Good question... I dunno what is the right answer. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I got an anything. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could help you..
Here is a link to the new introduction thread, where we can introduce ourselves and get to know each other better, and newbies have a link to get to know us as well!!!..
I do live in Florida. I'm about an hr south of Tampa..
Great picture! You guys all look so healthy & happy..
Reunion went well last night. Stayed out too late though. Nice to go out and dance and have fun though! I haven't drank alcohol in about a year since before starting MF. No real reason except I just don't see the point I guess. Anyway had a diet & vodka last night and whhoooee did I get tipsy on 2 sips! Today I am reminded why I don't drink. Hate feeling like this.
Is it wrong that I was so happy to see all the skinny cheerleaders had all put on weight? Felt so good to go there in my size small dress for sure! Ok hope everyones having a good day!..
The Can Do Birthday for this week is Debbie (Diedra26) on 10/26..
Happy Sunday Crew! What a beautiful day. Despite getting in late last night, I got up early this morning and went down to the Susquehanna River with DH to hike and enjoy the fall. The leaves have barely started to change, so we decided to go back and hike again next weekend. I love the fall. After all that time on planes and in conferences, I was so happy to get out and about today. I also spent some time putting some of my flower beds to bed for the winter.
, great picture! I agree with what you said about being happy at a higher weight. I was happy when I reached my original goal of 158 pounds, but I am much happier now. This is my happy weight..
, I am glad you had a great time at your reunion. I can relate to getting tipsy a little faster than before..
I've got a big old blog in me, but not much time today. I'll try to get it together and posted in the next day or so..
Fight the good fight!.
BRENDA - hang in there, remember when you had a lot more to lose than 15 and now look at where you are. It will come..
JAN - FABULOUS picture and I'm so glad you had a wonderful day. You look terrific in that color and just in general, you must be SO happy. What a special picture that is..
Crew, just made the best meatloaf we had in a long time and DH didn't know it was Morningstar Crumbles instead of meat. When I told him, he was in shock! I'll post and see what happens. Enjoy the rest of the evening, I'm off to walk with the doggies..
Preparation Time: 15 minutes.
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes.
12 ounces Morningstar Farms Meal Starters - (I used) Grillers Recipe Crumbles.
1/2 cup refrigerated egg substitute*.
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes.
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning.
1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs.
1 cup finely chopped onions.
1/2 cup finely chopped celery.
1 teaspoon vegetable oil.
1/2 cup ketchup.
1. In mixing bowl, combine MORNINGSTAR FARMS MEAL STARTERS GRILLERS RECIPE CRUMBLES, egg substitute, parsley, Italian seasoning and bread crumbs..
2. In small saucepan cook onions and celery in oil until tender. Add to Crumbles mixture, mixing until thoroughly combined. Press into 8 x 4 x 2-inch loaf pan generously coated with cooking spray..
3. Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes. Spread ketchup over loaf. Bake at 350F about 15 minutes more or until set..
Thanks for the BD wish, Diana - what a darling glittery wish!! Hope you are well and thanks for the kick off again this week..
MELISSA - So glad you had a great time at the reunion. It is just a phenomenon, I guess, that we want to get back together after a long time... I'm sure it was worth every Medifast packet out there to look so great for your big night out. Way to go!!!!.
Good morning, and Happy Monday to one and all. Busy, busy, busy with family for the past week while DS & DDIL were here. Lots of fun but I'm pretty exhausted. had lots of extra time with the grand kids, though, and I always love that- being exhausted is a small price to pay..
I did not stay 100% OP during the week and the scale shows it. I know I'm not 100% committed like I was before and I'm not sure why or how to get back in that mindset. For me, it truly is all in my head. Maybe it's time for OA afterall....
Melissa - so glad you had such a good time at your reunion! And no, I don't think it's.
That you were happy about the skinny cheerleaders - I think it's.
At least normal for us....
I was all happy at our photo shoot that I'm all skinny, even with my extra, post-goal weight, and the ex-wife is way fat. She's been moaning about her weight and how good I look, but not doing anything about it. So she's fat in the pics & I'm not.
I didn't take any pictures that she was in - I was feeling very junior high about that, too. I think it's enough that we invited her to come - we did it so the kids could have their family pic with everybody..
Here's me & DH - think maybe I'll change my avi.....
Have a great OP day everyone!!..
Another great picture! You made me feel better about the fat cheerleaders after hearing about the ex-wife! lol! We can both be 'junior high' together! ha!.
Here is my picture from the reunion. Don't mind the low cut dress. I didn't realize it was that low I even used to tape to make sure that didn't happen. Oh well! I'm the shorter one in the pic. Sorry we look kind of yellow I guess it's the lighting?..
