Ideal Protein Diet - Fabulous at Fifty+ .... A home for those of us 50 and older on IP! VOLUME 8




rainbowsmiles
12-26-2012, 06:18 PM
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Welcome to the Vol. 7 home of Fabulous at Fifty + !!
started by DanafromAustin

This is the place to share our thoughts, ideas, challenges, frustrations, and most importantly our joy of being 50+
LOVIN' LIFE and on IP. Welcome everyone! :grouphug:

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rainbowsmiles
12-26-2012, 06:19 PM
yikes the other thread is over 500 posts...so it was time for a new one :)

rainbowsmiles
12-26-2012, 06:20 PM
Molly: Your Santa cookies are adorable. No baking at my house this year but I certainly admire anyone who can face it (and all the subsequent baked goods in the house) on this plan. I just don't want to tempt it...(and I never made a cookie that adorable, either!)

i am with you lisa.....i think of molly and scorbett and all that baking and i think i am a WHIMP b/c i don't think i have that much willpower to bake it in the house. its hard enough to resist when around others.


OMG - I laughed right out loud!
:D

Hello! The storm kicked our butts here in northern MI. We've been without power since Thursday evening, and yesterday we lost cell phone service as well. (No land line for us.) So the generator has been turned on periodically to keep the fridge going and turn the blower on the heater once in a while. I did make it to work yesterday (2 hours late), and no internet service here then either. Anyway, we're doing OK, and I'll check back in later!

yikes!!!! glad we went to vermont and not northern michigan. sorry you are having to deal with that but it sure soulds like you are uber prepared!!! so impressed!! hope your holidays were fab!!

WI this morning. Lost 1.8. I didn't expect that as I was short on water this week and my meats were a bit more fatty than usual. I'll take it.

On our way to the Christmas party. Beautiful, but chilly day here.

Molly

MOLLY!!!!! what a great loss this week!!! you are truly a steady ip'er and one that just sets such amazing examples to follow!! hope you had a grand time at your party!!!!!!!!! we are having a blast!!

Hi All!

It's a SNOWY DAY here in Syracuse!! I just took a walk to the entrance of the woods. Everything is blanketed in soft white powder! Beautiful!

I'm having a great time visiting my daughter, SIL, 4 yr old granddaughter and 2 week old Elijah!

Merry Christmas to all!

I'm doing this dance too!!!!
hope you had a merry christmas too!!!!!!!!

so thrilled you have enjoying time with your family for the holidays!!! keep snow dancing!!!




Well I'm just waiting on DH to get ready for Xmas party, talk to you all later and let you know what I win for the door drawing, I always win a prize every party even though I've only been to one so far ha!

hope you have a blast at your party and win a great prize!!!!

Thanks Molly. You might check out the Mackinac Bridge webcam too. And the Snowman cam in Gaylord. I know those aren't your areas, but they can get interesting.

Congrats on the nearly 2 lbs gone forever! That's great :D

Still no power - 48 hours and counting. At least my phone is working most of the time now. Just made a Big Mac in a bowl for dinner (had burger already cooked and in the freezer). Need to go turn the generator off, but that will leave me in the dark again and oh so bored. VIP left this morning for IN to work for the weekend. Oh, and to top it all off, I slipped and fell at work this morning, sprained my knee. Grrrrr - when it rains, it pours. Or when it snows, it blizzards in this case!

Have a good night all...

ooooo so very sorry to hear about your knee. gosh you have had a rough week too it seems!! things will get better!!!! soon i hope!!

I'm hanging around the house this weekend with this nasty cold. I don't want to share.
My chicken soup is gone (I weighed the meat...1 lb so it was 2 servings...Thurs & Fri dinners)
I'm still pushing the fluids & sometimes I'm hot & sometimes I'm cold.
Yuck

See why I'm a snow Scrooge? Snow & ice is just problematic!


i need some of your chicken soup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! mrs scrooge!!!! lol

Back at ya but keep the snow up there!!

i hear ya!!! more snow coming in tonight...might have to stay an extra day or 2....drats!!

You can always keep your buns warm by the fire! :D

yes yes yes good idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi everyone, well were already back from our Xmas party and its only 930 guess we are just not the party animals I remember? Anyway it was very nice stayed op only about 2 Tlbs spoons of gravy on the turkey other than no problems, danced about 4 xs, didn't win a door prize, but left with my prize DH.

Rainbow be careful out there and hope your having a blast.


Oh yea I got a new to me car yesterday, a kia sorento, love it! It's been a long month sharing a vehicle w my son and DH since my wreck. So remember to drive safe and watch out I'm back on the road! Ha!

awwww sorry you didn't win a prize!!!! DH won his prize in YOU!!! yes we are having a blast....not enough snow for some things though, no snowmobile and dog sledding was cancelled due to family emergency....but we did get to do the sleigh ride!

Rainbow, maybe you packed your undies and your DH took them OUT of the suitcase! ; ) That is HIS Christmas present, LOL!

Glad you are having a great time and got there safely! I had, shall we say, an "interesting" drive, but am now here and enjoying the holiday! So far no problems staying on program, even though I was dismayed at the amount of stuff I had to pack to bring along. I even made some cookies for my dad, didn't even lick my fingers.

Hope everyone is having a healthy and happy holiday!

alison....dh said HE LOVES THE WAY YOU THINK!!! and not licking your fingers while making cookies, oh i am totally in awe gf!!!!!

Just catching up a bit and stopping by to say hi! I'm glad that those of you who love snow are getting it, and I hope it disappears soon for those of you who don't! I'm one of those in the latter group and am thankfully sitting on a patio, looking out at the ocean under a bright blue sky with soft Caribbean breezes swaying the palm trees. :cloud9:

My DH thought I was nuts, but the first thing I did yesterday when we landed was head to the island warehouse store (it's just like a Costco - they even have Kirkland products) to pick up a scale. It's the same Weight Watchers digital scale I have at home so I won't miss a beat in monitoring things for the next couple of weeks. (Yes, I'm one of those daily weighers ... just can't kick the habit.)

Stay safe, everyone!! (And Rainbow, funny true story: My grandmother used to travel all around the world. She proudly told every one all of her tips for how she was able to keep her packing to a minimum. One thing she always told everyone was that she only traveled with one set of undies and washed them in the sink every night. :lol:)

i am truly enjoying the cold and snow and fresh fresh mountain air!!!! but....i miss my scale. i am feeling so naughty and i just know i will have weeks of make up exams for flunking this semester of ip....but c'est la vie!!
yeah, um...too funny!!!!! :rofl:

Hey All! I've missed you. I went to see my folks, had a nice visit there. Got lots of "WOW" comments every time I saw a family member or relative. So I guess the weight loss shows :-) I got some strange questions - "are you going all the way with this diet?" I'm not sure were that question was coming from.... maybe they are just starting to believe this will work for me? I've had the comment in that general wording from a couple people now.

I picked up some smaller size clothing from my sister's donation stash (long story but she had gone thru her items and had a lot to clear from her wardrobe). LOL she gave the donations for my mom to take to the donation place, and my mother stored them - long before I started IP. It's like my own private stash of smaller clothing - though I think I've brought home the smallest sizes now. After these I'll be buying clothing. I have pants to last me into size thru size 16 now, and tops down thru ladies size XL. I was wearing size 18 or larger in high school, so it will feel good to fit into them - even if vanity sizing occurred in between high school and now.

DH and I are going out to see a movie this morning. Not sure if it's going to be the James Bond movie or The Hobbit. I haven't been to a theater in years. Last time I remember the seats not fitting me well at all. Then we are going to buy Christmas dinner makings: rib roast (may be a bit higher in fat but we're not getting "prime" so I'm going to be just enjoying me some of that - and not worrying), asparagus, salad, and some carby stuff for the guys. Celery and pickles for snacking. Hmmm I like those pickled peppers too, I may have to get some of those.

I've gotten back to my knitting. I had stopped for a few years, only toying with it now and again. Anyway I've finished a hat, a shawl, and I've started a cardigan called "Tea Leaves". I found all the yarn for these in my stash, so it feels very good to be using up some of that. https://www.google.com/search?q=tea+leaves+cardigan+free+pattern&hl=en&tbo=u&rlz=1T4CKMB_en___US494&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=xC7XUMjYMObmiwLJyYGgCw&ved=0CDsQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=612 If you have Ravelry access you can see the photos of it. I am modifying it though, to add buttons all the way down, and to make the neck opening a bit smaller for me. I am also knitting the pattern 4 inches smaller than I currently wear right now - as I want it to be something I can wear for a while when I'm done. I have a few friends also knitting the same sweater starting last week, so it's a "knit along".... I suppose when we think about it, all of us are on a "weight loss along" :hug:

Rainbow you made me laugh... I know it was supposed to be a romantic trip, but wow, you go all out girlfriend! Go Rainbow!

:rofl: it was not intended!! hahahaha but so glad i could be the "butt" of the jokes! and make you laugh!!! hahaha

couldn't see the pictures but i'm sure its gorgeous!!

"are you going all the way with this diet?" SERIOUSLY!!! i don't get some peoples questions!! haha one of my favorites so far was my mom ragging me about not being able to eat carrots.

so glad you are getting more new clothes to you!!!! so proud of you and how wonderful you have done. i love my gray sweater!!!!!

so did you go see the hobbit? i wanted to treat nigel to the hobbit for christmas day but the movies were too far away from our wilderness locale!!!

Halfagain,

I am a fairly "new " knitter, just the last couple of years. I love that sweater, I have been making fingerless gloves in several patterns for nieces and my daughter. Keep knitting, it keeps your hands busy in the evening when I used to snack. lol.

do you make those fingerless gloves to sell???? i love fingerless gloves, they help my arthritis!!

Merry Christmas Eve Day to everyone!

Glad to report that I'm finally feeling much more like myself. That bug really hangs on... and on..... I'm so thankful that it's pretty much gone, so that I won't be coughing or nose-blowing continuously at our family get together on the 28th. There's a 1yr old grandniece who will be there, and I'd so hate to pass a bug on to her.

Things are going well in P3. I'm a little sad to see that I've gained a couple of pounds back, but they do warn us to expect it so it wasn't a surprise. I've also definitely noticed, now that I'm on my 10th day of P3 and no longer in ketosis, that cravings are more noticeable. So far so good. I'm enjoying my first fun day on the 28th (in moderation). In fact, it's been so long since I've eaten anything with much sugar in it, that I'm a bit concerned re how my body will adapt to a sugary dessert. For sure, I'll be just indulging in a small portion.

Happy Holidays to everyone. I wish everyone a safe and merry Christmas.

hi evepet....i am pretty sure i am out of ketosis this week. i was not ip compliant and now my cravings are up and i pray i can get right back on track when get home.



Unfortunately, my cravings came back too, once I got out of ketosis. Really having trouble not giving in to them. After New Years Day I think I'm going to do a solid week of P1 to get back on track. Beginning maintenance just before Christmas is kicking my butt. Should have just stayed on P1 until after the holidays - would have been a lot easier :/

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy the time with your families.

this is not good news!! lets hope the new year gets all of us off track back on track!!!!

Merry x mass all you fab 50 chicks, you are all so wonderful and I want to thank all of you for sharing our new way of life journey, it's so nice to all be doing this together!

merry christmas beautiful :) this is a great group of ladies and i can't wait for the new year to come and all of us meeting out goals!!!!!!!!!!!!


rainbowsmiles
12-26-2012, 06:21 PM
H A P P Y H O L I D A Y S 50+ers

Have a great holiday season.

:coolsnow: :candy: :tree: :hohoho: :newyear:

I am, also, like yesmyqueen, so thankful for all of you. This is the best family. Since we can't be together physically, we can be together in spirit. :grouphug: :grouphug:

Love,
Molly

i love u molly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You look so excited. Now for a moose. Maybe you'll see one. So happy for you. Hope Santa comes and treats you.

Up really late. DH and I had just gone to bed to discover the cat had chased the water slosh sound in the waterbed and punctured 5 holes. Had to get up and patch them and then unload the guest room bed to have somewhere to sleep, but now we're wide awake. Sure glad it's a holiday tomorrow so no critical timing.

Happy holidays, all.
Molly


omg....can't wait to have time to tell you all about the trip!!! NO moose....alas....a run in with border patrol and a blue light!! hahaha narcotics anyone??? no snowmobile, no dog sled!!! egads!!! but we are still having a fabulous time!!!!!!!!! I LOVE VERMONT!!!!!!!!!

Just popping in to wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!! :present::hohoho::elf::gift2:
THANK YOU DANA!!!!!!!!!!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU!!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas to all of you FABULOUS ladies!

Our big family event was yesterday. I think I have a food hangover. Cheat days on maintenance may be overrated!
:wave: hi lizzy!!!!!!!!!!!!! from vermont!!!!!!!!!!!

Delurking to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and thank everyone for all of your postings that helped me to decide "to IP".

delurking!! :rofl: thats a funny term....love it!! welcome!!!



[COLOR="darkgreen"]Susan - what are the goggles for??? Glad to see the snow found you and hope you found some moose!

they were for the dog sledding that got cancelled!!

Rainbow, you look so beautiful! I'm proud of your weight loss!

Question (as I reboot): Is there an easy way to get a downloadable version of your recipes?

Any help, from anyone,m is much appreciated!
Chloe

:hug: aww thank you Chloe!!! so glad molly gave you the links...i am on holiday in vermont so have not had much computer time.

Hi Chloe,

I have actually put all of Rainbow's recipes into 2 PDF "books." One is her original (mostly IP products and then a few alternatives). After she got nasty emails about including alternatives, though she put disclaimers into each recipe, she closed that thread and I ended the book. She has since opened an alternative recipe thread and I started a new book for that thread. I have them out on Google Docs so using the links, which never change, will always take you to the updated version. Being PDF, you can download and print what you want.

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0BwWdTuMO2HWaSTY2TXA5b2VNMGc
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0BwWdTuMO2HWabURKU1JkMkdIMFk

Enjoy,
Molly

:hug: THANK YOU LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi Friends!!!!
I have been away, but I am back! Things got a little busy once school got into full swing. I want you all to know that I will forever be in your debt for getting me through all of the phases and in to a very comfortable MAINTENANCE!!!!!! I have been maintaining with ease, since the end of October. I will spend time later today checking you all out!!! I can't wait to read up on the latest. I pray that you all have been well. I am heading out to get some groceries as the weather is supposed to get nasty. (I need veges and water after my "fun" days of Christmas. Hugs-Julie
I will also try to get a most recent pic up here as well!

WELCOME BACK PRETTY LADY!!! i waved to you when i came through hartford and will do so again on the return trip home!! loving vermont!

rainbowsmiles
12-26-2012, 06:21 PM
whew...sorry if i missed someone!!!

MUCH LOVE TO YOU ALL!! having a grand time....had some snow, not enough for the snowmobile trip....and the dog sled trip got canceled TWICE!!! we did get to do the sleigh ride with the belgian horses....loads of fun!!...over the river and through the woods...

MORE SNOW coming tonight....extending trip MAYBE...as we were due to go home in the am. we shall see.

got stopped by canadian border patrol today and blue lighted!!! we slowed down and pulled to the side of the road for a photo of the welcome to vermont sign, up in NORTON VT...and then out of the blue, here comes the border patrol and his blue light special....kept us roadside over 15 mins...suspected narcotics runners!! AS IF!!!!!!!!!!!! can u imagine that!!!!!!!!!!! seriously!!! i was cracking up and about to start video taping and nigel was getting irate and i said, ok, officer, either you have to charge us with something or let us go, you can't just hold us captive on the side if the road without warrant, i am a US CITIZEN!!! so then he comes back again and says, have a good day and happy new year!! HAHAHAHAHhahahahahah SHEEEESH!!!!

oh yeah....the water here at this amazing establishment is CONTAMINATED and we have to boil all our water for use and can only drink bottled water!! egads!!! what a vacation!! oh and the boot on the jeep liberty is frozen shut every day!!! its been a crazy crazy holiday!!

BUT I STILL LOVE VERMONT!!!!!!!!!!!!

WingnutandMe
12-26-2012, 07:00 PM
Thanks, Rainbow, for the new thread.

Glad to hear things are going okay even with the disappointments. Be careful with the storm coming your way. We had lots of rain and it's in the 30s now. Actually saw some snow flurries on our way into town.

Back to work tomorrow for my final two days. It's getting more and more scary, but I'm not going to back out.

Molly

P.S. Julie, good to hear from you.

Halfagain
12-26-2012, 07:08 PM
Dang today is horrible craving wise. I am sure it's stress, but probably the old "reward me for being so good on Christmas - and with all the carb stuff still laying around the house" feelings. I could (if I gave in -which I won't) eat 4 restricted bars.... I'm tempted to pass up meat tonight and have a hot chocolate and a chocolate cake packet instead.. AND my restricted for my snack. Knitting group got cancelled tonight, maybe I better get that next book I was wanting on the Kindle.

Nope, we didn't make it to the Hobbit. It's not my DH's kind of movie. We really didn't see anything that we felt we couldn't wait for as a rental. So we ended up just going shopping for groceries and a sweat shirt for my exercise start up with the new year.

maezy1
12-26-2012, 07:34 PM
RAINBOW - glad you had such a wonderful Vermont vacation...at lest we now know the drug route to Canada!! My vacation has been interesting and I AM now seeing signs of healing....Today is my first day without prescription drugs!!! ok, I'll use them at bedtime but not before then.
So sorry for yall who took off from IP over vacation or got the cravings again...because of all the meds etc Ive had the opposite issue - metal mouth, sticky mouth and no appetite. hopefully some appetite will resurface now that I'm off pain killers

AlisonS
12-26-2012, 07:51 PM
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! I had a nice time visiting my family and was glad I had a little longer to be there this year! The drive home today was horrible, but I made it safely, so no complaints!

I'm having a "hungry" day, but am consoling myself with the thought of making tomorrow a tomato day!

I baked one thing over the holiday, some cookies for my dad for his birthday. I didn't eat any, but honestly, they did not appeal to me anyway. He likes cherry so I used a cherry chip cake mix and made cake mix cookies. He and my mom scarfed them down, though!

Chloe222
12-26-2012, 08:17 PM
Rainbow,
I love reading your posts! Thanks for all of your enthusiasm, it comes through and is motivating!

:)

Yesmyqueen
12-26-2012, 10:14 PM
Hi everyone, I here some of you on having the hungaries, WI tommrow, beefed up the water today to help even out the illegal tastes and licks from the last two days, hoping to at least stay the same as last week, we shall see.

rainbowsmiles
12-26-2012, 10:44 PM
Hi everyone, I here some of you on having the hungaries, WI tommrow, beefed up the water today to help even out the illegal tastes and licks from the last two days, hoping to at least stay the same as last week, we shall see.

LOVE your new avatar photo!!!! you are so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!

rainbowsmiles
12-26-2012, 10:53 PM
:snowglo::snowglo::snowglo::snowglo::snowglo: :snowglo::snowglo::snowglo::snowglo::snowglo:

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sending you all some
SNOW LOVE FROM VERMONT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:snowglo::snowglo::snowglo::snowglo::snowglo: :snowglo::snowglo::snowglo::snowglo::snowglo:

AliKay
12-27-2012, 09:09 AM
Morning everyone! Snow flurries in Chicago yesterday, gone today though. It wasn't a White Christmas. :( The snow can now stay away until next year at this time.

Taking the train downtown with my daughter to see the Nutcracker with the Joffrey Ballet this afternoon, should be a lot of fun.

Baking this year, I made 12 doz choc.chip cookies, 2 double batches of fudge, 10 doz brownie/mint cookies and 6 doz shortbread....came away with only eating 1 shortbread cookie. Last year I would have made myself sick from raw cookie dough. I haven't been drinking as much water this week so we shall see what tomorrow brings with WI. Heading to CA to go back with my daughter on Saturday for the New Year and to clean out her apt of "JUNK" while she's at work. :) Nothing like a good Mom cleaning. Taking the laptop so I'll be checking in. Have a great week, stay safe and warm.

Yesmyqueen
12-27-2012, 05:02 PM
Hello all, I just got home from WI and I'm so happy I had a 1.6 loss, couldn't wait to hop on here and tell you all! :trampo::trampo::trampo:

WingnutandMe
12-27-2012, 05:44 PM
Hello all, I just got home from WI and I'm so happy I had a 1.6 loss, couldn't wait to hop on here and tell you all! :trampo::trampo::trampo:

Congratulations.

Just don't let a loss fool your mind into thinking those licks and tastes where okay. You know the drill. Wait till Sargeant Rainbow is back. :drill:

Molly

Lizzy63
12-27-2012, 06:14 PM
Molly - must be exciting to be so close! I am excited for you. I will have to wait at least another 5 years...

Teena - Great job - especially with all of the holiday temptations.

You'll both be joining us in maintenance soon! :)

WingnutandMe
12-27-2012, 08:33 PM
Molly - must be exciting to be so close! I am excited for you. I will have to wait at least another 5 years...

It's very, very scary. I've worked all of my life. I've gotten too used to a good salary and buying what I want when I want. Not going to be in that financial shape. I'm just tired of working and discouraged with sooo many things at work now. Just isn't like it used to be. Besides, DH has been retired now for 6 months and his relaxed lifestyle is making me crazy.

Molly

Lizzy63
12-27-2012, 08:50 PM
Change is always a little scary...

My DH has been retired for 2.5 years now. We have already made some small sacrifices, but it has been worth it. We have already downsized to a condo, so we are ready spend part of the year elsewhere, but we haven't decided where yet. Guess we've got at least 5 years to figure it out, since I can't retire until then.

AlisonS
12-27-2012, 08:51 PM
Congratulations Molly! I am so envious of your upcoming retirement!

I had my WI today, lost 2 pounds. I don't think I have ever lost 2 pounds (or any weight for that matter) over Christmas week! : )

Drove through the bad weather yesterday but made it home safely - safe travels to all of you who are still away from home!

Lizzy63
12-27-2012, 08:57 PM
Wow, Alison! That's great - and you are more than halfway there!!

Yesmyqueen
12-27-2012, 09:00 PM
Dang today is horrible craving wise. I am sure it's stress, but probably the old "reward me for being so good on Christmas - and with all the carb stuff still laying around the house" feelings. I could (if I gave in -which I won't) eat 4 restricted bars.... I'm tempted to pass up meat tonight and have a hot chocolate and a chocolate cake packet instead.. AND my restricted for my snack. Knitting group got cancelled tonight, maybe I better get that next book I was wanting on the Kindle.

Nope, we didn't make it to the Hobbit. It's not my DH's kind of movie. We really didn't see anything that we felt we couldn't wait for as a rental. So we ended up just going shopping for groceries and a sweat shirt for my exercise start up with the new year.
Love your new avatar pic, you look so young!

Congratulations.

Just don't let a loss fool your mind into thinking those licks and tastes where okay. You know the drill. Wait till Sargeant Rainbow is back. :drill:

Molly
Your so right Molly, thanks for reminding me! And congratulations on your retirement very happy for you.


Congratulations Molly! I am so envious of your upcoming retirement!

I had my WI today, lost 2 pounds. I don't think I have ever lost 2 pounds (or any weight for that matter) over Christmas week! : )

Drove through the bad weather yesterday but made it home safely - safe travels to all of you who are still away from home!
Great loss and we should both be proud because we made it thru Christmas week, we got this!

evepet
12-27-2012, 09:12 PM
Hi everyone! Hope everyone's Christmas Season is going well.

I'm finishing P3 today, and enjoying my first Fun Day at our extended family get-together tomorrow. Family members were scattered around different continents, and it was impossible to get everyone together until tomorrow. The delay actually worked out better for me as it gave me enough time to finish P3. LOL. But I am looking forward to having a Fun Day tomorrow. I'll be home for breakfast & lunch, and will stick to a basic P3 day for both of them, but at dinner tomorrow (which will be our traditional Christmas dinner) I'll enjoy a small portion of dressing and mashed potatoes, and sample the desserts. And some wine... and maybe a few nuts during the afternoon. Then I'll be on P1 on Saturday - then on to maintenance for the time being.

I posted a few days ago in the Maintenance thread that I find myself in between pant sizes. This may well motivate me to go back to P1 early next year and actively diet again until I fit well into the smaller size.

I'll be away from home starting tomorrow for a couple of days, so just wanted to check in now and say 'Hi!' to everyone.

Hope your Holidays have been healthy and happy, and include lots of love and laughter with your families.

Cheers from snowy central Ontario Canada. (We now have quite a white wonderland here - I'd take a pic, but my camera flash is broken).

Chloe222
12-27-2012, 09:35 PM
Evepet,
Congratulations!! You've done it! :carrot::carrot::carrot:

I'm back for a reboot and committed to seeing it through.


Best,
Chloe
:hug:

evepet
12-27-2012, 09:46 PM
Evepet,
Congratulations!! You've done it! :carrot::carrot::carrot:

I'm back for a reboot and committed to seeing it through.


Best,
Chloe
:hug:

Hi Chloe. Good to see you back here. :hug: Yes, I finally got to the weight that my Dr. had said she'd find acceptable. My weight loss had stalled out badly, and about two months ago I did P3 for just a week and then returned to P1 in order to shake things up and get the last 6-7 lbs off. It seems like it's taken me ages to shed the 53 lbs - but I'm there! I don't believe I'd have made it without the support of this forum. It's been a great source of motivation and direction all the way through.

I may well join you and the other active dieters in a few weeks. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I've recently realized that I'm right between pant sizes. So after I enjoy maintenance for a few weeks, I may well return to P1 and work to get a bit smaller until the smaller size pant fits.

Halfagain
12-28-2012, 12:24 AM
;)Hi Chloe. Good to see you back here. :hug: Yes, I finally got to the weight that my Dr. had said she'd find acceptable. My weight loss had stalled out badly, and about two months ago I did P3 for just a week and then returned to P1 in order to shake things up and get the last 6-7 lbs off. It seems like it's taken me ages to shed the 53 lbs - but I'm there! I don't believe I'd have made it without the support of this forum. It's been a great source of motivation and direction all the way through.

I may well join you and the other active dieters in a few weeks. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I've recently realized that I'm right between pant sizes. So after I enjoy maintenance for a few weeks, I may well return to P1 and work to get a bit smaller until the smaller size pant fits.

You have done so well Evepet. Congratulations!

Chloe - nice to see you posting with us.

Teena you are doing awesome. Congrats on your loss this week!

Not much new with me. WI is tomorrow. I picked up some ground turkey from Costco tonight, and cooked it with red bell pepper, onion and a good amount of sarachi sauce (the chili sauce with the Rooster on the label). Turned out really spicy. I love that stuff.

I think I'll order more lemon/coconut Simply Bars off of Amazon. I used to eat them as though they were restricted (they aren't). Since I have been using true restricted bars my losses are slowed. Not sure if that's why, but hey it's worth a shot, and I like the Simply Bars. Not so wild about the chocolate Simply bars though.

I found some pants that were too small before that fit now. That was a nice NSV today. They are those nylon type, with cargo pockets and the zip off legs so they convert to shorts. It's so cold and rainy here, that's just a dream to need to do that, but I could if I wanted to :D

Chloe222
12-28-2012, 09:26 AM
Hi Chloe. Good to see you back here. :hug: Yes, I finally got to the weight that my Dr. had said she'd find acceptable. My weight loss had stalled out badly, and about two months ago I did P3 for just a week and then returned to P1 in order to shake things up and get the last 6-7 lbs off. It seems like it's taken me ages to shed the 53 lbs - but I'm there! I don't believe I'd have made it without the support of this forum. It's been a great source of motivation and direction all the way through.

I may well join you and the other active dieters in a few weeks. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I've recently realized that I'm right between pant sizes. So after I enjoy maintenance for a few weeks, I may well return to P1 and work to get a bit smaller until the smaller size pant fits.

Hi Evepet,
Now that you are at goal, if you have any cellulite, there is the IP Cellulite Reduction Protocol (to be done only once at goal). I came across it yesterday and it's a short term effort, just a few weeks, but is all about getting that final, smooth look. I hope to be starting that in 3 months. Let me know, will post it here if anyone wants it.

Best,
Chloe

;)

You have done so well Evepet. Congratulations!

Chloe - nice to see you posting with us.

I found some pants that were too small before that fit now. That was a nice NSV today. They are those nylon type, with cargo pockets and the zip off legs so they convert to shorts. It's so cold and rainy here, that's just a dream to need to do that, but I could if I wanted to :D

HalfAgain,
Your new photo by your signature looks stunning!! You've done a great job, keep up the good work and just think how many heads you'll turn come summer! (I always have this long term view for myself, such as think summer and summer clothes...)

Have a great day,
Chloe

bubbleblower
12-28-2012, 10:13 AM
It's very, very scary. I've worked all of my life. I've gotten too used to a good salary and buying what I want when I want. Not going to be in that financial shape. I'm just tired of working and discouraged with sooo many things at work now. Just isn't like it used to be. Besides, DH has been retired now for 6 months and his relaxed lifestyle is making me crazy.

