If fad diets are so unhealthy, why did my doctor reccomend the Medifast Diet?

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My question is If fad diets are so unhealthy, why did my doctor reccomend the Medifast Diet? Thanks for any answer. Another question... WELCOME to the Can Do Crew where TOGETHER we CAN DO IT! Whether you are a veteran or new to this healthy lifestyle you'll find encouragement, friendship, accountability, support and laughter. So jump in and join the happenings!.

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

Comment #1

Hi I'm Casandra. I'm 32 years old, married for 6 years. No children. I've struggled with my weight my whole life. I even remember my grandmother telling me I couldn't have a snack as a child because I was overweight but my brother who was a beanpole could have two..

My senior year in college I lost a lot of weight on Weight watchers, but never made it to my goal. I took a job out in Oregano, my first experience away from home, Sept. 11th happened and I dealt with all my feelings by eating away gaining double the weight I had lost, in less than a year..

I want to be healthy for myself and my children. I lost over 10 pounds before I got married and vowed to have that be the heaviest I would be from them on. I wanted my children to look at our wedding pictures and not believe that I was ever that big. That failed miserably..

I would work out all the time or eat right. I just couldn't get both at the same time. After having a miscarriage and being completely depressed and out of control. My doctor/health coach suggested that I try to get my weight under control so the next pregnancy would be healthier. We talked about MF. I was so scared to Yo-yo again.

After talking to me about the long Transition program, I felt I this could really work. But I still wanted to have my cake. It took a good friend telling me that it sounded like I was not really committed to losing weight if I was not willing to give up eating some of the foods that got me fat. That hit home and I became determined to finish this diet..

I never really believed I could get here. I'm great at starting things and not so great at finishing them. But here I am; fitting into my prom dress and so close to goal..

I use to worry about being an old mom. I felt so old and worried I wouldn't be able to keep up with small children by the time I got around to having children. After losing over 60 pounds, I feel younger than some of my 25year old friends look...

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Hi, I'm Kristina and live in Illinois, about 60 miles west of Chicago. I'm 26 and have been married for little over a year. I work as a case manager for adults with developmental disabilities full time, and I am also taking night classes to get my Master's in special education. I gave birth to our first baby in August, and he is the joy of our lives! Needless to say I'm busy, but I'm tired of using all these things as excuses to why I can't get healthy. Although I had always been overweight, being pregnant really sent me on a crazy binge of everything I wanted to eatand did! I knew rationally that I was just making it harder on myself later, but it didn't help when everyone would justify my choices with "well, you're eating for 2!" (which is a myth by the way!!!) seeing the "2's" on the scale really gave me a wake up call that I needed to do something to change!.

I have lost weight doing Medifast before, but like Casandra never made it to goal before giving up. I have never given myself enough credit to believe I could see weight loss through to the enda healthy lifestyle! I have only been on Medifast since December 1st, and I have already seen success and have struggled as well. This journey is all mental for me, and letting myself finally be successful..

This board has already given me a ton of support when I just wanted to quit, and given me the strength to own up to my bad choices and make the decision to get back on track! Being accountable is so important... especially when you know you will not be judged, just helped to get back on the horse and not beat yourself up too much for it..

I look forward to making it goal with the support of everyone here!..

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Hi everyone. Im Barb and live in Pennsylvania. Im 50 years young and healthy, thanks to MF. I spent the last 30 years yo-yo dieting. There is not a diet out there that I havent tried and failed with. I am a cancer survivor, but I could never beat my problem with weight.

Thanks to MF, Maine and the Crew, Ive met my weight loss goal for the first time in 30 years! It has been an amazing emotional journey to a new lifestyle I will live every day for the rest of my life..

I have a DH and DD(21). I teach high school biology, graduate classes for teachers and sing at my church. I love to hike and am now running, with hopes of participating in a 5K soon. I hate my scale and only get on it for my Friday weigh ins. I spent 5 weeks of my 5+1 journey without a scale. I am free of that nasty implement of torture.

I journal on a daily basis. I have spent time figuring out why I weighed 246 pounds and how to maintain my weight in the 140s. I am addicted to food. The writing has helped me come to grips with why I ate. I have a list of chores posted on my refrigerator and panty of things I do when I go looking for food that it is not time to eat. I spent 8 months in 5+1 figuring out that if I am going to succeed for life, I have to be honest about my relationship with food and put plans in place to succeed.

I look at my food intake in terms of the week. I write down everything that goes into my mouth and count my calories. I eat 6 or 7 times a day and focus on protein. I still use the Medifast oatmeal and bars to supplement my meals..

I am strict with myself, but I know, that for me, this is the only way I will be successful..

I recommend two books to everyone on their journey. Dr. Wayne Dyers Excuses Begone and David Kesslers The End of Overeating. They both helped me to get real with myself and overeating in the US..

I have really enjoyed the support of the entire crew. You have made this possible for me! Your suggestions, strength, and sharing of struggles has helped me in so many ways. I dont think I would have made it through my scaleless weeks without Heidi, Dee, Diana, and Deb..

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: -15 (for a total of -103).

GOAL: Black Friday, November 27, 2009.

Current Weight is 143. I am healthy!..

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Hi! I am Brenda. I live in Missouri, about 60 miles north of St. Louis. I am 59, have been married to DH for 42 years. (yes I was a young bride). I have 2 children both married DS 36, DD 33.

I love being a grandmother. I am a retired teacher. I taught 6th grade for years and then taught middle school gifted classes. I babysit my grandkids 2 days a week..

I didn't have trouble with weight until after my second child, then I started creeping up untill after several years I was up to 200. I also have tried several weight loss programs and had some success, but I never set a goal as low as now and always gained it back..

I recently had a severe back problem (I couldn't even walk for exercise) and the Dr told me I would need to lose weight and do the exercises the physical therapist gave me from now on. I decided I wanted to keep up with my grandkids and do all the things I like, also I wanted to walk without a limp, so Medifast to the rescue. I was always satisfied with a goal of 160 or 150 but since I am 5'2" that is still very overweight. So this time I am going all the way down to 135...

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Hello All,.

My name is Christine and I am a mother of 4 living in Maine. I have struggled with weight most of my life - to varying extents.never feeling that I was where I wanted to be, always feeling too heavy, even at 135lbs and 5'6" (oh to be back there now.

). Since then I have gained alot, lost a little and gained some more. I tried medifast a couple of years back and it worked. I lost about 40 lbs in 2.5 months, but then quit (temporary insanity?). My weight is now up to 274 lbs. I feel miserable, tired and embarrassed all the time.

I look forward to getting to know you all...

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I'm Melissa I am 27 and I live in Florida. I ask a lot of questions because I am just starting this process! I live with my 2 corgis. Since I live alone I have no one to blame for tempting me with food. I've always been overweight but in this last year I've easily put on 20lbs. I start my 3rd week of Medifast tomorrow. So far I've stayed OP.

I always made excuses to reward myself. Oh I had a good day I should eat half a pizza or I've had a bad day I should reward myself with a burger and fries. Thinking about it now it made absolutely no sense. Its still a big problem I am facing. My first week I lost 7.4lbs and the whole day of weigh in I kept thinking I've done so good I deserve a reward of Starbucks and a cookie.

Love this group and can't wait to reach goal! I know I won't be able to do it without the boards!..

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Hi my name is bobbi. I am 56 years young and I live in washington state near a small ocean town of ocean shores. I have 4 adult children, 2 grandkids, and several foster children who still come around and I love to see them all.

Me and my hubby have been together since 1974 but I fell in love with him when I was 11 years old. He has always been the love of my life and continues to be so.....We like to travel now that he is retired..

We got a home near the ocean because that is where we wanted to live.... then one by one all of our adult children came back home and are all in college re-educating to get better jobs. It is a very full house but aso full of love and happiness. That said, we look forward to having our house back for us. My son is graduating this year and my daughters all have another year left maybe more.....

I have been overweight most of my adult life, stopped smoking so my son would see a good example of a parent who didnt smoke and I gained weight up to 370 pounds. I have taken off that weight over the years but hovered around 190 for several years. When I started Medifast I was 189 and I have lost 29 pounds and am now on my last 30 pounds. I am taking my time and going to get to goal. I havent seen 130 pounds since 1977 or so. What a joy to be close to goal now..

I am very strict with my days and my being on plan until I get to goal. I dont like spending this money if I am not going to actually get to goal.... I know I will use this food forever in some way or another but I dont mind. I want to get to goal and only I can do that. Only I can control what goes in my mouth..

