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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 (63)

Ye, but you might want to make sure and wait for another person to confirm this as I am unsure. Better yet, why don't you call the Medifast guys because they can give you an answer better...

Comment #1

Good morning MT thanks for getting us started...Coffee in hand and another busy day ahead.. Unfortunately, I can't get on the elliptical this morning (alarm company coming at 8am) I will have to find 45 minutes after work...

Have to drive sonny boy to school and get in the shower will be back later.

Cindy..

Comment #2

Looks like I'm still double posting.. Hope the website gets better today.

Cindy..

Comment #3

Morning MT and Cindy.. it seemed like the board was fixed, guess not..

I'm down to one week. Didn't try the kale chips, will do that today. I am going to clean the lower level of my house today so I'm no just sitting around wishing time to hurry up...

Comment #4

Good Morning, TLer's! It's good to be back starting my day with you. I posted late yesterday that'll I paste here in a minute. I skimmed some more to get a feel of what's going on, but we all know you guys are way too chatty to catch up on a day, much less a week!! Looks like De not only hijacked Penny's cruise banner, she hijacked her cruise? What fun! Here's the short version from last night of where I've been:.

I have to say, though, ==for me== it's pretty tough staying OP without at least touching base here. Mostly, it's keeping my inner brat at bay. The stinkin' thinkin' punches in. You were on my mind, though, and that in itself was a help..

Off to the shower & eye doc - then werk. It's still pretty crazed there, so checking in during the day will still be a challenge. But I'll at least have a TL sandwich - CU Tonight!..

Comment #5

Happy hump day, kids!.

Tracey, your post last night about the dolphins cracked me up! I will keep that in mind since the place we're going apparently has a big open area where you can swim freely with them..

MT, I have to go and check those beads out. I've always envied people who do lampworked beads - I'd love to do that. But, if I understand it correctly, they need to be cooled in a kiln and that was the deal breaker for me. If I had a garage or an extra room I could dedicate to it, maybe. But not in the cards for me any time soon..

Off to chug come more coffee and get my day started! Hopefully the site is less cranky today!..

Comment #6

Penny & De...We swam with the dolphins in the Bahamas on our 2009 cruise. Even the females got frisky:..

Comment #7

I agree, Jan - just knowing I have to come back here and tell the truth helps me get through some temptations! It's hard when my days squeeze it out..

Good morning, TLers!..

Comment #8

Good Morning TLer's I've was away, then busy at work so I seriously need to catch up to see what's going on. I stayed OP while I was away though. Weight loss is still going slow. I really think my body is just protesting after losing 50 lbs. I just hope this is a temporary thing and the next 43 don't some off .5 a week. I"ll still be OP if they do though..

I had been thinking about coloring my hair for a month and I finally did it! It turned out a little redder than I planned but I will fix that next time. I had let it go gray a few years ago and got a ton of compliments on the color but lately started feeling that even though the color looked nice, it still made me look older than I am (I'm 45). My logic is there will be plenty of time for it to be a pretty shade of gray in another ten years or so!..

Comment #9

Morning TL'ers!.

Penny - a friend of mine works at the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon, Florida Keys. I visited years ago and and learned all about it. What a hoot!.

Sugar - Love the hair.

I have one other thread that I read routinely and all of a sudden there has been a lot of Off Program talk. I just can't tolerate it, really. Not in any negative way toward them, but it diminishes my good "mojo" around the program, so I am eternally grateful to have this safe haven of support and SUCCESS!.

I know no one is perfect - least of all me - but I've learned a lot here about commitment, and that we can wallow around in trying to figure out our "whys" but in the end we still have to take the right action. And it is truly all about the mindset. Once we allow that "monster" to awaken in our brains, we've got a huge battle on our hands. I just want to keep my monster in a coma, if it will never die. Lots and lots of morphine for the monster! LOL.

Big board meeting today, and I haven't seen most of my board members since early November. I do hope they notice the 40-50 lbs gone, but if not, I still feel great and will not let it blemish my otherwise beautiful day!.

