Category Archive : Medifast

Motivation Monday: Temptations

I have been on the Medifast program for 9 weeks and I am quite proud of my ability to stick to it.

However, the further I get into the program, the more tempted I become. Yes, I have had a few cheats over the last 9 weeks. They mostly consisted of a glass (or two) of wine or in the case of the Oscar party a couple weeks ago, full fledged jumping off the wagon for about 24 hours.

The good news is, it didn’t stifle my progress. While I didn’t see enormous losses those weeks in which I indulged, I also didn’t see a gain. I was also able to jump right back into the program without letting those weak days drag me into a downward spiral. I can also thank my many years of Weight Watchers for training me to get in extra fitness when I have indulged because I think that has helped significantly.

Lately, the urge to eat foods outside of the program are immense. We hosted a play date yesterday with Jack’s best friend Andrew and his parents and served pulled turkey breast sandwiches. No biggie, right? On plan, yes? I wanted a bun, chips and salsa so terribly bad. When I ordered a salad on Friday, I didn’t pay attention and when I opened my bag back at the office to eat, it had come with a pesto mozzarella flat bread. It smelled so good. It took every ounce of willpower to throw it away. Part of my program is taking note of the moments I am punched in the face with temptation. What is the situation? What am I feeling? Why do I want these foods? What time of day? All of these things factor into how I will control my diet once I am in the maintenance phase and essentially, for my lifetime.

The good news is that I am in the home stretch. I lost only 1 pound this week which is frustrating as I worked so hard to stay on program. Why couldn’t it be more? On the other hand, I have lost 23.3 pounds on Medifast and I am just 15 pounds from my goal!! I am in disbelief. I discussed with my Medifast Counselor today how badly I was tempted all week and he gave me some awesome advice: “Keep your eye on the prize by re-reading the original reasons you decided to lose weight in the first place.” Solid advice. Here are my top 5 reasons (I probably have more somewhere…):

  1. Health & Wellness: I want to be around for my son for long as I can. Prior to my weight loss I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I am proud to announce that my blood pressure is now normal. I am also very close to having a normal BMI. For the first time ever, I am actually excited to have a physical this year. I can’t wait to see what a healthy person’s numbers look like. I can’t wait to have my weight not to be one of the things my doctor talks about when I go in for a sinus infection. I also have visions of my weight loss helping with my endometriosis and ongoing issues with polyps and fibroids. No, I’m not having crazy pregnancy wishes or visions; however, maybe I can at least stop taking the medication to control it not to mention saving money on a rather painful surgery.
  2. Vanity: I’ll confess some of my reasons for wanting to lose weight are completely vain. Who doesn’t want to look and feel beautiful inside and out?? I love being able to shop at any store I want.
  3. Pictures: For the last 3.5 years of my sons life, I have avoided being in pictures because I HATED the way I looked and was mortified when I saw pictures of myself. I don’t want to hide behind the camera. I want to be right there next to him capturing our memories.
  4. Fitness: Despite my being out of shape (first run of the season outside on the most beautiful spring day ever = painful), my 1 mile time is the same as it was last summer when I was 23 pounds heavier and running 5 days a week outdoors. I have been able to increase my speed and endurance. Losing the weight is helping my running- less weight equals less stress on my joints and a whole lot less friction! So much more enjoyable!  
  5. Expense: Medifast is crazy expensive. There is no way I’m letting this money go down the drain and no way in hell I want to have to do this ever again.   

As I get close to goal, I have started thinking about what to do with my bigger clothes. For a moment in time, I actually considered keeping them “just in case” I gain weight again. I realized thinking in that way is just like saying that all this hard work over the last year was for nothing! So, NO WAY. NOT THIS TIME. I plan to either sell my clothes to consignment or donate them. If I gain weight, then I guess I am wearing some tight clothes for awhile! Once I have completed my Medifast transition, I am also planning to sign up for MyCoach at LifeTime Fitness to help keep motivated and keep my fitness goals on track.

No more yo-yo. This time I lose the weight and keep it off. Forever.

Fabulous Fit Friday: Fab Bod = Fab Fashion

There is one very important thing to know about me: I love to shop.