My goals are to get off insulin and be healthy and reach 130 pounds. I am going to get there!.


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Hi Everyone! My name is Eileen. I am 41 years old and starting my 3rd week on MF. I love the program and all the support. I was a fit and healthy kid all the way through my first year of college when I started to gain and lose weight and that has defined me for over 20 years now. The last time I lost weght was in 2000 when I got divorced. I followed another weight loss program, took kickboxing and lost 63 lbs in 5 months but then I got comfortable and never made it to my goal which would have been 30 more lbs.

I met my live in boyfriend in 2002 and by then I was half way back to being where I am now. He has never known me fit and in shape. Being unable to share the thin me with him has made it hard for me to be happy. He is very supportive. In the past 7+ years we've been together I've tried and failed at numerous weightloss programs.

If you asked me what that was I would have to say that I'm tired. I'm just tired of not being able to wear the clothes that I'd really like to. I'm tired of feeling like I am not myself. I'm tired of feeling self conscious. I'm tired of being called "voluptuous".

I'm tired of worrying about whether I will fit in a chair or on a ride or in an airplane seat. I had one bad experience in Germany not being able to go on a ride and it traumatized me into being paranoid. I want to ride horses again. I want to feel sexy again. I want to wear a bathing suit, hopefully a bikini, with pride again.

I want to feel happy. I want to be free. I want to be me. I want the love of my life to know me as a strong confident happy woman..

With that said...I have the determination, willpower, strength and motivation to lose over 100 lbs. I set my goal high. I am going on a cruise in September. We just bought a cabin cruiser boat. I am trying to get as close to my goal as possible by September 2010. I live in Florida and therefore, less is the way to dress.

I am an animal lover. I have 5 furry loves, 3 dogs and 2 cats. I am a hobby photographer and I even won some awards. I love to travel. I've been to Japan, Iceland, Germany, France, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, all over the Carribean, the Bahamas, Berlize, Mexico, all over the U.S.

I also like to read, socialize, watch movies, kickbox, make jewelry, write. I am originally from NY and so is my Honey so we don't have any family here but we do have lots of great friends. I will not spend my forties struggling to lose weight. I absolutely refuse. I will end this once and for all.

I'm on my way!.



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Hello Everyone and thanks for welcoming me!.

My name is Laurie and I live in Pasadena, Maryland. I am a divorced mother of two (15 and 13) so I am always on the go with them or should I say trying to keep up with them. I had never really had a problem with weight until after the divorce. I had always weighed about 130-135 which is in the healthy range for my build and 5'2" height. Then after the divorce the pounds have started packing on until I am now at my heaviest (170). I really can attribute it to poor eating and it honestly wasn't the stress of the divorce, it was the timing.

I'd grab a hotdog at the snack shack, eat fast food on the way, etc. On top of that I was watching every penny for awhile. I bought the cheapest foods and what I could get with coupons - not healthy! This past summer the aches and the pains started! My small frame can't take this extra weight and my knees, lower back and feet are suffering! Some days I can barely walk down stairs my knees are so bad. I have to loose this weight!! The final straw was what my doctor thinks was my first (and hopefully last) gall bladder attack on 13 January. The pain was so bad my father took me to the ER.

I saw her on Saturday 17 Jan. The good news is she thinks it could be a one time thing on the gall bladder. The other good news was that two of the doctors in the office and their spouses had done Medifast with great success! She warned of the cost, but buying all new summer clothes again this year will also be expensive! So I placed my first order that day! And here I am! I turn 40 in December and I want every to say "Wow, you look great for your age!"..

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Hi there, I'm Trina. I live in Arizona and have 2 children 5 yrs old and 15 yrs old. I'm married and feel like I'm always in the kitchen. Yesterday I had a houseful for the football game and cooked for everyone and didn't eat a thing I wasn't suppose too. Today I gained .5 lb's and need to hide the scale during the week. I've lost 7 lb's so far in my first week which technically ends today.

I'm my heaviest I've ever been and with a husband who works out every day and never gains a pound it's a battle trying to explain why I have to do things different. Anyway, thanks for the encouragement and hearing all about you guys helps me. I'm proud of all of you who have done this for week after week after week. With just one week down, the next 17 or so look like a long haul until transition...

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Fellow strong women- I'm Deanna. I'm 37, have been married for 12 years, have two daughters 3.5 and 2. I'm 5'2" so 132 is "healthy", but barely. I've had times of joy with my body and the number on the scale, but just as often - if not more I've been frustrated with my weight. I'm an active duty Navy Officer so I have to keep my weight within the limits or have it reflect poorly on my reports. For my height- that number is 151.

I recently completed a 6 month deployment to Afghanistan and knew that I had everything at my disposal to put me first. I worked out like a freak and ate decently, tracked my calories...and got about 10 pounds off the "normal" way. My friend shared the news of Medifast and I ordered while deployed. I got another 10 off with Medifast and came home to the normal routine of American foods, my husband's cooking and alcohol. A few pounds came back... I did another 2 weeks and dropped 5.

I have set my "freak out" number and will not make excuses to let it slide any higher...

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I never had a weight issue until I married 7 years ago. It was like once I quit my job and had a baby whew, it was a couple pounds a month or two and then whamo, I don't even know who I am when I see myself in the mirror. So, it brought me to medifast to find discipline even when I'm grociery shopping and cooking for my family. It's helped me so far this last week. You look great and you'll do awesome!.


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Hi Everyone,.

I would love to join your group. My name is Rebeka, I am 37 years old, married, no kids, 3 dogs, 4 cats, and I'm still trying to figure out what I'm going to do when I "grow up"! I first became aware that I was overweight at the age of 12. Looking back, I realize now that I was suffering from depression - even at that young age and I comforted myself with food. That set the precedence for a long battle with weight and a very unhealthy relationship with food - even a bout of anorexia where I ended up weighing 80 lbs and I've also been 180 pounds so you can see my struggles. So...I've literally been every size and my poor body has been through so much. At this point, I really just want to be at peace with every facet of my life.

Thanks for listening everyone! I will have to figure out the banner...

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Hi, my name is Deb and I go by Diedra on the boards. It's cold here in Michigan, but I have hunkered down and focused on the Medifast diet, I think the cocooning is actually helping. I am 58, mother of two grown sons, one married and living in Chicago in Construction and one who studies International Relations and Denver and he is always in another country, another continent or something. I tend to do some anxious eating when I know he's getting ready to leave for some far away location. However, his being in Denver has actually been motivation for me - more on that later..

I have two cute little white fluffy dogs (Cotons) and they are now certified Therapy Dogs. We have begun visiting a local small hospital and it's such a worthwhile activity. First lap dogs for me and boy, they live up to that! Hubby runs a large company in Michigan and travels a lot. In fact, he's gone until the end of the week, so I am snuggling with doggies and staying up late. I am definitely a nightowl. Love and study art history and I enjoy traveling to museums with friends when there is a special exhibit.

This is the beginning of my 4th week on MF, I lost 5 the first week and now, a slow but steady pound or two here and there. I was panicked at first, thinking I was doing something wrong, but I have not been tempted to cheat or get out of control. The meal plan has been easy for me to focus on, I was really ready for this. However, it is still less than a month, so I am grateful it has been a good month..

My motivation for getting on the Medifast diet was 1) doctor said I must and 2) I was getting fed up with what I was not able to do any more and starting to feel old. Also, just felt like laying on the couch every evening and watching tv and munching on something. While visiting Denver recently and again a trip to Mexico City - the altitude caused me so much breathing trouble, I just had a real hard time. It was a wake-up call to add to the others:.

I am only 4'10 and have scoliosis (curvature of the spine.) For that reason, people think I am 'petite' and don't have to lose weight but I've been overweight for years. Have asthma as well, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I am hoping for the first 35 lbs. off, then need to adjust to less than that according to the doc. Although my back doesn't usually give me much problem, I was getting so that I was stiff all of the time and I am just sure that the weight I was carrying in front was contributing to walking bent over a bit. I really got frightened when I turned 58 in Oct.

I hate exercise, but have finally convinced myself that I don't have to love it, I just have to do it..

SO - I have signed up for Medifast through my doctor, have registered for pool aerobics starting next week and decided to join this group! Hope you'll have me, I am a newbie at posting and such, so hopefully, I'll be able to keep up with the veterans!.

