Ideal Protein Diet - Fabulous at Fifty+ .... A home for those of us 50 and older on IP! VOLUME 10




rainbowsmiles
03-09-2013, 12:32 PM
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Welcome to the Vol. 10 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
03-09-2013, 12:32 PM
its that time again!!! almost 500 posts....so thought i'd go ahead and open the new thread!!

rainbowsmiles
03-09-2013, 12:36 PM
for those of you who are in phase 4 or maintenance or doing your own paleo low carb thing....i wanted to share this recipe!!
i made it today, it was delicious!!

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QUICK BREAD in 90 seconds!!!

http://buttoni.wordpress.com/category/bread/loaf-slice-rolls/page/2/

Here is the link for the home made gluten free baking mix

http://low-carb-news.blogspot.com/2011/04/im-very-excited-to-unveil-my-splendid.html

i made mine in 3 little ramekins but could probably do 4 as these were as big as a cupcake!!!

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you do NOT need to grease or spray your ramekins, they come right out!!!

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whole on left, sliced in half in the center, and toasted on the right!

i sliced in half, and toasted like a crumpet...O.M.G.......so good!!! i added some homemade sugar free lemon marmalade!!

tomorrow i am making a sausage and egg "biscuit" with them!!

1/3 of the recipe...1 biscuit or halved to make 2 crumpets equals =
calories: 128
fat: 12 grams
carbs: 8.8
fiber: 6.6 g
NET CARBS: 2.2 grams
protein: 7.2 grams

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tastes like bread!!! not "eggy" or rubbery at all!!
FLUFFY, MOIST, SOFT BREAD!!

i topped mine with some homemade lemon marmalade:
this is how i make it
wash 3 lemons...then i use a thin strip zester to remove long strips of lemon peel.
cut in half, and squeeze out juice and as much lemon pulp as you can but no pith! or membranes.
add to a small pot and cover with 1.5 cups of water and boil until lemon peel is soften about 10 mins.
remove from heat and add your sweetener of choice to taste
i used 6 tbsp SWERVE a sugar substitute but you could probably use splenda or stevia or xylitol
stir until well blended and no granules are present
in another tiny bowl, mix 1 packet gelatin with some hot water and dissolve
then add to your lemon mixture and stir well
taste for sweetness...i like mine a little tart....but you can add more if needed....just melt your sweetener in some hot water before you add.
pour into a small glass container and it will thicken as it cools
store in fridge.

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This is the thickness of HALF!!! its the size of a regular size crumpet!!


HOPE YOU ENJOY!!!


Halfagain
03-09-2013, 02:31 PM
Thank you Susan for the new thread, and for the recipe! It looks wonderful for when I get to Phase 4.

Lisa, I found and got a few episodes of UW (Underground Wellness) thanks for the recommendation. It came up searching for Paleo and Low Carb along with about 4 others. It's nice to have someone say they like one of them. I got sample episodes from a few others too to try out.

Ha! My best laid plans of what to do today got sidetracked getting my iPod to sync with this other laptop and moving my music around, and sharing it between home network machines. Pulled my before photos onto my iPod and Cell as sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words when I'm out and about and want to have something I shouldn't. I have a reminder with me. I'm sync'ing all my CD's from the other machine to this one too so I have a backup and won't have to reload all of them if one machine crashes.

Okay printing bread recipe and off to make bread! :hug::hug: all!

WingnutandMe
03-09-2013, 02:41 PM
Sorry to leave you waiting part of the day for a beach pix. Had to run off to our Corvair event. Now without a Corvair here we're finished with what we can participate in. DH is napping while I'm online.

Let's try this picture thing again.

Molly

WingnutandMe
03-09-2013, 02:48 PM
Rainbow,
Thanks for the recipe. Wish I was home to try it. I am starting to enjoy maintenance a bit more. Ventured out and ate a couple more P1 no-no items. The mental transition is hard.

Molly

rainbowsmiles
03-09-2013, 03:32 PM
nice ocean view molly!! :)

i made another batch of "gluten free bread" in a square dish, and made a delicious panini!!

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Halfagain
03-09-2013, 03:56 PM
Sorry to leave you waiting part of the day for a beach pix. Had to run off to our Corvair event. Now without a Corvair here we're finished with what we can participate in. DH is napping while I'm online.

Let's try this picture thing again.

Molly
Ahhh that's the ticket! Beautiful pretty gorgeous day there. Thanks! We have a stellar day here as well, without the salty air :-)

nice ocean view molly!! :)

i made another batch of "gluten free bread" in a square dish, and made a delicious panini!!

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Now that is a inspiration to get to the Phase 4 program! Gosh you can make food look purdy and sound so delish.... I think you missed your calling Susan. You should have been a chef!

I'm munching down a lovely garden salad with WF Balsamic on it. I know some folks hate the WF stuff, but I really like it. It took some time for tastebuds to get there but yes it's enjoyable in my tastes.

Discovered I didn't buy Coconut flour, but rice flour. Hooray! have to go shopping! errr .. DARN! I have to go shopping (and not help clean house). I have a list of items so I'll be out a while. I did start another loaf of the low carb that was so hard to get out of the pan. I am making it to dough stage and then will pop it in the oven to bake. I added the 1/4 salt and threw in 1/4 tsp Xanthan Gum just because I remembered to do it while my dry ingredients were still dry and it would blend out well.

Hubby is taking this low carb thing serious. He's throwing out the brownie mix and any chips he find. I'm amazed. He looks at me sort of sad, shows me the mix, and says "I'm throwing this out" ... and I say "GOOD!" hahaha... He needs a special reward tonight for sure :devil:

rainbowsmiles
03-09-2013, 04:16 PM
Now that is a inspiration to get to the Phase 4 program! Gosh you can make food look purdy and sound so delish.... I think you missed your calling Susan. You should have been a chef!


Hubby is taking this low carb thing serious. He's throwing out the brownie mix and any chips he find. I'm amazed. He looks at me sort of sad, shows me the mix, and says "I'm throwing this out" ... and I say "GOOD!" hahaha... He needs a special reward tonight for sure :devil:

aww thank you!!

sounds like its time for some low carb cooking baking :devil:

greeniris
03-09-2013, 07:27 PM
Susan, Thanks for starting volume 10:D I looked up the recipe (I really want to try it!) and am stumped by a phrase in the dialogue..."This is not acceptable until the grains rung of OWL. I now keep a batch of Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid Gluten-Free Bake Mix made up in my pantry...". What the heck does that mean? And do you think the recipe will work without the gluten-free mix added?

MsGee - Welcome! You're off to a great start! RE: the hormone & sleeping issues...I believe my sleeping problems were due to the many and severe hot flashes I was having. I've been using a progestrone cream daily for over a month now, and it seems to be helping somewhat. Not as much as I'd like though. Hopefully your hormones will calm down soon.

Molly - I am so very jealous of your accommodations on this trip! What I wouldn't give for a few days in a seaside retreat - le sigh.
Glad to hear you're gradually adding in more foods.

Time to make my P1 friendly pizza and pop a DiGiorno's into the oven for VIP. Don't for get to set your clocks ahead tonight!

Halfagain
03-09-2013, 07:31 PM
aww thank you!!

sounds like its time for some low carb cooking baking :devil:
Indeed! However, the grocery shopping list wasn't so IP friendly when DH got involved... I won't name the things he requested, but his halo slipped a bit LOL.

One loaf of bread out, and the other is in (since I got the stuff from the store to make it). I goofed and got dried shredded coconut instead of coconut flour - but I just went with it. This recipe is held together with the eggs anyway and has other flour type contents. Heck it might be good (or chewy and tough as a rock) we shall see.

Did the donation run, and found a couple new blouses at Target. Overall a lot more went out of the closet than came in, so it's a great thing. Sent off a couple coats as well so the hall closet is roomier.

WingnutandMe
03-09-2013, 08:10 PM
nice ocean view

Just up the shoreline from you, Rainbow, Myrtle Beach.

Molly

rainbowsmiles
03-09-2013, 08:35 PM
Susan, Thanks for starting volume 10:D I looked up the recipe (I really want to try it!) and am stumped by a phrase in the dialogue..."This is not acceptable until the grains rung of OWL. I now keep a batch of Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid Gluten-Free Bake Mix made up in my pantry...". What the heck does that mean? And do you think the recipe will work without the gluten-free mix added?



i made it exactly as the recipe calls for. that line refers to atkins diet i believe....they have "rungs" it seems like ip has "phases"???

the panini was amazing!!! well worth buying the ingredients as this is certainly a keeper!! jennifer eloff is a wonder in the low carb cooking world!! low carbing among friends series.

i am not good at baking so i make a recipe exactly!! now cooking on the stove top....i can improvise and change up things!! but baking is a science, especially low carb baking!

rainbowsmiles
03-09-2013, 08:36 PM
Just up the shoreline from you, Rainbow, Myrtle Beach.

Molly

how long will u be in MB????

Fishette
03-09-2013, 10:04 PM
Evepet is right, MsGee, using an over-the-counter progesterone cream can do wonders. You can rub a quarter size amount of cream on a fatty area of your skin either once or twice a day. If you only want to do once a day, do it at night and it may help with sleep. To get started you might want to do twice a day. It may take a few weeks/months before you feel the full effect. It saved my sanity when going through menopause.


I posted in the old thread, so now I'm quoting myself here.


Yummy looking bread, Rainbow. I've never been much of a bread eater so I haven't even wanted to eat bread even though I've been in maintenance for about 2 months.


Love your ocean view, Molly. I sure miss the Carribean.


Couldn't resist all the coupons I've been getting from Macy's, so I spent many hours there today loading up on a spring wardrobe. Most items are still size 4, but also some size 6. I'm 2 pounds up from my lowest weight, but still at my goal, and that is after 7 days of decadence in Mexico in Feb. I still haven't managed to talk myself into exercising, although I know it will be good for me and make me feel good. I think mentally I've always thought of exercising to lose weight, so it doesn't seem to add up that I should exercise even though I don't need to loose weight. :dizzy: I just need to just do it!

WingnutandMe
03-10-2013, 09:22 AM
how long will u be in MB????

Sorry to have to leave today (on the road now). Internet connectivity was horrible at that place. Just had to give up last night and wait to be on the road to get a signal.

Beautiful morning (before storm Triton makes it this far)

Molly

rainbowsmiles
03-10-2013, 10:11 AM
Sorry to have to leave today (on the road now). Internet connectivity was horrible at that place. Just had to give up last night and wait to be on the road to get a signal.

Beautiful morning (before storm Triton makes it this far)

Molly

well bummer....i thought you were in Pensacola??? wish i had known earlier you were headed to MB!!!...nigel is out of town so i would have loved to have gone for a drive!! be safe driving home!!!

WingnutandMe
03-10-2013, 10:27 AM
well bummer....i thought you were in Pensacola??? wish i had known earlier you were headed to MB!!!...nigel is out of town so i would have loved to have gone for a drive!! be safe driving home!!!

Pensacola was two weeks ago. This one was in Myrtle Beach. Sorry, I forgot how close you were until last night (retirement fogs the brain). Thought I sent a PM, but the bad connectivity must have swallowed it. Wasn't meant to be, I guess. Le sigh.

Molly

evepet
03-10-2013, 11:10 AM
Hi everyone! Just quickly checking in to see what's new.....

Molly - saw that picture of the beach, and was seriously envious! I would have been hard-pressed to leave that beautiful spot after just one day there. :( Thank goodness spring isn't far away now - this has felt like a long winter! My SIL just left this past Friday to spend 10 days down in Myrtle Beach.

Rainbow - that Quick Bread really looks delicious. I'm definitely going to give it a test once I'm phased out. I have all those ingredients already, as I've done past stints at gluten-free baking, etc. Jennifer Eloff's website is great - have you gotten any of her recipe books? BTW, I agree with HalfAgain's comment... think you would have made a fantastic 'healthy' chef - or perhaps a food photographer? You have such a way of plating everything so it looks so appetizing and colourful.

Fishette - sounds like a productive shopping trip! :) Lots of goodies there. I'm somewhat the same way as you re exercise. In my mind I equate it with the need to lose weight. It always felt odd to me (although I loved it) that I didn't have to exercise constantly during this dieting process. Now that I've shed most of the weight I want to, it seems odd to start now... even though I know I need to do it to tone up, etc. I'm doing some light strength training, using the vibracize machine, an occasional walking DVD, and my new Twister Plate, etc., but I'm finding it hard to settle into a formalized exercise routine. I've also got an elliptical right here at home, so I really have no excuses.

HalfAgain - nice that you found a couple of blouses at Target. That chain has recently moved into Canada, but isn't in my city as yet. I was fortunate last Tuesday to find a really cute little light windbreaker type coat at my local GoodWill. Kind of a light denim blue print with small bits of orange and gold colours in it, zip up front, rolled hood in collar, etc. Hip length, with semi fitted waist. Looks really cute with my jeans.

GreenIris Hope your return to P1 is going well. Thx for the reminder about putting the clocks forward last night - I did almost forget!

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Hope you all have a good day. Cheers for now.

maezy1
03-10-2013, 11:53 AM
Hi All, Did the spring/summer clothes thing yesterday. I truly felt shocked after I took out all my favorite clothes from last year. Out of three large plastic containers I have 3 pieces of clothing that I "might" be able to get away with for a few weeks.. The size changes on IP are slow so I didn't realize the difference between then and now but wow..... I must admit getting rid of all those clothes is scary but it must be done.
My son came home from college for a short visit this weekend. He said that he was inspired by me and lost a bunch of weight. He looks wonderful and is in his normal weight range for his height. He wanted protein powder and bars and wanted to know what to look for and what to avoid. So proud of my boy - ok he's 20 but he's still MY BOY!

greeniris
03-10-2013, 01:53 PM
Good afternoon all. It's a rainy, 40 degree day here. The snow is melting, but due to all the high snowbanks along the edges of driveways & parking lots, the water doesn't have anywhere to go. So if/when the temps drop back to freezing we'll have lots of ice skating rinks to navigate. Fun fun! (Please note the heavy sarcasm here...)
This morning the scale showed a 3 lb loss from 5 days ago. The up lbs are coming off slow, but they are coming off. Yay!

Maezy - I know what you mean re: clothes sizes. I have a few spring summer tops I've picked up on clearance sales through the winter, but will need quite a few more things both for work and home. You might want to hang on to 1 too-big item for comparison only, but it is such a freeing feeling to get them out of the house.
(My sons are both in their early 30s, but are still my 'boys'. That is great your son is getting healthier too!)

Fishette
03-10-2013, 06:28 PM
I recently bought an audiobook that is suppose to explain the link between exercise and mental acuity. Apparently there is a school system somewhere in the US that focused on everyone getting aerobic exercise every day. The schools are now having the highest test scores in the nation. Sorry I can't remember the name of the book...it's on my other device. I'll post about it after I 'read' it and let you know if it is worthwhile. Where I work the most important thing is knowledge and communication, so if I can find a leg up on both through exercise, that seems to be pretty motivating to me.

AlisonS
03-10-2013, 08:36 PM
Maezy and GreenIris - OMG tell me about it with the clothes! Those 1x and 2x sizes seem to go on forever, but the regular S-M-L sizes - ::shaking head:: - I am having to get rid of clothes that I have bought since Christmas!! I have a friend who started this diet about 50 pounds heavier than I, so I have been giving a lot of stuff to her but my wallet really wants me to get to goal, LOL! My pants sizes have really dropped recently, not sure what was going on there but it took awhile to move but got a big "whoosh" there. I think I have two pairs of jeans that fit now and one pair that is still too small but that is it.

greeniris
03-10-2013, 08:48 PM
Alison - don't forgot about the second-hand stores. I found some awesome clothes at both Good Will and at the Salvation Army store in my area. Much easier on the wallet when changing sizes every month (or sooner!).

greeniris
03-11-2013, 09:16 AM
Whoa - we're on the 2nd page! Can't have that...

Good morning! Up early to exercise before work again. Wish I was more of a morning person - le sigh. lol.

Have a great day all!

Teena - hope you're ok. Haven't heard much from you for a while...((HUGS))

evepet
03-11-2013, 02:45 PM
Whoa - we're on the 2nd page! Can't have that...

Good morning! Up early to exercise before work again. Wish I was more of a morning person - le sigh. lol.

Have a great day all!

Teena - hope you're ok. Haven't heard much from you for a while...((HUGS))

I was over at the maintenance thread, and noticed that Ishbel and another poster (sorry, I forget her name) were wondering if exercising this much while on your return P1 might impede your progress. I think it was Ishbel that asked if you'd ever tried Leslie Sansome's 'Walk Away the Pounds' programs. I just wanted to tell you that I recommend them. I used to use them a lot (unfortunately I fell away from any exercise... and the lbs came back on...). I recently just got a new DVD of hers which has 4 different walking workouts on it. I've been just using the vibracizer and my 'Twist Platform' thingie for the past week, but I'm looking forward to getting back to her walking programs. They do give you a workout, but for the most part you can 'walk and talk' as you progress through them, which I believe is about the level of exertion recommended for P1.
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Nothing new to report at my end. Just checking in. :) Hope everyone is having a good day.

joysh
03-11-2013, 02:59 PM
Hi All!

Just wanted to check in with everyone since I was away for the weekend. Hope you are all doing well.

My weekend retreat was good, although I ate a lot of my own food rather than the "retreat" food. Ah, well. Glad I brought my own stash of veggies that I cut up and brought to meals to add to their "salad." The only thing on the salad bar that I could eat was the lettuce a a few tomatoes. Also, I enjoyed my own pre-cooked chicken breasts. My place usually looked more beautiful - and colorful - than everyone else's, though.

More later.

greeniris
03-11-2013, 07:29 PM
Thanks Eve...I just read their posts. Was already thinking I should cut back for a couple weeks. These walking DVDs...you do them right in the house? I'm confused about that. When I think walking for exercise, I think outside for 2 - 3 miles...

Yesmyqueen
03-11-2013, 07:40 PM
Sorry to leave you waiting part of the day for a beach pix. Had to run off to our Corvair event. Now without a Corvair here we're finished with what we can participate in. DH is napping while I'm online.

Let's try this picture thing again.

Molly

Hi everyone, pretty pic. Molly hope you have a blast!

:woohoo: I got a email from one of my coaches and it said coming soon 5 new IP foods, YEA! A potatoe chip, breakfast cereal, choc. Pudding cup, a cappuccino drink and a chocolate brownie. Prob won't be for a month or so but good news.

Halfagain I followed your lead and gave away a whole 2 trash bags of cloths, ahhh! feels so good to get them gone although I did have a hard time with a few, just because they were just so darn cute! But I never want to wear those sizes again, there were a range of 3 sizes.

Rainbow your food looks so delicious!

Have a HAPPY day all!

evepet
03-11-2013, 07:46 PM
Thanks Eve...I just read their posts. Was already thinking I should cut back for a couple weeks. These walking DVDs...you do them right in the house? I'm confused about that. When I think walking for exercise, I think outside for 2 - 3 miles...

No - it's all done inside. :) What I have is a DVD, and Leslie is on there with a group leading them through a 'class'. This particular DVD has 4 different programs on it, and she puts the class (and me) through an 'inside' walking program that lasts anywhere from about 20 minutes up to an hour, depending on the duration of the workout I select on the DVD. One of the workouts includes the use of a stretch band for upper body exercises too, so it incorporates some strength training while 'walking'. I follow along in front of my TV in my living room. Although the walking has me moving all over the room. LOL. Continuous movement. I originally got started with it because I have a chronic low back condition and need to avoid high impact exercise. This is low impact, can be done inside at any time of year regardless of weather, so it was ideal...it's continuous walking, marching and related slides/stretches, etc., all synchronized with continuous arm movements too. She sometimes incorporates the use of small weights or a stretch band as mentioned above to help with toning. She's encouraging and leading her group + the audience participants who are following along in their home all at the same time. It's all set to snappy background music, and you end up walking anywhere from 1 mile in about 15 minutes with the shorter program, up to 3-4miles in around an hour with the longer programs. It's actually quite fun.:)

If you google "Leslie Sansome" + "Walk Away the Pounds" you'll see she has a lot of walking exercise DVDs available to choose from.

WingnutandMe
03-11-2013, 08:44 PM
Hi, all.

Back home to a rainy night in Georgia (all sing along now). Had my first fun day this weekend in maintenance, so I'm on P1 for today. I didn't go overboard at all. Really just didn't do a good job separating carbs and fats, so P1 is my safety net. Hope my resting pancreas helps to not make any pounds stick. We'll see. P1 was easy since it was so rigid, but I like the variety I can have now.

Molly

Halfagain
03-11-2013, 09:37 PM
Hi everyone, pretty pic. Molly hope you have a blast!

:woohoo: I got a email from one of my coaches and it said coming soon 5 new IP foods, YEA! A potato chip, breakfast cereal, choc. Pudding cup, a cappuccino drink and a chocolate brownie. Prob won't be for a month or so but good news.

Halfagain I followed your lead and gave away a whole 2 trash bags of cloths, ahhh! feels so good to get them gone although I did have a hard time with a few, just because they were just so darn cute! But I never want to wear those sizes again, there were a range of 3 sizes.

Rainbow your food looks so delicious!

Have a HAPPY day all!
Ahhh yes, more room for more cloths! I mean, great job cleaning your closet! I hear you on not wanting to part with some. I had my t-shirts with sheep festival logos. Only after did someone suggest saving them up and making a quilt (or having one done - I don't quilt - yet), but they are long gone now. Alas.. I shall have to buy more and future sheep festivals :devil:

No - it's all done inside. :) What I have is a DVD, and Leslie is on there with a group leading them through a 'class'. This particular DVD has 4 different programs on it, and she puts the class (and me) through an 'inside' walking program that lasts anywhere from about 20 minutes up to an hour, depending on the duration of the workout I select on the DVD. One of the workouts includes the use of a stretch band for upper body exercises too, so it incorporates some strength training while 'walking'. I follow along in front of my TV in my living room. Although the walking has me moving all over the room. LOL. Continuous movement. I originally got started with it because I have a chronic low back condition and need to avoid high impact exercise. This is low impact, can be done inside at any time of year regardless of weather, so it was ideal...it's continuous walking, marching and related slides/stretches, etc., all synchronized with continuous arm movements too. She sometimes incorporates the use of small weights or a stretch band as mentioned above to help with toning. She's encouraging and leading her group + the audience participants who are following along in their home all at the same time. It's all set to snappy background music, and you end up walking anywhere from 1 mile in about 15 minutes with the shorter program, up to 3-4miles in around an hour with the longer programs. It's actually quite fun.:)

If you google "Leslie Sansome" + "Walk Away the Pounds" you'll see she has a lot of walking exercise DVDs available to choose from. That sounds like fun. I'm wanting to do the dance party thing with the Wii, but I haven't done much more than play with it. My arms get tuckered out pretty quick... I guess that's whey I should just do the legs for a bit. Sure wish thinking about it counted as exercise.

Hi, all.

Back home to a rainy night in Georgia (all sing along now). Had my first fun day this weekend in maintenance, so I'm on P1 for today. I didn't go overboard at all. Really just didn't do a good job separating carbs and fats, so P1 is my safety net. Hope my resting pancreas helps to not make any pounds stick. We'll see. P1 was easy since it was so rigid, but I like the variety I can have now.

Molly LOL Now I have that song in my head. Not sure we have anything like that for Washington. Maybe 'the bluest skys you've ever seen, in Seattle' song comes close. Ha except when it's raining that is.... like in Georgia - which is just peachy :p

Well Mr. Scale is trending downward for the week. That's making me inspired to drink more water. I'm seeing if I can't get myself to overweight status by the end of the month. That's 10 lbs in 3 weeks + 3 days. I think that would be mighty grand to hit that mark and it's not totally impossible, but sort of out there... a stretch goal if you will.

I went into the office today. Had lots and lots of "skinny" comments thrown my way, which are silly. I'm far from skinny. But at least people have gotten past my hair. I got a few "I didn't recognize you" comments as well.

DH likes the coconut bread okay. The mistake of using shredded coconut instead of flour really didn't make a huge bad impression. However I bought some flour and will try again with that after this loaf is eaten some. While I'm tempted to make it right now, I might as well let him eat some of this so he can compare it to the next loaf better. DH is not a fan of the low carb bread that has such chewy crust. It might make good pizza dough though I'm guessing.

Have a great night all!

WingnutandMe
03-11-2013, 09:51 PM
Ahhh yes, more room for more cloths! I mean, great job cleaning your closet! I hear you on not wanting to part with some. I had my t-shirts with sheep festival logos. Only after did someone suggest saving them up and making a quilt (or having one done - I don't quilt - yet), but they are long gone now. Alas.. I shall have to buy more and future sheep festivals :devil:

That sounds like fun. I'm wanting to do the dance party thing with the Wii, but I haven't done much more than play with it. My arms get tuckered out pretty quick... I guess that's whey I should just do the legs for a bit. Sure wish thinking about it counted as exercise.

LOL Now I have that song in my head. Not sure we have anything like that for Washington. Maybe 'the bluest skys you've ever seen, in Seattle' song comes close. Ha except when it's raining that is.... like in Georgia - which is just peachy :p

Well Mr. Scale is trending downward for the week. That's making me inspired to drink more water. I'm seeing if I can't get myself to overweight status by the end of the month. That's 10 lbs in 3 weeks + 3 days. I think that would be mighty grand to hit that mark and it's not totally impossible, but sort of out there... a stretch goal if you will.

I went into the office today. Had lots and lots of "skinny" comments thrown my way, which are silly. I'm far from skinny. But at least people have gotten past my hair. I got a few "I didn't recognize you" comments as well.

DH likes the coconut bread okay. The mistake of using shredded coconut instead of flour really didn't make a huge bad impression. However I bought some flour and will try again with that after this loaf is eaten some. While I'm tempted to make it right now, I might as well let him eat some of this so he can compare it to the next loaf better. DH is not a fan of the low carb bread that has such chewy crust. It might make good pizza dough though I'm guessing.

Have a great night all!

Sorry to stick the song in your head.


BTW, have you posted the cocomut flour bread? Was that one you already posted or not? I can't keep track, but want to collect as many recipes as I can.

Tonight, DH was hoping there was some leftovers from my low cal, low fat strawberry rhubarb crisp. He forgot, of the 8 servings, I only had 3. It was gone in just less than two days. :hungry:

Molly

Halfagain
03-12-2013, 12:11 AM
Sorry to stick the song in your head.


BTW, have you posted the cocomut flour bread? Was that one you already posted or not? I can't keep track, but want to collect as many recipes as I can.

Tonight, DH was hoping there was some leftovers from my low cal, low fat strawberry rhubarb crisp. He forgot, of the 8 servings, I only had 3. It was gone in just less than two days. :hungry:

Molly

That's okay.. Twisted Sister songs to A Rainy Night in Georgia - I love them all. You actually already have that recipe (best ever in the history of mankind) or something like that in the title.

greeniris
03-12-2013, 12:54 PM
bump - bottom of second page...

lisa32989
03-12-2013, 01:39 PM
I put up a new profile pic
Thought I'd share with all of you
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8239/8552529496_294bd976ce.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/17882544@N02/8552529496/)


http://flickr.com/gp/17882544@N02/CggNRg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/17882544@N02/8552529496/

evepet
03-12-2013, 02:34 PM
Hi everyone! Hope your day is going well. :)

Lisa - looking good!

I've often wondered how much salt actually gets rinsed off canned or frozen veggies, fish, etc., when you drain and rinse them? Tonight I'm going to use some frozen shrimp, which I noticed has a fairly significant sodium level. I always rinse it well under running water - and again this thought came to mind - how much sodium does this rinsing actually wash away? While googling to see if I could find any stats on this subject, I ran into this related study which was done on canned beans... I found the results interesting and thought I'd share:

"Recently, at the Institute of Food Technologists Conference, Joshua B. Jones and John R. Mount, both from the department of food science and technology at the University of Tennessee, presented “Sodium Reduction in Canned Bean Varieties by Draining and Rinsing.” Jones and Mount showed that draining and rinsing are effective ways to reduce the sodium content of canned beans. Overall, the draining treatment alone reduced sodium by 36% while the draining-rinsing treatment reduced sodium by 41%. Rinsing beans after they are drained ensures that all residual sodium adhering to the bean’s surface is removed and results in the highest reduction. All brands and all classes of beans tested demonstrated significant reductions in sodium by either draining or draining and rinsing."

So, imo - well worth a good rinsing. :)
http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/011110p62.shtml

scorbett1103
03-12-2013, 03:11 PM
Canned veggies can definitely do with a good rinse :) But frozen veggies are not usually preserved with salt - they are flash frozen after picking, with no additives. Unless there's a sauce involved, frozen veggies should be safe without rinsing :)

evepet
03-12-2013, 05:48 PM
Canned veggies can definitely do with a good rinse :) But frozen veggies are not usually preserved with salt - they are flash frozen after picking, with no additives. Unless there's a sauce involved, frozen veggies should be safe without rinsing :)

Guess I didn't word my original message very well. :) ITA - I would never 'rinse' frozen veg. I'd always known that rinsing canned beans, etc., (and frozen shrimp, like today) must cut back on sodium to some extent at least... but was surprised that it was as significant a % as the study showed.

lisa32989
03-12-2013, 05:50 PM
Guess I didn't word my original message very well. :) ITA - I would never 'rinse' frozen veg.
I do! Just like I wash my fresh veggies!

Halfagain
03-12-2013, 11:55 PM
I put up a new profile pic
Thought I'd share with all of you

Very Nice transformation going on Lisa! You are doing so well. :carrot:


I've often wondered how much salt actually gets rinsed off canned or frozen veggies, fish, etc., when you drain and rinse them? Tonight I'm going to use some frozen shrimp, which I noticed has a fairly significant sodium level. I always rinse it well under running water - and again this thought came to mind - how much sodium does this rinsing actually wash away? While googling to see if I could find any stats on this subject, I ran into this related study which was done on canned beans... I found the results interesting and thought I'd share:


Thanks for sharing. I rarely use canned veggies. Frozen or fresh is our norm. Probably because we have two deep freezers (we raise beef so when we put a steer in the freezer we need that much room). Anyway good to know, and something to think about!

Had a good day today. Jeans are getting looser, which is great to go along with all the water I drank today and all the potty breaks I needed :o

Halfagain
03-13-2013, 01:08 AM
Figured I can't go too far wrong here with this purchase
http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-Serve-Cream-Maker/dp/B003R4NE5E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363151007&sr=8-1&keywords=pint+ice+cream+maker $14.06 for a 1/2 pint ice cream maker (2 cups) should be small enough to keep me from making/eating to much at a time. Now to find Liz's sorbet recipes :-) post 52 here: http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/264231-fun-veggie-purees-4.html#post4433631 Mmmmm

65X65
03-13-2013, 08:29 AM
:carrot:
This morning I hit the 25+ lb mark. My mini goals were to hit 15 by valentines day...was not quite there.. which was not wonderful... although I finally hit it the following week. Next goal was 25lbs by St. Patrick's Day. :cupgold: So..I found some redemption for myself this AM and will keep plowing on!

Next goal...40 lbs by my nephew's wedding in May. We go to Birmingham for the event and it's a formal wedding which means a new dress...(a floor length one that I'll probably never wear again)...but it will be fun to see family I've not seen since late fall and who do not know I've lost weight! I may go see if our local resale shop has anything that fits. They specialize in formal cruise wear that many people buy then resell...

I've kind of been lurking here but getting strength from your journey's and awesome successes and gaining understanding from all of you when it gets hard.
Thanks...and hope everyone else has a "GOOD" morning!

lisa32989
03-13-2013, 08:32 AM
Figured I can't go too far wrong here with this purchase
http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-Serve-Cream-Maker/dp/B003R4NE5E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363151007&sr=8-1&keywords=pint+ice+cream+maker $14.06 for a 1/2 pint ice cream maker (2 cups) should be small enough to keep me from making/eating to much at a time. Now to find Liz's sorbet recipes :-) post 52 here: http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/264231-fun-veggie-purees-4.html#post4433631 Mmmmm
That is super cute! I often wish my cuisinart countertop model was about half the size but no sense in replacing something that works!

Sometime this week I'll pull out the wedding dress again and snap a pic. I need to update goals and pick a goal #7. It's actually pretty close tho, I want to hit 75 off... Since not by my 50th, maybe during birthday week but FOR SURE in birthday month! (Still dealing with some travel bloat...waiting for it to come off for an accurate WI. ANY travel changes my regularity.)

