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Hiker88
04-12-2014, 02:38 PM
Looks like its time for a new thread!


drd1961
04-12-2014, 02:44 PM
Yay new thread! On the final stretch to my daughters. Every time we drive this I am reminded how very big the Midwest is. Still have two hours left.

Ruth Ann
04-12-2014, 02:47 PM
Wow - we filled up the last thread fast!

Enjoy your trip drd.

And thank Hiker for starting the new thread.


drd1961
04-12-2014, 02:48 PM
I need to get a new picture. I got a pixie cut yesterday. It will be much easier to work with after surgery. This morning I just stuck some gel in and left. So nice.

65X65
04-12-2014, 03:34 PM
I need to get a new picture. I got a pixie cut yesterday. It will be much easier to work with after surgery. This morning I just stuck some gel in and left. So nice.

LOL...gotta love wash'n'go hair!

When is your hip replacement? Best wishes...I did 4 mos of PT this past fall trying to avoid that for the present...Am sure eventually it's going to happen though.

Wishing you a speedy recovery!

drd1961
04-12-2014, 04:37 PM
The right will be done mid July. The left is still tba. Both are very bad. Basically bone on bone. Sad for someone my age, but was born with deformities. It is what it is and was my main reason for losing and keeping the weight off.

AmberLS
04-12-2014, 05:54 PM
So I've been thinking and I have a couple of questions. I noticed some conversation a few weeks back about chicken and store rotisserie chickens being life savers. So my question is I know we are not supposed to eat skin, but can we cook our chicken with skin on? I have been painstakingly cutting the skin off of whole chickens, can I just take the skin off my own after it's cooked? Also the whole veggie thing is starting to make me curious. I mean how many veggies you can fit in two cups depends on how you cut them. I personally love sweet bell peppers (the little ones). If I just slice them into rings it's 8-10 little peppers, if I chop them up a bit more for in something I can get more peppers in, the same with a lot of veggies. I mean we talk about cauliflower rice if I take two cups whole cauliflower before its cooked I can fit more in two cups if I chop it small, or 2 cups grated is a bunch and still raw... so I wonder how close I get to too many veggies when I cut them smaller?

65X65
04-12-2014, 06:00 PM
The right will be done mid July. The left is still tba. Both are very bad. Basically bone on bone. Sad for someone my age, but was born with deformities. It is what it is and was my main reason for losing and keeping the weight off.

My family is full of osteo arthritis...and I have a sister younger than I who has had 3 hip replacements already...yep...the first one has been redone. She was in her 40's when that 1st one happened. We have had a grandaughter with bilateral hip dysplasia...which was treated as an infnat. Years ago that never got any attention which is what we think happened with my sister. hope you heal well...and the newer hip joints and surgical methods work wonders for you. Another sis had one done about a year ago and she was weight bearing right away and has done amazing!! You'll be great and feel wonderful when it's over...!

maureen kempster
04-12-2014, 09:47 PM
"LOL...gotta love wash'n'go hair!"

mine's been wash'n'go for years now - too fine to do anything else with it!!!

Ruth Ann
04-12-2014, 10:05 PM
So I've been thinking and I have a couple of questions. I noticed some conversation a few weeks back about chicken and store rotisserie chickens being life savers. So my question is I know we are not supposed to eat skin, but can we cook our chicken with skin on? I have been painstakingly cutting the skin off of whole chickens, can I just take the skin off my own after it's cooked? Also the whole veggie thing is starting to make me curious. I mean how many veggies you can fit in two cups depends on how you cut them. I personally love sweet bell peppers (the little ones). If I just slice them into rings it's 8-10 little peppers, if I chop them up a bit more for in something I can get more peppers in, the same with a lot of veggies. I mean we talk about cauliflower rice if I take two cups whole cauliflower before its cooked I can fit more in two cups if I chop it small, or 2 cups grated is a bunch and still raw... so I wonder how close I get to too many veggies when I cut them smaller?

First, I am always leery of the store bought cooked chickens - they tend to inject them with lots of stuff for flavor and to make them last longer. Need to read the ingredients list carefully. I bake chicken with the skin on and then remove it before eating if I'm doing a whole chicken. But I'm careful with what I put on it too. I do usually stick a 1/2 onion inside it - gives a great flavor and helps keep the chicken moist.

I think you have to use your judgment on the 2 cups of veggies sometimes. A lot of times I weigh mine if they don't fit easily into a measuring cup. When in doubt i try to measure the larger pieces and then chop them up - like bell peppers. I slice them up and then chop them. Does that make sense? Even though I still measure, I'm pretty good at figuring out what will be a cup of something.


"LOL...gotta love wash'n'go hair!"

mine's been wash'n'go for years now - too fine to do anything else with it!!!

maureen - love the pic! I'm seriously thinking of going much shorter, but my hair is really thick and really curly so if I go short it's still not "wash n' go" cause it goes "poof"!

AmberLS
04-12-2014, 10:11 PM
First, I am always leery of the store bought cooked chickens - they tend to inject them with lots of stuff for flavor and to make them last longer. Need to read the ingredients list carefully. I bake chicken with the skin on and then remove it before eating if I'm doing a whole chicken. But I'm careful with what I put on it too. I do usually stick a 1/2 onion inside it - gives a great flavor and helps keep the chicken moist.

I think you have to use your judgment on the 2 cups of veggies sometimes. A lot of times I weigh mine if they don't fit easily into a measuring cup. When in doubt i try to measure the larger pieces and then chop them up - like bell peppers. I slice them up and then chop them. Does that make sense? Even though I still measure, I'm pretty good at figuring out what will be a cup of something.




maureen - love the pic! I'm seriously thinking of going much shorter, but my hair is really thick and really curly so if I go short it's still not "wash n' go" cause it goes "poof"!

LOL ty I just posted this question on the daily chat! I don't use the store bought chicken myself, but if I can cook my chicken with the skin on that makes life so much easier!!!!! No defrosting, skin removal, then crock pot! I can go straight from frozen to crock pot!
:carrot::carrot::carrot:

maureen kempster
04-12-2014, 10:13 PM
Ruth this is me with a wig!! I'm treating myself to a new(cheap) wig every time I hit the next digits in my weight loss - 1 more to go - I picked up 4 so far!! lol -they're fun just have to get the nerve up to wear them more often - each one is a completely different style but all short
by the way I did buy 2 before I started IP!!

Ruth Ann
04-13-2014, 07:48 AM
You look great in the wig maureen - what fun to have a bunch and make it easy on yourself to change styles!

I was at PT last week and a new woman was helping me out (somebody double booked my regular guy). We're going through the exercises and she says "so, you were in a car accident." I said "no, I lost 117 pounds and realized I had no muscle tone at all." She looked at me and said, "well, you aren't very big you must have been really...." She started stammering looking for the right word, so I helped her out and said "I was very round." Made me laugh. I've noticed people tell me I look really great and then say "not that you looked bad before." Like they are trying to not hurt my feelings. It's really sweet.

65X65
04-13-2014, 07:53 AM
You look great in the wig maureen - what fun to have a bunch and make it easy on yourself to change styles!

I was at PT last week and a new woman was helping me out (somebody double booked my regular guy). We're going through the exercises and she says "so, you were in a car accident." I said "no, I lost 117 pounds and realized I had no muscle tone at all." She looked at me and said, "well, you aren't very big you must have been really...." She started stammering looking for the right word, so I helped her out and said "I was very round." Made me laugh. I've noticed people tell me I look really great and then say "not that you looked bad before." Like they are trying to not hurt my feelings. It's really sweet.

Yeah...mee tooooo....I was a very short, no longer young, chubby lady....

Ruth Ann
04-13-2014, 08:04 AM
Yeah...mee tooooo....I was a very short, no longer young, chubby lady....

LOL - exactly 65! It's hard to believe where I am now. The reality of putting on size 4 slacks in the morning sure makes it seem more real though! Who would have though I could lose 10 pant sizes in less than a year?

drd1961
04-13-2014, 08:42 AM
My family is full of osteo arthritis...and I have a sister younger than I who has had 3 hip replacements already...yep...the first one has been redone. She was in her 40's when that 1st one happened. We have had a grandaughter with bilateral hip dysplasia...which was treated as an infnat. Years ago that never got any attention which is what we think happened with my sister. hope you heal well...and the newer hip joints and surgical methods work wonders for you. Another sis had one done about a year ago and she was weight bearing right away and has done amazing!! You'll be great and feel wonderful when it's over...!

I found out in October the worsening pain I was dealing with was hip dysplasia(and I only thought that was for dogs). I actually have really sturdy bone mass as does all the women in my family. We are not small people. I am looking forward to it, at least after the initial weeks. God has been sending me people since fall all the time. New people I meet, my age who have had them and are doing wonderfully. Finally He sent me the wife of the best surgeon in town. We met in December and have become friends. I have not met him, but everyone who has had great success rave about him. I meet him in May.

Ruth Ann
04-13-2014, 08:59 AM
Love the haircut drd - that is so cute! You look wonderful!

Keeping fingers and toes crossed for you! Your recovery will be so much easier with less weight on you. I really wish I had lost the weight before I had a spinal fusion, I think it would have made for a much easier recovery. But my surgeon is delighted that I have now lost, said it will probably help me avoid having further issues. Let's hope he is right.

lisa32989
04-13-2014, 09:24 AM
Love the haircut drd - that is so cute! You look wonderful!

Keeping fingers and toes crossed for you! Your recovery will be so much easier with less weight on you. I really wish I had lost the weight before I had a spinal fusion, I think it would have made for a much easier recovery. But my surgeon is delighted that I have now lost, said it will probably help me avoid having further issues. Let's hope he is right.

Agreed. (Ruth Ann often says the exact thing I'm thinking)
To this I'd like to add
Your recovery will also be made much easier eating the real and healthy food you eat now.
The more I learn about food processing, the more I stick with raw food shopping and make my own.

Somebody did a lot of cooking ahead-of-time & freezing prior to surgery so there would be healthy meals to heat & serve until they were able to cook again. Fantastic idea!

drd1961
04-13-2014, 09:57 AM
Agreed. (Ruth Ann often says the exact thing I'm thinking)
To this I'd like to add
Your recovery will also be made much easier eating the real and healthy food you eat now.
The more I learn about food processing, the more I stick with raw food shopping and make my own.

Somebody did a lot of cooking ahead-of-time & freezing prior to surgery so there would be healthy meals to heat & serve until they were able to cook again. Fantastic idea!
I agree. I had a friend tell me that if people ask to help with meals I need to make sure I tell them my dietary restrictions. She said most folks will bring heavy carbs. I think I will tell them just to go for a rehab walk with me instead!

Hiker88
04-13-2014, 11:33 AM
I have been at my new job for one year now and exactly one year ago I was frantically shopping in the only plus size store in town looking for something to wear to a conference. From there I had to get on a plane where I felt that I should be apologizing to the person sitting beside me because I was invading their space!

Its time for the conference again and this year I shopped in regular size stores for some clothes and had way more variety to choose from. I will get on the plane this afternoon and not worry about how much 'space' I am taking up. When I get to my destination an old friend is meeting me so we can have a visit and instead of dreading seeing old friends this 'big', I will be focused on having a great visit with her...

IP has changed so many things in my life and sometimes I forget how much of my life has been affected by my weight loss...

65X65
04-13-2014, 11:39 AM
I have been at my new job for one year now and exactly one year ago I was frantically shopping in the only plus size store in town looking for something to wear to a conference. From there I had to get on a plane where I felt that I should be apologizing to the person sitting beside me because I was invading their space!

Its time for the conference again and this year I shopped in regular size stores for some clothes and had way more variety to choose from. I will get on the plane this afternoon and not worry about how much 'space' I am taking up. When I get to my destination an old friend is meeting me so we can have a visit and instead of dreading seeing old friends this 'big', I will be focused on having a great visit with her...

IP has changed so many things in my life and sometimes I forget how much of my life has been affected by my weight loss...

Now that realization is a LCV!! (Life Changing Victory)!!!! It is a wonderful thing...don't you just want to GIGGLE!!!!!!

Hiker88
04-13-2014, 11:47 AM
Now that realization is a LCV!! (Life Changing Victory)!!!! It is a wonderful thing...don't you just want to GIGGLE!!!!!!

Yes... Yes I do!!!

vachinyc
04-13-2014, 12:02 PM
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IP has changed so many things in my life and sometimes I forget how much of my life has been affected by my weight loss...

Congratulations Hiker and YES YES YES... It is truly life changing, which was a happy surprise for me too. I am happier, healthier, more confident. Not all days are easy, but when they aren't, it's nice to be able to reflect on how life-changing this journey has been and will continue to be. I'm so grateful!

Good luck with your surgery DRD..pic looks great!

It is warm...almost what you'd call hot here today. Such a refreshing change from the never-ending winter. I wonder if I will like heat more this summer...in the past, I really hated hot/humid/sweaty/sticky.

Happy Sunday!

stephascope
04-13-2014, 12:13 PM
I have been at my new job for one year now and exactly one year ago I was frantically shopping in the only plus size store in town looking for something to wear to a conference. From there I had to get on a plane where I felt that I should be apologizing to the person sitting beside me because I was invading their space!

Its time for the conference again and this year I shopped in regular size stores for some clothes and had way more variety to choose from. I will get on the plane this afternoon and not worry about how much 'space' I am taking up. When I get to my destination an old friend is meeting me so we can have a visit and instead of dreading seeing old friends this 'big', I will be focused on having a great visit with her...

IP has changed so many things in my life and sometimes I forget how much of my life has been affected by my weight loss...

I love this Hiker. I went through the same situation. In Sept '13 I had a work conference in Chicago with my new job. I went to Banana Republic to find some business casual clothing since all the clothes in my closet were too tight. I was almost in tears trying on a size 14 petite dress pants that were too snug but I had to buy them because they didn't have any 16's. I knew at this point something had to be done but it still took me over a month to start IP. 6 months later we had another conference in Las Vegas and what a difference that was! This time I had nothing to wear because everything in my closet was TOO BIG. I had an awesome time shopping in LV for new clothes. I also loved seeing extra room around my hips in the plane seat. :D

Have a great visit with your friend!

Hiker88
04-13-2014, 12:17 PM
I love this Hiker. I went through the same situation. In Sept '13 I had a work conference in Chicago with my new job. I went to Banana Republic to find some business casual clothing since all the clothes in my closet were too tight. I was almost in tears trying on a size 14 petite dress pants that were too snug but I had to buy them because they didn't have any 16's. I knew at this point something had to be done but it still took me over a month to start IP. 6 months later we had another conference in Las Vegas and what a difference that was! This time I had nothing to wear because everything in my closet was TOO BIG. I had an awesome time shopping in LV for new clothes. I also loved seeing extra room around my hips in the plane seat. :D

Have a great visit with your friend!

Thanks! I'm glad 65 mentioned how she hadn't seen as many NSV's lately and taking the time to write that post reminded me of all the reasons I'm on this journey!!

IdealProteinNewbie
04-13-2014, 01:25 PM
I have been at my new job for one year now and exactly one year ago I was frantically shopping in the only plus size store in town looking for something to wear to a conference. From there I had to get on a plane where I felt that I should be apologizing to the person sitting beside me because I was invading their space!

Its time for the conference again and this year I shopped in regular size stores for some clothes and had way more variety to choose from. I will get on the plane this afternoon and not worry about how much 'space' I am taking up. When I get to my destination an old friend is meeting me so we can have a visit and instead of dreading seeing old friends this 'big', I will be focused on having a great visit with her...

IP has changed so many things in my life and sometimes I forget how much of my life has been affected by my weight loss...

I love everything about this!

Ruth Ann
04-13-2014, 01:39 PM
Hooray Hiker & Slipfree on your new clothes! It's so much fun to put something on and say "nope, too big, gotta go."

I am slowly putting together some Spring stuff. It takes time. Next weekend I think my sister and niece want me to come over and go through their closets to help sort out which works since we're all about the same size. Plus my niece is a shoe fiend and we wear the same size. I love shoes!

Hiker88
04-13-2014, 01:47 PM
Choosing clothes is another one of those - no walking into a 'normal' clothing store and have salespeople look at you as if they are wondering that the heck I was doing in there at my size. Although I am still passing through 16's on the way to 14's, I can actually fit 10-12 tops (sad, the girls are gone) and therefore love walking and looking without feeling out of place.

This is the reason that I will try my darndest to be 100% OP because these are life victories and we cannot go for years without discovering the joys of fully participating in life because of size....

LOL! HAHA! I had to buy a new bra yesterday... yes, another size down.. not much left!! I'm a pear shape and no matter how much I lose... the pear will still be there... BUT I will be a hot pear!!

Hiker88
04-13-2014, 01:48 PM
I love everything about this!

Thx!!

Ruth Ann
04-13-2014, 02:22 PM
LOL! HAHA! I had to buy a new bra yesterday... yes, another size down.. not much left!! I'm a pear shape and no matter how much I lose... the pear will still be there... BUT I will be a hot pear!!

<sigh> we always want what we don't get. I really wanted to girls to go down, but it didn't happen (much). I'll gladly share! :D

SylviesGirl
04-13-2014, 03:57 PM
Okay, you 100%ers. I am humbly jumping into your 100%-bunker.

I have always hesitated to post here because I use alternatives and have never been to an IP clinic. That said, I follow the protocol to the letter, as much as humanly possible. I have lost more than 100 lbs and ain't never going back . . . I am making it my life's work.

So . . . can I play? (feel like I'm trying to join in a game of jump rope with the cool girls ;) )

Ruth Ann
04-13-2014, 04:05 PM
Welcome SylviesGirl! Lots of people use alternatives and stay 100%, it's the 100% that counts here!

