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So...I want to say something, though no one asked my opinion - I'm going to give it anyways..

I have sat here for over 2 months reading blogs, posts, threads, blah blah blah about the 100% OP vs not 100% OP. And I need to admit something. I've converted.

I started out thinking - there is no way that I'll survive this plan 100% on plan, everyday - I'll miss my food, I'll miss being creative in the kitchen, I'll never survive maintenance if I don't "learn" how to use real food now, during the weight loss phase, it's just one cheat...you name it, I thought it. And you know what I realized - it's all bull****.

I've spent more time in the last two weeks on the boards and blogs than I did for the other time I've been doing this combined. And you know what I've realized. I see FAR more success stories of people advocating 100% on plan than I do otherwise. I also see very few of them on the "how do I make this Medifast meal taste better" boards.

I remember something COD wrote when I really started getting into this - this is not food, it's fuel. I made a promise to myself - I would limit my condiments to just during my L&G. Because honestly, I've shoved some really gross, unhealthy food down my trap for years, I'm pretty sure that sucking down a less than fantastic strawberry shake WON'T be the death of me. (Disclaimer here for foods you gag on and don't want to throw the money down the drain). If I can swallow it and not have it come back up - I figure it's fine just the way it is.

Also - as a lot of the "vets" say - this nonsense about "learning" to eat right - ridiculous. Let's be honest, we ALL know and have known for years what we should and shouldn't be eating. And really, Medifast isn't telling us anything new or earth shattering - it's just providing us the tools to get the weight off faster and make a great support system along the way.

The last thing I'll say is the "social" aspect of this. No matter what you think, feel, or are told by others - you DO NOT need to eat off plan food or partake in alcohol to bond socially with people. And if you are in a group of people that make you feel otherwise, they are NOT your friends and you should RUN, not walk out of that group of friends..

Ultimately, it's everyone's decision what you do in life, and on this plan. But I would dare those that think they need to "cheat" to survive to try 100% OP for just one week...trust me, it's not as hard as you think. If I can do it - YOU CAN! And 1 week will turn into 2, and 3, and 4 - and in no time, you'll be at GOAL..

And one final disclaimer: newbies - please, please, please make sure that you don't assum all recipes on here (or on blogs) are Medifast on plan. Not everyone is 100% OP all the time, if you ultimately choose to go off plan, that is your decision - but make it an informed one...

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You bet you can! I am living proof. Well said.

Fight the good fight every day!.

Barb.

Month 1: -8, 5, - 2, - 4 = -19.

Month 2: -3, -2, -1, -3 = - 9.

Month 3: -4, -2, -4, -2 = - 12.

Month 4: Scaleless in Maine = -11.

Month 5: -2, -2, -3, -2 = -9.

Month 6: -2, -3, -4, -1 = -10.

Month 7: - 2, -2, -2, -2, -2 = -12.

Month 8: -2, -2, -2, -2 = -8.

Transition: -20 (for a total of -108).

GOAL: Black Friday, November 27, 2009.

Celebrating over 1 year at goal.

Current Weight is 138. I am healthy!..

Comment #1

I enjoyed reading your post..

I did do the 5/1 100% OP, not because I was Super Woman, because in reality: it is EASIER!.

Choosing Medifast was a huge financial & personal commitment. I did not want to waste time & money with all that goes with "off plan" actions.

Staying OP keeps your body on an even keel and steadily moving forward.

I do not fault those folks who choose to work things differently. Everyone must make your own choices. But I would encourage you to try as Chelsea suggests: Commit to do Medifast completely on plan for a period of time. Once that time is up, you can recommit if it worked for you. I think you will be surprised!.

I only committed to full OP once a month! I told myself: if I would NOT commit to 4 more weeks OP, I would NOT allow myself to place the ORDER! Before I knew it... the months passed, I was at goal and the rest is history. :-)..

Comment #2

Hey there! I'd love to read your post but you've modified the default font and it's teensy and unreadable...

Comment #3

The worst thing I've ever done while being on Medifast was the first time I went off plan. Note that I said first. After you do it once, it is so, so, so, SO much easier to do it again b/c you've given in to your "little brat." I feel very confident that, had I never gone off plan, I never would have. I made everything much harder for myself, but despite all of that, I keep on getting back up and trying again anyway. I would never recommend a cheat, or an off plan day, or anything of the sort.

So.... great post...

Comment #4

Oh Freya sorry - here we go!.

So...I want to say something, though no one asked my opinion - I'm going to give it anyways..

