Ready to Start Again

September 21, 2009 · 120 comments

As is no doubt obvious by my lack of posts and my weight loss chart that continues to go up instead of down, I’ve been in a weight loss rut. Nay, a virtual crater. The Grand Canyon you could say.

I’ve realized this months ago and have struggled with finding the motivation needed to get going again. Here’s how bad it is - I somehow managed to convince myself that what I needed was a redesign of my website to get me kickstarted. And I’ve proceeded down the path of making that happen. I’m looking forward to a new look around here and think it may well be what I need to start really posting again, but once I realized I was delaying starting my diet and exercise program until my website redesign was done - well, that was too much.

I may have got the kick in the pants I needed last week when my wife weighed in after her first week of a weight loss challenge at work. She’s coming up on the big Four-O and is looking to get more healthy herself. After one week she lost 4 pounds! I don’t think I had but one or two weeks that good when I was really into it.

Suddenly there is a little competition in the house.

So this morning I put 30 minutes in on the treadmill before work, the first time in many months, and I ate pretty well all day. And drank a lot of water. Protein bar and a glass of V8 for breakfast, egg salad wrap with a side salad for lunch, a Bologna and cheese sandwich for dinner and an apple for a snack.

OK, not the best day in terms of quality but trust me it beats multiple stops at McDonalds, which is something I have fallen into the habit of. Dinner would have been better but it was straight from work to soccer practice and I only had time to grab something quick.

Soccer practice? Yep, I am coaching my son’s soccer team again this year. Another thing I did well today was I purposely got more involved in the action by participating in the drills where it was appropriate. I have a 1v1 drill in a 6 yard square box that literally wiped me out after 5 minutes. Pretty sad. But, it felt good to get more physical.

I’m looking forward to sharing my website redesign with you but in the meanwhile I’m going to start posting again and pushing myself to do better. I’m still absolutely convinced that writing about this journey is helpful and feel as though a big reason for me falling off the wagon is that I stopped writing about it as it was happening. Time to get the virtual pen out again and get back at it.

I’d also like to get reintroduced to my fellow weight loss bloggers - anyone new out there that just started a blog yourself? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Hanlie September 22, 2009 at 4:02 am

Hello again! I’m still here, still at the same address and making slow but steady progress.

Nothing like a bit of competition, is there? Well done on your renewed commitment and good luck!

Greg September 22, 2009 at 6:35 am

Glad to see you’re back in the game.

workout mommy September 22, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Glad to see you are back John! :)

Merry September 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Hooray! John’s back!

Never give up, never surrender! :)

Karyn September 23, 2009 at 11:27 am

I have been in a weight loss stump for months also. Gained 8 lbs back when my mom passed at Christmas and in spite of all my efforts with exercise and eating, my weight just won’t budge!

For a while my blog dropped off the face of the earth but, I find keeping it up helps keep me more accountable. Plus, I join challenges fellow blogs set and that helps a lot too. Don’t give up. Eventually things will get back on track! :)

AndrewE September 24, 2009 at 2:38 am

Welcome back to the club John!

Steve Johnson September 26, 2009 at 2:25 am

I got into that same problem earlier this year, where I made weight loss progress, was blogging about it, and then fell back on my old ways eating, eating, eating. Six months later, somehow I found renewed purpose, and lost 22 pounds over the next 3 months. Click on my name in the comments, and find the link to my blog.

MamaBearJune September 27, 2009 at 12:03 am

Welcome back, John! Yes, a little healthy competition does a lot of good. ;-)

My husband lost weight a lot faster than I did, but I finally weigh less than him. Slow and steady wins the race! :-D

Joanne September 29, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Hi John - glad I found you. Hopefully a few of us that area walking the same path can be support for each other in blogland. I had my aha moment last month with another blogger - she posted her weight loss slide show and then a few very inspirational posts and since then I have been living a good lifestyle, trying to keep my blog going and hoping to find others living the best lifestyle we can.

Gregg October 9, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Hi John!

I came across your website when I was doing some research on movie popcorn. I’m a big movie fan, and I have always liked popcorn with the movie. I decided to educate myself on the nutritional aspects of my habit.

Your website interested me, and I found myself reading your blog postings. I also looked at your charts and medical information. Dude, I can really relate!

I’m 53 years old. I’m 5’10″. At the beginning of February ’09, I weighed 280 pounds. I was struggling with diabetes and high blood pressure. While I hadn’t suffered a medical “event” like a heart attack or stroke, I was seriously concerned about my future.

I had tried self-dieting and exercise and I experienced the same result you did. I lost for awhile, but then gained it all back. I finally decided that I was kidding myself in thinking I could do this all on my own. I like to think of myself as a tough, self-reliant guy, but I decided I needed help.

I joined the Slim4Life program. They just changed the name to Slimgenics. It’s only located in Colorado and Minnesota. I mention it because you wrote in one of your posts that you used to shop at Dayton’s. I live in the Minneapolis area, and thought you might too.

Anyway, since I started in February, I have lost weight rather steadily. I have plateaued at times, but the counselors have helped me get through the plateaus. As of this morning, I weigh 199 pounds. I have lost 81 pounds, and have 14 more to lose to reach my goal of 185.

I will reach my goal, and I will keep the weight off. I’m confidant of that now. Some of this confidence is the result of my own motivation. Some of it is as the result of things I have learned and resources I now have at my disposal.

It probably seems like I’m hyping the program I’m on. I’m not, although it has worked for me. But I have come to many realizations during this process. If you think it might be helpful to you, I would be pleased to share them with you. You can decide whether you would like to share them with your readers.

I’m not a weight loss blogger, and as I say, I came across your site by accident. But your posts really struck a chord with me. It wasn’t long ago I was right where you are now. If there is anything I can do to lend a hand, I’d be happy to do so.


nicole October 21, 2009 at 9:48 am

hey! i just read your bog, and i do want to start one of my own. i know i do alot better when i am mindful of what im doing to myself, and writing is an outlet for me. since i am a stress eatter, the outlet is what i relly need. how do i get started blogging?

Ana October 23, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Hi, John. I started a fitness blog this year and am getting into a routine for better health. I certainly have ups and downs, so having support is important. Good luck with your weight loss journey. I’m enjoying your posts here!

Derek October 28, 2009 at 5:00 am

I’m getting back in the game, too. I just started again on Monday. So far, I’m doing pretty well. I had been very successful, then I let things slip and the weight came back.

Anyway, I’ve been writing for a while, and I just started playing with video. I definitely believe talking about the journey is helpful!

Lynette November 6, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Where are you? I was looking for something else and landed at your blog. I was thinking it’d be great to have a little accountability as I travel this journey of losing weight. Have you continued to blog and I don’t see it.
Stick with it. You’ll be so glad you did.

CHRIS L November 30, 2009 at 6:53 pm


I too am in Mn. Wondering what the slimgenics costs?


Gregg December 5, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Hey Chris! Thanks for the question. A brief update: I’ve lost 90 pounds since Feb. I’m 5 away from my goal. If it feels right, I may lose another 5. As you might imagine, I’m happy with the Slimgenics (formerly Slim4Life) program. I think it’s a good option for people who need to lose. There is one guy at my location who is down 145 pounds!

There are two cost components to the program: (1) an up front cost; and (2) product costs. The initial fee includes an initial assessment (weigh in, measurements, orientation), an initial supply of products, and a program. The program is geared to your needs. I wanted to lose 95 pounds. My program is 47 weeks weight loss (2 lbs/wk), 6 weeks stabilization, and 20 weeks maintenance. The up front cost for me was $850. I believe the amount depends on how much you have to lose. Less weight, lower cost.

I know that sounds like a chunk of change, but I wasn’t losing any other way. I figured that the cost of being overweight was also huge. Plus, to be honest, I suspect I’ve saved more than that by reducing the number of times I go out to eat.

The program includes visits to the location where you weigh in and talk one-on-one with a consultant. They want you to come in 3x a week, but you can come in every day if you want. I’ve done that on occasion when I’ve been stuck. To me, the counseling part has been very valuable for accountability, motivation, encouragement, information, etc.

