jenrose82's Journal, 23 August 2010

The scale actually showed a gain today, but I'm sure its a fluke. I'm not recording it and I'm not going to worry about it either.

Yesterday I sprained my ankle, and I'm probably a bit swollen and maybe that means that I'm retaining water. I forgot to make note of the body fat and water weight on the scale, so I don't know how that varies. I'm not sure if thats even accurate anyway.

I took more measurements yesterday and I'm pretty happy with the results. I'm losing a lot of inches! In about 3 weeks I've lost everywhere, with the most being around my hips and waist where I lost around another 1.5" or 2". I think my totals for those are around 4 inches since I started about 7 weeks ago.

I think I'm back-loading my calorie intake too much. I usually eat my L&G meal for dinner, although sometimes I spread it out and end up eating part for lunch and part for dinner. Anyway, the higher calories are in the L&G meal, not the Medifast meals. I also end up eating late at night to squeeze in my last MF meal or to make sure that I get enough protein for the day. I'm sure that eating at 9 or 10pm is not a good idea. I did some online research on the subject and its really hard to determine what's true and what isn't. It seems like the people who say not to eat late are just trying to make sure you don't pack in extra calories before bed... no one seems to write about just barely meeting your daily minimum by eating late. I have been really good about my calorie intake, so on my "good" days its around 820 and on my "bad" days its around 1020. Either way its well below the 1200 that most people recommend.

Sometimes I wonder if I'm going about this whole weight loss thing the wrong way. I went from gross food to healthy food pretty abruptly. I guess my pre-Medifast diet was not as strict and my calories were slightly higher than they are now. I just have my doubts about Medifast sometimes. I guess I should mention these things to my health coach and see what advise he has, but knowing that he was trained by Medifast, I'm expecting he'll just tell me to stick with it and then it will work. I hate that I feel like giving up sometimes. The good news is that even when I think about eating foods like I did before, they just don't sound appetizing. I don't even think I'd eat that badly if I "quit" now. I'd definitely eat more calories, but I think overall I'd still eat very healthfully.

I wish I was more of a nutrition expert. I took two nutrition classes in college, but being a Business/Finance major I didn't invest a lot of energy into my "fun" classes. Maybe I should dig up my old nutrition text book to see if I can learn from it now. I don't even know if I still have it! I graduated over 6 years ago and I've moved since then. I guess there's a good chance I still have it. Hmmm.

Diet Calendar Entry for 23 August 2010:
1033 kcal Fat: 36.93g | Prot: 112.34g | Carb: 80.60g.   Breakfast: hershey sugar free chocolate syrup, medifast chocolate mint crunch, medifast swiss mocha, ground flax. Lunch: parmesan cheese, onion, Baking Powder (Sodium Aluminum Sulfate, Double Acting), grapeseed oil, cauliflower, egg beaters, mozzarella. Dinner: grapeseed oil, zucchini, steak. Snacks/Other: medifast chocolate shake, Coffee (Instant Powder, Decaffeinated), low fat cottage cheese, medifast pancake, shredded sharp cheddar. more...
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