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First off, Has anyone with poly cystic ovarian syndrome ever tried the Medifast Diet? Thanks for any answer or 2. Another quick question... Greetings everyone! This is a new group formed for those interested in making 10 pound loss mini goals. The "10X10" was created for those with a goal of 100 pounds to lose thus the name. But ALL are welcome! Come join in and let us celebrate with you each 10 pound release!.

Happy Melting!.

Nora..

asked Apr 28 at 15:51

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Good question... I dunno what is the right answer. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I bump into an useful answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably can help you..

answered Apr 28 at 16:53

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No problem!.

It just kept jumping out at me as I was reading the posts. I am EXCITED! This is giving me a spark!..

answered Apr 28 at 16:58

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I'd love to join you all! this is EXACTLY how I'm attacking my goal. 10 pounds at a time. I am however, making a first real goal though of losing 10% of my weight, but I will have to lose at least 10 pounds (twice) to get there, so count me in! it will be nice to have something to celebrate (10 times!) along the way...

answered Apr 28 at 17:30

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I'm a-ready! I need these mini goals!! Love the name Michelle!..

answered Apr 28 at 18:53

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Erin73: I ALWAYS have secret goals as well. Not always so doable but can not help myself. But you know 75 pounds has been taken off in six months time as seen on these boards so that is doable..

When I add the numbers of different folks here it seems like 10 pounds a month released is an average that keeps coming back time and time again. I also think 10 pounds a month is a realistic goal. So I am going to give myself the goal that I am to drop at least 10 per month. Anything more will be great. There is something about losing 10 pounds at a time that makes it feel like this can and will happen. It is so easy to talk about but if we stay focused the talk can become a reality.

I have to figure out what my 10 pound loss rewards will be. Anyone have any ideas?.

Happy Melting 10 pounds at a time!.

Nora..

answered Apr 28 at 19:05

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I'm interested in hearing this also. I have always rewarded myself with food...

answered Apr 28 at 20:22

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Hmmm, possible 10 pound rewards could be things like:.

Mani/pedi.

A new book or something off of itunes.

A new workout video (or if you're like me, a new game for the wii..

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A $10 donation to a charity or to a personal savings fund.

Maybe start a colorful paperclip chain and change color after every 10 pounds/clips.

Try a new L&G recipe that would normally be too fancy or time consuming to splurge on just for yourself otherwise.

New scented candle.

Take new photos and wind up with a cool collage or moving slideshow once you get all 10 (or however many til goal).

Etc...

answered Apr 28 at 22:01

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Kris: I can not stop laughing! I also have always used food as a reward! Guess this time that would not be such a wise idea. There are these beautiful bracelets. Pandora? Unsure. I need to look up. Anyway I saw a post not to long ago about a medifaster who had the bracelet and was going to add a charm for each milestone. That would be fun.

That is just one thought I had, well copied the thought from someone else. I need to think of things I would not normally get myself and that would make it a real goal to look forward to each 10 pounds. Maybe something I would have to give back if I gained 10 pounds. That would keep it off. Still thinking...

answered Apr 28 at 23:09

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Thanks!.

I'm also thinking of things that maybe you HAVE to have 10 of before it's complete..

Like maybe I'd get a t-shirt in a size small (ok, maybe medium - not sure how much "the girls" are gonna shrink.

) and buy some of those iron on felt letters, and use them to spell out some sort of 10 letter word on it. after each 10 pounds I can iron/glue another letter on to the shirt, and at the very end the whole word will be spelled out, AND I can wear the shirt! ha!.

Something like:.

T-O-O.

H-O-T.

4.

Y-O-U.

Ok, that's just bad. tee hee. but you get the idea!..

answered Apr 29 at 00:46

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Erin: That is a great idea! Something you have to have 10 of before it is complete! The tee shirt idea sounds great. Love the slogan!..

answered Apr 29 at 01:33

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Woo hoo, 10x10! Losing 10 lbs 10xs sounds so much easier than I have to lose 100lbs!.

We should definitely post our rewards herewith pictures! I've blogged a bit about rewards. Right now I'm fixated on beauty products but I'm sure soon, it will be something else. I go on kicks like that..

GingerbreadLady73.

Who wants her some Turn Around Cream for 1st 10!..

answered Apr 29 at 02:13

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How about just cash? First 10 spend $10 on yourself, second $20, third $30 and so on and so on. Just a thought. I hardly ever spend cash on myself so this would be a treat for me!..

answered Apr 29 at 03:25

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Cash is always a good idea. I am still thinking. I am thinking of an outfit.........meaning 10 pieces and one piece is bought at every 10 pound release, but none of it can be worn until the 10X10 are released. Start with earrings, necklace, leave the shorts or pants for the final 10 lost. If I do not lose all 10 tens the outfit pieces can NEVER be worn and must be given to charity. Just a silly idea I am still formulating...

answered Apr 29 at 04:45

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I like the progressive spending idea. I was also thinking of making a "deposit" of 10 dollars into a some kind of kittyor maybe progressive amounts, towards a shopping spree at the end. I think that is like $550 dollars by the end if you use the model kris suggested...just another thought..

