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First question I got is Help!!! I need a recipe for the Medifast Diet? Many thanks for any comment. Second question of mine... Medifast is a wonderful program with many different types of support and a fabulous community. We understand that everyone is an adult and this is not a "mean" group. For some of us, we thrive on this program if we have a place where we are held accountable, where we commit to the program 100% and where we have a place to chat with others who feel the same..

What we believe:.

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

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

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

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

We commit to:.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anyone is welcome to join, and if folks have additional ideas on how we can commit, I am happy to hear them!..

Comments (78)

I would like to know the answer too. Anyone here know what is the right answer. I'll do some investigation and get back to you if I discover an anything. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could give you help..

Comment #1

This is awesome. Count me in and I will bring my OP friends over as well...

Comment #2

I am in! Although I am doing 4/2 due to my workouts. SO, if this is considered acceptable to the group then, I would like to join! I hate it when I am posting on threads and people are writing about going off plan. It makes me nutty!!!..

Comment #3

Hi Marilee - 4/2 for extra exercise is what Medifast recommends, so Oh-kay by me! Welcome!..

Comment #4

Also, congrats to all for your success thus far!..

Comment #5

I'm in!!! Back after baby.

He's 10 weeks and I have the green light from Dr.

MF worked for me and I was on my way to goal, only left because I was pregnant...which is what I initially started Medifast for.

When I was here before there was a no no-nsense group that I loved to follow the posts of but they seem to be gone.

100% OP, no whining, no cheating...let's get to goal!!!!..

Comment #6

Mar, I would say 4&2 is totally op..

Mell: Welcome..

Run: I am so happy you started this. I invited 5 friends...

Comment #7

Good idea, Em! I'm looking forward to hanging out with people committed to losing weight instead of making excuses...

Comment #8

In 2001, I weighed 270 pounds. Over the years, I got down to 210 using Weight Watchers, but it was a constant battle, and I lost over and over again, only to regain. In April of 2009, I bought my first Medifast package. By the end of October, I'd hit my goal weight of 147, and I've been maintaining at or below that for 14 months. Last year I ran a half marathon - this year, I plan to lose another 15 pounds and run a marathon. Go me!..

Comment #9

I'm in. This is great. Let's get down to the Nitty Gritty, tough love, no excuses..

I am doing Medifast while my husband is deployed. He does not know..

My next goal is to be at 50# when he returns in March..

Let's do this together and reach all our goals in 2011..


Comment #10

I'd love to join you as well. (Thanks for the invite SLW) This is exactly what I need!.

Will we be doing challenges?..

Comment #11


It looks like you are off to a great start..

I'm here to support your efforts..

I still need to be held accountable, too. That 'inner brat' (copyright.


) never dies, but she will stay quiet if I keep her locked up and if I don't give in to her or feed her. I CANNOT give her a CHOICE. She is such a brat, she will abuse it..

AS I said on your other thread regarding this group, I think this site is better when all types of support are offered. I credit a 100% type group back when I joined to helping me get to GOAL and thus find a calm and a peace where my food issues are concerned..

I have been maintaining at the High End of my Goal for over 2 1/2 years now. Like.


I'd like to shed a few to get down to the middle of that range..

So I'm in!..

Comment #12

Good Evening Ladies!.

Marilees - I agree with everyone else 4/2, is OP. I will be doing 4/2 2 days a week to workout with my trainer in the evenings. They are intense workouts so I need the extra boost..

Mellee - Congrats and welcome back!.

Sherry - Challenges are always a good idea, at least for me. Keeps me focused!.

And Hello to all the new members! Looking forward to getting know everyone!..

Comment #13

100% on plan is the only way! My story is not unlike others. After 30 years of yo-yo dieting, this was the only time I made a goal and have maintained that goal for over 13 months. I did it by staying 100% on plan the entire time..

While I'm not on 5+1 anymore, I am 100% on my calorie counting and exercise plan. Calories in = calories out. No exceptions, 100% of the time..

Fight the good fight every day!.


Month 1: -8, 5, - 2, - 4 = -19.

Month 2: -3, -2, -1, -3 = - 9.

Month 3: -4, -2, -4, -2 = - 12.

Month 4: Scaleless in Maine = -11.

Month 5: -2, -2, -3, -2 = -9.

Month 6: -2, -3, -4, -1 = -10.

