Dinner for me has become a very fun experience! Its something I look forward to since I’m succeeding at the effort and I get to keep “practicing” some yummy recipes or even trying something new. Interested in trying something new? Check out the few meals listed on my Recipes page. On that same page you’ll find some of the food staples I’ve been relying on since starting Medifast – which I’m sure anyone can incorporate into their own diets – low carbohydrate or not.

Got a suggestion for a good, low carbohydrate high protein meal? Share it in the comments!

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I’ve been getting about an average of 7K steps and climb between 9 and 12 flights of stairs (go, go, two story house!) every day, but I haven’t been doing anything else. Today, after my glorious weigh-in, I was re-energized about my weight loss and ready to help it out a bit with some additional exercise. I also own an elliptical machine, and remember really enjoying using the elliptical in the past when I’ve had successful weight loss (2005).

Medifast says to not do anymore than 45 minutes of exercise a day, so I was planning on doing at least 30 – not including warm up and cool down. I was going to take it slow, to get to at least 30 minutes. Well… that didn’t happen.

I was only able to get to 20 minutes, and that included my warm up and cool down. It was a lot harder than I remember, and I hate that. I wasn’t looking for “easy”, but I wasn’t looking for “HARD” either. Plus, I only burned 200 calories and I thought I would have burned a lot more considering how much I was sweating!

But… 200 calories in 20 minutes is pretty good. Along with my walks during the day, I can burn close to 500 calories and in short bursts no less. Gotta take what I can get, right?

My Second Weigh-In

Today was my Week 2 Weigh-In and the results are in… *drumroll*

6.4 pounds!

I’m overjoyed to realize that I’ve lost nearly 10 pounds and it’s only been two weeks. Like most people who become over weight enough to try a dramatic diet such as Medifast, I just want this weight GONE so I can try my hand at successfully eating a balanced diet to maintain a healthy weight. It’s always been that “grass is always greener” scenario for me, so far as I’ve always assumed if I could just get the weight off I’m mature and disciplined enough to keep it off. I’m done with enjoying life via food and ready to reap the rewards of that change.

I’m also relieved that it’s working because I feel very trapped by my previous dieting results and I don’t want to start over on a new plan. Choosing a lifestyle is one thing, dieting for weight loss is another.

This is the end of my second week, and it’s within the first two weeks that most MF users have the biggest loss, so I’m going to revel in this as long as I can and then properly prepare myself for a more realistic weigh-in next week… as long as it’s at least 2 pounds 😛

Even if.

I’m getting close to the end of week 2 on Medifast, and I’m still feeling good. Better than good, actually!

Its true what almost everyone said; after the first three or four days your cravings fade. I used to be on this teeter totter of cravings – mainly between salt and sweet – and I felt like I was constantly trying to get a balance but never could because I would douse each carving so much that it would trigger an opposite. I’d devour (happily, I want to be honest) a bag of chips and then need – NEEEEED – a cold, bubbly sweet soda. Extreme salt followed by extreme sweet. Over and over and over and over again. The MF food is so mild, something many complain about, that none of my cravings are triggered. The only thing I crave is water – and that’s rare because I’m knocking back 64+ ounces a day On Plan.

Something that I didn’t see anyone mention, in all my research of bloggers and forum members following Medifast, is that 95% of women who follow a ketogenic diet have a cessation of menstruation. On day four I began to menstruate, which was odd because I’m on hormonal birth control and was in the middle of my cycle. I went online a few days later, wondering if it was connected to my diet. That’s when I found a few well versed pages talking about studies recorded of epileptic patients who were using ketogenic diets to control seizures. In these studies, some had their calories reduced and lost weight and others had no reduction in calories and therefore did not lose weight. Regardless of their calorie range, 95% of the women had a partial or complete cessation of menstruation until they returned to a normal diet. Most theorize that the female body responds to ketogenic diets in the same way it responds to starvation. I have been menstruating lightly for seven days now. That’s the longest I’ve ever experienced in the time I’ve been tracking. 

After reading the articles, I had a short moment of panic. While I’m anxious to lose weight, I’m not anxious to harm my body. But then I remembered how great I’ve been feeling! Free from the cravings and sleeping well but still having energy at the end of the day to spend time with my kids. I’m not hungry often and I’m thoroughly enjoying my L&G meals, including cooking them myself. I’m not losing a drastic amount of weight, and I’m not exercising heavily either. While the third day was pretty terrible, I haven’t had another day like it and I’m going to keep going.

Moving Forward with Medifast

Today I ordered singles of a bunch of MF food that I was interested in – from pancakes to their “quick” L&G meals. I was playing it safe with my first order, but now I want to branch out and make sure I’m getting as close as I can to the best of both worlds in regards to this diet. My family had pancakes on Sunday morning and I thought to myself, “Why didn’t I order the pancakes?” 

My thoughts when ordering my first batch was to keep to easy to prepare foods that are as grab and go as possible. I had no idea if this was going to conflict with my schedule, or cause me frustration if a lot of preparation was necessary when I was really hungry. Pancakes are not grab and go and I’d have had to order a box of seven of them (this was before I found out I could have ordered singles). But now that I’m getting more comfortable with the idea of “anticipating” my meals, I think that whisking some pancake mix together occasionally is more than do-able.

I also requested an exchange for some of the meals I’ve tried but really disliked – such as the oatmeal and the sloppy joe. I wish I could have just gone to my local center, but I think since I ordered through MF directly that it wouldn’t work. Besides, I’m not going to make that mistake in the future – what with trying the singles. 

Are there any MF users out there, with tips and tricks for enjoying their selection? Have you ever returned a product – or just suffered through the box and never ordered again?