GingerbreadLady73.

Who wants to buy a Wii Fit for her maintenance and transition work..

answered Apr 29 at 05:20

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Hi, all....

Mind if I join? I have been here FOREVER and keep losing and gaining the same 10. Mostly cause saying I have 125# to go is just too overwhelming. And most of my buddys have 30 or less to go....I need to find some 100's to pal around with, if you don't mind..

My goal is 140, but since I spent most of my adult life between 150 and 160 I will consider that my Happy Zone....but I still want to go that extra 10 more..

As for rewards, I kind of like the idea of saving the $$$ for a spree at the end. I may just go that route...

answered Apr 29 at 06:20

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I like the progressive cash in a jar also. It would add up & be fun. Welcome everyone! We are going to take the anxiety of losing 100 pounds away by focusing on 10 pound victories at a time. Focus people, focus!.

Happy Melting!.

Nora..

answered Apr 29 at 07:51

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Ok, I am either going to do the cash in a jar or the progressive outfit that I can only wear when the last 10 is released..

Actually the progressive cash in a jar would be good because we could have a rule that none of it can be touched until that last 10 pounds is gone...

answered Apr 29 at 08:02

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I like that progressive cash in a jar idea! oh, the things I could buy.....

Although - I can see me being broke and trying to hold on at 9.5 pounds lost until pay day comes around..

Nora, maybe you can combine the 2 ideas. make a list of the 10 items you need for a complete outfit, and once you have the money saved in the jar, you can go buy the complete outfit. AND you have to make sure to spend every single cent of it. ha!.

I kind of like mini, tangible rewards that could be enjoyed at each 10 pound mark as well. then it's like getting 10 gifts, kinda like having a b-day or xmas (on a smaller scale) to look forward to 10 times. wow - now I feel sorry for the folks who have less than 100 pounds to lose. we get.

10.

Celebrations - so neener neener! LOL..

Kidding...

answered Apr 29 at 08:55

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I have figured it out. My 10 pound victory goals are going to be cash in a jar. $10 for first 10 pounds, to increase to $20 for the second ten pounds and increasing to $30 for the third ten pound victory and so on. This will net $550 when the ten 10's are gone. My rule for myself is I must have this goal accomplished by January 15, 2010 and if not all the money will be given to my husband to give away & I will not be able to touch any of it..

I think seeing those 10 dollar bills grow in that jar is really going to motivate me. Just think what fun it will be to just spend on a whim $550 without thinking or feeling bad about it. A designer purse or new jewels or new clothes, the list is endless. I hope this goal gives me what I need to see this to the end. My goal is basically to release 10 pounds per month. That is very doable if I stay focused!.

Happy Melting,.

Nora..

answered Apr 29 at 09:49

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I REALLY like the idea of using the cash at the end to buy the 10 piece outfit. During the journey I will have time to figure out what I would like to purchase and what type of an outfit. That is an excellent idea! Thanks!.

Nora..

answered Apr 29 at 10:26

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I think I'm going to do the same thing! the progressive $10 (then $20, $30, etc) jar savings. I'm even going to set the same deadline of 1/15/10 - I think this is very very do-able. good idea!.

I'm not gonna enlist my boyfriend's help to ask him to take the money from me if my goal isn't reaached though. it may encourage him to "spike" my Medifast meals with sugar or something - and keep the money for himself!..

answered Apr 29 at 11:17

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Hi everyone, I'm happy to be on this thread. I was thinking of a charm bracelet with 10 charms signifying all the ways I will get my life back. I have been a spectator due to my weight for several years, but I used to ride bikes, ride horses, dance, ice skate, roller skate, etc. I saw a silver charm bracelet with many charm options but I don't like that it tarnishes. I was also considering the italian charm bracelet that is more like a watch band linked together, but it is not as much fun as dangling charms, imo. I'll keep looking.....

answered Apr 29 at 12:53

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JennyRen.

- Welcome! Welcome! I find the big picture (all this poundage!)overwhelming too. The best thing to come along is the Medifast forums -like this thread. Little goals are the way to go. You are also aiming your final goal right around where I want to be. I'm not sure where I want to end up. I don't really want to place a number on it.



Nora.

- Love the.

