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Delgen
07-14-2012, 11:49 AM
I have seen many people struggling with staying OP, especially during the first 4 weeks.

I have also seen some incredible and really amazing strategies that many of you use to stay 100%.

So I thought a thread with our favorite strategies to stay OP, motivate ourselves, and reward ourselves for staying OP or overcoming roadblocks would be helpful to anyone who is struggling, especially newbies (and even oldies)

IPeeps,
What are your most effective strategies to stay 100% OP?


Bellamack
07-14-2012, 11:55 AM
When I did IP the first time, I did not cheat once ( that was for 5 months) and a couple of things helped.
1. Have at all times veggies cut up and ready for the "grab"
2. The cost of IP, read the real cost of IP thread
3. Clearing the house of tempting foods, hubby had to keep them at work. One day I got up and saw a big bag of red licorice on the counter (which I love) and in my PJ's grabbed it and ran it out to hubby's car slammed and locked the door. lol
4. ask for help from immediate family members and good friends.
5. When going to outings, dinners, picnics, I always made a big salad and cut up other veggies, so I knew I could eat something and if there wasn't appropriate protein choice, I filled my plate with salad and had protein later. I also kept a bar in my purse at all times.

mompattie
07-14-2012, 02:21 PM
Great thread!!

It's a mindset for me. Cheating is NOT an option. At all. Period.

And of course removing temptation helps, as does planning ahead esp when out of my home base. Making sure I have a bar in my purse and salad along.


Ugh73
07-14-2012, 02:29 PM
Telling myself "it's only temporary" also wearing tight clothing helps (as soon as I could squeeze into the next smaller Jeans size, I wore those only, no old ones)

Delgen
07-14-2012, 03:08 PM
Great thread!!

It's a mindset for me. Cheating is NOT an option. At all. Period.

And of course removing temptation helps, as does planning ahead esp when out of my home base. Making sure I have a bar in my purse and salad along.

I agree about the mindset, Mompattie. It's like being faithful in a marriage. You know a good marriage will make for a wonderful life. So will being faithful to IP. You just go into it with the idea that you won't cheat, so that your life will be better. It takes commitment, nurturing and time.;)

Ramjet254
07-14-2012, 03:14 PM
Delgen, that's exactly how I view it. Cheating is not an option for me in marriage and cheating is not an option on IP. 12 days so far and looking forward to however many more days it takes to get to goal OP.

Delgen
07-14-2012, 03:15 PM
:cool:Delgen, that's exactly how I view it. Cheating is not an option for me in marriage and cheating is not an option on IP. 12 days so far and looking forward to however many more days it takes to get to goal OP.
Yes, and with such a great attitude it will go fast!:cool:

New Englander
07-14-2012, 04:07 PM
When I was in P1 I wanted it to end as quickly as possible and I knew that would happen only if I stayed 100% OP, which I did.

Now that I'm in P4 I need to reevaluate why not to cheat because once you have a "fun" day it makes it easy to extend that into 1.5 days or 2 days...

SO, it really never ends...it's a complete change of lifestyle (and we all know it's really worth it!!!).

:)

aclark
07-14-2012, 05:11 PM
I found that having someone to be accountable to on a day to day basis has been helpful. For me, that's my husband as we are doing this together! 2 months in and its been great and really not as hard as we thought it might be.

Lynnie63
07-14-2012, 05:14 PM
I've decided to be 100% OP. Cheating isn't an option.

I have cheated on every diet since elementary school. I think that this time is different for me because of the restrictions that are in us. I'm not taking cookies, cake, wine, fruit, dairy etc and trying to fit it in to how ever many points I get during the day. I've read the posts on the real cost of cheating, and have taken it to heart.

I've been planning and finding alternatives. For example, I went to a party at my cousins and made sure I brought a side dish that I could eat, tomorrow is another party, I know they're having pizza, so I'll bring a RTD drink and veggies. I've also sat around the table with a pitcher of water and refilled a wine glass, so,I felt like i was participating. I watched them eat the cheese & sausage and brownies and ice cream for dessert.

My husband lost his job right before I started program. His old job was working at a wine store, he would get home at 8:30 or so, so I was by myself 6 days a week. This promoted bad eating habits. Now I get home and dinner is in the table. he's very supportive and has been cutting out carbs himself. If I had to figure out what to do for dinner every night, I'm not sure if I'd be this successfully.

