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Got a question... What kind of Medifast have you taken that worked for you? Hoping for any answer. Second question of mine... The Percentage Posse's Holiday Challenge starts on Monday, November 16th - and EVERYONE is welcome! We don't care if you're on another team, or in another challenge - this challenge stands alone and doesn't interfere with any other activity..

1. Post your beginning weight and your goal weight to this thread on Monday, November 16th. This will allow our stellar statistician, Cteetoo, to make cool graphs and charts to motivate us!.

2. Wednesday, November 18th is THE LAST DAY to sign up for this challenge! The cut off time is midnight, Pacific Standard time. Use your weight from Monday, November 16th..

3. The Challenge will run until January 4, 2010..

4. Everyone will weigh in weekly on Monday and post their current weight and pounds lost since the week before..

5. And of course everyone posts whenever else they'd like to post also to help get people through the holidays! Challengers are encouraged to post tips, personal experiences, and just plain old chat!.

6. Cteetoo is our official statistician and the final word on standings, who reported what, and when. She does her fantastic charting, recording and stats for us every week and let's us know our rankings..

7. On January 4th whoever has lost the highest percentage of their original weight as reported on November 16th is the winner, the second highest the second place winner etc..

8. This is the thread we'll be using for the duration of the Challenge, so subscribe to it so you can always find us. To subscribe, click on Thread Tools in the menu bar at the top right of this page, and select subscribe - you'll receive emails when the thread is updated, and your updates will have a link to the thread..

Welcome! We're looking forward to getting through the holidays On Plan and on target for our weight loss goals, and we're going to get there together!..

asked Apr 30 at 14:08

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181 Answers:
Good question... I dunno what is the right answer. I'll do some investigation and get back to you if I discover an useful answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could give you an answer..

answered Apr 30 at 14:56

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I want to add we're also asking that on a volunteer basis people donate a set amount per pound or per percentage point to a food bank based on the amount of weight they loss! Welcome aboard - I'm in (even though I had better be at goal by NEXT MONDAY LOL) - I need to stay accountable for the holidays and if I lose 3# I'll probably be the highest percentage winner :-)..

answered Apr 30 at 16:17

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OH and I forgot there are PRIZES!! I'm donating the following:.

1st place winner $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com emailed to you..

2nd place winner $20 gift certificate to Amazon.com emailed to you..

3rd place winner $15 gift certificate to Amazon.com emailed to you..

4th place winner $10 gift certificate to Amazon.com emailed to you..

5th place winner $5 gift certificate to Amazon.com emailed to you..

In order to have the certificates emailed to you once it is determined you are a winner you need to send me an email (also called private message or PM for short) here at Medifast and be willing to send me your real email address where you want the gift certificate emailed from Amazon to. They in turn will email you a code worth the amount you won..

Let the festivities begin!..

answered Apr 30 at 17:14

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I would like to join but I am not sure how to get set up. Help? My blog is wilcoxc.

Thank you!..

answered Apr 30 at 17:51

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I would love to join! This is just the thing I need to help me get through the holidays! Was just talking about the challenges of getting through the holidays at a church covenant group tonight. Feels like changes are coming and new traditions are starting! Yeah!.

Thanks for doing this!.


answered Apr 30 at 18:39

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Hello. I would also like to join and will be sending in my starting weight on Monday..

Quick questionhow do you subscribe to a thread? I just use the search engine and type in the name subscribing sounds MUCH easier..

Thanks folks for coordinating this challenge!..

answered Apr 30 at 19:58

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I cannot wait.....I am so ready to start! Can you put the link up for the banner. I tried to add it before, but it would not work. Hoping I will have better luck this time!..

answered Apr 30 at 20:26

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Thanks Corbie for getting the thread going..

Paul, How incredible you are offering all the prizes! WOW!.

I would like to add to that so I will thinking about what to do..

CT, Thanks again for the stats...it makes it so much fun..

