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Question I have... What can you order at starbucks on the Medifast Diet (PHASE 1)? Thanks for any answer or 2. 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 (77)

That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the right answer. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I bump into an anything. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could assist you..

Comment #1

Happy Valentine's Day TL'ers!.

Its 5:45 here & I just called into work early. This is a good thing, if I can leave early as well I might actually get to see DH today!.

Tara..

Comment #2

Happy Valentine's Day, one and all!.

This is the only Hallmark Holiday DH is.

Required.

To observe....Valentine is my maiden, now middle, name....

Missed you over the weekend - will catch up with y'all later....gotta get more coffee.....

Comment #3

Good morning all and happy valentine's day!!.

Barb... have fun exercising.

Tara... Hope you see your DH today... I sped sooooo much time with mine.. we have a family business and we work together.... Gets crazy at times but sooo many benefits to it!!!.

Jan enjoy your coffee have a great day!!!.

Today is my official wi and I'm at 134.6 down 5.4 for the week... So happy.. It's also my son's 14th birthday so great day to all!!! We did the restaurant thing last night so tinight I will cook his favorite dinner.

Great day all.

Cindy..

Comment #4

Thanks for the startup this morning Barb!.

G-morning Tara & Jan. Doing a MT thing this morning - hugging the coffee pot. One cup down, one to go. Just had a pancake for breakfast and it's going to be a good day!.

Happy Valentines Day everyone!.

I don't remember who started it but I also wanted to comment on one of the discussions over the weekend. I set my original goal at 145 but once there decided I wanted to do more so I lowered it to 140. During T&M I actually lost down to 128 but I have to say that it was VERY UNMAINTAINABLE. Everyone was asking if I was sick, I looked extremely gaunt and was getting stares that were not at all complimentary. In the beginning I thought it was my jealous fat friends (I have a LOT of them) but when my super skinny friends were saying the same thing something definitely was wrong. Now mind you - I didn't have to go and gain back what I did but my psyche was smashed.

Had I followed my original plan and maintained between 135-140 I would have been fine but those "sickly" comments now were haunting me. So back on went the pounds with my inner brat (credits to Steph) telling me - put some more on so you won't look sick.............

I finally squashed the brat, got my brain back on straight and am getting it back under control. It's all been a learning process (and always will be) but I thank the Rogues (now Tough Love'rs) for keeping me grounded and knowing how to get things back in order. Another thing that I noticed - once I lost touch with the group I lost touch with the importance of the support. I needed it during the weight loss phase and MORE SO once I reached goal. Medifast and the support here is my medicine and I'm not going to forget to take it - ever..

Geesh - wordy this morning............

Comment #5

Good morning, Kids! thanks for starting us up, Barb!.

The little one is all set for her big Valentine's day party at school. She looks so cute. Luckily it's 40 degrees this morning, so she won't be bogged down by a bunch of heavy winter gear since she's carrying 24 mini boxes of chocolates in her backpack!.

Need coffee. It's my crazy early Monday, so I'll see you all at the office..

Happy Valentine's Day! I love Chatty's idea of an all-chocolate Medifast Valentine's Day and I think I just may do it...

Comment #6

Morning all! Happy over commercialized everything red and chocolate day...

Comment #7

Morning fuzzy, jan, MT, Cindy and Tara and Penny (and anyone else that comes in).

I hope those of you who have your dh's and so's with you enjoy your time together.

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TOday is my official weigh in day and I'm at 197.3, a 2.9 loss from last week!! And down 38.2 for the 13 weeks. I bought a new scale that does body fat and muscle stuff and it says 196.4, I'm still debating whether I should change to that one or not. My scale does seem to be heavier than every other scale I stand on anywhere..

It's Monday which means my volunteer day from 10-2 at school. Then I'll Skype with my dh and hang out..

Have a great OP day, I'll read from my phone and try to catch all the fun!..

Comment #8

Food is fuel. Food is fuel. Food is fuel..

I know there will be lots of sludge at work today 'cause of Valentine's day..

Food is fuel, food is fuel, food is fuel..

My goal is in sight. I will stay focused..

Candy = rat poison!.

Kitty..

