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Quick question... Anyone doing phase one of the Medifast Diet? Many thanks for any answer. My other question... Other topics will be discussed that may not be appropriate for the easily offended..

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Medifast is a wonderful program with many different types of support and a fabulous community. We understand that everyone is an adult and this is not a "mean" group. For some of us, we thrive on this program if we have a place where we are held accountable, where we commit to the program 100% and where we have a place to chat with others who feel the same..

What we believe:.

1. Cheating on Medifast is NOT a strategy to get us out of our fat suits.

2. The only way for us to learn about our problems with food is to take the word "choice" out of the equation when it comes to Medifast. Our only "choice" is 5 packets and 1 weighed and measured lean and green a day.

3. We look to those who have been successful with this strategy to continuously remind us about why this way, for us, is the way to go.

4. We believe that, even though we are completely committed, knowing that we have a group that holds us accountable for our actions is both useful and important.

We commit to:.

1. Remove the word "choice" from our vocabularies.

2. Follow the Medifast plan as written, including transition and maintenance.

3. Tell our "inner brat" to shut the H-E-** up and quiet him or her through abstenance from off plan foods.

4. Give and receive tough love without complaining or calling each other "mean".

5. Cheerlead fellow group members as they follow the path to thinness.

6. Make Medifast the LAST diet we ever go on.

7. Check in with the group as often as our schedule reasonably allows.

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Comments (79)

That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the right answer. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I discover an good answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably can help you..

Comment #1

Good morning everyone!.

When you are up this early and have 2 hour delay for work, you get to make an attempt at a profound statement..

I just want to say that I knew I found the right group yesterday when everyone smacked Penny and I didn't have to! The fact is that I need to be on plan to maintain my weight. Everyone in here knows how hard this can be at times..

I got to 246 pounds because I never could stick to an eating plan or diet. One slip here, one slip there and that was it for me. I was done. I would regain what I lost and more..

I kept thinking I'll deal with it tomorrow. I will diet tomorrow. I'll follow the plan tomorrow. Well you all know....tomorrow never comes..

So keep me accountable. Smack me when I go off plan or start to gain. Smack me when I don't exercise. Smack me when I don't drink my water. Smack me when I don't check in..

But please......don't let Rachel near me with that syringe!..

Comment #2




Wanted to start it <pout>..

Actually, I'm pouting because I couldn't come out and play yesterday.

I was at HQ where I'm much more visible and after Wednesday's lockdown, I was a little gun-shy. Not to mention we had database issues and I was putting out fires.


Kinda sucks..

Medifast is not locked out, though - I was able to log my meals which is essential for me. It was such a nutso day I had trouble remembering if and what I had eaten.

I'm going to stop whining now and go read yesterday' was up to 138 when I went to bed and I had gotten through, oh, 24 posts.

CONGRATS again, Barb!!..

Comment #3

You know, the thing I was most proud of was that I don't think one single person said "we're only human". Gawds I get sick of that self-justification. Of COURSE we're human - but the world is full of humans who are NOT ALL FAT. "Only human" means that we can run marathons, build bombs, save lives, learn Chinese... "Only human" isn't a statement of what we cannot do, it's a statement of potential. Humans can do anything..

Congrats on the thread-starting!..

Comment #4

Another confession: I sat here for about 1/2 an hour waiting to see if someone started it. At 6 I decided I better start it...

Comment #5

Rofl Oh, I've NEVER done that! But yesterday I stood outside a conference room waiting for someone else to show up before interrupting the squatters in my reserved room...

Comment #6

Silly woman. You need to learn to be more aggressive than that...

Comment #7

And it's Friday morning and I am not going to be smacked! No weight change this week. I love my plan...

Comment #8

Heh, in those situations I'm known for going in and slamming my notebook down on the table to ensure I have their attention. Then with a smile on my face I tell them to GTFO of my room..

Ok I don't use those exact words...

Comment #9

Good morning MT.