That said, you have to pass the initiation which I believe involves dragon meat and lawn clippings. :lol:

SylviesGirl
04-13-2014, 04:42 PM
Welcome SylviesGirl! Lots of people use alternatives and stay 100%, it's the 100% that counts here!

That said, you have to pass the initiation which I believe involves dragon meat and lawn clippings. :lol:

I think I saw dragon meat and grass clippings in the P1 protocol, so we're good to go. :D Thanks for the welcome.

Holy cow, it is getting "hot" out there. Taking heavy fire. I'm just going to chill out in here and catch my breath. :faint:

MellyIP
04-13-2014, 05:24 PM
Just like Sylvie I would also like to join :) I am still technically new but unfortunately I am on my second attempt. I was very successful a few years ago but did not phase off - therefore I gained it back. However I have been 100% for almost three weeks now and I'm anxious to see my numbers on Tuesday. I started doing 20 minutes of light weights every second day - I don't want to lose any muscle so I'm trying not to push it. I'm thinking of getting the jello as extra protein for those days. I'll find out on Tuesday if this is helping my inches or just breaking down my muscle. I've looked through the posts and love how supportive everyone is here - it's nice to speak with people who understand!

Ruth Ann
04-13-2014, 07:36 PM
Of course you can join MellyIP!

I'm not sure on the extra after light weigh lifting but I'm sure someone with more experience on it will chime in. I know I add an extra hardboiled egg after PT, but those monsters really work me out.

lisa32989
04-13-2014, 10:02 PM
SylviesGirl and MellyIP: Welcome to sticking to Protocol 100%!
Alts are fine. There is no magic in IP brand, as long as we match the nutrition.The original science for this program wasn't based upon the actual IP brand. That came later.

I've had a fun and busy weekend. Let me add to the NSV (or LSV-love that!)

I think I said it somewhere else...
I did a service day project yesterday. We were trail building at a county park. Last year I was the photographer due to back pain and even all the walking was difficult for me.

This year's terrain alone would have caused me problems last year.

Here is what IP has done for me.
It enabled me to get enough weight off to be ABLE to do the needed exercise (and months and months of PT) required to get me into shape to be able to do things again without severe back pain. Just the weight loss didn't fix it.
IP helped me realize that my health is worth expense.

I was worth 10 months of a coach/clinic (and would have continued had my coach been worth it...long story)

I was worth 9 months of 2-3 times per week PT (at $30 copay each time)

I was worth the wii fit I bought to help me exercise, even tho at first I could hardly do any of the things on there due to back pain.

I'm worth the gym membership and a personal trainer to help continue to slowly move me forward (maybe at some point it'll become flab-reducing because now that i'm smaller, I feel flabbier than i was)

I'm worth the search for the right doctor/program (not covered by insurance) to get my adrenals and thyroid back on-track so I'll get off the holding pattern. We have a good plan of action right now.

Every single day when I exercise, I realize what IP has done for me. Had I made excuses why I couldn't do the plan, I wouldn't have gotten here.

I'm so grateful for those who were here when I arrived and who helped me learn to stick to the straight-and-narrow, no matter how "painful" it felt at the time. I learned I had more strength than I ever thought I did. I never wanted to find ways to cheat & "get away with it". Instead, I wanted to find ways to stay OP and see incredible results.

SylviesGirl said in another thread today she feels like she hit the lotto when she found IP. I couldn't agree more!

Ruth Ann
04-13-2014, 10:57 PM
SylviesGirl and MellyIP: Welcome to sticking to Protocol 100%!
Alts are fine. There is no magic in IP brand, as long as we match the nutrition.The original science for this program wasn't based upon the actual IP brand. That came later.

I've had a fun and busy weekend. Let me add to the NSV (or LSV-love that!)

I think I said it somewhere else...
I did a service day project yesterday. We were trail building at a county park. Last year I was the photographer due to back pain and even all the walking was difficult for me.

This year's terrain alone would have caused me problems last year.

Here is what IP has done for me.
It enabled me to get enough weight off to be ABLE to do the needed exercise (and months and months of PT) required to get me into shape to be able to do things again without severe back pain. Just the weight loss didn't fix it.
IP helped me realize that my health is worth expense.

I was worth 10 months of a coach/clinic (and would have continued had my coach been worth it...long story)

I was worth 9 months of 2-3 times per week PT (at $30 copay each time)

I was worth the wii fit I bought to help me exercise, even tho at first I could hardly do any of the things on there due to back pain.

I'm worth the gym membership and a personal trainer to help continue to slowly move me forward (maybe at some point it'll become flab-reducing because now that i'm smaller, I feel flabbier than i was)

I'm worth the search for the right doctor/program (not covered by insurance) to get my adrenals and thyroid back on-track so I'll get off the holding pattern. We have a good plan of action right now.

Every single day when I exercise, I realize what IP has done for me. Had I made excuses why I couldn't do the plan, I wouldn't have gotten here.

I'm so grateful for those who were here when I arrived and who helped me learn to stick to the straight-and-narrow, no matter how "painful" it felt at the time. I learned I had more strength than I ever thought I did. I never wanted to find ways to cheat & "get away with it". Instead, I wanted to find ways to stay OP and see incredible results.

SylviesGirl said in another thread today she feels like she hit the lotto when she found IP. I couldn't agree more!

:cp: I agree with everything Lisa (amazing how often that happens!).

I will be forever grateful for the people on this board who helped guide me through this program. I have a fantastic coach, who is well educated in IP and in nutrition in general who has been super supportive, but being able to talk to people who are actually going through it at the same time I am has made all the difference in the world to me.

The determination I have seen on here to do IP right and make the difficult decision to change your life convinced me that I too could do this and do it 100%. I'm still amazed that I have enough will power to do it. I am much stronger than I thought I was.

Ruth Ann
04-13-2014, 11:18 PM
Now that realization is a LCV!! (Life Changing Victory)!!!! It is a wonderful thing...don't you just want to GIGGLE!!!!!!

Missed this earlier! I love it!

cooksaloty
04-14-2014, 12:36 AM
This is legit! Let's do this 100%! I'm soooo ready to finally see some progress and not feel like crap. Count me in :)

drd1961
04-14-2014, 06:46 AM
This is legit! Let's do this 100%! I'm soooo ready to finally see some progress and not feel like crap. Count me in :)

Yes! Everyday work on the 100 percent and you will feel soooo much better!

JLUS
04-14-2014, 08:32 AM
Looking forward to this 100% IP Day!

3sisters
04-14-2014, 09:00 AM
Your recovery will also be made much easier eating the real and healthy food you eat now.
The more I learn about food processing, the more I stick with raw food shopping and make my own.

Re: "eating the real and healthy food you eat now".....can you give me some ammunition for some nay-sayers around me who say the exact opposite - they are saying IP is not "real food" thus is either not good for me, or any weight loss will not be sustainable because I won't learn what it takes when I go back to eating "real food". I just know that IP seems to be the best plan for me to take off the weight, which is what is making me much more unhealthy than the perceived "unhealthiness" of the IP products ever would! I need to have not a 'quick comeback" for them, but an answer to show them "Don't worry, I know what I'm doing!"

I'm so grateful for those who were here when I arrived and who helped me learn to stick to the straight-and-narrow, no matter how "painful" it felt at the time. I learned I had more strength than I ever thought I did. I never wanted to find ways to cheat & "get away with it". Instead, I wanted to find ways to stay OP and see incredible results.

I posted on the Newcomer thread, but want to ask again, here with you "100%ers" - what would be your top 3 pieces of advice for being able to stick with it and stay in it for the long run? Real, practical advice that I can go back to over and over? How do you keep your motivation going? What are your 'go-to' behaviors that have helped you stay 100%?

Thanks in advance!!

Ruth Ann
04-14-2014, 09:19 AM
I think every other weekend should be a 3 day weekend - I finally feel rested after last week and ready to do things around the house but have to go to work. whine, whine.

On the good side though (there's always a good side), this is my last week of P2 and I start P3 on Saturday. I'm looking forward to adding some different foods back into my diet but a little nervous. That little voice keeps saying "you'll get fat" but I can usually drown the little sucker with more water!

SylviesGirl
04-14-2014, 09:26 AM
SylviesGirl and MellyIP: Welcome to sticking to Protocol 100%!
Alts are fine. There is no magic in IP brand, as long as we match the nutrition.The original science for this program wasn't based upon the actual IP brand. That came later.

I've had a fun and busy weekend. Let me add to the NSV (or LSV-love that!)

I think I said it somewhere else...
I did a service day project yesterday. We were trail building at a county park. Last year I was the photographer due to back pain and even all the walking was difficult for me.

This year's terrain alone would have caused me problems last year.

Here is what IP has done for me.
It enabled me to get enough weight off to be ABLE to do the needed exercise (and months and months of PT) required to get me into shape to be able to do things again without severe back pain. Just the weight loss didn't fix it.
IP helped me realize that my health is worth expense.

I was worth 10 months of a coach/clinic (and would have continued had my coach been worth it...long story)

I was worth 9 months of 2-3 times per week PT (at $30 copay each time)

I was worth the wii fit I bought to help me exercise, even tho at first I could hardly do any of the things on there due to back pain.

I'm worth the gym membership and a personal trainer to help continue to slowly move me forward (maybe at some point it'll become flab-reducing because now that i'm smaller, I feel flabbier than i was)

I'm worth the search for the right doctor/program (not covered by insurance) to get my adrenals and thyroid back on-track so I'll get off the holding pattern. We have a good plan of action right now.

Every single day when I exercise, I realize what IP has done for me. Had I made excuses why I couldn't do the plan, I wouldn't have gotten here.

I'm so grateful for those who were here when I arrived and who helped me learn to stick to the straight-and-narrow, no matter how "painful" it felt at the time. I learned I had more strength than I ever thought I did. I never wanted to find ways to cheat & "get away with it". Instead, I wanted to find ways to stay OP and see incredible results.

SylviesGirl said in another thread today she feels like she hit the lotto when she found IP. I couldn't agree more!

Lisa -- I'm so happy for you! Look at the night/day difference in you from last year at this time. That has to feel so good. You have worked very hard, and you deserve it. I'm so happy to hear that so much of your pain is resolved. Sending big hugs and lots of support for whatever adrenal issues you're facing. I had an adrenalectomy in 2009 in treatment of Cushings. Adrenal issues are not fun. Knowing you, though, you will find the most natural and effective remedy for what ails you, though.

And, yes, what a revelation: You are worth it. I was soooo down on myself in the past. I couldn't even see it until now. That is why I never went to an IP clinic. . . couldn't believe that I would be worth that, I would probably fail anyway, waste more $$$, etc. What a toxic outlook to have. So glad to be on the rise now.

Ruth Ann
04-14-2014, 09:27 AM
Re: "eating the real and healthy food you eat now".....can you give me some ammunition for some nay-sayers around me who say the exact opposite - they are saying IP is not "real food" thus is either not good for me, or any weight loss will not be sustainable because I won't learn what it takes when I go back to eating "real food". I just know that IP seems to be the best plan for me to take off the weight, which is what is making me much more unhealthy than the perceived "unhealthiness" of the IP products ever would! I need to have not a 'quick comeback" for them, but an answer to show them "Don't worry, I know what I'm doing!"


I've always liked Lisa's (I think) "not as bad for me as being morbidly obese." line. I've also used "thank you for your concern, but my doctor approves of what I'm doing." And honestly, you don't have to justify your choices to anyone.

I had to think hard before starting IP, largely because of the processed nature of the foods. But I figured on the short amount of time I was going to be on IP the good outweighed the bad. Plus, I've learned all kinds of things - portion control, triggers, what the difference is between a craving, hunger and just having the munchies and that I can make good choices. If followed correctly, IP also teaches you to phase off correctly.

I already have a loose plan formulated for maintenance that will, of course, take some trial and error. I'm much more open now to trying new ways to cook things (or have dh cook them) and have a whole bunch of new veggies that I love. I know that I will have to moderate my carbs to maintain my weight loss and that's just fine with me if I stay healthy.

SylviesGirl
04-14-2014, 09:30 AM
I think every other weekend should be a 3 day weekend - I finally feel rested after last week and ready to do things around the house but have to go to work. whine, whine.

On the good side though (there's always a good side), this is my last week of P2 and I start P3 on Saturday. I'm looking forward to adding some different foods back into my diet but a little nervous. That little voice keeps saying "you'll get fat" but I can usually drown the little sucker with more water!

RuthAnn, you are SO funny! "Drown those little suckers with more water!" I hear you on the fears . . . but they sound a lot like the fears we all had when beginning P1, right? Look how that all turned out. You can do this -- and you will. :carrot:

SylviesGirl
04-14-2014, 09:45 AM
Re: "eating the real and healthy food you eat now".....can you give me some ammunition for some nay-sayers around me who say the exact opposite - they are saying IP is not "real food" thus is either not good for me, or any weight loss will not be sustainable because I won't learn what it takes when I go back to eating "real food". I just know that IP seems to be the best plan for me to take off the weight, which is what is making me much more unhealthy than the perceived "unhealthiness" of the IP products ever would! I need to have not a 'quick comeback" for them, but an answer to show them "Don't worry, I know what I'm doing!"



I posted on the Newcomer thread, but want to ask again, here with you "100%ers" - what would be your top 3 pieces of advice for being able to stick with it and stay in it for the long run? Real, practical advice that I can go back to over and over? How do you keep your motivation going? What are your 'go-to' behaviors that have helped you stay 100%?

Thanks in advance!!

3sisters, I so know what you are saying about the naysayers. They have a lot of nerve, don't they? I quickly became very circumspect about what plan I was following and any details, etc. I only shared anything concrete with people who were seeming to ask out of their own self-interest. Otherwise, I issue a very blase', uninteresting answer of, "Oh, you know, the usual things, limiting my intake, maxing my output." And leave it at that. If they pressed, I would just keep it vague. Most people are just being nosy and you don't have time for that. As far as an "answer," I've been driven to say, in a rather short tone, "I know what I'm doing." I know others have liked using the "medically supervised" phrase and that does seem to shake off many people -- Dr. Tran is a doctor after all. ;)

3 piece of practical advice for 3sisters . . . let's see:

1. I really locked myself into a 100% mentality, meaning no exceptions, no breaks, no options. That forced me to plan ahead or I wouldn't be eating, and no one wants that.

2. Prepare foods ahead. I set aside a small block of time each week to clean and prep veggies and to precook meats. Having partaken of lots of fast and processed foods before starting IP, I found all the prep and cooking to be a hardship in the beginning. Therefore, if I could have things on hand to offer a break from cooking and even from "thinking" about food so much, all the better. My grocery store almost always has a discounted (almost to the sell-by date) roast on hand. I always buy one and put it in the crockpot with some salt, pepper, and just a squirt of Worchestershire (helps with browning). This will cook up DAYS worth of meat for you with very little time or effort. (Either look at the raw weight of the meat on the package and then divide, mentally, how many 8oz raw/meals this will make, or I measure out approx 6oz of cooked meat per serving.)

3. Don't let yourself get too hungry. Eat on time whenever humanly possible. A few times, I have pushed a meal off too long, usually when out and on the run. That has a bad effect on me. Once I get "too" hungry, even after I finally eat, I stay hungry and it is a battle for the rest of the day. This is another reason why #2 is my top tip.

Good luck!

schenectady
04-14-2014, 11:48 AM
Welcome SylviesGirl! Lots of people use alternatives and stay 100%, it's the 100% that counts here!

That said, you have to pass the initiation which I believe involves dragon meat and lawn clippings. :lol:

Dang - how did I miss the dragon meat and lawn clipping initiation? Well, I plan to mow the lawn today, so that is a start. Have to do a little Internet search for the dragon meat, though!

RuthAnn - So proud of your passing into P3 and also can understand some of the trepidation. For me, the CONTROL is what attracted me to IP. The plan is so set and the rules are so clear that my wicked little mind had no room to wiggle around with exceptions. I worry that when I get to even P2, that devilish part of my intellect will find a way to sneak out.....

As my Dad always said, cross that bridge when I get there!

drd1961
04-14-2014, 12:18 PM
Re: "eating the real and healthy food you eat now".....can you give me some ammunition for some nay-sayers around me who say the exact opposite - they are saying IP is not "real food" thus is either not good for me, or any weight loss will not be sustainable because I won't learn what it takes when I go back to eating "real food". I just know that IP seems to be the best plan for me to take off the weight, which is what is making me much more unhealthy than the perceived "unhealthiness" of the IP products ever would! I need to have not a 'quick comeback" for them, but an answer to show them "Don't worry, I know what I'm doing!"



I posted on the Newcomer thread, but want to ask again, here with you "100%ers" - what would be your top 3 pieces of advice for being able to stick with it and stay in it for the long run? Real, practical advice that I can go back to over and over? How do you keep your motivation going? What are your 'go-to' behaviors that have helped you stay 100%?

Thanks in advance!! 1. Always plan, everyday I spend 15 minutes planning my meals and then packing both breakfast and lunch for work. 2. When faced with an uncertain situation, have a plan. The hardest for me was Christmas at the in-laws. Besides the turkey and a few celery sticks nothing was on plan. I knew it so I ate a huge salad before I went and had turkey and celery. 2. Drink lots and lots and lots and lots of waterm

As far as naysayers, when you lose the weight, you will have the last say. During the weight loss phase, I shopped the perimeters of the grocery store. Now on maintenance, I shop the perimeters too. IP will teach you that you don't need the junk in the middler. That is not the so called real food, the perimeter food is. Tell them that!

drd1961
04-14-2014, 12:21 PM
I think every other weekend should be a 3 day weekend - I finally feel rested after last week and ready to do things around the house but have to go to work. whine, whine.