HUGS all around!!..

Comment #10

I was recently at a meeting with a lot of senior people who I hadn't been with in person in several years. The looks of surprise were amusing. But do take pity on them - especially the men, who can't figure out what to say, or they blurt out something completely inappropriate and then are embarrassed by it. It's hard in a professional setting - you don't want to make personal comments that might be misinterpreted, so people struggle with what to say and how to say it and sometimes say nothing at all, even though they want to..

They'll notice, believe me, whether they comment or not...

Comment #11

OK, here we go....DAY 1!.

The UPS site says it arrived at 12:48 AM to the...whatever you call it. It doesn't yet say on truck for delivery and it's almost 7 AM. I'll keep checking and let you know..

I'm trying to put off breakfast so I'm not hungry waiting for the UPS man and when I do I'll only eat half and the other half in a couple/few hours..

The UPS man better not disappoint me today!..

Comment #12

Morning TLers!.

Sometimes I hate short weeks. Not quite able to wrap my brain around it being Wed. already! Oh well..

Jan - I love that pic! I'm so excited to finally do this in Sept. It's something I've always wanted to do and I'm so glad I can share the experience with my granddaughter..

No real time for shout outs right now. Never chopped tofu from me though. bbl to catch up...

Comment #13

The board is better but still fubar like MT said..

I am out of my goal gifts so I need to think of new ones too! Next goal is 185 which gets me to just overweight!..

Comment #14

What kind of gifts did you get yourself? I decided on new earrings when I lose the first 10 lbs, so at 189...

Comment #15

Robin hope ups comes soon... Best of luck on your journey... remember come on the boards for any help.

Cindy..

Comment #16

Oh, I will! You'll be sick of me by the end of the week!..

Comment #17

Good morning TL group!.

Robin - I do a Pandora bracelet. I get a new bead for every en lbs I lose. So far I have 6 beads; soon to be 7. I hope the UPS man comes soon..

Jan - I love your hair color. Looks great on you..

Swimming with the dolphins looks like fun. You girls will have a blast and the kids will love it..

Okay, time for coffee and off to work. Like De said, short weeks are fun, but really? Is it Wednesday already? Much to do..

Have a great OP day everyone!..

Comment #18

Robin,, so far I got a pedicure and redid my hair.

I've also bought new clothes but that was more out of neccesity than giftiness!..

Comment #19

Morning Tough Lovers!!.

Happy Wednesday....I'm with De...my brain does NOT think it is Wednesday. I do think though by the time Friday comes around, my brain will be happy as a clam to accept it is Friday..

All you jewelry makers...have me all jealous. It all looks so splendid and gorgeous! I'd love to have that creative spirit..

Anna...let me know how the kale chips are when you try them. I've never made them. I used to roast chickpeas all the time and they made the best crunchy snack. Much better that fattening fried potato chips..

Jan...I agree that not checking in with the forum and support makes being on plan so much harder. I feel that way in maintenance. If I step away from here...and don't check in with my support people, it's a lot easier for me to start down the wrong road...and see the scale skip up. It's easier for me to not go to the gym, even though I know I need to. Being here...keeps me grounded and doesn't let me get complacent..

Sugargirl....as a redhead...welcome to the club! lol.

Tkd...you are SO right about the Monster...once we wake it up, it's so much harder to put it back to sleep. Back in the day...when I would go round and round with people about "to be on plan or not to be on plan"...I always said that for me it was a no brainer and just so much simpler and easier to be on plan. And, I also saw it as not giving in to that "inner brat" or that "I want it now" mentality. I know that on plan gets me to my goals...losing weight and beyond..

Robin...I hope your food shows up ASAP. It's like waiting for your MFin XMas!.

Heya to everyone else...no chopped tofu!.

Hugs,.

Shelley..

Comment #20

Sugar, your hair looks fantastic! I love the cut, too - very flattering!.

