September is finally here and after 3 months off the scale and on the Medifast 4-2-1 Plan, I got on the scale this morning. Last weigh in was on June 1 and I weighed 208 pounds. Today I weigh 210 pounds. Two pounds up in 3 months.
Thoughts on this: basically I was able to maintain over the summer on the increased food plan the Medifast dietitians recommended for me back in May. I was hoping for weight LOSS, but actually the maintain is not such a bad thing. Earlier in the year I was doing the 5 & 1 Plan and even when sticking to it 100% I was only losing about 2 pounds a month. The dietitians thought a break with more food would help my metabolism and give me a mental break too, while allowing me to eat twice as many fresh vegetables, twice as much meat or lean protein, and a serving of fruit every day. It's been GREAT! I loved going to the farmer's market every week and eating what is local and in season. But I was a bit worried that almost doubling my intake would result in a gain over the summer. Thankfully, I've been very active since the shots in my feet took away the plantar fasciitis pain and that's probably helped my metabolism recover too.
I have not been perfect on the 4-2-1 Plan, either. I didn't always measure my protein and veggies. Sometimes I had a little extra meat or some extra fat, usually in the form of low carb salad dressing or avocado. There were a couple of occasions where I ate off plan foods, too; once I blogged about eating ice cream, and another time I shared how I went off plan for 4 days and it was hard for me to get it together and stop eating junk again. But overall, it went well, I felt great, and I got a break from the diet/weight loss mindset.
I have to say this has been the best summer I have had in YEARS. It will be one of the most memorable times of my life! I was able to do pretty much anything I wanted to without being limited by foot pain or weight or health. We went swimming, roller skating, and hiking. We went to museums, zoos, aquariums, and state parks. I did lots of walking... about 3 miles a day... with the dogs and with my daughter who came along on her pink scooter. I am in a very different position than I was 5 years ago; two of my boys are out on their own, one in a dorm and one in an apartment, working and going to college, which leaves me with just 3 kids at home. My 19 year old did so well in college last year that he got a scholarship for this year... so proud! He is still living at home while he works and goes to school, but I hardly see him except at dinner. My youngest boy is a senior in high school, driving, working part time, boating, fishing, and very busy hanging out with his buddies in his free time. He did go with me and his sister on a trip or two this summer but in general he's grown and has his own things going on. Wow! Five years makes such a HUGE difference when it comes to kids! So... that leaves my daughter, who is a total joy, and we had such a fantastic time this summer together. We went on several trips, some for dog sports and some just for fun or education. We had playdates with friends, went to swimming lessons, and met new neighbors. And we had quiet time reading, going to the library, and just relaxing. I cannot imagine a better summer. I have contentment in my life I have not felt in a long time.
Anyway, now school has started and I once again have more alone time on my hands. I've been walking my daughter to school each day and my foot pain has faded down to almost nothing again (after a second set of shots a week ago). I've started some new dog training classes and have been participating in a few clubs I joined, and will start volunteering at the school again soon. But I am also going to dedicate some of my time to weight loss!
Starting today, I am switching back to the Medifast 5&1 Plan (5 Medifast meals and one homemade meal of protein, veggies, and fat). I think now that I am able to be more active and have had several months eating MORE food, the change will result in losses better than the 2 pounds a month I was getting this spring.
I will weigh weekly, and tomorrow I will take measurements to see if things have changed since the last measurements in spring. I am being much more strict with the plan this time. When I did Medifast the first time, I was losing 7 pounds a month. If I can get that... or heck, even 5 pounds a month... I will be very pleased. I'll keep walking (about 2 miles a day; the podiatrist told me to back off and bike instead) plus biking 6 days a week. I am excited to see the results!
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.
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