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Has anyone ever needed a break? I mean a few days off to clear their heads and get refocused? I am so close to my goal but lately I have been really struggling.... Too much going on at home and I am picking here and there on stuff. Nothing big and I haven't gained..... But I feel like I just need a day or two of a break at the same time I am not looking to pig out. I really just want a pear and/or a veggie wrap!..

Comments (30)

Can't say that I've been perfect here, but for me I found making it through a tough time on plan did me far more good than when I had something off plan. Hope things get better for you.....

Comment #1

I tried it. Dosent work. Gained all my weight plus alot more back. Maybe you should try to start maint? But dont just go off, it's really hard to start again. IMO...

Comment #2

I am with COD on this one. Plus you are super close to your goal weight!!! Hang in there ( I know this is sometimes easier said than done) and hope things lighten up for you..

Comment #3

I've had that feeling but never did it. I engage in a lot of inner dialogue with myself and usually talk myself out of it. I think when you take a break, it is even harder for you to come back commited...

Comment #4

I think CoD is right, staying on plan is easier. That said, I did take three days off; an annual planned break with the boys from everything; work, family, diets, etc. Overdid it with alcohol but stayed close on food by doing a 4 & 2. I guess you could call it a 4 & 2 with a Jack Daniels chaser. I put on four pounds in three days. It came off pretty quickly and I didn't have the dreaded headaches getting back in the groove.

But, my break was not at all in response to being tired of the 5 &1. I didn't feel like I needed to eat something different, and wasn't longing for a Twinkie or anything like that. Since starting May 14th, I have never felt hungry or that I have missed out on anything. Being able to say "no thank you" to a piece of birthday cake or office doughnuts is a really powerful thing for me. For the first time ever, I am totally in control of a tiny part of my life, what I chose to eat. There are plenty of other areas I can't begin to control, but this one is mine and mine alone.

I hope everything works out for you. Whatever you decide, do it with a clear head and without regrets. Can't wait for your "made it to goal" announcement!..

Comment #5

I can't take off a day or 2 and get right back on track. It's just too hard for me. I took an unplanned break over the summer and it took me 2 months to get back on track. I won't be doing that again!!.

Only you know your personality, and whether you can do it. I just know that I can't!..

Comment #6

Taking time off is something that really scares me. I've worked too hard to get where I am and I'm pretty close to my current goal. That being said, I am facing something like this myself. I have a major surgery scheduled for 2 weeks (from yesterday). I'll have 2-3 days in the hospital and then will be staying with BF for a week or two to recover. He's been super supportive but does plan to make me chicken soup which won't totally be on plan.

Given my options, though, I would really prefer to stay OP, reach goal, and get through T&M. Whatever you decide to do - good luck and think through your decisions before your move one way or the other...

Comment #7

2 years ago I lost 100 pounds, and decided to take a brake...nope it doesn't work. Gained 50 back, this time around I plan on doing this brake-free and o/p...

Comment #8

I've taken a "one meal only" break a time or two but I wouldn't recommend it if it's likely to pull you off the program for more than 24 hours. You will pay a price for the choice. Just own it..

Personally, my inner thinking stops me from doing this because I want the weight off MORE than I want to eat stuff I've had all my life and know will be there in the future when I can afford a bite or two down the road. Now is not the time for me to stray...

Comment #9

Okay, please realize that what I'm about to write might not apply to you, but....

I cannot tell you the number of people I know who get that "just take a break" feeling very close to goal, or who hit their original goal but then keep pushing it lower and lower, and never get to the point where they transition. In many of those cases I think subconsiously the people are afraid to have the weight loss program come to an end and they're sabotaging themselves.

They might be saying "I just want a darn piece of fruit," but if you look closely you'll see that the person is feeling deprived and they want the off-plan food because they have worked so hard and deserve a break or because there's stress in their lives and they need a break. In most cases, these feelings are RED FLAGS to me that the person is viewing the weight loss phase of the program as a TEMPORARY DIET and they can't wait to get back to NORMAL eating. But if most of us do what is normal for us, we'll be right back where we started.

So I say if you decided to do the Medifast program, stick to the plan. You've only been on the program for 6 weeks. This is a LIFESTYLE change and we all need to make the switch in our minds.

Just my 2 cents.....

