Ideal Protein Diet - Newbies - what's your goal? What's your motivation?




JackBs Mom
05-18-2012, 06:43 PM
I about 1/2 way through my first day. I started IP after hearing how well it works and then being encouraged by the lovely folks on 3FC.

I am starting at 179.6 on May 18th
My first goal is 159lbs by July 24th
My ultimate goal weight is 130lbs

My motivation is me. Everything else is my life is for someone else, this is for me - I want to be happy and confident again!


FattyFatFat
05-18-2012, 07:31 PM
I love how YOU are your own motivation!!! I can tell you are going to do extremely well whichever route you take. It's almost like you've already met your goal and now you just have to act it out.

JackBs Mom
05-18-2012, 07:38 PM
I love how YOU are your own motivation!!! I can tell you are going to do extremely well whichever route you take. It's almost like you've already met your goal and now you just have to act it out.

Thank you for your confidence!
I cannot remember the last time I put myself first…


NOVAScents
05-18-2012, 07:42 PM
My goal is 150, I currently weight 171.8. I'm doing this for me. I gave me away for the last 5.5years and now that we're done having kids I'm focusing more on ME ;)

Kaypix
05-18-2012, 08:14 PM
I'm doing this mostly for me, but specifically to increase my self confidence. I started at 202 lbs before IP, lost a pregnancy that I had gained about 10 pounds during (was about 190 before getting preggers). I lost the first 5 pounds on my own, then started watching carbs 3 days before I started the alternative version of IP (using alternative products, not the alternative method) I was 198 the day I decided to try, and 194.8 the first day of drinking shakes. I'm down to 181.6 (unofficially), technically 182.6 as of this Monday.

My mini goal is 170, I don't know the last time I was that weight except when I was on weight watchers, so maybe 2008?

My ultimate goal is 130, and it's a really really really scary number for me, so I'll probably be "aiming" for 20 pound increments ultimately, and break it down further by 5 pounds at a time. I get a bead for my charm bracelet for every 5 pounds lost. So far I have 2 beads, one to remind me I'm doing it FOR ME (K), one to remind me of my first five pounds (teal bead) and this weekend I get to pick out my next bead.

greeniris
05-18-2012, 10:41 PM
I will begin the diet this coming Thurs, the 24th. My motivation is mainly to become healthier. I'm 54 yrs young and have been overweight all of my adult life. The weight just kept creeping up. Now I have health issues I'm concerned about, including diabetes that was just diagnosed last month. The other motivations are a newer relationship, and my son is getting married this fall.

I want to lose about 60 lbs by Thanksgiving, but haven't really thought about breaking that down into mini-goals.

FYI: I hate the word 'diet'. What I like about IP is that they will teach me how to eat better forever, without having to use their products forever.

Have found some awesome recipes on other threads on this site, and have almost all meals for the first week planned! :D

tink86
05-18-2012, 11:36 PM
I started 2 weeks ago. I have spent the last 4 years under extreme stress and gained nearly 30 pounds. I am a caregiver and a full time working mom. I am finally putting myself first. This diet/lifestyle change is to reward myself for surviving the past 2 years. I deserve to feel good about myself again.

I am so inspired by all the fantastic people on this site who have worked so hard. I am excited to be a part of such a phenomenal group of people.:cheer:

kmstacy
05-19-2012, 09:47 AM
I start Mon 5-21...I have been obese since i was a teen, I am currently 280 and my first big goal is to weigh 199 which i haven't weighed in over 20 years..I can relate to everyone saying they are finally putting themselves first... I have 4 kids and never do anything for my self so i am so excited about this program and to finally do something for me!

sprite613
05-19-2012, 10:44 AM
I started two weeks ago to the day and I've lost 10.5 pounds so far. I'm actually finding that I like the restriction of what I can and can't have so it's easier for me to follow, and stick with.

My main motivation is to get back to a healthier me. I began having worse back problems that are only made more worse by my weight. I also miss some of the things I used to do and I want to be able to do them again. Like riding with my hubby in a long motorcycle trip, or fitting into some of the more fun clothes in my closet, or going to my gym's kickboxing class. I used to have so much fun exercising, but now I hurt myself if I try. My DH and I are also planning on starting our own business soon and I need to be able to keep up with him LOL.

So long story short is I was tired of not being ME and want to be again!

aclark
05-19-2012, 12:03 PM
My husband and I ware doing this together which has been nice. Our ultimate goal is to be healthier. He'd like to come off of his blood pressure and cholesterol meds and I'd like to loose some weight before getting pregnant. We are about 10 days in so far and have both seen great results. Super excited to meet our goals!!!!

Wendi
05-19-2012, 01:05 PM
I will begin this diet on Monday, May 21. I'm starting at 180 lbs. My first goal is 170 lbs by June 21, but my ultimate goal is 140 lbs by November 21.

I have never felt worse about myself in 38 years and I'm tired of feeling this way. My main problem is my lack of discipline. I seem to justify everything I put in my mouth. Food has 100% control over me and I am stepping in and taking over my life!

My main motivation is a closet full of clothes that I can't wear. I am in a size 12 and my closet is full of 4's, 6's and 8's!

I can do this! I WILL do this!

paulimapi
05-19-2012, 01:53 PM
I began almost 2 weeks ago! Started at 138 and my weigh in is on Monday for week 2.
On week one I lost 4.4 pounds :) For me that's A LOT because I'm technically not overweight, so yay!
My motivation is my health and feeling happy with the way I look. To stop using my fat as an excuse to say no to opportunities.

greeniris
05-20-2012, 12:50 AM
sprite613, I know what you mean about being tired of not being 'you' anymore, and not able to do what you used to do. I love to hike, and snowshoe in the winter but just haven't been able to really get out and do that the last couple of years.

amyjaelou
05-20-2012, 09:27 AM
I'm doing this mostly for me, but specifically to increase my self confidence. I started at 202 lbs before IP, lost a pregnancy that I had gained about 10 pounds during (was about 190 before getting preggers). I lost the first 5 pounds on my own, then started watching carbs 3 days before I started the alternative version of IP (using alternative products, not the alternative method) I was 198 the day I decided to try, and 194.8 the first day of drinking shakes. I'm down to 181.6 (unofficially), technically 182.6 as of this Monday.

My mini goal is 170, I don't know the last time I was that weight except when I was on weight watchers, so maybe 2008?

My ultimate goal is 130, and it's a really really really scary number for me, so I'll probably be "aiming" for 20 pound increments ultimately, and break it down further by 5 pounds at a time. I get a bead for my charm bracelet for every 5 pounds lost. So far I have 2 beads, one to remind me I'm doing it FOR ME (K), one to remind me of my first five pounds (teal bead) and this weekend I get to pick out my next bead.

I love the idea of a charm bracelet! I personally am buying myself a new Coach purse as my reward but wish I had thought of the bracelet. That would have been rewarding all the way through.

wendywendy
05-20-2012, 09:40 AM
My DH and i are doing this together for US!!! I'm a Health and Wellness coordinator (how ironic) working with seniors. It scares the heck out of me when i see all their health issues...i want to be as healthy and i can be. DH has MS but has had the controversial "liberation" treatment almost 2 years now and is feeling sooooooo much better. He wants to rid the weight from so many years of being inactive!!!

DH is so inspired with this program which inspires and motivates me, not to mention this forum which is INCREDIBLE!!!

100% OP to everyone!!.... xox

EmilySebetka
05-20-2012, 10:23 AM
I am no longer considered a newbie, but I think this is a subject we need to think about no matter how long we've been doing IP, or alternatives.