The second cost factor is products. They have supplements (pills), vitamin drinks, and snacks. They are healthy and useful, but somewhat expensive. I dropped the supplements early, and replaced the important ones with off-the-shelf substitutes (vitamins, fish oil). I still get the drinks and snacks, however, because they are healthy and taste good. I figure they are worth the cost. Once I reach my goal, I may look for good substitutes, however.

The essence of the program involves eating reasonable portions of grocery store and restaurant foods, however. A balanced diet. I think it’s good in that respect because you build healthy habits. Programs with prepackaged meals don’t really do that.

Anyway, Chris, I could tell you more, but I don’t want to hog John’s blog. If you want to discuss this more, give me a way to contact you and I will. Or, you could go into Slimgenics. If you make an appointment on the web, I think you can get a $50 coupon towards your program. And by the way, I don’t own stock or get a commission. lol I’m just really happy with the results!


Redhed December 30, 2009 at 1:32 pm

After reading all your posts and those of others, I’ve made my appointment for at Slimgenics for Saturday 1/4 - I’m so tired of constantly thinking/worrying/stewing/crying about my weight and what I’m going to do about it. I’ve been heavy since birth; gained/lost and gained a few times. I don’t feel good and I want to. So away we go…..wish me luck and best wishes to all of you.

Gregg December 31, 2009 at 10:48 am

Hey Redhed! I hope your meeting at Slimgenics goes well. Just a brief update on my weight loss: so far I’ve lost 92.25 pounds. I’m 2.75 away from my goal. My weight loss has slowed recently. While I lost 8.5 pounds in October, I lost just 2 in November and 4 in December. I attribute this to somewhat reduced motivation because I’m close to my goal. The holiday food and drink fests haven’t helped either, although I think I’ve done better than in the past when it comes to eating at family gatherings, parties, etc. Good luck to everyone in the New Year!

Gregg December 31, 2009 at 10:57 am

Oh, and one more thing. I know some of you are more into inches than pounds. When I started my program back in February, I was measured at the chest, waist, hips, both biceps, and both quads. The measurements were then added together.

I was measured again recently. So far, I’ve lost a total of 45 inches, including 11.5 at the waist. Heck, my pants stay up now with only a belt!

Redhed December 31, 2009 at 11:02 am

That’s a good way to see collective benefit, I will measure as described prior to my Slimgenics appointment. I’ve read some blogs regarding the first three days on the Slimgenics plan - I’m so nervous, I’m not a vegetable eater….
I will rid the house of all things tempting this weekend. I have about 45-55 lbs to lose. I will have to fill my time and mind with things other than food/drink.

Gregg December 31, 2009 at 11:46 am

Actually, if you go forward with the Slmgenics program, they will weigh you and do all your measurements. They didn’t take a picture, however, so you may want to do that if you want a “before” and “after.”

I know what you mean about vegetables. I wasn’t eating them very often either. But the program helped me change that habit, and now I’m eating them regularly and liking them.

And as far as mindset goes, you actually don’t have to put food out of your mind. In fact,you will eat and drink more frequently: meals, fruit, snacks, water, drinks. The difference is what and how much you eat!

Finally, I don’t believe in complete deprivation, because I don’t think it works. For example, I love buttered popcorn at the movies, and I decided to keep that habit. The Slimgenics counselors didn’t approve, of course, but ultimately, it’s your life. I figured that, if keeping a habit or two helped me stick to the program, and I was still losing weight, then it was a reasonable thing to do. Just a thought.

Redhed December 31, 2009 at 12:19 pm

You are very encouraging, thank you for sharing your wisdom. I know I won’t succeed with complete deprivation either, so I will have to retain some vice to keep my sanity. All I know is I’m tired of pushing this boulder up hill; keep doin’ what you’re doin’, keep gettin’ what you’re gettin’ - time to make a change!

Gregg December 31, 2009 at 1:04 pm

That’s what I’ve liked about the program. Buying into it (both financially and emotionally) helped motivate me. Then the counselors helped me with a mix of accountability, new information, encouragement, and techniques. For example, when I lost my first 20 lbs., they brought out a 20 lb. bag and had me lift it. Realizing I had lost that much was interesting and encouraging. To think I have now lost more than four-and-a-half of those bags! When I hit weight plateaus, they had short-term adjustments I could make to start losing again. If I had hit a plateau on my own, I might have just gotten frustrated and given up.

Redhed December 31, 2009 at 1:19 pm

I have come very close to cancelling this appointment, this site and posts have helped more than I thought they would. I am not an avid blogger nor do I read many, but am pleasantly surprised. Thanks John, Gregg and all the others who provide encouragement and information!

denverdi53 January 5, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I have an appointment today at Slimgenics. I, too, am nervous about it. I am quite shocked at the cost you posted, Gregg, but I will go and listen to what they have to say. Is the program different than Slim4Life was? Do they have actual people who have lost weight to counsel you, or are they all “skinny-minis” who have no clue how hard this is? This is what I have found when I have gone to other programs in the past. Thanks for your posts, Gregg! I was so helpful to hear from someone who is going through this with Slimgenics.

Katie January 6, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I’ve loved reading the discussion between Gregg and Redhead as I just started Slimgenics in Colorado yesterday! Today has been a hard day just because I keep thinking of all the things I can’t eat instead of all the things that I CAN. Hearing all of the stories and encouragement on here really makes me know that I CAN DO IT and I AM WORTH IT to lose the weight.
Gregg, do you have a website?

Gregg January 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Hi Di and Katie! I wrote a long response to your posts, and clicked “submit.” For some reason, it didn’t go through and I lost it. Talk about frustrating! Anyway, I’m going to try again (and I think I’ll copy it before I send this time.) Anyway, I hope I can remember what I was trying to say.

The change to “Slimgenics” was a name change only. I guess they wanted to emphasize the thermogenic (metabolism boosting) aspects of the program. I like the old name better, but hey, it ain’t my company. There have been a few enhancements since the name change, but I suspect those would have been made anyway.

All of the counselors at my location have been on, or are still on, the program. Some have lost some serious weight. They all look good, but I don’t think they are “skinny mini” types who shake their heads at all us “fatties.” I think they get it.

Di, I know what you mean about the cost. It concerned me too. In retrospect, I think it was worth it. I think overall I have saved money by (1) eating at home more often and eating out less; (2) cutting out alcohol (with occasional lapses) during the weight loss stage; (3) eliminating the need to buy new and bigger clothing, and instead being able to wear little-worn clothing I had previously grown out of; and (4) reducing medication expenses, as well as present and future medical expenses (I was on a total of 5 meds for diabetes and hypertension; now I am on reduced dosages of only two of those meds. There is a real possibility I may be taken off those in the future.) And of course there are the less tangible benefits of feeling better, having more energy, looking better, and being more confident and happy. How much are those things worth to you?

Katie, you ARE worth it and you CAN do it! I know what you feel about being on a “restricted diet.” But in reality, this isn’t really a diet. It’s a retraining in how to eat. Better food, better portions, better habits. It’s a life change so you don’t end up back where you started in a couple years. I like spicy, flavorful food, so that meant fat, carbs, and sodium for me. I had to find alternatives that give me the flavor without the harmful stuff. I’ve learned alot and I’m still learning. For example, I found fat free salad dressings I really like that have way fewer calories (and obviously less fat) than what I was using. There are dozens of changes like this you can make that help you meet your goal and stay there. The counselors have lots of helpful suggestions.

I suppose I sound like I’m shilling for Slimgenics, but I’m not. I just found a program that helped me accomplish what I thought might be an impossible goal, so I’m very enthusiastic. More importantly, I believe I will keep the weight off. I have confidence now that I lacked previously.

So Di, Katie, and Redhed, give me an update! I don’t have a blog, but we can post here, if John doesn’t mind. :) If someone wants to communicate with me privately, I can share my email address in a future post.

I hope you all have a Happy and Healthy New Year!


P.S. I’m copying this before I send it!