Comment #10

Thanks everyone for all of the responses! I don't know what I am going to do but I do think that maybe I will get the veggie wrap and not eat the wrap part! LOL Even if I over- do it on the veggies by a cup or so it's better than a complete off plan.

For me this diet is kinda temporary...... my weight was gained from pregnancy and I was just not able to get it off this time.... my son is still not sleeping through the night. I guess the temporary thing is working against me! I don't eat super bad when I am not on a diet. Most of the time. Not saying that I don't have my "moments", I am a stress eater.

So while I won't be in ketosis when I finish transition I will be watching those better!!!! I should have stock in chicken for all that we eat in this house!..

Comment #11

One hell of a slippery slope. I took a little break that turned in 1.5 years! Back with a 20lbs regain now. It's not worth it...

Comment #12

Jen, after I posted I left to start dinner but had to come back because I was concerned I might have seemed too harsh. And when I read your response, I knew I was right to return. You are not in the same category as most of us who needed to lose 50 or more pounds, and I can understand that for you, this really is a "temporary diet" rather than a lifestyle change. I apologize for my "one size fits all" answer that was not helpful for you.


Comment #13

Struggle through can make it through the momentary craving!..

Comment #14

Jen, I agree with everyone above and will repeat what Dolphin said, "it is one hell of a slippery slope..." It's so very true. As most get close to goal, myself included, we get a little restless, worry about transitioning, think a bite or two won't hurt. Here is what it has cost me...17lbs regain in 5 weeks. That translates to 59,500 extra calories or 1,700 extra calories per day above and beyond what I was eating on MedifastI could translate what that extra 1,700 calories could be made up of, but I think you get the idea. I started Medifast on 1/6/10 and lost 100lbs. I was religious about staying on plan the entire time, but as I approached goal at the beginning of September and my kids went back to school and people I hadn't seen since June couldn't believe the transformation, I started justifying a few bites here and there.

And coming from someone who also has a baby (18 mo old) that has NEVER slept thru the night, I promise you that lack of sleep can wreak havoc on your appetite and as a result your weight. Stay OP if you extra serving of veggies or a little extra protein won't kill you or your success on's all of the other stuff! LOL.

Congrats on your weight loss! You've done a great job made tougher I'm sure with a little one!.

PS For anyone who actually looks at the weight loss stats in my sig, I have conveniently not updated it or my ticker in the last 5 weeks. Thinking if I don't see it's not there. SOOOO not true, but I am so disappointed I just can't bring myself to do it. I know, I know, I need to own it...

Comment #15

Great for you on your losses so far and being so close to goal! Way to go. Transition might be the way to go, lots of MF'ers seem to get to the same place you are and go to transition a little ahead of schedule but can still manage to lose a few more pounds.

Maybe you can shake up your L&G's and try somethings you haven't tried before, add a little change but stay OP? I can't wait to be walking in your shoes and so close to goal!..

Comment #16

Ok...updated my ticker and weight loss stats...just to stay honest.....

Comment #17

Jen, have you considered beginning Transition? Many people continue to lose throughout the Transition phase. With only 3.5 pounds left to lose, you may get to goal in that phase..

It might be worth asking Nutrition Support what they think...

Comment #18

Start transition, only 3.5 lbs to go and a bad attitude will get you binging. Do not just go off 5&1, that is too hard on your body and the weight will come back. T&M works if followed correctly. I began T with a couple lbs to go and lost 4 in weeks 1-3. In week 1 you add in 1 cup of veggies, that may do it for you. If fruit is the issue do week 1 and then do week 2 for a longer time.

I have been in M a while now and it is still work every day so get used to making hard decisions and planning and tracking forever..

This would be a good thread to post in the T&M Board to hear from more T&M people. Your body and mind may be ready for transition. Sleep on it and see what tomorrow brings. If the 3.5 lbs need to go right now, for sure then stay in 5&1, if you need to transition then do it. The extra veggies seemed like a real treat to me, carrots, snap peas and a little of the starchy veggies can help your attitude. (careful with the starchy ones if you still want to lose though).

Good luck.

Will look for you on the T&M board!!!..

Comment #19

Thanks everyone!.

Linda, I don't think you were too harsh but thanks for coming back! I did feel a little silly to admit that this was temporary for me.....