Jan, that picture is awesome! I don't know who is wearing the bigger smile - you or the dolphin!.

Tracey, very cool about your friend in FL. My little one has talked about being a marine biologist ever since she learned to say marine biologist! She's going to love being able to actually touch a dolphin!.

Good morning, De, Cindy, Anna, Cheri, Shelley & Mia!.

Robin, so glad your package is on the way! We're all rooting for you!..

Comment #21

Good morning Tlers! So glad I can at least log on today..

Drinking my coffee and getting ready for the supposed freak snow storm here Portland. I'll believe it when I see it.

At least I got my Medifast order yesterday!..

Comment #22

I have the opposite problem - I keep thinking it's Thursday!..

Comment #23

Good Morning Everyone!.

I'd like to join in your clubhouse/team if I can? I've been around but have been getting annoyed with the boards lately and find myself checking out, but I still need the accountability and support from those who also believe in following the program like I do. To be honest, it's getting so much harder with these last pounds (10-15). People around me telling me I'm getting "too thin", dating, work is so busy, it's so much and I find myself craving and it harder to say "No, thank you." Go figure, I had no problem with the "no, thank you" before. Now... people seem to turn on the pressure more than ever! I also got some bloodwork back and apparently (shocker here LOL) I have an extremely sluggish thyroid - borderline hypo - which explains my slower losses, but it's super frustrating. I just need some folks to keep me in check...



Sorry for the long rant - it's been building for the past few weeks LOL. The only positive upside is I went super intense skiing (unbeknownst to me) this weekend and my muscles are so sore... hoping for a nice loss this week! LOL.

Ok... now I need to refill my coffee cup :-P.

Cheers,.

Lisa..

Comment #24

Hi Lisa! I just started, but the more the merrier! Jump right in!..

Comment #25

Welcome, Lisa! Sounds like you'll fit right in here. Congrats on your awesome progress! Cheese and I are frenemies, too. It helps if I just remember that it's fat and salt and not much else..

I know I said no more, but I'm really proud of these.....

Comment #26

I like those Penny. Then again I love copper!..

Comment #27

Welcome.

Lisa.

! Today is my 4th day so we are basically starting together. You will receive ALOT of support. These women are amazing and they will give you strength when you don't have it. They are truly inspiring. One thing that has helped me through the process is to schedule my meals. This way I don't forget or skip meals.



Robin.

, Today's the day! I hope your first day is great!.

As for.

Me.

, I am down 3.8 lbs in 3 days. I'm happy even though I know it's fluids. The scale is going down so that is what matters to me..

Congratulations on all the losses everyone has posted. I read them all but there is too many to name! We are all "losers"! Yay!..

Comment #28

Thanks, Robyn and Penny!! BTW - Penny your earrings are BEAUTIFUL!!! LOVE THEM!.

Lynnsie - welcome to MF! I've been here for awhile (since April) so I know the ropes (just need some motivation for those last pounds). The program is wonderful and you're gonna do fantastic!.

Freya.

WAHHOOOO!!!!!!!!.

I'm jumping up and down in sheer excitement and happiness for you!!.

BTW - can doing a goal weight happy dance for others get logged as exercise?!..

Comment #29

Thank you, everyone!.

Yes, I'm pretty sure that a happy dance can be logged as exercise. It only seems right..

I haven't cried yet - it's still sinking in. Oh. My. God..

I am excited for beets next Wednesday. Really excited. All I want from the world of SLUDGE is some beets and Dave's Killer Bread. As yet to be seen if I can handle the latter, but I'm game to try...

Comment #30

I was going to ask if Beets were going to be your first meal..

Comment #31

OMGGGGGG!!!!! Freya!!!!!!!!!!!.

I just popped in for a sec and saw this! I'm so freaking happy for you!!! What an achievement..

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

<happy dance, happy dance, happy dance>..

Comment #32

I'll always remember I started on the day Freya met her goal! Kind of cool!.

