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Old 10-03-2014, 05:37 AM   #811
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on second week... Lost 12.2lbs in first week. Expecting period to start this week. Has this impacted anyone else's WL in the first few weeks??
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Old 10-03-2014, 06:10 AM   #812
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Kiki, I missed your post before, but holy smokes, 12.2 lbs in one week!you blew that out the water! I lost 3.5 my first week, but I did manage to lose more fat. Anyway, my water weight is usually up when I have my period. In fact, I had one week with a 4 lb gain! I had my period for the first time in months and it was very heavy and I was miserable. I still lost fat that week. If you're looking to focus on any number, always focus on the fat loss. Sometimes I get frustrated Home seeing the same number on the scale several days in a row despite some awesome work outs and eating perfectly. Then I drink even more water than usually and some green tea and it's as of I lose 5 lbs overnight. So please, focus on losing the fat lbs and focus on being healthy :-) even with a small loss you should always feel proud and accomplished!
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I also thought about the fat loss when I didn't see the scale budging (at home) for several days. I've lost about 3% body fat in two weeks, in addition to the weight!

I was definitely hungry yesterday after my binge the night before, so I ate extra protein calories, just made sure they were on plan. I haven't added fruit yet because I need to recover from that binge and don't think fruit would help! I am back in ketosis as of this morning, surprisingly, and today has been going great.

Keep up the great work for the weekend everyone!
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Old 10-03-2014, 12:06 PM   #814
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Rachel, you have my condolences. Thank for the encouragement.

I love this plan (but I am looking forward to some vegetables on Monday).

I bought a Dukan diet recipe book today; a lot of the recipes from the "attack" (all protein) phase would be good for the Medi plan.

I had a day this week when I didn't lose anything, and I tried to hold on to the thought that every day I eat this way I can't help but lose fat--if it takes my body a while to display that on the scale, so what.

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Old 10-03-2014, 06:46 PM   #815
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4devochki - where in Eastern Europe are you located? I spent some of my youth in Hungary, not exactly Eastern Europe anymore, but I did some traveling in that direction!
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Hi all, my name is Anne and I am 5'1 at 143 and I am on day 3 and I was in ketosis as of last night (night of day 2), I have been taking my medications and drinking my water, but I had a fight with my parents and broke down a had 3/4 of a sugar cookie and am now sorta hating myself. I tested myself for ketones and was still in moderate high and had the cookie 3-4 hours ago, so wondering how long it will take to kill my ketosis.

I feel really bad about that dumb cookie. I have 30 pounds to lose to be at my perfect weight of 112 and I do want to get there. It's just so hard and I feel worse in ketosis, more cravings and headachy and SO sweaty. I guess it's hard to blame that on ketosis when it might just be par for the course on the plan, but still it's odd. I was told after 24 hours in ketosis your appetite would be killed, mine seemed to become more ravenous for sweets! I am on the AS, but the previous 2 days it worked so well and now its not doing so hot. Just frustrated that I broke down and cheated on week one. I was really hoping to lose 6+ pounds week one to get a jump start.

For those with just 20-30 pounds to lose, how did your weigh-ins go? And for those who had a little slip like me, how far back has it set you historically? Thanks, I am frustrated and tired and it's only day 3.
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Old 10-04-2014, 12:46 AM   #817
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Had 2 cookies today I know it's my period craving the sweets. I need to refill my AS script. I haven't taken it in 3 days. Going for a late night jog right now.

I have to remember how far I have come:

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Old 10-04-2014, 01:01 AM   #818
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DISNEY DUTCHESS You are in the right place. It will get easier. We are hear to encourage and motivate. I will personally be here to motivate you. We can lose together and set goals for ourselves.
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Old 10-04-2014, 07:11 AM   #819
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Hi all, my name is Anne and I am 5'1 at 143 and I am on day 3 and I was in ketosis as of last night (night of day 2), I have been taking my medications and drinking my water, but I had a fight with my parents and broke down a had 3/4 of a sugar cookie and am now sorta hating myself. I tested myself for ketones and was still in moderate high and had the cookie 3-4 hours ago, so wondering how long it will take to kill my ketosis.

