What if I cheated on the Medifast Diet?

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My 1st question is: What if I cheated on the Medifast Diet? Hoping for any response. Another question on my mind: Yup, I finally reached the promised "Onederland" today. 199.8..

I can now wear my Tiffany Charm Bracelet with it's single charm. 20 more pounds and I'll get another charm..

That being said, I thought I'd celebrate by listing the positives that have come from my journey. First, persistence and attitude is key. I very much feel like, although my journey has not been 100% perfect 100% of the time, it IS what I aimed for. I never PLANNED a cheat, or an off day. Did cheats or off-days transpire anyway? Unfortunately they did, which is when I realized that total abstinence is really the key for me to both lose weight AND keep it off long term..

Total. Abstinence..

That being said, I am thrilled that I am working my way toward better health and fitness, and a longer life on God's green earth. While I am also grateful NOT to be in my size 26 jeans anymore (baggy 14's are where I'm at today), I am more focusing on POSITIVE motivators instead of NEGATIVE motivators..

Negative motivators focus on what I want to AVOID. Positive motivators focus on what I want to BECOME. Negative motivators look backwards, positive motivators look forwards..

If I only have negative motivators as my motivation, once those negative factors disappear so will my motivation. For example, "I want to be out of my size 26 jeans". Well, I am. "I don't want to be morbidly obese anymore". Well, I'm not. So I am working through Dr.

But first and foremost, and as a dear friend pointed out, the bottom line is really commitment. Because when I do get to goal, and all my positive motivators have been met, what then? That is why we need to have more than simple motivation. We need commitment. Commitment that we will never abuse ourselves with food again. Commitment that we have a plan and we stick to it, no matter the perceived "cost" that the situation may warrant, ie "My Birthday party.....will I have cake?" Well, no. It's a no brainer.

I'm not having a piece..

Anyway, just some thoughts. Have a great OP day!..

Comments (12)

Good question... I dunno what is the answer. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I bump into an good answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could assist you..

Comment #1

Congratulations! All the hard work is paying off!.

And thank you for posting your insights about motivation. You just brought to light one of my biggest hang-ups. I'm going to have to spend a few hours soul-searching on this one because you hit the nail into my head!..

Comment #2

ONEDERLAND!! Congratulations! Positive motivators is a good distinction to make, especially, as you said, the negative things go away, which could make us complacent and settle for OK when FABULOUS would be better...

Comment #3

OUCH! Sorry Shay I didn't mean to hit a nail into your head LOL!.

Thanks everyone for all the comments...

Comment #4

Yup, and the cement of it all is really commitment. It's like a marriage. I am committed to my husband, even if I'm mad at him, or when he is doing something that really annoys me. I am committed to our marriage. As I am committed to my physical AND my mental health. And the only way I can do that is total abstinence from anything, ANYTHING that would be an off-plan indulgence.

No, I'd be over 300. Because one other thing I've learned through this process is "you can always be bigger"..

We get so comfortable thinking sometimes that our biggest "wasn't so bad" and it would be "ok" to go back there, after all it didn't KILL us! Firstly, that alone is flawed thinking, but the truth of the matter is that we can always end up BIGGER than the weight that made us miserable enough to do something in the first (or second) place!.

That thought scares the livin' daylights out of me, and I will NEVER go back. I hope I'm arming myself with the tools I will need to maintain once I've lost...

Comment #5

My sincere Congratulations! to you. What an accomplishment. Best wishes for your continued success..


Comment #6

No! I *like* having my head nailed! It knocks loose all of the cobwebs and delusions!..

Comment #7

No problem, kb. I love your informative, inspirational posts and I'm so happy that this is working for you!..

Comment #8

Congratulations! It's such an important milestone for many of us. I'm right behind you with 6 lbs to go (although I'm jealous of your loose 14s- I'm in snug 18s)...

Comment #9

Congrats KB!!! Thank you for all your encouragement here, and may you continue to have phenominal success...

Comment #10

Congrats!!! And thanks for your informative posts and blog!..

Comment #11

Congrats on reaching Onederland - so happy for you!!!!..

Comment #12

Thanks Freya! I love all your quotes, and the last one is especially poignant. If we knew what was best for our bodies, really, we would not have needed Medifast...

Comment #13

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


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