Monday, November 23, 2009

Woman Loses 225 Pounds With Medifast!

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I came across the inspiring story of Noelie Burke, who lost 225 pounds on the Medifast plan. Burke is someone who struggled with being overweight most of her life and turned to Medifast at the age of 41. There is a good article and video on Burke and another woman's story here. It gives you a quick summary of what Medifast is like. Congratulations Noelie! Your story will inspire many people to lose weight.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Coach Ralph Friedgen Loses 105 Pounds With Medifast!

Coach Ralph Friedgen Loses 105 Pounds With Medifast!

Maryland head football coach Ralph Friedgen has lost 105 pounds with Medifast! When I first heard about Ralph's weight loss, he had already lost over 80 pounds with Medifast. He has since continued with the plan and has now lost 105 pounds. There is a nice story about Ralph on the Medifast website, where Ralph talks about his experience with Medifast. He gives a great explanation of what it's like to be on the Medifast plan. Click the link below to go to the official Medifast website, and click on the "success stories" link from there. You'll find Ralph's success story, along with a bunch of other impressive Medifast success stories in the "100+ lbs." section.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Have You Been Watching The Biggest Loser?


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I have been watching the latest season of The Biggest Loser, and so far I have yet to pick a favorite. At some point in every season I seem to identify with or sympathize with 1 or 2 of the contestants over the others, and begin to root for them. That hasn't happened yet. One thing I've noticed is that Bob and Jillian seem more intense than ever!

Click here to see some videos on the current season including: training tips, episode previews and replays, bonus scenes and more.


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Is Waiting for Weight Loss Surgery Killing Tasmanians?

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I came across an article at weightlosssurgerychannel.com that claims there is an up to 7 year wait for weight loss surgery in the public health care system of Australia. According to the article, several Tasmanians have died while waiting to have weight loss surgery, while those with private insurance have their surgeries within 3 weeks of their consultations. The video below, courtesy of weightlosssurgerychannel.com, explains the story.


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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Biggest Loser is Back!

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The Biggest Loser season 8 premieres tonight on NBC. It just occurred to me that I weigh more right now than I did when the first season of the Biggest Loser was on. At that time I had lost a lot of weight. I remember comparing my body fat loss percentage to that of the contestants on the show. I was probably at my highest weight ever in 1998 or 1999. By 2003 I was at my lowest weight since high school. I reduced my weight by 41% from the high point of the late 90s! Most of that came from a serious effort at losing weight in 2002-2003. I lost about 100 pounds during that time.

It makes me sad to think that I regained the weight I lost, and I have not successfully lost that weight over the past 3 or 4 years. Imagine the fun I had when I went to Las Vegas in 2003 after losing over 100 pounds. The seat belt fit me just fine on the plane, and I even rode the roller coaster at the New York New York hotel. Then imagine when I went back in 2008, pushing 400 pounds. I needed a seat belt extender on the airplane, and felt exhausted during the entire experience. I remember laying down in my hotel room, half asleep, while the other guys were down having fun at the pool.

Thanks to Medifast and some hard work, I have lost over 30 pounds this year, and I have kept that weight off. I am in a much more positive place now than I was back in 2008. Exercise is not difficult now, and I am more physically active at this point than I have been in the last 3 or 4 years. I have just started another attempt at the P90X workout program. I tried it back in June, and I just wasn't ready.

I'm tired of messing around with this. I am going to watch The Biggest Loser and match the contestants weight loss. They lose weight quickly, and they turn into athletes. Why can't I do the same?

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Coach Andy Reid Loses 75 Pounds with Medifast!

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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid has reportedly lost 75 pounds with Medifast. He looks considerably smaller than he did when last season ended.

Reid is the second high profile football coach in recent history to have success with Medifast. Click here to read about Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen's success with Medifast.





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Monday, July 13, 2009

Did You Watch The 650 Pound Virgin?

