Ideal Protein Diet - IP Weekend Chat Saturday 4/28 - Sunday 4/29




wuv2bloved
04-28-2012, 02:04 AM
Welcome back to the Daily Chat thread - post your plans for today, share what's been happening, ask questions!

:welcome3:

Some forum lingo:
NSV = Non-scale victory
TOM = time of the month
WI = Weigh-in
WF = Walden Farms
OP = on program

Bookmarking:
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Check the sticky page for lots of good information and please read before asking what might be a frequently asked question here in the daily thread: Information on Ideal Protein phases (1-4), recipes, newbie guide, FAQ, and other important threads. (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/238801-ip-ultimate-list-recipes-faq-newbie-guide-other-important-threads.html)

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Searching:
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Progress photos:
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Other helpful links related to the Ideal Protein diet:
Dr. Tran Tien Chanh's website (http://www.trantiendiet.com/site/spip.php?rubrique19)

Dr. Tran Tien Chanh's book (PDF file): The Unbalanced Diet Approach to a Slimmer You


Samba
04-28-2012, 04:23 AM
Well, phooey, I bought a new mattress and it is taking some getting used to. I wake up a lot in the night.

Yesterday was a god IP day. Some of them sail by and I am grateful for those!

I've felt so energetic and much more positive after getting about half way to goal. I have returned to an old hobby....sewing. I think it feeds a need to be creative or something. Anyway, I have been away from it for years. Now trying to regain the skills. It is not fun to struggle with what I was once pretty good at! I am taking it slow and making a point to not become frustrated. Anyway, it is fun and I am slowly remembering things and improving my "oneness" with my machine.

Has anyone found they got a new interest or revived one after losing weight?

Do you feel like you have returned to yourself in some way?

Anyhow, I am finding it interesting that the journey has become much more than just losing pounds for myself. Having fun for a change too!:)

A "dirty old man" had to chat me up while I browsed the undies section at the store today. Funny stuff. I might have hoped to attract a more desirable type, but I am not looking anyway! Thirty some pounds ago such things did not happen. In the old days, I did not like the male attention that sometimes resulted from weight loss. Heck, I am older now and was hoping it would not occur. I think I have finally reached an age and confidence level such that I can handle it better though!:o

Samba
04-28-2012, 04:28 AM
Oops, double posted! I should be asleep!

Hope everyone has a great IP weekend!


Sewmam
04-28-2012, 06:40 AM
Good morning everybody! I couldn't sleep so I got up and am having my tea. It's still dark out...

Samba - I felt exactly like that - people would say, it is a whole new you coming out, and I'd say, I've felt like the 'real' me was in a prison for the past 30 years and it is finally gaining it's freedom and can show itself.

I too have always loved sewing. I used to make my clothes many years ago, and appreciate a well made piece of clothing...the cut, the style, the texture/line/color...don't get me started. My sewing machines are an extension of my arms and hands. I only have a basic Kenmore and a Juki that is meant for free-motion quilting, and I love these work horses.

Well, I woke up worrying that I haven't made enough progress on the house. Can't seem to push myself as hard as I want to get things done. I think I'll take a hint from the many Phase 1 people here and do a 4th packet. I'm not even on Phase 1, but the IP products (and alternatives) really pack the extra protein without tons of calories, so they are a good resource. And...the sooner I get the house finished, the sooner I can get back to music and sewing!

Well, that's it for the moment. Hope you all have a wonderful, fun-filled Saturday!

Cadu
04-28-2012, 07:50 AM
Samba- years ago I loved to oil paint. I dont know why but I just stopped painting. My husband made me a painting room in the basement which is still there with my easel, paints, brushes and canvases but the room is now cluttered with storage stuff. I havent thought about painting again in a long time but you have inspired me to try. Maybe I will love it again. I am having my Niece's wedding shower here on 5/6 and have been getting ready for that, after that I am cleaning out my room and picking up a brush. Thanks.

Sewmam- You have done so much already to your house. I am always impressed of the amount of work you do. heck you are in Phase 4 Definetly have that extra packet. - I hope it helps with the extra energy.


Good Morning everybody

I had a terrific sleep, I feel great this morning. I have more yard stuff to do to get ready for that shower I am hosting here. Hopefully the rain holds out. Actually I am really hoping it doesnt rain next Friday on the shower day so I can have it outside. It will be a really tight fit with 30 women in my house. I will be praying to the sun Gods for no rain that day..

Have a great Saturday everybody and STAY ON PLAN.

susyqxxxx
04-28-2012, 08:08 AM
Morning all
No big plans for the week-end, gonna just relax, soooo nice to have a week-end off.
On a good note, down 2 more pounds.....so that put me real close to moving on to phase 2..
Have a great weekend

usmcvet
04-28-2012, 08:50 AM
Good morning. Hope everyone has a good day mine ended poorly and began the same! Just had my omelet I can still feel the hot sauce. Going to the pool with my rug rats later today and then need to stack wood, yuck.

LSJ100
04-28-2012, 09:20 AM
Good Morning friends! I have WI 4 today! I'm a little nervous...first time for that don't know why...I've been 100% OP since day 1 but I think now that eating this way is becoming a way of life I feel less sure I've gained...at first I thought "there's no way I didn't lose weight because I'm always hungry!" Have a great day everyone!

usmcvet
04-28-2012, 09:29 AM
Where can I go to read up on IP the phases...... Not getting much coaching at all and wan to learn more. I've only had the info packet and a short initial consultation.

salmongirl
04-28-2012, 09:35 AM
Good morning everyone! I slept well but woke up early so I am enjoying my coffee and checking in on everyone. I have plenty of projects to keep me busy this weekend.
I hope everyone has a great day.

mtnsun4
04-28-2012, 09:38 AM
Thank goodness I am home! I have been gone all week at a conference. It was extremely difficult to stay OP. At my conference, food was provided. Not only that, we were located right next to the airport so I was unable to drive anywhere and pick up food. I brought bars and drinks but it was a hard week. Up 4 lbs today....not surprised.

Hopping back on the horse this morning (well, more like as of last night). I wish I would have internet access where I was at but it cost way too much for a few hours. I needed some support from all of you here. :)

Glad to be back!! Hope you all have been doing well. :)

snolover
04-28-2012, 09:43 AM
Hey everyone. Not too busy on the forum this morning. I had the worse sleep! I kept getting up, had weird dreams and now I am tired. Oh well!

My weight isn't coming down lately. I am on my second week of Phase 2 and loving it but still missing food very much. I fantasize about Phase 3. I can't wait to be in maintenance. The number on the scale isn't so important anymore. I make sure I don't gain everything back but I am ready to finish this so that I can exercise and maintain.

I learned a lot of things on this diet but I also learned that depriving myself of certain foods just makes me want them more. When I'll reach maintenance, I don't really want to follow IP's plan because it is still very restrictive! My goal is to eat all the healthy stuff and maybe follow the clean eating approach. Those of you on maintenance, don't you miss eating a balanced diet? I would appreciate your input on this.

Have a great OP day!!!

WingnutandMe
04-28-2012, 09:45 AM
Good morning IPers.

This morning was my WI. Lost 2.2. Yipee. Being in my 60s and menopausal, 2 a week is GREAT.

My DH and I are on our way to a car show. We actually have two we can take. This is monumental to have two drivable at once (they all run, but have something that doesn't make them drivable down the road) The latest DH got drivable is my avatar. That was his birthday present a couple years ago.

Taking a protein bar for my snack and then some veggies.

Everyone have a great OP day.

Molly

Dakin
04-28-2012, 09:45 AM
Good morning my IP family!

Nothing definitive planned for today, so knowing my life, that means I'll be out straight all day! lol

I'm still kind of confused about the new "freebies". Up until now I've been having 2 cups of celery between breakfast (6:00 am) and lunch (12:30) and have been counting it 1/2 of my daily veggies. Now that celery is considered 'free' I'm being told I can't count it as my veggies anymore and I have to find something else to replace it. Can that be true? Not many of the other veggies I like are as portable as celery, not to mention that I'm snacking with my students and 11 y.o. kids already think I'm weird enough eating celery every day, never mind if I had to start carting in something even more exotic. Please offer advice.



Samba Congrats on the new mattress… I need to start shopping soon. I haven't rediscovered any old/ new hobbies yet, but it's still the school year and I just don't have time for anything other than grading, planning and school stuff. I'm looking forward to longer days and some time over the summer, between classes, to bring out my long neglected painting once again.

Sewmam: Take it easy on yourself! You’ve gotten so much accomplished recently! I think you're doing a fabulous job!

Cadu: Good luck with shower. I'm always a nervous wreck when I host something - that my house isn't perfect enough, that my food won't be tasty enough, that I'll run out of something..... You sound much calmer than I would be.

Usmcvet: Keep your chin up! We all have bad days, but when you look at what you've accomplished so far, you have to take pride in that. Things are looking up for you. Enjoy your kids while they are still little. Mine are both 20 now and I simply can't believe that they are both on their own now. I miss having them home.

LJS100: Sending the 'whoosh fairy' your way (as long as you send her back to me on Wednesday. lol) Please post your results!


~*~*~*Have a great Saturday everyone!!!

snolover
04-28-2012, 09:46 AM
Where can I go to read up on IP the phases...... Not getting much coaching at all and wan to learn more. I've only had the info packet and a short initial consultation.

When you open this forum, there are two red stickies at the top with great info. Go through these and I am sure you will find what you are looking for. Good luck on your journey. IP is a great program!!

snolover
04-28-2012, 09:50 AM
Good morning my IP family!

I'm still kind of confused about the new "freebies". Up until now I've been having 2 cups of celery between breakfast (6:00 am) and lunch (12:30) and have been counting it 1/2 of my daily veggies. Now that celery is considered 'free' I'm being told I can't count it as my veggies anymore and I have to find something else to replace it. Can that be true?

~*~*~*Have a great Saturday everyone!!!

Celery is free??? Since when? Geez I wish our coaches would be on the same page. This is getting really annoying! Just like rutabaga. I have two different sheets contradicting each other.

Dakin
04-28-2012, 09:52 AM
Mtnsun: Welcome home! Shake it off, you did the best you could given the circumstance. You’re in the right mind set and can easily get back OP! We’re here for you.

Sno: I’m looking forward to the responses you get, as I’ve been thinking about the same questions. I was never a really bad eater, and I wonder if I’ll ever be able to feel like I’m eating ‘’normal’’ again. Also, I really miss wine.

Molly: Have fun at the show! One of my best girlfriends has a 1966 Mustang she brings to shows, and it is a lot of fun! Congrats on the loss this week.

Dakin
04-28-2012, 09:55 AM
Sno: My coach says celery and cukes are now free. She attended a big conference last week.

She also that falling out of ketosis takes 2-3 days to regain, but she learned that falling out of ketosis due to alcohol consumption takes a FULL 6 DAYS to recover from! That firmed up my resolve to keep strick OP so I can phase off and enjoy a celebratory glass of merlot!

usmcvet
04-28-2012, 09:58 AM
Thank goodness I am home! I have been gone all week at a conference. It was extremely difficult to stay OP. At my conference, food was provided. Not only that, we were located right next to the airport so I was unable to drive anywhere and pick up food. I brought bars and drinks but it was a hard week. Up 4 lbs today....not surprised.

Hopping back on the horse this morning (well, more like as of last night). I wish I would have internet access where I was at but it cost way too much for a few hours. I needed some support from all of you here. :)

Glad to be back!! Hope you all have been doing well. :)

Well you are back on track now. Good to see you checking in. This forum is a lifesaver for me. The support is wonderful.

usmcvet
04-28-2012, 10:00 AM
Dakin and Snolover. Thanks for steering me straight. I forgot to look at the stickies! Rookie mistake.

Chloe222
04-28-2012, 10:04 AM
Good morning. Hope everyone has a good day mine ended poorly and began the same! Just had my omelet I can still feel the hot sauce. Going to the pool with my rug rats later today and then need to stack wood, yuck.

Vet,
Just think of the good workout you'll get from stacking wood. And its so useful too, not just immediately for the household but you're a good role model for your children. Have a great afternoon with your kids at the pool!

Thank goodness I am home! I have been gone all week at a conference. It was extremely difficult to stay OP. At my conference, food was provided. Not only that, we were located right next to the airport so I was unable to drive anywhere and pick up food. I brought bars and drinks but it was a hard week. Up 4 lbs today....not surprised.

:) You'll lose the weight quickly - that's the beauty of IP!

Good morning IPers.

This morning was my WI. Lost 2.2. Yipee. Being in my 60s and menopausal, 2 a week is GREAT.

My DH and I are on our way to a car show. We actually have two we can take. This is monumental to have two drivable at once (they all run, but have something that doesn't make them drivable down the road) The latest DH got drivable is my avatar. That was his birthday present a couple years ago.


Have a fun and romantic day with your DH! And I agree, 2 lb/wk is great, that's 8 pounds/month, adds up nicely!

snolover
04-28-2012, 10:21 AM
Sno: I’m looking forward to the responses you get, as I’ve been thinking about the same questions. I was never a really bad eater, and I wonder if I’ll ever be able to feel like I’m eating ‘’normal’’ again. Also, I really miss wine.


I just noticed the Maintainers vol 5 thread. lol Go read it! There is a lot of great info there. I plan on being able to watch my calories and exercising and I should be fine. It really isn't normal to deprive ourselves like we are doing. It is all about balance (I think!!! I hope I won't gain everything back with that mindset lol). To be continued. I still have 1 week of Phase 2 and 2 weeks of Phase 3 before I get there. But I had a long talk with my coach this week and she agreed that I could eat a balanced diet and exercise (maybe even follow the canadian food guide). I just think that IP's maintenance program is complicated!!

Trinique125
04-28-2012, 10:24 AM
I just noticed the Maintainers vol 5 thread. lol Go read it! There is a lot of great info there. I plan on being able to watch my calories and exercising and I should be fine. It really isn't normal to deprive ourselves like we are doing. It is all about balance (I think!!! I hope I won't gain everything back with that mindset lol). To be continued. I still have 1 week of Phase 2 and 2 weeks of Phase 3 before I get there. But I had a long talk with my coach this week and she agreed that I could eat a balanced diet and exercise (maybe even follow the canadian food guide). I just think that IP's maintenance program is complicated!!

when I get to goal I plan on doing WW to keep the weigh off. To me that's a more realistic approach to every day life.

mylastdiet
04-28-2012, 10:28 AM
Good morning! I love Ideal Protein.....just had to get that out there. In just under 2 weeks, I have enough energy now to tackle cleaning out a closet and working in my yard! These may not be daunting tasks to some people, but for me it is pretty close to miraculous. I am sure there will be tough days ahead, but this is the best I have felt in a long, l-o-n-g time (both physically and emotionally).

AND, I have found my new weekend "treat.". I made the cereal pancakes this morning and they were scrumdelicio! Who ever came up with this originally, I salute you! YUM!!

theteacherspet
04-28-2012, 10:55 AM
Good morning everyone!! I am so excited this morning! I usually have a shake or the IP pancakes made from the cereal packet. This morning, I made lemon bread with the pudding packet -from the recipe on this board It was heavenly! Can't wait to try the banana pudding to make a banana bread. Great way to start the day!! Have a great weekend!

LSJ100
04-28-2012, 10:59 AM
I just noticed the Maintainers vol 5 thread. lol Go read it! There is a lot of great info there. I plan on being able to watch my calories and exercising and I should be fine. It really isn't normal to deprive ourselves like we are doing. It is all about balance (I think!!! I hope I won't gain everything back with that mindset lol). To be continued. I still have 1 week of Phase 2 and 2 weeks of Phase 3 before I get there. But I had a long talk with my coach this week and she agreed that I could eat a balanced diet and exercise (maybe even follow the canadian food guide). I just think that IP's maintenance program is complicated!!

when I get to goal I plan on doing WW to keep the weigh off. To me that's a more realistic approach to every day life.

I'm glad to hear you all say this and please keep me posted...my husband does the WW maintenance plan and my hope was to do that with him when I get to that point so that we are both on the same page...I am fearful of doing anything off IP protocol and gaining back weight though. I have a loooong way to go in P1 still so no need for me to think about it too much yet but I'll be interested to hear how it goes for you.

LSJ100
04-28-2012, 11:00 AM
Dakin - I'm happy to take the woosh fairy with me and will be glad to send her back to you after 11:30! =)

Skinnyminny26
04-28-2012, 11:01 AM
Had my WI this morning, down only 1.6 this is frustrating yet I have had such a stressful week and it's TOM so hopefully I will drop down more next week...happy weekend everyone!

Up North Girl
04-28-2012, 11:03 AM
MtnSun4--I laughed at myself when you stated "food was provided at the conference." I have this weird affliction-- when the food is "free" I keep thinking that it would be sooo wrong to pass it up. Ha!-- no wonder I am overweight. I am now trying to change my thought process into "these free foods are very, very expensive (in the long run)."

evepet
04-28-2012, 11:05 AM
Good morning to everyone. Not much to report actually, just wanted to read everyone's posts and say 'Hello'. :)

My sister called earlier this am, and asked if I was free for lunch... so we're meeting up and going somewhere to have an IP-appropriate meal... protein/veg/salad... or maybe an omelette. She's always been concerned about my weight, so is very supportive. Haven't told her much about IP yet, I'm sort of keeping it on the quiet-side until my weight loss is more noticeable and then I may 'come out of the closet'. For now, I just say I'm focused on a eating style that concentrates on keeping simple carbs to a min, cuts out processed foods, junk foods, sugary foods, etc...and that I eat lots of good lean protein, non starch veggies, and salads.

Plus, we're going shopping afterward in the area of town where the supermarket is that stocks frozen rhubarb - so quess where I'll be heading. :D Maybe also to Walmarts to take advantage of that good rollback on Pure Protein bars. :D LOL - the things that get me excited these days.... ;)

Cheers to everyone - enjoy your Saturday, and I hope everyone has a great 100% IP day.

Up North Girl
04-28-2012, 11:21 AM
Sometimes the simplest quotes hit home. When I was struggling for motivation to start this journey, DanafromAustin gave me this one: "None of us are any more special or have more will power than the next. It really all comes down to how much you really want this." Thanks, Dana, I needed that! I am going to print the quote and tape it to my refrigerator.

Tinawebb
04-28-2012, 11:31 AM
Sno: My coach says celery and cukes are now free. She attended a big conference last week.

She also that falling out of ketosis takes 2-3 days to regain, but she learned that falling out of ketosis due to alcohol consumption takes a FULL 6 DAYS to recover from! That firmed up my resolve to keep strick OP so I can phase off and enjoy a celebratory glass of merlot!

I think this might have contributed to some of my smaller weight loses. I eat cucumbers and celery everyday for my veggies and rasp jello every night for my snack and choc drink every morning. I think between the veggies and jello I wasn't getting enough calories on the days I didn't eat red meat.

kellycg102
04-28-2012, 11:33 AM
Good morning IPers.

This morning was my WI. Lost 2.2. Yipee. Being in my 60s and menopausal, 2 a week is GREAT.

My DH and I are on our way to a car show. We actually have two we can take. This is monumental to have two drivable at once (they all run, but have something that doesn't make them drivable down the road) The latest DH got drivable is my avatar. That was his birthday present a couple years ago.

Taking a protein bar for my snack and then some veggies.

Everyone have a great OP day.

Molly


Great loss Molly....have a great day with your hubby!


Had my WI this morning, down only 1.6 this is frustrating yet I have had such a stressful week and it's TOM so hopefully I will drop down more next week...happy weekend everyone!

Great loss considering TOM and stress. Keep going your doing great!


Good morning to everyone. Not much to report actually, just wanted to read everyone's posts and say 'Hello'. :)

My sister called earlier this am, and asked if I was free for lunch... so we're meeting up and going somewhere to have an IP-appropriate meal... protein/veg/salad... or maybe an omelette. She's always been concerned about my weight, so is very supportive. Haven't told her much about IP yet, I'm sort of keeping it on the quiet-side until my weight loss is more noticeable and then I may 'come out of the closet'. For now, I just say I'm focused on a eating style that concentrates on keeping simple carbs to a min, cuts out processed foods, junk foods, sugary foods, etc...and that I eat lots of good lean protein, non starch veggies, and salads.

Plus, we're going shopping afterward in the area of town where the supermarket is that stocks frozen rhubarb - so quess where I'll be heading. :D Maybe also to Walmarts to take advantage of that good rollback on Pure Protein bars. :D LOL - the things that get me excited these days.... ;)

Cheers to everyone - enjoy your Saturday, and I hope everyone has a great 100% IP day.


I am kinda doing the same thing...."on the down low". Lol. I just feel like people are saying...oh here she goes again on another diet. This time I am going to be successful!!! Good luck in your journey!

patns
04-28-2012, 11:35 AM
Celery is free??? Since when? Geez I wish our coaches would be on the same page. This is getting really annoying! Just like rutabaga. I have two different sheets contradicting each other.

Because the program is research based it will keep evolving. They make a change and watch what happens with a group of people. If the change works it will become part of the program.

The confusion comes because coaches are going to area meetings at different times. So information coaches get in one area doesn't get to others until later on.

Then there are the coaches who don't go to any training sessions at all. They hold on to their preconceived notions of what works for weight loss.

They are the ones who suggest cutting things out from an already very restrictive program. What they suggest cutting is usually the suggested amount of carbs in the restrict eds and the veggies. When that happens the program just becomes another low carb diet and the weight will be back once we try to maintain.

WW changes all the time. Some people I know follow older versions of that current plan because it works better for them. They watch to see what is best for their particular body and stick with that.

So I guess what I am trying to say in a long winded way is if the protocol sheet you are currently following works for you why get concerned about what some coach somewhere is saying?

Lots of people have lost lots of weight with earlier protocol sheets. Lots of people will continue to use lots more with future protocol sheets. If the one you have works for you stick with it. The program is pretty simple if followed as outlined. Second guessing things makes it much more complicated than it needs to be.

The main reason people plateau is because they are not getting everything in in the necessary amounts.

Pat

NewPath
04-28-2012, 11:47 AM
I think this might have contributed to some of my smaller weight loses. I eat cucumbers and celery everyday for my veggies and rasp jello every night for my snack and choc drink every morning. I think between the veggies and jello I wasn't getting enough calories on the days I didn't eat red meat.

Yeesh! this is very concerning to me. This week I ate mostly cucumbers. At my evening meal, I stick to shrimp only ,with occassional beef. I am on week two.
I lost 12 pounds my first week. I weigh in tomorrow. I am so stressed that I won't have a weight loss!!!! I feel lighter, my clothes have been really loose, and I fit into a new size top. I just get so anxious the two days before weigh in. Should I bulk up on broccoli and cauliflower today????

Cucumbers are so easy to travel with and prepare. I am really disappointed that they are now going to be free!!!!! I actually like cucumbers : (

kellycg102
04-28-2012, 11:48 AM
Morning all. Not much going on today....just cleaning:dizzy:

Couple things....started the cleanse today....so far so good

I thought that lettuce was free, didn't know about cucs. And celery, but also didn't realize that I had to eat 4 cups of non free veggies on top of free. I thought the lettuce was just a bonus....to add if I was still hungry....but that 2 cups of lettuce could count as some of my 4 cups of veggies a day???

Tried on a pair of capries that I bought at a consignment store early last year....they didn't fit when I bought them, but they were brand new and I loved them. My goal was to loose weight last year to get into them.....but didnt:devil: Well tried them on like two weeks ago, the were super tight, tried them on today and I need a belt for them. Unbelievable! This diet is unbelievable! And the support from everyone here is unbeatable! When KMC??? (Sorry cant exactly remember the posted name).posted that she was really struggling.....such great feed back....amazing! I hope you are doing better today KMC and taking up some of the recommendations.

I laid in bed this morning and was thinking about a piece of chocolate cake??? Not sure why that popped into my head, but the thought was....I don't think I could possibly eat a whole piece....maybe a few bites and I was feeling full and unbelievably kinda disgusted about it.....am I sick....have I gone crazy? This coming from a person who not kidding would eat a half a cake, secretely in almost a sitting.....and then lie that no it wasn't just me I gave some away. I truly am amazed what this diet has done for me.

Thanks to everyone on here you are all truly amazing and so supportive!

Have a Antarctic OP day!:carrot:

Chloe222
04-28-2012, 11:49 AM
Patns,
Great post - really well worded advice!

I just noticed the Maintainers vol 5 thread. lol Go read it! There is a lot of great info there. I plan on being able to watch my calories and exercising and I should be fine. It really isn't normal to deprive ourselves like we are doing. It is all about balance (I think!!! I hope I won't gain everything back with that mindset lol). To be continued. I still have 1 week of Phase 2 and 2 weeks of Phase 3 before I get there. But I had a long talk with my coach this week and she agreed that I could eat a balanced diet and exercise (maybe even follow the canadian food guide). I just think that IP's maintenance program is complicated!!
I also read the Maintainers thread and Life after phase 1. It really helps me to learn more and get a perspective from the senior members of our IP family. Also felt that phases 3 and 4 were confusing but after reading these other threads for awhile, its become apparent that these are a natural extension of the previous phases and not so complicated at all, when you take time to break them down, really understand what its about. Not really hard at all. But that's because I've given myself time to try to understand it - if I was to just dive in to a new phase w/o some "incubation" time, I might feel overwhelmed. So my advice is, if you have the time and inclination, look ahead. It's exciting, motivational and paves the way for continued success (at least for me).

kellycg102
04-28-2012, 11:52 AM
Because the program is research based it will keep evolving. They make a change and watch what happens with a group of people. If the change works it will become part of the program.

The confusion comes because coaches are going to area meetings at different times. So information coaches get in one area doesn't get to others until later on.

Then there are the coaches who don't go to any training sessions at all. They hold on to their preconceived notions of what works for weight loss.

They are the ones who suggest cutting things out from an already very restrictive program. What they suggest cutting is usually the suggested amount of carbs in the restrict eds and the veggies. When that happens the program just becomes another low carb diet and the weight will be back once we try to maintain.

WW changes all the time. Some people I know follow older versions of that current plan because it works better for them. They watch to see what is best for their particular body and stick with that.

So I guess what I am trying to say in a long winded way is if the protocol sheet you are currently following works for you why get concerned about what some coach somewhere is saying?

Lots of people have lost lots of weight with earlier protocol sheets. Lots of people will continue to use lots more with future protocol sheets. If the one you have works for you stick with it. The program is pretty simple if followed as outlined. Second guessing things makes it much more complicated than it needs to be.

The main reason people plateau is because they are not getting everything in in the necessary amounts.

Pat



Very well said Snolover!!!!! Makes complete sense. I have been on WW many times and they all worked for me and have also used older versions when new ones were started. I completely agree......thank you for posting!

