Thursday, July 2, 2015

Has It Only Been a Day?

I cannot believe it has only been one day since I posted about starting this new plan and being strict about it for my "one last shot" at this. Somehow, days starting a new eating/exercise plan seem kind of long at first, until I get into the swing of things. So far, so good, although I have been hungry a few times and got a sugar withdrawal headache today.


Breakfast: decaf coffee with milk and stevia and a protein shake with Amazing Grass added
Snack: smoked salmon
Lunch: Iceberg wedge salad with real blue cheese dressing and crumbled thick cut bacon and a Coke Zero
Snack while out shopping: Starbucks iced green tea lemonade (no syrup) and half a Quest protein bar
Dinner (potluck): pulled pork, sour cream and dill cucumber salad, broccoli kale salad with Kalamata olives, marinated cauliflower and baby carrots, and a deviled egg half. Dessert afterwards was watermelon, cantaloupe, and a small cup of decaf coffee with cream and a packet of sugar.
Bedtime snack: a half ounce of raw almonds

Totals: 1264 calories, 69 g protein, 100 g carbs


Breakfast: decaf coffee with natural chocolate creamer, omelet made from 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites and a slice of Munster cheese, and cantaloupe
Snack: protein shake with Amazing Grass
Lunch: roast beef, broccoli kale citrus salad, tortilla chips and guacamole, and two pieces of saltwater taffy
Snack: Cherry Coke Zero, 1 slice of bacon, cup of decaf coffee with sugar free creamer
Dinner: 2 vegetable egg rolls and a bowl of broccoli kale salad with Italian dressing

Totals so far: 1088 calories, 62 g protein, 112 g carbs

I am planning a nighttime snack of either a string cheese or some roast beef for under 100 calories and no carbs. That will put me closer to 1200 calories.

I am drinking 10+ cups of water per day. One day I biked ten minutes and the other I walked 20-25 minutes. Feeling good so far and hoping I am able to stick to this for the month... AND see results.


Anonymous said...

I know that you get a million different opinions, but respectfully, you aren't going to lost weight kind of eating low carb. You can't eat any kind of chips (even gluten free) and also eat high fat roast beef and/or cheese and lose weight. You have to choose a lane. Either low fat/low calorie or high fat/low carb.

Lyn said...


while you may be right that I won't lose weight this time (after all, I have a record of stop-and-start attempts lately), I disagree about the fat/carb level. I lost 59 pounds on Medifast with a carb level of 100 grams per day, which is why I chose that carb level now. When I have eaten lower carb (lower than about 75 g/day) I feel unwell... almost sick. I tend to feel best and lose on 85-105 grams of carbs a day. I am pretty sure that *if* I stick to this plan for 30 days, I will get some results (a pound a week would be nice). The only thing I am really worried about is whether I will actually stick to it, or will I let the exercise slide when I get busy? Or will I eat too much when I am stressed? Those are the things that trouble me the most. I know if I am not able to see this through, I am going to have to go get some other kind of help before *anything* will work.

Lyn said...


I am kind of trying to mimic my macros while I was on Medifast, but aiming for a higher calorie level (1200-1300 instead of 850-1000) and using real foods. I felt so good and had such great success losing on Medifast that I feel those macros work well for me. Or at least they did in the past. I don't want to eat under 1200 calories a day again, though, because I believe that slowed my metabolism down (along with lack of exercise) and it's just plain hrd to do without a prepackaged food plan.

So on Medifast I was aiming to stay around 100 grams of carbs/day and at least 72 grams of protein/day. However they also aim for no more than 34 grams of fat per day. I am getting just slightly less protein and a bit more fat (more fat grams making up some of the extra calories I am eating).

