It's been two weeks now since I stopped getting on my home scale and stopped logging/counting calories and carbs. In some ways, it is freeing. In other ways, it is distressing. I feel *better* in that I am not changing what I am doing based on a number on the scale, but it is scary not to get that feedback. I got a little feedback at the doctor's office but am ignoring that number since it was on a different scale, clothed, and fed. Now, to be sure, I am not an advocate of staying off the scale when one is eating junk or going off plan and not eating in ways that are conducive to weight loss. That's the old head-in-the-sand technique that never ends well. Going weeks or months without weighing and without being focused on weight loss usually ends when you *finally* have had enough with the junk, the bloat, and the tight clothes, step on the scale and see a big gain. That's not what I am doing here.
I have been continuing with the Medifast 5&1 Plan with no calorie counting, and working at getting back in the habit of telling my inner brat NO when she rages for a cupcake or some chips. It's hard. When you've gotten in the habit of "a little bit won't hurt", it takes time to get the self-discipline back. Even when I was working at staying low carb earlier this year, I often would have "just one slice of cheese" because hey, it is low carb, it won't hurt anything, and I love cheese! But now I have cracked down and I tell myself: if it's not on plan, it's not going in my mouth. Last night when I was using cheese in my kids' dinner, for a split second I considered having a few bites of that cheese while I was cooking.... but I told myself NO. And earlier in the day, when I wanted some nuts for my allowed snack, I also said NO because I was not truly hungry and didn't want to feed the "oh I just feel like snacking on something" habit. I believe it is going to take that level of focus and discipline to get this weight off once and for all, and to prepare myself for the discipline it will take to maintain ALL the loss this time.
Here's last night's dinner for myself and the family, in progress:
You can see the lean beef already cooked in the background. I took some lean, thin steaks and sliced them into strips, seasoned with fajita seasoning and cooked in a nonstick pan. (I used Medifast fajita seasoning, but it's pretty much the same as any fajita seasoning you can buy. Or just use pepper, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, and your favorite spices). Then I sliced up some bright red peppers, green bell peppers, a bit of sweet onion, and baby portabella mushrooms and put them in the nonstick pan with a bit of water and salt and cooked until the peppers were crisp-tender.
For the kids I made quesadillas, filling tortillas with meat and Provolone cheese and browning them in the pan. I had the usual additions on the table for them to add: salsa, sour cream, veggies, lettuce, hot sauce. I enjoyed my 5 ounces of meat and half cup of mushrooms and peppers over a cup of Romaine lettuce with a bit of fresh salsa. You can use dressing or sour cream or avocados on yours if you make this! If you are on Medifast, use 5 oz beef, a cup of lettuce and a cup of peppers/mushrooms for a complete Lean and Green meal and the seasoning counts as a condiment. I used less peppers on mine because I had some tomatoes in my Medifast chili earlier. This was such a delicious dinner! I froze some measured beef and veggies for a quick dinner another day.
The sun is shining again and I will be outside spending time working in the yard and brushing massive amounts of shedding hair off my dogs today! My dinner is already planned: 6 deviled egg halves (made using yellow mustard, salt & pepper, and light mayo as condiments) with a big pile of fresh steamed asparagus... one of my favorite spring meals! Hope you are enjoying YOUR spring, or lovely winter snow, as the case may be.
*FTC-required disclosure: I receive free product in order to share my experiences on the Medifast Program. Medifast products 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.*