Ideal Protein Diet - IP Daily Chat, Tuesday, 7/19




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Pxlkitty4
07-19-2011, 09:50 AM
Welcome back to the Daily Chat thread -- Introduce yourself (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/217542-introductions-those-us-ideal-protein.htm), post your plans for today, share what's been happening, ask questions!

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cadenlevi
07-19-2011, 09:53 AM
I hope everyone is having a great morning! I had a wonderul OP day yesterday and plan to for the rest of the week. I have a massive sinus infection so I feel yucky, but that's not going to stop me from being OP. Have a fantastic day :D

Pxlkitty4
07-19-2011, 09:55 AM
Good morning everyone. My cold morphed into a sinus infection, so my visit to my IP doctor yesterday turned into a "could you take a peek at my sinuses?" followed by a prescription for z-pak. After my double dose yesterday afternoon, I can breathe! I am still exhausted, though...

So... my WI and discussion yesterday were both good. Down another 2 lbs to 156.0... this is 1 lb from my original goal. We decided that my new goal of 145.0 is reasonable, and that I reserve the right to move it again. He based that off BMI, discussing where I want to lose more inches. We also discussed beginning to exercise, and eating another packet if I am hungry because of the exercise. Of course, I am craving going to the gym but too exhausted to move... Oh well... such is life.

I also talked about the "buckling down at the end" with my coach. She said that the people who succeed the most really commit during the last 10 lbs, rather than giving up because they are bored and "close enough". I've never been good at finishing a diet, so I am determined to be good at it this time.

I hope everyone has a good day. Scanning the daily thread from yesterday, seems like we need some more visits from the Whoosh Fairy for a few people who are trying very hard, and a visit from the Willpower Fairy for some others who are struggling...

Remember -- this diet is a no cheat diet. Maybe this is a good analogy. IF you want to cheat, think of it like driving 65 in a 55-MPH zone. You might get away with it, and still lose weight... BUT, if you get caught, you have no one to blame but yourself. You know the rules. Follow them. Simple!

I hope everyone is having a great morning! I had a wonderul OP day yesterday and plan to for the rest of the week. I have a massive sinus infection so I feel yucky, but that's not going to stop me from being OP. Have a fantastic day :D

Oh, I do hope you feel better... and that you have meds. I finally got meds yesterday, and they are starting to work. I couldn't breathe yesterday until I took mucinex, sudafed, and 3 Advil. Yuck!


ItsAboutTime
07-19-2011, 10:11 AM
Good morning. I've seen a lot of people with horrible summer colds in the past week. Hope you both feel better soon!

I need the woosh fairy. Weighed myself again. Yes, it's an addiction. I am the same as yesterday. I really don't know what I can do differently so I will stay on track. I REALLY want that 15 on Thursday!

A little NSV though.....I am wearing a pair of capris I didn't get to wear last summer at all and they aren't tight in the least bit. At my smallest I couldn't keep them up so I'm just waiting to pass that point!

cadenlevi
07-19-2011, 10:17 AM
A little NSV though.....I am wearing a pair of capris I didn't get to wear last summer at all and they aren't tight in the least bit. At my smallest I couldn't keep them up so I'm just waiting to pass that point!

That's great! It always makes me feel better when I can wear something smaller!!! I guess I need to go put on my wedding dress as motivation to stay OP. :D

Babyblues4
07-19-2011, 10:21 AM
I've been MIA for a few weeks. It's been very busy here with the daycare kids and now having my older kids on summer break!

It's great to see everyone is still on the losing streak :carrot:

I had to buy new shorts this past weekend. I've been putting off buying clothes because the weight loss, but I figured if I can pull my buttoned shorts up and down without unbuttoning them then its time to go smaller :o:o

I was wearing a size 12 and I bought a size 8!!! I still have 15lbs to go I can't wait to see what I'm wearing then :D

Yesterday I started running again and it was the best feeling in the world - Although I was up a pound this morning - I'm sure by staying OP that and more will fall off...

ItsAboutTime
07-19-2011, 10:23 AM
That's great! It always makes me feel better when I can wear something smaller!!! I guess I need to go put on my wedding dress as motivation to stay OP. :D

I love shopping in my own closet. My husband gets fed up with me keeping things that I know won't go out of style until I tell him I went shopping in my closet again. He doesn't realize I'm saving him money by not having to go out and buy new things. Sad thing is, I shouldn't ever grow out of them but such is life. This time I won't! :)

scorpio50
07-19-2011, 10:30 AM
Remember -- this diet is a no cheat diet. Maybe this is a good analogy. IF you want to cheat, think of it like driving 65 in a 55-MPH zone. You might get away with it, and still lose weight... BUT, if you get caught, you have no one to blame but yourself. You know the rules. Follow them. Simple!


Thank you so much for posting this - this is Day 2 for me and it is SO great to read these things! I love your posts - so positive and upbeat and very, very helpful. Hope you feel better soon :hug:

Pauley
07-19-2011, 10:51 AM
Good Morning everyone! I am wearing a pair of white size 14 slacks today that haven't been on in years, and after only 3 weeks on this diet! I'm encouraged to hear the same thing happening to you guys.

Is anyone else cold all the time? Before the diet, I was always hot, now I'm always cold. No fuel in the stove I guess?

gettinmygrooveback
07-19-2011, 11:03 AM
I love shopping in my own closet. My husband gets fed up with me keeping things that I know won't go out of style until I tell him I went shopping in my closet again. He doesn't realize I'm saving him money by not having to go out and buy new things. Sad thing is, I shouldn't ever grow out of them but such is life. This time I won't! :)

Me too! I (almost) have a whole new wardrobe. And now I have a spare bed full of clothes to donate. Feeling skinny today and thought I'd try on those favorite white shorts from so many years ago...the ones I just couldn't bear to part with. They buttoned and then OMG they zipped all the way up. Thank you IP (and armour thyroid) for bringing me back to me. Happy girl!!!!!!

lroderick
07-19-2011, 11:13 AM
:carrot:Good Morning everyone :)

So week 3 ! & I was looking forward to a good WI tom, but this am I realized it's "that time of the month" great, im assuming it was effect my weight loss right ?? & I'm early too, which is strange ... Lately I've had no energy either ? i'm feeling real LAZY. It could be that were having 90+ degree weather but still, I had a lot more energy before the diet !

Anyways, trying to stay positive ! Keeping my fingers crossed to get into the 150's ! Drowning myself in water & I found a new favorite veggie - Spinach ! I feel like popeye, im obsessed, walked out of the supermarket with 4 bags :)

Ishbel
07-19-2011, 11:14 AM
Good morning everyone. My cold morphed into a sinus infection, so my visit to my IP doctor yesterday turned into a "could you take a peek at my sinuses?" followed by a prescription for z-pak. After my double dose yesterday afternoon, I can breathe! I am still exhausted, though...

You should try the Netipot (with the drugs). Sinus infections are TOUGH to get rid of, I had 6 in 12 months about two years ago. I had my nose 'raped' by an ENT specialist twice. He told me to netipot once a day when I wasn't sick and twice a day when I was. I'm a HUGE HUGE believer in the netipot. Although, it's not the most feminine thing I've ever done. :D I do also like Advil Cold and Sinus with an antihistamine. I donít have allergies but when I have a sinus infection the antihistamine helps dry your nasal passages out.

So I had my first food dream last night. I didn't have any packets on me at all in the dream and there was a meal in front of me. I decided to eat like two tsp full just to keep the hunger down. When I woke up I felt SO relieved that it was just a dream and when I think about the food this morning....the meal didn't make sense. Even though in the dream it did, funny how our subconscious works.

Have a lighter day everyone! ;)

Carla

mandalina77
07-19-2011, 11:20 AM
Hi there,

Im just about to start IP, I have my meeting with a rep on Monday.
I am SCARED!!
I really havent dieted EVER.. been in denial that Im obese.
Actually I have been in survival mode for the last 8 years. Now Im finally ready to start living again.

I am worthy of happiness, love, health, joy. Sounds simple huh, Im still trying to believe it and live it.

Any suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated.

pumpkyparry
07-19-2011, 11:24 AM
I'll look like a Newbie to most of you, but I'm actually an Oldie..joined the site in 2010 at 220-3/4 lbs...reached my goal at Christmas...here I am 6 months later still right around goal weight...you know about 5 lbs. comes back....lol unbelievalbe what happens with this diet.....you don't gain your weight back!!! What a shock...life is truly beautiful...I'm a different person in every way. Marilyn

Wrecky
07-19-2011, 11:38 AM
Yay! My pants are falling off! I keep having to hike them up :) This makes me happy!

Did my TurboFire workout last night and it felt great! A little sore today but that will start to decrease as the week goes on. Have a HIIT interval tonite and then *drumroll* another BIG MAC IN A BOWL!!!

I'm an addict! Let's push ourselves today! How bad do you want it??? GO FOR IT!

gettinmygrooveback
07-19-2011, 11:42 AM
Hi there,

Im just about to start IP, I have my meeting with a rep on Monday.
I am SCARED!!
I really havent dieted EVER.. been in denial that Im obese.
Actually I have been in survival mode for the last 8 years. Now Im finally ready to start living again.

I am worthy of happiness, love, health, joy. Sounds simple huh, Im still trying to believe it and live it.

Any suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated.

You have the right attitude and that's what matters most. Stick to the IP diet (aka being OP-on program). This is a NO CHEAT way of life and there are phases that YOU must adhere to. You will be in Phase 1 until you loose 80 to 90% of your goal so don't worry yourself at the moment with anything other than getting through the first week successfully....then, the second week, etc. There is a wealth of knowledge on this site and positive, compasionate people willing to help you. We have all been RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE NOW.

Stay POSITIVE, DO NOT CHEAT and know that you have made the right choice. :hug:

luckygirl3
07-19-2011, 11:44 AM
Today is day one for me. Had my shakes this am. Plan a shake for lunch with salad and steak and broccoli for supper. Of course lots of water. I can't wait till my shorts feel loose instead of tight.

Wrecky
07-19-2011, 11:46 AM
Its a great feeling! One day at a time, you're gonna do great!

lroderick
07-19-2011, 11:47 AM
*drumroll* another BIG MAC IN A BOWL!!!

What is a big mac in a bowl ?

Been trying to find the recipe in these forums, no luck ! :dizzy:

Wrecky
07-19-2011, 11:51 AM
There's a thread from yesterday but I used Jordanna's recipe. Here you go.

Ingredients:

5 oz Extra Lean Ground Beef
1/4 c finely chopped onion
1/4 c finely chopped dill pickles
3/4 c finely shredded iceberg lettuce
1 - 2 tbsp WF Thousand Island Dressing
1 oz Low Fat Cheddar

Directions:

Cook up extra lean ground beef, drain fat and return to pan and add seasonings of choice (I used garlic powder, onion powder, Mrs. Dash, salt & pepper).

