Ruth's Medifast Update: July 1, 2014 – Meet My Exercise Hero!
Please note: I've now done two posts in a row about exercise! That means I'm starting to get the hang of it. I'm even starting to like it! I know it's very important to any weight loss program and even more important to maintain that weight loss. It's encouraging to know I'm gaining more muscle since I added weight training to my routine. In fact, since I started working out with a trainer once a week, I've gained almost 4 lbs. of muscle in three months! The Medifast Weight Control Center of San Diego taught me that's what's known as a "good weight gain!"
Do you know anyone in your life whose exercise regimen makes you envious? Someone who always seems cheerful and never has a weight problem? I've had my eye on someone like that for many years. In fact, I want to emulate him some day. If I can get some place close to what he does, I'll be happy and very fit.
Please meet my exercise hero, Mr. Cookie Chainsaw Randolph.
I officially interviewed him this week to find out exactly what he does, how often he does it and if he actually enjoys it. What keeps him going? And how important is variety to his routine?
Chainsaw exercises 5 to 6 times a week. But no matter what, he walks his dog every day for a mile-and-a-half. That means there are zero days where he doesn't get off the couch! I'm so impressed by that and have that goal in mind for myself one day.
Turns out, he's always been like this. He's been into exercise and sports his entire life. And yes, he enjoys it. Cookie has employed a personal trainer for the past 15 years and currently works out with him at his gym once a week for an hour. During an average week, he goes to the gym at least two other times where he varies his workout with cardio, sit-ups on the half bosu ball, using the blade, foam roller and a variety of other practices to total one hour per visit. He goes to a hot yoga class one hour a week and swims in a pool once a week.
He recently stopped playing basketball every week because of an injury. He says the constant pounding is too much for him right now. He regularly rides his bike for two hours at a time, since he's training for Pedal the Cause. It's not too late for you to ride with him, so click here to learn more about it!
Chainsaw hikes Cowles Mountain at least once a month. He loves hiking and backpacking so much, he has a lifetime goal to hike the entire John Muir Trail. He believes it would take at least a month to do it right. That's 211 miles, kids!
He really enjoys hiking a lot, so he's climbed Mt. Whitney five times and is planning to go for number six later this summer.
Are you getting the idea variety is important to Chainsaw? Yes, indeed. He says, mixing it up helps a lot and his routine is constantly evolving depending on his physical state. In the past he even did Kung Fu. He worked out with weights between the ages of 30 and 50, but rarely does it anymore.
I asked him why he exercises regularly. He said the answer is very simple; it makes him feel better. It makes him sleep better. And at the end of the day, he feels a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction from physical exertion.
I asked what he feels like if an entire day goes by where he did nothing. He said he feels physically uncomfortable and very "sludgy." Chainsaw believes, "sitting is the devil." Lately, I've heard sitting is the new smoking and Chainsaw agrees. It's just bad for our bodies to be sitting around all day.
He mentioned he uses his iPod during most of his workouts, so I got nosey and had to know what he listens to. He said, Steely Dan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Beatles and podcasts from Bill Simmons, BS Report.
I asked if he had any advice for people like me who are trying to be consistent with their exercise routines. Chainsaw says:
My Medifast counselor Sam, calls that "setting yourself up for success!" Anything and everything I can do to set myself up for success is a good thing. Here are a few things I've learned to incorporate:
Talking to Chainsaw really helped to keep me going in the right direction, which will surely benefit me for the rest of my life. We both want to stay active until we die, so we don't end up like the old people who have basically given up on all of that. Having fun and staying active has to keep a person feeling younger.
If you want to lose weight and everything you‘re doing on your own isn't working, please stop struggling and call the Medifast Weight Control Center of San Diego TODAY! Just click here to go to their website or call them at: 1-888-963-3432 to set up an appointment for a FREE consultation. There's no reason you should have to struggle for one more day. You don't have to do it alone. There's plenty of help available from a reputable company that has science to back it up!
Ruth's Medifast Update: June 16, 2014 – To Exercise or Not Exercise!
You might assume that headline is a yes or no question. But my experience has taught me it's more complicated that than. I'll explain what I mean in a moment.
When I walked in the door at the Medifast Weight Control Center, I weighed 300 pounds. I'm only 5'3" not 7'3" like Shaq. It was difficult just to walk around carrying all that weight. And forget about taking the stairs – that was downright painful. The excess weight gave me constant knee and foot pain.
When I lost 50 pounds, my fearless leader, Dave Rickards asked me if I could lift that much. I tried and could barely hold onto it for more than a few seconds. It really puts things in perspective.
Before I joined the Medifast Weight Control Center I'd always heard "in order to lose weight, you have to eat less and exercise more." When walking is difficult, how did they think I had the energy to exercise?! I felt hopelessly lost. I had completely given up hope of ever finding something that would work for me.
But the smart people at the Medifast Weight Control Center have science to back up their methods and they disagree with the above statement. My educated, well trained, Medifast Counselor told me NOT to exercise for at least the first month, until my body got use to all the changes I would experience with my new way of eating.
I lost my first 50 pounds on Medifast without exercising! Who does that? I never knew it was possible. When I lost the first 50 pounds, I experienced my first weight loss plateau, so my Medifast counselor told me to start walking. Ok, I was willing to do that.
