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Got a question, hope someone can answer... Are pumpkin seeds allowed on Phase 1 of the Medifast Diet? Thanks in advance for any answer or 2. 2nd question I got is.. Other topics will be discussed that may not be appropriate for the easily offended..

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Comments (61)

Ye, but you might want to make sure and wait for another commenter to confirm this as I am not quite sure. Better yet, why don't you give a call to the Medifast guys because they can answer you better...

Comment #1

Two days in a row! I wanted to dub the thread Hump Day instead of Wednesday but thought I should show some decorum this early in the morning. I immediately thought of Freya's V-Day observed with Morty, though.

I'm so far behind - I really miss all you guys! Things have been super nutso at work (full moon quickly approaches) and the little time I have in the evening has been busy as well. DH has a meeting tonight, so hope to catch up a bit. What little I've read, there were some good discussions going on, as well as all the fun chit-chat..

Early meeting so gotta run - Happy Hump Day!!..

Comment #2

Good morning Jan.. Thanks for starting the thread.... So glad it's Wednesday... For some reason Tuesday nites are sooo hard for me... I ignored the sludge and went to bed.. I just wish it wasn't so difficult...

Enough of my rambling.... the next few days are supposed to be in the 50's... woo hoo... I need the weather to change... Going to drive son to school and then on the elliptical...

Will try to check in throughout the day....


Comment #3

Good morning MT.. love having coffee with you in the am.... Have a great day!!!.


Comment #4

Morning Jan, MT and Cindy and whoever else sneaks in while I'm typing!!!.

We are at the beginning of a nice weather streak, it lasts until th day my dh is due to be here LOL. It'll still be highs in the 50s but 60s and 70s are so much nicer.


I switched to the new scale today and adjusted my starting weight. Today is new hairdo week and my homecoming outfit boots are supposed to arrive today too!!! Pictures later..

Comment #5

Good morning, Jan, MT, Cindy & Anna - and all other TLers cross-posting or yet to check in. Nice to see you all this morning! Happy Wednesday!..

Comment #6

Good morning Jan, MT, Cindy, Anna and everyone else!.

Anna - can't wait to see the hair (and the dress and boots!).

Steph - prayers for your mom. Hopefully the tests will show nothing..

Freya - I feel your pain. I am happy to say I haven't opened my bluebook in years! Have a great night with Morty tonight!.

Penny - love the new do! I wish I could wear my hair like that but I could never do a style like that by myself..

Beth - I'm sure you will figure out transition - you are too positive and motivated a person not to!.

I don't know if it's the weather or what, but I just have more and more trouble getting up and getting to work lately. I like my job -I just don't want to go lately. Maybe I need a vacation...somewhere warm.... unfortunately that ain't happenin this year...

Comment #7

UGH - Anna, it was painful! Haha! No, not too bad. It was really just so she (boss #2) could make sure things were still happening in her absence. We have really good people who don't need to be babysat, but there are some big projects going on right now and she just wanted to see where things were. She had a corrective surgery on her foot and I understand it was pretty painful. She's not short on drama, so it's best that she called in as opposed to trying to hobble in..

I've discovered that I'm much more likely this time to grab a ready-to-eat meal than to grab something that requires preparation. I have lots of soup, shakes, and hot drinks left, but no bars, no puffs, and only a couple of pretzels left. Boo. De and I were talking about making shake cakes in a waffle iron and freezing them. Gotta look into that...

Comment #8

Good Morning Tlers!.

You are so nice to wake up with and start the day..

Everyone in this group accomplishes so much in just one day. I sit is slow motion, in almost another phase of being and appreciate every achievement you make in your lives and participate in with your co-workers..

Enjoy your lives to the fullest today, Dynamic folks..


Comment #9

Good morning all..

Waves and a tip of the coffee cup to Jan, MT, Penny, Cindy, Anna, Beth, Sugar and the rest of the gang..

It's a rainy Wednesday morning for me. Makes for a lovely commute..

I hope everyone has a great day...

Comment #10

Good Morning TL Peeps!!.

Yesterday was actually a little too warm for me considering it's February. 80 degrees! Supposed to drop back to the mid 70's today and possibly cloud up. I will be doing a happy dance if we can get some rain in the near future. It is SO dry here!.

Overslept this morning. Hate when that happens. It throws my entire day off..