My motivation is my health and future. Heart disease and diabetes run in my family and as a 18 year old weighing 243 pounds, I was heading for trouble. I was not only really unhealthy, but depressed and disgusted with myself. Since December 2011 I have lost 40lbs, and since IP I have lost 35lbs. I'm not there yet, but I will be soon.

Thanks to IP, I know I'll be healthy enough to escape the health issues plaguing my overweight family members. I also have the security of knowing that when I have a family, I'll be around for them a long time.

That's my motivation! Health, future, and the ability to love myself!!

Liveran
05-21-2012, 12:00 AM
Hi Everyone-
I am not necessarily a newbie, (5 weeks in) but still feel like I am green and learning every day. This diet has been amazing for me. The beginning was a little rough, headaches, dizzy, spacey and such. But it all eventually went away. Now I feel fabulous. I have found a new creativity in cooking with the limited white and green veggies you can eat (in phase 1). It's all about the spices people! Taste is everything and it is amazing how great Califlower can taste with Extra Spicy Mrs Dash, Sea Salt and Olive oil. Yum. Not to mention, there is nothing better than finding something in your closet or dresser that was "snug" or didn't fit the last time you attempted to try it on, only to find it now fitting just fine.
Aside from having some family events this year motivating me to lose weight, the bottom line is I am doing this for me. I know myself well enough to know that I am a much happier/pleasant person to myself and to others when I am at a healthy weight. As the years have crept by where I am finding myself close to 50, I realize that this weight health thing is nothing to play around with. If I don't get it under control now, it is just going to get harder and harder as my hormones start to "phase" into that next "area" of my life where, if given a choice, I would not go (menopause.) But I know I will, so I had better be at a healthy weight when I get there, else the effort might be twice as hard.
I have lost about 13 pounds so far. However the last 2 weeks I am in a stall. Going to talk it through with my coach and see whats going on. Have been getting a bit more active, like taking brisk walks, doing leg lunges, and wall push-ups (or rather push-ins) but nothing causing me to get out of breath. Until I can get to my next appointment, I am trying to stay OP and pull out some old clothes, just to see how things fit. That alone keeps me from endulging and instead I choose to drink a half bottle of water, let out a big sigh, and say "yup, I'm full!" :D

Ray
05-21-2012, 12:28 AM
I had done really good on IP March 2011 to Sept 2011. I totally fell off the wagon with my husband finding out he had leukemia and have had a major struggle since. I totally didn't think of the diet and just ate everything I shouldn't of. There's not very good choices at a hospital and I can't even stand the smell of the cafeteria anymore. But now we are very close to getting out of the hospital after he had a stem cell transplant on Jan 30th. I decided this morning that this was enough of not taking care of me, so I started today. It might be a little tough for the first couple weeks until we get to go back to our house, but I'm determined to get it started. I might only be on the alternatives until I can get to the clinic to get food. This is an amazing diet and I know how good it works so I have no doubt I WILL lose my weight again. I am a total stress eater and its time to take care of ME AGAIN. So Sundays will be my weigh in days. Good luck to everyone.

shathom
05-21-2012, 09:10 AM
Hey everyone, I still consider myself a newbie, 5.5 weeks in..

My motivation... my granddaughters. The oldest is 19 and the youngest is 4, I want to be around for all the milestones to come in their lives. :D

Being obese puts too much strain on my frame. I say i'm 5'4, but that is stretching it. I've been blessed not to have health issues that hinder me from being active (other than being lazy at times).

So now is the time to get with it and get healthy! :carrot::carrot:

Smooches!

CkM
05-21-2012, 11:18 AM
Hi everyone! I started April 19th and my first WI was 169. I am on the IP diet because I am ready to start putting myself first instead of everyone else. I used to be a size 0, weigh 115 pounds and was very athletic. Of course I packed on the pounds after high school from partying and eating terribly!

I have since had a child and I want to make sure I can keep up with him. I have been scrutinized from my husband about most of my weight loss attempts before so I do not have a lot of support from him. However I do have a ton of support from my family.

My most recent weight loss attempt before IP was a healthy diet and strict gym plan. I lost 19 pounds from that(started at 179 and got to 160). I plateaued at 160 and couldnt get past it. When I took a new job I was working 60+ hours a week so I couldn't go to the gym.

Since starting IP I have finally gotten under 160 in just 3 weeks! I havent been under 160 in about 6 years!! SO I am sure you can hear my excitement and thrill that I am finally hitting a goal of mine!

Crustybuns
05-21-2012, 12:31 PM
I start Mon 5-21...I have been obese since i was a teen, I am currently 280 and my first big goal is to weigh 199 which i haven't weighed in over 20 years..I can relate to everyone saying they are finally putting themselves first... I have 4 kids and never do anything for my self so i am so excited about this program and to finally do something for me!

Good morning to you-- I just wanted to stop and tell you that you CAN do this... my heaviest weight was 280. I feel like a different person, it's been a long road though... that was 20 years ago, everyday I still need to be accountable to myself and conscious of what is making me want the unhealthy foods that got me way up there. Everyday be positive, remember why you are doing this... before long you will be seeing amazing results :)

Crustybuns
05-21-2012, 12:56 PM
As someone else posted, I am not a true newbie. But as I approach my 5 week WI I sure feel like a newbie *ha* My motivation is my own personal health. I am going back to school, and in the nursing program... I see so many unhealthy overweight health providers, rather ironic. So my personal reasons for doing this are ranging from wanting to display a healthy view for others to see as well as I refuse to be a victim of the freshman 15 :carrot: and now that I am getting close to goal I will have to decide if that is going to be re-adjusted.

LizRR
05-21-2012, 02:10 PM
I don't think I'm considered a "newbie" anymore, but thought I'd jump in. Before we start trying for baby #2, I NEED to lose the weight from baby #1 (a "baby" who is 22 months old).

I have been overweight all my life, but always used intense exercise to keep my weight 'stabilized' at ~185lb since highschool through my mid-30's. I've always thought I ate relatively healthy, but portion size was never my concern and I was a constant snacker.

After I had my son at 36 I developed a back problem (spondylolysthesis - the pregnancy strain caused a 3 vertebrae misalignments/2 bulging disks/aggravating 2 leg nerves) - I can no longer do intense activity, and my weight started to increase QUICKLY with no tools for me to keep it in check. This caused even MORE back problems (bed ridden 2x in 5 months with excruciating pain).

At 37 years old ~Nov 2011, I resolved to lose the weight because I KNOW that if I went into a pregnancy at 220lb with my condition I would be in intense pain and have complications if I added even more strain to my back. I tried to do it on my own and had little success (lost 6lb in 4 months). In Feb 2012 I went to my Dr. and told her of my plan and my troubles and she told me about the IP program she was supporting out of her office and I haven't looked back since. I am forever grateful for that conversation.

I have been AMAZED at how this has been working for me. I'm no longer a "spring chicken", but I am quickly on my way to getting to a good baby-making weight. And my back has felt AMAZING - I had a constant "pinch" pain I learned to live with the past year or so that is gone. I know that I will be entering into this next conception phase at the healthiest state I can possibly be - this baby is my motivation.