My first walk lasted 5 minutes. That's it! That's all I could manage. I was exhausted and really embarrassed by that fact. But at least I did something. That was 5 minutes more than I'd done in ages. I finally got off the couch! The next day I walked 7 minutes. The following day I made it to 8 minutes. By the end of that week, I walked 10 minutes without stopping to sit down! And guess what? It worked! It got me over the plateau and back in weight loss mode.
Over the next six months, I regularly walked between 15 to 30 minutes, 3 to 5 times a week. Today my exercise minimum is still three times a week for 30 minutes. I started to enjoy the walks, because San Diego County has a lot of gorgeous places to walk. Balboa Park has to be my favorite. But I also walk at Lake Murray, La Mesita Park in La Mesa and various beach areas. Sometimes I walk with a friend, but mostly walk alone.
Here are some photos I've taken during my walks in Balboa Park.
I try to focus on my breathing when I walk, but I usually distract myself by repeating positive affirmations in my head. "I am thin and beautiful" is a favorite; as well as, "I am healthy, wealthy and wise." Over and over and over again, as I look at the beautiful trees, flowers, sky, birds and other people outside enjoying the day. There is so much more beauty in the world outside of the comfort of my living room couch in front of the TV.
When I lost 100 pounds, I decided to join a gym. I'd spent the previous two months auditioning various gyms in San Diego. Everyone I called allowed me to work out for free to see if it was a good fit. Okay. Take in the wonder of that first sentence again please. I lost 100 pounds without working out in a gym! Who does that? That's what's possible on the Medifast Weight Control Center's program.
I started with cardio 3-5 times a week, minimum 30 minutes. I enjoy the recumbent bike and the rowing machine and spend the least amount of time on the treadmill and elliptical. I kept up my walks outside as well.
Then my depression hit. I couldn't get myself off the couch for the first time since I started exercising regularly. My good habit of weekly exercise went down the drain. And unlike other times in my life, it took me almost two months to find the right anti-depression meds. The medicine also took longer to kick in, so a total of 3 months went by without any exercise. I also tend to overeat and make bad food choices when I'm depressed and can't pull myself out of it. Yes, I gained some weight. I think this is where a lot of people give up. I felt discouraged, but there was NO WAY I was giving up on myself. So I finally went back to the gym and decided to get even more help. I decided to get a trainer to teach me how to use all those big, shiny machines.
Since I've added weight lifting to my exercise routine, things have changed a lot for me. Yes, changed in a good way. I never thought I would say this, but I'm actually enjoying exercise, maybe for the first time in my life!
The Medifast Weight Control Centers have a remarkable scale that breaks down your body composition. It showed I gained two pounds of muscle since I added weights into my exercise routine! This is what is known as a "good" weight gain! I never knew such a thing existed. But I was aware that more muscle helps burn more fat, so it's a good thing. A regular scale only shows the gain and doesn't break it down like the InBody scale does.
Those "life coaches" who sell boxes of Medifast food don't have a fancy scale like that. Those people are NOT affiliated with the Medifast Weight Control Center of San Diego. They have no education or training in losing weight the way a professional, counselor at The Medifast Weight Control Center does. They simply make up a number that sounds good for your goal weight, while the Medifast Weight Control Center uses the Biospace InBody technology for a detailed assessment of your body's composition. It's remarkable to watch the numbers change as you lose weight and gain muscle. It even tells you which body part gained the muscle!
Yes, one pound of fat weighs the same as one pound of muscle. But the fat takes up a lot more room! That's the important difference.
Most programs have no clue if the numbers on their scale are from fat loss or muscle loss. It matters. I recommend you call the Medifast Weight Control Center today for your FREE assessment. They'll do a body composition analysis with this illuminating scale and give your all the information you'll need to determine if this is a good match for you.
If you've tried everything else to lose weight on your own, please stop struggling and call today to see if the Medifast Weight Control Center is the life changing program for you that it's been for me.
Just click any place you see the words highlighted: Medifast Weight Control Center to click on the link to their website for all the locations in San Diego County and Temecula. Nothing like the present to get started to a brand new you!
Ruth's Medifast Update: June 1, 2014 - Top Reasons to Join a Medifast Center
I often get asked why a person should go to a Medifast Weight Control Center when they can just order the food on the internet?" Here are 10 reasons.
1. One-on-one support
At the Medifast Weight Control Centers, you'll receive one-on-one support from a Certified Weight Control Counselor during a scheduled weekly visit. That person is not a "life coach" with no training. Your counselor will answer all your questions, give you specific guidance and direction and help you stay on track to reach your weight loss goal. These visits are private, personal and keep you motivated throughout your weight loss journey. Your counselor will help you solve issues as they arise, and help you plan for success each week, from the moment you begin your program to well after you have reached your weight loss goal. Your counselor will help you face any challenge you may have and help you over any plateau. The people who call themselves a "coach" don't do any of that! This is Sam, the Medifast Weight Control Counselor whom I see every week at the center in Carmel Mountain.
2. Program backed by science
Unlike numerous gimmicky weight loss fads entering the market that lack sound scientific evidence, the Medifast program is based on science….and the result is a safe and effective program. You can feel confident knowing the brand has been recommended by over 20,000 doctors since 1980. This is a healthy and lasting alternative to the pills, shots and fad diets that result in only temporary weight loss. The Medifast Centers Program has been proven in multiple published studies to be the weight loss program most likely to help you achieve lasting success.
See for yourself in this video to see how people from all walks of life, in all shapes and sizes, men and women, young and old have all reached their weight loss goals thanks to the Medifast Centers Program.
