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Medifast is a wonderful program with many different types of support and a fabulous community. We understand that everyone is an adult and this is not a "mean" group. For some of us, we thrive on this program if we have a place where we are held accountable, where we commit to the program 100% and where we have a place to chat with others who feel the same..

What we believe:.

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

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

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

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

We commit to:.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (89)

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

Comment #1

Morning nan!!.

My oldest is supposed to have a paintball party today that may turn into a bowling party since we are due thunderstorms this afternoon. I feel bad for him, he waited for this so dad coulld be home and now it might get changed again..

I'm off to chuch with the youngest, then the movies with a friend and her son...

Comment #2

Oh, Nan, congratulations!!! I can't wait until I can say that... I love Medifast, too.. I've never found anything that works so well!!!.

Just finished about an hour of walking wearing weighted hand gloves, stopped for a bit to check my medications I have to give at 4am (in half an hour). Going to go get my chicken noodle soup soaking so I can have it after I give my meds!..

Comment #3

Morning, Anna! Hope your son finally gets that party of his! My kiddos will go to church this morning with Daddy, as I'll be home getting some sleep. (I don't have to work until 7pm, BUT I am on call starting at 3 pm, so I have to get my sleep in just in case they need to call me in early.)..

Comment #4

Good morning Nan... The coffee is great but a new decade tastes even better....

'm down to 136.8... My goal is 130 but I think I will try to get to 125... The funny thing is my 14 year old is 129 and is 2"taller than me... He has a dr. appt march 16th and when they weigh him I want to be able to say that he weighs more than me too.....

Rainy ugly day here too... So elliptical, supermarket and hopefully that's it... dh is going into work today so all is good...

Cindy..

Comment #5

Morning Anna & Ella....

Anna hope you get the paintball party in today.....

Ella... How much do you walk in a shift? Do you wear a pedometer??.

We have a family business my husband and I do the warehousing side, we have an 11,000 sqft warehouse... I'm o my feet all day walking back and forth.. I should probably get a pedometer and see how much I walk each day.

Cindy..

Comment #6

I have a BodyBugg. According to my stats for yesterday's shift it was 9149 steps during my shift. I can't upload until I get home, so I don't know yet how many I got in this past shift..

LOVE my BodyBugg. It helps me understand what I do in a day and encourages me to find little ways to move more...

Comment #7

Good morning my TL friends!.

Congratulations Nan, it must feel amazing to hit below goal! I'm with Ella, can't wait to be where you are..

Anna and Cindy, it has been raining steady in North Alabama too. The ground is saturated and the creek near my house is running full. This past week has been septic nightmare at my house. I will spare you the details, but lets just say it involved backup into 6 places in my house (4 of them too icky to describe, but 2 fairly self-contained). Had professional cleanup company in to do much of the cleanup (for sanitary safety) and a contractor will repair home damage. Thank heavens for home owner's insurance, right?.

The only reason I mentioned the nightmare is because they are scheduled to dig out my septic tomorrow and try to locate the cause of the backup...although they think it has to do with tree roots compromising the pipe from the house to the septic tank. If the ground is still saturated they won't be able to dig. Ugh. We do have running water and bathroom usage right now, so that's a blessing..

Yesterday was my weigh day. I was hoping for a good week because the week before I only had .5 loss (despite being 100%). Eh, some weeks are like that. I got my wish, though. I showed a 2.5 pound loss yesterday. I was way psyched..

I <3 Medifast too!..

Comment #8

Pittie, congrats on that 2.5 lb loss. Way to go!!..

Comment #9

Good morning all!.

Good lord do any of you sleep..

Off to hug the coffee pot......

Comment #10

Pittiekisses... Great gob on the loss... Septic problems are awful and stinky......

Hope all goes well and the problem gets fixed....

Cindy..

Comment #11

Good morning MT.. I can't remember the last time I slept past 6am... I'm just happy that so many TL'ers don't sleep either... It's a great way to have my coffee in the morning... Weekends are a great time to catch up, I don't have the time to do this during the week, the work thing gets in the way.

But I need to pay for MF... and I love Medifast too.

Cindy..

Comment #12

Good morning, MT... I won't get to sleep at night until Monday night.... joys of night shift nursing!..

Comment #13

Cindy I'm like you. I try to catch up on the weekends. Work keeps the week way too busy. I'm still catching up on yesterday's thread..

Ella, you were the only exception in my mind, since I do know you're working night shift...

Comment #14

Good Morning everyone!!!.

Nancharity - FABULOUS!!!! and I have to say, I love Medifast too!!!!.

Mornin' Ana, Ella, Cindy, mornin' Tramp!.

Congrats pittiekisses - feels so good doesn't it?.

Mornin' MT Cup!.

I'm definately an early bird - I get up around 5am and go to bed no later than 8:30p - so boring, I know! Dh is as well, which is good. Today is dreary again, light rain - dh (who is a carpenter) will be working on the front living room ceiling - I help by watching.

!!!.

Looking forward to a wonderful OP day!.

Melissa..

Comment #15

Pittie, been where you are and it's ugly. Fortunately (or unfortunately) it was because the drain field around the tank wasn't installed big enough to handle the capacity. Roots is worse to deal with because you can empty the tank but you still have issues. For us, until it was all dug up and replaced they just came and emptied the tank frequently. Of course the issues always crop up in the wet season which means waiting until the crews can get in. I feel for you! (that and we had to use a portapotty for almost a week...eww...

Comment #16

Melissa welcome to a new decade... You need to change your ticker....