Sign me up,.


answered Apr 30 at 21:34

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I would love to join this challenge. Is there a special way to sign up or do we just post our weights on Monday?..

answered Apr 30 at 22:12

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How awesome! I'm so glad I saw this blog from Steph! I'd love to participate...

answered Apr 30 at 22:22

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At the top right of this page, there's a menu on the menubar called Thread Tools. Click on that, pick Subscribe, and follow the instructions. Pretty easy!..

answered Apr 30 at 22:42

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Welcome, all of you! All you need to do to "join" is post your weight on Monday. We'll have to get Paul over here to help with the banner - I've got it stored in my own album, but I'm pretty sure that won't work for the rest of you...

answered Apr 30 at 23:46

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For the banner, it will work from your album Steph, or folks are free to use mine as well. Put the following code in your signature line but ADD the [img] tag in front and the [/img] tag at the end:.


Steph, thanks for getting the thread up and running again with some rules. Paul, your ongoing generosity is amazing considering you WILL have hit goal before this starts! And what can we say about Ctee who puts in the time every week to compile those stats and fridge worthy charts? A huge THANK YOU!.

Look forward to seeing where everyone starts on Monday! Have a great OP day, and for ongoing challengers, don't forget we still have SIX days to go in the first challenge!..

answered May 01 at 00:43

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Thanks, Diane! You'd think an IT person would be more web-literate, huh? OK, here's the link to my album:.



Add the [img] tag before, and the [/img] after.....

answered May 01 at 02:07

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Nope, I've learned from my IT friends that it is only us non-IT people who are more literate on the web, but don't know anything else about IT. LOL...

answered May 01 at 03:09

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Paul, you're awesome! Thank you!.

I'll match your prizes for the top 5 places, so that should make it a pretty great thing for the person who wins! Well worthwhile to stay on plan!..

answered May 01 at 03:26

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Wow Steph! You two are fabulous in your generosity along with your daily tips. And I cannot thank you enough for those tips and just getting the first challenge going. It has really kept me motivated on days I am tempted to let up some. Even if I don't incorporate all of your tips at the time, they stick in my head and I come back to them when I need them..

Also, would like to reiterate (as Paul noted) Will's suggestion (now rule?) that everyone agree to make a donation for the percentage they lose to a food bank or charity in their area. Perhaps we should ask folks to make that designation up front and incorporate it in the stats so it is not forgotten? Also, given that all of the charities will be short before Christmas, perhaps we could ask folks to make their donations at two times, one the week of December 14 after weigh in which will have us halfway through the challenge, and the second the week of January 4? Mine will be the Tarrant County Food Bank which I know is desperately trying to keep up with demand given our current economic times...

answered May 01 at 03:49

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I'm in!! Thanks for everyone helping to get this going. Should be a motivator to keep us all accountable over the holidays..thanks.


answered May 01 at 04:35

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I'm in. This is the focus and support I need to reach the goal. I'll report my weight on Monday...

answered May 01 at 04:40

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Thank you all so much for this challenge and your continuing generosity! Steph and Paul, you two will be well into transition during this challenge, so your generosity is even more appreciated.


I'm going to donate to So Others Might Eat, a great charitable organization in DC..

Thanks again!..

answered May 01 at 05:58

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This is so cool! My first challenge.

Exactly what I need for the holidays. Thanks, Steph and Paul!..

answered May 01 at 07:13

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My church just adopted a family for the holidays, 5 kids and mom and dad. Each of our covenant groups has adopted one of the members and our covenant group just last night adopted the mom. I will use my donation to add to our contribution to her, at least for the first go around, till mid December I'm guessing, when our donations will be due..


answered May 01 at 08:39

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P.S....why is my ticker not updated when I post to forums? Gotta figure that out.....

answered May 01 at 10:11

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I am in too! Thanks Percentage Posse for setting this up - this will help keep me accountable and motivated during the Holidays!..

answered May 01 at 11:25

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Robin, you have to go to the Community Home page and update your ticker (all over again) so you can get the code to paste in your signature here on the Discussion Board. If there's a quicker way to do it, I don't know how..

I thought the ticker automatically "saved" completely..

Hope this helps!.


answered May 01 at 12:23

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Count me in - looking forward to the challenge!.

