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Got a question... What are some good smothie Medifast recipes? Thanks in advance for any answer or 2. Another quick question... I'm looking at gastric bypass in the next couple of months. I have some reservations so I thought I'd ask if any who have had.


Regret it?..

asked May 09 at 09:43

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I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the right answer. I'll do some research and get back to you if I got an useful answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably can help you..

answered May 09 at 10:13

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Even with my wound infection in the beginning...I wouldn't go back for a minute...every time I get that look from someone I haven't seen in a while, it sparks the same feeling of amazement in myself....

Look what I have done. Look where I am now...Look what I can do...My.


Is only 2 months out noow, but my journey is over a year in the process, and I have lost 150 pounds now...do I regret any of it...not a single minute...not one minute of one day...well maybe one minute of one day, but that was long ago, and over with...I got over it, and moved on....

When I came here...I wore a size 32...This weekend, I am pulling out the size 20 jeans I have in storage. this is in just one year...you tell me how I feel about all this...In October of 2009, I weighed 419 pounds...This past Tuesday, at the doctor, I was 269. I was 259 when I married in 1996, at age 25...my goal is somewhere between 180 and 200 pounds...at my height and bone structure, my doctors say I will be thin at 200, and model thin at 180...I was 199 pounds when I graduated high.


In 1987. I can live with that...I remember what I looked like at 17...yeah...I can live with that......

answered May 09 at 11:10

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NO!!! I am so much healthier and so much happier! Would do it again maybe a decade sooner!.


answered May 09 at 11:24

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I have now regrets at all... being a size 11 is so fun. I am feeling so healthy. I would do it over in a heart beat!.


answered May 09 at 12:57

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Having this.


Was the best thing I ever did for myself. Not a single regret for me. I feel like I have my life back. I am happy and healthy. Now,its not all sunshine and rainbows....sometimes it is difficult, especially in the beginning, and you have to really commit yourself to following the program and living healthy, but it is so worth it!.


answered May 09 at 13:20

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Yes I wished I had started this nightmare 40 or 50 lbs lighter. It would have been way easier and my skin would have been completely normal. Sound vain, I am! But fat ppl don't get me.

Wrong, I'd do it again with complications of which I had none, but I would do it again even with my eyes wide open.

And while I had an excelent butcher, that might have been just dumb luck and guessing correct. I would check out any cracker you intend to staple your fat ass back together after you destroy a perfectly good.



No not fucking one other than that last shot of.


I think I left in the despenser...

answered May 09 at 14:59

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I would do it again in a minute. I had my.


June 14th, it was hard for the first 3 weeks or so but then I started feeling normal again. I am down 78 pounds and feel wonderful. The only regret that I have is that I didn't do this 10 years ago. Good luck..

answered May 09 at 16:29

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My biggest regret is that it took me 2 years to finally decide that I wanted the.



Now that I'm 3 weeks out, I couldn't be happier...

answered May 09 at 17:50

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No regrest here other than I wish I would have done it sooner. I am 3 weeks out and this holiday has been a bit tough but I did it. You will be happy when you have done it and are a few weeks out...

answered May 09 at 19:03

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Hmm...let me think....heck yes I would do it again! Granted I didn't have any complications and am doing fabulous if I do say so myself! But even it I did have complicaitons, the way I feel now, my health and energy - and the fact that I look awesome (I am so humble) I would still do it without hesitation!..

answered May 09 at 20:43

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I'm looking at gastric bypass in the next couple of months. I have some reservations so I thought I'd ask if any who have had.


Regret it?..

answered May 09 at 22:21

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Of course I have regrets. I regret that my body and brain were incapable of losing weight, no matter how hard I tried..

I regret being unable to walk for 10 years. I regret buying thousands of big and tall clothes, paying shipping and not having any surprises at Christmas, or birthdays, cause I had to try everything on, and then sometimes gaining weight before I had the chance to wear them..

I regret that Kaiser did not cover the.


For the ten years I begged them for help in losing weight, and on and on..

Oh, but the question was do I regret my.


? Do I regret losing 80% of my stomach and eating 1000-1100 calories a day, and eating mostly protein and complex carbs, giving up cookies, and cakes, and big sandwiches, and fatty meats? Well of course I regret that. And lots more.....

But I LOVE the results and would redo it in a minute!..

answered May 09 at 23:59

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The only regret I have is that I let 5 precious years slip by while I decided whether or not to have the.




answered May 10 at 00:22

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I had my RNY on 10/20/10 and I do not regret one bit that I had this.




