My Medifast Journey

They said it couldn't be done…let's see!

My Medifast Journey - They said it couldn't be done…let's see!

How can that be??

Sad-faceOK, I have had ups and downs, mostly ups. But this week, it was like someone kicked me in the gut.  A lot of my weight loss is mentally driven. I look for milestones…x pounds lost….x pounds to go till my goal….x miles walked…etc.

For the past few weeks I have been at a plateau. Hovering between 12 and 15 pounds to my goal.  And my mental trigger was to be under 10 pounds to go.  Last week, I was in striking distance.  I was 12 pounds to go.  There were no real food challenges on the calendar, no plans to go out drinking.  I really was mindful of portion size and the only cheat meal I had was last night with a 6 ounce fillet and a portion of green beans that were likely sauteed in butter.  But still–not a true cheat.  My personal goal was to hit those 2 pounds and be within 10 of my goal.

And then the weigh-in.  a GAIN of 3 pounds.  Made no sense to me considering I even ended up walking an additional six miles one day!  After three of four steps on the scale with the same result, I accepted it.  We did go in and do that thingie and the weight gain appeared to be in TOTAL BODY WATER as the other statistics were still headed in the right direction. The thought was that higher sodium may have been the culprit, but I do not recall any crazy meals to cause that.

And once again, I am now further to go to my goal weight. I had hoped for a September finish, then October, and now I am afraid it may not be until the end of the year.  I suppose it may be a good New Year with anew me and the ability to celebrate that, but for now…  GRRRRRR.

So close, yet so far!

homestretchI am so damned close to my goal I can taste it.  But, I have to say the last weeks (and I am hoping to be done with the weight loss phase in a month) have been progressing very slowly.

There was a week where I gained 2.5 pounds and it really discouraged me again; but I re-concentrated my efforts on the Medifast 5:1 program and I lost them and then a few more over two weeks.  I am now just over 10 pounds to go to my goal weight!

I mentioned to the counselor that I wish there was a supplement to perhaps increase the weight loss in the home stretch.  Personally, I can see me (and others) getting discouraged right at the end.

When I started, the pounds flew off. During the long haul, they were consistent. But now, it is baby steps. Maybe it is like running a marathon–the first few miles feel great, the middle is “meh” but you stick it out, and the last two seem like ten times the distance!

But, I do see the light, and all the numbers are still moving in the right direction.

One thing I am pretty impressed with is my blood pressure. When I started the program, it was in the 145/95-100 range  and now it is solidly in the 120/79-85 range, so that is a HUGE win!

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But I will plug on.  I am still rewarding myself with a decent, healthy meal once a week and break from the solid “lean and green;” but the other nights, I stick to the lean and green on the plan.  As for a splurge…well, the urge is not really there too much. On occasion I may have a small plate of wings (maybe once a month..but football season is just starting) or something with some serious bread, but all in all it has helped to keep me enthused and has not tossed me too far off track.

I am excited about the maintenance phase–and nervous. That will be the proof in the pudding (where the hell does that phrase come from anyhow??) to see if I can keep it off and do the calorie balancing act.

I am enjoying my exercise. I really do not think of it as exercise because, well, it’s not. I walk…at a clip…and I do it 5 days a week.  The Fitbit will vibrate when I am done.  When I hit my goal weight, I will venture back into the gym and get some lessons on the torture machines and try to tone up–which I have not done yet!

So, that’s the latest. Still chugging and 81 pounds down in just over a year!  Persistence!!