Good question... I dunno what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some research and get back to you if I got an good answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could assist you..
! He's been in Iraq, he'll only be at home for 10 days then he has to go to California (the rest of us will be moving there in the summer.. we live in NC now)..
Morning everyone else, I'm still not sleeping to well, can't wait for Eric to be here so I can sleep for a few nights in a row. Weather is still decent but not as awesome as yesterday. I think we're going to go with another family to walk at the nature preserve this afternoon..
Hope everyone has a great OP day..
Anna, thanks for starting us off today. It's a gorgeous morning here in FL and I can hear birds singing. A little nippy by FL standards, but gorgeous. I have to be out all day so I wanted to check in here early. I won't have time to take a walk with dh as we have been doing on Sundays since New Year's so it will be more of a sedentary day than usual..
Thanks for for starting us off today, Anna. We're all onm countdown. There was a Vlog/blog from a much younger military wife (?idaho..?beautiful white hat) who is on Medifast and waiting for her husband to be on leave about the same time Eric whill be home..
Have a wonderful walk with the boys..
Lynssie: welocome. This is an excellent place to be. I hope you find your rhythm here..
DH and I are up. He was supposed to leave to visit his 93 yr old mother in Detroit for 3 days right now. They haven't beeen together for 3 months now (instead of every other week) because of all the winter stroems. No one saw this one coming or he would have drivien yesterday staight from work in Indy..
So, I'm feeling sad for him. He can Skype her using one of her nurses computers, so I hope she allows that..
I'm not the "cycling" type apparently. I just have to plod from fuel to fuel, not worrying about losing, just doing it..
Barb, I hope today is a great recovery day for you. How was the "after party" for the community?.
Good Morning TLers! Enjoy your Sunday every which way..
Morning Kitty and Beth..
I'll have to look for her.
It's so funny for me to feel like the "old" military wife at 36.
I do though and even did last time he deployed. Last time I was the head volunteer for our squadron and got to assist everyone though their issues, thankfully we had a fabulous Commanding Officer and wife, they were golden..
I am happy b/c I can't drink the packaged shakes (I'm lactose intolerant) but I can drink my RTD shakes, I'll have to get some more..
, I agree I hope you get a down day today, although I'd imagine you have to break down the set...
I'm sure you are very excited to see Eric, maye that's why you can't sleep. Thank you for your husband's service and your sacrifice. It must be very hard. You must be a strong person. When will his tour end? You've done so well on Medifast and I'm sure he will be thrilled to see the results!.
: Congratulations! It looks like you are almost to goal! Yay! You are lucky to have such nice weather. We are expecting ice and several inches of snow. Unfortunately, my husband is flying to Minnesota today. Ugh!.
Thank you for the warm welcome. I live in Michigan and the weather is supposed to be icy with several inches of snow. I'm sorry your husband had to cancel his trip. Skype is a great idea though. Hope your day is good!..
I just had my first Medifast Shake and it was pretty good..
A question for the group:.
How much can I realistically expect to lose per week. Would 2-3 lbs be a reasonable number or too much?..
Good morning all! Welcome Lynnsie.
Lynnsie, it's too hard to say how much you can expect to lose because everyone is so different. Usually 1-3 lbs per week is a safe bet, but some weeks it will be none and some weeks you might see a 4 lb loss..
As long as you are following the plan 100%, it will come off...
Good MORNING TL'ers!!.
Anna - look at you, starting the thread this morning! Thanks a bunch. Nice that you can share your experience with the newbie famiies. It is a true gift and I have no doubt with your attitude they really appreciate all that you do..
Welcome Lynnsie - yes this is where the cool kids hang out!.
Looks like you have less than 50 lbs to lose, so don't expect 3 to 5 pounds per week. If you've ever watched Biggest Loser you can see that the heavier folks always lose the most (until the lighter folks build lots of muscle that starts burning it up faster). I agree with Chickie. At your weight it may be 1-3 pounds per week, but the first week is always the best. I don't think anyone sees the level of first week losses after the first week. So make the most of this one!.