Molly

I hear ya! DH has been retired for about 5 years now. I'm eligible for early retirement (with a penalty) now, but full retirement is still 2.5 years away. We're downsizing now, and building a new home that will be completed in Sept/Oct of 2013. At that point it's going to become very tempting, but I really should be patient and wait, although it's going to be very tough. Like you, there is a lot going on at work that isn't pleasant and I hate to see the way people are acting. It used to be a great place to work. <sigh> I'm burning a lot of leave these days, getting away to dive and take my underwater photos as often as I can. I'm lucky to have that option. When the leave is gone, I'll probably start taking LWOP periodically. I figure that will help me learn to live on less, too. :lol:

bubbleblower
12-28-2012, 10:15 AM
Hi Evepet,
Now that you are at goal, if you have any cellulite, there is the IP Cellulite Reduction Protocol (to be done only once at goal). I came across it yesterday and it's a short term effort, just a few weeks, but is all about getting that final, smooth look. I hope to be starting that in 3 months. Let me know, will post it here if anyone wants it.

Best,
Chloe



Hi Chloe,

Could you please go ahead and post it?

Fishette
12-28-2012, 10:22 AM
Bubble blower- I hope your new house is somewhere that you can just walk over to the water and dive from the shore. I did some wreck diving in my younger days, but my daughter was so afraid of something happening to me that I quit. Think I have found a new reason to start back into my swimming program!

greeniris
12-28-2012, 10:33 AM
Hello all, I just got home from WI and I'm so happy I had a 1.6 loss, couldn't wait to hop on here and tell you all! :trampo::trampo::trampo:
Congratulations!!!!

I had my WI today, lost 2 pounds. I don't think I have ever lost 2 pounds (or any weight for that matter) over Christmas week! : )

Drove through the bad weather yesterday but made it home safely - safe travels to all of you who are still away from home!
Contratulations to you too! And so glad you made it home safely.

I'm finishing P3 today, and enjoying my first Fun Day at our extended family get-together tomorrow. Family members were scattered around different continents, and it was impossible to get everyone together until tomorrow. The delay actually worked out better for me as it gave me enough time to finish P3. LOL. But I am looking forward to having a Fun Day tomorrow. I'll be home for breakfast & lunch, and will stick to a basic P3 day for both of them, but at dinner tomorrow (which will be our traditional Christmas dinner) I'll enjoy a small portion of dressing and mashed potatoes, and sample the desserts. And some wine... and maybe a few nuts during the afternoon. Then I'll be on P1 on Saturday - then on to maintenance for the time being.

I posted a few days ago in the Maintenance thread that I find myself in between pant sizes. This may well motivate me to go back to P1 early next year and actively diet again until I fit well into the smaller size.

I'll be away from home starting tomorrow for a couple of days, so just wanted to check in now and say 'Hi!' to everyone.

Hope your Holidays have been healthy and happy, and include lots of love and laughter with your families.

Cheers from snowy central Ontario Canada. (We now have quite a white wonderland here - I'd take a pic, but my camera flash is broken).
Glad you will be joining us in Maintenance! I too, am going to do a week of P1 beginning January 2. Sounds like there may be a few of us doing so.

;)
I think I'll order more lemon/coconut Simply Bars off of Amazon. I used to eat them as though they were restricted (they aren't). Since I have been using true restricted bars my losses are slowed. Not sure if that's why, but hey it's worth a shot, and I like the Simply Bars. Not so wild about the chocolate Simply bars though.

I found some pants that were too small before that fit now. That was a nice NSV today. They are those nylon type, with cargo pockets and the zip off legs so they convert to shorts. It's so cold and rainy here, that's just a dream to need to do that, but I could if I wanted to :D
I keep some bars from Nashua Nutrition on hand for my bad craving days. And you're still getting smaller! Great NSV :D

Hi Evepet,
Now that you are at goal, if you have any cellulite, there is the IP Cellulite Reduction Protocol (to be done only once at goal). I came across it yesterday and it's a short term effort, just a few weeks, but is all about getting that final, smooth look. I hope to be starting that in 3 months. Let me know, will post it here if anyone wants it.

Best,
Chloe


Hi Chloe,

Could you please go ahead and post it?
Yes, Chloe - please post it! Most of my cellulite went away while on P1, but now it's coming back :( Thank you!

greeniris
12-28-2012, 10:35 AM
Need to get ready to go to my last Christmas today, with my son & his family. Picking my parents up on the way. Have a great day all!

bubbleblower
12-28-2012, 10:42 AM
Bubble blower- I hope your new house is somewhere that you can just walk over to the water and dive from the shore. I did some wreck diving in my younger days, but my daughter was so afraid of something happening to me that I quit. Think I have found a new reason to start back into my swimming program!

I know a lot of parents who got back into diving after their children were grown. I've found that I'm more conservative than I was when I first started diving in the 80s, but I can never stay away from the ocean for too long! I'm more of a boat diver than shore diver in general, but there's certainly something to be said for the convenience of shore diving - plus you can't beat the cost! ;)

Lizzy63
12-28-2012, 11:05 AM
Hi everyone! Hope everyone's Christmas Season is going well.

I'm finishing P3 today, and enjoying my first Fun Day at our extended family get-together tomorrow. Family members were scattered around different continents, and it was impossible to get everyone together until tomorrow. The delay actually worked out better for me as it gave me enough time to finish P3. LOL. But I am looking forward to having a Fun Day tomorrow. I'll be home for breakfast & lunch, and will stick to a basic P3 day for both of them, but at dinner tomorrow (which will be our traditional Christmas dinner) I'll enjoy a small portion of dressing and mashed potatoes, and sample the desserts. And some wine... and maybe a few nuts during the afternoon. Then I'll be on P1 on Saturday - then on to maintenance for now...

Welcome to maintenance!! You may still lose a bit, depending on your calorie intake. I lost a bit last week. If I find I have gained, I may join you and Greeiris in a week of phase 1 after New Years.

Have a great time with your family!

WingnutandMe
12-28-2012, 07:53 PM
Our thread is just about ready to move to page 2. Can't let that happen.

I finished my last day at work. It really hasn't settled in. Probably in a week or so when I don't have to get up in the dark, I don't hear all the stressful stuff going on, and I don't get a paycheck.

Got an eggplant for 25 cents, so I'm making a roasted eggplant recipe tonight to go with leftover pork loin roast from a couple nights ago. Should be interesting. DH does NOT like eggplant, but he has a bunch of potatoes that were in around the roast.

Hope to finally get back to sleeping in the waterbed tonight. Hopefully, we've found all the cat claw holes and patched them adequately (last nights was one that sprang a leak). Guest beds are okay for a night or two, but that's about it. The whole week is just oo much.

Hope everyone has a nice Friday evening.

Molly

Enjah
12-28-2012, 07:59 PM
Congratulations!!!!


Contratulations to you too! And so glad you made it home safely.


Glad you will be joining us in Maintenance! I too, am going to do a week of P1 beginning January 2. Sounds like there may be a few of us doing so.


I keep some bars from Nashua Nutrition on hand for my bad craving days. And you're still getting smaller! Great NSV :D




Yes, Chloe - please post it! Most of my cellulite went away while on P1, but now it's coming back :( Thank you!
I also want to know how to rid myself of cellulite! I have about 11 pounds left to lose, so I will be thrilled to know a way to smooth out those puckers ...

WingnutandMe
12-28-2012, 08:27 PM
Yoo hoo

Rainbow, where are you? Hope you're not stuck in a snow drift.

We miss you. Even DH asked, Where's Rainbow?

Molly

rainbowsmiles
12-28-2012, 09:00 PM
:::::Clicking my Heels together::::: 3 times:::::
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME, there's no place like home!!!!!!!!!!!

jumping on for a tiny moment then unpacking continues....

the GREAT VERMONT SNOW HOLIDAY has come to a grinding halt!!

mooseless at that....the trip home was long and we spent one night just south of DC....then headed the last leg tonight.

left vermont just ahead of the worse part of the snow...the entire drive out of vermont was on snow covered highway and enjoying watching the snow plows....once we hit mass...it was rain....but then once we got south of baltimore it was all sunny again and now home....from 0 degrees our last morning in vermont to 63 degrees in charleston, big difference!! oooh where is that beautiful snow scenery????

VERMONT I LOVE YOU....and know i will visit again one day.

missed all you beautiful ladies....will be back later....or tomorrow...for more vermont posts and pics if u want to see any :)
current status: sick with a bad cold, slight fever and chills.

oh so good to be home and have my own bed to rest in!!

molly....tell chris, thank you for thinking about me!!
barb...omg...YOU LOOK ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!

kimbow
12-28-2012, 09:06 PM
I am 60 and on day 2 of IP. Feeling lousy, but this site is wonderful/ Thanks. Kimboq

Lizzy63
12-28-2012, 09:25 PM
Hi, Kimbow - Welcome! I'm in IL too - Champaign.

Don't worry - seems like everyone feels awful the first 3 - 5 days. Just stick with it... It will get better.

Halfagain
12-28-2012, 09:32 PM
Our thread is just about ready to move to page 2. Can't let that happen.

I finished my last day at work. It really hasn't settled in. Probably in a week or so when I don't have to get up in the dark, I don't hear all the stressful stuff going on, and I don't get a paycheck.

Got an eggplant for 25 cents, so I'm making a roasted eggplant recipe tonight to go with leftover pork loin roast from a couple nights ago. Should be interesting. DH does NOT like eggplant, but he has a bunch of potatoes that were in around the roast.

Hope to finally get back to sleeping in the waterbed tonight. Hopefully, we've found all the cat claw holes and patched them adequately (last nights was one that sprang a leak). Guest beds are okay for a night or two, but that's about it. The whole week is just oo much.

Hope everyone has a nice Friday evening.

Molly
Wha-Hooo! Congratulations! I bet you Monday morning will be soooooo nice, but be sure and hop on and let us know :hug:

I have yet to prepare an eggplant in a fashion that is yummy. It's usually pretty blah. I'm sure I'm the cause because I just don't understand our oval shaped purple friend.

I have social events this weekend to attend... hopefully not too food related. I'll go and enjoy the company. I'm packing some veggies and a bar. Maybe even some soy nuts they keep me away from chips.

Oh got my glasses in the mail today. They look great. Trying to get used to the bifocal thing.

WingnutandMe
12-28-2012, 09:48 PM
Wha-Hooo! Congratulations! I bet you Monday morning will be soooooo nice, but be sure and hop on and let us know :hug:

I have yet to prepare an eggplant in a fashion that is yummy. It's usually pretty blah. I'm sure I'm the cause because I just don't understand our oval shaped purple friend.

I will like the no work and the freedom. The lack of paycheck is another story. My social security doesn't start until the last Wednesday in February and of course, it's only 40% of my current take home pay. Yikes. :fr:

You must try this eggplant recipe. I was skeptical, but for 25 cents I couldn't pass up getting one. I'm impressed with this recipe, but I will tell you, I used the oil coated aluminum foil and it still stuck. I think next time I'd try the parchment paper or my silcone baking mat (Sil-Echo). I did not put the basil on top even though I had some fresh basil on hand. I was just too skeptical. I agree eggplant is usually blah, but I guess this was the infused garlic and the high heat roasting.

Simply Roasted Eggplant
-3-4 medium eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch slices
-1 small head of garlic, cloves peeled
-2-3 Tbsp. olive oil
-1 Tbsp. fresh basil, finely chopped
-Salt and pepper, pinch
Directions
Preheat oven 500F. Line large baking sheet with aluminum foil, and lightly grease with oil.
Lightly brush each side of the eggplant rounds with oil. Chop each garlic clove into 2-3 pieces, depending upon the size of the cloves. Press garlic pieces into the flesh of the eggplant slices, so that the garlic is mostly embedded into the eggplant.
Place in oven, and bake 15-20 minutes, until eggplant are tender and beginning to brown. Remove from oven, and immediately sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.
Scatter fresh basil on top, and serve.

Enjoy

Molly

WingnutandMe
12-28-2012, 09:51 PM
current status: sick with a bad cold, slight fever and chills.

Oh dear Rainbow. Take care of yourself. We want a healthy Rainbow back. :hug: :hug:
:getwell:

Love, Molly

Halfagain
12-28-2012, 10:15 PM
I am 60 and on day 2 of IP. Feeling lousy, but this site is wonderful/ Thanks. Kimboq
Welcome to IP! It gets better. Just hang in there and you will see. Glad to have you with us.

:::::
missed all you beautiful ladies....will be back later....or tomorrow...for more vermont posts and pics if u want to see any :)
current status: sick with a bad cold, slight fever and chills.

molly....tell chris, thank you for thinking about me!!
barb...omg...YOU LOOK ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!
Welcome home Susan! We missed you. Can't wait to see the pics, but rest up and get well too. We can wait while you get better.

I will like the no work and the freedom. The lack of paycheck is another story. My social security doesn't start until the last Wednesday in February and of course, it's only 40% of my current take home pay. Yikes. :fr:

You must try this eggplant recipe. I was skeptical, but for 25 cents I couldn't pass up getting one. I'm impressed with this recipe, but I will tell you, I used the oil coated aluminum foil and it still stuck. I think next time I'd try the parchment paper or my silcone baking mat (Sil-Echo). I did not put the basil on top even though I had some fresh basil on hand. I was just too skeptical. I agree eggplant is usually blah, but I guess this was the infused garlic and the high heat roasting.

Simply Roasted Eggplant
-3-4 medium eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch slices
-1 small head of garlic, cloves peeled
-2-3 Tbsp. olive oil
-1 Tbsp. fresh basil, finely chopped
-Salt and pepper, pinch
Directions
Preheat oven 500F. Line large baking sheet with aluminum foil, and lightly grease with oil.
Lightly brush each side of the eggplant rounds with oil. Chop each garlic clove into 2-3 pieces, depending upon the size of the cloves. Press garlic pieces into the flesh of the eggplant slices, so that the garlic is mostly embedded into the eggplant.
Place in oven, and bake 15-20 minutes, until eggplant are tender and beginning to brown. Remove from oven, and immediately sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.
Scatter fresh basil on top, and serve.

Enjoy

Molly
I will have to give it another whirl and try it. Thank you!

bubbleblower
12-28-2012, 10:40 PM
I am 60 and on day 2 of IP. Feeling lousy, but this site is wonderful/ Thanks. Kimboq

Welcome! As others have said, it does get easier. Day 2 was the worst for me and day 3 wasn't much better but everything got easier from that point on. I'm still only a few weeks in, but its really encouraging to see how many people can stick with this diet and stay OP for the long run.

Chloe222
12-28-2012, 11:20 PM
Here's what I found yesterday, hope you find it helpful.

The Ideal Protein Cellulite Protocol
Michael P. Ciell, RPh., Chief Science Officer
Overview

"Cellulite" is the general term given to trapped pockets of fat, usually in the area from the knee to the buttocks. This term is not to be confused with cellulitis which is an infection (usually caused by a Staph or Strep bacteria) of the skin. The condition mainly affects women and it is thought to be influenced by genetics and hormones...primarily estrogens and insulin. The hallmark characteristic of cellulite is a 'lumpy' or 'orange peel like' appearance of the skin and, while non-pathological, it is, to say the least, very unaesthetic. Numerous technologies have been developed to reduce or remove cellulite: laser treatment, wrapping, heating (with or without suction), massage techniques, saline injections, and a wide variety of topicals (creams, lotions). These technologies tend to be rather expensive and the results (for the most part) seem to be marginally effective and long term results are usually disappointing.

Ideal Protein's Approach

Fats (triglycerides) are sequestered or 'locked' into the fat cells by the action of the enzyme lipoprotein lipase. The hormone insulin greatly increases the activity of this enzyme. Therefore if we apply a certain technology to 'get the fat out of the cell' without taking this fact into consideration....we are basically fighting a hormone and the hormone will always win!. Ideal Protein views this problem from a nutritional standpoint. By severely restricting all carbohydrates ('good ones, bad ones, fast ones and slow ones') we are: 1) able to deplete the body's primary source of energy (glycogen), 2) force the body to burn its fat as the primary source of energy, and 3) greatly decrease the amount of insulin secreted thus allowing these cells to release their fat stores. Should the client employ any of the above mentioned technologies (along with this protocol) the results will be very impressive indeed. However most clients find this "nutritional approach" alone is sufficient to achieve very satisfactory results!

Getting Started

This protocol is not to be considered a weight loss program! The client will only begin this program if they are at their 'ideal weight' (to be determined by the client and coach). If they have a few extra pounds to lose, they will start (or remain on) Phase 1 of the Regular Protocol until their ideal weight is achieved.
Because we are NOT concerned with weight here, a scale is NOT to be used to monitor the client's progress. Progress will be monitored by: a) The LIVE IDEAL B.C.A. b) a measuring tape...measure the 'targeted area' and c) weekly photos of the targeted area.
After the first 5 to 7 days on the Protocol, the client may notice the cellulite might appear worse (i.e. "more dimply"). Do not be alarmed, this reflects the loss of some extracellular water in that area and the skin will 'tighten-up'....temporarily exaggerating the 'orange peel' appearance.
The client will notice the cellulite is usually removed in a very specific manner: from "bottom upward". That is, if the thigh is the affected area, the cellulite loss will begin near the knee and will move upward towards the buttock region every week.
The Protocol

Use the Phase 1 (Regular) Protocol Sheet as a general guideline with these changes:
3 Packets of non-restricted IP foods per day (i.e. the omelet, shakes, puddings, soups).
One of those packets must be a soup (to keep sodium levels normal).
One packet of a hydrolyzed collagen food per day in addition to the above 3 packets.
No whole protein (i.e. meat, fish, poultry) with the dinner meal (have an omelet w/veggies).
4 cups of non-restricted veggies per day (i.e. just the "lean and green" ones).
Unlimited lettuce salad but no more than 2 tsps. olive oil (or other oil) per day...this daily oil is mandatory to maintain proper gallbladder function.
Coffee or tea as desired BUT NO MILK, Half & Half, or non-dairy creamer.....use a Vanilla pre-made, Vanilla pudding, mixed as a drink (add more water) or the Cappuccino drink.
In most cases 'The Cellulite Program' should take no longer than 2 to 3 weeks to achieve the desired results.
Follow-up with 2 days of Phase 2 and 5 days of Phase 3.
Sample Menu

Breakfast: Peach / Mango Drink, coffee with Vanilla Pre-Made as creamer

Lunch: Salad (1 tsp olive oil and 2 tsp lemon juice), soup w/ 2 cups steamed veggies

Dinner: Salad (optional), Omelet w/ 2 cups sautéed veggies, appropriate beverage

Snack: Raspberry Gelatin NOTE: Supplements as per Phase 1.

Other related info:

Daily dry brushing can help exfoliate the skin, boost circulation of the blood, drain the lymphatic system, and release toxins. Dry brush the cellulite prone areas using a natural bristle brush before showering.
• Exercises like swimming, walking, stair stepping and even dancing will facilitate burn calories and these exercises can help remove cellulite from the legs. You’ll do any exercise that increase muscle and burn calories.
• Try cellulite massages. The treatment is fairly easy and is way sort of a normal massage. You need to apply a moderate to heavy pressure to the cellulite area, using the palms, fingers and or knuckles to firmly massage the area. The massage can increase blood circulation permitting the body to scrub out the toxins.

Halfagain
12-29-2012, 01:48 PM
Here's what I found yesterday, hope you find it helpful.

The Ideal Protein Cellulite Protocol
Michael P. Ciell, RPh., Chief Science Officer
Overview

"Cellulite" is the general term given to trapped pockets of fat, usually in the area from the knee to the buttocks........
Thank you Chloe! While it will be a while before I need this, I know I will need it :-)

lisa32989
12-29-2012, 02:00 PM
Thank you Chloe! While it will be a while before I need this, I know I will need it :-)
Me too...next summer

joysh
12-29-2012, 09:09 PM
[SIZE="5"][COLOR="RoyalBlue"]whew...sorry if i missed someone!!! MUCH LOVE TO YOU ALL!! having a grand time....had some snow, not enough for the snowmobile trip....and the dog sled trip got canceled TWICE!!! we did get to do the sleigh ride with the belgian horses....loads of fun!!...over the river and through the woods...
:snowglo::snowglo::snowglo::snowglo::snowglo: :snowglo::snowglo::snowglo::snowglo::snowglo:
[/CENTER]

Rainbow, welcome back! Sorry to hear you're under the weather. Feel better soon!:hug: I LOVED the snow when I was in Syracuse, although I was able to leave and come back south. They're still getting it.....and getting it....and getting it.

Hello all, I just got home from WI and I'm so happy I had a 1.6 loss, couldn't wait to hop on here and tell you all! :trampo::trampo::trampo:

Great, Yesmyqueen! :cp::cp:

I had my WI today, lost 2 pounds. I don't think I have ever lost 2 pounds (or any weight for that matter) over Christmas week! : )!

Hooray, Alison! :cp::cp: I'm with you! When I finally have my WI next week (after 3 weeks of vacation) I know I'll have a loss. I've never lost weight over Christmas before! A new experience!


Simply Roasted Eggplant
-3-4 medium eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch slices
-1 small head of garlic, cloves peeled
-2-3 Tbsp. olive oil
-1 Tbsp. fresh basil, finely chopped
-Salt and pepper, pinch
Directions
Preheat oven 500F. Line large baking sheet with aluminum foil, and lightly grease with oil.
Lightly brush each side of the eggplant rounds with oil. Chop each garlic clove into 2-3 pieces, depending upon the size of the cloves. Press garlic pieces into the flesh of the eggplant slices, so that the garlic is mostly embedded into the eggplant.
Place in oven, and bake 15-20 minutes, until eggplant are tender and beginning to brown. Remove from oven, and immediately sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.
Scatter fresh basil on top, and serve.
EnjoyMolly

Thanks for the eggplant recipe, Molly!

Newpath, great to hear from you. Your post was on the previous thread that closed because it was full! I'm so happy to hear that maintenance has been easy for you since October. That's encouraging!

joysh
12-29-2012, 09:18 PM
Hi Fab 50+ peeps!

I'm still away from home. I left Syracuse on Christmas Eve and came down here to Houston to be with my other daughter and the twin babies! Yesterday they went up to Syracuse to visit there and now I get a some "me" time. I've done "grandma" duty (a wonderful pleasure) for 2 weeks; this week is all mine to be with friends, see movies, go to museums, and relax. I'll go home next week and Wednesday will be my WI.

It's been a great holiday thus far, and I've stayed OP 100%. The clothes that I bought in the beginning on November are now too small, so I've exchanged some of them for smaller sizes! What a wild and crazy adventure this weight loss is! I'm told that I look much younger.... I'll take it!

I'm going to move my goal down to 130 from 135 because I'm a shorter person. Then I'll phase off properly.

Oh --- Christmas dinner my SIL made a rack of lamb, seasoned with garlic, evoo, salt, pepper, cumin, and rosemary. He made a bunch of little new potatoes around it and baked it all. I decided I wanted little potato-like things on my plate so it would look like everyone else's, so I cut up rutabaga and some chicken tenders. I dipped them in the marinade and baked it all.

At the dinner, which was here with a bunch more family, everyone loved the lamb and the rutabagas were a hit! Many of the people had never eaten them before and were delighted to find a new vegetable! The roasted asparagus and salad made a wonderful holiday meal!

That's it for now! Movie time! Holiday wishes to you all!

I'll post some pics tomorrow.:coolsnow::coolsnow::snowball::snowball:

Yesmyqueen
12-29-2012, 09:24 PM
I am 60 and on day 2 of IP. Feeling lousy, but this site is wonderful/ Thanks. Kimboq
:welcome2: Kimbow, this is a wonderful place to be, glad for you to join us!

Our thread is just about ready to move to page 2. Can't let that happen.

I finished my last day at work. It really hasn't settled in. Probably in a week or so when I don't have to get up in the dark, I don't hear all the stressful stuff going on, and I don't get a paycheck.

Got an eggplant for 25 cents, so I'm making a roasted eggplant recipe tonight to go with leftover pork loin roast from a couple nights ago. Should be interesting. DH does NOT like eggplant, but he has a bunch of potatoes that were in around the roast.

Hope to finally get back to sleeping in the waterbed tonight. Hopefully, we've found all the cat claw holes and patched them adequately (last nights was one that sprang a leak). Guest beds are okay for a night or two, but that's about it. The whole week is just oo much.

Hope everyone has a nice Friday evening.

Molly
Yea Molly, retired good for you and I'm so going to try the eggplant recipie it sounds great, thank you.

:::::Clicking my Heels together::::: 3 times:::::
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME, there's no place like home!!!!!!!!!!!

jumping on for a tiny moment then unpacking continues....

the GREAT VERMONT SNOW HOLIDAY has come to a grinding halt!!

mooseless at that....the trip home was long and we spent one night just south of DC....then headed the last leg tonight.

left vermont just ahead of the worse part of the snow...the entire drive out of vermont was on snow covered highway and enjoying watching the snow plows....once we hit mass...it was rain....but then once we got south of baltimore it was all sunny again and now home....from 0 degrees our last morning in vermont to 63 degrees in charleston, big difference!! oooh where is that beautiful snow scenery????

VERMONT I LOVE YOU....and know i will visit again one day.

missed all you beautiful ladies....will be back later....or tomorrow...for more vermont posts and pics if u want to see any :)
current status: sick with a bad cold, slight fever and chills.

oh so good to be home and have my own bed to rest in!!

molly....tell chris, thank you for thinking about me!!
barb...omg...YOU LOOK ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!
Yea, rainbows back, sorry your not feeling so good but glad your safe and sound, and love your new avatar.

Had a very nice day DH took me to town and got a new pair of skinny pants, pretty tight so I have room to loose and they will look even better, all my pants are getting so baggy and starting to really make me look like a old bag lady it feels good to have on tight jeans. Went to a niece's birthday party and got lots of compliments and stayed OP, I just love IP!

maezy1
12-29-2012, 09:56 PM
Hi all Day 100 of IP for me. Don't have a good grasp on where the total weight loss is because of surgery but I think its 50lb down. Recovery has been tough but hopefully I will be back to normal within the month

greeniris
12-30-2012, 12:42 AM
Good evening - it's late (11 pm), and about to get ready for bed, but hadn't checked in here yet today. VIP & I had a day of shopping, then he treated me to dinner before heading home. (I rarely do this, but actually got a head start on gifts for next Christmas!)

Had a great visit with my son & his family yesterday, even though we all missed 'little blondie', my granddaugher who lives in Louisiana. We'll see her when she's on spring break. But enjoyed the time with my newest granddaughter, 8 yr old Hailee.

I'm doing P1 for a couple of days, then beginning Jan. 2 will do P1 for about a week. That should get me below where I need to be. Am going to WI at the clinic for the first time since beginning maintenance next Thurs. I plan to keep doing this about once a month for a while. I obviously need the accountability and support, as I've made a real mess of things so far... :/ The few cravings I had while on P1 didn't bother me too much, but they are kicking my butt now! My knee is still bothering me sometimes, but I've been given the OK to begin working out (gently) at the gym after the first of the year.

Happy for those of you that have great WIs the past few days, and WELCOME Kimbow! Glad to have you join us! Hang in there, you'll feel so much better in just a couple more days.

Susan, sorry you are under the weather, but very glad you made it home safely, and had a good trip.

Joysh - What a wonderful holiday season for you! 2 weeks being grandma and now time to yourself as well.

Have a good night...

AlisonS
12-30-2012, 09:59 AM
Cindy - Good luck with your P1 week!

Chloe - Thank you for the cellulite protocol!

The holidays have been good to me. I bought my pork and sauerkraut for the new year, glad they are both OP! Though I guess I should be eating pork loin, but I hate that. I got center chops and will be trimming off the visible fat. Maybe. ; )

I am SO GLAD I can start the New Year without making the same tired old weight resolution. Though I am not at goal, I kind of feel like I have that aspect of my life under control. But I am going to start adding some exercise back into my life.

Anyone have any interesting resolutions?

Love you all and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

WingnutandMe
12-30-2012, 10:20 AM
Good evening - it's late (11 pm), and about to get ready for bed, but hadn't checked in here yet today. VIP & I had a day of shopping, then he treated me to dinner before heading home. (I rarely do this, but actually got a head start on gifts for next Christmas!)

Had a great visit with my son & his family yesterday, even though we all missed 'little blondie', my granddaugher who lives in Louisiana. We'll see her when she's on spring break. But enjoyed the time with my newest granddaughter, 8 yr old Hailee.

I'm doing P1 for a couple of days, then beginning Jan. 2 will do P1 for about a week. That should get me below where I need to be. Am going to WI at the clinic for the first time since beginning maintenance next Thurs. I plan to keep doing this about once a month for a while. I obviously need the accountability and support, as I've made a real mess of things so far... :/ The few cravings I had while on P1 didn't bother me too much, but they are kicking my butt now! My knee is still bothering me sometimes, but I've been given the OK to begin working out (gently) at the gym after the first of the year.

Cindy, sure sounds like you're having a great time with the after Christmas sales. Also, you really seem to know how to handle maintenance and keep it under control even when, as you say, you make a "real mess of things." This is the point when most would throw in the towel and then eat everything in sight from then on. I congratulate you. We must get together and talk maintenance when I come up this spring. I should be really close by then.