Remove beef from heat & mix in WF Thousand Island Dressing, pickles & onion

Spread lettuce on plate, add beef mixture on top, sprinkle with cheese.

Enjoy!

Here is a low carb Thousand Island Recipe if needed:

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sugar free ketchup
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 teaspoons Splenda
2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon white onion, finely chopped
1/8 teaspoon salt
dash pepper

**mix all ingredients in a bowl & refrigerate for an hour

Babyblues4
07-19-2011, 11:51 AM
Yay! My pants are falling off! I keep having to hike them up :) This makes me happy!

Did my TurboFire workout last night and it felt great! A little sore today but that will start to decrease as the week goes on. Have a HIIT interval tonite and then *drumroll* another BIG MAC IN A BOWL!!!

I'm an addict! Let's push ourselves today! How bad do you want it??? GO FOR IT!

Hahaha I'm addicted as well! I eat it at least once a week, especially if I'm making burgers for the rest of the family - I don't feel left out!

Wrecky
07-19-2011, 11:53 AM
Yes! We were talking about that last night as well. Its nice to have an alternative when that burger craving hits. Yet another recipe I will use long after I have reached my IP goals.

wheekers
07-19-2011, 11:54 AM
finally got my ticker..yay

Bellamack
07-19-2011, 11:59 AM
There's a thread from yesterday but I used Jordanna's recipe. Here you go.

Ingredients:

5 oz Extra Lean Ground Beef
1/4 c finely chopped onion
1/4 c finely chopped dill pickles
3/4 c finely shredded iceberg lettuce
1 - 2 tbsp WF Thousand Island Dressing
1 oz Low Fat Cheddar

Directions:

Cook up extra lean ground beef, drain fat and return to pan and add seasonings of choice (I used garlic powder, onion powder, Mrs. Dash, salt & pepper).

Remove beef from heat & mix in WF Thousand Island Dressing, pickles & onion

Spread lettuce on plate, add beef mixture on top, sprinkle with cheese.

Enjoy!

Here is a low carb Thousand Island Recipe if needed:

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sugar free ketchup
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 teaspoons Splenda
2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon white onion, finely chopped
1/8 teaspoon salt
dash pepper

**mix all ingredients in a bowl & refrigerate for an hour

I thought we weren't suppose to have cheese?? or can we if we don't use the dairy for coffee? thanks

Wrecky
07-19-2011, 12:03 PM
I didn't use cheese as I didn't think we were allowed it. It still tasted awesome!

ItsAboutTime
07-19-2011, 12:06 PM
There's a thread from yesterday but I used Jordanna's recipe. Here you go.

Ingredients:

5 oz Extra Lean Ground Beef
1/4 c finely chopped onion
1/4 c finely chopped dill pickles
3/4 c finely shredded iceberg lettuce
1 - 2 tbsp WF Thousand Island Dressing
1 oz Low Fat Cheddar

Directions:

Cook up extra lean ground beef, drain fat and return to pan and add seasonings of choice (I used garlic powder, onion powder, Mrs. Dash, salt & pepper).

Remove beef from heat & mix in WF Thousand Island Dressing, pickles & onion

Spread lettuce on plate, add beef mixture on top, sprinkle with cheese.

Enjoy!

Here is a low carb Thousand Island Recipe if needed:

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sugar free ketchup
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 teaspoons Splenda
2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon white onion, finely chopped
1/8 teaspoon salt
dash pepper

**mix all ingredients in a bowl & refrigerate for an hour

I don't think we can have cheese. I don't make it with cheese anyway. That's teh one thing I've been craving so if I'm wrong let me know.

lroderick
07-19-2011, 12:06 PM
Thank you ! I will definitly have to try this :) YUMMMMM !

ItsAboutTime
07-19-2011, 12:07 PM
Nevermind then! ;)

jordanna
07-19-2011, 12:10 PM
I thought we weren't suppose to have cheese?? or can we if we don't use the dairy for coffee? thanks

My coach has always said if you don't use milk in your coffee, an oz of low fat cheese once in a while isn't a big deal...sometimes I put cheese on it, sometimes I don't but it's delicious every time :)

ItsAboutTime
07-19-2011, 12:13 PM
My coach has always said if you don't use milk in your coffee, an oz of low fat cheese once in a while isn't a big deal...sometimes I put cheese on it, sometimes I don't but it's delicious every time :)

Are you kidding me? I haven't had anything dairy since I started because I didn't think we could. (I use a shake in my coffee so I didn't need milk.) I'm not sure I can stop at 1oz though, that's the trouble.

jordanna
07-19-2011, 12:21 PM
Are you kidding me? I haven't had anything dairy since I started because I didn't think we could. (I use a shake in my coffee so I didn't need milk.) I'm not sure I can stop at 1oz though, that's the trouble.

LOL - I try not to abuse it so only go with 1 oz once a week or so but it never affected my losses....but again every coach has different rules. My coach is great because where it counts she is 100% strict but also knows realistically a bit of cheese or an egg white here or there isn't going to hurt your losses if you use it in moderation.

As a reminder though, all those little extras eventually will add up if you keep having a bit of this or a bit of that each day....

Not to mention if you've seen any of the official IP Cookbooks (my coach lends them out to us) many of them have forbidden ingredients in them (including dairy) even though they are phase 1 approved. It's all about quantities and control I guess....

Pxlkitty4
07-19-2011, 12:32 PM
Hi there,

Im just about to start IP, I have my meeting with a rep on Monday.
I am SCARED!!
I really havent dieted EVER.. been in denial that Im obese.
Actually I have been in survival mode for the last 8 years. Now Im finally ready to start living again.

I am worthy of happiness, love, health, joy. Sounds simple huh, Im still trying to believe it and live it.

Any suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated.

Hi. I was scared when I started too. It's ok... Take it one meal at a time. Follow the sheet. If you are hungry, have a product. Even if you have up to 5 a day at the beginning, you will be fine. You will feel cranky and like you are going through withdrawal for a few days. If you have headaches, lick salt off your hand and drink lots of water. Don't drink more than 80oz of water per day in the beginning, since your mineral balance will be sensitive while you are moving into ketosis... Make sure to take the supplements. They are important. Get plenty of sleep. Your body needs sleep to heal.

You will do fine! Come here with questions. I am now down almost 50 lbs and this diet GAVE ME MY LIFE BACK! I like how I look in a bathing suit. People are telling me that I need to wear belts with my dresses. I like wearing skirts and dresses. It's amazing...

Just take it one day at a time and you'll be seeing results in no time.

MJKinMN
07-19-2011, 12:34 PM
Hi all! I have been following and reading from this site for a week now and finally decided to join. I think support is a very important part of attaining weight loss and this site and those on it are incredible! :hug:

I have been on a home "modified" version of IP (using EAS shakes and supplements -potassium, magnesium, calcium, omega 3, B complex, multi-vit, and probiotics/digestive enzymes) d/t cost and availability in my area and have had a fantastic 1st week with 5.2#'s lost! :carrot: I have already noticed that during the day I have no appetite and have to remind myself to eat but at night the cravings hit...thank god for the rhubarb and WF strawberry sauce idea or I would have been a gonner already....( will spend most of today scouting my area grocery stores for more rhubarb).

Just wondering how often supplements are taken? I want to get enough potassium in but am not sure about time frame spacing....am also wondering if sugar free jello's and puddings from the local grocery store can be substituted for IP puddings or if they are considered "restricted"? I read last night that the protein bars are considered off limits for the first 3 weeks on the program (as I was about to grab one out of the cupboard) and dont want to consume anything that will hinder my progress....thanks all and have a great week!

murleya1
07-19-2011, 12:40 PM
Reading all the posts from people that have had success are so encouraging. When I started 8 weeks ago I was doubtful. I had never had success losing weight. Now I am a believer.

I am responsible for me. If I cheat I have no one to blame but myself. I affect no one but me. I am doing this for me and for no one else.

The results are enough to keep me going. Why cheat when you have a protocol that enables you to lose 2-3 pounds a week maybe more if you just follow it. I was lucky to l ose 2-3 pounds a month on anything else I have ever tried. I fight through my cravings. I turn down invites to places I know I can't eat and say i'll join you after dinner for bowling or movies. The hardest thing to do is to no put yourself in situations where you can be tempted. The offers come everyday.

NSV-I got to the office this morning and there are 2 areas with treats. 1 has bagels, 1 has cookies. 8 weeks ago I would have gotten a bagel and a cookie maybe even 2 cookies. Today I am not getting either. I rock!

wuv2bloved
07-19-2011, 12:43 PM
Hi there,

Im just about to start IP, I have my meeting with a rep on Monday.
I am SCARED!!
I really havent dieted EVER.. been in denial that Im obese.
Actually I have been in survival mode for the last 8 years. Now Im finally ready to start living again.

I am worthy of happiness, love, health, joy. Sounds simple huh, Im still trying to believe it and live it.

Any suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated.

Don't be scared, think of it as an adventure to get your life back, to becoming a healthier YOU. Looks like your starting weight is 10lbs less than mine. I started off at 388 and in 10 weeks I am down to 338lbs that is 50lbs!!. If you commit to this program it WILL work, you just have to get your mindset right and stay OP 100%. The first couple of days might be a little rough but if you stick with it, it will pay off....TRUST ME! You will find lots of suggests, information and recipes here on this site. So sit back, have a glass of water and start reading the information!!

2RIDEROLLERCOAST
07-19-2011, 12:54 PM
Good Morning everyone! I am wearing a pair of white size 14 slacks today that haven't been on in years, and after only 3 weeks on this diet! I'm encouraged to hear the same thing happening to you guys.

Is anyone else cold all the time? Before the diet, I was always hot, now I'm always cold. No fuel in the stove I guess? Yes the cold is part of it as well, I have been cold for about 5 months... finally now I don't need my winter duvet on my bed could also have to do with it being in the 80s...

Hi there,

Im just about to start IP, I have my meeting with a rep on Monday.
I am SCARED!!
I really havent dieted EVER.. been in denial that Im obese.
Actually I have been in survival mode for the last 8 years. Now Im finally ready to start living again.

I am worthy of happiness, love, health, joy. Sounds simple huh, Im still trying to believe it and live it.

Any suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated.Scared is a good thing, it makes you follow the rules. I drank slim fast for years but never really attempted to diet just exercised but I was in total denial too... until my brother's wedding and the photographer called me his MOM... and I am younger than my brother... You are wrth all of that stuff, you will believe... Welcome and you chose an excellent way to lose weight.:)

I'll look like a Newbie to most of you, but I'm actually an Oldie..joined the site in 2010 at 220-3/4 lbs...reached my goal at Christmas...here I am 6 months later still right around goal weight...you know about 5 lbs. comes back....lol unbelievalbe what happens with this diet.....you don't gain your weight back!!! What a shock...life is truly beautiful...I'm a different person in every way. MarilynThank you so much, it is great to hear from the ones on maintenance and know this really works. I am very happy with my results so far and am looking forward to when I can come back here after 6 months to a year saying yep I am still at the same weight... Thanks again and have a great summer.

