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Kelly

Riverview, Australia

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#5450
Jan 2, 2013
 
I had gall bladder sludge when I was 29 weeks pregnant with my second child. I always say the baby squashed it.
My surgeon who is in the top of the field said once a gall bladder is broken its broken and better off out.
My sludge was seeping into my pancreas also. Pregnancy and gall bladder episodes living in a small town was awful!
It was removed when I was 36wks 6days after I was stitched up from a c-section.
I don't know if some of the pains I have are anxiety or lack of gall bladder.
I had cushings disease so I'm currently using optifast to try and get under the weight I was when the tumor took over.
I'm hoping having no gall bladder won't be an issue
swxxxt

Pittsburgh, PA

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#5451
Jan 3, 2013
 

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marye

Boiling Springs, SC

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#5452
Jan 8, 2013
 
girls, please don't let the above "poster" keep you off this board!
This is NOT his forum!! I say "his", because it's usually some man doing this.
I hope everyone is doing well on their journey. I have had a hiccup or two, but getting back on track.
The only time you will see obstacles is when you take your eyes off the goal!!!!
Pull yourselves together, you can do this!!!!!!!!!!
Lorraine

Auckland, New Zealand

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#5453
Jan 8, 2013
 
I agree Mary. Have just gone back on Optifast after having a break out over christmas here in nz, eating anything and everything and guzzling soft drinks in our 27 degree heat.
Onwards and upwards, had a friend text and say she was calling in with cake and i said, can you make it fruit instead, now that is willpower, ha ha.

Since: Jan 13

Pleasant Hill, CA

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#5454
Jan 9, 2013
 
I am on day 6 of Optifast. This is my first time on Optifast and I have to say this first week has been pretty hard. My goal is to lose 60 pounds and keep it off.

Unfortunately I gained 75 pounds with my twin pregnancy. I lost 45 pounds after delivery but still hung on to 30 pounds. I got pregnant with my 3rd and gained 50 pounds and lost 20 after delivery. So here I am, 60 pounds overweight and desperate to get this baby weight off, the youngest is 2.

I am looking forward to next week when I can do mild exercise and go to Yoga. Hoping this will not increase hunger. Does it? I am finding hot tea helps my appetite.

I haven't gotten on the scale yet and am going to weight until weigh in. Hoping for my goal.
Ttwo3

Albany, NY

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#5455
Jan 10, 2013
 
Day 1 optifast journey. Thought I could do the full fast .....sadly , I had to have a small meal. Will I still be successful taking in 2-3 shakes per day and one small modified card type meal ? I am 210....wanting to get to goal weight of 145.
Ttwo3

Albany, NY

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#5456
Jan 10, 2013
 
Correction -
Day 1 optifast journey. Thought I could do the full fast .....sadly , I had to have a small meal. Will I still be successful taking in 2-3 shakes per day and one small modified carb type meal ? I am 210....wanting to get to goal weight of 145.
Dominic

Auckland, New Zealand

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#5457
Jan 12, 2013
 
Lorraine wrote:
I agree Mary. Have just gone back on Optifast after having a break out over christmas here in nz, eating anything and everything and guzzling soft drinks in our 27 degree heat.
Onwards and upwards, had a friend text and say she was calling in with cake and i said, can you make it fruit instead, now that is willpower, ha ha.
Hey Lorraine, I am also in NZ and am at desperation point! Tried every "diet" under the sun. I need to lose a huge amount of weight (240lbs/118 kgs) we don't appear the have the clinics and support that other countries have, or do we? I know you can buy the products here but not sure about program advice etc. what did you do?
Cathy

Prescott Valley, AZ

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#5458
Jan 12, 2013
 
Hello all, I did Optifast 800 3 years ago and lost 120 lbs in 9 months. I LOVED the Optifast diet and think it was the easiest diet I had ever done to lose weight (after the first week of course). Unfortunately, I never went through the transition period and went straight to eating anything I wanted more than not. Doing that, gave me gallstones, sent me to the emergency room a couple times and I had to have my gallbladder taken out in January 2012. Fortunately, losing weight has never been my problem, it's always been the maintenance part. I am starting this Optifast journey again on Monday and I really hope I can not only stick to it the second time around, I hope i'm able to go through the whole transition phase and LEARN how to keep off the weight.
Ann

Ajax, Canada

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#5461
Jan 13, 2013
 
Hi,can anyone suggest a clinic in CHicargo to buy the opti supplies?

