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First off, I just started phase 1 of Medifast Diet. Easy breakfast foods? Looking forward for any comment. My other question... I started on Tuesday 1/4 at 271lbs. I don't need to be a size 2 to be happy, just maybe in the 8/10/12 range - which I was at about 160. That means I have about 111lbs to lose..

My problem is I keep getting freaked out by the amount of weight I have to lose and how long it is going to take. I don't know if I am emotionally ready for everything that is going to come with this huge task I have ahead of me..

Anyone feel the same way? How are you guys coping?..

asked Apr 28 at 10:17

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That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the answer to that 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 could give you help..

answered Apr 28 at 10:20

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I need to lose about 150 pounds, so I understand the feeling. I was told once the way to eat an elephant (large task) is one bite at a time. I figure at my weight any loss is a blessing. I don't weigh myself daily, no matter how much I want to. Daily would show water retention, GI issues, etc. So I weigh in maybe twice a week.

I hope this helps...

answered Apr 28 at 11:55

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Hi Jessica!.

I actually just posted this yesterday to someone on another thread who was freaked out by seeing her goal "on paper":.

Look at it this way: It's not a diet, it's a rhythm. I'm eating at 9, 12, 3, 6, 9 and 10:30. This way I can snack after dinner (twice!), which used to be an issue and now is "allowed." It makes this so do-able for me! That's my rhythmyou just need to find yours..

Once you do that, your goal is no longer scary, and you don't really need to chase it down. It just sort of "finds" you..

I pray you make it to goal or very close too. And I'm actually "in the business." (I'm training as a hospital chaplain.).

I was just thinking before I read your post about this walk-in closet I have of gorgeous clothes that don't fit me at all. It's really going to be nice to get acquainted with them again. Today was the first day I could actually imagine wearing them and how that would feel.".

What do you imagine?.

The other thing is (and I do sometimes forget this): You don't have to get all the way to goal before the payoffs starts to come.the compliments, the milestones, the little realizations, the way it actually becomes fun to get dressed in the morning. The journey itself is a good time once you're really on it. I think it's just a matter of letting your mind go fallow and letting the packets do their thing long enough for the "rhythm" to give way to the "high.".

Have a great day, Elizabeth..

answered Apr 28 at 13:13

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Jessica...it is daunting. You and I are starting about the same time and at nearly the same weight, but you are here...so...you must be ready to make a change. Set small goals for yourself and reward yourself along the way with things that make you feel good about you. I read an anonymous quote once that said " Habit is habit not to be thrown down the stairs by anyone, but rather coaxed gently a step a time". Take it one day at a time and even an hour at a time if you need to and don't beat yourself up if you make a mistake...just get back on track as soon as you can. Take Care! <3..

answered Apr 28 at 14:42

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Jessica, I hear you! I need to lose about half my body weight and if I stop and think about that, it just seems too much, too far to go, hopeless. Right now, I am breaking it down into smaller goals. A friend and I are planning to go on a cruise in March, so I decided it was resonable to aim to lose 40 pounds in four months. It's not going to make me gorgeous in a bathing suit, but it is enough to make me physically feel better, feel like being more active (I love to snorkel, and am trying to plan as many excursions as I can), and to feel just a little bit better about myself..

Emotions - what purpose does being fat or over eating serve in your life? People don't do anything unless it is reinforced by something. I stress eat, and being fat has been a protective barrier from failing in relationships. No one asks fat girls 'why a nice girl like you isn't married', and I don't date, so I don't get rejected. Of course, I feel horrible about myself, but hey, can't have everything, right? Before when I have lost my weight, I jumped into dating and got overwhelmed. This time, I'm not going to go looking. At least not until I have kept my weight at goal for at least a year.

I am focusing on learning to like myself, now, and to forgive myself for the harm I have done to myself. So look at how overeating/being fat has served some need in your life, and go to work on that area as well.

Good luck with your journey. If you are a major emotional eater, would you consider counseling? Because you are right to think that if you don't deal with what underlies your weight issues, you will not stick with it...

answered Apr 28 at 15:20

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You have to break it down into smaller goals and reward yourself when you reach those small goals. I personally have 137 lbs to lose so I've broken it down into 15 lb goals. I went with 15 lb goals because every 15 lbs represents 5% of me gone. My start weight was 297.6 so if I loose 15 lbs I will have lost 5% of my total start weight. There will be 5% less of me! When you consider that in my first week I lost over 11 lbs I'm super close to being 5% smaller than I was! That's amazing for motivation! I really hope you decide to go ahead with this...

answered Apr 28 at 16:43

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Thanks guys... it's nice to know I am not the only one out there going through this....

