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First question I got is Is Medifast healthy, safe, and worth trying? Hoping for any comment. Second question.. Since I have to lose almost 190 pounds, this is going to be a LONG HAUL! I am not giving myself a time limit to lose this weight. I am still wrapping my head around the excessive amount of weight that I have to lose. It is MIND BOGGLING!.

I have to take this in very small chunks. I am going to focus on 10lbs at a time. I am not even going to weigh myself for a few more weeks. I just don't want to see it. I caught a glimpse of my reflection today and I said.


Time to chug another 16oz bottle of water!..

Comments (35)

The answer is Yes, however you might want to make sure and wait for another person here to confirm my answer as I am not sure. Better yet, why don't you give a call to the Medifast guys because they can answer your Medifast question better...

Comment #1

I have been in your shoes! I started in January 2010 at 315 lbs. so I have been in it for the long haul. I am now at 237.5! My first year I lost 65 lbs (January - September) just counting calories. I then went on maintenance and this last month started up again with Medifast to lose faster and get to my goal. I am down another 15 lbs since starting Medifast and am very excited. I cannot tell you how much better it feels at this weight then where I was.

Keep up the good fight and don't give up!..

Comment #2

Welcome!! I think the most successful people set small intermediate goals. You'll be fine! I know the feeling of "what have I done to myself!" Many of us do. But all we did is take it one day at a time, and those small actions eventually add up to big results!!..

Comment #3

Thanks for the upbeat advice. I was mortified when I saw my reflection. Even my arms look hideous. I am so ashamed of myself!!!!..

Comment #4

Right now when you look at goal it is a far off speck in the distance and yes it can be daunting! I always have to remind myself that I didnt get to my size overnight, it took several (ok more than several..closer to a gazillion) poor choices that slowly but surely spiraled out of control and lead to weight gain. It will take the same small steps of making good choices daily to finally get to goal..

You can do it. Believe in yourself. All the best..

Comment #5

I'm in for the long haul, too! You are SO not alone..

Comment #6

Another long hauler here, too! Just take it one day at a time...

Comment #7

Dont in the same boat as you are...right now I'm 251 ANd my over all highest was 380 and wanna talk about how daunting it was....oh boy let me tell you....ive been on Medifast since may 24, 2010 of last year and well I could have lost more weight but I had my ups and downs for about 4-5ish months but I'm back on track and taking it one day at a time...also....ive lost 107 pounds with Medifast and have 91 roughly pounds till I get to overall id lost 200 plus pounds perhaps..and believe a FOOD ADDICT if I can do it so can you!! It goes by faster that you think trust me!..

Comment #8

I dont think it will be a long haul at all.

I had close to 140 lbs to loose and ive only been on the plan for 6 months now and only have 20 left to go..

Just stick to the plan and dont deviate and cheat and you will knock it out the park..

"I am still wrapping my head around the excessive amount of weight that I have to lose. It is MIND BOGGLING!".

No, give yourself 3 or 4 months. ALL of the weight your getting ready to drop will be MIND BOGGLING...

Comment #9

I started at 274.4, and just six weeks later, I'm down to 245. I have a LONG way to go, too, but the time goes quickly and the losses will be so motivating! Take it one day at a time, it does get overwhelming, but if you stay OP, you will do great!.

Good luck to you!..

Comment #10

I'm in the same boat! Gonna be a long haul for me...

I did the same thing - focused on 10 lbs @ a time and let me tell you how good it feels when you get into a new "decade"! It happens soo fast, too!.

I'm just starting my 3rd week today, so ..only 2 weeks down and 12 lbs lost!.

Don't worry about a thing and just enjoy your Medifast foods and life, too, while you're at it!!.




Comment #11

One day you will wake up, come to the Medifast boards, and post "I made it to GOAL!".

Time passes anyway, you may as well make use of it in a way that will prolong your life, make you happier, and allow you to become the BEST version of yourself possible! =).

Because it is never too late to become the person we might have been!.

One day at a time, my friend. ONE day at a time. We all started where you are...

Comment #12

You should be proud of yourself for doing something about it. You will do great. You have the right mindset. Focus on mini goals and before you know it that person looking back at you in the mirror won't look so bad. This board is a great resource for all things Medifast and there are some very inspiring people on here. Congratulations on starting your journey to a new you!..

