Ideal Protein Diet - Second Time Around Encouragement (Previously hard time restarting)




iowahawkeyemom
01-29-2012, 10:25 AM
We hit the 500 post mark on our last thread and it was closed. Here's a new one to keep us motivated.


Aunt Sheshie
01-29-2012, 10:28 AM
Thanks for starting the new thread, iowa...

hugs :hug:

sandralosingweight
01-29-2012, 11:08 AM
Thanks for opening this thread again, I totally belong in here having gone through all the struggles to go back OP after I intentionally took a Christmas brake thinking it would be no problem restarting on January 1st, but instead I kept on trying and failing until January 25th. Lesson learned, I will never cheat again nor stop before reaching my target weight


Marionm
01-29-2012, 11:22 AM
Thanks for starting the new thread. Hope everyone is having an awesome weekend!

Mom3LoveBugs
01-29-2012, 12:09 PM
thanks for the new thread! :hug:


.44 is not a very big difference. And 15 pounds! Does she have a LOT to lose?

If you do boot camp, still drink lots and lots of water and maybe 1 T oil? Pat, what do you think?


thank you, Linden.

from what I figured out, her starting weight was 206 lbs so she definitely has more weigh to lose then I do.

not sure I can pull through and win but I would sure love to... the $880.00 prize would be nice to spend. :D

I am going to not have any restricted items this week and maybe will try bootcamp next week. I need every pound I can get!

sandralosingweight
01-29-2012, 12:21 PM
thanks for the new thread! :hug:





thank you, Linden.

from what I figured out, her starting weight was 206 lbs so she definitely has more weigh to lose then I do.

not sure I can pull through and win but I would sure love to... the $880.00 prize would be nice to spend. :D

I am going to not have any restricted items this week and maybe will try bootcamp next week. I need every pound I can get!

Hi Sara,

I got a little bit confused when u said that you will not have any restricted this week and maybe do boot camp next week cause I thought that not having a restricted a day is what we call boot camp, so can u tell me then what is the bootcamp you do? You are not talking about them exercise bootcamp are you?

Mom3LoveBugs
01-29-2012, 12:43 PM
Hi Sara,

I got a little bit confused when u said that you will not have any restricted this week and maybe do boot camp next week cause I thought that not having a restricted a day is what we call boot camp, so can u tell me then what is the bootcamp you do? You are not talking about them exercise bootcamp are you?


Linden gave me the info on boot camp....

The original definition of boot camp, from the manual as it was a year ago was 4-5 packets a day, all the vegetables, salad, oil, and water and no more than a week in duration.

you do not have any animal protein but instead increase your packets

sandralosingweight
01-29-2012, 01:16 PM
Linden gave me the info on boot camp....



you do not have any animal protein but instead increase your packets

Tank you :)

I don't believe I could be this strict cause I look forward to my restricted and my supper.

Good luck and keep us posted :)

LaLibE
01-29-2012, 02:33 PM
Hello, 2nd time around friends!! I wanted to check in on all of you and to report that I have stayed 100% OP this weekend, it's been months since I could make that claim. Thank you so much for all of your support and encouragement. Last night my family indulged in Dairy Queen - not me, I am getting so strong!!! Have a great Sunday :)
Elissa

New Englander
01-29-2012, 02:40 PM
Hello, 2nd time around friends!! I wanted to check in on all of you and to report that I have stayed 100% OP this weekend, it's been months since I could make that claim. Thank you so much for all of your support and encouragement. Last night my family indulged in Dairy Queen - not me, I am getting so strong!!! Have a great Sunday :)
Elissa
Good for you!!! It will all be worth it!!! Staying OP will get us to goal faster..and then you can enjoy DQ in some cute "skinny" clothes!!! :) Keep it up chickie!!!

sandralosingweight
01-29-2012, 03:17 PM
[QUOTE=LaLibE;4194085]Hello, 2nd time around friends!! I wanted to check in on all of you and to report that I have stayed 100% OP this weekend, it's been months since I could make that claim. Thank you so much for all of your support and encouragement. Last night my family indulged in Dairy Queen - not me, I am getting so strong!!! Have a great Sunday :)
Elissa[/QUO

Hello Lali

I thought about you today since we both restarted together and you supported me a lot. Happy to learn that you are strongly back on track. It is going well for me being OP but I am so sick and going to the clinic tomorrow, I think I have to miss some work days in order to recover.

Mom3LoveBugs
01-29-2012, 03:42 PM
Hello, 2nd time around friends!! I wanted to check in on all of you and to report that I have stayed 100% OP this weekend, it's been months since I could make that claim. Thank you so much for all of your support and encouragement. Last night my family indulged in Dairy Queen - not me, I am getting so strong!!! Have a great Sunday :)
Elissa


good for you for not having any! :carrot:


my oldest son had a friend spend the night last night so they chose to have pizza for dinner and of course my husband took them to the movie store and they brought home tons of junk as well.... I stayed strong though!

LaLibE
01-29-2012, 04:25 PM
Hello Lali

I thought about you today since we both restarted together and you supported me a lot. Happy to learn that you are strongly back on track. It is going well for me being OP but I am so sick and going to the clinic tomorrow, I think I have to miss some work days in order to recover.[/QUOTE]

Awe, sorry you are sick!! Some TLC and I hope you will be better before you know it!

When I read your post Sandra about your husbands training it was like reading my own feelings of inadequacy... By reminding you that you deserve this meant that I needed to look at myself too - I deserve the best! This site is amazing, I have read where some compare our food addictions to alcoholism. When alcoholics are in recovery part of their journey includes helping others with their recovery. That's what we get from each other... by trying to offer support to others we keep ourselves honest. Sorry for rambling, I just want you all to know that what you write here means something. Thanks :hug:

iowahawkeyemom
01-29-2012, 04:26 PM
Beautiful day here today. Took my girls on a longer walk than usual. I'm going to try and do boot camp for this week to get myself going strong. I just have to keep myself busy and off of the couch today. I thought I may not have been getting all my water in so I measured how much my glasses actually holds with a measuring cup. I was right. I've been short on the amount so upped my amount.

Everyone have a great day!

LaLibE
01-29-2012, 04:26 PM
good for you for not having any! :carrot:


my oldest son had a friend spend the night last night so they chose to have pizza for dinner and of course my husband took them to the movie store and they brought home tons of junk as well.... I stayed strong though!

OH boy, movie munchies! Good for you for staying strong :)

Linden
01-29-2012, 05:11 PM
not sure I can pull through and win but I would sure love to... the $880.00 prize would be nice to spend. :D

I am going to not have any restricted items this week and maybe will try bootcamp next week. I need every pound I can get!

Do it! Do it! And if you don't boy will you have given it a run for the money. But I hope you can do it.

I wish Pat would chime in here, about mixing it up. I really agree with what she said about (in my words) having lean and fat days. Not alternating from day to day, but mixing it up. I wish I could be more specific, but I'm just starting to experiment. When I first did Phase 1 I never had a restricted and followed the plan but with only the 2 non-soy products. Boring. Sorry, I think I'm rambling. It's late and my cold is worse. Nasty.

Iowa, thanks so much for coming up with the new name (as well as the old one). This is good.

I think we're all pretty strong people at the core. I know the fashionable use of the word core is central physical strength. And I know I need that; and I'll bet I'm not alone. But I mean the real, inner core. Like The Maintainer's thread, this one has developed some intrinsic power. NOW, d--m it, let's not let it overwhelm us, OK?

patns
01-29-2012, 07:08 PM
When alcoholics are in recovery part of their journey includes helping others with their recovery. That's what we get from each other... by trying to offer support to others we keep ourselves honest. Sorry for rambling, I just want you all to know that what you write here means something. Thanks :hug:

I can so relate to that! I got a lot of negative feedback about my comments on the 100% /no cheating thread. I had issues with the concept of 100% because it implys one mis-step and we are dead in the water. But as you say we are recovering addictive eaters here and really need to monitor carefully what is happening when we eat certain things to our own bodies. We also have to have some awareness that not everyone is identical on how our bodies react to certain foods.

As in regard to the oil question. I really was so excited to discover I have lost better after I added the krill oil. I now take the krill oil tablet, and also measure out my olive oil carefully and use it in my salad dressing. I had gotten down to extremely low amounts of fat in my protein choices and I noticed it was consistantly after I had eaten out that I had a drop in weight.
I realized I was asking for oil and vinegar on my salad and was also ordering steak.

As for the boot camp concept, that is really interesting and I will be watching what happens with you Sara. That large amount of money certainly gives you a focus to stay on the stricter plan.
I'm like Sandra, the high point of my day is when I have my restricted snack.
There was a newsletter that came out from my former clinic that I will see if I can copy.

Pat

patns
01-29-2012, 07:26 PM
Wow I did it! I have somehow lost the edit section on my tool bar along with spellcheck. The loss of those two things is driving me nuts.
I'm not sure if there is copyright issues with copying what someone sends out in an email but would think not so I'll put it here.
The last part I didn't get copied in the first place. It was just about giving yourself non food treats along the way.

Sara, I'm not posting this in response to the boot camp. I would give it a shot if I were you, the competition really gives motivation to have a quick loss. But when it comes to giving up the restrictive, better you than me! I hope you do well in the contest.



Are your goals realistic or setting you up to fail?
Turns out, it's not the occasional extra package of food that does in our weight loss efforts. It's the universal wish to lose a lot of weight ASAP and the expectation that we can simply diet it away easily.
Weight control experts call it the false-hope syndrome -- when dieters have unrealistic expectations about exactly how long it will take to shed excess pounds. You won't lose 5-7 lbs every week you are on program, as much as you'd like too!
Unfortunately, research shows that unrealistic expectations boost the risk of dropping out of a weight loss program. And though at least one study has found that dieters may temporarily eat less if their expectations are too high, that undereating may be replaced by overeating at the very next temptation. Make sure you have your restricted package every day it will keep you from cheating or falling off program in the long run. You might lose a little slower but you have a much higher success rate in the long run if you enjoy your treat every day.
Overall, experts concur, unrealistic weight loss objectives are not productive, and can trigger failure. The best way to go: smaller, realistic goals.
The question is: How do you set realistic weight loss goals?
Resolve to lose slowly: Don't expect that every week is going to be like the first. Two to three pounds a week is a great attainable goal on Ideal Protein, so be happy when you release any weight!
Set short term goals: Reach for mini-milestones. Instead of focusing on losing 50 lbs which might seem overwhelming, focus on 5 or 10 lb amounts. 5 or 10 lbs is always attainable, and they will eventually add up to more.
Track your progress: Record your successes in a way that works for you. Take advantage of online programs, use a notebook, or keep a journal. Whatever keeps you on track.
Take pictures: Take a face, full body and profile picture at the beginning of your journey and monthly or as you hit your mini-milestones; compare your photos to see how far you've come.

Think about long-term goals: It's okay to think big and know where you want to end up, it will help keep you on track to know where you're headed but don't let it overwhelm you. Take it one day at a time.

Reward yourself

Mom3LoveBugs
01-29-2012, 08:21 PM
Can anyone tell me what are the lowest carb veggies out there? I have been tracking what I eat and it is very hard for me to stay on or below 30 carbs a day. That is without having a restricted item.

thanks!

Marionm
01-29-2012, 09:00 PM
I had a good weekend. I actually ordered a new laptop which means that my already busy week will be busier preparing to transfer files and move some furniture, but I'm excited about it. Also, my daughter's future mother-in-law is coming to visit us on Saturday which means I'll lose that day for school--and the three papers I need to write, but I'm really happy she's coming to visit. All this probably means I should be doing some planning and making sure I know what I'm eating so I'm not tempted to be bad when life gets busy. I know I'm best when I'm busy so I'm just praying for strength to stay focused on what needs to be done.

If you aren't already doing so, it would be a great time for all of us to do some planning and make sure we can all be good this week!

TatiN
01-29-2012, 09:33 PM
Day 3 OP!!! I'm finally not bloated, the headache is gone, and I'm in ketosis! Now I just need to keep going...

grannyto2bear
01-29-2012, 09:42 PM
Can anyone tell me what are the lowest carb veggies out there? I have been tracking what I eat and it is very hard for me to stay on or below 30 carbs a day. That is without having a restricted item.

thanks!
each of these are for 1 cup: cucumber has 3 carbs & 1 Fiber, cauliflower has 5 carbs & 3 fiber, celery has 3 carbs & 2 fiber, broccoli has 6 carbs & 2 fiber, cabbage has 5 carbs & 2 fiber,asparagus has 5 carbs & 3 fiber , mushrooms has 2 carbs & 1 fiber.
some high ones are onions 15 carbs & 3 fiber, rutabaga 11 carbs & 4 fiber, turnip has 8 carbs & 2 fiber.

Some people use total net carbs where you take the fiber off the carbs to get your carb count. Hope this helps

Mom3LoveBugs
01-29-2012, 09:55 PM
each of these are for 1 cup: cucumber has 3 carbs, cauliflower has 5 carbs, celery has 3 carbs, broccoli has 6 carbs, cabbage has 5 carbs,asparagus has 5 carbs.
some high ones are onions 15 carbs, rutabaga 11 carbs,


thank you! those are the ones I pretty much stick with but wanted to double check

grannyto2bear
01-29-2012, 09:59 PM
thank you! those are the ones I pretty much stick with but wanted to double check
I just edited the food as I added the fiber count as some use the net carbs

Good Luck in the challenge!!

Momto2cs
01-29-2012, 10:10 PM
Hi
I am on day 29. These last pounds are very clingy!

There are also carbs in things like garlic. Surprisingly more than you would think, so if you are really tracking the carbs watch that too.

I am enjoying phase 1 much more this time as my dh is doing it too. It has forced me to plan our meals better and I have gotten creative and tried some of the packet recipes.

I am already debating with myself over next dsunday-the superbowl is a huge event for us. Not sure if I can stay op...and unfortunately I don't expect to lose 8 pounds this week!

Linden
01-30-2012, 04:35 AM
Can anyone tell me what are the lowest carb veggies out there? I have been tracking what I eat and it is very hard for me to stay on or below 30 carbs a day. That is without having a restricted item.

thanks!

Spinach, endive, and bean sprouts. Also nutrient-rich.

M0vingon
01-30-2012, 03:03 PM
Hi everyone. I haven't been on the boards since Friday, so i had to catch up and find the new thread!

Patns, you had asked where I am from. I'm in SK. I have been ordering from Nashua for a while. The shipping sucks- so does duty, if you get caught- but I only like certain packets, so I'll pay more for stuff I want. I find that if my total order is under $100, I rarely have to pay duty. I also have my stuff shipped via Can post as opposed to Fedex because it's cheaper ($10 or so) and our Fedex office is open stupid hours, so if I miss delivery I have to wait for a day off to go pick up my food.

Congrats to everyone who had a great weekend and is feeling the benefits of it. I know I'm in ketosis now as the cravings are gone- so is my appetite, but I'm forcing in the veggies. I'm down 5 lbs since Wednesday and I'm making Monday my official WI day again.

Have a great day, all.

Mkssweetie
01-30-2012, 04:35 PM
k so I was not so good on saturday night. I did eat dinner before we went and I had decided to only have one drink. Well I had more than one... I will NEVER cheat again!!! I got soooo sick! I never got out of bed yesterday. I only had one packet yesterday. (I did lose 2 pounds as of this morning-probably dehydrated) still feel icky today but am again staying OP. I learned my lesson!:o

Momto2cs
01-30-2012, 04:42 PM
Yeah, booze and ip just don't seem to mix well. I guess it's hard to handle much on under 1000 calories a day!

Mkssweetie
01-31-2012, 12:28 AM
wow this thread is really quiet this afternoon. Hope all are well. It has been a totally OP day!:carrot:

ShrinkinSue
01-31-2012, 12:37 AM
Hi all! After going off program for a day during the holidays, that turned into a year plus gaining back 22 lbs. I'm just disgusted with myself. Obviously i dont know how to eat properly to maintain my weight and this proved it to me as well. Day 1 back on track, I've had a miserable time getting back on track but this is it! I just hope this time around I can see my goal through all the way through. IP is a wonderful program and I have had awesome results in the past and above all this website is by far the best motivation and help anywhere. Thanks everyone for all the advise and tips. You're all truly amazing

rubyh
01-31-2012, 09:39 AM
Fell off the OP wagon this weekend. Really disappointed in myself. It was like I had no control over what I put in my mouth! I gave a baby shower and proceeded to try a bite of everything available. So putting my big girl boots on and getting back in the saddle! Can't let one day ruin my life! Have a great day everyone!

iowahawkeyemom
01-31-2012, 10:08 AM
Hi all! After going off program for a day during the holidays, that turned into a year plus gaining back 22 lbs. I'm just disgusted with myself. Obviously i dont know how to eat properly to maintain my weight and this proved it to me as well. Day 1 back on track, I've had a miserable time getting back on track but this is it! I just hope this time around I can see my goal through all the way through. IP is a wonderful program and I have had awesome results in the past and above all this website is by far the best motivation and help anywhere. Thanks everyone for all the advise and tips. You're all truly amazing

Your story is exactly like mine. It is very hard to get back on program for some of us. I truly think we have to have it right in our heads to succeed. For me, my weight is the first thing I think of in the morning. Not liking what I have let happen to myself and questioning why I did. It is true that the first week is the hardest. Once through it, it is sooooo much easier.

Last week the conversation kinda turned in this thread with lots of people saying let's do this now. It clicked for me, and now my determination is high. Some here were doing great and others were struggling like me. I hope all of us get that determination back. I made a list of just why I wanted to lose this weight. Had lots of great reasons on it. Looking at it really fired me up. A real eye opener was when I tried on some pants I had bought when I was 20 pounds lighter and couldn't button them. Yikes!

Sorry if I turned this reply into all about me, but I did so to show that a lot of us have the same thoughts and reasoning. We're here together to support each and every one of us. Together we CAN do this! When ever I think about eating something off program....I think of this site. Thank you to who helped kick start my diet again. I am terrible with names.

Everyone have a great day!

sandralosingweight
01-31-2012, 10:10 AM
Hi all! After going off program for a day during the holidays, that turned into a year plus gaining back 22 lbs. I'm just disgusted with myself. Obviously i dont know how to eat properly to maintain my weight and this proved it to me as well. Day 1 back on track, I've had a miserable time getting back on track but this is it! I just hope this time around I can see my goal through all the way through. IP is a wonderful program and I have had awesome results in the past and above all this website is by far the best motivation and help anywhere. Thanks everyone for all the advise and tips. You're all truly amazing

Hello,

Welcome back, we are here to support each other and even though it is hard restarting, it it is not impossible, stay strong, I know you can do it.

Fell off the OP wagon this weekend. Really disappointed in myself. It was like I had no control over what I put in my mouth! I gave a baby shower and proceeded to try a bite of everything available. So putting my big girl boots on and getting back in the saddle! Can't let one day ruin my life! Have a great day everyone!

I am so happy to hear you're back immediately after one day, cause you know one day can turn into a LOT MORE, so proud of you that you put the past behind you and restarted :)

Momto2cs
01-31-2012, 12:17 PM
It is definitely hard to get back going again. I have made it 30 days now, but last year I tried a few times and just couldn't stick to phase 1.

I think that after success once it is easy to think, ah, I'll just have a few days of cheating, I can always go back to phase 1, I know it works. But then every day it becomes I will start tomorrow.

Once you get going, and get past the feelings of restriction and back into the routine it becomes easier and easier to just stay op.

But I do find this time is slower, but then I have less to lose...

ipoxford
01-31-2012, 12:53 PM
It is hard the second time around. Yesterday I wanted to eat one of my most favorite foods, but I wasn't even hungry! I didn't eat it so I'm hoping today the desire will not come back!! We can do this. Resist what you want NOW for the GOAL you will reach later!

maykatcooper
01-31-2012, 01:45 PM
Okay, tomorrow is my one year anniversary with IP. I have kept 30 pounds lost over the year off but put 20 of it back on since Oct. I am sad to have to begin again but so thankful knowing it works and I know the mistakes I made in maintenance... Most specifically a one day required cheat isn't to be spread out over three days. YIKES! I am excited to get started on the anniversary of still what for me was a substantial successful year of loss and restoring health.

Linden
01-31-2012, 01:49 PM
Hi All,

Sorry I haven't been around for a while but the posts are so encouraging it's a pleasure to be here. Welcome back, Sue, and you, too, Ruby, even if you were only gone for a day. ;);) I think Marion summed up what it takes to do this, or at least 50% of what it takes. Planning. And IowaMom and Sandra supplied the remaining 50%. Get your head around what your doing and get all the support you can.

So I'm reporting in. Day one of boot camp went as predicted, as did yesterday. Down 1.8 which, not incidentally, would be a very good weekly lose for me. The down side of all of this is that when I saw the doctor this afternoon she said that it's a really nasty fracture and it doesn't seem to be healing itself but all one can do at this point is take pain killers and get the inflammation down. So 2 more cortisone shots and an additional pain medication later, plus a prescription for levofloxacin for bronchitis which, I believe, I got from Sandra, I think I can say bye bye to the loss. Sad.

On the other hand my son asked last night if I would like to go to Paris. Frankly, I consider this a rather dumb question from an otherwise very bright person. The real story is that D-in-L has to be in Paris early March on business; she's still nursing so the whole family is going to make the trek; and I'll get to spend my son's birthday with him and the 2 grand children in Paris. Doesn't sound too bad so I'm going to put today out of my mind --won't be hard with 2 more pain killers in my system :( -- and plan a little excursion. Cheers. And don't put that in your mouth!

kdspirited
01-31-2012, 02:05 PM
The hardest thing for me is the social aspect of my life. I am single and going out dancing or to the bar is hard because I just dont want to be tempted. Visual reinforcements work very well for me. So yesterday I went shopping. I tried on clothes that I know wont fit me well. I said to myslef one day ill fit in this dress and it will look amazing on me. That was all I needed.

