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wuv2bloved
03-22-2013, 05:51 PM
Hello everyone, looks like y'all are still going strong so that is a good thing. There is not enough time in a day for me so it seems lately. I work at the clinic 9-6 Mon-Fr and Sat 9-12 then my second job on the weekend so I have no down time anymore. I am still going strong, I have been staying the same pretty much. I am staying between 220-215lbs and I am OK with that. Great to see all the new faces and of course the new ones. I will TRY to be around more but no promises to be made...Keep on keeping on....Lisa


M35A2
03-22-2013, 06:05 PM
Thanks Lisa!

Some negative vibes on some of the other threads. I think I'm going to stick here and the Men's Thread and leave the rest to others. I can't trust myself not to get snippy at someone when I think they're out of line. I prefer being the teddy bear not the doberman.

wuv2bloved
03-22-2013, 06:16 PM
Thanks Lisa!

Some negative vibes on some of the other threads. I think I'm going to stick here and the Men's Thread and leave the rest to others. I can't trust myself not to get snippy at someone when I think they're out of line. I prefer being the teddy bear not the doberman.

I can understand that, this is the ONLY board besides the Men's thread that I will go on. I don't have time for negative vibes drives me :dizzy:


mquinn106
03-22-2013, 06:45 PM
Proud to be a 100%'er. Glad to see you around Lisa (and glad your center is doing so well!) Your new pic is great, the smile says it all :)

MonicaKolesnik
03-22-2013, 08:11 PM
Today I was taking some new pictures of me and it was the first time I did not have to take a million shots to find a few that I liked, that is so new to me!!! so I thought I would share.
http://i1355.photobucket.com/albums/q715/Monica_Kolesnik/0b8f402d-f0fe-4798-896e-ff3d447559b0_zpse7816d53.jpg

JenRem
03-22-2013, 08:18 PM
Lisa/Wuv - glad things are going so well for you; you deserve it. Try to find a little "me" time once in awhile - you deserve that, too!

Monica - I said this on another site, but it's soooo true - Beautiful from head to toe!

mquinn106
03-22-2013, 08:52 PM
Monica you look great, such an inspiration! And photo shoots must have been the theme today! I had some fun going through clothes in my closet! Here's a comparison from Christmas to now:

M35A2
03-22-2013, 09:20 PM
So at my WI today my coach said my lean mass was down considerably. I know how unrealiable these machines are and that it's not an accurate measurement but this is the 1st time it's been down. She said that combined with my hydration being up for the 1st time in 2 months she was concerned that I wasn't getting enough protein. Her suggestion was 1) if I was concerned with the cost to add 4 egg whites per day for the next week or so to see if that helped or 2) if I wasn't that concerned about the cost to add another packet.

What is a concern is which one is going to give me the protein with the least chance of throwing off my losses. As it is I'm on the lower side of the male loss pattern so I really don't want to mess that up any. Suggestions from some of the more knowledgable folks?

lisa32989
03-22-2013, 09:50 PM
JenRem: Thanks for asking about the interview. I got the distinct feeling they had already picked someone. They kind of cut me off in the middle of answering questions & the answer was incomplete. I was thinking this would be a "first interview" but when I got there, it definitely wasn't! There may have been a 2nd for a person or two but I'm guessing I'll be a recipient of a "thanks but no thanks" letter.

All: I weighed today & I'm .6 away from that elusive 75-off! Of course, then I'll just proceed to the next mini goal, which is 75% to goal.

IdealProteinNewbie
03-22-2013, 09:53 PM
So at my WI today my coach said my lean mass was down considerably. I know how unrealiable these machines are and that it's not an accurate measurement but this is the 1st time it's been down. She said that combined with my hydration being up for the 1st time in 2 months she was concerned that I wasn't getting enough protein. Her suggestion was 1) if I was concerned with the cost to add 4 egg whites per day for the next week or so to see if that helped or 2) if I wasn't that concerned about the cost to add another packet.

What is a concern is which one is going to give me the protein with the least chance of throwing off my losses. As it is I'm on the lower side of the male loss pattern so I really don't want to mess that up any. Suggestions from some of the more knowledgable folks?

I think a little extra protein might even help your losses a bit. I broke through a plateau recently (4 weeks with no inches or pounds lost) and switched to 4 non-restricteds per day for 2 weeks. The following weeks were 4.5, 1.5 and .5 pounds lost.

I think it's worth a shot!

IdealProteinNewbie
03-22-2013, 10:04 PM
Sooo glad it's the weekend!

I have to toot my own horn tonight! There was some discussion last week about family members and their lack of comments on our appearances/weight loss. Happened to me, too, as every single person in my family (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brother, etc) has complimented me except 2 people.

Finally my uncle, who usually sees me in yoga pants and an oversized t-shirt saw me in jeans and a cardigan, looked straight at me and said "where did half your body go...leave it at work today?" It was awesome :D

Delgen
03-22-2013, 10:07 PM
[COLOR="Magenta"] Today I was taking some new pictures of me and it was the first time I did not have to take a million shots to find a few that I liked, that is so new to me!!! so I thought I would share.[/COLOR

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http://i1355.photobucket.com/albums/q715/Monica_Kolesnik/0b8f402d-f0fe-4798-896e-ff3d447559b0_zpse7816d53.jpg

What a cutie! You look terrific!

Delgen
03-22-2013, 10:11 PM
Thanks Lisa!

Some negative vibes on some of the other threads. I think I'm going to stick here and the Men's Thread and leave the rest to others. I can't trust myself not to get snippy at someone when I think they're out of line. I prefer being the teddy bear not the doberman.

Yep. I feel the same way. I don't have the same resolve as Lisa. I don't want to yell at folks over cyberspace. So I just either stay here or refer them to this thread.

I remember Lisa showing us all the real costs of cheating. Eye opening, and very helpful. If you know and understand what Ketosis is, and a little bit about the science, it can go a long way...for me anyway.

JenRem
03-22-2013, 10:19 PM
I had some fun going through clothes in my closet! Here's a comparison from Christmas to now:

What a difference! You look terrific! You now have such a tiny waist and your face is so much thinner. You have to be feeling great and so proud of yourself!

about the interview... I got the distinct feeling they had already picked someone. I'm guessing I'll be a recipient of a "thanks but no thanks" letter.
All: I weighed today & I'm .6 away from that elusive 75-off! Of course, then I'll just proceed to the next mini goal, which is 75% to goal.

Don't you hate that! I think it wastes everyones time when they are just going through the motions for appearances sake. I don't know about you, but I've always believed that things happen for a reason and if something is meant to be, it will come to fruition. So, with that perspective in mind, this just wasn't the job for you. Keep that head held high and continue to look!
You are sooo close to 75 lbs gone forever! You must be thrilled!

JenRem
03-22-2013, 10:23 PM
I have to toot my own horn tonight!
Finally my uncle, who usually sees me in yoga pants and an oversized t-shirt saw me in jeans and a cardigan, looked straight at me and said "where did half your body go...leave it at work today?" It was awesome :D

I find that those compliments you've been waiting so long for, especially when it's been so darn obvious you've lost weight..... well, they can be really special (despite the delay). Congrats! I'm sure you'll remember your Uncle saying that for years to come :) And it sure doesn't hurt our ego, either - lol!

Delgen
03-22-2013, 10:47 PM
Advice from 100%folks? What strategies or tricks do you use to get in all your water? This is where I have the most difficulty, especially at work since I teach. :?::?:

LizRR
03-22-2013, 11:02 PM
So at my WI today my coach said my lean mass was down considerably. I know how unrealiable these machines are and that it's not an accurate measurement but this is the 1st time it's been down. She said that combined with my hydration being up for the 1st time in 2 months she was concerned that I wasn't getting enough protein. Her suggestion was 1) if I was concerned with the cost to add 4 egg whites per day for the next week or so to see if that helped or 2) if I wasn't that concerned about the cost to add another packet.

What is a concern is which one is going to give me the protein with the least chance of throwing off my losses. As it is I'm on the lower side of the male loss pattern so I really don't want to mess that up any. Suggestions from some of the more knowledgable folks?

Between a packet and egg whites I'd go for the egg whites - not only are they SUPER cheap, but they are pure protein and can be added to make the packets so versatile. I would sometimes add the carton liquid egg whites to smoothies (they are pasteurized). And crispy cereal pancakes...what's better than breakfast for dinner!

I saw on the Daily you aren't crazy for the Pink Lemonade - how about freezing some prepared drink in ice cubes and blending it up with some egg whites for a 'slushy', I added egg whites to most of my IP-friendly ice cream preparations as it added a creaminess texture. Maybe even throw in some stewed rhubarb as well for a fruity slushy - I bet the tart rhubarb would go well with tart lemonade. You could even throw in some fresh lemon juice for extra 'zing'.

JenRem
03-22-2013, 11:05 PM
Advice from 100%folks? What strategies or tricks do you use to get in all your water? This is where I have the most difficulty, especially at work since I teach. :?::?:

I'm probably not the best to answer, since I like water and don't have a problem getting it in. I have a large glass that holds 3 cups and drink one around breakfast, one around lunch, and one around early dinner. I try to drink all water before 6-7pm so I'm not visiting the bathroom in the middle of the night. I only drink more than about 70 oz daily, if I've been working outside or am still thirsty. :)

Delgen
03-23-2013, 12:56 AM
So at my WI today my coach said my lean mass was down considerably. I know how unrealiable these machines are and that it's not an accurate measurement but this is the 1st time it's been down. She said that combined with my hydration being up for the 1st time in 2 months she was concerned that I wasn't getting enough protein. Her suggestion was 1) if I was concerned with the cost to add 4 egg whites per day for the next week or so to see if that helped or 2) if I wasn't that concerned about the cost to add another packet.

What is a concern is which one is going to give me the protein with the least chance of throwing off my losses. As it is I'm on the lower side of the male loss pattern so I really don't want to mess that up any. Suggestions from some of the more knowledgable folks?

I would add at least 2 egg whites per day. It did not rally slow my losses, and I tend to be a slow looser as well.

Beck81
03-23-2013, 01:03 AM
I have been wondering about you, WUV. Glad to hear you are doing well. Join us on the maintainer thread and let us know how you are doing it! Great job 100%'s, keep it up!

JenRem
03-23-2013, 01:10 AM
Beck81 - I just viewed your before and after pictures... Absolutely Amazing Transformation. You look incredible. Congrats!

Willi
03-23-2013, 06:56 AM
Monica you look great, such an inspiration! And photo shoots must have been the theme today! I had some fun going through clothes in my closet! Here's a comparison from Christmas to now:

What a difference! Just think about all the cute summer clothes you will be able to wear.

safetylady
03-23-2013, 07:01 AM
Advice from 100%folks? What strategies or tricks do you use to get in all your water? This is where I have the most difficulty, especially at work since I teach. :?::?:

First - you are an inspiration to me. Looks like we are the same height and started our journey close to each other. I am only in the beginning of week 3 though.

To get my water in I use a 33 ounce bottle. I fill it early in the morning with a goal of drinking before lunch. Then I will it up again with a goal of finishing before I leave work for the day. If I have not finished, I take it with me and drink in the car or home. Also use one Crystal light a couple of times a week.

Willi
03-23-2013, 07:07 AM
I can understand that, this is the ONLY board besides the Men's thread that I will go on. I don't have time for negative vibes drives me :dizzy:

Love the new avatar. Great color!

Willi
03-23-2013, 07:15 AM
JenRem: Thanks for asking about the interview. I got the distinct feeling they had already picked someone. They kind of cut me off in the middle of answering questions & the answer was incomplete. I was thinking this would be a "first interview" but when I got there, it definitely wasn't! There may have been a 2nd for a person or two but I'm guessing I'll be a recipient of a "thanks but no thanks" letter.

All: I weighed today & I'm .6 away from that elusive 75-off! Of course, then I'll just proceed to the next mini goal, which is 75% to goal.

That sucks Lisa. I think interviews are a good way to keep sharp even if you don't get the job. Bet you looked great!

bubbleblower
03-23-2013, 07:18 AM
Work has been insane for me lately so I haven't had much time to check in. I've been a bit undecided about continuing to go beyond my initial goal of 134, but plan to make a final decision this weekend about whether to make the final push for more or not.

I just got a big order of Quest bars in so I'm looking forward to trying them all!

ragdoll74
03-23-2013, 08:34 AM
monica & mquinn you both look awesome!

M35A those things aren't accurate, so you could wait a week to see what happen on the next WI. How many packets are you currently getting per day? I think most men are on 4, so if you are only doing 3 then it might not hurt to try doing 4 for a week.

IdealProteinNewbie that's great! Not that you need the reassurance but it does feel good when your family is happy for you.

lisa sorry that interview was a waste of your time.
You are flying through those mini goals!!!

lisa32989
03-23-2013, 08:45 AM
Advice from 100%folks? What strategies or tricks do you use to get in all your water? This is where I have the most difficulty, especially at work since I teach. :?::?:

I take 2 refillable one-liter bottles to work with me daily in an insulated bag big enough for my lunch and the water. As the weather warms, I'll partially freeze the water bottles. (I quit doing that b/c I was getting so cold all the time.) I have a 24 oz tervis tumbler with a straw and I just sip all day. The Tervis usually starts with my breakfast smoothie. I rinse it when I get to work. If I'm cold, I make herbal tea with some of my water. I started this when I first started OP, when initial Ketosis has you really thirsty. This got me in the water habit.

I'm a teacher too and I travel from school to school. I certainly know where all the bathrooms are!

Delgen
03-23-2013, 09:54 AM
First - you are an inspiration to me. Looks like we are the same height and started our journey close to each other. I am only in the beginning of week 3 though.

To get my water in I use a 33 ounce bottle. I fill it early in the morning with a goal of drinking before lunch. Then I will it up again with a goal of finishing before I leave work for the day. If I have not finished, I take it with me and drink in the car or home. Also use one Crystal light a couple of times a week.

Sounds so simple.

and thanks for the kind words. i have been a Weight Watcher for all of my adult life, up and down, bla bla bla. Lost almost 100 lbs with ww, but could never maintain. I found IP, and wow. I love it. In thee weeks....well it may seem slow at the time ut it goes super fast!
Way to go! :hug::hug:

mquinn106
03-23-2013, 10:00 AM
I have to toot my own horn tonight! There was some discussion last week about family members and their lack of comments on our appearances/weight loss. Happened to me, too, as every single person in my family (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brother, etc) has complimented me except 2 people.

Finally my uncle, who usually sees me in yoga pants and an oversized t-shirt saw me in jeans and a cardigan, looked straight at me and said "where did half your body go...leave it at work today?" It was awesome :D
:carrot: Love those moments! A month or so ago, I was pretty sick and my dad stopped by at work and goes: "you must have a bad case of the flu, you look like you've lost a lot of weight" :D

What a difference! You look terrific! You now have such a tiny waist and your face is so much thinner. You have to be feeling great and so proud of yourself!
What a difference! Just think about all the cute summer clothes you will be able to wear.
monica & mquinn you both look awesome!

Thanks so much! :hug: I feel amazing :D And yes my Pinterest board is "blowin' up" with cute summer clothes :)

Advice from 100%folks? What strategies or tricks do you use to get in all your water? This is where I have the most difficulty, especially at work since I teach. :?::?:
I am one of those people who craves water...but on this diet it can get boring and bland. One of my favorite things to do is to take a bunch mint, lemon, and lime and let that sit in a pitcher of water in the frig and add small amounts to the pain water in my bottle. It's a nice change. Good luck!

Delgen
03-23-2013, 10:02 AM
I take 2 refillable one-liter bottles to works with me daily in an insulated bag big enough for my lunch and the water. Mas the weather warms, I'll partially freeze the water bottles. (I quit doing that b/c I was getting so cold all the time.) I have a 24 oz tervis tumbler with a straw and I just sip all day. The Tervis usually starts with my breakfast smoothie. I rinse it when I get to work. If I'm cold, I make herbal tea with some of my water. I started this when I first started OP, when initial Ketosis has you really thirsty. This got me in the water habit.

I'm a teacher too and I travel from school to school. I certainly know where all the bathrooms are!

So you must make tea from what you have in the tumbler.

Thanks. Ii just have to do it.
Last summer I put out a big Sun Tea jug filled with ice, lemon, a sprig of mint from my garden and lemon slices. I may do that again, but heat it up by the mug.

Thanks, guys!

Halfagain
03-23-2013, 10:26 AM
Advice from 100%folks? What strategies or tricks do you use to get in all your water? This is where I have the most difficulty, especially at work since I teach. :?::?:

Hi Cindy! :hug: I'm probably one of the few that shouldn't advise on this because it is so hard for me as well. I have added Minute Maid Real Lemon to the water. There's also lemon crystals (expensive, but in small single use packets) but work if you don't want to refrigerate your lemon juice for water consumption. I stay away from Mio and other sweet tasting additives. The other thing is I've had better weight loss the weeks I've drank more than enough water (an extra 4 cups actually). I believe I wasted some time with my looses by just not feeling like drinking. I have become a true believer which is inspiring to not be as wishy-washy over water.
Hot herbal tea or decaf is great for when I'm cold. I have been told that drinking water thru a straw makes it go faster, but I have not found that to be the case for me. Large nice looking containers mugs/glasses to drink from make me feel like it's something nicer/special than just drinking the fluid.

Finding the timing to not have to run from a classroom of people to fluid balance - that's another challenge I'm sure. Hopefully someone in those kinds of jobs will have some ideas for you.

Barb

Delgen
03-23-2013, 10:34 AM
Hi Cindy! :hug: I'm probably one of the few that shouldn't advise on this because it is so hard for me as well. I have added Minute Maid Real Lemon to the water. There's also lemon crystals (expensive, but in small single use packets) but work if you don't want to refrigerate your lemon juice for water consumption. I stay away from Mio and other sweet tasting additives. The other thing is I've had better weight loss the weeks I've drank more than enough water (an extra 4 cups actually). I believe I wasted some time with my looses by just not feeling like drinking. I have become a true believer which is inspiring to not be as wishy-washy over water.
Hot herbal tea or decaf is great for when I'm cold. I have been told that drinking water thru a straw makes it go faster, but I have not found that to be the case for me. Large nice looking containers mugs/glasses to drink from make me feel like it's something nicer/special than just drinking the fluid.

Finding the timing to not have to run from a classroom of people to fluid balance - that's another challenge I'm sure. Hopefully someone in those kinds of jobs will have some ideas for you.

Barb

Thanks, Barb! And you look terrific!

I don't have it as bad as many who teach, since I teach at a university, but I have this awful fear that nature will call right during class.

I have not used much MIO either, but I think I need something to dress it up a bit. I like the lemon idea.

lisa32989
03-23-2013, 12:33 PM
So you must make tea from what you have in the tumbler.

Thanks. Ii just have to do it.
Last summer I put out a big Sun Tea jug filled with ice, lemon, a sprig of mint from my garden and lemon slices. I may do that again, but heat it up by the mug.

Thanks, guys!

I have a hot pot at work and tea bags. Just fill it from my water bottles I lug.

Ishbel
03-23-2013, 12:58 PM
....reference water....what I did and still do lol

Make my coffee in the morning and boil some water, by the time I'm done the coffee the water isn't as hot. I use Santa Cruz Organic Lemon Juice pour a bit of that in and it's "warm lemon juice". I drink water faster when it's a little warmer then room temperature and with the winter the warmth is helpful. Unfortunately the feeling of "cold" has never gotten better for me. I blamed it on ketosis when I was in Phase 1, but now I think it's because I don't have the fat insulating my organs and keeping the heat in.

I used to use "Real Lemon Juice", but then realized it had sulphates in it (doh!). I am allergic to sulphates and was in the ER once because of them so I immediately changed THAT! lol....best part of the Santa Cruz is that it tastes exactly like a squeezed lemon. :)

shoediva
03-23-2013, 01:52 PM
Advice from 100%folks? What strategies or tricks do you use to get in all your water? This is where I have the most difficulty, especially at work since I teach. :?::?:

My trick so far has been to add a little bit of Crystal Lite to my water bottle. I generally get 3 water bottles from 1 packet. It gives it a little flavor and I can always drink more without being bored! I hope it helps you too!

shoediva
03-23-2013, 02:00 PM
I say this is one of my favorite threads, too! I love the positivity here and it helps me stay motivated and determined. A small NSV last night for me. I was talking to my mom about the program (I hate to refer to this as a diet, because it is truly a lifestyle change for me) and she said in passing "I think you're going to do it this time." It was so nice to hear that, that someone else believes I'm going to do it. I know I'm the only one that needs to believe, but it's so nice to have extra support. AND, it was my sister's birthday yesterday and my first time eating out I am proud to say that I stayed OP. It was hard and I REALLY wanted a piece of cake, but I want to be healthy more. The extra reinforcement I needed was on the scale this morning; another pound forever gone! Thanks for all of your support. Sam

Beck81
03-23-2013, 02:26 PM
Beck81 - I just viewed your before and after pictures... Absolutely Amazing Transformation. You look incredible. Congrats!

Thanks JenRem! I am probably 10 lbs less than my after picture so I should post a new one. I started maintenance in January and it is going well so far. I need to look back at my before picture to keep me motivated.

JenRem
03-23-2013, 02:32 PM
I say this is one of my favorite threads, too! I love the positivity here and it helps me stay motivated and determined. A small NSV last night for me. I was talking to my mom about the program (I hate to refer to this as a diet, because it is truly a lifestyle change for me) and she said in passing "I think you're going to do it this time." It was so nice to hear that, that someone else believes I'm going to do it. I know I'm the only one that needs to believe, but it's so nice to have extra support. AND, it was my sister's birthday yesterday and my first time eating out I am proud to say that I stayed OP. It was hard and I REALLY wanted a piece of cake, but I want to be healthy more. The extra reinforcement I needed was on the scale this morning; another pound forever gone! Thanks for all of your support. Sam

What an Awesome mom you have! I know it can be hard to miss out on the desserts at family gatherings, but there will be a day down the road when you can partake in them again. Also, the more often you don't have the slice of cake (or whatever it might be) the easier it gets. Great NSV! WTG :carrot:
I know many of us here are hopeful/optomistic (and yet a little worried) about maintaining after we hit goal. However, there is a whole thread dedicated to Maintainers and these IPer's prove everyday that it can be done. I can guarantee that a large part of my future maintenace successes will be from staying plugged in to this site daily!

rofl306
03-23-2013, 05:01 PM
Re: Water

I have two glasses of water every time I eat. Since I have three meals and two snacks it works out great.