I watched a documentary called The 650 Pound Virgin that featured a guy who has lost over 400 pounds and followed him after he lost the weight. His surgeries for excess skin after weight loss, his attempts at creating a dating life, and his career as a personal trainer are all featured in the documentary.

It was a touching story, and I personally saw a lot of myself in the story of David Smith. When I finish losing weight I would love to build a career around helping others lose the weight as well. It would be so rewarding.

The documentary was on TLC and will probably be on again soon. I would recommend it to anyone who is struggling to lose weight or likes a good story of a person overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Woman Loses 70 Pounds With Medifast!

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I came across a short article today about a woman who lost 80 pounds-70 of those pounds on Medifast-on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution online edition (ajc.com). Click here to read it. She has kept the weight off for 5 years. The bottom of the page contains links to other weight loss success stories of people who have lost weight using various weight loss methods. If you're like me, and you like reading about the weight loss success of others, you may want to check out this article.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen Loses 86 Pounds with Medifast

***Coach Friedgen has now lost over 100 pounds with Medifast.*** Click here to read about it.

Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen once weighed over 400 pounds. Since last October he has lost 86 pounds with Medifast. Click here to read the Washington Post story on Ralph's success with Medifast. In the article, Ralph provides a great description of what it's like to be on the Medifast plan.

Another article, in The Washington Times, provides some background into Friedgen's struggles with weight loss. It seems that Ralph has even recommended Medifast to Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Do You Treat Ranch Dressing Like It's Oxygen?

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I was driving in my car a few minutes ago, listening to Colin Cowherd of ESPN Radio, and I must admit he cracked me up. He said that United Airlines is going to start charging obese people for two seats if they take up the space of two seats. He went on to say that obese people aren't bad people, but when you're hanging around somebody and they treat ranch dressing like it's oxygen, it's not hard to figure out why they are obese. I just paraphrased what he said, but the ranch dressing like oxygen comment got me laughing. He is dead on in making that point.

I'm obese and it's my own damn fault. And yes, I have treated ranch dressing like it's oxygen. Cowherd went on to talk about the skyrocketing obesity rate in America, and how some people say it's glandular. He commented something to the effect that the glands haven't changed in the last 20 years. He also said the popularity of The Biggest Loser is due to the fact that the show forces people to look in the mirror and recognize why they are the way they are.

He talked about being on a plane and seeing an obese person get on, and hoping that they aren't in the seat next to you. I was the obese guy getting on the plane hoping that I would be in a row with two empty seats. Having to go on a work trip where I would have to fly on an airplane was a huge motivation in getting me to lose weight back in 2003 when I lost a bunch of weight. I'm obese and I'm not offended by anything Colin Cowherd said. He told the absolute truth.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

This Guy Lost 365 Pounds!

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I came across an inspiring story about a guy who lost 365 pounds and has kept it off for over a year. Click Here to read his story. It shows that no matter what amount of weight we have to lose, it can be done.


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Monday, March 2, 2009

30 Pounds Lost in 3 Weeks on Medifast!

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Last week I weighed-in at 365 pounds. Today I weighed-in at 358 pounds. I lost 7 pounds this week, and have lost a total of 30 pounds in 3 weeks! I have lost a total of 7.7% of my body weight in 3 weeks! Can you see the big smile on my face? I almost feel a sense of relief right now-like I'm relieved that I'm finally going to lose all the weight I've been carrying around.

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Week 3-My Medifast Diet Diary

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My Medifast Diet Diary-Week 3


2/23/09 Medifast Diet Day 15

I’m happy to report that I lost another 4 pounds this past week. That brings my two week total to 23 pounds lost. My percentage of body weight lost is 5.9%. I am at a point now where the only thing that can stop me is myself. The intense cravings that I had two weeks ago are gone. There is no reason why I shouldn't’t be able to see this through and lose all the weight.