Comment #9

Regarding yesterday's hot topic, I, too, feel like my body is all but done losing the weight. I am happy hovering just above the 130 line. I also feel like I will be able to maintain this weight now that I've figured out what got me obese to begin with (turns out it's food, not bad luckwho knew).

But what scares me is leaving the safety of 5 & 1 even if I'm not really losing anymore. My plan right now is to stay on an expanded 5 & 1 for the rest of my life. My husband would be absolutely fine with it as he is completely self-sufficient in the kitchen and would not eat anything I cooked on a dare, anyway...

Comment #10

Happy Valentine's Day, TLers!.

Off to a great start this week - little run this morning, and at my desk by 6:30. Later today, I'm off to our world famous training Institute to spend the week becoming Compliant. HA. Good luck with THAT..

I was talking to my husband and looking at some pictures from the anniversary when I hit goal, and we both agreed that I actually did look gaunt and drawn. I'm at the same weight now, but that "you've been sick" look is gone. He thinks it's skin toning plus a redistribution of remaining fat over time. We could really see it in my face and in the girls in October of 2009, and I looked my age. But the slack skin in my face has really toned up over time, and the girls have regained a bit of their former plumpness - while my butt and legs are actually smaller than when I hit goal, as witnessed by size 6 jeans instead of 8s..

Skin after all is just a bag with some elasticity - when the insides shrink, it shrinks too - but more slowly - leaving us with an ill-fitting outer shell for a while. I'm blessed with good skin and take good care of it, so over time that mostly corrected itself, and along with exercise that continues to reshape my body, I'm one of the lucky ones who hasn't been cursed with too much evidence of my years of obsesity..

But, as husband pointed out, the looks are a bonus. The point of the whole thing was to FEEL better, get off blood pressure meds and acid reflux meds, avoid diabetes, be able to sleep, be able to play with the grandkids and snow shoe and run - I got all those things AND some of my looks back. Today, almost a year and half after hitting goal, I easily look 10 years younger than I did obese, but heck, I'd take 10 years OLDER to feel this good..

As to my comments yesterday about regretting changing my goal, well, who knows? I've maintained this weight with very little trouble. Perhaps a lower weight would have been a struggle. Ann commented yesterday about our bodies telling us the answer if we'll just listen - maybe I'm still not all that good at listening...

Comment #11

Good Morning TLers!.

I feel like a Second Grader who's seeing my Valentines Big Heart full of all the Valentines from my classmates. My heart is swelling with joy!.

Thank you for all the Valentines..

14 on the 14th: big birthday. Thanks for giving birth!.

God bless you, Karen. You are doing such important work..

Need coffee. Okay, part of me will remian the blissful kid and part of me is caffeine seeking right now..

Anna, enjoy your Valentine on Skype. Thanks for volunteering at school. I loved doing that when dinosaurs roamed the earth. They did too..

Beth..

Comment #12

Good Morning TLers!.

"Hallmark Holiday" - that's what we call it too! along with Mothers Day and Father's Day. We don't even do cards anymore. Since it is a Monday and DH is off today, I did decide to take a personal day and stay home today though!.

Regarding yesterday's discussion about a goal weight - I am so unsure. I know what I was when I was 20 - but I also know I didnt have a lot of muscle tone then and I plan to now so I don't know if I can get away with a higher weight. Not so worried about what I'll be able to maintain b/c if I am keeping the sludge out I shouldn't need a lot of extra calories anyway. I am more thinking of a size - a 6 or an 8 in Jones New York or Ann Taylor. Right now I am a 14 in Ann Taylor and a 16 in JNY, so I am thinking when I am a 6 in AT and a 8 in JNY maybe I will call that goal. We'll see..

My experience seeing others lose weight is pretty much what Corbie said today -sometimes people have that gaunt look but after awhile their bodies catch up with the weight loss and everything moves to where it's supposed to be. I think if someone is getting the comments on being gaunt they have to take a hard look at where they are in the weight range, BMI, etc. etc. and objectively figure out if they are losing too much or if it just has to redistribute. I've also seen friends tell family members they are too skinny, look ill, etc. etc.

