I don't want to sound stupid but what is the Medifast Diet?

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My question is I don't want to sound stupid but what is the Medifast Diet? Many thanks for any comment. Another question I got... 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 (85)

Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the answer to your question. I'll do some research and get back to you if I got an anything. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could help you..

Comment #1

Morning, Team. I've got a bunch of meetings today and I'm down to my last bar and bag of puffs. Have to make do with drink stuff in the meetings. Medifast order should be here tomorrow. I'm lucky to get it in a couple of days after I order. Well, I guess being in NJ and it ships from MD, helps! Went to Walmart and bought CHEAP clothes in my current size, off the rack don't ya know! I spent for 4 shirts and a pair of pants what I used to spend on just the pants at Big and Tall.

Jan...Sit across the room from the vending machines!! LOL!.

Well, off to work. Talk to you later.....


Comment #2

Good morning tl'ers.

Jan thanks for getting us started and the coffee is great....

Glen- i'm not too far from you in NY.

Slower start today for me... rest day for me no exercise, body definitely needs a break and going to work late because have to wait for sears to fix dryer.... Really hope it's not a big deal... laundry is piling up...

Have to take my son to sludge store for before school.. will check in while I wait for sears!!!.


Comment #3

Hello all!.

Im off to a training day on care plans...bleh bleh. If you are a nurse you know how much fun this will be. Drinking my hot coco with my coffee this am and am loving it. I have really cut back on coffee since being on MF. I was drinking about 6 Keurig cups a day and now it's 1 maybe 2. Take care and have a great OP day..


Comment #4

Good morning TL'ers! I never thought I'd say this, but I'm soooo glad I have to work late tonight! My family is Italian & today is the day of the super sludge fest. Instead of having to explain to my grandmother why I can't eat anything she's serving except the salad and then get nagged at for it all night, I get to say sorry, I have to work! Easy!.

Thanks for the much needed coffee, today is a long one but again, i'm glad!.

Have a great day all!.


Comment #5

Tara, being Italian, I can commiserate. I had to go through the same song and dance last year. This year my parents are snow birding in AZ somewhere near De, I think. I'm off the hook. I might be in maintenance but it doesn't mean any of that is on plan for me..

Jan, thanks for the coffee! Cup one down and off for more...

Comment #6

You all have been busy already.

Morning Jan, Glen and Cindy , Megan and Tara.

We (my dh ) got a ton done yesterday, attic is in the garage, dump run was made, recycling all taken. Only two things left on his honey do list. Today we're hanging out, working out and maybe going to the beach with the dog. He leaves on Friday so we have to soak up our days together..

Comment #7

Good MORNING all you chatty Tough Loves!!!! Good moring Jan, thanks for putting the coffee on! Good morning Glen - I can't wait to start buying clothes in a smaller size - it'll be soon, my pants are getting LOOSE!!!!!!!! Woohooooo! Yes! Hi Cindy, Megan!!!! Mornin' Tara - I love how things just fall together like that! I've been having that happen here at home with my dd who is on WW. Even on WW she's a bit of a food pusher! Morning MT and Anna!!!!.

I'm going in a bit late (cough) because I want to make a pudding shake... they sort of help move things along (clearing throat) if you know what I mean... and I know you know what I mean!!!!!!.

Hope everyone is well! I'm looking forward to my official weigh in tomorrow.... the drama, I don't know if I can take it!.

I'll be back later - much love to all,.


Comment #8

Good morning, TLers! The kiddo is on the bus and I sent her in with a pair of dainty new kid-friendly earrings! She loves that girly stuff sometimes. She had a near perfect report card last week so I am picking her up from school today and taking her with me while I run my errands, go grocery shopping, pick up some more beads and some sterling wire, and then meet Daddy for dinner. She knows I'll buy something cool for her. She's been wanting to do tye dye, but I'm not sure about the risk of destroying my kitchen with that..

I think next month I'm going ot order only Chili Nacho Cheese Puffs. I nearly cried this morning when I realized I was opening my last box of them..

I baked some flounder last night for dinner and it was delicious! I had a big bag od frozen, individually wrapped fillets and I cooked them all with just a little garlic salt in the oven. I covered the pan with foil so they would steam and not dry out. Fresh broccoli and cauliflower rounded out my L&G..

Thank you for the coffee, Jan! Yiayia's special blend is just the ticket this morning! Off to check on Etsy activity! I listed some new stuff last night!..

Comment #9

Well, I'm back for an attitude adjustment. All ready to get out the door at 7:15 for an 8:30 appt. I'm filling my travel mug with cappuccino to top off with some coffee, DH calmly going over his paperwork. "Oh, the appt. is at 9:30".

So, I could have done my workout, could have slept in some more, coulda, woulda, shoulda....grrrrrr.

On the bright side, I get to hang with you guys a little longer this morning - gotta love that! OK, I feel better now..

I'm not subjected to much of the normal Fat Tuesday crazies. My father was Polish & my mother was Greek; we were raised in the Greek church which means 3 years out of 4 we have Easter 1-4 weeks later than the rest of you. It also means, no Fat Tuesday - we have Clean Monday.

