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So, Im new to MF. I will be starting as soon as my shipment arrives. Well anyhow, I am from MN and we have our big state fair the end of August. I go to the state fair every year, and my friends and I look forward to it all year. Anyways, for anyone who has been to a fair or festival of any kind, you know it involves cheese curds, mini donuts, beer, and all sorts of other TERRIBLE for you foods. I really dont want to miss out on the fair, but I also know that being so new to a diet, I'm likely not going to be able to resist all those things being 2 weeks on Medifast by the time the fair gets here.

(this is my experience with other diets ive had so I really am nervous to go off plan) What are your suggestions? Anyone in a similar situation?.

Comments (120)

Hi and welcome to MF! You have made an AWEsOME choice and so glad you found these boards! .

That said, there are going to be "fairs" all the time. What I mean is challenges. There will be birthdays, holidays, weddings, etc. I think by 2 weeks, you will be ok. Will it be hard? Maybe, and maybe not.

Get start on Medifast as soon as your food comes, that is what I recommend. Read the boards here about getting started. Learn all you can. And start as soon as possible..

If I can do this, so can you!!! We know your smart, you found MF. You can TOTALLY handle the fair! Just take some Medifast with you! How about a brownie? Or some puffs? .

I look forward to seeing your first weeks numbers!.

Comment #1

Adele has given you wise advice. Why wait? Most people choose Medifast because they are looking for a way to get healthy. What do you want to want to achieve, and how would you gain by waiting an extra two weeks?.

Fairs are fun! On the program you'll learn to navigate difficult situations like that while continuing your commitment to the new and thinner you. Believe it or not, our fair had grilled chicken shish-kebabs! .

So, congratulations on choosing MF, and welcome to the boards. You are going to be amazed at what you will do on this program!.

Comment #2

If I were in your shoes I wouldn't wait. I'm glad I didn't gain another single stinkin pound and I wish I had found Medifast even sooner! However, the first couple weeks of Medifast I did isolate myself from friend situations to make sure I had it together. Maybe by the time the fair rolls around you'll have a different perspective and be glad you're not stuffing yourself full of junk like your buddies? Whatever you choose, good luck!.

Comment #3

I've waited for things like that, and totally wasn't worth it! There will always be "something" that involves food and drinking. I'd say start when your food arrives, because if you don't, there will be "something" else after that...and after that...and so on, and then you'll wonder why you didn't start WEEKS eariler. By the time the fair has arrived, I bet you'll be down 5-10 pounds....

AND...if you do go...please ride the tilt-a-whirl or something for me...we don't have fairs here!.

Comment #4

Well, I think the above advice is good but there is no one answer. What was your intention when you ordered the Medifast food knowing you would get it before the fair?The fact that you are posting about this indicates that you are worried that you won't be able to stay on program at the fair and that one of the things you look forward to about the fair is the food. Waiting two weeks to start isn't going to be tragic unless you lose your momentum and don't ever start. Going on program when you get your food and refraining at the fair will put you two weeks (and probably several pounds) ahead of the game. If you decide to take the plunge and start, you have made a commitment to yourself and I would suggest you DO NOT GO OFF PROGRAM AT ALL AT THE FAIR. That will just put you back at square one and undo the progress you have made and, like you said, possibly totally derail your motivation and momentum.

My sense from reading your post is that you should wait until after the fair but you have to figure it out and then do what is best for you..

Comment #5

I agree with everything cellis said. Good luck on whatever you decide to do!.

Comment #6

I agree with the above. If you start right away and stay OP, you should see some very positive results. These positive results may really help you come fair time because you will be succeeding and hopefully you will feel empowered and take the control that you will need to say NO to the mini-donuts, etc......but you know what, if you make a mistake, you move on and get right back OP. You've made a very good choice coming here. Medifast is very easy to follow and if you read all the materials and follow it you will be very happy with the results......Welcome and Good Luck.

Comment #7

Welcome!.

I started Feb 8, 2010. I had originally planned to start the first day of lent and really enjoy Mardi Gras (fried donuts, mmm), but when my shipment came, I decided I was ready and I really wanted to get started. Sure, holidays, events, and celebrations are hard. You're going to have to learn how to control eating at all times anyway. If you reach goal and continue to 'go all out' for celebrations, you may not stay at goal very long. So being on plan for this challenge may help you in the long run..

You are right about the OP/Off-plan switching. You won't get the results you want on Medifast if you don't stay on plan (it takes around 3 days to get into ketosis). So commit before and challenge yourself to stay OP at the fair or commit after and face challenges when you've already seen some progress. It's a personal decision only you can make, because only you know your own ability to resist temptation..

