Ideal Protein Diet - Accountability ?? for Alternative IPers




GrandmaKiss
06-26-2012, 08:26 PM
I am getting ready to ditch my coach (or at least am pondering the idea). We aren't a good fit and IP is E.X.P.E.N.S.I.V.E.

But I am concerned that I may lose the most important motivator: Being accountable to someone else for a specific moment each week.

How do you that are going it alone handle this problem?

ETA I am beyond embarassed how bad my spelling is in the title of this thread. But that is one thing that edit won't change.


mompattie
06-26-2012, 08:34 PM
I am accountable to MOI. Its a mindset, and really, IMO who you should be accountable to, coach or no coach.

Its working for me. I just WI each week, haven't done measurements for a while...maybe next week. Just thought of doing that part monthly.

Good luck!

WingnutandMe
06-26-2012, 08:56 PM
I am getting ready to ditch my coach (or at least am pondering the idea). We aren't a good fit and IP is E.X.P.E.N.S.I.V.E.

But I am concerned that I may lose the most important motivator: Being accountable to someone else for a specific moment each week.

How do you that are going it alone handle this problem?

I know exactly where you are coming from. I think I responded to you about your demoralizing coach as I experienced that same thing with mine and yes, IP is expensive.

I am a very independent person. I have always taken care of myself. But, I know know not everyone is like that and I am willing to be your accountability. I know WUV has done that for others. I moved from 12 weeks on IP 11 weeks ago to alternatives, so I do have some background and experience with both. I will be here for when ever you need someone personal to talk (PM me if you want), for questions, to report weigh-ins and measurements. I will keep a spreadsheet for you and chart your progress. I will NOT demoralize you when your WI is less than 3 lbs. I've had zero twice now. That was demoralizing enough in itself without someone chastising me.

I still have a lot of weight to lose so I understand what it's like to not just have 20 or 30 lbs and being in this for the long haul. We can do this together.

BTW, where in the high desert are you from? I lived for 20 years in Riverside.

Molly


Kaypix
06-26-2012, 10:11 PM
I stay accountable for keeping up on my blog on a daily basis. No matter what crapstorm rains down on me, it ends up in the blog, for the whole world to see.

GrandmaKiss
06-26-2012, 11:04 PM
BTW, where in the high desert are you from? I lived for 20 years in Riverside.

Molly

Molly, thank you for your offer. I am considering it. I am also considering joining the local T.O.P.S group for a weekly weigh in and a chance to meet with real people once a week. My "job" is an online job so meeting with real people is rare for me, especially when hubs is on business travel, I am trying to force myself out of my self imposed hermitage. Job is in quotations because I don't get paid, I am a 30+ hour a week volunteer missionary for my church.

I live quite a bit north of you on the extreme North East edge of Kern county, just an hour's drive from Death Valley. We live in one of the desert military towns where everybody is either military or a military scientist.

patns
06-26-2012, 11:20 PM
I think TOPS would be an excellent idea.
I keep myself accountable by looking forward to changing my ticker each week on my selected weigh in day.
I am a very independent person too and just don't take well to coaching. I find it much easier to be accountable to myself.

Pat

PhoenixRisingAgain
06-27-2012, 09:33 AM
I am thinking of recruiting my kids to attend my weigh in each week. I also have had my daughter make me a beaded necklace: we had one bead for every 5 lbs lost. She asks me all the time "are you ready for a new bead yet Mommy".

Coming here helps me stay clean too. Yesterday I mentally argued with a Snickers bar that I knew was in my desk drawer. I signed in here and started reading, started looking at before and after pics, and the candy ended up in the trash can...uneaten.

2Poles1Girl
06-27-2012, 09:53 AM
...and the candy ended up in the trash can...uneaten.

:carrot: good job! Like the fitness gurus say, if it doesn't go in the cart at the store, it isn't available to tempt me.

