Monday, November 24, 2014

Cheat day yesterday

Well yesterday I cheated a bit with Pizza, my mom brought pizza over and I well ate it.  I was hungry and I needed to eat something fast and as you know breastfeeding moms tend to be on the hungrier side, so I ate a few slices, not a lot though.  But a cheat nevertheless.

I made up for it later with homemade macaroni and cheese dish which you can have on this plan, in fact pasta is encouraged.  But then cheated again with 1 brownie.  For breakfast I had a large one - 2 eggs over easy, 1 sesame bagel with cream cheese and jam and a mixture of onions and potatoes. I also consumed about 3 glasses of Pepsi/Coke products but later that evening drank water.

Today I started fresh with Multigrain Hot Cereal from TJ's, 2 packets so I got 2 grain servings covered.  Still have the rest of the day to make smarter choices than yesterday.

Tip 1: I should have done this - Brought Medifast meals to enjoy while in the company of family.  For example, if I had brought a chocolate mint crunch bar it would have replaced the brownie and satisfied my craving for chocolate.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Learning some things along the way...and where to find Nursing info

Ok, so don't obsess over calories in this plan, what you want to do is focus on servings count, if you want to count the servings for an apple feel free but it is the servings you want while also staying within the 1800 or 1500 calorie intake.  So for fruits and vegetables a 5 serving minimum is required, get 5 servings in and you have already served a part of the plan.

So a lot of you must be wondering...where you can find the nursing program information.  If you go on my website: and then go into Habits of Health tab on the top, under Helpful Resources mid-way down the page, click on Frequently Asked Questions, Now on the Left there is a section that says Product & Plan FAQs, select Plan Guides and Tools, now under plan guides and tools on the page you should see: "Nursing mothers guide", click on it.  It will open a PDF that you can browse through and print at your leisure.  This gives you the information you need to get the plan done right!
Here is the link to the PDF form:

Also give foods on TSFL a second chance, I tried the Gingerbread again this morning, it was really good, not dry at all.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Keeping things interesting

To keep things interesting I have decided to only post weekly, this way you can get a run down on what the week was like and you don't have to get a menu of what I'm eating per day.  I don't want this blog to become my daily menu, it should really be about my experiences and tips I can share with you as a health coach as well as someone going through the program.

I will post my weight at the end of this week as well so everyone can get an idea on where I am at as well as keeping myself accountable.

Now my question is, you must have placed a Medifast order right?  And if so, did anyone try the recipes in the recipe flip book you received in the mail?  I was curious as to what outcomes there were and if anything tasted exceptionally good!

End of Weekend

Stayed on plan for the weekend for the most part, did have some Skinny Cow but not a ton like on Thursday.  Skinny Cow is just for this week though, don't plan on making it a regular thing.  But since chocolate is allowed on the Nursing plan, I decided to incorporate some this week.  Thursday didn't go too well but from then on, the days went well on the plan.

This weekend I made some good choices though, I had Thai food last night but ordered good stuff with plenty of veggies.  You can get take out and eat out on the Nursing plan you just have to choose wisely.

I got a Thom Khar Gai soup, Chicken coconut and lemongrass soup with mushrooms, 1 order of panko crusted Tofu, panko is better for you than breadcrumbs.  And 1 order of Chicken Drunken Noodles, which is the wide noodles, really good, with plenty of veggies.  You do need to watch out for the Thai sauces in the original plan though, they can contain a lot of sugar.

I followed the plan, just got to keep it up!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Day Five - A New Beginning

Ok, depending upon how you look at it, this could potentially be Day one because yesterday was not on plan - too much Skinny Cow!!

Breakfast this morning:
1 - Medifast Hot Cocoa
1 - Medifast Gingerbread - not bad but a bit dry, was my first time trying it, was skeptical because all I have ever liked from their bakes is the brownie and chocolate chip.  The last time I tried a new bake (the blueberry muffin) it was not very good.

= 220 Calories

Tip 1: All the drinks say not to shake in a shaker, well you NEED to prior to heating up because the protein turns into glop and you are forced to drink the glop, it can be really gross and turn you off their drinks for the long haul.  So, use the shaker first, then pour into vessel and either drink it or heat it up, but be sure TO WATCH THE DRINK IF HEATING, otherwise it will boil over.  30 second intervals are best!

Tip 2: When making bakes, mix with a knife not a spoon.

Rest of day went well, day got busy though so wasn't able to record it all.

Day Four corrupted

Set myself up for disaster today, who was the culprit?  Chocolate, that's who.  I set myself up for failure when I ordered Skinny Cow snack packs a few days ago, not thinking it would be a deterant from what I am trying to accomplish in this plan.  Plus there was no need to get them by Medifast chocolate crunch bars arrived today and I could have gotten my chocolate fix that way.

So breakfast was good:
1 Multigrain Slim w/ margarine
1 cup carrot juice
1 cup of mixed fruit

= 370 Calories

Then the chocolate arrived....
Skinny Cow PB Crisp bar
Dark Choco Clusters
Milk Chocolate Caramels
3 - Milk Chocolate Crisp Bars
= 690 calories for a mid-morning snack!!
I meant to have one but ended up having more than 1, sugar is sweetly and yet painfully addictive.  I say painful because it only hurts you when you are trying to eat right.

2 TJ's Chile Lime chicken burgers
2 Multigrain Slims
w/ Homemade Pesto spread
and Nayonaise Spread (Vegan Mayo)
2 Thin slices of Mozzarella Low Moisture

= 700

Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Don't have the calorie count on these sadly, my husband chucked the package before I could record it.  I know I went over for sure, not a good day!

