I transitioned into Medifast maintenance mode at the end of April 2012. It has been well over a year now, I’m sure you are wondering how I’m doing? So, here’s the scoop!
I have maintained my weight loss for well over a year now. Sure, I have seen some fluctuation but I know moderation is key! I do splurge and enjoy various foods and beverages, BUT I also use Medifast products to stay healthy since they are packed with vitamins and taste great.
I still graze throughout the day (remember, on the 5&1 plan meals are every 2-3 hours apart). This helps, I do not find myself starving and eating whatever is around! Plus, I always have Medifast “on the go” products readily available when hunger strikes. Literally, you will find them in my car, purse, etc.
The photo on the left was when I hit my goal weight in March 2012 (in my personal opinion, I was too thin for my frame but I was caught up on the scale number). The photo on the right is from today (14 months later). I will admit, I am a few pounds heavier, but I am comfortable in my skin and I am still wearing the same size I did a year ago (4’s and 6’s). It’s not about the scale, it’s about how I feel (and I feel fantastic)!
I do not obsess about my weight, I live an extremely active lifestyle. I let my clothing tell me if I need to be stricter and perhaps drop a few pounds! When I feel that way, I easily slip back into the 5&1 or 4&2 for a few weeks.
I have gained a lot of muscle by adding weight training, squats and hill running. I am not exaggerating on the active part either…here’s a snap shot of my workouts since I joined MapMyRun in September 2012. I have logged 582 miles in 93+ hours and burned in excess of 59,000 calories.
IT’S ALL ABOUT BALANCE. For me, I found what worked. Medifast helped me take control and start living a healthier lifestyle. I whole-heartedly recommend this program! I was able to not only lose weight and have a healthy BMI again but recognize my food triggers. I am a stress eater and night time muncher. Once those patterns were recognized, I was able to make changes that shaved off calories! Plus, exercise is a critical part of my life. I feel so much better after a long run, my mind and body feel cleansed. Running is therapeutic!
I’ll leave you with one last photo comparison to show what a difference getting in shape has made. I was sooooo puffy on the left (photo taken in 2011 prior to starting the Medifast program on 1/1/12)! It pains me to see that photo because I truly struggled to lose weight after my son was born. BUT, it is a reminder of where I will never be again! I am committed to my health, not just for myself but for my family!
Now it’s YOUR TURN! Stop hiding in baggy clothes and saying “I’ll lose it eventually” because NOW is the time!
Need some more inspiration? Check out these fabulous ladies!
A Very Busy Mama (currently pregnant!)
The Turnip Farmer (maintaining)
Goober Monkey (maintaining)
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Disclosure: I receive free product in order to evaluate and comment on my experiences on the Medifast Program. Medifast products and the Medifast Program are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Any medical improvements noted while on the program are related to weight loss in general, and not to Medifast products or programs.