Darralyn
04-28-2012, 11:54 AM
Good morning everyone! I am so excited; the weather is great here in Spokane and I get to spend the day with my grandkids at the circus today. Should be loads of fun! I have my packet and veggies to eat before we go and that will work out great. I really have no plans to ever go back to my old eating; the one thing that I have finally learned in my 60+ years is this. I cannot eat certain foods (bread, sweets, pasta) I am a carb addict and once I start the floodgate opens and I am ravenous. When my program is complete I will still need to watch carbs and get most of them from fruit and vegetables. Sweets will never be my friend again; they ruined my life for years and it is so much easier when they are no longer part of my life. It was just a really bad relationship. LOL! Thanks for this forum, it is so wonderful to hear from all you loveley people on this IP journey! Hugs!

WingnutandMe
04-28-2012, 12:06 PM
Have a fun and romantic day with your DH! And I agree, 2 lb/wk is great, that's 8 pounds/month, adds up nicely!

Disappointment. Got 1/4 mile to the main road and didn't like the brakes on the Corvair wagon. Took it home loaded everything into DH's 65 Corvair coupe. Made it about 3 miles and it sputtered and coughed and we turned around with it. I had a brief moment when I realized, normally, I would have shoved a bunch of really bad food in me with something like that, but I came and sat down and finished reading posts on the forum instead. DH is out trying to figure what happened with the brakes. Glad we don't depend on these cars for transportation.

Off to the store for some more sweet mini bell peppers and pickling cucumbers. That are my workday lunches with celery. Yep, I'm also curious to the official word on celery.

Keep focused. Stay OP.
Molly

atho128
04-28-2012, 12:09 PM
Morning all. Not much going on today....just cleaning:dizzy:

Couple things....started the cleanse today....so far so good

I thought that lettuce was free, didn't know about cucs. And celery, but also didn't realize that I had to eat 4 cups of non free veggies on top of free. I thought the lettuce was just a bonus....to add if I was still hungry....but that 2 cups of lettuce could count as some of my 4 cups of veggies a day???

Tried on a pair of capries that I bought at a consignment store early last year....they didn't fit when I bought them, but they were brand new and I loved them. My goal was to lose weight last year to get into them.....but didnt:devil: Well tried them on like two weeks ago, the were super tight, tried them on today and I need a belt for them. Unbelievable! This diet is unbelievable! And the support from everyone here is unbeatable! When KMC??? (Sorry cant exactly remember the posted name).posted that she was really struggling.....such great feed back....amazing! I hope you are doing better today KMC and taking up some of the recommendations.

I laid in bed this morning and was thinking about a piece of chocolate cake??? Not sure why that popped into my head, but the thought was....I don't think I could possibly eat a whole piece....maybe a few bites and I was feeling full and unbelievably kinda disgusted about it.....am I sick....have I gone crazy? This coming from a person who not kidding would eat a half a cake, secretely in almost a sitting.....and then lie that no it wasn't just me I gave some away. I truly am amazed what this diet has done for me.

Thanks to everyone on here you are all truly amazing and so supportive!

Have a Antarctic OP day!:carrot:

I'm still pretty new to this, but I don't think lettuce ever counts as part of your daily 4 cups of veggies. And congrats on the capris!! That's amazing!

luvthesun
04-28-2012, 12:11 PM
Morning!
Ohhh those eating dreams! scary!!
I was watching a show that I dvr and it took place at a resort in Hawaii.....I'm heading there at the very end of July and can not wait! It's a trip that has prompted me to stick with this plan because I want to enjoy every moment of it in a bathing suit and not feel the least bit self conscious! I've got a little bit of time today and am thinking of creating a vision board for myself....gather pictures, images, quotes....so that when I get wrapped up in my head about any cons of this diet I'll have a definitive visual.
Thanks for the recipes and advice that's being shared!

mtnsun4
04-28-2012, 12:24 PM
Mtnsun: Welcome home! Shake it off, you did the best you could given the circumstance. You’re in the right mind set and can easily get back OP! We’re here for you.

Sno: I’m looking forward to the responses you get, as I’ve been thinking about the same questions. I was never a really bad eater, and I wonder if I’ll ever be able to feel like I’m eating ‘’normal’’ again. Also, I really miss wine.

Molly: Have fun at the show! One of my best girlfriends has a 1966 Mustang she brings to shows, and it is a lot of fun! Congrats on the loss this week.

THank you Dakin! I love coming here for support.....so far so good today!

mtnsun4
04-28-2012, 12:25 PM
Well you are back on track now. Good to see you checking in. This forum is a lifesaver for me. The support is wonderful.

Thank you! Yes, me as well. I missed checking in here all week. Its good to be back!

luvthesun
04-28-2012, 12:28 PM
And sorry, but what is RTD?
Also, are there any alternative bars I could pick up that are 100% ok until my IP shipment arrives on wed? What about a choc drink alternative? I've got plenty of the orange drink and pomegranate drink (dont love it but totally want the collagen so in my mind I've tell myself I need it like it's medicine)....and only 1 packet of choc drink and one of the vanilla...I'm going to try to spread those out as much as possible but don't want the anxiety of feeling I HAVE to...I'd love to alleviate that stress if possible! 5 more days until my supplies come in!

NewPath
04-28-2012, 12:34 PM
April 13th 2012 was the first day of the rest of my life. I felt the need to share a little about myself to all of those out there who lend out their support and wisdom every day.
When I was 13, my brother Jimmy was killed by a drunk driver. Two years later, my dad dropped dead of a massive coronary, he was 42. My mom died of cancer when I was 21, she was 50. Prior to all of my losses, my childhood was WONDERFUL. I had great parents and a fantastic upbringing. I often think that my healthy childhood is what gets me through a lot in my life. The memories are still there.
During all of my grief I began to use food as a way to feel better.
I went to college, became a teacher and married at 31. During that time I became a long distance runner, averaging between 4 and 12 miles a day. I ate healthy and had fun....pretty much eating whatever I wanted and never thinking about it.
Then I met my husband, a doctor, who I fell madly in love with. Almost immediatly, he insisted that I stop running as it took up too much time. (No, I did not a red flag!) I was so in love that I did not see the control he was having over my eating either. I let him completely change the way I ate. His family(Italian)became with all of the things that I did not eat and went about changing that too. We married and had children. When I was pregnant with my first child, the abuse started. I quit my teaching job to be a stay at home mom. Food became my friend and I ate to quell the sadness. My life became controlled by my ex, more and more. I eventually divorced him, 10 years ago.
That should have been the first day of the rest of my life-but it wasn't.
The divorce, and the major life changes resulting from it were devastating. He has continued to try to control and be hurtful to my children and I. It is a constant battle. I need to get control of me again. And, that is why I am here. I have ballooned up to 196...now down to 184...on a tiny 5'2 frame. When I was running and eating healthy....no one could stop me. Being fit and healthy got me through the trauma of losing my family at such a young age.
Running and health was powerful and gave me strength and courgage.
Most importantly I want to be alive for my children. I am now 53. I want to LIVE a happy life. I am so sick of being stuck in a fat body, eating unhealthy things, and doomed by my subsequent lack of energy and drive.
I have much to be thankful for. I have a wonderful profession as a first-grade teacher, and of course I have two wonderful children. (They really need to see me be well...they no longer talk to or see their father as they have figured him out.)
Ideal Protein is getting me back to where I need to be! It is not easy, but it works and it is wonderful. I feel blessed to have "bumped" into this program as well as introduced to this site. This community is just what we all need to "get our groove back"!!!!!!!!!!
I love you all, have a fantastic day!
Julie

wuv2bloved
04-28-2012, 12:34 PM
Good morning my IP family!

Nothing definitive planned for today, so knowing my life, that means I'll be out straight all day! lol

I'm still kind of confused about the new "freebies". Up until now I've been having 2 cups of celery between breakfast (6:00 am) and lunch (12:30) and have been counting it 1/2 of my daily veggies. Now that celery is considered 'free' I'm being told I can't count it as my veggies anymore and I have to find something else to replace it. Can that be true? Not many of the other veggies I like are as portable as celery, not to mention that I'm snacking with my students and 11 y.o. kids already think I'm weird enough eating celery every day, never mind if I had to start carting in something even more exotic. Please offer advice.

I eat cukes and celery everyday and count them as part of my veggies. Its worked for me for the past year so I am not changing a thing....lol
Yeesh! this is very concerning to me. This week I ate mostly cucumbers. At my evening meal, I stick to shrimp only ,with occassional beef. I am on week two.
I lost 12 pounds my first week. I weigh in tomorrow. I am so stressed that I won't have a weight loss!!!! I feel lighter, my clothes have been really loose, and I fit into a new size top. I just get so anxious the two days before weigh in. Should I bulk up on broccoli and cauliflower today????

Cucumbers are so easy to travel with and prepare. I am really disappointed that they are now going to be free!!!!! I actually like cucumbers : (

Just be warned that broccoli and cauliflower are high carb veggies. Like I said above, I have had a cuke EVERYDAY for the past year for lunch and have counted it as part of my 4 cups of veggies I am NOT changing anything!

Good morning everyone, I was wide awake at 7am this morning, this has been happening the last few days for some reason not that I am complaining at all....lol....cleaning house today, laundry and washing linens. Windows are open and I am enjoying the fresh air. I won tickets on the radio to Smokin the sound (boat races) but can't find anyone to go with me....what is up with that??...oh well, who knows I may go by myself...NEVER do that but there is always a first for everything right?.....lol

NewPath
04-28-2012, 12:40 PM
I eat cukes and celery everyday and count them as part of my veggies. Its worked for me for the past year so I am not changing a thing....lol


Just be warned that broccoli and cauliflower are high carb veggies. Like I said above, I have had a cuke EVERYDAY for the past year for lunch and have counted it as part of my 4 cups of veggies I am NOT changing anything!

Good morning everyone, I was wide awake at 7am this morning, this has been happening the last few days for some reason not that I am complaining at all....lol....cleaning house today, laundry and washing linens. Windows are open and I am enjoying the fresh air. I won tickets on the radio to Smokin the sound (boat races) but can't find anyone to go with me....what is up with that??...oh well, who knows I may go by myself...NEVER do that but there is always a first for everything right?.....lol

Good, if it works for YOU....it works for me! Cucumbers are awesome!! Thank you.
Go to the boat races alone.......it will be enpowering!!!!!!!!!!!

wuv2bloved
04-28-2012, 12:44 PM
And sorry, but what is RTD?
Also, are there any alternative bars I could pick up that are 100% ok until my IP shipment arrives on wed? What about a choc drink alternative? I've got plenty of the orange drink and pomegranate drink (dont love it but totally want the collagen so in my mind I've tell myself I need it like it's medicine)....and only 1 packet of choc drink and one of the vanilla...I'm going to try to spread those out as much as possible but don't want the anxiety of feeling I HAVE to...I'd love to alleviate that stress if possible! 5 more days until my supplies come in!
Pure Protein Bars are a good one to use until your products come in. EAS carb control drinks are also used as an alternative to the IP shakes......RTD=ready to drink :)

April 13th 2012 was the first day of the rest of my life. I felt the need to share a little about myself to all of those out there who lend out their support and wisdom every day.
When I was 13, my brother Jimmy was killed by a drunk driver. Two years later, my dad dropped dead of a massive coronary, he was 42. My mom died of cancer when I was 21, she was 50. Prior to all of my losses, my childhood was WONDERFUL. I had great parents and a fantastic upbringing. I often think that my healthy childhood is what gets me through a lot in my life. The memories are still there.
During all of my grief I began to use food as a way to feel better.
I went to college, became a teacher and married at 31. During that time I became a long distance runner, averaging between 4 and 12 miles a day. I ate healthy and had fun....pretty much eating whatever I wanted and never thinking about it.
Then I met my husband, a doctor, who I fell madly in love with. Almost immediatly, he insisted that I stop running as it took up too much time. (No, I did not a red flag!) I was so in love that I did not see the control he was having over my eating either. I let him completely change the way I ate. His family(Italian)became with all of the things that I did not eat and went about changing that too. We married and had children. When I was pregnant with my first child, the abuse started. I quit my teaching job to be a stay at home mom. Food became my friend and I ate to quell the sadness. My life became controlled by my ex, more and more. I eventually divorced him, 10 years ago.
That should have been the first day of the rest of my life-but it wasn't.
The divorce, and the major life changes resulting from it were devastating. He has continued to try to control and be hurtful to my children and I. It is a constant battle. I need to get control of me again. And, that is why I am here. I have ballooned up to 196...now down to 184...on a tiny 5'2 frame. When I was running and eating healthy....no one could stop me. Being fit and healthy got me through the trauma of losing my family at such a young age.
Running and health was powerful and gave me strength and courgage.
Most importantly I want to be alive for my children. I am now 53. I want to LIVE a happy life. I am so sick of being stuck in a fat body, eating unhealthy things, and doomed by my subsequent lack of energy and drive.
I have much to be thankful for. I have a wonderful profession as a first-grade teacher, and of course I have two wonderful children. (They really need to see me be well...they no longer talk to or see their father as they have figured him out.)
Ideal Protein is getting me back to where I need to be! It is not easy, but it works and it is wonderful. I feel blessed to have "bumped" into this program as well as introduced to this site. This community is just what we all need to "get our groove back"!!!!!!!!!!
I love you all, have a fantastic day!
Julie

Julie, thank you for introducing yourself and telling us a little about yourself. Sorry you have gone through so much in life but you are now in charge of your life and taking it back. Everything you have gone through has made you a stronger person, you are never given more than you can handle and it looks like you have handled things well so far. Your love of life will get you back on track to where you want to be. This is a great program, you will enjoy it, experiment with the products and read the recipes to get idea's to keep a variety of your program. YOU WILL find yourself again :)

NewPath
04-28-2012, 12:44 PM
Good morning my IP family!

Nothing definitive planned for today, so knowing my life, that means I'll be out straight all day! lol

I'm still kind of confused about the new "freebies". Up until now I've been having 2 cups of celery between breakfast (6:00 am) and lunch (12:30) and have been counting it 1/2 of my daily veggies. Now that celery is considered 'free' I'm being told I can't count it as my veggies anymore and I have to find something else to replace it. Can that be true? Not many of the other veggies I like are as portable as celery, not to mention that I'm snacking with my students and 11 y.o. kids already think I'm weird enough eating celery every day, never mind if I had to start carting in something even more exotic. Please offer advice.

Samba Congrats on the new mattress… I need to start shopping soon. I haven't rediscovered any old/ new hobbies yet, but it's still the school year and I just don't have time for anything other than grading, planning and school stuff. I'm looking forward to longer days and some time over the summer, between classes, to bring out my long neglected painting once again.

Sewmam: Take it easy on yourself! You’ve gotten so much accomplished recently! I think you're doing a fabulous job!

Cadu: Good luck with shower. I'm always a nervous wreck when I host something - that my house isn't perfect enough, that my food won't be tasty enough, that I'll run out of something..... You sound much calmer than I would be.

Usmcvet: Keep your chin up! We all have bad days, but when you look at what you've accomplished so far, you have to take pride in that. Things are looking up for you. Enjoy your kids while they are still little. Mine are both 20 now and I simply can't believe that they are both on their own now. I miss having them home.

LJS100: Sending the 'whoosh fairy' your way (as long as you send her back to me on Wednesday. lol) Please post your results!


~*~*~*Have a great Saturday everyone!!!
Dakin-
I teach first grade. I have had to eat cucumbers with vinegar as well as red pepper slices......while I am teaching. The kids faces.....priceless!!!! Oh well,
I am doing this, too bad, so sad! I describe to them how well it tastes.....I just wonder if these little ones are going to try it at home? : )

3sisters
04-28-2012, 01:05 PM
Good Morning Everyone!

Getting a bit of a late start here, but had my 3 grandchildren over for a "sleepover" last night and they just left. Whew! God knew what he was doing when he (she? :) set a "cut-off" age for having kids! But oh how I LOVE being Grandma! :) A NSV - since I live alone, I never have to worry about having to cook non-IP meals for anyone else (and admire those of you who do it so successfully!). So cooking meals and having snacks here for the little ones was a challenge I don't usually have to face - but I had no problem staying OP - yay!

Thank goodness I am home! I have been gone all week at a conference. It was extremely difficult to stay OP. At my conference, food was provided. Not only that, we were located right next to the airport so I was unable to drive anywhere and pick up food. I brought bars and drinks but it was a hard week. I wish I would have internet access where I was. I needed some support from all of you here. :)

I will be in the same situation in a few weeks and am trying to plan out how to best handle the meals. Dinner is "on our own" (restaurant), but the rest is all catered. I WILL have internet access (free) available so thank goodness I'll be able to check in to 3fc and get support when I need it!

I made the cereal pancakes this morning and they were scrumdelicio! Who ever came up with this originally, I salute you! YUM!!

Could someone post the recipe please? I can never find it in the recipe threads trying to "search".

This morning, I made lemon bread with the pudding packet -from the recipe on this board It was heavenly! Can't wait to try the banana pudding to make a banana bread.

Again, would love to have this recipe! Looking for "bread-like" recipes using non-restricted products.

"None of us are any more special or have more will power than the next. It really all comes down to how much you really want this."

Love this too. As well as "Cheating is NOT an option". I say that to myself often!

I laid in bed this morning and was thinking about a piece of chocolate cake??? Not sure why that popped into my head, but the thought was....I don't think I could possibly eat a whole piece....maybe a few bites and I was feeling full and unbelievably kinda disgusted about it.....am I sick....have I gone crazy? This coming from a person who not kidding would eat a half a cake, secretely in almost a sitting.....and then lie that no it wasn't just me I gave some away.

Boy, I could have written this........ Totally identify!

I cannot eat certain foods (bread, sweets, pasta) I am a carb addict and once I start the floodgate opens and I am ravenous. When my program is complete I will still need to watch carbs and get most of them from fruit and vegetables. Sweets will never be my friend again; they ruined my life for years and it is so much easier when they are no longer part of my life.

Again, I can so identify with this - as I suspect many of us can. Absolutely have trigger foods (sweets, peanut butter, bread) and know that I may never be able to eat some of them again because "moderation" does not seem to be possible. At least it hasn't in the past. Maybe I will be able to handle things differently when I reach my goal and have a new outlook and way of approaching food. But for now, I'm not counting on that happening.

Have any of you tried "Total Tea" from your IP center? It is a "gentle detox" and "complete digestive aid" - just a tea bag you have like normal tea (and actually very delicious tea!) - and it really seems to help if you are suffering from "C". Only $1 per tea bag (one per day) which seems like a bargain with the cost of the other IP products! Anyway, I would recommend it.

Going to a baby shower today - will bring along my celery and cucumbers to munch on just in case there are no veggie options, and will bring a drink.

Have a good weekend everyone!

3sisters
04-28-2012, 01:16 PM
Dakin-
I teach first grade. I have had to eat cucumbers with vinegar as well as red pepper slices...... If you haven't tried this you should - really good -- thinly sliced cucumber and some chopped sweet yellow onion (like vidalia), add vinegar, water, and Splenda - a balance of sweet and sour to your taste. I keep a batch of it made and in the fridge at all times - almost like a sweet/sour, sort of bread n butter pickle taste, or a vinegary coleslaw taste. When the cucumbers are gone, the liquid is leftover and I just keep adding more cucumbers (and onion as needed, as I eat some of the onion too - yummy!). So you really don't get much of the Splenda per serving at all. It is just used to 'marinate' the cucumber/onion. Try it!

mooselover
04-28-2012, 01:19 PM
Hello everyone. I made it to Dallas Thursday night. I had a great day with my sister yesterday. It was sunny and a warm 85 degrees :) I was in heaven!!! I needed this warm weather. I had a great salad bar lunch outside on a patio overlooking a lake. It is so nice to have IP choices easily available at restaurants here. Makes this trip so easy. We are going to do a little shopping today and have another salad bar lunch. Then we are going to spend the afternoon sitting outside and enjoying her pool. I could get used to this :) I hope everyone has a great weekend.

CassiR
04-28-2012, 01:24 PM
Hey all,

Congrats to those who had WIs today. I myself had one and honestly didn't expect much because work was extremely stressful and I had TOM this week. Came out losing 0.8lb and a lot of inches. I'll take it! Today I start phase 2 so I went out and bought a lot of animal protein for the week ahead.
Have a great weekend everyone.

Andie0606
04-28-2012, 01:39 PM
"Off to the store for some more sweet mini bell peppers and pickling cucumbers. That are my workday lunches with celery. Yep, I'm also curious to the official word on celery."
Molly, stupid question here. Pickling cucs are good to eat as is? I didn't know that. I do like the small size.

jcjnjj
04-28-2012, 01:54 PM
Sitting here drinking some water with MIO-fruit punch and eating crunchy Kale chips. Thanks to YOU ALL for the wonderful recipes and ideas.

*note to self - use a straw next time so I don't have the "kool-aid mustache"

jcjnjj
04-28-2012, 01:57 PM
Mtnsun: Welcome home! Shake it off, you did the best you could given the circumstance. You’re in the right mind set and can easily get back OP! We’re here for you.

Sno: I’m looking forward to the responses you get, as I’ve been thinking about the same questions. I was never a really bad eater, and I wonder if I’ll ever be able to feel like I’m eating ‘’normal’’ again. Also, I really miss wine.

Molly: Have fun at the show! One of my best girlfriends has a 1966 Mustang she brings to shows, and it is a lot of fun! Congrats on the loss this week.

I miss my wine too. I have to keep reminding myself that it's not gone forever!

hope12
04-28-2012, 02:10 PM
Back from WI#3, down 4 lbs!!
Have a good weekend everyone.

3sisters
04-28-2012, 02:10 PM
April 13th 2012 was the first day of the rest of my life. I felt the need to share a little about myself to all of those out there who lend out their support and wisdom every day.
When I was 13, my brother Jimmy was killed by a drunk driver. Two years later, my dad dropped dead of a massive coronary, he was 42. My mom died of cancer when I was 21, she was 50. Prior to all of my losses, my childhood was WONDERFUL. I had great parents and a fantastic upbringing. I often think that my healthy childhood is what gets me through a lot in my life. The memories are still there.
During all of my grief I began to use food as a way to feel better.
I went to college, became a teacher and married at 31. During that time I became a long distance runner, averaging between 4 and 12 miles a day. I ate healthy and had fun....pretty much eating whatever I wanted and never thinking about it.
Then I met my husband, a doctor, who I fell madly in love with. Almost immediatly, he insisted that I stop running as it took up too much time. (No, I did not a red flag!) I was so in love that I did not see the control he was having over my eating either. I let him completely change the way I ate. His family(Italian)became with all of the things that I did not eat and went about changing that too. We married and had children. When I was pregnant with my first child, the abuse started. I quit my teaching job to be a stay at home mom. Food became my friend and I ate to quell the sadness. My life became controlled by my ex, more and more. I eventually divorced him, 10 years ago.
That should have been the first day of the rest of my life-but it wasn't.
The divorce, and the major life changes resulting from it were devastating. He has continued to try to control and be hurtful to my children and I. It is a constant battle. I need to get control of me again. And, that is why I am here. I have ballooned up to 196...now down to 184...on a tiny 5'2 frame. When I was running and eating healthy....no one could stop me. Being fit and healthy got me through the trauma of losing my family at such a young age.
Running and health was powerful and gave me strength and courgage.
Most importantly I want to be alive for my children. I am now 53. I want to LIVE a happy life. I am so sick of being stuck in a fat body, eating unhealthy things, and doomed by my subsequent lack of energy and drive.
I have much to be thankful for. I have a wonderful profession as a first-grade teacher, and of course I have two wonderful children. (They really need to see me be well...they no longer talk to or see their father as they have figured him out.)
Ideal Protein is getting me back to where I need to be! It is not easy, but it works and it is wonderful. I feel blessed to have "bumped" into this program as well as introduced to this site. This community is just what we all need to "get our groove back"!!!!!!!!!!
I love you all, have a fantastic day!
Julie

Newpath - Thank you for sharing this. I am so sorry for the grief you have experienced in your life - and at such a young age. You must be a very strong person to have lost both parents by the time you were 21 and persevered to accomplish so much.

As I read your story, I was struck by some of the similarities in our histories. Though my mother is still living (I can't imagine losing both parents so young :(), I lost my father when I was 21, and thankfully I have never had to experience the loss of a sibling - my sisters are my best friends - but I do know how much grief can overtake your life and what a struggle it can be to break out of that. I married young and divorced after 30 years (9 years ago - he remarried 1 month after our divorce - she was 12 years my junior!). I see now that it was for the best, but at the time I was blind-sided - never saw it coming. To me, he was THE one person I KNEW I could always count on so it was completely devastating when that was shattered. But all of that is small potatoes compared to losing my daughter to cancer when she was 17 (16 years ago), which brought my world to a screeching halt. I have been stuck in my grief ever since. Though I have struggled with my weight for many, many years (which had an impact, eventually, on my marriage as well), I used to at least be a "happy fat person". I am blessed with 3 wonderful sons and my grandchildren are the loves of my life, but since my daughter's death I have felt as if I am only very superficially living my life. The days just pass, I don't really live them.

Well, I am now in my late 50's, and I, too, am ready to "get my groove back" and move on and really start LIVING my life again. Nothing will bring my daughter back, but I feel I owe it to her to use all of this time on earth that she DIDN'T have, fully and wisely. IP is the first step.

I also realized I want to fall in love again - after all, there's nothing like that feeling, is there? I feel the love of my life could still be out there and having another 30 year marriage would not be impossible with the longevity that runs in my family :) (my mom is 92, grandfather was 96 when he passed)! But since I've had no confidence and felt self-conscious about my weight for so many years, while I've wanted it, I've never done anything to make it happen. I think IP will help me get my "mojo" back and will be the boost I need to get out there and find that special person. At least I hope so! But if I don't, I also know I will be happier with myself after this journey anyway - be it with a special someone or not!

Funny how quickly all of you seem like "family" - actually the anonymous aspect of this forum makes it even easier to open up to you than "real" family - at least for me. And without any of the sibling rivalry! :) I think it is our common struggle that bonds us together, and the kindness shown and encouragement given that makes me feel at ease with you all. Thanks for that gift.

Andie0606
04-28-2012, 02:14 PM
I got a call from Weight Watchers this morning inviting me to an open house. I've joined WW at least 5 times in the last 20 years, and no one has ever called to try to get me to rejoin. I politely told the lady that I am on IP and having much better success than I ever had with WW. It was curious, though. I can't believe that they need to recruit members. Meetings I went to were always packed. Maybe they've priced themselves out of business.

I'm concerned about the lady from yesterday who was about to quit, too. I tried to PM her, but she isn't set up to receive private messages. If you are on here today, please let us know how you are doing.

