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9/7/15 11:10 A

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That's very interesting. I'll have to look at that book. Just curious, why did you order so much Medifast food at once? Was there a discount?

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9/6/15 12:30 P

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It's ironic that my daughter who told me about Medifast has never done the plan but is now looking Fabulous with a plan that I hope to go to when I get to my Medifast end. It is from the book the 17 Day Diet. It starts rather severe but then in 17 day increments brings you to a good clean healthy eating lifestyle. The people I have seen that are doing it say they feel better than they ever have before and are not gaining back any weight. I need as much structure as possible in my life to not become crazed with emotional eating. I just took inventory of my Medifast food and I have enough to get me through 92 days so I am starting tomorrow on my road to the finish line, Labor Day! How cool will that be to say I started Labor Day after I hit goal. I may have to pick up a little food but I'm done. This is not a forever type of lifestyle though I am sure those selling the product would love that. The Medifast coach I have will get her payoff when I tell people that the Medifast products were the structured avenue I used to move to an achievable place where I could start to take over and learn that it is absolutely essential as we age to keep our metabolism stoked with frequent healthy mini meals and exercise. We can give up on a lot of things to save time but making time for good health is essential to our future happiness. Our bodies will age, we will slow down and pain will be part of our futures but getting to a non obese weight and nurturing our vessel will minimize the days of misery. If I can't play, laugh and really enjoy life then I don't have a reason to live at all.

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8/11/15 11:35 A

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I think this is the most important thread in this forum! I also wonder whether South Beach would be a good way to transition. I might eventually try to transition to the Mayo Clinic plan. It's a very healthy way to eat and maintain weight. For now, though, I plan to spend a year on Medifast, even though hopefully it won't take me that long to lose the weight. 5-1, then 4-2, then 3-3 is my plan. I'll create a couple of substitutes for the first meal of the day. If anyone else has come up with a similar mix of cabs/fat/protein for that meal (eggs/pancakes/whatever) I'd love to hear about it. Maybe a mix of oatmeal and whey protein? ...

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3/13/15 2:21 P

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I guess I should add, for anyone not familair with southbeach. You bascailly eat unlimited lean proteins any low starch veggies, a restricted amount of nuts, cheese and dairy. meals are proteins and veggies for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 2 snacks with protien +/- veggies and an evening "sweet treat". So basically eating every 2-3 hours just like medifast. You start really strict for 2 weeks, then slwoly add back friuts and whole grain and low glycemic index starches until you hit a 1-2 lb/weigh weight loss, then you transition into the last maintence phase.

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3/13/15 2:14 P

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I am still 9lbs away from my goal. That may not seam like a lot to some, but I'm a smaller framed person, so it's quite a lot for me (will end up being about 2 pants sizes), but I have been thinking about how to transition off and maintain. I'm hoping to be at goal in the next month, but weight loss slows so much when you are close to goal, so who knows.

I think I am going to do the medifast transition plan. I've gotten this far, I figure I might as well do it "right". After that I will probably transition back to South Beach. South Beach is what I started out with. I was doing really well on it. Initially lost 20lbs, then got busy, fell off the wagon and gained 10lbs back. I intially switched to medifast for the convinece, and I am really happy with it. The ability to just throw a few packets in my bag is a huge advantage. I'm terrified of leaving the convience behind.

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2/25/15 9:21 P

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Yep I think Rocktog hit the nail on the head.

I know I need to make a very serious life style change after the 5-1 plan. Ill stay on 6 meals a day and honestly I see myself staying on 1-2 medifast meals per day or products with very similar stats for the rest of my life because I do rely on convenience food due to my work schedule and honestly I like the food.
For the rest of it I am going to stay low carb / higher protein and eliminate rice / pasta / sugars and candy etc and only do very low carb bread or just have bread as an occasional treat. I used to be the biggest candy fiend ever! I mean I would go to a gas station daily and buy a bag or 2 to get my through the afternoon at work. I have now been 57 days candy free and that is another habit I will continue off MF. I just don't need the candy anymore and now I know how toxic it was to how I feel day to day.

I was exercising a lot before MF so no real change for me there. I have my set exercise classes I go to and if I don't show up for a day or 2 I get reminder texts from 'my group' to get my but back to class which is awesome. Also I am training for a half marathon, gulp! Huge goal but I think it will help me to stay on track for the next 12-16 months (planning to run in 6/2016).