FOCUS PEOPLE, FOCUS.

I also like the idea of not touching the cash in the jar. I hate the idea of giving it away to the husband. He might spend it on himself. I am going to give mine away to .... hmmm.... I'll have to think about this.

I do think seeing the $$$ in a little jar would be a great motivation..

Erin.

- I'm with you on the husband thing. Spike our meals they would! Too funny!.

Linda.

- Your idea is precious with the charm bracelet...

answered Apr 29 at 14:29

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You gals are so funny! The boyfriend & the husband spiking the food. Too much! My husband told me upfront he would give the money to charity but he really wants me to succeed for me. I am very lucky with the way he puts up with my constant diets all the time. He is my greatest cheerleader. Actually I have never guilt free before blew $550 just on an outfit just for me, just to do it. That is the biggest incentive to shop til the $550 has dropped.



Drop ten, breathe, & drop 10 more. Focus!.

Happy melting! I am 2 pounds from my first 10 goal of 240..

Nora..

answered Apr 29 at 15:04

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Okay, I was invited by mishi to join over here....so....here I go!.

Is there a banner?.

I think the 10lbs-at-a-time thing is a very good idea, especially if you have 100lbs+ to lose!.

So, let's see, my countdown would be....aw heck, I'll add it to my signature!!..

answered Apr 29 at 16:04

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Good Morning everyone,.

I'm in this for the long haul and this is the perfect group for me. We can share our successes together...

answered Apr 29 at 16:28

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I'm so excited, this morning is my weigh-in for week 1 and I lost 7.1lbs, so now I'm (just barely, but still!) in the 220s!.

Pound by pound, little by little, I'm gonna make it, guys!.

I wish you all a WONDERFUL 100% OP MFing day! :-p *big hugs* YOU CAN DO IT! WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER! WOO WOOOOO!..

answered Apr 29 at 18:01

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WAY to go girl! Heck, that was almost a goal in itself.

And that's the way to do it too....pound by poind, little by little..

answered Apr 29 at 19:09

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WTG Natalie! My Week 1 weigh-in is tomorrow. I can't weight to post! Pun intended haha!.

I'd like to see a 10 dollar bill in a jar sometime soon..

I think I'm going to buy a Wii with the money, though maybe, if DH and I get a windfall and buy it before then, I will go out and splurge at VICTORIA'S SECRET. Back in my thin (ish) days, I bought all my underwear and a lot of my clothes from VS. I've missed not fitting into their clothes because they make awesome pants that "lift and separate" as my husband appreciatively notes! LOL..

Have a great day! Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal for breakfast with cinnamon and a big cup of hot green tea. Tilapia and spinach for L&G tonight!.

Gingerbreadlady73.

Who is looking forward to facing down the scale tomorrow AM..

answered Apr 29 at 20:24

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Good luck tomorrow, BUT I know you'll do GREAT!.

How do you make your "tilapia and spinach"?..

answered Apr 29 at 20:26

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OMG - that is so funny! Husbands - gotta love 'em. I, too, use to wear all the sexy little underthings! Hopefully the day will come when I can saunter into my local VS. I've been so focused on just wearing smaller pants that I forgot about all the extras!..

answered Apr 29 at 20:45

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Good morning everyone & welcome to those who have just found us! There is not a banner. If anyone would like to make one that is always appreciated, but I have no idea how to do that. I guess our ten pound countdowns in our signatures has become our banner of sorts. Works for me..

Have a happy melting friday everyone & focus on 10 pounds at a time. Get that first 10, breathe and start on the next..

Happy Melting,.

Nora..

answered Apr 29 at 21:00

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I just had another ideawhat if when you make your 10 with your announcement you have to post 10 interesting (or not) pieces of trivia about yourself. Like: "I once fell down in a club and was kicked out because they thought I was drunk. I wasn't I'm just clumsy." or "My middle name is Eudora.".

That way we can get to know each other a little better too..

GBL.

Who wonders if there is an easy way to mark the thread so she can find it?..

answered Apr 29 at 21:50

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Um and, okay, Ladies?.

I just mixed the Medifast hot cocoa with a cup of instant coffee. And a sprinkle of cinnamon. We have lift off...

answered Apr 29 at 23:23

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I would love to be a part of this challenge! I LOVE the idea of putting money in the cash jar as I reach each 10 pound goal. I tend to be very goal oriened...never outgrew the need for a sticker in kindergarten, I guess!.

When I've tried other diets, I tend to get overconfident when I lose around 20 pounds. It seems like I hit that mark and then start telling myself that I have this weight loss thing mastered and my body is now magic....I can go back to eating whatever I want and will lose weight. Hmmmm, I'll bet you can all guess how that works out for me. This time I will focus on 10 pounds at a time...nothing more and no more expecting my magic body to loose weight without sticking to the plan..

