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Got a quick question: How much weight will I lose on the Medifast Diet? Thanks for any comment. Another question on my mind: I have been OP for five and 1/2 weeks...well not really OP every day. I have allowed numerous stressors to seep into my diet plan. This is not a good thing for me ...it has been very hard for me. I have had four incidents that have derailed me. I am wanting to stay OP but I am having a really tough month.

I have had a pattern in the past..I always do really well the first month on a diet and then in the second month...poof..I screw it up and go off plan..

I feel like I am out of control again..

I just really need to get back OP. I lost 25 pounds my first month and have not weighed myself again because I am continuing to eat off plan..and I am having an increase in the swelling in my legs AGAIN...gosh..I wish I could just keep my head together instead of throwing away all my hard work the first month...

asked Apr 28 at 10:54

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I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the answer to your question. I'll do some investigation and get back to you if I find an decent answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably can answer it..

answered Apr 28 at 11:54

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I too am in my 5th week, and completely understand the various "stumbling blocks" that can easily hurl you off program. Everyday stress, (known as "life"...lol) has a way of making our resolve weaken and our need for "comfort measures" ( i.e. food) increase..

Unfortunately, there is no "magic wand" which can be waved that will cause your life to become stress free-that ain't gonna happen. You need to take a good, hard look at why you are motivated to cheat when dealing with the ups and downs of life, and decide which is more important-instant gratification, or long term success and good health..

Good luck to you...

answered Apr 28 at 12:00

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Hey Colleen,.

Amber is right...if you didn't really want it...you wouldn't have posted on the boards....and great advice Amber on the why you want to lose weight list.....I'm gonna do that too! But I think it is the self sabotage that we have that keeps us fat/overweight....sometimes we are our own worst enemy..

Atleast you are staying on plan during the week...that is atleast doing damage control. If you can make a deal with yourself on Friday that you will stick to it...just this one weekend...once you make it thru that you will be stronger...next weekend will be easier. I do best if I have one out day a month (I am halfway thru week 6).....On that out day I can go off for only 1 meal...so if I want dessert or fries that is the time.... I did that mothers day...and totally regretted it....it took me a while to burn thru the sugar and I was cranky and tired while I burned thru it. If you do feel the urge to go off...make sure it is a no/lo carb item....that will keep you in mild ketosis, and you won't go thru the cravings and stuff the next day. On the days that I am starving, or if I am out at a restaurant, I just make sure it is low or no carb.



I think it is also important for you to get on the scale and face the damage. Face the fear. The denial of getting on the scale is one of the reasons I gained this much weight in the first place...gradually I just start looking at my face and then the next thing you know you see some huge butt in a picture and then I realize it is ME and then not understand how I let this happen. The scale can keep us honest with ourselves (I am one of the naughty ones who weighs everyday)..

But brush it off, pick yourself up and jump back in. Remember make the commitment for one weekend...if you need to bust do it no/low carb or veggie...but try total on plan for just htis weekend...each weekend you will get stronger and stronger...

answered Apr 28 at 12:21

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Are you reward driven? Maybe you can have a reward jar. Everytime you eat the meal you should put a quarter in a jar. Don't touch them. At the end of the week, month or whatever time frame you set take your cash and on the weekend when you might eat off plan splurge on a new top or a pedicure or something feel good. Instant gratification can come in many forms not just food. Try and find one that works for you..

If it is pure stress driving you, try wrapping up in an afghan with a cup of flavored hot tea. Shut the door and don't let anyone in. I know the weather is getting warm so you may have to turn on the fan or air to enjoy it. Just close your eyes and sip your tea until the urge to eat goes away...

answered Apr 28 at 13:51

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Thanks everyone for your support...I am back OP...I am working on getting my head into this again and not allowing other things to derail me. I appreciate everyone writing and giving me ideas they are great!..

answered Apr 28 at 14:47

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I hope that everything is going great and that you are doing well...

answered Apr 28 at 14:58

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I think the most important thing to get the right focus for success at Medifast is to have a very serious talk with yourself about why you are doing this..

Making a list is a good trick, it is one of the core exercises suggested in THE BECK DIET BOOK. Make 3"x5" cards that have the top reasons why you want to be slimmer, and put them around your house. When you feel the urge to cheat, read them. I have one on my refrigerator, and one next to the potty, where they catch my eye. Read them out loud if you have to, IMPRINT the reasons into your psyche..

You need to re-train yourself to BELIEVE that you are a person who has strength of character, who can get past destructive whims, and IS NOT A VICTIM..

As the weight comes off, you will have a visual reward. As you regain the ability to do things that you started inhibiting yourself from doing as you got heavier, there's another reward..

And I heartily support the concept of blogging..

Sure, I know I can go riding my mule out into the forest all by myself, and sometimes we do that, but mostly I look for someone who will go riding with me. Not because I anticipate that I might fall and get hurt, but because the companionship and the improved safety allow me to relax and enjoy the ride a bit more fully. I feel the same way about Medifast discussion boards and blogging. Sure, I'm the only one who is in my kitchen with me, seeing if I sneak an extra nibble or nosh. But I am safer if I reach out into the Medifast community and expose my thinking processes, talk about the things I am learning, and read what others post..

I don't NEED to ride with others, any more than I need to have feedback to reinforce what I know to be true: that I need to lose weight and sticking with the Medifast plan is a solid way for me to accomplish that goal..

But this online site gives me access to other people who are on the same trail I am, who get it, who have their own issues and hurdles to cross over but who share some of the same psychology which led us all to become too heavy..

I for one am grateful for the companionship...

answered Apr 28 at 15:44

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Colleen, I can totally relate. Weekends are the worst! Parties, BBQs, family, sometimes even boredom I am sooo tempted on the weekends! Identify your trigger and create an action plan for dealing with it. For me, I am most tempted when I am simply at home all day, partyly because I get off my schedule and partly because I seem to be hungrier on the weekends (probably a mental thing). So I try to make plans to get out of the house and bring along Medifast foods that travel well (bars, pretzels, puffs) and a water bottle. Before you know it, it is dinner time and I have my lean and green, then a Medifast evening treat a couple of hours later and then it's off to bed. I have made it through 1 day!! The added benefit is that by getting out of the house, I am usually getting in some exercise because I like to walk around the mall or the flea market, go bowling, play at the park with the family, etc...

answered Apr 28 at 16:15

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