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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Progress update - smaller jeans!

I started following the 5&1 program on October 12. That’s less than 4 months ago if your sense of time is skewed like mine right now. 

My goals were more about how I felt rather than my weight. My dream goal was to fit into size 10 jeans again - I’m 5’10” so that is (I thought) a comfortable size for me. 

Today I pulled out some size 8 jeans. They fit perfectly. It’s extra funny because just yesterday I shared this first picture - size 16 to size 10 jeans (same brand, style, rise, etc) and I knew the 10s were getting big but didn’t think the 8s would fit yet. 

This program works!





Monday, January 18, 2021

Week 14 on Optavia - Weigh In Update!

I am SO CLOSE to reaching the 50 pounds GONE mark - and I can hardly believe it. 

14 weeks. 
48 pounds. 

I simultaneously don't feel like I'm even living in my own body, and also feel more like myself than I have in years. I could cry thinking about how much LIFE this program has given me. It's so much more than the physical changes - it's the energy, the sleep, the better and more positive attitude and outlook, and just everything in general. I feel so wonderfully amazing that I just want to shout it and shake everyone who needs this program, and tell them over and over again that IT WORKS and I'm here and ready and willing to help them find their health again. 




Friday, January 15, 2021

Breakfast Scramble - Complete Lean and Green Meal

I really wanted scrambled eggs today, and I had some extra veggies to use up, so I mixed up this Breakfast Scramble. It is a complete Lean and Green meal. I had some leftover ground beef from a previous meal, so I split the protein between the eggs and the beef, and added veggies. You could easily substitute other veggies (be sure to weigh/measure) and a different healthy fat, depending on what you have on hand. I will include some suggestions below. 

PLEASE use the Vegetable Conversion Chart to WEIGH your foods! 

Again, this is a full and complete Lean and Green Meal! You do not need to add anything else! 

Breakfast Scramble - Complete Lean and Green


Ingredients:
1 cups liquid eggs/liquid egg whites (1/2 LEANEST)
2.5 oz cooked 93% lean ground beef (1/2 LEAN)
1 cup spinach, cooked* - (2 GREEN)
0.5 cup sliced portobello mushrooms, cooked* (1 GREEN)
5-10 black olives (1 HEALTHY FAT - read your label to determine serving size)

*I cook first, then weigh my veggies according to the vegetable conversion chart

Directions:

1. Preheat skillet on stovetop over medium heat, spray with nonstick cooking spray. 
2. Add sliced portobello mushroom to skillet, let sit for 5 minutes, and then stir for another several minutes until cooked. Remove from heat and weigh them (0.5c cooked portobello mushrooms from raw = 60.5g = 1 GREEN)
3. Add spinach to skillet, stirring and heating just until wilted. Remove from heat and weigh (0.5c = 90g = 1 GREEN, so 1c = 180g = 2 GREEN).
4. Add ground beef to skillet to brown, and cook thoroughly. Remove from heat and weigh (2.5oz cooked 93% lean ground beef = 1/2 LEAN). Drain any fat from the skillet. 
5. Add 1c liquid egg whites/substitute (1/2 LEANEST) to skillet, and stir while cooking until desired hardness. 
6. Add cooked ground beef, cooked mushrooms, cooked spinach, and black olives (weighed to proper serving) to skillet, stir together, and serve hot. I topped with a dash of hot sauce! 

Substitutes:
  • Any approved vegetable can be substituted for the spinach or mushrooms for your GREEN - be sure to weigh and measure properly!
  • Top with 2 Tbsp Sour Cream, and remove the olives, for your Healthy Fat
  • Mix in 1 Babybel or 1 Original Laughing Cow, and remove the olives, for your Healthy Fat
  • Remove the beef, and use 2 cups of liquid egg white/substitute (add 1 Healthy Fat if you do this)
  • Remove the beef, and substitute with 3 oz cooked shredded chicken (add an additional 1/2 Healthy Fat if you do this)
This recipe is very versatile - so customize it how you like, and enjoy! 




Monday, January 11, 2021

Week 13 on Optavia - 3 months!

Three months.
Thirteen weeks.
Just shy of 46 pounds.

I honestly didn’t ever think this was possible.
I feel amazing.
I have energy.
I sleep well at night, every night.
I am eating foods I had been avoiding for years because they bothered me - and those foods aren’t bothering me anymore.
I am not hungry (or hangry!)
I feel more like myself than I have in a long time.

