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Quick question: Is peanut butter allowed in Medifast Diet Phase 1? Thanks in advance for any answer or 2. Another quick question... We're just starting up this new group, and I hope all will be patient with me as I figure this stuff out! It's obviously open to Catholic women, so we can pray for each other and offer up our difficulties for the others, all while praying our way to having bodies worthy of being temples of the Holy Spirit. WELCOME!!!!..

asked Apr 28 at 07:17

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Yep, but you might wanna make sure and wait for another person to confirm my answer as I am on the fence. Better yet, why don't you e-mail the Medifast guys because they can assist you better...

answered Apr 28 at 08:20

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Thanks for starting the group. I don't spend much time on the discussion boards so I'm a newbie here, too..

I'm glad to be a part of this group...

answered Apr 28 at 08:56

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This could be a great group!!! Let's pray for each other and support each other as we let Christ into our kitchens and lives..

Christine..

answered Apr 28 at 10:08

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I'm in. Thanks for managing the group. I'll keep checking back to get directions..

Beth..

answered Apr 28 at 11:39

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Great Job with getting this started! I am a newbie to the discussion boards and am not quite sure how they work yet! But, I will keep checking in each day that I am on site! I wanted to share that one of the things that I have been doing with being a MFer loser, is that with my morning offering each day,[color="Green"] I offer my Medifast struggles for all the malnourished mothers and children that we have in our world.

I have freq. struggled with the idea of gluttony in a worldly perspective. It is completely foreign in so many parts of the world to "DIET" or get on a machine to exercise! Here I am, desiring to lose 100 pounds! That is why I feel a little comfort making this small sacafice of desiring to eat chicken and dumplings with my family instead of my Medifast meal...

answered Apr 28 at 12:42

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Good post-poll-day morning! I worked the polls alllllll day yesterday - a 16-hour day, but managed to stay completely ON PLAN! Didn't get all my water in, but didn't do too badly! Anyway, on to our group...a couple of you ladies had good ideas. Let's offer our minor sufferings in losing weight up for mothers and chldren who can't get enough to eat!.

If you're all amenable, let's do Friday weigh-ins, and post our results (if we so choose)..

Finally, I've got some few ideas rattling around in my head that I want to play with - discussing Gluttony, one of the seven deadly sins, which definitely got me where I am today. I thought I/we could try to find Bible passages which call to us in regards to our weight loss journeys etc. I don't want this to turn into a boring, doom-and-gloom Catholic site, but we're all on this journey together, this group included, so we'll just take one day at a time, ok?..

answered Apr 28 at 14:11

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One day at a time. One prayer at a time..

Definitely like the idea of offering up our struggles for those who have a different cross to bear, as in not having enough to eat..

Let this be a day offered to those in need of nourishing food..

Am a Tuesday weigher and will happily share results with the group..

Christine..

answered Apr 28 at 15:18

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I love the idea of 'offering' up our suffering thru our Obesity for other women suffering to find enough food to eat and to feed their babies..

Since I'm in Maintenance, I won't be posting losses each week, cause for me to be within 5 pounds (either way) of my goal, means I'm good..

I chose Monday as my Weigh-in day when I joined MF. I chose it for a specific reason. I needed to be held accountable over the temptations and events of my weekends. It worked. Knowing I had to weigh on Monday morning kept me honest and OnPlan during my toughest times. So since you chose Friday as the weigh in for the team, I'll try to make sure I stop by to let you all know if I'm in my Goal range or not, then..

I'm on the Medifast site when ever I get the chance. I subscribe to threads and blogs of my favorite MFers and get them on my BB. Now the thing is, it is difficult to log on and reply from there, but at least I keep up with the posts and feel in the loop. It also allows me to pray for my teams and friends here at anytime day or night when I get the 'ding' on my Blackberry...

answered Apr 28 at 16:27

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There are 70 days between now and Epiphany on Jan 13th..

How about we make it productive in unique way?.

For every pound lost between now and then, let's donate a pound of food to a local charity or food bank..

For me and anyone else who joins the team who is in Maintenance, we could donate the amount of pounds we lost to get to GOAL..

How does this sound? I mean if we are giving up our suffering, why not actually GIVE to those moms who are less fortunate in a real and tangible way, too..

Let me know what you all think?..

answered Apr 28 at 18:00

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Amazing idea!!!!! Sounds great! We're in charge of collecting food from our parish for the Samaritan house, so I can make sure I pop in the amount of pounds when we deliver it. I love that idea, Chatty!!!..

answered Apr 28 at 19:15

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I'm glad you like it..

I've been a part of team every year on here and we do this..

The first year Medifast powers that be got involved and they thought we were awesome...

answered Apr 28 at 19:44

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Hey Chatty, I'm in. I'll even donate my total loss from starting Medifast through Epihany..

Good idea..

Christine..

answered Apr 28 at 20:25

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Love it Christine! Sounds like we have a plan!..

answered Apr 28 at 21:31

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I am still waiting on my order to come in to start MF....but I would to start with this group. Everything sounds great so far - I'll be checking for updates...

answered Apr 28 at 21:34

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I would LOVE to join this group. Thanks for starting one. My husband and I are recent converts (went through RCIA 2008-2009). I still have a lot to learn about the Catholic faith. Glad there is a group here to share with!..

answered Apr 28 at 21:39

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Cannot believe I missed this! Please count me in!..

answered Apr 28 at 23:18

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Welcome to our Clubhouse!.

DefyGravity,.

I did what you are doing. I got on this site and got connected even BEFORE my Medifast arrived. By the time my guy in the Brown truck showed up with my Box, I was already sold that this was the plan for me..

Aferg,.

Welcome HOME!.

Ann,.

Better late than never, huh?.

Some tips for newbees:.

Go to the Success Tools Tab at the top of this page and start reading. OMG you will not believe the wealth of knowledge that is there. PRINT OUT ALL FIVE FOOD LISTS..

I kept one taped to my fridge and one in my handbag for shopping..

Spend some time going over the FAQ's, they are just that, the most frequently asked questions about Medifast and whys and wherefores and hows of it inside and out. Saved me a ton of time..

Don't be afraid to ask questions here..

There are so many different personalities, you may not like the style or type of advice you get from one member, but may really click with another one. Don't get all bent out of shape and judgmental, remember overweight folks (obese in my case) can be a bit touchy sometimes. Some of us have been in the trenches fighting this battle/addiction/disease for a lifetime..

Learn to take what you need from this site and leave the rest. What is one members junk, just may be the treasure another member NEEDED to hear. The Holy Spirit works in mysterious ways, does HE not?.

At first steer clear of the Whiners and Cheaters Threads and blogs, they mess with your resolve to do this thing. Stick with the Winners. The members who have been thru Boot Camp (5&1) and completed the Transition and are now Maintaining their losses..

Learn to GIVE UP (we Christians understand this as surrender) But don't ever GIVE IN!.