Andie

hope12
04-28-2012, 02:25 PM
Hey all,

Congrats to those who had WIs today. I myself had one and honestly didn't expect much because work was extremely stressful and I had TOM this week. Came out losing 0.8lb and a lot of inches. I'll take it! Today I start phase 2 so I went out and bought a lot of animal protein for the week ahead.
Have a great weekend everyone.


Congrats Cassie! Yay! on starting Phase2 today. Good Luck :)

NewPath
04-28-2012, 02:34 PM
Newpath - I am struck by some of the similarities in our histories. Though my mother is still living (I can't imagine losing both parents so young :( , I'm sorry), I lost my father when I was 21, married young and divorced after 30 years (9 years ago - he remarried 1 month after our divorce - she was 12 years my junior!). I see now that it was for the best, but at the time I was blind-sided - never saw it coming. To me, he was THE one person I KNEW I could always count on so it was completely devastating when that was shattered. But all of that is small potatoes compared to losing my daughter to cancer when she was 17 (16 years ago), which brought my world to a screeching halt. I have been stuck in my grief ever since. Though I have struggled with my weight for many, many years (which had an impact, eventually, on my marriage as well), I used to at least be a "happy fat person". I am blessed with 3 wonderful sons and my grandchildren are the loves of my life, but since my daughter's death I have felt as if I am only very superficially living my life. The days just pass, I don't really live them.

3Sisters, I am so very sorry for your losses. Particularly, the loss of your precious daughter.

Well, I am now in my late 50's, and I, too, am ready to "get my groove back" and move on and really start LIVING my life again. Nothing will bring my daughter back, but I feel I owe it to her to use all of this time on earth that she DIDN'T have, fully and wisely. IP is the first step.

I also realized I want to fall in love again - after all, there's nothing like that feeling, is there? I feel the love of my life could still be out there and having another 30 year marriage would not be impossible with the longevity that runs in my family :) (my mom is 92, grandfather was 96 when he passed)! But since I've had no confidence and felt self-conscious about my weight for so many years, while I've wanted it, I've never done anything to make it happen. I think IP will help me get my "mojo" back and will be the boost I need to get out there and find that special person. At least I hope so! But if I don't, I also know I will be happier with myself after this journey anyway - be it with a special someone or not!

Funny how quickly all of you seem like "family" - actually the anonymous aspect of this forum makes it even easier to open up to you than "real" family - at least for me. And without any of the sibling rivalry! :) I think it is our common struggle that bonds us together, and the kindness shown and encouragement given that makes me feel at ease with you all. Thanks for that gift.

3Sisters, I am so very sorry for your losses. Losing a child is just the worst thing in the world. In my case, by brothers death caused the death of both of my parents so quickly. You have survived the death of a child and the loss of a marriage. You have survived and are a grandma! That is awesome!!!
I know exactly what you mean about going through life, without really feeling. These losses are traumatic and life altering. Things will never be the same. But, I like what you said about living life like your daughter would have wanted you to! You are doing fabulously on IP! You said that you would like to meet that special someone, that is awesome!!! You know what, maybe I should think like that too! I do believe that I would be happier with a partner. No one should be alone in life. Before that, however, I have to get ME back. I want to be in love with ME again, and then the whole world will show its beautiful colors again. I am happy that I am losing weight, but I am happiest that I am selfishly thinking about me and what I need and what I want! Let's do this 3Sisters and all IPEEPS.....let's get our groove back!!!!!
Let's lift our heavy hearts(and bods) and rise and shine!:hug:

atho128
04-28-2012, 02:52 PM
Back from WI#3, down 4 lbs!!
Have a good weekend everyone.

14 pounds in three weeks?! thats amazing!! I'm around the size you were when you started, but I'm a littleeee taller and a little heavier, but would you mind telling me you average day menu?? I'm really hoping for results as amazing as yours and want to to everything possible to get them. Do you ever have a 4th IP packet or anything like that??

Stefany1769
04-28-2012, 03:09 PM
I'm headed to my first weigh in in about an hour, and boy am I excited! I'm not expecting too much (TOM). I am still excited because I have more energy at this time than I ever have before. I am sleeping better and I feel good! I will just be happy with those, but getting off of the weight loss plateau I have been on since early December... Priceless!

This group of people are amazing and inspiring! :)

usmcvet
04-28-2012, 03:15 PM
Sitting here drinking some water with MIO-fruit punch and eating crunchy Kale chips. Thanks to YOU ALL for the wonderful recipes and ideas.

*note to self - use a straw next time so I don't have the "kool-aid mustache"

Thanks for making me laugh I needed that!:hug:

Logged on so I would not forage in the fridge and cabinets. Having a Isopure 0/0/0 shake. Taste kinda nasty but it's keeping me from eating.


[QUOTE=wuv2bloved;4311608]Pure Protein Bars are a good one to use until your products come in. EAS carb control drinks are also used as an alternative to the IP shakes......RTD=ready to drink :)


I will check these out at wally world today. Thanks for the tip.

I weighed in again at the doctors today, I should know better, I was up a pound. I had my T shot yesterday and can feel the extra water in my shins, bummer. Just checked the list of side effects. Pretty sure I hit all three of these:

Salt and water retention.
Swelling caused by fluid retention (oedema).
Weight gain.

Billster
04-28-2012, 03:26 PM
Good afternoon everyone! I have been up since 3:30am! Ahhh the joys of switching your schedule from nights to days! I'm really crabby today and moments from losing my cool! I did a few hours of yard work this morning since its going to rain all week in Central Alberta and the lady across my alley pissed me right off this morning (she has mental health issues and I'm a social worker who works with people with mental health issues) and it was just one of those days where I wish I didn't have to deal with my work at home. Then my poor puppy had the runs all over the house just moments after I washed the floors, its just one of those days I'm having! The day will get better, trying to stay positive! Hope you all have wonderful day!

WingnutandMe
04-28-2012, 03:50 PM
"Off to the store for some more sweet mini bell peppers and pickling cucumbers. That are my workday lunches with celery. Yep, I'm also curious to the official word on celery."

Molly, stupid question here. Pickling cucs are good to eat as is? I didn't know that. I do like the small size.

Andie,

I had always looked at them and thought, "I bet these taste better than regular cukes." About a month or so ago, I bought a few. My thoughts were correct and I think they are better. Maybe just me though. I slice them up and cut up the celery and the mini peppers and grind a bunch of sea salt all over and it's fun finger food and no problem for me to get in 2 cups of veggies at lunch.

Hope you find you like them too.
Molly

Tripmama
04-28-2012, 03:51 PM
Happy Weekend! Very busy yesterday, started off with WI#14- up 3 pounds, but was expecting it, or at least was not surprised because the coach's scale was acting weird last week so basically down 3.5 in the last two weeks which works for me. It is the journey I am loving and that does not mean the success of each week is the number on the scale.

BIG NSV yesterday though my Darling Son said "I am proud of you, I mean so incredibly proud of you...great job mom." Wow how meaningful those words are to me. I had just spent 3 1/2 freezing in Darby MT scoring his baseball game. They won 23 to 5- love the W.

Well must get back to grooming dogs. Hope everyone is enjoying staying OP this weekend...now go lose yourself.

Andie0606
04-28-2012, 04:03 PM
Andie,

I had always looked at them and thought, "I bet these taste better than regular cukes." About a month or so ago, I bought a few. My thoughts were correct and I think they are better. Maybe just me though. I slice them up and cut up the celery and the mini peppers and grind a bunch of sea salt all over and it's fun finger food and no problem for me to get in 2 cups of veggies at lunch.

Hope you find you like them too.
Molly

Thanks, Molly! I'll give them a try!
Andie

evepet
04-28-2012, 04:10 PM
Andie,

I had always looked at them and thought, "I bet these taste better than regular cukes." About a month or so ago, I bought a few. My thoughts were correct and I think they are better. Maybe just me though. I slice them up and cut up the celery and the mini peppers and grind a bunch of sea salt all over and it's fun finger food and no problem for me to get in 2 cups of veggies at lunch.

Hope you find you like them too.
Molly

Do you find pickling cukes right in amongst the rest of the veggies? I can't recall ever seeing such a thing. I like the idea of your small cukes/celery/mini peppers + sea salt combo, and would love to try that. Just got to find me some pickling cukes. (Maybe in a few months I can raid a country relative's garden... LOL... but I'd like to get my hands on some NOW... )

I had a lovely time with my sister this afternoon. My lunch was a bit of a disaster, as I hadn't realized the chicken on the salad was going to be breaded and had to 'eat around' the breaded parts (I'd remembered to request no cheese and no dressing but forgot to ask about how the chicken was cooked). I did take a WF individual pack of salad dressing, and ate a bunch of lettuce. Now I'm back home and have just had a tomato & basil soup w a cup of celery blended in. I'm going to have to fit in that extra cup of veggies somehow through the day. And I stocked up on rhubarb. :D And bought 4 boxes of Pure Protein bars at Walmart. :D:D Plus had a very nice visit with my sister. All in all, a very successful outing. Oh - and as she learned more about this diet and how rhubarb fits into my eating program, she reminded me that they grow LOTS of rhubarb in their garden, and I can soon get all I want - fresh - from them. Rhubarb wasn't on my radar before IP... I had not known they even grew the stuff... now it's essential to my meal planning. Go figure. LOL. :)

CassiR
04-28-2012, 04:25 PM
Congrats Cassie! Yay! on starting Phase2 today. Good Luck :)

Thank you. Congrats on 4lbs!!! You're doing fabulous and will be done in no time!

NewPath
04-28-2012, 04:54 PM
So, I hope that I am not wearing out my welcome here at 3FatChicks.
I am still worrying about my WI tommorow. I am guilty of eating the same thing every day.

6:00 Thyroid meds
8:00 Shake(or cappacino) with vitamins
10:00 Sometimes a slice of pepper-(only as needed when sugar feels low)
11:30 Salad w/vinegar and oil;soup with cucumbers and mushrooms/pickle(for treat)
3:00 Packet or RTD
7:00/8:00 Shrimp w/lemon and hot mustard;salad;cucumbers-vitamins
9:00 packet-if needed w/vitamins
10:00 Bed

On the weekends I drink my 2 cups of spinach with chocolate drink. I like it and it seems to aid the digestive system rather quickly ;)

I live a fast paced life and am on the road to and from school and then right to son's baseball games after that. I have been OP for exactly 16 days. I had a 12 pound WI on day 8. Tomorrow will be my second WI.

So, I need to start switching things up....I know. I need to look for things that are easy,portable and tasty. I am going to get my grill going...that should help.
I would love ideas that are super simple and easy. I have never been a good cook. I find that if something is the least bit complicated, especially at dinner, when I am tired....I would just rather not eat... I fear that this could slow my weight loss. One thing that I have noticed is that people eat their veges throughout the day! I am going to start doing that....especially at breakfast. I did not know that that was allowed. Also, I have a new coach, starting tomorrow. My first one basically said nothing....other than "wow", "good job" and "let's get your food".

Please feel free to critique my daily diet.

NewPath
04-28-2012, 05:00 PM
Good afternoon everyone! I have been up since 3:30am! Ahhh the joys of switching your schedule from nights to days! I'm really crabby today and moments from losing my cool! I did a few hours of yard work this morning since its going to rain all week in Central Alberta and the lady across my alley pissed me right off this morning (she has mental health issues and I'm a social worker who works with people with mental health issues) and it was just one of those days where I wish I didn't have to deal with my work at home. Then my poor puppy had the runs all over the house just moments after I washed the floors, its just one of those days I'm having! The day will get better, trying to stay positive! Hope you all have wonderful day!

Billster
I hope that your day is going better. I give you a lot of credit for staying OP with such a difficult schedule with the days and nights. I have read that that can really cause problems with your metabolism and sleeping. Try to get alot of rest. I find that, when I am sleep deprived , everything is soooo much more difficult.
Keep up the great work!!!!!

LizRR
04-28-2012, 06:31 PM
I think this might have contributed to some of my smaller weight loses. I eat cucumbers and celery everyday for my veggies and rasp jello every night for my snack and choc drink every morning. I think between the veggies and jello I wasn't getting enough calories on the days I didn't eat red meat.

I had a similar schedule - garlic roasted celery is a dinner veggie staple and I had the raspberry jelly as my daily 4pm snack. I am changing it up as of today:
1. Replacing my daily rasp jelly snack with a restricted (never had 1 before)
2. Making my rasp jelly&rhubarb my 4th IP on weightlifting days
3. Oh, and I started my weightlifting class again 3x/week, hence the 4th IP
I am a little anxious of the change...but we will see how it goes!

Speaking of...who cleaned out the frozen rhubarb at the Plano, TX Central Market! I walked up to 3 bags left (my usual weekly amount) and just know someone made a stockpile run!

WingnutandMe
04-28-2012, 06:45 PM
Do you find pickling cukes right in amongst the rest of the veggies? I can't recall ever seeing such a thing. I like the idea of your small cukes/celery/mini peppers + sea salt combo, and would love to try that. Just got to find me some pickling cukes. (Maybe in a few months I can raid a country relative's garden... LOL... but I'd like to get my hands on some NOW... )

Evepet,

I normally buy them at a farmer's market. They get all their stock from the big Atlanta Farmer's Market, but we are 80 miles south and it's a small community. As far as I can remember, this place always have them. Today, I was in a hurry and couldn't stop at the farmer's market, but still had no problem finding them at the grocery store (more expensive). These were labeled Product of Brazil, so they are not local, yet. I'm sure they will be soon as lots of veggies are starting to come in from south Florida.

You made me curious really how different are they. I found this explanation online.

"All varieties of cucumbers can theoretically be used as salad cucumbers, also known as slicing cucumbers, or as pickling cucumbers. However, some varieties of cucumbers are much better suited for one type of preparation than the other. Regardless of whether a cucumber is to be sliced and eaten as is, or pickled and then consumed, the most important qualities of any cucumber are that it is fresh and crisp, not overripe and soft. Certain varieties of cucumbers have been bred specifically for use in pickling. By using these varieties, the home pickling enthusiast will end up with a crisper and more flavorful result."

I guess that's what I like about the pickling cukes, they are firmer in texture.

Good luck searching.
Molly

Tinawebb
04-28-2012, 07:03 PM
Yeesh! this is very concerning to me. This week I ate mostly cucumbers. At my evening meal, I stick to shrimp only ,with occassional beef. I am on week two.
I lost 12 pounds my first week. I weigh in tomorrow. I am so stressed that I won't have a weight loss!!!! I feel lighter, my clothes have been really loose, and I fit into a new size top. I just get so anxious the two days before weigh in. Should I bulk up on broccoli and cauliflower today????

Cucumbers are so easy to travel with and prepare. I am really disappointed that they are now going to be free!!!!! I actually like cucumbers : (

Dont stress, I might have had smaller loses those weeks, but I still lost. Any loss is a good loss;)

Tinawebb
04-28-2012, 07:09 PM
I eat cukes and celery everyday and count them as part of my veggies. Its worked for me for the past year so I am not changing a thing....lol


Just be warned that broccoli and cauliflower are high carb veggies. Like I said above, I have had a cuke EVERYDAY for the past year for lunch and have counted it as part of my 4 cups of veggies I am NOT changing anything!

Good morning everyone, I was wide awake at 7am this morning, this has been happening the last few days for some reason not that I am complaining at all....lol....cleaning house today, laundry and washing linens. Windows are open and I am enjoying the fresh air. I won tickets on the radio to Smokin the sound (boat races) but can't find anyone to go with me....what is up with that??...oh well, who knows I may go by myself...NEVER do that but there is always a first for everything right?.....lol

Sounds good to me then. Especially because I'm not particularly fond of broccoli.

Stefany1769
04-28-2012, 07:19 PM
My first weigh in was more successful than I expected! :)
Down 7.9 lbs and 5" :D yeah!

WingnutandMe
04-28-2012, 07:25 PM
My first weigh in was more successful than I expected! :)
Down 7.9 lbs and 5" :D yeah!

Congratulations. :bravo: :cp:

I know it's hard at first to feel confident that it will work or you've done the right thing, but if you stick to the program, you'll lose. Not worth stressing over. Just keep it up. That great loss should boost your confidence. It becomes second nature after a will.

Keep at it.

Molly

LSJ100
04-28-2012, 07:31 PM
Hey everyone - mixed experience at my WI today...the good news...down another 2.5 lbs and 5.25 in!!! I was especially happy with the inches as it's the first time I've lost off my thighs and arms. You would think, "great job," right? Well, I got in trouble with the coach who is reporting me to the head of the clinic for drinking sparkling water (made with a Soda Stream). She said no bubbles are allowed and was very rude to me, saying "imagine how you would have done if you hadn't cheated." I just can't see how that is a cheat??? She couldn't even explain it to me, said bubbles do something to your gut...

luvthesun
04-28-2012, 07:32 PM
My first weigh in was more successful than I expected! :)
Down 7.9 lbs and 5" :D yeah!
Amazing!!! So rewarding for such hard work!

evepet
04-28-2012, 08:11 PM
Hey everyone - mixed experience at my WI today...the good news...down another 2.5 lbs and 5.25 in!!! I was especially happy with the inches as it's the first time I've lost off my thighs and arms. You would think, "great job," right? Well, I got in trouble with the coach who is reporting me to the head of the clinic for drinking sparkling water (made with a Soda Stream). She said no bubbles are allowed and was very rude to me, saying "imagine how you would have done if you hadn't cheated." I just can't see how that is a cheat??? She couldn't even explain it to me, said bubbles do something to your gut...

Wow - she doesn't seem to have a very good attitude for a coach. (Seems many of them don't? These 'coaches' could sure use some training on interpersonal skills and ways to keep people motivated) You didn't know you weren't supposed to be using a Soda Stream (btw - you're not alone -I've read of others on here who use one - I was kind of intrigued by the idea and googled it myself, to check out the cost, etc., but decided to stay away from the carbonation on that regular a basis)... surely a more supportive attitude was called for. And 'reporting' you to the head of the clinic? LOL... shades of high school. You're doing great... I say 'Great Job!'

evepet
04-28-2012, 08:14 PM
Evepet,

I normally buy them at a farmer's market. They get all their stock from the big Atlanta Farmer's Market, but we are 80 miles south and it's a small community. As far as I can remember, this place always have them. Today, I was in a hurry and couldn't stop at the farmer's market, but still had no problem finding them at the grocery store (more expensive). These were labeled Product of Brazil, so they are not local, yet. I'm sure they will be soon as lots of veggies are starting to come in from south Florida.

You made me curious really how different are they. I found this explanation online.

"All varieties of cucumbers can theoretically be used as salad cucumbers, also known as slicing cucumbers, or as pickling cucumbers. However, some varieties of cucumbers are much better suited for one type of preparation than the other. Regardless of whether a cucumber is to be sliced and eaten as is, or pickled and then consumed, the most important qualities of any cucumber are that it is fresh and crisp, not overripe and soft. Certain varieties of cucumbers have been bred specifically for use in pickling. By using these varieties, the home pickling enthusiast will end up with a crisper and more flavorful result."

I guess that's what I like about the pickling cukes, they are firmer in texture.

Good luck searching.
Molly

Thanks Molly.

NewPath
04-28-2012, 08:18 PM
I had a similar schedule - garlic roasted celery is a dinner veggie staple and I had the raspberry jelly as my daily 4pm snack. I am changing it up as of today:
1. Replacing my daily rasp jelly snack with a restricted (never had 1 before)
2. Making my rasp jelly&rhubarb my 4th IP on weightlifting days
3. Oh, and I started my weightlifting class again 3x/week, hence the 4th IP
I am a little anxious of the change...but we will see how it goes!

Speaking of...who cleaned out the frozen rhubarb at the Plano, TX Central Market! I walked up to 3 bags left (my usual weekly amount) and just knoe someone made a stockpile run!

Could you please share your yummy garlic roasted celery recipe?
Thanks!

NewPath
04-28-2012, 08:24 PM
Hey everyone - mixed experience at my WI today...the good news...down another 2.5 lbs and 5.25 in!!! I was especially happy with the inches as it's the first time I've lost off my thighs and arms. You would think, "great job," right? Well, I got in trouble with the coach who is reporting me to the head of the clinic for drinking sparkling water (made with a Soda Stream). She said no bubbles are allowed and was very rude to me, saying "imagine how you would have done if you hadn't cheated." I just can't see how that is a cheat??? She couldn't even explain it to me, said bubbles do something to your gut...

I drink lemon flavored seltzer water sometimes. It tastes like a real treat. Is seltzer water a no no?!!!!!!!

sunshinered
04-28-2012, 08:30 PM
Good morning everyone! I am so excited; the weather is great here in Spokane and I get to spend the day with my grandkids at the circus today. Should be loads of fun! I have my packet and veggies to eat before we go and that will work out great. I really have no plans to ever go back to my old eating; the one thing that I have finally learned in my 60+ years is this. I cannot eat certain foods (bread, sweets, pasta) I am a carb addict and once I start the floodgate opens and I am ravenous. When my program is complete I will still need to watch carbs and get most of them from fruit and vegetables. Sweets will never be my friend again; they ruined my life for years and it is so much easier when they are no longer part of my life. It was just a really bad relationship. LOL! Thanks for this forum, it is so wonderful to hear from all you loveley people on this IP journey! Hugs!

Love your profile pic! You are beautiful! The little one is pretty adorable too!

LizRR
04-28-2012, 08:38 PM
I was told no sparkling beverages that use phosphoric acid processes to get the bubbles, most commercial seltzers use that. Sodastream should be okay since its a pure CO2 used for carbonation. I talked w/my coach who was quite aware of the why's.

About to go out to a fancy steakhouse w/the inlaws but will check back tonight w/more blabber!

And thank you for sharing your stories New Path and 3sisters. I feel even closer to my IP family!

atho128
04-28-2012, 08:39 PM
Just had dinner! (salad with tuna, spinash, and cauliflower with lemon juice, salt and pepper) and I am STUFFED!!!! I loveeeee this diet!! Losing weight and feeling full is wonderful!

3sisters
04-28-2012, 08:56 PM
Let's do this 3Sisters and all IPEEPS.....let's get our groove back!!!!!

Oh yes, we WILL do this NewPath! :hug:

Back from the baby shower - they had chicken enchiladas - I made a salad of the shredded lettuce and pico, had my fill of celery and drank a quart of water! Passed up the fruit pizza also - I even did all the serving and didn't feel a bit tempted! I call that a success! :)

Cadu, how did your shower go? (Edit - sorry, I just reread your post - the shower is not until NEXT week!)

licaba
04-28-2012, 09:01 PM
asked this a couple days ago but don't think anyone got around to answering me. Perrier? yes no? Thanks everyone!

3sisters
04-28-2012, 09:06 PM
asked this a couple days ago but don't think anyone got around to answering me. Perrier? yes no? Thanks everyone!

Don't know for sure, but I think they want you to stay away from the carbonation.

sunshinered
04-28-2012, 09:09 PM
Andie,

I had always looked at them and thought, "I bet these taste better than regular cukes." About a month or so ago, I bought a few. My thoughts were correct and I think they are better. Maybe just me though. I slice them up and cut up the celery and the mini peppers and grind a bunch of sea salt all over and it's fun finger food and no problem for me to get in 2 cups of veggies at lunch.

Hope you find you like them too.
Molly

Do you eat the seeds in the mini peppers or just cut up to where the seeds are and toss the rest?

NewPath
04-28-2012, 09:11 PM
42102

Just found these recipes in an old thread:)

hope12
04-28-2012, 09:26 PM
14 pounds in three weeks?! thats amazing!! I'm around the size you were when you started, but I'm a littleeee taller and a little heavier, but would you mind telling me you average day menu?? I'm really hoping for results as amazing as yours and want to to everything possible to get them. Do you ever have a 4th IP packet or anything like that??

Hi atho128,
I was surprised in this week's WI, since last week I lost only 1.4. My first week on IP, I had an upset tummy. Maybe that contributed for the huge 8.8 lbs loss!

I upped my water intake to 100oz and switched dinner to lunch for week3. I have been on 3 IP packets a day, but last Thursday and Friday, I felt super hungry. Those were the only 2 days that I added a 4th IP packet. The other thing that I did change for week3, was instead of 8oz chicken, I tried 6oz chicken and 2 oz turkey (was so bored of eating chicken :D). Other than this, it's the usual 2 cups veggies for lunch and dinner with the 3 IP packets each day.

For the 1st time since I started IP, I received a compliment from my co-worker who asked "Did you stop eating candy? You seem to have lost weight". I couldn't stop smiling all evening long :)

hope12
04-28-2012, 09:31 PM
My first weigh in was more successful than I expected! :)
Down 7.9 lbs and 5" :D yeah!

Congratulations on your great start on the IP journey :)

evepet
04-28-2012, 09:32 PM
I was surprised to see the amount of potassium that I have consumed through my food/drink intake today. It comes to a total of 2,662 mg for the day. Plus, on top of that, I had my standard IP potassium supplement at breakfast this am.

At everydayhealth.com they say that the recommended dietary intake of potassium is 2,000 mg/day.

I log my daily food/drink intake in at fatsecret.com, and it seems that almost everything I ate or drank today (except water) included significant amounts of potassium - eg. 3 cups black decaf coffee =384 mg; my breakfast cereal (a soy-based alternative product) = 129 mg; a cup of celery in my soup today = 263 mg; the packet of soup = 240 mg; pork chops for dinner = 412 mg; rhubarb at dinner = 351 mg; a tomato today at dinner = 292 mg; zucchini at dinner = 325 mg; my planned before-bed whey protein-based smoothie = 130 mg..... plus a couple of other, smaller amounts.

The total just surprised me, especially in view of the concern IP has that we remain with adequate levels of potassium.

Edited:: After more googling, I'm finding a greater range of recommendated amounts of daily potassium intake - The Food and Drug Administration recommends about 3500 mg/day. The Institute of Medicine recommends 4700 mg/day. Today's 2662 mgs + Natura supplement seems to put me in a good place.

Samba
04-28-2012, 09:34 PM
Perrier is weakly acidic. iP diet acid/base balance is one of the benefits of the diet and one of the reasons there are few complications while on it. An acidic drink might mess with that.
Besides this, I have sworn off Perrier forever due to the phosphorus and potential affect on bone health.

WingnutandMe
04-28-2012, 09:40 PM
Do you eat the seeds in the mini peppers or just cut up to where the seeds are and toss the rest?

Hi sunshinered,

I cut the stem end off. Then I slice them in half. I remove what seeds are there. With them cut in half, the inside takes up the salt better. I actually got a bag a few weeks ago, that did not have any seeds in them. It was a different brand than what I normally buy.

Molly

atho128
04-28-2012, 09:46 PM
Hi atho128,
I was surprised in this week's WI, since last week I lost only 1.4. My first week on IP, I had an upset tummy. Maybe that contributed for the huge 8.8 lbs loss!