I've been a frequent lurker on the prior challenge and enjoyed all the tips provided by Paul and Steph and the gang......

answered May 01 at 12:35

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Thanks Step, Ctee and Paul. This will be a wonderful challenge and it will be fun to see how Paul and step do on T&M.

Oh, I'm in...

answered May 01 at 12:46

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I couldn't get the banner to work. Please help...

answered May 01 at 12:57

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OK - WOW just getting caught up on all the posts. How exciting. Some general comments..

Diane - giving half the money or food to the food banks mid-December and again at the end of the challenge is a great idea..

Not sure everyone wants to post their contributions or keep it a personal matter - up to the individual I think - if people do share maybe Ctee can incorporate it into the chart somehow to see how much money we've raised..

Regarding tickers. I think you have to update it from Community Page then take the new code generated at the end and paste it into the signature file here..

Casandra - you have to take the code that Stephanie listed and put the follow five characters before it [img] and the following six characters after it [/img] and paste that into your signature for the discussion boards (top left choose Edit Profile/Settings than choose Edit Signature from the resulting list of items). Please give it another try..

Welcome aboard everyone - and as I said this is really exciting AND it's going to be FUN!!..

answered May 01 at 13:53

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Hi everyone! I'm in another challenge but since that's ok per the rules above, I'd also like to join. I'm struggling with keeping motivated (had very little losses over the past 6 weeks) so I'm hoping to keep my head in this game by being accountable to more than just myself..

Oh, and I couldn't pass up a chance to see Ctee's awesome charts and graphs!!..

answered May 01 at 13:59

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Steph and I typically post a tip of the day and others should join in and post them when they come up with them. Starting today I will post this here as well as in the old 15# Challenge Thread. So, here's today's tip:.

Get This Magazine.

Right now on the newstand is a one time special edition magazine from Oxygen called Get Off The Couch. It's targeted at women but there's no reason guys can't benefit from it too, I know I am. On the cover is a woman who has lost 339 pounds (489 to 150) and even has managed to come away with a firm stomach! Very motivating. She started out with aerobics (walking around the block!) and graduated to strength training/weight lifting..

The magazine appears to promote some suggestions you can't employ while on Medifast but can on T&M and it overall gives good advice on cutting down, avoiding temptations, exercising and so on. They appear to promote the "Clean Eating" approach to weight loss..

Check it out...

answered May 01 at 15:04

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Hello Percentage Posse.

I am A Challengeholic- would love to add one more to my list..

It keeps me so motivated and focused. So add my name to the.

List. Look forward to meeting lots of new people and losing the.

Pounds with you. We will get through the Holidays- together!!..

answered May 01 at 15:28

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I would like to join this challenge. It will be my first challenge and I could really use the motivation. I am not so great on the computer but will try to do it right. Nan..

answered May 01 at 17:00

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I want to join, too. I need some motivation..

Thanks to everyone who is donating prizes. That's extremely generous. I've already sent a check to a food pantry so I guess I'm ahead of the game...

answered May 01 at 18:04

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I got the image from Diana and it was not working, but then DH helped me out. I love family that knows about computers. Then I don't have to know it. haha. Thanks for trying to help!..

answered May 01 at 19:19

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I'm in. Thanks Step, Ctee and Paul. I am looking forward to the support! Hugs, Terri..

answered May 01 at 20:54

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Thanks Steph, Paul & Ctee,.

Greatly appreciated for all your hard work and support!.

You three Rock!!.

Good luck to all!.


answered May 01 at 21:06

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I think I have a book to contribute to the winner also. It was given to all employees during our last Health Fair.. just have to make sure I didn't donate it already...

answered May 01 at 22:14

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Count me in!!! I need all the motivation I can get over the holidays. Thanks to Paul and Steph for the generous prize donations. Also, thanks to Ctee for tracking out stats. You take such good care of us!.

