Thursday, May 31, 2012

First Weigh In

I had my first weigh in at Medifast today.  I am down to 177.8 from 181.6 (3.8 lbs gone)

Right after the weigh in I purchased more food.  I got some of our regular stuff that we already had but I also got a new one Cinnamon Rolled crunch bar I think it's called.  I had it for lunch.  It was delicious.

I walked the outdoor shopping mall after my appt today.  I walked for 26 minutes.  I will also do that after my next appointment next week.

Tonight it's out with the ladies to paint pottery. I will be eating my lean and green meal before going out tonight.  An extra lean turkey burger made with italian seasoning.  It will be good.

I received my authorization to Test for the NCLEX today.  I scheduled my exam already.  I will be testing on June 20.  That leaves 20 days for study!  I'm excited and nervous all at the same time.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Doing better with Medifast

Our Saturday after our outing to NBA city went well.  No hunger.  We even went over some friends house for game night.  That was a lot of fun, as it always is.

I am doing much better today than on Sunday.  Sunday I was so miserable  that  I was actually crying and I couldn't stop myself. My husband gave me a weight watchers snack bar to make me feel better. I really think it had to do with the normal Metformin dose I took the night before.

Monday I worked and my husband hooked me up with a Boca burger in the morning with my medifast eggs.  And I did fine all day ate my meals as I should have except for the time I went four hours without eating because I was busy in the ICU and couldn't stop.  (But I wasn't hungry so I didn't suffer)

Tuesday I was called for jury service.  I went in there expecting to have a long day sitting in the jury assembly room but I was called in the first group.  I did eat my second meal before being called up.  I was however, able to eat every 2-2.5 hours so it was no problem.  In the end I didn't get chosen for the jury.  And that's a good thing.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sick and craving carbs

Our first foray into eating out on Medifast was a success, I think. We went with friends to NBA City at Universal City Walk. We had made these plans a few weeks ago prior to going on this diet. I was worried when I saw the menu had changed from the one they had online but we discovered that they had "fit options.".

We ended up having a green salad with a piece of Ahi tuna and a breast of chicken respectively. It was delicious and it had a vinaigrette on the side. Filled me up perfectly but not overfill.

We are going out again this Friday with another friend and I don't know where we are going yet so this will be another challenge.

I feel like crap today. I have a cough and I am sick so my stomach feels like a bottomless bit and I am craving carbs. I feel a bit dizzy but that might also be the NyQuil that I took last night. So today will be a challenge.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Day 2

I really felt like crap last night until we had an actual dinner with real food. We had catfish, eggplant, and a tomato/ pepper salad. It was delicious and it really revived my brain and helped me into a better mood too. For "dessert" or my 5th meal I had a chocolate brownie. It was a less sweet chocolate than I am used to with traditional chocolate brownies.

Tip: eat it from the tray or remove it immediately from the tray when done baking.

I cooked mine in my toaster oven. You are supposed to bake for 18-20 minutes (or you can microwave for less time) but I baked mine for only 15 due to the small oven space and it came out perfect. Of course, I let it stand as the instructions say, and it broke when I took it put of the tray. I think next time I'll remove it promptly or eat from the tray.

This morning I was actually not hungry which I was very surprised about. But I ate. I ate the Medifast chocolate chip pancakes.

Tip: do the five shakes and then take the metal wire ball out and stir to get the chocolate chips and the dry lumps at the bottom to mix in.

Tip: hold the flip lid on your shaker while shaking!

I lost some of my pancake mix due to the top flying open. In addition the chocolate chips ended up on one pancake.

I am very used to slathering on the butter on my pancakes so eating without butter was strange. It didn't taste bad without butter and wasn't too dry.

For mid morning snack I had the Medifast Hot chocolate. That was really good. I did the "Viennese" recipe which includes a half teaspoon of cinnamon and a quarter teaspoon of vanilla extract. Delicious and warm.

Tip: boil the water just like you were preparing real powdered hot chocolate. The microwave method is flawed. Stir well after pouring hot water until the lumps are gone. Enjoy.