When I was in my 30's & 40's I always lost weight during Lent because I followed all the fasting rules 100% OP, so to speak..

Strict fast, which is all this week, means no meat, no dairy, no fish, no olive oil. Shellfish are allowed. I used to do the entire Lenten period with no meat..

There is a particular Polish sludge served only on Fat Tuesday which has become more mainstream. You can buy them at the bakery in most of the grocery stores. It's getting to be like Christmas...every year you can get them earlier & earlier. A co-worker was confused and brought in a box LAST Tuesday. I avoided even looking at them..

OK, enough! The clubhouse is filling up fast while I'm going on and on, so I'll just make another pot of coffee for us all...

Comment #10

Morning Penny - and Yiayia - I'm so sorry, I'm not awake yet! Thanks for the coffee!!!!!.

YUM - vanilla pudding with ice, water, and a tbsp of caramel dip... SO GOOD!!!!!.


Comment #11

I changed my ticker style to get rid of the wintery theme...maybe that'll help with the real outdoors.

I'm going to steal a little thunder from Penny & De. MT's Italian declaration got me going again. I've got my own countdown going 55/7/41....that's days, hours, minutes til we embark on our island hopping trip to Italy! We're doing a transatlantic cruise, from Ft. Lauderdale to Rome, with stops at the Canary Islands, through the Straights of Gibralter to Palma de Mallorca, Corsica, disembarking in Civitavecchia, the port city to Rome. Rather than fly home right away, we're staying in Italy for 5 days at this fabulous villa (Let's see if I can attach it inline...still haven't figured that out quite.).

It's kinda an anniversary/birthday cruise. DH & I both have birthdays that end in 0 or 5. Me, on Sunday, him in July, so May is kinda in the middle. We'll celebrate my sister's 40th anniversary on Mother's day, somewhere in the Atlantic. Our anniversary is the day we leave Italy. It's going to be fabulous!.

MT - have you ever been to Italy? Or anyone else out there? Suggestions and recommendations are welcomed..

OK, it's probably time to pack up that we have a little breathing room, we're going to run the errands on the way TO the hosp instead of on the way back...

Comment #12

I see I still don't have the image thing...don't know how to make it show up in the middle of the post. Oh well. Later, all!..

Comment #13

Megan- I love my Keurig! Best invention in a while. It's so fast, personalized, and I drink a lot less. I used to drink about a half a pot of coffee. Once I got my Keurig, it was maybe 2 K cups a day. Now I'm down to only 1..

BTW, my friend bought an adapter to plug it into a cig lighter and took his camping with him..


Comment #14

Jan that sounds AWESOME! and I can see the pic of the villa, it looks beautiful! Enjoy your trip!.

MT-I'm glad someone understands where I'm coming from with the Italian family. Most family meals are sludge fests, but fat Tuesday aka Carnaval (not sure about my spelling) might be the worst. And you know what an insult it is to refuse food, which is why I'm thrilled I have work as an excuse. My Mom has been extremely supportive but you know Italian Grandparents!.

Ok, enough rambling, off to get more coffee..


Comment #15

Megan & Deidra- I love my Keurig too! Best invention ever!.


Comment #16

Jan- That sounds like a great trip! My nephew and his wife are currently stationed in Italy. I soooo want to go visit..


Comment #17

Triple that, the Keurig just rocks! Will never use anything else. I don't really like black coffee, but I'll drink the green mountain wild blueberry black, it's delicious!.

Jan, my sister went to Italy last year - just make sure you have your money, etc. in something that can not be slashed into by a knife - they make them....


Comment #18

Good morning, TL'ers!.

I woke up early this am, so I'm able to check in while actually enjoying my coffee! I'm usually at work by the time I get a chance it sit down and check in... hmmm... that sounds bad..

Weigh-in is tomorrow am for wrapping up week 3. I'm not feeling thinner than I did a week ago. I read somewhere about a week 3 stall. Has anyone else experienced that? I have been 100% OP, so I hope I'm down. Even if it's only 2 pounds. I'm trying to remind myself of what I said yesterday to someone...

A NSV- I redid my measurements and I have lost a few inches! Woohoo! By the way, I didn't write down how many inches I lost before I submitted it. Is there a way to see the difference without doing the graph for every single measurement?.

Have a great non-Fat Tuesday!.


Comment #19

Morning TL Stars!!.

Melissa good luck tomorrow on weigh in day! I'm thinking of you!.

Tara that's a GREAT escape plan! Who needs the guilt or temptations from family..

Penny I bet your daughter looks adorable! Gonna go look at your new stuff when I clear the decks here later..

Megan I have to address my coffee intake as it's way too much a day! Good for you for getting yours down!.

Cindy good luck with the dryer! AND the sludge store!.

Jan! Your beautiful trip! It just sounds so lovely!.

Today for me it's work work work. Which is a good thing...