WingnutandMe
03-13-2013, 09:05 AM
Figured I can't go too far wrong here with this purchase
http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-Serve-Cream-Maker/dp/B003R4NE5E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363151007&sr=8-1&keywords=pint+ice+cream+maker $14.06 for a 1/2 pint ice cream maker (2 cups) should be small enough to keep me from making/eating to much at a time. Now to find Liz's sorbet recipes :-) post 52 here: http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/264231-fun-veggie-purees-4.html#post4433631 Mmmmm

There was a time a while ago when a few of us bought this ice maker. It's portion containment, but unfortunately doesn't always work as advertised. I will pull up my recipe collection (some use alternatives). I know the Chloe and Evepet were in this at that time so some are their recipes. Not all these are for the maker itself.

Chocolate Rhubarb Ice Cream
Take one really long stock of Rhubarb, chop it like celery throw it in a microwavable bowl with a splash or 2 of water. Microwave for 2 min or so till it really falls a part. Let Cool. Throw cooled Rhubarb into blender, add 1 oz non fat milk, 2 packets of powdered stevia. 1.5 tablespoons of strawberry jam * i used walden farm's calorie free fruit spread) 1 scoop chocolate protein powder and 4 shakes of pumpkin pie spice. Blend until smooth then put in bowl for freezer. That is for one serving.

Take out of freezer and if not sweet enough then add more strawberry. The Protein Powder can be a packet of IP Pudding or drink. I don't drink the 1 oz of milk in the morning and this is the first time I have used milk since this began. I will take a photo tomorrow and post it.

Coconut Milk Ice Cream
8 oz coconut milk
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
Stevia to taste...I used one packet of Truvia
Directions
This serves 2.
Not much in quanity but so rich in good fat plenty satisfing.
I mixed all the "cold' ingrediants in a magic bullet and followed the Hamilton Beach Half Pint Ice Cream maker instructions from there.
I have no fear of raw egg yolks but if you do you can buy pasterized eggs or you can add some measure of safety by giving your standard raw eggs (whole in the shell) a short 30 to 60 second dunk in boiling water this is according to Doctors Mike and Mary Eades of Protien Power fame.

Evepet’s ice cream
1/2 cup of light coconut milk
1/2 cup of Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 scoop of flavored protein powder
Directions:
Blend and chill before adding to ice cream maker.

Ice Cream
1 IP drink packet (for example, chocolate drink packet for chocolate ice cream)
½ TSP of vanilla extract
1 packet of sweetener (Truvia, Splenda, etc)
1 cup of water
½ cup of course salt
Ice
(Plus a large (gallon) and small (sandwich) sealable Ziploc bag.
Directions:
1. Put 1 cup of water into IP shaker – add in vanilla and sweetener – then the IP drink packet and shake until well blended. Pour mixture into small sandwich plastic bag. SEAL TIGHT.
2. Take a gallon sized plastic bag and fill up half way with ice cubes. Pour ½ cup of salt into the bag. Place the sealed sandwich bag with the drink mixture inside the ice cube bag. MAKE SURE BOTH BAGS ARE SEALED TIGHT.
3. Now here come the little arm workout! Shake, shake, shake for 8 minutes. I usually stop at around 5 minutes and check to see the progress. At about 5 minutes the mixture should be partially frozen – kind of looking like a slushy. (Try pot holders while shaking the bag because it’s cold to hold onto!)
4. At 8 minutes you are going to have a hard bag of ‘ice cream’! Take out of the salty ice bag and very quickly rinse the bag off under cold water.

IDEAL PROTEIN ICE CREAM
3/4 cup water
1 chocolate protein packet
4-6 TB vanilla pre-made drink
1 tsp Truvia or Splenda (optional–most flavors will not need this!)
Optional Walden Farms add-ins:
Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream- add 1 large TB W.F. peanut butter
Double Chocolate ice cream- add 1 TB W.F. chocolate dip or sauce
Chocolate Caramel ice cream-1 TB W.F. caramel dip or sauce
Chocolate Marshmallow ice cream-2 TB W.F. marshmallow dip (this will be added after you’ve blended the ice cream together.)
Chocolate Raspberry ice cream- 1 TB W.F. raspberry fruit spread
Directions:
Mix water and IP packet in drink mixer. Pour into ice cube tray- 1 IP pack should make 1 tray worth. (When Dr. Lowry made this at home, he realized it’s better to not fill each compartment up all the way.) Freeze for a couple of hours, then take the cubes out and put them into a high-speed blender. Add the vanilla drink (needed for creamy texture), truvia (if needed) and mix-in of your choice. Blend for a couple of minutes. Add additional vanilla drink if needed. The ice cream should look creamy, not icy when it’s done.

This whips up a lot–you should end up with a very large bowl of guilt-free “legal” ice cream.

This works with the vanilla IP drink packet as well for vanilla ice cream. Try adding any of the W.F. fruit spreads to get a fruit flavored ice cream. The inventor of this recipe, Kim, really likes the vanilla drink packet with W.F. orange fruit spread because it tastes like a bowl of creamsicle ice cream!

Malted Ice Cream
For Stage 1 or 2 dieters substitute Skim milk for Soy milk
You can make this Malted Ice cream in many different flavors and varieties depending on which Ideal Protein products are your favorite or you feel like having that day. You can use any of the following Ideal Protein products: Chocolate Drink, Cappuccino, Yogurt, Peach Mango Drink, Vanilla Pudding, Butterscotch Pudding, or Raspberry Jell-O.
1 Packet Ideal Protein Chocolate Drink mix
1 ounce skim milk (or 1%)
1 pack Sucralose (or your choice of sweetener)
2 tablespoons Walden Farms Chocolate Syrup (or any sugar free-carb free brand)
3 cups ice cubes
Directions:
First add 1 ounce of skim milk into the blender then pour in the 2 tablespoons of Walden Farms
Chocolate Syrup. Start blending this on low speed and then add 1 packet of Ideal Chocolate Drink. Put
the blender on high speed and start gradually adding the ice cubes until your malted gets really,
really thick.

Mint Chocolate Ice Cream
IP vanilla pudding packet prepared with 5oz water
1 tsp mint extract
3 tbsp Walden Farms chocolate syrup
Mix prepared vanilla pudding and mint extract well and pour into a bowl. Place in the freezer until almost solid. Pour chocolate syrup over the top and dive in!

*For a little something extra. Put some Walden Farms Chocolate Syrup on a parchment paper lined pan or plate and freeze it! Break in to pieces and add it in to your Mint Chocolate Ice Cream!

Rhubarb Ice Cream
2 cups chopped rhubarb
1 packet stevia
a few shakes of pumpkin pie spice
Directions
Place in microwavable bowl and microwave until rhubarb falls apart. Let cool
Place in blender/magic bullet/ninja
Add flavored sugar free coffee syrup I use Cherry as much as you like sweet
Add 1/2 cup ice
Add 1 scoop ( or serving of your protein drink) Chocolate
DirectionsL
Blend until smooth
Place in little ziplock bag
Put in big ziplock bag with ice and salt
Shake what your Mamma gave you........
Rinse little bag.... VERY IMPORTANT

Strawberry, rhubarb cheesecake ice cream.
2 cups of frozen rhubarb microwaved until mushy, then added a Tbls or two of WF strawberry syrup and cooled some. Put it in my magic bullet with 4 oz. Of water and a packet of Healthsmart cheesecake pudding (vanilla would work). And then put it in my new Hamilton Beach half pint ice cream maker for 10 to 15 min and yummy! Before I just put it in the freezer and stirred a few times until frosty enough.

Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream
Rhubarb Jam <--Note: the Jam recipe already has optional Gelatin
EAS Strawberry RTD
Optional: 1-2 Egg Whites
Directions:
1. Make Rhubarb Jam: http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/4431623-post29.html
2. Add Rhubarb Jam, EAS Strawberry RTD, and optional Egg Whites to Ice Cream Machine for 45 minutes.
3. Eat.

Sugar Free Vanilla Ice Cream Base
2 cups fat free half and half
1 cup light whipping cream
6 packets Truvia (or no calorie equivalent to 1/4 cup sugar)
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
Directions
Combine ingredients in a one quart container with a tight fitting lid. Shake until sugar substitute is dissolved. Keep refrigerated. Base will last a week.
When making the ice cream:

Pour 6-12 ounces of ice cream base into freezer bowl. Turn motor on. Once the mixture starts to thicken, turn the motor off, remove lid, and add your favorite mix-in (not included in nutritional info). Replace the lid; then restart the motor.

JustSue
03-13-2013, 09:25 AM
Hi, all. I am new to 3FC and find you all inspirational. :yay: I joined IP in Jan 2013. So far, in 8 weeks, I have lost 28 pounds and 18 inches!!! It has been than 15 years since I have weighed less than 200 lbs! Financially I am only going to be able to continue another 4 weeks. I am terrified of regaining the weight. Question: Do you find the Paleo diet compatible with Phase 4?
Thank you!!!

P.S. I do plan to return to Phase 1 in a couple months, but plan to use alternative products.

evepet
03-13-2013, 10:16 AM
Very Nice transformation going on Lisa! You are doing so well. :carrot:



Thanks for sharing. I rarely use canned veggies. Frozen or fresh is our norm. Probably because we have two deep freezers (we raise beef so when we put a steer in the freezer we need that much room). Anyway good to know, and something to think about!

Had a good day today. Jeans are getting looser, which is great to go along with all the water I drank today and all the potty breaks I needed :o

I rarely used canned veg either - 99% a combo of frozen or fresh. But I will again use canned beans in the future and it's handy to know that this simple action of soaking & rinsing them gets rid of that much sodium.

Even with rinsing the shrimp yesterday, my sodium intake for the day was too high.... my weight is up 1 lb today, and I'm sure it's water retention because of that. :devil: I drank lots of water yesterday, but see even more on today's agenda... and keeping to under 1500mcg sodium today! I hate water retention!!

Gotta love it when the jeans start to feel loose. :D:D

Figured I can't go too far wrong here with this purchase
http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-Serve-Cream-Maker/dp/B003R4NE5E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363151007&sr=8-1&keywords=pint+ice+cream+maker $14.06 for a 1/2 pint ice cream maker (2 cups) should be small enough to keep me from making/eating to much at a time. Now to find Liz's sorbet recipes :-) post 52 here: http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/264231-fun-veggie-purees-4.html#post4433631 Mmmmm

I've got that one too. :) It works ok, but as Molly said below it is sometimes a tad 'unpredictable' with it's results. I found it really important to get both the freezer bowl and the ice cream mixture thoroughly chilled before pouring it into the bowl. (As in leave the bowl in the freezer overnight, and the ice cream mixture in the fridge that long too). As the bowls for this unit are small, I just leave them in the freezer all the time. I had a blog post about using mine which I did last summer.... here it is if you're interested. http://diettalktoday.com/light-coconut-milk-protein-ice-cream-for-breakfast/
Looking at that again, I think what a weird colour that ice cream was LOL - it was a macha green tea powder I was using at the time.

:carrot:
This morning I hit the 25+ lb mark. My mini goals were to hit 15 by valentines day...was not quite there.. which was not wonderful... although I finally hit it the following week. Next goal was 25lbs by St. Patrick's Day. :cupgold: So..I found some redemption for myself this AM and will keep plowing on!

Next goal...40 lbs by my nephew's wedding in May. We go to Birmingham for the event and it's a formal wedding which means a new dress...(a floor length one that I'll probably never wear again)...but it will be fun to see family I've not seen since late fall and who do not know I've lost weight! I may go see if our local resale shop has anything that fits. They specialize in formal cruise wear that many people buy then resell...

I've kind of been lurking here but getting strength from your journey's and awesome successes and gaining understanding from all of you when it gets hard.
Thanks...and hope everyone else has a "GOOD" morning!

Congrats on making the -25lb goal! Your local resale shop sounds like a great idea to explore re the dress for the May wedding. I predict you'll wow them with your new dress and slimmed down figure. :D

That is super cute! I often wish my cuisinart countertop model was about half the size but no sense in replacing something that works!

Sometime this week I'll pull out the wedding dress again and snap a pic. I need to update goals and pick a goal #7. It's actually pretty close tho, I want to hit 75 off... Since not by my 50th, maybe during birthday week but FOR SURE in birthday month! (Still dealing with some travel bloat...waiting for it to come off for an accurate WI. ANY travel changes my regularity.)

I've got that little ice cream maker, and sometimes wish I had a bigger one... but talk myself out of it because of lack of storage and countertop space... and the fact that I really don't need it. BTW, I read a while ago how you use magnesium (before bed I think?) to assist with regularity. I've been taking 200mg magnesium just before bed since noting your post and find it works a charm. I'm also thinking that it's helping alleviate some upper back aches I've been noticing since around Christmas.

There was a time a while ago when a few of us bought this ice maker. It's portion containment, but unfortunately doesn't always work as advertised. I will pull up my recipe collection (some use alternatives). I know the Chloe and Evepet were in this at that time so some are their recipes. Not all these are for the maker itself.

Some interesting recipes there Molly. And yummy sounding. I was experimenting with mine quite a bit last summer. Most of the time the ice cream turned out fairly well, but there were a few not-so-successful trials. I found that a lot depending on getting both the bowl and the icecream mixture completely chilled before putting it in the machine. I was surprised too, at the amount of ice cream that froze on the sides of the bowl... although I'd always let it thaw, then scrape it off and eat it. :) I haven't gotten too fancy with my recipes though - tend to stick to a pretty basic formula.
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It's going to be another fairly calm day for me. Just 'business as usual' here.

Hope everyone has a good day. Cheers for now.

evepet
03-13-2013, 10:38 AM
Hi, all. I am new to 3FC and find you all inspirational. :yay: I joined IP in Jan 2013. So far, in 8 weeks, I have lost 28 pounds and 18 inches!!! It has been than 15 years since I have weighed less than 200 lbs! Financially I am only going to be able to continue another 4 weeks. I am terrified of regaining the weight. Question: Do you find the Paleo diet compatible with Phase 4?
Thank you!!!

P.S. I do plan to return to Phase 1 in a couple months, but plan to use alternative products.

Welcome!! Congrats on the -28lbs & 18 inches!! Way to Go!

I used IP products only for the first week of dieting, and then switched over to alternative products. That first week got me into ketosis, and during that time I also discovered the 3FatChicks forum and realized I could continue much less expensively with alternative products. Like you, my budget was a serious issue. I still followed the IP protocol, but just substituted with suitable alternative products. There are many of us here who are/have done that with excellent results. In fact at one point months ago a poll was done here, and it turned out that around 60% of the dieters were using alternative products either in part or totally. If you haven't already done so, I suggest you check out the threads here that talk about 'alternative' products. My blog also talks about this - the link is in my signature line below, and it may give you some useful ideas. :)

If I'm understanding your post correctly, you're intending to stay with IP (and IP products) another month, then quit for a while?... and then return to P1 in a couple of months using alternative products? Is there a particular reason to not just continue with P1 now? Switching to alternative products will save you considerably $-wise if that's the main issue. It just seems a shame not to keep your weight loss momentum moving forward, now that you're 'in the zone'. :hug: I say this because I remember losing -25-30 lbs and thinking that I might do that same thing - give myself 'a break' and 'come back later'... I'm so thankful now that I decided instead to just stay with it. We've seen here that many dieters who 'take a break' do this with the best of intentions to return - but many never do.

I've been somewhat exploring going Paleo once I phase out... I'm at goal now, but working on losing another two lbs or so as a cushion against returning glycogen weight before I phase out. I'm not sure I can totally give up dairy though - love my Greek yogourt! I know there are several here who are considering adopting a Paleo approach once they've reached their goal and phased out though, and hopefully they'll chime in.

Anyway - welcome again - and come here often. I know that hanging out here was fundamental to getting me through some rough spots and keeping me on track.

Halfagain
03-13-2013, 11:09 AM
There was a time a while ago when a few of us bought this ice maker. It's portion containment, but unfortunately doesn't always work as advertised. I will pull up my recipe collection (some use alternatives). I know the Chloe and Evepet were in this at that time so some are their recipes. Not all these are for the maker itself.


WOW thank you! You are so helpful, and those look great! I'll print the out. Should have that little contraption here in a couple days (on prime at Amazon).

Hi, all. I am new to 3FC and find you all inspirational. :yay: I joined IP in Jan 2013. So far, in 8 weeks, I have lost 28 pounds and 18 inches!!! It has been than 15 years since I have weighed less than 200 lbs! Financially I am only going to be able to continue another 4 weeks. I am terrified of regaining the weight. Question: Do you find the Paleo diet compatible with Phase 4?
Thank you!!!

P.S. I do plan to return to Phase 1 in a couple months, but plan to use alternative products.
Welcome! My DH and I are planning on a 80/20 Paleo plan. Basically not hard core Paleo but low carbing it for sure. We got a new cook book that makes it all seem doable with a few of these recipes thrown in on occasion. Paleo Indulgences. Sorry I am running late for getting to work, or I'd find a link. Anyway it has bread, desserts, and meals in there that look and sound very yummy. Our other Paleo book didn't even have a dessert section LOL - this one I know is just for splurges, but it makes the whole thing sound like it will be okay for us and being ableto indulge sometimes. (beyond the free day - when I get to maintenance).

I rarely used canned veg either - 99% a combo of frozen or fresh. But I will again use canned beans in the future and it's handy to know that this simple action of soaking & rinsing them gets rid of that much sodium.

Even with rinsing the shrimp yesterday, my sodium intake for the day was too high.... my weight is up 1 lb today, and I'm sure it's water retention because of that. :devil: I drank lots of water yesterday, but see even more on today's agenda... and keeping to under 1500mcg sodium today! I hate water retention!!

Gotta love it when the jeans start to feel loose. :D:D



I've got that one too. :) It works ok, but as Molly said below it is sometimes a tad 'unpredictable' with it's results. I found it really important to get both the freezer bowl and the ice cream mixture thoroughly chilled before pouring it into the bowl. (As in leave the bowl in the freezer overnight, and the ice cream mixture in the fridge that long too). As the bowls for this unit are small, I just leave them in the freezer all the time. I had a blog post about using mine which I did last summer.... here it is if you're interested. http://diettalktoday.com/light-coconut-milk-protein-ice-cream-for-breakfast/
Looking at that again, I think what a weird colour that ice cream was LOL - it was a macha green tea powder I was using at the time.
I've got that little ice cream maker, and sometimes wish I had a bigger one... but talk myself out of it because of lack of storage and countertop space... and the fact that I really don't need it. BTW, I read a while ago how you use magnesium (before bed I think?) to assist with regularity. I've been taking 200mg magnesium just before bed since noting your post and find it works a charm. I'm also thinking that it's helping alleviate some upper back aches I've been noticing since around Christmas.

Some interesting recipes there Molly. And yummy sounding. I was experimenting with mine quite a bit last summer. Most of the time the ice cream turned out fairly well, but there were a few not-so-successful trials. I found that a lot depending on getting both the bowl and the icecream mixture completely chilled before putting it in the machine. I was surprised too, at the amount of ice cream that froze on the sides of the bowl... although I'd always let it thaw, then scrape it off and eat it. :) I haven't gotten too fancy with my recipes though - tend to stick to a pretty basic formula.
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It's going to be another fairly calm day for me. Just 'business as usual' here.

Hope everyone has a good day. Cheers for now.

thanks for the tips on the ice cream machine. I'm excited. Figured there were some pitfalls, but for less than $15 i thought it was definately worth a try. Only the blue color is that cheep, the other colors cost more - for whatever reason haha.

Hey! the size 16 pants I put on in the dark this morning buttoned! Okay not comfy to wear yet but i can button the suckers. Wha-hoo!

Off to work, have to get my size 18 rear in there.
barb

joysh
03-13-2013, 10:08 PM
Hey, fab 50+ers! How are you all today?

I had my WI yesterday and I'm 1 pound away from my goal, but I think I'm going to stay on P1 for another week. I really want to be just a little lower than my goal before I phase off - but it will be very, very soon!

Molly, thanks for reposting the ice cream recipe. Time to get ready for spring!

WingnutandMe
03-13-2013, 10:41 PM
Hey, fab 50+ers! How are you all today?

I had my WI yesterday and I'm 1 pound away from my goal, but I think I'm going to stay on P1 for another week. I really want to be just a little lower than my goal before I phase off - but it will be very, very soon!

Molly, thanks for reposting the ice cream recipe. Time to get ready for spring!

Your new avatar pic is awesome. Congrats on your journey so far. You're an inspiration.

Molly

joysh
03-14-2013, 12:46 AM
Thanks!!! My son in law is a pro photographer and he took some pics of me last weekend. I haven't gotten the full length ones back yet...

And the same back at you, Molly! Wow!! 116!!! See you on the maintenance thread very soon!

evepet
03-14-2013, 12:18 PM
Hi everyone. Hope everyone's day is going well.

A couple of months ago there was some discussion here about how to naturally normalize leptin levels, to assist in controlling hunger during maintenance, etc. I had promised to provide some details from my reading on the subject.

The bulk of my info has been based on two books by Dr. Scott Isaacs, who is one of the main authors on this subject. I selected Dr. Isaacs' material to review, as he is an endocrinologist (specialist in diseases that are created by hormonal imbalances).

I'm attaching a document which includes the notes I made for myself as I re-read his books. Things that I felt I'd like to be able to access easily in the future, without having to go back through the book to find it again.

If this subject is of interest to you, I recommend you take the time to read up on it for yourself, as it's a fairly complicated subject. While reading the books gave me a good general idea of what the 'Isaac approach' is, explaining this in detail (all this information about how all our hormones inter-relate, etc. etc.) is quite technical and I find I don't feel comfortable trying to explain it in detail to someone else. It would lose a lot in translation, probably not be accurate, and I'd be worried that I was misleading someone. Still, I hope my notes are somewhat helpful.

Some other useful information from two other 'experts' in this area is available at these websites:
http://www.byronrichards.com/thyroid_leptin/entry/the_five_rules_of_the_leptin
http://www.jackkruse.com/my-leptin-prescription/

These three 'experts'.. Isaacs, Richards, and Kruse... do not agree on everything. Isaacs differs from the other two, in that he recommends 3 meals and at least 1 additional snack (a mid-afternoon one). His rationale seems to be based on controlling what he calls 'gut hormones'. Richards & Kruse recommend only the 3 meals - no snacks. But there is a lot of similiarities in the rest of their protocols.

One observation about Isaacs' approach is that he recommends a lot of veggies and fruit - which is fine, but imo overloads on the fructose from fruit. I intend to keep a high level of veggies in my diet going forward, and won't have any trouble with his recommendations there, but I will not be adding that much fruit... I'll probably stick with just 2 fruit selections/day, from low glycemic varieties. (Which is in accord more with Dr. Natasha Turner's suggestions...she's another author on how to control hormone levels naturally through proper diet). She's the author of 'The Carb Sensitivity Program' which I've noticed a few posters in the maintenance threads discussing on occasion.

Chloe222 has also bought books on the subject (I recollect she was reading one by Byron Richards) and agreed to share their highlights. Hopefully she'll be back around and available to provide it later - haven't seen any posts from her in a while.

Meanwhile, perhaps some of you will find this helpful.

jampooh
03-14-2013, 12:37 PM
Still here and plugging away. Progress continues, just have not checked site or posted. Good to see everyone is doing well.

lisa32989
03-14-2013, 04:39 PM
Still here and plugging away. Progress continues, just have not checked site or posted. Good to see everyone is doing well.

Nice to hear from you

AlisonS
03-14-2013, 05:50 PM
It has been a busy week for me, forgot to post on Tuesday that I lost 1.2 pounds - small loss but I'll take it! : ) My blood pressure was fairly low so maybe I will be able to cut back more or go off next week after I see my doctor. My experience with the trade-in basket continues to be positive, this week I got another chocolate pancake mix and a leek soup mix (I love the leek soup mixed with mashed cauliflower and topped with green onion.)

Lisa - so right about consignment stores - I never bought my jeans anywhere else except thrift/consignment. With these distressed styles, old jeans and brand new jeans look EXACTLY THE SAME except for the price tag! At the thrift store I go to, they must have about 300 pairs of jeans, all at $5 each. That's the only way to go! : )

lisa32989
03-14-2013, 06:54 PM
It has been a busy week for me, forgot to post on Tuesday that I lost 1.2 pounds - small loss but I'll take it! : ) My blood pressure was fairly low so maybe I will be able to cut back more or go off next week after I see my doctor. My experience with the trade-in basket continues to be positive, this week I got another chocolate pancake mix and a leek soup mix (I love the leek soup mixed with mashed cauliflower and topped with green onion.)

Lisa - so right about consignment stores - I never bought my jeans anywhere else except thrift/consignment. With these distressed styles, old jeans and brand new jeans look EXACTLY THE SAME except for the price tag! At the thrift store I go to, they must have about 300 pairs of jeans, all at $5 each. That's the only way to go! : )
I'm buying everything I can at consignment/second-hand stores until I get to goal. Size changes are $$$

JustSue
03-14-2013, 07:21 PM
Hi everybody,
I just got back from WI and am down 3.6 pounds. Now at 31 pounds gone!!! My coach is great and really listened to all the struggles I have had. I have not cheated, but have not been drinking my water, not taking my vitamins, not eating enough vegies... We are seriously talking about phasing out this month. I did not know you can still lose weight on phase 4!
Anyway I am feeling motivated again and this is a good thing!!!

I also love thrift/consignment stores. In MN we have one called Clothes Mentor which is my favorite. :D

Halfagain
03-14-2013, 09:21 PM
Hi everyone. Hope everyone's day is going well.

A couple of months ago there was some discussion here about how to naturally normalize leptin levels, to assist in controlling hunger during maintenance, etc. I had promised to provide some details from my reading on the subject.

The bulk of my info has been based on two books by Dr. Scott Isaacs, who is one of the main authors on this subject. I selected Dr. Isaacs' material to review, as he is an endocrinologist (specialist in diseases that are created by hormonal imbalances).

I'm attaching a document which includes the notes I made for myself as I re-read his books. Things that I felt I'd like to be able to access easily in the future, without having to go back through the book to find it again.
.....

Meanwhile, perhaps some of you will find this helpful.
Thank you thank you. Very interesting notes. I imagine the books are more technical than I can "relax" read. I'll have to check them out though. :D

Yesmyqueen
03-14-2013, 09:55 PM
Hi all, looks like everyone is doing great, I was down another 1 lb, slowly coming off.

Fishette
03-14-2013, 10:02 PM
Yesmyqueen, you need a new February picture!

evepet
03-15-2013, 10:23 AM
Good Day to all my fellow Fab 50+ers. :D

Joysh - now that's handy, having a SIL who's a professional photographer! I'm looking forward to seeing your new pix.

Jampooh - Hi Again! Good to see you.. don't be a stranger!

Lisa, Alison, JustSue - ITA about consignment shops, etc. Picked up a really cute little windbreaker-type jacket just a week ago at my local GoodWill shop. I go in periodically when I'm in the area and wander around... I don't always find what I originally think I'm looking for, but almost always come out with something.

HalfAgain - Good to see that you noticed my post about my leptin studies. I'd forgotten exactly who had expressed interest back then. Yes, it's not what I call a 'relax' read. But it is worth the time, just to understand how all our hormones inter-relate and work to balance our hunger/satiety... not to mention how the better known hormones like insulin, thyroid, cortisol, etc. come into play and affect weight gain/loss/maintenance.

YesMyQueen - Another lb down! Way to Go! BTW - agree with Fishette.... you need a new pix!

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I'm a happy camper this am, because I've finally slipped down into the 140s! Hoorah! I've now truly achieved my goal. And just in time for my annual checkup with my Dr. next week. LOL. She'll be surprised. :) It's been 20 yrs since I was this small.. several times I've gotten myself down into the 170s since then, but I generally accepted that as 'good enough' and settled at that point. I credit the support here for giving me the persistence and motivation I needed to keep on working towards my ultimate weight loss goal and getting to where I truly wanted to be. Thank You to each of you for helping me achieve my goal here. :hug:

Hope everyone has a great day. Cheers for now.

lisa32989
03-15-2013, 10:39 AM
Oh evepet, that's wonderful!
My lowest is 175 but I'm not stopping there, either!
:congrat:

WingnutandMe
03-15-2013, 11:05 AM
Thought for the day from Beck Diet Solutions

A mistake is just a mistake and every time you make one, you ALWAYS have the option to turn yourself around immediately. This weekend, if you get off track, make the decision to put it behind you and get right back on track. Monday morning you will be so happy you did!

Been busy with figuring out the maintenance thing, listing things on eBay, and all those other miscellaneous things that take up your time.

I agree with the thrift store shopping. Even though I'm in the country, we have a local thrift/charity store. They have the nicest things and cheap, cheap cheap. Pants and tops $3, jackets $4 and yesterday tops were BOGO. I got 5 for me and one for DH. Last week 2 jackets. I've found 5 or 6 pairs of jeans. Some I've outgrown. They are only open a few days a week, so I go on opening day. Yesterday it was mobbed.

Anyway, maintenance is working for me somehow. I weighed this AM and was 172.4, my lowest yet. Earlier this week, I was back up to 175.2, but it's leveled off again. I'm slowly adding more carbs to my carb meal. I'm not a big cheese, nut or avocado eater so the fats are a struggle. I guess if I track and focus on being somewhat balanced, I'll survive. The big thing, I can live with this. I don't feel deprived at all. Most things DH likes. There are a few he'd rather not have though. I'll keep looking for recipes and experimenting.

Congrats to all with the lbs dropping like they want. Even a little is in the right direction. You'll make it. If I can, anyone can.

Have a good day.
Molly

evepet
03-15-2013, 11:09 AM
Oh evepet, that's wonderful!
My lowest is 175 but I'm not stopping there, either!
:congrat:

Thanks Lisa. :hug: There have definitely been moments in this 'diet journey' when I've been tempted to 'settle'... but I would read of others here who were determined to work towards the goal they really wanted... and I'd see how happy and proud they were. It made me realize that I could do it too. I'm very, very happy that I stuck it out and made it happen. Just another -2 lbs or so for that 'cushion' I need for glycogen regain ... then I'm phasing off. :D And even better, is the fact that I definitely have a different mind set this time with the weight loss - I know that I have the tools to keep it off this time around. And I'll be continuing to hang out here at 3Fatchicks to help keep others motivated, and help me keep my head straight. :)

Molly - So glad to hear that maintenance is going well for you. Sharing everyone's experiences in maintenance adds to my faith that I can do it too. This forum is such a blessing!

greeniris
03-15-2013, 12:33 PM
Hi, all. I am new to 3FC and find you all inspirational. :yay: I joined IP in Jan 2013. So far, in 8 weeks, I have lost 28 pounds and 18 inches!!! It has been than 15 years since I have weighed less than 200 lbs! Financially I am only going to be able to continue another 4 weeks. I am terrified of regaining the weight. Question: Do you find the Paleo diet compatible with Phase 4?
Thank you!!!

P.S. I do plan to return to Phase 1 in a couple months, but plan to use alternative products.
A belated WELCOME! Glad you're doing so well. Just a word to the wise...it is much more difficult to do P1 the second time around. If at all possible, I strongly recommend you just keep going now. I did most of my P1 on alternatives, switching mid-stream. Good luck with whatever you decide!

I had my WI yesterday and I'm 1 pound away from my goal, but I think I'm going to stay on P1 for another week. I really want to be just a little lower than my goal before I phase off - but it will be very, very soon!
WOW!! Look at your new avatar! You're so very close now!!!!!

Still here and plugging away. Progress continues, just have not checked site or posted. Good to see everyone is doing well.
Hey neighbor! I've missed your posts. Hope all is well with you.

...forgot to post on Tuesday that I lost 1.2 pounds - small loss but I'll take it! : ) My blood pressure was fairly low so maybe I will be able to cut back more or go off next week after I see my doctor.
Another great loss! And really good news about your BP dropping! The dr will be very happy with your progress.

Hi everybody,
I just got back from WI and am down 3.6 pounds. Now at 31 pounds gone!!! My coach is great and really listened to all the struggles I have had. I have not cheated, but have not been drinking my water, not taking my vitamins, not eating enough vegies... We are seriously talking about phasing out this month. I did not know you can still lose weight on phase 4!
Great progress!