Melissa - you look.
Say, "if you've got it, flaunt it" - isn't that what your new healthy body is for? lol.
Here's another example of my 'normal' thinking....We had our 40 year reunion last year. I didn't go, although if it was this year, I might have. The organizers had a web site where they were collecting pictures and I was happy to see some of the cheerleaders and my fellow majorettes had put on weight. None of them were as fat as me, but I felt better that they weren't as skinny as the 20 year reunion which I did attend..
I guess I still have a lot of growing up to do even at this past-middle age...
I don't have much to flaunt up there if you know what I mean. I think you've mentioned you have the same problem. Better than the alternative though! Sorry to hear you have been struggling lately. I am pulling for you to beat this sugar addiction. I have the same addiction and it is hard for sure. Especially when I see other people eat sweets and it doesn't affect them. I'm like how do you do it?..
Hi Crew, Happy Monday. Week end was very busy for me. I picked up 75 pumpkins at the farmers market early saturday morning and that was the easiest thing I did all weekend. Planning for our 1st ever neighborhood fall festival..
Jan, I absolutely love the pictures. You look fabulous. Funny thing about the ex. DH's ex moved witin 2 miles of us. They come to our house to pick up the gkids, I go to their house to pick up the gkids, they will be over on halloween to walk with the kids around the neighborhood. (and I am happy that I am smaller than she is).
Melissa, Great picture of you too!! Glad to hear you had a great time at the reunion..
Barb, I miss Maryland and DC soooo much. I am going to take DH there one of these days..
Debbie, Happy Birthday.... is that next week?.
Kim, How was your weekend?.
Christine and Brenda and Heidi and Diana and everyone ..... hello..
Happy Monday everyone. It seems the dreaded fall cold is starting to settle in. UGH. I thought I had avoided it. I think it was the airplane. Im never right after a flight..
, I am going to have to try that meatloaf recipe. When I did Healthy Inspirations, we had a meatloaf recipe that I have made since then. It was low in carbs etc, but I dont think I could make it with crumbles. Ill be trying this soon!.
, great picture. Nothing wrong with being proud of your accomplishments, even in terms of the ex or the cheerleaders! I know that there are times, as bad as it sounds, that I look at others and am glad that I was able to do what I could and become healthy again..
, great picture. You look so healthy.even if it is a bit yellow!.
, 75 pumpkins! Wow, that would have used up some calories. I should have helped you..
Ah yes.sugar. I know someone who decided she had an allergy to chocolate. She told everyone she had the allergy. She doesnt really, but she doesnt eat chocolate. I have thought about trying to tell myself that at times. Wouldnt that make it easier?.
Have a great day everyone..
Fight the good fight..
Ah, yes, the allergy...."I'm allergic to sugar. Everytime I eat it, I break out in FAT!".
I think I have to go through the re-training of my mind thing again. That's what I did when I quit smoking. That's what I did when I started Medifast last year. I focus on the negative effects of the addiction; eventually they override the temptations and little voice in my head that says 'just one' or 'start OP tomorrow'. I'll get back in the groove again. I'm at least holding steady.....
See y'all tomorrow!..
Thanks for all the kind words about my yellow jaundiced picture! ha! Well since I'm in maintenance now I figured I would start reporting on Tuesday if I am still maintaining. Since this seems to work for Barb I figured I would copy her! Well good news I am still maintaining at 129!.
Even after my drink this weekend I just budgeted my calories and was happy to see that number this morning.
Waving to the rest of the crew!..
Happy Tuesday everyone. Achoo..... I've got a cold. I'm hanging in there. After missing two days of school last week, I really can't take any days. I used hand sanitizer all day long, before I touched anything!.
Thanks for making me laugh! Holding steady is better than gaining. Some days I find that I need to eat a little bit more, but I make sure that I take care of it immediately. Yesterday was one of those days. I don't know if it was the cold, or what it was, but I was so hungry! Today I was back to normal and took care of yesterday. Go figure. The good news is that now I have the ability to take care of it before it becomes a problem again..
Congrats on staying in your maintenance range. Isn't that a great feeling! I still surprise myself every time I plan for something, eat accordingly and don't gain. It hasn't gotten old yet. I think that is one of the biggest reasons I've been able to stay in maintenance..
Fight the good fight!.
This was the first time I have really planned for some extra cals and it did work out really well. I don't think it will ever get old though! I'm finding maintenance really easy- so I feel like I'm doing it wrong. I'm not gaining though so I guess I'm doing something right! lol! Hope you feel better soon Barb!..
JAN - all I can say is "va-va-voom!".
