I have been a Medifast believer for a couple of years now, and even more so since my last experience while onboard a cruise ship. About two years ago I lost 115 pounds using Medifast, and life has been great in virtually all aspects of living. That was until what happened during a 10 day cruise, which is when I gained 22.4 pounds. Last week I went on a cruise, and before I left I struggled with trying to decide whether or not I would be able to do the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan while onboard the boat.
I will admit that the ‘old me’ came back because I ate like a pig while on the cruise. I went on the cruise and left my Medifast at home, by choice. This was my first cruise and I was really worried about the fact that cruises were chock full of food. Despite all of what I heard about food, and cruises, I never dreamed it would be like it was. Food was abundant everywhere, and at any time.
There was more than one time that felt as if I was going from feeding trough to feeding trough. I ate pizza, ribs, steaks, candy, and any other food you could imagine. It was all being offered as part of the price paid to be on the cruise. Every ethnic specialty had its own buffet, or evening. For one solid week I tossed all of my diet concerns overboard and ate what I wanted, and much more than I needed. I loved it! When I came home I was NOT shocked to see that I had gained so much weight because I knew how effective Medifast can be for a person that wants to obtain a healthy weight.
While I was on the cruise I could visibly see my belly start to protrude. I lost 2 notches on my belt, and my tee shirts were getting tight…and yet I still had no regrets what-so-ever. I felt this way because I know that I could come home and jump right back on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan. I had done it before…and here I am on day four at home with the scale rapidly heading down again towards my goal weight.
I knew that I was throwing caution to the wind before I left, so I placed an order with Medifast before I left and the very next day I was home…I was right back on the plan…and I feel great.
If you are thinking of going on a cruise and think you will be able to stay on plan the entire time you are cruising…you are really setting yourself up for emotional disaster. If you are contemplating going on a cruise and think that you can tote around your Medifast bars, and watch the gorge-fest go on all around you, without emotional distress….you are kidding yourself. I know there are some individuals that think they have the resolution of steel needed to stay true to plan….and to those I say ‘good luck’ because they will need it!
Taking Medifast on a cruise is the equivalent of sitting in the best restaurant you have ever entered for a FREE meal of your choice. Imagine that you can have ANYTHING you want to eat and your table-mates are ordering lobster, loaded baked potatoes, ribs or any other meal you could imagine. Imagine all of this is going on around you and you order plain, unsweetened oatmeal. It might work for a day or two, but the emotional damage is not worth the effort. You will be ‘Jones-ing’ for a full week while watching everyone else having fun.
AND I HAVE NOT EVEN TOUCHED UPON HAVING AN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE!
You know as well as I do that once you go off plan even a little, things continue to spiral out of control. I am a realist and I know my limitations, and that is why I will suggest you simply commit to have a fun time on your cruise and make the best choices possible when you get there. Leave the Medifast meals at home and commit to yourself that when you get back home…you will jump right on the plan again. That approach is emotionally healthy and will actually allow you to enjoy yourself.
I know that by the time my cruise was over I felt like a marathon runner glad to see the finish line. I welcomed the comfort of being back on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan, versus the eating fest of being on a cruise. Do not get me wrong, I had a great time on the cruise, but I was actually tired of eating so much. By the time the week was over I was tired of feeling bloated. I was tired of my urine being dark yellow and pungent. I was tired of watching my waist line expand. The big difference with me is that I decided to go off plan before I left on my 10 day cruise.
I came home with ZERO regrets and jumped right back on plan. I had a blast because I like to eat, and drink. Since I did not have to drink and drive the ship….I took advantage of simply having fun. There was no emotional baggage I dragged around for the days on vacation because I knew I had committed to get right back on Medifast once I returned home. For me this was emotionally healthy, and actually has made my resolution that much stronger…because of my ‘fling.‘
I advise you to take a cruise vacation and leave the Medifast at home. Just commit before you go on the cruise to jump right back on plan the very next morning after your return. If you decide to stay on plan and screw up…you run the risk of emotionally damaging your vacation. I suggest you relax…enjoy yourself and commit right now to have the food in the cupboard when you return and just pick up and carry on with life. After all, weight loss is a journey and NOT a final destination. An obese person will forever be dealing with choices and the title of this website is I Choose Beauty because we believe life is all about finding happiness. That happiness is only found when the struggle and self-criticism stop. Do not set yourself up to beat yourself up. Set yourself up to have fun and get right back on track when you return home.
