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My first question is Anyone try the Medifast Diet? How much did you lose in the first cycle? Looking forward for any answer. My 2nd question... Other topics will be discussed that may not be appropriate for the easily offended..

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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.

8. Be honest with ourselves and our Medifast family and to stay 100% OP at all times. We also swear that WHEN (not if) we are having a tough time and feel like we may eat SLUDGE, to come to our Medifast family first and ask for support and help to get us through the struggle..

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Comments (84)

That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the answer. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I got an good answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could assist you..

Comment #1

Morning MT!.

My scale finally moved a little today, tends to only happen on Friday and Monday..

Last night I survived family book club, I ate my turkey burger before I left, planned to have salad there but they had none so I ate my bar and then had my veg at home. So all is well.

Havea great day, hope you find your coffee cup!..

Comment #2

Happy Friday, kids!.

ALucas12017, I wouldn't be supportive if I didn't tell you to never EVER weigh yourself at night again! The only good time to get on the scale is first thing in the morning, after you pee, and before you're dressed. And that's it. Once a week. Period dot dot. On the flip side, congratulations on using Medifast to get through a craving. See? You WERE thinking of your pledge..

I've gone through lots of by grab-and-eat meals and I have to start thinking about stuff that needs to be cooked. I love the scrambled eggs, but it would be rude to microwave them at work :-)..

Off to find some coffe and get the munchkin on the bus (mmmmmm Munchkins....)..

Comment #3

Morning, MT, Anna & all you who I know are simulposting.

Quick fly-by to say Hi. Gotta make the.


Commute today, so no lingering on the 'puter fore I go. But I like to as least.


The day all caught up. You'll be on page 2 at least before I even get to werk,.

So have fun...stay safe & warm, and.


Comment #4


I agree never ever ever weight at night, I only count my morning, naked, post bathroom weigh in. Everyone gains a few lbs during the day especially if you're drinking a ton of water...

Comment #5

Glad Friday is here!.

I'm totally unmotivated today. Had to force myself out of bed to go run, force myself to finish my run, force myself to go to work. Even toyed with the idea of calling in sick, which I never do - I'm just SICK of being here!.

So I'll probably be here more than I should today, borrowing motivation from my Medifast family.....

Comment #6

Good morning all!.

Ah but did the most important thing of the got the run in!.

Morning MT....please pass the coffee pot..

Waving to Penny, Jan and Anna!.

Friday is my day of reckoning with the scale. I am a one a week weigher. I need to rely on my plan, not the number on a stupid $(#*&$#*&(*& scale. And I am proud to report that I will NOT be smacked today! No weight change. I'm holding at 138. Oh....I love my plan...

Comment #7

Morning everyone!.

I want to thank each and every one of your for being part of this TL group. It is a choice as well. Because of this group I experience greater equanimity reading the blogs and being on site in general. Thank you..

Being in bed 24/7, I have tried so many treatments, protocols, wild ideas and helpfully -intended suggestions, that I am used to following directions. That's my background for the past 11 years..

I started Medifast on a whim. I was a beached whale without hope, a sea slug who had left desperation long ago..

I am still giddy remembering my first weight in: -5 lbs! Incredible! Medifast is giving me a gift that I am just realizing others do not have: a sense of empowerment..

I have been in solitary confinement for 8 years now. I see the world through my bedroom window. Since we do live across the street from a Big Ten stadium, basketball arena, and rec center, there is always lots of activity. But since I cancelled out my life, I haven't been in regular contact with anyone. I am unable to find words and phrases, which makes everyone uncomfortable, including me with the responses I get. I also have no energy, so social situations are gone.

My DH has the freedom to do whatever her likes, whenever he likes, so that is a big gift in any marriage: "Do whatever you want to do, Honey!" are words every man longs to hear..

We raised both DDs to be extremely independent and self-sufficient, so they ARE. Can you believe it?.

What I haven't had is human contact on a regular basis and certainly nothing I could ever imagine was accessible at the touch of a few keys. I can feel myself relaxing into the community. My many comments on blogs during the last 4+ months have been fueled by my own frustration and rage. I have learned I have the power to choose, but that doesn't mean others do -yet. I was primed for grabbing ahold of any straw I might catch and making the most of it. My fighting "can do" stance was just waiting for the equipment and opportunity.

I mistakenly believed that adults who signed up for an expensive program wouldn't need to be coaxed, coddled and cajoled into following it. I am learning more everyday..

Just as I appreciate that we have been able to environmentally engineer our home to be a safe haven from anything Off Plan, I truly appreciate this TL group as offering the same haven. I thank each and every one of you who are thinking twice before you blog your indiscretions here in this group..

Be good to yourself OP..


Comment #8

Morning kids. I'm with MT. Must have coffee!!!.