Comment #20

Morning Nan, Deidra! Deidra, I'm behind you by a week, so I don't know about the week three stall, I guess we'll find out tomorrow!!!! Hang in there, it only gets better when you're 100% OP!!!!! (spoken like a true veteran that I will some day become!).


Comment #21

The infamous week 3 stall. Evil I tell you! I actually thought yesterday that I had lost nada, then I went to enter my weight in My Plan and realized I'd lost a whopping .4! I did lose inches though. I haven't played too much with the graph options. I'll check it out when I have some time. Seems there has to be a way.....

Jan - You go right ahead and steal out thunder!! That trip sounds awesome!.

Glenn - YAY on the Walmart shopping! hehe. Since I started back on MF, my orders now come from the Texas Center and it shaves 2-3 days off my delivery time. I ordered Friday and it should be here tomorrow. AWESOME!.

Penny - 187/8/48.....I like Jan's numbers better, but ours will get there eventually..

That's all I have for right now. I have been sleeping really hard and the brain seems to be taking longer to function properly in the mornings. Maybe it's just old age. hehe..

No chopped tofu!..

Comment #22

Good morning everyone!.

My review went well yesterday, so that was a relief..

Last night, I spent over an hour ironing. Id let all the work clothes Id outgrown pile up in a wrinkled mess. Im happy to report Im wearing a pair of those pants right now, with little danger of button-popping. My first NSV!.

I took my original pictures 10 pounds ago, so I knew it was time to put on my unnerpants and take new pictures today. I took them this morning, and I cant really see much of a difference, but Im eventually going to put them all in an animated gif that shows me shrinking..

And, I found out from my boss that the restaurant Im going to today will easily accommodate my dietary needs. Thank goodness..

No time for individual shoutouts, hope everyone is well!..

Comment #23

Morning TLers.

Weigh in day for me. Down another 2.8. Only 4 lbs till goal!!!!! Thanks for all the T & M help yesterday. I am sure I will have plenty of questions once I start..

The Italy trip sounds fabulous. How beautiful! We are a well traveled group (or soon to be well traveled group) here in TL land..

Okay, time to get ready for work. The little one is up and wanting waffles. The husband is us and wanting waffles. And the cat, well, she would probably want waffles too if she knew what they were..

Have a great OP day!..

Comment #24

Cheri - goal is so close you can amost taste it! Great job!!!.

Morning De - enjoy your coffee. I'm off to get some lemon zinger stuff!.


Comment #25

Jan, I've been dragged to Italy since I was a child. I still have family there (cousins). I also lived in Germany for 3 years and spent all my holidays in Italy. I have my favorite spots (towns, restaurants, etc)...

Comment #26

Me, too,but by the time yours get there, I will have been back a while and ready to go again! And when you finally DO leave, I'll REALLY be ready for some Caribbean sunshine..

Trouble with the transatlantic cruises, aka repositioning, is they're always in the spring or fall, so it's not good beach/tanning weather. It IS pretty off-season, though, so rates are better and crowds are less...

Comment #27

I'm successfully connected at the hospital. Should actually log into my werk and clear out some emails at least..

MT - I'm going to PM you with some questions..

Penny - I'm a daily visitor at your store. You've been BUSY BUSY BUSY!.

Cheri - 4 lbs! Piece of crunch bar! You'll be rockin' T&M before you know it!.

That's all I can remember. I suck at shout-outs...

Comment #28

You poor abused girl! Being DRAGGED to Italy.

<snort> I wish I had been so abused!..

Comment #29

Morning all!.

My pants are almost falling off of me today! I'm thought I was going to have to mainly go to dresses until I can fit into the smaller size of pants I already have, but I might try the WalMart idea and see if I can get something inexpensive to fit me now..

I'm really starting to get excited to think about all the cute clothes I'm going to be able to wear this summer. And next winter since I plan to keep the weight off this time.

No chopped tofu from me, just wanted to wish everyone a happy OP day!!!..

Comment #30

This is the first year my MIL has been retired from the Navy Reserves and not going to Italy, it's where almost every bowl I own is from and now I have to just hope I don't break any.


Comment #31

Ooooh, good to know! We have a Marshalls here too, but I've never been to it. Maybe I'll check and see what they have...

Comment #32

Morning TL's.

We had our Fat Tuesday last night. The kids had really large Sludge and I stuck with a nice large salad. I did it!!!!! No BLT's..

Jan- your trip sounds awesome..

Yiayia- did you bring sani wipes for your self to the hospital? I never leave home without them or some kind of hand sanitizer. Sorry, Germ a phobia here. I hope your dh makes out well with his tests..

Okay time to get some housework done before going to work..

Have a great day everyone...

Comment #33

Jan, thanks for starting the coffee! (Even if the virtual kind is the only kind I drink anymore. A nurse that doesn't drink coffee.... heresy!!) My mom is Polish... down in Phoenix I had to deal with that particular sludge (large Polish population in some areas) but up here I seem to be safe from it! We still have cousins back in Tarnow and a ton of friends in Warsaw and Krakow that I made traveling over there as a kid. Your trip to Italy sounds wonderful... no ideas from me though, it's been a LONG time since I was there and I'm sure many things have changed!.