LOL - I try not to abuse it so only go with 1 oz once a week or so but it never affected my losses....but again every coach has different rules. My coach is great because where it counts she is 100% strict but also knows realistically a bit of cheese or an egg white here or there isn't going to hurt your losses if you use it in moderation.

As a reminder though, all those little extras eventually will add up if you keep having a bit of this or a bit of that each day....

Not to mention if you've seen any of the official IP Cookbooks (my coach lends them out to us) many of them have forbidden ingredients in them (including dairy) even though they are phase 1 approved. It's all about quantities and control I guess.... I also noticed when going to Dr. Tran's site the recipes have ingredients that aren't part of phase 1 so I believe you are right everything in moderation. I am just scared because I love cheese so much if I start I won't be able to quit... so I have the broccoli and cheese soup for my cheese fix.

Have a great day.

Thefireresides
07-19-2011, 01:03 PM
I usually just lurk on the daily thread... But I have to share my discovery today.
Stewed Rhubarb over a ready made IP vanilla pudding...
It is HEAVEN!!!!!
I am going to the farmers market this weekend and stock piling rhubarb so I can make a big batch to freeze.
I am in love with this heavenly treat!!!! My wonderful six year old even likes it :)

Wrecky
07-19-2011, 01:12 PM
I am SO hungry today! I haven't had that problem since I started this program (just started week 3). Perhaps the workout last night? Trying to ignore it!

Ishbel
07-19-2011, 01:28 PM
I'll look like a Newbie to most of you, but I'm actually an Oldie..joined the site in 2010 at 220-3/4 lbs...reached my goal at Christmas...here I am 6 months later still right around goal weight...you know about 5 lbs. comes back....lol unbelievalbe what happens with this diet.....you don't gain your weight back!!! What a shock...life is truly beautiful...I'm a different person in every way. Marilyn

WOOHOO!! Thanks for the post and the glimmer of hope! :hug:

Classy Broad
07-19-2011, 01:32 PM
I am SO hungry today! I haven't had that problem since I started this program (just started week 3). Perhaps the workout last night? Trying to ignore it!


Ok, there's something in the air! I am super hungry today too!! And I'm craving things that are soooo not good. But, I just munched on my pickles and southwest cheese curls- so all is well. Hoping that I will see some decent results on Thursday at my weigh in. That journey in itself is no fun. I work in RI and drive up to the Boston area, and then from Boston end up in rush hour awful traffic on the pike for at least an hour. Oh well. Hopefully just another 8 weeks or so.
How close I am getting is keeping me in line-I would rather get this done and over with and enjoy treats (like during football season :D) rather than set myself back and have to continue driving more than 2 hours each trip to weigh in and load up on IP products. Ugh.

Quick question - does anyone know of a comparable alternative for the multi vitamin? Maybe I'm crazy (or just broke) but $30 feels like an awful lot.

jordanna
07-19-2011, 01:36 PM
I usually just lurk on the daily thread... But I have to share my discovery today.
Stewed Rhubarb over a ready made IP vanilla pudding...
It is HEAVEN!!!!!
I am going to the farmers market this weekend and stock piling rhubarb so I can make a big batch to freeze.
I am in love with this heavenly treat!!!! My wonderful six year old even likes it :)

Also good with maple oatmeal baked on top like a rhubarb crumble :)

texan kay
07-19-2011, 01:40 PM
I came back home last night after six days of atkins/IP-modified eating vacation. The river kayaking and bat-watching tour in Austin were awesome. I was NOT good, I admit. But how can I help when I am in Austin??

Here I do confess. I had two egg whites and bacon (or ham) with black coffee for breakfast, chicken caesar salad for lunch, tiny steak with veggie for dinner almost every day. I stayed slight hungry throughout the day but did not have a single bite of carb or dairy.

My diet was not completely OP and I am in my PMS, which I hope is a facter here since my PMS usually adds 2-4 pounds to my weight. So I have dreaded what I did to my poor pancreas. Stepped on the scale this morning and found that I am marking the exact same weight as a week before: 172.2. I am not sure if I should take this as punishment. Am I in denial?

Nonetheless, I am back.

Have a great day, everybody!

brummie
07-19-2011, 01:45 PM
Hi there,

Im just about to start IP, I have my meeting with a rep on Monday.
I am SCARED!!
I really havent dieted EVER.. been in denial that Im obese.
Actually I have been in survival mode for the last 8 years. Now Im finally ready to start living again.

I am worthy of happiness, love, health, joy. Sounds simple huh, Im still trying to believe it and live it. Any suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated.

Believe it and live it! Let this become your mantra as you embark on this wonderful journey.
I was scared in the beginning too, so I completely understand. I feared disappointing myself (again), but I learned early on that you can have mountains of faith in the IP protocol, but it means nothing if you don't have even more faith in yourself. You are doing this for all the right reasons, you are absolutely worthy of happiness, love, health and joy
You are starting in the right place...step one...the first step to start living again.

Just take it one week at a time, before you know it you will be looking back wondering why you didn't start this sooner!

Welcome and good luck

jennydoodle
07-19-2011, 01:45 PM
I am SO hungry today! I haven't had that problem since I started this program (just started week 3). Perhaps the workout last night? Trying to ignore it!

have an extra packet or a couple of egg whites. It is probably due to the exercise. Some days after particularly strenuous days I am very hungry and my doc told me to have a 5th packet that day.

wheekers
07-19-2011, 01:46 PM
Ughh just choked down a soy patty...grosssssssssssssssssss. I mixed it with mushrooms and added garlic salt and pepper.Thank god I only had one of them.

jennydoodle
07-19-2011, 01:46 PM
Hi all! I have been following and reading from this site for a week now and finally decided to join. I think support is a very important part of attaining weight loss and this site and those on it are incredible! :hug:

I have been on a home "modified" version of IP (using EAS shakes and supplements -potassium, magnesium, calcium, omega 3, B complex, multi-vit, and probiotics/digestive enzymes) d/t cost and availability in my area and have had a fantastic 1st week with 5.2#'s lost! :carrot: I have already noticed that during the day I have no appetite and have to remind myself to eat but at night the cravings hit...thank god for the rhubarb and WF strawberry sauce idea or I would have been a gonner already....( will spend most of today scouting my area grocery stores for more rhubarb).

Just wondering how often supplements are taken? I want to get enough potassium in but am not sure about time frame spacing....am also wondering if sugar free jello's and puddings from the local grocery store can be substituted for IP puddings or if they are considered "restricted"? I read last night that the protein bars are considered off limits for the first 3 weeks on the program (as I was about to grab one out of the cupboard) and dont want to consume anything that will hinder my progress....thanks all and have a great week!

I have been having (1) restricted every day since the beginning and I have lost every week.

ItsAboutTime
07-19-2011, 01:47 PM
I think I asked this before but I can't find it, what do you make tuna with if you don't eat it plain? I can't use the WF mayo....yuck! Is there any mayo that's ok?

2RIDEROLLERCOAST
07-19-2011, 01:48 PM
Hi all! I have been following and reading from this site for a week now and finally decided to join. I think support is a very important part of attaining weight loss and this site and those on it are incredible! :hug:

I have been on a home "modified" version of IP (using EAS shakes and supplements -potassium, magnesium, calcium, omega 3, B complex, multi-vit, and probiotics/digestive enzymes) d/t cost and availability in my area and have had a fantastic 1st week with 5.2#'s lost! :carrot: I have already noticed that during the day I have no appetite and have to remind myself to eat but at night the cravings hit...thank god for the rhubarb and WF strawberry sauce idea or I would have been a gonner already....( will spend most of today scouting my area grocery stores for more rhubarb).

Just wondering how often supplements are taken? I want to get enough potassium in but am not sure about time frame spacing....am also wondering if sugar free jello's and puddings from the local grocery store can be substituted for IP puddings or if they are considered "restricted"? I read last night that the protein bars are considered off limits for the first 3 weeks on the program (as I was about to grab one out of the cupboard) and dont want to consume anything that will hinder my progress....thanks all and have a great week!I love the rhubarb too... just with splenda and cinnamon... am going to try baked with apple cinnamon puffs all crunched up and on top... like a rhurbarb crumble.

brummie
07-19-2011, 01:51 PM
Ughh just choked down a soy patty...grosssssssssssssssssss. I mixed it with mushrooms and added garlic salt and pepper.Thank god I only had one of them.

LOL! I had the same experience! Not going there again. Funny thing is, my mom is a vegetarian and she loved it! I gave the entire package to her and she ate them everyday until they were done (she's not on IP, but she does ask when I'm getting them again...sideways look, raised eyebrow....er, never mom...here try this shake!

Bellamack
07-19-2011, 02:01 PM
Hi all! I have been following and reading from this site for a week now and finally decided to join. I think support is a very important part of attaining weight loss and this site and those on it are incredible! :hug:

I have been on a home "modified" version of IP (using EAS shakes and supplements -potassium, magnesium, calcium, omega 3, B complex, multi-vit, and probiotics/digestive enzymes) d/t cost and availability in my area and have had a fantastic 1st week with 5.2#'s lost! :carrot: I have already noticed that during the day I have no appetite and have to remind myself to eat but at night the cravings hit...thank god for the rhubarb and WF strawberry sauce idea or I would have been a gonner already....( will spend most of today scouting my area grocery stores for more rhubarb).

Just wondering how often supplements are taken? I want to get enough potassium in but am not sure about time frame spacing....am also wondering if sugar free jello's and puddings from the local grocery store can be substituted for IP puddings or if they are considered "restricted"? I read last night that the protein bars are considered off limits for the first 3 weeks on the program (as I was about to grab one out of the cupboard) and dont want to consume anything that will hinder my progress....thanks all and have a great week!

I wish I had know about the home version before I started, the cost is very high. I don't dare switch now, because I am a chicken and live in a small town and my coach is so nice. lol. Many people have lots of success with the EAS and pure protein, as well as products from Lindora & Noshua. I don't think you can have the sugar free puddings and Jello from the grocery, because of the aspartime. But someone posted a jello recipe you can have:
2 envelopes of Knox plain gelatin
2 cups boiling H2O
1 pkg of any flavor unsweet KoolAid
1 Cup Splenda ( or a little less according to taste)
2 Cups cold H2O or ice

Let us know if you find any great alternative products along the way.

M0vingon
07-19-2011, 02:34 PM
Hi everyone. Happy Tuesday. I woke up today convinced it was Wednesday... but oh well!

I'm hanging in there. IP has made me too attuned to my body (not sure I like it). I can feel the onset of PMS- started last night. My PMS has been brutal since starting IP. I feel bloated as a puffer fish.
I am completely fixated on my stomach/abs- which seems to be the only part of me not shrinking- and therefore looks gigantically huge. I'm in a bad headspace. :(
Last night I pulled up my progress pictures just to convince myself that - no I am not as big as I was before, and Yes, I have lost 40 lbs and it shows, and No, eating something off plan isn't going to make you feel better. Ugh.

