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Good question... I dunno what is the answer. I'll do some research and get back to you if I discover an anything. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably can answer it..

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Here is a link to the new introduction thread, where we can introduce ourselves and get to know each other better, and newbies have a link to get to know us as well!!!..

Comment #2

The Can Do Birthday for the week is Rebecca (Kimimouse) on the 14th!!!..

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Good morning everyone! I hope you had a beautiful day yesterday. I've got a great family day planned. DD home from DC, dinner with my sister and dad and a few other family members tonight. A busy weekend, but enjoyable. Now if my lawn would just cut itself one more time and my papers would magically correct themselves..

Jan.

Got me to thinking a lot this weekend about changing habits. Yesterday I wrote about my local famers market. So this week, every day, lets focus on something you have changed thanks to your Medifast journey..

I think the biggest change is that I plan and write my day down either the night before when I'm making my lunch or in the morning at breakfast. I do allow some discretionary calories during the day, but I write them down before they go in my mouth. If I don't have my calendar with me, I write them on a little post it that I attach to my phone. That way when I get home and charge my phone, I remember to log the rest of my food..

I look at that log on a weekly basis in terms of total calories and adjust accordingly. If I know that I am going to go out for dinner and have something I normally don't eat, I have a few extra Medifast meals during that week to substitute and cut my calories without feeling hungry. The new habit is that I do this before I eat, not after..

If I do eat something that I hadn't planned for or paid for, the next day or next few days, I cut back. The old me would have just kept eating off plan, but now I regain control immediately. This is why keeping track is so very important to me. I have to be honest about what I put in my mouth, or I will lose control and begin to overeat again..

I have finally reached the point where I can go out for dinner and order something that is not necessarily "on plan" and still deal with it. I just know that I have to plan ahead and be prepared to have low calorie days as needed. This has helped me maintain within a 2 pound range. I usually fluctuate between 136 and 138. I don't worry as long as I am in this range at some point during the week..

So perhaps there was more that one habit change in there. Writing everything down and preplanning for days when I will eat differently..

As I settle into a routine at school this year, I have found it very easy to have low calorie days during the week and higher calorie days on the weekend and still maintain. So far so good. Last year, I was trying to even the days out a little more with less fluctuation because I was afraid of overeating on the weekend. What a difference a year makes!.

Have a great day!.

Fight the good fight every day!.

Barb.

Month 1: -8, 5, - 2, - 4 = -19.

Month 2: -3, -2, -1, -3 = - 9.

Month 3: -4, -2, -4, -2 = - 12.

Month 4: Scaleless in Maine = -11.

Month 5: -2, -2, -3, -2 = -9.

Month 6: -2, -3, -4, -1 = -10.

Month 7: - 2, -2, -2, -2, -2 = -12.

Month 8: -2, -2, -2, -2 = -8.

Transition: -20 (for a total of -108).

GOAL: Black Friday, November 27, 2009.

Current Weight is 138. I am healthy!..

Comment #4

Diana.

Thanks for getting us started. I hope all is well with you. Love those hamsters!..

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Barb.

It was exciting shopping yesterday! I really identified with what you were saying yesterday about planning around food. I would always stop on the way home and do the same thing. Make some excuse for my behavior and not think twice about what I was doing wrong!.

Being able to pick out anything and now worry too much if it will fit is a big deal. I actually got the cutest size small (!!!) dress! It was the only size left in this dress and normally I'd go for the medium but I had no choice yesterday. Couldn't believe how well it fit. Can't wait to show you guys pics next week!..

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I can't wait to see them! Isn't it a great feeling!..

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Hi Crew! Had fun catching up on the posts, although there weren't that many, so everyone must have been rockin' the weekend. I had some big events Fri. & Sat and tried to just relax on Sunday, but really had to catch up around here. Fortunately, today is a planned day off and I can finish catching up. My biggest goal today is to go through the rest of my clothes - dress mostly - and make another pile for Salvation Army..