I actually felt compelled to a blog on this subject, so if you desire go check it out..

I will also attach a link here to a thread I put up for Newbees who might be struggling. It is a bit dated as Lealonnie is no longer the Featured Blogger when you long onto the site, but my dear friend Call of Duty is and he is gem of a guy.. g.

Lastly, I have some links in my own siggy for you all..

Feel free to click on them and enjoy..

The only caution I usually make for newbees is to try to do the plan Naked at first. By that I mean as is and without too many of the recipes out there. DETOX is important to get off on the right start and keeping it simple is a gift in that first month or so..

After that, the recipes can be a God-send and get you thru some tough times..

Oh I almost forgot:.

You really do need to eat all FIVE Medifast meals a day. They contain the vitamins and nutrients to keep you healthy and safe on such a low cal/carb plan..

You really do need to weigh and measure that Lean and Green properly and Log every single thing you put into your mouth. The MyPlan here is an excellent tool.

And you REALLY REALLY do need to drink all that water. The 64 oz is the min for a 120 pound person. See Medifast recommends (as do most reputable plans out there) to drink 1/2 your weight in ounces of water per day. So if you weigh 300 pounds, you need 150 oz of water..

Now that really is it for now...

answered Apr 28 at 23:52

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Ann,.

I noticed you are still contemplating your GOAL weight..

Here is my suggestion:.

Why not set it to the Highest number of a healthy BMI and see how you feel when you get there. You might find that as we age, we aren't always able to maintain what we weighed when we were younger. You may also find, that you can go lower and be just fine..

I caution members to not start out at the bottom of that BMI and then struggle to get there or maintain there. Some just give in and either cheat or quit the plan. I like feeling a bit more successful and that helped me..

Hope it helps you...

answered Apr 29 at 00:43

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Okey Dokey Clubhouse friends, I'm off to teach a Class..

Today I'm working with a group of women to take them Line by line and verse by verse thru the 1st and 2nd Kings..

I'll check back in later when I run home to meet the plumber as I have a toilet that is leaking..

YIKES!..

answered Apr 29 at 01:28

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WOW! Chatty, I love the idea about donating a pound of food for every pound lost between now and the Ep. Awesome idea. I think it is very powerful to offer our small struggles for those woman and children that do not have enough food to nourish their bodies. Image as a mom, what it would be like to try to nurse your baby, but have nothing to give. Or your 3 year old, listless bc of no food. Something that is foriegn(sp?) to so many of us~ Here is a morning offering that I put together this morning while at Euchristic Adoration.

Oh my Jesus, thru the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, daily duties, joys and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, especially those dear to me, reparation for sins against You and peace in the hearts of man. I offer these to sooth the sufferings of mothers and their children who are malnourished and abused throughout the world. Grant them comfort and peace. I offer them for our priests, Bishops and Your servant, Pope Benedict. Have Mercy on me this day. Dear Mary, cover me in your Motherly Mantle~ I am Yours~ Jesus, I Trust in You+++ AMEN..

answered Apr 29 at 02:31

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OMG class today was awesome. I love seeing the 'light bulb' of faith turn on for someone..

In 1 Kings Chapters 9-12 we see Solomon turn his heart away from God and onto himself and all the riches that GOD had brought to his life. It all started when he went against the law given in Deuter. God warned that foreign idol worshippers should not enter into his life and for political reasons he marries Pharaoh's daughter. He began the sad demise of his kingdom and what that did to the people in the wake of the destruction as well..

His heart became divided and the result was a divided nation. He became discontented with what he had and greed and pride drove him for more and more..

Today I shared my granny's definition of Contentment. She said, "Contentment is not the acquisition of everything you want, but the realization of what you already have.".

Doesn't this also fit into our.

"Journey to Wellness".

? (which is what I have always called this.) Medifast does not use the word DIET in their materials, nor have I ever used that word. They, and so do I, call this a LIFEPLAN. Who wants to go on a word that the first three letters spell DIE? And that term, in and of itself, conjurs up the idea that you are going to go ON something, which naturally leads to going OFF of it..

The latter, more healthy term, makes me think of LIFE and that it is a PLAN to live that life forever..

I mean we read posts, threads, and blogs adnauseum about how this Medifast is so deprivational. How hard it is to do this..

I'm starving.

Has been the topic and headline of more threads and blogs than I can count. How they are not contented, since they can't have __________________, ( you fill it in) They want to go to all the parties and still eat like they did before MF..

They want to constantly 'tweak' this plan to make it fit THEIR lifestyle and desires..

Instead of realizing how beautifully designed and nutritionally sound Medifast is. Instead of thanking God they can afford to buy this product. Instead of enjoying the freedom that GIVING UP brings to their life. Instead of learning the lessons that can be gleaned by this adventure into US. Instead of learning what happens when we surrender to obedience..

I am still amazed at how powerful and spiritual this journey has been for me..

God is good indeed!..

answered Apr 29 at 03:06

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Hi,.

I like the catholic women's group idea. I have definitely come to the conclusion that my weight has to do with gluttony and attachment to the "pleasure" it brings me. I have also been praying and learning about the concept of "mortifying my senses." So, when my family is eating something that smells really good, I ask my guardian angel for self-control and offer my mortification/denial for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. I have also found that frequent/monthly confession has helped give me strength..

May God's Glory be with all,.

K..

answered Apr 29 at 04:01

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Ladies,.

I am AMAZED at all the great posts and feedback I've seen. Thank you, Chatty, for posting so much thoughtful and insightful information - it makes SO much sense!! We should be changing how we've thought of food (eat to live, not live to eat) - this IS a lifestyle change, not a temporary fix..

Childrenrgifts, I love that Morning Offering!.

I hope we grow as a group and really become a tight-knit bunch of ladies who pray each other through this journey and any others!.

So, to recap our team thoughts...we are pledging to donate a pound of food for every pound lost from now until Epipany right? We had discussed a Friday weigh-in, but not everyone weighs in on that day, so how about posting how we've done over the past week on a Friday - you can state your latest weight loss, or how you faced a challenge, what your plans are for the upcoming week etc. Does that sound good??..

answered Apr 29 at 04:44

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Ok I'm having ticker issues again...bear with me while I try to see if I've got this sorted out...

answered Apr 29 at 06:02

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Ok can anyone tell me why I have TWO tickers now???..

answered Apr 29 at 06:49

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ARGH! Now I'm back to the old ticker! I'm doing everything it's telling me to do, copying and pasting....well poop!..

answered Apr 29 at 07:00

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Hi Ladies,.

I love wine at night. It is not on the plan. I cheat occasionally and have some if I've been really active. Inspired by your prayers and spirituality, I will sacrifice wine/alcohol in totality, from last night through Thanksgiving eve. (Except my Savior's Blood, taken in Communion at Daily or Sunday Mass.) I will offer this sacrifice for those struggling to find their inspiration and support. On Thanksgiving I will pray about a new sacrifice to take me through the Advent Season..