I also love herbal tea and have found some fruity ones that taste great hot or cold without sweetner.

DRegan
03-23-2013, 10:24 PM
I say this is one of my favorite threads, too! I love the positivity here and it helps me stay motivated and determined. A small NSV last night for me. I was talking to my mom about the program (I hate to refer to this as a diet, because it is truly a lifestyle change for me) and she said in passing "I think you're going to do it this time." It was so nice to hear that, that someone else believes I'm going to do it. I know I'm the only one that needs to believe, but it's so nice to have extra support. AND, it was my sister's birthday yesterday and my first time eating out I am proud to say that I stayed OP. It was hard and I REALLY wanted a piece of cake, but I want to be healthy more. The extra reinforcement I needed was on the scale this morning; another pound forever gone! Thanks for all of your support. Sam

Good for you! :carrot:
Great NSV!
It is nice to have the support! My DH and DD have been great, my son
is away at college, and I havent told him about IP or that Ive been working out, want to suprise him when he comes home beginning of May!
Having birthday dinner for DD boyfriend tomorrow night, made a cake but
gonna have choc pudding while they have the cake! It will be my NSV!
lol! Have a good nite.
D

aliboo723
03-24-2013, 10:32 AM
Re: Water

I have two glasses of water every time I eat. Since I have three meals and two snacks it works out great.

I also love herbal tea and have found some fruity ones that taste great hot or cold without sweetner.

Please share the names. I have been looking for some teas to try and need ones that I wouldn't have to use sweetner with. I'm not a fan of stevia or any of the sweetners I have tried so far.

Thanks!;)

lisa32989
03-24-2013, 11:25 AM
Try peppermint tea. It's pretty good by itself :)

safetylady
03-24-2013, 11:37 AM
Am a big drinker of herbal teas, currently love the Bigelow Perfect Peach and Red Rasberry

aliboo723
03-24-2013, 11:53 AM
Thanks yall! I'll be checking those out.

benice
03-24-2013, 12:31 PM
Good Earth original and decaf is also really good. I also like Yogi Egyptian Licorice.

KitKat169
03-24-2013, 10:18 PM
Happy Sunday everyone. I was 3 pages behind this thread suddenly. It was a busy weekend of shopping, cooking and cleaning. I found a new bed mattress and they delivered it 30 minutes after I bought it - excellent service! I slept better last night than for the last week but I still have to get used to no waterbed.

I'm organized for a couple days of meals including 3 pre-made P3 breakfasts (just one will need a morning heating). I also made beef, pork and turkey jerky. For the beef and turkey I used my new jerky gun so it is made with ground meat mixed with powdered seasonings. I make the jerky to eat a little myself but most of it I take to work to give to my team of guys who are big meat eaters. It is the one thing everyone can agree on for snacking.

My cleaning frenzy continued this weekend. My linen closet has never been tidier. I had to scrub down my bathroom after breaking a glass on the ceramic floor, it shattered everywhere and of course worse because I'm always barefoot in that room. I did a little kitchen cleaning after all the cooking and then headed into the basement to do a little more organizing. I almost have another car load to take to the thrift store.

It sounds like a productive weekend when I type it out but I feel like there was so much I wanted to do that I didn't get to. However I'm a bit worn out tonight so I know I've done all I can do. Time for some hot tea and a bath then to bed at a decent time.

LizRR
03-24-2013, 10:56 PM
Hey everyone, I finished my half-marathon this morning....waaaay slower than a few months ago, but I am in a different "condition" now! Plus I took it really easy, along with a lot of bathroom breaks, and was with my running group who brought their spouses that walked some, so the pressure was off me to be the slowest in the group! I finished with plenty of steam left and feel fantastic!

Kept up with food & water throughout the run, the baby along with my maternity support belt meant A Lot of bathroom breaks!

WorldTraveleronIP
03-25-2013, 08:03 AM
That is amazing that you ran a half-marathon pregnant, Liz. Congratulations; it is truly inspiring for me to see your loss and continued maintenance throughout your pregnancy!

My losses have totally slowed, but I think I successfully identified the culprits (too many added carbs from WF, SF Torani, Mio and Dasani drops). This morning, I got on the scale to see it finally drop a pound; it was euphoric to say the least. Happy Monday to all!

KitKat169
03-25-2013, 09:52 AM
Has anyone seen the new Crystal Light Liquid yet? I know it will probably take longer to get to Canada, but I was wondering if they are using aspartame or something else. Some of their flavours sound good.

scorbett1103
03-25-2013, 10:30 AM
Has anyone seen the new Crystal Light Liquid yet? I know it will probably take longer to get to Canada, but I was wondering if they are using aspartame or something else. Some of their flavours sound good.

The ones I picked up were all made with sucralose! I actually grabbed the Pomtini one to add to my vodka soda water on fun days, it's very good!

dawn again
03-25-2013, 11:27 AM
Morning everyone! I have been on vacation and had a baseball tournament this weekend so I am behind reading as well. I also have a 24 oz tervis tumbler I carry with me everywhere to get in my water.
Had hoped to get some work done in my garden this week, but it is freezing!! Guess I will have to put on a lot of clothes and brave it anyway when I get home. So nice it doesn't get dark until 8 pm now!! Hope everyone is having a great day ;)

lisa32989
03-25-2013, 04:29 PM
Well, I went to the Physiatrist (sports med doc) today. Due to a snow day I rescheduled a day early. Glad I did b/c he ordered new xrays and then reviewed them with me. He has now ordered a Spect scan to better pinpoint where the inflammation is occurring. So no treatment recommendations today...sigh.
He could see from the xrays exactly which vertebrae are not moving like they should but can't see a reason why.

So, until further evaluation, I guess its back to the anti-inflammatories :(

We also talked about my weight loss and the "apron" of low stomach fat/skin I have. He thinks some of it won't go (from experience with patients) and that from the looks of it, maybe as much as 20 lbs will need to be removed. Good to know if I get to a stall with 20 left to go but at this point, I'm still moving in the downward trajectory so all is well...

JenRem
03-25-2013, 06:05 PM
I found a new bed mattress and they delivered it 30 minutes after I bought it - excellent service! I slept better last night than for the last week but I still have to get used to no waterbed.

It sounds like a productive weekend when I type it out but I feel like there was so much I wanted to do that I didn't get to.

Glad you picked a good bed and are getting great sleep.
I know the feeling, it seems like the more I get done on my "To-Do List", the longer it gets. Why is that? lol!

Hey everyone, I finished my half-marathon this morning....waaaay slower than a few months ago, but I am in a different "condition" now!

You continue to amaze.....

So nice it doesn't get dark until 8 pm now!!

I love that "day lights savings" time has happened. I don't know who has the power to change it, but I love that it happens in March instead of April and in the Fall, it doesn't change until November, instead of October!


Well, I went to the Physiatrist (sports med doc) today. Glad I did b/c he ordered now xrays and then reviewed them with me. He has now ordered a Spect scan to better pinpoint where the inflammation is occurring. So no treatment recommendations today...sigh.
He could see from the xrays exactly which vertebrae are not moving like they should but can't see a reason why.

Sounds as if you have a great Dr. and he is really trying to find the cause. I hope he discovers the cause sooner than later for you!
Best of Luck that it's something with a somewhat simple fix (ie, no surgery).


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I'm in Whistler, BC (Canada) for the week with my DH and Father-n-law. They are up skiing right now. I haven't skiied for a few years, but will probably do so with them later this week. It will be so much easier for me now that I've dropped 50 lbs. Thankfully, Saturday when I tried on my smallest ski pants and ski jacket, they FIT. They weren't even tight, lol. Good for my ego and pocketbook. :carrot: Jen
Now, just hope/pray to not hurt myself on the slopes - I'm not as young as I used to be, lol!

IP43
03-25-2013, 06:27 PM
Sounds like lots of great stuff going on. I've mentally regrouped - again. I can't believe how tough this is for me to stay OP but I want you to know that it is THIS group that keeps me keepin' on. I am in awe that, no matter what, you all keep plugging along, no excuses. I have so much food stock piled, and have invested in a bunch of new syrups, flavour drops etc., that I just need to keep making that effort. My new song needs to be "Day by day"....Have a good one all!

1LittleStar
03-25-2013, 08:19 PM
Hey everyone, I finished my half-marathon this morning....waaaay slower than a few months ago, but I am in a different "condition" now! Plus I took it really easy, along with a lot of bathroom breaks, and was with my running group who brought their spouses that walked some, so the pressure was off me to be the slowest in the group! I finished with plenty of steam left and feel fantastic!

Kept up with food & water throughout the run, the baby along with my maternity support belt meant A Lot of bathroom breaks!

You are amazing!!! :carrot::carrot::carrot:

That is amazing that you ran a half-marathon pregnant, Liz. Congratulations; it is truly inspiring for me to see your loss and continued maintenance throughout your pregnancy!

My losses have totally slowed, but I think I successfully identified the culprits (too many added carbs from WF, SF Torani, Mio and Dasani drops). This morning, I got on the scale to see it finally drop a pound; it was euphoric to say the least. Happy Monday to all!

Congrats on your loss!

Morning everyone! I have been on vacation and had a baseball tournament this weekend so I am behind reading as well. I also have a 24 oz tervis tumbler I carry with me everywhere to get in my water.
Had hoped to get some work done in my garden this week, but it is freezing!! Guess I will have to put on a lot of clothes and brave it anyway when I get home. So nice it doesn't get dark until 8 pm now!! Hope everyone is having a great day ;)

I love that's it's light so much later too. :)

Well, I went to the Physiatrist (sports med doc) today. Due to a snow day I rescheduled a day early. Glad I did b/c he ordered new xrays and then reviewed them with me. He has now ordered a Spect scan to better pinpoint where the inflammation is occurring. So no treatment recommendations today...sigh.
He could see from the xrays exactly which vertebrae are not moving like they should but can't see a reason why.

So, until further evaluation, I guess its back to the anti-inflammatories :(

We also talked about my weight loss and the "apron" of low stomach fat/skin I have. He thinks some of it won't go (from experience with patients) and that from the looks of it, maybe as much as 20 lbs will need to be removed. Good to know if I get to a stall with 20 left to go but at this point, I'm still moving in the downward trajectory so all is well...

Hope they figure it out soon, Lisa.

20 lbs is a lot to remove. I am sure that I will need this as well, although I am still a long way from it. Glad that you are still on your downward trajectory.

Sounds like lots of great stuff going on. I've mentally regrouped - again. I can't believe how tough this is for me to stay OP but I want you to know that it is THIS group that keeps me keepin' on. I am in awe that, no matter what, you all keep plugging along, no excuses. I have so much food stock piled, and have invested in a bunch of new syrups, flavour drops etc., that I just need to keep making that effort. My new song needs to be "Day by day"....Have a good one all!

Glad you are back OP and that you are using this group for support and inspiration... I know that I do!

1LittleStar
03-25-2013, 08:23 PM
My clinic is having a workshop tomorrow with Chef Verati. I think I'm going to attend, although it will be strange to find meet people who are also on IP, in real life! It's a small town, and I know tons of people, so it will be interesting. Does anyone have his cookbook? Is it worthwhile purchasing?

Also, I shared the difficulties that I had during my vacation with my parents, and sister, not commenting on my weightloss. Thanks to everyone here for their support. Well, today, I was back at work after being away for 2 weeks. And 3 different people commented on my weightloss!! Yeah! So, it definetely is noticeable, even though my family members did not notice and/or comment.

bubbleblower
03-25-2013, 08:33 PM
I've been kinda scarce these days as things are very busy between work and packing to move. I just had to share this from last Friday: I was in an all day meeting with co-workers I see pretty frequently, and one of them commented on my choice for lunch and asked if I were on a high protein diet. He then looked me square in he face and asked whether it was working for me. He really didn't seem to have a clue that I had lost even an ounce. (Then again, he was one of the people telling me I really didn't need to lose any weight when I had first said I was cutting back over the holidays.) Oh, well ... no matter. I'm doing this for myself, and feel great about where I am at this point. :dancer:

ETA: I finally called my doctor's office when I realized today that I never heard back about my blood work. Well, it turned out that they hadn't done a full workup so they didn't have a lot of the results. They'll check back with me tomorrow but it's looking like I have to make another trip in for them to draw more blood. Not happy about wasting my time!

Glad to see everyone going strong. I'm hoping to catch up with some of what's going on soon!

JessicaR
03-25-2013, 08:48 PM
Posted in wrong thread.

lisa32989
03-25-2013, 09:09 PM
Sounds like lots of great stuff going on. I've mentally regrouped - again. I can't believe how tough this is for me to stay OP but I want you to know that it is THIS group that keeps me keepin' on. I am in awe that, no matter what, you all keep plugging along, no excuses. I have so much food stock piled, and have invested in a bunch of new syrups, flavour drops etc., that I just need to keep making that effort. My new song needs to be "Day by day"....Have a good one all!
Oh Sweetie! We are here for you.
You can PM me anytime.
Planning is the key for me...and allowing a plan B if Plan A gets goofed up. But we all have different obstacles to surmount.

JenRem
03-25-2013, 09:41 PM
I've mentally regrouped - again. I can't believe how tough this is for me to stay OP but I want you to know that it is THIS group that keeps me keepin' on. I am in awe that, no matter what, you all keep plugging along, no excuses.

Sorry that you are struggling. You're right coming here is crucial; I'm glad you're still doing that even though your heart's not in it 100%.
I wish I had some great wisdom to tell you or a magic wand to make you really inspired and motivated. But of course, I don't have either. Just know that we are all here for you and need to see your posts because you are such a caring person and you help us to laugh daily with your hilarious posts! :hug:

My clinic is having a workshop tomorrow with Chef Verati. Does anyone have his cookbook?
Well, today, I was back at work after being away for 2 weeks. And 3 different people commented on my weightloss!! Yeah! So, it definetely is noticeable, even though my family members did not notice and/or comment.

No, I don't have his cookbook. I've thought about picking it up, but never got around to it. Let us know what you think if you go to the meeting.

Yay! So glad you finally got nice comments from your co-workers. I know how encouraging they can be and you really DESERVE them; you have done a tremendous job with your WL. Keep it up! :carrot:

I was in an all day meeting with co-workers I see pretty frequently, and one of them commented on my choice for lunch and asked if I were on a high protein diet. He then looked me square in he face and asked whether it was working for me. He really didn't seem to have a clue that I had lost even an ounce. :dancer:
It's looking like I have to make another trip in for them to draw more blood. Not happy about wasting my time!

Some people are truly oblivious, esp men lol! Hey, well at least you know he truly never thought that you had any weight to lose rather than thinking you were heavy before!
Frustrating! And you have to get poked twice; no fun!

:) Jen

ragdoll74
03-25-2013, 10:51 PM
Sounds like lots of great stuff going on. I've mentally regrouped - again. I can't believe how tough this is for me to stay OP but I want you to know that it is THIS group that keeps me keepin' on. I am in awe that, no matter what, you all keep plugging along, no excuses. I have so much food stock piled, and have invested in a bunch of new syrups, flavour drops etc., that I just need to keep making that effort. My new song needs to be "Day by day"....Have a good one all!

You an do this Diane.


I've been kinda scarce these days as things are very busy between work and packing to move. I just had to share this from last Friday: I was in an all day meeting with co-workers I see pretty frequently, and one of them commented on my choice for lunch and asked if I were on a high protein diet. He then looked me square in he face and asked whether it was working for me. He really didn't seem to have a clue that I had lost even an ounce. (Then again, he was one of the people telling me I really didn't need to lose any weight when I had first said I was cutting back over the holidays.) Oh, well ... no matter. I'm doing this for myself, and feel great about where I am at this point. :dancer:

You should suggest that he should get his vision checked.

KitKat169
03-25-2013, 11:01 PM
The ones I picked up were all made with sucralose! I actually grabbed the Pomtini one to add to my vodka soda water on fun days, it's very good!

Thanks. Now I have to find a way to get a hold of some.

Well, I went to the Physiatrist (sports med doc) today. Due to a snow day I rescheduled a day early. Glad I did b/c he ordered new xrays and then reviewed them with me. He has now ordered a Spect scan to better pinpoint where the inflammation is occurring. So no treatment recommendations today...sigh.
He could see from the xrays exactly which vertebrae are not moving like they should but can't see a reason why.

So, until further evaluation, I guess its back to the anti-inflammatories :(

We also talked about my weight loss and the "apron" of low stomach fat/skin I have. He thinks some of it won't go (from experience with patients) and that from the looks of it, maybe as much as 20 lbs will need to be removed. Good to know if I get to a stall with 20 left to go but at this point, I'm still moving in the downward trajectory so all is well...

Hang in there Lisa. Every step is progress even if there isn't any treatment yet. At least he isn't just masking the problem but giving you an easy answer.

I'm in Whistler, BC (Canada) for the week with my DH and Father-n-law. They are up skiing right now. I haven't skiied for a few years, but will probably do so with them later this week. It will be so much easier for me now that I've dropped 50 lbs. Thankfully, Saturday when I tried on my smallest ski pants and ski jacket, they FIT. They weren't even tight, lol. Good for my ego and pocketbook. :carrot: Jen
Now, just hope/pray to not hurt myself on the slopes - I'm not as young as I used to be, lol!

Good luck and have fun on the slopes! I love Whistler but I'm not a skier.

Sounds like lots of great stuff going on. I've mentally regrouped - again. I can't believe how tough this is for me to stay OP but I want you to know that it is THIS group that keeps me keepin' on. I am in awe that, no matter what, you all keep plugging along, no excuses. I have so much food stock piled, and have invested in a bunch of new syrups, flavour drops etc., that I just need to keep making that effort. My new song needs to be "Day by day"....Have a good one all!

Good to hear from you even if your struggling. Remember the journey isn't always easy but the destination will be worth it. What were the reasons why you were motivated to lose weight to begin with? Write them down if you haven't yet and re-read that list every day. I've changed the tone of my list now that I'm at the end:
1. I look better
2. I wear a smaller size (size 20/22 to size 8/10!)
3. I'm happier when I look in the mirror - tall and lean
4. I don't feel so self-conscious
5. I'm in better health
6. I feel better physically
7. I have more energy
8. I feel more in control
9. I have more confidence
10. I've increase my self esteem
11. I feel more outgoing

My bad little secret right now is a sweet craving after dinner. I am anxious for another week to go by so I can have a small yogurt and fruit snack after dinner in maintenance. In the meantime, I have been known to do a little sip of WF Pancake syrup. It sounds disgusting but it gives me that little sweet I want to finish my dinner.

bubbleblower
03-26-2013, 07:46 AM
Well, I went to the Physiatrist (sports med doc) today. Due to a snow day I rescheduled a day early. Glad I did b/c he ordered new xrays and then reviewed them with me. He has now ordered a Spect scan to better pinpoint where the inflammation is occurring. So no treatment recommendations today...sigh.
He could see from the xrays exactly which vertebrae are not moving like they should but can't see a reason why.

So, until further evaluation, I guess its back to the anti-inflammatories :(


No fun! Hope he gets it figured out soon. I'm having issues with my knee again and I'm trying to stay away from the really strong anti-inflammatories that have been prescribed, but there's no end in sight for me other than an eventual knee replacement. I was really hoping the weight loss would help enough to avoid it, but it's not looking like it will keep the need for surgery at bay for too long.


I'm in Whistler, BC (Canada) for the week with my DH and Father-n-law. They are up skiing right now. I haven't skiied for a few years, but will probably do so with them later this week. It will be so much easier for me now that I've dropped 50 lbs. Thankfully, Saturday when I tried on my smallest ski pants and ski jacket, they FIT. They weren't even tight, lol. Good for my ego and pocketbook. :carrot: Jen
Now, just hope/pray to not hurt myself on the slopes - I'm not as young as I used to be, lol!

Have a blast!! That's got to feel great fitting into your smallest pants and jacket!!!

Sounds like lots of great stuff going on. I've mentally regrouped - again. I can't believe how tough this is for me to stay OP but I want you to know that it is THIS group that keeps me keepin' on. I am in awe that, no matter what, you all keep plugging along, no excuses. I have so much food stock piled, and have invested in a bunch of new syrups, flavour drops etc., that I just need to keep making that effort. My new song needs to be "Day by day"....Have a good one all!

I've been going through a bit of the same. I'm trying to stay 100% OP every day but have noticed myself getting 'sloppy' about things. And the little things really do add up. I need to get back to being strict about measuring everything vs. just eyeballing amounts. I think once I hit my initial goal I mentally felt I deserved a bit of a break, but I really need to stay focused to the end and then make sure I phase off properly. We *can* do this!! One day at a time ...


Some people are truly oblivious, esp men lol! Hey, well at least you know he truly never thought that you had any weight to lose rather than thinking you were heavy before!
:) Jen

Very true! :)



My bad little secret right now is a sweet craving after dinner. I am anxious for another week to go by so I can have a small yogurt and fruit snack after dinner in maintenance. In the meantime, I have been known to do a little sip of WF Pancake syrup. It sounds disgusting but it gives me that little sweet I want to finish my dinner.

I used to be the same way after dinner. I needed my hot chocolate to feel like I was finished for the day. I think anything sweet would have worked!

Hope everyone has a great day today!

MonicaKolesnik
03-26-2013, 01:02 PM
I found a new bed mattress and they delivered it 30 minutes after I bought it - excellent service! I slept better last night than for the last week but I still have to get used to no waterbed.