Glenn, it must have been fun to get such a good deal!.

Cindy, good luck with the dryer. I hope it's not too bad!.

Megan.... ugh blugh... we have a mandatory on HIPAA later this month. I feel your pain..

Tara, my ex was Italian.... I totally feel your pain..

MT, my mom and dad are Arizona snowbirds now, too (except they kind of reversed things in that I grew up there and we've all made the move up to Idaho... they just go down for a couple of months during the worst of winter because in this economy there is no point in trying to sell their house and there are some specialists my mom and dad see, so they get everything done during that time frame and then come home..

Anna, enjoy the down time. You have both earned some. I know a ton had to get done, but I'm sure even just doing stuff together has been nice!.

Morning, Melissa! Something else you could try is to have a hot drink followed by a cold drink. Usually does the trick!.

Morning, Penny! Hopefully Etsy traffic will start coming from my FB friends. I haven't gotten to explore much (can't get to Etsy at work) but now I'm home for much of the week, so will do so after I get my chores done!.

Mornin' Deidra! I was looking at one of those when I was still drinking coffee. Heard they're cool! Glad you had the measurement changes even when you didn't "feel" thinner... I do my measurements on Friday with my "official" weigh in (I weigh daily) and I'm really looking forward to this week... I'm feeling a big change in how my clothes fit (and that's really weird because it's one day or so from TOM for me, and I usually feel like a bloated cow!!).

Zoe... good job!!! I know I really should get some pictures done before I lose much more for comparison purposes but I soooo hate the camera. Guess I'll have to bite the bullet and have my daughter do it when she gets home from school. There is a picture on DH's phone of me cuddling with Patrick that was taken right before I decided to start MF. It's gruesome (and DH LOVES IT, it's his screen saver on his phone because it's me and the baby cuddling)... it makes me want to cry! Actually...

Cheri... congrats on getting so close to goal!.

Morning, De!!.

Okay, so I ended up never going to bed yesterday when I got home from work.... there was just too much to get done around here, DH is doing better with his esophagus but his blood sugars are all over the map and I had to force the issue to get him to talk to his doc about it... (him having blood sugars in the 40s at night when I'm at work and can't do anything about it freaks me out.) I cannot believe I had the energy to stay up over 24 hours... I did stretch my meals out to about every 3.5-4 hours and I didn't do anything energetic (and was somewhat kicking myself for all the walking I'd done during my shift in the morning hours, but maybe that was more of a help?) and I was definitely moving at half speed, but BOY did I sleep well last night. Scale was up by just a teensy bit (less than .5 lb) and I feel thinner, so we'll just see how it goes between now and Friday!..

Comment #34

Chickie - Goodwill or other thrift stores is another great way to get clothes dirt cheap while losing weight. Then you can turn around in a month or so and give them right back...

Comment #35

Morning' Mia and Chickie!.

Clothing is one area where I'm finally glad I never really got a huge wardrobe. I have a handful of sturdy scrubs and I never really bought ANYTHING nice in the biggest sizes I was at (which I was at for about 3-4 years steady except for Patrick, which went right back afterwards). I just lived in scrubs and tshirts. But I have a few nicer things that I'm just now able to get into again (well, I could have gotten into them earlier, but I'm fond of breathing.) so, it's nice to have some "dressier" stuff again. I can cinch the strings on my scrubs to help buy me more time between shopping trips. My goal is to be able to raid my daughter's clothing stash (she has enough clothes for about 4 teenage girls due to multiple sets of hand me downs)...

Comment #36

Good Morning Everyone!.

Glenn: Congrats on the nsv of new clothes. I've bought a few "interim items" at wally world too. It's so fun shopping in regular sizes!.

Cindy: Ugh on getting behind in laundry. Hope that situation improves real quick!.

Megan: I'm not a coffee drinker. The only way I can stand it is filled with the sludge that turns it into a dessert. I don't drink it at all...but I LOVE the smell of coffee. It's even better on Medifast because ketosis has turned my smeller into a SUPER-SMELLER!.

Tara and MT: Sometimes I feel jealous of the Italian family concept. Just seems so loving and inclusive..

Anna: Definitely jealous of the honey-do list accomplishment. (Yikes, don't tell my DH I said that. It's not NEVER, but it is rare.).

Melissa: I hope you have that silver plane charm ready because I think you're going to make that #1 goal tomorrow....

Penny: I think those cherry quartz things are my fav. May have to buy one....

Jan: The trip to Italy sounds amazing. I have never been there, so I guess I'll have to experience it vicariously through you..

Deidre: My 3rd week was a zero loss week, BUT my next 2 weeks were big ones, so it all worked out. If you go into it not expecting much, then you won't be disappointed and if you happen to get a good loss then you'll have the pleasant surprise thing happenin' for ya..

Zoe: Glad the review went well..

Cheri: Congrats on the weight loss this week. 4 pounds from goal! I have no idea how that feels...but I will!.