Shrinking Sandra
05-21-2012, 11:20 PM
i started this diet march 2011 and my goal was to look good in my wedding dress. I got to a size 10 for my wedding day from a size 18-20. my wedding was July 23 2011. this was also the day I stopped IP. I stopped thinking, after the honeymoon i would start up again. That never happened. it is now almost a YEAR since I last quit. I have gained almost everything back and am currently a size 14-16. When I was a size 10 I was HAPPY. I knew I needed a bit more to lose around the tummy (I am a mom afterall, and have the "mom pouch") but I was mostly happy with myself. I can't believe that I let myself go, and got lazy and reverted back to my old habits of eating anything and everthing in sight. This time around...my motivation is to get that feeling back...feeling good about myself. As an obese child, and teen and young adult the ONLY time I was a healthy size was on my wedding day. I want that feeling back. I dont have the funds this time for IP so I am doing it myself with Nashua Nutrition products. My order should come tomorrow by 5pm so I will start Wednesday morning. My goal this time, is to learn how to eat for LIFE, not just to quickly lose weight.

JackBs Mom
05-22-2012, 01:42 AM
Sandra when I got married in 2010 I lost 25+ lbs and was 138 - I had so much confidence, it was amazing! But when it was over so was my healthy eating and exercise & here I am ….

ferrousgal
05-22-2012, 04:01 AM
Almost everyone on both sides of my family has diabetes by some point in their 40s. I'll be 39 later this summer. That's motivation enough, but I've failed in the past with that motivation.

Right now just the sheer effectiveness is keeping me motivated. I've lost 11-12 lbs in 3 weeks (I'm 100% alternative and technically am going Tues to Tues). And I see so many women starting in the 200s like myself who are maintaining a 3-4lb loss average each week for months which gives me hope that I can do that to so long as I stay on track and keep my eyes on the prize. The diet just makes sense to me being someone who had success on Atkins. Basically it's Atkins, just low fat. That makes it a whole lot harder, but when I step on the scale and gradually stop seeing certain numbers pop up day after day, it makes the sacrifice seem well worth it.

I want all the superficial things. Stuff like being able to wear nice clothes I've kept yet stopped fitting in 8 years ago. Maybe being able to wear a swimsuit without feeling like a scantily clad orca whale. Looking nice when SIL has her first baby this Fall as those pictures I'll be in during that time will be part of the family albums forever. Feeling like I can shop for clothes as an enjoyable experience instead of just trying on item after item because everything is just a different way of window dressing an overweight person underneath.

The health reasons are stellar and they do matter. But at the same time, there's a reason why the superficial matters to me too. I deserve to be able to look in the mirror and like what I see staring back again. I deserve to feel pretty on the outside as well as the inside.

Stefany1769
05-22-2012, 04:03 AM
My motivation is to be happier with myself. No more negative thoughts about how unattractive or not pretty I am. No more!
I have let my new job and the high stress levels that come with it along with being a working mom of course take over my body. I lost a lot of wieght twice before and let it all come back again.
I was 195 at the beginning of August when my fiancé left me after being together for seven years. I started to lose wieght rapidly as when I get depressed I don't eat. At all. I lost about 15 pounds in one month. Once he contacted me in early September wanting to come back I continued to watch what i ate and exercised. Between September and December I lost another ten pounds but hit a big fat plateau. It seemed like no matter what I did I couldn't get past it. I would say by the time march hit I had lost my momentum and felt what was the point? I started up bad habits again and gained wieght.
In April my mom started talking to me about IP, she had started it in April 2011 lost thirty pounds and has kept it off for six months! She looks great and seems a lot more healthy now. She convinced me to give it a try, I was skeptical, but I thought what have I got to lose?
I started IP on April 20 and I have lost 17 pounds! I am glad that IP found a way in to my life and I am happy that I will be at MY ideal wieght when I get married in November!

I'm still not sure what wieght MY ideal wieght will be, but I am confident that when I get there I will know it. :)

saintsbelle
05-24-2012, 04:43 PM
I started IP 8 days ago and have lost 14 pounds. I started off at 205, which I have never been in my life!!! I realized it was time to do something when I didn't recognize myself in the mirror, the other motivation was I weighed more than my husband, yuck! I want to feel hot again, gain confidence, and feel like I want to do things instead of stay inside after work. I became a hermit because i didn't feel good about myself.

In 8 days I lost 14 pounds and I won't stop till I get to 145 or less!!!!!! The healthy me HERE I COME!!!!!!!

Julie68
05-24-2012, 09:30 PM
Hi Everyone,

I am on my 1st day of my second week. the recipe boards have been such a huge help plus some tips I read in the first week definatley kept me from quitting. My first weigh in was more than I expected 6 pounds! :carrot:

Stupid question (but I guess I am a newbie :D) When i make the trailer showing the weightloss footsteps & pounds lost- where do I copy it in my profile?

Good luck everyone, I look forward to sharing the ride.

Julie

ferrousgal
05-24-2012, 10:13 PM
Hi Everyone,

I am on my 1st day of my second week. the recipe boards have been such a huge help plus some tips I read in the first week definatley kept me from quitting. My first weigh in was more than I expected 6 pounds! :carrot:

Stupid question (but I guess I am a newbie :D) When i make the trailer showing the weightloss footsteps & pounds lost- where do I copy it in my profile?

Good luck everyone, I look forward to sharing the ride.

Julie

That'll be in your signature and you won't have that option until around 21 days or so. It took forever for me to get the option. Over 20 days in fact.

xjennyd
05-25-2012, 12:47 AM
My motivation is probably myself as well. My lowest weight was 110 (when I finished growing - about 15-16 years old), I'm 18 now, and my highest was probably 145. I'm a very short girl, so when I saw old pictures of myself back then it was upsetting.

I was a gymnast, so during that time I was about 120 (with muscle) and I stopped so I gained a lot of weight, fat. I was so upset. I used to eat a lot and never gain weight and I guess it finally caught up to me. I just miss being small again. =\

redmomof4
05-25-2012, 02:07 AM
I also started on 5/18, had my first WI today and was disappointed by the 3.2lb loss at first. Now, I'm hoping I'll just be a steady loser instead of a big peak at the front and then less after that. We'll see next week. I pre-primed myself starting on 5/14 (weighing 168) by giving up pop (Regular Coke :o), and starting high protein low carb with the EAS ready drinks and detour bars. My official start day with IP and weigh in was 5/18 (weighing 166). My ultimate goal would be to be down to 130. I know I am comfortable there (although its been about 6-8 years since I've seen that number). I think I will shoot for 140 by July 26 (the day we leave for the Bahamas). But I'd like to keep it up through and after that trip until I reach my goal.

I am doing this for me, I am tired of my clothes not fitting or not wanting to wear something because it shows the "muffin top, love handles, bra overhang or belly rolls what every its called". I see myself in pictures and my face looks round. I hate that. I used to run, but haven't had the energy to lately. I need to carve out me time and I really don't have an excuse not to. My kids are fairly self suficient now that i can leave for an hour run or something.

I look forward to taking this journey with you all!
Shawna

explore
05-25-2012, 09:07 AM
My motivation for this diet is to get off of the dieting treadmill and to stop the mental insanity of: wanting to be thinner, comparing myself to others, and not feeling good enough. I want my the mental chatter to be cleared so I can make room in my head for more important things.
Physically, I want to move better and feel more comfortable in my own skin and clothing. I want to not crave junk food. I want to understand my body better, and fuel it with the proper foods.

Julie68
05-25-2012, 09:13 AM
My motivation for this diet is to get off of the dieting treadmill and to stop the mental insanity of: wanting to be thinner, comparing myself to others, and not feeling good enough. I want my the mental chatter to be cleared so I can make room in my head for more important things.
Physically, I want to move better and feel more comfortable in my own skin and clothing. I want to not crave junk food. I want to understand my body better, and fuel it with the proper foods.

I agree 100%! It has only been a week and I swear I am not craving anything. My 14 year old made a big pan of brownies and they have been sitting on the counter for days and I have not even had the urge--this is new for me!

