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Sunday, February 28, 2010

No time like the present...right?

It is official. I am going to do the Medifast plan. I actually have been given an opportunity to do the plan at no charge to me, so I would be a FOOL to pass it up! I have been researching everything Medifast for the past four days, and truthfully, I am very excited. Yes, it is drastic, but right now I am ready to do this. I think this will really give me an opportunity to get my head in the game, and establish a good relationship with food in the process. And I definitely think once the weight starts coming off, I will be extra motivated to keep going and stay on track. Eating right and exercising for two months and seeing NO results is frustrating. I don't think this plan will fail me.

So, now the decision has been made to DO the plan, now the questions is when do I start? I should have my food some time this week. But over the weekend I made the decision to take a short road trip during our spring break, which is March 6 - March 21. My reasoning was to hold off on starting the program until March 13, since our trip is going to be from March 10 - 12. Going out of town and not being able to eat out is no fun, right? Well, I'm not really sure I want to wait!

In my research on Medifast, there is this thing called ketosis, and the first 3 days are supposed to be miserable, but critical to the program. According to the website, This ketosis causes the body's fat stores to release free fatty acids, which are then converted by the liver into an energy source called ketones. This fat-burning state helps the body achieve faster weight loss while helping preserve muscle tissue. The fat-burning state also helps naturally reduce appetite and hunger while still allowing you to feel sufficient levels of energy. It also says:

"The first three days are critical to your success, so pick a start date that makes sense for your schedule. You might want to look for a time when you don't anticipate any family, work-related, or other social-type events that involve food, which may present additional obstacles or temptations.

Medifast recommends planning ahead so you can continue your program while vacationing. If your meals aren't with you, you can't eat them! This may necessitate packing food items in your luggage or having them shipped to your destination. Pre- planning can help you continue to lose weight while you travel. Those who are able to plan and continue the program while traveling (or dining out) get the best results.

Traveling presents countless eating temptations, with the availability of foods that are not part of the Medifast Program. Always remember your end goals - a healthier weight and a healthier lifestyle."

SOOOOO....I am thinking that if I start Medifast this coming up Saturday (March 6), by the time I leave for my trip on March 10 I should have gone through the "rough phase" and be feeling pretty good on plan. As far as eating out on vacation, I really don't care about it! I am so DONE with eating out and restaurants and being fat! I am ready to get going, FINALLY! And won't it be great to go back to work on March 22 with a great loss behind me? If my results are typical of the success stories (from real people, not just the one's on the website), I can lose up to 10 lbs the first two weeks on plan! That, to me, is WAY better than eating out on a mini-vacation! I'm just going to the Tennessee Aquarium - it's not like it's Disney world or something! I can just pack my medifast food and eat it while I'm away. This is how I am going to be eating for a while, so I might as well get used to making arrangements, right?

I love the amount of feedback I get from you all, so again, I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this. Should I get started right away, or should I wait until after my mini-trip?


12 comments:

Paula Rodriguez said...

Can't wait to read how Medifast works for you. I had a coworker who was doing WW and was not having any success. She started another job and I recently saw her on facebook. She had lost over 60 pounds. Of course, I asked her how she did it and she said Medifast.

That's great you have an opportunity to give it a try.

M said...

Get started right away. It'll be good to get used to the new lifestyle, like you said.

jo said...

One of my best friends did this awhile back and had absolutely fantastic results. I wish you well!

Amberly said...

Awesome! I can't wait to hear about your adventures! I'm am currently in Day 1 of getting into Ketosis (not for the Medifast though) and I've done this several times before... all I have ever suffered during this rough phase is headaches. I always also just try to do extra activities... so I don't think about food. Hope this helps :o)

Nathalie said...

I hope I don't burst your bubble, but be careful, and take really good care of yourself while on this plan. When you said the word ketosis, I went and looked it up (I had a pretty good idea of what it was) and refreshed my memory on it. Ketosis is actually a crisis reaction of the body when you're not getting enough carbs and can stress your liver and destroy some muscle tissues.

That being said, I would start it when I get back home. 1) You'll be at home base, so if those first few days are really really rough you'll be in a familiar place, and 2)you'll be near all your doctors just in case you need it.

I hope you don't feel I'm being rude. But I do believe in being well-informed. :)

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

I say wait till after your trip !Go and enjoy , then you will be able to totally focus when you get back.

A word on ketosis- I have done Atkins in the past and got to the ketosis state, and I noticed two things. First, you will have a HORRID taste in your mouth when this happens. I found chewing sugar free gum to be very helpful at that point. Next, plan to have easy access to the bathroom when this happens because you will be visiting it more than a woman in her 8th month of pregnancy does .
Best of luck- I look forward to hearing of your experience !

Debbie said...

I am curious to hear how Medifast works for you. I am currently on WW online and it is doing okay. Thats great that you get to try it at no cost.

Lyn said...

Hey Hollie! I am so thrilled for you to be getting it free :)

I am glad to have a 'partner' in my journey. Please email me ANYtime if you'e struggling. We can do this.

The ketosis state in Medifast is very mild compared to Atkins. In fact it doesn't take much to bump you out of ketosis on this plan so you have to be careful not to add too many condiments etc. The upper limit is around 100g carbs/day.

I wanted to let you know that yesterday was my Day 1 and it was FINE. I had no symptoms or feeling sick or anything so far. I have a mild headache this morning... very mild. So don't worry, MAYBE it won't be so awful for you either.

Marcie said...

Hey Holly.
I really hope this works for you.

Dede.Shrinkage4u said...

Hi Hollie, thanks for the add. Being reading your posts and find them very interesting as Im also on the same journey of keeping fit and staying healthy. Hopefully we can all share some wonderful ideas along the way and all the best so far. Please feel free to join my new blog for more tips and ideas. take care.

CiCi said...

Your desire to jump in and get started is inspiring. I finally took the leap and started counting calories again - officially on Sunday. It is so hard to get started.

If you think you can stick it out through vacation - why not start now? Another positive outcome...you'll save some dough by avoiding the cost of your food while on the trip, right? Good luck!

TheLosingAmerican said...

Wow. Medifast has obviously delved into the social media sphere and figured out who had the most followers on Blogger 'weight loss blogs', hehe! First Escape from Obesity and now you :-)!!

Personally, I tried NutriSystem a while back and while I lost weight (and very quickly!), I didn't maintain because eating their food constantly just didn't fit my lifestyle. But hey! What may not work for one may be the golden ticket for another!!

I wish you and Lyn the VERY best!!!!