My cleaning frenzy continued this weekend.
I need to take some of your cleaning motivation and apply it to my house while I have the time off. So glad you got a new bed, hope you get used to it soon :)


Good to hear from you even if your struggling. Remember the journey isn't always easy but the destination will be worth it. What were the reasons why you were motivated to lose weight to begin with? Write them down if you haven't yet and re-read that list every day. I've changed the tone of my list now that I'm at the end:
1. I look better
2. I wear a smaller size (size 20/22 to size 8/10!)
3. I'm happier when I look in the mirror - tall and lean
4. I don't feel so self-conscious
5. I'm in better health
6. I feel better physically
7. I have more energy
8. I feel more in control
9. I have more confidence
10. I've increase my self esteem
11. I feel more outgoing

My bad little secret right now is a sweet craving after dinner. I am anxious for another week to go by so I can have a small yogurt and fruit snack after dinner in maintenance. In the meantime, I have been known to do a little sip of WF Pancake syrup. It sounds disgusting but it gives me that little sweet I want to finish my dinner.

I love your list and how you are using it for continued motivation. I do the same thing with making comparison pictures before and after, they make me really see how far I have come.
I also get the sweet cravings after I eat supper, I hold off as long as I can then have my snack which is always sweet and so far has satisfied.

Hey everyone, I finished my half-marathon this morning....waaaay slower than a few months ago, but I am in a different "condition" now! Plus I took it really easy, along with a lot of bathroom breaks, and was with my running group who brought their spouses that walked some, so the pressure was off me to be the slowest in the group! I finished with plenty of steam left and feel fantastic!

Kept up with food & water throughout the run, the baby along with my maternity support belt meant A Lot of bathroom breaks!
Said it before, will say it again LizR you are amazing! Great work!!

Well, I went to the Physiatrist (sports med doc) today. Due to a snow day I rescheduled a day early. Glad I did b/c he ordered new xrays and then reviewed them with me. He has now ordered a Spect scan to better pinpoint where the inflammation is occurring. So no treatment recommendations today...sigh.
He could see from the xrays exactly which vertebrae are not moving like they should but can't see a reason why.

So, until further evaluation, I guess its back to the anti-inflammatories :(

So sorry to hear about your continued back trouble. I am glad you have a doctor who is helping you get to the bottom of the cause. :hug:

Sounds like lots of great stuff going on. I've mentally regrouped - again. I can't believe how tough this is for me to stay OP but I want you to know that it is THIS group that keeps me keepin' on. I am in awe that, no matter what, you all keep plugging along, no excuses. I have so much food stock piled, and have invested in a bunch of new syrups, flavour drops etc., that I just need to keep making that effort. My new song needs to be "Day by day"....Have a good one all!
Diane you can do this. you are human, you are allowed mistakes, its OK to regroup as many times as you need because this is your journey, no one else and only you can decide whats best for you and how to keep motivated. I can say I have appreciated your support and sense of humor a lot on this thread and will be here to give you any support you need along with the many others who are smarter then me. :hug::hug:
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I finally have a few days off which I have been enjoying doing a whole lot of nothing, now it is time to get motivated to clean. What I have also started this week is dry brushing my skin and using firming lotion. what I can say is I have already noticed my skin is much softer, but that comes of no surprise because I never really moisturized before at all so my skin is like "WHAT THE HECK IS THIS", hoping it will help with some of the recovery until I can really start to tone and exercise. :chin:

wuv2bloved
03-26-2013, 02:08 PM
Sounds like lots of great stuff going on. I've mentally regrouped - again. I can't believe how tough this is for me to stay OP but I want you to know that it is THIS group that keeps me keepin' on. I am in awe that, no matter what, you all keep plugging along, no excuses. I have so much food stock piled, and have invested in a bunch of new syrups, flavour drops etc., that I just need to keep making that effort. My new song needs to be "Day by day"....Have a good one all!

We are all here for you, I may not be here everyday but I do check in from time to time. Taking it day by day is all any of us can do. We never know what will happen tomorrow, Lisa is correct.....preparation is the key, always be prepared for the unexpected. You aren't giving up that is what you need to realize, you know it works, you just have to get your mind wrapped around it and the rest will follow.....:hug::hug:

KitKat169
03-26-2013, 05:44 PM
I found this to be a fitting quote of the day "Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts." - Arnold Bennett

Halfagain
03-26-2013, 08:33 PM
Hello 100% people! I'm really focusing my focus lately drinking my water, etc. I can see several goals coming up with becoming "just overweight" in a few more pounds. Shortly after that, under 200. I can't believe I'm getting in range of these goals. I am actively debating with myself about my 195 end goal, but after chatting with the Fab 50's group, we determined that I didn't sign anywhere that I had to stop at 195. Nobody will take my first born, or charge me extra for use of the site or anything. So onward and downward to Onederland soon - I'm still in disbelief. Then I may just not tell myself I got there, and just keep going a bit longer until it feels right to stop.

If you were around in June 2012, you may have seen me post that I never saw myself as big as I was in a mirror or moving about my day. Looking at photos was a OMG experience each time. I have a feeling I'll have a hard time seeing myself whatever my size is correctly. Even today I tell my husband I don't like photos of myself as well as the mirror - to which he responded I should take photos of myself in the mirror LOL - he's a gem.

Anyway that's what's going thru my head. The list was quiet so thought I'd share. TTFN! (Winnie-the-Pooh fans remember that term :))

ragdoll74
03-26-2013, 08:36 PM
Love the quote KitKat.

I took the week off so I could stay home with the kids during their spring break. Finally finished the trim in the office today, it was the last thing left to do since we redecorated that room back in December.

I also cleaned out some closets. I still had some t-shirts in my closet that were 2X. Amazing to think that I was wearing them last summer, and now I'm wearing a small.

I've got plenty of spring cleaning left to do for the rest of the week. The kids aren't going to be very happy about spring break. Tomorrow I'm sending them down to the basement to go through the old boxed up toys to see what they don't need anymore. They were hoping to go to an indoor waterpark.:lol::swim:

JenRem
03-26-2013, 09:15 PM
KitKat - the quote is so true; thanks for sharing. And I suspect we have some say in how long the discomforts and drawbacks last depending on how long we choose to grovel and resist.

Halfagain - I wasn't around during your initial postings about never seeing yourself as big or in the mirror. I know I have some of this going on in my mind, too. Even though most of the time I am so happy with the WL thus far, 50 lbs gone, there are still times when I catch myself just right looking in the mirror and say "wow, you are still pretty darn big/heavy!". Then, of course my next thought is "gosh - how big was I before starting IP?" It's disturbing and at some point I'm going to have to come to terms with the old me image and the new me image. Another bridge to cross in this journey........ Jen

ragdoll74
03-26-2013, 09:24 PM
Halfagain you are going to be in Onederland and passing up that goal before you know it.

I still avoid the camera (old habits die hard.) Recently I had a group photo emailed to me and I was surprised by how much heavier I looked in the picture versus how I thought I looked in the mirror that morning.

Willi
03-26-2013, 09:28 PM
I need to take some of your cleaning motivation and apply it to my house while I have the time off. So glad you got a new bed, hope you get used to it soon :)



I love your list and how you are using it for continued motivation. I do the same thing with making comparison pictures before and after, they make me really see how far I have come.
I also get the sweet cravings after I eat supper, I hold off as long as I can then have my snack which is always sweet and so far has satisfied.


Said it before, will say it again LizR you are amazing! Great work!!


So sorry to hear about your continued back trouble. I am glad you have a doctor who is helping you get to the bottom of the cause. :hug:


Diane you can do this. you are human, you are allowed mistakes, its OK to regroup as many times as you need because this is your journey, no one else and only you can decide whats best for you and how to keep motivated. I can say I have appreciated your support and sense of humor a lot on this thread and will be here to give you any support you need along with the many others who are smarter then me. :hug::hug:
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I finally have a few days off which I have been enjoying doing a whole lot of nothing, now it is time to get motivated to clean. What I have also started this week is dry brushing my skin and using firming lotion. what I can say is I have already noticed my skin is much softer, but that comes of no surprise because I never really moisturized before at all so my skin is like "WHAT THE HECK IS THIS", hoping it will help with some of the recovery until I can really start to tone and exercise. :chin:


Sent you a PM, did you get it?

JenRem
03-26-2013, 09:30 PM
Recently I had a group photo emailed to me and I was surprised by how much heavier I looked in the picture versus how I thought I looked in the mirror that morning.

Isn't that crazy. Maybe someone is selling us bad mirrors and we have them all hanging in our houses lol!

GreatLakes86
03-26-2013, 09:31 PM
I had a interesting weigh in today. Down .8lb and 1 inch. This is the second week in a row with a smaller loss. Not, complaining, because every week that things trend downward, I'm a happy camper. But anyways, I'm at week 9, and have see-sawed between a several pound loss and and several inch loss so my coach was curious about what might be different lately. She is not judgemental, and we just started going through things...packets, timing of eating, water, etc. Turns out, I have been slacking on getting my salt in! She mentioned that when you drink as much water as I do, and aren't taking in extra salt, that water just goes straight through you. So this afternoon I put salt in my liter water bottle and I am not running to the restroom every 8 seconds like I had been the last couple weeks. I dunno if it will make a difference with the weight loss, but the reduced bathroom trips is at least a bonus. :)

ragdoll74
03-26-2013, 09:33 PM
Isn't that crazy. Maybe someone is selling us bad mirrors and we have them all hanging in our houses lol!

I'm ok with that! My mirror makes me feel skinnier, I don't think I'd like it if it made me feel fatter.

newday2013
03-26-2013, 09:41 PM
Advice from 100%folks? What strategies or tricks do you use to get in all your water? This is where I have the most difficulty, especially at work since I teach. :?::?:

Well, it's not very green of me, but I teach too and use water bottles...I'll buy a couple of cases on sale and keep them in my office, I'm now a rotary teacher, but when I taught kindergarten I kept them behind my desk. I would line up 6 bottles and make sure I drank them. Even asked the kids to monitor and make sure I was drinking!! Now, with rotary, it's a little tougher, because our periods are only 30 minutes long. I'll guzzle 2 during my prep, then 1 at each break and make sure I'm always carrying one around.

ptod
03-26-2013, 10:16 PM
Wow - I am on the road for a few days and come back home to find it takes over an hour to get caught back up. :faint: This is a long post, so feel free to skip it. :D

Ishbel posted this on the previous volume

The last 10 lbs were really slow for me and somewhat frustrating. I went back in my food journal and actually started eating those foods again and re-measured 'everything' for a few days to keep me in line and focused. After doing that I realized that it was a little 'sloppy'. Do that and stop exercising for one-two weeks see what happens....let us know what you do thou

I had decided at the 1st of the year to try new classes through our town's parks & rec department. DH & I have taken a few dance classes that were offered, but he wasn't interested in more. He did suggest that I try a basic yoga class & said he would sign up too. Then I figured that I should stretch myself even further (pun intended) and also signed up for a beginner kettlebell class. That was my mistake.

I was only 9 pounds from goal.....sigh....

I warned my coach - added extra protein/packet on class day - and figured that I could handle it as I had been slowly adding walking & stationary bike for several months. Yoga was fine - very beginner/gentle. Even though the kettlebell class was 1 hour/week, we didn't spend the entire time exercising - lots of instruction for newbies - so no more than 30 minutes really. In the first 2 weeks of kettlebell class I gained 6 pounds of muscle. I use any readings, besides weight, from my coach's scale to view trends not absolutes, but that was a big change. Then I went up and down & sideways a bit. I didn't want to stop going to class so I just soldiered on. After a few weeks, I asked my coach about moving up to phase 3 and she agreed that I should try it. Scale came back down & we both thought that all I needed was more calories.

Then the scale went wonky again. I was getting ready just to throw up my hands and almost had myself convinced that this was the weight my body wanted to be at and if I could magically make the extra skin I have disappear, that I would be at goal ~ 160#. Kettlebell class ended - so I went back to P1 for one last push to goal (back to what I did when I started IP - ate simple meals, measuring everything, blah, blah, blah) and wouldn't you know it my weight went BACK UP?!?!?!?! Really?

My coach was stumped. I told her that I was ready to give P3 two more weeks and then move on the maintenance. Stick a fork in me! Being half the person I use to be is enough, right? She understood and then the scale went up some more. I have stuck with P3 and am determined to TRUST the plan - still measuring everything, drinking enough, lowering stress - and we will see what happens with tomorrow's WI.

If you made it this far in my post - thanks - I needed to get it all out. Will update as soon as I can tomorrow. I promise not to be as chatty. ;)

MonicaKolesnik
03-26-2013, 10:55 PM
Sent you a PM, did you get it?

I am so sorry I had not seen it. I checked and now messaged you back :)

Ishbel
03-26-2013, 11:15 PM
ptod there is nothing wrong with being done and practicing maintenance for a while. I am not that person that believes that goals can't be modified up or down...it's where you're comfortable. You're awesome and you will continue to be awesome. Welcome to almost maintenance! :)!!

ragdoll74
03-27-2013, 09:01 AM
ptod there is nothing wrong with stopping earlier than your goal. You can always do phase 1 again if you decide you want to lose more after maintaining a while.

IdealProteinNewbie
03-27-2013, 09:19 AM
Shout-outs to MomPattie, Starshine, and Stargirl66!

Hope you're all doing well :)

dawn again
03-27-2013, 11:13 AM
Hello 100% people! I'm really focusing my focus lately drinking my water, etc. I can see several goals coming up with becoming "just overweight" in a few more pounds. Shortly after that, under 200. I can't believe I'm getting in range of these goals. I am actively debating with myself about my 195 end goal, but after chatting with the Fab 50's group, we determined that I didn't sign anywhere that I had to stop at 195. Nobody will take my first born, or charge me extra for use of the site or anything. So onward and downward to Onederland soon - I'm still in disbelief. Then I may just not tell myself I got there, and just keep going a bit longer until it feels right to stop.

If you were around in June 2012, you may have seen me post that I never saw myself as big as I was in a mirror or moving about my day. Looking at photos was a OMG experience each time. I have a feeling I'll have a hard time seeing myself whatever my size is correctly. Even today I tell my husband I don't like photos of myself as well as the mirror - to which he responded I should take photos of myself in the mirror LOL - he's a gem.



I feel the same way! The pictures help me side by side, before and now. Even though my clothes are smaller I am just now getting to see myself smaller. We have the same stats pretty much. I haven't decided if I will stop at 195 either. That is what my coach recommends. I think I am going to see how I feel when I get there and TRY to stop stressing over it!! Ha

IdealProteinNewbie
03-27-2013, 01:09 PM
As if we need confirmation, but IP really works!

I went to my gynecologist this morning...he was sooo happy about my weight loss (he had no idea I was doing anything). My blood pressure was 108/72 and I will be going for a complete blood count tomorrow...will let you all know the results!

Here's the funny thing...he asked me if I had weight loss surgery! He said "Wow, most people don't get these kind of results without it."

That's because he's never heard of IP :D

natsprat4
03-27-2013, 01:16 PM
Does anyone else get as excited as I do on weigh-in days?? It's like waking up on Christmas morning... I get so darn excited to see my results... I guess that's also because I follow the diet 100%... so there's never worries about gaining... This will be my 5-week weigh in... I WILL UPDATE LATER THIS EVENING. Happy Wednesday to all!

Happy Dance for this amazing diet... THAT WORKS. :carrot::carrot::carrot:

KitKat169
03-27-2013, 01:38 PM
Ptod, nice to hear from you. Don't worry about the long posts because we've all been there with the need to just let it out.

For those of you stressing about your end goal, I want to say "just relax" but I know that is easier said than done. I had a hard time too the last 15lbs because where my doctor said to stop vs BMI scale vs where I felt I still wanted to lose (as if I had a choice). I don't see or feel thin by any means because I have a large stomach roll and taking a bath stresses me because I see weird skin flaps around my thighs. I'm not convinced this is all skin but I don't know how much more I could get my weight down. I also didn't want to phase out just because i wanted to get lazy on my daily eating choices (i.e. take the easy road out). So eventually I made the decision to phase off. I know that I need time for my body to deal with the excess skin, I know I may need surgery one day to remove what my body can't deal with and I know that if I still have fatty spots that I want to address I can go back to P1. I've phased off before and went back to P1 (vacation), so I know it can be a challenge but I know it is possible to do. And once in maintenance I'm sure that I'll need to do a semi-annual reboot to deal with little scale creeps and that I could just stay on P1 for a little longer. This is now a lifetime journey so I'm no longer concerned about where / when I officially declared goal.

Going back and re-reading this before I posted, it sounds like an affirmation session. I think I needed this though as much to convince myself as anyone else. One of my daily reads from Beck Diet Solution is to remind me to give myself credit on what I've accomplished and learned instead of adding doubt.

newday2013
03-27-2013, 05:35 PM
ok, so, I'll say it again, I ate a 4th pack today. yes.again. I wish we were allowed to swear. My food journal looks picture perfect! Salad, huge, check! Even ate 2 slices of lean turkey breast at 3pm. Water, galore! It's not TOM, I'm not doing anything extra??? I have WI tomorrow, nervous about it becasue of the extra packs...will talk to my coach and see what she says, but you guys are the pros!!

JenRem
03-27-2013, 06:02 PM
ptod - Hang in There. It will all work itself out in the end, but I know sooner than later would be better! :hug:

ok, so, I'll say it again, I ate a 4th pack today. yes.again. I wish we were allowed to swear. My food journal looks picture perfect! Salad, huge, check! Even ate 2 slices of lean turkey breast at 3pm. Water, galore! It's not TOM, I'm not doing anything extra??? I have WI tomorrow, nervous about it becasue of the extra packs...will talk to my coach and see what she says, but you guys are the pros!!

Is your 4rth pack restricted or non-resticted? I guess I'm asking when you have 4 packets are you having 3 non-restricted and 1 restricted or 2 non-restricted and 2 restricteds?

Is there a packet that you feel like you LIKE a little too much??? For example, I use some alternative and there is a vanilla wafer cookie from Proti-Diet or Proti-Thin. I ENJOYED it too much. After one packet, I'd want another and then sometimes even another. Whereas, I can eat any other packet of food and be satisfied afterwards. Well, I no longer order any of those cookies lol- they are too tempting for me.

Are you eating the 4rth packet out of boredom? out of stress?
Are you getting all your other food in during the day?

bellasamimom
03-27-2013, 06:26 PM
ok, so, I'll say it again, I ate a 4th pack today. yes.again. I wish we were allowed to swear. My food journal looks picture perfect! Salad, huge, check! Even ate 2 slices of lean turkey breast at 3pm. Water, galore! It's not TOM, I'm not doing anything extra??? I have WI tomorrow, nervous about it becasue of the extra packs...will talk to my coach and see what she says, but you guys are the pros!!

My Coach has me eating 4 packs a day 3 unrestricted and 1 restricted. I have found my loses are much better on 4 packs.

newday2013
03-27-2013, 06:40 PM
ptod - Hang in There. It will all work itself out in the end, but I know sooner than later would be better! :hug:



Is your 4rth pack restricted or non-resticted? I guess I'm asking when you have 4 packets are you having 3 non-restricted and 1 restricted or 2 non-restricted and 2 restricteds?

Is there a packet that you feel like you LIKE a little too much??? For example, I use some alternative and there is a vanilla wafer cookie from Proti-Diet or Proti-Thin. I ENJOYED it too much. After one packet, I'd want another and then sometimes even another. Whereas, I can eat any other packet of food and be satisfied afterwards. Well, I no longer order any of those cookies lol- they are too tempting for me.

Are you eating the 4rth packet out of boredom? out of stress?
Are you getting all your other food in during the day?

Nope, I am legit hungry...thanks to IP I now know the difference. 4th is a restricted, bar usually or pudding. But the others are soups, shakes, soy patty.
I have said that my job is very physical, basically I fly around a school as a rotary teacher for 4-8 year olds (dancing, singing, etc) switching classes every 30 minutes. Could that be why? I'm going to stop the splenda and see if that helps too...I've read that some people are trigered by that.

newday2013
03-27-2013, 06:42 PM
My Coach has me eating 4 packs a day 3 unrestricted and 1 restricted. I have found my loses are much better on 4 packs.

Good to know, thanks...maybe when our weight is down we can go down to 3?

GreatLakes86
03-27-2013, 07:09 PM
Newday, the last 2 weeks I had some serious "hungries" going. My coach advised an extra packet, but I think I discovered the real root. I was drinking a TON of water/tea because the office was chilly so I'd have tea or coffee and then extra water. Well, I was slacking on getting my salt intake in. So I'd just pee that water right out. Like...within short order of drinking anything, nature called. Yesterday and today I've added a bit of salt to my liter water bottle and I am A) not running to the bathroom every 8 seconds and B) not hungry. My coach said that if you don't get in the salt your body just flushes the water through and you aren't using it. Something to think about, at least. :)

exactor
03-27-2013, 07:24 PM
Congrats to everyone who is doing such a good job! I don't post very much but I do read these boards often. I've been on IP for 8 months and just past my 80 pound mark! This is crazy! I never thought I could do this, much less in only 8 months. So stick with it - it does work!

I am only 4 pounds away from my original goal, but I think I'm going to lower it by 15 pounds. I figure I'll immediately put 5 pounds back on and then that is where I want to maintain. As other people have mentioned, the last few pounds are VERY SLOW!

ragdoll74
03-27-2013, 07:29 PM
Congrats to everyone who is doing such a good job! I don't post very much but I do read these boards often. I've been on IP for 8 months and just past my 80 pound mark! This is crazy! I never thought I could do this, much less in only 8 months. So stick with it - it does work!

I am only 4 pounds away from my original goal, but I think I'm going to lower it by 15 pounds. I figure I'll immediately put 5 pounds back on and then that is where I want to maintain. As other people have mentioned, the last few pounds are VERY SLOW!

Congrats on making it past the 80 lb mark! You look incredible in your new pic!

Suchawittygal
03-27-2013, 08:10 PM
Congrats to everyone who is doing such a good job! I don't post very much but I do read these boards often. I've been on IP for 8 months and just past my 80 pound mark! This is crazy! I never thought I could do this, much less in only 8 months. So stick with it - it does work!

