I’m starting a new weight loss journey after quitting Weight Watchers at the beginning of the year. I thought I would be able to do it on my own, but I am kind of just stuck. My former physical therapist, and the man that is responsible for starting the Accessible Wellness Center has been losing weight and I asked him what he was. He told me he was on Take Shape for Life aka Medifast with a coach. I have been looking at Medifast for a while, but just couldn’t decide if I wanted to spend the money. After seeing his results in such a short amount of time it was the perfect reason for me to decide to set aside the money to join.
I officially started March 11th and in my first official week on it I almost lost 7 pounds. I like that almost everything is planned out for me. Eating SIX times a day will be a major change for me. I’m used to eating two or three times a day. I’m not much of a cooker so I will really only have to rely on making a good lean and green meal. With grilling season approaching that will make that pretty easy. I like that five of the six meals are already planned out.
I was over the moon with my first week’s weight loss and then I got sick this last week so I had to go off plan. I tried my best to stay on plan, even bringing a few meals to the emergency room, but my throat hurt so bad that I couldn’t swallow any food. I had to live on popsicles, Diet Sierra Mist, and water. I am back on plan again this week and eager to get this journey started again and get some of this weight off of me.
I am starting over from scratch with the weight I am at now and my measurements. I am proud of the 25 pounds I lost with Weight Watchers, but I want more. A lot more actually and I hoping Medifast is the right tool for me to do it. I will keep weekly track of my weight and measurements and hope the numbers progressively go down.
The food that I do like is really good. The brownies, bars, cereal, and chips are good. The soup could use some work and I don’t care for the shakes much. I ended up sending a lot of the food I didn’t like back for the food I do like. My health coach also trades with me too so I stay on plan. Medifast and Take Shape for Life has some of the best customer service I have ever encountered. Each time I have called I have gotten, nothing but nice people.
I am also trying new things way outside my comfort zone for my lean and green meals –like tofu noodles for stir fry instead of rice. They don’t taste bad at all and adds a nice texture to the stir fry in place of rice. At first I didn’t think I would eat them as they smelled fishy. Just rinse them well before cooking them and they are fine. There is also tofu rice out there too, but I don’t know if I am going to try that or not. One bag of tofu noodles is only 40 calories. They also have zero calorie options as well. I did try a zero calorie peanut butter and by far the nastiest thing I have ever put in my mouth. Threw it in the trash immediately, it was awful! I know I am not going to like everything on this journey. I can’t lie, I do miss white rice. I grew up on the stuff – been eating it since I was a baby so it’s weird not eating it with my proteins.
Weight is an issue a lot of people in chairs have to deal with since we do not move as much as we use to. It’s one of the reasons I decline a power chair. That exercise I get moving my chair does help. I have battled weight most of my life. Being on Prednisone off and on since I was 10 put on a lot of pounds very quickly. It however does not come off as fast as it goes on. And sitting doesn’t help the pounds fall off either. It is something I am going to have to work hard at between diet and exercise and life style changes.
Losing the weight is a choice, a healthy choice I am making not only for appearances sake, but also I need to start preparing for age too. Being lighter will make things like transferring, easier. It is something we all need to look at as we age.
Having a coach will keep me accountable and I will keep him accountable too. Weight Watchers has a leader, but I rarely ever got time with my leader to discuss what I was doing right or wrong – depending on the week if I lost or gained. It’s like being in class and not everyone gets the time they deserve. It is not the fault of the leader, there just is not enough time to get to everyone.
From the people that I have seen on Medifast – they have seen excellent results. I’m looking forward to seeing where this journey will take me. Wish me luck!!
© 2013 Kristina Allen