Weight Loss

Summer SlimDown Update

7.17It’s been 10 weeks since I started the Take Shape for Life program, and there are two weeks to go until the 90-day Summer SlimDown is over.  (That doesn’t mean I’m done with the program or done losing weight, that’s just the weight loss competition I joined.)  I’m down about 30 pounds so far.  {And 50 pounds for the year…I lost about 20 pounds on my own before beginning the program.}  Over the year I’ve gone from a size 18-20 pant size to a size 10 now.  (I was at a comfy size 16 when I started the program.)  I’ve gone from XL and XXL shirts to medium and large.

What has amazed me from the beginning is how good I feel.  The program uses Medifast foods which are protein-carbohydrate balanced, and you eat six small meals throughout the day.  Aside from the typical carb cravings in the very beginning, I haven’t been hungry and I haven’t felt any of the after-effects of food that are all too common – being tired from eating a carb-heavy lunch or feeling stuffed enough to be sick for example.

Because my husband has been doing the program, too (and he’s my health coach), I’ve of course had a lot of support on the home front, and I haven’t really felt denied, either.  Until I came out to my parents’ house for a vacation.  Then all the feelings of denial started to really hit me, and I will confess to totally blowing myself out of my fat-burning state Monday night at Chili’s.  It was purposeful and mindful indulgence and I enjoyed every.single.bite.

But you know what?  I set the “cheating” bar rather high with that taco pizza and molten chocolate cake.  Now when I see the sugar cookies (you know, the super soft ones with the brightly-colored, super sweet frosting?) or the rolls, I just remember that gooey chocolate cake and I think, “Eh, I could do better,” and the temptation goes away.  I’m not advocating this as a good idea, but hey, it’s worked for me.  At least for now.  {wink wink}

The competition might only have a couple more weeks, but the road is far from being over.  My original weight goal is a little less than 20 pounds away, but my birthday is in early September, and I want some cake, so we’ll see.  Another great thing about this program – going along with the Habits of Health that we learn about and start to implement along the way – is the thorough transition period that helps you get back to eating non-Medifast food the right way.  So I’ll be well into autumn before I’m really done with this stage and on full maintenance.  It’s going to be exciting to start a new phase of my life, one that is healthier and not dependent on food for emotional release.

Any way you look at it, 2013 is truly going to be remembered as a year of monumental health changes for the better in the life of my little family.  Do you or someone you know want to make these kinds of changes?  We’d love to help.  Send me an email at ejfalke at gmail dot com and we’ll get you some information.

Weight Loss

The “W” Word

I’m talking about weight.  Not a nice word to far too many women (and men).  A concept that for most of my life  has been wrapped up with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy.  I’ve gained, lost, and gained again.  Each time the number on the scale got a little bigger I would hope that that’s as large as it would ever get.  But it kept creeping.  I topped out around 220 right before I had Little Bear a year ago.  Then I hung out around 200 – my pre-pregnancy weight – for the better part of a year. 

At the beginning of this year, Doug and I decided to take control of our weight for good.  He started the Take Shape for Life program in mid-January and is currently down almost 80 pounds.  He has really made some amazing changes, and he is an inspiration to me and to a lot of people that he is now coaching through Take Shape for Life.  I’ve been counting calories and increasing my exercise and in the same amount of time I’ve lost a little over 20 pounds.  I officially start TSFL tomorrow, and I hope to be down another 45 pounds by the end of summer.

I have a lot of reasons for doing this.  I want to be more healthy and active for my kids’ sakes – particularly for the time that I am able to get pregnant again.  I want to reinvent my style through replacing my wardrobe.  I want to be more comfortable in my skin and more content when I look in the mirror.  There are some things to be said for accepting yourself and loving your current shape, and I believe that.  However, when where you are and where you should be according to the BMI scale are as vastly different as they are for me, I think a bigger change is in order.  At this time in my life, I want to be – and I’m ready to sacrifice in order to be – a success story.

If you want more information on how I’m doing this, check out The Shape of Health.