Month 7: - 2, -2, -2, -2, -2 = -12.

Month 8: -2, -2, -2, -2 = -8.

Transition: -20 (for a total of -108).

GOAL: Black Friday, November 27, 2009.

Current Weight is 138. I am healthy!..

Comment #14

Thanks SWL for pointing out this thread. I have been successful by being 100% OP and will continue that way to goal. Yay group...

Comment #15

Hey Sea.

THIS is going to be a great group! I'm thankful the thread was started!.

Time to check out for the night and I hope everyone has a great night and OP day tomorrow...

Comment #16

So, I am Marilee. I have been on the program for 7 months thus far and have lost 76 lbs! I have been 100% the whole time except about a month ago when I had horrid stomach flu for a few days and couldnt keep anything down. But other than that, 100%. It is the only way to go. I am a college art professor and professional artist. I am single and live with my 2 small dogs...

Comment #17

In my mind 100% means doing the Plan that Medifast and your Dr feel is safe for you. When a member is sick or has to have surgery, etc. the plan must be modified to keep you safe..

So whether you are on 5&1, 4&2, or the 4&2&1 plan, it is OnPlan..

The idea I understand for this thread it to encourage and empower each member to STAY 100% ON The Plan that is designed for them..

AND to not enable members to CHEAT..

Tough Love, is not really mean, but it is honest and the truth sometimes hurts. But in the end, it is the TRUTH that will set us all free...

Comment #18

I'm in. Thanks SLW for the invite. I'm Nori and I'm a food addict. In Dec of 2009 I went to Phoenix with my husband to visit our daughter Lacee and her husband Zach. I weighed 190. I'm 5'1".

Look at my page. You can see my sadness right behind my fake smile in the photo where I'm wearing a blue jacket..

Coming this Friday Lee and I are going to Phoenix to visit Lacee and Zach and I weigh 134..

I started medifast on June 17th of 2010 and have lost 52 lbs to date. It took me from January (that dumb ol resolution I never could keep for very long about losing weight?) to June to lose 9 lbs. I was not seeing any success with all the crazy things I was trying to do to lose weight then I found Medifast..

How could this happen?? 52 lbs in 7 months? 100% OP until Dec 12th when I had a glass of wine for our 20th anniversary. Was it hard for me to do? Yes; I'd be lying if I said it was easy. Was it worth it being 100%? Yes. I'd be lying my size 4 bootay off if I said no..

Medifast. Best thing to ever happen to me and it was my decision and I'm proud of my accomplishment. I'm emotional about all this; I'm passionate about this plan. I'm grateful for my friends here who continue to support me. Love you guys. 100% OP works...

Comment #19

Thanks for starting this!.

I had great success on Medifast last year, but went off 15 lbs before goal and gained almost all of it back during the holidays. I am totally recommitted to reaching my goal this time and entering T&M to keep it off..

I'm a total rule follower and I work well with a tough love group..

I'm on day 6 and am so happy to be past detox and feeling good. I'm not hungry, no cravings, and I have tons of energy. I love this part...

Comment #20

I've briefly read through the thread now and I'm really happy to see some of the veterans on here. You girls are such an inspiration to me!..

Comment #21

Agreed, and yes it was a medical off plan for 2 days, but I dont believe in excuses. It was still off plan. I am not beating myself up about it or anything. I am just stating the facts. But I do appreciate your kindness and support! You're the best..

Comment #22

Hi Everyone, I'm Willow and have been OP since early October and am 3.8 lbs away from goal!!! I feel Medifast saved my life and increased my years here with my family. When I started this program I was on a high dose of insulin twice a day (with poor blood sugar control) and my Cholesterol numbers were a mess on 2 different types of medication. I had NO self-control and now... I just tried on and fit into size 8 pants WOOHOO!!! At 66, I work out several times a week, I am literally unrecognizable from my "old" self !!! And don't get me started about whiners and cheaters...LOL... they just aggravate me. In fact, my health coach wants me to become a health coach but honestly, I just am not someone who can baby anyone.

I rarely come on the boards anymore but luckily I found this group, so I will be coming back on... thanks for this thread, it is just what I need as I enter transition by Valentines day!!!..

