Thursday, March 25, 2010

Coming up with solutions...

Sorry if the Debbie-Downer post yesterday. I was in such a pissy mood. But guess what? I got over it. I stayed on plan, and ended the day feeling good. Thanks to Jules for challenging me to NOT give into my cravings. She is 9 months pregnant and publicly announced on Facebook that if I didn't cave, she wouldn't either. What a friend! And then my friend Yvette called me last night and gave me a 2-hour pep talk. She is blunt, and she could tell from my blog post that something just isn't right.

I have a lot of hard decisions to make over the next month or so. I need to make some changes to my life if I am going to save my sanity. I am all alone... even my two closest friends seemed to have abandoned me (not on purpose, but because THEY have lives, children, and stress, too). I might as well NOT have any family... they have all turned their backs on me and my children. It's just me, and that weight is just getting heavier and heavier. After talking with Yvette last night, I think I might have come up with a solution - one that will allow me to get that support system I need so badly. Yes, it might be hard, and yes, it might involve a drastic change. But in the end, I think it just might work. I am praying on it.

When I went to bed last night I felt a lot better - not only because I stuck to my diet, but because I felt like I had a plan! But when I hopped on the scale this morning, it showed a .6 lb. GAIN! WTF!? How is it that after eating a total of 830 calories, one can gain anything? Well, I have went back over all the numbers and made a chart of calories, fat, sodium, carbs, fiber, sugar, and protein since I started Medifast. I now see that the days that I eat tuna from a pouch, that my sodium is really high. Damn! It had to be one of my convenient favorites that is messing me up. I also realize that I have been slacking on my water. I ideally, I like to drink 1/2 of my body weight...which is around 140 oz. I have barely been getting 100 oz.

So today: I will stay on plan. I will drink 140 oz. of water. I will will get a lean and green meal in that is low in sodium. Its funny... the reason I went on Medifast is so that for all of one of my meals I could just grab and go... it takes the guess-work and preparation out of the equation for me. Except for that ONE meal a day. But since soccer started this week, my cooking time is out! I am warming up quick foods for the kids, and trying my best to get my Lean and Green meal on the fly. I thought tuna was a good idea - convenient! I guess not! I guess I can just cook up a bag of chicken breast so I can just microwave some veggies to go with.

I can do this.
I will do this.
I will NOT give up.
I will find a solution!


  1. I'm glad you made it through the day! I felt pumped yesterday challenging you to stick with it and that i too... would not give in to cravings... OMG!! It was so hard, but after what... 7 months of caving I feel VERY proud today that i made it!! I did not have even 1 single sweet morsel from my freezer that I was dying and screaming to have. I felt good last night going to bed knowing I kept my Will power, but today... i feel almost magical!! hahahaha!!

    I'm proud of you!! I knew you could do it and most of all... you helped prove I could do it!! YEAH YOU!!! So, that being said... Your kids want a healthy happy you! Remember that!! Do what's best for you and them and the rest... will follow. If I was there, I'd SOOO help you out. I wish i was, just to help give you a hand. I know the answer will come to you and I hope it comes quickly... being a single mom does = needing support and help along the way. Good luck to you!!

  2. I like you! I like that you found out what was wrong and then set out to fix it! You know, we will have times that we gain weight or stay the same. That's okay. I will come off!

  3. Hang tough, you can do this. I know I'm new to your blog and don't know everything about your weight loss journey but I do have an extensive background in this. A couple of things come to mind when I read your post. First, I don't think you are eating enough calories and your body went into panic mode which could equal weight gain. Also, are you putting muscle on? That will keep your metabolism high.

    Just stay strong, your body will eventually work this out. Wish I could talk with you further to give you help.

    There is a free site at It is a great support site and if you sign up there I would be your coach for free. Sorry if that sounds like a sales pitch, I promise it is not. It is just that after reading your post I wish I could do more to help. Warm Wishes, Jamie

  4. I use canned tuna but I wash it off with regular water first then drain it. It washes a lot of that salt off that it's been sitting in.

  5. Isn't it funny how "not drinking enough water" can bring up our weight?

  6. Could you do your Lean & Green meal at breakfast or lunchtime, ad then just bring a bar or something with you in the evenings?

    You're doing great!

  7. I hear ya! It's a wonder that working moms can actually survive. But we are strong and we push through. Our children see that we are strong and that builds their character. Here's to sticking to your convictions.

  8. Keep pushing. I always like to think that the only thing standing between me and my goals... is me!

    stop by sometime
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  9. You go girl, you found what was wrong and came up with a fix. You can do this.. And you do have a support team.. Us your blogger buddies..

  10. Here's a post i wrote on my blog about weighing scales telling lies it may be the answer to why you had some weight gain even though you ate less

    Here are 4 reasons why your bathroom scales are telling fibs…

    1 – On digital bathroom scales, low batteries and faulty AC adapters can be the number 1 cause of scale malfunction and inaccuracy. A scale will perform slowly, or read inaccurately when it has low batteries. A faulty AC adapter can cause your scale to act unstable with numbers “jumping” all over the place. If you’re not sure replace your batteries with good quality ones and check if you find a difference in results.

    2 - Not all bathroom scales are created equal. If you have an old spring type “analog” bathroom scales throw it out. It may have been right on the mark when you bought it but over time it loses its accuracy. Go for digital scales instead as they’re more accurate and have other great functions like measuring body fat as well.

    3 – If you’ve been drinking a lot of water over a period of time, your body tends not to hold onto much as it knows its in plentiful supply. But cut back on your water intake and you may find your weight creeping up due to water retention, sometimes even by a few pounds.

    To undo this, just return to your former water drinking routine and you’ll find those pounds just drop away again.

    Also watch your salt intake, its nearly impossible to find any type of processed food that doesn’t contain salt, even sweet foods have in abundance. This salt then makes your body prone to water retention and you look heavier on the scale the next morning.

    4 – Glycogen levels can also affect your weight. Glycogen is a fuel made up of carbohydrates, that the body stores in reserve in the liver and muscles. When reserves are full it can weigh up to 3-4 pounds including water. But if you don’t eat as much carbohydrates as usual, your body works from these stores thus making you lighter. Its possible to suddenly go down a few pounds very quickly without even changing your daily activity or calorie intake.

    But the opposite is true, start to eat more carbohydrates (your body fills these stores again) and suddenly you’re a few pounds heavier for no apparent reason.

    Finally, never, ever, try out bathroom scales other than your own. You may be tempted to try out a friends when visiting the loo but don’t. You’ll only get a different reading, upset yourself and think your scales are wrong or maybe right, if yours say you’re lighter.

    Hope its been of some help to you!


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