Good luck with the fair. Let us know how it goes....

Emma.

Comment #8

"Why Wait?" Only worked for me in regards to staying a virgin until I married 29 years ago because I was a commited Christian knowing that my husband and I would have a special relationship that was truly, only ours. In regards to starting the Medi-Fast plan, I found that I had many excuses for not losing weight, but no good reasons, so I started this past Sunday and am feeling great and looking forward to refreshing my husband's memory of what I looked like when we married! And based on his wonderful support thus far, I think he's looking forward to it too!.

Comment #9

I went to Six Flags a few days into my Medifast journey. I took enough bars for the whole day. I ate my bars, drank lots of water and had a salad for dinner. Was I tempted? Sure. I just didn't give in and I am glad I didn't..

Comment #10

Hi Jillian! I am from MN too and I know what a big deal the fair is!! I can't wait!!.

It would be easy for me to say just start now and stay OP during the fair (bring bars, drink lots of water, etc) but it is also important that you are mentally ready to jump in 100% when you do start, so if that means having a start date set a couple weeks from now after you have your fair day, then you should do that. Keep that date in your head and fully commit to it, have fun at the fair, but don't go too crazy! .

See you at the Great MN Get Together!! If you are by Coasters stop by and listen to my friends The Soupbones and Chris Vox play, they're both great!.

Comment #11

I am from MN too In fact my Dad has the snake zoo at the fair every year! I say you do what you feel is right for you whether it is waiting or not. Just keep in mind there will always be an event that involves yummy food and you will eventually have to get in a frame of mind that you cope with not eating for entertainment. Before I started Medifast I did have my last dairy queen and a nice dinner out and I can tell you that now that I have been on the plan for a few weeks I don't feel like I am missing much, and you will feel the same once you are "in the groove". Have fun at the fair!.

Comment #12

Our fair is coming up in September... AND I LOVE THE FAIR! But, the truth is, I love FOOD. I love fair food, carnival food, wedding food, birthday party food, cookout food, graduation food, camping food - ALL things I've been inundated with all stinking summer long!.

I had to make some decisions. ALL of those things will be there for me (in moderation) after Medifast. ONE YEAR of missing them isn't the end of my life. But ONE YEAR of continuing the path I was on *COULD* get me to the end of my life a little quicker!.

I started Medifast on my daughter's 2nd birthday. I knew there would be cake. I knew there would be ice cream - I LOVE BOTH. But I decided, if they were a temptation on THAT day, they would be temptations on every other birthday too - so I just had to do it..

By the way - our fairs have things like: sausages with peppers and onions, sweet potato french fries, pit beef BBQ sandwiches, funnel cake, gyros, deep fried oreos, deep fried snickers, ice cream sundaes and banana splits!!!! I have no idea what "cheese curds" are (besides the obvious, and I'm thinking it's not that)... and a mini donut is just a little donut, right???.

Comment #13

Do not put it off just start. After you step on the scale after that first week it will make you strong and help you when you go to the fair. When you go to the fair after two week op you will be able to do it! I have been on the plan for ten days and never before have I been able to stay on a diet never! Medifast is just great once you make it past your first couple of days it gets so much easier.

I dropped 13 pounds my first week. It is so worth it..

Patirica.

Comment #14

Jillian - There is always going to be some occasion, birthday, holiday, anniversary, special event right around the corner. You have to decide which is more important to you. Starting Medifast and your journey to a thinner, healthier you, or going to a fair, binging on foods that are full of fat and empty calories. Medifast will work for you, but you have to be committed to it. You could easily go to your fair and stay on plan if that's what you actually WANT to do. The choice is yours and no one else's.

Comment #15

Another vote to start asap. wait until you see how much weight you lose during the first 2 weeks. that was such a motivator for me to resist tempting foods!.

Comment #16

I was super excited to start Medifast too!! But I had my big girls weekend coming up and wanted to have one last "weekend". But tthen I got some troubling news from my doctor and decided to start right away. I knew my friends would be supportive of my choice and help me in my journey. So, that's what I did! I started On a wednesday and left my girls weekend on Friday. Luckily we were staying in a condo so we bought all out own food. We all went grocery shopping and planned dinners and lunches according to what I could have.

Good luck on your journey!!.

Comment #17

I want to thank all of you for your great advice. I have spent a lot of time thinking about this today and I have come to a conclusion. The first thing I realized was 'why am I laboring so much about what day to begin the program? Is going to the fair and eating a ton of deep fried, greasy food really that important to me?" So I did a lot of thinking and I think I realized a few things. First off, as much as I do enjoy the typical fair foods (which by the way mamakimbee, cheese curds are battered deep fried pieces of cheese...so bad for you), but anyways, I just realized that I wasn't really that upset about missing out on getting to eat all that terrible food, as much as I was nervous about making such a huge change. I have been overweight almost my entire life. There have been a few years here or there where my weight dropped and I was average weight for awhile, but that never lasts long, and slowly I crept back up.