I am only 4 pounds away from my original goal, but I think I'm going to lower it by 15 pounds. I figure I'll immediately put 5 pounds back on and then that is where I want to maintain. As other people have mentioned, the last few pounds are VERY SLOW!

You look AH-MAZING!! Great Job!!

ptod
03-27-2013, 08:56 PM
ptod there is nothing wrong with being done and practicing maintenance for a while. I am not that person that believes that goals can't be modified up or down...it's where you're comfortable. You're awesome and you will continue to be awesome. Welcome to almost maintenance! :)!!

ptod there is nothing wrong with stopping earlier than your goal. You can always do phase 1 again if you decide you want to lose more after maintaining a while.

ptod - Hang in There. It will all work itself out in the end, but I know sooner than later would be better! :hug:

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

I appreciate all the kind words and it helps me remember to be kind to myself. At my WI today, the scale moved DOWN!!!! Yippee!!! I am sure that the weird scale movements over the past were a combination of too little water while traveling, plumbing issues :o & stressing myself out about what my goal is/could be/should be.

If you are curious about the number, the scale was down 9.2 pounds. Yes, really! That puts me at 165.4. Pretty cool, eh? So here is my plan. Phase 3 for 1 more week and what ever the scale says next week will be my goal number (I will decide later if it is a temp or perm goal number). Then I will move to maintenance so I can celebrate my birthday with a fun day this year. :jeno: Coach is on board with the plan.

Ishbel - how does my butt look in almost maintenance??? :lol:

See less chatty as promised! ;) Thanks again everyone!! :hug:

lisa32989
03-27-2013, 09:06 PM
I appreciate all the kind words and it helps me remember to be kind to myself. At my WI today, the scale moved DOWN!!!! Yippee!!! I am sure that the weird scale movements over the past were a combination of too little water while traveling, plumbing issues :o & stressing myself out about what my goal is/could be/should be.

If you are curious about the number, the scale was down 9.2 pounds. Yes, really!
Wow, wow, wow! Patience paid off!!!
Yay!
:cp:

ptod
03-27-2013, 09:39 PM
.....Remember the journey isn't always easy but the destination will be worth it. What were the reasons why you were motivated to lose weight to begin with? Write them down if you haven't yet and re-read that list every day. I've changed the tone of my list now that I'm at the end:
1. I look better
2. I wear a smaller size (size 20/22 to size 8/10!)
3. I'm happier when I look in the mirror - tall and lean
4. I don't feel so self-conscious
5. I'm in better health
6. I feel better physically
7. I have more energy
8. I feel more in control
9. I have more confidence
10. I've increase my self esteem
11. I feel more outgoing

Ptod, nice to hear from you. Don't worry about the long posts because we've all been there with the need to just let it out.

For those of you stressing about your end goal, I want to say "just relax" but I know that is easier said than done. I had a hard time too the last 15lbs because where my doctor said to stop vs BMI scale vs where I felt I still wanted to lose (as if I had a choice). I don't see or feel thin by any means because I have a large stomach roll and taking a bath stresses me because I see weird skin flaps around my thighs. I'm not convinced this is all skin but I don't know how much more I could get my weight down. I also didn't want to phase out just because i wanted to get lazy on my daily eating choices (i.e. take the easy road out). So eventually I made the decision to phase off. I know that I need time for my body to deal with the excess skin, I know I may need surgery one day to remove what my body can't deal with and I know that if I still have fatty spots that I want to address I can go back to P1. I've phased off before and went back to P1 (vacation), so I know it can be a challenge but I know it is possible to do. And once in maintenance I'm sure that I'll need to do a semi-annual reboot to deal with little scale creeps and that I could just stay on P1 for a little longer. This is now a lifetime journey so I'm no longer concerned about where / when I officially declared goal.

Going back and re-reading this before I posted, it sounds like an affirmation session. I think I needed this though as much to convince myself as anyone else. One of my daily reads from Beck Diet Solution is to remind me to give myself credit on what I've accomplished and learned instead of adding doubt.

KitKat - both of these posts really spoke to me.

I try to remind myself of similar things to those on your list most days. The last few months for me have been tougher than dropping the first 150 pounds and these statements were how I held on. I don't know why I got fixated on a number or a size recently. I believe I have let them go for today - tomorrow I will let them go again. My DH helps by telling me that I look great and it is more important to him that I am happier with myself now. Even he told me "you can go back to P1 later if you want".

With my flaps and jiggly parts, the only way for me to know a guesstimate of how many pounds of excess I have is to visit a surgeon. But today as I was driving around I asked myself would it really change anything to know the surgery might remove 5, 10 or more pounds? I decided to be happy where I am at the moment - again I will worry about tomorrow tomorrow.

I am actually reading Beck Diet Solution right now. I hope I didn't blow by the page regarding giving myself credit. I will have to look that up.

BTW - what does thin feel like? :shrug:

ptod
03-27-2013, 09:41 PM
Congrats to everyone who is doing such a good job! I don't post very much but I do read these boards often. I've been on IP for 8 months and just past my 80 pound mark! This is crazy! I never thought I could do this, much less in only 8 months. So stick with it - it does work!

I am only 4 pounds away from my original goal, but I think I'm going to lower it by 15 pounds. I figure I'll immediately put 5 pounds back on and then that is where I want to maintain. As other people have mentioned, the last few pounds are VERY SLOW!

Your transformation is dramatic. Nice work!

KitKat169
03-27-2013, 10:26 PM
ok, so, I'll say it again, I ate a 4th pack today. yes.again. I wish we were allowed to swear. My food journal looks picture perfect! Salad, huge, check! Even ate 2 slices of lean turkey breast at 3pm. Water, galore! It's not TOM, I'm not doing anything extra??? I have WI tomorrow, nervous about it becasue of the extra packs...will talk to my coach and see what she says, but you guys are the pros!!

As long as you are truly hungry and not bored, tired, head craving, thirsty, etc. then a 4th packet sounds ok. Another option would be to add extra cucumber - my coach allows me above 4 cups a day in veg as long as the extra is cucumber or celery.

Congrats to everyone who is doing such a good job! I don't post very much but I do read these boards often. I've been on IP for 8 months and just past my 80 pound mark! This is crazy! I never thought I could do this, much less in only 8 months. So stick with it - it does work!

I am only 4 pounds away from my original goal, but I think I'm going to lower it by 15 pounds. I figure I'll immediately put 5 pounds back on and then that is where I want to maintain. As other people have mentioned, the last few pounds are VERY SLOW!

80lbs is awesome! If you feel better lower your goal, then I say go for it. I changed my mind several times in the last few weeks.



I appreciate all the kind words and it helps me remember to be kind to myself. At my WI today, the scale moved DOWN!!!! Yippee!!! I am sure that the weird scale movements over the past were a combination of too little water while traveling, plumbing issues :o & stressing myself out about what my goal is/could be/should be.

If you are curious about the number, the scale was down 9.2 pounds. Yes, really! That puts me at 165.4. Pretty cool, eh? So here is my plan. Phase 3 for 1 more week and what ever the scale says next week will be my goal number (I will decide later if it is a temp or perm goal number). Then I will move to maintenance so I can celebrate my birthday with a fun day this year. :jeno: Coach is on board with the plan.

Yeah, the patience paid off. Congrats on the huge number too. I think your goal and move to maintenance sound like a good plan.

KitKat - both of these posts really spoke to me.

I am actually reading Beck Diet Solution right now. I hope I didn't blow by the page regarding giving myself credit. I will have to look that up.

BTW - what does thin feel like? :shrug:

I'm glad I could help. So many people on these boards have helped me but I used to be really quiet in my posts because I felt useless to return the favour. But now I'm one of the old-timers and maybe I really have learned a thing or two. My coach affirms my actions and thoughts all the time so it is my turn to do the same for myself.

I wish I knew what "thin" felt like but at least I feel thinner and usually lean. (as long as I have the right body shaper on!!!)

Friday will be my first official day of maintenance. I plan to go all out with carrots and onions with my slow cooker roast. Life on the wild side! On Saturday I have to shop in the morning but then get to enjoy a massage, getting my hair done and finally getting my nails done. That is my easter basket treat. I have a family dinner to go to on Sunday but I know they have healthier options and I'll bring a salad of some sort.

Ishbel
03-27-2013, 11:45 PM
Ishbel - how does my butt look in almost maintenance??? :lol:

HOTTY MCHOTTY!!! :yay: for 9.2 lbs....ain't that a WHOOSH!

You've done ssssssooooo so so well! Congratulations! :carrot:

Halfagain
03-28-2013, 01:25 AM
I feel the same way! The pictures help me side by side, before and now. Even though my clothes are smaller I am just now getting to see myself smaller. We have the same stats pretty much. I haven't decided if I will stop at 195 either. That is what my coach recommends. I think I am going to see how I feel when I get there and TRY to stop stressing over it!! Ha
Yes my doctor said stop at 199 :-) So that's where my 195 came from. I guess I'll play it by ear and see what happens.

Ptod, nice to hear from you. Don't worry about the long posts because we've all been there with the need to just let it out.

For those of you stressing about your end goal, I want to say "just relax" but I know that is easier said than done. I had a hard time too the last 15lbs because where my doctor said to stop vs BMI scale vs where I felt I still wanted to lose (as if I had a choice). I don't see or feel thin by any means because I have a large stomach roll and taking a bath stresses me because I see weird skin flaps around my thighs. I'm not convinced this is all skin but I don't know how much more I could get my weight down. I also didn't want to phase out just because i wanted to get lazy on my daily eating choices (i.e. take the easy road out). So eventually I made the decision to phase off. I know that I need time for my body to deal with the excess skin, I know I may need surgery one day to remove what my body can't deal with and I know that if I still have fatty spots that I want to address I can go back to P1. I've phased off before and went back to P1 (vacation), so I know it can be a challenge but I know it is possible to do. And once in maintenance I'm sure that I'll need to do a semi-annual reboot to deal with little scale creeps and that I could just stay on P1 for a little longer. This is now a lifetime journey so I'm no longer concerned about where / when I officially declared goal.

Going back and re-reading this before I posted, it sounds like an affirmation session. I think I needed this though as much to convince myself as anyone else. One of my daily reads from Beck Diet Solution is to remind me to give myself credit on what I've accomplished and learned instead of adding doubt.

Thank you KitKat - this helped. I appreciate your thoughts, thanks for sharing. I have not tried to phase off and come back - but as you say it is an option too that I haven't really looked at.

ragdoll74
03-28-2013, 08:09 AM
ptod WOW unbelievable WI!

Can you please send that woosh fairy my way?

exactor
03-28-2013, 10:00 AM
Congrats on making it past the 80 lb mark! You look incredible in your new pic!

You look AH-MAZING!! Great Job!!

Your transformation is dramatic. Nice work!

Thank you for your kind words!

Delgen
03-28-2013, 10:52 AM
ptod -

Is there a packet that you feel like you LIKE a little too much??? For example, I use some alternative and there is a vanilla wafer cookie from Proti-Diet or Proti-Thin. I ENJOYED it too much. After one packet, I'd want another and then sometimes even another. Whereas, I can eat any other packet of food and be satisfied afterwards. Well, I no longer order any of those cookies lol- they are too tempting for me.

Are you eating the 4rth packet out of boredom? out of stress?
Are you getting all your other food in during the day?

I had those Proti wafers and YIKES are they too good. I don't order them anymore either.
I just got some QUEST bars, and they only have 5 net carbs. Really good...but not too good! :smug::hug:

Delgen
03-28-2013, 10:54 AM
Newday, the last 2 weeks I had some serious "hungries" going. My coach advised an extra packet, but I think I discovered the real root. I was drinking a TON of water/tea because the office was chilly so I'd have tea or coffee and then extra water. Well, I was slacking on getting my salt intake in. So I'd just pee that water right out. Like...within short order of drinking anything, nature called. Yesterday and today I've added a bit of salt to my liter water bottle and I am A) not running to the bathroom every 8 seconds and B) not hungry. My coach said that if you don't get in the salt your body just flushes the water through and you aren't using it. Something to think about, at least. :)

THat is so interesting. I am going to try that!

MonicaKolesnik
03-28-2013, 11:32 AM
Congrats to everyone who is doing such a good job! I don't post very much but I do read these boards often. I've been on IP for 8 months and just past my 80 pound mark! This is crazy! I never thought I could do this, much less in only 8 months. So stick with it - it does work!

I am only 4 pounds away from my original goal, but I think I'm going to lower it by 15 pounds. I figure I'll immediately put 5 pounds back on and then that is where I want to maintain. As other people have mentioned, the last few pounds are VERY SLOW!
Congratulations!!! You have done so well and look so great!!! :carrot::carrot:
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If you are curious about the number, the scale was down 9.2 pounds. Yes, really! That puts me at 165.4. Pretty cool, eh? So here is my plan. Phase 3 for 1 more week and what ever the scale says next week will be my goal number (I will decide later if it is a temp or perm goal number). Then I will move to maintenance so I can celebrate my birthday with a fun day this year. :jeno: Coach is on board with the plan.

Ishbel - how does my butt look in almost maintenance??? :lol:

See less chatty as promised! ;) Thanks again everyone!! :hug:

Wow talk about a whoosh!!! Congrats!!! You plan sounds fantastic, enjoy this birthday you deserve it.
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I have a question to ask of you ladies but I am not sure how to phrase it so if I confuse anyone I am sorry in advance. Does anyone else find that as they are losing weight and there body is changing the are both happy and disappointed all at the same time. I will try and explain. As I am losing the weight I love the way I look in clothes, how they cling to me and the curves I am developing but without clothes I am disheartened by what I see a little. This is stupid to me a bit because before IP I did not even want to look in the mirror, but I think because I used to avoid it so much I never really cared about the little things that were "wrong" with my body, teeth, skin, hair, etc" because they were all overshadowed by my weight. So now as the weight is becoming less of an issue I find myself picking out and being a harder judge on myself about these other things. These are my issues and I will need to find a way to work them out for myself I was just wondering if I was the only one?

Cheekyskeeter
03-28-2013, 12:00 PM
You're not the only one who thinks that way Monica. My hubby laughs at me as now when I'm getting dressed or getting ready (for work or to go out with him) I'm questioning him on everything....do I look good, does my middle area look big in this shirt, is my hair ok, should I put makeup on to even out my skin (I never wear foundation as I hate the feel of it), should I get a boob lift (age and the weight loss has left them a little lower then I'd like). It takes me ten times longer to get ready to go anywhere. He of course goes on and on about how great I look and how proud he is of me but I think it takes us longer to see the good things in the mirror. I'm still a bit surprised every day when I look at myself in the mirror and see how much smaller I am. I'm truly happy with my weight now (can't wait to start working out to tone it all up).

Oh and today is my last day on P1....I'm starting P2 tomorrow....yippppeeee. Although honestly I'm quite comfy in P1.

lisa32989
03-28-2013, 12:06 PM
I have a question to ask of you ladies but I am not sure how to phrase it so if I confuse anyone I am sorry in advance. Does anyone else find that as they are losing weight and there body is changing the are both happy and disappointed all at the same time. I will try and explain. As I am losing the weight I love the way I look in clothes, how they cling to me and the curves I am developing but without clothes I am disheartened by what I see a little. This is stupid to me a bit because before IP I did not even want to look in the mirror, but I think because I used to avoid it so much I never really cared about the little things that were "wrong" with my body, teeth, skin, hair, etc" because they were all overshadowed by my weight. So now as the weight is becoming less of an issue I find myself picking out and being a harder judge on myself about these other things. These are my issues and I will need to find a way to work them out for myself I was just wondering if I was the only one?

It is so easy to only see the imperfections.
We basically have a new body to look at but all the old "stuff" is still there. I have lower belly "apron" skin/fat. I know more will go with 40 more lbs (but probably not all) but man-o-man if I could choose a spot for a reduction, this would be it! But then I look at my wiggly, dimply thighs...

See? There are lots of cosmetic changes we can all make if there is unlimited $$$ -- hair extensions, teeth whitenting/caps/straightening, plastic surgery, liposuction...etc, but in the end we get to live in the bodies we were given. And we've all done some disservice to these bodies. Right now, we're doing the best we can for the bodies each and every day to get them into some kinda healthy shape again. AND we're not done yet. We're still IN the journey. But it is SO EASY to be self-critical. I sometimes wonder if this is the inner fat girl's way of trying to come back out: "See, you won't ever be perfect...eat some nachos!"

Let's let the inner skinny girl have the fun right now...choosing new outfits, updating hairdos, buying new makeup, while we learn to accept our imperfections. IP won't fix it all, even tho it does a fantastic job on the weight. And if we had unlimited $$, we could end up looking like a freak show from too much intervention (Joan Rivers, Michael Jackson come to mind)

I remember when I had my breast reduction in 99. So many people wanted a "transplant". I told them then: the grass might look greener but it still must be mowed. We might choose to make some cosmetic changes based on our personal finances but not all of us will be able to.

Today, I'm celebrating going up & down stairs without needing a railing! (and having hardly any pants in my closet...I gotta rectify that this weekend before I'm bottomless :eek:)

M35A2
03-28-2013, 12:17 PM
Week 9 WI a day early as coach taking Good Friday off. Down a tad less than 1lb and a little over an inch lost. It appears that I have a sensitivity to Soy so no more Restricteds for the next couple of weeks to see if that stirs things up any. I'm really going to miss that Vanilla Crispy Square.

ragdoll74
03-28-2013, 12:24 PM
Monica-I feel the same way. With clothes on I am really happy with how I look, but when I'm just out of the shower and standing in front of the mirror it's another story. I automatically zoom into my upper body and all I can see if the fat covering my stomach and arms. Since the skin isn't firmed up all the way everything looks so droopy and fatty. Obviously there is a lot less, but sometimes I can't see the difference from before.

stargirl66
03-28-2013, 12:41 PM
Hello! It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood - I have reached ONEderland! 199.6 on my home scale this morning. I have not seen that number in about 23 years - IP ROCKS!

Official weigh in today was 2 lbs down, making my official weight 202.5, but come on, I'm not using that as my official weight today, lol! They are consistently 2-3 lbs different which accounts for the clothes I'm wearing and shake I drink between the two WIs.

Getting ready for Easter at my house on Sunday. I'm the cook, so it will be chock full of good veggies. Happy Easter to everyone!

Shout-outs to MomPattie, Starshine, and Stargirl66!

Hope you're all doing well :)

Hola, time to catch up with everything!


Good to hear from you even if your struggling. Remember the journey isn't always easy but the destination will be worth it. What were the reasons why you were motivated to lose weight to begin with? Write them down if you haven't yet and re-read that list every day. I've changed the tone of my list now that I'm at the end:
1. I look better
2. I wear a smaller size (size 20/22 to size 8/10!)
3. I'm happier when I look in the mirror - tall and lean
4. I don't feel so self-conscious
5. I'm in better health
6. I feel better physically
7. I have more energy
8. I feel more in control
9. I have more confidence
10. I've increase my self esteem
11. I feel more outgoing

My bad little secret right now is a sweet craving after dinner. I am anxious for another week to go by so I can have a small yogurt and fruit snack after dinner in maintenance. In the meantime, I have been known to do a little sip of WF Pancake syrup. It sounds disgusting but it gives me that little sweet I want to finish my dinner.

Love the list, and OMG your bad little secret made me laugh :-D



I took the week off so I could stay home with the kids during their spring break. Finally finished the trim in the office today, it was the last thing left to do since we redecorated that room back in December.

I also cleaned out some closets. I still had some t-shirts in my closet that were 2X. Amazing to think that I was wearing them last summer, and now I'm wearing a small.

I've got plenty of spring cleaning left to do for the rest of the week. The kids aren't going to be very happy about spring break. Tomorrow I'm sending them down to the basement to go through the old boxed up toys to see what they don't need anymore. They were hoping to go to an indoor waterpark.:lol::swim:

I'm going through the all the closets now too, and what a chore it is! Not only do I have to be ready for a kid's consignment sale in a week, but my own entire wardrobe is in flux right now. I've been making purchases, but still need to contend with everything that's in there. The shopping part is fun though, I just got an order from Kohls yesterday, and found I'm size 16/1X for the most part, down from a 26/4X that I was last year, holy cow!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

I appreciate all the kind words and it helps me remember to be kind to myself. At my WI today, the scale moved DOWN!!!! Yippee!!! I am sure that the weird scale movements over the past were a combination of too little water while traveling, plumbing issues :o & stressing myself out about what my goal is/could be/should be.

If you are curious about the number, the scale was down 9.2 pounds. Yes, really! That puts me at 165.4. Pretty cool, eh? So here is my plan. Phase 3 for 1 more week and what ever the scale says next week will be my goal number (I will decide later if it is a temp or perm goal number). Then I will move to maintenance so I can celebrate my birthday with a fun day this year. :jeno: Coach is on board with the plan.

Ishbel - how does my butt look in almost maintenance??? :lol:

See less chatty as promised! ;) Thanks again everyone!! :hug:

Awesome whoosh, and great plan you have!!!


I'm glad I could help. So many people on these boards have helped me but I used to be really quiet in my posts because I felt useless to return the favour. But now I'm one of the old-timers and maybe I really have learned a thing or two. My coach affirms my actions and thoughts all the time so it is my turn to do the same for myself.

I wish I knew what "thin" felt like but at least I feel thinner and usually lean. (as long as I have the right body shaper on!!!)

Friday will be my first official day of maintenance. I plan to go all out with carrots and onions with my slow cooker roast. Life on the wild side! On Saturday I have to shop in the morning but then get to enjoy a massage, getting my hair done and finally getting my nails done. That is my easter basket treat. I have a family dinner to go to on Sunday but I know they have healthier options and I'll bring a salad of some sort.

You're a great inspiration Kitkat! Congrats on getting to the Maint phase, hopefully you'll still stick around.

