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Old 09-12-2010, 10:51 AM   #121
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Thank you AnnK and lins, I am a very social active person so I figured I had to through myself into the fire as far as going out and bars go. Can we have the singles or crystal light or Iced tea packages, because I was thinking I can bring those out with me and change it up instead of having straight water to sip on.

-loyemarie- I was a straight carb eater to, if I would make different pastas every night,
pizza, italian sandwhiches, I understand.

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Thank you AnnK and lins, I am a very social active person so I figured I had to through myself into the fire as far as going out and bars go. Can we have the singles or crystal light or Iced tea packages, because I was thinking I can bring those out with me and change it up instead of having straight water to sip on.

-loyemarie- I was a straight carb eater to, if I would make different pastas every night,
pizza, italian sandwhiches, I understand.

Kelly4me- you can do it!

Today is my third day and checking my keytone tomorrow, fingers crossed
You should be able to have those single serving packs. I used them all along and still do. I also found some really tasty ones from Ocean Spray that are a little higher in calories (20 for the whole pack-16oz) but are really good for a sweet tooth! Good luck!
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About the 128 ounces of WATER. I have always gotten in the 128 of water every day...even now...anything else is additional...at least for me. I have completely eliminated soda of any kind, did that at least 5 years ago. Still have my two cups of coffee. And PoweradeZero. Sometimes the Crystal light (Kroger Hydration equivalent).

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Question: where do ya'll get the sublingual B12?
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new treat

I absoultely low chai tea. I haven't had any since I started Medi. This morning I mixed 1/2 oregon sugar free chai with my Jay Rob chocolate shake and 8 oz of almond milk. I also added ice. It was so good, I can't wait to make it again tomorrow. What a treat iced chia tea. Who knew?
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I just purchased some from CVS.
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I get it at Target for about 7-8 dollars for 50. It's 2500 mcg. You can get it at most any pharmacy. I have seen it at Kroger, CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, etc. I just buy it at Target because I find it least expensive and it doesn't contain sugar. I saw one brand (I think at Kroger) that contained sugar. I believe Netrition also sells it.
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I get it at Target for about 7-8 dollars for 50. It's 2500 mcg. You can get it at most any pharmacy. I have seen it at Kroger, CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, etc. I just buy it at Target because I find it least expensive and it doesn't contain sugar. I saw one brand (I think at Kroger) that contained sugar. I believe Netrition also sells it.
Thank you so much, Charlene! I'll head to Target this week.
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Vit B and Vit B12 is water soluble. So I take one sublingual Vit B12 daily, + my regular vitamins, + an extra Vit B/C combo....that's just me though since I've been building up my immune system with all my allergy stuff. And I get the injections (both) when I go to the clinic.
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Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! The Race for the Cure is coming up in less than 2 weeks here....a couple of girlfriends from church plan to jog it with me now! I'm so encouraged that several of us have just this year taken up jogging and now plan on this 5K and one in October also. How exciting to have accountability with exercising!
Again yesterday AM I jogged my 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 miles route without stopping. I need to stretch it out in the next week since a 5K is 3.3 miles.
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Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! The Race for the Cure is coming up in less than 2 weeks here....a couple of girlfriends from church plan to jog it with me now! I'm so encouraged that several of us have just this year taken up jogging and now plan on this 5K and one in October also. How exciting to have accountability with exercising!
Again yesterday AM I jogged my 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 miles route without stopping. I need to stretch it out in the next week since a 5K is 3.3 miles.
It's in about a month here and I am participating. I have done plenty of charity walks and "runs" but hopefully I can actually run the whole thing this time. I have never been a runner but I have built up more "resistance" or whatever, when it comes to cardio. Usually I can hardly breathe halfway through. My hope is to finish somewhere in the middle of the pack. Oct 16! Maybe I should do some practice running before hand. I did the AHA Heart walk on Saturday and actually had to walk because my 3 1/2 year old did it with me and those of you that have kids can appreciate the novelty of trying to get a 3 1/2 year old to pay attention for that long.
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I've been walking the Race for the Cure for over 17 years I think, and always planned to jog it the "next year," and never did what I needed to in order to be really ready. Then came on all this weight. Now I've built up my endurance and I'm going for it! Jerry Biggars goes to my MWL clinic too and he is going to join me in the "race"! I have SO much to be thankful for as a survivor since my surgery July 2007! I'm so glad you'll be supporting the Race for the Cure too!!
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I was a little down in the dumps about my loss this week: only .8 for a total of 16.2 in 8 weeks (but 53 lbs since my highest). Then I got the stomach flu for the last 3 days and have been in CONSTANT pain everytime I eat. I haven't had any bread/carbs ANYTHING, but was very very tempted because it seems like that's what you should do when you get a GI bug like that. I was feeling a little better today, so I decided to go to the mall "just to look".