Mom3LoveBugs
01-31-2012, 02:24 PM
Hi All,

Sorry I haven't been around for a while but the posts are so encouraging it's a pleasure to be here. Welcome back, Sue, and you, too, Ruby, even if you were only gone for a day. ;);) I think Marion summed up what it takes to do this, or at least 50% of what it takes. Planning. And IowaMom and Sandra supplied the remaining 50%. Get your head around what your doing and get all the support you can.

So I'm reporting in. Day one of boot camp went as predicted, as did yesterday. Down 1.8 which, not incidentally, would be a very good weekly lose for me. The down side of all of this is that when I saw the doctor this afternoon she said that it's a really nasty fracture and it doesn't seem to be healing itself but all one can do at this point is take pain killers and get the inflammation down. So 2 more cortisone shots and an additional pain medication later, plus a prescription for levofloxacin for bronchitis which, I believe, I got from Sandra, I think I can say bye bye to the loss. Sad.

On the other hand my son asked last night if I would like to go to Paris. Frankly, I consider this a rather dumb question from an otherwise very bright person. The real story is that D-in-L has to be in Paris early March on business; she's still nursing so the whole family is going to make the trek; and I'll get to spend my son's birthday with him and the 2 grand children in Paris. Doesn't sound too bad so I'm going to put today out of my mind --won't be hard with 2 more pain killers in my system :( -- and plan a little excursion. Cheers. And don't put that in your mouth!


Linden, I am so sorry that you are in such a great amount of pain. :( Do the pain killers at least help? The Paris trip sounds wonderful.... that will be awesome to look forward to!

Linden
01-31-2012, 03:21 PM
Linden ,Do the pain killers at least help?

Truthfully? No. That's what makes the weight gain so damnable. :( Am I going to stop taking them? No. Cause I could be wrong. ;)

rubyh
01-31-2012, 03:42 PM
Thanks for all the words of encouragement - I really needed it! I've found my new mantra to live by: IF YOU ARE TIRED OF STARTING OVER - STOP GIVING UP!

Mkssweetie
01-31-2012, 03:47 PM
too bad my weigh in was not yesterday morning. I was down two more pounds after my stupid alcohol cheat followed by being sick. then after only one day back to eating and drinking (all OP) i gained it all back and a little more. This is really a mental game with me. I am not hungry but have to keep my mind off wandering through the kitchen to see what I can dig up. I am staying the course and drinking extra tea and water. I justy need to stay off the scale unless it is my official WI! tonight is my son's birthday and I am looking forward to going out with the family and staying completely Op and eating food I did not have to fix for myself! Fish and steamed veggies here I come!

Linden
01-31-2012, 05:33 PM
I've found my new mantra to live by: IF YOU ARE TIRED OF STARTING OVER - STOP GIVING UP!

I love it!

And MKS, I hope you have a lovely dinner. And I wouldn't worry about the ups and downs. You were probably really dehydrated from being ill; then compensated by drinking a lot of water which your system said YAY! to and then hung on to it for dear life. And now it'll just settle down. Good luck to both of you. :)

Mkssweetie
01-31-2012, 05:49 PM
has anyone here used alternatives and heard of a brand called Slim protien? I found it on ebay but dont want to waste my money if they are not as good as IP. Thanks

Ylanthe
01-31-2012, 05:51 PM
This is a terrific thread to find! I am also struggling with the mental aspect of trying to lose weight. I started in January after a December break, and did really well the first week, and not so awesome the last 3. I weigh in on Wednesdays, and I'm looking at another gain this week. But that is it! I hate that I've lost 1 month of weight loss to food. I am happy to say that this is my Day 1 and I am 100% OP :). Looking forward to more successful days to come!

sandralosingweight
01-31-2012, 05:54 PM
Hi All,

Sorry I haven't been around for a while but the posts are so encouraging it's a pleasure to be here. Welcome back, Sue, and you, too, Ruby, even if you were only gone for a day. ;);) I think Marion summed up what it takes to do this, or at least 50% of what it takes. Planning. And IowaMom and Sandra supplied the remaining 50%. Get your head around what your doing and get all the support you can.

So I'm reporting in. Day one of boot camp went as predicted, as did yesterday. Down 1.8 which, not incidentally, would be a very good weekly lose for me. The down side of all of this is that when I saw the doctor this afternoon she said that it's a really nasty fracture and it doesn't seem to be healing itself but all one can do at this point is take pain killers and get the inflammation down. So 2 more cortisone shots and an additional pain medication later, plus a prescription for levofloxacin for bronchitis which, I believe, I got from Sandra, I think I can say bye bye to the loss. Sad.



On the other hand my son asked last night if I would like to go to Paris. Frankly, I consider this a rather dumb question from an otherwise very bright person. The real story is that D-in-L has to be in Paris early March on business; she's still nursing so the whole family is going to make the trek; and I'll get to spend my son's birthday with him and the 2 grand children in Paris. Doesn't sound too bad so I'm going to put today out of my mind --won't be hard with 2 more pain killers in my system :( -- and plan a little excursion. Cheers. And don't put that in your mouth!

Hello Linden,

Sorry for "giving" you bronchitis, I know it sucks, but with some antibiotics you should get better in a couple of days.

Sorry about your pain, I know that cortisone shot does not go well with eating salt, so in order not to gain any weight from it, you have to cut out salt completely from your diet.

Hope you'll feel better soon.

iowahawkeyemom
01-31-2012, 08:49 PM
Oh Linden.....One minute I feel sorry for you and then you mention that you are going to Paris! Actually....I do feel bad that you feel bad. Hopefully you will get better soon. As for Paris.....have a merveilleux trip. (Hope I got that right!)
My French isn't very good.

patns
01-31-2012, 11:21 PM
Fell off the OP wagon this weekend. Really disappointed in myself. It was like I had no control over what I put in my mouth! I gave a baby shower and proceeded to try a bite of everything available. So putting my big girl boots on and getting back in the saddle! Can't let one day ruin my life! Have a great day everyone!


This is what I had the most trouble with when I was early in the program. When I was hosting people for any occcasion I just hated serving food that I had prepared but hadn't tasted.But I knew if I had one taste I would taste everything. So I usually made things that were not my favorites and I had hubby do the taste tests for me. But baby shower food would likely consist of all my favorites!
Just get back on the horse and keep on riding. It will work itself out.

Linden, what a bad injury that turned out to be, and you kept on for such a while just putting up with the pain. I hope you turn the corner with it and get on the road to recovery. Aiming to be up to snuff by the time you get to Paris is a very good focusing point. What a treat to look forward too.

Everyone is so positive today, keep up the great work.

Pat

Mkssweetie
02-01-2012, 12:48 AM
I love it!

And MKS, I hope you have a lovely dinner. And I wouldn't worry about the ups and downs. You were probably really dehydrated from being ill; then compensated by drinking a lot of water which your system said YAY! to and then hung on to it for dear life. And now it'll just settle down. Good luck to both of you. :)

Dinner was so very good! Grilled cod and steamed broccoli with lemon. No cheese biscuit or dessert.I am very proud of myself! I was not really that tempted. Thanks for the encouragement.

Mkssweetie
02-01-2012, 01:09 AM
This is a terrific thread to find! I am also struggling with the mental aspect of trying to lose weight. I started in January after a December break, and did really well the first week, and not so awesome the last 3. I weigh in on Wednesdays, and I'm looking at another gain this week. But that is it! I hate that I've lost 1 month of weight loss to food. I am happy to say that this is my Day 1 and I am 100% OP :). Looking forward to more successful days to come!

Welcome home Ylanthe! (at least it feels like home to me) You can do it! Congrats on a great day 1! :carrot: One day and even one minute at a time and you can be a success!

LaLibE
02-01-2012, 08:19 AM
Good morning all - I sure do miss reading this thread through the day. It's difficult to catch up on everything at night! I am still 100% OP but will not weigh in on my normal day (Friday). I had to move some things around and will weigh in on Monday, it has been a long time since I looked forward to a weigh in!

Linden, I am sorry to hear that you are not well and Sandra I hope that you are back to health! Take care :)

rubyh
02-01-2012, 09:42 AM
Linden - hopefully your back will heal. I can't imagine what type of pain you are in. For everyone else including myself struggling to get back OP, I wish I knew what it was that makes it so hard the second time around. My first round of IP I sailed through without many problems. This time around I find maybe I'm not near as dedicated as I was. It's so hard to make it through the week without intentionally eating something off program. Good luck to everyone and have a great day!

iowahawkeyemom
02-01-2012, 12:18 PM
One thing I have noticed being back on plan is that my mood is so much better! Not beating myself up so bad about gaining the weight back and actually think there is light at the end of the tunnel now. I've also been using up all my packets that I didn't especially like and have found that they aren't so bad now and I like the variety. I was pretty much stuck on the RTD's and relied on them. Now, change is good.

I don't go to weigh in until next Monday but my home scale is at least moving in the right direction.

Marionm
02-01-2012, 12:34 PM
Hi All,

So I'm reporting in. Day one of boot camp went as predicted, as did yesterday. Down 1.8 which, not incidentally, would be a very good weekly lose for me. The down side of all of this is that when I saw the doctor this afternoon she said that it's a really nasty fracture and it doesn't seem to be healing itself but all one can do at this point is take pain killers and get the inflammation down. So 2 more cortisone shots and an additional pain medication later, plus a prescription for levofloxacin for bronchitis which, I believe, I got from Sandra, I think I can say bye bye to the loss. Sad.

On the other hand my son asked last night if I would like to go to Paris. Frankly, I consider this a rather dumb question from an otherwise very bright person. The real story is that D-in-L has to be in Paris early March on business; she's still nursing so the whole family is going to make the trek; and I'll get to spend my son's birthday with him and the 2 grand children in Paris. Doesn't sound too bad so I'm going to put today out of my mind --won't be hard with 2 more pain killers in my system :( -- and plan a little excursion. Cheers. And don't put that in your mouth!

Linden, I'm sorry to hear it's a fracture. I hope they can help you get some relief and then give it some time to heal. Just looking at the word cortisone makes my butt hurt! (I know that's not where you got yours, but I can recall mine too well!)

Paris sounds awesome!

I"m not keeping up really well around here... just too many things going on, but I'm staying as close as I can to plan and wishing you all well!

maykatcooper
02-01-2012, 12:48 PM
One thing I have noticed being back on plan is that my mood is so much better! Not beating myself up so bad about gaining the weight back and actually think there is light at the end of the tunnel now. I've also been using up all my packets that I didn't especially like and have found that they aren't so bad now and I like the variety. I was pretty much stuck on the RTD's and relied on them. Now, change is good.

I don't go to weigh in until next Monday but my home scale is at least moving in the right direction.

How funny, the RTD have been in my closet for almost a year and I've been doing the same, going back and enjoying those packets that I've ignored... And they are pretty great. I'm feeling better about not having wasted all that money too! Smile. Soooo, here I go again, and it feels good.

Mom3LoveBugs
02-01-2012, 01:16 PM
Good morning ladies!

I have had a good week so far.... my weigh in is on Friday and the scale tells me I am down 2 lbs so hoping for 1 more by then. I haven't had a 3 lb week loss in a long time and I want it! ;)

A friend of mine is on IP and she bought some products for me at her last weigh in... chocolate soy puffs, sea salt and vinegar chips and raspberry jello. Not happy with the cost ($90) but it's nice to have some variety.

I hope everyone has a great day. :)

M0vingon
02-01-2012, 02:37 PM
Hi everyone! I haven't had time to get on the boards much this week. I'm still hanging in there and I feel good. The weight isn't coming off nearly as fast as it did on my first P1, but that's ok. I am becoming bored with the standards, though. It's time to sit down and plan some fun food for the weekend!
Have a great day, everyone.

Mkssweetie
02-01-2012, 03:06 PM
Hi everyone! I haven't had time to get on the boards much this week. I'm still hanging in there and I feel good. The weight isn't coming off nearly as fast as it did on my first P1, but that's ok. I am becoming bored with the standards, though. It's time to sit down and plan some fun food for the weekend!
Have a great day, everyone.

MOvingon I am glad you are hanging in there! I have always been a slow loser. Just keep going. I am glad you are going to make plans to shake things up because boredum is dangerous. Good luck!

grannyto2bear
02-01-2012, 03:33 PM
One thing I have noticed being back on plan is that my mood is so much better! Not beating myself up so bad about gaining the weight back and actually think there is light at the end of the tunnel now. I've also been using up all my packets that I didn't especially like and have found that they aren't so bad now and I like the variety. I was pretty much stuck on the RTD's and relied on them. Now, change is good.

I don't go to weigh in until next Monday but my home scale is at least moving in the right direction.
I am the same, can't believe I am actually eating the soups,(not the tomato basil though!!) soy patty, and plain omelet this time and finding I am liking them. In December I was down to only eating only the rtd drinks, bars, & crispy cereal. I was finding this was pretty boring when I restarted.Glad I ventured out and tried them again, it is nice to have some variety and will make it easier to help stay OP. I do not like puddings of any kind so they aren't an option for me.

Good afternoon everyone. I think I am finally settling in to my restart, I am not hungry all the time anymore. It is 1:30 PM here and still haven't had my lunch, not feeling hungry but I better get to it or it will soon be supper. Drinking my 96 ounces of water and several cups of herbal tea a day too. Weigh in is tomorrow, I stepped on the scale this morning and it looks like I have a loss, sure hopes it holds through til tomorrow.

Linden, hope you are soon feeling better so you can enjoy your trip to Paris. Sandra hope you are feeling better too, not fun being sick.

Have a great IP day everyone!!

maykatcooper
02-01-2012, 03:44 PM
Thanks for all the words of encouragement - I really needed it! I've found my new mantra to live by: IF YOU ARE TIRED OF STARTING OVER - STOP GIVING UP!

How PERFECT! I must commit this one to memory! We begin (again) day 1 tomorrow. Tonight we celebrate my DH passing yet another checkride. He asked me to wait... and I think I'm on day 1 of the flu. No fever yet but boy is the feeling in my head and body yucky! Let's see if I can get a mantra for this... I'll never have to do day 1 of this flu over again! Lame but then I don't feel good. LOL!

grannyto2bear
02-01-2012, 03:51 PM
Thanks for all the words of encouragement - I really needed it! I've found my new mantra to live by: IF YOU ARE TIRED OF STARTING OVER - STOP GIVING UP!
love your new Mantra. it is so appropriate, hope you don't mind me borrowing it. I would like to print it out in large print, and put it up where I can see it to remind myself of this. Thanks!!

grannyto2bear
02-01-2012, 03:53 PM
How PERFECT! I must commit this one to memory! We begin (again) day 1 tomorrow. Tonight we celebrate my DH passing yet another checkride. He asked me to wait... and I think I'm on day 1 of the flu. No fever yet but boy is the feeling in my head and body yucky! Let's see if I can get a mantra for this... I'll never have to do day 1 of this flu over again! Lame but then I don't feel good. LOL!
Hope you feel better soon, there sure is some bad flu going around here. Some couples both sick at same time. Hope it stays clear of my house. Take care!!

Aunt Sheshie
02-01-2012, 06:11 PM
I've spent a good part of today re-reading some of the stickies, especially the FAQs & Tips for Newbies... those are the threads I lived by when I first started IP protocol... lots of good info from some of the folks who were here way back then -- jordanna, showgirlaz, Rocky Monarch, WannabeIP, novak, I'm svelting, BevS, so many others whom I miss nowadays, plus our dear Linden!.. just as they were my inspirations then, so too are all you wonderful IP friends now... thanks so much for being here...

hugs :hug:

ShrinkinSue
02-01-2012, 10:19 PM
I've spent a good part of today re-reading some of the stickies, especially the FAQs & Tips for Newbies... those are the threads I lived by when I first started IP protocol... lots of good info from some of the folks who were here way back then -- jordanna, showgirlaz, Rocky Monarch, WannabeIP, novak, I'm svelting, BevS, so many others whom I miss nowadays, plus our dear Linden!.. just as they were my inspirations then, so too are all you wonderful IP friends now... thanks so much for being here...

hugs :hug:

I love your rules for life! I'm going to have to steal those and print them out! thanks for sharing that, and you look great!
Day 3 of OP for me, doing great so far and YAY! the scale seems to be going in the right direction so far, even resisted the M&M's my son wanted to share with me. One kudo for me!
Thanks everyone for the encouraging words, it's so inspiring to know others are having similar struggles and to see your progress.
This website is such a blessing, I learn so much and I too have been going back over the stickies and old posts that I lived by previously.
I am struggling right now with the headaches and I just feel so tired, I remember though that this happened to me before and by the end of the week I was feeling like I was shot out of a cannon with new energy, cant wait

does anyone know of any good apps for your phone that works well with IP?

I have been using a low carb one for now and mainly just using the reminder to eat, which is a big thing for me because I never remember to eat when I'm supposed to.The reminder has helped me a ton.

ICanLoseItThisTime
02-01-2012, 10:23 PM
I have a question! I have read these posts, not because I am restarting but just because I like to read all the encouraging words everyone has to say, it reminds me that there is good everywhere and good people everywhere too. (Sorry if that is corny, its the truth!) BUT, my question is about what I am reading in this "boot camp" thing. I have had a very tough week with my TOM and getting the 'depo' shot and saw a .1lbs gain. I realize this very well could have a lot to do with water retention but I don't want to take any chances! (I didn't cheat so I don't really know what chances I would be taking, but ALL THE SAME) Now, to sum up all my ramblings and actually get to my question! Boot Camp- is this okay to do for a week every month or two? Just to jump start your body? Also, I will be quite busy and traveling back and forth for a few days and not cooking a meal could really be a life saver! So are you guys say I could have 2 RTD, 1 Pina Colada, 1 Wildberry Yogurt, 2 cups cucumbers, 2 cups of celery and all of my water for a few days and not mess anything up? not have a drastic or even slight gain the next few days when I reintroduce more food into my diet? Should I slowly introduce food? Ah, so many questions about this, but it had VERY MUCH peaked my interest, even if not for now, but for the future! Any advice, input, direction anything would be very welcomed! And good job guys! You are all so inspiring!

Mkssweetie
02-02-2012, 12:38 AM
I have a question! I have read these posts, not because I am restarting but just because I like to read all the encouraging words everyone has to say, it reminds me that there is good everywhere and good people everywhere too. (Sorry if that is corny, its the truth!) BUT, my question is about what I am reading in this "boot camp" thing. I have had a very tough week with my TOM and getting the 'depo' shot and saw a .1lbs gain. I realize this very well could have a lot to do with water retention but I don't want to take any chances! (I didn't cheat so I don't really know what chances I would be taking, but ALL THE SAME) Now, to sum up all my ramblings and actually get to my question! Boot Camp- is this okay to do for a week every month or two? Just to jump start your body? Also, I will be quite busy and traveling back and forth for a few days and not cooking a meal could really be a life saver! So are you guys say I could have 2 RTD, 1 Pina Colada, 1 Wildberry Yogurt, 2 cups cucumbers, 2 cups of celery and all of my water for a few days and not mess anything up? not have a drastic or even slight gain the next few days when I reintroduce more food into my diet? Should I slowly introduce food? Ah, so many questions about this, but it had VERY MUCH peaked my interest, even if not for now, but for the future! Any advice, input, direction anything would be very welcomed! And good job guys! You are all so inspiring!
I really don't know much about "boot camp" but my best guess is that when you are ready to add back in "other food" it will actually be the lean protein so as long as it is in the right amount and not full of fat it should be ok to go back to having the meat at dinner without any bad effects.

ICanLoseItThisTime
02-02-2012, 12:48 AM
I really don't know much about "boot camp" but my best guess is that when you are ready to add back in "other food" it will actually be the lean protein so as long as it is in the right amount and not full of fat it should be ok to go back to having the meat at dinner without any bad effects.

You have helped me twice today! I eat a lot of fish which is usually pretty lean low fat and high protein, so maybe this would work out okay? I am not sure that I will do it, I would like feedback from someone who has done it and see what happened. Just the idea of mixing things up, "tricking" your body or helping things, well appeals to me x100! And thank you for the insight :)

Mom3LoveBugs
02-02-2012, 01:03 AM
I have a question! I have read these posts, not because I am restarting but just because I like to read all the encouraging words everyone has to say, it reminds me that there is good everywhere and good people everywhere too. (Sorry if that is corny, its the truth!) BUT, my question is about what I am reading in this "boot camp" thing. I have had a very tough week with my TOM and getting the 'depo' shot and saw a .1lbs gain. I realize this very well could have a lot to do with water retention but I don't want to take any chances! (I didn't cheat so I don't really know what chances I would be taking, but ALL THE SAME) Now, to sum up all my ramblings and actually get to my question! Boot Camp- is this okay to do for a week every month or two? Just to jump start your body? Also, I will be quite busy and traveling back and forth for a few days and not cooking a meal could really be a life saver! So are you guys say I could have 2 RTD, 1 Pina Colada, 1 Wildberry Yogurt, 2 cups cucumbers, 2 cups of celery and all of my water for a few days and not mess anything up? not have a drastic or even slight gain the next few days when I reintroduce more food into my diet? Should I slowly introduce food? Ah, so many questions about this, but it had VERY MUCH peaked my interest, even if not for now, but for the future! Any advice, input, direction anything would be very welcomed! And good job guys! You are all so inspiring!


from what I have read on the boards there are 2 different kinds of boot camps.