I am SO GLAD I can start the New Year without making the same tired old weight resolution. Though I am not at goal, I kind of feel like I have that aspect of my life under control. But I am going to start adding some exercise back into my life.

Alison, I love your attitude. Hadn't thought about it as I never make New Year's resolutions. It's great when we feel we have that aspect of our life under control.


WI this morning. 1lb. I probably wasn't as good as I should be about what meat I'm eating for dinner and probably an extra restricted veggie (salads out). I don't stress over it as I've tried to make this as a new lifestyle, not a diet. To me a diet is like a jail sentence, but when finished just return to a "life of crime" or should I say a life of carbs. I'm using P1 to learn to adjust in a different way to food entirely. Life will never be the same in the eating department. Plus, I am trying to find ways this works for both super skinny DH and me. I just can't see cooking two meals at dinner. He does his own thing at lunch, but dinner is together. He sometimes adds a carb veggie, but not a lot.

Enough of my ranting. Oh, my BMI just squeaked into the Overweight range from Obese. YEAH!!! That is very nice psychologically.

Have a great OP Sunday, all.

Molyl

Lizzy63
12-30-2012, 11:01 AM
Way to go, Molly. One pound during Christmas week is fantastic! :)
And BMI in a lower range too!

I sure do miss Rainbow and Dana! Hope you are feeling better soon, Rainbow!

kimbow
12-30-2012, 11:05 AM
You are a wonderful inspiration for me. Thanks.

joysh
12-30-2012, 11:39 AM
Had a great visit with my son & his family yesterday, even though we all missed 'little blondie', my granddaugher who lives in Louisiana. We'll see her when she's on spring break. But enjoyed the time with my newest granddaughter, 8 yr old Hailee.

Hey, Cindy! You'll be fine because you know what to do now. I've heard that maintenance is a learning process and once you get the hang of it you'll be fine. Of course, I'm scared of it right now, but I'll be there soon enough right with you. Glad you got to see the family, too!

I am SO GLAD I can start the New Year without making the same tired old weight resolution. Though I am not at goal, I kind of feel like I have that aspect of my life under control. But I am going to start adding some exercise back into my life.
Love you all and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Alison, so right!! This will be the first year in, well, my whole life, that my New Year's Resolution does not include losing a lot of weight!!! This time it will be to complete my weight loss journey and keep it off! It feels pretty great!


Enough of my ranting. Oh, my BMI just squeaked into the Overweight range from Obese. YEAH!!! That is very nice psychologically.
Molyl

Molly, Congrats on being out of the Obese range!! That's fantastic!!!

Have a great day, everyone!!!!! :):):)

WingnutandMe
12-30-2012, 01:17 PM
Just added this fabulous spinach salad recipe to the recipe thread.
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/237731-ideal-protein-diet-recipes-3-a-33.html#post4568372

I'm always looking for new ways for veggies.

Molly

maezy1
12-30-2012, 02:23 PM
KIMBROW - a big welcome! I hope that you will be happy with IP. I love it!

Wingnut - thanks fro the eggplant recipe cannot wait to try it.

Big day for me - I stayed off of my leg all day yesterday and can actually walk around without a crutch today. It has been a rough month, or he** year. I finally decided to step on the scale since my knee was looking much more like a knee and much less like a watermelon. I met my goal of losing 50 lbs by 2013. I have lost 51 lbs as of today....I cried!!! I asked my husband to bring in 51 lbs from our weight set. I couldn't even lift it but I had been lifting it for a long time. wow...yes, I am proud of me and my accomplishments and cannot believe that I may be in Onederland before Mardi Gras (mid February this year)

greeniris
12-30-2012, 02:35 PM
Cindy, sure sounds like you're having a great time with the after Christmas sales. Also, you really seem to know how to handle maintenance and keep it under control even when, as you say, you make a "real mess of things." This is the point when most would throw in the towel and then eat everything in sight from then on. I congratulate you. We must get together and talk maintenance when I come up this spring. I should be really close by then.
Looking forward to getting together again! Expect I'll have a much better handle on maintenance by then, and happy to share any insights.

Alison, I love your attitude. Hadn't thought about it as I never make New Year's resolutions. It's great when we feel we have that aspect of our life under control.

WI this morning. 1lb. I probably wasn't as good as I should be about what meat I'm eating for dinner and probably an extra restricted veggie (salads out). I don't stress over it as I've tried to make this as a new lifestyle, not a diet. To me a diet is like a jail sentence, but when finished just return to a "life of crime" or should I say a life of carbs. I'm using P1 to learn to adjust in a different way to food entirely. Life will never be the same in the eating department. Plus, I am trying to find ways this works for both super skinny DH and me. I just can't see cooking two meals at dinner. He does his own thing at lunch, but dinner is together. He sometimes adds a carb veggie, but not a lot.

Enough of my ranting. Oh, my BMI just squeaked into the Overweight range from Obese. YEAH!!! That is very nice psychologically.
Molyl
Congrats on one more lb gone forever and squeaking into the overweight range on the BMI scale! AWESOME NSV! Any loss during Christmas week is a huge success in my book. Agree on having to view this as a new lifestyle rather than a diet. Great analogy too! My VIP is having a tough time with the realization that I'll never be able to go back to my previous way of eating, as he loves the carbs and some fats. He's a terrific cook, but isn't jumping on the bandwagon to learn how to adjust recipes for me yet. Sure hope he does soon...I miss handing kitchen duty over to him occasionally - lol.


Cindy - Good luck with your P1 week!
Thank you!

Chloe I am SO GLAD I can start the New Year without making the same tired old weight resolution. Though I am not at goal, I kind of feel like I have that aspect of my life under control. But I am going to start adding some exercise back into my life.

Anyone have any interesting resolutions?

Love you all and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Hmmm, haven't thought about any resolutions for 2013 since I've taken care of my 'old standby' one this year. Guess it will have to be to exercise at least 3 times a week, and maybe something to improve my financial situation.

Just added this fabulous spinach salad recipe to the recipe thread.
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/237731-ideal-protein-diet-recipes-3-a-33.html#post4568372

I'm always looking for new ways for veggies.

Molly
I'll check this recipe out soon. Thanks for another new one!

Just took the Christmas decorations & tree down. Everything always looks so blah for a few days afterwards. Still need to get some laundry done, and grate a head of cauliflower so I can make a meatloaf for dinner tonight. (The grocery store had 96/4 fat ground sirloin on sale yesterday!) I use the cauli as the binding agent.
Forgot to share the results of my latest A1C blood sugar test...drumroll please...5.2!!! Dropped from 6.8 in 7 months as a result of losing 50 lbs with IP (60 lbs since January)!!! The doctor's office was almost as happy as I am about this improvement!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

greeniris
12-30-2012, 02:39 PM
KIMBROW - a big welcome! I hope that you will be happy with IP. I love it!

Wingnut - thanks fro the eggplant recipe cannot wait to try it.

Big day for me - I stayed off of my leg all day yesterday and can actually walk around without a crutch today. It has been a rough month, or he** year. I finally decided to step on the scale since my knee was looking much more like a knee and much less like a watermelon. I met my goal of losing 50 lbs by 2013. I have lost 51 lbs as of today....I cried!!! I asked my husband to bring in 51 lbs from our weight set. I couldn't even lift it but I had been lifting it for a long time. wow...yes, I am proud of me and my accomplishments and cannot believe that I may be in Onederland before Mardi Gras (mid February this year)

CONGRATULATIONS Maezy! Am thrilled for you! And very glad your knee is improving.

maezy1
12-30-2012, 03:30 PM
greeniris - THX !

lisa32989
12-30-2012, 04:04 PM
.WI this morning. 1lb. I probably wasn't as good as I should be about what meat I'm eating for dinner and probably an extra restricted veggie (salads out). I don't stress over it as I've tried to make this as a new lifestyle, not a diet. To me a diet is like a jail sentence, but when finished just return to a "life of crime" or should I say a life of carbs. I'm using P1 to learn to adjust in a different way to food entirely. Life will never be the same in the eating department. Plus, I am trying to find ways this works for both super skinny DH and me. I just can't see cooking two meals at dinner. He does his own thing at lunch, but dinner is together. He sometimes adds a carb veggie, but not a lot.

Enough of my ranting. Oh, my BMI just squeaked into the Overweight range from Obese. YEAH!!! That is very nice psychologically.
Molly: congrats on being overweight instead of obese! I've got a ways to go for this and LOVE watching others blaze the path ahead of me!
I LOVE your comment about "jail sentence, just to return to a life of crime."
My meat choices aren't always the most pristine either (rib eyes, ribs occasionally, and I don't like ground turkey) but I'm fitting IP into my life & if it makes me lose 2 lbs instead of 3 one week, oh well! Some of my meat choices are due to research I've read that fat isn't the worst culprit. Carbs, tho...they belong in jail for me!

evepet
12-30-2012, 04:17 PM
Hello to all my fellow Fab at Fifty +ers!

Woo-hoo - had my first Fun Day! I'm so happy to be able to report from personal experience that this following a Fun Day with a P1-type day really works!! I had a modest sized portion of all my Christmas dinner favorites (including dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and gravy), plus 2 glasses of red wine and small portions of two different desserts this past Friday at our family Christmas get-together. Didn't feel stuffed or uncomfortable, just satisfied. The only other sweets I ate was a handful of some type of caramel popped corn that had chocolate mixed in it. It was in somebody's Christmas stocking, and got passed around as we opened gifts. I did have a problem getting my normal amount of water in on Friday - think I only got about 1/2 of my usual amount that day. I can see from just entering (as best I can remember and figure out) on Fatsecret that my sodium intake was pretty high on Friday.

I didn't take any actual P1 packets to my sister's, as I was intending to just follow my Friday fun day with a low carb day. So yesterday I ate very low carb for breakfast (scrambled eggs w. bacon); and just ate leftover roasted turkey at lunch with some turnips, green peas, carrots, cranberry sauce and cabbage salad (I'm not sure of the salad dressing used, there probably was some fat in it). Skipped the potatoes, dressing, gravy, etc. Yesterday was the 'eat up the leftovers day', so dinner was much the same as lunch, but I did allow myself 2 glasses of red wine again and a small portion of one dessert (a cheesecake). I also drank lots of water with lemon through the day yesterday - probably more than my usual.

My weight on Friday before breakfast was 157. When I weighed myself on my sister's scales yesterday morning before eating breakfast, I was at 159.4. This morning my weight on that same scale was back at 157.2. I'm so relieved and excited to find that I've shed that 2 lbs already, and am back were I was before enjoying all that 'fun stuff'. It really just shows me that this is doable. Everyone was very excited to see what I'd accomplished - my sister (she's a sweetie) actually raised a toast to me at the beginning of Friday's night's dinner as an acknowledgement of my dieting success this past year. And they were interested in seeing how I got back to the pre-fun day weight so quickly, through a combo of low carb yesterday + lots of water.

One of my nieces took some good pictures of me yesterday, as I'd explained I'd like to be able to post 'before' and 'after' shots here and my own camera is broken, but for some #&*^! reason they didn't come through properly as attachments to the email she sent me. Hopefully I can still get them, and then I"ll (finally) post some pics. If I can't get those, I'll get my own camera fixed so I can just do it myself. It seems to be a problem with the internal flash.

Anyway - after having experienced this success in getting back to my first pre-Fun Day weight, I'm feeling very optomistic now that I have the tools to keep my weight stabilized, while still enjoying some treats from time to time.

I'm back home now, and that's the end of the Christmas meals & treats for me. Now on to maintenance.

Hope everyone has had a wonderful Holiday Season, and Happy New Year to all of you!

Chloe222
12-30-2012, 05:06 PM
Hello to all my fellow Fab at Fifty +ers!

Woo-hoo - had my first Fun Day! I'm so happy to be able to report from personal experience that this following a Fun Day with a P1-type day really works!!

Hope everyone has had a wonderful Holiday Season, and Happy New Year to all of you!
Evepet,
What a great experience! It's wonderful to know first hand that this works for you and you'll be able to handle maintenance well. Congrats again on making goal!

Molly,
Congrats on moving into overweight category! You'll be where you want to be soon!

A second congrats on being retired!

Chloe

evepet
12-30-2012, 05:38 PM
Evepet,
What a great experience! It's wonderful to know first hand that this works for you and you'll be able to handle maintenance well. Congrats again on making goal!
Chloe

Thx Chloe. And thanks for posting the Cellulite Removal protocol. I know I've got it saved somewhere from earlier, but you just made it easy for me to find. I'll make a decision in a couple of weeks, about whether I go that route or return to P1 to take off just a few more lbs. :)

Molly - Congrats on your retirement!

Rainbowsmiles - Your Vermont trip sounds great! Sorry to hear that you're sick though. Get better soon. :hug:

WingNutand Me - thanks for that eggplant recipe. You must have read my mind... I've got one in my crisper that I need to eat. I was asking my sister this morning if she had any good recipes. (She didn't think she did - not a big eggplant lover).

maezy1
12-30-2012, 06:27 PM
EVEPET - so glad to hear someone report on maintenance. Although I am so far away from it, its something that I have wondered, you know the thought "will I be able to maintain" and u r proof that it does

NewPath
12-30-2012, 06:51 PM
Hi everyone! Hope everyone's Christmas Season is going well.

I'm finishing P3 today, and enjoying my first Fun Day at our extended family get-together tomorrow. Family members were scattered around different continents, and it was impossible to get everyone together until tomorrow. The delay actually worked out better for me as it gave me enough time to finish P3. LOL. But I am looking forward to having a Fun Day tomorrow. I'll be home for breakfast & lunch, and will stick to a basic P3 day for both of them, but at dinner tomorrow (which will be our traditional Christmas dinner) I'll enjoy a small portion of dressing and mashed potatoes, and sample the desserts. And some wine... and maybe a few nuts during the afternoon. Then I'll be on P1 on Saturday - then on to maintenance for the time being.

I posted a few days ago in the Maintenance thread that I find myself in between pant sizes. This may well motivate me to go back to P1 early next year and actively diet again until I fit well into the smaller size.

I'll be away from home starting tomorrow for a couple of days, so just wanted to check in now and say 'Hi!' to everyone.

Hope your Holidays have been healthy and happy, and include lots of love and laughter with your families.

Cheers from snowy central Ontario Canada. (We now have quite a white wonderland here - I'd take a pic, but my camera flash is broken).

YAY!!!!!!! Wow! Congratulations!!!!!!!! YAHOO!!!!! MAINTENANCE!!!!!!!!:hug:

Yesmyqueen
12-30-2012, 07:18 PM
Molly: congrats on being overweight instead of obese! I've got a ways to go for this and LOVE watching others blaze the path ahead of me!
I LOVE your comment about "jail sentence, just to return to a life of crime."
My meat choices aren't always the most pristine either (rib eyes, ribs occasionally, and I don't like ground turkey) but I'm fitting IP into my life & if it makes me lose 2 lbs instead of 3 one week, oh well! Some of my meat choices are due to research I've read that fat isn't the worst culprit. Carbs, tho...they belong in jail for me!

I also tend to eat an assortment of different meats, some better than others but I'm with you if it's what we must do to keep in the game, I have always used a little parm cheese on my vegetables (I call it my dairy allowance) and a shake of vegetable bacon bits, but it has kept me eating my vegetables and so delicious. I make a yummy meatloaf with ground turkey, that's a little spicy but also very good. My coach is aware of these things and that's exactly what was said that we may be a little behind weight loss wise but it's what I have done to keep myself in the game. I don't mind the trade off even if it means adding on a extra month of this program. It's been working!

bubbleblower
12-30-2012, 07:37 PM
Big day for me - I stayed off of my leg all day yesterday and can actually walk around without a crutch today. It has been a rough month, or he** year. I finally decided to step on the scale since my knee was looking much more like a knee and much less like a watermelon. I met my goal of losing 50 lbs by 2013. I have lost 51 lbs as of today....I cried!!! I asked my husband to bring in 51 lbs from our weight set. I couldn't even lift it but I had been lifting it for a long time. wow...yes, I am proud of me and my accomplishments and cannot believe that I may be in Onederland before Mardi Gras (mid February this year)

Congrats! Fantastic!!!

rainbowsmiles
12-30-2012, 07:46 PM
been sleeping for most of the day.....not feeling much better!! I think the color is out of my RAINBOW!! Can't wait to get it back!!

had a very lovely christmas....my favorite present was a pre-booked holiday for the MACY'S THANKSGIVING PARADE!!!! it has been on my bucket list forever!!! i am over the moon excited!!!!!!!!!!

dh was so good to me....i got lots of new spices instead of all the usual candy treats!!! we usually rack up for the year with candy so i was happy!! i got one lolly and 2 little tins of godiva pearls. i sorta miss my big box of godiva but thankful i dont have the temptation. and no christmas biccies this year!! LE sigh!! isn't it amazing how accustomed we get to our little rituals and goodies!

i got a nice new cutting board from paula deen, the gripper board, so it doesn't slip when hacking into things like rutabagas!! love my new bodum coffee presses!! one small one for single use and one for us both to use! now to find some flavorful coffees!!

WHAT WERE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS???

got a new bike helmet and riding gloves!! yeah!!

evepet
12-30-2012, 08:01 PM
EVEPET - so glad to hear someone report on maintenance. Although I am so far away from it, its something that I have wondered, you know the thought "will I be able to maintain" and u r proof that it does

Hi maezy. I read your posts from earlier today and am glad to hear that you're feeling better and progressing nicely. Yes - I was ecstatic to see that 157lbs on the scale again this morning, knowing that the IP maintenance guidelines were working well for me and my Fun Day extra lbs were already gone. It was a very good feeling. Obviously we have to adjust our overall eating habits, stay away from the processed and packaged foods etc., etc., - but this just proved to me that it works if we follow the guidelines. Just keep plugging away and you'll get there too. :hug:

evepet
12-30-2012, 08:04 PM
YAY!!!!!!! Wow! Congratulations!!!!!!!! YAHOO!!!!! MAINTENANCE!!!!!!!!:hug:

:D:D Yahoo!! indeed! LOL. Thanks NewPath. I just experienced the thrill of having my first Fun Day on Friday, followed by a P1 day yesterday, and seeing for myself that those extra lbs from the Fun Day had disappeared when I weighed in this am. It was a wonderful feeling to see that everything was working exactly as described.

rainbowsmiles
12-30-2012, 08:11 PM
evepet...sure sounds like your fun day was indeed FUN!! and in control too! well done!

i am doing a little better....i think! haha slept most of the day! sleep is a good healer! had my ip chicken noodle soup for lunch and made crab cakes for supper, so had a good day back on plan.

i was so nervous not having my scale on my holiday as i too am a daily weigher. i was happy to finally get to step back on it and even more happy to see i didn't not gain any weight while gone!

i stayed pretty close to on plan...had a few tiny splurges. IP sort of gets into your blood after awhile, so it is hard for me to throw caution to the wind and not be mindful of what i am eating...and that is the most precious gift i have gotten from ip to date!!

i didn't lose any weight this week, stayed the same. so i feel blessed. and its right back to strickness now that i am home.

it feels amazing to not have to make a new years resolution to lose weight and get fit!! i am already doing that! woohoo!!

can't wait to feel better and get in a bike ride!! i miss my bike when i am away, and now that i am sick, it will be a few more days still.

hope you had a fabulous christmas!! happy new year too!!!

evepet
12-30-2012, 08:22 PM
evepet...sure sounds like your fun day was indeed FUN!! and in control too! well done!

i am doing a little better....i think! haha slept most of the day! sleep is a good healer! had my ip chicken noodle soup for lunch and made crab cakes for supper, so had a good day back on plan.

i was so nervous not having my scale on my holiday as i too am a daily weigher. i was happy to finally get to step back on it and even more happy to see i didn't not gain any weight while gone!

i stayed pretty close to on plan...had a few tiny splurges. IP sort of gets into your blood after awhile, so it is hard for me to throw caution to the wind and not be mindful of what i am eating...and that is the most precious gift i have gotten from ip to date!!

i didn't lose any weight this week, stayed the same. so i feel blessed. and its right back to strickness now that i am home.

it feels amazing to not have to make a new years resolution to lose weight and get fit!! i am already doing that! woohoo!!

can't wait to feel better and get in a bike ride!! i miss my bike when i am away, and now that i am sick, it will be a few more days still.

hope you had a fabulous christmas!! happy new year too!!!

Very glad to hear that you feel somewhat better. There are some nasty bugs out there right now. :hug:

What I particularly loved about my Christmas Fun Day was that I really did feel quite in control... I ate what I wanted to, and didn't feel deprived at all for the whole day. And the icing on the cake was that the following P1 day worked like a charm and those 'Fun Day pounds' melted right away. It works!

And ITA that it's wonderful to know that we're already working to get ourselves healthier and happier as another New Year approaches. The Resolution is already firmly in place, and giant strides forward have already been made. IP and 3FatChicks.com rock. :) While I got irritated and frustrated at times with my slow weight loss this year, I actually think it was a benefit because it kept me disciplined for so long that in many respects these new, healthier eating habits became second nature. And that is a real plus in supporting a maintenance lifestyle.

rainbowsmiles
12-30-2012, 08:28 PM
;)

You have done so well Evepet. Congratulations!

Chloe - nice to see you posting with us.

Teena you are doing awesome. Congrats on your loss this week!

Not much new with me. WI is tomorrow. I picked up some ground turkey from Costco tonight, and cooked it with red bell pepper, onion and a good amount of sarachi sauce (the chili sauce with the Rooster on the label). Turned out really spicy. I love that stuff.

I think I'll order more lemon/coconut Simply Bars off of Amazon. I used to eat them as though they were restricted (they aren't). Since I have been using true restricted bars my losses are slowed. Not sure if that's why, but hey it's worth a shot, and I like the Simply Bars. Not so wild about the chocolate Simply bars though.

I found some pants that were too small before that fit now. That was a nice NSV today. They are those nylon type, with cargo pockets and the zip off legs so they convert to shorts. It's so cold and rainy here, that's just a dream to need to do that, but I could if I wanted to :D

barb!!!!!!!!!!! LOOK AT YOU GORGEOUS LADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love love love love your new HOT PHOTO!!!! omg.....i am so proud of you!!!!!!!!!! you are truly MY inspiration these days!!

those simply bars sound good, do you have a link for those???

kudos for the smaller pants!!! way to go!! it feels good to be back home and be back to routine! when i feel better i will be back on that bike riding away!!!!!!!

hugsssssssssssssss
susan

WingnutandMe
12-30-2012, 08:43 PM
Rainbow, so glad to see you post. I hate that the color is gone from your rainbow. Now you know how my life is since I'm partially color blind. Please keep getting that rest. We'll all patiently wait for you to come back full time and grace us with your wonderful posts.

Congrats on no gain. You've got the right stuff in your head and not go overboard.

Glad you've had such a good Christmas. DH and I agreed at the start no gifts, no holidays, having each other is the ultimate gift we could have.

Miss ya. Take care
Molly

rainbowsmiles
12-30-2012, 09:06 PM
Rainbow, so glad to see you post. I hate that the color is gone from your rainbow. Now you know how my life is since I'm partially color blind. Please keep getting that rest. We'll all patiently wait for you to come back full time and grace us with your wonderful posts.

Congrats on no gain. You've got the right stuff in your head and not go overboard.

Glad you've had such a good Christmas. DH and I agreed at the start no gifts, no holidays, having each other is the ultimate gift we could have.

Miss ya. Take care
Molly

hi my sista molly!!!!! its good to be home!! i am making sure i am getting lots of rest...typing on laptop from snuggly warm bed!! nigel is taking good care of me! :D

i am so sorry i was not able to stop at the shop rite stores. the snow was coming down so hard we only stayed on the interstate or to get gas. i so wanted to get the cheese seasonings for you and have spent some time trying to find a way to order online. alas i have had no luck.

hope you enjoy your last few days of 2012!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!

WingnutandMe
12-30-2012, 09:17 PM
hi my sista molly!!!!! its good to be home!! i am making sure i am getting lots of rest...typing on laptop from snuggly warm bed!! nigel is taking good care of me! :D

i am so sorry i was not able to stop at the shop rite stores. the snow was coming down so hard we only stayed on the interstate or to get gas. i so wanted to get the cheese seasonings for you and have spent some time trying to find a way to order online. alas i have had no luck.

hope you enjoy your last few days of 2012!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for at least thinking about me. The sprinkles would not be worth the problems in the bad weather. I did a lot of searching. Hopefully, you'll be more successful. Let me know if you do find something.

I'm enjoying being home knowing I do not have to get up and go to work in the dark and cold. It will be unsettling for a few months though until I'm convinced all my planning is on the mark and we can survive without going back to work.

Take extra special care and thank you, Nigel, for babying our special rainbow.

Molly

P.S. Let me know about watching the Downton Abbey reruns.

rainbowsmiles
12-30-2012, 09:19 PM
Thanks for at least thinking about me. The sprinkles would not be worth the problems in the bad weather. I did a lot of searching. Hopefully, you'll be more successful. Let me know if you do find something.

I'm enjoying being home knowing I do not have to get up and go to work in the dark and cold. It will be unsettling for a few months though until I'm convinced all my planning is on the mark and we can survive without going back to work.

Take extra special care and thank you, Nigel, for babying our special rainbow.

Molly

P.S. Let me know about watching the Downton Abbey reruns.

have you seen season 1 and 2?? the links i have are for season 3 and the season 3 christmas special.

WingnutandMe
12-30-2012, 09:31 PM
have you seen season 1 and 2?? the links i have are for season 3 and the season 3 christmas special.

Haven't seen any of it. After listening to you and Dana, I have become curious.

Molly

Halfagain
12-31-2012, 01:01 AM
barb!!!!!!!!!!! LOOK AT YOU GORGEOUS LADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love love love love your new HOT PHOTO!!!! omg.....i am so proud of you!!!!!!!!!! you are truly MY inspiration these days!!

those simply bars sound good, do you have a link for those???

kudos for the smaller pants!!! way to go!! it feels good to be back home and be back to routine! when i feel better i will be back on that bike riding away!!!!!!!

hugsssssssssssssss
susan

Hugsssssssssssssss for you Susan! You are making me blush, thank you for the encouragement. DH and I went to a bed and breakfast this weekend, and spent Saturday night there. It was lovely. We had a deluxe suite with a king size bed with a canopy, a fireplace, a huge jacuzzi tub, balcony, and other cool romantic accoutrement's. For breakfast, the staff made me a nice scrambled egg with lots of IP veggies for breakfast. Hubby had the house special, which looked delicious, but so was my breakfast. I did have more protein than I would have eaten at home over the weekend.

The link for The Simply Bar from Amazon is here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Simply-Bar-Coconut-1-4-Ounce/dp/B002EYETG6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356928782&sr=8-1&keywords=the+simply+bar+lemon There are other flavors, and I have only tried two of them. The variety pack might not be a bad idea. Amazon sells that too. Otherwise I'm not sure where else to get them in the USA. I really like the lemon coconut - but it is a subtle flavor (more lemon than coconut). I agree with the reviews on Amazon, they are sort of like a rice crispy treat texture and mild flavor - though not tasting of marshmallow.

rainbowsmiles
12-31-2012, 07:57 AM
I hear ya! DH has been retired for about 5 years now. I'm eligible for early retirement (with a penalty) now, but full retirement is still 2.5 years away. We're downsizing now, and building a new home that will be completed in Sept/Oct of 2013. At that point it's going to become very tempting, but I really should be patient and wait, although it's going to be very tough. Like you, there is a lot going on at work that isn't pleasant and I hate to see the way people are acting. It used to be a great place to work. <sigh> I'm burning a lot of leave these days, getting away to dive and take my underwater photos as often as I can. I'm lucky to have that option. When the leave is gone, I'll probably start taking LWOP periodically. I figure that will help me learn to live on less, too. :lol:

scuba diving is something i would absolutely LOVE to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bubbleblower
12-31-2012, 08:02 AM
scuba diving is something i would absolutely LOVE to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No reason you can't!! I've even seen people in their 70s get certified and have been on the boat with people in their 80s! Of course you have to be in reasonably good health, but it's never too late! It's a whole different world down there. :cloud9:

Starshine
12-31-2012, 09:25 AM
Hugsssssssssssssss for you Susan!

Okay, I'm not quite 50 yet, but I love this thread and lurk a lot. I just came on to say, WOW, Halfagain, you look fantastic! You are simply amazing! Congrats, congrats, congrats! :)

rainbowsmiles
12-31-2012, 10:05 AM
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8503/8329090605_c329b8270c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8329090605/)

my snow angel :) in vermont!!!!

i'm such a kid at heart!!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8073/8330148158_052f3abbde.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8330148158/)

playing in the snow!!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8213/8329090309_235bf256ac.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8329090309/)

a hike in the snow up to the tower....in montpelier vermont

Lizzy63
12-31-2012, 11:45 AM
Thanks for at least thinking about me. The sprinkles would not be worth the problems in the bad weather. I did a lot of searching. Hopefully, you'll be more successful. Let me know if you do find something.