I am nervous going into maintenance (which honestly may be coming up fairly soon) but I have been studying Dr A's Habits for Health book and I am planning to use that as a guide for all the rest of my eating.

Edited by: CMATTSON82 at: 2/25/2015 (21:21)
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2/25/15 6:15 P

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I agree Rocktog! Man, you must be really stoking your metabolism! Very impressive weight loss numbers each month! Call me envious! emoticon emoticon

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My journey
2014 down -67 lbs using Medifast, but regained all plus 12 more lbs
7/24/16-5/18/17: down -30.2 lbs (stalled 1/17-5/17) Medifast
5/19/17: recommited to Medifast & tracking macros
10/08/17: Began my Keto journey
4/11/18: Recommitted to Keto & IF
12/2018: Began EFs 2-3 42 hr fasts per week.
1/2019: Began longer EFs. 72 hr (day water fast)


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2/25/15 12:26 P

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emoticon Well said Rocktog! emoticon

Started medifast Oct 2014, reached goal June 2015
Lost 72 pounds on medifast, lost a total of 121 lbs from my highest
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2/23/15 3:46 P

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I think too few people think about maintenance. For myself, I know I can never eat the way I used. I know that I will always need to rely on small feelings instead of giant meals, but I won't need to stay at 800-900 calories. I know that my body works best on a lower carb diet, and plan to keep it that way. I don't really miss most of the carry type foods like pasta, bread, chips, etc. I mean, I do miss them because they are pretty tasty, but I don't need them to enjoy my food.

For me, tracking my nutrition intake is essential.

Exercise is also important to me. Not to "earn" more calories so much,nut to feel good. I run now on MF, but limit myself in distance/time because I really don't want to add much extra to my 5&1 program. I add 2-3 extra ounces of protein on my run days, and that supports my 5-6 mile runs. Moving on to marathon training after I hit goal will be a big challenge. While I'll have a bit more flexibility, it's still such a balancing act to get the nutrients and calorie intake I need to support my activity, but not gain (and not lose). I also do strength building which helps me feel better, and improves my running.

I think it's important to set boundaries for myself and my weight. I'll have a range in my weight that I'll stay in, and when I hit past the upper level, then I need to focus on reducing.

I think the weight loss part if really the easy part. We all know how to do that. It's the maintenance that is a lifelong journey. It's why making true lifestyle changes is important to me.

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9/21/14 9:13 A

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Hey Valerie & Carolyn,
I am SO with you guys on the diet industry and how to maintain. That was my first thought when I began MF. That is always the issue is how to maintain. And, yes, Valerie, you do have additional challenges with the Type 1 DM. My plan is to build muscle with weight lifting once I am within 20-30 lbs of my goal, so that my body's metabolism will run higher overall, and to stick with at least a higher protein type of plan/low carb. It's the processed foods and high carbs that have always gotten me before and send my carb addictions into overdrive, anyways. If I'm low carb for the most part, then I don't have the cravings. And, if I have more muscle mass, then it should be helpful. Building muscle, IMO, is much much more helpful for maintenance than any aerobic activity.

thoughts everyone???

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My journey
2014 down -67 lbs using Medifast, but regained all plus 12 more lbs
7/24/16-5/18/17: down -30.2 lbs (stalled 1/17-5/17) Medifast
5/19/17: recommited to Medifast & tracking macros
10/08/17: Began my Keto journey
4/11/18: Recommitted to Keto & IF
12/2018: Began EFs 2-3 42 hr fasts per week.
1/2019: Began longer EFs. 72 hr (day water fast)


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9/17/14 12:50 P

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I could blab one about this subject forever!

But alas, got a crazy day today...

I wanted to add more last night but had to get to bed.

My plan now is to lose the weight (again! grrr!) and then keep it off (duh!). I KNOW I can lose it because I have. I need a good tact to keep it off and I'm still formulating what that is.

I've got a couple really good resources I'm referring to and I'll share those in another post. One of the biggest things I deal with is that I'm type 1 diabetic (used to be called Juvenile Diabetes) so I'll never be off insulin. Insulin is a fat-storing hormone so it makes it very difficult to lose weight.

I also can't eat many carbs, because those require more insulin. So for me, I'll never eat a plant based diet because I can't eat fruits.

I've successfully lost a lot of weight--and kept it off!--following a very low carb diet. That's probably going to be my future lifestyle again because it allows me to eat foods I like, use much less insulin, and still feel good physically.

