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Got a question... Has anyone done the Medifast Diet.....how much weight did you lose in phase one? Many thanks for any comment. Second 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 (45)

Good question... I dunno what is the answer to your question. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I find an useful answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably know..

Comment #1

Good morning and thanks for the coffee.. Seems I never sleep anymore. I just turned the clocks ahead and feel like I'm already behind schedule, oh well, at least it's Sunday....

I survived another weekend of eating out friday and saturday night. Last night was much harder. EWverything on the menu seemed to be prepared in some kind of sauce... I asked for my entree with the sauce on the side, of course the were very accommodating, but it's just so much easier at home!!!..

Comment #2

Good morning and thanks for the coffee. Kind of a strange morning here. Stormy skies to north and east, clearing to the south and west. Regardless the weatherman, who better be having a 5% of the time right day today, says it will be in the 60s! Woo hoo....long run day and shopping for spring/summer clothing with DD. What more can a girl ask for? Well perhaps no more hot flashes. Hate those things.

That alone was probably a good reason to stay on plan!..

Comment #3

Good morning Barb.

It's grey and windy here but supposed to be in the 50's.. Considering to run outside today and then taking ds shopping for clothes and then hitting the supermarket.

But 1st need to have another cup of coffee because I am soooo tired!!!.

Cindy..

Comment #4

Fuzzy's Thought for the Day:.

I've been known to blog on a Sunday morning.....or at least try to find some words of wisdom for my week. Since I've been here at Tough Love, I have had a very hectic schedule and little time for any thoughts, much less my Sunday morning thoughts. So here it goes..

I am going clothing shopping today with this 4/6 sized body. Now, mind you, last spring I was a the same weight, but, well things have shifted a bit. The girls have actually bounced back a bit and the waist is thinner. No plastic surgery, just a shifting. I think if I could bottle that, I'd be rich!.

So some of the things that I bought this time last year, when I was still transitioning, are actually a little big in places and a little snug in places. So I need to get a few new things. So what does this tell me?.

Everyone that said wait for a year to do anything drastic to your body was probably right. Don't get me wrong, after weighing 246 pounds there is still sagging skin. Funny, but the only places I would fix that are my thighs, more specifically the area above my knees, which no matter how much I run and work those muscles won't get tight and the area at the top of my arms. And seriously, what girl wouldn't change that? Now at my age, I'm not going to have anything fixed, although DH said I could (hmmm....not sure if that is good or not!)..

So is there a point to all of this? Well yes....I am going to give away ALL of the clothes that don't fit. Period. No where to run and hide. I still have some 8's in my closet. They are going, going, gone. Gotta make room for the stuff that fits.



Well every other time I lost weight, I hung on to my clothes. I could be a size 16 to a size 24. All in one closet. What reason did I have to maintain any weight? None. I had more wardrobes and money invested in clothes than I needed to, all to support my overeating habit..

So, it is spring. I dare you......right now.....tough love.......fight the good fight!.

This week take out everything that is too big and give it away. No excuses!!!! Just do it..

You won't regret it. It has kept me in this size for over a year. I don't have any where to run and hide..

Enjoy the day!..

Comment #5

Good morning all!.

Taxes are done, except for the part where I write the big fat check. Blech!.

My mom is getting some money back at least..

Today I get to send dues letters out to our HOA. Fun times..

My stomach is kind of upset for some reason today. Maybe it's because TOM is on it's way. I don't know, but all in all I feel blah..

Wow! could this post be any more depressed. lol!.

I also hate, hate, hate the time change. I started hating it even more once I had a child. You think it screw up with your sleep schedule, but it's ten times worse with them. It takes us a full week to adjust each time in this house. So dum they still have it. I heard talks about my state getting rid of it, but not sure if or when that will happen...

Comment #6

Cindy, sounds like a good day to me! I have lots of coupons for clothing this weekend. And Christopher Banks, whose clothing I use to wear all the time, and still buy on occasion (now that I fit into much more stylish clothing, I actually try to dress a little nicer) called to say that they are having a 40% off everything in the store sale next weekend, but because I got the call from the store, I can shop there early this week (Tues to Thurs) and get the discount. So I will see if they have anything I can use. They make a sleeveless tank that fits nicely I call the menopause tank. I can wear it under cardigans and not get overheated! I told them once they should market them as the "Menopause Tank". It would sell a lot of shirts...

Comment #7

I'm with you Chickie... It's amazing how 1 hour can screw so much up!!!!!.

