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First off, Starting the Medifast Diet! help!? Many thanks for any answer. My 2nd question... Other topics will be discussed that may not be appropriate for the easily offended..

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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 (76)

Good question... I dunno what is the answer to your question. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I got an decent answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could help you..

Comment #1

Good morning Penny (and others to come)..

I'm down 2 lbs today also. This program is AWESOME..

Alucas - Ditto what Steph said (and Penny quoted above). This is ALL ABOUT YOU and what you need to make yourself healthy. Even though it's tough it IS their problem - not yours. Practice loving yourself and don't worry about what your family or others think..

Busy day today - hope everyone has a good one!..

Comment #2

Morning Penny thanks for starting us up. Morning Karen.

Alucas... ditto to them.

We have school today to make up for one of the three snow days we had here at the beach. This is our last full week without Eric (my dh). I am trying to find things to do to keep my occupied. Today I volunteer at school from 10-2 so that helps. I have some projects around the house to get done before he gets home so hopefully that will help the time pass..

Official Weigh IN day, I switched to my new scale and I am at.

194.

Even! So I've lost.

2.4.

But it's going to register as 3.3 due to the scale change..

Comment #3

Good morning Penny Karen and Anna...

Thanks for starting us up Penny.. You are doing awesome how much more befor you are at goal?.

Karen congrats on your loss...

Anna... I can't believe you only have 1 more week before your dh is home.. He is going to die when he sees you....

Well as for me... No change this week but that's ok... woke up this morning to another snowstorm.. looks like my sons dentist appt. will be cancelled.. I'm really tired of this winter...

Unfortunately I will have to venture out at some point because I do need to work today....

I will be back in a bit need to refill my cup.

Enjoy the day.

Cindy..

Comment #4

Oh, you wonder TL losers! Enjoy celebrating each pound GONE and moving on to the next..

Anna: a few days now. I can hardlky stand it , and I'm just in IN. So happy for your whole family. God bless your Mom for babysitting..

Much better frame of mind this AM. (whew!) I just go trhough those physical reality cheack evey two weeks or so. Thank, so thankful for all my antidepressants..

I have been invited to be freinds with two different peopole I had to decline for the 1st time this weekend. I know they did not want my friendship and I don't want to the perpetual boot up someone's behind..

I love you all. Enjoy a great day OP. I am already..

Beth.

I love learning what chopped tofu means...

Comment #5

Morning, all you wonderful TLers! I'm back at my desk, and it's nice to be back on my own schedule and in my own gym. Missed you guys last week!..

Comment #6

I attended a trade show at the Javits Center all day yesterday, where they include breakfast, lunch, smoothies, cappuccino and sweets. Proud to report I drank water, had a bar, a salad and some grilled chicken I removed from a sandwich. I don't know what food has to do with jewelry and fashion, but these events are always food fests. I stayed OP though, and am proud of that little achievement...

Comment #7

Anna and Karen.

- Great job on the losses! Keep up the great work!.

As for me, I'm on Day 2 and suffering from a terrible migraine. I hope this is normal..

However, I am down -1.4 pounds. Yay! The good news is the migraine will keep me from cheating. I don't like to eat when I have them but I will be sure to get all my meals in. When does ketosis start? How will I know?..

Comment #8

My migraine lasted 3 - 4 days, then was gone...

Comment #9

Great losses everyone!!!.

Penny.

Great measurement and BMI stats.

Lynssie, the headache is normal, you might also be shaky and just feel "off" for a couple of days, take some advil and push through it will get better! The headache is the beginning of ketosis..

Comment #10

Decresc-.

This migraine makes me want to never cheat on this diet. Then I'd have to go through the beginning process all over again. lol!..

Comment #11

Morning Tough Lovers! Happy Monday! I luckily have the day off work today...and plan on using it to get some of that cleaning done that I've been avoiding. Doing laundry, cleaning the house....yep...hitting the gym and cleaning up some snow since there is some of that fluffy white stuff outside..

