April 09, 2012

Motivation Monday: I Cheated and I Know It

I confess. I cheated on my diet.

For the first time since I started Medifast in January, I openly and blatantly cheated on the plan for Easter Sunday. It wasn't because I couldn't take it any longer. It wasn't because the temptation was just too great for me to resist. I woke up and made the decision not to eat on Medifast just for one day. I woke up and decided that I wanted to eat the same meal as my family. I just wanted to eat foods that I enjoy.

Much like Easter represents, I wanted to renew my relationship with food and just press reset. It could have been worse, I suppose. I ate 3 of my 5 Medifast meals and had just small portions of ham, pasta salad and potatoes. I skipped the buns and had a serving of asparagus. I did have a 1/4 cup of ice cream for dessert and admittedly a few glorious pieces of chocolate.

I have ZERO regrets. Frankly, anyone who tells you they don't miss "that stuff" (i.e. chocolate, potatoes, etc etc etc) is lying. My stomach is different now. I can't eat nearly as much as I used to which will help when I step on that scale today but boy oh boy, did I enjoy it.

I'm supposed to have been at goal today and I didn't even remotely make it. I have 10.5 to go and I am fairly certain it is going to be a tough road to get there (my .5 gain today is not helping the situation). My body is definitely not wanting to let go of these last pounds.

Despite my lashing for missing my water goals and my day of cheat, we are looking to the future. My weight loss counselor and I focused on the positive: I am just 10.5 pounds to my goal, I am getting compliments galore and let's face it, I feel great. Nonetheless, goals must be set for the week to come:

  1. STAY ON PLAN. The program works, but I have to work the program. 
  2. Shake it up with my lean and green. I am actually going to try shrimp and mahi mahi this week. FYI: I have always disliked seafood so if this is good, it will be a victory. 
  3. WATER WATER WATER. 120oz (minimum) for the next few days and then I can drop back to my regular 60-80oz.
My Earth Day 5K race is NEXT FRIDAY. I can't believe it is almost here and that it has been almost a year since my last race. While I plan to continue running, I promised my weight loss counselor that I would start bringing in other forms of cardio into my program to kind of "shake up" my routine in hopes that it will help shed these last stubborn pounds.

It goes without saying... I am very ready to be done with Medifast. Yes, it worked. I will tell the world how awesome it works. I have so much respect for those who are on it for 6 months or more. It takes so much self-motivation and persistence to remain loyal to the program. It gets old after awhile no matter how much you try to change it up. You start to miss having more "normal" meals like cereal or a low-fat Subway sandwich and especially yogurt. Not that I intend to fall off the wagon when this is over- I intend to make smart choices; however, I just want to get back to real life. Or, rather, I'm ready to get started with my new life.

What are YOUR goals for this week?

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