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3/20/13 4:12 P

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YAY!! Keep up the great work!!

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MDW_MF Posts: 11
3/20/13 2:40 P

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I just wanted to give a quick update.
I stepped on the scale this morning and I'm down 2lbs (net 1lb if you count the pound I gained). The scale is moving in the right direction again.

Thanks again for your help and encouragement!

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SWEET_CAROLYN's Photo SWEET_CAROLYN Posts: 1,090
3/18/13 10:54 P

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Not a problem, thanks for not minding all questions and suggestions!

Thanks for the clarification on the MF meals - what you eat and when. I thought that could be another reason why you might not be seeing the weight loss you expect. (Trying to think of anything and everything!) It seems the veggies you've chosen are good to go (spinach is one of those lowest carb options, so that's good). And I've heard that the less you have to lose, the slower it might be, so that could be another factor.

Keep us posted on how you are doing - you are doing a great job and I'm sure the scale will start showing it too! emoticon

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MDW_MF Posts: 11
3/18/13 6:36 P

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Thanks so much for sticking in there with me. =)

The soy chips are labeled as snacks, so I didnt count them as meals. I dont eat 2 in one day, just one on days that I walk twice (typically 2-3 times per week). (I was trying to illustrate that I'd eat a snack EITHER at noonish or in the late afternoon...definitely NOT at both times, though sometimes I'd like to!!). I'll start looking at other snack ideas that are lower in calories and carbs than the MF snacks (SF popsicles or SF jello).

For veggies, I've been eating mainly raw spinach salads (with a bit of lite balsamic vinegrette), or zucchini noodles sauteed in a tablespoon of butter or olive oil (my HF for the day). My other main veggie is in the form of cauliflower, which I shred to make "rice" or "mashed potatoes" to go with some of my meals.
I am generally a meat "purist", so I dont add anything other than Mrs. Dash for seasoning and maybe a spray of Pam so that it doesnt stick to the pan.

My coach has ok'd my current exercise since I was already walking before I started the plan. She did say that I should decrease the intensity (which I have). We have 3 dogs, so walking daily is part of the package of being a pet mom (though I readily admit that hubby, son, and I took turns with the daily walks until a month or two ago). I asked about adding in strength training (light weights, etc) and she suggested I hold off for a few weeks (so its just walking for now).

I can smell a slight odor when I go to the restroom (which I read can be a signal that a person is in ketosis), so I *think* I'm burning fat. The scale just wasnt moving in the right direction this past week.

Another thing I wonder is whether the fact that I have approx 35lbs left to lose means the loss will be slower? When I lost over 100lbs over ten years ago, I lost fast when I had a lot to lose, then the rate of loss slowed down the closer I got to goal.

As Valerie said earlier, I'm going to keep the faith and stick with it. I feel really good, so it certainly doesnt hurt to continue!



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SWEET_CAROLYN's Photo SWEET_CAROLYN Posts: 1,090
3/18/13 6:06 P

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A couple of things I noticed:

You may want to cut back a bit on the exercise, until you are further into the program. I hadn't been exercising before starting, and it was about a month in before my health coach OK'd me for light exercise - basically nothing that would bring a sweat. If you already were exercising, you may want to cut it in half or more. The exercise coupled with just going on the program could be making your body go "Whoaaaa, where are my carbs?! Starvation mode!"

Also, if I'm not mistaken, I counted up to 7 MF meals and 1 Lean and Green. The program recommends 5 MF meals and 1 Lean and Green, unless you are super hungry, and then you can do optional snacks (3 celery sticks, 1 sugar-free popsicle, 2 dill pickle spears, 10 almonds, etc.). If that still isn't enough and you are REALLY hungry, then you can have another MF Shake or some lean protein (they recommend egg whites). Of course, if your health coach said something else, definitely go with him/her.

And one other thing that came to mind: when you talk about your lean and green, what kinds of veggies are you including? You might want to stick to lower carb options like lettuce, spinach, radishes, cucumbers, sprouts, and bok choy (don't forget the measuring cup!). Are you using any cooking spray or oils or sauces with your meats?

Hopefully, this will help a bit!!

Edited by: SWEET_CAROLYN at: 3/18/2013 (18:13)
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MDW_MF Posts: 11
3/18/13 4:27 P

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Thanks Carolynsutton!

I'm not eating the maintenance products yet.
I weight/measure all of my L&G portions and track my condiments/fats. That's why I was (am) getting worried. I'm doing what is outlined in the plan and gained weight.

Here's a typical menu for me:
7am MF Oatmeal
10am MF Shake or Bar
Noon Apple or Ranch Chips (snack)
1pm MF Mac n cheese or soup
3pm MF Bar or Shake (depending on which I had earlier in the day)
5pm MF Apple or Ranch Soy chips (if I havent had one earlier in the day)
7pm L&G meal (usually 6oz of leaner or 7oz of leanest meat, which is baked or grilled)
9pm MF Brownie

I take a daily walk for approximately 45 minutes per day (I started about a month before going onto MF diet). Some days I walk twice. I generally only eat the MF snack on days that I get in a double walk AND I'm I'm feeling really hungry.

I'm hoping its just my body adjusting and I'll be back on track next week.
With the calorie/carb intake, there's no way I shouldnt lose, right?

Edited by: MDW_MF at: 3/18/2013 (16:36)
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SWEET_CAROLYN's Photo SWEET_CAROLYN Posts: 1,090
3/18/13 3:39 P

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I agree with Valerie; our bodies respond funky when we do new things. Congrats on losing 7 pounds the first week - that first week is TOUGH!! emoticon

If your body doesn't seem to snap into weight loss shape, you might want to double-check your portion sizes and what condiments/optional snacks you are using. I've also heard that drinking the shakes and non-snacky MF meals can help as they have less carbs than the MF snacks (like the pretzels and the bars).

A dumb question: are you eating only one of the green maintenance bars a day?

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MDW_MF Posts: 11
3/18/13 2:40 P

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Thank you Valerie!


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3/18/13 2:16 P

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This is pretty common. My 'gut feeling' is that your body is saying, "what the heck?!" and trying to hold on to everything it can right now; you're putting it in survival mode. Just keep on keeping on, don't lose faith, and the weight will continue to fall off.

Congrats on 7 pounds your first week!


Valerie
type 1 diabetic,
showing this disease who's boss!

February 2013: NEW GOAL! I've lost 60 pounds to date, so it's time to kick these last few to the curb!


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MDW_MF Posts: 11
3/18/13 2:08 P

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I just finished my second full week of MF and I gained a pound.
I lost 7lbs the first week, and my eating this past week has been nearly the same as the prior week. I get 90-100oz of water (plain water) in each day, I dont drink coffee and I have 3-4 cups of tea per WEEK.

Has anyone have this happen? I'm starting to worry...

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