3. Quick results (Success Timeline)
People who go to the Medifast Weight Control Center are five times more likely to succeed than those who do it on their own! I know five people who did it on their own and lost weight the first week, then never lost another pound. Why? Because they made up their own rules! They had no guidance and direction. Two of them finally gave in and joined the Medifast Weight Control Center and met their goal! The other three gave up on themselves.
The combination of the Medifast nutrition plan and your one-on-one support will help you lose the weight faster than you ever thought possible. During your first visit, you will get a Success Timeline, so you'll know exactly when you can expect to reach your weight loss goal, as well as help you understand when you can expect to reach success milestones along the way.
4. Results that last (Medifast Weight Maintenance Program)
Even after you have reached your weight loss goal, your program includes a full year of maintenance support to ensure you'll keep the weight off. During this time, counselors give you the tools you need to make healthy choices. Education on how to read nutritional labels, tips for avoiding overeating at social events, and recipe ideas are just a few of the things your counselor will provide you throughout your maintenance program in addition to the continued accountability and support. This can be a tricky process at times, and the one-on-one guidance and support of a counselor is crucial for success during the transition from the weight loss phase into the long-term maintenance phase of your program.
5. Simple program designed to fight hunger
This program makes it easy to reach your weight loss goals. There are no calories to count or points to add! You'll simply eat your scheduled Medifast meal replacements throughout the day along with your lean & green meal. The Medifast program, unlike traditional "diet programs," actually requires you to eat, so you won't be deprived. They understand that in order for you to lose weight quickly and safely without hunger or a loss of energy, you have to fuel your body with the proper nutrition throughout the day.
6. InBody scan to track progress
Another unique aspect of the Medifast Weight Control Centers program is the Body Composition Analysis. Using Biospace's InBody technology, you'll receive a detailed assessment of your body composition at various points throughout your program. This detailed scan will not only accurately weigh you, but also measure your muscle mass, body fat mass and overall body fat percentage, water balance, and muscle development in your arms, trunk and legs. In the event that you reach a weight loss "plateau" where your weight loss progress may level off, this technology allows your counselor to take a detailed look to make minor adjustments to your program. This technology also allows your counselor to ensure that the program is working as designed, causing you to lose mostly fat, rather than muscle. The so-called "coaches" just guess how much weight you need to use. They don't have this technology to determine if you're losing fat or muscle – which makes a big difference.
7. Program tailored to fit your lifestyle
Whether you're a busy stay-at-home parent or a traveling professional, the Medifast program is designed to fit your lifestyle. Your counselor will make suggestions to best ensure your success based on your schedule and habits. Beyond our delicious variety of meal replacements, the Medifast nutrition plan offers even more flexibility for you to enjoy your favorite foods on your own terms, with the Lean & Green meal: a moderately portioned lean protein (Chicken, fish, steak, shrimp, etc.) and non-starchy vegetable of your choosing! Have a special dietary restriction? Your counselor will guide you in choosing the correct Medifast meal replacements and offer suggestions for your Lean & Green meal that best fit your unique dietary needs.
8. Meal variety: over 70 to choose from
With the wide variety of Medifast meal replacements, there's something that everyone can enjoy! Are you a Starbucks fan? Replace those high-calorie, sugary drinks with our delicious Calorie Burn Cappuccino or Chai Latte. Or, if comfort food is what you'll miss most, satisfy your craving with our savory Mac & Cheese or Ziti Marinara or Garlic Mashed Potatoes. With your daily Lean & Green meal option, you'll be able to stay on track while still enjoying your favorite foods. Having "real" food in addition to the Medifast meals really made a big difference for me.
9. "Food-based" weight loss
The Medifast Centers program uses the power of nutritionally-balance eating, not rigorous exercise routines, to help you achieve your weight loss goal. While other programs may require you to fit a structured daily work out into your schedule, the Medifast Centers Program allows you to focus on your daily eating habits with the option of incorporating light to moderate exercising such as walking. I lost 50 pounds with no exercise! That's when I hit my first plateau, so my Medifast Counselor suggested I start walking. So I walked 5 minutes at a time for a few days and gradually added on until I regularly walked for half an hour. I didn't join a gym until I lost 100 pounds! After you have reached your weight loss goal and begin your Maintenance Program, your counselor will help you incorporate daily exercise habits that best fit your lifestyle so that healthy habits become a part of your everyday life.
10. Affordable long term investment
At an average program cost of only $14 per week, Medifast Weight Control Centers offer you unbeatable value. The centers offer you a network of personal expertise and support that will ensure this will be the last time you ever have to lose the weight! This is an investment that will last, so you won't ever again be wasting money on programs that won't work or last. And, at an average food cost of about $85 per week, you won't be spending any more on Medifast meal replacement than you would be spending on groceries, snacks or coffee. In addition, weight loss has been shown to prevent diseases ranging from diabetes and heart disease to chronic pain and fatigue. The healthcare costs savings you can expect to see as a result of a healthier, thinner you are immeasurable.
Just go for it, because you're worth it!
Ruth's Medifast Update: May 15, 2014 – New Food & Old Favorites!
A frequently asked question I get is, "Is the food any good?"
I get into a rut sometimes eating the same thing, but the smart people at the Medifast Weight Loss Center of San Diego have a handle on that. How, you might ask? They always come up with new things to eat! With a large variety of meals to choose from, there's no reason to get bored eating the same thing again and again.