It is so easy to only see the imperfections.
We basically have a new body to look at but all the old "stuff" is still there. I have lower belly "apron" skin/fat. I know more will go with 40 more lbs (but probably not all) but man-o-man if I could choose a spot for a reduction, this would be it! But then I look at my wiggly, dimply thighs...

See? There are lots of cosmetic changes we can all make if there is unlimited $$$ -- hair extensions, teeth whitenting/caps/straightening, plastic surgery, liposuction...etc, but in the end we get to live in the bodies we were given. And we've all done some disservice to these bodies. Right now, we're doing the best we can for the bodies each and every day to get them into some kinda healthy shape again. AND we're not done yet. We're still IN the journey. But it is SO EASY to be self-critical. I sometimes wonder if this is the inner fat girl's way of trying to come back out: "See, you won't ever be perfect...eat some nachos!"

Let's let the inner skinny girl have the fun right now...choosing new outfits, updating hairdos, buying new makeup, while we learn to accept our imperfections. IP won't fix it all, even tho it does a fantastic job on the weight. And if we had unlimited $$, we could end up looking like a freak show from too much intervention (Joan Rivers, Michael Jackson come to mind)

I remember when I had my breast reduction in 99. So many people wanted a "transplant". I told them then: the grass might look greener but it still must be mowed. We might choose to make some cosmetic changes based on our personal finances but not all of us will be able to.

Today, I'm celebrating going up & down stairs without needing a railing! (and having hardly any pants in my closet...I gotta rectify that this weekend before I'm bottomless :eek:)

Hooray for no railing - great NSV!

Yeah, the imperfections are many, but I'm oddly not really concerned about all the extra skin and jiggly parts at this point. I've never been happy with my body, but I think I've learned to become more accepting of it, and proud of myself for staying on the journey, and getting closer to my destination. Will I ever have surgery? I hope so after a year or so of reaching goal. I don't think I'll be going sleeveless this summer, and my thighs will require longer shorts for now, and that's ok. I'm not Barbie and never plan to be.

benice
03-28-2013, 01:12 PM
I have a question to ask of you ladies but I am not sure how to phrase it so if I confuse anyone I am sorry in advance. Does anyone else find that as they are losing weight and there body is changing the are both happy and disappointed all at the same time. I will try and explain. As I am losing the weight I love the way I look in clothes, how they cling to me and the curves I am developing but without clothes I am disheartened by what I see a little. This is stupid to me a bit because before IP I did not even want to look in the mirror, but I think because I used to avoid it so much I never really cared about the little things that were "wrong" with my body, teeth, skin, hair, etc" because they were all overshadowed by my weight. So now as the weight is becoming less of an issue I find myself picking out and being a harder judge on myself about these other things. These are my issues and I will need to find a way to work them out for myself I was just wondering if I was the only one?

You know how skinny people complain about their lumps and bumps that no one can see and you think, "You look great!"...well, that's YOU! You're the skinny person :) I think this is something everyone, regardless of size, goes through...we see our own imperfections, whatever they may be, and they seem significant to us, but to everyone else, they are invisible...

JenRem
03-28-2013, 02:08 PM
Exactor - you look absolutely AMAZING - WTG!

Delgen - I agree, we want our foods to be good, but not too good lol!

M35A2 - sorry about the soy sensitivity; Lisa is living through this. Hang in there and I hope it gets figured out!

stargirl66 - Welcome to ONEDERLAND. So very happy for you! I agree that this is the time you should count your scale instead of the clinic's, lol!

Monica, Cheekyskeeter, Lisa, Ragdoll, Stargirl66, and benice - great points! Nice conversation to bring up and share, Monica!
I especially related to Lisa's and benice's, really spoke to my heart!

I agree with benice that others have always seen our flaws and our weight. So, as we lose weight - all they notice is us losing weight. I don't believe they focus on our flaws any where near the amount we focus on our flaws. We are always going to be our worst critic. Lisa's point about being concerned that the inner fat girl may be whispering to us that "we might as well give up now, because even if we lose weight we still won't be good enough" is very valid. We all know where to tell that inner fat girl to go, right?!?!!

Yes, I see my flaws. And I agree that it was easier to not notice them as much when we were heavier because the extra weight was sooo much more noticeable, that the other flaws were in the background.
I feel losing weight is a BIG enough challenge and don't think it wise to focus on any of the other flaws at this time. So, if my mind wanders to "well, I'd be happier if my .......... looked better", I immediately change gears in my thinking and tell myself how proud I am of conquering this weight issue.
I am not going to address any other flaws that I might want to change UNTIL I have gotten to goal and maintained for at least 6mo-1yr (this time frame might even be pushed out to 1-2yrs)
I don't want to bite off more than I can chew and speaking for me will address everything in it's own time. At some point, we are going to have to accept ourselves as we are and the sooner we can begin to do that and truly love ourselves (inside and out) the better we'll be for it!

~ Jen

ragdoll74
03-28-2013, 02:14 PM
stargirl congrats on making it to ONEDERLAND:cp::cp:

dawn again
03-28-2013, 03:01 PM
Congrats to everyone who is doing such a good job! I don't post very much but I do read these boards often. I've been on IP for 8 months and just past my 80 pound mark! This is crazy! I never thought I could do this, much less in only 8 months. So stick with it - it does work!

I am only 4 pounds away from my original goal, but I think I'm going to lower it by 15 pounds. I figure I'll immediately put 5 pounds back on and then that is where I want to maintain. As other people have mentioned, the last few pounds are VERY SLOW!

Congrats! You look great!!

dawn again
03-28-2013, 03:04 PM
Hi everyone! WI today I am down 1.4 lbs and 3.5 inches! Can't believe I have lost this much in only 6 months! Coach says I am going to Phase 2 after next week. I am excited, but nervous....Congrats everyone on the losses!

I have the body image thing you guys are talking about too...but I look great in clothes!! LOL Guess it's something I will have to get over.

Nolawhodatchick
03-28-2013, 07:39 PM
Hi everyone! I'm still here, just been out the last week and also hanging out on maintainers more lately. It's nice to catch up on the journey and see how wonderful everyone here is doing. All those tickers have been just ticking down for the last two weeks while I was away!

Congrats on onederland, Stargirl!

lisa32989
03-28-2013, 08:33 PM
Congrats Stargirl!!

It appears that I have a sensitivity to Soy so no more Restricteds for the next couple of weeks to see if that stirs things up any. I'm really going to miss that Vanilla Crispy Square.
I had a total hissy fit when I gave up soy and gluten. What I missed the most were my munchy crunchy: sw curls, salt/vinegar, dill zippers.

I found simply chips (by the makers of simply bars) and of course I'd already known about Quest Bars but started ordering them, when I hadn't been. There was also soy in several packets: dk choc pudding & IP butterscotch ( to name my favs), in addition to the soups.
I had to make a BUNCH of adjustments but I'm still here!
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So, my weight has been bouncing up and down all week but won't go DOWN below my last WI last week. TOM reminded me why today.

JenRem
03-28-2013, 08:51 PM
I had to make a BUNCH of adjustments but I'm still here!
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So, my weight has been bouncing up and down all week but won't go DOWN below my last WI last week. TOM reminded me why today.

Yes, you are still here and rockin' it!
Aawww! The joys of TOM! Hopefully, you'll get a nice wooshh after!

M35A2
03-28-2013, 08:55 PM
There was also soy in several packets: dk choc pudding & IP butterscotch ( to name my favs), in addition to the soups.
I had to make a BUNCH of adjustments but I'm still here!

I just bought the butterscotch pudding for the first time last week. That may have been what tipped me over the edge as I had 4 of the packets between Friday and yesterday.

GreatLakes86
03-28-2013, 08:58 PM
I think I have been playing a little too fast and loose with my veggie portions. This week I have recommitted to measuring and erring on the side of caution. I just like veggies too darn much! Also, making a point to drink even more water. I was getting more than the 64 oz, but I was definitely drinking less than when I first started the program. It's been good to do a little bit of assessment on if I am really doing everything by the book.

It's great to see everyone's accomplishments!

Monica, I totally understand what you're saying. I know I'm already thinking ahead to summer and while I'm grateful that my arms and legs will not be so chunky, I'm definitely self-conscious about my ghostly paleness. I am transparent. Luckily I live in Alaska and everyone else is, too. :lol:

I am also grateful for you guys here and in other threads talking about just accepting that the process will take as long as it takes. I have been mentally struggling with that. I have a fun camping trip planned Memorial Day weekend, and was hoping to be at goal and phasing off, but that doesn't seem likely right now. But I know I can go on the trip and still eat on plan. And I have a 10k race the third week in June that I really want to participate in. Again, I was hoping to be phasing off and able to train. I'm now realizing that it is reasonable to train for that race while on P1...other people have done similar things. And that it will slow down my losses, but that is okay. I don't want to miss out on the experience. Last year I didn't do it because I was too fat. This year, I will probably be slow, but I will do it without feeling inferior.

lisa32989
03-28-2013, 09:03 PM
I just bought the butterscotch pudding for the first time last week. That may have been what tipped me over the edge as I had 4 of the packets between Friday and yesterday.

I have a list so you don't have to read every label, unless you've already done so

JenRem
03-28-2013, 09:04 PM
I have a 10k race the third week in June that I really want to participate in. Again, I was hoping to be phasing off and able to train. I'm now realizing that it is reasonable to train for that race while on P1...other people have done similar things. And that it will slow down my losses, but that is okay. I don't want to miss out on the experience. Last year I didn't do it because I was too fat. This year, I will probably be slow, but I will do it without feeling inferior.

And we will be here cheering you on! ;)
You can always check-in with LizRR if you have questions about training for the race while on P1. She is definately the running/IP guru!

M35A2
03-28-2013, 09:05 PM
I have a list so you don't have to read every label, unless you've already done so

Not yet. I just found out this morning.

fitandfabfrog
03-28-2013, 09:07 PM
What is the difference between this thread and just the daily chat thread?

lisa32989
03-28-2013, 09:14 PM
What is the difference between this thread and just the daily chat thread?
Stick with the sheet 100% and no talking about cheating!

GreatLakes86
03-28-2013, 09:18 PM
What is the difference between this thread and just the daily chat thread?


People in this thread recognize that while there will always be an excuse to eat something "off plan", there is also always a way to avoid eating off plan. These folks are doing the program "by the book" (actually..."by the sheet" ;) ) and do not eat foods that are not allowed during phase 1.

The Daily Thread often has posts from people who have eaten off plan for one reason or another, and are looking for reassurance, advice, sympathy, etc. I'm not judging, because everyone's journey is different. But this is the land of "where there's a will, there's a way" and you won't find people talking about off plan wanderings.

lisa32989
03-28-2013, 09:19 PM
M35A2: My soy/no soy list is attached

fitandfabfrog
03-28-2013, 09:21 PM
Oh yeah! I am tired of hearing about people cheating because I don't want to even think that is an option...I made the commitment and won't cheat because I know I deserve better. May I hang out here too ?

GreatLakes86
03-28-2013, 09:24 PM
Since this topic has come up....

What is the 100% consensus on flavorings/extracts. I'm limited on my local availability for alcohol free flavorings. The only one I found is vanilla, and it has glycerin in it which my understand is sort of like a sugar alcohol in that it is not metabolized like sugar is. I have some mint extract and I want to make a shamrock shake with some vanilla pudding and ice. Part of me says the amount of alcohol is really tiny and part of me is going :nono: . I am guessing I would use less than a 1/2 tsp. I want it to be a hint of mint, not toothpaste flavored.

What are people's thoughts? a) Yay? b) Nay? c) I'm a silly goose?

lisa32989
03-28-2013, 09:33 PM
Since this topic has come up....

What is the 100% consensus on flavorings/extracts. I'm limited on my local availability for alcohol free flavorings. The only one I found is vanilla, and it has glycerin in it which my understand is sort of like a sugar alcohol in that it is not metabolized like sugar is. I have some mint extract and I want to make a shamrock shake with some vanilla pudding and ice. Part of me says the amount of alcohol is really tiny and part of me is going :nono: . I am guessing I would use less than a 1/2 tsp. I want it to be a hint of mint, not toothpaste flavored.

What are people's thoughts? a) Yay? b) Nay? c) I'm a silly goose?

c
(Sorry, that was just fun!)
My particular coach says extracts are 0/0/0 and we use so little not to worry.

Oh yeah! I am tired of hearing about people cheating because I don't want to even think that is an option...I made the commitment and won't cheat because I know I deserve better. May I hang out here too ?
The more the merrier! We've "lost" some to the maintainers thread (yes, 100%ers get to goal!!!). And FYI, 100% can still mean using alt products that fit the IP profile.

We also have some folks who are struggling but they don't talk about their non-100% eating on this thread. This is my "safe" place where I know I can come and hear it CAN be done!

Halfagain
03-28-2013, 09:54 PM
...........These are my issues and I will need to find a way to work them out for myself I was just wondering if I was the only one?

Nope you are NOT the only one :hug: I'm right there with you. So many great thoughts from others here today.

I had a huge example - but I think you described it well and I was blathering on and on lol

1LittleStar
03-28-2013, 10:08 PM
Happy Thursday night everyone. Glad to be starting a long weekend!

I went to a cooking demonstration with Chef Verati a couple nights ago, which was quite interesting. He is quite funny and enthusiastic. He demonstrated a few different cooking ideas and techniques, all for phase 1, and using IP products. I am going to try the crepe for the first time, and it was interesting that he was using it as a wrap for veggies and protein. He also used the mango drink for a bit of a kick to veggies and shrimp. It was really good! He also suggests blanching some veggies when you get home from the grocery store, so that they are ready to add to any recipe throughout the week. I'm not that organized, but could see it working for asparagus and peppers. I have also never cooked with bok choi, but I'm going to try it out. So overall, a successful evening. I feel excited about some new cooking ideas!

DRegan
03-28-2013, 10:13 PM
M35A2: My soy/no soy list is attached

What adverse effects to you experience from the soy?
Just wondering, so far nothings bothering me but curious
what happens to you and others.:?:
thx

D

shoediva
03-28-2013, 10:18 PM
I am proud to say that I am in my 4th week and down 20 pounds! The BIGGEST victory for me is that I haven't cheated one bit- that has never happened for me on a diet, ever. I feel so confident in myself and my ability to stay in control. Thanks for all the positiveness on this thread! :dancer:

lisa32989
03-28-2013, 10:39 PM
What adverse effects to you experience from the soy?
Just wondering, so far nothings bothering me but curious
what happens to you and others.:?:
I developed thyroid problems
soy is notoriously hard on thyroid (gluten too, esp for anyone with hashimotos)
Ketogenic diets are also notoriously hard on thyroid, as well. I just didn't want to make it any harder for the thyroid to function than it had to be...

M35A2
03-28-2013, 11:03 PM
M35A2: My soy/no soy list is attached

Thanks!

What adverse effects to you experience from the soy?
Just wondering, so far nothings bothering me but curious
what happens to you and others.:?:

My coach was concerned as I haven't been losing nearly what she felt a typical man on IP should be losing (of course I've never been typical). So we did a food sensitivity test today (something provided free by the dr office she's in). I showed a high sensitivity to soy and nothing else. We're going to try a couple of weeks with no soy to see if it changes anything.

The only real thing I noticed was having the butterscotch pudding for the first time last week. Within a half hour of eating it I developed an upset stomach that lasted for several hours - only time this has happened since starting the diet. I had it a 2nd time and was a little queasy afterward but then it went away and the other 2 times I had it I didn't notice anything. Could be a coincidence or could be the soy but either way we'll see how the next 2 WI go.

M35A2
03-28-2013, 11:06 PM
M35A2: My soy/no soy list is attached

So the soy lecithin isn't a problem?

MonicaKolesnik
03-29-2013, 12:19 AM
I AM SO GLAD I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE!!! I hate that you guys are feeling this way at times too, but I am glad I have my IPeeps with me. I am going to keep my inner fat girl locked where she needs to be and try and let my skinny girl take the reins for a while (its her first time ;) so she is allowed to have bumps in the way) Please know that you guys are all a beautiful bunch of people and without your support this would be just a diet instead of the life change it is !!
I went to the city to do our bi-weekly stock up and while there it was +4 out sunny and beautiful so I bought myself a new spring coat and love it, Size 14 at Ricki's and of coarse on sale. Also I found the new crystal light water flavors and they are very good! Delicious really, love the Strawberry Lemonade, got the at superstore if anyone is interested to get some for themselves.


http://i1355.photobucket.com/albums/q715/Monica_Kolesnik/75865d25-f605-4fe4-8a03-bb61c7bfb825_zps741ae569.jpg

Delgen
03-29-2013, 12:31 AM
Happy Thursday night everyone. Glad to be starting a long weekend!

I went to a cooking demonstration with Chef Verati a couple nights ago, which was quite interesting. He is quite funny and enthusiastic. He demonstrated a few different cooking ideas and techniques, all for phase 1, and using IP products. I am going to try the crepe for the first time, and it was interesting that he was using it as a wrap for veggies and protein. He also used the mango drink for a bit of a kick to veggies and shrimp. It was really good! He also suggests blanching some veggies when you get home from the grocery store, so that they are ready to add to any recipe throughout the week. I'm not that organized, but could see it working for asparagus and peppers. I have also never cooked with bok choi, but I'm going to try it out. So overall, a successful evening. I feel excited about some new cooking ideas!
Sounds fabulous!!!:hug:

MonicaKolesnik
03-29-2013, 01:18 AM
Stargirl66!! CONGRATULATIONS on ONDERLAND! So excited for you!
FITANDFABFROG :welcome:

lisa32989
03-29-2013, 06:04 AM
So the soy lecithin isn't a problem?

Doesn't seem to be for me
You'd practically have to go off ALL processed foods to get away from that ( plus never eat in restaurants b/c they use it a lot in processed foods)

Seems to be the soy PROTEIN. IP will say that the isolate is better than the whole soy but after all my reading, I'm not taking chances

IdealProteinNewbie
03-29-2013, 06:31 AM
Looking good Monica!

Nolawhodatchick
03-29-2013, 08:36 AM
Nope you are NOT the only one :hug: I'm right there with you. So many great thoughts from others here today.

I had a huge example - but I think you described it well and I was blathering on and on lol

:) One person's blathering is another person's inspiration! Feel free to "blather" any time, it will probably be just what I need to hear.

safetylady
03-29-2013, 08:44 AM
I am proud to say that I am in my 4th week and down 20 pounds! The BIGGEST victory for me is that I haven't cheated one bit- that has never happened for me on a diet, ever. I feel so confident in myself and my ability to stay in control. Thanks for all the positiveness on this thread! :dancer:

Congrats on your success!!! Your are in the groove!

lisa32989
03-29-2013, 09:33 AM
IPNewbie: I just noticed how close you're getting to the century club! :)

My report for today is that TOM bloat is gone and I skipped right over the elusive 75 off. Onward toward the next mini goal!

MFP keeps telling me that is about 5 weeks off. Whenever it comes, I will also be in sight of the century mark. All of this felt so far away lat August. Some still feels very surreal but achievable by staying OP no matter what

I'm so glad you are all here & a place to come where I don't hear how "this one time" I can have_____ or I got caught ______. The only person I'd be cheating is myself! I'm also glad there are others who can respond to those posts. I just have to keep this path.

ragdoll74
03-29-2013, 09:37 AM
Monica love the jacket. It looks really cute on you.

I need to see if I can find a new spring jacket also. I just donated the last of my oversized coats this week, and don't have any light jackets. I'm pretty close to goal, so I might just buy something that feels snug right now so that I can still wear it next year.

lisa32989
03-29-2013, 09:46 AM
Monica love the jacket. It looks really cute on you.

I need to see if I can find a new spring jacket also. I just donated the last of my oversized coats this week, and don't have any light jackets. I'm pretty close to goal, so I might just buy something that feels snug right now so that I can still wear it next year.

I got THREE from Burlington online. Keeping one. Returning 2. Gave my black tent-of-a-coat away

Surprised plain XL (not 1x) were too big! Time to start shopping for larges I suppose. Weird. Just weird for a gal who started in 2XL or 24 pants just 8 months ago (my first day was actually 7/30/12).

I actually liked a different one best but they don't have the L in a color I want.

I'll post my pic after yoga/shower

More piles of clothes going to consignment and charitable stores today (suits/nice dresses to consignment). I need pants! I only have 4 pair left for work. This will NOT DO!

Today I go for Spect scan on my back.

ragdoll74
03-29-2013, 09:52 AM
[QUOTE=lisa32989;4686429]I got THREE from Burlington online. Keeping one. Returning 2. Gave my black tent-of-a-coat away

Surprised plain XL (not 1x) were too big! Time to start shopping for larges I suppose. Weird. Just weird for a gal who started in 2XL or 24 pants just 8 months ago (my first day was actually 7/30/12).

I actually liked a different one best but they don't have the L in a color I want.

I'll post my pic after yoga/shower

More piles of clothes going to consignment and charitable stores today (suits/nice dresses to consignment). I need pants! I only have 4 pair left for work. This will NOT DO!

Today I go for Spect scan on my back.

Congrats on passing up that mini goal.

Thanks for the reminder on Burlington. Since I'm off work this week, I'm going to take a drive there and check them out.

Hoping everything goes well with your scan today and they can help you fix the back issues for good.

safetylady
03-29-2013, 10:20 AM
Today, week 4 of this journey begins! Have finally found something that not only makes sense but is also good for my body and overall health. I can see this through maintenance and live with it. Time to throw out the yo-yo dieting and various programs I have tried.

My original reason for starting Ideal Protein was to look good in my gown for our son's wedding in June 2013. We have an only child who is marrying a wonderful girl. When shopping, I asked my future daughter in-law not to let me pick out what I called, an old lady gown. At 54 yrs old, I want to feel and look good. It would have been to easy to just settle on a gown instead of getting one that would make me take notice of how I looked. I was so embarrassed at the way the gowns looked that I knew I would have to make changes to myself to look good and feel confident in the gown. Well, the gown is perfect and certainly not, an old lady dress. Because of Ideal Protein, I will go to my fitting on April 13th knowing that the gown will fit, look good and I will be confident.