I don't feel as bad as I did yesterday so far. I decided to wait 45 minutes to an hour to drink water after eating so I don't wash out what I've eaten. I dot really know if this has any medical basis for that but I am trying it.

Tonight, we are out to dinner with friends. We are going to NBA City at Citywalk and thank god for the Internet because I am able to pick my meal before hand because they post their menu online.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Dinner - day 1

I am feeling so much better after my dinner of real food. I had a piece of catfish with spices and a little
Lemon juice. Fried eggplant (in cubes) and a pepper and grape tomato "salad" with a small amount of balsamic and olive oil. It was delicious and I feel much better after having real food.

Can't wait for my last meal - a Medifast brownie.

I still haven't heard from my doctor hopefully she will call tomorrow.

Day 1 "lunchtime" meal

For lunch or my midday meal I had vegetarian sloppy joe "stew".

  I really but too much water in my sloppy joe so it was a bit watery.  At first I thought that this would not satisfy me. The "meat" portion  seems to be soy. It was a little spicy and I ate it over 15 minutes.  At the end of the bowel however, I was satisfied.  It tasted good.

Tonight for the first time in my life,  I will eat catfish.  I am notorious for not liking seafood.  But on this plan a larger portion of some fish can be had so I will try it.

As I shopped for veggies at the grocery store this afternoon I felt a little out of it. Perhaps due to far less carbohydrates/ sugar than my body is used to.  But I came home and had my bowl of "stew" and felt better.  The next few days will be rough as I move into the mild Ketosis.

Medifast Day 1 - Meal 2

It is 1045 and I am having my second meal of the day. A Dark Chocolate Medifast Shake.   I made it with ice in my Medifast magic bullet in an attempt to thicken it up a bit. I don't think it helped. Maybe I did it wrong.

  • How it tastes:  chocolatey although not rich.
  • Texture: thin. frothy toward the bottom.

We shall see how long I stay full with this shake.

The app i downloaded for my iPhone has failed to notify me when it was time to eat.  I'll have to play with that a bit as it will be an important part of reminding me to eat when at work.

I'm waiting on a report from hubby how his day is going....  So far so good. He's used to eating large meals but he's not starving nor does he have a headache.  So this is a good start. 

Still waiting on a phone call from the doctor....

A new endeavor in weightloss- Day 1

Today I started the Medifast weight loss plan with my husband.  We went last night for orientation and weigh in and then we had a "last supper" (at least for the next 10 weeks) at Macaroni Grill.  We lived it up.  Wine, pasta, bread, meatballs, etc.  So today I start eating the medifast way.

So this is my first day.  I've had my first "meal,"- Oatmeal with maple and brown sugar.
The directions are simple.  Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup cold water, microwave on High for 1.5-2 minutes.  Allow to stand for desired thickness.  I did this.  Here is what I thought:

  • I should have stirred the stuff after adding the water but prior to microwaving as I had lumps of dried powder after microwaving.  
  • taste: oatmeal with nothing in it.  Not terrible but not overwhelmingly tasty.
I am doing this for my health.  I am 41 years old and 181.6 lbs and 47% of my weight is  body fat apparently. .That is not good.  I don't  have enough muscle to fat ratio. This puts me at risk for so many problems such as diabetes, heart disease, etc. I am unhealthy. I am uncomfortable most of the time.  I can't eat without feeling fat and bloated and I am uncomfortable in my clothes. Not to mention my confidence is waning.

So what does this mean?  I need to lose at least 30lbs and build up muscle.  However, I am not allowed to do any vigorious exercise in the first two weeks due to lower carb content of the diet.  I will experience Ketosis- a  state of elevated levels of ketone bodies in the body.

I have called my doctor to ask aobut the metformin I take as to whether the dose is okay for me or not now that I am on a low glycemic diet. I await her call back which will probably take all day.  I will watch myself for signs of hypoglycemia as the day progresses.

This blog with journal my weight loss journey, review the foods of medifast among other things. I invite other users of Medifast and other ladies on the weight loss journey to follow and share their experiences with me.

I will probably post a lot on this first day.


This weeks Weight: 181.6 
My weight loss goal is 150 lbs  (31 lbs)
My goal line is July 27th (set by medifast not me)