That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the answer to that question. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I discover an answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably can help you..
Great post Aerielle. You have done an awesome job and you have come very far!..
I have gone from morbidly obese to overweight..
I have gone from an XXL to M tops, and 26 to 12 pants, AND 8.5 to 7.5 shoes!.
I have gone from being totally invisible to everyone to being checked out by men frequently and harassed by salespeople..
Sigh. Great reminders of why to stay on plan and get to goal..
WOW! You are truly an inspiration!.
Well, I've been OP for over 5 weeks, I've lost 23 pounds and am thrilled to find a diet that is working for me! I have serious health challenges (brain tumors, endocrine disorder, early menopause...) and was so miserable about my weight, but nothing was working for me. I was so scared that I'd end up like my mother, who has been morbidly obese since her twenties and was disabled by her mid-forties, and is now in a wheelchair, in constant severe pain, suffering from diabetes, strokes, kidney failure, arterial and venus insufficiency, cellulitis, edema, unhealing wounds, knees completely damaged from years of weighing 300 pounds... I have a wonderful little boy I love with all my heart, and want to be there for him as long as I can!.
I am so grateful that my wonderful doctor suggested Medifast, I had read about it on blogs, etc. and decided to give it a try..
I'm slowly starting to feel like myself again... I'm wearing clothes that haven't fit in years, and feeling my self-confidence start going up and up... I feel like I am in control, and can change my life!.
I am so grateful for Medifast!..
Wow what a story. You do deserve to be there for your little one and you are on the right track. Sorry to hear about your health and your moms. You have done great. Keep up the good work...
Loving this post! Congrats on the successes!.
Lost 65+ pounds.
Reversed my typeII diagnosis.
Gone from a size 26jean to a size 18.
Learned to control my life without snacking away.
Become aware of myself and in doing that others have become aware of me too.
Gained my life... enjoying my family more and participating in things I never would have before..
There are so many other things. But committing to this life style that will transtion into maintenance is amazing! I was always 'obsessing' with something... whether it was making my kids the best and striving for them to do their best... I have not exactly switched that focus... but taken that same energy and applied it to me. It bleeds into all parts of my life...
Which puts me in a position of awe.... attention is good in one way and not so much in others...
Moved from obese to normal weight in about 7 months.
Gained self-control over food.
Learned to like being a little hungry now and then.
Lowered cholesterol from 264 to 142.
Met some pretty amazing people right here on this forum..
WOOT you!!!! Way to go!.
I've come further than I ever thought possible, in all aspects..
We can all do this! Trust in the plan, celebrate success, forgive your lapses (just don't repeat them LOL), and JUST DO IT!..
I have lost 58 lbs..
Gone from a 24/26 to size 16 jeans..
Gone below 220lbs for the first time since college (20 something years ago)..
Gained hope that I really can reach a normal weight (based on people's stories here on the boards)..
Learned that I AM disciplined and I CAN commit to something difficult and follow through..
Learned that I can be in a group that is eating, not eat, and tolerate the feelings that go with that (feeling like an outsider, etc.). Before Medifast I had convinced myself that those feelings were intolerable. Nope. I'm stronger than I gave myself credit for..
Thanks for the thread...
Loving all the shared successes! It's such a great reminder of why we're doing this and even when it gets tough, we're worth it and that we need to keep pushing forward..
Congrats to all the amazing changes that we're accomplishing!..
Aerielle, you're my medi-hero!.
As for me, I've gone from being a 20-22 to being a 10-12. I recently bought summer dresses in the juniors section (which is insane considering before I was too big to even shop in the regular women's section!). My knees don't hurt constantly. I don't feel tired all the time like I did before. I have way more energy. I feel more relaxed in general because I'm not obsessing about food or dieting or what I'm eating/not eating (thanks for being easy, MF!)..
My favorite thing is that I feel like I can blend in and not be the fat girl in the room..
And, this is a new victory - we had a discussion about children and obesity in one of my classes the other night and I was able to talk about my thoughts without feeling like everyone thinking about me being the obese girl talking about obesity. If that makes sense!.
Aerielle, thanks for starting this post - I have enjoyed reading everyones' accomplishments..
I've gone from being a 24 (probably should have been in 26's but thanks to all stretchy elastic and fabric) to being a 14-16. XX-XXX shirts to M-L. I recently bought my first little black dress..
I've gone from an all time high fasting blood glucose of 200+ to 85!.
I am learning to accept compliments. I actually ask to have my picture taken!..
It's amazing how reading the lists of accomplishments from others can also remind us of additional blessings that we've had, or for the new ones, have to look forward to.
I forget sometimes how much I used to ache - joint pain, swollen feet, aching back. Part of being a happier person stems from not being in pain all the time! And with the lack of swelling feet and footfat, I have rediscovered the joy that is heels and cute shoes..
What a good post and can't wait to look forward to all of these milestones. Congrats everyone...