Thanks everyone!..

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My name is Kelly but I go by Mrs Al. I live in Oregon in the Willamette valley. Married to a wonderful, supportive husband. Have 3 lovely girls ages 25, 20 and 13. Grandma to 2.5 grandchildren, twin boys just turning 9 and a little girl waiting to be born in June..

Have had weight issues since my teen years. Up, down, up, down etc....same story as many here..

This is my second time around on Medifast. First time around was 2007 and it worked well for me for about 5 months. Lost about 35 pounds and felt GREAT. So great in fact that I decided I didn't need it anymore and slowly went off plan. I maintained my weight for almost a year until our world turned upside down and we had to make major life and financial changes..

The stress just got worse and I started eating as a coping skill, fought my very first battle with depression and lost my will to care....another first for me, and stopped hiking and exercising..

So a couple years later, 50 pounds heavier and with a whole new appreciation for life and structured diet plans ....I'm back waiting for my first Medifast shipment to arrive..

During the waiting have been able to get pretty close to the nutritional value of Medifast and have been drinking 4 protein shakes and 2 L & G. Happy to say that the hunger is somewhat tamed, the cravings are calmed down and 4 lbs are gone. And I can't wait to get my Medifast to get better tasting food!.

It's been a journey to get back here and actually be happy to be here, waiting for my Medifast with excitement..

Glad to meet you all and looking forward to an exciting journey together!.


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Hi all. My name is Kathy but I go by Kate on here. I made up my mind that Kathy has always been fat and Kate is going to be skinny.

I started Medifast this week. I have been reading all the groups discussions and I would really like to join your group. I love the determination here, plus the name Rocks! I live in Columbus Ohio. I have been married for 14 years and have 3 wonderful boys, ages 11,8, and 5. I am originally from Pittsburgh Pa. I have tried all the diets.

This is the heaviest I have been, except for pregnancy. But to think about it, my weight with my first was what I am now.

I am determined to do it this time. Thanks for your support...

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Hi Crew!.

My name is Heidi and I've been happily married to my man for 24 years, have 2 awesome kids, Sara 21 & Phillip 16 and a family pet, Angel. I was 40 years old (I'm now 42) when I started the plan on June 9, 2008. My original weigh in was 193.8 lbs and at that point I was not feeling well physically... couldn't walk a flight of stairs without needing to sit and catch my breath when I reached the top, none of my clothing fit and I was honestly embarrassed about my appearance. I decided to take charge of my health and since I had successfully lost a few pounds using Medifast in the past decided to come back to what I knew worked and got started on the 5&1 plan right away!.

23 weeks later I reached and exceeded my goal weight of 140 lbs and have successfully gone through Transition and continue to maintain my loss. A lot of great changes have happened to me on my journey including my new found love of exercise, specifically running!.

I'm an original member of the Crew and know that this group of gals is like no other. The support you'll find here is amazing... so please join in! We look forward to walking with you on your journey to better health..


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Hi all. My name is Rachel and I am new here. I live in Rockville, MD. I am 44 yrs old and I got married about a year ago. I have no kids but I do have an 8 month old Shipoo (half Shih Tzu and half toy poodle) and she is my baby! I tried Medifast several months for about a month and lost 10 lbs but didn't really set goals. I am happy to say I haven't gained any of it back but I need to lose another 15-20 more lbs so I am just starting again..

I really need some accountability and support to help me stay on track...

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I would love to join this group of dynamic MF'ers!.

My name is Cathy. I am 52. I was thin until my 20's. I have been overweight my entire adult life. I gained a lot of weight with each pregnancy. I've lost weight many, many times.

I have tried most diets out there. This time feels very, very different. I have a sense of well-being that tells me I can lose it forever here (I know that's common in ketosis and I am grateful for it!!!!).

I have been married to my hubby for 31 years. We're high school sweethearts. We met in 1972, starting dating in 1973 and got married in 1979..

I have three adult children, 5 grandchildren at the moment (two more on their way!). Yiayia means grandma in Greek! Hearing those sweet little ones yell Yiayia! melts my heart every time! (Part of my motivation for trying to lose weight again is for them.....I want to dance at all of their weddings!!!).

I am one of six kids, I have two older sisters, two younger brothers and a twin brother!.

I grew up on the north side of Chicago and now live in sunny southern California..

What more can I tell you, I don't know, but if you think of something.....ask me!!!!!!!!!!!..

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Hello everyone,.

My name is Jan, Im on the verge of being 59 years young (bday in March). I married the love of my life 10 years ago; it was the second time around for both of us. We joked that I had the house and he had the kids. He has 4; a girl and 3 boys. I have zero by birth, but his 4 have welcomed their bonus mom into their families and their hearts. Of the 4 kids, 2 have children, so I have 4 beautiful grandchildren who are the light of my life.

They all live within an hours drive from us; DGD is right on the way to the 3 boys, too, so we pass right by their house - makes it easy to combine visits and see them all..

Ive lived in Michigan for all but 2 years that I spent in Oregon in my late 20s. I am still, thankfully, gainfully employed by a company which is growing. That in itself, in Michigan especially, is a miracle. DH is semi-retired retired from his career, but happily driving a school bus for our local community school. We live in a small farming community in the southeast part of the state and enjoy the small-town life of no traffic lights (or traffic) downtown, knowing most everyone you see at the store. The down side for me is I have a long commute to work there are no jobs close by, not in my field, anyway.

I started writing about my weight struggle, but went way overboard, so it will be in my blog when I get that done. Short version Ive been yo-yo dieting for the last 10-15 years, mostly doing Weight Watchers. I always thought WW was the answer because there were no forbidden foods all I had to do was plan for a treat and save up my points. In the end, that was my downfall. I know how to eat healthy, but WW allowed me to continue my bad habits. I was successful losing weight as long as I had the meetings, but once they stopped, the weight crept back on.


I never knew how stressful all that was til I tried MF! I am totally committed to this program and I know, for the first time ever, that I will reach my goal! The crew has been an invaluable help to me, offering support, cheerleading, and many, many success stories. Along with the successes comes the wisdom which is freely shared. I appreciate each and every one of you and could not have gotten this far without you!.

Thanks Medifast Thanks Crew!.


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Hi - My name is Karen and I live in Central Florida about an hour west of Orlando. It's a somewhat rural area with farm land and several small towns but we love it here. I am married with no children unless you count the four-legged kind. We have three dogs, a lab and 2 beagles. I have fought my weight since puberty. I think I've tried every diet out there and I would lose weight but would never reach my goal.

I turned 50 yesterday and am now taking blood pressure pills. My joints hurt and I don't feel like doing much. It's time to make a change. So today, Fat Tuesday, I'm starting MF. Hoping that you folks will keep me honest and OP...

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Hi, my name if Vickie. I have just started Medifast this week. I just had major surgery on Feb 1st. I lost 15 pounds from being sick and in the hospital. I have found the first few days to be very hard for me. I had a hard time getting in all my Medifast food and water.

Hurray for me! So hopefully from here on out it will get easier. I am limited on what exercising I can do because of my stomache. I had 9 hernias repaired and total abdominal reconstruction. I am going tomorrow to buy me a sit down bike. I already have a treadmill.

I am 44 years old and have been heavy since my late teens. It is time for a life change. I have diabetes and a bad back. I hope Medifast will help improve both of these. I live in Virginia and am married for 24 years. I have two girls, age 16 and 21.

I started out at 230 lbs, lost 15 in the hospital, so am now 215. My weigh in day is Monday. I look forward to learning more about everyone on here and hope to gain friendships as well as learning from each other...

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Hello Everyone!.

My name is Brandi ~ I'm 34, mother of 4, live outside of Houston, Texas .... and I have battled weight my whole life. I lost a lot of weight on the Quick Weight Loss plan and also on Weight Watchers. But ... I also gained it back plus some. I have all kinds of excuses, but I only have myself to blame! (first step is admitting it, right?).

I got my order in on Friday evening and I am starting Saturday morning! I am so excited and I look forward to losing with you all! I am so encouraged by all of yalls success!.

~ Brandi.

**looking forward to knocking 100 pounds off**..

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My name is Stacey and I just started the plan today. I am excited about this weight loss journey and embracing a healthier way of living. I look forward to getting to know everyone and share my success with all of you!! Pray for me, I have to figure out how to make this work working nights!!..

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Also, I know this sounds silly, but how do I post the Can Do Crew Banner?..