Comment #23

Hi I'm Della......this is my story (short version) I started on another diet plan in 2003 at 240 lbs. I lost a lot of weight, but not all I needed to lose, and maintained for 5 years. Year 6 I regained some weight. I started Medifast in March 2010 and it has brought me to goal (100 lbs. total loss). I've worked through transition and I am in maintenance, although some days I run back to 5&1 for comfort if I feel a binge hiding in the wings or I'm stressed out.

I will use Medifast the rest of my life. I love it!!!!.

I believe 100% OP is the only way to work this plan. The boards and blogs are a daily necessity for me to stay on track and I read and post daily to stay on plan...

Comment #24

Good Morning all.

My story- I reached goal courtesy of Medifast 2 years ago and have regained it all back. Why? Because I thought I could listen to myself when it came to choosing what I ate. I have restarted several times, but was doing it out of shame and self hate..

This time, I am working with the 12 steps of OA (which is an awesome thread) and my focus is shifting to surrendering my wants and turning to other people and prayer when I am bored, tired, sad, happy, etc..

The 5/1 is the perfect vehicle for this. I won't spend time obsessing over points, choices, etc. I eat what I plan, that is it. Non-negotiable..

Stay strong, but admit your weaknesses and ask for help. You will find so much support from posters and friends when you ask for it. That is what I have discovered...

Comment #25

Good Morning!.

A little about me...I am 30yo, single, living and working in Austin, TX. No kids, but I do have an adorable walking buddy, my Golden Retriever Bosky. I was on Medifast a few years ago, had some success, and allowed stress and laziness to interfere and went off plan. Now I am back!!! I am tired of being obese. I am tired of letting myself make excuses to not live my life to it's fullest potential. I know I am worth it and I know I can succeed.

Everyone have a great OP Day! I know I will!..

Comment #26

Nice job, Emily, and thanks for getting this fun thread started! It looks like lots of people share the Tough Love mindset! We know 100% is the fastest way to goal..

I weighed 265 pounds after having my daughter in 2003. I struggled for 5 years to lose the first 50 pounds. I lost the last 50 pounds using Medifast in 5 months and reached goal in October of 2009. In May of 2010, I had a tough surgery and completely lost my focus. When I got the all-clear from the doctor in August of 2010, I started working with weights and have gotten quite strong. However, I steadily gained less than a pound a week, and stayed away from the scale.

I committed 100% to 5+1 on January 1 and can't wait to see what my hard work has accomplished as I melt the few layers of blubber which are hiding these new muscles!.

I'm in!..

Comment #27

We need a banner. What do you think of this? Of course, I can shrink it!..

Comment #28

Good morning. One thing I have learned over the years is that without a plan, I will fail. Period. Even in maintenance, I continue to follow my rules and plans. I write everything down, before I put it in my mouth. No exceptions.

I take the little slips home with me to make sure I am ok. I always know what my current calorie count is. 320 as of this minute. No exceptions. Every night I prepare my lunch for work and finalize my food journal for the day..

I do allow for eating out and some flexibility for a controlled treat. I have a calorie bank for the week for this. If I am going to have a special occasion or meal, I make sure I add to the bank to cover. Calories in = calories out..

Being on plan is the only way I can have a healthy relationship with food. I know that as soon as I don't follow my rules and plans, I will regain. I never want to be overweight again. I never want to lose contol of my relationship with food again. This is what being 100% on plan has done for me..

Fight the good fight..


Comment #29

Good morning everyone!.

I have to say, I got a little emotional when I came to the thread and saw how many people want to be part of this group. I was away from the computer last night and can I just say WOW..

First off, THANK YOU successful losers for being part of this group!! You are my inspiration and it makes me so happy and grateful that you are willing to "pay it forward" to those of us on the weight loss phase of this plan..

Secondly, WELCOME all who are losing the right way - 100%!! I did this plan before, as I mentioned, and I have been enjoying being back, using the blogs and the chat room but I felt like I wanted a group to help me, like my "tough love" group helped me before. I am just awed that so many of you are part of this. We will do this!.

A bit about me. I am 33, married, no kiddos yet. My mother passed away suddenly when I was 20 and I gained about 50 pounds eating through the grief. I used Medifast for a bit about a year after the loss and got down to about 175 pounds. Then I slowly went up to 200. I went on Atkins before studying abroad in 1999 in Australia.