Take my advice…enjoy yourself with the understanding you will go off plan, and you will gain weight on a cruise. The key is that you must be ready to get right back on your journey towards optimal health when you return home. Commit to re-attaching yourself to your weight loss goals the very next day after you return.
The emotional damage you prevent may be your own if you can simply learn to relax and have a good time with the understanding that Medifast is still going to be there when you return home, after you vacation.
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Do you think you clean your face properly? You would think that we would all know by now how to clean our faces; after all we do it everyday.
During the course of the day we get a build up of many different impurities on our face that can clog our pores and give us that washed out complexion. These impurities come from:
- excess oils
- excess sebum
- and several other sources
Some of these sources are the conditions in the area that we live in, and others are how we live, eat, sleep and cope with the things in our lives.
Many of us touch our face throughout the day and the impurities that we carry on our hands get transferred to our face each time we touch it. We can also be in the habit of leaning on our chin at the office, or even touching between our eyebrows while adjusting our glasses or sunglasses. All of these actions can lead to a build up of dirt that can block our pores. For these reasons it is important to cleanse our facial skin by washing it at least twice a day. This is essential in keeping the skin clean and healthy while allowing it to breathe.
You will need a skin cleanser that suits your skin type, as some of them can be too harsh for people with sensitive skin. Buy a cleanser that is for your particular skin type. Look and read the labels of the skin care products to see whether it is recommended for sensitive skin, oily skin, or if it suits your skin type needs. Sensitive skin is often drier and a cleanser for oily skin will be too harsh and could cause a reaction. By using a suitable cleanser each night you will be cleansing the impurities that have build up during the day in your pores. This allows you to have a great nights sleep on a clean pillow and not allow built up grime to create more problems for your skin.
I was overweight for many years and now that I am thinner I am looking back on the habits I need to breakl to help keep the weight off for the rest of my life. Looking back on my personal history I remember my father had worked for Pepsi Cola for over thirty seven years. He did this day in and day out while we lived near Long Island City, New York. I have many memories of him leaving for work or meeting him at the subway station on his way home. He was a fiercely loyal man to Pepsi, he would not even allow Coke products into our home. He was loyal in a time when companies were loyal to their employees through pensions and such.
One thing I took into adult life is my love for Pepsi. I would rather have a Pepsi on a hot day even more than water. I would drink it at dinner and I would drink it pretty much whenever. I enjoy it much more than even beer to the dismay of some of my friends.
This may seem elementary, but Pepsi is part of what made me fat. I was no longer running in the street of my youth playing tag. I am now forty five years old and to exercise I need to go to the gym. As my wife and I started our journey to a healthier lifestyle I decided that I needed to drink more water and cut back on all the soda, or pop, as they call it here in the Southern USA.
This may seem like a no brainer, heck I know it is a no brainer. Cut out the soda and drink more water. I have heard and read it many, many times. So have you! I did this and in ten days I lost over ten pounds. I no longer feel bloated and no longer do I feel as if a penny is not worth picking up because my belly is in the way. You need to even cut out the diet soda as this is not healthy either.
So, if you are serious about losing weight let me help you hear it one more time. Cut out the soda and drink more water. It will be the easiest ten pounds you ever lost. I will also suggest yo cut out the diet sodas also. Granted they are much better for you, but they are still not that great. The sodium content is not good and if you MUST have one, I suggest you only drink one daily.
Whatever your situation, I suggest you evaluate your life and start thinking about some of the things have have helped you become obese because those habits need to be addressed to help you stop the cycle. The habits I speak of could be as simple as salting your food before seasoning or way too much ketchup on your food. Only you know your habits and only you can break those habits.
If you want to lose weight…stop and evaluate and make some adjustments to get on the road to thinness.
Exfoliating your skin keeps it looking healthy and more vibrant. It will also help to remove the dead skin cells, and residue from the surface of the skin.