I have sat here for over 2 months reading blogs, posts, threads, blah blah blah about the 100% OP vs not 100% OP. And I need to admit something. I've converted.

I started out thinking - there is no way that I'll survive this plan 100% on plan, everyday - I'll miss my food, I'll miss being creative in the kitchen, I'll never survive maintenance if I don't "learn" how to use real food now, during the weight loss phase, it's just one cheat...you name it, I thought it. And you know what I realized - it's all bull****.

I've spent more time in the last two weeks on the boards and blogs than I did for the other time I've been doing this combined. And you know what I've realized. I see FAR more success stories of people advocating 100% on plan than I do otherwise. I also see very few of them on the "how do I make this Medifast meal taste better" boards.

I remember something COD wrote when I really started getting into this - this is not food, it's fuel. I made a promise to myself - I would limit my condiments to just during my L&G. Because honestly, I've shoved some really gross, unhealthy food down my trap for years, I'm pretty sure that sucking down a less than fantastic strawberry shake WON'T be the death of me. (Disclaimer here for foods you gag on and don't want to throw the money down the drain). If I can swallow it and not have it come back up - I figure it's fine just the way it is.

Also - as a lot of the "vets" say - this nonsense about "learning" to eat right - ridiculous. Let's be honest, we ALL know and have known for years what we should and shouldn't be eating. And really, Medifast isn't telling us anything new or earth shattering - it's just providing us the tools to get the weight off faster and make a great support system along the way.

The last thing I'll say is the "social" aspect of this. No matter what you think, feel, or are told by others - you DO NOT need to eat off plan food or partake in alcohol to bond socially with people. And if you are in a group of people that make you feel otherwise, they are NOT your friends and you should RUN, not walk out of that group of friends..

Ultimately, it's everyone's decision what you do in life, and on this plan. But I would dare those that think they need to "cheat" to survive to try 100% OP for just one week...trust me, it's not as hard as you think. If I can do it - YOU CAN! And 1 week will turn into 2, and 3, and 4 - and in no time, you'll be at GOAL..

And one final disclaimer: newbies - please, please, please make sure that you don't assum all recipes on here (or on blogs) are Medifast on plan. Not everyone is 100% OP all the time, if you ultimately choose to go off plan, that is your decision - but make it an informed one...

Comment #5

Great Post. I agree with you 100%. The debate about "100% OP or not" may continue but the results speak for themselves...

Comment #6

Thank you, darling!!! So nice of you!.

And YES! I agree completely with everything you said. I love the thing about "those are not your friends." Yes. We do not need to stay around people who pressure us to put poison in our faces just because they are.

Great challenge!..

Comment #7

< another 100% OP convert, one who learned the hard way when a "planned cheat" turned into a losing food struggle that lasted 2 months and 8 days...

Comment #8

Love this. All of it. I really believe that if people were to take this challenge, they'd see how much easier it is than they think and how it frees you up to think about things besides food...

Comment #9

A great post. I will take on the challenge for one week! Minimal modifications to the Medifast meals (I like half-n-half in my oatmeal), minimal condiments on my L&G! No popcorn (inner brat immediately throws a tantrum)!..

Comment #10

Leesalogic - I still have to do 1/2 T of Walden Farms pancake syrup in the oatmeal, because it falls into the "gag reflex" catagory - and though I don't throw a fit over popcorn. I do over wine. And let me tell you - there are a few people that talk about how they drink all the time and still lose weight - that was hard for me to swallow for awhile. And my inner brat let me know about it... Glad it works for them - but I decided I wasn't giving myself the option - and I'm still here, so I guess I lived.

Can't wait to hear about your success!!!..

Comment #11

I just wanted to say thanks for your message. As a newbie to this, I appreciate your "real" perspective. Being new, it's kind of easy to be rigid with the plan so I haven't been as tempted to go off-plan. I really appreciate your frankness - I agree I knew I was eating wrong. For me, Medifast is the structure to get past that and start to re-appreciate the foods that I was not choosing. By forcing me to eat greens...I am rediscovering that I like some of them!..

Comment #12

Chelsea, you have certainly learned a lot in the time you have been here! Hopefully this is the begining of you writing more, you have great insight..

Lisa..

Comment #13

Preach on! The pages of the most successful people involve far less content related to how to "fix" the meals and what they "think" they can "get away with".

I'm on 100%. The only Medifast meal I add anything to, is a sprinkle of flavoring to the vanilla pudding. The rest I eat as is. I had one day, where I accidentally ate an extra Medifast meal, a complete boo boo.