It must be the diet because although I'm motivated I did not even have a slight desire to eat any????

Cole3
05-25-2012, 10:02 AM
I have struggled with my weight for my whole life. I got down to a healthy weight doing atkins after my daughter was born in 2002 and felt so good about myself. I did well keeping it off but I have SUCH issues with weight gain during pregnancy and when I got pregnant with my son in 2008 the weight just piled on. Literally my OB yelled at me the entire time about my weight gain (which is super helpful let me add) but I ate sensibly didn't go overboard my body just packed on the pounds with all 3 of my kids. Literally for the first 3 months I was sick 24 hours a day and still gained weight. Crazy. Anyway ... I had complications delivering my son and needed to have a hysterectomy and it has been all down hill since then.

So my motivation? I want to feel good about myself again. I want to take pictures with my kids and not jump out of the way of the camera because I am embaressed by how I look. I want to fit into my cute clothes again and stop being the frumpy mom in sweats because thats all that is comfortable. I want to wear shorts in the summe instead of sweating at six flags in a pair of jeans because I don't have any shorts that don't fit ... or make me look like an oompa loompa.

Honestly finding IP and this forum has been the best thing that has happened to me. I have tried MANY things over the past few years but this is actually working. Officially I am down just over 20 pounds ... I am wearing a pair of jeans today I couldn't fit into a few months ago. But even better - I feel so much healthier. I am proud of the choices I am making and I am starting to incorporate what I have learned into how I feed my family which will benefit them as well. :)

And I think I am stealing the charm bracelet reward idea ... it is perfect to keep focused :)

saintsbelle
05-25-2012, 01:15 PM
My motivation for this diet is to get off of the dieting treadmill and to stop the mental insanity of: wanting to be thinner, comparing myself to others, and not feeling good enough. I want my the mental chatter to be cleared so I can make room in my head for more important things.
Physically, I want to move better and feel more comfortable in my own skin and clothing. I want to not crave junk food. I want to understand my body better, and fuel it with the proper foods.

Couldn't be better said!!!!!

amandasweet
05-25-2012, 01:52 PM
My motivation is freedom.

Freedom from lack of confidence
Freedom from aching joints and muscles
Freedom to climb mountains
Freedom to bike with my husband on the weekends
Freedom to buy clothes with my friends and family without going to a different section of the store
Freedom to play and frolick
Freedom to live a healthy life

No more being a prisoner in my body. I want to Hike the Costa Rican Rain Forests, enjoy a walk on a hot summer day, all those things that I've always wanted to do and haven't because I've kept my true spirit a prisoner in my body.

Freedom to live.

JackBs Mom
05-25-2012, 08:06 PM
Well, I made it through week one….
Lost 7.2lbs & 9''!
Motivation is stronger then ever!

cupcakecathy
05-25-2012, 08:10 PM
my motivation is to wear the clothes in the closet (size 12/14) and not buy the bigger sizes (18/20) in the store.

Bunny Gal
05-26-2012, 11:20 AM
I'm 180 lbs. right now and my goal is to get down to 135, which is what I weighed when I first got married (28 years ago). My motivation? To be a healthy, slim, and fit example for my teenage daughter. I would also like to get back into running and hope to run in some 10K's again!

Lisa4025
05-27-2012, 12:27 AM
JackBsMom...Great job on your loss!!.. You and I have very similar goals..I just started a week behind you...will be great to venture this journey along with you!

JackBs Mom
05-27-2012, 12:32 AM
Hi Lisa4025 - we are in very similar boats, even the same height! My goal is 130!

Zipliner
05-27-2012, 05:28 PM
My short-term goal is to get under 200 lbs by the end of summer, my long term goal is to get down to a 150-170 range. I'm 242 right now and in my first week of Ideal Protein. I can't tell you how encouraged I am that I have not felt hungry, I have NEVER felt like this before and I'm just starting. I have tried many diets and it feels good to know it wasn't my lack of willpower, but the other diets were just not the right ones for me. I have been out of control and hopelessly watching myself gain more and more every year, giving up on myself and giving up doing things I love. My motivation is to be kinder to myself, a better role model for my kids and to feel less self conscious with my husband. Just to feel like myself again!

Mufassia
05-29-2012, 03:35 AM
Okay Newbie Thread..prepare to be posted on!

So, I have "struggled" with weight most of my life; I say that with quotations because of my genetics. As a born and raised Russian, my family has never had the luxury of being rail thin, no matter how healthy. I assume this is due to centuries of ancestors before us that had no other choice but to pack on every extra ounce of fat and sugar for winters etc. Funny, like bears I suppose.

Anyhow, this tactic has proven extremely counterproductive in this day and age, society and country...I have been wondering recently, if it was the apocalypse, would the pudgy ones be better off? lol

No but really, I have always been an athlete and at my full grown age of 15 with 2 water-polo work outs a day, I was 135 lbs. I consider that to be my absolute minimum adult weight...

Well, it went downhill after the sport decreased and I moved closer to my university. I had no time for exercise whilst trying to complete a physics degree. I was lucky however, as UCSC is hilly as heck, and walking all day everyday kept the weight gain at bay.

Through college my diet was never ideal and I believe graduation 2 years ago to date had me at about 165. Although, I looked good, at that time, I was already dissatisfied with the number. Surely after college life, my daily routine became much more sedentary. With my parents' divorce soon after that and a terrible addiction to drinking, I gained weight at an alarming rate. I eventually hid my scale because I knew that every time I got on the number staring back at me was worse than the previous and the amount of clothes chilling in my closet that hadn't seen the light of day brought me to tears daily.

Somehow, I found myself above 200lbs, 208 to be exact. Never had I ever thought it could get that bad.

Someone earlier said they want to be free of that nagging voice in your mind, constantly comparing you to others and hating the reflection in the mirror. That would be a HUGE part of my motivation. I am doing this mostly for the health and to be the person I know I am supposed to be; the real me under all this extra weight and fat. But am also dying for the confidence and pride to look DBF's (dear boyfriend) mother and sister in the face knowing that I am worthy of their (skinny) family's respect.

So my first goal, is to weight less than him; 171lbs.

My complete goal is to be around 140.

To all you newbies and vets! May we all get that confidence, pride and ultimately happiness back!

Momto2cs
05-29-2012, 12:17 PM
I am definitely not new, as I have been doing ip or maintaining since feb 2011.

I was always thin. Then, after 2 kids, I slowly started gaining. I took a year off work when they we're 2 and 4 and that year I wore yoga pants all the time.

When I went to return to work I was shocked! I had gotten up to 181 pounds!

For the next few years I tried many different it plans and started exercising. Many weeks I would exercise for 10-12 hours. I would lose a little, but was stuck in the 175....very fit, but still fat. And I thought I was eating well, brown rice, lots of fruit, low fat...

My friend started ip and lost immediately. I thought this was too extreme, but vanity won and I started ip too.

Within 6 weeks I went from a size 12, to a 10, to an 8. By April 2011 I was a happy 6!

My original goal was 140. I decided to maintain at 145 as my body fat has dropped down to 16% and I struggle to get any lower. I still exercise every day. I never stopped during ip.

Maintaining has been more difficult. I usually return to phase 1 during the week to keep the weekend weight gain in check. I still don't eat grains, bread or fruit. I love how I feel on low carb.

Tigerlvr52
05-29-2012, 12:28 PM
Today is my first day. My motivation is I do want to have children some day. I need to loose at least 100 lbs to even consider it. My first mini goal is to loose 30 lbs by my 30th birthday which is July 16. I really want to not hurt as much anymore. I used to be a very active person but just fell into a "I don't care" attitude. Time for change.

