What, you may ask, am I embarking upon that has me so worked up? Medifast. I’m almost embarrassed to say it. You see, I don’t want to need help. In everyday life, I avoid asking for help at all cost. I am capable and independent and would rather inconvenience the crap out of myself before asking you for anything. However, I am learning (after a bout with depression partially rooted in this needless behavior)…slowly but surely. First, let me just say that I am not paid by Medifast or selling Medifast or have any other affiliation to Medifast besides the fact that I walked into one of their centers on August 9th, sat through the 45-minute spiel and then signed on the dotted line. I proceeded to go through their initial questioning and weighing and measuring. I really can’t believe that was all it took, but that’s where my beloved husband comes in.
He is beyond supportive of me in everything. He knows how much I want to lose weight and how much I have struggled to do so. I was about 30 pounds lighter on the day we wed almost 8 years ago and have tried (half-heartedly) lots of solutions. The one I don’t want to try is actually eating right. I have no willpower or self control. I can talk myself into eating just about anything that I want. Anyway, knowing of my desire, my husband mentioned Medifast to me. I just knew it was yet another scheme – eat this, don’t eat that, take this pill – weight loss program. Not interested.
But he insisted I check it out. I went online. Meal replacement program. Great. Like SlimFast? Could you *be* anymore unhealthy?! Let’s just go to one of their centers and talk to them. Fine. Skepticism filled every nook and cranny, but I went. While it is a meal replacement program at first, this is not your life for the rest of your life. They actually walk you through the meal replacement part and then when you have lost the weight you want to lose, you move into a stabilization phase. Interesting. They actually teach you how to eat healthy foods – prepare you for shopping in a grocery store and eating out at restaurants – so that when the more restrictive part is done, you can exist as a real person (“I’m a real girl!!”).
I know, I sound like a commercial. I’m sorry. I’m impressed. I’m intrigued.
Then, after the stabilization phase (in which you eat some of their meals and some grocery store meals), you move into the maintenance phase. Just as it sounds, you’re maintaining the weight loss you’ve achieved with healthy eating habits in place.
After the spiel, the nice lady left the room so my husband and I could discuss whether or not I should do it. He was all smiles and said, “This is the program you would have created if you were to create a program!”
In that moment, I knew he was right. Why is this the program I would have created? A few reasons:
1. It works. If you follow the plan, the plan works. They give you everything you need to make it work. No counting calories. No points. Nothing to figure out. Just do as you are told. As much as I like to be independent, I also like to follow instructions if I know the instructions are correct and will get me to a desired result.
2. Accountability. Every single week I have to show up at the Center to show my food journal, get weighed, and be counseled on my progress. Every single week for over a year…
3. Costs money. I am much more willing to commit to something if I have paid for it. I am all about getting the most bang for my buck.
4. Structure, structure, structure. Need I say more?
Ok. So. The downside?
1. It works. If you don’t do it, it won’t work. It’s up to you to make the commitment and jump in.
2. Accountability. I have to confess where I have not followed the plan.
3. Costs money. It’s not cheap…by a long shot. But you do get loads of personal, one-on-one help.
4. Structure. The only thing I can say about my current eating habit is that I eat. Whatever I want, whenever I want it. I’m a good eater. I really like food. Structure does not come into play in this part of my life unless you mean the structure of saving the very best bite for last.
So there you have it. This is my blog about my journey on the Medifast plan. It should be an interesting ride…