SparkPeople Optifast Team Messageboard Using Optifast as your weight loss method. Get answers to your Optifast questions here. Share with others using the Optifast Method. SparkPeople Optifast Team Messageboard Optifast thru Kaiser Anyone still in this group? I see the last post was last year! I'm starting my Optifast journey next month and need support and any helpful tips! I've already started with drinking more water because I've heard it's essential to the success of this program. Tue, 28 Jan 2020 13:42:58 EST New to Optifast and to this Team Hello everyone I'm Rhonda and I'm on my first week of Optifast so far so good. The bars, shakes and soup are not terrible and I'm not missing the crunch of my veggies like I thought I would. I have 200+ lbs. to loose and this time I'm going to do it. Mon, 4 Jun 2018 01:01:27 EST New name should be stressed Hi everyone, started this on Nov at 228 lbs. was on 4/1. <BR> A couple of weeks ago I was 195 and doing 3/2 <BR> I am now 192, problem is I am on lean and green eating ,and do not feel like drinking the liquids. <BR> I think one reason is I was thrown off track this weekend.,and I developed a bad cold. <BR> Today I am back on my drinks ...and back on plan. Except my appetite is not there. <BR> Yesterday I had beef broth and noodles ( my go to when sick) But had protein packed dinner <BR> ... Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:48:49 EST Optifast start up Good day everyone! I plan on starting my Optifast in the New year. Any suggestions that would help me be successful? TIA! Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:30:34 EST what to do about my birthday HI all, <BR> I have been on optifast for 2 weeks now and going well. BUT it is my birthday this weekend and i am emotionally struggling with the fact that i am on this program over that time - complete meal replacement - all meals. <BR> Anyone got any advice? <BR> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:55:27 EST Hello! Round Two of Optifast Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> This is my second round of optifast. My first go I was successful. I don't have the numbers in front of me from my first success but I know it works. I lost over 30 pounds so I could get pregnant and I did! First round we had twins. And 6 months later we had a surprise! Well this week we found out the baby has multiple multiple issues and will not live long outside of me. <BR> <BR> So I gained a lot with the twins because I was told to and then I gained about 10-... Wed, 24 May 2017 08:41:34 EST How will you handle Easter? I always find that the holidays are the most difficult time for me. This year we are going to spend Easter with friends a couple of hours north of us so I will have no control over food. They always have a carb breakfast (cereal and toast) - would it be wrong of me to bring some protein for breakfast or should I just make John stop for eggs on the way home the way I usually do? <BR> <BR> I am making Easter chocolates this year so I know that there will be a bit of indulging - even in tasti... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 10:15:30 EST First Weigh In Success!! Woo hoo! First weigh in and down 10 pounds! After first week with just doing 10 minute chair exercises once a day, I can now walk around for short periods of time without my lower back hurting too. <BR> <BR> This week I'm going to bump up exercise to 15 minutes a day and try to work up to being able to do a 10 minute walk. They plan on doing a 10 minute group walk with my class next week when we get our pedometers and I know for a fact right now I can't do that! So focus this week is trying... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 23:47:47 EST delete Oops. First post &amp; I messed it up already! Posted on "Introduce Yourself" instead :) Sat, 4 Mar 2017 17:45:32 EST GOALS OR RESOLUTIONS FOR 2017 If you've made any goals or resolutions for the New Year please let us know about them. We can encourage each other as well as give each other great ideas! Sat, 31 Dec 2016 16:59:07 EST Newbie - First day on Optifast food Hello, just checking in! <BR> <BR> This is my first day on the Optifast food (first day of week two). I am excited to start this journey. I had the French Vanilla shake this morning for breakfast and it was pretty good. I am not a French Vanilla kind of person, so I was pleasantly surprised. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to trying out the other products today! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day everyone! Wed, 7 Sep 2016 11:29:05 EST JULY CHALLENGE Pick a 7 day habit that you would like to work on. You can do a different one for each week in the month of June. You might have a habit you would like to get under control or one that you would like to add that will improve your lifestyle habit. If you have something you would like to add to this list feel free to do so. Picking one is a great start. YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> No soda <BR> No bread <BR> No alcohol <BR> No pasta <BR> No sweets <BR> <BR> 6 or more bottles of water <BR> ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 09:13:02 EST just started Optifast Hi! I started Optifast on Thursday. I'm on full meal replacement right now and need to lose about 150 lbs. So far I haven't had any trouble staying away from food, but I don't really like the taste of the shakes. I'm experimenting with extracts and sugar-free syrups to find combinations I like. Otherwise, it'll be a loooong 12 weeks!!! Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:18:59 EST 90kg goal reached i have finally gone below my goal weight of 90kg. What now, do I reevaluate my goals. The 90kg figure seemed like a good idea many years ago when it first popped into my head. Now that I am more in tune with my body and given up wheat and most other grains can I push further? I have been experimenting with intermittent fasting, my hunger, happiness and mood are vastly better. <BR> <BR> The weather has finally turned here 100F degrees 5 weeks ago, down to 1 degree above freezing at 6am on... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 21:38:37 EST June Challenge - Week 1 Pick a 7 day habit that you would like to work on. You can do a different one for each week in the month of June. You might have a habit you would like to get under control or one that you would like to add that will improve your lifestyle habit. If you have something you would like to add to this list feel free to do so. Picking one is a great start. YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> No soda <BR> No bread <BR> No alcohol <BR> No pasta <BR> No sweets <BR> <BR> 6 or more bottles of water <BR> ... Tue, 31 May 2016 13:48:48 EST Life After Optifast I was thinking that people who are in the middle of the program might be interested in hearing from those of us who have completed it; our stories might offer some motivation and some hope for the future. Shirley has shared a lot of her own post-Optifast experiences, and I thought I'd chime in too. <BR> <BR> Optifast Experience <BR> -------------------------- <BR> I completed an 18-week Optifast program through a local diet and fitness center. The first 12 weeks were all Optifast. After the ... Sat, 14 May 2016 22:06:50 EST Hello Hi..I'm starting Optifast next week and I'm hopeful and confident. I have never given a serious effort to losing weight but now I must due to mobility issues. I'm finding it difficult to do my job and have no social life. Once I lose 50 I'll go on to Weight Watchers and continue my journey. <BR> Can't wait to not be in pain when when I walk! To fit in any chair! Be able to take a trip on a plane! Walk on the beach and in the sand! Not have to overpay for clothes that look like crap! <em>30... Sat, 14 May 2016 13:42:20 EST Optifast 800 ~ what tastes good/great? horrible? am about to buy week 3 of product. And don't want to buy stuff that is horrible. (My ex is the chicken soup. Ugh). I'd love some input...... Wed, 4 May 2016 16:19:55 EST What makes you a happy Sparker today? Today I am sticking to my shakes and using my nutritional tracker to be a happy Sparker! Sun, 1 May 2016 10:47:10 EST Just Started Optimist First post - sorry if not in right area. Just started.. Today is my third day. Surprised that I am not hungry, but I think about food almost all day. It doesn't help that my wife is of normal weight and is eating regular meals with regular smells. <BR> <BR> Would be curious how people stay focused? <BR> <BR> Also has anyone tried adding non calorie flavors to the vanilla? <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 4 Apr 2016 14:30:38 EST Great link to Dr. Lustig video I'd like to thank AussieGeorge for pointing out this link to a good video where Dr. Lustig discusses the importance of low carb diets for insulin resistant obesity patients. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 3 Apr 2016 09:18:53 EST Want to buy optifast Please I'm looking to buy optifast 70 <BR> If you have any please e mail me <BR> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 20:36:38 EST Struggle post Optifast Is anyone else having difficulty losing weight after they stop taking the product? I really haven't lost any weight since I went off the product after the Christmas holidays. Sun, 20 Mar 2016 17:59:42 EST optifast plateau? Hi. Anyone hit a plateau on optifast. I have been following the plan faithfully. Getting all my water in. Only the allowed amount of caffeine. Measuring food. No cheats. The first 4 weeks I had lost. 2 weeks ago only 4 ounces down and this past week stayed the same. Anyone else experienced anything similar? Any suggestions? Going to talk to the doctor this week to see what he has to say. Sun, 21 Feb 2016 08:40:09 EST Bowel issues Hi every, <BR> Stumbled on this site, looking for a support system. I'm on week 3 and I'm having BM problems (Tmi, sorry!). For the first and second week I would have 2 shakes, 2 bars, 1 soup. And free foods, (kale, spinach, basically a salad with no dressing). I'm on my 3rd week and I still eat have the shakes, bars and soup MINUS the free foods, because I don't feel that urge too eat as much anymore. Since then, I'm having an issue with going to the bathroom. Gah help! I have 2 teaspoons o... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 12:02:11 EST Calorie goals to lose weight after Optifast The question came up of how to know how many calories to aim for once you're done with Optifast, and I promised to share the results of a session on this topic we had in my program last week. As Shirley commented in the chat topic, it's very individual so there's no magic answer, but there's at least a way to calculate a starting point. <BR> <BR> First you need to estimate your resting metabolic rate (RMR). The dietitian who manages our program had a spreadsheet they use, but there are also ... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 17:11:07 EST How did you hear about Spark people? I was planning a vacation in Austria with my family and wanted to lose weight. I didn't want to spend any money because I wanted to save it for the vacation, and when I Goggled weight loss, Sparks popped up. I've never regretted joining as I have had such great support and met so many wonderful friends. <BR> <BR> Now, I've noticed that Spark People is listed as one of the on-line support sites in the Optifast manual written by our clinic. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 10:45:22 EST New Here on week 3 and struggling Hi. I am on my 3rd week. Doing 3 shakes a day and 1 meal. Im really starting to struggle. Ive lost 8 lb so far. The first time in eons ive lost weight. But food is so tempting. Around family who were eating pizza, etc. Id love to eat some chips, but instead just had a shake and am drinking tons of diet orange soda. It feels impossible to stay on this path, but i want so badly to be successful. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 21:29:50 EST Weekly goal My weekly support group encourages us to make weekly goals after each weeks class. Use this thread as a place to track your weekly goal. Sat, 9 Jan 2016 13:00:35 EST Would you ever make your nutrition tracker public? I have made my nutrition tracker public mostly because my daughter who lives in another city is my "diet buddy". A big part of my weight loss journey will depend on my keeping an honest, accurate food journal. I also keep a paper journal, but I find it easy to use the Spark Nutrition Tracker to figure out my calories and nutrients - especially the carbs which I am really struggling with right now. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 13:19:55 EST January Goals for 2016 As the new year approaches, it's important for us to take time to determine what goals are important for us to achieve in 2016. Part of the Optifast program is to determine achievable goals so here is the prefect place to set them down. Sat, 26 Dec 2015 10:13:44 EST What do you do when you're craving something? I have been craving bread/bread-like-foods. I'm on a modified program, using 2 Optifast products a day and 3 healthy, high protein, low carb meals a day. I try to keep to my list of foods as closely as possible, which basically means I don't allow myself to eat a lot of bread. <BR> <BR> The problem is, I've been craving not the taste, necessarily, because I can get things that kind of taste like bready-type foods, but the texture of breads/pancakes/muffins. Maybe once a week, I eat a low-ca... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 14:29:53 EST Blogs?? Does anyone read any new Optifast blogs?? I have read probably 5 old ones that are no longer active and I would love to read from someone who is either at the same point as me or is just a few weeks ahead or even just started this year! I will be halfway through what Kaiser calls "Active Weight Loss" on Wednesday and I think active blogs would be motivational to get me through the last 8 weeks of full fast! Sun, 29 Nov 2015 23:11:47 EST New to Optifast Team Hi! I'm new to this team, but I've been on Optifast since September. I'm doing a modified Optifast diet, which means I use 3 Optifast products a day, with "regular" meals at lunch and dinner. So far, with the weight I lost in the month before actually using Optifast, I've lost 38 pounds! I'm so happy with the success so far! <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose another 35 pounds. I'm a little nervous about the holidays coming up, but I've already made my plan for tomorrow. Any advice or meal recipes... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:54:53 EST How do you plan to get through Thanksgiving? Holidays can be rough for us at the best of times. I'm sure all your clinics are helping to prepare you for the holidays. Have you come up with a game plan and have you been given any tips you'd like to share? <BR> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:34:24 EST What is your favourite form of exercise? Exercise is not optional if we want to successfully maintain our weight loss in the future. For many of us, exercise hasn't been an option due to the difficulties associated with our weight before Optifast. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, we can encourage each other as well as provide useful ideas for exercise that is manageable where we are in our healthy lifestyle journey. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 08:20:43 EST November Goals My main November goal is to start adding some strength training to my exercise program. I am going into my 3rd week of cardio and need to add some light strength for toning. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 08:10:56 EST Eating out - a pretty good option I was in a situation yesterday where I needed to go out to lunch with someone, and it would have been awkward not to eat, or to take a bar or a shake. But I found a good alternative. <BR> <BR> Panera has a low-fat garden vegetable soup with pesto; a bowl has 140 calories. The carbs and fat are the same as the Optifast soups; there's a little too much sodium, but not a huge difference. The main issue was that it has only 4 grams of protein, but you can get them to add a little chicken. You en... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 14:46:17 EST Is anyone else worried about loose skin? I am on week 7 of the program. It is going well, and I am losing slower than I would like, but consistently. Although I am losing slower than many in my "class" I am still losing faster than I have ever done before and am now wondering if I will have loose skin? I've seen some BAD photos on Pinterest that really have me worried. <BR> <BR> Has anyone experienced this problem? Has anyone had it addressed in class? Any info/ideas would be helpful. Mon, 26 Oct 2015 12:14:39 EST Week 2 Day 4 I started the Kaiser Healthy Weight Management Program in Northern California on 10/7. Started on product on 10/14. So technically I'm Week 3 Day 4 I suppose but I find it hard to count week 1 when we really didn't do anything. I was sort of surprised they didn't suggest counting calories or increasing water, but there is a new program director and she seemed super unorganized. Hopefully she figures it out. :-) <BR> <BR> I'm down 11.6lbs on my scale (which is what I'm using as my "offic... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 14:46:37 EST What did you do for your workout today? Walked the loop around our property. plus a 45 min WATP (Walk off 10 lbs) Sat, 24 Oct 2015 14:23:02 EST Ideas for eating on program while on vacation ONEGOALATATIME asked for ideas so she can stay on program during vacation. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 10:44:30 EST September Weigh Ins For now we can do weigh ins in monthly segments. Copy and paste the weekly template below and just click the blue "Edit My Post" button at the bottom left of your post when you want to update your weight for the following week. Feel free to jump in whenever you want. <BR> <BR> <em>125</em> September Weigh Ins <em>125</em> <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: <BR> <BR> Week 1 (ending Sept 5): <BR> <BR> Week 2 (ending Sept 12): <BR> <BR> Week 3 (ending Sept 19): <BR> <BR> Week 4 (ending Oct... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:16:49 EST First timer Hey everyone! On day three and staying strong. How often do you guys weigh yourselves? Sat, 18 Jul 2015 02:15:20 EST Back at it! <em>524</em> Well, this is my 3rd time and you know what they say....third time's a charm! <BR> <BR> I was on Optifast in 1984 or so and lost the weight I wanted, kept it off for 2 yrs and got pregnant. <BR> <BR> I tried it again in 2010 and lost 40# but I cheated. Then I moved, took a medication that put 30# on me in 1 month and here I am today at 236. I am so motivated and ready to finally shed this weight once and for all. <BR> <BR> But I'm not in a program, just buying the product a... Fri, 29 May 2015 15:00:08 EST Introduction Hi, I'll be starting Opti Fast at Kaiser on June 1. Very excited, as I have about 85 pounds to lose. Fortunately, my husband will be doing it with me, so we won't have any food in the house to tempt us. Hoping to find others to share this journey with. Sat, 16 May 2015 00:22:40 EST Food/product questions Hi all. I am wondering if I can make the soup ahead and then reheat it is a tupperware container. The idea of bringing a bowl, whisk and packet to work seems a bit much. If I could do all of that at home and just zap it in the microwave at work that would be ideal, but I wonder if the soup reacts weirdly to this. Has anyone tried this? Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:35:27 EST Start of week 6 Still going strong, almost halfway through the 12 week Full Plan and 41 pounds dropped! <em>334</em> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 23:21:36 EST Flavour Hi getting ready to buy optifast and wondered what flavour is the nicest? Thu, 1 Jan 2015 18:49:48 EST Joining on Thanksgiving?! Hi everyone. <BR> My name is Jennifer and on Tuesday I started the medically monitored Optifast program. My weight has been yo-yo-Ing all of my life and right now I am the heaviest I've ever been. I chose Optifast for the "taking a break from food" aspect so I can re-set and get some initial weight loss going while I step up to gradually reintroducing food. <BR> <BR> Today is day 3 and Ive been very hungry - which I can ignore hunger pains - but towards evening I had difficulty cc entrea... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 03:21:08 EST Just Found You All! Hi My name is Linda. I just started Optifast 3 weeks ago and have lost 28.5 pounds so far. I am doing the program through my insurance company. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:15:40 EST Newbie Hello, <BR> <BR> I am just starting my Optifast journey. I'm on Day 2, and feel pretty good. The only thing I don't like is the aftertaste of the powders... I already feel like I've lost weight, even though I think it's probably just water weight. I plan on walking every day, with a goal of at least 5000 steps per day. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:46:52 EST Optifast and Alcohol I'll bet that I'm not the only person to have wondered if having a bit of liquor would take me out of ketosis (it won't). When I found out that it wouldn't and we had a seriously big reason to celebrate - I decided to go for it. A few scotch & diet Cokes for this Optifaster. <BR> <BR> Worst. Mistake. Ever. <BR> <BR> Now...if you Google this - you're going to find that a lot of people do it all the time - drink while on Optifast - with no ill effects. <BR> <BR> However, it can sometim... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:21:49 EST Intro Hi Guys, <BR> <BR> I have been a SparkPeople member for years but haven't posted in a really long time. I took a travelling job and my diet and exercise routine just disappeared! I tried to start Optifast awhile back but did not stick to it with the traveling. I have started a permanent, non travel job now and am ready to get back to business! I have engaged a personal trainer and am ready to start on Optifast again. I want to have a breast reduction and my insurance companies requires you t... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:28:28 EST Week 3 and Need Opti Friends Ki Ora from NZ I <em>213</em> am 62, 3 wks into the program and have tried every diet there is. <BR> I weighed in at 123kg and am now 118kg. Is this a good weight lose ? I feel a bit alone in my progress and people to talk to about supplemented meals and weight lose and then found this forum ! <BR> I work fulltime, live alone , realise I am a carbo addict, love life and need encouraging friends. I can also give it to others so the relationship wont be one sided. <BR> Thank you for any co... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:11:02 EST 3rd Day on Program Today is my 3rd day on Optifast, my local hospital has a program and I had my orientation appointment on Saturday. The Doctor was amazed that my blood work was so good, I think its because when I am not binge eating I am mostly vegan so things like BP, HDL, LDL, Glucose were all really good despite me being 44 years old and 407 lbs. I only first read about the program a couple of weeks ago and quickly decided to give it a try as a less drastic extreme measure than surgery. They put me on a... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 17:19:14 EST New Here Hello, <BR> <BR> I am encouraged by seeing a couple of recent posts here. I am starting Optifast on Wednesday and would really like to find an active online community to turn to for support. <BR> <BR> I went to an orientation for Optifast a couple of years ago but at the time I could not afford it. However, I now have new health insurance that covers a big part of the cost! So I decided to look into it again. It took quite awhile between my first phone call to get into an orien... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 04:27:42 EST When did you start adding exercise? Maybe I am jumping the gun here since I am only on day 2, but my PA didn't mention exercise right now. I feel pretty cruddy today from hunger and fatigue, so I am not looking to start right now. But I was wondering when you began working out? Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:42:00 EST Just Dance Who has Just Dance? Anyone want to do some sort of Just Dance challenge? You feel silly doing it, but it is a fun way to get some movement in. Thu, 6 Feb 2014 06:12:37 EST Full Fast vs Other Hi I have a question when you are on full fast can you eat anything at all? I have an appointment and was just wondering if anyone wanted to share information. I don't think I can do or want to do a full fast but I am trying to find out the difference between doing something like Optifast and just replacing my meals with protein powder or something like that. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:33:54 EST Cost I was wondering if anyone found a way to purchase the supplements at a lower cost. I havent started the plan yet but looking at the cost gives me pause, I have an appointment for a consultation next week, Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:29:05 EST New to Optifast! I'm starting the shakes on Tuesday and am very nervous -- I need to lose 120 lbs -- I see this as a jumpstart on my journey. A friend of mine has been on it for the last 7 months and he has lost 150 lbs! He had more to lose than I do, but he has been truly inspirational to me and the reason I joined the program. This is the medically supervised program through Kaiser. <BR> <BR> Any tips or words of wisdom from all of you would be appreciated :) <em>521</em> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 14:55:19 EST OPTI CHAT 2014 Hi thought it was time we had somewhere where the regulars could just chat about anything that pops into their heads, random questions, vent or brag about their day etc :-) <BR> <BR> Hope to get some chatting going on :-) Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:24:55 EST Strange Daily Movement Suggestion I just got back from vacation and managed not to gain weight. I was stunned. I was sure I would have gained, but the thing is I was in places where we walked EVERYWHERE and we did so many stairs during our sightseeing it wasn't even funny. If you live somewhere where the are museums and other sites, I really recommend taking the time to go sightseeing as a way of increasing your daily movement. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 07:19:19 EST Tips for Holiday Parties Okay guys, the best way to handle these things is to plan ahead so chime in with your thoughts / ideas / tips for not overindulging at the holiday party. <BR> <BR> 1. Eat (or drink your shake) right before going so that you aren't as hungry. <BR> 2. If it is a pot luck affair, bring something that YOU can eat. <BR> <BR> Other ideas? Tue, 10 Dec 2013 07:16:37 EST Christmas Challenge - Staying on-plan As you may have read on my blog posts, I've been struggling lately staying on plan. <BR> This past weekend I wasn't even consuming my shakes and over the past 3-4 wks have not been able to resolve myself to sticking to my plan. I'm only up a few pounds but with 22 lbs to go, and blood pressure to still bring down, I HAVE to see the numbers going down. <BR> I've come up with a plan to survive the holidays. Have you? <BR> I've come to the conclusion that breaking from Optifast for Christmas ... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 09:02:45 EST Anyone else get bored or tired of shakes? Not sure why but my plan is only shakes, while I see others transition to adding protein..veggies etc. <BR> I'm finding it really hard to stick to shakes only . <BR> I think I would do better to stick to shakes for 3 meals a day and then have one meal per day. <BR> I'm just getting so bored ...anyone else go through this and how did you overcome to continue losing??? I am only about 18lbs away from goal. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:14:56 EST Having a hard time getting out to exercise This past week has just been crazy. My schedule has been off and so has my workout routine. Anybody got any ideas on getting back into it? Sat, 9 Nov 2013 17:15:42 EST Poor choice tonight I managed not to eat any candy -- I bought novelty gum to hand out. Unfortunately, there wasn't much in the house but fruit and the pizza we ordered in for the kids and guests. I ended up having 2 slices. I'm still under 1,300 for the day, but I need to make sure that I go grocery shopping and get normal food in. It's much easier to make good decisions when you can only do the shakes and bars. <em>24</em> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:04:14 EST November Exercise Challenge After receiving my Spark People newsletter this morning, I'm up for an exercise challenge for November and am hoping for others to join me so we can support each other. The newsletter stated a minimum of 10 minutes of exercise every day from November 1 through November 27. Anyone care to join me? I don't think we all need to have the same exercise plan, just make sure that whatever your personal plan is that it includes the minimum each day. <BR> <BR> Please share your personal plan and t... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 10:42:52 EST BLC or Chris Powell Are you guys watching the weight loss shows? I watch BLC, but I have to say I prefer Chris Powell. I feel like I have to go with the one where it isn't a common thing to have the people working out puking. I still find things of use with BLC, but I worry about the speed at which they are trying to lose ... which is impressive since I'm doing optifast. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 22:31:05 EST Bringing the sillies -- ABC of Fitness A is for Aerobics <BR> <BR> B? Thu, 24 Oct 2013 22:25:11 EST Zumba anyone? Just curios if anyone else is doing you gain the morning after? I tend to gain or stay the same.. Mon, 7 Oct 2013 21:44:17 EST Day 5 of Optifast Just wanted to say Hi. I am 5 days into Optifast, and have been religiously following the plan. I have lost 11 pounds already! Don't get me wrong, this is very hard and I am missing my solid food! Looking toward the finish line. <em>30</em> Mon, 7 Oct 2013 12:12:44 EST What Week Are You? I'm almost done with week 8. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:45:37 EST Favorite and Hated Meal Replacement Options My "favorite" is making the Vanilla powder with sprite zero and my most "hated" is the berry bar. They gave me one as a sample and I took two bites and tossed it. <BR> <BR> How about you? Tue, 24 Sep 2013 10:26:34 EST Working out for Less Check into your local parks and rec for classes and for gyms. I joined the parks and rec gym for $192 for the whole year, but they had $102 for 6 months as an option. I can use any of the county parks and rec fitness rooms with that and my daughter can come use the facilities with me when I can get her to go. They are also a great source for decently priced classes and many of them have classes specifically for "plus-size" women. My local one has a plus size pilates and a "beginner's zumb... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:27:16 EST Tell us your secret, silly or petty motivation :) So I am not talking 'health benefits' .. or 'to be there for my children' or etc. <BR> <BR> We all know the true, universal benefits and reasons why we are doing this.... but I've always found it so fun to visualize the 'fun stuff'...I find it really gets me motivated... <BR> <BR> ie. I dream of a big 40th birthday party, where I see people I haven't seen in a while, and I am looking great, wearing a certain outfit, smiling, laughing, hugging <BR> <BR> Dirty dirty sex with my hottie husb... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:28:50 EST 10 Things Most People Don't Know About You So I am a newby here (okay, I am a long-time lurker on SP... but new to this team today!) and I hope I am not irritating everyone, but I am hoping to 'rally the troops' here and get us talking and excited about each other and our journeys. Sooooooo..... <BR> <BR> Tell us 10 things that most people don't know about you. <BR> <BR> If you're a member of this team and active... or not so active on these boards... or perhaps you're a lurker too shy to speak... please join in!! Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:42:01 EST Introduction :) Hi there, <BR> <BR> I am No One.... Yet :) , and today is my first day doing to Optifast full-liquid fast. We all know how it works, so I guess there's no need to go into details. <BR> <BR> I am 39 years old, 2 little rugrats, and a hubby who is supportive, but has never remotely struggled with weight, and so can be a little stand-offish with this stuff (not for lack of caring... but just because I think he's afraid to offend me, embarrass me, or whatever) <BR> <BR> What else might be ... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:36:46 EST Just Started! Hi Everyone, I just started the Optifast program and am on day three! I can't say that the first two days were easy, but I made it through and did not wake with a headache this morning so my body must be adjusting - YAY! I am nervous, but excited to take this journey. Any advice would be welcomed. <em>224</em> Sat, 21 Sep 2013 10:38:15 EST Book Review: Fit2Fat2Fit So I just finished reading Fit2Fat2Fit. I can't comment on Drew Manning's meal plan or workout exercises. That being said, I found this really interesting. Basically, the author is a personal trainer who got tired of being told that he didn't understand by his clients so he let himself gain 75 pounds and then lost it. He was expecting it to be just a physical change and was in for a big surprise. It is really interesting to read about the emotional changes that he went through and how ha... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:44:49 EST 1st time 500 minutes of fitness in a month I just got my "trophy" for 500 minutes in September. I doubt I'll make the next goal by the end of September, but maybe next month. It is certainly a lot more than I did before I started. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:26:04 EST First Day of Optifast Shakes! Hello! I am under the care of our hospital's bariatric clinic and part of the Optifast Program in lieu of having surgery. I've been overweight 27 years of my 39 and am at a critical point - knocking on diabetes door as pre-diabetic which I found about while joining this program. I am tired of being out of breath, in pain, and worried I'm going to have a heart attack. I want o have a better quality of life and learn how to believe I am worth it. I'm keen on the weekly classes that will teach m... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 08:37:33 EST What is your favorite cardio? I've been doing treadmill and/or the recumbent (depending on how my knees are feeling.) I've tried Zumba, but felt too heavy to really enjoy it. I'm hoping to start Zumba again when I'm smaller. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 21:19:58 EST Weekly Weigh In Post your weekly weigh in here so that we can see how your are doing. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 21:17:57 EST Having Trouble? This isn't always the easiest of meal plans. Are you having trouble? Do you have a question? Post here to see if some of us who have been on the plan longer can help you out. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 21:10:03 EST About half way through the Intensive Phase Hiya, <BR> <BR> I'm Amy and I'm on week 6. I did optifast once before, but then got pregnant and pretty much with two kids I got busy and forgot about focusing on me. I'm now just starting week 6 and down 20 pounds. I'm doing great and going to the gym regularly. This is turning into a family endeavor as my husband has gotten on board to try and get healthier since he's seeing me go to the gym now. <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Sep 2013 12:58:17 EST Hoping to get Optifast Team back up and talking Does anyone have any ideas about challenges or discussion points they'd like to talk about here? Sun, 8 Sep 2013 12:55:27 EST Almost at the two week mark I'm almost done with my second week on Optifast. I'm on a modified plan where you have 5 shakes, 5 servings of veg and up to 2 servings of fruit. I'm doing okay so far, but would love to hear from other people who are still fasting. I go back for my end of week two weigh in and visit with the doc. <BR> <BR> Amy Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:30:35 EST Hey Everyone!!! Hi everyone!!! My name is Corilynn and I'm 28 years old from Rhode Island. I am a part-time student as well as a stay at home mom to my 4 year old little girl, the love of my life! <BR> <BR> My live-in boyfriend and I started the optifast program on May 27, 2013. My decision to do this was in hopes of becoming healthier and boosting my energy levels. These past few months have been hell for me especially with the warmer weather and my daughter always wanting to run around outside and play. ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 20:06:25 EST 1st day back on full-fast OK....let's do this again! <BR> After regaining a GOOD bit of the 110 lbs. I lost back in 2009, I am jumping on the bandwagon again. <BR> I'm in the middle of day 1, thinking a little about food, but determined to do this!! I know this works if you follow the program the way it's supposed to be followed. <BR> I am looking forward to being in control again, and finding my way to ONEderland once more. <BR> I am strong and I can do this.....I just have to keep my eye on the goal! <em>9</em> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 17:46:52 EST Newbie on Optifast Hi. I'm a long time SparkPeople person and a new Optifast person. Just finished week one of the program. So far, so good. Would love to hear from other team members about their lessons learned and their solutions to challenges. <BR> <BR> Thanks! MatkaZ in Seattle Fri, 7 Jun 2013 21:52:20 EST Hello, introducing myself Hello, I just wanted to introduce myself. I am on my 5th week of Optifast and have lost 17 pounds so far. I am just looking for more support from others working on weight loss. I still have 69 pounds more to go! Sat, 25 May 2013 23:38:40 EST first week on optifast HELP Hi, <BR> <BR> Just started optifast, doing five shakes a day and drinking 2l of water on top off the shakes, two cups of coffee and two cups of broth. <BR> Lost 3 pounds by day four. I love the shakes and not having to think of food, am not really hungry but am really kranky and moody !! Anybody else experiencing this ?? Tue, 7 May 2013 20:11:11 EST NSV- Non Scale Victory Hello, Opti-fasters <BR> <BR> Today I weighed in and lost 6 pounds this week but that is not all I had my very first NSV <em>334</em> . I am now down to only 2 blood pressure pills a day one at night and one in the morning before I was on 3 might not seem to exciting to some but this is awesome for me those dang pills cost 37 a month. I'm gonna put that money in clothing fund so I can look good when I lose the weight. <em>334</em> <em>204</em> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:15:45 EST Using Weight Watchers after Optifast Has anyone gone on Weight Watchers after completing their Optifast program? I am wondering if there were problems gaining weight when returning to solid food and what point level you started with. <BR> <BR> Thanks for replying! <BR> <BR> Nancy Green Mon, 8 Apr 2013 10:06:33 EST re-starting this week I've done Optifast in the (recent) past but haven't been able to really stick to it for the full 12 weeks. I've been talking (a lot) with my husband and a close girlfriend and I'm all mentally geared up to re-start and stick through 12 weeks strictly on plan. I have a few trips coming up over the next 3 months, but my reasons for wanting to get rid of (not loose, I don't want it to come back) the weight are stronger than anything I may be tempted to eat. <BR> <BR> I could use some support s... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 18:56:15 EST Has anyone had this situation..... Has anyone had a situation where it would rude not to eat? <BR> <BR> I know optifast is really strict, but it's not always practical for everyday life. Yesterday I completely forgot about a work dinner that i just had to go to. I was really good a baked chicken breast halved and salad and a little cake (bosses birthday). total calorie intake about 450. then I went home and worked my butt off....... I only gained .6 back <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Apr 2013 10:03:22 EST Optifast Going Good But......... Hi, Everyone <BR> <BR> I am on week 2 of optifast down 24 pounds and going strong. However I have been having nightmares about losing the weight and having loose skin all over the place. <em>24</em> <BR> A couple of Optifast questions (I'm kinda shy and don't talk much during the meetings) <BR> <BR> How much water to drink is it a gallon or 64 oz? <BR> Does anyone feel Jittery or is it just me? <BR> Tue, 2 Apr 2013 10:22:38 EST I have a question Hello, I am on my second week of optifast and I was away from home and forgot my optifast I was sooooooooooo hungry that i stopped at a gas station and got a slimfast meal bar will this hurt my weigh-in.I am really beating myself up about this, but i was so hungry. Sat, 30 Mar 2013 19:05:08 EST Almost Done With My 12 Weeks I started on 1/4/2013 and my 12 weeks is coming up. I've lost 45 pounds and bought my first pair of size 6 jeans, which I haven't bought in 13 years. I also bought a small blazer too. I feel so good and people can't believe I've lost so much weight. 15 more pounds to go which means I will probably need ad additional 3 weeks. Here have been my lessons. I stalled for more than a week at 8 weeks. I spoke to a trainer and they told me to go out and eat 1 huge meal, which was McDonalds for ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:11:28 EST Too soon for plateau So I know I'm probably just freaking out for no reason, but I'm REALLY invested in this program. I'm on day 10, 5 shakes plus 100 ounces of fluid per day...but my scale hasn't moved in 4 days. I haven't cheated, no solid food or anything caloric aside from 1/2 strength chicken broth and sugar free jello (but only 12 oz of broth and 4 oz of jello a day. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling really discouraged right now. How is it possible that 815 calories a day, plus upping my exercise isn't working? I los... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 13:01:35 EST Started Optifast Yesterday Hello...well, I started Optifast yesterday and I have been starving. 4 shakes and 1 bar per day, along with the water. I did not know if feeling so hungry was normal, so called the doctor today and was told to add a piece of fruit in the evening. I have never weighed this much in my life. It started with oral Steroids and took off from there. <BR> I am hoping that I can talk with others who are also doing Optifast and hopefully, we can support each other! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 23:45:26 EST My Hunband and I just started Optifast program My husband, Tom, and I have been on Optifast only for three days. As background, Tom has bone-on-bone knees and cannot stand well or walk any distance. He is in constant pain. The Orthopedic docs at our Kaiser won't operate on him until he loses 80 lbs or so. <BR> <BR> I, Nancy, have psoriatic arthritis which has pretty much destroyed my left knee and deteriorated my right knee. Once Tom has his surgery on both knees, I intend to get my left knee replaced. <BR> <BR> Desparate times cal... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 19:19:43 EST Introduction Hi guys, I'm new to this group. I first started Optifast when I weighed 312 pounds. The first time I was on it I lost 22 pounds. <BR> <BR> I've started it again about 12 days ago and now I am down another 11 pounds. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:55:13 EST Green Coffee Bean Extract Has anyone tried this while on Optifast? Fri, 18 Jan 2013 21:19:20 EST Day 14, 10 pounds. SO happy that I've made it two weeks and have lost 10 pounds. 175 lbs, 50 more to go. The first week was brutal but doing absolutely great now. I am ok with cooking my three small children 3 meals a day and making me husband a wonderful dinner at night. I am doing Yoga and walking 5 days a week <BR> <BR> The things that help me is lots of hot tea between shakes. I feel like hot liquid takes the hunger edge off, although my hunger has mostly tapered off. I am drinking a gallon of water ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 18:01:41 EST Modified Fast (just starting) Hello everyone, <BR> Has anyone done the modified optifast program? I have finish my medical screening tomorrow and start the modified fast Wed 12/5/12. Just wondering about the kinds of results other folks have gotten. Mon, 3 Dec 2012 06:09:34 EST hello I am returning <em>234</em> this is my second time on optifast. <BR> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 20:44:09 EST Week 6 Burnout? Hey all, just wanted to know if there are optifast veterans out there who might help me figure this out. I'm going into the second half of the 12 week product only segment of the program. I feel out of sorts. I have lost over half the weight I intended when I started. I am very happy about it and do plan to stay the course, but for the past two days I've been out of it. I just feel low energy, blah. I should also say that I'm premenstrual, it's miserably hot and humid, and I just found ... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 13:35:33 EST Just started Hi! I'm 4 weeks in! Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:39:37 EST Help! I know that people are not very active in this group, but I thought I would throw my hat in there anyway. <BR> <BR> I did Optifast last year Jan - March....did well, losing almost 60 pounds. Now, having been off it for a while, I did decent for a little bit, but totally started to slip. Basically, my family's habits haven't changed...I find it really hard and a PITA to cook separate stuff for myself and frankly, just started falling right back into my old habits, eating for pleasure, stuff... Wed, 2 May 2012 15:13:12 EST Hello the team! I am midway through my first week on Optifast and thought I would look for some online support - because I have a feeling that 1 hour of support group a week is not going to cut it with me. <BR> <BR> I am still dealing with the changeover to the liquid diet. My stomach gets to gurgling, and actually starts making me sick when I get too hungry. <BR> <BR> Today, though - day 4 of week 1 - was a breakthru of sorts. I went from 9:45 (just couldn't wait until 11 am!) until 3 pm. I just need t... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 16:55:27 EST Favorite way to mix Optifast Powder? I'm new to Optifast, just finishing my 1st week and I'm curious, anyone who is around, what is your favorite way to mix up the powder? <BR> <BR> So far I've tried: <BR> <BR> diet orange drink + vanilla powder over ice (tastes like an orange sherbet) <BR> 'pudding' made with the chocolate powder and 3 oz. of cold water (not bad, made an 'ok' dessert) Wed, 4 Apr 2012 19:52:27 EST Week 6 Down and 32 lbs down!!!!!! I just wanted to get that off my chest a moment :-) <BR> <BR> Anyone else actively on Optifast right now? <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 11:48:30 EST Helloooo ooooo??? Am I the only one here?? It seems awfully quiet in here! <em>40</em> Tue, 7 Feb 2012 10:43:39 EST Long term optifast users? Hi! I'm in my second week of optifast 800 - six products per day, for 12 weeks, then a 12 week transition period. I am very interested in finding others who have been on it for a while to share stories, ideas, etc. It seems all or most of the posts I find are people starting the program - and then they seem to be gone. :-( <BR> <BR> I would be interested in newbies as well, as long as it isn't just a first post!!!! Is there anybody out there??? Sat, 28 Jan 2012 04:12:34 EST New Member Hi, I am Jennifer and I have been a 'spark person' for a LONG time. My weight has been up and down my entire life. I lost 100 pounds and have managed to regain about 80 of them (over about 2 years). As I age I am finding it harder to LOSE weight and things that worked in the past do not work as easily now (and sometime do not work AT ALL). <BR> <BR> I was put on medication for high blood pressure recently and if I do not get my weight under control I'm in sure that will be just the begi... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 22:35:53 EST Finished week 2 Hello everyone! I (finally) started the fast the day after Thanksgiving. I stuffed myself silly on turkey day and enjoyed every last morsel. From Friday 11/25 to Tuesday 11/29 I lost 9.5 pounds. Tonight is my second weigh-in. I've been on the fast 100% without any cheating although I've thought of food at least a gazillion times. <BR> <BR> At Disneyland yesterday I almost bribed a young boy $20 for his corn dog. It just looked soooo good. This was my first trip to Disneyland withou... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 17:06:41 EST The waiting game It seems ages since I first had interest in doing Optifast. My first class isn't scheduled until Nov 15. I learned that I won't actually start the diet until the following week on Nov 23. Don't they realize that I can seriously put on 20 pounds by then? This wait is also causing me to have second thoughts especially as Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. I REALLY wanted to start the week of Oct 24 when I returned from my vacation. Now I'm losing my momentum. :( <BR> ... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 17:57:43 EST Debbie's Optifast Experience I thought I'd share my Optifast experience. <BR> <BR> Tonight, I saw the doctor. Blood work came back good. 202 total cholesterol, 82 good cholesterol. White blood cell count was a little high - that sometimes signals an infection. However, I have no other symptoms. Doc said not to worry about it. Also, in the urinalysis, my protein count was a little high - which can signal dehydration. Solution, of course, is to drink more water. The verdict from the doc is that I am healthy and can do ... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 18:39:59 EST New Co-Leaer of this team! Hello! <BR> I am the new co-Lead of the Optifast team and am looking forward to getting to know everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm getting ready to start the Optifast program with a hospital in Southern California. It's not my first rodeo with liquid diets, but hopefully it's my last. In my utopian world I'd love to lose 100 pounds. The reality is I would be thrilled with 70. <BR> <BR> I've been overweight most of my adult life. I'm a self-described food whore. I hate to exercise, but feel SO goo... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 16:21:29 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 21 Aug 2011 04:19:35 EST Crstal Light Slurpees Does anyone know if Crystal Light slurpees are ok to drink on the Optifast 70 rogram? I'm halfway through week 4 and a slurpy sounds so good on this hot day. I googled but didn't find anything. Any links would be appreciated <em>304</em> Sun, 14 Aug 2011 19:23:57 EST Daily SparkWheel Points Just post the number of points you got today from the SparkWheel + bonus spin! <BR> <BR> 3+7 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 09:57:54 EST Revamping Our Group Hello 'O' Team! <BR> <BR> It has been a long time since I sent an email out or posted on the Optifast wall. The truth of the matter is that i was a little embarrassed because since the beginning of the year i have lost focus on my goals and gained back all but a few of the 50lbs that I lost. I thought that I was not fit to be your leader, especially since many of you are enjoying so much success. I have many reasons why i fell off the band wagon. I could tell you it was because I starte... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 11:27:25 EST Progress I was just wondering how everyone is doing on their Optifast program OR in transition... and beyond! <BR> I've just started my 6th week on the shakes (12-wk program). I like the chocolate shakes, I'm not a fan of the vanilla. I've lost a nice amount of weight and am still going. I've dropped a pant size and my current pair is starting to ever so slightly slide off me. <BR> I've got some big challenges ahead, including a 3-week trip to Europe to visit family starting next week; 1 wedding (al... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 10:10:13 EST Hello..Any one around? Just stopped in to see how others are doing...I noticed that there has not been any new post in a while. I hope others are doig well. I'm in week 4 of transition. I love it... <BR> <BR> Best wishes to all...Michele Sun, 1 May 2011 11:42:48 EST Just wondering... I am going to try and run the medical and group part through my insurance. The clinic I go to doesn't file insurance on the Optifast side of it. Just wondering if anyone insurance has covered any part of it? <BR> <BR> Thanks Michele Sun, 3 Apr 2011 20:04:11 EST Happy Sunday <BR> <em>67</em> I hope this finds everyone in good spirit. As I sit and drink my wonderful latte-ish shake. I thought I would post an update due to one of my last post was how much I was struggling with the program. I currently in week 11 of phase 1. I'm getting excited but very cautious of getting to transition. My goal has been to lose 1/2 of my original weight. Since that is such a large number, my current goal is the current 10 # bracket that I just entered. In the book Finally... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 09:43:30 EST Hello I thought since I have posted a few times I would take the time to introduce myself. I am currently in week 11 of phase 1. (Full formula). But I really don't like the word formula due to the fact then I start to think of baby formula and I start to choke on my "wonderful shakes". I have to keep telling myself how wonderful they are. I so far started to uncover some of the reasons behind my to my food addictions and have discovered a part of my self that had been buried under so much weig... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 09:27:21 EST MORNING OPTIFAST PEEPS!!! Sorry I've been MIA, still on plan, but have had some personal health issues as of late, on day 34 of my period. Scheduled for a hysterectomy on 4-11, and yes I will still be on program, had to get the approval from the program head and the surgeon, etc.. So I am looking forward to just feeling better on a daily basis!!! <BR> I see we have some new people! <em>334</em> <BR> Almost finished with week nine and I'm just about at 30 lbs lost!!! <BR> Hope you are all doing well and feeling g... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:43:59 EST I feel weak... not my body but my mind. I'm on day 2 and I am seriously doubting myself. I know I need to do this because food has obviously become more than a necessity. It has totally become an obsession. I think once I see some weight come off I'll feel better about this. Any insight? Fri, 18 Mar 2011 12:25:45 EST Optifast Latte ish drink- if anyone is interested Hi All. I just finished my 9th loosing at an ok rate. One of the things I missed the most were my latte's in the morning. Not a huge coffee person but loved a warm drink. Not sure if anyone else is interested. <BR> <BR> I premixed vanilla optifast shake <BR> 1.5 OZ Torani Sugar Free Toffee Syrup (to your taste) <BR> 3.5 OZ of Espresso (to your taste) <BR> <BR> I heat this 1:20 in the microwave. It is really sweet. Not exactly the same...but pretty close. You could expereiment wit... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 08:45:48 EST Hello I am going for my screening on Monday to start Optifast. I am nervous and excited all at the same time. I am 32 years old and I have a two year old daughter. I feel tired all the time and have very little energy once I get home from work. This is a drastic step for me. I weigh 241 pounds but in my head I only weigh 170. I have the opposite of anorexia. I feel thinner than I am. But when I look in the mirror it's horrifying. I have to stop the cycle now! Anyway, I am sure I will need... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 12:04:57 EST Monday Morning - Ck in Hello peeps! Hope everyone is doing okay! Glad to be back at work today, the weekends are difficult for me I stay on track, but I find sometimes I have too much time on my hands! Almost finished with week 6, down 26lbs so far! <BR> Ck in and let me/us know how it's going!!! <BR> <BR> Kel Mon, 7 Mar 2011 10:28:38 EST Monday Morning - Ck in Hello peeps! Hope everyone is doing okay! Glad to be back at work today, the weekends are difficult for me I stay on track, but I find sometimes I have too much time on my hands! Almost finished with week 6, down 26lbs so far! <BR> Ck in and let me/us know how it's going!!! <BR> <BR> Kel Mon, 7 Mar 2011 10:28:30 EST FIRST MONTH ON OPTIFAST ~ DONE! Hello everyone. Finished my first month on Optifast - 20 lbs lost and never to been seen again!!! WHOOT - WHOOT!! How is everyone else doing???? Please let me know how you are faring! <BR> <BR> Kel Thu, 24 Feb 2011 10:44:58 EST Introducing myself Hello - <BR> <BR> I am new to Spark People, but I've heard great things. <BR> I guess you would say I am a veteran Optifaster. I started last February on the modified plan; I weighed in at support group tonight, and I have officially lost 135 pounds! Feeling very successful! <BR> <BR> J Mon, 21 Feb 2011 21:01:22 EST Day 3 *gulp.... does it get easier? Here we go. Day 3 and I feel so worried I can't do it. I keep reading all your posts to see others who are doing it!!! Today I had to go shopping for groceries with hubby at Costco. Now I don't bake, never have. But all of a sudden I wanted more than anything to have a professional Kitchen Aid Mixer. Everything about food at Costco was so interesting to me. I bought cook books and begged my husband for a 300 dollar mixer. (remember I don't bake) I feel like I'm going insane. I won't be able ... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 22:50:36 EST Week one <em>20</em> Day 2. This day was really hard for me. I went out to lunch with my 4 kids, ages 27, 17, 15, 15 and my hubby. They had fondue with cheese, steak, Mahi Mahi, chocolate, fruits, veggies.,.. all my favorite foods. I took a strawberry shake in carton and a chocolate peanut butter bar. I did not even take a lick or a nibble. We had fun and we all laughed because I said over and over how stuffed I felt. I made it but it was really good I took both products with me. It did make me feel ... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 21:36:52 EST Happy Thursday Good morning everyone! Well I don't know how many are still on program...there hasn't been much activity on here lately, but I will catch you up to what I'm doing. <BR> Beginning week 4 today. Was a bit bummed to get on the scale yesterday morning and find it was up almost 3 lbs, (after tracking a 4.8lbs weight loss this week) but considering I started my TOM Tuesday night, I am reminding myself to NOT be discouraged, it's just water weight and will flush out in a few days. <BR> I did my fi... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 11:03:05 EST It's Tuesday!!! Good morning all you Optifasters!!! How is everyone doing? I'm feeling pretty perky today, even tho it's raining and cold outside, I might just stroll around the office to keep my pedometer steps up! <BR> Ending week three tomorrow, I definitely have more energy right now, which is good. <BR> Discovered Diet Snapple Raspberry Iced Tea yesterday - YUM!!! Never been a big iced tea drinker, but was looking for something w/out calories or sodium and was very pleasantly surprised. <BR> Hope eve... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 10:33:44 EST The First 15 lbs! okay couldn't get the picture in here, (dangit) but will try again.......sorry! <BR> <BR> ON my way!!! <em>224</em> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 10:56:48 EST WE CAN DO THIS? Hello all! I hope that everyone is doing great....It has been awhile since I posted, which I know is very poor since I am a team leader but I was a little distracted....and you know distracted is code word for I fell off the band wagon. Let me share a little of what happened. I started Optifast (modified program, 4 shakes and one very small meal of protein and salad) on October 1, 2010 and from that time until the middle of December 2010 I lost 50lbs. I know pretty good right. Well I wa... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 09:33:41 EST Week Two Week two weigh in - down 14.62 lbs!!! <BR> There have been days that are hard and others that it's no big deal.......... <em>24</em> <BR> But I'm going to stick with it!! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone else is finding success and having a great day!!! <BR> <BR> Kel Wed, 9 Feb 2011 14:15:00 EST Monday Good morning Optifast Peeps! Where is everyone, how is everyone doing??? I hope everyone's silence on here is just because you are a bit busy and haven't been struggling too much. Mon, 7 Feb 2011 10:49:50 EST screening Monday I am doing the screening for Optifast at Jewish Hospital center in Cincinnati this Monday. I am scared and excited. <BR> Bev Fri, 4 Feb 2011 16:27:31 EST Week One Weight Loss Week one is done, I have lost 9.4 lbs........... <em>244</em> Wed, 2 Feb 2011 10:15:56 EST Parties and socializing (eating) I am on day 5 and things are going really well. I feel a lot better and I am tolerating (sounds so strange) the products fine. I have already had a couple of experiences that are a little challenging and I am sure there will be more in the future. I have gone to two parties since I started. The first one I didn't know was going to be a party and I was not prepared. It was a bunch of close friends and I eventually told them what I was doing. They knew I was on a diet so they were offerin... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 02:35:36 EST Day 5 - Monday Good morning! Just checking in on everyone! Feeling a better, still a little tired and laggy, but overall, doing okay. I did my first kettle bell workout yesterday, and MAN do I feel it today <em>198</em> . Starting day 5, finding the shakes a bit less yucky, still enjoying the chicken soup. Official weigh in is Wednesday, but I couldn't help myself and sneak'd a peek at the scale this morning and I'm already down 8lbs, so that's quite motivating! Everyone, anyone chime in and let me know h... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 10:35:01 EST day one done! I made it through my fist day. Well, almost made it through - I'm not asleep yet! I feel pretty good. I didn't have too much trouble drinking all the water which was a relief. Not dizzy and no headaches. All in all a very positive day! <BR> How did it go today for everybody else? <BR> Pam Fri, 28 Jan 2011 00:31:21 EST new to spark - starting optifast next week hello, i am new to spark people and I'm not sure where to begin. i figure I'll just jump in and introduce myself. I am 46 (for another week!) and am starting the optifast program through Kaiser next week. last night was the first meeting and we start on product next thursday. i have about 65-80 pounds to lose. Won't know for sure until i get closer what is really the right weight for me. i am excited and looking for support, encouragement and involvement. Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:44:00 EST Help... I'm just started and part way done with week number 1. I'm still thinking what the... did I get myself into? When did most find this to get easier? I can't believe how tired I am most of the time. When will that pass? I hear most talk about how great they feel. <BR> <BR> One day at a time... I CAN do this.... Michele Tue, 18 Jan 2011 18:11:44 EST Fear of the next I have lost 44 pounds so far and have about 25 to go. I feel great and look great too...but I am worried about eating real food again and maintaining. That is why I wanted to jump back onto SPARK again because I will track my shakes and soon food...then exercise...but gotta get into the habit of entering food eaten and exercise as well. Is there anyone out there who has made the transition to food? ANY thoughts....? <BR> <em>9</em> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 00:02:09 EST Hi! Started Optifast last week With San Diego Kaiser--using Optifast 70 products. <BR> <BR> We just started "on product" this past week for the full fast on a 20-week cruise. So far...I'm amazed to report it hasn't been so bad, and I feel pretty good (3rd day! :) <BR> <BR> Lots of people in my group with New Year's resolutions, and I think we're going to make it this year. <BR> <BR> I'm going to try to check in here once a week, and see how you all are doing too. <BR> <BR> have a great weekend, and keep on drinking th... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 14:41:47 EST Starting Soon - Looking for Advice Hi there. It's hard to gauge how many active members are on here because I see many older dates listed. I went to the Kaiser Medical Weight Management Orientation and I'll be starting towards the end of this month. I'm starting the 82 week program. The first phase will be consuming only Optifast for 5 months. I also just got back on here after being a way for several months. I'm hoping I can combine what worked for me here with the new program I'm starting. I need all of the encouragement I c... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 02:16:08 EST Hello - Day 1 Good morning all. I just started Optifast plan this morning. I have heard a lot of success stories and some not so successful stories regarding Optifast and I plan to be a success! Might be a little crazy to start right before the holidays but no time like the present - there is always going to be a holiday or event so I have to learn how to get through them. <BR> I would love to hear some of your stories on how you made it through the first week or so of this plan. <BR> I have 55 lbs to ri... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 08:02:01 EST A Little Embarrassing but...... Hello fellow Optifast users! i have a question that i thought that I would never ask, but I figure if i am going through it then maybe you are too. I have been on Optifast for about 9 weeks. I am only on partial Optifast, which means that I have four shakes and a small meal usually salad and chicken or fish, but lately I have been not so "regular" <em>24</em> The shakes does not have any fiber in them at all so my clinic suggested i add benefiber to my shakes or water. Has anyone had ... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 11:37:24 EST Newbie Hi! <BR> I was very happy to find this group. I am enrolled in the Kaiser Permanente Weight Loss program. I am currently in week one scheduled to start product 11/15/10. That date is the first day of my trek to the new , healthier me. I was put on a 7 product/day plan until my BMI drops a few points, then I will be down to the 6 products/day standard for the program I'm enrolled in. The first 15 weeks are only product, with food phased back in weeks 16 -20. The program continues with suppor... Sat, 13 Nov 2010 00:50:09 EST Discouraged Hey, I'm on my 7th week of Optifast. At my last week's weigh-in, I'd lost 26.8lbs in 6 weeks. The numbers all look good, but suddenly I'm feeling totally there's no end in sight and I'm just going to fail like I have so many times before. I'm worried about self-sabotage. I'm not sticking to 5 products a day like my clinic would like me to. I'm straying daily- sometimes by just 100 calories and sometimes by many more. Any ideas on how I can maintain focus and stay posi... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 20:14:17 EST 1st Week Weigh in 1st week check up at the doctors office, lost 16.1 lbs. More then I had hoped for. Maybe this program is going to work! Tue, 28 Sep 2010 06:57:40 EST New to group Just joined the group today, And just finished my 2nd day on optimist. Going better than I expected. Thu, 23 Sep 2010 21:20:31 EST never mind :) never mind:) Mon, 16 Aug 2010 17:00:20 EST Currently on Optifast? Who is a current & active member on the Optifast program? <BR> <BR> How long is your program? <BR> What week are you on? <BR> How much have you lost? <BR> Best tip or words of wisdom to share? Thu, 5 Aug 2010 10:44:32 EST Optifast Recipes?? Does anyone have recipes to share? Shakes and/or soups that don't have added calories? Tue, 3 Aug 2010 19:29:13 EST unopened case of chocolate Hey guys! I have decided to do weight-watchers now and I have a un-opened case of chocolate shakes (powder). There are 84 packs and I really need to sell them asap!! If you or anyone you know wants a good deal go ahead and email me. Wed, 28 Jul 2010 05:54:43 EST Problems Traveling with Optifast???? Good Morning Team. Has anyone had any problems when traveling with their Optifast Product? All of my trips since being in the program have been by car and train. I am flying out to see my family on Thursday 7/22 and wanted to know if anyone had trouble with certain products either as a carry on or being packed in their bag. I pick up my next week of supplement on Wednesday 7/21 and will be gone for the whole week. I'm trying to figure out what to order. Thanks for you help in advance. Sun, 18 Jul 2010 12:44:01 EST chicken soup I'm on week one. How can you make chicken soup taste better? <em>249</em> Fri, 2 Jul 2010 21:12:02 EST I'm new , First time for Everything Hi everyone wanted to introduce myself. Just officially started on the program TODAY (w/ product) so far I am trying reallllly hard because i want my toast and eggs. <em>46</em> Anyway if you have any tips let me know please and thanks Have a good day Thu, 27 May 2010 14:35:13 EST Life After Optifast?!?! So today I weighed in and I close to my goal (only 38 lbs to go) and I began thinking about life after Optifast. I have spoken to many people in the clinic when I go that have been on the program several times to me this would be my own personal nightmare (not that I don't like the program but simply that I haven't changed enough not to need it). <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts? Are you living life after Optifast yet? How close are you? Have you thought about it? Fri, 21 May 2010 04:15:16 EST Starting June17 Hi Everyone, I was so happy to find this team! I am starting Optifast on June 17th. Are there any tips anyone has prior to starting? <BR> <BR> Can't wait to start! <em>30</em> Tue, 18 May 2010 12:45:20 EST What does your Opti plan look like? I noticed that there haven't been any postings this month, so I wanted to check in and say hello! <BR> <BR> I started Optifast two weeks ago, and it's going great so far! <BR> <BR> Are others doing the full fast? Are you having a small dinner? Are you eating the meal replacement bars? <BR> <BR> I was doing just the shakes, but I’m lactose intolerant, and despite taking the lactose pills, it just wasn’t agreeing with me. While I wait for the meal replacement bars to come in, I’ve c... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 11:45:08 EST How do I...... Get the weight loss tracker everyone seems to have at the bottom of their posts. I wanna track!!! =) Sun, 7 Mar 2010 23:21:30 EST I'm new! Hi Everyone! Just joined Spark People.I hope I'm posting right, never tried it before. I was excited when I saw that there was a group for people going through optifast. I have been on program for about 3 weeks and I have lost about 15lbs. I have never given my body a chance to loose weight can't wait to loose this weight, then use all the great tips and tools here to continue to loose. Anyways, good luck to everyone! Hope everyone is having a great OP week! Sun, 7 Mar 2010 22:36:59 EST Hello Hi Everyone! <BR> I had my first appointment for all of my blood work yesterday, I meet with the Dr on Monday Evening and I officially start the diet on Tuesday. Glad to find this group before I started. Thu, 25 Feb 2010 10:47:16 EST How many days have you been on your new lifestyle I started 9/1/09. I am on day 153 by my best calculations. <em>312</em> Sun, 31 Jan 2010 20:30:45 EST Where is everyone? I'm struggling, and I miss this team! Fri, 29 Jan 2010 21:16:45 EST How Do You Stay on Track During Holiday Seasons? Because of my religious beliefs, I don't celebrate traditional holidays. I do, however, get caught up during the seasons with the over eating, spending too much money, not being able to stay on track with my journaling, tracking my foods and drinking my water. What do you do to maintain control or what helps you to stay on track? Sun, 13 Dec 2009 15:49:47 EST Hello, thanks for having me! I'm new to the Optifast program, as of November 10th. My friend told me about SparkPeople and I have found it to be a great tool and resource for my data collection. <BR> <BR> I appreciate meeting and talking with others online, and I have a supportive group of friends that I meet with in a group on Tuesday evenings. I hope that we can all continue to support one another for this journey. <BR> <BR> Thank you and I look forward to chatting with you! Tue, 1 Dec 2009 14:00:29 EST Symptoms anyone? The last 3 days I've been kind of dizzy, and today I'm nauseated and really really crabby. (I have been sort of irritable lately, but I tend to be a bit on the impatient side anyway :) . I'm thinking I'm fighting some kind of virus, I don't tend to get sick, I just tend to be a little bit slower. But has anyone else noticed this as an Optifast side effect, just out of curiosity? <BR> <BR> I did just get my thyroid rechecked because it was low, and on meds it's just right; and otherwise I'm... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 13:38:27 EST How is it going for you? Hi everybody! I just wanted a place where we could share our struggles with Optifast. I have been on the Optifast plan for almost a month and have given in 2x in that time. I keep beating myself up for it! Has anyone else eaten REAL food since they began Optifast? Some days I just feel like going crazy and tearing through my cupboards!!! Thanks everybody! Fri, 16 Oct 2009 13:19:01 EST Optifast Loser Challenge Week 1 9/28-10/4 Get us going MissCleo! Remember, pick ONE goal for this challenge to count toward being the biggest loser. The rules for this challenge are in the original thread: Up for a challenge? And this is the first official week so your goal will have to be met in order to be a contender for the biggest loser. <BR> <BR> Best wishes everyone! <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Sep 2009 23:11:25 EST Up for a challenge? So I weighed in on Friday, and found I had only lost a pound. I also splurged too many times this past week. With that said, I have a great idea for a biggest loser challenge here within the group. I think it's too late to start this week, but we can shoot for next week depending on feedback. If nothing else, this week can be a trial run. <BR> <BR> The Rules: <BR> 1) Must post current weight and 1 goal for the week on start day. e.g. must drink ___ oz. of water or get ___ hours of sleep or... Sat, 26 Sep 2009 21:31:21 EST Share your successes!!!!! I was thinking how much I'd love to hear more from people on this board. And I was thinking how much I really like this topic on one of my other boards. So I was hoping people would share things that are happening for them! <BR> <BR> One success I had today was I went to a festival and a lady was making lefse right in front of me. Oh it looked so good and I've never had fresh lefse. But I told myself I could have some another time when I can work it into my plan. Right now it's not on m... Sat, 19 Sep 2009 23:25:05 EST What Exercises Are You Doing? As you might know I really like the water exercises these days. <BR> What are you folks doing? I'm looking for new ideas <BR> <em>38</em> <em>30</em> <em>246</em> <em>252</em> <em>237</em> Wed, 16 Sep 2009 09:12:10 EST Hellloooooo? anyone out there? LOL Mon, 14 Sep 2009 23:10:39 EST Grrrrr I ate off plan today. It was the furthest thing from my mind and then I went ahead and did it. I am so irritated with myself. OK now I've said it. The secret's out. I just need to get back on plan. Anyone else done this? My plan was to do this all perfectly. Guess I'm not perfect, or even close. I'm just hoping I'm not hopeless :( I did send an email to the clinic director to find out the best way to get in touch with the dietician. OMG I don't want to tell anyone in real life, hard ... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 18:42:09 EST Sharing The Food Tracker I figured out that I could edit the Spark Page to show the foods that I'm eating. In this case, It's the Optifast Combinations that I'm eating daily by each meal. You access this by going to the bottom of the page, below member comments. Not much in the fitness section lately, but I'm keeping track of the Optifast. <em>91</em> <em>478</em> <em>194</em> Sat, 5 Sep 2009 13:57:35 EST Exercise When I started, I was told not to exercise. (I'm pretty active all day long though). They told me it would actually reduce my metabolism. What has everyone else been told? I love to exercise, just have been limited because I've been so busy eating :( Fri, 4 Sep 2009 17:14:46 EST Comments about Day 5 Our Optifast group met this morning--means a 1 hr drive each way for me--but I really enjoyed it. There were 3 of us. I gave both of them my email address and phone number. I'm kind of bummed I haven't gotten a reply from any of the 3 Optifast YahooGroups I asked to join. I left group feeling really hopeful that I would get the tools and the help I need to continue, but this afternoon I'm feeling a little more worried about my resolve. I'm so glad I don't have to worry about meal planning... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 18:21:08 EST Thank you Lis!!! I just read your blog, I love it! I love your honesty and I can so relate to you! I'm on day 4 of optifast and yesterday sucked I was so irritable. I was starting to think I was better off eating if I was going to piss everone around me off :) including my poor husband. So reading that day 3 is notoriously bad was so helpful, I felt like maybe I'm not crazy after all. I've had a hard time finding others doing optifast, except here! I would so love to have a group--I have my first in-p... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 18:19:14 EST Experiences with Transitioning and Maintenance I'm in transition from Optifast. This week we added the last food group - breads/grains. I've been following the program w/o slips but I had a pizza incident this week. No where near as much as I would have eaten before Optifast, but my first slip. I do find I am hungrier since adding breads and fruits. Sun, 30 Aug 2009 00:25:31 EST Emoticon Your Day I see this in other groups, and thought it might be fun. We'll see! Either way we need some activity in here. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>91</em> <em>102</em> <em>213</em> Sat, 29 Aug 2009 16:06:46 EST Any Optifast Recipes to Share? I'm in my 4th week of Optifast! I'm wondering if anyone has any recipes they are using to get through the boredom of having the same foods each day. If so, please share with the rest of us. Sun, 9 Aug 2009 19:35:15 EST starting today destination wedding in December. Bought the dress 2 sizes too small. I know I can do it. Any tips?? Fri, 31 Jul 2009 19:42:56 EST Week Zero So glad to find this team .. I have been a sparkpeople member for years. This is a new adventure in my weight loss. <BR> <BR> My name is Leisa. I am 52, married recently to a man that was raising his 4 granddaughters. Instant Nana!! <BR> They are 6, 7, 8, and 12. <BR> <BR> I retired from the state of Louisiana and so did my husband. We moved to my roots in Mississippi after a 32 year detour to start our new life. I went back to work for my sister. I suffer with Fibromyalgia and Ch... Mon, 20 Apr 2009 21:41:44 EST Looking for "pointers" I am in my third week of Optifast, on a twelve week program. I am doing well, but I definitely feel like I have moments of stress and struggle. This weekend has been particularly hard, because we have come to my families house for a visit. My whole family is overweight and trying to lose, but when we all get together, it is so hard to focus on being healthy. This house is all about food and it seems no one is ever on the same page. One person is falling off the wagon, when others are sti... Sun, 15 Mar 2009 12:14:08 EST Questions ? Answers ! If you have an Optifast question, This would be the place. IF I don't have the answer, I will get it for you. If you have Optifast experience feel free to jump in a discussion and join the Team. Thu, 15 Jan 2009 19:58:44 EST