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Eleven weeks is a long time to follow any sort of diet, especially one as restrictive in calories and food as Medifast.  Which means that this week’s results on the scale come as no surprise, for many reasons.

Which means I gained 3.8 lbs this week, for a total loss of 22 pounds in 11 weeks.  Yes I’m disappointed that I’ve put myself behind in my progress, but there were a number of factors, including:

  • my choice to eat carb-laden foods at Easter brunch.
  • my body reacting to working out on Monday afternoon.
  • TOM. Enough said.

I’m not happy with these results, but they do serve as a major wake up call to me.  Today, in this moment, I know that I don’t want to begin the familiar path of yo-yoing back and forth between losing and regaining weight.  I don’t want to go on that weight loss roller coaster again; I’ve been on that ride way too many times in this lifetime.  One of the main reasons I chose to follow such a restricted diet is so that I was almost guaranteed of quick success.

Which leads me to the following statement: there will be no more deviations from the Medifast plan until I lose the remaining weight (23 lbs + 5 or so to account for scale fluctuations and clothes at the official weigh in).  Period.

Taking Control of Challenging Food Situations
I don’t think it will be that difficult, really.  May has a couple of holidays – Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, but both of those can be celebrated following the Lean & Green plan.  In fact, I think I’m going to offer to have Mother’s Day at my house just to make sure.  Plus, since both my sister and my mom are mothers, it’s only right that they don’t have to lift a finger on that day.  I’d love to hear any ideas that you might have for Mother’s Day meals.  I’m thinking of grilling salmon  with side dishes of asparagus, a green salad and then maybe a rice pilaf or wild rice for everyone else.  But it seems like that might be too simple for such a special day.  So, if you have any recommendations, please let me know.

I Still am Proud of Myself
Even though the weigh in today and two weeks ago were negative, I’m not in a negative frame of mind at all. In fact, it’s like the gauntlet has been thrown down.  By me.  I’m challenging myself to move past the 25 pounds lost mark and make it to 30 pounds (my 10%) and then to 40 and then to 45 and even to 50.  I know I can do it.  I have the wherewithal within me.

And on that positive note, I am still very proud of my progress to date.  I’m feeling more like the me I remember.  The girl who looks nice despite her size and who takes pride in her appearance.  I’ve been enjoying putting “new” outfits together by wearing clothes that haven’t fit me for a while.  It’s also nice that spring is here and skirts and dresses can now be factored into the wardrobe.  Case in point, today’s outfit:

Sorry that the lighting isn’t great in the photo; I forgot to open the blinds in my room before taking the photo, and I was already running late, so I didn’t want to stop and take another one.  And yes, that is a huge crack in the mirror, but since it’s behind my door and out of sight most of the time I haven’t bothered to buy a new mirror yet.  That’s on the to-do list.

I really like the way this outfit shows off my curves, and I can see my waist coming back.  I’ve already received 3 compliments today, 2 of which were from my students, which is always nice.  The outfit makes me feel happy and light.  And it’s wonderful to feel good about myself when I see this photo and look in the mirror. That’s a feeling I haven’t had in a long time, so it’s very welcome.

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