And I love that morning offering. I will print it and place in my wallet to be prayed often..

Christine..

answered Apr 29 at 08:10

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"Oh my Jesus, thru the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, daily duties, joys and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, especially those dear to me, reparation for sins against You and peace in the hearts of man. I offer these to sooth the sufferings of mothers and their children who are malnourished and abused throughout the world. Grant them comfort and peace. I offer them for our priests, Bishops and Your servant, Pope Benedict. Have Mercy on me this day.



I love this prayer..

I subscribed for updates but I am not getting them in my emails. Or perhaps that's not where they show up. Can anybody provide any insight?..

answered Apr 29 at 08:43

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Ahhhh, wine......my favorite recreational beverage!!! Great sacrifice, Chrisx!!!! Sunshine, I'm not getting e-mail updates, either! Anyone????..

answered Apr 29 at 09:20

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I think the "subscription" is "New Discussion Board Post" that appears on our My Page only under the heading "News & Board." That's all I can figure...

answered Apr 29 at 09:35

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You ladies are great! I look forward to growing and losing with you all!.

My order finally came in and I will be picking it up at the post office tomorrow. Then, Sunday will be my day 1...

answered Apr 29 at 10:20

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Did you click on the drop down orange box that says Thread Tools at the top of this page?.

When you click on it, select Subscribe to this thread and then you will be directed to accept that and then your computer should redirect you to this screen again..

Hope it works..

Oh and you can subscribe to your favorite Blogs too..

And when you stop by the Clubhouse and our little group, just click on first unread post at the top of this page. That way you don't have to scroll thru all the stuff you've already read or try to remember the # of the post where you left off..

You all probably know all this stuff, but when I was a newbee here, I was also a computer newbee too...

answered Apr 29 at 10:24

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Well I am a.

Happy Chatty.

Tonight..

Today I saw all four of my children..

Picked up my eldest son at that airport (he flies in every year for my birthday) and we met my eldest daughter for lunch in the city. Then discovered that the twins stopped into town today. THE GIRL sometimes comes home weekends to work at a little boutique where she has worked since High School. So my son had not met her boss, so we surprised her and took her to lunch. THE BOY was on his way to a Basketball game and stopped by to see his brother. As my children are growing, it is rare that I would see them all in one day.



So I have a jam packed weekend planned with my son and when my little head hits the pillow tonight, I will thank my God for it all! He is indeed Good!.

Gravity.

- Glad the food came. I think my best-est friend is the guy in the brown truck now a days. bwhahahaaaa!.

Hugs to all, and I will try to check in over the weekend...

answered Apr 29 at 11:55

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OH and I know it appeared that I ate lunch twice today, but let me assure you, I did not..

I ate a wonderful salad with Turkey for lunch with my eldest daughter, and enjoyed a nice cup of hot tea while my younger daughter grabbed a lunch before she headed off to work...

answered Apr 29 at 13:16

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Chatty, my mother's heart is beaming for you today! Enjoy your birthday, your weekend with bit and pieces of all your children~they are such gifts you have been blessed with. blessings+..

answered Apr 29 at 14:47

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Here is a thought for today that came to me when I read Psalm 16:11.

"You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.".

I think the time I spend ALONE with God is the most rewarding time in my day...

answered Apr 29 at 15:08

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Chatty, you are on to something there. The alone with God time is my best time of the day. I started making time for Daily Mass last Spring during Lent and have continued as often as I can. There's a 5:30 pm down the street fom the office and I try to get there twice a week when I'm in town. I love my 35-40 minutes with God and a few other souls who don't know me. Slip in, quiet time with God, slip out, and resume the day's activities.

Just sometimes wish I could go every day. My crazy life is doing good to allow twice a week. But boy oh boy have good thiings been happening in my life since I've made time for GOD!!!!.

Christine..

answered Apr 29 at 15:35

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Chatty, I'm so glad you have had time with all your kids - what a blessing that is! You and Chris are right - we all need alone time with God. Throughout all the Bible studies, Catholic women's groups, spiritual direction and reading - what keeps shining through is that we MUST have time alone with Him so we can hear His guidance...

answered Apr 29 at 16:33

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Today we had a beautiful homily about not fearing death~ I wanted to jump up and down during mass and say thank you! We have such beautiful promises as Christians about Heaven. When I am over whelmed at how weak I am during my walk here in this world as wife, mom, friend, daughter,sister etc. I love to contimplate Heaven~ (happy smile) We all will die. We all will have eternal life. We all choose where we end up. We have a loving and Just God.

Many will "choose"hell. As I tell, my children, this makes Jesus sad. But, each soul has free will. During our life time, we are blessed with MANY graces to continue to turn our face towards our loving Father and say "yes" or "Fiat"~let it me done to me according to your Word. The veil between heaven and earth is becomming thin.

Saint Paul urges us to "run the race well". Medifast ladies, is part of this. While being addicted to food,becomming our false god,we easily can dispair. Jesus in not a God of dispair. That comes from satan. Satan is so real.

Satan would like us to dispair,give up,have our world become smaller and smaller as we become more uncomfortable with our physical bodies. We become consumed with our weakness. But ladies, we have a God of Hope! A God of Life! He wants us to be filled with His light so we can go forth and shine his Love on to others!.

We do live in a culture of death, as talked about by our dear late pope, John Paul II. Many souls do choose to say "no" at their last breath. But, MANY choose to say yes! This is why, as we continue on our Medifast journey, it is important that we stay true to offering each day to our dear Lord and His Sacred Heart. Do not let the trials of reclaiming our health with Medifast go to waste~ Our prayers are small, but are so pleasing to Jesus. Plus, there is strength when two or more are gathered in prayer! AMEN!!!..

answered Apr 29 at 17:45

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What an amazing post, Chatty! Thank you SO much! In our women's study group, one specific task we have this week is to focus on what we think Heaven will be like. That is where we are meant to be, after all, yet we all get so focused on the day's needs, struggles, etc, we forget to look at the prize. Offering up our struggles with food will surely help us to see our Heavenly Home!..

answered Apr 29 at 18:41

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I just saw this posting and would love to be part of this group. I love the idea of giving a pound of food for each pound lost. Count me in...

answered Apr 29 at 18:59

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Caokapy.

- Welcome..

Childrenrgifts.

- The story about the mother who lost 7 of her sons has always been hard for me to understand. A faith that deep and strong is rare in any day. But since joining MF, I have looked at EVERYTHING differently. They were willing to DIE rather than defile their body with "off plan" food and thus sin against GOD..

I am ashamed that I thought so little of this 'temple' that my obesity was such a defilement..

Each day I pray I can think before I eat. If it is not OnPlan, I no longer want to eat it..

Since I am an addict, I need to pray this daily, sometimes hourly..

How far am I willing to go in order to protect my plan? Scripture like those today make me ask myself this question of myself again, as I reflect and pray about my relationship with food and MF...

answered Apr 29 at 20:10

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Welcome caokapy! May this group encourage you to grow in a healthy way, vs the pound weigh!.