Its a difficult thing but one I'm looking forward too.

My scale finally started moving again - hooray! down to 174.4 - one pound away from 50lbs. lost!..

Comment #13

Oh, didn't mean to sound like a scrooge with my hallmark holiday comment:.

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!..

Comment #14

Bethie.

You are not that OLD.

You did make me laugh though!..

Comment #15

Morning and Happy V Day!.

Just got my coffee so still a bit bleary eyed and unfocused here..

Steph - One of the big differences between your experience and mine is I really didn't have much loose skin on my face. I have high cheekbones that become very prominent the thinner I get. I also have the dark circles around the eyes that are so common with olive skin tone which give my eyes a very sunken look. Then there's my neck. Multiple surgeries over many years have left me some "holes", which become VERY noticeable when I'm thin and my collar bones tend to also become too prominent. Yet my belly is my problem.

Hehe. I have to find a real balance not to let my face get too thin. I really did like the way I looked at 150-153. I don't want to be CWT. I'm the short side of 50, why would I WANT to look like that?.

So, today marks the day that I go back OP to lose the medication weight! My new meds seem to be working and I have more energy and enthusiasm now than I have had in a very long time. This time I am not setting a goal weight to hit. My goal is to fit into a pair of size 8 "real" jeans (no lycra whatsoever) that I have not been able wear in way too long..

I did get up and Zumba this morning so am feeling pretty good right now, although my legs are a bit sore from yard work yesterday..

Off to get some work done. Hope everyone has a great, OP day. Stay away from the sludge and if you feel the temptation coming on, come back here and I will smack it right out of you!.

Hugs and waves to all of you!!..

Comment #16



Morning TL'ers!! And Happy Valentine's Day!! Quick story - my mother, who I lost back in September 2009 and miss every day (I'm an only child and she was single most of my growing up years) - was a wacky registered nurse. You may not know this but many R.N.'s are into crafts and cutesy things, and I was never that way at all. Plain Jane and no jewelry or home decorations, etc. Anyway, she had this heavy ceramic goose that she kept at her front door - and had OUTFITS for it for every holiday. I used to give her total grief for it. I thought it was just so silly, but it was her.



So, she died and I was heart-broken. Couldn't deal with her things for almost a year. Finally had her estate sale this past summer and tried to sell the goose, but she didn't move. So I brought her home. And guess what? Now I'm dressing the darn goose and keeping her in my doorway because it reminds me of mom..

And here she is - Mom's Goose - in full Valentine's Day regalia - just for you guys!..

Comment #17

How do you get a picture - instead of a link - to appear? I clicked on the picture icon and put the link in the pop up box, but it just shows up as a red "x" when I do it that way...

Comment #18

Love the Goose! Loved the story too. Guess she was meant to stay with you. {{{Hugs}}}hon...

Comment #19

One last thing -.

Barb, Steph, De, Penny - and any other veterans I missed. Thank you so much for showing us the way on T&M. I want it more than I ever have, and I have more confidence that I'll get there then I ever have. But it is skeery for sure. It sounds like most of you have struggled with which is the best goal weight, and then re-gained some, and then went back to 5&1..

I really want to learn from your experiences, and may well go back and save some of the comments over the last couple of days to re-read and LEARN. In this case, I dont really want to make my own mistakes. I want to learn from you and be successful as a result..

And Barb - special thanks for answering my question about what it is like when you're no longer in ketosis. That's probably the core of my fear and you really put me at ease about it..

GREAT LOSSES EVERYONE!!!.

Kiss (for V-Day)..

Comment #20

Tkd - cant help you on the pic thing but I was an only child and my mom was single for a good part of my childhood too. I lost my mom in 1993 - I can identify with keeping something like the goose to remember her...

Comment #21

I usually save the pics to my hard drive. Go advanced when doing a post and click on the little paper clip (attachment). Then browse for your picture and upload. Just a note, some browsers don't allow you to do this. I have to open this site in Explorer if I want to upload pictures. The rest of the time I use Google Chrome...

Comment #22

Good morning TLers and Happy Valentines Day!.

I love the idea of an all Medifast chocolate day!.

Kitty - Food is fuel. Food is fuel. Good job!.