Sorry for the whine. I know you all can relate.
I hope everyone has a great day! Maybe it will be contagious :D

Lnoelparis
07-19-2011, 02:41 PM
Hi there! Is there room for me? :)
I posted in the 7 day challenge, but my mindset is for the long run. So I would really like to be a part of this group!

In March I started IP and I was faithful, I lost 17 lbs and it made me really happy. I have been on vacation since May and I have gained it all back. I am not happy about it. For some reason being at home just does not work for me when trying to stay OP.

Today is my first day back to work and I am totally committed! I am excited! I have my whole days meals planned out! I am prepared! I need structure!

My ticker doesnt reflect my weight today, but I am leaving it there for extra motivation - I want to see that number again!
So I am a daily weigher (its a habit), but for IP official weigh ins are always on Tuesday for me.
Monday 7/18/11 -200.0 lbs
Today 7/19/11 -196.4 lbs

I am sure it is all water, because I am visiting the potty every 10 minutes, but I dont care....get me to keytosis STAT! :)

I cant wait to see what tomorrow holds! Thanks for letting me join in!
Oh and I am doing alternative IP...as cost is an issue for me!

Hugs,
Leah

Bellamack
07-19-2011, 02:47 PM
OK Everybody on IP is gonna want this recipe. I am not a coffee per se drinker, but fell in love with Dunkin Donuts Iced Caramel Latte's, accounts for the last 20 lbs gained after my mom died. Anyhoo. I bought some Torani Raspberry Sugar Free Syrup (WalMart) and bought some Houtte Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Coffee for hubby's Keurig. I decided to experiment, So brewed a cup of coffee this morning and stuck it in the fridge. After my lunch veggies & salad, I got it out and put it in the blender with 5 ice cubes, a splash of the SF Raspberry Syrup and an IP Chocolate drink mix. YUMBO! Truly very good, I have been aching for something that tastey for almost 3 weeks. Hope someone else enjoys this treat. I am sure you can find that flavor coffee in other brands, I picked it up at Bed Bath & Beyond with my 20% coupon. It will be 18 days of heaven :)

Wrecky
07-19-2011, 02:55 PM
have an extra packet or a couple of egg whites. It is probably due to the exercise. Some days after particularly strenuous days I am very hungry and my doc told me to have a 5th packet that day.

Thanks Jennydoodle! I'm gonna do this today! SO HUNGRY!!! :)

Sherwood
07-19-2011, 02:56 PM
Hi there! Is there room for me? :)
I posted in the 7 day challenge, but my mindset is for the long run. So I would really like to be a part of this group!

In March I started IP and I was faithful, I lost 17 lbs and it made me really happy. I have been on vacation since May and I have gained it all back. I am not happy about it. For some reason being at home just does not work for me when trying to stay OP.

Today is my first day back to work and I am totally committed! I am excited! I have my whole days meals planned out! I am prepared! I need structure!

Hugs,
Leah

Always room for one more - welcome!!! My understanding is that when you're done losing the weight, you move into gradually maintenance and ease into regular food. If you just "went off" and resumed your old ways, that doesn't keep off the pounds. So happy to hear you're giving it a second shot, this time you'll phase off the right way and stay svelte!!!

jennydoodle
07-19-2011, 03:05 PM
OK Everybody on IP is gonna want this recipe. I am not a coffee per se drinker, but fell in love with Dunkin Donuts Iced Caramel Latte's, accounts for the last 20 lbs gained after my mom died. Anyhoo. I bought some Torani Raspberry Sugar Free Syrup (WalMart) and bought some Houtte Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Coffee for hubby's Keurig. I decided to experiment, So brewed a cup of coffee this morning and stuck it in the fridge. After my lunch veggies & salad, I got it out and put it in the blender with 5 ice cubes, a splash of the SF Raspberry Syrup and an IP Chocolate drink mix. YUMBO! Truly very good, I have been aching for something that tastey for almost 3 weeks. Hope someone else enjoys this treat. I am sure you can find that flavor coffee in other brands, I picked it up at Bed Bath & Beyond with my 20% coupon. It will be 18 days of heaven :)

If you like caramel, do a thread search for "Starbucks Caramel Macchiato" It is truly incredible! I was drinking one everyday but decided to limit my WF consumption this week to see if it helped with a bigger loss. ANYWAY... basically you brew your coffee and mix it with a "vanilla" packet (for your cream) and WF Caramel sauce. It is truly awesome!!!

Pxlkitty4
07-19-2011, 03:08 PM
Hi everyone. Happy Tuesday. I woke up today convinced it was Wednesday... but oh well!


BUMMER! I can't wait until Friday. I do hope that you make it through this terrible Tuesday and that your body starts being nicer to you soon... Have you thought about doing crunches? I'm going to start doing them upside down on our inversion table. I've been doing them the lazy way (in bed), and just not seeing great results.

jennydoodle
07-19-2011, 03:10 PM
So far so good for me this week. I have been 100% OP since the beginning and am so happy about that. Tomorrow is my WI and I am hoping for a good number. I am hoping to be out of the 150's by 8/1, so I have my work cut out for me.

After reading one of the other threads (don't remember which), I decided to limit my consumption of WF this week to see if it made any difference in my weight loss. I guess I will know tomorrow if this worked or not. I have also not had any Mio or coffee this week in trying to see if the extra fake sugar has an impact on my losses.

All this talk of Big Mac in a Bowl had me taking my lean ground beef out of the freezer this morning! The first couple of weeks I was eating it all the time, but then I kind of OD'd on it, so haven't had it in a few. I think it is time again ;)

gettinmygrooveback
07-19-2011, 03:13 PM
When you're comfortable in your own skin, you look beautiful, regardless of any flaws. - Emily Deschanel

redhead14
07-19-2011, 03:19 PM
To change the taste of the Big Mac in a Bowl, I use roasted chicken.....very YUMMY! Had it last night for supper, plus I use spicy pickles for an added kick.

ItsAboutTime
07-19-2011, 03:25 PM
If you like caramel, do a thread search for "Starbucks Caramel Macchiato" It is truly incredible! I was drinking one everyday but decided to limit my WF consumption this week to see if it helped with a bigger loss. ANYWAY... basically you brew your coffee and mix it with a "vanilla" packet (for your cream) and WF Caramel sauce. It is truly awesome!!!

Yeah, I am the one who posted that recipe and I have it every single morning too. Maybe I should stop? Let me know how it works for you. I don't ever get all the lettuce in so I'm not using anything else WF, just the caramel. I also use Mio less. I love it but I wondered if it wasn't slowing me down. I use it in about 1 liter a day now out of 4.

I haven't had beef all week because that's all I had last week and I had a horrible loss. I will be home alone tomorrow night (kids at daycare and hubby works) so I am finally having my big mac for the week. lol

I have only lost 1.6 for the week so far. I had a great loss again this weekend but I always do and then I go up beginning of the week. So strange! I have 1.6 more to go by Thursday but I'm not sure how I can try any harder to make it fall off.

My hubby is a welder and we've had heat indexes of 110-115 everyday so he's been miserable. He decided Sun he was doing an experiment to see what he loses this week at work. His first day he lost 1.4 and I tried my damnest and it took me a week to lose that! He eats all night too because he doens't have much of an appetite in the heat.

Bellamack
07-19-2011, 03:29 PM
If you like caramel, do a thread search for "Starbucks Caramel Macchiato" It is truly incredible! I was drinking one everyday but decided to limit my WF consumption this week to see if it helped with a bigger loss. ANYWAY... basically you brew your coffee and mix it with a "vanilla" packet (for your cream) and WF Caramel sauce. It is truly awesome!!!

Thank you Jennydoodle, Starbucks caramel macchiato is my other coffee drink, other wise I don't drink anything with coffee. I am going to try it tomorrow, as I have a vanilla drink mix left and hubby has some vanilla caramel coffee for his Keurig. I will post how I like it! ;)

MJKinMN
07-19-2011, 03:37 PM
If you like caramel, do a thread search for "Starbucks Caramel Macchiato" It is truly incredible! I was drinking one everyday but decided to limit my WF consumption this week to see if it helped with a bigger loss. ANYWAY... basically you brew your coffee and mix it with a "vanilla" packet (for your cream) and WF Caramel sauce.
Jennydoodle- I cant wait to try this!!!
Bellamack- I will be adding jello to my list also!!!
Thanks ladies for the suggestions :)
I was at the grocery store the other day looking at WF products and decided on the french dressing (which I have also substituted for ketcup) and was suprised that it wasnt all that bad. Does anyone have any feedback on which WF dressings they like or which ones they dont?
Also, any creative ideas for the WF fudge or marshmallow sauce? Just trying to stay on track in order to see the skinnny girl again while trying to keep the fat girl satisfied...lol!

Bellamack
07-19-2011, 03:53 PM
If you like caramel, do a thread search for "Starbucks Caramel Macchiato" It is truly incredible! I was drinking one everyday but decided to limit my WF consumption this week to see if it helped with a bigger loss. ANYWAY... basically you brew your coffee and mix it with a "vanilla" packet (for your cream) and WF Caramel sauce.
Jennydoodle- I cant wait to try this!!!
Bellamack- I will be adding jello to my list also!!!
Thanks ladies for the suggestions :)
I was at the grocery store the other day looking at WF products and decided on the french dressing (which I have also substituted for ketcup) and was suprised that it wasnt all that bad. Does anyone have any feedback on which WF dressings they like or which ones they dont?
Also, any creative ideas for the WF fudge or marshmallow sauce? Just trying to stay on track in order to see the skinnny girl again while trying to keep the fat girl satisfied...lol!

