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Postby kmr » July 5th, 2006, 7:43 am

My 1st months shipment is arriving today. I will start tomorrow. Believe it or not this is my 4th or 5th time trying this program! I can never get past the 3rd day. By the third day I'm always craving real food so bad that I freak out and binge. I know you can lose weight on this program if you stick to it because I usually lose at least 8 lbs. in those 3 days that I stick to it, then gain it back. I want to lose the 80 lbs I've gained over the past 5 years. Does anyone think it is possible to lose 80 lbs. by this December if I stick to it? I think my body needs more like a full week before it goes into that ketosis/ no hunger thing. So I will try to make it this time for a whole week and hope I feel the positive effects by then. I do have a family reunion, my 11 year wedding anniversary, and alot of friends and family coming up to our house for a long weekend this month, but I don't care. I want to get started, so I can lose this weight once and for all and be healthy and happy again. I love this forum even when I'm off the program. It's great. Looking forward to getting to know all of you and hopefully I will stay on the program long enough to do so this time. Any advice is greatly appreciated. I have a good husband, but when it comes to me losing weight, he is not supportive AT ALL. He actually tries to sabotage my efforts and tells me I will never do it. I then get angry and turn to food. So if I can just tune him out long enough this time to get a good start and connect with some of you guys for some support, I think I have a good chance of succeeding this time. Thanks and good luck to all of you!
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Postby Arklahoma » July 5th, 2006, 9:43 am

You can succeed. It really is imperative that you not cheat at all. Just take it three hours at a time and post/read the boards often. We are a team and will help you as much as we can.
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Postby emarooster » July 5th, 2006, 10:04 am

Welcome and good luck. You can do this. Come here often for support and advice. There are many compasionate and knowledgeable people here. Like Ark said, you can handle anything in 3 hour increments. The first couple of days are the hardest. When ketosis sets in, things get alot easier to manage. Just hang in there for those first few days.
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Postby kmr » July 5th, 2006, 10:40 am

Thanks for your supportive words! My products did arrive today. I put everything away and am anxious to start. I actually was thinking about starting today. I weighed myself and adjusted my ticker. I will take it 3 hours at a time! Thank you again.
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Postby Arklahoma » July 5th, 2006, 10:42 am

Hey, I'm all for enthusiasm. No time like the present!!!
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Postby Janae » July 5th, 2006, 11:48 am

Welcome!!! Whenever you do get started...plan to go the marathon...the long haul...without cheating. Then, once making the mental decision not to cheat, you just have to live it out 3 hours at a time. Each successful day then just adds to your "momentum".

I am not yet that experienced, but one thing I have noticed for myself and others here...it is often difficult to get back on plan after cheating. So...the best plan, the most successful plan...is to stay on track...a meal at a time.

It would be nice if your husband was more supportive, but...you can do this and we will try to help you in the support arena! There are some people gifted in being able to encourage and cheer you on....as well as some very experienced and very wise people here. Fortunately for all of us...these folks are also very generous with their help and kindness.

Read the threads in the Elevator to really be inspired! As well as the pictures in the Studio...there is just a whole lot of assistance here, if you want to utilize it.

Best wishes! I'll be watching for your future posts!
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Postby Drama Queen » July 5th, 2006, 1:18 pm


You can do this. We are all here to help and support you along the way. If on that 3rd day you are starving, have an additional shake instead of turning to off plan foods.

Just remember (and repeat to yourself), I can do anything for three hours, I can do anything for three hours!!! And of course Nancy's mantra...Nothing tastes as good as thin feels! We are here for you and to cheer you on!

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Postby Unca_Tim » July 5th, 2006, 1:26 pm

Hi Kmr and welcome,

I'll add one more mantra: (Dr. A's)
"Can you eat every 3 hours?"
"Failure is a choice"
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Postby SharonR » July 5th, 2006, 2:56 pm

It is hard! No kidding, we all know! :mrgreen: A friend of mine who was on her second day called me and the first words out of her mouth were..."Sharon, HELP, I feel so hungry I want to eat the couch!" I laughed and laughed at that.

