It started with a pair of blue jeans. Last summer, I lost about 30 pounds. So last fall, when the weather got too cool for capri pants, I needed to buy new jeans. Smaller jeans. That part was cool. But I still had somewhere between 15 and 20 more pounds to lose, so I only bought two pair of jeans. I figured I would shrink out of them before they wore out, so I didn’t want to get more than two. Guess what? I noticed a small, frayed hole in one of those jeans yesterday. They’re wearing out. I haven’t dropped any more sizes, either. In fact, I gained about 6 pounds during radiation and another couple over the few weeks before my last mammo when I was stress eating all the time. I’ve got at least 25 pounds to go now. Maybe more.
With that in mind, I went back to what worked for me last summer: Medifast. On paper, I don’t like the idea of Medifast. It’s a program of prepackaged meal replacements, and it is darn expensive. My ideal plan would be to incorporate “real” food in healthy recipes, add in regular exercise, and turn it into a lifestyle. Um, yeah. Great on paper but in real life? Forget it. I have no time to shop, no time to cook, and no time to look up interesting, healthy recipes that I actually have the tools and skill to cook properly. If left to my own devices I would eat Cheerios four times a day, take a multi vitamin, and call that good enough. And, at times, I have done exactly that. The plus side of Medifast is, it’s easy, and of course, it works. For me, it was much easier than I expected, and though I didn’t follow the plan 100%, I lost weight. Thirty pounds in four months.
It occurs to me that one reason it worked so well for me could be because I had cancer. I guess we’ll find out, as I’ve ordered another few weeks’ worth of food. I’m going to give it another go. Due to the cost, I won’t be following the plan 100% this time, either. Instead of eating Medifast food for the prescribed five times a day, I’ll go for three times. The other two mini meals will be a low carb snack. Greek yogurt is a favorite. A hard boiled egg. Reduced fat string cheese. Something like that.
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hope plan to be in smaller jeans by the time I pack my capris away again this fall. With overweight being a risk factor for breast cancer, I have extra incentive to get to my goal. I do not want to go through that again. It’s time to get serious about getting healthy. Wish me luck!