On the good side though (there's always a good side), this is my last week of P2 and I start P3 on Saturday. I'm looking forward to adding some different foods back into my diet but a little nervous. That little voice keeps saying "you'll get fat" but I can usually drown the little sucker with more water!

Nope,as my coach says, trust the plan. You will do great!

AmberLS
04-14-2014, 12:59 PM
I am so nervous, I just made my first order with Nashu I'm going to combine since I'm running out of money and then use just alternatives over the summer.. I hope I don't mess up a good thing.

dak1lls
04-14-2014, 03:27 PM
AmberLS: I have used alts since about the 8 week mark and never regretted it. I too could not bear the high cost of IP and I really didn't get the coaching that I needed. Plus they were always out of everything. My coach would not break up boxes so I had to buy whole boxes and many times hated what I purchased and was stuck with it. AND I couldn't afford any variety. I need variety and get bored easily with the same old thing. Nashua is my main source for foods and I have really liked everything I've ordered. Even if others recommend certain items, you will find that everyone's tastes are different and you may like something I hate, and vice versa.

3sisters: Here is the advice I would give you...just like everyone else has said:

Plan, Plan, Plan!

Keep your house/fridge stocked with veggies and protein.

Read the recipe threads so you have a variety of new fun foods to eat, and this helps you learn a whole new way of cooking for when you are in maintenance.

As for those naysayers who can only bash the processed protein foods I would guess most of them drink diet Coke on a regular basis, and probably a large part of their diet is made up of fast food or other types of processed foods. I figured for a short period of time it was better to eat some packaged protein foods than to continue down the path of poor health, headed to diabetes and heart disease. I have never felt better!

Friends can have the best of intentions, but my mother always said, "the road to **** is paved with good intentions!"

SylviesGirl: you can totally do this! I have found this thread to be very motivating when I had my weaker moments. We have all been through similar experiences and each finds a coping mechanism that works for that individual. With the variety of people here you will find wonderful support!

Cooksaloty: you will be feeling great and hitting your goal in good time!

Yayalaine
04-14-2014, 04:04 PM
My 3 tips would be:

1. Vary the Veggies… Try to eat different veggies, even the ones you think you don't like. I have never liked brussel sprouts, but tried them roasted and now really like them that way.

2. One biggie for me has been to tell myself, "That food will be available next year… it's not going to disappear from the face of the earth." Seriously, when I crave something, it sometimes feels like a QVC item that is about to sell out and will never ever be available for purchase again. Haha! A lot of people on this forum use that phrase about it being available next year and it was an eye-opener for me. One of those "duh" moments where I wanted to pop myself on the head. Really yummy birthday cake or pizza will still be available next year and I WILL survive if I don't get any of it today.

3. Like others have said, I cook and plan ahead. I cook a big pot of turnip, collards, or mustard greens, then measure 1 cup servings into little freezer ziplock bags. I date the bags and write how much is inside, then put in freezer. Right now, my freezer has little single serving zip locks of roasted chicken, cooked & drained crumbled hamburger meat, roasted turkey, turnip greens, mustard greens, collard greens, etc. I still cook on the weekends or evenings, so I usually have something just prepared in the refrigerator. However, if I get in a bind, I can always pull out a ziplock of meat and two zip locks of veggies. That has "saved" me a few times.

lisa32989
04-14-2014, 05:10 PM
Soo....I googled homemade Bubbies pickles a month or so ago.
A few weeks ago I made some.
Today I'm eating my first one and if I do say so myself, they're pretty good!


3sisters:
My 3 aren't much different than you've already hears

1. Plan for everything! Over plan! Have a plan A and a backup plan. Make sure you have packets everywhere for the unexpected. I have them in my desk at work, my car, DH's car, and extras in my lunch bag. As part of your planning, do a lot of pre-preparation so you're not cooking or shopping while ravenously hungry

2. Vary your diet. Don't get stuck in a rut eating all the same things. Try IP recipes for different ways to "have" your packet. Vary your veggies. Vary your packets. And cook your veggies. Even though they cook down, I find warm food more satisfying than raw veggies.

3. Get the Beck Diet Solution book (I got the audio one and then bought the paperback). Pay particular attention to how to deal with hunger and cravings. This book will change your attitude and help you regulate your relationship with food, attitude about treats, and attitude about so-called deprivation.

Oh, and as far as people who don't like your "processed" diet.
Do they eat anything out of a box, bag, or can? It's processed!
The packets are temporary. But along the way, we learn to eat much more lettuce and MANY more veggies. We learn to cook at home and not grab-and-go. We quit eating fast food. We slow down. It's all good!

eandc2006
04-14-2014, 05:34 PM
3sisters:

Like everyone else is suggesting...PLAN, PLAN, and PLAN! Never let yourself have a wondering moment of what to eat, drink, etc. When I would com ehome with no plan, that's when I noticed my mind wondering around to things I didn't need (or really want for that matter). Although I never fell off plan, I certainly thought about it and it was always when I was hungry.

2. Come on here daily to get advice, give it, chat, look at recipes, and build a support system. The naysayers are everywhere and at times unavoidable. We are all here to help make sure your journey is a successful one!

3. Try on clothes, take pics, shop, talk on the phone, take a bath, etc and make sure to practice doing one thing a day that makes you feel good. IP is challenging at times (some days more than others). Now is the time to build a loving relationship with ourselves and set boundaries. Know when you have had enough for the day and embrace the fact that its ok to say no, rest, or do whatever makes you feel good.

Cheers!

Annik
04-14-2014, 05:39 PM
I posted on the Newcomer thread, but want to ask again, here with you "100%ers" - what would be your top 3 pieces of advice for being able to stick with it and stay in it for the long run? Real, practical advice that I can go back to over and over? How do you keep your motivation going? What are your 'go-to' behaviors that have helped you stay 100%? Thanks in advance!!

My three pieces of advice:

1. 'Know thyself.' There has been good conversation on the threads about knowing whether you will succeed in the long run as an abstainer or a moderator.

Abstainers (I identify myself in this camp on many items) don't have a red light for certain kinds of food so choose to avoid them altogether. For instance, I don't have a red light (or even an amber one) for things like cheese and popcorn. I have resolved that because I can't stop once I start eating them, I will never return to these foods.

Moderators can hold back. So for instance, when I get to P4, I might be ok with a glass of wine because I know it is not going to lead to the whole bottle.

2. 'Identify what you need to achieve success and go for that.' Before I go out for any kind of meal or celebration with anyone/to anywhere, I always make sure that there is going to be a way for me to be successful. If I go out to a bar with friends, I make sure that there is going to be sparkling water available there. If there is not, and I can bring some along, I do. If there is not, and I can't bring any along, then I don't go.

Likewise with restaurants, banquets, plane trips, etc: I identify ahead of time what my strategy for survival is going to be and I aim to stick in that zone. I don't even wander around in the netherland of options of 'maybe this just this once', or 'maybe that just this time.' = that's dangerous territory.

I know that for me it is a slippery slope... once I get going on something that is not good for me in the food department, good chance, I am going to keep heading in that direction. My mind has powerful capacity to rationalise in the moment as to why something seems like it should be ok.

I don't even want to put myself in the position of having to negotiate with myself in situations like this... my health is just too important.

On a recent trip to Italy, I made sure I had a few boiled eggs in my purse every day so that if I got somewhere that provided few options, I already knew I had my 'successful way through' with me.

If a party at a friend's place is going to put me in dodgy circumstances, then I will avoid going.

Maybe this sounds dramatic? well so is lugging around 100+pounds everyday everywhere dramatic. Everytime I need a reminder of how hard extra weight is on my system, I carry a 30 pound pail of cat litter to the basement and tell myself, 'Hard? right. You were carrying around more than 3 of these all the time everyday not all that long ago.'

3. 'Avoid the first sip/bite.' [/COLOR] This comes from a friend who is a recovered alcoholic. He says if he looks at his life as having to do with alcohol forever, then it is an overwhelming battle. On the other hand, if he looks at the battle as being only with the first sip, then it is a smaller and easier to manage challenge.

A few more tid bits come to mind.

4. 'Whenever something seems like it is too good to pass up, just remember how powerful your mind is at playing games with you. If it is not part of the programme, then yes you can pass it up.' aka 'To think own self be true.'

Celiacs, Diabetics, people with auto-immune disorders, alcoholics, etc, etc, all HAVE to pass up food because their lives depend on vigilance.

I think of myself as being in solidarity with them. Like them, I have a chronic condition. Mine is called obesity and because of IP, I have managed to bring it into remission.

Somebody has to be the master in the situation. I prefer that it be me rather than my demanding inner child who often wants instant gratification all the time. Christmas 2014 I said 'pass' to all the sugars and starches and dainties and drinks (I am Ukrainian and we love all these things in quantity! We love to party!). It seemed hard in the moment but once the moment passed, I did not regret it.

In fact now that I am 100 pounds down, I am so happy I stuck to plan.

Like Sylivie's Girl said in another thread a little while ago -- I feel like I have hit the freaking lottery with this food plan. Less than 10 months and I am 100+ pounds down.

- no cravings
- high level of satiation
- no hanging skin
- everyone tells me how youthful I look
- lipid panel = 100% normal.

Yay, yay, yay!

Don't let the seirenes bewitch you (hate to use this sort of imagery because it alludes to women but can't think of anything better to capture the meaning at the moment.)

5. Keep my eye fixed on the north star! In other words my goal.

6. Give up the games. Be honest with myself. Internally thank people who challenge me to rise to higher standards of personal performance ... especially when I can't get past what might be some frustration in the moment. Anger is a secondary emotion.

vachinyc
04-14-2014, 08:20 PM
Welcome SylviesGirl you're doing great!

?..On the good side though (there's always a good side), this is my last week of P2 and I start P3 on Saturday. I'm looking forward to adding some different foods back into my diet but a little nervous. That little voice keeps saying "you'll get fat" but I can usually drown the little sucker with more water!

Ruth Ann you will rock Phase 3. You have been amazing and inspiring and so darn good at this. I loved phase 3 so much, it's kind of what I do most days now in maintenance. I love and look forward to that big breakfast that keeps me full. Phase 2 and Phase 3 took a little more food prep time but I'm usually in the groove.


...For me, the CONTROL is what attracted me to IP. The plan is so set and the rules are so clear that my wicked little mind had no room ...

Schenectady - me too. I needed a strict plan - that worked and was rigid enough that I wouldn't consider cheating...and would cost enough that I'd think twice about cheating too. I needed an intervention and IP was it.

I am so nervous, I just made my first order with Nashu I'm going to combine since I'm running out of money and then use just alternatives over the summer.. I hope I don't mess up a good thing.

Amber you will do great. You have been asking good questions, sticking to it, planning... Loads of people here can help with the alternatives questions. We're here for you!

Happy Monday evening all.

3sisters
04-14-2014, 09:54 PM
Wow. I. Am. Humbled. I have really hit the jackpot with this great group of strong, committed, generous, successful women! I can't possibly quote each one of you......but I am just blown away with how thoughtful and with such sincerity you each took the time to give me your advice. And you did this for me, not yourselves, but to support me in this journey I'm about to embark upon. Sharing yourselves and your "lessons learned" is a priceless gift. I will come back to this thread over, and over, and over again. I'll keep it in my arsenal and draw upon it when I need it most. It is an incredible feeling to know I have so many supportive people behind me! Yay! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! :hug::hug:

Eden10
04-14-2014, 09:56 PM
Hi Ruth Ann,
Saw an old mar 2013 comment of yours, and I'm inspired by you saying you lost 10 pant sizes in less than a year. How did you do it?? I need to lose about 80 or 90 pounds...

Thanks!

Ruth Ann
04-14-2014, 10:05 PM
Hi Ruth Ann,
Saw an old mar 2013 comment of yours, and I'm inspired by you saying you lost 10 pant sizes in less than a year. How did you do it?? I need to lose about 80 or 90 pounds...

Thanks!

Hi Eden! I went from a size 24/26 pants to a size 4 since I started IP on 04/22/2013. I did it by sticking strictly to the diet - no cheats, no deviations at all. I pretty much memorized the P1 sheet.

IP is an easy diet to follow if you set your mind to it. Every time you exercise your determination and will power the stronger you get and the easier it is to stick to the plan.

I was religious about planning - I made up weekly menus and shopping lists and always had a back up plan.

Finally, I relied heavily on the people on this board for inspiration, recipes, motivation and a good "a** kicking" when I needed it. I read every thread and drew strength for those here, both people in the same stage I was and the people who have done so well.

If you make up your mind to stay 100% OP those pounds will come off and you will come through a healthier, happier you!

AmberLS
04-15-2014, 12:00 AM
Thanks everyone, I'm nervous and excited... if I do well on alternatives I see myself reaching a healthier weight then my goal!

Fearciuil
04-15-2014, 12:45 AM
NSV: One of my colleagues this morning noticed the weight I've lost so far and told me I look fantastic. :cheer3:

SylviesGirl
04-15-2014, 09:31 AM
Thanks everyone, I'm nervous and excited... if I do well on alternatives I see myself reaching a healthier weight then my goal!

Amber -- Take that "if" out of there. "When I do well on alternatives. . ." You will do it -- you are doing so well already . . . expanding your food options will only help you. Believe it, girlfriend! :carrot:

SylviesGirl
04-15-2014, 09:32 AM
NSV: One of my colleagues this morning noticed the weight I've lost so far and told me I look fantastic. :cheer3:

That's fantastic! Enjoy!

Ruth Ann
04-15-2014, 09:34 AM
Fearciuil - I love it! Having people notice is so motivating! Now, be prepared for the "did you change your hair" question - it seems people will notice something has changed, are not sure what and so default to hair!

Amber - you'll be fine on alternatives. You've done your research, you have great people to guide you and you're motivated. You'll do great!

sweetenuf
04-15-2014, 09:43 AM
Good Morning All!!
So my hubby has been home since Thursday (YAY). I have been a tad absent from the board here, the reason being is because I have been battling C!! Seriously would love to get back to normal :(

I am as of last wednesday 3 months in already and in that 3 months Ive taken off 43 LBS and 22.5 inches. So for my award of my progress I am allowing myself 2 weeks of restricted items as my snacks. I haven't had any up till this point. And I also for the first time went out to eat. I was feeling great and then when the waiter came back and asked if I also didn't want the butter on my steamed broccoli I felt like :can I trust people to do it right" lol I have control issues.

All in all if I could just get over the C for a bit I would be SOOOO happy lol


I am so happy that you all our doing great...Im happy to read on yalls success.

SylviesGirl
04-15-2014, 10:06 AM
Good Morning All!!
So my hubby has been home since Thursday (YAY). I have been a tad absent from the board here, the reason being is because I have been battling C!! Seriously would love to get back to normal :(

I am as of last wednesday 3 months in already and in that 3 months Ive taken off 43 LBS and 22.5 inches. So for my award of my progress I am allowing myself 2 weeks of restricted items as my snacks. I haven't had any up till this point. And I also for the first time went out to eat. I was feeling great and then when the waiter came back and asked if I also didn't want the butter on my steamed broccoli I felt like :can I trust people to do it right" lol I have control issues.

All in all if I could just get over the C for a bit I would be SOOOO happy lol


I am so happy that you all our doing great...Im happy to read on yalls success.

Wow, you are doing fantastic!

As far as the constipation, jicama always helps me. Do you have any jicama in your diet? If not, here is how I usually eat it: Chopped into french-fry shaped spears, sprinkled with a Splenda packet and a bit of lemon juice. Stir to coat and . . . you're welcome. Tastes like candy! Two days of that, and all is right in my world again. ;)

Ruth Ann
04-15-2014, 10:09 AM
sweetenuf - hooray for dh being home! Assuming you like the guy. :D

Have you tried Smooth Move tea to get you going? I usually brew it strong and it works wonders for me. Are you getting your magnesium in?

If worse comes to worse, pick up some magnesium citrate at the drug store. It's a liquid, tastes terrible and you need to stay close to a bathroom but it does work. I used it after a terrible case of the Big C after surgery and it worked wonders.

65X65
04-15-2014, 10:20 AM
....And welcome to many new "faces"! It's good to see you and share the ride...(we move fast around here...)..We are eager to learn about and from you, and hope while getting to know you, we can help you get to your goal ....and most importantly, the new you.

BTW...You're going to LOVE her!!


kathie

sweetenuf
04-15-2014, 10:53 AM
Wow, you are doing fantastic!

As far as the constipation, jicama always helps me. Do you have any jicama in your diet? If not, here is how I usually eat it: Chopped into french-fry shaped spears, sprinkled with a Splenda packet and a bit of lemon juice. Stir to coat and . . . you're welcome. Tastes like candy! Two days of that, and all is right in my world again. ;)

Thank you I will def try it, can't hurt lol


sweetenuf - hooray for dh being home! Assuming you like the guy. :D

Have you tried Smooth Move tea to get you going? I usually brew it strong and it works wonders for me. Are you getting your magnesium in?

If worse comes to worse, pick up some magnesium citrate at the drug store. It's a liquid, tastes terrible and you need to stay close to a bathroom but it does work. I used it after a terrible case of the Big C after surgery and it worked wonders.

[COLOR="DarkOrchid"]I did not try the tea yet, i am getting my magnesium in and I picked up the liquid mag cit and it worked but Im still not back to normal and that was a week ago. Im going to try what SylviesGirl said so I can stay moving :)


Thank you ladies./COLOR]

Ruth Ann
04-15-2014, 11:38 AM
Hey, anything that might work sweetenuf is worth a shot! I know some people blend lettuce into their shakes and find it helps.