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Here is the link to our regular weekly discussion board:..

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Hey everyone! I'm Traci -.

I live in Louisiana (home of the WHO DATS!) I just turned 30 last month & will be celebrating my 12th Anniversary with the love of my life (my HS Sweetheart!) this summer! We have 2 beautiful, amazing children (doesn't ev1 say that? lol) DD11 & DS6! We also are foster parents for my DNiece8! I orginally started Medifast in Feb '09 on Mardi Gras Day - successfully lost like 30lbs in like 2.5 months and then got off of Medifast Track... Struggled with the Medifast for a few months - had a family crisis where we became foster parents to 2 children (one is still with me - the 8y/o) and a <1y/o. Before I mention that I let the stress of that overpower me - let me also say that I finally decided what to do with my life - besides the obvious wife, mother, friend... I am going to school to become a RN! My husband also works in the oilfield and can be gone for weeks at a time and home for a few hours, days, or weeks. So - back to that stress thing!??!?! LMAO!.

Anyways - I managed to gain back about 15 lbs since the 2 extra kids came to live with me & that's ok b/c it has given me time to think and consider myself & my life & my goals for my life - Definitely a realization of what I do or don't want and WHY! So here I am, February 27th - about a year after the first go round with Medifast and I know it works if you work the plan! I know this Crew - cept the newbies - and they are all a great group of ladies! Looking forward to getting this done - when? - in 2010~!..

Comment #28

Hi Everyone!.

My name is Elisabeth and I live in NY. I am married to the love of my life (Danny) and we have 2 incredible kids... a daughter(age 22 and in grad school) and a son(age 10)..

My weight started to creep up in my 20's but it was in my 30's that it sky-rocketed! I was at my all time high last summer when I first tried MF. I did really well... then went on vacation and fell off the wagon and I was just never able to climb back on. Last October I talked a friend into trying MF... My plan was to have someone to do this with! Well she did it and I never got started. She lost 60+ pounds and I found 10 more!! Needless to say, I am ready to do this once and for all.

Talking about it... wishing for it... crying about it... It is time to just DO IT!!! Last time around I joind a team (The Red Hots) and paricipated in the challenges. Reading and posting on the boards really helped to keep me motivated.

So I spent the last few days lurking on the boards and just looking for a new group... one that felt "right"... You all seem so motivated and supportive! I hope you don't mind if I jump on in and join you on this journey!..

Comment #29

Hi Everyone! I think I'd like to start venturing into the Can Do threads, so I thought I'd pop over here and introduce myself..

I'm 25 and live about 15 miles west of downtown Chicago. I work in the loop, so I spend a lot of time on the train everyday! I manage the marketing department for a consulting firm and absolutely love my job - it's like a family to me. I bought a condo about a year ago, and I spend a ton of time fixing it up, painting, decorating, etc. I'm a very crafty person and having a place is like one big craft project!.

I started Medifast on March 3 and lost 8 lbs in my first week. I'm contemplating going to only weighing once a month or maybe every two weeks because I need to adhere to the process and trust in it because it's the right thing to do, rather than to get hooked on the high of the numbers on the scale. I've done WW a few times in the past like several others here, but every time I got less successful and more frustrated. I know I have deeper issues than just "put on a few pounds," and I'm approaching Medifast in a way that I hope will help me address that. I am going to lose between 100 - 120 lbs, depending on how I feel once I get into that range..

I'm single, do a lot of dating and get a lot of ridiculous stories out of it (people tell me I should write a book, LOL - so hopefully you guys will get a kick out of some of them), and basically spend my time however I please! That certainly is helpful when it comes to Medifast - no one else in the house tempting me or to cook for..

I *love* personal finance and getting a good deal. I've already figured out how to get the cost of Medifast down to around $11.40/box, including a majority of crunch bars! So I'll probably talk some about my good scores on saving money.

I think that's enough for now, but this group seems fantastic and I look forward to getting to know you all better. WE CAN DO IT!..

Comment #30

Hi everyone! my name is mimi & i'm 28 yrs old. i've been married for about 4 yrs & been together for going on 5. we have a cute 5 yr old boy who's the light of our lives. I used to struggle with weight when I was in high school & college. I never wanted to be over the 110 mark. but I was being unhealthy.

I'm heavy, for me, & I want to get healthy! i've been obsessed with Medifast every since I heard about it & decided to go for it. i'm starting my 3rd day & feeling a little down. I want to be a healthier mom & have more energy for my son on the wkends. I work away from home so the only time i'm able to be with my wife & son is fri thru sun. it's terrible.

She is incredible. she's my best friend & so supportive. she's actually quitting herbal life & starting this journey with me. we compare food & share. I love the encouragement on these boards & hoping to meet lots of new friends with helpful tips!..

Comment #31

My name is Skye, and I'm in my forties....yikes, I can't believe that :-).

I'm not new to MF, but getting a "fresh start" today...March 18, 2010... with day one. My final and last day one with Medifast :-) I am 5'8" tall and weigh 195 lbs today..

I did Medifast four years ago with great results. I quit after losing 57 lbs, about 12 lbs shy of my goal. I have regained it all, and here to finally finish the journey and keep going re maintaining. I've learned that I will never again be able to eat as much as I thought I could. It's okay, I also know that I can eat most foods, but it needs to be in moderation. And I don't know how to do that right now, which is why Medifast is so good for me because it eliminatess sugar and white carb consumption....which is very important for me.

I know this first week will be tough getting back into ketosis, but I can do it..

I'm married, my first marriage, my husband's second marriage. We'll be married 12 years this fall, and have know each other for 14 yrs. My husband and I have a very good relationship, although he's been driving me crazy the past week :-) We love to travel and do fun stuff together. But the dreary economy has added stress at for most people out there. We have grown daughters, and one almost two year old grandaughter. we love them all dearly.

I grew up in the Country, but I am a city girl for sure....and love girly things. High heels, dresses, make-up, and getting together with girlfriends :-) But I also love nature( and my sneakers) and going hiking and walks and smelling the fresh air from the ocean and/or mountains..

I'm not working right now, just some odds and ends. I plan to re-educate myself in the investment field, looking at a few different avenues to go..

I love reading good books, and going to movies. And of course shopping...for "girly things" !! :-) But it's not been much fun to go shopping having re-gained all this weight. I've been in a pretty low place mentally the past while, but time to pull myself up..

Thanks for having me here in your "can do" group...

Comment #32

Oops, I forgot to add in my post above.....I love me some good dancin' :-) It definitely makes my spirit shine and smile...

Comment #33

Hello Can Do Crew!!!!.

I want to introduce myself to you and ask if I can join your crew! I am a life-long "professional" weight loser...oh, and I am champion at gaining it all back! Isn't it a chaotic madness???.

I am the 57 year old grandmother of two precious little boys...6 and 3 years old. I live in the same city as my darling grandboys and their precious parents, my son and daughter in law. I love reading, TV, movies and playing games on my phone!!! I was married 20 years to my high school sweetheart...but many mistakes later I was divorced. I have a beautiful daughter who went to her new home in heaven at the age of 25 years. That was almost 5 years ago and I have been on a up and down food addiction of epic proportion since then..

I really don't know how to lose weight and keep it off...I am what I eat I guess! But I have done a lot of research on Medifast and my doctor is a huge proponent of this program. I actually lost 60 pounds a couple of years ago on MF, but did what a lot of us do...let it slip through my fingers...and here I am ... again. Recommitting!.

I think the reason Medifast is so successful other than the obvious low calories it allows is that it is easy, fast and doesn't have too many options. Give me a small rope and I will hang myself, so I don't need lots of options! I really like this program and was even a great water drinker with it as well...I haven't had a bottle right now since....umm....December probably!.

I do work full time and have a busy life with my precious family, but this program seems to go along with the craziness! Please accept my request to join all of you on this road to deliverance from the madness. I look forward to getting to know all of you..

I start my Medifast plan on Monday, March 22. Thanks for reading my post!.

We Can Do!.


Comment #34

Hello Everyone My name is Anne and I'm from Minnesota. I just finished my 2nd week on the the Medifast plan and I'm starting my 3rd week. I really like the plan - and it looks like the support will be great also. I was comfortable with my weight throughout high school, gained a little during college but always managed to get it back off. I gained the majority of my weight while pregnant with our son (he is twelve) lost some of the weight then gained more while pregnant with our daughter - (she is 8). I'm definitely ready to take the weight off.