Saturday night was a 41st class reunion and several years were combined. I had such a great time and we all stayed until we were kicked out..

My husband was such a good sport and just had to sit quietly and I'm sure he wished he was anywhere else.... but he wanted to come, so he toughed it out. I had a blast, lots of laughing and stories and pictures. The best NSV of all - I jsut have to share - was that one of the guys in our town who was a few years older than our class, considered the hunk of the town - lol - was there with his wife who I know well. This couple are alumni parents with us at the local high school, so we run into each other occasionally anyway. I was saying Hi to them and she mentioned she had not seen me for a year with my 'white' hair - and her husband said to me, "Your hair is great and, well, you just really look hot!" HAAAAA! That was a big NSV for me.

What a good time, but I'm living off that compliment this week..

The funny thing was that people kept saying 'you haven't changed, you are as little and skinny as ever!" Isn't that a stitch when you think that they never saw me in between. SO, though I wouldn't have crash dieted for this occasion, I couldn't be more satisfied and happy with myself to have pursued Medifast when I did. One of my sisters went, as well, but my other sister who is still very heavy and feeling crummy, refused to go and we couldn't convince her no way no how to attend with us. I was so grateful that I was not in that frame of mind..

More later and checking in with shout outs to you guys. I have to go finish my clothing clean out. It was a real eye opener when EVERYTHING in my dressy closet was just NOT the right fit. This time of year, we always have a lot of dressy events I was always able to just go grab something black with a fun scarf or shawl or jacket, but everything I tried either had large shoulder pads (hello, the 80's & 90's are calling) or just were too big! Halleluia!!!.

Hugs, Crew!.

Debbie..

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Barb.

It is a great feeling.

Although it is strange and I always feel like I'm going to wake up one morning and be back at 200lbs for sure!.

Debbie.

What an awesome NSV!! I would've died right then and there if the hunk of my town said something like that to me! lol!.

I think one thing I learned on this journey is that I can survive on less calories. A typical day for me pre-mf meant eating about 1000 calories just for breakfast! Now as I am entering maintenance I'm eating about 1300 calories a day and I am completely full. That is definitely a huge surprise and a great learning experience. Actually I could type a novel of all the things I have learned on this journey!..

Comment #9

Just catching up on posts. It is a busy time here in Missouri. We farm and are in the middle of harvest. DH is working frantically to get our soybeans out amid breakdowns and everything else. Staying OP (since my birthday outing) but still not losing very much. Stayed the same this week.

It is not a problem I have had before on MF. I haven't yet figured out the reason..

I had to quit running. My left foot started hurting like it did when I had plantar faciatis before. Don't want that back!! So I decided to switch to a 10 K walk. For some reason walking doesn't seem to irritate my foot like running does. Everyone have a good week...

Comment #10

Hi all, just catching up. I am in my new office for the first time today, LOVE IT!.

Debbie, Sounds like you had a blast. Great NSV!.

Brenda, That is ironic that you farm soybeans and Medifast is soy based..

Barb, I used to log all of my food, but never used the on-line tool. For a while when I didn't use my journal, I discovered that is when I would go off plan. But, most recently, I have decided that if I am 100% OP the way I should be, I don't have to write anything down, it is all OP. (Did that make sense?).

Thanks for all the sweet words on my new avi. It was a very relaxing trip. I went armed with lots of Medifast food, but I didn't have a plan. So, here is what I decided..... As long as I ate 5 Medifast meals a day, I would eat whatever I wanted for my LG. Funny thing is, I ordered grilled maui maui, steamed vegetables, a house salad and a sweet potato.

The second day I ate my grilled fish left-overs. Another day was Ruby Tuesday's salad bar, and the next day was Sonny's salad bar and grilled chicken. During the course of our trip I drank 2 wine coolers. I had to mix them with diet 7-up cause they didn't even taste good. I also made it to the treadmill everyday!! Their TM's show distance in M and K.

