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Cathy

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Feb 2, 2010
 
I've been hearing A LOT about the losing hair thing and it's REALLY worrying me. Now, I have always had a small wad of hair come out in my brush so how much hair are we talking about here? How much of a handful are we talking about? What do the doctors say about this? Is there anything we can take to prevent this? I have a list of questions for my dr this Friday but still wonder what you all have heard about this from your drs.
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Feb 2, 2010
 
Cathy wrote:
I've been hearing A LOT about the losing hair thing and it's REALLY worrying me. Now, I have always had a small wad of hair come out in my brush so how much hair are we talking about here? How much of a handful are we talking about? What do the doctors say about this? Is there anything we can take to prevent this? I have a list of questions for my dr this Friday but still wonder what you all have heard about this from your drs.
Hi Cathy:
Get some Biotin from a health food store it will help with the hair loss or my doctor suggested to get the seed of mamey which is a fruit in mexico (Sometimes hard to find) grind up the seed in a blender and mix with treseme vitamin e shampoo this really promotes hair growth. But I would guess that the amount of hair loss differs between dieters. and it does lessen in time. Hope you will have a great week
Sheri
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Feb 2, 2010
 
Hi Everyone!

I'm new to this message board and wanted to say hello. I started the optifast plan today. I really hope I can stick with it. I wanted to post on here to ask you guys for some support, since I'm also doing it on my own. Thanks to all those who posted encouraging stories. I'm 23 years old and I've been obese for my whole life. I hope this will finally help me shed the unwanted pounds so I can start to live life! thanks everyone and wish me luck. And God bless all of you!
shawn
Sheri

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Feb 3, 2010
 
Shawn wrote:
Hi Everyone!
I'm new to this message board and wanted to say hello. I started the optifast plan today. I really hope I can stick with it. I wanted to post on here to ask you guys for some support, since I'm also doing it on my own. Thanks to all those who posted encouraging stories. I'm 23 years old and I've been obese for my whole life. I hope this will finally help me shed the unwanted pounds so I can start to live life! thanks everyone and wish me luck. And God bless all of you!
shawn
Hi Shawn:
Welcome to the Board...
This is a wonderful diet plan however PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT DO this plan without being monitored by a doctor!!!! It can be very dangerous if you dont have the medical test that are very extensive which goes with this plan. You NEED The EKG's to make sure your heart is okay at all times and the bi-weekly blood work that is also done. In my group one lady's blood work came back and they HAD to take her off of this plan. There are complications with gallstones and Galbladders then need to be removed.(Very painful and I know this from personal experience) Also unless you have 50#'s or more most optifast clinic's do not and will not accept you into their plan. Your 23 yrs old and you want to lose the weight but you must do it in a healthy manner. This might not be it for you. I know that the expense of going through a clinic is a lot of $$ But in a way it really isnt most groups run about $2400 for 18 weeks. this includes the shakes and doctors and tests. at least in my case it does. It really only comes to about $3.80 a meal a lot less than a trip to micky D's. So PLEASE invest in YOU wisely and get monitored by a Dr. We all know what it is like to be over weight and obese but we also need to be healthy when we are at a more "normal" weight. How much do you weight and how much do you wish to use?
Onward & Upward
Sheri
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Feb 5, 2010
 
Hi All:

Glad to see Sheri back on the board! I don't normally write, but get considerable motivation from reading all the comments. Thanks to all the contributors. I have been back on food for about 2 months, and boy has that been challenging! I lost the 140 lbs fast (relatively-6 months), but as we all know keeping it off is what counts. It is a full time job making the right choices and planning on the meals and doing the exercising needed. I have been up and down within 5 lbs, and it has been a roller coaster ride. Like Sheri says, it's all about dealing with what's between the ears. Wish me luck on getting used to the new me and creating my new lifestyle!
Kepp up the great work everyone. It does pay off!

Thom
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#1653
Feb 5, 2010
 
Hi Shawn,
Welcome to the forum. If you hve any questions, please don't hesitate to ask them here. We have posters jut beginning this process, those in the midst of full-fast, transitioners, and maintainers. So there are a lot of different experiences to pull ideas from.
Just know that it DOES work, if you work the program. I'm at a 72 lb. loss now, and one month into transition (never cheated) so I know it can be done. And I'm doing this as a menopausal, hypothyroid, diabetic (in remission now)woman with a bad back. That's pretty much all the cards stacked against me, don't you think? LOL!
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#1654
Feb 5, 2010
 
WOW CV Thom!! COngratulations on the 140 lb. loss!!
And yes, that IS fast!!
Good luck with the maintenance! I still have weight I'd like to lose, so I'm not at that point yet.
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#1655
Feb 5, 2010
 
Marye wrote:
Hi Shawn,
Welcome to the forum. If you hve any questions, please don't hesitate to ask them here. We have posters jut beginning this process, those in the midst of full-fast, transitioners, and maintainers. So there are a lot of different experiences to pull ideas from.
Just know that it DOES work, if you work the program. I'm at a 72 lb. loss now, and one month into transition (never cheated) so I know it can be done. And I'm doing this as a menopausal, hypothyroid, diabetic (in remission now)woman with a bad back. That's pretty much all the cards stacked against me, don't you think? LOL!
Hey Marye, you have always been most helpful. I would like to talk to you in not such a public setting (no offense to anyone here). Can you email me direct at pennytipton@att.net? I understand if perhaps you prefer not to. But thanks in advance if you do! Have a great weekend to all.

