Well folks, we went on our cruise, I lost 19 pounds on Medifast and I ate like a truck driver the entire week we were gone and now here I am on the flip side ready for some real life changes! My good friend and I started Medifast together a week before Thanksgiving. We both lost about 20ish pounds and we both wanted to jump off of a cliff by last week. We agreed to finish up what we had in our cupboards and when I got back from my trip, we would both get back on a plan that has worked great for us in the past...Weight Watchers! Medifast has its place, and for quick weight loss(if you are willing to OBEY the program to the letter) it is King. However, for me, Medifast taught me very little in the way of life changes. I learned how to loose weight using fake food and when the time came to eat real food, I would loose my mind and binge like a crazy person. I have been on WW for 4 days now, and have yet to feel an uncontrollable craving. I have enjoyed a bowl of air popped popcorn every night. I have LOVED eating fruit again and some of my favorite off limits veggies as well. I have missed raw almonds more than I knew. And all in all, I am feeling satisfied, and in control. I love that WW gives you extra points so spend each week for a cheat. I am not the type to go over on daily points, I like to be right on, or even a point or two left over at the end of the day, but I am making a huge dinner on Sunday with dessert, and I know I can indulge and not break my entire weeks effort to pieces with one meal. MF always made me feel trapped and if I cheated even once, no matter how small the cheat was...I would gain weight....not just not loose weight, but GAIN weight. I know WW is going to be a slower weight loss than MF was for me, but if you have read this blog at all, you know that my mental state can at times be fragile when it comes to food, so I am looking forward to repairing my long standing broken relationship with food. WW helps me see what portions I can have, helps me put food into perspective, and helps me make the better choices that MF took away from me. I can enjoy popcorn at night...but 5 or 6 cups of popcorn not an entire bowl. I can have cheese on my salad...just lower fat cheese and 1/4 cup goes a lot further than I gave it credit for in the past! I am excited about this, and ready to make some much needed changes! Wish me luck!