Steph, I'd probably still be standing in the hall. I need assertive lessons!..

Comment #10

I don't usually have an issue with being assertive but for some reason, some things give me trouble. I can talk in any group - but don't put me at a podium in front of a group! And I HATE interrupting a meeting. In my mind, those are the same things - everyone is going to turn and look at ME...

Comment #11

I love when you walk in and nobody moves. They just look at you like YOU'RE the one who's intruding...

Comment #12

And the podium doesn't bother me....must be the teacher in me. Although....truth be known.....I have too much energy now to stay behind the podium..

Alright, I am going in to school early to take care of some things in the lab. Why is it science teachers can't just take the delay? Why do we always have a million things to do. My whole department will be in early and leave late..

Have a great day everyone! Fight the good fight...

Comment #13

Morning all.. you're already on page 2 and it's not even 7..

Comment #14

Sorry about the reposts, the board was broken for awhile...

Comment #15

I'm still reading yesterday and here you all are debating assertiveness. I'm a middle of the roader on that one...if the squatters in the conf room were 'meeting', I'd wait for someone else - no use interrupting their productivity so I can just.


- but if I needed to set thing up, I'd go in. If they were done & just visiting, I'd be more like MT..

I'm one to speak my mind and I'm usually not shy about things. Wish I had the finesse of Steph, though..

Anyway, I popped back in here because every time De's sky chair is mentioned, I think of my sister's 'air chair' she has on her sailboat. We used to have a T-Shirt contest at work (no, not a wet t-shirt, *smack*). Here's my entry for 2005:.

I tried doing this with the paperclip method so it would just show up in text, but my paper clip is grayed out....

Meanwhile, I'm getting a 'database error' on yesterday's thread when I tried to go to the next page..

What were you guys talking about!!???.

"There seems to have been a problem with the database..

Please try again by clicking the Refresh button in your web browser..

An E-Mail has been dispatched to our Technical Staff, whom you can also contact if the problem persists..

We apologise for any inconvenience."..

Comment #16

Jan the board was broken for a couple of minutes, you should be able to read it now...

Comment #17

Hi guys!.

I'm in the airport waiting to board the plane. Please send me lots of "complete seatbelt closure" energy! I think it's gonna work. I'm down another half pound today so 24 altogether. That's 96 sticks of butter. Surely getting that offmy body, I shouldn't still need the extender..

Fuzzy - awesome job opening up shop for us!.

Ooohhh time to go!..

Comment #18

Good morning, kiddies! I'm hobbling a bit today, but plan to be 100% OP on all accounts. Hey, if I can take one for the team and it deters one person from slipping, I've won..

My rings aren't tight this morning, so I'll take that as a good sign..

Not too wordy yet this morning - I guess I'd better get myself moving since I need to stop for gas on the way to work. Hoping for a quiet day in the office...

Comment #19

I have no doubt that you can do anything you put your mind to!!!.

Love You Big Much!!!.


Comment #20

Join Toastmasters and learn! It's really easy to do once you learn the "tricks"...

Comment #21

Morning TL's..

I don't think I got yesterdays thread. I didn't have time. I hope all have a great day...

Comment #22

Morning all....Happy Friday...Hope you all have a great one. I will be MIA today, off to paint the basement..

Comment #23

I've heard that they make you actually um... get up and talk in those meetings...

Comment #24

Morning kids..

Working on my coffee to get the brain to function..

Jan - GREAT pic and that is exactly what my Sky Chair looks like! I have mine hanging from a big tree in our back yard. The roof of our desk just isn't high enough.

Fuzzy started the thread!! WOOT!!.

MT's in the house (and I thought I was snarky! <snicker>).

Oh, heck with it. Waving to everyone!!.

They kept me SO stinking busy yesterday I couldn't believe it! Never did get the things I was planning on doing done. It's not easy putting out major fires remotely! So, playing a bit of catch up today, but still plan to hang in my chair later when it warms up...