Penny - Definitely going to play with my waffle iron this weekend. FYI - Dark Chocolate shake makes an AWESOME shake cake! I can't believe how much I am loving being back on MF..

Not even going to try shout outs this morning. Brain is going to take a while before all the pistons start to fire. Have a training meeting at 10 that I am not thrilled about and is not mandatory, but since my boss is the one presenting and the rest of the department will be there, I guess I have to show. <sigh>.

Lifting my coffee cup to another wonderful OP day!..

Comment #11

Good morning everyone!!.

I just wanted to stop in to say's been another *fun* week where I was switched from days to nights and then back again, so I've been mostly out of the loop (but you have all been in my thoughts).

I've been needing some tough love lately...I've been good but the temptation fairies have been working extra hard on me the last few days. I decided to chronicle my little journey in my Blog today so I could review it at a later time and see if I can do something to change my day that would help..

Have a happy Wednesday!!.


Comment #12

Hello Tough Lovers!!! How's everyone??? I was checking in on the site and thought I'd come and say hello to all y'all....

Today is going to be busier than more work than I have time and also have a graduation ceremony for one of the programs I work in at have to make an appearance there. But...I'm still gonna workout after work matter how late I get out. I tried to convince myself to not workout, but alas...I kicked myself in the butt and made up my gym clothes bag like a good kid!.

I'm happy to report I've made it 3 years since goal...and still fit into my size 6 pants. They are a smidge tight right now, but I'm working on that (i.e. making myself go to the gym on a regular basis)..

De- 80 degrees, eh? Wowza. It's currently 9 degrees where I am. They say a warm front is coming our way...and it should melt all this snow and ice. I'll believe it when I see it..

Penny...I love the grab and go meals. Even now in maintenance, I have the ready to go protein shakes all the time. I had one at church last Sunday. I had to be there ALL DAY and we were doing the coffee time so I knew I would be surrounded by cookies and cake and lots of other "Not on Shelley's Plan" food. So, I got my big bottle of water and threw 2 of the protein shakes in my bag. Easy peasy.

And...I knew if I brought something I had to prepare, I'd be much more likely to not make it, be starving and then be more inclined to want to make a bad choice..

Hugs all.....


Comment #13

Hey Shelley!!.

Rachael - Good to hear from you. Sorry things are getting to you, but stay strong and show those temptation demons who's boss..

Where's our OTHER Rachel? Haven't seen her in quite a while...

Comment #14

Morning Tl's. Happy Hump Day!.

Second cup of coffee is gone. I think I need a third..

For those in T&M what are your favorite L&g's?.

I like the idea of the RTG shakes. I've tried making Medifast ahead of time for grab and go but my lovey DH grabs them before me. No he is not on this plan. His plan is the SEE Food Diet..

Time to go and sell tickets. Harry Potter! I need to see Harry Potter! I don't think I can wait till July..

-.5lbs for the week...

Comment #15

Mia - What I do is make my stuff the night before and then put it in a lunch bag. Would that help keep your hubs out of it?..

Comment #16

De can you share your shake cake recipie w/me?..

Comment #17

1 packet MF.

1/8 tsp baking powder.

2 TBSP egg beaters.


Mix together dry ingredients.

Add egg beaters and 2-3 TBSP water to make a batter that is thick, but still "fluid" (thicker than pancake batter but looser than brownie)..

Nuke in coffee mug for approx 70-90 seconds depending on your microwave. I am finding that they actually cook better and for less time in a mug than in a small bowl. No idea why.

I am going to play with this over the weekend and try cooking the above recipe in my waffle iron. Then I can freeze them and pop them in the toaster to reheat when I want one. I'll let you know how that works...

Comment #18

Agh. I was sooo tired last night that I crawled into bed and realized, "Sh|t. I did not make my soup and shake for tomorrow." That was my last thought before I fell asleep..

Sure enough, this morning was a nightmare trying to get both kids ready, drink my 28 oz, make my breakfast biscuit and eggs, prep my soup and blend my shake. I felt horribly unorganized and cranky..

I am completely an@l about organization, cleanliness and structure. I have all my meals in their assigned plastic drawers organized by time of day and food type and flavor and everything I need to make it exactly where I know where to find it. This morning, that was a godsend..

But I hate starting the day feeling unorganized!..