MellyIP
04-15-2014, 02:49 PM
I too am suffering from the big C. I tried senekot last night but no luck. I have my WI tonight so I know it won't be good. I want to wait until the weekend to try the tea so that it doesn't affect me getting to work on time. But with the pain in my side I may need to take it sooner.

SylviesGirl
04-15-2014, 04:02 PM
I too am suffering from the big C. I tried senekot last night but no luck. I have my WI tonight so I know it won't be good. I want to wait until the weekend to try the tea so that it doesn't affect me getting to work on time. But with the pain in my side I may need to take it sooner.

Melly -- For me, it usually takes a few hours for Smooth Move to "take effect." When I need it, I drink it before bed -- and I usually awaken "ready to go" in the morning ;) If you're feeling that uncomfortable, I would try to get ahead of it sooner rather than later. Good luck . . . the big C is no fun.

Yayalaine
04-15-2014, 05:14 PM
It was very helpful for to read all the "3 tips," too. Reminded me to plan, plan, and plan and gave me some new ideas. Lisa's tip about keeping packs everywhere was HUGE to me… don't know why in the world I hadn't thought of that.

I did bring extras to work, but I now know I need to also put some in my car, my husband's car, and even my parents' house since we often eat there on Sundays. Some packets will dissolve easily in a regular bottle of water and I can always stop and buy a bottle of water if I need to fix an emergency shake.

There were a lot of great ideas…. thanks everyone!!

JLUS
04-15-2014, 06:10 PM
Big C - read somewhere that roasting and eating Okra is a big help... Don,t know if it has to be roasted!

I don't have the big C now, but did just buy some okra (not a fan) to roast because several people said it is very tasty when roasted.

Also going to roast some radishes (another NOT favorite of mine) but heard they roast up completely different... More like little potatoes, so I am all OVER that!

Love the new adventures I get to have testing IP friendly new foods!!

maureen kempster
04-15-2014, 08:00 PM
I've made up my mind - I'm sticking 100% to protocol but will start weaning in alternate products - I just can't keep spending the $ on IP products - I'm a pretty boring eater so if I find the right products and stick to them I should be okay - I'm not sure if I mentioned that I bought a condo and take possession of it May 16 & move in on the 17th - I've started purging my apartment and have started packing what I don't use - so I have to really start watching what I spend.

well let's all have a great evening we're worth it

JLUS
04-15-2014, 08:07 PM
I've made up my mind - I'm sticking 100% to protocol but will start weaning in alternate products - I just can't keep spending the $ on IP products - I'm a pretty boring eater so if I find the right products and stick to them I should be okay - I'm not sure if I mentioned that I bought a condo and take possession of it May 16 & move in on the 17th - I've started purging my apartment and have started packing what I don't use - so I have to really start watching what I spend.

well let's all have a great evening we're worth it

You will do GREAT on Alts - motivation is key, not the brand you eat!

Yesterday in the Alternative thread I posted info on how to join Nashua Nutrition's non-publicized Lifetime Membership for 10% off forever (even on discount deals!) also in that thread (I think) someone posted an excel sheet of bunches of alternatives from Nashua and their nutrition stats for easy comparison to acceptable ranges.

CONGRATS on the new condo!!

65X65
04-15-2014, 08:47 PM
I've made up my mind - I'm sticking 100% to protocol but will start weaning in alternate products - I just can't keep spending the $ on IP products - I'm a pretty boring eater so if I find the right products and stick to them I should be okay - I'm not sure if I mentioned that I bought a condo and take possession of it May 16 & move in on the 17th - I've started purging my apartment and have started packing what I don't use - so I have to really start watching what I spend.

well let's all have a great evening we're worth it

There is nothing magic in the IP packets! As lisa stated the protocol came first...based on the science. (The IP label became a brand that sells food that fits the nutritional profile, and did some fancy marketing and franchise development). The secret is following the plan...and YOU GOT that part!

Good luck in the new place!

IdealProteinNewbie
04-15-2014, 10:12 PM
JLUS: Roasted okra is AMAZING!

JLUS
04-15-2014, 10:20 PM
JLUS: Roasted okra is AMAZING!

I think I will give it a go thus weekend!

RosiePosie101
04-16-2014, 12:38 AM
Been so busy at work that have had no time to post but I managed to escape the 'pit of despair' for a weekend and get to Miami to do some shopping!! Had an amazing time. Due to not shopping before now, I presumed I was down from a rather tight size 16 to a size 12. Not only was size 12 too big but in some instances I managed to fit into an 8. An EIGHT!!!! I've never been an 8. EVER!! Super exciting. So exciting that the lady helping me in Nordstom gave me a hug! I had got a little teary and she thought I hated the dress!!

I managed to stay 100% OP while I was away and I now have an outfit for a wedding in Bahamas at the end of May and enough other outfits to see me through until I get away again. One of my close friends is an 8 and she said we should swap clothes. I think my brain hasn't caught up yet because I look at her and think there is no way that her clothes are going to squeeze over my big bottom and thunder thighs. But I guess I don't really have that big bum anymore and the thunder thighs are fast disappearing! Gotta love IP!!

IdealProteinNewbie
04-16-2014, 07:15 AM
Been so busy at work that have had no time to post but I managed to escape the 'pit of despair' for a weekend and get to Miami to do some shopping!! Had an amazing time. Due to not shopping before now, I presumed I was down from a rather tight size 16 to a size 12. Not only was size 12 too big but in some instances I managed to fit into an 8. An EIGHT!!!! I've never been an 8. EVER!! Super exciting. So exciting that the lady helping me in Nordstom gave me a hug! I had got a little teary and she thought I hated the dress!!

I managed to stay 100% OP while I was away and I now have an outfit for a wedding in Bahamas at the end of May and enough other outfits to see me through until I get away again. One of my close friends is an 8 and she said we should swap clothes. I think my brain hasn't caught up yet because I look at her and think there is no way that her clothes are going to squeeze over my big bottom and thunder thighs. But I guess I don't really have that big bum anymore and the thunder thighs are fast disappearing! Gotta love IP!!

So happy for you! I know you've been so swamped at work and staying OP can be difficult, but you've really put your mind to it.

Enjoy those 8's!

lisa32989
04-16-2014, 07:21 AM
Isn't it amazing what we can do when we change our minds?
WL is totally a mental challenge and sticking to IP is really all in the mind. We can play head games or we can get committed.
The Beck Diet Solution really does help with the tough times. It gives us responses to the sabotaging thoughts and gives us exercises to practice for when the rough times come.

calypso58
04-16-2014, 07:52 AM
Been so busy at work that have had no time to post but I managed to escape the 'pit of despair' for a weekend and get to Miami to do some shopping!! Had an amazing time. Due to not shopping before now, I presumed I was down from a rather tight size 16 to a size 12. Not only was size 12 too big but in some instances I managed to fit into an 8. An EIGHT!!!! I've never been an 8. EVER!! Super exciting. So exciting that the lady helping me in Nordstom gave me a hug! I had got a little teary and she thought I hated the dress!!

I managed to stay 100% OP while I was away and I now have an outfit for a wedding in Bahamas at the end of May and enough other outfits to see me through until I get away again. One of my close friends is an 8 and she said we should swap clothes. I think my brain hasn't caught up yet because I look at her and think there is no way that her clothes are going to squeeze over my big bottom and thunder thighs. But I guess I don't really have that big bum anymore and the thunder thighs are fast disappearing! Gotta love IP!!

Huge congrats! Your progress is awesome! :cp::cp::cp:

3sisters
04-16-2014, 08:31 AM
Been so busy at work that have had no time to post but I managed to escape the 'pit of despair' for a weekend and get to Miami to do some shopping!! Had an amazing time. Due to not shopping before now, I presumed I was down from a rather tight size 16 to a size 12. Not only was size 12 too big but in some instances I managed to fit into an 8. An EIGHT!!!! I've never been an 8. EVER!! Super exciting. So exciting that the lady helping me in Nordstom gave me a hug! I had got a little teary and she thought I hated the dress!!!

I can just feel your joy and excitement! Love this! Congrats :carrot:

Ruth Ann
04-16-2014, 08:45 AM
Congrats RosiePosie101! That is absolutely awesome!

Been really bummed this week - had a temporary bridge put in last week and it doesn't fit exactly right and makes chewing things like lettuce really hard. Argh! I get the permanent one next week, but in the meantime no lettuce for me. Been upping my water consumption though.

SylviesGirl
04-16-2014, 09:26 AM
Congrats RosiePosie101! That is absolutely awesome!

Been really bummed this week - had a temporary bridge put in last week and it doesn't fit exactly right and makes chewing things like lettuce really hard. Argh! I get the permanent one next week, but in the meantime no lettuce for me. Been upping my water consumption though.

Well, Ruth Ann -- Sounds like the faulty bridge will keep you out of all the Easter treats, too. No temptation there! :bunny2:

Good WI today, down 1.5. I look down at the number on the scale now and just stare for a few moments. It doesn't feel real. I remember weighing this in 7th grade! (Though I thought I was fat then. :o )

Make it a great day, everyone!

Ruth Ann
04-16-2014, 09:33 AM
Well, Ruth Ann -- Sounds like the faulty bridge will keep you out of all the Easter treats, too. No temptation there! :bunny2:

Good WI today, down 1.5. I look down at the number on the scale now and just stare for a few moments. It doesn't feel real. I remember weighing this in 7th grade! (Though I thought I was fat then. :o )

Make it a great day, everyone!

No temptation for me - I didn't buy any Easter treats! Fortunately the only ones dh likes are coconut M&Ms and he buys them after Easter.

Congrats on the good weigh in - you're getting so close! I know what you mean about the number seeming kind of unreal - when I started I never thought I would be able to make it to 150, let alone 140 (have my weigh in later this morning). I wake up some mornings and get on the scale just to reassure myself that I didn't gain it all back overnight!

Slipfree
04-16-2014, 09:41 AM
Ruth Ann, it is hard to get your head around those low scale numbers. My clinic is running a workshop on Phantom Fat, helping your mind adjust to the changes. I am going. I see the clothing sizes changing, but you are right- it does not feel real.

dak1lls
04-16-2014, 09:42 AM
RosiePosie, congrats on the size 8's. I remember feeling the exact same way. It just seemed impossible that I could be that size. Like Ruth Ann I felt like it was not real and the weight loss would disappear *poof* and I would be big again. I still feel strange taking size 6 clothes into the dressing room. I think someone is going to catch me and say, "Hey, put those back, you're in the wrong section!" Then I try them on and I'm still amazed they fit! Wow, mind games.

SylviesGirl and Ruth Ann, I am amazed at your tickers. You have both come so far. I am beyond motivated by your success. WTG ladies!

SylviesGirl
04-16-2014, 09:54 AM
Heh, Ruth Ann, I must be projecting. I will be knee-deep in Easter candy for at least a week around here. And, being the Easter-Bunny-In-Chief around here, I am the one to blame! (I just don't have the heart to put carrots on a bed of greens in my son's Easter basket, though! :D )

It does all seem so unreal at times. Dak, I totally feel like someone is going to chase me out of the "normal" section all the time. I feel like an imposter . . . and then I start at the very end of the rack, in sizes I know are too big . . .and I slowly inch my way down to the 8s and 6s . . . and I can't believe how far down the rack I am!

Speaking of trying to get our heads around our new bodies . . . I have taken up this very dangerous little practice lately. It started out of an honest effort to try to reshape my mental image of my body. When we are out somewhere or in the car or wherever, among other people, I will pick out women of various sizes and ask my husband, "Am I about her size?" Now, my husband is my biggest supporter and always seems to come up with the "right" answer. So I thought I would try it on my 13 y/o son -- he is "dumb" to "women" and how complicated they can be. He will answer completely honestly, because he is innocent and pure and completely unaware of the game of emotional roulette I am playing with myself. So far, I have been pleasantly surprised by his honest answers . . . clearly, I am smaller than I picture myself. Now I need to quit while I am ahead, because I will push it until I get an answer I don't like and then that is what I will dwell on. My son is like a fountain of truth . . .and sometimes too much truth is a dangerous thing . . . like the time I told him that J.Lo and I are the same age. His shock and exclamation of, "No way!" said it all. -ouch- :o

Ruth Ann
04-16-2014, 09:59 AM
You are so sweet dak!

It's still weird to go shopping and try something on and it fits but I don't like the way it looks on me. Before it was always - yeah! I can button it! Now it's - well, I can button it but it really isn't a style I like. So many styles to choose from and I have to try them all on because I have no clue what will look good. Some things I never would have thought of wearing actually look good and some that are similar to styles I wore 100 lbs ago don't flatter me at all. Makes me dizzy.

Slipfree
04-16-2014, 10:03 AM
Sylviesgirl, I was doing the same thing in my head and I always think I am bigger. I have found this website helpful:

http://www.modelmydiet.com

It compares the weight you are now visually with your goal weight.

schenectady
04-16-2014, 10:06 AM
Speaking of trying to get our heads around our new bodies . . . I have taken up this very dangerous little practice lately. It started out of an honest effort to try to reshape my mental image of my body. When we are out somewhere or in the car or wherever, among other people, I will pick out women of various sizes and ask my husband, "Am I about her size?" Now, my husband is my biggest supporter and always seems to come up with the "right" answer. So I thought I would try it on my 13 y/o son -- he is "dumb" to "women" and how complicated they can be. He will answer completely honestly, because he is innocent and pure and completely unaware of the game of emotional roulette I am playing with myself. So far, I have been pleasantly surprised by his honest answers . . . clearly, I am smaller than I picture myself. Now I need to quit while I am ahead, because I will push it until I get an answer I don't like and then that is what I will dwell on. My son is like a fountain of truth . . .and sometimes too much truth is a dangerous thing . . . like the time I told him that J.Lo and I are the same age. His shock and exclamation of, "No way!" said it all. -ouch- :o

You have done such a spectacular job - what an inspiration to those of us who still struggle, although I was happy to get into my first pair of size 14 jeans, ever! Never thought with my backside that would happen.

I have something of the same issue, not being able to trust/believe in the mirror, or more precisely my eyes and how I perceive what I see. I know that I did not see myself correctly at nearly 300, so I worry when I see this much slimmer person that I still am off the mark.

Your comparison to other women nearby is an interesting experiment and it shows that you trust your husband incredibly. I do not know that I would have the courage to do as you did - kudos to you.

I might ask the same question of a daughter or girlfriend, maybe. The line between honesty and tact might be a challenging thing, though.

This does beg the question of body image and perception, though. How DO we know what we really look like? I worry that I might be so happy with what I see at this lower weight that I grow complacent...or that I do not know when to stop (will cross that bridge when I get there_.

Anyway, again, congrats to you and I will continue to follow your fascinating posts as daily inspiration to kick me in the pants (size 14!)

drd1961
04-16-2014, 10:34 AM
You have to take pictures of yourself. It helps.

ColoradoCarol
04-16-2014, 10:41 AM
Hi all. Been absent for the past week. Been busy getting ready to go visit my friends in Atlanta.

Everything is ready and my flight leaves at 245 today. I have to get cleaned up and drop the dogs at the kennel. Looking forward to seeing friends and being away from the stress at work.

My friend is an IP coach so she will pick me up some food so I only have to take today's food. She is on P1 for a while again so I can stay 100%.

SylviesGirl
04-16-2014, 10:41 AM
This does beg the question of body image and perception, though. How DO we know what we really look like? I worry that I might be so happy with what I see at this lower weight that I grow complacent...or that I do not know when to stop (will cross that bridge when I get there_.

Anyway, again, congrats to you and I will continue to follow your fascinating posts as daily inspiration to kick me in the pants (size 14!)

Schenectady -- I was just talking to my husband about this last week. I feel like I do not/will not know when to start phasing off. I mean, I am already beyond my wildest dreams with this weight loss. (To be clear, though -- I hardly think I am a hot number . . . I am far, far from it, and I know that, and I have been working hard on being okay with that. I have, and will always have, some issues, some wrinkly skin, loose skin, etc. My mind started really honing in on that and it started bringing me down. I am really working on accepting those things about myself, because I don't want to simply trade one body-image problem for another.) Anyway . . . comparing how I am now to how I was = I am already further/better than I ever thought I would be . . . so do I stop? Keep going? I am really kind of working in the dark now. I don't know what I am "going for" body wise, so it all feels a bit random now. I do know that I want to be well within the "normal" BMI range so that I can give myself a 5 lb range for fluctuation before bringing down the hammer. That's what I'm going on now.

When I set my "goal" at the beginning, I could not bear admitting to myself that I had more than 100 lbs to lose, so 147 was my goal. Now I moved it to 128 . . . didn't want to admit I had more than 20 to go at that time. Now, I'm thinking more like 120 or 115, if I build back in the 5lb projected gain when phasing off . . . to be at 120 - 125 . . . then, with the 5lb window of leeway I would like to have, that makes my real weight around 125 - 130.

Ruth Ann -- I KNOW! I now put things on -- and I, too, have to try on every style because I have no idea what looks "good" -- and then I feel myself getting picky . . . such a new feeling! I used to be happy as long as something fit -- no such thing as "flattering!"

I recently found a couple pair of my old jeans from my tip-top weight. I thought I was down on myself then and that I was completely in touch with how huge I was. When I held up those jeans, I about fell over. I could not believe these were my jeans -- and I remember wearing them a lot! I could almost get both legs in one pant leg now. Instead of being happy with my progress, I had to sit down and cry over how horribly I had been living and not even quite realizing it. What was I doing? What was I thinking? How in the world was I a good mom to my young son at that size??? It was really, really sad and upsetting. And it really rocked my trust in myself as far as seeing and knowing what size I truly am. I must have been in some measure of denial at that size . . . so how do I know that I'm still not? I have kept those jeans. Not sure why or that it's even healthy, but I have.