Being overweight made that habit somewhat depressing. I hated not being able to shop wherever I wanted and at most stores having to dig towards the back to get to the bigger sizes. Did I mention I’m short? So yes, in most instances, I prefer petite or ankle length. I was told at a Gap store once “Oh, you would have to buy ankle length online. We don’t carry the big sizes in store.”

Big sizes.

Ugh. While I know she didn’t mean to offend me and was simply stating a fact, I still felt wounded. And embarrassed. That was about a year and a half ago- and one of the many tipping points for me in starting my healthiness journey.

Topping the list of the best things about losing 42 pounds (and counting!) is being able to SHOP again. I am still hesitant to buy new clothes because I am uncertain what my final size will be when I make goal. The ladies at Medifast told me about a store called Clothes Mentor. Much like a consignment shop, this store is packed with tons of cute clothes and many designer labels (which makes my heart race!). It is a great option for me to buy some “in between” clothes to replace the ones that are literally falling off me. Yes… my pants nearly fell down when I was carrying a heavy box yesterday so it is definitely time to buy clothing that fits. I also plan to sell some of my bigger clothing to Clothes Mentor where they offer cash on the spot for gently used clothing.

Probably one of the thing that makes me the most excited is my ability to fit into designer jeans. Since the 5th grade, wearing my one pair of Guess jeans with the little triangle on my butt and zippers at the ankles, I have been obsessed with designer jeans. Yes, I am still (and probably will continue to be) at the top end of their size tier simply because that is the way my body (specifically my booty) is built. BUT, I can actually fit into them now and zip them without having to lay down or do the jumpy pull up tight pants dance. I am OBSESSED with a couple different online, invitation-only, boutiques that offer designer jeans and clothing at drastically discounted prices: Rue La La, Gilt Group and Zulily are my top picks and these links are my invitation to you to join in the shopping fun. Not only do these sites offer awesome women’s clothing, shoes and accessories but you can also get stuff for the kids, the husband and plenty of stuff for the home as well. I’m sooooo addicted to checking their sales every day. 

Today, I am picking up my newly hemmed William Rast “Ryley” jeans which I fully intend to change into at the seamstress. The funny part about these jeans? I had to hem so much off that they won’t be flare anymore. Ahhhh the joys of being short. I bought these jeans in January and haven’t been in able to fit into them until now. It is definitely worth a happy dance celebration! I also have a new pair of Rock & Republic jeans that are JUST a little too tight for my taste but should fit perfectly at goal. I have them in plain view in my closet as motivation to keep pushing forward to my goal.

The fashion diva that lives inside me can finally be FREE!!!!

Disclaimer: I am not getting compensated for shit to push any of these websites or brands. I just love them that much and am excited to share them with you! 

Fab Fit Friday: Medifast is NOT a “Quick Fix”

I mentioned in a previous post that I caught a lot of flack for joining Medifast.

Dear Haters: Medifast is NOT a quick fix. It is not a crash diet. I have as many bad weigh ins as I do good ones and I have not lost any more weight on this plan than many others that are doing “healthy” plans such as Weight Watchers or jerks like my husband who simply state they are on a diet and instantly lose 15 pounds. There are even some folks who started Weight Watchers the same time I started Medifast and have actually lost more than me. So, haters, before you judge a program, do your research. 

I’ve said it before- Weight Watchers wasn’t working for me anymore. While I may have been eating less, I wasn’t eating better. Nor was that going to change for me without going into a program that required an entire diet overhaul. Yes, I have to eat Medifast food. It sometimes sucks and I long for “real” food. Yes, at my Oscar party this past Sunday night, I “cheated” on my plan but mostly by default- I was at an event and staying in a hotel without a microwave or the necessities I needed to prepare my Medifast meals. I made a compromise for one day and was back on plan the next. To my astonishment, I still lost a half pound. Medifast is giving me the opportunity to control my diet and help me lose weight slowly (yes, read that again: I said slowly). My average weight loss comes out to be 2-3 pounds a week. No different than someone working Weight Watchers to the bone. When I have reached my goal, the program DOES NOT END for me. I will have to go through 12 weeks of transition and counseling where they will teach me how to eat THE RIGHT foods and how much of them to eat in order to maintain my weight. Once 12 weeks of transition have passed, I will enter into maintenance FOR A YEAR. Yes, for a year I will meet with my Medifast counselors once a week to weigh in, discuss and review my food journal. I will be expected to maintain my weight. The hope is that after a year and half of these three phases, I will be re-taught why to eat and what to eat without compromising my weight loss.

