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One Month Update......Lost 21 lbs

Postby SleeperNo1 » April 29th, 2006, 9:20 am

Hey guys,

I originally introduced myself to the forum one month ago as AviatorNo1. I did not know how to log in and such. My official log in name is sleeper. Well, I started on Medifast on April 2, 2006 and weighed 209 lbs. I am pleased to announce that as of this morning, I weight 188. That is a loss of 21 lbs in one month. My wife started on medifast about ten days after I did and she is down 11 lbs.

I am trying to find a picture that I took right before I started on the diet and then post it and a current photo. The results have been amazing. How did we do it? Here's the rundown on our program.

1. We do not consistently eat a "lean and green" meal. We sporadically eat one for a couple of days when we just have to have something different. But, our weight loss drags to a stand still when we do. Answer, do the 6 medifast meals per day and occassionally do a lean and green meal or two.

2. We drink lots of water and crystal light. We do not keep any diet sodas in the house. We drink water, lots of it, and crystal light.

3. We have a set schedule that we eat. We eat at 6:00 a.m.; 9:00 a.m.; 12 noon; 3:00 p.m.; 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

4. We use at least three shakes a day and no more than one meal replacement bar. Our day typically consists of:

a. oatmeal at 6:00 a.m.
b. shake at 9:00 a.m.
c. meal replacement bar at lunch
d. shake at 3:00 p.m.
e. soup or chili for supper at 6:00 p.m.
f. Shake or oatmeal before bed.

5. Snacks consist of dill pickles with garlic or sugar free jello

6. We DO NOT CHEAT. How do we do it? We remind ourselves that everyday we cheat is a day longer that we have to be on this diet. Why not play it straight and just get it over with? The sooner we lose the weight, the sooner we can transition back to "normal food"

7. Take the weight loss one day at a time. Get up each morning and look yourself in the mirror and say that "for today, I am going to complete this diet as planned" It is important that you make it a positive affirmation not a negative one like "i am not going to fail or cheat."

8. Remove all offending foods from the house and do not go to the store. Why do you need to? You don't as you have all the food you need delivered to the door.

9. Lay out the next day's meals the night before you eat them. Take an empty medifast shake box and stack your meals for the next day in it. This is important because it will gel you into the reality that you are going to eat only but all of everything in this box. When I leave for work, I place two of the day's shakes and one meal replacement bar into the shaker cup and put the lid on it. It becomes my lunch pail.

10. Keep all your medifast stuff organized in the open in one area nad organized by type of meal. That way your are always reminded of your diet and it is easy to see when you are running out of stuff and reorder.

11. Have repalcement foods on hand if you run out. You can use EAS low carb shakes as a replacement for the shakes. However, I found myself to get a lot hungrier with those shakes. Look at your inventory every two weeks and make sure you have enough of everything. When you make another order include some of the things that you think you have plenty of because you will not have plenty in two or three days.

12. Weigh yourself everyday. I know some people say not to do this but you have to constantly remind yourself of what you are doing. Record your weight on a calendar and commit to doing the diet for a month without cheating. You will be quite satisfied after you fill out a months worth of weights. I have lost an average of .5 lbs per day or about 4 lbs per week. It has really added up over a month.

I feel like a million bucks and my self esteem is growing every day. I am beginning to feel the need to have my doctor decrease my blood pressure meds as I am now sometimes getting dizzy when I get up suddenly. My Crohn's is doing great as I am eating a low bulk diet. My energy level is greater (and greatest when I am slightly hungry).

The long and short of it is that if you do medifast for six meals per day, drink a lot of water and DO NOT CHEAT, YOU WILL LOSE THE WEIGHT. PERIOD. If you cheat, or do not follow the plan, you will remain overweight. My doctor wants me at 165 lbs, so I still have 23 lbs to go. I am still fat and can acknowledge that. My initial committment was to stay on the diet for 60 days based on the claims that you can lose 20 lbs per month on this diet. The claims are true. Thirty days in, I have lost more than 20 lbs. This has given me the motivation to go another 30 days, one day at a time.

Believe in yourself and believe in this product. You will lose the weight if you really DECIDE to do it.

love you all,

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Postby Elke » April 29th, 2006, 10:15 am

WOW I really needed to read that. Thank you so much for the motovation. I still need to wait a week or so but I am getting in the groove and it does seem to be working.
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Postby electra000 » April 29th, 2006, 10:15 am

Wow, Thank you for such a wonderful post. I was thinking about doing the same thing as far as the lean and green. I am thinking about doing the lean and green every other day. On days that I am not going to have the lean and green I will have six supplements and on days that I do have the lean and green I will have 5 supplements. Your post was very informative and inspirational. Thank you! :bravo:
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Postby dede4wd » April 29th, 2006, 10:17 am

Hi Sleeper,
I'm so happy for you AND your wife! I'm so glad you made a commitment and that commitment is paying off in spades! I really enjoyed your post!

