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What we believe:.

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

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

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

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

We commit to:.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Be honest with ourselves and our Medifast family and to stay 100% OP at all times. We also swear that WHEN (not if) we are having a tough time and feel like we may eat SLUDGE, to come to our Medifast family first and ask for support and help to get us through the struggle..

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Comments (89)

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

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Good morning!.


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Morning Penny and robin!!! The board is up and down this am, they must be doing some maintenance on it..

I'm going to attempt to make kale chips for my green today, wish me luck..

Dog is going in for a bath, taking some things to the cleaners, getting a pedicure, going to the bank. Trying to fill my time so that the days go by faster..

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Good morning, Anna!.

How do you make kale chips?..

Comment #4

I saw a recipe here, I think you just roast the kale with a little olive oil and seasoning until it's hard and chip like.. if it works I'll let you know.

I need to mix up my veg since I pretty much only eat green beans and salad or tomatoes...

Comment #5

Sounds interesting!.

Off for some breakfast and coffee with hubby before the girls get up. I'll be back later!.

I hope everyone has a great day!..

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Morning, TLers! Busy day on tap here, but I think it'll be a good one. Great workout this morning, despite struggling to get in through several inches of new snow...

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Good morning Tough Love. Snow day for me! Finally a chance to do some wash and get caught up on life in general. I need it. The show will be done on Sunday, and I'll be back to normal again. I can't wait! As much as I enjoy the theatre, it is a huge committment on top of my regular job. Not to mention the sludge of "Willy Wonka".

Have a great on plan day everyone. I'm going to take a few hours to myself and then try to go to school and work on the set...

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Hmmm, I can't decide which day to start. I guess I'll start Thursday if my food comes early enough in the day tomorrow that I'm able to read exactly what to do. If not, I could do Friday. Or, would I be better off waiting until Monday? I don't want to be cranky all weekend. Did you guys find that you were cranky the first few days? I read that somewhere else. But, if I start over a weekend then I'll be busier and maybe I won't think about being hungry and cranky.

I have a feeling I'll be posting 20 questions a day for the first couple weeks...

Comment #9

OK, TLers help me out here! First PMS since starting the program. I want to EAT! Talk me down!!..

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Morning Tough Lovers!.

Freya - I was the one who saw myself in the gym mirror. I may be wrong but I think I saw myself as I really am, I just hoped for better. But I know that in the past when I have been thinner (never to goal) I always felt much fatter than I was. Some sort of reverse mental trick. Why cant we see ourselves as fat as we truly are when we're fat, and as thin as we really are when we're thin? I can at least take comfort in the fact that this seems to be a universal phenomenon. Pictures help.

Robin - I started on a Thursday, before a holiday weekend, so I had Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to get through the worst of the transition into ketosis. I would not have wanted to be sluggish or bitchy or whatever at work. It is different for everyone. Choose what you believe will work best for you. Some of the best advice I had was to try to sleep through as much of it as possible. I didn't sleep the whole time but I definitely kept life very low key..

Barb - so glad you're surviving the show preparations. This is a major event, major stress, and could easily be major temptation. So I'm really proud of you and hope you're equally proud of yourself..

Morning Steph, Anna, and Penny!.

Have a happy OP day!..

Comment #11

KC - last time Anna had an "I want to eat" day, she had a big whoosh the day after. Take a nap and power through it...

Comment #12

Perhaps it's best to start Monday then when the girls are all in school and I can sleep the day away if I want. Hubby works from home so he's the only person I'd have to deal with all day and he's already been warned...

Comment #13

I'm a firm believer in "why put off until tomorrow what you can do today". There is no written rule that you will be cranky or have headaches or feel bad. Many do. Other's don't. I've never had any of the side effects of detox. No headaches, no excess crankiness (I'm always cranky so who knows on that one <snicker>), etc.

I guess it comes down to how bad you want to lose the weight..

Anna - Rather than sprinkle with olive oil, spray the kale with cooking spray. You have to really babysit these because they can burn easily. You don't want the kale to brown..

Kc - You know that you really don't want to eat!! Find other things to keep your hands and your mind occupied. Hang around here as much as you can and you'll get through it..

Waving to Penny, Steph, Tracey, Barb, and anyone else I may have missed..

Thrilled to be back to work today.

Oh well. Getting closer to being out of 200 days.......