1) follow plan accordingly eating all veggies, oil, supplements + 3 protein packs BUT do not use any restricted items

2) follow plan accordingly eating all veggies, oil, supplements + 4 to 5 protein packs BUT do not have no animal protein at all (should only be done for 4-5 days)

Linden is who kindly gave me this information so maybe she can chime in if I have incorrectly responded.

I hope this helps! :)

patns
02-02-2012, 02:46 AM
I have a question! I have read these posts, not because I am restarting but just because I like to read all the encouraging words everyone has to say, it reminds me that there is good everywhere and good people everywhere too. (Sorry if that is corny, its the truth!) BUT, my question is about what I am reading in this "boot camp" thing. I have had a very tough week with my TOM and getting the 'depo' shot and saw a .1lbs gain. I realize this very well could have a lot to do with water retention but I don't want to take any chances! (I didn't cheat so I don't really know what chances I would be taking, but ALL THE SAME) Now, to sum up all my ramblings and actually get to my question! Boot Camp- is this okay to do for a week every month or two? Just to jump start your body? Also, I will be quite busy and traveling back and forth for a few days and not cooking a meal could really be a life saver! So are you guys say I could have 2 RTD, 1 Pina Colada, 1 Wildberry Yogurt, 2 cups cucumbers, 2 cups of celery and all of my water for a few days and not mess anything up? not have a drastic or even slight gain the next few days when I reintroduce more food into my diet? Should I slowly introduce food? Ah, so many questions about this, but it had VERY MUCH peaked my interest, even if not for now, but for the future! Any advice, input, direction anything would be very welcomed! And good job guys! You are all so inspiring!

There is really no need to do a boot camp while you are still in the early weeks of phase 1. Follow the protocol exactly. It has been very carefully researched and does not need adjustments. You will have steady losses, just some weeks a bit lower some a bit higher. The rate of loss slow down for some people when they get close to goal and some may want to try this.

Pat

in4life
02-02-2012, 04:41 AM
I am back on the wagon with you all! I started on my birthday - as a gift to myself.

This forum was very helpful in my first round. Thanks in advance for being here!

sandralosingweight
02-02-2012, 01:47 PM
Hello,

After 1 week of 100% OP, I lost 6 pounds.

I would really love to know how much LaLiBe lost.

Mom3LoveBugs
02-02-2012, 01:49 PM
Hello,

After 1 week of 100% OP, I lost 6 pounds.

I would really love to know how much LaLiBe lost.


great job Sandra! that is the same amount I lost in my 1st week after re-starting. :carrot:

maykatcooper
02-02-2012, 01:55 PM
Whooo Hoooo! Congratulations!

Momto2cs
02-02-2012, 02:45 PM
I wish my restart had such great losses. I have been back op for a month and have lost 8 pounds. Not too bad, but slower than I would have hoped.

At least all the puffiness has gone away!

Over the month I have found that fattier meat and restricted items have actually helped my losses. I do exercise a lot, so maybe it just helps keep me going...

Turnip does not seem to be my friend...I am always up after eating it.

Also, I occasionally use pure protein bars instead of ip, but the sugar alcohols are definitely not agreeing with me. I am eliminating any and all for a while!

I am hoping the last 6 pounds (which might become 11 if I decide to try for 140) won't take forever, but since my hubby is going to be on phase 1 for a while I guess I might as well too!

Mkssweetie
02-02-2012, 07:31 PM
I wish my restart had such great losses. I have been back op for a month and have lost 8 pounds. Not too bad, but slower than I would have hoped.

At least all the puffiness has gone away!

Over the month I have found that fattier meat and restricted items have actually helped my losses. I do exercise a lot, so maybe it just helps keep me going...

Turnip does not seem to be my friend...I am always up after eating it.

Also, I occasionally use pure protein bars instead of ip, but the sugar alcohols are definitely not agreeing with me. I am eliminating any and all for a while!

I am hoping the last 6 pounds (which might become 11 if I decide to try for 140) won't take forever, but since my hubby is going to be on phase 1 for a while I guess I might as well too!
I understand how you feel about how slow it seems but you are so close to the end. Congratulations! It won't take forever. just stay OP and it will happen. It is great that your hubby is doing this with you!


Hello,

After 1 week of 100% OP, I lost 6 pounds.

I would really love to know how much LaLiBe lost.

Great job Sandra! I am very proud of you! Keep it up!
As for me I am so excited! WI#4 today and I lost 4 pounds this week! I did not do this well in all the weeks I did IP the first time.(except the first week). It is such a great reward for being 100% OP this week. Thanks to everyone here for encouraging me to recommit to this! It makes 9 pounds in a month (see Momto2 we are losing at about the same pace over time;) ) I am going to make my meal plans for this whole weekend tonight because I go back to work for my night shifts starting tomorrow.

Mkssweetie
02-02-2012, 07:39 PM
You have helped me twice today! I eat a lot of fish which is usually pretty lean low fat and high protein, so maybe this would work out okay? I am not sure that I will do it, I would like feedback from someone who has done it and see what happened. Just the idea of mixing things up, "tricking" your body or helping things, well appeals to me x100! And thank you for the insight :)

I am happy to try to help. Hope your day has been great. At my WI today I was talking to my coach about slow weight loss. She said that the "boot camp' she uses is to do the same OP diet but eliminate all restricted foods for a week and that should "shock" your body back into weightloss action.

kbkwright
02-02-2012, 09:48 PM
I am glad I got on here tonight! After a month back on I am starting to slack in getting my proteins in for the day. All this week I have been so busy that I have either missed breakfast or my lunch protein or missed both :( I fell crappy so I am probably out of ketosis....ugh....I am hoping tomorrow will be better because I KNOW I NEED THEM! On a positive note, last night I had a meeting and I knew they were serving food so I brought all my vegetables and ate the pork loin that they were serving. The ladies serving gave me weird looks because all I wanted was meat! I just smiled! :)

Mkssweetie
02-02-2012, 11:22 PM
I am glad I got on here tonight! After a month back on I am starting to slack in getting my proteins in for the day. All this week I have been so busy that I have either missed breakfast or my lunch protein or missed both :( I fell crappy so I am probably out of ketosis....ugh....I am hoping tomorrow will be better because I KNOW I NEED THEM! On a positive note, last night I had a meeting and I knew they were serving food so I brought all my vegetables and ate the pork loin that they were serving. The ladies serving gave me weird looks because all I wanted was meat! I just smiled! :)

It is great that you are able and willing to figure out what your issue has been. Now just take the steps you need to so you can get back on track! Good job planning ahead last night!:carrot: that reminds me I better get my last protein snack in now :D

Mom3LoveBugs
02-03-2012, 12:04 PM
Good morning and happy FRIDAY

Today was my 4 week weigh in and I am down 3 lbs which I am super excited about... I guess having no restricted items has helped. :)

It is unseasonably warm where I live so I am going cross-country skiing this morning with a friend and later, I am taking my boys to the movie Chipwrecked (Alvin & the Chipmunks). Should be a fun day! :)

maykatcooper
02-03-2012, 12:25 PM
Well this does, or will, feel good. Knowing that I was beginning full blown re-start today, I've been in a spiraling out of control dive. Since my Oct stop I've gained, as of this morning, 25 pounds back of the 50 I lost. So the good news is, today marks my one year anniversary with IP and I weigh 25 pounds less than a year ago... I haven't been that low for over 20 years.

The hardest part of this diet for me is so much freedom with food once maintenance comes... I seem to lose all self control. That is my goal this time around, because I know I will lose this weight... this program is so awesome.

I will have to lose the weight and gain self control when the safety net is gone... in other words, uhm be mature and in control of my body and mind, no longer of the mindset of a little child let loose in a candy store where all the candy is free. Maintenance is WONDERFUL as long as I follow the rules. I stayed there for 3 months with no problem. Then vacation came with drinks every night and then came the rash of family birthdays and anniversaries then Thanksgiving and then Christmas... I should have gotten back on track then but didn't and have another 10 pounds to show for it.

Thanks to all of you reading this for letting me process on paper. I am 60 and will now stop acting like I'm 8. Smile. Soup for lunch. :o

YvetteSki
02-03-2012, 12:30 PM
Well this does, or will, fell good. Knowing that I was beginning full blown re-start today, I've been in a spiraling out of control dive. Since my Oct stop I've gained, as of this morning, 25 pounds back of the 50 I lost. So the good news is, today marks my one year anniversary with IP and I weigh 25 pounds less than a year ago... I haven't been that low for over 20 years.

The hardest part of this diet for me is so much freedom with food once maintenance comes... I seem to lose all self control. That is my goal this time around, because I know I will lose this weight... this program is so awesome.

I will have to lose the weight and gain self control when the safety net is gone... in other words, uhm be mature and in control of my body and mind, no longer of the mindset of a little child let loose in a candy store where all the candy is free. Maintenance is WONDERFUL as long as I follow the rules. I stayed there for 3 months with no problem. Then vacation came with drinks every night and then came the rash of family birthdays and anniversaries then Thanksgiving and then Christmas... I should have gotten back on track then but didn't and have another 10 pounds to show for it.

Thanks to all of you reading this for letting me process on paper. I am 60 and will now stop acting like I'm 8. Smile. Soup for lunch. :o

Good luck! At least you are getting back on track before you gain the entire 50lbs you've worked hard to lose. Good job!! You can do it.

Momto2cs
02-03-2012, 01:33 PM
Welcome back! I expect you will do great again. My take on ip is that if you want to be successful in maintenance then you need to be forever vigilant about what you eat. There is no going back to pizza and take out for dinner on a regular basis..ever. Those things will forever be treats.

But phase 1 can be enjoyable, as I am sure you know. Try not to think of the things you can't have, but of the things you can and like!!

I am trying a lot different things this time. It is making the journey much easier!

jd447
02-03-2012, 02:06 PM
Well this does, or will, feel good. Knowing that I was beginning full blown re-start today, I've been in a spiraling out of control dive. Since my Oct stop I've gained, as of this morning, 25 pounds back of the 50 I lost. So the good news is, today marks my one year anniversary with IP and I weigh 25 pounds less than a year ago... I haven't been that low for over 20 years.

The hardest part of this diet for me is so much freedom with food once maintenance comes... I seem to lose all self control. That is my goal this time around, because I know I will lose this weight... this program is so awesome.

I will have to lose the weight and gain self control when the safety net is gone... in other words, uhm be mature and in control of my body and mind, no longer of the mindset of a little child let loose in a candy store where all the candy is free. Maintenance is WONDERFUL as long as I follow the rules. I stayed there for 3 months with no problem. Then vacation came with drinks every night and then came the rash of family birthdays and anniversaries then Thanksgiving and then Christmas... I should have gotten back on track then but didn't and have another 10 pounds to show for it.

Thanks to all of you reading this for letting me process on paper. I am 60 and will now stop acting like I'm 8. Smile. Soup for lunch. :o

Hey Kathy - Looks like we are in this together again! Next week is my one year anniversary of starting IP and I just restarted again too! I've gained back 20 lbs but am determined to take it off again and get my mind programed for maintenance. I started at a new clinic yesterday and am hoping they can help me get this phasing off figured out! Tried to do it by myself and didn't do well! :o I just need to keep reminding myself that last year at this time, I was 75 lbs heavier and I am going to finish this and finish it right!
-Janice

kdspirited
02-03-2012, 02:36 PM
Hi All

Ok so I am back to the weight that I had lost before I took off in October. I lost 8lbs inJanuary. Now I am back on track for the month of february and my goal is another 8 lbs loss. That will put me in the teens where I havent been in years and I would have only 4lbs till goal. Wish me luck in the month of february. I want to spend the month of march phasing off just in time for some spring maintenance.

I am also taking a different approach now. I seem to loose more weight when I switch things up a bit. So in feb I will do one week of boot camp and one week of restricted products and see if it speeds up the loss a bit more.

maykatcooper
02-03-2012, 03:37 PM
Seems February is going to be a hallmark month for a bunch of us.

Thank you all for your words of encouragement and welcome... Janice it is so funny (not actually but you know what I mean) that we are sort of on the same track. I guessing we're both going to learn how to maintain this time around. What are your exercise plans? I'm pretty much fully recovered from the rotator cuff surgery and no longer in PT so I'll have to come up with something in a couple of weeks. I did actually talk with my husband about running. So funny, I can hardly even walk and I'm thinking about running. I have to try and get my mind around baby steps when it comes to exercise. I am my own worst enemy and get too excited and push too hard till I break. There's that whole self control issue again. I think I'm beginning to see a pattern. Deep sigh of recognition, resolution and challenge...:p

jd447
02-03-2012, 03:48 PM
Seems February is going to be a hallmark month for a bunch of us.

Thank you all for your words of encouragement and welcome... Janice it is so funny (not actually but you know what I mean) that we are sort of on the same track. I guessing we're both going to learn how to maintain this time around. What are your exercise plans? I'm pretty much fully recovered from the rotator cuff surgery and no longer in PT so I'll have to come up with something in a couple of weeks. I did actually talk with my husband about running. So funny, I can hardly even walk and I'm thinking about running. I have to try and get my mind around baby steps when it comes to exercise. I am my own worst enemy and get too excited and push too hard till I break. There's that whole self control issue again. I think I'm beginning to see a pattern. Deep sigh of recognition, resolution and challenge...:p

I am working on getting my exercise bike set up and want to start using it every morning. When the weather gets better here - Eastern Washington State - I want to get back into biking with my kids. Last summer and fall we would do a 3 -4 mile ride every night. I have been wanting to do the couch to 5K beginning running program, but wimped out when the weather started getting cold. Might just have to get started on it when the weather warms up. I will also be working with my Little League team in another month or so. Some of the practices just about killed me last year!! :p Especially when I would play catcher and squat for an hour at a time. Hopefully it won't be so difficult this year! Since my youngest is in 3rd grade and they can play in this league until 6th grade, I see a few more years of coaching the team in my future. :carrot:

LaLibE
02-04-2012, 10:57 AM
Hello,

After 1 week of 100% OP, I lost 6 pounds.

I would really love to know how much LaLiBe lost.

:carrot: THAT is fantastic Sandra!! I will be weighing in on Tuesday night. I normally go on Friday's, but due to some changes at work I have changed my weigh ins to Tuesday. WOW, you must be motivated now to keep going!

I will post an update on Tuesday :)

maykatcooper
02-04-2012, 12:15 PM
I am working on getting my exercise bike set up and want to start using it every morning. When the weather gets better here - Eastern Washington State - I want to get back into biking with my kids. Last summer and fall we would do a 3 -4 mile ride every night. I have been wanting to do the couch to 5K beginning running program, but wimped out when the weather started getting cold. Might just have to get started on it when the weather warms up. I will also be working with my Little League team in another month or so. Some of the practices just about killed me last year!! :p Especially when I would play catcher and squat for an hour at a time. Hopefully it won't be so difficult this year! Since my youngest is in 3rd grade and they can play in this league until 6th grade, I see a few more years of coaching the team in my future. :carrot:

How fun! Pour all you can into those little ones now. I know how precious they are to you. Getting your extra eight off will have so many positive paybacks in the years ahead. I coached my girls' softball teams and led girl scouts. My son... Well I showed up at all his games squealing with delight at every run, basket, goal, and touchdown. I wish I could tell you that I did all that t a healthy weight, but I did not. That has probably contributed more to my later adult physical damage and injuries than all the crazy stuff I did as a kid. I am so proud of you for getting this challenge behind you now. We'll root Hoorah each other on. Smile.:hug:

Determinedat47
02-04-2012, 12:28 PM
Maykat-you are so beautiful and such an upbeat person! When you took a break and quit posting on these boards I really missed you. If anyone can get this, it is you. Keep on trucking. You inspire many with your bright and sunny personality.

maykatcooper
02-04-2012, 02:52 PM
How very kind you are DETERMINEDAT47! I must tell you that I am blushing but do thank you so very much for your precious words of encouragement. I WILL believe that I can do this and WILL do it. I felt so very much better at the lighter weight and can't believe how quickly time flies. Two weeks of vacation cheat all the sudden is four months. ARGH! My DH and I had a talk yesterday about how we both struggle with self control and both give in to each other. We definitely need to conquer that weakness. Smile. His blood pressure gave him an incredible fright the other night at an all time high! I was truly worried. Sooooo... he too must jump back on board with IP.

It does feel really good to be back. It is such a joy to know (sad too but keep my context) that each of us is back here to move further toward our victory! I am so happy that this thread is here. Smile. Happy Weekend and Superbowl holiday whether you watch or not, enjoy the day. Spark People has a really neat exercise regime for the Superbowl. I've printed it out... much more fun and healthier than snackie foods... though I will probably have a bag of IP chips. LOL! How fun our diet is! Smile. :dizzy:

patns
02-04-2012, 05:22 PM
maykat, I love the new picture. You are one of the lucky people who grey/silver hair really suits.

Aunt Sheshie
02-04-2012, 08:00 PM
Some of you might already know this, but I didn't & I thought it was pretty interesting...

from First for Women magazine, Feb. 13, 2012, issue, p. 40, the article, "Surprising Thyroid Sappers":

Adults with an underactive thyroid are 12 times more likely to have a gluten allergy than those with a healthy gland, according to a study in Finland. "The molecular structure of the protein portion of gluten closely resembles that of the thyroid gland," explains Dr. [Ronald L.] Hoffman [medical director of The Hoffman Center in New York City]. "So when your body produces antibodies to attack gluten, as it does when you're gluten-sensitive, it also attacks thyroid tissue." In a groundbreaking study in Italy, adults with gluten allergies completely reversed an underactive thyroid when they cut out gluten.

So, if anybody's hypothyroidism has improved while on IP, maybe this is why... we've cut out gluten, along with other carbs, & our bodies aren't attacking our thyroids anymore... cool, huh?..

hugs :hug:

maykatcooper
02-04-2012, 08:28 PM
maykat, I love the new picture. You are one of the lucky people who grey/silver hair really suits.

I thank you so kindly. Smile. I like this pix because it reminds me of where I was and how I got there. BAM! I still love to cook but IP has taught me how to do it without using so much fat and sugary ingreds. I substitute vinegar for wine. 1TBS EVOO for 1cup of EVOO and all my WF syrups etc.

I still love my apron! BAM! Thanks again for your kind words.

patns
02-05-2012, 08:56 PM
has anyone heard anything from Linden? her injury was more serious than she had first thought. I hope she is doing well with the treatment.

Pat

pegv
02-05-2012, 09:33 PM
Some of you might already know this, but I didn't & I thought it was pretty interesting...

from First for Women magazine, Feb. 13, 2012, issue, p. 40, the article, "Surprising Thyroid Sappers":

Adults with an underactive thyroid are 12 times more likely to have a gluten allergy than those with a healthy gland, according to a study in Finland. "The molecular structure of the protein portion of gluten closely resembles that of the thyroid gland," explains Dr. [Ronald L.] Hoffman [medical director of The Hoffman Center in New York City]. "So when your body produces antibodies to attack gluten, as it does when you're gluten-sensitive, it also attacks thyroid tissue." In a groundbreaking study in Italy, adults with gluten allergies completely reversed an underactive thyroid when they cut out gluten.

So, if anybody's hypothyroidism has improved while on IP, maybe this is why... we've cut out gluten, along with other carbs, & our bodies aren't attacking our thyroids anymore... cool, huh?..

hugs :hug:

Thanks for the information! I have hypothyroidism and I do feel much better since being on IP.

Determinedat47
02-05-2012, 09:46 PM
has anyone heard anything from Linden? her injury was more serious than she had first thought. I hope she is doing well with the treatment.

Pat

I too have missed her but last I knew, she was going to be going to Paris with family so am hoping she is in the middle of a torrid love affair with some mysterious tall dark and handsome parisian man.;)

Mkssweetie
02-05-2012, 10:21 PM
Really long weekend at work and off for another 12 hour night shift tonight. VERY crabby hubby at home and crazy active 4yo. Having a REALLY hard time staying op and now think my body is out of ketosis. the stick showed small this morning when I went to bed and showed nothing when I got up this afternoon.:( I am upset with myself. The two cookies were not worth messing up my progress. I need to get my mind back into it so I don't spiral like I often do.

patns
02-05-2012, 10:36 PM
Really long weekend at work and off for another 12 hour night shift tonight. VERY crabby hubby at home and crazy active 4yo. Having a REALLY hard time staying op and now think my body is out of ketosis. the stick showed small this morning when I went to bed and showed nothing when I got up this afternoon.:( I am upset with myself. The two cookies were not worth messing up my progress. I need to get my mind back into it so I don't spiral like I often do.

Not sure if two cookies can knock you out of ketosis but the sticks aren't very reliable because of the amount of water we drink.

You are going through a rough time with you long hours and your schedule. Especially with having a preschooler too. Everything is so intense to 4 year olds. Are you a nurse?

patns
02-05-2012, 10:38 PM
I too have missed her but last I knew, she was going to be going to Paris with family so am hoping she is in the middle of a torrid love affair with some mysterious tall dark and handsome parisian man.;)


I don't think she was going to Paris until beginning of March but I am sure tall dark and handsome Parisian men do pass through Berlin every once in a while, so you may be right.

Mom3LoveBugs
02-05-2012, 11:05 PM
I don't think she was going to Paris until beginning of March but I am sure tall dark and handsome Parisian men do pass through Berlin every once in a while, so you may be right.


I hope so and that she tells us ALL about it! ;)

Mkssweetie
02-06-2012, 02:48 AM
Yes I am a nurse. I work in the NICU with the premature babies. I am glad to know that I should not totally worry about the sticks. I am really glad I decided to not let it totally derail my progress. Thanks for the encouragement!

Linden
02-06-2012, 07:40 AM
I don't think she was going to Paris until beginning of March but I am sure tall dark and handsome Parisian men do pass through Berlin every once in a while, so you may be right.