I have heard so many people talk about 5K's and thought wow that is pretty far. I walked 3K in less than 35 minutes. I was so proud of myself..

Melissa, Christine, Diana, Jan, Kim, Heidi, everyone.... hope you are all doing great. I missed you all last week...

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Happy Monday everyone! I am finally back into a regular exercise routine with the elliptical at school. I had some trouble getting there with my meetings last week. I knowno excuses. Last week was one of the weeks when I really needed to be able to run because my schedule didnt allow me to get to the weight room in time. I did some step aerobics instead, but that was a little harder on my knee. Im back into my regular routine again and I feel so much better for it..

This week I will be going to Iowa for the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute. This week deals with food security issues for people throughout the world. I will have very limited access to the internet, but I will still be able to follow my eating plan and get some exercise in. Thankfully hotels have exercise rooms..

Debbie.

, congrats on your NSV. I am so looking forward to my next high school reunion. Even though it is 2 years off, I know that I am going to look great!.

Melissa.

, I worry about that a lot. I know that I can eat one thing and not gain 5 pounds, but I dont always believe itif that makes any sense. I guess that fear keeps me honest..

Brenda,.

This is great weather to enjoy walking outside. Nothing wrong with walking! Its all about moving, not matter how you move..

Sherry.

, that made sense to me. When I was 100% on plan, I didnt need to write either. Now I need to. Some days I eat a little of this and a little of that and if I dont write it down, it all gets away from me..

Fight the good fight every day!.

Barb.

Month 1: -8, 5, - 2, - 4 = -19.

Month 2: -3, -2, -1, -3 = - 9.

Month 3: -4, -2, -4, -2 = - 12.

Month 4: Scaleless in Maine = -11.

Month 5: -2, -2, -3, -2 = -9.

Month 6: -2, -3, -4, -1 = -10.

Month 7: - 2, -2, -2, -2, -2 = -12.

Month 8: -2, -2, -2, -2 = -8.

Transition: -20 (for a total of -108).

GOAL: Black Friday, November 27, 2009.

Current Weight is 138. I am healthy!..

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Barb, I will definately need to go back to writing everything down when I get to transition. Glad you are back to your exercise routine. The hotels have great exercise equipment. Enjoy your trip...

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I hope I'm not posting this again, I hit the tab key and everything seemed to go bye-bye! Sooooo...as I was saying. I did better last week. I got my car fixed for only $35, they just buffed out the scratch. I don't have to worry about rust because it's a plastic panel..

I went to the North Shore of Lake Superior with my mom and daughter on Saturday. I dropped my mom off at the casino and DD and I went Fall picture taking. We had a great time hanging out. I stayed pretty much on plan even at the huge all you can eat buffet. I got salad with lots of veggies and some ham. I stayed away from the pasta, fried foods, and dessert bar..

Today I started at the new job location and things went fine. It was still a little nerve racking because I didn't have access to all the computers because my numbers still have to be transferred, but the people were nice and I'm sure I will fit in fine. I'm only there until January if all goes as currently planned. Then I'll make another change, I guess..

I had to change my weigh in day to Tuesdays, I hope there is good news this week. I certainly tried harder. I also have my In Body scan tomorrow so I can see if I've lost any fat. I'm still on the 4 and 2 plan- They will switch me to 5 and 1 sometime soon..

Gotta Go. Night all!..

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Good progress, KIM - keep up the good work and good luck tuesday on the scale!.

Deb..

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Kim, I started at a new office on Monday too. I counldn't have been happier. I requested the move though so that does make a difference. Hope all goes well at your new location. Good job at the buffet. I love all the salad stuff and meat you can get at the buffet, but the dessert bar is often too tempting for me...

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Moring crew. It is official.... today I am down 40 lbs. Was shocked when I took an early sneak peek at the scale, especially since I just came back from vacation, so I had to update my ticker..

Happy Tuesday to everyone!..

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Congratulations Sherry!!!.