Chatty, it is hard to place yourself in the shoes of the mother that had to stand by as her 7 sons were being tortured...one by one....Prayerfully, as a mother, that takes tremendous strength. I can not imagine. But, it comes down to one basic concept that I sometimes cling to....TRUST.... She, in her old testiment way...TRUSTED. For us, living in todays time with the gift of Jesus and the new testiment have to TRUST. TRUST in Gods Truth, TRUST in the gift of salvation.

As we journey thru life here on earth, our trust is tested...such as you and cancer. You in a way, were like the mother of the 7 sons. You had to face uncertainty of mortality. Fear of leaving those you cherish behind. Fear of the suffering of the treatment of chemo/radiation.

To trust or not to trust. When one does not trust, things swirl quickly around them, fear consumes them. Trusting give a soul the grace to persevere, such as you with cancer and the woman with the 7 sons, no matter the physical outcome. This is because TRUST allows the soul to keep their eyes fixed on the "great prize" at the end! Eternity with our dear Father!!!!.

So how does Sundays scripture reading tie into the Medifast journey? Easy....As we face, sometimes moment to moment, the trials of reclaiming our health, we TRUST. We pray for a spirit of temperance, a spirit of perseverence, a spirit of peace. We TRUST that with Christ, who strengthens us, we can and will reclaim our health. We keep our feet planted firm, as the mother of the 7 sons did, eyes fixed on Christ and continue to serve those around us in the LOVE of Christ. One little packet at a time!.

Blessings to all you ladies+++ Have a great Medifast day!..

answered Apr 29 at 20:50

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Welcome, caokapy!!.

I hope everyone had a great OP weekend! Today starts another week (well we all know the week started yesterday) and I hope you all are able to stay OP and focused on the Lord and His desires for all of you!.

I humbly ask for prayers for traveling safety as I and my eldest, married DD and DGD leave Thursday to visit my aging parents in Ireland, and to introduce them to the wee new one. I also ask for prayers that I stay OP while I'm over there. I should be back and posting a week from this Friday, God willing!..

answered Apr 29 at 21:43

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Thanks.

Gifts.

(that is what I'm a gonna call you from now on).

My father taught me his definition of FAITH when I was a little girl. He got it from Corrie ten Boom after the Holoucaust..

Faith is a:.

Fantastic.

Adventure.

In.

Trusting.

HIM.

I thought you might enjoy it, because of your post about TRUST..

And what an Adventure our lives are, huh?.

Kam.

- Have a fantableeus trip to Ireland..

When I got to GOAL, my sweet hubby took me there for my Reward. He said, "Pack an empty suitcase and fill it up with a whole new wardrobe.".

Of course, I could not let him down..

I also was 100% on plan the entire trip. Traveling with Medifast is super easy and the boundaries it provides, allows you to truly enjoy the trip. It is no longer about the food, but the people, the sights, and events..

I planned ahead. I prepared my Medifast muffins, waffles, breads, etc. Froze them, put them into shirt boxes and into my checked luggage. Also packed enough of the rest of my Medifast meals. I still travel this way, after all this time. The suitcase packed with Medifast is nearly empty for the return flight, and just perfect to fill up with souvenirs for the return flight home.



If you or anyone here has any questions about traveling with Medifast or need suggestions for getting thru TSA let me know. I travel nearly every week and so does DH, so we got this down pat. There is NEVER a reason to go off plan, unless directed by your Dr. for some medical reason..

Oh and as a side note: I loved Ireland. It is on my list of must see places over and over again...

answered Apr 29 at 22:20

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Chatty, thanks for the def from Corrie Ten Boom in regards to FAITH! How true it is. Corrie was an amazing survivor amongst such dark evil. Her life story is awesome! She lived TRUST!.

KAM, Ireland! Wow! How wonderful to be able to spend time with multi generations of your family. I will keep you in my prayers for safe travel~.

I liked the idea about the muffins for Medifast and travel. I just had for my last meal my first muffin. It was delisc!!! I took a pancake MF, added 2 Tablespoons h20, some pumpkin spice and a small amt of splendia. Stirred as little as possible. Sprayed PAM inside a coffee mug and cooked in microwave for 52 seconds.(time varies depending on microwave. Our is newer and strong) Definately a good travel meal!..

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Well, I stink..

I am so hit and miss on these boards so I had a lot of catching up to do. Chatty thanks for the advice. I will have to look it up and see what it is. It seems SO far away that it has been one of those "I will figure it out when I get closer" things..

Getting ready to start a new book...wondering if any of you have heard of it:.

A Mother's Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul.

I say getting ready to start it and have to laugh. I fall into bed at 12am and try to read. I usually last about 6.24 minutes..

KAM...you are in my prayers! Ireland is one of our dream trips! I am so anxious to hear all about it!..

answered Apr 29 at 23:53

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Ann, thanks for the prayers! I have heard of and read that book, as well as Managers of their Homes. Ask me if I can find either copy....grrr. The book was great. The only criticism I have heard from other mothers (and she may have updated this but I don't know) is that they thought she was very selfish to take every other Saturday completely away from her family, but apart from that I like the idea of following a Benedictinestyle rule to running the house and family. If God is a God of order (and we know He is) then it makes sense to have order in our lives as well. Especially when you homeschool and the kids are around ALLLLLLLL day, it's essential.

LOL..

answered Apr 30 at 00:54

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Hi ladies I have been on Medifast for a while here but just stumbled on this group. My name is Amanda and I am catholic, and would love to hear if prayer has helped any of you guys get thro this journey. I see some of you are reading (any good books you could suggest would be appreciated) I am hitting a plateau. Stress and everything else is getting to me and I am just ready to be done, but I still have like 28 lbs to go. I would love to be a part of your group if I could..

Thanks.

Amanda..

answered Apr 30 at 01:40

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Ann,.

Glad you found your way back to the Clubhouse. I do leave a lovely little Tiffany Light ON 24/7 in the front window, ya know..

I've not read that book, but it sounds good. My Book Club did St. Francis de Sales book, "Treatise on the Love of God" Last summer and it was profound in how the tiny little lessons each day spoke to EVERY aspect of our lives..

Gifts.

- My father was a survivor of Dachau in WW 2 and was honored to meet Corrie several times after the war. He was in Chicago the day the man who had primarily tortured she and her sister asked her for forgiveness..

Amanda (Marinesgal).

First of all, I'm not sure if your name means you are in the Marines, you love the Marines, married to a Marine, or etc. But I want to personally Thank You for all that the Marines do each day to keep us safe and others around the world. Semper Fi! God Bless you..

As for you question, I don't think I could have gotten thru ONE single day On Plan withOUT prayer. It is the only way I fly!.

