Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sept 1 Weigh In

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.


Anonymous said...

You sound so happy and blessed. Maintaining is a big feat so be proud of that. I am glad to see you enjoying life. You are doing great!

Steelers6 said...

Interesting update, & congrats to the fella with the scholarship! Woo hoo!!
Wow, where did summer go. It doesn't seem real that school has begun again.

Anonymous said...

Have you considered that the 2 lb weight gain could be due to increased muscle mass? You had been very sedentary over the past year because of pain, and I'm thinking that you lost so much muscle. Perhaps this summer "off" has instead allowed your body to recover muscle, thus giving you a chance to actually lose weight again now if u stick to the 5-1 and also are active.
I look forward to hearing how this month goes! Good for you and so glad to hear of your fab summer.

Lori said...

I know you were not happy to see the 2 lb gain. I am glad that you haven't let it upset you. I think the measurements will reveal a lot.

I am sooooo glad the second set of shots has been helpful. I hope that your feet stay pain free and that you have the best fall ever.

LHA said...

Happiness is something that cannot be overrated! If you have had a happy, active summer with your children and maintained your weight loss, you have accomplished a great deal. I hope your return to the stricter medifast program will get you the results you want, but you have proven you can be consistent with eating healthy food. As for the few times off plan or possibly eating a little more than allowed, I wouldn't worry one minute about that. You are human and no one is perfect on any eating plan....or no one I know is! You can lose weight with doing the best you can and not letting small slip-ups derail you mentally. Good luck!

Ty said...

Hi. I am new to your blog ( blundered in here after googling the glycemic index of no sugar added hot chocolate ), and I may have a few comments to make later that might be helpful, but since I am at lunch and only have a few moments I just wanted to comment on the whole business of weigh-in's and how often you should do it. Contrary to what a lot of people say, I think you should weigh yourself every day. You obviously have to understand tha your weight will fluctuate in a 5 pound range naturally based on any number of factors such as bladder and bowell movements, sweat loss before and after exercise, wether you have just eaten and have a full stomach or you just woke up. You shouldn't sweat the flucuations but if you put a graph on the wall and log the data every day you will be able to draw a line through all those sine wave points that represents the TREND. That trendline tells you objectively wether you are losing, maintaining, or gaining. Gaining 2 pounds is actually within the normal range of natural fluctuation based on the above factors mentioned, so no worries there. Maintaining beats backsliding for sure, but there is no reason why you should ever be surprised after a couple of months of trying to LOSE weight that you actually maintained. You need data and objective results as you go so you can adjust what it is you are doing to achieve the results you seek. I think you owe it to yourself to know and face the truth at all times so you can be honest about what you need to do. Objective reality and results should be what dictates your choices unless you just like spinning your wheels for the fun of it. I prefer to know if something isn't working so I can fix it and not waste my time. I think that the reason people say not to weigh in every day is because they assume that psychologically people will get depressed because of the fluctuations and quit. That may be true of some, but if you are that weak then you will probably fail anyways. I think that if you are resolved to do this thing no matter what, then the best thing is to give yourself the objective feedback you need to make the proper adjustments as you go, and don't sweat the fluctuations. I feel that this method allows you to not waste time, and THAT is what has made me fail before at weight loss ie dragging it out for too long by trying this or that and by not taking the shortest path to victory by maximizing results in a given timespan. I am down 90 lbs in 6.5 months and plan to down another 40 in another 3.5 months. I weigh in every day, and I can tell you EXACTLY how many calories a day I burn and how many consume. The difference is fat loss. There need not be any guessing or surprises in my opinion. Its just math. Best of luck and I will read more of your blog later tonight...-

Amber said...

Hi there,

I wanted to put in my two cents on diet plans and weighing in as a whole. As someone who has struggled with Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia, the first thing they teach you in treatment is to never weigh yourself. Let the doctor do it, let a dietician do it, let a friend do it - but getting obsessed with the numbers is only going to do you a disservice. My weight has fluctuated and now that I trust someone else to simply tell me if I have gone up, down or maintained, it has taken the obsession out of it - which is positive. Secondly, diets are not necessary. Of course there needs to be food modifications, but learning what your body needs and wants is a huge part of being able to live a life free from food obsession. Sometimes your body does want some chocolate cake, and that is fine. Sometimes it wants Kale. Sometimes it wants a burger. But, diets kill our sense of reading our signals, kills out sense of enjoyment and dulls the ability to listen to your body. I UNDERSTAND the struggle, I am there. I encourage you to perhaps work with someone that might be able to help you eat real food, in moderation and enjoy the food in your life. There should be NO SHAME. Good luck in your journey!