I upped my water intake to 100oz and switched dinner to lunch for week3. I have been on 3 IP packets a day, but last Thursday and Friday, I felt super hungry. Those were the only 2 days that I added a 4th IP packet. The other thing that I did change for week3, was instead of 8oz chicken, I tried 6oz chicken and 2 oz turkey (was so bored of eating chicken :D). Other than this, it's the usual 2 cups veggies for lunch and dinner with the 3 IP packets each day.

For the 1st time since I started IP, I received a compliment from my co-worker who asked "Did you stop eating candy? You seem to have lost weight". I couldn't stop smiling all evening long :)

Thanks sooo much for the help! And congrats again on how well you are doing! I bet you look awesome!

evepet
04-28-2012, 09:54 PM
Hi sunshinered,

I cut the stem end off. Then I slice them in half. I remove what seeds are there. With them cut in half, the inside takes up the salt better. I actually got a bag a few weeks ago, that did not have any seeds in them. It was a different brand than what I normally buy.

Molly

Can't help but think that growing pickling cukes in a big container on my balcony might be interesting this summer... :D:D Apparently there are special varieties of seed for pickling cukes. I'm certainly going to be on the program right through the summer.

WingnutandMe
04-28-2012, 10:02 PM
Can't help but think that growing pickling cukes in a big container on my balcony might be interesting this summer... :D:D Apparently there are special varieties of seed for pickling cukes. I'm certainly going to be on the program right through the summer.

You know that cukes grow on sprawling vines? You could make a trellis to tie them up on or let them sprawl on the balcony. I have a friend who grows everything in pots (our soil in Georgia is red clay)

If you do grow them, you'll have to keep us updated and post some pics. I'll be here. I figure it will take until next year to loose my weight.

Molly

LSJ100
04-28-2012, 10:13 PM
Thanks for the feedback and support everyone! I knew I'd feel better once I talked to people here...my husband even said, "I think you should get online and go to the forum and then you'll feel better." For those still with questions, I started a thread and infoplease posted some good resources on sparkling vs still water. Sparkling could be a strain on the kidneys and hurt the alkaline environment this diet creates in the body. It seems some coaches allow it and some don't but I'm going to give it up for now...another thing to look forward to in Phase 4!

jcjnjj
04-28-2012, 10:39 PM
I'm glad I read these posts tonight. I thought Club Soda was ok to drink on IP. In fact, I had one today with some MIO (kool-aid mustache incident).

snolover
04-28-2012, 10:52 PM
asked this a couple days ago but don't think anyone got around to answering me. Perrier? yes no? Thanks everyone!

I've had Perrier since the very first day on the diet. I have a small bottle every day. It's my only treat!!!

Tammywhiz
04-28-2012, 10:58 PM
I went through my closets today, put away my winter clothes and got out my summer ones. Sooo many summer clothes that had to go to the give away pile, because they were too big. Some that have been too small for a few years but they were faves so I was hanging onto them, now they are too big !

Funny I was so hesitant to put some of my favorites in the give away bag even though they were too big, I guess always wondering if I will "grow back into them" I did though and tomorrow they will be gone ! This way if I gain weight, I will have to go out naked !!! lol (that wouldn't be good)

I still have a few pairs of summer capris that will get me through the next couple of months. Funny thing that most of my tops still fit perfectly, I guess my bottom half is shrinking more than my top, anyone else experience this?

NewPath
04-28-2012, 11:00 PM
*I am in control of who I will become. I accept the past, when I could not.
*I feel good. Much better than I did before committing to the protocol.
*I feel very proud of myself for making a committment to myself.:)
*I feel healthy when I eat every single thing on this lifestyle committment.
*I feel like I may live longer and be here for my precious children and friends.
*I am amazed at how my life has been, well, sad because of my food choices.
*I feel happy that every day my body will benefit from the right foods.
*I am thrilled that I no longer crave the crappy carbs that got me here!
*After nightmares, sweats, and insomnia on week 1....I am sleeping GREAT!
*I love my 3FatChicks community! I am thankful for everyone.
*I have hopes and dreams. I am moving on!!!!!!!:carrot:

Samba
04-28-2012, 11:03 PM
I think I noted on some thread where people mentioned they were given guidelines on how many Splenda packets, etc they might consider having.

I have seen people unload a handful into drinks several times a day. There has to a reasonable amount of things even if they are allowed!??

With the carbonation things, amounts and frequency would be a factor in the relative problems that might occur. It is not something I need to consume, so I gave it all up. Then I read about the stuff and I think I will give it up generally as a normal food plan item. I do think I am going to have to live with some sort of plan the rest of my life. It is obvious what my body does with carbs. It is obvious how my mind and body respond to them. I lost a lot of good time to obesity, poor health and generally feeling lousy. Nothing that I can consume in a few moments is worth reliving that sort of life. Once I came to that, my pleasure eating thoughts sort of lost their power to high jack my consumption. There are other things that feel good to me now and the eating "feel good" less appealing.

Kaypix
04-28-2012, 11:53 PM
Samba: Did you lose the 37 lbs in the past 3 months or so (i.e. Feb 1 - Apr 20) ? I'm starting very close in size and am wondering if I can have any expectations at this point (I'm coach-less as I am broke, but make room for the food)

patns
04-28-2012, 11:55 PM
Hello everyone. I made it to Dallas Thursday night. I had a great day with my sister yesterday. It was sunny and a warm 85 degrees :) I was in heaven!!! I needed this warm weather. I had a great salad bar lunch outside on a patio overlooking a lake. It is so nice to have IP choices easily available at restaurants here. Makes this trip so easy. We are going to do a little shopping today and have another salad bar lunch. Then we are going to spend the afternoon sitting outside and enjoying her pool. I could get used to this :) I hope everyone has a great weekend.


No one like us northeners can appreciate that warm southern sunshine. Enjoy!!!
But hey, they don't have rhubarb down there so there are some pluses to the north.

LizRR
04-28-2012, 11:58 PM
Regarding seltzer...which I happen to make & drink daily: (article link at bottom)

All diet drinks (i.e. sugar-free, carb-free) are NOT contraindicated on the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method. The problem that can arise is imbalances in acid / base regulation. Our protocol is very alkaline and this is why we do not see complications common to other “protein type diets”, namely kidney stones, gout, bone spurs, etc. Some diet drinks (Crystal Light for example) are mixed with water and these are acceptable. Many others (flavored Aqua-fina, Dasani, etc.) contain alot of phosphoric acid. This is a very strong acid and will play havoc with the body’s bicarbonate buffering system. The same goes for diet sodas…particularly the “brown ones”…Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, root beer, etc.).

Flavored seltzers are usually OK, just read the label and make sure it is carb-free and contains no phosphoric acid. Carbonated beverages contain CO2 which, when dissolved in water becomes carbonic acid, a weak acid (unlike phosphoric). To have a glass of these occasionally would not be a problem, but consuming large amounts (like in place ofthe 2 liters of water per day) would not be a good idea. The pH of Perrier is about 5.7, weakly acidic.

http://www.iwlnow.com/?page_id=553

infoplease
04-29-2012, 12:28 AM
Regarding seltzer...which I happen to make & drink daily: (article link at bottom)

All diet drinks (i.e. sugar-free, carb-free) are NOT contraindicated on the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method. The problem that can arise is imbalances in acid / base regulation. Our protocol is very alkaline and this is why we do not see complications common to other “protein type diets”, namely kidney stones, gout, bone spurs, etc. Some diet drinks (Crystal Light for example) are mixed with water and these are acceptable. Many others (flavored Aqua-fina, Dasani, etc.) contain alot of phosphoric acid. This is a very strong acid and will play havoc with the body’s bicarbonate buffering system. The same goes for diet sodas…particularly the “brown ones”…Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, root beer, etc.).

Flavored seltzers are usually OK, just read the label and make sure it is carb-free and contains no phosphoric acid. Carbonated beverages contain CO2 which, when dissolved in water becomes carbonic acid, a weak acid (unlike phosphoric). To have a glass of these occasionally would not be a problem, but consuming large amounts (like in place ofthe 2 liters of water per day) would not be a good idea. The pH of Perrier is about 5.7, weakly acidic.

http://www.iwlnow.com/?page_id=553

LizRR, thank you so much for posting the specifics and the link.

haddy4
04-29-2012, 12:38 AM
Good day at the ballpark all day and didnt cheat !!!! brought my vegies and a r2d and lots of water..Son played awesome won both games great weather.Tomorrow out in the boat fishing so will try to be good and pack lots of vegies..hope everyone is having a good weekend..:)

patns
04-29-2012, 12:43 AM
I had paosted this from about.com last week. several people asked about it later so I am reposting it on the weekend thread.
Pat

Question: Can You Drink Too Much Water?

Answer: You've probably heard that it's important to 'drink plenty of fluids' or simply 'drink lots of water'. There are excellent reasons for drinking water, but have you ever wondered if it's possible to drink too much water. Here's what you need to know:
Can You Really Drink Too Much Water?

In a word, yes. Drinking too much water can lead to a condition known as water intoxication and to a related problem resulting from the dilution of sodium in the body, hyponatremia. Water intoxication is most commonly seen in infants under six months of age and sometimes in athletes. A baby can get water intoxication as a result of drinking several bottles of water a day or from drinking infant formula that has been diluted too much. Athletes can also suffer from water intoxication. Athletes sweat heavily, losing both water and electrolytes. Water intoxication and hyponatremia result when a dehydrated person drinks too much water without the accompanying electrolytes.

What Happens During Water Intoxication?

When too much water enters the body's cells, the tissues swell with the excess fluid. Your cells maintain a specific concentration gradient, so excess water outside the cells (the serum) draws sodium from within the cells out into the serum in an attempt to re-establish the necessary concentration. As more water accumulates, the serum sodium concentration drops -- a condition known as hyponatremia. The other way cells try to regain the electrolyte balance is for water outside the cells to rush into the cells via osmosis. The movement of water across a semipermeable membrane from higher to lower concentration is called osmosis. Although electrolytes are more concentrated inside the cells than outside, the water outside the cells is 'more concentrated' or 'less dilute' since it contains fewer electrolytes. Both electrolytes and water move across the cell membrane in an effort to balance concentration. Theoretically, cells could swell to the point of bursting.

From the cell's point of view, water intoxication produces the same effects as would result from drowning in fresh water. Electrolyte imbalance and tissue swelling can cause an irregular heartbeat, allow fluid to enter the lungs, and may cause fluttering eyelids. Swelling puts pressure on the brain and nerves, which can cause behaviors resembling alcohol intoxication. Swelling of brain tissues can cause seizures, coma and ultimately death unless water intake is restricted and a hypertonic saline (salt) solution is administered. If treatment is given before tissue swelling causes too much cellular damage, then a complete recovery can be expected within a few days.

It's Not How Much You Drink, It's How Fast You Drink It!

The kidneys of a healthy adult can process fifteen liters of water a day! You are unlikely to suffer from water intoxication, even if you drink a lot of water, as long as you drink over time as opposed to intaking an enormous volume at one time. As a general guideline, most adults need about three quarts of fluid each day. Much of that water comes from food, so 8-12 eight ounce glasses a day is a common recommended intake. You may need more water if the weather is very warm or very dry, if you are exercising, or if you are taking certain medications. The bottom line is this: it's possible to drink too much water, but unless you are running a marathon or an infant, water intoxication is a very uncommon condition.

DanafromAustin
04-29-2012, 12:57 AM
Well, I got in trouble with the coach who is reporting me to the head of the clinic for drinking sparkling water (made with a Soda Stream).
Reporting you to the head of the clinic...really? Are they sending you to the principal's office after that? I think I would have just started laughing at that point.

Sometimes the simplest quotes hit home. When I was struggling for motivation to start this journey, DanafromAustin gave me this one: "None of us are any more special or have more will power than the next. It really all comes down to how much you really want this." Thanks, Dana, I needed that! I am going to print the quote and tape it to my refrigerator.
You're welcome! I guess every once in awhile I do have a flash of brilliance. ;)
Seriously though, I'm glad I could help and I know you can do this.

DanafromAustin
04-29-2012, 01:19 AM
Crazy busy day and I can't believe I finally have time to get on here.

I've been doing a lot of thinking about IP these past few days, and I think after my WI on Tuesday I'm going to phase 3 for a week or two, and then back to phase 1 like Lisa did recently. My reason for this is I feel like I'm really starting to slow down in my weight loss, and I think I need to shake it up a bit. The past several weeks it has been hard to even get a 2 pound loss and now this week nothing. I have been on IP for 7 1/2 months 100% and have lost a lot of weight. Other than a couple of phase 2 days here and there when I was out of town, I think my body has started to become almost complacent about the loss. Time to shock the body and wake it up. I still have about 50 pounds I want to loose (I think), and it's just going to slow now. Some have suggested I just do an out and out cheat day, but I know I will get sick to my stomach, and I want to do this methodically, not all willy nilly.

I will run it by my coach, but I think I will do this regardless of what she says. My friend's coach says when you've lost a ton of weight you should phase off for a month to give your body a rest and get your body moving again. I really don't want to spend a month off of phase 1, but I have a feeling phase 3 will do the trick. Wish me luck, I'm kinda nervous about it. :yikes:

Samba
04-29-2012, 01:24 AM
Samba: Did you lose the 37 lbs in the past 3 months or so (i.e. Feb 1 - Apr 20) ? I'm starting very close in size and am wondering if I can have any expectations at this point (I'm coach-less as I am broke, but make room for the food)

Yes, the loss was over that time period. I am 53, peri menopausal, have metabolic syndrome and with insulin resistance a low tolerance for carbs. With all these factors, I am pleased with the loss. If I was younger and had less complexities :dizzy:, it might have been faster. But, in recent history all other diets I tried were so poor as far as results. IP has been amazing! I feel so much better eating the IP foods that I have no way to resent the plan!

The expense of the foods is not easy for me either, but it has been so worth it. Getting to drop 4 prescription meds helped out though. Wow.


My IP home is in SD. I order my foods and long distance the coaching. Nothing close to my home to utilize. I do have two local friends along with me on the journey. Both of them are doing well with super weight loss.:carrot:

LizRR
04-29-2012, 02:12 AM
I had a great dinner with the in-laws tonight celebrating hubby and mother-in-law combo birthdays (5 days apart). Had a petite filet with a double serving of roasted mushrooms (no pasta please!) and it was delicious! I was a little jumpy reading up on the chat today as it's been a busy Saturday!

Just to clarify - I talked with my coach at the beginning regarding seltzer, since I do really enjoy drinking plain CO2 bubbly. She made it clear why some carbonated beverages were bad regarding the phosphoric acid and the alkaline approach to IP and did give me the okay to enjoy the nightly beverage.

I officially started my weightlifting class today - and had my first restricted IP! The choco soypuffs....soooo good! I am replacing my 'usual' raspberry jelly snack with it from now on, and now having my raspberry jelly as my 4th IP packet on weightlifting days (3x/week). I think I've mentioned it a few times already, but I am a little nervous/anxious about changing my routine - but I have been wanting to get back to lifting. I have to say that I was extra hungry after my workout (I haven't been hungry like that since starting IP), that 4th packet is really essential!

mtnsun - I had a similar work/travel challenge weeks 3&4, but sounds like you are doing great now that you are home sweet home!

wingnut - sorry about the carshow turnaround. Hope you make a great weekend of it. And thank you for all of your recipe posts - you have quite the delicious collection. P.S: Seeing your smile always makes me so happy!

I'm going to take Wuv's approach and continue eating my celery (barely eat cukes) as part of my veggie intake.

3sisters: Unrestricted Crispy Cereal Pancakes-I use a rolling pin to crush up the crispy cereal inside the packet, add 1/4tsp baking powder, 2 egg whites and I add a few tsp of water to make my batter a bit thinner. Cook like a pancake. You can add cinammon, vanilla, splenda, to the batter and/or top with WF caramel/chocolate/pancake syrup. I am going to try the sauteed rhubarb mixed with WF strawberry syrup "fruit" topping tomorrow with them. I make pudding pancakes the same way (except swap cereal for pudding flavor of choice). Note that I cleared with my coach 2 egg whites/day are allowed as a freebie, but I only add them on the weekends.

mooselover - glad you enjoyed Dallas! We moved here 5 years ago and we love it, but I'm a native Texan (San Antonio) and was ready to settle close to family! After bouncing 5 years in Boston and 5 years in Tucson - I am home!

Newpath - I can't wait to hear about your WI tomorrow! Sounds like you are doing great and going in the right direction!

DanaFromAustin - sounds like you have a good plan. Very interested in how it goes! It should be reassuring seeing how Wuv did on her phasing.

Could you please share your yummy garlic roasted celery recipe?
Thanks!

I chop & toss together 4 stalks celery, 1/2-head cauliflower or mushrooms, and 5 cloves minced garlic sprayed with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt & pepper and roast it in the oven at 350 for ~25-30 minutes, on a foil lined cookie sheet surrounding a pork loin or chicken breasts. It feeds me, my husband, and 2 year old. I find it easier to roast my meat and veggies in the oven together. I also like to 'crust' my pork loin or chicken with minced garlic, rosemary, and sea salt & pepper.

Stefany1769
04-29-2012, 04:22 AM
I don't think I did the mug cake right...
It went really big and then got really small!
It's like eating a chocolate egg... :/

EDIT: Did I prepare them wrong? Were they too watery? Is that what I did wrong? :( worried about making waffles and muffins now!

Chloe222
04-29-2012, 06:54 AM
Sometimes the simplest quotes hit home. When I was struggling for motivation to start this journey, DanafromAustin gave me this one: "None of us are any more special or have more will power than the next. It really all comes down to how much you really want this."
This IS a great quote. I keep a "diet motivation" word doc - just a little something that I cut & paste anything to that I find helpful. This quote, attributing it to Dana, is on it.

Yeesh! this is very concerning to me. This week I ate mostly cucumbers. At my evening meal, I stick to shrimp only ,with occassional beef. I am on week two.
I lost 12 pounds my first week. I weigh in tomorrow. I am so stressed that I won't have a weight loss!!!! I feel lighter, my clothes have been really loose, and I fit into a new size top. I just get so anxious the two days before weigh in. Should I bulk up on broccoli and cauliflower today????

Cucumbers are so easy to travel with and prepare. I am really disappointed that they are now going to be free!!!!! I actually like cucumbers : (
No worries, your body will respond the same way it did last week - not that you'll lose 12 pounds - obviously probably won't for lots of good reasons - but will lose quite a bit most likely. Celery is so good for you, as are cukes, both of which I love - always have. The celery is helpful for spreading WF mixture of BBQ sauce and whipped peanut butter. Snackish.

Disappointment. Got 1/4 mile to the main road and didn't like the brakes on the Corvair wagon. Took it home loaded everything into DH's 65 Corvair coupe. Made it about 3 miles and it sputtered and coughed and we turned around with it. I had a brief moment when I realized, normally, I would have shoved a bunch of really bad food in me with something like that, but I came and sat down and finished reading posts on the forum instead. DH is out trying to figure what happened with the brakes. Glad we don't depend on these cars for transportation.


Molly, Great you found out when you did re both cars, much better then than 5-10 miles down the road. I'm sorry it happened though but again, thankful you and DH were not in an accident of any type. I have to look for those mini peppers...

Morning!
Ohhh those eating dreams! scary!!
I was watching a show that I dvr and it took place at a resort in Hawaii.....I'm heading there at the very end of July and can not wait! It's a trip that has prompted me to stick with this plan because I want to enjoy every moment of it in a bathing suit and not feel the least bit self conscious! I've got a little bit of time today and am thinking of creating a vision board for myself....gather pictures, images, quotes....so that when I get wrapped up in my head about any cons of this diet I'll have a definitive visual.
Thanks for the recipes and advice that's being shared!
Hi Sun,
We have similar stats right now. At my size, I now fit in Tommy Bahamas sundresses in size medium and they look pretty good. I was amazed, just received a package w/ 1 dress and 3 bathing suits on Friday and gave DH a fashion show. We were both surprised. I then went and bought 2 more TB dresses online in medium. Doubt I'll get to a small since I have medium sized hip bones and medium shoulders (do a lot of lat pull downs at the gym) but if it happens, I'll treat myself to a small dress. These dresses would be perfect for a Hawaii vacation. Will wear w/ a white linen jeans jacket. A little low cut - may wear w/ a camisole. Just thought I'd mention it - its a great look. They have free shipping for the next couple of days.


And sorry, but what is RTD?
Also, are there any alternative bars I could pick up that are 100% ok until my IP shipment arrives on wed? What about a choc drink alternative? I've got plenty of the orange drink and pomegranate drink (dont love it but totally want the collagen so in my mind I've tell myself I need it like it's medicine)....and only 1 packet of choc drink and one of the vanilla...I'm going to try to spread those out as much as possible but don't want the anxiety of feeling I HAVE to...I'd love to alleviate that stress if possible! 5 more days until my supplies come in!
I use a combo of IP and alternatives due to the unreliable availability of IP in my area and now that I've learned so much about alternatives, have complete confidence in their quality and effectiveness w/ IP diet. The sheer cost savings of 60-70% makes it so easy to afford my new wardrobe of Tommy Bahama bathing suits (w/ most recent order, now have 4 new gorgeous suits and 3 incredible sundresses). Read the "Alternatives" thread for lots of great info.
Anyway, re choc and vanilla shakes, I use GNC Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard protein powder in Double Rich Chocolate. Also have it in Vanilla Ice Cream and Extreme Milk Chocolate flavors - like them all. 1 serving has 120 cal, 1 g fat, 3 g carbs, 24 g protein. Very tasty and often on sale, Serving costs around $.75 when on sale. I buy a 5 lb tub and DH and I share it.

Cadu
04-29-2012, 07:36 AM
Good Morning on this lovely Sunday.

I did so much physical stuff yesterday that I was too tired to come on and read last night. (it was a good tired but my body is aching today). I had allot of reading to catch up on this morning.

Molly- I hope you and DH had a lovely anniversay & congrats on the WI
Mylastdiet - I agree, the ceral pancakes heavenly - one of my faves
Dakin & LSJ - stop hogging the Whoosh fairy - LOL
Kelly - whooo hooooo to you on the baggy butt capris
Newpath & 3 sisters- thanks for sharing your stories, Many of us had traumatic things happen in our past and have turned to food to cope. I just try to remember that those things are in the past and they cant hurt me anymore. dwelling on those things had taken away allot of my happiness in the past, I will not let that happen to my present & future. (hence my siggy). much luck to you both.
Hope12- congrats on the WI
Billster - when I first read your post I thought you said my hubby in place of your puppy had the runs all over the house..... i was like, "oh my" I had to read it again. lol thank goodness it was puppy.
Tripmama- you have a great attitude
Stefany - great WI- you must feel great
LSJ - I cant believe youre getting reported.. Your a grown woman not a grade schooler... be careful you dont want her hitting you with a ruler should you have an extra splenda. sheeeeeesh so riddiculous
3 sisters - great job at the shower, yea mine is next Sunday thats why I have been working so hard getting the yard ready, I usually take my time all spring into early summer doing all this stuff but now I am on a rapid timetable. At least it will all be done and I can enjoy the rest of the spring/ summer.
Evepet - great idea.. I think I will grow some veggies in pots this year, maybe peppers, tomatoes, would love to grow cukes as I eat them everyday.
Dana - Doing phase 3 for a spell sounds like a good plan. It may be just what you need to jumpstart. and how exciting will it be to eat a nice breakfast.
Lizz - I also started a little weight training this week. Nothing big just a little since I never weight trained in my life but I do feel great after. It has only been a couple times so far but I swear I feel my butt tightening up already. LOL

Have a great Sunday everybody.

Chloe222
04-29-2012, 07:46 AM
April 13th 2012 was the first day of the rest of my life. I felt the need to share a little about myself to all of those out there who lend out their support and wisdom every day.

Julie

Welcome and thank you for sharing your story. You will find lots of support here on all fronts. This is indeed a journey of many facets. I feel like I have a new circle of friends here, and I can share things here and will not be judged, just receive good feedback and support. You will too, glad you are here! I'm looking forward to hearing about your success with IP and life in general. Everything in life seems to get better as the IP journey continues.
:wel3fc:


I won tickets on the radio to Smokin the sound (boat races) but can't find anyone to go with me....what is up with that??...oh well, who knows I may go by myself...NEVER do that but there is always a first for everything right?.....lol

Wuv, Go alone and watch what happens. Really, bet you will meet some amazing new people. I've found when I was single and would travel alone, I'd meet fascinating people. This is really an opportunity, take it and have fun with it.



Again, I can so identify with this - as I suspect many of us can. Absolutely have trigger foods (sweets, peanut butter, bread) and know that I may never be able to eat some of them again because "moderation" does not seem to be possible. At least it hasn't in the past. Maybe I will be able to handle things differently when I reach my goal and have a new outlook and way of approaching food. But for now, I'm not counting on that happening.

Have any of you tried "Total Tea" from your IP center? It is a "gentle detox" and "complete digestive aid" - just a tea bag you have like normal tea (and actually very delicious tea!) - and it really seems to help if you are suffering from "C". Only $1 per tea bag (one per day) which seems like a bargain with the cost of the other IP products! Anyway, I would recommend it.


I understand what you mean re trigger foods - have to watch the chocolate and the things like garlic bread...

Re tea, Traditional Medicinals brand "Smooth Move" tea helps w/ the big C. Available at many grocery stores. 16 tea bags, around $4. A good option I thought I'd mention. Also from the drugstore some people swear by magnesium citrate or Dulcolax.

Came out losing 0.8lb and a lot of inches. I'll take it! Today I start phase 2 so I went out and bought a lot of animal protein for the week ahead.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Congrats on starting phase 2. I started last week in preparation for upcoming vacation. Typically have chicken salad for lunch, very filling. Today will poach lots of chicken breast in preparation for lunches. Make it WF mayo to which I add golden mustard or curry powder - sometimes a little lemon. Serve over a bed of lettuce, green cabbage, cukes and celery, salt and pepper. Sometimes it's too much to eat in 1 sitting, so eat 80% of it and save the other 20% for late afternoon.


Billster, Hope the rest of your day went better. Excited for you - that wedding is just around the corner!

:)Evepet, Glad you had a lovely visit with your sister. And now a rhubarb source! Nice!

So, I hope that I am not wearing out my welcome here at 3FatChicks.
I am still worrying about my WI tommorow. I am guilty of eating the same thing every day.
As said, I find making chicken salad so easy and can do the same with shrimp salad. Roasting a small roast and slicing it up, freezing it portions and then throwing it over salad with Walden farms dressing is helpful. Google Walden farms dressing (I use www.netrition.com (http://www.netrition.com)) to buy WF single serving packs and always have a zip lock bag of 1 soup packet, 2 WF dressing packets, 1 Mio water flavoring (next to Crystal LIight in grocery store), herbal tea bags, chocolate liquid stevia for coffee flavoring) in my purse. Being prepared like this makes eating out easy and can stay OP. All the cukes ideas here are great too! Just make a big bowl of sliced cukes and take some in a tupperware dish every day.