So far I am on day 11 and I'm feeling great!.

Thanks for letting me be part of your group and letting me hijack your idea for mini rewards!..

answered Apr 30 at 00:01

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Ladies, I have an announcement:.

I REACHED MY FIRST 10!.

On my first week I lost 11.4 lbs!.

WOO HOO..

In honor of my first 10 here are 10 random facts about myself.

1. I like to run..

2. I have two daughters 19 months and 4 months old..

3. I once had an internship which included washing Maxwell Caulfield's (star of Grease 2) underwear..

4. I wouldn't have minded if it were the star of Grease, but Grease 2?.

5. I met my husband through Match.com when only NERDS did that..

6. I am, in fact, a NERD..

7. I love Scrabble. (see #6).

8. I am a writerI do academic writing and fiction..

9. I live in a large-ish house with my husband, two daughters, and my mom and dad..

10. To celebrate my weight loss this AM I danced to the Numa Numa song with my toddler. TWICE..

GingerbreadLady73.

Who thinks this might be a record for weekly weight loss for her..

answered Apr 30 at 01:02

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GBL: Great job on the first 10 released! Take a deep breath, smile, and go for 10 more! Focus people, focus! And remember to put the date by your Mini Goals. You Have Got To Give Yourself the proper credit! Are you doing the cash to the jar reward system? If so, ten bucks to that jar now! Great job!.

Happy Reducing Everyone!.

Nora..

answered Apr 30 at 02:11

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Hi & Welcome! Welcome everyone! 10X10 will be around for a while as with 10 ten pound losses to attend to, it will take some. But however long it takes whether 10 months or a year the time on the calendar will roll along, so we need to make sure we stay focused. I look forward to celebrating our 10 pound loss achievements. I got my jar ready today in anticipation for that first ten bucks!.

Happy Melting,.

Nora..

answered Apr 30 at 03:06

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Hi everyone,.

How did I miss this group. I have been focusing on my weight loss 10X10. Good to see others have the same idea. Count me in..

answered Apr 30 at 03:59

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I like this idea... that would be so funny!..

answered Apr 30 at 05:18

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AND.

Congratulations already GBL!! How great!.

Get the jar out!..

answered Apr 30 at 06:10

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Hey Alyson!! Good to see you here!.

Welcome DRUSSELL..

answered Apr 30 at 06:37

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I made a banner but I am not sure how the code and everything works. Here is the code that I used:.

If anyone comes up with something else I'd be willing to switch! Just wanted something cute for us...

answered Apr 30 at 07:18

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Okay I have no idea how to post it...

answered Apr 30 at 07:28

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This sounds like a great group! Mind if I join. I love the idea of saving the money in a jar everytime you reach the 10# wieght loss. I am planning a trip the end of the summer that If I reach the 10X10 by then it will be great to use for spending money on the trip or for a new outfit or two for the trip. The trip is is September. Hopefully that is not too unrealistic of a goal..

I love the banner too. How do we download it..

Everyone have a great OP day...

answered Apr 30 at 07:42

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Awesome banner Kris. I'd love to download it TOO. Welcome everyone!.

GBL73.

Who is disturbed to hear the last few notes of the end theme music on her toddler's favorite tv show. freetime over. oh my. here she comes.....

answered Apr 30 at 08:30

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Hi everyone! I am so tempted to join your group. I don't usually join groups, but like to just post to different forums whenever I see an interesting topic. But, man, you guys are tempting me with the 10x10 and the cash jar!! I love little incentives like that. But, my concern is that I will spend the money in the jar, you know, in those moments when I need some cash "right now". Plus, if I follow what you guys have in place I will be owing my cash jar $210 in another pound, that's if I back pay myself. lol How the heck do I keep hundreds of dollars in a jar in my house??.

Unless, I buy myself one of those piggy banks that you have to break to get into. But then I'll feel guilty for breaking Mr. Piggy..

I don't think I can do that. lol Any ideas? I guess I can just make it a very important thing in my head to NEVER spend, no matter what! I could cut an opening in the lid of a jar (if the lid is plastic) and then super glue the lid to the jar. hmm..

I'll keep thinking.....

answered Apr 30 at 09:28

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Well since the money is "our own" anyway, unless husband or friend is giving it to us, one could put I owe U's in the jar or play money each time and then at goal go to the bank and actually take out the real money and ENJOY! Just a thought...

answered Apr 30 at 09:30

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The banner is great! Does anyone know how to get it to us all? Great job! Love it!.

For me I am working on Kick'in those first 10 pounds!.

Focus people, focus!.