2/26/09 Medifast Diet Day 18


There hasn’t been much to report this week. I have added a little light exercise to my life. Today I did some jump roping and light weightlifting. I would really like to start jogging again, and I would really like to make weight lifting a permanent part of my exercise regiment. I was once at a point where I had a healthy addiction to jogging and to a lesser extent weight lifting. My hope is that I continue to lose weight with Medifast, and as exercise gets easier, I stick with it. There really are no excuses anymore. At this point it would be only self-sabotage or laziness that would keep me from losing all the weight and becoming athletic. We all have different goals. I want to be thin and athletic. I want to play basketball again, and run a 5k or 10k. Maybe even a marathon someday. Why not?

3/1/09 Medifast Diet Day 21

It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 weeks already. It has been a long time since I put together 3 consecutive weeks of healthy eating. I’m happy that it’s March and spring is right around the corner. This year I’ll be able to get out and enjoy the summer weather. This year I’ll be jogging again on a regular basis and playing some basketball.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

I've Lost 23 Pounds in 2 Weeks on Medifast!

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Last Monday I weighed-in at 369 pounds. Today, I weighed-in at 365 pounds. I lost another 4 pounds this week. That brings my total weight loss to 23 pounds in 2 weeks. I have lost 5.9% of my body weight in 2 weeks on Medifast!


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My Medifast Diet Diary-Week 2

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From this point on I’m going to write about my experiences with Medifast, but I am not going to list every meal that I eat. Click here if you would like to read my week 1 diary where I listed every meal in detail. As I go forward, I probably won’t have an entry for every single day, because on some days not a whole lot happens. I’m going to focus now on how I feel, the temptations I face, and the experiences I go through on Medifast.

2/16/09 Medifast Diet Day 8

I am really happy today! I had an awesome first week weigh-in. Click here to read about how much weight I lost during my first week on Medifast. Today I met a friend of mine for lunch. Before I left I had a bowl of Medifast Chicken Noodle Soup. When I went to lunch I had some black coffee and water. It was easy.

2/17/09 Medifast Diet Day 9

I was busy today, and actually had only eaten one meal by the time this afternoon had rolled around. I am eating now mostly for fuel, not to satisfy hunger. My appetite is dulled big-time. I would say my appetite is 25% of what it was just 9 days ago. Don’t get me wrong-the mental desire to enjoy a loaded pizza or a bunch of hot wings and beer is still there. I don’t know that those desires will ever go away, and this is only day 9. It’s not like I’ve won the weight loss battle yet. But, it’s much easier to fight off the food fantasies with a dulled appetite.

2/18/09 Medifast Diet Day 10

I can’t believe it’s day 10 already. My clothes feel comfortable right now. I can’t wait to be able to fit in some smaller jeans. I have a pretty nice wardrobe that is waiting on me to lose weight. I went to Hooter’s tonight-as you may know Wednesday is all you can eat wing night at Hooter’s. For me it was all you can drink iced tea night, because that’s all I consumed. I still like getting out even if I’m not indulging in the wings and beer.

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2/18/09 Medifast Diet Day 11

My big belly feels a little smaller today. I can’t see a difference in the mirror yet -I mean it still looks huge, but it feels just a little bit smaller. I can’t wait to fit into some smaller clothes. At other times in my life when I have dieted successfully, I remember being able to visually notice at least a slight difference in my appearance at the 2 week point. I guess we’ll find out Monday how things go this time around.

2/18/09 Medifast Diet Day 14


I can’t believe that day 14 is here! I’ve made it through two consecutive weekends without the two items that usually dominate my weekend menu: pizza and beer. I’m excited about tomorrow’s weigh-in. As my body adjusts to this way of eating, I’m sure that I won’t be able to duplicate my week-one weight loss, but I am just hoping to continue losing weight.