There are several ways that this can be done, but you need to be careful how you handle exfoliating because sometimes it can do more harm than good. The dead skin, grime, and residue that is on the surface of your skin causes your complexion to look dull and washed out. When you remove the the skin cells and dirt on your face, your skin looks a lot healthier and fresher.
When exfoliating your skin, you need to be particularly careful that you do not use products that are too harsh for your skin type. If you have skin that is sensitive then you will have to check whether there is any reddening of the skin, and if so, stop immediately!
A face cloth will be suitable for most people because it will clean the skin while remaining gentle enough not to cause any problems with all skin types, but the most sensitive of skin.
It is not wise to use exfoliating brushes or loofahs on your face. These types of exfoliating tools are better off being used on your body. Your body can stand a little more abrasion without damage. An alternative would be the use of a chemical exfoliant that does not require an abrasive reaction. It still helps to remove the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Even these formulations need to be tested on a small area of your face because they can still cause some reactions with some skin types.
There are also natural exfoliants that are very effective, and while they will not give us instant results like some of the chemical ones, or brushes. They will do a great job over an extended period of time without causing damage to the skin. The most popular ingredient of the natural products is papaya.
My daughter was in a fit of rage a few months ago and when I heard her scream right before her prom that she hated her acne I felt as if I had to play the role of being her father and step in and tell her about the best acne treatment I have ever found available today. Despite the fact that I administer a website that is all about beauty, with a major section about skin care, I am still just her Dad and I really do not know much about anything. I can’t complain too much though because I felt the same way about my parents when I was her age also.
What I did tell her was that in order for her to be able to clear up her face she had to understand what the problem was and how it became an issue in the first place. I explained to her that the skin on her body is actually the largest organ that the human body maintains. Just like other organs there needs to be the right amount of balance between what is needed and what is not needed. As I sat on the edge of her bed I explained that her skin was something that needed to have a good balance of oil and that all of the oil on her face was not a bad thing. I stressed to her that when God created the human body that we were given everything we needed to be as beautiful as we could be. I told her that there had to be a balance of all the scrubbing she was doing to get rid of her acne. I told her that she needed to educate herself on how best to clean her face and not remove all of the oils that she needed to have in order to have the right balance.
I knew I did not have much time to hold her attention because I was just her Dad so I quickly told her that she needed to clean her face daily with a product that cleaned, but did not remove what her skin needed to maintain itself. I told her that she needed to stop scrubbing her face to death and that she needed to gently clean away the bad stuff while allowing what was needed to remain. I think I got her attention and for a brief moment I was not the ignorant Dad, but the father that cared enough to sit down and talk. I could not help her for that prom because it takes at least a few weeks to clear up acne and there is no magic overnight cure. What she did learn is that there are things she could do to be ready for her next prom. She listened and as you can see in the photo above, she was quite the sight as all the boys were looking at her and her boyfriend was getting a tad bit jealous of all the attention she was receiving.
That talk was something that I will always cherish because she is so busy with her life now that we rarely get to see one another. I am happy to report that she has been going out with her boyfriend for some time now and she seems quite happy and acne is no longer the issue it was back then. She will never admit it but maybe Dad is not as dumb as she thought he was?
Knowing as much as I do about Medifast and HCG I find it hard to stop from chuckling when asked to compare Medfiast and HCG. There is really is no comparison between the two when looking for a long-term weight loss solution. Will HCG and Medifast both help you lose weight? Sure they will! I will further make the declaration that if you reaaaalllyyy want to lose wait reeeeaaaaalllllyyyy fast, then by all means use HCG. If you want to lose weight in a safe and an efficient manner, then it is suggested you turn to Medifast. Sadly stated, the average American is always looking for a quick fix to lose weight and is more concerned with instant gratification than they are with long term results. Just take a look at the budget crisis that is going on in Washington D.C. and realize they are our “leaders” and even they can’t see beyond next month. When comparing HCG and Medifast, as a weight loss solution, HCG and Medifast will both work, but from a point of view that you will be alive in 3 months, you will be thinner using Medifast in the longer term method of thinking.