Way to go! 40lbs is a great milestone!.

Barb.

I was a little surprised hearing that you are also afraid that one morning all the weight will come back. I figured since you have been in maintenance so long that wouldn't be an issue for you. I think that is a good thing that it never goes away definitely an easy way to keep weight off for sure!.

Such nice weather in South Florida today I am loving it. In the 80s and chilly in the morning. My dogs think they are in heaven!..

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Last day I am sure Ill be able to post for the week. Im traveling tomorrow and then my internet access will be somewhat limited. I am all packed and ready to go. I have some Medifast meals tucked away for the long periods of time from meal to meal. On Thursday lunch is at 12 and dinner at 9:30. Ive got three Medifast meals packed to tide me over.

It keeps me away from the snacks they set out..

Sherry.

Congratulations on 40 pounds gone!.

Melissa.

, my mind is a weird thing. I was convinced when I was in Maine that I was gaining weight. I was so sure that I would come back over 150 pounds. It was hard for me to stop freaking out about not being able to weigh in and just trust my plan. Even going scaleless for 6 weeks and only gaining 1 pound, was not enough to convince me that I can really do this on my own. When they say this is a lifestyle change and a mind change, they arent kidding.

Some days are hard, some days are easy, but every day is a struggle to not choose to eat off plan. I have a bad relationship with food. It is only by sticking to my plan that I can succeed. It isnt as hard as it was pre-MF or even when I just entered transition, but there are some days when it is still very hard for me to not go back to the old habits and overeat..

This week we are focusing on habits we have changed. Today I want to talk about the habit of eating something as soon as I get home from work. For most of my life, I was overweight. I got home from school and ate a meal while I was preparing dinner for my family. I got in the door and got out the food. Not just bites, licks and tastes, but I often ate a whole meal.

Of course, I could eat a little less, since I had already eaten a whole meal. And I wonder why I weighed 246 pounds..

Today when I get home from work, I have a snack planned. It might be Medifast pretzels, a cheese stick, an 80 calorie yogurt or some fresh cut veggies. Ive already counted it in my calories for the day. It helps me wait until I sit down for dinner and it keeps me from BLTs while Im making dinner..

Why did I stay 100% on plan? So I could reinforce habits I needed to succeed. I had so many bad habits to break..

Fight the good fight every day!.

Barb.

Month 1: -8, 5, - 2, - 4 = -19.

Month 2: -3, -2, -1, -3 = - 9.

Month 3: -4, -2, -4, -2 = - 12.

Month 4: Scaleless in Maine = -11.

Month 5: -2, -2, -3, -2 = -9.

Month 6: -2, -3, -4, -1 = -10.

Month 7: - 2, -2, -2, -2, -2 = -12.

Month 8: -2, -2, -2, -2 = -8.

Transition: -20 (for a total of -108).

GOAL: Black Friday, November 27, 2009.

Current Weight is 138. I am healthy!..

Comment #19

Sherry.

-Congrats on the 40 lbs. Woo HOOOOO!.

Barb-.

It's kind of hard for me to hear that you still have to fight to stay in control every day. I keep wondering how much longer I can fight and I keep telling myself, It's just for a little while while I lose this weight. I was hoping that there would come and end. I can see though, that is why I have probably always gained back the weight I've lost! I know I have to work on changing so many things about my thought process and I guess I have add to that list "never tire of doing right" arghh...I can do it, I can do it! LOL.

The last 2 days I have not gotten home from work until 7pm-I've been starving! It's hard not to scarf everything in sight as soon as I walk in the door. Here's my basic schedule:.

Wake up 5:30am, Leave home 6:30-kids to school. 6:45 I have a.

Shake.

On the way to the gym. Bike 15 min, Swim 30 min, leave by 8:30, (very hungry after working out) 9am eat a.

Medifast bar.

, get to work by 9:30, (work 10-6), lunch 12:30-1 Salad w/meat and veg, 3pm.