I'm enjoying being home knowing I do not have to get up and go to work in the dark and cold. It will be unsettling for a few months though until I'm convinced all my planning is on the mark and we can survive without going back to work.

Take extra special care and thank you, Nigel, for babying our special rainbow.

Molly

P.S. Let me know about watching the Downton Abbey reruns.

Molly - you will love Downton - Rainbow got me addicted. Definitely watch them in order or there will be no surprises! You can watch season 1 on Netflix, and I think I watched season 2 on the BBC website.

I will think of you warm and snugly in bed when I go back to my regular work routine on Wednesday - up at 5:30 a.m. to walk the dog in the freezing cold... I am so jealous!

Lizzy63
12-31-2012, 11:47 AM
Rainbow - thanks for sharing photos. You look FABULOUS in your winter gear! A real snow bunny.

Feel better soon!

rainbowsmiles
12-31-2012, 11:59 AM
Rainbow - thanks for sharing photos. You look FABULOUS in your winter gear! A real snow bunny.

Feel better soon!

thanks love!!! omg,....did u see the christmas special for season 3 yet??? oooh i won't spoil it....but sheeeeesh....how could they!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Halfagain
12-31-2012, 12:32 PM
Okay, I'm not quite 50 yet, but I love this thread and lurk a lot. I just came on to say, WOW, Halfagain, you look fantastic! You are simply amazing! Congrats, congrats, congrats! :)
Well thank you Starshine! Glad you are posting here - feel free to do so :hug:
I do the daily WI thing (caution it's not for everyone - if it causes you to relax your guard, or beat yourself up over water weight don't do it) and I'm happy to say the weekend agreed with me and my scale. I'm hoping the loss stays there for Friday and maybe even picks up some buddies to take away with it.

2013 plan of action is to begin light exercise 4x a week. I can build up from there. I need to start doing something other than being the desk/couch potato I have been for years. It may slow the weight loss, but it should help the body shape. I know it will help my self image, stress levels, and outlook. Okay I know I've been saying/planning this for awhile, but I'm officially starting tomorrow.

Lizzy63
12-31-2012, 02:05 PM
thanks love!!! omg,....did u see the christmas special for season 3 yet??? oooh i won't spoil it....but sheeeeesh....how could they!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ooh - I haven't seen it yet. Do you have a link for that one? Or can I get it online?

karenbf
12-31-2012, 02:35 PM
I'm 56 and just started IP last Friday. In 3 days, I have lost 3.5 lbs.!

rainbowsmiles
12-31-2012, 02:43 PM
Ooh - I haven't seen it yet. Do you have a link for that one? Or can I get it online?

i sent u the link :) enjoy....get some tissues!!

I'm 56 and just started IP last Friday. In 3 days, I have lost 3.5 lbs.!

:welcome: welcome karen...you are off to a fantastic start!!!!

WingnutandMe
12-31-2012, 04:46 PM
I'm 56 and just started IP last Friday. In 3 days, I have lost 3.5 lbs.!

Welcome, Karen

You have come to the best thread on 3FC. The support here is awesome and you will need it on your journey. Most all of us will tell you we would NOT have survived without each other. Come here often and never feel ashamed or timid to ask questions, vent, do whatever.

Glad to have you.
Molly

WingnutandMe
12-31-2012, 04:49 PM
Okay, Rainbow or any other Downton Abbey fans

For those of us that are just starting at the beginning of Downton Abbey, is there any place to watch from the beginning without spending a fortune. Since retirement, I have a bit of extra time.

Thanks, Molly

rainbowsmiles
12-31-2012, 05:19 PM
Okay, Rainbow or any other Downton Abbey fans

For those of us that are just starting at the beginning of Downton Abbey, is there any place to watch from the beginning without spending a fortune. Since retirement, I have a bit of extra time.

Thanks, Molly

i don't have links to season 1 or 2 but i can send you my dvds to borrow if you'd like...and then you can see season 3 online. trying so hard to resist talking about it hahahahaha

Lizzy63
12-31-2012, 05:46 PM
Welcome karenbf!

Molly - Netflix has season 1.

Thanks for the link, Rainbow.

maezy1
12-31-2012, 05:49 PM
KArenbf Welcome!!!!! you will enjoy and appreciate all of the support on this board! keep on coming back and let me/us know how you're doing!

Yesmyqueen
12-31-2012, 07:01 PM
Okay, I'm not quite 50 yet, but I love this thread and lurk a lot. I just came on to say, WOW, Halfagain, you look fantastic! You are simply amazing! Congrats, congrats, congrats! :)
Hi starshine, this is where I generally hang out and I won't be 50 till October and they haven't kicked me out yet, everyone is extremely nice and helpful here so come back often it's a great place! And I won't be the only New Mexican .

I'm 56 and just started IP last Friday. In 3 days, I have lost 3.5 lbs.!

Welcome karenbf, great job so far, and it only gets easier after first week.


Well my DH and I were planing on going to a New Years party with dinner and dancing along with his parents but it sold out. Not to upset, now I won't be tempted and the roads are snowie and slick, so planing a nice quite New Year's Eve in front of the fire and tv. Happy New Years everyone, Teena

Halfagain
12-31-2012, 07:17 PM
I'm 56 and just started IP last Friday. In 3 days, I have lost 3.5 lbs.!

Welcome Karenbf! You are doing great.

Well All, I maybe late for the Proti-Thin Fusilli or the IP noodle bus, but I finally got on board. I made a wonderful chicken noodle soup today with my little packet of noodles. I used bell pepper, onion, celery, garlic powder, some chicken and some sharachi sauce too. My version of pho I suppose. The noodles were pretty firm (I probably didn't cook them quite enough) when the soup came off the stove, but by the time it cooled they were perfect. I was originally going to share my soup with DH and DS, but I decided instead to keep my noodles all for me (they would not have been as thrilled with them as I was - I've been without the real deal for so long). I made them their own pot of soup with lots of their normal noodles. Noodle.. it's a fun word to say out loud three times - go ahead, you know you want to ;)

Hey - following some of the lovely Susan's lead - here's a photo of me at La Conner WA
http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q489/halfagain/newglasses_zps439afe63.jpg Sporting the new glasses and my near black nail polish. They were out of black :-(

Bellamack
12-31-2012, 07:27 PM
Happy New Year IPeeps!

and with the New Year, I turn 55 ( on the 7th) Yikes, how did that many years pass by?

:) have a healthy, happy, safe New Year All!

rainbowsmiles
12-31-2012, 07:51 PM
Welcome Karenbf! You are doing great.

Well All, I maybe late for the Proti-Thin Fusilli or the IP noodle bus, but I finally got on board. I made a wonderful chicken noodle soup today with my little packet of noodles. I used bell pepper, onion, celery, garlic powder, some chicken and some sharachi sauce too. My version of pho I suppose. The noodles were pretty firm (I probably didn't cook them quite enough) when the soup came off the stove, but by the time it cooled they were perfect. I was originally going to share my soup with DH and DS, but I decided instead to keep my noodles all for me (they would not have been as thrilled with them as I was - I've been without the real deal for so long). I made them their own pot of soup with lots of their normal noodles. Noodle.. it's a fun word to say out loud three times - go ahead, you know you want to ;)

noodle....noodle....noodle....that WAS FUN!! :D :rofl: YOU GOT ME!!! HAHAHhahahahaha

WingnutandMe
12-31-2012, 08:18 PM
Molly - Netflix has season 1.


I've seen that it's available on Netflix. Don't have Netflix. Not a movie watcher, not much of a TV watcher, but am curious about Downton.

i don't have links to season 1 or 2 but i can send you my dvds to borrow if you'd like...and then you can see season 3 online. trying so hard to resist talking about it hahahahaha

I'd love to borrow your DVDs. I will take really good care of them and return them post haste. I will PM you my address.

Nothing for New Years Eve at our house. Grilling steak and veggie kebobs. DH is out in the cold trying to fish a little piece of hose out of the Corvair's gas tank. He had the tank out to replace a steel brake line. Murphy's Law, he would accidentally knock this little overflow hose right into the tank opening. Who knows what mood he'll be in when he comes in. Not the most patient person in the world.

I wish you all a safe New Years Eve and a wonderful 2013. :newyear:

Molly

rainbowsmiles
12-31-2012, 08:35 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_ttT5UGXjg
happy british new years everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lisa32989
12-31-2012, 10:46 PM
scuba diving is something i would absolutely LOVE to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm gonna in 2013!

2013 plan of action is to begin light exercise 4x a week. I can build up from there. I need to start doing something other than being the desk/couch potato I have been for years. It may slow the weight loss, but it should help the body shape. I know it will help my self image, stress levels, and outlook. Okay I know I've been saying/planning this for awhile, but I'm officially starting tomorrow.
Your pic is great!
I'll be joining you adding exercise. I won't be home for the wii fit til Sunday but I can start w/ my PT regimine to get the hip back in shape...
Tomorrow it is!

Yesmyqueen
12-31-2012, 11:23 PM
Welcome Karenbf! You are doing great.

Well All, I maybe late for the Proti-Thin Fusilli or the IP noodle bus, but I finally got on board. I made a wonderful chicken noodle soup today with my little packet of noodles. I used bell pepper, onion, celery, garlic powder, some chicken and some sharachi sauce too. My version of pho I suppose. The noodles were pretty firm (I probably didn't cook them quite enough) when the soup came off the stove, but by the time it cooled they were perfect. I was originally going to share my soup with DH and DS, but I decided instead to keep my noodles all for me (they would not have been as thrilled with them as I was - I've been without the real deal for so long). I made them their own pot of soup with lots of their normal noodles. Noodle.. it's a fun word to say out loud three times - go ahead, you know you want to ;)

Hey - following some of the lovely Susan's lead - here's a photo of me at La Conner WA
http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q489/halfagain/newglasses_zps439afe63.jpg Sporting the new glasses and my near black nail polish. They were out of black :-(
Great photo, you really look so happy and healthy, and I'm going to increase my exercise as well for the new year, nothing to extream I would love to do wii like Lisa.

WebRover
12-31-2012, 11:40 PM
Downton Abbey Seasons 1 & 2 are on Amazon Prime.

Lizzy63
01-01-2013, 11:21 AM
Happy New Year all of you FABULOUS ladies!! Off to see The Hobbit with my oldest grandson today. Any ideas for movie snacks to bring? I'm quite sure there's nothing at the theater that I'd consider eating!

AliKay
01-01-2013, 12:15 PM
Happy New Year everyone! Rang in the New Year in San Francisco, fast asleep. LOL I never make it up to midnight. Hope you all had an enjoyable and safe evening. Have a wonderful day....I'm putting together Harry Potter Lego sets. Kids!
Love all the new photos of everyone. And Molly congrats on your retirement. :)

AlisonS
01-01-2013, 12:51 PM
Happy New Year IPeeps!

In honor of my Pennsylvania roots, I am posting an IP-friendly pork and sauerkraut recipe. In my family it is a New Year's tradition to eat pork and sauerkraut, it is supposed to bring good luck through the year.

Ingredients for TWO servings
1 pound pork chops, edge fat removed
2 pounds sauerkraut
Spoonful of WF Apricot spread (any of the fruit spreads would do. If I were not on IP, this would be quince jelly, apricot seemed closest of the available options)
Water
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions
Preheat oven to 350
Put Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a fry pan and pan fry pork chops until brown on both sides
Put pork chops in baking dish
Add water and apricot spread to the frying pan with the pork drippings in it
Heat and stir to get the spread dissolved and all the pork stuff off the bottom of the pan
Add sauerkraut to the baking dish spreading it over the pork chops so that they are covered
Pour the heated water/spread/drippings over the sauerkraut as evenly as possible
Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

Enjoy!

It dawned on me as I was making it that basic PA sweet and sour could be made with the WF spreads also. That is yellow mustard and spread in equal parts heated until thick and completely mixed. Makes a good marinade for chicken, etc. Again, if not on IP that would be quince jelly or apple jelly but it works with anything.

Starshine
01-01-2013, 12:56 PM
Well thank you Starshine! Glad you are posting here - feel free to do so :hug:

2013 plan of action is to begin light exercise 4x a week. I can build up from there. I need to start doing something other than being the desk/couch potato I have been for years. It may slow the weight loss, but it should help the body shape. I know it will help my self image, stress levels, and outlook. Okay I know I've been saying/planning this for awhile, but I'm officially starting tomorrow.

You inspired me, Halfagain! Thank you! :hug::hug: I've been thinking of starting light yoga again, and I did it this morning. I don't think I would have without you saying what you did. :)

And your photo with your new glasses and polish is wonderful! You look so young and happy and beautiful. You are a true inspiration!

Hi starshine, this is where I generally hang out and I won't be 50 till October and they haven't kicked me out yet, everyone is extremely nice and helpful here so come back often it's a great place! And I won't be the only New Mexican .

Well my DH and I were planing on going to a New Years party with dinner and dancing along with his parents but it sold out. Not to upset, now I won't be tempted and the roads are snowie and slick, so planing a nice quite New Year's Eve in front of the fire and tv. Happy New Years everyone, Teena

Thanks, Teena! Looks like we're the same age. My birthday is in September, so I'll be hitting 50 a bit before you. We got about 5 inches of snow yesterday, so I wasn't driving last night anyway (gave me a great excuse not too :)).

Happy New Year, Everyone!

lisa32989
01-01-2013, 12:58 PM
Hi Alison
thanks for the recipe!
Could you also post it on the recipe thread so everyone else can enjoy it?
Besides, they're easier to search for later...

Thanks for sharing!

You inspired me, Halfagain! Thank you! :hug::hug: I've been thinking of starting light yoga again, and I did it this morning. I don't think I would have without you saying what you did. :)
Halfagain is truly one of the inspirations here! Thanks for inspiring!

Starshine
01-01-2013, 01:22 PM
Halfagain is truly one of the inspirations here! Thanks for inspiring!

This! :cp::cp:

But you too, Lisa. You have done so well! :)

rainbowsmiles
01-01-2013, 01:36 PM
barb love your photos!!!! LOOK HOW HAPPY YOU ARE GF!!!!!!!!!!

me...i'm back in bed feeling worse...but able to cough up goop so as long as i can keep coughing it up that is a good thing.

we enjoyed a quiet evening in bed last night watching the ball drop ...quiet except for the hacking my head off from sickness!!! blah!!!!!!!!!!!!

joysh
01-01-2013, 01:51 PM
Happy new year, Everyone!

I'm headed home today after almost 3 weeks of being away. I hit Dallas, Houston, Syracuse, DC (well, the airport, but I met my friend for lunch there...)' and back to Houston. Getting ready to pull out and make the 4 hr drive back to Louisiana. It's been an awesome break and I stayed OP through the holidays! WI is tomorrow and I'll find out what I lost.

Stopping at Ross to pick up the cool purple-ish brushed corduroy jeans that I tried on the other day, if they're still there.

I am so grateful for this forum and the wonderful support here.
I wish you all a happy, healthy, New Year!

Peace on earth! By working on ourselves, we influence the world in a positive and wondrous way!

:newyear::newyear::newyear:

Hope y'all had a lovely New Year's!


No reason you can't!! I've even seen people in their 70s get certified and have been on the boat with people in their 80s! Of course you have to be in reasonably good health, but it's never too late! It's a whole different world down there. :cloud9:

Oh, I want to learn to do this! Now I can with this body!

rainbowsmiles
01-01-2013, 02:09 PM
joysh....your body is looking so HOT!!! omg gf....YOU TOTALLY ARE ROCKING this protocol!!!!!!!!

maezy1
01-01-2013, 02:15 PM
JOYSH I agree with RAINBOW you look amazing!!!! Bubbleblower - where do you scuba dive and do you teach ppl? Now that I weigh less, and hope to continue to lose more of me, I would love to learn to dive as well.

karenbf
01-01-2013, 03:57 PM
i sent u the link :) enjoy....get some tissues!!



:welcome: welcome karen...you are off to a fantastic start!!!!

Thank you, rainbowsmiles! Today I'm down 5.1 lbs.!:carrot:

rainbowsmiles
01-01-2013, 04:42 PM
Thank you, rainbowsmiles! Today I'm down 5.1 lbs.!:carrot:

WOW!!!! KAREN!!!! awesome!!!!!!!!!!

Yesmyqueen
01-01-2013, 05:21 PM
:newyear: wishing everyone a very prosperous year and a heartfelt thank you for sharing your everyday journey here on 3 FC. Love you all, Teena

rainbowsmiles
01-01-2013, 05:27 PM
You Too Teena!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

changenow13
01-01-2013, 05:45 PM
Happy New Year Everyone. I'm 55, started IP 6 days ago and hanging in there (not easy yet). I'm truely inspired by all of your stories and look forward to sharing mine (being optimistic;) I wish everyone an amazingly successful New Year.

rainbowsmiles
01-01-2013, 05:53 PM
Happy New Year Everyone. I'm 55, started IP 6 days ago and hanging in there (not easy yet). I'm truely inspired by all of your stories and look forward to sharing mine (being optimistic;) I wish everyone an amazingly successful New Year.

:welcome: way to go on making on of the very best decisions of your life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bravo:

Yesmyqueen
01-01-2013, 08:19 PM
Happy New Year Everyone. I'm 55, started IP 6 days ago and hanging in there (not easy yet). I'm truely inspired by all of your stories and look forward to sharing mine (being optimistic;) I wish everyone an amazingly successful New Year.

:wel3fc: hello love your name changenow, and it really won't be long before you see change, this is a great place to find encouragement and wisdom. Teena

evepet
01-01-2013, 08:38 PM
Hi everyone. I just wanted to drop in here and wish everyone a Happy New Year.

I was at my local supermarket yesterday, picking up a few essentials --- eggs, egg whites, beef, chicken, and lots of veggies. Now that I'm in maintenance, I added some apples, tangerines, walnuts, and Greek yogourt. Once I had those in my cart, I wandered around a bit hoping to find some other appropriate snack items that would be allowable now that I'm in maintenance. I wandered into the center aisles of the store and almost had a melt down when I started reviewing the nutritional labels. It is absolutely SAD that so many foods are so loaded with carbs, fat, salt, and sugar. There is so much KRAP stocking those shelves. And the even sadder thing is that at this time last year, it didn't phase me. If it appealed to me, it went into my cart with very little reservation or anxiety. Thank goodness the past months on the IP protocol have opened my eyes, and changed my perspective. I really feel as if I'll never again permit myself to go back to the mindless eating I used to do.

While I'm enjoying maintenance, I'm also preoccupied with whether to return to P1 and lose a few more pounds - probably aim for -10 more, and then focus on staying below 150lbs. Part of me wants to - it would certainly be more convenient to not be 'inbetween' pant sizes. The other part of me that's giving a tug of war (at least for a few days) is thoroughly enjoying some fruit, yogourt, nuts, etc., and isn't quite willing to return to strict P1 as yet. But I think I'll make the decision soon to jump back there again.... in fact I put through an online order at thelowcarbgrocery.com today, and it seems to reflect that intention, as I restocked on several items I'll need if/when I go back to P1 for a while. :) It's more a question of 'when' not 'if' at this point, and I think it will probably happen within the next two weeks. Everyone says I don't 'need to'.... but if I'm being honest with myself, I want to get just that much slimmer. So as soon as I've eaten my current small stock of additional items I'm allowed in maintenance, I'll be heading back with the rest of you in P1 aiming for another -10 lbs.

Meanwhile, again Happy New Year, and hope you've all had a really enjoyable holiday season.

Chloe222
01-01-2013, 09:36 PM
Happy New Year Everyone. I'm 55, started IP 6 days ago and hanging in there (not easy yet). I'm truely inspired by all of your stories and look forward to sharing mine (being optimistic;) I wish everyone an amazingly successful New Year.

Changenow,
Welcome!! You'll soon lose weight and inches. Look forward to your success!

Evepet,
You are an excellent role model of commitment and perseverance. Congrats on making it to goal! My 2 cents for what its worth, it is so much harder getting back on program the longer you've been off, that if you wanted to possibly lose any more, doing it sooner is far better than doing it later.

When I update my ticker in the next 2 days, I'll be lowering my goal weight to 135. Seeing how hard it is to maintain, I'll need that extra buffer as I try to figure it out.

Happy New Year Everyone!

evepet
01-01-2013, 10:16 PM
Evepet,
You are an excellent role model of commitment and perseverance. Congrats on making it to goal! My 2 cents for what its worth, it is so much harder getting back on program the longer you've been off, that if you wanted to possibly lose any more, doing it sooner is far better than doing it later.

When I update my ticker in the next 2 days, I'll be lowering my goal weight to 135. Seeing how hard it is to maintain, I'll need that extra buffer as I try to figure it out.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Thx Chloe. That's what I think too.... best to get back to it sooner than later, while my motivation is good. I may well return to P1 by next Monday (or the weekend) if my online delivery comes through in time. It's on my mind, so that tells me that I should go for it. I think this brief stint in maintenance will only help me though, as my weight loss had really stalled as I got into the final stretch. Like you with deciding to lower your goal to 135lbs, I feel now like I'd prefer to get another 10 lbs off and have that extra buffer.

joysh
01-02-2013, 02:19 AM
joysh....your body is looking so HOT!!! omg gf....YOU TOTALLY ARE ROCKING this protocol!!!!!!!!

JOYSH I agree with RAINBOW you look amazing!!!! Bubbleblower - where do you scuba dive and do you teach ppl? Now that I weigh less, and hope to continue to lose more of me, I would love to learn to dive as well.

You are too sweet, rainbow and maezy!

I love to travel, but it is AWESOME to be home in my own bed! I hope to WI tomorrow!

rainbowsmiles
01-02-2013, 10:22 AM
good morning lovely ladies!!!!!!!!!
still rocking and reeling from this horrible sickness....in bed....thankfully, i have a laptop and can stay snuggle warm under covers and still chat a bit!

its good to be home! vermont was beautiful but what can i say i am a carolina girl born and bred!!

i will be happy when all this sickness is gone. phlegm .... you are SOoooo nasty and repulsive *hwaaak* ptt

hope everyone has a beautiful day!!

maezy1
01-02-2013, 10:52 AM
RAINBOW only u could make me laugh at phlegm!!!! I hope that you feel better really soon. Every time I see that Jimmy Dean breakfast commercial where the sun's rainbow is dull I think of you! haha Hope you
get your color back fast!
EVEPET I learn so much from you. Although maintenance is far off for me I watch and listen fervently to everyone's experiences, especially people I have come to respect.
CHANGENOW WELCOME! It gets easier, I promise! It takes planning and once you make that transition into automatically planning, the program is so easy. Tonight is lasagna night for hubby and son. They wanted homemade lasagna. Well the box says homemade on it!!! I have my turkey patty thawing!

Its a wonderful IP day for me. I am walking around the house without crutches! I am celebrating every little step towards recovery

rainbowsmiles
01-02-2013, 10:55 AM
RAINBOW only u could make me laugh at phlegm!!!! I hope that you feel better really soon. Every time I see that Jimmy Dean breakfast commercial where the sun's rainbow is dull I think of you! haha Hope you
get your color back fast!


OMG...MAEZY....that is EXACTLY what i thought too!!! i feel like that poor rainbow without color...but praying i feel better soon!!!:hug::hug:

Chloe222
01-02-2013, 11:10 AM
Rainbow,
Glad you're back, sorry you are still under the weather (and under covers), but still posting and have that adorable new photo of you in red!

All,
This is such a wonderful thread, thank you all for being who you are and being so warm, supportive and making this a real community. I know I've been away for a while, it is good to be back. Just completed week 1, glad it's over. Lost 3.8 pounds and have 20 to go. I'm guessing it will take 3 months and then a month of phase 2 and phase 3, then maintenace. Will be lurking on the maintenace thread as it seems to be the most undefined stage, lots to learn.

Here's to our success in 2013!
Chloe

rainbowsmiles
01-02-2013, 11:11 AM
had to share this photo....nigel unwrapped one of his presents...and was like...OOOOooooo protein bars....

and i said, well not really, i just used the empty box...

and he "sighed" and said, awwww....but i LIKE those!!!

hahahaha

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8220/8338464962_4e9791a141.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8338464962/)

rainbowsmiles
01-02-2013, 11:13 AM
Rainbow,
Glad you're back, sorry you are still under the weather (and under covers), but still posting and have that adorable new photo of you in red!

All,
This is such a wonderful thread, thank you all for being who you are and being so warm, supportive and making this a real community. I know I've been away for a while, it is good to be back. Just completed week 1, glad it's over. Lost 3.8 pounds and have 20 to go. I'm guessing it will take 3 months and then a month of phase 2 and phase 3, then maintenace. Will be lurking on the maintenace thread as it seems to be the most undefined stage, lots to learn.

Here's to our success in 2013!
Chloe

omg chloe....i LOVE LOVE LOVE my new red coat!!! and matching hat!!! it is snuggly warm too!! my dh got it for me as a surprise!! he did good!!!! :)

:drinkup: cheers....here's to OUR SUCCESS IN 2013 too!!!!

Chloe222
01-02-2013, 11:19 AM
Rainbow,
Nigel is a cutie, and you both look good in red! LOL! Like his crown too...is there a story there you want to share (or maybe I missed it)? :D

rainbowsmiles
01-02-2013, 11:33 AM
Rainbow,
Nigel is a cutie, and you both look good in red! LOL! Like his crown too...is there a story there you want to share (or maybe I missed it)? :D

haha ahhhh the crown!! well, nigel is british and every year we open our "christmas crackers" first....they are like a paper towel cardboard insert wrapped in christmas paper with goodies inside and when you pull them apart, they make a crackling popping sound like a pop gun!! haha

i told you we were just BIG KIDS AT HEART!!

you can read about christmas crackers here!!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_cracker

they always have a paper crown to wear for the day!! you are lucky if you get the GOLD ONE....and this year WE BOTH had gold crowns!!! ....and a tiny trinket and a little piece of paper inside with several "corny" jokes!!!

we always have a christmas cracker at christmas eve dinner, then again at christmas morning!!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8503/8338568592_6c919117bb_n.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8338568592/)

evepet
01-02-2013, 12:23 PM
RAINBOW only u could make me laugh at phlegm!!!! I hope that you feel better really soon. Every time I see that Jimmy Dean breakfast commercial where the sun's rainbow is dull I think of you! haha Hope you
get your color back fast!
EVEPET I learn so much from you. Although maintenance is far off for me I watch and listen fervently to everyone's experiences, especially people I have come to respect.
CHANGENOW WELCOME! It gets easier, I promise! It takes planning and once you make that transition into automatically planning, the program is so easy. Tonight is lasagna night for hubby and son. They wanted homemade lasagna. Well the box says homemade on it!!! I have my turkey patty thawing!

Its a wonderful IP day for me. I am walking around the house without crutches! I am celebrating every little step towards recovery

Thx Maezy. My weight loss was sometimes excruciatingly slow, but I did get here. That's the important thing. So glad to hear that you're getting around without your crutches now. :hug:

Rainbow,
Glad you're back, sorry you are still under the weather (and under covers), but still posting and have that adorable new photo of you in red!

All,
This is such a wonderful thread, thank you all for being who you are and being so warm, supportive and making this a real community. I know I've been away for a while, it is good to be back. Just completed week 1, glad it's over. Lost 3.8 pounds and have 20 to go. I'm guessing it will take 3 months and then a month of phase 2 and phase 3, then maintenace. Will be lurking on the maintenace thread as it seems to be the most undefined stage, lots to learn.

Here's to our success in 2013!
Chloe

Now that the first week is under your belt, it will be relatively smooth sailing. I remember you as a pretty consistent and persistent dieter - I've no doubt you'll reach your goal this time around. That maintenance thread is filled with useful info. I also found the archived ones very useful. Took me a while to skim through them, but there is some useful info there.

had to share this photo....nigel unwrapped one of his presents...and was like...OOOOooooo protein bars....

and i said, well not really, i just used the empty box...

and he "sighed" and said, awwww....but i LIKE those!!!

hahahaha

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8220/8338464962_4e9791a141.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8338464962/)

LOL. Nigel caught on that it isn't a hardship at all to eat those protein bars - they are tasty!

omg chloe....i LOVE LOVE LOVE my new red coat!!! and matching hat!!! it is snuggly warm too!! my dh got it for me as a surprise!! he did good!!!! :)

:drinkup: cheers....here's to OUR SUCCESS IN 2013 too!!!!

I second the others who've said how cute you look in your red & black coat. Very cute. Get better fast! That cold is no fun! :hug:

AliKay
01-02-2013, 12:25 PM
Morning for those that use Nashua for alternatives...Healthsmart products are 10% off until Sunday, the 6th. Enter code HS10 at checkout.

Have a great day everyone. Susan hope you are feeling better soon. That "crud" took me almost 3 weeks to shake. It's a nasty one.

It's cold in San Francisco this morning...burr! Well better than Chicago I suppose. Take care, talk to you all later.!