I will make my donation to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Detroit, MI...

answered May 01 at 23:44

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Oh boy....this is gonna be a big one...I can already tell! I am limbering up my fingers and preparing for the stats to start rolling in. I'd love to also track the (intended) donations as well, so I'll have to see how each person is handling that once we actually start the challenge....

Thanks Steph & Paul for the donation of prizes...this is the best Posse out there!..

answered May 02 at 00:04

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Since I'm in transition, I don't expect to lose a lot more during the challenge, and I don't want to wait until after the holidays since so many people need help now. So I made my donation of a hundred dollars to the Midwest Food Bank today. I only lost 70 pounds, but what the heck, nothing wrong with rounding up!.

Doing what we can for others is a blessing to both them and us. It helps individuals, but it also makes our communities stronger. We're not obligated to help others - it's a privilege to be able to help. It's a privilege to have the wherewithal to assist others. For me, I can't bear the thought of families without enough food while I sit down to eat a feast at the holidays, or even just buy my shipment of Medifast. It's true, I can't save the world - but I can buy somebody a holiday turkey...

answered May 02 at 00:18

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Good morning, Challengers!.

I wanted to point out that we keep talking about weight loss challenges, but there are also members of this team who are in transition and will be in maintenance! All are welcome. While the prizes are all about the weight loss goals, we T&Mers will have stated goals too, and will be reporting out to the team and will be accountable to you all for how well we do. My own goal, for example, will be to get under 140 and to maintain there throughout the holidays..

So if you're in T&M, you're welcome here too! We want a good cross section on this team, and we need each other for support and inspiration. So come on! We're going to January On Plan!..

answered May 02 at 01:25

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Yup I'll be at goal soon (ANY DAY NOW HINT HINT SCALE!) and will be coming up with specific goals for my T&M too. I want to have at least a 5 pound cushion and then maintain that over the holidays and for the rest of my life. I have a specific way to handle T&M that I have been mulling over in my head but it's to soon to type it out yet..

But I agree with Steph - the prizes are for the biggest losers and they will be the winners based on percentages of weight loss (thank you Ctee for keeping score!) but maintainers and transitioners are more than welcome and if we lose a few pounds and/or keep the weight off during the holidays we're all winners!..

answered May 02 at 01:31

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Good morning everyone I am down to 148.2# this morning .2# away from my goal weight. I thought for sure today would be THE day but it wasn't. Definitely by Saturday now though, right?.

Here's today's tip, it's more reading a book called:.

The Thin Commandments: The Ten No-Fail Strategies for Permanent Weight Loss by Stephen Gullo.

This is a great book that can be used with any weight loss plan. You can snag it at Amazon in a hard cover bargain version for $10 and probably get it at most libraries. There's also a Kindle version (and probably other eBook versions) as well as an Audible audio download version of it. You can preview the book at Amazon too..

Check it out. Meanwhile I want to add that it's Veterans Day here in the US today and I hope that those of you that have the day off are enjoying it (think OP foods and exercise!) and whether you have the day off or have to work I hope you are remembering our veterans as you go about your day...

answered May 02 at 02:00

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Good morning everyon, just wanted to post and show of how proud I am that I finally figured out how to add the banner. Woo Hoo! Can't wait for Monday, and believe me, I don't say that often!.

Happy Veterans Day!..

answered May 02 at 02:38

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I would like to join ... Always got to keep the motivation going..

answered May 02 at 04:18

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Happy Veteran's Day. Thank you to all that have helped to keep us safe and allow us to enjoy our freedom...

answered May 02 at 05:29

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I'm not just going to be your Neighborhood Cheerleader this time, I'm going to be a part of this Holiday Challenge..

I'm excited, cause ever since joining MF, I've been a part of the Holiday Challenges and I just could not imagine going thru another Holiday and NOT being a part of one..

See even in, maybe even.

Especially in.

Maintenance - being held accountable and bantering about the season is vital to staying on track!.

Yippidy Do Dah Day!..

answered May 02 at 05:41

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As we all pause today to remember the.


Of our Country,.

Two words came to my heart:.