Comment #14

I agree with de..... If you really want to do this you will What will putting it off do? mayber gain a few extra pounds...If you are serious about committing to Medifast then do it... Medifast is a great program but you have to want to do it... nothing is easy..If your food has arrived what are you waiting for.....

I know that sounds a little harsh... but tough love... We are all here for the same reasons and unless you are willing to change this will be impossible.

We are a great group and very supportive but somethings you need to do for yourself!!.


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No, not harsh at all. That's why I like this thread!.

The food is supposed to arrive tomorrow. No way will I gain anything before Monday. That's why I did my first weigh in prior to getting the food. I'm already cutting back so that I don't see anything more on the scale even if I do wait until Monday. I'll decide tomorrow after I get the food and read all the info that comes with it. I think I have plenty of what I will need in the house to begin on Thursday if that's what I decide to do...

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Excellent Idea, Robin. You body will be very busy using the limited (hooray!) calories and superb nutrition you'll be eating for OnPlan. Be good to yourself. Don't overtax your energy supply and drink all your H20++++..

Good morning TLers!.

I am feeling better emotonally today. Thank You, God!.

Kale chips: I bought organic kale, put some Paul Newman's Sindried tomatoe drsg on it, backed on 3 ccokie sheets (after washing, drying, and ripping into smaller pieces) and put in a low over (200 degrees in convection oven/air ciruclation) for a long time..

YUCK! Never again. Some people love them. Not me. Yuck. My experiment reamined in my kitchen for a few days as a reminder to eat this. YUCK! Finally washed all the cookies sheets last night.

I even had my DH try them (ask Mickey! he'll eat anything!) after mentioning they were supposed to taste like potatoe ships. He thought they did. Oh well. The hardest part of my kale disaster was not the expense (yes organic treat $$$), but the investment in energy..

Enjoy great health and love today TLers! Penny, your jewelry is fabulous. I am so glad you can get marketing advice so easily. Perfect. You'll look beautiful in the colors you described..

I have a dental appointment today, so I'll be seeing real human beings again. Happy!.

I will take an extra energy pill @ I hr before I leave. It is one of my vitamins. Also consume olive leaf pills and oregano oil for any bacteria that seep into my blood stream during the cleaning..

Have a great day full of love and joy OP..

Barb: I didn't realize you were running a marathon with the play. You are doing really well. Thank you for taking such great care of yourself that you are able to mentor all these wonderful young people. It's a calling..

Barb, you are a great role model for us here as well..

Let's see:Barb has endurance and so have Freya and Morty! Hooray!.


De: Thank you so much for your kind words of support for me in my darker times. My life was so bleak before starting Medifast and becoming connected to this community. You are a blessing to me, whether you want to be or not..


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My food came on a Thursday, we had dinner and a movie plans with our daughter and son-in-law on Saturday, and the next Thursday was Thanksgiving. So....I toyed with waiting till Monday or even after Thanksgiving. I woke up on Friday and thought - what am I waiting for? Just more excuses to put it off........I started that day. I never really had the headaches or anything like that. Just a little tired. But I felt SOOOOO good when Monday morning came and I was in ketosis and feeling great.

And when Thanksgiving came I was full of energy while everyone else was sitting there so full they could barely stand it..

You have to make your own decision. Guess what I'm trying to say is I'm so glad that I just went ahead and did it. I spent too many years waiting till the perfect time. How many Mondays came and went with something new to talk me out of getting started?.

Good luck to you Robin!!!! You will LOVE MF!!!!!..

Comment #18

Hello everyone,.

I would really love to join the thread. I find that I do a lot better when I expect discipline of myself and others hold me to it. I am very close to my goal...(lost a lot before MF, and came here for the last 15.) I have about 5 to go, but they are very hard and there is no room for faltering because they are the dreaded last 5 and because I have a thyroid condition which makes losing each pound like losing 5. I really love the clear mental state that you all share in tough love. It feels like an impenetrable boundary to me which I need to get me through this. I do not want to waist any more time and money stagnating....

Thanks, Claire..

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KC- Hey lady!! Don't let that PMS secretly likes us fat. Show it who is boss! And...just find things to distract yourself with today. Do fun activities. Drink lots of water. Eat your favorite meals. And keep coming back here....and we'll hold your hand through it.