During the past two weeks I have stared down pizza, hot wings, Girl Scout cookies, hamburgers, and beer. Temptation is all around me. It’s around all of us. But I keep going back to the fact that if I stick with this, I will never have to go through it again. I will never have to say “I’m starting my diet on Monday.” I will never again have another day 1, day 2, or day 14.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Tracking My Weight Loss Progress

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10/9/09 Weight 351
10/2/09 Weight 350
9/25/09 Weight 349
9/18/09 Weight: 353
9/11/09 Weight: 354
9/4/09 Weight: 350
8/28/09 Weight: 346
8/21/09 Weight: 345
8/14/09 Weight: 346
8/7/09 Weight: 354
7/31/09 Weight: 356
7/24/09 Weight: 357
7/17/09 Weight: 354
7/10/09 Weight: 351
7/3/09 Weight: 353
6/26/09 Weight: 352
6/19/09 Weight: 359
6/12/09 Weight: 359
6/5/09 Weight: 365
6/1/09 Weight: 366
5/25/09 Weight: 370
5/18/09 Weight: 370
5/11/09 Weight: 369
5/4/09 Weight: 367
4/27/09 Weight: 367
4/20/09 Weight: 367
4/13/09 Weight: 371
4/6/09 Weight: 369
3/30/09 Weight: 373
3/23/09 Weight: 365
3/16/09 Weight: 363
3/9/09 Weight: 358
3/2/09 Weight: 358
2/23/09 Weight: 365
2/16/09 Weight: 369
2/9/09 Weight: 388













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Monday, February 16, 2009

Medifast Week 1-I Lost 19 Pounds!

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For the month of January 2009 I had good days and bad days, but I didn't eat healthy enough to lose any significant weight. I decided to get back to the Medifast 5 and 1 plan. I need the structure that the plan offers. I kept a diary of everything I ate this past week. Click here to read it. It has been one week since I began the Medifast 5 and 1 plan.

Last Monday February 9th, 2009 I weighed 388 pounds. I was wearing size 56 jeans.

Today, Monday February 16th, 2009 I weigh 369 pounds! I lost 19 pounds in a week! I also lost 4.9% of my body weight!

I feel great. I have plenty of energy, and I plan to once and for all lose the weight.

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My Medifast Diet Diary

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I decided that I need the structure that Medifast offers if I am ever going to lose weight once and for all. It was time to get back to the Medifast 5 and 1 plan. I have now been on the Medifast plan for 7 days. The following is a diary of everything I ate for the past 7 days along with some of my thoughts:

2/9/09 Medifast Day 1
Here is what I ate today:

Breakfast: Medifast Banana Pudding

Snack: Medifast Vanilla Pudding

Lunch: Medifast Cappuccino

Snack: Medifast Chai Latte

Dinner: 3 eggs, 2 cups spinach

Snack: Medifast Chocolate Bar

I felt pretty good today-not really hungry in between meals. The food fantasies are there, however. I was thinking about Philly cheese steaks and buckets of chicken wings. I didn’t give in to the fantasies. I drank plenty of water throughout the day. I also drank black coffee in the morning and afternoon. Today was a great start for my weight loss goals. I have made it through day 1, and that is always the hardest day to get through. It feels good to know that I am on the way to losing the weight that I need to lose.

2/10/09 Medifast Day 2
Here is today’s Medifast menu:

Breakfast: Medifast Scrambled Eggs

Snack: Medifast Chicken Noodle Soup

Lunch: Medifast Orange Crème Shake

Snack: Medifast Cream of Tomato Soup

Snack: Medifast Lemon Bar

Dinner: Approximately 7 ounces chicken (boiled) and 2 cups broccoli

I wasn’t really hungry today. I drank a ton of water. I have no desire to mess up. As a matter of fact, I’m watching the Biggest Loser as I write this. There’s no way I’m going to screw up while I’m watching The Biggest Loser.



2/11/09 Medifast Day 3

One of the side effects of my being overweight has been I often have pain in my feet, sometimes to the point that I can barely walk. Lately, I’ve felt pain in the right knee as well. Yesterday, I was perfectly fine. Today, I woke up with severe pain shooting through my left ankle to my heel. I have been limping around today. The thing is, I didn’t do anything particularly strenuous yesterday, yet today I can barely walk. I blame this stuff 100% on my being overweight. This is a perfect example why I need to stay on the Medifast program. Here is today’s Medifast menu.