Beth - Happy Valentines Day to you dear!.

De, Steph, Penny, Fuzzy, and everyone else..... I am so enjoying reading your experiences with weight goals and T & M. I have been thinking about it a lot lately. I know I have 12 lbs to go. And I am losing no more than 2 a week, so I have 6 weeks until I get to consider T & M. But your experiences and thoughts are very helpful..

Penny - I have a 4 year old who is very excited about his valentines party today too. He wrote out all his cards yesterday, attached stickers and pencils and is waiting... patiently.... How fun to be young..

TKD - the goose: My ex husband's grandmother had one of those. She had it on her front doorstep and "dressed" it every holiday as well. Thanks for the great memories..

Have a wonderful day everyone. I need coffee. Stat...

Comment #23

Good morning and Happy V-Day Tough Lovers!.

No time for posting right now, but I will catch up later today or tonight..

I'm down 1.8 for last week and I'll take it! Have a great day everyone!!..

Comment #24

Tkd.

, when I moved to Florida I saw those geese in people's yards in the mobile home park where my dad lived. They cracked me up. Loved your picture. It brought back fond memories of my dad and I taking long walks where he lived. He died exactly 15 years ago..

Kitty..

Comment #25

Cheri.

, b/c I had surgery shortly after starting MF, my doctor added some food to my plan and I still lost. Last month at a follow-up appointment she added fruit and veggies, which effectively jumped me into week 2 of transition. I'm still losing. So, even though I'm not at goal and I'm about as close to goal as you are, I'm effectively in transition...and still losing. Fear not!.

Kitty..

Comment #26

Yeah, I think it's so individual that you can't even really predict until you get there which you're going to be. Skin condition, medical history, age, bone structure - it all just depends..

Sadly, I have the sunken, yellowish tone to my skin and dark circles under my eyes no matter how much I weigh. Heavy, I look puffy and hungover all the time. Lighter, I look like I haven't slept in days. Oh well...

Comment #27

Kitty - Glad to hear you are still losing, but actually that puts you in the minority! I lost a very small amount during weeks 1-2 of transition, held steady week 3. Week 4 is the one that is the hardest when you add back in just about everything. Took a couple of weeks for my body to adjust. Weight fluctuating up and down until it finally settled at a couple of lbs above my goal weight, but nothing I couldn't handle. I try to encourage people NOT to expect to lose in transition. Some do continue to, most don't.

We all know that everyone's weight loss journey is different, but while on the 5&1, it's still pretty consistent - what you eat, etc. When you get into transition the consistency gets thrown out the window. It becomes completely different for every single individual and how their bodies process reintroducing the various foods and carbs. Some have to proceed very slowly, repeating weeks before they are comfortable enough to move on. Others continue to lose and have to jump ahead to stop losing..

Comment #28

Tracey, I love the goose and the story that goes along with her! How adorable! I lost my dear Mom six years ago tomorrow. I think of her every day and dream of her most nights. This week I added her simple gold wedding band to my ring set and I feel her presence even more closely. It took me until the late part of last year to even donate her clothes. I still have so many things of hers. I have a can of her deodorant that I smell every now and then.

None of this stuff is wonky. We only get one mom..

My trouble with T&M was that I had a solid plan for the T part, but not so much of a solid plan for the M part. Especially when things started spinning out of control with my surgery last year. Now I know better..

So here is my little fruitcake with her Valentine's Day duds on. If you can't see the shirt well, it says, "I (heart) Driving My Parents Crazy!".

And here's me with the new hair (before coffee).....

Comment #29

She is so cute!! Love the new do Penny!..

Comment #30

Morning and.

Happy Valentine's Day.

We are just doing dinner in tonight, we took DD to dinner last night since she doesn't have a valentine this year. So dad pulled double duty..

About goal weights and maintaining. I am 5'4" and 41. I have a pretty good top to bottom body blance (although I am very bottom heavy when I gain weight). I set my first goal at 150. Got there and lowered it to 135. So I hit 133 and was so happy.