I was at my heaviest of 341, I am now 41 lbs lighter. I am off all insulin and oral meds for my diabetes, blood pressure meds are cut in half. I have more energy (most days). I still have some bad days but never regret. Good luck to you...

answered May 10 at 01:03

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I haven't done it yet, but wish I had done it sooner. I recommend you start the process (it takes a while) in the meantime hang around on this site, ask questions and read up. I think you will be anxious to get it done by the time all the pre-surgery stuff is done IF you also go on the website and do your own.


But if not, don't do it. For me giving up certain things is way worth not only getting thinner but healthier. When peopld say you can loose your weight without the.


They might be right however 95% of all people Can not! There are genetic factors and other things at play with obesity...

answered May 10 at 01:25

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I only regret not doing it earlier......Size 8 is awesome!!!..

answered May 10 at 02:06

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Thanks folks you're very encouraging. I don't really want.


, but I do want my life back and my way ain't workin...

answered May 10 at 02:56

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No regrets about having weight loss.


It was the BEST GIFT I ever gave myself. I was a self payer for that.


(RNY) and the plastic surgeries I have had since had. I'd do it all again in a nano second. It wasn't easy but I'd do even the hardcore sections (first few weeks, hairloss months 4-6, plastic.


Healing) again. So worth it!.

I used to regret not having.


Sooner... in my 20's but you know I don't regret that anymore... I am at a place right now (emotionally, maturity, etc.) to deal with the lifestyle changes. Perhaps I wouldn't have been as successful a post-op had I done it back then..

Best wishes in your.



~Michelle "Shelly"..

answered May 10 at 03:19

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Absolutely NO regrets! I am losing a little slower than most here, but just regret I did not do this sooner. Feel so good, much more energy! Go for it!..

answered May 10 at 03:38

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No I would do it again in a heartbeat. I did have issues with the medication they gave me after.


And I had an infection in one of my wound sites. the first 6-8 weeks are hard but the 80 to 85 pounds I have lost was worth everything...

answered May 10 at 04:20

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Wouldnt think twice I couldnt be happier even with the little things here and there I am glad I did it and I would recomend it to anyone..

answered May 10 at 05:04

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I have no regrets. I am loving my new look & life. I feel great and I am off of the b/p medicine and.


Apnea machine..

Do lots of.


Before you decide...

answered May 10 at 06:25

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I must add to my reply that I wish I did this decades sooner! Although I think it has only been widely available for the past 10-15 years maybe? I wish I was the first one in line! Sooner would have been better but I'm still happy...

answered May 10 at 07:32

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Having GBS was the best decision I have ever made in my life! It is hard work and alot of head stuff that you have to work on each and everyday. But the benefits are endless....no more insulin for me.....no more blood pressure medicine I have to take since my blood pressure is now normal....I.


Better and I enjoy exercising. I am eating healthy and nourishing my mind, body and soul. I feel fantastic! It has saved my life!..

answered May 10 at 08:38

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Well as a nurse, for 20 years I had seen the bad end of all the surgeries, so it took me a long while to decide if this.


Was for me. But one thing I can say is it made me realize how important it was to follow the doctors orders. I had my GBS on Oct 22,2010 and I wish I would have done it years ago. It has not been easy but you have to have a mind set. Remember the outcome is great. I am only 35 days post op and have lost 32# so far. I love my new life...

answered May 10 at 09:14

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Yes and no. Like everyone else who has posted, I would absolutely do it again. I am almost 3 months out now, and I do regret that I wasn't as prepared as I thought I was. I am still struggling with some things and it sometimes makes me wonder why in the hell I did this to myself. Then I put my new clothes on that are so much smaller, or my children hug me and can actually get their arms around me. I do miss being able to eat.

But I am working through it...

answered May 10 at 10:31

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Not one bit! I also had some complications and am only 2 weeks out but I am happy with my decision and am already starting to notice a difference. In a few months the challenges I faced will be far behind me and nothing more than a distant memory!..

answered May 10 at 11:03

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Hi there, my.


Is Dec. 6 and I am on a 2-300 calorie.

Liquid diet.

Right now - whic is pretty darn bad. One of the responses you got scared me a bit because they said they wish they had been more prepared with what to expect I am fearful that is me as well. I have watched MANY youtube videos and researced a great deal, however, I have not been wanting this for years... I decided on July 21 that I wanted the procedure due to some very big changes around me there were some deaths and just bad things and I though - I do not want to live the rest of my life like this (I also celbrated my 40th on Aug. 21)..

I am scared to have the.


, and I am scared I will never again enjoy a piece of chocolate.........HOWEVER, the alternative scares me FAR More.............this is the tool to actually help us feel how "nothing tastes as good as thin feels"............I have said that many times in my head all the while fudging on one Medifast diet or another......or even worse, making it on a Medifast diet and then gaining it all back............

