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Medifast Ads On SP

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Yes, I sometimes get lazy and want a quick "diet" solution - even with my 2-year anniversary this month of a healthier lifestyle change.

This morning I found ads for Medifast on SP. Has anyone used Medifast? How did it work out for you?

  
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PROUDMOM2BOYS 3/16/2011 7:08AM

    I started using Medifast on September 18, 2010 and have lost 54lb on the program so far. I am now a coach for Take Shape for Life (the coaching division of Medifast) and love it! My thinking has changed over the last several months. Food is fuel, and I realize that now. Absolutely NOTHING tastes as good as being thin, healthy, and victorious feels! Food was too big of a priority in my life for too long, and it showed. I feel like some chains have been broken, and it is a great feeling (and the simplicity of TSFL has empowered me to make the changes that I needed to make). With Take Shape for Life, it is a three-component program: 1) The Medifast food, 2) coaching (which is free to the client) - having someone who has been through the program and has been trained to guide you is a key component, 3) the Habits of Health system that we work through as you are losing weight to ensure that this becomes a lifestyle change to keep the weight off for life. I have met a lot of people who have successfully lost weight on this program and have been maintaining their weight loss for 2+ years. The cost of the food is about $250 a month, which translates to $8-10/day for 5 out of 6 meals (the other meal is a lean protein/non-starchy veggie meal). If you have any more questions about it, don't hesitate to ask!

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GERIKRAGH 2/4/2011 4:53PM

    I tried--years ago--a protein diet drink and it left me hungry. I can't drink one 8-ounce drink and be full. Good luck.

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TRIKERBON 2/4/2011 4:10PM

    Yes I have used it by my doctor's recommendation. What it is is a powder protein drink, there are pre-packaged meals as well but my doc only had me on the shakes and bars. I lost a whopping 60 pounds in a very short time. But it was totally unrealistic and expensive for me. As soon as I quit the program the pounds came back with a vengence and brought two double chins with it and 40 more pounds! On my Sparks page there is a picture of me while on the Medifast diet and I look haggard and tired out and I was! Not to mention feeling very deprived because I was missing food so much! I know it is tempting to want to speed up the weight lose process by doing fad diets like Medifast but unless you keep doing them all of the weight you lose will only return and usually more at least that was my experience anyway.

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DJ4HEALTH 1/19/2011 8:16PM

    Never heard of it.

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SLIMTHICK2 1/19/2011 8:09PM

    I have never used it. All the best. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/19/2011 2:25PM

    nope!

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/19/2011 2:17PM

    I know I have to take anti-inflammatories so perhaps it makes a difference but my doctor heartily disapproved he prefers the healthy lifestyle approach.

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MZLADY77 1/19/2011 12:24PM

    No What is medifast?

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BOBBIENORTHERN 1/19/2011 12:09PM

    I have never used it myself because of the exceeding high cost of it. But, I have come accross other people on sparkpeople who have used it and it seems as if it has worked miracles for them. Just way too much money for me. I have to do it the old fashioned way, self control and discipline.

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NATPLUMMER 1/19/2011 11:37AM

    No, I have not. Sorry I can't help.

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Direction Correction #5 - Water

Friday, January 14, 2011

In the wake of my imminent 2-year Sparkversary at the end of this month, I've become aware of several things that I've gotten a bit misdirected on. It doesn't feel like I've fallen off the proverbial wagon, but just that my healthy two-year track has begun to start making the beginning of what can easily be a U-turn. Yikes! Rather than let that happen, I thought I'd blog about each issue that I need a direction correction on. Each one will begin with this paragraph and lead into the topic of the day.

I've always been a water drinker. No problem. Lately, I've had to force myself to drink it. What's going on?

I can only surmise that since so many other things have gone downhill, the water challenge would be one of them as well.

This has got to stop. Water is my friend and always has been.

Wishing all a fun weekend.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/16/2011 1:22PM

    I like water too, but sometimes I find myself at the end of the day without much in me. What is up with that?

At least we know better.
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NANCY- 1/15/2011 10:35AM

    Love the title.
Sometimes we have to make little adjustments over time. We change, our lives change... so little adjustments are necessary.
WTG on redirecting yourself.
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LIBBYFITZ 1/15/2011 7:18AM

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NATPLUMMER 1/14/2011 3:37PM

    Could just be a wintertime thing. If you track it, you'll be more likely to get your 8 glass in. Good luck!

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JLITT62 1/14/2011 12:13PM

    I use the SP app to track my water. Like you, I've always been a water drinker, but it's easy to let it get away from you, too, I've found. And for us here, it's kind of hard when the temps don't get out of the teens sometimes!

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KBEHUNE 1/14/2011 10:47AM

    There are days when I find myself having problems drinking all my water--then other days where I can't get enough! I think it goes in cycles.

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/14/2011 10:14AM

    I find I lose more weight when I drink water and everything else goes better too , my skin looks fresher etc! Have a fantastic day! hugs,Cheri

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Direction Correction #4 - Grocery Shopping

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

In the wake of my imminent 2-year Sparkversary at the end of this month, I've become aware of several things that I've gotten a bit misdirected on. It doesn't feel like I've fallen off the proverbial wagon, but just that my healthy two-year track has begun to start making the beginning of what can easily be a U-turn. Yikes! Rather than let that happen, I thought I'd blog about each issue that I need a direction correction on. Each one will begin with this paragraph and lead into the topic of the day.

Prior to these two years on SP, I hadn't realized that my grocery shopping habits were just that - habits. That I wasn't even thinking of the food items, but just picking stuff up out of routine throughout the years.