It likes 138.......I bounce up to 141ish if I have any dairy and carbs. Take those back out a few days and I am at 138. Getting anywhere below that takes less than 1200 calories a day. I hit goal in August so I am listening to my body right now and as long as I stay between 135 and 140 I have to be good with that although I would still like 130. It puts me in x-small tops and a 4 or 6 in pants..

Comment #31

Happy Valentine's Day everybody!!!.

I got a beautiful necklace from my boy that has little charms in it. One for my puppy, one for my cat, a cross, my birthstone.....and one red heart that says I love my boy.

S.

...LOL...had to ask about THAT one. Apparently they were out of "i love my boy" so he thought it would still be appropriate because my best friend is a guy...Gotta love man logic..

Comment #32

Happy Valentine's Day!.

I've enjoyed reading all the posts about chosing the right goal weight for each individual and maintaing that weight. I've been at my goal twice in the last 4 years. I raised my initial goal weight by a lousy 2#, when I became impatient to get those 2# off.....yes, I was sorry that I raised my goal and felt that I *cheated* myself by giving up. Like many others, I did not feel that I needed to do T & M, that I would never, ever, ever regain the weight (ha!). First time I regained 38# before I reigned in my complusive overeating/binging. The second time, I regained 30#.

This time, I need to follow the T & M, plus every day remind myself to be ever diligent and to nip the poor choices immediatelymeaning at 5# (or less) regained, instead of shrugging my shoulders, moaning, whining and continuing to eat until it is 30# regained (or more)..

Well, for someone with nothing to say (which is what I was going to write, LOL), I sure had a lot of 'nothin'......

Hope it is a wonderful day for all!..

Comment #33

I don't know what all this nonsense is about Valentine's Day today. Valentine's Day Observed is Wednesday, when I get to see Morty again. *grin*.

Also, good morning and congrats to all the amazing losers!!!!..

Comment #34

Good day all. Good to see some familiar faces here. Thanks for the welcome(s) yesterday..

I'm going to get rolfed in an hour. Anyone ever heard of it? Basically my last ditch effort to relieve the neck pain I've had since July. Should be interesting. My neighbor swears by it..

Going back to read a bit. Hope everyone has a good day. My day will definitely be involving some smooth move tea...

Comment #35

Halloo Tough Love-rs! I'm a newbie (If you couldn't guess it) but, I'm here to stay and here to delete the weight that's schlepping around with me. I've read a lot of your past posts and because I'm just a teeny bit obsessive compulsive about how I've been working this Medifast and the fact that I'm I stickler for rules with 'weigh this.. measure that,' I thought I might just belong here..

I just had my first weigh in this morning, even though I'm technically OP four days. I always weigh on Mondays again rules, right? I excercise 15 minutes a day with my Wii fit and then 30-45 with DDR also on the Wii. I'm just getting back to excercise, I took Jazzercise classes 3-4 classes a week and then broke two bones in my right foot. A year later I tore my rotator cuff. Four surgeries and seventy pounds later here I am..

I've always had eating issues, but I'm putting them away for good. I'm starting aquatherapy for core strengthening Feb. 24th to help with the transition back to excercising "full time." My short-term goal is to walk a 5k again and then really get serious. All of your stories are so incredibly inspiring and I will take any and all advice to heart. I'm pretty much a no-whining zone, so if I start please stop me with extreme prejudice..

Comment #36

Sounds, um, interesting!.

I'd be interested to hear how it works out for you,..

Comment #37

Welcome, Kellyann! Nice job on the first weigh-in! Stay OP, hang around in here with the cool kids, and I'll bet that 30 is gone before you know it!.

The high temps are supposed to be in the low 40s today and it's something like 52 out there now! Makes me wanna pack up my stuff and head for the door..

Today feels like there's something missing. I always tell my hubby not to have roses sent to my job on Valentine's Day. They're so overpriced. And he does it anyway. This year, he listened. And dammit, I want flowers.



Flowers.

Are okay. Hand-delivered is better. He went out with the little one and got me something yesterday. Not sure what it is. I got him and the girly some small candy stuff, but nothing huge. The cruise was my contribution to our happy Valentine's Day.



It's turning into an all-chocolate Medifast day for me after all! Hot cocoa, then the last two meals were chocolate shakes! I think I'll have a brownie when I get home!..