Nan: I agree that work is a good thing...but not too much of it.

Chickie: Have fun shopping the smaller sizes. Kohl's has some amazing clearance prices too. Got a skirt there for 3 bucks..

Mia: I'm a fellow germ phobe! Nice to know I'm not alone..

Ella: I honestly can't function if I don't get my sleep. You are amazing. Sure hope the doc has some pearls of wisdom on your DH's blood sugar problem!.

I have a shopping trip to Costco ahead of me today...but first my two jobless sons will use my car to go to a job fair. Bless their hearts. They are trying SO HARD to find work!.

I'll check in later...I hope...

Comment #37

Oh, Pittie... I was.

So not.

Functioning well! I puttered. And I sat on the couch with DH in the late afternoon and watched the latest Mummy movie!! Fun! I think a bit of the uptick in my weight is lack of sleep, but part is I got a mid-month order in yesterday of things I hadn't tried (and another box of PB bars!) and trying both the Cinnamon Pretzel sticks AND the brownies as two of my meals yesterday put my carbs up to 89. I have to watch that... my thyroid has been dysfunctional since birth so it doesn't take much. But my daughter spoiled me and made my L&G and served it to me on the couch during the movie! (Talk about feeling lazy!!).

Doc took Steven completely off his Glipizide and lowered his Lantus. No lows last night and his blood sugar was 87 this morning... so, better...

Comment #38

You are so right! I always forget about them. I have a really nice and large one about a mile from my house too!.

Thanks for the reminder!!..

Comment #39

I"ve been going to a local consignment shop lately for clothes. I get my clothes from them and then return them in about a month when they're too small, and get new ones. It's really a good arrangement. It's funny. The lady who owns it has seen me go from a 16 down to an 8..

Today I am wearing a dress I got from there. It's a Jones New York, new with tags (okay, I took the tags off to wear it.. lol). Originally $118. I got it for $18.00. I think this one will last me.

I love clothes shopping, so the consignment store is the only safe and sane way for me to go...

Comment #40

Goodmorning all! I am so tired this am, so thanks for the extra big pot of coffee for us west coasters....and burrrr is it cold and wet here in eastern Oregon this morning!.

Off to work, covering the floor for a sick employee today so won't need to work out tonight!.

Have a wonderful, splendid day!.


Comment #41

Cheri - I HATE clothes shopping with a passion! Thin or not. I hate it. I'm kind of picky about what I spend my money on. The biggest problem I have is that the years when the styles are really cute and I love the cut of everything, the colors are HIDEOUS, and years where the colors are bright and vibrant (I'm olive skinned so I prefer the deep jewel tones) the styles look like grain sacks..

I had a teammate that used to live nearby and everyone was making fun of me because I wasn't buying clothes when I hit goal, so she and I went shopping. That was a year of cute cut, putrid colors. Everything was muted pea green, coral, brown, pastels, etc. I found 1 sweater in magenta. She reported back to the team that I was NOT exaggerating! hehe. Certain colors just look hideous on me. My fair haired, blue eyed granddaughter can wear every color under the sun!..

Comment #42

Glenn: congrats on off the rack thats awesome!!.

Anna: thanks for the hubbie report so glad youre having such a nice time, productive and not!.

Penny: check under your desk. Theres probably a stray puff or two. No, wait, you hunt down all escapees!.

Jan: hooray for your trip! Sounds amazing!.

Chickie: I did 2 pairs of GV jeans from Costco in each size until I got to goal, and otherwise wore skirts and dresses. Pants were just too hard to keep up with. When youre shrinking out of your *belts* you dont need to be trying to keep a wardrobe of pants. Oh, and it got so bad with how many clothes I had to buy that I stuck to the clearance racks at Ross, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx. With some splurging at the Rack, of course...

Comment #43

Poor, poor MT being dragged to Italy... :P.

Good morning everyone! It's great to hear about all the clothing NSVs and the not gonna eat Fat Tuesday SLUDGE NSVs. You all rock! It's super motivating to hear all of you talking about saying no to SLUDGE...

Comment #44

As for me, down another pound. YIKES! This morning I didn't have fat goggles on, and I sucked in my upper gut and could not believe the concave place between my ribs just below my sternum. OKAY IT CAN STOP NOW!!!!!.

In my head my maintenance range is 132-137 (the body has not yet reported in on this, so it remains to be seen what it will actually be, but that's what my head is comfortable with), so I'm at the bottom edge of that..

Uh, really, could there be a cooler feeling than "okay body enough now, time to stop losing weight"? Hopefully next week's fruit will pop me out of ketosis and I'll start stabilizing..

*happy Freya*..

Comment #45

Cheri, that's a great bargain and a great feeling to be able to have a place to buy and return and get such cute brands. Old Navy discount racks have been my friend during this journey. Though I'm counting the days until I can burn all those clothes with the elastic waistbands..

De, I hate shopping too. Everything I've ever owned has always been black, easy to buy and mix and match. Even when I was at goal my closet had no color..

