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First question I got is Should you work out while on the Medifast Diet? Thanks in advance for any answer or 2. My 2nd question... Welcome to the home of the SHORTIES all those vertically challenged MFers!.

We are newbies and goals-met successes, young and well seasoned, single and married or divorced. We are diverse. We cover every area except the tall ones. You know the ones - the overhead bins in airplanes, the top shelf in the grocery store, the light bulb in the dark closet, those elusive lofty places.

Some people call us.


, and we actually think that is a compliment, as we are.

Slim Hotties On the Road To Intelligent Eating and Stability.

We have to deal with special issues due to our height (or lack there of), and we can really relate to each other. We like that saying, The best things come in small packages, and people often say that about us we are small, but mighty! We also tend to be feisty, daring, passionate, vocal, and we have a lot of love to give..

We are always welcoming new SHORTIES to the group (and anyone else that wants to hang out with us), so come on in, introduce yourself, let's get acquainted, pull up a chair and sit a spell! We're here to help each other as we travel together down that road to health!.

Heres our banner code, so you can add it to your signature. Just copy & paste, then edit it to delete all the little * in the text:.


Of course, you are free to make your own SHORTIES banner, if you like..

The Questions of the Day:.

"Creation Sunday" What is something you plan to do this week to make a change in your life?.

"Measuring Monday" What are your measurements this week (bust, waist, hips) and your total inches, all measurements, lost since you started?.

"Tempation Tuesday" What temptation did you face this week & how did you handle it?.

"Wonderful Wednesday" What victories are you celebrating this week?.

"Telling Thursday" Anything you want to tell about areas that you are less than happy with your decisions, behaviors, strength, etc. - where can we help you?.

"Favorite Friday" What was a new food that you tried this week that you consider one of your Favs now?.

"Sharing Saturday" Whatever you want to share with the group....

To see February's posts, go to:..

Comments (93)

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

Comment #1

Oh, for goodness sake!.

I forgot to start the March thread!.

Geez, they throw a Shortie month at you and you get all befuddled......

Comment #2

Goodbye February..

I'm glad it's March and almost spring!.

March is a fun month for us because my husband's birthday is in March. We always plan a weekend away for each other on our birthdays. It's fun to plan and it's always good to get away together every once in a while. This year we won't be celebrating with food but I think we will enjoy retraining our brains to celebrate in other ways. I'm thinking of hiking, shopping, maybe geocaching, movies, just enjoying each other's company, swimming or hot-tubbing..

My brain is so conditioned to celebrate with food. I've got to convince it that there are other activities that it would find more enjoyable..

What does everybody else think? How are you going to celebrate special or even ordinary occasions from now on?..

Comment #3

Ruth - I like the idea of outdoorsy type stuff. And you can certainly make OP foods part of the celebration. I've given up trying to separate celebration from food because it is so ingrained in me. Some people binge when they're depressed, I'm a celebration binger. The happier I am the more I want to cram celebratory food in my face. But I am learning to tell the Inner Food Brat to shut up and leave me alone.

Then I have the last laugh...

Comment #4

Donna I love seeing your ticklerone pound to go. It is so inspiring..

To the jump roper after 3 kids, jump roping causes me issues, you are lucky!.

My goal for this month when the scale doesn't budge for one particular week, don't freak out!.

Happy Tax season for the other Cpas today it really hit, phone was ringing all day..

Wish me luck, traveling next week for business two great dinners to make it through..


Comment #5

Hi Everyone,.

I have been on the program for 2 weeks now and have lost 11.5 pounds. Yeah! I am 4'11" (that is what is says on my license anyway.

). My goal is 135. I know I will never be skinny, but at 135 at least I can wear regular petite sizes..

The Inner Food Brat is bugging me tonight, I think I'll just drink more water and go to bed early...

Comment #6

Morning all you fun sized people!.

Welcome jas0441!.

Shelly thanks for kicking us off. My week has been so busy I could barely get on the boards..

Hugs to all who need them...

Comment #7

Happy March Shorties (officially now.

). Thanks.


For moving us. I think you were still to frozen from the snow and cold from February - you just had to thaw out to get to March!.


- March is a time for you to look forward to - enjoy! All your ideas are great, but like Donna said, you really can stay OP pretty much anywhere with a little planning. Last year I went to Walt Disney World for 5 days, stayed OP very easily and lost 3 lbs while there!.


- I hadn't realized you were so close to goal - woo hoo!.


- good luck with the travel week, see my comments to Ruth, you will be fine, I just hope you don't work too hard!.



- you are off to a fabulous start!.



- I hope you week gets better, and considering tomorrow is Friday - that is better already!.

Everyone have a great day!..

Comment #8

Just jumping in to say Happy March!.

I'm still short but not so big!.

Have a great day...

Comment #9

Down another 1.5 lb, which makes me happy..

Evenings are tough for me. That frig keeps calling my name. I wind up snacking more than I should, but I am trying not to. Also trying not to snack on sludge, but on healthy stuff. I should just go to bed, instead. Or find something to keep me busy.

Who knows?.

Gotta get ready for work. Bye!..

Comment #10

HI evryone, Congratulations to all who have lost. I am going away for a few days but will enjoy catching up with all your posts when I get back..


Comment #11

Jas0441 - welcome and CONGRATS on a wonderful loss. And kick that inner brat to the wall..