Plus, seeing he's not working so, I don't want to waste the money. Although, that's never been a problem before, I've paid for many gym memberships I've never used!

Delgen
07-14-2012, 06:08 PM
I found that having someone to be accountable to on a day to day basis has been helpful. For me, that's my husband as we are doing this together! 2 months in and its been great and really not as hard as we thought it might be.
aclark, you have an excellent loss! It is working!

Dakin
07-14-2012, 06:19 PM
One of my tips is to eat before you're ravenously hungry.
If I notice that it's been 3 hours since breakfast, I'll grab some green pepper sticks, even if I haven't "noticed" it's time to eat yet. I find that if I wait too long, then I'm famished and more likely to eat unhealthy foods in unhealthy volumes.

Also, keep drinking your water... always!

mammoth357
07-14-2012, 06:41 PM
I have been dieting a long time. I lost 100 pounds on Atkins Induction (under 20 carbs a day etc)...and then went into a stall that lasted many months, so I changed over to this. I lost 15 lbs my first week, (last week) and so far this week I am down 4 lbs...so this has the scale moving again!

I find my motivation and reward in seeing the scale move. That and the fact I will not cheat, heck, I won't even have a bar or such...just straight non-restricteds and water only...why? I want the very best results with no excuses (meaning later I can't blame the bars etc if I have a bad week), and I want results in the fastest time possible so I can leave phase 1.

Tips: Same tipes that apply to atkins or many other plans: I keep several salads in tupperware ready to go, just add dressing. I pre-weigh meat/chicken portions and freeze individually, I pre-cut and measure veggies and store...I want to be able to "run & grab" as needed, and I want to make my dinner with as little hassle as possible and FAST! I figure dinner is a "reward"...I save all 8oz protein for dinner and it is the only time I feel contented and "full"....after struggling to get through the whole day. So dinner is my "reward" on a daily basis, and the scale moving downward is my reward weekly.

Great thread, thanks for doing this!
Cheers;
Jake

New Englander
07-14-2012, 08:04 PM
I want results in the fastest time possible so I can leave phase 1.

Cheers;
Jake

I felt the same way...I wanted results the quickest possible and that meant no cheating...So glad I stayed 110% OP... Now in P4 I just need to reexamine my ability to get through a whole week (the 6 days between the "fun" day) without "slipping"...

Before being in Ketosis was the factor that also helped me stay 110%...now that's gone so it's a new game...

Keep up the great work!!!!!!!!!!!

mammoth357
07-14-2012, 08:33 PM
You did awesome New Englander! Congrats on your success!

mommyskinny
07-15-2012, 10:11 PM
As a newbie I really appreciate this thread! Thanks for all of the great tips and motivation.

rainbowsmiles
07-15-2012, 10:42 PM
this is an awesome thread!!!
i am still a "newbie....but

....i agree....make cheating not an option!!

for me....its finding and cooking the foods i love, learning to re-create my favorite recipes so i don't even feel deprived at all!!!

be willing to TRY new foods!! before IP i disliked so many veggies...now i LOVE KALE CHIPS, roasted veggies, fish!!!

if at first you don't like it, try cooking it another way, try at least 1 new recipe every week!! search the forums, online recipes, or re-create your own, just do it!!

plan ahead when going out to any restaurant, or party...know in advance what they are serving and i plan what i am going to order before i even get to the restaurant. i have even called in advance to dinner theaters to make sure they can accommodate my special needs!! dont be intimidated and dont be afraid to send it back if its not what you need. sometimes i even write out what i need and send it back with the order. so far, every restaurant has gone out of their way to make it exactly how i needed it.

if everyone else is drinking, just make a drink with ice, water and a little sf syrup....i carry some in little bottles in my purse, and add a lime wedge and NO ONE WILL EVEN NOTICE!!! it looks like a colorful fancy drink!!

most of all
BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN :)

faithgirljen
07-15-2012, 10:48 PM
I felt the same way...I wanted results the quickest possible and that meant no cheating...So glad I stayed 110% OP... Now in P4 I just need to reexamine my ability to get through a whole week (the 6 days between the "fun" day) without "slipping"...

Before being in Ketosis was the factor that also helped me stay 110%...now that's gone so it's a new game...