Breakfast: Medifast Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Lunch: Medifast Chicken Noodle Soup

Snack: Medifast Tropical Punch

Snack: Medifast Chai Latte

Dinner: 3 cups spinach, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Snack: Medifast Chocolate Pudding

Today took an interesting turn. I went to both Hacienda Mexican Restaurant and Hooter’s tonight, and I didn’t eat a thing! In the early evening I met my mom, aunt, and cousins at Hacienda (it was my aunt’s birthday). I had a couple unsweetened iced teas and no food. I went home and had dinner. Then I went to Hooter’s with my buddy Steve and had a couple more iced teas. I came home and had some Medifast Chocolate Pudding. So I still had a good time and I am not bloated, stuffed, or buzzed.

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2/12/09 Medifast Day 4

I feel pretty good today. My jeans feel a little bit looser on me. They’re not falling to the floor yet, but I feel a little bit more comfortable in my own skin. Here is today’s Medifast menu:

Breakfast: Medifast Scrambled Eggs

Snack: Medifast Banana Pudding

Lunch: Medifast Cream of Tomato Soup

Snack: Medifast Chicken Noodle Soup

Dinner: Approximately 5-6 ounces chicken (boiled), 2 cups broccoli with 1/2 cup shredded
cheddar cheese

Snack: Medifast Chocolate Pudding

I was thinking this afternoon, that this is day 4. If I just stick with this I never have to start over. I never have to say “I’m starting my diet tomorrow.” I will never again have to go through a day 1, or day 2, or day 3. To me, that way of thinking is a powerful motivator.

2/13/09 Medifast Day 5

I feel really good today. You know how you feel when you eat healthier for a couple days in a row? That’s how I feel today. I feel lighter. Here is today’s Medifast menu:

Breakfast: Medifast Chai Latte

Snack: Medifast Vanilla Pudding

Lunch: Medifast French Vanilla Shake

Snack: Medifast Tropical Punch

Snack: Medifast Chocolate Bar

Dinner: Approximately 7 ounces chicken(boiled), 2 cups spinach with 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

I did some vacuuming today. Medifast advises waiting a few weeks before beginning to exercise. I am going to put down my jump rope for a little while and just stay busy: sweep and mop the floors, do some dusting, and just keep moving. I really don’t feel hungry anymore. The mental desire to eat is there, but it isn’t driven by hunger anymore.

I dealt with a lot of temptation today, but it was pretty easy. At various locations earlier tonight, I was offered Girl Scout Cookies, hamburgers, and pizza. I said no to all. I even got a comment about how great my willpower is.

2/14/09 Medifast Day 6

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here is today’s Medifast menu:

Breakfast: Medifast Scrambled Eggs

Snack: Medifast Cappuccino

Lunch: 3 cups spinach with 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Snack: Medifast Banana Creme Shake

Snack: Medifast Banana Crème Shake

Snack: Medifast Lemon Bar

I had a Diet Coke tonight. It’s the first diet soda that I’ve had all week. Although I am not going to completely eliminate it, I have committed to drinking less diet soda. I like drinking unsweetened black coffee, unsweetened iced tea, and water. I noticed a long time ago that I could eliminate cream and/or sugar from coffee and tea and still enjoy them. Now they actually taste better to me unsweetened.

2/15/09 Medifast Day 7

I’m happy to report that I am now on day 7. I feel really good. I am looking forward to weighing-in tomorrow and seeing how much weight I have lost. Here is today’s Medifast menu:

Breakfast: Medifast Scrambled Eggs

Lunch: Medifast Chicken Noodle Soup

Snack: Medifast Chocolate Pudding

Snack: Medifast Orange Crème Shake

Dinner: Approximately 5-6 ounces chicken(boiled), 2 cups broccoli, ½ cup spinach with 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Snack: Medifast Chocolate Pudding

Well, I made it! I feel great, and I am looking forward to tomorrow’s weigh in.

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