Comment #19

Thank you, De.. I will look fwd to hearing about the revised recipie too. I miss toaster anything...

Comment #20

I can't believe it's not even noon here yet! I've been fairly busy this morning and it feels like it should be about 3:00 tomorrow afternoon!..

Comment #21

Jan thanks for thinking of V-Day Observed! Im a little excited. Wearing a little black dress and seamed hose here at work. Uh, oops?.

Sugargirl I appreciate the BB empathy. I really do..

Anna SOOOO excited for you!!!!!!!!!! The outfit is coming together!.

Rachael stay strong! Those temptation fairies dont deserve to win!!!.

Shelley 3 year Mediversary ZOMG!!!! Im so impressed!..

Comment #22

I was hunbgry AND creative at lunch. Wait til I share what I did. I took a packet of scrambled eggs, an 8th of a tsp. of baking powder, 1 packet of Equal and a little water. Sorta like a shake cake, but made of eggs. Microwaved in a cup for about 80 seconds.

But it was like very firm eggs. I will definitely do it again. Sometimes I just wanna chew. I suppose I'm like vermin that way.....

Comment #23

Good afternoon, TL-ers. Both dh and I had a dr. app't this a.m. and we go in together into the treatment room. So the hubs is sitting there while my weight is being discussed (complimented) and she mentions the actual numbers on the scale, which I always tell her not to do in front of dh. So I hit the roof but dh doesn't even blink.

It was.


For me but I know it does not affect dh's.


For me. I know that 'cause he said so - whatta guy!.


Comment #24

De, bragging about 80 degree weather the day after I get back from Maui is cruel, even for you.

I woke up to snow today..

I have to take a second to say I <3 MF. I never dreamed I'd feel comfortable walking on the beach in my swimsuit, or sitting in a middle chair on a plane. But yep, I did both of those on my vacation.

Now back to the cold reality of my life.....

Comment #25

Oh my! I do love me some custard!! A little WF pancake syrup and you have FLAN!!! You are my hero!!!! Seriously!..

Comment #26

Sassy, so glad you had a great trip, and thrilled for the NSVs!!!..

Comment #27

Next time, De! I dont have any WF here at work, but you can bet I'm gonna have this again when I get home this afternoon!..

Comment #28

I have spent the entire morning getting my hair done.

It was long and blond and now it's short and strawberry blond, the color is much more vibrant IRL..

Comment #29

I wanted something like a muffin consistency for lunch too, but it didn't work out..

Now I'm eating chewy/crunchy cn soup. blech! I had to add just a little more water just so I could get it down because I am surely not throwing it out..

Idk why I thought I could make muffins out of soup as easy as pancake mix. doh!..

Comment #30

However, I did go to sonic and get a large diet dp. That's making me really happy!..

Comment #31

Anna, Gorgeous! Ohhhh, your hubby is gonna be THRILLED!!!..

Comment #32

Anna, how awesome that it's close enough now for dh to be home that you can see the weather forecast!! woot! woot!..

Comment #33

Chickie, you can make awesome muffins from the cream soups. 'The cream of tomato makes my favorite. Throw in a little cinnamon and it's almost like spice cake. The others have some less than savory things in there when you try it. A dried pea once was stuck in my back tooth for over an hour until I got a hold of a toothpick to get it out...

Comment #34

Anna! Your hair is beautiful!!!! I super love that color!!..

Comment #35

Good to know. I do have some COT. Do you add anything to it other than water? Do you do it in a coffee mug?.

I'm going to try de's shake cake recipe tonight. Until I did pancakes in a coffee mug I could never get muffins and stuff to come out right...

Comment #36

Hi everyone!.

Anna, your hair looks so pretty!.

Freya, have a wonderful Valentine's Day with Morty..

Sitting here freezing, where is a hot flash when you need one? LOL.

Hope the afternoon goes well for all!..

Comment #37

Welcome home Sassy!.

Anna - Love your hair!!! Did you get your boots in? I want to see them!!! Your husband is going to love it!..

Comment #38

I usually add about 2-3 Tbsp. of water - about the consistency of the brownie. And the 1/8 tsp. baking powder (NOT soda) is optional. It makes it rise a little, but it's also salty and you have to count it as a condiment. I'd rather have the cinnamon or a packet of sweetener..

I'm off, kids. Have a great afternoon!..

