Transitioning to Maitenance
Monday, September 30, 2013
This Thursday I decided that I was happy at my current weight and size and wanted to move off the Medifast meals and into Maintenance. It was a big step, a scary one, but after talking about it endlessly, I was ready for it. The Take Shape for Life program has a transition plan to gradually reintroduce foods and to build back the calories. I'm taking some of the notes of this program with my own new healthy eating skills to try out this next leg of my journey.
So the first day of transition wasn't all that much different than a typical day on TSFL. I ate 4 of my 5 Medifast meals. One meal I replaced with a half sandwich (mozzarella, basil, tomato) and a cup of tomato basil. I really, really watched how fast I ate and tried to enjoy it. The plate came with some chips, and I ate more than I intended, but I didn't finish them. (The next day, when I ate the same thing, I asked to have them excluded - I didn't realize that chips would come with the meal, or I would have done that in the first place.)
Friday night, I searched SparkRecipes to come up with a tasty dessert. I found one recipe, but didn't like how much sugar was in it, so I made my own:
1c Peanut Butter
3T Eggbeaters (also could use 1 egg)
(This made about 24 cookies that I just rolled into balls because I was lazy!)
I realized afterwards that A) it needed more oats and B) I wish I had tried to use a sugar substitute instead of sugar. Oh, well.
I wasn't sure about the serving size (the original recipe wasn't clear), so I divided out 4 small 1" balls. Turns out, they were so rich, 4 was about 1 too many. I felt very satisfied after reading them and felt pretty good about restricting myself to only 4.
And that pattern followed through with the weekend. I continue to eat MediFast meals, but I also added more fruits and veggies. It was such a treat to add carrots to my salad and to eat frozen blueberries again!
Stepping on the scale was a bit of a shock today, as I had gained slightly. But I refuse to panic. I am eating HEALTHY. I am going to watch what I put in my mouth. I am going to make healthy choices. And that's what it's all about. It does me no good to fret about a couple of pounds (when it could have been my retaining water!). Maintenance is about keeping your weight down longterm. I realize my body, from day to day, will vary and shift. That is going to happen. And the sooner I realize that, the better this Maintenance Journey will go!