It ended up being life changing and, between the crutches, daily swimming and biking and physical therapy, I was running a month after surgery. That was when I fell in love with exercise and, though I don't know what I weighed, I was in the best shape of my life. I came back to the US and fell in love with a wonderful but lazy lazy guy (I remember going to work out once and he just blinked at me and said "WHY?"). Slowly but surely I got back up to 200 pounds. Then we broke up, amicably thank goodness, and I went back to WW.

I started dating my now husband and thought that I shouldn't be on a "diet" when I was with him. So, for the past 10 years, I have weighed between 188 and 232 at my highest..

In 2009 I found Medifast and lost 30+ pounds. I am a recruiter for the financial services industry. In October, my boss quit and took other recruiters with her. It was horrible. I am sad to say I ate my way through the stress. I tried a few halfhearted times to do Medifast again, but my head wasn't in it..

I came back January 3rd of this year. Funnily enough, it wasn't a "New Years Resolution" so much as a time when I found my resolve again. I joined a new firm in May and have been so uncomfortable being the "fat" one again. However, the firm is fantastic and I am happy in my life and job, so I can focus on MF..

Funnily enough, when I follow the plan 100%, there's not too much to "focus" on.

Again, humble thanks. I am so excited that there are so many wonderful people who joined..


Comment #30

Also, fuzzywuzzy....did you used to be Alaskan by chance?? I seem to remember someone tetlling me to "fight the good fight" before..

Comment #31

Getting the banner:.

1. Copy the following text using your favorite method:.


2. Click on the "Edit Profile/Settings" link at the top of this page.

3. Click on the "Edit Signature" link on the left of the page.

4. Place your cursor in the "Edit Signature" area (looks like a mini version of Microsoft Word) and paste the text you copied using your favorite method.

5. Remove the two asterisks (*) from the text you just pasted.

6. Click "preview signature". You should now see the banner in the Preview area (above where you are editing)!!!.

7. Click the "Save Signature" button. If you do not, all this will have been for naught! So make SURE you save this after you are all set!..

Comment #32

Subscribing to the thread:.

Today, or while you are in this thread:.

1. Scroll up to the top of the page and click on the "Thread Tools" link.

2. Click the "Subscribe to this Thread" link in the menu that appears.

3. Select "No email notification" in the screen that appears (leave this unchecked if you want email notifications every time the thread is posted to).

4. Click "Add Subscription" button.

Subsequent days, when you want to see the thread again:.

1. Log in to MyMedifast & come to the Discussion Boards.

2. Click the "Edit Profile/Settings" link in the orange link bar at the top of the thread list. You will now see a list of all the threads you subscribed to that have activity. Click on the title of this thread, and youll be right back here!..

Comment #33

Thanks Penny! LOVE it!.

I've never started a group before, haha!.

I will start a new weekly thread each Monday, with our "credo"..

Again, welcome all!.

Last night, I went out to dinner with a friend. My boss came around and gave us all $50 gift cards for "Lettuce Entertain You". My friend and I have dinner together once every week and we take turns paying and picking the place. Since I had this extra $$, I picked Shaw's Crab House. Had a wonderful shrimp cocktail appetizer with broiled whitefish and stetamed grean beans for dinner. Lean and greens can be SO delicious and you reallyl can make any situation work..

Today I'm going to be doing some cleaning around the house and probably spending a bit too much time here, lol. Here's to a great weekend everyone!!.


Comment #34

Count me in! Love the banner too..

My intro -.

I have ALWAYS been overweight and my children have followed my doubt huh? I have tried all the logical diets. Medifast etc but I have had small successes with "Healthy Eating Habits". Who knows where I would be if I hadn't realized fried foods were bad for me?.

I just happened to get referred to Medifast and at first I totally blew it off. It was so expensive etc. I am glad I gave it a try! I will figure out how to pay for it and then get my adult kids started once I am successful. I wonder why I had never heard of Medifast before this? hmmm.

I look forward to keeping up with this group!.


Comment #35

Oh I am sitting at the airport playing on my ipad and I stopped by to see what is going on and was Thrilled to see so many folks wanting to do Medifast this way..

Thanks again.


For starting this group..


- I LOVE LOVE LOVE the banner! We can't have tough love folks out there on the boards naked, now can we?.

Welcome to all the newbees and the familiar faces too..

