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I just wanted to say hi and let everyone know I read enough about Medifast that I finally convinced myself to order last night. My name is David, Im 39 years young and I need to lose 80 - 90 pounds. My wife Maria and I are both going to start Medifast soon and Iv'e been lurking the forums for a few days in search of info..

I haven't always been overweight and in fact it wasn't until the past 10 years that I really started putting the weight on. Im pretty sure it was due to my job and my sedentary lifestyle from said job. I worked midnight to 8am for the past 12 years and eating too much fast food, little to no exercise, and just being tired and lazy I managed to baloon to an all time high of 240 about a year ago. When I got out of the Navy in 1994 I was a svelt 160 pounds and Id like to get back there again..

Over the past year or so Iv'e become aware that I need to do something and I began walking a route around my neighborhood and through the park that I clocked to be 3.16 miles. I try and do this 3 times a week but for all my efforts the weight hasn't come off. Im hoping that inckuding Medifast into the equation will be the answer Im looking for to finally get back into decent shape..

I look forward to talking to you all some more in the future....

David.

Comments (140)

Hi and welcome! Medifast WILL WORK! It is such an easy program to do! You and your wife will love it! Good luck and losses to you both!.

Comment #1

Hi Dave!! Welcome to the boards and congratulations on making the decision to start Medifast. If you follow the plan as written and try not to tweak it, you and your wife will get some amazing results. The plan works and you will lose weight FAST!!!!.

Wishing you and your wife the best of luck!!.

Comment #2

Welcome! It's awesome that you and your wife are doing this together. It helps to have that support. I look forward to seeing your progress..

Comment #3

Welcome! .

I am just finishing my first week - there are a lot of newbies here, so we are not alone! Good luck to you in your journey!.

Comment #4

Welcome! Stick with it and you will be amazed at the weight you will lose! I started in February and I'm smaller than I've been in 10 years! The first week is tough so don't do your 3 mile walk and drink lots of water and I chew gum to distract myself from cravings! Good luck and I can't wait to watch your progress!.

Comment #5

Welcome to the loser's club! I'm just finishing my second week and it's been great. The first week was a little tough but not as bad as I imagined. The food is not bad, I really like the chicken soup, shakes and bars. If you follow the plan you'll be very happy with the results....really. It works. Good luck!.

Comment #6

Hi & welcome!.

I think it's so great that your wife is going on this journey with you!.

Comment #7

Welcome David...Best to you and your wife! This is an amazing program..stay op (on plan) and you'll do great!!.

Comment #8

Welcome Dave! Looking forward to see both your and your wife's success on this program!.

Comment #9

Congrats on your decision to commit to MF. Look forward to hearing about your journey!.

Comment #10

It seems I am seeing a lot more husbands and wives doing Medifast together. I think that's wonderful. Welcome aboard!.

Comment #11

Hey Dave ... nice to have you (and your wife) on the boards! Welcome to the Medifast Fam.

Like you - I lurked on the boards and soaked up information and tips before I ordered. It made a big difference! I knew to soak the soups - so I made it right off the bat in the morning and stored it in a thermous till lunch. I knew about the cauli pizza and how good it was supposed to be - so I made multiple crusts and had them in the freezer ready to go. I could go on ... but won't .

Use the boards - read and post - I am sure you'll be successful. The plan works and once you get over the initial transition hump - it's a breeze! .

Best to you and your wife - look forward to hearing about your journey..

Laura.

Comment #12

Thanks for the replies everyone, should get my Medifast order next week sometime. In the mean time gonna test my signature and read up on the boards some more....

Comment #13

Welcome! It's great you're reading the boards. I've gotten great info, recipe ideas, and inspiration from my fellow Medifasters and I think that level of support has made it much easier for me to stick with the program..

Best of luck to you and your wife!.

Comment #14

The day is here at last !! Today we will start our Medifast diet and we are looking forward to seeing some good results. Im hoping this is as easy as everyone posts about. We've had our order for a few days now and we were just waiting for August to hit the calendar.

My birthday is January 29th and Im hoping to achieve my goal by then so here's to a challenging and hopefully rewarding next 6 months....

Comment #15

Congrats on taking the steps to have a wonderful "rest of your life" - living healthy!.