If I have a tough day I'll get right back on program..

I have found myself avoiding events, and just not participating in life because of my weight. I'm ready to feel better each day, one step at a time. Or one week at a time. I look forward to this journey. I felt very optimistic when I read about the Medifast Program... and in the time I have been doing the plan feel like this is something that is realistic for me to stick with..

Thanks for your support..

Comment #35

Hello I'm Elisa, I am 36 and the proud parent of a 16 year old and 4 year old girls. I have been married a little over a year to an incredibly fit man who loves big girls! Trust me, it's not all good! There is ABSOLUTELY no pressure to get into shape and he never complains. I am totally unhappy about it. I usually weigh in around 170-180 lbs but in the past few years have ballooned to 240lbs. I was diagnosed with PCOS last year and have been in trouble with food and weight ever since. I am insulin resistant as well and cant seem to find a way to lose weight on my own.

I tend to think that I can still eat pizza and bread and lose weight. NOT! I ordered my first shipment and have yet to recieve it. I am looking for any support or tips that I can get...

Comment #36

Just wanted to say hello to all, and welcome to those who have just joined. I started only 2 days ago. Day 1 was mostly a breeze. Yesterday was harder, but I stayed on plan. Now, this morning, I tried the blueberry oatmeal.... I won't mind if I never taste that again!..

Comment #37

Hi, everyone! My name is Laura, and Im new here. Today (3/25) is the last day of my first week on MF, and it's been a rough one. But, today is a new day, and I am looking forward to trying my best, one meal at a time from here on out! Im happy to be a new member of this group and looking forward to sharing my journey with you..

A little bit about me: I am 23 years old and currently living in Mesa, Arizona. I am originally from Glenwood, New Jersey, a very small town in northern Sussex County (along the New York state line). Im still a Jersey girl at heart, although Ive been in Arizona since 1998! Im single and thats okay. Im too busy to maintain a romantic relationship right now! I am a District Administrative Assistant with Best Buy basically, a secretary / receptionist / travel agent / shoulder to lean on for the employees and managers of eleven Best Buy stores from El Centro, California; Yuma, Arizona; Tucson, Arizona; and El Paso, Texas. Needless to say, 40-60 hours a week (depending on the week) are spent holed up in my cubicle so Im not moving around as much as I want to, or really should! I am also majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University so when I am not working, I am usually studying! I am about three semesters away from graduation right now, and starting to look into graduate school but recently, Ive also considered picking up a second major. I love school and I love to learn, so it just makes sense to me! My goal is to work in the criminal justice system in a behavioral health and studies aspect basically, I want to study criminals and find out what makes them deviant.

My passion is the paranormal. I am the Senior Copy Editor of Haunted Times Magazine, and with them I have traveled around the country helping to conduct Ghost Hunter Universities at various haunted locations. These 2-day seminars help attendees learn proper investigation etiquette, how to use the technology we have, etc. I am what some call an optimistic skeptic while I am definitely a believer, I dont automatically assume everything is paranormal I need proof! I really love the work we have done over the last two years and I am proud to have taken part. Traveling is my favorite thing to do, and Ive seen some amazing places! My next big adventure will be to Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia) in July, and I know Medifast is helping me on my journey to get me in top shape for this big investigation!.

Family is very important to me, and I am blessed to have the best parents in the world (in my opinion!). They are unwavering in their love and constant support of my journey. My best friend (also named Laura) has also been my shoulder to lean on over the last six years of our friendship. Her family is very much like an extension of my family! I love the feeling of having a big family surrounding me and cheering me on. I have two older siblings (brother-41 & sister-39) and four honorary siblings (sisters-26/18 & brothers-23/9). I also have two nieces (5&2) who live in New Jersey, and an honorary nephew (14 months) with an honorary niece or nephew on the way (due in September!).

Random fact about me: I have a black belt in Goshin Do karate, which I received when I was 11 years old! At the time, I was the youngest female ever promoted in the federation..

Ive always been a bigger girl but as a child I was always involved in something. Karate was my life for seven years! Once I moved to Arizona my emotional eating really kicked into high gear I didnt want to move, and I wasnt happy to be here. Now that I am an adult I know it was what was best but as a child, I was selfish and just wanted to be home! So the weight packed on all through junior high and high school. It wasnt until high school and joining the Drama Club that I started coming out my shell and making a name for myself. Ill never forget how great it felt playing the role of Dolly Levi in The Matchmaker (the non-musical version of Hello, Dolly!). When I graduated high school n 2004, I was approximately 180 lbs.

Well, thats the short novella about me (can you tell Im a writer? Haha!) Thanks, everyone! Im looking forward to chatting with all of you!..

Comment #38

How do I get started on this message board with you all? I need support and a place to talk about medifast with others who know... what odes OP mean? Please help me..

Thanks. Paoers..

Comment #39

Paoers - you just did join us!!! Wasn't that easy? You are now part of the CREW. Together WE CAN DO THIS, just TRUST the program, follow it, don't stress about the scale and little surprises happen along the way. Just hang on, post and read, read, read the good advice from the more experienced posters - they've been through it all. WELCOME!.

WELCOME to everyone who is new to the Crew. Just follow our threads (once you catch on, it's easy) and just let us hear from you, bounce your ideas off of us and "feel the love!".

Hugs to all of you..


Comment #40

OP means on program, by the way. There is a thread that I will post that actually gives you all of these cyber-codes that you will see here. I'll look for it and try to post it right here..

Have a good OP DAY!!!! Don't forget the water-drink, drink, drink! Yahooooooo!..

Comment #41

Hello everyone. My name is Courtney and today is my first day. I'm excited and nervous and even a little scared. I want this to be the end of my battle with weight. It has to be the end of the battle. I've "tried" to lose weight before, but it has never been easy and I usually give up after a few weeks.

I want and need to be physically fit in order to enjoy my family and do what I can to be around for them for a long time. I realized when I was preparing to start this change over the past couple of weeks that I had, over time, begun to accept and settle for my ongoing weight gain as I aged. Each time I would try on clothes and my size would increase, I would just accept it. I know I don't have as much weight to lose as some on this plan, but 60 pounds will be a challenge for me. I have asked for support from my family - my 6 yr old daughter prayed last night that God would "shrink Mommy to the size He'd like her to be" - precious! - and my husband is TOTALLY on board with the changes this will mean for our family.

I WANT to be the person that inspires my family and friends to get healthy too...for them to think, "if Courtney can do it, then I know I can!".

I made a mocha freeze shake this morning and it was so good! I have started a journal to keep me focused with inspirational quotes, lists of what I've missed out on due to my weight, how/when I've felt defeated due to my weight, and what I want to be able to do at a healthier weight. I will use the online tool to track my eating and eventually the exercise. I want to become addicted to this online support tool instead of food. I want to look in the mirror and be proud of myself again. And I can't wait to get a new wardrobe!!.

I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you as well and hoping we can all support each other in the process....



Comment #42

Hi my name is Jessie. I am 24 and live in a small town in Ohio. I have ben battling my weight since I graduated high school. I have a great job at a credit union,but have to sit most of the day. I work full time and attend school part time so it has been very hard for me to find time to cook the right things and even exercise. I am getting married in December to an amazing guy.

I started medifast on march 4th and have lost 16 lbs so far. My goal weight is 145 and I am hoping I am able to stick on medifast to reach my goal. I am tired of being the biggest girl in the office and would like to be healthy again. They found a small block in my heart a few years ago, so it scares me and my family that I am so overweight. So I am not only doing this for my wedding but also for my health...I am looking forward to getting to know everyone!..

Comment #43

Hello everyone,.

I would love to join this group, you all are quite the spirited bunch. My name is Rebecca and I am 35 years old. I have an amazing 5 year old boy. I went through a horrible divorce about 4 years ago, I was traumatized. I am trying to work my way back from all of that and that includes once and for all losing this weight that has been holding me down. I am beginning my Medifast journey on saturday and I am very anxious.


Comment #44

Hi everybody. My name is Viv and I am coming back to Medifast after being away about a year. I only followed the plan for about a month last time and then my world turned upside down... long story... anyhow, I am back and would like to join you all in this wonderful journey. I am starting at 219 lbs and my goal is to be 150 so here I go....

Comment #45

Hi Everyone!.

I'm Kim and am restarting Medifast after an almost 2 year break - I lost 20 lbs last time, wish I had stuck with it longer!! I'm kind of one that needs to do it perfectly or I quit..

Trying NOT to be perfect this time - well, you know what I mean, perfect but not quit if I'm not. LOL.

I did not have a weight problem as a child, although I always felt fat. I gained weight having babies..

I've been married 24 years to Bob, and we have 4 children. Katie is 21 & graduating from Virginia Tech in a month (!), Woody is 19 & a freshman at Hampden-Sydney College, Sidney is 12 and in 7th grade, and we have Chip, who is 3. (and adorable. LOL) Yes, I'm 49 with a 3 year old. Feel free to chuckle..

I am now at my heaviest and it scares me. I want to get healthy and exercise and keep living life..

We've had a horrible last year and a half - I mean, just so much thrown at us all at once, it's weird. (and I swear, we have a great life - just lots all at once right now!).

In August 2008, Bob had a stroke. He is ok, but has a form of dementia from the brain damage it caused. It's weird, because he's pretty normal to talk to mostly but he will never be able hold down a job at this point - I'm thankful he's here honestly. He can't really watch Chip for any length of time even - his brain just doesn't process stuff like it should anymore..

Anyways - this is followed by the economy tanking in September of that year which ultimately resulted in our losing our business at the end of last year. I tried for a year to "fix it" - but simply couldn't. (that mess is still on going - it's almost over though. yay!).

Moving on - I also got really sick in March 2009 for like 2 months - and then off/on all year - and finally, got really sick again in March of this year and they diagnosed it at last as sarcoidosis, which is an autoimmune disease. I'll take it over the other options they were testing for anyday. But it's long term, isn't going away and requires treatment with massive doses of prednisone. (which make me hungry! LOL) At least they know what it is now and can treat it and it IS treatable and can be managed..

Our 19 yo son had his appendix burst this Christmas (seems minor now in comparison LOL) and our 3 yo son had his appendix out last week. Which was a blessing because they found a much more serious issue with his ureter & kidney on the CT Scan - he will require more surgery in a couple of months but they think they can save his kidney, which is enlarged due to some blockage. They would never have found it w/o the appendix thing so we were very lucky. I can't tell you how panicky I get when I think about him - he's just so sweet and little! you mom's know what I mean - something wrong with your kids is worse..

So my stress-o-meter is off the charts. There is also a chance that one of the business creditors will force us into personal bankruptcy - something I never in a zillion years thought we'd ever have to look at - our lawyer is making that call. but that is something I just don't want to do..

Oh - and lastly, I'll be 50 in August - and I really, really don't want to be like this - I want to be healthy. I'm all the kids have at this point - I mean they have Bob, but I'm all my family has to support us and take care of them. Bob needs me too - he would be lost without me. (literally sometimes LOL).

So - I've restarted MF, I started training for a 10K by myself using a training program I joined but quit. LOL I think I'm better off just doing it though and not doing group runs until I feel like a runner more. AND I started a new business! yay! I started the old one, we had it 10 years, it supported our family and I can do it again - it sucks to start over, but it's exciting too. Hopefully I won't make the same mistakes this go round!.

So my life story - I really am looking forward to getting to know everyone. I'm trying to do this NOT alone this go round - I'm not really a writer as you can tell. and tend to give too much info at times..

Hopefully we can be friends!.


Comment #46

Hi Viv - I'm new again too - and was on about a month last time - but boy can I identify with you!.

Welcome back!.


Comment #47

Hi all.

My Name is Robin....

I live in Placerville, CA..

I have struggled with weight my whole life & the only time I was close to thin was in the middle of a long term drug addiction. About three years ago, I got clean & I now work as a Rehabilitation Addiction Specialist to help others get sober....

When I got off drugs, as expected, my waist line expanded....

I justified my addiction to food in many ways but if I am not going to.

Let drugs rule my life, why should I let food?.

I spend my days helping others deal with their life & it is time to quit.

Hiding from my own body. I am also a house mom for our female.

Clients so I am never really off work & I need some outlet for support....

I will lose this 190 lbs & I will quit being a "victim" of all my impulses....

I love life & myself as well as helping others make life changes..

I enjoy being there for others & hope to find friends on these boards....

I'd like to join your group if you are willing to have me....

Pretty please?..

Comment #48

Hi all. My name is Tami a 35 yr old mother of 2 active boys 16 and 9. I decided to start Medifast for ME. I'm tired of putting me on the back burner. I have done so many different diets that I need to find one that's going to work for me. I lost about 20 lbs just over 3 yrs ago thanks to a personal trainer and I have gained that 20 + 30 to go alone w/ it.

Then a few months ago lost our house and my husband moved out. A weeks ago I got told he wants a divorce. So... I'm to dang young to sit at home eating bon bons and feeling sorry for myself. It's time to pick my chin up and put myself 1st and stop feeling sorry for myself.

So ladys lets do it!!!..

Comment #49

Hi Everyone. My name is Cindy and I live in WA. I'm 40 years old, have been married for 19 and have two boys...17 & 11. I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I had a hip replacement in 2008 and am committed to losing weight so keep that hip in good shape! I've done EVERY diet out there! I usually start good and then lose steam, get to confident when people start noticing, then crash and burn! Sound familiar? Well I AM going to do it this time, and I look forward to supporting you all as well as getting support for myself...

Comment #50

Hi my name is Lucy I am 31 years old from California (Ventura County). Married for 9 years and have two wonderful kids (that keep me very busy) Giselle (5yrs) and Brandon (3yrs). When I had my daughter I was diagnose with Hypothyroid. This of course has made it very difficult for me to lose weight..

Three years ago I found MF. I did it for one month and lost 25lbs (I had to lose weight for my brothers wedding). I stop doing Medifast because I thought I knew what I needed to do to keep those 25lbs off (I was so wrong). So, here I am 3 years later doing Medifast again..

I currently weigh 223 lbs (my heaviest EVER!) and I need to do something about it. I am so tired of always feeling tired. I hate the fact that I can't play with my kids when we go to the park. I hate it that I cant find anything CUTE to wear. I especially hate the person I see in the mirror every morning BECAUSE that is NOT ME! I have always put everyone FIRST but now I will be putting my HEALTH first. I need to be healthy so that I can enjoy my little ones and see them grow up..

I started Medifast May 3, 2010 so this is my 3 day. I feel good so far. The only thing that I am not liking this 2nd time around is that my stomach has been gurgling ALOT and I been using the "ladies room" ALOT to do my duties (this is something that did not happened 3 years ago when I did MF). I was wondering, did Medifast change the ingredients on their food??.

Well, enough about me (at least for today.hehe)..

I cant wait to get to know everyone here on this thread. Everyone have a wonderful day!.


Comment #51


I am Ashley. I am 27 (for another few months atleast) and I have been married to my husband since I was 18. He is in the Army and currently finishing up his 3rd year long tour overseas. Together we have two sons and 3 dogs.

I have always struggled with my weight. In high school I was never "fat" but I have never been thin. My husband is so supportive and loves me anyway. But I really want to be happy and feel good about myself. I also had a health scare with my last pregnancy. I got gestational diabetes and needed insulin.

So I HAVE to do this so that I can be healthy and be around a long time for my family.

I look forward to getting to know everyone!..

Comment #52

Hi all... My name is Cindy and I am 46 years old, I am married and have a 13 year old son with type 1 diabetes.... I never had a big weight problem but I have always been an emotional binge eater.. I probably would have gotten a lot heavier but I have always worked out at least 5 times per week.. This past year I got out of control and found myself up 27 lbs.. I couldn't stop the bingeing which is what made me turn to MF..

I look forward to getting to know everyone on the thread & the support we can offer each other. Cindy.

Week 1-4 (-4.2) (-1.8) (-1.4) (-3.4) total 10.8..

Comment #53

Hi - I am looking to join your support group. My name is Lori and I live just outside of Philadelphia in the 'burbs. I am recently married for the second time for both of us. My husband was a widower and I was divorced 18 years ago. Between the two of us we have three daughters, one son, two sons in law, and one 10 year old grand daughter. We are in the transition stage of combining two houses into one home.

I have been overweight my entire life. I have gained and lost weight so many times I am ashamed to list all the diets I have been on. Like so many others, I have gained it all back plus more. I am 54 and last week attended the funeral of a friend who was obese and was only 52. Two years ago my best friend died from complications of Bariatric Surgery.