I am 100% worth it.



Sunday, January 10, 2021

Exercise and/or Long Hours and Optavia

If you work out strenuously, or work long hours, you might have questions about how Optavia can and will fit into your life. Here are some guidelines. 



On adding extra fuelings:

If clients are going to be up for later hours, we do not recommend adding extra Fuelings, as this contributes extra carbohydrates and may take the client out of the fat-burning state. Instead, we recommend that clients either utilize the optional snack or 2-3 oz. of additional protein if staying up for later hours.

On skipping fuelings:

It is important that clients get in 5 Fuelings and a full lean and green every day. We do not recommend that clients skip Fuelings or any of their lean and green meal. Skipping any of these options could potentially inhibit a client’s weight loss results, as getting too low of calories can send our body into a conservation state.

On spacing fuelings: 

If clients start their day later than usual and feel that they’re going to have a hard time getting all of their Fuelings in for the day, we would recommend that they shorten their time intervals to get everything in (i.e. eat every 1.5-2 hours instead of every 2-3 hours). If a client feels that they are going to miss their 5th Fueling later in the day due to emergency circumstances, we would rather them double up on their last two Fuelings for the day than to skip a Fueling.

On longer days: 

For clients who are up for longer hours regularly (i.e. nurses or those who have shift work), we recommend they spread out their eating times to every 3 hours, split their lean and green meal into 2 portions, utilize the optional snack, and add an extra 2-3oz. of protein. If they feel this is not enough food or they find themselves hungry throughout the day, we could potentially switch them to the 4&2 plan. This plan would give them 2 lean and green meals to split into two portions.

On timing fuelings:

It is okay for clients to eat right before bedtime (including eating their lean and green meal right before bedtime), as long as they are physically comfortable doing so (unless they have a pre-existing medical condition such as acid reflux, which may prevent them from eating so close to bedtime).

Exercise info:

The Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan® is designed to only support up to 45 minutes of light to moderate intensity activity per day. We describe light to moderate intensity activity as something you can do while holding a conversation comfortably with someone, or as something that keeps your heart rate maximum under 65%. This may include activities such as brisk walking, gentle yoga, light resistance training, etc. If clients feel they are a bit more hungry on the days they do an activity that falls within these parameters, they can add an additional 2-3oz. of protein to their day. If the client is doing more activity than what falls within these parameters (whether in terms of intensity or duration), then we would have to switch them to a higher calorie program altogether in order to support that activity and see results.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

How to Fix OPTAVIA Fuelings

HOW TO FIX YOUR OPTAVIA FUELINGS 

Fuelings come ready to eat, and as a powdered mix that you prepare before eating. Keep this process simple! 



DASH WAFFLE MAKER: 

Any “baked good” type fueling can be made into a waffle. Use the recommended amount of water on the packet, or substitute liquid egg whites for the water. Using water makes 1 waffle; using egg whites “puffs” the batter up, and makes 2 waffles. My favorite things to Dash are the Buttermilk Cheddar Herb Biscuit, Mashed Potatoes, Brownie, Cookie, Blueberry Biscuit, Cinnamon Cake, and Sweet Potatoes. 

See my tips here: http://www.myjourneytoahealthyme.com/2020/11/dash-mini-waffle-maker-optavia-fuelings.html

SOUPS AND PASTAS: 

I find the texture and taste to be best when I add the soup mix to an insulated container or insulated mug, pour boiling water over the top, stir, and cover for at least an hour. I often make a thermos of soup while I’m making my first Fueling, and set it on a counter or in my bag, and save it for my 3rd Fueling. So simple and easy to take on the go! 

MICROWAVE: 

Mix as directed on the packet. I microwave baked goods for between 15-30 seconds, rather than the recommended time. I like the baked goods a little gooey. It’s ok to eat all of the fuelings as a batter, too! 

TOASTER or OVEN:


Use the provided paper cup, and bake as directed. 




Any other tips? Leave a comment! 

Monday, January 4, 2021

Week 12 Weigh-In - January 4, 2021

Have I mentioned before that I am LOVING this program? I think I might have 😉

I breezed through the New Years holiday on plan - a big part of that is because I didn't leave my house due to the pandemic, but regardless, I stayed on plan, I made a choice to fuel my body with the food it needs and wants, and I FEEL AMAZING. I sat down and wrote out my goals for the year. 