Cindy..

Comment #8

Thanks for that blog Fuzzy!!! Those are exact thoughts I've had in my head this week. I feel like you blogged for me. lol!.

I started going through my closet last week and will do some more today if I get time..

Also,.

NICE JOB PITTIE!!.

!! What an accomplishment. I'm glad your husband is so proud of you too...

Comment #9

Lol Barb I have a few menopause tanks myself.

Cindy..

Comment #10

Lol! me too. Never thought of them like that, but I love them!..

Comment #11

On another note....of shopping importance....one of our local stores is giving away 20% off anything in the store coupons for each piece of clothing you bring in for the Goodwill. Another reason to empty my closet!..

Comment #12

Happy Birthday jan!!.

Good Morning to you all.

It's going to be 72 and sunny here today, maybe we'll go to the beach, we haven't been back yet since New Years b/c we keep doing other things instead. I need to do some housework too..

Have a good one everybody!..

Comment #13

Good morning TLers! Fuzzy, I really like what you wrote. That's interesting about things shifting after a year maintaining. I knew skin would rebound more than right after weight loss, but shifting? I actually had a woman tell me that once but she was a wacky person so I didn't believe her..

I am so freaking tired. Daylight savings is not fun in the spring..

STOMP was amazing last night! The two little girls I took loved it, though it was a long show for a 4 year old to sit threw..

Must. Find. Coffee...

Comment #14

Good morning Sassy! There are those that would say I'm a wacky person. But I've got a pot of coffee!..

Comment #15

Talien... thanks for putting the coffee on..

Cindy... I admitted a patient at 0158... and assessed at 0300. I actually wrote on the chart "DST Change" because I didn't want people to think I had ignored the patient for an hour!!.

Barb, I'm just glad it's not SNOWING..

Jan... Happy Birthday!.

Sassy... glad you had fun at STOMP!.

Another night shift almost over... not too bad, I only had one ER and one rule out labor. (Luckily not at the same time, as I am both the ER nurse AND the OB nurse tonight!).

Chickie... in our house it is big payments for renewing my nursing license and hubby's EMT license. Taxes not so bad... I love my little tax deductions!!..

Comment #16

Fuzzy-well, now that I've heard the same thing from two wackos I'm starting to believe it.

Ella-thanks!! BTW, I think it's amazing you're both a nurse and a mama to 7. That's a lot of caregiving!..

Comment #17

Ella....I am always glad that it isn't snowing.....although, truth be known, I am even happier when the sun is shining. Have a great day...

Comment #18

Barb I agree.. the sun keep me happiest.

Cindy..

Comment #19

Good morning everyone!.

I'm about to have a houseful of family - I put food in the crockpot at 3:30 am so it would be ready for lunch. All I've got to do is make a few sides and then I can feed everyone with minimal effort. Every time people come over, they sit at the breakfast bar and watch me cook, and I feel like a chef on the food network. I'm not in the mood to be watched today, so I circumvented it by leaving nothing but boring things to prepare. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone though. And to getting our new little tractor!.

I'll pop in later, I haven't had much of a chance this weekend to comment on people's posts, but I'm reading them and celebrating right along with you...

Comment #20

Morning tl's.

Thanks for the coffee. I was so tired this am that I put my oatmeal in my coffee. EEEwwww..

Fuzzy -great idea with cleaning out the closet. I gave away 6 bags of my own clothes the other day. I have two more drawers to go thru. Wow! I didn't think I had that much..

Cindy- I hope we see sun today! Today is my one day off for the weekend..

Oh, time for another cup of Joe. I forgot what I was writing..

Chat with you all later...

Comment #21

Sassy.

I'm glad you had a great time!.

Ella.

, I'd have done the same thing..

Comment #22

Just went out to do a 3 mile run... 1st time since last fall... Good news.. I did the 3 miles.. bad news it turned into a jog/walk and took 45 minutes.... However, all is good, it will only get better!!!.

Cindy..

Comment #23

Morning all!.

Happy Birthday Jan!!!.

Fuzzy - have fun cleaning out your closet. I enjoyed your post. I am starting to have saggy bits and pieces. It's encouraging to know that there is hope..

Cindy - Great job on the run/walk!.

Hi's and waves to everyone!.

We worked in the yard yesterday. Planted 4 huge trees. Therefore, we dug four huge holes. Tired! On the bright side, we have four more for today! Wahoo!!!! The things you do for the sense of satisfaction of doing it yourself..