Comment #38

Happy Single Awareness Day everyone!.

Ha! Just kidding-I hope all of you who have a DH or DB have a great day.

I've found the cure to the single blues on V Day-go to Maui!.

I gotta get off the internet and head out to snorkel...

Comment #39

Welcome! Just FYI, if you're exercising more than 45 minutes a day on 5&1 you're off plan. Also, you're supposed to NOT start a new exercise plan the first 3 weeks, and if you already have an established one you're supposed to cut it in half for the first 3 weeks, and make sure it stays under 45 minutes/day..

Good luck!..

Comment #40

Happy Single Awareness Day to you, Sassy! I love your cure - sounds like the best ever to me!!!..

Comment #41

Hey all! My name is Claire. I'm 21 years old, and I am ready to lose weight with Medifast. (Today is the beginning of my second week.).

I'm really interested in receiving tough love. I want to be able to be accountable to other people, and be a part of a great support group..

About Valentine's Day: I already had an NSV I received chocolate, and gave it away to one of my friends immediately. I feel like that was mutually beneficial: she loves chocolate, and I'm committed to Medifast! Whoo!..

Comment #42

Penny-I love to buy myself flowers, they are my little pick me up, and now DD will say "mom I need a pick me up" so I get her some for her new digs too.......

Comment #43

Sounds like you're off to a great TL start!..

Comment #44

Welcome Newbies-Congrats on finding the best club in town. Hang on for the ride..

Comment #45

Freya: Thanks for the heads-up. I honestly didn't consider my 15 minutes on the Wii fit as strenuous because it's stretching so I wasn't counting it. Not my best moment, but part of my need-to-succeed-at-any-cost neurosis. Even if it means sabotaging myself. That's why I'm here and why ya'll are calling the shots...

When I got up yesterday for church, DDR wasn't happening because I was hungry and I knew it was all about OP. I wasn't going to push it. There's some sense in my noggin yet! Thanks for the help!..

Comment #46

I feel like giving things away or not giving into the temptation is SO rewarding. I love the feeling I get when I know that I am on-track and will be losing more weight than if I had given into that one Hershey kiss... or just that tiny bite of cake....

Does TL stand for "Tough Love" or something else? Just want to make sure...

Comment #47

Hi everyone!.

Happy Vday! I spent a lot of my morning on 123greetings.com sending completely inappropriate and creepy e-cards to my friends. Seriously, if you want to laugh today and mock a little too...search "cherries" as well as "deep inside" and see the ecards that come up. I wonder if ANYONE sends those ecards in seriousness??.

Hi newbies! Welcome!.

Penny...love the hair..

Also loved the goose story. My parents have this monkey that my sister gave them from Europe somewhere (not a real one). It hangs on their lamp and his name is PoPo. They too, dress him up for every occasion. While I tease them mercilessly about it (and have moved PoPo into some interesting positions), I know I'm going to fight for that silly stuffed monkey when the time comes..

Has anyone heard from.

Booktramp (aka Steph in AZ...I think!!!).

? She had mentioned a couple days ago she was at the hospital with her mom and I wanted to make sure everything was ok..

As for me, I have a date with my girlfriends tonight..

Mike and I celebrated Saturday. Also, we can "celebrate" later tonight too! Tee hee..

OH, I almost forgot. I've been making the pancake mix into a little biscuit every morning and found when I added 1/8 cup (because 1/4 cup is way too big for the pancake) of egg beater to make an egg sandwich, I don't get hungry until mid-afternoon! I mean, I still eat between then, but no hunger pains or anything. Huh...

Comment #48

Afternoon TL! Just stopping by to wave at everyone! Happy VD all!..

Comment #49

OMG you call talk a lot!.

Welcome to all the newcomers.

I just got home from a day of volunteering. It was a madhouse, I am the greeter/gatekeeper for visitors at the elem school on Monday and three Kindergarten classes had parties at noon, then a poor child vomited right next to my desk. (thankfully that was when it was time for me to move on to the classroom)..

Now I'm just waiting to Skype with my dh..