Cadu
04-29-2012, 08:50 AM
All the cukes ideas here are great too! Just make a big bowl of sliced cukes and take some in a tupperware dish every day.

Hi Chloe
It's funny, now I actually look forward to eating my cukes everyday, who woulda thought that would ever happen.. I dice em mix with a little evoo & salt.. delish.

Sewmam
04-29-2012, 09:08 AM
*I am in control of who I will become. I accept the past, when I could not.
*I feel good. Much better than I did before committing to the protocol.
*I feel very proud of myself for making a committment to myself.:)
*I feel healthy when I eat every single thing on this lifestyle committment.
*I feel like I may live longer and be here for my precious children and friends.
*I am amazed at how my life has been, well, sad because of my food choices.
*I feel happy that every day my body will benefit from the right foods.
*I am thrilled that I no longer crave the crappy carbs that got me here!
*After nightmares, sweats, and insomnia on week 1....I am sleeping GREAT!
*I love my 3FatChicks community! I am thankful for everyone.
*I have hopes and dreams. I am moving on!!!!!!!:carrot:

I love this! Great attitude and it will carry you along through the hard times... Thanks!

Regarding seltzer...which I happen to make & drink daily: (article link at bottom)



Thanks for posting this - great explanation. We should have this stuff in the stickies...

I had paosted this from about.com last week. several people asked about it later so I am reposting it on the weekend thread.
Pat

Question: Can You Drink Too Much Water?



Again, great explanation - is this in a sticky? Thanks for posting it!

Molly - I feel your pain on the old cars. AAA never made a profit on me when I owned the Mustang, and for years, I didn't even have a cell phone to call for help. But, love those old cars.... :)

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Good morning everybody. Boy, I was so tired last night that I posted a couple of things and then went to bed! Nothing like sleep and hot stick-to-the-ribs oatmeal in the morning to get you going again...

Made progress on the carport. Got samples of some trim paint and need to decide the color and then go buy it. It's another cold, windy and drizzly day here. I guess 'cold' is relative though... ;) I looked lovely yesterday, with 3 sweatshirts, long underwear and my painting pants held up with safety pins, not to mention a knit hat with paint splatters on it! I managed to keep going with spinach smoothies loaded with protein, IP S&V chips, avoiding the nuts and cookies.

Well, I better get myself up and get going - hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!

Skinnyminny26
04-29-2012, 09:37 AM
So.I have decided to open up and share my story of how I got here...I had always been a chubby kid, in high school I had an older boyfriend that was very degrading and became anorexic...I over came this with the help of my mom and my best friend. When I was 23 my mom died in a car accident, I turned to food, ended up at weight watchers and lost about 17 pounds. Then just last October my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer....very suddenly, he had stroke like symptoms, went to the er and my whole world changed that day. At first I turned to food, then as I am seeing him fight his way through this he has inspired me to fight through my weight. Every time I think of cheating, I think....dad can't and wouldn't cheat on his journey. I have a very supportive family, my oldest son which is just 8 even helps me out by telling me not to cheat and how good I'm doing, I keepvtelling myself that any loss is a great loss but sometimes its a little frutrating, as we humans want instant gratification! 35 pounds to go....as my dad always says....WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS!!

kellycg102
04-29-2012, 09:44 AM
My first weigh in was more successful than I expected! :)
Down 7.9 lbs and 5" :D yeah!

That is fantastic:carrot::carrot: good luck in your journey

Hey everyone - mixed experience at my WI today...the good news...down another 2.5 lbs and 5.25 in!!! I was especially happy with the inches as it's the first time I've lost off my thighs and arms. You would think, "great job," right? Well, I got in trouble with the coach who is reporting me to the head of the clinic for drinking sparkling water (made with a Soda Stream). She said no bubbles are allowed and was very rude to me, saying "imagine how you would have done if you hadn't cheated." I just can't see how that is a cheat??? She couldn't even explain it to me, said bubbles do something to your gut...

Wow a little overboard I would say!!! Some education in a polite and respectful way would have done the job. I have no experience with sparkling water....not really a fan, but I see some of our IP family have posted some great info, good luck.

I went through my closets today, put away my winter clothes and got out my summer ones. Sooo many summer clothes that had to go to the give away pile, because they were too big. Some that have been too small for a few years but they were faves so I was hanging onto them, now they are too big !

Funny I was so hesitant to put some of my favorites in the give away bag even though they were too big, I guess always wondering if I will "grow back into them" I did though and tomorrow they will be gone ! This way if I gain weight, I will have to go out naked !!! lol (that wouldn't be good)

I still have a few pairs of summer capris that will get me through the next couple of months. Funny thing that most of my tops still fit perfectly, I guess my bottom half is shrinking more than my top, anyone else experience this?

I am soooooooooooooooo nervous about getting rid of my bigger clothes. I have ALWAYS had to rely on them because of my many years of yo yo dieting....lose 30 gain 20, lose 20 gain thirty. They are such a crutch for me, and there is one pair of white capris that I love. I may try to have them altered???? It is a step that I need to work on....huge step for me for sure, but it makes sense if I have no clothes to turn to, I either would have to spend $$$ on a new wardrobe, or straighten my diet out!!! Thanks for posting.

I think I noted on some thread where people mentioned they were given guidelines on how many Splenda packets, etc they might consider having.

I have seen people unload a handful into drinks several times a day. There has to a reasonable amount of things even if they are allowed!??

With the carbonation things, amounts and frequency would be a factor in the relative problems that might occur. It is not something I need to consume, so I gave it all up. Then I read about the stuff and I think I will give it up generally as a normal food plan item. I do think I am going to have to live with some sort of plan the rest of my life. It is obvious what my body does with carbs. It is obvious how my mind and body respond to them. I lost a lot of good time to obesity, poor health and generally feeling lousy. Nothing that I can consume in a few moments is worth reliving that sort of life. Once I came to that, my pleasure eating thoughts sort of lost their power to high jack my consumption. There are other things that feel good to me now and the eating "feel good" less appealing.


I feel that same as you....needing a plan like this forever....makes me sad a bit, but I realize now I have no control when it comes to carbs! I am soooo hoping this is it for me, I finally am starting to feel good about myself and Getting some confidence.....i am not don't yet but I woory about the next phases and after for sure?


No one like us northeners can appreciate that warm southern sunshine. Enjoy!!!
But hey, they don't have rhubarb down there so there are some pluses to the north.

Ya bring up the rhubbard thing!!! Lol I can't find any here!!! So disappointed.


Crazy busy day and I can't believe I finally have time to get on here.

I've been doing a lot of thinking about IP these past few days, and I think after my WI on Tuesday I'm going to phase 3 for a week or two, and then back to phase 1 like Lisa did recently. My reason for this is I feel like I'm really starting to slow down in my weight loss, and I think I need to shake it up a bit. The past several weeks it has been hard to even get a 2 pound loss and now this week nothing. I have been on IP for 7 1/2 months 100% and have lost a lot of weight. Other than a couple of phase 2 days here and there when I was out of town, I think my body has started to become almost complacent about the loss. Time to shock the body and wake it up. I still have about 50 pounds I want to loose (I think), and it's just going to slow now. Some have suggested I just do an out and out cheat day, but I know I will get sick to my stomach, and I want to do this methodically, not all willy nilly.

I will run it by my coach, but I think I will do this regardless of what she says. My friend's coach says when you've lost a ton of weight you should phase off for a month to give your body a rest and get your body moving again. I really don't want to spend a month off of phase 1, but I have a feeling phase 3 will do the trick. Wish me luck, I'm kinda nervous about it. :yikes:


Good for you, you need to do what you think might help?, I am interested to here about your weigh in and your next phase of the plan. Good luck.

ProteinGal
04-29-2012, 09:47 AM
I love Crispy Cereal Pancakes on my days off. This morning was extra special, finally got my WF pancake syrup in, omg is all I can say!

kellycg102
04-29-2012, 10:09 AM
So.I have decided to open up and share my story of how I got here...I had always been a chubby kid, in high school I had an older boyfriend that was very degrading and became anorexic...I over came this with the help of my mom and my best friend. When I was 23 my mom died in a car accident, I turned to food, ended up at weight watchers and lost about 17 pounds. Then just last October my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer....very suddenly, he had stroke like symptoms, went to the er and my whole world changed that day. At first I turned to food, then as I am seeing him fight his way through this he has inspired me to fight through my weight. Every time I think of cheating, I think....dad can't and wouldn't cheat on his journey. I have a very supportive family, my oldest son which is just 8 even helps me out by telling me not to cheat and how good I'm doing, I keepvtelling myself that any loss is a great loss but sometimes its a little frutrating, as we humans want instant gratification! 35 pounds to go....as my dad always says....WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS!!

So sorry for your tragic losses. I too have been over weight since before high school, never had a boyfriend til I was 18. I lost my mom to cancer, two weeks before I had my first baby. We took I her in by ambulance to the ER they opened her up, saw the blood supply to her bowel was blocked by a tumour, closed her up and she died in minutes after bringing her out of anesthetic. Such a mixture of events that followed.....a close cousin died of cancer a week and a half later and then I had my little peanut. Her arrival definately helped to surround us with happiness, instead of the horrible sadness we had. My dad is an alcoholic as well and is still heart broken with out my mom, he has a companion now, but his heart is still with my mom. He normally is a "functioning" drinker with just a couple at night but is a binger as well, and gets to a complete non functioning for a month or longer.....which is happening now. He has been hard core drinking since late February:(.
It is hard to loose a parent at such a young age....and watch parents suffering in different way. Your parents are looking down at you and so proud of you taking charge of your life. They are their to support you,, when you struggle, call on them for help. Sounds like you have a wonderful little supporter at home too!! Good luck on your journey. You are going to do fantastic!!!

Samba
04-29-2012, 10:14 AM
I so love my pancakes made with blueberry pudding mix plus WF syrup! In my previous eating life pancakes and syrup would send me back to bed for several hours of "coma". Now I can have it and still feel great all day!

In the future, I look forward to low carb meals because my typical American diet of old ruined so many days and then my life!

kellycg102
04-29-2012, 10:17 AM
Morning IPers.

Not much going on today....started the cleanse on Friday night....a little girgly not bad. I bought the liver kidney and bowel cleanse.....wow pricey, but thought I would try it.
Really wanted an English toffee coffee this morning, I normally use the splenda French vanilla packets, but they don't have English toffee so I added walden farms caramel to my coffee and it did the trick.

Not sure what is for breaky.....either chocolate shake with spinach or pancakes.

Have a gret day everyone. I look forward to checking in later to see some more great and inspiring posts.

NewPath
04-29-2012, 10:28 AM
So.I have decided to open up and share my story of how I got here...I had always been a chubby kid, in high school I had an older boyfriend that was very degrading and became anorexic...I over came this with the help of my mom and my best friend. When I was 23 my mom died in a car accident, I turned to food, ended up at weight watchers and lost about 17 pounds. Then just last October my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer....very suddenly, he had stroke like symptoms, went to the er and my whole world changed that day. At first I turned to food, then as I am seeing him fight his way through this he has inspired me to fight through my weight. Every time I think of cheating, I think....dad can't and wouldn't cheat on his journey. I have a very supportive family, my oldest son which is just 8 even helps me out by telling me not to cheat and how good I'm doing, I keepvtelling myself that any loss is a great loss but sometimes its a little frutrating, as we humans want instant gratification! 35 pounds to go....as my dad always says....WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS!!

Thank you for sharing Skinnyminny26. You have been down a long, bumpy road. It is very hard losing a mother, at any age!!!! A mom is always a mom. When they pass away, they really do take a part of us with them-I think this is particularly true of daughters. I am so proud that you are OP during such a stressful time in your life. One of my brothers always teased me about my weight too, and, to this day, I think still feel those painful comments and digs. I am glad that you are realizing all that you have been through and all that others have to go through...that i what is AWESOME about our community. Life can be so harsh and difficult, but we have to "train" to be healthy and strong so we can push through it to battle away and move on! Have a wonderful day SkinnyMinny26, you are doing amazing things!!!!:hug:

Kaypix
04-29-2012, 10:37 AM
My IP home is in SD. I order my foods and long distance the coaching. Nothing close to my home to utilize. I do have two local friends along with me on the journey. Both of them are doing well with super weight loss.:carrot:

What part of SD are you in? I'm in Sioux Falls, only 27 years old so I'm hoping that helps, maybe at least a little bit?

ProteinGal
04-29-2012, 10:40 AM
I so love my pancakes made with blueberry pudding mix plus WF syrup! In my previous eating life pancakes and syrup would send me back to bed for several hours of "coma". Now I can have it and still feel great all day!

In the future, I look forward to low carb meals because my typical American diet of old ruined so many days and then my life!

Blueberry pudding to make pancakes, I'LL HAVE TO TRY THAT ONE NEXT! (loving all these ideas and tips!) TY!

WingnutandMe
04-29-2012, 10:42 AM
No one like us northeners can appreciate that warm southern sunshine. Enjoy!!!
But hey, they don't have rhubarb down there so there are some pluses to the north.

I grew up in the north and have been in the south, sans rhubarb, for years. It's tough. Right now, I'm finding it in some stores fresh and know of one that has it frozen. Retirement will be back up north and we already have rhubarb started up there. Yipee.

wingnut - sorry about the carshow turnaround. Hope you make a great weekend of it. And thank you for all of your recipe posts - you have quite the delicious collection. P.S: Seeing your smile always makes me so happy!

DH worked on the cars yesterday, and of course, he's found things that need repairs. The cost of having the classics. Oh well.

P.S. Thanks for the compliment.


Molly, Great you found out when you did re both cars, much better then than 5-10 miles down the road. I'm sorry it happened though but again, thankful you and DH were not in an accident of any type. I have to look for those mini peppers...

Tip: The mini peppers are commercially bagged up. Pero Family Farms (www.PeroFamilyFarms.com), mini Sweet peppers. They are assorted red, orange, and yellow. Each color tastes a tad bit different.


I so love my pancakes made with blueberry pudding mix plus WF syrup! In my previous eating life pancakes and syrup would send me back to bed for several hours of "coma". Now I can have it and still feel great all day!

In the future, I look forward to low carb meals because my typical American diet of old ruined so many days and then my life!

Hi Samba,

As a variation to your blueberry pancakes, have you tried the Wildberry pancakes? These are so delish. In fact, now that I'm writing about them, I think I'll have them for breakfast.

Wildberry Pancakes
Ingredients:
1/2 pkg of IP Wildberry Yogurt
1/2 pkg of IP Crispy Cereal
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 c egg whites
Directions:
1. Take package of each IP wildberry yogurt and IP Cereal and blend up in magic bullet
2. Divide out into 2 equal 28g portions, reserve one for future snack.
3. Add baking powder and egg whites, mix. Thin out with water to pancake batter consistancy
4. Cook like pancakes in pan approx 2-3 minutes per side.

Molly

kellycg102
04-29-2012, 11:07 AM
I grew up in the north and have been in the south, sans rhubarb, for years. It's tough. Right now, I'm finding it in some stores fresh and know of one that has it frozen. Retirement will be back up north and we already have rhubarb started up there. Yipee.



DH worked on the cars yesterday, and of course, he's found things that need repairs. The cost of having the classics. Oh well.

P.S. Thanks for the compliment.



Tip: The mini peppers are commercially bagged up. Pero Family Farms (www.PeroFamilyFarms.com), mini Sweet peppers. They are assorted red, orange, and yellow. Each color tastes a tad bit different.




Hi Samba,

As a variation to your blueberry pancakes, have you tried the Wildberry pancakes? These are so delish. In fact, now that I'm writing about them, I think I'll have them for breakfast.

Wildberry Pancakes
Ingredients:
1/2 pkg of IP Wildberry Yogurt
1/2 pkg of IP Crispy Cereal
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 c egg whites
Directions:
1. Take package of each IP wildberry yogurt and IP Cereal and blend up in magic bullet
2. Divide out into 2 equal 28g portions, reserve one for future snack.
3. Add baking powder and egg whites, mix. Thin out with water to pancake batter consistancy
4. Cook like pancakes in pan approx 2-3 minutes per side.

Molly


I just had them too for breaky.....I mixed up the whole packets tho, double the recipes so I can have one ready for tomorrow. So yummy

rvingprincess
04-29-2012, 11:10 AM
Good Sunday morning everyone today I celebrate not only my 60th Birthday but almost 15 pounds lighter. Yea!!!!! It is going to be a little tough as I know there is a cake (carrot one of my favourites), hope I stay strong don't want to undo all that I have done so far. I hope that everyone has a great IP day. Will jump back on later this evening to read how everyone is doing.:carrot:

mooselover
04-29-2012, 11:13 AM
NSV- I went clothes shopping and had fun!!! I couldn't believe that the clothes actually looked good on me. I wasn't disgusted when I looked in the full length mirror :) I told my sister that I will need to come back here when I am finished losing weight. Fairbanks doesn't have any good stores. I had so much fun.

WingnutandMe
04-29-2012, 11:18 AM
Good Sunday morning everyone today I celebrate not only my 60th Birthday but almost 15 pounds lighter. Yea!!!!! It is going to be a little tough as I know there is a cake (carrot one of my favourites), hope I stay strong don't want to undo all that I have done so far. I hope that everyone has a great IP day. Will jump back on later this evening to read how everyone is doing.:carrot:


:bday2you:

You will do great. Since you mention it, it will probably forefront in your mind all day today. Remember, "nothing tastes as good as thin feels"

Molly

:balloons:

salmongirl
04-29-2012, 11:21 AM
Crazy busy day and I can't believe I finally have time to get on here.

I've been doing a lot of thinking about IP these past few days, and I think after my WI on Tuesday I'm going to phase 3 for a week or two, and then back to phase 1 like Lisa did recently.
:yikes:
My coach told me that we had to phase off for a month after 6 months or 100 pounds. She said it would aid in weight loss and keep the scale moving in the right direction.

Good Sunday morning everyone today I celebrate not only my 60th Birthday but almost 15 pounds lighter. Yea!!!!! It is going to be a little tough as I know there is a cake (carrot one of my favourites), hope I stay strong don't want to undo all that I have done so far. I hope that everyone has a great IP day. Will jump back on later this evening to read how everyone is doing.:carrot:

Happy Birthday! Wow, you have a lot to celebrate. Keep thinking how good it feel to loose 15 pounds, better that a piece of cake! You got this!

NewPath
04-29-2012, 11:40 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by rvingprincess
Good Sunday morning everyone today I celebrate not only my 60th Birthday but almost 15 pounds lighter. Yea!!!!! It is going to be a little tough as I know there is a cake (carrot one of my favourites), hope I stay strong don't want to undo all that I have done so far. I hope that everyone has a great IP day. Will jump back on later this evening to read how everyone is doing.

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!

NewPath
04-29-2012, 11:47 AM
The Truth:
I have not done a darn thing all weekend. (Except post!!!!!)
I DO have a lot to do....from my fat and lazy days!!!!!
I will get my WI today and then get BUSY!!!!!!!
I am not proud of my lack of doing stuff.
Sewmam.......you inspire me. You get sooo much done!!!!!!
I am going to accomplish a lot today.
Perhaps I will make a list. (I feel like an 8'x10' whiteboard would work better!)
The truth hurts.

DanafromAustin
04-29-2012, 11:50 AM
So.I have decided to open up and share my story of how I got here...I had always been a chubby kid, in high school I had an older boyfriend that was very degrading and became anorexic...I over came this with the help of my mom and my best friend. When I was 23 my mom died in a car accident, I turned to food, ended up at weight watchers and lost about 17 pounds. Then just last October my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer....very suddenly, he had stroke like symptoms, went to the er and my whole world changed that day. At first I turned to food, then as I am seeing him fight his way through this he has inspired me to fight through my weight. Every time I think of cheating, I think....dad can't and wouldn't cheat on his journey. I have a very supportive family, my oldest son which is just 8 even helps me out by telling me not to cheat and how good I'm doing, I keepvtelling myself that any loss is a great loss but sometimes its a little frutrating, as we humans want instant gratification! 35 pounds to go....as my dad always says....WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS!!
Thank you for sharing your story with us. I'm also dealing with a family member and brain cancer. It's my younger SIL and this is her 3rd time down this path. Unfortunately this time they can't remove the tumor due to it's location. It sure does put life in perspective. I will add your dad to my prayers.


I am soooooooooooooooo nervous about getting rid of my bigger clothes. I have ALWAYS had to rely on them because of my many years of yo yo dieting....lose 30 gain 20, lose 20 gain thirty. They are such a crutch for me, and there is one pair of white capris that I love. I may try to have them altered???? It is a step that I need to work on....huge step for me for sure, but it makes sense if I have no clothes to turn to, I either would have to spend $$$ on a new wardrobe, or straighten my diet out!!!
Get rid of the clothes! Trust that this is it, and you won't be putting back on the weight. After all this is YOUR LAST DIET. I have a friend who is also on IP with me, and like you she kept clothes from all of her different sizes over the years. She finally listened to me and donated over 30 pairs of pants!!! How crazy is that, but so proud of her for letting go. My big walk in closet is nearly empty now, but it won't be as soon as I hit goal. :carrot:

My coach told me that we had to phase off for a month after 6 months or 100 pounds. She said it would aid in weight loss and keep the scale moving in the right direction.
Well I think I'm right about there as it's been 7 months and about another 15 pounds before I hit the 100 mark. I did a little mini experiment yesterday by mixing it up a bit by having more carbs and calories. I had two restricted bars yesterday (one for breakfast and one for lunch), and last night at a party I had a few deviled eggs that I'm sure had mayo in them, and way too much meat at dinner. I got on the scale this morning and I lost 1/2 a pound. First time it's moved all week!

My only issue with the temporary phase off is I feel like I'm wasting a couple of weeks, but on the other hand if it gets the scale moving better again once back on phase 1 then I will still most likely be ahead.

usmcvet
04-29-2012, 11:51 AM
Good morning. Nice and sunny. Good day yesterday. Went to the pool with the three little ones and played for a few hours. Did some cleaning and organizing around the house and did some food shopping, for the kids. Need to hit the store today for my veggies and lean protein.

I hope you all have a wonderful day.
:hug:

DanafromAustin
04-29-2012, 11:53 AM
Good Sunday morning everyone today I celebrate not only my 60th Birthday but almost 15 pounds lighter. Yea!!!!! It is going to be a little tough as I know there is a cake (carrot one of my favourites), hope I stay strong don't want to undo all that I have done so far. I hope that everyone has a great IP day. Will jump back on later this evening to read how everyone is doing.:carrot:
Have a very happy thinner birthday.:bday2you:

LSJ100
04-29-2012, 11:55 AM
Wow so much to share today! These boards are such a blessing.

I want to thank all of you who commented on my seltzer crisis - it's kinda funny now...both the humor and good info were so appreciated! I have been trying so hard and was so shocked that yesterday at the clinic I really did feel like a school child who got in trouble - I wanted to cry! Seems so silly after a good nights sleep and some good feedback on here...you all helped me have a sense of humor about my "crisis." It's kinda funny...omg I cheated...with water!

I also want to thank all of you who opened up and shared your stories. I admire your courage through your hardships and your comfort in sharing! I truly look forward to this board daily and feel like you all are such a critical part of my journey. My mom is doing this with me but she doesn't use the computer and she is having a much harder time not feeling "deprived" - I think I don't because I am "fed" by this board every day!



Funny I was so hesitant to put some of my favorites in the give away bag even though they were too big, I guess always wondering if I will "grow back into them" I did though and tomorrow they will be gone ! This way if I gain weight, I will have to go out naked !!! lol (that wouldn't be good)

I still have a few pairs of summer capris that will get me through the next couple of months. Funny thing that most of my tops still fit perfectly, I guess my bottom half is shrinking more than my top, anyone else experience this?

Lol Tammy you cracked me up! I actually have found I am the opposite (a month in)...I have lost almost exclusively from my top half (aka my boobs are gone!) Fortunately I've lost from my waist as well so I seem to balance out as I go down...I was wearing 1x shirts and I just had to buy some in L, but my pants have only changed from a 20W to a 20...hey, I'll take it - lost inches from my hips and thighs for the first time at yesterdays WI.

*I am in control of who I will become. I accept the past, when I could not.
*I feel good. Much better than I did before committing to the protocol.
*I feel very proud of myself for making a committment to myself.:)
*I feel healthy when I eat every single thing on this lifestyle committment.
*I feel like I may live longer and be here for my precious children and friends.
*I am amazed at how my life has been, well, sad because of my food choices.
*I feel happy that every day my body will benefit from the right foods.
*I am thrilled that I no longer crave the crappy carbs that got me here!
*After nightmares, sweats, and insomnia on week 1....I am sleeping GREAT!
*I love my 3FatChicks community! I am thankful for everyone.
*I have hopes and dreams. I am moving on!!!!!!!:carrot:

Amen!

Regarding seltzer...which I happen to make & drink daily: (article link at bottom)

All diet drinks (i.e. sugar-free, carb-free) are NOT contraindicated on the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method. The problem that can arise is imbalances in acid / base regulation. Our protocol is very alkaline and this is why we do not see complications common to other “protein type diets”, namely kidney stones, gout, bone spurs, etc. Some diet drinks (Crystal Light for example) are mixed with water and these are acceptable. Many others (flavored Aqua-fina, Dasani, etc.) contain alot of phosphoric acid. This is a very strong acid and will play havoc with the body’s bicarbonate buffering system. The same goes for diet sodas…particularly the “brown ones”…Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, root beer, etc.).

Flavored seltzers are usually OK, just read the label and make sure it is carb-free and contains no phosphoric acid. Carbonated beverages contain CO2 which, when dissolved in water becomes carbonic acid, a weak acid (unlike phosphoric). To have a glass of these occasionally would not be a problem, but consuming large amounts (like in place ofthe 2 liters of water per day) would not be a good idea. The pH of Perrier is about 5.7, weakly acidic.

http://www.iwlnow.com/?page_id=553

Thanks Liz - I always look forward to hearing from you - you are an inspiration for me...you always have great ideas and recipes and such a great attitude!


Congrats on starting phase 2. I started last week in preparation for upcoming vacation. Typically have chicken salad for lunch, very filling. Today will poach lots of chicken breast in preparation for lunches. Make it WF mayo to which I add golden mustard or curry powder - sometimes a little lemon. Serve over a bed of lettuce, green cabbage, cukes and celery, salt and pepper. Sometimes it's too much to eat in 1 sitting, so eat 80% of it and save the other 20% for late afternoon.