Redhed January 8, 2010 at 9:02 am

I am sad/emabarrassed to say I didn’t go to my initial Slimgenics appointment as planned. Yes the weather (15 below zero) was a factor - but honestly I chickened out. I am anticipating the feeling of depravation and am dreading it. What’s weird is although I’m not munching on celery all day, I’m not eating some off the wall amount of food or binging or anything even close to that. I’ve been working out at the health club and have started with a personal trainer. HELP :(

Katie January 8, 2010 at 9:41 am

Redhead-making changes in your eating and lifestyle habits is the thing that matters. Some people (like me) need a little extra motivation to change those things, which is why I went to Slimgenics. The cost of the program alone is enough to motivate me. I too was nervous when I started and thought I would be hungry all the time. The first 3 days were great though. You can eat all you want of the food list that they give you, so I was never hungry. The hardest thing for me was drinking as much water as I needed to-80 ounces a day! But, I made it. It helps me to set goals and then be able to know that I achieved them at the end of the day. And when I went in at the end of my 3 days I had lost 4 pounds! I couldn’t believe it!

Gregg, do you have any suggestions on the snack choices with Slimgenics? I did the bulk purchase at my initial meeting and got 20 boxes, but I’m wondering what have been your favorites? Also, do you know if there is any time of online community for people going through the Slimgenics program? Being able to talk about my goals and accomplishments with other people who are doing the program (and not just the counselors) is really going to help me through this I think. Here’s to day 1 on the official plan!

Gregg January 8, 2010 at 11:10 am

Hey Redhed! I think it’s great that you can come out and admit that you didn’t follow through with your plan. When I chicken out on something, my tendency is to slink into a corner and hide, which is much less helpful. :)

I understand your feeling of embarrassment. Before I got on the program, I was feeling alot of shame. I think it came from a feeling that I wasn’t in control of my own destiny. I didn’t like the feeling that I was lacking in self discipline. Making a commitment to the program made me feel more in control. Sticking with the program (with lapses here and there) gave me a sense of pride.

As to your concern about deprivation, I won’t try to tell you that you can eat whatever you have been eating. If you want to lose weight, you can’t. I will tell you though, that in this program, you eat all the time. Breakfast, an energy drink, fruit, a snack, lunch, another energy drink, fruit, another snack, dinner, ten glasses of water throughout the day. You’re eating and drinking all the time, and still losing weight! Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure there will be things you really like that will have to go. That’s not easy. But that’s where you can get creative and start looking for tasty alternatives. And it may also be the area where you allow yourself an occasional exception to the plan.

As to your exercise, I think that’s great. They are in favor of it on the plan, but it’s not required to lose weight. I haven’t exercised alot since I started, but lately I’ve been trying to build exercise into my daily regimen. I only have one problem with exercise as a weight loss technique. When I get busy or sick, I tend to stop exercising. Then I fail to get stated again. The next thing you know, I’ve gained the weight back. Because you have to eat under any circumstances, I found it much easier to stick to the eating plan than the exercise plan, although stress and illness can affect your eating too.

Anyway, Redhed, whatever route you choose, I would encourage you to dump the shame and take charge to be the person you want to be. You have the power.


Redhed January 8, 2010 at 11:17 am

Thanks to Gregg, Katie - I am feeling better about going for it. I’m not worried about being hungry at all, I’m worried about what I have to eat and what I can’t and feeling deprived of what I’d prefer to have/do. Like you said, I’m going to have to change what I eat if I want to lose weight - kind of a no brainer when you type it out ;) Keep it coming everyone, it’s helping - I feel less ‘scared’ than I did yesterday. The Slimgenics offices are fairly close to my home, so it shouldn’t be a big deal to walkin!

Gregg January 8, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Katie, four pounds in three days! Way to go!

I’ve tried quite a few of the snacks, but not all of them. Obviously, alot of it comes down to personal taste. My recommendation is to try a box of any snack before committing to multiple boxes of that snack. While I think they have gone out of their way to make the snacks tasty, there may be some that just don’t appeal to you. There’s no sense having ten boxes of something you don’t want to eat.

As far as dessert-type snacks go, my favorites have been the strawberry and berry smoothies. They are easy to make, and taste good. I also think some of the bars are pretty tasty. In terms of the meal-type snacks, I like the pasta items, chili, sloppy joe, and soup snacks. I’m not a big fan of the crunchy-type snacks. But again, it’s a matter of taste.

When you buy snacks and drinks, you want to take advantage of the deals, not just buy them in ones and twos. The best deal you ever get is when you make your initial bulk purchase. I was reluctant to buy alot that early on, but looking back, I probably should have stocked up more then. You eat two snacks a day, so you go through them pretty fast. Pay attention to their in-store deals. Those are great times to stock up. Sometimes they only last a day or two though, so you have to strike while the iron is hot. Also, sign up for the e-skinny newsletter. Those give you weekly deals that are pretty good. I think the “regular” price for snacks is $16/box. You can almost always do better than that if you buy at the right time and can buy in quantity. I’ll look through my purchases and try to give you an idea of what prices you should keep an eye out for.

I don’t know of an online community, but I think it’s an awesome idea! Maybe we should start one. Any ideas as to how we might do it?

Redhed, I hear ya, it’s tough to give up things you love to eat. That’s probably why I have allowed myself an occasional treat, like popcorn at the movies. I’m sure it has slowed my loss a little, but it’s allowed me to stay on track. And bottom line, whatever I do has to work AFTER I reach my goal, as well. Maybe you’d like to go in to your location just to get some info. Commit to yourself that you will NOT sign up on the first visit, but just learn what they have to offer. Then you can go home and decide if you want to make the commitment. That keeps the power where it belongs, in your hands.


Redhed January 8, 2010 at 2:13 pm

That is a great idea! I can certainly make a visit - baby steps….
Thanks for the snack info too.

Redhed January 8, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Okay, I re - upped for a Slimgenics appointment Tuesday 1/12!

Gregg January 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Congrats, Redhed! I hope your meeting goes well!!

Gregg January 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Katie, there is a group called Slim4Life Support on Facebook. I joined it, but I don’t know how good it is yet. Can’t hurt to check it out though.

Redhed January 10, 2010 at 10:36 am

Gregg - please let us know what you think of theSlim4 life on Facebook.

Gregg January 10, 2010 at 11:39 am

There are 55 members in the group. There are recent posts, but I wouldn’t call the action fast and furious. It looks to me like the group has potential, however.

Gregg January 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm

So Redhed, how did your meeting go?

Redhed January 13, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Thanks for asking Gregg , kind of you to remember. I attended the meeting - didn’t cancel or noshow, so I’m glad about that. I am going to take the time I need to make a decision, but am leaning towards signing up. I just need to be realistic about what this committment means and doesn’t mean. I feel I got a fair price all things considered, I feel fortunate that the additional snack/supplement costs are tolerable for me. It’s not the money for me, it’s the committment, the fear of depravation and determining whether this is just another claim/magic bullet to solve all your weight problems. ‘If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is’ comes to mind. I have 6 days to decide, I will let you know. How is it going for you and others?Keep those communications coming.

Gregg January 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I’ve been pretty stable the last three weeks. The time has come for me to buckle down and lose those last three pounds! At that point, I’ll be down a total of 95. I’m thinking about losing another five.

Glad to hear you made your meeting. Whatever you decide, I think that was a good step to take. It seems you’ve done alot of thinking on this, so I don’t want to press you. But I will address one thing you said in your last post. I don’t think this is a magic bullet. It has taken plenty of effort for me to get this far, and it will take more to maintain my goal weight. I do think the effort has been well worth it, however. And that’s the bottom line, in my opinion.

Anyway, I’m gonna take a step back so you can decide what’s best for you. :) If you have any questions though, I’d be happy to answer them.

Katie January 14, 2010 at 10:07 am

Good for you Redhead! I think the most important thing is to think about it. I went in July and thought about it until January when I finally came to the conclusion that I needed to do something to get my life back in control. I’ve been at it for almost 2 weeks and I’ve lost 7 3/4 pounds. So for me, it was one of the best decisions that I could’ve made. I’ve been able to still enjoy the foods I like as long as I’m willing to make some adjustments. Good luck in your decision making process and let us know how it goes!