If you haven't tried the Garlic Mashed Potatoes or the Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes – you need to pick up a box on your next visit. In my whole life, I have never enjoyed any type of instant mashed potatoes. Never, ever. I found them disgusting, bland and dry. But these are creamy, delicious and satisfying! I add some red and black pepper and a bit of butter or the Medifast brown gravy and quite enjoy them. I seriously recommend them.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes (left) Sour Cream & Chive Mashed Potatoes (right)
Another recent addition to the Medifast food line up is Macaroni and Cheese. Again, I add black pepper and some garlic to it and find it creamy and satisfying. Is it as good as the super cheesy, mega fattening, heart attack inducing kind? Ummm... no. But I never lost weight eating that junk. I never dreamed I would be able to eat mac ‘n cheese and a serving of garlic mashed potatoes for only 100 calories.
Mac 'n Cheese
Like most people, I eat a lot of the Medifast protein bars. They're the easiest thing to throw in my bag and take with me. Since there's no prep time involved, it couldn't be simpler. My favorite crunchy bars are the peanut butter, s'mores and chocolate mint. I love both of the new chewy bars; cookie dough and peanut butter with chocolate chip. All of them are really good and I appreciate having a different texture to choose from when I want a bar.
PB Chocolate Chip Chewie Bar (left) Cookie Dough Chewie Bar (right)
But this week, I have temporary veneers in my mouth and have been ordered not to eat anything crunchy or chewy. So no bars for me for 10 days. That just means I have to plan better.
This week, I'm making Medifast maple and brown sugar oatmeal at work and adding a teaspoon of peanut butter to make it more filling. At home, I add some cinnamon too. Medifast also makes a yummy peach oatmeal, apple cinnamon oatmeal, plus a blueberry oatmeal. I like them all, but the maple is my favorite.
Peach Oatmeal (left) Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal (right)
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal (left) Blueberry Oatmeal (right)
Before I leave the office for the gym, I microwave a cup of Calorie Burning Cappuccino. It's creamy and tastes great.
Calorie Burning Cappuccino
And one thing I could not live without and will continue to eat for the rest of my days is the Medifast Peanut Butter Soft Serve! It's that good. It's the next best thing to ice cream or fro-yo; but only 100 calories. Every time it gets hot outside – I want ice cream. I obsess about ice cream. I drool over the ice cream commercials on TV. I use to say ice cream is my favorite food group! Alas, ice cream is a serious diet buster, which is why I'm grateful for the Medifast soft serve. Peanut butter is my favorite, but they also have mango, coffee and chocolate mint soft serve. All you do is crush up some ice in a blender, add water and the packet of soft serve and in mere minutes you have a thick, cold, creamy, delicious dessert! When it's hot outside, I eat one every day. And the best part is, I don't have to feel guilty, because it's only 100 calories and part of Medifast Weight Loss Center program.
PB Soft Serve
Chocolate Mint Soft Serve
Mango Soft Serve
But it's not just me. Please watch this short video on how the Medifast Weight Loss Center of San Diego has changed the lives of a variety of people from all walks of life.
Please stop struggling and getting nowhere on your own. You don't have to do this alone. Call the Medifast Weight Loss Center of San Diego TODAY for your FREE consultation to find out if this could be the answer you're looking for! Call today at 1-888-963-3432.
Ruth's Medifast Update: May 1, 2014 -- Success Stories!
By now, you've probably seen my before and after pics, since they're the header at the top of this blog. So I wanted to inspire you with a few awesome Before/After pics from some of our DSC/Jack listeners who have been been successful on the only program that's ever worked for me; the Medifast Weight Loss Center of San Diego.
Please meet a friend to all of us on The DSC Show and producer of The Roger Hedgecock Show on AM 760, Angela. She told me she had two babies "back to back" and no matter what she did, she couldn't lose the baby weight. She heard about my success and decided to call the Medifast Weight Loss Center in El Cajon. She knocked down 31 pounds and is back to her fighting weight. She showed me how baggy her jeans are now and said she actually weighs less now that she use to! Angela is in maintenance and working out regularly, trying to build more lean muscle. She continues to show up for her weekly appointments knowing how important it is to be accountable for everything she eats. Angela's mother was so impressed, she decided to give it a try as well! If you live or work near San Diego's East County, please call the El Cajon center today at: 619-590-1930.
My friend Davielle goes to the Medifast Weight Loss Center in Encinitas. We met in an art class in Escondido years ago and became fast friends. Luckily, we have a "before" pic of us together in that very class. After she heard me talking about my weight loss success, she decided to give it a try and lost 45 pounds. Davi has been in maintenance for about a year and applies all the info she's learned to keep the weight from coming back. We took an "after" pic in another art class in Poway in Feb. 2013. Way to go, Davi! If you live or work near the North County coastline area, please call the center in Encinitas today at: 760-753-6919.
