My Medifast cheating experiences

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First of all let me start by saying to those who are struggling with the tempation of "splurging" and going OFF the plan "just this once" - DON'T!!! I'm speaking first hand from my own experiences the past couple weekends and I will tell you - IT IS NOT WORTH IT!!! Last weekend I went out to eat at my favorite local authentic mexican restaurant and made some poor choices. The problem is when you make one poor choice, it's easier to make another. I cheated fate and still lost 4lbs that week - HOWEVER - like I said, 1 poor choice leads to another and this past weekend I totally blew it again! And once you blow it - it is SO HARD to get back OP!! I wish I could go back in time and change everything! Not only physically did I feel crappy but I think it's done more of a toll on me mentally than anything else. I'm so mad at myself for allowing me to do it. It's like I'm having to go through that whole first week again and we all know how much fun that was - not!! 3 weeks ago I could walk past a pan of brownies and not even "flinch" about "needing" one and now I see that pan of brownies and think "why not - I screwed up already - what's 1 more brownie - I'll start back up tomorrow" Well I've been saying that now for the past 3 days. Ughh...

Anyway - moral of the story is - DON'T GO OFF THE PLAN!! SO NOT WORTH IT!!..

Comments (18)

I'm really glad you posted this. I have been OP for 16 weeks and I have my daughter's wedding coming up in August. My friends (not Medifast friends) all tell me that I should take the day off Medifast and eat whatever I want at my daughter's weddiing..

I keep telling them that they don't understand what "might" happen. After reading your post, I'm encouraged to stay OP even at her wedding reception. I just think that if I couldn't handle the time off-plan, I would be giving up an awful lot...

Comment #1

There will always be weekends and weddings. There will not always be weight loss. Git 'er done!..

Comment #2

There is nothing worse than people telling you what to eat! If you want to stay on your plan for your daughters wedding then do it. LIfe shouldn't be about what we eat it should be about enjoying moments. People need to mind their own business and be supportive. Just have self control over food - sip club soda or diet coke and enjoy socializing!..

Comment #3

You're gonna be having such a great time, you won't have time to eat! Spend the time chatting with family and no one will notice what you DIDN'T eat...

Comment #4

OMG Thank you Thank you for posting this! I am a "recommitter" & I have been coming on here at least once a day to keep myself motivated. Let me tell you YOUR story is soooo mine. I get to the 160's & I blow it ( I have a bagillion times) I am currently 175.5 now & I would give anything to make myself realize I need to stick with this no matter the temptation!. It only takes once & I agree. THank you for the reminder my friend! It was a light bulb for me who happens to be going to the movies in a few!..

Comment #5

*hugs u* Thank you, thank you, a million times THANK YOU for posting this..

I had the worst week so far (6 weeks in) and though my carbs stayed under 100 I ate way too much meat and had a drink or two (not recommended but my choice) and lucky, very very lucky I might add have not gone up BUT the scale only went down 1.5 this week. So the morale of my story is like yours Stay OP! I am so glad that you posted this. I'll come back and re-read until I've gotten it through my thick skull...

Comment #6

Lori, Lovefashion, and Chris: Thanks for those supportive words. I knew my fellow MFers would have great wisdom to share on the subject of dealing with my daughter's wedding..

You All ROCK!..

Comment #7

Boy, did I EVER mess up too!!!.

First I went off plan for a day (feeling depressed about some things in my life), then felt so guilty about it that I went in the total opposite direction. I started working out 1.5 - 2 hours a day and skipping meals to save calories. Man, was that ever a mistake! I put myself into starvation mode and didn't lose a thing after all that exercise and hunger. I felt horrible, was exhausted, and got to the point where I didn't even want to eat. Not a good place, I'm still trying to recover from that and it's been 5 days now since I realized what harm I was doing to myself.

I am back on plan now and realizing that going off plan in the first place was what started this mess. It's not worth it! All those brownies and goodies will still be there once we are at our goal and can have them without guilt. Surround yourself with supportive people and you'll breeze through any public gathering with ease. You guys here have helped me alot when I get down, I have a non supportive person living in my household and is making life very difficult for me to stay on plan. But I WILL do this...and you can too!..

Comment #8

This is one post, I'll print and put on my fridge. It's almost like future me, telling past me, don't do it. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing!..

Comment #9

Yeah, I would have to agree with you, if I fall op, then I might as well give up on myself cuz I know there is no telling if I would be able to stop myself from eating or not!.

Thats something that I dnt even wanna deal or think about, thats why I just stay op and keep focus!!.

Good luck!..

Comment #10

Lwhite403 - I was going to stop over to your page to say congratulations on your weight loss, but your page is blocked. So, I will just say it here in the forum. You are doing a GREAT job! I hope in a few weeks that I will also be able to say I lost 10% in 8 weeks! Very inspiring!..

Comment #11

Hooyer5, I'm glad I am not alone with this problem. Today is my first day back on plan after a week. Every day this week as I was going to bed I thought, "I will start again tomorrow." I did that for 7 days. But, now I'm back and ready to boogy! Being off plan is not worth it...

Comment #12

Hooyer5...Your words are my words. It was like you picked the words right out of my brain. I am stuck at 228-230 and can't seem to get myself going to really commit again. I have been at this weight so many times and I can feel myself slipping. I just can't do this again. So I am going to heed your words and make a strong commtiment.

Keep up the good work!!..

Comment #13

This just makes me more aware about the challenges ahead of me. Choices are gods gift to use and sometimes we make bad ones only to learn from them. Reading more about how 1 choice snowballs and throws us off balance physically, mentally, emotionally actually inspires me to imagine how I would feel. Just try again and know in mind that you have the gift of choice, and you have the awareness to break the bad cycles. Good luck...

Comment #14

Had a great day and then I blew it last night, can you say a whole can of Pringle's. I just wanted the munch factor and I should have just gone to bed, it was after 10. I am not even sure why I wanted them UGH. One thing I have learned is to not let it take over, I am back OP 100%. It's so nice to realize that I am not the only one out there that blows it from time to time...

Comment #15

For those struggling at certain weights, not just with being on plan, Dr Beck writes some great books about the emotional aspects of weight struggles. They are very interesting & I'm learning alot from her...

Comment #16

Got up this morning and the scale said I was UP in weight. From 162.8 to 164. I almost cried. I did NOT go OFF Plan. I don't know WHY my weight went up. What I do know is that I thought...ugh..what's the point.

My first week was a huge success in my book. Confident week two will prove the same...

Comment #17

Use this stumble as a way to jump right back ON PLAN. You can do it!.

Some thoughts that keep me ON PLAN in those kinds of situations...

"Focus on your relationships with PEOPLE, not your relationship with food.".

Think of food as a 4-letter F word.

"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up." Anne Lamott.


Happy Amazing August!..

Comment #18

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


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