Well, it has been many weeks since I have been able to post about my Medifast journey. After a lot of ups and downs with my weight, I am down 22.5 pounds and I am so happy. I have gone from a size 22 pants to a size 18 and they are getting a bit loose on me! Please let me explain where the heck I have been for the past few months! One of the aspects of my job I love is taking pictures of all the products I receive for review. I have taken a few classes to better my photography skills and have purchased a pretty nice camera. I have done all of this in the quest for taking the best photos. Back around Thanksgiving of last year, I was taking a picture of an item in my yard. I have a creek on my property and I thought it made a nice backdrop for the photo shoot. As I was leaning in for the shot, I fell straight through the embankment and the only thing that saved me from going into the creek was my shoulder. About 2 days later, my right shoulder started hurting so bad and I went to the ER and they said I probably had tendinitis that was aggravated by the fall. After 3 cortisone injections and not much pain relief, and an MRI showed a torn rotator cuff. I put off the surgery until I could not stand the pain any longer and I was having difficulty working, so my shoulder was repaired about 5 weeks ago. Once I was awoken from my blissful medication induced slumber, I was hurting more than ever and I could not bring myself to eat. That is when I decided I better get with my Medifast Nutritionist, Alexandra.
Getting Proper Nutrition For Women After Surgery
I was really worried that I could not stay on my Medifast plan after surgery. I had read getting proper nutrition for women after surgery was important for their recovery. I just did not want to eat very much, but I knew I needed to keep with my plan and get the nutrition I needed. Alexandra suggested I tweak my plan a bit so that instead of and change my 5 Medifast meals and my 1 Lean and Green meal. She said if I felt the 5 and 1 Plan was not giving me enough, I could try the 4 and 2 & 1 plan. This would give my body some extra energy needed to recover. Basically the plan was 4 Medifast Meals, 2 Lean and Green meals, and 1 Healthy Snack.
What I decided to do was take Alexandra’s advice and bump up my plan for a week and see how it went. I would eat my usual Original Eggs for breakfast, one of the new yummy Cookie Dough Chewy Bars for a mid-morning snack, a cup of soup for lunch, a balanced meal for dinner and a Peanut Butter Crunch Bar for an evening snack. In addition, I had an apple or banana added to my mid-morning snack and added a chicken salad to my lunch. I cannot believe how much better I felt and how much more energy I had. My doctor said he felt the plan was a good one and he said if I felt I needed to stay on it for an additional few weeks, I should. I was happy to see the scale did not go up during this entire time and I actually lost almost 4 pounds in the 5 weeks since my surgery. If you are interested in joining the Medifast program, which I urge you to do, you can find the information you need online.