Happy Melting!.

Nora..

answered Apr 30 at 09:57

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Well I right clicked on the banner and was able to print it. I am going to put it on my cash jar!..

answered Apr 30 at 11:20

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Sorry guys that I've haven't been postin' much this past week.....Been sick ALL week and still am. I just know that I won't make my "Goal 9" on my countdown.

As I've missed SO many meals this past week (been really drained and not EVEN hungry), took DayQuil/NyQuil which have SO many carbs.

, sucked on SF cough drops at 5 calories a pop, the list goes on........

But I won't be discouraged, as I know that my health MUST come first..

Hopefully this week will be much better.....I mean, I have to start feeling better right?.

This team is growing SO much, with SO many wonderful folks. And many are already into their goals...SWEET!.

Big hugs to you all and have a WONDERFUL week!..

answered Apr 30 at 11:52

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If someone can tell me how to post the banner code I will do so. Everytime I try to post it I get the banner itself instead...

answered Apr 30 at 13:24

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Thanks for the welcome.

[img]**http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/1731/mybannerglitter92a2e7c8wd0.gif[/img].

The above is the code for the banner in case anyone wants it. Just remember to remove the asteriks...

answered Apr 30 at 13:45

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Bullwinkle: Sure hope you feel better soon. Get healthy and then resume. You may be surprised that you actually lost through your illness. Never know. My family was really sick with colds and I just took and took Zycam and it WORKED. I did not get the horrible colds they had.



Alyson: THANKS for the banner code! Cool!.

WELCOME everyone! This is a great group that keeps growing. We will have lots of 10 pound release victories to celebrate!.

I find I do really well the first 50 & the second 50 is where I fall off the straight & narrow. I can pretty much do the plan and just live right now. It is the second 50 for me where I will really need to be on these boards and really concentrate. That is where I am really hoping these 10 pound mini goals come in handy. I hope to drop 10, forget about it, and just focus on the next 10. Every 10 pound release will be like a whole new ten all over again!.

Happy Melting,.

Nora..

answered Apr 30 at 14:17

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Lovelybeautiful.

- congrats on your 7.1! What a start, huh?.

Bullwinkle.

- Sorry to hear you are sick. Take the time to get over it and you'll be right back on track!.

Nora.

- I, too, hope to drop 10 and forget about it. So much less overwhelming..

I hope everyone has a great OP day!..

answered Apr 30 at 14:21

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I hope everyone is doing well today. Today is a doubly great day for me since I have the day off work AND I met my first goal. 10 pounds down!! I think I am going to go shopping to see if I can find a cute jar to start saving my $$ in!.

I joined Medifast in October of 2006 when I wanted to lose weight to go on a trip to Hawaii. I lost 30 pounds in 3 months, had a great trip and came home to no motivation to continue losing weight. The good news is, it took me about a year and a half to gain back the 30 pounds, the bad news is....I gained back the 30 pounds + an extra 13!!! So here I am again, but this time I just love the idea of focusing on 10 pounds at a time. I am going on vacation in March, but this time I am not losing weight for my vacation....I am focusing on 10 pounds at a time..

When I was on Medifast before I was a constant lurker on the boards, but I never posted. That is something else I am trying to do differently this time. I am trying to make a point of being a part of this community instead of just reading it! So thanks all for letting me be part of this thread..

Have a GREAT Monday and stay warm! It has been so cold here in North Carolina I haven't wanted to go outside one bit! I could never live in the great white north...too much of a wimp!!!!..

answered Apr 30 at 15:26

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Hey, Drussell - I am in the same boat with you. Come check out the Class of '06 - I am sure you will recognize a lot of us! Glad to see you back!..

answered Apr 30 at 15:45

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Victory Dance for a 10 pound loss!!!! Yea! Way to go. Now take a deep breath, smile, and ON TO the next 10! Yes we can, yes we can. Hey it is only 10 pounds. We can lose 10 pounds (10 times over). Shhhhhhhhhh the 10 times over is what we will not talk about. Just 10 at a time.

GREAT JOB!.

Happy Melting,.

Nora..

answered Apr 30 at 16:33

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Nora directed me to this thread...Looks like a great group of losers..

Marcy..

answered Apr 30 at 16:35

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Thanks for all the wecoming support! I have been reading the 2006 board, and I do remember most everyone there. They just have no clue who I am since I just lurked and eavesdropped on their lives..

I feel like they are long lost friends, though. Isn't that stange???.

OK, now I have a question. Does anyone here have a Health Flexible Spending account? It is offered as a benefit where I work and I am wondering if I can pay for Medifast food with that account. Under "eligible expenses" weight loss programs are listed as long as they are prescribed by a doctor to treat a specific disease. (like obesity) My doctor wrote me a "prescription" for Medifast so I can see if it gets approved, I was just wondering if anyone else has tried this..