We've all done it. Sometimes it sucks...but when you make it through PMS and don't be cheater'll have such a sense of "I did it!".

Robin- I'm with De...why put it off...just to put it off. I got my food delivered to me on a Wednesday and I started the diet the next Thursday. I initially thought...I'll wait until Monday and get a good Monday start, but once I got the food out...and got it all organized, etc...I realized I was ready and good to go. I'm glad I did....since jumping in right away made it so I didn't over think it...and I didn't spend the next few days binging like crazy waiting for the Magical Medifast Monday..

Hugs and no chopped tofu to anyone! It's flippin' cold the negative degrees with a biting wind chill. Brr. I'll burn some calories just with my teeth chattering!.


Comment #20

Lots of profound posts in here this morning! And I love seeing even MORE new faces!.

I have to wholeheartedly agree that there is no time like the present. I received my first shipment on a Monday afternoon and started on a Tuesday. Who starts a diet on a Tuesday?! I just had a feeling that this would be IT, and there was no sense in waiting. I do understand wanting to start of a Thursday, though, in case one does experience the headache that so many talk about..

I went with the pink crystals on silver today for earrings. I brought them all with me and plan to photograph them all shortly...

Comment #21

I wish the board would be fixed I'm sick of posting and it not showing up!1.




I agree no time like the present to start! I started 2 weeks before Thanksgiving..

Eric leaves the Middle East one week from today, not sure when he arrives CONUS but either a week from today or a week from tomorrow...

Comment #22

Welcome Claire. No one here can relate to your thyroid issues more than I can! It's the reason I'm back on 5&1 right now. After I lost weight, my levels were all over the place and I wasn't responding to the new formulation of Armour. Enter Synthroid and an almost overnight (2 months) gain of 20 lbs!! Started getting my Armour compounded and think we finally have the dosage straightened out. Lost over 5 lbs my first week back. And you're absolutely right.

But it CAN be done, it just takes a little more perseverance for us than it does for others..

Penny - Do you do pendants too, or just earrings?.

Anna - One more week, one more week.......

Comment #23

Morning all. Had trouble getting to the site this morning. Turns out something changed in my link. All fixed now. Busy day at work. No chopped tofu...

Comment #24

MT the site is whacky this morning, I think maybe their web host is doing some maintenance..

Comment #25

Sorry I posted twice. I can't seem to delete the second one. I didn't really want to be heard twice!!!!..

Comment #26

OK, I'll start on the darn UPS truck better show up tomorrow or I'm going to be ticked!.

Time to take the girls to school and get some lean & green ideas together!..

Comment #27

Morning everyone!.

I swear the WF pancake syrup was a Godsend. I just tried it recently for the first time and I'm so in love..

I'm also thankful for finding out I can make almost anything into a muffin if I use a coffee cup. Now that I've figured out a new way to finally use up all my oatmeal that I won't eat, I'm ready to order more. lol!.

Life is good..

Comment #28

Hahahaaaaa I'm so glad I'm not the only one who posted twice! Weird board today, for sure!.

De, I have some pendants, too. In fact, I just saved several photos in a tiny format..


I don't want to hijack our TL thread, but several of you have inquired on here, and via PM and want to see some pictures, so here goes..


Comment #29

I wish I could wear jewelry those look great..

Comment #30

Morning all!.

Weigh in day for me today. Down another 2.6 lbs. Yay. Getting closer and closer!!! To celebrate, today I am wearing a new pair of black boots. No no no, not my regular ankle high boots. These actually are tall boots.

Regular boots. Yes, it's true, I can actually fit boots over my once too ginormous calves. Wahoo!!! My DH said they are hot. There you go then..

Welcome to all the newbies. I agree with everyone. Start now. Why wait? The sooner you start, the sooner you start losing. And you will lose. A lot.

Sassy - Glad your date went well. Enjoy your new hotness!.

Frey - WTG on your shopping spree! I love shopping.. sigh....

Penny - I love the blue ring. Very pretty. The ear rings are great too. But love the ring. Can't wait to see your etsy site..

Anna - One week. So close. Very exciting!.

Penny and De - Are you down to 200 yet? Days I mean..

I made the kale chips for the first time last week and absolutely loved them. My husband even liked them. My 4 year old tried them. Not so much. He was not impressed. I will definitely make them again..

I really appreciated yesterday's posts about staying 100% OP and why we do it. And the posts about how we see our body's were really helpful too. That's why I come here. Great advice and words of wisdom. And cute jewelry, shopping tips, sex talk from Conner and Frey and more...

Comment #31

Good morning,.

Penny, Anna.




Today begins Day 3 for me. I have to admit the Chocolate shakes and brownies are very good. I'm struggling to drink all my water so I adjusted my eating schedule a bit so hopefully that will help..


- I bet you're very excited about starting MF. So far, I've received a great deal of support, warm welcomes and alot of straightforward advice. I wish you alot of success. We can do this!!..

Comment #32

Sorry ladies, there was a major delay in my post!.

GOOD MORNING to the rest of you!.

Hope you will keep up your strength and willpower to stay on plan...

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I wish the text of my post came though. It got cut off, apparently. I did say that I was finished with the non Medifast pictures and Id gladly answer any questions via email!.

Anna, thanks!.

Cheri, nice loss! Congratulations! And, we are 200 days out as of today!.

Kale chips mmmmm. I havent made them in a long time. Today is grocery day. I gotta get me some kale! Its SOOO good for you. I like it with a few sprays of Pam and a little onion powder and sea salt..

Lynnsie, congrats on Day THREE! Youre almost over the hump! I agree the chocolatey things on Medifast are really chocolatey and good...

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Yep, I was/am the same way. I was in complete and total denial about how big I was when I was 289. I never looked in mirrors so I was able to avoid reality. Now, I can't really see how small I've gotten. I do mirror therapy now. My own made up therapy of checking out myself in a mirror that I can see myself head to toe before I leave the house.

It's working pretty well!..

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Robin, so glad you're starting Thursday instead of Monday! You're likely to be several pounds down by Monday, which would be better than staying the same from now until then..

Comment #36

I can't thank all of you enough for all your support during the past few days. I'm truly amazed at the love and caring attitudes. It seems like everyone is committed to helping one another. I love it! Again, thank you all for making me feel welcome and a part of the team. I promise to do my part in supporting all of you too!..

Comment #37

Penny - Love the jewelry. As we get closer to Sept, I may have to go through my wardrobe and discuss some potential earring/pendant sets.....

Cheri Almost. 201 days, 5 hours, 55 minutes........

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My box of food arrived on a Wed afternoon. I had a dim sum party planned for Saturday (at a restaurant, but I was hostess). I started Wed afternoon - didn't even wait for the next morning..

I was DONE..

Penny - love your work!!!..

Comment #39

Hey! How come my ticker on the Carnival site says we sail in 200 days? :-( It IS 201 days away. Dang...

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My box of food arrived on a Wed afternoon. I had a dim sum party planned for Saturday (at a restaurant, but I was hostess). I started Wed afternoon - didn't even wait for the next morning..

I was DONE..

Penny - love your work!!!.

[ETA: because everything worth saying is worth saying twice today on the MFin' boards. Yes indeedy.]..

Comment #41

Penny, where are you going on your cruise? We're planning a family cruise for Christmas 2012. We're still trying to figure out where we want to go. We've never been on one before...

Comment #42

Interesting thought...I could do my lean & green for breakfast tomorrow and start when the box arrives? UPS is usually here by late morning so that could work. Hmmm... But, I don't have a clue what a lean and green really involves. Any suggestions?..

Comment #43

That's what I'd do. Go to Success Tools at the top of the page and read the info there. It's always best to go right to the Medifast source...

Comment #44

Robin, here are two lists to start with on L&G.



If you go to the "learning" tab on the Medifast site where you bought your food there is a whole wealth of information about doing this plan..

Let me know if you don't know where I'm talking about...

Comment #45

The best suggestion is to print out all the guides at Success Tools: Eat Right. Then you don't need us to make suggestions, as you'll have all the info at your fingertips!.

You need Lean, Green, Meatless (this is where cheese lives, so even if you're not vegetarian print this one out), Condiments (where the healthy fats live - see the Lean sheet to know how many you need), and Snacks..

I carried the printouts around with me for the first few weeks until I had memorized enough for my basic routine...

Comment #46

Thanks, Dherschberg for your response, and I am really relieved that I am not alone with the thyroid issues. I recently switched from Synthroid to Armour and feel sooo much better. My previous doctor would not prescribe me Armour, even though I begged for it. Was losing my hair, feeling horrible, depressed and could not lose. So, I finally switched about 10 days ago. Synthroid has been terrible for me by comparison.