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good start. It's funny how you never really know when it will "take" so to speak, but you totally have the tools to be successful at weight loss. I'd take all comments with a grain of salt. I have a couple of products I love and a book recommendation. Have you ever tried La Croix water? I've learned to really like it. It's no calorie, no artificial sweetener and all natural. Also, I love a product called Whey Low, which is the best sweetener I've tried. It has no aftertaste and only 4 calories per teaspoon, It measures and bakes just like sugar. Lastly, I'm wondering if you've read "The Power of Habit"? This book was a game changer for me. I really started to understand the importance of making exercise a habit, which was hugely beneficial down the road. I hope you keep blogging. Your tenacity is inspiring!

Joanna said...

This is probably not helpful, but...why the saltwater taffy? That is pure sugar and really sets you up for being famished. I truly believe you make this hard on yourself.

Lyn said...


Because going 100% cold turkey on all sugar, when you've been eating it often, is hard. If less than 50 calories of a sweet here and there helps me hang in there through the headache and stay on plan, and it fits in my calorie/carb budget, I am okay with that.

I think it would be harder on myself if I was angry at myself for not being 'perfect.' I accept that I will never be everyone's ideal in my food choices, since we're all different. Today I met my goals with food and exercise; I think that is something to be happy about.

Bee said...

Hi Lyn, I'm still rooting for you. I'm in your same position, got down to 191 (starting at 235) and now am up to 222 after having a baby. I'm sick of myself and told myself I have to get out of this funk. Best of luck to you.

Anonymous said...

Great! I think its important to add in things that you like as long as they are in the plan. No ones food is like anothers. You know what will work, just keep on doing it! YA!!! What other tools, like support, therapy, writing, etc are you employing this time? None of us can do it alone, its not really about the food for me. If it was, i d have been a size 6 40 years ago! Great to see your positive starts.

Lyn said...


thanks! Best wishes to you too.


I have a couple of friends I talk to about how my plan is going, and of course I write here as well. Thanks for the kind words.

Lissa said...

Hi Lyn,

Just for fun -

I'm starting the fun tell-all book by Vinnie Tortorich, "Fitness Confidential." His incredibly complicated diet-for-the-stars consists of:


Thought you'd find that amusing :)

Anonymous said...

It surprises me that you view your Medifast years as a success. In 2010, when you began Medifast, your weight was 234. You have regained every pound you ever lost on Medifast, and ended up with a greatly impaired metabolism. Short-term losses are not the measure of success. Only the long-term benefits really matter.

Anonymous said...

Biking for 10 minutes is not exercise. You need to keep going for at least 40 minutes on high resistance, so that your pulse goes up for a prolonged period and your muscles are actually being used. You should feel very achy and sore the next day, that's when you know it's working. You'll be able to eat more calories that way, AND you'll be losing weight. I find it very frustrating to read that you complain about your metabolism being broken, when the real problem is a complete lack of exercise. I find it actually shocking that, after all this time of trying to lose weight, you still believe that 10 minutes of light biking per day counts as exercise that should result in weight loss. If you are serious about weight loss and exercise, you need to truly embrace the fact that without pain, there will be no gain. A good workout session should leave you heaving for breath.

And before anyone accuses me of being a "hater" (juvenile and laughable, by the way); I'm rooting for you, Lyn, and I think you can do it. But you need a major attitude overhaul!

Lyn said...


LOL, well, everyone has to make their buck somehow right??

Anonymous 1~

The weight loss was a success. The maintenance was a failure long term.

I have to lose the weight before I can maintain a loss.

Anonymous 2~

I have not, and am not complaining that my metabolism is "broken." It is definitely slow, as the hospital testing showed last summer, but I believe it will speed up somewhat with more activity and not eating at under 1000 calories a day.

As for the exercise comments, I hate to break it to ya but I am "very achy and sore" with ten minutes of biking. Your claim about pain does not jive with my orthopedic doctor's advice and my experience; if I push myself into a sharp "pain" category, I end up unable to walk. If you go back and read my blog posts you will see that that is what has happened several times. I have to do what I can and gradually add minutes as I am able.

