Friday, April 16, 2010

Take Shape For Life

I can't believe I'm going to post this. Because normally, I don't post things that are really personal to me (or us). I just use this blog as a general update on our lives. But I decided to break the mold a little today. And this might not seem personal to you, but it is to me. Ok (deep breath), here it is: I'm going on a diet. Ugh, there it is. It's out there. Please do not judge me. Please don't write a comment about how I don't need to or how this is dumb or whatever. Please. Only encouraging comments today. :)

I've had like 5-10 lbs of pregnancy weight I cannot get rid of. I run and workout maybe twice a week and I try to eat healthy. But it's just not cutting it. And I really wanted to do something kind of extreme for a short period of time to get rid of it. Maintaining weight is so much easier than losing it (to me). A friend from college is a Take Shape for Life health coach. He is training to become a medical doctor (surgery) and his wife wanted to lose her baby weight. It worked GREAT for her. So I contacted her and asked her about it and he contacted me back with all the info. So I talked to Jon, we decided to make the investment and I start tomorrow (I HOPE I start tomorrow, that is if the food arrives today!).

Basically, Medifast is a weight loss program in which you purchase your meals through them pre-made. TSFL uses a health coach/mentor which you purchase the food through them rather than on your own. The health coach follows up with you and helps keep you accountable and answers questions you might have about the program. You eat 5 of the Medifast meals a day and one sensible meal on your own (lean and green, one lean meat and 3 veggies).

I kind of feel like I'm gearing up for a marathon. I'm a little nervous to be honest. Can I do this? Do I have this much self control? Will Jon die of starvation while I attempt this? (I'm on it for three to four weeks). What if I spent all this money and I suck at it and it doesn't work?

Seriously though, pray for Jon. Part of this program is detoxing your body from all the sugars I eat regularly. I'm going to try so hard to be patient and un-grouchy (if that's a word). Regardless, this shall be an interesting few weeks in the Ackerman household.

This morning I had MOPS (Oh how I love MOPS, seriously). There is always such a good breakfast at MOPS and today I ate whatever the heck I wanted. Tonight is MOPS and POPS at the church with Pappasitos being catered in. Oh yes, I am eating my last good meal for a while and it's going to be Texas's best Tex-Mex. I am pumped!

Anywhooooo, that's the update for me. I'm considering updating sometime this week a post of the spiritual nature. But I'm not sure I want to be that raw/honest/revealing on my blog so I'm still considering it. You all take care!!!!

Take Shape for Life


Erin said...

Chaeli - Good Job, taking those 5-10lbs and showing them who's boss!! I myself have 10lbs to lose until my pre baby weight as well, and then another 10-20 I'd like to lose. I find that I gain a stride and then hit a road bump. But I keep working at it. Good luck with the new system. I hope that it works for you. I've heard that the first 2-3 days of detox are not pretty. And for that fact alone, I'm afraid to try one. But I've heard that it really helps to break our dependency on ALL the sugar that we eat. Keep us posted!! xoxo

jayfersgirl said...

I often feel that a detox would be a really great thing to do. I have a friend who does a detox with her husband once a year -- it's some 10 day thing they do, and it's super hard for them, but she feels so good and healthy when it's done.
I'm not sure I could handle it, personally:)
Good luck!

Lacey said...

I'm glad you're being a little more transparent! It's a good thing!

I have a confession to make...As soon as I read this post, my first thought was that I need to stop eating food altogether. Then my next thought was, I would really just like to sit on the couch with a bag of Cooler Ranch Doritos and a good book. See how healthy I am? :-)

No, really, I am right there with you on the baby weight thing. Actually, I have a good 15lb to lose...My weight loss plan worked great - I'd just lose the rest of my baby weight at the beginning of the next pregnancy (during the nausea phase). Except, now that we're done having babies, I'm stuck with that extra weight. Bummer.

So, I'm REALLY interested to hear how this plan works for you! And PLEASE do a spiritual post soon...I'd love to hear (er, read) your thoughts!

Jennifer said...

One of the girls that's in my MOPS group, her husband is doing something similar. I hope that it works for you.

LaineCusi said...

Detoxing is really hard but what got me through it was remembering how horrible morning sickness was and that I survived it. I dont know why but going through morning sickness makes me feel like I can endure anything! I'll be praying for you and I look forward to hearing about your experience! BTW, its awesome you posted about this before hand, I'm not brave enough to do that!

Erin Zubert said...

Chaeli! I wish we were neighbors cuz I'd totally jump on board with you. I've been so lazy and full of excuses, and afraid of everything I'd have to change. So I'm proud of you for taking the plunge and I look forward to being inspired by you!

Chaeli said...

Thanks guys! I REALLY appreciate the encouragement!
Laine- it's so funny- I'm telling myself the exact same thing! "If I can get through the horrible morning sickness, I can get through anything!!"

Beforethehunt said...

looks like a good program-you can do it!
-john o