Cindy..

Comment #17

I usually don't go to bed until 11-midnight then up a 6am for work (7am on weekends). Dog alarm hasn't worked in a long time so 7am is me sleeping in...

Comment #18

Wow so going through the threads yesterday and this morning we've had some great losses, congratulations people!.

Lots of newcomers, welcome! Park the SLUDGE in the wastebasket on your way in..

OK caught up for at least now. Off to shower, guzzle more coffee and go grocery shopping. Later all! Have a great OP day...

Comment #19

Melissa... just realized that was Nan's post.. Guess I need more coffee.

Cindy..

Comment #20

Thanks for all the congrats. It really does feel good, Melissa..

MT, I get up early too. I teach a scripture study class for High School Seniors at my church so any time school is in session I am up and out the door by 6 am. Even in the summer I still get up though. I guess it's just habit because Ive been teaching for 11 years..

Oh my gosh, I think I would die if I had to port-a-potty here! We have a houseful of folks right now. Oh, wed be cleaning that little potty out hourly!.

Ella, I dont think I could go without sleep as much as you do. I pretty much get to go to bed whenever I wantits the only way I have been able to handle 11 years of getting up early!..

Comment #21

Tl'ers it's time to sweat.. getting on the elliptical showering and supermarket.. I will definitely be back later!!!!.

Cindy..

Comment #22

I sleep... I just sleep at different times. I'll go to bed around 8 and get up anywhere from 3 to 5 pm during my "work week" (Fri-Sun)... and I'm usually in bed by around 9 pm the rest of the week. The rough ones are when they shove an extra (mandatory overtime) night shift right in the middle of the week!..

Comment #23

Good morning all! My dog alarm went off super early this morning so I've already cleaned the kitchen, eaten a pancake, and laughed a whole lot when I saw the options under 'sexual activity' in the exercise logger. It's a rainy, blustery day, so my coop building efforts have stalled. The loner chicken is happily in the garage. I'm going to watch Charlie Sheen movies all day. Weigh in for me is tomorrow morning and I'm not anxious at all! Nothing to worry about when you're on plan..

Nan - congrats! I was in the 120's a few years ago and it felt great..

Anna- Sounds like great plans for a rainy day..

Cindy- I worked in a huge warehouse when I was in my 20's and we walked a ton. But pedometers weren't cheap, so I never found out how far we really went. It felt like 1/4 mile just to go to the bathroom!.

Pittie- I just got the notice my septic system is due for a pumpout, I better get on it! Sorry you have had such grossness recently. At least you lost 2.5 lbs!!!.

Everyone else- Hope you have a great Sunday!..

Comment #24

Zoe, how often do they do those pumpouts? Ours was pumped 3 years ago...well, I guess 3 1/2 years ago...

Comment #25

GOOD MORNING TL'ERS!!!.

I enjoy stopping by and seeing the activity early in the day in your very busy clubhouse!! You are an awesome group!!!.

NAN......how's transition????.

PITTIE......ugh on the septic tank issues! Had a few of our own a couple years back!.

ANNA.........so glad to hear you and the family are doing well!! DH must be so proud of you!.

ELLA........we have a lot in common; I am also a nurse working the night shift! This program can be done successfully no matter what the hours; just need to be creative at times!.

Continued success to all of you Tough Loving Gals!!.

Wishing all of you a great on plan Sunday!!..

Comment #26

Pittie - My reminder comes in the mail every 3-4 years. I don't know how important it is to actually do it, but I'd rather pay for an unnecessary pumpout than clean up an overflow. But it also depends on the size of your family and how much waste you generate. There are just 2 of us...

Comment #27

Good Morning TL People!.

So sorry, I am not able to participate regularly these days. Quite a bit going on, and am not able to spend time online. I need to write about my sister's upcoming gastric bypass because I am very scared. My scale is still going down, and I am coping productively with stress most of the time. My sleeping is still off, but I am doing better with it, and am making a point of winding down and disconnecting before bed. I am doing much better with my water, and my meal skipping bad habit..

Some NSV for me - I adjusted the tilt steering in my car because my tummy is not in the way anymore, so much more comfortable! Clothes look ridiculous. Gave a bunch away. Picked up some cute and cheap stuff at Goodwill. I have so much more stamina now, and am really kicking butt with all my house projects. Very surreal, I am at a weight now I have not been at for over 15 years. The least I ever remember weighing is 199, and that was when I was 16, so this is relatively uncharted and foreign territory I am going into now..

I did not see Beth yet today, hope is all is well for her. Hello Penny the pretty jewelry lady. I see a new person since I was able to read through, Ella, wow, I am impressed and in awe of you with all those children! How is Mr. Anna? I see he is home now. I am sure bowling will be just as fun as paint ball, especially with Dad. Pittie, so sorry about your septic issues.

It is a very unpleasant and daunting problem. I am glad you are able to have the professionals come to help you and get it all straightened out. Hello, and happy thoughts to everyone else, until we meet again, take good care of yourselves!..

Comment #28

Yup, family size and waste generation definitely makes a difference..

When they unclogged the pipes they said there were a lot of roots and mud in the line so we are pretty sure the problem is not a full tank. Hopefully (if weather cooperates) we will find out tomorrow after they dig it out..

We have only lived here for 3 1/2 years, so this is the first time we will have it pumped out since we moved in. I'll be asking my septic expert if he can tell how full it was and then set out pumpout reminder accordingly. If he can't tell, then I think we'll go with 3 yrs just to be sure..

