Sunday, February 28, 2010

No time like the present...right?

It is official. I am going to do the Medifast plan. I actually have been given an opportunity to do the plan at no charge to me, so I would be a FOOL to pass it up! I have been researching everything Medifast for the past four days, and truthfully, I am very excited. Yes, it is drastic, but right now I am ready to do this. I think this will really give me an opportunity to get my head in the game, and establish a good relationship with food in the process. And I definitely think once the weight starts coming off, I will be extra motivated to keep going and stay on track. Eating right and exercising for two months and seeing NO results is frustrating. I don't think this plan will fail me.

So, now the decision has been made to DO the plan, now the questions is when do I start? I should have my food some time this week. But over the weekend I made the decision to take a short road trip during our spring break, which is March 6 - March 21. My reasoning was to hold off on starting the program until March 13, since our trip is going to be from March 10 - 12. Going out of town and not being able to eat out is no fun, right? Well, I'm not really sure I want to wait!

In my research on Medifast, there is this thing called ketosis, and the first 3 days are supposed to be miserable, but critical to the program. According to the website, This ketosis causes the body's fat stores to release free fatty acids, which are then converted by the liver into an energy source called ketones. This fat-burning state helps the body achieve faster weight loss while helping preserve muscle tissue. The fat-burning state also helps naturally reduce appetite and hunger while still allowing you to feel sufficient levels of energy. It also says:

"The first three days are critical to your success, so pick a start date that makes sense for your schedule. You might want to look for a time when you don't anticipate any family, work-related, or other social-type events that involve food, which may present additional obstacles or temptations.

Medifast recommends planning ahead so you can continue your program while vacationing. If your meals aren't with you, you can't eat them! This may necessitate packing food items in your luggage or having them shipped to your destination. Pre- planning can help you continue to lose weight while you travel. Those who are able to plan and continue the program while traveling (or dining out) get the best results.

Traveling presents countless eating temptations, with the availability of foods that are not part of the Medifast Program. Always remember your end goals - a healthier weight and a healthier lifestyle."

SOOOOO....I am thinking that if I start Medifast this coming up Saturday (March 6), by the time I leave for my trip on March 10 I should have gone through the "rough phase" and be feeling pretty good on plan. As far as eating out on vacation, I really don't care about it! I am so DONE with eating out and restaurants and being fat! I am ready to get going, FINALLY! And won't it be great to go back to work on March 22 with a great loss behind me? If my results are typical of the success stories (from real people, not just the one's on the website), I can lose up to 10 lbs the first two weeks on plan! That, to me, is WAY better than eating out on a mini-vacation! I'm just going to the Tennessee Aquarium - it's not like it's Disney world or something! I can just pack my medifast food and eat it while I'm away. This is how I am going to be eating for a while, so I might as well get used to making arrangements, right?

I love the amount of feedback I get from you all, so again, I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this. Should I get started right away, or should I wait until after my mini-trip?