Beth - That's so cool that your DH can Skype his 93 year old grandmother. I mean, would she ever have dreamed of such a thing in her youth? You sound pretty chipper this morning. I know what you mean about cycling the food. I can't ever seem to 'Plan" these things. I just do my best each day and make sure I'm 100%. I trust the process..
Kitty - have a good walk today!.
Good Morning Chickie and everyone who will check in later!.
I was up at 5:45am. Never need an alarm any more. That's kinda cool. I don't wake up tired and sleepless. I wake up refreshed and happy to start the day. Sometimes I WISH I could just lay in bed and sleep, but I've given up any expectations..
Today will be a fish day. I've had beef two days in a row. Beth, that may be one way I cycle. I try to have fish or seafood two or three days a week..
Hey gang - I went to the chat room last night and it was really nice to visit with folks in real time. Now, I wouldn't be able to tolerate it if there was a lot of whining about SLUDGE and slips, etc. but last night was a bunch of 100% talk. SWEET!.
Freya - you and Morty coming up for air soon?..
Morning Chickie and Tracey!.
Tracey I hate fish but I may eat some today just to change things up a bit..
Freya, yep it's time to breathe..
Anna - I wouldn't say I always hated fish, but it was always at the bottom of my choice list - unless of course it was seafood (lobster, crab, YUM). Lately I've enjoyed Tilapia, and Orange Roughy, and once I went out to eat and order Chilean Sea Bass. Man, if you can get your hands on the sea bass, it is heavenly. Just melts in your mouth like butter. But it is expensive. The restaurant charged me $40 for it! Good thing I didn't ask the price or I would never have ordered it.
That could be a pretty terrific option..
Food is fuel, food is fuel, food is fuel.....
Chickie and tkd.
- Thank you for the feedback. It really helps to know what to expect. This way if I don't lose one week I won't get discouraged and quit. That's my biggest downfall with my weight. I will work toward 1-3 lbs a week with the exception of this week. Your advice makes me feel hopeful!..
Tracey I'm getting better at the food is fuel thing, but not all the way there yet.
Lynnsie, if you want to see my weekly losses I have them listed on my mypage but dont forget I started at 235 not in the 160s..
Good morning TLers! I hope you all are having a great start to your day. I'm enjoying my 3 day weekend and I'm currently trying to decide if my house is dirty enough to clean.
I'm also emailing this guy back on OkCupid about a date tomorrow. Maybe I'll clean to distract myself from being nervous about a date...
Gloomy and rainy here today and I LOVE it! We get rain so seldom here, I welcome it. Too bad it's not warmer or CC and I would be out playing in it. hehe..
Welcome Lynnsie. About what to expect as far as weight loss. You honestly shouldn't EXPECT anything. I've been around a while and have seen people drop 4-5 lbs a week, then I've met people like me who are lucky to lose 1 lb a week. Lots of things can affect your personal weight loss. For me, I have no thyroid and fibromyalgia.
I am currently back on plan to get rid of come weight I gained when they changed my thyroid medication a few years back. What I will tell you is that every loss, no matter how small, is something to celebrate. Also remember that when the scale doesn't move, the inches might. You WILL stall occasionally. It's perfectly normal.
Tracey - I have never been in the chat rooms and I have no real desire to. Sounds like you got lucky last night. I have heard horror stories about chat..
Anna - I think your sleep issues can be chalked up to excitement. Hang in there hon. He'll be home before you know it..
Morning to Chickie, Beth, and Kitty...
Yep. What she said. I've found when I expect something my body freezes up and says "no way Jose!" The week before vacation I put the scale away for a few days and lost 5.6 pounds..
De - I think we sent our rain your way. Today we wake up to a lot of snow in the mountains. Very pretty. Cold, but pretty..
Lynnsie - Welcome!.
Anna - Looking awesome!.
Sassy - Good luck on your dating. I met my husband on match.com. He is the best man I have ever known..
Morning Kitty. Chickie and Barb and everyone else..
My husband replaced the water heater yesterday. All is well. Hot water for everyone!.
I have no idea what we are doing today. A little housework. A little errands. A little fun..
Have a great OP day!..
For the great advice!.
, your weight loss is inspiring. Keep up the great work!! Hopefully, I'll post my first loss soon!.
