Monday, March 29, 2010

Movin' Monday!

Man, some days it seems like I don't stop moving all day... and this was one of those days. Because of the 5K and 4 hours of soccer practice on Saturday, I didn't get a chance to cut my grass. I thought I would be able to do it on Sunday, but guess what? Rain. The grass hasn't been cut yet this year, so it was high and thick and DESPERATELY needed to be cut. So as soon as I got home from work, I got started.

Front yard first...

Then the back yard...

It took me almost 2 hours to cut the yard! I had to go get gas, then the mower wouldn't start... UGH! Then the grass was high and thick and it was hard to push the mower. Days like today make me miss my husband!

I had about 5 minutes to run in and get my baby ready for her soccer practice. Isn't she cute???

This child is a natural athlete! She LOVES soccer, and is so good at it! She practices even when she doesn't have to. She is constantly chasing that ball. She informed me today that she was also going to play basketball!

So remember when I told you that I am the asst. coach on her team? Yeah, that means that I also have to run around and play with this group of 3-4 year olds. And tonight, they were relentless! As tired as I was from the lawn, I still (somehow) had enough energy to run around after a soccer ball for 30 minutes. What a workout!

Now, it's time for HONESTY. I was not on the Medifast plan today :( I woke up this morning and had my first shake, and I was on plan until after lunch. When offered strawberries... I CAVED. I only had about 1 cup full, and they were so good! And after the lawn mowing and soccer, I was so weak and famished that I knew a Medifast meal just wasn't gonna cut it. I had already ate my Lean and Green meal at lunch, so I had SUSHI for dinner! It was delightful! I have absolutely no regrets because even though I didn't follow the Medifast plan, I still had healthy food. I used the Medifast products, but I don't think I could have made it with that alone.

After dinner, I felt like I had been hit by a truck! My body HURTS. I was still sore from the 5K, so now my muscles feel mad at me for the sudden burst of activity. I took a hot shower, and then got a voicemail from my friend from church, Kim, that she has left some spice tea in my mailbox.

The thought of curling up with a cup of hot tea sounded too good to pass up! So here I am... relaxing, reading blogs, and drinking hot tea!

And guess what? It feels good! I think my body is thanking me for the extra carbs and calories right now. And my mood is even better. I have been in a funk for a few weeks, and in the back of my mind I wondered if it had something to do with the diet.

I want to thank everyone for the encouraging comments that were left in response to my post from yesterday. I am at a crossroads. Do I choose what is easy and promises the fastest results, or do I choose what my gut tells me is best in the long run? Am I ready to make a commitment to myself, to MAKE the time to do what is best for me? I have done it before, but how do I get back to "that place"? That seems like the million dollar question...

Someone mentioned that Lyn from Escape from Obesity is also doing Medifast, and suggested that I ask her for advice. I follow her blog, and we are getting the same deal from the company. She is loving the plan and has had a very successful month. Her losses have been slow and steady, and she seems to be in a great place. But we are two different people, and we are not having the same experience. I think Medifast can definitely work for some people - even long term! But I am now wondering if I am one of those people.


  1. Wow! What a busy day you had; sounds like you totally deserve to be relaxing with that cup of tea. :)

    Just my opinion, but I think you should follow the path that you feel is going to give you the best long term success... even if that means that success is slower in coming. I know getting back to "that place" where you're putting yourself first & taking care of you can be very challening, but I know you can do it. You're a strong woman! :)

  2. You get back to that place by taking it one day at a time, that's how. Every day is an opportunity for improvement and growth (and shrinkage). Get yourself into a routine- make yourself go to the gym at least 3-4 days a week every week for at least 8 weeks. Make the time for you. It has to be about you. :)

    You'll know when you're ready. Just don't let yourself starve to death on overpriced meals in the meantime. :)

  3. You sound like wonderwoman! Thanks for the comment you left on my blog. You should give TOPS a try---you will either love it or hate it---each chapter is different. If you are a very competitive person, it gives lots of opportunites to compete! Too bad the nearest chapter is 45 mins away---that is quite a drive!

  4. Yes, I agree the slow steady path is the best. My cousin has been loosing weight very slowly over the last 4/5 years and she never goes on the scale, but has made changes that are permanent and have over time allowed her to get closer to her goal. It is harder, but far less stressful than a restrictive diet that makes you cranky and frustrated.

  5. Losing weight is like the turtle and the hare. The fast one gets burned out and falls asleep. The slow steady one wins the race. When you lose the weight slowly you are more likely to keep it off. Seeing how active you are with your children it sounds like a good 3 to 4 days a week in the gym and a healthy actual food diet would do you good. If a super strict diet is making your personality or demeanor change then it probably isnt worth it to put family and friends through it. Best of luck,

  6. Honestly? I agree. You seem to be really having a hard time with Medifast, and I don't think you should torture yourself if it is that difficult for you. Everyone is different. Some people do great on Weight Watchers, some with OA, some with calorie counting, etc... and we each have to find the way that best suits US. If you would do better on another plan (even one of your own making) then I say go for it! Don't do Medifast half-heartedly. It doen't work. Do *something*, whatever you choose, 100%. I don't think it matters what, as long as you are committed and stick with it long term!

    I wish you all the best :)

  7. Your daughter is beautiful. I think it's great that you're teaching her to be active at a young age.

  8. Lyn said "Don't do Medifast half-heartedly. It doen't work. Do *something*, whatever you choose, 100%."

    Excellent advice. That needs to be somewhere where we all can see it, or some version of it, every day!


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