Chloe222
01-02-2013, 12:38 PM
haha ahhhh the crown!! well, nigel is british and every year we open our "christmas crackers" first....they are like a paper towel cardboard insert wrapped in christmas paper with goodies inside and when you pull them apart, they make a crackling popping sound like a pop gun!! haha

i told you we were just BIG KIDS AT HEART!!

you can read about christmas crackers here!!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_cracker

they always have a paper crown to wear for the day!! you are lucky if you get the GOLD ONE....and this year WE BOTH had gold crowns!!! ....and a tiny trinket and a little piece of paper inside with several "corny" jokes!!!

we always have a christmas cracker at christmas eve dinner, then again at christmas morning!!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8503/8338568592_6c919117bb_n.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8338568592/)

Cute photo! how fun, christmas crackers!

maezy1
01-02-2013, 12:45 PM
Morning for those that use Nashua for alternatives...Healthsmart products are 10% off until Sunday, the 6th. Enter code HS10 at checkout.

Have a great day everyone. Susan hope you are feeling better soon. That "crud" took me almost 3 weeks to shake. It's a nasty one.

It's cold in San Francisco this morning...burr! Well better than Chicago I suppose. Take care, talk to you all later.!

THX for the info! putting in an order today!
Its raining and 45 degrees here. For some reason my mood is not matching the weather which is a good thing!

rainbowsmiles
01-02-2013, 12:48 PM
Thx Maezy. My weight loss was sometimes excruciatingly slow, but I did get here. That's the important thing. So glad to hear that you're getting around without your crutches now. :hug:


LOL. Nigel caught on that it isn't a hardship at all to eat those protein bars - they are tasty!



I second the others who've said how cute you look in your red & black coat. Very cute. Get better fast! That cold is no fun! :hug:


aww thank you for the compliment!! and yes....nigel liked the peanut butter bars but i didn't haha i ended up giving him those, which is why he had grown to like them...as most of the time he really turns his nose up at my "food"...he always responds like this...i'm british...i eat potatoes and peas!!! and thats not gonna change!! hahaha sheeesh!! men!!


Morning for those that use Nashua for alternatives...Healthsmart products are 10% off until Sunday, the 6th. Enter code HS10 at checkout.

Have a great day everyone. Susan hope you are feeling better soon. That "crud" took me almost 3 weeks to shake. It's a nasty one.

It's cold in San Francisco this morning...burr! Well better than Chicago I suppose. Take care, talk to you all later.!


oh gosh....3 weeks is a long time!!! crud is right!!! it is cruddy and i feel cruddy!!! well crud!! haha

Cute photo! how fun, christmas crackers!

yes...we love our christmas crackers!! mum and dad always send some from england in our christmas box!! but you can buy them in the states now...like at marshalls. tj maxx or world market.

bubbleblower
01-02-2013, 12:55 PM
JOYSH I agree with RAINBOW you look amazing!!!! Bubbleblower - where do you scuba dive and do you teach ppl? Now that I weigh less, and hope to continue to lose more of me, I would love to learn to dive as well.

I've dived all around the world taking underwater photos for the last 30+ years. Lately we've been coming to the Caymans most frequently as the diving is great, the people are nice, and the weather is hard to beat year round. It's also very easy to get here. I'm a divemaster but don't teach, but have a lot of friends who do. Most of them are in FL and here in Cayman. You can do most of the basic training online these days and then just do your pool work and open water dives in a location of your choice. As long as you're in good health, weight itself is not necessarily a limiting factor although it's certainly easier and more comfortable dealing with all of the gear when you're smaller!

rainbowsmiles
01-02-2013, 12:59 PM
THX for the info! putting in an order today!
Its raining and 45 degrees here. For some reason my mood is not matching the weather which is a good thing!

dont forget the HOLIDAY49 free shipping is still good too :)

DanafromAustin
01-02-2013, 01:03 PM
I'm BACK................

Missed you all, but it was a very nice break. I started back on IP yesterday, and boy was I tired, but the scale was much happier today. Off to catch up on whats been going on around here. Hope you all had a very Happy New Years!!!

rainbowsmiles
01-02-2013, 01:04 PM
I'm BACK................

Missed you all, but it was a very nice break. I started back on IP yesterday, and boy was I tired, but the scale was much happier today. Off to catch up on whats been going on around here. Hope you all had a very Happy New Years!!!

woohoooooo :woohoo: HOT MAMA DANA IS BACKIN'DA'HOUS!!! :welcome: welcome back dana WE MISSED YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yesmyqueen
01-02-2013, 02:02 PM
:sunny: Dana, yea!one of our bright and shiney stars back with us, you were missed!


Rainbow your DH is so cute does he talk with an accent as well? You two really make a perfect couple.

evepet
01-02-2013, 04:08 PM
I'm BACK................

Missed you all, but it was a very nice break. I started back on IP yesterday, and boy was I tired, but the scale was much happier today. Off to catch up on whats been going on around here. Hope you all had a very Happy New Years!!!

I was just thinking that it's been a while since we're heard from you. Good to *see* you here. :hug: Glad you had a good break.

joysh
01-02-2013, 04:58 PM
Hi Everyone! Have to share this!

Just got back from my WI after 3 weeks of being away!
So....3 weeks of holidays, travel, visiting, parties, etc., etc. - and I lost 7 pounds!!! Now my total is 64 pounds and I'm very, very happy! I lowered my goal to 130, but it's really going to be 128. When I'm at 130 I'll reevaluate before I start Phase 2.

:carrot::carrot::carrot::cb::cb::cb::broc::broc::b roc::dance::dance::dance::flow2::flow2::flow2::dan cer::dancer::dancer:

I can't believe I'm even talking about Phase 2! It's crazy!! I haven't been this weight since I was a teenager - and we all know what thread we're on here. I'm 62 and I feel like I'm 40!

I'll take new pictures tonight after I unpack.

bubbleblower
01-02-2013, 05:02 PM
Hi Everyone! Have to share this!

Just got back from my WI after 3 weeks of being away!
So....3 weeks of holidays, travel, visiting, parties, etc., etc. - and I lost 7 pounds!!! Now my total is 64 pounds and I'm very, very happy! I lowered my goal to 130, but it's really going to be 128. When I'm at 130 I'll reevaluate before I start Phase 2.

:carrot::carrot::carrot::cb::cb::cb::broc::broc::b roc::dance::dance::dance::flow2::flow2::flow2::dan cer::dancer::dancer:

I can't believe I'm even talking about Phase 2! It's crazy!! I haven't been this weight since I was a teenager - and we all know what thread we're on here. I'm 62 and I feel like I'm 40!

I'll take new pictures tonight after I unpack.

Wow!!!! That's great!! Can't wait to see the pics!!

joysh
01-02-2013, 05:03 PM
Rainbow, hope you're feeling better by now!

Dana, welcome back! Glad you had a great break!


Happy New Year Everyone. I'm 55, started IP 6 days ago and hanging in there (not easy yet). I'm truely inspired by all of your stories and look forward to sharing mine (being optimistic;) I wish everyone an amazingly successful New Year.

Changenow, welcome!! This is an amazing diet and a great forum!


This is such a wonderful thread, thank you all for being who you are and being so warm, supportive and making this a real community. I know I've been away for a while, it is good to be back. Just completed week 1, glad it's over. Lost 3.8 pounds and have 20 to go. I'm guessing it will take 3 months and then a month of phase 2 and phase 3, then maintenace. Will be lurking on the maintenace thread as it seems to be the most undefined stage, lots to learn.

Welcome back, Chloe!!

lisa32989
01-02-2013, 07:30 PM
Nice to see you back, Dana!

Okay, this is only for my fab 50 gals b/c YOU will understand!

I brought my old swimsuits. They're a little big but I thought they would "do" for this trip. Oh my no! The girls have absolutely no support in swimsuits that are 3 sizes too big! They don't "look" too big but the girls have spoken!

Chloe222
01-02-2013, 07:41 PM
aww thank you for the compliment!! and yes....nigel liked the peanut butter bars but i didn't haha i ended up giving him those, which is why he had grown to like them.

yes...we love our christmas crackers!! mum and dad always send some from england in our christmas box!! but you can buy them in the states now...like at marshalls. tj maxx or world market.

Hmmm, I will have to look for them next year, that would be fun!

I've dived all around the world taking underwater photos for the last 30+ years. Lately we've been coming to the Caymans most frequently as the diving is great, the people are nice, and the weather is hard to beat year round. It's also very easy to get here. I'm a divemaster but don't teach, but have a lot of friends who do. Most of them are in FL and here in Cayman. You can do most of the basic training online these days and then just do your pool work and open water dives in a location of your choice. As long as you're in good health, weight itself is not necessarily a limiting factor although it's certainly easier and more comfortable dealing with all of the gear when you're smaller!

Where do you stay when there? I would like to go back down there, am a little rusty at diving, as is my husband. He certified when we got engaged but we haven't done any diving in a very long while and don't have a local dive school/shop. Thanks Bubbleblower!

I'm BACK................

Missed you all, but it was a very nice break. I started back on IP yesterday, and boy was I tired, but the scale was much happier today. Off to catch up on whats been going on around here. Hope you all had a very Happy New Years!!!

Dana,
So glad you are back! I am too, just finished week 1. We'll complete this together! :hug::hug::hug:



Welcome back, Chloe!!

Thanks Joy, glad to be back! This forum is amazing and so important to my success, for sure.

Love all of you!! Here's to all of our successes in 2013!

:grouphug::grouphug::grouphug:
Chloe

Halfagain
01-02-2013, 07:51 PM
good morning lovely ladies!!!!!!!!!
still rocking and reeling from this horrible sickness....in bed....thankfully, i have a laptop and can stay snuggle warm under covers and still chat a bit!

its good to be home! vermont was beautiful but what can i say i am a carolina girl born and bred!!

i will be happy when all this sickness is gone. phlegm .... you are SOoooo nasty and repulsive *hwaaak* ptt

hope everyone has a beautiful day!!

Nice to hear from you Susan! Glad you are tucked in and staying warm. Get well soon! LOL on the Christmas Crackers... I am so slow, I was thinking like a edible cracker. It I even followed the link and finally realized the what they were. Toys and surprised, like a cracker jack prize.. lol! how fun. I also hand my bars off to DH or DS when I don't care for them. Normally it's because they are too sweet anymore for me, and usually my son really likes them. That's not to say if I leave a box out he won't eat ones I like too.... my RTD shakes are evaporating from the fridge these days as well. I told DH I was going to start putting them in the veggie drawer - my DS will never look there :)

RAINBOW only u could make me laugh at phlegm!!!! I hope that you feel better really soon. Every time I see that Jimmy Dean breakfast commercial where the sun's rainbow is dull I think of you! haha Hope you
get your color back fast!
EVEPET I learn so much from you. Although maintenance is far off for me I watch and listen fervently to everyone's experiences, especially people I have come to respect.
CHANGENOW WELCOME! It gets easier, I promise! It takes planning and once you make that transition into automatically planning, the program is so easy. Tonight is lasagna night for hubby and son. They wanted homemade lasagna. Well the box says homemade on it!!! I have my turkey patty thawing!

Its a wonderful IP day for me. I am walking around the house without crutches! I am celebrating every little step towards recovery

I love it when the box says homemade. What a clever thing lol. I have yet to make a homemade lasagna - unless of course it says it on the box ;). I've really gotten to like my ground turkey. I put soy sauce with it and some veggies, and hot sauce as well. Anyway, enjoy!

Hi Everyone! Have to share this!

Just got back from my WI after 3 weeks of being away!
So....3 weeks of holidays, travel, visiting, parties, etc., etc. - and I lost 7 pounds!!! Now my total is 64 pounds and I'm very, very happy! I lowered my goal to 130, but it's really going to be 128. When I'm at 130 I'll reevaluate before I start Phase 2.

I can't believe I'm even talking about Phase 2! It's crazy!! I haven't been this weight since I was a teenager - and we all know what thread we're on here. I'm 62 and I feel like I'm 40!

I'll take new pictures tonight after I unpack.

Congrats Joysh! Wow that is terrific! I'm so happy for you.

Teena, Dana, Evepet, Molly, and so many others here.. I have seen so many positive posts. I just am amazed how great you all are doing. What a wonderful group. Just letting you know I love you all - you are so inspiring. I ended up working late 12/31, and had to work most of 1/1 (neither of which was planned ahead), but I had today off which was planned for. Anyway I've made the most of today. I did my Costco shopping, DH birthday shopping, and a plan on taking down the Christmas tree after I post this.

Thanks for the reminders on Nashua site - I should run get some more bars ordered while they have their shipping special going. I thought I'd tough it out without them, but after thinking about it a while - it's okay per program plan, and I enjoy having one a day. Heck I have another 4 or 5 months to go on this phase anyway - no sense making it harder than it is. Not that I find it hard to stay on program, but probably that's because I get one bar a day lol.

Alrighty order bars - then tree down time. Making beef jerky again tonight as well. Have a great evening all.

Bellamack
01-02-2013, 08:27 PM
Nice to see you back, Dana!

Okay, this is only for my fab 50 gals b/c YOU will understand!

I brought my old swimsuits. They're a little big but I thought they would "do" for this trip. Oh my no! The girls have absolutely no support in swimsuits that are 3 sizes too big! They don't "look" too big but the girls have spoken!

LOL

Bellamack
01-02-2013, 08:29 PM
The cast is off the leg. :) :) :) Freedom!

WingnutandMe
01-02-2013, 09:01 PM
dont forget the HOLIDAY49 free shipping is still good too :)

Thanks. I needed more sweet roll mix, but nothing else. That helped from trying to find $99 worth

Please take care and get well soon.

I'm BACK................

Missed you all, but it was a very nice break. I started back on IP yesterday, and boy was I tired, but the scale was much happier today. Off to catch up on whats been going on around here. Hope you all had a very Happy New Years!!!

So glad to have you back, but so glad you had the break you needed. We've missed your posts.

Hi Everyone! Have to share this!

Just got back from my WI after 3 weeks of being away!
So....3 weeks of holidays, travel, visiting, parties, etc., etc. - and I lost 7 pounds!!! Now my total is 64 pounds and I'm very, very happy! I lowered my goal to 130, but it's really going to be 128. When I'm at 130 I'll reevaluate before I start Phase 2.

:carrot::carrot::carrot::cb::cb::cb::broc::broc::b roc::dance::dance::dance::flow2::flow2::flow2::dan cer::dancer::dancer:

I can't believe I'm even talking about Phase 2! It's crazy!! I haven't been this weight since I was a teenager - and we all know what thread we're on here. I'm 62 and I feel like I'm 40!

I'll take new pictures tonight after I unpack.

WOW. Fabulous. You've done so well.

Nice to see you back, Dana!

Okay, this is only for my fab 50 gals b/c YOU will understand!

I brought my old swimsuits. They're a little big but I thought they would "do" for this trip. Oh my no! The girls have absolutely no support in swimsuits that are 3 sizes too big! They don't "look" too big but the girls have spoken!

:rofl:


Teena, Dana, Evepet, Molly, and so many others here.. I have seen so many positive posts. I just am amazed how great you all are doing. What a wonderful group. Just letting you know I love you all - you are so inspiring. I ended up working late 12/31, and had to work most of 1/1 (neither of which was planned ahead), but I had today off which was planned for. Anyway I've made the most of today. I did my Costco shopping, DH birthday shopping, and a plan on taking down the Christmas tree after I post this.

Keep your chin up. You are just as good as the rest of us. You have also been inspiring. You are part of this group and help to make it wonderful.

Sorry to hear you had to work on the holiday, but it beats the alternative of being unemployed.

The cast is off the leg. :) :) :) Freedom!

Great to hear that you and mazey are both on the mend.

Molly

DanafromAustin
01-02-2013, 09:55 PM
Dana,
So glad you are back! I am too, just finished week 1. We'll complete this together! :hug::hug::hug:


I have about the same amount to lose to hit goal. I know we can finally finish this together.

Thanks for the warm welcome back y'all. And, Rainbow I hope you are feeling better soon.:getwell:

Halfagain
01-02-2013, 10:11 PM
:-) thanks Molly. As usual I see others changes more than my own. Not saying I don't see differences in myself, but I see "me" every day.

Well the Christmas tree is down. The Nashua order is done. While doing that I discovered I could order sample sizes of Syntrax Nectar! I ordered a couple samples of different flavors. I'm excited as I really do like the make up of the product. I hope I love it in the chocolate or double stuffed cookie flavor, but now that I can get the samples for less than $2.00 each I will know before I buy a bottle. If any of you don't know about the Nashua site, here's the link for the Syntrax Nectar, scroll down to the try before you buy part. http://www.nashuanutrition.com/store/protein-powders/syntrax-nectar-36-servings.html

I'm about to crawl under my heated blanket, snuggle up with the dog, the Kindle, and a cup of tea. I think I'm coming down with a cold or something. I've been chilled today and feel beat. Jerky making is being passed on to DH for this round. He's really got a good hand at doing it anyway.

rainbowsmiles
01-02-2013, 10:59 PM
Hi Everyone! Have to share this!

Just got back from my WI after 3 weeks of being away!
So....3 weeks of holidays, travel, visiting, parties, etc., etc. - and I lost 7 pounds!!! Now my total is 64 pounds and I'm very, very happy! I lowered my goal to 130, but it's really going to be 128. When I'm at 130 I'll reevaluate before I start Phase 2.

:carrot::carrot::carrot::cb::cb::cb::broc::broc::b roc::dance::dance::dance::flow2::flow2::flow2::dan cer::dancer::dancer:

I can't believe I'm even talking about Phase 2! It's crazy!! I haven't been this weight since I was a teenager - and we all know what thread we're on here. I'm 62 and I feel like I'm 40!

I'll take new pictures tonight after I unpack.

wow!! this post just made me so happy and hopeful!! you are one amazing lady!! you just made your mind up and then made it happen!! bring on phase 2 and then 3 YOU GOT THIS GF!!

Rainbow, hope you're feeling better by now!


THANK YOU :hug: :hug: :hug:

Nice to see you back, Dana!

Okay, this is only for my fab 50 gals b/c YOU will understand!

I brought my old swimsuits. They're a little big but I thought they would "do" for this trip. Oh my no! The girls have absolutely no support in swimsuits that are 3 sizes too big! They don't "look" too big but the girls have spoken!

hahaha that is too funny and i totally understand...my tatas have disappeared!!!!!!!!! LE SIGH......

Hmmm, I will have to look for them next year, that would be fun!
Chloe

might check out the after christmas sales....and snag some half off!! :)


Nice to hear from you Susan! Glad you are tucked in and staying warm. Get well soon! LOL on the Christmas Crackers... I am so slow, I was thinking like a edible cracker. It I even followed the link and finally realized the what they were. Toys and surprised, like a cracker jack prize.. lol! how fun. I also hand my bars off to DH or DS when I don't care for them. Normally it's because they are too sweet anymore for me, and usually my son really likes them. That's not to say if I leave a box out he won't eat ones I like too.... my RTD shakes are evaporating from the fridge these days as well. I told DH I was going to start putting them in the veggie drawer - my DS will never look there :)


yes....sort of like a cracker jack surprise!!!i am so uber picky on the bars. i wish i liked more of them. they are either way way way too sweet, or leave an awful after protein taste i don't care for. i finally figured out what those yogurt covered bard remind me of....do you remember the ZERO candy bar??? they sort of taste like those!!

ooooo dh KNOWS BETTER than to take my strawberry eas!! haha i don't mind sharing the vanilla but oooooo better leave my strawberry one alone! teehee :rofl:

The cast is off the leg. :) :) :) Freedom!

:woohoo: yipee!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks. I needed more sweet roll mix, but nothing else. That helped from trying to find $99 worth

Please take care and get well soon.


i still have the one you sent me, i keep forgetting to try it!! i was able to snag you some 3 cheese blend land o lakes....will send with the dvds. hugsssssssssss
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8143/7650423074_7e9061d6b5.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/7650423074/)

ps...not any better but not any worse today...slept a good portion of the afternoon...sleep, chicken soup and hot tea!

I have about the same amount to lose to hit goal. I know we can finally finish this together.

Thanks for the warm welcome back y'all. And, Rainbow I hope you are feeling better soon.:getwell:

thanks gf....i hope tomorrow brings a little more health!!!

Well the Christmas tree is down. The Nashua order is done. While doing that I discovered I could order sample sizes of Syntrax Nectar! I ordered a couple samples of different flavors. I'm excited as I really do like the make up of the product. I hope I love it in the chocolate or double stuffed cookie flavor, but now that I can get the samples for less than $2.00 each I will know before I buy a bottle. If any of you don't know about the Nashua site, here's the link for the Syntrax Nectar, scroll down to the try before you buy part. http://www.nashuanutrition.com/store/protein-powders/syntrax-nectar-36-servings.html

I'm about to crawl under my heated blanket, snuggle up with the dog, the Kindle, and a cup of tea. I think I'm coming down with a cold or something. I've been chilled today and feel beat. Jerky making is being passed on to DH for this round. He's really got a good hand at doing it anyway.

ooooooo sure hope you are not getting this crud that found me!! ugggg please take good care and wash your hands a lot a lot a lot!!! thanks for the heads up about the syntax i didn't know we could order samples!!

dh told me to leave the tree alone!! he is not ready for it to be down! haha then he said, we should just leave it up all year!! sounds good to me!!!!!!!!!!

WingnutandMe
01-03-2013, 12:05 AM
i still have the one you sent me, i keep forgetting to try it!! i was able to snag you some 3 cheese blend land o lakes....will send with the dvds. hugsssssssssss

Thanks soooooo much.

BTW, I'm now making the sweet roll into a zucchini muffin. I add a little baking powder, a couple packets of splenda, the zucchini, and some egg (should be whites, but we only keep around egg beaters since DH has them every morning) I would never go back to it plain. Oh yeah, I spread WF Chocolate Peanut Butter on top like icing.


Now take care and rest. We need lots of color in this rainbow.

Luv, Molly

Chloe222
01-03-2013, 10:57 AM
still have the one you sent me, i keep forgetting to try it!! i was able to snag you some 3 cheese blend land o lakes....will send with the dvds. hugsssssssssss
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8143/7650423074_7e9061d6b5.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/7650423074/)


dh told me to leave the tree alone!! he is not ready for it to be down! haha then he said, we should just leave it up all year!! sounds good to me!!!!!!!!!!
Rainbow,
Hope you're feeling better today. Re the cheese blends, I bought all their flavors through the mail when I started IP. Very, very helpful for flavoring everything - fast & easy. We didn't have them in our local stores. just Googled them and found the main website.

Re Christmas tree, mine is still up and will be for a few days. We just got it decorated Christmas morning (I did it btwn 4-6AM) and so don't want to take it down just yet. I did take down all the decorations outside yesterday.

Wishing all a wonderful OP day!

rainbowsmiles
01-03-2013, 11:03 AM
Rainbow,
Hope you're feeling better today. Re the cheese blends, I bought all their flavors through the mail when I started IP. Very, very helpful for flavoring everything - fast & easy. We didn't have them in our local stores. just Googled them and found the main website.

Re Christmas tree, mine is still up and will be for a few days. We just got it decorated Christmas morning (I did it btwn 4-6AM) and so don't want to take it down just yet. I did take down all the decorations outside yesterday.

Wishing all a wonderful OP day!

i wish the company still made them!!!! our stores have stopped carrying them now. bummer!!!!!!!!!!!

Chloe222
01-03-2013, 01:15 PM
Oh no!! Didn't know!

greeniris
01-03-2013, 01:42 PM
Good afternoon! Wow - so many great posts & results the last few days! Congrats to all that have lost over the holidays! Hope those of you that are sick begin to feel better quickly. Dana, glad to have you back with us. You were missed. Welcome to our newcomers too!

I've been lurking recently...been very upset with myself and didn't want to post whiny stuff when everyone else has been doing so well. Went to my clinic this morning for the first time since starting maintenance...am up 5 lbs. in 4 weeks. My coach said this is completely normal, and to go back to P1 for a few days. My difficulty is that I am CRAVING sugar like crazy! Feels almost like I'm binging at times and just can't seem to stop myself. Had VIP take the rest of the cookies to work this morning, but there is still some pumpkin pie in the fridge. Need to get back to some of my exercises at home(stopped when I got sick about 3 weeks ago). The gym has to wait until my sprained knee is better. Things will get better, but this is a real struggle for me right now.

My mom is having major surgery next Thursday, so I will be at the hospital with them & my sister all day. Will plan my food for that day carefully and be well prepared.

Back to work now - lunch is over. Have a great rest of the day!

rainbowsmiles
01-03-2013, 01:53 PM
greeniris....i saw a commercial the other day, only caught the end part so i can't remember what product it was endorsing but a husband was eating a doughnut...and the lady GRABS IT AND CRUMBLES IT INTO A MILLION TINY PIECES....hahaha you should do that to the pie!! hahahahah :rofl:

DanafromAustin
01-03-2013, 02:04 PM
Good afternoon! Wow - so many great posts & results the last few days! Congrats to all that have lost over the holidays! Hope those of you that are sick begin to feel better quickly. Dana, glad to have you back with us. You were missed. Welcome to our newcomers too!

I've been lurking recently...been very upset with myself and didn't want to post whiny stuff when everyone else has been doing so well. Went to my clinic this morning for the first time since starting maintenance...am up 5 lbs. in 4 weeks. My coach said this is completely normal, and to go back to P1 for a few days. My difficulty is that I am CRAVING sugar like crazy! Feels almost like I'm binging at times and just can't seem to stop myself. Had VIP take the rest of the cookies to work this morning, but there is still some pumpkin pie in the fridge. Need to get back to some of my exercises at home(stopped when I got sick about 3 weeks ago). The gym has to wait until my sprained knee is better. Things will get better, but this is a real struggle for me right now.

My mom is having major surgery next Thursday, so I will be at the hospital with them & my sister all day. Will plan my food for that day carefully and be well prepared.

Back to work now - lunch is over. Have a great rest of the day!

Hope the surgery goes well for your mom next week, and I think your coach is right about the 5 pounds; it's to be expected. Your glycogen storage is filling up again because you are no longer keeping your carbs so low, and most likely most of that gain is just water. I bet phase 1 for a few days will do the trick. I do hear you on the sugar craving though. There is one peice of pumpkin pie sitting in our refrigerator, and I told my husband last night to just eat it already. Still sitting there. No wonder he has never had a weight issue. :rolleyes:

Susan, hope you are feeling a bit better today.

Day 3 of my reboot and doing well. For some reason this time I'm not that hungry which has made the first 3 days easier. I guess my body is just use to it after all this time. I have to go in tomorrow and talk to my doctor regarding the blood test I took last week as part of my well visit. Something came back regarding my thyroid and kidneys. Maybe I can finally blame my weight problems on my thyroid. ;) Have a great day everyone.

RareBird
01-03-2013, 03:17 PM
Okay, Rainbow or any other Downton Abbey fans

For those of us that are just starting at the beginning of Downton Abbey, is there any place to watch from the beginning without spending a fortune. Since retirement, I have a bit of extra time.

Thanks, Molly

If you haven't found all seasons yet, try this:

http://www.free-tv-video-online.me/internet/downton_abbey/

There are tons of shows (and movies) on this site that I wasn't able to watch before because I only have basic cable. Just be sure your virus software is up to date, and steam don't download.

evepet
01-03-2013, 04:08 PM
Good afternoon! Wow - so many great posts & results the last few days! Congrats to all that have lost over the holidays! Hope those of you that are sick begin to feel better quickly. Dana, glad to have you back with us. You were missed. Welcome to our newcomers too!

I've been lurking recently...been very upset with myself and didn't want to post whiny stuff when everyone else has been doing so well. Went to my clinic this morning for the first time since starting maintenance...am up 5 lbs. in 4 weeks. My coach said this is completely normal, and to go back to P1 for a few days. My difficulty is that I am CRAVING sugar like crazy! Feels almost like I'm binging at times and just can't seem to stop myself. Had VIP take the rest of the cookies to work this morning, but there is still some pumpkin pie in the fridge. Need to get back to some of my exercises at home(stopped when I got sick about 3 weeks ago). The gym has to wait until my sprained knee is better. Things will get better, but this is a real struggle for me right now.

My mom is having major surgery next Thursday, so I will be at the hospital with them & my sister all day. Will plan my food for that day carefully and be well prepared.

Back to work now - lunch is over. Have a great rest of the day!

I can commisserate with you. After last Friday's first 'fun day' I was able to shed the 2-3 lbs I put on by going very low carb the next day. But the minute I eat more carby or sugary things, the weight shoots back up again. I feel like I'm on a 'maintenance day' vs. 'P1 day' rollercoaster. My WI this am put me back at 159lbs. There's no way I'm going over 160lbs, and 159lbs makes me very uncomfortable. This is another reason that I've rethought things and lowered my goal weight. I'm going to return to P1 and stay with it until I get down to 145lbs. Then when I rephase out and go into maintenance again, my upper limit will be 150lbs. Those added lbs that are a natural result of our glycogen stores being resupplied won't bother me so much if I'm at 145lbs as my starting point.