I have been tracking my measurements also, and let me just say - I am blown away by the difference between October 12 and today. I look at myself in the mirror and I still see me, but I put on clothes I wasn't even close to fitting into before and they're big. I am wearing shirts that are two sizes smaller than what I was wearing before. My jeans have dropped almost 3 full sizes. My watch is on a much smaller setting, so is my belt. I can't say it enough, this program WORKS, and it is EASY. The formula is so simple - follow the program, eat 5 Fuelings plus 1 Lean and Green a day, and lose weight and inches while also feeling better. Fat-Burn is an awesome place to be! 

I've changed my goal recently - when I started, I was hoping to lose 20 lbs. I didn't honestly think it was possible. Then I changed it to 60 lbs. Now I'm going for a healthier weight and BMI for my height. I will get there, and you know what? It'll be THIS YEAR that I get to that goal, and then THAT'S IT - I never have to do this again! All these little daily choices are leading me to big lifelong changes, and I couldn't be happier about it. 



Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks. 


Sunday, January 3, 2021

Tuna "Sandwich" Lean and Green

I have been trying to use up some of the food in my fridge before it goes bad, so I pulled this Lean and Green together today and it was quite yummy! If you eat snacks, you could also use a dill pickle spear for the crunch with the tuna, or just on the side! I mixed the cucumber and mayo in with the tuna, and made myself sandwiches and wraps with the lettuce and sandwich thins. It was so filling and tasty! 

3 Outer Aisle Cauliflower Sandwich Thins (3 thins = 1/2 Lean + 1 Green)
3.5 oz tuna canned in water (1/2 Leanest)
0.5 Tbsp mayonnaise (1 Healthy Fat)
0.5 cup diced cucumber (1 Green)
1 cup romaine lettuce leaves (1 Green)

Lean and Green - Tuna, Romaine, Cucumber, Outer Aisle Cauliflower Sandwich Thins


Friday, January 1, 2021

Goals and Resolutions

I'm not much for resolutions, but today - for the first time ever - I wrote down goals for myself for January, and for all of 2021 (all related to my health, my finances, and travel goals post-pandemic). I also balanced my bank account, organized my planner (ha!), and made a list of things I need to do every day to stay on top of things and be productive. 

Are you a resolutions person? Do you set goals for yourself? Do you write them down? How do you stay organized in life?



Thursday, December 31, 2020

When Eat Healthy + Exercise ≠ Healthy Body/Weight

I feel like for years I’ve been doing ALL THE THINGS to get healthy, and yet I kept running into a wall. I’ve gained and lost the same 10-20 pounds countless times in the last few years. 

I was following the formula. I knew what to do. Eat healthy + exercise = healthy body/weight. It should have worked. 

But it didn’t. 

I spent a lot of time listening to my body to determine what foods hurt and what didn’t. I forgot to find the foods that helped.

When eating healthy + exercise ≠ healthy body/weight, even when I was doing everything “right”, I told myself I must not be trying hard enough, and to keep trying. I worked out at ridiculous-dark-o’clock every morning. I cut some foods out of my diet, and added others. I ate less (then more). I tried intermittent fasting. I bought all the vitamins and supplements to try to feel better and feel healthy. I was sleeping like crap, exhausted, and barely surviving on caffeine. 

It wasn’t working. NOTHING was working. I kept hitting that wall. I needed a new formula. I found it in October. I am going into the new year more than 40 pounds lighter and feeling a million times better than just 2.5 months ago. I FEEL AMAZING and I WANT THIS for all my friends who have not only struggled with their health, but are also doing the mental gymnastics to simply keep your head above water. I would love to help you find your health!




Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Optavia Week 11 Weigh-In 12/29/20

I forgot to do my measurements yesterday, so I'm a day off on my post today - so it's really Week 11 + 1 Day

This is going to be short but AWESOME this week. I made it through the Christmas holiday on plan, with only mild cookie temptation. I hit the 40 pound weight loss mark. I'm excited to share this program with people in 2021. 

It was a good week!









Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks. 


Monday, December 28, 2020

Post-Holiday Weekend Exhaustion?

How are you feeling after the holiday weekend? Are you tired and exhausted and worn out from all the holiday excitement? Did you take a nap? Did the stress and chaos give you a headache? Are you rejuvenated and ready to go today?

