Give it a try!!!!!
Good job on the bike NEH!
OMG...I just *had* to post here..
I've been doing Medifast since April 4 (exactly eight weeks ago) and have lost...GET THIS...35 pounds.
SERIOUSLY... ~ 35 ~ freakin' pounds!!!
Obviously, I had some really piss-poor eating habits prior to starting the Medifast plan. I basically ate potato chips and cheese (usually room-temp colby) from after work till I went to bed...every.single.day. PLUS..I drank boxed wine freely and willingly until I simply FELT like closing the refrigerator door.
So I was a VERY good case for getting "straightened out" by Medifast.
I did the 5/1 plan, and have been TOTALLY on-plan with the exception of ONE EVENING for the past eight weeks.
I have lost 35 pounds!! The only reason I know is because I FINALLY bought a scale yesterday at HomeGoods.
I went shopping with my mom and I found this scale in the clearance section for 7 bucks. I stepped on it (in the box, on the sales floor) and thought FOR SURE there was something wrong with it. I made my mom come and step on it to check the weight. It was correct.
So I bought it (I probably would've bought it no matter HOW much it cost ~ I was *that* happy).
Oh, and I'm NOT a clueless wonder either ~ I *knew* that I had dropped some poundage (people were starting to comment ~ like, ALL THE TIME) and had definitely gone down a couple sizes. I would reply that I "didn't know how much I'd lost, maybe 15lbs," mostly because I DIDN'T know! I didn't own a scale.
My huge bazookas are fitting into a 36C now, my pants are size 7 or 9 and my size 12 button-close Lands' End shirts ALL FIT NOW (I had a lot of $$ invested in those preppy little shirts!).
All my clothes are loose on me and I have curves where I NEVER have before. I have a *waist*....do NOT know where that came from!!
I have had NO issues with any of the Medifast food, and I think my body was MORE than grateful to receive all the nutrients that the meals themselves provide. My blood pressure is down (117/79) and my energy level is up (awesome +).
My thyroid issue remains and in fact, my meds had to be adjusted up for some reason (maybe the soy) ~ I'm up to 125mcg daily. No biggie and I didn't notice anything until about a week before my regular blood test ~ my skin was SEVERELY dry...like the sahara....but I couldn't figure out why. You drink a buttload of water with Medifast. That's all fixed now though.
Menopause weight is >gone<. Menopause symptoms are >gone<.
Also...I am the *perfect* candidate for Medifast. I NEED a "no brainer" eating plan ~ 'here's your food, that's ALL you can eat' type of thing. I have liked instant oatmeal and "blandish" food my whole life. I read the boards on Medifast and learned how to maximize the flavor potential of all the 'packet meals' and did not cheat. Not once. Hell, I was making an investment, financially (~$300/month) and personally. Although it seemed like a lot of $$ at first, you have to remember that you ONLY buy groceries for the one "lean and green" meal each day. No stops at Starbucks, etc...you eat *all* Medifast all day.
I feel GOBS better!
I used perfect portions for my one meal a day ("lean and green") from Omaha steaks. Their products are normally lean and I had a bunch of steaks and fish in my freezer from gifts (my mom sends me "care packages"). Plus, there is an Omaha Steaks store about 1 mile from me. I have mushrooms, cauliflower and broccoli with my "lean and green" every single evening. Combined with a bacon-wrapped filet mignon or marinated salmon steak, I have been eating like a QUEEN for the past 2 months!
I found this plan to be incredibly easy and perfect for me. I learned a LOT about food and the way things interact in your bod to make you fluffy. I have had *no* dairy or bread for the past 8 weeks and don't miss them at all (nothing tastes as good as "thinner" feels!).
I am never, EVER hungry and most days I scramble to get all 5 of my medifast meals down the hatch. I am learning how to cook more *wisely* for when I go into the transition phase in another month or so. I really don't need to lose any more weight now, but you know how THAT is...
Good job t2g and others here on this thread. I just HAD to shout this from some place!!
[This message edited by cjonesjag at 4:07 PM, May 31st (Monday)]
Your weight loss is typical - a huge drop the first week and then 2-5 pounds per week until you approach your goal. I am currently dropping about a pound per week but even with that, my current average for the entire time frame I have been on it is 2.4 pounds dropped per week.