Freya, you are such an inspiration. I am terrified of T&M and to see you doing so well gives me hope!.

My atrocious last week was capped off by two off plan glasses of wine while my friends were in town this weekend. I journaled about it, and I'm here to take my lashings. It was a result of emotional eating which has always been my issue, and now I'm ready to say goodbye to that self destructive behavior. I know the adoption journey will continue to be hard and I will likely experience even more stressful situations and I need to exercise some real self control..

I already feel 1000% better than I did this time last week and I'm ready to rock & roll...

Comment #46

No... I think that would have to be the best feeling in the WORLD!..

Comment #47

Freya - Still afraid of adding carbs in? Didn't think so! Once you hit week 4 things should hopefully even out and you may actually show a gain for a week or 2. I have known people that have had to fast track right into maintenance to stop the losses. One girl even had to go to a nutritionist because she STILL lost in maintenance. She was the only one so far I've seen go like this. They put her on something like 2400 calories a day before she stabilized! Now keep in mind she was 6' tall too. Talk about someone with a revved up metabolism!!.

My suggestion to you today is if you are continuing to lose, it might not be a good idea for you to spend extra time in individual weeks. We can help you through it, but if you're ready to stop losing, then you need to move on. I wish I had your problem! I lost 2 in the first 2 weeks, stabilized in week 3, and gained in week 4 (which is another reason I was so reluctant to add that certain grain)..

Comment #48

Well, I'm at the meeting. We just broke for lunch, they are all down the hall getting stuff. I'm sitting here eatng cheezy poofs and not minding at all. Just look at all the productive time I'm getting in on the Medifast boards!.

Freya-I wanna be just like you when I grow up! Super congrats to you!.

Check back later.....


Comment #49

Thank you so much for sharing all your accumulated wisdom, De. I feel like you've been watching this parade on all our behalf. I really appreciate it..

I feel a little bit fast-tracked because I'm bumping up the calories (with lean protein) a little already. Oh, and I only did 1/2 week on the extra veggies week, because I realized that switching weeks on Wednesday was the dumbest idea ever (for me). I cook on the weekend and need to be eating the same thing all week, so I switched to the weekend for changeovers. I'm definitely not spending any extra weeks!..

Comment #50

When you grow *down*, Glenn?.

You will!!!.

And thanks, everyone.....

Comment #51

Freya, congratulations on doing so well through Transition!.

Yesterday was a hard day in some ways but very easy in others. I fell way behind on reading at this site, so have spent a lot of time playing catch-up..

Ella, my 80 year old father in law's blood sugar was 49 yesterday afternoon, he was not doing well (thus part of the reason for the hard day). Getting his blood sugar level back up was difficult (he was confused, somewhat lethargic and combative to assistance, MIL has some dementia). The situation in their home is precarious right now and my DH along with his siblings are trying to find a solution. Not an easy day and the situation will not have a happy solution (at least that is the guess of all their children). DH just phoned me a few minutes ago and said that he heard that his dad's blood sugar is now just over 120, so things are much better today. Thankful for the respite for all..

Watching elderly parents fight with health issues, some of which are weight related, others (like the diabetes) are not tied to excessive weightbut watching their battles to maintain their independence and regain their healthit sure makes me value Medifast all the more. I *will* get this weight back off and this time I *will* do T & M as is outlined in the Medifast literature. I will learn to maintain the weight loss and I will learn to tame my compulsive binging/overeater beast. It is worth fighting (and winning) these battles so that I can (hopefully) avoid the health pitfalls my parents, inlaws and other relatives have had to deal with..

Hope the day goes great for all...

Comment #52

You guys are great at chopped tofu! I've been swamped at work and can barely keep up reading!.

Thanks for all the support on my Etsy site, too. I also love the cherry quartz. I have a blueberry quartz pendant and earrings set that's also yummy. And we can have them before transition..

Jan, you're right, I've been busy! I had a very productive day yesterday! And some of those newly listed things are from the last week or so..

Last night out of nowhere, after dinner my husband said he was going to the market to get dessert for him and Emma. He came back with a big sludgey spooge slab. And then he left the leftovers on the kitchen counter. Strong like bull, I am. I was even able to pack a small dish of it in Emma's lunchbox for snack time. The overwhelming smell of all that sugar and Crisco was enough to gag a maggot...

Comment #53

Wow, Penny. I've never felt more attracted to a food in my life. Thank you for this description...

Comment #54

Oh, Freya - You should go check out the recipe board! UGH!..

Comment #55

Seriously, I remember thinking this particular item was a treat, a delicious TREAT...

Comment #56

This talk about losing weight after hitting goal, adding in fruit, fear and loathing to do so, etc, has me reevaluating my own goals. When I started I anticipated being on the plan for at least a year, but I have gotten to my goal 4 months earlier than that. And I don't feel like I am at all ready to transition out of the program yet. I think I need to lower my goal weight and stay on 5 & 1 for awhile longeror maybe 4 &2..

It just seems to me that I need a full year OP to change my wicked eating habits. And I could easily go down another 8 lbs or so and still be well within normal for my height..

