I am happy to report that last week I was back on track. 156.6
And with today's weigh-in, I was at 155.5
We all fall; it's how long it takes for us to get back up that matters.
My weight is still going down, which is in the direction that I'm wanting it to go. I"m still working the program, cheating occasionally. That's right, I cheat. But now, when I cheat it's a small cheat in the range of 100-150 calories rather than the 500+ calories at least that I would have cheated with a couple of months ago. Further, I've added some stress reduction to my habit profile.
But is it a "diet thing" that I'm doing? No. People gain weight back from "diets." This is why I have spoken out against diets for YEARS. Diets don't work long term! You (general "you") must address the underlying reasons for overeating. Figure out what is triggering the bad habits. Build new habits. Without that step, no amount of pre-packaged low calorie meal replacements is going to help long term.
Here is what is working for me. None of these are official TSFL approved methods. This is just one client, one future health coach, on a journey towards improved health. So please don't quote TSFL on this, quote Nancy K.
1) I make my "cheats" count. If I'm going to cheat, it's going to be on something I really, really want, that really tastes great to me. To me, it's not worth the calories or sugar to cheat by eating something that I don't think is truly yummy.
2) I keep my "cheats" within reason. When under stress, I've been known to make chocolate chip cookies with my kids. 3-4 big scoops of dough. And then after that, I won't count how many cookies I eat. It could be 6-7 cookies, plus dough, in a day and a half. Would I eat a stick of butter by itself? No, but I've eaten the equivalent of a stick of butter wrapped in sugar and rolled in white flour, over a one-day period, many times. Now, if I'm going to make cookies with my kids, I eat one tablespoon of dough and 2 cookies on day 1. On day 2, I get 2 cookies. Ideally, I wouldn't eat either dough or cookies, and I wouldn't feed cookies to my kids. However, we're not there yet. We're improving, but we're not doing it cold turkey.
3) I keep Medifast snacks in my car.
4) I've started blending vegetables into things. Bwah ha ha! Stealth health that even my little veggie-averse child can't avoid.
5) The Vitamix is my friend. The Medifast soups are, for the most part, decent tasting, especially when spiced up with a few herbs. Soup has become a common lunch food for me. When I have "taste fatigue" and I feel like a Medifast soup will be boring, I'll make my own soup with the Vitamix. Steamed broccoli, a bouillion cube, water, 1/4 a small steamed onion, and a tiny amount of extra-sharp cheese. Tasty! Cheese is a bit of a TSFL sin, so I make sure that I use extra-sharp so I can get great flavor without eating much of it.
6) Chocolate chips. Chocolate is my absolute weakness. It's my favorite food on earth, and I'm pretty sure that's never going to change. So when I'm going to cheat with chocolate, I'll have 10 chocolate chips, a maximum of twice a day.
Again, some of these cheats are probably going to make my health coach smack her head against the monitor if she reads my blog (Hi, Candy!!! Are you out there?), so please don't quote that they're TSFL approved.
See you next week, approximately. :D