Ahhh, it's all such a heady journey . . .

I'm talking too much this morning . . . sorry . . . I'll let you get on with your lives now. :^:

AmberLS
04-16-2014, 11:09 AM
There is nothing magic in the IP packets! As lisa stated the protocol came first...based on the science. (The IP label became a brand that sells food that fits the nutritional profile, and did some fancy marketing and franchise development). The secret is following the plan...and YOU GOT that part!

Good luck in the new place!

That's a good way to think of it, of course the coach would disagree! LOL, I've been really nervous about switching to alternatives so I'm going to do a combo until I'm comfy.

schenectady
04-16-2014, 11:32 AM
Slipfree Thank you for this link....http://www.modelmydiet.com/

OMG OMG OMG - what a great tool! Thank you so much for posting this.

Why was it so surprising? I started out with my current weight and then my goal and I was happy to see that for once my mental body image was pretty accurate.

Then I put in the weight I was when I started IP and what a shock! Shock both good and bad...good because I am not like that now and bad because I was clearly so oblivious to how I appeared nine months ago.

I guess our brains or our psyche protect ourselves from what we truly look like when deep down we know what we weigh - had I a truly accurate idea of how I looked according to this site, I never would have walked out of the house, no matter how neatly I thought I had prepared myself. Self delusion extraordinaire!

I am going to bookmark that site and keep checking on it as I continue this journey.

Slipfree
04-16-2014, 11:45 AM
Schenectady, I am so glad it helped you :).

lisa32989
04-16-2014, 11:50 AM
That's a good way to think of it, of course the coach would disagree! LOL, I've been really nervous about switching to alternatives so I'm going to do a combo until I'm comfy.
Your coach is in the business to sell a product. Of course he will find ways to say IP's product is superior.
There are only a few items I feel are superior and I still buy them. The potato puree (simply due to the fact that I can't find it elsewhere) and the Milk Chocolate pudding. I prefer the thickness/consistency of the IP pudding. I don't use vanilla or Dark chocolate due to containing either soy protein or gluten.

Hawaii69
04-16-2014, 12:08 PM
Speaking of trying to get our heads around our new bodies . . . I have taken up this very dangerous little practice lately. It started out of an honest effort to try to reshape my mental image of my body. When we are out somewhere or in the car or wherever, among other people, I will pick out women of various sizes and ask my husband, "Am I about her size?" Now, my husband is my biggest supporter and always seems to come up with the "right" answer. So I thought I would try it on my 13 y/o son -- he is "dumb" to "women" and how complicated they can be. He will answer completely honestly, because he is innocent and pure and completely unaware of the game of emotional roulette I am playing with myself. So far, I have been pleasantly surprised by his honest answers . . . clearly, I am smaller than I picture myself. Now I need to quit while I am ahead, because I will push it until I get an answer I don't like and then that is what I will dwell on. My son is like a fountain of truth . . .and sometimes too much truth is a dangerous thing . . . like the time I told him that J.Lo and I are the same age. His shock and exclamation of, "No way!" said it all. -ouch- :o

That's hilarious! I thought I was the only person who did this! I usually ask my hubby. Perception of ourselves is a hard thing as our brains take time to see ourselves in a different way, I have had a couple people recently tell me that they didn't recognize me! And in my mind, I look the same! I love those reminders that we don't! I agree, pictures help!

schenectady
04-16-2014, 12:23 PM
That's hilarious! I thought I was the only person who did this! I usually ask my hubby. Perception of ourselves is a hard thing as our brains take time to see ourselves in a different way, I have had a couple people recently tell me that they didn't recognize me! And in my mind, I look the same! I love those reminders that we don't! I agree, pictures help!

After years of being so large, I think my husband is afraid of making any comment about my body or weight. Doesn't help that he is Mr. uncommunicative, anyway!

In all the many years we have been married, he has made only two comments and it must be testament to my love for him that I let him live with both of them. Part of my drive to succeed, admittedly, is to show him up from those long ago made comments....one was incredibly hurtful and not forgotten by me; he probably was unaware of just HOW much it hurt.

So I guess I will take not asking or talking to him about it although he has become more supportive although never verbally. I will do what I will do.

Ruth Ann
04-16-2014, 12:50 PM
What a great discussion! I still find it hard to know if what I'm seeing is real - pictures are a great help, even if I don't like looking at the "before" type pics. I never thought I looked that bad but comparing then and now is a real eye-opener. I can't believe I let myself get into that shape.

I kept 1 pair of pants - actually the ones I was wearing the day I first went into the clinic. Pulled them out the other day and compared them to the 4s I just bought - that really brought home to me just how much I've changed in the past year. I think I will keep those pants for times when I need motivation to continue to control my eating.

SylviesGirl
04-16-2014, 12:56 PM
Sylviesgirl, I was doing the same thing in my head and I always think I am bigger. I have found this website helpful:

http://www.modelmydiet.com

It compares the weight you are now visually with your goal weight.

I forgot to say earlier -- that's a cool site! I played around for a while . . . very inspiring and a good help for visualizing. Thanks!

IdealProteinNewbie
04-16-2014, 04:37 PM
Ruth Ann: I can relate to a lot of what you're saying...it's so nice to know I'm not alone.

SylviesGirl: Welcome! I've read many of your posts in the daily and you have a great way with words. You're very compassionate and I love your insight.

Dak: Hi!

Carol: Have fun! Hope you get a chance to relax!

Amber: Go for it with the alternatives, we're all here for you.

Lisa: :wave:

dak1lls
04-16-2014, 04:52 PM
I love this discussion! It is so nice to know I am not alone in so many of the feelings and anxiety I have had over my new body image, knowing when to phase off, finding my "new" style in an unfamiliar body, how this affects my relationship with DH. So many great comments and posts.

I remember trying to decide on a goal weight and asking DH to please keep me in check if the time came that he felt I needed to phase off. I had so many people asking me, "you're not trying to lose more weight are you!?" Most people had not seen me at a smaller "true" size for my body and I suppose it was a bit shocking to see me shrink down so much. I had an eating disorder in high school and it is a challenge for me to not become a bit obsessive when I try to lose weight. I was "all in" with IP and worried I might not recognize when I had reached a healthy weight/size.

I did accidentally find a way to really see myself as others do. I glanced up at my reflection in a window as I was walking downtown one day. At first glance I didn't realize the reflection was me, there were lots of panes of glass with different angles and such. I thought, that girl is little. That girl was me! It took me a moment to realize that and it felt fantastic! Now, when I see my reflection it makes me smile.

As for looking at old pictures of myself...this is so timely. Just yesterday afternoon I was perusing some old photos on my PC while listening in on a boring work conference call. I found so many pictures of myself when I thought I had looked good. I was so surprised at how large I was in the photos and never realized it at the time. It does make me doubt my judgement as well. I sure wish I had kept a pair of my old pants, so I could compare from time to time. Maybe that's a good reminder and motivator to maintain. I do have a jacket I kept that I loved and figured I could still wear, even if it got a little loose. Well, it is HUGE on me and I guess I should give it up, but maybe that's the thing I'll hang on to for my reminder.

Ruth Ann
04-16-2014, 05:12 PM
It's funny, a sister I haven't seen since I started IP (and who is a little crazy) just asked me yesterday if I was done losing weight. She said she'd been worried about me since she knew I wasn't eating and was afraid I was becoming obsessive about my weight. What? I told her I was eating plenty and in no danger of becoming too thin. Dh and my (mostly as sane as me) sister who lives nearby agree with me and think I'm fine at this weight or even if I go down a bit more.

I set my goal weight based mostly on "I can't imagine weighing 150." I thought about going down to 130 but I feel good now and figure I can always go lower if I decide I need to.

SylviesGirl
04-16-2014, 05:16 PM
Ruth Ann: I can relate to a lot of what you're saying...it's so nice to know I'm not alone.

SylviesGirl: Welcome! I've read many of your posts in the daily and you have a great way with words. You're very compassionate and I love your insight.

Dak: Hi!

Carol: Have fun! Hope you get a chance to relax!

Amber: Go for it with the alternatives, we're all here for you.

Lisa: :wave:

How kind of you. Thank you! :val3:

Hawaii69
04-16-2014, 07:16 PM
It's funny, a sister I haven't seen since I started IP (and who is a little crazy) just asked me yesterday if I was done losing weight. She said she'd been worried about me since she knew I wasn't eating and was afraid I was becoming obsessive about my weight. What? I told her I was eating plenty and in no danger of becoming too thin. Dh and my (mostly as sane as me) sister who lives nearby agree with me and think I'm fine at this weight or even if I go down a bit more.

I set my goal weight based mostly on "I can't imagine weighing 150." I thought about going down to 130 but I feel good now and figure I can always go lower if I decide I need to.

Good for you Ruth Ann! And a person knows when they feel that they are at a healthy weight. Losing weight can bring out the green monster in some people. Most have made positive comments but a couple people don't acknowledge any weight loss and one person asked if I was sick! Lol!!

SylviesGirl
04-16-2014, 08:12 PM
Good for you Ruth Ann! And a person knows when they feel that they are at a healthy weight. Losing weight can bring out the green monster in some people. Most have made positive comments but a couple people don't acknowledge any weight loss and one person asked if I was sick! Lol!!

Ain't that the truth! One "frenemy" of mine (mother of one of my son's friends), every time she sees me, furrows her brows and puts her hands on her cheeks and pulls down until her lower eyelids are also being pulled down and says, "You are just shrinking!" Never a nice word, never a compliment. Then, once, she asked me, after about the 90#s off mark, "Are you TRYING to lose, or is it just happening?" (Um, if this wasn't intentional, I'd probably be dead by now. duh) But the best one was the most recent . . . now, she is bigger than me now, but not at all the size I used to be. She comes right up and asks me what size I wear now. I politely refused to tell her. She then says, "Because I have all these clothes that I don't wear anymore . . . like 10s and 12s . . . that I was thinking you could use." Now, I was standing there in size 6 pants at the time, so, no, I don't think she meant well. Some people just can't stand it . . .her son is much the same way . . . competitive in the bad way.

People, including myself, get so excited when people start noticing their weight loss, but that was short-lived for me when I realized how few people can serve up a compliment without inadvertently dishing up an insult right along with it. Things like, "You look great . . . and you're moving so much better now." :(

One neighbor man said to my husband, "You sure are a lucky guy now." To which my sweet husband replied, without skipping a beat, "I've always been a lucky guy." I hear that in my head regularly and I want to hug him every single time.

RosiePosie101
04-16-2014, 08:27 PM
Thanks everyone for the lovely support and comments. It truly was an amazing moment to be able to zip up a size eight. SIZE EIGHT!! Just writing it down feels amazing - had to write it down again!

Fabulous discussion today on how we see ourselves and our weight at both the highest we were and where we are now. I've just cleared out some of my closet (if you think this was done in an organized fashion - think again - there's just a massive pile of clothes on the floor!). But the discussion has got me thinking - is it a good idea to save an old pair of jeans to look back on every once in a while and remember how far we've come. Or should we be wiping my hands clean of them now. Would be interested to hear what others have done.

3sisters
04-16-2014, 09:41 PM
What amazing conversation today! I feel privileged to be allowed to be a part of it. All of you are unbelievably motivating to me. And I was thinking.....my big thing, I think, will be the day I can see my collarbones! To me, defined collarbones are a hallmark of a slender person........and I can't believe, but yet I trust, that I'm on my way to experiencing that! Now that I've found IP and this forum! :)

drd1961
04-17-2014, 06:14 AM
I have been skimming to catch up so probably missed things, but so fun to get a smile first thing in the morning! Single sized numbers are the bomb, but so is regular sizes if you have been in plus sizes!

This time I have not had anyone say I look to thin and I am smaller than I ever have been. It might be because I am doing it more for medical reasons than vanity. It might be because I don't look too thin! It is probably because I work with mostly men. :)

calypso58
04-17-2014, 08:08 AM
It is probably because I work with mostly men. :)

Love it! So true!

Ruth Ann
04-17-2014, 08:58 AM
Hawaii69 - Weight loss does bring out the worst in some people for sure. Then she asked me if I'd saved my old clothes for her. Uh, no.

I can't believe someone asked you if you were sick (how rude!) - I hope you told told them that no, you were actually getting healthy!

SylviesGirl - how wonderful of your dh! I had someone tell me "your husband needs to watch out, all the young guys will be after you." Really? I just told them I was disappointed that they thought I had such low morals. I lost weight, not my character.

Your frenemy sounds like she is way jealous. Sounds like you handle her well though - good for you! I would be sooooo tempted to say "thanks, I was just going to offer my 14s to you." But I'm bad.

RosiePosie101 - I LOVE cleaning out my closet now! Except it means I need to go shopping which I love & hate! I got rid of the too big clothes as soon as they no longer fit (with the exception of one pair of pants) - I didn't want them around. I think I was just worried that if they were there I'd think I could wear them and I don't want to grow into anything larger.

I like having clothes that fit now and a "soon" pile. I think saving the old stuff would be kind of like saying I might gain it all back.

3sisters - You've got the right mindset and you'll have collarbones soon! I cried the first time I put on a dress that showed my curves were back - now that dress is off to the women's shelter.

drd1961 - Yep, it's the men thing I'm sure!

schenectady
04-17-2014, 10:38 AM
Hawaii69 -
RosiePosie101 - I LOVE cleaning out my closet now! Except it means I need to go shopping which I love & hate! I got rid of the too big clothes as soon as they no longer fit (with the exception of one pair of pants) - I didn't want them around. I think I was just worried that if they were there I'd think I could wear them and I don't want to grow into anything larger.

I like having clothes that fit now and a "soon" pile. I think saving the old stuff would be kind of like saying I might gain it all back.



Being 100% very careful these days but the scale doesn't want to move...looking to hit -100 but that last one doesn't want to budge...I am not complaining because I know there are those who have REALLY struggled with that.

I am very careful to donate what I have grown out of so that I KNOW that I have nothing larger I can 'fall back' on. Being aware that I must continue in the opposite direction, down, if I want to have anything to wear helps me out.

So I have no larger sizes (I keep a bag hanging in the closet and anytime I have something too loose, it goes into the bag and dropped off as a donation) and one or two sizes smaller. I like trying on the smaller sizes because I gives me inspiration, hope and a goal - like being able to zip up!

sweetenuf
04-17-2014, 12:51 PM
Wow, you are doing fantastic!

As far as the constipation, jicama always helps me. Do you have any jicama in your diet? If not, here is how I usually eat it: Chopped into french-fry shaped spears, sprinkled with a Splenda packet and a bit of lemon juice. Stir to coat and . . . you're welcome. Tastes like candy! Two days of that, and all is right in my world again. ;)

Hey:) So I bought some jimaca yesterday. When I prepare it do I eat it raw or bake it? This veggie is completely new to me :)

SylviesGirl
04-17-2014, 01:04 PM
Hey:) So I bought some jimaca yesterday. When I prepare it do I eat it raw or bake it? This veggie is completely new to me :)

If you are on Pinterest, you can find lots of ways to prepare it. My favorite way to eat it is raw, cut into sticks, sprinkled with a packet of Splenda and a bit of lemon or lime juice. Yum!

I've also sliced it up into small, thin squares and boiled it on the stove-top for a while (like 20 - 30 mins). It softens it a bit, but it will never become soft like apples. I drain it, return to the pan, add in approx. 1 tsp olive oil and sautee a bit. At the last minute, I add in a packet of Splenda and a good amount of cinnamon. Yummy.

I hope you find a way to like it, because it is very high in fiber and "keeps things moving." Good luck!

Edited to add: Peel it like a potato or just slice off the skin.

dak1lls
04-17-2014, 01:09 PM
Hey:) So I bought some jimaca yesterday. When I prepare it do I eat it raw or bake it? This veggie is completely new to me :)

I slice mine like french fries and toss with Splenda and cinnamon. Yummy. Kind of like an apple but not so sweet. I have been planning to try it like SylviesGirl mentioned as well. That would be good with some Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal as a crumble, like an apple crisp maybe. I'm not sure how I would do the oatmeal yet, but I think someone else has used the oatmeal in this way before. Maybe it was lamberjules?

sweetenuf
04-17-2014, 01:11 PM
If you are on Pinterest, you can find lots of ways to prepare it. My favorite way to eat it is raw, cut into sticks, sprinkled with a packet of Splenda and a bit of lemon or lime juice. Yum!

I've also sliced it up into small, thin squares and boiled it on the stove-top for a while (like 20 - 30 mins). It softens it a bit, but it will never become soft like apples. I drain it, return to the pan, add in approx. 1 tsp olive oil and sautee a bit. At the last minute, I add in a packet of Splenda and a good amount of cinnamon. Yummy.

I hope you find a way to like it, because it is very high in fiber and "keeps things moving." Good luck!

Edited to add: Peel it like a potato or just slice off the skin.


Thank you very much :)
my current issue has been resolved but I DO NOT want to go thru that again for that length. So if this helps I will make it a permanent in my diet. thank you again

babykadea
04-17-2014, 01:12 PM
Ruth Ann

I read that you said you weigh your two cups of veggies.
Do you weigh them as 16oz? Two cups is 16 fluid oz, but that is not exactly the case for vegetables. I'm just curious how much you weigh out?

lisa32989
04-17-2014, 01:17 PM
I read that you said you weigh your two cups of veggies.
Do you weigh them as 16oz? Two cups is 16 fluid oz, but that is not exactly the case for vegetables. I'm just curious how much you weigh out?
I'm not Ruth Ann but the answer is no

Different veggies weigh different amounts.
If you got to the self nutrition website, you can find the weights for 1 cup of any veggie you want to weigh

dak1lls
04-17-2014, 01:23 PM
Hey:) So I bought some jimaca yesterday. When I prepare it do I eat it raw or bake it? This veggie is completely new to me :)

I found this link with some suggestions on using Jicama:

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/264702-jicama.html

I hope it is helpful.