I used to *need* a strong kick of caffeine just to get through the day - that afternoon slump around 3pm was awful. When I had several busy and/or stressful days in a row, I’d tell myself I earned a nap - and then I would prioritize that nap on weekends. I have never had a lot of luck with sleeping in (so I’m always up around the same time every day), but for a long time (years!) I would wake in the middle of the night, and lay in bed for an hour or more trying to fall back asleep. No matter when I went to bed, I wasn’t getting enough sleep. That constant cycle of being tired, and needing caffeine, and then being even more tired, and then getting a headache from being so tired, was…exhausting. 

I didn’t even know it was possible to break that cycle…but I did! I changed my diet. I prioritized myself. I am sleeping solidly and soundly 8-9 hours a night (yes, for real!) now. I take Natural Vitality Calm, a powdered form of magnesium, at bedtime and I swear it helps with my sleep. I haven’t had a headache in months. 

Look at my eyes in these pictures. There’s no filters on them. Look how tired I am in the photo on the left, with circles under my eyes. I wasn’t healthy! My sleep wasn’t healthy! I was so bloated and inflamed! 

Look at me on the right - awake, alert, and I feel like my eyes are brighter and clearer. It’s not just about surviving each day, it’s about living each day. Join me in living each day, I would love to share this program with you and help you feel amazing and get the good sleep too!



Saturday, December 26, 2020

Christmas on Optavia

I love cooking and baking. I especially love the tradition I have with my children to bake holiday cookies - peanut butter blossoms, cut-out sugar cookies with frosting, snickerdoodles, oatmeal chocolate chip, and sometimes even more. We bake everything dairy-free, and often gluten-free also, and it is something we all enjoy. 

I'm not going to lie, it was REALLY difficult this year to not taste-test the batter (especially the oatmeal chocolate chip batter) or the cookies (the peanut butter blossoms are my favorite!) but I asked myself one simple question and it helped me refocus: "What do I want more - that cookie, that I already know how it tastes (and honestly, it's probably not as good as I'm imagining it to be), OR to keep feeling amazing and not destroy my stomach by eating foods it isn't used to?" The answer was simple at that point. Maybe some day it won't be simple, but this year, it was easy to choose ME over the cookies. It was easy to put myself first, and break that habit, and remind myself it was things like those cookies that got me to where I was in the first place. There is a time and place for choosing to indulge in a sweet treat, but I am not at that time nor that place right now, and I made a very conscious and intentional choice to NOT taste-test the sweets this year. 

But what about dinner? 

I know there are tons of ways to create Optavia-compliant holiday meals and side dishes. Several are listed here. Much like Thanksgiving, I just don't have the same sentimental attachment to holiday foods that a lot of people seem to have. I don't need the meat and cheesy side dishes. As a kid, I would only eat mashed potatoes (no gravy) and pumpkin pie and cookies. 

I know a lot of people make the conscious choice to go off-plan for the holidays, to splurge a little bit, or take small tastes of foods that they would normally not eat while following Optavia. All of that is fine, especially when it is an intentional decision. 

So what did I eat?

I had my five Fuelings - I added a dash of nutmeg to a creamy vanilla shake and it was delicious! - and I ate seafood and spaghetti squash, with salad, for my Lean and Green. It was yummy, it was filling, and it kept me in Fat-Burn!



Wednesday, December 23, 2020

A Tale of Two Dresses

I bought the dress on the right to wear for an event a few years ago. I loved it - the material, the fit, the way the bottom hem looks. When I got home though, it was a little too snug to wear comfortably. I called all over town looking for another store with the same dress in a bigger size - found it - and went and bought it. That's the dress on the left. I don't have many occasions to get dressed up (especially this year), but I last wore the larger size dress to a Roaring 20s party last December, and absolutely loved being dressed up and out with my friends and felt good in what I was wearing (despite hiding behind a shawl). 

I tried on dresses last night so my daughter and I could take silly pictures in front of the tree (you've seen the pics from the 50s and 60s floating around of women decked out posing with their trees, right?) and the larger size dress was falling off me, so I tried on the smaller size, and that's what I'm wearing in the picture. It actually has too much room in it now, but I still love the material and the way the dress flares, and that's the dress my daughter chose for me to wear last night for our silly pictures because she likes the hem too. 