Keep up the great work!!!!!!!!!!!

Your weight loss is a great encouragement! I have to admit that I feel a little bit nervous about the freedom. The P1 rules feel rigid and safe. I feel free from sugar/cravings. I don't want ever again!

greeniris
07-15-2012, 11:51 PM
Definitely planning meals ahead of time.
Reminding myself on the rough days why I'm doing this (medical issues), and how much $$ it costs.
and last, My VIP frequently tells me how proud he is of me & my progress.

joysh
07-16-2012, 01:08 AM
Tips: Same tipes that apply to atkins or many other plans: I keep several salads in tupperware ready to go, just add dressing. I pre-weigh meat/chicken portions and freeze individually, I pre-cut and measure veggies and store...I want to be able to "run & grab" as needed, and I want to make my dinner with as little hassle as possible and FAST! I figure dinner is a "reward"...I save all 8oz protein for dinner and it is the only time I feel contented and "full"....after struggling to get through the whole day. So dinner is my "reward" on a daily basis, and the scale moving downward is my reward weekly.
Cheers;
Jake

Great idea to pre-measure and freeze meats in the right weight amounts! I'm going to start doing that!

I usually cut up vegetables. I have two little tupperwares: one has small dices red, green and yellow peppers for a quick sautee to go in a lunch soup. The other has large strips of peppers, cucumber circles and celery sticks. If I have to go out and will be out during lunch time I take that one in a cooler.
If I'm at home, it makes my dinner salad or veggies much quicker.

I always keep one bar that won't melt in the sun or a snack pack like cheddar curls in the glove compartment of the car, just in case I'm stranded. The RTDs are also great for a surprise lunch date. I order a salad and a glass of ice and just pour it in. No one notices - or cares.

Also - I always try to cook double vegetables so I have enough for the next meal or next day. Leftover asparagus or other cooked vegetables can go over lettuce and make a good salad.

I find that the diet is self-motivating. You stuck to it, you lose. That motivate you to stick to it more. Etc.

Good luck! I know you'll do great! :wave:

SheenaB
07-16-2012, 01:09 AM
This is a great thread! I am starting IP tomorrow and all of your hints will help that much more!

Thank you!!

Delgen
07-16-2012, 01:49 AM
Wow. Great ideas!

I have found that I like to spend time cooking vegetables for my evening meal. I treat my veggies like I would a main dish, and make them really really good! Then I add my protein like chicken, fish. Beef, pork or tofu to the veggies, and usually on top of lettuce.

So instead of making my veggies a side dish, they have become my fancy main dish!

mightbe
07-16-2012, 01:59 AM
I think for me the best strategy is coming here and reading about how well all of you are living the IP way of life! I want to be a role model for newbies (like myself) someday too! ;)

cscape
07-16-2012, 03:31 AM
Some thoughts....
I remind myself why I joined the program, how awful and ashamed I felt, and how it feels great to be finally taking good care of myself.
Seeing the weight come off this quickly without exercise is amazing, and that helps me to stay 100% OP.
Each time I do not succumb to those "voices" beckoning me to eat forbidden foods, gives me momentum to continue to stay on track
Reading the IP message boards..you all are such an inspiration!
If nothing else, the expense of the IP Program. I am out of work, so to justify the expense, I have to stay 100% OP. The quicker I lose, the less in debt I will be!

shathom
07-16-2012, 08:56 AM
Staying OP for me has been so easy when my coach told me that if I skipped a meal it was a cheat, if I didn't get in my 3rd packet at night that it was a cheat. In the beginning if I didn't have my veggies already cut up and waiting in the fridge, it was especially frustrating in the mornings when I'm usually running behind time, making my lunch and have to stop what I was doing and take the time to get the vegs ready. Now when I come home from grocery shopping I get them cleaned and cut up in bowls in the fridge, so when I am ready to chow down or pack them up they are ready! I like how I'm feeling on IP, mentally and physically so that keeps me 100% also.

Maile
07-16-2012, 09:20 AM
I also agree wih no cheating and planning ahead. Like others here I froze meat portions..many turkey burgers so I would always be prepared.

However, what really helped me was developing a strong backbone..an assertiveness that will let you be the only one not eating something or having a drink at social occasions. Also as others have said, being assertive in restaurants, asking for what you can eat to stay OP.