I feel really bad about that dumb cookie. I have 30 pounds to lose to be at my perfect weight of 112 and I do want to get there. It's just so hard and I feel worse in ketosis, more cravings and headachy and SO sweaty. I guess it's hard to blame that on ketosis when it might just be par for the course on the plan, but still it's odd. I was told after 24 hours in ketosis your appetite would be killed, mine seemed to become more ravenous for sweets! I am on the AS, but the previous 2 days it worked so well and now its not doing so hot. Just frustrated that I broke down and cheated on week one. I was really hoping to lose 6+ pounds week one to get a jump start.

For those with just 20-30 pounds to lose, how did your weigh-ins go? And for those who had a little slip like me, how far back has it set you historically? Thanks, I am frustrated and tired and it's only day 3.
Hi and welcome! you are what's called the Ketogenic flu---this is when your body is switching from carb burning to ketone burning, it takes a week to feel a little bit better, some people faster, to have your body in a state of nutritional ketosis can take 4-6 weeks, educate yourself on this type of diet you are doing, you will understand why you will feel sick when you eat the carb, it is confusing the body. I think in your situation, you are new on it and just making the transition.

YOU need to ask yourself why you are doing this program? what got you started and what do you want? If it's to be healthier and happier with your weight, then do the program and don't cheat yourself out of the benefits of truly committing to doing it. You are only hurting yourself---1 cookie or slip up isn't going to hurt anyone. So I will challenge you to do the program and commit to yourself you are worth doing it.
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Old 10-04-2014, 08:33 AM   #820
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disneyduchess - congrats on starting the plan! Emotional eating is definitely the hardest part for me, for any number of emotions. I really have to talk myself down or just go to plan-friendly food instead. I have had some items off plan that didn't put me out of ketosis, but another time it completely threw me off. Just do your best. Make sure your keto stick doesn't show in the purple range, that is dehydration.

Courtney - thanks for sharing your chart! great progress! I don't know how you go without the AS. I am pretty reliant on in, for appetite control and energy at this point.

Anybody have suggestions on preparing cabbage? I have a giant one in the fridge from my CSA this week and now sure what to do with it. I used to make cabbage soup, but I think one servings would be over my veggies for even a single day. I'm thinking the medi coleslaw recipe with steak tonight?
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Old 10-04-2014, 08:33 AM   #821
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My keto flu lasted atleast a week. Now I feel 100% better! No headaches except sometimes in the evenings and I know its bc I havent drank my electrolytes, I drink them and Im good as new. I also havent drank alcohol in almost 3 weeks, I had a glass of wine nightly prior to Medi and beers on the weekends. I know I will get back to drinking just in moderation bc I know that played a role in my weight gain. Tonight Im going to a bridal shower at a winery of all places! It used to be my weakness, but Im pretty confident that I will be totally okay with not drinking tonight, even a glass! I already went online and chose my entree, its a chicken breast stuffed with feta and spinach. I am requesting no mashed potatoes and either a side salad or no veggie at all. Easy as that!
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Enjoy your night Colbs! those are awesome times! Have a glass of wine for me!
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Rachel- I just love boiled cabbage! I made some last weekend and divided it up for my veggies for the week. Especially with some turkey ekrich sausage sliced in it for some meat.
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Thanks everyone, I appreciate the welcome. I am happy to report that the cookie didn't toss me out of ketosis, I am still 'shade lavender'. I still feel silly. Today has been easier, harder to eat my necessary calories but I think that is because of feeling so icky and run down from the keto flu.

Emotional eating sucks. I lost 40 pounds the 'hard way' over 8 months but then I got married, comfortable and then my emotional eating and eating for fun again and gained 20 pounds back. I would like to lose that and another 5 to 10 on top.