Kaypix
05-29-2012, 12:46 PM
Okay Newbie Thread..prepare to be posted on!

So, I have "struggled" with weight most of my life; I say that with quotations because of my genetics. As a born and raised Russian, my family has never had the luxury of being rail thin, no matter how healthy. I assume this is due to centuries of ancestors before us that had no other choice but to pack on every extra ounce of fat and sugar for winters etc. Funny, like bears I suppose.

Anyhow, this tactic has proven extremely counterproductive in this day and age, society and country...I have been wondering recently, if it was the apocalypse, would the pudgy ones be better off? lol

No but really, I have always been an athlete and at my full grown age of 15 with 2 water-polo work outs a day, I was 135 lbs. I consider that to be my absolute minimum adult weight...

Well, it went downhill after the sport decreased and I moved closer to my university. I had no time for exercise whilst trying to complete a physics degree. I was lucky however, as UCSC is hilly as heck, and walking all day everyday kept the weight gain at bay.

Through college my diet was never ideal and I believe graduation 2 years ago to date had me at about 165. Although, I looked good, at that time, I was already dissatisfied with the number. Surely after college life, my daily routine became much more sedentary. With my parents' divorce soon after that and a terrible addiction to drinking, I gained weight at an alarming rate. I eventually hid my scale because I knew that every time I got on the number staring back at me was worse than the previous and the amount of clothes chilling in my closet that hadn't seen the light of day brought me to tears daily.

Somehow, I found myself above 200lbs, 208 to be exact. Never had I ever thought it could get that bad.

Someone earlier said they want to be free of that nagging voice in your mind, constantly comparing you to others and hating the reflection in the mirror. That would be a HUGE part of my motivation. I am doing this mostly for the health and to be the person I know I am supposed to be; the real me under all this extra weight and fat. But am also dying for the confidence and pride to look DBF's (dear boyfriend) mother and sister in the face knowing that I am worthy of their (skinny) family's respect.

So my first goal, is to weight less than him; 171lbs.

My complete goal is to be around 140.

To all you newbies and vets! May we all get that confidence, pride and ultimately happiness back!

Your post really hit close to home for me. I'm built like the women on my dad's side, dutch, strong farm women. None of whom are rail thin. Then there's the women on my Mom's side, they're all about 5'5" at the most, and all were these "skinny" little things which just absolutely made me sick to see as a teenager with body image issues. I was blessed that my mom wasn't a skinny one, she was built the same, but had a more sedentary job than her sisters and so was what I'd consider "normal" about a size 10 my whole life. I'm taller than her by 2" solid, and have always been taller than her and "the aunts", but always wanted their tiny diminutive bone structures. I played soccer until I was 18, then went to college and sat on my butt for 2 years (minus running across campus late for class) and then got married. I swear monogamy is the worst thing for weight gain, period. I gained about 15 pounds the first two years of marriage, and went up from there, topping out at 202 while pregnant.

My first goal was to weigh less than I did before I got pregnant (187), next goal was weighing less than DH (180) and now I'm shooting for when I had a personal fitness coach and I was at 176.2 as my lowest.

The voice in my head tells me I'm not pretty, I don't deserve my amazing DH and that I'll always be the "chubby friend". I want to tell that voice where to put it and move on with my life.

audgirl78
05-29-2012, 01:29 PM
I will begin the diet this coming Thurs, the 24th. My motivation is mainly to become healthier. I'm 54 yrs young and have been overweight all of my adult life. The weight just kept creeping up. Now I have health issues I'm concerned about, including diabetes that was just diagnosed last month. The other motivations are a newer relationship, and my son is getting married this fall.

I want to lose about 60 lbs by Thanksgiving, but haven't really thought about breaking that down into mini-goals.

FYI: I hate the word 'diet'. What I like about IP is that they will teach me how to eat better forever, without having to use their products forever.

Have found some awesome recipes on other threads on this site, and have almost all meals for the first week planned! :D


:hug: I start out this reply with a hug as your story is a lot of my mother. My mother who has been overweight since I was young. I am just waiting fo r the day she calls me that she is diabetic. She had a lot of other health problems and since I have had such great luck, along with my truck driver/borderline diabetic husband, I want her to join as well. But she has to make that decision on her own. Hopefully with my prayers, my brothers prayers, and others around her she may get to that point.

Good luck on your journey and I look forward to your updates. Good luck in your new relationship and congratulations to your son.

audgirl78
05-29-2012, 01:54 PM
I am not real new since I have been doing this since Jan 2012. But I am having the most difficulty finishing up the last 15 lbs. I need to get my head back into the game again.

I started out at 191 lbs. When I got married I weighed 176 in May 2011. I had gained 15 lbs in a matter of 5 months! I was astonished! In Oct 2011 I bought some new clothes for Fall and I bought the last size before going over to the Plus size. I was mortified. I was just downright disgusted with myself that I let it go so far. My excuse of being overweight with baby fat had lost all grounds since my daughter was then 8 (now 9).

I had heard of the IP program off and on, but didn't know what it was truly about. I never had been a dieting person since I ate good healthy food all the time (the thing was that I ate it all the time... and lots of it). I decided to attend an informational seminar being held in my little tiny town through the family clinic. The science made sense - mind you I ate healthy food already I just was eating it in the wrong proportions, the wrong combinations, and way too much of it.

I immediately went home and told my husband I made the decision to do this for myself. It made sense and I was done being who I was. I was so excited about it and he decided to do it with me as well. He was concerned since his middle wasn't getting any smaller and being a truck driver he was prone to being diabetic.

He lost his 56 lbs in 9 weeks. I not so fast, but I loved the immediate results. I have slowed to an average 1.4 lbs a week for some time now and that doesn't help with my motivation, but I have to get to my 140 no matter what.

I didn't set mini goals for myself. As competitive as I am with myself, I should have right off the bat. So My mini goal now is to make it from the 150s to the 140s. That's what I am concentrating on now.

So welcome all and you all are truly more motivation for me.

Mufassia
05-29-2012, 03:38 PM
Kaypix thanks for sharing, it's nice to know there are others like me. Your progress is astounding already, you are an inspiration! Keep up the good work and I will too. It's day 7 and I can't wait for my measurements tomorrow.

robin532
05-29-2012, 04:20 PM
Hi - I'm on Day 12 and my motivation is ME! I am tired of hating my body. I'm almost 42 and tired of dieting. My life is great except for my body. I'm always trying to lose weight and it just wouldn't happen. I was having some dark thoughts and hating myself. So when I heard about IP I thought why not. It seems super hard but this will be my last attempt at dieting. I just don't want to spend the rest of my days hating my body. My first week I lost 6 3/4 lbs. That was a huge loss for me! But on Sunday I went off program at our cookout. Now I'm trying to forgive myself and learn from what I did. I am so glad I found this site. I've been reading helpful advice all day! Thanks! Robin

fourkids4
05-29-2012, 04:26 PM
Hi,

I'm a newbie and my first Wi is tonight.....so nervous. I've quit smoking in 2004 for 11 months and put on 20lbs then started smoking again. Second attempt at quitting smoking was Dec 2010 and I'm pleased to say I'm still smoke free but added another 20lbs. Now it's time to lose, first time I've ever had to diet and I hope I make it. DH is also doing the program. This site is amazing how much support everyone gives, thank you!

Ravenswood2012
05-29-2012, 04:28 PM
Hi Everyone,

I am on my 1st day of my second week. the recipe boards have been such a huge help plus some tips I read in the first week definatley kept me from quitting. My first weigh in was more than I expected 6 pounds! :carrot:

Stupid question (but I guess I am a newbie :D) When i make the trailer showing the weightloss footsteps & pounds lost- where do I copy it in my profile?

