Thursday, June 30, 2011

Medifast, Week 1

Week 1 Down!!!
I officially need to buy a scale because the scale I was using is broke. But based upon when I weighed myself yesterday, I am down 12 pounds! 12 POUNDS IN 7 DAYS!
Let that sink in, I’ll wait.
Ok. Back? Great.
The main reason I started this diet was to do something about my digestion problems brought on by surgery. I have to tell you, it works. I have slightly cheated, popcorn and breadcrumbs on chicken, but I haven’t felt that gross digestiony feeling that people who have had their gallbladder removed know all to well. I know that 12 pounds in 7 days is a lot and maybe that's why I got sick. I can't believe I'm about to say this, but I hope the weight loss slows down a bit.
The only time I felt a bit gross was after popcorn, but I was home and sick and that was the only thing I had that wouldn’t be straight grease. I also need to find a new "green" because salad is getting a bit old. Quickly.

About the food
I have tried the following:
 **Caution, the food rarely comes out looking like it did online**

My theory is if you add a bunch of ice to the shakes, they’re not too shabby. I still haven’t nailed down the consistency of the pudding, but it makes a really thick shake if you screw up (which I totally did) so I threw it in the freezer and it was really good. The cappucino was really good too.
I’ll do a review of all the food later, but I think I may keep this up. I am feeling really tired and headachey, but that’s to be expected. I never really found myself super starving. I have realized that I need to do my Lean & Green for dinner instead of lunch and this may help with some of the hunger issues.
My new goal is to do this for 1 week with no cheating. Starting Tuesday that is. The 4th is Monday and I may have a cookie or something. Like I said before, my goal is to feel better and help my digestion. Losing weight is a fringe benefit.

I’ll get there. And I’ll buy a new scale.

*Disclaimer: I paid for Medifast myself and am in no way compensated for my review. My thoughts are my own, believe me. Although, if they want to sponsor me, I'm game.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Medifast, Day 1

I am doing Medifast. I will be doing Medifast for at least a week. This is my mantra. I will worry about next week then.

Yesterday first official day, and I'm not gonna lie, I was petrified. I was slightly excited too. I want to feel better. With the surgery and everything that has happened since, I have let myself get to an unhealthy place. I did have a slight headache, but it went away.

I'm not sure if I will reveal my starting weight right now. I think if I decide to do this long term I will. I will definitely update on Monday and see if I can link up to some lovely ladies and their McFatty Monday posts.

I will say, that so far I have a slight headache, but I'm not hungry. It's weird. Maybe this will only take a few days.

The shakes and food will take a little getting used to. I am doing the 5 & 1 plan. Which means I am eating 5 Medifast meals and 1 Lean and Green. Yesterday I had:

9:30 Dutch Chocolate Shake (in their shaker)
11:40 Parmesan Cheese Puffs
1:15 Salad with an egg as protein (oops, should have been chicken, but they were out)
*I should have had another shake, but I wasn't hungry and that was a mistake. Lesson learned: force yourself.
7:15 Dutch Chocolate Shake
7:40 Dutch Chocolate Shake
8:00 Dutch Chocolate Shake

I blended the last 3 shakes with Ice and I prefer them that way. Doritos were sitting on my fridge and although I really wanted to say "Screw it" I didn't and that in itself is progress!

The Medifast 5 & 1 Plan is designed to provide approximately:
- 800-1000 calories/day
- 75 to less than 100 grams total carbohydrates/day
- At least 72 grams of protein/day
- 10-34 grams total fat/day (to meet the recommendation for <30% calories from fat)
- Less than 2300 milligrams sodium/day (as recommended by the American Heart Association)

I will stick with this and be happy. Pictures soon...maybe.

*Disclaimer: I paid for Medifast myself and am in no way compensated for my review. My thoughts are my own, believe me. Although, if they want to sponsor me, I'm game.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Laugh Out Loud

It wouldn't shock anyone that knows me if I said I was crazy. I am totally the person who does stuff for a laugh. I wouldn't say I'm a clown, but I have my moments. Like I said before, I really love inside jokes. What I also love is youtube.