I agree with most of what you said, but I'm the worrywart, so make sure your doc knows about you being on the complete plan most of the time.

I also was caught without my medi-grub once and had an EAS...I was ravenous! My brain was screaming "sugar sugar sugar, we want SUGAR" to me all night so I MADE sure I had Medi-goodies stashed EVERYWHERE so that wouldn't happen again!!!

I'm so proud of you both and you should be transitioning into maintenance in NO TIME FLAT!

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Postby Pashta » April 29th, 2006, 10:32 am

Congrats on you and your wife's weight loss! An FYI: I have tried the 5&1 and occasional 6 medifast meals only and have realized that there really is no difference in weight loss, if there is it is negligible. If your doctor says its ok for you to do that though, it's cool. :) Guess it's cheaper than having a L&G! :-P
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Postby falisamarie » April 29th, 2006, 12:59 pm

Congratulations to both you and your wife! You both are doing great. Keep up this way and you will be at goal in no time at all.

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Postby ktrout » April 29th, 2006, 1:51 pm

You've both made outstanding progress !! I found that once I got in the groove, eating right was second nature. I've lost quite a bit in a very short period of time and couldn't be happier. It looks like you guys are focused and that's where we all need to be to be successful.

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Postby mamabear » April 29th, 2006, 6:16 pm

:bravo: First of all congratulations to both you and your wife!! You are both doing great! and thank you for taking the time to give so many great pointers, I really appreciated reading all of that! :mrgreen:
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Postby Arklahoma » April 30th, 2006, 2:17 pm

Great pointers, and great weight loss! I know it's already been stated, but just wanted to chime in about the full fast and remind all the newbies that it is only recommended while under the supervision of an MD.
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No worrys guys. I AM under a doctor's supervision

Postby SleeperNo1 » April 30th, 2006, 6:39 pm

When I told my doctor I wanted to do this, he reluctantly agreed. The good thing is that he is also a personal friend of mine as well. He read up on the program and allowed me to start it. When I went to six medifast meals per day, he was okay with it so long as I monitored my blood pressure and promised to call him if I felt funny in any way.

I haven't felt anything but better.

My doctor is now a firm believer in the diet plan and is making an order for himself as he stated that he needs to lose approximately 25 lbs.

The only other thing that he makes me do is take a daily vitamin supplement in addition to the meals.

One other thing. I need to clarify that I will occassionally do a lean and green meal. But, it is only when my wife and I are really craving something other than another oatmeal. We do the meal together so as not to tempt the other and to make sure we both eat only what we are supposed to.

If you read my original post one month ago, you will know about my myriad of health problems that I have faced, particularly over the last nine months. Folks, I can tell you that I feel better now than I have in many YEARS. Please, guys, treat yourself to feeling this way. The light hunger and minimal self denial is well worth it.
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Re: No worrys guys. I AM under a doctor's supervision

Postby Arklahoma » May 1st, 2006, 4:24 pm

Very well said. Congratulations!!!

SleeperNo1 wrote: ... Folks, I can tell you that I feel better now than I have in many YEARS. Please, guys, treat yourself to feeling this way. The light hunger and minimal self denial is well worth it.
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Postby Taszi17 » May 3rd, 2006, 1:30 pm

For all newbies out there. This is a fabulous informational and inspiring post. Please do not get discouraged though if you do not lose the 20 pounds in one month. You will be close to it. I know that sometimes when I read posts like this or see others that started when I did I get discouraged because I am not losing as fast as some but some weeks I do lose more than others as well. I am just giving you the heads up and letting you know as many many many people here have told me when I get down that EVERYONES BODY IS DIFFERENT so be patient with yourself and post like hell when you need to so you can get through it.

Hugs and smisses to all and thank you for a fabulous upbeat post!! :)
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Postby Bonnie » May 4th, 2006, 4:03 pm

I am impressed with you and your wifes committment to follow the program without cheating.

I now do the 6 & 0 plan once a week because it keeps me from supersizing the Lean & green meal - as a result I lost more weight.

I am so happy your doctor has read up on the medifast products. You are probably aware that the Medifast products have been recommended by over 15,000 physicians already.

I am especially happy that you are feeling better with your chrons disease. It is amazing to me how overeating affects so many areas of our health.

Keep up the good work and please let us know your progress!!!
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Postby monz » May 6th, 2006, 2:00 pm

:bravo: :bravo: :bravo:

Congrat to both you and your wife! Thanks for the post, I need informative and inspirational post like this to get me though the day. Thanks again! :D

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