I'm dressed in the cutest little outfit for my cross-country trip. For Christmas my girls got me an adorable Juicy Jogging Suit. I am now the lady who I used to "mock" when I traveled, since I used to dress to the NINES for travel, but no more. The TSA stuff is just a mess. I now have the option of more radiation (not good for us cancer survivors) or I can be assaulted by a stranger! Neither are good choices, but such is the way of the world right now..

Drinking my Medifast cappa in my Komodo Dragon SB, in honor of you dear.


Comment #36

I love this thread, so many positive people. I just started and tomorrow will make one week for me, and I have lost 7 lbs already..

Tried this plan a few years ago, but it wasn't the right time and I didn't stick with it. Now is the right time, and I'm 100% commited to this and myself..

I'm very inspired by the post on here, and thats very motivating for me.....hope I can be in your group..

Great work everyone............Madlyn..

Comment #37

Madlyn - welcome!.

Chatty - I can SO see you in your cute little juicy jogging suit...does it say "juicy" on the tush! ha!..

Comment #38

Why yes it does. And my tushie is sooooo much smaller these days!.



I agree, you gotta be ready to do such a restrictive plan as MF. Most folks are.


In losing weight. Lots really.


To lose weight, but few are ready to.


To losing weight..

I believe that when the student is READY, the teacher will appear..

That is what following Medifast 100% will do for you. It helps you DETOX and find the balance in your life that was missing with "out of control" eating patterns. Doing it 'our way' got us fat (or obese in my case) doing it the Medifast way will get us healthy. When you follow it 100% and take the "option" or 'choice' to cheat off the table, don't cheat, and you get to GOAL..

One of the reasons, I believe that Emily put # 2 for her rules for this group...

Comment #39

See Em! You didn't need the Rogues to come back. You are creating your own niche here. I'll be cheer leading for you and am always available to hand out butt kicking and smacks from those who are deserving! <snicker>..

Comment #40

And TRUST me folks, you do not want.


To smack you!.

Now all we need is.

Warrior Princess.

To find this group and bring her VOLVO. bwhahaaaaa!..

Comment #41

De - thanks for posting. We NEED you here! I miss the Rogues, but we're in a new decade now, so I guess a new group will have to do...

Comment #42

Oh and a quick little shout out to SLW for ushering so many of you to this thread!!..

Comment #43

I am so excited to join this Kick A** group of MF's! Thanks Emily for starting, thanks Penny for the perfect logo, and thanks everyone who quickly joined in. A great way to hold us accountable - at a glance! So no lurking for anyone thinking about slipping - POST to this thread!.

Since we're involved from the beginning, can we consider ourselves a.

Founding Member of the Tough Love Club.


Comment #44

Hello All,.

I love this group and would like to join. Being accountable for successes, failures w/ no excuses is what is needed. We've excused ourselves to oblivion and our current weights without telling ourselves the truth. I'll tell you a little about myself. My name is Ashley, I'm about to turn 31 next week and I'm a doctor (that's a huge share for me). I've been overweight my whole life.

But I've not taken the time to care for myself. With that death, I realized that I'm not promised each day I'm on earth so I better make the most of it(knew it b4 but it's another thing when the realization smacks you in the face). I lost about 15lbs before getting onto medifast by walking and watching what I ate, but stalled for 2-3 months and decided to join. I need a strict plan at this time. I started 100%OP 1/2/10 and the week prior I had the flu.

And let's be real about it, I want a man too!! So, I'm here and want to be accountable. Everyone has permission to email me if I'm not showing up. So that I can't sabotage myself in the future, if you see me dropping out of the threads, then I'm probably dropping off plan. So here's too 100%, getting off and Medifast being the LAST plan I'll ever be on because once I reach goal, I'll be moving to much to sit down and eat a big meal LOL!!.

Another truth confessional, I high-balled my goal weight. I know it and admit it. I should likely aim for 150 but since I haven't been 160 since I was 10yrs old or younger I decided to take the wait and see approach..

I weigh in on Sundays and should be posting my first week loss. Can't wait to get to know you ladies!!.


Comment #45

WOW! I walk away for a couple of hours and I miss so much action! This group is rockin'! Woohoo!.

I LOVE the banner - NICE JOB, PENNY!.

Just got back from a nice 45 minute walk. Drinking my water and about to start cleaning my super messy house!.

Will check in later!..

Comment #46

Sure! Anyone who posts here before the new thread starts Monday can be part of the "founder's club" (yes, De, you too!)..