I'm also finding it really hard to have any sweet snacky type stuff in the house. It's just too tempting. I've never been the type who can have a box of chocolates, or some other sweet that I really like, and just savor a piece or two per day. I keep nibbling away at it until it's all gone. I bought a bar of Lindt 70% cocoa chocolate on Monday, thinking maybe I could just enjoy ONE square as a treat and leave the rest alone. (Who did I think I was kidding?!...Of course not! ) That bar is gone now, and I'm not buying another until I phase out and return to maintenance again at 145lbs.

My online order from thelowcarbgrocery.com came today, so I'm restocked with protein powders. Plus I have ProtiDiet soups and pancake mixes. So - it's back to P1 tomorrow, for the forseeable future until the scale gives me 145lbs.

Hope all goes well with your Mom's surgery.

patns
01-03-2013, 04:42 PM
Good afternoon! Wow - so many great posts & results the last few days! Congrats to all that have lost over the holidays! Hope those of you that are sick begin to feel better quickly. Dana, glad to have you back with us. You were missed. Welcome to our newcomers too!

I've been lurking recently...been very upset with myself and didn't want to post whiny stuff when everyone else has been doing so well. Went to my clinic this morning for the first time since starting maintenance...am up 5 lbs. in 4 weeks. My coach said this is completely normal, and to go back to P1 for a few days. My difficulty is that I am CRAVING sugar like crazy! Feels almost like I'm binging at times and just can't seem to stop myself. Had VIP take the rest of the cookies to work this morning, but there is still some pumpkin pie in the fridge. Need to get back to some of my exercises at home(stopped when I got sick about 3 weeks ago). The gym has to wait until my sprained knee is better. Things will get better, but this is a real struggle for me right now.

My mom is having major surgery next Thursday, so I will be at the hospital with them & my sister all day. Will plan my food for that day carefully and be well prepared.

Back to work now - lunch is over. Have a great rest of the day!

Actually you are doing very well considering that you started maintenance around the holiday season. I gained 5 pounds right when I went to maintenance in May. I didn't get that off and now have 5 more from the holidays. So excellent plan to get on phase 1 again and get rid of that first 5.
That is what maintenance is all about. working to keep that first few pounds of regain under control.
You will be fine!

Chloe222
01-03-2013, 04:45 PM
Hope the surgery goes well for your mom next week, and I think your coach is right about the 5 pounds; it's to be expected. Your glycogen storage is filling up again because you are no longer keeping your carbs so low, and most likely most of that gain is just water. I bet phase 1 for a few days will do the trick. I do hear you on the sugar craving though. There is one peice of pumpkin pie sitting in our refrigerator, and I told my husband last night to just eat it already. Still sitting there. No wonder he has never had a weight issue. :rolleyes:

Susan, hope you are feeling a bit better today.

Day 3 of my reboot and doing well. For some reason this time I'm not that hungry which has made the first 3 days easier. I guess my body is just use to it after all this time. I have to go in tomorrow and talk to my doctor regarding the blood test I took last week as part of my well visit. Something came back regarding my thyroid and kidneys. Maybe I can finally blame my weight problems on my thyroid. ;) Have a great day everyone.

Dana, I'm glad you aren't too hungry and are doing fine in week 1. For your sake, I hope it is your thyroid simply being inactive since that is an easy problem to fix that has significant benefits for you. I had a thyroid issue that was diagnosed right before I started IP last February and follow up blood work as well to fine-tune dosage of Armour (my thyroid drug). I now have a working thyroid and I think that helped me to not gain more weight during the 4 months I was running wild...I gained around 1 pound/week, which is pretty miraculous since I was drinking wine every night, eating lots of chocolate, plus bread with butter. I credit that rate of gain to a functioning thyroid and reset pancreas. Now back on IP, really doing the best I can to get this weight off and onto the next phase. If you are prescribed thyroid meds, consider Armour over the older versions (i.e.Synthroid) since Armour is a lot easier to take. As I understand it, with Synthroid, you need to have a window of time before and after taking your daily dose where you don't eat - hence some people take it in the middle of the night. With Armour, I only a need a 1 hour window around it, so easier to schedule in. Let us know what happens.

I can commisserate with you. After last Friday's first 'fun day' I was able to shed the 2-3 lbs I put on by going very low carb the next day. But the minute I eat more carby things, the weight shoots back up 2-4lbs again. My WI this am put me at 159lbs. I really don't want to go up over 160lbs, and this is another reason that I'm going to return to P1 very soon and stay with it until I get down to around 145lbs. Those added lbs that are a natural result of our glycogen stores being resupplied won't bother me so much if I'm at a lower weight to start out with.

Plus I'm finding it really hard to have any sweet snacky type stuff in the house. It's just too tempting. I've never been the type who can have a box of chocolates, or some other sweet that I really like, and just savor a piece or two per day. I keep nibbling away at it until it's all gone. I bought a bar of Lindt 70% cocoa chocolate on Monday, thinking maybe I could just enjoy ONE square as a treat and leave the rest alone. (Who did I think I was kidding?!...Of course not! ) That bar is gone now, and I'm not buying another until I return to maintenance again at my new lower goal weight.

My online order from thelowcarbgrocery.com came today, so I'm restocked with protein powders. Plus I have ProtiDiet soups and pancake mixes. So - it's back to P1 tomorrow. And staying with it until I get down to 145lbs.
Evepet,
I am very much like you regarding sweets. I love sugar and at times, when I was off IP, felt a little out of control around all the chocolate we had leftover from Halloween. I can stay away from pastries, cheese, fresh homemade bread and butter (although I don't want to - but its doable), even champagne and wine...but chocolate is so tough...and homemade oatmeal raisin or chocolate chip cookies...

Do you think there is any other strategy other than keeping it out of the house? I would love to be able to just eat it in moderation, but that is tough (obviously :(). When I was on Weight Watchers, I would drink Carnation 25 calorie ft free hot chocolate and that was acceptable, more or less, well, maybe more less than more. This is the crux of my lifelong problem.

WingnutandMe
01-03-2013, 04:46 PM
If you haven't found all seasons yet, try this:

http://www.free-tv-video-online.me/internet/downton_abbey/

There are tons of shows (and movies) on this site that I wasn't able to watch before because I only have basic cable. Just be sure your virus software is up to date, and steam don't download.

I clicked your link. I don't have the software they require to stream, it just flips to download or they want me to download some "player" software to be able to stream. With your comments (bolded above), I'm afraid to do anything. I have good anti-virus software, but don't like to get near "bad" sites. A few weeks ago, I got a "hitchhicker" and took all evening to get rid of it. Ant-virus doesn't catch those.

Unless you have some more specific info, I'll just wait for Rainbow to send her DVDs.

Molly

evepet
01-03-2013, 05:11 PM
Evepet,
I am very much like you regarding sweets. I love sugar and at times, when I was off IP, felt a little out of control around all the chocolate we had leftover from Halloween. I can stay away from pastries, cheese, fresh homemade bread and butter (although I don't want to - but its doable), even champagne and wine...but chocolate is so tough...and homemade oatmeal raisin or chocolate chip cookies...

Do you think there is any other strategy other than keeping it out of the house? I would love to be able to just eat it in moderation, but that is tough (obviously :(). When I was on Weight Watchers, I would drink Carnation 25 calorie ft free hot chocolate and that was acceptable, more or less, well, maybe more less than more. This is the crux of my lifelong problem.

For me, I think the best strategy is just keeping them out of the house. I'll allow myself chocolate and other sweets as a treat but it doesn't work for me to keep a supply on hand. Even if I freeze whatever the item is (if it's freezable) it's too easy to defrost it. LOL. So - in future once I'm at 145lbs and rephasing out and going through maintenance again - I'll buy (or bake) just a small size of whatever 'sweet' I'm contemplating, so there aren't too many leftover servings around to tempt me. Or if I'm just cooking/baking for myself, a single serving if it's doable.

Fishette
01-03-2013, 05:16 PM
So I'm one pound from my goal of 135, but hearing you ladies talk and from the gizmo at the fitness center and all the calculators that have been circulating, I think I need to lower it to 132. That way, 135 could be my top range number. The gizmo thinks I should be 130, but I know my home scale is 2 pounds higher than the fitness center, so 132 should be sufficient. But I won't be changing my ticker until I hit 135. I want to see that number!

Starshine
01-03-2013, 05:24 PM
For me, I think the best strategy is just keeping them out of the house. I'll allow myself chocolate and other sweets as a treat but it doesn't work for me to keep a supply on hand. Even if I freeze whatever the item is (if it's freezable) it's too easy to defrost it. LOL. So - in future once I'm at 145lbs and rephasing out and going through maintenance again - I'll buy (or bake) just a small size of whatever 'sweet' I'm contemplating, so there aren't too many leftover servings around to tempt me. Or if I'm just cooking/baking for myself, a single serving if it's doable.

This is going to be my plan also. I can't have these things in my house. I'll probably use chocolate shakes as my go to for chocolate, and then anything special will have to be bought (and only the amount i will eat in one--controlled--sitting. I know myself too well. If it's in the house, it's too much of a temptation.

So I'm one pound from my goal of 135, but hearing you ladies talk and from the gizmo at the fitness center and all the calculators that have been circulating, I think I need to lower it to 132. That way, 135 could be my top range number. The gizmo thinks I should be 130, but I know my home scale is 2 pounds higher than the fitness center, so 132 should be sufficient. But I won't be changing my ticker until I hit 135. I want to see that number!

Congrats!!!! You can do it, Fishette! :) I'm going to lower my goal by at least 10 pounds, but for now, I like seeing just 6 more pounds to go. It's all mental.

Chloe222
01-03-2013, 08:10 PM
So I'm one pound from my goal of 135, but hearing you ladies talk and from the gizmo at the fitness center and all the calculators that have been circulating, I think I need to lower it to 132. That way, 135 could be my top range number. The gizmo thinks I should be 130, but I know my home scale is 2 pounds higher than the fitness center, so 132 should be sufficient. But I won't be changing my ticker until I hit 135. I want to see that number!

Congrats on being this close to goal, you must feel great! Quite an accomplishment. Going down a few extra pounds now while it's relatively easily doable is smart. Giving yourself a larger range (on the low side) to settle into is a gift to yourself.

We're the same height, my new goal is 135 and I can't wait to see what I'll look like when I get there.

DanafromAustin
01-04-2013, 01:17 AM
Dana, I'm glad you aren't too hungry and are doing fine in week 1. For your sake, I hope it is your thyroid simply being inactive since that is an easy problem to fix that has significant benefits for you. I had a thyroid issue that was diagnosed right before I started IP last February and follow up blood work as well to fine-tune dosage of Armour (my thyroid drug). I now have a working thyroid and I think that helped me to not gain more weight during the 4 months I was running wild...I gained around 1 pound/week, which is pretty miraculous since I was drinking wine every night, eating lots of chocolate, plus bread with butter. I credit that rate of gain to a functioning thyroid and reset pancreas. Now back on IP, really doing the best I can to get this weight off and onto the next phase. If you are prescribed thyroid meds, consider Armour over the older versions (i.e.Synthroid) since Armour is a lot easier to take. As I understand it, with Synthroid, you need to have a window of time before and after taking your daily dose where you don't eat - hence some people take it in the middle of the night. With Armour, I only a need a 1 hour window around it, so easier to schedule in. Let us know what happens.

Thanks for the info on the medication, and I'll let you know what the doctors says. Right now, I can barely eat off program and I can gain weight like crazy. I also lose it like crazy once back on plan too. Hopefully it's all as simple as taking some medication, not that I like taking medication, but if that's what is needed then that's what I'll do.

AlisonS
01-04-2013, 09:00 AM
Hi ladies, thanks for all the great info over the past couple of days! I love hearing about people who are in maintenance, it helps me mentally prepare for when I get there! I am a little afraid of the "fun day", which I envision right now as being me going wild from sun up to sun down, LOL!

Quick question - I am getting a cold, and I wondered if anyone has any good advice other than "suck it up, sister!" I do not want to eat off program foods or additional food, but has anyone had any success with anything else, like taking extra vitamin C or switching all of your packets to soups, etc? Making a grocery run today for kleenex and veggies and then hunkering down for the weekend!

Have a great day! TGIF!!

bubbleblower
01-04-2013, 09:19 AM
There is one peice of pumpkin pie sitting in our refrigerator, and I told my husband last night to just eat it already. Still sitting there. No wonder he has never had a weight issue. :rolleyes:


LOL!! There has been one piece (albeit diminishing in size!) of chocolate lava cake from my DH's dessert on NYE. He ate half that night, and has been eating it little by little since then and I *finally* noticed the empty container in the trash this morning! And yes, needless to say, he doesn't have a weight problem! :lol: I'm guess I'm lucky in a way that my cravings really aren't for chocolate and sugar. I'm missing having red wine with dinner more than anything, but I realize that really contributed to my gaining the weight in the first place (along with things like chips, crackers, cheese and nuts and ....).

Chloe: I'm on Armour Thyroid meds also (have been for years) and find it works better for me than the synthetics. I was never told about taking it or any of the other drugs on an empty stomach, but it usually works out that way for me since I take it first thing in the morning, usually about an hour or two before breakfast. I'm told the synthetics are easier to control in terms of dosage and quality control aspects, but they just didn't work for me at all.

lisa32989
01-04-2013, 09:37 AM
Quick question - I am getting a cold, and I wondered if anyone has any good advice other than "suck it up, sister!" I do not want to eat off program foods or additional food, but has anyone had any success with anything else, like taking extra vitamin C or switching all of your packets to soups, etc? Making a grocery run today for kleenex and veggies and then hunkering down for the weekend!


At our house, first sign of a sniffle or a scratchy throat, DH chops 2 raw garlic cloves which are then swallowed like a pill. For my cold, I made chicken soup by roasting a whole chicken (could buy rotisserie) & using the carcass to make the broth (bone broth is super healthy). For veggies: bok choy & celery (leaves & all!) garlic and leeks. I used the broth & veggies in my IP soups, too. Get some herbal tea. I like Tazo "Refresh" and Republic of Tea decaf Ginger Peach. I also drank a tea concoction of ginger root and lemon. And yes, i upped my timed release C and also upped my D3 to 10K iu. My worse symptoms were only 2-3 days but it seems EVERYONE is getting a version of this! I used more drinks (orange, pink lemonade) just to get the packets in, too.

I got mine right before Christmas and stayed AWAY from others so they wouldn't get sick. Hubby ended up with a milder form...

RareBird
01-04-2013, 10:17 AM
I clicked your link. I don't have the software they require to stream, it just flips to download or they want me to download some "player" software to be able to stream. With your comments (bolded above), I'm afraid to do anything. I have good anti-virus software, but don't like to get near "bad" sites. A few weeks ago, I got a "hitchhicker" and took all evening to get rid of it. Ant-virus doesn't catch those.

Unless you have some more specific info, I'll just wait for Rainbow to send her DVDs.

Molly

It takes awhile to get used to the site, but most links allow you to just click on the play button on the lower left of the viewing screen. You don't have to download any of their players... that's just a scam to get tracking info on your computer. When I found out about the site, I Googled "Is Project Free TV safe?", and I followed the advice in links I received. I don't blame you for wanting to be careful, but I've been using the site for about 6 months and haven't had any problems.

maezy1
01-04-2013, 10:22 AM
NSV NSV -well my stitches are out, I have my driving privileges back and I went to my first PT appts at my fav center yesterday. I have been going to this PT center for over a year in this long journey to wellness. I walked in yesterday and the PTs and their assistants kept coming up to me to tell me how great I looked and what had I done to lose weight. Made me feel so good!!!! Also, WOW PT is so much easier when you weigh 52 lbs less! OMG
Continuing to learn life's lessons and lovin IP

greeniris
01-04-2013, 11:27 AM
greeniris....i saw a commercial the other day, only caught the end part so i can't remember what product it was endorsing but a husband was eating a doughnut...and the lady GRABS IT AND CRUMBLES IT INTO A MILLION TINY PIECES....hahaha you should do that to the pie!! hahahahah :rofl:
LOL - well, the pie is now gone, so I don't have to go to that extreme. Hey Susan, I'm not a great experimenter in the kitchen, but have been wondering if the soft or silken tofu can be used to make sauces similiar to what LizRR has done with the lobster mac & cheese recipe. Any insights there? I've only used tofu in a couple of recipes so not sure about 'free-lancing' with it. Does it 'melt' & get creamy when heated? Thanks for any advise on how to use it.
I can commisserate with you. After last Friday's first 'fun day' I was able to shed the 2-3 lbs I put on by going very low carb the next day. But the minute I eat more carby or sugary things, the weight shoots back up again. I feel like I'm on a 'maintenance day' vs. 'P1 day' rollercoaster. My WI this am put me back at 159lbs. There's no way I'm going over 160lbs, and 159lbs makes me very uncomfortable. This is another reason that I've rethought things and lowered my goal weight. I'm going to return to P1 and stay with it until I get down to 145lbs. Then when I rephase out and go into maintenance again, my upper limit will be 150lbs. Those added lbs that are a natural result of our glycogen stores being resupplied won't bother me so much if I'm at 145lbs as my starting point.

I'm also finding it really hard to have any sweet snacky type stuff in the house. It's just too tempting. I've never been the type who can have a box of chocolates, or some other sweet that I really like, and just savor a piece or two per day. I keep nibbling away at it until it's all gone. I bought a bar of Lindt 70% cocoa chocolate on Monday, thinking maybe I could just enjoy ONE square as a treat and leave the rest alone. (Who did I think I was kidding?!...Of course not! ) That bar is gone now, and I'm not buying another until I phase out and return to maintenance again at 145lbs.

Hope all goes well with your Mom's surgery.
I've been wondering if I should shoot for a lower goal weight before going back to maintenance. I originally had 135 as my goal, then raised it to 140, which I did achieve. But when thinking about a 'comfort' range I don't want to go over 142. I may shoot for 138 before going back to maintenance. IDK - feel so wishy-washy about it. Guess I'm going to play it by ear for the next week.

Actually you are doing very well considering that you started maintenance around the holiday season. I gained 5 pounds right when I went to maintenance in May. I didn't get that off and now have 5 more from the holidays. So excellent plan to get on phase 1 again and get rid of that first 5.
That is what maintenance is all about. working to keep that first few pounds of regain under control.
You will be fine!
Thank you patns! So glad the holidays are over so it will be easier to get into a regular routine again.

So I'm one pound from my goal of 135, but hearing you ladies talk and from the gizmo at the fitness center and all the calculators that have been circulating, I think I need to lower it to 132. That way, 135 could be my top range number. The gizmo thinks I should be 130, but I know my home scale is 2 pounds higher than the fitness center, so 132 should be sufficient. But I won't be changing my ticker until I hit 135. I want to see that number!
Fishette - you're doing great!

For me, I think the best strategy is just keeping them out of the house. I'll allow myself chocolate and other sweets as a treat but it doesn't work for me to keep a supply on hand. Even if I freeze whatever the item is (if it's freezable) it's too easy to defrost it. LOL. So - in future once I'm at 145lbs and rephasing out and going through maintenance again - I'll buy (or bake) just a small size of whatever 'sweet' I'm contemplating, so there aren't too many leftover servings around to tempt me. Or if I'm just cooking/baking for myself, a single serving if it's doable.
Me too evepet...no sweets in the house is my best strategy. Even in the freezer isn't a good idea. Maybe once I've been maintaining well for a few months it will be different.

Hi ladies, thanks for all the great info over the past couple of days! I love hearing about people who are in maintenance, it helps me mentally prepare for when I get there! I am a little afraid of the "fun day", which I envision right now as being me going wild from sun up to sun down, LOL!

Quick question - I am getting a cold, and I wondered if anyone has any good advice other than "suck it up, sister!" I do not want to eat off program foods or additional food, but has anyone had any success with anything else, like taking extra vitamin C or switching all of your packets to soups, etc? Making a grocery run today for kleenex and veggies and then hunkering down for the weekend!
AlisonS - my recommendation is to really plan your meals in maintenance - all of them - ahead of time. If you're like me, my suppers before IP always consisted of protein, carbs, AND fats, so I have to completely revamp those meals that I used to be able to prepare in my sleep. Lunches used to be leftovers from supper the night before (protein, carbs AND fats). No can do that now. Also, my recommendation for your 'free day' is to make it a 'free meal' rather than a whole day, at least in the beginning, until you learn how your system is going to respond. Might save you some grief...
RE: your cold - chicken veggie soup & LOTS of water. Hope it doesn't last long.

NSV NSV -well my stitches are out, I have my driving privileges back and I went to my first PT appts at my fav center yesterday. I have been going to this PT center for over a year in this long journey to wellness. I walked in yesterday and the PTs and their assistants kept coming up to me to tell me how great I looked and what had I done to lose weight. Made me feel so good!!!! Also, WOW PT is so much easier when you weigh 52 lbs less! OMG
Continuing to learn life's lessons and lovin IP
Great NSVs all around! Can't imagine what it would be like to not be able to drive for an extended period of time. Good luck with the PT!

bubbleblower
01-04-2013, 11:33 AM
NSV NSV -well my stitches are out, I have my driving privileges back and I went to my first PT appts at my fav center yesterday. I have been going to this PT center for over a year in this long journey to wellness. I walked in yesterday and the PTs and their assistants kept coming up to me to tell me how great I looked and what had I done to lose weight. Made me feel so good!!!! Also, WOW PT is so much easier when you weigh 52 lbs less! OMG
Continuing to learn life's lessons and lovin IP

Congrats!!! That's terrific!

joysh
01-04-2013, 12:45 PM
NSV NSV -well my stitches are out, I have my driving privileges back and I went to my first PT appts at my fav center yesterday. I have been going to this PT center for over a year in this long journey to wellness. I walked in yesterday and the PTs and their assistants kept coming up to me to tell me how great I looked and what had I done to lose weight. Made me feel so good!!!! Also, WOW PT is so much easier when you weigh 52 lbs less! OMG
Continuing to learn life's lessons and lovin IP

How wonderful, maezy! So happy for you!

karenbf
01-04-2013, 12:51 PM
Hey, I'm back. I wasn't on top of my game for a couple of days. Kind of listless. I'm back now and down 6.5 lbs. this week. :)

Does anyone know of a good IP friendly coffee creamer substitute? I've been using the pre-made vanilla drink but I'm not thrilled about it. I was thinking of trying the dried mix to see if I like that better. Or, even pudding.

Let me know what y'all have used and like.

evepet
01-04-2013, 12:55 PM
Hi ladies, thanks for all the great info over the past couple of days! I love hearing about people who are in maintenance, it helps me mentally prepare for when I get there! I am a little afraid of the "fun day", which I envision right now as being me going wild from sun up to sun down, LOL!

Quick question - I am getting a cold, and I wondered if anyone has any good advice other than "suck it up, sister!" I do not want to eat off program foods or additional food, but has anyone had any success with anything else, like taking extra vitamin C or switching all of your packets to soups, etc? Making a grocery run today for kleenex and veggies and then hunkering down for the weekend!

Have a great day! TGIF!!

I lived on soup and veggies for about a week. I had some chicken noodle soup packets available, which really helped during the first few days of the 'bug'. I also steamed cauliflower, zucchini, celery, etc., and blended it in my pea and cream of chicken soups along with some spices (I like curry and a dash of cayenne pepper) and dehydrated onion flakes. The first few days were rough and I had no appetite at all, so I used extra soup packets through the day to get the nutrition in. Also, I felt so rough that I couldn't be bothered with much food prep, so soups were just so much easier to get ready. I also (thankfully) had bags of frozen veggies in the freezer, and that came in handy too.

I purposely googled the nutritional values of all the veggies I had on hand to see what would provide an extra natural Vit C boost. Found that jicama, peppers, and broccoli all had high levels and made sure I included them daily to naturally boost my Vit C levels. I also put a True Lemon packet (pure crystallized lemon crystals - 0 sugar/carb/fat) in each bottle of water that I drank - and I made sure to drink lots and lots of water. Fresh juiced lemon or lime juice would be just as good or even better, but I didn't have any available. Also drank lots of hot tea. Celestial Seasonings Bengal Tiger is my new favorite.

I have a zinc supplement too, and made sure I took that daily.

I've used a neti pot off and on for nasal congestion, allergies, etc., for years now. I used it daily when I was sick to help clear the nasal passages, and flush the germs out.


At our house, first sign of a sniffle or a scratchy throat, DH chops 2 raw garlic cloves which are then swallowed like a pill. For my cold, I made chicken soup by roasting a whole chicken (could buy rotisserie) & using the carcass to make the broth (bone broth is super healthy). For veggies: bok choy & celery (leaves & all!) garlic and leeks. I used the broth & veggies in my IP soups, too. Get some herbal tea. I like Tazo "Refresh" and Republic of Tea decaf Ginger Peach. I also drank a tea concoction of ginger root and lemon. And yes, i upped my timed release C and also upped my D3 to 10K iu. My worse symptoms were only 2-3 days but it seems EVERYONE is getting a version of this! I used more drinks (orange, pink lemonade) just to get the packets in, too.

I got mine right before Christmas and stayed AWAY from others so they wouldn't get sick. Hubby ended up with a milder form...

Your soup sounds delicious.

NSV NSV -well my stitches are out, I have my driving privileges back and I went to my first PT appts at my fav center yesterday. I have been going to this PT center for over a year in this long journey to wellness. I walked in yesterday and the PTs and their assistants kept coming up to me to tell me how great I looked and what had I done to lose weight. Made me feel so good!!!! Also, WOW PT is so much easier when you weigh 52 lbs less! OMG
Continuing to learn life's lessons and lovin IP

So glad to hear that your day went well. Stitches out; driving privileges back; and PT underway. That was a great NSV you got too, from the gals at the PT place.

[COLOR="darkgreen"]I've been wondering if I should shoot for a lower goal weight before going back to maintenance. I originally had 135 as my goal, then raised it to 140, which I did achieve. But when thinking about a 'comfort' range I don't want to go over 142. I may shoot for 138 before going back to maintenance. IDK - feel so wishy-washy about it. Guess I'm going to play it by ear for the next week.

Me too evepet...no sweets in the house is my best strategy. Even in the freezer isn't a good idea. Maybe once I've been maintaining well for a few months it will be different.

Great NSVs all around! Can't imagine what it would be like to not be able to drive for an extended period of time. Good luck with the PT!

I felt really wishy-washy about whether to drop my goal weight for a while too. In maintenance, it really was nice to be able to have the extra allowed food groups again. But then I very quickly proved to myself how hard it is for me to stay close to my goal weight of 155lbs... it seemed that once I ate anything with carbs and/or sugar in it I'd swing back up to 158-159lbs. There's no way I want to creep back over 160lbs, and seeing that 159lbs on the scale as often as I have been was making me very uncomfortable. I was being quite maintenance-compliant, so I know it's the natural result of adding back in some carbs and sugars again, even in moderation. So finally I realized that what I really needed to do was drop my goal weight. At my height there's certainly no reason not to go down to 145lbs. If I'm being honest with myself I know that it was frustration with my overall slow weight loss through this process (and the eventual stalls) that were getting to me, and resulted in my decision to phase out at 155lbs. Now that I've decided to go for a lower goal weight, I feel good about it. It was hard for a few days to decide to give up the freedom of maintenance, but in the long run I'll be happier.

Re sweets, etc.... Like you, I'd love to think that once I'm back into maintenance and have been for a few months, that I'll be able to keep things like this in the house without indulging more than I should.... but time will tell.

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I'm back on P1 today, and so far so good. Had cappuccino protein shake, blended into my decaf coffee for breakfast; and I'm planning on having a low carb waffle and side salad of peppers/celery/zucchini/radishes for lunch. Dinner will be pork loin chops with broccoli and rutabaga. Before bed snack will be a warmed up Chocolate Truffle protein shake. And lots and lots of water. :)

Cheers everyone - hope you all have a good day.

Lizzy63
01-04-2013, 02:06 PM
... I've been wondering if I should shoot for a lower goal weight before going back to maintenance. I originally had 135 as my goal, then raised it to 140, which I did achieve. But when thinking about a 'comfort' range I don't want to go over 142. I may shoot for 138 before going back to maintenance. IDK - feel so wishy-washy about it. Guess I'm going to play it by ear for the next week...


I gave this some thought too, but finally decided to work on maintaining where I am at for a while. I can always go back and lose more later, but I am most concerned about maintaing a healthy weight. I could lose more, but I feel like I am at a healthy weight now.

If I lose more weight, my calorie requirement in maintenance will be lower, and I don't feel ready for that yet. Right now, I am maintaining pretty well with 1650 - 1700 calories average daily. Not sure I'm willing to even give up 50 - 100 of those calories - I'm enjoying it too much after 4+ months of phase 1!! Heck, that could mean giving up one of my granny smith apples that I enjoy snacking on! Or a cheese stick or small dinner roll!

Yes, I'm probably rationalizing, but no matter how you look at it, I'm WAYYYY better off that when I was over 200 pounds. (And I won't be wearing a bikini anytime soon!)