Good luck everyone, I look forward to sharing the ride.

Julie


Congrats on the 6 pound loss!! :carrot:

I am also a "newbie" ~ Mid 2nd week

Good Luck & say strong :D

Ravenswood2012
05-29-2012, 04:30 PM
Hi Everyone,

I am on my 1st day of my second week. the recipe boards have been such a huge help plus some tips I read in the first week definatley kept me from quitting. My first weigh in was more than I expected 6 pounds! :carrot:

Stupid question (but I guess I am a newbie :D) When i make the trailer showing the weightloss footsteps & pounds lost- where do I copy it in my profile?

Good luck everyone, I look forward to sharing the ride.

Julie
Congrats on the 6 pound loss!!

I am also a "newbie" ~ Mid 2nd week

Good Luck & say strong

Ravenswood2012
05-29-2012, 04:32 PM
Hi,

I'm a newbie and my first Wi is tonight.....so nervous. I've quit smoking in 2004 for 11 months and put on 20lbs then started smoking again. Second attempt at quitting smoking was Dec 2010 and I'm pleased to say I'm still smoke free but added another 20lbs. Now it's time to lose, first time I've ever had to diet and I hope I make it. DH is also doing the program. This site is amazing how much support everyone gives, thank you!
Good Luck tonight on your WI!!!

fourkids4
05-29-2012, 04:35 PM
Hi Everyone,

I am on my 1st day of my second week. the recipe boards have been such a huge help plus some tips I read in the first week definatley kept me from quitting. My first weigh in was more than I expected 6 pounds! :carrot:

Stupid question (but I guess I am a newbie :D) When i make the trailer showing the weightloss footsteps & pounds lost- where do I copy it in my profile?

Good luck everyone, I look forward to sharing the ride.

Julie


Congrats on the 6 pound loss!! :carrot:

I am also a "newbie" ~ Mid 2nd week

Good Luck & say strong :D


Congrats on the 6lbs

blkbmr06
05-29-2012, 04:48 PM
[QUOTE=Ravenswood2012;4351026]Hi Everyone,


Stupid question (but I guess I am a newbie :D) When i make the trailer showing the weightloss footsteps & pounds lost- where do I copy it in my profile?



There are no stupid questions....
Go to "Edit Signature" and paste in that box.

Ravenswood2012
05-29-2012, 06:09 PM
Hi,

1. Is 1-2 glasses daily of Crystle Light/Crystal Light Energy OK?

2. I heard that if you need "something" eat Dill Pickles, any thoughts/concerns on that?

3. I would welcome any other tips or feedback.. This is my 2nd week on IP ~ Thanks so much :)

Dino80
05-29-2012, 06:12 PM
I am new to IP and seem to be doing well on it. In 4 days I have lost 5 POUNDS

Mufassia
05-29-2012, 07:39 PM
Welcome to the Newbie club Dino! Congrats on your progress so far; I keep reading a newbie tip to avoid the scale between weight ins as the losses may not be consistent and you want to avoid discouragement.

fourkids4
05-29-2012, 11:29 PM
Back from my first WI lost 6.4 lbs, is this good? Coach was pleased but I find it very little. DH lost 13 lbs!

Ravenswood2012
05-30-2012, 10:43 AM
Back from my first WI lost 6.4 lbs, is this good? Coach was pleased but I find it very little. DH lost 13 lbs!
WOW!! That's awesome!!! Congrats & keep up the good work!!

My WI is Thursday ~ wish me luck...

NOVAScents
05-30-2012, 02:35 PM
Excellent WI!

Mufassia
05-30-2012, 07:13 PM
Yay onederland! First weigh in and first goal down. I'm a happy IPer!

Mamalee
05-30-2012, 08:44 PM
I am new to IP, just starting this afternoon with an IP snack. Tomorrow will be my first official full day. I am very excited about this new phase/adventure in my life. It seems like IP is going to finally be my last diet! :)

I have many motivations but a primary one is to get healthy so I am around for my children, and eventually my grandkids. I want to be one of those healthy grammas that does awesome stuff with my grandkids :-) I want to be close to them, not trailing behind using a walker on in a wheelchair. I need to get healthy, cause I'm not.

Another motivation would be that I am so sick of hurting all the time. I have bad knees, elbows and feet. I am too young to be hurting like this all the time. Ialways thought all this started when you were in your 70's, not in your 40's. :(

Also, another motivation is my weight itself (and having no clothes that fit, again) When I hit 220.4 lbs, I flipped out. I started doing the same old stuff I always do, lost 10 lbs and got stuck, once again. I eat well, I exercise like crazy but my body just doesn't even seem to know what to do anymore. It doesn't give me signals or read my signals. I bounce up and down 20 pounds like a yo-yo. Nothing ever helps me break through barriers, I get frustrated and quit. :mad: Also, nothing is ever final, it all comes back on and more. I need a diet that is a lifelong lifestyle change. IP seems to fit the bill.

My SIL did IP and had huge success. She was so happy with it. I Thought I would jump in a give it a try. I am feeling very hopeful. I am thankful for this forum. It seems like it will be quite helpful. :-)

thefatrunner
06-01-2012, 02:08 AM
My motivation...

A year ago a dear friend of mine went into severe Kidney Failure. We went and had coffee one day and I told him that if I matched he could have one of mine. He is in his late 60's and had already made the choice not to go on the registry or pursue a transplant at all. He is comfortable with his life and despite being appreciative of the offer he politley declined. He did plant a seed in my head that if I genuinely would offer my kidney to him, why not someone else younger. So it stewed in my head for several weeks, lots of hours on google researching kidney donations. I made the choice to donate a kidney to someone around my age. I got in touch with Mayo clinic and they ran some preliminary blood work and health screening and found that I was a possible match for a 28 year old gal from Arizona. I flew to pheonix for a weeks worth of testing,poking, and prodding. My kidney is a perfect match for this young gal. Only one problem... because I am under 30 my BMI is over their recommended limit for donation. If I was 30 they would do it. Even though I have muscular build and perfect health they have to follow guidelines to a T. So I am loosing weight to be able to meet guidelines to donate a kidney to a stranger.

kjoje
06-01-2012, 10:22 AM
First post....Began Wednesday 5/30/2012. Overall, feeling great! Have been reading the posts on here for 2 weeks and am amazed with all of the success and positive things you all have to say about this diet. You have been a great deal of my motivation. I'm excited yet nervous and am ready to begin this journey. Thank you for your encouraging words!!! ;)

julied31
06-01-2012, 03:57 PM
My motivation...

A year ago a dear friend of mine went into severe Kidney Failure. We went and had coffee one day and I told him that if I matched he could have one of mine. He is in his late 60's and had already made the choice not to go on the registry or pursue a transplant at all. He is comfortable with his life and despite being appreciative of the offer he politley declined. He did plant a seed in my head that if I genuinely would offer my kidney to him, why not someone else younger. So it stewed in my head for several weeks, lots of hours on google researching kidney donations. I made the choice to donate a kidney to someone around my age. I got in touch with Mayo clinic and they ran some preliminary blood work and health screening and found that I was a possible match for a 28 year old gal from Arizona. I flew to pheonix for a weeks worth of testing,poking, and prodding. My kidney is a perfect match for this young gal. Only one problem... because I am under 30 my BMI is over their recommended limit for donation. If I was 30 they would do it. Even though I have muscular build and perfect health they have to follow guidelines to a T. So I am loosing weight to be able to meet guidelines to donate a kidney to a stranger.

