Thursday, February 13, 2014

4 Weeks Done! 28 days on Medifast

Four weeks! I'm still going strong and have had quite a few victories that I did not expect:
Friday Bagels and Donuts: for years my company has provided bagels and donuts every Friday (along with unlimited sodas every day), and while I was able to cut out my Diet Dr Pepper habit after coming back from Mexico last year, the bagels and donuts were a big deal. I've avoided them though, and managed to not eat them. Now I can go into the break room on Friday for my water or tea and not even care.
Various office foods: currently, this is King Cake. None of the really good ones (the ones with rum-infused cream cheese filling) have shown up, but even so the normal ones are popping up and I'm turning them down. Same thing with cookies and candies.  I even have a couple of people at work telling me not to succumb to temptation!
Cooking every day! With a couple of exceptions, I've cooked something using meats and vegetables every day this month. We've gone out to eat twice, but other than that, cooking every night. Our groceries are almost all being bought on the 'edges' of the store, and not in the middle where all the processed foods are. If I can keep up this habit then that alone will make a huge difference by cutting out the massive amounts of fast food and take out and sit down meals we did, just because we didn't want to deal with cooking or going to the grocery store.
 Now on to the progress report, weeks 1-4:
Week 1:
  • Lost 14 lbs total
  • Biggest daily loss was 4.2 lbs
  • Smallest loss was a gain of 1.1 lbs
  • Average loss of 2.0 lbs/day  
 Week 2:
  • Lost 6.6 lbs total
  • Biggest daily loss was 4.1 lbs
  • Smallest loss was a gain of 0.1 lbs 
  • Average loss of 0.9 lbs/day  
 Week 3:
  • Lost 7.3 lbs total
  • Biggest daily loss was 1.8 lbs
  • Smallest loss was a gain of 0.3 lbs
  • Average loss of 1.0 lbs/day  
 Week 4:
  • Lost 2.9 lbs total
  • Biggest daily loss was 2.2 lbs
  • Smallest loss was a gain of 1.3 lbs 
  • Average loss of 0.4 lbs/day  
  • Loss of 30.8 lbs total
  • Average loss of 1.1 lbs/day 
I'm 1/3 of the way there, but obviously the next 60 lbs will slow down. I think the loss this week, 2.9 lbs, is probably much more likely to be the types of losses I will see from here out. At 3 lbs a week, that's 20 more weeks. But, 4 weeks in, I'm now certain I can do this.

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