Robin - three kids here, too, plus a hysterectomy, and things like running, jumping rope, sneezing, etc all used to cause, uhm, leakage. So I was really really hesitant to start jogging with the C25k training. For some reason the weight loss and the walking have strengthened things, because I can now jog with no problems. And that is more exciting for me than the weight loss. Weird, I know, but true I am so happy about being able to run and jog and that will be the incentive to keep me going. (plus I love the endorphine high that comes after a long walk or shortish jog).

Kerry - I hear you about that stupid fridge. I wish it would just shut up because I already have a REALLY bad case of snackitis. Last week DD1 baked a batch of Kale chips. They were a little overcooked, but weighed almost nothing. She's going to do another batch and we're going to use them as "I must put something in my mouth and chew" snack. (they are mostly crunchy air)..

Comment #12

Hey everyone just topping been by to say hi! I have been busy today with cleaning and cleaning and more cleaning. I guess it isn't spring cleaning yet since it isn't spring.

I just found out that I have to get 4 wisdom pulled out. I don't wanna. I think I will probably have to not be OP the days after getting them pulled. I am not sure how long I have to wait before I can eat solids. Maybe a few days? Has anyone ever got their wisdom teeth pulled? I know I can have the shakes but my lean and green might be a problem..

I personally would like to celebrate by doing something special such as see a ballet, a play, etc. Or going somewhere we never went before. Doing outdoorsy stuff sounds great too. I have always wanted to try camping. How romantic is that being with your husband. Horseback riding isw another thing I always wanted to try or sky diving! Doing something you never did before and it would be an experience greater than food!..

Comment #13

I'm so glad ya'll are here!! I'm 4'11" and have a lot to lose so I need support..

Tomorrow is my first day!! Wish me luck!!!.

I'm new - my name's Rachel, but workinonme fits, because other times I've thought about dieting it hasn't been for ME - so it didn't stick. I have two kiddos and a great husband, but I feel like I don't enjoy them enough, because I'm always so tired. I'm hoping MediFast will help me make the changes I need to make in my life. Plus, work and family make taking the time for prep hard - and this will be easier!! (In the short term anyway and as I feel better the rush wont be as fatiguing). whew - was that enough for telling Thursday?.

I promise I'll post replys to you all as time goes on, but I wanted to introduce myself first..

Comment #14

Those are great ideas, Sandy. Thanks! It shouldn't be too hard since we're both on Medifast together. I had 1 or 2 wisdom teeth taken out. It was years ago. I think they were able to just pull them but it seems like one of them broke so he had to take it out in pieces. I don't remember how long it took to be able to eat again.

Maybe you should ask the nutrition person about it..

Donna~ How do you make Kale chips? What exactly is Kale? It sounds interesting!.

Have a great Friday tomorrow everybody!..

Comment #15

Welcome, Rachel! Good luck on your journey. I'm 4'11" too!..

Comment #16


Thanks for the suggestion about asking Nutritional Support. I will do that! I have been seeing kale chips talked about alot. I have never tried them I wonder if they get crispy like the zucchini chips?.


Welcome! Good luck tommorrow or should I say today because it is already midnight here! This is a great plan and there is so much support. I love it!.

Have a great night everyone!..

Comment #17

Morning all! TGIF!.



! Glad to have you aboard...

Comment #18

Good morning! TGIF! Today my sister and mom are visiting from out of town and we are going to see a psychic! IT should be fun and entertaining. Afterwards we are going shopping and out to dinner. For me it will be an OP dinner because I have a weigh in coming up soon. I hope you guys have a wonderful day!..

Comment #19

Re: Kale Chips (and a newbie hint).

One of the most helpful things someone told me about was how to search for things on this site..

Go to the top of this page..

See the long.


Bar - the fourth item from the left is.



Click on the drop down arrow and click.



On the left side of the new page you'll see ".

Search by Key Word.


Type in whatever subject you want to search for, like.

Kale Chips.


Under that you will see a drop down that says Search Entire Posts. Don't use that - it will pull up so many things your head might explode..

The drop down arrow gives you the choice of Search Titles Only. Choose that..

Go to the bottom of the page and click the grey button - Search Now..

Ta-dah. You are now looking at a list of Forum Threads about your subject, not just individual posts. I probably use this feature once a day, when I'm thinking, "now where did I see that recipe....."..

Welcome to Rachel! Can't wait to hear how your journey goes. You'll probably feel really really tired (and even a little sickish) the first week, but plod through it. Stay On Plan 100% the first few weeks and that will make the rest of the journey easier. We all have/had horrible food habits that need kicking out of our life and going cold turkey on them is the best way. Truly. (notice I didn't say the easiest - but it is the best).

So glad we can be here for each other. And Sandy, if you get tired of cleaning your house, you are more than welcome to start in with mine..

Comment #20

Hello New Shorties!.

Not much happening in my little corner of the world. I've been mostly OP yesterday and today. DH and I have been trading a mild stomach/intestinal virus back and forth for a couple of weeks now and I guess it was my turn again. Ah well. I did the best I could with what my tummy would tolerate. It feels like it's passing quickly, so I should be good for tomorrow..

I don't know why we keep passing this virus back and forth - must be all that kissing and hugging and stuff.....

Comment #21

Hello! My name is Andrea and today was my first day and am really excited to get this show on the road. I am 5'2" and 182#. I am hoping to get down to 120. I'm not sure the last time I was at that weight but I'm going to take it a day at a time! Looking forward to getting to know all the wonderful and supportive people here!!..

Comment #22

Hi, Andrea! I think you are going to love this program! I can truly say that it has been the easiest weight-loss plan I've ever been on. I've also learned a lot about myself and the reasons why I allowed myself to get to where I was..

