You can do this, but you have to make the effort. Medifast is not some magical powder that will immediately remove compulsion or impulses, but it does give you the tools to empower yourself to make the right choices..
The first week is the hardest, yes, but the following weeks can be equally trying as you learn what your new lifestyle means. I had to change my driving route to avoid a certain fast food place early in my Medifast journey. There have been times that it took every morsel of my being to say "no" to something that was off plan..
Bottom line: you have to make the changes necessary to make this work. It's a simple plan, but it's not always an easy one to follow. You CAN do it, and more importantly, you are worth the effort and struggle! Think about how good you'll feel when you make the right choices, stay on plan, and don't have to fear the weekly weigh-in...
I'm sorry you are having such a hard time. I've read that it takes 21 days to create a new habit, and you were struggling to create this particular new habit (eating completely on-plan). I would suggest that you make a list of the reasons you want to make healthy eating and sticking to the program a habit in your life. Why do you want to lose weight? Do you want to get healthy (or just remain healthy, if you have no health problems)? Do you want to look good? Do you want to be more attractive to your husband? Do you want to be able to play with your kids? Go for a hike and not get winded? What are your specific reasons for wanting to lose weight? Write them down on a piece of paper and laminate it if you can. Post it where you can see it daily. Carry a copy with you when you go out.
Do this every time. Just make sure you continue to remind yourself that you are worth the effort it takes to resist the temptation. You will get stronger with each time you choose you over the cupcake, and you will find it gets easier and easier to pass right by the temptations. In fact, after a while, it will become a habit...
For me one of the hardest things for me was not only knowing I wanted to lose weight. I had to be really ready. I had to get real with myself. Otherwise I knew no matter how badly I wanted to lose the weight I was destined to not succeed long term. I had to wait until I was ready. Have you taken some time to evaluate everything about your life? When you are ready it really is easy.
Until then, like lots of us you end up spending a lot of money and alot of time spinning your wheels. Hopefully you can discover what ever it is that is making you stand in your own way. Post alot and ask questions. There are so many folks here who are so kind and compassionate and there are some who will give you lots of tough love. A combination of both is what has kept me real and on track..
Chanee - to add to what the others have said...in regards to the fast food....drive a different route! Seriously...when I started, I would get off the freeway and go south. then go all the way around the block and then back to my house. prolly a mile outta my way, BUT it kept me from driving by McD's or BK or Taco Bell..
I know it sounds crazy, but it worked. I didn't see it, so it didn't exist!.
Take it one packet at a time!!!!!!! You can do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..
I am reading a life changing book that has helped me with my love of food and difficulty in staying OP. It discusses specifically how our "emotional eating is about our need to control, dependency on melodrama, desire for what is forbidden, and the belief that one wrong move can lead to catastrophe." She talks about her journey to weight loss and how the weight was not her issue. The author is Geneen Roth. The current book I am reading is titled, When Love is Food". I do not believe will power is the problem with over eaters but there is a solution within ourselves. Good luck!..
You've only failed if you stop trying.
Get on the scale, square yourself with reality and get back OP! Then, let me recommend keeping a food journal, which is really more and "emotions" journal. It will help you pinpoint when and why you want to give in and it gives you something to do besides eat!..
Thank you for posting this today. The responses have helped me as well. I also had a difficult time today. I am very unhappy with my job. I only have 9 more weeks before I make a change but some days are harder than others and today was rainy which always affects my mood. The chips in the cabinet were calling me.
The end of the day is nearing & I feel a little stronger and happier that I didn't "give in".
Say a prayer & keep on keeping on - one minute at a time - this is just a stumble - not a fall!..
I had to want to lose weight and stay 100% On Plan MORE than I wanted to eat off plan and/or eat what I wanted. Been there, done that. I had to make it a lifestyle change for me once and for all. I realized that nothing, absolutely nothing was worth more than ME. Therefore no food or reason was worth me eating off plan. My health is worth me staying on plan.
I took the option of failing again, eating off plan, etc. OFF the table. I had been down that path too many times. I kept doing the same thing over and over again. And nothing changed.
I had to CHANGE, my whole outlook on food and my whole life style around food. It was worth it. The holidays came and went and I stayed on plan. The holidays came and went in maintenance and I STAYED on my plan. I knew what happens to ME when "I" stray from my plan.
I know it's hard and the decision is one you alone can make. Good Luck and know we are all here to support you. Dan..
Great post Dan!.
I am two weeks and two days in! Day ten was the hardest day for me! I don't know why, or what, or how.... but it was a white knuckle ride with a couple of casualties. :O.
I got up and dusted myself off and just went right back to plan. I can honestly say day by day the eating gets better and the cravings decrease. It helped me to write down how full/happy/satisfied I was after each meal. That way if there was a food that didn't quite do it for me I know I will not order it again. Even though each meal is interchangeable there were a couple of things that didn't seem to last as long. You can do this!!!..
We are all cheering for you. I find forgiveness a useful tool in focusing on the long term which is to achieve my goal. My thoughts are with you...
Hey Chanee -.
Cut yourself some slack, girl! Forgive yourself first. I know it's frustrating and so easy to get down. After all my flowery talk and big plans to focus on myself the first week, I also got TKO'd by stress in week two. I swear! I thought, REALLY?!? Just when I've made this decision and thrown myself into it?!? It's really hard to remember why you're doing this, stay motivated and strong, and devote attention to the changes you're trying to make for yourself when you get overburdened with life!!.
Try to get back on track. Maybe if you think back, you can come up with some ideas for yourself to cope better next time! Tomorrow is another day and another chance to move forward!.
All my best to you -..
I know how you feel, sometimes it's really hard but it's worth it. The first 4 weeks I stayed on plan exactly. I lost around 10 pds. I felt great. Lately I have been cheating because I have been so hungry. When I stay 100% on plan the hunger really does go away but as soon as you cheat, I swear the cravings double.
I was so upset. It really isnt worth it to cheat. So today is like day 1 for me all over again. I will be 100% on the plan. I know I can do it.
The cookie I ate wasn't nearly as wonderful as the feeling I got when the scale kept moving down..
Don't get depressed just jump back on the plan 100% you can do it. Each day is a new beginning and a new chance to do what is best for us..