Yeah, right. :( Does a man with an arm cast in a doctor's office trying to pick you up in a language you don't speak count? I think not. Especially when the pick up involves pastry.

Actually, I'm in an internet cafe because the internet provider I'm using keeps telling me that the URL for the3fatchicks IP sub-forum doesn't exist. I'm not hallucinating here guys. Could someone please send me a PM with the URL for the entire sub-forum -- without a specific date tacked onto it? That might really help. I would have asked earlier but the combination of 2 pain killers + antibiotic = zombie. I told my son once that anyone looking at my Living Will and not understanding how I felt about pain couldn't read English. Now I'm not sure. And you have perhaps read about the weather in Eastern Europe. -17C and 25 mph ENE winds a couple of days ago. ENE equates to Siberia. But some sunshine, too.

So enough of the *****ing. (Maybe it was the lack of T D & H Parisian men that set me off.) Thanks for asking; and thanks Aunt S for the reallllly kind words AND the hypothyroid information. SO many good results since I was on last on, especially the 3 and 4 pound losses! MayKate, I hope that wasn't flu you were getting. And Sweetie, the fewer ketones showing on the keto strips the better. So you're doing fine. And I sure hope everyone else is, too. Cheers.

Linden
02-06-2012, 09:35 AM
Thank you, Marion. It worked. I bookmarked the URL and somehow it tricked the ip. Thanks so very much. And Pat, sorry it took so long but CONGRATULATIONS.

Marionm
02-06-2012, 10:42 AM
Thank you, Marion. It worked. I bookmarked the URL and somehow it tricked the ip. Thanks so very much. And Pat, sorry it took so long but CONGRATULATIONS.

You're welcome Linden.

I just came back from what was supposed to be my weigh in and choose not to weigh in. I think I'm not going to think about this too much until after my showcase in March. I just cannot handle this being a stress in my life right now. My goal is to focus on eating healthy and making good choice. I'll see where things are at after that.

I do feel a bit discouraged, but I think it's about focusing on priorities and while my health needs to be a priority, even when I was trying to do IP, I wasn't making the best choices which tells me that it's not the program but the person that needs fixing. I"m going to try working that for right now. :) I probably won't disappear from here, but I've not been able to keep up for awhile anyway.

iowahawkeyemom
02-06-2012, 11:06 AM
Did anyone see 2RIDEROLLERCOAST's thread she opened called One year later? It really got me thinking. I even printed it out and put it on my frig. Excellent read.

This Friday I head south to Arizona. Not staying as long as I had hoped for but will head back down the first of April also. I think mentally I have been telling myself that I know I will go off plan and that I may as well wait to go full force on IP after I return. Then I decided.....no....(after reading 2Rollercoast's post). I can stay real close to plan if I try. Maybe phase two for a while. Eating down there doesn't mean I have to go whole hog. I just have to choose carefully and stay away from the carbs. My daughter, who I will be staying with, gets fresh produce from an organic grower which will help. She just places an order and the next week she picks it up. She also doesn't have all the forbidden foods in her house which will help also.

Until I leave, I am hitting IP hard. Believe me my cupboards and frig are bare. I haven't been to the grocery store for over a week. My poor husband couldn't even find a saltine for his chili last night.

Take care everyone!

Linden
02-06-2012, 02:59 PM
You're welcome Linden.

I just came back from what was supposed to be my weigh in and choose not to weigh in. I think I'm not going to think about this too much until after my showcase in March. I just cannot handle this being a stress in my life right now. My goal is to focus on eating healthy and making good choice. I'll see where things are at after that.

I do feel a bit discouraged, but I think it's about focusing on priorities and while my health needs to be a priority, even when I was trying to do IP, I wasn't making the best choices which tells me that it's not the program but the person that needs fixing. I"m going to try working that for right now. :) I probably won't disappear from here, but I've not been able to keep up for awhile anyway.

But Marion, it's not as though you haven't lost weight, because you have. And you've been through the wars, what with one thing and another. I trust you're judgment so much that I think you are doing the very best thing you can do. But please, don't be a stranger.

And Arizona, IowaMom. Think warm.You've probably read that Europe, especially Eastern Europe, finally got the really cold winter they've been predicting for months. (Thank heaven for puppy pads.)

I like your thinking about IP. I think you can stay really close to plan. Have you decided if, or when, you might be headed toward Germany? And the same question applies to anyone reading this. The door's on the latch, so to speak. Just come when it's warmer. ;)

shelly ann
02-06-2012, 07:33 PM
Linden - so glad that you are back on-line. I look forward to reading your posts. They are so full of wisdom. I envy you being in Germany (not the cold though). My Mom's side of the family is German and I have always wanted to go look up my roots. Wunnenberg - now how's that for a good German name!

Marionm
02-08-2012, 12:07 AM
But Marion, it's not as though you haven't lost weight, because you have. And you've been through the wars, what with one thing and another. I trust you're judgment so much that I think you are doing the very best thing you can do. But please, don't be a stranger.

You won't get rid of me that easy! :o I did get a box of the new IP mashed potatoes, but I haven't tried them yet.

Linden
02-08-2012, 05:07 AM
You won't get rid of me that easy! :o I did get a box of the new IP mashed potatoes, but I haven't tried them yet.

:D

And Shelley Ann, if your last name means your mother's family came from Bad Wünnenberg, that's about a 5 hour train ride from Berlin. Ilove the trains in Germany. Well, all over Europe, actually, especially when they aren't on strike (think France.)

ibelieve
02-08-2012, 07:25 AM
I am having such a hard time getting back on track anyone have any suggestions?? I started the diet back in Aug of 2011 and followed it until Christmas. My starting weight was 193 and by christmas i hit 164 (29lbs weightloss). Like so many people i took a break at christmas and figured i would go back on the diet Jan 1st but boy has it been HARD to get back on. Every morning i start the diet and by the time i go to bed i have failed in so many ways. During the day is not so bad but at night it's really hard as i find myself REALLY HUNGRY and for the most part i nibble on sweet stuff such as chocolate and or bread. Now I am back up at 170 lbs and terrified as **** that my weight will keep creeping back up on me so i need some SERIOUS motivation and perhaps some advise on how to beat this struggle.... Thank you....

LaLibE
02-08-2012, 08:18 AM
I am having such a hard time getting back on track anyone have any suggestions?? I started the diet back in Aug of 2011 and followed it until Christmas. My starting weight was 193 and by christmas i hit 164 (29lbs weightloss). Like so many people i took a break at christmas and figured i would go back on the diet Jan 1st but boy has it been HARD to get back on. Every morning i start the diet and by the time i go to bed i have failed in so many ways. During the day is not so bad but at night it's really hard as i find myself REALLY HUNGRY and for the most part i nibble on sweet stuff such as chocolate and or bread. Now I am back up at 170 lbs and terrified as **** that my weight will keep creeping back up on me so i need some SERIOUS motivation and perhaps some advise on how to beat this struggle.... Thank you....


I was in your shoes for most of January. When you are 193lbs you are desperate to get the weight off right? This 2nd time around you are not quite as motivated because you are not 193lbs anymore.

I read this thread daily, sometimes MORE than once daily and it has helped. There are several of us here that are having a tough time re-starting. You need to decide that you are worth it!! Get the chocolate and stuff out of the house until you feel stronger and remember that you are NOT alone. If you need a dose of motivation just log on and lend your support to someone else who is struggling. :hug:
Elissa

LaLibE
02-08-2012, 08:30 AM
Good morning IP'ers - I had to change my weigh in to Friday due to my daughter's unexpected soccer schedule. I sure hope to see some action on the scale. I weighed myself at home the other day and I have NOT lost anything by the looks of things. I continue to be 100% OP but have recently started a 90 day fitness program, it is quite intense. I will have to speak to my coach about it. I don't want to give up exercise but I certainly do not want to pay for IP packages and NOT lose any weight.... Anyways, I will let you know how the weigh in goes on Friday.

Have a good week and stay strong :)

iowahawkeyemom
02-08-2012, 10:26 AM
I am having such a hard time getting back on track anyone have any suggestions?? I started the diet back in Aug of 2011 and followed it until Christmas. My starting weight was 193 and by christmas i hit 164 (29lbs weightloss). Like so many people i took a break at christmas and figured i would go back on the diet Jan 1st but boy has it been HARD to get back on. Every morning i start the diet and by the time i go to bed i have failed in so many ways. During the day is not so bad but at night it's really hard as i find myself REALLY HUNGRY and for the most part i nibble on sweet stuff such as chocolate and or bread. Now I am back up at 170 lbs and terrified as **** that my weight will keep creeping back up on me so i need some SERIOUS motivation and perhaps some advise on how to beat this struggle.... Thank you....

I shouldn't be giving any advice since I haven't done so good getting back on the wagon but.......

This week I had a mini break thru. I read rollercoast's post about how she has been on it a year and then I went to pack my suitcase to get ready for a trip. Seems like I was short on jeans since I gave all my larger sizes away last year and now I am down to one pair that fits. I went shopping mainly because I need more pants. I went to the same store where I had bought my size 10's that fit and actually cried when they did fit....a year ago. I hadn't worn a 10 since high school and was so happy. In the same dressing room this year, I had to buy a 14. I was so upset with myself for letting this happen that it made me MAD! Now I am determined after trying on clothes. Also, twice now my mom has tried to give me back clothes that I gave her when I was thinner saying to me.....I think they will fit you again. Over the top with determination now. I'm NOT going back to my pre IP weight. I'm going down to goal this time.

I also started thinking about food differently. I started comparing my body to a car. In my car I only put good fuel in it and change the oil and take care of it. Was I doing that to my body? Nope. I wouldn't add bad things to my car so why was I doing it to my body?

I also have nothing to cheat with in the house. Not even a cracker. That has helped also. Three days now without a cheat and boy does it feel good.

Wishing you success!

2Poles1Girl
02-08-2012, 12:41 PM
Excellent post Iowahawkeyemom!!!! I love the car analogy and I'm glad to hear fierce determination has made its way to your plan. Good on ya.

Big picture thinking is important. In the moment decisions are important too. Ibelieve, when you find yourself bored/hungry/anxious/etc in the evening...replace that moment by doing with SOMETHING. I couldn't tell you how many baths I've taken to help get me past that crazy-thinking hump. Go for a walk around the block, maybe even walk your neighbor's dog. Pick up the phone and call a friend, tell them you're struggling and need their time for a bit; most are happy to oblige you with their time to help you. When you "replace" over a period of time, eventually that "hold" is eliminated and a new pattern is introduced. You have to do whatever it takes to break that pattern. You CAN do it.

jd447
02-08-2012, 01:54 PM
Down 3 lbs for the week. Sure feels good to be back OP. Get to add one of my dancing carrots back! :carrot: Slowly but surely down we go!!!

Momto2cs
02-08-2012, 03:19 PM
Today is my wi day, but I am out of town.
Doing pretty good traveling-oatmeal had been a diet saver!
Nsv shopping today! Banana republic Has some new spring pants an I fit the 6!
Thats about as good ad it gets!!

Momto2cs
02-09-2012, 12:34 PM
I think exercise and ip are great together when you are used to the diet.

I don't think ip packets are a waste, even if the losses are small, especially if you are nearing your goal.

sandralosingweight
02-09-2012, 12:42 PM
Good morning IP'ers - I had to change my weigh in to Friday due to my daughter's unexpected soccer schedule. I sure hope to see some action on the scale. I weighed myself at home the other day and I have NOT lost anything by the looks of things. I continue to be 100% OP but have recently started a 90 day fitness program, it is quite intense. I will have to speak to my coach about it. I don't want to give up exercise but I certainly do not want to pay for IP packages and NOT lose any weight.... Anyways, I will let you know how the weigh in goes on Friday.

Have a good week and stay strong :)


Hey Lali,

I was thinking about you, glad to hear that you are still 100% OP :), but it seems that for both of us, our body is holding to the weight, it is sure harder the second time around I guess, I lost 6 pounds the first week back and now, only 1!

If you stay OP and don't lose weight, consider maybe using alternatives to cut the cost.

Good luck.

Mom3LoveBugs
02-09-2012, 08:09 PM
Today is my wi day, but I am out of town.
Doing pretty good traveling-oatmeal had been a diet saver!
Nsv shopping today! Banana republic Has some new spring pants an I fit the 6!
Thats about as good ad it gets!!



WOOOOHOOOOOO!! congrats... that's awesome! :carrot:


I had a great NSV a few minutes ago too... I bought a pair of jeans in a size 30 from Ebay awhile ago because they were my fav brand and cheap. I couldn't get them up over my hips though. I tried them on just now and they fit!! I am so happy... the scale hasn't been moving very much for me lately and this was the encouragement I needed. :D

doublebaby
02-09-2012, 08:57 PM
I shouldn't be giving any advice since I haven't done so good getting back on the wagon but.......

This week I had a mini break thru. I read rollercoast's post about how she has been on it a year and then I went to pack my suitcase to get ready for a trip. Seems like I was short on jeans since I gave all my larger sizes away last year and now I am down to one pair that fits. I went shopping mainly because I need more pants. I went to the same store where I had bought my size 10's that fit and actually cried when they did fit....a year ago. I hadn't worn a 10 since high school and was so happy. In the same dressing room this year, I had to buy a 14. I was so upset with myself for letting this happen that it made me MAD! Now I am determined after trying on clothes. Also, twice now my mom has tried to give me back clothes that I gave her when I was thinner saying to me.....I think they will fit you again. Over the top with determination now. I'm NOT going back to my pre IP weight. I'm going down to goal this time.

I also started thinking about food differently. I started comparing my body to a car. In my car I only put good fuel in it and change the oil and take care of it. Was I doing that to my body? Nope. I wouldn't add bad things to my car so why was I doing it to my body?

I also have nothing to cheat with in the house. Not even a cracker. That has helped also. Three days now without a cheat and boy does it feel good.

Wishing you success!

I really LIKE what you had to say. Your honesty in how hard it has been to re-start and your new committment. I come here to read because I am afraid to take a "break" or cheat because I feel I would have the same problem restarting. Fortunately I haven't had any compulsion to do so yet. But it seems like it would be harder in maintenance. It is posts like this that give me the strength to stay the course so I thank you. Glad you are doing well now.

maykatcooper
02-09-2012, 09:15 PM
Down 3 lbs for the week. Sure feels good to be back OP. Get to add one of my dancing carrots back! :carrot: Slowly but surely down we go!!!

This makes me so happy! :hug:

Mkssweetie
02-09-2012, 09:51 PM
Really stugglong this week. Not really hungry but wanting to "snack" have made a couple of bad choices but did not let them derail me. I have tried many new veggies this week. I made kale chips, turnip fries and cauliflower rice. I really liked them all. But I have felt very bloated and the big C has been an issue. I weighed in today and had a .2 gain. I know that is not bad but it is not a loss :(. I talked to my coach and decided that it may be because I have been getting my veggies but not much lettuce since I am getting tired of salad. Here is to a better week and stronger will power! Hope everyone is doing well and congrats on the NSVs and great WI.

Linden
02-10-2012, 06:27 AM
I talked to my coach and decided that it may be because I have been getting my veggies but not much lettuce since I am getting tired of salad. Here is to a better week and stronger will power! Hope everyone is doing well and congrats on the NSVs and great WI.

Are you absolutely, absolutely, absolutely sure you're getting enough oil? And hopefully at least 12-15 g of fiber? 25 would be better but that's impossible without taking a lot of supplements. Just to make sure you are getting enough oil you might re-read Pat's observationsl.

Taking a page from her book I've been getting close to a T of oil a day since I stopped Boot Camp. Down below 150 today for the first time since I've been on the program. And still taking 2 different pain killers a day. :D

I also got my act together yesterday and entered my original measurements and yesterday's into the excel sheets Backdrop S put together. So even though I've only lost 35 pounds (over 15 of it TWICE!), I'm down 43.5 inches. If you want a real incentive to continue, I sure recommend this one. Strongly.

maykatcooper
02-10-2012, 10:40 AM
I'm so silly... 100% OP all week and haven't been to the REAL bathroom for two days. I've spent the last 30 minutes trying to guesstimate what the weight loss will be for a good trip to the BR. Without that number I've lost 6 pounds this week. That is a wonderful loss and I'm ashamed for trying to finagle my numbers and my body to wrangle out another few ounces. KK I feel better now. YAY 1st full week back OP and I lost 6 pounds. :carrot:

Mkssweetie
02-10-2012, 10:01 PM
Are you absolutely, absolutely, absolutely sure you're getting enough oil? And hopefully at least 12-15 g of fiber? 25 would be better but that's impossible without taking a lot of supplements. Just to make sure you are getting enough oil you might re-read Pat's observationsl.

Taking a page from her book I've been getting close to a T of oil a day since I stopped Boot Camp. Down below 150 today for the first time since I've been on the program. And still taking 2 different pain killers a day. :D

I also got my act together yesterday and entered my original measurements and yesterday's into the excel sheets Backdrop S put together. So even though I've only lost 35 pounds (over 15 of it TWICE!), I'm down 43.5 inches. If you want a real incentive to continue, I sure recommend this one. Strongly.
I actually am not sure I have been getting the oil in. I use oil to make kale chips and roast veggies but have not been adding it to my salads. I did last night. I will work harder to make sure I get it in. I did not realize it would hurt to cut that "fat" out. My coach decided not to measure me this week because I felt so bloated and I think she did not want meto have another week of poor inch loss. My clothes don't seem to be looser even with 9 pounds lost so far.:( I also had to buy some more of the vit and minerals so I will get back to takimg those regularly. I will go back and review Pat's info. Congratulations on your great inch loss! I too am losing the same weight over again! I am not going to give up. I CAN and WILL do this again!
I'm so silly... 100% OP all week and haven't been to the REAL bathroom for two days. I've spent the last 30 minutes trying to guesstimate what the weight loss will be for a good trip to the BR. Without that number I've lost 6 pounds this week. That is a wonderful loss and I'm ashamed for trying to finagle my numbers and my body to wrangle out another few ounces. KK I feel better now. YAY 1st full week back OP and I lost 6 pounds. :carrot:

6 pounds is so wonderful! Way to go! Funny how our minds work huh? don't be ashamed, just recognise how warped our sense of accomplishment can be and give yourself permission to celebrate every positive no matter how small. Ihave to celebrate the small steps since those are what my body seems to offer:D

Linden
02-11-2012, 04:59 AM
I'm so silly... 100% OP all week and haven't been to the REAL bathroom for two days. I've spent the last 30 minutes trying to guesstimate what the weight loss will be for a good trip to the BR. Without that number I've lost 6 pounds this week. That is a wonderful loss and I'm ashamed for trying to finagle my numbers and my body to wrangle out another few ounces. KK I feel better now. YAY 1st full week back OP and I lost 6 pounds. :carrot:

OMG! Six pounds is fantastic. AND I think oil might be in your future, too. Hey, I'm not kidding here. Did you cut your hair? It kind of looks like it in your new picture. I sure hope not. It's so :cool:.

And Ms S, I don't fully understand the science but going by empirical evidence I think consistently getting at least 2 T a day works. Dr Chanh recommends 1 T in his book, if I recall correctly.

Edit: About loose clothes. I'm still wearing the same clothes I came to Germany in. Granted what I wear is Knit turtle neck sweaters and jerseys plus Chico's and Talbot's skirts with elastic waist bands. Very useful, very adaptable. And economical. They don't get much looser, just more form fitting -- and longer.

maykatcooper
02-11-2012, 11:04 AM
You all are so good for my psyche... I've embraced what you said and allowed myself to enjoy my loss... 6 pounds only comes along on WI1 then drops down, as we all know and then come those weeks that we think we've failed because there is no loss at all... Sometimes for weeks... but then comes the wonderful series of weeks with consistent loss. Voila... Smaller pants,

No I haven't cut my hair. Smile. Actually, true story, the doc subtracts an extra 5 pounds from my weigh in when I go - for my hair. LOL. The new pix is actually me at about my heaviest, three years ago. I am trying to remember to put on the same outfit and have DH retake the same pose. I wonder if it will look any different... Like you Linden, I can lose 30 pounds and still wear the same size. Smile. My most current pix is on my public user profile. Taken at Christmas, two of the kids are mine. Can you guess who? At 40-50 lbs my size begins to change too. That change is what I am trying to get back too.

DH and I are to attend the Shepherd's Maternity Home fund raiser banquet tomorrow. We went last year but I weighed 30 pounds more then than now. NSV! Smile. We also go to the Valentine's Dinner Dance next weekend. Same thing, 30 pounds less than last year. I winder if I'll dance better. LOL!

Snowing here now. Maybe that will be my goal for next year... To ski again. Yeah. Have a great weekend All. Smile. :hug:

patns
02-11-2012, 04:06 PM
Lots of interesting reading today!!

So much I could have written myself. I too come and read on these threads all the time to remind myself not to stop till I reach my goal. My reason is that I never want to got through detox again with the week of massive migraines. But the real reason I keep reading in this section is that i learn so much.

Maycat, I can see a big difference in your profile picture and the picture here. But you look so happy in this one. In your Christmas picture everyone and his/her dog looks happy! Happy people are so attractive.

The other thing I can really relate to is the losing 30 pounds and still wearing the same size. This is quite strange at 5'1". I read people's stats all the time who are not much taller than me and much heavier who wear much smaller sizes.
I started at 14 petite, but likely could have given in and worn a 16. It took forever to get to a petite 12, I think when I weighed in the 140s.

Then I discovered the oil connection and lost 5 pounds in 3 weeks. Still wearing 12 petite. Then this week I stayed the same again, 132. I was a bit annoyed because I thought the oil connection was the magic bullet. But I suddenly realized I had several inches to spare in my waistbands. So when the pounds don't go down the inches come off.