Gregg January 14, 2010 at 11:25 am

Katie, looks like you’re off to a great start! Congrats! Once you start losing, it really fuels your motivation to lose more, doesn’t it? You actually feel like you can do it.

I know what you mean about the thinking process. It took me quite awhile before I got to the point where I was ready to act. Sometimes, you just need some time to make the mental adjustment and commitment.

Redhed January 14, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Katie, I was glad to hear you took 6 months too and am so excited for the success you and Gregg have had. I’m very encouraged.

Gregg January 18, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Hey Everyone!

Just wanted to report that I hit my weight loss goal today! 95 lbs. since Feb. ’09. I’m thinking about dropping another 5. Then I’ll be done, and the challenge of long-term maintenance kicks in.

Don’t give up, people. This can be done!

Redhed January 18, 2010 at 12:25 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!! WooHoo! That’s wondewrful and encouraging. I made the committment to join Slimgenics - but due to being out of town for work, won’t start until January 27. I’ll be anxious to hear how the remianing 5lbs go, the stabilization/blance and maintenance phases go for you. You have so much to be proud of, enjoy your accomplishment.

Katie January 18, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Great Job Gregg! What an awesome accomplishment! Let us know how the next phases go.

Gregg January 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Thanks Redhed and Katie! I’ll keep you informed. Hope you are having a good year so far!

Paula January 23, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Hi Gregg!
Congrats on your success! I too have visited the Slimgenics office in my area. I am also from around the Minneapolis area. I was told about the program and I am interested. The cost is a bit steep. But my doctor told me that because of my weight and my cholestral medication, I may have some liver damage or a “fatty liver” as she called it. She indicated that diet and exercise would help reverse some of this issue and possibly discontinuing the medication that I was taking. I am glad I stumbled upon this website as I was kind of leary about the program but I think I have made up my mind and you have all given me the courage to do this. I will probably start in February when I can round up all the money to start. I have alot of living to do and I am afraid that my health will get worse. I owe it to my kids, my family and myself to stay healthy.

Thank you all for helping through this very difficult decision. I will keep you all informed to my progress.

Redhed January 27, 2010 at 1:01 pm

I signed up today, starting Phase I on Sunday per Slimgenics recommendation. It ain’t cheap that’s for sure, but I’ve blown as much in buying crummy food and bigger clothes. If I don’t get my weight under control, the cost will be far greater. Thank you for your encouraging messages. I hope Gregg, Katie and Paula continue to do well, please keep posting your progress and challenges. I’ve been on the Slimgencis Sparks site, that’s helpful too. There are some good bloggers on there, very motivating.

Gregg January 27, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Hey Paula! I think the program can help alot with medical issues. It has definitely helped me.

Congrats, Redhed! Keep us up to date on your progress!

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Redhed February 1, 2010 at 8:54 am

I made it through Day 1 of prep! It was okay and, although it’s early, so far today is okay, I had a couple of moments yesterday afternoon - but I made it. Just had to tell somebody that could relate!

Katie February 1, 2010 at 10:45 am

Way to go Redhead! You can definately do it and it will be worth it! I just finished my 4th week and I’m down 17.5 pounds, which to me is unbelievable! I continue to have those moments when I want to cheat, but I try to remember that nothing tastes as good as being skinny feels. And, I try not to change the plan, but to let the plan change me.
Has anyone joined the Slimgenics Review site mentioned above? What are your impressions?

Gregg February 1, 2010 at 11:19 am

Way to be, Redhed! You are on your way! Katie, you are a weight loss machine! That’s more than 4 lbs. a week!

Redhed February 2, 2010 at 11:01 am

Does anyone know what the deal is with buying the slimgenics snacks from them or from another source? Is it true, if you don’t buy the supplements etc. from them - your contract is void? I see so many people talk about getting their stuff from GNC, online etc. - are all of them operating without the guarantee? I’m on day three of the prep and attending my meeting tonight, which is my last chance to buy at the bulk pricing. Should I buy it all online? I’m not sure what to invest in and what to skip, any advice?

Gregg February 2, 2010 at 11:21 am

Hey Redhed. Here’s what I did:

I took the supplements to my doctor and my pharmacist. They told me the only ones with accepted value were the vitamins and the EFAs. They said I would do just as well with multi-vitamins and fish oil off the shelf. I figured the Slimgenics supplements would run me about $270/month, so that is what I did. I was still able to stay on track with my weight loss.

The Thermo Boost is mainly a low cal, low sugar vitamin drink. I liked the taste, and it helped me drink all the water, so I have continued to get it. I’ve occasionally looked for cheaper off-the-shelf substitutes, but haven’t found anything I like as well.

The Thermo Snacks are high protein, low cal snacks. I liked them, so I have continued to get them. I have looked for substitutes there too, but it’s hard to find a high protein, low carb, low sugar option that tastes as good and costs less. At least it has been for me.

As far as the contract goes, my recollection is that they require you to buy the snacks, but not the other products. I could be wrong on that, so check with Slimgenics. Also, bear in mind that it is your results (and your budget) that matter most to you.

The bulk pricing is really the best pricing you ever get, so it’s a good idea to stock up on those items you think you will need. At this stage, you won’t know what you will like, however, so I would stay away from buying large quantities of any particular item unless you’ve tried it and know you like it.

If you have any other questions, please ask.

Katie February 2, 2010 at 11:23 am

Hi Redhead,
To tell you the truth, I guess I’m not that clear on the guarantee either. I thought you only had to do the snacks directly from Slimgenics to be part of the guarantee. I know you can’t get the snacks any place else and that is the only REQUIRED part of the plan. As far as the supplements go, that’s where you’ll save the most money if you buy in bulk upfront. I didn’t, and I’m still debating if I should switch to the generic brands or not. I would definately buy bulk of the snacks because it does save you in the long run and you will eat 2-3 of them every day, so you’ll need them throughout the program. I do agree with Gregg though, don’t buy a bunch of the same thing unless you know you like it. I’ve only had 2 of the snacks that I don’t like, but it is really a matter of preference.
Let us know how your meeting goes tonight!

Gregg February 2, 2010 at 11:33 am

One other thing. The counselors do promote Slimgenics products, and have helpful suggestions, but I haven’t found them to be pushy salespeople, which is nice.

Redhed February 3, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Well, I made it through prep - l0st 4.25 lbs! I’m doing okay today, but I’m so busy - I’m a little worried about getting all the food in that I’m supposed to eat starting today.

Gregg February 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Hey Redhed! Sounds like you’re off to a good start! I know what you mean, there is a lot to eat and drink. If I can offer a tidbit, I suggest you do your best to drink all your water and space out your meals/fruit/snacks as best you can. I think it helps, both with hunger and metabolism. Don’t beat yourself up if you aren’t perfect. You have taken charge, and you deserve credit, not shame!

Katie February 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Good job Redhead! I would agree with Gregg-try your best to get it all in each day. My hardest challenge was eating all the veggies, so I’ve started puttinsg some in with my eggs in the morning and having a huge salad for lunch. I make a goal each day to have a certain amount of water before lunch, and then another amount before I leave work. Making small goals like that throughout the day really helps me get everything in.
It is a learning process and a change, but you can do it!

Redhed February 3, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Good suggestions, thank you. I agree, setting the goals of so much by lunch and so much by the time I leave work, is kind of what I did today. I have a hard time with vegies in general, so I tried to get most of those in at lunch. I got the water, boosts and snacks in - and will finish up the supplements required by day’s end. I don’t think I will reach my fruit quota today, but I’ll try. Tomorrow night is a challenge, a dinner I need to attend-no control over what they will serve and can’t bring my own. Hopefully I can pass and wait to eat until I get home, but then the supplement stuff gets screwed up.

Katie February 3, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Hi Redhead,

Going out to eat often is a little tricky. My recommendation is to eat before you go so you aren’t tempted to eat as much there. If you can’t pack a dinner or a thermosnack to eat at the dinner, maybe you could have one in the car waiting for you when you leave. Then, you won’t be starving by the time you get home. Plan ahead, and you’ll do great!