Chloe can you share the your chicken salad recipe? I love chicken salad and was thinking that would be a great way to mix things up or have dinner on the go...I have been afraid of WF mayo as I don't like most of their products but I've read many people say that if you doctor them up they are much better.

Have a great Sunday everyone! It is a beautiful day here and I can hear the birds chirping...almost exactly a month in and this is the first morning I've woken up with energy! Such a great feeling...gonna see if the DH wants to go for a walk.

luvthesun
04-29-2012, 12:03 PM
Hi Sun,
I use a combo of IP and alternatives due to the unreliable availability of IP in my area and now that I've learned so much about alternatives, have complete confidence in their quality and effectiveness w/ IP diet. The sheer cost savings of 60-70% makes it so easy to afford my new wardrobe of Tommy Bahama bathing suits (w/ most recent order, now have 4 new gorgeous suits and 3 incredible sundresses). Read the "Alternatives" thread for lots of great info.
Anyway, re choc and vanilla shakes, I use GNC Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard protein powder in Double Rich Chocolate. Also have it in Vanilla Ice Cream and Extreme Milk Chocolate flavors - like them all. 1 serving has 120 cal, 1 g fat, 3 g carbs, 24 g protein. Very tasty and often on sale, Serving costs around $.75 when on sale. I buy a 5 lb tub and DH and I share it.
Thanks for the suggestions! The EAS carb control was at my local store this morning so I picked some up.....going to give it a try w the blended spinach! These alternatives are helpful....my coach is in Colorado and I'm in CT so it usually takes 5-7 days for a shipment....I panic if I'm not right on top of ordering and I'll feel much more at ease knowing if NEED BE I can pick up a comparable product close by.

DanafromAustin
04-29-2012, 12:10 PM
Good morning. Nice and sunny. Good day yesterday. Went to the pool with the three little ones and played for a few hours. Did some cleaning and organizing around the house and did some food shopping, for the kids. Need to hit the store today for my veggies and lean protein.

I hope you all have a wonderful day.
:hug:
I have to say, you always sound like the best dad!! Job well done and congrats on getting your ticker.

I forgot to mention my big NSV last night. We went to a big going away party at our synagogue as the assistant Rabbi is leaving after being there for 4 years because she got her own congregation in Palm Beach, FL. Anyway, of course this being TX we had a big BBQ for her and I so I knew this would be a casual event, which is a good thing as I have next to no dressier clothes anymore (gave them all away). I put on my new jeans (smaller size), cowboy boots, and a dressier blouse that I thought would still fit. I put it on and it was too big and baggy looking. I felt like the old me trying to hide behind the loose clothes. I found a beautiful blouse in my daughter's closet that she wore once before she started IP and now it's too big for her. At her highest weight she was only 130 pounds, so needless to say I have never borrowed any of my daughter's clothes before. Thinking it would never fit me, I tried it on and it looked great. My daughter and my husband both said it's time to flaunt it, and not hide it. Such a strange concept for me.

At the party I got lots of compliments, such as "Your fading away", and for those not comfortable actually saying anything I got several once overs. Fun night!

Ishbel
04-29-2012, 12:13 PM
rvingprincess Happy Birthday and here's to feeling great! :)


:balloons:

DanafromAustin
04-29-2012, 12:14 PM
Thanks for the suggestions! The EAS carb control was at my local store this morning so I picked some up.....going to give it a try w the blended spinach! These alternatives are helpful....my coach is in Colorado and I'm in CT so it usually takes 5-7 days for a shipment....I panic if I'm not right on top of ordering and I'll feel much more at ease knowing if NEED BE I can pick up a comparable product close by.

I'm strictly IP foods except for the EAS drinks. For a long time I was buying IP food for both my daughter and I, so the drinks was one area I could cut back on. They aren't as rich tasting as the IP drinks, but they are still good.

CkM
04-29-2012, 12:25 PM
Happy weekend everyone! I started IP on Friday the 27th. I can honestly say I have been 100% OP . I so excited for the results. I have noticed since starting that I sleep better at night and have more energy throughout the day!! Love it!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

willsmashfat
04-29-2012, 12:47 PM
Rvingprincess - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Remember, giving yourself the gift of good health is the best gift of all!

I love reading all the posts; you keep inspiring me! Have a great (rest of the) weekend! and a very successful, OP week!

Volly
04-29-2012, 12:54 PM
I so love my pancakes made with blueberry pudding mix plus WF syrup! In my previous eating life pancakes and syrup would send me back to bed for several hours of "coma". Now I can have it and still feel great all day!

In the future, I look forward to low carb meals because my typical American diet of old ruined so many days and then my life!

Samba, how do you make the pancakes with the pudding mix?

Lace and Levis
04-29-2012, 12:57 PM
*I am in control of who I will become. I accept the past, when I could not.
*I feel good. Much better than I did before committing to the protocol.
*I feel very proud of myself for making a committment to myself.:)
*I feel healthy when I eat every single thing on this lifestyle committment.
*I feel like I may live longer and be here for my precious children and friends.
*I am amazed at how my life has been, well, sad because of my food choices.
*I feel happy that every day my body will benefit from the right foods.
*I am thrilled that I no longer crave the crappy carbs that got me here!
*After nightmares, sweats, and insomnia on week 1....I am sleeping GREAT!
*I love my 3FatChicks community! I am thankful for everyone.
*I have hopes and dreams. I am moving on!!!!!!!:carrot:

You seem like such a Sweetheart! I really look forward to getting to know you better and seeing you here. You're positive outlook is contagious. Thank you for sharing. :hug:

Volly
04-29-2012, 12:59 PM
Good Sunday morning everyone today I celebrate not only my 60th Birthday but almost 15 pounds lighter. Yea!!!!! It is going to be a little tough as I know there is a cake (carrot one of my favourites), hope I stay strong don't want to undo all that I have done so far. I hope that everyone has a great IP day. Will jump back on later this evening to read how everyone is doing.:carrot:

Happy, Happy Birthday!!! You could celebrate with a Mugcake... :):cheer3:

swimcoachmomma
04-29-2012, 01:13 PM
The Truth:
I have not done a darn thing all weekend. (Except post!!!!!)
I DO have a lot to do....from my fat and lazy days!!!!!
I will get my WI today and then get BUSY!!!!!!!
I am not proud of my lack of doing stuff.
Sewmam.......you inspire me. You get sooo much done!!!!!!
I am going to accomplish a lot today.
Perhaps I will make a list. (I feel like an 8'x10' whiteboard would work better!)
The truth hurts.

Good morning new!!! I agree with your post. We all left stuff undone while we were getting and staying heavy. We all have big to do lists. We all want it fixed NOW. Of course yesterday would be better!! Lol. A word of caution, though. We did not get here overnight and we won't get home from here overnight. Addicts like me want it NOW!! Hence the tendency to overdo. I have recently reintroduced exercise, mostly reasonably and paced. However one day it was exceptionally gorgeous and I just walked and walked. Woke up with shin splints the next day and spent the next few days icing and stretching, limited to biking and swimming. Moderation is not something this food addict has ever known.

Regarding the giant to do list. Break it down into jobs that will take a certain amount of time. Work for that length of time on that job and then rest with a glass of water. I don't trust myself so I use an egg timer. When my 20 min are up I drop it and rest. After a few minutes I work for another 20. Anyway, it works for me.

Go easy on yourself.

evepet
04-29-2012, 01:27 PM
You know that cukes grow on sprawling vines? You could make a trellis to tie them up on or let them sprawl on the balcony. I have a friend who grows everything in pots (our soil in Georgia is red clay)

If you do grow them, you'll have to keep us updated and post some pics. I'll be here. I figure it will take until next year to loose my weight.

Molly

Yes - I've grown cukes before - just not a special breed of small pickling cukes. I have trellises already at both end of my balcony, so it would work out well. I also have to totally replace all of the soil in my containers soon in readiness for planting later this month, so I could make sure I'm growing 100% organic - which I'd want to do if I'm growing edibles. The more I think about this, the more it's sounding like a great idea.

northernfawn
04-29-2012, 01:31 PM
I have to share my nsv this week:

The past 10 days have been quite challenging, but I stayed OP 100% and feel great for doing so. During this time I’ve had 2 functions in pubs with the gang from work – I drank iced water with lemon and waited till I got home to have dinner, on both occasions. Monday there was a baby shower for one of the girls and I was able pass on the cake and fruit. Tuesday I met up with a friend at the food court in the mall – I really didn’t think it would be so hard to find something OP, but eventually I was able to find somewhere to get a spinach salad with a chicken breast. Wednesday was ‘program assistants/secretaries day’ and we were honoured with a beautiful cake and given gifts of food vouchers for our cafeteria, I was able to pass on the cake (even though it was my absolute favourite from a local bakery) and enjoyed a lovely cup of coffee (the food vouchers are safely tucked away in my desk until I’m in P4). Thursday, the managers threw a potluck lunch for us – this did prove to be a challenge, but I managed to have some broccoli and a few meatballs, and then made up a choc pudding, while everyone else ate all the gorgeous desserts on display. This coming week I have an offsite lunch to attend and a retirement function – but I know I’ll be fine and I really have got this!!!

wuv2bloved
04-29-2012, 01:35 PM
So.I have decided to open up and share my story of how I got here...I had always been a chubby kid, in high school I had an older boyfriend that was very degrading and became anorexic...I over came this with the help of my mom and my best friend. When I was 23 my mom died in a car accident, I turned to food, ended up at weight watchers and lost about 17 pounds. Then just last October my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer....very suddenly, he had stroke like symptoms, went to the er and my whole world changed that day. At first I turned to food, then as I am seeing him fight his way through this he has inspired me to fight through my weight. Every time I think of cheating, I think....dad can't and wouldn't cheat on his journey. I have a very supportive family, my oldest son which is just 8 even helps me out by telling me not to cheat and how good I'm doing, I keepvtelling myself that any loss is a great loss but sometimes its a little frutrating, as we humans want instant gratification! 35 pounds to go....as my dad always says....WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS!!
Thank you for sharing your story as others have said. Sometimes letting out the things that you have kept inside for so long will be helpful in your journey. Letting go of the hurt will help and it seems there are a lot of us going through the same things when it comes to the death of love ones. I loss my dad 16yrs ago and I don't think I have ever really let it go and still haven't it. I am the only girl and the oldest of 4 and the only one that lives away. I promised dad I would take care of myself on his death bed and it took me this long to keep that promise. If it wouldn't be for my mom I would of never made it. Even though she lives 3 hours from me I talk to her everyday many times a day. We all deal with our feeling different and most of us turned to food but now that is not the case. We have learned how to deal with certain issues different. WE ALL have a DIFFERENT outlook on life and that is TO LIVE!....Like you said WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS......WE GOT THIS!


Good Sunday morning everyone today I celebrate not only my 60th Birthday but almost 15 pounds lighter. Yea!!!!! It is going to be a little tough as I know there is a cake (carrot one of my favourites), hope I stay strong don't want to undo all that I have done so far. I hope that everyone has a great IP day. Will jump back on later this evening to read how everyone is doing.:carrot:
happy Birthday and you can NOT have that cake this year but NEXT year you can!!!,,,enjoy your day!

My coach told me that we had to phase off for a month after 6 months or 100 pounds. She said it would aid in weight loss and keep the scale moving in the right direction.

I hit my plateau at 140lbs 11 months into the program. I am living proof that is works. After I did the phase 3 for 2 weeks I loss 7lbs and a total of 20lbs the month following that change...it is scary as h*ll but I did not have a problem going back to phase 1. I enjoyed it and know what I have to look forward too when I reach my goal.

Wow so much to share today! These boards are such a blessing.

I want to thank all of you who commented on my seltzer crisis - it's kinda funny now...both the humor and good info were so appreciated! I have been trying so hard and was so shocked that yesterday at the clinic I really did feel like a school child who got in trouble - I wanted to cry! Seems so silly after a good nights sleep and some good feedback on here...you all helped me have a sense of humor about my "crisis." It's kinda funny...omg I cheated...with water!

I also want to thank all of you who opened up and shared your stories. I admire your courage through your hardships and your comfort in sharing! I truly look forward to this board daily and feel like you all are such a critical part of my journey. My mom is doing this with me but she doesn't use the computer and she is having a much harder time not feeling "deprived" - I think I don't because I am "fed" by this board every day!

My mom didn't use the computer when we first started either, she would just read. I created her a SN and she post every now and then. Maybe you could just let her read some of the boards so she can see how much support there is here and she may want to read more often. My mom used to never understand why I would spend so much time on the computer but now she knows why....there is ALWAYS something to look at or research.

Thanks for the suggestions! The EAS carb control was at my local store this morning so I picked some up.....going to give it a try w the blended spinach! These alternatives are helpful....my coach is in Colorado and I'm in CT so it usually takes 5-7 days for a shipment....I panic if I'm not right on top of ordering and I'll feel much more at ease knowing if NEED BE I can pick up a comparable product close by.
My mom used the EAS carb control shakes and loss 50lbs in 15 weeks. She has been maintaining for 7months now and still uses them as her snack at night.

Well hello everyone. I didn't go to the Boat races yesterday instead went to the pool from 12-8...it was an overcast day so it wasn't too bad. A couple of neighbors and I just hung out talking and catching up. A guy friend even came over to hang out with us. After we thought about it NONE of us had lunch so we decided to go home take showers change and go out to dinner. My son and a couple of his friends came with us. I bought myself this cute little bathing suit dress coverup but could be used as a shirt/dress as well. So I decided to wear that with some hot pink shorts. My neighbor who takes FOREVER to get ready(the one jealous of me) was one that hung out. I told her be ready in ONE hour. It took me 45 minutes to shower, blowdry my hair, dressed and makeup on.....she has SHORT SHORT hair, no makeup and took an hour and 30 minutes. She came downstairs and says DAMN how do you do that so fast....haha....Got to the restaurant and my son and his friends were like DANG mom, look at you....looking all skinny and cute...haha....she just looked at me and glared. I am myself, I don't try to be someone I am not. She is the same age as me well a year younger but doesn't have the confidence I do nor the attitude. She is always negative, she tries to get younger guys which she has had a few and always throws that in my face...I had a 29yr old.....I am like OK and?......I don't want to have to raise another son....hahah.....I am PERFECTLY happy the way I am......My guy friend that came along was with the boys and he said wow look at you. So needless to say I had a great night!

wuv2bloved
04-29-2012, 01:41 PM
I have to share my nsv this week:

The past 10 days have been quite challenging, but I stayed OP 100% and feel great for doing so. During this time I’ve had 2 functions in pubs with the gang from work – I drank iced water with lemon and waited till I got home to have dinner, on both occasions. Monday there was a baby shower for one of the girls and I was able pass on the cake and fruit. Tuesday I met up with a friend at the food court in the mall – I really didn’t think it would be so hard to find something OP, but eventually I was able to find somewhere to get a spinach salad with a chicken breast. Wednesday was ‘program assistants/secretaries day’ and we were honoured with a beautiful cake and given gifts of food vouchers for our cafeteria, I was able to pass on the cake (even though it was my absolute favourite from a local bakery) and enjoyed a lovely cup of coffee (the food vouchers are safely tucked away in my desk until I’m in P4). Thursday, the managers threw a potluck lunch for us – this did prove to be a challenge, but I managed to have some broccoli and a few meatballs, and then made up a choc pudding, while everyone else ate all the gorgeous desserts on display. This coming week I have an offsite lunch to attend and a retirement function – but I know I’ll be fine and I really have got this!!!
I do believe you should pat yourself on the back for sticking to the program 100%. THIS is a PERFECT example if you WANT IT BAD ENOUGH you will ADJUST to what needs to be done. CONGRATS to YOU!...You can handle ANYTHING now....TRUST YOURSELF and your knowledge you have gained.

Billster
04-29-2012, 01:44 PM
So I woke up this morning after a really bad night (up every hour etc switching my schedule from nights to days are is getting so much harder!) Anyways I really did not want anything IP for breakfast, I just felt so sick of the same thing. Sundays I always make my hubby to be a wonderful big breakfast, i still do it every week as I love to cook even if I'm not eating it. Well I was making him eggs, bacon and hash browns and got the idea of Rutabaga Hash browns! Well well well this was by far amazing and felt like such a treat! I took one cup of raw rutabaga and shredded it with my cheese grater but it in a frying pan with 1 tbs oil, slat and pepper. I let it cook for about 5-7 minutes on medium- low heat then added 1/4 cup fine chopped green peppers and green onion and let it cook another 5 minutes. I felt like I was cheating and eating potatoes! I knew I had to get my IP in so I added a RTD drink with my coffee. That was not my only high this morning, I was picking out my clothing to wear to my first day at the new job tomorrow and decided to try on a pair of size 16 jeans I bought on clearance last year to 'motavate me' before I started IP and they are just on the brim of being too big. I never thought I would be 200+ lbs and looking into size 14 clothing! So I must say this diet works and takes the inches OFF! I also need to remind myself that it is just a number on the scale and those inches are really what counts! Woot Woot! Heading to the in-laws to pick up my bike and if the rain holds off a bike ride around our little lake is in order!

Sewmam
04-29-2012, 01:52 PM
So many inspiring stories and always the new folks who are welcomed with open arms. You all are THE GREATEST !!!

I just took a little break after running to Menards for my paint and then groceries. Started feeling oogy, and forgot to take an IP bar with me so I got a protein bar at the grocery store. Musta stood there 10 minutes ... most of them are a measily 10 g protein, but then I saw a couple with 20 g protein. Didn't see any without sugar completely though... I really need to bring my IP bars!!!

Okay, I need to get into my paint clothes and get to work!

evepet
04-29-2012, 01:54 PM
I love reading all the posts; you keep inspiring me! Have a great (rest of the) weekend! and a very successful, OP week!

I love reading all the posts here... I've been reading for about two hours, and now I've got to get my lunch ready and go do something else. LOL.

Also came in to say 'Hi - willsmashfat' - we're practically neighbors. Just sent you a PM - my source of rhubarb will definitely be easier for you to get to. :)

wuv2bloved
04-29-2012, 01:55 PM
Incase some of you newbies have not checked out some of FinnSteven's recipes here is a link to his Facebook page. He is in Finnland experimenting with IP foods there because they will start the program there. He post the recipes with PICS so you can see what it look like. He does an amazing job. Click the link they LIKE his page so that you can keep getting the new recipes if you are on Facebook. He always has a pdf file that you can download or just click the picture and the recipe will come up......enjoy

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.181182538618464.45488.181118358624882&type=3

Up North Girl
04-29-2012, 02:04 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by rvingprincess
Good Sunday morning everyone today I celebrate not only my 60th Birthday but almost 15 pounds lighter. Yea!!!!! It is going to be a little tough as I know there is a cake (carrot one of my favourites), hope I stay strong don't want to undo all that I have done so far. I hope that everyone has a great IP day. Will jump back on later this evening to read how everyone is doing.

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!
Remember-- the carrot cake is just one moment of one day. Zoom through that moment and you'll be happy you did.

3sisters
04-29-2012, 02:16 PM
That does it! I simply MUST set a timer everytime I log in or I could spend all day just reading past posts and making comments and not get a thing done! That addiction-prone personality of mine!

NewPath
04-29-2012, 02:19 PM
Okay, I said that I would be fine with any weight loss, but I am not. I had my WI #2 and am only down 2.6 this week. I understand that my WI#1 was huge-at 12 lbs, but I really expected at least 3. Now my mind is racing thinking about what I did wrong or what I should do different. I am really disappointed. I have been 100% on program. The only thing I can think of is perhaps skimping on my vegetables here and there....but not really.
I had a 12:15 WI so I did not eat until I got home : (
Sorry for the Debbie-Downer.....I will work through this.http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/images/do-not-link-to-our-images/confused.gif

3sisters
04-29-2012, 03:05 PM
Okay, I said that I would be fine with any weight loss, but I am not. I had my WI #2 and am only down 2.6 this week. I understand that my WI#1 was huge-at 12 lbs, but I really expected at least 3. Now my mind is racing thinking about what I did wrong or what I should do different. I am really disappointed. I have been 100% on program. The only thing I can think of is perhaps skimping on my vegetables here and there....but not really.
I had a 12:15 WI so I did not eat until I got home : (
Sorry for the Debbie-Downer.....I will work through this.http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/images/do-not-link-to-our-images/confused.gif

I certainly can identify as I've done, and continue to do, my share of second guessing (which I think just stems from a desperation to be successful!), and this is why I'm glad my coach uses an "old fashioned" balance ("Doctor's") scale for weigh-ins - not a digital one with a readout in tenths of lbs. We use pretty much full or half pound increments, no less. You "round" the other losses. Which, if you were to "round" your number (over 2.5lbs), it would be rounded to 3.0!

For me, seeing a 187.6 on the digital scale would likely feel more exciting than seeing 188 on the balance scale, but as you've seen, seeing a 2.6 loss can equally seem more disapointing than a 3.0 lb loss. IMO, these weekly increments are unimportant in the long run as it is the ultimate goal you are working toward - not the weeklys, and not even necessarily on the scale. By the fit of my clothes I know I have lost more in inches than it shows on the scale.

Hang in there and don't sweat the small stuff (easier said than done - I'm a perfect example! :)). But I'm trying hard to accept this. You know you are doing everything right, so it will come.

NewPath
04-29-2012, 03:24 PM
I certainly can identify as I've done, and continue to do, my share of second guessing (which I think just stems from a desperation to be successful!), and this is why I'm glad my coach uses an "old fashioned" balance ("Doctor's") scale for weigh-ins - not a digital one with a readout in tenths of lbs. We use pretty much full or half pound increments, no less. You "round" the other losses. Which, if you were to "round" your number (over 2.5lbs), it would be rounded to 3.0!

For me, seeing a 187.6 on the digital scale would likely feel more exciting than seeing 188 on the balance scale, but as you've seen, seeing a 2.6 loss can equally seem more disapointing than a 3.0 lb loss. IMO, these weekly increments are unimportant in the long run as it is the ultimate goal you are working toward - not the weeklys, and not even necessarily on the scale. By the fit of my clothes I know I have lost more in inches than it shows on the scale.



Hang in there and don't sweat the small stuff (easier said than done - I'm a perfect example! :)). But I'm trying hard to accept this. You know you are doing everything right, so it will come.


My friend ThreeSisters,
You just made me cry...happy tears. You are right, it is the big picture we should be looking at. I am a perfectionist, it sounds like you are as well ; )
With perfectionism comes constant self-doubt. You are right, this weigh-in really doesn't matter, it is the way I feel, the way I look, and the effort that I am putting forth. I guess the scale is not capable of measuring how hard we worked, how much we learned, or how much mental and emotional soul-searching we have gone through...just to get us through the week...and to our appointment. (If we could invent such a scale-we would be millionaires!)
Success is immenent......as you have said, it will happen. I am not sure who said this but someone said, "You just have to follow the program, and BELIEVE!!!!"
Have a wonderful afternoon. I have to go buy an egg timer! :)

Chloe222
04-29-2012, 03:25 PM
My first weigh in was more successful than I expected! :)
Down 7.9 lbs and 5" :D yeah!

Fabulous!!

Wow - she doesn't seem to have a very good attitude for a coach. (Seems many of them don't? These 'coaches' could sure use some training on interpersonal skills and ways to keep people motivated) LOL... shades of high school. You're doing great... I say 'Great Job!'

Being reported to the head of the clinic? That would have made my day! Really, would have laughed and loved it! Who are they kidding? Personally, I would ask to see the head of the clinic next time and report this counselor. That's unacceptable behavior in my book.

I was surprised to see the amount of potassium that I have consumed through my food/drink intake today. It comes to a total of 2,662 mg for the day. Plus, on top of that, I had my standard IP potassium supplement at breakfast this am.

At everydayhealth.com they say that the recommended dietary intake of potassium is 2,000 mg/day.

I log my daily food/drink intake in at fatsecret.com, and it seems that almost everything I ate or drank today (except water) included significant amounts of potassium - eg. 3 cups black decaf coffee =384 mg; my breakfast cereal (a soy-based alternative product) = 129 mg; a cup of celery in my soup today = 263 mg; the packet of soup = 240 mg; pork chops for dinner = 412 mg; rhubarb at dinner = 351 mg; a tomato today at dinner = 292 mg; zucchini at dinner = 325 mg; my planned before-bed whey protein-based smoothie = 130 mg..... plus a couple of other, smaller amounts.

The total just surprised me, especially in view of the concern IP has that we remain with adequate levels of potassium.

Edited:: After more googling, I'm finding a greater range of recommendated amounts of daily potassium intake - The Food and Drug Administration recommends about 3500 mg/day. The Institute of Medicine recommends 4700 mg/day. Today's 2662 mgs + Natura supplement seems to put me in a good place.'
Hi Eve, Potassium is so critical to our well being, didn't realize how much till I started IP. Cramping muscles need potassium, we all know that. But the heart is a muscle and not having potassium (and sufficient electrolytes) can cause heart attacks. Happens on the fields w/ young athletes.

All, Read about it in Dr Tran's book (see free download in first message of daily thread). And of course we hear about it on the news often too.


Crazy busy day and I can't believe I finally have time to get on here.

I've been doing a lot of thinking about IP these past few days, and I think after my WI on Tuesday I'm going to phase 3 for a week or two, and then back to phase 1 like Lisa did recently. Wish me luck, I'm kinda nervous about it. :yikes:
Dana, I think it makes sense. Let us know how it goes. I'd be scared too though. I'm a tad nervous for me, now starting week 2 of phase 2 and then 2 weeks of phase 3 and then 2.5 weeks of phase 3 and who knows what (vacation) then back to phase 1. it's an interesting experiment but then so many have done this before us and we are doing it right the way (phasing) that it should work well.

Hi Chloe
It's funny, now I actually look forward to eating my cukes everyday, who woulda thought that would ever happen.. I dice em mix with a little evoo & salt.. delish.

Cadu, I like cukes a lot, have never eaten so many and they are so good for you. Hope I keep eating this much celery and cukes forever.

So.I have decided to open up and share my story of how I got here...I had always been a chubby kid, in high school I had an older boyfriend that was very degrading and became anorexic...I over came this with the help of my mom and my best friend. When I was 23 my mom died in a car accident, I turned to food, ended up at weight watchers and lost about 17 pounds. Then just last October my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer....very suddenly, he had stroke like symptoms, went to the er and my whole world changed that day. At first I turned to food, then as I am seeing him fight his way through this he has inspired me to fight through my weight. Every time I think of cheating, I think....dad can't and wouldn't cheat on his journey. I have a very supportive family, my oldest son which is just 8 even helps me out by telling me not to cheat and how good I'm doing, I keepvtelling myself that any loss is a great loss but sometimes its a little frutrating, as we humans want instant gratification! 35 pounds to go....as my dad always says....WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS!!

