First and foremost I’d really like to give thanks to all the amazing Medifast bloggers that have helped me come to this decision. You are all so inspirational!
I had never heard about Medifast before reading The Turnip Farmer. I stumbled onto her blog via Twitter and what I found was a plethora of inspiration. GO, read for yourself (after you read this of course)!
When I decided to give the Medifast fitness plan a try I was a little worried. It is a fairly low calorie plan and I’m breastfeeding. I can’t cut calories that severely while I’m providing nourishment for my baby. You see…they’ve already thought of that. While the traditional plan of 5:1 (5 of the Medifast foods and 1 “lean & green” meal) is what most of my new friends are using, I’ll be doing something closer to the maintenance program. They have the whole thing outlined in the Medifast Breastfeeding Program.
Here’s a note about losing weight while breastfeeding. It’s generally accepted that you should NOT lose more than 2 pounds a week while nursing an infant. Especially before they’re eating anything other than mother’s milk. I’ve had NO issues with milk supply as prove by Emma’s wonder weight gain every month! I’m going to try to push the weight lose a bit more, but nothing too extreme. I need my calories just to function and Emma takes about 500 of them a day.
I’m also logging my calories and activity on My Fitness Pal. Add me, BackwardsLife, over there if you like. It’s yet another social network, but for fitness motivation! I love it because it has almost every single food you can imagine, including of course Medifast meals! It also has a mobile app – which is what I use more often than not. It even lets you scan barcodes to enter foods.
Lastly I’m quitting the gym. Sounds counter productive right? Well yes it would be if it weren’t for the fact that we’re getting a new elliptical! It’s actually due to arrive today! Hopefully Peter can get it put together ASAP so we can all start working out while the kiddos are otherwise occupied. It seems like the best option for both of us since Peter works too much to really ever get to the gym and dragging 2 kids there sounds like the opposite of motivation to me. I’m also toying with the idea of doing a Stroller Strides class with the county parks department. I can bring both kiddos and we all get outside and active at least twice a week.
Ok, so let’s get down to it.
Weight loss breakdown – here we go!
Week 1: -2.6lbs
Total: 2.6lbs gone forever!