Comment #39

Anna: Hubbahubba for Hubby! The color and cut are magnificent! Do you think the boys will even notice (y chromosome)?.

I went to the grocery by myself for about 30 min. OMG! I even saw a quilting friend from one of omy old groups. We talked for about 5 minutes. HUMAN CONTACT! it can't be beat..

I am going to keep a wedge of fresh ...some vegetable.. near my bed..

My mind lasted for about 4 minutes into the conversation. Then I felt drunk and dizzy. I do only go around the outside of the store. Never realized that before now. I want to try the ....Kale! chips sometime, so got two bunches..

I am so excited..

The chicken is on the stove in my low pressure cooker surrounded by bok choy (my favorite) I am actaully making dinner for DH right now..

Okay, I know I sound drunk. I am going to eat my oatmeal right now and probably crash..

Love the custard recipes and stuff. Thanks Tlers..


Comment #40

Anna - Love the hair!!.

Chickie - I use that shake cake recipe for everything. Sweet or savory. If you're going to use a chunky soup, though, make sure you grind the powder well, first...

Comment #41


Your shake cake was great thanks! I can't wait to try it savory!.


I'm making flan tomorrow! And a tomato soup spice cake, too!.


That was a very cute dr visit story..


You look so pretty! It's just lovely. That color is beautiful on you. But I wouldn't exactly call your hair short!.


Have a wild, romantic time with Marty. Like you need advice to do that!..

Comment #42


, my hair was 5 inches longer and blond earlier today.


How awesome you got out!!!!.

Thanks everyone!.

My 8 year old son told me they missed some (I have a couple of high lights and I think he means those)..

Comment #43

Thanks, everyone, for the V-Day wishes!.

Beth, look at you go!!!!!!..

Comment #44

I think I'll just put on my drool bib now. I am out..

See you all tomorrow. Enjoy your evenings ..


Comment #45

Oooooh, and another cool recipe. You need a Magic Bullet or other good small blender. Grind a packet of chili and mix it with just enough hot water to make a paste, however thick you like it. Use it as a dip with celery. You can doctor it up with hot sauce if you like. It's awesome!..

Comment #46

Rach I'm so glad you posted. I was about to put a note on your MyPage to see how you were doing. I was hoping you hadn't run away from us..

I might just put a note up there anyway to bug you...

Comment #47

Kitty I could see you not wanting hubs to know at the beginning but with your success, I think you should be proud of your number!..

Comment #48

Ok ran out of catch up time... later peeps..

Anna! Love the hair!..

Comment #49

I'll do that. I'm guessing it didn't turn out because I didn't put any baking powder in it. At least it didn't taste bad, just texture bad..

Also, I'm so crazy. Here I was trying to make something like a muffin for lunch and I just ate my brownie raw. I used ice water to make it and it tasted like a rich pudding. Yum! I love that I could crunch the choco chips..

I guess I forgot I wanted a muffin. lol!..

Comment #50

Lol! That reminds me of when I get highlights and my son asks me why I have yellow stripes in my hair. too funny...

Comment #51

It's nice to be missed..

I'm hereI ate some truly smack-worthy SLUDGE over the last few (9) days, and eventually put it on my mental calendar to get back on plan today. DH and I did Valentine's Day Observed last night, and I did allow that to affect my timing of getting back on plan. Anyway, it's over, and I'm back on plan now. I pretty much abstained from the boards during my food orgy..

I haven't stepped on the scalenor do I plan to for the rest of the month. I don't even want to know. I just know I'm going to live 5&1 for the rest of the year and whatever comes off, comes off, and I've got a vow ceremony to be ready for on September 3, so I really oughta not mess around..

It's time I really start employing some of those techniques for dealing with food temptations. I know that in my case, I entertained thoughts of SLUDGE for several days before I actually ate any of it. I need to find a way to nip that crap in the bud...

Comment #52

You really know how to clear a room Rachel. lol! j/k.

I have a question for you. I'm not trying to be mean, I'm just trying to understand for my own personal journey..

How were you able to stay OP in Vegas, but are falling off the wagon now? The reason I ask is I'm really struggling with my upcoming vacations in May and June and wanting to being able to stay OP. I want to do it so bad and I think about it all the time. To me that is the hardest time ever to stay on plan because you are out of your routine and I don't know how I'm going to make it work..

