Sunday, June 15, 2014

Day Eighteen: ...Myeh...



No excuse for not journaling, other than maybe feeling slightly...myeh about things. To get caught up, after the week or so of following the Pre-Conditioning menu, I followed the "yellow" menu for four days, before switching to the "blue menu" for six more days. They're basically the same. Not a lot of calories, small servings, minimal fat, fruit and starch, and barely adequate amounts of vegetables and protein. On the third day of following the yellow menu, I went in for a weigh-in and a review with my consultant. I had gained 1.5 lbs. BOO! HISS!!!

I have not wavered on the plan, not a bite or a sip of anything not on the menu or more than the portion allowed, so I can only hope that I've lost all of the water weight, and now I'm actually using the fat reserves for fuel. MRC gives a handout explaining that typically in Days 7-10, a person will either stop losing weight or even gain weight, as your body is trying to replace fat cell space with water. Since water weighs more than fat, that's the reason for the plateau. Sounds plausible, but nonetheless, it was disappointing...

I started the blue menu on Wednesday, and I went in again on Friday for another weigh-in and consultation. I lost 2 lbs., but I admit I wasn't really jumping for joy. I was so hoping to be in the 180's, and I'm hanging by a thread, or literally a half-pound, in the 190's. Tomorrow is my last day on the blue menu, so, once again, I'll go in for a weigh-in and consultation about the new menu I'll be given, which I'll follow until I'm ready for maintenance.

I'd be curious to know the strategy behind the pre-conditioning week, and the ten days following two separate menus. I'll have to ask one of the consultants, and see if I can get an answer. I like that there is so much one-on-one attention, and the girls are very friendly and encouraging. I also like that I'm eating healthier, and I'm definitely feeling better (no more stomach aches, bloating, and heartburn.) Yesterday was the first day I felt really hungry, but I think most of that was in my head. Really, when you think about it, I've been following MRC's plan for 18 days, and by Day 16 my weight was 7.5 lbs less than when I started. If I hadn't joined MRC, I wouldn't have lost a single pound, so, seriously, what am I complaining about???

I guess the problem is that I'm ready to be average, instead of over-weight. My focus is there, but my body has to drag its' ugly fat cells along, and give me anxiety every time I weigh-in. My son is getting married in less than a month, and I really don't want to dread being photographed. I am so hoping that doesn't happen. Honestly, I can't remember the last time I liked to be in front of the camera, which explains why there are hardly any pictures of me as an adult, and most of the photos I look pained or threatening...either way, the message was the same: "Get this over with. I know I'm going to look like a fat, ugly whale, so just take the damn thing and let me out of here."

Yeah, I'm definitely focused and ready for a 50 lb. change.

Not-So-Sweet Meanderings: 

The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar every day.
The average child consumes a whopping 32 teaspoons of sugar per day.
Women should have no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day.
Men should have no more than 9 teaspoons of sugar per day.*
...Yikes.


*http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4543/14-MindBlowing-Facts-About-Sugar-Infographic.html



Saturday, June 7, 2014

Day Nine and Ten: Shocking, but True!

I went to the Food Instruction Class yesterday, (Day 9), and had to weigh-in again. I was reluctant to weigh, since I had just weighed three days prior. Hold on to your hat: I lost 4 lbs. from Tuesday afternoon to Friday morning! Granted, this is likely all water weight finally letting go, but nonetheless, it's a total of 7 lbs. of water weight lost since last Thursday, that I'd still be lugging around if I hadn't enlisted the help of Metabolic Research Center. So, yes, I'm pleased with how things are going.

Interestingly, today was actually the first official day of being "on plan." The Pre-Conditioning week doesn't even count in the 17 weeks of guaranteed weight loss. Gotta say, I'm happy with what I'm seeing; much better than counting points, eating a Snickers and then starving for the rest of the day, weekly group meetings, etc.

I'm now following a very specific menu for four days, after which I will switch to another menu on Wednesday. I like both the structure of the precise menu for a set period, as well as the variety of the menus as you progress through the program. Plus, I'm eating food from home, not meals that come in the mail, so this should transition into a long-term way of eating.

I am 7 lbs. satisfied.

Sweet (or not-so-sweet) Meanderings:

Sugar is a culprit in water weight along with salt. Too much sugar raises insulin levels, which in turn lessens the body’s ability to expel sodium. 
Avoid high sugar foods and opt for fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. - 
(See more at: http://www.truelemon.com/article/608-real-weight-versus-water-weight#sthash.Ef2Amlhm.dpuf)



Thursday, June 5, 2014

Day Six, Seven, and Eight: Good News!