How's everyone on this fine Monday?? Who's working? Who's home?.

Congrats...and FYI...it is no LITTLE achievement. So many people use social events or places where food is provided for them as an opportunity or an excuse to be off plan. I was had the belief that each time you did something like that...and came out on plan...you make yourself so much stronger and so much more able to handle the next "How do I do that and be OP" challenge. Congrats, congrats, congrats!.

Hugs all....

Shelley..

Comment #12

Morning TL's.

Busy weekend here! The Dh is home today with the kids on vacation. I'm off to work!.

Have a Great Day all!.

Congrats to all you Losers out there!..

Comment #13

De99: your choices during that trade show are a BIG achievemnt. Way to go!.

Lynnsie: your migraine is a signal that the transofrmation has begun. You will feel better as the day progress. Drink all the H2o you can. Keep flushing those toxins. You and DE99 are both stong and can do all of this..

Beth..

Comment #14

Good Morning TL Peeps!!.

Week 1 weigh in is -5.4 lbs!! Happy dancing here in the desert!.

Anna - We begin the countdown...I am so excited for you..

Lynnsie - 2 words...Excedrine Migraine. My absolute bestest friend! A few more days and the headaches should go away. You are so right about them being enough to keep one from cheating! You're doing great. Just tough it out with us and it will be a memory..

Beth - I completely understand your occasional reality check. I have them too. Days when you just ask, "Why bother?" of "Why me?" While I'm not on anti-depressants, it's not because my Dr. hasn't tried. I simply refuse to take them because I don't like the physical side effects they cause me. So, every now and then when the fibro takes hold, I can go to a pretty dark place.

I don't allow myself a whole lot of self pity time. Too hard to fit it in the schedule..

Steph - Glad to have you back..

Penny - Awesome inches!!! You are just melting away girl!!.

Morning to everyone I missed..

Going to take the girlie to the zoo, so no Zumba for me today. My poor ankles can only stand so much. I love walking the zoo though. Once of these days I'm going to go with just the hubs and walk some of the trails they have. We always take CC and she would rather see the animals than scenery..

I'll check in later...

Comment #15

Lots of activity in here! I'm not even gonna try to chop any tofu....

Cindy, I am still about 20 pounds from where I'd like to be. When I get there I'll probably want to even go lower. 25 will get me back to where I was at my last goal..

Beth, smart YOU for realizing who your true friends are..

Mia, today should be a busy day for you in the box office..

And DE!!! WHAT A GREAT LOSS!!!! Sooooooo happy for you! Joining you in a happy dance!.

I'm proudly wearing a pair of my own earrings and my ultra cool ring I mentioned last night. I snapped a couple pics with my Droid and I'll put them up here in a few.....

Comment #16

Okay, here are my black and white earrings:.

And here is my cool orange ring:.

I guess shooting with my Droid against a green file folder doesn't really do them justice!..

Comment #17

Good morning TLers.

Congrats to all the losers. You are totally rocking it!.

Love the jewelry Penny. You have a good eye. I really like the ring!.

No work today. The little one wants to paint and put together a wooden airplane. Sounds like an outside activity to me. A messy outside activity...

Comment #18

Thanks, De! Those earrings aren't very fancy - just a couple of swirlies on the bottom. They were the ones that gave me a hard time! I'm even sitting here right now sketching some designs! (Boss is skiing with his kids this week).

Tomorrow we'll be into the "6months, 2 weeks" zone! Woot woot!..

Comment #19

Thanks, Cheri! The ring was really fun. I can't wait to do some more of those. I wish I had some beads and wire here with me now!.

My little one got the itch to paint yesterday. She made about 6 paintings before she got sick of it. You're right about it being messy, though. I had to put a throw rug down and that did the trick!..

Comment #20

Happy Monday from chez Money Pit, it is snowing, AGAIN!.

I have lots to do inside though thankfully before I go outside to shovel, AGAIN..