Medifast bar.

, 6pm leave work-now I'm starving!! Drive 45 min home. Dinner at appx 7:30 Chicken breast, veggies. 9pm.

Shake.

Or bar before bed. *remember I'm on the 4 and 2 plan* I sometimes add a few almonds around 10:30 am and sometimes again on the way home. I drink tons of water while driving in the car. My problem is that I'm really hungry in the morning and again at the end of my work shift. Does anybody see a way I can change this up so I'm not so hungry? Maybe, now that I'm home later, I should cut out that bedtime Medifast and put that somewhere in the middle? I started doing that because I could never get in all my Medifast items. (I was on 5&2 so they cut me down because I couldn't get them all in) Hmm.



Well, I did lost 1.5 this week. Not bad, down 23.5..

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Kim,.

I suppose the thing is that there isn't any easy fix for me after 30 years of bad habits and a poor relationship with food. For me the temptation is always there to overeat. That's why I have to have a no excuses attitude. It is also why I follow my rules. As soon as I let my guard down, those bad habits start to creep back in. The good news is that I have the tools, healthy body and exercise habits that help me stay in maintenance and on track..

I think more than anything else, I now have the deisre to stay at this weight. I spent the last year and 1/2 dealing with the emotional part of my eating and relationship with food. I was brutally honest with myself. No excuses..

I have read many times that when you are really ready to lose weight and maintain that weight loss, you will know it. You will feel different. You will accept that it is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix. This is the first time I've been able to make goal, ever. I think it is because I approached it from the standpoint that I needed to break bad habits and that this was the last time I would spend my family's money to lose weight. It was now or never.

In some repects, I felt I needed to do this to free myself..

MF made it very easy. I was never hungry. I wonder if you are in ketosis? If your carbs are over 100 a day, you probaby aren't in ketosis. When you aren't, you will feel hungry due to the low calories. One suggestion is to eat your first meal within 30 to 45 minutes of getting up. I believe this is what Medifast suggests..

Another suggestion is to eat another bar or something at 5:30 or 6 and then your dinner later. You won't have a meal left to eat after dinner, but if you eat an Medifast meal at 6 and then dinner at 8, you should be OK until you go to bed. 3 to 7:30 is 4 1/2 hours and a long time to go without any food..

I hope this helps..

Barb.

Some people my not struggle,..

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Good Morning Crew. Debbie's doggy sig inspired me to find one that expressed the madhouse, crazy schedule I've had these last few days. Monday all h***l broke loose at work and the light at the end of the tunnel was an oncoming train....

...and it hit yesterday.

!.

Quickly so I can get out of here....the weekend with the dinner went well - more details later. Monday was back in routine aside from the craziness at work. I was down for weigh-in. Yesterday was a struggle - there was a drill going on, so the 'troops' were fed and the supports (me & company) were encouraged to eat. I ate the turkey out of the sandwich & had some cole slaw, which was probably a little high carb-wise, but not bad, overall..

Barb.

- it's funny...for me, it's a relief to hear that you still struggle. Not that I don't wish there would be an end to the struggle, but I know that food will always be an issue with me and I'll have to plan and practice saying No Thank You. I know it will get easier, but I'll never be able to eat "everything" and not gain weight. That was life as a teenager. That is not life for a middle aged woman, if you can call 59 middle age!! Have a great trip! I remember you attending that same conference last year when you were on 5&1 - what a difference a year makes!!.

Sherry.

40 lbs!!!..

Comment #22

Barb.

Love how honest and open you are about your struggles. Makes me feel like I'm doing something right because I feel the same way. It is a struggle for me as well but then again I feel like it should be. Nothing in life is easy and getting over this addiction is a hard road. I am loving maintenance though. Just have to continue to make the correct choices.

