My Weekend Retreat from SP Land

Sunday, November 15, 2009


I started a temp job this past week, and realized that my home life was not nearly as organized as it was last time I temped. It also hit home that I’ve been rooting others on, and could not totally relate. Yes, I could relate to their quest to lose weight. But majority of people on SP are not on my program. They are utilizing SP more than I, and actually consuming food on a regular basis. My program was designed to jumpstart weight loss. It’s not a permanent solution, but a boost in the right direction. It works great for people who were in my situation or worse. I was at a point of depression and absolutely no energy. I also had tried so many programs that I had no idea how to eat. So I retreated from food for the past four months. I’ve also hit a plateau, I’m bored with the drinks, and let’s not discuss the cost and the long drive to the clinic. I have not removed myself from the Optifast program, but am going to explore to see what I can do on my own at this point.


Friday morning I played around with the SP food tracker. I discovered that if I want to work out 30-60 minutes a day that I should be consuming way more than I currently am. I decided that I can have 1 moderate meal a day (dinner most likely), 2 meal replacement shakes (not Optifast), and three or four snacks a day. I will venture more as time goes on.
I spent the afternoon at my parents.


I went grocery shopping, wal-mart, and GNC. If I stick to everything I bought my bill was roughly 100.00. The meal replacements I got at GNC were 50.00 for 20 packs. That’s 2.50 a meal. *smile* plus they don’t taste bad. Tried one for a snack, and did not have any adverse side effects. I had Subway for dinner, and watched a few movies while doing laundry. I also worked in the kitchen trying to get it back to it’s rightful state as a kitchen. It had become my office including the stove being used to stack paperwork.


I slept in until 12 pm. VERY rare. I went to my mom’s for lunch. We had veggie soup, and turkey sandwiches. I stayed away from cheese, mayo, and crackers. It was delicious since it was homemade. I left there around 3:00, and went to the self-serve car wash. I cleaned out my car, shined down the interior, vacuumed, washed, and dried it all by myself. I really worked up a sweat hehe but it looks really good compared to before. Last time I washed my car was in July when I started the program. I did not vacuum it then though. So I’ve been riding around with remaining French fry crumbs and such all this time. No more! No more ugly reminders of my prior life.

I came home and started laundry again. I finished cleaning my stove including redoing the foil and washed my pots out. I washed Bella, and am holding her while I type this. Bathes are so stressful for her, but she is such a good girl.
Before I go to bed I still plan to prep my meals for the next few days. I also need to get my work clothes ready.

My plan for 11/16-12/16
2 meal replacements a day
1 solid meal
2-3 snacks a day
*avoiding mayo, dressings, and cheese. I will also consume 8-10 glasses of water.
30-60 minutes of exercise a day. I will probably end up alternating this.
I will also be using Spark trackers to help me with this. Although I am not joining a Spark Class, I feel like I am going into a new phase. With that said, the next week will be a huge adjustment time for me. I will be spending less time on SP, and more cooking and working out. I will log in daily though. I’m just trying to get myself back on track. I mean really, how can I encourage others if I don’t take care of myself first. I also really want to get out of this plateau. :)

Thank you all for your continued motivation and support,

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    I'm really glad you are still here and still moving forward so positively.
    I'm trying to get back on track and reading of your momentum feels really good to me.
    Thanks for taking the time to share it all.
    3739 days ago
    Lisa~ It really sounds like you had a very though-filled weekend. I think it's great that you are reassessing your plans and journey forward. I think all too often we become comfortable in the present and don't think about switching it up and trying harder to accomplish more in the future. You inspire me to work harder towards my goals. I have found the nutrition tracker to be a God-send. If I can't enter my food until later in the day I just write everything down in a little notebook I keep in my desk. It really allows me to eat "normal" meals and focus a lot on my portions and getting more greens/fruit. I'm struggling with getting all of my water in - usually only get 5-6 a day - but I know that will come. Good luck with your meal planning and new exercise routines. Please let me know if I can help with anything!
    3749 days ago
    Hi! I am glad you are taking time for yourself. I have learned that you can not take care of others if you are sick yourself. Keep up the healthy eating and exercise. I know you can achieve your goals!
    3751 days ago
    Hola Chica, at times we need to withdraw and resource ourselves which is exactly what you did. I admire you being on Optifast because over the years I have realized & accepted I like to eat, munching away so having shakes you are one tough Chica !!! emoticon

