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Friday, May 07, 2010

Well as of this morning I am at 316 I'm still losing on my plan and I'm 12 away from my lowest point at 304.
I was experimenting for the past 2 months or so with my diet and exercise, and just like the MAD scientist, it all blew up in my face. But over all it was a lesson that I had to learn and understand.
I have had a huge amount of success with dieting this past year at one point having lost 132.5 total pounds. Trust me I really didn't want to gain any of it back but this experiment was necessary to learn how fast going back to a "regular" diet even while continuing to exercise a lot could still damage my success, and my future health.
I have had so many people ask me what I have done to lose so much weight, so I tell them, THE WHOLE STORY (If you don't know the story you can read about it in my first few blogs), just to save space here.
About the time I get to explaining tracking my food RELIGIOUSLY, and then cutting out stuff like soda, cookies, butter, mayo, and other toppings (I LOVE ME SOME TOPPINGS). They get real frustrated, and say "Oh, that's way too much work, I COULD NEVER DO THAT. To which I respond "That's exactly what I thought until I was REALLY motivated to get it done.
NOBODY I know took on the task of trying to do what I did, because it sounded SOOOO HARD, they just kept encouraging me letting me know how great I looked all the time, stumped on how they could implement the same life change that I had accomplished.
Ever since I began exercising (Mid January) my workouts have continued to increase in intensity yet my weight except for right at the beginning had remained pretty stable, not really moving up or down :'(
I had learned how to lose weight without exercising, but now that I could exercise why didn't the pounds continue to fly away???
So that was the reason for the experiment to adjust diet and exercise to find a balance, if I wasn't going to lose anymore weight whats the point of keeping myself from foods that I LOVE??? While still killing myself in the gym??? I wanted the weight to continue to fly off, but I didn't want to lose the muscle that I had worked so hard to build. BTW part of my gain was muscle as I still dropped "size" while gaining the weight. I am now 3x stronger than when I first started in January, and my endurance is so good compared to where I was (when I started at 436 -450 if I go all the way back to Feb '09-, I couldn't walk up 5 stairs without pain in my knees or having to stop to catch my breath at the top). Now I am getting ready to RUN a 5k in 3 weeks.
ENTER some friends who have been on the Medifast program for over 2 years who have lost weight comparable to the percentage that I had lost "doing it my way" and when I asked them about the program they were able to easily explain it to me, and like I have said before it sounds very similar to what I did with all the tracking and measuring and supplementing with vitamins, etc, etc, etc. WHEW makes me tired just thinking about all I had to do.
SIMPLICITY - That is what its going to take so that I can help others achieve the same success that I have had, I LEARNED THAT MUCH, FOR SURE.
Medifast = 5 pre-packaged meals per day, then I cook 1 meal of lean protein and vegetables, and the final result, pretty much the same as "my plan" spread over 6 meals rather than just 3, less calories per meal + 6 meals = FAT BURNING ALL THE DAY LONG. WOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
The exercise portion I will need to continue to figure out as I go, but for now I have a greater need to lose the weight (about 100 more pounds, Grrrrrr) and tone up, I can build muscle later after the WEIGHT IS GONE.

So after searching for so long I have found the "easy" dietary plan
Check it out online and let me know what you think. I have learned to include the brains of others in processing information, so I can see it from every angle as others may have insight. My wife says her only worry is that when I go back to "regular store bought food" I will just gain the weight back, my answer to that is, that is what happened over the last 2 months, and "my diet" was all store bought and a lot of work.

Please check it out and let me know what you think
When I am successful at this I will also be looking at becoming a Take Shape For Life Health Coach, so I am really interested in what everybody thinks.
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    I think it is great that you blog about the challenges and struggles. I think reflection is the way we learn from the lessons and that makes the lessons stick with us! Their is a balance and I know you will find yours!
    4052 days ago
    You're doing a fantastic job! Just keep doing what you're doing.

    Fight on!
    4104 days ago
  • JUDITH1654
    Did you tell the ones who said it was too hard that the support on SP is key? That's what has made a difference for so many on here.
    Keep up the good work!!
    4105 days ago
    OK OK, so you didn't know as much as you thought it seems. Who does. But now you are trying this new Medifast thing and it should be for the best. But it seems like a "diet", a four letter word around these parts. Just like your wife has said after you are done with it... wait? done with it. This is a new lifestyle, this is THE way. You just don't finish something like this. Is this something you are going to purchase forever? I doubt it. So all I am saying is that I hope you learn even more from what you are eating here so you can duplicate it as you move on after this program. So you know what foods to purchase in the supermarket and how to prepare them.

    Overall you have done such a great job. Since you began exercising and experimenting the scale hasn't changed but you have. So what's the problem? The scale would catch up! I hope this Medifast will help you and it's not a waste of time. Any questions/comments let me know. As always I wish you nothing but the best. You have been a great SparkFriend!

    Take care and stay healthy
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    4105 days ago
    I am having the same problem since I bumped up the exercise - also in January. My weight is stagnant, but I feel so much better and stronger. I hope the weight loss catches up to both of us soon so it won't be so discouraging.

    I'm going a different direction for food - looking at raw food and veganism. We are all on different paths; hopefully to arrive at the same place of optimal health.

    I can't wait to hear about your progress. I think it will be very positive.

    4105 days ago
    Dennis....I am so proud of how far you have come and haven't let anyone step in your way!! Good luck to your new future.

    4106 days ago
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