As far as the supplements, the only one you need to take before a meal is the carb blocker, so I wouldn’t worry about those being screwed up. You can take them before you leave, or even when you get back home. I carry a pill case with me in my purse if I know I’m going to be away from home when I need to take them, and then you know you’ll be on schedule.

Keep up the good work!

MissNE February 4, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Gregg, Katie, and Redhed-

I am so excited and encouraged that I found this blog! I went to my free slimgenics consultation on Saturday and spent my $758.84! I about died when she told me the price, but I think I’m worth it! I have tried to lose weight for several years and this is the first time I am confident that I will not only have success losing weight, but also maintaining it. After the 3 days of prep, I lost 5.25 lbs and am excited to continue. To all of you, congratulations on your weight loss! It’s very inspiring to see that others can do it and Gregg, I have the same goal as you, 95 lbs. It seems like a mountain to climb, but one week at a time is doable. Also, I have an embarassing question I have not been able to ask my counselors yet. Anyone experience constipation and what worked to fix the problem? Thanks!

I’m curious what you get for $758.84? Seems like a big outlay - although trust me if I knew spending money would solve my weight problems I would do it in a minute!

Redhed February 10, 2010 at 10:54 am

Gregg - fill us in since you’ve met your goal and gone onto balance and maintence. Katie - what’s shakin’ with you and your progress? Since Sunday 1/30/10 - I’m down only 6.5 lbs, I guess I expected more - but not complaining, yet. I fell off the wagon once, had a root beer and one cookie this past Sunday. I have a few events coming up that are going to be a challenge. For the most part, it’s been okay - it’s hard to get the vegies in because I just don’t care for them, but the rest is doable. The weekends are hard and the winter is long. I’m trying to figure out how long I’ll have to pay if I have a drink with a friend this Friday, or if I just say no and have water.

Katie February 10, 2010 at 11:01 am

Hi Redhead,
This week has been a struggle for me. I was down 18.5 pounds on Saturday (the end of my 5th week) but the Superbowl about did me in. I am not good when facing food temptation. All that yummy good stuff that I know is so bad for me…
So, I was up on Monday, but my counselors put me on an omit and flush, so hopefully I can get back down and then some by the end of this week. My counselors keep reminding me to think of my progress when I’m tempted and remember that I don’t want to ruin all the hard work that I’ve been doing.
Drinking with friends is one of the biggest changes that I’ve had to make in my personal lifestyle. I’m only 25, so that’s a big social event with people my age. Once I committed to it, it hasn’t been that bad. I drink lots of water, which is good. You can always throw in a lemon to sprutz it up.
Keep up the good work-you can do it!
MissNE-how is the 1st week going for you?

Redhed February 10, 2010 at 11:06 am

Thanks for the update Katie. 18.5 lbs in 5 weeks that’s super! I’m not so much 25, so I’m thinking I can’t expect those kind of numbers. So I’m curious, what does the omit and flush consist of and how long do you do it?

Gregg February 10, 2010 at 11:18 am

I decided to lose an extra 5 lbs, so I have 2.25 to go. That’ll give me an even hundred. It’s been a year since I started, so I have to say I am pleased with my progress. Some months have been better than others, of course, but you just have to keep at it.

In my experience, alcohol has been the one thing that has caused a big bump up. When I have had 2-4 drinks, which has not been often, I’ve gained as much as 4 pounds in one day! That kind of weight tends to come off quicker, but it might take 2 or 3 days for me to get back to where I was. It’s kind of discouraging when you’re trying to make progress. The whole thing created a real incentive to avoid alcohol and go with iced tea or diet soda instead.

Katie February 10, 2010 at 11:19 am

Hi Redhead,
Basically, they add more water into my days and omit certain foods. I’ve done it a few times (weekends are always awful for me) and each time it’s been a different amount and combination. Sometimes they’ve recommended drinking 2 Tablespoons of BRAGG Apple Cider Vinegar, Unfiltered/Raw to help “flush” my system. It’s not a hard thing to do, and it usually does the trick and gets me back down. I would avoid it if at all possible…

Redhed February 10, 2010 at 11:48 am

Sounds like you have given me my answer regarding what to do this Friday. Choose your battles, and this Friday isn’t one of them. I am going to Jamaica the end of March for a week. I have to be honest, I will enjoy some adult beverages - that battle I guess I’ll be choosing. I did the vinegar today, horrible - but I guess I can do it. Gregg, you are an inspiration - 100 lbs!

Gregg February 10, 2010 at 2:49 pm

If you don’t like the vinegar, you can use lemon instead. It helps flush the salt out. There are also other natural diuretics that will help eliminate salt and get rid of excess water weight. Search “natural diuretics” online and you can find lists of them.

KMS February 10, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Thank you all for posting this information about Slimgenics. I have been considering an appointment and have about 65# to lose to get to my goal weight. Like MissNE, I am interested in finding out what the initial program charge covers, as well as what the average weekly/monthly spending would be for the snacks or whatever else is needed for the program. I just need to know that this is going to work within my budget. Also, do the counselors help you put together meal plans for the week? This is my biggest hurdle, so I’m debating about whether to go with Slimgenics or to hire a nutrition counselor. Thanks!

Gregg February 10, 2010 at 11:16 pm

KMS, for a discussion of the costs, look at my post of 12/5/09 above.

Redhed February 18, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Just thought I would report in - 18 days, down 9 lbs. I’m doing pretty well with Slimgenics for the most part. Going into the center three times a week certainly drives your behavior to stay on plan. Funny, there are three or four people there - very nice, helpful. There’s one I don’t care for too much, the one I usually get - oh well :)

Katie? Gregg? MissNE?

Gregg February 18, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Great progress, Redhed! That’s 3+ per week! I’ve stalled out a bit. Still 2.25 to go to my goal. I have to buckle down like you have!

Katie February 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Good job Redhead, keep up the good work! And Gregg, you can get those last few pesky pounds down no problem!
I feel like I’ve stalled lately as well. I had company at my house last weekend, which made it REALLY hard to stay on plan. I feel like I’ve been 2 pounds away from my 20 pound milestone for so long, I’m ready to get there!
Hope everyone has a great weekend!

SlimGenics Reviews February 20, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Check out Lisa’s Slimgenics Story. We’d love to hear yours to!

Gregg February 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Ok, Katie….let’s you and I go for it this week!

Redhed February 22, 2010 at 2:05 pm

On Friday, day 19, I made my first 10lbs! Exciting, yet it makes me anticpate how long it will take and how I will do with the next 10….
I am going out of town this coming Saturday for a week on business primarily - a few days of vacation, home for three weeks then gone for another week to Jamaica. I’m having as much anxiety about being potentially off plan as I am having to stay on it! Will I gain next week? Will I lose it and then gain more when I go to Jamaica? Will I be starting April with a net gain at all? I feel like I can do pretty well next week, but not so sure I WANT to be on plan when in Jamaica…. which results in, you guessed it - more anxiety! ( I must sound like a nut case)

I’m very excited for Katie and Gregg to meet their goals - can’t wait to hear about it - whethere you make it in 1 week, 1 month or 1 year. It’s nice having people ahead of you in the program - it helps me understand and accept some of the things I’m experiencing - an gives me a clue of what might be coming, good and bad! Thanks to all, you make this journey much easier.

Gregg February 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Redhed, you’re doing great! Keep up the good work!! But here’s a little dose of reality you might not fully appreciate. You talk about being “on” or “off” the plan, which is understandable, beacuse that’s how we all talk about it. But the facts are these: You had a way you ate in the past. It was not producing the results you wanted. You were overweight, and you were unhappy about it. You took charge, and joined Slimgenics. What you are doing now is not a temporary plan, it is a new way of life. It is the way you will eat in order to be the person YOU have chosen to be. Oh sure, right now you are in the weight loss stage, and when you reach your goal you will get a little more food in your diet. And sure, no matter how “tight” you run things, you will stray from the program at times. But the key recognition is this: This isn’t a “diet.” It is your new way of life to be the person you want to be. Own it! Believe me, when I first realized this, it was depressing. How am I supposed to survive eating (or not eating) like this? But now, I like my new habits and I don’t feel deprived. And I’ve even developed ways to do parties and drinks with friends without binging or depriving myself. And to be honest, knowing I have that power is the best thing of all! So Jamaica, here you come, mahn!