Nora: You are a great motivator. Thanks for your feedback on this board!!..

answered Apr 30 at 17:30

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I have a Flexible Spending account at work and some things are approved because of the note from the doctor. If I were you I would call the company that oversees your account and ask them directly. I am sure everyone is different. Good Luck...

answered Apr 30 at 18:28

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Good Morning 10x10's. Hope everyone has an on plan today. Today I celebrate a 10 pound loss since starting Medifast at 251.4 pounds on 1/1/09. Today I am 241.4 pounds. My "real" 10 pound loss victories however will begin at the 240 mark as I like even numbers. So I have to lose 1.4 pounds to get to my first 10X10 release of 10 pounds! I am excited to make that milestone and put the 10 bucks in my jar! More to follow.

This thought process may just work for me. If someone happens to ask me how much wt. I am trying to lose I will reply "10 pounds". What, are they going to say I need to lose more than that? Well they will think it, but only a rude person would say it. So my new way of thinking..............10!.

Happy Melting! Focus people, focus!.

Nora..

answered Apr 30 at 19:07

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Ummm....I am thinking there are a LOT more rude people out there than we want to believe..

I hope that way of thinking really helps you. I am gonna just try to not think about it at all. I will focus on just the 10 and just today. So far, no one has even asked me how much I want to lose....thank the good Lord above. If they did, I think my answer would be "more than I care to think/talk about"..

answered Apr 30 at 19:34

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Hey everyone. I received this article in my email this morning. Thought you might be interested too. It is regarding a proposed "obesity tax" on sugary sodas. Also discusses the affect of sugar and artificial sweeteners on our bodies. Just good food for thought..

Http://articles.mercola.com/sites/ar...e-of-time.aspx.

Let me know if the link doesn't work...

answered Apr 30 at 19:51

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Congrats to the first 10 pound losers!!.

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

$10 in those jars!..

answered Apr 30 at 20:43

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DRussel: Great job! We're on our way!.

Nora: wtg and btw THANK YOU for starting this thread. it is SO much fun! And thank you to whomever designed the banner! I love it's sparkly fun look!..

answered Apr 30 at 21:26

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Where is everyone? So far, I have lost my FIRST POUND of my FIRST TEN. LOLOL!..

answered Apr 30 at 22:27

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Jenny: Great job! Nine more of those and you will have yourself a 10X1! I am working on getting off 1.2 so I can celebrate my first official 10X1! Onward & downward!.

Happy Melting Everyone! Remember 10 pounds at a time gets the job done. One day at a time leads to those 10 pound losses. Those ten pound losses leads to the victory of 100 pounds shed. Shedding my fuit suit 10 pounds at a time!.

Stay on plan & focus. Today matters!.

Nora..

answered May 01 at 00:00

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Haven't weighed but I'm thinking I've gotten a significant chunk of my second 10 banishedwoo hoo! I've got a wedding to go to and if I had 3 of those 10 done by early April I'd be STOKED, man!.

100% OP 10 DAYS in A ROW..

Going with the 10 theme: I'm treating myself every 10 days in a row I don't cheat. I bought Clinique Turn Around Cream. HORRENDOUSLY expensive but saves the cost of a facial (she rationalizes...).

Have a GREAT day!..

answered May 01 at 01:36

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I like the idea of treating myself for every time I follow 100% Medifast OP ten days in a row. At first when I read that I thought you meant food for a treat. See where my mind still resides. I quickly realized oh no, not food, something else I am certain. LOL! Thanks for the idea! Now, what could this be? It would turn out to roughly 3 treats per month. Maybe a new music choice on I-tunes.

Maybe I would bank them and buy something bigger after a few months. Ok, I know a maximum $10 treat for every 10 days in a row I stay OP. I can bank them if I like. To help me the most my on plan will be defined as keeping my carbs at 85 or less, fat at 34 or less, calories 800-1000 and protein greater than 72. Great idea GBL!.

Thanks,.

Nora..

answered May 01 at 01:51

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Hi everyone,.

