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Day to day.

My first week on MF I had a plan, a very strict, very ambitious plan. My first three weeks went as planned. Weight was lost, energy was up, confidence was building. Then, week four hit. An inner ear infection, ruptured ear drum, and swimmers ear threw a big wrench in my plan. I could barely chew. I hadn't planned for this. Add in a teething 15 month old, and you have two very long weeks. My first thought was, "I'm sick so I can eat what I want." It took every ounce of self control I had to not eat pasta or cream of something soup or grilled cheese or ice cream (the list goes on an on). Thank goodness I had plenty of MF soup and shakes. Every time I was tempted to eat something off my plan, I drank a glass of water, and reassured myself I only wanted to eat because I was bored. I am very happy to report I stayed on track with my plan and even lost 5 lbs during those two weeks! I was amazed! I was not active, I didn't go to the gym, I barely kept the house picked up and I still lost weight! This program works if you follow it. Even when life gets in the way of your perfect plan, Medifast is flexible and will fit into your day (as long as you let it). I'm down 23lbs starting week 6. I am down two pant sizes and starting to recognize the girl in the mirror. 

Self Control

This weekend we celebrated my husband's birthday. It was an amazing weekend filled with birthday parties and eating out at his favorite restaurants. I was nervous about this weekend. Friday morning we went to his favorite breakfast place (nothing healthy on their menu, nothing). Instead of ordering something I knew was not considered lean or green, I ate my peanut butter crunch bar on the way to the restaurant. I ordered coffee and drank it black. Before MF I would have considered it a "cheat day" for my diet, which would have turned into a cheat weekend, which would have lead to me giving up on my weight loss goals. We had friends over Friday night, and I made several dips and cookie/brownie muffins (my husbands favorite). With all our friends over eating and drinking I stayed strong. I did not have one single bite or sip of anything I was not supposed to have. Dinner last night at a steak house was a cinch after the previous day. 5oz steak with veggies filled me up! This weekend has proved to me that I can do this, I will do this, and nothing can stop me. And to top it off, I am no longer a size 12. Hello size 10, watch out size 8 you're next!

Surpassing My Own Expectations!

I am half way through day three, and I honestly haven't felt this good in over a year! Day one was a little rough, day two was much better, and today is great! I already have more energy than I did before I started the program. I set a goal to drink half my body weight in water every day (a very lofty goal, I thought, since I hardly drank water before starting Medifast) and I'm reaching my goal every day! That's 95 ounces of water a day! No juice cravings, no beer cravings, no sweet tea cravings! I have had one diet drink a day just to mix things up some and one cup of green tea in the mornings. My body is responding very very well to this program, and I'm happy to say, so is my state of mind. For the first time I really believe I am going to lose this weight, I'm going to keep it off, and I will never turn back! 

Day One!

So far so good! Today is day one and surprisingly I haven't had any sugar cravings or headaches. After talking with my health coach and reading over the condiment list, I made the switch to green tea this morning. I love love love my coffee but if I'm only allowed three condiments today, I'm not going to waist them on almond milk and no calorie sweeteners in my morning cup of joe. This program is really showing me how much I munched throughout the day and how little I payed attention to what went into my body. I have opened the fridge probably 5 times today out of habit. I wasn't hungry. I had water. I had no reason to look in the fridge. With this program I want to teach my body to eat when I'm hungry, not when I'm bored or something looks good. So far, I have like the meals I have tried (except the oatmeal). This journey will not be the easiest thing I have ever done, but it will be worth it!

A big disappointment...

I was supposed to get my first Medifast meals yesterday, but UPS came while I was out of the house. They won't try to deliver again until Monday. I was so excited to start my weight loss journey this weekend. I will take this as my first lesson in patience during this journey to get healthy. One day at a time. Hopefully UPS will deliver early Monday morning. Maybe I'll sleep in a little, have my lean and green for breakfast, and hope that the meals get here in time for meal two. 

Health Coaches make the difference!

Just had a great first conversation with my health coach, Mary Oliver-Hanlon. She is so knowledgeable and motivational! I can't wait to receive my food tomorrow and start this exciting journey on Saturday. Tomorrow I will be taking my measurements, before pictures, and my official before weight. It's good to know I have someone on my side to help me, cheer me on, and answer and questions I may have. I look forward to all the updates and success I will share with this community! I am also thinking about doing the 90 day challenge offered to my by Mary. $1000 sure could go a long way and the extra motivation may help me stay on track and achieve my goals faster. 

The decision to make a change.

Today, I made a decision to change my life. I chose to order the Medifast weight loss 5 and 1 meal plan. I am beyond excited to start my journey. It has been almost two years since I felt "at home" in my own body. While I enjoyed being pregnant, I am tired of still feeling large and bloated 14 months after having my son. My goal is to lose 55 pounds. It almost seems overwhelming to think of how far I have to go, but I know I can get there. There are plenty of things I worry about on this journey. Will I be able to stay on track with my lean and green meals while still enjoying date nights with my husband? Will I like the food I just ordered? Will cutting calories have a negative effect on my daily routine with my toddler? These questions and plenty more weigh on my mind, but I just have to keep in mind these encouraging words, "one day at a time, one pound at a time." I look forward to seeing the encouragement and progress of others on this website. Five-Seven shipping days cannot get here soon enough!