I am an emotional eater but I need to figure out how to retrain myself not to be. Maybe therepy is the answer... I haven't ruled that out yet..

KHat - you and I have a lot in common... I haven't dated, and I have definitely used this as a way to put a barrier up between me and the world... I guess turning 29 this year is a good wake up call that I don't want to be this way forever...

answered Apr 28 at 18:01

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I'm with you. I have over 150 lbs to lose and it is scary. I started Medifast last week and I'm down 15lbs. What is so odd for me is that staying on plan has not been difficult so far. I have done many diets in the past (been dieting since I was 8) and even tried Medifast before but just couldn't handle it. I think my mental approach has changed.

When those evil thoughts enter my mind, about not being able to keep on the diet for as long as I will need to, that you can not lose that much weight, that I will just gain it back, etc...I tell myself to just breath and focus on today. Today, I can stay on plan. I'll work on tomorrow, tomorrow. Good luck!..

answered Apr 28 at 19:38

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Jessica, I too understand, but do not have youth on my side anymore. I am 45 years old and so tired I can't stand it! I started on Friday 1/7 and this weekend has been trying to say the least. But I will succeed!! I am an emotional eater as well, always have been. I didn't have success with relationships either, and didn't get married until I was 36. My husband likes 'big' girls, thank goodness, and is overweight also. So we fed off of each other in unhealthy ways.

I am starting out at 259, my heaviest being 292. My goal is 130, but if I lose 50 lbs. I'm having a party!! Be proud of yourself for starting this journey. It takes courage, strength and determination. Not all people have that in their character, but you do.

Read all their inspirational journies because you might find help there. Good Luck and God Bless..

answered Apr 28 at 20:30

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Having lost over 115 lbs by taking one month at a time, I totally understand the feelings you are expressing!.

Mentally, I just stayed OP and would do a serious "recommit" before ordering each month telling myself: YOU CAN DO THIS FOR 4 more weeks....

Weeks turned into months and before I knew it... GOAL!.


answered Apr 28 at 21:45

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When I first started Medifast looking too far ahead was way too much to handle. I decided to break down my weight loss into 10lb goals. This way I looked as far ahead as 10lbs and that was it. It adds up and before you know it you will be at goal. You can do this.


answered Apr 28 at 23:11

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I do the same thing to myself! However, I came to realize that if I don't do it then that large chunk of weight I need to lose is only going to get bigger. At least if I start now I know that it can't get any worse..

Plus...cheeka you feel awesome when you start seeing those numbers go down. Don't think about how much you have to lose...instead think of that next pant size!..

answered Apr 29 at 00:18

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I just started too on 1/5.

I feel the same way about looking at the large amount of weight I need to lose but looking at everyone elses sucess stories it give me hope that it can be done. And pretty quickly too - which is another positive factor...

answered Apr 29 at 00:35

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Ladies I am so glad I found this thread. It is so great to see others feeling the same way I am. I have over 1/2 my body weight to lose. I am 298 lbs. It is even hard to write this weight down. I am an emotional eater too.

I am a chocoholic type person and Medifast hot chocolate has been how I have at least not gone into the 300 lb range. I do not know why I am stuggling so hard but something must be getting to me. I have been in therapy and have not been there for a couple of months due to a lot of factors. I need to get back in, so I plan on arranging it this week..

I think the 15 lb thing is really great, I saw someones post where they are doing a charm bracelet thing where for every XX pounds lost then new charm. I also like the 15 lb since it is 5% of my weight lost too, so that makes a lot of since too. I am aware of the research that showed if you lost 7% of your body weight and you were diagnosed with Prediabetes then you would reduce your chance of diabetes by 57%, (I am not diagnosed with anything but I think I could be if I really got tested since I am so heavy). I am distressed at how much I weigh, how clothes do not fit and how much it makes me feel...

answered Apr 29 at 01:28

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Hey Patty - It sounds like we are all in the same boat here. I think 15lb intervals are a great way to think about it, so I'm gonna jump on that bandwagon... just think about it 15lbs at a time...

answered Apr 29 at 01:55

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I started with 132 pounds to lose but never looked further ahead than the next weight decade. This way I was always either just getting into a new decade, 290's to 280's, etc, and excited about that, or fighting to get out of one and into the next one. It meant that I always had something immediate to focus on, and as it turns out, if you just keep doing that, you wake up one day and find that you're fighting your way through your very last one...

answered Apr 29 at 03:24

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I've heard that the tiredness will pass. I just finished week 2 and I'm still pretty tired but I was also battling a cold at the same time. Naps are great if you can manage to sneak one in!.