Absoultely hated the WF Bacon dressing. I use the individual Italian when out to eat. The WF blue cheese dip with raw veggies, it is ok. I mostly use the Good Seasons with EVOO and legal vinegar. The WF leave a funky taste. The caramel is ok and I think I will order the marshmellow.

sandyh50
07-19-2011, 04:07 PM
WEigh in #4 I lost 5.5 pounds!

darbi40
07-19-2011, 04:07 PM
My second weigh in yesterday, down 4 pounds! 12 pounds in two weeks, now thats what I call motivation!!!!

brummie
07-19-2011, 04:21 PM
Hello All,

I have been on the program for almost 4 months and have done really well on it. I am truly grateful for that.
When I first started, I had a dream that I would be able to go clothes shopping with my mom and for the first time in my life, I would be happy to try on clothes. Since childhood (I was always a bigger than average girl) clothes shopping was a constant struggle for me...nothing ever made me happy, I never felt pretty in anything and more often then not, my mom would be more upset for me than I was. She was a single mom to four kids, life was difficult financially, but everytime we went into a clothes store my mom would say 'I will buy you anything you want, I just want you to be happy'...in hindsight, I think she wanted me to have the same ecstatic reaction that my skinny older sisters had when buying clothes. Needless to say, even with the offer of anything I want, we left empty handed every single time. (I was born and raised in England, and I actually thank God for school uniforms!! It was my saving grace for many many years)
When I started to lose weight on IP, my mom asked if she could come clothes shopping with me, when I was ready. I know that all she wanted to see was her baby happy in an environment that would usually have me sprinting (and panting and sprinting) in the opposite direction.
Well, I went to Winners this weekend and I took me ol' ma with me. She helped me pick out dresses, pants, blouses and sleepwear. As we walked to the fitting rooms, I asked if she would come in with me. She was shocked, who wouldn't be...this lovely lady has not seen me in my underwear since I was a small child when she was still dressing me. She helped me in and out of the clothes...I didn't need it...but it was an incredible bonding moment. I loved every second of it, I loved every item I tried on. She was beaming!
When I was ready to get back into my regular clothes, she said she would wait outside the fitting room for me and took the stuff that I tried on with her. After getting dressed, I literally skipped out of the fitting room area....but didn't see mom. I looked around the entire store and I finally found her at the checkout paying for ALL my stuff. She is on a government pension, I knew this was a big purchase for her...I wanted to give her the money to cover it, I could afford it. She wouldn't take it. As we walked through the parking lot back to my car, she held my hand looked at me and told me that she knew that I had worked really hard to lose this weight, she was proud that I had done it for myself and I deserved to reward myself, but she felt like she had won something too and being able to do this for me was a reward for herself. She had waited almost my whole life to do it, afterall.
I don't need to tell you that I am utterly crazy in love with my mom, she's been our quiet supporter all our lives, worked 4 jobs to support her four kids, never asked for anything in return, but always pushed us to achieve our dreams whatever they may be. She's taught me a lot. But this weekend she taught me the about the power that I have inside me to make the people that love me truly happy - it's as simple as living MY dream, loving MYSELF and treating ME with the respect and compassion that I deserve. Isn't that all any of us want for the people that we love?
I see now that the years of misery and self doubt didn't just take a toll on me, but the people I love to.
So, I ask you all to remember that as you continue on the journey, as you either breeze through the protocol, or struggle along slowly...keep on keeping on. Do it for yourself, and watch the amazing transformation of those that love you so much that all they want is for you to be happy. So be happy no matter what your weekly WI or Scale Addiction results may be - be happy that you're on the path to being a better you and without even trying will become a happy wife, happy mother, happy daughter, happy friend etc.

Thank you to all of you for the support you have inadvertantly given me while supporting each other. I think we learned this morning on a different thread that sometimes no matter what support you give to someone, they will take it negatively if it isn't what they have wanted to hear. For the record, I'm a true appreciater of tough love...because it is just that...love.

Thanks again and good luck to all of you.

sandyh50
07-19-2011, 04:22 PM
WEigh in #4 I lost 5.5 pounds!

How do I update my ticker at the bottom?
UPDATE! I figured it out!

wuv2bloved
07-19-2011, 04:27 PM
WEigh in #4 I lost 5.5 pounds!

My second weigh in yesterday, down 4 pounds! 12 pounds in two weeks, now thats what I call motivation!!!!

GREAT job you two!...keep up the awesome work....congrats! for sure!!!:hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug:

Wrecky
07-19-2011, 04:28 PM
Hello All,

I have been on the program for almost 4 months and have done really well on it. I am truly grateful for that.
When I first started, I had a dream that I would be able to go clothes shopping with my mom and for the first time in my life, I would be happy to try on clothes. Since childhood (I was always a bigger than average girl) clothes shopping was a constant struggle for me...nothing ever made me happy, I never felt pretty in anything and more often then not, my mom would be more upset for me than I was. She was a single mom to four kids, life was difficult financially, but everytime we went into a clothes store my mom would say 'I will buy you anything you want, I just want you to be happy'...in hindsight, I think she wanted me to have the same ecstatic reaction that my skinny older sisters had when buying clothes. Needless to say, even with the offer of anything I want, we left empty handed every single time. (I was born and raised in England, and I actually thank God for school uniforms!! It was my saving grace for many many years)
When I started to lose weight on IP, my mom asked if she could come clothes shopping with me, when I was ready. I know that all she wanted to see was her baby happy in an environment that would usually have me sprinting (and panting and sprinting) in the opposite direction.
Well, I went to Winners this weekend and I took me ol' ma with me. She helped me pick out dresses, pants, blouses and sleepwear. As we walked to the fitting rooms, I asked if she would come in with me. She was shocked, who wouldn't be...this lovely lady has not seen me in my underwear since I was a small child when she was still dressing me. She helped me in and out of the clothes...I didn't need it...but it was an incredible bonding moment. I loved every second of it, I loved every item I tried on. She was beaming!
When I was ready to get back into my regular clothes, she said she would wait outside the fitting room for me and took the stuff that I tried on with her. After getting dressed, I literally skipped out of the fitting room area....but didn't see mom. I looked around the entire store and I finally found her at the checkout paying for ALL my stuff. She is on a government pension, I knew this was a big purchase for her...I wanted to give her the money to cover it, I could afford it. She wouldn't take it. As we walked through the parking lot back to my car, she held my hand looked at me and told me that she knew that I had worked really hard to lose this weight, she was proud that I had done it for myself and I deserved to reward myself, but she felt like she had won something too and being able to do this for me was a reward for herself. She had waited almost my whole life to do it, afterall.
I don't need to tell you that I am utterly crazy in love with my mom, she's been our quiet supporter all our lives, worked 4 jobs to support her four kids, never asked for anything in return, but always pushed us to achieve our dreams whatever they may be. She's taught me a lot. But this weekend she taught me the about the power that I have inside me to make the people that love me truly happy - it's as simple as living MY dream, loving MYSELF and treating ME with the respect and compassion that I deserve. Isn't that all any of us want for the people that we love?
I see now that the years of misery and self doubt didn't just take a toll on me, but the people I love to.
So, I ask you all to remember that as you continue on the journey, as you either breeze through the protocol, or struggle along slowly...keep on keeping on. Do it for yourself, and watch the amazing transformation of those that love you so much that all they want is for you to be happy. So be happy no matter what your weekly WI or Scale Addiction results may be - be happy that you're on the path to being a better you and without even trying will become a happy wife, happy mother, happy daughter, happy friend etc.

Thank you to all of you for the support you have inadvertantly given me while supporting each other. I think we learned this morning on a different thread that sometimes no matter what support you give to someone, they will take it negatively if it isn't what they have wanted to hear. For the record, I'm a true appreciater of tough love...because it is just that...love.

Thanks again and good luck to all of you.

Thanks for sharing that. Brought a tear to my eye. What a fantastic experience for both of you. Relish your success and that very special experience.

brandam6
07-19-2011, 04:30 PM
So, I ask you all to remember that as you continue on the journey, as you either breeze through the protocol, or struggle along slowly...keep on keeping on. Do it for yourself, and watch the amazing transformation of those that love you so much that all they want is for you to be happy. So be happy no matter what your weekly WI or Scale Addiction results may be - be happy that you're on the path to being a better you and without even trying will become a happy wife, happy mother, happy daughter, happy friend etc.



What a beautiful story about your mom. Thanks for sharing!

sandyh50
07-19-2011, 04:34 PM
Oh Brummie, I had tears in my eyes reading your post!!! Thanks so much and I too believe in tough love! Your mom and you are both inspirational!

lboogs311
07-19-2011, 04:36 PM
Brummie, that brought tears to my eyes! You and your mother are inspirations to us all! Congratulations and thank you so very much for sharing!

murleya1
07-19-2011, 04:44 PM
Brummie, You made me want to call my mother! Still fighting to hold the tears back.

redhead14
07-19-2011, 04:46 PM
Brummie THANK YOU for sharing! Tears in my eyes, good tears for you and your mom. Congrats on your successes!

Jasesgirl
07-19-2011, 04:50 PM
Hi Everyone,

I thought i would pop into this thread and introduce myself. Im Sammi or Samantha as some call me (usually just my mother)...I prefer Sammi.. Im on day 2 of IP and loving it! I have to weigh myself at home cause i dont have an IP clinic near by..and i lost 2 pounds! Cant wait to get my ticker!

Anyway, just wanted to say hi and say that im so looking forward to chatting with you all more as the weeks go by. Oh and if your ever looking for great coffee..well.its my job.. i make great coffee..Im going to have to start experimenting a bit more with some drinks i think..make some IP friendly drinks using the packets perhaps? Im really excited.. i love Devinci syrups made with splenda and i just ordered a whole wack of syrups..i just made the most amazing chai the other day using a raspberry syrup and a chocolate syrup in my chai tea..unlike some .. i dont drink it with milk though cause i cant have milk :( But if you get a chance to try it..you should ..its totally yum!

thinkthin135
07-19-2011, 04:57 PM
Brummie - loved the story. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm so happy for you.

brummie
07-19-2011, 04:59 PM
Thanks for sharing that. Brought a tear to my eye. What a fantastic experience for both of you. Relish your success and that very special experience.

What a beautiful story about your mom. Thanks for sharing!

Oh Brummie, I had tears in my eyes reading your post!!! Thanks so much and I too believe in tough love! Your mom and you are both inspirational!

Brummie, that brought tears to my eyes! You and your mother are inspirations to us all! Congratulations and thank you so very much for sharing!

Brummie, You made me want to call my mother! Still fighting to hold the tears back.

Brummie THANK YOU for sharing! Tears in my eyes, good tears for you and your mom. Congrats on your successes!

Thank you to all of you!! I don't post as much as I should (and I promise to be a better online buddy to you all from now on!) but I wanted to share this with all of you.

brummie
07-19-2011, 05:01 PM
Brummie - loved the story. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm so happy for you.

Thank you! I love reading about everyone's NSV's and other successes, positivity is contagious! Keep it coming!

jd447
07-19-2011, 05:45 PM
brummie - Thanks so much for posting this. I think we need an inspirational sticky thread and have this in it!

sandyh50
07-19-2011, 05:48 PM
I'll look like a Newbie to most of you, but I'm actually an Oldie..joined the site in 2010 at 220-3/4 lbs...reached my goal at Christmas...here I am 6 months later still right around goal weight...you know about 5 lbs. comes back....lol unbelievalbe what happens with this diet.....you don't gain your weight back!!! What a shock...life is truly beautiful...I'm a different person in every way. Marilyn

HI Marilyn, thanks for posting this! It's nice to hear from a maintainer, Congrats toyou.

niknakjack
07-19-2011, 05:58 PM
Hi all! I have been following and reading from this site for a week now and finally decided to join. I think support is a very important part of attaining weight loss and this site and those on it are incredible! :hug:

I have been on a home "modified" version of IP (using EAS shakes and supplements -potassium, magnesium, calcium, omega 3, B complex, multi-vit, and probiotics/digestive enzymes) d/t cost and availability in my area and have had a fantastic 1st week with 5.2#'s lost! :carrot: I have already noticed that during the day I have no appetite and have to remind myself to eat but at night the cravings hit...thank god for the rhubarb and WF strawberry sauce idea or I would have been a gonner already....( will spend most of today scouting my area grocery stores for more rhubarb).