Welcome, and good luck!..

Comment #23

Welcome Andrea! The first couple of weeks are the roughest, it's smooth sailing after that. We'll be here to answer questions and support you. Taking it one day at a time is a great attitude! I wish you the best of success...

Comment #24

Hi everyone. Happy Saturday! I had fun at the psychic yesterday! Turns out I will be pregnant in September or October with a girl. Which is really what I am hoping for. Well, not necessarily a girl but being pregnant.

We are ready to start a family now. It is funny how she said hubby get home in July (true), move in August (true) and September pregnant? All for entertainment purposes only but I hope it is true. If I do get pregant, I will definitely come back to medifast afterwards to rid the baby weight. We did go out to dinner last night and I had a salad with grilled shrimp and balsamic vinaigrette. Seems OP to me. Had so much fun! Have a great day everyone!.


You are too cute.

Yeah, I think it is all that kissing and hugging and stuff LOL. I hope you feel better soon!.


Welcome to the group and to Medifast! Looking forward to getting to know you more! I second what Tabitha said about this being the easiest program I have been on. I truly did not lose as much weight as I did on the program...

Comment #25

Thanks for the nice welcome! I do have a question that I'm hoping someone can answer or point me in the right direction. Last night as I was going to bed, I noticed a taste in my mouth. I have read that when you go into keytosis that you can experience a sweet taste in your mouth but that it would take about three days for it to happen. Does anyone know if it can happen so quickly? I jumped on the scale this morning and it said I had lost three pounds. I know that must be a lot of water weight but am glad that I am in the 170's. It's been quite a while!!! Anyway.... any information would be nice! Thanks!!!..

Comment #26

Some people experience ketosis mouth sooner, some never do. It could also be from the sweetener in the Medifast food. Only time will tell..

Sandy, glad you had fun at the psychic!..

Comment #27

Welcome Andrea! I love the sweet taste in my mouth. It reminds me that I'm burning that fat off! I'm sure you are going to be very successful on Medifast and you will love it as much as all of us do!.

Sandy~Congratulations on your upcoming pregnancy!..

Comment #28

Hi Andrea!.

Glad you joined us..

Never had the mouth taste, at least not where I noticed. But I'm losing weight and that's really all I care about..

So how was your Saturday? (Sandy - love the predictions!) I don't know what we are thinking, but we are trying to turn a weed-infested, gopher haven part of the backyard into a place we can do some square foot vegetable gardening. We've been outside with shovels and a weed whacker most of the day - my head is ready for that weed whacker to stop any time now. The only consolation is that the area is loaded with earthworms. That, and the thought of having tomatoes, zucchini and peppers (among others) right outside my door..

As tiring as this day is, I'll take the 83* sunshine over the cold rainy stuff we've had this winter..

Did I mention spring has come to San Diego?..

Comment #29

Donna sounds wonderful! We can't plant here until Mother's day. So spring is pretty far off for me. Mind if I live spring vicariously through your back yard progress reports?..

Comment #30

You betcha, MT. DD1 thought it would be a good idea to blog our gardening "adventures" (re: disasters). We are in the process of setting that up - me and my black thumb, preserved forever. sheesh. What was I thinking. Oh, right, zucchini is $2.99/pound and peppers are $0.99 each..

When we get the photos, etc put, I'll send you the addy...

Comment #31


You are so silly.

Thanks I hope I do get pregnant. Hubby really wants to start a family as soon as he gets back. We tried before he left but it just didn't happen..


Looks like you wre busy today working in the yard. I don't mind if it is a beautiful day like you had. Hmmm... yeah prices of veggies sometimes makes me want to grow my own too but I don't think I can grow anything. Hubby is better at that than me..

Have a great night everyone!..

Comment #32

I have had the most fun tonight! I had my 6'3" hubby get the box off the top shelf in the closet. The one with clothes that are too small. I tried them on and several things fit!!! It was so fun finding "new" clothes to wear AND putting some big clothes in the yard sale box! I'm down 2 sizes since I started Medifast in January! Yipee!!..

Comment #33

Hi all, weigh in day, down 1.4 but more importantly I conquered the 150 barrier, that has plagued me for the last several years. It makes me feel so great to be below that number. I know it is just a number, but I'm a CPA I focus on numbers!.

Here is my list of the good things that have came with the weight loss so far:.

1)hemorrhoids virtually gone.

2)most outfits don't show muffin top.

3)I can pack and outfit for the gym without trying on first to make sure I can button/zip.

4)i own better work clothes in smaller sizes.

5)no more "leaking" unless jumping.

Donna I'm headed your way, my business trip is being held at Torrey Pines, right now I'm waiting for my flightI'm hoping for beautiful weather, because spring has not yet arrived in Oregon..

Have a great week everybody...

Comment #34

Hi all! My name is Megan and Im 5'1" so I guess I "fit" in here. I have tried all kinds of things and nothing has worked, so here I am. Im in my first week and have committed to staying OP no matter what. I went off plan once and felt terrible the next day. My big motivation right now is a trip to aruba at the end of may and I want to lose 20 pounds. About me-i have a wonderful family-two little boys and a wonderful husband who is supportive.

I hope to get to know people and get and give some support on our WLJ..


Comment #35


- good luck with the wisdom teeth. I had all 4 out at once a while back and as I remember I ate mushy stuff for a bit. Not too long. I used a plastic spoon to eat with, it was easier..