I hope you all have a great day. I will check back later (on my scheduled allotted ten minute break... lol)..

Comment #24

Good morning TL'ers!.

Checking in on a Sunday - missed doing so for a few days..

Fuzzy - emptying the closet was the best thing I ever did. Once a few lbs started to creep back I recognized it immediately and started making the corrections. The unfortunate thing is that I bought a lot of clothing that included.

Spandex.

Which allows for WAY TOO MUCH weight fluctuation. As I've gotten back in range I've made it a point to avoid spandex when I can. Not that I don't have a few pieces (tops mainly) but the majority will be spandex free..

One of my most favorite clothing lines is Chico's. They always have very unique items and I rarely see myself when I'm out. The tanks they have are WONDERFUL. Lots of colors and styles. They're great for business AND casual wear. They're a bit pricey but if you join their loyalty program and shop the "sale"items you can come away with some really great items..

Beautiful sunny weekend in Georgia and enjoying the lake..

Hello to everyone else - No chopped tofu!..

Comment #25

I got very excited this morning when I realized I'm only 4 months away from being 1 year at or below my goal weight. Nothing like inspiring myself to stay on course...

Comment #26

Not to mention their sizing makes me feel really good about myself!..

Comment #27

That is exciting! Made me realize that on April 2, it will be two years since I started this journey. My "wake-up call" day is coming up soon. The day I realized, in horror, that I had an addiction to sugar and overeating that I needed to fix..

Keep on fighting MT!..

Comment #28

Happy birthday, Jan! Hope it's amazing!.

Thanks for the great thoughts about getting rid of clothes, Fuzzy. I'm within a few items of having tried on everydamnthing in my closet/dresser. In the last couple weeks, I've been through all but part of one section of the closet, and every single item in every drawer of the dresser. Everything I haven't worn in the last couple months has been tried on and I've tossed out a TON of stuff. And discovered a few old friends who are invited back into my world - one cute teddy from 1997!.

Here is a pic of the Goodwill box (box + tower above + shopping bag below). It is waiting on my mother and my BFF to come over and pick through it, and then it is going to actually leave my house. *dusting hands* Goodbye!!!..

Comment #29

That's impressive Freya, I don't think I've ever even owned that many clothes at once..

Comment #30

Well, when your rule is "if it fits or ever fit or ever might fit keep it forever" it's pretty easy to accumulate stuff. I had stuff in my closet that fit from size small/10-24. Seriously..

Oh, and I've already had many many bags of stuff go to my mother, and two hefty bags of stuff go to a clothing swap. So I'm probably just a clothes horse, too..

But my mother has a gigantic wardrobe now!..

Comment #31

Happy birthday, dear Jan..

Barb, at first I bagged up my clothing to give to Goodwill, but then I decided I didn't want it around the house long enough to accumulate. So I've been giving it away a piece or a few pieces at a time to a gal @ work. Love getting 'em outta here. Now I'm wearing clothes I bought a few months ago that were a wee bit too tight or that I just wasn't ready emotionally to wear. I was and still am so used to 'hiding' under lose clothing. Putting something on that actually fits, that's somewhat more form-fitting, makes me a little uncomfortable.

Certainly I look better than I did when I weighed 240 pounds..

Kitty..

Comment #32

Hi everyone!.

Fuzzy-that really hit home, I have lots of sizes in my closet and I need to get rid of anything that is too big..

I been havin trouble lately at night where I am craving sludge and it's all I can do not to eat it. It happened last night-it was so hard. The good news is I stayed 100% OP. I think that it is worse when I am home and there is alot of food around. When Im at work I have to focus on work. I only take my meals with me and usually thats all that is available.

Just at night I get this attitude that I will fail and it doesnt matter what I do, I will never lose the weight. I got on the chat and it helped, just reading the forum helps too. Any words of wisdom? I just dont want to have to go through this every evening because Im affraid I will go off plan..

Thanks,.

Megan..

Comment #33

Hey Megan! Looks like you just got started, so you're right on course. Freaking out is part of this. *soft smile*.

For me, I was an emotional eater. After a few weeks without my favorite coping mechanism, I thought I was losing my mind. So the trick is to 1) stay 100% committed and never deviate from the plan, and 2) learn new coping strategies. I found my psychologist was an invaluable help, and since you're having some self-defeating thoughts and self-esteem stuff coming up for you, that might be a good road to explore. Also you could try journaling, taking a walk, getting out of the house, new hobbies, whitening your teeth (go ahead, try to want to snack with those trays in your mouth), taking a sleeping pill and going to bed early, Spring cleaning, getting all that "lot of food" out of your house, yoga, or sex..