BAD night last night. First one in quite a while. Hoping it was just a fluke and not the onset of a flare up <knock wood>.

Steph - I've had no motivation all week long. I'll be very glad when this week is done!.

Sending a wave out to Penny, Jan, Anna and Barb. Word last night was that Tramp is off again today so be prepared..

Comment #9

Good morning all! Steph, I plan on coming back often today too...yesterday was a rough one and I could use all of the support I can get!.

So I just found out that I have to take an Army PT test before I go home for leave...which means that they will be giving it sometime late March....that's in like 6-7 weeks!! I am soooo freaked out about this. The last time that I PASSED a PT test was BEFORE I had my first son (in 2005!!).

So this is what I have to do: A 2 mile run in 20:12, 51 sit-ups in 2 minutes, and 23 military pushups in 2 the order of push-ups, sit-ups, run right after each other..

I am not just a little intimidated here...I'm downright panicked..

Any ideas here?..

Comment #10


I <3 you!.

You're no-nonsense approach to this and the fact that you are a hard-liner is AWESOME! I am glad you are a TL'er!..

Comment #11

YAY for no change!.

I'm getting close to hitting the proverbial exercise wall. I decided I wanted to lose another 20 before my marathon in October, so I've been on 5&1. 20 more will really be too light to permanently maintain at, I think, but it's fighting weight for a marathon. I've lost 7 of the desired 20, but as my mileage creeps up I'm really over on the exercise limit and starting to seriously feel it. No matter how much I sleep, I'm exhausted, and I'm flipping STARVED all the time. Weight loss hasn't slowed down yet, but I'm sore and achey and just have to fight to make myself finish every workout..

My doc is referring me to another doc in her office that specializes in sports medicine. He's got a nutritionist on staff, and comes highly recommended. I cannot tell you how flipping weird it feels to be considered an athlete, but my doc laughed at me when I told her that - she says that anyone who's running more than 20 miles a week is an athlete and needs to be managed differently in terms of nutrition and health..

I haven't seen him yet, so we'll see what he says. In the meantime, I've decided to start transition again. I just need more calories, and I don't think that 4&2 will really help - it's more calories, but I really don't need more protein, I just need more calories in general and I think more carbs in particular..

It's unexplored country for me. T&M before was really just L&G writ large, and I found it fairly easy to maintain after I got used to it. This will be a new exploration and I'm going to have to be careful until I figure out my new plan.....

Comment #12

What they said Beth.

Rachel, you can do it!!..

Comment #13

Beth, amazing work!! I feel blessed to be able to read your posts and blogs!!!.

Rachael, you can do it!! I'm excited to read about how you will challenge yourself and surpass your expectations!!.

Steph, good luck with the nutritionist!! If you're interested in reading about it, there are some groups on that are athletes and runners who do it low-carb...

Comment #14

Prior-service Marine here, so I know what you're going through..

Do not panic. No matter what happens, panic will not help. The WORST thing that can happen is that you fail the test. That would be bad, but not the end of the world. So get it in your head. You're going to do the best you can do, period, and that's all you can do..

I dunno what you're doing now for exercise, but here's the thing - you know what you must do to pass the test. So sit down and make yourself a plan that takes you towards that goal. You don't have time for a general fitness plan, you need to focus on the specific things that you have to do..

So, go run a test. Find out where you stand now. Then design a plan to improve as much as you can over the next 6 weeks. If you can't figure it out on your own, check with your training office or someone who's knowledgable to help you put together a plan..

And do SOMETHING every single day towards your goal. Every day. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't manage full pushups, do bent knee. If you can't do full situps, do crunches. On in between days, do something physical - swim, whatever..

Fortunately, you can do this and stay on 5&1 - you should be able to stay under the 45 minutes a day and still get as much training in as will actually help you. But do something every day..

THanks for your service to our country!..

Comment #15

Good Morning DW'ers!.

Beth - what an inspiration you are! The fact that you are bed ridden and still doing Medifast and keeping a positive attitude in spite of your challenges is a reminder to me to never take anything for granted. I remember when I broke my ankle in three places years ago. All the while I was in the cast and fairly immobile, I kept dreaming of running, and I kept telling myself that when I recovered I was going to move move move. But the mind is a tricky thing and it was easy to quickly forget. You will be a good reminder to me to take advantage of the freedoms I have..

Will your weight loss help with your energy? And if so, are you ever able to get out in a wheelchair?.

Marie - I think you've totally got this PT thing if you have until March. Believe me, when I started personal training back in November I weighed 292. The first night I did it, I was completely exhausted after the first 20 minutes and had to walk up and down the length of the gym after every movement just to catch my breath. And then I learned that was the WARM-UP! The hardest part of my warm-up was the inchworms. YES - inchworms as part of a warm-up! I had to do 5 forward and 5 backward. I honestly thought they were crazy.