I have been perusing the dessert and snack section and that gives me hope of being able to tame the sweet craving beast. I just wish it wasn't so hard. when I lost my first 40 pounds, I never cut carbs or sugar so this is totally new to me. I just am swimming with how to keep up and keep on plan.
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Old 10-05-2014, 12:37 AM   #825
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Disney, I wrote a long supportive message which the administrators erased, probably becasue i mentioned my beee elllll ohhhhh geeee, where I write a lot about emotional eating. It's called middleagedskinny

I'm trying to have a strategy in place to do things other than eat--deep breathing, asking myself what the real problem is and trying to look at it as if I was my best friend/a concerned stranger/therapist, whenever the urge to eat arises. IT helps.

Rachel, Eastern Europe is what I tell myself to make myself feel better. I'm actually in Russia which is not Europe at all. In the immortal words of Helmut Kohl, the former West German premier, it's like Upper Volta with nukes, tending more towards North Korea by the day.

Hungary is beautiful, though Orban's far right government is not really headed in the right direction, IMHO...

So I'm 6 days in and 5 lbs down. A lot of times I would give up at this point just out of distraction or frustration or something, but THIS TIME I'M NOT (sorry for the shouting; it's out of excitement)!

Ms. Courtney, you are da bomb. After 2 cookies I have never been able to stop myself before a week of all out carb stuffing had gone by. I admire your smart approach and strength to stop.

Oh, as for cabbage, I like it sauteed with a little onion. You could make stuffed cabbage leaves with ground turkey and herbs inside and a little dilute tomato sauce? Coleslaw also sounds wonderful. Red cabbage sauteed with mint and dill, and a little feta on top is nice, or sometimes with allspice and cinnamon. Can you tell I'm in Russia and need a lot of cabbage recipes? Ha.

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Old 10-05-2014, 12:24 PM   #826
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Well, I went in for my second shot today and I confessed to having a hard time and stuff, my clinic folk were all very supportive and kept telling me since I am only trying to lose 20-25 pounds that they could totally already notice a difference. I most have given them a VERY dubious look so they bent the rules a little and let me weight on the scale unofficially and even though my official weigh in is not till Wed., I am already down 8 pounds! That really helped me on a psychological level to find new resolve to hang in there.

Fall seems to have finally sorta kinda arrived here in Tampa and I am looking forward to taking a walk today and enjoying the weather. I do miss eating like a normal person, being able to go out and enjoy my favorite foods and stuff, but I know that will be added back in slowly. I gained the weight after my ex tossed me down a flight of stairs and then tried to kill me so I was on awful meds and bed rest for a loooong time and gained 65 pounds. As I said, I lost 40 over 8 months, but these last 25 are being way stubborn! At 29 I'd like to get this fixed before 30 and be back to my standard. I am looking forward to moving ahead.

And thanks 4dev, I appreciate the support and concern. Also I spent time in Russia about 7 years ago, it was a very interesting country and I am concerned to see what is happening to it. Hang in there over there.

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Old 10-05-2014, 09:32 PM   #827
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I'm actually happy with my weight. I'm back where I used to be. But I can only get better.
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Old 10-06-2014, 12:26 AM   #828
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ARGH, why did I have to bounce up 1.5 lbs on my "official" weigh-in morning? I would have been down 4.6 lbs for the week, but now only 3

I KNOW these things happen and weight loss is never a smooth downward slope, but I am still a little discouraged. However, I'm going to keep repeating the mantra "keep counting and it has to come off!"
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Don't rely too much on numbers. Someone told me that. It is how you look and feel. You know you are on a healthier track. Let that me your motivator. Feel good and feel good about yourself. Everyone here wants to lose weight but it is about how your lifestyle change makes you live. Just live and don't worry about the pounds. I hope that makes sense.
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I hear you 4dev, I really do, but still 3 pounds a week is awesome! Really awesome. What week are you on? I am having a rough start today as well. I got on the scale this morning, I do weigh every morning out of habit because I always have for biofeedback, and I am still at exactly the same weight I was yesterday when previous days have all been a loss of 2 to 1 pounds. It hurt. I naturally went straight to "It stopped working!" "Freaking fantastic, I am going to plateau before week freaking 1 is even over!" and "NOOO! It must have been an evil sleeper cookie I ate a few days ago and it's caught up with me today!" all that negative, and the last one was a little crazy, jazz.