Control can be fun at times. Speaking of eating before dinner I started doing the same thing. Like we talked about earlier how we would both stop for food on the way home. I always have to have something to eat in the car on the way home from work now. Definitely keeps me on the straight and narrow! Loving the dark choc kisses before bed so thank you for that idea! Love getting my chocolate fix and having planned for that 'fix' earlier in the day.

So THANK YOU!.

Hope that wasn't too sappy!.

Jan.

Hope your week gets better!.

Found a shirt online today that says "Yoga Is My Drug Of Choice". I think I need 10 of those! Can't say enough good things about yoga class. I recommend it to anyone who is thinking about it. Yoga should have me as a spokesperson or something! Ha!..

Comment #23

Good Evening Crew! Work was calm today - mostly because I was at the backup center - sounded like it was still pretty crazy at HQ,.

But I was sheltered from that, thank goodness. I needed a breather..

So, I don't know why I didn't think of this before - I'm writing this from my kitchen while I'm fixing L&G...swordfish is in the oven, spaghetti squash in the microwave and I can check in with the Crew! When I did my kitchen 17 years ago, I had a special cabinet built into the wall that has shelves for my cookbooks, my microwave and my computer...I have a recipe database on here. Well, 17 years ago, my computer was an old 286 with DOS operating system and giant floppies. Today, it's an old windows machine, but it's hooked up to the internet, thanks to DH. I'm still using the same DOS recipe program, but now I have a file for Medifast meals.

Can't chat long - time to go stir things up. Have a great evening everyone, if I don't make it back!!..

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Hi Everyone - Been glued to the TV watching the miners being rescued in CHile. Very touching and exciting. I have had a busy week, our school auction event is Friday night and we are crazy busy. I've really had to be careful eating, I am feeling so many old habits, and fighting the good fight. At dinner last night (chicken & green beans, no potatoes, thank you) and a piece of whole grain bread, I felt good, but the desserts were unreal. I almost ordered something, but when I asked my husband about it, he said, 'You would say the answer is No." Whew, I needed that and really appreciated my decaf coffee..

I have a couple of pounds creeping back, but still within 4 of goal. It is too much, though, and am journaling every meal and hoping the nutritionist can steer me in the better direction. My calories are going according to plan, but I feel my stomach is getting bigger and that will just not do! Constant battle, but worth every thought and argument with myself....

SHERRY - Congratulations, what a fabulous milestone! woop Woop!.

Habits I have had to break - fast food, definitely and buying packs of goodies when I grocery shop, to munch on while I shop......geez....

Have a good night everyone - more tomorrow and make it a great OP 24 hours!.

Deb..

Comment #25

Hi everyone,.

Thanks Barb for the great advice again. I don't believe I'm in ketosis. In fact, the plan has been to get my BMI below 40 and then start the 5&1. They didn't want me to go into starvation mode so Ill be cutting down gradually. I was at a 48 BMI and now I'm at 43 so I'm getting there! Hopefully Ill be there by my next in body scan in a month..

After being famished all day yesterday, today I wasn't hungry at all. I forgot to dry my swimsuit so I did the treadmill for 20 and the bike for 10. Then tonight I went on a 1/2 hr. Walk. Funny how things can be so different one day to the next..

I'm going to go watch the Chilean miners story now..

Goodnight and God Bless!.

KIM...

Comment #26

That's an impressive loss. Keep up the very good work...

Comment #27

Cogratulations Sherry!!! 40 lbs gone..

I really identify with the constant struggle. Iknow that I will have to fight this from now on but it is getting harder all the time. And I'm getting tired of it. Thats where the Can Do Crew come in, they help keep me on track. It helps to know that others are facing the same struggles as I am...

Comment #28

WHOOO HOOO!!!! Way to go Sherry!! 40lbs gone... YOU GO GIRL!!!..

Comment #29

Morning Crew,.

Barb, hope you having a great trip..

