Sunday, February 19, 2012

Goal 40 weeks and the first 3 weeks of transition

I reached my goal on February3, 2012. That's 40 weeks from my May 3, 2011 start date.

Total loss was 72 pounds. Ave weekly loss was around 1.79 pounds per week. I was sooooo happy to have lost to the middle of my healthy BMI range. And I feel fabulous.

I've kept on track and gotten through the first 3 weeks of maintenance just fine, with about 2 pounds lost or so.

Here's what's next

1. Change it up a bit and week 4 will be the additional 4oz-6 oz protein
2. Move more, already starting to walk more. Add light strength training in next week.
3. Hold off on adding dairy for now
4. Never add back in wheat/gluten. Staying grain free.
5. Practice the 12 Rules in Refuse to Regain book (Barbara Berkely, MD)
6. Make & pin more recipes from Everyday Paleo cookbook (by Sarah Fragoso)
7. Plan my spring & summer garden.

Plan right now is to move into a Paleo/modified Paleo or Primarian diet- blending the two books listed above in steps 5 & 6 and finding the right balance. Probably going to always have some Medifast bars around for the times where I want a bit of chocolate or am on the go and need something for a quick hunger fix.

Life is good.


  1. So you are never going to add back whole grains? Explain. Just curious because i am not there and wondered what your reasons were.

  2. Hi Lindsey. That's right. I'm not going back to any grains. I had a doctor tell me I might have a "wheat sensitivity" about 10 years ago. I totally blew that off as nonsense.

    Turns out, the doc was probably right. On Medifast,I really liked the gluten free items. Then I grabbed a copy of Refuse to Regain by Barbara Berkeley, MD. That's when it dawned on me that along with sugar, wheat was probably a food that triggered cravings.

    This is my third try at maintenance. And the easiest time I've had at keeping off the weight. I found books like Everyday Paelo and The Primal Blue Print to help me along the way.

    Turns out there's a whole community of people out there who are lean, fit and don't eat wheat or processed sugar.

    Good luck with your journey. I did like loosing with Medifast. It got me hooked on eating lean and green.

  3. I started back with you very first post and am reading to current.

    One thing I wanted to applaud is that you were on medifast and eating actual food (instead of just packages of choc flavored stuff from the company).

    I know that was nutritionally kind/smart to your body and mind. I think it will also serve you well in maintenance.

    1. Thanks, Vikie. I view and still do view the Medifast program as a weight loss tool. I use it, then place it back into the tool kit. I viewed weight maintenance as a separate phase, with different tools.

      I think that part is the most misunderstood part of Medifast/Take Shape for Life. That it's for a short period of time. The 5 in 1 plan really helped, because the 1 lean and green meal helped get my taste buds in line for eating for maintenance.

      The 5 packages of Medifast kept me loosing weight, but without any sort of trigger. It put me in a solid state of "food sobriety" for long enough for me to look back and say "Hey! I've GOT to steer clear of trigger foods for maintenance and wheat/most processed sugar are triggers". That was a huge step and explained why WW didn't work this time around.

      There is a separate blog post I should write here. :) Glad you found my archives. I write my blog so that other people in my same boat can read about the transition from MF to regular food and come out okay, without re-gain.
      Karen P.