Monday, February 16, 2009

Medifast Week 1-I Lost 19 Pounds!

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For the month of January 2009 I had good days and bad days, but I didn't eat healthy enough to lose any significant weight. I decided to get back to the Medifast 5 and 1 plan. I need the structure that the plan offers. I kept a diary of everything I ate this past week. Click here to read it. It has been one week since I began the Medifast 5 and 1 plan.

Last Monday February 9th, 2009 I weighed 388 pounds. I was wearing size 56 jeans.

Today, Monday February 16th, 2009 I weigh 369 pounds! I lost 19 pounds in a week! I also lost 4.9% of my body weight!

I feel great. I have plenty of energy, and I plan to once and for all lose the weight.

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My Medifast Diet Diary

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I decided that I need the structure that Medifast offers if I am ever going to lose weight once and for all. It was time to get back to the Medifast 5 and 1 plan. I have now been on the Medifast plan for 7 days. The following is a diary of everything I ate for the past 7 days along with some of my thoughts:

2/9/09 Medifast Day 1
Here is what I ate today:

Breakfast: Medifast Banana Pudding

Snack: Medifast Vanilla Pudding

Lunch: Medifast Cappuccino

Snack: Medifast Chai Latte

Dinner: 3 eggs, 2 cups spinach

Snack: Medifast Chocolate Bar

I felt pretty good today-not really hungry in between meals. The food fantasies are there, however. I was thinking about Philly cheese steaks and buckets of chicken wings. I didn’t give in to the fantasies. I drank plenty of water throughout the day. I also drank black coffee in the morning and afternoon. Today was a great start for my weight loss goals. I have made it through day 1, and that is always the hardest day to get through. It feels good to know that I am on the way to losing the weight that I need to lose.

2/10/09 Medifast Day 2
Here is today’s Medifast menu:

Breakfast: Medifast Scrambled Eggs

Snack: Medifast Chicken Noodle Soup

Lunch: Medifast Orange Crème Shake

Snack: Medifast Cream of Tomato Soup

Snack: Medifast Lemon Bar

Dinner: Approximately 7 ounces chicken (boiled) and 2 cups broccoli

I wasn’t really hungry today. I drank a ton of water. I have no desire to mess up. As a matter of fact, I’m watching the Biggest Loser as I write this. There’s no way I’m going to screw up while I’m watching The Biggest Loser.



2/11/09 Medifast Day 3

One of the side effects of my being overweight has been I often have pain in my feet, sometimes to the point that I can barely walk. Lately, I’ve felt pain in the right knee as well. Yesterday, I was perfectly fine. Today, I woke up with severe pain shooting through my left ankle to my heel. I have been limping around today. The thing is, I didn’t do anything particularly strenuous yesterday, yet today I can barely walk. I blame this stuff 100% on my being overweight. This is a perfect example why I need to stay on the Medifast program. Here is today’s Medifast menu.

Breakfast: Medifast Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Lunch: Medifast Chicken Noodle Soup

Snack: Medifast Tropical Punch

Snack: Medifast Chai Latte

Dinner: 3 cups spinach, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Snack: Medifast Chocolate Pudding

Today took an interesting turn. I went to both Hacienda Mexican Restaurant and Hooter’s tonight, and I didn’t eat a thing! In the early evening I met my mom, aunt, and cousins at Hacienda (it was my aunt’s birthday). I had a couple unsweetened iced teas and no food. I went home and had dinner. Then I went to Hooter’s with my buddy Steve and had a couple more iced teas. I came home and had some Medifast Chocolate Pudding. So I still had a good time and I am not bloated, stuffed, or buzzed.

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2/12/09 Medifast Day 4

I feel pretty good today. My jeans feel a little bit looser on me. They’re not falling to the floor yet, but I feel a little bit more comfortable in my own skin. Here is today’s Medifast menu:

Breakfast: Medifast Scrambled Eggs

Snack: Medifast Banana Pudding

Lunch: Medifast Cream of Tomato Soup

Snack: Medifast Chicken Noodle Soup

Dinner: Approximately 5-6 ounces chicken (boiled), 2 cups broccoli with 1/2 cup shredded
cheddar cheese

Snack: Medifast Chocolate Pudding

I was thinking this afternoon, that this is day 4. If I just stick with this I never have to start over. I never have to say “I’m starting my diet tomorrow.” I will never again have to go through a day 1, or day 2, or day 3. To me, that way of thinking is a powerful motivator.

2/13/09 Medifast Day 5

I feel really good today. You know how you feel when you eat healthier for a couple days in a row? That’s how I feel today. I feel lighter. Here is today’s Medifast menu:

Breakfast: Medifast Chai Latte

Snack: Medifast Vanilla Pudding

Lunch: Medifast French Vanilla Shake

Snack: Medifast Tropical Punch

Snack: Medifast Chocolate Bar

Dinner: Approximately 7 ounces chicken(boiled), 2 cups spinach with 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

I did some vacuuming today. Medifast advises waiting a few weeks before beginning to exercise. I am going to put down my jump rope for a little while and just stay busy: sweep and mop the floors, do some dusting, and just keep moving. I really don’t feel hungry anymore. The mental desire to eat is there, but it isn’t driven by hunger anymore.

I dealt with a lot of temptation today, but it was pretty easy. At various locations earlier tonight, I was offered Girl Scout Cookies, hamburgers, and pizza. I said no to all. I even got a comment about how great my willpower is.

2/14/09 Medifast Day 6

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here is today’s Medifast menu:

Breakfast: Medifast Scrambled Eggs

Snack: Medifast Cappuccino

Lunch: 3 cups spinach with 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Snack: Medifast Banana Creme Shake

Snack: Medifast Banana Crème Shake

Snack: Medifast Lemon Bar

I had a Diet Coke tonight. It’s the first diet soda that I’ve had all week. Although I am not going to completely eliminate it, I have committed to drinking less diet soda. I like drinking unsweetened black coffee, unsweetened iced tea, and water. I noticed a long time ago that I could eliminate cream and/or sugar from coffee and tea and still enjoy them. Now they actually taste better to me unsweetened.

2/15/09 Medifast Day 7

I’m happy to report that I am now on day 7. I feel really good. I am looking forward to weighing-in tomorrow and seeing how much weight I have lost. Here is today’s Medifast menu:

Breakfast: Medifast Scrambled Eggs

Lunch: Medifast Chicken Noodle Soup

Snack: Medifast Chocolate Pudding

Snack: Medifast Orange Crème Shake

Dinner: Approximately 5-6 ounces chicken(boiled), 2 cups broccoli, ½ cup spinach with 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Snack: Medifast Chocolate Pudding

Well, I made it! I feel great, and I am looking forward to tomorrow’s weigh in.

Click here to see my week 1 weigh-in results

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