Been very busy and stressed and away from the boards. I am never going to catch up on all that I missed. I hope everybody is well, and moving forward..

Lemme see, Penny, very pretty jewelry, I especially like the ring. You made them?.

Lynssie, yes, the crashing headache is totally normal, and will go away, then you will feel AWESOME! Also feeling cranky is very normal, and like people around you need to shut up and die because they are breathing too loud. The memory of that headache is one of the things that keeps me in line..

Beth, I hope you are OK, you sound a little sad... I never know how to handle the friend thingy either. I take it with a grain of salt and don't get wrapped up in it..

Anna - Oh, so close to seeing Mr. Anna, very exciting, I hope you both enjoy the furlough very much..

I hope I did not miss anybody, I am off to do more house stuff, what else is new? Oh, yeah, and look for a job, yeah, that too!..

Comment #21

Morning TLs! Hope everyone is having a great monday, or as great as it can be! Needing motivation here at werk..

Comment #22

Morning all! Not a day off here and quite busy. No chopped tofu. Hugs all around...

Comment #23

Congrats on your losses ladies! And inches too.

I have a date at 12:30pm. Pretty nervous about it-this is the first date I've had in two years because I was pretty much invisible before I hit the 100s. I'm trying to go into this online dating thing with the attitude that Freya had (thanks for the advice Freya!)-basically, I'm going to get out there and have fun and meet a bunch of dudes...

Comment #24

Go, Sassy, go!!!.

Kiki, yes, I used to make jewelry and sell it about a hundred years ago. I even made a little money by selling a few patterns. Life happened and other things came first. Last week I decided to sit down and make a little pair of earrings and all this creative energy just exploded! I like the ring, too. Can't wait to make more. The bead store is having a semi-precious event (love that) today and I'm SO going there after work!..

Comment #25

Sorry I cannot keep up with everyone..

I need help (again)..

So, when I started Medifast I had explosive diarrhea. I assumed it was the massive amounts of spinach and my body needed time to adjust. But now, it's just insane. I WISH I could be constipated!! There is not a hint of solid in my stools. And it's a half-dozen times per day. And now my stomach is starting to ache too.



Any ideas? I thought I could handle it but it's just gotten progressively worse and to the point where I'm wondering if I can ever travel anywhere again or I'm worried I'll have to bolt from a meeting (and I'm in TONS of meetings every day)..

I thought about taking Immodium but I'm worried that will somehow affect my weight loss?..

Comment #26

Connor I used to eat Immodium like candy, I never gained from that. |Also, if you're lactose intolerant it could be the shakes..or the sugar alcohols in the bars..

This is the first time in years I haven't bought immodium in bulk...

Comment #27

Connor, make sure you're drinking plenty of water. Don't get dehydrated. I'd be willing to bet it's an intolerance to lactose. Several meals don't have lactose (oatmeals [except apple cinnamon and peach], scrambled eggs, pretzels, RTD shakes, soups [not cream ones])... Gotta get that straightened out, though. Your nutrients are flying through you before they can be absorbed.

Gotta be different, don't you?..

Comment #28

Connor...I'm with the others and think it is probably a lactose or soy sensitivity. You might wanna try some of the non-soy items and see if that helps. Something has to help since this isn't a healthy way to continue..

Penny...LOVE LOVE LOVE the jewelry! Beautiful! One of my quasi, kind of, sort of friends makes jewelry and I used to always love what she came up with..

Hugs all....

Shelley..

Comment #29

Connor, check the allergen sheet.

Http://www.medifastmedia.com/shared/...nformation.pdf.

It has the no milk, no soy, no lactose lists....

Thanks, Shelley! As we speak (I mean TYPE), I'm teeming with ideas. I almost have a headache from it!..

Comment #30

Good morning everyone!!! I guess it's noon here now though..

I got to work at 630 this morning to finish a presentation and now I feel drained..