So, I'm officially retiring the dress on the left, and probably need to retire the dress on the right too, and buy myself some new fancy clothes for the off-chance of getting dressed up and going out someday ever again. If you're like me and have a closet full of clothes you hold on to, on the off chance of maybe possibly fitting into them again someday, let me help you get your someday sooner rather than later. It took me 2 years to decide to commit to this program, and choose myself and my health; don't wait as long as I did. Give yourself the gift of health this holiday season. I'd love to celebrate you fitting into your "someday" clothes in a few weeks!



Monday, December 21, 2020

Optavia Week 10 Weigh-In - 12/21/20

I don't know if I've mentioned it recently, but I LOVE THIS PROGRAM. I love that I don't feel hungry. I love that I'm learning new habits about food. I love that I FEEL SO GOOD. I love that I'm sleeping well. I love that I'm fitting into clothes I haven't worn in years. In fact, those clothes I was excited about fitting into last week, are almost too big already. WHAT?!

If you had told me back in October when I was starting this program, that I'd be on track to lose 40 pounds by the end of December, I would have laughed you right out of the room. If you had told me I'd lose 38.3 pounds in ten weeks, I would have laughed even harder. It seems surreal. It feels like I should be working hard to lose weight and get healthy, and it should be consuming my thoughts, but it's not. It's just...normal. This program is just part of my life, and even though I know it is temporary until I reach transition and maintenance, it isn't stressful or all-consuming. 

I had a little bit of a weird week. I was hungry for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday last week - which is odd, because I haven't been hungry since my first week on Optavia. I think it had something to do with my hormones. I talked to my coach, added in a little bit of extra protein and healthy fat, and after three days I was back to feeling like I usually do. I suspect something somehow kicked me out of Fat-Burn (even though I still lost weight this week), which is odd because I weigh all my food and follow the program exactly, but I guess strange things can happen when hormones go wacky. 

With the holidays coming, it has been a huge temptation to eat the sweets and cookies we are constantly baking in my house, but I keep asking myself - what do I want more - a cookie that I know what it tastes like (and honestly it probably doesn't even taste that great now that my taste buds have adjusted to the low-glycemic foods on Optavia), or to keep on feeling good? When I ask myself that question, the answer is easy - I want to keep on feeling good. I know what those cookies taste like. I don't need them right now. I can have them next time if I want to, but right now I am choosing MYSELF over the cookies. 







Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks. 


Sunday, December 20, 2020

What is Fat-Burn? When am I in Fat-Burn on Optavia?

EXPLANATION OF FAT-BURN from Nutrition Support:

What is Fat Burn?

This program works by putting you in a “fat burning state”. This is more technically known as a very mild "dietary ketosis." Ketosis is a stage of metabolism where your body has depleted the reserves of its main form of energy – glycogen. Once those reserves are gone, your liver will begin breaking down stored fat in the body for use as energy. Breaking down the fat yields fatty acids and three types of ketone bodies (hence, the name ketosis). The ketones are then burned by the cells in your body as an alternative fuel. We try to stay away from the name “Ketosis” because of the negativity associated with it. We will call it “Fat Burning” or the “Fat Burning State”. 

The fat-burning state or ketosis refers to a metabolic state where your body is burning fat instead of its preferred fuel of carbohydrates. 

Carbohydrates exist in two forms when you are eating normally - "free" or accessible carbs, and stored carbs called glycogen. When your body needs fuel, it will burn the free carbs first (like when you eat a bagel or drink a glass of OJ - full of sugar/carbs). When all the free carbs are gone, your body will burn the stored carbs (glycogen). Glycogen is made and stored primarily in the cells of the liver and the muscles, and contains carbs and water stored together. Once the glycogen and stored water is gone, your body turns to burning fat.

In the first week of this program, people usually lose 3+ lbs. Most of that is a result of using up the glycogen, because every gram of stored carbs ALSO stores 3 grams of water. If the glycogen is used, the water is released. Result? Large weight loss.

This is ALSO why, if you have a high carb meal at some point, your weight goes UP UP UP. Every extra gram of carbs will be stored with an extra 3 grams of water. This is why if you eat 1 lb of chocolate, your weight goes up by 4 lbs (at least! 1 lb carbs + 3 lbs water).On a side note, when your body burns fat as fuel, ketone bodies are produced and are released in your urine, sweat, and saliva - this is the reason some people experience a sweet taste in their mouth. Additionally the brain loves ketones, so sometimes people have a euphoric "runners high" type feeling. The more fat that is burned, the higher the concentration of ketone bodies. Since this is a "mild" ketosis most people do not experience the taste in their mouth, but many do get that little energy "high".