Comment #25

I'm a true romantic so.

Anna, just wanted you to know I am offering up any losses I have until your DH returns for you and other military spouses. It just clicked in my spirit when I read you post yesterday..

I am a slow loser so the lbs won't be that much, but it's the intention that counts..

Thank you so much for all you are doing..

Everybody Else: make the right choices OP or !SMACK! go suck an egg!.

I love this place. Have a truly great, productive, and safe day, TL Friends..

Sorry, but I had to get in my smacking practice. Actually I had so smack someone before I go read the blogs..



Comment #26

Big Hi and Hugs....

You guys are so fun and tough....

Love it.....

I am working at home today, so I made my pudding for later and I'm gonna go soak some stew so I will be ready and won't get sneaked up on by those nasty cupboards that call to me like sirens near the shore who I would me sink at sea.....

Have a terrific OP Day.. and Be Tough!..

Comment #27

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Comment #28

Ummm... I am not a bad typist....

Drats... that darn spell check, thesaurus, discussion board, blog thingy!.

Oh well... no carbs anyways.....

Comment #29

My February shipment of Medifast meals is set to be delivered today and I'll be away for the weekend, so I'm excited that I get to bring some of my favorite things with me. Tomorrow is my niece's first birthday party and we're heading to CT in the morning. Yeah, we were lucky enough to NOT get much snow, and what do we do? Plan to drive into the belly of the beast. The pizza and birthday cake will be no match for honey mustard pretels and cinnamon roll crunch bars. Oh, yeah, and chai! Haven't had that in awhile..

Thanks, MT for mentioning Toastmasters. I have a local chapter to which several friends belong. I should check them out. I'm not shy in front of a group, but they do offer some helpful tips. I am going to peruse their website now. I have a small group to present to next week, followed by a larger one at the end of February which will likely lead to presenting in front of a statewide conference group in March. Very exciting stuff!..

Comment #30

Good Morning TL'ers.

I love the sky chair! I want one. I wasn't sure exactly what it was when De was talking about it. When I was a kid we had something like it but not nearly as nice..

Glad you're back Penny and doing well today. I'm really hoping that someone left the goodies out and forgot to wrap them up. Then no cravings for me..

I agree, glad I found the group that will keep accountable..

I'm off to get another cup of coffee and get ready for work. It's going to be crazy busy again. If I get time I'll check in a bit later. I will for sure if the cravings start up again. You are all just what I need to keep me going 100%.


Comment #31

Good morning TLer's.

Happy Friday. I have Friday's off, so it truly is a Happy Friday for me..

I'm off to catch up here...

Comment #32

I forgot to ask...does anyone still get the headache from h!!l like they used to in the beginning? Yesterday was a killer. I'm not sure if it was the plan, stress at work, the normal bad headache or if my issues are starting to rise again. I had the procedure several months ago and they said it should last 6 mos to a year. I hope it's not that again but at least I know that if it is there is a treatment for it. It's just a horrible procedure to go through again..


Comment #33

I get headaches pretty frequently, and keep migraine meds on hand at all times. Lately, mine have been caused by stress and blood pressure. I doubt seriously it would be Medifast related at this stage, unless you've thrown yourself out of ketosis and have had to start all over again... <tapping foot> Which I'm SURE is not the case, RIGHT?? Not sure what exactly what your issues are, but if there is any question in your mind that it could be related to a past medical condition, then you need to at least inform your Dr...

Comment #34

De, I may be snarky but I learn from the best...

Comment #35

I hope you got your seat belt closed!! At 289 I had to lean my seat back to buckle it and then try to get it back up. It was embarrassing but one of the things that helped me get serious about weight loss. When I flew recently I was shocked at how much seat belt I had left over! Now, almost 50 pounds down I bet I'll be able to loop the seat belt around me twice..

Comment #36

WATER CHECK!!! I'm at 8 cups so far. Where is everyone else?..