Meet listener, Scott James. He's a professional photographer, who rarely stepped in front of the camera. He admitted the only reason he has this pic as his "before" shot, is because he wanted to be in it with his son. He originally weighed in at 366 pounds and sent me his after shot when he dropped 100 lbs. Scott goes to the Medifast Weight Loss Center in San Marcos and has 30 more to lose for him to reach his goal weight. I think he looks awesome! Scott can't recall the last time he weighed less than 300 pounds! He laughed when he realized how much colder he is in the early morning without the extra 100 lbs. Plus, his knees, feet and back no longer hurt all day long like they use to. Scott enjoys the gluten-free products Medfast offers. During the first week Scott lost 10 lbs. and a total of 35 lbs. in the first month of being on the Medifast Weight Loss program! He gives his counselor, Sindi a boatload of credit for keeping him going long enough to see this through. If you live or work in the North County Inland area, please call the center in San Marcos today at 760-744-4953. If you're farther south, call the center I use on Carmel Mountain Road at 858-613-9497.
Perhaps you noticed the different amounts of weight these folks lost: 31, 45, 100 and 130 lbs. for me. That means, no matter how much weight you need to lose, the Medifast Weight Loss Center of San Diego will tailor their program specifically for you. No matter what special needs or challenges you face, your personal counselor at the Medifast Weight Loss Center of San Diego will do his or her best to help you deal with it to ensure your success. Please stop suffering from not being able to lose weight on your own. These folks know what they're doing and will teach you how to lose the weight and most importantly, how to keep it off for good. Don't waste one more day fighting with yourself - call today at 1-888-963-3432!
Ruth's Medifast Update: April 18, 2014 -- Field Trip
One of the great things about trying out a different location for the Medifast Weight Control Center, is learning something new. Recently, I switched from the Mission Valley location to the store on Carmel Mountain Road. Among their professionally, trained counselors, they have a Registered Dietician on staff named Cara.
Once a month, Cara takes clients on a field trip to a Ralph's Supermarket just a few doors away from their office on Carmel Mountain Road. She helps simplify grocery shopping, so it doesn't have to be a minefield for those of us looking for healthy choices.
Her first tip is to shop the perimeter of the store. That's where you find the lean protein and veggies. The majority of the high calorie, processed foods are mostly in the middle aisles of the store. Next, always make a list and never go when you're hungry.
If you aren't reading labels on every product you buy, it's time to start! There's so much helpful information included and in fact the FDA is making some changes to better reflect what's in the products we buy. I try to buy items which have no trans fats, are low in fat, low sodium and low carbs.
Cara says to watch for the sticker from the American Heart Association, since they're very picky about which heart healthy foods they give their stamp of approval.
Other healthy choices can include: organic, non-GMO and gluten free. Cara talks about each one. Look for these food labels and ask questions.
I've never noticed the labels that distinguished between whole grain and 100% whole grain. Cara explained the difference and said to stick with 100% whole grain as the healthier option. Unless of course you want gluten free.
Eating healthy and learning how to make the healthiest choices isn't difficult if you have the knowledge and information. This is merely a brief summary of what took place on the tour I experienced. Cara is happy to answer all of your questions, no matter how specific they are. They are here to help us lose weight and keep it off!
Cara would like to offer this free tour as a service to any current client of the Medifast Weight Control Centers, so give her a call at (858) 613-9497 to find when the next tour happens. The Medifast Weight Control Center where Cara works is located at: 11835 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, CA 92128.
Ruth's Medifast Update: March 2014
"To get different results, you need to do something different." I have no idea who said that, but I know it's a true statement. That's why I decided to start working with a trainer. Please meet the newest member of "Team Ruth," Nanette.
The newest member of "Team Ruth," Nanette
Nanette is a professional Medifast counselor at the Carmel Mountain location. To get the address, phone number and pics of that Medifast Center, please click here. She has promised to go slow and steady with me so I don't injure myself. I told her about the bad experiences I've had in the past with other trainers, where they worked me so hard the first visit, I could barely walk the next day. That never encouraged me to want to keep going.
Nanette met me at my gym, Chuze in La Mesa, for an assessment and our first workout. I've been intending to work with a trainer ever since I joined this gym when it first opened. They have a membership plan where you can bring a friend for free! Take a look here.
Until last week, I had never even heard of something called a Foam Roller.
Here are the type of exercises we did on it.
I'm officially calling this thing, my "weapon of fat destruction!" Holy and moly my body ached in places that hadn't been worked in years! It felt like I had worked out with weights. Some of the stretches were very intense and a few of them even felt kinda good hahaha! Okay. I'll admit it. Nanette is very encouraging and supportive. Just like Sam.
My long time counselor Sam recently got a promotion and relocated to the Carmel Mountain location, so I decided to follow him there from Mission Valley. (I think he's the only male counselor among a bevy of female MF counselors.) Please meet Sam.
My long time Medifast counselor, Sam
Sam is, in a word, awesome! He has a lot of valuable, useful, practical information that keeps me going day after day, week after week, month after month. Even when I have a "bad" week, Sam encourages me to show up for my weigh in anyway and we talk about it. He never judges me. He never talks down to me like I do to myself. Showing up to see Sam once a week is definitely one of the major components that makes the Medifast Weight Control Center's plan work so well for me. Being accountable seriously helps me. I know some folks order the Medifast meals through the mail and get online support from untrained "coaches." But statistics prove, people who go to The MF Centers are five times more likely to be successful than those who do it on their own.
As it turns out, one of the Medifast counselors at the Carmel Mountain store is a super DSC fan! Please meet Lisa.
Medifast counselor and DSC fan, Lisa
I insisted she allow me to take her photo for this blog post. She's always happy to see me and greets me with a smile. I'm just getting to know her. If you live or work near the Carmel Mountain Road Medifast Center, please ask to meet with Lisa.