I get mine in tablets. Can you also choose to have it compounded? By the way, congrats on your loses and for getting back OP after regaining!!!.

Penny, your jewelery is pretty! I love wire wrapped stones, and I admire the skill that it takes to do it so that it looks smooth and even..

I have just finished my grocery shopping and forgot to buy Kale! I have never made the chips, but was planning on steaming it and eating it with Bison. Darn, I guess it will be lettuce or green beans tonight..


Comment #47

Good morning! (or afternoon) Welcome to all the new faces!.

Penny - love the earrings! Ever do bracelets?.

Had 40 oz of water already today and feeling great. Another excellent day of OP adventures...

Comment #48

I had read those lists before but was unsure about the fats and condiments so I need to figure that out. But, a L&G breakfast seems simple enough. So, that's what I'll do. I'll eat half of it first thing tomorrow and save the rest in case UPS is late tomorrow. Funny how I went from thinking I should wait to starting when the box arrives..

Thank you for that!.

I see the fat on the pdf now. For some reason, pdf files don't load all the way in Safari. I'm using FF now so I see it...

Comment #49

Thanks, Dherschberg for your response, and I am really relieved that I am not alone with the thyroid issues. I recently switched from Synthroid to Armour and feel sooo much better. I feel my body temperature is higher. My previous doctor would not prescribe me Armour, even though I begged for it. Was losing my hair, feeling horrible, depressed and could not lose. So, I finally switched about 10 days ago.

I am curious about your experience with Armour as in the old versus new formulations. I get mine in tablets. Can you also choose to have it compounded? By the way, congrats on your loses and for getting back OP after regaining!!!.

Penny, your jewelery is pretty! I love wire wrapped stones, and I admire the skill that it takes to do it so that it looks smooth and even..

I have just finished my grocery shopping and forgot to buy Kale! I have never made the chips, but was planning on steaming it and eating it with Bison. Darn, I guess it will be lettuce or green beans tonight..


Comment #50

Penny - My countdown is based on the actual departure time of the ship. I noticed Royal Caribbean's also seemed to be a day off. Maybe they just assume that people will leave the day before??.

Claire - When I had my thyroid out at 8, the immediately started me on Armour. They didn't have the synthetic options available back then. I've had a couple of drs try to switch me to synthroid, with disastrous results each time. About 2 years ago Armour reformulated their tablets to change the filler. This was also about the time that it was not readily available. I am in the small % of people whom the new fillers affected the absorption of the medication.

All your Dr. needs to do is write the prescription outlining the exact dose of T3 and T4 you need. I get mine done through Women's International Pharmacy. The only filler they use in their capsules is olive oil. I can forward on the info if you are interested..

Hi Steph in AZ! How's mom doing?..

Comment #51

Robin, my cruise leaves from Tampa and goes to Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan, and Grand Cayman... another TLer is joining my family on this cruise....

It will be the first time we've met and we can't wait!.

Steph in AZ, I haven't done any bracelets yet, actually. I may, though. I don't think I'd want to make my own chain links - but I could add homemade links to beads and do something cute like that... Hmmmm.......

Lucky me - I have to drop something off for one of the bosses, and when I do that, I get to leave a little early. It's a crystal clear blue sky day. Too bad it's colder than a witches tiddie...

Comment #52


Thanks, I am always interested! This thyroid stuff is really new to me. I was diagnosed last fall after feeling all the symptoms for years which lead to packing on the weight. Never would I have imagined that all of the symptoms were the result of a thyroid problem. There is alot to learn and the medical community seems to be really biased against Armour...

Comment #53

I've never even seen the Success tab on the top of this site. I always go back to where I order the food to look at their learning facts..

Too funny. If it was any more clear, it would have bitten me in the azz.

(I wonder how many times this post will post)..

Comment #54

I was reading about that cruise. A lot of different cruise lines offer it. I was thinking how cool it would be to zip-line in Belize. I bookmarked it. It looks fun...well, except for the part where the first platform is 85 ft high...

Comment #55

No zip lining for THIS old Rogue!! Nope. NEVER GONNA HAPPEN!!! <snicker> We are looking at the cave tubing there...

Comment #56

I couldn't do the cave tubing. It looks fun but I'm far too claustrophobic!..