Now about that plateau. You did not say how long you have been on MF, nor did you say how long you have not lost a single ounce or inch, so it is hard to address your plateau question. See according to MF, a TRUE plateau is when you have been 100% OnPlan, no BLT's (Bites Licks or Tastes) off plan, for.

3 full weeks.

And not lost a single ounce or inch off of your body. Plateaus are rare, but they can and do happen. If you are experiencing a TRUE plateau, there are things that Medifast recommends to jump start your body into losing again. Let me know if this is the case and I will share them. You also are NAKED (meaning you are not wearing anything in your signature) which tells us how much weight you have lost, and where you are in your journey, so that makes speaking directly to your issues a bit more difficult..

I hope you stop back by the clubhouse and become a part of our little group here. We would love to get to know you, pray for and with you, and watch you become the LOSER you so long to be. (tee hee)..

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Okey Dokey gals, it is Tuesday so it must be Isaiah..

Off to teach a class, but wanted to leave you all with a thought for the day..

For the Christian, Joy is not dependent on circumstances..

"Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.".

Phil 4:11..

answered Apr 30 at 03:55

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Chattymom.

Hi again, yea I guess my first post was vague. I wanted to make sure I was welcome before I got too in depth about myself and my journey (some of the groups on here have become pretty catty and so I wanted to make sure this wasn't one of them).

Lets so for starters my fiance Andrew is a Marine (2 tours to iraq under our belts) and my brother Gregory, also a Marine is currently serving his first tour in afghanistan as we speak. I am 26, live in DC and am a graphic designer. I was diagnosed with PCOS about 3 years ago and because of that and the stress of military life I packed on the lbs. I finally found a dr who knew how to treat PCOS without shoving pills down my throat. He put me n MF. I started in the ed of april/begin of may and weighed 253.6 (gasp it still hurts me to say it) And I currently am 190.8, so I have lost 62.8 lbs.

So I have had a lot of success on MF. The dr said my goal weight is 165, so I have a little over 25 more to go. I should clarify I am not at a true plateau but my weight loss has slowed significantly because I am getting closer to goal, as well as the fact that my stress levels have been thro the roof the past 2 months. I was hoping to be at goal before CHristmas and def wanted to surprise my brother (with my new slim self) when he came home. But now I am wondering if this is plausible since I am having a harder time losing.

I know sometimes excersise can slow losses but I want to be toned as well as thin..

Wow I feel like I just wrote a book I hope this gives you a little more background info about myself. Thanks for welcoming me and I hope to hear from you soon..

Amanda..

answered Apr 30 at 05:24

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Amanda, of course you are welcome here! I pray to God that this group NEVER gets catty - I want this group to be loving and supportive, and I want us all to be sisters in Christ. I thank you and your fiancee and brother for all your sacrifices (one *retired* military wife to another). It sounds like with your exercise you're probably increasing your muscle mass while losing weight so that could be what's looking different. Just keep plugging. Be patient with yourself. You'll do great! I love DC...one of my fave cities. I used to work at the Pentagon in another life LOL! I'm going out of town for a week, but I hope to have some reading ideas for the group when I get back...

answered Apr 30 at 06:29

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Hi Amanda,.

Welcome to our group. Prayer is so important in our Life's journeys. I know it is the reason for my recent success..

Your journey is interesting. Glad the medical community has not let you down. Hang in there. I've seen some funny gains and losses lately, totally not what I'd expect. But either way, the inches lost keep adding up..

Christine..

answered Apr 30 at 07:20

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Hey cutie I stopped by your MyPage and realized that we have actually 'met' here before..

Don't set deadlines for yourself on MF. Just Stay OnPlan and allow your body to release the fat as it feels safe to do so. The Scale is just ONE way to measure success here. Losing inches in another great way, and possibly more accurate, too. Due to the muscle vs fat and Mass vs volume issues. I have been here long enough to see some member set a deadline date for losing say 100 pounds.

This whole obesity thing can really mess with our heads if we are not careful to keep a proper perspective. That is also where the prayer support comes in..

Focus on God and staying OnPlan and the rest will just naturally follow suit in exactly the RIGHT time for YOUR body..

And you are correct about the exercise piece. That is why you should not get all hung up on what the scale says. If you are OnPlan, and getting healthy, and wearing smaller clothes, you are on the right path..

Again, God Bless you and your family for serving our Great nation...

answered Apr 30 at 08:28

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Oh and I almost forgot..

My DD joined Medifast after she saw my success, and she also has PCOS..

(I am an ovarian cancer survivor btw).

Thankfully none of her cysts have turned cancerous. She has been suffering from infertility for years due to this condition..

Her Dr. read all the medical info that she printed out from this site for the Medical Profession when she took this idea to do Medifast to her Dr. She was going to use Medifast in order to get her hormones, and weight in balance in hopes of becoming pregnant..

He did his research and agreed that this may the perfect plan for her..

Well, she lost her weight and has maintained for 3 years now. She managed to get pregnant, but sadly lost the baby. We are hoping that one day she will be blessed with children, but at least now her PCOS is doing better and she is able to maintain a healthy weight...

answered Apr 30 at 09:45

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Thanks Everyone for the warm welcome. I am trying to find other ways to get closer to God again. I have had some doubts, and in times of struggle I tend to question him which I know I need to stop. But I am here to learn and to grow.....

answered Apr 30 at 11:02

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As for my thought for the day:.

I learned many lessons from my granny and family while growing up..

One of them was in this area of happiness and joy..

She used to say that happiness is based on the external and temporal things of this world..

Our moods can change with whatever is going on at any given time..

But JOY, now that is something planted so deep inside us by the Holy Spirit that nothing and no one can steal it..

My daddy used to talk of the JOY he saw and experienced in the camps of WW2. He said it was not based on circumstances, but on Faith in God and knowing HE was in control..

I think this applies to much of life, but it also relates to our journey here..

How many times do we see posts about attitudes that are based on what the SCALES (circumstances) say. Our Joy is in the LORD and trusting that HE directed us to MF, and admitting that we are powerless over food. We GIVE UP our way of doing things and totally and completely lean on God, HIS Son, and Spirit to get us thru each day OnPlan. Cause left to myself, doing it MY Way, got me to being over 100 pounds overweight..

In keeping my focus on God and not on my circumstances, I am set free and able to be Joyful no matter what is going on around me..

I might also add a little definition of granny regarding Contentment..

I have loved her definition since I was a wee one myself. When I had my first Child, I had a friend calligraphy it onto a plaque and have used it in all my children's rooms since..

It says:.

Contentment is not the Acquisition of everything you want, but the Realization of what you already have..

So how about you guys? What do you think?..

answered Apr 30 at 11:15

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I totally agree with you, your dad, and your grandma. Also, ladies, while I was checking out my FB page, a friend sent this on - I can't link it directly, but here's the link with a priest talking about our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit..