Shakes will be great, puddings, soft serve. For L&G, maybe the Medifast dieticians can help you with ideas - choosing cooked veggies, making into a stew / soup and buzzing in food processor? Some of the Medifast soups might work great too..

Cauliflower "mashed potatoes" - yum!.

MF might be an advantage - you'll get all your vitamins etc, healthy protein, fat and carbs balanced, water for supporting the healing process..

Good luck!..

Comment #36



! Your avatar is absolutely adorable!.

Yay for the closet shopping.


! Keep up the great progress..


, don't you just love how good getting healthy feels? Congratulations on all those NSVs (non-scale victories)..

Comment #37

Robin, Awesome that you're a CPA and doing so well during tax season! I am retired from practice, so congratulations on your success, best wishes going forward. Yeah, the numbers matter, and it's so easy to count to 5, plus 1. : ))).

Everybody -this shortie thread is the best. Have a great week gang, and good luck...

Comment #38

Hi Megan! Welcome! I too am a nurse and 5'1". I work in the OR. There is also a group here for nurses so you should check it out. The shorties group is the best though!.

Robin~Congrats on conquering 150! I know what you mean, that is where I'm at. Tomorrow is my weigh in day and I'm hoping to be there. It will be close. The benefits of weight loss are so wonderful!..

Comment #39

Welcome Megan! You definitely fit in!.

Ruth - love your shopping trip! After church today, DD1 hands me a stack of clothes and says "here, try these on". Most everything fit - a couple shirts, a sweater a skirt and a pair of jeans. "Where'd you get these?" I ask. Well, the skirt is her's from about 10 pounds ago, but the rest is from DD3, who is going to faint when she learns mom is wearing her jeans!.

Here's to making our kids pass out in disbelief..

Comment #40

Good morning all! Had a NSV last night. I was SUPER hungry when I got home from work last night and I had the urge to binge. I had eaten all my food for the day and instead of doing something like go to TacoBell and saying eff it to the whole program, which I would have done in the past, I had some cauliflower and a slice of cheese. I know thats not OP but I was DYING and if I didnt eat something relatively safe, I would have eaten all kinds of stuff. So I ate my cauliflower with cheese and went to bed. Im so greatful this morning that I stuck with it and am OP today..


Comment #41


We all have days like that. You did the right thing. Better to have a little something sort of OP rather than a lot of something definitely not OP...

Comment #42

Thank you all for the warm welcome..

I'm on Day 4 and I'm 100% OP so far - YAY!!! My challenge has been eating everything, my appetite is sucking lately, so hopefully that will get easier..

I'm enjoying seeing all of the nurses here, my Mom's an RN too and will probably pop in - she's a shorty too and we're doing MediFast together now - she's starting Friday- how cool is that?.

Yay Megan - "Hi" - I recognize you from the just starting thread.

That trip to Aruba sounds awesome... great motivation!.

Donna - love the smiling wave - totally made me smile!.

Shelly - hope you're feeling better. We all have a cold here too - it's not fun..

Andrea - I'm sure you'll do really well!!.

Sandy - The psychic trip sounds uber fun also wanted to tell ya - my husband was just medically retired from the Army so I've been around the block of deployments too - if you need extra hugs I'm here!!..

Comment #43

Happy Monday all..

Not much to say, but it sounds like everyone's doing fine. Hugs to those in need...

Comment #44


- hang in there, the eating should get easier. What might help is instead of writing down food after you eat, plan out your day ahead of time, schedule your food and set a timer if you need to. You'll train your body to eat when it is supposed to..


- boy do I hear you on the MUST EAT thing. I tend to be a volume eater, I don't so much care what I eat as eating LOTS of it. And quickly. (those are two traits I am still working hard on correcting) There have been a handful of days in the last 8 months or so OP that I have had to eat some extra veggies or an ounce of protein just to stop thinking about food. (sometimes I'm hungry and sometimes not as much) You did the right thing - eating something on plan. Good for you..

Need Your Opinion:.

I had this number staring at me on the scale this morning, and I'm not sure what to do about it, because I'm betting on extenuating circumstances. Yesterday was a religious fast day, so I skipped two of my Medifast meals (been doing that once a month since I started, and the correctness of it is moot. My religious commitment comes before everything), and then I'd only water post 9pm last night because I had fasting bloodwork at Kaiser this morning..

My question is - would you record the weight, or get on the scale tomorrow morning for confirmation? Or give it another full week?..

Comment #45

Donna~ I would post the weight. In your previous fasting, has it affected your weight loss that much? I have fasted too since on Medifast and it doesn't seem to change my results any. So I think you're safe to go with it. I'm assuming you made your goal!! Congrats!.

Robin~ I made it to the 150 mark but not below it. I'm still happy. It was a 2.5lb loss for me which is about my average. I'm confident I'll bust 150 at next weeks weigh in!.

Have a great evening ladies!..

Comment #46

Welcome to all the newbies! I haven't checked in for a couple of days and I missed quite a few posts..

I'm dealing with an increased slow down in my losses. Talked to my coach and she pinpointed a few things for me - mainly that I was eating on the high end of the carb scale. (I love, love, love roasted broccoli, but it's going to be salad/spinach/spring mix for me for a while.) I'm going to order some of the lower carb shakes too to see if I can get this thing going. It is just so frustrating to see people who have lost all the weight I want to lose after being on this as long as I have (5 months). Me and my sloooow body - ugh..

Hope everyone is have a great week so far! It's cold and rainy here so taking a long walk outside is not in the cards for me today. That usually helps my mood...