Thank You.


answered May 02 at 05:57

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A moment to ask God to keep our troups safe and sound and to thank all those brave men for their service! Hugs and luv, Terri..

answered May 02 at 07:34

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Ctee - since this is getting to be such a big group, I didn't know if you were starting to set up your speadsheet. So I thought I better get my name down now!!.

This challenge starts just before a weeks vacation! I will need it. By the way, does anyone know, does altitude effect the scale? I will be taking my scale with me, but it may not be completely accurate for my first week weigh in. Should I wait until I am home? Any thoughts anyone?.

Keep drinking that water!..

answered May 02 at 08:28

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I would like to join! I hit goal a while back, even went lower, maintained for a long time and then a total of 20 pounds from my lowest weight has crept back on. I'm only at 145 but would really like to get back to 135 maybe 130 and stay put. I'm a SUGAR FREAK, so this time of year is a CHALLENGE! So, being of a competitive nature, I hope this puts a burr under my saddle!.

Thanks I will check in with you on Monday if not sooner!.

<<<Waving at Spagirl>>> Hi Pammy!..

answered May 02 at 09:48

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LOL...uh...you know me too well!! I spent some time this afternoon getting all the names in my spreadsheet...

answered May 02 at 10:05

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I want to do this so please count me in! I really need this for the next few weeks. I shall post my weight along with the rest of you on Monday. Woo-hoo!.

Thanks to those who are putting this together for the rest of us...

answered May 02 at 10:26

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Then that means I best get my name in as well......

answered May 02 at 11:01

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Oh dear Lord help me.. I'm finally going to commit to doing a challenge.. I'm SCARED.

I never joined one for fear I would fail.. How weird?? I see all my lovely friends on here and I want to try!!.

We are leaving for vacation tomorrow so this will keep me accountable while I am away.. Like another member on here, I will be bringing my scale.. Why am I so nervous about committing to this.. I have stayed op the whole time so I can do this.....

SO Monday is the day that I email my current weight......

answered May 02 at 12:11

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Thanks for leading me into my Tip of the Day:.

You can only fail if you quit.

This weight loss thing truly is a journey, and most of us have to attempt the journey more than once to get it done. Every time we make the attempt, we learn more about ourselves, what works, what doesn't, what our triggers are, etc... We seem to require some critical mass of knowledge about ourselves before we can lose the weight and keep it off..

So you may not "succeed" in the sense that you get it all right today - but as long as you take what you learn today and use it on your journey tomorrow, it's not a failure. It's just another lesson learned. A delay, perhaps, a bump in the road - but not a failure...

answered May 02 at 13:19

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So true. I've been so unmotivated the past month but I'm still here, still trudging along despite lackluster losses. If I quit the weight will only come right back on...

answered May 02 at 13:42

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Thanks for including maintainers. Count me in. We all need all the encouragement we can get during the dangerous holiday season. Best wishes to everyone for a successful time..

Kathy (Petesweet)..

answered May 02 at 15:11

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I am so excited that we have maintainers in our midst. For you guys, it will be goot to be at the BOTTOM of the list of % lost....LOL. I'm trying to think of some other facet to "challenge" the T & M folks....any suggestions?..

answered May 02 at 16:46

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Well I am in. This will be right along with the challenge offered at my local gym to maintain, they offer $5 if you maintain and $1 a lb for losses up to $10 (in bucks you can use at the gym). I am hoping to hit T&M during the challenge, but since there are so many others already in T&M it will be a great place and time to start with support from others, especially during the holidays...

answered May 02 at 17:46

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Steph, Paul & Ctee.

For your generous contributions of time and money..

Please count me in..

I was looking for a challenge that would help me get through the holidays after my current challenge I'm in ends at the beginning of December. I'm so excited to see so many people wanting to participate in this challenge..


I know Steph posted the tip of the day...but I live by this quote.


...it keeps me motivated and moving:.

"Live everyday like it's Shark Week!"..

answered May 02 at 19:08

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Bottom of the list is fine BUT let's hope we don't have any NEGATIVE PERCENTAGE LOSSES - LOL!!!!.