I am lucky enough to have some parts of my job that are mundane (obviously, sarcasm is welcome). I love that youtube lets you create playlists. I get to be entertained by some of the greats. Comedians like George Carlin to Chris Titus, John Pinnette to Ralphie May, Ellen Degeneres to Carlos Mencia.

I know that I have been blessed with the people in my life. I know this because not only do most of them share my crazy sense of humor, but some of them are crazier than I am. Some will watch/recommend that I watch something and then drop lines around me just to make me laugh. Like 'Left Leg: BROKEN' or 'Sacleblue Nue.'

I am happy that I understand that Challenges Come, but I can Laugh Out Loud anyway.

Enjoy: The first guy ignores them, and the one at the end makes me die every time.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pin It

I have joined the legions of people pinning. I am so addicted and I love it. Pinterest. Super simple, super cute.

 Seriously, I admire the creators. It save so much time. You don't have to save links or favorites to your inspiration or ideas.

If you want to follow me, you can find me here.

It is so cool, check out some of my boards:

Happy Pinning!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Koosh Balls

Ok, I'm a kid. I'm almost 25, but I'm basically a child trapped in a body old enough to legally drink.

Enter something I wish I possessed:

Yes, that is the Infamous Koosh Ball.

It goes without saying that I love the "old school" koosh balls. Not the new ones that are, in my opionion, far less superior. I know, getting all high and mighty over a ball made out of rubber bands seems petty, but I don't care. I like the old ones, the ones that were made from thin cuts of rubber not the new ones that are made from devil material. The new ones are too rubbery, I can't explain it. Simply put, if it doesn't look like the picture above (color not dependant) it's not a real koosh ball in my book.

I would very much like one. All this to say, I may be turning 25 on August 19th, but I still wouldn't mind if someone bought me a toy for my birthday!

I can't believe I wrote a post about my preference for koosh balls. I also can't believe I used the word ball(s) a total of SIX times!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Leaving, on a jet plane...soon

Delta has been contacted. They have been commissioned to carry passangers. These passangers will fly from LaGuardia to Memphis. Among said passangers will be 3 very eager people.

Pia. Mark. Amanda.

Nonna, my Boyfriend, me.

At the end of the flight will be also be very eager people. This time it is only two.

Anna. Amber.

Mom and baby sister.

I am super excited. We will be going in July. 23rd - 30th. (I can say this since no one knows where I live.)

Nonna and I will be staying for a full week *Saturday - Saturday* while Mark is leaving on Wednesday.

Memphis-Arkansas bridge!

I am pretty excited! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Bloomin' Onion Bread

I haven't tried this yet, but I will be. Very soon. I'm thinking about making it into individual portions using smaller loafs of bread. This would be so cool! Every person could pick what kind of cheese they want and even change ingredients. So delish!

Totally going on my Pinterest board!

 Bloomin' Onion Bread:

1 unsliced loaf sourdough bread
12-16 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, thinly sliced
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup finely diced green onion
2 teaspoons poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the bread lengthwise and widthwise without cutting through the bottom crust. This can be a little tricky going the second way but the bread is very forgiving.

Place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Insert cheese slices between cuts. Combine butter, onion, and poppy seeds. Drizzle over bread. Wrap in foil; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Unwrap the bread and bake 10 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Mets! Mets! Mets!

I feel like I have a confession. I should be standing up in front of a sea of orange and blue confessing my loyalty. I grew up a Mets fan and I'm proud of it.

I have been to my fair share of games. This was from the game on Friday:

M is really a happy guy, he just doesn't smile in pictures.

S, J, C, Me, L, M, G, & N

Just the girls!

This is from last year's company game. It's a tradition that we go to the Mets! and sometimes stop for Lemon Ice from the best place in the world:

yup, the Lemon Ice King of Corona!!

yes you will!

I think this may work, but HERE is a video my friend S took at the game!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Link Love

So my soon to be real life friend Bethany is hosting a giveaway. $50 for Anthropologie. Seriously love that store. To go to her blog click HERE and enter!