Still rockin the plan! I'm down 1.2 lbs this week. I was really hoping to have my second number change this week, but at least I know it will likely by next weigh in..

Love the jewelry Penny! I make jewelry too. Mainly bracelets and earings. I don't sell on etsy or anything though. It's more of a hobby and sometimes I'll make them as gifts or sell them to work peeps...

Comment #31

Oops! My ticker didn't update. It is now though..

Comment #32

De, I agree about Excedrin Migraine. It's the only thing that works for me...

Comment #33

Hello everyone! Just popping in for a fast check in and then heading off to do more spring cleaning, organizing, and also folding the laundry that I did yesterday but forgot.....(brain fade moment strikes again..

)..

I'm feeling like a mean-hearted bch for some reason and am thankful that I am home alone. I need to do some attitude adjusting before the poor, unsuspecting hubby comes home from work..

Hope it is a great day for all...

Comment #34

Sugars! Where is my TL banner? I erased my lavendar Talien sig ... thought I left my TL banner....

One of those days where I want to scream with frustration and kick something hard. What the heck is wrong with me?! P I s s y, cranky, mean......not a pretty sight avoid this woman at all costs!..

Comment #35

Thank you everyone! Thanks Penny for the allergen sheet. God, I hope it's not a soy sensitivity. I'm f#$ked if that's the case!.

Every day I eat chicken noodle soup or chicken & wild rice, a chocolate, mocha or vanilla shake, a bar, pretzels or pudding, and a original pancake....

Penny, love the jewelry! Do you have a website?.

Anna, counting down with you!.

Talien, I have those days frequently. Hope it gets better...

Comment #36

Connor, if it were me I would first try cutting out the bars, to see if it's the maltitol or whatever it is. Then yeah, you should try cutting out soy, and then bring soy back and try cutting out lactose. Also, you could try the less-diarrhea-inducing veggies. I'll put them below..

GO SASSY GO!!!! Can't wait for the report!.

Penny - love the ring, so pretty and fun!.

Congrats to all the big fat losers!!!!!!!!.

This morning the scale did the blink back and forth thing between 135.5 and 136. As I've been ignoring the ".5" this entire journey, as soon as it settles on 135.5 I am AT GOAL. It refused today, but one good poop and I'm there!.

Diarrhea-avoiding veggie info (I'm including all the veggies regardless of OP status, in case this helps anyone in maintenance). The carrots, green beans, and sweet potatoes are more digestible than the longer list that follows. Make sure theyre all very well cooked..

Carrots, well cooked ( cup).

Green beans, well cooked ( cup).

Sweet potatoes (mashed, peeled) ( cup).

Well cooked, tender vegetables, as tolerated: asparagus tips, beets, carrots, green beans, lettuce, mushrooms, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and yams without skin, winter squash.

VEGGIES TO AVOID: Raw or undercooked vegetables; also the following cooked vegetables:.

Artichokes, baked beans, bamboo shoots, bean dishes, bean sprouts, beet greens, broccoli, celery, brussel sprouts, cabbage, chives, corn, cucumbers, peas, eggplant, bell peppers, leeks, legumes, lentils, lima beans, mustard greens, parsley, rutabagas, sauerkraut, summer squash, tomatoes, turnips, spinach, collard greens, swiss chard and others not listed...

Comment #37

Back from the zoo. Beautiful day for it, but a bit on the chilly side (for us anyway) The animals seemed to really be enjoying the break from the gloomy cold rain and the monkeys in particular were playing up a storm..

Connor - Ugh. Hope you can figure out what's causing your issues. Definitely go for the Imodium if it helps...

Comment #38

After spending hours today reading through the different threads and groups, I think I found my place. I love how this group is so matter of fact!..

Comment #39

Welcome Robin!!1.

I've been at my volunteer post all day and can only type so much on my phone..

Congrats on all the losses....

No chopped tofu for me now..

Comment #40

I love all the chopped tofu present today. So much support. so much information. This is a group with a big heart and bigger backbone..

