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First question I got is Have you ever tried Medifast or any of those diet food programs? Looking forward for any answer or 2. My 2nd question... I'm beginning to think about transition. I at at 159, which is still 19 pounds from goal. But, when I look in the mirror, and look at my "before" pictures I realize how much older I am looking in the face since I lost so much fat. The wrinkles and sags are much more noticeable and today I look positively haggard! I'm 52..

I picked a goal of 140 out of the air, based on a height-weight chart. I would still very much like to reach that number since that's what I had in mind from the beginning, but when I ask myself what my REAL goal was, it was to lose weight, get healthier, and get my eating under control again. I have done those things. I had hoped to get back into size 6's and 8's. Right now I"m in 10's and 12's. But I ask myself how much wearing a 6 or an 8 will mean to me if I feel like I look old when I'm wearing it? I'm almost thinking I'm better off carrying a few more pounds?.

All in all, I am feeling great, I am happy with my weight and being able to wear cute clothes again, my arthritis is much better, I have a lot less pain, and am feeling much healthier and more positive about everything in my life. Thinking about being off the 5 and 1 scares me a little, but I will continue on the program, and transition carefully and thoughtfully. I'm terrified of regaining after working so hard at this for 6 months. I had originally hoped to get to 140 to give myself a little wiggle room for transition and then that way if I gained a little it would still be OK. But now I'm not so sure..

I put in a small food order yesterday that will, together with what I have at home, hold me for another month or so. In these next few weeks I think I should start preparing to transition..

I would appreciate any thoughts anyone else has on this subject who has already been through this part of the process. I have read that you can in fact continue to lose weight during transition, so that would be great!.



Comments (8)

Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I got an decent answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could answer your Medifast question..

Comment #1

Are you at a healthy BMI?.

I'm stopping as soon as that BMI goes under 25..

And actually you may not need to get to a BMI of 25 if you're over 50- ask your doctor...

Comment #2

I will be asking the same questions myself, as I'm 44 and actually like that I look younger than I am. I am a little sad to see that my wrinkles and sags are more prominent..

My plan is to compare how I was at my lowest weight that I liked (about 120-130) and the highest weight in my skinny 20s (about 140-145) where I started being unhappy with my figure, and compare how that looks against me at 159, which is the weight I'll be at when I hit the healthy BMI for my height. If I like what I look like, aside from the loose skin issues, then I may stop there with a little pad for fluctuations. If I think I'll look better going farther, then that's what I'll do..

Now, for you specifically. I don't know what stage you are in the pictures you posted on your page, but you look AMAZINGLY YOUNG for 52 and I would love to look like you right now..

I think the sags will ease up a year or so after you've maintained at whatever weight you decide on. As for wrinkles, I just don't know! There are so many procedures today that can help that don't entail face lifts. There's Botox, there's peels... those are options I might consider. Or I might not. What are your thoughts on the non-invasive/surgical types of skin smoothing?..

Comment #3

My BMI is 25. Another pound or two away from Normal...

Comment #4

I am all for any kind of procedures, surgical or non-surgical, that can keep us looking and feeling good about ourselves! I'm going in for a little lift for the girls next month, after losing this weight they're down to my knees LOL..

Comment #5

As the saying goes "as you age, you can save your face or your a** but you can't save both" LOL. I'm choosing the latter and the face can be filled nicely by a talented derm/surgeon. Think Botox, Juvaderm and Radiesse...

Comment #6

THIS WOULD HAVE TO BE DECISION ONLY YOU could make for yourself...but congrats on the work thus far!..

Comment #7

Well crap. This can be such an opinionated bunch sometimes so I was expecting all kinds of different ideas. LOL. Alas, yes, it is my own decision. I'm still thinking it over. But I've lost a pound so far thinking about it this it's not all bad..

Comment #8

Hehe. There are somethings we just can't decide for you..


Comment #9

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


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