Then I went out to pout on the couch and feel sorry for myself, but I also had a little practical voice in my head telling me I randomly started my period last night (I have the Nexplanon birth control implant, it makes my periods way random and unpredictable) and that obviously losing a pound to two a day just wasn't physically possible and I was being totally unrealistic to expect to. Still though.... it sucks when them numbers just don't do what we want.

I do want to be done with these last 20 pounds so badly. I guess I am just scared that I will be broken or something and it won't work for me even though silly things like the laws of thermodynamics and such insist that it will, that it is impossible for it not to.

My husband has said he can already see a difference in my waist and face and I know he's the last person in the world to lie to me about my weight, and that helps, but I do want the numbers on the scale to do what I want since it's hard to see what I look like objectively. I think Courtney is right, it's less about makin' dem numbers add up (Hell on Wheels reference, anyone?) and more about how we feel and look that needs to be our lodestar. Still... doesn't mean it is easy when you have gotten into a certain mindset. One day at a time I guess.
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I've been upping my exercise big time, but according to the scale I'm maintaining. I haven't eaten too much either. I might take a day off tonight (usually do 4-5 miles a night now) and drink water to see where aim tomorrow. I agree to not concentrate on those numbers. I'm wearing a pair of jeans I was happy to pullout of the closet Nd squeeze into two weeks ago. They're ready to be retired after today. So F hat scale and it's numbers, be proud of you,how healthy you are and take your frustration out on something productive, whether it's a run, a craft, or cleaning. No more pouting on the couch ;-)

I hate the chocolate shakes. But I probably hate them all, I just can't get past that taste. I've added caramel coffee creamer and it was pretty good. Supposed to be like a Milky Way. I've been told to try freezing some shakes and eat them like Popsicles? I guess I shy away from medi products or diet products because I want to learn how to regular everyday food. The additives will sometimes give me headaches too.
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Thanks for the reply, NYK. I KNOW you ladies are right on the whole scale thing. I know it. It's just that I am in a life that is 180 degrees different from the one that made me gain the weight now and I just want those last 20 pounds that linger from that awful, awful time to vanish forever and let me GTF on, so I tend to obsess over numbers. Good for you on the exercise and keep with it, I am anxiously awaiting when I can go back to my favorite form, Tae Kwon Do. I do 4 classes a week and it is a heck of a work out so at least I am covered on that front and don't have to add that in from scratch.

And drat on the shakes! I had high hopes given my abiding love of chocolate and all the recipes for 'desserts' and snacks on here and the Medi site that use the powder. I am hoping my clinic will give me a sample so I can decide without having to commit. Fingers crossed on that.
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Merry Monday everyone! I went to a winery for dinner Saturday night and drank water the entire time. WIN!!! I ordered the grouper and told them no butternut squash and no rustic mashed potatoes. I didn't go back to the girls house who was hosting the party to have desserts and wine either! I was happily walking into my house before 9 pm. When I was questioned as to why I was not partaking I just said I was watching my sugar intake and I planned on having a drink for my anniversary this up coming weekend. They backed off so that was good. I'm really really looking forward to my weigh in tomorrow morning.. EEK!!
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As of today's weigh in--55 lbs off! Back to walking 10 miles past few days and doing elliptical!
I can't stand the medi shakes, they are awful, I have 3 canisters of them and just a waste of money. Great job everyone!
I don't focus on my weight loss really--or the scale, I just tell myself to keep going and doing it, that I can do it and it helps.
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Merry Monday everyone! I went to a winery for dinner Saturday night and drank water the entire time. WIN!!! I ordered the grouper and told them no butternut squash and no rustic mashed potatoes. I didn't go back to the girls house who was hosting the party to have desserts and wine either! I was happily walking into my house before 9 pm. When I was questioned as to why I was not partaking I just said I was watching my sugar intake and I planned on having a drink for my anniversary this up coming weekend. They backed off so that was good. I'm really really looking forward to my weigh in tomorrow morning.. EEK!!
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I've been upping my exercise big time, but according to the scale I'm maintaining. I haven't eaten too much either. I might take a day off tonight (usually do 4-5 miles a night now) and drink water to see where aim tomorrow. I agree to not concentrate on those numbers. I'm wearing a pair of jeans I was happy to pullout of the closet Nd squeeze into two weeks ago. They're ready to be retired after today. So F hat scale and it's numbers, be proud of you,how healthy you are and take your frustration out on something productive, whether it's a run, a craft, or cleaning. No more pouting on the couch ;-)