Just wondering how often supplements are taken? I want to get enough potassium in but am not sure about time frame spacing....am also wondering if sugar free jello's and puddings from the local grocery store can be substituted for IP puddings or if they are considered "restricted"? I read last night that the protein bars are considered off limits for the first 3 weeks on the program (as I was about to grab one out of the cupboard) and dont want to consume anything that will hinder my progress....thanks all and have a great week!

The answer is No for the puddings and jello from a local store...IP ones are made specifically for this diet w/up yo 18 grams of protein in each serving. The idea is to eat a protein every 3-4 hours, so a regular pudding or jello would not do. Sorry!

niknakjack
07-19-2011, 06:01 PM
I have been having (1) restricted every day since the beginning and I have lost every week.

I too have had a restricted every day since the first day I did the diet and still lost weight.

MJKinMN
07-19-2011, 06:27 PM
Originally Posted by jennydoodle
If you like caramel, do a thread search for "Starbucks Caramel Macchiato" It is truly incredible! I was drinking one everyday but decided to limit my WF consumption this week to see if it helped with a bigger loss. ANYWAY... basically you brew your coffee and mix it with a "vanilla" packet (for your cream) and WF Caramel sauce. It is truly awesome!!!

OMG!!!!! Jennydoodle thank you soooo much for the suggestion. My fat girl is doing the happy dance right now:dizzy::love: I also picked up some of the WF chocolate sauce and thought that I could use that with coffee and chocolate shake and see how that turns out. Between the coffee beverages, the IP jello recipe, and the strawberry rhubarb sauce I now have weapons in hand to fight off those nightly cravings and keep OP without cheating or falling off the wagon.

I am ready for week 2...nightly cravings: BRING IT ON! :carrot:

jordanna
07-19-2011, 06:35 PM
This has nothing to do with anything but it's on my mind and I'm excited so I'm sharing...

Our realtor thinks someone is interested in putting an offer in on our house!

Would be so happy if that happens. My husband and I had just made the decision to lower our asking price and even talked about selling it for less than what we owe just to have it sold and get on with building our new house so it would be fantastic if we have an offer :)

Anyway, like I said, nothing to do with IP, just sitting in my office at work excited with no one to share it with.

Ishbel
07-19-2011, 06:35 PM
WEigh in #4 I lost 5.5 pounds!

WOOHOO - Well done! :cp:

redhead14
07-19-2011, 06:41 PM
This has nothing to do with anything but it's on my mind and I'm excited so I'm sharing...

Our realtor thinks someone is interested in putting an offer in on our house!

Would be so happy if that happens. My husband and I had just made the decision to lower our asking price and even talked about selling it for less than what we owe just to have it sold and get on with building our new house so it would be fantastic if we have an offer :)

Anyway, like I said, nothing to do with IP, just sitting in my office at work excited with no one to share it with.

Send positive vibes your way! Selling a house in this market is a major undertaking so you be excitied about it. Building a house??? Dream house? I love that stuff!! OK, now you have me all excited!:hug:

ItsAboutTime
07-19-2011, 06:49 PM
Just got home from the local little drug store and I am so happy. I found everything I was looking for! Even multi-vit without iron. (Don't know why I couldn't find one at Target but found one here.) I feel like an old lady taking all these pills. ;)

Congrats on getting the house sold maybe. That's a stressful situation!

2RIDEROLLERCOAST
07-19-2011, 06:52 PM
Hi everyone. Happy Tuesday. I woke up today convinced it was Wednesday... but oh well!

I'm hanging in there. IP has made me too attuned to my body (not sure I like it). I can feel the onset of PMS- started last night. My PMS has been brutal since starting IP. I feel bloated as a puffer fish.
I am completely fixated on my stomach/abs- which seems to be the only part of me not shrinking- and therefore looks gigantically huge. I'm in a bad headspace. :(
Last night I pulled up my progress pictures just to convince myself that - no I am not as big as I was before, and Yes, I have lost 40 lbs and it shows, and No, eating something off plan isn't going to make you feel better. Ugh.

Sorry for the whine. I know you all can relate.
I hope everyone has a great day! Maybe it will be contagious :DI have those days alot but then I have a day like today and it is wonderful...

Hi there! Is there room for me? :)
I posted in the 7 day challenge, but my mindset is for the long run. So I would really like to be a part of this group!

In March I started IP and I was faithful, I lost 17 lbs and it made me really happy. I have been on vacation since May and I have gained it all back. I am not happy about it. For some reason being at home just does not work for me when trying to stay OP.

Today is my first day back to work and I am totally committed! I am excited! I have my whole days meals planned out! I am prepared! I need structure!

My ticker doesnt reflect my weight today, but I am leaving it there for extra motivation - I want to see that number again!
So I am a daily weigher (its a habit), but for IP official weigh ins are always on Tuesday for me.
Monday 7/18/11 -200.0 lbs
Today 7/19/11 -196.4 lbs

I am sure it is all water, because I am visiting the potty every 10 minutes, but I dont care....get me to keytosis STAT! :)

I cant wait to see what tomorrow holds! Thanks for letting me join in!
Oh and I am doing alternative IP...as cost is an issue for me!

Hugs,
LeahWelcome Leah, you are doing great keep up the good work and there is always room for everyone here.

WEigh in #4 I lost 5.5 pounds!Great Job keep up the good work.

My second weigh in yesterday, down 4 pounds! 12 pounds in two weeks, now thats what I call motivation!!!!Darb way to go, keep it up.

Hello All,

I have been on the program for almost 4 months and have done really well on it. I am truly grateful for that.
When I first started, I had a dream that I would be able to go clothes shopping with my mom and for the first time in my life, I would be happy to try on clothes. Since childhood (I was always a bigger than average girl) clothes shopping was a constant struggle for me...nothing ever made me happy, I never felt pretty in anything and more often then not, my mom would be more upset for me than I was. She was a single mom to four kids, life was difficult financially, but everytime we went into a clothes store my mom would say 'I will buy you anything you want, I just want you to be happy'...in hindsight, I think she wanted me to have the same ecstatic reaction that my skinny older sisters had when buying clothes. Needless to say, even with the offer of anything I want, we left empty handed every single time. (I was born and raised in England, and I actually thank God for school uniforms!! It was my saving grace for many many years)
When I started to lose weight on IP, my mom asked if she could come clothes shopping with me, when I was ready. I know that all she wanted to see was her baby happy in an environment that would usually have me sprinting (and panting and sprinting) in the opposite direction.
Well, I went to Winners this weekend and I took me ol' ma with me. She helped me pick out dresses, pants, blouses and sleepwear. As we walked to the fitting rooms, I asked if she would come in with me. She was shocked, who wouldn't be...this lovely lady has not seen me in my underwear since I was a small child when she was still dressing me. She helped me in and out of the clothes...I didn't need it...but it was an incredible bonding moment. I loved every second of it, I loved every item I tried on. She was beaming!
When I was ready to get back into my regular clothes, she said she would wait outside the fitting room for me and took the stuff that I tried on with her. After getting dressed, I literally skipped out of the fitting room area....but didn't see mom. I looked around the entire store and I finally found her at the checkout paying for ALL my stuff. She is on a government pension, I knew this was a big purchase for her...I wanted to give her the money to cover it, I could afford it. She wouldn't take it. As we walked through the parking lot back to my car, she held my hand looked at me and told me that she knew that I had worked really hard to lose this weight, she was proud that I had done it for myself and I deserved to reward myself, but she felt like she had won something too and being able to do this for me was a reward for herself. She had waited almost my whole life to do it, afterall.
I don't need to tell you that I am utterly crazy in love with my mom, she's been our quiet supporter all our lives, worked 4 jobs to support her four kids, never asked for anything in return, but always pushed us to achieve our dreams whatever they may be. She's taught me a lot. But this weekend she taught me the about the power that I have inside me to make the people that love me truly happy - it's as simple as living MY dream, loving MYSELF and treating ME with the respect and compassion that I deserve. Isn't that all any of us want for the people that we love?
I see now that the years of misery and self doubt didn't just take a toll on me, but the people I love to.
So, I ask you all to remember that as you continue on the journey, as you either breeze through the protocol, or struggle along slowly...keep on keeping on. Do it for yourself, and watch the amazing transformation of those that love you so much that all they want is for you to be happy. So be happy no matter what your weekly WI or Scale Addiction results may be - be happy that you're on the path to being a better you and without even trying will become a happy wife, happy mother, happy daughter, happy friend etc.

Thank you to all of you for the support you have inadvertantly given me while supporting each other. I think we learned this morning on a different thread that sometimes no matter what support you give to someone, they will take it negatively if it isn't what they have wanted to hear. For the record, I'm a true appreciater of tough love...because it is just that...love.

Thanks again and good luck to all of you.Brought tears to my eyes.. You and your mom are great.

jordanna
07-19-2011, 06:56 PM
Send positive vibes your way! Selling a house in this market is a major undertaking so you be excitied about it. Building a house??? Dream house? I love that stuff!! OK, now you have me all excited!:hug:

When my husband and I bought our little house we thought we couldn't have kids and the prospect of adopting was far off in our future. Within two years we had adopted our first baby and gotten pregnant and had a second baby (Ideal Protein helps with fertility so watch out if you don't want babies!) so needless to say our little house wasn't equipped to handle our growing family.