Hi all, looks like everyone is doing great, I was down another 1 lb, slowly coming off.Whoo Hoo!


I'm a happy camper this am, because I've finally slipped down into the 140s! Hoorah! I've now truly achieved my goal. And just in time for my annual checkup with my Dr. next week. LOL. She'll be surprised. :) It's been 20 yrs since I was this small.. several times I've gotten myself down into the 170s since then, but I generally accepted that as 'good enough' and settled at that point. I credit the support here for giving me the persistence and motivation I needed to keep on working towards my ultimate weight loss goal and getting to where I truly wanted to be. Thank You to each of you for helping me achieve my goal here. :hug:
GOOOAAAAAALLLLLL!!! lol. Congratulations! Evepet - we all help each other...You've been a tremendous support for me these last few months, and I thank you.

Anyway, maintenance is working for me somehow. I weighed this AM and was 172.4, my lowest yet. Earlier this week, I was back up to 175.2, but it's leveled off again. I'm slowly adding more carbs to my carb meal. I'm not a big cheese, nut or avocado eater so the fats are a struggle. I guess if I track and focus on being somewhat balanced, I'll survive. The big thing, I can live with this. I don't feel deprived at all. Most things DH likes. There are a few he'd rather not have though. I'll keep looking for recipes and experimenting.
Molly - you are going to ROCK maintenance! I'm discovering that my VIP isn't going to be satisfied with most of the meals I'll be able to have when I get to P4 again. So I'm sort of resigning myself to fixing 2 different entrees a good share of the time. So glad for you that your DH likes your recipes.

Anyone heard from Dana lately? Have been thinking of her and hoping all is well there.

Halfagain
03-15-2013, 04:33 PM
I'm a happy camper this am, because I've finally slipped down into the 140s! Hoorah! I've now truly achieved my goal. And just in time for my annual checkup with my Dr. next week. LOL. She'll be surprised. :) It's been 20 yrs since I was this small.. several times I've gotten myself down into the 170s since then, but I generally accepted that as 'good enough' and settled at that point. I credit the support here for giving me the persistence and motivation I needed to keep on working towards my ultimate weight loss goal and getting to where I truly wanted to be. Thank You to each of you for helping me achieve my goal here. :hug:

Hope everyone has a great day. Cheers for now.
:carrot::carrot:Congratulations!:carrot::carrot: You have been so inspiring and helpful for all of us. I'm so happy for you. I'll be joining you all in maintenance in a couple months it looks like and I've been reading the posts there - so consider me a lurker :-) Remember though, we're not JUST phase one folk here in the 50+ group. We're FABULOUS 50+ and that means you! and all of our members here.

Alright - totally "me" stuff to follow - sorry,

Kale chips are in the oven! I tried on the dress I was married in (small home wedding 30 years ago this November- no "wedding dress", just a dress) and it's about one size down from where I am now. It goes on - but isn't fitting nicely - yet :-) However, I am wearing some size 16 jeans today :carrot: I had a great WI too, down 3.8 lbs. The only difference I did was to drink more than enough water daily instead of barely enough. so 120 oz vrs the 72 I was drinking. Maybe it was the exercise running to the bathroom? Anyway I'll keep it up and see if next week is a good one as well.

Fishette
03-15-2013, 05:53 PM
JustSue, I also switched to alternative ($1.25 each verses $4 each) after the first 2 months. I hit my 'good enough' goal on the expensive stuff and switched to alternatives for the rest since I figured if they didn't work I was still at 'good enough'. However, I ended up continuing to lose about 2 lbs a week on the alternatives, and now I feel fantastic!

Congrats, Evepet! You win the perseverance prize!

Going for my Happy 56 Birthday dinner tonight at a fancy French restaurant. My son and daughter are also joining us! I never ever imagined a) that I would live this long and b) that my son and daughter would live near enough to me to come to a birthday dinner. We have lived in difference states for many years, so it is a double blessing that now we are within an hour of each other.

Happy Weekend everyone!

evepet
03-15-2013, 06:50 PM
:carrot::carrot:Congratulations!:carrot::carrot: You have been so inspiring and helpful for all of us. I'm so happy for you. I'll be joining you all in maintenance in a couple months it looks like and I've been reading the posts there - so consider me a lurker :-) Remember though, we're not JUST phase one folk here in the 50+ group. We're FABULOUS 50+ and that means you! and all of our members here.

Alright - totally "me" stuff to follow - sorry,

Kale chips are in the oven! I tried on the dress I was married in (small home wedding 30 years ago this November- no "wedding dress", just a dress) and it's about one size down from where I am now. It goes on - but isn't fitting nicely - yet :-) However, I am wearing some size 16 jeans today :carrot: I had a great WI too, down 3.8 lbs. The only difference I did was to drink more than enough water daily instead of barely enough. so 120 oz vrs the 72 I was drinking. Maybe it was the exercise running to the bathroom? Anyway I'll keep it up and see if next week is a good one as well.

Thx HalfAgain! :hug: I'm still staying P1 (or some combo of P1-P2) until I lose at least another lb - 2 would be better - so that when I regain some glycogen weight I'll still be able to stay below 150 as my ceiling. But I was so happy to slide into the 140s and 'officially' get to my goal that I couldn't resist posting about it. LOL. Congrats on the -3.8!! Woohoo! Drink that water!! :carrot:

JustSue, I also switched to alternative ($1.25 each verses $4 each) after the first 2 months. I hit my 'good enough' goal on the expensive stuff and switched to alternatives for the rest since I figured if they didn't work I was still at 'good enough'. However, I ended up continuing to lose about 2 lbs a week on the alternatives, and now I feel fantastic!

Congrats, Evepet! You win the perseverance prize!

Going for my Happy 56 Birthday dinner tonight at a fancy French restaurant. My son and daughter are also joining us! I never ever imagined a) that I would live this long and b) that my son and daughter would live near enough to me to come to a birthday dinner. We have lived in difference states for many years, so it is a double blessing that now we are within an hour of each other.

Happy Weekend everyone!

Yes - I think I deserve the perseverance prize! LOL. :D It's definitely taken me a while. Have a great Happy 56 Birthday dinner! It's lovely that your son and daughter will be joining you and DH.

GreenIris - Thanks for your kind words. I've been wondering about Dana too. I think of her frequently - in fact everytime I come into this thread, since she originated it. I remember her saying she was going to try Dukan to finish up. I've checked the Dukan threads here from time to time, but haven't seen any posts under her name.

WingnutandMe
03-15-2013, 07:08 PM
JustSue, I also switched to alternative ($1.25 each verses $4 each) after the first 2 months. I hit my 'good enough' goal on the expensive stuff and switched to alternatives for the rest since I figured if they didn't work I was still at 'good enough'. However, I ended up continuing to lose about 2 lbs a week on the alternatives, and now I feel fantastic!

Congrats, Evepet! You win the perseverance prize!

Going for my Happy 56 Birthday dinner tonight at a fancy French restaurant. My son and daughter are also joining us! I never ever imagined a) that I would live this long and b) that my son and daughter would live near enough to me to come to a birthday dinner. We have lived in difference states for many years, so it is a double blessing that now we are within an hour of each other.

Happy Weekend everyone!

:bday2you::bday2::woo::balloons::celebrate:

Have a great dinner. You deserve it.
Molly

goldilocksinct
03-15-2013, 09:52 PM
:wave: It is so wonderful to read the posts here. I have popped in and out because my life is crazy, but love when I can get here.

Typical for someone 50+, I am sandwiched between the generations, wanting/trying to take care of everyone. I have recently (the last 2.5 weeks) been taking care of my Mom with Alzheimer's while my father has been in the hospital with an infection. He is finally out of the hospital and into rehab so I am hoping he will be home soon. I go back this tomorrow morning (after my IP WI) to stay with Mom, and my sister will come Sunday to allow me to go home. They live in a senior place with very nice dining rooms, but thankfully I have managed. My "go to" meal there is the salad bar (lettuce and a few veggies like cukes plus oil and vinegar) and the Black Angus burger with no bun and whatever the vegetable of the day is (or spinach or broccoli if that is no good). They have a nice apple cinnamon herbal tea I order after the meal, and I ask for the dessert to go (and take it home to DH). Sunday brunch has been more challenging--last week I had a mushroom omelet and I did get two sausage links with it. I know that is too much fat, but at the time it was the choice I wanted to make, and I did lose over 2 pounds that week even with that day.

I told my coach that the night my Dad called to say they were taking him to the ER and he needed me to come stay with my Mom, the first thing I grabbed was my food. :lol: Considering the stress I have been under juggling all of this plus my super high stress job, I am quite proud of myself to be staying on IP and continuing to see results!

Again, you are all inspiring! Right now I can shop in my closet for a while, but I am actually looking forward to some important work functions and a wedding in the next couple of months where I can dress up. I can't believe I have lost more than 30 pounds in 2 and a half months. I am usually such a slow loser!!

joysh
03-15-2013, 10:13 PM
Good Day to all my fellow Fab 50+ers. :D

Joysh - now that's handy, having a SIL who's a professional photographer! I'm looking forward to seeing your new pix...

Me too!

I'm a happy camper this am, because I've finally slipped down into the 140s! Hoorah! I've now truly achieved my goal. And just in time for my annual checkup with my Dr. next week. LOL. She'll be surprised. :) It's been 20 yrs since I was this small.. several times I've gotten myself down into the 170s since then, but I generally accepted that as 'good enough' and settled at that point. I credit the support here for giving me the persistence and motivation I needed to keep on working towards my ultimate weight loss goal and getting to where I truly wanted to be. Thank You to each of you for helping me achieve my goal here. .

Oh, evepet! How wonderful that you are in the 140s!! Congratulations!! :carrot::carrot:

I know how you feel. I was over 200 and several times in the past 30 years I lost 40 pounds. The lowest I ever got was in the 150s. I just can't remember ever being the weight I am now. Of course, I'm much shorter than you, so I need to go lower. But it is an amazing feeling to be where we have not been in so long.


Going for my Happy 56 Birthday dinner tonight at a fancy French restaurant. My son and daughter are also joining us! I never ever imagined a) that I would live this long and b) that my son and daughter would live near enough to me to come to a birthday dinner. We have lived in difference states for many years, so it is a double blessing that now we are within an hour of each other.!

:bday2you::bday2you::bday2you:
Have a wonderful birthday dinner!!!



I agree with the thrift store shopping. Even though I'm in the country, we have a local thrift/charity store. They have the nicest things and cheap, cheap cheap. Pants and tops $3, jackets $4 and yesterday tops were BOGO. I got 5 for me and one for DH. Last week 2 jackets. I've found 5 or 6 pairs of jeans.

I agree with you and the others about the thrift store shopping, especially during the journey. I was lucky to have a friend who lost weight and was smaller than me give me her "outgrown" jeans for a couple of sizes. Other than that, we change sizes so often that it's hard to buy stuff to wear for only 4-6 weeks. I shopped mostly at thrift store, Ross, Marshall's, sales, etc. during my journey.

I'm pretty excited now because I think I'll keep what I buy now. That makes it extra fun!


WOW!! Look at your new avatar! You're so very close now!!!!!

Thanks!

Anyone heard from Dana lately? Have been thinking of her and hoping all is well there.

I also wonder where she is and have been thinking of her.

Congrats to all who had a good week! Have a great weekend! :):)

evepet
03-16-2013, 10:51 AM
:wave: It is so wonderful to read the posts here. I have popped in and out because my life is crazy, but love when I can get here.

Typical for someone 50+, I am sandwiched between the generations, wanting/trying to take care of everyone. I have recently (the last 2.5 weeks) been taking care of my Mom with Alzheimer's while my father has been in the hospital with an infection. He is finally out of the hospital and into rehab so I am hoping he will be home soon. I go back this tomorrow morning (after my IP WI) to stay with Mom, and my sister will come Sunday to allow me to go home. They live in a senior place with very nice dining rooms, but thankfully I have managed. My "go to" meal there is the salad bar (lettuce and a few veggies like cukes plus oil and vinegar) and the Black Angus burger with no bun and whatever the vegetable of the day is (or spinach or broccoli if that is no good). They have a nice apple cinnamon herbal tea I order after the meal, and I ask for the dessert to go (and take it home to DH). Sunday brunch has been more challenging--last week I had a mushroom omelet and I did get two sausage links with it. I know that is too much fat, but at the time it was the choice I wanted to make, and I did lose over 2 pounds that week even with that day.

I told my coach that the night my Dad called to say they were taking him to the ER and he needed me to come stay with my Mom, the first thing I grabbed was my food. :lol: Considering the stress I have been under juggling all of this plus my super high stress job, I am quite proud of myself to be staying on IP and continuing to see results!

Again, you are all inspiring! Right now I can shop in my closet for a while, but I am actually looking forward to some important work functions and a wedding in the next couple of months where I can dress up. I can't believe I have lost more than 30 pounds in 2 and a half months. I am usually such a slow loser!!

First, I want to give you a :hug: Sounds like you're going through a lot right now. You're doing wonderfully well with the diet - you certainly have every right to be proud of yourself. When you're able to swing it time-wise, maybe do something relaxing for yourself... maybe a nice massage?

Oh, evepet! How wonderful that you are in the 140s!! Congratulations!! :carrot::carrot:

I know how you feel. I was over 200 and several times in the past 30 years I lost 40 pounds. The lowest I ever got was in the 150s. I just can't remember ever being the weight I am now. Of course, I'm much short than you, so I need to go lower. But it is an amazing feeling to be where we have not been in so long.


Thx joysh. :)
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I tried something different (for me at least) yesterday, and switched dinner for lunch. I also ended up drinking more water than usual yesterday by about 20 oz. And when I stepped on the scales this am after getting up (starkers, and after a bm... tmi, I know lol)...I was happily surprised to find that I'd lost another lb. Plus the various weight training routines I've been doing for the past couple of months seem to be working - my scale has been giving me < bodyfat % and > skeletal muscle % these past few weeks - which tells me I am gaining some muscle weight. So I've decided to stick on P1 for the weekend, and then move direct to P3 on Monday. I'm sure if I'm diligent over the weekend I'll be -2lbs below my goal weight then, and this will give me two full weeks to phase out by the end of the month. Happily, just in time to enjoy a family Easter dinner as my first fun day. :)

I hope everyone here has a good day. Cheers for now.

deelee10
03-16-2013, 08:48 PM
Hi!

I briefly stopped by a while back. I was trying to get back on plan while having a nervous break down...Well, had another major stress - DM who has alzheimers has breast cancer and is going through chemo...I just had to go with my favorite illegal substances - IP illegal that is, perfectly legal in US! So I'm here taking it one hour at a time. My favorite off plan things I don't keep in the house. But I find myself scraping the bottom of the barrel. You ladies sound like you are doing well. I have gained back 18 lbs and have to lose it!

Goldilocks, I'm right there with you. Actually my sons (24 and 27) grew up and left home so I'm not "sandwich" anymore - just joyless. My DPs both with Alzheimers and other things. It is endless. And I am exhausted. But I was reading a self help book "Now What?" and had to make a list of things I hate. And there was, "I hate that I gained back 18 lbs!" So I'm trying hard not to comfort myself with those evil things at the end of the day. And I'm going to try to find the time to see my coach. I'm entering the bewitching hours now! Thanks for listening.

chatkat
03-16-2013, 09:11 PM
I just signed up tonight and don't really know what I am doing.....just read your comments, wow, congratulations! I wish I weighed 140 again, I weighed 135 when I got married in 1974. I weighed 200 ten years ago, if I can get back to that, maybe I'll go back to 135? Thank you for sharing, I think your journey has been remarkable.

Good Day to all my fellow Fab 50+ers. :D

Joysh - now that's handy, having a SIL who's a professional photographer! I'm looking forward to seeing your new pix.

Jampooh - Hi Again! Good to see you.. don't be a stranger!

Lisa, Alison, JustSue - ITA about consignment shops, etc. Picked up a really cute little windbreaker-type jacket just a week ago at my local GoodWill shop. I go in periodically when I'm in the area and wander around... I don't always find what I originally think I'm looking for, but almost always come out with something.

HalfAgain - Good to see that you noticed my post about my leptin studies. I'd forgotten exactly who had expressed interest back then. Yes, it's not what I call a 'relax' read. But it is worth the time, just to understand how all our hormones inter-relate and work to balance our hunger/satiety... not to mention how the better known hormones like insulin, thyroid, cortisol, etc. come into play and affect weight gain/loss/maintenance.

YesMyQueen - Another lb down! Way to Go! BTW - agree with Fishette.... you need a new pix!

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I'm a happy camper this am, because I've finally slipped down into the 140s! Hoorah! I've now truly achieved my goal. And just in time for my annual checkup with my Dr. next week. LOL. She'll be surprised. :) It's been 20 yrs since I was this small.. several times I've gotten myself down into the 170s since then, but I generally accepted that as 'good enough' and settled at that point. I credit the support here for giving me the persistence and motivation I needed to keep on working towards my ultimate weight loss goal and getting to where I truly wanted to be. Thank You to each of you for helping me achieve my goal here. :hug:

Hope everyone has a great day. Cheers for now.

chatkat
03-16-2013, 09:16 PM
I'm starting to figure this out ....I think.....
The font thing is confusing though....
Now I see how the "quote works. Inspring stories! :carrot::carrot::carrot:
:carrot::carrot:Congratulations!:carrot::carrot: You have been so inspiring and helpful for all of us. I'm so happy for you. I'll be joining you all in maintenance in a couple months it looks like and I've been reading the posts there - so consider me a lurker :-) Remember though, we're not JUST phase one folk here in the 50+ group. We're FABULOUS 50+ and that means you! and all of our members here.

Alright - totally "me" stuff to follow - sorry,

Kale chips are in the oven! I tried on the dress I was married in (small home wedding 30 years ago this November- no "wedding dress", just a dress) and it's about one size down from where I am now. It goes on - but isn't fitting nicely - yet :-) However, I am wearing some size 16 jeans today :carrot: I had a great WI too, down 3.8 lbs. The only difference I did was to drink more than enough water daily instead of barely enough. so 120 oz vrs the 72 I was drinking. Maybe it was the exercise running to the bathroom? Anyway I'll keep it up and see if next week is a good one as well.

chatkat
03-16-2013, 09:17 PM
I'm starting to figure this out ....I think.....
The font thing is confusing though....
Now I see how the "quote works. Inspring stories! :carrot::carrot::carrot:


I guess I figured out how to use the carrot, huh?

chatkat
03-16-2013, 09:19 PM
Testing, one, two, three.....

lisa32989
03-16-2013, 09:44 PM
There is also a preview button. I use it frequently to ensure my posts look the way I want before posting.
It might help with the learning process.

joysh
03-16-2013, 11:00 PM
I just signed up tonight and don't really know what I am doing.....just read your comments, wow, congratulations! I wish I weighed 140 again, I weighed 135 when I got married in 1974. I weighed 200 ten years ago, if I can get back to that, maybe I'll go back to 135? Thank you for sharing, I think your journey has been remarkable.


Welcome, chatkat! You can do this! It's a great program!

Rachel3
03-16-2013, 11:32 PM
Dear HalfAgain,
In seven weeks I have lost 24 lbs.
Overall I am very pleased with the diet (new way of eating) however, I do have one troubling thought and it's about the loose fat that I will have when I lose all the weight. Plastic surgery is something that I do not want to do either. My first goal is to lose 123 lbs. but my 2nd goal is to lose a total of 174 lbs. I realize that my question is a little personal but ... with exercise does the skin tighten up ?...Congratulations on the weight loss; it certainly motivates me knowing that it is possible.

65X65
03-17-2013, 09:32 AM
Hi all.. Early on, my weekly losses were small.. +/- the 2 lb range. I was harboring a sinus infection...but still hoped for a bigger kick off. At any rate I was losing inches at a pretty good clip, and was not as appreciative of that as I should have been! Now I'm losing +/-3 lbs a week...(YAY)...but the inches have slowed down. I haven't lost ANY inches in about 3 weeks. I started this on Jan 10th...and have lost 10 inches around my waist and 5 on my hips before stalling.

Is this common? Do you see the lbs and inches go in fits and starts? It's been just a little over two months...so I'm not complaining..... Just wondering...:?:

evepet
03-17-2013, 10:07 AM
Hi!

I briefly stopped by a while back. I was trying to get back on plan while having a nervous break down...Well, had another major stress - DM who has alzheimers has breast cancer and is going through chemo...I just had to go with my favorite illegal substances - IP illegal that is, perfectly legal in US! So I'm here taking it one hour at a time. My favorite off plan things I don't keep in the house. But I find myself scraping the bottom of the barrel. You ladies sound like you are doing well. I have gained back 18 lbs and have to lose it!

Goldilocks, I'm right there with you. Actually my sons (24 and 27) grew up and left home so I'm not "sandwich" anymore - just joyless. My DPs both with Alzheimers and other things. It is endless. And I am exhausted. But I was reading a self help book "Now What?" and had to make a list of things I hate. And there was, "I hate that I gained back 18 lbs!" So I'm trying hard not to comfort myself with those evil things at the end of the day. And I'm going to try to find the time to see my coach. I'm entering the bewitching hours now! Thanks for listening.

Life certainly doesn't come stress-free does it! Sorry to hear about the health problems that your DP are coping with. Many of us here have noted our trials with emotional eating. It's important to stop and recognize the triggers... think about what's actually the cause of the desire to reach for that 'illegal' food item. And decide to do something about it, other than eat. Early on in my journey here I found a book by Linda Spangle very useful - it's called 'Life is Hard, Food is Easy, The 5-Step Plan to Overcome Emotional Eating'. Made me think about my automatic reflex to eat when I'm experiencing certain emotions or situations, and you might find it useful as well. Meanwhile, I hope you are able to see your coach and re-light your dieting motivation. :hug:

I've found 'Shrink Yourself' - both the book, and the online counselling resource, to be another very good resource for identifying and getting control over emotional eating behaviours. You can learn about it at
http://www.shrinkyourself.com/

I just signed up tonight and don't really know what I am doing.....just read your comments, wow, congratulations! I wish I weighed 140 again, I weighed 135 when I got married in 1974. I weighed 200 ten years ago, if I can get back to that, maybe I'll go back to 135? Thank you for sharing, I think your journey has been remarkable.



Thanks Chatkat! You can do it!!

I'm starting to figure this out ....I think.....
The font thing is confusing though....
Now I see how the "quote works. Inspring stories! :carrot::carrot::carrot:


I guess I figured out how to use the carrot, huh?

Testing, one, two, three.....

Welcome, chatkat! You can do this! It's a great program!

Looks like you're getting the hang of it. As Lisa suggested, using the 'Preview Post' button is very useful. That way you can review what you've typed in before you actually post it here in a message. Come here often - it's a fantastic place for support and motivation.

Hi all.. Early on, my weekly losses were small.. +/- the 2 lb range. I was harboring a sinus infection...but still hoped for a bigger kick off. At any rate I was losing inches at a pretty good clip, and was not as appreciative of that as I should have been! Now I'm losing +/-3 lbs a week...(YAY)...but the inches have slowed down. I haven't lost ANY inches in about 3 weeks. I started this on Jan 10th...and have lost 10 inches around my waist and 5 on my hips before stalling.

Is this common? Do you see the lbs and inches go in fits and starts? It's been just a little over two months...so I'm not complaining..... Just wondering...:?:

Hi again 65x65. You're losing in places that you wouldn't even think of measuring. :) I didn't keep track of the inches over the months as closely as the pounds going down, week by week. But I do know that it varies... don't stress about it. I'd say it's normal to have these 'fits and starts'. In the end it all evens out, as long as you stay OP. The important thing is to have faith in the process, stay OP, and keep on keepin' in. :)

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Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone!!

ABue1
03-17-2013, 11:14 AM
Good morning everyone, sounds like a great group to join, I'm not 50 yet but I'll be there in a couple of months so I hope you'll let me join:wave: Joined ip march 7 and my first weigh in was 5 lbs lost. I only want to lose 21 lbs. At this age it is definitely a bigger challenge to lose weight but this really works if you work it. It's amazing how I'm not hungry at night and at this point, no cravings yay!!!!!:cp:

evepet
03-17-2013, 12:38 PM
Good morning everyone, sounds like a great group to join, I'm not 50 yet but I'll be there in a couple of months so I hope you'll let me join:wave: Joined ip march 7 and my first weigh in was 5 lbs lost. I only want to lose 21 lbs. At this age it is definitely a bigger challenge to lose weight but this really works if you work it. It's amazing how I'm not hungry at night and at this point, no cravings yay!!!!!:cp:

Hi there ABue1 - and Welcome! This is a great group - check in frequently. You're off to a good start. :carrot:

lisa32989
03-17-2013, 12:45 PM
Good morning everyone, sounds like a great group to join, I'm not 50 yet but I'll be there in a couple of months so I hope you'll let me join. Joined ip march 7 and my first weigh in was 5 lbs lost. I only want to lose 21 lbs. At this age it is definitely a bigger challenge to lose weight but this really works if you work it. It's amazing how I'm not hungry at night and at this point, no cravings yay!!!!!
Hey! My mom lost 40 at age 72 last year from June to Oct. I've lost 70+ since Aug (I just turned 50 last week). We can do it!
If you joined 3/7, you should be past the craving point and well into Ketosis. This is the easiest diet I've ever done.

Halfagain
03-17-2013, 03:10 PM
I'm starting to figure this out ....I think.....
The font thing is confusing though....
Now I see how the "quote works. Inspring stories! :carrot::carrot::carrot:

You are doing great! Looks like you have the hang of it :)

Dear HalfAgain,
In seven weeks I have lost 24 lbs.
Overall I am very pleased with the diet (new way of eating) however, I do have one troubling thought and it's about the loose fat that I will have when I lose all the weight. Plastic surgery is something that I do not want to do either. My first goal is to lose 123 lbs. but my 2nd goal is to lose a total of 174 lbs. I realize that my question is a little personal but ... with exercise does the skin tighten up ?...Congratulations on the weight loss; it certainly motivates me knowing that it is possible.
Hi Rachel, well - I'm still in the weight loss phase, and I do have a lot of loose skin. I know loosing weight this fast my skin can't keep up. I have not started exercising yet in a routine, meaningful way. I hear it helps, but I can only bulk up so much muscle :-) I'm sure it won't make up for all space that was filled with fat. Clothing really covers it well, and just this weekend my family was going on about how they couldn't tell - lol and I wasn't going to show them! But it definitely will be Capri's for me this summer and either some light cover ups with sleeves or 3/4 length sleeves this summer for the arms when I'm public. Around home - heck shorts and tank tops are okay, not like hubby hasn't seen/touched :o my body with all my flaws- and he loves me anyway. He's actually more interested in touching now then before, so that assures me he's not as weirded out by this loose skin as I am.

There are different diets, methods, etc to lose weight slower, giving the skin time to heal and adjust - however none of those other ways have worked for me long term for various reasons (not that I didn't lose weight when I followed them religiously - but because they were hard for me to stick to them). This IP diet works, fast, easy to understand, and I'm taking as much advantage of this momentum to carry me to my goal. I expect that in the next couple years after I get to goal, the skin will absorb somewhat - I don't expect a miracle and have it all go away. I'd rather be a healthy weight (for about the first time in my life) with baggy skin, than to be plump and smooth skinned.

Good morning everyone, sounds like a great group to join, I'm not 50 yet but I'll be there in a couple of months so I hope you'll let me join:wave: Joined ip march 7 and my first weigh in was 5 lbs lost. I only want to lose 21 lbs. At this age it is definitely a bigger challenge to lose weight but this really works if you work it. It's amazing how I'm not hungry at night and at this point, no cravings yay!!!!!:cp:

Welcome ABue! Nice first weigh in, congratulations! :-) you and I have about the same amount left to reach goal!

Hey all, back from the farm with 3 dozen farm eggs from my parents chickens. I didn't get my water in yesterday :-( driving for 2 hours there and 2 hours back I just didn't want to make potty stops. While there I had a few herbal teas, but had to caffeine up for the drive home so I'm sure I nullified what water I got in.

goldilocksinct
03-17-2013, 06:51 PM
First, I want to give you a :hug: Sounds like you're going through a lot right now. You're doing wonderfully well with the diet - you certainly have every right to be proud of yourself. When you're able to swing it time-wise, maybe do something relaxing for yourself... maybe a nice massage?



Thank you! I think I will definitely do a nice massage when I hit 50 pounds lost! This is a fabulous idea. We have a couple of swishy spas near here that would fit the bill and DH would love it if I went!

Hi!

Goldilocks, I'm right there with you. Actually my sons (24 and 27) grew up and left home so I'm not "sandwich" anymore - just joyless. My DPs both with Alzheimers and other things. It is endless. And I am exhausted. But I was reading a self help book "Now What?" and had to make a list of things I hate. And there was, "I hate that I gained back 18 lbs!" So I'm trying hard not to comfort myself with those evil things at the end of the day. And I'm going to try to find the time to see my coach. I'm entering the bewitching hours now! Thanks for listening.
I am sorry you are joyless. :( That is so sad. I hear you on being exhausted! I know people who no longer have their parents, and I try to be thankful that I still have mine, even though they have so many needs.

I bet you will get those pounds off!

I want to report that I had the BEST veggie for dinner tonight (and big thanks to Rainbow Smiles for inspiring this in her recipe collection). I bought a jicama last week and it was not that fresh when I cut into it (bummer, I hate that!) so I didn't love it raw the way I usually eat it. Tonight I cut it up and sliced it with the mandolin slicer. I spread it out on a jelly roll pan on parchment paper and put a oil, stevia and cinnamon. I put them in the oven at 400 for 45 minutes. OMG, when I tried it I was amazed. It tasted just like apples and so wonderful! I really missed tasting something like this--Amazing!!

rikathy58
03-17-2013, 07:15 PM
I'm 54 -- I've lost alot of weight -- and still have about 30-35 to goal ! I have some saggy skin in my upper arm, knees and thigh area.... Is anyone else experiencing this? What are you doing for it? I'm keeping hydrated - drinking lots of water. I bought collagen cream and I moisturize daily !! It's very worrisome to think I won't be able to wear sleeveless shirts or shorts this summer (and forget about a bathing suit) !! :(
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lisa32989
03-17-2013, 08:40 PM
I'm 54 -- I've lost alot of weight -- and still have about 30-35 to goal ! I have some saggy skin in my upper arm, knees and thigh area.... Is anyone else experiencing this? What are you doing for it? I'm keeping hydrated - drinking lots of water. I bought collagen cream and I moisturize daily !! It's very worrisome to think I won't be able to wear sleeveless shirts or shorts this summer (and forget about a bathing suit) !! :(
:(
I'm 50. I've lost 70+ lbs and am about 40 to goal.
I've lost 10 inches off bust, waist, hips (each). I've lost 5.5 off each leg
I've only lost 1" off each arm and they're pretty flabby :o

What am I doing about it?
Continuing to lose weight and working on acceptance. I did this damage to my body. Some of it I'll recover from, some of it is "war wounds" I'll live with. My legs are pretty dimply but I hope between the yoga I'm doing to build some muscle underneath and losing the last 40 lbs, some of that will go.

There is also a cellulite protocol to do AFTER getting to goal (you can search for it on the site). I'll evaluate when I get to that point.

Exercise won't fix loose skin. It'll build muscle support underneath but won't fix saggy skin. This is why people get plastic surgery. The other thing I'm going to do is wait. Give my body an additional year to re-absorb skin it doesn't need. I know it won't get it all but it should help some.

AlisonS
03-17-2013, 09:31 PM
With the loose skin, I have found that some of what I *thought* was just loose skin was actually loose skin + still some fat, because now that I have lost more, some of that has gone away. So, the loose skin is really just the crepey looking stuff that is kind of on the surface, some of the stuff that seems a little deeper is still some fat to be lost. At least for me, everyone is probably somewhat different in this respect.

patns
03-17-2013, 10:18 PM
I am in my 60s so loose skin was expected. When I got to goal I was annoyed that I had so much loose skin around my middle as I was totally apple shape. I have managed to regain 15 pounds that went right back to my middle filling up the loose skin again.
I am working on getting that 15 pounds off because there is no comparison between having the loose skin and having it refilled with the fat. The loose skin was covered by clothes. The fat around the middle means none of my pants fit.
So when I get the 15 pounds off again I won't fret over the loose skin.