Thanks for answering my question. I'm new to septic tank usage...always had city sewer before this...

Comment #29

Pettie sorry abut the back up... that is my worst nightmare, I won't even camp b/c there is no working toilet..

Boys are going to do laser tag/wall rock climbign and video game place instead. No one wants to risk getting sick in the rain, my son has 2 field trips this week, one for Battle of the Books and one for Band competition..

Good Morning to all of you..

Comment #30

Kiki, I am not familiar with your sister's story, but even knowing the great progress you are making with this wonderful NON-SURGERY method...she still wants surgery? That kind of surprises me, but again, I don't know her story so I try not to judge..

Personally, I think stress is the hardest for me to get through without eating off-plan...so my thoughts are with you through this stressful time, hon. Will keep a prayer for your sister...

Comment #31

I just need to say how much I love being in this group! Success is golden and we're going for it!!! I told dh I would tell him what I was doing (mf) as soon as I hit my first goal (10#s) and already he's being much less cynical which is a huge relief. He really doesn't know how painful it is when he gets that way. So as soon as he understands that I'm really doing it this time, he'll support me. It's just been too many stupid plans over the last 15 years....

Almost thanks Laxin!!!! Just hold that thought, ok? I'll be there soon!!!!!.

Off to help the dh I'll be back later!.

Melissa..

Comment #32

Anna, I think video games, laser-tag, rock wall climbing is hog heaven for boys! They are gonna have a super great time!.

I feel the same way about camping. My idea of camping is a 4 star hotel...5 stars if I could afford it!..

Comment #33

My, you ladies are chatting up a storm in here this morning! I'm still only halfway through my first cup of coffee, so no chopped tofu. I woke up with new design thoughts in my head, so I'm off to try them out. Thanks to everyone who has checked out my Etsy store! BBL.....

Comment #34

Anna - Sorry that your boy can't do the paintball, but laser tag rocks! I think that if you asked him though, what he's going to remember is that he did it with his dad..

Pittie - Ugh! Sorry about the backup, but WOOT on the loss! We are on City water, but can still have problems. A year or so ago we had tree roots growing into our water main in front of the house and every time you flushed a toilet, we would get sludge come up in the shower and bathtub. The landlord finally realized he needed to fix it and it ended up with them tearing up the entire front yard and replacing all of the original CLAY pipe! Now all we have to worry about is the lovely giant water roaches that come up through the drains. Think I'd rather have septic backup!.

That's all I have in me for now. Still waiting for the caffeine to kick in. Looks to be another sunny and warm day here. DGD and I are going to finally wash my disgusting car!.

At least it's quiet and there will be no more stomping on my roof! Now if they will just come and pick up all the damned supplies they left in my carport so we can park 2 cars there again..

Bbl No chopped tofu.

ETA Penny - 189/7/50.......

Comment #35

Good morning all! De....please smack me. Got my panties in a bunch over in MC again. Although I think I was as diplomatic as I tend to be. Not sure if I have ever bullied anyone...

Comment #36

Good Morning, all. I haven't posted in a while (long while!)... We'll being moving our DD and SIL out to their own home. We miss them but the blessed ability for DW and I to run naked to our kitchen and drink our Metamucil together is very liberating! It's been a lazy weekend, but I have a brutal week coming up. The need for portable food is apparent. Lots of meetings and other claptrap.



I'm on the way to Church, so I'll check back later.....

Glenn..

Comment #37

Kiki...my one sister had gastric by pass, my SIL had the banding. Neither one can eat much at one sitting. Ok...well truth be known, I fill up pretty fast today as well....BUT and this is a big BUT....it is my choice now. If I want to eat something a little extra at a time, or if I want to take a long run and be able to fuel the run....I can. My sister and SIL cannot..

Fight the good fight!..

Comment #38

...oops! That is supposed to be past tense, "we've been moving" the kids out. That's why we've been so busy......

Comment #39

Morning TL'ers!.

Nan - that is amazing!!! My goal is 140. Can't even imagine the 120's. I can hardly imagine the 140's but I know I was there my senior year of high school so it has been in my reality even if it was 35 years ago! LOL.

Anna - my boys always loved paintball. They started with laser tag when they were younger and then graduated to paintball. They don't do it so much any more but once a year, my oldest (21) goes off with six or eight of his guy friends to a remote cabin in SE Oklahoma for what they call "Mancation." LOL The cabin has no heat but a fireplace, and no electricity or plumbing either. It is just a shelter in the woods, and they play paintball (and according to the photos, now shoot real guns at targets too) for about four days. I certainly hope your son gets to paintball with his dad. If not today, maybe one day before Eric leaves again.



Kiki - so glad you're having good success. The NSV's are the best! I keep saying I'm going to keep a list and add to it all the time, like a reverse bucket list, but I haven't done it yet. Maybe that would be a good project for today..

Pittie - Congrats on the 2.5!!.

Gang - I am happy to report that I finally had some success in the darn bathroom. Still wasn't what I would expect after days and days, but at least it was something. If we're not pooping, where does the food go??? LOL.

I leave again three weeks from today and would dearly love to be in the 220's by then. That's 7.4 pounds from now. Seems totally do-able..

Hey, I noticed a newbie, mamasasser, posted today on our Saturday thread, saying how much she would like to join us. I sent her a PM and invited her to the Sunday thread. Didn't want to bump the Saturday thread back up to the top by posting publicly. Anyway, I hope she shows..

Huggles to everyone!! Coffee-UP!..