So yes we are building our dream house for our dream family :)

JudoGirl
07-19-2011, 07:44 PM
Hello All,

I have been on the program for almost 4 months and have done really well on it. I am truly grateful for that.
When I first started, I had a dream that I would be able to go clothes shopping with my mom and for the first time in my life, I would be happy to try on clothes. Since childhood (I was always a bigger than average girl) clothes shopping was a constant struggle for me...nothing ever made me happy, I never felt pretty in anything and more often then not, my mom would be more upset for me than I was. She was a single mom to four kids, life was difficult financially, but everytime we went into a clothes store my mom would say 'I will buy you anything you want, I just want you to be happy'...in hindsight, I think she wanted me to have the same ecstatic reaction that my skinny older sisters had when buying clothes. Needless to say, even with the offer of anything I want, we left empty handed every single time. (I was born and raised in England, and I actually thank God for school uniforms!! It was my saving grace for many many years)
When I started to lose weight on IP, my mom asked if she could come clothes shopping with me, when I was ready. I know that all she wanted to see was her baby happy in an environment that would usually have me sprinting (and panting and sprinting) in the opposite direction.
Well, I went to Winners this weekend and I took me ol' ma with me. She helped me pick out dresses, pants, blouses and sleepwear. As we walked to the fitting rooms, I asked if she would come in with me. She was shocked, who wouldn't be...this lovely lady has not seen me in my underwear since I was a small child when she was still dressing me. She helped me in and out of the clothes...I didn't need it...but it was an incredible bonding moment. I loved every second of it, I loved every item I tried on. She was beaming!
When I was ready to get back into my regular clothes, she said she would wait outside the fitting room for me and took the stuff that I tried on with her. After getting dressed, I literally skipped out of the fitting room area....but didn't see mom. I looked around the entire store and I finally found her at the checkout paying for ALL my stuff. She is on a government pension, I knew this was a big purchase for her...I wanted to give her the money to cover it, I could afford it. She wouldn't take it. As we walked through the parking lot back to my car, she held my hand looked at me and told me that she knew that I had worked really hard to lose this weight, she was proud that I had done it for myself and I deserved to reward myself, but she felt like she had won something too and being able to do this for me was a reward for herself. She had waited almost my whole life to do it, afterall.
I don't need to tell you that I am utterly crazy in love with my mom, she's been our quiet supporter all our lives, worked 4 jobs to support her four kids, never asked for anything in return, but always pushed us to achieve our dreams whatever they may be. She's taught me a lot. But this weekend she taught me the about the power that I have inside me to make the people that love me truly happy - it's as simple as living MY dream, loving MYSELF and treating ME with the respect and compassion that I deserve. Isn't that all any of us want for the people that we love?
I see now that the years of misery and self doubt didn't just take a toll on me, but the people I love to.
So, I ask you all to remember that as you continue on the journey, as you either breeze through the protocol, or struggle along slowly...keep on keeping on. Do it for yourself, and watch the amazing transformation of those that love you so much that all they want is for you to be happy. So be happy no matter what your weekly WI or Scale Addiction results may be - be happy that you're on the path to being a better you and without even trying will become a happy wife, happy mother, happy daughter, happy friend etc.

Thank you to all of you for the support you have inadvertantly given me while supporting each other. I think we learned this morning on a different thread that sometimes no matter what support you give to someone, they will take it negatively if it isn't what they have wanted to hear. For the record, I'm a true appreciater of tough love...because it is just that...love.

Thanks again and good luck to all of you.

Your story is truly inspiring and I loved it...hugs to you and your Mum.....you were right on...My husband has even told me I'm so much fun to be around..and I just so much happier now...Bravo to you...:hug:

:belly::belly::belly::belly::belly::belly::belly:
:belly::belly::belly::belly::belly::belly::belly:

colley
07-19-2011, 07:53 PM
So exciting to go camping for the rest of the week till Monday. Plus its great having the family knowing what I can and cant eat so they kind of make they're menu a little different so I'm not missing out too much!!! But I hope all have a great rest of the week and weekend!!!!

WannabeIP
07-19-2011, 07:54 PM
Congrats on growing your family.... I was just getting to goal when you got pregnant... we sold our house in May.... its tuff but for everyhouse there is a buyer at the right price... you will get what you need for it to build your dream house.... just put it out there....

brummie
07-19-2011, 08:05 PM
Brought tears to my eyes.. You and your mom are great.

Your story is truly inspiring and I loved it...hugs to you and your Mum.....you were right on...My husband has even told me I'm so much fun to be around..and I just so much happier now...Bravo to you...:hug:



Thank you both...I find you both inspiring and incredibly uplifting people, I feel completely proud that you think of me even slightly the same way!

My husband sees the change in me too (although, he has commented that I'm much more self concious of my wobbly bits then I was 40lbs ago...bless him!).

I think it was Brian Tracey who said "Your life only gets better when YOU get better" I think, in a way, the lives of the people you love get better when YOU get better too.

I will let my mom know that I shared our story today...she will be pleased as punch to know you appreciated me sharing it!

Lucky Chick
07-19-2011, 08:12 PM
Thank you to all of you!! I don't post as much as I should (and I promise to be a better online buddy to you all from now on!) but I wanted to share this with all of you.

WOW! Thanks for sharing. That made my day. :hug:

JoseyM
07-19-2011, 08:13 PM
Hello to all, I am new (1st WI is Friday), doing okay, only had a few French's Onions and about 10 salted peanuts today, hope that doesn't kill me. It looks like a mix match on this Thread :) Some of you seem so excited, I am doing it, no problem, but NOT excited, maybe I have to wait to see what I lost or clothes get lose? I hope.........

murleya1
07-19-2011, 08:22 PM
Hello to all, I am new (1st WI is Friday), doing okay, only had a few French's Onions and about 10 salted peanuts today, hope that doesn't kill me. It looks like a mix match on this Thread :) Some of you seem so excited, I am doing it, no problem, but NOT excited, maybe I have to wait to see what I lost or clothes get lose? I hope.........

At first I was not excited. As the weight evaporated I started getting very excited. Never in my life had I lost 20 pounds and this week I am just about to 25. Crazy!:D

capricious
07-19-2011, 08:56 PM
Reading all the posts from people that have had success are so encouraging. When I started 8 weeks ago I was doubtful. I had never had success losing weight. Now I am a believer.

I am responsible for me. If I cheat I have no one to blame but myself. I affect no one but me. I am doing this for me and for no one else.

The results are enough to keep me going. Why cheat when you have a protocol that enables you to lose 2-3 pounds a week maybe more if you just follow it. I was lucky to l ose 2-3 pounds a month on anything else I have ever tried. I fight through my cravings. I turn down invites to places I know I can't eat and say i'll join you after dinner for bowling or movies. The hardest thing to do is to no put yourself in situations where you can be tempted. The offers come everyday.

NSV-I got to the office this morning and there are 2 areas with treats. 1 has bagels, 1 has cookies. 8 weeks ago I would have gotten a bagel and a cookie maybe even 2 cookies. Today I am not getting either. I rock!
What a mindset change- good for you!:carrot:

I think I asked this before but I can't find it, what do you make tuna with if you don't eat it plain? I can't use the WF mayo....yuck! Is there any mayo that's ok?
WF Thousand Island is awesome with Tuna & pickles or celery
Hello All,
So be happy no matter what your weekly WI or Scale Addiction results may be - be happy that you're on the path to being a better you and without even trying will become a happy wife, happy mother, happy daughter, happy friend etc.

Thank you to all of you for the support you have inadvertantly given me while supporting each other. I think we learned this morning on a different thread that sometimes no matter what support you give to someone, they will take it negatively if it isn't what they have wanted to hear. For the record, I'm a true appreciater of tough love...because it is just that...love.

Thanks again and good luck to all of you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. For making me laugh AND cry. For reaffirming all the goodness that the changes this program has wrought on my life. Thank you.

This has nothing to do with anything but it's on my mind and I'm excited so I'm sharing...

Our realtor thinks someone is interested in putting an offer in on our house!

Would be so happy if that happens. My husband and I had just made the decision to lower our asking price and even talked about selling it for less than what we owe just to have it sold and get on with building our new house so it would be fantastic if we have an offer :)

Anyway, like I said, nothing to do with IP, just sitting in my office at work excited with no one to share it with.
I so KNOW that feeling! Congrats to you and I hope everything works out well!

justamom
07-19-2011, 08:57 PM
Brummie, hearing about you and your mum really made my day!
I started IP roughly a month ago. Did great in week 1 -week 2 not so good. Talked to my coach and took the next 2 weeks off b/c of huge stressors etc. Back OP since early last week. Cannot wait for my weigh-in on Thursday. Doing well I think. Have only told a few people I am doing this so am looking to see when people see a change.

stolaf
07-19-2011, 09:11 PM
This is really an inspiring site. I appreciate hearing honest replies from members - both successes and struggles. It's nice to know that there is support from people going through this journey with me....

wuv2bloved
07-19-2011, 09:13 PM
Hello to all, I am new (1st WI is Friday), doing okay, only had a few French's Onions and about 10 salted peanuts today, hope that doesn't kill me. It looks like a mix match on this Thread :) Some of you seem so excited, I am doing it, no problem, but NOT excited, maybe I have to wait to see what I lost or clothes get lose? I hope.........

TSK TSK TSK!!!.....we talked about this missy!......lol

Wrecky
07-19-2011, 09:17 PM
Crap. I screwed up and accidentally had 2restricted today! Hope my workout saves me :(

wuv2bloved
07-19-2011, 09:24 PM
Crap. I screwed up and accidentally had 2restricted today! Hope my workout saves me :(

You should be ok, when I first started my coach didn't instruct me correctly, I was eating 2 restricted a day and it didn't stop me from losing. I did that for probably 5 weeks before my brother who is also on the program questioned me about it. When I talked to my coach on my next WI she said he was correct I was suppose to have only one restricted so I switched and the following week I had a .6 gain. I was a bit unset but since I have started going back down.

Wrecky
07-19-2011, 09:28 PM
Phew! I gotta be careful!

cadenlevi
07-19-2011, 09:34 PM
I weigh in on Friday and I think I'm going to get a box of something restricted. I need something "sweet" for when the others are having ice cream!! I hope everyone had an OP day!!

TWoww
07-19-2011, 09:44 PM
Hello All,

I have been on the program for almost 4 months and have done really well on it. I am truly grateful for that.
When I first started, I had a dream that I would be able to go clothes shopping with my mom and for the first time in my life, I would be happy to try on clothes. Since childhood (I was always a bigger than average girl) clothes shopping was a constant struggle for me...nothing ever made me happy, I never felt pretty in anything and more often then not, my mom would be more upset for me than I was. She was a single mom to four kids, life was difficult financially, but everytime we went into a clothes store my mom would say 'I will buy you anything you want, I just want you to be happy'...in hindsight, I think she wanted me to have the same ecstatic reaction that my skinny older sisters had when buying clothes. Needless to say, even with the offer of anything I want, we left empty handed every single time. (I was born and raised in England, and I actually thank God for school uniforms!! It was my saving grace for many many years)
When I started to lose weight on IP, my mom asked if she could come clothes shopping with me, when I was ready. I know that all she wanted to see was her baby happy in an environment that would usually have me sprinting (and panting and sprinting) in the opposite direction.
Well, I went to Winners this weekend and I took me ol' ma with me. She helped me pick out dresses, pants, blouses and sleepwear. As we walked to the fitting rooms, I asked if she would come in with me. She was shocked, who wouldn't be...this lovely lady has not seen me in my underwear since I was a small child when she was still dressing me. She helped me in and out of the clothes...I didn't need it...but it was an incredible bonding moment. I loved every second of it, I loved every item I tried on. She was beaming!
When I was ready to get back into my regular clothes, she said she would wait outside the fitting room for me and took the stuff that I tried on with her. After getting dressed, I literally skipped out of the fitting room area....but didn't see mom. I looked around the entire store and I finally found her at the checkout paying for ALL my stuff. She is on a government pension, I knew this was a big purchase for her...I wanted to give her the money to cover it, I could afford it. She wouldn't take it. As we walked through the parking lot back to my car, she held my hand looked at me and told me that she knew that I had worked really hard to lose this weight, she was proud that I had done it for myself and I deserved to reward myself, but she felt like she had won something too and being able to do this for me was a reward for herself. She had waited almost my whole life to do it, afterall.
I don't need to tell you that I am utterly crazy in love with my mom, she's been our quiet supporter all our lives, worked 4 jobs to support her four kids, never asked for anything in return, but always pushed us to achieve our dreams whatever they may be. She's taught me a lot. But this weekend she taught me the about the power that I have inside me to make the people that love me truly happy - it's as simple as living MY dream, loving MYSELF and treating ME with the respect and compassion that I deserve. Isn't that all any of us want for the people that we love?
I see now that the years of misery and self doubt didn't just take a toll on me, but the people I love to.
So, I ask you all to remember that as you continue on the journey, as you either breeze through the protocol, or struggle along slowly...keep on keeping on. Do it for yourself, and watch the amazing transformation of those that love you so much that all they want is for you to be happy. So be happy no matter what your weekly WI or Scale Addiction results may be - be happy that you're on the path to being a better you and without even trying will become a happy wife, happy mother, happy daughter, happy friend etc.