Comment #37

4 cups so far!! That's it until I get to work, otherwise my 45 minute commute would be torture!!..

Comment #38

Well I'm here, but I'm only on my first 20 oz. I'm just now eating breakfast (yes Penny I know). Have no fear. I always get in my daily 3/4 gallons (at least)..

Comment #39

Morning all. Is it still morning? Yes! I have one heck of a headache today, and my ears keep ringing. UGH..

So, it's another Traveling Sisters weekend for me. At 6:30 am tomorrow 2 sisters, 3 neices, 1 nephew and I will go to Newark NJ for the first hockey game (nephew plays in Jr league). then, we pack up again and continue on to Boston, where we met up with nephew's twin brother, who is in the Jr. all stars game on Sunday. We will also probably meet up with sister #4, who lives in boston. Should be back in PA some time late Sunday/early Monday morning.

Gotta love it!.

De, I'm sorry to hear that your.


Is too low for your sky chair. I believe my desk would be too low also..

Penny, good to see you behaving today. I didn't smack you yesterday, because I'm sure you were bruised well before I read about it. however I stand ready to smack if needed!.

Ok, have to go fix my soup soon. I'll try to check in again this afternoon, then I will most likely be gone gone gone!..

Comment #40

Yo peeps - check the ticker, check it! New decade, just 4 to go!!!!!!!!! (Morty and I worked off another pound. I'm here at work on 3 hours of sleep, but at least I'm happy.).

Steph/Corbie: I love you more than ever for answering my question late last night..

Barb: yay you for bravely thread starting! Congrats!!.

TKD: can't wait to hear how the seatbelt went!.

Sorry about the headaches, those of you suffering this morning. Ugh..

No chopped tofu!..

Comment #41

Dang Freya! Congrats!!.

Happy Friday to all! I'm so glad it's Friday. My sister is moving here to Portland tomorrow (yay!) and it'll be really nice to have family in town. There's a guy in my larger group of friends who seemed really interested in me the last time I saw him that'll I see again on Sunday (already picking out my outfit). Lots of things to look forward to this weekend.

Do any of you exercise a lot? Biking season has started up for me and I'm a bit concerned about stalling. I'm on the 4 & 2 right now so to hopefully prevent a stall, so hopefully my concerns will be for nothing. Biking is my therapy so hopefully I won't have to give it up until goal...

Comment #42

I'm at 56 oz. GAG..

And 56 visits to the restroom, twice during the same meeting...

Comment #43

Look at you go Freya!!.

I'm at 40 oz of water..

Comment #44

Penny, 1.3 liters down..

Freya, you go girl! Congratulations...

Comment #45

Thank you everyone!!!! I'm pretty happy today, yes indeed..

Sassy - YAY for an interested and interesting man!!! W00t-ie-hooty-hoo!!!!..

Comment #46

Way to knock it outta there, Freya! Pun intended!.

Dang, kids, if I got that kind of smacking for an 180 calorie slip, you can bet I won't be even entertaining the thought of an entire MEAL off plan!.

Hubby just texted me about the hotel and asked me if I wanted their breakfast for $10 more. He musta bumped his head. I nicely reminded him that I'll be bringing my own..

Does anyone out there deal with tabloid or ledger size paper in their job? The 11x17 stuff. My boss has lots of drawings and renderings that he wanted to file in his credenza. I was able to find a great website (11x17 dot com, no less) where I was able to get him file folders and hanging folders. Lo and behold, they arrived today and the hanging frames, which are screwed into the drawers of his cherry credenza, are too low to accomodate the 11x17 hanging folders. So I am looking for 11x17 hanging frames that I can put inside the drawer. It never ends...

Comment #47

Thanks Freya!! I'm gonna look cute. Even if he never asks me out I'm going to practice flirting..

Comment #48

GIRL YOU DID NOT JUST SAY THAT!!! You ask him out if you want him! Never wait on a man to make the first move. You can wait on a man for 2nd through gazillionth moves, but not the first one. Go get what you want!..