Comment #47

Would anyone be interested in the implementation of a Cheater Banner? It was quite a good motivator in "the old days," to NOT cheat lest we be assigned the Cheater Banner for a day... just a day. But a day was a long time. It kept us from thinking about cheating, and if we did, it stopped us from whining about it. Tough love, right? :-)..

Comment #48

The only thing about the "cheater banner" that I have a problem with is that it almost is like opening the door to the choice, if that makes sense? When I was a Rogue, I remember the one time I chose to "cheat" and thinking about the banner...well, I wore it like I was supposed to, but the point was that I made the choice. I'd like to take choice out of the equation..

Just my to hearing what others think...

Comment #49

Not having choices in this plan is what gives me the most comfort, silly as it seems. I love thinking that I don't have to make those food choices..

I understand your point, Emily. It was just a thought because I know it held merit in the past. If it flies, it flies. If not, that's ok, too! I think being accountable is important, but we want what works for everybody. It's not about shame, but about lessons learned..

Here's food for thought... one good slip can put three or four pounds on you. Water, glycogen, it shows up as a gain on the scale. Those three or four pounds are directly between you and your goal. Losing three or four pounds can take a week or two. A week or two of Medifast costs between $75 and $150 dollars. Is that cheat worth $150?..

Comment #50

Are talking about our lovely flashing Probie banner that offended the masses when someone wore it? I think Den Mama created that bad boy and it probably no longer exists. More of a punishment for those of us who didn't cheat because the flashing used to give us headaches. lol. It was effective though. People just didn't like to be caught out of the house wearing it more than once!..

Comment #51

I was thinking of something more like this....

And, NO, I didn't cheat today!..

Comment #52

Well, I'm not going to cheat, so I'm not opposed to it..

Comment #53

Me either!.

Of course seeing that banner Penny created is definitely a motivator!!! I know I never want to have to put that in my signature!!!..

Comment #54

Hmm. My 2 cents (and seeing a visual banner). It kind of comes across as acceptance, ho hum, ha ha, I'll do better tomorrow. It doesn't come across as a deterrent. Not that I'm advocating negativity or meanness..

It just comes across as taking it too lightly. And that's what many of us have done with weight all our lives. Now is not the time to have Auntie Em (not you Emily) for support...

Comment #55

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand they're OFF! The pounds, that is! Just before Christmas, I bought a pair of black casual pants for work. I hadn't bought any non-stretch pants in quite some time, and I refused to take them back when I couldn't pull them up over my hips. It just strengthened my resolve and cemented the fact that I needed to get back OP ASAP... I just decided to try them on and see what kind of progress I was making....

Not only can I pull them up, but I can button AND zip them! They're a little too snug for comfort, but I will be wearing them to work in another week!..

Comment #56

Woot woot Penny!!!!.

I have a pair of pants like that. Can get them on, no buttoning yet. Trying them on every weigh in day to see how I'm doing..

So...we'll see what tomorrow brings!.

So cool Penny - you really ARE creating awesomeness!!!..

Comment #57

Nah. That won't teach them anything!.

It needs to be humiliating and make people wish they'd NEVER cheated and never would again. Hence the Flashing Probation Banner.... No one ever forgot it and never wanted to have to ask for it again!! Wish I still had it to show all the post Rogues. hehe. Who knows. Maybe on my hard drive somewhere.......

Comment #58

Hello Everyone,.

My intro:.

I am 53 and have been morbidly obese for around 25 years. I have battled my weight all my life but really got BIG 25 years ago. My hubby was waiting for a heart transplant, working three jobs and taking care of our daughters too. He passed away and I becames the sole provider of the girls. Then ages, 14 and 9 years old. I remarried 7 years later.

Yep, you got it..... We started All over again..

Back to the weight. I never saw myself as that Big, even at over 300 pounds at one point..

Back in October I finally realized that if I was going to see my son graduate or get married, I was going to have to get some weight off..

I started Medifast in Oct 2010. I have been on Medifast for 11 weeks. I started out the first few weeks staying OP then I tried it, my way. When I started to notice the weight loss it added fuel to my desire to really lose the weight. Since I have been 100% OP, I have felt so much better.

And the NSV are really coming now..

I will be 100% On Plan forever through weight loss, transition, and maintenance..

Thanks for starting this thread. I know this will help everyone involved..