Dear Haters, please tell me again why you feel this is a quick fix? Because, a year and a half on this program pretty much feels like an eternity to me. Why is your way the only way right way to lose weight?

For me, my weight struggle isn’t something new. I have dealt with being overweight my entire life. I have food issues that have plauged me forever and it has taken me until now to realize I will never be able to fix them on my own. Medifast is the first program that has actually kept me honest about what I am putting in my mouth every day. I’m not going to bullshit anyone here, the biggest motivation to keep me on this plan is that it costs a small fortune. I will be damned if I ever have to pay for this again (which is hilarious because I have spent a lot more on Weight Watchers over the last 6 years trying to lose this same weight).

I am just sick and tired of people hating on my program. If you had been struggling for years and paying for a program that simply wasn’t working, what would you do? Just keep paying for a program that wasn’t working? Really? There was actually a fleeting moment I had before starting Medifast where I was believing that being at 188 lbs is just who I am. I actually almost believed that being a bigger girl was just how I was going to be and to accept it.

I am so glad I didn’t give up.

Weighing in at 169 pounds this morning, I am down 19.3 since starting Medifast on January 11 and down 39.3 pounds since officially starting my healthiness journey over a year ago. I only have 19 pounds left to reach my goal. I am stunned that I am almost there. I am stunned by the way I look even right now though I’m not yet to goal. I am stunned that I fit into a size 10 (I have been a 16 for as long as I can remember). I get choked up thinking about the fact I am excited to go swimsuit shopping and that I am not the least bit worried about taking my son to swim lessons or wearing a swimsuit in front of other people. I can’t believe I will go to Disneyland with my family later this year and not think twice about being too big for a ride or wearing shorts. I am stunned how much this is changing my life.

THIS is the me I am meant to be: healthy, fit and happy.

Dear Haters: This is no quick fix. This is a lifelong change for me. I will always need to watch what I eat and exercise. When I make it to my goal in the next 6-8 weeks, this doesn’t end. So please stop hating on me and please, PLEASE understand that not everyone will be able to lose weight the same way. Some of us need something a little different. Medifast is my different and it is working. For me.

I Smell Change

That’s right.

I smell it.

Change is in the air.

In a week and a half, my husband is starting a new job. He is excited and I am excited for him. It is a smaller company, better pay and NO MORE PAGERS. If you are a techie wife, you get where I am coming from. No more calls at 2:30 in the morning because his system went down. Despite these awesome things to come for him, there is always that transition period when starting a new job though where you feel like you are walking a little on thin ice. He won’t be able to be home with Jack if he gets sick again (90 day no vacation policy after starting) and will probably be a little while until we see the flexible schedule for him again.

I have also made some decisions as far as my career versus being a SAHM. More to come on that front but there are exciting things cooking for me as well.

Probably the most important change that has happened for me is the change in my body. I’ve hesitated to talk about my Medifast experience as I got FLAMED pretty hard for jumping off the Weight Watchers wagon. Probably the most distressing comment I got was that the Medifast food was disgusting and I would just gain all the weight back anyway. Wow. Thanks for the support. Therefore, I have been a little shy about sharing my journey.

I am done justifying my reasons for changing programs. I will say this: it is the only weight loss program I have been on that keeps me completely honest. It is one of THE hardest programs I have ever done. Do I get hungry sometimes? Yes. Do I like all the food? Nope. Do I miss real food? Hell yes.

DOES IT WORK? YES.

Since I started Medifast on January 11:

  • I have lost 14.3 lbs for a total loss of 34.3 lbs since starting my healthiness journey in January 2011
  • I went from a BMI of 32 to 29 and am no longer considered “obese”
  • I went from a size 14 to a size 10 (12 depending on the designer…)

I have just 24 lbs left to lose. Compared to the daunting 60 to lose that was staring me down a year ago, my motivation to reach my goal is absolutely soaring.

Like any other program, I have had to get creative with the food I am able to eat. There are ways to modify the Medifast meals to taste a little better and even be a little more filling. There are also a ton of options for Lean and Green meals beyond a piece of meat and a salad. No matter how badly or how powerful the temptation is to cheat, I refuse to give in. This is just a short period of my life to sacrifice for the long term good of my health. No, that doesn’t mean I’ll run the Buffalo Wild Wings the first chance I get when I am done with the program. I will always have to watch what I eat. I will always have to exercise. Those things won’t change. The only difference is: I will be at my healthy goal weight.

So yes, my friends. I smell change. Good change. Positive change. Happy change.

Big Decision. Big Change.

It may have been a knee jerk reaction. It may have been the fact that I have had no weight loss since about October and I am frustrated.

I can’t believe I did this, but I canceled my Weight Watchers subscription today. Yes, me, the Weight Watchers guru. The one who preached that it is the only program where you can lose weight and keep it off. Yeah. I quit. You can’t keep the weight off if you can’t LOSE IT IN THE FIRST PLACE!!

After a 6 month plateau (is it really a plateau after 6 months??) I decided to seek a new program. After oodles of research, not to mention watching a Twitter friend’s journey of ridiculously awesome success, I chose Medifast.

Yes, I was going to wait until the end of the month; however, I am tired of waiting. Tired of not seeing results. Tired of not getting support. I bit the bullet and scheduled a consultation at Medifast today. Thinking I would just get the scoop on the program and bring it home to talk it over with the husband, the longer I was in the consultation, the more I wanted to do the program. Now, maybe they are trained to sell it that good, but the results of my body scan were very eye opening and encouraging. For the first time since I started my true weight loss journey a year ago, I actually feel like there is a real light at the end of the tunnel. They actually said I would be at my goal weight by Easter. WHAT? I’m not even kidding you. I have tears in my eyes just thinking about it. Can I dare even think about it?

One of the things that was increasingly frustrating with Weight Watchers was the lack of support. Probably one of the biggest selling points with Medifast is the one on one support that I will be getting each week. I need to be able to talk through this with someone who is willing to listen to only me. Where I’m not just a face in the crowd, or can barely speak without someone cutting me off which was happening at my Weight Watchers meeting every single week. I’m going to miss my leader, she is as sweet as they come and I enjoyed her energy and I am going to miss the friends I made (which isn’t hard to do when you’ve been struggling together for a year).

So back to my consult… They did a body scan which was super fascinating and pretty techie cool. Rather than looking only at BMI (as most weight loss programs do) they take into account the entire picture including body composition with analysis and an obesity analysis. I wasn’t surprised to find that yes, I have to lose body fat but was happy to see that my skeletal muscle mass is in the normal range which speaks volumes about how much work I have put into my body over the past year. Not only did it tell me that I have some sense of healthy to my body but it also tells me that I don’t have to lose as much as Weight Watchers was telling me I had to lose. While 38 lbs to lose still feels like a substantial number to me, it isn’t as daunting as 45. I love that they are taking into account my body composition for my goal as opposed to just my height. Saying I’m a little “thick” isn’t an excuse- I bring some guns to the gun show! To say I’m excited about the possibilities with this program is an understatement. I took the bait: hook, line and sinker.

One of my questions for my dietician today was, “Has anyone ever failed?” Her response to this question was crucial. She said, for as long as she had been meeting with people at Medifast she had never seen anyone not reach their goal weight. She then dangled the 10% off carrot at me if I sign up on the spot. After a brief and supportive discussion with my husband, I pretty much asked, “Where do I sign?”

No doubt, the program isn’t cheap. But no more than I would spend being on Weight Watchers for the better part of the last 6 years. It’s not a lose weight quick scam- yes, I’ll likely reach my goal quickly; however, I will get support for a year once I reach my goal. They will teach me and mentor me on keeping the weight off. I am confident once I lose the weight, I will be able to keep it off. I obviously have some skills at maintaining my weight regardless.

Do I have some fears? Of course I do. I have been working Weight Watchers with limited success and I fear this won’t be any different. The program is pretty dipshit proof though. There’s no way to cheat and if you do, it will be obvious.

If you can’t tell, I am so freaking stoked about this. I’m very determined. Very motivated. 2012 is going to be the year I get skinny and healthy for life.

I’m going to consider this my before picture. It is from May 2011 from the first 5K I ran last year (I am about 7 lbs less than this now).  I can’t wait to see what I look like in May 2012!!!