Comment #40

Morning TLers. Goodness what a busy morning..

Congrats on all the great losses..

Fuzzy - I read your post. Seemed very nice to me. But some people will read mean into everything, no matter what you write. I don't know if it is their own mindset or if they are just ultra defensive. Who knows..

Glenn - thanks for the mental picture.... LOL.

I hope you all enjoy your morning coffee. It's Sunday. A sunny Sunday here. Time for housework and grocery shopping and a nice bbq for dinner...

Comment #41

Melissa - I meant to say that I completely understand about the DH and "this time." As far as I know, there's no way to convince him that "this time" is different, other than just showing him. After 30 years of "this times" I don't blame my DH, or my sons for that matter, for being skeptical. I've only ever proven to them that every effort is a temporary one, whether I lose 10 pounds or 80. In fact, I've only ever proven that to myself too..

I know to the core of me that this time, I will make it all the way and stay there. I can hardly believe it myself, so I can't explain it to them. I can only live it, one day at a time..

He'll come around..

Comment #42

Welcome Back Glen! I thought we chased you off. Glad to see you made it back...

Comment #43

Thanks Cheri. I might believe in tough love, but I am not a bully. Truth be known, I don't think anyone in here is a bully. I would not be here if I felt otherwise..

I guess people just want to hear what they want to hear..

As a teacher, I have noticed quite a change in young people today. In the 80's when I said "No" to a student, they didn't question or try to talk me into "maybe" or "yes". Today, if I say "no" to a student, I end up spending 5 minutes listening to them try to convince me otherwise..

Why? Well I have told them what they don't want to hear..

When I say no, it is not because I am being mean. It is because there is a safety issue or there is a reason for which they may see the benefit later..

We want to hear what we want to hear..

How many times have we heard people come back because they thought they could just lose weight and then go back to their old way of eating? How many people just want to lose weight for an event...wedding, reunion, 50th birthday...but don't really want to get healthy?.

I do not ever want to be overweight again! I want to be healthy. Yes.....I would love to eat my favorite sludge, but this is in conflict with my other two goals. I'm an overeater, so I must say no. I don't want to, but I must..

Look around and see how many times a parent says yes after saying no. How many times do they cave in because it is easier?.

I don't want easy. I want my healthy body!..

Comment #44

Nice Glen.

Fuzzy, there's a lot of passive aggressive behavior on the MC board. I don't know if it's because the anonymousness of the internet or that we're recovering foodaholics-hmmm, maybe it's both? I got caught up in that thread too and unfortunately I was irritated at the time...

Comment #45

Melissa, I had the same concern with my DH. I didn't tell him right away what plan I was following. He knew I was back into my lean way of eating. When I told him, he noticed that I was much more focused and successful than ever before. While he hasn't joined the Medifast bandwagon, he has lost 40 pounds thanks to my lean and greens. He is doing it his way, but he is getting healthy as well...

Comment #46

De, I think we will have to replace pipes too. Don't know if they're clay...but I know they are old..

Glenn...the naked comment got a chuckle outta me! (As usual, I enjoy your uptake on things.).

Thanks again for all the congrats. We all love weight loss, don't we? WE LOVE IT!.

Barb, I think what you wrote on the MC thread was perfect. In fact, it is exactly why I wanted to join here...so I'm definitely feeling your post! (And it was very diplomatic.)..

Comment #47

GOod morning everyone..

Pittie. WTG on the loss!! And a porta potty in the yard, ICK I cant even imagine. Hope your poo gets figured out asap lol!!!.

Nan. Thats amazing!!! I cant wait to be losing weight like that!!!.

There were other things I wanted to comment, but after reading 5 pages, I cant remember lol!!.

Today is day one for me... Had a hot cocoa for breakfast, tasted like hot cocoa to me. MMM!.

Ill be here reading all day (off and on of course, I do have a life lol) but who knows if Ill have anything to input...

Comment #48

I'm a private music teacher and I have this issue a lot. Especially with the parents-they will try to push and barter about my attendance policy, tuition policy, blah blah blah. I think it's so disrespectful and rude. Thankfully as a private teacher I can tell the family to go elsewhere, which is a luxury compared to school teachers.

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I've never been a debater but certainly on Medifast I've had to learn to tell myself no. It hasn't always been easy but I'm definitely getting much better at it!..

Comment #49

Sassy....and they call us bullies! As a public school teacher, I am just glad that I have a ton of patience (didn't lose that on this journey.....lol....in fact I know I added to that!) and that I care about the long term results as much as today...

Comment #50

Barb - Well, thankfully I have that particular poster blocked to I didn't have to read her endless ramblings and whining about days past <snicker> Just understand that when people like her whine about bullies, the are generally talking about either the Rogues as a team, or me personally. Everyone associated with me then becomes a bully. What she doesn't get is that she's the biggest bully of them all. She just chooses to do it through PM's, that way no one on the boards sees her for what she really is. I know she lurks endlessly on this thread so giving her a big WAVE!.

GLENN!!! Glad to see you made it back to the land of the somewhat sane and definitely happy losers!..

Comment #51

No kidding Fuzzy! It's like just because we say no to a person or tell them to stay on plan we're a bully. Did their parents ever say no to them? Their spouses?? Jeez!..

Comment #52

Glenn, you are the king of um... shall we say vivid? .... imagery...

Comment #53

Good morning Tlers!.

Congratulations, Nan! I hope you enjoy every moment of Transition and find it equally rewarding. We are learning for life!.

