Sunday, August 11, 2013

What's Happening On September 1

I am finally starting to get the *desire* back to focus on weight loss again. I think for awhile I was just sick of the whole thing, burned out or whatever. I've just been enjoying summer, getting back into the swing of activity without pain, and focusing on my family. I've also been doing the 4 & 2 & 1 plan the Medifast dietitians recommended for me a couple of months ago to change things up for my body AND my mind. I really liked being able to eat fresh fruit from the farmer's market this season and that has been a nice benefit of that plan (5 & 1 plan, which is what I had done before, does not allow fruit). But really over the past couple of months I have not felt *pressed* to do more.

It's an interesting spot to be in... one I have talked about before. I am happy. I can do most of the things I want to now without limitation due to my weight. I guess I felt more motivated (but also kind of depressed) when I had plantar fasciitis and couldn't walk. I thought getting weight off was the only way I might heal and get well again. But even with that big motivator, I was only losing 2 or 3 pounds per month all of this year. When the pain left in June, the motivation waned, too. I mean, I was motivated to stay on the 4 & 2 & 1 plan fairly closely, most of the time, because I still want to lose weight. But I've also been busy doing all the fun stuff I couldn't do over the past year of being in pain! It was really the best summer I have had in years.

I want to end the summer with a renewed effort, a weigh in, a re-assessment of my plan. The end of summer is coming up soon, and I'll be weighing in exactly 3 weeks for the first time in about 3 months. I was thinking that I'd see that number and depending on what it is, decide what to do next. But really, I know what I want to do next regardless of the number. I can say that confidently because while I don't know exactly what I weigh, I *do* know that I am not up or down a clothing size, I am not seeing any extra padding or renewed thinness anywhere, so I doubt very seriously that I have gained or lost more than 5 or 6 pounds in either direction. I am not terribly shocked by this, as I've been eating about 1300 calories a day on perfect 4/2/1 days and 100-200 calories more on not-so-perfect days. I've maintained before on 1400ish calories.

However I am very glad I did this plan over the summer. It gave me a change of pace, an increased amount of food while I became active again, and I think it has been good and healthy for me.

On September 1 I will be switching back to the 5 & 1 Plan. I think the timing is good and I am mentally ready to tackle this weight and get back to the level of focus that helped me lose 100 pounds in the first place.

Pedometer steps for today: 5917.

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.


dlamb said...

Lyn, only you know what you need, what motivates you and what your capacity is, to follow through with your regimen. The fact that you stuck to your eating program for the summer without being obsessed by the scale was probably helpful, in that you knew your eating was under control and you could do little else to find some peace from all the stress related to wt. loss.
It is also good that you've started therapy with a person who appears to be effective for you. A good match between therapist and client is something that takes some time, occasionally.
Being free of chronic pain is extraordinarily important, in order to be able to follow much of anything. I walk A LOT (for my head) but several years ago I had broken my metatarsals, in succession and I gained 80 pounds, NOT from the lack of exercise but from depression. I could not engage in the physical activity that brought me most joy and I was very dejected. Yes, I knew I could do plenty of things that could have helped physically, to stay strong and in shape, but I did not. Depressed people sometimes don't and as counter productive as that is, it happens. When I was able to return to walking, 1.5 year later, the wt. dropped off within a matter of month because I returned to my normal eating and walking routine and my mood was good once more.
It is also good that you've tested the 1300-1500 cal as a baseline. If you've maintained, you have a lot of information there, that you can apply with the next stage of your health regimen.
In addition to chronic pain, the medical care that your kids often need probably take a huge toll! I know this. We've dealt with a family that has three boys. ALL of them have Autism. I think it is difficult for people who have not had the experience, to fathom the life of parents, especially a single parent, who need to carry such burdens.
Enjoy the next three weeks and continue to do what is best for your head. The rest should follow.
Best wishes as always!

Anonymous said...

I get stuck in that contentment myself. "Oh it is not so bad, I am 43 pounds lighter! No hurry to get more off!" It's difficult to break out of. You can do it! I want to see you 178 again!