Http://frsamuelmedley.podbean.com/20...ng-the-temple/..

answered Apr 30 at 11:33

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Chatty, your words are great food for thought! Thanks~ BTW, my grandfather was one of the soldiers(american) that liberated one of the awful concentration camps. I will ask my dad which one. My grandfather never wanted to talk about it. It was an awful experience for him. He loved humanity and this really shook him up. I will let you know what I find out..

Kams, travel blessings for your adventure to Ireland tomorrow! My prayers are with you as you and you desire to stay OP...

answered Apr 30 at 11:54

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Ann,.

I have read the book.

MOTHERS RULE OF LIFE.

! She has a great website as well that she answers questions if you email them to her. The book is filled with good stuff to incorp. into your life as a mom. I never stuck to a rule, but wrote one up and had a loose summer schedule as well as a winter schedule. In many ways it freed my time up. I still stick to a loose one to this day.

I need quiet time sometimes with the chaos that easily surrounds me. It would regenerate my mood. I take mothering very seriously and try to model after our dear Blessed Mother. There for I really work hard with the Grace of God to be gentle and loving with those around me in my home. I always found it easy to be like that to those outside my home but would struggle with those closet to me! I would set a time for laundry and what ever I did not get done that day, I would do the next day.

Blessings+..

answered Apr 30 at 13:25

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Chatty,.

Love your quotes. We could add to the contentment one,.

That we can never get enough of what we don't need..

That is my relationship with chocolate..

My friends and I have recently had the discussion about what makes us happy, and what makes some people content and others always searching. Do I think reaching my goal weight will instantly make me happy? Well, sure, happy about acheiving a goal. But there are so many facets of life that all come together to make us happy, and Faith in God is the most important thing for me, for all things become possible if I trust in HIM. Everything else follows..

Hope everyone is having a good OP week..

Christine..

answered Apr 30 at 14:14

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Great link, thanks.

Kam..

Bon Voyage! I always take my laptop with me, are you? That way I can check in with my Teams whilst I'm away..

Gifts.

- Oh I look forward to what he has to say, too..

Chrisx.

- Loved that add on. I also think we sometimes think if we could just be a healthy weight or if our kids would just get a bit bigger and sleep all night, or if we got the promotion..........................blah blah blah we will then be happy. Here is my take:.

If we take US into any other situation, we won't be any happier unless we work on US. Changing the outside is good. Getting mentally healthy is better, but becoming the person that Glorifies God in all we dare to think, dream, or imagine is the BEST. Taking that person into the next phase of our lives makes us the true winner..

Cause we have all known some skinny beyotches, huh? Cleaning up on the outside or changing my jeans size won't me happy or the person I need to be. But it is a place where I started in order to HONOR this temple where HE resides..

Keeping my heart humble and focused on God, HIS Son and Spirit are what ground me. And knowing that I am powerless over food. Any success I have in this area is due to the fact that my God did for me what I am not able to do for myself..

Praise God for grace and mercy. Both totally undeserved by this very sinful and flawed woman.!..

answered Apr 30 at 15:40

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Okay here is a new thought for tomorrow's discussion..

It is based on John 13:17.

"If you know these things, blessed are you if you DO them.".

Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God's approval.

...

answered Apr 30 at 15:52

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I unfortunately won't take my laptop as my parents only have dial-up and I don't want to cost them any money. I'll just have to take the time to unplug (shudder) and get in some walks, visit with my dad and mom, and enjoy the relatives. I hope you all have a wonderful week weight-wise and more importantly, faith-wise and family-wise. Blessings to you all!..

answered Apr 30 at 16:36

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To all those who have served and are serving in our.

Country's Military.

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Thank YOU!.

My DS#2 (Air Force ROTC) is in charge of the ceremony for our State today. Then tomorrow he had to put together the entire program for the University for Dad's Weekend..

Seeing all those 'kids' in uniform really makes the rubber hit the road for me. The REALITY of what they are doing and are willing to do sets in. "WOW" is what crosses my lips!.

Humility and Gratitude are what fills my heart and soul..

God Bless and Keep them all!..

answered Apr 30 at 17:10

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I'm more of a reader than a poster here.. I don't think I'm very well-versed to say anything as profound as you all have...

I do love this thread and am grateful for this group and for all your insights..

Would love to check out that Mothers Rule of Life website..

Happy Veteran's Day!..

answered Apr 30 at 17:57

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Amy, isn't it a inspiring to read these womens thoughts about Jesus, weight,MF and Family? glad you have been enjoying them as well! Blessings to you!..

answered Apr 30 at 18:54

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Hey.

Amy.

Just lurk as much as you want..

But if you want to join in the fun and frivolity of having a faith walk while doing MF, please don't hesitate to post away, too..

As for today's thought,.

I relate this to my Medifast journey this way:.

If I know the Medifast rules, have become informed about this plan and all, then it makes my God smile with approval when I do what I have learned. Meaning Staying OnPlan, for me..

Just the thought of my going off plan causing God to disapprove and not smile at me, is a huge motivation for me to stay the course..

I don't think I used to spend too much time even pondering if God smiled or not. I kinda had him up on a pedestal in the clouds, all perfect and having everything HE needs..

Well, I still have him on that pedestal, but I now look at HIM differently..

Of course HE does not NEED a thing from me, but the fact that HE desires fellowship with me and for me to be healthy just makes me want to crawl up on HIS lap and curl up in his arms and let HIM..

I love being a Daddy's Girl, and I began my Medifast journey here knowing that I had to approach this thing differently than all the other plans and diets I had been on in my life..

Doing the mental hard work here on Medifast has just blown me away. I've learned so much about ME and my faith has soared too..

I might add my son's definition of courage. He told it to me when he was in Kindgergarten or First Grade. The principal of his school used to put them on the reader board out front of our school for the whole community to see. I wonder if anyone knew they were coming from such little children..

He knew my son loved words and he spent hours pouring over books and finding definintions to help him understand their meanings so he could use them in his writing. So he'd call my son into the office once a month to sit down and ask him what words he was working on. I distinctly remember DS definition of Courage..

So simple, yet so profound..

He said, "Sir, I think Courage is standing up for what is Right, even if you have to stand alone.".

Well, outta the mouths of babes, huh?.

When I began my Medifast journey, I have realized this. It is hard to stand up against all the temptations to eat off plan and compromise my Plan for wellness and health. I truly know what it means to stand alone in the face of a disease/addiction and world that will do anything to get me to slip, fall, or downright tumble off the cliff..

On a day when we honor the Courage of our Military, it seems a bit irreverant to equate my LifePlan and food issues, and I in no way intend for that to be. I just know that courage can come in many forms and be called upon for many reasons..