Hope to see you around more often, and definitely stick with it. It's amazing how much better you start to feel as you shed the extra pounds. I'm nowhere near goal yet and I feel an amazing difference!.

Comment #16

Welcome! My hubby and I are doing this together, too...just be careful - my DH eats more and loses more than I do and that's a bone of contention!! LOL.

Comment #17

<snicker> We have another Dave - and he's crazy, too!.

Seriously, Dave (and wife) welcome to the family..

Comment #18

Just remember, no diet is easy. The first week on this is TOUGH! You gotta want it. After you reach ketosis though, it's easy. I never once cheated on 5&1, if you do the same, you WILL reach your goal of losing it by your birthday in January. No luck needed, just some determination. Welcome to you and your wife. These boards will really help keep you on track..

Comment #19

Welcome Dave (and Maria)! You'll both do great on this program and it's wonderful that you are doing it together! Congratulations and I can't wait to hear of your successes!.

Comment #20

Hey Crazy Dave - welcome! It is wonderful that you and you wife are doing this together. You can cook L/Gs together and get rid of all the distracting food. In fact, you're whole family will benefit..

And what is it about new jobs? Same thing happened to me 12 years ago. New job = 70 new pounds. But this time I will get rid of that weight for good. (but still keep the job! ).

Comment #21

So I started off today with the Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal which wasnt too bad. Had a Lemon Bar for my mid morning snack and just had the Chicken Noodle soup for lunch. Iv'e drank 4 / 32 ounce glasses of water so far today as well. Ill have to squeeze in a drink sometime toady and maybe a chocolate pudding for desert. Gonna have a chicken breast with some iceburg lettuce and spinach for my lean and green tonight..

I dont think I'll have any problems eating this food, nothing tasted incredibly horrible just yet. I never really was a big eater either, I just ate the wrong kind of foods. That and the occcassional 4 or 5 beers on Sat/Sundays...

I forgot to mention in my original post about my motorcycle wreck a few weeks so I added it to my page. In light of that and the pain pill, sleeping all the time, and no exercise diet Ive been on the last 2 1/2 weeks I managed to add an extra 10 pounds I'll need to lose too...

So far so good, talked to my wife and she seems to like it so far as well too....

Comment #22

W O W - is all I can say at the moment. I woke up a bit early today and decided to hop on the scale just to take a peek at the early results. I was shocked when I looked down and actually stepped off and back on the scale again just to make sure I wasnt seeing things. After only 2 days OP Iv'e dropped 8 pounds already.....



Im thinking Im going to like this diet. So far Iv'e had No headaches and the foods Iv'e tasted have been fine so far. Im just imagining once my foot gets better and I can start walking how much fat Im going to shed. Really excited to say the least after 2 days .....

Comment #23

It's mostly water weight, don't let it go to your head.

BTW, careful how you share this with your partner, she won't lose as quickly as you will with your mantabolism. Be supportive of her smaller losses..

Comment #24

Welcome to you both!.

My husband was the driving force in he and I joining MF, and we started just over a week ago. So far I am delighted by how easy it has been, and so has hubby. Occasional hungry moments, but usually not much more than half an hour before my next meal anyway and I can handle that with some distraction and more water water water!.

One of my favorite tips was to cut the bars into small pieces (I usually get 20 or 24 pieces out of them) and then chew each piece as many times as you can manage and take a sip of water beween bites. It really makes those bars VERY satisfying to me, especially the Chocolate Mint and the Peanut Butter ones. Not so incidentally I can take half an hour to eat my bar instead of having it gone in two minutes like my husband does, LOL..

Glad to have you here, and although I'm only a few days ahead of you please let me know if I can do anything to help you or your wife..

Comment #25

Im at a loss of words right now because I did not in any way think Id enjoy this much success on this plan. Im one day from being OP for one week and Iv'e lost 16 pounds so far...

Its just mind blowing that this has been so easy for me. I havent been hungry and havent had any headaches or anything else. Every morning Ive got on the scale to see another 2 lbs melted away and thats kept me 100% OP so far..

Im sure the weight loss will eventually slow down and I may not see such staggering results but it sure feels good so far and Im really focused on achieving my goal by my birthday January 29th....

Comment #26

Hi Dave, and a (belated) welcome to MF! .

That's so great that your first week is going so well. Not just the weight loss, but also that you seem to be adjusting to the Medifast Plan so nicely. As you already know, the first week typically shows the largest losses. Yes, it can be very exciting and very motivating to see the scale moving every day. So, I just want to point out that in future weeks you might want to try not weighing every day because it can discourage some of us when we're working so hard at being OP but don't see that scale moving every day..

You are off to a great start, though! A positive attitude is a huge part of success at this. That and commitment and determination. How is your wife doing so far?.

Comment #27

Thanks and yes after tommorrow I think Ill start weighing weekly just so I dont get discouraged.. My wife is doing great too, she just told me shes lost 10 lbs since we started ....

Comment #28

That's awesome, Dave! .

It's so terrific that you can do this together. That has to be a great help. I have one of those annoying husbands that can eat anything he wants. But, I keep telling him that when I reach goal, I'm going to put him on Medifast just for one week just so he sees what I went through, and also to see if he can do it. Then again, I told him it still wouldn't be too hard for him because at least he'd know he was only doing it for a week. *Sigh* He's such a great guy and the world's best husband but he could never really understand what it's like..

Comment #29

Well I couldnt wait a week to see how I was doing and I had to get on the scale today just to see. As expected after being on plan this week(maybe even more OP than week 1) Ive lost a total of 1 pound. Its kind of discouraging to see this as I was expecting to lose around 5 pounds this week. I still have four more days till Monday my official weigh day so who knows....

Comment #30

Its easy to get discouraged, but don't!! It will all even out by the end of the week....

Comment #31

You're doing great 17lbs in less than two weeks!! Don't get discouraged....

Comment #32

Where are you getting this 5 pound expectation? The plan only says you can lose UP TO 5 pounds in a week. That means most people, most of the time can expect less. I never averaged a pound a week. I think you need to get your expectations more in line with the program. Also, remember the scale is not your only measurement tool. And it is just that, a tool.

It's another tool to measure progress. Most times it's more accurate than the scale. Use all your tools to measure progress. Stop relying on just one because it can lie to you..

Comment #33

I might have to realise Im a daily weigher and quit thinking Im going to do it once a week. I just get tempted to get on the scale every morning I wake up. I did manage to lose 3 lbs total for week 2 and Ive lost an addition 1lb last night which finally puts me at.

-20.

Since I started.. Lol , have a great day everyone....

Comment #34

Welcome, as you can see, if you follow the program as written, the weight loss is guaranteed!! Good luck, and come back here often for support.

Comment #35

Hi and welcome! Medifast WILL WORK! It is such an easy program to do! You and your wife will love it! Good luck and losses to you both!..

Comment #36

Hi Dave!! Welcome to the boards and congratulations on making the decision to start Medifast. If you follow the plan as written and try not to tweak it, you and your wife will get some amazing results. The plan works and you will lose weight FAST!!!!.

Wishing you and your wife the best of luck!!..

Comment #37

Welcome! It's awesome that you and your wife are doing this together. It helps to have that support. I look forward to seeing your progress...

Comment #38

Welcome!.

I am just finishing my first week - there are a lot of newbies here, so we are not alone! Good luck to you in your journey!..

Comment #39

Welcome! Stick with it and you will be amazed at the weight you will lose! I started in February and I'm smaller than I've been in 10 years! The first week is tough so don't do your 3 mile walk and drink lots of water and I chew gum to distract myself from cravings! Good luck and I can't wait to watch your progress!..

Comment #40

Welcome to the loser's club! I'm just finishing my second week and it's been great. The first week was a little tough but not as bad as I imagined. The food is not bad, I really like the chicken soup, shakes and bars. If you follow the plan you'll be very happy with the results....really. It works. Good luck!..

Comment #41

Hi & welcome!.

I think it's so great that your wife is going on this journey with you!..

Comment #42

Welcome David...Best to you and your wife! This is an amazing program..stay op (on plan) and you'll do great!!..

Comment #43

Welcome Dave! Looking forward to see both your and your wife's success on this program!..

Comment #44

Congrats on your decision to commit to MF. Look forward to hearing about your journey!..

Comment #45

It seems I am seeing a lot more husbands and wives doing Medifast together. I think that's wonderful. Welcome aboard!..

Comment #46

Hey Dave ... nice to have you (and your wife) on the boards! Welcome to the Medifast Fam.

Like you - I lurked on the boards and soaked up information and tips before I ordered. It made a big difference! I knew to soak the soups - so I made it right off the bat in the morning and stored it in a thermous till lunch. I knew about the cauli pizza and how good it was supposed to be - so I made multiple crusts and had them in the freezer ready to go. I could go on ... but won't.

Use the boards - read and post - I am sure you'll be successful. The plan works and once you get over the initial transition hump - it's a breeze!.

Best to you and your wife - look forward to hearing about your journey..

Laura..

Comment #47

Thanks for the replies everyone, should get my Medifast order next week sometime. In the mean time gonna test my signature and read up on the boards some more.....

Comment #48

Welcome! It's great you're reading the boards. I've gotten great info, recipe ideas, and inspiration from my fellow Medifasters and I think that level of support has made it much easier for me to stick with the program..

Best of luck to you and your wife!..

Comment #49

The day is here at last !! Today we will start our Medifast diet and we are looking forward to seeing some good results. Im hoping this is as easy as everyone posts about. We've had our order for a few days now and we were just waiting for August to hit the calendar.

My birthday is January 29th and Im hoping to achieve my goal by then so here's to a challenging and hopefully rewarding next 6 months.....

Comment #50

Congrats on taking the steps to have a wonderful "rest of your life" - living healthy!.

Hope to see you around more often, and definitely stick with it. It's amazing how much better you start to feel as you shed the extra pounds. I'm nowhere near goal yet and I feel an amazing difference!..

Comment #51

Welcome! My hubby and I are doing this together, too...just be careful - my DH eats more and loses more than I do and that's a bone of contention!! LOL..

Comment #52

<snicker> We have another Dave - and he's crazy, too!.

Seriously, Dave (and wife) welcome to the family...

Comment #53

Just remember, no diet is easy. The first week on this is TOUGH! You gotta want it. After you reach ketosis though, it's easy. I never once cheated on 5&1, if you do the same, you WILL reach your goal of losing it by your birthday in January. No luck needed, just some determination. Welcome to you and your wife. These boards will really help keep you on track...

Comment #54

Welcome Dave (and Maria)! You'll both do great on this program and it's wonderful that you are doing it together! Congratulations and I can't wait to hear of your successes!..

Comment #55

Hey Crazy Dave - welcome! It is wonderful that you and you wife are doing this together. You can cook L/Gs together and get rid of all the distracting food. In fact, you're whole family will benefit..

And what is it about new jobs? Same thing happened to me 12 years ago. New job = 70 new pounds. But this time I will get rid of that weight for good. (but still keep the job! )..

Comment #56

So I started off today with the Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal which wasnt too bad. Had a Lemon Bar for my mid morning snack and just had the Chicken Noodle soup for lunch. Iv'e drank 4 / 32 ounce glasses of water so far today as well. Ill have to squeeze in a drink sometime toady and maybe a chocolate pudding for desert. Gonna have a chicken breast with some iceburg lettuce and spinach for my lean and green tonight..

I dont think I'll have any problems eating this food, nothing tasted incredibly horrible just yet. I never really was a big eater either, I just ate the wrong kind of foods. That and the occcassional 4 or 5 beers on Sat/Sundays...

I forgot to mention in my original post about my motorcycle wreck a few weeks so I added it to my page. In light of that and the pain pill, sleeping all the time, and no exercise diet Ive been on the last 2 1/2 weeks I managed to add an extra 10 pounds I'll need to lose too...

So far so good, talked to my wife and she seems to like it so far as well too.....

Comment #57

W O W - is all I can say at the moment. I woke up a bit early today and decided to hop on the scale just to take a peek at the early results. I was shocked when I looked down and actually stepped off and back on the scale again just to make sure I wasnt seeing things. After only 2 days OP Iv'e dropped 8 pounds already.....