Come on Mr. UPS Man...where are you?..

Comment #33

Just popping in to say Hi while I'm on my lunch. Monday I didn't have time, yesterday I could barely get on the boards they were so messed up, and today is ultra busy at work. Still OP even though I haven't checked in much since Sunday. I have a lot to catch up on here, probably tonight, but.

CONGRATULATIONS FREYA!!!!!.

Hope everyone has a great OP day!.

Tara..

Comment #34

I am going to.

Pee pink.

Through the entire month of March...

Comment #35

My food just arrived! My first Medifast meal...peanut butter crunch bar!..

Comment #36

Freya, I'm so friggin' happy for you!! HUGE CONGRATS!!.

Penny, love the copper earrings!!.

Hi and best wishes to all the new folks!!..

Comment #37

Yia yia, just love the pic w/you and the dolphin. You look radient. Swimming w/the dolphins is on my "bucket list!!"..

Comment #38

Freya! WOOHOOO! I haven't been on the boards in almost a week due to having to work a bunch of shifts in a short period of time, but I subscribe to your blog and I got your goal pictures in my email. I just HAD to pop in and say.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!..

Comment #39

Freya- it's official..

Congrats on being a.

FORMER.

EPIC FATTIE!.

Jan- I love the foto of you with the dolphin, makes me smile.

Penny, the earrings are great. When's the etsy shop up?..

Comment #40

Well, that was a mess...but, I managed to salvage 3/4 of it. My chicken noodle soup spilled over in the microwave. I'm thinking stove top next time...

Comment #41

Robin - I always use boiling water to mix, then let it sit overnight. Microwave 1-2 minutes and enjoy the next day when I'm ready for it. You can also use the hot water and just let it sit for about 30 minutes, but the bits are still a bit crunchy sometimes...

Comment #42

Steph AZ, I would love to take some better photos of my stuff before I open the Etsy shop, but prom season is looming and I'm hoping to have some stuff listed by the end of the weekend!..

Comment #43

Okay, so sorry to be asking stupidly repetitive questions, but two picture questions:.

- anyone know where I can go to upload 2 pics at once and make the side-by-side before and after shot? Just so I can totally horrify myself?.

- how do I post a pic that's stored on my machine to a thread here? Or can I only attach pics that are already on the internet?..

Comment #44

Should I make the shakes and pudding ahead of time to sit, too?..

Comment #45

Robin - Lots of good tips here:.

Freya.

You can attach pics from your computer. Go advanced and Manage Attachments. To do your side-by-side, you need a photo editing program. Doesn't have to be fancy like Photoshop - I did mine with Paint (comes with Windows). Oh, and.

CONGRATS YOU FORMER EPIC FATTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..

Comment #46

I just caught up on the thread.....and saw the good news!.

CONGRATS FREYA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

That's awesomesauce my friend!.

Hugs and High Fives!!!..

Comment #47

Freya - I am so excited for you!!! YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..

Comment #48

*blushing* Thank you so much, darlings!!!!! I'm feeling pretty good today, yes I am!..

Comment #49

Hi all, I need some TL! I started Medifast in July 09 and met my goal in Dec 09, went through T & M and then?? Anyway, I am up almost 20 lbs and not liking it. I have been trying (if I can truly call it that) to get back on plan for about a month now but have been having a tough time of it (HUGE lack of self-control and HUGE waist of $$). Sooo...Today is day 3 100% OP and I am recommitting to staying 100% OP. That is how I got to goal before and I do know that 100% is the best way to get there again. So, if you will have me, I need a place to hang out and be accountable..

And @ Freya, congats on reaching goal! It is an amazing feeling isn't it...

Comment #50

OMG how do I make sparkles? Wait, random neurons firing says... "made by sparklee.com" which turns out to be the right url!!!..

Comment #51

Donna,.