After 3 weeks - 14.4 pounds gone and 8.4 pounds to go. Being 100% is the only way I want to do this. For me, jelly beans, choc., bread or anything else is not worth me losing the momentum.

Thanks - could not do it without this board

safetylady
03-29-2013, 10:22 AM
I AM SO GLAD I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE!!! I hate that you guys are feeling this way at times too, but I am glad I have my IPeeps with me. I am going to keep my inner fat girl locked where she needs to be and try and let my skinny girl take the reins for a while (its her first time ;) so she is allowed to have bumps in the way) Please know that you guys are all a beautiful bunch of people and without your support this would be just a diet instead of the life change it is !!
I went to the city to do our bi-weekly stock up and while there it was +4 out sunny and beautiful so I bought myself a new spring coat and love it, Size 14 at Ricki's and of coarse on sale. Also I found the new crystal light water flavors and they are very good! Delicious really, love the Strawberry Lemonade, got the at superstore if anyone is interested to get some for themselves.


http://i1355.photobucket.com/albums/q715/Monica_Kolesnik/75865d25-f605-4fe4-8a03-bb61c7bfb825_zps741ae569.jpg

That coat looks great on you. You should be so proud of what you have done!

joysh
03-29-2013, 11:05 AM
Just popping in to say hi!! Everyone's doing so well here!

I had a giant Passover seder Tuesday night. Cooked a lot of wonderful food, but only ate the OP stuff. No matzahballs for me this year!! But I felt great!

Going to Houston now to spend some of Passover and all of Easter with my family. My kids from Syracuse will come so I'll have 4 tiny ones to play with! I'll jump up and down from the floor like I'm much, much younger!!!

Have a great weekend and a great holiday, everyone!!!:bunny2::bunny2::bunny2::wave::wave::wa ve::angel::angel:

Monica!! Love your picture!!!!

Lisa, it's fun to go clothes shopping now, isn't it? And it's also fun to share the stuff we've shrunk out of!!!


Today, week 4 of this journey begins! Have finally found something that not only makes sense but is also good for my body and overall health.

You're doing great safetylady!! Keep it up!!

KitKat169
03-29-2013, 03:51 PM
Stargirl66: congrats on making it to ONEDERLAND! And I plan to stick around in maintenance. I need the continued inspiration as much as before.

Monica: I too am very critical looking at myself. I try to look in the mirror only when clothed so I don’t see the skin rolls as clearly. My positive affirmations list has gone a long way towards making me feel better about myself though. Yesterday I was wearing my skin tight jeans, meant to look tight, with my high boots. When I got to my friend’s place and took off my boots, I was tempted to ask her if my calves look tight to wear these jeans but stopped myself because they looked fine. Not perfect but perfectly good.
I’m jealous you found the Crystal Light liquid. I have tried Superstore, Sobeys and Safeway this week but no luck yet.

Fitandfabfrog: welcome to the 100% thread. Yes most of us are hear to avoid hearing about the off-plan stuff because sticking to the program really does make the program easier to do. One cheat can lead down a slippery slope too easily.

1LittleStar: glad you had a good time at the cooking demo. The mango drink with veggies and shrimp sounds like a great idea.

Shoediva: Great job!

Lisa: congrats on passing your last goal. I love the MFP predictions. I didn’t believe them at first but then they suddenly started coming true.

Today is my first day of maintenance. I’m not going too crazy although it seems like it right now. Added coconut milk to a chicken curry dish for lunch and dinner will be roast beef in the slow cooker with carrots and onions. I also added rutabagas because I wasn’t ready to throw in the high carb of a sweet potato quite yet. I forgot to plan new snack options for maintenance so have my spinach oatmeal muffin ready (using the IP pack). Don’t worry, I won’t continue to post my maintenance food options in this thread to tempt all of you but the first day was just so exciting.

All the talk of clothes shopping again makes me want to get out there but today and Sunday everything is closed and tomorrow I have a series of appointments that will make it feel like a mini-spa day for me. Massage, hair and nails. So there won't be any time to go to the malls, plus it is probably still too cool outside to get overly excited about buying spring and summer dresses which I really want.

MonicaKolesnik
03-29-2013, 04:51 PM
Looking good Monica!
Thank you :D
Monica love the jacket. It looks really cute on you.

I need to see if I can find a new spring jacket also. I just donated the last of my oversized coats this week, and don't have any light jackets. I'm pretty close to goal, so I might just buy something that feels snug right now so that I can still wear it next year.
I was worried about the fact that I will shrink out of this one as I am so far from goal, but it was so darn cute and on sale, so I bought it tight so it would fit longer. Plus I was boiling in my winter coat while shopping so it worked out well. ;)
That coat looks great on you. You should be so proud of what you have done!
I am very happy with the progress so far, thanks for the compliment :)

Going to Houston now to spend some of Passover and all of Easter with my family. My kids from Syracuse will come so I'll have 4 tiny ones to play with! I'll jump up and down from the floor like I'm much, much younger!!!

Have a great weekend and a great holiday, everyone!!!:bunny2::bunny2::bunny2::wave::wave::wa ve::angel::angel:

Monica!! Love your picture!!!
Thank you, Hope you have a great time with your family this holiday.



Monica: I too am very critical looking at myself. I try to look in the mirror only when clothed so I donít see the skin rolls as clearly. My positive affirmations list has gone a long way towards making me feel better about myself though. Yesterday I was wearing my skin tight jeans, meant to look tight, with my high boots. When I got to my friendís place and took off my boots, I was tempted to ask her if my calves look tight to wear these jeans but stopped myself because they looked fine. Not perfect but perfectly good.
Iím jealous you found the Crystal Light liquid. I have tried Superstore, Sobeys and Safeway this week but no luck yet.

All the talk of clothes shopping again makes me want to get out there but today and Sunday everything is closed and tomorrow I have a series of appointments that will make it feel like a mini-spa day for me. Massage, hair and nails. So there won't be any time to go to the malls, plus it is probably still too cool outside to get overly excited about buying spring and summer dresses which I really want.

I am jealous of you spa day!! sounds like the pampering you deserve :) The spring and summer dresses will look great on you. I bought and tried 3 flavors of the crystal light, Mango/Passion-fruit, Blueberry/Raspberry, and Strawberry/Lemonade. I must say they were all very good. I was not a huge fan of MIO I really only like 2 of there flavors, but these were very tasty and quite refreshing. I am not going to get into the whole debate about whether or not we should be drinking these or if they effect weight-loss, but if you are looking for 0/0/0 water flavorings that are tasty I recommend picking some up :)

lisa32989
03-29-2013, 05:34 PM
I got to thinking this am: since I quit soy, TOM is back like clockwork. It's been messed up since the IP get-go. I know some is the estrogen in the fat but this is the 3rd month now, 27 days apart.
Just observational/anecdotal but definitely interesting

IP43
03-29-2013, 07:42 PM
It is so easy to only see the imperfections...

Let's let the inner skinny girl have the fun right now....
Ah but you're a wise one!! Thanks for your input on this issue --well said!

Happy Thursday night everyone. Glad to be starting a long weekend....

I went to a cooking demonstration with Chef Verati a couple nights ago, which was quite interesting.

I've been offline a few days-- how did you get this great opportunity?? that sounds very cool!


I'm wishing everyone a fantastic Easter weekend.:easter2:

Mother of the Groom
03-30-2013, 12:45 AM
Pretty proud of myself tonight, I made goodies(popcorn balls, chocolate no bake cookies and chocolate butterscotch pecan cookies) for my son to take back to university and never had a nibble or finger lick of any of it. But darn my house smells good:o

Cheekyskeeter
03-30-2013, 05:47 AM
I hope everyone is having a great Easter weekend. I spent the day yesterday with my family and today I have my guitar lesson this morning then plan to,spend the restless of the day giving my horses a wee spa day. It's so gorgeous out I can't believe (or don't want to believe) that the cold weather will be returning next week. I want winter to be over.

So I made it through phase 1 completely 100% and yesterday was my first day of phase 2......I gotta say though I miss my morning snack.

Cheekyskeeter
03-30-2013, 05:50 AM
http://i1355.photobucket.com/albums/q715/Monica_Kolesnik/75865d25-f605-4fe4-8a03-bb61c7bfb825_zps741ae569.jpg

Love the jacket!

KitKat169
03-30-2013, 11:01 AM
Pretty proud of myself tonight, I made goodies(popcorn balls, chocolate no bake cookies and chocolate butterscotch pecan cookies) for my son to take back to university and never had a nibble or finger lick of any of it. But darn my house smells good:o

Well done. I've decided that the smells are better than the tastes most of the time. The taste "just isn't worth it". I just started maintenance yesterday and bought myself a 85% dark chocolate bar but even that I have so far thought buying and having it in the house with the knowledge that I could have it is so far better than the idea of eating it. I think it will probably stayed sealed up for a few days.

I hope everyone is having a great Easter weekend. I spent the day yesterday with my family and today I have my guitar lesson this morning then plan to,spend the restless of the day giving my horses a wee spa day. It's so gorgeous out I can't believe (or don't want to believe) that the cold weather will be returning next week. I want winter to be over.

So I made it through phase 1 completely 100% and yesterday was my first day of phase 2......I gotta say though I miss my morning snack.

I love that we have some warmer weather too but at some point they have to stop "more cold to come next week". It's almost April and it will take weeks for all our snow to melt at this rate.

I think Phase 2 is definitely the most blah. I couldn't introduce anything new but I had to lose some of my lunch favorites and find more types of protein options. But it does mean you are so close to goal and P3 is around the corner so celebrate that part!

IdealProteinNewbie
03-30-2013, 11:13 AM
IPNewbie: I just noticed how close you're getting to the century club! :)

Thanks Lisa!

I'm thinking a spa pedicure is in order once I get there :D

IdealProteinNewbie
03-30-2013, 11:18 AM
We all know how key preparation is...for those celebrating Easter, what's your plan for tomorrow?

Mine is: Quest bar for breakfast, Rotini, mushrooms, roasted asparagus and prime rib (much higher fat than normal so very special treat) for lunch/dinner then a nice chocolate RTD for dessert!

newday2013
03-30-2013, 11:18 AM
I got to thinking this am: since I quit soy, TOM is back like clockwork. It's been messed up since the IP get-go. I know some is the estrogen in the fat but this is the 3rd month now, 27 days apart.
Just observational/anecdotal but definitely interesting

And then there's me...no TOM for 7months, hot flashes and all, even blood work showed perimenipause...2 weeks into IP and tada! Full period, brought me to my knees to be honest, was not impressed, but oh well, postponing wrinkles I guess, lol!!:o

lisa32989
03-30-2013, 11:45 AM
We all know how key preparation is...for those celebrating Easter, what's your plan for tomorrow?

Mine is: Quest bar for breakfast, Rotini, mushrooms, roasted asparagus and prime rib (much higher fat than normal so very special treat) for lunch/dinner then a nice chocolate RTD for dessert!

B: I'm having real eggs. A treat. 1 egg + 3 egg whites = 1 omelet packet.
L: IP potato/zucchini rolls & salad
D: Lambchops (another treat), caulimash, roasted cabbage, salad
S: IP choc rtd blended with ice cubes (my "wendy's frosty")

Strange how "treats" have changed, isn't it?
I think since I did Atkins before, I have identified things I can really live without, esp since I've really decided this time I need to at least restrict gluten, if not eliminate. I'm really noticing things that cause me to think about food too much. Any of these items end up owning me and making food own me. I'll have to find a place for them moving forward, which may mean carefully planned or may mean eliminated.
Luckily on P1, I don't have to make too many of those decisions today.

IdealProteinNewbie
03-30-2013, 12:00 PM
Hi friends!

Thought I would show you the dress I chose for a Baptism I'm going to next Sunday (I'm the Godmother!)

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/calvin-klein-dress-sleeveless-belted-banded-stripe?ID=804683&CategoryID=5449&LinkType=#fn=BRAND%3DCalvin

It was the first and only dress I tried on...fit like a glove!

Shopping for a dress definitely would have been a fear-inducing moment for me before IP :D

aliboo723
03-30-2013, 12:03 PM
Hi friends!

Thought I would show you the dress I chose for a Baptism I'm going to next Sunday (I'm the Godmother!)

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/calvin-klein-dress-sleeveless-belted-banded-stripe?ID=804683&CategoryID=5449&LinkType=#fn=BRAND%3DCalvin

It was the first and only dress I tried on...fit like a glove!

Shopping for a dress definitely would have been a fear-inducing moment for me before IP :D
So cute! Congrats and have fun!

ragdoll74
03-30-2013, 02:35 PM
Hi friends!

Thought I would show you the dress I chose for a Baptism I'm going to next Sunday (I'm the Godmother!)

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/calvin-klein-dress-sleeveless-belted-banded-stripe?ID=804683&CategoryID=5449&LinkType=#fn=BRAND%3DCalvin

It was the first and only dress I tried on...fit like a glove!

Shopping for a dress definitely would have been a fear-inducing moment for me before IP :D
Cute dress.

KitKat169
03-30-2013, 03:55 PM
Cute dress IPnewbie. I felt like summer dress shopping this weekend but didn't have the time.

For Easter I am making a P1 compliant salad and taking it to a family gathering. There are a number of food allergies in the group so this was the easiest plus healthy for me. I don't know what else I'm going to get but there may be gluten free desserts so I'll decide then it is worth my first fun meal.

I had my massage this morning then went to Starbucks for a coffee, back to the salon to get my brows trimmed and now sitting with hair color in and having myself a picnic lunch. It's a phase 2 style lunch because I forgot when packing it that I could have added more fat. Tonight I'm having my roast beef leftovers. I was a bit disappointed in my first roast attempt because even in the slow cooker it cae out a bit dry.

Tomorrow I am experimenting with chicken liver for lunch. Don't ask me why because I used to hate my mom for cooking liver even if she didn't make me eat it. But I came across it in a paleo cook book and am now going to be adventuresome. Yes I have a back up plan in case it is as bad as I remember it!

M35A2
03-30-2013, 05:24 PM
NSV today. Went shopping for some new shirts. I haven't worn less than an XL for the last 15 years. Figured I'd lost enough for a LG but tried it on and still too big. Went for a Med and fit great. I haven't worn Med at ANY point in my life. I've been at a lower weight than this before but it's coming off in different places this time around. Now I'm sure this Med is supposed to be a "loose fit" type shirt and while it's not straining at the buttons there's not a lot of free play but still...And I have 1/2 as much weight to lose yet. I might just be swimming in a Med when I'm done

GreatLakes86
03-30-2013, 05:32 PM
IPNewbie: That dress is super adorable. Also...your Nutella flavored coffee int he daily thread makes me think that we are taste bud twins. That's what I was going for the other day, but somehow I thought that coffee shops had a sf torani/da vinci choco flavor syrup. The one I went to had german chocolate, but not in sf. Bummer. For the record, a pump of hazelnut and a pump of irish creme in a 20oz decaf americano is pretty heavenly. I'll try yours later today! :)

KitKat, sorry about your roast. Did you cook it on low heat or high? I know I have way better results on low. Sometimes you just get a bad roast though and no matter what you do it would turn out dry. My solution with that is to shred it and use it as taco/fajita salad meat. Lemons into lemonade.

Monica, that coat is really good looking! Gotta love a deal!

Lisa, that is really interesting about the soy. I know that has been a concern of mine about this diet, but I figure it is for a relatively short time, and I ate pretty soy free before and will again in maintenance. But it certainly is interesting. Most people point to the Japanese as evidence that soy is a safe and healthful choice since the country has better health indicators than the US, but I have never read if Japan bans GMOs or not. I'm on the fence about whether GMOs are bad or not. It would be nice if the US required them to be labeled though so you'd at least be able to make informed decisions at the store.

Back to housework....moving sometime in the next 2 weeks and trying to get projects done while I still have a garage. Painting one of those 9 cube storage units so that it is not stark white and potting some plants for my office. I am batting .500 on keeping houseplants alive in my cube. I picked less tempermental plants this time so that my neglect won't be so evident. :lol:

fitandfabfrog
03-30-2013, 06:19 PM
IPNewbie: CUTE DRESS! Enjoy your day wearing it!

M35A2: Yeah for a MEDIUM!!

Today has been full of Easter fun with 4 kids...holidays are so much fun for them. Going to make some deviled eggs and a YUM green salad tomorrow for Easter dinner. Enjoy the holiday and hopefully some spring weather wherever you are!

fitandfabfrog
03-30-2013, 06:26 PM
safetylady: So glad you found a dress that you LOVE! I am sure you will be beautiful in it. Great results for 3 weeks!!

1LittleStar
03-30-2013, 07:37 PM
I've been offline a few days-- how did you get this great opportunity?? that sounds very cool!


My clinic was putting on the workshop for anyone on IP, and also for the general public. It was quite an opportunity, I'm glad I went.

Pretty proud of myself tonight, I made goodies(popcorn balls, chocolate no bake cookies and chocolate butterscotch pecan cookies) for my son to take back to university and never had a nibble or finger lick of any of it. But darn my house smells good:o

I love those smells! Good for you for staying away!

I hope everyone is having a great Easter weekend. I spent the day yesterday with my family and today I have my guitar lesson this morning then plan to,spend the restless of the day giving my horses a wee spa day. It's so gorgeous out I can't believe (or don't want to believe) that the cold weather will be returning next week. I want winter to be over.

So I made it through phase 1 completely 100% and yesterday was my first day of phase 2......I gotta say though I miss my morning snack.

Congrats on completing Phase 1!

Hi friends!

Thought I would show you the dress I chose for a Baptism I'm going to next Sunday (I'm the Godmother!)

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/calvin-klein-dress-sleeveless-belted-banded-stripe?ID=804683&CategoryID=5449&LinkType=#fn=BRAND%3DCalvin

It was the first and only dress I tried on...fit like a glove!

Shopping for a dress definitely would have been a fear-inducing moment for me before IP :D

Very pretty!

For Easter I am making a P1 compliant salad and taking it to a family gathering. There are a number of food allergies in the group so this was the easiest plus healthy for me. I don't know what else I'm going to get but there may be gluten free desserts so I'll decide then it is worth my first fun meal.

I had my massage this morning then went to Starbucks for a coffee, back to the salon to get my brows trimmed and now sitting with hair color in and having myself a picnic lunch. It's a phase 2 style lunch because I forgot when packing it that I could have added more fat. Tonight I'm having my roast beef leftovers. I was a bit disappointed in my first roast attempt because even in the slow cooker it cae out a bit dry.

Tomorrow I am experimenting with chicken liver for lunch. Don't ask me why because I used to hate my mom for cooking liver even if she didn't make me eat it. But I came across it in a paleo cook book and am now going to be adventuresome. Yes I have a back up plan in case it is as bad as I remember it!

Good planning!

NSV today. Went shopping for some new shirts. I haven't worn less than an XL for the last 15 years. Figured I'd lost enough for a LG but tried it on and still too big. Went for a Med and fit great. I haven't worn Med at ANY point in my life. I've been at a lower weight than this before but it's coming off in different places this time around. Now I'm sure this Med is supposed to be a "loose fit" type shirt and while it's not straining at the buttons there's not a lot of free play but still...And I have 1/2 as much weight to lose yet. I might just be swimming in a Med when I'm done

That's great! A medium is fantastic!

Today has been full of Easter fun with 4 kids...holidays are so much fun for them. Going to make some deviled eggs and a YUM green salad tomorrow for Easter dinner. Enjoy the holiday and hopefully some spring weather wherever you are!

Holidays are definetely magical for children!

IdealProteinNewbie
03-31-2013, 09:38 AM
Thanks for the feedback on the dress everybody!

I'm so excited to wear it, not only because I think it's cute, but I feel so confident in it, which is a definite change :D

Nolawhodatchick
03-31-2013, 04:46 PM
Hi friends!

Thought I would show you the dress I chose for a Baptism I'm going to next Sunday (I'm the Godmother!)

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/calvin-klein-dress-sleeveless-belted-banded-stripe?ID=804683&CategoryID=5449&LinkType=#fn=BRAND%3DCalvin

It was the first and only dress I tried on...fit like a glove!

Shopping for a dress definitely would have been a fear-inducing moment for me before IP :D
It is beautiful!

Cheekyskeeter
03-31-2013, 05:55 PM
Thanks for the feedback on the dress everybody!

I'm so excited to wear it, not only because I think it's cute, but I feel so confident in it, which is a definite change :D

I agree with everyone...that dress is beautiful and so glad you feel great in it!

MonicaKolesnik
03-31-2013, 06:56 PM
Hi friends!

Thought I would show you the dress I chose for a Baptism I'm going to next Sunday (I'm the Godmother!)

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/calvin-klein-dress-sleeveless-belted-banded-stripe?ID=804683&CategoryID=5449&LinkType=#fn=BRAND%3DCalvin

It was the first and only dress I tried on...fit like a glove!

