Dear Crissy

My personal weight loss journey

Earlier this week, I answered the question everyone’s been asking: “What is Medifast?

I thought I’d give a little back story on my personal story with weight loss, and why I am taking the Medifast weight loss journey.

First off, I was really too much of a wuss to take a mugshot-style before photo. Below are a couple shots from our family photo session in September. So that I have some accountability, I will reluctantly tell you that I am 5′ 7″ and weight 180 lbs.

Did I really just blog that? Pardon me while I crawl into a hole and hide.

Medifast before

Depending on your perspective and personal story, 180 lbs. might sound terribly heavy, or it might sound perfectly reasonable. We’re all different, but for me, this extra weight makes me really uncomfortable — both physically and emotionally. Basically, it needs to go.

Just to be clear, I’ve never (in my adult life) been “skinny.” I’ve always been happily on the chubby-side of the healthy weight range for my height. This changed, of course, after having my son in 2009.

Medifast before

When I walked into the hospital to give birth to Kara one year ago this month, I weighed a whopping 230 lbs. Yes, much of that was baby, but I was still left with a lot of weight to lose afterward.

Breastfeeding definitely helped, and I did try some other diets. I was able to drop quite a bit of the weight, which felt great. Unfortunately, I recently started slowly going in the wrong direction again.

My weight loss goals

I actually have three goals going into Medifast.

1. First Goal — Lose 20 lbs. total. (160 lbs. goal weight)
2. Second Goal — Lose 30 lbs. total. (150 lbs. goal weight)
3. Third Goal — Lose 40 lbs. total. (140 lbs. goal weight)

My only real priority right now is meeting my first goal. The second goal would be a bonus, and the third goal? Well, that would be amazing, but I am taking this one step at a time.

Medifast so far

So, this is my 4th day on the plan. I’m not going to lie, it’s definitely an adjustment. There are Medifast Meals I love, and Medifast Meals I hate.

The hardest thing so far has been breaking the habit of constant grazing. Grabbing a handful of Evan’s Goldfish, eating a cookie here and there, or making my usual morning toast. It’s actually making me realize just how often I was picking up food while passing through the kitchen. It was really ridiculous.

As far as the food, surprisingly, I love the Medifast Shakes. I thought this would be my least favorite part of the plan, but they taste really good and they kill the hunger.

Medifast Shakes

I also like some of the soups — particularly the Medifast Cream of Chicken Soup.

Medifast Cream of Chicken Soup

Who knew eggs like this could magically appear after mixing some powder and water? I certainly didn’t. I was pretty skeptical the first time I made Medifast Southwest Eggs, but actually, they taste pretty darn good.

Medifast Southwest Eggs

Finally, below is an example of a Lean & Green meal for the day. Chicken breast, lettuce, and cucumber with a little low-carb dressing.

Join me on my journey to weight loss

Do you need to lose weight? I’d love to have you along for my journey, and I hope that I can inspire some of you to embark on a weight loss journey, whether it is with Medifast or via another route. I’d love to hear your story in the comments below!

Medifast Lean & Green

Medifast Coupons

If you use my Medifast coupon code: CRISSY56, and sign up for Medifast Advantage when you order $250+, you’ll receive 56 free Medifast Meals and free shipping! You’ll receive 28 free meals with your first Medifast Advantage order and ANOTHER 28 free meals with your next order! This offer is only valid if you enroll in Medifast Advantage, and it’s limited to one per customer. It’s not valid with prior purchases, any other promotions or discounts, or for Medifast Ready-to-Drink Shakes.

Not ready to enroll in Medifast Advantage? You can use Medifast coupon code: CRISSY28 to receive 28 free meals with your purchase of over $250. Limit one per customer. This offer is limited to new customers only and not valid with prior purchases, Medifast Advantage, or any other promotions or discounts.

Both Medifast coupon codes expire on 7/31/2013. See website for complete details on program and discounts. Consult your physician before beginning a weight-loss program.

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As a Medifast blogger, I receive Medifast meals and support to facilitate my weight loss journey posts. Opinions are my own. Family photos above via Cassidy Dawn Photography.

    30 Comments on “My personal weight loss journey”

  1. I love mine medifast I personally hate the eggs,oatmeal,and soup but I still use them the oatmeal is just like cement and the soup is not at fault because I personally have always with the exception of tomato hated soup and the eggs again are not at fault because I only like dippy eggs but I think all foods taste great the bars are amazing!!!! Shakes are delightful!!!! The first week was plagued with gas and headaches which let me tell you are worth it I lost a whopping seven pounds my first week and after seventy days was forty five pounds lighter and feeling great my energy was insane but my confidence was just wonderful and brand new for me… I think medifast is the best and im so thankful to the program the food is costly but if you add it up your spending the same amount on junk food and beverages you just don’t realize because it’s not a lump sum.