And I just have to share my good news from today!!

For the first time in about 5 years, I went shopping in a NON plus-sized store. I bought a fall coat in a PETITE MEDIUM! I bought pants in sizes that do NOT end in "teen"!

I sobbed in the dressing room. The very nice sales lady in Ann Taylor LOFT gave me hug and told me she was proud of me. It was surreal.

So I feel renewed. I was going to quit. I said "8 weeks and that's it". But I am going to stick with it. Because 16 pounds in 8 weeks is still more than I ever lost on WW, and 53 overall is like TWO of my toddler... not too shabby!

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Congratulations Sara! If I could I'd give you a hug too!! Stick with it! Even if the LBS don't come off week to week you just proved to yourself that you are losing inches! Something I did every other month was have someone take a photo of me from behind wearing my jeans and a black bra. It's right there where I cannot lie to myself....I see the difference. And when it got to be a 35 lbs loss for me I could BREATHE the difference....I felt so much better! Now 53.6 lbs lighter it is amazing that I could even work a 12 to 14 hour shift carrying around that much extra weight -- but I did it for years! No wonder I used to ache everywhere!! Not anymore! It's more than a size or a number on the scale. You are owning your future by the choices you are making today! I think that will be my new quote! I just came up with that and I think it sounds pretty profound! :blush:
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REALLY stressed this evening. My main computer has been infected with a virus! Both my DH and my sister in law (who has moved in with us) have been on this computer. I have 2 different virus protection programs (AVG, and Malwarebytes) but this is one of those virus' that pops up and says the computer has been infected then tries to sell you THEIR anti virus program! This one is nasty and won't allow me to run either of my programs, or download a new one. I'm afraid I'll have to erase my hardrive to get rid of it. I really can't afford to lose everything.....well I do have some things backed up. SO anyway be careful what you open or download on your computer.
Usually being this stressed (and pissed off) would have sent me right to the fridge to eat, but today I didn't have a bit of trouble staying on program! SCORE 1 for me!
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Sara congratulations on the shopping trip. It's an amazing feeling. Keep up the good work!!!

I either have really bad allergies (which is unusual for me), or I am getting sick. I feel awful. My head is killing me, and I have dranage, and just feel like sleeping. I'm just dragging. I didnt' feel like eating anything this morning, but I did make a peanut butter protein shake and managed to get half of it down. I am a big baby when it comes to being sick.
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feel better lins.... drink a ton of warmmmmm chicken broth Always makes me feel better when I have a cold.