In terms of challenging the T&M folks, there's keeping the weight off, continuing to fit into our new slimmer clothes and of course giving money to the food bank that we're doing to help others. That should be enough I think...

answered May 02 at 19:31

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We have more than one tip of the day! Everyone should feel free to post a tip anytime they come up with one even if someone else has - everyone can post a tip everyday if they want!.

Mine is coming up in a minute...

answered May 02 at 20:41

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Welcome to all the new people that have just signed up! It's great to see both familiar and new faces..

Here's my tip for today - it's an oldie but a goodie but I still use it all the time. It sounds trite but really it works..

If you are tempted to go off plan get busy.

If you are hungry and it's time for a Medifast meal or your L&G meal than have it. However if you just ate or feel it's really too soon to eat OR if you are just being tempted by some food that happens to be around you that looks good but isn't on plan then get busy! Go for a walk, call a friend relative (do both - get on your cell phone call your friend/relative and walk while you talk!), take a shower or a bath, exercise, read a book (or a magazine if it doesn't have those tempting food pictures in it), play with your hobby (model cars, scarpbooking, PC games, whatever)..

Before you know it you will be over the hunger or temptation!..

answered May 02 at 21:24

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EVERYONE can post tips of the DAY! The more the merrier!..

answered May 02 at 22:13

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Here's one you have probably heard. I have always loved and it is really relevant for me:.

Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are right..

`Henry Ford.

My dominant belief these days is that you get what you think about..


answered May 02 at 23:01

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Good advice Debbie! It's been part of my basic philosophy for quite some time now. So think about success and your goal - think about what you DO want not what you DON'T want. It's like the old joke where they say "Don't think about an elephant" and of course you do..

Let's keep the tips and motivation coming folks!..

answered May 02 at 23:55

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This is too funny, Debbie. I was just about to post that slogan as soon as I got to the end of the thread, and two posts down was yours! That is so right - it is a MENTAL game. I cringe when I read people say they don't know if they can do it. We need to say YES WE CAN DO IT, whether we feel like we can or not. Then the actions will follow..

Carry on!.


answered May 03 at 00:22

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I'm always mystified when people say they don't know if they can. Don't know if they can - what? You only have to do one thing, and you only have to do it one time. You have to say NO to whatever off plan food is in front of your face right this second. We do it every day. We don't eat every M&M in the house. We don't keep eating until we die.

We already know how to do it, and we already know we CAN do it..

People let themselves get all wrapped up in the "oh, does that mean I can never have pizza again?" Sheesh, if I had to do ANYTHING forever, there's just no way. But I can do without it for lunch, today. That's the only choice I have to make - the one that's right in front of my face, right this second. All the rest are mythical choices that might never happen. Worry about those choices when they get here..

If I look at the chocolate and think "I can never have this again", I'm putting way too much pressure on myself. Never? None? Forever? How can I do that? I can't do that! That's stupid. I'll never last..

But if I look at the chocolate and think "I'm not eating that now", heck, I know how to do that. I do it all the time. It's real, and it's manageable, and it's just this once, and I can do it. Now is all that matters. Tomorrow can take care of itself...

answered May 03 at 01:26

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Just saw this thread and I would like to join too. I will post my weight on Monday. Thanks to those keeping the stats and for the those contributing prizes - very generous..


answered May 03 at 01:51

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Is there a way to bookmark this thread? The link Steph gave in her blog doesn't work for me or for a friend of mine. For those of us who don't use the discussion boards much (if at all), it's a little daunting to try to find this or to tell others how to find it..



answered May 03 at 02:30

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I'm in. This will be my first challenge.......I could really use the motivation! Thanks to all who are setting this up!..

answered May 03 at 03:18

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In the upper right of this page, there's an orange menu bar. On the bar is an entry that says Thread Tools. Drop it down, pick Subscribe, and follow the instructions. That will send you an email when the thread is updated, and each email will have a link back to the thread..

I suspect that the link might work for you if you're already logged into the site. Depending on how you get to my blog, you don't have to actually be logged in to see it...

answered May 03 at 03:38

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Perfect this is going to lead right in to my tip for today (next message).