So about the oil. As Sweetie said I also thought I was getting my oil in because I was using it in cooking. For my salad dressing I was using the WF individual packages because they are so convenient to take with my lunch.
Then I suddenly realized I was only having losses after I ate out. I always asked for oil and vinegar on my salad. also when I eat out a favorite meal is steak and steamed broccoli with salad.
So I started measuring out my oil and using it in salad dressing and my losses picked up. But I realized I had always selected very low fat protein sources so had pork cops and steak a couple of times a week.
Well enough about me!!

Linden how is you injury coming along??? I hope you will be up to snuff by the time you go to Paris.

I hope everyone has a great week and does well with weight and more importantly health.

Oh, Wheat Bellyis finally available on kindle so I downloaded that.

I pat

Mkssweetie
02-11-2012, 05:29 PM
Linden and Pat thanks for all the info and encouragement. I am going to a birthday party this afternoon. I am making my OP plans! I am lucky because one of the ladies that will be there is also in Phase 1 so we can eat the same things. ;) My DH actually told me today that he has noticed my tushie is smaller! That made me feel better since I have felt that nothing had changed. ( I had not told him about how I had been feeling or my small gain this week) Have a great weekend everyone!!! I posted on the daily chat that I can finally get a signature but it is not working for some reason. If anyone has any tricks I would love to know! I have really looked forward to getting one!:^:

Linden
02-11-2012, 07:10 PM
Linden how is you injury coming along??? I hope you will be up to snuff by the time you go to Paris.

Me too. But I don't know. Pain killers certainly are effective. Brain is numbed, but not the pain. 'Course it could be the effect of 6 hours of Wagner from the Met. I've just realized that Brunhilde's immolation was about as meaningful as the immolation scene from The Fantasticks. I am talking real numb-dumb here. And it's kind of wearing me down. :(

But I'm glad to hear about the sizes -- not changing. Very interesting in the light of how things change so quickly for tall people.

Marionm
02-12-2012, 01:02 AM
Hi All... Glad to see some positive results. I'm doing okay here. I think I have 1 night off of dancing in 10 which keeps me moving. I bought my husband a new 42" TV and us a new chaise/recliner combo so we've also been doing a fair amount of rearranging.

This week, I also get to write a ten page paper on hGH. I'm sure that will be some light reading! I know it will be a pain, but the process will really help me sort out some of hormone pieces I've been trying to put together--so the end will be good.

I don't think I've shared it here, but my 14 year old has a huge list of food sensitivities--topping it are casein and eggs, but there are so many more. (44 items our of 133 tested!) She's been trying to do an elimination diet for about 5 months with some success, but things haven't improved as much as we'd hoped. All the other tests that were done came back normal though. Anyway, she and I are going to do a 10 day cleanse (from Advocare) starting the 22nd (Ash Wednesday). I'm hoping that will get both of us onto a good course. Lent is normally a pretty good time for me to get in the mode of doing without.

Anyhow.... keep up the good work!

esammy12
02-12-2012, 04:39 AM
Hello All,

I've been lurking for a while, waiting for a new coach to begin here in Los Angeles. I don't know if any of you remember, but I had about the worst coach it was possible to have when I started this thing last January. I lasted 8 weeks with her, and then I moved on to doing it on my own and only lasted a few more months. I have finally talked my beloved chiropractor (been going to him for 17 years) into offering IP and he has jumped in with both feet. He lost 20 lbs in 3 weeks! and just attended a big weekend training session in Las Vegas. I started by myself on February 2nd and really started with him on the 7th. I haven't had a big loss - well, 5 lbs, but that's over 10 days. I am simultaneously experiencing a pinched nerve that I get occasionally in my neck/right arm and I've noticed the two nights I took pain meds, my weight was up the next morning. Not much, like half a pound, but it has slowed me down this week. Linden - I remember you posting something about this. Does this make sense? I get my first WI on Monday afternoon, I wanted to have lost more than 1.5 lbs.

patns
02-12-2012, 11:57 PM
Hello All,

I've been lurking for a while, waiting for a new coach to begin here in Los Angeles. I don't know if any of you remember, but I had about the worst coach it was possible to have when I started this thing last January. I lasted 8 weeks with her, and then I moved on to doing it on my own and only lasted a few more months. I have finally talked my beloved chiropractor (been going to him for 17 years) into offering IP and he has jumped in with both feet. He lost 20 lbs in 3 weeks! and just attended a big weekend training session in Las Vegas. I started by myself on February 2nd and really started with him on the 7th. I haven't had a big loss - well, 5 lbs, but that's over 10 days. I am simultaneously experiencing a pinched nerve that I get occasionally in my neck/right arm and I've noticed the two nights I took pain meds, my weight was up the next morning. Not much, like half a pound, but it has slowed me down this week. Linden - I remember you posting something about this. Does this make sense? I get my first WI on Monday afternoon, I wanted to have lost more than 1.5 lbs.

So glad you checked in, I was wondering how you were doing. meds do seem to have an effect on weight loss. Good luck with the WI tomorrow.

Pat

Akangel
02-13-2012, 01:21 AM
I'm day 6 of IP & 6 lbs down (even during TOM)! I'm enjoying this diet so far, the first couple days were a little tough, but I made it thru! I'm staying way from foods on the restricted list & trying to keep focused on my goal. I may add restricted foods on the 3rd week, but I hate to cause a stall. Any advice from the big losers on how to keep the momentum up?

Mkssweetie
02-13-2012, 02:16 AM
I am not one of thebig losers but am losing a little better this time aound and the difference is that I do use the restricted foods once a day. I have read many who have lost lots of weight have used restricted items from the start and have still had g4reat success. I think it is a personal choice. For me the restricted items seem to satisfy some of my cravings. Good luck! 6 pounds so far in the first week is Fantastic!

rubyh
02-13-2012, 09:45 AM
O.K. I will be starting over again this week. I really hate that! I had a stomach virus for 3 days last week and could not keep anything in my stomach. It was nice for the scale - but not nice any other way. I finally gave in and had crackers and chicken noodle soup for a couple of days. Now I've got the other problem - haven't gone in a couple of days. I hope this week I can get my body regulated back to normal. I hate being sick!

Mom3LoveBugs
02-13-2012, 04:39 PM
I am discouraged today. :(

I have been sick since Friday cough, body aches, migraines... and this morning I am up 3 lbs. I have had to take pain meds pretty regularly for my migraines so I am thinking this is the culprit but I'm not sure.

The weight loss challenge I am in wraps up on Friday so this is BAD timing to be up in weight.

Momto2cs
02-14-2012, 12:46 AM
Drink drink drink your water! Hope it helps. Good luck on Friday!

LaLibE
02-14-2012, 08:29 PM
I weighed in on Friday and lost another 2lbs. Really seems to be slow this time around. My coach measured me and we found that I am smaller than I was at 135lbs, so I think I need to stop fretting about the number on the scale.

The 90 day fitness challenge that I am involved in is really challenging, I feel great and my clothes are fitting me so well. My coach moved me to phase 2 because she didn't feel like I was getting enough to eat on Phase 1. I don't think that phase 2 is really that different... but I will give it a try.

Hope you all are having a great week.
Elissa

Mom3LoveBugs
02-14-2012, 09:38 PM
Drink drink drink your water! Hope it helps. Good luck on Friday!

thanks... I have been and the scale was -2 lbs this morning... hoping for a couple more by Friday morning!

westcoast2016
02-14-2012, 10:08 PM
Hi everybody, I'm new at this whole posting thing so I guess I'll just give you a recap on why I am restarting my diet and why I am in such a rush to loose weight! So I have to restart because I cheated once, on something that was totally not worth it, and it all just went don't hill and out of control after that. I really want this I do. I mean I'm so sick of not liking my body and not being self-confident. I'm a high school senior so the lack of self- confidence is even more evident to my peers. When I go to college I want to be hot. Like really hot. And I know I can do it, I just have to put my foot down to all those carbs that are bad for you, and say NO. It seems so easy typing it but when I'm going into Ketosis it's like I would do anything for some bread. It sucks. My dead line to loose 18lbs is March20th. I was 130, but I had a bad bad bad few weeks and now I am 133 :( But that's okay, the important thing is that I am starting again. Its jut 18lbs I can do it no problem right?! Anybody have any pointers for the first few weeks on how to have really string will - power?
Current Weight: 133
Goal Weight: 115
Height: 5'5

patns
02-14-2012, 11:04 PM
thanks... I have been and the scale was -2 lbs this morning... hoping for a couple more by Friday morning!

Good for you. You should be doing well by Friday. Good luck!

Mom3LoveBugs
02-14-2012, 11:30 PM
Good for you. You should be doing well by Friday. Good luck!

thanks Pat.... that was water weight that I gained from taking A LOT of pain meds for a migraine I had all weekend.... so frustrating to see the scale go up a few days before my final weigh in (for the challenge I mean)

Marionm
02-15-2012, 10:55 AM
Hi everybody, I'm new at this whole posting thing so I guess I'll just give you a recap on why I am restarting my diet and why I am in such a rush to lose weight! So I have to restart because I cheated once, on something that was totally not worth it, and it all just went don't hill and out of control after that. I really want this I do. I mean I'm so sick of not liking my body and not being self-confident. I'm a high school senior so the lack of self- confidence is even more evident to my peers. When I go to college I want to be hot. Like really hot. And I know I can do it, I just have to put my foot down to all those carbs that are bad for you, and say NO. It seems so easy typing it but when I'm going into Ketosis it's like I would do anything for some bread. It sucks. My dead line to loose 18lbs is March20th. I was 130, but I had a bad bad bad few weeks and now I am 133 :( But that's okay, the important thing is that I am starting again. Its jut 18lbs I can do it no problem right?! Anybody have any pointers for the first few weeks on how to have really string will - power?
Current Weight: 133
Goal Weight: 115
Height: 5'5

Congratulations on starting over. As someone that has struggled with self-image since high school, I would say you need to figure out how to eat healthy. This diet will help you lose if you follow it, but you don't want to be back in 6 months because you went back to eating 'normal'. Make one good choice at a time!

Momto2cs
02-15-2012, 11:43 AM
Welcome back. Just stick to it. Eat the foods you like.
Because you are already near your goal things may be slower, but you should get a good way to you goal in a month!

Chloe222
02-16-2012, 08:44 PM
The hardest thing for me is the social aspect of my life. I am single and going out dancing or to the bar is hard because I just dont want to be tempted. Visual reinforcements work very well for me. So yesterday I went shopping. I tried on clothes that I know wont fit me well. I said to myslef one day ill fit in this dress and it will look amazing on me. That was all I needed.

That is such a smart thing to do! :carrot:

I have also found it motivating to go and try on new clothes while dieting because seeing myself in that bright light and not looking as good as I want really helps with staying OP. Think I'll do that in the next couple of days.

Chloe222
02-16-2012, 08:50 PM
Hi All,

Sorry I haven't been around for a while but the posts are so encouraging it's a pleasure to be here. Welcome back, Sue, and you, too, Ruby, even if you were only gone for a day. ;);) I think Marion summed up what it takes to do this, or at least 50% of what it takes. Planning. And IowaMom and Sandra supplied the remaining 50%. Get your head around what your doing and get all the support you can.

So I'm reporting in. Day one of boot camp went as predicted, as did yesterday. Down 1.8 which, not incidentally, would be a very good weekly lose for me. The down side of all of this is that when I saw the doctor this afternoon she said that it's a really nasty fracture and it doesn't seem to be healing itself but all one can do at this point is take pain killers and get the inflammation down. So 2 more cortisone shots and an additional pain medication later, plus a prescription for levofloxacin for bronchitis which, I believe, I got from Sandra, I think I can say bye bye to the loss. Sad.

On the other hand my son asked last night if I would like to go to Paris. Frankly, I consider this a rather dumb question from an otherwise very bright person. The real story is that D-in-L has to be in Paris early March on business; she's still nursing so the whole family is going to make the trek; and I'll get to spend my son's birthday with him and the 2 grand children in Paris. Doesn't sound too bad so I'm going to put today out of my mind --won't be hard with 2 more pain killers in my system :( -- and plan a little excursion. Cheers. And don't put that in your mouth!

How wonderful to be going to Paris! It's my favorite city! So easy to get around and the art and architecture just take your breath away! OK, the food is good too, but I'm sure you'll manage just fine. They know how to cook meats and fish, so you'll have some great entrees there!

Chloe222
02-16-2012, 08:55 PM
Thanks for all the words of encouragement - I really needed it! I've found my new mantra to live by: IF YOU ARE TIRED OF STARTING OVER - STOP GIVING UP!

I like that, very clever wording! :)

Aunt Sheshie
02-17-2012, 12:57 PM
From The Daily Motivator (http://greatday.com/):

Stop putting it off

Ralph Marston

If there’s something that must be done, go ahead and get it finished. Get busy, get it done, and feel the freedom of no longer having it hanging over your head.

Sure, it will take some focused, concentrated effort. Yes, it may be annoying and inconvenient. However, those are not reasons to avoid it. Those are great reasons to go ahead and get it behind you.

Instead of filling your day with worry and dread and resentment and guilt, fill it with effective, productive effort. Instead of making excuses and ending up getting nowhere, make some real progress and get the task behind you.

The energy you spend putting it off is one hundred percent wasted energy. The energy you spend getting it done is what will make a real, discernable, positive difference in your world.

So get yourself going and get it done. Now is the time and this is the place from which you can move confidently forward.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Almost like it was written just for me...

hugs :hug:

Chloe222
02-17-2012, 03:22 PM
I thank you so kindly. Smile. I like this pix because it reminds me of where I was and how I got there. BAM! I still love to cook but IP has taught me how to do it without using so much fat and sugary ingreds. I substitute vinegar for wine. 1TBS EVOO for 1cup of EVOO and all my WF syrups etc.

I still love my apron! BAM! Thanks again for your kind words.

Maykat,
I didn't know you could substitute 1 T of EVOO in recipes that call for 1 cup. Doesn't that throw off the balance of liquid to solid as well as taste? I don't really know the substitutions in IP and so appreciate your insight.

thanks!

Chloe222
02-17-2012, 03:50 PM
I weighed in on Friday and lost another 2lbs. Really seems to be slow this time around. My coach measured me and we found that I am smaller than I was at 135lbs, so I think I need to stop fretting about the number on the scale.

The 90 day fitness challenge that I am involved in is really challenging, I feel great and my clothes are fitting me so well. My coach moved me to phase 2 because she didn't feel like I was getting enough to eat on Phase 1. I don't think that phase 2 is really that different... but I will give it a try.

Hope you all are having a great week.
Elissa

Congrats on the clothes fitting so well! My stats are similar to yours and I can't post them yet - but am interested in asking, if you don't mind sharing, what size are you wearing now?

Thanks!

Chloe222
02-17-2012, 08:26 PM
From The Daily Motivator (http://greatday.com/):

Stop putting it off

Ralph Marston

If there’s something that must be done, go ahead and get it finished. Get busy, get it done, and feel the freedom of no longer having it hanging over your head.

Sure, it will take some focused, concentrated effort. Yes, it may be annoying and inconvenient. However, those are not reasons to avoid it. Those are great reasons to go ahead and get it behind you.

Instead of filling your day with worry and dread and resentment and guilt, fill it with effective, productive effort. Instead of making excuses and ending up getting nowhere, make some real progress and get the task behind you.

The energy you spend putting it off is one hundred percent wasted energy. The energy you spend getting it done is what will make a real, discernable, positive difference in your world.

So get yourself going and get it done. Now is the time and this is the place from which you can move confidently forward.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Almost like it was written just for me...

hugs :hug:


The Daily Motivator! What a lovely idea! might subscribe, thanks for sending this!

mrsdavis55
02-17-2012, 09:01 PM
This piece is sooo perfect! It relates not only to my diet, but me finishing up my degree! I printed it out, and its on my desk now!!

:DFrom The Daily Motivator (http://greatday.com/):

Stop putting it off

Ralph Marston

If there’s something that must be done, go ahead and get it finished. Get busy, get it done, and feel the freedom of no longer having it hanging over your head.

Sure, it will take some focused, concentrated effort. Yes, it may be annoying and inconvenient. However, those are not reasons to avoid it. Those are great reasons to go ahead and get it behind you.

Instead of filling your day with worry and dread and resentment and guilt, fill it with effective, productive effort. Instead of making excuses and ending up getting nowhere, make some real progress and get the task behind you.

The energy you spend putting it off is one hundred percent wasted energy. The energy you spend getting it done is what will make a real, discernable, positive difference in your world.

So get yourself going and get it done. Now is the time and this is the place from which you can move confidently forward.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Almost like it was written just for me...

hugs :hug:

maykatcooper
02-17-2012, 10:08 PM
From The Daily Motivator (http://greatday.com/):

Stop putting it off

Ralph Marston

If there’s something that must be done, go ahead and get it finished. Get busy, get it done, and feel the freedom of no longer having it hanging over your head.

Sure, it will take some focused, concentrated effort. Yes, it may be annoying and inconvenient. However, those are not reasons to avoid it. Those are great reasons to go ahead and get it behind you.

Instead of filling your day with worry and dread and resentment and guilt, fill it with effective, productive effort. Instead of making excuses and ending up getting nowhere, make some real progress and get the task behind you.

The energy you spend putting it off is one hundred percent wasted energy. The energy you spend getting it done is what will make a real, discernable, positive difference in your world.

So get yourself going and get it done. Now is the time and this is the place from which you can move confidently forward.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Almost like it was written just for me...

hugs :hug:

Am I listening? I sure hope so. Thanks for sharing. Smile.:hug:

patns
02-17-2012, 11:08 PM
Thanks for the motivator AS, it hits the nail on the head.

I am excited today. I have hit my original goal of 130. I have since lowered it a bit to give me some leeway in phasing off but it was really nice to see that number on the scale.

Pat

maykatcooper
02-17-2012, 11:23 PM
Thanks for the motivator AS, it hits the nail on the head.

I am excited today. I have hit my original goal of 130. I have since lowered it a bit to give me some leeway in phasing off but it was really nice to see that number on the scale.

Pat

How WONDERFUL! Congratulations Pat. ;)

bethanym
02-18-2012, 12:16 AM
From The Daily Motivator (http://greatday.com/):

Stop putting it off

Ralph Marston

If there’s something that must be done, go ahead and get it finished. Get busy, get it done, and feel the freedom of no longer having it hanging over your head.

Sure, it will take some focused, concentrated effort. Yes, it may be annoying and inconvenient. However, those are not reasons to avoid it. Those are great reasons to go ahead and get it behind you.

Instead of filling your day with worry and dread and resentment and guilt, fill it with effective, productive effort. Instead of making excuses and ending up getting nowhere, make some real progress and get the task behind you.

The energy you spend putting it off is one hundred percent wasted energy. The energy you spend getting it done is what will make a real, discernable, positive difference in your world.

So get yourself going and get it done. Now is the time and this is the place from which you can move confidently forward.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Almost like it was written just for me...

hugs :hug:

Loved this!!! Thank you for sharing.

rubyh
02-18-2012, 09:08 AM
Thanks for the motivator AS, it hits the nail on the head.

I am excited today. I have hit my original goal of 130. I have since lowered it a bit to give me some leeway in phasing off but it was really nice to see that number on the scale.

Pat

Very good! That is such a great feeling! Enjoy your accomplishment!

Marionm
02-18-2012, 10:01 AM
Thanks for the motivator AS, it hits the nail on the head.

I am excited today. I have hit my original goal of 130. I have since lowered it a bit to give me some leeway in phasing off but it was really nice to see that number on the scale.

Pat

Great work Pat!!! :carrot: Remind me, did you stay in phase 1 the entire time?

patns
02-18-2012, 12:28 PM
Great work Pat!!! :carrot: Remind me, did you stay in phase 1 the entire time?


Thank you everyone! It is exciting. 30 pounds may not sound like a huge amount but I spent most of my life at 200 and a bit at 5'1'. I got the first 40 off over 10 years when I realized I can't handle wheat. I was 161 at the beginning of August. I had spent July walking and following Richard Simmons Foodmover to the letter at 1200 calories but no wheat. I gained a pound as is my usual result on a "balanced"diet.

Then on another section of 3fat chicks someone mentioned IP. and I went to a clinic. When school started up in September I just didn't have the time to drive the hour each way to the clonic so I went on alternatives.

Right now I am still on phase 1. I want to go down 5 more pounds so I don't have a problem with gaining while phasing off. ( I mean mentally).
I had talked on the "experienced" thread about going on phase 2 when I got to 135. But someone there asked why do that when the weight was still coming off. The thing was I had been losing very slowly until Jan. I suddenly realized I was only going down after I ate out. I stick to plan when eating out but asked for olive oil and vinegar on my salad.
I realized I was using the olive oil amount for cooking only and likely wasn't getting the full amount in. so i lost as much in the past 6 weeks as I had in the first 5 months.

Actually I think I would lose at the same rate on phase 2. I want to try to work phase 3 around my March break.

I still have a spare tire right around my middle as I was a total apple shape.
I am 64 so have carried all that excess weight around my middle for way too long. But very excited to get most of it off after menopause which seemed impossible to this point.
Long spiel to your question but I am excited!

Pat

kdspirited
02-18-2012, 03:28 PM
Got a very bad cold right now. Trying to stay on plan but dont want to get kicked out of Ketosis. Found some sugar free theraflu dont know if it will keep me OP or kick me out. Also having soup for lunch with chicken broth and veggies not official IP product but hope to kick this out of my system soon

Linden
02-18-2012, 04:14 PM
Thanks for the motivator AS, it hits the nail on the head.

