The Beauty Loser: #MedifastMondays


Hey y'all! So I'm fresh off PolishCon (more to come about that soon!) and getting ready for The Indie Shop (WOO!) but #MakeupMondays is taking a little backseat for something that I've been putting off for awhile but this is MY YEAR.

DISCLAIMER: Always talk to your doctor before starting any diet. I am NOT a doctor and cannot make decisions about your health. *Average weight loss for Medifast Direct® customers using Medifast Go™ is 11 pounds. Medifast Direct customers are in weight loss, on average, for 8 weeks.  

If you recall, BeautyJudy started her The Beauty Loser journey back in 2011, I was super supportive because I have had my ups and downs with weight. I even did a mini The Beauty Loser myself but was pretty unsuccessful.  However, it wasn't until 2013 when Judy started Medifast that she actually started really losing the weight and in three months she went from a size 18 to a size 12 and lost over 40 pounds. I was there for her wedding after she had lost more than 65 pounds, and was down to a size 8.

Now it's my turn.

I may not be getting married (we eloped on 12.12.12) but I am preparing for a different journey. If you recall, I lost a pregnancy earlier this year, and after some hard conversations with my husband and my doctor, we have postponed any other children for the time being. We still want to try again in 2018, but not this year. Instead, I want to focus on getting healthy and equally important, happy.

Rewind to this time 2010, and I was walking back into the dating scene after three years of being single. I started dating a guy that lived near my parents (super convenient) but we hadn't made things "official" yet. When I decided to have that conversation, he promptly told me that we should stop seeing each other because (AND I QUOTE) "You're kinda fat." At the time, I weighed 200 pounds. (For reference, I'm 5'6" with a long torso and short legs.) I was devastated.

September 2010
That's the start of my real weight loss journey. Until that point, I hadn't really cared how much weight I had gained or what I ate, or what I did in my spare time. I was a young single mom and put all my energy towards work and my son. But that month I decided to go on a strict 1200-1500 calorie a day diet and worked out 3-4 times a week at a local gym with 30 minutes of cardio and 60 minutes of a Zumba class. Ten months later, I had lost 40 pounds and I felt amazing.

July 2011
Then I met my now husband and we have happily ate our way to where we are now. That, plus three pregnancies (two have resulted in a loss both at 8 weeks), the loss of both my parents, the loss of several pet cats (one ran off and four had to be put to sleep due to illness or old age), 7 job changes between us... well that's my stress eating. I was sporadically working out from time to time but nothing steady, and food? I have been on the "See Food" diet ever since... I see food, I eat food.

I didn't realize how large I had gotten until I recently had headshots done along with a funny photo shoot from Morgan Weathers Photography featuring my favorite fast food ever, Whataburger.

Photo courtesy of Morgan Weathers Photography
No literally, I cried. Especially as I started really focusing in on the photos.

Photo courtesy of Morgan Weathers Photography
These photos were from June 2017 and I now weigh 240 pounds. That's a LOT for my frame. Granted, I've been hovering at this weight for about a year, but that's nothing to brag about.

Well friends, the opportunity to join Medifast has been brought to me, and I'm taking it. Starting next Monday, I'm going to be fully committed to the Medifast GO! program which includes five Medifast Meals plus one "Lean & Green" meal a day. I'm also allowed one snack a day which I'm sure I'll be doing at first as my body adjusts. 

I also took some "Before" photos last week because sometimes it's not the scale that matters, it's how you feel and how you look. These are two of my favorite outfits currently.

So what's next? I have already received my first month of food and filled the pantry with it. I also got a Medifast Simply Well cookbook, a plan guide, a food journal and even a Dining Out guide. I will be the only person doing the Medifast plan while my husband eats normally along with the kids, but I'm confident that I can make it through the next few months even with Halloween, Thanksgiving and December being a whole month of celebrations (wedding anniversary, my birthday, and Christmas). It's nerve wracking but I'm excited to see where I'm at in three months, and I hope you'll follow along too.

And if you would like to join me, I have a special offer from Medifast for YOU! This offer is for 7 days of free Medifast Meals + bonus gifts + free shipping on the first order as part of your renewal plan. Just CLICK HERE to be taken to the offer.

So here we go! I'm spending this week getting all my last "memorable" meals in - the Oui yogurt, my favorite pizza, those Duncan Hines Perfect Size For One (have you seen my Instagram lately?)... And my gym membership is still active. Medifast recommends waiting 2-3 weeks to start any working out while your body adjusts and I'm sure I'll need it. Also recommended is drinking 64 ounces of water a day - something that I'm nowhere close to doing. Funny how I can slurp down a Route 44 Sweet Tea from Sonic but water? BLAH. :P

My next posting is slated for October 16th. I'll be a week in and have already been to The Indie Shop in San Antonio. Feel free to check in with me on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram. I'm also on Snapchat but I haven't really figured out how to add people on there yet. (I'm also PolishGalore there!)

Finally I'd love to hear about your own experiences - have you tried Medifast before? Or heard of it? What's your favorite food craving crusher idea (because I'm going to be craving some of my favorites!)? Let me know in the comments.

Finally a little accountability here:
(Start Weight/Heaviest Weight) SW/HW: 246
(Goal Weight) GW: 160

Now let's be honest, it's not obtainable to lose 86 pounds in just three months BUT this is my ultimate goal. I was 160 when I met my husband, so I know it's possible to be there. I just have to work at it. CHEERS!

Try 30 days of Medifast with 7 Days of Free Meals included in the first month's order with a renewal plan. This offer is valid through 30 APR 2018CLICK HERE to be taken to the offer.

OR take $15 off off orders of $150+ with promo code SAVINGS15 at check out. Some exclusions apply - offer expires 30 APR 2018. This offer is perfect if you'd like to try a week or two of foods - check out my Maven board to see my favorites by clicking here. Then when you're ready, CLICK HERE to be taken to this exclusive offer!

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