By the time my 16 sessions were over, I could knock out those inchworms, and I could do 10 military style pushups, and sprints on the eliptical. Carrying all that weight through those exercises was miserable, so I have no doubt that if you get a routine going, you will knock out the PT too! I haven't tried it but I hear everyone talking about the couch to 5k program. Maybe that would be a help?.

Steph - all the best in your training for the marathon. I ditto what the doc said - you ARE an athlete!!.

Anna - Congrats on your scale breakthrough!! One more good whoosh and you're in Onederland! Feels almost like waiting for a baby to crown! LOL.

I finally got some relief on the scale too. 1.1 lbs down from yesterday (and actually I had been the same weight since Sunday). Yes, I'm still a daily weigher - it works for me - but got rid of the banner because it was so big. I'm also enjoying all my NSV's along the way..

Very excited that we have a YMCA opening about a mile from my home. It is in a strip mall so I'm guessing it will be more of a YMCA express - no pool, etc. but hoorah!! I can have a free membership through work and I love free!.

I'm heading out soon to get my hair done. I have to be part of a video that will be shown in a press conference next week, and I can't tell you how much better I feel about doing that video almost 30 pounds lighter. In fact, I might not have agreed to do it 30 pounds ago - and that would not have been good on so many levels. I'm not proud to be in the 250's but it sure beats the 280's or 290's!.

Have a wonderful day!!..

Comment #16

Morning. I do NOT want to do this day! (please pass the coffee).

I *will* stay on program no matter what happens. I *will* drink my water (blech!). I *will* smile and fake it until the happiness becomes a reality.....and......and........and........

Yeah, yeah, yeah ...... whatever..

I need a mood makeover. LOL.

Have a great Friday!..

Comment #17

Great reading to start my snow day! Thanks.

Beth- You have been supportive on my blog before thank you! I have also found the accountability here among strangers stronger than anyone in my inner circle. I feel that in some ways I know people on this site in closer ways than I know people I see face to face everyday..

Goddesslynn- Thanks for the lowcarb friends info as I am struggling a little with the balance of training for a tri and my carb intake. I really do not want to move to 4/2 but understand that on race day I may to make an adjustment..

Steph- Please share what you find out..

Comment #18

Beth, what THEY said!.

Rachael, what THEY said!.

Steph, what THEY said!.

As I read this morning's posts, I had my responses in my head, but as I kept reading, you all beat me to everything I was going to say!.

I have an NSV to report this morning that has me very happy. It could also very well be a scale victory, and probably is, but I won't know until Monday. I feel a whoosh coming on!.

I bought a pair of great designer jeans on January 27. Right in the middle of my little escapade with sludge. I was sure they'd fit. Of course, they didn't. I don't think they would have fit, even had it not been for the sludge. I could not even pull them up and over my hind end..

Instead of returning them, since I really liked them, I neatly folded them up and put them back into the bag and on a shelf in my closet. This week, I bought another pair of dark jeans for today (jeans day). They also didn't fit. Again, the tags went in the pocket and they went into the closet..

So I pulled the designer pair back out. They fit like they were custom made for me! I am walking on air today in my red sweater with a fur collar, red sneakers and awesome jeans!.

Anyone else wearing red today? I could spend the rest of my life in red. I feel very alive when I'm wearing it...

Comment #19

Oops! It's not Marie, it's Rachel. Two Rachel's in the group. Gotta keep that straight!..

Comment #20

Talien -.

Fake it til you make it! Pretend it's a good day. Corny as heck, but sometimes pretending just makes it happen.....

Comment #21


I am jumping in to say hi to all of you before this thread has hundreds of comments posted!!! You are an amazing group........not to mention that many of my favorite Medifast losers and veterans hang out here!!!.

I admit that I cruise through here frequently!!! Your uplifting and often very funny comments and hilarious pictures always make my day a better one!..............where else can I see photos of RS and Hoff at the same time????.

Congratulations to all of you for taking the TL route. I got to goal following it this way (this time)............... are just amazing!! I love that you are a runner!!!.

Rachael............glad to see you found this group!!! You of course also amaze me!! to the Army PT don't have to take it regularly?........we used to have to take it every 6 months when I was in the Navy!!.........I remember in Indoc being told that I would not be released until I passed the physical requirements!! I did have age on my side so my times were a bit longer. I have no doubt you will pass in March!! You will have your TLer's cheering you on!!!!!!!!!. glad to see you here as well!!!!!!.


Jan, Penny, Corbie...............and every one of you ladies and gents.........wishing you a wonderful, on plan Friday.........stay warm wherever you are!..