That is awesome!! I have a similar story.....I was found to be a match to an acquaintance in January. Went through all the tests, everything was good. 2 days before they did the CT scan to make sure my kidneys were in the right place, etc., they called to say that they did further matching tests and we were no longer a match. After a few days I decided I would keep going in the process to donate to a stranger. I went throught the CT scan and more blood work and urine tests. Everything still looked good. They went to the "committee" and ultimately decided that since my BMI was on the higher side of their guidelines, my 2 hour glucose test was borderline high and the fact that my mother has high blood pressure, that they would reject me as a donor. I know they do it for my own good, but I'm still kind of mad about it. My BMI was the same from the start, couldn't they have decided all this before going through all these tests and taking days off of work, etc.? Once I lose weight, I may try again to be a donor, I'm not sure.

My motivation is that I feel fat all the time and my kids (ages 6 & 9) make comments about me being fat. So, my first goal to get under 200. I have to think of something good to reward myself when that happens!

AnnaBanana16
06-06-2012, 06:03 PM
So, I recently heard about 3FC and started reading through it. Alot of people seemed to be having alot of success, and I want to be one of them! I'm only 16 and I've been struggling with my weight for a long time. I'm 5'9 and I started out at 250! I managed to curb my eating habits and dropped pop from my diet completely. I'm down to 220 now and I feel like I've plateau-ed. I've had alot of stress going on around me which doesn't help and I just can't seem to find my will-power once again to keep my eating on a leash. My goal is 160 and I'm trying to find new ways to get there. Any advice would be much appreciated. :)

Cmhartrick
06-06-2012, 06:51 PM
I have been on IP for 6 wks tomorrow and have lost 18.8 my goal is to 150. Starting weight was 252. Love this diet and this site!!

darcrista
06-06-2012, 10:11 PM
Wow, there are some really amazing stories here. Good luck to you all! Just starting my second week on IP. I am on day 8 and had my 1st weigh in today. I lost 7 pounds! My mini goal is to lose 20 lbs for my sister's wedding which is June 30th. I know it's kind of a long shot, but I'm going to try. My long term goal is to lose 50lbs. I'd really like to do this by the end of the summer but I think it might take longer. My motivation is my son. He is 14 months old and just starting to RUN around. I want to be in good shape to be able to play and run after him. I want to feel good in my clothes and in my body. So that's that. :)

kjoje
06-06-2012, 10:37 PM
Had my first weigh in today...I lost 10 pounds. I was soooo excited! I really can't get over how good I feel on this diet. I've done alot of diets and can honestly say this has been the easiest most satisfying one I've ever been on. Thought I would go crazy without my french vanilla in my coffee (now just use a vanilla drink as the substitute). Diet coke was my other downfall. In fact, I have never been a water drinker. Now that I have been off of the diet coke and have replaced it with water and ice tea with lemon, I find I don't even miss the diet coke. In fact, I am certain that by not drinking it I feel much better. I love all of the drinks, they satisfy my need for sweets and the soups have been great for lunch and or sauces for vegys and meat. I can honestly say I was only hungry the very first day, otherwise, no hunger and increased energy everyday! Love this sight. Read it daily! Good luck to all of us Newbies and Great job on everyones success!

LilacPants
06-07-2012, 02:52 AM
I started on IP Nov 5, 2011. Prior to that in the planning and research stage I first came across 3FC when I did a yahoo search. Around March 2012 I started checking in periodically for inspiration and answers, but it was just this week that I joined so I could post....so am a newbie in that sense!

I have lost 48# so far (started at 195.8 for 5'5"), and of late have gotten many unsolicited positive comments that almost distract me from my goal and make me feel that I don't have to try anymore. So I have had to really refocus my attention back on my original goal of 123#. While some of my old clothes are starting to fit, I have a favorite pair of lavender ankle pants from 5 or 6 years ago that still need about 3+ more inches in the wast. I want to wear them before the end of THIS SUMMER! So when I am tempted to cheat in a social setting, I am visualizing wearing those summer pants to keep me on track for the last 24 pounds!

Robag
06-07-2012, 01:06 PM
All great stories, especially the kidney donation. That's fantastic. My doctor informed me a week and a half ago that I have arthritis pain in my back, and he told me that he wants me to lose weight. I've always been an active guy, but I also carry a lot of weight. Obviously, unhealthy eating choices. Anyway, he told me he doesn't believe in most diets, but this one he does. He sent me to the clinic the next day, and I was signed up a couple of hours later, and started last Wednesday. This is day 9 for me, and I've never been more pumped about losing weight. The first week wi was 2 days ago, and I started with a 10 pound drop. I have a modest goal of being down to 190 pounds, but I may want to take it further. One thing that has helped to get started is the support from my wife. She's not big by any means, but she still feels like she would like to lose 10 pounds. Well, she's down a couple of pounds as well. She is right into helping out with meals. She bought a food scale and weighs the meat for supper everynight, and has come up with a couple of ideas of how to eat the veggies, rather than just eating it as a salad. Good luck to all of you, and fight through the first couple of days. Those are the hardest, but you will see results that you will be pleased with.

marlenesuer
06-07-2012, 05:32 PM
I plan to start the program on Monday 6/11/12.

My reasons are many – big reasons and small.

I want to be as healthy as I possibly can be, feel comfortable in my clothing, tie my shoelaces with ease, be able to run up a flight of steps … walk a block w/out feeling winded, to feel comfortable with my body, to avoid becoming diabetic, and more.

Last year my father passed away and this year, a dear friend of mine from a struggle with breast cancer.

Life is short and I want to live it as best I can, as much as I can, as healthy as I can.

Thanks in advance for all the support I know you all will give.

I love this board! :carrot:

Bdmom
06-07-2012, 06:14 PM
I started this program (with alternative products) on Monday 6/3/12. My reason is simple - I am tired of having my weight being the reason I pass up on opportunities to experience new things, enjoy my family and be the best me possible.

KathrynRose
06-07-2012, 06:40 PM
I have many goals and motivations. My main goal is to be healthy enough to run with my kids, and to weigh little enough to get IVF. I don't have much time left as I am almost the ripe "old" age of 36.

Mommameccage
06-08-2012, 12:28 AM
I started IP June 3. Today was my first weigh in and I'm down 3 pounds! I really enjoy reading the posts on the 3FC forum...so helpful and encouraging!

ShoBan
06-08-2012, 02:40 AM
I want to lose about 40 lbs. to begin with, then I'll be under 200. Haven't been that weight since I was 19. My motivation is health reasons mainly. I'm tired of taking all the medications, and I want to feel good about myself. This is day 3, some of the IP foods don't agree with me or taste too salty. anyone else have this problem?

LosingLawyer
06-08-2012, 03:24 AM
I started this diet on Monday 6/3/12 (my partner in crime is Bdmom). I am losing weight because I need to get healthy to start having kids! Plus, I miss being fit and missing out on a lot of fun activities because of weight. My weight has gone up and down in the past, but I feel like I am so much more committed this time, and I'm super excited that I found IP.

rABiDkittEn
06-08-2012, 07:30 PM
Well, I have been perusing this website for a few years, and get a lot of inspiration from everyone! Now, I'm finally jumping in.

I have picked up IP 'alternatives', and am starting on Monday (I have a bbq to go to tomorrow, and will be drinking and eating terrible things I am sure!)

I used to be a 'skinny girl' (as so many of us were!), and apparently I am an emotional eater! A lot of changes happened in my life in my 30s, and the weight gain began.