This new pic is SO sharp - you must be delighted. I've been laughing and laughing about the ex and cheerleaders talk. I felt the same way at our reunion 2 weeks ago. I felt like most of us were on even footing and THEY were the cheerleaders, so there. Just for the record, I never would have gotten any of the pics with his ex in them, either! DH looks good and you look absolutely T-rrific!!.
MELISSA - you, too - your pic is so cute. So glad you had a good time. It just feels great to know you look so good, doesn't it?!.
Had a long day of shopping to look for a dress for a black tie wedding this coming weekend. DH had colleagues in town and I escorted the wives to the mall (12 Oaks, Jan). I tried things on all day and still had the same problems - smaller sizes yippee! but same old 'shape' - not so yippee..
So, after many many many many dresses, suits, random sparkly jackets, etc., I did find a black velvet top with a wide collar, very very pretty on the hanger. I just tried it on again and I think it will work. However, the wide collar is also wide to the shoulders, exposing every square inch of my chest, stopping right at the crucial point(s) lol. I think it will be good with a strapless bra, well, has to be... but I am SO NOT used to wearing anything that isn't layered to cover the fat, that I think I just need to put it on a few more times and get used to it before Saturday. What to do with this new me???? Found a cute t-shirt type top for jeans for $4.
BARB - hope your cold is better soon..
SHERRY - have fun at the pumpkin party..
Off to put my feet up, I know I walked miles at the mall - and lifting all those hangers - and a cup of tea sounds good right now. WAVING HI to everyone on the Crew - take care my friends and keep up the good work and positive attitude!.
Jan & Melissa Great pictures..
I love the jr high attitude. I see people I went to school with or worked with and I always think Now I'm the thinner one. Human nature..
Jan I really have to say I am having the same commitment problem that you are. I stay OP for several days and get back to not being hungry all the time then I eat something I shouldn't and go back to being really hungry. I feel like I am wasteing my money paying for Medifast when I can't stay OP...
Hi all. Yes, I agree everyone's pictures are great. It must feel really good to look so good~and even more lovely because you worked so hard to get there. I have not attended any of my high school reunions because I'm so fat. I never really cared about most of those people anyway and the ones I did, I still keep in touch with. Maybe I'll go to my 25 in 2012.
I finally had a bit of a breakthrough and lost 5 pounds this week. I'm now down 28.5. My couselor challenged me to 3 pounds by next week~I'm going to give it my all and I think I'll get there. I just have to drin tons of water and get in that exercize...
KIM - Wow - 5 lbs. !!! Way to go !!!!!! Yippeeeeee! Keep up the good work, you are worth it !!!..
Hi crew, happy Wednesday! Just stopping by to say hello and all is well with me..
Kim, GREAT JOB!!!! I hope I see results this week too...
Keep up all the good work you are putting in!.
I'm currently preparing my house for my friend visiting this weekend. I'm stressing a little that everything isn't just so but I think it will work out. I'm kind of a clean freak but so is my friend so I'm trying extra hard to make it look good! Wish me luck!..
- not to worry. Your friend will be so busy looking at you in amazement that she/he won't have time to look in all the nicks & crannies of your house..
LOL! Thanks Jan!She has lost some weight herself so we both will be staring at each other! Having her come has definitely made me get organized though! Love that you made that pic your avi!..
You're doing GREAT! Over 28 lbs since August is a.
Achievement!! This crew is pretty.
, that is, most of the active ones have been around for a while and are at goal or nearly there so you're not seeing a lot of posts from folks in the same stages as you. As long as you follow the program and stay OP those pounds will continue to melt away. For me, keeping on the boards is essential..
Waving to everyone!..
Hi everyone. Still under the weather. I hate colds. At least this time I don't have to worry about the carbs in the cold meds..
You will need to take pictures! I also have some trouble buying skinny clothes. My daughter has tried to retrain me to pick things I never would have tried before..
Congratulations on a good week..
I agree with Jan, she won't be able to see anything past the new you! It is easier to maintain than to lose or be heavy, as long as I remember to eat the new way..
....hmmmm seasoned.....me....I'm seasoned with Mrs. Dash. Love that stuff. Seasons me so well!.
Fight the good fight everyone!.
Good night Everyone! It's late but I'm checking in - before I turn in..
DH and I still have folks in town from Austin, TX, and had one more business dinner out with them this evening..
They fly back tomorrow and I can resume my own cooking and relaxing a little bit. DH has a terrible cold so the past few days have been a challenge for him and he had to make an important speech today, so he is all done in. Chicken soup may be on the menu tomorrow night..
Wow, I realized today that I have hardly had any water for the last two days and that will just not do. I feel so dehydrated even tonight, so I am sipping while I write this. Tomorrow's another day and another chance to do it right..