Debbie, Soooo thankful for the rescue of the miners. My parents are from WV, so it really hits close to home when a miner has been injured..

~~~~ waving to everyone~~~~..

Comment #30

Brenda.

Hang in there girl! As Barb said it is a struggle to maintain but for me looking in the mirror and actually liking what I see for the first time in forever does make it not so hard. Of course there will always be temptation but you can adjust calories to have a treat once in a while in maintenance and not see the scale move. So keep fighting the good fight as Barb would say!.

One more day until my reunion festivities start. Tomorrow everyone is going to the high school football game and then out for drinks after. Then Saturday we all get to dress up and meet at this bar/restaurant. To say I have some anxiety about this weekend would be an understatement. Not turning to food for comfort is a different thing entirely for me. So last night I got on the elliptical for an hour and sweat out my anxiety! ha! It will be strange to be surrounded by drinking the whole weekend and I just don't' think I will be doing that.

I will be a great designated driver though!.

Thinking of all you crewsers today!..

Comment #31

Hi Crew,.

Whew things have been busy. Have bopped in to read your posts for inspiration. This is my first chance to tell all y'all how awesome you guys are this week. Great reading..

Melissagood luck at your upcoming events..

Sherry, wow. 40 pounds. sweet!! Hope you are settling into the new office..

Kimmy next vacation might be to the North Shore of Lake Superior. Love the Great Lakes. Sorry your Fall has been so warm. We are below freezing at night now. Better get the remaining leaves raked up this weekend. Snow will be falling soon..

Brendasorry about your foot. Hope it gets better soon..

Bobbiwe definitely like the snow better than the cold rain. Sunshine rules and we all need a break in the winter to go get some, even if it's just a week away in a sunny location..

Hi Jan, hi Debi, hi Courtney and Diana..

Barb, as always your posts inspire and cause me to reflect for a few moments on the real issue, which is my dependence on food for comfort. Even after months of good behavior it does not take but a moment of emotion to cause a relapse. Thankfully the relapses are short-lived and I've been able to recover the next meal. I am close to the water up here and the temps in Anchorage are more moderate than other parts of the state. My home and office are closer to the mountains than the Cook Inlet but we're talking 15 miles. Not too far.

Once it freezes up it looks like Mars with black jumbled ice and mountains in the distance. I'll take some pictures if I remember and post them..

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!!.

Christine..

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Hi everyone. Just a quick check-in from my phone. The conference is going well. Yes Jan...what a difference a year makes..

Today I heard Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the UN speak. What a powerful message about food security issues. I actually got a chance to meet him afterwards. I also got an opportunity to hear USDA Secretary Vilsack speak. He address the issue of obesity in the US. Another speaker really hit home when he discussed world hunger in terms of the act that it isn't that we can't grow enough calories to feed the world, but that those calories are not evenly distributed.

How many people could be fed on the calories I wasted over the years? Talk about making me stop and think..

Just a few shout outs. Hard to type too much on the phone tonight..

Melissa, have a great time this weekend. I got a laugh about the t-shirts..

Kim, once you get into ketosis life will be so much easier. I will hope hat they get you there soon..

Christine, somehow I just figured you were snowed in already. I think I need a geography lesson. Don't tell anyone I teach biomes..

Hi Jan, Sherry, Heidi, Brenda, Debbie and Bobbi!.

Fight the good fight!..

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Happy Friday!!!.

I have settled in to my new office and love it here. I have been through 2 stressful years in my other office all because of 1 person. The boss fails to recognize that there is a problem over there, so instead he is willing to sacrifice ALL of his other employees in that office. 2 of us have already left and the others are trying to get out. As a senior person on his team, I have had discussions with him and offered some easy steps in a resolution that would not step on any toes. But he is not seeing the real picture and only spends about 8 hours a month in this office.

Now..... on to bigger and better things..

Barb, wow, that sounds like a really exciting trip..

Christine, the weather here is finally in the 60's at night... so nice, but the days are still a little hot, reaching the high 80's and even low 90's..