Comment #22

Penny - WOOT on the jeans! I would wear red if I had any. Oh well...

Comment #23

Penny, congrats on the jeans!! I don't get to wear anything but white to work, but I'm sharing the "spirit" of your red sweater today!!.

32 oz of water so far, and a cup of coffee, so it's one more pee and then into the living room for my date with Chalean!..

Comment #24

Good morning TLG!.

Happy Friday..

Who has the coffee? Pass it here please..

Off to catch up...

Comment #25

EXACTLY what she said. Still reading to catch up. I'll be back...

Comment #26

Rachael: we are your cheering section, besides DH and the boys at home. I have been offering up my every effort for Anna and you are included. Definitely..

Thank you all for your encouragement and support..

Enjoy using all your muscles (even the shoveling ones) OP..


Comment #27

Penny, congrats on the jeans!!.

Rachel, make a plan, follow the plan. Just like Medifast - one day at a time. You will be fine..

Beth, you are an inspiration!.

Chatty, a little late, but I was really touched by your post yesterday. Thank you for sharing..

De, go eat..

Can someone pass the coffee please? I'm cranky, and I don't want to be at work. Not a good combination for HR. You know, work would be a great place without the idiots...

Comment #28

Woot! Penny on the jeans. I had the same thing this morning!.

About four months ago, I got so fat that I literally blew the a.s.s. right off my favorite pair of jeans. Poof! Denim puffs flying about. I was heartbroken. Now, I knew they were getting snug but I was, of course, in big denial. Damn dryer was shrinking them..

My wonderful MIL patched them back up for me. One, because they are Sevens and were the most expensive jeans I've ever bought and two, because I can't live without these jeans. They are fabulous..

This morning...I tried them on...and HOLY SH|T... the fit perfectly!..

Comment #29

All morning I'm grinning like a big fool, thinking that I'm getting close to my single-digit jeans again. Dreaming of 8s instead of the 10s that I'm beginning to fit comfortably back into. Then I went for my first of several piddles today and noticed that my tag says 8! Huh? Really? They're 1% spandex, but... EIGHT? I'm ready to dance on my desk!..

Comment #30

Yay Penny!!!.

So many great clothing victories today.


Comment #31

Congrats on your jeans, too, Connor! I can't fit into junior (odd-number) sizes and never could. Even when I was "skinny" in 2009. Yes, at 160 I was skinny. Wait, you'll see. I remember trying 5s and 7s when I was wearing 6s and it just didn't work..

I was so happy, I almost didn't react when I popped an acrylic nail off on the door on the way out of the ladies' room! Gotta stop dancing out of the potty..

Actually, my profile picture was taken in Feb. 2010 when I was flirting with 170.....

Comment #32

Amazing what a little motivation (like a cruise) can do for you, isn't it?.

Connor - WOOT to you too!..

Comment #33

Popping in to remind everyone it's National Wear Red Day - Go Red for Women! AHA's day to focus awareness of heart disease in women....


Comment #34

I hear you all on the coffee and bad mood day! I completely forgot that it was Friday, and even that didn't do a whole lot to lift my mood. Don't feel sorry for me though, I'm just stressing a bit about getting everything I need to get done done before I head to Maui on Wednesday....

Fake it til you make it-this has been me all week. I've just been irritated this week that I can't eat anything I want and be at a healthy, hottie weight. I've stuck to plan and I'm down 2.5 pounds in 2 days. A great reward for a tough week staying on plan even when I don't really want to..

Why the heck am I complaining?? I've lost 2.5 pounds in 2 days and am heading to Maui on Wednesday. Someone please smack me for my crappy attitude...

Comment #35


Hope that made you feel better. It really didn't do much for me, amazingly...

Comment #36

Alucas: you are so not alone. We all have to figure out what things are not good for us to have. Personally, I'm not okay with dipping Medifast crisps in low-fat cream cheese and calling it 1 snack + 1 condiment. So I don't do it. I also went like 5 months on this diet before I let myself have melted cheese. Cheese sticks I could handle, melty goodness was way too tempting.

As for therapy, I'm all for it. I have a fantastic amazing psychologist I saw about my food issues, and it was so powerfully productive I can't begin to tell you. I am a strong-willed woman, and if I have to pay someone to find someone capable of kicking my a55, pay them I will. So worth it!!!.

Oh, and about the weight gain - if it bums you out, STOP WEIGHING EVERY DAY. I weigh daily, but it doesn't depress me that I ALWAYS go back up 2 pounds for a couple days after I see a new lower number. It's just how it goes...

Comment #37

Steph/Corbie: I so feel you on the unmotivated. Blerg. I'm impressed as hell you got the run in. I got out of bed and came to work!.

De: feel better, dear. Keeping my fingers crossed with you..

