Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the answer to that question. I'll do some investigation and get back to you if I discover an decent answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could give you an answer..
De - it is SO very liberating!! I absolutely felt in control - my husband made a comment early on in the cruise admiring my fortitude and that made me even stronger. :-).
Shortie, we went from FL to Cozumel, then onto Costa Rica and Panama...
Nice! That sounds like you had a wonderful time..
Great Job! That's a big accomplishment and you were rewarded with a loss...AWESOME!..
Thank you, thank you :-) After this experience I know any other event, holiday, whatever will be manageable...
Yep! It will!.
So jealous of your cruise. I still have to wait 5 months for mine <sigh>..
You have done amazingly well. When you know what you want, you know what you want. And you will get there!..
I love posts like this..
My first week, I failed badly trying to get the right order at a restaurant. I was afraid I'd be stuck cooking for myself for the entire however-many-months it takes to lose this weight, and then for all of T&M. But thanks to some good advice, I learned how to cope with eating at restaurants and at other people's homes. I even host Medifast friendly meals at my own place now..
So when I see someone able to adapt the plan enough to enjoy a cruise, I'm both impressed and encouraged...
CC - i'm soooo glad you posted this. I have a vacation planned first week of may and have been kind of freaking out how to handle it. I love the idea of going 4-2 on some days if needed..
What did you bring Medifast meals wise? what's easiest?..
Where are you going and what will be available to you as far as kitchen equipment? (coffee maker, microwave, etc)..
For the cruise I brought the puffs, bars and pretzels. I did bring some hot cocoa but never found a good opportunity to make it..
Plus the bars/pretzels/puffs were all easy to tote around and I didn't feel the least bit weird cracking them open in front of other people when needed. These items are so nicely packaged no one would know I was eating 'diet' food unless they were also on MF. They would just think they are chips or something. Not that I'm super self conscious that way - I'm just the type that doesn't like to stand out -it helped make me that much more comfortable with my plan and made everything easier for me overall..
I packed them in their little shipping boxes in my checked luggage. So nothing got squashed...
I call it my traveling 4/2 - a cruise or business trip - need to make smart choices. CMode did just what I do - LG includes protein/vege, no fried, no breaded, no bread, no pasta/rice, no desert..
Bars for plane days, shakes/puddings all else...
Well we are doing a "southern tour" - I live in CA. we are going to charleston, sc and then savannah, ga. very excited - i've wanted to visit savannah since "midnight in the garden of good and evil".
In charleston we will be in a hotel so i'm sure to have access to hot water but savannah we are in a B&B..
I'm thinking of doing like CC and bringing mostly bars, puffs etc - I also don't like to stand out - and the bars and pretzels (i even put them in ziploc bags lol) look like normal food and I wouldn't feel weird at all about carrying those around with me in my purse or backpack..
Thanks for the input - honestly the fact that i'm going to stay OP while on vacation is huge for me - I used to just write those kinds of things off. I think that says a lot about the plan. and seeing other people rocking it makes me KNOW I can do it too...
Sounds like you have a good plan. Stick to it. I do love the portability of the newer Medifast products. Have a great trip. It sounds like a lot of fun...
CMode, you did great OP on your cruise. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for posting. I'm 2 weeks into Medifast and before I started I knew that I would go off plan for our summer vacation. However, now that I'm OP and after reading and learning so much from this board I have changed my thinking. I will not go off plan for vacation.
So, thanks again...
This does sound like a great plan - I really think half the battle is having a solid plan going into any situation like this..
Have fun! :-D..
You're most welcome - I am glad to be of some help :-).
I knew the cruise was coming when I started Medifast and, at first, I thought I would just put Medifast on hold till I got back too - but after a few weeks (and after hearing all the great advice I got here on the boards) I knew it was in my best interest to hang in there and keep going on the plan..
I won't say it was always the easiest choice, but it was definitely manageable and I really felt in control of my choices..
I would see people on the cruise walking around with plates piled high full of 'brown food' (all the fried stuff) and would think about how I am saving myself so much grief and making such good choices. My plate would be full of healthy veggies and good lean meats - I was so proud for people to have a look at what I was putting on my plate in the buffet line. Sounds strange, but all those little things gave me so much courage to keep it up..
You'll do great!!..
I snipped just the above because I know exactly what you mean. After agonizing unnecessarily over a work lunch, when I went and skipped the appetizers and chose a salad over pasta, the only response from the other folks was along the lines of 'Wow, you really eat well.' It made me feel good, and gave me a little boost to keep going..
Now, I'm the one who suggests we schedule lunches out!..