So why on earth would I want to postpone getting healthy and losing weight to go chow down on a bunch of greasy food and just increase my weight even more. And I realized that I dont know how not to be fat. Being fat has become my crutch, my excuse for why I can or cant do certain things. As much as I hate being overweight, it is pretty much all I have ever known, and as excited as I am to lose the weight and be thin, I dont know how to react to that possibility. And I am even more scared that I will work hard, but still fail and end up being stuck fat.

I am going to start Medifast as soon as I get my order and I am going to kick butt on this program and I am GOING to lose weight. And I'm still going to the fair, but Im not going to eat the junk thats there. And next year when I go....Im going to be one of the hot girls who gets to enjoy the August sunshine in a tank top and shorts and not be sweating to death in jeans! So...sorry for the long post, it just felt really good to say this (well write it actually), but all of you who responded to my post were a very important part in my realizing this, so thank you!.

Comment #18

In hindsight, I wish I would have started two weeks earlier. That would give me two weeks closer to goal!!.

If you're really ready now....you shouldn't have any trouble making this decision and sticking with it!.

Good luck!!.

Comment #19

Jillian, I totally understand! .

You are going to do great on MF!.

Comment #20

There will always be an excuse for putting off starting a diet. You have to just jump in with both feet!!.

Comment #21

Wow, Jillian... That's great! I think you've made a very wise decision. I especially loved "I will not hide behind my junk food any more." Copy your post into a word processor, print it out, and post it somewhere that you can read it often. You've come up with a great motivation for being on the program!.

Comment #22

Jillian: It's awesome that you have made your decision. Now you can get off the gerbil wheel in your brain and jump on board the Medifast train. Your insight and reflections are great. Make sure you keep us posted..

Comment #23

I know EXACTLY what you mean! But I am learning!.

Comment #24

Hi and welcome to MF! You have made an AWEsOME choice and so glad you found these boards!.

That said, there are going to be "fairs" all the time. What I mean is challenges. There will be birthdays, holidays, weddings, etc. I think by 2 weeks, you will be ok. Will it be hard? Maybe, and maybe not..

Get start on Medifast as soon as your food comes, that is what I recommend. Read the boards here about getting started. Learn all you can. And start as soon as possible..

If I can do this, so can you!!! We know your smart, you found MF. You can TOTALLY handle the fair! Just take some Medifast with you! How about a brownie? Or some puffs?.

I look forward to seeing your first weeks numbers!..

Comment #25

Adele has given you wise advice. Why wait? Most people choose Medifast because they are looking for a way to get healthy. What do you want to want to achieve, and how would you gain by waiting an extra two weeks?.

Fairs are fun! On the program you'll learn to navigate difficult situations like that while continuing your commitment to the new and thinner you. Believe it or not, our fair had grilled chicken shish-kebabs!.

So, congratulations on choosing MF, and welcome to the boards. You are going to be amazed at what you will do on this program!..

Comment #26

If I were in your shoes I wouldn't wait. I'm glad I didn't gain another single stinkin pound and I wish I had found Medifast even sooner! However, the first couple weeks of Medifast I did isolate myself from friend situations to make sure I had it together. Maybe by the time the fair rolls around you'll have a different perspective and be glad you're not stuffing yourself full of junk like your buddies? Whatever you choose, good luck!..

Comment #27

I've waited for things like that, and totally wasn't worth it! There will always be "something" that involves food and drinking. I'd say start when your food arrives, because if you don't, there will be "something" else after that...and after that...and so on, and then you'll wonder why you didn't start WEEKS eariler. By the time the fair has arrived, I bet you'll be down 5-10 pounds....

AND...if you do go...please ride the tilt-a-whirl or something for me...we don't have fairs here!..

Comment #28

Well, I think the above advice is good but there is no one answer. What was your intention when you ordered the Medifast food knowing you would get it before the fair?The fact that you are posting about this indicates that you are worried that you won't be able to stay on program at the fair and that one of the things you look forward to about the fair is the food. Waiting two weeks to start isn't going to be tragic unless you lose your momentum and don't ever start. Going on program when you get your food and refraining at the fair will put you two weeks (and probably several pounds) ahead of the game. If you decide to take the plunge and start, you have made a commitment to yourself and I would suggest you DO NOT GO OFF PROGRAM AT ALL AT THE FAIR. That will just put you back at square one and undo the progress you have made and, like you said, possibly totally derail your motivation and momentum.

My sense from reading your post is that you should wait until after the fair but you have to figure it out and then do what is best for you...

Comment #29

I agree with everything cellis said. Good luck on whatever you decide to do!..

Comment #30

I agree with the above. If you start right away and stay OP, you should see some very positive results. These positive results may really help you come fair time because you will be succeeding and hopefully you will feel empowered and take the control that you will need to say NO to the mini-donuts, etc......but you know what, if you make a mistake, you move on and get right back OP. You've made a very good choice coming here. Medifast is very easy to follow and if you read all the materials and follow it you will be very happy with the results......Welcome and Good Luck..

Comment #31

Welcome!.

I started Feb 8, 2010. I had originally planned to start the first day of lent and really enjoy Mardi Gras (fried donuts, mmm), but when my shipment came, I decided I was ready and I really wanted to get started. Sure, holidays, events, and celebrations are hard. You're going to have to learn how to control eating at all times anyway. If you reach goal and continue to 'go all out' for celebrations, you may not stay at goal very long. So being on plan for this challenge may help you in the long run..

You are right about the OP/Off-plan switching. You won't get the results you want on Medifast if you don't stay on plan (it takes around 3 days to get into ketosis). So commit before and challenge yourself to stay OP at the fair or commit after and face challenges when you've already seen some progress. It's a personal decision only you can make, because only you know your own ability to resist temptation..

Good luck with the fair. Let us know how it goes....

Emma..

Comment #32

"Why Wait?" Only worked for me in regards to staying a virgin until I married 29 years ago because I was a commited Christian knowing that my husband and I would have a special relationship that was truly, only ours. In regards to starting the Medi-Fast plan, I found that I had many excuses for not losing weight, but no good reasons, so I started this past Sunday and am feeling great and looking forward to refreshing my husband's memory of what I looked like when we married! And based on his wonderful support thus far, I think he's looking forward to it too!..

Comment #33

I went to Six Flags a few days into my Medifast journey. I took enough bars for the whole day. I ate my bars, drank lots of water and had a salad for dinner. Was I tempted? Sure. I just didn't give in and I am glad I didn't...

Comment #34

Hi Jillian! I am from MN too and I know what a big deal the fair is!! I can't wait!!.

It would be easy for me to say just start now and stay OP during the fair (bring bars, drink lots of water, etc) but it is also important that you are mentally ready to jump in 100% when you do start, so if that means having a start date set a couple weeks from now after you have your fair day, then you should do that. Keep that date in your head and fully commit to it, have fun at the fair, but don't go too crazy!.

See you at the Great MN Get Together!! If you are by Coasters stop by and listen to my friends The Soupbones and Chris Vox play, they're both great!..

Comment #35

I am from MN too In fact my Dad has the snake zoo at the fair every year! I say you do what you feel is right for you whether it is waiting or not. Just keep in mind there will always be an event that involves yummy food and you will eventually have to get in a frame of mind that you cope with not eating for entertainment. Before I started Medifast I did have my last dairy queen and a nice dinner out and I can tell you that now that I have been on the plan for a few weeks I don't feel like I am missing much, and you will feel the same once you are "in the groove". Have fun at the fair!..

Comment #36

Our fair is coming up in September... AND I LOVE THE FAIR! But, the truth is, I love FOOD. I love fair food, carnival food, wedding food, birthday party food, cookout food, graduation food, camping food - ALL things I've been inundated with all stinking summer long!.

I had to make some decisions. ALL of those things will be there for me (in moderation) after Medifast. ONE YEAR of missing them isn't the end of my life. But ONE YEAR of continuing the path I was on *COULD* get me to the end of my life a little quicker!.

I started Medifast on my daughter's 2nd birthday. I knew there would be cake. I knew there would be ice cream - I LOVE BOTH. But I decided, if they were a temptation on THAT day, they would be temptations on every other birthday too - so I just had to do it..

By the way - our fairs have things like: sausages with peppers and onions, sweet potato french fries, pit beef BBQ sandwiches, funnel cake, gyros, deep fried oreos, deep fried snickers, ice cream sundaes and banana splits!!!! I have no idea what "cheese curds" are (besides the obvious, and I'm thinking it's not that)... and a mini donut is just a little donut, right???..

Comment #37

Do not put it off just start. After you step on the scale after that first week it will make you strong and help you when you go to the fair. When you go to the fair after two week op you will be able to do it! I have been on the plan for ten days and never before have I been able to stay on a diet never! Medifast is just great once you make it past your first couple of days it gets so much easier..