Redhed February 22, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Your points are well made Gregg, and I hope I haven’t conveyed a different message than I intended. It IS a temporary plan from the aspect of will I get 4 vegies in, limit myself to only 2 low calorie starches, 2 fruit servings , drink 10 glasses of water and a variety of supplements throughout the day? That is the plan I have chosen and am challenged to stay on in order to meet my intended goal. My point was in regards to my initial success; I get concerned about my reaction should I waiver, not lose and/or gain weight. (and yes, I know it’s going to happen) Not trying to set myself up, just thinking out loud and expressing my feelings about getting through choices and setbacks - I know I won’t give up, even if I give in for one reason or another - just a little anxious about how I’ll handle it when it happens.

I totally agree that overall it isn’t a short term diet, but a lifestyle change for a healthier me. I do appreciate the feedback though, really I do! Certainly you have a year of experience, a year of success and a year of self awareness that has escaped me thus far - maybe I’ll look back at this post and realize you were the wise one all along and kick myself. Wouldn’t be the first time I’ve made a similar realization ;) Thanks Gregg, all comments and suggestions welcome, keep them coming!

Gregg February 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm

It’s funny, when I started, I used to ask myself how I was ever going to live on this “diet” long term… I’m staying at my reduced weight and it doesn’t even seem like work…..weird, huh?

Katie March 2, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Just an update for everyone: At the end of last week (week 7) I was down 23.3 pounds! I still have a long ways to go (75 more pounds) but I made it past eh 20 pound milestone, so that was good. How is everybody else doing?

Gregg March 2, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Seven weeks already Katie? Wow, that went by fast! And you are making awesome progress!! Keep up the good work!

Amber March 4, 2010 at 1:28 pm

I just stumbled on this. I graduated college in May and have only ever gained weight since my freshman year (damn ben and jerry’s sold at my dorm). Last year I lived next to Trader Joes and ate very healthy, only stocking good food and maintaining my weight (never losing). This was okay. I was in DC and walked EVERYWHERE. The I graduated, moved to Colorado and in with my boyfriend. I work full time and didn’t work out. My bf is small and can eat ANYTHING and prefers everything terrible for him (slathered in cheese). Thus I began gaining weight again, what caused me to notice and care was that I went up to a size 16 pants, literally slitting my other pants.
This was heart breaking. I joined the gym, went 5 days a week and managed to curb the gain.

I want to lose weight, 30 lbs at least. I found this blog because I was particularly interested in slimgenics. But the cost scares me… like I said, I just graduated, I am paying students loans, a credit card and wanted to save to move out of my bf parents basement, I have nearly no extra money. How can I afford the help I need?

Gregg March 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Hey Amber. I’ve lost almost 100 pounds at Slimgenics in a year. The cost is a relevant factor, but the program will not only help you lose the weight, it will teach you how to keep it off long term. I suggest you go in and find out how much it will cost you, so you are working with actual numbers. When you’re doing your calculations, don’t forget to take into account any amounts you might save by eating at home more, if that’s a factor for you. Then ask yourself, what’s it worth to you to weigh what you want to weigh?

Kit March 6, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Greg, Katie, and Redhead -

Thanks for maintaining your conversation and progress online. I went for a slimgenics appointment today, signed up, and went to tell my daughter the good news. Her fiance said some things that got me second guessing my decision, and quite frankly made me think I messed up by joining. I came home and started researching online, only to find a mass of bad reviews and complaints. I was nearly in tears when I find a link to John’s blog. Reading through Greg’s progress over a year, and the beginning of Red’s and Katie’s journeys helped me feel better and more positive.

Katie March 6, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Hi Kit-
When I first decided to make the decision to do Slimgenics, my mom also cautioned me on my decision. She too had read the bad reviews and was nervous that I had made a bad decision. It has been one of the best decisions of my life, however. After 8 weeks I am down 26.75 pounds! Now to me, that shows that the program works.
It’s a huge commitment, both financially and emotionally, but completely worth it. What it really comes down to is what you are willing to do to get back in control of your life and your weight. It doesn’t matter what anybody else says or thinks about your decision, because it is YOUR decision to get control of your life.
Good luck as you start the program, and please let us know your progress and if you have any questions as you go along. It may be a little bit overwhelming in the beginning because it is a big lifestyle change (it was for me) but you can do it!

Gregg March 7, 2010 at 11:25 am

Hey Kit! When I read your comment, I was glad I hadn’t run across any negative reviews before I signed up to Slimgenics. If I had, I might not have joined, and I’d be 98 pounds heavier today.

I don’t know what the criticisms are, but frankly, after a year, I don’t have any. I think the program, products, and counselors have been great. That’s not to say it has been a breeze. Sometimes, I’ve had difficulties controlling my old habits and cravings. Sometimes, I’ve just hit the plateaus you hit on any weight loss program. My advice in those situations is to put aside your pride and get into your center and let the counselors help you get back on track. That’s what they are trained to do. I swear, there were weeks when I was stuck that I went in 5 or 6 times. I told them I was following the program, so now it was THEIR problem. They laughed at me, but then went to work. The next thing you know, I was losing again. Without the help, I would have become frustrated and quit.

I know the up front cost of this program is significant. But where else can you pay one fee and then use as many services as you want? Your doctor’s office? Your auto mechanic? Ha!

Anyway, Kit, you can do it! If you have any issues, feel free to check in here. I’m a veteran, and Katie and Redhed are new to the program but motivated. We’re willing to lend a hand.

Katie, by the way, you’re doing great! Keep it up!

Redhed March 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I’m back and glad to say I did pretty well, didn’t gain any (or lose any) while I was out of town. I have lost 1.75 since I got back in the swing. I’m not seeing the 3-5 lbs per week, but 2+ lbs per week is good enough for me right now. My exercise will increase now that the snow is almost gone, I will soon be walking outside and gardening. AMEN! I might see that 3 lbs a week after all!

Kit - Yes it is an investment, but each and every one of us are worth it. I know I can ook at my checkbook and see where I’ve wasted money on far less important things. Your health is priceless. Keep going!

Congratulations to Gregg and Katie - WOW!

Stick with me, my Jamaica trip is two weeks away :)

Gregg March 12, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Good job, Redhed! There are definitely times when not gaining is a good result. I have to tell you that I almost never hit 5 pounds a week during my program. As a general matter, 3 pounds was a good week. My average over the year was about 2 pounds a week. At times, I would see people who lost 6+ up on the board at the center. I told one of the counselors that I wanted to do that! She said, “No, you don’t. Those are typically people who gained alot and are just taking it off again.” After that, I was happy with slow and steady.

Redhed March 23, 2010 at 3:31 pm

What’s the word from my Slimgenics friends? Gregg - are you in the balance/maintenance phase? How’s it going for you? Katie are you still out there, how are you doing? You have both been so inspiring.

Kit, are you continuing with SG?

I’m slow and steady, I wish I had 20+ lbs lost to report, but my grand total is 15.25. I’ve been sticking to the plan pretty well and just did the two day plateau buster. Let’s just say I don’t have birthdate or the metabolism of a 20 something, or 30 something or ___ something ….

It’s been tough to stick with it, but I’m managing.

Katie March 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Hi Redhead,
Keep sticking with it. I know it can get tough some times (I had pizza this weekend, which was NOT good). So far I’ve lost a little over 25 pounds. It’s still a process and I continue to have to make an effort each day, but people at work are starting to notice the difference, so that makes it all worth it.

Kit March 23, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Redhead and Katie,

Awesome results, ladies. A program is just a tool, and it definitely takes a person to make it work, which you’re doing amazingly! I still don’t know if I am starting with SG. I paid the money, but have a history of kidney trouble so SG asked for doctor sign off. My doctor hasn’t and may not sign off on it, and the SG office here is saying I won’t get my money back. Yikes. In the meantime I’ve managed to lose 20lbs on my own since Thanksgiving. I have 35lbs left to go, which is amazing considering two weeks ago when I paid for SG I was looking at 45 lbs total. I really hope I don’t lose the money, but at least I am committed and losing weight right now.