Rachael: sure I have ideas! You know how long you have. You know what level you need to get to. You should aim your training at being over what will be required, so maybe set up your training schedule so that in 6 weeks you're running 3 miles, doing 75 sit ups, and 30 pushups. Make yourself a spreadsheet and ramp each of them up over the 6 week period, starting from how much you can do right now. Schedule in rest days. And take the last couple days before your exam off so your body is raring to go on go day.

Steph/Corbie: I'm not anywhere near the level you are. But on 5&1 (with dancing and sex in my life) I was at the wall semi-regularly, and failing to keep myself warm most of the time. On 4&2 I thermoregulate ALL the time and I don't crash out after more sustained exercise. I don't know the science behind it, but it works a whole lot better for my body when I'm moving it more..

Talien: "mood makeover" - love it..

Penny: yay for you in red, fur collar, and sassy jeans!!! I love it! And OMG yay for accidentally being in smaller size than you thought!!!.

Connor: yay for your less-fat a55!!!!..

Comment #38

Today's goals: 1) poop, 2) try not to be a totally useless irresponsible sack of strung-out lovestruck girl at work and school..

It could happen, right?..

Comment #39

Red sweater, red hair, red jacket... can't see the red socks and sneakers, though!..

Comment #40

'Morning everyone - no time to post but a quick note..

Congrats on the clothes NSV's.

Beth - In your situation, and I never read any whining about your limitations or your hunger. I'm embarrassed by my self-pity..

Steph - Amazing that you are training for a marathon. I see for myself another rung on the ladder!.

Take care, everyone. ~Kim..

Comment #41

You're lookin hawt!!.

Me? Red sweater, red socks, red undies.

We're doing a group photo in a few that'll get posted on the site..

Comment #42

In answer to the earlier question about having to take a PT test regularly...yes, and no...When I took my last PT test it was April 2005 and I was actually a few weeks along in my pregnancy with DS 9 months no testing after that, than another 6 months of no testing for "post-postpartum recovery" so next PT test was fall 2006 and it was a "diagnostic" which I failed but didn't count against me...(One reason I'm here is that I used that time of pregnancy and postpartum as an excuse to eat what I wanted and the Army couldn't do anything to me...)than my unit deployed and I chosen as the Home-detachment commander for 18 months during the Iraq surge....and as commander I wasn't going to give MYSELF a PT test!.

So now it's July-ish 2008 and I've only had 1 PT test, which I had failed...and I was sent to AZ for the Captain's Career Course...only I found out 3 days before moving that I was pregnant with DS #2...and we have that whole 18 month break again for PT...added to my unhealthy habits and lets just say I was about 190 at 5'1"...and So OCT 2009 I had to take a record PT test for my course...I took it 2 times and failed the run both times by about 2 minutes. But, since it was a school and not a "real" unit I wasn't "flagged", I was "just" given a "marginally achieved course standards"...then I was sent on my way to the unit who I'm with now. They had just taken unit PT tests before I got there in preparation for deployment so, hate to admit it but I "slipped through the cracks" and I wasn't going to bring it up....but here we are again...and the unit is doing their 6 month tests again and this time I'm on the radar with the rest of the team.....

So the long and short of it is that Medifast IS my Godsend because this is the first time since 2005 that I will pass my "height/wieight" tests (I'm not worried about that part since I'm close to meeting the "max allowed" (translate that to ALLOWED, meaning no adverse punishment for being fat right now), which is what I need for the Army, not for myself or my goal, but not failing the "tape test" is necessary as well.....

So now I just have that run thing....

I have to say, I am no more proud of the fact that I allowed myself to slip through the cracks of the Army PT test system than I am of the fact that back then I also ate in secret and hid the wrappers form my family and coworkers so they wouldn't know how screwed up I was...I knew something was wrong with me, I just didn't know how, or if, I could change it....

I'm learning that here...I'm facing these demons that I carry...and with the weight loss I know that I "should" be able to run faster, but that's another demon all like once burned twice shy, sooooooo....

Following Corbie's advice, I'm going to go the gym now and give myself a test to see where I stand...because just knowing this demon isn't going to conquer it..

Sorry it's a long post...I wouldn't be able to do this tonight though if I didn't have ya'll to encourage it though, so thank you....

I'll let you know how I did when I get back..


Comment #43

Jan, HUGS! Muchos gracias, sister! Can't wait to see your picture!.

Aww, Freya! Smooches to you! What a sweet thing - Right back atcha, girly! That was the second nicest thing anybody's said to me all day! I can't tell you what my hubby said when I sent the picture to him... he took top honors, though...