Is something bad happening now that made you go off? Again, I'm not trying to make you feel bad. I just don't understand it...

Comment #53

Haha I did notice I killed the thread. :/ It seemed hypocritical to just start posting again and pretend I've just been too busy to post for a week, though, you know?.

I kept on trying to figure out, for myself, why I felt the need to allow myself to go off plan, why me, why now, why why why? I still haven't figured it out. Like I said, I think it was mostly a matter of allowing myself to dwell on those "Oh, wow, I miss eating ________" thoughts a little too long, and a little longer each time, until finally I gave in. And I'm not for a second trying to blame my dear husband for my infractions, but it is hard to pick myself up and get back on the wagon when my confession of off-plan eating to him leads him to say, "Oh! You're off it now, so we can go to __________ tonight?" I don't know if I could say that boredom played a part of it, I would think that maybe that is part of it, but I'm not sure..

As for Vegas, it helped that we kept so busy that food barely crossed our minds except when my cell phone alarm reminded me to eat. And I won't lie, I had some extra motivation when we were in Vegas because I so wanted to be able to come back to the group and say YES! I stayed on plan in VEGAS! I guess it's not so exciting to come back and report the same for a regular old Monday...

Comment #54

Rachel - Well. Glad you came back. My question for you is if you were struggling BEFORE you ate off plan, why didn't you come here and let us talk you down before giving in? That was the agreement we made. <tapping foot>.

You have proven that you CAN do this regardless of the situation. Don't let your inner brat sabotage you now. For right now, I think you NEED to make it exciting if you come in on Monday and have been on plan. Every day we get through and every lbs we lose is cause for celebration..


OK. Done now...

Comment #55

Had anniversary lunch with DH ....

4 oz tomato soup (had them measure it, lol!).

Mixed greens salad, with just vinegar.

1/2 angus burger with no bun, and tomato.

2 bites vanilla ice milk.

Hot tea with splenda.

I logged everything and think I did OK. I had planned a menu based on their on-line menu, but they had a special, limited menu today. I panicked, then just did my best. Thanks for the advice!! You are great.


Comment #56

*sigh* I have no good answer here. Again, I asked myself the same thing. Let's just say my inner brat has made a lot of noise lately, and she'll shut up, but she's not going to like it. I'm ready with the ball gag just in case..

And yesnext time I'll be better. I really hope I'm not coming off as a wheater herelike I said, it would seem silly to just pretend like nothing happened and I just disappeared for a week. It's all nobody's fault but my own, and I'm prepared to deal with the consequences. And, here in a few minutes, the pain in the butt that is dividing up a massive baking pan of chicken breasts into 6-ounce portions for the freezer...

Comment #57

Happy anniversary, Denise! You certainly could have done worse, although the tomato soup and ice milk weren't OP. Half a cup of Campbell's Tomato Soup has about 20g of carbs, and the vanilla ice milk measures about the same as the soup. Lunch could easily have been nearly half your carbs for the day! Under the circumstances, though, it could have been much worse!..

Comment #58


That may not stop him either. If the dh doesn't eat it one of my twins would. They love when I make soup, brownies and/or shakes. "oh, can I try that?"..

Comment #59

My inner brat has been loud and b|tc*y lately. I haven't gone off plan (which is kind of miraculous considering all the times I've THOUGHT about it). I did have a weak moment today and took a piece of bread from Outback, buttered the crap out of it, and then sat there and smelled it. Just smelled it. I felt like a FREAK! But it really helped. I looked over at my boy and said you know I could really go for some cheese fries covered in chocolate and deep fried (no, I would NOT eat that lol).

Because basically that was what I was craving seperatly so I put it together and it made it seem so disgusting! It is easy to think a couple of fries won't hurt, or a piece of fried chicken won't hurt, one bite of the discount valentine's day chocolate won't hurt...but who really could think deep fried chocolate covered cheese fries would be okay? Just another way for me to stay away from those icky things..

Comment #60

I hate that I can't keep up with you guys! This thread is awesome, but by the time I is almost the next day! Then you start all over again!..

Comment #61

Too tired to catch up..

Staying OP is hard when I don't want to eat, but I'm getting at least 4 shakes in. I know I know but it's better than eating off plan right??.

THanks all for you support, it helps.

Good night..

Comment #62

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