I have returned to school, and am graduating with 2 BFAs next spring. I am starting a new chapter in my life. I want to be healthy and energized for it! I want to give myself every opportunity to start over. This weight has got to go.

Looking forward to checking in with you all!! Anybody else just starting out that wants to do some motivational buddying up, let me know!!

Beck81
06-08-2012, 08:00 PM
My son is getting married in September so that was one reason along with wanting to get healthier for myself. Now a big wake up call happened this week with my 53 year old brother having a massive heart attack. My mother and her two brothers had heart attacks in their forties so the family history is there. The diet is going great so far, 28 lbs in 6 weeks!

rABiDkittEn
06-08-2012, 08:58 PM
Yikes. Sorry to read about your brother. That is definitely a wake up call. I've also had some family health issues recently that are spurring me on.

Great job on the 6 weeks!! Inspirational.

Heitina
06-09-2012, 02:04 AM
I want to take charge of my health. I no longer want to feel yucky and bloated. This is my first day on IP & I have not had to take an antacid - my body is already telling me that I'm heading in the right direction....one step at a time.....

MoeJay
06-15-2012, 10:38 PM
I started IP because I felt like I was being smothered inside my skin. Just one month later, I sleep better, have more energy, and don't suffer junk food guilt anymore. I already feel like a different person. The other motivation besides simply feeling better is to teach my daughters how to eat properly while they are young enough to absorb it.

cscape
06-16-2012, 12:00 AM
I have been floundering for the past 1.5 years.using food to cope with one crisis after another..and 60lb later I am tired of beating on my body. I loathe what I have become, and hate the fact that I resorted to using food to cope (again). Prednisone while helpful to my illness, raised havoc with other parts of me.
I went to the info class 6/7 and after reading your posts this week, I was so encouraged I signed on with the program, and today was Day 1. It went easier than I thought it would!

Rhonduz
06-16-2012, 11:25 AM
Hello everyone. I started IP June 11 and my first WI is on tues. Since marrying my Sicilian hubby, I.e. spaghetti, oil bread, and lots of cheese, I've packed on 50 or more pounds and Wei that much more than he does. My motivation is to weigh less than him. Reading these posts has been very helpful. Thank you all for being inspirational.

nomoreweight
06-16-2012, 12:31 PM
Hello, group! Sorry this is so long! I don't think I have ever looked at "my story" in this way before...

I was active in high school, then got pregnant when I was 16. With a body that young and active (I was literally in evey sport I was allowed to be in), the weight packed on fast. Before I was pregnant, my weight was 105, and I was 5'5". The day I left the hospital after having my son, I weighed 198!

I got back into the swing of things, and went down to 160 by the time I graduated...IN 1995!!
Life happened, and my weight kept crawling up. In 2002, I had another baby. This time, she was born very sick and passed away 8 months later. A lot of sympathy food and hospital food didn't help, but I really didn't even care.

In 2009 I got pregnant again. I gave birth, again, at 198 lbs. 16 months later, I was pregnant again, gained 10 lbs, and had a miscarriage. 6 months later, I was pregnant again and had a healthy baby girl May 22, 2011. This time, though, my delivery weight was 204.

I nursed my daughter for 8 months, and my weight went down a little, but came right back up when I stopped nursing. My father (and best friend) passed away suddenly last year, and I have been helping my mom get her house ready to be one the market and move into an apt. That means eating more fast food than I am used to, less sleep, and more stress. That combination now equals 206!

My motivation is to feel better about myself. A lot of woman say they felt better about themselves and/or looked better before they had kids. That was a long time ago, and I was just a young teen, but I still agree with that statement. I don't ever expect to be 105 again, but I would love to get rid of at least 60 lbs. My final goal will be to get to 125.
My first goal is to get to 150 by my birthday, Nov 14. That would be 22 weeks from my IP start date, and 56 lbs from my start weight. I know I can do this!

I love this forum, and have become really addicted to it. I need to shut the computer and force myself to walk away just to eat! My start date was June 12, and my weigh in is Tues. As of now, day 5, I have not cheated and have no intention of doing so. I am not very confident in seeing a big number on my first WI, however, but I remain in faith!

Thanks for all the encouraging stories here, and I look forward to losing with you!

gongjubyung
06-16-2012, 04:57 PM
i'm doing this for me and for the health and happiness of my family. after delivering a second healthy daughter, i found it impossible to lose the weight. i am 40lbs over my usual weight, and am very unhappy with myself. i have no motivation to get dressed for work, or be active with my kids, because i am not happy within. i want my daughters to grow up with a self empowered mom, who is not obsessed with her appearance. i hope to make some big changes quickly, and maintain a healthy lifestyle that will encourage them to live the same. here's to never being on a diet again!:carrot:

MoeJay
06-16-2012, 10:50 PM
Nomoreweight--I'm sorry for your losses. You sound like an incredibly strong person. Best of luck on IP! I've been on it for a month, and in my experience, getting past day 4/5 was the hardest part. It's been all downhill from there.

MiamiCajun
06-17-2012, 12:24 AM
Day 4 but I started IP because I am tired of wishing to fit into regular clothes, hoping cameras wont be around, feeling tired, and being the largest in the room to name a few reasons. Yesterday I received a call that some abnormal cells were found at my gyno exam so now my reason is just simply to give my body a chance to heal. I just want to be healthy now!

GeauxTigers82
06-17-2012, 12:44 AM
I used to be a very cute 125 lb college kid. In the last 9 years, I have gained 75+ lbs. I don't feel heavy, but the pictures tell a different story. I can hardly believe it's me. I always feel self conscious and I hide from cameras. My sister is getting married in October, and I want a beautiful family photo taken of all of us. I don't want to be embarrassed by the way I look.

I would also like to have 1 more child. I had a successful pregnancy and c section with my daughter. With my son, I had a scheduled c section, and I ended up back in the hospital for a week. I blame my weight for that. My husband does not want to go through that again, and neither would I.

I hope to be at least 50 lbs lighter by October and hit goal by Christmas ;)

JackBs Mom
06-17-2012, 12:57 AM
I am so happy to see that this post is still going strong! I started this forum one month ago when I first joined and by being motivated by me for me I have lost 20lbs & 23'' in less then one month!

rABiDkittEn
06-17-2012, 10:41 PM
I posted in this thread over a week ago. And, I didn't start doing IP (Alternative) until Tuesday (thought I'd start Monday). But, I've been going strong! No cheats. Well, I popped a cheese cube in my mouth on Tuesday morning without thinking, forgetting what I was doing! Good grief. That points out my bad habits! But since then, EAS drinks, water, Mio, salads, eggs, veggies, and Pure Protein bars.

I have been super busy trying to get things ready for a move out of state, so I haven't had a lot of time to prepare food. I've been eating 2 eggs for my 8 oz instead of any meat, and I was ready to cheat yesterday! So I went to Subway and got a couple of grilled chicken salads with cukes, spinach, pickles, and bell peppers. I made my dressing with EVOO, apple cider vinegar, and sea salt. It really hit the spot! I read that the salads have about 2 oz of chicken, so I ate 2, and an egg.

As delicious as all of this was for the first few days, I have quickly been getting bored! So, I went shopping late last night and got some turkey burgers. Getting ready to make 2 now. And while I eat that, I am going to order some Walden Farms bottles of yummies!

I feel great, and am looking forward to weighing in on Tuesday. I felt hungry yesterday and today, but it makes me go to sleep earlier rather than stay up snacking! I put that Pure Protein Bar snack off as long as I can, and it is YUM! I'm going to seek out that rhubarb recipe I keep seeing...

Good luck to all. I feel hopeful. :carrot: