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I'm thoroughly enjoying reading this forum and am learning so much. There is so much good information here that at times it is overwhelming. I've been keeping a notebook and pencil beside me so I can take notes, LOL!.

I am a Type 2 diabetic (diagnosed in 2003) and am controlling (ha - not so much, actually) it with oral meds. I KNOW I need to get this weight off, but I've been unable to get myself motivated to do it until now. My most recent A1C had crept up to 7, and I've decided that enough is enough. I'm killing myself because of my love of food and it is ridiculous..

I have many "fears" about doing this (soy/breast cancer link, my underactive thyroid making it difficult for the weight to come off, etc.), but I think my greater fears have to do with the complications of diabetes. So here I am - I'm excited and apprehensive at the same time, but I have been envisioning myself being able to shop in the petite section instead of having to buy clothes that look absolutely horrid on me but at least cover up my flab, and that seems to help..

Do you have any suggestions for simple L&G meals for a newbie getting used to the diet? I dislike cooking (which is another reason this diet appeals to me - the simplicity), but I know I'll have to do it, and I'll live. I want something simple for the first week or so since I have the feeling I'm going to be suffering from headache for a few days - I'm prone to them to start with. I'm going grocery shopping on Wednesday to get ready for this. I've already bought myself the Ninja and a couple of the WF syrups to get me started..

Thanks for any help you can give me. I love the way you all support each other here. I'm looking forward to getting started!!.

Oh, and one other question - what does NSV mean? I've seen it used quite a bit and am clueless, LOL!..

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Hi and welcome! It really depends what you like for your meals, I am a big fan of cauliflower pizza and I want to try cauliflower "mac n cheese" (sounds easier lol), and I love grilling kebobs on the foreman..

NSV means non scale victory- all the great things that go along with weight loss that don't have to do with the scale in a literal sense..

Welcome you are going to do GREAT!..

Comment #1

NSV means Non Scale Victory (such as fitting into old cloths, or losing an inch).

I've only been OP for a little over a week now, but the simplicity is one of the major points for me. My cooking skills leave much to be desired, so I'm glad I only have to make 1 meal a day. The first week I started simple, chicken...lots of chicken...over some salad, some some newmen's own lighten up dressing (various flavors, very good), yesterday I did a pork loin on the george foreman, sauteed some broccoli and mushrooms, really easy stuff, took less than 10 minutes..

Welcome to the boards, I look forward to sharing this journey with you!..

Comment #2

Welcome! I'm in Transition right now, having lost 120 lbs in 11 months...and couldn't be happier! Instead of feeling the fear, try to focus on the hope! The fear will always be therebut hope combats that and helps you move forward. You sound enthusiastic and ready to go. Keep the play simple. I eat lots of salads...Romaine lettuce, a sprinkle of parmesan flakes and some Caesar dressing usually does it for me. I buy a nice big roasted chicken every Sunday from Costco. That provides 4-5 L&G meals for me.

I grill pork tenderloin and turkey burgers (mmmmm....) as well. It's worked well for me...started wearing size 24 and now wear 10/12s! Life is good!.

I'm wishing you well!.

Peace & good health,.

Kat.

**I have a few pdfs that I send to my new clients...full of tips for newbies. If you want a copy...just email me and I'll send them out to you.....

Comment #3

Nice to "meet" all of you! Thanks for the welcome!.

Kat, I do have a health coach who has sent me several pdf's already, so I probably have what you have. Thanks for the offer, though!.

One other question I just thought of... In the past, on the MANY various diets I've been on, I always weighed myself weekly, sometimes daily. When I'd have a week where I didn't lose anything, I'd get so discouraged and fall off the wagon. I'm wondering if it might not be better for me to weigh myself every other week as opposed to weekly to help keep my motivation up. Of course, Medifast is a different kind of diet compared to the other ones I've been on, so it may work differently. I just know that my body does not like to give up it's fat easily, LOL! What do you guys think?..

Comment #4

Welcome. I've only been on Medifast for six days and am on the scale every morning. It motivates me. Like Conrad above, I find the simplicity is the key for me. It's wonderful not to have to make all of those "decisions". You're doing the right thing by educating yourself as much as you can with this website. Tons of info and lots of people who will be here with you...

Comment #5

Hi, tabgar! I am a fellow T2 diabetic here, too! I was diagnosed in August, and let me tell you Medifast will definitely help you regain control of your weight. My blood sugars have gone from 123 fasting to 90 fasting and maintain at nothing above a 100 throughout the entire day! I know a big part of it is the weight loss and control of carbs per meal. I wish you the best!..

Comment #6

Hi and welcome! I love my pressure cooker and throw in a pork tenderloin or chicken breasts or lean cut of beef and add either my own spices, which chicken broth or a package of seasoning you get by the gravies and cook it all in about 1 hour and have plenty to last several days. With the pressure cooker, usually the meat if fork tender. Then I just add a green of my choice which is mostly salads cuz I love them. I also cook hamburger patties, add some not sugar added ketchup (only 1 carb per Tablespoon) and that is all I need...

Comment #7

I would weigh weekly if youa re monitoring everything you eat, that way if you have a blip on the scale you can look back and see ohhh I didntdrink enough water or oohh too much sodium or XYZ helped me lose more that week..

Comment #8

Hello and welcome!.

Our (my DH is doing Medifast with me.. rather I'm doing it with him) favorite "easy" L&G meal is most of a can of salt-free green beans (we weigh on a scale to get the right number of grams for the 3 half-cup servings) - we feed the extras (usually between 3 and 10 green beans) to the dog, who loves them. We buy whole cooked rotisserie chicken from Costco (YUM) and weigh out the proper portion (6oz white meat, or 5oz dark meat) to go with the green beans. For our healthy fat (if eating white meat) we put two wedges of laughing cow lite swiss flavored cheese into the green beans (that isn't technically on plan - but has been approved by nutritional support as fitting in to plan most closely as a healthy fat). Easy, uses the microwave and no cooking (or dishes other than whatever we nuke the green beans in to heat 'em up).

I wish you every success, and look forward to reading about your journey!..

Comment #9

One thing I figured out yesterday was that frozen veggies aren't raw. I soak them in hot water while I cook my protein and they are warm and cooked by the time I am done cooking the meat. It saves a pan and I'm all for less hand-washing dishes. If you do this, you might have to switch the water out a time or two...

Comment #10


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