Anna: your son's time with DH: priceless where ever and whenever..

They will have so much fun! Our elder DD told us she (the jock and varsity athlete, now {{just}} extreme sports in motherhood-Dear Lord!) told us she was the son we never had..

I am fine. Was up, showered, and had my 3 minutes of tanning this AM. Then went to 2 grocery stores to find whey energy bars. I ran out last night. Used one as an antidote (+last meal) to my earlier bar.. Whey bars are easier on my system.

Last plane flights, the Medifast bars worked so well. I won't be able to sit still on the plane ride (2 from Indy to Reno) and don't want to offend the other passengers. Cope. Cope. Even more determined Cope..

Final push to get house straightened up..

DH has a happy day with Residents and Med students. Loves them. Since he works at the jail every Sun and Mon. (which the nurses love too) the students can have Mon off. He likes to have one student at a time, because he works from the dentist's office. All space is tight.

Most are really surprised how great the staff are (they are) and how well it goes. DH lets them do the interviews (after watching+ on going questions)and has the patients describe in their own words what it's like to be psychotic, schizophrenic. People can, from drug use fry their brains so they really can't function and their symptoms can be just like inherited psychiatric diseases. Charlie Sheen appears to have done that to himself. Yes, many young people self-medicate before getting a diagnosis, but others give themselves permanent damage unintentionally..

In Indiana, many of the women have dress codes from their churches (Mennonite, Brethren, etc. etc), but his intro letter suggests they all wear pants and be prepared to sit on the floor. When visiting a patient in medical seclusion, DH has to sit on the floor and converse through the food door. Since "stuff" comes both ways through that food door, you really have to watch it sometimes. Septic tanks are easier to handle than______in your face. Pick a number..

Very excited about all the new members and all the great losses. I think I stalled myself out. But maybe, it's just the increased muscle use that increasing (definitely) my exercise from 0 to? that's the culprit. I'll take movement and a temporary stall..

Tomorrow we see Daisy, DGD1. and her parents. Ha! Ha!.

DH will enjoy all the sushi he can handle. Even DD1's friends in Hawaii say sushi is better in Truckee. Who woulda thunk it?.

I am having to pace myself already today. I used a different tanning bed this AM for my 3 minutes. The lady who checked me in (probably 40s) said that the tanning beds are the only thing that eases her pain from herniated disks (she's fit and not-overweight just from her busy lifestyle) She doesn't do it for the color either..

I will finish sorting and packing before DH gets home. I may ask him to stop at Sam's club for the bars my body prefers. Our University town is too small for Costco or TJs, but may stop there Fri. AM with my Sis in Seattle on the way home from the airport. I want to stock their freezer for them anyway..

I am looking forward to cooking as much of my own food for L&G as possible. I know we'll eat out a few time in Truckee and Seattle, but I have my shakes, oatmeal etc. so I feel prepared..

In case I don't check back in (only lurk for the next 8-9 days) I wish each and every one of you the very best success 100% OP. I am planning on logging and lurking as part of my own T&M routine. Like being blindfolded on a tightrope. Wonder where DD1 gets it???.

Love to all, Beth.

I never met a cliff I didn't like! Yahooooooo!..

Comment #54

So do any of you drink Smoot Move tea? I drink it for 2-3 days before my weigh in but I'm considering having a cup every night. I'm just concerned my body will adapt and it'll stop working. Thoughts?..

Comment #55

Okay, all... don't have TOO much fun without me!!! Very sleepy nurse going to bed now!!! Will catch up with you when I get up!..

Comment #56

Beth, staying here has been a huge factor in my success. Keeps me honest with myself and responsible for my weight week in and week out..

Enjoy the day...

Comment #57

I've never tried it. Also never seen it in any of the stores I shop in, or I might...

Comment #58

Its amazing what our brains THINK we are reading as opposed to what is actually there. I thought the smooth move tea question said "I was thinking about having a CRAP every night", it actually says cup. And I spit water across the room..

That's about all for me, I have to go get ready for a baby "sprinkle". What the heck is that you ask? Its a mini shower for someone having their 2nd baby. You "sprinkle" them with gifts instead of showering. Whatever. Same BORING event. Filled with sludge I'll have to ignore while everyone keeps saying "just 1 piece/bite/whatever won't hurt".

Gee, I wonder why??.

Ok, rant over. Had to get it out, God forbid I would've said any of that at the "sprinkle".

Have a great OP day everyone!.

Tara..

Comment #59

It's natural senna so yes you will build up a tolerance. There are also other complications you can get from ingesting too much of any laxative (includes the natural ones) You should only use it when you need it. You only need it if you haven't gone for more than 2-3 days. That's pretty much verbatim from my doctor...

Comment #60

De is da bomb diggity..

I've used the Smooth Move tea but I didn't like the gurgly stomach it gave me. I didn't like the taste, either. When I was preparing for my hysterectomy, I began taking just one stool softener each night before bed. Not the one with "extra help." When I went back on 5+1 I began doing this again. Works great and there's no gastric distress..

Lots of great advice and good thoughts happening in here today..

Tara, that "just one bite" thing drives me crazy. We can never get enough of what we DON'T need. It's the whole "One's too many and a thousand's not enough" philosophy...

Comment #61

I bought some smooth move tea. I have yet to open it though. I am saving it for an emergency... lol.

One more comment about the thread up there..... I think that people are realizing that there are a few posters (and it does seem to be the same ones) who go out of their way to insult, belittle and attack the TL group. If you notice, fewer and fewer people are jumping on the anti TL bandwagon. And more people are coming out in support. So, I think we are doing the right thing here and more people are seeing it..