Tip: DON'T EAT CANDY on the plan, it will surely ruin your whole day, it is very addictive and sets you up for failure!!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Day Three

I promise not all of these posts will be meals but I am keeping a food journal for myself as well as sharing advice of what I go through in a typical week, tips and other helpful information.  Tips are in Thanksgiving Orange

If you have read my other blog: you may have seen before and after pics of me.  I plan to do before and afters again this time around, I just have not done it yet.  My profile picture offers a thinner version of me but it is not my current look.  I wear a lot of oversized sweaters, sweat pants and fleece pants, needless to say I don't feel put together very well.  But my kids keep me going as well as this blog and my Ebay business.  I feel as a stay at home mom it is important to feel connected to the world around you, so having an in-home business or hobby can really help with that.  My stress relief is Paint Nite, I have painted many paintings to date, and I plan to paint even more.

Yesterday I followed everything but the Medifast meals, in the program they tell you to just stuff it all in the end of the day even if you are not hungry, I probably should have done that.

You may find that I post the brands of the product I am eating, I find this is great to share if you see it and think it is a good idea for a food item, then you know what brand to buy.  Or get the generic brand and save money.  At least with the references you can get a good idea on what to get when you shop for yourself. :)

Hodgson Mills Hot Oat Bran Cereal 2 servings = 1/2 cup
Added maple syrup and Baker's Blend Spices

= 345 Calories

I get my spices through the mail at The Spice and Tea Exchange, they have a lot of spices and teas, hence the name.  Very reasonably priced too.  Baker's Blend is a spice blend used in many recipes and I love using it in oatmeal, I even make my own pumpkin spice spread by adding a bit of it and Truvia to 2 tablespoons of margarine spread.  Cheaper than getting the real thing.

Mid-Morning Snack:
Medifast Cappuccino Calorie Burn (the only kind I have at the moment)
1 Small Bosc Pear

= 220 Calories

Water = 3 - 8 oz cups w/ 1 True Lemon flavor stick = 5 calories (yes, you can flavor your water but play it smart)  True Lemon is a great brand because it is all good for you and provides a good amount of Vitamin C, its the only water flavoring I will give to my little boy who hates plain water.  You can get it at Stop & Shop and online at, Shaw's may also carry it as well as some Dollar Trees.

Tip 1: I put in my order for more Medifast stuff on Tuesday and my shipment will be coming in on Friday.  Here is a tip for ordering your Medifast TSFL food: always order a day or two before Wednesday, Wednesday is there shipping day.  Ever notice if you order on the weekend how long it takes to initially ship it out to you, or at least leave the warehouse?  Place it a couple of days before Wednesday and it will ship a lot quicker.

Tip 2: Always clean your dishes after making or eating/drinking any Medifast product in it right away.  The longer you leave it, the harder it is to clean off.

1 Medium Veggie/Meat Wrap - 1 large slice of low moisture Mozzarella Cheese, 1 slice of Turkey, 2 slices of uncured Ham, 7 slices of cucumbers, 7 leaves of cilantro, Pesto (homemade) spread and 2 tsps of Light Mayo on a Flax Seed Whole Grain Wrap.

= 506.5 Calories

Continuing to drink water = 2 - 8 oz cups, used left over stick of True Lemon and a splash of Skinny Girl Black Cherry flavoring, add 2 calories

I find myself rushing through my meals, not knowing how much time I have to eat them (till baby cries or my son needs another thing from me).  Tip 3: If you can take the time to eat slowly and really chew between bites, you can really enjoy your food and be a better eater.
Have you ever noticed how everyone seems to be in a race when you go out to eat or just sitting in a coffee shop, people eat real quick and head out the door.  As a past Weight Watchers goer the one of the things I took away from the program that really stuck for me was: taking the time to get through your meal, frequent pauses, 3 to 5 minutes between bites and really chew your food, so important.  This helps with digestion and you will be less likely to have a full stomach or tummy ache later.

Mid-Afternoon Snack:
1 Medifast Brownie

= 110 Calories

Adding in 3 additional cups of Water for the afternoon, + 5 Calories for True Lemon Lemonade Flavor Stick

Tip 4: Want to make sure you get your water during the day?  I know with kids it seems hard enough to remember to eat but if you have a big cup around perhaps 16 oz or more than you can get more of a chance to drink your fluids and to fit them into your day.
I use a 24 oz cup for the day so each time I fill it I am getting 3 cups of water, this keeps me on point and assures I get the water I need for the day, my doctor said 10 cups but others say just 8, so do what your doctor recommends.  It is 8 cups for the regular Take Shape program.

2 small tuna fish salad sandwiches
Tuna fish Salad = Tuna, a bit of mayo and apple slices
on 2 slims multigrain sandwich bread

= 317.2 Calories

I have to say at the end of the day it is hard to fill up the calories, I still have 289.3 calories left!!  What will I do to fill it in?  I know I have one Medifast meal left, perhaps I can incorporate more fruit or have a cup of carrot juice.

1 medifast Brownie
and Ghirardelli 60% Cacao bittersweet chocolate chips
Chocolate Almond Milk, since Chocolate Almond milk is 120 Calories for 1 8oz cup I am going to make my own chocolate almond milk by taking a few chocolate chips and melting them down and then stirring them into a cup of Vanilla unsweetened almond milk this way the calories will be 30 + however many chips I use.

= 190 Calories