Medifast Essential Tool: One Cup Thermos Mug

The one-cup Thermos could be your Medifast soup savior!

You know, I like soup. When I first started Medifast, I was excited to see some soup options. I figured they would be quick to prepare and easy to create. Boy, was I wrong. I can’t begin to tell you how many times my soups overflowed, creating a crazy mess in my microwave. I also can’t tell you how much I’ve messed with the amounts of water, trying to get the consistency the way I was more used to. But I finally found the BEST way to prepare soup (the Sloppy Joe doesn’t fit into this category, since it’s preparation is meant to create a different consistency).

The Medifast Tool of the Decade!It involves purchasing a one-cup Thermos brand soup thermos. I have read in other blogs how people did this, but I never really found a mug to fit my needs. Most were too big. Most didn’t keep the soup warm enough. But this one is perfect. So, here’s my process for great Medifast soup:

1) Heat water in a kettle to near boiling. The thermos will help keep the water hot, so you don’t have to boil. If you have a hot water tap (such as we have on our water bottle cooler) this process is even easier!

2) Add the soup packet to the thermos. Fill up with water according to the directions. You will begin to know the level of your thermos for the amount of fluid, so it will be second nature to fill up the thermos. Be careful here, for the water is hot!

3) Stir.

4) Close the lid of the thermos. Let it sit for an hour minimum. I suppose if you use hotter water, your time to sit could be reduced. The best thing to do is to prepare this either in the morning and eat it for lunch that day, or about thirty minutes after you eat a meal. This method does not work if you want to eat the soup in five minutes! But it’s great for a working person who wants to eat the soup at a later time.

5) Open the lid and stir. The solids of the soup will settle to the top and the broth of the soup will settle to the bottom. But once you stir (and this is no Medifast b-s here, this is serious) it looks like awesome, homemade soup.

I prefer the Chicken Noodle, the Chicken and Wild Rice, and the Homestyle Beef Stew. But seriously, this is SO MUCH EASIER than heating, praying it doesn’t overflow, stirring, heating again, covering, and letting it sit for 5 minutes. Let me know in the comments if you have any special tricks to preparing your soups or let me know if you use the thermos method already!

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Same Dry, Tasteless Pancakes (just a little easier to eat and prepare)

Okay, so as sort of a follow-up to my past post re: mug muffins (and my inability to make them), I decided to simply make a pancake (chocolate chip) in a bowl. I used two tablespoons of water and just whisked the mix in a small microwavable bowl and nuked it for one minute.

The squirts of "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" does help some.

So, as you can see, it looks like a muffin. It’s still bland and pretty tasteless like the pancakes always are, but at least this is a little easier to prepare when you’re tired in the AM. All that mess with the shaker jar and a skillet to make what amounts to one silver dollar pancake just isn’t worth it for me.

Next time I think I’m going to put it in the microwave for 30 or 45 seconds. Might help with the dryness. Maybe not whisk as much. I think it also could be helped with some sugar free syrup or chocolate syrup (There’s a particular brand I like that I buy at the local Kroger. I’ll have to give you the name.) Do you have any creative ways of preparing your Medifast meals? Please feel free to share!

Back on the Medifast Saddle Again!

Yes, it’s been quite a long time. I began my Medifast adventure in December of 2010 at (officially) 295, reaching as high as 303 the previous month. Let me give you the long story short. In about six months, I got down to around 220. But it took just as long (if not longer) to get down to my all time low of around 206. Now, this was just basic physiology. Less weight means it’s going to come off slower. Plus, it was mentally taxing me. I mean, I was just getting sick of it. It was making me angry. It was terrible to see that I was spending so much money on something that was only losing me 1 to 2 pounds a week.

Upon further reflection, there were things I could have done to help tweak things and lose faster. Plus I really wasn’t living the Medifast lifestyle to the letter of the law. I would cheat with my lean and greens. Eat more. Etc. Long story short, in that time off of Medifast, I gained back weight and ended up at 245. Still well shy of my original total, but still nowhere near where I wanted to be.

I tried all kinds of diets. I even accepted and embraced (and quite enjoyed) veganism. But even then, it required that one have extreme self-discipline and I don’t think I was mentally ready for it (although, when I do reach my ultimate goal, I will adopt a vegan lifestyle once again. It’s just too hard to do while on Medifast).

So, I took all of that old Medifast food I had left out of storage and started again. My peak weight was 245.8 on April 10. That’s when I started again (I also need to point out that my ultimate low point involved an Easter weekend where I ate just a bit too much Easter Candy and other baked awesomeness. Let’s just say when I woke up the next morning it was an all-time low in my post-diet adventure).

So this morning, on April 21, after eleven days on Medifast, I weighed in at 233.4. I’m back down again. I am setting a goal right now if 195 and will reassess from there. According to Medifast, they would like my BMI (a skewed, archaic system) to be at a level to where I’m weighing 164. My original Medifast goal was 180. I just want to get below 195.

And it took that food hangover on the Monday after Easter that woke me up. I have been following the Medifast diet to the t. I mean, perfect. Keeping myself to one snack (okay, so sometimes I eat an extra Jello Sugar Free cup. Screw the 5 calories). But I am a man possessed. I never followed Medifast this religiously the first time. But things are different. I manned through the “first two days,” that dark adventure into ketosis. And now that I’m in it, I sometimes forget to eat. I’m rarely hungry. I do try to stay as busy as I can (which is pretty easy these days) to not think about food. But it’s been a much different experience since the last time.

The only thing I don’t like about following it perfectly as I am is that it is seriously impossible for me to run like I used to. I mean, they say you can exercise thirty minutes a day. But come on, I’m eating 1000-1100 calories a day. My runs are shitty, and it just makes me feel overall shitty. So, I’m going to hang up my running shoes for a few months.

So anyway, here’s the deal. I’ll try to post at the minimum once a week. I’ll put some of my Medifast tips that make some of these meals a bit more bearable. But let’s face it, they aren’t that bad. Follow me on twitter if you like. Oh, and I’ll be taking this foray without Emily. She is dieting on her own (and losing, congrats to you baby!). But Medifast just isn’t for her. It’s not for everyone. It can make you very emotional. Very cranky. Very weak. She’s on her own journey. And I’m still trying to get her to start a blog!!!

Mini Porn Version of Chef Ramsay Found Dead!

Well if this isn’t weird enough for ya, I’m not sure what is. This midget (who just so happens to resemble the awesome Chef Gordon Ramsay, star of “Hell’s Kitchen”) porn star’s half eaten body was found in a badger den, somewhere in the UK. It’s not like I even need to bother where, because no one in the South knows anything about the UK except that their teeth might be marginally worse than ours and that there’s a city called London. Oh, and the Beatles are from there. But the Beatles are nothing compared to the likes of CCR, right? Anyway, read more about Chef Ramsay’s porn doppelganger here. Wow, auto-correct wants to spell this word like so:¬†doppelg√§nger. That’s pretty awesome.

(Courtesy of Radar Online)