My husband is cooking an incredible breakfast for the kids- one I cannot have. the smell of his cooking is all through the downstairs. I'm heading upstairs to fight the temptation of the "just one bite" mentality. ARgh!!..
Morning, TLers! I'm not even going to try to catch up on everything I missed, but I missed you guys! Made it back, in one piece, no sludge allowed. I'm working this weekend, so not a lot of time, but wanted to check in!..
Today is just another work-day for me, but I don't have to be at the salon until around noon. Attending to a few household chores, sipping coffee and spending some quality time on the interwebz...
Hi guys just checking in 100%op even though my stepdad had to go to the hospital for bloodclots. Good thoughts and prayers please!!!..
Happy Sunday, TLers! No chopped tofu, except a big WELCOME to LYNNSIE!.
By the way, "chopped tofu" means individual shout-outs....
Lynnsie, I agree - don't "expect" anything. This way you'll be super happy to see any loss at all! I had a great loss in 2009 - I started at 209 and lost an average of 10 pounds a month (photos on MyPage and weekly losses on MyBlog). Last year I lost focus and put some back on. I began lifting weights, and eating ALOT to fuel those workouts. I built some great muscle, but gained a lot of non-muscle weight. Now I am in my "cutting" phase where I'm using 5+1 to reduce my fat and I've lost 21.5 pounds since January 1st! The program works if you just do it.
Don't over-analyze it - that's already been done by the doctors and health professionals who work for Medifast..
It looks like my creativity has worn off on the entire family. Emma is sitting on the (protected) floor painting and Marc is sketching from an online tutorial... I, on the other hand, have put together a total of 3 pendants and 13 pairs of earrings in the last four days. These are nice, quality pieces, too, using high quality beads and supplies. Considering it takes 2 to 3 hours minimum to make a pair of earrings, you can see why I haven't been on here so much! It's great to create something intricate and individual and then see it come to life... and then I take it one step further and replicate that to make an identical pair! I SO ROCK! I've thrown a couple hundred dollars into it and hope to eventually get some back.
This may be a great supplement to go toward my cruise fund! And keeping myself busy is really doing wonders for keeping my thoughts away from food. I have to remind myself to eat!.
De, pretty soon our little tickers will be saying 6 months, 2 weeks... Wooo HOOO!..
Penny, I'm an ETSY addict!! I hope you will share you shop with us when it happens. In the meantime, I'd love to see some pics of your jewelry!!..
I love Etsy too. Let us know if you go there...
Can't wait Penny! In a few days we'll be in to the 100's (days) <snicker>..
Penny, your jewelry sounds interesting, eager to see your etsy shop when you open it..
Lynnsie, welcome to the group..
Anna, I'm excited on your behalfand my thanks to your husband (and you, too)for his service..
Steph, great to see you back!.
De, your avatars make me smile each time I see them. Especially love the kitty with the lime helmet for some reason..
CrimineyI just ran out of chopped tofu..
Waving to the rest of the Tough Love group...
, sending you some good thoughts and your FIL too.
Thanks to all of you..
My DH hit the road after we stopped having freezing rain here. His route takes him through Ft. Wayne and into winter weather. He will be visiting his 93 year old MOTHER. DH is a fit and trim 64 years old, I am getting healthier and will soon be 63..
There must be a game at the basketball arena today. Our street is jammed with cars. Lots of energy. I wish is were mine..
Enjoy your days using every muscle and laughing all you can..
Question: What do men do more often than women?.
Answer: Laugh. very true!.
I am on a mission to enjoy life...
Just checking in for now. No chopped tofu, there's waay too much and I lost track somewhere back there! Cold here, snow and ice expected overnight. Snow, fine, ice can go somewhere else..
On the home front things are slowly looking up. Father-in-law is getting out of the hospital today or tomorrow, cousin is stable at least and no longer in ICU, aunt still in icu but making small improvements, and my Dad's cat seems to be holding her own too. Lets hope this trend continues, the stress has been overwhelming for all. And the ice can definitely go somewhere else!.
Have a great OP day everyone! I have a lot to do around the house but no motivation. We'll see.....
Hi Again TL'ers. Just got back fraom a two hour excursion to Wally World. Nice to get caught up and get a lot of things I've been missing. I HATE to shop and buy almost everything on Amazon - but every now and then the day just calls for Walmart. Went by the cemetery to put some fresh silk flowers on mom's niche too. Now I'm just so darn tired - had to put my feet up and come check in..
De- yep. I'm sure I got lucky on the chat room. Was just restless and thought it would help. It did!.
Steph - So you were traveling with MF. I've got to be gone an entire week the first week in March and another entire week the last week in March. I have been naive about traveling with Medifast because now I realize I won't be able to cook a pancake or have a blender for shakes, etc. Please let me know of any suggestions you mgiht have. If I plan ahead I am far more likely to succeed..
Gotta go take care of the laundry. Be Back Later!..
I've traveled on 5&1 a LOT. The best advice of all is to buy a little blender of some description. Personally, I HATE the one the Medifast sells, and ended up buying a Hamilton Beach. If you search the forums, you'll find discussion on the various options, but having a little blender makes a lot of difference..
The other thing I bought is one of the little heating element things that you plug into the wall and sit in a cup full of water to heat it up. Portable, and let's you have the soups. Of course soaking is a problem, so I prepared in advance by running the soups through my blender to grind everything into very small bits so that I didn't need to soak as long. That lets you easily handle soups and oatmeal..
So now you've got bars, soups, oatmeal, puffs and pretzels. Not perfect, but it works and will get you through. The other thing I do is order coffee and two cups - then I can mix hot drinks in with my coffee for a meal. Of course you can always order hot water - most places are happy to bring you hot water..
I only carry a few bars in my carry on stuff, as I worry about random powdery stuff and the TSA. Everything else goes in checked luggage. I've never had an issue yet w/ the TSA, but it's always possible that they'll confiscate it all, so I don't carry more than I have to with me, and don't check more than I have to. I carry salad dressings too, in little single serve packaging, a few in my purse and the rest in checked baggage..
You should also be ready with a mental plan for if you run out, get held up, or get your meals confiscated. Stick with salads as much as possible, and oil and vinegar dressings are relatively safe - you may go over on fats for the day, but you don't have to worry about the hidden carbs or sugar. You're never going to get in too much trouble with vegetables, as long as you order them without any added oil or butter. Keep your leans as simple as possible - grilled chicken, poached or grilled fish, etc. Always ask about add ons, and always ask them to hold the things they always want to add..
In an emergency, you can pick up jerky in many convenience stores. Not great for the sodium, but relatively lean protein..
I've also been known to pack (or pick up at my destination) cans of tuna and chicken, the kind you can open without a can opener, to dump on plain salads..
As to eating with others, I try to keep it to twice a day, and my choice is always breakfast and lunch, when I get a choice. Breakfast, you can always get away with coffee and add your hot drink - nobody pays much attention to light breakfasts. Lunches, you can almost always get a salad. For working lunches, where they bring in sandwiches and whatever, I just eat a bar and don't make a big deal of it. I've also been known to disassemble the serving platter to get enough lettuce to make a salad, and disassemble a sandwich to get a lean. You get pretty good at estimating portion sizes after a while, but bottom line is that sticking with lean protein and any kind of allowed veggies you won't get in too much trouble - you're more likely to eat too little than to eat too much..
If anyone else comments, depends on who it is how I handle it - if it's a customer, I just mention that I'm on a restricted diet for health reasons and they don't need to do anything special to accommodate me. If it's a coworker, I just don't engage them unless they pursue it - then it's frequently effective to ask them why they want to know? Usually even the most obtuse person gets that they're prying. I'm working on not giving a damn what other people think of my food choices. Bottom line is that I choose to eat lean and green, period, whether I'm on 5&1 or not. If other people don't like my choices, I try hard to remember that it's THEIR problem, not mine...
Good morning TL'rs!.
Just checking in to let everyone know I'm still alive and kicking. Been crazy at werk all week and just haven't had much time for myself. It was difficult staying OP but so worth it because I know what the results will be...
In addition to Stephs post about traveling - I've done it quite a bit myself and her advise is almost identical to mine..