Cole3
06-27-2012, 11:04 AM
I am having the same debate at this point. I actually do like most of the coaches at the center I go to ... but still considering going it alone. At this point I have gotten into a nice routine using alternative products - haven't seen any change in weight loss - and am sure I can keep up my progress. Although WI doesn't take long they are ALWAYS behind schedule and honestly I am exhausted at the end of my work day and I want to go home and spend time with my family - not drive an hour out of my way for WI. So basically that sounds like I am a spoiled brat lol!!! It really is a time/convenience issue for me - it was a money issue as well but I have been mostly using alternatives for a bit now so I can't really use that. My biggest concern is all of the phasing out stuff at the end. I am afraid I will mess that up if I don't stay with the center ....

evepet
06-27-2012, 11:05 AM
I am thinking of recruiting my kids to attend my weigh in each week. I also have had my daughter make me a beaded necklace: we had one bead for every 5 lbs lost. She asks me all the time "are you ready for a new bead yet Mommy".

Coming here helps me stay clean too. Yesterday I mentally argued with a Snickers bar that I knew was in my desk drawer. I signed in here and started reading, started looking at before and after pics, and the candy ended up in the trash can...uneaten.

:carrot: good job! Like the fitness gurus say, if it doesn't go in the cart at the store, it isn't available to tempt me.

Good work Phoenix in avoid that Snickers bar. But - IMO it would be better to not have it in your desk drawer tempting you in the first place. Who needs that temptation? Maybe stash an IP bar or snack there instead?

I think TOPS would be an excellent idea.
I keep myself accountable by looking forward to changing my ticker each week on my selected weigh in day.
I am a very independent person too and just don't take well to coaching. I find it much easier to be accountable to myself.

Pat

ITA. I love being able to add my little 'clappers' to my ticker every -5 lbs. And to reporting that I've stayed firm in my resolve and am getting results each week.

Molly, thank you for your offer. I am considering it. I am also considering joining the local T.O.P.S group for a weekly weigh in and a chance to meet with real people once a week. My "job" is an online job so meeting with real people is rare for me, especially when hubs is on business travel, I am trying to force myself out of my self imposed hermitage. Job is in quotations because I don't get paid, I am a 30+ hour a week volunteer missionary for my church.

I live quite a bit north of you on the extreme North East edge of Kern county, just an hour's drive from Death Valley. We live in one of the desert military towns where everybody is either military or a military scientist.

I work from home and am in my 60s... since moving to this new city a few years ago, I haven't been very 'forward' about making new local friends. Joining something like T.O.P.S. would be a good idea, but the thing that holds me back is fear of some of the others questionning me too much about my diet program? I'm a private person and prefer just to do my own thing and not have to deal with other people's questions about whether it's the 'best' way to lose weight, etc. etc. But of course it is working...the 'proof is in the pudding' as they say - and I feel great. I guess I should be willing to stand up for myself and just go with that?

GrandmaKiss
06-27-2012, 04:28 PM
I am having the same debate at this point. I actually do like most of the coaches at the center I go to ... but still considering going it alone. At this point I have gotten into a nice routine using alternative products - haven't seen any change in weight loss - and am sure I can keep up my progress. Although WI doesn't take long they are ALWAYS behind schedule and honestly I am exhausted at the end of my work day and I want to go home and spend time with my family - not drive an hour out of my way for WI. So basically that sounds like I am a spoiled brat lol!!! It really is a time/convenience issue for me - it was a money issue as well but I have been mostly using alternatives for a bit now so I can't really use that. My biggest concern is all of the phasing out stuff at the end. I am afraid I will mess that up if I don't stay with the center ....

I didn't know coaches would still coach if you were buying much of your food elsewhere.

cyndie
06-28-2012, 09:28 AM
I liked my coach and my clinic. I left totally because of financial issues. My Mom needed help and the buck stops here. I am accountable to me, though I do miss the clinic atmosphere.

They took my measurements the first week and I don't know what they were so I guess I should do them myself before I get too much farther down the road.

What is T.O.P.S.?