Sorry I think in my response I am trying to convince myself as much as I am you...............I am scared - but very hopeful........I have had a lot of doubts this week......but for some reason I am stronger then ever about the.





This made some sense...

answered May 10 at 12:28

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This question comes up from time to time on this board and I usually give my standard short answer... no regrets. But that really does not tell the story of why the decision to proceed with GBS, was the most important, most beneficial decision I've ever made. At 14 months post-op, I still consider myself a bit of a newbie, but the benefits I've seen to date are nothing less than stunning. So I'm going to expand on my standard answer this time around. Those of you familiar with my story can skip the rest of this..

Let me preface my comments by saying that the.


And subsequent change in lifestyle have not been easy. I've had my share of complications (though nothing life-threatening, it sometimes felt like it...). Changing the way we think is, I believe, the hardest task of all. We first must change the way we act. Rinse and repeat enough times and the thinking then comes along for the ride..

Each of us must find what works for us individually while maintaining "the program". One size does not fit all. As you proceed, keep that in mind..

At age 53, I'm now 14 months post-op. I've lost around 125 pounds. My BMI has gone from 38 to 23, in the normal range for the first time in my. I am completely off all diabetic meds - the insulin, the.


, the.


My A1C has been a steady 5.8 for months. I can shop at pretty much any clothing store..

This is all pretty amazing and certainly reason to not regret - not for one second (and despite all complications) - my decision to proceed with.


I also do not regret taking a full 6 years to come to the decision - by the time I reached the O.R., I was very well informed about GBS, top to bottom, the possible complications and the level of ongoing effort that would be required on my part. The decision should never be rushed..

But there was a second thing that happened as a result of my decision to proceed with GBS. And the benefits from that have been unimaginable..

Had I not proceeded with GBS, I would have never had the psychological screening evaluation that led to the discovery of my ADHD..

Due to my own ignorance about ADHD, I strongly resisted the initial suggestion. Me? ADHD? Hardly. What I thought I knew about ADHD was not just wrong, it was blinding me to things that were obvious. First, I was not hyperactive, thus, I inferred, I could not possibly have ADHD. Wrong. Second, I was pretty sure that ADHD went away as you entered adulthood.

Again. I also 'knew' that everyone with ADHD was skinny. Wrong. Again. In fact, recent studies show that ADHD is present in 24%-46% of all people seeking theatment for their obesity.

As I learned more about what ADHD was and was not, the 'coincidences' kept piling up. The eventual understanding of how my ADHD closely interacted with my obesity has given me several effective strategies for maintaining my weight management program..

Why am I telling you all this? Because the treatment of my ADHD is not separate from my GBS; it is essential to it. And the large number of totally unexpected and very welcome benefits that have resulted - have been life changing in the most positive ways..

How has the quality of my life has improved since treatment my ADHD began? Well there's the obvious stuff I mentioned above that is the direct result of my GBS - the weight loss, saying bye-bye to diabetic meds, etc. But that really does not do justice to the changes I've experienced the past 14 months and why treatment of my ADHD is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL to my ability to maintain my weight control program..

Here's a short list of the many unexpected benefits I've had. This list is woefully incomplete. Why? As you read through this, consider what these changes will mean over the long term, especially as it relates to my ability to comply with post-GBS weight management..



- more perceived immediate benefit. My entire life, I hated.


Now, for the very first time in my life, I would rate such.


As 'slightly pleasurable'. Thus, since starting treatment, I have been more consistent in my.


, meeting my minimum goal each week and often exceeding it. Small shifts can sometimes have very significant results..

2. Much better mornings. Mornings have always been the bane of my existence. Low energy, lethargic, impossible to get going, impossible to get 'with it'. Now, my day is much more consistent, start to finish..

3. Better able to resist Medifast food cravings. It is true that when I started taking ADHD medication, I had less appetite. But that effect was short lived - within 3-4 weeks that effect was largely gone. I still have Medifast food cravings. Medifast food aromas - smells - are still huge triggers for me and I try to.


Them where possible. But what I do seem to have is more conscious control over these impulses. Here again, it has made some of the other management techniques - getting up and.



Drinking water.

, etc. more effective. The use of avoidance. My Medifast food cravings are not 'cured' - but it seems I have better tools today for managing these cravings..

4. More relaxed. Calmer. I am just more comfortable; more consistently easy-going..

5. Better at thinking before I speak. I no longer always say the first thing that pops into my head. I'm getting better at considering who I am speaking to, what that person is communicating to me, and what the most appropriate response would be keeping the larger goals in mind. This is taking practice. I don't always get it right.