The Carmel Mountain store also has a registered dietician, Cara, who is taking us on a grocery store shopping trip this weekend. I hope to get lots of helpful information to make that process more beneficial to maintaining my weight loss and helping me through the ordeal so it isn't such a complicated, mine field. I'll tell you all about it in my next update. Thanks for reading this far! - Ruthie xoxo
Ruth's Medifast Update: February 2014
Happy New Year! It's that time again where a lot of us set new goals and intentions for 2014. Studies show, losing weight is the number one new year's resolution. I wonder if it's also the resolution broken first and maybe given up on altogether. I know it was for me... until I signed up at the Medifast Weight Control Center of San Diego. (619) 297-0703
I had so much weight to lose, I knew it would take longer than one year and in fact, it did. But I'm realizing it's not just a goal for the year, but something I choose to do every day. Each day I wake up is another chance to make healthy choices for myself.
This is what I looked like when I started. I weighed 299 pounds. But what the heck, I call it 300 for good measure. Can you see how red my eyes are? I started crying during my initial evaluation meeting. I told them how defeated I felt from giving up on ever losing weight again. I lost hope a long time ago and as a result, I gained more weight every year. I hadn't owned a scale or dared to weigh myself in years - except at the doctor's office. My doctor would look at my number and tell me I *had* to lose some weight. But they never really told me how exactly to do that.
This is what I look like now with listener Karra. She lost 45 pounds and says, "If Ruthie can lose 130, I can lose 45!" And she did!
Here's listener Maggie and me at the Mission Valley Medifast Center. She also lost about 45-50 pounds and has kept it off for some time.
When I reached my goal of losing 130 pounds in June of 2013, I was thrilled beyond belief at my success! I really didn't know it was possible to stick with anything long enough to reach my goal. I'm very proud of my ability to stay with Medifast and really happy with my new smaller size. I haven't been this size in about 25 years! Shopping for clothes is actually enjoyable now. There are a lot more choices at this size than there were when I was 130 pounds heavier. I had the pleasure of stopping my blood pressure and cholesterol medicines, since they dropped to normal levels.
But then something big happened. Slowly but surely, I started to eat some of foods I'd missed out on during the weight loss portion of the program. I started to eat the foods that made me fat! And guess what? I gained weight. For some reason, I found this hard to believe. I had (have) a fantasy, where I could eat anything I wanted without ever gaining any weight from my less than healthy choices. That is not my reality. I suffered the consequence of gaining weight because of what I put in my mouth. Shocking, I know, right?!
My trained, educated, Medifast Weight Control Center counselor, Sam, told me that it's totally normal to gain back a little weight once you reach your goal. Whew! It's good to know I'm normal. But instead of buckling down and getting back to basics, which is doing everything they taught me, something different happened. My depression came back. I couldn't understand why I was having such a tough time resisting high calorie, high fat, high carb foods. I got into the cookie butter from Trader Joe's and cinnamon rolls at Starbucks. I stopped for Mexican food at Sombrero's and even lasagna at DiMille's. I could no longer say no.
At first it seemed as if I lost the ability to say no and walk on by these temptations. I was no longer focused on making healthy food choices and I stopped exercising. I could NOT talk myself into going for a walk or even show up at the gym for 15 minutes. It seemed like a very old pattern of eating to comfort myself. But I felt NO comfort. The more unhealthy food I ate - and I always ate a large portion - the worst I felt. Then it hit me. I'm depressed. Damn … it had been about three years since the last time I was on anti-depression medication. So I made a doctor's appointment, got back on some meds and eventually I emerged from the darkness. Now it makes me wonder if eating the "bad" food created my depression. I can't be sure, but it's thought provoking.
Here I am before my Medifast journey.
I lost all that weight - 130 pounds - by staying committed and focused on what Medifast was teaching me. They taught me how to change my thinking about food and exercise. That is a very important detail for continued success in losing weight and keeping it off. The great thing about the Medifast program is the one inclusion of one year of maintenance. They want to make sure we know how to keep from gaining it back again. After all my hard work, I refuse to live that way anymore.
There are a few primary reasons the Medifast Weight Control Center of San Diego works for me, unlike any diet ever has. I love getting to eat six times a day, plus a snack - which includes real food. I love my lean protein and fresh veggies. I eat salad almost every day or else steamed or grilled veggies to accompany my lean protein. I enjoy turkey burgers, all kinds of fish, grass fed beef, chicken and eggs. Having real food in addition to my Medifast meals (shakes, bars, oatmeal, soup, smoothies, coffee drinks, cereal and more) really keep me going.
A before and after Medifast comparison of me and Davielle in art classes
Being accountable to my counselor once a week is another reason this program works so well for me. We always talk about any challenge I might face in the week ahead with helpful tips to make the best of it. Things like holiday dinners, parties, food pushers, food at work, etc. They have a lot of experience dealing with these situations and are full of useful information to make this work for me.
When I'm following the Medifast Weight Control Center program, even my skin looks clearer and brighter. I don't get bloated or have stomachaches anymore. I have lots of energy and generally feel wonderful. I'm happy to be back on track and doing well again!
If you think diets don't work - you should try the Medifast Center! Please know that this is different than getting the boxes of food in the mail every week and otherwise fending for yourself. The support of The Center and the excellent counselors make all the difference. I could never stick with any diet on my own for more than a few weeks. It was too easy to give up. But having people on my side to cheer me on with enthusiasm and information is very powerful. It really works for me and I know it will work for you too, so please stop struggling and call them today.