Hope all of you who are with your SOs have a great time! And I'd rather be in Mauii..

Comment #50

I never counted stretching (or walking to warm up) as part of my exercise either. My advice is to keep an eye on it. If your losses slow down or stall out, you may be pushing the exercise and need to back off a little. For me, though, I'm generally so chair bound during the day that stretching and a few minutes of warm up walking did no harm...

Comment #51

Hey Ginny!!.

Claire - Yes, TL=Tough Love..

Anna - I was actually thinking it was kind of QUIET in here today!.

Hope you get to Skype with your hubs. I'd rather be in Maui myself..

Connor - As always, you just crack me up! And might I just say I am FOREVER grateful that you don't have my email address!!! I saw Steph in AZ pop in a couple of times over the weekend, haven't seen her today though. I missed the post about her mom...

Comment #52

De I think it's b/c I wasn't online all day like normal..

Comment #53

All I can say is flax works. Woah does it work! That is all...

Comment #54

Is it 4 pm yet? So slow today, I am dying here...need fresh air..

Comment #55

I wish! Going to try and cut out a little early today..

Comment #56

Sounds good to me. That is what I should have done........

Comment #57

Hehe. I'm talking maybe 30 minutes here. Do I know how to live on the edge or WHAT??..

Comment #58

Please... it's only 1:00 here. Just finishing up some peach oatmeal for lunch. Then back to the grindstone..

One of our vendors came in and asked me if I wanted a new pen or a new water bottle. I took the water bottle. It is a pretty cool one. Fancy schmancy. I think it will be great for hiking. My husband and I got each other new hiking boots for V Day.



Hope everyone has a great afternoon. Welcome to all the newbies. Enjoy your tequila and cheez whiz...

Comment #59

I knew it. I stopped and bought a small bunch of rainbow-dyed Gerbera daisies and hubby went and got out of work early, stopped and got me a dozen pink, long-stemmed roses, and hand-delivered them! He said there was no way he was going to let Valentine's Day pass without getting me flowers. Whatta guy. We're getting ready to head out to dinner soon. Nothing fancy and romantic. Just our favorite salad and sandwich place.

Very small amounts of candy in our house this year - just a few small things, but also the last Wimpy Kid book in the series that she hasn't read, and Just Dance 2 for Wii..

Hope you all have fun with your Valentines and keep your eyes on the prize! Onward and downward (get your mind out of the gutter, Connor)!..

Comment #60

Penny - You have a keeper!! That'll teach you to underestimate your man, won't it?..

Comment #61

Mike just called to double check that I REALLY don't want anything for Valentine's day. Women at his work were telling him that when I say no I really mean yes and that he has to at least get me a card. I assured him I don't want him to spend money on flowers (esp. since he just bought me "Great job on MF" flowers a few weeks ago and I had to buy jeans that fit me yesterday)..

Also, I said, "I'll just throw the card away anyway. Don't get me that. Or if you must, have the kids make one at home." He was like "That's what I told them but they insisted you were just saying that!".

And that's why our relationship has been going strong for 16 years...

Comment #62

Way to Go Calire! You are going to do just GREAT!..

Comment #63

Thanks, Nan! I feel like my head is in the right place to do good things for my body. I've done Medifast before, but it was much more of a struggle to remind myself that I wasn't sacrificing anything. Now, I just keep repeating: "nothing tastes as good as thin feels.".

And it's true!..

Comment #64

This is profound right here!.

De, I thought he might actually listen to me this year! Ha ha! He's as hard-headed as I am. He surprised me with a bag of Bed Bath & Beyond stuff; A whole lot of great smells: orange, coconut, vanilla... mmmmm! Lotions, soaps, colognes... major girly stuff!.

I had one of my favorite salads for dinner which has a small portion of very lean steak on top of romaine with fresh pico de gallo. Delicious! I get the dressing (ranch) on the side and have a few forkfuls, but it doesn't even really need it. It comes with other sludge normally, but I special order it without all that junk...

Comment #65

Hiya Gang!.