So, along with De, I wave hi to any anti-TLers lurking. You will find nothing here to use against us...

Comment #62

Not only are they avoiding the conflict out there, I've seen MANY of them show up here! I do try to avoid the MC forum, although I just can't seem to stop myself sometimes. I have learned to just walk away when the trolls and bullies show up though. They are SO not worth getting upset over...

Comment #63

Good morning! Wow, I slept in and there's 8 pages when I logged in! It felt sooo good to stay in bed until 8:30. I have an insanely busy week, so I needed it!.

I can't remember who posted the other day about not sleeping well since on MF. I have to say that I have slept like a rock since starting MF, but I'm having weird dreams. I've never been one to remember my dreams hardly at all. I've remembered more dreams in the last 3 weeks than in the last 3 years. And they are W.E.I.R.D. and some even scary..

Anyway, my mom is doing Medifast with me. She is treating us to pedicures this morning to celebrate our success so far and with sticking 100% to the plan. Yay Mom!.

I can't believe it hasn't even barely been 3 weeks on Medifast and I'm having people notice that I've lost weight. Wow! It feels great! I have such a long way to go, that it's nice to realize that every 10 lbs is noticeable when it's gone..

Off to our pedi's! Back in a while.....

Comment #64

So....too much company and goings-on to read all the postings right now. Hope everyone is having a great weekend..

Just needed to gripe for one second.......went to have my chocolate chip pancake in a cup for my mid-morning meal (it's one of my favs) and there were 2.......2 chocolate chips.

I was so sad.....tasted fine, but.......

Have a wonderful day!!!!.

Cara..

Comment #65

I need to remember to buy melatonin today. I need my beauty sleep-ever since hitting 30 if I don't get my beauty sleep I starting looking like the Bride Of Frankenstein... I guess I should save my Smooth Move for just once or twice a week...

Comment #66

Sassy - Melatonin does absolutely NOTHING for me. Not a thing. Valerian root is great. It stinks though and you have to remember NOT to touch them or your hands will stink too (I shake the capsules in the lid and then take them).

A great, all natural sleep aid I like is called Allteril. It's a combo of melatonin, valerian, and other herbs and works great. It's a bit pricey, but worth it to me..

Hi Cara. See? That's why I don't buy the CC pancakes. That way I'm never disappointed. I love my plain pancake in a cup..

Waiting for a VIP phone call, then off to wash my car and play with my waffle maker...

Comment #67

Tara, a baby 'sprinkle' is one of the stupidest names for things I have heard in a long time. It'll never sound like anything other than being peed on by a baby..

I just got an OXO mandolin grater at target and used it to slice up zucchini to bake. I love it. It's the amazingest..

You know what else I got? Familiar with the ignore button. It's weird upstairs today...

Comment #68

My mandolin is my mostest favorite kitchen toy EVER! I like to slice up oddles of celery into little "chips" and keep them in the fridge in cold water. Ready snacky veggie for evenings when I don't feel liked cooked veg..

I also love the ignore button. Keeps my Medifast world quiet and happy..

I make full use of the "block" option in the message area too...

Comment #69

Hi all need to vent... Started the day feeling great.. did the elliptical for 45 minutes then went to the supermarket... That's when it went down hill.... came home and get bombarded by family.. found myself yelling at everyone..

I tryly hate that thing & I think it makes them stupid... never let him play it during the week and now it just ended a few hours early today....

Thanks for listening rant and rave but it's better than turning to the sludge!!.

Cindy..

Comment #70

De - Just had to report that I took down a tub full of clothes I had put up in a closet a long time ago (no memory of when exactly). There were 1X, 2X and 18's, 20's, and 18/20's in it. And they ALL fit!! Sizes just baffle me, because I have that pair of 22 pants I told you about from Wally World that fit perfectly, the same pants in a 20 that are too small, and a bunch of other 22s from a variety of stores that are too big. BUT - when I've been able to go closet shopping and find all those 18's and 20's that fit, I think I can say I'm no longer wearing a 22 (except for that one pair)..

They all smell kinda musty but that can be overcome with a wash. I'm so excited I can hardly be still..

Just had to let you know since you were so good about trying to celebrate my wearing an 18 on Friday. I didn't mean to minimize it, just didn't think it was actually true. Now, I'm a believer..

Woo Hoo!!!.

Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy!!!..

Comment #71

Zoe, I love the ignore button. I only recently got familiar with it myself. It seems this site has gone downhill (present company excluded, of course - that's why I stay in here). Lots of nastiness, bitterness, and generally undesirable MediThugs out there..

I just enjoyed a CC cup pancake with some SF syrup. I'm out of WF, so I use the other SF kind. It's a little higher in carbs, but I only use about a tablespoon so it's only about 1 carb. I count it as a condiment in case the OP police are watching. And I had plenty of chips!.

I have been busy today with my sterling silver wire and some new beads. I have a whole handful of new pieces to photograph and list on Etsy. I bought some new pliers yesterday and I hate them. I'm taking them back. I have a big ugly callus on the inside of my right ring finger! Heh heh...

Comment #72

Penny - I am ALWAYS watching! <snicker>.

Tracey - WOOT on closet shopping! I hear you about the sizes. They are truly stupid. I am right now comfortable in a 12, but I have one pair of 10's and amazingly 1 pair of 8's.

I can still wear, just not quite so comfortably. I am working on a good solid 8. I have plenty to wear in my closet...