Im on a cabbage kick recently, I really want to make stuffed cabbage but even the light recipes call for brown rice. Does anyone have any ideas of what I can substitute for rice?
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I just want to share my "feeling good" state of mind. I was invited to the wedding in October and it will be a fancy place though the wedding is at 1 o'clock. Such invitation used to depress me a lot because of the dreaded shopping for an outfit and looking in the mirrow and hating what I see. Let me tell you how different it was this time after losing 101 lb. Practically everything I selected fit me, the hardest part was to decide what I like best. I ended up buying a size 10 very nice fitted short dress and it is not black! All the struggles, ups and downs with this diet are definetely worth it.
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[QUOTE=msawhitt;13881617]I have been at this for a month now, and got one shot on my first visit but had the same thought as you and stopped. I've been doing fairly well, but after I got sick 2 weeks ago I started getting the B shot and have noticed a difference. It really seems to help my mood, energy, and cravings, and it helped me get over being sick very quickly. I went on a trip last weekend, and am headed on vacation next week, and adding the extra shot (I feel, anyways) gives me a bit of a boost, like a little added security. I look at it as: I am already investing so much into this, why not give it everything? I am easily saving $80 a week in what I used to eat at home/ eat out/drink, so when you consider that $10 is like 1-1/2 fast food meals (which I'm sure almost all of us were guilty of "before") which I found the money for before, I think I am going to continue taking them until I start transition (I only get this one once per week). Just my mental thoughts on it right now : )QUOTE]

Do you find that the supplements from Walmart work just as well as the medi ones? My DH says don't change anything that you know is working. I do think I will start getting the B1/B6 shot once a week to help with energy though. Thanks for helping me with this. Have fun on your vacation.
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sshals-what a wonderful post. Isn't it wonderful when it clicks for you and you just feel at peace with the WOE. Not that you won't have struggles, but you just understand what you've got to do from here on out. It is a mental thing and getting past that barrier will make a world of difference.

Debbie thanks for the advice. I think I am past the plateu now. I have lost a pound this week, and have been maintaining it for a few days now. I am on Week one eatting until tomorrow and was in trace ketosis as of this morning. YAY! I have a feeling I will see 129 next Friday at my appt. And if I do, she will put me up to 1000 calories. She said she would keep adding 200 calories every week or so, until I reached 1400, unless she saw that I was gaining again. I really feel at peace with the plan I am on right now, and I can already see results.

Here is my challege to everyone today. Make sure to get the full 128oz of fluids today. I personally try to make 64 oz of that straight water, then I usually drink a 32oz powerade zero on top of that, and I usually also drink a diet Dr. Pepper. But I start each day with just water. I get my "treat" of diet soda after I get my 64 oz of water in for the day. That has helped me get my fluids in, and I can tell on weeks that I do well in this area, I do well in the eating as well.
Thanks for the challenge. I think that is a good way of doing the 128oz. every day. I love the Poweraide Zero's.
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Hi everyone, I had my initial appointment at Medi, this past thursday and I started on Friday, and boy it was not easy. I had a get together at a bar with high school friends that couldn't make our ten year reunion. It was hard, however I attended with my best friend who I told that I went to medi and the plan and I can not drink etc. She was really supportive the whole night, making sure I was feeling ok, had water and no one pressured me to be drinking or have the bar food. We were out pretty late and I managed through it. I am so focused, I WILL NOT go off program lol!

These forums are really helpful to me, the support looks so great. I can say after just being on the plan for a day and a half, I have to applaud you all for doing the plan.
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Hi everyone. I'm on day 16 today, but I sort of feel like I'm starting back at day 1. I picked a lousy time to start Medi, but it was the day that I learned enough to have the courage to pick up the phone. In the past two weeks, I've spent the night in six different cities, with tons of hotel time. I did really well the first week (-10.9 lbs) when I had a kitchen in the room and lots of control. This past week was much more difficult. I was a guest in a friend's home and I didn't have a car. We ate in a lot of restaurants. (These trips were planned way before Medi was even a thought). I didn't gain any the second week, but I don't think I lost any and I did work very hard to make good choices when I had to pick from menus. It made me painfully aware of how many calories I would have been taking in in the past. It was scary!

One of the hardest things for me was keeping up with all of the pills. I've set alarms on my phone and today I got a seven single-day pill box with 4 sections for each individual day. I went from taking no medications at all to all of the Medi stuff, plus my new thyroid medication and Biotin to try to slow down my hair loss. It seems like every time I turn around I'm stuffing another pill in my mouth.

I also wasn't so great about drinking all of my water. I've missed one appointment and two interim shots. I did pick up some sublingual B12 while I was on the road to help keep my energy up. I'm going to do my interim shot on Tuesday and then do my regular appointment on Friday (week 3).

