1 year ago today, I reached my goal weight with Take Shape For Life (TSFL) and began transitioning from Medifast meals to regular foods. Yay me! Get it, it’s not just an anniversary…it’s a Medi-versary!
I am extremely proud to say that I weigh right in the range as I did one year ago. I fluctuate about 2 pounds in either direction at any given time (currently at the upper end of those 2 lbs right now), but I’m basically the same weight as I was a year ago and it feels good!
And it’s still a journey. I’ve spent most of the year being a little ocd with the calorie counting/weighing. A little too obsessed actually – it’s kinda embarrassing. I just can’t quit you, Livestrong Calorie Counter (my app of choice).
I’ve kept track of my calories all year and can see that I have been within about the same range all year. In fact, the couple months I increased my calories a little, I weighed the lowest. But I had one month where I did not track at all and was at my highest weight. I think that freaked me out and so I kept on tracking. I may go on vacation and let all the adding up go on vacation too…but I keep coming back. I think I’ve been counting for fear that I’ll lose all control and gain those dreaded 30 lbs back. I feel like the stress of counting and staying in a certain (self-determined) range is not good for me. I know what a portion size is now. I’m not serving myself Cheesecake Factory-sized dinners. And I’m not knocking calorie counting for weight-loss – it’s a great tool. But I think I can keep it in my toolbox for now and just take it out when I need it, not obsess over it every day.
So for now, for the holidays, until the New Year…I’m letting it all go. Buh-bye Calorie Counter. I will not miss you. I’m going to enjoy the carefree freedom of not knowing and not caring how many calories are in every single bite. I’m going to eat whole foods, healthy foods, like I have all along. I’m going to keep on keepin on with the Paleo/Primal thing. No grains, bread, pasta, processed food or sugar – I still do some dairy (HWC in my coffee every morning and occasionally some cheese). I have even started adding in *gasp* white potatoes (look at me, gettin’ crazy up in here!). And I also know I’m going to indulge over the holidays sometimes, but not every day.
And if I gain over the next couple months, then I’ll reassess in January. I know that TSFL works in minimal time (typical results are weightloss of 2-5 lbs/week and up to 20 lbs in the first month! Results will vary.). I know that cutting back on dairy and fruit and nuts (and those oh-so-delicious paleo treats!) can get me there. I know that calorie counting will also work. I have lots of options and so do you.
But for now, let’s enjoy every bite…