I alternate between trying hard to be supportive, and remember that people don’t need to hear about me, they want to feel heard. Other questions:subscriberservices@theadvocate.com. Interestingly, I ate “on program” for the 24 hours before each weigh-in, so I am now (I guess) in the more typical, slower, weight loss period. The diet itself. But this winter she appears to have put weight back on, and she doesn’t seem to glow or sparkle when she enters a room, as I felt before. This may appeal to some since it largely eliminates the need for most planning, shopping, and food prep. And while I don't love a diet centered on pre-packaged foods, I like the fact at least "Fuelings" are made without artificial colors or sweeteners, and their "select" line is also preservative-free. But it is a strong sense i have. "Everything is spelled out. Secondly, though, is I read more on his past; particularly a very intimate piece about past problems. Considering the rate at which Fuelings are to be consumed, though, the selection is low. I feel like I’ve walked out from under the shade into the sun (or, at least, that I am in that process). It’s easier to manage our friendship from afar than face to face. But I’m pretty sure I had OVER-ATE (had 1 oz instead of .5)  THIS REALLY HELPED ME–the remainder of the day I have had good energy and felt stabilized, and was able to keep on plan. It's not realistic to think that we can exist on pre-packaged meals for a significant period of time (especially in this town), so having a professional to help guide you through this transition is an essential element for long-term success. She became interested, so I have sent her materials. I ate 3 fuelings. I walked 4 miles at @4.1 mph pace, and kept my HR between 115-129; mostly mid 120s. The day before Easter (yes, it was really that poorly timed) I decided to try the Keto diet. What was I expecting? I want to be on a diet that allows that. Optavia provides nutrition information for all products, and the 5 & 1 program is advertised as providing at least 72g protein, 80 to 100g carbohydrates, and less than 30% of calories from fat each day. If I saw them more often, I would work to teach them about how I need to “fuel”, but seeing them once a year or 4 years….I didn’t feel it was the time. Offers may be subject to change without notice. She glowed! Molly Kimball is a registered dietitian in New Orleans. I weighed 162.1 at home today, and 159.5 after my workout at the gym (different scales, please note). Because of this, Optavia references the Medifast studies to support program’s effectiveness, and several studies suggest positive results when following the Medifast pre-portioned food plan in comparison to simply reducing intake using other methods. Product Claims Sheet. Thank you again. Two or more years later, I still enjoy checking in with my coach periodically, and have done two more “tune-up” rounds on the 5 and 1 to drop down a little more. Several thoughts: (1) I note that he lumps in the recommendations of the “lighter”, less persuasive research findings in with the very strong research, and gives them more credence and weight than I believe they have shown they deserve; (2) the book is clearly dated, and needs to be updated; (3) (this point is mostly positive, but…) the book is encyclopedic! The community experience. I also noted that I was more tired today on the treadmill,  I think because Kyle worked me harder than Brandon did on Wednesday. This breaks down to approximately $3.50 per meal. It is nice that they are interested in talking about these things; I think that Brandon is taking me a little more seriously since I’ve really shown him some progress. The Meltdown Challenges are good because they just keep one connected daily to the complete Habits of Health conceptualization. The first couple of times someone asked me about OPTAVIA, a relatively new diet program, I didn't give it much thought. Coaching and online support: OPTAVIA offers the support of coaches and online forums, video chats and weekly support meetings. I told myself I’d eat my lean n green meal there (they are famous for the great meat they serve at these things). You also have the option to buy additional boxes of specific Fuelings you like, and Purposeful Hydration kits ($39.99 for a box of 30) which are powdered flavorings to add to water. I did, however–inevitably, I suppose–snack over my allotment perhaps of veggies, with that rub on them, and the raspberries, and the wine. In addition, you may still have grocery expenses if cooking for a family. The evening desire to eat more is still prevalent……  Tonight, I took several “short walks” to take my mind off grazing/snacking (luckily, it’s simply gorgeous outside!). I also, in a pinch, do the non-sugar popsicle, even if I had the nuts. The bar was okay, not too sweet, but reeked of vitamins!! I am enjoying drinking all the water, I do not seem to need to go to the bathroom excessively at this point. days). Hmmm?? I want to talk about what I’m doing, I want to obsess a little about it without any guilt that I’m being selfish at the expense of others/another. So, last night, sitting like a tired lump on the couch watching TV/Facebook, and open to cravings, Mark put on his music, and I sort of danced through an hour. I think I need to stop and think about this for a while. Each one gives me a little charge of excitement and attention, and pleasure at being reminded that I’m on a journey (sort of), and I get to receive attention and support for it. I ate the oatmeal fueling with a cup of almond milk (It was very good! It is very clear that he has done the deep work on himself, and his humble openess to helping “me” (and others) appears to come from some pretty heavy soul searching, insight, and work. Yes, I Think you can get the basics in 30 days and I dare say – maybe hire a nutritionist that can help you navigate “real” food to where it didn’t seem so limiting socially. But I have that need, too, (LOL) so I worry that my responses to others are too-self-centered and not other-centered & supportive. I researched online and found out (confirmed to myself) that the TSFL 5 & 1 diet is “mildly” ketogenic. I will ask Craig about this tonight when we check in again. I feel thinner. I also can imagine that she might really benefit from the distraction of focusing on her beauty and health (getting more beautiful and healthier), while she goes through this hard time, in companionship with me. Dr. Eating plans on the Optavia Diet vary slightly depending on how much weight you need to lose and how far along you are in the weight loss process, but all programs consist of two main components: Optavia Fuelings and Lean and Green Meals. Therefore, I choose to claim today’s weight as the lowest in 9 years! 119 meals) runs between $390 to $425. I can lavish attention on her if she decides to do the program. One Lean and Green Meal per day keeps additional grocery expenses fairly low, but these meals are centered around lean proteins and produce which aren’t always the lowest-costing grocery items. Change ). I wonder how this will impact my metabolism!! Beautiful weather, no schedule, no one else at home. Comment and read more atNOLA.com/eat-drink. Only .2 under 5 lbs in two days! (159 on the West Hills scale.) I was hungry, and I couldn’t think or get work done. It's no secret, I'm not a fan of pre-packaged diet systems, so I began looking into this trendy one with a skeptical eye. (This chapter made me write “why?” down several times. He’s young, but he’s curious and intellectual, and I really enjoy working and talking with him. I am also curious about the theory behind TSFL using a “mildly” ketogenic approach, instead of a flat-out extreme-low-carb one (like the first phase of Atkins). I was very worried about them being potentially gimmicky and….crappy.