Comment #73

Hi everyone! What was supposed to be a nice relaxing day turned into a mad fiasco at Lowes where dh couldn't get the car out of park. He's over there now with ds trying to figure it out. He called a tow, so in the end it'll all get figured out. It's interesting to me how freaked out he is and how calm I am. I think that getting off of sugar was the best thing in the world for me..

Thanks Barb and Tkd - he's really a good guy - and I don't blame him for being cynical. Today he put up shelving in one of my closets just for my Medifast food. So the cat is out of the bag and he knows... so far, so good..

Barb, as I'm sure you're probably aware, I was recently bullied, and tried to respond reasonably, to no avail. So I took it privately and asked the person to stop. So far it seems to have worked. But it did really teach me a lesson. Perhaps I do need to be more careful in how I support others - and perhaps others hearing various types of support isn't such a bad thing. In any case, I'm here now, and I think that's all that matters.

I'm not really experienced enough in Medifast law to respond to much else..

Glenn - you're a riot! My dd, who is now 26 keeps saying things like "if I ever move out" to which I always smile - I love having her here, and I can't wait for her to move out! Ah yes, life....

So very true!!!!!!.

Hi Ella, hope you have sweet dreams, you deserve them!!!.

Trout's on the menu - it'll be interesting since I've never really broiled fish before (I really don't cook!). I'm going to take a deep breath and wing it, see what happens! That's about the limit on my sense of adventure!.

Hope everyone's doing well!!!!.

Melissa..

Comment #74

Melissa - I think it's great for people to hear all different kinds of support. Some like TL, some don't. I just don't see the need to bash people because of what they believe in. Every one has their own path. Enabling and coddling are not something I need or want, but there are some out there that can't handle the truth and need that kind of support. There's nothing wrong with that.



Your DH sounds like a great guy. I could never have done Medifast without my family's support...

Comment #75

Happy Sunday everyone!.

Lot's of new faces and to say "Hi" to since I've posted..

Penny got it dead on - De is definitely the bomb diggity! Hey Penny - my niece is definitely watching for more Etsy as am I. Great stuff!.

Great day here in Georgia. A bit windy but beautiful blue sky and sunshine. Just bought some new bird feeders and made some suet so looking forward to seeing more birdies this year. Even got some goodies for the Bluebirds..

On the septic system talk - I've got a 50+ year old cabin on a lake in GA. We routinely have it pumped every 3 years. We've only had one problem and that was the year before last when we had 27+ people here for our annual clam bake. Didn't over flow anything but found out that 15 years of roots had accumulated in the old pipes. Took them 2 days to get the roots completely cleared out. Also round out that one of the drain fields was completely unusable.

It was installed too close to the water for current regulations..

We have to make it work until county sewer gets here in a about 3 more years. We're keeping our fingers crossed and the dang thing pumped!.

Going to enjoy the beautiful day and will check in later. Anyone seen Steph recently?? Been missing her on here...

Comment #76

De.. well put.... I don't know why people think the truth hurts... I can't walk on egg shells around people.. I say what's on my mind or how I feel.. It's not meant to hurt people..

I guess that's why I love this group.....

Cindy..

Comment #77

Glenn, you always make me smile. Family is great, but it is also great to have your own space. Be careful you don't break a hip with those Metamucil gymnastics!.

Thank you to those who asked about the gastric bypass my sister will be having. I need to write about it on my Medifast blog because writing helps me. I cannot write about it on my blog outside Medifast because my sister has chosen not to share this aspect of her life with anyone else in our family, and they read my outside blog. That is tough for me, I would like to talk with the rest of my family about it, but it is not my business to share that information with them. I am trying to find a place where I can go and talk with other gastric bypass families so I can get my concerns in better perspective, and stop being such a mother hen about it all..

Oh, and, I do not want to discuss anything negative, but would like to say, I feel very supported here, and feel like our communication is positive and productive. I do not need you tell me I am wrong when I screw up, nor tell me aw, that is OK, I need ideas how to handle those situations where I fail more constructively, and that is what I feel happens here...

Comment #78

Afternoon all! My Medifast shipment arrived on Friday while I was at work, so I just picked it up from the apartment leasing office this afternoon. I just finished checking each box and adding it all to my inventory. Since I joined BeSlim with TSFL on my last order, I also got another free week of food. (Here's a way to work the system: make sure you sign up for VIP or BeSlim at some point and get those 2 weeks of free food!) I'll call tomorrow and exchange each one of the five free boxes for something I actually like, but a little devil on my shoulder convinced me to take one packet from each firstyou only have to return 6 packets. So now I have a free day's worth of food that I don't like... just in case my taste buds get tired of my 100% chocolate Medifast fare at some point after I run out of beef stew..

Oh and! 2 fresh new boxes of caramel nut maintenance bars! I've been out of them for weeks! Only 2 boxes, because I only eat them on days that I worka special treat for my high calorie-expenditure days..

Last night I was fighting some serious sludge cravings. Leaving work on Saturday night in my past life, it was fairly routine to head home and stuff my face with either fast food or go out to dinner with DH. As I was walking to my car, I told myself, "Just make it home. DH will be there and he won't let you eat sludge." So I bravely drove straight home with no detours to findDH was NOT home. He ended up leaving work two hours late! Oh, it was not good. Probably the only thing that kept me from having to come here for some talk-downs was that I had to cram for and take a pharmacology test online (which I got a 97% on! woohoo!), so I couldn't venture out for sludge anyway..