Keep after it and prepare yourself for the transition off of the plan once you reach your goal. I am certain that is going to be where I will have to be even more disciplined than I am now.
I know! They should pay me, right?
I'm sitting here eating that "Cauliflower pizza" that everyone raves about. It IS good!! I'm trying to learn how to cook/eat when I'm left to my own devices.
You've done *awesome*, t2g...didn't think you needed to lose THAT much weight!!!
Despite my screen name, I am very much a woman and hell yeah I wish I could change that name to gladshesgone
I lost 30 lbs on the infidelity diet. Then my body rebelled and I can't STOP eating (stress - again). I've got another 50-60 to go.
Is anyone else out there doing the same diet? I'd really love to have support and someone to compare notes with. :)
Caffine (incl. tea)
Sugar (the yummy stuff like ice cream, etc)
Carbs (breads, pastas even barley, etc)
alcohol (which makes me swell up immensely anyway).
I eat primarily lean meats (turkey, chicken, tilapia) but I do have the occassional red meat, pork, etc.
I trie and get veggies into everything.
I go easy on the fruits.
I recently switched from cow milk to unsweatened almond milk (tastes good).
I do my best to get in 64ounces of the best diet fluid out there: water. I bought a pura bottle (have a feeling I should of gone with Brita...less fuss, but oh, well). Work provides the Sparkletts.
Jillian Michaels is also hypothyroid as I am. She wrote to rid yourself of the toxins. Im going to try and do the home made shampoo thing (I say try, so don't hold me to it). I don't drink soda or add any flavoring to my water. I don't use fake sugars nor sprays to my cooking (flavored oils such as coconut and olive oil with basil and chili's are my favs at this point).
As I mentioned in O.T., I had lost 12 lbs in a month.
I also purchased the Zumba DVD's. I just finished the intro to steps section. I hurt and am sweating. I took a Zumba class at the gym and I didn't break a sweat or hurt like this...the dvd is a recommendation if you don't have $$ for a gym membership. My back is tight but Im going to head in to stretch that out.
I just found my stretch bands and got a new dvd player (lost the control of the other so manuvering dvd's was difficult and now isn't), so will also be doing my old pilates dvd's to work with the core.
Have great hopes.
Im hoping going down this road will take my mind off some other junk (you know the junk) and make me a healthier happier chick.
ETA: After I kind of gave up when I realised the diet I was doing wasn't working (I was drinking coffee and eating some carbs/sugars), I got up to 231 lbs. Definitely my highest ever. After the first month on what I call the "adreanal diet", I got down to 218.
I don't weigh myelf often bc I can get depressed and discouraged easily.
And a HUGE congrats to all of you who are way ahead of me in the fitness/weight loss. You're my inspiration.
[This message edited by sullymeishadomi at 3:08 PM, June 15th (Tuesday)]
I had a doctor appt today and got my "official" weight loss stats ~ down 36 lbs in eleven weeks.
I asked my doctor for a note that said that ~ "cjonesjag is a patient at this office and has lost 36 pounds."
I'm going to carry it with me. I might even laminate it.
Pilates and yoga are also good strengthening. My bil uses his Netflix membership for these dvd's so he doesn't get bored.
Over the course of this past year I had regained much of the weight I had lost on the Infidelity Diet and had gotten to a point where I was quite unhappy with myself - by 5/3/2010 I was almost 20 pounds overweight (and had a BMI of 27.85).
I decided to make some small changes but not diet because I wanted to develop healthy eating habits that I could maintain for the rest of my life. Instead of binging and snacking all the time like I had been doing, I began eating 3 meals a day with 1 small snack. Though I don't rigidly count calories, I am familiar enough with the portion sizes that I know I am eating approximately 1500 calories a day - and I never feel hungry!
I do not deprive myself of anything I enjoy - I love pasta, so I still eat it 3, 4, 5 meals a week - I just use whole grain pasta and eat it in reasonable portions. I love Thai and Indian curries with rice, which I also eat a few meals each week - again, I cook it with whole grain rice.