As they say, "Be here now."..

answered May 03 at 04:03

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Good Morning! I'm awake early, can't sleep so here's today's tip, it's behavioral:.

Mindful Eating.

Be aware that you are eating. Medifast recommends trying to take at least 20 minutes to eat a meal. Taking 20 minutes to eat a lean and green meal is fairly easy, but a shake not so easy. Whether you take 20 minutes or 10 make sure to eat (or sip) slowly and be aware of your food. It really does take 20 minutes or so for the body to realize that you've eaten and turn off the hunger signals. So if you've taken less than 10 minutes have some water or practice yesterday's tip and go and get busy!.

When you are home try to eat in the same place every day. Somewhere solitary. Not.

In front of the TV or computer. Making eating a solitary activity. If you work in an office when you are at work try to go to a break room, a conference room or some other special place to have your meals rather than your desk where you will be interrupted by people, tempted to answer the phone or call someone on it, use the computer or work..

Have a great day...

answered May 03 at 04:12

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Also from Your Page (MyPage Tab at the top) if you go there to the right is an area that says "My Board Posts" - if you click on that it will show your posts to the boards. From there pick one of your messages that you left in this thread and that will bring you here...

answered May 03 at 04:49

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And it is a GOOD morning. I'm happy to tell all of you that FINALLY I reached MY GOAL today. I surpassed it as a matter of fact by .2#!! So I'm .2# under my goal of 148#, weighing in at 147.8# this morning at 5:15 a.m. (that's another whole story about why I am up so early - I'll be blogging about that later over the next few days)..

Today I just want to say THANK YOU to ALL OF YOU that have played AND WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY (so long as you're still here - I WILL BE HERE) a significant role in my success!.

I look forward to joining my friends here that are maintaining and I look forward to helping those of you still on your way to goal to get there!.

I'm sure I'll have lots to say in my blog during the coming week about hitting goal and transition and some decisions I am making now that I have hit goal. BUT FOR TODAY I INVITE YOU TO STOP BY MY BLOG and HELP ME DO A HAPPY DANCE TO A GOLDEN OLDIE FROM DISCO DAYS PAST - WHICH I AM GOING TO POST IN A FEW MINUTES..

MUCH LOVE - BIG HUGS (well maybe little HUGS now that I'm smaller :-) )...

answered May 03 at 05:13

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My tip of the day:.


I'd say that the most important habit I've acquired during 5&1 was planning ahead. When going to a restaurant, I check the nutrition information on line and pick my order out in advance. I plan my meals in advance and prepare in advance when I can. I always have Medifast meals with me, and keep them stashed in my office and car..

Planning ahead means that I always have options. I always have a Go To plan. I don't HAVE to cheat because I've left myself no choices. When I eat often enough, and have good options, that helps keep the cravings at a minimum. and, when I've planned and I follow the plan FIRST, before cheating, I'm generally just not tempted..

Plan ahead. Be prepared. You don't have to stress out over it, or obsess, but it IS your life and your health - it rates a little thought and planning...

answered May 03 at 06:04

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CONGRATSSSSSSSS, my dear friend Paul, I told you I was going to type one in every spot lol. I am thrilled for you and I know you must be walking around in joy..


answered May 03 at 06:51

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Congratulations Paul!!!!!! So happy for you!!!!!! This is a great accomplishment!!!.


answered May 03 at 08:25

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Has anyone read or heard of a book called The End of Over Eating? By Dr David Kessler. He used to be the head of the FDA during the Clinton and Bush era and he is the one who took on the tobacco industry. This book is a revelation as it documents the scientific evidence of how hyper palatable foods effect our brain chemistry. Quite astonishing really. I watched severel interviews with Dr Kessler last night on the computer. He kind of views the food industry and the obesigenic food culture as his next target and he strives to change attitudes and provide information to people so they can take control of their own food behavior in an informed way..

I have gotten this book on CD from the library and I listen to it on my 90 minute commute each day. I am about half way through the book. Dr Kessler struggles with food and over eating himself so he has included personal experience as well as scientific data. He can relate!.