Since: Feb 10

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#1656
Feb 5, 2010
 
Hi there,
I'm Mike from Swansea Mass. Just started the Optifast Modified Program last week. It's not the easiest thing that this 50 yr old italian guy ever did but I'm sure it will be worth it!

Anyway, wanted to say hello and GOOD LUCK to all!

Mike
Sheri

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Feb 6, 2010
 
CV Thom wrote:
Hi All:
Glad to see Sheri back on the board! I don't normally write, but get considerable motivation from reading all the comments. Thanks to all the contributors. I have been back on food for about 2 months, and boy has that been challenging! I lost the 140 lbs fast (relatively-6 months), but as we all know keeping it off is what counts. It is a full time job making the right choices and planning on the meals and doing the exercising needed. I have been up and down within 5 lbs, and it has been a roller coaster ride. Like Sheri says, it's all about dealing with what's between the ears. Wish me luck on getting used to the new me and creating my new lifestyle!
Kepp up the great work everyone. It does pay off!
Thom
Thom:
WOW!!!! Your doing great!!!!So glad to hear of your awesome loss. Very inspiring for sure and right about now I need some inspiration as well as a kick in the hini. All that garbage in between my ears. Sure need to get centered and focused once again.
Onward & Upward
Sheri
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Feb 6, 2010
 
MikeInSwansea wrote:
Hi there,
I'm Mike from Swansea Mass. Just started the Optifast Modified Program last week. It's not the easiest thing that this 50 yr old italian guy ever did but I'm sure it will be worth it!
Anyway, wanted to say hello and GOOD LUCK to all!
Mike
Hi Mike
Welcome to the board and to optifast and a new way of life. We are all here for each other so I hope you will visit this board often. It's not easy but it can be done. There might be times where things get in the way and those are times to learn about ourselves and as I say our WHY's we gained weight in the first place. I believe it's not just a matter of liking to eat or eating wrong but that is just a symptom of our WHY which ofcorse is different for each one of us. Good luck and Onward & Upward
Sheri
Sheri

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Feb 6, 2010
 
Hi everyone:
This has been a diffecult week. My patient is in the hospital and my condo is all torn up. We are getting re-pipped a process that will take 4-8 weeks Im counting on the 8 weeks. a 33 unit building everyone is in the same condition. And it's not fun and very stressfull. Been difficult staying on plan this week and all that ol' stuff between the ears has been getting in the way as well. Heck the plan is simple-easy it is the other stuff that gets me down.
Onward & Upward to our goals
Sheri
Marye

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#1660
Feb 6, 2010
 
Well, today I ate the last of my Optifast bars. Since going into transition I have found it incredibly difficult to handle the bars. While I was on full-fast I had no problem, because it was the only thing I had to "chew" and it was a very welcome thing. Now that I am chewing some other things, the bars are starting to remind me of candy bars, and I'm wanting to "binge" on them! NOT A GOOD PLAN, no matter how many vitamins, etc. they have in them.
They have been very handy to have in my bag when I'm out and about, so now I'm going to have to plan things a little better around my shakes or maybe take my shaker or RTDs along instead.
Oh well, I have to learn to think on my feet, so to speak, right? I guess transition is there to help us learn to cope with all kinds of food....I guess Optifast food is no exception!
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#1661
Feb 6, 2010
 
Oh! Welcome to the forum Mike!! You'll find a lot of great information on this board! It helped me a lot to go back and read all the posts from the past.
Yes, it takes a few days to get through them all, but it keeps your motivation high, answers questions you might have along the way, you start to "know" some of the members, and let's face it....keeps you out of the fridge!
:)
Ava

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Feb 7, 2010
 
Hi everyone,

Well I have been on this new plan for, essentially, 6 days. I have to say that it is very hard to do any kind of transition off of Optifast where you begin to incorporate "real" food. When I get up in the morning, instead of grabbing a shake to drink while I get ready, I have to actually cook some egg beaters and cut up an apple. I know this is what normal people do, but the ease of optifast and the perfect balance of nutrition it has, has really spoiled me! Also, I realize that so much of my old standbys, like a lean cuisine or a PB&J are all so carb & sugar heavy that I can't have them right now! This is really rough for me since I have a very busy and stressful life and like things that are quick and easy. Also, the bars were so easy to have with me throughout the day, but now I have to prepare portable things myself - like a bag salad with a few ounces of chicken mixed in. Time consuming!!
Well, that is my rant. So, to all the newbies starting out, trust me, you will come to a time when you really miss the structure and ease of the shakes and bars! Continued success to everyone :)
--Ava

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#1663
Feb 7, 2010
 
Thanks Mary and Sheri for their welcomes! I lost 12.8 pounds in my first week so I'm certainly motivated (at least right now!)