Been there, done that! My wife and I do the same thing. Medifast will help a bunch with getting rid of all the extra weight that's been put on because of this but conquering reactions like these will take extra help. Don't worry too much about this yet the early days of Medifast are hard enough without trying to solve all the problems of the world all at once!.

Later on, when you're more settled into the program you can start planning on how to cope with the emotional eating issues which will reappear during transition and maintenance. These might help:.

I found the book.

Stop Stuffing Yourself.

To be helpful in understanding my need to eat when I get upset. Hopefully I won't get tossed off the boards for recommending a Medifast book!.

It may also be a good idea to take advantage of any behavioral health insurance you have available. Since so few people use it, these health insurance programs haven't seen the massive cuts other insurance programs have. If you can get past the stigma of "seeing a therapist", this is probably.

The most effective way.

To prevent future emotional eating. I suspect I'll do this myself again, once I get past these early days...

answered Apr 29 at 04:02

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My mom always says (mainly because I've been attempting to diet for years) that when your ready you can do it. And for years I always thought I was 'ready' and never lost a single pound. This time it feels diffrent. So I guess you really just have to be 'ready' and when you are you can do it. And one of the best parts abour Medifast is this, the communications with others in your shoes. So chin up Jessica, you can do it.

On the therapy subject, I've actually seen a therapist before, for non-dieting reasons and found them incredibly helpful. You can basically spill your guts to someone you will probably never see or speak to you once you have no need for there services. It's really, well theraputic...

answered Apr 29 at 05:12

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I have been on this journey for 4 months and if I look at the "big" picture, I get freaked out and my inner brat comes out in full force filling my head with doubt and fear! I try to only look ahead to the next decade! I have come so far and I know I CAN and WILL do this... no matter how long it takes I WILL make it to GOAL!..

answered Apr 29 at 06:36

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One 24 hour block at a time....that is all you can do. You will have mental and physical ups and downs, but this is a marathon-not a sprint. Personally I find comfort in having a large amount to lose-it is allowing me to adapt new eating habits to make a permanent change. As others have said I break into smaller "chunks" too, just focus on 10, 20, 30 at a time..

The biggest thing that hits home to me is....Time will pass whether you do this or not. Where do you want to be in 6 months?? For me I look at the last 10 months and they flew by. If I hadn't started Medifast in March I could be 425 by now (or more), instead I am 267 and heading down by the day..

You can do this!!..

answered Apr 29 at 07:43

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Back to a bad day... I don't want to be doing this but I am because I don't want to be fat more than I don't want to be doing this. Is that the right reason to stay?..

answered Apr 29 at 08:56

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You're results are fantastic! And I think your advice is exactly right. I am new at this (day7), but what I keep thinking is how quickly the past year went by. And what did I do with it? As far as my health - nothing. But in another year, watch out! And you do this journey one day at a time and before you know it..........................

answered Apr 29 at 09:26

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Jessica, I feel the same way. It's a means to an end. And that end is going to be so much better than where am sitting right now. Not only do I not want to be fat anymore, I want peace, the peace that comes with feeling good about myself. No more shortness of breath, no more back and knee pain and I can't wait until I can sleep through an entire nite. If it takes eating this 'food', then that's what it takes.


answered Apr 29 at 10:48

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That's a GREAT reason to stay! Some days my reasons for staying seem really silly, but they get me through the day at hand. One of the most recent reasons was, "I don't want to be fat and have to sit in a crowded airplane ever again!" It got me through that day when I wanted to go off program. You just gotta do this thing..

As far as rewards and making your goal seem a little more do-able, one thing I've been doing is rewarding myself for every 5% of my starting weight that I lose. I started at 260, so my first reward was in my 2nd week on the program! Talk about a confidence booster!..

answered Apr 29 at 11:58

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Omg ggrobin! Fantastic! All of that since June? Yippee for you..

answered Apr 29 at 13:18

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Thx SirBonkers!! Great advice and I will check on that book..

answered Apr 29 at 13:38

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This was perfect for me to read tonight! I am in the same position. I have a lot to lose. This is my third day on MF, and it's been ....dare I say....easy to stay OP so far. But I found myself today feeling panicky in regards to how much weight I need to loose. Reading these suggestions of breaking it down into smaller goals is great, and something I will do. Also, this time I am getting professional help for the emotional side of it, as someone else suggested...

answered Apr 29 at 14:46

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