Overall, you have 3 main options, and you can mix and match:.

1) Distract yourself..

2) Deal with the feelings that are making you want to eat..

3) Eat a dill pickle spear or drink a cup of broth/diet soda..

Good luck!..

Comment #34

Thanks Freya. I do see a therapist-I have depression and dysthymia. I have so much going for me-I have a wonderful family, finacially stable, great career. Just when it comes to my body, Im a mess-very self defeating. Even when I was a healthy BMI, I beat myself up. The support I have gotten here has been wonderful and seeing all the real sucess stories really helps or I think I would not being doing as well as I am.



Thanks to all,.

Megan..

Comment #35

Morning Kids. Another beautiful sunny day here and a backyard that is screaming for attention. Hope everyone has a great Sunday. So not looking forward to this weekend ending...

Comment #36

Megan: environmental engineering- get it out of the house..

DH can take the kiddies out for a treat. Nothing should disturb your peace of mind. Food simply doesn't have that right..

Jan: Happy 60th! Robert Browning was right,"the best is yet to be.".

Barb: thank you so much for your blog today baout how much our bodies continue to change. We're walking miracles...

I have that YUCK cold/flu and am so happy it didn't strike while visiting the kids. My DGD1 loved the oatmeal. She wants to try everything, but I think that's something her parents have to start making for her now. She also like the vanilla shakes..

I shouldn't have gone to visit the blogs. Lots of encouraging posts, but I responded to a few of the other kind and I am not a nice person..

Hope your days are going well..

Anna: head to the beach!.

Beth..

Comment #37

Hi TL'ers!!.

It feels like forever since I posted - but believe me I have been carrying you all with me, at least in my mind. It was just a wild week at work. I haven't been around here long enough for you all to know this about me, but I work night and day, whether I'm at the office or at home. Since starting MF, I have just forced myself to slow the work down and focus in here. So although I have been away from the boards for the most part over the last few days, I have stayed 100%..

Although - now that I think about it, I have not lost any weight in the last few days either. Hmmm. Don't know if there's a connection..

Barb - I have been purging clothes too!! I can't believe how much I have sent off to other folks on the clothing exchange (DON'T FORGET the clothing exchange thread here), and taken to Goodwill. I currently have another load in the back of my car ready to go, and I need to put just a few more items in..

Oh! but I DID heed someone's advice and kept a pair of my 24 pants that actually ballooned out with me to what was probably a 28 before starting MF. I wore those darn pants almost every day for two years - because they fit. I am keeping them so when I reach goal I can stand in them and pull them out with my hand and get my picture made. And I am keeping them to remind me of all the thoughts and feelings that went along with the life I was living while wearing them..

Happy Birthday Jan!.

Beth, sorry you've got the cold/flu. Not like you need one more thing, but of course you're maintaining your typical positive attitude..

Megan I have had a couple of nights this week (hmm also while I've been further away from the boards) where I was just REALLY craving. I had the pickles, drank hot tea, and just got up and started getting things done around the house - NOT the kitchen. And I went to bed. When it is after 10pm and I'm in the mood to go cupboard hunting, I just need to head straight to the bedroom. Freya said it all, really..

MT - 8 months at or below goal is AMAZING! Congratulations!.

The veterans here are what make it all work BEST for me. Thanks for being here!.

De - happy gardening!.

Have a great OP Day everyone...

Comment #38

Hi everyone! I'm finally coming out of my cold/flu fog....

Talien26 - I no longer have those issues at night because I take ProFema a natural remedy which seems to work really well for me, have you ever heard of it or are you on other stuff?.

Barb - I'm with you - get rid of all these stupid clothes - I've always hung on to them too. No more, next weekend all the winter stuff goes to Good Will..

Chickie - at least you got your taxes done - I always owe too, but I know that so I'm always prepared..

Happy Birthday Jan!!!!.

Hi to Anna, Sassy, Zoe!.

Mia - Oatmeal in coffee- huh, that's new... and disgusting :-).

Cheri - good work on the trees. Exhausting, I'm sure, but must feel good to get that done..

Hi Karen!.

MT - I love the inspiration - someday I'll be there too..