Ruth's Medifast Update: March 2013
This is what I looked like before I started Medifast.
I know it's hard to believe, but I've lost 125 pounds thanks to the Medifast Weight Control Centers!!
I seriously never thought it was possible to lose this much weight without the invasive stomach surgery. I know the doctors make you go on a diet *before* you get that surgery, so what the heck! Why not try Medifast first and see how great it works for you!!
I've developed so many great habits and learned a lot about myself during this process; all good things that will help me keep the weight off for good.
I now exercise regularly - mostly cardio - nothing heavy duty; but having a gym membership is very empowering. I also love to walk in some of our beautiful parks when it's gorgeous outside. I got a bike for Christmas, so I've added that to my repertoire as well.
Losing so much weight sure makes it a lot easier to exercise. Heck, it makes everything easier! Just walking around is no longer a chore for me like it was when I weighed 300 lbs. My knees and feet no longer hurt either.
Some of the other benefits I've gained from losing weight on Medifast include: getting off medications for high blood pressure and cholesterol; being able to shop for clothes in any store, instead of the big girl stores; learning to manage eating when I go out with friends; how to plan my week, how to make healthy selections and portions and that everything I put in my mouth has consequences!!
If you're still struggling with weight loss and doing it on your own, please do what I did and call the Medifast Weight Loss Centers of San Diego today at: 1-TRIPLE EIGHT 9 MEDIFAST. Or go to SanDiegoMedifast.com!
Tell 'em Ruthie sent you!
Ruth's Medifast Update: Aug. 2012
In case you haven't heard by now, I've reached my goal of
losing 100 lbs!
Here I am minus 101.2 pounds!!
Here's what I looked like when I began in June 2011.
I wanted to reach that goal before the end of June, but I didn't actually do it until July. Better late than never, right? I was very disappointed in not reaching my goal in the allotted time, but realized I put too much pressure on myself to hit a certain number by a certain date, instead of letting it happen the way it did. Because of that, I've lost the least amount of weight per month since I started on Medifast! I was definitely living in fear and not trusting myself. But hey, trusting me in a weight loss program is still new, despite doing the Medifast Program for one year now!
Not sure why I did that to myself, so I called a friend for help. He also lost 100 lbs. on Medifast, but reminded me -- it took him two years to do it. He told me to stop being so hard on myself and focus on a small number, like losing 2 pounds a week, instead of focusing on losing 100 pounds. So I applied what I've learned all these years in 12 Step programs and went back to one day at a time.
Just to show you a comparison, I've lost as much weight as our cute, little Mexican Leprechaun, Elaina, weighs in total! Here we are together and I'm trying to lift her (101 lbs)!!!
Here we are waving goodbye to that 101 pounds!!
Yes, the jeans I'm wearing there are a bit too big for me. I'm between sizes right now and the next smallest one doesn't quite fit - yet!! (Usually that's what gets me to exercise!)
Just to compare, here's what I looked like at 299 pounds in June of 2011 on my first day at the Medifast Center in Mission Valley, San Diego, CA.
Pretty remarkable, right? Nothing has ever worked for me long enough to make a difference. I always felt way too hungry and just couldn't tolerate it longer than 2 or 3 months. At 299 pounds, I had given up hope of ever being thin again.
Please don't wait as long as I did to lose weight. Medifast seriously works!! These folks have it all figured out, so I just follow their directions and do the best I can every day. Can't ask for more than that, right?
I still love getting to eat 6 times a day, plus a snack. That's one of the biggest reasons I've been able to be successful on Medifast. And check out the great new food items they put on the shelves this week: 2 kinds of cereal, mocha shakes and new pretzels and cheese puffs!
Yes, I cried when I stepped on the scale and saw my number began with a 1 instead of a 2. It was the first time that happened since the early 90s. Medifast seriously helps you lose 2-5 pounds a week!
The other reason Medifast works for me is having my own counselor. All of the Medifast counselors are educated and trained nutritionists. My girl, Colleen, has helped me over every plateau I've encountered. Every time she would tell me to do a specific thing to get past that particular plateau, I'd lose weight the following week. These counselors are well trained and know their stuff! If I had simply ordered the Medifast food online and not gone in to one of the Medifast Weight Loss Centers in San Diego every week to meet privately, one-on-one with my counselor – I would've given up long ago. Left to my own devices, I would've quit if I was on my own. I wouldn't have a clue how to get past a plateau, but fortunately my counselor is very experienced at helping deal with this.
This is me in June 2009
The counselor's at the Medifast Centers in San Diego are also great at making suggestions to help me with my weekly challenges; like going out to dinner with a friend, attending a work party or the celebratory cake at work. These life events take a bit more planning and preparation now, but aren't impossible.
One area that's still giving me trouble … I keep resisting exercising. I actually lost 50 pounds without doing any at all, but hit a plateau where I was told to begin walking. I've walked a few times a week since then (most weeks, but not all of them). I probably "should" do other things, but I keep resisting. I ask other folks what they do when they're resistant and have heard some helpful suggestions so far. I know it's progress and not perfection, so I plan to live the Medifast way until I lose a total of 140 pounds, which should (hopefully) happen by the end of 2012. Then I will begin to add more real food back into my diet until I can do so without gaining weight. Then I'll be in the final phase, maintenance, for one year.