I'm going to give it two more weeks before I start to transition. I just need to make it through the next day or so till TOM and maybe a little sleep wouldn't hurt. I'm also much better when I am busy so I need to focus on keeping my hands busy with projects and such...

Comment #20

I am terrified of taking a break, but I have considered it many times. I think for me it would mean really falling off the wagon. I'm even afraid of transitioning back to real food, which is, of course, a long way off. Stay with it. You will be so glad you did!..

Comment #21

Jencola, I am exactly where you are right now. I've been looking to the boards for support. It feels crazy to feel like I can't do it anymore when I only have 3.5 pounds left to loose. I decided I could do one more week and then I will start transition no matter where I am. Like you, I don't want chips or cake or burgers...I really miss fruit too!! I make lunch for my kids and feel like it's unfair I can't have a few grapes with my Medifast soup. I'm also tired of weighing everything going in my mouth.

My DH is also on Medifast so I'm cooking 3 meals each dinner so each of us has exactly the right weight of all the components of L/G and then something for the kids. It's quite exhausting. I'm going to keep hanging in there and I know you can too. Good luck to you!!..

Comment #22 don't need to have 3 separate greens each day!!! I almost always have just ONE vegetable each day... and it's fine to measure out 1.5 cups if you find that easier than weighing it.

I also don't understand why you are cooking 3 meals each night. Do you know that you should be weighing the Lean and Green AFTER it is cooked? Just cook some lean protein and one type of veggie (or use a salad). After it's cooked, weigh the proper amount for you and your husband. Give the kids the SAME food, but add a starch, such as a baked sweet potato or some brown rice. I think you're making this harder than it needs to be!..

Comment #23

I would take a look at your statement equating "taking a break" with wanting to assuage your stress with food. This is not a behavior that is going to allow you to keep the weight off long-term, I'm afraid. I hope you get through this stressful time in some other way than numbing out on food, even if it is a veggie wrap...

Comment #24

Today is pizza day at the office. I can smell it from my desk since 11:30. It is now almost 1:00. I am so tempted to have "just one slice". But I know what will happen, I will be miserable afterwards and it is just not worth it to me. I am going to start transition next week, even though I still have a few pounds to reach goal...

Comment #25

Went off last weekend for a bridal party. Did not eat a lot but the burger with cheese sure tasted great. I did not gain BUT I did not lose, either. Not worth it. Try to hang in there, you only have 3 lbs to go and after that you can go into Maintenance. Don't undo all the good you have done for yourself!..

Comment #26

Yes I have, and I'm back 30lbs heavier. Don't do it. See it through, you invested too much time, energy and money and you're sooo close. The pear and veggie wrap will be there for you when you're done. You can do it!..

Comment #27

Me too! Taking a break was the worst thing I ever did...

Comment #28

Took a break for the first time in four months. It's Been two days. Now I feel guilty. I had candy and a pizza. Lol so now I'm here to get back on track. It was my first four months.

And enough I say. I'm telling you I feel guilty. And I do find Medifast very easy. So why I did it?.

But in the end no one can tell u. It's sum thing you have to learn from urself..

Comment #29

Only you truly know how strong you are and how much you want to change. I think some people are fairly strong and can take that break and then jump right back in. Speaking from recent experience, I would say don't do it! Beginning at the end of September, I had a few off plan meals for special occasions, while sticking with the rest of the plan (my five meals). I continued to lose for three weeks, but a little more slowly. Well, last week, I got pretty careless and had several totally off plan days. Not only did I eat things I was not supposed to, I did not pay attention to my water or eat more than one or two Medifast meals per day.

I did not seem to have any of the awful side effects some people talk about when going back on plan, but I do feel bloated and my new size 12 suits are just a bit tighter (the bloat again). I am also very disappointed in myself. Not only that, I am craving foods worse than ever. Even though I have always felt this was pretty easy as far as being able to follow and not feeling hungry, I have from the beginning continued to crave foods. Now it is worse than ever, which makes sticking to the program hard for the first time since I started in July.

I have been struggling with the idea of starting transition because I think I am about where I should be, even though the number does not say so. 150 lbs. may have been good when I was in my 20s and 30s, but in my 50s, it might just be a little too thin. I don't know - like I said..............struggling...

Comment #30

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


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