Since: Nov 12

Baton Rouge, LA

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#5462
Jan 15, 2013
 
Hello all! I hope everyone is doing well today! I have made it through 10 weeks (I think) and I have lost 29.8 pounds, 3 inches off hips, 4 inches off my waist and my IBS seems to be getting better (still have a few days here and there, of course). I find it exciting that some of you are going to help each other out, holding each other accountable. Being held accountable (by the staff at the clinic) seems to be one of the reasons I am having so much success, but I know it isn't cheap or found everywhere. Thankfully, I got in when they were running a special so I just have to pay for the food (which isn't as badly priced as I was expecting from having done nutrisystem in the past).
For those of you that have done Optifast before, what else kept you motivated when the food/shakes started to taste bad/don't remotely satisfy your cravings? I am craving cheese/dairy products, but thankfully not protein at the moment, surprisingly. I have cheated only once (other than the substitution that is allowed on occasion (eggs/fruit or meat/veggies) and that was in the first 3 weeks, and I felt disgusted with myself over it (and it was only a tiny corner of cheese when making my husband a sandwich). Does anyone else have trouble with getting enough fiber/constipation?
Have a great day everyone and keep up the good work!
Cathy

Prescott Valley, AZ

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#5463
Jan 16, 2013
 
I NEVER got tired of my shakes. I did the whole 9 months of Optifast drinking chocolate shakes only. I loved the taste of them and now that I started on Optifast again, i'm also sticking with the chocolate shakes and absolutely loving them. I did have an issue with constipation but I took powder fiber in my water but also had to take a laxative for help. I will say that the constipation was the one thing about doing the diet before that I didn't like but the benefits totally outweighed the negatives.
Marye

Boiling Springs, SC

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#5464
Jan 16, 2013
 
Cathy wrote:
I NEVER got tired of my shakes. I did the whole 9 months of Optifast drinking chocolate shakes only. I loved the taste of them and now that I started on Optifast again, i'm also sticking with the chocolate shakes and absolutely loving them. I did have an issue with constipation but I took powder fiber in my water but also had to take a laxative for help. I will say that the constipation was the one thing about doing the diet before that I didn't like but the benefits totally outweighed the negatives.
Same thing on the constipation issue....Miralax is your friend!
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If you want help in changing up the flavor of the shakes, add in Torani syrup. It's a wonder syrup....sugar-free, 0 calories, a kazillion flavors....yummy!
:)
URbeautiful

San Diego, CA

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#5467
Jan 22, 2013
 
Hi there, I did optifast and lost 40 pounds then my grandma who I took care of passed away and I put 20# on in two weeks not eating. I go to maintenance Feb 5 and I am trying to get some weight off by then I found this blog. I like optifast for the most part, I just won't see a dietician until February so I am on my own until then.

Since: Nov 12

Baton Rouge, LA

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#5468
Jan 24, 2013
 
My doctor recommended the miralax, but many laxatives cause me pain. She also recommended Konsyl fiber and after 2 doses of that, my constipation has not been a problem (expect when I get too busy and only get one dose in, but 2 the next day fixes the problem). It takes some getting used to, but it has more fiber for the same dose size as the big names, but it is actually finer than most (except the non-thickening kind). I just chug that twice a day, and sometimes the chewable sugar free fiber when I want something with taste. The new Mio flavor additives have helped the Konsyl taste better.
Thanks for the suggestions.
Lee

Oman

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#5469
Jan 25, 2013
 
hi marye,
i am an optifaster and I live in the middle east. please can you post your tips on how to get past a plateau? this is my second time on optifast, the first time i lost 23 kg and this time i have 25 to lose.
I have hit a plateau, and its driving me crazy.
would appreciate your advice. thanks, lee

Since: Nov 12

Baton Rouge, LA

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#5471
Jan 25, 2013
 
Lee,
When I have had weeks of less loss than I was hoping, I tried to increase my activity, which did help me get some additional loss. Remember it is a numbers game, the more calories you burn, the more of a calorie deficit you have which is where the losses come from. As you shouldn't reduce your intake further because you might end up putting your body into starvation mode, you need to increase your activity. Even something as simple as taking stairs not elevators, walking instead of riding, parking a little further from the location you are going to have all been helping me.
Good luck Lee!
Lee

Oman

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#5472
Jan 26, 2013
 
thanks iadris, but i thought i had to take it slowly with exercise to not put myself into starvation mode...

I am a new zealander living in the middle east, so i follow the new zealand optifast, which is 3 optifast products a day, and 2 cups of veg and you can do exercise but they recommend not too much.

i am fairly fit, i can comfortably complete an hours spin class or pump class and i can walk for 2 hours at a brisk pace no probs, i am just not sure how much exercise i can do and how often to not cause a negative effect....

and i don't want to hit a plateau, drives me crazy

help?
mary

El Monte, CA

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#5473
Jan 28, 2013
 
My first week I list 6 pounds, my second week one pound now zero. I am becoming discouraged and I am hungry a lot. I want to lose 81 pounds but I am a few days into my 3Rd week not sure if I will make my goal if I don't start losing 5 or more pounds per week.

Since: Nov 12

Baton Rouge, LA

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#5474
Jan 29, 2013
 
Mary,
My husband tried the system with me as well and lost at first then stopped losing weight and was constantly hungry (even at 7 meals) because he hit starvation mode. I would definitely talk to someone and see if you should increase your intake as you don't want to use this system and not lose anything, the food and shakes are not that good.

Lee,
I would try to find a balance. I would see if you might be exercising too much if you aren't losing. You want to avoid losing muscle, so you may want to cut back on the cardio type exercises and go to doing some muscle toning exercises for now.

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