Our program produces a MILD ketogenic, or "fat-burning" state. For diets that invoke a SERIOUS ketosis, like the Atkins diet, your carbs are limited to less than 20g per day (not what we would consider balanced). On the 5&1 program, we are eating just about 80g of carbs daily - JUST enough to keep your brain functioning well, and JUST enough to put you into mild ketosis.

You will KNOW that you are in ketosis IF you have been 100% ON PLAN for 3 days. This is because your body only stores enough glycogen to provide fuel for 3 days. Once the glycogen is GONE, after 3 days, you will be in mild ketosis.


Getting Into the Fat Burning State

Arguably, the worst part of being on the program is getting into FB. Our bodies have done what they’ve always done for millions of years – they’ve adapted to life as they know it. Our lives have led to us being overweight by indulging in bad foods in bad quantities. Our bodies are now used to that type of existence. Introducing a new nutritional paradigm (ketosis) to our bodies will necessitate it’s adapting to the new condition. This adaptation is stressful for the body and we will feel the effects.

First, your body will notice a dramatic drop in caloric intake at first. We’ve gotten our bodies used to abundant calories and carbohydrates for long periods of time or to an up and down pattern of calories/carbs which our bodies see as “feast or famine”. Either way, when we take the calories/carbs away, our bodies will react:

    1. Hunger – you’re going to feel hunger because your body is used to having more than it has now. Not atypical for dieting in general.
    2. Fatigue – you’re taking in dramatically less fuel (food) than you used to and your body will probably try to compensate by getting you to slow down your expenditure of energy. It does this by decreasing your metabolic rate. This can make you feel tired, even dizzy. It’s a type of warning that your body’s giving you saying “if you don’t get some food, I’m going to start burning fat!”
    3. Headache – some report headaches associated with “carbohydrate withdrawal”. Whether it’s truly withdrawl or not, I don’t know. However, it certainly seems that way to those who suffer its effects. The typical headache relief methods (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin) are allowable while on Optavia, however your stomach may seem more sensitive to them because it’s no longer loaded with food. Try to use such products soon after having a meal and drink plenty of water.
    4. Irritability – when you're hungry, tired and/or have a headache…you can be understandably irritable. Try to keep in mind that you may be more inclined to react negatively to things during this short time and don’t go off on those who don’t deserve it.

The good news is that this transition generally lasts only 2-4 days. Once you’re in Fat Burn, you’ll feel a difference in your energy level. It will go up significantly as your body begins to enjoy having an alternative fuel source – fat stores!


Being in Fat Burn

As the ketones pervade your bloodstream to supply the cells with energy, your state of Fat Burn begins to manifest some side effects. Some of those side effects are disquieting, but they’re not bad for you.
Ketones will show up in your urine, which are sometimes able to be detected with Ketostix, but the state of ketosis that OPTAVIA evokes is so mild that often such tests won’t show a positive result on the Ketostix.

One of the three types of ketones is permeable to the lungs and can pass from the blood through the lung walls and becomes incorporated into your exhalations, the same way that carbon dioxide passes out of the body. This can cause “ketosis breath” and a slight metallic taste in the mouth. This is unpleasant, but can be easily overcome with frequent brushing of teeth (a few times a day) and sugarless gum/mints.

Menses can also be affected while in ketosis. Your cycle may be disrupted or cease all together. While this is an odd occurrence for a woman, it is not completely unexpected while in this state.

Happily, once you're in Fat Burn, your hunger dissipates, and you get the best of both worlds: faster weight loss AND reduced hunger. You may occasionally feel hunger while in Fat Burn, but it should be more mild than normal. Since you’re eating every few hours, you shouldn’t feel that gnawing sensation associated with hunger prior to being in ketosis. As your body adapts to the new circumstances, it may even develop an internal clock that will make you mildly hungry right around meal time. For some, there is no hunger at all and people need to remember or even be reminded that they need to eat!

Another side effect for some is an increased sensitivity to cold. Hands and feet can be particularly effected. I am normally very hot blooded, yet my hands and feet became ice cold when in Fat Burn. Hot drinks (tea, coffee, Optavia cocoa/mocha/cappuccino), sweaters, heat packs, etc can all help with this.