Good luck going it on your own. It is probably a little more challenging but totally doable and oh, so worth it. I have only been at it two and a half weeks, but it already feels like a 'way of life'. 100% OP.

rissimo
06-28-2012, 09:46 AM
I am getting ready to ditch my coach (or at least am pondering the idea). We aren't a good fit and IP is E.X.P.E.N.S.I.V.E.

But I am concerned that I may lose the most important motivator: Being accountable to someone else for a specific moment each week.

How do you that are going it alone handle this problem?

ETA I am beyond embarassed how bad my spelling is in the title of this thread. But that is one thing that edit won't change.


I have been doing this on my own since day one. I am accountable to me, and I am very hard on myself. I also have everyone here. Luckily I have not strayed from this plan once since starting it, but I know if I did and I came on here and said something about it, there would be alot of support and alot of tough love. I may not want to hear the tough love parts, but I know it would be true. I have been on every singe diet that you can think of, tried all the diet pills and have failed miserbly on all of it, if I can do this on my own, I believe you can as well. I have adopted WUV as my coach, she is my go to person when all else fails, as well as everyone here.

PhoenixRisingAgain
06-28-2012, 10:07 AM
I have been doing this on my own since day one. I am accountable to me, and I am very hard on myself. I also have everyone here. Luckily I have not strayed from this plan once since starting it, but I know if I did and I came on here and said something about it, there would be alot of support and alot of tough love. I may not want to hear the tough love parts, but I know it would be true. I have been on every singe diet that you can think of, tried all the diet pills and have failed miserbly on all of it, if I can do this on my own, I believe you can as well. I have adopted WUV as my coach, she is my go to person when all else fails, as well as everyone here.

I can so relate to this! I've even come back around for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th tries on all the diets I've tried. I have been trying to lose for about 20 years now. Of course, 20 years ago I only had about 40 lbs to lose...now it's double that. I used to cry over all the weeks, months, years wasted but that never got me anywhere either.

THIS place is going to keep me grounded and secure; it has in the past, but I have been the one to abandon this place. NOT.THIS.TIME.

You look fabulous BTW; so do so many others here -- I look for posts by certain ppl, just to see their pictures! Oh gosh, does that make me a Chick Stalker? :)

rvingprincess
06-28-2012, 10:38 AM
I am also going to go it alone with alternatives, like everyone else here I am finding IP just too expensive as both my husband and I have been on it since the middle of April (hubby is now done but I still have about 25 lbs. to go) so I will be accountable to myself, and will continue to post on these boards to give me extra incentive. Wish me luck.

Caren

Cole3
06-28-2012, 01:45 PM
I didn't know coaches would still coach if you were buying much of your food elsewhere.

They don't ask and I don't mention it. I substitute the EAS shakes where I would normally have IP shakes and the Pure Protein bars where I would normally have an IP bar. I fill out my journal ... I write "RTD chocolate drink" .... etc. I do like the variety of IP (another reason I'm not quite ready to go it alone) so in the beginning stocked up on various things so I never did buy the "exact" number of packets each week sometimes I bought a lot sometimes I had extra at home and didn't but much at all ... no one has ever questioned it. I know some people have discussed it and had their coaches be OK with it and others have had coaches that had a problem with it. I am a wimp so I avoid it lol!

GemIAm
06-28-2012, 02:18 PM
I know some people have discussed it and had their coaches be OK with it and others have had coaches that had a problem with it. I am a wimp so I avoid it lol!

Funny Cole, I am also a "wimp" - I have been buying a lot of alternatives as well as the 21 IP products a week (I am stockpiling for the next phases I guess!) but have not mentioned using alternatives to my coaches because I am scared to lose the weekly face-to-face weigh-in and accountability.

I am thinking that as I get closer to goal I might try to do it with 3FC support without an in-person coach...I am reluctant because I have been on a weight see-saw my whole life and being able to see my coaches every two weeks or so while in maintenance (for weigh in and to buy Salt & Vinegar crisps) might be key to me becoming a successful "maintainer."