Stand firm, gals, Don't compromise your Plan, and know that your God will smile with approval...

answered Apr 30 at 19:02

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Thanks for those words. I will continue to stand firm!!!..

answered Apr 30 at 20:08

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Hi everyone! I am relatively new to Medifast (in my 7th week) and I feel like this program, and especially this group, is an answer to prayer. I am probably not alone in taking the sin of gluttony to confession repeatedly and getting discouraged after falling over and over again. But God answers in His perfect time, doesn't He? I have really enjoyed reading all of the posts and am so grateful to find other Catholic women walking the same path. I will try to follow the directions for getting the updates (maybe my 11 yo can help!). God bless you all on your journeys...

answered Apr 30 at 21:06

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Good evening ladies! I Just wanted to stop by and wish a happy veterans day to all of you! I hope that you have all had a great OP day. You ladies all have some great words of wisdom, and I have enjoyed reading them. You all make me wanna strive to be a better person, a better catholic, and grow in my relationship with God..

I wanted to ask you all a favor this veterans day. My brother is currently serving with the marine corp in afghanistan. My fiance is also a marine, and so I know some of the horrors and stories that they face on a daily basis. This month has been particularly difficult for my brothers batallion, and I have had a hard time dealing with the stress. I am asking all of you if you could please keep my brother, and all of "his brothers" in your prayers..

Thank you and I hope you all have a wonderful night..

Amanda..

answered Apr 30 at 21:29

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Of course Amanda! I am in awe of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform (and their families) make to keep us safe. Keeping you, your loved ones, and all of their brothers and sisters in arms, in prayer...

answered Apr 30 at 23:02

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Good morning ladies! I am so happy to have found this group and have enjoyed reading all of the wonderful posts so far. I am struggling mightily to get back OP and stay on OP. I know this is something I really want for myself but the will is weak and unfortunately the jeans are getting tighter..

Your posts have inspired me to look at this in a new way and may be just the daily, POSITIVE inspiration I need to stay on track..

I have toyed with the idea of "offering it up" but it felt selfish to me since I benefit from my sacrifice, kwim? But it's finally occurred to me if received properly and used for His will we should always benefit from our sacrifices so I am offering this struggle up and thanks to someone's suggestion earlier in this thread I am enlisting the help of my guardian angel AND my husband's guardian angel that my husband not be a source of temptation, lol!.

For those who don't "know" me. I am 41 and the mother of five children, 11, 9, 6 and 3 year old twin daughters. I homeschool all of them and the twins attend preschool twice/week. I also work part time. My husband, in addition to his regular job is a Pampered Chef consultant, oh the sweet irony, lol! Life is busy, busy, busy but as someone once said, time goes by whether you're on plan or not, might as well make the most of it!.

I look forward to reading more of your great posts...

answered Apr 30 at 23:45

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First of all.

Amanda.

Prayers sent!.

Next:.

Welcome to.

Annie and mominVA..

Glad you found us, but then we do leave that cute little Tiffany Light on in the front window of our little spot in the Clubhouse. Now for those of us on several teams, there are a few of those lights on here, so feel free to stop by any of them anytime, too, 'k?.

And it is fun to see another Twin Mommy here, too...

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Welcome MominVA!.

Marinegal, I will keep your brother as well as your fiance in my prayers today. I have a weekly rosary in my home and on our prayer list is the oldest son of a dear family of 10children that is serving in the mideast right now. We pray for him each week. I am going to add your 2 as well if you do not mind+.

Samll prayer request of mine... I have a potentially "yucky" gyn appointment today. I have birthed 6 beautiful children. Parts of my body have not done well with this and I am anxious in what my OB dr is going to suggest....sigh....It is in Gods hands...please whisper a prayer for me when you read this post+.

Thanks~..

answered May 01 at 02:18

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So here is our thought for the day to discuss:.

It is based on James 1:2.

"Count it all joy when you fall into various trials.".

Christians CAN rejoice during times of trouble, because they know God uses difficult circumstances to build and strengthen character...

answered May 01 at 03:27

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Gifts I will add your appointment to my list, too..

God is the Great Physician and one of my favorite names for HIM is Jehovah Rapha, God Heals!.

Hugs, dear lady!..

answered May 01 at 04:15

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Good afternoon ladies! Just checking in. I don't always post here but I wanted to share that I LOVE reading all your posts and that I find them inspiring in th bostaying on program and rediscovering my faith!.

Hope everyone is doing well. I am off to go grocery shopping!..

answered May 01 at 05:27

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Thank you everyone for the prayers..

Childrenrgifts - Thank you, having them added to the prayer list would be amazing. They both are on a few, but prayers are something you can never have enough of, and it makes me feel so much better knowing there are people out there helping us pray for them..

Mominva- where in VA are you? I am in the VA/DC area as well..

Hope everyone is gearing up for a wonderful weekend!..

answered May 01 at 05:47

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Hi Group,.

Read all the excelent posts. Not much to add, just getting through the week. Hope everyone has an OP weekend..

Christine..

answered May 01 at 06:30

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Hey all~ FYI GYN appt went well. God is good! Love the "medical terms" thrown around...incompident cervix, irritable uterus, over reactive bladder and an uretha that needs a sling! LOL! Oh well.....

Chatty, I love to meditate on that Catholic perspective of suffering. Our Dear Late Pope Jonh Paul II wrote some beautiful stuff on that! I lack in the area of quotes, but cling to the main ideas~.

Suffering is a gift that we can choose to embrace and use for the greater good. This is where the Joy can come in. Suffering can be small and only you know that you are enduring, ie:MF headaches the first couple of days of going OP vs large such as tx for cancer and many are aware. It does not matter the source of the suffering or how large /small. We all are faced with some form of suffering daily. The important concept to grasp is a spirit of Thanksgiving during your trial~ whatever it may be..

One can "waste" suffering~ this is sad. A perfect example is an elderly uncle that I watched experience cancer. As his life changed and he endured discomfort he became more and more angry. It was so sad. He pushed away his Catholic Faith and died a fitfull death angry with everyone, including God. Only our dear Jesus knows if he made it to purgetory~ may his soul rest in peace.

There is another elderly man that is in my life (the father in law of my BF) that is enduring tremendous suffering. He has lost his wife a few years ago. Their youngest child of 7 is 30yrs old and has downs. He is a faithfilled man that has prayed many rosaries and would attend daily mass. We all know people like this.

But, he is joyfilled. He is offering it for the souls of his family. There is much temptation for him to despair. At moments, he does. But, he will then refocus and continue his "walk".

He has a purpose..

Another "gift" of suffering for those of us that are blessed to be Catholic is the understanding that when we are weak, our loving Father is strong. I am a convert. 21 years ago, I met my DH. I was not raised in a Christian home. We fell in love and within 6 months were engaged and 9 months later married. During this time I went to RCIA and entered the church.

I did not know my catholic faith. I struggled and suffered. During these years of my suffering is when I realized my weakness and learned to lean of God. I was blessed to grow in leap and bounds in our faith. I can truely say "thank you" Jesus for those hard years of enduring.

I am so thankful..

