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Medifast Update #4

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

This is my weekly update related to my weight loss buddy who is doing Medifast and me (who is NOT doing Medifast). My buddy was down 2 pounds this week for a total loss of 20 pounds.

After my previous slight falter last week (see my previous blog "Ugh), I came back with a 4 pound weight loss for a total of 13.8 lost in the last month. Hopefully those pounds will STAY lost this time!!! I'm really sick of them hanging around. I am faithfully tracking everything I eat, which is a big help too. This is something that I used to do sporadically in other (unsuccessful) attempts. This is really important for me to be accountable.

What else is really cool is that I have a ton more energy. I frequently get "hungry" but ignore it and it goes away while I'm doing something else. Obviously this is not real hunger and I'm starting to actually understand the difference. For me that's huge (pun intended)! I am not as obsessed with food. The key for me is to keep busy and distracted by doing something else. Another positive side of that is that I'm tackling a lot of cleaning projects that I've neglected in like, forever! I've cleaned out drawers and cabinets that I haven't even looked in since we moved to this house in 1991. In fact, I have a large storage drum in my bedroom and in it I discovered clothes I didn't even know I had! Many of them still had tags on them.

Eliminating clutter in my life overall has become another goal that will help me too. I am being buried by stuff! It's just something else I don't need weighing me down.
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SHERYLDS 5/29/2012 4:56PM

    the more organized I get ... the easier it is to get other things accomplished.

and You are doing great.

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LAINYC 5/29/2012 2:34PM

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NWCOUNTRYDANCER 5/29/2012 12:44PM

    Awesome!!!

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BIGDOG1969 5/29/2012 11:37AM

    Congrats on your weight loss and your focus. It does seem like a competition between you and your friend; that may be good or bad. Keep in mind we all lose weight differently. The medifast method may not be something the other person can do for the rest of their lives.

Also, you've lost a lot of weight in one month. That's commendable but it may be too much (like there is such a thing.) You stated that you are hungry - maybe you do need to eat a little more. I've always heard that we should aim for .5-2 lbs of loss a week, and you are averaging over 3 lbs a week. That could explain why you get hungry. Just my 2 cents worth.

Great job and congrats on uncluttering your house!



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Ugh

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

OK. So this week I gained .8 pounds. I know that's not a huge amount and that there are all kinds of reasons for fluctuations like this, but still... ugh. I'm down 9.8 overall so I'm OK with that -- not ecstatically happy, but OK.

My Medifast buddy was down another 3.5 pounds this week. It's been so awesome to have somebody to share this with and I'm glad that we're doing different things. I think I would feel worse today if we were on the same program.

We both braved a Happy Hour on Friday and a conference yesterday, so food has been a little extra challenging. Obviously these events didn't set her back, and I am back in the zone today.

Sometimes Iím afraid that if I have one thing it will open the floodgates and Iíll devour everything in sight. It feels like Iím walking a fine line right now, and even though I know what I need to do, the instant gratification ďgeneĒ is strong. I read in a magazine recently that you can think of willpower as a muscle that can be developed and become stronger the more you use it. I think mine is a wimpy kid right now, but I am aware of whatís going on in a way I havenít been before, so thatís good.
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3016DEBRA 5/25/2012 1:00PM

  Don't get discouraged...everything is possible! emoticon emoticon

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MIMMICA 5/23/2012 7:25AM

    Remember, you and your buddy can be doing exactly the same things, and get completely different results -- because you're two completely different people! Your two very different bodies have their very own mechanisms for sustaining each of you.

Next week, it could be you that has the big loss!

I had a HUGE drop in my weight last week but this week, even though I did everything the same, I didn't have any drop at all. My body is adjusting itself. I'll just have to be patient until it's ready to move on to the next adjustment!

Keep up the good work! 9.8 pounds is an awesome drop!

Have a fantastic day!

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SHERYLDS 5/22/2012 2:01PM

    stay strong and stay the course
you will be successful in the long run

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KIYOSHI04 5/22/2012 1:01PM

    it will all balance out.
the willpower thought is interesting.

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NASTARIAL 5/22/2012 12:04PM

    Fluctuations are a normal part of losing weight. If you're working out, you've probably lost fat but gained muscle, and that could cause you to have gained the extra bit of weight. Either way, I wouldn't worry about it too much. It sounds like you're doing a great job. Just remember... emoticon

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Medifast Buddy Update #2 (with photo)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

My friend and I both lost weight this week. She lost 4.4 pounds and I lost 4.6.