I am excited today. I have hit my original goal of 130. I have since lowered it a bit to give me some leeway in phasing off but it was really nice to see that number on the scale.

Pat

This is so wonderful. And boy, do you deserve the victory. :hug:

dgirl
02-19-2012, 12:41 AM
I love the "stop putting it off" reading, I am such a procrastinator I think it's something to do with self sabotage that I go through... If only I would just do it, it would take less energy. Thank you for the daily motivator Aunt Sheshie

dgirl
02-19-2012, 12:47 AM
I am very excited to be starting my journey for the third time, seeing all the success on here gives me hope that I will get there this time.

LaLibE
02-19-2012, 12:59 AM
Congrats on the clothes fitting so well! My stats are similar to yours and I can't post them yet - but am interested in asking, if you don't mind sharing, what size are you wearing now?

Thanks!

I wear size 6 - sometimes I can squeeze into a big 4. Jeans are size 27/28

jenn2ndtimearound
02-19-2012, 01:33 AM
I wear size 6 - sometimes I can squeeze into a big 4. Jeans are size 27/28

WOW! great job! very inspiring! You rock!:carrot:

jenn2ndtimearound
02-19-2012, 01:36 AM
From The Daily Motivator (http://greatday.com/):

Stop putting it off

Ralph Marston

If there’s something that must be done, go ahead and get it finished. Get busy, get it done, and feel the freedom of no longer having it hanging over your head.

Sure, it will take some focused, concentrated effort. Yes, it may be annoying and inconvenient. However, those are not reasons to avoid it. Those are great reasons to go ahead and get it behind you.

Instead of filling your day with worry and dread and resentment and guilt, fill it with effective, productive effort. Instead of making excuses and ending up getting nowhere, make some real progress and get the task behind you.

The energy you spend putting it off is one hundred percent wasted energy. The energy you spend getting it done is what will make a real, discernable, positive difference in your world.

So get yourself going and get it done. Now is the time and this is the place from which you can move confidently forward.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Almost like it was written just for me...

hugs :hug:

Just what I needed to read! And its so true! Thanks for sharing!;)

Marionm
02-19-2012, 03:03 PM
Planning, planning, planning! That's what I'm doing today. Success doesn't just happen by accident. My youngest daughter and I are beginning our cleanse on Wednesday which means back on track day for me. I've been pretty far out in left field when it comes to diet this weekend, so I'm actually looking forward to focusing again.

I have a final to take this week which will be tough, but will only take 2.5 hours so it shouldn't make the whole week crazy and next week I have no classes. My goal during these lighter weeks is to finish the sewing projects for my showcase and all those little things that get put off when things are hectic. I have determined my life comes win waves and I'm trying to learn to ride them rather than fight them.

Hope you are all doing well.

southernmess
02-19-2012, 10:27 PM
First time posting, but I have been reading this blog for over a year. I lost 30 pounds on IP last year, but started cheating and phased out 15 pounds shy of my goal. I felt like a failure.. Gained back 20 ppounds~ CRAP! I am starting to blog here for accountability.. through this process, I have discovered that I have an addiction to food.. a very unhealthy relationship with sweets...
I know that I have to get my eating and self control back. IP is such a wonderful program, and it works...
Starting back tomorrow with a new determination to complete what I start, bc I deserve it.;);):frypan:

patns
02-19-2012, 10:45 PM
This is so wonderful. And boy, do you deserve the victory. :hug:

Thanks so much Linden. I often wonder how you are doing. I know some other people have had trouble losing when on painkillers so I hope you are recovering and feeling better.

My adult son had started a program with a trainer at his gym in the fall.

He was following a food plan that was surprizingly similiar to what I was eating on IP. He was using protein powders, lean meats and lots of veggies.

He went from 210 to 180 and had built up a lot of muscle.
Then he paid $200 for the dietician at the gym to analyis his diet. She said he wasn't getting enough fibre and got him to add back whole grains. He has done this for less than a week and is shocked that he has regained 10 pounds instantly.
He is very carb senative like I am. My daughter and my husband aren't at all but he took after the wrong side.
I told him to go back to what he was originally eating and he will likely lose the gain quickly.
But he can kiss his $200 good bye.

All dieticians seem to really be pushing the grains and so many people just can't handle them.

I hope everyone is have a healthy happy weekend. Tomorrow is aholiday here.

Pat

Marionm
02-20-2012, 11:06 AM
Then he paid $200 for the dietician at the gym to analyis his diet. She said he wasn't getting enough fibre and got him to add back whole grains. He has done this for less than a week and is shocked that he has regained 10 pounds instantly.
I hope everyone is have a healthy happy weekend. Tomorrow is aholiday here.

Pat

That's just crazy Pat! It was the same thing that frustrated me with my nutrition class though because it feels like they are using theories developed when I was in high school --and proven to be failures by our obesity rates. I had thought of taking my studies more down the nutrition line rather than the exercise/physiology path but I figured that I'd be safer with the exercise path and then just pursuing the nutrition from the sidelines. The great thing about exercise science people is that they understand the value of protein to maintain muscles and so they aren't simply about pushing carbs.

It's not really a holiday here because everyone in the family is working and I'm still trying to get school done with my daughter and myself. I've also got to make trip to the grocery store to get some good food in the house!

Linden
02-20-2012, 01:54 PM
Thanks so much Linden. I often wonder how you are doing. I know some other people have had trouble losing when on painkillers so I hope you are recovering and feeling better.

I haven't been on the computer much at all, maybe 10 minutes a day, because I'm in a "flexible" cast and it's painful. Flexible is a questionable definition. Down a little this week but it was hard earned.

Marion. best of luck with everything. Especially the upcoming showcase. Are your videotaping it? Is it sharable???

AnaMP
02-20-2012, 01:56 PM
Hi!! I've been checking this website for ages and just signed up this weekend.
I did IP exactly a year ago and lost around 20 lbs, left the program in May, moved to Canada in September, gained about 10 pregnancy lbs, had a miscarriage in November and I am getting my self together again.

I "started" IP again but on the alternative side since I can't afford it at the moment the 100 a week on product (nor have I looked/found a coach). I am using the muscle milk light in chocolate as protein since I didn't really like the other packets (puddings, soups and such) and I am trying my best to stay in line but it is taking forever!!

I can't seem to get back on track as fast as I did the first time and I find myself just eating random things I don't even want to it; we don;t eat chips and such so they're not in the house but I'll eat fruit, cereal cheese, bread, just whatever food goes through my hands while I am making it for someone else...I am mad at myself for not having enough strength to keep in line and wonder what is going on that I can't seem to get a grip on my eating.

Anyway today is a new day and I have a little hope that it will be a good one, maybe this is the day when I regain control, who knows?!

Thanks for listening I really needed to vent a little. :^:

cajunladybug22
02-20-2012, 02:04 PM
Hi!! I've been checking this website for ages and just signed up this weekend.
I did IP exactly a year ago and lost around 20 lbs, left the program in May, moved to Canada in September, gained about 10 pregnancy lbs, had a miscarriage in November and I am getting my self together again.

I "started" IP again but on the alternative side since I can't afford it at the moment the 100 a week on product (nor have I looked/found a coach). I am using the muscle milk light in chocolate as protein since I didn't really like the other packets (puddings, soups and such) and I am trying my best to stay in line but it is taking forever!!

I can't seem to get back on track as fast as I did the first time and I find myself just eating random things I don't even want to it; we don;t eat chips and such so they're not in the house but I'll eat fruit, cereal cheese, bread, just whatever food goes through my hands while I am making it for someone else...I am mad at myself for not having enough strength to keep in line and wonder what is going on that I can't seem to get a grip on my eating.

Anyway today is a new day and I have a little hope that it will be a good one, maybe this is the day when I regain control, who knows?!

Thanks for listening I really needed to vent a little. :^:

So sorry to hear about your miscarriage. :( :hug: But I"m glad you're getting yourself back on track. It is important to keep a food journal...they should have a PDF of one on here, or you could use My Fitness Pal (or fatsecret). It will keep you accountable if you have to write it all down. You just have to make the true commitment and stick to it. You can do this, I promise. Stop beating yourself up, and keep reminding yourself to take this one day at a time. So just have the mantra "I won't eat anything off plan today". That doesn't make it seem so insurmountable, does it? You got this....I know you do!

Marionm
02-20-2012, 02:12 PM
I haven't been on the computer much at all, maybe 10 minutes a day, because I'm in a "flexible" cast and it's painful. Flexible is a questionable definition. Down a little this week but it was hard earned.

Marion. best of luck with everything. Especially the upcoming showcase. Are your videotaping it? Is it sharable???

I'm sorry you are in so much pain Linden! I hope you are on the mend soon.

My showcase will be taped, but it's copyrighted so I won't be able to share. I will have pictures though, I'm sure and if we record a rehearsal, I can share that.

AnaMP
02-20-2012, 02:32 PM
So sorry to hear about your miscarriage. :( :hug: But I"m glad you're getting yourself back on track. It is important to keep a food journal...they should have a PDF of one on here, or you could use My Fitness Pal (or fatsecret). It will keep you accountable if you have to write it all down. You just have to make the true commitment and stick to it. You can do this, I promise. Stop beating yourself up, and keep reminding yourself to take this one day at a time. So just have the mantra "I won't eat anything off plan today". That doesn't make it seem so insurmountable, does it? You got this....I know you do!


Thnx for you words!! I am really trying to take it a day a time, meal by meal to not get overwhelmed...I thought I was just going to go right back to it like it was that easy :) but it will be achieved!!

esammy12
02-20-2012, 03:31 PM
It's good to read about people's successes, always motivating. I'm so sorry Linden, to hear about your fracture, I hope you mend quickly. I'm beginning week three of being back and am down 7 lbs. Not earth shattering, but it's better than gaining. I have a pinched nerve in my neck/right arm that flares occasionally and of course it flared almost immediately upon restarting the program -- so I've been taking pain meds and I really can see that they hinder weight loss. I've also been unable to do any sort of exercise, even sitting up is painful so walking is out of the question, and I haven't really slept in over 10 days. But I'm proud of the fact that for the most part, I've stayed OP. There were two days when between the nausea from the meds, the cramps from my period and the sheer exhaustion of no sleep for almost two weeks drove me to having three restricteds - needed the starch for the acid in my stomach -- in one day, but I didn't eat anything off program. So - it's not the start I wanted to have coming back to IP - but I'm coping. My coach is a dream - I love him. He is kind and understanding and is pleased with whatever loss I have while remaining positive, encouraging and supportive of the IP way of life. Lucky. :)

patns
02-20-2012, 03:39 PM
Marion, I think that is a very smart move to focus on the physiology side of your program. But you also are building up lots of knowledge on the nutritional side too. You will be very aware when someone is not sucessful and they say they are going by the book. As you said, the "regular book" is very outdated.

It is so good to see new people coming to this section. Welcome!
Also Ana, welcome to Canada and to Alberta. I am sorry the past year has been so rough for you. I started with a coach but switched to alternatives, actually as much to avoid the long commute to the clinic as well as the expense. I am doing just as well on alternatives.

I mentioned reaching my original goal and my exciting shopping trip this weekend but we are actually going through a stressful time. Hubby is older than me,he is 69 but has been in excellent health and still working flat out. He is a builder and a
renovator. He had a bad flu and cold in July and has been coughing violently ever since.
He has been having a series of tests and a CT scan. It shows he has "something" on his lung. We're now waiting for a call from the surgeon to see how quickly he can go in for a explository evaluation.

Our daughter is a nurse in the operating theatres at the hospital the surgeon works from. She was able to reassure us that there is as much a chance that it can be something that can be handled easily as the chance it can be far more serious.
So the waiting to find out is hard. But of course if it is serious that will be harder. We are worried that at some point in his many renos he was exposed to asbestos.

Anyway on the plus side is the fact with the sudden stress I never had the urge to stress eat which in my case would lead to a carb binge. So I will stay on phase 1 for a bit till we have more news.

Now would not be a good time to start adding carbs back for me.
The best case senerio is that I may have learned to handle stress without trying to bury it with food.
i hope everyone's day is going well and please send positive vibes this way for good news.

Pat

AnaMP
02-20-2012, 04:18 PM
Marion, I think that is a very smart move to focus on the physiology side of your program. But you also are building up lots of knowledge on the nutritional side too. You will be very aware when someone is not sucessful and they say they are going by the book. As you said, the "regular book" is very outdated.

It is so good to see new people coming to this section. Welcome!
Also Ana, welcome to Canada and to Alberta. I am sorry the past year has been so rough for you. I started with a coach but switched to alternatives, actually as much to avoid the long commute to the clinic as well as the expense. I am doing just as well on alternatives.

I mentioned reaching my original goal and my exciting shopping trip this weekend but we are actually going through a stressful time. Hubby is older than me,he is 69 but has been in excellent health and still working flat out. He is a builder and a
renovator. He had a bad flu and cold in July and has been coughing violently ever since.
He has been having a series of tests and a CT scan. It shows he has "something" on his lung. We're now waiting for a call from the surgeon to see how quickly he can go in for a explository evaluation.

Our daughter is a nurse in the operating theatres at the hospital the surgeon works from. She was able to reassure us that there is as much a chance that it can be something that can be handled easily as the chance it can be far more serious.
So the waiting to find out is hard. But of course if it is serious that will be harder. We are worried that at some point in his many renos he was exposed to asbestos.

Anyway on the plus side is the fact with the sudden stress I never had the urge to stress eat which in my case would lead to a carb binge. So I will stay on phase 1 for a bit till we have more news.

Now would not be a good time to start adding carbs back for me.
The best case senerio is that I may have learned to handle stress without trying to bury it with food.
i hope everyone's day is going well and please send positive vibes this way for good news.

Pat


Thnx for the welcome, we love it here!!

I am sorry you are going through a hard time, I'll send all the positive vibes and keep you, your husband and family in my prayers.

If at this stressful time you are keeping it together and making the changes you need to stay on track then you are most certainly changed the way you feel about food. Good for you and I hope all goes well!

Chloe222
02-21-2012, 10:04 AM
Hi!! I've been checking this website for ages and just signed up this weekend.
I did IP exactly a year ago and lost around 20 lbs, left the program in May, moved to Canada in September, gained about 10 pregnancy lbs, had a miscarriage in November and I am getting my self together again.

I "started" IP again but on the alternative side since I can't afford it at the moment the 100 a week on product (nor have I looked/found a coach). I am using the muscle milk light in chocolate as protein since I didn't really like the other packets (puddings, soups and such) and I am trying my best to stay in line but it is taking forever!!

I can't seem to get back on track as fast as I did the first time and I find myself just eating random things I don't even want to it; we don;t eat chips and such so they're not in the house but I'll eat fruit, cereal cheese, bread, just whatever food goes through my hands while I am making it for someone else...I am mad at myself for not having enough strength to keep in line and wonder what is going on that I can't seem to get a grip on my eating.

Anyway today is a new day and I have a little hope that it will be a good one, maybe this is the day when I regain control, who knows?!

Thanks for listening I really needed to vent a little. :^:

Hi Ana,
I understand how difficult it can be to get started again. I finally got it together and it took a little while - but what I do is make sure I don't get too hungry and if needed, I add an extra soup or my own homemade turkey patty as a snack. I bought flavored stevia online (chocolate, english toffee, vanilla creme, peppermint) and use them in my coffee. The coffee helps kill my appetite. I also fill a gallon container with water, keep it in the fridge and make sure I drink that every day.

Also the "double rich chocolate" whey protein powder I found at GNC is around 120 calories, 1 g fat, 3 g carbs, 24 g protein. Its pretty cost effective - they often have sales.

Hope that helps.

Chloe222
02-21-2012, 10:14 AM
Thanks for the motivator AS, it hits the nail on the head.

I am excited today. I have hit my original goal of 130. I have since lowered it a bit to give me some leeway in phasing off but it was really nice to see that number on the scale.

Pat

That is just so wonderful! Are you already buying some new things for summer in your new size?

They have started putting bathing suits out already and I just bought a new sundress in the size I will be this summer. Its on a hanger and is my motivation to keep going!

Chloe222
02-21-2012, 10:28 AM
Thank you everyone! It is exciting. 30 pounds may not sound like a huge amount but I spent most of my life at 200 and a bit at 5'1'. I got the first 40 off over 10 years when I realized I can't handle wheat. I was 161 at the beginning of August. I had spent July walking and following Richard Simmons Foodmover to the letter at 1200 calories but no wheat. I gained a pound as is my usual result on a "balanced"diet.

Then on another section of 3fat chicks someone mentioned IP. and I went to a clinic. When school started up in September I just didn't have the time to drive the hour each way to the clonic so I went on alternatives.

Right now I am still on phase 1. I want to go down 5 more pounds so I don't have a problem with gaining while phasing off. ( I mean mentally).
I had talked on the "experienced" thread about going on phase 2 when I got to 135. But someone there asked why do that when the weight was still coming off. The thing was I had been losing very slowly until Jan. I suddenly realized I was only going down after I ate out. I stick to plan when eating out but asked for olive oil and vinegar on my salad.
I realized I was using the olive oil amount for cooking only and likely wasn't getting the full amount in. so i lost as much in the past 6 weeks as I had in the first 5 months.

Actually I think I would lose at the same rate on phase 2. I want to try to work phase 3 around my March break.

I still have a spare tire right around my middle as I was a total apple shape.
I am 64 so have carried all that excess weight around my middle for way too long. But very excited to get most of it off after menopause which seemed impossible to this point.
Long spiel to your question but I am excited!

Pat

Congratulations on the lovely weight loss! :carrot:

Do you know why it is that if we get the right amount of oil we lose weight? Intriguing to me. It's great that happens, but why though?

AnaMP
02-21-2012, 12:42 PM
Hi Ana,
I understand how difficult it can be to get started again. I finally got it together and it took a little while - but what I do is make sure I don't get too hungry and if needed, I add an extra soup or my own homemade turkey patty as a snack. I bought flavored stevia online (chocolate, english toffee, vanilla creme, peppermint) and use them in my coffee. The coffee helps kill my appetite. I also fill a gallon container with water, keep it in the fridge and make sure I drink that every day.

Also the "double rich chocolate" whey protein powder I found at GNC is around 120 calories, 1 g fat, 3 g carbs, 24 g protein. Its pretty cost effective - they often have sales.

Hope that helps.
Thnx chloe222!!
Yesterday was the first day since I started again that I stayed 100% OP!! I was so proud of myself last night that I'm still riding on the feeling of accomplishment.

Thnx for the whey protein idea I've checking the threads and found a ton of ideas so hopefully I'll stay OP long enough to get ketosis going and stay in it until I hit my goal.

Have a great day!!

Ana

Linden
02-21-2012, 12:50 PM
Crumbs, Pat, talk about anxiety-producing. I'm so sorry you all are in such a stressful wait and see situation. I'm going with the good side of the 50/50 chance. Please take care and keep us posted?

The reason I got on the computer was to read e-mail and one of them was a small article from the NY Times, with no documentation, so I went searching for the original study. Couldn't find the original citation but here is an interesting synopsis: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120207133750.htm

This might have bearing on why it is good to eat the restricted for breakfast, why the "big breakfast", etc.

patns
02-22-2012, 01:46 AM
Thanks Linden and all. My hubby's appointment with the surgeon is on Feb 29th. My daughter is a nurse in the OR at the same hospital and another surgeon told her the prognosis should be good. So we are hopeful.

As for buying the summer clothes we are going back to the same spot in April. They will have more stuff on sale then. I have taken so many bags of clothes to the salvation Army in the past month it is amazing. But stuff I have been saving for years just didn't look right. I noticed it was taking me forever to get ready in the morning because nothing I put on fit so I cleared out my closet. It is pretty slim pickings in there now.
We are quite far north so usually don't break out the summer stuff till late May but the winter has been incredibly mild this year.
I was just thinking I should unpack my summer stuff now because I will just have to bag everything up and take it to the Salvation Army too. I should have done that with it in the fall instead of packing it away but I just didn't believe that I would be wearing smaller sizes when it was time to unpack them.

I am excited to discover how the oil helped me for the final bit. I do remember reading that the body needs fat to burn fat. I should add that I am also taking krill oil which Linden had recommended to me. Many people are taking Omega oil supplements but they make me nauseous.

There was abit of controversy on another thread when someone posted their coach had told them not to use the oil to cook but to add it to food. People were not pleased that coaches were making their own rules but I think that was a very valid one.
Someone said if the oil was such a big deal why not just do Atkins.I looked at the "new" Atkins this weekend to see if it would be helpful in maintenance. It still has way more fat than I find appetizing. Just measuring out the oil we are allowed and putting it on my salad made a big difference for me. I think the oil gets caught up in the lettuce and you get eat all of it.
I hope everyone is having a great week.

Pat

Marionm
02-22-2012, 04:25 PM
Thanks Linden and all. My hubby's appointment with the surgeon is on Feb 29th. My daughter is a nurse in the OR at the same hospital and another surgeon told her the prognosis should be good. So we are hopeful.

I am excited to discover how the oil helped me for the final bit. I do remember reading that the body needs fat to burn fat. I should add that I am also taking krill oil which Linden had recommended to me. Many people are taking Omega oil supplements but they make me nauseous.

There was abit of controversy on another thread when someone posted their coach had told them not to use the oil to cook but to add it to food. People were not pleased that coaches were making their own rules but I think that was a very valid one.
Someone said if the oil was such a big deal why not just do Atkins.I looked at the "new" Atkins this weekend to see if it would be helpful in maintenance. It still has way more fat than I find appetizing. Just measuring out the oil we are allowed and putting it on my salad made a big difference for me. I think the oil gets caught up in the lettuce and you get eat all of it.
I hope everyone is having a great week.

Pat

Pat, I'm glad to hear your husband's prognosis is good.

