A special ‘thanks’ to Take Shape for Life for setting me up on this journey. Take Shape for Life has provided me with a health coach and all of the products/materials I need to evaluate their program and take this journey toward a healthier me. While the products/materials are free to me, that will in no way influence my opinion of the program or any of the information I share with you through this journey. All thoughts and opinions will be mine and they will be honest, both the good and the bad.
Week one is in the books. I will give you specifics on what I lost, and I did lose more than just pounds, but first…
My two biggest challenges this week have been water (I feel like I’m going to float away) and eating when I’m supposed to eat. I had a headache the first three days, but nothing Advil couldn’t knock out and I was a little light headed on the third day, as my body was still adjusting to the changes in calorie intake and electrolytes. I knew these were probable issues and they honestly weren’t as bad as I thought they’d be. The water and the eating. Those were my struggles.
A big advantage of this program is that (when followed correctly) it helps regulate your blood sugar, thus eliminating cravings, which we all know are the devil. In order to avoid those dips/spikes in blood sugar, you have to eat every 2-3 hours. Ask any woman that had gestational diabetes. In fact, I did ask my sister, who referred to this meal intake planning as ‘feeding time at the zoo’. And that it what it feels like. That’s my honest to goodness schedule up there, though it varies a little depending on what time I get up.
Have you ever tried eating every 2-3 hours? It’s not as easy as it sounds, especially when I’m at work or the kids have places they need to be at certain times, etc. My health coach told me the night before I started that I should stash a few of the ready to eat goodies in my car, just in case I was ever caught out for longer than I expected. I’m glad I took her advice because in less than 2 days, I’d already had to dive into my stash. An unexpected errand, bad traffic and a hectic afternoon schedule left me needing to eat on the go.
I don’t always feel ready to eat after just three hours, especially after my Lean & Green meal, but those are the times I eat anyway and just chose one of the smaller, yummier treats (like the Soft Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie or Brownie.
Also on the subject of food, I’m having to train my family and friends to NOT offer me food that they are eating or drinks they are having and what not. Going to dinner with my mom and sister at The Cheesecake Factory and watching them eat a big slice of cheesecake was hard, but it would’ve been harder if I hadn’t already drilled it into them to not offer me any. Mom forgot a few times at the beginning of our meal, and thank goodness my will power was strong enough to say ‘no, thank you’.
The Medifast food itself isn’t bad. There are actually several things I could see myself enjoying even if I wasn’t trying to lose weight. Also, it’s easier to make it through the day knowing I get to have my Lean and Green meal too. I’ve tried several new recipes this week and hope to have some to share as soon as I get more comfortable with what is/isn’t ok and how everything adds up.
I found a recipe for a spinach frittata that just looked too good not to try. I ditched the onion powder and added some Cheyenne pepper instead. It was delicious, extremely filling and enough food that I really should have split it into two meals.
Have you ever had mashed cauliflower? I made it years ago and it was ok, but I tried it a different way this week and really, really liked it. Though, some of that could be because my tastes are changing. I can already tell that certain things are starting to taste different that I remember them and I attribute a lot of that to the dramatic drop in added sugar in my diet. I can already tell I am much more sensitive to the seasonings I use when cooking (which is a good thing!)
So, what were my results this week? First a refresher on last week…
May 8th, 2013 Stats : weight – 188 lbs, waist – 39 inches, hips – 46 inches, right thigh – 28 1/2 inches, right bicep – 12 inches
and this week…
May 15th, 2013 Stats: weight – 180.6 lbs, waist – 37 inches, hips – 44 inches, right thigh – 28 inches, right bicep – 12 inches
That’s right, baby! 7.4 lbs, gone! Two inches on my waist, 2 inches on my hips, and a 1/2 inch on my hips, gone! All in 7 days! Now, I know my loss won’t keep up at this pace (maybe just for 1 more week) but I am so thrilled to be off to a running start!
Onward and downward in week 2…