I believe that my commitment to keep it simple and follow the rules, is what led me to a 50 pound loss in just 10 short weeks..

I hope others see this forum and see the light!..

Comment #14

For me, it certainly has been easier to stay OP and not try and modify the program. I just don't have time to get creative. And also, the couple of times I've eaten off plan I've got killer headaches, yikes...

Comment #15

Yes Ma'am! You speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth...

Comment #16

Cheals..great post. I take that challenge and agree with everything that you said. Wasn't it you who earlier had something in a post about "tear, pour, stir"? Something like that. Loved it. Come on folks..I dare ya...

Comment #17

I'm with you! 100% OP. I done it the other way and ended up off-program and gaining back most of my lost weight. For me, I feel empowered and like I've really accomplished something when I can go to bed with the satisfaction of being OP all day & all week and the weight just keeps coming off. Thanks for the passionate post & pep talk!!!..

Comment #18

Just Try It - I Dare You......

Loved this blog forum topic....it's wonderful and will help so many others struggling. 100% OP is the most effective way to manage this weight journey. Also, it builds a great foundational basis for Maintenance. You'll never regret it. 'Love to see you take this out to the Medifast blogosphere - it's a fantastic message that so many will benefit from..

Take care all,.

Have a great OP day/week,.

Many blessings to all,.

I Havent Arrived Exactly Where I Want To Be, But By The Grace of God Im Not Where I Once Was..

Comment #19

Great post. I've been 100% OP since recommitting 2 weeks ago. It was those little BLT's that eventually did me in and I failed the program. I also found that the more I messed with the food by making soup into bread and shakes into cakes, my weight-loss slowed. All those little add-ins made a difference for me. Besides, I don't want to be on 5&1 any longer than I have to, so doing anything to prolong my journey is out.

I need to disconnect with my love-affair with food and use it only for what it really is - fuel. I have a shake and I move on. I nuke a brownie and I move on. Pretty simple. It really is liberating!..

Comment #20

I posted this before but I am dredging it up again because I think it fits:.

I've stayed 99% or so on plan since I started. One thing I've heard people saying about dealing with food issues is that it can be, in some ways, more complicated then other addictions, such as smoking. You can give up smoking entirely, but you really can't quit food..

Except...I found that with Medifast I did sort of "quit food" or at least quit food as I knew it. By surrendering completely to the plan, I didn't have to think much about what and how much to eat. The lean and green was a bit of "real food" training, but it was so circumscribed by the plan limitations that it didn't tempt me to go nuts..

Because eating off plan was not an option, I didn't play games with myself like "I exercised, so I can eat Y" or "My parents are visiting, I might as well eat what I want." I just Medifasted on regardless of circumstances, as best I could..

For me, this method was easiest. Others might find off plan eating to be helpful exercises in moderation, but I personally needed to "quit food" for awhile..

...So I agree with what folks are saying in this thread. However, I don't think that augmenting the Medifast meals necessarily counts as going off plan. If someone wants to use a condiment allowance for a bit of baking powder to make their oatmeal into a cake or to put a bit of SF syrup on their pancake, that's within the Medifast guidelines I think. I did that sort of thing, but I logged it all. But then again, I could see how this could send some folks down the road to perdition. I vacillate too much - dang Libras!..

Comment #21

Oh thank you SO MUCH for this post, Chelsea! I see the same thingthose that advocate 100% OP are the ones with the best success! As for all the recipies to fix up the mealsthat is also, at least for me, a very bad idea. I don't want to spend all my time thinking about food and how to create something tasty to activate my food addiction. I didn't get on Medifast to enjoy great tasting foodsI did it to cure myself of a food addiction and get free from a prison of FAT. You are so right and insightful about this just being FUEL. For my money, 100% OP is the only way to go!..

Comment #22

THANK YOU so much for this post. You have really clarified for me exactly what MY problem is and I want to state for the record here...I am going to GET and STAY on plan. TODAY!!.

I have only lost 2 lbs since before Thanksgiving, and I have WASTED a lot of time and money by not committing 100% to the program. My choices, I see now, were arrogant. I figured from the start, that I had years of low carbing under my belt and didn't need to measure my L and G. So, since my losses were still good, I stopped limiting condiments toothey are mostly low calorie and/or sugar free, right?! Soon, I stopped making sure I drank all the water, it was time-consuming...such a slippery slope. Medifast makes these guidelines for our BENEFIT. Pretty soon I found myself cheating almost every night.