Shopping for a dress definitely would have been a fear-inducing moment for me before IP :D

Love the Dress!!! now you just need some cute shoes to go with it ;)

MonicaKolesnik
03-31-2013, 07:07 PM
If it was not for IP and the control I have gained over my stress eating, this weekend would have been a disaster on my waistline. For all of you that remember my DH rolled and wrote of his car a little while back and then we went through all the insurance and loans, etc and bought him new car....well yesterday in the city a women went through a red and smashed his brand new car, lots o damage and we have not even made the first payment. This is happened on my second of 3 nights and to say I was stressed is an understatement. My husband is fine, that is the most important thing, but we are both stressed to the max as it seems to be one thing after another. As I said I am glad while on IP I have learned how stress is my trigger, and so have come to control it. I have to deal with the situations that are making me depressed or stressed instead of trying to stuff them with food. One more night shift then time for more insurance fun. :(

bubbleblower
03-31-2013, 07:55 PM
Just wanted to let you all know I'm still around but have zero time for posting or even keeping up with how everyone is doing. I'm still holding steady below my original goal of 134 so that's good for me! Given all the challenges with moving, work and everything else I think that's an accomplishment. So, I'm content. Oh, and another year older. I had a really nice birthday yesterday yesterday/ :)

Hope to catch up with everything going on here soon.

lisa32989
03-31-2013, 08:42 PM
Just wanted to let you all know I'm still around but have zero time for posting or even keeping up with how everyone is doing. I'm still holding steady below my original goal of 134 so that's good for me! Given all the challenges with moving, work and everything else I think that's an accomplishment. So, I'm content. Oh, and another year older. I had a really nice birthday yesterday yesterday/ :)

Happy birthday and I'm glad to hear you're doing well even WITH all the stress

If it was not for IP and the control I have gained over my stress eating, this weekend would have been a disaster on my waistline. For all of you that remember my DH rolled and wrote of his car a little while back and then we went through all the insurance and loans, etc and bought him new car....well yesterday in the city a women went through a red and smashed his brand new car, lots o damage and we have not even made the first payment. This is happened on my second of 3 nights and to say I was stressed is an understatement. My husband is fine, that is the most important thing, but we are both stressed to the max as it seems to be one thing after another. As I said I am glad while on IP I have learned how stress is my trigger, and so have come to control it. I have to deal with the situations that are making me depressed or stressed instead of trying to stuff them with food. One more night shift then time for more insurance fun. :(
Oh no!!!!!
I'm so glad he is okay.
Deep breaths!

Cheekyskeeter
03-31-2013, 08:51 PM
If it was not for IP and the control I have gained over my stress eating, this weekend would have been a disaster on my waistline. For all of you that remember my DH rolled and wrote of his car a little while back and then we went through all the insurance and loans, etc and bought him new car....well yesterday in the city a women went through a red and smashed his brand new car, lots o damage and we have not even made the first payment. This is happened on my second of 3 nights and to say I was stressed is an understatement. My husband is fine, that is the most important thing, but we are both stressed to the max as it seems to be one thing after another. As I said I am glad while on IP I have learned how stress is my trigger, and so have come to control it. I have to deal with the situations that are making me depressed or stressed instead of trying to stuff them with food. One more night shift then time for more insurance fun. :(


Oh my goodness! I'm so glad he's ok. I can only imagine how stressful this is.

KitKat169
03-31-2013, 09:17 PM
Monica: glad to hear your husband is okay and that you are also doing well despite this.

Bubbleblower: Happy Belated Birthday!

ragdoll74
03-31-2013, 10:25 PM
Monica sorry to hear about the accident, but am glad your husband is ok.

Bubbleblower happy birthday!

1LittleStar
03-31-2013, 10:58 PM
If it was not for IP and the control I have gained over my stress eating, this weekend would have been a disaster on my waistline. For all of you that remember my DH rolled and wrote of his car a little while back and then we went through all the insurance and loans, etc and bought him new car....well yesterday in the city a women went through a red and smashed his brand new car, lots o damage and we have not even made the first payment. This is happened on my second of 3 nights and to say I was stressed is an understatement. My husband is fine, that is the most important thing, but we are both stressed to the max as it seems to be one thing after another. As I said I am glad while on IP I have learned how stress is my trigger, and so have come to control it. I have to deal with the situations that are making me depressed or stressed instead of trying to stuff them with food. One more night shift then time for more insurance fun. :(

Whoa, glad to hear he's ok, but that is really bad luck! Hope it can get fixed or get another new one. Congrats on keeping it together.

Just wanted to let you all know I'm still around but have zero time for posting or even keeping up with how everyone is doing. I'm still holding steady below my original goal of 134 so that's good for me! Given all the challenges with moving, work and everything else I think that's an accomplishment. So, I'm content. Oh, and another year older. I had a really nice birthday yesterday yesterday/ :)

Hope to catch up with everything going on here soon.

Happy Birthday! Congrats on your success in maintenance :carrot:

__________________________________________________ _______

I'm going downhill skiing tomorrow! It's a bit spur of the moment, and not something that I've done in many years. I'm going with my daughters, and a friend and her kids. I've been thinking about going next year, once I've lost more weight and feel more confident. But no, I'm going tomorrow!! Yikes! I'm a bit afraid of falling and getting hurt, since these old bones are getting older, but I'm really excited. I'm happy that my weight is not holding me back like it used to, that I can participate in these activities again, and that it's just going to get better from here. I guess I better go get some vegetables ready to bring!!

MonicaKolesnik
04-01-2013, 02:48 AM
Oh no!!!!!
I'm so glad he is okay.
Deep breaths!

Oh my goodness! I'm so glad he's ok. I can only imagine how stressful this is.

Monica: glad to hear your husband is okay and that you are also doing well despite this.


Monica sorry to hear about the accident, but am glad your husband is ok

Whoa, glad to hear he's ok, but that is really bad luck! Hope it can get fixed or get another new one. Congrats on keeping it together.

Thanks guys :hug:
I truly am grateful for the new coping skills I have learned thru this journey on IP. I am not going to let this get us down, because things can always be worse. I just wish things did not always have to be on the high end of stress.
Happy Birthday bubble blower!! and happy Easter to you all. :hug::hug:

ragdoll74
04-01-2013, 08:39 AM
I'm going downhill skiing tomorrow! It's a bit spur of the moment, and not something that I've done in many years. I'm going with my daughters, and a friend and her kids. I've been thinking about going next year, once I've lost more weight and feel more confident. But no, I'm going tomorrow!! Yikes! I'm a bit afraid of falling and getting hurt, since these old bones are getting older, but I'm really excited. I'm happy that my weight is not holding me back like it used to, that I can participate in these activities again, and that it's just going to get better from here. I guess I better go get some vegetables ready to bring!!

Have fun skiing! Don't forget to take an extra non-restricted with you because of the increased activity.

lisa32989
04-01-2013, 10:40 AM
NSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSV

Today at WI, I hit a mini goal (one that I had in my head, not written here)
Since I've been weighing in wii, my actual weight didn't change from last week (just caught my coach up!)

My HIPS are now what my waist used to be!
I have lost
10" in my chest (Lotsa "back fat" there! LOL. Cup size hasn't changed)
11" in my waist
11" in my hips
5.5" from each thigh
3" from each arm
BMI is hovering just above 30 so I'll be "just overweight" soon :)

ragdoll74
04-01-2013, 10:42 AM
NSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSV

Today at WI, I hit a mini goal (one that I had in my head, not written here)
Since I've been weighing in wii, my actual weight didn't change from last week (just caught my coach up!)

My HIPS are now what my waist used to be!
I have lost
10" in my chest (Lotsa "back fat" there! LOL. Cup size hasn't changed)
11" in my waist
11" in my hips
5.5" from each thigh
3" from each arm
BMI is hovering just above 30 so I'll be "just overweight" soon :)

:cp::cp::cp::cp:

Cheekyskeeter
04-01-2013, 10:52 AM
NSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSV

Today at WI, I hit a mini goal (one that I had in my head, not written here)
Since I've been weighing in wii, my actual weight didn't change from last week (just caught my coach up!)

My HIPS are now what my waist used to be!
I have lost
10" in my chest (Lotsa "back fat" there! LOL. Cup size hasn't changed)
11" in my waist
11" in my hips
5.5" from each thigh
3" from each arm
BMI is hovering just above 30 so I'll be "just overweight" soon :)

That's awesome!!! :cb:

fitandfabfrog
04-01-2013, 11:06 AM
Yahoo Lisa32989! Love NSV!!

aliboo723
04-01-2013, 11:35 AM
NSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSV

Today at WI, I hit a mini goal (one that I had in my head, not written here)
Since I've been weighing in wii, my actual weight didn't change from last week (just caught my coach up!)

My HIPS are now what my waist used to be!
I have lost
10" in my chest (Lotsa "back fat" there! LOL. Cup size hasn't changed)
11" in my waist
11" in my hips
5.5" from each thigh
3" from each arm
BMI is hovering just above 30 so I'll be "just overweight" soon :)

That is awesome! Congrats!:cp:

aliboo723
04-01-2013, 11:38 AM
If it was not for IP and the control I have gained over my stress eating, this weekend would have been a disaster on my waistline. For all of you that remember my DH rolled and wrote of his car a little while back and then we went through all the insurance and loans, etc and bought him new car....well yesterday in the city a women went through a red and smashed his brand new car, lots o damage and we have not even made the first payment. This is happened on my second of 3 nights and to say I was stressed is an understatement. My husband is fine, that is the most important thing, but we are both stressed to the max as it seems to be one thing after another. As I said I am glad while on IP I have learned how stress is my trigger, and so have come to control it. I have to deal with the situations that are making me depressed or stressed instead of trying to stuff them with food. One more night shift then time for more insurance fun. :(

So glad DH is safe! Things have just got to get better for yall! Challenges are placed in front of us to show our inner strength. We are all stronger than we think. Hope things go well with the insurance co. :crossed:

DRegan
04-01-2013, 12:34 PM
NSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSV

Today at WI, I hit a mini goal (one that I had in my head, not written here)
Since I've been weighing in wii, my actual weight didn't change from last week (just caught my coach up!)

My HIPS are now what my waist used to be!
I have lost
10" in my chest (Lotsa "back fat" there! LOL. Cup size hasn't changed)
11" in my waist
11" in my hips
5.5" from each thigh
3" from each arm
BMI is hovering just above 30 so I'll be "just overweight" soon :)

Way to go!! Congrats!!!:carrot::carrot::carrot:

knm
04-01-2013, 12:46 PM
Morning everyone! I hope you don't mind if I join this thread. I can't say I've been 100% my whole IP experience, and especially not lately, but I've decided I need to be, and I think this is the perfect thread to help me stay accountable.
I've been phasing on and off plan the last two months because of vacations (phased off to P3 for a week in Feb, then back to P1 for a couple weeks, then phased off to maintenance for my second vacation in March). Well since returning from my most recent trip I decided to go back to P1 to lose the last few lbs, and have found it extremely difficult to stay on plan. I've recently decided that no matter what my weight, on April 12th I'm going to phase off for the summer. If I have an end date set it'll be a lot easier for me to look at it as only 12 days to go, rather than having a low WI one week and all of a sudden I have to add another week to my end date.
So here goes, as of today, I will be 100% OP until April 12th!

fitandfabfrog
04-01-2013, 01:55 PM
Morning everyone! I hope you don't mind if I join this thread. I can't say I've been 100% my whole IP experience, and especially not lately, but I've decided I need to be, and I think this is the perfect thread to help me stay accountable.
I've been phasing on and off plan the last two months because of vacations (phased off to P3 for a week in Feb, then back to P1 for a couple weeks, then phased off to maintenance for my second vacation in March). Well since returning from my most recent trip I decided to go back to P1 to lose the last few lbs, and have found it extremely difficult to stay on plan. I've recently decided that no matter what my weight, on April 12th I'm going to phase off for the summer. If I have an end date set it'll be a lot easier for me to look at it as only 12 days to go, rather than having a low WI one week and all of a sudden I have to add another week to my end date.
So here goes, as of today, I will be 100% OP until April 12th!

WELCOME! You can do anything for 12 days! Stick to it and you will see awesome results!:flow2:

fitandfabfrog
04-01-2013, 01:59 PM
Week 4 WI and down another 4 pounds! 13 pounds in 4 weeks ROCKS!!!

aliboo723
04-01-2013, 02:03 PM
Week 4 WI and down another 4 pounds! 13 pounds in 4 weeks ROCKS!!!

Congrats! Rock it!:broc:

onmyway1014
04-01-2013, 03:52 PM
I know I posted a few weeks ago that I got under 200 on my home scale but:

It finally became "Official" at my clinic today when I weighed 196.6 in the middle of the afternoon fully dressed. Even the day after an Easter ham dinner!

My coach gave me a hug and a high five - I was absolutely thrilled to see the 1 on that digital scale of hers!

I just can't believe it. I know It's still alot to weigh but it is SO much less than I weighed 5 1/2 months ago.

Over the weekend I wore a pair of size 16 jeans for the first time in at least 17 years.

I made it through easter without a single jellybean getting into my mouth - even while I put some in plastic eggs for my kids, and decorated bunny cupcakes with them. they are my favorite candy and by this time of year I have usually consumed bags of them. Even my thirteen year old son noticed the lack of jellybeans in the house before Easter and he commented "Mom - you really are changing a lot of your habits - aren't you?"

I had my first food nightmare: I dreamed I was eating the jellybeans while filling the eggs and mid mouthful I realized hey I can't eat these what am I thinking and I spit them out. I was very happy when I woke up to find it was only a dream.

thanks to everyone who posts advice and encouagement here - you are what keeps me going strong - knowing others are doing this too makes that much easier.

Also thanks for letting me share my good news with people who understand what a big deal this all is.

Enough rambling.....and being all about myself...at least its all good stuff..

ragdoll74
04-01-2013, 05:28 PM
knm welcome! You've got this, the next 12 days 100%.

Week 4 WI and down another 4 pounds! 13 pounds in 4 weeks ROCKS!!!
:carrot::carrot:

onmyway1014 you are rockin' this plan!!

JenRem
04-01-2013, 07:12 PM
IdealProteinNewbie - love the dress you chose for the Baptism!

KitKat - how did the chicken liver go? You are brave or was this an early April Fools Day joke, lol!

M35A2 - Congrats on the medium shirts! That is awesome!

GreatLakes86 - Good Luck on your move! Hope everything goes smoothly.

Monica - so glad your DH is safe! Maybe you guys should by a military Tank this time around, lol!

bubbleblower - Happy Happy Belated Birthday. What a gift to yourself to have hit goal! Hope you had an awesome day!

1LittleStar - Hope your day skiing went well and the only thing that happens is you're a little sore! I think the fact that you went is a huge NSV. You chose to live life, not sit on the sidelines and watch everyone else! Good for you!!!

Lisa - Congrats on so many awesome measurement changes. WOW! I can't believe that your hips are now as small as what your waist once was. Here's to being "overweight" very soon. Yeah!

knm - We are all here behind you! Kick butt on the 12 days - you can do it!

fitandfabfrog - You are rockin' this program. You will be to goal before you know it! WTG!

onmyway1014 - Official ONEDERLAND - So happy for you, Congrats. You are also at 90 lbs gone - WOW. You will be joining the Century Club very soon. Doing the Happy Dance with ya! :)
Great NSV staying 100% OP on Easter! Who needs those stinkin' jelly beans, anyways (lol)!

~ Jen

M35A2
04-01-2013, 08:11 PM
Congrats on the great WIs!

I'm a bit distressed at the moment. Feel like I'm heading into an MS exacerbation and figure DW will blame it on the diet. These things happen from time to time and being on the diet or not on the diet probably won't make a bit of difference but convincing her of that may take some doing. She just wants to fix me and can't so gets really frustrated. I'm just going to play it by ear but if it lasts more than a week may have to phase off to see if it does matter. Even though I'm only 1/2 through I feel so close and phasing off and restarting later will seem like starting all over again.

MonicaKolesnik
04-01-2013, 08:20 PM
Monica - so glad your DH is safe! Maybe you guys should by a military Tank this time around :D

~ Jen

That is so funny cause my mom and I were saying the same thing :) the car will be fixed so we will stick with it for now :p

knel
04-01-2013, 08:23 PM
I'm a bit distressed at the moment. Feel like I'm heading into an MS exacerbation and figure DW will blame it on the diet. These things happen from time to time and being on the diet or not on the diet probably won't make a bit of difference but convincing her of that may take some doing.

I'm so sorry to hear that, my sister has MS and we all worry about her all the time but you are right, it just comes and goes like the weather. If you can follow IP you are a strong person and I know you can get through it. Autoimmune is a silent plague IMHO.

Cheekyskeeter
04-01-2013, 08:34 PM
Congrats on the great WIs!

I'm a bit distressed at the moment. Feel like I'm heading into an MS exacerbation and figure DW will blame it on the diet. These things happen from time to time and being on the diet or not on the diet probably won't make a bit of difference but convincing her of that may take some doing. She just wants to fix me and can't so gets really frustrated. I'm just going to play it by ear but if it lasts more than a week may have to phase off to see if it does matter. Even though I'm only 1/2 through I feel so close and phasing off and restarting later will seem like starting all over again.

I don't have any advice or words of wisdom for you....just wanted to say I hope it's not going to last long. I'm sorry you're going through this. :hug:

1LittleStar
04-01-2013, 08:49 PM
I'm back! I'm back from skiing, but I also feel like "I'm back!". The old me. The one that went skiing. The one that participates in all the activities. Not the one who sits on the sidelines and watches everyone else enjoy their lives.

I'm tired, but I feel great! My back and knees are a little sore. But this is NOT something I would have done 50+ pounds ago. It makes all the sacrifices so worthwhile! The Christmas treats and meals, birthday party food, pizza, it really doesn't mean anything compared to this. Being able to participate in my life, participating with my kids, nothing is better than that!

This has re-energized me, I'm so pumped. Here's to the next 50+ lbs, I can't even imagine how much I'll be able to do then!

fitandfabfrog
04-01-2013, 09:15 PM
M35A2: I am sorry. That would be a hard decision to make. I hope things turn around for you very soon!

onmyway1014: WAY TO GO! Not eating an easy jelly bean while filling them into eggs is a HUGE success in my eyes. And look at what a good example you are for your children if they even notice! AND congrats on being in the onederland! KEEP IT UP!


Thanks for the encouragement everyone! I am really pleased with my results so far...hope they keep on going as good as they are! I threw a little fit today when I made my family tacos and I couldn't eat the refried beans or tortillas. Sat on my stairs and thought of all the people who stay OP during harder times than this and re-grouped, made my taco salad and enjoyed every bite! The results far outweigh the momentary enjoyment of old favorites.

KitKat169
04-01-2013, 10:54 PM
NSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSVNSV


Great NSV Lisa, congrats!

So here goes, as of today, I will be 100% OP until April 12th!

Welcome! And 12 days is definitely possible. You got this!

I know I posted a few weeks ago that I got under 200 on my home scale but:

It finally became "Official" at my clinic today when I weighed 196.6 in the middle of the afternoon fully dressed. Even the day after an Easter ham dinner![QUOTE]

Congrats on the official ONEDERLAND!

[QUOTE=JenRem;4690267]
KitKat - how did the chicken liver go? You are brave or was this an early April Fools Day joke, lol!


Not an April Fool's joke. I had liver twice. I posted my dinner recipe in the P1 recipe thread. I was surprised how good it tasted but also it was rich so next time I'll cut the liver portion. For lunch the next day I made traditional liver, onions and bacon stir-fry (in maintenance so can have extra fat at lunch). Not bad but I preferred the recipe with the vegetables. Note: $2.07 for 1lb of liver, awesome deal if you're on a budget!

I'm a bit distressed at the moment. Feel like I'm heading into an MS exacerbation and figure DW will blame it on the diet.

Sounds like a tough situation but we'll all be thinking of you and hoping for the best.

I'm back! I'm back from skiing, but I also feel like "I'm back!". The old me. The one that went skiing. The one that participates in all the activities. Not the one who sits on the sidelines and watches everyone else enjoy their lives.
This has re-energized me, I'm so pumped. Here's to the next 50+ lbs, I can't even imagine how much I'll be able to do then!

The energy in your words has me pumped as well. So glad you were able to get out and be active.

Thanks for the encouragement everyone! I am really pleased with my results so far...hope they keep on going as good as they are! I threw a little fit today when I made my family tacos and I couldn't eat the refried beans or tortillas. Sat on my stairs and thought of all the people who stay OP during harder times than this and re-grouped, made my taco salad and enjoyed every bite! The results far outweigh the momentary enjoyment of old favorites.

Well done. You can use these little victories to realize you can do it, it didn't kill you to miss out on food once and you'll felt better afterwards for resisting. This is one of the greatest lessons to repeat again and again.

I had a fairly quiet Easter weekend. I did a bunch of house-cleaning and spent an afternoon at a smally extended family gathering.

ragdoll74
04-01-2013, 10:57 PM
M35A2 :hug:


1LittleStar great NSV!!

onmyway1014
04-01-2013, 11:01 PM
1littlestar:

I'm really happy for you that you went skiing and had a good time. I know how much it means to be able to do stuff with the kiddos again. Were your kids so excited that you joined them?

I was too afraid to ski still this year - I figure my balance is still not great and didn't want to break anything important. I said next year I will and hearing that you did it helps me know maybe I can too.

Enjoy this NSV - in my eyes its a biggie!

JenRem
04-02-2013, 12:31 AM
M35A2 - so sorry about your health issues; I wish you a speedy recovery!


While running some errands today, I decided I couldn't go one day longer with the bra I've been wearing. I was trying to hold off purchasing a new one as long as I could knowing that I'm in transition. The bra I have is too big and the straps are always falling down my shoulders. So, I stopped at Nordstroms and was fitted for a new one. The salesperson measured me at a 38, which I was happy to hear. However, when she brought some in for me to try and after I found the one I felt fit the best she noticed it was a 36. It's a little tight, so I'm probably a 37, but I went ahead and got the 36 knowing that I will lose that inch soon enough.
A bra that fits correctly in all the right places - priceless!

Looking forward to entering the 180's very soon! :) Jen

bellasamimom
04-02-2013, 01:13 AM
I'm back! I'm back from skiing, but I also feel like "I'm back!". The old me. The one that went skiing. The one that participates in all the activities. Not the one who sits on the sidelines and watches everyone else enjoy their lives.

I'm tired, but I feel great! My back and knees are a little sore. But this is NOT something I would have done 50+ pounds ago. It makes all the sacrifices so worthwhile! The Christmas treats and meals, birthday party food, pizza, it really doesn't mean anything compared to this. Being able to participate in my life, participating with my kids, nothing is better than that!

This has re-energized me, I'm so pumped. Here's to the next 50+ lbs, I can't even imagine how much I'll be able to do then!

:dance::dance::dance::dance::dance::dance:

lisa32989
04-02-2013, 07:10 AM
M35A2: I'm so sorry to hear about the flare up!