I like the idea of every 10 days also. Having the mini goals helps. When I did the New Year boot camp, I didn't want to cheat because I was in boot camp mode. I think I might have to set something like that up again because it is so easy to slip. Take this weekend, I was out and about and carried my bars to keep my blood sugar levels even, but by the evening I wanted to pig-out. I didn't, but warm tortilla chips are hard to resist. Ill let you know how the new plan works out...

answered May 01 at 02:21

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Yep, I think it is a great idea. I have firmed up my plan to be the following: For everyday that I am 100% on the Medifast plan in a row (defined for me as carbs 85 or less, prot. 72 or more, fat 34 or less and calories 800-1000) I will reward myself with $1. But there has to be 10 consecutive days to get any of the money. If I have a failed day, I must start over at zero...

answered May 01 at 02:42

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Neat idea on the "10 day reward." I was doing great with not cheating at all, but I confess yesterday I had a minor slip. We actually had 6 inches of snow in Raleigh yesterday, and THE WORLD shuts down in the south when we hear rumor of bad weather. Needless to say, no one left their house yesterday and most stayed home today. I made it in to work by afternoon because I couldn't stay in one more day. (Four day weekends do not lend themselves to structure!) My son decided it would be fun to bake cookie yesterday after playing in the snow, and I wish I could say I didn't even have one....I think we all know better..

The good news is, I only had one and was right back on plan. In the past I would have told myself "Hey, you've already blown this day so you might as well eat everything not nailed down! Just chalk this up to a bad day and start back fresh tomorrow. By the way, finish off those cookies while they're warm and you won't be tempted tomorrow!" But yesterday, I had one cookie, logged it in My Plan and stayed back on plan all day. I know there are many who would disagree, but I consider this a victory. I proved to myself that every bite of food that is not 100% on plan does not mean utter failure. I also proved to myself that I'll be just fine staying 100% on plan.



So for now, I am focused on my next 10 pounds and 10 days of making it happen!..

answered May 01 at 03:10

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Good for you! This was a "cookie" victory indeed. I always used the same psychology. I figured I had to finish the whole jar of or whole bag of or whole container of whatever fattening food it was so then I could start anew. Such ridiculous thinking on my part. Just made me fatter. One cookie does not a reduction program breck.

Did you find out that it did not even taste that good? That was my experience last Friday when I also had one cookie. I thought, that did not even taste great at all. Nipped it in the bud and moved on. LIfe happens. We WILL succeed.

It will all work out. Have faith..

Nora..

answered May 01 at 03:23

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Great job, Drussell! I consider that a victory too! I tend to do as you do and throw the whole day to the wind. I am trying to stop that as well..

I agree with Nora also, that things just do not taste as good as I remember them and one bite is more than satisfying. What I am having trouble doing, tho, is breaking my MIND from it's years of thought processing. I mean, for some 35 years, I have been telling myself that Brownies are the BEST and pizza is yummy and bread is to die for. Now that my taste buds have changed, my brain is still rattling those terms around in my head. So now I have to tell myself that Brownies will make me sick and pizza will make me feel queezy and bread will spike my insullin and leave me with a huge headache. I can tell that my brain is starting to finally "get" it, but it has taken me 2+ years to get to this point.



Up and down has been my game for a LONG time now!!.

But from this point forward, it is down down down!..

answered May 01 at 04:26

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The cookie story reminds me of Christmas time. I was dieting in a fly by the seat of your pants kind of way but I planned to eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I made these awesome cookies out of brownie mix and I decided to have JUST ONE before Christmas Eve..

Ahem..

SIX COOKIES LATER..

It was like, okay I had oneWHAT THE HELL? And I just shoved them in as if eating them quickly, while standing up, somehow made the fact of the action evaporate into ether..

But YES that is a big victory..

And about the 10 day reward thingi think I wrote this to NoraI think it's important to have behavioral goals as well as scale number goals. Because the scale isn't always in your control but your behavior is. So at least you have the OP goals to keep you motivated even when the scale is frustrating as all get out..

Werd, y'all..

Gbl73 aka Jennifer..

answered May 01 at 04:29

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It is my moment to celebrate my official first 10X10 ten pound off victory! Now I will take a deep breath, smile, and move forward to the next 10. Victory dance for 10 and bring on 10 more!.

Happy Melting my 10X10's. This will work! Keep the faith!.

Happy Melting!.

Nora..

answered May 01 at 05:41

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I have done that also...........just shoving things in my mouth standing. No thought process, just eat, eat, eat. Should just tape the brownie to my hip. Same thing. I would never behave like that in company. Why do I do it in my own kitchen? I am a closet eater. No MORE!..

answered May 01 at 06:25

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Halfway to my first 10 gone.

-5 lbs this week! Woo!..

answered May 01 at 06:39

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Great job Nora on your first set of 10. Keep up the good work.

Myolite - good job on being have way to your first 10.

As others have stated, I can relate to throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Trying not to let a whole day go to waste around food because of one poor choice is hard. Not to long ago I had one of those days and decided to go for broke. I just started eating what ever I wanted. Afterwards it was not as rewarding as the thought of the food. I just keep thinking what a waste of calories, carbs, and fat.