Im thinking Im going to like this diet. So far Iv'e had No headaches and the foods Iv'e tasted have been fine so far. Im just imagining once my foot gets better and I can start walking how much fat Im going to shed. Really excited to say the least after 2 days ......

Comment #58

It's mostly water weight, don't let it go to your head.

BTW, careful how you share this with your partner, she won't lose as quickly as you will with your mantabolism. Be supportive of her smaller losses...

Comment #59

Welcome to you both!.

My husband was the driving force in he and I joining MF, and we started just over a week ago. So far I am delighted by how easy it has been, and so has hubby. Occasional hungry moments, but usually not much more than half an hour before my next meal anyway and I can handle that with some distraction and more water water water!.

One of my favorite tips was to cut the bars into small pieces (I usually get 20 or 24 pieces out of them) and then chew each piece as many times as you can manage and take a sip of water beween bites. It really makes those bars VERY satisfying to me, especially the Chocolate Mint and the Peanut Butter ones. Not so incidentally I can take half an hour to eat my bar instead of having it gone in two minutes like my husband does, LOL..

Glad to have you here, and although I'm only a few days ahead of you please let me know if I can do anything to help you or your wife...

Comment #60

Im at a loss of words right now because I did not in any way think Id enjoy this much success on this plan. Im one day from being OP for one week and Iv'e lost 16 pounds so far...

Its just mind blowing that this has been so easy for me. I havent been hungry and havent had any headaches or anything else. Every morning Ive got on the scale to see another 2 lbs melted away and thats kept me 100% OP so far..

Im sure the weight loss will eventually slow down and I may not see such staggering results but it sure feels good so far and Im really focused on achieving my goal by my birthday January 29th.....

Comment #61

Hi Dave, and a (belated) welcome to MF!.

That's so great that your first week is going so well. Not just the weight loss, but also that you seem to be adjusting to the Medifast Plan so nicely. As you already know, the first week typically shows the largest losses. Yes, it can be very exciting and very motivating to see the scale moving every day. So, I just want to point out that in future weeks you might want to try not weighing every day because it can discourage some of us when we're working so hard at being OP but don't see that scale moving every day..

You are off to a great start, though! A positive attitude is a huge part of success at this. That and commitment and determination. How is your wife doing so far?..

Comment #62

Thanks and yes after tommorrow I think Ill start weighing weekly just so I dont get discouraged.. My wife is doing great too, she just told me shes lost 10 lbs since we started .....

Comment #63

That's awesome, Dave!.

It's so terrific that you can do this together. That has to be a great help. I have one of those annoying husbands that can eat anything he wants. But, I keep telling him that when I reach goal, I'm going to put him on Medifast just for one week just so he sees what I went through, and also to see if he can do it. Then again, I told him it still wouldn't be too hard for him because at least he'd know he was only doing it for a week. *Sigh* He's such a great guy and the world's best husband but he could never really understand what it's like...

Comment #64

Well I couldnt wait a week to see how I was doing and I had to get on the scale today just to see. As expected after being on plan this week(maybe even more OP than week 1) Ive lost a total of 1 pound. Its kind of discouraging to see this as I was expecting to lose around 5 pounds this week. I still have four more days till Monday my official weigh day so who knows.....

Comment #65

Its easy to get discouraged, but don't!! It will all even out by the end of the week.....

Comment #66

You're doing great 17lbs in less than two weeks!! Don't get discouraged.....

Comment #67

Where are you getting this 5 pound expectation? The plan only says you can lose UP TO 5 pounds in a week. That means most people, most of the time can expect less. I never averaged a pound a week. I think you need to get your expectations more in line with the program. Also, remember the scale is not your only measurement tool. And it is just that, a tool.

It's another tool to measure progress. Most times it's more accurate than the scale. Use all your tools to measure progress. Stop relying on just one because it can lie to you...

Comment #68

I might have to realise Im a daily weigher and quit thinking Im going to do it once a week. I just get tempted to get on the scale every morning I wake up. I did manage to lose 3 lbs total for week 2 and Ive lost an addition 1lb last night which finally puts me at.

-20.

Since I started.. Lol , have a great day everyone.....

Comment #69

Welcome, as you can see, if you follow the program as written, the weight loss is guaranteed!! Good luck, and come back here often for support..

Comment #70


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