I wanted to write more the other night about Medifast but I have been extremely exhausted. I am thankful for all the support resources available. Generally through your coach you get added to a secret group via Facebook where there are all kinds of tips, recipes and inspirational stories. I have glommed on to all that I can and think I have been allowed to 3-4 groups. Since Kayla was the first to tell me about Medifast, I got into one through her friend in Texas. Another I found through a Medifast blog and is out of California and another is from down south in Utah. I also have my coach, Sheri’s group. It actually isn’t my favorite. It doesn’t feel they want a lot of conversation going on on the site. They introduce new or perspective clients and ask that others “Welcome” them but whenever dialogues or forum type conversations get going, they seem to wrap it up to a close. I think there is fear that coaches will steal other coaches clients but I think that’s rediculous. If you are there for your clients and supporting and encouraging them right, you shouldn’t have any worries. The one in California is my favorite. Those members share tips, encouragement, ideas and really cheer each other on. Anyway the point of this is that this program is very restrictive. While the food is decent and you always have the next meal and I really haven’t felt a lot of hunger pangs, there are so many emotional issues to work through. I have liked going to these different groups and I wish the whole thing was open to all Members. I have also scoured the Internet for blogs and now I have started looking under Medifast journals. For the most part as I search for encouragement, all that I read talk about that if this program is followed correctly you Should have success. The more information I can get, the better the chances I can be a success story.
I have some positive things going for me that I feel really blessed about. I work in a location where there is a cafeteria and I really utilize the salad bar add ins as well as other little sides they offer as part of my lean and green. For example I took the mashed potatoes and made them watery in my thermos and from the cafeteria I added diced tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli and a slight bit of cheese and some fat free sour cream and made a creamy potato, garden soup. It felt like a real treat. That sucked up most my green but later that night I had rotisserie chicken and a small additional serving broccoli. It really doesn’t cost me to much and I love the endless options. Also, my kids are grown so I don’t have meals to prepare that tempt me and my husband works in the restaurant industry so he is not usually home for dinner. I think that makes for an additional challenge if you have a family to work around. My co workers all know what I am doing so they never push anything on me, yet I know if I wanted to cheat they wouldn’t bother me about it. There tend to be a lot of food treats that come our office’s
My progress- My last antibiotic was yesterday and my joints are pretty swollen, especially my knees. I think because they are already weak and injured, it attacks them the hardest. No exaggeration I am sure there is 3 pounds of fluid on my legs and my knees are so sore. It feels like the slightest wrong move could snap a tendon so I am trying to take it easy. I had my sinus CT scan done yesterday so now I will just wait until the 19th to see what the ENT has to say. I need to start using the nasal spray, irrigating my sinus’ and doing my part to keep them clean and healthy.
Everyday is a struggle. I have moments of doubt everyday where I think 4-6 more months of this is a long time but I always know the road behind me is full of dissatisfaction with myself and poor health. A lack of energy, being in poor physical shape and I can’t turn back. This battle and learning and growing will never be over. I will always be tweeking the system and trying to figure myself out and improve but it is worth it. This is week 4. I am on track to have lost 12+ pounds this first month back. Not the best but with all I’ve had to contend with I am patting myself on the back. I walked away and said “No” a lot. Go Me!