I also hung out with my friend for dinner on Friday and she made salmon and fresh asparagus. She used no salt or pepper or butter on anything. I have only had mushy canned asparagus before so this was a totally new experience. I am very happily surprised to report that I really liked it a lot. In fact, I liked it so much that I stopped and bought some myself and cooked it tonight. I put it in a very large tossed mixed green salad along with 3 ounces of London broil, grape tomatoes, cukes, and Light Balsamic Vinegar dressing. It was so delicious! I had a lot left over so I will be having it again tomorrow.

  
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MOPPIT 5/19/2012 10:43PM

    Wow! Great job. The salad looks delicious! You are doing awesome! emoticon

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NWCOUNTRYDANCER 5/16/2012 3:29PM

    Great job! Keep up the good work!

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KIYOSHI04 5/16/2012 2:32PM

    yay you.

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ARTJAC 5/16/2012 1:08AM

    GOOD WEIGHT LOSS

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Medifast buddy update

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

My friend is doing Medifast and I'm following my own plan, which involves real food and tracking everything. I did WW many years ago and reached goal weight, so I'm also incorporating some of the stuff I learned there. I do some walking too, but right now my knees and lower back get sore pretty fast, so I'm hoping to get more physically active once I lose more weight.

My friend and I have very different body types and she is much taller and younger than I am, so I don't feel competitive with her at all. We've had two weekly weigh-ins so far and the results are very interesting. In two weeks, I have lost 6 pounds and she has lost 10 pounds.

This has been really great so far and she tells me it is helpful for her too. On Tuesday mornings we tell each other how much we've lost (hopefully not gained!) and what challenges and successes we've had. We also email each other in between in case we need to get encouragement or we want to get kudos for making good choices.

Yay us!!!!!

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CASEYTALK 5/11/2012 12:30PM

    Working with a buddy keeps you accountable, even when you're on different plans. I agree with Sherylds, by the way, that you'll be more likely to know how to keep it off when you get to your goals. Good luck to both of you!

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CCASKEY37 5/11/2012 8:47AM

    Excellent work.

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KIYOSHI04 5/10/2012 2:35PM

    yay you!! and yay her!!

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KERRYG155 5/9/2012 4:36PM

    Glad it's working out for you both-it's always better to have a buddy.

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SHERYLDS 5/9/2012 4:20PM

    the difference is Medifast is not training her to eat right...so keeping it off is going to have it's own learning curve for her. Weight loss is like building a house. You can do prefab or you can do real construction....but the real results will show in the end.

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Medifast -- no not me, a friend of mine

Friday, April 27, 2012

I work closely with someone (we're not in the same building but we have the same job title). I have been hanging out with her quite a bit. She's about 15 years younger than I am, so she's almost like the daughter I never had too.
We're both significantly overweight (ok, obese). She is single and doesn't like to cook, so she eats out a lot. She is so smart and really fun to hang out with, so I go along with her whenever I can. We are completely enabling each other to overeat. I had some success with Weight Watchers several years ago, and my friend has tried a number of different programs, but yet here we are -- both of us bigger than ever.

Anyway, she was so discouraged that she looked into various options and decided to give Medifast a try. She started it on Wednesday, so she's only a couple days into it. It's very expensive, and I don't like the idea of it so I don't think I would ever do it myself. BUT she has been texting me several times a day with updates and to vent about various things. I actually like hearing about her progress and encouraging her. I want to be a good support person for her. She's only told 1 other person that she's doing it, so I think she really needs me now.

So here's the thing. I think we could make ourselves our own little support group, even though I'm doing my own thing to try and lose weight. I don't want to be competitive with her to see who can lose more, but I think it might help to have a weekly accounting of how much we lost/gained. I don't want to reveal how much I weigh and I don't want to know what she weighs, but keeping track of our ups and downs might encourage both of us. (I know, this sounds just like SparkPeople only face to face! It also sounds like a Weight Watchers meeting, but this is FREE!)

Wish us luck!
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KIYOSHI04 5/9/2012 10:26AM

    its just so much easier to have someone, in real life, to go through this together with.
hope it is working out.

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ILIKECACTI 4/28/2012 1:44PM

    I think that's great!! It's so great to have someone in the same boat as you, and having the same general goals!

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SHERYLDS 4/27/2012 6:58PM

    the downside of medifast is that it doesn't teach you how to eat
so the rebound afterwards is very high.

too bad....but maybe she just needs that jumpstart to get the scale moving..

best of luch to both

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NWCOUNTRYDANCER 4/27/2012 4:50PM

    Definitely a good idea. You can say I want to lose this much, rather than your actual pounds. Having a support person is important.

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FLYINGTOFREEDOM 4/27/2012 2:56PM

    GREAT IDEA YOU CAN SUPPORT EACH OTHER

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SMILES650 4/27/2012 1:47PM

  You go girls and all the luck in the world to you! emoticon

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