Have a great weekend...

Comment #59

Not gonna go for it..

However, something in my heart tells me if we have a cheater banner, we are almost saying we'll cheat. Does that make sense?..

Comment #60

A little history about me. I was a thin biaatch until about 4 years ago. Yeah, that whole getting older thing sucks in a few ways. 3 years ago, I "sort" of tried MF. It was a friends idea and I was one of the worst non op people you ever met. Measure? Weigh? No happy hour? I did end up losing a lot of weight at one point on Atkins.

My last loss of weight was due to joining a gym, getting a trainer and low cal meal plan. My daughter became a trainer, so I jumped on board with her encouragement. Again..gained it all back after an injury kept me out of the gym because what do I do when I have too much time on my hands and don't go to the gym?? I ate bigger portions and snacked bad snacks. Then, in September, I realized I was going to be seeing a lot of high school friends over Thanksgiving. So, that was the catalyst.

LOVE this group...

Comment #61

Sorry emily..I was trying to read all posts, but must have missed yours. We could always vote and be oh so very democratic...

Comment #62

I'm sure that many of us have tried Medifast OUR WAY. Those that have been 100% all the way will continue to be OP the rest of the way. I really don't think the cheating banner is necessary. Thank you for your suggestion, Penny..

There is "No choice and No option" for me when it comes to cheating...

Comment #63

Hey Everyone,.

I would love to join this group. I too am on my second round of MF. I have been lurking for a while trying to find a group like the old ones that were all about accountability. Back in 2008 and 2009 there were a bunch of groups that were all about being OP. We used to have 12 week challenges competing team against team. It added an element of fun to the whole thing.

My story, I am 47, single and a workaholic. I was on Medifast in 08 and 09. I started at 237.5 and got all the way down to 158, 8 pounds from goal. I stayed OP and the process really works. I went off plan when I bought a new townhouse and never did maintenance. I gained back 40 pounds and went on and off Medifast for a while.

I am now only 10 lbs lighter then when I started Medifast the first time..

So this time I am recommitting to do it right! I will stay OP until I make it to goal and I will follow the maintenance plan and committ to healthy eating for life!.

I am glad I found a new team to help me stay true to myself. That is what it is all about. We all need to realize that our health is everything!..

Comment #64

Why exactly would a non cheating group need a cheating banner? We are not going to need it. Besides, who decides who has to use it? I think it is a little strange personally. I am not a fan. But I also am not cheating so I think it is slightly pointless...

Comment #65

The tribe has spoken. No cheater banner!.

I just took a nap that came out of nowhere. Two hours, just gone! It's funny that I woke up when it was time to eat! Banana shake with ice and a Berry-flavored 5-Hour Energy all zipped up in my Ninja blender! I'm sitting here with a shawl, a blanket, flannel pajamas (it's Saturday!), Wigwam socks, slippers... and I just ate "ice cream!" Funny - I'm not feeling energetic. Just cold!..

Comment #66

Trying to see if my ticker will pop up without me going thru all that stuff again !..

Comment #67

To be clear, I'm not disagreeing with you. I think people who are going to do Medifast their own way should just find another group that suits them better, that's all..

But there was a point to the old probie banner - being on plan was not just about our commitment to ourselves, but about our commitment to each other. In the group that used the banner, we didn't just say we were on plan - we committed as a group to each other to not cheat, not for any reason (not including doctor's orders, changes recommended by Nutrition Support, etc). No excuses. The banner, to some outsiders' dismay, was a badge - not so much a punishment, but an acknowledgement, out loud, that we not only failed in our commitment to ourselves but to the rest of the team..

We held ourselves and each other accountable, and when one of us went off plan, we took it quite seriously. First time, the banner. Subsequent infractions and you lost the team banner. We were serious about it and meant it..

I'm not so much endorsing that approach as pointing out that for SOME people, the prospect of having to publicly advertise that they cheated after committing to being on plan was daunting enough to carry them through some hard temptations. Sadly, I'm sure that some other people simply never admitted to it..

It's all a personality thing, really. Different things work for different people, that's all. We're not going to get one size to fit all, even if we're all committed to 100% on plan. That's why there's more than one team...

Comment #68

Perfectly said, as always Steph!.

It IS a little like old times, isn't it?..