Ruth Ann
04-17-2014, 04:42 PM
I'm not Ruth Ann but the answer is no

Different veggies weigh different amounts.
If you got to the self nutrition website, you can find the weights for 1 cup of any veggie you want to weigh

Lisa is correct (as usual :D ). I only weigh veggies that don't easily fit in a measuring cups - like tonight I am roasting asparagus and it's easier to weigh it than try to make it fit the cup.

I read somewhere you should always weigh veggies rather than measure them, but most veggies fit the 2 cup measure just fine.

canadjineh
04-17-2014, 05:25 PM
Ingredients:

1 large zucchini
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 pinch salt
2 packets sweetener (like Truvia or Splenda)
1 tsp or more Apple Pie Spice (You can also make your own with recipe below)
1 tsp vanilla or 1 TB DaVinci/Torani Sugar-Free Vanilla Syrup

for Tart:
Make IP Oatmeal according to directions (Can use a bit less water)

Directions:

1. Cut zucchini into circular disks, then cut in half to make apple slices
2. Toss togetherzucchini, lemon juice and salt. Place mixture into frying pan and cook until tender-crisp.

Note: If you are concerned about using so much lemon juice, you can cut it to 2TB. It will still taste great, but won't have a "syrupy" texture. Just make sure not to dry out when baking.
3. Midway through cooking the zucchini, add in the spices, sweetener, and vanilla. I use more than 1 tsp of the spice because I like it strong.
4. If making just the apples, lightly spray a glass pie pan with cooking spray or "I Cant Believe Its Not Butter" spray. Lay down the zucchini pies like a pie. Drizzle over the top any extra lemon juice.
5. Bake in oven at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 15-30 minutes until done. (taste at 15 min. Less time is crisp apple. More time is soft apple)

Note that the lemon juice can be quite strong. You can add a bit more sweetener to cut the sour. I use the Sugar-Free Vanilla syrup to raise the sweetness without the risk of too much of the sweetener packets. Also good with Sugar-Free Toasted Marshmallow.

If you are making the tart, make the IP Oatmeal according to directions (maybe use a bit less water) and spoon into the glass pie pan with non-stick spray. Layer "apples" on top. Bake according to directions.

The taste of the tart is quite good, but not quite what I expected and I dont like using a restricted product (oatmeal) for this when the regular baked apples by themselves are so good.

You can also enjoy this with IP Vanilla "Ice Cream". See directions here:
http://www.facebook.com/IdealProteinLohja?ref=tn_tnmn#!/photo.php?fbid=253665808036803&set=a.1811825386184 64.45488.181118358624882&type=1&theater


Apple Pie Spice:
Ingredients:
•1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
•1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
•1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional, but I use this all the time. Make sure the cardamom is ground finely)

Directions:
Combine all ingredients. If you make extra, store in an airtight container

Found via google at 3fatchicks. Thank you "FinnSteven" from April 2012 :chef:

Liana

65X65
04-17-2014, 05:48 PM
Today was the monthly luncheon for retirees from my former place of emplyment. Have enjoyed these get-togethers for the last few years, as it always good to see former co workers. The company was about 600 people during my years there (prior to a merger which increased the size to 6000). It was a great ride, and people stayed there a long time finishing careers at 20-30 and40+ years in some cases. We all got to know most everyone at some level. The atmosphere was a positive environment with people often finding lifetime friends there, but at the least knowing who did what function and easily on a first name basis with everyone. Over the last year, it was hard not to have noticed my weight loss...most handled it graciously ..just inquiring if I was "well"...then when finding out things were fine...telling me I looked great...or they "loved" my hair...LOL ...code for a not nosy way to state..." you lost weight?!?!" Only one or two people have probed over the last year...but they were not the nice ones......and I usually tried to steer convo away from the topic ...but one lady, who was known for her baracuda skills, during her years at work...nailed me to the wall in December. So in trying to keep things at a low roar, I emailed her the link below which was how I have handled these probing inquiries. It has mostly been my experience, people are NOT really interested in what I did once they know I cut out wine and sugar...and the ones who DID ask more point blank were the kind who REALLY only wanted to know how much I lost ..what did I weigh before and after.. and what size were/are you...all questions I chose not to engage in then or now.

This link gives basics of IPs philosophy carried out on alternatives or a DIY shot at IP:

http://bearware.info/DietPlan.html


Well, today someone who does not attend often and I did not know well approached me as we sat down. She said.."I had to ask who you were...OH MY! You looks so wonderful. Are you well? I thanked her and said yes...and she said...I am so happy for you...you look incredible...and I'm not sure you should be here with us old retirees..." But went on and on and on saying things that made me blush. And never made or asked a nosy comment or question other than about my general health... ...

Well, then up speaks said barracuda lady from December..
"Yes ...well...she emailed me her diet...and it REALLY doesn't work...Don't know what she forgot to tell me...but clearly...it did NOT work for me!"

One of the men spoke up and said

"Well..Jill what did YOU do wrong...because it clearly worked for her..."

Later she told me she sort of followed it "pretty close"....(ie...not 100%)...but now has decided to "just watch carbs and sugar...it's the best I can do"


Then she ordered fajitas, rice and beans, and a coke for lunch.


This is why I don't share too much with people outside my immediate and chosen circle...but the response of my coworker calling her out publicly was too much not to share with you fellow 100%ers!
Plus..I thought this link might help you not to have to put too much of yourself out there if you choose not too get too in the weeds with others on this..

lisa32989
04-17-2014, 06:51 PM
Well, then up speaks said barracuda lady from December.."Yes ...well...she emailed me her diet...and it REALLY doesn't work...Don't know what she forgot to tell me...but clearly...it did NOT work for me!"
One of the men spoke up and said "Well..Jill what did YOU do wrong...because it clearly worked for her..."
:rofl:

3sisters
04-17-2014, 09:46 PM
Posted this on the daily thread also, but thought I'd repost here as well.

OK, some advice/opinions please. This is what I had to eat so far today:

B - Crispy Cereal
L - IP Broccoli/Cheese soup, Large salad (lettuce, cucs, pepper) with evoo and a squeeze of lemon
D - Big Mac in a bowl, made with 6 (raw) oz of 93% Ground Beef, dehydrated onions, lettuce, pickles, WF dressing.

I stopped at the grocery and picked up a couple of Quest Bars, since I've been hearing how good they are! :) I tried to choose the ones with the least net carbs and cals.

Choc Chip Cookie Dough - Cal 190, Fat 8, Carb 21 (17 fiber, 1 sugar) Pro 21.
Coconut Cashew - Cal 170, Fat 6, Carb 25 (17 fiber, 1 sugar) Pro 20.

My question is, would having one of the bars fit in with today's meals and still keep me OP?

Ruth Ann
04-17-2014, 10:39 PM
65- thank you for the laugh! I can just imagine her face when someone told her she must have done something wrong!

And:

"She said.."I had to ask who you were...OH MY! You looks so wonderful. Are you well? "

Really? Talk about nerve!

I find most people want to hear that I took some magic pill or drank some potion once a day and then ate anything I wanted and the fat just melted off. They don't want to hear that it was hard work and took longer than 2 months.

lisa32989
04-17-2014, 10:39 PM
Posted this on the daily thread also, but thought I'd repost here as well.

OK, some advice/opinions please. This is what I had to eat so far today:

B - Crispy Cereal
L - IP Broccoli/Cheese soup, Large salad (lettuce, cucs, pepper) with evoo and a squeeze of lemon
D - Big Mac in a bowl, made with 6 (raw) oz of 93% Ground Beef, dehydrated onions, lettuce, pickles, WF dressing.

I stopped at the grocery and picked up a couple of Quest Bars, since I've been hearing how good they are! :) I tried to choose the ones with the least net carbs and cals.

Choc Chip Cookie Dough - Cal 190, Fat 8, Carb 21 (17 fiber, 1 sugar) Pro 21.
Coconut Cashew - Cal 170, Fat 6, Carb 25 (17 fiber, 1 sugar) Pro 20.

My question is, would having one of the bars fit in with today's meals and still keep me OP?

I answered you on the daily chat

IP43
04-17-2014, 10:56 PM
You have to take pictures of yourself. It helps.

I just saw an awesome video a man made where he took a picture of his daughter once a month from birth to 17. he put the clips together to make a 4 minute video and it was awesome to watch her "grow up" before my eyes. I'm sure we could do a similar thing, but we'll watch ourselves "grow down" instead :)

Ruth Ann
04-17-2014, 11:10 PM
I just saw an awesome video a man made where he took a picture of his daughter once a month from birth to 17. he put the clips together to make a 4 minute video and it was awesome to watch her "grow up" before my eyes. I'm sure we could do a similar thing, but we'll watch ourselves "grow down" instead :)

What an awesome idea!

IP43
04-18-2014, 12:29 AM
I'm not sure if anyone else is having problems on this site -- maybe it's my computer. I make a post, my computer freezes, I have to log back in. 95% of the time the post is not there so I write it again. 5% it's there and I feel like my mother -- repeating the same story she just told me yesterday! LOL...

Sorry if you see a repost. I hope I don't have some virus or something. Think about how thin my fingers will be from the extra typing exercise!:comp:

lisa32989
04-18-2014, 05:45 AM
Liana: can you also post that recipe on the recipes 4 thread? It's easier to find recipes again if they're all in one place. Thanks!

drd1961
04-18-2014, 06:25 AM
I just saw an awesome video a man made where he took a picture of his daughter once a month from birth to 17. he put the clips together to make a 4 minute video and it was awesome to watch her "grow up" before my eyes. I'm sure we could do a similar thing, but we'll watch ourselves "grow down" instead :)
That would be fun. Unfortunately I have very few pictures. Mine would be in huge chunks!

Ruth Ann
04-18-2014, 08:17 AM
IP43 - obvious question - have you cleared your cache and cookies and rebooted the computer? I use a couple of sites that have a tendency to "eat" my responses, so if I'm doing anything long I pause every few lines and highlight all the text, right click the mouse and hit "copy". Saves the text to the clipboard so if it goes away I can just "paste" and I don't lose the text.

Excited to be starting P3 tomorrow. My coach does P3 a little differently than the standard IP protocol and has me adding in grains the 1st week & fruit the 2nd week. She thinks it's better and easier to add things a little slower and since she hasn't steered me wrong yet I will follow her advice! So I'm adding toast and peanut butter (Dave's Killer Bread thin sliced and PB2).

drd1961
04-18-2014, 08:57 AM
IP43 - obvious question - have you cleared your cache and cookies and rebooted the computer? I use a couple of sites that have a tendency to "eat" my responses, so if I'm doing anything long I pause every few lines and highlight all the text, right click the mouse and hit "copy". Saves the text to the clipboard so if it goes away I can just "paste" and I don't lose the text.

Excited to be starting P3 tomorrow. My coach does P3 a little differently than the standard IP protocol and has me adding in grains the 1st week & fruit the 2nd week. She thinks it's better and easier to add things a little slower and since she hasn't steered me wrong yet I will follow her advice! So I'm adding toast and peanut butter (Dave's Killer Bread thin sliced and PB2).
Awesome!

I have found that I just do not want grains much. On the weekends I may add cereal or steel cut oats but during the week my breakfast is usually protein, fruit and dairy.

lisa32989
04-18-2014, 08:59 AM
IP43 - obvious question - have you cleared your cache and cookies and rebooted the computer? I use a couple of sites that have a tendency to "eat" my responses, so if I'm doing anything long I pause every few lines and highlight all the text, right click the mouse and hit "copy". Saves the text to the clipboard so if it goes away I can just "paste" and I don't lose the text.

Excited to be starting P3 tomorrow. My coach does P3 a little differently than the standard IP protocol and has me adding in grains the 1st week & fruit the 2nd week. She thinks it's better and easier to add things a little slower and since she hasn't steered me wrong yet I will follow her advice! So I'm adding toast and peanut butter (Dave's Killer Bread thin sliced and PB2).

You know you can have "real" peanut butter, right? :)
I think we get scared of real food.
I think you'll like the idea of adding the breakfast in stages, you won't get so overstuffed. When will you add dairy?

I didn't add "grains" but gluten-free subs like coconut flour and almond meal.

Ruth Ann
04-18-2014, 09:15 AM
Awesome!

I have found that I just do not want grains much. On the weekends I may add cereal or steel cut oats but during the week my breakfast is usually protein, fruit and dairy.

I think I will have to play with what will work for me. I'm so used now to a totally different kind of breakfast from what I used to have. I do know I need to eat in the mornings, I do better with food in me. I think it's going to be fun figuring it out!

Love the new pic!

You know you can have "real" peanut butter, right? :)
I think we get scared of real food.
I think you'll like the idea of adding the breakfast in stages, you won't get so overstuffed. When will you add dairy?

I didn't add "grains" but gluten-free subs like coconut flour and almond meal.

I do know I can have real PB, but I'd heard a lot about PB2 and wanted to try it. And I think you're right on getting scared of "real" food. People have been trained to go for the "light" stuff so much never thinking that in order to make the food light on fat or calories, etc., something has to be added in and that something is usually chemicals.

I will add dairy towards the end of week 2. As far as I know I've never had a gluten issue but I like adding in the grains separately since I figure that will tell me if I have an issue. I've had so many gut issues that it is hard to know any more what will be a problem, so adding more real food slowly is probably a good idea.

Like a lot of people here, I hesitated at using IP because of the highly processed nature of the IP foods but I figured on the short-term it made sense for me (and I was right!).

IP43
04-18-2014, 09:39 AM
IP43 - obvious question - have you cleared your cache and cookies and rebooted the computer?...

What seems obvious to someone is not to someone else! :rolleyes: I am actually pretty unsavvy on the computer. Here is my question? If I "clear" my cache will I lose passwords that are automatically saved on my computer? You know how when you open 3FC it just magically opens? Next question... how do I clear them?

Man, this is one tough diet. I'm not even allowed for my COMPUTER to have "cookies" :cookie:

Ruth Ann
04-18-2014, 09:44 AM
What seems obvious to someone is not to someone else! :rolleyes: I am actually pretty unsavvy on the computer. Here is my question? If I "clear" my cache will I lose passwords that are automatically saved on my computer? You know how when you open 3FC it just magically opens? Next question... how do I clear them?

Man, this is one tough diet. I'm not even allowed for my COMPUTER to have "cookies" :cookie:

Ok, it kind of depends on the passwords issue. If they are saved in your browser then you should be fine but if you have allowed the website itself to save the password then you could lose them. Does that make sense? I would make sure you know what all the log in information is before you clear just in case.

And you made me giggle - no cookies allowed!

IP43
04-18-2014, 10:00 AM
Thanks for your help Ruth Ann -- got your message. I hope I lose more today than just my passwords! (hee hee)

schenectady
04-18-2014, 12:52 PM
I have to laugh because when I read the above conversation, my mind went right to "cookies" and started looking to see what THAT was about. A small disappointment when it turned out to be computer related, a total loss to me!

catlady1981
04-18-2014, 02:31 PM
[QUOTE=Ruth Ann;4986919
Excited to be starting P3 tomorrow. My coach does P3 a little differently than the standard IP protocol and has me adding in grains the 1st week & fruit the 2nd week. She thinks it's better and easier to add things a little slower and since she hasn't steered me wrong yet I will follow her advice! So I'm adding toast and peanut butter (Dave's Killer Bread thin sliced and PB2).[/QUOTE]


PB on toast. One of my all time favorite snacks!!

AmberLS
04-18-2014, 04:52 PM
I need encouragement today or this week I guess, I'm not sure where all these cravings and near misses are coming from. I've been doing well, I've had great success, I feel good. Why suddenly this week are these negative thoughts invading my head? Maybe it's because I'm on spring break and I am bored... I mean I'm not really we're staying super active but I"m home a lot more. So far today I've had my "chocolate muffins" (IP pudding made into muffins) I've had 64 oz of water already and it's only 2, I've had my 2 cups of veggies, and a lemon wafer and 2 cups of tea. Why do I feel like I just want to gorge myself on food? Maybe this is one of those times I should have an extra packet.. my coach says if I'm ever having issues just go for a 4th packet (non restricted). If I drink anymore fluid right now I'm going to float away. Maybe I'll have a salad....

65X65
04-18-2014, 05:48 PM
I need encouragement today or this week I guess, I'm not sure where all these cravings and near misses are coming from. I've been doing well, I've had great success, I feel good. Why suddenly this week are these negative thoughts invading my head? Maybe it's because I'm on spring break and I am bored... I mean I'm not really we're staying super active but I"m home a lot more. So far today I've had my "chocolate muffins" (IP pudding made into muffins) I've had 64 oz of water already and it's only 2, I've had my 2 cups of veggies, and a lemon wafer and 2 cups of tea. Why do I feel like I just want to gorge myself on food? Maybe this is one of those times I should have an extra packet.. my coach says if I'm ever having issues just go for a 4th packet (non restricted). If I drink anymore fluid right now I'm going to float away. Maybe I'll have a salad....

Amber...do you use a few restricted items every week? I found because I did NOT use the restricted items because I was GF and the IP restricteds all had gluten at the time I was in P1...that periodically the calorie deficit "caught up" to me.. People ask all the time if they will lose better with out them...I think it is individual metabolism because both answers appear here according to individual experience. However; they are part of the program. I have also seen that when some one skips a meal ...it catches up...so it makes sense that over a week or 10 days extra calories from restricted items are going to contribute to satisfying hunger....and if you eliminate them completely...you are going to hear that growl in your stomach in response to the deficit....and that is probably real hunger.