Halfagain
03-18-2013, 12:29 AM
With the loose skin, I have found that some of what I *thought* was just loose skin was actually loose skin + still some fat, because now that I have lost more, some of that has gone away. So, the loose skin is really just the crepey looking stuff that is kind of on the surface, some of the stuff that seems a little deeper is still some fat to be lost. At least for me, everyone is probably somewhat different in this respect.
Great point Alison. I certainly am not down to just the loose skin. My end goal is not where it would have been if I was in my 30's for a few reasons. So it seems I'll have the thicker flabbies to deal with unless I go lower. But you are right, getting that fat layer out of there would really help overall appearances. I think maintaining my optimal weight, vrs my current goal weight is the hold back for me. I want to be realistic with my goal - which right now appears to come with extra baggage :-)

I am considering sticking with phase 1 until the end of June and seeing if I can get about 10 under my goal. Per my average weight loss (which I know will slow down more as I near the end) I might be able to make it. At least the flab shouldn't be quite as bad then.

Delgen
03-18-2013, 01:44 AM
Checking back in after a few weeks of crazy work. But I am finding I cannot live without the IPeeps.

I have found that yes, the IP protocol works! But without the support I get here, I can't make it work.

You all look so fantastic! It's good to be back.

ABue1
03-18-2013, 08:35 AM
Ok, I gotta admit I'm a little worried. I know your not really supposed to weigh yourself every day but I am. I've only lost one pound in the last 3 days. That was one lb on friday morning, up .5 lb on sat morning, back down .5 today. I've been really careful and I was hoping it would go a little faster. Anybody else do what I do and weigh yourself everyday. What has been your experience on a day to day basis. I was hoping it would be similar to the first week and lose a little every day or every other day.

WingnutandMe
03-18-2013, 12:36 PM
Checking back in after a few weeks of crazy work. But I am finding I cannot live without the IPeeps.

I have found that yes, the IP protocol works! But without the support I get here, I can't make it work.

You all look so fantastic! It's good to be back.

:welcome: BACK!!!!! We missed you. Yes, I agree the protocol works and this support here is awesome and "puts the icing on the cake."

Don't stay away so long.

Ok, I gotta admit I'm a little worried. I know your not really supposed to weigh yourself every day but I am. I've only lost one pound in the last 3 days. That was one lb on friday morning, up .5 lb on sat morning, back down .5 today. I've been really careful and I was hoping it would go a little faster. Anybody else do what I do and weigh yourself everyday. What has been your experience on a day to day basis. I was hoping it would be similar to the first week and lose a little every day or every other day.

You'll read it lots of places. PUT UP YOUR SCALE AND DON'T WEIGHT EVERYDAY!!!!!! It will drive you crazy as it obviously in doing. You'll have enough weigh each day in maintenance.

Yes, your body fluctuates like that from day to day from hour to hour. If you've been on 3FC long enough, you'll read about the whoosh fairy. It's weird but you can go almost the whole week from your WI and not lose (be like you are) and then WHOOSH you WI the next week and the pounds are gone. FOLLOW THE PROGRAM and you'll lose, guaranteed. You do NOT need to weigh each day.

Now I sound like WUV. But after almost 60 weeks and 120 lbs on this program, I can speak with authority.

Maintenance is going well. In fact, I weighed today and lost again. I'm down to 171.4, my lowest. I'm not really trying to lose, but that's okay. I'm eating what I want, but i've really learned to eat differently now. I'll be happy if I can go on this way forever.

Hope everyone has a GREAT Monday.
Molly

greeniris
03-18-2013, 01:39 PM
Wow, this is a 'happening' thread these days! Warning, this is a long post due to being AWOL a few days...

Typical for someone 50+, I am sandwiched between the generations, wanting/trying to take care of everyone. I have recently (the last 2.5 weeks) been taking care of my Mom with Alzheimer's while my father has been in the hospital with an infection. He is finally out of the hospital and into rehab so I am hoping he will be home soon. I go back this tomorrow morning (after my IP WI) to stay with Mom, and my sister will come Sunday to allow me to go home. ...and I did lose over 2 pounds that week even with that day.

I told my coach that the night my Dad called to say they were taking him to the ER and he needed me to come stay with my Mom, the first thing I grabbed was my food. :lol: Considering the stress I have been under juggling all of this plus my super high stress job, I am quite proud of myself to be staying on IP and continuing to see results!

I can't believe I have lost more than 30 pounds in 2 and a half months. I am usually such a slow loser!!
First, if I haven't said this already, WELCOME to our fabulous thread, and to IP! You have a lot going on, and you should be very proud of yourself for sticking to the program! You've done great! Check in with us as often as you can - we're here for you. And I agree with Eve - a massage should be in your future :hug:

I tried something different (for me at least) yesterday, and switched dinner for lunch. I also ended up drinking more water than usual yesterday by about 20 oz. And when I stepped on the scales this am after getting up (starkers, and after a bm... tmi, I know lol)...I was happily surprised to find that I'd lost another lb. Plus the various weight training routines I've been doing for the past couple of months seem to be working - my scale has been giving me < bodyfat % and > skeletal muscle % these past few weeks - which tells me I am gaining some muscle weight. So I've decided to stick on P1 for the weekend, and then move direct to P3 on Monday. I'm sure if I'm diligent over the weekend I'll be -2lbs below my goal weight then, and this will give me two full weeks to phase out by the end of the month. Happily, just in time to enjoy a family Easter dinner as my first fun day. :)

How was your P3 breakfast this morning???

I briefly stopped by a while back. I was trying to get back on plan while having a nervous break down...Well, had another major stress - DM who has alzheimers has breast cancer and is going through chemo...I just had to go with my favorite illegal substances - IP illegal that is, perfectly legal in US! So I'm here taking it one hour at a time. My favorite off plan things I don't keep in the house. But I find myself scraping the bottom of the barrel. You ladies sound like you are doing well. I have gained back 18 lbs and have to lose it!

Goldilocks, I'm right there with you. Actually my sons (24 and 27) grew up and left home so I'm not "sandwich" anymore - just joyless. My DPs both with Alzheimers and other things. It is endless. And I am exhausted. But I was reading a self help book "Now What?" and had to make a list of things I hate. And there was, "I hate that I gained back 18 lbs!" So I'm trying hard not to comfort myself with those evil things at the end of the day. And I'm going to try to find the time to see my coach. I'm entering the bewitching hours now! Thanks for listening.
Hi deelee - sending you lots of :hug: too. Try to carve out some time to take care of yourself, and to find a bit of joy here and there. You're in a really tough spot, and I can truly understand why you turned back to food for comfort. But I believe you will get a handle on this eventually, and get back to where you want to be. :hug:

Hi all.. Early on, my weekly losses were small.. +/- the 2 lb range. I was harboring a sinus infection...but still hoped for a bigger kick off. At any rate I was losing inches at a pretty good clip, and was not as appreciative of that as I should have been! Now I'm losing +/-3 lbs a week...(YAY)...but the inches have slowed down. I haven't lost ANY inches in about 3 weeks. I started this on Jan 10th...and have lost 10 inches around my waist and 5 on my hips before stalling.

Is this common? Do you see the lbs and inches go in fits and starts? It's been just a little over two months...so I'm not complaining..... Just wondering...:?:
Yes, this is perfectly normal, the same with the weight loss numbers sometimes. It will all even out in the end, so just stay OP and you'll do great!

Good morning everyone, sounds like a great group to join, I'm not 50 yet but I'll be there in a couple of months so I hope you'll let me join:wave: Joined ip march 7 and my first weigh in was 5 lbs lost. I only want to lose 21 lbs. At this age it is definitely a bigger challenge to lose weight but this really works if you work it. It's amazing how I'm not hungry at night and at this point, no cravings yay!!!!!:cp:
Hi ABue1!!! Welcome to the fab 50's! Great first WI!

Hey! My mom lost 40 at age 72 last year from June to Oct. I've lost 70+ since Aug (I just turned 50 last week). We can do it!
If you joined 3/7, you should be past the craving point and well into Ketosis. This is the easiest diet I've ever done.
Think I missed your birthday Lisa...Happy Belated Birthday to you!!! Hope you had a great day.

Checking back in after a few weeks of crazy work. But I am finding I cannot live without the IPeeps.

I have found that yes, the IP protocol works! But without the support I get here, I can't make it work.

You all look so fantastic! It's good to be back.
Delgen (Cindy) - so good to hear from you! Maintenance is tough; I agree it is easier with the support of the wonderful peeps here. Keep in touch more frequently!

Ok, I gotta admit I'm a little worried. I know your not really supposed to weigh yourself every day but I am. I've only lost one pound in the last 3 days. That was one lb on friday morning, up .5 lb on sat morning, back down .5 today. I've been really careful and I was hoping it would go a little faster. Anybody else do what I do and weigh yourself everyday. What has been your experience on a day to day basis. I was hoping it would be similar to the first week and lose a little every day or every other day.
FYI - if you stress about all the little variations or lack of movement on the scale, then please don't weigh every day. The stress can make you hold on to the weight! I have always weighed daily, but never stressed about the little ups/downs/-0- movements. Lots of people really can't handle the inconsistencies though, so best to just wait until the official WI.

:Now I sound like WUV. But after almost 60 weeks and 120 lbs on this program, I can speak with authority.

Maintenance is going well. In fact, I weighed today and lost again. I'm down to 171.4, my lowest. I'm not really trying to lose, but that's okay. I'm eating what I want, but i've really learned to eat differently now. I'll be happy if I can go on this way forever.
Molly
Molly, you make a good 'Wuv'! LOL, and you're right on! That is fantastic that you're continuing to lose a bit while on maintenance! Jealous, but I know you're working the program much better than I am. WTG!

evepet
03-18-2013, 01:44 PM
:)Checking back in after a few weeks of crazy work. But I am finding I cannot live without the IPeeps.

I have found that yes, the IP protocol works! But without the support I get here, I can't make it work.

You all look so fantastic! It's good to be back.

Hi Delgen, good to see you again! Welcome back!

Ok, I gotta admit I'm a little worried. I know your not really supposed to weigh yourself every day but I am. I've only lost one pound in the last 3 days. That was one lb on friday morning, up .5 lb on sat morning, back down .5 today. I've been really careful and I was hoping it would go a little faster. Anybody else do what I do and weigh yourself everyday. What has been your experience on a day to day basis. I was hoping it would be similar to the first week and lose a little every day or every other day.

ITA with what Wingnutandme said about weighing in daily during the weight loss stage. If it upsets you to see these daily fluctuation - and you are going to! - then stay off the scale.

.. after almost 60 weeks and 120 lbs on this program, I can speak with authority.

Maintenance is going well. In fact, I weighed today and lost again. I'm down to 171.4, my lowest. I'm not really trying to lose, but that's okay. I'm eating what I want, but i've really learned to eat differently now. I'll be happy if I can go on this way forever.

Hope everyone has a GREAT Monday.
Molly

You certainly have won the right to 'speak with authority' Molly. :hug: I love to hear that you're doing so well on Maintenance.
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I've started my first day of P3 today. While I enjoyed today's breakfast menu and it was on protocol, it was too heavy in sodium to really suit me so I'm going to rethink something different for tomorrow.

Hope all you Fab50+ers have a good day. Cheers for now.

Fishette
03-18-2013, 04:03 PM
Patns, I have put back almost 5 lbs of "vacation" fat and it seems it all went to my belly. Funny thing is I have always been a pear shape and had a flat tummy with thunderous thighs. I think the belly fat is more motivating to get rid of because it is right there is view at all times, and you are right about the pants giving a constant reminder. This time I plan to combine some daily Pilates with a few weeks of P1 to help my belly as well as some chronic back pain.

evepet
03-18-2013, 04:43 PM
How was your P3 breakfast this morning???



It was good. Scrambled eggs with low fat mozzarella cheese shreds & salsa, a few slices of a whole grain crispbread for my 'grain' carbs, plus the slices of 1 apple with ricotta cheese. I noticed while entering everything on fatsecret.com though that it started the day out with a pretty hefty sodium count. I'm trying something different tomorrow. I definitely enjoyed the variety though. :)

Patns, I have put back almost 5 lbs of "vacation" fat and it seems it all went to my belly. Funny thing is I have always been a pear shape and had a flat tummy with thunderous thighs. I think the belly fat is more motivating to get rid of because it is right there is view at all times, and you are right about the pants giving a constant reminder. This time I plan to combine some daily Pilates with a few weeks of P1 to help my belly as well as some chronic back pain.

This worries me a bit too. I'm 99% sure that any amount of regain will go right back onto my stomach first. I'm hoping that the exercises I'm doing now will help tone it.

AlisonS
03-19-2013, 09:46 AM
New avatar, woot woot! : ) Weigh in today was 2.4, bringing me to 85 even lost so far! Also, had good luck with the trade basket - got a crispy cereal, soy patty, blueberry-cran-pom drink, leek soup and broccoli-cheese soup. My coach also let me buy 3 extra boxes of peanut butter crunch bars because they are listed as 'temporarily unavailable' and they are my favorite. THEY BETTER NOT DISCONTINUE THOSE!!! I WILL RIOT AT THE IP HQ!!!!! ; )

Halfagain
03-19-2013, 10:42 AM
Checking back in after a few weeks of crazy work. But I am finding I cannot live without the IPeeps.

I have found that yes, the IP protocol works! But without the support I get here, I can't make it work.

You all look so fantastic! It's good to be back.
I started to write yesterday I think.. and had too many fires crop up around here and got busy stamping them out. Not sure I said it but Hello! great to see you, and so nice to hear from you.

New avatar, woot woot! : ) Weigh in today was 2.4, bringing me to 85 even lost so far! Also, had good luck with the trade basket - got a crispy cereal, soy patty, blueberry-cran-pom drink, leek soup and broccoli-cheese soup. My coach also let me buy 3 extra boxes of peanut butter crunch bars because they are listed as 'temporarily unavailable' and they are my favorite. THEY BETTER NOT DISCONTINUE THOSE!!! I WILL RIOT AT THE IP HQ!!!!! ; )
LOL they better not mess with our bars! I use another brand but I feel the same way with what I like. (Like is sort of a blah word for it - but Loveis too strong - adore maybe?) haha - anyway, congratulations on the new avatar andthe loss. You are doing great!

I decided to just move what phase I am in and a brief what I'm doing in my signature. That way (hopefully) by putting dates on there, people reading my posts know if I'm talking phase 1, 2, or 3 based on the signature time ranges without having to write disclaimers. I'll see how it works out - subject to changing it later :)

greeniris
03-19-2013, 10:59 AM
Alison - 2.4....WTG!!!

rainbowsmiles
03-19-2013, 11:01 AM
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8522/8572255540_4ee306c6e5.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8572255540/)

hahahahahaha i saw this on facebook and just had to share with my wonderful ladies here!!

all is well on the rainbow front....still plugging along!!

many hugs and much love!!!!:hug:

AlisonS
03-19-2013, 01:57 PM
Forgot to mention (how can I forget to mention this) that when I weighed myself this morning without clothes, my weight and height now give me a BMI of 29.6, so I am just overweight now! Glad to escape the obesity epidemic!

joysh
03-19-2013, 02:42 PM
Hi to all!!!!

So excited!!

Today I am officially at my goal!!! Yippeeeeeeeeeee!

I never, ever thought I'd be in the 120s again in this lifetime. But today my WI said 123.8!!! That's 79 and a pound past goal!!!
:dance::dance::dance::dance::carrot::carrot::carro t::cb::cb::broc::broc:

Halfagain
03-19-2013, 03:37 PM
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8522/8572255540_4ee306c6e5.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/56800290@N02/8572255540/)

hahahahahaha i saw this on facebook and just had to share with my wonderful ladies here!!

all is well on the rainbow front....still plugging along!!

many hugs and much love!!!!:hug:
lol thanks for sharing Susan. Good to hear from you and that you are doing well. :hug:

Forgot to mention (how can I forget to mention this) that when I weighed myself this morning without clothes, my weight and height now give me a BMI of 29.6, so I am just overweight now! Glad to escape the obesity epidemic!
:dance: Congratulations!

Hi to all!!!!

So excited!!

Today I am officially at my goal!!! Yippeeeeeeeeeee!

I never, ever thought I'd be in the 120s again in this lifetime. But today my WI said 123.8!!! That's 79 and a pound past goal!!!
:dance::dance::dance::dance::carrot::carrot::carro t::cb::cb::broc::broc:
Wha-hoo! Awesome news.. I'm so happy for you. Congratulations!

evepet
03-19-2013, 03:46 PM
Forgot to mention (how can I forget to mention this) that when I weighed myself this morning without clothes, my weight and height now give me a BMI of 29.6, so I am just overweight now! Glad to escape the obesity epidemic!

Congrats!

Hi to all!!!!

So excited!!

Today I am officially at my goal!!! Yippeeeeeeeeeee!

I never, ever thought I'd be in the 120s again in this lifetime. But today my WI said 123.8!!! That's 79 and a pound past goal!!!
:dance::dance::dance::dance::carrot::carrot::carro t::cb::cb::broc::broc:

:bravo: Well Done! See you on the Maintenance thread. :)

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Nothing much to report on really... just wanted to check here and see what everyone is up to. I'm pretty much preoccupied with studying the P3 breakfasts, and making sure I'm following things correctly. There are a LOT of good P3 breakfast recipes available for when folks phase out - it's a good thing they're suitable for Maintenance too, so we have time to try them all!

Cheers for now. Hope you all have a good day.

Yesmyqueen
03-19-2013, 08:04 PM
Hi everyone, just checking in, haven't been as good as I should, had a day off on Sunday and now in recovery, and that's exactly what it feels like. Any way back on track. Sounds like everyone is doing great, congrats on you gals that have met goal, and to everyone else keep up the great work, your my inspiration.

lisa32989
03-19-2013, 08:09 PM
Forgot to mention (how can I forget to mention this) that when I weighed myself this morning without clothes, my weight and height now give me a BMI of 29.6, so I am just overweight now! Glad to escape the obesity epidemic!
Oh that is fabulous!

Fishette
03-19-2013, 09:17 PM
Yea!!! Joysh, you are a rock star! Can't wait to see your new pics.

Halfagain
03-19-2013, 09:35 PM
Dang it anyway.... I'm starting to doubt my goal and if I'll be happy with my current setting. It's only (ha can you believe I'm saying "only") ~20 from being at a normal BMI. So roughly I'd be "just" ~40 from goal right now. Sheesh.. I can't believe I'm thinking along these lines. Doctor says stop at 199, calculators on line say stop at 225 (hooray I passed that), basically because I have never been in the normal BMI range and here I am 51 y/o. It's not really important to me for health or appearance to get there as 195 is close enough and maybe easier to maintain. It's more that I have never thought I could get there, and now I see it in my reach. Maintaining it will be another story, and that really does scare me into stopping at a larger number. On the other hand... with all the insurance changes going on and if I ever need to shop for insurance you know they will have weight on their cost differences, along with my age (can't change that). I should do the deed and get down there while I have momentum. Pausing to maintain and then deciding to go lower would be a witch with a capital B. Anyway... I'm thinking about it. I've got another 20 or so before I figure it out.. and then maybe try and get another 10 before the end of June. At that point I'd be 10 away from the normal range. The last 20 or so is more difficult... could take me till August (instead of my predicted June finish). Maybe what's really getting me is fear of having to learn phase 3 and 4 - I need to stop thinking about it. Sorry to blather on, thinking out loud. Maybe some of you have gone thru this as well and have some experience to share?

WingnutandMe
03-19-2013, 10:55 PM
Dang it anyway.... I'm starting to doubt my goal and if I'll be happy with my current setting. It's only (ha can you believe I'm saying "only") ~20 from being at a normal BMI. So roughly I'd be "just" ~40 from goal right now. Sheesh.. I can't believe I'm thinking along these lines. Doctor says stop at 199, calculators on line say stop at 225 (hooray I passed that), basically because I have never been in the normal BMI range and here I am 51 y/o. It's not really important to me for health or appearance to get there as 195 is close enough and maybe easier to maintain. It's more that I have never thought I could get there, and now I see it in my reach. Maintaining it will be another story, and that really does scare me into stopping at a larger number. On the other hand... with all the insurance changes going on and if I ever need to shop for insurance you know they will have weight on their cost differences, along with my age (can't change that). I should do the deed and get down there while I have momentum. Pausing to maintain and then deciding to go lower would be a witch with a capital B. Anyway... I'm thinking about it. I've got another 20 or so before I figure it out.. and then maybe try and get another 10 before the end of June. At that point I'd be 10 away from the normal range. The last 20 or so is more difficult... could take me till August (instead of my predicted June finish). Maybe what's really getting me is fear of having to learn phase 3 and 4 - I need to stop thinking about it. Sorry to blather on, thinking out loud. Maybe some of you have gone thru this as well and have some experience to share?

Been there done that, know exactly where you're coming from. And, as you know it's a personal decision. I'm not down where the book, calculators, and so on say, BUT I'm fine with where I am, so be it. I think it would have taken me another 3 or 4 months to get down another 10 or so pounds and I weighed it all together and made my decision (not that it wasn't scary). I think you'll just know when. I felt like I did. Hope that helps. Unfortunately, it's not going to be black and white and you won't get that answer that closed the book on it and totally satisfies you, but it is what it is. Sorry I can't help you more and make you all warm and fuzzy.

Hi, all. Sad day, had to put my 14 year old cat to sleep this afternoon. The last of having cats in my life for just over 25 years. ODing on food ran through my mind, but I knew that was the old Molly and it was soon gone. That gave me some peace and satisfaction in this tough time. I have been back there lurkiing. Congrats to all those with losses and successes in their lives (getting back on track, etc,). Still plugging along with maintenance. Happy that I've not had to deal with cravings or over eating or caring if I ever eat all that "bad" stuff again. This is a great program. If I wasn't retired and not wanting to ever work again, I might look at opening a clinic. Oh well, I'm enjoying retirement way too much.

Molly

lisa32989
03-19-2013, 10:57 PM
Halfagain: It gets nutty up in our heads, doesn't it?
You are still rocking pretty big weekly losses. I haven't seen a big slowdown for you yet.
Here's a little meditation for the evening: You're doing great!
:yoga:

We all have doubts, fears, general weirdness in our heads. Coming back here keeps me grounded in what to do.

Beck81
03-19-2013, 11:18 PM
Hi to all!!!!

So excited!!

Today I am officially at my goal!!! Yippeeeeeeeeeee!

I never, ever thought I'd be in the 120s again in this lifetime. But today my WI said 123.8!!! That's 79 and a pound past goal!!!
:dance::dance::dance::dance::carrot::carrot::carro t::cb::cb::broc::broc:
Congrats Joysh!! Love your new avatar picture, beautiful. See you in the maintainer thread!

patns
03-20-2013, 12:04 AM
So sorry Molly, it is so hard to put an animal down. We have two 14 year old cats, one now lives at my daughter's place. That one is diabetic and gets a needle twice a day. I was just saying to my daughter that I think it is losing its sense of smell as she doesn't seem to know she has food in her dish. Once that happens they have a hard time and tough decisions have to be made.
Good for you in not returning to your old habits in such a hard time.
Pat

patns
03-20-2013, 12:06 AM
Hi to all!!!!

So excited!!

Today I am officially at my goal!!! Yippeeeeeeeeeee!

I never, ever thought I'd be in the 120s again in this lifetime. But today my WI said 123.8!!! That's 79 and a pound past goal!!!
:dance::dance::dance::dance::carrot::carrot::carro t::cb::cb::broc::broc:

Awesome!! WTG!! That is a huge amount of weight gone and it seems like more when one is short.

DanafromAustin
03-20-2013, 12:19 AM
And I bet you all thought I forgot about my favorite group of women... Never!

I just wanted to check in and see how y'all are doing, and I see some really great numbers. So proud of all of you!!!! I'm doing really well. I've taken a totally different road now for me and I feel great. I now mostly eat a raw diet and have totally gotten into juicing. I watched the documentary Hungry For Change awhile back, and well lets just say it was my epiphany. Continue your great work all you Skinny Minnies.

Delgen
03-20-2013, 01:17 AM
Hi to all!!!!

So excited!!

Today I am officially at my goal!!! Yippeeeeeeeeeee!

I never, ever thought I'd be in the 120s again in this lifetime. But today my WI said 123.8!!! That's 79 and a pound past goal!!!
:dance::dance::dance::dance::carrot::carrot::carro t::cb::cb::broc::broc:

OMG your look so wonderful! I remember when you started! It was totally worth it, right?
Congratulations!

Delgen
03-20-2013, 01:24 AM
Dang it anyway.... I'm starting to doubt my goal and if I'll be happy with my current setting. It's only (ha can you believe I'm saying "only") ~20 from being at a normal BMI. So roughly I'd be "just" ~40 from goal right now. Sheesh.. I can't believe I'm thinking along these lines. Doctor says stop at 199, calculators on line say stop at 225 (hooray I passed that), basically because I have never been in the normal BMI range and here I am 51 y/o. It's not really important to me for health or appearance to get there as 195 is close enough and maybe easier to maintain. It's more that I have never thought I could get there, and now I see it in my reach. Maintaining it will be another story, and that really does scare me into stopping at a larger number. On the other hand... with all the insurance changes going on and if I ever need to shop for insurance you know they will have weight on their cost differences, along with my age (can't change that). I should do the deed and get down there while I have momentum. Pausing to maintain and then deciding to go lower would be a witch with a capital B. Anyway... I'm thinking about it. I've got another 20 or so before I figure it out.. and then maybe try and get another 10 before the end of June. At that point I'd be 10 away from the normal range. The last 20 or so is more difficult... could take me till August (instead of my predicted June finish). Maybe what's really getting me is fear of having to learn phase 3 and 4 - I need to stop thinking about it. Sorry to blather on, thinking out loud. Maybe some of you have gone thru this as well and have some experience to share?

i have. my coach talked me into ending at a goal I was not happy with. I regretted it. I wish I had gone 5 pounds lighter, since I gained 4 when I got off ketosis. This time, my reboot, I will go all the way.

Delgen
03-20-2013, 01:26 AM
Been there done that, know exactly where you're coming from. And, as you know it's a personal decision. I'm not down where the book, calculators, and so on say, BUT I'm fine with where I am, so be it. I think it would have taken me another 3 or 4 months to get down another 10 or so pounds and I weighed it all together and made my decision (not that it wasn't scary). I think you'll just know when. I felt like I did. Hope that helps. Unfortunately, it's not going to be black and white and you won't get that answer that closed the book on it and totally satisfies you, but it is what it is. Sorry I can't help you more and make you all warm and fuzzy.

Hi, all. Sad day, had to put my 14 year old cat to sleep this afternoon. The last of having cats in my life for just over 25 years. ODing on food ran through my mind, but I knew that was the old Molly and it was soon gone. That gave me some peace and satisfaction in this tough time. I have been back there lurkiing. Congrats to all those with losses and successes in their lives (getting back on track, etc,). Still plugging along with maintenance. Happy that I've not had to deal with cravings or over eating or caring if I ever eat all that "bad" stuff again. This is a great program. If I wasn't retired and not wanting to ever work again, I might look at opening a clinic. Oh well, I'm enjoying retirement way too much.

Molly

Will you get another kitty?

Delgen
03-20-2013, 01:30 AM
And I bet you all thought I forgot about my favorite group of women... Never!

I just wanted to check in and see how y'all are doing, and I see some really great numbers. So proud of all of you!!!! I'm doing really well. I've taken a totally different road now for me and I feel great. I now mostly eat a raw diet and have totally gotten into juicing. I watched the documentary Hungry For Change awhile back, and well lets just say it was my epiphany. Continue your great work all you Skinny Minnies.

Nice to see you Dana! I remember the night you and I had a conversation about having a group for over 50! Next thing I knew you had started this group😀
Way to go, girl.

Glad you are happy with the new food choices. I bet you feel great!

Halfagain
03-20-2013, 02:05 AM
Been there done that,.........Sorry I can't help you more and make you all warm and fuzzy.

Hi, all. Sad day, had to put my 14 year old cat to sleep this afternoon. The last of having cats in my life for just over 25 years. ODing on food ran through my mind, but I knew that was the old Molly and it was soon gone. That gave me some peace and satisfaction in this tough time. I have been back there lurkiing. Congrats to all those with losses and successes in their lives (getting back on track, etc,). Still plugging along with maintenance. Happy that I've not had to deal with cravings or over eating or caring if I ever eat all that "bad" stuff again. This is a great program. If I wasn't retired and not wanting to ever work again, I might look at opening a clinic. Oh well, I'm enjoying retirement way too much.

Molly
I'm so sorry for your cat. It is sad they age faster than us, but it's good you could do what was needed to help her out. :hug: While you had no warm fuzzies on choosing a goal weight, you did help me feel like I wasn't crazy with my thoughts. I appreciate it a lot.

Halfagain: It gets nutty up in our heads, doesn't it?
You are still rocking pretty big weekly losses. I haven't seen a big slowdown for you yet.
Here's a little meditation for the evening: You're doing great!
:yoga:

We all have doubts, fears, general weirdness in our heads. Coming back here keeps me grounded in what to do. Thanks Lisa. LOL I like the meditation help. I guess first things first - and get to 195. Nobody is going to kick me if I don't stop there, or if I do. Ha maybe I'll leave my end goal a surprise for me too (that so goes against my planning instinct).
And I bet you all thought I forgot about my favorite group of women... Never!

I just wanted to check in and see how y'all are doing, and I see some really great numbers. So proud of all of you!!!! I'm doing really well. I've taken a totally different road now for me and I feel great. I now mostly eat a raw diet and have totally gotten into juicing. I watched the documentary Hungry For Change awhile back, and well lets just say it was my epiphany. Continue your great work all you Skinny Minnies.
Hey! great to hear from you Dana. Glad to hear all is well. We're just keep on keeping on here. Getting more maintainers in our midst which I love. Lots to learn from everyone here.

i have. my coach talked me into ending at a goal I was not happy with. I regretted it. I wish I had gone 5 pounds lighter, since I gained 4 when I got off ketosis. This time, my reboot, I will go all the way.

Thanks Cindy. That gives me some good insight. I appreciate it.

WingnutandMe
03-20-2013, 09:56 AM
Will you get another kitty?

No, no more cats. I had cats as company for those years I was living alone (27 years), now I have DH and we do travel a lot and are making our slow transition/move to Michigan, so it will be much better this way. This cat was the last of about 12 cats over 25 years and I had to put all of them down but two. All were in there teens, but it never gets easier. Now I just have to deal with the two of us aging. LOL

Dana, good to hear from you and that have found your niche. Each of us make our own way on our journey and it's so gratifying and peaceful when you find the right road.

Off to another busy day of retirement. I can't believe how busy I am and I still feel I'm getting no where. Dealing with all the stuff I've packed away in this house for 18 years. Being a buyer and seller of "stuff" (antiques and junque) makes it doubly bad. It still looks like an episode of Hoarders in here.

Molly

evepet
03-20-2013, 10:36 AM
Dang it anyway.... I'm starting to doubt my goal and if I'll be happy with my current setting. It's only (ha can you believe I'm saying "only") ~20 from being at a normal BMI. So roughly I'd be "just" ~40 from goal right now. Sheesh.. I can't believe I'm thinking along these lines. Doctor says stop at 199, calculators on line say stop at 225 (hooray I passed that), basically because I have never been in the normal BMI range and here I am 51 y/o. It's not really important to me for health or appearance to get there as 195 is close enough and maybe easier to maintain. It's more that I have never thought I could get there, and now I see it in my reach. Maintaining it will be another story, and that really does scare me into stopping at a larger number. On the other hand... with all the insurance changes going on and if I ever need to shop for insurance you know they will have weight on their cost differences, along with my age (can't change that). I should do the deed and get down there while I have momentum. Pausing to maintain and then deciding to go lower would be a witch with a capital B. Anyway... I'm thinking about it. I've got another 20 or so before I figure it out.. and then maybe try and get another 10 before the end of June. At that point I'd be 10 away from the normal range. The last 20 or so is more difficult... could take me till August (instead of my predicted June finish). Maybe what's really getting me is fear of having to learn phase 3 and 4 - I need to stop thinking about it. Sorry to blather on, thinking out loud. Maybe some of you have gone thru this as well and have some experience to share?