Thank you to all of you for the support you have inadvertantly given me while supporting each other. I think we learned this morning on a different thread that sometimes no matter what support you give to someone, they will take it negatively if it isn't what they have wanted to hear. For the record, I'm a true appreciater of tough love...because it is just that...love.

Thanks again and good luck to all of you.

Brummie,
Not sure if it is my PMS but you have me bawling like a baby! What a wonderful write up this is. I think it is truly the most beautiful peice of writing I have read in a long time. I think it would be lovely if you framed this "peice" and presented it to your mother. Thank you for sharing this with us! "hugz"

brummie
07-19-2011, 09:50 PM
brummie - Thanks so much for posting this. I think we need an inspirational sticky thread and have this in it!

I agree! I love reading about peoples success, it really has kept me going!

WOW! Thanks for sharing. That made my day. :hug:

Thank you! If it can just inspire one person to keep going, it's totally worth it!


Thank you, thank you, thank you. For making me laugh AND cry. For reaffirming all the goodness that the changes this program has wrought on my life. Thank you.


I think I could easily get used to change now!! Infact, a friend and I are thinking of trying reskilling, where we learn a new skill (like making our own yogurt, sewing, baking bread etc) every couple of months. It encourages change, and also provides a great distraction! All we need now are some other unsuspecting victims (friends) to join our reskilling army! Thank YOU!

Brummie, hearing about you and your mum really made my day!
I started IP roughly a month ago. Did great in week 1 -week 2 not so good. Talked to my coach and took the next 2 weeks off b/c of huge stressors etc. Back OP since early last week. Cannot wait for my weigh-in on Thursday. Doing well I think. Have only told a few people I am doing this so am looking to see when people see a change.

Thank you. You know, i think that was really smart of you to take a break so that you could deal with your life, you put your focus where it really needed to be. I hope everything is better now and I know you will be successful at this.

Crap. I screwed up and accidentally had 2restricted today! Hope my workout saves me :(

I did this once too! In my second week, I forgot that I had a pack of bbq ridges for breakfast (i know, kinda gross!) and then I had a chilli for lunch! Everything was fine, no gains. On the grand scale of things, I think this isn't the worst mistake you could make on this diet. I know you'll be fine, honest!

jennydoodle
07-19-2011, 09:53 PM
Phew! I gotta be careful!

Hey Wrecky- if you haven't seen it, go check out the thread "motivated and loving it" or something along those lines- maybe "motivated and feeling great"? Anyway, someone posted in there the "Athletic Protocol" and I thought you might be interested in it too. It looks like if you are working out regularly, we can have upwards of 5-6 packets per day. Interesting. I have my WI tomorrow so I am going to talk to my doc and possibly try a week at 5 (I currently do 4 for w/o days) and see how my losses go.

Also, I think (1) day of a double restricted is not going to hurt. My doc even mentioned that he thought since I was working out I could get away with (2) restricted a day. But I don't want to go that route, I am comfortable with 1. Oh- and I don't know if I mentioned it to you before, but I found that eating my restricted pre-workout gave me much better energy.

cadenlevi
07-19-2011, 09:58 PM
Here's the Athletic Protocol that I found in a post from this forum. I copied and pasted it from the forum so the formatting is not the greatest, but you can format to our liking (the original forum title is on the attachment). Enjoy!!

brummie
07-19-2011, 10:09 PM
Brummie,
Not sure if it is my PMS but you have me bawling like a baby! What a wonderful write up this is. I think it is truly the most beautiful peice of writing I have read in a long time. I think it would be lovely if you framed this "peice" and presented it to your mother. Thank you for sharing this with us! "hugz"

My pleasure. I tell my mom everyday how much I love her and what she means to me...infact, I tell everyone how I feel about them and what they mean to me (sometimes, I get asked if I'm drunk!!). Never assume that somebody knows the love you feel for them, always confirm it. This year I am also giving kudos where they are due too...even if it's someone I don't know well. Today so many of you made me feel great for putting myself out there and telling my story...I want to make people feel this great, every chance I get..it's great to be on the receiving end and it has made me more determined to return it!

Wrecky
07-19-2011, 11:12 PM
Hey Wrecky- if you haven't seen it, go check out the thread "motivated and loving it" or something along those lines- maybe "motivated and feeling great"? Anyway, someone posted in there the "Athletic Protocol" and I thought you might be interested in it too. It looks like if you are working out regularly, we can have upwards of 5-6 packets per day. Interesting. I have my WI tomorrow so I am going to talk to my doc and possibly try a week at 5 (I currently do 4 for w/o days) and see how my losses go.

Also, I think (1) day of a double restricted is not going to hurt. My doc even mentioned that he thought since I was working out I could get away with (2) restricted a day. But I don't want to go that route, I am comfortable with 1. Oh- and I don't know if I mentioned it to you before, but I found that eating my restricted pre-workout gave me much better energy.

Oh awesome! Thanks for telling me about this! Please fill me in when you talk to your doc! If all is well maybe we could do this together!

whirlybird68
07-19-2011, 11:15 PM
I am really confused on how this website and all these different forums work. I can't seem to stay connected with the same people i started out with. There are so many threads. What to do, what to do. It seems confusing. Right now i am just trying to get an answer on a particular question: Can i have uncured bacon and one egg for my protein meal on phase 1? Thanks

Wrecky
07-19-2011, 11:19 PM
I think bacon would be a no but not entirely sure.

thinkthin135
07-19-2011, 11:19 PM
When my husband and I bought our little house we thought we couldn't have kids and the prospect of adopting was far off in our future. Within two years we had adopted our first baby and gotten pregnant and had a second baby (Ideal Protein helps with fertility so watch out if you don't want babies!) so needless to say our little house wasn't equipped to handle our growing family.

So yes we are building our dream house for our dream family :)

That is so great. I am very happy for you all. I will send good vibes your way. Hope it sells fast.

Determinedat47
07-19-2011, 11:39 PM
Me too! I (almost) have a whole new wardrobe. And now I have a spare bed full of clothes to donate. Feeling skinny today and thought I'd try on those favorite white shorts from so many years ago...the ones I just couldn't bear to part with. They buttoned and then OMG they zipped all the way up. Thank you IP (and armour thyroid) for bringing me back to me. Happy girl!!!!!!

Right on! You go girl.:carrot:

ItsAboutTime
07-19-2011, 11:41 PM
Went to visit a friend at her aunt's house and there were 3 baskets of IP food sitting in the dining room. I asked her if she was doing it and she said yes she had lost 40 pounds and blah blah. My friend asked me what it was all about and I told her what I eat and her aunt says, "Oh, I have bread. It might slow me down a bit but I'm not in a hurry. " She's a pretty big lady so she had quite a bit left I imagine. I just couldn't believe it. I asked how long the food there would last her and she said at least 10 weeks. She eats 2 packets a day. I told her maybe she needed 3 and she'd quit eating bread. Whatever I guess. Not my body not my business. But, she did give me a choc pancake packet. What should I do with it? What's best? I do alternatives so I've never used any IP food. Thanks!

Determinedat47
07-19-2011, 11:45 PM
Hi there,

Im just about to start IP, I have my meeting with a rep on Monday.
I am SCARED!!
I really havent dieted EVER.. been in denial that Im obese.
Actually I have been in survival mode for the last 8 years. Now Im finally ready to start living again.

I am worthy of happiness, love, health, joy. Sounds simple huh, Im still trying to believe it and live it.

Any suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated.

You jump on board here with all of us girlfriend, stick to the plan and read the posts on this site whenever you feel like giving up( and even when you just want to hear about what others are doing to stay on plan). if you stick with it you will see results, and fast. You are worth it! Ideal protein is awesome.:hug:

Determinedat47
07-20-2011, 12:23 AM
WEigh in #4 I lost 5.5 pounds!

Yeah Sandy! You are looking so wonderful. My mother who has made comments about my weight since I was a teen ager-she really means well- always says she is worried about my health- anyway today she Told me I look great and that she doesn't think I should lose another ounce- now there is a switch!

Shanelle
07-20-2011, 12:44 AM
WI #8 today and nothing, no loss, no gain...first time since I started the program. I didn't do anything differently...feeling discouraged...I did lose 4.5 inches though, which makes no sense to me. Hope everyone had a great OP day!

Gika
07-20-2011, 12:50 AM
I am really confused on how this website and all these different forums work. I can't seem to stay connected with the same people i started out with. There are so many threads. What to do, what to do. It seems confusing. Right now i am just trying to get an answer on a particular question: Can i have uncured bacon and one egg for my protein meal on phase 1? Thanks


According to my Phase 1 sheet you can have 2 eggs for your evening protein. No bacon

Sherwood
07-20-2011, 02:13 AM
This has nothing to do with anything but it's on my mind and I'm excited so I'm sharing...

Our realtor thinks someone is interested in putting an offer in on our house!

Would be so happy if that happens. My husband and I had just made the decision to lower our asking price and even talked about selling it for less than what we owe just to have it sold and get on with building our new house so it would be fantastic if we have an offer :)

Anyway, like I said, nothing to do with IP, just sitting in my office at work excited with no one to share it with.

:carrot::carrot::carrot: Great news Jordanna! Something to celebrate for sure. Glad to hear your good news, will keep fingers crossed. Thanks so much for your inspiration and support on the site - much appreciated!!

THB
07-20-2011, 02:19 AM
Hi everyone, I am starting to feel really good. On week 6 and have lost a total of 23 lbs. People are starting to notice and clothes are loose. Feels great.

Sherwood
07-20-2011, 02:20 AM
WI #8 today and nothing, no loss, no gain...first time since I started the program. I didn't do anything differently...feeling discouraged...I did lose 4.5 inches though, which makes no sense to me. Hope everyone had a great OP day!

You're close to goal and I've found my losses diminishing big time the closer | get. I just put it down to "regular plateauing" so common to other diets. Next week I'll be down and life will be good :) The inches loss just proves you're still on track, even if it's not showing on the scale.