How does this apply to MF? Easy! It is a journey to reclaim health! Medifast is a tool. It ties in directly with our faith walk. Losing weight is a sacrifice. It is hard. We are left without the emotional comfort of food to dull our emotions. Many of us can become moody or self involved with how we are feeling....As Catholics, while we are "enduring" the WL phase of MF, we also must keep our eyes focused on Christ.

We must continue to "serve" those around us daily such as family, spouses, children. For me, on my own I can not do this. Left to my own doing, I would be snapping, frustrated and not feeding my children 3 meals a day! This is not the traits of mothering that I have been created to have. As I am learning self restraint with food, I am offering the temptations and trials for the salvation of my childrens souls, for the soothing relief for all mothers and children that suffer from malnourshment and abuse in the world. (there is so much of this).

Isn't this the coolest thing about being Catholic?!! The veil is so thin between our physical world and the spiritual world. I have been blessed to take some of my children on pilgrimages to Fatima as well as Medjugorje. I love our Blessed Mother very much and am drawn to our Dear Jesus through Her Immaculate Heart. Having been to Medjugorje twice, I have thisted for information surrounding the visions of Mary. When I realized the fruit coming from Medjugorje and personaly met with 2 of the visonaries, I believe and trust what is happening there! In regards to prayer...... When the youngest visionary was a teenager, he was about to play soccor with friends.

That evening, when it came time for the apparition, Our Blessed Mother thanked Jacov for his small prayer. She said that because of that little offering of a prayer, an elderly man in japan who was on his death bed, was given the grace to say "yes" to Jesus as he drew his last breath!.

How totally powerful is that!!! The message from all of this is that no prayer or no suffering, how big or small, when offered to Jesus is wasted!.

My challenge to all of you MFers out there is to see how many times you utter the name of Jesus today in prayer! We are told to pray always! Never ceasing! Even the whispers within your heart of the name Jesus is a prayer! God Bless and have a great OP weekend!!!..

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I am just north of Quantico. I take it by your user name your SO is a Marine? Are you stationed at MCB Quantico?.

About the quote: "Count it all joy when you fall into various trials." Our priest preached last Sunday that without faith suffering is meaningless and I find that to be so true! We can do so much with suffering if we offer it to God. I think of the examples of the Saints, how St. Gianna asked to be returned to earth so that she might suffer some more before passing on and of how St. Catherine of Siena and St. Therese rejoiced in their trials so that they might be used to bring more saints to Heaven. I can't imagine suffering without the beautiful teachings of our Church showing us it's purpose..

A friend, who is going through some mighty trials of her own right now, recently posted this on her FB page. I hope you all enjoy reading it, especially in this week before Thanksgiving:.

Http://www.motivateus.com/STORIES/BOUQUET.HTM..

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[quote=chattymomx4][font="Comic Sans MS"][size="3"][color="DarkRed"]OMG class today was awesome. I love seeing the 'light bulb' of faith turn on for someone..

In 1 Kings Chapters 9-12 we see Solomon turn his heart away from God and onto himself and all the riches that GOD had brought to his life. It all started when he went against the law given in Deuter. God warned that foreign idol worshippers should not enter into his life and for political reasons he marries Pharaoh's daughter. He began the sad demise of his kingdom and what that did to the people in the wake of the destruction as well..

His heart became divided and the result was a divided nation. He became discontented with what he had and greed and pride drove him for more and more.[quote=chattymomx4].

Hey Chatty! It s sounds like you are doing the same study I am! Is it a Precept Study? A divided Heart/Divided Nation?..

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Sorry I really messed up this last post and wanted to delete it and start over.I couldn't figure out how to delete a post once you started. Any body know how?? =)..

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MominVA, yes he is a marine, but we actually are in Vienna/fairfax. He is going to school right now so that he can got to OCS to become an officer. You prob aren't far from me tho, and we have many friends stationed at Quantico...

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MominVa~ I love that....without Faith, suffering is meaningless! Have a blessed Medifast day!..

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[quote=preceptgirl][quote=chattymomx4][font="Comic Sans MS"][size="3"][color="DarkRed"]OMG class today was awesome. I love seeing the 'light bulb' of faith turn on for someone..

In 1 Kings Chapters 9-12 we see Solomon turn his heart away from God and onto himself and all the riches that GOD had brought to his life. It all started when he went against the law given in Deuter. God warned that foreign idol worshippers should not enter into his life and for political reasons he marries Pharaoh's daughter. He began the sad demise of his kingdom and what that did to the people in the wake of the destruction as well..

His heart became divided and the result was a divided nation. He became discontented with what he had and greed and pride drove him for more and more..

Yes I'm the instructor this term...

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[quote=marinesgal]MominVA, yes he is a marine, but we actually are in Vienna/fairfax. He is going to school right now so that he can got to OCS to become an officer. QUOTE].

I'm in NOVA too. My hubby is a Submarine office stationed at the Pentagon.

This seems like a nice board. I am sure glad I found it!..

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Welcome Racergal. We prob live pretty close as well..

I hope Gd has blessed you all with a wonderful weekend. He has actually answered a great deal of our prayers this weekend, and we have had a truly blessed weekend. I also have a HUGE interview for an amazing position tomorrow, and I am hoping God has it in his plan for me to get this new job!.

Are these classes online or something that you sign up for through your church. I have been tossing around the idea of joining a church group, but have just put it off because I do not know which kind I would benefit from the most. Any suggestions?..

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Hi Marinesgal. Thanks to you and your loved ones for your sacrifices on behalf of our nation. I participated in 3 different studies of CSS (Catholic Scripture Study) at my last parish. I really liked CSS (we did Exodus, John and Revelation) - very manageable reading, great discussion questions and a video portion where one of the young, dynamic priests they work with provides the teaching component. The program also draws from papal teaching and the Catechism. Very user friendly.

We also did "Our Father's Plan" from Jeff Cavin and Scott Hahn, a great overview of the bible/salvation history. I am not familiar with Precept, but it sounds very thorough and user friendly too. If there is any way you can join a bible study, I say go for it. You will be so blessed - both in your faith and in your relationship with God...

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If you are in Northern Virginia but not sure you can commit to a regular Bible study group then you may be interested in the Institute of Catholic Culture's lectures. They are offered all over the diocese on a variety of topics..

Http://www.instituteofcatholicculture.org/.

If you are interested in apologetics a friend of mine organizes monthly dinner discussions on specific topics that are presented by a Catholic speaker and a Protestant speaker. These are fairly large affairs so don't be afraid to join in or bring your Medifast to eat instead of the dinner. In fact I think you can RSVP for just the discussion part and show up after the meal..

Http://faithdiscussion.org/.

Marinesgal, I'll be praying for you that your interview goes well!.

I am off to gather up clothes for a giant clothing swap my homeschool group is having this afternoon that I completely forgot about, oops!..

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Day 3 back on plan! I know this is small change but I'm so excited that I have finally made 3 days back on plan! I know I can get the rest of this weight off, I know I can!..

answered May 01 at 15:59

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Hey Sweetie,.

Congrats on getting your group up and running...

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