Connor: I'm so sorry. You are losing all your nutrients. I'd stop the lactose first, if I were you. It is the most likely culprit. These symptoms are serious..

I got out of the house. It was probably a mistake. Got to the grocery and then came home a cooked myself a steak. I needed that..

Way overtired. not good. some sanity-maybe..

Beth..

Comment #41

Hi everyone,.

I'm looking for a place to hang where I can be with others who want to be and are OP 100% of the time. I try to only visit threads that have people truly dedicated to following MF, not their own version of MF, but these days so many of them on the main board are filled with reasons/excuses for not being OP that it's messing with my head and I'm already in a weird place right now. I figured this was as good of place as any since you guys are known for keeping it real..

I'm not trying to offend, just being honest. I want to get to goal sooner rather than later and I'm not interested in an extra T here and there of something off plan slowing me down..

Hope I can join in with y'all!..

Comment #42

Welcome to Yaya and Robin!.

Beth - Take it easy the rest of the day. You have to take baby steps, hon...

Comment #43

I'm with you yaya and I haven't even started yet. I ordered my food last week. I don't want to go off plan or find reasons to. I'll worry about that stuff AFTER I reach my goal...

Comment #44

Welcome Yaya, you came to the right place.

I forgot to tell you all, I sit at the info desk at my son's school on Mondays and I don't know if it's the hair or what but several people noticed and said something today, so hopefully my dh will notice too. Oh and the one man that sees me every week told me how much he loves my red hair.

We're going to get together with some of his former coworkers when he's home and I can't wait to see them. I was almost 50 lbs heavier when I last saw them...

Comment #45

Hi Robin and Yaya. It doesn't get much more real than sharing my explosive diarrhea escapades. I'm like a walking South Park episode..

And if I do say so myself, not only are the people here a wealth of Medifast information, in addition, Freya and I can make almost anything into a sexual innuendo. Except, perhaps, aforementioned diarrhea...

Comment #46

We *could.* But no one would want us to...

Comment #47

Yes, please refrain from that, please. I get to have sex again in 9 days and I'd like to be in the mood..

Comment #48

Hey everybody I got an interesting take on why medifast is "bad" from a friend today. He was justifying eating pancakes, pancakes stuffed with sausage, and mexican pudding. But what he said made me laugh so hard and then think...that could actually be really "deep".

Him: This food is soo good.

Me: But not really good for you.

Him: See your food is good for the body....mine is good for the SOUL!!!.

We're starving our souls people! LOL Well they need to be skinny too..

Comment #49

Oh and by the way: happy dance!!! Who lost 6.1lbs in a week? This girl!!!! My soul can starve if I keep seeing those kind of results and that was with WET HAIR!!!..

Comment #50

Welcome Yaya and Robin..

Congrats on the excellent losses everyone!.

Conner - I hope you figure out what the culprit is and feel better soon..

Freya and Conner - You two seriously crack me up..

Sassy - I hope you had fun today. Report please..

Anna - 50 lbs lost since you have seen these people? They are all going to be amazed!.

My husband is changing some valves or something or the other in the bathroom and the water is temporarily turned off. Of course I have to pee now. I have no control. None whatsoever!..

Comment #51

Welcome newcomers!.

Connor, I hope you work out what's bugging your GI system..

Congrats on the losses!.

Beth hope you're ok. Don't push yourself too hard. Hugs...

Comment #52

Why, why, why do I go on the Medifast connections board, why? Every time I get aggravated. *sigh*.

I do not understand why people are wasting their time and money on Medifast if they are not willing to follow the program. I am going to go find a brick wall to bang my head on now...

Comment #53

Oh, Miss Poopie Pants be sure to drink so you do not get dehydrated, and Immodium works wonders. I have IBS, and sometimes the turnips turn on me, Immodium fixes me right up...

Comment #54

Welcome Yaya and Robin!.