6. Better communications at home and at work. Fewer mistakes and missteps..

7. Less anxiety. Less worried about my future..

8. Much better mood. Not depressed at all. This is not just something I'm noticing. Others have begun mentioning this to me as well..

9. Less driven by my impulses - more long-term goal oriented. Not simply with regard to eating or speaking before I think, but I seem to have a bit more conscious control over all areas of impulsiveness. It's not that these impulses are gone, it's almost like I'm now an outside observer in some respect - able to recognize and then make a conscious choice..

10. Better and more consistent ability to focus. This has really helped at work where I am volunteering for more projects..

13. Better able to read emotions - both in myself and in others. Seeing smaller, more subtle clues. Not just what people are saying but how they are saying it along with their body language. This is a bit strange for me - I didn't have any clue that I was missing these things before..

14. Less internal 'buzz'. I don't know how to describe it better than that. Perhaps less distractibility?.

15. Being more social. I am attending more social events and more actively participating. Perhaps ironically, I am also attending FEWER food-oriented social events as part of an avoidance strategy..

16. Thinking has become more fun. I could always think and focus at times. I seem to be getting more enjoyment out of the process..

17. Less frustration - I am better at 'rolling with the flow'. Better able to let the small annoyances bounce off of me without spending time 'managing' them..

In short, despite the difficulties and complications, I am really more alive than I have ever been. Let me be clear, nothing is 'cured', treatment does not cure ADHD. The medicines work only on the days you take them. Nor has my desire to eat in self-defeating ways ceased - I still get cravings. In addition, I still face the many unrelated issues that we all face. But I face all this with a renewed sense of optimism and courageof my conviction..

Regret my decision? How can anyone regret the choice to live life to it's fullest?..

answered May 10 at 13:45

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Is not the end of life as you know it, but of having life as you know it now (after.


). It is also not the end of enjoying food; it is just a different enjoying..

I am four months out from.


And admittedly the first 4-6 weeks after.


Were tough. But having said that, knowing what I know today, I would go through it again to be where I am today. I have no regrets period. I don't even wish that I had gotten the.


Earlier. Now is all that counts..

There is absolutely no reason why you can't enjoy Medifast food that you like post.


You just won't be able to "enjoy" huge amounts. You'll understand, but only once you experience it for yourself..

All the best to you on your journey whatever it is for you..


answered May 10 at 15:04

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A note to Jerry: You may have ADD, which is what I have. I read that a lot of obese people have this..

Back to the subject. I have had NO complications. Did not even need pain medication after I came home from 3 days in the hospital. Sure, the liquid, pureed diets are inconvenient but don't last that long. So worth it!..

answered May 10 at 16:39

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Yes, you are correct. I am classified as "AD/HD Predominantly Inattentive" - or what was formerly referred to as "ADD". Technically, the medical profession no longer uses the term ADD. This flavor of the disorder is now referred to more precisely as:.

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Predominantly Inattentive Type (DSM-IV, diagnostic code 314.00).

However, the term "ADD" it is still widely used and is understood to.mean the same thing. The general line of reasoning behind this change is that the two are not distinctly different disorders; rather the just just different faces and/or phases of the same disorder. Indeed, many who had the "hyperactive" subtype as a child move towards the "predominantly inattentive" subtype as they become adults and loose much of the hyperactive component. Many never had the hyperactive component..

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition (aka DSM-IV) officially recognizes the following subtypes:.


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Predominantly Inattentive Type.


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Combined Type.


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Predominantly hyperactive-Impulsive Type.


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder NOS (Not Otherwise Specified).



answered May 10 at 17:47

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Well right now I am 5 days post op and I wouldn't change anything so far. Maybe just a little less painful...

answered May 10 at 19:09

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No Regrets!! Went on a cruise, had the time of my life - LOVED being in a bathing suit - loved being stared at for being pretty instead of being fat! I would go through it over and over if I had to........

answered May 10 at 19:59

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NONE! This was the best thing I ever did! I just wish I had done it ten years ago!..

answered May 10 at 21:13

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I agree with malilley that was exactly what I was gonna say. onlky regret is not doing it ten years sooner. Love the new look and the new feel..

answered May 10 at 21:31

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Not one bit! This is the best thing I have ever done, except having my children. I am alive because of it. I am living my life and I love every minute of it. My body is healing and I am so grateful...

answered May 10 at 22:16

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Hi! I definitely don't have any regrets. The one thing I may say is that I should have done this years ago. I have lost 93lbs and there is no way I would have been able to do that without.


And making these lifestyle changes. I now weight under 200lbs and I haven't weighed under 200lbs in about 13 years. I'm loving the journey to my new self. No I don't have any regrets...

answered May 10 at 22:30

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