One of my hardest things going forward is going to be meal planning. My son is gluten/casein (dairy) free, my husband is a carb-o-holic and I need to be high protein/fruits and vegetables for life. From my reading this week, it seems that this way of eating is a perfect match for my thyroid needs - it must have been destiny! I am concerned about the thought of making three different meals every night. I've already been making 2 and 3 seems like insanity. I'm going to have to research different menus that we'll all accept and then tweak by adding certain things for each person. Hopefully I'll be able to balance that out. Does anyone else deal with kind of meal juggling?
You CAN do this. As for the eating plan I think finding what will work for you and modifying it for your family can work. My family is eating basically the same thing as I am but they still get all the bread and things like that. We just have to stay strong and fight this fight to win!
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I was a little down in the dumps about my loss this week: only .8 for a total of 16.2 in 8 weeks (but 53 lbs since my highest). Then I got the stomach flu for the last 3 days and have been in CONSTANT pain everytime I eat. I haven't had any bread/carbs ANYTHING, but was very very tempted because it seems like that's what you should do when you get a GI bug like that. I was feeling a little better today, so I decided to go to the mall "just to look".

And I just have to share my good news from today!!

For the first time in about 5 years, I went shopping in a NON plus-sized store. I bought a fall coat in a PETITE MEDIUM! I bought pants in sizes that do NOT end in "teen"!

I sobbed in the dressing room. The very nice sales lady in Ann Taylor LOFT gave me hug and told me she was proud of me. It was surreal.

So I feel renewed. I was going to quit. I said "8 weeks and that's it". But I am going to stick with it. Because 16 pounds in 8 weeks is still more than I ever lost on WW, and 53 overall is like TWO of my toddler... not too shabby!

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REALLY stressed this evening. My main computer has been infected with a virus! Both my DH and my sister in law (who has moved in with us) have been on this computer. I have 2 different virus protection programs (AVG, and Malwarebytes) but this is one of those virus' that pops up and says the computer has been infected then tries to sell you THEIR anti virus program! This one is nasty and won't allow me to run either of my programs, or download a new one. I'm afraid I'll have to erase my hardrive to get rid of it. I really can't afford to lose everything.....well I do have some things backed up. SO anyway be careful what you open or download on your computer.
Usually being this stressed (and pissed off) would have sent me right to the fridge to eat, but today I didn't have a bit of trouble staying on program! SCORE 1 for me!
Mary, Good job not losing it because of your computer. I have had the same type of virus on my computer before and my sweet DH had to reload everything. It's crummy but sometimes that happens. Good luck getting your computer fixed.
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I just want to share my "feeling good" state of mind. I was invited to the wedding in October and it will be a fancy place though the wedding is at 1 o'clock. Such invitation used to depress me a lot because of the dreaded shopping for an outfit and looking in the mirrow and hating what I see. Let me tell you how different it was this time after losing 101 lb. Practically everything I selected fit me, the hardest part was to decide what I like best. I ended up buying a size 10 very nice fitted short dress and it is not black! All the struggles, ups and downs with this diet are definetely worth it.
irabeslim, I am so in awe of your stats. That is awesome to have lost so much since January. I would love to know your success tips! I would like to lose at least another 25-30 lbs. by Christmas time.
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I just got to change my avatar to 60lb club!!! Then I spent the last 2 days hitting different Goodwill and St. Vincent de Paul store looking for some nice clothes to tide me over until I reach goal and can really build up my wardrobe. I couldn't believe the deals I found. I spent under $50 and got 5 Chico's tops, 2 above the knee skirts and the best was a size 10 Banana Republic gray slacks.
I ended up at TJ Maxx to get 2 tops so I had complete outfits and spent $25 on just 2 simple tops. Finally, some different clothes to wear!! Today was a good day.
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Start Date: 12-28-09; restart 02-07-14
Losing in Ftm - Congratulations! Isn't it fun to go shopping now? I am not ashamed to be shopping at our "upscale Goodwill" I call it. It does not seem like a thrift store at all, though I have gone to those in the past too as I used to put myself last $ wise because I didn't think I was worth putting out all the cash for a size I wasn't proud of wearing. But now, with transitioning through different sizes it makes sense and it's so nice to give back to the establishments that helped me along the way to reaching my goal. Going into regular stores now I am fitting into clothes easier. Today I even bought a new size 4-6 swim top halter--no rolls to hide--that is amazing to me. Burning fat in this WOE has been taking off the inches. Stay with it friends! Nothing else has been this helpful to me!