Breaking Fat Burn

Staying in Fat Burn revolves around keeping your body from getting excess carbohydrates. If your body comes to the conclusion that there are enough carbohydrates available to use as its main fuel source, it will end the Fat Burn state and resume using carbohydrates. This crash out of Fat Burn has some side effects as well:
  • Hunger – your body will assume that since you’re getting enough carbs to end Fat Burn, there must be ample food available. Coming out of Fat Burn and having food available is exactly the type of situation that the body has adapted for over the millennia - “Feast or Famine”. Now, it sees it as a time to feast so that you can replenish the glycogen that you depleted while getting into Fat Burn. That replenishment requires more fuel – more food! Therefore, your body tells you to eat, eat and eat. You’ll be almost insatiably hungry.
  • Immediate and dramatic weight gain – As your body restores its glycogen, you’re gaining weight…quickly. Several pounds in a period of a couple days is not uncommon.

Resuming Fat Burning

If you fall out of Fat Burn for some reason, the best thing to do is to start working to get right back in it. Follow the program as if you didn’t do anything to fall out.

If you “cheated” and had a candy bar or a hoagie or cookie or a slice of bread or whatever, resume the program as if you hadn’t had it at all. Keep on your meal schedule and get in your 5 Optavia meals and a Lean and Green. Don’t abandon the day, weekend or week by just giving up on it because you’ve “screwed it up”. Just get right back into the program immediately!

Doing this helps to significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to get back into Fat Burn. The longer you stay out of Fat Burn, the longer it takes to get back into it. So, hop right back on the wagon! 

Here’s a video to explain a bit about FAT BURN with Doug Wood: 

Bottom line? To be in a state of Fat Burn, you need to be 100% on plan. If you aren't, you will still lose weight (because you'll be eating fewer carbs every day than normal) - but it will be more slowly, and hunger and cravings are likely. The more CARBS you eat over 100g, the less BODY FAT your body will metabolize as fuel. And since fat carries 3500 calories per pound of energy, it is high octane fuel!

If you eat lots of extra fat- 1 cup of nuts, 1 lb of cheese, an entire avocado- you WILL stay in ketosis, but your body will metabolize the "free" fat because it is more easily accessed than your stored body fat. This could lead to slower weight loss, or a plateau. *This is still a better option than indulging in too many sugary treats!

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

A chart of my health and weight

I started tracking my weight using an app about 4 years ago. I didn't even own a scale before that, because I didn't care about weight, I cared about how I felt, and how my clothes fit. This is still true for me today. Being healthy is my goal. The weight is a side-effect of the health. I care more about my overall health and how I feel, than a number on a scale. Today, I looked at my overall graph of my weight (which, to me, indicates my overall health), and I realized I am at the lowest point I've been since I started tracking in early 2017. That was about the time I started really addressing my health and being conscious of what foods I was eating and how they affected me. I've said elsewhere on this blog how I was gaining and losing the same weight, sometimes in very short amounts of time, and I felt bloated, inflamed, and like my body was irritated with me. The ups and downs in this graph definitely reflect the ups and downs in my overall health. 

LOOK AT THIS GRAPH THOUGH. 

What even is this almost straight down line since October 12, 2020? Holy cow! I almost can't believe that's the difference this program has made on my health. That green arrow is where I am today, and it's lower than any other dip on that graph. 



Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Optavia Week 9 Weigh In - 12/14/20

I had a really good week. I feel good, I'm sleeping so well, and I went through all of my clothes and pulled out dozens of items to donate or give away. I'm even wearing jeans that I haven't worn in the 5.5 years since I moved into this house - so my "I'll maybe wear these someday" jeans are finally being worn because "someday" is TODAY! It's funny to think that they probably won't last very long though, maybe just a few weeks. I don't have any smaller sizes, so I need to start buying a few things at a time, just to get me through until I find where my body naturally stops and feels healthy. 

Today I noticed I was hungry. Not bored hungry, but tummy growling hungry. It was strange, because I haven't been hungry in a long time. I made sure to drink my water, and I had an extra Ultima electrolytes and that helped. 

Also, this is a total NSV (non scale victory) but I am fastening my watch band on the third setting instead of the fifth - that's a big difference! 





Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks. 

Saturday, December 12, 2020

I lost 35 pounds on Optavia 5&1!