You will get through this, we're here to help you. :hug:

NSV- I went clothes shopping and had fun!!! I couldn't believe that the clothes actually looked good on me. I wasn't disgusted when I looked in the full length mirror :) I told my sister that I will need to come back here when I am finished losing weight. Fairbanks doesn't have any good stores. I had so much fun.

I bet that was fun! You will be back by fall or sooner? Your weight will be gone by then and you will be ready for shopping. I love shopping! August is a great sales month for summer clothes if you can get back there then - pick up bargains.

The Truth:
I have not done a darn thing all weekend. (Except post!!!!!)
I DO have a lot to do....from my fat and lazy days!!!!!
I will get my WI today and then get BUSY!!!!!!!
I am not proud of my lack of doing stuff.
Sewmam.......you inspire me. You get sooo much done!!!!!!
I am going to accomplish a lot today.
Perhaps I will make a list. (I feel like an 8'x10' whiteboard would work better!)
The truth hurts.

I always use a list - prioritized and with deadlines. really helps. Also be sure to cross off what you get done, that's so satisfying!

I have to say, you always sound like the best dad!! Job well done and congrats on getting your ticker.

I forgot to mention my big NSV last night. I tried it on and it looked great. My daughter and my husband both said it's time to flaunt it, and not hide it. Such a strange concept for me.

At the party I got lots of compliments, such as "Your fading away", and for those not comfortable actually saying anything I got several once overs. Fun night!

Dana, That's a huge NSV!! Congratulations on the weight loss!

:congrat::congrat::congrat:

NewPath
04-29-2012, 03:34 PM
You seem like such a Sweetheart! I really look forward to getting to know you better and seeing you here. You're positive outlook is contagious. Thank you for sharing. :hug:

Thanks Lace and Levis! I am a pretty positive person. Sometimes....I really do not know why I am positive.....I guess because positive works. (Even though I did cave in and have a small Debbie Downer pity party after my mini weight loss!) But when I get down, I get downer.....then people in my life start complaining about everything and ....who wants that!

AFTER my brother was killed, and my dad died, my mom was diagnosed with cancer....She sat with me one day and said, "Julie, this stinks. You have had way to much grief for a young woman. You and only and only you can decide if you are going to sink or float, after I die."

I will never let go of her words. Floating is just the only way to go. (Though occassional sinking does happen. You just have to hold your breath, and you will float again!)

Darralyn
04-29-2012, 03:36 PM
Hello all my new friends. Yesterday was fine food wise but I had dissapointments on a personal side. It will just teach me a lesson to not try too hard to get someone to appreciate me. Having been fat for the past 10 years and being treated like you are "less than" put me in a place of trying too hard to get love from some people in my life. I am in a job that I had to retrain for in my 50's I had been a very gifted hairdresser for 34 years and I loved my clients and they loved me. I developed severe arthritis in my hands and had to change careers so I went back to school and learned computer software applications and office administration. I got a job with a large medical service corporation that pays me well but I am a receptionist and am not treated with the respect I used to have as a hairdresser. I know I am very good at what I do; just don't feel appreciated. I am single and live alone and this forum has been such a god send hearing personal stories and struggles. I feel so blessed I can come here to talk and get some support. I read all of your stories, sharing experienc, and support and I cannot believe what a wonderful group of caring people are on board here! I congratulate all of you for your successes on IP and your courage to share your pain and words of encouragement. Thank you for welcoming me into your fold.

Chloe222
04-29-2012, 03:42 PM
Yes - I've grown cukes before - just not a special breed of small pickling cukes. I have trellises already at both end of my balcony, so it would work out well. I also have to totally replace all of the soil in my containers soon in readiness for planting later this month, so I could make sure I'm growing 100% organic - which I'd want to do if I'm growing edibles. The more I think about this, the more it's sounding like a great idea.
Hmmm, maybe I'll plant zucchini...heard it grows so easily.

I have to share my nsv this week:

The past 10 days have been quite challenging, but I stayed OP 100% and feel great for doing so. During this time I’ve had 2 functions in pubs with the gang from work – I drank iced water with lemon and waited till I got home to have dinner, on both occasions. I really have got this!!! You've done so well! You are a role model!

Incase some of you newbies have not checked out some of FinnSteven's recipes here is a link to his Facebook page. He is in Finnland experimenting with IP foods there because they will start the program there. He post the recipes with PICS so you can see what it look like. He does an amazing job. Click the link they LIKE his page so that you can keep getting the new recipes if you are on Facebook. He always has a pdf file that you can download or just click the picture and the recipe will come up......enjoy

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.181182538618464.45488.181118358624882&type=3
I am rarely on facebook...is that pdf download all his recipes or just the one you clicked on?

NewPath
04-29-2012, 04:00 PM
Hello all my new friends. Yesterday was fine food wise but I had dissapointments on a personal side. It will just teach me a lesson to not try too hard to get someone to appreciate me. Having been fat for the past 10 years and being treated like you are "less than" put me in a place of trying too hard to get love from some people in my life. I am in a job that I had to retrain for in my 50's I had been a very gifted hairdresser for 34 years and I loved my clients and they loved me. I developed severe arthritis in my hands and had to change careers so I went back to school and learned computer software applications and office administration. I got a job with a large medical service corporation that pays me well but I am a receptionist and am not treated with the respect I used to have as a hairdresser. I know I am very good at what I do; just don't feel appreciated. I am single and live alone and this forum has been such a god send hearing personal stories and struggles. I feel so blessed I can come here to talk and get some support. I read all of your stories, sharing experienc, and support and I cannot believe what a wonderful group of caring people are on board here! I congratulate all of you for your successes on IP and your courage to share your pain and words of encouragement. Thank you for welcoming me into your fold.

Welcome Darralyn! You will never be alone again. There are so many wonderful, compassionate, and dedicated friends here to help you on your journey. I am a newbie as well. I don't think that I would still be OP if it were not for all of the great people on this site.
One of the reasons that I decided to start taking care of myself, is that I had just had it with the way people, who do not know you, look at you or treat you because you are overweight. I live in a community where there are VERY
few fat people. Everyone takes care of themselves and puts themselves first when it comes to health and wellness. (Tennis, golf, country-clubs.....)
So I have decided to jump on the wagon and committ to myself as well. You are a wonderful person. You deserve to be respected. Do not take anything less than that from people! We are all always here for you!

CassiR
04-29-2012, 04:06 PM
Hey all, hope you're having a relaxing weekend.

I had an NSV this weekend. I went to get new yoga pants and fit into a size small. I also went to NY&Co to get new dress pants that actually fit. Didn't quite fit into a size 4 (yet, my belly still needs shrinkage), but fit comfortably into a 6. Woo Hoo!!

Also, TOM is gone and I'm feeling 100% back to normal. I've started phase 2 off right and following the sheet to a T. I've also cut out my restricted and I'm feeling good about it. I'm actually really enjoying the extra animal protein for lunch.

Tinawebb
04-29-2012, 04:09 PM
So.I have decided to open up and share my story of how I got here...I had always been a chubby kid, in high school I had an older boyfriend that was very degrading and became anorexic...I over came this with the help of my mom and my best friend. When I was 23 my mom died in a car accident, I turned to food, ended up at weight watchers and lost about 17 pounds. Then just last October my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer....very suddenly, he had stroke like symptoms, went to the er and my whole world changed that day. At first I turned to food, then as I am seeing him fight his way through this he has inspired me to fight through my weight. Every time I think of cheating, I think....dad can't and wouldn't cheat on his journey. I have a very supportive family, my oldest son which is just 8 even helps me out by telling me not to cheat and how good I'm doing, I keepvtelling myself that any loss is a great loss but sometimes its a little frutrating, as we humans want instant gratification! 35 pounds to go....as my dad always says....WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS!!

Welcome, sorry to hear about everything you have endured. This forum will provide support and motivation. It will become a second family in no time.

Tinawebb
04-29-2012, 04:13 PM
Okay, I said that I would be fine with any weight loss, but I am not. I had my WI #2 and am only down 2.6 this week. I understand that my WI#1 was huge-at 12 lbs, but I really expected at least 3. Now my mind is racing thinking about what I did wrong or what I should do different. I am really disappointed. I have been 100% on program. The only thing I can think of is perhaps skimping on my vegetables here and there....but not really.
I had a 12:15 WI so I did not eat until I got home : (
Sorry for the Debbie-Downer.....I will work through this.http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/images/do-not-link-to-our-images/confused.gif

That is over a 6 lb per week average loss. Seriously, that's kick butt.

LizRR
04-29-2012, 04:24 PM
My hubby finished up the chocolate mouse & toasted marshmallow dessert from last night, wasn't even tempted - even staying up late alone last night, in the past I would have snacked into the wee hours.

Billster - what a great NSV surprising yourself by fitting in a smaller size!!!

NewPath - You've lost ~15lb in 2 weeks. Not too shabby!

3sisters - I had to charge 2 hours of vacation time on Friday because I was on 3FC updating/reading after my WI#8...I may have to set a timer myself - it's a lazy Sunday here, so I'm catching up while my son naps instead of being productive.

Allright, with that I'm going to try out a few new recipes and do some food prep - this is usually a good cooking time for me while the baby sleeps!

Chloe222
04-29-2012, 04:31 PM
Darrallyn,
There are 3 main sources of power in the workplace: role power, expert power and relationship power.Please read this article. It will explain each and provide advice on using them. I think you will feel better after reading this. In a nutshell, you are on the low end of role power meaning in your role, you have limited power and are treated that way. However, as they get to know you and your true capabilities shine, things will change. I believe understanding this phenomenon will take away any "personal" aspect to what they are doing to you - its just the role you are in. You can make this a powerful role as well. Also losing weight is one of the powerful and highly respected things a person can do - watch what happens over time.

Read more: http://www.askmen.com/money/career_300/304_the-three-types-of-power-at-work.html#ixzz1tSWeOvda



Hey all, hope you're having a relaxing weekend.

I had an NSV this weekend. I went to get new yoga pants and fit into a size small. I also went to NY&Co to get new dress pants that actually fit. Didn't quite fit into a size 4 (yet, my belly still needs shrinkage), but fit comfortably into a 6. Woo Hoo!!

Also, TOM is gone and I'm feeling 100% back to normal. I've started phase 2 off right and following the sheet to a T. I've also cut out my restricted and I'm feeling good about it. I'm actually really enjoying the extra animal protein for lunch.
Congrats on the yoga pants and the work pants too!!I bought some new yoga pants 5 weeks ago in large that were not fitting well (they were a smallish large). Wearing them today, they are baggy!


So I have decided to jump on the wagon and committ to myself as well. You are a wonderful person. You deserve to be respected. Do not take anything less than that from people! We are all always here for you!
Yes, we all need to commit to ourselves! I always say, "You can't give away what you don't have". And that applies to love, wisdom, money, respect, etc.

sunshinered
04-29-2012, 04:32 PM
I chopped up some onions, zuchini, broccli and kale (I forgot the mushrooms) and cooked it with eggbeaters Southwestern style egg whites this morning. I split it with my husband. He thought it was great and so did I. I did not tell him it was egg whites. The southwestern style has a perfect "kick" to it. Not a fan of food coloring and artificial stuff but it kept him from knowing he was eating heathly and not even trying it.

Yesterday I had the pineapply banana drink which made me feel like I'd been transported to Hawaii.

I love this diet!! I am wearing a pair of pants that I had ordered that were too small. Today they are on, zipped and buttoned and wee bit tight.

Darralyn
04-29-2012, 04:33 PM
New Path: Thanks for all the warm words of encouragement. I live amongst people who are very judgemental regarding weight as well and when I was younger I was admired for my great figure. One thing "Fat" has taught me is that there is way more to a person than their looks; it's what is on the inside and that is a gift I truly cherish!

TinawebbYou say you are from eastern Washington; do mind telling me where? Are you anywhere near Spokane?

Darralyn
04-29-2012, 04:36 PM
Tinawebb; sorry about the bold type; I am new to this. I am not yelling at you.

Darralyn
04-29-2012, 04:38 PM
Chloe222Thank you for the article. I will read right now. As I said; I don't have much support at work and live alone so this forum is fabulous for me!

Darralyn
04-29-2012, 04:55 PM
SunshinerNWYou are from Washington state? Thanks for you're kind words. Looking forward to getting to know each of you.

WingnutandMe
04-29-2012, 04:56 PM
Chloe222Thank you for the article. I will read right now. As I said; I don't have much support at work and live alone so this forum is fabulous for me!

I thoroughly understand about living alone and having no support. I lived alone for 28 years until I remarried two years ago. But remember, you can still be alone when you're in the presence of others. Regardless, I do believe you will find this forum to be such unbelievable support. You've seen today were people have mentioned needing to set timers to limit themselves. It's addictive. I find I can't wait to get on and find out what everyone has to say. I makes me feel like I have a huge close knit family (something I have never had). You will immediately know that these people all genuinely care about you and want to do whatever they can to make you feel your best.

Stay with us, we all love you and want you to become "adopted" to our IP family. :grouphug:

Molly

DanafromAustin
04-29-2012, 04:57 PM
Okay, I said that I would be fine with any weight loss, but I am not. I had my WI #2 and am only down 2.6 this week. I understand that my WI#1 was huge-at 12 lbs, but I really expected at least 3. Now my mind is racing thinking about what I did wrong or what I should do different. I am really disappointed. I have been 100% on program. The only thing I can think of is perhaps skimping on my vegetables here and there....but not really.
I had a 12:15 WI so I did not eat until I got home : (
Sorry for the Debbie-Downer.....I will work through this.http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/images/do-not-link-to-our-images/confused.gif

All right lets look at this in a different way... So in two weeks you have lost almost 15 pounds! That is an amazing two week weight loss. :carrot::carrot:

patns
04-29-2012, 05:00 PM
Chloe222Thank you for the article. I will read right now. As I said; I don't have much support at work and live alone so this forum is fabulous for me!

I licked on your picture to make it bigger because I wanted to see what type of dog you had in the picture. It sure is a cutie!

That said, you are a very attractive woman.

You will be thrilled in your progress in a few months, it doesn't take much time to see a change.

Pat

Darralyn
04-29-2012, 05:08 PM
Patns The dog is a mini long haired dauchshund. I have three dogs and spoil them rotten; they are great company for me. Thanks for your kind words. I just love this place and the program!

wuv2bloved
04-29-2012, 05:10 PM
Okay, I said that I would be fine with any weight loss, but I am not. I had my WI #2 and am only down 2.6 this week. I understand that my WI#1 was huge-at 12 lbs, but I really expected at least 3. Now my mind is racing thinking about what I did wrong or what I should do different. I am really disappointed. I have been 100% on program. The only thing I can think of is perhaps skimping on my vegetables here and there....but not really.
I had a 12:15 WI so I did not eat until I got home : (
Sorry for the Debbie-Downer.....I will work through this.http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/images/do-not-link-to-our-images/confused.gif
I am with Dana, you have loss 15lbs in 2 weeks....what are you expecting??.....what are you going to do when you loss a pound???....you really need to THINK about this disappointment thing....why on earth are you disappointed??? some people NEVER lose 2lbs and you loss 2.6...BE HAPPY about that!...follow the program 100% as you have and it WILL come off, your body has to adjust....BELIEVE IN YOURSELF and the PROGRAM...don't DOUBT either!


I am rarely on facebook...is that pdf download all his recipes or just the one you clicked on?
Here is the link to the PDF file
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=254168414653209&set=a.181182538618464.45488.181118358624882&type=1&theater

Diana B
04-29-2012, 05:23 PM
I don't think I did the mug cake right...
It went really big and then got really small!
It's like eating a chocolate egg... :/

EDIT: Did I prepare them wrong? Were they too watery? Is that what I did wrong? :( worried about making waffles and muffins now!

I found the same issue, so the next time I went 2 minutes instead of thrre because it seemed almost burnt the first time, still had the same problem....I also tried the pudding pancake, that was a disaster, didn't work at all! I don't know what I'm doing wrong............

mom3girls63
04-29-2012, 05:23 PM
Drumroll please....................I am HAPPY to report that my WI went wonderfully. I lost 6 pounds!!!!! YES!!!! AND 2 inches from my waist!

Good golly it feels sooooo good. My clothes already feel looser!

I was struggling last week with wanting a pizza, piece of bread.........anything carb related really. I fought the urge and I won! Now, after seeing IP works, I do not want a pizza or anything bread related.

THANK YOU to everyone who offered encouragement and kind words of advice this week. You have no idea how much you all helped!

wuv2bloved
04-29-2012, 05:25 PM
Drumroll please....................I am HAPPY to report that my WI went wonderfully. I lost 6 pounds!!!!! YES!!!! AND 2 inches from my waist!

Good golly it feels sooooo good. My clothes already feel looser!

I was struggling last week with wanting a pizza, piece of bread.........anything carb related really. I fought the urge and I won! Now, after seeing IP works, I do not want a pizza or anything bread related.

THANK YOU to everyone who offered encouragement and kind words of advice this week. You have no idea how much you all helped!

GREAT JOB on fighting those cravings.....it pays to stay focused!!

Darralyn
04-29-2012, 05:27 PM
Drumroll please....................I am HAPPY to report that my WI went wonderfully. I lost 6 pounds!!!!! YES!!!! AND 2 inches from my waist!

Good golly it feels sooooo good. My clothes already feel looser!

I was struggling last week with wanting a pizza, piece of bread.........anything carb related really. I fought the urge and I won! Now, after seeing IP works, I do not want a pizza or anything bread related.

THANK YOU to everyone who offered encouragement and kind words of advice this week. You have no idea how much you all helped!







Great Job Mom3girls63 on the weight loss and the will to pass up the carbs!

WingnutandMe
04-29-2012, 05:29 PM
Drumroll please....................I am HAPPY to report that my WI went wonderfully. I lost 6 pounds!!!!! YES!!!! AND 2 inches from my waist!

Good golly it feels sooooo good. My clothes already feel looser!

I was struggling last week with wanting a pizza, piece of bread.........anything carb related really. I fought the urge and I won! Now, after seeing IP works, I do not want a pizza or anything bread related.

THANK YOU to everyone who offered encouragement and kind words of advice this week. You have no idea how much you all helped!

It's hard to start at first, the not knowing, but as you've found, it only takes one win like this to convince yourself, no cheats are worth the losses.

Congratulations. :cp:
Molly

WingnutandMe
04-29-2012, 05:44 PM
GREAT JOB on fighting those cravings.....it pays to stay focused!!

Hey, Wuv,

Since we have so many newbies (and even some of us oldies), can you add a link to your video to your signature along with the link to your story? I think people need to be able to access your video easily for that extra boost of encouragement you provide.

Thanks sooooo much for being there for all of us.
Molly

SaraBean
04-29-2012, 05:59 PM
I never post on the daily chats but I am super excited today!!!! I have been so nervous to go clothes shopping because if things didn't fit I was scared I would get depressed and upset.... but I forced myself to go because I am defending my thesis and needed something business casual. I found the most perfect dress! And it fit very nicely! And I had to get one 2 sizes smaller than the first one I tried on!!!!!

I feel confident in it and am ready to give my presentation in style!

Woot!

Darralyn
04-29-2012, 06:32 PM
SaraBean Big congratulations to you! And good luck on your presentation!

evepet
04-29-2012, 06:53 PM
I'm wondering whether or not it's ok to marinade beef/pork/chicken, etc. in a concoction that includes olive oil, (low salt) soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, worcestershire sauce, dijon-style prepared mustard, diced onion, minced garlic, and black pepper? My dinner sirloin steak has been marinating for hours in this mixture, in readiness for grilling later tonight. It suddenly occurred to me that maybe I shouldn't be using a marinade that includes olive oil? I'm going to use a George Foreman grill, that does squeeze most of the fat out... Any thoughts?

BTW ... I had to break away from my constant preoccupation with the forum this afternoon, as I needed to finish my taxes. (I swear I'm addicted to this place... I can spend hours just reading everybody's posts and going back in the stickies, recipe files, etc.) Major procrastinator here. LOL :o Did my taxes online this year, and got them submitted about an hour ago. Happy to see I've got a nice refund coming. Should receive it in just about the right time for some lower-size new clothes shopping! :cool:

wuv2bloved
04-29-2012, 06:55 PM
Hey, Wuv,

Since we have so many newbies (and even some of us oldies), can you add a link to your video to your signature along with the link to your story? I think people need to be able to access your video easily for that extra boost of encouragement you provide.

Thanks sooooo much for being there for all of us.
Molly

Sure I can do that, what I will do is post a link to my youtube channel and y'all can subscribe to it so that when I post a new video you will be alerted :)

Here is a link to get started. I have 4 video's right now.....
http://www.youtube.com/user/wuv2bloved?feature=guide

NewPath
04-29-2012, 07:13 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by NewPath
Okay, I said that I would be fine with any weight loss, but I am not. I had my WI #2 and am only down 2.6 this week. I understand that my WI#1 was huge-at 12 lbs, but I really expected at least 3. Now my mind is racing thinking about what I did wrong or what I should do different. I am really disappointed. I have been 100% on program. The only thing I can think of is perhaps skimping on my vegetables here and there....but not really.
I had a 12:15 WI so I did not eat until I got home : (
Sorry for the Debbie-Downer.....I will work through this.http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/imag...s/confused.gif
I am with Dana, you have loss 15lbs in 2 weeks....what are you expecting??.....what are you going to do when you loss a pound???....you really need to THINK about this disappointment thing....why on earth are you disappointed??? some people NEVER lose 2lbs and you loss 2.6...BE HAPPY about that!...follow the program 100% as you have and it WILL come off, your body has to adjust....BELIEVE IN YOURSELF and the PROGRAM...don't DOUBT either!

[COLOR="Blue"][COLOR="Blue"]Whoa!!!! I have just been dealt some "tough love" by Wuv!!!! It's okay, you are right. I did not expect to lose a lot, but I kinda did want 3. So, I will attempt to settle down, and let the pounds peel off as they may!!!!! Heard you loud and clear:)

Kaypix
04-29-2012, 07:18 PM
**Sooooo Hungry!!***

This is bizarre: Today has been absolutely normal at home, aside from some minor stress and a tiny bit of running around, and for some reason I am absolutely STARVING. I had the IP chocolate shake for breakfast for the first time, every other day has been Atkins still, using IP as snack or dessert. I was STARVING, so I ate a salad with my 2 cups of veggies, and my IP meal replacement bar, had another bar like 2 hours ago, and am hungry, YET AGAIN! It is seriously driving me nutty. It is TOM for me just started today so maybe that has something to do with it? But I am totally not digging' it :(

kmc1021
04-29-2012, 07:31 PM
I never post on the daily chats but I am super excited today!!!! I have been so nervous to go clothes shopping because if things didn't fit I was scared I would get depressed and upset.... but I forced myself to go because I am defending my thesis and needed something business casual. I found the most perfect dress! And it fit very nicely! And I had to get one 2 sizes smaller than the first one I tried on!!!!!

I feel confident in it and am ready to give my presentation in style!

Woot!

That's awesome. Congrats and good luck with your presentation

Cadu
04-29-2012, 07:36 PM
OMG I am sooooo tired and beat up & sore all over. Today in preperation of the shower next week, I set up 3 tents in my yard, opened the pool, powerwashed tables & chairs. After that I was starving and so tired I didnt want to cook. I threw some pre made bubba burgers on the grill for DH & kids. I caouldnt have one because they are loaded with fat so I just had tuna & spinach. I really dont love tuna without the mayo, so it was'nt an enjoyable dinner, it was just to feed the body. WOW has my thinking changed. before I woulda wolfed down one of those fatty burgers.. ( if not 2).

Anyhow, just wanted to pop in and say hi. I really need to soak in a hot bath.

KMC- I am so glad to see you here.. are you feeling better?

SaraBean
04-29-2012, 07:40 PM
LOL this might be super silly.... i have managed to figure out what all the other abbreviations mean but I am stumped on DH. I get it is something about husbands.... but what does that D stand for????

:shrug:

Cadu
04-29-2012, 07:42 PM
Kelly (KMC)
i just saw your post.... am so glad you are here with us.


Sarah it means dear or darling.

SaraBean
04-29-2012, 07:45 PM
Sarah it means dear or darling.


Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh! That makes sense! Thanks Cadu:D

Darralyn
04-29-2012, 07:58 PM
just wondering....I ran out of lemon juice for my salad dressing. Do you think it would hurt to substitute lime juice??

2Poles1Girl
04-29-2012, 08:05 PM
Some days it stands for dip-sh&t.....;) <just sayin>

SaraBean
04-29-2012, 08:09 PM
Some days it stands for dip-sh&t.....;) <just sayin>

HAHAHAHAAAA!!!!! That makes sense too! Thanks for making me smile

:lol:

kellycg102
04-29-2012, 08:12 PM
Good Sunday morning everyone today I celebrate not only my 60th Birthday but almost 15 pounds lighter. Yea!!!!! It is going to be a little tough as I know there is a cake (carrot one of my favourites), hope I stay strong don't want to undo all that I have done so far. I hope that everyone has a great IP day. Will jump back on later this evening to read how everyone is doing.:carrot:

Happy Birthday!

NSV- I went clothes shopping and had fun!!! I couldn't believe that the clothes actually looked good on me. I wasn't disgusted when I looked in the full length mirror :) I told my sister that I will need to come back here when I am finished losing weight. Fairbanks doesn't have any good stores. I had so much fun.

Congrats on the shopping!

Happy weekend everyone! I started IP on Friday the 27th. I can honestly say I have been 100% OP . I so excited for the results. I have noticed since starting that I sleep better at night and have more energy throughout the day!! Love it!

Have a great weekend everyone!!


Welcome......it is great

rvingprincess
04-29-2012, 08:30 PM
Went clothes shopping today with my birthday money from my DH, was excited when the usual size 2x was too big. I am now in a X, that is the smallest size in the store. I guess next time I will be shopping in the regular department stores, it made my birthday even more special. Thank you everyone for all the birthday wishes, and I didn't have a piece of cake after all.:carrot::carrot::

evepet
04-29-2012, 08:31 PM
just wondering....I ran out of lemon juice for my salad dressing. Do you think it would hurt to substitute lime juice??