Comment #57

From the pictures I've seen, it's not really like going into a cave. Trust me. I am also claustrophobic and cruising in general can sometimes push me to my limits. hehe. But I'd rather be in a cave than at the top of a tree!!..

Comment #58

As much as I'd love the ziplining, I think we're going to do the cave tubing, too. I absolutely cannot wait to hug a dolphin. Cant.Wait...

Comment #59

Same here Penny. God the girls are going to have SO much fun!!!..

Comment #60

I'm doing zip lining!!!! In May. In Maui!.

I can't wait. I've wanted to do it for so long.... but being fat.. I don't think it would be pretty..

Now I can do it. Yes!!!..

Comment #61

Good afternoon!! Welcome to all the new faces!.

Penny - love the earrings! Ever do bracelets?.

Had 40 oz of water already today and feeling great. Another excellent day of OP adventures..

No chopped suey..

Comment #62

Oh Maui! Have you ever been before? I LOVED it and cannot wait to go back. It's supposed to snow here in Portland this week and all I want to do is get back on the plane to Maui.....

Comment #63

Weird things happening with the boards. my post showed up 2 hours later, with the changes I had made..

My mom is doing good. Her Primary Care Physician is taking over and it looks like a test mid-March will help diagnose what's going on. Good thing - her bloodwork does not indicate cancer and both her doctors think the hospital Dr. jumped the gun on saying Cancer! So yah! So now we wait to see what the pancreas looks like. And she still needs her gall blader removed but that's a secondary concern. So life is much more calm now and I don't have to go to a Dr's office for awhile!.

I need to take a vacation, you all make me jealous. I'm thinking Australia.......

Comment #64

I've planned out my L&G up to and including Saturday. I'll just make dinner for everyone including those things...easy enough. Now, I'm trying to come up with rewards for every 10 lbs lost. Obviously, my reward at goal with be new clothes. Hubby says he'll buy me a new Coach purse and wallet at goal. Woohoo!.

I can't wait to start tomorrow!..

Comment #65

Robin...I love hearing the excitement in your posts about starting tomorrow. That's fantastic!.

Here are a few tips when you get started and I hope the others hop on and give you their advice too:.

1. Weigh everything, at least in the beginning. It's amazing how easy it is to short yourself on your L&G when you don't measure it. As you get along in the plan, you can eye ball...but in the beginning our eyes tend to lie..

2. When making the helps to mix it up in a blender or something like a Magic Bullet or a blender. It makes it much smoother. I also liked to make it a little before I planned on eating it had time to sit a little bit. I also put some ice in there and then blended it it was nice, cold and frothy..

3. If you don't like something aka...the oatmeal is often not liked by many...just put it aside. (BTW...I love the oatmeal, all the flavors). You'd be amazed at how your taste buds change and you might like it later..

4. If you are going to be out and about for a while...have an extra meal with you. You never know when you are gonna get in a jam and need to have a meal..

5. Just because you read a recipe on the boards doesn't mean it is on plan...take a discriminating look at it and make sure it follows the rules. So do...many do not..

6. As someone else said, carry that Quick Start Guide around with you for a while, so you can quickly reference it if need be..

Hugs and can't wait to hear about you getting started!.


Comment #66

Thank you, Shelley! I appreciate the advice! I checked out the recipe threads yesterday. I'm staying away from them for a good long time. I'm sticking to the basics at first. In the future if there is something I find inedible or just need a change of pace, then maybe I'll check it out...

Comment #67

Better yet, check here Robin. No one here is going to lead you astray...

Comment #68

May I just say I hope the board hiccup gets fixed soon!..

Comment #69

Anna- I agree!! Does this happen often with the boards going in and out?..

Comment #70

It happens on all message boards once in awhile but it does not typically last all day.


Comment #71

Wow! stopping in quick, while the board is up, to say goodnight!.

If anyone has a 99 Restaurant in their area, you've gotta check out their new menu. There has to be half a dozen L&G friendly choices. I had a perfect piece of grilled salmon with a grilled roma tomato (yum), grilled asparagus, and steamed broccoli. What a delicious L&G! 440 calories and only 10 carbs!.

Off to create some awesomeness.....

Comment #72

Hello there TLers..

I've been playing in the city with DD. We had the first baby shower this weekend. It was for all her co workers and went very well..

