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First of all What is Medifast? How does it work? Hoping for any answer or 2. My other question... Im halfway through my journey but I feel like nothing is going right. I cant stay consistently on plan. My motivation is waning and is just about nonexistent. Most of the reasons I wanted to lose weight had to do with physical insecurities as I have no health issues.

I felt like my main problem was physical.

I despise who I am on the insidebut changing ones personality is more difficult than trying to lose weight. Ive tried some little changes but they haven't been long lastingso Im not focusing on them anymore. Plus people who know me don't really accept the changes. I'm already seen as a selfish, egotistical, narcissistic, b****, a bit neurotic, loud, scatter brained, dramatic, and unfeeling. It's no wonder I have no enduring relationships..

I've been considering seeing a therapist...but something has been holding me back. I work in psychiatry and I feel like I know what a therapist would say to try to build a more positive image. I know they say things they don't mean in an effort to help. I feel like I couldn't take anything they say seriously....and I should be able to fix myself..

Meanwhile at this point in my weight lossI feel like physically Im the sameactually not as big but my flaws are still there with the addition of saggy skin. I feel even more physically unattractive. I feel like we live in a very superficial societypeople can overlook a lot of personality flaws if a person looks a certain way. Im especially referring to men. Anywaymy body will not look decentno matter how much weight I lose and even with the plastic surgery I have planned Ill never be able to wear a bikini or shorts as I have many unsightly scars all over my body like head to toe. All of this makes me less motivated to stay on plan..

Losing weight has not made me happyisnt making me happy. What do I do now? How do I make myself see things differently so that I can stay OP and maintain this weight loss? Right now it feels very hopeless. I want help and supportbut when people minimize how important physical attractiveness isthat infuriates me. I can tell that Im very close to calling it quits on this program but Ive invested so much money/effort/time I dont want it to feel like a waste. Any constructive opinions will be appreciated. Thanks...

Comments (4)

I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the answer to your question. I'll do some research and get back to you if I discover an good answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could answer your Medifast question..

Comment #1

You also stated that you're healthy, so that's not a big motivating factor. I am healthy, too, but I know darn well that at this weight I couldn't stay healthy for much longer...eventually the weight will chip away at your health. I like to look at it as a preventative measure!..

Comment #2

I learned this past fall that we need to be the healthiest we can be. My husband was very fit. Had been doing the P90X workout for a couple of years. He contracted an infection that attacked his heart and destroyed a heart valve. He had to have open-heart surgery to repair the damage. If he hadn't been in excellent physical shape, I don't know that he would have made it. should be a motivating factor and being obese is not healthy. It will eventually catch up with a person.. someone who has yoyo'd for many years with my weight.......being a certain size or looking a certain way will never make you truly happy. That's not saying that it can't make you feel better about yourself, but happiness comes from what's inside. Until we deal with those issues (if you are a person who has issues), everything else is superficial. We need to work on the real problem. I know that my weight is not what made me unhappy, it was simply a symptom of being unhappy, but then made me hate myself all the more. I faced my issues last fall while my husband was sick, and losing this weight has been a relatively easy experience since then (I sure hope that I can keep this mindset)..

It sounds like you might benefit from finding someone who could help you work through whatever issues you know you have and those that maybe you aren't even aware of. I agree with Bjorney.....there are lots of therapists out there. It might just be a matter of finding the right one..

Good luck to you...

Comment #3

Well, it's hard to losing weight to get healthy and to try and control some these health problems that I have now...also I hear ya on the saggy skin and body I plan on having plastic surgery eventually...and id rather have the scars then the skin but to each their own...and I feel like you today for some reason I'm not happy cuz I'm losing weight finally? Hmmm.....just maybe one of my down days....but you did great!..

Comment #4

I think it's definitely worth considering counselling, and like Bjorney says, there are so many different kinds of approachescognitive behavioral therapy, art therapy, even clinical hypnosis might help. (I was super resistent to that at first, but it's probably one of the best things I've ever done for myself.) I joke that I'm "bad" at therapy for exactly those kinds of reasonsI'm very verbal, I'm a big reader, I'm very good at guessing what the "correct" answer authority figures want from me is, and lots of times I HATE going to therapy. But it's part of taking care of myself, because when I wasn't doing anything, I was just circling the drain and thinking of reasons I COULDN'T do anything, and it just got worse and worse..

I can relate to a lot of what you sayof wanting my weight loss to "fix" problems I have on the inside, and definitely of not feeling caught up with my body changes. I also have fairly severe social anxiety, and it's been way too easy for me to blame not making friends/having a boyfriend on fat, and not on being unapproachable. I don't really blog here, but you can PM me if you want to talk about any more of this in more detail than on the boards..

Hang in there. I've been telling myself this years, and I'm really starting to believe it can get better...

Comment #5

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


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