To make a comparison of Medifast and HCG a person merely needs to decide whether they want to live constantly hungry, or if they want to live where hunger is not an issue. HCG is based on the concept that you will simply starve yourself thin by depriving your body the nutrition it needs, while Medifast is a balanced combination of science, nutrition and long-term sustainable weight loss. Consuming less calories, while expending more calories is what makes weight loss happen in a person’s body. The difference with HCG and Medifast is that on HCG a person will constantly be hungry because that is what simple calorie deprivation does to the body. If a person can get through the first three days of using Medifast it is quickly realized that a person rarely suffers from being hungry.
HCG offers very little science behind weight loss, other than eating less calories. A person would have the same results if they were chained to a pipe and left alone on bread and water for 30 days. When a person is left with Medifast the results may not happen as fast as HCG, but the results that are achieved are results that will stick around long after the desired weight has been lost. Medifast is sustainable weight loss, while HCG really is not sustainable whatsoever. The reason Medifast is sustainable is because it is there is “MEDI” in the name and also in the product. The science that has been put into Medifast over the last 30 years is also why so many thousands of doctors have approved of the product. HECK! Even John Hopkins University approves of Medifast. The test of time will also prove that Medifast is the better weight loss product when compared to HCG because Medifast will be around long after HCG has faded into the history of fad diets.
If you are looking to lose weight quickly for some event that shames you when you look in the mirror, and need to get thin fast…then go ahead and use HCG with the understanding that the weight loss will not be permanent. When you are ready to lose weight with the hope of keeping it off, then check out Medifast. Either way a person will lose weight, but in the long run the person that used Medifast will be thinner six months later.
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If you have been thinking of cleansing your colon or detoxing your colon and have seen all those nasty things that drop out of your anus do not spend one penny. Save your money. I am not selling a product here for you to use so if you are looking for a colon cleansing kit you will not find one here and you most definitely will NOT find me selling it on my website listed below.
If you have looked to “cleanse your colon” you more than likely have seen the photographs of extremely nasty things that people claim they have excreted. I have no doubt that those people you see are really showing you what came out of them and was deposited in the toilet. What you see did come out of them and it has nothing to do with “cleansing”. It is all really a marvel of marketing and millions are falling for it each and every day.
Here is the entire story. You see photographs of what you are told resides in YOUR colon. Then you are told that if you buy a product you too will have “that” come out of you. Then you purchase the product and you have to mix a powder and drink it every day for about a week. After a week or so, you excrete the nasties you see in the pictures. Oh yes, you too will excrete the “nasty”, but the catch is the powdered drink is what created the “nasty” in the first place. It is brilliant!! They create a need and sell you a product and then the product not only CREATES the problem, but then provides you proof that the “problem” has been fixed. Your toilet will even show you the proof and you will tell all your friends.
Save your money, it all is a complete waste of time, money and effort. Brilliant for the people who are getting rich, but a waste of time for every one else.
Here are some great tips that you should know about properly testing products at a cosmetic makeup counter or cosmetic store! This video is really a great source of information for you to not only behave correctly at the makeup counter but also ways to stop you from getting pink eye or some other nasty infection. What is suggested is to do what the man in the video suggests: Do what I do which is very simple things like:
- Test EVERYTHING on the BACK OF YOUR HAND! By doing this you will be able to see the natural color that will show on your skin.
- Never apply products on your face that are out in the open for people to touch or use. Treat it like using a bathroom in public. You should apply the same rules at the makeup counter because the potential for bacteria is just as bad.
- Sanitize hands. -Never ever stick your fingers into product! You should always use cotton swabs to swatch on the back of your hand. You should always use disposable wands just one time and if you need more product then you should use a new wand each and every time without exception.
- PENCILS: If using one on your eyes or your lipsyou should always dip it in alcohol, sharpen, and then dip in alcohol once again. Make sure to WIPE off the alcohol after the 2nd dip, so it doesn’t burn.
- Anything in a squeeze tub can be used right out of the tube itself without any special care.
- You should always spot clean brushes before using them. This will further improve your chances of getting pink eye or some other unseen infection that may be waiting for you right at the cosmetic makeup counter.