And yep...being 100% OP 100% of the time...not only gets you to goal a lot faster, but in my experience...it is what prepared me for a successful maintenance. Medifast is strict...I have a belief that most people who end up here have failed at numerous other diets first. If you commit to a plan this strict...and follow through with that commitment...it truly is such a learning experience. You learn what you CAN do. You learn how strong you truly are. And if like me...you are an emotional/stress eater...you also learn how to deal with life without turning to food.

Sure, I read a lot of "supportive" or enabling comments which say that slips or as I call them "off plan behavior" prepares people to deal with life after MF...I couldn't disagree more. What prepared me...is my militant attitude during 5/1. I've lost weight on what seems like a million diets before...only to slowly but surely gain it back. This is the only plan that truly changed my relationship with food....and it's made all the difference..

Once again...welcome to the Tough Lovers!..

Comment #55

Hey TLers! I just got back from my first date in 2 years! He really likes me. Like a lot. Wants to take me wine tasting and give me advice about buying a road bike (he's a semi-pro, I'm a wannabe). I went into it with low expectations because he's not what I want-10 years older, already has three kids, a little too hipster for a 45 year old-but I figured hey, at least I'd get experience dating. I haven't dated anyone seriously in 10 years (since I ballooned up to almost 300 pounds) so I could really use practice..

Well, he's a really nice guy and I had a great time. It was funny-we agreed to meet at a coffee shop but neither one of us realized that the coffee shop had two locations, and we both ended up at a different location. Once we realized the error he came to me and was embarrassed and apologetic. It was fun! At this point I'm not going to stop looking for other dudes but man, it was great to get out and feel like a woman. I know there will be a 2nd date because he was already talking about it. Hooray for dates! And hooray for feeling sexy.

You know, I'm kinda seeing this as being related to clothes shopping. When I was heavy I had to buy whatever fitted because very little did and nothing looked good. And with men so few were interested in me (oh, so few...) that when one did look my way I had to consider him. But now? I can shop anywhere and look great in tons of stuff. And I can also be a little pickier about men because not just one man is interested in me. I don't want to hurt a man and neither do I take a man's emotions lightly, but I can actually wait for the right man not just the sole man who may be interested in me..

I came home to an email from another interesting man who wants to meet me for coffee..

Comment #56

Amen, Shelley! I learned from being 100% all the time that I COULD make any choice I wanted to. It was so freakin' empowering! I don't HAVE to eat anything I don't want to, and I'm not a victim of food or my family or anything else...

Comment #57

A question I ask myself all the time. Safer to stay here in the Clubhouse...

Comment #58

Sassy that is great, how fun. It's fun to listen to all of you daters, I really only ever dated my dh, and I was 19 when we met, I'm turning 37 this year..

Comment #59

Hi TL'ers!.

I came and had a post going and then got sidetracked. Oh well. Had lots of chopped tofu going. Dont think I have it in me to do that again..

I'll just say welcome to the newbies. This IS the place to be if you are 100% and want to stay that way. Just keep in mind the way this really works is that we support you in your commitment to be OP and stay that way. Our tough love is actually preventive - not so much after the fact. We don't tolerat off plan discussion much at all. We talk about SLUDGE instead of using the real names of foods most of the time and "chopped tofu" is our term for individual shout outs..

But if you truly want to live with a commitment, this is the place to be..

Connor - I think everyone else has given you a lot of good recommendations. I might just add that a call to your doctor might be in order. Good luck and get well soon!.

Penny - love the jewelry. Hope you post pics as you keep creating..

Hey I asked about some different ways of making broccoli one day recently and someone suggested roasting it. Whoever it was, THANK YOU! I'm eating roasted broccoli right now and love it. I've been getting kinda tired of green beans and lettuce of all types. And I had run out of zucchini. So this is perfect..

You guys, I was 243 this morning and that's just one pound from 40lbs lost on Medifast (50 altogether). I've been feeling really good about my progress and people are really starting to notice now. BUT this morning I went to a step class I like (first time in two months) and the gym has mirrored walls. I got a look at myself from the side and felt so defeated. I'm one of those small boobed, flat butted women with a great big belly. And darn it if my belly is still bigger than my boobs.