I just don't think I'm ready for transition...

Comment #57

Nan, shouldn't you transition when you reach a healthy weight rather than when you think you're emotionally/mentally able to do it?..

Comment #58

Just went and got my stew soaking. I cannot get over how different the chicken noodle soup and the beef stew is now. When I was on 5&1 before there was no substance to them at all. Little skinny noodles (maybe 6 per packet) and tiny little pieces of veg and "meat". Now, eating these there is substance and chewing involved. LOVE it!..

Comment #59

Nan, you can have a very strict, structured regimen in maintenance. Many people eat the same things every day with very little variation. You'll just be having a more balanced diet and less space food..

But if you're scared of losing the structure of 5&1 you don't have to. It will be different structure, but you can stay in Week 4 of maintenance for a looooong time...

Comment #60

Sassy this is my dilema. I am at a healthy weight now and would still be so if I lost another 8 lbs...

Comment #61

Freya that is an excellent point. It.


The tight structure and lack of choice that I really like about Medifast and it's a good point that I can still eat that way forevermore without living on space food. Good point and now I am really not sure what to do..

Wait a minuteI just rememberedI have a DR appt Monday AM. I'll ask her what she thinks! Thanks for letting me talk this out with my team!..

Comment #62

De, there's even more chewing if you don't soak them first!.

I'm getting ready to call it a day and go get the little one. It's been a busy day and it's flown by! I probably won't be back until later tonight, but you kids play nice, you hear me? And if you feel like accessorizing, you know where to find me!..

Comment #63

The first week I posted here, I was upset that I'd gone way over on calories at a restaurant, and everyone told me better strategies and to come here first..

I'm happy to report that I followed your advice and todays work luncheon went great! I had a Caesar salad, hold the dressing, with a chicken breast on top. The serving looked like my full L&G, and I can honestly say I really enjoyed it. The chicken was dry-grilled over a flame and tasted very good. I flicked the croutons to the side, but didnt have to make any other modifications..

People did notice that I didnt eat the sludge passed before the main course, but not in a bad way. Instead they said, Look how good she is, not eating any of this. And the comment wasnt delivered with ill intent. And, any intricacies about my order were well overshadowed by all the questions (all legitimate) that a pregnant coworker needed to ask the waiter..

I feel so much better about this than my terrible no good very bad lunch from last time..

Thank you, you mean bullying tough lovers!..

Comment #64

Zoe, I'm so thrilled for you!!!! Wonderful how empowering it can be to successfully eat OP in a restaurant. The freedom!..

Comment #65

Zoe - YAY for you!! See! TL really DOES work!..

Comment #66

Frak. Woke up this morning to find out that the oven is broken (apparently the ignitor is gone). Of course it happened AFTER I'd already mixed my oatmeal and water and put it in a muffin tin for the very basic (read: lazy) muffin. Had to scoop it out and toss it in the microwave, which I hate and try to avoid as much as possible. Oh well!.

Found the fridge filled with deep fried fat coated fat sludge from my brother's oh so healthy habits. Is it terrible that I get a little joy out of knowing (based on our father's history) that when he hits 35 he'll start regretting it? Of course, I also know from that same history that with fairly minimal effort he'll be able to get it off again...

Comment #67

WTG Zoe! That is awesome..

Particular (Sorry, I don't know your first name.. lol).... Frak. My husband says that. Too much Caprica. LOL...

Comment #68

It's Carolyn. One of these days I'll get around to putting it in my sig..

I actually haven't seen Caprica. But Battlestar Gallactica? Up there with Firefly for my favorite shows of all time...

Comment #69

Oh, Firefly. If I could design an afterlife for myself, Firefly would have infinite seasons!.

I've never watched Battlestar Galactica. Maybe I should...

Comment #70

Hello from snowy CA. We're babsitting our teething/suffering DGD1 while the "kids" ski..

I'll be fixing lunch later and it will be mainly roasted root vegetable..

DD1 is organic and they get their next box of locally grown will be delivered tomorrow, so I get to clean out the refrigerator. She wants some Tofu with hers, SIL will look for a nice steak or chop of some kind, anmd DH and I are having salmon..

I'm heading upstairs now to start cleaning all the OffPlan food Ill be making and enjoying preparing for the kids..

DH and I went out for bkft this AM, after changing and feeding Daisy, DH walking th dog, and taking my AM Rx.We were the only ones in the restaurant for a few minutes so when Eric Clapton started singing Leila, we slow danced. So romantic..

The kids had family time, I brought half my omelette home for SIL with potatoes for DH's plate and toast from mine. They ate and left with smiles on their faces knowing Grandma and Grandpa love Daisy..

Love all the postings and success and fun people are having OP..

I am not sure where my plan is going until I get to a controlled environment in Seattle this weekend. Relief..

Enjoy your week OP..


Comment #71

BSG is less humorous than Firefly, but it's probably the only other sci-fi show I've ever really been able to get into...