My stated exercise goal for this month is "take a walk, ride the bike, or swim five days a week." I have done this so far. I am also meeting my stated eating goals. Frankly I am surprised at the comments criticizing me for doing exactly what I stated I was going to do. Thinly veiled nitpicking and criticism mixed with a little dose of "support" is not really helpful to me right now. So I will ask that people be supportive, or keep your negativity in your own life. I won't be reading or publishing any more negativity. I need to stay positive and work at this with my whole heart.

Anonymous said...

Good for you, Lynn! I too am shocked at the negativity on this post. Picking at your carb level, telling you that your doing it wrong, attacking your food choices and your exercise! Maybe it is all the same person saying those things. Just ignore and I fully support your decison not to share those comments any more. Really people can you not focus on the good choices like more vegetables, counting the calories, and moving daily instead of finding one little thing (2 pieces of candy?) to complain about? Lynn I am cheering you on and you are doing great so far! (Melissa from SC)

Anonymous said...

Good luck, Lyn! Even though your blog is readable by the public, it is still YOUR space. You have it in you to achieve your goals.

Lissa said...

That Vinnie quote is tongue-in-cheek, but he means it. His point is that with this diet fad and that diet fad (all of which you've tried and discarded, no doubt) you really only need those two rules for eating - get rid of sugar, get rid of grains. He also says that exercise is a terrible plan for losing weight. (He's a personal trainer, so when he says that it automatically grabs your attention.)

He points out that if you go to a triathlon, the winners look like Kenyan marathoners - long, lean, sinewy. But if you look at the people in the last 10%, the ones who finish hours later, they look like . . . the average person off the street. Plump legs, some gut, etc. And these people can swim 2 miles, run a marathon, and bike over 100 miles all in the same day. So they're in the 1% fittest people in America.

Fitness is not the same as weight loss. He absolutely recommends that people exercise as much as possible for quality of life, energy, and everything else, but his #1 prescription for the Hollywood plastic-people is: stay away from grains and sugar.

(And grains includes corn and rice along with wheat, BTW.)

So there you go. The surefire, guaranteed, high-priced diet for a Hollywood hottie is yours! :)

(I don't know how that would differ from the Paleo diet you tried and didn't like.)

Heartful said...

There are so many individual choices when it comes to diet and exercise. What works for one person doesn't always work for another. Oh sure, running five miles a day is probably great exercise, but I HATE running. Unless a bear is chasing me, I will probably never ever run. Eating fresh vegetables, fruit, and healthy proteins is probably a great diet, but one that I probably wouldn't be able to stick with. White flour is evil. I know this, but I love that evil stuff. Sugar too. I'm making better choices than I was a year ago. I'm doing the best I can. I think you are too. I think we all are. I'm not perfect. I don't expect you to be either. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. And we're all just trying to improve ourselves. Little by little.

Kai Klaarika said...

Can't belive some of those aggressive comments!! Do not let them affect you negatively! You are doing what is natural and logical to you, because you know yourself. Just stick to it and keep going! Never ever lose faith or hope!
In that sense I am just like you ☺ I KNOW what to do, I really really do, but sometimes I just don't do it..

Lyn said...


I appreciate the explanation. I am gluten free (thus wheat free) but have been eating other grains lately. I find that with trying to keep my carbs down around 100 grams, I just can't eat much in the way of grains at all. So I will probably be back to eating cauliflower "rice" and zucchini "noodles" which is better for nutrition and lower cal anyway. I am not avoiding corn and rice with the same strictness I am gluten, but will have them in limited amounts as they can fit into my carb allowance... on occasion.


That's the truth! And we have to do what is sustainable. If I was trying to be 100% sugar free or grain free right now I would really have a hard time. So I just keep them low and fit them in my macros. You have to do what you CAN do and improve what you can without torturing yourself!

Anonymous said...

Kudos for you for your continued efforts to be healthy! I'm on Day 2 of a "30 days of Health" kick-- trying to stay below 100 carb grams and around 1100-1200 calories. I do use the medifast products. Can't tell you how many Day 1's I've had, but like you I'm going to be a little gentler on myself and celebrate my successes!