Have you ever heard of Dr Terry Wahls? She has MS and is healing herself with a huge change in diet. She was in a wheelchair and she's not only walking again but biking!
She made a TEDx presentation (check youtube) and has a website Wahls Foundation. Definitely an out-of-the-box thinker!

I don't know if there is help there for you but thought I'd mention it.

1LittleStar
04-02-2013, 08:04 AM
1littlestar:

I'm really happy for you that you went skiing and had a good time. I know how much it means to be able to do stuff with the kiddos again. Were your kids so excited that you joined them?

I was too afraid to ski still this year - I figure my balance is still not great and didn't want to break anything important. I said next year I will and hearing that you did it helps me know maybe I can too.

Enjoy this NSV - in my eyes its a biggie!

Hi Onmyway,

Yes, my kids were quite excited. It was their first time downhill skiing. I think what helped is that another family asked me to join them at the last minute. I didn't have much time to think about it and talk myself out of it.

The other good part is that we were on the bunny hill at the beginning. I haven't skied in so long, it helped me get my confidence back. It was scary at first! I did have flashes in my mind of broken bones! But I did it anyway, and it was great. Certainly by the end, I was feeling my back and knees, but not really badly.

So if I can do it, you certainly can too! I can't wait to hear about you skiing trips next year! :)

Halfagain
04-02-2013, 10:22 AM
M35A2 - I'm thinking of you and sending the positive vibes your way.

I woke up hungry this morning. That's sort of unusual for me. Maybe the whoosh fairy is coming to visit. She's not come calling for a few weeks. My losses have been fine (no complaints here at all), it's just nice of her to come see me. If anyone sees her around, tell her I miss her.

IdealProteinNewbie
04-02-2013, 10:23 AM
I woke up hungry this morning. That's sort of unusual for me. Maybe the whoosh fairy is coming to visit. She's not come calling for a few weeks. My losses have been fine (no complaints here at all), it's just nice of her to come see me. If anyone sees her around, tell her I miss her.

Barbara,
You look amazing...love the new avatar and progress pictures!!!

fitandfabfrog
04-02-2013, 10:55 AM
JenRem: Yahoo on a bra that fits. I have lost so much up there too that I need to get a new one...just waiting to see if I will still loose up there.

Halfagain: If the fairy visits you, tell her to come on over to my house too! I will do the same!

M35A2
04-02-2013, 11:12 AM
I'm so sorry to hear that, my sister has MS and we all worry about her all the time but you are right, it just comes and goes like the weather. If you can follow IP you are a strong person and I know you can get through it. Autoimmune is a silent plague IMHO.

Thank you. It's tough living in TX (heat/humidity are big triggers). My 1st serious symptom was the 1st day we arrived in TX from WA. I certainly wouldn't have moved here if I'd known beforehand but we love it now so are here to stay.

I don't have any advice or words of wisdom for you....just wanted to say I hope it's not going to last long. I'm sorry you're going through this. :hug:

Thanks. Fortunately the worst kind of comes and goes so the new symptoms don't remain constant. It's just a part of life and you do what you can.

M35A2: I am sorry. That would be a hard decision to make. I hope things turn around for you very soon!


Thank you.

M35A2 :hug:

Thanks. Can always use those :)

M35A2 - so sorry about your health issues; I wish you a speedy recovery!

Thank you.

M35A2: I'm so sorry to hear about the flare up!

Have you ever heard of Dr Terry Wahls? She has MS and is healing herself with a huge change in diet. She was in a wheelchair and she's not only walking again but biking!
She made a TEDx presentation (check youtube) and has a website Wahls Foundation. Definitely an out-of-the-box thinker!

Thank you. You actually sent me some info on her earlier.

M35A2 - I'm thinking of you and sending the positive vibes your way.

Thanks. Love your new avatar!

Well DW took the news better than I expected and supports me staying the course OP. The latest symptom is that my feet feel like I'm walking on burning embers. Luckily it's not constant and if I'm even luckier it'll go away in a couple of days and not stick around like some of the other symptoms. My biggest fear is vertigo because that curtails my driving and leaves me fairly isolated (except for you guys). We live 20 miles from town so no public transportation available.

:hug: for everyone here. I have a smile on my face and today will be better than yesterday!

knm
04-02-2013, 11:13 AM
Morning everyone! I just wanted to say thank you for all the encouragement! Yesterday I managed to get through my first 100% P1 day since last Monday (I only managed to do one day last week). I had a decent whoosh (down 1 lb), and although I know it was probably mostly water weight, I am already getting that "hollow" feeling back that you get on P1. That's all the motivation I need to stick to this for another 11 days!
Let's all keep up the good work!

KitKat169
04-02-2013, 02:09 PM
Halfagain: your new avatar pic is amazing, gorgeous girl!

JenRem: congrats on the new bra. These are important milestones.

Knm: we knew you could do it! One day down, now for one more day. We'll wait for more good news tomorrow.

ragdoll74
04-02-2013, 07:56 PM
I was in class all day and then rushed home to make my dinner before rushing off to a team meating for my daughters softball team. Come to check in with my favorite 100% thread and find it on page 2. Not good.

halfagain- love you new pic.

knm way to stay focused!

My legs are still sore from all the yard work and projects around the house I did during my "vacation" last week. The best part is that my scale showed my body fat dropped over 2% this week.

fitandfabfrog
04-02-2013, 10:13 PM
What are other ways to know you are in ketosis? I have felt off the last few days and am wondering what is going on. No cheats, nothing different just not sure what is going on. I have been tired, nauseous and grumpy for today and yesterday. I peed on a ketostix (I know they don't always work) and I didn't turn it any color...which they have always turned for me in the past. I am just nervous my body is giving up as it has always done that in the past with other ways of trying to release weight. Thoughts? Suggestions? Should I get on the scale and see what is going on there? I try not to weigh myself except for WI days but not sure what to do.

JenRem
04-02-2013, 10:46 PM
If you are on P1, you will hit ketosis. I think you are in ketosis once you've passed the crummy days and start feeling better. Don't sweat the small stuff. Just keep OP and you'll get there. I know I lose cravings once in ketosis. Congrats on a successful day one. Make sure to get all your water in :) Jen

Halfagain
04-03-2013, 12:04 AM
Barbara,
You look amazing...love the new avatar and progress pictures!!!

Halfagain: your new avatar pic is amazing, gorgeous girl!




halfagain- love you new pic.

My legs are still sore from all the yard work and projects around the house I did during my "vacation" last week. The best part is that my scale showed my body fat dropped over 2% this week.
Congrats on the body fat drop! Great job!

Thank you all! I was snuggled up with my honey (aka DH) for that photo.

Halfagain
04-03-2013, 12:11 AM
JenRem: Yahoo on a bra that fits. I have lost so much up there too that I need to get a new one...just waiting to see if I will still loose up there.

Halfagain: If the fairy visits you, tell her to come on over to my house too! I will do the same!

thanks! I'll send her if I see her :-)

bellasamimom
04-03-2013, 12:16 AM
Did my WI today since I was not home yesterday. I lost 7lbs this week :carrot::carrot::carrot: I was suffering from the big "C" so had a double smooth move tea and man did it help!!! I feel a bit yuck today but i needed it. My Sister in law was so amazing all weekend!! I am so thankful to have such a wonderful "Sister"!!!!

Oh and that puts me at the 30lb lost mark so I put a new bracelet on me wrist today :dance::dance::dance::dance::dance:

lisa32989
04-03-2013, 06:13 AM
Ugh
Went back to the physiatrist with results from the spect scan yesterday. He wants a 2 week course of oral steroids to reduce inflammation.
I'm guessing this may stall WL
I'll stay OP tho.
No reason to let anything derail me now, not with everything else I've been thru. If I can lose weight thru developing hypothyroid, thru cutting out soy & "losing" my IP favorites, I can get thru this too.


What are other ways to know you are in ketosis? I have felt off the last few days and am wondering what is going on. No cheats, nothing different just not sure what is going on. I have been tired, nauseous and grumpy for today and yesterday. I peed on a ketostix (I know they don't always work) and I didn't turn it any color...which they have always turned for me in the past. I am just nervous my body is giving up as it has always done that in the past with other ways of trying to release weight. Thoughts? Suggestions? Should I get on the scale and see what is going on there? I try not to weigh myself except for WI days but not sure what to do.
There is a video that explains our bodies get more efficient burning ketones, which is why ketosticks "quit working"
Lots of hormones come out to play as we burn fat.
Stick with the plan. It works. Sometimes we just have to give our bodies time

1LittleStar
04-03-2013, 07:38 AM
Did my WI today since I was not home yesterday. I lost 7lbs this week :carrot::carrot::carrot: I was suffering from the big "C" so had a double smooth move tea and man did it help!!! I feel a bit yuck today but i needed it. My Sister in law was so amazing all weekend!! I am so thankful to have such a wonderful "Sister"!!!!

Oh and that puts me at the 30lb lost mark so I put a new bracelet on me wrist today :dance::dance::dance::dance::dance:

That's amazing! Congratulations, you are doing great! Nice about the new bracelet. Post a picture! Are you getting a new one every 10lbs, or do you have different rewards planned? I'm doing a charm bracelet and I'm just about at the next milestone! I'll have to do a survey to see what I get next.

Ugh
Went back to the physiatrist with results from the spect scan yesterday. He wants a 2 week course of oral steroids to reduce inflammation.
I'm guessing this may stall WL
I'll stay OP tho.
No reason to let anything derail me now, not with everything else I've been thru. If I can lose weight thru developing hypothyroid, thru cutting out soy & "losing" my IP favorites, I can get thru this too.


Oh Lisa, I feel so bad for you! :( You have been such an inspiration and a on constant for me on these boards. It just seems like there's one obstacle after another for you. But one thing that I've learned about you is that you have the most positive attitude that I've ever seen and that you can always turn thing into a positive. Hang in there, we are all here for you! These 2 weeks will fly by, and you'll be back on your way down before you know it. :)

1LittleStar
04-03-2013, 07:48 AM
So I'm a little excited this morning. Ok, I'm a lot excited! I weighed myself (official weigh-in is tomorrow) and I'm at 248! Being under 250 is a giant milestone for me. When I got married 13 years ago, I weighed 250. It also means that I've lost more than 60lbs, which was my initial weight loss goal when I signed up for IP. I've never lost more than 20lbs before quitting any diet in the past. So 60lbs seemed like an unreachable goal. Yet, here I am less than 5 months later, knowing that I'm going to keep going and achieve goals that I couldn't even dream of before!

ragdoll74
04-03-2013, 08:09 AM
fitandfabfrog you are overthinking things. Just follow the program and weigh yourself on your normal weigh in day. Occasional hungry days are normal for some of us, I usuallly go to bed early on those days. Grumpiness could be hormonal from the fat burning.

bellasamimom fantastic WI!!!!

lisa32989 you've got this.

1LittleStar congrats on the milestone:carrot::carrot:

IdealProteinNewbie
04-03-2013, 10:01 AM
Lisa: You've got this...nothing you can't overcome with everything else you've been through!

Ok everyone, I need some advice:

I have an extremely long day this upcoming Saturday. I will be getting up at 6am to get ready, going to get my hair done, driving an hour away to the Baptism, going to the luncheon (bringing my own food, I'm sure there will be nothing I can have at the family style Italian restaurant with an already set menu) coming back home then babysitting until 2am.

I plan to have plenty of lettuce during the day but am thinking an extra non-restricted packet or even two would be permissible. I have a feeling being up for 20 hours will leave me very hungry.

I would appreciate any advice/suggestions!

Cheekyskeeter
04-03-2013, 10:27 AM
Lisa, I too think you've got this and there is nothing you can't overcome!

M35A2
04-03-2013, 10:46 AM
No reason to let anything derail me now, not with everything else I've been thru. If I can lose weight thru developing hypothyroid, thru cutting out soy & "losing" my IP favorites, I can get thru this too.

Exactly!

So I'm a little excited this morning. Ok, I'm a lot excited! I weighed myself (official weigh-in is tomorrow) and I'm at 248! Being under 250 is a giant milestone for me. When I got married 13 years ago, I weighed 250. It also means that I've lost more than 60lbs, which was my initial weight loss goal when I signed up for IP. I've never lost more than 20lbs before quitting any diet in the past. So 60lbs seemed like an unreachable goal. Yet, here I am less than 5 months later, knowing that I'm going to keep going and achieve goals that I couldn't even dream of before!

Congratulation! Such a short time in the grand scheme of things but the results will last much longer.


I plan to have plenty of lettuce during the day but am thinking an extra non-restricted packet or even two would be permissible. I have a feeling being up for 20 hours will leave me very hungry.


I'm far from an expert but I'd say the extra time and energy you'll be expending is worth another packet.

I'm going to give a before/after pic a try and see if I'm up to posting photos.

IdealProteinNewbie
04-03-2013, 10:58 AM
M35A2: Looking good!

fitandfabfrog
04-03-2013, 11:11 AM
Thanks everyone...I am very prone to over-think weight loss because I have struggled with it so much that I am just waiting/expecting this to not work for me too. I will calm down, stay OP and trust the system. (easier said than done).

lisa32989: Good luck girl! I know you can do anything!

1LittleStar: Yeah for your weight excitement! Keep it up!

ragdoll74
04-03-2013, 12:26 PM
M35A2 fantastic!

fitandfabfrog
04-03-2013, 12:53 PM
M35A2: Looking great! I bet you are thrilled!

Can anyone tell me how many carbs, fats, fiber, et cetera we should be getting? I am going to start tracking my stuff on sparkpeople so I can see what is going on. Is there a range/goal to stay in or is it personal to each person?

lisa32989
04-03-2013, 01:21 PM
When I typed my info about the steroids and my obstacles this morning, I felt like the Gingerbread Man. Have you read that children's book? "I have run away from an old man and an old woman and a wolf and a bear and I can run away from you too!"

But instead: I have surmounted hypothyroid, omitting soy and gluten, and I'll surmount steroids too!!!

1LittleStar: Woo hoo! The time really does fly by. I can't believe I've been doing this since August. I didn't trust that it would work (or I could do it) either. Not only does it work, it works even despite obstacles! Keep going! Ain't no stopping us now!

IdealProteinNewbie: Sounds like a plan I would plan and then I'd play it by ear.

M35A2: I love updated pics! You look fantastic!

fitandfabfrog: Follow the sheet. No overthinking! I'm telling you if I can do this diet with my history of failures, ANYONE can!
I'm hesitant to give you numbers in case you over think them.
My coach said these are APPROXIMATE 20% carbs, 30% fat, 50% protein, no more than 1000 cals (I rarely hit that, usually 7-800). I track in MFP and nothing is EVER exact. My net carbs are at or under 40, which is where coach said they should be.

bellasamimom
04-03-2013, 04:44 PM
[QUOTE=1LittleStar;4692019]That's amazing! Congratulations, you are doing great! Nice about the new bracelet. Post a picture! Are you getting a new one every 10lbs, or do you have different rewards planned? I'm doing a charm bracelet and I'm just about at the next milestone! I'll have to do a survey to see what I get next.



I decided to buy a the 20lb mark to begin with and then I will add one after each 10lbs.

I started with this one.
http://www.alexandani.com/compass-expandable-wire-bangle.html

My second one was this one.
http://www.alexandani.com/tree-of-life-expandable-wire-bangle.html


Congratulations on your meeting your goal!!!

1LittleStar
04-03-2013, 08:38 PM
I'm going to give a before/after pic a try and see if I'm up to posting photos.

Fabulous pictures! Congratulations :carrot:

I decided to buy a the 20lb mark to begin with and then I will add one after each 10lbs.

I started with this one.
http://www.alexandani.com/compass-expandable-wire-bangle.html

My second one was this one.
http://www.alexandani.com/tree-of-life-expandable-wire-bangle.html


Congratulations on your meeting your goal!!!

Those bracelets are awesome! I love the meaning of the compass especially East - New beginnings and the future, and the Tree of Life is beautiful.


So here's the three competitors for my next charm:

Dolphin - represents the recent trip I took to Texas.
Yes - Yes, I can do this, I am doing this!
Boot - represents the recent skiing day that I had, which was about rediscovering the old me again.

So everyone, let me know which one I should get for my next 10 lbs milestone, which I am hoping to reach officially at weigh-in tomorrow.

aliboo723
04-03-2013, 09:40 PM
I think the boot is definitely the winner here, Little Star! I read in a couple different threads about that triumph and it should be remembered with a charm. My second choice is the "yes" one. Really, that one can come at any time bc you CAN and ARE doing this!

Sansfilter
04-03-2013, 09:52 PM
I just completed my third week 100% OP, thanks in large part to all of the inspiration and advice I've gotten from "lurking". My fiancť is being really supportive and has been trying some new foods along with me (cauliflower "rice, for example). I just want to say thank you to all of you. - Jen

crazynette826
04-03-2013, 10:43 PM
1littlestar, Where did you get those cute charms from? I'm looking for something to start for my mini goals. I love the yes one! However, with your NSV this week, I think the boot one would be awesome for you!!

fitandfabfrog
04-03-2013, 11:24 PM
Sansfilter: Welcome and good job staying OP! It is the only way to get up and get after this diet! Keep up the good work.

Littlestar: I like the YES one! You can look at it every time you need some encouragement knowing that YES you can do hard things!

JenRem
04-04-2013, 12:03 AM
bellasamimom - Congrats on the 7 lb loss WI, WOW!

Lisa - I hope the positive spin for your 2 weeks on steroids is that they will really help your back to heal! Wouldn't that be a blessing!?! Not losing for 2 weeks or possibly slight gain would be worth it (IMHO) if it helped your back be healthier for the long run. You know how to lose the weight; you've proven that over the past 8 months.

1LittleStar - Congrats on your huge milestone, weighing less than 250. How awesome, WTG!
I do like the boot, also. I agree that you can get the "yes" as a future reward (maybe ONEderland?). Maybe someday you can swim with dolphins and get the dolphin then?

IdealProteinNewbie - wishing you a calm, smooth Saturday! Hopefully, you can sleep in on Sunday. That's one of my favorite things is to be able to go to sleep on the weekend and not have to set my alarm clock! :)
I'd just see how the day goes. If you are hungry after you've had all the P1 protocol food, you could try a pickle and or extra protein. You may not feel like you need the 4th packet, but I don't think it would hurt you to have one if you deem necessary.

M35A2 - Phenomenal before/current WL pictures! A picture is worth a 1000 words!

sansfilter - Jen: WELCOME!
I'm glad you have a nice and supportive fiance'. They are worth their weight in gold!


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I spent a nice Pacific NW day at the zoo in Seattle with family. We all had a wonderful time. I guess we probably walked about 1 1/2 miles. After arriving home, my DH wanted to walk our dogs and was in the mood for a long walk. I'm estimating we walked about 2 1/2 miles. I'm enjoying an extra non-resticted after the 4 miles walked today! I love that Spring is finally here and we can get out and enjoy the warm weather!

~Jen

bellasamimom
04-04-2013, 01:45 AM
So here's the three competitors for my next charm:

Dolphin - represents the recent trip I took to Texas.
Yes - Yes, I can do this, I am doing this!
Boot - represents the recent skiing day that I had, which was about rediscovering the old me again.

So everyone, let me know which one I should get for my next 10 lbs milestone, which I am hoping to reach officially at weigh-in tomorrow.[/QUOTE]


Thanks!! I thought it was meaningful to start with the compass. And I feel like I am giving myself a new life.

Wow that is a hard choice!!! I would get all three :D

I think I would go with the boot. I think it is very cool that you were able to ski again!!! That represents so much of this journey.

ragdoll74
04-04-2013, 08:34 AM
1littlestar I like the Yes charm.

JenRem I'm so jealous of your spring weather. We don't really have a spring here outside of Chicago. It seems to go from winter to summer with a flip of a switch.

Cheekyskeeter
04-04-2013, 09:09 AM
I vote for the YES charm myself. I like all of them but I think that would be my next one.

Oh and I'm very excited....today is my last day of P2 and I start P3 tomorrow for 2 weeks but I hit my goal!!! I was so excited I actually went and grabbed my phone to take a picture of the numbers lol.

knm
04-04-2013, 09:21 AM
Morning everyone! Just wanted to check in and let you know I've made it through three 100% days! And what's even more exciting, I'm only up 0.2 lbs from my lowest weight! Wahoo!
I was going to start phasing off on the 12th, but after talking to my coach I think I'm gonna hold off and stick to it for an extra week at least! I would love to get a few lbs below my goal so I have a little flexibility in maintenance.
Hope everyone else is having a great week!

ragdoll74
04-04-2013, 09:25 AM
Oh and I'm very excited....today is my last day of P2 and I start P3 tomorrow for 2 weeks but I hit my goal!!! I was so excited I actually went and grabbed my phone to take a picture of the numbers lol.

How exciting for you!!!! Have fun with those phase 3 breakfasts.

Morning everyone! Just wanted to check in and let you know I've made it through three 100% days! And what's even more exciting, I'm only up 0.2 lbs from my lowest weight! Wahoo!
I was going to start phasing off on the 12th, but after talking to my coach I think I'm gonna hold off and stick to it for an extra week at least! I would love to get a few lbs below my goal so I have a little flexibility in maintenance.
Hope everyone else is having a great week!

YAY for 100%. I think you have a great plan for your phase off.

M35A2
04-04-2013, 09:31 AM
Oh and I'm very excited....today is my last day of P2 and I start P3 tomorrow for 2 weeks but I hit my goal!!! I was so excited I actually went and grabbed my phone to take a picture of the numbers lol.

Congratulations! I'm interested in seeing how you like P2. I've decided if I don't hit goal before then that Jun 14 will be when I phase off. I'll be visiting my dad in ID for a week and think P2 will be easier to pull off than P1 would be while I'm there.

DW left for work this morning in a sour mood. She's been stressing over work and wanted something real for breakfast. I offered to make her some eggs but that didn't seem to be what she wanted (I'm guessing bacon - one of her favorites). We're both hitting 10 weeks OP tomorrow and I know she'll stay strong. Just wish I could make it easier for her to get through the day.