I am a recommiter and I started on Monday 5/17 and with your help, my husband and my family I can do this...

Comment #54

Hi, CREW!.

I started Medifast in January 2009, lost over 50 lbs by July, and happily found myself pregnant! So now I'm recommitting post-baby and thankfully only having regained about half of what I lost last year.

My name is Laura, but I've been using the name Snowfire online for many years. I live in upstate NY, about half an hour southeast of Albany, with my DH and three kids: DS10, DD5 and new DD who is 8 weeks old today!.

I'll prolly add more to this later...need to get back to work!.


Comment #55

Hi everybody! I am Kat. I live in North Carolina. I am a huge Wake Forest Demon Deacon fan. I started Medifast August 1, 2009. I hit my all time high of 225. I had been dealing with loads of weird medical issues - severe vertigo and constant ringing in my ears - and was really depressed.

The doctors still don't have a firm diagnosis. It could be vestibular migraines or Meniere's disease. It turns out that a diet that eliminated caffiene, red wine, beer, sugar and all white things, reduced sodium, lower fat and exercise could help both. Sound familiar? Medifast fit the bill. So my journey began.

Unfortunately, the tinnitus is still with me 24/7. It can be quite annoying at times. I am learning to deal with it. Medifast has been incredible! I have lost 62.5 pounds and feel better than I have my entire adult life. I will be 50 in just over a month YAY! and plan to be at goal.

The support is awesome. Together, we CAN do this!..

Comment #56

Hello all!!!.

My name is Chantel and I'm 33. I live in the DE-PA-NJ area. I started Medifast on the 21st of May, actually 5 weeks into Weight Watchers. I started out at 235.4 with WW, lost 7lbs within two weeks, and then nothing. The week I started Medifast I lost 4lbs. I hit my highest weight of 250 when I was in college.

So I am here to break my weight cycle. I workout daily, either cardio and/or weights. I want to be healthy. I know that I am an inches more than pounds person, but I want to change that..

I am finishing residency at the end of June so I will be leaving lots of stress behind me and hopefully some pounds too..

I look forward to the challenge!!! We can do it!!!!..

Comment #57

Hello to ALL!.

Brief facts:.

My name is Jodi. I am married for nearly 28 years. I have 2 grown sons. The youngest just graduated from college a few weeks ago and still lives at home. Soon though, I will be an empty nester. I am 50 and menopausal like crazy.

I am an obese recommitter!.

My goals are to be OP, have a positive attitude and find some JOY daily!.

I am the queen of the weight loss roller coaster ride all of my adult life..

I would like to be the queen of the lost weight and KEPT it OFF ride!.

I am like all the others here on MF. I have family issues, tragedies, doubts and insecurities..

I look forward to reading, posting, and learning here. Jodi..

Comment #58

Hi Everyone, I'm EmLee; I live in WA State, I'm 53, work as a youth employment counselor at a non-profit agency, and I have never yo yo dieted. Basically I have just steadily GAINED for the last 23 years. Curiously, it mostly happened AFTER the birth of my youngest child. Emotional stress? Depression? Who knows. But definitely I'm an emotional eater. Doesn't matter if I'm happy sad wanting to celebrate stressed angry; whatever.

I'm constantly wanting to "treat" myself because "I deserve it." And look where it got me. Possibly I'm trying to feed an emotional hole from childhood; whatever the reason, the time has come to stop. I've even been "purposely" cheating since starting Medifast two weeks ago, rationalizing that at my weight, I could never survive on the low calories required. Hmmmmm. Using the myplan tools has been an eye opener; especially getting the whole picture of the nutrition of the foods I'm eating.

I have to get in the habit of assessing constantly what I'm doing and why I'm doing it. What games am I playing to try to "sneak" things into my diet that ultimately defeat me. Well, I'm rambling. Sorry for the stream of consciousness! My beautiful daughter Meghan also just joined; she and I are going on a trip to Europe in August. This will be my first trip abroad! She and her two younger brothers have all had opportunities to travel and I didn't want to be left out!.

I'm happy to be here and determined to get the better of my bad habits...

Comment #59

Hello -.

I'm a 38 very soon to be a 39 year old married mother of two girls ages 10 and 12. I have tried every diet and fad out there and have not found success. I gained a lot of weight with my first daughter and added more with my second daughter. I decided I better do something when I was two pound away from my pregnancy weight. I hid in pictures and refuse to get into a swimming suit - I feel like I am missing out on so many activities with the family. I used to use the excuse that I was the photographer - then one day someone got a picture of me and I couldn't believe what I saw..

I have a high stress job and am finishing up my Master's - I used that as an excuse to pack on some pounds. I want to be able to walk across that stage to get my Master's and have pictures taken with my girls to show them they can do anything they put their mind to..

I'm on week two - so I hope I can continue with MF...

Comment #60


Do you still accept new members to your group?? I've been on Medifast for 5 weeks now, I'm a slow loser, I've only lost 15 lbs and 18" but better lost than gained right?? I'm soon to be <gulp> 42 and I'm married with 3 children, son age 15, daughters 10 & almost 5. I also have 3 rescue basset hounds. I have tried every single diet out there since age 11. I wasn't a heavy kid at all, in fact I was a size 0-2 in HS, but my mom being a very skinny former model thought that I was and put me on diets. You name it, I've tried it at least 3x. I tried Medifast years ago but only for a short period of time.

I started having weight problems in my late teens, early 20's and was finally diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) around age 28 after years of struggling. Basically in a nutshell, I'm insulin resistant. My body resists losing weight, but really seems to gain it easily. I've struggled with my weight for 20 years now and I'm so tired of always being the "fat" one and making excuses as to why I ate what I did. I am a stress eater, I admit that and many people in my life were enablers to the max. which did not help one bit for me to stay on any diet..

I refuse to get in pictures and I can get very emotional about the way I look... always apologizing to my DH for having to be seen in public with me. He of course thinks I'm ridiculous and compliments me all the time, but I don't believe the compliments, making it hard to accept them.. but I'm learning to do that and say thank you more now. Of course, being short at only 5'2" dosent' help!!.

I'm hoping to make some friends and give and get support as we go through this journey together!!..

Comment #61

You're still doing MF, so you are doing a GREAT job! Keep it up! Im patiently STILL waiting for my product to arrive, and now I"m told I need to wait another week. I look forward to reading how everyone loses differently and how they are changing..

You can do it! I have three daughters; 16,13, and 8, and a wonderful husband, so I know you are limited on your "ME" time and it sounds like we share some of the same emotional feelings. I cannot wait until I can say I've lost 15 lbs, like you so...keep losing and blogging about it. It's inspiring! Congrats on the 15 lost so far!!!..

Comment #62

I'd love to join the group. Christine, age 43, living in Alaska. It's just time. Time to deal with this food stuff and get a handle on healthy eating habits. I do okay in the activity department..

I know I can I know I can I know I can......

Comment #63

For the newbies, here is the link for the weekly discussion board thread:..

Comment #64

I'd too would love to join the group! My name is Rosalie, age 49. I live in Connecticut. I am married and have two boys age 11 and 13. Two years ago I took off about 30 lb with Medifast and had about 20 more to go. Fastforward to today and after lots of family and work stress all the weight came back plus more! I have always taken care of everyone and everything before myself and realize I need to put myself at the top of the priority list finally. I'm tired of feeling tired, unhealthy, unattractive and uncomfortable. I deserve better, we all do! I look forward to the friendship and support of the group...

Comment #65

Hi everyone, introducing myself, Madeleine.

Just ordered and anxious to get started..

I'm hoping to loose around 30 lbs..

I've tried so many things and just won't come off..

Hopefully this will work!!.


Comment #66

Hello everyone!.

My name is Tamara and I live in Mississippi. I'm 42, married and have two sweet daughters ages 10 and 8..

I've battled weight most of my life, but I really didnt start having a problem until the death of my first husband. In my grief, food became my comfort and then I was just plain addicted to food. It was an obsession. I hate to admit that, but it's true..

I started Medifast in May 2010 with Take Shape For Life. I've lost 37 lbs so far and I feel great. I'm so thankful I've lost the cravings that drew me for so long..

Hope to make some new friends here for support!..

Comment #67

Hi guys! My name is Carrie and I am finishing day 4. I am 36 years old and a married mother of 2 beautiful boys 6 years and 15 months. I am a teacher. I am not happy with myself. I don't have energy to keep up with the little ones and it is so depressing to walk into a store and not even fit into extra large clothes. Food has always been my friend, my hobby and my coping mechanism. I want to be free of that and I want to be proud of myself and be the mom that my boys deserve...