Comment #72

Help... I'm stunned, in shock, upset, and I may want to cry..

(notice I didn't say eat, though, which is a victory)..

I just found out that I'm getting a layoff pink slip notice tomorrow. Mind you- I've taught for 9 years in my district, I have my teaching credential, BA, MA, and Administrative Credential. I've been teacher-in-charge at my school for 5 years. That means whenever our principal is unavailable, since we don't have a VP, I'm the administrator in charge..

What the f is wrong with our economy/budget/state that someone with this much experience gets a pink slip?.


Comment #73

Oh, Diedre! I am so sorry. {{Hug}} Hopefully you will be snapped up by a more deserving employer...

Comment #74

Dear Knitty,.

OMG hang in there. Taking out the current recession on education and teachers is so wrong while all the mortgage bankers and other financial idiots we all bailed out roll happy along. You sound like a great teacher and I want to personally thank you for choosing to help kids as a profession. For a great laugh, go to.

And watch the Daily Show. John Stewart really rails on taking out our economic woes on teachers.....

Comment #75

Not when you're a 12 year old who'd rather be home going to rock concerts instead of seeing family you really don't know or care about..

Yeah, totally teen angst...

Comment #76

I'm so sorry Deidra. This economy is killing professions people used to think were "safe". The hospital I used to work at in AZ laid off 147 nurses a couple of months after I moved up here. (I kinda saw that one coming!)..

Comment #77

Hi everyone!.

Just stopped by to say hi - Penny, your description of sludge is truly, um, gross! :-) I can't wait to get to that point....

Deidra, I'm SO sorry this has happened to you. I wish I could offer you more than my shoulder - but any time you need us, we're here for you..

Hi De! I only love to shop when I can tolerate looking at myself in the mirror, which will not be for quite a few pounds... so my current wardrobe is black and navyblue, all ordered out of catalogs. Hopefully that will change soon..

Glenn, I love your sense of humor! Thanks for the smiles..

I'm leaving work now and will check in later -.


Comment #78

This is what I do. There is very little difference from day to day in what I eat. I know what fits within my calorie range to maintain and that's what I eat. My L&Gs are very similar to what I ate on 5&1, just I eat two smaller ones instead of one big one (it really adds up to a little more than if I split a 5&1 L&G). I still watch my sodium and condiments too, although I don't limit myself to three condiments a day. I need the regimen to keep myself on plan during maintenance...

Comment #79

Make sure someone holds onto your credit cards once you lose a bunch of weight and actually enjoy looking at yourself in the mirror..

Comment #80

Sassy -LOL I hear you!!!! Not sure I'm going to follow through on that one, but we'll see! The best part of what you said is that I actually know this is going to happen! I have more than hope, I have real belief. Someday, I'm actually going to look in the mirror and not hate myself for gaining all this ugliness and losing all these years. Someday, I'm going to actually put on a pair of shorts and be perfectly happy. Wow..


Is going to be fun!.


Comment #81

Dryer is fixed!!!! Sears guy was supposed to show up between 8 & 12... Arrived at 1:15 I can't tell you how mad I was... But $140 later and the pen and pencil removed from the guts of the dryer all is well.. Will be doing laundry all night !!!.




Comment #82

Ugh... it's amazing the stuff that can get jammed in there!! I'm sorry the guy was late but I'm glad it's fixed. (Did he at least knock some $$ off for the inconvenience of being late??).

Did some yoga and a 15 minute Turbo Jam. Feel WONDERFUL. Sending happy thoughts out to all of you guys!..

Comment #83

Had steamed garlic cabbage and talapia baked with home made salsa for dinner. OMG was so good. I'm off to bask in my cabbagy glow now...

Comment #84

Woo! I made it through all of the posts! Wasn't sure it would happen.

Jan- I studied abroad in Germany for 7 months last years and spent two weeks in Italy. It was wonderful! Pretty sure it won't be the same experience as yours seeing as we were staying in a hostel, only allowed ourselves one meal "out" each day and were just about as cheap as possible, but it was a fantastic trip. My friend and I went to Venice, Florence, Rome and Cinque Terra (my favorite.

). I can't say enough about it! You'll have such an incredible time..

I haven't posted for a bit, but I've been reading everything! We finished our show on Sunday and moved everything out of the theatre and now I am in the middle of the post-show slump. My adrenaline all ran out and I can barely form sentences in English, let alone German (my major in school right now). Fortunately, I have been able to stay completely OP and that makes me feel so good I can hardly stand it! Yesterday made 10 days for me and I'm down over 10lbs. Very happy girl..

Pittie- So the super-smelling is part of ketosis?? I had lunch on campus with a friend yesterday and I thought I would die because a person TWO TABLES AWAY was eating a burger and I could smell it. MAN I wanted that sludge. Kept with my L&G, though and I'm happier about it today!..

Comment #85

Bionic nose is definitely a side-effect of this diet. Don't know if it's ketosis or not..

Upside: you know where bacon is being cooked anywhere within a 12-mile radius..

Downside: people STINK. Really...

Comment #86

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