Comment #47

Tabitha - you're averaging 7 pounds lost per month....that is AWESOME! Plus, you're almost half way there! I know it feels frustrating, but our most frequent Shorties mantra is Shorties Take Time. We just don't lose as fast as the taller or heavier or male people. Our weekly losses are going to average 0.5-2 pounds, with an occasional higher week tossed in there (or sometimes not). I just calculated mine, and I have averaged a 1.75 pound loss per week. It took me 34 weeks to lose 60 pounds. I like your idea of focusing on lower carb veggies for a few days.

I need to pay more attention to the carb count of my veggies. Thanks for the reminder...

Comment #48

Hi to the veteran shorties and welcome to all the newbies! Sorry to have been among the missing, but have been away, had a beloved dog undergo surgery and she's still recuperating, plus all the catching up personally and for my business that ensues when one comes back from being away..

Congrats to all the successes here, and three cheers for closet shopping! Isn't it wonderful???.

Not much to report from the land of maintenance. Continue to fluctuate within a 2-lb range, so very happy about that so far...

Comment #49

Donna, thanks for the encouragement! I had pretty much gotten down to just eating broccoli and green beans for my greens as I love them so much (roasted). The broccoli I was also eating in an attempt to - ahem - move things along. It hasn't helped in that area, though. So yesterday at the grocery store I stocked up on some cucumbers, salad, and cabbage to try to get the carbs down. I think carbs are going to be something I fight with for the rest of my life. It truly is an addiction, I believe...

Comment #50

I'm a little bummed. I'm going to miss my zumba class tonight because I have to work. And my other zumba class this week is on my hubby's birthday so I was thinking about skipping it. What should I choose, hubby or zumba? He said he would go workout while I'm in class but it just doesn't seem like a birthday to me. Oh well, when you get as old as us, birthdays aren't that big of a deal anyway..

Tabitha~ I know how you feel. I want to lose 5 lb a week like all the tall people! It's so frustrating to me. I'm living with a 6'3" man who has lost 40+ lb in 6 weeks. But all my short friends on here help me to feel better about it. You just have to focus on what you're doing and not what others are doing. Hope the lower carb foods help!..

Comment #51

Just wanted to say good morning and welcome to the newbies! I don't really have much to report today but seeing that I didn't check in yesterday, I need to get caught up. I lost 1.4 lbs this week so I am happy about that..


Thanks so much for all the ideas on what to eat. I appreciate that so much!.


I do that somes too! If I am feeling hungry, I will snack on a cheese stick or eat an extra snack like soy crisps and drink lots of water..


I could always use extra hugs. Thanks so much! You are so sweet. This is hubby's first deployment and I think it will be his last because it is just too difficult to be a part. He and I are both so unhappy and the deployments in the Army are like every 2 yrs. If he stayed with his company, they deploy again in 2013. I don't think I could do another year without him..


Congrats on the 2.5 lb loss! Have fun on your hubbys birthday! What do you guys have planned?.


What are some of the lower carb shakes? I thought they were all about the same. I didn't even pay attention to which veggies have more carbs than others. Thanks for letting me know. My fave is yellow squash and zucchini. I need to chem them out. My losses have slowed down too but this past week I lost 1.4 lbs.

My losses are less than 2 lbs a week as well. Why do short people get the short end of the stick? Sorry had to make a joke. Hee hee...

Comment #52

Today's WI has me down .5 lbs. This close to goal, as long as it goes down, I'm content. Not thrilled, but content..

On a lighter note, yesterday I bought the first pair of sz. 6 pants I've ever owned. Woo-hoo! Gotta love Goodwill. When I get to goal, I'll invest in some new clothes, but for now, Goodwill is the way to go..

Petlady Glad you're doing well in T&M. Hope to follow your lead soon..

Hi to all!..

Comment #53




Just visitng because I'm a sister shortie at 5'2"..

Donna, just great words of truth and encouragement to Tabitha..

Tabitha, we're all in the same boat with "small" losses. But I suppose in reality the "small" is proportionately a solid amount..

Try not to over analyze too much, just enjoy the meals and stay OP, it all comes off eventually..

Even though we lose "smaller" amounts I still love being petite!..

Comment #54

Sandy, the diabetic shakes are lower in carbs than the regular shakes. I'm going to order some and use them when I decide to have a higher carb veggie with my L&G. (Can't give up my broccoli totally, LOL!).

Nugirl, I feel the same way - I do love being "petite". But I have never *felt* petite because of my weight. I can't wait to get to the point where I actually feel like I belong in the petite classification, LOL!.

I don't know if it's due to adjusting my carbs or what, but for the past two weeks I've been fluctuating between 158 and 157. After choosing lower carb Medifast foods and eating spring mix for my green for 2 days now, the scale this morning said 155.2. So *something* has happened! I'm actually wondering if I may have been out of ketosis, as yesterday I had a pretty nagging headache and woke up this morning feeling sooo much better. Maybe there really is something to eating on the lower end of the carb scale - who knows?..

Comment #55

Nu-Sue Welcome!.

Glad you came by for a visit. One thing I didn't like about WW was always thinking about food. I love Medifast because if you want to really get into the whys and wherefores, you can. Sometimes I want to know why my weight loss slowed and sometimes I just don't care - I just want to eat. I did alot of planning at the beginning of 5/1, having a mostly leaner night, etc. But somewhere in there I decided to NOT test for ketosis every week at the clinic - I just didn't want to know.