Comment #44

Well, now I understand, LOL!!!!!!!!!!!.........I had to participate in the Pudgy Patrol the very first go around when I got to Charleston!! I swore; never again..........and I never did the entire time on active duty. I had to do the PP because I was just over the body fat limit for my ht and wt...............ugh!! I still remember reporting to my pediatric unit, working for an hour and then having to get all hot and sweaty outside for my PP activities!! .........

I also think quite a few of us have eaten in secret!! That's why we're here!!!.

Sometimes I wish my Navy buddies could see me now............I am older, wiser and a whole lot more fit!! I take it one day at a time!!..

Comment #45

He he - okay, you guys! You're all gonna give me a big head! Thanks for all those nice words, really. Holding my Droid at arm's length and taking a vanity shot is how I've gotten my best pictures. So, I'm thinking about going back to the pixie cut something like this... thoughts?.

I thought I'd wait until I'm closer to goal, but I'm not sure. Maybe I'll go with the cut similar to my profile pic.....

Comment #46

Happy Wearing Red DAY TLers..

I used to be the office Manager for the Heart Association in the city and February is our big month to get the word out..

Please tell at least FIVE women today to be sure get their Blood Pressure taken and get an annual physical exam..

Heart Disease still affects too many women..

Chest discomfort, shortness of breath, backpain or neckpain, sweating, nausea, dizzy, pale color. Unless you have the flu, these can be early signs of a Heart Attack for women and a bit different than the traditional ones we all hear about for men..

Ladies if you think you or someone you love is having a heart attack, don't drive, call 911 immediately..

Public Service Announcement is now over...

Comment #47

I like that cut Penny! I would definitely cut my hair like that but my hubs would have kittens! Chin length seems to be the shortest he can tolerate. He still wishes I had hair past my waist like I did when we first started dating...

Comment #48

Penny I always liked that on you. Congrats on the jeans, too...

Comment #49

Oh I hear you. My hubby loves me with long hair. He tolerates it this length, which is plenty long enough for me to take care of...

Comment #50

My hubby shaves his head, so he's not allowed to have an opinion of how I wear my hair! LOL! Thanks for the input, ladies!..

Comment #51

Thanks for the smacks! I really did need them..

Penny, you are a gorgeous woman! I love the pixie cut-I wish I could pull one off...

Comment #52

Thank you, Hope! I am going to try and squeeze my huge head through the door and out to my car. I'll have to leave the window down on the drive home!.

Thanks for making my day fly by, TLers! TTYL!..

Comment #53

Penny, gorgeous photos. Jealous! I like the short red hair...looks fast and sexy..

Just had another HOLY SH|T moment. So usually I gag down my water in the morning so I don't have to worry about it the rest of the day. I have a 28 oz bottle and I fill it three times, knowing I have grinked my amount..

Today...I unconsciously filled it up a 4th time...not even thinking about it. I just realized it's halfway gone. W.T.F. is wrong with me?..

Comment #54

Penny, LOVE your photo(s)!.

I love your hair now and it is very cute shorter, too. You'll look great either way. Congratulations on those 8s!.

Day is going well. Kids are playing and baby is napping so Grammie grabbed the 'puter for a fast check-in/reading to catch up...

Comment #55

Penny, you look great! I have always liked your hair in your profile pic. Go for it!.

My DH wishes I had longer hair like when we met. I just don't have time to fool with it anymore. I have been going to the same stylist for about 20 years, so I just go in, close my eyes and say "Jeff, time to make me beautiful again" and he goes about his business! I tell my DH that every 5 weeks, he gets a new woman to sleep with!!.

So, I've been hungry lately. Usually means a loss is coming my way. (that's what keeps me from giving in to it, along with you guys). Could be a good monday!..

Comment #56

Please visit "Do you think the Prince is on Medifast" thread on Medifast Connection forums..

Courtesy of kb1968 reference to it on the blogs..

I can't stop laughing..


Comment #57

Linda - I loved my hair long, but because of my thyroid issues, it's really thinned out over the last 10 years, so the longer it gets, the worse it looks. Speaking of which, definitely going to go in and get the haircut I didn't before I met up with Chatty...

Comment #58

Steph, I felt the same way in November when I was being weighed in for my knee surgery. The nurse called me an athlete and trusted my was really weird! Anyway, my sister ran the Marine Corps Marathon this past year. She was in the same boat you were and her body was hanging on to the weight because she was so hungry and probably starving herself. So she ended up working with a sports nutritionist and revamped her nutrition plan. She changed how she ate, had lots of energy and lost 10 pounds quickly. I have a feeling that Medifast is not a good choice for marathon trianing...

Comment #59

Funny, but I thought you had it done. It looks so cute on you...

Comment #60

Happy Friday friends!.

Sorry, I don't have time right at the moment to read through the whole thread but I wanted to pop in and say hi!.