Had a big press event today with the Gov. and LOTS of others. Luckily I was in the video they showed and didn't have to speak, but there I was in the video in front of all those people. Thank goodness I have lost weight. Of course I could look MUCH healthier than I do, but I already look MUCH healthier than I did. I think I look overweight or obese now, but I don't have that "so toxic I'm gonna explode" look.



Penny - so sweet about your mom and memories. It's funny because I ended up with all my mom's jewelry and I've never worn more than a very thin 18K gold wedding band and an occasional pair of earrings. So, I just dig into the jewelry cabinet and try different things. The one thing I never thought I would wear (because I thought it was hokey) was her heart shaped diamond wedding ring. Today I wore it in honor of her - she was married on Valentine's Day. And you know what? I love th ring! It's a pretty big diamond and very shiney.



Welcome newbies. We're here to help you stay OP so you won't need Tough Love. THAT is the key to making this group work for you, in my opinion..

Wonderful Valentine's Day stories everyone! I wasn't tempted by a thing today. I'm just happy to be here and be OP..

Gonna get the Wii out and step my way through at least 30 mins of The Bachelor..

By the way, I really do want a cauliflower pizza but wish I could buy some crusts from someone!! It just seems like so much work! I was thinking if the pancake (I usually just make one big one) weren't sweet, I could make a pizza on it. Or maybe there's a way to do it with broccoli soup. Anyone heard of a pizza recipe that didn't involve a complicated cauliflower crust?.

HUGGLES!!..

Comment #66

TKD - Make a flatbread out of the tomato or any other cream soup. 2 TBSP egg beaters, water, 1/8 tsp baking powder, pich of italian seasoning. Mix the dry together add egg beaters and enough water to make a thin but not runny batter. Spray a piece of foil with cooking spray. spread batter into a circle about 1/4" thick. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes or until the edges start to turn brown.

Flip and peel the original foil off carefully. Bake for another 5 minutes, top as desired and enjoy...

Comment #67

I love cream of tom soup made into "bread".

I've never done it with egg beaters , I may try that I just use baking soda and spices...

Comment #68

Tracey, congrats on the video! That's exciting!.

My little girl was just doing her new Just Dance 2 for Wii. She is the whitest little 7 y.o. on the planet!.

I agree the cauliflower pizza crust is a little tedious. If you use a Medifast meal, though, it's not technically your L&G... I suppose you could use a Medifast meal to make a larger one and split it into 2 meals?..

Comment #69

How do you make cream of tomato soup into bread? I have plenty of soups, and I should try the bread thing to see if it will make them better...

Comment #70

Penny! I always say that about my 12-yr-old! I have apologised to her that she got all of her rhythm from daddy and that he *is* the whitest human in all humanity. It's a great sadness to be visited upon our family. Somehow we deal with it...

Comment #71

Same recipe as the flat bread just reduce water to make a thick batter, put in ramekin and nuke for 120 seconds. Can be used with any Medifast product, even the "crunchy" soups. Just grind them to a powder in a blender first..

These are my old stand-by recipes and really the only one's I ever used...

Comment #72

Because I am the special one in the group.

I would often do this to help make up a meal and make sure I got everything in for the day. Crust was an Medifast meal and the toppings counted towards my l&g.

I just got my first real Medifast order in almost 3 years. I can't believe that I am excited to eat space food again!.

Oh, and Penny - CC and Emma can start a white girl's dance club. <snicker>..

Comment #73

I tried a granola discussed in the T&M part of the forum...

Comment #74

All knees and elbows! LOL!.

Dog show's on!!! I'm off!.

Happy Valentine's Day, y'all!..

Comment #75

Think I'm off as well. Talk to you tomorrow...

Comment #76

I've been in bed all day. No energy. I hope tomorrow is better. Alwys OP, at the very least I CAN make good choices..

After dipping in and out a few times, I feel we TLers have celebrated Valentine's Day very well indeed..

Got my cuppa decaf and my Chololate mint Bar to wish St. Valentine adieu.

Good night folks. Sleep well..

Beth..

Comment #77

De - I love you!! This is going to be great. I dont care if I get a full L&G out of the meal because of using the soup. I can always add some lean or some green later or earlier in the day, as needed. This sounds relatively EASY and I adore easy! THANK YOU...

Comment #78


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