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Medifast

Friday, November 15, 2013

My friend just lost 20 lbs on the Medifast diet She said it was not a hard diet to follow. I have spent the day investigating this diet plan, with the possibility of going on it. It is a very low calorie diet with 5 premade meals and one you make yourself out of lean protein and low glycemic vegetables. It was kind of expensive from what she told me, so I don't really want to sign up for it.

So my question is: anybody here doing Medifast, or some similar diet? And, how hard is it to follow? Just looking at some other options, as I've tried WeightWatchers in the past, but haven't liked the program changes the last couple of years.

Thanks for listening!
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NOTREADMILLDESK 11/16/2013 8:27AM

    There are meal replacement shakes, yes, but also soups, oatmeal, brownies, ice cream, mac n' cheese type things, chip-replacements, etc. Fans of MediFast appreciate the range of options all pre-packaged to fit within the plan. The daily Lean and Green meal looks a lot like WW, but otherwise the emphasis is on packaged product.

Hope that helps. Good luck!

SJP

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KARENO5 11/16/2013 12:24AM

    Yes, thank you both for the input. I have heard Medifast is expensive. It is basically all premade foods except for one meal a day. I'm not ready to do anything yet. I like to do my homework before committing to the expense. If it's mostly liquid meal replacement I don't think I could stick with it.

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FANNISHMOM 11/15/2013 10:18PM

    I know there is a sparkteam for Optifast which is similar but is medically supervised. I did Optifast and, if it is a good fit for you, then it works great. However, you have to be in the right mindset and it can be costly to pay for all the meal replacements.


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JTREMBATH 11/15/2013 8:55PM

    I have heard it is expensive.

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Hanging in there!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Just a check in, to keep myself. I am on day three of using the Fitbit. I have increased the number of steps each of the days which is a move in the right direction.

I have a doctor appt in early December, and I would like to be down 3 or 4 lbs by that time. I don't expect the process to be fast. Time has shown me that I have a slow metabolism and have to work harder at this.

I think blogging about this will help keep me focused on the goal.
Thanks for listening!
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KARENO5 11/15/2013 8:30PM

    Thank you for the comments and encouragement.

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WRITEAWAY 11/15/2013 9:16AM

    You're here making great choices. I hope the best for you as you continue and hope the doctor app't goes well~

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WOUBBIE 11/14/2013 6:20PM

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I got it!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Yesterday, I went and bought the Fitbit Zip. It took a bit of time to get it all set up. I have the apps on my Iphone, Ipad, and the desktop version on my laptop. So far, I'm loving it. It is so tiny, you forget its even there. I'm quite a ways off of getting my 10,000 steps daily, but I will work up to it soon I'm sure.

In the meantime, what it is doing is making me conscious of making better choices. I'm really hoping this will be the kick in the backside I know I need for me to get serious about working on the weight loss. It's been rough the last couple of years, dealing with many issues and it has made me have trouble focusing on the weight, so I'm hoping this will help me focus.

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JLPEASE 11/13/2013 12:12PM

    Way to go!
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WENDYSPARKS 11/13/2013 9:47AM

    You have a great day too!! emoticon

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JUDITH1654 11/13/2013 9:46AM

    You'll get the hang of it in no time. I wouldn't be able to but then, I don't even have a cell phone! LOL emoticon

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NYARAMULA 11/13/2013 2:04AM

    Enjoy your fitbit and have a great day.

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Fit Bit or Spark Activity Tracker?

Sunday, November 10, 2013

I haven't been in here much this past year or so. Am trying to get back into it. I have a slow metabolism due to thyroid issues. I am thinking about getting either the Fitbit zip or the Spark Activity Tracker. I haven't decided which one yet.

I don't need it to track sleep time so wouldn't be wearing it during the night. I mainly treadmill and walk and sometimes ride bike or elliptical. Any input would be appreciated.

  
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KARENO5 11/10/2013 10:39PM

    Thanks for the input. I've been leaning towards the Fitbit zip.

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LKS2GAB2 11/10/2013 10:27PM

    I can't give any feed back on the Spark because I had bought y FitBit prior to the Spark coming out. That being said I love my FB. In find that it does push me to get in more steps when I see that I haven't done much during the day.

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Weight Watchers: Should I try again?

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Not much going on here. I'm still 20 lbs over goal, due to lack of motivation and dealing with stress. My 48 year old brother had a massive brain hemorrhage (stroke) in March and 6 plus months later is still in the hospital.

Anyway, I'm thinking about going back to Weight Watchers, but still kind of on the fence about it. My one biggest hesitation is that it is late in the year and they usually make revisions and changes to the program that get unveiled in late November or early December. That usually necessitates buying new books and calculators for points and for dining out. It gets expensive having to purchase all new materials each year.

I'm giving it some thought, but if anyone that reads this has any ideas what is coming new to WW this fall, please clue me in.

Back to my quiet little corner now.

  
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KARENO5 10/12/2013 7:42PM

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm not really sure what I need at this point. I need to really give that some in depth thought.

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WETPTARMIGAN 10/10/2013 1:06PM

    Sounds like you're looking to recharge your motivation. If you're confident that WW does it for you, then it's worth the money. If you need a different "battery" to get that motivation going, look around see if your money would be better spent on a different diet plan, exercise activity, etc.

I went to WW a lot of times over a lot of years in a lot of different locations. In the end, I found my bliss elsewhere.

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WHYNOTJ1 10/10/2013 9:43AM

    I did a quick search in SparkTeams for WW and spotted 4 WW teams there. I wonder if you could borrow some motivation there until you are ready to go back? At least one of the team descriptions mentions dealing with changes in the program...

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EDDYMEESE 10/9/2013 10:59PM

    I've gone back and forth with WW...I always want to rejoin but hate paying the money. But I love the point system and find it a lot less daunting than counting calories, even though I know it is essentially the same. It's nice to have the support if you have a good group of people...but typically I've found that people come in pairs or alone and I've never found a way to connect with people, so not sure where the support comes in. I think for those people who are really social and good at taking the time to meet up with people, go on group walks, etc., WW is great. For me, it just became about showing up to a meeting and leaving without talking to anybody. I have considered rejoining online...but then get back to that same problem: why pay for online when I get it free here on SP? It's a tough decision, for sure.

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CJJANISS 10/9/2013 3:40PM

    Have you ever heard of/tried TOPS? It's a diet support group something like WW, but not as expensive. You follow your own diet, so there is no point system or anything like that. They have chapters all over the country and even overseas. You can attend one meeting for free to see if you like it. :)

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KARENO5 10/9/2013 2:38PM

    CAROL494 I had not heard either, I just know they usually do that. Last year was a minor change, so I'm thinking this year may be more of a change than last years. I would like to go back, but if they have changes coming soon I want to wait till that has come about so I don't have to buy the info, then turn around and need to do that again in a month or so.

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CAROL494 10/9/2013 2:01PM

  I'm at WW and need the motivation from the leader and members. I have not heard about the 2014 program.

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