I also developed a love of vegetables..especcially roasted. I looked forward to vegetables for the first time in my life. That still continues now that I am in maintenance.

The last thing that helped me was posting here. I love the support I receive, plus learn many good tips about staying on track.

IP is a great program!

PhoenixRisingAgain
07-16-2012, 09:39 AM
What a great thread, full of wonderful ideas! For me, I must not only plan what I am going to eat (and have veggies ready beforehand) but I find that I have to write it down! I do keep a food journal, just jotting down the basics. Something about writing out the day's food ahead of time makes me stick better to it.

Also, as mentioned several times: keeping "ready to go" stuff -- grab and go! Currently in the fridge I have ready to go baggies with: celery, cucs, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini and HUGE bag of lettuce! This is my weekend task, getting it all ready. Then I don't have to stand in my kitchen on Monday morning and go "hmmm...what do I take with me today".

And coming here! Even if I don't post much, I read here a lot -- and I look at all these fabulous results and remind myself that in a few weeks, that will be me!!

I also have a visual reward system (I think I mentioned this before) my daughter started a bead necklace for me, to which we add a bead for every 5 lbs lost! I wear it every day to remind me of progress and to urge me on to earn my next colorful bead.

cscape
07-16-2012, 06:20 PM
What a great thread, full of wonderful ideas! For me, I must not only plan what I am going to eat (and have veggies ready beforehand) but I find that I have to write it down! I do keep a food journal, just jotting down the basics. Something about writing out the day's food ahead of time makes me stick better to it.

Also, as mentioned several times: keeping "ready to go" stuff -- grab and go! Currently in the fridge I have ready to go baggies with: celery, cucs, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini and HUGE bag of lettuce! This is my weekend task, getting it all ready. Then I don't have to stand in my kitchen on Monday morning and go "hmmm...what do I take with me today".

And coming here! Even if I don't post much, I read here a lot -- and I look at all these fabulous results and remind myself that in a few weeks, that will be me!!

I also have a visual reward system (I think I mentioned this before) my daughter started a bead necklace for me, to which we add a bead for every 5 lbs lost! I wear it every day to remind me of progress and to urge me on to earn my next colorful bead.

I really like your idea of the bead necklace! Very tangible and much more lasting than a pedicure.

Delgen
07-17-2012, 02:45 AM
I have been dieting a long time. I lost 100 pounds on Atkins Induction (under 20 carbs a day etc)...and then went into a stall that lasted many months, so I changed over to this. I lost 15 lbs my first week, (last week) and so far this week I am down 4 lbs...

Tips: Same tipes that apply to atkins or many other plans: I keep several salads in tupperware ready to go, just add dressing. I pre-weigh meat/chicken portions and freeze individually, I pre-cut and measure veggies and store...I want to be able to "run & grab" as needed, and I want to make my dinner with as little hassle as possible and FAST! I figure dinner is a "reward"...I save all 8oz protein for dinner and it is the only time I feel contented and "full"....after struggling to get through the whole day. So dinner is my "reward" on a daily basis, and the scale moving downward is my reward weekly.

Great thread, thanks for doing this!
Cheers;
Jake

I like the idea of prepping meats ahead. Good for bust people. Do you cook for yourself? Or for others at the same time?

Delgen
07-17-2012, 02:46 AM
I really like your idea of the bead necklace! Very tangible and much more lasting than a pedicure.

I like the bead necklace. I have heard of people getting Pandora-like beads too.

Delgen
07-17-2012, 02:48 AM
I think for me the best strategy is coming here and reading about how well all of you are living the IP way of life! I want to be a role model for newbies (like myself) someday too! ;)


Me too. I am so glad I ran across these boards. This really helps me stay motivated.

mammoth357
07-17-2012, 12:06 PM
Ditto the above! This forum is amazing and so are the folk's who frequent here and you also get great idea's for everything from alternatives to recipes! Just awesome!

I also know several people locally who have and are doing amazing on IP and that is an inspiration! My friend Diane has lost 70 pounds and 72"...YES...72"...since Jan 1st! She inspires me tremendously and she looks fabulous!

Find some people in your locale who are on IP and try to get together once in awhile and just visit, share ideas, problems with your own weight loss (if any) etc...it helps ALL involved!

Cheers:
Jake