Comment #13

I am also in it for the long haul. I take one day at a time. It does not work to be thinking about big weekly losses for me now as I am tending to drop a pound a week only even being OP. But the clothes do start getting baggier, and you will be surprised how good you will be feeling about what you are doing!..

Comment #14

Take it one step at a time... I am half way there in 6mos... feeling great! You are going to amaze and inspire yourself!..

Comment #15

Taking it in chunks is a good idea. I know someone who says, " I didn't lose 150 pounds. I lost 10 pounds 15 times". That is what she set her mind to.....getting to her goal weight by losing 10 pounds, then another 10 pounds, etc. It kept her from being overwhelmed. You have a great attitude. You'll get there...

Comment #16

My highest was when I was extremely sick, weighing in at 438 pounds! I suffered from severe issues not weight related but was bed-ridden. I started medifast after I saw that number in the ER and quickly became so much healthier. 2 months later I joined a gym, and now over a year later, I am down about 90lbs. I got sidetracked due to a surgery but I'm back and I love it! It goes by fast and you'll be amazed at the energy you'll have..

I'm up to walking 2 miles/day now, swimming 2 hours/day and doing anything I can to stay active! Good luck and you'll find a great support system here...

Comment #17

Thank you so much for sharing your story and success with me. So many of you folks are very inspirational...

Comment #18

Johanna, You have to determine your own path, but for me I had to find reasons to love myself, just as I was. I really examined myself inside and out and tried to find just a few things about myself that I loved, just as I was. Ex: nice skin, pretty hands, good eyebrows,,, you get the idea. The reason I did this is because I knew that the task of losing over 120 pounds could be overwhelming and difficult. I would not do something SO challenging and difficult for someone I did NOT love,, would you? As for my arms, there may be 90 or more pounds.


Of ME, but Oh Lord, the skin on my arms.... hideous. However, prior to my weight loss one of my grandsons said 'Grammie, I love to watch TV next to you, your arm is such a soft place to put my head'. I cried!! Now, 8 months later he heard me complaining about my arms and he came and sat next to me and said,, ' your arms LOOK different, but they still feel soft and nice.' That put it all in perspective for me. I decided I could deal with the skin just to live a longer life with the ones I love. That,, and longer sleeves will get me by.

Medifast will work with you and for you. Violet..

Comment #19

Johanna, I know exactly where you are coming from. When I started I had nearly 200 pounds to lose. I could not comprehend such a large number. I could not even see it on me for quite some time. Sure, I was fat. I knew that.

It wasn't humanly possible. Only, of course, it was possible, and it was me. Like you, I could not see the end of the road. So I broke it down into chunks that I could manage emotionally. My first goal was to be able to use the Wii and have it register my weight.

I was hooked on this program for however long it took me. I still set small goals (get under 300, get to 250, etc) until my final "small" goal was to reach my goal weight. I did that in just over 1 year. Now, a year after that, I am maintaining my weight and loving my life. I would not trade the past 2 years for anything in the world.

In fact, what I have gone through in the past 2 years is more than worth all that it is priceless..

I hope you find the same sense of accomplishment, health, and well-being that I and so many others have. I wish you much success on your journey...

Comment #20

Thanks for the kind words. I know I need to find things to love about myself. Sad thing is, I let myself go! I don't get my nails done anymore, I have not had my eyebrows done in over one month. I am a mess!! But, that is changing. I am starting to do good things for me. I am not going to wait til I lose weight.

I just bought a foot bath spa and all the good stuff for a nice pedicure. Some new scented body wash. I need to start pampering myself again. After gaining so much weight, just getting out of bed is a chore!..

Comment #21

I just checked your page and WOW!!! What a great accomplishment. I appreciate your kind words and inspiration. It gives me so much hope. Thank you very much!!..

Comment #22

You can do it! This plan absolutely works, you just have to be in the right mindset and once you get into the grove it goes smoothly. Make sure you spend a lot of time on these boards for the great support and ideas. If I just made the food out of the box as directed I might have gone crazy. I might be a few pounds lighter right now, but I dont know if I would have stuck with it. The people at my work are always in amazement when I cook my lunch - "what are you eating today" "Well I took a vanilla shake, baked it into bread, cut it in half, toasted and added a wedge of laughing cow cheese to make a grilled cheese" - they respond "You can make anything!"..