Comment #69

I am honored to be part of this group.. let me run something past you oh so tenured people. Cheese. Not as a lean. I get that. What is it with parm and lf CC being a condiment? The reason I am asking is I have a very nifty grilled zuc ribbon wrapped around goat cheese with a spinach leaf. I really like it and will have it in Maintenance phase.

Rather hear it from you since you aren't hereto please me or to draw more Medifast clients..

Basically, 3 zuc ribbons are a serving, so that means 1 TBS goat cheese...

Comment #70

Mad, something is still wrong with your sig. I think you need to delete the url right above the Medifast language. I had to do that too...

Comment #71

OOOOOHHHHhhhhhhh Em, I LOVE the idea of this thread!!! It's high time for a 100% OP, No Excuses thread so I plan to visit this one frequently!.

While there is no 'easy' way to lose weight & to keep it off, staying OP all the time with the 5/1 makes it a whole lot easIER ! And in the process, we learn a whole new Routine for eating 6 small, healthy meals a day for LIFE, not just for the duration of the weight loss phase. That's what got me to goal, and that's what's kept me at goal for the past 2 years: The Routine & my commitment to it, one day at a time..



Comment #72

Being assigned a "Cheater Banner" reminds me of the old Medifast days, when, as a 12 year old child & member, I'd be assigned a Pig Mask to wear if I 'cheated'. Ah......reallllllllly bad idea IMO. Motivation to stay OP comes from within.....humiliation tactics tend to make a person feel even worse about themselves & accentuate that already lower- than-low self esteem..

That's my 2 cents worth...

Comment #73

Good evening ladies!I actually saw the thread when you were thinking of starting and am sooo glad you did!I would love to join also.I absolutely need someone to kick my booty if I even sound like I'm having second thoughts about this program!Before the holidays I was 100% op and lost 9 pounds in one week!Then it all went to h*** and here I am.I recommitted to 100% OP 2 days ago and doing great!I lost 70lbs 15 years a go on another plan and over the years it's creeping back.I am the supervisor at a 24 hr. emergency veterinary hosp. 3:30-12am,also work for a vet 4 days a week.Have been working out with a trainer for 2 years,but just not getting the weight off.I am committed to being 100% OP,no excuses! Diane..

Comment #74

Chris, I think Penn already said "the tribe has spoken" about no cheat banner. LOVE that little phrase by the way...

Comment #75

Yay! I'm so happy for this group! It's about time!.

However, yeh I think the banner might be a bit much. Kinda like a puppy having it's face rubbed in it's own mess during housebreaking. We do that enough to ourselves, good ole positive reinforcement works best. None of us need a cheating banner anyway, RIGHT?!.


I'm Heather, 26, NJ resident and fat since I was a young child. Highest weight was 296lbs went on WW.


Times and used every single loophole to my disadvantage. Sure I took off a lot of weight, but I never honestly felt I could keep it off or really get close to goal. At 218lbs I decided I needed to get real with myself and start a no nonsense plan. I didn't need a plan to fit my lifestyle... I needed a whole new life! Been on Medifast for a little over 6 months and love it more every day. I'm ever so thankful for the tough lovers here, they've opened my eyes to a whole new world...

Comment #76

Sign me up....

Janine, 56.. married, 2 boys 19 & 20.. workaholic. Started in Sept and have been OP since the beginning, every day without exception. Good to see the experience of those 'who have blazed the Medifast trail' on here!..

Comment #77

I think that we're going to get as many opinions on every variation as there are members. For =me=, cheese was a no no on 5&1 because it's a trigger food for me. I've never eaten JUST ONE serving of cheese in my life, and even today it's a fairly rare treat. Peanut butter is another relatively recent innovation apparently blessed by Medifast that I wouldn't have touched on 5&1, for the same reason..

I'm not sure we should be debating as a group what's on plan - in my view, if Medifast says it works, then it works. It makes sense to ask what other people think if you're looking for advice, but the on plan or off call is really an Medifast thing or a doctor thing..

I think, anyway. I just don't want to see a bunch of debates about whether Medifast is full of crap on some subjects. There's gotta be some arbiter, and for our Medifast world, Medifast is it. I don't always agree with them, but I'd err on more restrictive not less...

Comment #78

Hmm..yes, just looking for words of wisdom from tenured folks like yourself. Not looking for debates. Also not looking to tear Medifast apart. I have never looked to tear apart MF...

Comment #79

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