Well. I am DONE. The message board is full of successful people I admire, and the factor they all have in common is this: they advocate 100% OP. I "repent" of doing it my way, I see the foolishness in it (and the horrid waste when we are on a budget! So many days of 5 Medifast meals and then chocolate bars and nachos for dinner that removed any progress I could've made-ugh!).

Thank you for telling it like it is and helping some of us foolish, stubborn folks see the light Hopefully I will have a new, brighter success to show for this change...

Comment #23

AWESOME post...I have been 100% OP since I started on September 1st 2010....there are weeks I have a lower loss then others, but it's still a loss...and i'm tired of making excuses for being fat...thats why 100% OP has worked for me, it's all about those 5 little white packets a day...and my L&G, and NOTHING else...thank you for your post...Tina..

Comment #24

Leesalogic - I still have to do 1/2 T of Walden Farms pancake syrup in the oatmeal, because it falls into the "gag reflex" catagory - and though I don't throw a fit over popcorn. I do over wine. And let me tell you - there are a few people that talk about how they drink all the time and still lose weight - that was hard for me to swallow for awhile. And my inner brat let me know about it... Glad it works for them - but I decided I wasn't giving myself the option - and I'm still here, so I guess I lived.

Thanks for this post. I did Medifast for a short time earlier this year and lost 11 pounds and felt so good, but then starting adding the glass of wine each night and BLT's and now I have all of the 11 back on. I was off to a good start to lose 25 lbs. I really want to recomit and everything you've said here makes perfect sense. Thanks for your words of wisdom..

Comment #25

Jojo - this part is the best "You'll never regret it." Have to say - I've seen a lot of people (myself included) talk about "getting back on track" and being upset they "cheated" - but I have yet to run across someone who says - "man, I stayed OP and I really wish I wouldn't have"..

Comment #26

Oh Chelsea..exactly. Who is ever going to regret being OP?..

Comment #27

I really appreciate, and agree with this posting.

Staying OP has worked great for me. Nothing about the food is too hard, I am having to break a lot of bad habits, and the structure of the program helps. I am scared, already, of transition and maintenance because then I will be on my own. I hope by then I have gotten better at eating regularly, like I said the packets help, and I am loving cooking lean and green just for me, who knew?..

Comment #28

Preach it, sista! I agree with this great post. We all do have to take this journey in our own way. For me, that means not spending time figuring out what to do with the Medifast meals to change them; rather, the exact opposite - spending time doing things other than thinking about food. I'm grateful for the plan because it is perfect for my situation and schedule..

Christina..

Comment #29

One of (if not the best) posts that I've read on this site!!!!..

Comment #30

I don't think I could do it any other way but 100% OP. It seems like it would be too difficult. Hope it's working terrifically whichever way you decide...

Comment #31

LOVE IT! Great Post and love all the comments as well!..

Comment #32

Chelsea.....

HUGE MONSTER HIGH FIVE for this post!!!!!!.

I agree 100%! I was always On Plan with MF...however, it was the first time I committed to a program 100%. Every other diet or plan I have ever been on, I did it the Shelley version. Shockingly...it didn't work...or it worked for a little while until I tweaked and modified my way right off the diet.

Once I got to MF...and decided to do it on plan...and did it, it's like a lightbulb went off. Sure, I wanted to eat off plan foods sometimes...but in not eating them, I learned so much. It wasn't just about losing the weight anymore...it was about making life changes and looking at my relationship with food and how it kept me overweight...excuse me...obese...for years.

And the thing I say over and over again...being OP not only helped me get to goal faster, it has been the thing that has kept me hear. I wholeheartedly believe that I have been successful in maintenance because of the lessons I learned by being OP during my time on MF. I didn't go back to those dysfunctional patterns with food. I didn't immediately turn around from losing weight...and in the next breath start gaining weight. I am a different person now...and being OP got me there..

Hugs...and another HIGH FIVE for the awesome post!!!.

Shelley..

Comment #33

I'm a 100% convert. The people I know about who have lost a lot of weight to get to goal and lost consistently are 100%ers, and those are the people who I'm trying to emulate. What's that saying? Modified plan leads to modified results? I really don't want to stay on the 5 & 1 for years... I want to get to goal and focus on transition and maintenance rather then spend years tweaking the 5 & 1 to fit my taste buds, lifestyle, cravings. I have yet to remember reading about anyone who got to goal by tweaking the program...

Comment #34


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