Oil or more precisely fat, is one of those interesting areas. I think some people do better with a little more fat than others. It's the type of fat that seems key. I'd rather add a few olives or avocado over bacon but I don't shy away from an occasional steak. Last time I looked at Atkins it did seem a bit over the top where fat is concerned. Many years ago, I found I felt pretty good with The Zone by Barry Sears, which is more balanced than Atkins. I still like the Paleo/Primal and the Eades for the after IP plan.


I started my cleanse today which puts me back on plan and it feels pretty good. I'll see how I feel after 1 hour and 45 minutes of dancing tonight. :dizzy: My daughter doing this with me helps me to want to stay on track.

iowahawkeyemom
02-23-2012, 11:16 AM
Good morning Everyone! I'm catching up on all the posts since I have been absent for a while. Lots going on in this thread. Hope everyone is doing well.

I got back home from Arizona late Monday night. Next morning weighed myself and the scale said up 6.4 pounds. Not good. Jumped right back on program and now 3.4 of those pounds are gone. I think a lot of it is from flying and drinking diet soda. Not to mention all the no no's that I ate while down there. I always feel puffy after flying though.

While in Arizona I bought myself a new journal to keep notes and thoughts to hopefully reach my goal this time. I really think it helps to write everything down and set goals. It helped me the first go around and hope it does this time too.

Everyone take care!

Marionm
02-24-2012, 11:17 AM
Well, since I started the cleanse Wednesday and got back on track, I'm down 2 pounds which makes me happy. I just need to stay focused and distractions are already mounting.

I know I shared about the problem with my throat and that the doctor gave me acid reflux medicine--well it didn't make a difference but the symptoms subsided. I do think the doctor finally got the point that it's not really my throat but a gland in my neck. There aren't any tumors showing there, which is good, but if it re-occurs (which it has done 3 times in the last year) she wants to see me immediately and the next step will probably be to remove the submandibular gland. It doesn't look like an ugly surgery, but surgery none the less and a 2inch incision on my neck. I'm hoping it would resurface until after the wedding in August but that might be wishful thinking.

My other distraction is that once again, my husbands work contract is coming to an end the end of March. He hasn't found anything locally but there is a good possibility up in Waterloo which is an hour north of us for a year. It will make for an ugly commute--particularly in the winter and it's not a done deal, but we will see. It also means we actually need to have a second vehicle so I can still go to work and keep our insurance. I am confident it will all work out, but the uncertainty of how for a control-freak is the difficult part.

Thinking of you all! I'm taking my final this afternoon!

Momto2cs
02-24-2012, 11:31 AM
Go to gary taubes blog and read what if it's all been a big fat lie.

There has never been any scientific study that fat makes you fat. It actually appears to be the opposite. And saturated fat in you diet is showing to help decrease it in your blood.

I think anyone who has success on ip cn see the horrible weight impact of carbs. The reccommended diet is clearly wrong and it will take a while to stop believing all those things we were told for the past 20 years.

Remember oatbran? It us to be in everything. No where is it?

Mom3LoveBugs
02-24-2012, 11:58 AM
Good morning everyone,

I am really discouraged. Today was my weigh in and I am up 1 lb. I just can't seem to break into the 140's for some reason! :(

It's so frustrating to try and try and to not get anywhere!

Any advice?

Marionm
02-24-2012, 02:34 PM
Go to gary taubes blog and read what if it's all been a big fat lie.



I actually have his book and haven't had a chance to read it yet. (Too much school to read!) I'm with you on the fat thing. I love my avocado and don't see any weight change when I eat it in moderation.

patns
02-24-2012, 02:56 PM
Re the fat, when I said about the new Atkins being too fat for me, I meant appetite wise. I really think you go need fat to lose weight. But it does make for "heavier" tasting meals than I like.
On other threads when people hit what they think is a stall the advice is always to cut back on things, skip the restricted, only take the restricted in the morning etc. I think the problem is weight slows when we cut back from the program outline. Often people are getting next to no fat in and the body can't kick the weight with out it.

Sorry about your throat issues Marion.And I can relate to uncertainly causing anxiety.
Hubby has been running around for a series of tests before his session with the surgeon on Wednesday morning.
We missed a call yesterday from the hospital about another CT scan. So I've been calling back and only getting an answering machine. I am on pins and needles as to why he needs a second CT scan in two weeks. It likely is standard procedure but the not hearing back is making me very nervous.
I am doing an at home office day today and need to get focused so I'm not too far back on my work as this all plays out but I am finding it hard to concentrate.

On another note. I am at my original goal but want to go down 5 more pounds as I still have a spare tire around my middle which makes it hard to get clothing that fits well all over.
So I have been eating on plan since the beginning of august.
Yesterday I ate my salad and chicken breast at lunch and it tasted fine.
Then on my commute after work I had my usual coffee and bar on the way home. Yesterday it was a Detour bar. Not my fave by far but I'm trying to finish off a box I've had for a while.
It tasted so salty I could not believe it. I was wondering if somehow there had been a breakdown in machinery and that bar got a huge amount of salt dumped on it.
So at supper I had a Nashua toffee pudding (delish) and it tasted fine. This morning I had a Nashua "sweet" roll and ago was almost knocked over by the salty taste.
So it is not the food but a taste in my mouth. I googled a bit and it says could be liver issues or could be amount of iron in food.
I'm wondering if anyone else has had this problem or if you have more background knowledge about it than me. I have had a metallic taste once in a while, but I've sometimes had that before IP. But this is the first time I've had a salty taste and I am surprised how strong it is.
Thanks,
Pat

Marionm
02-24-2012, 03:12 PM
Re the fat, when I said about the new Atkins being too fat for me, I meant appetite wise.

Sorry about your throat issues Marion.And I can relate to uncertainly causing anxiety.
Hubby has been running around for a series of tests before his session with the surgeon on Wednesday morning.


But this is the first time I've had a salty taste and I am surprised how strong it is.
Thanks,
Pat

I hear what you mean about fat, Pat. I can't do the heavy fat as much myself either. it just sounds gross to me. And I agree totally about people trying to minimize or lower food on this plan. I have yet to see anyone really benefit from reducing their food on this plan. I think the chances are much better that something needs to be added if people stop losing on IP.

Praying all is well with the CT Scan. Sometimes things glitch and they need to redo to have a better view.

I'm not too stressed about the thought of surgery--a week off from work might be a nice thing! LOL (Notice I didn't say a week off from school because I'll probably still be doing that! :o )

As for your salt taste, I haven't had that problem. I actually feel like I crave salt. I do have a metallic taste in my mouth, but that's because of the Polident I use to keep my lower partial in. It's gross but the zinc-free versions don't seem to work as well. Is there something different that you started using, maybe even as a lotion or cleaner?

Momto2cs
02-24-2012, 11:40 PM
I have had that metallic taste before. I read it can be caused by pine nuts, which I had had around that time (before ip). I was also worried about liver, but it eventually went away. I could barely stand eating or drinking anything.

I also struggled to get below 150 this time. I really believe that the extra fat from my weekly order of salt and pepper wings and 4 slices of bacon helped. Or they at least made me happier and made sticking op easier.
I also switched from ip and pure protein bars with sugar alcohols to the simply bar with none. All my digestive issues went away and pounds started coming off.

It will come.

patns
02-25-2012, 01:16 AM
Momto2; I looked up the Simply Bars. We can get them in Canada with free shipping. Only 10 carbs and I think 16 grams of protein.
Which type do you like best? The lemon ones sound really good. (I'm assuming you are still around and the earth didn't open up and swallow you after the bacon remark!:D)

esammy12
02-25-2012, 03:17 AM
Good morning everyone,

I am really discouraged. Today was my weigh in and I am up 1 lb. I just can't seem to break into the 140's for some reason! :(

It's so frustrating to try and try and to not get anywhere!

Any advice?

Sorry to hear that Mom3 - it is so discouraging when things don't go as quickly as you'd like them to. I've been experiencing the lose 1.5 lbs. gain a lb. lose .5 lb, gain .5 lb. I seem to spend much of each week zigzagging towards a lower weight by my WI but it's not the 2-3 lbs. that I hope for. Just remember that you're heading in the right direction. You'll hit those 140's and it will be such a thrill when you do. I bet by this time next week!!

Marionm
02-25-2012, 09:20 AM
Momto2; I looked up the Simply Bars. We can get them in Canada with free shipping. Only 10 carbs and I think 16 grams of protein.
Which type do you like best? The lemon ones sound really good. (I'm assuming you are still around and the earth didn't open up and swallow you after the bacon remark!:D)

Pat, I kind of like the cinnamon one. The lemon is okay, but it's not as lemony as I'd like.

patns
02-25-2012, 12:21 PM
Thanks Marion. They are more expensive, at least where I can order them from in Canada. $40 for a box of 12. I can get the Detour bars at Costco for $27 for $12. But the Detour ones are tasting more and more toxic to me so i won't buy them again. So it likely is well worth the extra $13.
But if I pay that much i want to be sure they taste good.

I love lemon but want it strong. I am living through others by making a very lemony lemon loaf and shipping them to my mom at the other end of Canada.
She is 87 and has become very frail and can't keep weight on at all anymore. She loves her lemon with a kick too. She will be 88 in two weeks actually so I'll whip one up for her birthday box.

Did anyone try the chocolately type Simply bars? I find the cereal type bars from proteinwell & Nashua and IP always taste slightly stale to me. But I seem to have different taste reactions to artifical ingredients.

pam9210
02-26-2012, 08:52 PM
I am really having a hard time. I started IP on 8/22/11 at 226.5 a few days before Christmas I was 179. My plan was to go off during the holidays and start back up the beginning of January. I gained about 10 pounds during the holidays. However, it is now the end of February and I can't get back on track. I have lost most of the weight that I put on but I keep flip flopping. I am so embarrassed that I don't want to go back to get weighed in. As a matter of fact I didn't go last week. When I was on plan I was so faithful. Nothing and I mean nothing would have gotten me to go off plan. Now I don't need a reason. Any advise at all will be so helpful. I still have about 40 pounds to lose.

Pam

Momto2cs
02-26-2012, 11:26 PM
I like the peanut butter chocolate!
4 slices of Reidi crisp bacon are pretty low in calories, but feel like a real treat!
I seriously believe we need more fat than the basic ip diet calls for, but maybe it works so well for me because I exercise so much.
My dh would definitely not be doing this if I only fed him white fish and plain chicken!

Momto2cs
02-26-2012, 11:27 PM
I am really having a hard time. I started IP on 8/22/11 at 226.5 a few days before Christmas I was 179. My plan was to go off during the holidays and start back up the beginning of January. I gained about 10 pounds during the holidays. However, it is now the end of February and I can't get back on track. I have lost most of the weight that I put on but I keep flip flopping. I am so embarrassed that I don't want to go back to get weighed in. As a matter of fact I didn't go last week. When I was on plan I was so faithful. Nothing and I mean nothing would have gotten me to go off plan. Now I don't need a reason. Any advise at all will be so helpful. I still have about 40 pounds to lose.

Pam

Go back. Weigh in. Use you ouch as support and motivation. That's what I did in jan and it has helped me stay on track.

rubyh
02-27-2012, 09:58 AM
Hey! Hope everyone is doing good. I've been MIA fort the last couple of weeks. Had to have eyelid surgery. (Chazalion removal) Nothing major, just could not see very good to get on computer! Or read or any of my other favorite things! Trying to get used to wearing glasses full time instead of contacts has been very enlightening. Have a good day!

Marionm
02-27-2012, 10:20 AM
Hey! Hope everyone is doing good. I've been MIA fort the last couple of weeks. Had to have eyelid surgery. (Chazalion removal) Nothing major, just could not see very good to get on computer! Or read or any of my other favorite things! Trying to get used to wearing glasses full time instead of contacts has been very enlightening. Have a good day!

Glad you are back and it sounds like the surgery went well!


So, I'm down about 5 pounds again since I started my cleanse on Wednesday which makes me happy. Those of you that are closer to your goal and losing slower--remember I still have about 50 pounds I'd like to lose, so a bigger loss is more expected. My only frustration is that I'm losing the same pounds over and over. I go down and then I go up. I'm trying to be optimistic that this will be the last time at this number. :)

I've got 3 weeks to my performance and I'm definitely injury ridden and so, I've reached the point where I ready for a bit of a break from dance when this is over which might mean I could actually get fully on plan---though I'm guessing my break from dance is only dancing a night or two a week instead of 4 or 5!

Good news is that I have no classes this week so I can play catch up with some projects I've been putting on hold. (Yes, the weight loss is also good news!)

Thinking about you all and hoping that everyone is doing well.

lboogs311
02-27-2012, 02:16 PM
I am really having a hard time. I started IP on 8/22/11 at 226.5 a few days before Christmas I was 179. My plan was to go off during the holidays and start back up the beginning of January. I gained about 10 pounds during the holidays. However, it is now the end of February and I can't get back on track. I have lost most of the weight that I put on but I keep flip flopping. I am so embarrassed that I don't want to go back to get weighed in. As a matter of fact I didn't go last week. When I was on plan I was so faithful. Nothing and I mean nothing would have gotten me to go off plan. Now I don't need a reason. Any advise at all will be so helpful. I still have about 40 pounds to lose.

Pam

Wow! We have very similar stories! I had started last May and went to Sept losing 42lbs...then took time off for my brothers wedding and the holidays. I did pretty well, until Christmas. I too gained 10lbs back and have been teetering with those 10 up and down. I don't know what it is!!?? I just can't commit and it is so frustrating because we all know this plan works when committed! I started out going to a center and then started doing it on my own with less expensive alternatives...I am thinking at this point, I need to go back to the center. I need that accountability I think, having that coach there to support and encourage perhaps. Anyways, best of luck to you, I think you too may need to face the music lol and go to the meeting. I'll let you know how I make out!

Mkssweetie
02-27-2012, 10:30 PM
I am really having a hard time. I started IP on 8/22/11 at 226.5 a few days before Christmas I was 179. My plan was to go off during the holidays and start back up the beginning of January. I gained about 10 pounds during the holidays. However, it is now the end of February and I can't get back on track. I have lost most of the weight that I put on but I keep flip flopping. I am so embarrassed that I don't want to go back to get weighed in. As a matter of fact I didn't go last week. When I was on plan I was so faithful. Nothing and I mean nothing would have gotten me to go off plan. Now I don't need a reason. Any advise at all will be so helpful. I still have about 40 pounds to lose.

Pam

Wow! We have very similar stories! I had started last May and went to Sept losing 42lbs...then took time off for my brothers wedding and the holidays. I did pretty well, until Christmas. I too gained 10lbs back and have been teetering with those 10 up and down. I don't know what it is!!?? I just can't commit and it is so frustrating because we all know this plan works when committed! I started out going to a center and then started doing it on my own with less expensive alternatives...I am thinking at this point, I need to go back to the center. I need that accountability I think, having that coach there to support and encourage perhaps. Anyways, best of luck to you, I think you too may need to face the music lol and go to the meeting. I'll let you know how I make out!

I can totally relate to both of you. I too am finding it extremely dificult to stay 100%. I go to bed every night and wake up every morning with every good intention and some days go well but there are others when I find myself mindlessly putting something in my mouth. Usually while cooking for the rest of my family. I need to get to the bottom of why I do this. I do feel a little deprived and sorry for myself when they get to eat things i wish I was having. I needto put my big girl panties on and just suck it up! This is not forever! Tomorrow is a new day and I can stay OP the rest of the night! We can do this one minute at a time!

esammy12
02-28-2012, 06:12 AM
Well, this was my third week and I had no weight loss at all. Lost half an inch off my waist and half a pound of fat, but no weight loss at all. I am trying not to get discouraged, I've seen that this happens sometimes for people. It is discouraging though...when you're working so hard.

akscutest
02-28-2012, 08:55 AM
Wow! We have very similar stories! I had started last May and went to Sept losing 42lbs...then took time off for my brothers wedding and the holidays. I did pretty well, until Christmas. I too gained 10lbs back and have been teetering with those 10 up and down. I don't know what it is!!?? I just can't commit and it is so frustrating because we all know this plan works when committed! I started out going to a center and then started doing it on my own with less expensive alternatives...I am thinking at this point, I need to go back to the center. I need that accountability I think, having that coach there to support and encourage perhaps. Anyways, best of luck to you, I think you too may need to face the music lol and go to the meeting. I'll let you know how I make out!

I had to re-read these posts to make sure they are not ones I posted... lol
I did SO good for 3 months and lost 30 pounds before a trip to Hawaii and since then (until the 21st) I fell off the wagon and ate purely sugar. I did end up gaining around 17lbs back (not real clear on how much of that was actually water weight since within 3 or 4 days of being back OP I was down about 10lbs...) I fell like I am doing good now, I am NOT eating sugar but I do find myself eating a few of the little snack size tillamook cheddar cheese. It is frusturating that I cant be 100% like I was in Nov. I will though. I just have to remind myself that nothing tastes as good as skinny feels AND how much of my hard earned $$ I have invested in this...

Marionm
02-28-2012, 10:57 AM
Well, this was my third week and I had no weight loss at all. Lost half an inch off my waist and half a pound of fat, but no weight loss at all. I am trying not to get discouraged, I've seen that this happens sometimes for people. It is discouraging though...when you're working so hard.

3 weeks with no change is a long time. Are you eating all of your vegetables and drinking all of your water?

JCWilkie
02-28-2012, 11:42 AM
Just wanted to say a hello to everyone!
I'm back OP starting today for the next several months (fingers crossed).
I lost 60 Lbs before my wedding in January and gained 15lbs back in the last 2 months. I want to meet my goal but I have had the hardest time restarting (about 3 times already), now is the time! I did well when I was on the forum everyday last time so I thought I would check in!

AnaMP
02-28-2012, 02:56 PM
I've been OP for two weeks and in an out for the last month and a half but haven't had any major binges or anything just bites of off limits things...well last night I was feeling a little low on energy and since I hadn't had my carb or calorie allowance I had less than a half o a donut at dinner with some coffee.

I didn't feel guilty I FELT NAUSEOUS!!! I've had heartburn and nausea all night and all day today ... The taste in my mouth despite washing my teeth and having my RTD shakes and galons of water is of sugar...really old sugar...

I've learned my lesson, even if a cheat doesn't affect my weight loss or my motivation it feels like crap...good riddance!!!

Oh by the way I had my WI yesterday and lost 2 lbs and a total of 4 inches!!!!! my old pants are starting to fit again!!!!

lboogs311
02-28-2012, 05:04 PM
akscutest and mkssweetie! I hear ya...I am back at day 2 100% op and I am making it a mission to stay this way. I could kick myself for stopping loking back now...oh well, like you said, we have to suck it up, it's not for forever. Last night I decided that I will give myself this full week-if I can commit and keep going strong 100% OP, then I will keep going, if not, I am going back to my clinic. wish me luck ;) and wishing it back to you guys as well!

esammy12
02-28-2012, 06:45 PM
3 weeks with no change is a long time. Are you eating all of your vegetables and drinking all of your water?

Hi Marionm,

No - I lost 3.5 lbs the first week, 1.8 lbs the second week and 1.6 lbs the third week, this is my fourth week (third week with my coach) and I lost no weight this week. I lost a little size off my waist, and half a pound of fat - so that's good, but no number change on the scale. I'm hoping for a good weight loss next week. I cut out all carbs in January and lost 5 lbs on my own, then started IP on my own on Feb 2nd, and started with my coach on Feb 7th - so my weeks are a little wonky. :)

iowahawkeyemom
02-28-2012, 07:29 PM
I have so been struggling to stay on program. I do fine during the week and then the weekend hits and wham......one piece of this and one piece of that...and you know the rest of the story.

I read somewhere I think on pinterest, someone trying to lose weight had two glass jars on their counter. Inside the jar they had marbles. One jar held the amount of marbles equal to the pounds they had lost so far and the other jar held the amount of marbles left to reach goal. One pound for every marble. Today I bought two little glass vases and placed my old marbles inside according to where I am on this plan. Hopefully the visual will keep me going. I put them on the kitchen counter so it reminds me to stay on plan every time I go in the kitchen to search the cupboards for cheats.

navydocmom
02-28-2012, 11:25 PM
I have so been struggling to stay on program. I do fine during the week and then the weekend hits and wham......one piece of this and one piece of that...and you know the rest of the story.

I read somewhere I think on pinterest, someone trying to lose weight had two glass jars on their counter. Inside the jar they had marbles. One jar held the amount of marbles equal to the pounds they had lost so far and the other jar held the amount of marbles left to reach goal. One pound for every marble. Today I bought two little glass vases and placed my old marbles inside according to where I am on this plan. Hopefully the visual will keep me going. I put them on the kitchen counter so it reminds me to stay on plan every time I go in the kitchen to search the cupboards for cheats.

I LOVE the marble idea! Thanks for sharing. Maybe I'll hit the dollar store & pick some marbles up :)

Marionm
02-29-2012, 03:10 PM
So, my 'official' (my scale) loss for the week is 8 pounds. I'm happy. I also feel like it helped me get back on track with eating right even during a crazy time. I am seeing the doctor on my hip/knee/leg tomorrow and asking him to just help me get through March 18th with whatever braces/drugs I need and then, I will behave and stop abusing myself as much. I have 3 lessons tonight! It's going to be a long night but fun.

Mkssweetie
02-29-2012, 08:52 PM
akscutest and mkssweetie! I hear ya...I am back at day 2 100% op and I am making it a mission to stay this way. I could kick myself for stopping loking back now...oh well, like you said, we have to suck it up, it's not for forever. Last night I decided that I will give myself this full week-if I can commit and keep going strong 100% OP, then I will keep going, if not, I am going back to my clinic. wish me luck ;) and wishing it back to you guys as well!

