Sunday, September 30, 2012

Heading out on the road!

We are getting ready to leave for our mini trip to Boise in about an hour and half.. I'm excited =) I haven't taken this extensive of a roadtrip in AGES though.. I hope to sleep a little bit, I didn't get to bed until after 4 am last night. I just couldn't sleep... I was watching Extreme Makeover Weight loss Edition for inspiration. It's going to be tough, but I'm excited! I know this is probably really bad, but I'm using these last few days to eat my favorite foods that I won't get to have for a very long time! Hehe.. After I get that out of my system, I will be good to go =)  I probably won't blog while I'm on the road, so the next time I post, I will have my food!! Woo hoo! Til then...

Saturday, September 29, 2012

What it is

For my friends and family members who have asked me what the Take Shape for Life program is, let me enlighten you :)

Good things come in threes, and TSFL is no exception. Your free personal Health Coach (a professional weight-loss Coach), the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan (for healthy weight loss), and the Habits of Health System (for a lifetime of good health) are three of the best gifts you can give yourself. Together, they lead to the healthy weight control that helps you Take Shape For Life.

Weight Loss

Lose weight safely and quickly—up to 2-5 lbs a week—with the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan, featuring medically formulated, nutritious, and delicious meal replacements by Medifast.
You'll choose five Medifast Meals each day, one every 2-3 hours. Because you eat frequently, you're never hungry, and your metabolism stays revved. Many Medifast Meals are portable, so you can fit this diet into even the busiest lifestyle.

You also get one Lean & Green Meal to eat at the time that works best for you. For the Lean, you'll have 5-7 ounces of lean protein; the Green is two servings of low-glycemic vegetables. Depending on your source of protein, you'll get some healthy fat, too, and that will help keep you full and satisfied.
While Medifast Meals are delicious and nutritionally sound, don't think that you'll be committed to meal replacements forever. The 5 & 1 Plan is just the first phase of our program. In the Transition phase, you'll begin to add more fruits, vegetables, and protein. And on Maintenance, you're ready. Optimal Health is yours!

That is the basic gist of it! I will post in a lot more detail about the meal replacements and what I think of them, as well as what I am eating as my lean and green meal. My friend and family member Trinity will be my health coach. She has been an inspiration so far!! Having gone through the program herself and obtaining and amazing transformation is really what convinced me that this program really works. You just need determination, and like they say, Optimal Health is yours! :)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Minor setback...

Well, the long awaited delivery of my first order had an epic fail today. We were out of the office for a little while earlier and *of course* that is when Fed Ex showed up. They left the box with the neighboring business who was in for the morning, and now they are closed... They don't work on the weekends either.. Then on top of it, we are taking a sudden trip to Boise (yay!) to photograph a lovely lovely family and won't be back until Wednesday. So! I probably won't get my hands on the box until then. It's okay though. I was planning on starting around that time anyway. There are some more things I need to do to get ready to start. So I guess all is well that ends well :)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Beginning

2010, 2011 and 2012 have not been very good to me. Hardship, heartache, illness... I saw all of that. But here I am, a few months away from 2013, and I feel like the worst is over. I made it through those tough times with my head held as high as possible, and now that I'm feeling better, I'm looking to the future. What do I want most out of 2013? If you had asked me a year ago, I would have said a baby, without hesitation. Today? I answer health. It's taken me a while to wrap my head around the fact that I can't have one without the other. I have to take care of me before I can become an incubator for someone else =) Yes, I've been dealt a shitty hand and have 2 illnesses that cause weight gain. But looking at the facts, it was a problem long before that. Maybe I wouldn't be where I am today had I not gotten sick, maybe I would have been here regardless. It doesn't matter. I'm here, sitting in a very unhealthy state, no matter how I got there. If I want the future I've had mapped out in my head since I was a little girl, I have to do something about it. With the help of a family member, I will succeed. I will lose the weight that is holding my dreams just out of my reach. Starting next week, I will be taking part of the Take Shape for Life program. It won't be easy. I will have to make a lot of sacrifices, and my will and determination will be tested... But I have to do this. I am very committed. I decided to put my infertility blog aside and create a new one for this journey. Having the blog before was helpful, very helpful. And I will make it a goal as part of my program to write in it daily, or at least every other day. Not only will it help me, but if I have any friends and family who want to keep track of my progress, this will be the place for it. I won't be embarrassed to post the complete truth about this experience, and I hope anyone reading won't be judgmental. We all fight different battles. This is mine. I am ready... I want my life back.