I see it in my face, and I certainly feel it, but the belly from hell is still with me. So pooey pooey..

Okay, I've done my whine. Guess I'll finish up my broccoli and check in later. HUGS!..

Comment #60

I love dates! Well, with my husband. We've been together for 21 years, married (almost) 17 years..

I'm so glad I found this group. I'm not going anywhere else for a long time. Too many people changing the plan to suit themselves. I can't be around that until I've lost the weight I want...then I'll venture other places..

It's kind of funny, well not haha funny, but when I spent all those hours going through the boards this morning I even found myself wandering off plan and I haven't even gotten my first food shipment yet. This is the perfect place to stay focused!.

Thanks!..

Comment #61

Hi all. I decided it was time I stepped into the clubhouse and said hello rather than just peeking in the windows!.

I believe in 100% OP. My battle is with the BLTs. My motto is "Never give up. Never surrender!" Love the give and take here and all the support. AND some of my favorite people hang out here! What could be better. Happy Monday. See you around...

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Tracey - It takes time to see yourself thin. Even at goal and in a size 8 I would shy away from mirrors or cameras because to me, I still was the fat girl. Every once in a while, I would catch my reflection and see the way I looked to other and think WOW! You are doing a great job and I know you want to see immediate results. It will come. Just stick with the plan and stick with us..

Robin - LOL at you wandering off plan and you haven't even started yet. I have never understood the "MF My Way" mentality. Why put out the enormous amount of money for this program and then throw it away because you just can't live with out one kind of sludge or another? <shaking head> Some of the recipes out there absolutely horrify me. 'I can't have sludge, so I'll take my healthy Medifast meal and with a ridiculous amount of condiments and added healthy fats <sarcasm> make it the sludge I can't live without." ugh!! I wanted to learn to NOT want those foods, and found that not only could I, but it was EASY!..

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Talk about some negative self-talk! Quit it right there. No...don't just quit it, fight it! List 5 things you like about yourself or are proud RIGHT NOW..

In all seriousness, it's a constant battle. Just know you are in the fight! I still battle with it...and I am often my worst critic. As soon as I get to the top of my maintenance range...my brain starts to see and call myself fat. It's bananas...and if I listen to said voice, I start thinking of myself as Fat Shelley and then...I start making Fat Shelley choices. Now, if I hear my inner voice call myself fat or do anything of the likes...I say BAD SHELLEY. And...I usually go look at one of my before pictures and give myself a reality check..

Hugs to you...I hear ya...been there, done that...still do that sometimes. Just know you are making progress....it's just hard sometimes to get our brains to see it and believe it..

Shelley..

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Do any of you mind if I add you as friends/buddies? I want to make sure I have a group of people that think the way I do!..

Comment #65

Hmmm, I wonder if chat is safe? Is it? I'll be back ASAP if it's not. Kids are watching a movie and hubby is on FB so I have a little time...

Comment #66

Hi everyone!.

Brand new to this group, and today marks the beginning of Week 3 for me on MF. Since I switched from evening to morning weigh-ins on Monday, this may be off BUT:.

Week 1: -9.5.

Week 2: -4.

HOORAY!!!! Found a group that believes in saying no to cheating, and to teaching ourselves to love simple food that's good for us. Thank you all for believing in what works, I'm so glad I found this group. Already put the banner signature and all. :-)..

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Oh, guys, I would hate to just now be trying to get on plan and lose it. I'm SURE it's the rose colored glasses, but I don't remember there being so many chocolate covered cupcake posts before. I find it hard NOW, in maintenance, I can't even think how hard it would have been back in the bad old fat days..

Here is safe. We're doing the things we can to take care of ourselves, and we don't need sludge to do it. Stay here, stay safe, stay on plan, stay true to you...