You maintained for so long. What do you think happened to trigger the weight gain? You obviously know the program works. Is there some reason you are sabotaging your progress? too much stress? I'm an emotional eater and that's what triggers my weight gain. The main thing is you are here on the boards back to what you know works. You can do this! Looking back will only make you feel worse. Move forward and know you can gain control again.



Welcome back!..

Comment #52

Hi everyone,.

Not really up on the boards. Just have been feeling ick the past few days; having migraines, vertigo, and allergy issues. Usually I am great but every once in a while this stuff catches up with me, and I have to spend a lot of quality time staying still in bed with the motion sickness medicine, and the migraine medicine. Feeling a little bit better now, and optimistic that I can do some constructive things tomorrow. I am really wanting to start walking at the mall. I tried Monday, but got so dizzy and nauseous, it just did not work out for me.

I am excited because I have my first pair of toning shoes now, and really like them..

As I scanned through quick, I see that Freya made goal! Awesome, I am so excited for you, what a huge, pun intended, accomplishment..

- Enjoy the beets!..

Comment #53

Thanks for the welcome, and my honest answer is Beer! Plain and simple! I ate healthy for the most part but Beer! Massive empty calories and, hopefully, lesson learned...

Comment #54

HI guys...i would love to join your goup. I used to do Medifast in 2009 and reached my goal. Then I gained some weight...tried to do MF...but my mind was not there and was not working the program like before.I then got pregnant in 2010...had my precious daughter ( who is turning 3 months tomorrow!) and gained tons of weight and I am back to square 1...but I am ok with it...as I know a great program like Medifast that works and I have my precious darling..

I feel last time my success was on account of being 100% OP and having a great group. My old group is no longer there...but I like the 100% commitment on this group and I feel this is the best fit for me. I do not want a group where people go off plan and have others tell them it is 'ok'...coz in reality it is not. and I do not want whiners...sorry...as it derails me...selfish I know...but I have to be..

I have ordered my supply and and will start Medifast the very next day I receive it...i do not beleive (spl) on special days. I would meanwhile love to hang out here and get to know all of you better...if that is ok with all of you....

Rajitha..

Comment #55

Hi everybody!.

I'll be starting in the morning..

I'm glad to find a supportive, upbeat group!.

MichK in snowy Green Bay..

Comment #56

Happy Wednesday/hump day everyone..

Freya.

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WAY TO GO!!.

Hello to the newbies and all the oldies...........

Comment #57

Thanks, Penney - I love me some sparkles, so.

Here's to You Freya!!.

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Comment #58

Freya -.

Congratulations.

!!!!! I am so happy for you! Enjoy your beets! DH and I were eating them early on in the program before I realized they are not OP - I sure do miss them!..

Comment #59

I've read through a lot of the other threads here to find the right group to join, and I think this is the one. I'm honest to a fault, and never avoid placing my weight gain blame on the responsible party, me. I don't make excuses for myself or anybody else and I'm not afraid to kindly tell someone what they need to hear instead of enabling them..

I did Medifast about 5 years ago, before they had such a nice online community, and lost weight successfully. I regained it a few years later because I wasn't eating right at all, then took it off again with diet and exercise. Now I'm back because I'm at a point medically (very bad disk herniations) that I can't move around much, so I need a weight loss plan that gives me balanced meals and works without a lot of exercise. I've put on 30 pounds feeling sorry for myself and I'm done with it. I'm going to murder those pounds this time and not allow them to come back..

I've got about 30 pounds to lose, today is my seventh day back, and I've already lost almost 4 pounds. In other news, the pudding is still good, the chili is still terrible and the new foods they've added are a godsend. Brownies, pancakes? Really?..

Comment #60

Welcome to all the newbies! I am encouraged to see so many people in the past couple of weeks wanting a group that supports being on plan...and holds each other accountable. It reminds me of old times!.

Hugs All...old or new!..

Comment #61

100% on my 1st day! Just need one more Medifast meal...will do that soon. Here's hoping tomorrow is as easy...

Comment #62


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