Gregg March 24, 2010 at 8:31 am

Hi Redhed, Katie, and Kit. Good to hear from you all! I’ve been lazy of late, and have bounced up as high as 6 pounds over my ultimate goal. Last week I got serious again, and cut that to three pounds. I’m working to hit my goal by Saturday, and then go on maintenance. I’ll keep you apprised.

One thing to keep in mind: Eat all your food and drink all your water. Yesterday, I was running all day, so I missed lunch, snacks, water, etc. You’d think I’d be down today, but I didn’t lose an ounce. As odd as it seems, you lose weight on this plan by eating and drinking.

Kit, I’m not a doctor, and I certainly can’t comment on your situation. But a year ago, at 285 pounds, I had an elevated creatinine level of 2.23. My recent reading was .90. (Redhed and Katie, in case you’ve never had to worry about this stuff, creatinine level is one measure of kidney function. “Normal” is somewhere in the range of .50 to 1.50). The program has also done wonders for my blood sugars and blood pressure.

Having been on the plan for a year, it’s hard for me to see what would be hazardous from a medical standpoint. In essense, you’re being asked to eat balanced meals like we were told to do when we were kids. But I realize each person comes in with a different history and situation.

Sounds like you are making good progress on your own anyway, Kit. Keep up the good work!

I know it seems hard at times. But I have to tell you all this: Now that I’m closer to a lean body mass, I definitely have fewer cravings, which is what the Slimgenics counselors predicted would happen. So I feel that maintaining will be doable.

Redhed March 24, 2010 at 10:14 am

Good advice regarding eating and drinking as directed, Gregg. I have had a similar experience - didn’t get all my food/water in, thought I’d be down - went up a 1/4 lb! I still have a hard time with the vegies, can’t seem to get them all down every day - but I try. Keep us posted on the the maintenance portion.

Katie - you are doing great, it must feel great too! Some people have noticed my weight loss, and although I don’t see it, I feel it in my clothes. Hey, I don’t care if I weigh 500lbs if I’m in a size 8/10…. :)

Kit - if your MD dosen’t signoff and SG required signoff, I would find it difficult to accept no refund. If they suggested vs. required, I guess that’s different. I agree with Gregg - I work in Healthcare and would find it difficult to see where the plan would not be acceptable, but you and your doctor are the only ones that can make that call. Congratulations on you progress!

I weigh in tonight and again on Friday, then leave for Jamaica on Saturday with my Apple Cider Vinegar packed in my suitcase.

Gregg March 24, 2010 at 10:32 am

Kit - I agree with Redhed. If Slimgenics requires your doctor’s approval as a condition of you going forward with the program, and your doctor doesn’t give his approval, and Slimgenics doesn’t let you go forward, then I can’t see how Slimgenics can legitimately keep your money. Let us know what happens on this issue.

Redhed April 7, 2010 at 11:17 am

Ya Mon - back from Jamaica, brought back 3.25 lbs! I’m starting the Plateau Breaker - BioGenic Days…..

How’s everyone else doing?

Katie April 9, 2010 at 9:28 am

I’m doing well. So far I’ve lost 33.5 pounds, which is great. I had set this as my starting point to start a regular work out routine, so come Monday, I’m hitting the gym!
People at work are starting to notice that I’m losing weight (maybe because my clothes are all baggy) and it’s great to hear after all the hard work I’ve been doing. Only 60 more pounds to go…

Chuck April 9, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Hi Folks! I pulled the trigger with Slimgenics 3 weeks ago and am down from 289.75 to 277 (12.75 pounds). My goal is 189, like Gregg I want to make it an even 100 loss. The program is working well for me, no issues with being hungry. Yes, it’s expensive, if I reach my goal it’ll end up costing $16.86 per pound lost. That’s some pricy fat! I’ve purchased all my snacks in bulk, finished some of the starter pack of supplements and am buying only the ThermoBoost from now on. Thanks to this blog and others I found by searching, it’s much cheaper to buy at Costco or just about anywhere else! Looks like this is another good source of motivation, I’ll check back in later!

Gregg April 14, 2010 at 10:07 am

Hey Redhed, Katie, and Chuck! Nice hearing from you guys. Redhed, not too bad given that you’re returning from vacation. You can lose that little gain pretty fast. Katie, doing awesome! Keep up the good work. Chuck, sounds like your situation is very close to what mine was. Good start. Keep at it.


Maria April 16, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Hi folks- I joined slimgenics when I lived in Colorado, but have since been transferred for work to Missouri (no slimgenics)… I lost about 20 lbs on the first phase but really didn’t know how to move into the maintenance phase and haven’t been successful so far and trying to maintain. Do any of you have any insight on how to move into and “maintain” once you are around your goal weight? From my understanding, the sg counselors explained that foods like dairy and add’l starches and re-introduced but i don’t know how to go about this correctly. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! By the way, keep up the great work everybody!

Sonja April 17, 2010 at 11:01 am

Hi All,
I just found this by accident. I started Slimgenics 11 days ago. I have had a terrible headache, and just don’t feel like myself. I am wondering if it is the supplements, or something else. My counselors have said that they think it is a detox. I am not sure, I have done other detoxes and not felt this way. Any ideas.

Kit April 17, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Hi All,
Wow, the progress shared here is so inspiring. I finally, mostly, have things ironed out between my doctor and slimgenics. I also have a much better understanding about why this diet isn’t the best for anyone with a renal (kidney) condition. Slimgenics absolutely refused to refund my start up money, and never did disclose all the ingredients to my doctor. Even so, my doctor and I are going to go forward with the plan minus things she said absolutely no to (like the Morton’s lite salt, all sugar substitutes, and most of the supplements.) I don’t know how well it will work without those, but I’m hopeful all the same. I’m still losing on my own, and I officially start on Monday. I bought thermoboost and snacks in bulk yesterday (easy given the limitations), and I’m excited and nervous at the same time. I’ve noticed that some of the staff genuinely care, and others who were part of my enrollment are all about the sales. I figure I know who to try and talk to and who to avoid, and that I can find support outside slimgenics as well. Thanks for asking, and for your encouragement RedHead, Katie, and Gregg.

Gregg April 17, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Maria, I’m starting maintenance on Wednesday. I will share with you what I learn. Also, have you thought about calling your Colorado facility for a little tutoring? It seems to me that, if you paid for the program and left before you finished your weeks, they might be willing to help. Obviously, they have a stake in your success.

Sonja, I haven’t suffred from any headaches, so it’s hard to say. Are you getting all your water in? If not, perhaps that might help. Another approach might be to omit one supplement at a time and see if it alleviates the headaches. This dietary change is significant for most of us, and I suppose adjustment can vary alot from person to person.

Kit, I have used the thermoboost and snacks throughout, and switched to off-the-shelf vitamins and fish oil after the introductory pack. I dropped the other items because of the cost. My doctor and pharmacist said they weren’t necessary. I lost weight consistently without them.

Sonja April 18, 2010 at 8:01 am

Thanks Gregg for your thoughts. I am getting enough water, that is the easiest part for me, as I have always been a water drinker. I would rather have just water than the thermo boosts.

Yesterday I did what you said, I did not take the EFAs first thing in the morning, but took the Herbal Slims and Carb Blocker. I got a headache, and the general bad feeling. Then at lunch I took only the EFAs and Carb Blocker. As the afternoon went on, the headache went away. I think that it is the Herbal Slims. I am going to not take them today, and see what happens. Then when I go in tomorrow, I will talk to the staff about the Herbal Slims. I hope that it won’t slow down my weight loss.

Thanks for your help. I was very discouraged after spending all this money, and I just felt awful. I am a teacher, so I need to feel good. My students deserve a nice teacher. I lost 7.75 pounds in my first 10 days, so I hope that I can get the rest off. It is a very scary place to be.

Just reading about the successes of others has been a good thing for me. I hope that everyone has a great day.

Gregg April 18, 2010 at 10:22 am

Sonja, I took all the supplements to my doctor and pharmacist. They said that the herbs did not appear to contain anything with proven medicinal value. My doctor left it up to me as to whether I wanted to take them. I discontinued them because of the cost. I still lost weight steadily.