What you're saying about the insurance specs, etc., does make sense. And you're still experiencing very good and consistent weight loss. There's no need to make an immediate decision though... see how you feel about everything when you actually get to your current goal. At that point, things may be clearer. As far as learning about P3 and 4? There's some education involved, yes - but it's really not that complicated. I think we build it up in our minds, we get so used to the routine of P1. And you've got a whole group in Maintenance-land who will be happy to assist you when it's needed. Don't stress - I think you'll get clearer in your mind about what you want to do as time passes.

Been there done that, know exactly where you're coming from. And, as you know it's a personal decision. I'm not down where the book, calculators, and so on say, BUT I'm fine with where I am, so be it. I think it would have taken me another 3 or 4 months to get down another 10 or so pounds and I weighed it all together and made my decision (not that it wasn't scary). I think you'll just know when. I felt like I did. Hope that helps. Unfortunately, it's not going to be black and white and you won't get that answer that closed the book on it and totally satisfies you, but it is what it is. Sorry I can't help you more and make you all warm and fuzzy.

Hi, all. Sad day, had to put my 14 year old cat to sleep this afternoon. The last of having cats in my life for just over 25 years. ODing on food ran through my mind, but I knew that was the old Molly and it was soon gone. That gave me some peace and satisfaction in this tough time. I have been back there lurkiing. Congrats to all those with losses and successes in their lives (getting back on track, etc,). Still plugging along with maintenance. Happy that I've not had to deal with cravings or over eating or caring if I ever eat all that "bad" stuff again. This is a great program. If I wasn't retired and not wanting to ever work again, I might look at opening a clinic. Oh well, I'm enjoying retirement way too much.

Molly

Aw, Molly, sorry to hear about your kitty. That's tough. I've been surprised how full my P3 breakfast keeps me right through the day. In P1 I always arranged things so that I could have a snack around 3pm... don't seem to need it this week.

Halfagain: It gets nutty up in our heads, doesn't it?
You are still rocking pretty big weekly losses. I haven't seen a big slowdown for you yet.
Here's a little meditation for the evening: You're doing great!
:yoga:

We all have doubts, fears, general weirdness in our heads. Coming back here keeps me grounded in what to do.

Ain't that the truth! 'Doubts, fear, & general weirdness in our heads'. lol. This is my favorite place to come for a dose of grounding too. It's kept me focused and on track many, many times.

And I bet you all thought I forgot about my favorite group of women... Never!

I just wanted to check in and see how y'all are doing, and I see some really great numbers. So proud of all of you!!!! I'm doing really well. I've taken a totally different road now for me and I feel great. I now mostly eat a raw diet and have totally gotten into juicing. I watched the documentary Hungry For Change awhile back, and well lets just say it was my epiphany. Continue your great work all you Skinny Minnies.

Hello Dana!! Glad to hear that you've found another path that's working for you and feeling great. We miss you though!

i have. my coach talked me into ending at a goal I was not happy with. I regretted it. I wish I had gone 5 pounds lighter, since I gained 4 when I got off ketosis. This time, my reboot, I will go all the way.

That's exactly why I went back to P1 shortly after Christmas... that glycogen regain put me higher than where I really wanted to be. I'd stopped at the weight my Dr. had recommended as 'ok'... this time I've stopped at my original goal, and feel better about it. And so far on P3, I'm staying under 150lbs - which was my intention.

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Good Day everyone! Hope it's a good one for you.

WingnutandMe
03-20-2013, 10:55 AM
What you're saying about the insurance specs, etc., does make sense. And you're still experiencing very good and consistent weight loss. There's no need to make an immediate decision though... see how you feel about everything when you actually get to your current goal. At that point, things may be clearer. As far as learning about P3 and 4? There's some education involved, yes - but it's really not that complicated. I think we build it up in our minds, we get so used to the routine of P1. And you've got a whole group in Maintenance-land who will be happy to assist you when it's needed. Don't stress - I think you'll get clearer in your mind about what you want to do as time passes.

I agree with evepet. I changed my goal when I got lower, but then I upped it some. Like I said when I got there I knew it. I really agonized over the P3 & 4 plans, but when I got into it, things smoothed out and I seem to have found my niche.

Aw, Molly, sorry to hear about your kitty. That's tough. I've been surprised how full my P3 breakfast keeps me right through the day. In P1 I always arranged things so that I could have a snack around 3pm... don't seem to need it this week.

Thanks for the condolence. It was not sudden, so I'd been mentally trying to prepare.
I really agree about the P3 breakfasts. On P1, I would race to get lunch even before noon, now I'm finding it's well after 1 before I notice any hunger at all. This is now just over a month.

That's exactly why I went back to P1 shortly after Christmas... that glycogen regain put me higher than where I really wanted to be. I'd stopped at the weight my Dr. had recommended as 'ok'... this time I've stopped at my original goal, and feel better about it. And so far on P3, I'm staying under 150lbs - which was my intention.

Hmm. I must have been weird as I had no glycogen gain and I'm staying a few pounds under my goal. BUT, I will not complain.


Off to the post office. Selling on eBay keeps one very busy.

Molly

greeniris
03-20-2013, 02:27 PM
Hi everyone, just checking in, haven't been as good as I should, had a day off on Sunday and now in recovery, and that's exactly what it feels like. Any way back on track.
Glad you're back on track Teena. As you know, I completely understand!

Dang it anyway.... I'm starting to doubt my goal and if I'll be happy with my current setting. It's only (ha can you believe I'm saying "only") ~20 from being at a normal BMI. So roughly I'd be "just" ~40 from goal right now. Sheesh.. I can't believe I'm thinking along these lines. Doctor says stop at 199, calculators on line say stop at 225 (hooray I passed that), basically because I have never been in the normal BMI range and here I am 51 y/o. It's not really important to me for health or appearance to get there as 195 is close enough and maybe easier to maintain. It's more that I have never thought I could get there, and now I see it in my reach. Maintaining it will be another story, and that really does scare me into stopping at a larger number. On the other hand... with all the insurance changes going on and if I ever need to shop for insurance you know they will have weight on their cost differences, along with my age (can't change that). I should do the deed and get down there while I have momentum. Pausing to maintain and then deciding to go lower would be a witch with a capital B. Anyway... I'm thinking about it. I've got another 20 or so before I figure it out.. and then maybe try and get another 10 before the end of June. At that point I'd be 10 away from the normal range. The last 20 or so is more difficult... could take me till August (instead of my predicted June finish). Maybe what's really getting me is fear of having to learn phase 3 and 4 - I need to stop thinking about it. Sorry to blather on, thinking out loud. Maybe some of you have gone thru this as well and have some experience to share?
Ahh, you know I understand exactly what's going through your head. As I may have to purchase my own medical ins in the future, I too worry about my BMI somewhat. I phased off about 5 lbs above my original goal and have struggled ever since, though I imagine I would have struggled just as much if I HAD reached goal. Once I got within 10 lbs or so of where I did phase off, the losses practically stopped, so I took that to mean I was where I was meant to be. I still wonder what would have happened if I had pushed through.... As others have said, there is no need to decide now, but if you have any question in your mind when you do reach your current goal, I recommend giving it a bit longer. Good luck!

Been there done that, know exactly where you're coming from. And, as you know it's a personal decision. I'm not down where the book, calculators, and so on say, BUT I'm fine with where I am, so be it. I think it would have taken me another 3 or 4 months to get down another 10 or so pounds and I weighed it all together and made my decision (not that it wasn't scary). I think you'll just know when. I felt like I did. Hope that helps. Unfortunately, it's not going to be black and white and you won't get that answer that closed the book on it and totally satisfies you, but it is what it is. Sorry I can't help you more and make you all warm and fuzzy.

Hi, all. Sad day, had to put my 14 year old cat to sleep this afternoon. The last of having cats in my life for just over 25 years. ODing on food ran through my mind, but I knew that was the old Molly and it was soon gone. That gave me some peace and satisfaction in this tough time. I have been back there lurkiing. Congrats to all those with losses and successes in their lives (getting back on track, etc,). Still plugging along with maintenance. Happy that I've not had to deal with cravings or over eating or caring if I ever eat all that "bad" stuff again. This is a great program. If I wasn't retired and not wanting to ever work again, I might look at opening a clinic. Oh well, I'm enjoying retirement way too much.
Molly
I'm so sorry you lost your pet. ((Hugs))

And I bet you all thought I forgot about my favorite group of women... Never!

I just wanted to check in and see how y'all are doing, and I see some really great numbers. So proud of all of you!!!! I'm doing really well. I've taken a totally different road now for me and I feel great. I now mostly eat a raw diet and have totally gotten into juicing. I watched the documentary Hungry For Change awhile back, and well lets just say it was my epiphany. Continue your great work all you Skinny Minnies.
Hi Dana! Was just asking about you the other day. Glad all is going well for you.

evepet
03-20-2013, 05:44 PM
Glad you're back on track Teena. As you know, I completely understand!


Ahh, you know I understand exactly what's going through your head. As I may have to purchase my own medical ins in the future, I too worry about my BMI somewhat. I phased off about 5 lbs above my original goal and have struggled ever since, though I imagine I would have struggled just as much if I HAD reached goal. Once I got within 10 lbs or so of where I did phase off, the losses practically stopped, so I took that to mean I was where I was meant to be. I still wonder what would have happened if I had pushed through.... As others have said, there is no need to decide now, but if you have any question in your mind when you do reach your current goal, I recommend giving it a bit longer. Good luck!


That line I bolded pretty much sums up my attitude about it. I think we have to be realistic in determining our goal weight, and not strive for a totally unrealistic one .. (I've seen a few I question in my mind on other threads, but not on ours)... but assuming the goal weight is at least reasonably in line, then it's going to pretty much take the same diligence to maintain it. So we all might as well pick a goal that we feel good about and proud of working to maintain. :)

Yesmyqueen
03-20-2013, 10:03 PM
Hi friends, so sorry about your cat Molly, I had to put my dog down about 4 months ago and after her whole life with me from 4 weeks old to 13 yrs, I still cry.
Halfagain your so disciplined and have such awesome losses, keep up the great job, you will know what to do and when. I understand about that last 20 lbs, but we can do this!

Hi Dana, nice to here from you.

And hi to everyone else!

Had my WI today and stayed the same, but I lost 1% fat so I was happy for that and TOM is almost here, so hopefully next week will show a smaller number.

Good night all!

Halfagain
03-21-2013, 12:04 AM
Ahh, you know I understand exactly what's going through your head. As I may have to purchase my own medical ins in the future, I too worry about my BMI somewhat. I phased off about 5 lbs above my original goal and have struggled ever since, though I imagine I would have struggled just as much if I HAD reached goal. Once I got within 10 lbs or so of where I did phase off, the losses practically stopped, so I took that to mean I was where I was meant to be. I still wonder what would have happened if I had pushed through.... As others have said, there is no need to decide now, but if you have any question in your mind when you do reach your current goal, I recommend giving it a bit longer. Good luck!
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That line I bolded pretty much sums up my attitude about it. I think we have to be realistic in determining our goal weight, and not strive for a totally unrealistic one .. (I've seen a few I question in my mind on other threads, but not on ours)... but assuming the goal weight is at least reasonably in line, then it's going to pretty much take the same diligence to maintain it. So we all might as well pick a goal that we feel good about and proud of working to maintain. :)

so sorry about your cat Molly, I had to put my dog down about 4 months ago and after her whole life with me from 4 weeks old to 13 yrs, I still cry.
Halfagain your so disciplined and have such awesome losses, keep up the great job, you will know what to do and when. I understand about that last 20 lbs, but we can do this!
Had my WI today and stayed the same, but I lost 1% fat so I was happy for that and TOM is almost here, so hopefully next week will show a smaller number.

Good night all!
Thank you all for your encouragement. I feel better having you confirm I'm not nuts being this wishy washy, and that I have time to figure it out.

Teena I'm sorry about your dog, I know it has been a while but our pets are family. I love your new avatar! You're just gearing up for the whoosh fairy to come find you next week :hug:

greeniris
03-21-2013, 08:59 AM
Love your new avatar Teena! Very 'springy'

evepet
03-21-2013, 11:19 AM
Hi everyone! Just got back from my check-up with my Dr., and all is A-ok. My bad cholesteral was down considerably from the last blood tests on file - and those were taken a couple of years before I reached my highest weight, so I would imagine that had tests been taken just prior to my diet start date a year ago the comparison would show even more of an improvement. Blood pressure was 122/80 today - so we were both pleased. She was very complimentary on the total weight loss. To celebrate I walked home - about a 40 minute brisk walk... with the wind chill today it's around -12 degrees Celsius.. so I was almost speed walking, no loitering or standing still unless I absolutely had to!

YesmyQueen Love your new avatar! Cute! Sorry about your doggie too!

HalfAgain No problem with being changeable about goal weight. I certainly understand, 'cause I was like that for about the last -20 lbs too. :) I actually phased out last Christmas.... then returned. :) My weight loss was sooo slow though, and actually stalled at one point. And I was also bothered by wondering if I was just tired of the diet and wanting to 'give in and give up' where I was ... or if I really did feel happy at that particular weight and was ready to phase off. I kept questionning whether I was being truly honest with myself about what I was feeling. It was driving me nuts for a while. :dizzy:

Hope you all have a good day. Cheers for now.

LexiChanel1
03-21-2013, 02:26 PM
Hi EVE.

I am only 5 feet tall. If you look at weight charts I am almost considered overweight at 118. You all have 5-7 inches on me, so you can weigh 30 lbs more and be healthy:) I wish I was tall and beautiful like you:)

65X65
03-21-2013, 02:29 PM
:(:(

Well...now I'm afraid I've done myself in for a while....

A little mishap with a sharp object last evening when making the salad ended with a trip to urgent care...stitches and 14 days on doxyclycine. Does anyone know if there are weight gain side effects from this Rx? I was on a z-pack in January when I started this program and sadly learned that Rx can slow weight loss. Anyone know about Doxy? I googled it but the info is not real specific... I am so bummed. Had a WI this morning and was 1/2 lb more today than yesterday. (Crazy because I actually missed dinner!) :?:Counselor said stress and narcotic they gave me to sleep probably did that. Not taking any pain meds today.

Was doing great guns too...and shopped yesterday for an outfit to wear when we go to Birmingham in May....I had gone from a size 18 to a 12. I even tried it on again when I got home because I couldn't believe it fit and if it wasn't so darn cold here... I could wear it NOW!

65X65
03-21-2013, 02:36 PM
Hi EVE.

I am only 5 feet tall. If you look at weight charts I am almost considered overweight at 118. You all have 5-7 inches on me, so you can weigh 30 lbs more and be healthy:) I wish I was tall and beautiful like you:)

I feel your pain....Yep..It's a bummer alright. At this height....not only can't I reach a lot of stuff in the grocery store most of the time...looking at what the right amount of calories to maintain for me....:nono:...is a fairly rigid diet for everyone else. And now I'm shrinking...I've actually lost 1/2 inch.

deelee10
03-21-2013, 08:06 PM
Hi Fabs-

Thanks for the welcome. We are in that age group where so many of us are dealing with empty nests and aging parents. My DM - not doing well after her 3rd chemo. Was in the hospital now nursing care. It is very sad. Waiting to see if she can get some strength back. She does not know me…

But I came here to focus on me! I’ve been over doing the IP restricted. And, so I gained back the lb I lost. I just have to get 100% OP phase 1 I guess. !&% I’m soo not in the mood for that but I soo enjoyed seeing the needle on the scale go down after being phase 1 for one day. I bought some soy ball restricted….I just can’t be trusted with those things either!!!! I know me. I am an evil carb addict. I have to go back to the very beginning. Taking time to cut up veggies and weighing portions. I CANNOT go back to that wretched salad dressing. But I’ll measure a tablespoon of oil. I thought I could just stick to meat, grab some IP RTDs or restricted bags and be fine. NOT!

My DS is coming over tomorrow and his fiancee will join us for our usually evil carb that we used to have delivered on Friday nights when he lived at home. That’s nice. I will order salad and enjoy their company. I’ll have to make a plan.

Goldi- That veggie recipe sounded delicious.

ChatKat - I saw you over on Golden Girls. I didn’t know you are an IP er.! Good to have company. To get serious about weight, I always have to come to the IP folks. I’ll go over to “rebooter” to get my a$$ kicked to get back on plan. Sometimes, I just need it.

Hugs to you all!

lisa32989
03-21-2013, 09:28 PM
:doh::?:

AlisonS
03-22-2013, 11:23 AM
Deelee, sorry to hear that your mom is facing health issues! I will pray for her.

Molly, I meant to say earlier, I am so sorry about your cat. I am a cat person myself and I dread the end.

I saw my cardiologist yesterday and he cut my bp meds in half again. So, now I am taking only 40mg of Diovan, down from 320/25 Diovan/HCT. It is so funny to see these little tiny pills compared to the big horse pills I used to take! 40mg Diovan is about the size of a sprinkle!

I made that cabbage recipe I posted yesterday and like it so much I am making it again today. VERY FILLING and I think it is great! Here it is in case you missed it:

Cabbage, roughly 1.5 cups cut in bite sized pieces
Rutabagus, roughly 0.5 cups cut in bite sized pieces
Leek, sliced
8 oz ham, cut in bite sized pieces

Preheat oven to 400. Put cabbage in a baking dish, then rutabagus, then leek, then ham. Pour 2 cups of water (or leftover water that you cooked vegetables in) over everything. Cover tightly with foil and bake for an hour. Delicious!

Have a great weekend, IPeeps!!

deelee10
03-22-2013, 12:43 PM
:(:(

Well...now I'm afraid I've done myself in for a while....

A little mishap with a sharp object last evening when making the salad ended with a trip to urgent care...stitches and 14 days on doxyclycine. Does anyone know if there are weight gain side effects from this Rx? I was on a z-pack in January when I started this program and sadly learned that Rx can slow weight loss. Anyone know about Doxy? I googled it but the info is not real specific... I am so bummed. Had a WI this morning and was 1/2 lb more today than yesterday. (Crazy because I actually missed dinner!) :?:Counselor said stress and narcotic they gave me to sleep probably did that. Not taking any pain meds today.

Was doing great guns too...and shopped yesterday for an outfit to wear when we go to Birmingham in May....I had gone from a size 18 to a 12. I even tried it on again when I got home because I couldn't believe it fit and if it wasn't so darn cold here... I could wear it NOW!

Congratulations on the new smaller size! I was on major antibiotic last winter when I got sick. It didn't slow my weight loss. Sorry I can't remember which I was on. I did find sugarfree cough syrup and throat drops. Hope you heal quickly!

ABue1
03-23-2013, 12:34 PM
Good morning everyone, yes it's still morning in Saskatchewan. Hope your all doing well. Weigh in this week and its 2.7 lbs down. Yay!!!!:carrot: Almost halfway there. This week I'm looking for new recipes and food inspiration as I'm getting a little bored. I love food that has great flavor and texture. I need new ways to cook great food that DH and I can both enjoy( he doesn't need to lose weight, he needs to hold on to what he has) oh well, always an adventure and I love trying new recipes.

Halfagain
03-23-2013, 12:58 PM
Hi All,
I'm testing this to see if it works, if it does I'll put it on a thread to share. I think it may be helpful to others if they have Excel and don't want to build something like this themselves to track their progress.
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4pDr4KDY7WzV2pZc3VQNElNSVE/edit?usp=sharing

If it doesn't work - oh well :-) Otherwise let me know if you can get here, and if you think this is helpful at all.

Edit, it appears it works, but to use it, you have to click the little down arrow under File and save it to your computer, or open it at least to get the formulas to work. People might be nervous about doing that.

evepet
03-23-2013, 01:30 PM
Hi everyone, Happy Saturday! Just wanted to pop in and see how everyone's doing. This is my 6th day on P3, and so far so good. I was pleased to see this morning when I stepped on the scale that I'm at exactly the same weight as I was when I started P3 on Monday. I'm so happy that I haven't had any lasting glycogen re-gain. :) I'm sure that my weight goes up through the day (especially after these big P3 breakfasts) but as long as it's back down in the morning that's A-ok with me. :)

Have a great day!

Halfagain
03-23-2013, 08:34 PM
Hi everyone, Happy Saturday! Just wanted to pop in and see how everyone's doing. This is my 6th day on P3, and so far so good. I was pleased to see this morning when I stepped on the scale that I'm at exactly the same weight as I was when I started P3 on Monday. I'm so happy that I haven't had any lasting glycogen re-gain. :) I'm sure that my weight goes up through the day (especially after these big P3 breakfasts) but as long as it's back down in the morning that's A-ok with me. :)

Have a great day!
Good to hear you're doing well with P3. Almost a full week - great job!

It's been a lazy day for me. I'm playing with a recipe organizer I am trying free for 30 days (Living Cookbook 2013). So far it's pretty cool, except the first recipe I went to add with coconut flour, I found coconut flour isn't in the ingredient list. So I've been keying in some of the ingredients I have been using for my DH's Paleo stuff. Then went back to key the recipe in and it's not seeing the new ingredients I just typed in.... I must be doing something wrong. Anyway, that's the bulk of my afternoon. Did some laundry and some dishes, and just sort of putzed around today.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

WingnutandMe
03-24-2013, 09:22 AM
Good to hear you're doing well with P3. Almost a full week - great job!

It's been a lazy day for me. I'm playing with a recipe organizer I am trying free for 30 days (Living Cookbook 2013). So far it's pretty cool, except the first recipe I went to add with coconut flour, I found coconut flour isn't in the ingredient list. So I've been keying in some of the ingredients I have been using for my DH's Paleo stuff. Then went back to key the recipe in and it's not seeing the new ingredients I just typed in.... I must be doing something wrong. Anyway, that's the bulk of my afternoon. Did some laundry and some dishes, and just sort of putzed around today.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Let us know how the recipe organizer works out. Might be real useful as you know how many recipes I have.

Good morning, all.

Work up with my head stuffed up. Now that I'm up, it's Niagra Falls from the sinuses. The other night I was cold then hot and now this. Doesn't look good for me.

Maintenance is going well. Since starting P3 and moving into P4, it's been a month. I've been weighing every few days, but have not logged all my Omron stats for that month. It was interesting to see. I've lost 2.8#, still overweight with the BMI (oh well), lost .4 fat and increased muscle by .1 plus my age went down another year and is now 2 years (almost 3 - birthday in May) below my actual age and my visceral fat dropped another point. Now to keep this up for many more months.

Glad to see all on this thread are doing well. I am keeping busy trying to sort and get things ready for a yard sale next weekend. I have bags and bags and bags of clothes plus all this stuff I'm trying to downsize and 22 years of antique selling stuff. Almost a worse headache than the sinus headache I have right now.

Have a good Sunday. Stay OP. That's the only way it works.

Molly

Halfagain
03-24-2013, 11:35 AM
Let us know how the recipe organizer works out. Might be real useful as you know how many recipes I have.

Good morning, all.

Work up with my head stuffed up. Now that I'm up, it's Niagra Falls from the sinuses. The other night I was cold then hot and now this. Doesn't look good for me.

Maintenance is going well. Since starting P3 and moving into P4, it's been a month. I've been weighing every few days, but have not logged all my Omron stats for that month. It was interesting to see. I've lost 2.8#, still overweight with the BMI (oh well), lost .4 fat and increased muscle by .1 plus my age went down another year and is now 2 years (almost 3 - birthday in May) below my actual age and my visceral fat dropped another point. Now to keep this up for many more months.

Glad to see all on this thread are doing well. I am keeping busy trying to sort and get things ready for a yard sale next weekend. I have bags and bags and bags of clothes plus all this stuff I'm trying to downsize and 22 years of antique selling stuff. Almost a worse headache than the sinus headache I have right now.

Have a good Sunday. Stay OP. That's the only way it works.

Molly
Good morning Molly. Sorry you are not feeling 100%, but great news that you're maintaining a-okay. Congrats on growing younger with your Omron!
:hug:I bolded your reminder. I know I have nothing to complain about with my losses, but as all of us have felt and delt with at times - I'm feeling pudgy and plump this past week.... I know I'm not slim, but some days I feel like I'm getting there - just not this week - at all. The scale hasn't moved either direction, so pondering how much of this is actually just emotion, or back talk in my head, or the big "C" that I've refused to acknowledge. I need one of these http://www.amazon.com/Pooped-Today-Funny-T-shirt-Large/dp/B0082DGDCG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1364138188&sr=8-2&keywords=i+pooped+today+t+shirt Regardless your reminder just made me feel better about how I'm feeling.

The Living Cookbook 2013 says you can import recipes from a text file. If you can save a couple recipes of yours in that format and email them, I'll check and see how easy that is just to confirm that - or I might just try it on my own. I have a program (snag-it) that can take a screen shot and convert it to text. I liked it so well from work, I bought it for home use.

It's going to be a pretty day today. It snowed yesterday and it's still cold today, but the sun's out!

lisa32989
03-24-2013, 11:49 AM
:wave:
Hi everyone!
I LOVE Molly's reminder about staying OP!

Just got off the phone with my Maintaining Mom. She's up about 5 (some was P3 gain) and she's already set a reboot day (April 1, I think. Wonder if she's pulling my leg :dizzy:?)

So, we're getting a last-blast (I hope) snowstorm. It looks like a snowglobe outside right now! 8 inches in the forecast for St Louis today
:snowglo:
If my back felt better, I'd build a snowman later or take DH outside for a
:snow4:

Alas, I'm stuck inside. The back just can't take it yet.

I have an appointment with a different specialist on Tuesday. (Glad its not tomorrow! STL has a tendency to shut down with "big" snows.) He's a sports medicine doc and I've been to him before but its been a couple years. I've been pretty consistently doing the exercises the PT he sent me to had me doing so now I need to figure out -- what else can we do? I'm too young for this! I probably brought it on myself from years of sedentary obesity but for goodness sake...I wanna fix it!

My WI is tomorrow at 7:30 am. Guessing that will be cancelled. The road crews don't keep up well with snow around here. I'm a Michigan girl. Drivers here just make me shake my head. I stay "in" because I'm afraid of them! I learned how to drive on snow and ice. These people are nuts!

So, today will be house cleaning and I'm going to make some "IP" Mushroom soup. I gave up soup packets when I gave up soy. I have some plain Syntrax nectar and some great recipes from a very generous evepet so today'll be a good day to experiment.

Oh yeah! One more thing! I'm a HUGE college basketball fan (how many girls go to a basketball game for their 50th birthday?)! My green guys are in yet another Sweet Sixteen. I might be traveling to Indy next weekend.
:spin: :cp: :dancer: (wish these guys weren't yellow...they remind me of the rivals)

Halfagain
03-24-2013, 12:09 PM
:wave:
Hi everyone!
I LOVE Molly's reminder about staying OP!

Just got off the phone with my Maintaining Mom. She's up about 5 (some was P3 gain) and she's already set a reboot day (April 1, I think. Wonder if she's pulling my leg :dizzy:?)

So, we're getting a last-blast (I hope) snowstorm. It looks like a snowglobe outside right now! 8 inches in the forecast for St Louis today
:snowglo:
If my back felt better, I'd build a snowman later or take DH outside for a
:snow4:

Alas, I'm stuck inside. The back just can't take it yet.

I have an appointment with a different specialist on Tuesday. (Glad its not tomorrow! STL has a tendency to shut down with "big" snows.) He's a sports medicine doc and I've been to him before but its been a couple years. I've been pretty consistently doing the exercises the PT he sent me to had me doing so now I need to figure out -- what else can we do? I'm too young for this! I probably brought it on myself from years of sedentary obesity but for goodness sake...I wanna fix it!

My WI is tomorrow at 7:30 am. Guessing that will be cancelled. The road crews don't keep up well with snow around here. I'm a Michigan girl. Drivers here just make me shake my head. I stay "in" because I'm afraid of them! I learned how to drive on snow and ice. These people are nuts!

So, today will be house cleaning and I'm going to make some "IP" Mushroom soup. I gave up soup packets when I gave up soy. I have some plain Syntrax nectar and some great recipes from a very generous evepet so today'll be a good day to experiment.

Oh yeah! One more thing! I'm a HUGE college basketball fan (how many girls go to a basketball game for their 50th birthday?)! My green guys are in yet another Sweet Sixteen. I might be traveling to Indy next weekend.
:spin: :cp: :dancer: (wish these guys weren't yellow...they remind me of the rivals)

:-) We both keyed in on that reminder that's so cool. Hey tell your Mom we're rooting for her! 4/1 sounds like a fine date for a reboot. Enjoy your snow day.

evepet
03-24-2013, 12:17 PM
Hi everyone. Thought I'd check in here and see what's happening. :)

Molly - Congrats on those new Omron #s. :carrot: I love that we're getting younger and younger! :) Sorry you're sick - hope it's short-lived! And ITA that's a great reminder to stay OP.... 'Keep On Truckin' and eventually you get where you want to be. :)

Lisa - Glad you're enjoying the soups! I'm still making them from time to time, even though I'm on P3 and really should always be having a 'real' protein at lunch these days. I find it such a handy lunch that I sneak it in a couple of times/wk still (Shh..). In fact, I've also got a package of mushroom in my fridge right now, destined for the soup pot soon. So sorry to hear that your experiencing these problems with your back. I know from personal experience that chronic back pain can be a Be-Itch. :(

HalfAgain - Maybe it's time for some Smooth Move tea? I know I have to keep myself regular, or I get feeling kind of blah and sluggish. I've been taking some extra magnesium before bedtime - generally 200mg - and it not only helps me sleep more soundly, but seems to help with the regularity issue as well.

Got on the scale this am and was surprised that I've dropped almost another lb. This seems amazing to me, given these hugh P3 breakfasts - but there you are. :) I was petrified I was going to have significant glycogen regain, but so far it seems to be going in the other direction. I've been using mostly grains like organic oat bran & oatmeal, flax meal, almond flour, quinoa, etc for my P3 breakfasts so far ...... not much wheat. Can't help but wonder if this is making a difference.

Have a great day everyone!

lisa32989
03-24-2013, 12:43 PM
Evepet: how 'bout chicken/veggie soup? I can only have it for dinner but you can have the meat protein in there for lunch (instead of "sneaking" protein powder). If soups work for you for lunch, have soup!

I roast a whole chicken first.
Then I skin it
Remove the meat from the bones. Throw the carcass in a pot to make stock (google "bone broth" if its new to you)

In the meantime, I chop a leek (you could have REAL onion), bok choy, celery, mushrooms, (you could add some colorful carrots!), and the meat. Into the pot with the bone broth I made last time I cooked a chicken (I never buy chicken broth).

evepet
03-24-2013, 01:02 PM
Evepet: how 'bout chicken/veggie soup? I can only have it for dinner but you can have the meat protein in there for lunch (instead of "sneaking" protein powder). If soups work for you for lunch, have soup!

I roast a whole chicken first.
Then I skin it
Remove the meat from the bones. Throw the carcass in a pot to make stock (google "bone broth" if its new to you)

In the meantime, I chop a leek (you could have REAL onion), bok choy, celery, mushrooms, (you could add some colorful carrots!), and the meat. Into the pot with the bone broth I made last time I cooked a chicken (I never buy chicken broth).

Actually, that's a good idea... and exactly what I should do this afternoon - make a batch of soup or stew so it's ready for lunches for the next few days. I have stuff already on hand for beef stew - the mushrooms would go well in that, with some rutabaga, celery chunks, and onion. :) No carrots quite yet though - I'm still P3 for another week, and I'm thinking carrots are still off limits until I hit Maintenance. Next week!

patns
03-24-2013, 01:14 PM
I made evepet's soup too and just love them, tasty and very filling. I did adjust the seasonings to my personal tastes.

evepet
03-24-2013, 02:28 PM
I made evepet's soup too and just love them, tasty and very filling. I did adjust the seasonings to my personal tastes.

Thx for the compliment Patns. :) I really enjoy them... so much so that I don't want to leave them totally behind in Maintenance. They are good - and so quick and easy to whip up. Kitkat recently asked her coach whether she was allowed to use an IP packet from time to time while on maintenance, and was told it was ok - so I guess I'm not really breaking any 'law'. BTW, as you suggested I did add a post to my blog including the basic recipe for the soups. If anyone else is interested in looking into how to make veggie-protein powder based soups (sans packet) at home, check out my blog - latest post.

Yesmyqueen
03-25-2013, 07:05 PM
Hi all:wave: just catching up on all the reading, sounds like everyone is doing good, I'm plugging along slowly but still plugging nonetheless, just wanted to say hi!

Halfagain
03-26-2013, 09:55 AM
Good Morning. Nice to see you Teena. Glad to hear from you.
Sounds like soup is in order Evepet, Patns, and Lisa :-) You got me thinking about it now.

I've been thinking about summer already. I bought some summer pants and flip flops over the last few days. Odd, because I'm cold so much lately, that I'm buying warm weather clothing. I guess I'm just be optimistic that I'll be too warm in the near future - as well as smaller sized and I'll fit better in those pants. I can get them on, probably even wear them now, but they are snug. I'll wait till it's warmer.

evepet
03-26-2013, 12:23 PM
Hi all:wave: just catching up on all the reading, sounds like everyone is doing good, I'm plugging along slowly but still plugging nonetheless, just wanted to say hi!

Hi Yesmyqueen - that's the important thing.... just 'keep on plugging along' and you'll get there. :hug:

Good Morning. Nice to see you Teena. Glad to hear from you.
Sounds like soup is in order Evepet, Patns, and Lisa :-) You got me thinking about it now.

I've been thinking about summer already. I bought some summer pants and flip flops over the last few days. Odd, because I'm cold so much lately, that I'm buying warm weather clothing. I guess I'm just be optimistic that I'll be too warm in the near future - as well as smaller sized and I'll fit better in those pants. I can get them on, probably even wear them now, but they are snug. I'll wait till it's warmer.

This winter seems to have dragged on forever! I am SO looking forward to getting some actual spring-like weather!! I think you're just anticipating how cute (and slim) you're going to look in those new summer pants! :) And nothing whatsoever wrong with that! I'm thinking I'm going to look a whole lot better in my summer clothes this year too! :hug:

rainbowsmiles
03-26-2013, 01:23 PM
checking in with my lovely ladies....
missed the gym last week due to a fall from a tire swing!!
went last weekend to visit my kids...and was coerced to jump on the tire swing and give it a whirl...and my son pushed me higher than the roof edge...the "double rope" which was nylon!!!.....twisted and my hands slipped and down i tumbled...
luckily nothing was broken and i soon realized that i cannot simply keep up with the big dogs!!! ooh young mind how you've deceived me!!
i have bruises the size of texas!!
hope to get back to the gym tomorrow
otherwise, all is well and i am plugging along...1.2 lbs UP this week in maintenance.

much love ladies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
teena...love the new photo!!! with the hat!!
evepet...LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog and recipes!!!

WingnutandMe
03-26-2013, 02:50 PM
checking in with my lovely ladies....
missed the gym last week due to a fall from a tire swing!!
went last weekend to visit my kids...and was coerced to jump on the tire swing and give it a whirl...and my son pushed me higher than the roof edge...the "double rope" which was nylon!!!.....twisted and my hands slipped and down i tumbled...
luckily nothing was broken and i soon realized that i cannot simply keep up with the big dogs!!! ooh young mind how you've deceived me!!
i have bruises the size of texas!!
hope to get back to the gym tomorrow
otherwise, all is well and i am plugging along...1.2 lbs UP this week in maintenance.

much love ladies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
teena...love the new photo!!! with the hat!!
evepet...LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog and recipes!!!

Good to hear from you, BUT very sorry to hear about your mishap. I know, it's hard to accept we can't do all those things any more. I have to keep reminding myself that.

We miss your wonderful posts. :hug::hug:

Molly

AlisonS
03-26-2013, 03:12 PM
Hi IPeeps, had my weigh-in today and was down 1.8. I just can't get over how this diet keeps those numbers up even after so long! I will have been 100% for 7 months on Sunday. I always have steak on weigh-in day as a little perk. Plus this morning after weigh-in I made a peanut butter and chocolate smoothie by using a vanilla pudding with some WF Pb, some Torani SF Peanut butter syrup and some Torani SF Chocolate syrup and some ice cubes. YUM. I invested in a mixer endorsed by the Culinary Institute of America that chops ice cubes into powder, so it works really really well for making smoothies!

The Vanilla pudding was one of my trade basket finds this morning - 2 vanilla puddings, a banana pudding, dill pickle zippers and two lemon soy balls. Woo hoo! Love the trade basket! Gave away a bag of clothes to one of my IP buddies, a close friend of mine who started when I did (as did her husband), but she started about 50 pounds up from me. So, she has been able to get some benefit out of my changing size as she has "inherited" my entire wardrobe practically!

Sorry to hear of your injury Rainbow! You ladies be careful!!!

evepet
03-26-2013, 03:22 PM
checking in with my lovely ladies....
missed the gym last week due to a fall from a tire swing!!
went last weekend to visit my kids...and was coerced to jump on the tire swing and give it a whirl...and my son pushed me higher than the roof edge...the "double rope" which was nylon!!!.....twisted and my hands slipped and down i tumbled...
luckily nothing was broken and i soon realized that i cannot simply keep up with the big dogs!!! ooh young mind how you've deceived me!!
i have bruises the size of texas!!
hope to get back to the gym tomorrow
otherwise, all is well and i am plugging along...1.2 lbs UP this week in maintenance.

much love ladies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
teena...love the new photo!!! with the hat!!
evepet...LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog and recipes!!!

Thx Susan! Good to *see* you here. Sorry to hear about your 'spill'... hope you're recovered soon and able to get back to the gym. :hug:

Good to hear from you, BUT very sorry to hear about your mishap. I know, it's hard to accept we can't do all those things any more. I have to keep reminding myself that.

We miss your wonderful posts. :hug::hug:

Molly

Hi Molly! :)

Halfagain
03-26-2013, 11:42 PM
Great to read the posts today. Rainbow, I hope you feel better soon. Ouch! Hmmm, if I was to guess who was swinging from tire swings from our group, I would have guessed you :hug:

Our local fruit/veggie market is open for the summer :carrot:. DH and I went to check it out and got all sorts of wonderful fresh veggies. So fun to go find all the good stuff to stock up on. I bought lots of rhubarb and kale, but with everything else we bought there (and a ham for Easter) our fridge is full. I cut up the rhubarb and got it in the freezer, and kale is in the oven!

AlisonS
03-28-2013, 08:50 AM
We need a bump here ladies! Nothing really to report. I've been making smoothies out of the puddings lately, just got another shipment of Torani syrups, all is well here.

Last night was my last Master Gardener training session for the year, and one lady I have known since last year suddenly came up to me and said "Alison! Have you lost weight?" I was kind of cracking up, because when you suddenly show up 87 pounds lighter, yes, I think it is safe to say I lost some weight, LOL! This same thing kind of makes me laugh at work. I sit in a building with a lot of the HR reps, and of course they have had all kinds of sensitivity training and so forth. So, when I see someone I haven't seen in awhile, they will say something like, "Oh, you look - really well rested!" Yes, I rested away a bunch of pounds. ; )

Halfagain
03-28-2013, 08:59 PM
We need a bump here ladies! Nothing really to report. I've been making smoothies out of the puddings lately, just got another shipment of Torani syrups, all is well here.

Last night was my last Master Gardener training session for the year, and one lady I have known since last year suddenly came up to me and said "Alison! Have you lost weight?" I was kind of cracking up, because when you suddenly show up 87 pounds lighter, yes, I think it is safe to say I lost some weight, LOL! This same thing kind of makes me laugh at work. I sit in a building with a lot of the HR reps, and of course they have had all kinds of sensitivity training and so forth. So, when I see someone I haven't seen in awhile, they will say something like, "Oh, you look - really well rested!" Yes, I rested away a bunch of pounds. ; )
LOL I love it Alison. Some of the comments are just funny - and trying to be HR correct! Well that just adds a layer :-) I've said a few times at work when someone does me a favor "I love you! in a perfectly HR approved way, of course"

My son's birthday is today. Hooray, he wanted salmon. I threw in a salad and asparagus and it was dinner. I made DH & DS a bowl of fresh fruit this morning. That was really hard to do with all the fresh bite sized pieces right there, but I managed. I won't name the fruit, but no canned/frozen in there. Birthday cake I was able to get a mini one so hopefully it will be gone in quick order. I think fruit is what I miss most in phase 1. It tempted me the most today. Luckily it won't be missed for much longer.

lisa32989
03-28-2013, 09:46 PM
I think fruit is what I miss most in phase 1. It tempted me the most today. Luckily it won't be missed for much longer.
I felt that way and probly will again as favorites come back "in season"
My biggies thru the winter have been cheese, guac and tequila.

I've said over & over I'm having nachos & tequila for my first fun meal :dizzy:

I don't miss any of it enough to really lust after it tho. Thank goodness!

evepet
03-29-2013, 10:32 AM
Great to read the posts today. Rainbow, I hope you feel better soon. Ouch! Hmmm, if I was to guess who was swinging from tire swings from our group, I would have guessed you :hug:

Our local fruit/veggie market is open for the summer :carrot:. DH and I went to check it out and got all sorts of wonderful fresh veggies. So fun to go find all the good stuff to stock up on. I bought lots of rhubarb and kale, but with everything else we bought there (and a ham for Easter) our fridge is full. I cut up the rhubarb and got it in the freezer, and kale is in the oven!

I really have to motivate myself to get in the habit of visiting our city's farmer's market this year. It's outside, so it's a seasonal thing, and it's only a couple of days a week. Something always seems to get in the way of my getting there (including my own lack of organization and a little laziness as it would mean early mornings on those days)... but I agree that it's a great way to get local, fresh produce.

We need a bump here ladies! Nothing really to report. I've been making smoothies out of the puddings lately, just got another shipment of Torani syrups, all is well here.

Last night was my last Master Gardener training session for the year, and one lady I have known since last year suddenly came up to me and said "Alison! Have you lost weight?" I was kind of cracking up, because when you suddenly show up 87 pounds lighter, yes, I think it is safe to say I lost some weight, LOL! This same thing kind of makes me laugh at work. I sit in a building with a lot of the HR reps, and of course they have had all kinds of sensitivity training and so forth. So, when I see someone I haven't seen in awhile, they will say something like, "Oh, you look - really well rested!" Yes, I rested away a bunch of pounds. ; )

I was in HR for many years, and can easily visualize that. LOL. That was some MIRACLE REST weight loss cure you had! :D

LOL I love it Alison. Some of the comments are just funny - and trying to be HR correct! Well that just adds a layer :-) I've said a few times at work when someone does me a favor "I love you! in a perfectly HR approved way, of course"

My son's birthday is today. Hooray, he wanted salmon. I threw in a salad and asparagus and it was dinner. I made DH & DS a bowl of fresh fruit this morning. That was really hard to do with all the fresh bite sized pieces right there, but I managed. I won't name the fruit, but no canned/frozen in there. Birthday cake I was able to get a mini one so hopefully it will be gone in quick order. I think fruit is what I miss most in phase 1. It tempted me the most today. Luckily it won't be missed for much longer.

Fruit was the thing I missed the most on P1. It helped somewhat, using rhubarb from time to time. You'll be able to indulge soon. :hug:

I felt that way and probly will again as favorites come back "in season"
My biggies thru the winter have been cheese, guac and tequila.

I've said over & over I'm having nachos & tequila for my first fun meal :dizzy:

I don't miss any of it enough to really lust after it tho. Thank goodness!

I did miss cheese, but can't say same about guac... and wine would be my substitute for tequila. I've noticed though that I'm not much tempted by wine any more... and I used to be a bit of a wino, so this is a great side benefit. I'm sure it has to do with cleansing my body of sugar for so long.

I'm intending to work some avocado into my regular eating plan soon though, as I do like it. And it will make a great addition to a Maintenance-style low carb/higher fat lunch salad.

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Just thought I'd provide a brief progress report here. I'm now on Day 12 of my Phase 3 and this morning's weigh-in gave me an additional .5lbs lost since I was on the scale earlier this week. So - so far at least - I've not had any lasting glycogen weight re-gain, and have lost about 1.5lbs during P3. Because I suspect I'm slightly intolerant to wheat, I've been using organic oatmeal, oat bran, almond and coconut flour, flaxmeal, etc. as wheat substitutes during P3. I've only used a wheat product in a very limited way, when my breakfast included 1/2 of an english muffin with a beef patty to which I'd added oat bran. I do feel heavier and my tummy definitely feels full after I eat these big breakfasts, but by the start of the next day all seems to be well, and the previous day's 'breakfast bloat' is gone.

Happy Easter to you all - I hope everyone has a safe and happy Easter with family and friends.

joysh
03-29-2013, 10:54 AM
Good morning! It's my first morning of Spring Break!

Haven't posted in about a week. It's been crazy. This year I had a big Passover Seder (again, as always) but this year I cooked and prepared but did not eat any of it, except the OP stuff. No matzah balls for me quite yet.... But everyone else enjoyed.

Today I will go to Houston for a week. My daughter from Syracuse is coming to Houston with her 4 yr old daughter and 3 month old son! We'll all be at my other daughter's house with the 22 month-old twin girls and I will be so happy!!! Really looking forward to this coming week. We'll do Passover and Easter and a special birthday for my daughter and just enjoy being together.

I posted a March photo, but will take some newer ones this week for April!

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter!

I'm plugging along slowly but still plugging nonetheless, just wanted to say hi!

Keep on keeping on!


I've been thinking about summer already. I bought some summer pants and flip flops over the last few days. Odd, because I'm cold so much lately, that I'm buying warm weather clothing. I guess I'm just be optimistic that I'll be too warm in the near future - as well as smaller sized and I'll fit better in those pants.


This winter seems to have dragged on forever! I am SO looking forward to getting some actual spring-like weather!! I think you're just anticipating how cute (and slim) you're going to look in those new summer pants! :)I'm thinking I'm going to look a whole lot better in my summer clothes this year too! :hug:

Spring and summer will be especially fun this year as we'll be able to wear clothes that we feel amazing in!

checking in with my lovely ladies....
missed the gym last week due to a fall from a tire swing!!
went last weekend to visit my kids...and was coerced to jump on the tire swing and give it a whirl..much love ladies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good to hear from you, Rainbow!! Oh dear, on your fall! Heal quickly!!

Good to hear from you, BUT very sorry to hear about your mishap. I know, it's hard to accept we can't do all those things any more. I have to keep reminding myself that.

Hmmm, Molly, I WANT to do all those things.

Hi IPeeps, had my weigh-in today and was down 1.8. I just can't get over how this diet keeps those numbers up even after so long! I always have steak on weigh-in day as a little perk. Gave away a bag of clothes to one of my IP buddies, a close friend of mine who started when I did (as did her husband), but she started about 50 pounds up from me. So, she has been able to get some benefit out of my changing size as she has "inherited" my entire wardrobe practically!

Yes, it's really amazing how we keep losing. I'm on Phase 2 and I'm still losing at the same rate. And I always had salmon and rutabaga for my After Weigh In dinner. Don't you love it how we can reward ourselves but still remain OP?? I remember on WW I used to really binge on the night after my WI. Well, no more!! I feel so much better this way!

I really have to motivate myself to get in the habit of visiting our city's farmer's market this year. I've only used a wheat product in a very limited way, when my breakfast included 1/2 of an english muffin with a beef patty to which I'd added oat bran. I do feel heavier and my tummy definitely feels full after I eat these big breakfasts, but by the start of the next day all seems to be well, and the previous day's 'breakfast bloat' is gone.
Happy Easter to you all - I hope everyone has a safe and happy Easter with family and friends.

I'm really glad to hear about your experience on Phase 3. I'm going to start phase 3 next weekend when I'm back from my Houston trip. I want to be home when I start so I can plan my breakfasts well.

Love to all of you!!! Have a great weekend!!:wave::wave::bunny2::bunny2:

patns
03-29-2013, 12:09 PM
Joysh. your updated pictures continue to be amazing.

Also Molly I just popped in because I have meant to say for awhile I love your latest picture in your profile. You look so trim.

Pat

WingnutandMe
03-29-2013, 03:34 PM
:celebrate::bday2you::bday2::hb::woo::balloons:

Happy birthday rainbow. I know you're out there.

:celebrate::bday2you::gift::balloons::woo::hb::bal loons:

Molly

Bellamack
03-29-2013, 03:47 PM
wow. Molly you look FAB!

Happy Birthday Rainbow :)

WingnutandMe
03-29-2013, 04:58 PM
wow. Molly you look FAB!

Happy Birthday Rainbow :)

Thanks. It proves the program works. Maintenance is going well.

Molly

AlisonS
03-29-2013, 07:19 PM
Hey Molly, love the pics! It is amazing how that truck keeps getting bigger and bigger! ; )

Lisa - I miss cheese as well, not on its own, but as part of a meat and cheese or salad and cheese combo. Or as part of a casserole. I also miss guacamole but I don't miss anything that I used to eat guacamole on. I guess I miss having some kind of bread as my "biggie".

I am a Master Gardener so I will be at Farmer's Markets all summer. There are a lot of things to buy at Farmer's Markets that are OP, but I am hoping that I am nearing phase 2 by the time the tomatoes come in. I'm pretty sure that I will be done by the time squash is out in the fall. I do not miss fruit at all and am actually dreading including it in my diet in phase 3 because I am concerned about the carbs and my diabetes. I would rather have something else. (Unless I can count tomatoes as fruit, then I am fine with it.)

I skipped breakfast by accident this morning. I was meeting friends for 'breakfast' (my plan was to just have coffee) and I did not have time to eat before I went. By the time I came home it was 11am (we talked for 3 hours) and I started cooking lunch. So I kind of missed that meal and am not sure if I should try to fit something more in before bed or not. I think I will just skip it but I am not telling my coach, I am going to write 'crispy cereal' on the log sheet to just avoid the whole discussion. I did take the vitamins, though.

Hope you are all doing well!

Halfagain
03-29-2013, 09:19 PM
I second that comment - Molly you look wonderful and that truck is getting bigger for sure.

H-A-P-P-Y BIRTHDAY RAINBOW!

Delgen
03-30-2013, 01:59 AM
checking in with my lovely ladies....
missed the gym last week due to a fall from a tire swing!!
went last weekend to visit my kids...and was coerced to jump on the tire swing and give it a whirl...and my son pushed me higher than the roof edge...the "double rope" which was nylon!!!.....twisted and my hands slipped and down i tumbled...
luckily nothing was broken and i soon realized that i cannot simply keep up with the big dogs!!! ooh young mind how you've deceived me!!
i have bruises the size of texas!!
hope to get back to the gym tomorrow
otherwise, all is well and i am plugging along...1.2 lbs UP this week in maintenance.

much love ladies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
teena...love the new photo!!! with the hat!!
evepet...LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog and recipes!!!

Rainbow, great to see you! Your pic is so cute. Did you say you are on. P4? :hug::hug::hug:

Halfagain
03-30-2013, 07:08 PM
Hey Molly, love the pics! It is amazing how that truck keeps getting bigger and bigger! ; )

Lisa - I miss cheese as well, not on its own, but as part of a meat and cheese or salad and cheese combo. Or as part of a casserole. I also miss guacamole but I don't miss anything that I used to eat guacamole on. I guess I miss having some kind of bread as my "biggie".

I am a Master Gardener so I will be at Farmer's Markets all summer. There are a lot of things to buy at Farmer's Markets that are OP, but I am hoping that I am nearing phase 2 by the time the tomatoes come in. I'm pretty sure that I will be done by the time squash is out in the fall. I do not miss fruit at all and am actually dreading including it in my diet in phase 3 because I am concerned about the carbs and my diabetes. I would rather have something else. (Unless I can count tomatoes as fruit, then I am fine with it.)

I skipped breakfast by accident this morning. I was meeting friends for 'breakfast' (my plan was to just have coffee) and I did not have time to eat before I went. By the time I came home it was 11am (we talked for 3 hours) and I started cooking lunch. So I kind of missed that meal and am not sure if I should try to fit something more in before bed or not. I think I will just skip it but I am not telling my coach, I am going to write 'crispy cereal' on the log sheet to just avoid the whole discussion. I did take the vitamins, though.

Hope you are all doing well!
Anything Avocado you all can have mine! I have bad reactions to those, and bananas. Sort of like a tequila hangover - I just get the willies thinking about them.

I am not a master gardener, but Mom had us working in her huge garden growing up. I've been container gardening or flowers over the years too. We are looking at Mel Bartholomew's book, "All New Square Foot Gardening" and going to do that this year for veggies. The dirt (we'll have to buy) will be a lot better than our clay/rock combo we have in the back yard. Anyway looking forward to that, along with getting chickens. We are going country here in suburbia.

WingnutandMe
03-30-2013, 08:28 PM
I am not a master gardener, but Mom had us working in her huge garden growing up. I've been container gardening or flowers over the years too. We are looking at Mel Bartholomew's book, "All New Square Foot Gardening" and going to do that this year for veggies. The dirt (we'll have to buy) will be a lot better than our clay/rock combo we have in the back yard. Anyway looking forward to that, along with getting chickens. We are going country here in suburbia.

I am not a master gardener either, but my cousin's wife is and she helps me all of the time with gardening. Thanks for the mention of the square foot gardening book (just ordered it from Amazon). I am planning raised beds up in Michigan and can use the expert's advice on getting them set up correctly and the plants laid out to the best advantage. I'm getting excited about growing some of my own veggies and plant even more rhubarb. :woohoo:

Had a yard sale this weekend. Got rid of some things, but not as much as I would have liked. Stiff and sore tonight after packing it all back up. Guess it will go up to Michigan for our big Memorial Day weekend sale there.

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend and not tempted by all that candy floating around. Remember, in the grand scheme of things, it's not worth indulging.

Molly

Halfagain
03-31-2013, 11:16 AM
I am not a master gardener either, but my cousin's wife is and she helps me all of the time with gardening. Thanks for the mention of the square foot gardening book (just ordered it from Amazon). I am planning raised beds up in Michigan and can use the expert's advice on getting them set up correctly and the plants laid out to the best advantage. I'm getting excited about growing some of my own veggies and plant even more rhubarb. :woohoo:

Had a yard sale this weekend. Got rid of some things, but not as much as I would have liked. Stiff and sore tonight after packing it all back up. Guess it will go up to Michigan for our big Memorial Day weekend sale there.

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend and not tempted by all that candy floating around. Remember, in the grand scheme of things, it's not worth indulging.

Molly
I hear you about gardening excitement, I'm there too! I've told DH time and again that raising our own is not less expensive when it comes to eggs or veggies - but we both feel we get fresher, quality products this way. It's like knitting socks - I can't put a price on my time doing it, the yarn often costs more than a purchased pair of socks would alone. It's the love you put into it.

After all my comments about wearing sleeves this summer, I went to Ross and found a very cute armless top for $10. I figure I'll wear it around home but I just could not resist the red and gray colors together. I need to get a bra that does the Y thing in the back instead of the straps coming over the shoulders the usual way. Darn, more shopping ;) They had some nice sweater or lace arm covers to wear with dresses as well. I suppose I should have picked up one or two. I may have to go back. I've never shopped in a Ross store before. It's sort of laid out like a 2nd hand store (big open floor with lots of racks), except with new stuff. One of a kind things at lower prices. I didn't even look in the Woman's department, just in the Ladies. I enjoyed that a lot.

Halfagain
04-01-2013, 11:21 AM
Based on the "what have you lost" thread listing things that weigh what we've lost - with my scale readings of the weekend, I'm down an "average woman 145 lbs"... glad she's off my back! Friday is the official WI day, but I had to share anyway.

evepet
04-01-2013, 02:07 PM
Hi everyone. Thought I'd pop in and see what's happening here.

Halfagain - love the fact that you've lost the weight of an 'average woman'... come to think of it, once you lose just 2 more lbs you'll have lost me at my current weight. :)

Rainbow - a belated Happy Birthday to you! Hope you had a great one.

Molly & Halfagain - I'm a frustrated gardener... used to have back and front yard gardens when I lived in a town house, and was always buying new plants. Now that I live in a condo, I'm restricted to balcony/container gardening... but it's still fun. Those raised beds sound great though - so many beautiful veggies you'll be growing there. I envy you the fun of planning and gardening... and getting to eat home-grown produce. :)

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I'm officially on Maintenance now, and I had my first fun meal yesterday, with our family Easter Dinner. While I didn't go too overboard, I enjoyed a few extras, but stuck pretty much with a p3-type breakfast and dinner. When I weighed myself this am, I was only up by .5lb so I'm just following the carb/fat separation rules today and having a normal day. I'm sure it's just a bit of water retention.

I had a lot of lovely NSVs this weekend too, as I saw some folks I haven't seen since I was at my pre-diet highest weight around a year ago. One of them didn't recognize me! And even the family members that I spent Christmas with were surprised at how much slimmer I look now, with an additional -10lbs gone.

Hope you all had a lovely Easter, and that today is going well for you.

Cheers for now.

AlisonS
04-02-2013, 10:45 AM
Weighed in today - had a bit of a "whoosh", lost 3.6 which takes me to over 90 pounds lost - new avatar! This was an unexpected whoosh, I weighed myself yesterday and it seemed like I had barely lost anything. I'll take it, though! I had great luck with the trade in basket, I found 7 things I wanted and only had 5 trades with me, but they let me go with that and I will take them the extra two later (maybe tomorrow). My coach is actually giving me some of her old clothes on Friday! Now THAT is a coach! : )

I think I mentioned a while back that I got rid of my dehydrator and my ninja and replaced with a Vitamix. OMG, if you have never used one of those WHAT a GREAT machine! Now I am doing more of the puddings because I think they make better smoothies than the regular drinks, which helps because those puddings are really low carb and have a lot of protein. I have also "invested" in 11 (yes, eleven) flavors of Torani Sugar Free syrups. Yes, I have become a syrup hoarder, LOL! I am having a lot of fun with those mixing the flavors and having my "shake" every night! Last night I made it so thick it was like a frosty from Wendy's. Last night I did the milk chocolate pudding mix with Torani SF Almond Roca, water and ice. YUM!

I hope you are all having a good week! Next week I am in business meetings at CHQ all week, so I will not be able to weigh in for 2 weeks. I kind of like it when that happens because it takes the pressure off wrt losing, because you know in two weeks any kind of water weight will have equalized out.

AlisonS
04-02-2013, 10:50 AM
OH, forgot to mention, while I was at the clinic I was browsing through the IP cookbook (they have one on display.) I was shocked because for some reason, I was under the impression that the recipes in there were more for Phase 3 or maintenance, but they are for Phase 1 and 2! So I bought the cookbook and am going to start cooking my way through it. Maybe I will do one recipe a week because I live alone and all the recipes are like for servings of 4. Or maybe just scale them down. I don't know why I thought the cookbook was for later! Not exactly cheap but after 7 months OP and 90 pounds, I think I deserve some new meal ideas! : )

lisa32989
04-02-2013, 05:01 PM
Based on the "what have you lost" thread listing things that weigh what we've lost - with my scale readings of the weekend, I'm down an "average woman 145 lbs"... glad she's off my back! Friday is the official WI day, but I had to share anyway.

Girl: you have lost my goal weight
Good to know I plan to be average :)

rainbowsmiles
04-03-2013, 11:19 AM
thanks everyone for the birthday wishes!! i had a lovely day.
i am still focusing on working out at the gym...i am up 4 pounds now, since going into maintenance.
i am down 1 inch in my hips, down 1/2 inch in each arm and down 2 inches in my tummy even though i am UP 4 lbs!!
my thighs have not changed at all which are my nemesis!

thats my quick update

much love to you all!!

WingnutandMe
04-03-2013, 03:17 PM
thanks everyone for the birthday wishes!! i had a lovely day.
i am still focusing on working out at the gym...i am up 4 pounds now, since going into maintenance.
i am down 1 inch in my hips, down 1/2 inch in each arm and down 2 inches in my tummy even though i am UP 4 lbs!!
my thighs have not changed at all which are my nemesis!

thats my quick update

much love to you all!!

So good to hear from you. Up 4# has got to be all that muscle you're building at the gym. Wish I had that energy, and time, and a gym within 20 miles.

Miss ya gf :hug:

Molly

Yesmyqueen
04-03-2013, 04:16 PM
Hi everyone, haven't been around much, so busy, and just wanted to pop in and say hi! I have been staying the same, but have had a time staying OP, Easter was enjoyable, now back to business! Any way not going to bury my head in the sand, today is beautiful and I feel great! Wishing everyone a great day! Teena

Halfagain
04-04-2013, 02:10 AM
So nice to see friends popping in here to say "howdy" Good to hear from you Rainbow and Teena too. You have been missed.

Lisa, you will always be the stellar person that you are - even when you are "average" in weight :-) You have faced many challenges along the way, but you are rocking this IP deal and supporting others along the way. I saw your post on another thread - not sure why I'm saying this here - other than I'm writing here - now :hug: Anyway, rock on GF I love your attitude.

Today's unofficial WI has me at Overweight! :carrot: So, tonight when I went to Costco I saw some jeans that caught my eye. They are a soft red color. I bought a pair of size 14's to work my way into. I'm just into 16's now, so 14's are a nice goal that I'm sure I'll make before this is over. I tried them on tonight and they are not quite to the point I can button them (probably could if I laid on the bed - but didn't want to do that with DH watching lol). So there we go again with the red color... my favorite color is green... don't figure.

lisa32989
04-04-2013, 07:34 AM
You're fine talking about my post here. I just didnt cross post or I'd have put it on too many threads!

For those of you who don't read other threads, my doc has put me on a 12 day course of prednisone for my back. Best case scenario this will HELP my back and slow my weight loss. I was SUPER hungry yesterday. Related or just a hungry day? Who knows? I'll def need to keep busy for the next while.

I'm in 16s too, or 14W. I bought summer clothes in 14s and 12s when I found good Thrift prices. We have some higher-end charitable stores in St Louis where I find brands I don't usually splurge on for myself. I got Eddie Bauer and Talbots khakis over the weekend for 5 each! Another spot where I shop I've found brand-new Talbots pants for 15. I may never shop new again! At least I'll be checking those 3 stores regularly.

I bought the khakis but then when I put on my black pants, I realized I should have been looking for a smaller pair of black ones too. I'll be headed back again. There are 3 of these charitable stores, in addition to the numerous thrift shops (I find less there) and then consignment shops, which tend to be more pricey but still a few $$ less than new. Nice to have choices!

AlisonS
04-04-2013, 07:41 AM
Lisa, you are making me itch to go back to the Thrift Store! I was just there this past weekend to buy jeans "ahead". I got 2 size 12s, 2 size 10s, 2 size 8s, a pair of smaller sweatpant-type pants that are size L and a Liz Claiborne knit tank - all for $32.55. I can get into both of the 12s, one of them is too tight to wear out of the house but the other pair - my personal favorites - are OK and ZEBRA STRIPED! Ha ha! Love it! I never would have worn zebra stripes on my butt a year ago, now I can't wait! ; )

evepet
04-04-2013, 09:30 AM
Hi everyone! Thought I'd pop in and say hello. :) Nothing in particular to report... just doing my thing out here. So far so good with Maintenance - scale is staying within a lb of where I was when I started maintenance, so that's ok with me. Now that I'm off of P3, I find I don't want to start the day with such a big breakfast and often just have a smoothie. I know I have to have breakfast, but I've never been a hugh breakfast eater so those P3 breakfasts seemed gigantic to me. :) Although I don't mind having a more complete breakfast on the weekend, when I can be more leisurely about preparing it.

Congrats to all of you who've found great deals recently at the thrift stores, etc. ITA with you that there are some major finds to be had there. I'm going to keep checking there too, even now that I'm at my final weight. Thankfully, I'd kept most of my 'skinny' summer clothes, so I should be all set. I even fit into a pair of black cotton slacks that I somehow fell in love with years ago, but which were always a tad too tight and so only worn once... they have black embroidery all over them - cute. And they now fit perfectly, with no strain through the tummy or seat.

Hope you are all having a good day. Keep the faith - keep on truckin'! :carrot:

Halfagain
04-04-2013, 09:46 AM
You're fine talking about my post here. I just didn't cross post or I'd have put it on too many threads!

For those of you who don't read other threads, my doc has put me on a 12 day course of prednisone for my back. Best case scenario this will HELP my back and slow my weight loss. I was SUPER hungry yesterday. Related or just a hungry day? Who knows? I'll def need to keep busy for the next while.

I'm in 16s too, or 14W. I bought summer clothes in 14s and 12s when I found good Thrift prices. We have some higher-end charitable stores in St Louis where I find brands I don't usually splurge on for myself. I got Eddie Bauer and Talbots khakis over the weekend for 5 each! Another spot where I shop I've found brand-new Talbots pants for 15. I may never shop new again! At least I'll be checking those 3 stores regularly.

