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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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A Little Good News

Thursday, March 08, 2012

I have been taking blood pressure medicine for years. My doctor put me on it because I had "borderline" HBP. Well, I started to have some problems with the medication (chronic cough), so he told me to stop taking it and come back in six weeks.

Well, I went in yesterday, and guess what?! I don't have high blood pressure!!

I wish I could say it's because I lost weight, but it isn't. In fact I weigh a lot more than when he put me on the meds in the first place. I don't know what happened and the doctor can't explain it.

The bigger thing that's good about it is that I didn't realize how much it bugged me that I needed to take medicine. Sometimes you don't realize how much something gets you down until it goes away!

Since my doctor can't explain the improvement, I just have to take this as a sign and keep working at the things I want to change.

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HINCTYBEAT 4/26/2012 2:39PM

    Great news on your BP also! even though your weight may be up since getting the medication, you must be in better shape, which is just as important!

Your heart thanks you :)

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KIYOSHI04 3/9/2012 10:01PM

    yay you!
glad you are off of them!!

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GEMINISUE 3/8/2012 7:12PM

    That is good news! Sometimes, I think drs. put people on meds. too soon. Never knew they started people on meds for borderline HBP. Well glad your off them!

Onward & Downward
Hugs
Linda

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Why I Don't Lose Weight

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I read an interesting book called "Why I Don't Lose Weight" by Dr. Wilfred Aguila. It talks about conquering the cycle of obesity. He talks about how we become trapped in it and provides some insight into how to break out of it.

One of the things that he says is that losing weight is not a goal, but a milestone. The goal is actually keeping the weight off. I'm oversimplifying like crazy, but it was a unique perspective and one that really spoke to me. I'm still thinking about what it all means, and I'll probably reread some of it to see if it still makes sense.

A couple of things that he says are important are having a community of support and not putting any foods off limits (sound familiar?).

Dr A is a bariatric surgeon and struggled with obesity himself, so he knows about quick fixes and the physical and emotional toll that the struggle takes. He has lots of examples from his patients too.

The book is just over 100 pages and a relatively quick read, but worth it I think. It's a little pricey at $14.95 on Amazon, so I would recommend borrowing it from the library (or requesting it through interlibrary loan if your library doesn't have it) if you want to read it.
(I'm a librarian -- I am required to say that last part.)

It has certainly given me food for thought!

  
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KIYOSHI04 3/7/2012 3:29PM

    neat.
sounds interesting.

my eyebrow arches when a diet says DO keep food off limits.
so many people, even those who DO keep foods off limits, put the weight back on.
wouldnt it be better to learn to LIVE with those foods?
thats what im trying to do...learn to live with food.

i didnt know you are a librarian. i cannot tell you how much of my life has been spent in libraries.
every single friday evening or saturday, i was at the library until i was probably 23 or 24.
last week or so, i had a few hours where i couldnt be home and i went to the library after not going for about 8/9 years. i cant tell you how much i have missed it.
first task in virginia well one of the first. ...is find library and get a card.

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SHERYLDS 3/7/2012 3:05PM

    whenever a diet says: not putting any foods off limits
My eyebrow arches....
For a lot of us, some food are trigger foods and set off the binge cycle. Lots of studies have concluded that processed foods and refined sugars enhance even more cravings and create a binge cycle. So read everything with healthy reservations. everyone is different

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SPARKCHANTAL 3/7/2012 12:20PM

    yes. there was a report on a guy who lost about 200 lbs or even more, don't quite know the details, went from a real colossal-sized body to human proportions. had to have skin folds removed operationally. and then.... well, he blew up like a balloon, just awful. seems there is something in the brain to keep the weight on!
i'm going to check this book out. thanks for the tip!

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MOPPIT 3/7/2012 12:17PM

    Sounds interesting. Thanks. I'll have to read it. emoticon

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