  2. I definitely identify with you…always being on the chubby side of healthy…but after baby #2, something shifted, and not in a good way. I appreciate your candor that you aren’t loving every food item you have tried on the diet so far. I’m a big grazer, too, so I’m curious to hear if you are feeling hungry by not grazing, or if you just realized it was a bad habit, plain and simple.

  3. On Medifast, can you eat fruit with your Medifast meals? Or is it just strictly their meals. I know for the Lean+Green you can have protein and veggies, but what about fruit?

    Also, I think you’re doing a great job on your weight loss journey so far. You’ve already lost so much, and have so little to go. So just stay motivated and you can do it!

  4. Crissy, I looked at your pics. You are beautiful and seriously, you don’t need to lose anything. I have always been “just right” and I guess since my Mom passed 6 years ago I have let myself go. Just let it go. And it sucks. I am 57 years old and would love my old young body back. I give you alot of credit and wish you well on this journey that I hope I can follow along. God Bless you girlfriend. And good luck to you. But like I said “You are beautiful and God Blessed you with a beautiful family”.

  5. Congratulations on your decision to lose weight. You are a very beautiful young lady and carry your weight well. I am here to cheer you on during your weight loss journey and wish you the very best. I have always struggled with my weight so I am very empathic. Good luck, sweets!

  6. I was never one of those skinny girls either. I was size 10 in high school when everyone else was a size 4. I though I was fat back then! I’d give anything to fit into those size 10 jeans now. Weight loss is such a tough journey! It took me two years to lose 20 lbs, but it was worth it. I have another 30 lbs to go to reach my goal.

  7. You are so pretty! We weigh the same but I’m a lot taller (6 ft). I want to lose 20… is very hard. I love food and I am a total snacker/kids plate cleaner upper too! Great pics and good luck!

  8. I did Medi fast for 7 months starting in Febuary of 2012 I was 578 pounds when i began my weight loss journey. I was almost unable to walk at that point and had pretty much hid myself away from the world. So my aunt and both my cousins had done medi fast and lost over 100 pounds each so i decided to take a chance on it and hopefully save my own life. During my 7 months on medi fast i lost a total of 164 pounds. I still have alot more weight i need to loose but medi fast helped me get myself onto the right path. It allowed me to be able to live again, saving me from a certain death.

  9. Hi Crissy,
    I am the opposite, I have always been skinny until I hit my late 30’s. I am now 46 and am 70 pounds over weight. I have tried Atkins, Weight Watchers, Calorie Counting, it is all so hard. Weight Watchers was the best, but I just don’t have the time or money right now. I just went back to calorie counting with Sparkpeople and am hoping to drop quite a bit of weight by May. My Son is getting married and I do not want to be the fat Mom in the pictures. Good luck to you and keep us posted.

  10. Thank you for sharing. I really needed to read this!

  11. Are you still nursing? Will this impact milk supply?

  12. Crissy,

    I have to say that you carry the extra weight well as I wouldn’t have guessed 180. Good luck on your weight loss journey. Don’t get too discouraged if the weight loss slows down at times, too. I’ve been working via diet and exercise to banish my extra weight and it has slowed down in recent months. But, I figure anything that creates a healthier environment for me is better than living the way I was.

  13. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Medifast. I’m interested to see how it works for you.

  14. I have heard a lot about medifast and have a friend who has been very successful with it. Even thoughts its hard to blog some things, sometimes it helps you to feel more accountable and in the end have more success. Best of luck for you in your journey.

  15. Good luck with your goals. It was harder for me to loose the weight after my second baby but where there is a will…there is a way!