Reading all these posts has been wonderful. Not only is Medifast changing lives, it is saving lives. Mine included..
I have lost 65 pounds and gone from obese to healthy.
My BMI went from 33 to 21.
My total cholesterol has dropped 51 points.
My pant size 16/18 to 6, almost 4.
I am wearing my 21 year old daughter's jeans - shhh, our secret!.
My bra size 42D to 34C.
I'm down to just one chin.
Shirt size a tight XL to a perfect S.
I've learned that I DO like water and veggies.
Smelling food can be all the tasting I need - I would rather wear my daughter's jeans than eat 90% of what I was eating a year ago.
Eating every 2-3 hours is heaven.
I am no longer a volume-eater, I CAN be happy and satisfied on smaller portions.
Food doesn't need salt or butter to be tasty.
Walking is fun but jogging is better and jogging without peeing my pants is best of all.
Finishing a 5k is now part of my long-term goals.
I have a sense of peace because I know I am finally taking care of this very special bodily temple God has blessed me with. Because I like myself, it is easier to reach out and like others and help them...
This is actually a pretty important, and very interesting, thing to learn. Most of us have never been hungry (for which, indeed, we should get on our knees and thank whatever Power we acknowledge regularly). We've never stopped eating long enough to recognize when our bodies are actually asking for.
, as opposed to a craving, or an emotional or other reason for eating..
To learn when we are really hungry really needing fuel is a huge step toward getting control over what we eat rather than letting what we eat control us..
Great thread! I have lost 43 lbs, gone from a 22/24 to a 16 (in misses, not womens!) Down 2 bra cup sizes, I am able to shop in the normal sections, I am down to my wedding weight ( got married eight years ago this July) So many things to be proud of and happy about!..
Wow....so glad I stumbled into this thread !! I have only been here a week !! I have a long journey ahead but I know that it goes by quickly. Friday will officially be 7 days and I have already shed 10lbs (its the water) lol Reading your stories gives me hope real hope that this time, this plan.....is the right one to see me to good health. Already, I can feel the energy, the freedom of movement !!!.
Starting wt 290.
Current wt 280.
Goal wt 160..
Good job keep up the work. I have not started yet I am waiting for my supply of food to come in the mail. I am very excited to start shedding. Keep it up...
I have gone from a size 26 jeans to a size 12..
I have gone from a 3XXX top to a Large.
I can run 1 mile without stopping, from not being able to walk from one room to the next without huffing...
I have gone from a size 16 to a 8/10 in pants..
In Shirts I have gone from a XXL to a medium/large.
Bras..um well..I am just wearing ones to big..
Shoes I have gone from a 9 to an 8.
Physically I am beginning to see the real me in the mirror..
I no longer cry at night when I feel bad about myself..
Food can not fix my feelings. It might fix it for 2 seconds, but after it goes down my stomach the feelings come back and so does the guilt for eating a bag of cookies..
I can't just have one cookie, so they stay out of the house..
IT is ok to be hungry sometimes. It is when I start feeling green around the gills that I have to eat!.
Shopping is much more fun now. That as I get into smaller sizes it is easier to find bargins. In a 12-14 the good things were gone quick but smaller sizes were there. There are always 4's and 6's which is my goal size...
What a great thread! Thanks for starting it, Aerielle..
Let's see...I've lost over 100 pounds, gone from a size 24/26 to a size 16. I still wear size 4X T-shirts...as nightgowns! I now wear XL or L T-shirts with jeans. Oh yes, now I CAN wear jeans! I went from being a total couch potato to a practitioner of yoga (a newbie, but improving everyday). I have gone from hoping the community theatre would do a play with a good "fat lady" role to actually auditioning for a part and worrying that I might to too slim and trim! (How ironic is that?).
I'm about 2/3 of the way to my goal and have all this to be thankful for. I can't wait to see what else will be added to the list as the journey continues...
(Reviving this thread because it's awesome and newbies and vets alike need to realize there is more to this than just losing weight)..
Me? As of today I am down 100lbs (101 but that doesn't sound as milestone-y), have gone from size 22 pants/jeans to size 12-14-16 depending on the brand (not to mention having access to a much wider choice of brands), a size 2x-3x tops to size L and XL, no longer fear people seeing my swollen ankles (because they're not swollen anymore) and from having no neck to a normal neck that also includes collar bones..
But I also don't worry about sitting in chairs that look like they may not hold me, don't fret about squeezing into a packed elevator, have moved the driver seat up a notch in the car, don't mind so much when someone hugs me, and LOVE shopping. Confidence has never been a problem for me, but I have even more than I ever did. If I ever get on an airplane again I'm excited about not worrying about that guy in the middle seat..
All such fabulous accomplishments for all of us, and it's important to know that probably the number one accomplishment is that we like our bodies, we like ourselves, and we respect ourselves now enough to know that we are worth this journey...