Reducing cellulite is a much deeper issue than just losing weight. At first glance a person may be led to believe that a diet would be the best way to reduce cellulite, but that is not really the total truth of the matter. If you are concerned with cellulite then there is also the fact that you are either dealing with being over weight or you have lost weight and are now looking in the mirror hoping that what you see will just go away. If you are like me and lost about 30 pounds you start to notice what look like cottage cheese on your butt or your thighs. If you are like me you are tired of trying so hard and starting to look so much worse. If you are like me you are looking for a way to start reducing your cellulite without getting scammed or ripped off.
What you need to know about your cellulite is that the cottage cheese look is not something that will go away all by itself and there is not a cream that will rub it away either. If you are looking to rid yourself of the ripple effect of cellulite then you need to discover the way that it is done. I equate the method to like trying to get rid of belly fat by doing sit ups. There are so many people in the world that have these flabby stomachs and they really and truly believe that they can get rid of the belly fat by just exercising the tummy muscles.
What I have learned is that there is no such thing as spot reduction and if you want to lose weight you need to lose it all over at once because any other way is just a scam. What I have also learned is that there is no way to just rub on some cream to get rid of cellulite. If you want to reduce the look of your cellulite, then you need to do more than just rub on some cellulite creams. Although there is evidence that clearly demonstrates that cellulite creamsdo hide the problem cosmetically, it is doubtful the creams do more than just hide the problem. If you are looking to just cover up the issue, creams may be for you. If you are looking for a “cure”, then keep reading below.
Other things I have learned is that if you want to start reducing cellulite on your thighs or your buttocks is that it will not go away with brushes, pills, bath additives or even supplements. I have learned that there is nothing that needs to be removed from your body like toxins or poisons or even stored water. I was researching how I could best go about reducing cellulite and I stumbled across a website with the cross section of skin, pictured below. The website that I got the diagram from explained that the best way to reduce cellulite was with the program they were selling. I read all of the stuff on the website and I thought what the heck, it was not expensive, so I would give it a try. I saw that it had a 60 day money back offer and it was through ClickBank, and I also knew that since it was with them, the offer was valid. I received the product and I thought that it might work as described, once I looked it over.
I cannot explain how or why the program works, but I do believe that it has worked for me. I will not even try to restate what is available for you to read right now on the cellulite website. I could try to rewrite all that it says but what is the point? If you want to see some information for yourself, check out the website that the diagram is linked to.
I no longer have the dramatic cottage cheese thighs and I think that I will be able to keep them away for the rest of my life. Because of the e-download I am no longer afraid to look at myself in the mirror. No longer do i hate what I see and no longer will I be afraid that if I lose weight I will look even more ugly. I do not know if all of that makes sense, but I do know that for the first time in a long time I am happy with myself. That in itself is a major achievement and if you are looking for a way to get rid of the cellulite look, then give the book a shot. You may be pleasantly surprised with the results.
There are three top areas that are most important when caring for your skin on your face.
It all starts with cleanliness because the other two areas will not work as well if your skin is not properly cleaned. With all the different cleansers on the market today there is enough information to fill a book, but it is worthwhile in saying that you do not have to spend a lot of money on a quality cleanser.
Make-up will need to be dissolved with oil-based creams before the face can be properly cleaned, and then your preferred cleanser will remove any residue that could clog up the pores. It is very important to remove all traces of make-up before going to bed at night. Sleeping with make-up can cause all sorts of skin problems as it clogs the pores during the night.
A good moisturizer helps soften your skin, and replaces the natural oils that are removed when cleansing. This barrier that is created by the moisturizer will help to lock in the moisture that is in your skin.
The last area in caring for your skin is to protect. There is nothing more that will age your skin more than leaving it unprotected against the elements. Sunlight is good for the skin, but too much of it can cause serious damage, so you should always wear sunscreen when going outdoors. Many of the moisturizers that are worn during the day have SPF sun protection in them. These are the products you should consider when going in and out of the sun during the day for protection. Even driving in the car can cause sun damage, so these moisturizers are particular good to use.
Protect your lips with balms to stop them from drying out and becoming chapped. Wear sunglasses and eye creams to protect the delicate skin around your eyes.
Taking care of your skin should be a high priority in your life. Your skin is precious so treat it like so.