Good stuff..

Happy OP Friday!.


answered May 03 at 09:43

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I swear I have tried to enter the banner at least 5 times. I did it exactly as everyone said. I got some weird message and then I think it said no photo available! I am so sad because I really want it!..

answered May 03 at 10:41

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Well, I am glad it was not only me that was stuck with the banner. I consider myself pretty computer savvy, but it just is not working for me! One of those moments where I wish I married that dorky guy from my computer class. He is quite wealthy now (developed some kind of software for the puter) at least I would have my banner!..

answered May 03 at 10:53

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Thanks, Steph. Apparently it is still not going to work for me or for my friend. I get a notification in my email, but when I click on it, my computer "can't find" it. That's a shame. I will make the effort to find the thread each day, but I don't know how to explain to my friend how to do it since she does not have time to come on these boards. (I read and annotate the blogs and send her links to several each day.) Sometimes when I go to the "Community" page, there will be an entry for this thread, so that makes it easy.



answered May 03 at 11:38

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Thanks, Paul. That will help me. Now if I can get my friend to the site for the first registration, then it will help her from there on. The email notification feature seems to be faulty..


answered May 03 at 12:26

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My tip for the day:.


At first it may seem difficult, but as you start seeing your weight go down, your body will WANT to get moving. I can be sitting at the computer or reading or something and have to get out and go for a walk right then in the middle of something else. Wierd, huh?.


answered May 03 at 14:04

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Congrats Paul! Thanks to you and Corbie for the tips! I read a book recently called Eating Mindfully - it's all Zen and everything - but still applies to actually slowing down and experienceing every bite of our food instead of just rushing so fast that we don't have time to enjoy it or we don't even realize how much we have eaten. Also - having a plan is key, as Corbie says. I just found out our department Christmas lunch will be Dec. 10th at The Cheesecake Factory. I went to see the nutrition information on their menu and it is really staggering! Even if you are not doing Medifast - it is good to take the time to see what you are actually consuming. In the past - I would just go to restaurants and order what I wanted without really considering all the Calories, Fat., etc.

Hope everyone has a great day!.


answered May 03 at 15:37

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I tried several times to load the banner and was unable to do so. I saw where a couple of other people were having issues too. Is it really "Operator Error" or do we need another link? One time I got the message that this image has been deleted or moved. No biggie - but if possible - I would like to add the banner too...

answered May 03 at 16:16

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'k, try this. Start your browser manually (just click on the IE icon, or whatever browser you're using). Go to the MyMedifast page and log on. Then, switch back to your email and click the link. See if that helps...

answered May 03 at 17:18

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Those Happy Disco Dancers were great!.



Oh we all can't wait to hear your "pearls" of wisdom as you enter the next phase of your journey!..

answered May 03 at 17:46

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Thanks for starting us up, Steph!! I want to add just a couple clarifications on how the weigh-ins will work.....

Weighing in.

Post your weight, not your change in weight. For example, you would post "I weighed in at 199." Not "I lost 2 pounds this week." You CAN post "I weighed in at 199 this week, for a total of 2 pounds lost this week." It is imperative you post your ACTUAL weight or I will not be able to count it..

I will not be using your ticker, so you must post your weight in order for it to count..

Weigh-in days are Mondays, but to be accommodating, you may post your weight anytime Sunday or Monday of the challenge week. Weights posted after midnight Monday (EST) will count for the following week..

Not weighing in.

If you don't weigh in a particular week, I will just carry over the weight from your previous week's weigh in.

If you did not weigh in the previous week, you will not be eligible for recognition in the weekly leaderboard standings.

If you don't weigh in for 3 weeks in a row, I will drop your stats from the challenge. If you are going to be away for a while or need an exception for this, please PM me...I'm just trying to keep things simple!.

If you have ANY questions about the above, please don't hesitate to ask! I learned a lot over the last 6 weeks of the 15 pound challenge, and can't wait to bring fabulous charts & stats for your viewing pleasure in our NEW challenge!..

answered May 03 at 18:00

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