Halfagain
01-04-2013, 03:56 PM
Hey, I'm back. I wasn't on top of my game for a couple of days. Kind of listless. I'm back now and down 6.5 lbs. this week. :)

Does anyone know of a good IP friendly coffee creamer substitute? I've been using the pre-made vanilla drink but I'm not thrilled about it. I was thinking of trying the dried mix to see if I like that better. Or, even pudding.

Let me know what y'all have used and like.

Hi Karen, I finally gave up on finding one I liked. I hated to open a vanilla drink and leave it sitting open in the fridge for several days while I used it in coffee. I went to black coffee - which wasn't all that great. Then I found sugar free syrups and I use them sparingly. I have hazelnut and gingerbread.... both make vanilla shakes a bit new again too. I have about two cups of coffee a day. It has made my coffee a treat again for me anyway, even though I never was someone who put sweetener in my coffee before.

My tastes have definitely changed over the months on IP. Some things I didn't like at all at first I do like now, and other things I did like at first, I don't like now.

DanafromAustin
01-04-2013, 04:33 PM
I'm back on P1 today, and so far so good. Had cappuccino protein shake, blended into my decaf coffee for breakfast; and I'm planning on having a low carb waffle and side salad of peppers/celery/zucchini/radishes for lunch. Dinner will be pork loin chops with broccoli and rutabaga. Before bed snack will be a warmed up Chocolate Truffle protein shake. And lots and lots of water. :)

Cheers everyone - hope you all have a good day.
Good luck, and menu sounds good.

NSV NSV -well my stitches are out, I have my driving privileges back and I went to my first PT appts at my fav center yesterday. I have been going to this PT center for over a year in this long journey to wellness. I walked in yesterday and the PTs and their assistants kept coming up to me to tell me how great I looked and what had I done to lose weight. Made me feel so good!!!! Also, WOW PT is so much easier when you weigh 52 lbs less! OMG
Continuing to learn life's lessons and lovin IP
Congrats on getting the stitches out, and yes losing that much weight sure does make our bodies happier. :carrot:

LOL!! There has been one piece (albeit diminishing in size!) of chocolate lava cake from my DH's dessert on NYE. He ate half that night, and has been eating it little by little since then and I *finally* noticed the empty container in the trash this morning! And yes, needless to say, he doesn't have a weight problem! :lol: I'm guess I'm lucky in a way that my cravings really aren't for chocolate and sugar. I'm missing having red wine with dinner more than anything, but I realize that really contributed to my gaining the weight in the first place (along with things like chips, crackers, cheese and nuts and ....).

Well that darn piece of pie was still sitting in the fridge last night, so I finally took out, handed it my husband with some whip cream on it and said, "EAT THIS NOW!" :rolleyes:

I'm back from the doctor and he wants to run my blood test one more time since my low thyroid was boarder line. He did say if it's boarder line now it will most likely continue to decline as I get older, so if it's still on the low side when the next test comes back he will put me on medication. Also some potential kidney problems, but he can't seem to find a reason for that. He said that just might have been a fluke on the last blood test, so will have to see what the next test says. I just love getting older - NOT!

rainbowsmiles
01-04-2013, 07:29 PM
LOL - well, the pie is now gone, so I don't have to go to that extreme. Hey Susan, I'm not a great experimenter in the kitchen, but have been wondering if the soft or silken tofu can be used to make sauces similiar to what LizRR has done with the lobster mac & cheese recipe. Any insights there? I've only used tofu in a couple of recipes so not sure about 'free-lancing' with it. Does it 'melt' & get creamy when heated? Thanks for any advise on how to use it.


i only used it that one time for the chocolate pots...and i wasn't a fan of tofu so gave up any ideas of using it again. it did however melt into the chocolate pudding consistency. sorry i am not much help.

NSV NSV -well my stitches are out, I have my driving privileges back and I went to my first PT appts at my fav center yesterday. I have been going to this PT center for over a year in this long journey to wellness. I walked in yesterday and the PTs and their assistants kept coming up to me to tell me how great I looked and what had I done to lose weight. Made me feel so good!!!! Also, WOW PT is so much easier when you weigh 52 lbs less! OMG
Continuing to learn life's lessons and lovin IP

so glad you are on the mend!!!!!!!

Hi Karen, I finally gave up on finding one I liked. I hated to open a vanilla drink and leave it sitting open in the fridge for several days while I used it in coffee. I went to black coffee - which wasn't all that great. Then I found sugar free syrups and I use them sparingly. I have hazelnut and gingerbread.... both make vanilla shakes a bit new again too. I have about two cups of coffee a day. It has made my coffee a treat again for me anyway, even though I never was someone who put sweetener in my coffee before.

My tastes have definitely changed over the months on IP. Some things I didn't like at all at first I do like now, and other things I did like at first, I don't like now.

barb...got my simply bars in....tried the lemon coconut...not a fan! haha i didn't realize they were like rice crispy treats which i do not like! haha interested in any trades??

Hey, I'm back. I wasn't on top of my game for a couple of days. Kind of listless. I'm back now and down 6.5 lbs. this week. :)

Does anyone know of a good IP friendly coffee creamer substitute? I've been using the pre-made vanilla drink but I'm not thrilled about it. I was thinking of trying the dried mix to see if I like that better. Or, even pudding.

Let me know what y'all have used and like.

i use the EAS vanilla shake

rainbowsmiles
01-04-2013, 07:31 PM
this "crud" is really kickin' my butt-er! slept most of the day...truly weak and lethargic and the massive headache from the sinus pressure is a real downer! still able to cough up goop so at least it not settling in my lungs. i have a rather suppressed immune and can often be too susceptible to pneumonia. heres to good health on the rise!

hope everyone is having a great new years so far!

hugs
susan

maezy1
01-04-2013, 09:15 PM
this "crud" is really kickin' my butt-er! slept most of the day...truly weak and lethargic and the massive headache from the sinus pressure is a real downer! still able to cough up goop so at least it not settling in my lungs. i have a rather suppressed immune and can often be too susceptible to pneumonia. heres to good health on the rise!

hope everyone is having a great new years so far!

hugs
susan

Oh Susan!! you have to get feeling better! so many people have that crud and everyone says its taking a while to get over it. RAINBOW needs her color back!

Halfagain
01-04-2013, 09:29 PM
this "crud" is really kickin' my butt-er! slept most of the day...truly weak and lethargic and the massive headache from the sinus pressure is a real downer! still able to cough up goop so at least it not settling in my lungs. i have a rather suppressed immune and can often be too susceptible to pneumonia. heres to good health on the rise!

hope everyone is having a great new years so far!

hugs
susan

Sending the positive vibes, get well soon Susan!

I changed my before photo to one of me in a shawl and sweater I knit. The sweater I spun the wool as well before knitting. The after shot is my winnings from the casino - net winnings that is. Pretty cool to walk out a winner.

DanafromAustin
01-04-2013, 10:46 PM
this "crud" is really kickin' my butt-er! slept most of the day...truly weak and lethargic and the massive headache from the sinus pressure is a real downer! still able to cough up goop so at least it not settling in my lungs. i have a rather suppressed immune and can often be too susceptible to pneumonia. heres to good health on the rise!

hope everyone is having a great new years so far!

hugs
susan
Sorry to hear you're not feeling better yet. Hang in there and keep hydrated!!! :hug:

Sending the positive vibes, get well soon Susan!

I changed my before photo to one of me in a shawl and sweater I knit. The sweater I spun the wool as well before knitting. The after shot is my winnings from the casino - net winnings that is. Pretty cool to walk out a winner.
Look at you, what a great before and after!:bravo:

Chloe222
01-04-2013, 10:53 PM
Rainbow,
I'm so sorry to hear you aren't feeling any better yet. You will get better, I'm sending healing vibes your way!!

:grouphug::grouphug::grouphug:
That's from all of us!

Chloe222
01-04-2013, 10:58 PM
Rainbow, This will make you feel better plus its good info for the other fab 50+'ers: looks like Land O Lakes Seasonings has been resurrected as Kernel Season's.

Here's a copy of the post I wrote in the daily thread. I had success using these very sparingly (but often daily) on IP in 2012.

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POST FROM DAILY THREAD TODAY:
Rainbow and Molly, look at this website. www.kernelseasons.com (http://www.kernelseasons.com) and click on Popcorn Seasonings.

They are both made in Elk Grove Village, IL and as I still have the original Land O Lakes version of all 5 flavors sold originally and tasted what I bought tonight at the movie theatre and compared it to the Land O Lakes version... very similar with nearly identical nutritional stats.

At the www.kernelseasons.com (http://www.kernelseasons.com) website (after selecting popcorn seasonings), you'll see they offer a web special where you can buy 4 and get the 5th free (5 for $15.99) of the 2.85 oz size (Land O Lakes sold a 3 oz container). Noted they also sell 14 flavors (i.e. pizza, chili lime, jalapeno, white cheddar, bacon cheddar, milk chocolate caramel, caramel, apple cinnamon, cajun, etc.).

Check the stats, these would need to be used very sparingly. However, Rainbow and I were just lamenting on how the Land O Lakes product info was pulled from their website, product was gone...my guess, and it's not confirmed, is that the product has been resurrected as Kernel Season's. (Yes, that's how they spell it, including that apostrophe). I used these with great success on IP in 2012 and am thrilled they are back!

This is such great news, I will probably repeat it tomorrow on the weekend thread so interested folks don't miss it, given how late in the day this story is breaking. (Can you tell I'm excited?)

They have a store locator on the website as well.

Fishette
01-04-2013, 11:08 PM
Hey, they sell that is the store 1 mile from my house...gotta go see!

lisa32989
01-05-2013, 08:51 AM
I changed my before photo to one of me in a shawl and sweater I knit. The sweater I spun the wool as well before knitting. The after shot is my winnings from the casino - net winnings that is. Pretty cool to walk out a winner.
Love the sweater and the new pics!

this "crud" is really kickin' my butt-er! slept most of the day...truly weak and lethargic and the massive headache from the sinus pressure is a real downer! still able to cough up goop so at least it not settling in my lungs. i have a rather suppressed immune and can often be too susceptible to pneumonia. heres to good health on the rise!
More get well health vibes ~~~~~~~

Does anyone know of a good IP friendly coffee creamer substitute? I've been using the pre-made vanilla drink but I'm not thrilled about it. I was thinking of trying the dried mix to see if I like that better. Or, even pudding
I use a combo of van pudding & EAS RTD. I keep them in a Rubbermaid container. I'm STILL not thrilled b/c I was sweetener-free in my coffee (cream-only) before IP. NOT MILK (yuk, Ptooey). Cream. I have some unflavored protein powder I'm gonna try when I get home. I'll let you know how that works. I wonder how we send in requests for products to IP. THIS seems like an in-demand product.
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I posted in the 100% about my recent medical issues but after reading about Dana's thyroid, here's a cross-post:

Before I left for vacation you may remember I went to the doc b/c I was starting to get cold all the time. Different from regular winter chill. And I'd lost 100 lbs before and not been like this. Back in June I was dx with multinodular goiter but no other evident thyroid problems. Right before I left, the doc called to say the ultrasound results indicated no change in nodule size. Yesterday Dr office called with blood test results. TSH 6.5. No wonder! They have already called in an Rx which I'll start when I get home.

I just shared this to emphasize how important it is to stay on top of any potential medical issues that crop up, even if all is well the first time you get checked. This is a change since I've been on IP. I'll be researching more about PSMF diets and their role on adrenal and thyroid stress and anything I can do to help support while I'm on P1 for 5 more months. I'll take the thyroid meds but I don't believe conventional medicine has all the answers so I'll be checking with alternative practitioners as well.

I've been careful to not complain too much about slower weight loss weeks but wow! Now that I know I'm hypothyroid, I'm extra happy with my "slow" results that really aren't so slow!

evepet
01-05-2013, 10:54 AM
this "crud" is really kickin' my butt-er! slept most of the day...truly weak and lethargic and the massive headache from the sinus pressure is a real downer! still able to cough up goop so at least it not settling in my lungs. i have a rather suppressed immune and can often be too susceptible to pneumonia. heres to good health on the rise!

hope everyone is having a great new years so far!

hugs
susan

So sorry to hear that that bug has still got you down. Hope you're feeling much better soon. :hug:

Sending the positive vibes, get well soon Susan!

I changed my before photo to one of me in a shawl and sweater I knit. The sweater I spun the wool as well before knitting. The after shot is my winnings from the casino - net winnings that is. Pretty cool to walk out a winner.

Love the new pic! You're a winner in more ways that one gf. :)

Love the sweater and the new pics!


More get well health vibes ~~~~~~~


I use a combo of van pudding & EAS RTD. I keep them in a Rubbermaid container. I'm STILL not thrilled b/c I was sweetener-free in my coffee (cream-only) before IP. NOT MILK (yuk, Ptooey). Cream. I have some unflavored protein powder I'm gonna try when I get home. I'll let you know how that works. I wonder how we send in requests for products to IP. THIS seems like an in-demand product.
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I posted in the 100% about my recent medical issues but after reading about Dana's thyroid, here's a cross-post:

Before I left for vacation you may remember I went to the doc b/c I was starting to get cold all the time. Different from regular winter chill. And I'd lost 100 lbs before and not been like this. Back in June I was dx with multinodular goiter but no other evident thyroid problems. Right before I left, the doc called to say the ultrasound results indicated no change in nodule size. Yesterday Dr office called with blood test results. TSH 6.5. No wonder! They have already called in an Rx which I'll start when I get home.

I just shared this to emphasize how important it is to stay on top of any potential medical issues that crop up, even if all is well the first time you get checked. This is a change since I've been on IP. I'll be researching more about PSMF diets and their role on adrenal and thyroid stress and anything I can do to help support while I'm on P1 for 5 more months. I'll take the thyroid meds but I don't believe conventional medicine has all the answers so I'll be checking with alternative practitioners as well.

I've been careful to not complain too much about slower weight loss weeks but wow! Now that I know I'm hypothyroid, I'm extra happy with my "slow" results that really aren't so slow!

Thanks for sharing re the recent TSH test. One of the things that has worried me slightly about this dieting process is the use of soy. I've read in several places that it can impact on thyroid health. For that reason I've included soy-based alternative products, but tried to balance them with alternatives that are based on whey protein... just as a precaution. I've also had a slower weight loss throughout this process (average less than 2/wk) but am unaware of having any symptoms related to thyroid or adrenal fatigue. Like you though, I'm going to do some research on the subject. Particularly as I'm heading back to P1 to lose a final 10 lbs, which will possibly take me a additional two months to accomplish.

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Well, Day 1 back on P1 went well. I was 100% with no significant issues yesterday. I'm pleasantly surprised that I didn't have many sugar cravings or even experience much hunger. (Hope I haven't just jinxed myself - :D) I did drink a lot of water though, to keep a feeling of fullness. Scale rewarded me with about a -1.2 loss this morning. So far so good. :) Today it's supermarket day again - definitely need to replenish my veggie and beef/chicken/fish supply. I'm going to experiment with chili this afternoon... for some reason I've been craving it, so I've been researching recipes that omit the beans, etc. and just concentrate on the ground beef and veggies. Definitely plan appropriate. It will contain tomato though, so I'll have to follow the restricted rules for including tomatoes... I'll just freeze the leftovers in appropriate 1 meal serving sizes... will be handy for a fast meal in the future.

Cheers everyone... hope you all have a great day. All of you who are still under the weather with the various bugs that are still bugging us - get better soon. :hug:

maezy1
01-05-2013, 11:02 AM
Thx for all of the well wishes!
FISHETTE one lb from goal!!!!! SO excited for you!!!
HALFAGAIN your pics are great! When i see them I am reminded of the commercials on tv where I always think it's not the same person in both pics

greeniris
01-05-2013, 12:16 PM
Good morning! It is a bright, sunny and very COLD morning here in northern MI...was 8 degrees a couple hours ago! I'm spending the day catching up on housework, making beef stew and zucchini muffins (both IP P1 appropriate), and doing a ton of laundry. Also have a 1000 pc puzzle going on the dining room table we've both been working on (an after-Christmas tradition). Am going to begin the yoga-like exercises again today. VIP is working his 2nd job all weekend so I have to keep myself busy. At least he'll be home in the evenings.

I have a full week of P1 meals planned, veggies purchased and a new grip on my determination to get back to goal, if not even lower. This IS important to me; I am important to me and worth the effort! (Do any of you give yourselves little pep talks??? lol)

patns
01-05-2013, 12:43 PM
Half again; I love seeing your progress pictures and your knitting. You have inspired me to check out my yarn stash. I dis coved some nice wool and lots of old patterns I had forgotten about. One pattern was a sweater I made for my daughter when she was going off to college which she received many compliments about. I realized at the time I made it for her I weighed 204 at 5'1" and never made anything for me because I found I could never adjust the patterns correctly to be so short and so wide.
I have to reboot to get 10 pounds off but even with that I don't have to adjust the pattern at all. It has instructions for two sizes, I of course choose the larger one and then realized I had to restart as I could see I need the smaller one.
So even if I am 10 pounds up (not proud of that) I am still light years away from where I used to be. So I have a nice winter project to keep me occupied while I am back on phase 1 again.

Yes greeniris, I give myself little pep talks all the time. I am at the same stage you are, needing to get out and stock up on veggies. I am back to work on Monday. I find when working I do better is I have my main meal at lunch. So I have my animal protein and a large salad or veggie soup depending on the season. My big problem is when it gets cold I want to hibernate. The only time I actually have to go out into the elements is from the parking lot to the door of schools.
We canadians are great at handling winter. Many of us just look at it through glass. But shopping means an extra trip out, so woe is me!
But we are at a balmy 21 F today so good time to get out and stock up on the veggies.
I hope everyone is settling back to a regular routine nicely.

Have a great weekend! Many of us are finally past that awful flu that seemed like it was never going to leave. Hopefully this week everyone will have kicked it to the curb.

Pat

cscape
01-05-2013, 01:13 PM
Hey, I'm back. I wasn't on top of my game for a couple of days. Kind of listless. I'm back now and down 6.5 lbs. this week. :)

Does anyone know of a good IP friendly coffee creamer substitute? I've been using the pre-made vanilla drink but I'm not thrilled about it. I was thinking of trying the dried mix to see if I like that better. Or, even pudding.

Let me know what y'all have used and like.

I use a small amount of the capaccino packet that is mixed with about half (100 cc) the amount of water. Or sometimes I use the whole packet with several cups of coffee and count it as my breakfast

Halfagain
01-05-2013, 03:04 PM
LOL - warning I'm feeling chatty...

Love the sweater and the new pics!

I use a combo of van pudding & EAS RTD. I keep them in a Rubbermaid container. I'm STILL not thrilled b/c I was sweetener-free in my coffee (cream-only) before IP. NOT MILK (yuk, Ptooey). Cream. I have some unflavored protein powder I'm gonna try when I get home. I'll let you know how that works. I wonder how we send in requests for products to IP. THIS seems like an in-demand product.
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I posted in the 100% about my recent medical issues but after reading about Dana's thyroid, here's a cross-post:

Before I left for vacation you may remember I went to the doc b/c I was starting to get cold all the time. Different from regular winter chill. And I'd lost 100 lbs before and not been like this. Back in June I was dx with multinodular goiter but no other evident thyroid problems. Right before I left, the doc called to say the ultrasound results indicated no change in nodule size. Yesterday Dr office called with blood test results. TSH 6.5. No wonder! They have already called in an Rx which I'll start when I get home.

I just shared this to emphasize how important it is to stay on top of any potential medical issues that crop up, even if all is well the first time you get checked. This is a change since I've been on IP. I'll be researching more about PSMF diets and their role on adrenal and thyroid stress and anything I can do to help support while I'm on P1 for 5 more months. I'll take the thyroid meds but I don't believe conventional medicine has all the answers so I'll be checking with alternative practitioners as well.

I've been careful to not complain too much about slower weight loss weeks but wow! Now that I know I'm hypothyroid, I'm extra happy with my "slow" results that really aren't so slow!

I agree on the creamer. If IP made that stuff, I'd be ordering it from any source I could find... lol contraband goods for a non-clinic IP'er. Smuggle it from Canada if needed. Great idea!

I have had a lot of blood tests (well a lot for me, a set done every 3 months since starting IP protocol, so that's 2x now since June 2012) and I know they did check thyroid last time. But - I've been cold much more than normal too - though 100 lbs loss I figure it's probably normal. I was literally shivering putting gas in the car the other day. I'm so glad you found the answers to what's going on. I hate not knowing what is going on. My weight loss has (knock on wood) not been slow - so I really don't think there's an issue there.

I've got a pain lower right back side of my ribs for over a two years now when I sit reclined. I've gone to the doctor several times, as I break out in a sweat it hurts so bad. I get up, it goes away or if I lift my right arm over my head and stretch out as long as I can on that side it goes away. Still a mystery, and worse it lasts a few weeks and happens day after day, and then it stops for a month or two only to start again. They've done scans and such, I even had them check for arthritis in the spine which can radiate pain, but nothing has been figured out.


Love the new pic! You're a winner in more ways that one gf. :)


Well, Day 1 back on P1 went well. I was 100% with no significant issues yesterday. I'm pleasantly surprised that I didn't have many sugar cravings or even experience much hunger. (Hope I haven't just jinxed myself - :D) I did drink a lot of water though, to keep a feeling of fullness. Scale rewarded me with about a -1.2 loss this morning. So far so good. :) Today it's supermarket day again - definitely need to replenish my veggie and beef/chicken/fish supply. I'm going to experiment with chili this afternoon... for some reason I've been craving it, so I've been researching recipes that omit the beans, etc. and just concentrate on the ground beef and veggies. Definitely plan appropriate. It will contain tomato though, so I'll have to follow the restricted rules for including tomatoes... I'll just freeze the leftovers in appropriate 1 meal serving sizes... will be handy for a fast meal in the future.

Cheers everyone... hope you all have a great day. All of you who are still under the weather with the various bugs that are still bugging us - get better soon. :hug:
Thank you! :hug: Glad to hear you are rocking P1. Chili sounds wonderful, let us know how it goes. I was really pleased with the chicken noodle soup last week. I may do that again with the IP approved noodles.
I am more loose with tomatoes than I should be. If they turn up in a restaurant salad I eat them. There are only usually a couple cherry tomatoes on a day I shouldn't eat them. I have a nice tub of salsa I keep thinking I want to bake some fish or chicken in a layer of it, but I haven't got it done yet. My baked meat always seems so dry, and the salsa or a layer of onion and tomato would help I'm sure.

Thx for all of the well wishes!
FISHETTE one lb from goal!!!!! SO excited for you!!!
HALFAGAIN your pics are great! When i see them I am reminded of the commercials on tv where I always think it's not the same person in both pics
Wow ditto that FISHETTE! I'm so excited for you too. Keep on rocking!
Thank you Maezy! :hug: Hahaha- I look at those photos and always think they are tanner in the after photo, or they are smiling and they weren't, etc. Especially those wrinkle cream comparisons. It's nice to see myself in the before/after and know it was not planned that way at all. I wish I had planned more on the before shot in the red shirt. I hate my hair hanging in my face in that photo, but it is what it is.

Good morning! It is a bright, sunny and very COLD morning here in northern MI...was 8 degrees a couple hours ago! I'm spending the day catching up on housework, making beef stew and zucchini muffins (both IP P1 appropriate), and doing a ton of laundry. Also have a 1000 pc puzzle going on the dining room table we've both been working on (an after-Christmas tradition). Am going to begin the yoga-like exercises again today. VIP is working his 2nd job all weekend so I have to keep myself busy. At least he'll be home in the evenings.

I have a full week of P1 meals planned, veggies purchased and a new grip on my determination to get back to goal, if not even lower. This IS important to me; I am important to me and worth the effort! (Do any of you give yourselves little pep talks??? lol)
Wow 8 degrees - that would make our hummingbird feeders freeze up! We get the migrating humming birds from up north that stop here for the winter. Our summer birds move on down South further, so we change out hummers with the seasons. We get more beautiful males in the winter it seems like. We had 7 little puff balls (it was cold and they fluff up like ping-pong balls to stay warm) on the feeder a couple days ago.
You are going to rock P1. I'm so proud of you. I used to give myself pep talks, but they have turned more into analysis of "what if".. not even that.. it's more of a plotting session :) I look at my graph I built out of what I've lost so far each week, and I project out loosing 2 lbs a week into the future (knowing I need to adjust that projection down most likely as I get closer to goal) and I look at the weeks to go. I write what special events are milestones, mini-goals, accomplishments on those projections. Seeing this out there in the future and knowing the only way I will get there is by staying on plan, it's like a pep-talk, or a positive affirmation. If I cheat, I will delay those milestones and push out my goal date. If I loose more than 2 lbs a week it's a bonus week.

Half again; I love seeing your progress pictures and your knitting. You have inspired me to check out my yarn stash. I dis coved some nice wool and lots of old patterns I had forgotten about. One pattern was a sweater I made for my daughter when she was going off to college which she received many compliments about. I realized at the time I made it for her I weighed 204 at 5'1" and never made anything for me because I found I could never adjust the patterns correctly to be so short and so wide.
I have to reboot to get 10 pounds off but even with that I don't have to adjust the pattern at all. It has instructions for two sizes, I of course choose the larger one and then realized I had to restart as I could see I need the smaller one.
So even if I am 10 pounds up (not proud of that) I am still light years away from where I used to be. So I have a nice winter project to keep me occupied while I am back on phase 1 again.

Pat
Hooray! glad to hear you working the fiber arts. That was a big realization for me that I wouldn't have to look for large size patterns or modify the regular sizes anymore. I have this one I'm waiting to start once I know what size I want http://www.swedishyarn.com/swi_hanne_plisse.htm I have a dark green yarn to use for it.
You have done so well on IP, I know you will get to where you are happy to maintain and do it. You got this!

DH's birthday is today. I bought a carrot cake or him and we're going out to Red Lobster for dinner tonight, or maybe for lunch. Big football games on tonight. I also stocked up on veggies last night, though going on Friday night the produce section was way picked over. Not even a normal cucumber to be found. I usually go Saturday morning and I've always been impressed with their produce just stocked full and fresh... now I know why. If their delivery trucks don't come Friday nights or Saturday mornings I would be amazed.

DanafromAustin
01-05-2013, 05:38 PM
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I posted in the 100% about my recent medical issues but after reading about Dana's thyroid, here's a cross-post:

Before I left for vacation you may remember I went to the doc b/c I was starting to get cold all the time. Different from regular winter chill. And I'd lost 100 lbs before and not been like this. Back in June I was dx with multinodular goiter but no other evident thyroid problems. Right before I left, the doc called to say the ultrasound results indicated no change in nodule size. Yesterday Dr office called with blood test results. TSH 6.5. No wonder! They have already called in an Rx which I'll start when I get home.

I just shared this to emphasize how important it is to stay on top of any potential medical issues that crop up, even if all is well the first time you get checked. This is a change since I've been on IP. I'll be researching more about PSMF diets and their role on adrenal and thyroid stress and anything I can do to help support while I'm on P1 for 5 more months. I'll take the thyroid meds but I don't believe conventional medicine has all the answers so I'll be checking with alternative practitioners as well.

I've been careful to not complain too much about slower weight loss weeks but wow! Now that I know I'm hypothyroid, I'm extra happy with my "slow" results that really aren't so slow!
My TSH was 5.91, so just borderline high, and for that reason the doctor is re-running the blood work to see if that number is stable or fluctuating. He did tell me though that most likely I will end up on medication if not now then eventually since that TSH will most likely continue to increase. I totally hear you on keep up on your health. 2012 was the year that every health test I took led to me a new problem. Thankfully so far nothing that can't be handled with observation, but it's starting to really get old. Now when I take another test, I fully expect to get a call back. Oh well, better to know there is an issue so it can be watched carefully, rather than go around in the dark.

goldilocksinct
01-05-2013, 06:34 PM
Gotta read back on you folks, but I wanted to butt in and say hi! I had my first weigh in today and I lost 8.8 pounds. I am so psyched!! I know that is only the first week and that pace will not continue, but I am happy that I feel good and actually like this diet. :cb:

Gotta get a ticker...

I am 57, married, step-kids all grown up and out of the house. I gained a ton of weight this last year when my husband got really sick and my mother is failing...you know, take care of everyone but me. I am hoping 2013 is my year!!! :cp:

I also got dx'd with hypothyroid this last year and have another blood test next week. They have increased the meds a few times already. I am hoping that it won't slow my weight loss too much, but as long as I am going the right direction, I'm not going to complain.

lisa32989
01-05-2013, 07:00 PM
From my reading, TSH should ideally be between 1-2. When mine was 2.59 in June, he called it borderline. From June til now it REALLY shot up. I was worried about soy on IP and now I'll be cutting it out when my supply is gone and using more sparingly til it's gone (no more than once every-other-day). Now no gluten OR soy. The next 5 months may be a bit more challenging...

Halfagain
01-05-2013, 08:22 PM
Gotta read back on you folks, but I wanted to butt in and say hi! I had my first weigh in today and I lost 8.8 pounds. I am so psyched!! I know that is only the first week and that pace will not continue, but I am happy that I feel good and actually like this diet. :cb:

Gotta get a ticker...