Comment #68

Great to "meet" you all. I'm Lauren and I'm 26-years-old from NJ. Been married for about a year and a half and I've lost about 30 lbs. on Medifast three years ago. Although I feel great about that, I never made my goal of weighing 150 (the most I can weigh in my healthy age/height BMI). I'm back, today is Day 8 and iI'm down 5.5 lbs my first week..

One meal at a time, I feel like I can really do it this time..

Best of luck to everyone! I look forward to hearing your encouraging stories!..

Comment #69

Good monring everyone My name is Julia. I would like to join a group that would help me be accountable. I started Medifast around christmas and lost about 25 lbs. However I got married in March and went on my honeymoon and gained almost 13lbs in just 10 days! I then spiralled down. For the last month and a half I have been battleing a respiratory infection and have not exercised at all and have gained another 10 just by being sick..

My husband and I are trying to start a family but have been not so successful. I know going off my birth control in March and my weight probably have something to do with it. So that brings me to today. I have already done 2 Medifast meals this morning and drinking my water. Wanting to find a group I click with hopefully!..

Comment #70

Hi All I am Anita 39yr living in South Texas. Been on Medifast since april. DOwn 75lbs..

Been married about 15yrs (I think...seems longer! haha!!). Have 2 kids 19 yr old daughter and 17yr old son..

My husband is in the process of getting gastric surgery. I am ...supportive, but not. If that makes any since. I wish he'd consider MF, but he won't. So I will support his wishes, but he knows I don't agree. sounds strange to say it (write it)..

Anyway, looking forward to the journey. The new struggles, and finding the me I am suppose to be. Been a large / Obese / for as long as I can remember. Was told to clean my plate, etc. And I did. I never knew hunger until MF.

Good Luck to us all...

Comment #71

Hi everyone!.

My name is Katie. I am 30 years old and I live in Florida. I have been married to my amazing hubby for 7.5 years. I have never been an overweight person until I got pregnant. I had my baby in February and during my pregnancy, I just ballooned up. While my pregnancy was a very easy one, my work life got complicated and I used the stress as an excuse to eat..

After giving birth, I was surprised that the weight wasn't coming off - I had always heard that breastfeeding makes it fall off...that didn't happen for me. I started to notice the pounds were just hanging around so, I decided that after weaning my son, I would lose the weight. I have used the past few months to research and figure out which program I would like to do - Medifast won!.

So, now my son is 6 months old and while I am weaning him, people ( friends from my mommy groups) have been a bit judgmental that I am not breast feeding longer. But, I figure it is more important that my little one has a happy, healthy mommy than that I BF for another few months..

I started the program on Tuesday (which was a really tough day) and all I wanted was a handful of Goldfish crackers or an Oreo.

But, I made it through, without indulging, and now it is getting easier and easier..

Right now, I weigh 208 and my goal is to get to 160 and I'm going to do it!!!.


Comment #72

Hi, I'm Cindy - age 49 from Pennsylvania. This is all new to me. Today begins my second week. Did any of you seriously think of quitting after the first week? I'm having a problem with the soy smell and really do not like some of the food. Any suggestions? I've tried adding cinnamon to the oatmeal but I find I can't finish it. The soups are ok but what are the best ways to make it it constantly wants to boil over in the microwave...

Comment #73

Hi, I'm Dina from Washington State and I would love to be a part of this group. I've been on Medifast for 7 weeks now and have lost 14 lbs so far. I'm only 5'1" and only had about 35 lbs total to lose so I think an average of 2 lbs a week is good. I am 57 and have been married to the same wonderful man for 31 years. I have three grown children - DS, 29, DD, 27, and DS, 23. None are married, but my oldest son is engaged to be married next May.

Then the pounds started creeping on and I found it difficult to lose them. I tried other programs and had some success but nothing that lasted. Before, I was only trying to lose so I could fit back into some of my smaller clothes, but now I'm losing to be healthier as well. I'm determined that my cholesterol will get back to the good levels I had for so many years (of course, it's also great that I have already gone down a size in my jeans)...

Comment #74



So. Calif..

Obese since 8 yrs old.

Lost 150 lbs (bariatric bypass).

Losing the rest HERE: NEED GOOD RECIPES!.

I live alone in the woods (nat'l forest) with a BLACK CAT .... mwwwaaahhh!..

Comment #75

I'm Ebony.....

Started Medifast April of 2009, feel off and getting back on! I'm having a slow start after recommitting last week, but I definitely feel good about the second time around. Over the last week - I've had a lot of major changes between family, friends, and job. The most challenging - is getting laid off, but then thankfully get another job a week later, that I'm transitioning into! All of this has impacted my health and my desire to get my health back on track. My new job is a lot less stressful and I have the opportunity to work and eat healthy, by having the time to go make shakes and eat my L&G!.

I'm ready to end this battle that I've been fighting with my entire life, I just turned 27 last week and I promised myself that I would NOT spend my entire 20s struggling with weight, hopefully by my 28th bday I will still be able to enjoy 2 years at a healthy weight. I live in Raleigh, NC and I'm single and embracing my time to focus on ME! I spent years as an educator focusing on others and spending a lot of time in schools, but now it is time to really focus on loving and caring for me! I'm looking for to plenty of OP days ahead of me!..

Comment #76


I am Rose and I live in Oregon. I am 56 grandmother to 6. I was on medifast a few years ago and lost some weight and thought I can do this on my own. Well I couldn't and gained all the weight I lost. I no longer want to be unhealthy and obese on the charts. I ordered my food and I am doing really good.

People ask why are you doing this again and with the Holiday here. When is a good time. Next month it is birthdays than Valentine than Easter and on and on. I am glad this group is here for me to join in..Thank you. Rose..

Comment #77

Hi my name is Jodie I live in Wisconsin...I've been married almost 30 years....Have 4 kids from 29 to 17.....I have never been a miss tiggy...but probably weighed 150 # when I got pregnant with my first child....gained 70# with the pregnancy lost 25# after giving birth....2years later pregnant again gaining 40#(my other 2 kids were adopted so I can't blame them!!!)....Over the years have just kept inching up the scale....have tried many diets...with no success....I could loose 50# and then gain back that and more....After seeing my brother have success on Medifast I thought I would give it a try....I started on Nov. 27th and as of today (12-10-10) I have lost 8lbs and my weigh in is on Monday...So far this seems wonderful!!! Love all the support and recipes on this sight....

Comment #78

Hey crew! My name is Alyssa and I'm on my 2nd adventure with Medifast. The first time I lost about 25+ lbs and the Can Do Crew was a huge help keeping me accountable!.

Let's see. I'm 22 and a first year law student. I've been overweight (or yo-yo-ing) since adolescence and I'm ready to make a change for good! At my healthiest I enjoy yoga and swimming for exercise. Tomorrow is my first weigh-in of the second time around! I'm excited..

Comment #79

This is my first try with Medifast. Last year my doctor suggested the lap band to me and I just can't do it. So - I thought I would give Medifast a try! I would be ecstatic if I lost 40# but would love to loose 75#. This is day 4 for me. Some trying moments, but I think I can push through..

I live in San Diego, CA. I am a mental health counselor and have just embarked on a PhD program. I have 4 children, all four-legged and furry! =)..

Comment #80

Hey 'Can Do Crew'. This is so fitting for me. My husband is a Seabee in the US Navy and their motto is 'Can Do'. So I couldn't pass this by. He is my inspiration right now....He is deployed and will be home June 2011..

I am waiting for my first order to arrive....I have 30 lbs to go...I've always fluctuated from 200-170. I have never gone under 170. Atleast, since my first baby was born in 2001 (which was a year after we got married.) I would love for him to walk off that plane and make his jaw hit the floor when he sees me at my goal weight. That moment will be priceless. I am not going to tell him that I am doing Medifast and will not be telling him this goal that I am working towards....

We have been married 10.5 years, I just turned 30 and we have a DS9, DS7 and DD3. My babies are the sunshine in my day and every day I live for them. It is so important to me to teach them healthy living and show them how important it is to stay healthy and take care of yourself....taking care of yourself.....this will truly be a first for me. Usually I take a back seat to that department. Taking care of myself.....I CAN do this...

Comment #81

Here is the link to the new intro thread:..

Comment #82

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