(yeah, I have some emotional issues with dietingwho around here doesn't) So I decided to just stick OP and let the pounds fall where they will..

YAY Kerry!.

Size 6 is AWESOME! We wear the same size! I need to go to Goodwill because my daughters are NOT amused that I "shop" in their closets..

Petlady Sue.

- very scary when our furry friends have problems. I am thinking happy, healing thoughts for your dog. Nice to hear you've settled into a maintenance groove. It gives me hope..


- you betcha birthdays are a big deal - celebrate it ANYWAY you want to! Last year I was the number after 49 and I did NOT want a to-do of any sort. Then Medifast came into my life last summer. I was 51 a few weeks ago and turns out being "that number after 49" was not the end of the world. I celebrated by insisting on just cards so DH and DD1-3 each got me some of the silliest cards ever. The big fold-out "I <3 Mommy" cards. I love it!.


- hugs! A friend at work is married to a Navy Seal and he leaves in 5 days for his fifth deployment in 8 years. He won't be home till 2012 (maybe a week in July). He has to work everyday up to leaving, so it doesn't do her any good to take time off. Even the dog is depressed - he's seen the luggage and he knows what that means. (and way to stick it to that scale! AWESOME)..

Comment #56

Hi ladies...another shortie (5'1" and big enough to blot out the sun). I had lost 19 lbs before on Medifast and then went to visit Mumsie. Bad idea. Then couldn't climb back on the wagon until this week. I'm REALLY hoping to stick with this as my 50th is staring me in the face. The bad news is - I'm going back to visit the parental units and will be gone 3 weeks, including 1 wek eating out in a foreign country.

I guess I need to learn to take things one day at a time, one meal at a time, right? So do we as shorties truly lose much slower than our amazonian sisters?..

Comment #57

Evening Shorties.

Sorry I have not been checking in. Things to do and very little time to do it in..

I hit my Big goal of 160 in Jan. and then lowered my goal weight to 155lbs. I finally got to 155.8lbs this morning. Now on to 153.4lbs..

Looks like everyone is doing great..

Have a great night...

Comment #58

Donna - thanks for the tip on meal planning ahead of time - I'm going to try starting tomorrow..

Sandy - I so hope you don't have another deployment to deal with.

*hugs all around*..

Comment #59

Hello, shorties!.

Well, stuck at work over night for an extra shift. Good thing I have extra Medifast meals with me....

Have a good night all. Actually I will be checking in periodically to see who is up..


Comment #60

Mia! Way to go! Onward and Downward. (got my water in today!.


Megan - good for you for being prepared. I have 3 or 4 bars in my desk at both of my work sites and I rotate them out now and then..

Welcome kamkelms. I hear ya about that birthday number. And visiting the parents. I can tell my parents are really aging because when I go for a visit now, I usually do the cooking. Getting old is definitely not for wimps. (but then, neither is Medifast!)..

Comment #61

Welcome to all the fun sized newcomers!.


: I've traveled internationally and stayed OP you can too. If you need help and advice, feel free to PM me..

Sue (Petlady).

: I was wondering what happened to you. Only a 2 pound flux? You're doing great! That's right on target..

Early work meeting and a full day will try to stop back later. Hugs to all in need...

Comment #62

Shout out to my petite peeps. Still maintaining. For me, the trick is to continue to log my food and weigh myself once or twice a week, no matter what. For the logging, it's a bit more complicated since I am allowing myself "compound" foods, like stews and soups. E.g., I made an Indian side dish with cauliflower and peas (again, I'm in maintenance, and peas are NOT for 5&1). I was not going to cook everything separately and then weigh them, as I did during 5&1, so I had to guesstimate how many cups of cauliflower, peas, and other ingredients I ate in my serving..

Logging allows me to stay honest about how much I'm actually ingesting, and weighing myself, even if (ESPECIALLY if) I think I won't like the news ensures I can catch any scale blips before they get too large and confirms my eating plan is working..

As for our losses compared to the giants, yeah we tend to be the tortoises to their hares, but we all know how that story ended. ;-) It was hard not to invidiously compare myself to all the faster losers, but this group definitely helped me feel less discouraged and not alone. Plus, a smaller loss looks bigger on our less-vertical frames and often translates to more sizes down. I lost 38 pounds and went from a very tight size 14 to a loose size 6. Of course, it took 7 mos.! And that was OP all the time. Some MFers lose that in less than half the time.

And, for me, it's worth it...

Comment #63

Sue - Thank you. I can so relate to this. I lost 40lbs in six months where other Mf's Have lost that in 2months. I went from a size 16 to a 10. I would love to lose another 10. I have a feeling it's going to take me another 3 months. I am short not so fat anymore slow loser!..

Comment #64

Good Morning Shortie MFers!.

It is encouraging to hear others going slow too and making it. I think that as long as I keep losing somewhat consistantly, I will be happy..

Have a happy OP day,.


Comment #65

Hey Shorties,.

I haven't posted recently - my head just isn't in the game so much any more. I've lost close to 70 pounds, and went from a size 2X to the point where some size 4's are loose. I haven't bought anything smaller than a 4, though..

But it's tax season now, and I'm very busy, so I don't want to transition now, but I'm also wondering if that "last 5 pounds" is just a number..

My ultimate goal was to get to 75 pounds lost - which translates into right in the middle of "healthy" BMI range for my size of 5'1" - 115 pounds. But I thought that I would then have the 5 pound cushion (bounce between 115 and 120). So now I'm waffling. Stop here? Keep MF'ing?.

Sorry for the ramble....

Oh, and welcome to the new Shorties! This is the best thread for Shorties, by far!..

Comment #66

Sue, eating compound foods is one of the things that makes maintenance so important, and so much harder than 5/1. I can't see me have compartmentalized meals for the rest of my life because I love stews and chilis and soups. Nice to know there will be support for T/M eating, etc..

Keeping a food journal is something I am really working on because I'm not consistent and I know I must be. What are you using to journal your food? When I was on WW I was using their website feature of creating my own recipe, where I could enter all the ingredients, tell it how many servings and it would tell me the points per serving. I'll be in search of another website that does something similar for carbs and calories. I'm using My Plate on right now, but I don't know if it accepts custom recipes...

Comment #67

Hi Shorties,.

I am trying to catch up on all your posts but it will be this evening before I can really catch up. My big news is I actually lost 1 1/2lbs while I was away instead of gaining like I usually do when I travel. I am thrilled..


Comment #68

Hi all. Welcome new shorties! I've only missed 1 day on the boards but it seems like much longer. Such a busy week. Tonight is my hubby's b-day as I mentioned before. We are going to celebrate with presents tonight. Then my kids are leaving with their dad because believe it or not, it's also his birthday.

We just found out that we are currently in 1st place in the weight loss challenge we're doing! But it's by a very small margin so we have to keep working hard! No slacking off just because of a birthday. Anyway, the real birthday celebration will be in a little over a week when I take him out of town on a fun overnight trip. Have a good night everybody!..

Comment #69

Somehow or other my post this morning got sucked into the black no man's land in cyberspace. Odd. Anyway a quick hello and a pass out of hugs to those in need...

Comment #70

Hello fellow shorties!! My name is Karla and as you can see by my nic, I fit right in, claiming 5'1", ALMOST. I am Workinonme's Mom, and I have to tell you that she is an awesome inspiration!! She has been 100% on plan EVERY day!!! I am really proudof her!.

I got my food yesterday, started today and so far, my 3 year old grandson, fought me for my chicken noodle soup..

He really liked it and each time I took a bite, it was his turn next..

I work 12 hour night shifts 3 to 4 nights per week, so I will try hard to stay on track and eat my 5 medifast meals a day. Sometimes, as I am sure other nurses here can relate to, it's hard to get a minute to ear!.

I'll look forward to getting to know you all!!..

Comment #71


Thanks so much for the kind words. I really appreciate that. I wish they were only gone in 6 month deployments rather than yearly deployments. Atleast the year is almost up. Yay!.


Welcome back! This time your back for good! : ).


Congrats for hitting your big goal! Is your final goal 145 lbs?.


I hope this is the last one too. And to think I was thinking about going in myself to pay off student loans and the experience once I lost the weight. I don't think it is such a good idea for me anymore now that we want to start a family..


I agree it is definitely worth it. You know I never even realized how much slower I was losing compared to taller people until now LOL. I guess I never really thought about it until it was brought up. Atleast I know I am not alone..


I am still up for now atleast LOL. Probably will konk out in a few hours. Don't work too hard!..

Comment #72

Welcome Shortiemetoo!! I'm a nurse as well. There seems to be quite a few of us on here! Must have something to do with the bad eating habits we learn at work. Hope to see you on here again soon! Oh, I'm also 5'1"...

Comment #73

So I had my first weigh in.... down 5.2 pounds!!!.

Thank you all for being here! I'm happy!..

Comment #74

Rachel, you're doing great! Welcome to the newcomers and hi to everybody!.

Hope everybody has a plan for the weekend! Gotta have a plan...

Comment #75

Hello Hoosier Nurse, and fellow 5'1" shortie!! It's hard to work a 12 hour shift. I often find myself eating to try and get energy. Problem is, it would just make me tired and lethargic. lol.

Rachel, you are doing GREAT!!! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!! Thank you for helping me make it through day 1!!! I am happy we are on this journey together!! ***Hugs***..

Comment #76

Happy Dance for Rachel!.

And a big Shortie welcome to Rachel's mom, Karla! It is so much easier doing the program with family. Two of my daughters have done MF, one being more determined and successful than the other. The first two weeks can be fun and very hard, then you get into a groove/rut/habit and about 6 weeks to 3 months in the cravings start to return and you must be vigilant. But you CAN do it. Really...

Comment #77

Thank you Morada!! I am lucky to have some super motivation with Rachel doing so fantastic!! I am glad that Medifast worked well for one of your daughters and is for you also!! Thank you for the warning and the encouragement!!..

Comment #78



! I have a younger sister, Carla..


, WOOT and congratulations! Keep up the great losses!.

My heart goes out to the people of Japan. Incredible thing to wake up to..

Hugs to all in need...

Comment #79

The easiest site for recipe analysis I've found is.


You can actually copy and paste the ingredients (if you already have them on your computer) into the box. Just be careful (read their tips) about how you list an ingredient. It can be picky. Also be sure to enter number of servings, or, if you want the analysis for the entire recipe, say 1 serving. When it returns results, if any of the ingredients appear in red, it means it didn't count them. Sometimes it is unhappy with the way you entered the amount, or it doesn't understand what 1 LARGE head of cabbage means.

Sometimes, it's just ornery, and you can do a browse on food items and find it in their database, and add it in yourself..

I know I tried several other sites, including Livestrong, and so far I like this one the best...

Comment #80

Sugarspice- I think 146 lbs will be my ending goal. I don't need to be a skinny mini. I just want to be Me!.

Have a Great night, all...

Comment #81

Thank you so much!! My Mom was a Carla also! It's nice 'meeting' you!!.

Scary, all that is happening in Japan and unfortunately it may affect many areas in the world!..

Comment #82

You are so right about what is happening in Japan affecting the rest of the world. I really feel for them..

I am almost at a 10lb weight loss I am trying to think of a non food reward for myself when I get there. I am feeling so much better about myself. I am exercising 5 days a week and eating healthy. My clothes are fitting better and I am feeling GOOD!!!.


Comment #83

Tyke - awesome on almost mini goal, hope you think of a super cool reward..

Thank you all for the support - glad I have the Shorties (and my Mom)!!.

My thoughts are with Japan right now, I only hope that the reactor issues settle down so that the people can focus on healing from the incredible losses they've already had...

Comment #84

Hi Shorties!.

So, it's my Saturday weigh in - at least it's a loss this week - down 1.2 to 69 lost - I feel like I keep losing this pound and then refinding it again for the last several months. But it's me not working Medifast properly - not Medifast not working!.

I know that. Arggh..

So, about 5 weeks and 75 more tax returns to go... or something like that. The next few weeks are going to be crazy busy...

Comment #85

Gkrism - hang in there, tax season won't last forever (yeah right). You'll get there. I'm cheering for you!..

Comment #86

Stress has always been a motive in my overeating, so I hope the rest of tax season passes quicky for you! Congratulations on getting that 1.2 off again!!!..

Comment #87

What Donna and her manic cheerleader said! I've always been a stress eater, so I sympathize...

Comment #88

Good morning fellow shorties!!! Happy OP Sunday to each of you!! My pizza crusts are in the oven!! I had a small cauliflower, so it only is making two and 1/2 crusts, so I made it into two meals and two 1/4 meals. Figured I could have a meal and a partial meal with something grilled another day!! Kind of like a 'pizza bread side'. I just hope they turn out!.

I need all of your expertise please!! Can any of you tell me about PB2? Do any of you eat it? I am not a huge PB fan, but my daughter loves it and the reeses cups with Peanut butter and hot cocoa mix. This will save her a lot of fat, and I may have one also!!.

Is it a snack? I can't find it listed anywhere, but the fat, carbs and calories are really low! I see regular peanut butter, but this seems so much better!! I figure since regular peanut butter is a snack, this is where it should fit?.

Thanks so much!! Yummo, I can smell my crusts and they do NOT smell like cauliflower!.

God bless Japan and it's people!..

Comment #89

PB2 is a snack, here's a link to what Medifast says about it:.

For many PB is a trigger food (sets them off on a binge). If it is for you, get rid of it. You wouldn't believe the foods I can't eat because they still make me binge. I've learned to throw out food though since I've started MF. I realize that I won't help any starving children in china and that I'll only hurt myself by keeping it around..

The cauli-pizza is something I still make in maintenance. It tastes better than the junk from the pizzeria and I don't miss "normal" pizza at all...

Comment #90


I lost 1.2 this week, I was happy I had to travel for business and I was able to stay on plan. It made me feel great to know how it wasn't that hard to do. I had been worrying about it for days. The only bad part were the clothes I packed were too big!.

So this weekend I went through my closet and brought out the size 8 clothes. I put away all my 12s, and about half my 10s and brought out about half my 8s. I think I need to loose about 5 more pounds for the rest to come out. It.

Was a bit shocking to see how baggy some of my clothes had gotten, these clothes were tight in January!.

I'm finding being on Medifast is so convenient for tax season. I'm working like crazy, but everything is planned out and doesn't require a ton of thought..

Btw: I been adding a little pb2 or sometimes real peanut butter to my shake cookies. I tablespoon a batch which is 2 servings, it really jazzs the cookies up..

Thanks for all your help, support and tips- I'm reading them just don't always comet...

Comment #91

Robin - great job pulling out the 8's. I had gotten rid of all of my smaller clothes, so now I'm buying them (borrowed some on the way down - but now I'm smaller than the people I borrowed from)..

So, today I scored at Kohl's again - but this time, broke down and didn't just buy on clearance - I did have a 15% off coupon, and the two pencil skirts (size 4) were on sale - so I got each of them for about $21 (pre tax). Not as great as being on clearance, but I'm having more trouble finding things on clearance in the smaller sizes..

I like Medifast for tax season too - it just gets dicey when my clients come in back to back and I don't get a break to eat every few hours sometimes. That's why I bought some of the Ready to Drinks - can chug one of those down in about 2 minutes, if necessary..

Have a great week Shorties!..

Comment #92

Thank you for the link MT cup. I don't think peanut butter will be a trigger food for me, but if I find it turns into one, out it goes, or my daughter can hide it for herself..

Now, if there was even one Cadbury mini egg in smelling distance, I would probably lose it today!! But since there are not any in the house, I am relatively safe tonight!! Thanks so much for the link and I never knew cauliflower could taste like pizza crust!!.

Robin, congratulations on your weight loss!! Wow. size 8, woo hoo!!.

Gkrism, congratulations on the pencil skirts!! That sounds like a good deal with your coupon to me!! I am such a clutz, I would never be able to move or walk in one!..

Comment #93

Robin, make sure you get rid of all your clothes that are too big. You never want to go there again and if you keep them around it's too easy to ignore any weight gains once you hit goal. I know for me, the prospect of out growing my currently limited wardrobe is cringe-worthy. I won't let myself get there...

Comment #94

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