I do pack a ton of bars usually because I know no matter what I'll be able to incorporate them. I'm also a HUGE fan of the teas. They're not the most tasty but it's so easy to pack them in your luggage then add them to the bottles of water that are everywhere..
As long as you think about what all your trip encompasses you'll be able to pack your food accordingly. No access to blenders - don't pack things that require blending. Again, my go to foods are the bars and teas for traveling - I've not had any problem as yet..
Hope that helps...
Oh, I forgot about the cold drinks! I've been out for a while and haven't re-ordered. I love mixing them with Fresca or diet Sprite. They're a little lumpy, but something different...
Quickly checking in - great traveling advice here, ladies. I'll be traveling in a couple of weeks - just for the weekend - good to remember that I can always rely on Medifast to be easy with only a little planning!.
Two more pairs of earrings turned out. The last pair gave me a hard time - one attachment kept falling off and I needed to rework the wire. You can only do that like maybe one time before the temper (hardness) of the wire is wrecked. I fixed it, luckily, in one shot, but then figured it was time to take a break. It's 3:30 pm and I've only had two meals. Depending how you look at it...
No matter how I look at it, that's not good. Gotta go eat. Maybe that's why that last earring was giving me a hard time! LOL!.
Thanks for all the Etsy support! Lynne, I've only photographed one pair of earrings and the picture didn't come out that good. They were the first pair I made when I got "the itch" and my designs have really come far in just a few days. I will soon be photographing everything and I'll post the pictures on here. I doubt that I'll open an Etsy shop until I have a decent amount of things to list..
I must have had a lot of creative energy swirling around in there. I was up until 1 am last night just creating away... I will.
I'm off to eat, shower, head to the supermarket, and see what the rest of the day holds. Keep your eyes on the prize, TLers! Weigh-in is tomorrow for many of us!!!..
Thanks for the traveling info Steph! I'm absorbing all of the 5&1 while traveling info I can..
I'm hoping to find out that if I'm committed I will actually find 5&1 easier than trying to find healthy, "normal" foods all the time. 1 L&G meal every day is usually pretty easy to find somewhere. Good idea on having the cans of tuna or chicken on hand. Almost every place has a salad of some sort and I can have the cans of lean in my purse, ready to go if I need to..
For those that are looking for traveling packets of salad dressing, I definitely recommend the single serve packets of creamy bacon from Walden Farms. They don't need refrigeration and are so handy to keep in your purse or your desk drawer at work. I personally think they taste fabulous too...
There are alot of good things about getting older. #1. I don't give a damn what anyone else thinks. I'm with Steph-that's their problem..
My husband has gotten better at noticing when I have spinach in my teeth (I am long of tooth, afterall)..
Great travelling information. Thank you all..
I am more than a little bummed that I have not had any energy after two blessed days of some activity. It's to be expected, I guess. Like being on MF, I'm moving in the right direction. Can't seem to get out of bed and I really would like to very much..
USE you muscles folks. If you've got 'em or want 'em, use 'em..
Yeah. I am bummed...
BEth you've done so much this week, rest and maybe tomorrow you'll get another burst..
We ended up going to the Nature Preserve and walking the dog, it was great. The weather here is beyond fabulous. I bought a size 14 jeans, I can get them on but they need another 5-10 lbs. The sad part is my rear end looks decent but then I get some muffin top...
What a crazy weekend.. Glad to say that I stayed OP... Now it's 6pm cooking my l&fg and will take it easy for tonight.. 6 loads of laundry almost done and food shopping done....
Just noticed that I left my book at a friends house today when I was getting hair colored and highlights.... so mad I ave to go back out but I really enjoy reading at night so no choice....
Hope everyone had a nice weekend and for those that don't have to work enjoy your day off.. I unfortunately will be working....
Will check in later.
Steph and Penny - thanks very much for the details about traveling. I know my mom had this cool little electric "whip" thing that I found as we were preparing for her estate sale. I think I can pack that to mix up drinks and soups. Forgot about that heating element that you can put in a cup. That's a great idea!.
