Medifast and the Take Shape for Life program are sponsoring me on my weight loss journey, but all results are, naturally, my own.
Well, here we are at the end of 6 weeks on the Take Shape for Life program by Medifast. If you asked me 6 weeks ago where I thought I would be right now, I’d tell you I had no idea, but that I hoped I’d be doing half as well as I’m doing. As of today, I’m down 26 pounds on the TSFL program. I am truly amazed – both at the fact that it is working THAT well, and the fact that I am finding it easy to stick to the program and work it like it is supposed to!
Having this kind of success by doing the program completely as it is meant to be done is motivation to KEEP doing exactly what I’m doing. I’m obviously FAR from my goal, but with consistent progress every single week, I will be at my goal before I know it. I had several mini-goals in mind when I started this, and one was to be under 200 lbs by my cousin’s wedding in October. If I am able to keep up the pace I am going at now, I could be there a month before that. Knowing this, what would keep me from working my hardest?
I spoke about this last week, but this coming weekend (6 days away) I am attending a beer fest with my husband up in the mountains. I’ll be taking one day, and one day only, off program. I know I have to be careful both with food AND alcohol. Too much of either could have bad effects on my body. There are certain things I want to eat, but I also have to take into account how I feel. My stomach isn’t used to too much food, and my sugars have been very stable and healthy with the low glycemic index foods on the Medifast program. Too much sugar could spike mine to an unsafe level. This is why when you reach your goal weight you go through a special transition period where you add foods back into your diet slowly so as not to shock your system or to cause you to gain weight.
I also wanted to add one quick thing about how losing this much weight has impacted my health: Yesterday I took a quick 2 mile walk. When I first started on my weight loss journey (before TSFL) in March, I struggled to maintain a 3.0 mph speed on the treadmill for longer than 5 minutes. It would easily take me 45 minutes to walk 2 miles at 2.7-2.8 mph. Yesterday, outside, with variable inclines, I walked 2.09 miles in 37.5 minutes. That’s 3.33 mph if you don’t want to bust out the calculator and do the math. And that’s with losing less than 30 lbs. Though I was sweaty (from the heat!), I had no shin splints or other aches and pains that I had back when I first started. I’ve improved my pace walking from a 22 minute mile to an 18 minute mile. It may not be amazing, but I am proud of myself!
Here’s to another great week!
Starting weight: 260.9
Week 1: -8
Week 2: -3.7 – 11.7
Week 3: -5 – 16.7
Week 4: -3 – 19.7
Week 5: -2.7 – 22.4
Week 6: -3.6 – 26.0