One thing that I was reminded of is that each meal is a struggle until I reprogram how I think about food and my relationship to food...

answered May 01 at 07:25

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I like the way you 10x10 people think... is it too late to join?? I am on day 6... hoping to be at least halfway to my first 10 at weigh in tomorrow am!!..

answered May 01 at 08:47

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Welcome, Jilly! Congrats on starting Medifast and this is a really great way to start off. If I had looked at it this way in the first place, maybe I wouldn't have failed so often. Looking at 125 to go can be very daunting when you start calculating how long it will take. Just looking at 10 pounds and being satisfied with that puts a whole new spin on the picture. If I never get more than these first 10 off, well, at least that is 10 less than I was..

Something I read a long time ago has really stuck with me regarding weight. For every 1 pound on our body, it is like 4 pounds of pressure on our knees when we step. SO, taking off 10 pounds is like taking 40 pounds of pressure off our knees....that, IMHO, is motivating...

answered May 01 at 09:32

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Hello and welcome everyone! Never too late to join. We are always in the process of losing our next 10 somewhere along the path. We all seem to think alike with going for broke on those "eating" days. Those days are behind us. I am really inspired. I just have 9.8 more pounds to lose before I have to think of it again.

My knees are 40 pounds happier! Great info everyone! Keep on going!.

Happy Melting!.

Nora..

answered May 01 at 10:52

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Welcome, Jilly!.

More on The Christmas Cookie Fiasco (heretofore referred to as TCCF) I've been thinking about why I eat standing sometimesI'm embarrassed about eating and I don't like to waste time on eating and because I know I have to go back to dieting I'm trying to get in all I can when I can..

It happened today. My toddler is getting speech therapy (I know, right? she's only 20 months old! but it's a free service from the state and she's struggling to talk. so why not?) and the therapist was here this afternoon. Nap time was over, I had to feed both kids and it had been 3 hours since I last had an Medifast meal, which I didn't get. I am allowed to observe and participate in sessions. I really felt my energy waningso I went into the kitchen and unwrapped an Medifast bar..

Now, I've made a promise to myself NOT TO EAT STANDING UP ANYMORE!!! and here I was doing it. I felt rude about eating in front of her. I felt embarrassed to be eating something that looked like a candy bar. And I felt humiliated that I couldn't wait an hour and a half for that food. So I was going to sneak it and shovel it down so she wouldn't know..

I ate humble pie and went and sat in front of them and slowly ate my bar..

Heck: who knew I was having such complex feelings about eating a little Medifast bar? And if you asked me if I was a secret eater I'd have said know. I lived with a secret eater and she had cakes, and cookies, and candy STASHED everywhere. Whenever I would clean or go looking for something I would find another stash. Yet she ate very little at meals when we were eating together..

THAT I would have told you is a secret eater. Not ME, I would have said. Because, despite TCCF, I don't really have a sweet tooth and I don't have stashes..

But you know: at some point I definitely have developed these feelings about food that make me feel ashamed to eat and I have a side that thinks I should be superhuman and not HAVE to eat. It's ironic that striving to not need food has left me eating too much..

Ech, just sharing some randomish thoughts..

Later my sassy 10x10 crew. We got it ALL figured out. Folks are going to be saying: wow, those 10X10's make it look easy! LOL.

(Attitude is half the battle).

Kickin' it high like the banner!.

GBL73.

Or Jennifer..

answered May 01 at 11:25

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Jennifer, I understand about the secret eater thing. I was never an overeater, but I have insulin resistance pretty bad, so everything I ate went straight to my gut. My family were all very thin and my mom and brother were always criticising my weight....I was only a LITTLE overweight....like a size 12 thru high school..

So, anyway, I just got to be paranoid of letting anyone see me eat ANYTHING at all. I am that way at work and the worst part is that when my parents came to stay with me a couple weeks ago, I caught myself "sneaking" food from my own kitchen! And it wasn't even unhealty food....it was, hmmm, I feel like a snack, guess I'll have some cheese and crackers..

This is definately one area I have to work on. I am a living body and I have the right to eat. Eating is not a crime or something to be ashamed of. Its a fact of life. I will not be ashamed for eating healthy anymore!..

answered May 01 at 12:31

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Welcome Jill.

Jennifer, I'm a Speech Pathologist that specialized in Infant/Toddlers, your daughter is lucky to have a mother that knew to get her help early. Many parents wait until the child is 3 or 4 years old...

answered May 01 at 12:35

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Thanks for the welcome ladies... my weigh in today was -5.5 pounds so I am more than 1/2 way to my first goal and at day 8 staying 100% OP!! Looking forward to getting to know you all!..

answered May 01 at 12:45

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