You are several inches taller than me...so I would suggest to make sure you are not skimping on those. I eliminated them by necessity...not choice. The hunger/deficit for me needed to be addressed and I did it with my coach's advice...to add some protein, and would add a serving of shrimp, or 2 HB eggs to my lunch once in a while to fix the deficit. After that it was at least a week to 10 days until I needed to address it again!

Think outside the box...and use common sense!
;)

dak1lls
04-18-2014, 05:58 PM
I need encouragement today or this week I guess, I'm not sure where all these cravings and near misses are coming from. I've been doing well, I've had great success, I feel good. Why suddenly this week are these negative thoughts invading my head? Maybe it's because I'm on spring break and I am bored... I mean I'm not really we're staying super active but I"m home a lot more. So far today I've had my "chocolate muffins" (IP pudding made into muffins) I've had 64 oz of water already and it's only 2, I've had my 2 cups of veggies, and a lemon wafer and 2 cups of tea. Why do I feel like I just want to gorge myself on food? Maybe this is one of those times I should have an extra packet.. my coach says if I'm ever having issues just go for a 4th packet (non restricted). If I drink anymore fluid right now I'm going to float away. Maybe I'll have a salad....

When I felt ravenously hungry I would have a hard boiled egg and a couple of dill pickles. That was always so satisfying. I would use my sea salt on the egg and it was delicious. The extra protein always helped me when I had those days where my body was telling me I was hungry.

drd1961
04-18-2014, 08:26 PM
I need encouragement today or this week I guess, I'm not sure where all these cravings and near misses are coming from. I've been doing well, I've had great success, I feel good. Why suddenly this week are these negative thoughts invading my head? Maybe it's because I'm on spring break and I am bored... I mean I'm not really we're staying super active but I"m home a lot more. So far today I've had my "chocolate muffins" (IP pudding made into muffins) I've had 64 oz of water already and it's only 2, I've had my 2 cups of veggies, and a lemon wafer and 2 cups of tea. Why do I feel like I just want to gorge myself on food? Maybe this is one of those times I should have an extra packet.. my coach says if I'm ever having issues just go for a 4th packet (non restricted). If I drink anymore fluid right now I'm going to float away. Maybe I'll have a salad....

Having the extra packet may help. Maybe do something you have been putting off. I cleaned out the rest of the clothes that needed to go to good will. Then put winter stuff away and organized my closet, tried on things I was not sure of including swim suits(yes multiple, I am a swimmer). Last, chew gum. I know we are not suppose to chew just any gum, but in times like this, it might help.

Ruth Ann
04-19-2014, 08:56 AM
I need encouragement today or this week I guess, I'm not sure where all these cravings and near misses are coming from. I've been doing well, I've had great success, I feel good. Why suddenly this week are these negative thoughts invading my head? Maybe it's because I'm on spring break and I am bored... I mean I'm not really we're staying super active but I"m home a lot more. So far today I've had my "chocolate muffins" (IP pudding made into muffins) I've had 64 oz of water already and it's only 2, I've had my 2 cups of veggies, and a lemon wafer and 2 cups of tea. Why do I feel like I just want to gorge myself on food? Maybe this is one of those times I should have an extra packet.. my coach says if I'm ever having issues just go for a 4th packet (non restricted). If I drink anymore fluid right now I'm going to float away. Maybe I'll have a salad....

Amber, I've had days where I feel like I just want to eat. I'm not really hungry, I just want to eat. I think it's really important to identify what you are feeling. Lisa had a great piece in the daily chat about not being hungry and just wanting to eat.

When those feelings hit me, I try to distract myself. I tell myself I can have more food (OP of course) in 30 minutes if I still want it and then I take a walk, get busy cleaning something, take a shower, sort out my closet or drawers, etc., etc. You get the idea. And you know what? 30 minutes later I realize I don't really want to eat - the feeling has passed.

Eating just because I'm bored or whatever made me fat. I think learning the difference between being hungry and just wanting to eat is so critical.

Of course, if you really are hungry - eat something! A big bowl of lettuce works, a hard boiled egg - you got some good suggestion.

Hang in there, this too shall pass!

Ruth Ann
04-19-2014, 09:32 AM
I have come to the conclusion that I really need to quit being so hard on myself about how I look now.

My niece gave me some clothes yesterday - hooray! Including a pair of size 3 pants. I can get them on but don't like the way they look mostly because of the loose skin around my abdomen. I was really bummed thinking I look just terrible. Dh (bless his heart) said "you're bummed because you can't wear a pair of size 3 pants? Have you looked at yourself in the mirror lately? Nobody sees what you think looks so bad except you."

I really have to work on this. I'm focusing on what I think are problem areas instead of looking at the overall picture and it's making me crazy. The loose skin will tighten up some over time (I hope) and if not it's a small price to pay for getting my health back.

It's an on-going process I think. I'm really pleased with how I've done, just need to get over myself and be realistic. Size 4 fits me just fine now and look good on me - I need to concentrate on how far I've come and quit beating myself up over my imagined deficiencies. Who knew that getting smaller would bring on a whole new set of issues?

Sorry for the long "me" post!

lisa32989
04-19-2014, 11:06 AM
I have come to the conclusion that I really need to quit being so hard on myself about how I look now.

My niece gave me some clothes yesterday - hooray! Including a pair of size 3 pants. I can get them on but don't like the way they look mostly because of the loose skin around my abdomen. I was really bummed thinking I look just terrible. Dh (bless his heart) said "you're bummed because you can't wear a pair of size 3 pants? Have you looked at yourself in the mirror lately? Nobody sees what you think looks so bad except you."

I really have to work on this. I'm focusing on what I think are problem areas instead of looking at the overall picture and it's making me crazy. The loose skin will tighten up some over time (I hope) and if not it's a small price to pay for getting my health back.

It's an on-going process I think. I'm really pleased with how I've done, just need to get over myself and be realistic. Size 4 fits me just fine now and look good on me - I need to concentrate on how far I've come and quit beating myself up over my imagined deficiencies. Who knew that getting smaller would bring on a whole new set of issues?

Sorry for the long "me" post!

You wanted to be PERFECT? :rofl:

I can only laugh b/c we're buddies so I think you "hear" my support.
I've lost 90+ lbs but when I stand in the mirror before/after shower, I see the same lumps and bumps I saw at 260. (I have to remind myself that those hip/lower ab bumps are 15 inches smaller.)

I'm trying to learn that my body got smaller but it's overall shape isn't going to change into my view of "perfection" whatever that is. I'm also not 21 anymore (add 30). I abused my body.

Imagine a car. If you take pristine care of it, it stays pretty pristine but will still get a few stone chips and other "wrinkles" along the way (aging). Even the regular maintenace takes energy and money.
If you abuse the heck out of it, like I did to my body, then even if you get it detailed (IP diet) and painted (exercise), it never quite looks the same. The repaint job still shows flaws. Not all of the spots will come out of the carpet & upholstery. It'll be cleaner and better looking, but not the same as if it were never abused. BUT, it is still a good car and worth caring for. Do you stare at every flaw everyday? Nope. You hop in and take it for a ride.

The difference is that we can replace our cars. We get one body. Even plastic surgery will never return us to the 21 year old "new car".

Ruth Ann
04-19-2014, 11:13 AM
I knew you'd see the humor in my dilemma Lisa! And I love your car analogy!

And yep, I'm 51 and getting hand me downs from my 21 year old niece and most of them fit and look good (she has good taste in clothes) - so I really need to quit b!tching and just appreciate that I have "battle scars".

3sisters
04-19-2014, 11:16 AM
I have come to the conclusion that I really need to quit being so hard on myself about how I look now.

I really have to work on this. I'm focusing on what I think are problem areas instead of looking at the overall picture and it's making me crazy. The loose skin will tighten up some over time (I hope) and if not it's a small price to pay for getting my health back.

I need to concentrate on how far I've come and quit beating myself up over my imagined deficiencies. Who knew that getting smaller would bring on a whole new set of issues?

Ruth Ann, in the short time I've been on this forum, you have become one of my "go to" inspirations! I can't even imagine the strength it took for you to keep going! I struggle with defeatist thoughts and I am trying very hard to conquer this. One of the sabotaging thoughts I have is "so you'll lose a lot of weight....but you still won't look good" - also because of the hanging skin/apron on abdomen and upper thighs that I know will not fully go away - even if I was skeletal. But now I try to stop and say "so, what are my options? I can stay fat, be unhealthy, shorten my life, and that skin will still be there, but instead will be gross, unsightly rolls of fat-filled lumps. Or, I can lose the fat, be healthy, the lumps will be 'deflated' and maybe someday I'll have surgery to remove the skin. In the meantime I'll camouflage it with Spanx! :) But the important thing is.......in which state would I rather be? Being fat, as we all know, is a miserable existence. I avoid all pictures (sadly, I have hardly ANY pictures of myself with my children when they were small because I avoided cameras like the plague), I am self-conscious about my looks always, I often limit social activities because of being so uncomfortable with my looks, or just not being able to physically participate......basically I am missing out on life!

I absolutely am not minimizing your observation that "getting smaller would bring on a whole new set of issues". As unfair as that seems, and optimistically assuming I will be successful losing the weight, I know I will be faced with that same dilemma myself someday. But from the outside looking in, I want to say to you, wear that loose skin like a badge of honor, girl! :hug: Like you said, the trade off was getting your health back, so the alternative would be to still be fat and unhealthy. You've done amazing work to reverse that and you deserve to celebrate your new, healthy body! And if you haven't yet tried them - check out Spanx! They help hide a multitude of sins :)

3sisters
04-19-2014, 11:24 AM
You guys make me laugh......

You wanted to be PERFECT? :rofl:

Do you stare at every flaw everyday? Nope. You hop in and take it for a ride.

Love your analogies too, Lisa.

And yep, I'm 51 and getting hand me downs from my 21 year old niece

Yes, SERIOUSLY, think about how awesome that is! :)

dowey16
04-19-2014, 11:26 AM
Hi the 20lb loss mark at my WI this past week! Felt pretty good so decided to haul some old jeans out of the closet, and all day yesterday I wore 8year old jeans that fit me when I was 36!! Holy Hannah that felt awesome LOL

Slipfree
04-19-2014, 12:16 PM
Ruth Ann, I went to a Phantom fat class at my clinic this week. The owner said that many people continue to focus on the negative parts of their body because they have always done that. You are right about retraining your brain. Would you ever be so critical of someone else? She suggested making a positive statement every time you begin a negative thought.

The clinic owner said to look at your progress pictures to help your brain adjust to your new body.(that's why I posted mine) She said have someone draw an outline of your body to get a realistic view. Also stand in front of a mirror, close your eyes, put out your hands to the size you think your waist is, then open eyes to see if you are accurate or off base. People who do not work to change the Phantom fat feeling are more likely to gain the weight back, because they think, feel and act like someone heavier.

She said, "I promised to help you lose weight and get healthy. I did not promise to make you look like a supermodel. And.. those super models are airbrushed." She also said confident people accept compliments. They focus on their assets and do not point out their problem areas.

Hope some of this helps. I think that you are amazing! You keep fighting the good fight and always remain so positive. You are on the next step of learning to maintain both in body and mind. :hug:

Kawaii1002
04-19-2014, 03:04 PM
So I've been thinking and I have a couple of questions. I noticed some conversation a few weeks back about chicken and store rotisserie chickens being life savers. So my question is I know we are not supposed to eat skin, but can we cook our chicken with skin on? I have been painstakingly cutting the skin off of whole chickens, can I just take the skin off my own after it's cooked? Also the whole veggie thing is starting to make me curious. I mean how many veggies you can fit in two cups depends on how you cut them. I personally love sweet bell peppers (the little ones). If I just slice them into rings it's 8-10 little peppers, if I chop them up a bit more for in something I can get more peppers in, the same with a lot of veggies. I mean we talk about cauliflower rice if I take two cups whole cauliflower before its cooked I can fit more in two cups if I chop it small, or 2 cups grated is a bunch and still raw... so I wonder how close I get to too many veggies when I cut them smaller?

Amber,

I just started reading the 100% thread, and saw this. The center I go to actually gives you weights for each different food based on their carb count. So you're not measuring volume wise (how much we can smoosh into a cup), you measure with a scale mass wise. Personally, I find this to be much more "reassuring" to me. It's not just an eyeball measurement, it's a definite, structured number. I've attached the list of select veggies and occasionals and their weights per cup. Hope this helps!

AmberLS
04-19-2014, 03:28 PM
Amber,

I just started reading the 100% thread, and saw this. The center I go to actually gives you weights for each different food based on their carb count. So you're not measuring volume wise (how much we can smoosh into a cup), you measure with a scale mass wise. Personally, I find this to be much more "reassuring" to me. It's not just an eyeball measurement, it's a definite, structured number. I've attached the list of select veggies and occasionals and their weights per cup. Hope this helps!

Thank you that is very helpful!

65X65
04-19-2014, 03:38 PM
I have come to the conclusion that I really need to quit being so hard on myself about how I look now.

My niece gave me some clothes yesterday - hooray! Including a pair of size 3 pants. I can get them on but don't like the way they look mostly because of the loose skin around my abdomen. I was really bummed thinking I look just terrible. Dh (bless his heart) said "you're bummed because you can't wear a pair of size 3 pants? Have you looked at yourself in the mirror lately? Nobody sees what you think looks so bad except you."

I really have to work on this. I'm focusing on what I think are problem areas instead of looking at the overall picture and it's making me crazy. The loose skin will tighten up some over time (I hope) and if not it's a small price to pay for getting my health back.

It's an on-going process I think. I'm really pleased with how I've done, just need to get over myself and be realistic. Size 4 fits me just fine now and look good on me - I need to concentrate on how far I've come and quit beating myself up over my imagined deficiencies. Who knew that getting smaller would bring on a whole new set of issues?

Sorry for the long "me" post!


Ruth Ann...Kudos for how far you have come...You know you have scored big with this...you ARE the winner...

That being said..I would like to add the sizing for clothing in this country is an entire 'nother subject!! What with size inflation and the lack of standardization...it is a wonder we don't just wear caftans all the time...
However...take manufacturer into consideration...better pricier clothing is smaller and a 2 or 4 in Talbots will be smaller than something you find at target.. Also..misses clothing ...made for WOMEN...is even sizes...where as the odd sizes are usually juniors...and made for a younger less mature figure. You did not say how old your niece is...but she is prob younger than you...right? And why doesn't the 3 fit her at the moment...? Is it because her body is more womanly now? Does she need a 4 in misses or petites? And not saying WOMEN...can't wear jr sizes...but sometimes it just depends on how things are cut. Years ago...I was always in the smaller jr sizes as a young women...and remember when suddenly I felt like the Jr sizes just didn't fit the way I wanted them to and realized when I switched to the misses petites I liked my clothes better. Then I also realized my teenaged daughters shopped in Jrs...while I shopped in ms petites...but pretty often we did have things that were interchangeable...but not always. My girls are the same height as me...but obviously...younger!! Now they are ALSO in ms petites! What happened!! They grew up!!!

The number on the tag is meaningless...and once you start serious shopping...you become more aware than ever of that ...the lack of standard sizing can be a monster...esp when you are pressed for time!! Where to start!!
IT"S ALL GOOD!!!!!!! ENJOY YOU!!!

Fearciuil
04-19-2014, 05:07 PM
Hi the 20lb loss mark at my WI this past week! Felt pretty good so decided to haul some old jeans out of the closet, and all day yesterday I wore 8year old jeans that fit me when I was 36!! Holy Hannah that felt awesome LOL

:cheer2: :bravo: :cheer3: Way to go!

I'm off to mix up a Raspberry Jelly (with 1/2c shredded zucchini) for lunch, then take a bike ride while it sets. Weather is BEAUTIFUL at the moment! :D

Fearciuil
04-19-2014, 06:34 PM
NSV: My shorts with the 44" waist (I wear men's trousers because I don't carry a purse and need the pockets) were so ridiculously large that the belt just barely helped. Granted, shorts fit more loosely than long pants, but 44s are officially out of my life FOREVER! :cheer2: :cheer3:

schenectady
04-19-2014, 06:43 PM
Ruth Ann and Lisa - your topics are always so helpful and right on the topic - what a great inspiration. I posted on the Daily Chat my experiences today trying on clothes. I made a point when I was struggling to get in to the size 12 and size 10 not to look until the dresses were settled on my hips.

I did not want to fall into a funk because of the "battle scars" and just wanted to see the effect of the dresses being worn. For me to be able to put on (albeit snuggly) dresses that size sent me into heaven. Inspiration, motivation and a bit of pride. What others see and what I see in the mirror need to be proud moments and I am going to work to try to reset my 'filters' to get to that point.

When I can get that size 10 on properly, then I will know I have really made it! Until then, 100% OP and I will be great buddies, going through every day together, by the book...no Easter candy, no 60th birthday cake, no Mother's Day treats...I'll take good jewelry instead?

Ruth Ann
04-19-2014, 07:29 PM
3sisters: Thanks for the sweet words! :hug:

We sure do beat ourselves up a bunch don't we? We worry we're too fat, then worry about what we'll look like if we aren't fat. Need to give ourselves a break and be proud that we are getting healthy. We don't have perfect bodies but, damn it, we're down here in the ditches doing the hard work to change our behaviors and get healthy and we should be telling ourselves how awesome we are frequently.

And I have a love/hate relationship with Spanx. Like I love how it smooths things out but I hate how uncomfortable it is and if it's comfortable it's probably too big!

Slipfree - That sounds like an awesome class! And I really should treat myself as nice as I treat strangers! I like those ideas you got.