Emailed my food log to my coach today so she and the chiropractor can check it out. She texted back that she has some"tweeks". She also asked if she can make a food plan for me to follow after the weigh in tomorrow. i told her yes. Maybe that will work since I have not done the best on my own. I also have been having symptoms of TOM so hopefully that won't mess things up too much. Keeping my fingers crossed for some positive results on the scale tomorrow (or should I say negative:dizzy:) Have a great night everyone!

Mkssweetie
02-29-2012, 08:54 PM
So, my 'official' (my scale) loss for the week is 8 pounds. I'm happy. I also feel like it helped me get back on track with eating right even during a crazy time. I am seeing the doctor on my hip/knee/leg tomorrow and asking him to just help me get through March 18th with whatever braces/drugs I need and then, I will behave and stop abusing myself as much. I have 3 lessons tonight! It's going to be a long night but fun.

Great job!:carrot: Good luck at the doctors.

iowahawkeyemom
03-01-2012, 11:09 AM
Good morning everyone. I've been rethinking my diet plan as of late. Thinking of how long I have been trying to restart on IP and not being able to stay on it. After lots of soul searching I have decided to switch things up and go on the Weight Watchers plan. Hopefully the change will get me in gear and I will be able to stay on their plan. I went to the grocery store yesterday and I was so lost on what to buy for WW. Fruit! Yogurt! Oh my!

My sister did WW 30 years ago and is still thin. It's just her way of life so I am hoping to do the same. I will still come on this thread and encourage all of you. I just needed to change things up to something I can live with.

Everyone take care.

navydocmom
03-01-2012, 11:50 AM
Well, here I am - officially back on IP - for the 2nd time. I am on day six and had my first weigh in today. This week was REALLY hard for a carb loving girl like me. For me, I find this diet is really restrictive; not like others, such as weight watchers where you do get to eat dairy and some carbs. But oh my, how my IP struggles this week were worth it......

I lost 6.6 pounds and about 2 inches!!!!! A total victory and it was way more than I expected.

I am truly dedicated to staying on plan (no cheats) until I get to my goal.

Good luck to all those giving IP a try again. :)

navydocmom
03-01-2012, 11:56 AM
Oh and for those chocolate lovers (like me) - what has been a huge part of my IP program is the chocolate shakes (powder). I mix them in a magic bullet with ice and coffee instead of water. Plus, to make it even more special, you can buy flavored coffee. My fav: Godiva Chocolate Truffle. I get my chocolate fix without any guilt. It is AMAZING. I also have tried it with hazlenut coffee and it is also very good. I have tried this this past week and still lost 6.6 lbs, so I know it doesn't affect weight loss. I also used it when I was on IP in 2010 and lost 21 lbs in 1 1/2 mths.

I know the IP Bars are restricted. But since my clinic allows us to have one restricted item per day (even in the beginning of the program), I have found my IP true love: the double chocolate bar. Miraclously, it does not taste like a "diet" item. And trust me, I know my chocolate! It's no "Godiva" but it really does make my chocolate loving heart happy!!!

Cheers!!!!!!!! :)

Marionm
03-02-2012, 12:42 AM
:)I sure was carb craving today! I made it through it but wow!

They drained fluid from my knee and gave me a cortisone inject and pain meds. I have MRI's on both hips tomorrow but unless something is majorly wrong, I won't get results until after my dance event. :) I get a massage tomorrow, so I'm really looking forward to that.

Stay strong and stay on plan!

Mkssweetie
03-02-2012, 01:01 AM
Good morning everyone. I've been rethinking my diet plan as of late. Thinking of how long I have been trying to restart on IP and not being able to stay on it. After lots of soul searching I have decided to switch things up and go on the Weight Watchers plan. Hopefully the change will get me in gear and I will be able to stay on their plan. I went to the grocery store yesterday and I was so lost on what to buy for WW. Fruit! Yogurt! Oh my!

My sister did WW 30 years ago and is still thin. It's just her way of life so I am hoping to do the same. I will still come on this thread and encourage all of you. I just needed to change things up to something I can live with.

Everyone take care.
Good luck! Just a word of warning.... at least personal experience...I tried WW and went crazy with the fruit being "free" I gained 5 pounds the first week! I thought I was careful with the rest of the points but I think it was all the carbs in the fruit that got me. Especially after IP it was easy to go crazy! Again good luck! We can all do anything we put our minds to!


Oh and for those chocolate lovers (like me) - what has been a huge part of my IP program is the chocolate shakes (powder). I mix them in a magic bullet with ice and coffee instead of water. Plus, to make it even more special, you can buy flavored coffee. My fav: Godiva Chocolate Truffle. I get my chocolate fix without any guilt. It is AMAZING. I also have tried it with hazlenut coffee and it is also very good. I have tried this this past week and still lost 6.6 lbs, so I know it doesn't affect weight loss. I also used it when I was on IP in 2010 and lost 21 lbs in 1 1/2 mths.

I know the IP Bars are restricted. But since my clinic allows us to have one restricted item per day (even in the beginning of the program), I have found my IP true love: the double chocolate bar. Miraclously, it does not taste like a "diet" item. And trust me, I know my chocolate! It's no "Godiva" but it really does make my chocolate loving heart happy!!!

Cheers!!!!!!!! :)
I don't drink coffee but it sounds really good! Now I really need to try the double chocolate bar!

:)I sure was carb craving today! I made it through it but wow!

They drained fluid from my knee and gave me a cortisone inject and pain meds. I have MRI's on both hips tomorrow but unless something is majorly wrong, I won't get results until after my dance event. :) I get a massage tomorrow, so I'm really looking forward to that.

Stay strong and stay on plan!

I hope they can get you fixed up! Take care of yourself!
As for me, it was a good weigh in today. lost what I gained last week and an extra 2 pounds. I am happy. Slow but sure for me. Next week will be crazy for me with working lots of hours and switching from day to night shift and back a few times. Will mess with my sleep but am going to plan ahead so I keep OP! Good luck everyone!

esammy12
03-02-2012, 01:54 AM
Good morning everyone. I've been rethinking my diet plan as of late. Thinking of how long I have been trying to restart on IP and not being able to stay on it. After lots of soul searching I have decided to switch things up and go on the Weight Watchers plan. Hopefully the change will get me in gear and I will be able to stay on their plan. I went to the grocery store yesterday and I was so lost on what to buy for WW. Fruit! Yogurt! Oh my!

My sister did WW 30 years ago and is still thin. It's just her way of life so I am hoping to do the same. I will still come on this thread and encourage all of you. I just needed to change things up to something I can live with.

Everyone take care.

Hi Iowahawkeymom,

I understand your frustrations and think it's great that you are considering another option that won't be as difficult for you to follow. I also understand wanting to return to a somewhat more normal way of eating and avoiding the expense. It is so expensive this diet. Would you do us all a favor and let us know how it's going for you on WW? I'd like to know, just because I sometimes have questions about all of this myself.
Please stay involved and tell us how you're doing, how it's going for you, and what the struggles are. It'll be helpful for all of us.

patns
03-02-2012, 11:54 AM
I have a number of co-workers who did WW last year and had the same issue with the fruit. Everyone gained, all had been on WW years ago with good results. But I'm not sure what changes have been made with this years take on the WW diet.

My son had been following a plan that was very similar to the regular meal on IP and working out at the gum. In 3 months he was down 30 pounds. Then he paid $200 to have the nutritionist at the gym check out his diet. She said he was too low in fibre and had him add whole grains back in in what to her was moderation. He regained 10 pounds in a week.
Some of us are super carb sensitive. But that is not the case for everyone so you don't know how it will go till you give it a try.
Personally I'm hoping I can maintain using a glycemic load approach when I settle on a goal weight.
Good luck with your experiment. You will come up with the right solution for your particular body.

Linden
03-02-2012, 01:06 PM
Hallo All,

Sorry I haven't been around much but braces, yes now I have 2, and leaning toward a computer -- sitting a lot, really -- aren't very compatible. Leaving for Paris tomorrow and won't be back until the 9th and I'm not sure I'll carry the computer so I wanted to check in.

It's really nice to see some people back again and Esmay, I think the fat loss is fantastic. I wouldn't be discouraged. Mom3, I'm feeling your pain. I can say, though, from personal experience, stress and weight loss sure don't go hand in hand. Yeah right, like one can turn it off. But I do know you can do this.

Iowa, I think your wise to try something else and I sure hope WW works. I found it weight-inducing, but thank heaven we're all different. My mix-it-up method has been to do 2 weeks of Phase 2 and now I'm into a week of 3 and I'm losing, albeit very, very, very slowly. But it's working for me. Had you considered going into Phase 3 instead of WW? I think I could follow it almost permanently and I am losing. Like Marion, I have a little avocado for breakfast many mornings as my combination carb/veg/fat and it's awfully satisfying. I also have 2-3 pecans for afternoon snack and a few other variations but still keep low carb, high protein. If you think that might work I could send you some recipes, etc. Also, I think a number of the Maintainers pretty much follow Phase 3 for most of the week and it seems to be working for them, too.

Marion, my hat's off to you. I think about you a lot, and how cheerfully you handle so much and in pain. Generally speaking I find those "You are my inspiration" posts rather nauseating and sycophantic, but if the shoe fits. . . . ;) I hope to get to the Louver for part of a day so maybe, finally, I can get you some post cards. Was it modern art? as in 19th century?

Pat, any word on your husband? And I want to thank you for reinforcing what I was thinking about fat but hadn't had the courage to fully implement. And you've done SO well. It must be a super good feeling.

To all the rest of you, keep going. It's just so worthwhile. :hug:

Marionm
03-02-2012, 05:32 PM
Hallo All,

Marion, my hat's off to you. I think about you a lot, and how cheerfully you handle so much and in pain. Generally speaking I find those "You are my inspiration" posts rather nauseating and sycophantic, but if the shoe fits. . . . ;) I hope to get to the Louver for part of a day so maybe, finally, I can get you some post cards. Was it modern art? as in 19th century?

To all the rest of you, keep going. It's just so worthwhile. :hug:

Thanks, Linden. I'm not much into modern art. I'm more of classical or renaissance, but whatever is fine. Feel better and I really hope you'll be able to enjoy Paris. The cortisone really helped the knee feel better today and the hip pain, while persistent isn't extreme. I figured I'd get the MRI out of the way and then be able to deal with the results after all my fun. :D

Momto2cs
03-02-2012, 08:29 PM
Look at protein power. It is a Very good lifestyle and might be a good ip alternative

patns
03-02-2012, 09:44 PM
Hi all, I think I may have morphed into phase 2, I had a number of eating out for evening meals this week and always have by regular protein and salad at lunch. So I realized I might as well just do phase 2. I want to start phase 3 on my spring break which is the last week in March as phase 3 is the part I will need to be very careful with. I seem to be holding solid at 130.

I wouldn't mind getting 5 more pounds off because I still have a spare tire around my middle which makes it tougher to find a good fit in clothes. I am size 8 on the top and size 10 on the bottom. But if I can hold at 130 through the whole phasing off process that will be good too.

I love this thread because everyone is thinking so carefully about what works for their own particular body.

Here is something I posted on another thread the other day. It is some things I took from an interview Dr. Oz had with Oprah. The parts about all the decisions we make really struck me. If we don't set firmparameters for ourselves we are always weighing the options and consequences for ourselves of every bite we take.


DR.Oz: The average person eats up to 50% more food when distracted. Plus it takes about 30 minutes for your body to realize you are full, so if you are hungry when you sit down to eat, and you eat as quickly as most Americans do, you are just going to keep throwing down food before that feeling sets in.

The more decisions we make in a day, the more likely we are to make bad decisions-because deciding wears you down. You start making decisions in the morning, and by the middle of the afternoon,you're running on fumes. And as the day goes on, you start to crave more carbs especially women because women tend to make more of the day-to-day decisions in our lives than men.

So to the extent it is possible, don't make so many decisions. Do what you can to automate your life-and your food-during the day.

The number one reason Americans are heavy:the brain, very smartly, wants nutrition. But the average American is not eating nutrients; he or she is eating empty calories. So you finish that 2000 calories and the brain says; Keep going until you get nutrients.

patns
03-02-2012, 10:14 PM
Linden, thanks for asking about hubby. He saw the surgeon the other morning and had a scope done. We haven't got the results for that yet but looking at all the tests done so far the surgeon is quite sure what is going on. Hubby is mid 60s, very fit, super health conscious and still working flat out as a home builder/renovator.

This summer he got a severe cold/flu and has not stopped coughing since.
To make a long story short he has a "spot" in the lower part of his lung. The surgeon says it likely is a very small cancerous tumor caused by smoking although he hasn't smoked in 30 years. It appears to be contained and the best case scenario is that it can be removed easily. Anyway it has been quite a shock. When one has good health it is taken for granted.

Our daughter is a surgical nurse in the same hospital. She went with her dad to the appointment and then went back to the OR. The surgeons she was working with that day said it sounded as the prognosis is good. But we won't know for sure until further tests and likely surgery. We are trying to be optimistic but it seems time passes slowly when waiting for news. He has a scan scheduled for March 21st. So we likely won't know what the plans are until after that.

It is a stressful time but I am very pleased that I have not been tempted to eat my way through it. I hope that is just not the wonders of ketosis which disappear once I phase off.

Pat

rubyh
03-05-2012, 09:15 AM
Weekend Eye opener - I've been snacking on Beef Jerky for the past 2 weeks, decided to take the time to look over ingredient list, while snacking - guess what the first ingredient was? SUGAR! This is a local made jerky and I never thought about it containing sugar! So, my latest snack has bit the dust! No more beef jerky! Moral of this story: Always read ingredient list! Have a great day everyone!

Marionm
03-05-2012, 12:06 PM
Hi all, I think I may have morphed into phase 2, I had a number of eating out for evening meals this week and always have by regular protein and salad at lunch. So I realized I might as well just do phase 2. I want to start phase 3 on my spring break which is the last week in March as phase 3 is the part I will need to be very careful with. I seem to be holding solid at 130.

Pat, I like phase 2. It feels so much more doable when we have been doing this for what seems like forever.

Weekend Eye opener - I've been snacking on Beef Jerky for the past 2 weeks, decided to take the time to look over ingredient list, while snacking - guess what the first ingredient was? SUGAR! This is a local made jerky and I never thought about it containing sugar! So, my latest snack has bit the dust! No more beef jerky! Moral of this story: Always read ingredient list! Have a great day everyone!

Ruby, I make my own beef jerky. It's relatively easy. The biggest pain is slicing the meat when it's frozen. (I've broke a meat slicer!) Just a rule of thumb is that almost anything that is packaged adds things you don't want in order to keep them shelf stable. Most beef jerky also contains MSG too.

So, it's back to classes for me this week. Only two weeks before our performance. I'm excited and nervous. My class is a Strength and Conditioning Program, so it will time well with my excess dance ending and help me stay focused.

Hope everyone had a good weekend. If not, brush yourself on and start making good choices now.

:hug:

Pxlkitty4
03-05-2012, 12:10 PM
Hello everyone. I'm doing a Phase 1 reboot to lose a few pesky pounds. Yes, it's harder the second time around. BUT... at least I know I have the right tools and that it will work. Mentally, it's both harder and easier, all rolled into one.

Good luck, everyone!

woolberger
03-05-2012, 12:18 PM
Ruby & Marion,

We make our own beef jerky too. We pick out the meat we want and the butcher slices it for free. Much easier!

rubyh
03-05-2012, 03:08 PM
Ruby & Marion,

We make our own beef jerky too. We pick out the meat we want and the butcher slices it for free. Much easier!

That's a great idea! I usually buy this from a meat market, they make it themselves and you are correct they do add: MSG & sugar. No wonder I thought it was sooo good! I'll have to read about making my own. I really enjoy it for a snack!

My good news for the day - weigh in - 1lb loss and 4"s! So slowly making my weigh back down!

iowahawkeyemom
03-05-2012, 07:27 PM
I'm back on IP starting today. WW just didn't go well for me. Pounds found me fast so back on IP I go.

Marionm
03-05-2012, 10:11 PM
Pxlkitty4 and iowahawkeyemom
Welcome back ladies. Iowa, I really do think that IP is the right way to go, but we really have to be careful to follow the plan.

I'm finally doing okay when it comes to eating. I've lost a few pounds that I regained. As excited as I am for our routine, I am ready to be able to take a break from so much dancing. I just feel tired.

iowahawkeyemom
03-05-2012, 11:28 PM
Pxlkitty4 and iowahawkeyemom
Welcome back ladies. Iowa, I really do think that IP is the right way to go, but we really have to be careful to follow the plan.

I'm finally doing okay when it comes to eating. I've lost a few pounds that I regained. As excited as I am for our routine, I am ready to be able to take a break from so much dancing. I just feel tired.

I know you are right Marion, I am glad to be back on plan. Getting through the first week will be the hardest part. I already have a headache tonight.
Congratulations on the pounds lost. Hope you are feeling better too.

iowahawkeyemom
03-05-2012, 11:29 PM
Hello everyone. I'm doing a Phase 1 reboot to lose a few pesky pounds. Yes, it's harder the second time around. BUT... at least I know I have the right tools and that it will work. Mentally, it's both harder and easier, all rolled into one.

Good luck, everyone!

I have always admired your success on IP. I know you will do great.

Marionm
03-09-2012, 06:00 PM
Bumping this up and checking in to see how everyone is doing...

I'm doing good here. Counting down the days to our showcase, excited, but also somewhat anxious to be able to stop pushing my body so hard. In the meantime, the rest of live is settling in and that's really nice.

patns
03-09-2012, 10:11 PM
Marion, thanks for the bump and glad to see that parts of your life is settling down. Enjoy your showcase and then take some time to put your feet up.
I hope other people stop by, it has been too quiet here lately.

Pat

iowahawkeyemom
03-10-2012, 10:42 AM
Bumping this up and checking in to see how everyone is doing...

I'm doing good here. Counting down the days to our showcase, excited, but also somewhat anxious to be able to stop pushing my body so hard. In the meantime, the rest of live is settling in and that's really nice.

Glad to hear you are doing well. How exciting for your showcase to be happening soon. You deserve a rest after all that work.

Update on me....been back on program since Monday. Feels very good to be in control once again. Hope everyone else is doing fine also.

It sure has been quiet here. Hope that means everyone is sailing right along on program.

rubyh
03-11-2012, 11:39 AM
Stilling hanging in there - slowly getting back to goal weight. Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

Marionm
03-11-2012, 04:34 PM
I'm down about a pound, which I'm happy about. Good to hear from you all.

esammy12
03-11-2012, 07:14 PM
Glad to hear you are doing well. How exciting for your showcase to be happening soon. You deserve a rest after all that work.

Update on me....been back on program since Monday. Feels very good to be in control once again. Hope everyone else is doing fine also.

It sure has been quiet here. Hope that means everyone is sailing right along on program.

Great news! Let us know how your WI goes on Monday. I've done okay the last 5 weeks. Had a stomach flu for much of this week, took 3 days off with Saltines and Ginger ale because I couldn't stomach the packets or the pills. I'm better now and back on track since Friday. I did gain 2 lbs and it'll take me until tomorrow to lose all of it again. :( So my WI for this Monday is exactly the same as last Monday. So sad - the setbacks really are setbacks, takes the whole week to recover the loss.

bethanym
03-11-2012, 07:22 PM
So sad - the setbacks really are setbacks, takes the whole week to recover the loss.

Yep, you get kicked out of ketosis, put the water weight back on, and then it takes a few days to get back into ketosis...basically a lost week. :(

But at least you had a good reason (being sick), and I hope you are feeling better.

patns
03-11-2012, 08:17 PM
Great news! Let us know how your WI goes on Monday. I've done okay the last 5 weeks. Had a stomach flu for much of this week, took 3 days off with Saltines and Ginger ale because I couldn't stomach the packets or the pills. I'm better now and back on track since Friday. I did gain 2 lbs and it'll take me until tomorrow to lose all of it again. :( So my WI for this Monday is exactly the same as last Monday. So sad - the setbacks really are setbacks, takes the whole week to recover the loss.

Illness does cause a set back, but you are off to a great start with your loss so far.
As you said you can put that behind you with a few good OP days. Have a great rest of the week with the flu behind you now.

Pat

iowahawkeyemom
03-11-2012, 09:50 PM
Great news! Let us know how your WI goes on Monday. I've done okay the last 5 weeks. Had a stomach flu for much of this week, took 3 days off with Saltines and Ginger ale because I couldn't stomach the packets or the pills. I'm better now and back on track since Friday. I did gain 2 lbs and it'll take me until tomorrow to lose all of it again. :( So my WI for this Monday is exactly the same as last Monday. So sad - the setbacks really are setbacks, takes the whole week to recover the loss.

I feel bad for you having the stomach flu. I totally understand the saltines and ginger ale. Sometimes you have to do what makes you feel better.

I had an unplanned root canal Friday afternoon and woke up to a swollen face the next day. Lots of antibiotics and pain meds. I broke down today and ate some soda crackers to help with my upset stomach from the meds. So tomorrow once again it is right back on program. Swelling is about half gone now but it sure was a surprise to wake up with swelling from my eye down to my jaw.

Together we can do this!

Marionm
03-11-2012, 10:20 PM
I feel bad for you having the stomach flu. I totally understand the saltines and ginger ale. Sometimes you have to do what makes you feel better.

I had an unplanned root canal Friday afternoon

Stomach flu/root canals... not fun ladies. Feel better soon! I got my chili made for the week so I feel good about that. Looking forward to a week of chaos! :)

iowahawkeyemom
03-13-2012, 06:12 PM
Weighed in today.....down 3.6 pounds. Thank goodness!