I bought the khakis but then when I put on my black pants, I realized I should have been looking for a smaller pair of black ones too. I'll be headed back again. There are 3 of these charitable stores, in addition to the numerous thrift shops (I find less there) and then consignment shops, which tend to be more pricey but still a few $$ less than new. Nice to have choices!

I so agree on the Thrift store finds. I wish I had one closer to me. The $16 I spent for new jeans could have got me at least three pair at the thrift store I'm sure. The new ones were a pure instant gratification in celebration of the overweight mark. LOL - at least it wasn't a food frenzy celebration, so I'll go with it. I don't remember ever having red jeans before. I hope I don't feel like a red barn wearing them. I kept the receipt and the tags are on them. We'll see. (the before red shirt picture definitely reminds me of a barn) At least my brothers old tormenting comment, from my childhood, about my rear being 2 axe handles wide, has me thinking just 1 instead of 2 these days. I definitely will need some head adjustment time after all this. A great counter to those words was my DH's recent comment about my WL.... he said, "just don't loose too much off your rear..." hahaha... Love that man.

I hope today is much better for you with the hunger.

Halfagain
04-04-2013, 10:23 AM
Lisa, you are making me itch to go back to the Thrift Store! I was just there this past weekend to buy jeans "ahead". I got 2 size 12s, 2 size 10s, 2 size 8s, a pair of smaller sweatpant-type pants that are size L and a Liz Claiborne knit tank - all for $32.55. I can get into both of the 12s, one of them is too tight to wear out of the house but the other pair - my personal favorites - are OK and ZEBRA STRIPED! Ha ha! Love it! I never would have worn zebra stripes on my butt a year ago, now I can't wait! ; )
LOL I want a photo! :-) that sounds like fun with the Zebra stripes. Nice size variety too that you picked up. I'm starting to hold up on buying smaller than 14's, thinking I'll be in maintenance before I hit 12's. We shall see where I decide to stop - but I think it will tie in with either much slower losses or around the one year mark of when I started IP - maybe a month or two longer than that if losses are going well still.

Hi everyone! Thought I'd pop in and say hello. :) Nothing in particular to report... just doing my thing out here. So far so good with Maintenance - scale is staying within a lb of where I was when I started maintenance, so that's ok with me. Now that I'm off of P3, I find I don't want to start the day with such a big breakfast and often just have a smoothie. I know I have to have breakfast, but I've never been a hugh breakfast eater so those P3 breakfasts seemed gigantic to me. :) Although I don't mind having a more complete breakfast on the weekend, when I can be more leisurely about preparing it.

Congrats to all of you who've found great deals recently at the thrift stores, etc. ITA with you that there are some major finds to be had there. I'm going to keep checking there too, even now that I'm at my final weight. Thankfully, I'd kept most of my 'skinny' summer clothes, so I should be all set. I even fit into a pair of black cotton slacks that I somehow fell in love with years ago, but which were always a tad too tight and so only worn once... they have black embroidery all over them - cute. And they now fit perfectly, with no strain through the tummy or seat.

Hope you are all having a good day. Keep the faith - keep in truckin'! :carrot:
Evepet, so good to hear from you and that you are doing well. I'm a bit nervous about prep time for phase 3 breakfasts, as I usually hit the ground running in the mornings and will have a time fixing breakfast on those crazy mornings. I'll have to look up some of the make ahead things Liz had posted I suppose. The sound of greek yogurt with granola sounds doable - but it also sounds like that's not all we're talking about to eat... I have a lot of learning to do.. lucky I have lots of time :-)

65X65
04-04-2013, 03:20 PM
Don'cha love it when you can say ..
...."Well THIS piece goes in the goodwill bag"? :carrot::carrot::carrot:

If spring ever comes to this part of the world...(they say maybe next week...)..I have very little to wear. Did buy a pair of ankle length pants last week.......( They fit me like regular because I'm so short...) ...and treated myself to a lands end short sleeve crew neck top to match it...It's the only thing that fits now...and I realize that I shouldn't wear ANY of my old clothes now. It's time for a shopping day...resale shops and a few nice pieces...I'm not going to wear any of the old baggy stuff any more. Done..finished. My closet is just empty hangers ...and shoes now!

WingnutandMe
04-04-2013, 04:02 PM
LOL I want a photo! :-) that sounds like fun with the Zebra stripes. Nice size variety too that you picked up. I'm starting to hold up on buying smaller than 14's, thinking I'll be in maintenance before I hit 12's. We shall see where I decide to stop - but I think it will tie in with either much slower losses or around the one year mark of when I started IP - maybe a month or two longer than that if losses are going well still.


Evepet, so good to hear from you and that you are doing well. I'm a bit nervous about prep time for phase 3 breakfasts, as I usually hit the ground running in the mornings and will have a time fixing breakfast on those crazy mornings. I'll have to look up some of the make ahead things Liz had posted I suppose. The sound of greek yogurt with granola sounds doable - but it also sounds like that's not all we're talking about to eat... I have a lot of learning to do.. lucky I have lots of time :-)

The Phase 3 breakfasts seem overwhelming at first, but they're really not that bad. I do remember Liz making a lot the night before, so that would help with those rush mornings (I remember those when I was working).

One thing I do for when I will not have the time to fix something or am going away is take a quart container and put in my yogurt, then the berries, and then sprinkle the granola on top. I don't stir it until I'm going to eat it. It trasnports well and even works to make the day before and transport with me like when staying overnight to traveling. Another quickie is make the breakfast cookies and I add a protein pack (I use the Proti-Snax Chocolate Chip Sweet Roll) to add the protein that could be added with something like a morningstar breakfast link or turkey sauage, all that don't transport well. I love the yogurt and berries and granola.


Don'cha love it when you can say ..
...."Well THIS piece goes in the goodwill bag"? :carrot::carrot::carrot:

If spring ever comes to this part of the world...(they say maybe next week...)..I have very little to wear. Did buy a pair of ankle length pants last week.......( They fit me like regular because I'm so short...) ...and treated myself to a lands end short sleeve crew neck top to match it...It's the only thing that fits now...and I realize that I shouldn't wear ANY of my old clothes now. It's time for a shopping day...resale shops and a few nice pieces...I'm not going to wear any of the old baggy stuff any more. Done..finished. My closet is just empty hangers ...and shoes now!

I laughed when I read this as I did my weekly thrift store shopping this morning and found 4 summer shirts and decided to take all the shirts out of the closet that are larger than large. It was two large trash bags full. I know I have to quit wearing stuff that is too large, it's still hard to get rid of all of your clothes, so I know how it is replacing your whole closet.

I have always bought my clothes at yard sales or thrift stores. I bet I could count all my regular priced clothes on one hand. I guess that just fits into my "thrill of the hunt" shopping I got addicted to with my antiques and "junque" business.

Like evepet, I have very little to report. Hanging in there with maintenance. Have hovered right within a pound or so of the 2+ pounds I lost on P3. I do eat a totally new way than ever before in my life, but like on P1, I do not feel deprived of anything, especially now that I can have fruit.

Have a good day, all.
Molly

65X65
04-04-2013, 04:32 PM
Molly and the rest...your journeys are the thing that keeps those of us relatively new to this process "on the mark"... You're the living prof that keeping on with the plan will get the rest of us to the end point! Too bad we're scattered all over the place or we could have a heck of a "trade show"...and then a GIGUNDA yard sale with what is left over!

joysh
04-05-2013, 09:42 AM
Rainbow, Happy belated birthday!! Glad to hear from you!

Today's unofficial WI has me at Overweight! :carrot: So, tonight when I went to Costco I saw some jeans that caught my eye. They are a soft red color. I bought a pair of size 14's to work my way into. I'm just into 16's now, so 14's are a nice goal that I'm sure I'll make before this is over. .

Halfagain and Teena, your profile pictures are awesome!!! You look great!

Molly, yes, thrift stores are great!! I shopped at thrift stores, Marshalls, and Ross (here in Texas and LA) for great deals while on my weight loss journey.

I'm still in Houston visiting with the fam. My daughter from Syracuse was here for a week with her two kids (4 year old girl and 3 month old boy) visiting my daughter here in Houston with the twin girls (21 months). It was heavenly!! They NY folks left yesterday but I'm staying a couple of days longer to help with the twins. I was planning to begin phase 3 tomorrow, but I might wait until I get home to begin. I'll shop a little here at Whole Foods before I drive back to LA, though, to get ready for those phase 3 breakfasts next week. I'm a little nervous to say goodbye to ketosis, but it's time. :wave:

So...shopping!!! Yesterday I went to a pricey little boutique to spend some of my gift card! In November my daughter bought me a dress (form-fitting red sweater dress) but I didn't take the tag off because I knew it would be large soon. I returned it and got a store credit. Added to that a Christmas gift card and I held on to those until I reached goal!! Yesterday I bought some awesome jeans at that store size 6 (!!!!!!!!!!:o) and a few tops, using that card! I have a bit left on the card for next time, but I'm staying around this weight so these will be with me. These are also a real incentive to maintain this weight!

Today I'll make the rounds and buy a few more pieces. Then when I get home I'll empty out more too-big stuff from my closets. I've already given away 4 big lawn bags filled with too-large clothes. Ready for the next purge. It feels great!! And it's another incentive to maintain.

Have a great day, everyone!

evepet
04-05-2013, 09:49 AM
Rainbow, Happy belated birthday!! Glad to hear from you!



Halfagain and Teena, your profile pictures are awesome!!! You look great!

Molly, yes, thrift stores are great!! I shopped at thrift stores, Marshalls, and Ross (here in Texas and LA) for great deals while on my weight loss journey.

I'm still in Houston visiting with the fam. My daughter from Syracuse was here for a week with her two kids (4 year old girl and 3 month old boy) visiting my daughter here in Houston with the twin girls (21 months). It was heavenly!! They NY folks left yesterday but I'm staying a couple of days longer to help with the twins. I was planning to begin phase 3 tomorrow, but I might wait until I get home to begin. I'll shop a little here at Whole Foods before I drive back to LA, though, to get ready for those phase 3 breakfasts next week. I'm a little nervous to say goodbye to ketosis, but it's time. :wave:

So...shopping!!! Yesterday I went to a pricey little boutique to spend some of my gift card! In November my daughter bought me a dress (form-fitting red sweater dress) but I didn't take the tag off because I knew it would be large soon. I returned it and got a store credit. Added to that a Christmas gift card and I held on to those until I reached goal!! Yesterday I bought some awesome jeans at that store size 6 (!!!!!!!!!!:o) and a few tops, using that card! I have a bit left on the card for next time, but I'm staying around this weight so these will be with me. These are also a real incentive to maintain this weight!

Today I'll make the rounds and buy a few more pieces. Then when I get home I'll empty out more too-big stuff from my closets. I've already given away 4 big lawn bags filled with too-large clothes. Ready for the next purge. It feels great!! And it's another incentive to maintain.

Have a great day, everyone!

Good to see you Joysh! Sounds like a fabulous gift-card shopping trip. And it's so nice that you get to spend that time with your daughters and their children. I know from your past posts too, how much you enjoy that. :hug:

Halfagain
04-05-2013, 11:17 AM
The Phase 3 breakfasts seem overwhelming at first, but they're really not that bad. I do remember Liz making a lot the night before, so that would help with those rush mornings (I remember those when I was working).

One thing I do for when I will not have the time to fix something or am going away is take a quart container and put in my yogurt, then the berries, and then sprinkle the granola on top. I don't stir it until I'm going to eat it. It transports well and even works to make the day before and transport with me like when staying overnight to traveling. Another quickie is make the breakfast cookies and I add a protein pack (I use the Proti-Snax Chocolate Chip Sweet Roll) to add the protein that could be added with something like a morningstar breakfast link or turkey sausage, all that don't transport well. I love the yogurt and berries and granola.

Like evepet, I have very little to report. Hanging in there with maintenance. Have hovered right within a pound or so of the 2+ pounds I lost on P3. I do eat a totally new way than ever before in my life, but like on P1, I do not feel deprived of anything, especially now that I can have fruit.
Molly, I so appreciate the insight you and others are sharing on transition and just hearing that maintenance can be done without too much fuss/pain. Sounds like I just need to pay attention! I have been lurking on the maintenance threads, but as people settle into maintenance they are quieter. It's always nice to hear from you. I love the ideas you shared.

Molly and the rest...your journeys are the thing that keeps those of us relatively new to this process "on the mark"... You're the living prof that keeping on with the plan will get the rest of us to the end point! Too bad we're scattered all over the place or we could have a heck of a "trade show"...and then a GIGUNDA yard sale with what is left over! Ahh 65x65 you are so right. I've learned that whatever stage we are in this journey, helping others helps us all sharpen our focus on where we are or how we got here. Our journey is individual but having others on the same hike make the trip so much better to avoid pitfalls or find better ways to get to the goal. LOL I got to thinking about the hikes at Mt. Rainier and how everyone does a nod, smile, and a hello on the trail.

Rainbow, Happy belated birthday!! Glad to hear from you!
Halfagain and Teena, your profile pictures are awesome!!! You look great!
Molly, yes, thrift stores are great!! I shopped at thrift stores, Marshalls, and Ross (here in Texas and LA) for great deals while on my weight loss journey.

I'm still in Houston visiting with the fam. My daughter from Syracuse was here for a week with her two kids (4 year old girl and 3 month old boy) visiting my daughter here in Houston with the twin girls (21 months). It was heavenly!! They NY folks left yesterday but I'm staying a couple of days longer to help with the twins. I was planning to begin phase 3 tomorrow, but I might wait until I get home to begin. I'll shop a little here at Whole Foods before I drive back to LA, though, to get ready for those phase 3 breakfasts next week. I'm a little nervous to say goodbye to ketosis, but it's time. :wave:

So...shopping!!! Yesterday I went to a pricey little boutique to spend some of my gift card! In November my daughter bought me a dress (form-fitting red sweater dress) but I didn't take the tag off because I knew it would be large soon. I returned it and got a store credit. Added to that a Christmas gift card and I held on to those until I reached goal!! Yesterday I bought some awesome jeans at that store size 6 (!!!!!!!!!!:o) and a few tops, using that card! I have a bit left on the card for next time, but I'm staying around this weight so these will be with me. These are also a real incentive to maintain this weight!

Today I'll make the rounds and buy a few more pieces. Then when I get home I'll empty out more too-big stuff from my closets. I've already given away 4 big lawn bags filled with too-large clothes. Ready for the next purge. It feels great!! And it's another incentive to maintain.

Have a great day, everyone!

Size 6, congratulations!and with store credit too! Bonus! I is so nice to hear from you. Glad you are having a great time shopping. Do drop some updates on how P3 is going when you start in.

Oops work is starting, I have to get going.... I'm officially overweight now with today's WI. Had a great week.

Hope everyone is doing well. So nice to hear from all of you.
Barb

majofki
04-05-2013, 03:10 PM
Hi - I'm Marilyn in Houston - considering starting the IP diet. My good friend, Joysh,has done so well, and I'm SO impressed. :):):goodvibes

evepet
04-05-2013, 03:55 PM
Hi - I'm Marilyn in Houston - considering starting the IP diet. My good friend, Joysh,has done so well, and I'm SO impressed. :):):goodvibes

Welcome mjking2! Joysh has done wonderfully well - you've got a great mentor there! Welcome aboard.

WingnutandMe
04-06-2013, 08:41 AM
Good morning, Fabulous 50+. I found us on page 2. Shame on us.

Off to a car show. Drum roll. DH has TWO cars drivable. Both are yellow wagons. I'll take some pictures at the show and post them.

Went to a yard sale this morning and found an old plaid 50's picnic basket. I always pack our lunch for the shows and this will be so appropriate since one of the cars is a 1961.

Time to chop some ham and make a low carb wrap for lunch. Take some veggies and I'm all set. Better than the burgers or hot dogs they sell there.

Have a GREAT Saturday.
Molly

Halfagain
04-06-2013, 08:49 AM
Hi - I'm Marilyn in Houston - considering starting the IP diet. My good friend, Joysh,has done so well, and I'm SO impressed. :):):goodvibes
Welcome! Nice to have you.
PS - I'm impessed with Joysh too :-)

Good morning, Fabulous 50+. I found us on page 2. Shame on us.

Off to a car show. Drum roll. DH has TWO cars drivable. Both are yellow wagons. I'll take some pictures at the show and post them.

Went to a yard sale this morning and found an old plaid 50's picnic basket. I always pack our lunch for the shows and this will be so appropriate since one of the cars is a 1961.

Time to chop some ham and make a low carb wrap for lunch. Take some veggies and I'm all set. Better than the burgers or hot dogs they sell there.

Have a GREAT Saturday.
Molly
Thanks for saving us from page 2 Molly. I love the sound of your pic-a-nic basket. (lol brought Yogi bear to mind) Enjoy your show. WOW 2 cars ready to rumble.... hooray for DH! LOL i'm a 1961 model myself, I think I love that car. My first car was a '61 Comet... it's a great year.

WingnutandMe
04-06-2013, 04:37 PM
Back from the car show. Absolutely beautiful day, upper70s and sunny. The only bad thing is the pine pollen is in full force right now. Yellow all over everything. Fortunately, our cars are yellow. Unfortunately, I wear hard contacts and spend all day with it being like I was in a dust storm.

Didn't win anything, not even a door prize. Oh well, it's fun to be out and see everyone's cars. Here are some pictures. I have one with the plaid 50's picnic basket. It's the perfect size to fit Chris' smaller cooler in.

Our chopped ham wraps were so much healthier than all those people eating hotdogs and hamburgers.

Have a great rest of the weekend.

Molly

Halfagain
04-06-2013, 07:27 PM
Back from the car show. Absolutely beautiful day, upper70s and sunny. The only bad thing is the pine pollen is in full force right now. Yellow all over everything. Fortunately, our cars are yellow. Unfortunately, I wear hard contacts and spend all day with it being like I was in a dust storm.

Didn't win anything, not even a door prize. Oh well, it's fun to be out and see everyone's cars. Here are some pictures. I have one with the plaid 50's picnic basket. It's the perfect size to fit Chris' smaller cooler in.

Our chopped ham wraps were so much healthier than all those people eating hotdogs and hamburgers.

Have a great rest of the weekend.

Molly
Nice looking cars Molly. Sorry for all the pollen floating around. It's starting up here pretty good too. I gave up on contacts a long time ago.

I went grocery shopping this morning. Temptation has been trying to draw me into making odd choices. It's stronger than I've had to deal with for a long time on IP. I wonder if it's because my subconscious is wanting a reward, or letting it's guard down since I'm feeling better about my size. It could be hormones I suppose. Regardless, I'm still winning the fight but I hate having to mentally fight temptation over junky foods that I was drawn to today. Heck I don't I even like some of the things that were a draw. Stupid temptation. Wish I could wear a garlic necklace or something to ward off evil. Avocados... I need to think of those yucky things whenever that pang of temptation/urge to taste things pops up.

Made a pot of vegetable, chicken soup this afternoon. It was really early to eat my evening protein, but after the store experience I figured I'd better not be real hungry before going to Costo here in a little while, while they have sample Saturday going on. I've made my list of what we need - get in, get out. That's the plan.

lisa32989
04-06-2013, 07:52 PM
I've caught myself "window shopping" too...just looking at things I'm not eating/drinking. Living vicariously? Not sure but I like the garlic idea to ward off the "evil". For me it would be tomatoes I'd think of. Never have liked them (can have some IN things like chili). If I tried thinking of avacadoes, it would just get worse!

maezy1
04-07-2013, 12:52 PM
Hi All! Having fun catching up with all of your joys and pains throughout the past few months. I have been under tremendous stress yet again. God must really think I'm a strong person. Ive stayed IP throughout and today I am 20 lbs from normal range. Not stopping there though. I want to lose 35 more. It sounds like such a low number compared to where I have been. I "bit the bullet" and went to try on bathing suits. Since my figure is now a reverse weeble wobble, I will have to buy tops and bottoms separately. When did my bootie fit in a size Medium???? I just stood there staring in disbelief. Dealing with the loose skin as well but a friend of mine has had some of hers tighten up as she built muscle and after 6 months of being off the plan. In the mean time longer shorts are working well.

WingnutandMe
04-07-2013, 02:03 PM
Hi All! Having fun catching up with all of your joys and pains throughout the past few months. I have been under tremendous stress yet again. God must really think I'm a strong person. Ive stayed IP throughout and today I am 20 lbs from normal range. Not stopping there though. I want to lose 35 more. It sounds like such a low number compared to where I have been. I "bit the bullet" and went to try on bathing suits. Since my figure is now a reverse weeble wobble, I will have to buy tops and bottoms separately. When did my bootie fit in a size Medium???? I just stood there staring in disbelief. Dealing with the loose skin as well but a friend of mine has had some of hers tighten up as she built muscle and after 6 months of being off the plan. In the mean time longer shorts are working well.

Good to hear from you and all your positives. No matter what, remember that God will NEVER give you more than you can handle. We may think it's too much, but he knows there's a bit more left in there. :hug:

I have thought about a bathing suit as we have a hot tub up at our place in Michigan and the suit up there is about 6 sizes too big. I will need something if we have company, but I just hate the prices they want to suits, especially in the spring.

Just finished one of my favorite lunches, eggplant pizzas. Sure satisfies the pizza craving without that carb-laden crust. You can find replacements for good tasting "bad" things.

It's a beautiful day today, sun, mid 70s. Too bad all my work to do is in the house.

Everyone keep on track.
Molly

maezy1
04-07-2013, 08:04 PM
Thz Molly, Appreciate the support. Yes, God is good and I just have to wait and see what the next step will be. Just gotta let go and let God.

Bathing suits - try Target and Walmart for cheaper ones. I got a good laugh and boost trying on my old bathing suits. One actually fell off!

Wow eggplant pizza sounds amazing! I feel like I will never be in maintenance! Your pic looks AMAZING!

WingnutandMe
04-07-2013, 08:46 PM
Thz Molly, Appreciate the support. Yes, God is good and I just have to wait and see what the next step will be. Just gotta let go and let God.

Bathing suits - try Target and Walmart for cheaper ones. I got a good laugh and boost trying on my old bathing suits. One actually fell off!

Wow eggplant pizza sounds amazing! I feel like I will never be in maintenance! Your pic looks AMAZING!

Thanks for the shopping tip. I don't do much except yard sales and thrift stores.

I know exactly those feelings "I feel like I will never be in maintenance." I felt the same way especially when I passed one year on P1 and still had more to lose. I even cleaned my panty of things I have to go buy again now. My mind couldn't fathom being able to eat maintenance things. But, you will make it and it is nice.

Molly

WingnutandMe
04-08-2013, 12:28 PM
Am I the only one posting? Found us on page 2 again.

I found something we all need to take to heart and practice. We can be far too hard on ourselves.

Molly

lisa32989
04-08-2013, 12:39 PM
Hi Molly!
I'm here!
I just did a search for the list of homemade salad dressings (I think it was you who posted) but can't find
Can you direct me?

Have a great day everyone!

greeniris
04-08-2013, 01:25 PM
Am I the only one posting? Found us on page 2 again.

I found something we all need to take to heart and practice. We can be far too hard on ourselves.

Molly

Thanks for posting this Molly! I like it :D

Hi everyone...it has been a long time since I've posted on this thread. Glad to see everyone is doing well. Maintenance is not going well for me, and it's my own darn fault. I'm up nearly 15 lbs from when I phased off in December, and feeling pretty depressed about it. As I posted on the maintainers thread I was embarrassed to admit to my perceived failure, and it kept me from posting...Now I'm trying to come to terms with it and change things around. Going to my clinic tomorrow, but am not going back on packets, IP or alternatives (financially, just can't do it now), so not sure how the coach will handle that bit of news.

I've come to realize that it isn't just chocolate that is my downfall (though it is a biggie), but other carbs as well. This really surprised me! I need to identify which specifically cause cravings, and figure out how to go from there. I've gotten some great ideas on the other thread, but knew some of you were wondering where I'd disappeared to, and why. As they say on the maintainers thread..."Maintenance is a journey full of ups/downs." IP has taught us what to do to get rid of the 'up lbs' when we need to...it is all part of maintenance! A big lesson I've learned is it is important to realize that reaching goal isn't the end of the journey, and we can't go back to eating the way we did before, even on our 'free days', at least for me. We'll all have to find our way by trial & error.

Sorry this is an 'all about me' post. Really struggled with how much to share...But I KNOW this is doable, and I'm ready to get back at it! Have a great Monday afternoon!

cbl70
04-08-2013, 02:49 PM
Hi greeniris!
Good to see you back on the boards. Please don't be embarrassed. We are all human and maintenance is a journey.

I find I have many of the same issues with chocolate and carbs that you do.
I have a history of "falling off the wagon" when it comes to these particular foods. Except for a major binge on chocolcate easter eggs, so far I've successfully limited these items and the associated cravings. But I try and keep them out of the house because I know they are my downfall.

We all need to figure out how to personally deal with these issues. You are already half way there because you have identified these foods as problem foods for you. On to the second half .... to determine your own way of dealing with them. Good Luck!

evepet
04-08-2013, 03:05 PM
Hi everyone!

cbl &greeniris - I have issues with some food groups too. I've already found out the hard way that it just doesn't work for me to buy anything 'treatish' that comes with more than one portion. You'd think I could just have one serving and put the rest away for another day... but they seem to 'beckon' to me to come and 'eat another'. Even healthy things like those Kashi granola bars! I feel like a wimp admitting this - but I either have to admit and accept that I'm probably going to eat 2-3 in a sitting, and just accept it - or leave the box in the grocery store.

One of my pre-diet weaknesses was ice cream. I've discovered an alternative that is healthier, and more acceptable nutrition-wise. I take frozen fruit, protein powder, light coconut milk, a bit of xanthan gum, flavorings and almond milk and mix up a really thick smoothie. Then put it in my Ninja with ice cubes. The result is a tasty concoction that satisfies my ice cream craving, and while it's a bit high in fat, it 'good fat' since it's from coconut & almond milk... and also has a healthy dose of protein. I think this is going to be how I move forward - enjoying an occasional treat, but more routinely using a healthier alternative to satisfy the craving.

Wingnut - I love that little capture photo & saying that you posted. Actually clipped it and saved it in my picture file, so I can print if off and look at it daily. I totally believe in the sentiment it expresses. I actually have a similiar saying, hand written and posted on a mirror. I read it everyday while I stare at myself in the eyes in the mirror. Nothing like self affirmations. They are good for the soul.

A normal day here at Chez Evepet. Just 'life as normal'.

Hope you are all having a good Monday. Cheers for now.

WingnutandMe
04-08-2013, 03:29 PM
Hi Molly!
I'm here!
I just did a search for the list of homemade salad dressings (I think it was you who posted) but can't find
Can you direct me?

Have a great day everyone!

Hmmm. I may be considered a queen of recipes (I have a lot and also maintain Rainbow's), but I do not have salad dressing recipes. I just happen to love oil and vinegar and never collected any recipes for salad dressings. I am also a queen of searches (especially for cars and car parts), but here is what I found on 3FC. Hope one of these is what you want.
Molly

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/271251-salad-dressing-alternatives.html

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/255338-salad-dressing-ingrediants.html

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/229622-salad-dressing-ideas.html

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/271339-home-made-salad-dressing-ideas.html

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/263436-delicious-salad-dressing.html

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/244848-wanted-salad-dressing-suggestions.html

majofki
04-08-2013, 04:27 PM
Welcome mjking2! Joysh has done wonderfully well - you've got a great mentor there! Welcome aboard.

Hi evepet! Good to met you. I checked out your website, and like the looks of those recipies. Looking forward to exploring them when I get to the level where I can!

majofki
04-08-2013, 04:54 PM
Hi Joysh, evepet, halfagain -

I really appreciate your support!! Am online, but not really in the program yet, just hanging around at the doorway. Have to get a few things straight.

On Weds, I have my first appointment with a doctor who specializes in sleep apnea, and will be getting set up for an overnight sleep study test. I only sleep 4 - 5 usually, 6 once in a blue moon, and that's with herbal supplements or melatonin. There are various things to consider as we all know. Would like to start working on them. All sorts of studies link obesity and sleep apnea, and that's triggered my desire to investigate this.

But I still want to lose several pounds before I go to NYC in July, and hit the streets! I will have to re-modify my diet - be a little less strict - before I get there, where we'll be renting a room somewhere with no kitchen. Our son lives 4 flights up a spiral staircase, in a tiny place with a room mate, so we'll just visit now and then. So my diet may have to be a bit modified until I get back to where I can cook and supplement the packets on a more regular basis. I will be strict as a I can, tho. Am currently at 200 lbs, and 5' 2".

I want you all to know that I appreciate you, and am open to advice. Have you seen or experienced sleep levels improve as people lose significant weight?

Marilyn

WingnutandMe
04-08-2013, 05:33 PM
Hi Joysh, evepet, halfagain -

I really appreciate your support!! Am online, but not really in the program yet, just hanging around at the doorway. Have to get a few things straight.

On Weds, I have my first appointment with a doctor who specializes in sleep apnea, and will be getting set up for an overnight sleep study test. I only sleep 4 - 5 usually, 6 once in a blue moon, and that's with herbal supplements or melatonin. There are various things to consider as we all know. Would like to start working on them. All sorts of studies link obesity and sleep apnea, and that's triggered my desire to investigate this.

But I still want to lose several pounds before I go to NYC in July, and hit the streets! I will have to re-modify my diet - be a little less strict - before I get there, where we'll be renting a room somewhere with no kitchen. Our son lives 4 flights up a spiral staircase, in a tiny place with a room mate, so we'll just visit now and then. So my diet may have to be a bit modified until I get back to where I can cook and supplement the packets on a more regular basis. I will be strict as a I can, tho. Am currently at 200 lbs, and 5' 2".

I want you all to know that I appreciate you, and am open to advice. Have you seen or experienced sleep levels improve as people lose significant weight?

Marilyn

Hi Marilyn and :welcome:

In answer to your sleep improvement question, I can definitely answer this. I probably had sleep apnea when I was at my starting weight. My husband talked about all of my snoring and what he figured was me stopping breathing or acting like choking or hiccups. I would very often even wake myself with my snoring. I didn't sleep well and even after 8 hours was still dead tired. Now, as you can see, I've lost 120 pounds and I no longer snore and I am totally rested and awake after only 6 hours of sleep. It's funny as now I'm retired and could sleep in, but am awake before daylight.

Let me add, don't let a vacation and what you see as hardships be an excuse to stray off program. That's just setting a bad habit pattern. There are all kinds of ways to stay on the program even under the most adverse conditions. It's sounds like you're already doing some planning, but keep serious about it. There have been threads on traveling and all the possibilities. There's also a good one on the cost of cheating. If you're serious about your health and you, you'll find a way. Losing the weight and keeping it off is well worth the cost of doing it.

As you've been doing, ask questions. We're all more than willing to help each other on our journey through this.

Molly

majofki
04-08-2013, 06:57 PM
[QUOTE=WingnutandMe;4698615]Hi Marilyn and :welcome:

Thanks, Molly - I am seriously interested in the threads you referred me to. Will investigate and plan ahead! And I see some recipies on or around your post - they're going to become my main focus in the upcoming months, I can tell.
I am so glad so many people are on this path.Marilyn

majofki
04-08-2013, 07:01 PM
[QUOTE=WingnutandMe;4698615]Hi Marilyn and :welcome:

In answer to your sleep improvement question, I can definitely answer this. I probably had sleep apnea when I was at my starting weight. My husband talked about all of my snoring and what he figured was me stopping breathing or acting like choking or hiccups. I would very often even wake myself with my snoring. I didn't sleep well and even after 8 hours was still dead tired. Now, as you can see, I've lost 120 pounds and I no longer snore and I am totally rested and awake after only 6 hours of sleep. It's funny as now I'm retired and could sleep in, but am awake before daylight.

Molly! That is almost exactly what is going on with me and my husband - he hears me snoring, pushes me but I don't wake up. If I turn over, it diminishes. No choking or hiccups yet. I've seen them - I'm a retired nurse. So. I'll do it!
Marilyn

NinjaNurse
04-08-2013, 07:04 PM
Hey Ladies!!! I always think of my over 50 Sistas, but I always forget to look in here because the pages are daunting and I don't want people think I am forgetting them.