I'm having another one for her here at my house on the 5th. It will be for family..

I see a lot of new faces..

Here is a link to my Best Advice Thread for newbees..

The featured blogger has changed,but the stuff is still so good. The link from.


Was given the imprimatur from Medifast NS, too..

I've also got some links in my siggy for newbees too..

Welcome everyone:. g..

Comment #73

Penny meant to say how lovely your jewelry is. Glad you are enjoying the creating again...

Comment #74

YIKES They just broke into my TV to say that a freak snow storm is headed our way..

Doesn't happen often here in the Valley, but they are asking everyone to stock up and get prepared for a rough one..

So get ready you folks East of us. (which is all of you, since I'm on the West Coast.) tee hee..

Comment #75


I've been MIA for a week or more, but still OP. It's been nutso, nutso, nutso!! My sister & niece were here again so gave up my office (and computer) to my niece. So early morning check-ins didn't work. A snow-storm blew through here after 3 days of temps in the 50's had melted all the existing snow. Thank goodness for that or we'd really be buried. But, it couldn't decide if it wanted to warm or cold so we got snow, we got rain, we got freezing rain, we got hail.

Back & forth to the airport in the worst of it because their flight was canceled - took them to the airport and 3 hours later went back & rescued them. Gave me an extra day with them which I was happy about. They left at 10:30 pm last night..

So, I'm pretty pooped. I'll NEVER be able to catch up, much to my dismay, but I did skim through and see there's lots of newbies -.


, Penny is creating bling - love it! I do that, too - we can compare notes/techniques..

Happy to report I'm down 2.6 for the week! YAY!!.

I'll be back in the morning to start the day with y'all - I really missed you!!..

Comment #76

OMG - the site is still working?!.

Chatty, thanks for the nice words about my jewelry. Feels good to be creating stuff again. Best wishes to your daughter and the munchkins!.

Jan, do you know that I was just drafting an email to you and then I saw you posted here! I'd love to compare notes and tips! I'm still a little rusty ("oxidized" seems to sell more)..

This time I'm really signing off and hitting the sack! Lots of stuff to do first thing in the morning and then hope to have another quiet day in the office...

Comment #77

Hi all..

Long day for me today. Treated myself to a salad at my favorite salad bar for dinner. They dont have a diet dressing so I use cup salsa mixed with a tablespoon of sour cream. Lots of flavor. Time to go do my treadmill and then relax and veg for the rest of the evening..

In other news.

-I have only had 1 snow day from school this year. Which is one more than last year!.

I am NOT complaining..

-I made the kale chips once. They were actually pretty good. They are no good leftover, though. I will probably do it again soon..

-Robin doesnt really matter which day you start, in my opinion. Just getting going is a great feeling. I also printed out all the lists. They stayed magneted up on the fridge the whole time I was on 5&1. Covered the whole front top half! It was so helpful to have them all right there in front of me..

-Pretty sparklies!.

-Congrats to all the losers!!.

-Website has an echo today!.

-Website has an echo today!.

Take care..

Comment #78

I'm a really happy camper right now....

My neighbor emailed me asking if we wanted her to watch the girls for our anniversary (April 30, we watched their daughter for the whole weekend for their anniversary). Are you freakin' kidding me? Umm YES! We haven't had an overnight out alone since late '07 when we flew back to close on our house in Northern VA. OMG I am so stoked. So we made hotel reservations and tomorrow I'm going to call about horseback riding while we're there. If that's not freakin' motivation I'm not sure what is! Come on UPS man...hurry up!..

Comment #79

Hey guys I have a NSV to report..

I started Medifast in a size 26W.

My Grandmother bought be some size 22W over the weekend.

Today I walked into Old Navy and saw the cutest pair of jeans in a size 18. I wanted to see how far I was from being able to fit into them. I took them into the dressing room..

Not only did they button.


I am in a size 18 again!!! Granted it is only in this store as far as I am aware of but I don't care 18!!!..

Comment #80

De and Penny - did you know the only dolphins you are allowed to swim with are females? Believe it or not, besides humans, dolphins are the only mammals that mate for PLEASURE, and the males will try to "mate" with anything and everything that gets near them (sorta like a lot of men I know!). So enjoy your swim, but stay away from the males - unless you want a little unexpected dolphin love! LOL Absolutely true, I swear...

Comment #81

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