The other thing I now know for a fact is that exercise will always be a part of my life. Despite HATING to exercise, I've found that my body (at least my slimmer body!) really does feel better when I'm doing it regularly.

I started MF to look better. What stunned me was how good I FELT when I was 60 pounds lighter. That's one of my biggest motivators right now; I look forward to that lighter, spring-in-my-step feeling I had a couple years ago.

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9/17/14 12:22 P

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Valerie, this story sounds EXACTLY like mine!

I got off MF back in September. I was doing pretty good up until December - I gained a bit here and there, but it was MAYBE 5 pounds. But in December, I went ice skating and messed up my knee. And THEN the pounds came tumbling back on until I was about 45 pounds heavier.

I remember reading my coach's website and she was writing that many people chose to eat much of the MF even when off program - and no wonder! Because you are right, Valeria - the MF foods are really restrictive. It's a pain to find bars and shakes that have that same combination of fats, calories, carbs, and fiber. And even when you do, I've noticed a LOT have compounds like carrageenan that can mess up your digestive track!

I don't know that it's actually practical, but Joel Furhman's "Eat to Live" program is based on eating large quantities of fruits and vegetables and restricting most other foods. That seems like it might be better at keeping the weight off, but I don't think it's practical to eat 1 pound of raw and 1 pound of cooked veggies a day! And if you read books like Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle", which promotes eating local, you are REALLY up a creek!

The whole diet industry coupled with the food industry are basically an endless cycle of money-making. You get billboards and commercials to eat FILL-IN-THE-BLANK and then when you are "fat", you cycle to the diet industry, which gives you a whole new set of foods you can eat. It's terrible!

Valerie, GOOD STUFF! I am with you girl!!

"The best diet is the one you don't know you're on."

"Remember: YOU ARE IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO BE HEALTHY. You DESERVE good health!" (Me, back in March 26, 2013 - and I get it, totally sounds narcissistic to quote my old self)


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9/16/14 10:58 P

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Boy, oh boy, this should be the most important thread everyone settles in to!

So here's some advice from me. If you go back and look at my very early MF posts that must be floating around here somewhere, you'll see how confident I was that I would NEVER become a statistic and gain back the weight I'd lost.

I'd spent much of my time on MF thinking about the future and how I'd maintain my loss. I knew it was going to take lots of effort and planning but then life got in the way.

I had a major spinal reconstruction surgery (and was so glad that I weighed 60 pounds less, since it made recovery a bit easier!) and got sidelined from MF. The couple months turned into six months and then a little more. I was still being careful with food and exercising regularly but gained about 10 pounds.

Then, I broke my foot and was unable to exercise at all. More weight crept back. Then, holidays, and a general blah feeling about sticking with MF and yep, even more weight.

I was about 20 pounds away from my goal when I became side tracked, so now I've got about 30 to get to where I was and another 10 or so after that to get to where I want to be.

In March of this year I started having knee problems and have learned that I've got some pretty severe arthritis in both of my knees. I'm guessing they weren't bothering me 30 or so pounds ago because they weren't under as much pressure. Now that I've regained weight, the arthritis that was dormant is rattling my cage. I'm going to PT and dealing with some pretty lousy pain.

So now, I'm back at it and trying to channel the intensity and commitment I had in 2011 when I was so successful with this plan. I'm thinking of my knees with every bite I take!

The biggest challenge any of us will face is exactly what Carolyn has said at the beginning of this thread. What happens when we are at goal?

If you look at the carbs, calories, and fat content of the food we're eating on the 5&1 plan, how do we eat 'real' food that doesn't exceed the nutritional profile we're eating now? I think that's one of my frustrations with MF; I don't know that it's truly possible to eat regular food that doesn't add pounds back. I know exercise helps but it's hard to exercise enough to offset the food we eat.

I'm a big cynical about MF right now. I KNOW it works, and knowing it works means I've returned to it. But from a marketing standpoint, MF knows they'll sell plenty of product to anyone who succeeds and then fails...

So for anyone who's truly maintained, can we have an idea of what your meals look like?

Valerie



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9/16/14 2:15 P

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It's great that Medifast can help us shed the pounds, but what happens when we are at goal?

Here's for the questions and concerns, the encouragements and celebrations for when we are either at goal or getting there and what to do afterwards.

"The best diet is the one you don't know you're on."

"Remember: YOU ARE IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO BE HEALTHY. You DESERVE good health!" (Me, back in March 26, 2013 - and I get it, totally sounds narcissistic to quote my old self)


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