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Like I said... Some of my favorite people..

Welcome to all the newbies showing up today. I think you landed in an awesome place here...

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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!.

I almost went over 1 meal today. I was looking forward to my "breaded" shrimp and realized I had all 5 of my Medifast meals before I started preparing my L&G. I would have been so ticked if an extra meal had ended up in my day..

I'm looking forward to all of the no nonsense peeps here, night night all!..

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Sorry to be MIA, but Ohio is crazy right now. I'll be protesting at the Statehouse tomorrow - look for me on the news. I'll try not to get thrown in the pokey, but you guys would bail me out, right?..

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De and Shelly - thanks for the support tonight. I do need to keep in mind that my current weight, even though I am nearly 50 pounds lighter, is still higher than most of you all had as a starting weight. I did this to myself, and I'm now taking responsibility for undoing it. And I AM happy with the progress I've made and the changes I see so far. It will all come - all in due time..

And by the way, man oh man, broccoli has a LOT of carbs! Good thing I worked out this morning..

Tramp - stay out of the pokey!.

Nighty Night All...

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OMG, I love seeing all the new faces in here! I wish I had the energy to even post a TL-worthy post, but I'm BEAT! Yes, I did a good bit of creating pretty stuff today, and a good deal of picking out supplies for creating more of the pretty stuff. I apologize for not remembering who asked, but I don't have a website yet. I'm planning on setting myself up on Etsy. I've created an account, but not a store yet..

Tired, tired, tired! I'll be back bright and early tomorrow!..

Comment #73

Alive: Yes.

On my eating plan: Yes.

Water: Yes.

Exercise: Yes.

Show opens in two days. I am exhausted, but it is a good feeling. Now the big question is, will the set get done? Will the tube that Augustus gets caught in work properly when we fly him out? Will I get a good night's sleep soon?.

Stay tuned!..

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Hey darlings! I had a crazy weekend of shopping with my BFF (after Morty time was over, of course). Yesterday we did this consignment store, with the brand new $50 Tahari pants suit I mentioned. Also designerish jeans that are actually worth getting hemmed, with rhinestones all around the waist. So cute! And more jewelry..

Today, TJ Maxx and the Rack. OMG we went a little bonkers. I don't think we'd really been shopping since before I met Morty. That has not been all my fault either - she has a new boyfriend too..

So we had some catching up to do..

I bought rings! I don't think I've really worn rings since high school. I'm a 7 on my thumb and 1st two fingers, a 6 on my ring finger, and maybe a 4.5 on my pinkies - they didn't have any small enough for me to check. There were a couple of adorable sterling bracelets I wanted, but they were both too big for my tiny wrists..

Did you hear me? TINY WRISTS. Also, I am totally a 6 in jeans across multiple brands. And a small in women's sizes, medium in Juniors..

And yet, I still look in the mirror and see a fat person most of the time. Body dismorphia much? I can't remember who was talking about seeing herself in the gym mirror and being disappointed - believe me, that is part of this journey. I've still got it at 136 pounds/size 6, which part of my head knows is small. The other part just sees my squishy bits and goes "uck big fattie." But I know this will change, gradually, over time, as I get used to the new me. With tiny wrists. No really - I'll believe it some day!.

SASSY!!! Keep it up, girl! Go get 'em. Have fun, YES shop around. Enjoy yourself, and NO SETTLING...

Comment #75

Ok true confessions. I was away on an anniversary weekend for 3 days and didnt stay 100% on plan but I did take bars and shakes for support. I am pleased to say I only gained 3.4 pounds. so excited to be back on plan. Hi I am in my 2nd month and ibloris sis...

Comment #76

True confessions.. I was away for 4 days and didnt stay 100 % OP but did do well. I am now home and ready to get "normal eating" back into my life. I did take bars and shakes with me to help. I only gained 3.8 and am very pleased with that. I am in my 2nd month and happy to be back OP. Hi I am teri and I am Lori's sis ( shes my hero)..

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