I don't know what's been going on with me the last couple of days, but I just haven't found time to journal. Here's the latest:

On Day Six of the Pre-Conditioning Plan, I went to MRC for a weigh-in and a "let's see how things are going" conversation with my consultant. She answered questions for me about the shopping guide, and promised much more information to come regarding menu, shopping, serving sizes, etc. at the Food Instruction Class, which is tomorrow. Turns out, I was a little indulgent with the starch serving, I made a few blunders on the shopping list (e.g. buying a red and a yellow bell pepper, when I can only have green bell peppers), and eating at Chipotle twice in six days is too much sodium, fat,  starch, and onions (yes! too high on the glycemic index!), and too little veggies. Live and learn...such an applicable lesson in so many areas of life.

I also learned that once a person reaches their weight loss goal, their calories are bumped up to a maintenance level, rather than a losing weight level, so there's that to look forward to... Plus, one year of maintenance is included in the sign-up fee, which seems like a really good idea.

Here is  the information that was gathered at my sign-up, which I have failed to mention:

5/28/2014
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 198.00 lb.
BMI: 32.0
Fat %: 44.3% 
(I thought I was made of sugar and spice...)
Fat Mass (lovely words): 87.5 lb.
Desirable Range Fat %: 23-34%
Target Body Fat %: 30%
Predicted Weight: 157.5 lb.
Predicted Fat Mass: 47.0 lb.
FAT TO LOSE: 40.51 lb.

(I was also measured from head-to-toe at sign-up, but I don't have those numbers available to share.)

Now, back to the good part! Despite my not always making the right choices in navigating the Pre-Conditioning Plan, I lost THREE POUNDS in six days!!! 

Just doin' the Happy Dance.

I know it's early and I'm in the new and excited stage, but I have not had ANY cravings for sugar, and I would say that just by increasing my water intake and eating healthier foods in general, I do feel better. I have this ugly little hiatal hernia, which causes reflux, and it seems that it doesn't get nearly as angry when I'm not eating sugary, fatty foods. Be happy, hiatal hernia. There is so much more healthy food coming your way.

Nothing too exciting that follows Day Six. I'm eating fresh fruit and veggies, lean meats, and very small servings of fat, and starch. Who knew one slice of 45 calorie bread could be so delicious?

I've also given some thought to Debunking the Sugar Myth, and realized it would be a quite a feat to come up with a myth for 16+ weeks of journaling, so it will now be called:

Sweet Meanderings...

If you are bitter at heart,
sugar in the mouth will not help you.
~Yiddish Proverb





Monday, June 2, 2014

Day Five: How to Handle a Bad Day and Still Lose Weight...

Today was just one of those days where nothing seemed to be going right at work. There were multiple factors involved, but the funk seemed to snowball as the morning progressed. To top it off, I was hungry and sweltering hot. I really wanted to eat my blues away.


Well, I didn't have a cookie, which I was both annoyed about and proud of myself for that decision. I'm also feeling somewhat frustrated today that I don't really have a specific eating plan during this "Pre-Conditioning Week", and the majority of my meals have been pretty bland, (and small!) Is this just the part where I have to do something for 30 days in order to make it a habit, or will I always feel like I'm eating tiny, sub-par meals?

On a good note, though, I do drink a lot more water, and I'm walking my dog and riding my bike daily. Why the sudden interest in outdoor activity, and almost a gallon of H2O per day? Because when I'm at home and feeling hungry, or want to eat my troubles away, I go for a walk, or refill my water bottle and start chugging. It has been especially effective today in distracting me from food. Plus, not only am I NOT eating, but I'm also burning calories, so WIN-WIN!

Tomorrow I'm supposed to check in with my consultant at MRC. I'm not sure if weighing is part of the routine, but hopefully I'll get some questions answered, and can have a better attitude about food, meal planning ... life, in general.

Like I said, it was a bad day ... for many reasons.

Time for Debunking the Sugar Myth:

What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice, and everything nice,
that's what little girls are made of.

That's my problem. I'm made of sugar.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Day Four: Failed Rump Roast

Yep, I was hoping the rump roast wouldn't be dry and bland, and wouldn't you know it? That's exactly what it was! I have yet to make anything in a crockpot that takes as long as the recipe directs, yet, I continue to trust the recipe and overcook nearly every piece of meat I put in there. Well, it's not horrible, and it is chew-able, but I definitely wasn't wowed by the results.

Lunch was lettuce, quinoa, rump roast, and just barely a taste of vinegar/oil salad dressing. I'm a little dismayed with a failed recipe. My brain is being nagged with the thought that limiting fat, flour, salt, and sugar just sealed my fate to really ho-hum meals. I sure hope that's not the case...

Rump roast and quinoa on a bed of leaf lettuce...myeh.

I'm tired today, but that's not unusual for a work day. I was hungry at work as it got closer to noon, but when you figure that I had already worked seven hours, it seems reasonable to be hungry. Drinking water helps curb my appetite, and despite that the brown butter banana bread and homemade granola smelled soooooo very delicious, I really wasn't tempted to eat anything.

I am, however, tempted to take a nap.

Debunking the Myth of Sugar:


Was the song, "Cut The Cake" by Average White Band
really about a piece of cake?
(I think not.)