Take Shape For Life

I teased about a new program several weeks ago and then never wrote about it.  I’ve been a little nervous about writing about it because I wanted to make sure my results were solid and I wanted to make sure I represented this company ethically and in accordance with their policies.  I’ve had a few comments asking for more info so here it is!

In July, my boyfriend had an appointment with his doctor and she recommended a program called Take Shape For Life.  TSFL is a comprehensive program that gives you the tools to lose weight safely and quickly and keep it off for good.  My bf has been so supportive of my dalliances with 4HB and Paleo/Primal, I wanted to support him and join him on this program.  Heck, I was still trying to lose weight and those other programs just weren’t giving me the results I wanted.

TSFL does.  It utilizes the Medifast brand of pre-packaged food to help you lose weight.  It’s low calorie, low fat, low carb.  We eat 5 of Medifast meals/day – which include things like bars, shakes, puddings, soups, brownies, etc.  There are actually over 70 different kinds of foods to choose from.  And once/day we eat what they call a Lean & Green – essentially a paleo/primal meal – of lean protein and non-starchy veggies.  I eat every 2-3 hours and that helps level my blood sugar so I never feel hungry.  Really.  It’s so easy to do, even with the hectic schedules that we all have nowadays.  And the Medifast meals actually taste good too!  Really!

That’s the food – here are our results: I have lost 20 lbs. My boyfriend, who has been on/off the program has lost a solid 35 lbs.  And we’re still going!  *Results will vary.  Typical results on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan is 2-5 lbs/week and up to 20 lbs in the first month.*  Those are some pretty sweet “typical results” if you ask me.  One of the best byproducts of my weightloss is that my blood pressure has improved!  That is HUGE for me.

What I find even more important than the food is the coaching and community – I check in with my health coach once/week.  This helps me stay accountable and get direct feedback.  TSFL recommends a book called Habits of Health by Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen and an accompanying workbook that I’ve been reading and working on that has really helped reshape my viewpoints on food and nutrition in general and given me a strategy to transition off the Medifast foods when I’m ready and keep the weight off.  In addition to the coaching is an online community that is so valuable – they have answered all sorts of questions for me and reading through their blogs and discussion boards has been extremely inspirational.  There are also conference calls several times a week.  There are just so many ways to stay connected.  You can participate as little or as much as you’d like.

So I bet you are wondering – How Much?  There are no sign up fees or hidden costs.  You only pay for the Medifast meals.  An average month is approximately $300.  (The coaching is free.)  I don’t know what your monthly food budget is, but I spend at least that (usually more) on just groceries, not counting eating out or wine.  So for me, eating this way is actually saving me money.

Alright – let’s conclude this infomercial.  These are my own words, my experience.  If I met you on the street, I probably would’ve had the same conversation as what I wrote here.  I’m just that excited about what it’s done for me!  I am so enthusiastic about this program that I’ve become a health coach myself.  If you are interested in the program or just want more information, feel free to email me at reinventedyou@gmail.com.  Or check out www.reinventedyou.tsfl.com.  I can help you save 5%-10% on the Medifast products, get free shipping, 2 free weeks of food, and I will be your free health coach!

This blog was originally intended as a way for me to keep accountable with my weight-loss goals for 2011.  I’ll keep updating here and include some Lean & Green recipes every now and then.  It’s my personal plan to revert back to a more paleo/primal diet once I’ve reached my weight-loss goals.  I don’t know about you, but all that bacon was not helping me lose weight.  TSFL has.