And what's the book called, grrr...trying to wrack my brain (doesn't work well these days ) life in a shaker jar...no wait...Success in a Shaker Jar? I think that's what it's called. ( not sure I loaned it to my sister so I can't run and see what it is) They tell you right away, If you think this will be easy you're wrong. I love that honest truth. But does anything come easy if you think about it? It's rare that something truly wonderful falls in our lap. Success usually takes a lot of work, in whatever you are doing.

Believe me, I am speaking for myself what I say all of this!

You can and WILL do this. Just tell yourself that until Dec. you are going to be on this diet, end of story. I told myself I would stay on it 9 months. Because I have had a child I knew I could do anything for 9 months. ( not that I have been perfect, anyone who knows or reads anything from me knows I AM NOT!)

Good luck and keep in touch with the forum, it's really a wonderful place!
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Postby dede4wd » July 5th, 2006, 3:30 pm

Hi and welcome!

I did the same thing you did. I'd never make it into ketosis. I can't explain it, but I knew Medifast worked, as I lost even when I was cheating.

This time I made a deal with myself. I promised that I'd follow the quick start guide as written for ONE MONTH. No excuses, no cheating, no kidding and see what happened. Know what happened? I lost 26.4lbs that month. Believe me, I didn't have to make that deal with myself the second month!

I thought of my MF meals as a prescription. I pretended the doctor told me to eat my prescription every 3 hours. That helped me to begin thinking about food as medicine and fuel, not as comfort and a friend.

Was it hard, yes. I took it day by day and sometimes hour by hour. I found out that for me cravings only lasted 5 minutes, so when I worked through that, I was okay.

Drama Queen was right. If you can't stand it, have an extra shake, it's WAY better than a cheat! Take advantage of the snacks, the SF pipcicles are a treat for me! Everyone is right, if you can make it through the first 3 days (it was 4 for me), your body starts helping out. It goes from fighting you, trying to MAKE you eat sugar to helping out. You are not hungry and I got a general feeling of well-being that I can't explain. We just have to get you there! We'll be here for you! Post before you cheat and we'll do EVERYTHING we can for you!

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Postby kmr » July 6th, 2006, 4:31 am

It was great to wake up this morning and read all the supportive posts. That really is what I need.
The posts are so inspiring. Thank you to everyone. This forum is wonderful.
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Postby Elke » July 6th, 2006, 6:00 am

You have gotten some great advice so I will just say welcome! I can't wait to see you loose and realize that you CAN do this. They make it so easy to follow you almost can't mess it up. Good luck to ya and know that we are all here for you :)
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Postby alohacate » July 6th, 2006, 10:42 am

Aloha and welcome! I've been taking one day at a time (sounds a bit cliche - but so true) and some days have not been as easy as others. Last night I was feeling like "WHY AM I DOING THIS"? :x I felt that familiar *pang* of wanting to snack on comfort food. Then, I looked over at my sleeping little five year old son and remembered not having enough energy to run after him, being ashamed to go to functions because of my size and none of my clothes fitting. I also remembered a quote from this forum - I'm not sure of the exact phrasing but it goes something like
" Don't let a moments temptation get in the way of the long term goall".
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Postby Mike » July 8th, 2006, 8:21 pm

Welcome and good luck. As you have read, it does get easier after the 3rd day or so. Just remember, alot of us have a problem with food that is mostly mental, so just keep saying to yourself, I don't need that... I get to eat soon anyway.
Can you lose 80 lbs by december... sure, you can do anything you set your mind to. Like others have said... stick to the program and you will see the results.
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Postby Lizabette » July 8th, 2006, 8:56 pm

Image We are so glad you have come to us for help.

You have so much to look forward to coming up,
and how great it will be to feel good about yourself then.

No matter how much you lose by December, whether it is 80# or 50#,
isn't that so much better than not losing anything at all...
...or maybe even gaining more weight?

We make the choice and we live with the choice.
We're so glad you are choosing us to help and support you all the way!

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