Happy OP Thursday !.
Morning!! I have a 3 day weekend so today is my friday, YEAH!.
I have a long list of things to do to finish preparing for the Fall Festival we are having in my neighborhood on Saturday. I am so extremely disappointed in the number of volunteers that I may never agree to another function. I am the president of my HOA with 438 homes and the same 6 people have to do ALL the work when it comes to an event. So $%^* them. It is such a nice neighborhood, but apparently nobody wants to meet their neighbors. It is a free event.
Truth is I am really excited about the event, but disappointed too..
I have been 99% OP. I would have been 100% if I stayed out of the candy corn..
Hope you are all doing great...
Seasoned with Mrs. Dash! LOL! Hilarious. I'm seasoned the same way. Yes maintaining is much easier than losing for sure. Just need to stay away from those slippery slope foods..
Well after I got a little tipsy on Saturday my friend drove my car home. Sunday morning I decided well I need to get some exercise in and I'll jog to her house. She lives about 1.5miles away. I haven't jogged in years because of siatica problems. Well now I've jogged 2 more times since Sunday! I'm loving it! Such a great easy way to get my exercise in when I'm not doing yoga. Especially with this weather.
I could have never ever done this before MF. Oh I also bought some size 4 jeans this week. I am full of NSVs today.
Waving to Sherry, Brenda, Kim, Courtney, Jan, & Debbie!..
I have tomorrow off, too...I'm feeling a little silly today. Going on the semi-annual retreat again, so gearing up for that..
- it's pretty universal for any group that the same people do all the work. It's like that for this retreat we're doing, it's like that at DH's school, my work....people want things done, but don't want to help..
Feel better soon..
Hope DH feels better and you get some R&R. I shop at 12 Oaks on my lunch all the time!! Next time you're out this way, there a Ruby Tuesday within walking distance of my office!.
Waving to the rest of the crew....
Gotta run to the dollar store...Have a GREAT OP Day, everyone!!..
Happy Thursday everyone. One more day to the week. I need it to be over so I can go to bed and sleep and feel better. UGH. All the zinc, airborne, and vitamin C has taken the edge off the cold, but I still feel horrible. I am just hoping that this is the last cold of the year..
, there are some days when I am extra busy that I fall a little behind on the water. Those busy days are great for not eating, but not for drinking..
, woo hoo..3 day weekend. Those always make me feel better..
, size 4 jeans? WOW.. Ive tried them on, but Im scared to death to buy them. My 6s are a little big, but 4? I could never be a 4. 4 is thin! I still have some mind stuff to deal with! Enjoy the size 4 jeans and the dashing. You go girl..
, silly is always good! Enjoy your retreat..
Have a good day on plan day everyone..
Fight the good fight..
Hi everone! I just lost a whole post - UGH!!!!!!.
I don't have it in me to start all over tonight, but I will wish everyone a good sleep tonight and catch up with you in the morning!.
Happy maintaining Friday! Thank heavens it is the weekend. Spaghetti squash with boca crumble marinara and bed..
Have a great on plan weekend everyone!.
Debbie~ I can't even tell you how many posts I have lost. I often use my cell phone and all I have to do is hit one wrong button and it's all over!.
I'm trying to be especially good this weekend because I have a work trip mon~tue. We leave on a trip from Minneapolis to Milwaukee at 9am Monday. We will be on a coach bus for 6 hours. I'm hoping to take some time to workout in the hotel exercize room before dinner. We should have about 2 hours. Then an all day meeting til 5 on Tuesday then we hop immediately back on the bus and ride until about 11pm before arriving back in minneapolis.
I had to change my weigh in day to Wednesday. I'm planning to bring shakes and bars so it will be easy. Then I have to hope they have salads and meat. Ill do the best I can..
Goodnight all. I work both Sat and Sun too so I'm not sure if Ill be on before the trio then..but then again, I will be on a bus all thos hours, I could blog a lot!..
It is so good to read all these posts. It is reinforcing..
I am doing okay in school but it is keeping me very busy. Homework isnt quite what I remember.
I am staying op mostly. I pretty much do like barb, I plan for treats. I have rediscovered trigger foods and put them out of my house really quick. I guess it is a struggle for ever....
I guess I will be checking in only on the weekends. My days are busy like crazy and my evenings are full- homework. I just dont have any free time anymore. I dont mind tho, I like being busy..
I can see that the people on this thread are doing great! Makes me feel happy..
We are having a storm watch tonight and sunday. High winds watch. We had quite a few sunny nice days. It was fantastic!.
Have a great day everyone..
Here is the link to the new weekly thread:..