Fall has always been my favorite time of year, especially when I lived in Maryland. I get hoimesick this time of year for cool weather and changing leaves. We are planning a Fall Festival for the kids in my neighborhood. I am really excited about this. Games, pumpkin painting, hay ride, candy apples, chili cook-off......

Melissa, Did you say you live in Florida? Sorry if you already told me but I don't remember..

Brenda, It will kick in. I struggled for a year at a "comfortable" weight. It was not goal, but I was happy with it. Then it started creaping back up and my habits were worse than ever. I was eating stuiff that I would have not eaten even before MF. I have not been perfect lately and the halloween candy has crept into the house.

If I eat something I shouldn't I am going to have to work out longer or harder and honestly, I don't want to work out any longer..

Jan, Debbie, Kim, Heidi, Diana, How are you? Thinking of each of you...

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Thanks everyone for the encouragement. Weight stayed the same at weighin today. Really want those last 15 lbs gone. I am going to have to really look at what I am not doing that I used to do. I guess I need to be more careful with the way I split my lean & green. Also I am going to increase my water.

I am walking a lot but not much else..

Thanks for listening...

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Morning crew!.

Up & at 'em early for a Saturday! Kids here from CA and we're doing a family photo at 9 a.m. - crack of dawn for us AND the kids, but with the GK sport schedule - football, soccer, etc - only time all 5 families could do it..

Brenda.

- it took me over 3 months to lose the last 15 lbs. It went very slowly. Took only 6 weeks of bad choices to put that 15 lbs back on, so I'm going through the same struggles as you are facing. I hadn't been off-plan the first time around and it's definately harder once I added in extra foods, the worst of it being the beastly sugar..

Sherry talks about having reached a weight she was comfortable with, not goal, but comfortable, and staying there for a while. When I was at this weight on my way down, I felt OK and would have stayed there. Now that I've been at my goal weight, even briefly, this weight feels different. My clothes still fit, some are tight, but they don't look the same. I have a muffin top that just doesn't look good with some of the fitted tops. I thought it was OK before, but, again, having been at goal and have the tops fit nicely...motivation to stay OP.



Time to get moving. Have a GREAT OP Saturday everyone!!..

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We had an absolutely FABULOUS day - the weather was perfect, everyone showed up on time for the photo shoot, the kids weren't cranky, the sky was clear blue, the sun was shining! It was a bit chilly, but we didn't even notice. I brought along my camera because I can't wait for the real ones. Didn't get one on my camera of everyone - no one left to take it - so I'll have to wait for that one, but meanwhile, here's DH & I with our 4 little ones...

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Here is the link for the new weekly thread:..

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BRENDA - hang in there, remember when you had a lot more to lose than 15 and now look at where you are. It will come..

JAN - FABULOUS picture and I'm so glad you had a wonderful day. You look terrific in that color and just in general, you must be SO happy. What a special picture that is..

Crew, just made the best meatloaf we had in a long time and DH didn't know it was Morningstar Crumbles instead of meat. When I told him, he was in shock! I'll post and see what happens. Enjoy the rest of the evening, I'm off to walk with the doggies..

Meatless Loaf.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes.

Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes.

Servings: 8.

Ingredients.

12 ounces Morningstar Farms Meal Starters - (I used) Grillers Recipe Crumbles.

1/2 cup refrigerated egg substitute*.

1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes.

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning.

1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs.

1 cup finely chopped onions.

1/2 cup finely chopped celery.

1 teaspoon vegetable oil.

1/2 cup ketchup.

Directions.

1. In mixing bowl, combine MORNINGSTAR FARMS MEAL STARTERS GRILLERS RECIPE CRUMBLES, egg substitute, parsley, Italian seasoning and bread crumbs..

2. In small saucepan cook onions and celery in oil until tender. Add to Crumbles mixture, mixing until thoroughly combined. Press into 8 x 4 x 2-inch loaf pan generously coated with cooking spray..

3. Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes. Spread ketchup over loaf. Bake at 350F about 15 minutes more or until set...

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