XOOXOXO

WingnutandMe
04-08-2013, 07:54 PM
Thanks, Molly - I am seriously interested in the threads you referred me to. Will investigate and plan ahead! And I see some recipies on or around your post - they're going to become my main focus in the upcoming months, I can tell.
I am so glad so many people are on this path.Marilyn

Check out the recipes up in the first Sticky. Also, here are the links to Rainbow's recipes in PDF files. You'll enjoy them.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwWdTuMO2HWabURKU1JkMkdIMFk/edit?usp=sharing
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwWdTuMO2HWaSTY2TXA5b2VNMGc/edit?usp=sharing

I have quite a collection so if you're looking for something in particular, just ask.

Molly

greeniris
04-09-2013, 12:27 PM
mjking2 - a belated Welcome to 3FC & the Fab 50's from me. You've got a great mentor at hand, and I look forward to seeing your transformation!

I posted this on the maintainers thread earlier...Saw my coach this morning - she is awesome! We had a great talk and she gave me specifics on what I can have for breakfasts and what protein bar I can try for snacks (if I can find them). She understands completely about carb addiction (& binging), and was very understanding, and also reminded me of the basics of P1 protocol (agua, evoo, salt, etc). So I'm going back into ketosis & expect the next few days to be rough, but by the end of the weekend it should all be good again. Hoping a month will do it, but if not, will see it to the end.

Now to change my tracker...:(

WingnutandMe
04-09-2013, 01:18 PM
mjking2 - a belated Welcome to 3FC & the Fab 50's from me. You've got a great mentor at hand, and I look forward to seeing your transformation!

I posted this on the maintainers thread earlier...Saw my coach this morning - she is awesome! We had a great talk and she gave me specifics on what I can have for breakfasts and what protein bar I can try for snacks (if I can find them). She understands completely about carb addiction (& binging), and was very understanding, and also reminded me of the basics of P1 protocol (agua, evoo, salt, etc). So I'm going back into ketosis & expect the next few days to be rough, but by the end of the weekend it should all be good again. Hoping a month will do it, but if not, will see it to the end.

Now to change my tracker...:(

Like I said on the maintenance thread, we're here for you.

Love :hug::hug:

Molly

As for me, I've noticed a few more cravings 5 weeks into maintenance, but then I have a lot of stress right now. Unfortunately, retirement has it's own set of stress items.

Beautiful day here in west central Georgia. Right now, it's 82. I need to find something I have to do outside, but unfortunately, there is more to do inside to get ready for a trip to Michigan.

majofki
04-09-2013, 04:20 PM
OK - I saw an ENT doctor today about sleep problems, and he added his word that obesity definitely does increase - and or cause - difficulty sleeping. Which everyone agrees on. He said I have a "very small" area in the back of my throat. Didn't really explain that, but he set me up for the over night sleep study tests, coming up this Thursday, 4/11, and Sunday 4/14. He said they are "awful", in that you are wired up all night, while trying to sleep, which makes it virtually impossible. Has anyone had a sleep study test like that before?
Marilyn

lisa32989
04-09-2013, 09:17 PM
OK - I saw an ENT doctor today about sleep problems, and he added his word that obesity definitely does increase - and or cause - difficulty sleeping. Which everyone agrees on. He said I have a "very small" area in the back of my throat. Didn't really explain that, but he set me up for the over night sleep study tests, coming up this Thursday, 4/11, and Sunday 4/14. He said they are "awful", in that you are wired up all night, while trying to sleep, which makes it virtually impossible. Has anyone had a sleep study test like that before?

Twice. They are awful. Right after I finally fell asleep, they woke me up! I'm never doing another. Don't have one & plan a regular day the next day. You'll be exhausted.

Halfagain
04-09-2013, 09:41 PM
Twice. They are awful. Right after I finally fell asleep, they woke me up! I'm never doing another. Don't have one & plan a regular day the next day. You'll be exhausted.

Haha - I hear that! They fool you into thinking you're going to sleep during the study, and boom! they are waking you up to change a pressure setting or a mask, etc. I've been through a couple of them.

greeniris
04-10-2013, 02:38 PM
Molly - you're right...retirement does come with it's own set of stresses. And you have a huge move coming up on top of it all.

Ugh - have a horrendous headache. Have had one most days since Easter, probably due to the Easter Lily in my office. Took it out yesterday, but am sure pollen is still lingering, + it is my 2nd day of P1. Just want to lie down and sleep...

Have a great evening!

majofki
04-10-2013, 03:32 PM
Halfagain and lisa32989

Well - I got to get the 1st sleep study over with last night. For me, it wasn't so bad - BUT, I absolutely know that is because I took a Calms Forte (whole tab) plus Alleve before I tried to sleep. They said to go ahead and do that, because they need to see what happens physically, while I sleep - jaw position, breathing, etc.. Still got only 5, but they are about examining the position of the jaw and other physical things -

I was VERY surprised that I slept. Every single person has had the same experienced that you all had!! Hope it helps. Next one 4/14, and I'll try it with 1/2 - 1 mg of Melatonin. Will get feed back in a couple o weeks.
I just didn't want to be in the first stages of the diet and doing this at the same time. Thanks for support!

majofki
04-10-2013, 03:39 PM
Twice. They are awful. Right after I finally fell asleep, they woke me up! I'm never doing another. Don't have one & plan a regular day the next day. You'll be exhausted.

Well - I got the 1st one over with last night, and it was relatively OK -- BUT ONLY because they let me take Calms Forte and Allever before I laid down. There would be no way whatsoever I could sleep without them, especially in that highly wired trap of wires! Next, last one will be 4/14, and I'm going to try it with Melatonin and Alleve. Adding Alleve makes it OK.

Follow up about 2 weeks away. I just want to find out what's happening with the back of my throat - am I in danger of stopping breathing, etc. The ENT doctor said losing weight was very effective in stopping snoring. Have you found that?

Halfagain
04-10-2013, 09:30 PM
Hello Everyone!
Wow I need to stop surfing the other misc threads and stick with those with sensible, good natured folk such as yourselves. Not that I'm getting in trouble out there or causing mischief, but it is so frustrating to read some other thread posts from people who think they have all the answers or come off sounding that way. I'm toying with saying "howdy" to the maintainers group but I am not sure I'm ready to join in there quite yet so I may lurk a bit longer. Those of you posting over there I'm sending the good vibes and cheering you from the sidelines. I can see maintenance is not for wimps. Great thoughts are flowing over there for sure.

My body remembers 208 I'm sure. I was there for a long time in my younger years. So I'll be surprised if my weight drops any this week, even being 100%. Set points can be interesting, we'll see if my body remembers or lets me slide on down the scale this week.

lisa32989
04-10-2013, 09:48 PM
Hello Everyone!
Wow I need to stop surfing the other misc threads and stick with those with sensible, good natured folk such as yourselves. Not that I'm getting in trouble out there or causing mischief, but it is so frustrating to read some other thread posts from people who think they have all the answers or come off sounding that way. I'm toying with saying "howdy" to the maintainers group but I am not sure I'm ready to join in there quite yet so I may lurk a bit longer. Those of you posting over there I'm sending the good vibes and cheering you from the sidelines. I can see maintenance is not for wimps. Great thoughts are flowing over there for sure.

My body remembers 208 I'm sure. I was there for a long time in my younger years. So I'll be surprised if my weight drops any this week, even being 100%. Set points can be interesting, we'll see if my body remembers or lets me slide on down the scale this week.
There is so much ridiculousness I just read and move on. If people would just READ before posting/starting new threads (that are actually duplicates), they'd find their answers or they'd find they are NOT so unique (we all want to be, don't we?)
Sometimes I just want to respond, "seriously???"
See? Best to stay silent.

I noticed your tracker the other day. There used to be a 25-pounder thread. You'd qualify for that!
I'm getting close to a weight I fear may be a set point. I never got under 175 on Atkins. I'm between 180-181 this morning.
We'll get thru these set points.

And I also lurk in maintainers. Never too soon to start learning! I won't post there til goal. Ha! I just remembered I wouldn't post in the 100% thread til I'd been OP about a month. I just didnt trust myself! I really didnt believe I could do this.

Bought some more clothes tonite (new ones!). It still amazes me I'm a 14 or 16 regular now.

joysh
04-10-2013, 10:57 PM
I'm toying with saying "howdy" to the maintainers group but I am not sure I'm ready to join in there quite yet so I may lurk a bit longer. Those of you posting over there I'm sending the good vibes and cheering you from the sidelines. I can see maintenance is not for wimps. Great thoughts are flowing over there for sure.
.

You're almost there, halfagain! See you over there soon!


And I also lurk in maintainers. Never too soon to start learning! I won't post there til goal. Ha! I just remembered I wouldn't post in the 100% thread til I'd been OP about a month. I just didnt trust myself! I really didnt believe I could do this....Bought some more clothes tonite (new ones!). It still amazes me I'm a 14 or 16 regular now.

You too, Lisa! And I hear you about the clothes! I love to try on clothes now!

Shelby1207
04-10-2013, 10:58 PM
can somebody please tell me how do I post a new thread of my own

Halfagain
04-11-2013, 01:23 AM
There is so much ridiculousness I just read and move on. If people would just READ before posting/starting new threads (that are actually duplicates), they'd find their answers or they'd find they are NOT so unique (we all want to be, don't we?)
Sometimes I just want to respond, "seriously???"
See? Best to stay silent.

I noticed your tracker the other day. There used to be a 25-pounder thread. You'd qualify for that!
I'm getting close to a weight I fear may be a set point. I never got under 175 on Atkins. I'm between 180-181 this morning.
We'll get thru these set points.

And I also lurk in maintainers. Never too soon to start learning! I won't post there til goal. Ha! I just remembered I wouldn't post in the 100% thread til I'd been OP about a month. I just didnt trust myself! I really didnt believe I could do this.

Bought some more clothes tonite (new ones!). It still amazes me I'm a 14 or 16 regular now.
Agreed! with the set points and the nonsense out there. Also on the size 14's. I can't believe I can get Ladies size 14 on (okay not comfortable yet - but on). Size 16's are fine to wear - which just blows me away.


can somebody please tell me how do I post a new thread of my own
I have been involved in this IP group since July 2012, and have yet to open a new thread (new, daily, or otherwise). Sorry, I assume there's a post button or something. I just may do it though when I get to Onederland. There's a mini-goal thread in the main 3FC area too, and one for goals, so I may not. Guess we'll see when the time comes (I'll keep you all in suspense bwahahaha).

lisa32989
04-11-2013, 06:16 AM
I have been involved in this IP group since July 2012, and have yet to open a new thread (new, daily, or otherwise). Sorry, I assume there's a post button or something. I just may do it though when I get to Onederland. There's a mini-goal thread in the main 3FC area too, and one for goals, so I may not. Guess we'll see when the time comes (I'll keep you all in suspense bwahahaha).

Agreed! I have been posting on the forum since Aug 2012. I find most new threads unnecessary, especially for newcomers.
Introduce yourself in the daily thread, spend LOTS of time reading (and then read old threads) and you'll find, over time, how many duplicate threads already exist.

bubbleblower
04-11-2013, 07:45 AM
Hi y'all. I've been kind of scarce on the board lately ... Lots of changes and lots of stress on this end, but I've successfully made it through P1 and P2 and am now into P3 and doing well - despite being in the middle of a major move (which will require being apart from DH part of the time until I can retire), dealing with my 91 year old mom with dementia, plus a really difficult situation at work. (I wish they'd offer early retirement and let me walk away from all of the ridiculousness.)

I only went back a few pages but am trying to catch up a bit ...

Back from the car show. Absolutely beautiful day, upper70s and sunny. The only bad thing is the pine pollen is in full force right now. Yellow all over everything. Fortunately, our cars are yellow. Unfortunately, I wear hard contacts and spend all day with it being like I was in a dust storm.

I chuckled when I read this. We used to do car shows all the time and it was always a battle in the spring to keep the pollen off the cars. We did have one yellow car, so that helped although we found the bugs loved to land on that car more than any other! :lol:


I've come to realize that it isn't just chocolate that is my downfall (though it is a biggie), but other carbs as well. This really surprised me! I need to identify which specifically cause cravings, and figure out how to go from there.

This will be my challenge as well. I've done great on P1-3, but I've come to realize there are some things that just cannot be part of my diet in P4. My DH brought home a bag of tortilla chips and a bag of potato chips from the food store yesterday, and I looked at them and said to myself, "Nope, even on maintenance that's going to be a no-go." The one thing that is different for me now is that I've realized that I was only fooling myself when I convinced myself in the past that I could eat those kinds of foods with no effects.

Hi everyone!

cbl &greeniris - I have issues with some food groups too. I've already found out the hard way that it just doesn't work for me to buy anything 'treatish' that comes with more than one portion. You'd think I could just have one serving and put the rest away for another day... but they seem to 'beckon' to me to come and 'eat another'. Even healthy things like those Kashi granola bars! I feel like a wimp admitting this - but I either have to admit and accept that I'm probably going to eat 2-3 in a sitting, and just accept it - or leave the box in the grocery store.

One of my pre-diet weaknesses was ice cream. I've discovered an alternative that is healthier, and more acceptable nutrition-wise. I take frozen fruit, protein powder, light coconut milk, a bit of xanthan gum, flavorings and almond milk and mix up a really thick smoothie. Then put it in my Ninja with ice cubes. The result is a tasty concoction that satisfies my ice cream craving, and while it's a bit high in fat, it 'good fat' since it's from coconut & almond milk... and also has a healthy dose of protein. I think this is going to be how I move forward - enjoying an occasional treat, but more routinely using a healthier alternative to satisfy the craving.

Yep, same here. Thanks for the idea for the ice cream! I definitely have to try that.



Have you seen or experienced sleep levels improve as people lose significant weight?



My DH used to complain about my snoring *all* the time. I feel like I've been sleeping much better lately, so I asked him the other day if my snoring was better. He said he didn't know. Then he added that he guessed it was much better since it hadn't been waking him up. :lol:

Hello Everyone!
Wow I need to stop surfing the other misc threads and stick with those with sensible, good natured folk such as yourselves. Not that I'm getting in trouble out there or causing mischief, but it is so frustrating to read some other thread posts from people who think they have all the answers or come off sounding that way. I'm toying with saying "howdy" to the maintainers group but I am not sure I'm ready to join in there quite yet so I may lurk a bit longer. Those of you posting over there I'm sending the good vibes and cheering you from the sidelines. I can see maintenance is not for wimps. Great thoughts are flowing over there for sure.


Yep, don't know why I bother reading some of the other threads sometimes ... I'm visiting the maintainers thread periodically also and plan to a lot more in the future (as well as being better about checking in here!)

There is so much ridiculousness I just read and move on. If people would just READ before posting/starting new threads (that are actually duplicates), they'd find their answers or they'd find they are NOT so unique (we all want to be, don't we?)
Sometimes I just want to respond, "seriously???"
See? Best to stay silent.


How true. :)

Halfagain
04-12-2013, 12:47 AM
Hi y'all. I've been kind of scarce on the board lately ... Lots of changes and lots of stress on this end, but I've successfully made it through P1 and P2 and am now into P3 and doing well - despite being in the middle of a major move (which will require being apart from DH part of the time until I can retire), dealing with my 91 year old mom with dementia, plus a really difficult situation at work. (I wish they'd offer early retirement and let me walk away from all of the ridiculousness.)



Congratulations on P3! Sounds like you have your hands full alright. I'm thinking of you and hope things settle down a bit for you and your family soon.

Not much new to report here. Thinking TGIF already.

bubbleblower
04-12-2013, 07:56 AM
Congratulations on P3! Sounds like you have your hands full alright. I'm thinking of you and hope things settle down a bit for you and your family soon.

Not much new to report here. Thinking TGIF already.

Thank you. I think a side benefit of being on IP the last few months has been feeling that I have some semblance of control over at least one aspect of my life!

It's a rainy, dreary day here and I'm taking the day to catch up on my to do list. We have lots to do before we move, so I'm hoping this will let me go into the weekend with a little less on my plate.

Hope you all have a great day!

Yesmyqueen
04-12-2013, 11:46 PM
Hi friends, haven't posted in a while, but I'm still ticking, I had a few rough weekends but am back down to 167 and going strong, got myself back in to ketosis and I can sure tell, not Hungary and waking up earlier and feeling better again mentally and physically. So advise for anyone who has started IP and is thinking of going off plan, DON'T! Oh my it has been an emotional mess, but I'm back right where I need to be and plan on keeping OP! But messing up on this plan really does slow you down weight loss wise a good 4/5 days. So anyway happy to report my weight going down again, Yippie. Thank you all for being there for me. Teena

Halfagain
04-13-2013, 12:38 AM
Well my fear of 208 set point was unfounded got another pound off which is totally a-w-e-s-o-m-e. I painted my toenails tonight (rose color) and used the gel system we bought to do the fingers too (red wine). Sort of sad no in shop pampering anymore, but I can pamper myself pretty well too, and save some bucks. It has been very cold here and wet - just not fun to be outside at all. So tomorrow was supposed to be garden building day, but I think we may just gather up the materials and build it when it warms up a bit. I may even bust out the knitting this weekend.

Great job Teena! Good to hear from you and that you are back on track. Hooray!

lisa32989
04-13-2013, 06:15 AM
Halfagain
So happy for you loss!

evepet
04-13-2013, 10:18 AM
Hi guys. This has been an unusually busy week for me, and I haven't had much time to post here so had to drop in today and get caught up. A week ago I had an inquiry from a past employer wondering if I had time for the next couple of months min to assist... they sell ad space in a few local magazines, and someone had quit/got fired (not sure which)... with publishing deadlines coming up, he needed someone with some experience to step in and help out pronto. So I have been very busy! No more relaxed 'work-at-home' days for me, at least for the next couple of months. But the extra $ will be nice. The hours of being at my computer/on the phone also got to my lower back, and I've been spending the last 3 days with an ice pack constantly against my back in the hopes of stopping things from getting worse. I think I'm winning that battle... it's improving. And now I can relax over the weekend, and pamper it more in preparation for another busy week next week.

Glad to hear that everyone here is doing well and moving forward.

I've had a few 'tests' with some of the things I'd formerly over-indulged in in my pre-dieting days, and found most of them don't even taste as good as what I remembered. Bought a small 2 pack of coconut chocolate macaroons for example, that were being sold at a local store yesterday. Had one last night - and wow - was it sugary! It was ok, and I'll eat the second one, but I'm not remotely tempted to buy another pack. Ditto a 1-serving size pack of Kettle baked potato chips I bought last weekend. It really is nice to know that not all snacks make me want to rush out and buy more. (Some things still do.... unfortunately - and those I just have to remain disciplined about, or stay away from and find alternative ways to satisfy that food taste, like my coconut-protein ice cream substitute).

Weight-wise, I'm still below 150lbs so I'm happy with that. The glycogen regain though did 'refill' the tummy a bit (even that 2 lbs seems to make a difference) and I almost always feel kind of 'heavy' there. Scorbett mentioned on the Maintenance thread that she makes fresh ginger root tea which seems to help with that feeling, and I'm going to buy some today and try that. (Just finely slice about a knuckle size portion of fresh ginger root and boil in 4 glasses or so of water for a few minutes. Can add some fresh lemon juice). I suppose using digestive enzymes would help too. I recall also reading something similiar to this recipe months ago while dieting, and did it from time to time to help with water retention. I'm glad she brought it up again, because I'd forgotten about it.

My area was part of a major ice storm that's affected a broad area these past couple of days. No electricity until around noon yesterday, and the cable that I'm on for phone/TV/internet was knocked out too, so no service all day until around 5pm. Thankfully, at least my power returned at noon so I had heat. The bonus was that with no internet/phone I had a down day from work.

Guess that's it for now. Keep on truckin'! :carrot: Cheers.

Lone Star Gal
04-13-2013, 12:09 PM
Hi Y'all,

Soooo.... today is my first day on IP. They put me on the alternative version since I've got some health issues. I'm SO scared/excited/nervous/determined. :-)

I'm 55, been on a gazillion diets, of course. This is my last stop before the gastric sleeve and I am determined this is my last stop INSTEAD of the gastric sleeve. I have to do this now. No more TRY... I must DO.

I live in Round Rock, Texas, have several chillun's and grands and a fabulous husband who supports my efforts, no matter how many times I try and fail, God Bless him.

I'm sure I'll have tons of questions.... please feel free to inundate me with any tips or suggestions... would love to know what you like best about IP compared to other things you've tried.

Thanks!
J'Anne

joysh
04-13-2013, 03:25 PM
HI J'Anne! Welcome to IP and to 3fC!

Spend some time reading these threads and you'll find a great community of people who are on this program. There are lots of ideas and tips in the Stickies.

If you read through the What are you Eating Today thread, you'll see what people eat throughout the day. Everyone is different, so everyone likes different foods.

I started on June 14 and have lost over 80 pounds. I am now phasing off, but doing it the right way so that I will keep this weight off. This diet has been the best diet I've ever been on. The foods are good. Ketosis feels good and seems to prevent a lot of hunger. Also, because the ketosis state is delicate and can be broken by eating food off of the program, there is an incentive to not cheat at all. I did not cheat at all in 9 months. My loss was steady and I had a restricted item almost every day.

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

Lone Star Gal
04-13-2013, 04:23 PM
Hi Joy,

Thank you so much for the warm welcome! You are such an inspiration to me... thank you! Wow, you look amazing and I'll bet you feel even better. I've lost 100 lbs twice and 55 lbs once... this time I'm going to do it and keep it off if it's the last thing I do! :-)

I shall follow all your suggestions. I can't wait to learn more! So far, so good... guess tonight I'll post on the what I'm eating today thread and read, too.

I love my coach here in Austin. She told me if I was starving (I"m on the alternative IP, at least for awhile) I could have a hard boiled egg now and then. WOW, did that help after I had the asparagus soup today. It's good, but I was still (VERY) hungry. The egg did the trick, though. I know I can have bread and potatoes, too... but I don't think I'm going to. I prefer a more paleo way of eating for quick weight loss and less cravings.

Anyway, I'm rambling... just so happy to have another IP'er to talk to! :-)

Thanks Again!
J'Anne :carrot:

WingnutandMe
04-13-2013, 04:46 PM
Nice day at the car show. Didn't win anything except DH got something priceless. He got to shake the hand of a former US president and I was able to snap a picture.

Took our lunch and resisted funnel cakes, peanut ice cream, and fried peanuts, to list a few. None of which I would ever eaten. LOL

Molly

WingnutandMe
04-13-2013, 05:02 PM
Hi Joy,

Thank you so much for the warm welcome! You are such an inspiration to me... thank you! Wow, you look amazing and I'll bet you feel even better. I've lost 100 lbs twice and 55 lbs once... this time I'm going to do it and keep it off if it's the last thing I do! :-)

I shall follow all your suggestions. I can't wait to learn more! So far, so good... guess tonight I'll post on the what I'm eating today thread and read, too.

I love my coach here in Austin. She told me if I was starving (I"m on the alternative IP, at least for awhile) I could have a hard boiled egg now and then. WOW, did that help after I had the asparagus soup today. It's good, but I was still (VERY) hungry. The egg did the trick, though. I know I can have bread and potatoes, too... but I don't think I'm going to. I prefer a more paleo way of eating for quick weight loss and less cravings.

Anyway, I'm rambling... just so happy to have another IP'er to talk to! :-)

Thanks Again!
J'Anne :carrot:

Welcome, J'Anne

Like joysh, I have phased off to maintenance. I also stuck 100% to the program and lost 120# in 55 weeks. Like you, I have lost and gained over and over. I had about given up. This program is fabulous. Now on maintenance, I don't even care about eating all the foods that put me up at almost 300#. You can do it, but this forum is a necessary part of your journey. Read, post, ask questions. We're here for you.
Molly

Lone Star Gal
04-13-2013, 07:36 PM
Molly,

You look amazing, as well! Love the pic of hubby and Jimmy Carter... way cool.

I'm new here, just getting started and excited to have made it through day 1!

J'Anne

Halfagain
04-13-2013, 08:01 PM
Hi Y'all,

Soooo.... today is my first day on IP. They put me on the alternative version since I've got some health issues. I'm SO scared/excited/nervous/determined. :-)

I'm 55, been on a gazillion diets, of course. This is my last stop before the gastric sleeve and I am determined this is my last stop INSTEAD of the gastric sleeve. I have to do this now. No more TRY... I must DO.

I live in Round Rock, Texas, have several chillun's and grands and a fabulous husband who supports my efforts, no matter how many times I try and fail, God Bless him.

I'm sure I'll have tons of questions.... please feel free to inundate me with any tips or suggestions... would love to know what you like best about IP compared to other things you've tried.

Thanks!
J'Anne

Welcome! Sounds like you have some great family support which is so wonderful. As others have said, this on line group has been so very helpful too. For me, I would not have been able to be successful without the group.

Nice day at the car show. Didn't win anything except DH got something priceless. He got to shake the hand of a former US president and I was able to snap a picture.

Took our lunch and resisted funnel cakes, peanut ice cream, and fried peanuts, to list a few. None of which I would ever eaten. LOL

Molly
Wow that photo opportunity is so cool! Thanks for sharing.

Barb

WingnutandMe
04-13-2013, 08:05 PM
Molly,

You look amazing, as well! Love the pic of hubby and Jimmy Carter... way cool.

I'm new here, just getting started and excited to have made it through day 1!

J'Anne

J'Anne,

You made it through day 1. Yeah. You might have some tough days in the next couple days, but then ketosis will make it easier. You'll make it.

Molly

greeniris
04-14-2013, 11:17 AM
Hi friends, haven't posted in a while, but I'm still ticking, I had a few rough weekends but am back down to 167 and going strong, got myself back in to ketosis and I can sure tell, not Hungary and waking up earlier and feeling better again mentally and physically. So advise for anyone who has started IP and is thinking of going off plan, DON'T! Oh my it has been an emotional mess, but I'm back right where I need to be and plan on keeping OP! But messing up on this plan really does slow you down weight loss wise a good 4/5 days. So anyway happy to report my weight going down again, Yippie. Thank you all for being there for me. Teena
Hi Teena - I've missed you...glad to hear you're back on track. I understand what you're going through, and ITA with your advice. You're getting close to goall!

Well my fear of 208 set point was unfounded got another pound off which is totally a-w-e-s-o-m-e. I painted my toenails tonight (rose color) and used the gel system we bought to do the fingers too (red wine). Sort of sad no in shop pampering anymore, but I can pamper myself pretty well too, and save some bucks. It has been very cold here and wet - just not fun to be outside at all. So tomorrow was supposed to be garden building day, but I think we may just gather up the materials and build it when it warms up a bit. I may even bust out the knitting this weekend.

Glad to hear you breezed by the set point, and also that you are pampering yourself. I've been dreaming of being able to get out to work on/in the garden, but we've gotten more snow & ice last week, and may have more coming yet :( Have been driving around with my new greenhouse in the back of my car for over a week, waiting for spring to really arrive to set it up. The seedlings I started are taking over in the house!

Hi guys. This has been an unusually busy week for me, and I haven't had much time to post here so had to drop in today and get caught up. A week ago I had an inquiry from a past employer wondering if I had time for the next couple of months min to assist... they sell ad space in a few local magazines, and someone had quit/got fired (not sure which)... with publishing deadlines coming up, he needed someone with some experience to step in and help out pronto. So I have been very busy! No more relaxed 'work-at-home' days for me, at least for the next couple of months. But the extra $ will be nice. The hours of being at my computer/on the phone also got to my lower back, and I've been spending the last 3 days with an ice pack constantly against my back in the hopes of stopping things from getting worse. I think I'm winning that battle... it's improving. And now I can relax over the weekend, and pamper it more in preparation for another busy week next week.

Glad to hear that everyone here is doing well and moving forward.

I've had a few 'tests' with some of the things I'd formerly over-indulged in in my pre-dieting days, and found most of them don't even taste as good as what I remembered. Bought a small 2 pack of coconut chocolate macaroons for example, that were being sold at a local store yesterday. Had one last night - and wow - was it sugary! It was ok, and I'll eat the second one, but I'm not remotely tempted to buy another pack. Ditto a 1-serving size pack of Kettle baked potato chips I bought last weekend. It really is nice to know that not all snacks make me want to rush out and buy more. (Some things still do.... unfortunately - and those I just have to remain disciplined about, or stay away from and find alternative ways to satisfy that food taste, like my coconut-protein ice cream substitute).

Weight-wise, I'm still below 150lbs so I'm happy with that. The glycogen regain though did 'refill' the tummy a bit (even that 2 lbs seems to make a difference) and I almost always feel kind of 'heavy' there. Scorbett mentioned on the Maintenance thread that she makes fresh ginger root tea which seems to help with that feeling, and I'm going to buy some today and try that. (Just finely slice about a knuckle size portion of fresh ginger root and boil in 4 glasses or so of water for a few minutes. Can add some fresh lemon juice). I suppose using digestive enzymes would help too. I recall also reading something similiar to this recipe months ago while dieting, and did it from time to time to help with water retention. I'm glad she brought it up again, because I'd forgotten about it.

My area was part of a major ice storm that's affected a broad area these past couple of days. No electricity until around noon yesterday, and the cable that I'm on for phone/TV/internet was knocked out too, so no service all day until around 5pm. Thankfully, at least my power returned at noon so I had heat. The bonus was that with no internet/phone I had a down day from work.

Guess that's it for now. Keep on truckin'! :carrot: Cheers.
Sorry to hear about your back troubles, but you seem to know what to do to take care of it.
I agree that many foods don't taste the way I remember them. That's probably a good thing.

Hi Y'all,

Soooo.... today is my first day on IP. They put me on the alternative version since I've got some health issues. I'm SO scared/excited/nervous/determined. :-)

I'm 55, been on a gazillion diets, of course. This is my last stop before the gastric sleeve and I am determined this is my last stop INSTEAD of the gastric sleeve. I have to do this now. No more TRY... I must DO.

I live in Round Rock, Texas, have several chillun's and grands and a fabulous husband who supports my efforts, no matter how many times I try and fail, God Bless him.

I'm sure I'll have tons of questions.... please feel free to inundate me with any tips or suggestions... would love to know what you like best about IP compared to other things you've tried.

Thanks!
J'Anne
Hello & Welcome J'Anne! Ditto the advice about staying tough while getting into ketosis this first week - it gets so much better quite suddenly, and your first WI will show you just how far you've come. I'm not really familiar with the alternative plan through IP, other than you are allowed more foods than the rest of us. So glad your DH is so supportive, that will make your journey easier. Good luck!

Nice day at the car show. Didn't win anything except DH got something priceless. He got to shake the hand of a former US president and I was able to snap a picture.

Took our lunch and resisted funnel cakes, peanut ice cream, and fried peanuts, to list a few. None of which I would ever eaten. LOL

Molly
What a cool picture! That must have been a great experience for you & your DH to meet Mr. Carter.
You still have great willpower! WTG passing up the goodies at all these shows you go to.

I started back on P1 on Tuesday, and it looks like I've lost 6 lbs already! :carrot: But the weird thing is that I don't think I'm in ketosis. I'm hungry nearly all the time, and haven't had any physical difficulties this week besides the headache I had for a week before beginning P1; no metallic taste in my mouth or the funky BO I had before. The headache finally went away after I took a Lily out of my office on Wednesday. Ketosis or not, I'm super happy to have lost what I have so far! (I'm going to post this on the maintainers thread too, to see what they think about the lack of ketosis.)

Have a great Sunday everyone! The sun keeps trying to peek out here, but don't think it's going to succeed for very long.

Lone Star Gal
04-14-2013, 11:49 AM
Good Morning Everyone! (it may take me a minute to learn names and stories... menopause-where did you hide my memory?!?!?!:dizzy:)

Thank you SO MUCH for the warm welcome. I've felt so alone on this journey... I know I really need support to be able to do this.

I am excited to say I'm on Day Two and I lived through the BRUTAL carb withdrawal headache last night... wow... felt like the flu and a hangover, all together. I can' wait for weigh in day... I would imagine having that lurking is a great motivator!

The alternative IP is where you get to choose one "group" thing per meal- it can be 2 slices of bread, a small potato, pasta or an apple, piece of cheese, etc. It's a slippery slope, I would imagine, so I am barely adding anything from the "group" list. I would rather get into ketosis and then food loses much of it's appeal.

Y'all look so amazing! I keep looking and looking at the before and afters!

Thanks Again,
J'Anne