I am 57, married, step-kids all grown up and out of the house. I gained a ton of weight this last year when my husband got really sick and my mother is failing...you know, take care of everyone but me. I am hoping 2013 is my year!!! :cp:

I also got dx'd with hypothyroid this last year and have another blood test next week. They have increased the meds a few times already. I am hoping that it won't slow my weight loss too much, but as long as I am going the right direction, I'm not going to complain.

Welcome Goldilocksinct! Great first weigh in, congratulations! I hope you have a terrific year indeed. :) I know the feeling on the ticker. I too was feeling so new without mine at first. You'll have your ticker in no time (well in 20 days to be exact and 20 posts) but it goes bye fast.

Yesmyqueen
01-05-2013, 08:36 PM
Hi everyone, I have been catching up with all the posts I've missed the last couple of days. I was up 1 lb at my thur wi and it tottaly has messed with my mind, it was my first wi that I did not have a loss but when I got home Tom was upon me so that is why I'm pretty sure, but overall I've had a bit of a hard time this past few days, feel crappy. But now that I've been reading from all you wonderful ladies I know this to shall pass and together we will all get there! Teena

Lizzy63
01-05-2013, 09:01 PM
Halfagain- you look FANTASTIC!!! Love your new photo.

Rainbow - get lots of rest - there's a lot of nasty stuff going around!

rainbowsmiles
01-05-2013, 09:22 PM
feeling better today....hoping tomorrow is a full turn around the corner to health!!

my new orders arrived....and i do NOT like...
THE SIMPLY BAR....because i was not aware they are like rice krispie treats in texture which i just do not like.

Anyone like them that might want to do some trading??

I have the following:
1- Lemon Coconut Bar
1- Cinnamon Pecan Bar
1- Cocoa Coffee Bar
1- Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar
2 - Cocoa with Raspberry bars

I also have a Chocolate Wheyfer Protein Bar

and

1 package of Dill Pickle Krinkles

Proti Diet Beef Vegetable Soup
Proti Diet Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal
Proti Thin Mocha Wafers
HealthSmart Strawberry Yogurt
ProtiSnax Spice Cookies

It is so frustrating to save up your money only to buy them and not like them!! Hoping someone would love to trade.

thanks in advance :)

evepet
01-05-2013, 09:56 PM
Rainbow - glad to see you're feeling a bit better. I hope tomorrow turns the corner and you feel much better still. That's too bad about The Simply bars. I actually am quite fond of the coconut lemon one, but I decided some time ago not to keep bars in supply - they tempt me too much! Too much like candy bars. So I just buy one on occasion as a treat from my local Bulk Barn.

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Day 2 of my 'Return to P1' is almost finished. All has been fine today. Again, surprised that I haven't wanted to eat the kitchen sink, etc., or experiencing any significant sugar cravings. Although at this point, I don't have any 'illegal' food around to tempt myself. I'm almost ready to enjoy a warmed up ChocoRite Chocolate Deluxe protein shake, and settle in with a good book until it's time for sleep. I'm looking forward to tomorrow evening's TV programming - we get Season 3 of Downton Abby starting tomorrow night.

WingnutandMe
01-06-2013, 12:13 PM
Good morning, beautiful 50+ers

I found us on the 2nd page. Boo.

Adjusting to retirement is not easy. It's very scary after working for 45 years to not be working and then making much less money and wondering if it's all going to work. Take it one day at a time. Sort of like taking this program one day at a time to be able to make it through,

WI yesterday and lost 1.2#. It's still coming off, but this last 20# will take a very long time. Sure glad I've turned this into a life style already.

Have a good OP day.

Molly

karenbf
01-06-2013, 01:08 PM
Hello everyone. Tomorrow is my first weigh in. It should show -8 lbs. I think thats pretty good. My coach told me not to expect the double digit weight loss that others sometimes see. I started out dehydrated.

Thanks for everyone's suggestions on replacements for coffee creamer. I've used the dry non-dairy creamer in my coffee for so many years. A good cup of coffee is my one addiction in life. I'm still missing my yummy coffee. Right now it's just OK. I will give your suggestions a try.

Has anyone in the group tried a food dehydrator for their veggies? I'm not a big veggie lover. A friend suggested zucchini and kale chips. My first zucchini chips were a fail. I did like dehydrated spinach. I'm going to try kale next.

rainbowsmiles
01-06-2013, 01:11 PM
Hello everyone. Tomorrow is my first weigh in. It should show -8 lbs. I think thats pretty good. My coach told me not to expect the double digit weight loss that others sometimes see. I started out dehydrated.

Thanks for everyone's suggestions on replacements for coffee creamer. I've used the dry non-dairy creamer in my coffee for so many years. A good cup of coffee is my one addiction in life. I'm still missing my yummy coffee. Right now it's just OK. I will give your suggestions a try.

Has anyone in the group tried a food dehydrator for their veggies? I'm not a big veggie lover. A friend suggested zucchini and kale chips. My first zucchini chips were a fail. I did like dehydrated spinach. I'm going to try kale next.

:wave: hi karen....i was not a veggie lover either when started but now i CRAVE veggies!!

Lizzy and Molly can give you the low down on the dehydrators!!!
i still do not have one....but i LOVE kale chips in the oven and squash chips from the oven!!

karenbf
01-06-2013, 01:13 PM
Oh, I hope Lizzy and Molly can share their dehydrator secrets with me!

Yesmyqueen
01-06-2013, 01:16 PM
Yea Molly another 1.2 lbs, you are definately one of my role models! And you will be fine with retirement, it's the fear of change that scares. I have basically been retired after working since 16 yrs old, I only help out at my sisters print shop when needed. It was a bit scary to let go but I love it.

WingnutandMe
01-06-2013, 01:36 PM
Oh, I hope Lizzy and Molly can share their dehydrator secrets with me!

Lizzy has more current experience. I am just getting back into it from 20+ of it being stored in the shed. Right now, I'm into beef jerky (see http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/272633-dehydrator.html) I listed my fav seasoning. I need to get back into my recipe books to find something creative. I'm currently dehydrating jicama after reading Lizzy mentioning it and having a half that needed used in the frig.

Yea Molly another 1.2 lbs, you are definately one of my role models! And you will be fine with retirement, it's the fear of change that scares. I have basically been retired after working since 16 yrs old, I only help out at my sisters print shop when needed. It was a bit scary to let go but I love it.

Thanks for the support, both for my progress on the program and for retirement. It's almost unsettling as when I was unemployed. DH seems to be less depressed now, so that's really important. He was having a hard time. I'm the financial one, so it's on my shoulders to make this work.

Think I might try one of Rainbow's pretzels for lunch. Hmmm.

Molly

Lizzy63
01-06-2013, 02:02 PM
Hello everyone. Tomorrow is my first weigh in. It should show -8 lbs. I think thats pretty good. My coach told me not to expect the double digit weight loss that others sometimes see. I started out dehydrated.

Thanks for everyone's suggestions on replacements for coffee creamer. I've used the dry non-dairy creamer in my coffee for so many years. A good cup of coffee is my one addiction in life. I'm still missing my yummy coffee. Right now it's just OK. I will give your suggestions a try.

Has anyone in the group tried a food dehydrator for their veggies? I'm not a big veggie lover. A friend suggested zucchini and kale chips. My first zucchini chips were a fail. I did like dehydrated spinach. I'm going to try kale next.

Hi, Karen - it's very easy, but takes time. I recommend using a mandoline so your slices are consistent in their thickness - that way the whole batch should be done at one time. Jicama chips are my favorite. Sprinkle some Splenda and cinnamon on them - yum! Tastes like apple pie. However, it's pretty dense, and takes longer than some other things, like zucchini.

If your food item is fully dehydrated, it should not stick to the tray - that's how you'll know it's done.

Let us know if you come up with other good ideas!

PS I use almond milk (unsweetened) with some stevia in my coffee. My recollection is that 1/2 cup almond milk is about equivalent in calories, etc to the 1 oz. of skim milk that is allowed. I also did this in phase 1 with no problems, but only about 1/2 cup daily.

Lizzy63
01-06-2013, 02:15 PM
Lizzy has more current experience. I am just getting back into it from 20+ of it being stored in the shed. Right now, I'm into beef jerky (see http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/272633-dehydrator.html) I listed my fav seasoning. I need to get back into my recipe books to find something creative. I'm currently dehydrating jicama after reading Lizzy mentioning it and having a half that needed used in the frig.



Thanks for the support, both for my progress on the program and for retirement. It's almost unsettling as when I was unemployed. DH seems to be less depressed now, so that's really important. He was having a hard time. I'm the financial one, so it's on my shoulders to make this work.

Think I might try one of Rainbow's pretzels for lunch. Hmmm.

Molly

Same way in my family - I am the financial one... I had to make sure it would work before we decided DH would retire 2.5 years ago. So far, it's working well. Sometimes we make small sacrifices, but it's all worth it in the end.

A little nervous now because we live in IL, which has big financial problems and they are working on "pension reform." Don't think this will affect his pension (he worked for the City, not the State) but don't know for sure. I know the State has to solve its financial problems, but most of the problem is because the State didn't make payments they were supposed to!

Now I'm wishing I'd picked up a jicama this morning at the grocery, with all of this dehydrator talk! Maybe I'll do some apple or banana chips for the grandsons...

Halfagain
01-06-2013, 02:42 PM
Oh, I hope Lizzy and Molly can share their dehydrator secrets with me!
We bought a dehydrator about 4 months ago. It's top of the line (aka expensive) but DH did his research and that's what we got. I love it. I've done okra (from frozen) to try and get crunchy stuff - I like it. It was better when I cut fresh as I made it smaller sized before drying. I've done cauliflower "rice" as well, which I like as it's handy and available anytime this way by just adding some water to re-hydrate it. Of course I had to do fruit for DH and DS as well, and that was difficult to not eat it myself.

One of my favorite things though has been beef jerky. The Excalibur has a jerky setting (I believe lots of other models do too, but just saying - we have it on this one). Anyway I mix up WF Asian dressing, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic power, onion powder, kosher salt, and some Mrs DASH extra spicy for marinade.

I've dried cabbage, spinach (made power from it to add to cooking), zucchini, kale, and things we can't have like potatoes and corn. Okra and Kale are my favorites in the dried form to snack on. I've gotten lazy some and make kale in the oven more often because it's faster, but not as pretty the way I do it (some get darker than they should in order to get the whole pan crispy). In the dehydrator Kale turns out much prettier for me. I probably would do zucchini chips more - but the ones I made earlier I didn't season and they were pretty blah. I'll have to plant some next year and so I have bunches to work with.

Anyway the dehydrator makes more room in the fridge. It makes soups and adds to cooking meals easy. Jerky is a quick small protein fix but remember to count the pre-dried weight of it.

The model of dehydrator we got we can remove all trays and set a large bowl (as hubby says, we could dry a pair of his size 13 boots) in there at low temps to raise bread or make yogurt. I plan on doing the yogurt thing for phase 4 or whenever I can start using that.

joysh
01-06-2013, 02:59 PM
Thanks for all of this dehydrator discussion. I've put that item on my "Wanted" list. At the end of January, I'll get one, I hope.

Here's my new picture with my new boots (first time ever for high boots) for the new year! :):)

Have a great day, everyone! I'm off to see the Life of Pi. Last night we had book group and talked about it so we're going to see it today! BTW, I brought roasted veggies (rutabagas, zucchini, and many colored peppers) for my contribution to the dinner. Also brought a little tray of munchie veggies I could eat so that I'd have something to nibble on while they ate homemade crab dip. Also brought a bar to eat while they ate rich dessert. I've got this one down good. Did not covet their dessert at all....

Halfagain, I love your new picture!

WingnutandMe
01-06-2013, 03:14 PM
We bought a dehydrator about 4 months ago. It's top of the line (aka expensive) but DH did his research and that's what we got. I love it. I've done okra (from frozen) to try and get crunchy stuff - I like it. It was better when I cut fresh as I made it smaller sized before drying. I've done cauliflower "rice" as well, which I like as it's handy and available anytime this way by just adding some water to re-hydrate it. Of course I had to do fruit for DH and DS as well, and that was difficult to not eat it myself.

One of my favorite things though has been beef jerky. The Excalibur has a jerky setting (I believe lots of other models do too, but just saying - we have it on this one). Anyway I mix up WF Asian dressing, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic power, onion powder, kosher salt, and some Mrs DASH extra spicy for marinade.

I've dried cabbage, spinach (made power from it to add to cooking), zucchini, kale, and things we can't have like potatoes and corn. Okra and Kale are my favorites in the dried form to snack on. I've gotten lazy some and make kale in the oven more often because it's faster, but not as pretty the way I do it (some get darker than they should in order to get the whole pan crispy). In the dehydrator Kale turns out much prettier for me. I probably would do zucchini chips more - but the ones I made earlier I didn't season and they were pretty blah. I'll have to plant some next year and so I have bunches to work with.

Anyway the dehydrator makes more room in the fridge. It makes soups and adds to cooking meals easy. Jerky is a quick small protein fix but remember to count the pre-dried weight of it.

The model of dehydrator we got we can remove all trays and set a large bowl (as hubby says, we could dry a pair of his size 13 boots) in there at low temps to raise bread or make yogurt. I plan on doing the yogurt thing for phase 4 or whenever I can start using that.

I forgot that you are the queen of the dehyrator. You have done so much with it. I agree, the Excalibur is expensive, but so worth it. Mine is well over 30 years old. Abused, left for years out in a storage shed, but started right up and has been running like a champ. A bit of surface rust, but that doesn't affect the inner workings.

Thanks for the ideas. I just went and got some frozen okra out of the freezer and added it in there while drying my jicama.

Molly

patns
01-06-2013, 03:26 PM
Thanks for all of this dehydrator discussion. I've put that item on my "Wanted" list. At the end of January, I'll get one, I hope.

Here's my new picture with my new boots (first time ever for high boots) for the new year! :):)

Have a great day, everyone! I'm off to see the Life of Pi. Last night we had book group and talked about it so we're going to see it today! BTW, I brought roasted veggies (rutabagas, zucchini, and many colored peppers) for my contribution to the dinner. Also brought a little tray of munchie veggies I could eat so that I'd have something to nibble on while they ate homemade crab dip. Also brought a bar to eat while they ate rich dessert. I've got this one down good. Did not covet their dessert at all....

Halfagain, I love your new picture!

Horrah on the boots! That is a victory, we shorter rounder people have very likely never been able to wear them!

I will be so interested in what you think of the film.

I almost never like the film version of books I really liked. But for this one I don't think they will do it at all as to how I interpreted the book.

It would have been an excellent selection for your book club, it would have generated lots of discussion.

patns
01-06-2013, 04:19 PM
I am wondering if anyone is still into making "bread"from the potato"puree?
I had tried it but mine seemed to still taste a lot like potatoes. Any tips would be appreciated.
I'm not sure if it is öld timers"" setting in or if they changed the site again but I can't get into the site that sellers the IP products online. Can someone gisve me the current link or just what to put in the search engine?
Thanks,
Pat

Yesmyqueen
01-06-2013, 04:49 PM
Hi patns I think it's under just plain protien, and can you give me the bread recipie your using please?

Joysh your pic is awesome and yours too Halfagain!

WingnutandMe
01-06-2013, 05:02 PM
Hi patns I think it's under just plain protien, and can you give me the bread recipie your using please?

Joysh your pic is awesome and yours too Halfagain!

The bread recipes came from Rainbow. Look here in her recipe book, https://docs.google.com/open?id=0BwWdTuMO2HWaRm5oX1RpejJBRk0 starting on about page 80. She also used the crepe mix.

Molly

WingnutandMe
01-06-2013, 05:07 PM
I have not tried this, but got it other than from Rainbow.

FLUFFY POTATO ROLLS (IP Potatoes)
1 package IP Potatoes
2 egg whites
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
"I Can't Believe Its Not Butter" Spray
Olive Oil (spray)
DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 200 C
2. Beat egg whites til foamy, but not stiff
3. Add in IP Potato mix, baking powder & baking soda. Mix well. Batter should be medium thick
4. Spray cupcake pan with olive oil or other 0/0/0 non-stick spray
5. Spoon batter into cupcake pan. I use large eggs, so the batter made 5 good size rolls, filling up each hole about 1/2 to 3/4 full.
6. Spray top of each roll with "I Can't Believe Its Not Butter"
7. Bake 7 to 12 min. Rolls should rise and brown a bit. Don't overcook or they may become too "papery".
8. Enjoy hot out of the oven!

Hints:
You can also add additional spices like Rosemary & Garlic Powder... Parsley & Thyme... use your imagination and let me know how you like these!

patns
01-06-2013, 08:30 PM
Thanks for posting the rescipe Molly. if anyone else tries them let us know how they turn out. I probably would have been beeter off if I added the spices.

Susan, don't you like the mocha wafers? They are my faves! It is expensive to shipe between Canada and the US, but maybe better than not using stuff.
If no Americans want them maybe we can talk more about it.
Unfortunately I don't care for the simply bars either, I don't like any of the cereal type bars. But I am interested in some of the other stuff.

Pat

lisa32989
01-06-2013, 09:14 PM
I have a box of mochoa wafers & they have SOY! Now,that I'm eliminating it, I don't want the wafers. I have SO MUCH soy stuff :(

patns
01-06-2013, 10:49 PM
I have a box of mochoa wafers & they have SOY! Now,that I'm eliminating it, I don't want the wafers. I have SO MUCH soy stuff :(

Since I can't eat wheat I eat quite a bit of soy. It doesn't seem to effect me badly.

Chloe222
01-06-2013, 11:05 PM
Pat,
Here are some more bread recipes. These may be from Rainbow, I had them in a file, not sure where they came from.

Tomato Basil Soup bread recipe: Contents of packet plus 1/4 cup egg whites, plus pinch of salt, plus pinch of baking soda and some water to a pancake consistency. I add oregano, garlic, crushed red pepper or hot sauce. Mix well. then you can either make waffles in a Pam coated pan, or 2 thin pancakes. I eat them as is, but you can cool them and have your salad on them or wrap some roasted veggies in them. they are hot pink and kind of cool looking!


Anyway here is my new "bread". Chicken Soup Bread

1 IP chicken soup mix, 2 egg whites, 1/8 tsp baking powder and water.

I beat the egg whites until frothy but not stiff, added the baking powder to the dry soup mix. Then I added the soup mix to the egg whites and then added water. I added enough water to make a pancake type batter and cooked them just like pancakes. I made two very large pancakes and used them as bread and had a wonderful veggie sandwich for my lunch.

I think next time I will make the batter a bit more thin and try to make a tortilla instead of a pancake, it would be great for a rollup.

RHUBARB FLATBREAD: a cup of cooked rhubarb (mashed up), about 1/4 c of egg whites (I think that's 2 egg whites), 1 scoop of the protein powder, 2 packets of stevia powder, and a good shake of cinnamon (which I am now obsessed with putting in everything). I wasn't sure how sweet that would make it, and I didn't want to taste raw egg whites, so I just baked it and figured I could always sprinkle more on later. Then I spread it out to about 1/8-1/4", baked in a 350F oven until it looked brown, then flipped it over and kept baking until it looked brown and crisp. It takes a good 30-60 minutes total, but I really like it to be well cooked and crisp. When you first bite into it you taste the sweet, then the tart kicks in and it is delightful! adding vanilla or almond extract would be tasty too...

Fishette
01-07-2013, 08:47 AM
I can't believe it finally happened to me!
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/4579001-post5.html

rainbowsmiles
01-07-2013, 08:56 AM
I can't believe it finally happened to me!
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/4579001-post5.html

WOOHOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! posted on the other thread...but wanted to say well done again!!

:bravo:

Chloe222
01-07-2013, 09:18 AM
Fishette,
CONGRATS on making goal! Absolutely wonderful!

joysh
01-07-2013, 09:42 AM
I can't believe it finally happened to me!
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/4579001-post5.html

:congrat::congrat::congrat::cheer2::cheer:

How wonderful, Fishette!!

WingnutandMe
01-07-2013, 09:44 AM
I can't believe it finally happened to me!
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/4579001-post5.html

Congratulations.

Now, please don't leave us. Those of us who have yet to reach that milestone would appreciate all of the knowledge sharing of your new part of the journey as possible.

:bravo:

Molly

Starshine
01-07-2013, 10:07 AM
I can't believe it finally happened to me!
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/4579001-post5.html

Yay, Fishette!!!!! What an accomplishment! A zillion, billion, trillion congrats! :cheer2::cheer3:

And do please stay on the boards! :hug: :hug:

Halfagain
01-07-2013, 10:20 AM
I can't believe it finally happened to me!
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/4579001-post5.html
Congratulations! :carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot:
Great Job!

AliKay
01-07-2013, 11:31 AM
I can't believe it finally happened to me!
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/4579001-post5.html

Congrats on making goal! :carrot:

Just to let everyone on alternatives know, Protidiet is 10% off at Nashua this week, code PD10 at checkout.


*Restrictions Apply - no quantity discount
Cannot be combined with any other offer
Offer valid until Sunday, January 13th at 11:59 PM EST.

Have a great day, stay warm! :)

Halfagain
01-07-2013, 12:01 PM
Congrats on making goal! :carrot:

Just to let everyone on alternatives know, Protidiet is 10% off at Nashua this week, code PD10 at checkout.


*Restrictions Apply - no quantity discount
Cannot be combined with any other offer
Offer valid until Sunday, January 13th at 11:59 PM EST.

Have a great day, stay warm! :)

Thank you AliKay! LOL figures, I just placed an order with Nashua.

Well seems like odd NSV for many not so heavy people, but it's a big one for me. I am just obese today per my scale. No super, morbid, or whatever they want to call it. Just the first obese setting. Next stop - overweight haha.

Biggest looser. I watched that last night. Honestly I have not watched it before. I won't be watching it going forward. Reality TV is not reality or fun to see how people are made to suffer publicly for ratings. The gal who walked out was the bravest of them all. There are other ways, like building up stamina, or diet, etc with respect. It's not like if you don't do well on that show you are not going to succeed... you find another way. Some coaches I liked, you know the one I'm turning off. Even without her, the show still puts people thru the mill just for ratings rather than because they care about them. With them its about the big losses within a little time, when in life it's not about the week loss but the lifetime loss. Sorry I'm not a fan.

evepet
01-07-2013, 01:18 PM
I can't believe it finally happened to me!
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/4579001-post5.html

I posted on the other thread too, but just want to say a big CONGRATULATIONS! again. As others have said, please stay in touch.

Thank you AliKay! LOL figures, I just placed an order with Nashua.

Well seems like odd NSV for many not so heavy people, but it's a big one for me. I am just obese today per my scale. No super, morbid, or whatever they want to call it. Just the first obese setting. Next stop - overweight haha.

Biggest looser. I watched that last night. Honestly I have not watched it before. I won't be watching it going forward. Reality TV is not reality or fun to see how people are made to suffer publicly for ratings. The gal who walked out was the bravest of them all. There are other ways, like building up stamina, or diet, etc with respect. It's not like if you don't do well on that show you are not going to succeed... you find another way. Some coaches I liked, you know the one I'm turning off. Even without her, the show still puts people thru the mill just for ratings rather than because they care about them. With them its about the big losses within a little time, when in life it's not about the week loss but the lifetime loss. Sorry I'm not a fan.

I used to watch Biggest Loser from time to time, but no more. I know that the trainer (one in particular that I think we are both thinking of) relies on 'tough love' - but it often struck me as derogatory and almost mean at times. I wanted to give those folks a big hug! I guess I'm more a fan of using supportive encouragement rather than the tough love approach. I totally understand about your NSV. That's a big achievement. :hug:

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Day 4 on P1 now. All seems to be fine. Scale is slowly going down. No dramatic loss to report, but at least I'm sliding closer to my original 155lb goal weight again. :) I think I'm in ketosis now....I was up for several trips to the bathroom last night, and that's usually an indication for me that the process is clicking in.

Everyone - have a great day!

maezy1
01-07-2013, 01:25 PM
just venting...... I don't know if it is becuz I am 54 or becuz this is my 3rd surgery in a year but it is a tough recovery. I just want to walk without pain..... I'm trying to be really upbeat and telling everyone that everything is going great but OUCH! I know, I know - look on the bright side, small achievements, patience. This is what I've been telling myself for the past 15 months. Maybe this time I will heal.

patns
01-07-2013, 01:30 PM
I can't believe it finally happened to me!
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/4579001-post5.html

Congratulations!!! WTG!!!

evepet
01-07-2013, 01:40 PM
just venting...... I don't know if it is becuz I am 54 or becuz this is my 3rd surgery in a year but it is a tough recovery. I just want to walk without pain..... I'm trying to be really upbeat and telling everyone that everything is going great but OUCH! I know, I know - look on the bright side, small achievements, patience. This is what I've been telling myself for the past 15 months. Maybe this time I will heal.

I just wanted to come in and give you a :hug: and tell you that I really hope you heal quickly and well this time and have a 100% successful recovery. You've certainly been through a lot with it. I've had relatives who've had knee and hip replacements, and I know it can be pretty painful.

patns
01-07-2013, 01:42 PM
[QUOTE=evepet;4579496]


I used to watch Biggest Loser from time to time, but no more. I know that the trainer (one in particular that I think we are both thinking of) relies on 'tough love' - but it often struck me as derogatory and almost mean at times. I wanted to give those folks a big hug! I guess I'm more a fan of using supportive encouragement rather than the tough love approach. I totally understand about your NSV. That's a big achievement. :hug:

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I stopped watching several years ago. What people call "tough love"to me was outright bullying. There was an afro-American young mother on that year. Her husband was being deployed and she was beside her self and the bullying was just about enough to do her in. She purposely got voted off and left and I never watched again. Lots of people were annoyed with her because it meant her mother was voted off too but I thought enough was enough.

Someone posted elsewhere that she was watching from the coach last night and losing weight steadly with IP, She said she could do this without exercising until she puked while someone sceamed at her.

I always noticed when they did anything about the food it was heavy on the whole grains which means a good number of people were going to lose much slower than the others or out right stall.

patns
01-07-2013, 01:47 PM
just venting...... I don't know if it is becuz I am 54 or becuz this is my 3rd surgery in a year but it is a tough recovery. I just want to walk without pain..... I'm trying to be really upbeat and telling everyone that everything is going great but OUCH! I know, I know - look on the bright side, small achievements, patience. This is what I've been telling myself for the past 15 months. Maybe this time I will heal.

When recovering from surgery time and being in pain time seems to stand still. 15 months is a long time. I hope by the time the warm weather gets here it will all be behind you and you are able to walk pain free. Such a simple thing that we take for granted until it is taken away.

Pat

Lynnie63
01-07-2013, 01:54 PM
Hi,

I just wanted to introduce myself as a new 50 year old.

I'm having a hard time with this birthday, not sure why. I guess I wanted people to make a bigger deal out of it than they did. I joked that I was going to spend yesterday in bed crying, and I really feel like doing just that! It's 50 for Pete's Sake! It's a big deal, isn't it?

Maybe I'm asking too much - they're happy for me for loosing the weight, and the birthday on top of that is too much. I just figured it wasn't too much to ask that my sister and soon to be 6 year old nephew say it as they walked into my mother's house yesterday or have Garrett's card done and present wrapped before they got there. He went to "fun Uncle AJ" before me and AJ had to remind him to wish me happy birthday.

My mother was nice and didnt make my favorite cake, because she didnt want me to feel too bad not having any, so she bought cheesecake so I blew out my candles on that.

Am I being too sensitive? Is it just another day? Just another birthday like all the rest that came before and will come after it?

Yesmyqueen
01-07-2013, 02:07 PM
I can't believe it finally happened to me!
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/4579001-post5.html

Yea, so happy for you!

Thank you AliKay! LOL figures, I just placed an order with Nashua.

Well seems like odd NSV for many not so heavy people, but it's a big one for me. I am just obese today per my scale. No super, morbid, or whatever they want to call it. Just the first obese setting. Next stop - overweight haha.

Biggest looser. I watched that last night. Honestly I have not watched it before. I won't be watching it going forward. Reality TV is not reality or fun to see how people are made to suffer publicly for ratings. The gal who walked out was the bravest of them all. There are other ways, like building up stamina, or diet, etc with respect. It's not like if you don't do well on that show you are not going to succeed... you find another way. Some coaches I liked, you know the one I'm turning off. Even without her, the show still puts people thru the mill just for ratings rather than because they care about them. With them its about the big losses within a little time, when in life it's not about the week loss but the lifetime loss. Sorry I'm not a fan.

I have never watched but for a few min. And it never has impressed me, I really dislike mean people! And being yelled at NO WAY!

just venting...... I don't know if it is becuz I am 54 or becuz this is my 3rd surgery in a year but it is a tough recovery. I just want to walk without pain..... I'm trying to be really upbeat and telling everyone that everything is going great but OUCH! I know, I know - look on the bright side, small achievements, patience. This is what I've been telling myself for the past 15 months. Maybe this time I will heal.

So sorry, I hope you have a positive outcome soon, my son has had knee problems and it just hurts my heart for him to be in pain.