Kit April 18, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Hi Sonja,

What grade and district do you teach in? I’m a fifth grade teacher in Adams 12. I know what you mean about the need to feel good in order to be a good teacher. Like Gregg, I took everything to my doctor. She told me not to take the carb blocker because the vitamin A in that is a retynol based vitamin A, and puts my total vitamin A over the upper limit for adults. If you’re taking that, the vitaslim, drinking two thermoboost, and taking the alphaslim carb blocker maybe that’s why you’re getting the headaches?

Good luck on finding whatever it is that’s causing them. I dislike headaches almost more than anything!!

Now that I’m finally starting tomorrow, I went out and bought my food scale and groceries for the week. I also went through all the snacks I purchased in volume. Kind of wish I’d waited as so many of the bars have high fructose corn syrup as the first ingredient. I may sell them to a coworker who’s also doing the program. I really try to stay away from that stuff. Still, I am excited for the support. As of this morning I am down a total of 25 pounds on my own, which tells me I really am committed to this! I’m glad I found John’s board, and read your posts about your progress Gregg, it’s definitely helped keep me on track and upbeat!

Sonja April 18, 2010 at 10:33 pm

I am a third grade teacher in Jeffco. WOW I can’t believe you lost 25 pounds on your own and you still are doing the program. I lost 80 pounds 4 years ago, and have kept all but 20 off. My clothes were getting tight, and I had given all my fat clothes away, so it was time to finish. I need to lose about 50 pounds now. I am really struggling, I don’t remember it being so hard before. I think that I just need to get my mind around it. Maybe if I can feel better that will help. I did not take the Herbal Slim and I felt better. Maybe I will try to drop the Carb Blocker tomorrow and add the Herbal Slim in and see how that goes. Thanks for the suggestion.

I am so embarassed to do this whole thing that I have not told anyone, with the exception of my husband. I can’t stand the thought that maybe I spent all of this money and I might fail. It helps to hear from people who have gone to the Dr. with the meds. I was too chicken.

I am glad I found this blog. I have never really done anything like this, so I am feeling encouraged already.

Have a great day tomorrow. Not many days left.


Maria April 18, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Gregg- Thanks for keeping us posted! Looking forward to hearing how your next phase goes! Great suggestions… there has been a bit of a turnover at the facility since I moved, so I have been kind of “going it alone” for awhile, plus I let quite a bit of time pass in the meantime. So I feel very disconnected from the distance. And to be honest, I have changed things up a bit on my own over that time and was curious as to what I should be doing. haha!

Deanna April 19, 2010 at 10:36 am

Hi Everyone,
I have been reading some of your posts for the last few weeks and finally decided to respond as well.

I have lost 20 on slimgenics, and my huband is trying to follow along but getting bored with the limitations I think. I keep telling him to hang in there with me until maintenance. Not sure if he will or not.

I got horrid headaches as well, and after all the testing of combinations, I do not take the herbs or the carb blockers at all. I take my own vitamins, including Potassium instead of the MLS….as per my doctor, and I use my own bars that are much lower in sugar and carbs than their bars and I am doing just fine now. I do occasioanlly drink a thermoboost just because I paid for them, however I wouldn’t say it gives me anymore energy than if I don’t.

The snacks are way cheaper online, but the protein bars (which are awesome) I get at King Sooper of all places…usually on sale!

Chuck April 24, 2010 at 4:59 pm

17.25 pounds down in 4 weeks, only 1.5 last week. Kinda bummed about that but stcking with it. Thanks for your comments Gregg and good luck to all!

Kit April 24, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Checking in at the end of week one. Wow, impressive results Chuck!! I almost posted an update on Thursday, and am I ever glad I waited. I was feeling miserably full, uncomfortable, and didn’t see how I could see it through. They started me on a modified plan 4 (basically one less snack), and said I could sub 1 protein for the egg at breakfast. I’d noticed 1 egg is only half a protein, but the gal who started me said to sub a full protein. Thankfully on Thursday my check in was with the manager and she said it was too much.

Man alive, it’s amazing what one extra half a protein can do! I feel so much better now that I cut it down. I’m down 4 lbs from the beginning of the week, and almost felt sad until they pointed out that the medical plans have a lower predicted weekly weight loss of 2 to 3 pounds, and my week isn’t technically up until Monday. Whew! Of course, just as I figure all that out they decide they want to drop me to plan 2. I’m not going to go there without doctor approval, so we’ll see.

I love to cook and have come up with some great recipes. Thankfully this food is pretty similar to what I’ve been eating, and I don’t normally cook with fat or salt. I made a twice baked potato last night. It was so good. I just took the half potato, my 6 oz. of Greek yogurt, a lot of garlic powder and pepper, mushed it up, added my cut up broccoli, and re-baked it for 5 minutes. When it came out I added my fat serving for the day My kids ended up wanting the same thing for dinner. Now that’s saying something!

I hope everyone’s doing well!

Kit April 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Sonja, I meant to ask if you’re feeling better and have gotten rid of the headaches. I sure hope so!

Sonja April 25, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Hi Kit,
Thanks for asking. I have gotten rid of the headaches. I am only taking 1/2 of the herbs, and that seems to have done the trick. My weight loss is very slow. I hope that it speeds up soon. I work out 4 - 6 days a week, so I was sure this was what I needed to get rid of the pounds. Maybe tomorrow I will be happy with my results. I am feeling much better though and that makes a world of difference. Have a great week.

Gregg April 27, 2010 at 8:54 am

I’ve been reading everyone’s postings, and I thought I would chime in with a couple of thoughts.

One thing I found as I was losing weight is that I sometimes had as much trouble with my head as with my weight. I’d start feeling bad or guilty if I didn’t stick to the plan 100 percent, or I’d even feel bad if I was sticking to the plan and still not losing weight. Even now, I have those feelings at times.

I urge you all to accept the fact that you may have those feelings, but to keep your goal in mind. Many of us deal with emotions that play into our eating habits. Rather than feeling bad about them, we should recognize them for what they are and deal with them. For me, that often meant resisting the urge to wallow in bad feelings or guilt, and instead forcing myself to go into the center for extra help when I needed it.

One other thing: I think most people hit plateaus during weight loss, even if they follow the plan carefully. This is your system’s attempt to establish equillibrium. The counselors are trained in suggesting techniques (plateau breakers, changes in food) to help you start losing again. Don’t let a plateau break your spirit. You can get past it. I used to tell the counselors: “Ok, I’m following the plan and I’m not losing weight. Now it’s your problem!” They laughed, and then they went to work. We got past the plateau every time!

Monica May 5, 2010 at 8:54 am

I going in this morning for my consultation. I want to lose 30 lbs that has crept up on me in the last couple years (including having my third baby one year ago). I am planning on not buying the herbs, and generally hope I can stay away from any drugs they offer me- I have vitmins that I take already. I will check out the drinks and snack bars as you all suggested. Hope that the sticker shock doesn’t scare me away, I really need a “prescriptive plan” because just cutting back . . . isn’t cutting it. Wish me luck!

Mary May 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Hello all,

I had started loosing weight on my own since mid march. I was down 20lbs simply by cutting out all fried food, fast food, soda, and sugars. Basically no junk food of any kind. Once I hit the 20lb mark, I decided I felt a lot better and I supposed a little extra help in losing more wouldn’t hurt, so I joined Slimgenics. I paid about $660 dollars for 36 weeks counseling and 10 boxes of “snacks”. After the first 3days, I had lost 3.5 lbs. I went in two days later and lost another 2. I went in 2 days after and had gained 1lb. I go in tomorrow, and I have been following the plan to a tee, so I hope I’m down again!!! I do feel like the snacks etc have a lot of the stuff I had cut out like sugar and sodium. I didn’t think to check labels when I started, until I saw these posts. I feel like my next order will involve less caloric and sugary “snacks” thanks for the tips all!!!!! Good luck!

Dana July 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Is anyone still following this blog/slimgenics? I am on Day#2 of Prep phase and have been really inspired by everyone on here.


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