  16. Our situations are similar but I am several years ahead of you. I had my 2nd child in August 2004 (named Krissy!). I had complications after delivery and had to have emergency surgery. I lost a lot of blood and needed 4 transfusions. As a result I came home 1 week after delivery to a 20 month old and a newborn and was literally EXHAUSTED for the next year. Blood transfusions save your life but it is a lot of work for your body to literally rebuild half its blood supply. My plan to return to work and exercising 12 weeks after delivery were not possible. I was barely keeping my head above water. So when my daughter was 11 months old I was finally able to go back to work but I never quite made it back to the gym. I breastfed the first year which kept my weight manageable but when I went back to work and weened her I put on more weight. Fast forward to summer August 2008. My son is going to kindergarten that fall and my daughter is in pre-k and we take a family vacation to Oregon. Up to this point I had spent all my time behind the camera but my 5 year old gets a point and shoot digital camera for his birthday and he wants to start taking pictures of Mommy. I looked at those pictures after vacation and I cried. I was 173 lbs (I am 5’6″). I had never been over 140 prior to having kids and my “normal” weight was around 130. I was wearing a size 10/12 and all my pre-pregnancy 4/6 clothes had slowly been given away or donated. I took action. I set a goal for myself. The next summer we had a vacation to Hawaii planned and I was going to that paradise destination in a bikini. I countered sensible eating with lots and lots of pilates classes. I got to my goal weight of 135 prior to the vacation. Still not sure with my stretchmarks and extra baby belly skin I had any business wearing a bikini but I did it anyway. I figured it was Hawaii and I wasn’t going to see any of those people ever again! I am now 4 years after that trip doing a good job of maintain. I am typically around 140. I would like to stay closer to 130 but I try to do what I can when I can and not beat myself up over numbers. I encourage you to find an exercise plan you love. For me pilates became something I looked forward to rather than dreaded. I had shoulder pain from a previous car accident and it was totally gone after starting training on the reformer. The balanced body and core strength approach of pilates gave me a very strong but lean appearance and tightened most everything that it could back up after the weight loss.

    I turn 40 this week and am so glad I took control of my weight when I did. I know it will get more challenging as I get older. I look forward to hearing your updates!

  17. You are lovely…….. and you will remain lovely when you lose 20 30 or 50 pounds. I wish you well on your journey!

  18. Wow! So nice to know that I am not alone. I am almost the exact same size as you, height and weight. Three pregnancies within 4 years was what did it to me. After my son was born, I dropped a lot of weight fairly quickly. I felt fantastic this summer — unfortunately, since the fall I’ve started putting the weight back on again. I haven’t found my perfect solution yet, so I’ll continue to look to your blog for inspiration to get moving, and get back down to where I want to be! Thank you for sharing this. I know a lot of people will really, really appreciate it and that it will help others like me to make a change.

  19. I think you are absolutely gorgeous :) I congratulate you on your journey to help yourself be healthier and happier and I wish you all the best. Thanks for blogging this and keeping things in perspective. I like that you are showing that through hard work and proper nutrition, you are able to reach a goal–no matter how daunting it may seem at first.

  20. Make sure to reward yourself as you hit ALL THREE of your weight loss goals! Massages, pedicures, new clothes, etc.! You will be at your 140 goal weight in no time. Medifast is an excellent program, it not only allows you to lose weight but also analyze your eating habits. Best of luck in your journey. If you have any questions, let me know. I had similar numbers (beginning weight and end goal) and have been maintaining since May 2012.

  21. You’re a better person than I am. I just couldn’t stomach the Medifast food! In all fairness, I also have intolerances which flared up with some of it. :) All the best on your journey! :)

  22. Crissy, you are awesome! You are going to be so impressed with how quickly the weight comes off and how fast you see results. I think that right there is incentive enough to keep at it. I was 226 5 weeks ago. Then i started Medifast and I am 198 today. I haven’t been in the 100’s in ten years!!!

    It helps you quickly realize all the bad habits you have. I used to snack constantly too! Now I’m on top of it, my kids snack when I do, and they only get healthy stuff. We cleaned out the pantry and started fresh for the whole family. No more goldfish around here to tempt us!!

    Can’t wait to hear updates on how it’s going!

  23. I have heard various things about different weight loss programs. They seem to be pretty expensive to continue over long periods of time. By the way, I think you look great already but I know that everyone has their own personal goals as to what’s a good weight for them.

  24. We are almost the same size Chrissy and yes, I know just how you feel when you get to the point where your once chubby self ( I’ve always been a bit chubby too) just gets to be tooo much! I stepped on the scale yesterday and about screamed. So here I start again. Thank you for sharing your story and best wishes on your goals!

  25. I can’t resist correcting myself: weight loss. Not weight lost! :-)

  26. How do you balance your Medifast meals with what your family consumes? It sounds like a good plan, but that additional amount of money to my food budget is too much.

    Oh, by the way, I’m 5’7″ and I also strongly dislike that extra weight. After my fourth child (I always say one too many. LOL), I kept a lot of weight but it’s distributed differently. Up until a few months ago I weighed the same amount as I did at 8 months pregnant. Horrible! No one could believe it, which is good, but I’m so uncomfortable with more weight. I think I look like you – shapely and beautiful! And, like you, I feel better when things are smaller and tighter. I’ve lost about 10 pounds in the past couple of months so I hope I keep going down. (From 196ish to 185 1/2)… I want to lose a minimum of 25 more)

    Good luck with your weight lost – is this comment long, or what? :-)

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