Burdsar,congratulations on your weight loss so far! 16.6 lbs is nothing to sneeze at. I am currently on the maintenance phase of Medifast so I've been in your shoes. I know that when you're sick it's a lot harder to stay on plan, so don't beat yourself up for it. The thing I love the most about Medifast is that each day you have the opportunity to start over and move past any slips or plateus.
I know what you mean about the exercise.I live in New Jersey and we have had a horribly hot summer here. I feel like I'm living back in Arizona! So I've been less active and just trying to do more moving in my own house. I make extra trips up and down the stairs, walk as much as I can when I'm at the store, or someplace else that is air conditioned, and so on.
If you have a health coach through Take Shape for Life, then now is a good time to keep in close contact for that encouragement. If you don't have a coach, I would be happy to help you out as I am a TSFL health coach and love helping people using Medifast to reach their weight and health goals. While I know there are many people who like to do things on their own without support, I have found that having a coach has made a HUGE difference for me in my weight loss journey. It's especially helpful to have someone to talk to for those times when you feel discouraged, stuck, or just not sure how much longer you can go on eating like this. So if you're interested, just let me know. There's no cost to have a coach! You can reach me more directly by sending me an email to email@example.com. If you want to know more about me, just go to my tsfl website at:
In any event, I wish you much continued luck and know that if you stick with it you'll lose those last 31 lbs before the Christmas!