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Postby BrianS » May 3rd, 2006, 9:20 pm

Hello to all,
My name is Brian and I am about to start this program. I have tried many diets in the past and most have failed. The one exception is atkins...but I went hard core and when I came off the diet I went through a divorce. With the stress of the divorce I ended up putting most of the weight back on. I am trying this now with the help of a support group...helpfully that will help.
About me,
Well, I am 6'4 and 300 pounds. I played football for 5 years in college and 3 in the NFL. I played at 320 but was actually in shape. (working out 5 hours a day and eating nothing but meat and fish will do that to you) Like so many before I hurt myself and never lost the weight. I fell back on my second love, flying. I went through the long process of obtaining my ratings and hours for the last 10 years and now work for a major airline. Instead of having all day to cook at home and access to a kitchen, I am limited to a cockpit and hotel room 1/2 of the month. What a change in lifestyle. I am trying this diet for a few reasons. 1, a few friends from football have used it and it worked for them. 2, easy to make food on the plane with cold and hot water mixed with the food pack. The last 8 years of flying I have struggled to get my weight down to 240 but went through a messy divorce and the weight just came back. I will keep my progress on this site throughout the next 3-6 months. I am aiming for 220 on the weight. Any advice would be great. I have heard that the first few days/weeks is hard. I tried last week but cheated. The cravings for sweets and breads was strong and I did not have access to the packets.

So thats is....hello to all and wish me luck
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Postby Longhorn » May 3rd, 2006, 9:23 pm

I forgot to register. BrianS is me..Longhorn (Went to UT) So, I will post progress under this name.


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Postby dede4wd » May 3rd, 2006, 9:47 pm

Hi Brian and welcome to the forums!

This forum has been invaluable for me! I LOVE being able to come here and vent and celebrate and commiserate!

I travel 260-280 days per year and I have NO PROBLEMS doing the program on the road. PM me or e-mail me with ANY questions you have!

My first suggestion is the ready to drink shakes! They're portable, tasty and wonderful!

Yes, the first 3-4 days SUCK for most people, but if you get through it, mild ketosis kicks in and most hungries disappear. I actufally felt a sense of euphoria after day 5. Don't be afraid to add an extra shake during your first few days. If you can get into mild ketosis, things DO get better! Post often! We'll be here! You can do this!

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Postby MISSANNE » May 3rd, 2006, 10:16 pm

Hi Brian :wave:

I know where your coming from, I also gained a lot of weight during my divorce. BUT.....it time to get rid of that nasty weight and all the negativity and past emotions that go with it!

We are all here for you if you need anything at all!!!

Don't hesitate to ask questions and feel free to PM.

I have faith in you! :hug:
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Postby Denise » May 3rd, 2006, 10:29 pm

Good luck Brian! It can be tough at first..but stick it out and it will get better! :lol:

Everyone on this forum is sooo supportive.......

Best of luck! :D
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Postby PJinCali » May 3rd, 2006, 10:38 pm

Welcome Brian! Good Luck wih the program. This is my second week and I feel great. The only problem I have had is drinking all the water. By adding a little more each day I am getting past that little issue as well.

This forum is a great way to get encouragement on the program and ideas about how to prepare the food and your lean & green meal.

You'll do great! :cleader: :cleader: :cleader:
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Postby Mom23 » May 4th, 2006, 4:19 am

:wave: Welcome Brian! Not much I can add, just know that we are all here for you anytime you have questions or need encouragement! This forum is the best for support! 8)
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Postby ktrout » May 4th, 2006, 4:25 am

Welcome Brian ! Nice to have another guy in the forum. Don't let the ladies beat up on you too much ! LOL !

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Postby MusicalMomma » May 4th, 2006, 5:35 am

Welcome Brian!!! Glad you're here!!! I think you'll do great on this program :) I have a question for you. You said you were doing this program in conjunction with a support group. Is this a medifast support group? If so, do you know how it got started? (I'm thinking of starting a mf support group here and just wanted to get some ideas :) )
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Postby Longhorn » May 4th, 2006, 5:44 am

I was referring to this site. unfortunatly, I do not have time to actually go to a support group so this online version is what I have. There were so many times in the past that I would want to quit, and have quit because I did not have a board/group to vent to and ask questions. So, what I was referring to was this site. I hope this helps.
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Postby FORMOMMY » May 4th, 2006, 5:49 am

WELCOME BRIAN!!!! Sounds like you've been through quite a lot and kudos to you for surviving and flourishing into a new career. I can't really add to what others have said except to reiterate that this board is an invaluable tool - so use it!!!

Again - welcome!
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Postby Tiolazz » May 4th, 2006, 6:00 am

Welcome Brian,

Glad to have you join us... The first 4 to 5 days were really rough for me, and I still have a bad day here and there, but after almost 5 weeks, it has gotten so much easier. And I have NEVER stuck to any eating plan this long, sooooo, If I can do this, anyone can do this...

Good luck, keep us posted, and if you ever have any ?, just be sure to post or pm anyone. Everybody here is soooo nice and helpful.


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Postby falisamarie » May 4th, 2006, 6:23 am

Welcome Brian it is great to have you here with us. Please post as often as you can and let us know how you are doing. If you have any questions just post them and someone will be here to help.

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Postby Ct. Yankee » May 4th, 2006, 6:27 am


So glad that you found us. And, you're in the right place, too, because there are wonderful ladies and gentlemen on this forum who will support you whenever you need it! Their determination and committment sure helped me when I started and continues to help me in my weight loss journey.

Make a committment to complete the first three days of program without cheating. With all that you accomplished, I am sure that you can do it. Then, let us know how you are feeling on Day 4!! Bet you will be flying high--no pun intended---well, maybe a little one!!! Good luck, Brian, have faith in yourself and in this program. You already know that it works. You can do it!!! Bless and be safe.

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Postby pixiewhispers » May 4th, 2006, 6:50 am

Hi Brian! We are both Newbies. Good luck! I have found the people on the forum to be very helpful and extremely understanding.
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