Let me be completely honest. When I started this program, I didn't know what exactly I was getting into, I just knew that I needed to do something. I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I was never feeling rested. I had all the tools to eat healthy, but I didn't know how to use them. I was skipping meals because I was too busy to stop and eat, and then overeating when I did eat. I was snacking on stuff I didn't actually want to eat because it was quick. I had days I felt OK but I never really felt GREAT. I really wanted to lose 20 pounds so I'd fit in my clothes better and because I knew I'd feel better with that extra weight gone. 20 pounds was my goal. I told my coach that number, and she said, well what's your BIG GOAL? And I was like, I dunno, maybe 50 or 60 (all while thinking to myself, yeah right!). I never actually thought I'd lose that much. I thought a healthy weight and healthy BMI was something that was not possible for me to achieve. I'm still not quite there, but now I not only feel like I CAN get there,  I know I WILL get there. 


Today I crossed the 35 pound weight loss mark (and hit 35.5 pounds lost - in just over 8 weeks!). I have a confession - I set my big goal in my Happy Scale app at 70 pounds - that seemed like such a huge goal at the time, but the app breaks it down into smaller goals. I split my big goal (70 pounds!) into 20 smaller goals. Today I crossed the halfway point in my journey. I've met 10 of my 20 smaller goals. I want to shout it out - I have lost over 35 pounds! I have lost over half of my BIG goal, the goal I didn't think I would ever even come close to achieving. I am just over 50% of the way there. 

I am so glad I CHOSE ME. I'm giving myself the gift of health, and that's pretty darn awesome. And you know what? I feel GREAT. Not just good, not just okay, but GREAT. 







Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

Friday, December 11, 2020

60 Days on Optavia 5&1 - 12/11/20

Today is Day 61, and marks the end of my second month on Optavia. I took photos this morning to document my progress. I never intended to share the original photos with anyone, but the difference is just so drastic I can't keep it to myself. I took the original photos on Day 1 - October 12, 2020. I've completed 60 full days of Optavia. 

Some of the differences I notice every single day:

  • I am sleeping amazingly well at night. It is sound, deep sleep - unlike what I've ever experienced before as an adult, especially with kids (even though my kids are 10 and 15). I am well-rested when I wake up and even though I can remember what it is like to wake up tired, it isn't happening for me anymore, unless something is really wacky with my schedule and I'm thrown off my routine. 
  • My tastes have changed, because I don't have cravings for sweets, or really anything. I used to want a piece of dairy-free chocolate at night before bed, or some gummies, or something else sweet. I do usually eat a sweet Fueling at bedtime - my favorite is the pudding, but I like the shakes, the brownies, and the cookies too! 
  • I am not hungry. I eat every 2.5-3 hours every day, throughout the day, and I am completely satisfied. I know if I'm getting close to the time to eat, but it's more of a reminder from my body that it's time to eat, rather than being hungry (or hangry!)
  • I don't have the afternoon slump where I want to take a 20 minute nap mid-afternoon. THIS IS HUGE FOR ME. It means I'm not supplementing with mid-afternoon caffeine to keep myself going. 
  • I wake up refreshed and ready to go, because I'm sleeping so well. I wake up ready for the day. The impact of this on my daily life can not be understated. It is so amazing to wake up and not want to stay in bed all day. 
  • I wasn't drinking a lot of coffee before, but I was getting caffeine through hot tea (that I was sweetening with dairy-free flavored coffee creamer). I don't even miss it. Sometimes I'll have a few ounces of cold brew coffee blended with a chocolate shake or caramel macchiato shake in the morning for my first fueling, but that's an exception, and not a daily occurrence. 
  • My stomach isn't bothering me. I have spent years dealing with gut issues and to have almost none for the past two months is something that is very obvious to me. This is a low glycemic program, and I think that is the part I was missing for all the past years. 
I am so happy I started this program. I am so proud of myself for it, even though it is ridiculously easy to stay on program. I am spending less time cooking, less time shopping, and less money overall on food, drinks, and groceries - which is crazy to me. The cost was so intimidating to me, but when I think back, I can't come up with a good reason to NOT invest in myself. I AM WORTH IT. 

If you are looking to feel better, sleep better, and GET THE WEIGHT OFF, I would love to coach you on the path I'm following, and help you create your own path to a healthier you! Please reach out to me, this program is life changing, and I am so excited for what the future holds. I feel confident and excited to keep going on this path to a healthier me. 

As of today, after 60 days on program, I am so proud to say I have lost 34.5 pounds! 










Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.