I have done low carb diets in the past and it wasn't a sustainable dietary change for me so I enjoy carbs with every meal in whole grain form. I enjoy potatoes and cheese, other foods I love, in moderation. I eat 2 squares of dark chocolate every day. I have even enjoyed alcohol on a few occasions with friends. I continue to drink tea each day.
I weigh myself everyday at the same time and have consistently lost a small amount of weight almost everyday - typically 0.2 lbs, and sometimes more. The daily weight loss has been a great source of encouragement to me and has helped to keep me committed to my new eating habits, which are easy enough to stick to anyway because I do not feel hungry like I used to when I was overeating all the time.
Today, almost 8 weeks since I started, I have lost a total of 16.6 pounds and 13 inches. My BMI is 25.19 and I am now only 1.8 pounds overweight according to the BMI scale. I plan to continue my healthy eating habits long term and my goal is to shed 26 more pounds, at which point I will weigh what I did when I was in high school!
I have finally internalized the lesson that to lose weight, your calories in have to be less than your calories burned. You can eat healthily (including lots of veggies, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins) and in moderation without feeling hungry. Once you get the proper nutrients into your body the constant unhealthy cravings go away. And there is no need to feel bad about enjoying a treat occasionally - I've enjoyed ice cream and cake in small portions a few times since my most recent weight loss journey began and because I didn't binge or fall off the wagon, it didn't impact my overall weight loss. I've regained a healthy relationship with food and with my body.
For me Medifast week #27 equals -2.6 pounds. I am down a total of 60.6 pounds since 12/16/09. I am 1.4 pounds from my initial goal. After that I will dial it down another 8 pounds - to a weight that is a couple pounds lower than my high school weight. Once there I will start training to possibly run a marathon!
Still plugging away (not so well at times ) through the land of summer BBQ's, ice cream, salsa's and so forth... sigh.
I use P90x, a very, very good home training system. 13 DVDs, 6 days per week if you go full speed
You can google it or have a look at beachbody.com.
"The term “mistake” infers a level of ignorance, innocence and naivety. And a lack of intent and planning." - Craig Harper
There are lots of things you can do that cost no or little money.
Losing weight is not really that tricky (in theory!! )
Use up more calories than you consume and you'll lose weight.
Use a BMR calculator (Basal Metabolic Rate, the amount of calories you would burn up by doing nothing) - http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/ and then try to create a deficit of 5-700 calories per day. 1 lb of fat is 3500 calories, so 500 per day would make you lose 1 lb per week. Losing any more than approx 2-4 lbs per week would be difficult to sustain and coming off any diet would make it easy to gain it back.
Strive to do 30 mins of exercise per day, any form is good, walking at a brisk pace, jogging, swimming, resistance training.
After learning WH has been in contact continuously with OW#5, I haven't been able to eat hardly since Wednesday. Oh, and I've been sick too.
cjones, my sister lost 50 lbs on medifast, and promptly gained 40 back. When do you work on eating a normal diet, and dealing with normal ways of controlling and maintaining? It seems this program has serious problems with helping long term.
Separated, divorcing, moving on.
I edit because I always make typos.
Weight has always been an issue for me and most of the time I was able to keep it under control with diet and exercise. Yet, the past five years have been a difficult time for my weight.
I lost over 20 pounds in less than a month on the infidelity diet and was at a really good weight and looked good. I managed to keep off fifteen pounds for a few years..........then Dday #2....this time I succumed to emotional eating and really didn't gain control again for almost a year and a half. I gained the fifteen back plus another ten or more. I was the heaviest I have ever been.
In July I finally got control of the anger and with it came control of my eating. I am in the zone!
I'm following weight watchers on line, eating lots of vegetables and fruit, not missing anything! I'm exercising regularly, something I LOVE to do and loosing. I've dropped over 8 pounds and for me that's huge!
I just wanted to share. I gained the weight because of false R. I'm the one who put the food into my mouth but I couldn't stop and I knew it.
It's amazing what emotions do to a person.
Now I feel I have my act together again, I used to have my life under control and now I have it again!!!
Oh, and I was so heavy, nobody has notice my 8 pounds. I'm only 5'2" and when I loose or gain just five pounds, it's usually very noticable. I figure at 15 I might start getting comments. It's frustrating to be loosing and noone notices but I don't want to say anything so thanks for letting me write it here!
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