    You have a plan & to date you've been doing amazing so why should it not continue, right. emoticon

    Rock on Sista, you can do this !!! Take care, Josée
    3751 days ago
  • CARRIE4116
    I wish you luck on your goal!!!! You can do it just need to put your mind to it!!! emoticon
    3751 days ago
    You go girl emoticon
    3751 days ago

    Thank you for all the time you have taken to encourage everyone else. Your comments have really helped me out. I'm glad that you realized that you need time for yourself and away from sp. It seems like you have really have a solid plan and I will be very interested to see your progress. Good luck on breaking through your plateau! You can do it.
    3752 days ago
  • SHIGH19
    You go girl! You have to look out for you first! Sounds like a great plan. I seem to be the same way...always putting everyone else first and then it happens...I end up the one short on time and guess what...my diet slips...that's when I end up in the drive-thru or eating something I know I shouldn't have. Really need to learn to say no sometimes and get myself in order. Thanks for your post, it's made me see a new light too! Good luck, I'm routing for you! emoticon emoticon
    3752 days ago
    Well it seems you made a big decision, stick to it and you will succeed in your goals. I need to make some adjustment with my carb intake (love carbs emoticon )so I could lose more weigth but one step at the time rigth!!!
    Take care emoticon
    3752 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan, and way to go for taking things to the next level :) I really appreciate how supportive you are, but am so happy for you that you are going to take the time to focus on yourself first. I know that you will do great :)
    3752 days ago
    You, my dear, are one smart young lady. You have given this so much thought that it seems you are definitely ready to make this step. If you are indeed ready, the sooner you take the proverbial bull by the horns and start making your own food choices, the sooner you will be living the life you deserve. I am proud to call you my SparkFriend. Keep in touch
    3752 days ago
    Hi Lisa,

    It sounds like you know what you need to do to start eating healthy meals and working out. While the Optifast has done great things for you and has been a great jumpstart towards a healthier lifestyle, it's good that you're moving towards switching things up. This is definitely another step in the right direction. When we're consuming high calories meals and unhealthy food, it's hard to see how you can really build low calorie meals that suit both our taste and appetite. Almost seems impossible until you do it. I am constantly trying new recipes and incorporating new foods. For a lifestyle change you need to keep things fresh, otherwise you inevitably get bored. You'll also come to learn that you can enjoy food and lose weight, too! Best of both worlds! Between breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I only eat out a couple times a week so I have to find some variety to keep me interested. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away!

    Best of luck on this "new" chapter :)
    3752 days ago
    Well it sounds like you've given this a lot of thought. I say kudos to you for staying on Optifast as long as you have. I've never tried it, but I'm sure I'd get bored too. I'd really miss food. I started a week ago Thursday and my Dr. told me to jumpstart only eat fruits & veggies til 2, then at supper a meat or potato with fruits & vegs. By Monday I realized to work all day and then go for a 30 min. walk before dark (before supper) I needed some protein. So I added some shrimp one day, tuna another. It was working, but I was missing carbs, my weakness...I knew I'd have to eat some soon and controlled or I'd lose control. I went to a dietition on Thursday and the Dr's plan worked, I lost 5lbs. She wants me to eat more of a balanced diet so I am adding a few carbs. I realize for me to live like this/eat like this as long as I have to I need to learn to eat controlled portions of what I love. I've lost so many times before on Atkin's, but it's unrealistic to think I'll never touch another cracker again! SOOOO, I agree with you, mix it up, find out a new plan that you're happy with. It's all good, you're still working to the ultimate goal! You go girl!
    PS I really like that food tracker, it's great for keeping me grounded and aware of exactly what and how much I am eating. I'm tracking my walks too, I really don't work out, just walking so far . Are you using these?
    3752 days ago
    That sounds like a good, solid plan. Good luck for the next 4 weeks. I'm sure you'll do just fine!
    3752 days ago
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