Comment #49

WTG Freya on the loss! And on the Morty... lol.

Sassy - Go get hm!!.

I'm on 32 oz of water. Bu it's only 10:30 am here. So I've got time..

Comment #50

Ok ladies! On Sunday there'll be a hot,.

Shrinking epic fatty.

Going after a man.

On a side note, a well fitting bra does make a difference! I'm down to a 38D from a 40D, and man, it looks like I lost 10 more pounds!..

Comment #51

Go Sassy! You know you will have to report all of the details here. From what you wear, to what you do, to what response you get. We must know all..

And I agree on the bra thing. I went from a 40D to a 38C. Got to keep the girls well dressed too...

Comment #52

You go, girl! Years ago, my therapist told me to practice flirting, so I did on my buddy's buddy. He's DH now..

Comment #53

I love that all of you got smaller bras, I went from a 40D to a 38 DD, it's fine with me I'll happily lose elsewhere first..

Comment #54

Not to mention in the hemisphere in which they belong!..

Comment #55

No, not out of ketosis. I've not even had too many condiments let alone anything that's not on the lists. I'm going to wait and see how they do over the weekend. If they subside a bit then maybe it is just stress. Hope everyone is having a great day. I best get back to work..


Comment #56

Bwhahaaaaaa I agree. Congrats on being a Thread Starter. Now add that to your resume'..

Comment #57

I totally agree. And did you happen to see dear Chris (lealonnie) blog about being Only Human it was great?..

Comment #58

Yes, I loved that one. I wish she'd hang out with us here more!!!..

Comment #59

Me too. She is the QUeen of Tough Love, after all...

Comment #60

Good afternoon all. Water: In. Run: Done Eating: so far so good, on plan..

Emotional state: On cloud 9, I started a thread!.

Wondering: Did anyone else get really excited when you could fit into Victoria's Secret bras? When Victoria's Secret opened, I didn't fit. For years of yo-yo dieting, I never got into a 40. Then I found Medifast and Victorias. I'll never forget that first pink bag I carried around the mall. It was a great NSV for this old lady! And they help keep them in the right hemisphere!..

Comment #61

Oh, when I can finally fit into a VS bra comfortably, I'm going to go to the mall early in the morning and walk around ALL DAY with that little pink bag! Heck, I may even keep it and bring it the next time I go to the mall just to carry it around with me..

I am peeing like a crazy woman today. Over 100 oz and still working on more. Food is 100% despite a weak moment when I was here alone this afternoon. I gave myself a good talking to. "Self," I said....

"Maybe no one will see you eat that ___ , but everyone will see you STAYING FAT.".

It worked...

Comment #62

I'll look for it. I only read the blogs intermittantly because so many of them are depressing. But Chris almost always has a keeper!..

Comment #63

Oh, that's The Best! When I knew I was finally under a 40, I made my husband go with me! lol..

Comment #64

Thanks goddesslynne...I read the first one..."is that a nightstick or are you happy to see me...I believe that's my line officer" that made me spew water all over my screen! LOL..

Comment #65

Isn't it weird how that little pink bag can make you feel so much _____ (insert your own word here based on age.

) about yourself! And how that ______ (insert again) scale can make you feel so bad..

I think I need to have my head examined....still!..

Comment #66

I got that little card they give you with your size and style on it and gave it to my husband to pick something out for me. That was a great NSV!!! I had told him for years I hated VS.....didn't want to tell him I didn't fit...

Comment #67

I posted this on the wrong day...I can't believe I even caught it!.

I better close some of these tabs...I'm really gone now.....

Comment #68

Penny - I've been here 4 weeks and your PB2 event was the first time I'd witnessed a smacking. It's nice everyone was smacking you - with love. It's a good reinforcer for ME to witness and bolster my commitment to 100%. By the way, I posted late yesterday that I got my first (and now only) jar of PB2 this week. I read the label and was shocked to see SUGAR listed as the second ingredient. It was before I learned about your PB2 experience and I had already decided there was no way I was going to try anything with sugar as the second ingredient!.