Hi Darralyn, I don't think there's any problem with substituting lime for lemon juice if you've ran out. BTW, I've read your posts today but haven't yet responded - so.... Welcome to the forum. I hope you hang out here often. As you're already finding out, it's a fantastic place for support and advice.

evepet
04-29-2012, 08:35 PM
Went clothes shopping today with my birthday money from my DH, was excited when the usual size 2x was too big. I am now in a X, that is the smallest size in the store. I guess next time I will be shopping in the regular department stores, it made my birthday even more special. Thank you everyone for all the birthday wishes, and I didn't have a piece of cake after all.:carrot::carrot::

That's great! With that motivating high from moving down to an X size, you didn't need any old temporary sugar high from birthday cake. Just keep imagining all those fashionable clothes you are 'downsizing' your way into in regular size shops... Way to go. :carrot:

SaraBean
04-29-2012, 08:35 PM
Went clothes shopping today with my birthday money from my DH, was excited when the usual size 2x was too big. I am now in a X, that is the smallest size in the store. I guess next time I will be shopping in the regular department stores, it made my birthday even more special. Thank you everyone for all the birthday wishes, and I didn't have a piece of cake after all.:carrot::carrot::

CONGRATS!!!!! That is a GREAT feeling!!!!!

:bday2you:

Chloe222
04-29-2012, 08:41 PM
**Sooooo Hungry!!***

This is bizarre: Today has been absolutely normal at home, aside from some minor stress and a tiny bit of running around, and for some reason I am absolutely STARVING. I have days when I'm very hungry, for no obvioius reason. Sometimes I'll have a hard boiled egg w/ WF creamy bacon dressing or the honey dijon mustard and take the protein off my dinner portion or if just need snack, use celery with a mix of WF BBQ sauce mixed w/ WF whipped peanut butter. For "emergencies" I keep a few hard boiled eggs in the fridge all the time. Sometimes, I'll just have 2 egg whites and give the yolks to my dogs.

OMG I am sooooo tired and beat up & sore all over. ( if not 2).

Congrats on getting so much done!! Rest up and sleep well!

kellycg102
04-29-2012, 08:51 PM
I found the same issue, so the next time I went 2 minutes instead of thrre because it seemed almost burnt the first time, still had the same problem....I also tried the pudding pancake, that was a disaster, didn't work at all! I don't know what I'm doing wrong............

I made the chocolate pudding pancakes yesterday. I make it so I can make wo big on cakes. 1 crushed packet of crispie cereal, 1 packet chocolate pudding mix....4 egg whites, tsp go baking powder....cinnamon if you want. Mix it up and add water to get a thinner batter. Split into two portions, pour into "greased" frying pan on med heat. Hope that helps. There may be one with just pudding, not sure tho?


Drumroll please....................I am HAPPY to report that my WI went wonderfully. I lost 6 pounds!!!!! YES!!!! AND 2 inches from my waist!

Good golly it feels sooooo good. My clothes already feel looser!

I was struggling last week with wanting a pizza, piece of bread.........anything carb related really. I fought the urge and I won! Now, after seeing IP works, I do not want a pizza or anything bread related.

THANK YOU to everyone who offered encouragement and kind words of advice this week. You have no idea how much you all helped!

Wow that is awesome, great job fighting the cravings too.


I never post on the daily chats but I am super excited today!!!! I have been so nervous to go clothes shopping because if things didn't fit I was scared I would get depressed and upset.... but I forced myself to go because I am defending my thesis and needed something business casual. I found the most perfect dress! And it fit very nicely! And I had to get one 2 sizes smaller than the first one I tried on!!!!!

I feel confident in it and am ready to give my presentation in style!

Woot!

Congrats,that is great...good luck on your presentation!


OMG I am sooooo tired and beat up & sore all over. Today in preperation of the shower next week, I set up 3 tents in my yard, opened the pool, powerwashed tables & chairs. After that I was starving and so tired I didnt want to cook. I threw some pre made bubba burgers on the grill for DH & kids. I caouldnt have one because they are loaded with fat so I just had tuna & spinach. I really dont love tuna without the mayo, so it was'nt an enjoyable dinner, it was just to feed the body. WOW has my thinking changed. before I woulda wolfed down one of those fatty burgers.. ( if not 2).

Anyhow, just wanted to pop in and say hi. I really need to soak in a hot bath.

KMC- I am so glad to see you here.. are you feeling better?

Wow I am exhausted reading that. Good for you.

Some days it stands for dip-sh&t.....;) <just sayin>

Lol!!!:D
Went clothes shopping today with my birthday money from my DH, was excited when the usual size 2x was too big. I am now in a X, that is the smallest size in the store. I guess next time I will be shopping in the regular department stores, it made my birthday even more special. Thank you everyone for all the birthday wishes, and I didn't have a piece of cake after all.:carrot::carrot::


That is awesome and good for you not having the cake!

sunshinered
04-29-2012, 08:53 PM
SunshinerNWYou are from Washington state? Thanks for you're kind words. Looking forward to getting to know each of you.

Yep! I walked around the Washington Park Arboretum today in north Seattle. Beautiful! The azaleas, rhododendruns, magnolias and more all in full bloom. Cherry trees too. Great day for it.

kellycg102
04-29-2012, 08:54 PM
Pretty good day, hanging' out ith the kids. We were at Canadian Tire tho and everyone was getting fries from the chip truck.....OMG they looked sooo good. One of the first days that I thought.......oh I want those....now!!
Didn't tho! Wew that was tough! Thankfully I haven't had many of those.
Hope everyone has a great Monday and a good sleep

haddy4
04-29-2012, 08:59 PM
Good morning everyone!! I am so excited this morning! I usually have a shake or the IP pancakes made from the cereal packet. This morning, I made lemon bread with the pudding packet -from the recipe on this board It was heavenly! Can't wait to try the banana pudding to make a banana bread. Great way to start the day!! Have a great weekend!

where can i find the recipe? :^:

LSJ100
04-29-2012, 09:05 PM
Andie,

I had always looked at them and thought, "I bet these taste better than regular cukes." About a month or so ago, I bought a few. My thoughts were correct and I think they are better. Maybe just me though. I slice them up and cut up the celery and the mini peppers and grind a bunch of sea salt all over and it's fun finger food and no problem for me to get in 2 cups of veggies at lunch.

Hope you find you like them too.
Molly

Molly you inspired me and that's what I got for my lunch veggies this week - gonna go prep them now!

Teden
04-29-2012, 09:07 PM
Hi all! Looking for a little guidance today... I am in week 6 right now and I had to start exercising this week because my Navy fitness test is in 3 weeks. For the past 3 days I have been doing a run-through which includes as many sit-ups as you can do in 2 min, as many push-ups as you can do in 2 minutes, and trying to burn as many calories as possible on the elliptical in 12 minutes (around 120 or so for me right now). I have added a shake on these days to make up for it. Today I used my ketostix and I had barely a trace of ketones- the lightest shade of pink I have seen! Does exercise kick you out, or is the extra shake too much? I don't get it!!!

vipogi
04-29-2012, 09:13 PM
Hi everyone - I've been on IP since 3/27/12. I found out about it from my work (a medspa). Our owner decided to start offering it and we all went to a seminar. I knew it was for me right away and found a place nearby to start right away, rather than wait for my work to get up and running. :D -- I started at 168 and am at 155 -- I was off the plan for a week of vacation during that time. I love being on IP. I feel great. My biggest problem has been making sure I eat all the food. That's my goal for this week. I've noticed that even if I'm not losing pounds, I'm getting smaller, which has been great for my self esteem. Reading everyone else's posts has been inspiring - thanks.

jcjnjj
04-29-2012, 09:15 PM
Any creative ideas on how to jazz up the Chicken Soup? I'm having that for lunch tomorrow.

Ducksmy
04-29-2012, 09:30 PM
Tough WI this weekend! up 2lbs! But it was a hard week for medically last week. Lots of pain so had to take pain meds! Always make me retain water.
This is a new week, and I will continue on. Lots less pain this weekend.
Happiness wished for you all!

mtnsun4
04-29-2012, 09:30 PM
Hello all my new friends. Yesterday was fine food wise but I had dissapointments on a personal side. It will just teach me a lesson to not try too hard to get someone to appreciate me. Having been fat for the past 10 years and being treated like you are "less than" put me in a place of trying too hard to get love from some people in my life. I am in a job that I had to retrain for in my 50's I had been a very gifted hairdresser for 34 years and I loved my clients and they loved me. I developed severe arthritis in my hands and had to change careers so I went back to school and learned computer software applications and office administration. I got a job with a large medical service corporation that pays me well but I am a receptionist and am not treated with the respect I used to have as a hairdresser. I know I am very good at what I do; just don't feel appreciated. I am single and live alone and this forum has been such a god send hearing personal stories and struggles. I feel so blessed I can come here to talk and get some support. I read all of your stories, sharing experienc, and support and I cannot believe what a wonderful group of caring people are on board here! I congratulate all of you for your successes on IP and your courage to share your pain and words of encouragement. Thank you for welcoming me into your fold.

Thank you for sharing with us. I can empathize with your statement of being overweight and being treated "less than" simply due to your size. I have felt that way for 15 years. However- I am doing something about it now and I am going to be the best that I can be! So glad you are here. :hug:

Tinawebb
04-29-2012, 09:34 PM
Yep! I walked around the Washington Park Arboretum today in north Seattle. Beautiful! The azaleas, rhododendruns, magnolias and more all in full bloom. Cherry trees too. Great day for it.

I'm from Richland, we are closer than we realize sometimes

Tinawebb
04-29-2012, 09:36 PM
Tough WI this weekend! up 2lbs! But it was a hard week for medically last week. Lots of pain so had to take pain meds! Always make me retain water.
This is a new week, and I will continue on. Lots less pain this weekend.
Happiness wished for you all!

Sorry to hear that. Hope you continue to feel less pain.

mtnsun4
04-29-2012, 09:38 PM
Great day being back OP! I am not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow after being out a week. So much to do, such little time!

I hope everyone has a great evening! I have my pudding chilling in the fridge- g'night all!

Tinawebb
04-29-2012, 09:39 PM
New Path: Thanks for all the warm words of encouragement. I live amongst people who are very judgemental regarding weight as well and when I was younger I was admired for my great figure. One thing "Fat" has taught me is that there is way more to a person than their looks; it's what is on the inside and that is a gift I truly cherish!

TinawebbYou say you are from eastern Washington; do mind telling me where? Are you anywhere near Spokane?

Richland, so not too far from you:carrot:

Chloe222
04-29-2012, 09:47 PM
Hi all! Looking for a little guidance today... I am in week 6 right now and I had to start exercising this week because my Navy fitness test is in 3 weeks. For the past 3 days I have been doing a run-through which includes as many sit-ups as you can do in 2 min, as many push-ups as you can do in 2 minutes, and trying to burn as many calories as possible on the elliptical in 12 minutes (around 120 or so for me right now). I have added a shake on these days to make up for it. Today I used my ketostix and I had barely a trace of ketones- the lightest shade of pink I have seen! Does exercise kick you out, or is the extra shake too much? I don't get it!!!
Not sure but I think I recall reading that the longer you are in ketosis, the less the sticks show it. Plus they are valid only in the morning, using urine upon waking. This is just my recollection - so please try to research it, I could be wrong. Definitely add the extra packet - with your exercise you don't want the body to go into starvation mode.

Hi everyone - I've been on IP since 3/27/12. I found out about it from my work (a medspa). Our owner decided to start offering it and we all went to a seminar. I knew it was for me right away and found a place nearby to start right away, rather than wait for my work to get up and running. :D -- I started at 168 and am at 155 -- I was off the plan for a week of vacation during that time. I love being on IP. I feel great. My biggest problem has been making sure I eat all the food. That's my goal for this week. I've noticed that even if I'm not losing pounds, I'm getting smaller, which has been great for my self esteem. Reading everyone else's posts has been inspiring - thanks.
Re eating all the veggies, just roast a huge tray, they reduce down so much, you'll get 4 c (measured raw) in a day before you know it. Plus putting 1 c spinach in your drinks helps. Good luck & welcome!

WingnutandMe
04-29-2012, 09:47 PM
where can i find the recipe? :^:

Here are some pancake recipes, all not restricted
Molly

Cereal Pancakes
Not restricted pancake
Substitute the water for WF syrup.
1 pkg IP Crispy Cereal, crunched up
2 egg whites
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp vanilla
Cinnamon & Nutmeg, to taste
Directions:
Mix together in small bowl the following; 2 egg whites, 1/4 tsp vanilla
Add in to cereal pkg the following; 1/4 tsp baking powder, cinnamon & nutmeg
Pour dry mix in to egg white mixture and combine.
Cook in pan as you would pancakes.


Non restricted pudding Pancakes
Ingredients:
1 IP Pudding Packet (I used lemon and it was perfect.)
2 beaten egg whites
Approx 4 oz of water
1 tsp of vanilla extract
Pinch of baking powder
Pinch of sea salt
1 Splenda, Truvia or other sweetener packet (optional)

Directions:
1. Pre-heat griddle or skillet.
2. Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt.
3. Mix all other ingredients. The batter should not be runny but a nice consistency to pour onto the griddle/skillet
4. Cook until brown on one side and then flip.

With the lemon pudding, I can’t decide whether I like the WF Pancake syrup or the WF Blueberry syrup the best, so I do half and half.

Wildberry Pancakes
Ingredients:
1/2 pkg of IP Wildberry Yogurt
1/2 pkg of IP Crispy Cereal
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 c egg whites
Directions:
1. Take package of each IP wildberry yogurt and IP Cereal and blend up in magic bullet
2. Divide out into 2 equal 28g portions, reserve one for future snack.
3. Add baking powder and egg whites, mix. Thin out with water to pancake batter consistancy
4. Cook like pancakes in pan approx 2-3 minutes per side.

jcjnjj
04-29-2012, 09:57 PM
Here are some pancake recipes, all not restricted
Molly

Cereal Pancakes
Not restricted pancake
Substitute the water for WF syrup.
1 pkg IP Crispy Cereal, crunched up
2 egg whites
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp vanilla
Cinnamon & Nutmeg, to taste
Directions:
Mix together in small bowl the following; 2 egg whites, 1/4 tsp vanilla
Add in to cereal pkg the following; 1/4 tsp baking powder, cinnamon & nutmeg
Pour dry mix in to egg white mixture and combine.
Cook in pan as you would pancakes.


Non restricted pudding Pancakes
Ingredients:
1 IP Pudding Packet (I used lemon and it was perfect.)
2 beaten egg whites
Approx 4 oz of water
1 tsp of vanilla extract
Pinch of baking powder
Pinch of sea salt
1 Splenda, Truvia or other sweetener packet (optional)

Directions:
1. Pre-heat griddle or skillet.
2. Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt.
3. Mix all other ingredients. The batter should not be runny but a nice consistency to pour onto the griddle/skillet
4. Cook until brown on one side and then flip.

With the lemon pudding, I can’t decide whether I like the WF Pancake syrup or the WF Blueberry syrup the best, so I do half and half.

Wildberry Pancakes
Ingredients:
1/2 pkg of IP Wildberry Yogurt
1/2 pkg of IP Crispy Cereal
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 c egg whites
Directions:
1. Take package of each IP wildberry yogurt and IP Cereal and blend up in magic bullet
2. Divide out into 2 equal 28g portions, reserve one for future snack.
3. Add baking powder and egg whites, mix. Thin out with water to pancake batter consistancy
4. Cook like pancakes in pan approx 2-3 minutes per side.

Thank you for posting these Molly! I am having a hard time searching the posts and finding recipes.

jcjnjj
04-29-2012, 10:03 PM
Regarding seltzer...which I happen to make & drink daily: (article link at bottom)

All diet drinks (i.e. sugar-free, carb-free) are NOT contraindicated on the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method. The problem that can arise is imbalances in acid / base regulation. Our protocol is very alkaline and this is why we do not see complications common to other “protein type diets”, namely kidney stones, gout, bone spurs, etc. Some diet drinks (Crystal Light for example) are mixed with water and these are acceptable. Many others (flavored Aqua-fina, Dasani, etc.) contain alot of phosphoric acid. This is a very strong acid and will play havoc with the body’s bicarbonate buffering system. The same goes for diet sodas…particularly the “brown ones”…Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, root beer, etc.).

Flavored seltzers are usually OK, just read the label and make sure it is carb-free and contains no phosphoric acid. Carbonated beverages contain CO2 which, when dissolved in water becomes carbonic acid, a weak acid (unlike phosphoric). To have a glass of these occasionally would not be a problem, but consuming large amounts (like in place ofthe 2 liters of water per day) would not be a good idea. The pH of Perrier is about 5.7, weakly acidic.

http://www.iwlnow.com/?page_id=553

By the way, thanks for posting this. I love seltzer / club soda and am going to continue drinking it occasionally. :)

wuv2bloved
04-29-2012, 10:20 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by NewPath
Okay, I said that I would be fine with any weight loss, but I am not. I had my WI #2 and am only down 2.6 this week. I understand that my WI#1 was huge-at 12 lbs, but I really expected at least 3. Now my mind is racing thinking about what I did wrong or what I should do different. I am really disappointed. I have been 100% on program. The only thing I can think of is perhaps skimping on my vegetables here and there....but not really.
I had a 12:15 WI so I did not eat until I got home : (
Sorry for the Debbie-Downer.....I will work through this.http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/imag...s/confused.gif
I am with Dana, you have loss 15lbs in 2 weeks....what are you expecting??.....what are you going to do when you loss a pound???....you really need to THINK about this disappointment thing....why on earth are you disappointed??? some people NEVER lose 2lbs and you loss 2.6...BE HAPPY about that!...follow the program 100% as you have and it WILL come off, your body has to adjust....BELIEVE IN YOURSELF and the PROGRAM...don't DOUBT either!

[COLOR="Blue"][COLOR="Blue"]Whoa!!!! I have just been dealt some "tough love" by Wuv!!!! It's okay, you are right. I did not expect to lose a lot, but I kinda did want 3. So, I will attempt to settle down, and let the pounds peel off as they may!!!!! Heard you loud and clear:)

YUP, you have been given the toughest of love from me. It comes out every now and then....lol....glad you didn't mind. Don't EXPECT anything just let it happen :)

Chloe222
04-29-2012, 10:22 PM
Hi all! Looking for a little guidance today... I am in week 6 right now and I had to start exercising this week because my Navy fitness test is in 3 weeks. For the past 3 days I have been doing a run-through which includes as many sit-ups as you can do in 2 min, as many push-ups as you can do in 2 minutes, and trying to burn as many calories as possible on the elliptical in 12 minutes (around 120 or so for me right now). I have added a shake on these days to make up for it. Today I used my ketostix and I had barely a trace of ketones- the lightest shade of pink I have seen! Does exercise kick you out, or is the extra shake too much? I don't get it!!!

Out of curiosity, what are the req'ts for this fitness test? Are there precise numbers you have to hit?

DanafromAustin
04-29-2012, 10:49 PM
Hi all! Looking for a little guidance today... I am in week 6 right now and I had to start exercising this week because my Navy fitness test is in 3 weeks. For the past 3 days I have been doing a run-through which includes as many sit-ups as you can do in 2 min, as many push-ups as you can do in 2 minutes, and trying to burn as many calories as possible on the elliptical in 12 minutes (around 120 or so for me right now). I have added a shake on these days to make up for it. Today I used my ketostix and I had barely a trace of ketones- the lightest shade of pink I have seen! Does exercise kick you out, or is the extra shake too much? I don't get it!!!
Even though you are only showing a trace, you are still in ketosis. The sticks are always darker at first on the plan because you are spilling so many ketones, but the longer you are on the plan the lighter the sticks should look. Your body is now running very effectively. Only check the sticks first thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything, otherwise they aren't accurate.

Hi everyone - I've been on IP since 3/27/12. I found out about it from my work (a medspa). Our owner decided to start offering it and we all went to a seminar. I knew it was for me right away and found a place nearby to start right away, rather than wait for my work to get up and running. :D -- I started at 168 and am at 155 -- I was off the plan for a week of vacation during that time. I love being on IP. I feel great. My biggest problem has been making sure I eat all the food. That's my goal for this week. I've noticed that even if I'm not losing pounds, I'm getting smaller, which has been great for my self esteem. Reading everyone else's posts has been inspiring - thanks.
:welcome3:
Tough WI this weekend! up 2lbs! But it was a hard week for medically last week. Lots of pain so had to take pain meds! Always make me retain water.
This is a new week, and I will continue on. Lots less pain this weekend.
Happiness wished for you all!
Keep your chin up; next week is a new week.:hug:

Teden
04-29-2012, 10:50 PM
Out of curiosity, what are the req'ts for this fitness test? Are there precise numbers you have to hit?

Yes, it varies by age. I am 35 so I just entered the next category so my requirements are pretty low. I have to do a minimum of 37 sit-ups (which doesnt sound like much, but I have had 2 c-sec in less than 3 years...), 11 push ups and I think I have to burn about 115 calories on the elliptical in 12 minutes. Before kids it was a breeze...now, not so much :(

NewPath
04-29-2012, 10:57 PM
YUP, you have been given the toughest of love from me. It comes out every now and then....lol....glad you didn't mind. Don't EXPECT anything just let it happen :)

Wuv....I have so much respect and admiration for you. I have a tendency to hyperfocus and be a perfectionist. That has to go, when it comes to my health. (Though it does work in my classroom.) Last year one of my little 5 year olds almost died while receiving treatment for Stage 4 Neuroblastoma......my body responded by a dangerous rise in blood pressure....240/180. I was hospitalized, obviously, and then cleared...my heart is normal. As a fat, 196 lb woman, I did not deal well with the stress. Bottom line, my "machine" needs an upgrade to "heathy".So yeah, I know that I need to accept whatever happens on the scale and know that I am doing my job.....this weight did not happen overnight! I am going to start focusing on my effort...and NOT on the outcome or results.
Confession: Today my coach was so upset that I am not eating every 4 hours! My other coach never said anything about this. She went over the whole "feed" your body thing.....and how we have to let our bodies know that we are not starving.........if we do not eat consistently.......our bodies put out a distress signal...and hold on to all of the food and weight..no loss. So yeah, thanks Luv, you are an inspiration. I was being selfish...expecting more weight loss.....but, I do think that I have learned some things. I am no longer hungry...soooooooo, I need to make sure that I eat everything, everyday!!!!
Wuv...you are a real leader!
leader.http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/images/smiles/carrot.gif

willsmashfat
04-29-2012, 11:26 PM
New Path - I know you already got your tough love from Wuv and encouragement from others, but here is something I figured out last week when I was obsessing about being stuck at 170.0 (when I really wanted to hit the 160's): We can't obsess about a tenth of a pound. It is only 1.6 ozs! - about 2 sips of water or less. The extra 0.4 lbs you were looking for is 6.4 ozs - less than a glass of water. Our scales can help track a trend but that is all we should use them for. If the trend is going down, that is all that matters.

wuv2bloved
04-29-2012, 11:34 PM
Wuv....I have so much respect and admiration for you. I have a tendency to hyperfocus and be a perfectionist. That has to go, when it comes to my health. (Though it does work in my classroom.) Last year one of my little 5 year olds almost died while receiving treatment for Stage 4 Neuroblastoma......my body responded by a dangerous rise in blood pressure....240/180. I was hospitalized, obviously, and then cleared...my heart is normal. As a fat, 196 lb woman, I did not deal well with the stress. Bottom line, my "machine" needs an upgrade to "heathy".So yeah, I know that I need to accept whatever happens on the scale and know that I am doing my job.....this weight did not happen overnight! I am going to start focusing on my effort...and NOT on the outcome or results.
Confession: Today my coach was so upset that I am not eating every 4 hours! My other coach never said anything about this. She went over the whole "feed" your body thing.....and how we have to let our bodies know that we are not starving.........if we do not eat consistently.......our bodies put out a distress signal...and hold on to all of the food and weight..no loss. So yeah, thanks Luv, you are an inspiration. I was being selfish...expecting more weight loss.....but, I do think that I have learned some things. I am no longer hungry...soooooooo, I need to make sure that I eat everything, everyday!!!!
Wuv...you are a real leader!
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you welcome and thank you. Remember those numbers on the scale are just that....A NUMBER!....go by how your clothes fit and how you feel, THAT is much more rewarding than seeing a certain number on the scale :hug:

Samba
04-29-2012, 11:43 PM
It is sometimes hard for me to focus on the big picture rather than the micro part of the weigh-in idea. I have had plateaus and gotten stuck. But, looking at the overall picture...wow. Stay big picture!!

Also, this diet should come with a warning! I was so excited when I found cute 12s and 10 pants to buy. This morning I had to find the one pair of 8s. What my cute stuff gone by so quickly?? Fortunately I have a good friend right behind me on the IP plan so she will inherit. But, I really thought I would be at a size for awhile. Then suddenly things take off again. The losing is not a gradual progression. There are stops and starts, steep losses and then standstills.

Still flying pretty high about my NSV of a cholesterol of 122! Yesssss!! I used to have to take Lipitor and now this value on no meds! Thank you, IP!!!

Stay fierce everyone! It really works!

Nibblet
04-30-2012, 01:47 AM
I just made some turnip fries and they were seriously awesome.

Samba
04-30-2012, 02:11 AM
I like those turnip fries too! The family here all eat them.

3sisters
04-30-2012, 08:30 AM
It is sometimes hard for me to focus on the big picture rather than the micro part of the weigh-in idea. I have had plateaus and gotten stuck. But, looking at the overall picture...wow. Stay big picture!!

Also, this diet should come with a warning! I was so excited when I found cute 12s and 10 pants to buy. This morning I had to find the one pair of 8s. What my cute stuff gone by so quickly?? Fortunately I have a good friend right behind me on the IP plan so she will inherit. But, I really thought I would be at a size for awhile. Then suddenly things take off again. The losing is not a gradual progression. There are stops and starts, steep losses and then standstills.

Still flying pretty high about my NSV of a cholesterol of 122! Yesssss!! I used to have to take Lipitor and now this value on no meds! Thank you, IP!!!

Stay fierce everyone! It really works!

Was your cholesterol of 122 while you were on, or off, the Lipitor? If while off Lipitor, that is so exciting - hope I will have the same success! If while still on Lipitor - a word of caution, the real test will be what your cholesterol is when you are off altogether.

m4pockets
05-01-2012, 12:38 PM
It is sometimes hard for me to focus on the big picture rather than the micro part of the weigh-in idea. I have had plateaus and gotten stuck. But, looking at the overall picture...wow. Stay big picture!!

Also, this diet should come with a warning! I was so excited when I found cute 12s and 10 pants to buy. This morning I had to find the one pair of 8s. What my cute stuff gone by so quickly?? Fortunately I have a good friend right behind me on the IP plan so she will inherit. But, I really thought I would be at a size for awhile. Then suddenly things take off again. The losing is not a gradual progression. There are stops and starts, steep losses and then standstills.

Still flying pretty high about my NSV of a cholesterol of 122! Yesssss!! I used to have to take Lipitor and now this value on no meds! Thank you, IP!!!

Stay fierce everyone! It really works!


HELLO!!...My question is did you start the diet while on the Lipitor? I was just given Lipitor and was planning on doing the IP diet. But I have to know if you felt ok? and how far into IP did you stop the Lip?? Thanks!