Adding on to the discussion - I think it was yesterday - about Medifast making us less b**tchy... I saw my therapist today (who I've been seeing for a year now, in addition to popping anxiety meds daily) and she said "I can see you're in a really good place. Much calmer and more centered. I don't think you'll need therapy much longer than a few more months.".

YAY! After a mere 5 days on Medifast... that's what a profound effect it has on your mind and soul when you cleanse your body of SLUDGE! It's so much more than losing weight... it really is about making your whole being healthy! Awesome feeling!..

Comment #61

I passed! I passed! I passed! I passed!.

I just did a practice run on the treadmill and my time was 21:18 (not great, but PASSING!!) I checked the score when I got back to the office and since I turned 32 in October that means that I PASSED! I did the situps and pushups right after and passed as well!.

That means that just by doing Medifast and dropping almost 20 lbs, if I had to get weighed and tapped tomorrow I could pass!! WHEW HOO!.

I feel like I just won the lotto...that gives me 6 weeks to get better with out freaking out about passing!.

OK, enough about me....

Beth, hahaha...that is funny!.

Penny, you do look great...I think a pixi cut would be beautiful on you and like Sassy, I wish I could pull one off!.

De, I'm with you on having thin hair, but I just can't seem to bring myself to cut it yet....

Conner, congrats on getting all that water in!!.

Ahhh, what a day!.


Comment #62

Great news Rachel!!! Just imagine how much better you'll do in 6 weeks!!!..

Comment #63


For both Secondtimer AND Rachel!! Fantastic ladies!!!!..

Comment #64

Great news, Rachael!!! You are going to smoke those times in March!!! And after that run, you're gonna ask them is that all they've got!! LOL! Love it! I can see you smacking your chest saying, "Bring it, beyotches!!!" Ha ha haaaaaa!!!.

Sushi tonight! Sashimi, of course, for me!..

Comment #65

What a fabulous Friday!.

Congratulations for all the victories I've read today. Losing weight, passing fitness requirements, fitting into jeans, looking great in red, having a window to the world with us TLrs, and being all around wonderful women! You all make me proud to be part of this bunch..

Got my morning workout in, than the dog park and now I'm into a pair of jeans I haven't worn since. last spring? It's amazing what losing weight AND feeling great about yourself can do. I feel so much more energetic. I need to remember this feeling when I'm tempted for sludge...

Comment #66

Penny, thanks for the idea. ohhh I love Sushi. That's what I want. Hmmm dinner plans may be changing...

Comment #67

It's ALWAYS better to know where you stand than to just worry about it. Always. Even if it's the worst, it's better to know. Congrats!.

... so, I dunno what they do these days, but back in The Day, we had classes of "Pass" - third was Satisfactory, 2nd was Good, 1st was best... forget what they called it. You goin' for second class instead of just "Pass"?..

Comment #68

Steph (AZ), our favorite sushi place went under in December, sadly. We discovered a new place which is a little more expensive, but has wonderful, fresh (swimming this morning) sashimi and sushi. They also have nice steamed veggies with separate sauces. Gotta love that..

I have to agree - today has been a great day on and off this thread..

I had to go and get my nail fixed when Emma got off the bus and I let her get a polish change. She'd seen a French manicure on her friend (whose mom works at the nail place) and that's what she got. It looks so pretty on her tiny fingers! The only time her little grubby grubs look that clean and pretty is during summer camp when she swims every day!..

Comment #69

I'm gonna pose a question and then check back later. I may ask again over the weekend -.

What was the best piece of Medifast advice you've ever received and who did it come from?.

(dangling participles are popular with me).

Mine was "End the struggle; Stay OP" and was from Chris (Lealonnie1)..

This may even end up as a thread unto itself. It could be very helpful to lots of people...

Comment #70


We don't have classes for the PT test...for shooting, yes, but for PT it's pass or fail...but there is still quite a stigma about trying to "max" or get a perfect 300 I'm working toward that goal and hope to be "there" by the time I get home in October...but for now, I'm taking "Pass" and any extra points I can get just make it sweeter!.


I'm gonna have to think about that one...I'll probably answer "tomorrow"'s about 3:30am here and my bed is calling me home.

Have a great night ya'll!..

Comment #71

Everybody is doing awesome things today.


Thanks you guys for responding to my witchy mood with kindness and great advise..

I don't weigh everyday, I just have a hard time not weighing in the middle of the just gets so tempting. I think I shall name my scale Caeser. I shall render what is his unto him and he can stop laughing at me....hmmm scales laughing at me....maybe I need to see a different sort of therapist. As long as I don't see the rapist. Not having a very coherrent day today lol. Have a great weekend everybody. OP as ALWAYS..

Comment #72

Popping in late....Had a great day working with the hubs today.....