Comment #23

Another Long Hauler here too! Hold on, you are in for an amazing ride... I still can't believe that I am only 62 pounds from goal considering where I started! I remember inputing the number into Medifast and thinking how am I ever going to do this, but I am doing this and will keep rockin' the plan until I get to GOAL! I can't wait to write the "I'M AT GOAL" post... I can see the light at the end of a long tunnel!..

Comment #24

We're in the same boat! I have 177 more to go. I know it could take awhile but honestly, I am treating this loosing weight thing as my everything right now. I am treating it as my job basically, like, you have to do this, it's not optional. Its priority numero uno in my life and I plan on sticking to plan 100 per cent and getting this done ASAP. We can do it!!..

Comment #25

Wow! You are off to a great start and see so focused.... well done!.

I post reminders everywhere.... mirrors..... car dash..... purse..... everywhere to always remind me..... I am eating to live....

My very best to you!..

Comment #26

As strange as this may sound, I actually like the food as is. I am not going to play around with it and I am just going to do the plan as written. I am not trying any recipes with the supplements. I am making my lean and green basic or using a few recipes from the cook book I ordered from medifast. I just want to keep it simple...

Comment #27

WOW!!! I see you are doing it!! You lost over 100lbs since August????..

Comment #28

I am glad that I can find people that I can relate to and can relate to me on this journey. I know I am looking at atleast 2 yrs and possibly not including transition. I look at it this way, 2 yrs is going to arrive whether I am on this plan or not. Right??..

Comment #29

I've been there too when I tipped my scale at 301....Weigh yourself once a week and the results will keep you motivated.....

Just follow the program and you will begin to melt away...Believe me, it works and it's amazing......

Comment #30

I am not even thinking about the scale right now. I am just going to do the plan and when I am ready to face the scale, I will hop on. I decided that I was not going to become a slave to the scale and let it control my emotions. I have relied on the scale too much before and it was not good for me. It was hard enough getting on the scale when I started Medifast. What a shock!! Over 300lbs???????????????????????????????..

Comment #31

Welcome, Johanna, to our Medifast family! You will love it here.

And also nice to see another "cat" around.

The Medifast program rocks, especially when you weigh over 300 lbs! I love Medifast and I am so thankful that I found it before I hit 400 YIKES!.

Drink lots & lots of H2O and then drink some more.

All the best to you as we continue our Medifast journey to GOAL!.

HUGS - Margaret..

Comment #32

Well Margaret, I could easily see 400 coming! I NEVER in my wildest dreams believed I would hit the 300lb mark! Once I saw the 300's, I knew the 400's or death was on the horizon! That is SCARY!!!! I am sure that by next week I will be in the.


I am finding a lot of good information on the boards. Before you know it, I will be a Medifast pro!!! lol..

Comment #33

You have internalized two of my mottos! The time will pass anyway, and my second one is "You could always be bigger!".

That scares the livin' daylights out of me. The thought that at my largest, 268 and 5 foot 3, I could be bigger if I didn't do something NOW really put the fear into me in a good way! Keep on trucking, you are doing GREAT!..

Comment #34

YOU CAN DO THIS....I have been on every diet in the book. I started at 292 and I am hoping and praying (and it should happen) to be at 50 pds lost in 12 weeks. It is AMAZING how this diet works. I remember when I hit 200 and thought OMG how can I weigh 200? Well after lots of terrible eating and 2 kids later I was knocking down the door of 300 and knew that enough was enough..

The rapid loss has kept me VERY motivated and it will for you as well. I am still shocked that I am doing this but I'm going to keep it off. Both my brother and sister in law had gastric bypass surgery and I made a vow that I will do this myself...I will not go under the knife.....

I can't tell you how much better I feel! My son weighs 50 pds and I lifted him up the other day and he was so heavy and I used to carry that around every day..

Good luck in your journey!..

Comment #35

I have decided from the get go that I was not going to plan to be at a certain weight by a certain date. I feel that will set me up for failure and discouragement. What I did do was plan to be on Medifast for 2 years and then reassess my situation. If I reach goal by then, it will be WONDERFUL! If not, then I am not going to be discouraged. I look at it this way, by being on Medifast, if I am not at goal, I am sure that I will be better off than if I did nothing at all..

I read a lot about Medifast and all the wonderful success stories. I am working at being a success but I am not going to put dates on when I reach my goals. I am starting with very small realistic goals...

Comment #36

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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