Freya, WOW - great job giving away the old clothes. I can definitely be a clothes horse (hey, I used to work in NYC) so I can really relate..

Hi Kitty!.

Megan, I like what Freya said, take an Advil PM and go to sleep! My worst time is 3pm, and I have to fight it - which I do with keep REALLY busy with things that absolutely must get done right this minute or everyone in the world will die. And I keep doing that until I get past my little "want fest" and am normal again. I think it helps a LOT that I don't have any binge or red flag foods in the house - they are just not allowed..

HI DE!!!!!! I hope you are well and having enjoying in your garden..

Well I love getting sick on a Friday and getting well just in time to go back to work on Monday - nice how that all works out... NOT. But life goes on. I'm looking forward to taking out my spring clothes and seeing all the bright pretty colors... that always seems to cheer me up..

Whoops, almost missed ELLA - Hi Ella!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Give a big hug and kiss to ALL 7 of your precious ones for me!.

Melissa..

Comment #39

Megan, in addition to everyone else's suggestions: try giving yourself a manicure (can't reach for food while polish is drying); brushing your teeth (this always works for me); talking on the phone (keeps the ol' mouth busy); or hanging out with other MF-ers online. Also bear in mind that one of the nice things about Medifast is that for the most part, choices are removed. Food choices, that is. Just keep it simple. And I agree with Bethie...get that crap out of the house. Family members can jolly well get their sludge elsewhere.



Kitty..

Comment #40

Thanks everyone for all the suggestions and support. Whats the deal with pickles? do they count as a green?..

Comment #41

Good afternoon Everyone!!.

Happy Birthday JAN!!.

Ditto to TKD and Refuse on the Chopped tofu.

I've been in and out but pretty busy. Spring and early summer are the busiest times of the year here (Even more so when it's nice outside and it has been beautiful the last week or so!).

I just wanted to share my thoughts about working out....I started and it hurts...that's about it.

Seriously though, a good female friend of mine is in the Air Force and she's teaching me how to weight lift properly...it's awkward at first and in a gym full of dudes I felt really self-conscious at first. I realized that I was "So DONE" with worrying about what other people thought about me...after all, embarrassment about how I look and being unfamiliar with the gym is what kept me away from it for so long. So I have been doing a 4&2 for about 2 weeks...I gained a little at first (also TOM.

P ) but now my body has adjusted and I'm losing again....I'm back down to 146 which is still higher than my 145 mark but I just couldn't bring myself to update my ticker going the other way..

On the even happier side, I applied for my next job which was highly competitive, and out of all of the potential other Captains in the Army who applied, they selected me!! I'm so stoked! It means that my DH and I will be stabilized in NY for another 5 years (starting now) and that the Army is sending (read that as the Army is PAYING FOR) me to get my Master's Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia.

!!.

Weight and physical fitness had a lot to do with the selection; I wouldn't have even been competitive with out Medifast!.

In other news, along the clothing lines, we have what is called OCIE, which is where we can order new uniforms during a deployment since they wear out pretty quickly....I realized that I was getting too small for my current sizes which I thought were Larges and went to order new Mediums...but before I hit the submit button I went to the bathroom to check and I'm too small for my MEDIUMS...I got to order SMALL uniforms!! I haven't been in small uniforms for....lets just say, years!!.

SO my body is sore but shrinking and my spirits are high. I hope that you all are having a great weekend too!!..

Comment #42

Rachael you are doing great!! Congrats on the new job..

Comment #43

Rachel that is awesome news about your job - and not being deployed for five more years!! And the SMALL uniforms! Man Oh Man - Way to GO!..

Comment #44

Kitty, much easier when you get rid of a few pieces at a time. The first time I pitched was when I hit 16. I got rid of all the 24, 22, 20, 18 womens and 18 misses. There really is a difference. Sizes to fit my every stage. No more!..

Comment #45

Hi, guys, no time for chopped tofu right now, maybe later, but hugs to all my friends here!!.

Just finished a CardioJam with my 18 year old. I love having her have to work to keep up with me!! (And SHE had a NSV, today... she pulled out a pair of pants she loved and wasn't able to fit back into them for about a year now. Well, she still can't fit in them... because now they're too BIG! Gotta love how quickly 18 year olds bodies snap back with good habits! I'm glad she's building these habits now before she heads off to college.).

Oh... and I'm down another 0.4 lbs, too! Woo hoo!..

Comment #46


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