I remember when I started this new adventure of healthier living, I'd begun a two-month program prior to spark that gave me lists of foods to buy. It forced me to mindfully go from isle to isle and actually look for the healthy choices. OMG! I actually read the chart on the pkgs to check out calorie content and other important ingredients. Quite a novel experience for me.

Throughout these two years, I've often smiled at what's in my cart, thinking "Is that really mine with all the fruit and veggies?" However, during the last few months I've seen that I started not sticking to lists and picking up things on impulse that misdirected my path a bit more than I'd want to admit to myself.

Around the same time I started SP, a new grocery store opened nearby my house. It has been a godsend with low prices and quality food. (Fresh and Easy - only in CA, AZ, and NV) It has added to my quality of life by making it easier to continue to eat healthy at prices I still marvel at each time I shop.

My direction correction is to get back to total commitment that nothing extra goes into the cart. Nothing I'll regret by the time I reach the parking lot.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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NANCY- 1/12/2011 8:28AM

    That sounds like a great market.

Not bringing "IT" home in the first place is a wonderful thing to do. I have a plan...
a menu,
make a list, and
....stay out of the junkfood aisle.

It takes practice and you will do it.
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CHERIRIDDELL 1/12/2011 1:39AM

    I think we can all benefit from your wisdom today.I know I myself will always think of your "My direction correction is to get back to total commitment that nothing extra goes into the cart. Nothing I'll regret by the time I reach the parking lot. " Now I hope I can hold to that direction correction too! hugs,Cheri


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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/11/2011 10:26PM

    Great idea to refocus on the grocery cart. I'm trying to get better at that too. I think not only of the cost of the food, I think of the cost in pounds as well. A cartoon of ice cream is really $3.49 and 2 pounds on me. When I think that way, I'm much less likely to put it in the cart, even when it's on a really good sale.

There's no such thing a free ice cream for me...it always has a poundage attached!

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LIBBYFITZ 1/11/2011 7:06PM

    That is fantastic "direction correction!" There are certain isles I never visit. The candy and the soft drink/soda! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/11/2011 11:42AM

    "My direction correction is to get back to total commitment that nothing extra goes into the cart. Nothing I'll regret by the time I reach the parking lot. "
I really like that. I'm going to keep it in mind when I go shopping. Thank you!!


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JLITT62 1/11/2011 11:28AM

    They opened up a new market here in the summer -- pricey, unfortunately, but the produce & fish is better, so I go there for some things sometimes.

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To AZ Sparkers - Deepest Sympathy

Sunday, January 09, 2011

I am sorry to hear of the shootings and deaths in Tucson. For a long time now, I have been on a personal rampage about how much crime we have to contend with on daily basis.

  
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CHERIRIDDELL 1/11/2011 9:59AM

    It was very very sad and a child died in this .Makes one wonder.This is not the future I was looking forward to.

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CHATTIEGIRL 1/10/2011 7:54PM

    Hi Jesse;

I am afraid that our world is just going to get worst as the years go by. With the older people we had high morals and down to the 50 year old people but after that I think morals and principals from homes, jobs, and world have been getting worst. We would not even hit another person but now they think nothing of blowing someone away. We have to get God back into peoples' lives and our country.

I hope you are doing well with your healthy eating and exercises. Stay strong and focused on maintain a healthy life style. Love Spark people and learn. God bless you always.

Joyce

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LIBBYFITZ 1/10/2011 6:55PM

    When someone can legally buy a semi automatic hand gun one has to wonder?

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NATPLUMMER 1/9/2011 6:31PM

    Very, very sad.

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 1/9/2011 5:10PM

    Even worse, this 'crime' seems to possibly be politically motivated - when the 'darling' of the Tea Party set, Ms Palin herself, created a map of representatives, including the one who was shot yesterday, and marks them with a gun sight indicator, it seems as though violence is being advocated - that coupled with several other comments she's made lead me to worry that there are people who think it's 'cute' to incite violence and others who think it's 'smart' to follow through!

At any rate, it was certainly a horrible, horrible event and I hope the initial impression that it was 'conservative politics' taking aim at 'liberals' turns out to be incorrect!!

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Guaranteed Self-Control

Saturday, January 08, 2011

I realized something BIG today
When I finally saw there is a way
To be the model of self-control
And not indulge in the candy bowl.
It's so simple, I do espouse...
JUST HAVE NOTHING IN THE HOUSE!

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/9/2011 6:42PM

    No kidding!! (And hide the keys too. emoticon)

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LIBBYFITZ 1/9/2011 6:44AM

    emoticonSame here! If it isn't there you can't eat it! emoticon

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FUTUREHOPE49 1/8/2011 4:08PM

    Oh! Very good! And very true! My husband bought some licquorice and he was supposed to have just one piece. He had 3 today and his blood sugar shot up to 12.8 which is quite high! If it wasn't in the house there wouldn't be a problem! I think I will send him your blog!
Ellen

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/8/2011 11:38AM

    Yes ,truer words were never spoke!

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NATPLUMMER 1/8/2011 10:28AM

    I'm with JLITT62, "Except then I'll eat whatever IS there if a craving truly hits!" I'll just eat whatever is around.
If that works for you though, it's great!!

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NANCY- 1/8/2011 8:12AM

    Another is to put in what you do not like. Works for ice cream too. But not having it in the house does work best.
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JLITT62 1/8/2011 5:21AM

    Except then I'll eat whatever IS there if a craving truly hits!

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PETTIGREW3 1/8/2011 12:42AM

    OH, HOW TRULY THOU SPEAKETH!

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