He is a cutie.....

Anyway sounds like everyone had a FANTASTIC Friday.....Congrats to all for all the good doings.......

Penny, I love love love my hair super short, it is thick and wavy so a short do and I am literally out the door in 5...right now it is a little long for me but still super easy to do. If you cut your hair now, you will see your face changing shape literally every couple days..

Good motivation.

What is the best advice I have gotten since starting MF?.

The exact words escape me, but, in my second or third week I was complaining about not losing a massive amount of weight (I know right, I still thought Medifast was magic) anyway.

Marnie (scrapbookgirl).

Said "Slow down and enjoy the ride".

That made me step back and realize I was on a long journey not a one month miracle cure...

Comment #73

I'm so proud of all of us today! Everyone has such great stories!! :-).

- Kendra..

Comment #74

One thing I have to try and get back in my head is that it is okay to be a little selfish right now..It is okay to put me first and do what I need to do to feel and look healthy......I was able to do that last year and for the first time in my life I was totally selfish and got the job done....I need to go back to that place in my head....(Don't get me wrong, noone in the family could say they were ignored due to my selfishness, but>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>)..

Comment #75

Lynne, It's not selfish to put yourself on your own "to do" list. We may not realize it for a long time, but it is imperative that we devote time for ourselves..

Penny, Medifast clicked for me during the very first week. It was Chris who message was consistent and clear during my initial month. I knew I was doing the best thing possible for myself, I just couldn't understand people would not allow themselves to be healthy and beautiful. I saw them as actually blocking their opportunity to be healthy and beautiful and srtong. ( I love Hinata).

So it was Chris and JustPraisin who spoke to me in their blogs each day. They provided the lights I could follow step by step..

I wish I could be as positive as they are. Tonight I struck again as the Weight Loss Fairy..


Comment #76

I'm here with another NSV for the day. Are you ready for this? I EXERCISED!!! I did about 15 minutes of exercises from the pt, then 20 minutes on the treadmill. I feel so good!.

We are all so Great, aren't We!.

I need to think about the best advice I have been given...

Comment #77

It's tough to pick 'the best' advice because so many people helped me out so much along the way so far. I'd have to say that the advice that got me through the first two weeks and made me absolutely determined to stay on plan was a welcome aboard post I saw from Chris - I can't remember now if she sent me a PM or if she posted it in her blog, but it was a compendium of tidbits about weighing and measuring and how to do things, things to be careful about - sort of an FAQ to starting MF. It made all the difference to me..

But I could start listing people and just not stop. People went out of their way to help me when I needed it. My blog friends, my team friends, the Rogues... despite the negativity and the mass of people determined to sabotage themselves and others, this place is also full of inspiration and intelligence and compassion...

Comment #78

Rachael, you go ahead and get a good nights rest! I just thought it would be a good question to put out there to make our little thread that much richer! And congratulations again on your spectacular win today!.

Alucas12017, I saw that Epic Fail license plate! I get you, Honey!.

Lynne, I also have super thick hair, oddly straight on top and wavy/curly in back. I hear you about the ease and speed of short hair a little Paul Mitchell Wax Works and Im out the door! Im already seeing a change in my face between just a few weeks ago and now. A pretty big change. So, Im thinking the same thing about the pixie cut..

Beth, yes, Chris message has always carried me through when I need it. Her story and her blogs are incredible. Shes one amazing gal. And Ive also admired Hinatas strength and success. Shes a firecracker for sure!.

Linda, great job getting that exercise in! My back has been killing me today (shoveling and putting a queen size bed up on risers does that), and I didnt even want to walk, let alone get on a treadmill!.

Steph, I know just the list youre talking about! I think we started around the same time and I saved that as a Word doc. I even pass it on to my newbies! I hope Chris pops on and sees how many times her name has been mentioned just tonight. I also hope people can glean even half of the inspiration weve gotten from each other today!.

Sushi tonight was delicious. Hot green tea, sashimi and steamed broccoli with a couple of cherry tomatoes..


Comment #79

Penny, That is an amazing difference in just a month!!..

Comment #80

Thanks, de - I'm floored when I look at these pictures side by side. Wow. I love me some Medifast. I was so bloated and almost shiny with Jo Koy! My eyes look twice as big when they're not squiched together by fat!..

Comment #81

Penny that is amazing and I was just about to ask if that was Joe Koi..

Comment #82

Anna, yes, we LOVE JOSEP! We went to see him in Albany last month and he was absolutely hilarious! And so nice when we met him!..

Comment #83

Penny, great question. Many of those that helped me are right here or in my "Crew". Best piece of advice.....stay on plan 100%, no excuses. That got me where I am today...

Comment #84

Penny, I see that change! Woo are rocking the plan...

Comment #85

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