I hate the chocolate shakes. But I probably hate them all, I just can't get past that taste. I've added caramel coffee creamer and it was pretty good. Supposed to be like a Milky Way. I've been told to try freezing some shakes and eat them like Popsicles? I guess I shy away from medi products or diet products because I want to learn how to regular everyday food. The additives will sometimes give me headaches too.
great job exercising! keep it up!
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Well done Colbs! Always feels good to know you rocked a challenge! You will have a great weigh in I am sure. This random starting period thing is the absolute worse for me, so god knows what I will be on Wed. I was at 8 when they let me weigh 'unofficially' when I went for my booster shot, but we will see how much water I am hanging on to. Hopefully no gain from that.

The office gave me a sample of one of the shake and go ones in chocolate. I read a bunch of recipes and decided to play around. I bought the unsweetened chocolate almond milk, unsweetened cocoa powder and splenda. I mixed the milk with splenda (about 2 packs) till it tasted semi sweet, then added 1/2 teaspoon of the cocoa powder with the shake mix, shook it up (free arm work out!) and then froze it in the freezer for 2 hours. What I got was not weird flavored just like a frothy, cold chocolate smoothy. It wasn't too sweet, nor did it leave a odd taste in my mouth. This made me quite happy since I would rather be able to have a customized shake for a meal or two, then have to try to choke down so much dang chicken (the easiest protein). If you get curious, I recommend trying that version especially if you already have the mixes. But to each their own I guess.

I have always been one to create things in the kitchen and putting my thoughts and energies towards making healthy, plan friendly items is a good distraction and use of my skills. If I come up with anything else, I'll share!
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Old 10-06-2014, 10:03 PM   #839
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Argh! Frustrated and annoyed and craving a wendy's cheeseburger and a freakin' snickers bar. I am SO MAD, ladies!!! I got Nexplanon birth control implant in May, ladies, May! And I haven't had a more then one to two days of light spotting, nothing more then a pantyliner required. Well low and behold, first week of medi and I am in full on, awful, crampy, irrational, emotional, cravy, 'full force', TOM. I do not get it! Not at all! WHY now?! This seems so unfair. I feel bloated and just awful. I had forgotten how horrible this could be! UGH! I remember laughing when they told me that some women stopped having periods on Medi and saying that shouldn't be an issue for me and now this! I know I have been all over today in my posts, but I really thought this would pass quick, and instead it has gotten worse. I don't think it is the diet or anything, but I mean.... REALLY!?!?
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Old 10-07-2014, 06:26 AM   #840
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Stay strong ladies! I haven't been on in a few days and only have a couple minutes here before we start the day's rush, but I read everything and know we can all relate to the struggles, but we will all the see the long-term results that Dawn shares with us!

Yesterday I had a business lunch at Olive Garden. Stopped at Medi beforehand for some tips and an injection. Tried to order veggies and grilled chicken, ended up with a plate of only veggies. No bread or pasta though, so success! Just had to cram in a ton of protein for dinner.
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