If I need to I will just eat bars and puffs the whole time, but it is nice to think through some options. I may be wierd but I also don't mind just mixing up a shake in the shaker jar, no ice, if I need to. And hey, pudding would be an easy mix, wouldn't it? And really, I could just pack a tupperware bowl to soak the soups. I always pack a big bag and check it anyway - ususally to have enough room to bring things back, if needed..
I've never tried the cold drinks yet, and have never yet had the pretzels or crackers. Still plenty of Medifast items to explore..
Steph - I honestly don't worry now about what anyone thinks, and I'm already pretty good about navigating a L&G while eating out. I'm less concerned about the L&G than anything. I'd like to be sure I have enough variety of Medifast products that I don't get too bored or feel deprived. I love having the ability to just open my pantry and choose from a bunch of different items. Your tips will definitely help!.
I do not want the pizza in the oven. I do not want the pizza in the oven. I do not want the pizza in the oven. I do not. want. the.
In. the. oven. I'd rather be thin, I'd rather be thin, I'd rather be thin..
Yes you would, plus it'l make you bloaty and feel like cr*p...
You are right, Anna. You are right. Bloaty and crappy. The last thing I need...
Oooooh, Anna, you are gonna be rockin those jeans with your hubby on your arm!!!.
Connor, I made pizza for my husband and daughter last night. It smelled good. So I smelled it. No harm in smelling it. Even the smell wasn't better than my scallop Caesar salad!.
Off to create some more beautiful adornments.....
Anna, you will look totally hot in your 14's..
Conner - Pizza is the work of the devil. I made it for my family Thursday night. I made portabello pizza for me. It was better than their yukky crappy greasy pizza. And their pizza would totally screw up my digestive system. Blech. Who needs it? Not us!!!..
Made myself a caulipizza with cucumbers on it. I think the urge has passed now...weird, because their pizza doesn't usually bother me. Maybe I was too hungry or something. Thanks chicas!..
Driving by - hungry and trying to make dinner. But first chance at the computer since I broke down and weighed this morning (hey - a daily weigher lasted a whole week - that's not bad, right!???!??). 136. Boo-f***ing-ya. 1 pound from goal, and a healthy BMI for the first time since 1996..
Also bought a size 8 brand new Tahari pants suit that fits like a dream at a consignment store today for $50..
Also OMG I love being skinny..
TLers!!!!!!!! I'm going through the bags of clothes that I got from the clothing swap on Friday and tried on a jean skirt in size 12. I thought there was NO way that it'd fit. AND IT DOES! And no muffin top!!!!!!!!..
Oh, and Connor your half-assing it banner really helped me today. I'm not hungry but I just wanted to eat. And then I tried on clothes and that helped too.
Oh, and I have a date tomorrow..
CONGRATULATIONS!! 1 LB LEFT! WHOO HOOO!! You deserve to celebrate your long, successful journey! Let us know how you like transition...
Day 1 is almost over!! I finished all my meals on schedule and didn't cheat once. However, the water is going right through me. I guess that shows how much salt I've retained from all the bad eating. Thanks to all you ladies, I am staying on plan. Your stories are so inspiring!..
Congrats Freya! So exciting!.
Congrats, Sassy! So exciting!.
I cooked a yummy dinner for the family tonight, and it was even OP (without a couple of items) for me. It's late and I want to stay up and do more creating, but I have to stop at the one sterling and orange glass bead herringbone weave ring that I'll be wearing to work tomorrow. I have a pattern in a book for a pretty pair of wire wrapped earrings that I tried to follow and now I know why I'd rather create something from inside my own head. You can't follow directions for creativity. If anyone in here has ever taken up guitar, or gone back to playing after stopping awhile, that's just what my fingers feel like. Oddly numb, but sore!.
Hope you all enjoy the rest of the weekend. Boooooo on more snow for the northeast tomorrow! My little one is in the YMCA camp all week, which is a longer drive for me in the morning, but she absolutely loves it..
See y'all tomorrow!..
One last thing - Lynnsie, this is just the beginning! Plan on almost hourly potty trips! But you're right - it's the toxic junk leaving your body. Congrats on a stellar first day!..
Thank you so much, everyone!!! I am pretty excited, for sure..