My co-worker Chris Boyer lost 25 pounds last fall on Medifast and faithfully shows up for his weekly maintenance appointment. Lo and behold – he hasn't gained any of that weight back! There's something to be said for being accountable. I keep a food diary and write down everything I drink and eat, plus the amount – every day – no matter what.
Look at our group shot from (2010) two years ago when we first started at Jack-FM, compared to July of 2012.
So far, I've lost more than 90-pounds, thanks to the Medifast Centers of San Diego!
Today, June 1, 2012, the scale matches the number on my CA driver's license! That was a big milestone for me, since it's been a lie for many, many years! I probably weighed more than 50 pounds over what I wrote on my DMV form, sheesh!
Another big milestone: I'm now shopping for the smallest clothing size at the big girl store! Before my success on Medifast, I wore the largest size they sold and at the end, even that was too tight on me. Today, I am wearing the smallest size they offer!! I've gone from a 28 to a 14.
Today, I eat lean protein and fresh veggies everyday, along with 5 Medifast meals, plus a snack! Getting to eat every 2-3 hours makes ALL the difference in the world to me. I am NOT hungry all the time like I was on every other diet I've ever tried.
I'm planning to reach 100-pounds gone by my one-year-anniversary since I started my journey on Medifast last June 25th. I should hit my goal weight (160) by the end of this year - 50 more to go in total. I am SO committed to this, because the Medifast Center in San Diego is showing me a different way to live. I couldn't have done it without them! If you've been putting off losing weight, do yourself a favor and call them for a free consultation.
Beginning of this weight loss journey at 299 lbs
How on earth did I get here?! It all started on March 3, 2011 when I quit smoking (for the fifth time). I immediately substituted food for cigs and started eating - a lot. My MD says it's normal to gain 12 pounds when you quit smoking, but I gained more like 25.
I was already extremely overweight, so I was worried about my health and finally ready to find a new diet. I wanted someone to tell me exactly what to eat and when to eat it. Enter the Medifast Centers of San Diego! They told me how they could help me and I signed up during my free consultation. I became a paid spokesperson three months later after losing 30 pounds.
My journey on the Medifast Program started in June 2011, so it's been 11 months of eating six times a day, every 2-3 hours. So far, I've lost 85 pounds!! When I started in June of 2011, I weighed 299 lbs. Today, May 1, 2012, I weigh 215! My next exciting goal post is: 208. That's the lie on my drivers license! It was some random number I plucked out of thin air that sounded like a good weight to me. I'm pretty sure I weighed more than 250 at the time.
My goal on the Medifast Program is to lose 140 pounds, making my goal weight 160. I'm hoping to get to my goal weight by the end of 2012. I haven't been at that weight since I got sober in 1987! When I gave up drugs and booze, I went for the food. Now it's all in the past.
Here I am after losing 35 lbs
The Medifast Program has taught me portion control, healthy eating and how to take extremely good care of my health. I've have learned to enjoy eating small meals which are high in protein and low in calories, fat and carbs.
Yay! Here I lost 50 lbs
I check in once a week at The Medifast Center in Mission Valley with my personal counselor, Colleen. Without her help, I would not have lasted this long. I would've given up at the least little bump in the road. She's helped me through every plateau I've had - meaning the few times where I stayed the same weight. Each time she gave me suggestions that changed my course of action to ensure more weight loss the following week. Colleen keeps me focused on the positive changes I've made and keeps me going. Having a counselor means I'm not doing this alone, trying to figure it out by myself. Her help has been invaluable.
Tada! Down 75 lbs...I'm getting closer to my goal!
My life has completely changed
Before and After Medifast:
Before: I used to be tired ALL the time with no energy at all.
After: Now I have more energy than I know what to do with! Here's a shot of Chainsaw and I getting our dance on!
Before: I couldn't walk to my car without getting out of breath.
After: Now, I walk 2 to 3 times a week for 15 to 30 min. I'm also planning to walk a 5K this summer!
Before : I took medicine for my high blood pressure.
After: My blood pressure has returned to normal and I no longer need to take the meds!
Before: My knees and feet hurt almost all day, every day.
After: They rarely, if ever, hurt now!
Before: I hate to admit this, but I couldn't even stand up for more than 5 min at a time.
After: Last week I stood up for almost an hour folding laundry.
Before: I use to crave a lot of unhealthy, fattening foods. Even worse, I use to give into those cravings.
After: ALL of my food cravings went away after 2-3 months on MF! I miss a few things now, but don't physically crave them anymore. That never happened to me on any diet before MF.
Before: Use to eat carne asada fries and pizza fully loaded - weekly! After: Now, I eat delicious steamed veggies, fresh veggie salads and lean protein every day. Now I love turkey burgers, chicken breasts, all kinds of fish, shrimp, lean hamburgers, filet and salmon. I grill everything on my Foreman Grill and add various spices and seasonings for added taste.
I eat Medifast food 5 times a day and lean protein with veggies once a day. Check out my favorite Medifast foods.
It's SO GOOD!
Sugar Free Fudgesicle
Peanut Butter Bars
Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Medifast have 8 locations in San Diego:
Carmel Mt Ranch - 858-314-8660
El Cajon - 619-345-1551
Mission Valley - 619-377-9924
San Marcos - 760-687-9259
Chula Vista - 619-202-5208
Encinitas - 760-453-0802
Carlsbad / Oceanside - 760-417-5035
Temecula - 951-297-9602
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