Thoughts: Around September of last year I signed up for a year of eDiets.com access for $19.95 in order to get my hands on their properly-calibrated Eating for Life meal plans and recipes since the EFL book straight up wasn’t precise enough for me with its unprinted nutrition information and oversized portions. I printed out some recipes, tried a handful of meals, hung out for a bit in their EFL support group board, and signed up and participated in two Life’s Odyssey challenges, which combine accountability for staying on your nutrition plan with lots of fun, friendly competition in acquiring points for being active. This coincided with my turbo cutting period, and played a part in my drop to 128 lbs last year. 😉
Nothing like competition to make me actually want to hit the treadmill twice a day.
eDiets posted a request for Eating for Life plan success stories about a month after I joined (having already completed one challenge on my own prior to becoming a member), and I sent in a pretty gushing testimonial about the Body for Life program upon which Eating for Life is based. One of their reps contacted me, asked for more details and photos, and then abruptly disappeared from communication after telling me that she would submit my information and pictures to their marketing team.
Last week I heard back from eDiets–they wanted to run a story about me in one of their newsletters. I was interviewed by Kim Droze this past Monday, and today my rather cheesy interview and before/after photos are plastered across their Success Story section on the site and emailed out to who knows how many eDiets members in a message entitled “How I lost 26 lbs! (super photos).” The article itself has the title, “TEN-SHUN! Ex-Soldier Slims Down, Tones Up!”
Here’s the email newsletter sent out this morning:
And this is the article itself:
Obviously they were digging the ex-Army girl angle. I don’t blame them. How many “stay-at-home-moms-who-lost-300 lbs-on-Atkins” stories can a marketing department write without getting bored out of their minds, really? The “after” photos rarely show fit women with muscle tone, just smaller chicas with poochy bellies that won’t go away or the slim, no-muscles-left look.
The interview is heavily skewed towards promoting the Eating for Life plan at eDiets.com, but I expected nothing less. Hey, they are in business to sign up new people and make money–nothing wrong with that, especially since their service does help many men and women lose unwanted weight. If my story, as goofy as it reads, convinces just ONE wavering patron to choose the Eating for Life/Body for Life over a plan that only involves calorie restriction, cutting out entire food groups, and no solid exercise plan, I will count it as a success even though I come off as a complete EFL puppet in the write-up, hee. (The “* RESULTS NOT TYPICAL” disclaimer beneath each of my photos absolutely cracks me up.)
I’ll be using more of the EFL/eDiets recipes in the near future now that I’ve had them raise my calories to 2000-2100 from 1200-1300 per day. The sizes of my meals now are outrageous. I LOVE maintenance. Ladies and gentlemen, when you hit your goal weight, don’t just keep going with the old palm and fist. You don’t know what you are missing by dropping your metabolism permanently down to cutting levels. Hah.
I actually love that uber-flabby “Before” pic of myself in the cranberry top and my belly hanging out. Anytime someone tells me that I was never fat, I send them to that picture from my Las Vegas trip in May 2003. (This pic is even better! Flabtastico!) But why, oh why, couldn’t they have used my more recent bikini “after” photo instead of the one from August? I look much better at 17.5% body fat than I did at 22%!
Nutrition (2000-2200 calorie maintenance/bulking menu)
1: 1 cup peas, 5.5 oz. tuna, and 1/3 c. (dry) oatmeal with cinnamon and Equal
2: 5.5 oz tuna, 1 c. mushroom penna pasta, 1 c. spinach
3: Coconut banana crunch bar
4: Catered dinner at work
5: 1 scoop whey and apple
6: Nutty vanilla pudding (eDiets EFL)
Multivitamin with iron
Calcium 500 + D
1 T. flax seed oil
Calories eaten / deficit for yesterday = 1775 / -204 (target 0)
Water: 17 cups
Ratios: 39% carb / 44% protein / 17% fat
10 pm cardio – Steady state treadmill run (6-7 mph / 30 mins)
The Awful Truth:
1. I’m still out of groceries, as you can probably tell by my meal plan. Heh.
2. Still need to fold last of laundry.
1. Drank a ton of water yesterday due to post-blood donation dehydration.
1. Got to the grocery store!
2. Fold laundry.
3. Create some 50/30/20 versions of my favorite In2nutrition recipes.