I dropped 13 pounds my first week. It is so worth it..

Patirica..

Comment #38

Jillian - There is always going to be some occasion, birthday, holiday, anniversary, special event right around the corner. You have to decide which is more important to you. Starting Medifast and your journey to a thinner, healthier you, or going to a fair, binging on foods that are full of fat and empty calories. Medifast will work for you, but you have to be committed to it. You could easily go to your fair and stay on plan if that's what you actually WANT to do. The choice is yours and no one else's..

Comment #39

Another vote to start asap. wait until you see how much weight you lose during the first 2 weeks. that was such a motivator for me to resist tempting foods!..

Comment #40

I was super excited to start Medifast too!! But I had my big girls weekend coming up and wanted to have one last "weekend". But tthen I got some troubling news from my doctor and decided to start right away. I knew my friends would be supportive of my choice and help me in my journey. So, that's what I did! I started On a wednesday and left my girls weekend on Friday. Luckily we were staying in a condo so we bought all out own food. We all went grocery shopping and planned dinners and lunches according to what I could have.

Good luck on your journey!!..

Comment #41

I want to thank all of you for your great advice. I have spent a lot of time thinking about this today and I have come to a conclusion. The first thing I realized was 'why am I laboring so much about what day to begin the program? Is going to the fair and eating a ton of deep fried, greasy food really that important to me?" So I did a lot of thinking and I think I realized a few things. First off, as much as I do enjoy the typical fair foods (which by the way mamakimbee, cheese curds are battered deep fried pieces of cheese...so bad for you), but anyways, I just realized that I wasn't really that upset about missing out on getting to eat all that terrible food, as much as I was nervous about making such a huge change. I have been overweight almost my entire life. There have been a few years here or there where my weight dropped and I was average weight for awhile, but that never lasts long, and slowly I crept back up.

So why on earth would I want to postpone getting healthy and losing weight to go chow down on a bunch of greasy food and just increase my weight even more. And I realized that I dont know how not to be fat. Being fat has become my crutch, my excuse for why I can or cant do certain things. As much as I hate being overweight, it is pretty much all I have ever known, and as excited as I am to lose the weight and be thin, I dont know how to react to that possibility. And I am even more scared that I will work hard, but still fail and end up being stuck fat.

I am going to start Medifast as soon as I get my order and I am going to kick butt on this program and I am GOING to lose weight. And I'm still going to the fair, but Im not going to eat the junk thats there. And next year when I go....Im going to be one of the hot girls who gets to enjoy the August sunshine in a tank top and shorts and not be sweating to death in jeans! So...sorry for the long post, it just felt really good to say this (well write it actually), but all of you who responded to my post were a very important part in my realizing this, so thank you!..

Comment #42

In hindsight, I wish I would have started two weeks earlier. That would give me two weeks closer to goal!!.

If you're really ready now....you shouldn't have any trouble making this decision and sticking with it!.

Good luck!!..

Comment #43

Jillian, I totally understand!.

You are going to do great on MF!..

Comment #44

There will always be an excuse for putting off starting a diet. You have to just jump in with both feet!!..

Comment #45

Wow, Jillian... That's great! I think you've made a very wise decision. I especially loved "I will not hide behind my junk food any more." Copy your post into a word processor, print it out, and post it somewhere that you can read it often. You've come up with a great motivation for being on the program!..

Comment #46

Jillian: It's awesome that you have made your decision. Now you can get off the gerbil wheel in your brain and jump on board the Medifast train. Your insight and reflections are great. Make sure you keep us posted...

Comment #47

I know EXACTLY what you mean! But I am learning!..

Comment #48

Hi and welcome to MF! You have made an AWEsOME choice and so glad you found these boards!.

That said, there are going to be "fairs" all the time. What I mean is challenges. There will be birthdays, holidays, weddings, etc. I think by 2 weeks, you will be ok. Will it be hard? Maybe, and maybe not.

Get start on Medifast as soon as your food comes, that is what I recommend. Read the boards here about getting started. Learn all you can. And start as soon as possible..

If I can do this, so can you!!! We know your smart, you found MF. You can TOTALLY handle the fair! Just take some Medifast with you! How about a brownie? Or some puffs?.

I look forward to seeing your first weeks numbers!..

Comment #49

Do not put it off just start. After you step on the scale after that first week it will make you strong and help you when you go to the fair. When you go to the fair after two week op you will be able to do it! I have been on the plan for ten days and never before have I been able to stay on a diet never! Medifast is just great once you make it past your first couple of days it gets so much easier.

I dropped 13 pounds my first week. It is so worth it..

Patirica..

Comment #50


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