Yes sir! but... you might wanna make sure and wait for someone else here to confirm my answer as I am unsure. Better yet, why don't you contact the Medifast guys because they can assist you better...
Chris, I remember you last fall. I'm sorry about your re-starting troubles. I think this is exactly one of my biggest reasons for NOT going off plan. I hear your story far too often..
I think taking it one day at a time is a good plan. I would just make a list of why you want to get to goal. Sounds goofy, but I look at mine every morning and have for 6 months. I also have a pair of size 6 jeans hanging from my bedroom door that keep me on the straight and narrow..
Some people find joining groups help them stay accountable. I did that a couple of times, but talk always went to cheating..planned and un-planned and that wasn't good for my head space. So..now I hang with the TL gang. I have to say, people love to bash them/us, but I can honestly say, I have never met a kinder, more compassionate group of women. We also have a ton of fun in there. Or..maybe another group would be to your liking.
Good luck and welcome back!..
My advice to you is the same advice you have in your signature..
When I first started this program, there was no choosing to stay on plan - there was simply NO OTHER OPTION. I ate on plan or I didn't eat - period!.
After going off plan for the first time, staying on track became a very slippery slope. Maybe it's because all of a sudden, I had given myself a choice? I don't know. But it made the program a million times harder for me..
I have recommitted as well, and I am taking it one day at a time. Luckily, I didn't really gain much, I just keep going up and down the same 5 pounds..
Some other things that have helped me in my new endeavor.....
~ Madammermaid, who recently hit goal, suggested thinking about how awful being fat makes you feel when you feel tempted. I have to say - this is a great idea! and has helped me immensely so far. Every time I think of food I want, I follow with a thought about a time being fat made me feel bad. It has really helped keep things in perspective..
~ I saw someone post where you could think about how eating the off-plan food will make you feel in an hour. or the next day. For most of us, the answer is "full of regret." The short-term pleasure really has nothing on our pleasure we can get from reaching our long-term goals..
Finally.... I've really started to realize that I will have food issues forever, and getting the emotional part squared away while I'm here is half the battle for me. The more I say no, the more prepared I feel to get to goal and stay the course forever..
Best of luck to you...
I also have this chart on my fridge. It reminds me of my goals before I even open the door...
Thank you for the quick responses! I NEEDED that tough love/no choice reminder! That's definitely one of the things I was missing this time around. You're right about not giving yourself a choice. You're either on it or off it. I choose to be on it..
Today is hard but it's not harder than the mental guilt I was carrying around every day for cheating and making the wrong choices..
Thank you to all of you out there who write such positive posts about how good it feels to be OP and know you're headed in the right direction. Let me tell you that I've been feeling the exact opposite of that for the last three months. It's wonderful to anticipate the bubbly feeling of success again :-).
Also, my original plan would have had me hitting goal around Valentine's Day. I have to stop thinking of the past and stop regretting. I still have plenty of time to hit my goal before my summer family vacation!.
THANK YOU for that great chart! I printed it out and marked it for myself. Visually it looks less intimidating than I expected LOL..
Well, dont worry I have been off and on this plan for the last 6 months and lose and regian the same 5-10 pounds over and over...but here I am again recommitted today as day 1 and well the first day always suck to start over again after falling off...but we know the program works we just have to WORK it :0).
Also, during the holidays I was off plan for 3 months and tried to geton but when I did sheesh I would do ok on day one than just say heh....ill start next week...welll 20 [pounds up and that next week turned into THREE months...id be closer to goal than what I am now..and only cheating CHEATS ourselves so what are we winning? Nothing but guilt and that craving for the time being....silliness haha....but ill make goal one of these days.....
I have to agree on the don't give yourself the choice of going off plan. I lost almost 50 pounds in four months then let myself slip. That started me off the wrong road took four months and almost +20 pounds before I got back on to MF. Now I don't give myself a choice. The first week I lost alot of weight and then the last couple of weeks almost nothing. I'm saddened by it but I know atleast the number on the scale is going down..
Two weeks ago my son was admitted to the hospital after day surgery and as much as I want to go off plan and eat every carb in site. I didn't. What would of it of done. Nothing but maybe gain weight! I held my head high and stayed on plan and I did have a loss that week...