cheese, it's my favorite food group! Sending some virtual hugs your way!

Fair Enough said...

Some thoughts about calories/calories during maintenance/etc:

For me personally maintenance calories are not that far off from losing calories. I know everyone is different and has different activity levels, etc, but I think aiming for 1500ish in the long run when you are generally sticking to 800-900 while losing is a pretty big jump. Maybe if you were a lot more active that would be more feasible.

I think as others have hinted at on this post and very likely might have to accept that you just can't eat a "normal" amount for the rest of your life like others, or even close to normal ie 1500. That's how it goes sometimes for people and especially when their weight has bounced around all over over the years. Something to really think about and reflect on. It's not necessarily this terrible thing, you learn how to adapt over time, but you have to be really strongwilled.

I would say that 800 calories a day is not a good way of going about things but this has been brought up a million times by others and you seem pretty certain on not changing this-so I'm not going to go there. However, if this is the range you want to stick in then it will really play into the rest of your life and determine how much you will be eating after weight loss. It's a slippery slope but you have to decide if it's all worth it in the end.

Others have maintained after weight loss on Medifast but it seems those are the people that REALLY planned out maintenance ahead of time (something blogger Karen really stresses and makes a good point of) and took it very seriously. Maybe you'd call it "obsessing", I'd call it being smart and proactive about again...I'd suggest that. I don't know *that* much about Medifast but is that the norm to stick to around 800 calories a day usually? Do you know what general maintenance calories typically are?

Lyn said...


Medifast usually is 800-1000 calories a day. I was staying just over 1000 for most of my time on Medifast; I can't stay around 800 and be sane for any length of time so I'm not forcing it. I figure if I can stay around 900ish that should give me a decent loss. Medifast *says* 1500 is about right for maintenance, but I think you may be right about my not being able to go that high. I won't be jumping right in like I did last time I stopped Medifast. I learned a lot from my mistakes, so this time will add calories back *very* gradually and do a lot of planning, as I too have learned from Karen. If I add them back slowly, I should be able to find a maintenance level even if it is closer to 1300-1400.

Thomas - WHAT said...

Sounds like you had a great day and though you had min calories you clearly see why. Not adding stuff to coffee makes a big difference in calories. Its a shame so many people drink a lot of their calories. I wish I went to bed at ten. Thats something I really need to change.

Anonymous said...

Do you eat when you feel hungry, or at a set times of the day? Thanks!

Lyn said...


I eat every 2-3 hours to keep my blood sugar stable. So generally I have coffee when I wake up and then Medifast meals at 8, 10, 12, and 3. Dinner I cook myself around 6. Then one last Medifast meal at 8:30.

Anonymous said...

I see you are doing Low Fat Higher Carb... you are experiencing an increase in your joint pain and weight is not going down as well...

Have you ever looked in to eating Low Carb High Fat (I'm talking Fats like EVOO, EVCO, Avocado, Eggs, Walnut oil, Flax oil, Gouda Cheese - which is a great source of Vitamin K2, btw, ?

We get our fuel from two different sources: Fat or Carbs.

Carbs, cause an increase in insulin. Fat is 0 carb, and thus does not put out insulin.

A higher carb diet is great for athletes or very active people as they will burn off what they take in and there will be less that is stored. But for the person who is not an athlete, this "energy" turns in to stored fat. Our Brains run on glucose, but it only needs on average 5grams.

When a person cuts out carbohydrates, they MUST supplement with higher fat intake to satiate and keep them from going in to starvation mode. Also, after a time, a person will fall in to a state of ketosis (not to be confused with the dangerous ketoacidosis that diabetics face). When in this state of ketosis, the body will pull the stored fat and use that for energy.

There are LOTS of documented research coming to light these days about low carb, high fat and ketosis, etc.. just Google it!


Anonymous said...

Almost forgot..

Also have to watch the protein intake.. even eating too much protein can cause the insulin output to increase in the body.

Low carb, High fat, moderate protein

Just eat til satisfied, your body will tell you when it's had enough.. trust me, it works.


Lyn said...


I am under a doctor's care, and my blood work looks great. No starvation mode here! I do get nearly 30% of calories from fat, so I wouldn't say that is really a low fat diet. I do intend to raise my fat when I am in maintenance, but not raise my carbs. But yes, I was eating low carb and higher fat before I re-started Medifast.

Journo June aka MamaBear said...

That just doesn't sound like enough calories to me either. I'm more in Lily's camp, but I know everyone has to do what works for their body. I loved doing the Flat Belly Diet and was able to lose around 2lbs a week eating 1600 calories a day. You make sure to get the healthy monounsaturated fatty acids at every meal (nuts, avocados, olives, dark chocolate, healthy oils) and I never got hungry. I cut out dairy and sugar since then, too. My body does NOT react well to dairy. Next week is my big challenge - hubby and I are going on a cruise. I'm pretty good about sticking to good choices, I just worry about the constant availability of yumminess! :-)