It's Super Bowl Sunday and with three children in my house, it is hard not to have snacks around. I have lots of water on hand and am guzzling it as I write this.

I found myself yesterday and today a bit bored - it's easier for me to be at work, everything is on a schedule, everything is regimented and Iím Ďdistractedí by my work! LOL My boss would love to hear that!

This morning I was making my dinner for tomorrow night since I had some time. I put a piece of chicken in my mouth and almost tried to lick the pan!:) Itís trying for sure. I felt a bit bad that I didn't have control over it.

So the secret of my PLANNED success for Super Bowl? First, I am staying away from a big party this year. My friend owns a restaurant and invited me but no way - I love him but not enough to stand there and not eat the buffet and have a nice smooth icy scotch on the rocks! Hahaha Iím staying home. I got some boneless chicken thighs and marinated them today in some Peteís Hot Sauce and some spicy rub. Iíll skewer it and grill them later today. Then Iím taking my three cups of raw veggies and having it with Walden Farms Blue Cheese Dressing. Sort of like buffalo chicken and veggie dip! Plus I love San Pellegrino Sparkling Water so Iíll wash it all down with that. Sounds yummy right?

Iím glad I found this place. I am you - each and every one of you. I have been on this hamster wheel more times in my life than I care to remember and now, have gone to a weight Iíd have never conceived Iíd weigh. So Iím trying, doing my best; I have three beautiful young children and a love of life that will push me along. I want to hike, play ball, swim, kayak, bike and mostly - just be alive to enjoy them for as long as I can.

Thanks for listening! Mike in Swansea.

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Feb 7, 2010
 
Sheri wrote:
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Hi Mike
Welcome to the board and to optifast and a new way of life. We are all here for each other so I hope you will visit this board often. It's not easy but it can be done. There might be times where things get in the way and those are times to learn about ourselves and as I say our WHY's we gained weight in the first place. I believe it's not just a matter of liking to eat or eating wrong but that is just a symptom of our WHY which ofcorse is different for each one of us. Good luck and Onward & Upward
Sheri
Hi Sheri, thanks for the good word! I appreciate it. Ever need to chat...I'll get you my email. I can always listen and give my two cents.
Mike

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Feb 7, 2010
 
Marye wrote:
Oh! Welcome to the forum Mike!! You'll find a lot of great information on this board! It helped me a lot to go back and read all the posts from the past.
Yes, it takes a few days to get through them all, but it keeps your motivation high, answers questions you might have along the way, you start to "know" some of the members, and let's face it....keeps you out of the fridge!
:)
Hey Marye, thanks for the hello. I look forward to knowing you all and helping each other get to our goals and figure out a way to stay healthy! As I said before, if you need to chat, just let me know, I'll be glad to get you my email! Mike
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Feb 9, 2010
 
Ava wrote:
Hi everyone,
Well I have been on this new plan for, essentially, 6 days. I have to say that it is very hard to do any kind of transition off of Optifast where you begin to incorporate "real" food. When I get up in the morning, instead of grabbing a shake to drink while I get ready, I have to actually cook some egg beaters and cut up an apple. I know this is what normal people do, but the ease of optifast and the perfect balance of nutrition it has, has really spoiled me! Also, I realize that so much of my old standbys, like a lean cuisine or a PB&J are all so carb & sugar heavy that I can't have them right now! This is really rough for me since I have a very busy and stressful life and like things that are quick and easy. Also, the bars were so easy to have with me throughout the day, but now I have to prepare portable things myself - like a bag salad with a few ounces of chicken mixed in. Time consuming!!
Well, that is my rant. So, to all the newbies starting out, trust me, you will come to a time when you really miss the structure and ease of the shakes and bars! Continued success to everyone :)
--Ava
Hi Ava:
Transition is tough, but hang in there! For a time I wished I could stay on the shakes forever. I do have one suggestion for a breakfast shake instead of making a traditional breakfast. That has helped me ween from the program of shakes and still have the on-the-go convenience. I use the muscle milk from Costco and add a banana and milk. Tastes good and feel familiar.
I have to stay away from the bars or any type of power/protein bars too as I have the same response: That I feel I need more and more. Hang in there! Keep up the good work! It gets better.

Thom
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Feb 9, 2010
 
About to start optifast really excited any tips?
MikeInSwansea wrote:
Hi there,
I'm Mike from Swansea Mass. Just started the Optifast Modified Program last week. It's not the easiest thing that this 50 yr old italian guy ever did but I'm sure it will be worth it!
Anyway, wanted to say hello and GOOD LUCK to all!
Mike

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