And then this morning at church? Our regular preacher is out of town, so we had a stand-in this morning. He started his sermon by asking for a show of hands: "Who had some form of bread with breakfast this morning or is planning on it for lunch?" Massive show of hands, although less than he was expecting, apparently. He made a comment about how a bunch of us must be on low-carb diets. Cue me nodding vigorously, and bemoaning the fact I'd eaten breakfast lateI was HUNGRY again by this point. So he PROCEEDS to describe various forms of bready sludge in great detail, including what kind of fatty sludge he likes to slather on it at a certain barbeque restaurant. Oh, this was torture.



Really, it was humorousDH was giggling at my tortured facial expressions the whole time. But can you.

Imagine??.

Usually my food temptations do not come from the church pulpit!!..

Comment #79

Hi everyone! So much to read and now that I am caught up there is no way in the world that I'm going to even try to give individual shout-outs..

I'm loving this weekend and all the energy I seem to have - the house is getting a spring cleaning a bit early. Love it!.

I finally got the blessed TL banner back in my sig....now to go fight my way to getting a ticker on here..

Penny, haven't gone to find the etsy shop yet, but I will..

Waving to everyone else and still laughing at Glenn's post about racing to the kitchen.....

Comment #80

Hi everyone! good to "see" everyone here. I love how we are getting more and more members..

I had a kind of nsv victory this morning. I have two pair of DKNY jeans that just started fitting me. I wore one pair yesterday and I was going to put the other pair on today..

That's not the victory though.

I put on what I thought were my other pair of DKNY jeans this morning and they were a little snug in the waist and it was kind of annoying me. I continued to get ready and kept getting annoyed that this pair didn't fit as good as the ones yesterday..

Well I realized that I had mistakenly put on a pair of my calvin cline jeans that two weeks ago I couldn't even pull up over my hips. But here I had them up and buttoned and they were only slightly snug!!.

I was just laughing at myself that one minute I was annoyed at the snugness of my jeans and the next minute I was elated...

Comment #81

Today was day 5 of me not weighing myself. I'm pretty proud of myself for that. I'm going to go ahead and weigh in tomorrow since it's my regular weekly weigh in day..

I think I will have some good results, but who knows. The fact I'm trying to remember is that I "think" I will have good results and the reason is because I've been 100% OP and I feel really good, my clothes are looser and I feel thin..

So even if the number doesn't show lower on the scale tomorrow, I'm doing the right things and I'm not going to be upset about it...

Comment #82

Me, not easily offended but I will tell the truth and maybe not as tactfully as some but always with good intentions. Live as close to love as possible which means telling the truth even to those with ears closed.

Want to join the Tough Love group and want the logo too !.

Cheers,.

Kathryn..

Comment #83

Saturday has been my usual weigh-in day since last April, when I started Medifast the first time (on a Saturday, as soon as I got my food). Even when I haven't been on plan, I weigh in and write down my numbers. It felt very odd to not do it yesterday before work. DH has hidden the scale! I guess it was day 5 for me, tooI weighed on March 1..

I still don't plan to weigh until April 1. Honestly, I've had moments of mental temptation when I talk myself out of going off plan by telling myself, "Well that would be horrible, if I went off plan today and then when I weigh in in a month I will wonder how much more I could have lost if not for the cheating!" Thus the scale vacation continues...

Comment #84

Junebug, welcome! I just added the logo myself. Go to the first post in this thread. The link and instructions to add the logo to your signature are there...

Comment #85

Thanks for the sleep aid/Slow Move advice MT and De! It really helps..

I'm so happy to read about other people's clothing NSVs. So awesome!..

Comment #86

Welcome Kathryn! Grab the jogo and jump on in. The water's great..

I am happy to say my car is no longer disgusting!! WOOT..

Comment #87

Hi everyone!.

I have been struggling a lot lately, but I know I need to get my butt in gear! After reading the TL thread for the last two, I am going to join this great group!!!.

The last two days, I have been repeating, 100% works.....100% works. That is my new motto..

Glad to join all of you!.

Eva..

Comment #88

Eva.... 100% is the only thing that works....

Rachel.. I'm a daily weigher.. I would love to be able to stay off the scale for an entire month but don't think I'm strong enough.. Good luck.. Just think how big your losses will be!!!.

Kathryn with that attitude you are perfect for this group...

Cindy..

Comment #89

Welcome aboard Eva and Kathryn!!!!.

De - I guess I just realized that I'm truly done with the crap eating and now all I want to do is lose the weight and learn how to maintain. I've done this before (as I'm sure many of us have) I've lost 100 pounds not once, but twice doing OA Greysheet. But I was always "white knuckling" and miserable. Always hungry. So now I'm ready, and I'm so thankful that Medifast actually works! Yes, dh is truly a good guy - he's put up with me for 15 years, so I guess he can take just about anything. I am very lucky indeed..

I thank you and everyone else here for your true dedication to this program - I'm not in it for game playing and stupidity. I really wanted to join with others who want the end prize... and will not compromise until they get it. I know I have a lot to learn, but I'm here to do that..

Sooooo the end result of the stupid car story - ds had put some kind of fuse into it (it's a land rover) so he could rig it to haul heavy loads and those fuses died, making the car think the brakes didn't work so it wouldn't get out of gear. I don't know if any of that made sense, but it's the best I can relay the story. In any case, ds came over, fixed the stupid car and all is well (phew!).

I'm off to start dinner - wish me luck!!!!.

Melissa..

Comment #90


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