Lins - Hope you feel better soon. I've discovered that while being in the acute phase I had limited foods because of the prescribed WOE, and now going into transition my body is complaining about foods that have corn/corn syrup/corn whatever in them. Medi has made me discover more about food allergies I've been suffering from and had ignored in the past, so I had continued to assault my body because I didn't know what feeling "good" felt like....now I know and I want to keep myself healthier as a good steward of this vessel I'm walking around in here on earth! You take care, friend.
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Old 09-13-2010, 01:41 PM   #149
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irabeslim, I am so in awe of your stats. That is awesome to have lost so much since January. I would love to know your success tips! I would like to lose at least another 25-30 lbs. by Christmas time.
Thank you, Stephanie. I am still in disbelief myself that I managed to lose all this weight in 7.5 months and 87lb of it is FAT. I am 6 lb from the goal and they are the most difficult pounds to lose. Looking back and analyzing what helped me, of course, is the program itself with AS, shots, supplements and accountability (knowing that I need to be weighed-in weekly). Then my execise plan. I was doing 1 hour of high-intensity cardio (eliptical, stationary bike, treadmill working uphill or brisk walking in the park) 6 times a week and 5 times a week weight training (30 min). 3 months into the program I got extremely bored with the food I was eating and started to slip and then I found this site with all the support and great recipes. God bless oopsies, miracle noodles and PB2. I made sure I cooked different meals every day so that there was something to look forward to. My husband did not mind to eat what I cooked and lost 12 lb. I also found this store nearby for low-carb foods and treated myself with some desserts from there (so good with only 3-4 g of carbs). Usually would reward myself with a cup of tea and these deserts after gym every other day or so. Also when I was invited for meals with friends and I always have these "sweets" with me so that I will not feel deprived when they devour their cakes. Week after week, seeing the pounds lost made me stronger and more resolved. There were about 4-5 occasions that I slipped and for a day or two eat "everything in sight" but went back on week1 diet for a few days and was back on the plan. I actually skipped the weigh-in a couple of times (we should not be doing it) so that to not see the gain (I was afraid I would get discouraged and stop the program). I also got "The Beck diet solution" book and followed the exercises. I knew that it is all in my head, all the cravings, boredom eating, etc. This book is amazing - I am reading it all the time when faced with food situations.

Last month I find it very difficult to stay in 500 cal regimen and not to eat fresh fruit that is in season now. It took me out of ketosis. I still exercise the same way and lost some weight but not as much fat as I was losing before. This week I decided to give one last push and put myself on week1 to try to get back to ketosis so that these 6 lb will be "fat" pounds lost. Let's see if it happens.
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Old 09-13-2010, 03:44 PM   #150
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feel better lins.... drink a ton of warmmmmm chicken broth Always makes me feel better when I have a cold.

Im on a cabbage kick recently, I really want to make stuffed cabbage but even the light recipes call for brown rice. Does anyone have any ideas of what I can substitute for rice?
Lins ~ I hope you feel better very soon! I second Ortal's warm chicken broth suggestion. I like to add a little garlic and red pepper flake to the broth to open up my breathing.

Ortal ~ Have you made cauliflower rice before? Do a search in the recipe room here or check out Linda Sue's website: Linda's Low Carb Menus & Recipes Yum!

Ira ~ Yeah for a size 10!!! Shopping is so much more fun now

losing in Ftm ~ Congratulations on 60 pounds!!!
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