EVERYONE - Thanks so much for your support today. I am now at the airport waiting to fly back home. Drumroll please... The-Seatbelt-Clicked!! It was such a victorious feeling. I sat there with a HUGE smile on my face and just "felt" the victory. Bring on the flight home!!..

Comment #69


YAY!!! The thought of flying to and from a place on the same day makes me twiychy. I hate flying and in other weird news my dh is a pilot (a helicopter pilot, but a pilot none the less)..

Comment #70

If MY husband was a pilot I'd be afraid to fly too - but then again if my husband was a pilot everyone should be afraid to fly!.

Haven't caught up from the day yet - need to go back and read from the beginning...

Comment #71

Yay for seatbelts that click! Yes, I'm sure the PB2 and it's sugar threw me into a bit of a tailspin. The good part is that I know tomorrow will be easier. I was cooking dinner for DH and DD and it had ch**se on it. Yummy, delicious ch**se. Three or four times, I was tempted to have a piece. Now, make no mistake...

I know that I feel 100% better without dairy in my diet. I went so far as to smell it. Deeply. And it was so hard to put it into the pan and place the cover back on the pan. And then close the zip loc bag and place it in the fridge.

I knew that ending my day with a win would feel infinitely better than having that ch**se..

So I had my romaine with bison and WF BBQ sauce. And I smiled knowing I'd won. Now, my over-the-door pocket storage thing is full of new choices and I still have a meal left...

Comment #72

It's such a nice thought that our little group has active social lives and are busy doing other things on a Friday night cuz it's reeeeeally freaking quiet in here. Hear that? That was a pin dropping..

I have to just say that doing something nice for somebody feels awesome. I helped a friend out today. Then I asked another friend to help a little. Then another friend pitched in. The friend in need is being helped more than she ever imagined and she never even asked for help in the first place. My cockles are warm...

Comment #73

Sounds like a good day Penny!.

I have done more actual work the last 2 days than I've done the last 2 weeks. grrrr.....

It has been quiet in her today. And now I'm going to log off and relaxe for what's left of the night..

Talk to you in the morning...

Comment #74

Penny that's awesome..

I wish I was doing something exciting. I did book a hotel for my dh and I to stay in when he flies home. And search for plane tickets for him from DC to home and from here to Seattle and for me to San Diego. It was an exiciting day..

Comment #75

And here I thought it was just you guys going easy so all us folks who can't peek in & keep up during the day have half a chance to catch up.

Not even 100 posts....a slow day indeed. Night all!..

Comment #76

Finally checking in, all!.

I haven't gotten to the thread all day, but I see that I was mentioned in the very first post..

Today was a MUCH better day at work (in the new, no-computers Heart Hospital). I still burned 2,700 calories before 8 p.m., so it's another 4&2 day. Tomorrow marks the start of Week 4 in continuous ketosis, and therefore my regular exercise plan. I'm thinking I should probably just go ahead and go back to a 4&2 on all work days, especially if I'm going to exercise after work! With about 6 4&2 days in three weeks and, what? 15+ pounds lost so far... I'd say my weight loss rate will probably handle it. It's more cooking, though.

I'm craving some serious carbs right now. Like, white rice, in a steak fajita burrito. Mmmm, fajitas. Fortunately now that I have eaten my last meal it is just a nice "if only, well, maybe someday just a little bit" thought instead of a "holy crap I could go get that right NOW and DH wouldn't know but oh dang I would have to tell the TL group..." :-p.

Thanks for keeping me honest with myself!!..

Comment #77

Good for you for resisting temptation!!!.

However since you like fajitas I was going to suggest stir frying chicken and green peppers with a little ammount of the cheese (take what ever ammount of cheese of of the oz of chicken you get I.


). I'm thinking of trying this soon because I'm craving Mexican food!..

Comment #78

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.