65 - thanks 65, I know I shouldn't be down on myself and you guys have helped a lot. I mean really, how silly is it to complain that I don't like the way size 3 pants look on me? :dizzy:

And I'm with you on the sizing - I never realized how bad it was. I tried on two pairs of pants the other day by the same manufacturer, in the same style but different colors. One pair fit, one didn't. That's insane.

My niece is 21 and a clothes horse. I don't think she actually ever wore these pants. But what you're saying makes sense - which I guess is why they have try on rooms at the stores!

I'll get it all figured out and build a great wardrobe - trial and error!

schenectady Yeah on actually getting the size 10s on! And you're right, you don't want to focus on the battle scars. I'll bet you'll be beautiful in your gowns!

Thanks everyone for all the help - I feel less in a funk now. It's really good to know I'm not alone in my feelings or weird or anything. Okay, I am weird, just not that weird!

Ruth Ann
04-19-2014, 07:34 PM
Hi the 20lb loss mark at my WI this past week! Felt pretty good so decided to haul some old jeans out of the closet, and all day yesterday I wore 8year old jeans that fit me when I was 36!! Holy Hannah that felt awesome LOL

Hooray for 20 gone! And hooray for smaller jeans! Congrats to you!

Kawaii1002 - that's a great list - thanks for posting it!

NSV: My shorts with the 44" waist (I wear men's trousers because I don't carry a purse and need the pockets) were so ridiculously large that the belt just barely helped. Granted, shorts fit more loosely than long pants, but 44s are officially out of my life FOREVER! :cheer2: :cheer3:

That is just awesome! I actually took a stapler to the bathroom one day at work and stapled the back of the waistband of my pants because I was afraid they would come off. :D That's when you know it's time for new pants.

65X65
04-19-2014, 07:38 PM
Ruth Ann and Lisa - your topics are always so helpful and right on the topic - what a great inspiration. I posted on the Daily Chat my experiences today trying on clothes. I made a point when I was struggling to get in to the size 12 and size 10 not to look until the dresses were settled on my hips.

I did not want to fall into a funk because of the "battle scars" and just wanted to see the effect of the dresses being worn. For me to be able to put on (albeit snuggly) dresses that size sent me into heaven. Inspiration, motivation and a bit of pride. What others see and what I see in the mirror need to be proud moments and I am going to work to try to reset my 'filters' to get to that point.

When I can get that size 10 on properly, then I will know I have really made it! Until then, 100% OP and I will be great buddies, going through every day together, by the book...no Easter candy, no 60th birthday cake, no Mother's Day treats...I'll take good jewelry instead?

I believe in you .......

schenectady
04-19-2014, 08:36 PM
I believe in you .......

Aww - thank you! You just wait until I post the photos with me in the lovely dresses - I was STUNNED that I was able to slip them on, even though I still have work to do on the fit. One thigh would not have fit in the evening gown a year ago.

65X65
04-19-2014, 08:38 PM
quote=schenectady;4987833]Aww - thank you! You just wait until I post the photos with me in the lovely dresses - I was STUNNED that I was able to slip them on, even though I still have work to do on the fit. One thigh would not have fit in the evening gown a year ago.[/quote]

Below: You at the events...
Advice: shop for comfy shoes....!!!!
:carrot::carrot::carrot::cb::cb::cb::dance::dance: :dancer::dancer::dancer::broc::broc::broc:

3sisters
04-19-2014, 09:30 PM
I mean really, how silly is it to complain that I don't like the way size 3 pants look on me? :dizzy:

I actually took a stapler to the bathroom one day at work and stapled the back of the waistband of my pants because I was afraid they would come off. :D

I just had to laugh out loud at both of these! Isn't it just crazy to think how much your body has changed!?

sweetenuf
04-19-2014, 10:14 PM
NSV today was my sisters birthday and we had 15 people here (family) there was cupcakes galore around my house, I purchased for everyone could have them for b-day/easter. I have to say its been almost 3.5 months OP and nothing has tempted me as much as today. But I boxed up the left over sweets and took them out of my site. No frosting for me!

I hope everyone is having a great easter weekend!

lisa32989
04-20-2014, 08:05 AM
NSV today was my sisters birthday and we had 15 people here (family) there was cupcakes galore around my house, I purchased for everyone could have them for b-day/easter. I have to say its been almost 3.5 months OP and nothing has tempted me as much as today. But I boxed up the left over sweets and took them out of my site. No frosting for me!

I hope everyone is having a great easter weekend!

Please share how you planned ahead to get yourself thru that. I think some people think we are either lying or that we possess some special diet gene they don't have, when 100% is totally in the planning!

I'm going to a restaurant with friends today (my family will be in town next weekend). I've already reviewed the menu and chosen my food. My meat meal will be mid-day today.

maureen kempster
04-20-2014, 08:09 AM
I have a work function next Saturday - twice a year - everyone from all our offices come together for a few days - training etc - ends with a very nice dinner at the Officers' Mess - I'll be eating before I go & bringing along a bar for on the way home in case I get hungry - I have a lot to do during the event so my food will just get moved around my plate!!! the dress I bought a few weeks ago for this is now too big!!! hurray

Yayalaine
04-20-2014, 08:17 AM
I planned ahead for today by purchasing a dessert to take to my parents' house. I could have made it myself for less, but didn't want the added temptation of handling the cake batter and melted chocolate (ordered "cake balls" dipped in chocolate). I will make a pound cake myself, but it won't be cut until it gets there. I feel safer with that. My restricted bar will be used while everyone else is having their dessert.

I cooked a plain chicken breast yesterday and cut into bite-size pieces and roasted some rutabaga. I have spring mix and regular lettuce to round it out. So, I will carry my own meal.

The Easter candy in the stores has been SO tempting to me. I will be glad when it's gone!

drd1961
04-20-2014, 08:46 AM
I planned ahead for today by purchasing a dessert to take to my parents' house. I could have made it myself for less, but didn't want the added temptation of handling the cake batter and melted chocolate (ordered "cake balls" dipped in chocolate). I will make a pound cake myself, but it won't be cut until it gets there. I feel safer with that. My restricted bar will be used while everyone else is having their dessert.

I cooked a plain chicken breast yesterday and cut into bite-size pieces and roasted some rutabaga. I have spring mix and regular lettuce to round it out. So, I will carry my own meal.

The Easter candy in the stores has been SO tempting to me. I will be glad when it's gone!


Good job! I actually think about how long the holiday candy sits around because they put it out there forever before the holiday. It is full of chemicals and unwanted sugar and costs way, way, way too much. Groceries are too expensive as it is without adding the garbage. So far it works.

Ruth Ann
04-20-2014, 08:58 AM
drd - did I tell you how cute your new pic is? Just adorable!

Good job everyone on the planning! You guys are so inspiring - figuring out ways to make things work instead of whining about what we can't have is such a good thing to learn. Every time I get through an event 100% I feel so much more capable and confident that I will be able to keep this weight off!

So kudos to all and :grouphug:

I will be flying out this evening and then back again tomorrow afternoon. I suspect there will be no restaurants open, but I'm packing chicken and roasted Brussels sprouts that can be reheated in the hotel microwave for dinner, got packets lined up along with a couple of hard boiled eggs and some cut up veggies. Supplements all ready to go. Good thing I don't need many clothes for the trip - my "supplies" take up a lot of room!

Happy Easter to all!

ChipnDip
04-20-2014, 09:21 AM
Luckily the treats don't lie around much in this house. The kids grab them and take them to their room so their dad doesn't eat them. I will be making a dessert for everyone tonight but I'm confident I won't be tempted. I can't believe how easy it has been for me to not be tempted while OP. I have never had this king of success or level of commitment. Every time I walk past the mirror and see my profile my efforts are rewarded!

Slipfree
04-20-2014, 11:50 AM
Friday, we went shopping for my niece/goddaughter's wedding gown. It was a wonderful day, followed by a 3hour, 4 course meal at one on my favorite restauants. I had planned ahead by checking the menu. I stuck to my choices, seared tuna, soy sauce on the side with a bed of mixed greens. This was by far my hardest event challenge so far. But... I want to hit goal by the end of May more!!!!!

schenectady
04-20-2014, 01:17 PM
drd - did I tell you how cute your new pic is? Just adorable!


I will be flying out this evening and then back again tomorrow afternoon. I suspect there will be no restaurants open, but I'm packing chicken and roasted Brussels sprouts that can be reheated in the hotel microwave for dinner, got packets lined up along with a couple of hard boiled eggs and some cut up veggies. Supplements all ready to go. Good thing I don't need many clothes for the trip - my "supplies" take up a lot of room!

Happy Easter to all!

RuthAnn - I just bet that those size 4 clothes take up a WHOLE lot less room that those size 20++ did? Another unforeseen benefit of IP!

Ruth Ann
04-20-2014, 01:59 PM
RuthAnn - I just bet that those size 4 clothes take up a WHOLE lot less room that those size 20++ did? Another unforeseen benefit of IP!

Absolutely true! When dh and I traveled before, I would use my bag and 1/2 of his (granted, some of it was for shoes!) but now I can get by with just my bag!

drd1961
04-20-2014, 03:02 PM
drd - did I tell you how cute your new pic is? Just adorable!

Good job everyone on the planning! You guys are so inspiring - figuring out ways to make things work instead of whining about what we can't have is such a good thing to learn. Every time I get through an event 100% I feel so much more capable and confident that I will be able to keep this weight off!

So kudos to all and :grouphug:

I will be flying out this evening and then back again tomorrow afternoon. I suspect there will be no restaurants open, but I'm packing chicken and roasted Brussels sprouts that can be reheated in the hotel microwave for dinner, got packets lined up along with a couple of hard boiled eggs and some cut up veggies. Supplements all ready to go. Good thing I don't need many clothes for the trip - my "supplies" take up a lot of room!

Happy Easter to all!

Thanks, I cut out the drink I was toasting my daughter with when she snapped that.

lisa32989
04-20-2014, 06:33 PM
Happy Easter to all who celebrate!

We went to dinner with some friends today at a steak house I've never been to before. They have rather large servings.

I had pre-planned but changed my mind when I arrived. I was going to get a smaller steak and a side of veggie & add a salad.

After looking at the menu, I decided on a steak salad and a side of asparagus. I'm so glad I did! It was a fabulous meal. The medallions were served on the side of a nice pile of lettuce and greens. I had them hold the candied pecans, the dressing, and the tomatoes (I don't like tomatoes).

There were rolls on the table but we just put them in front of the kids. I don't usually get bothered by bread anymore.

It is so nice to be able to enjoy good friends without needing to stuff myself! The more I watch my thin friends eat, the more I notice they either eat pretty healthy or they rarely finish an unhealthy food they ordered. They're usually pretty eager to share what they order and they usually take home uneaten food. I rarely did any of those things. I ordered unhealthy & usually ate it all by myself.

AmberLS
04-21-2014, 12:34 AM
Ok so I had 6oz of ham and 2 hard boiled eggs, I may have went a little over on my protein for the day and a few extra calories, but my kids made them special for me so I ate them, plus they were good. I'm not sure if this is classified as going off program, but I don't feel like I cheated and I still feel like I fit as 100% OP :) hope no one disagrees and boots me to the cheat thread lol

IP43
04-21-2014, 12:48 AM
hope no one disagrees and boots me to the cheat thread lol

There's no "boosting" in this thread - except to boost peoples' spirits. It is often suggested to have extra egg whites if you're hungry and 2 egg yolks does not a lynch mob make ;) Now if they were CHOCOLATE eggs...:kickbutt: JK! I just always wanted a reason to use that smiley!

Edit: I think I'm dyslexic as I read "boots" as boost -- same concept. It's all about the luv here:hug:

Ruth Ann
04-21-2014, 10:00 AM
There's no "boosting" in this thread - except to boost peoples' spirits. It is often suggested to have extra egg whites if you're hungry and 2 egg yolks does not a lynch mob make ;) Now if they were CHOCOLATE eggs...:kickbutt: JK! I just always wanted a reason to use that smiley!

Edit: I think I'm dyslexic as I read "boots" as boost -- same concept. It's all about the luv here:hug:

Now that gave me a good laugh this morning! Nope, no booting here. Seriously Amber, don't stress on it.

I'm up way too early and it's going to be a long day. Going to have to watch my coffee consumption - I tend to drink way too much coffee when tired and stressed.

IP43
04-21-2014, 10:04 AM
And that Ruth Ann is why I switched to decaf. I have a fabulous french vanilla decaf that goes in my Keurig and it's my "treat" that I can have any time of day or night. Sippin' one as we speak...mmmmm....

Ruth Ann
04-21-2014, 10:08 AM
It is so nice to be able to enjoy good friends without needing to stuff myself! The more I watch my thin friends eat, the more I notice they either eat pretty healthy or they rarely finish an unhealthy food they ordered. They're usually pretty eager to share what they order and they usually take home uneaten food. I rarely did any of those things. I ordered unhealthy & usually ate it all by myself.

Sounds like a wonderful dinner Lisa!

And you're right - I did the exact same thing. Order something that wasn't terribly good for me and eat it all just because it was there and long past the time it really tasted good. We were at a restaurant the other night and when my steak came it was obvious it started out as more like 12 oz rather than the 8 on the menu (I'm getting pretty good at eyeballing!). No problem, I just cut a portion off and put it on dh's plate and he ate it. Wasn't until later that I realized how much of a change that was for me (it was a really yummy steak!). Before I would have just eaten the extra because it was there.

I think one of the great things we are forced to learn is how to make good choices. Once the food choices are out of the equation, we are able to relax and enjoy the family, friends, occasion, etc. without the "what am I going to eat next" feeling.

schenectady
04-21-2014, 11:38 AM
RuthAnn - Your message about rings so true that we need to force ourselves to make the good choices over and over and over to make it almost second nature.

I almost enjoy the challenge of eating out and finding the "way" at a restaurant. It is a little high to plan, eat. and enjoy successfully.

We ate Easter dinner at Black Angus yesterday with old friends and I ate 100% OP - ordered a roasted shrimp Cobb salad, oil and vinegar on the side (I never use it, I just put it there to prove to myself that I can eat without dressing!). My husband gave me one mouthful of his steak which was all I wanted for the taste and I certainly had protein left to make it OK. Omitted anything in the salad that was a no and actually left it on the plate.

I do not know the last time I walked out of a meal leaving food uneaten!

AmberLS
04-21-2014, 12:23 PM
Well eggs make me gain weight, now I know! LOL j/k j/k I am up a pound from my summer challenge weigh in on Saturday which is weird, but I doubt I gained a pound while I was OP so maybe it's cause I didn't take my vitamins very well this week. Total loss for the week...... wait for it..... dun dun dun... 1.2lbs lol

SylviesGirl
04-21-2014, 12:36 PM
Well eggs make me gain weight, now I know! LOL j/k j/k I am up a pound from my summer challenge weigh in on Saturday which is weird, but I doubt I gained a pound while I was OP so maybe it's cause I didn't take my vitamins very well this week. Total loss for the week...... wait for it..... dun dun dun... 1.2lbs lol

Amber, my guess would be the salt in the ham. Flush it out with lots of water today and you'll be good to go.

Had a good Easter and stayed OP. Not even bothered by the Easter candy abounding right now. Yay! :carrot:

I'm preparing for an out-of-town guest later this week, so I should be scarce around here . . . if I'm not, someone boot me! ;)

sweetenuf
04-21-2014, 03:43 PM
Please share how you planned ahead to get yourself thru that. I think some people think we are either lying or that we possess some special diet gene they don't have, when 100% is totally in the planning!

I'm going to a restaurant with friends today (my family will be in town next weekend). I've already reviewed the menu and chosen my food. My meat meal will be mid-day today.

To be honest I am very strong willed but the cupcakes were so close to concurring me, I cleaned up while everyone was eating them, I served them while everyone was outside enjoying the lovely weather. I came back inside closed the boxes they were in (what was left) and my sweet DH made sure any remainder of cupcakes were in the trash instead of lingering around on the tables or counters. I sent the rest home with my sisters and my family kept 3....that evening my boys ate their second one and my DH said even thou he was stuffed he ate his too so it wouldn't be in our fridge lol.

In my head what keeps me 100% is the statement I read on here about how long after a cheat it takes our bodies to get back into ketosis to burn fat as it was before the cheat. and to me that is not worth the 5 minutes of cheating. I rather indulge when I am phased off.

maureen kempster
04-21-2014, 06:53 PM
good evening all

well I sent my coach an email and told him that I was going to continue following Ideal Protein protocol but that I've decided to use alternative products - I feel that it's just too expensive - I started over the weekend to incorporate some other products and so far no problem - I can do this - what I will start doing is weighing in at Weight Watchers on saturday morning - I'm lifetime member with them - that will keep
me accountable

3sisters
04-21-2014, 09:34 PM
Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Though I have a mix of 'good' and 'not as good' news - I am feeling happy with how things are going! First, the 'not as good' news. Had my first weigh in today, and I'm not quite in "Onederland" like I thought :( But I'm over that because.....now for the 'good' news - I still lost 6.5lbs my first week! AND I'm still 100% OP!

So now I know I will be better off just not weighing at home, and will just rely on my 'official' weekly weigh ins!

Funny - my 2 tickers calculate things differently. One rounded up and the other down :)

Fearciuil
04-21-2014, 11:51 PM
:censored:! :censored: :censored: :censored:!!!

I managed to take off part of the tip of my finger with the veg peeler last night ... the nurse's aide suggested I soak it in epsom salt tonight, but OMG, it stings!

IP43
04-22-2014, 12:17 AM
good evening all

well I sent my coach an email and told him that I was going to continue following Ideal Protein protocol but that I've decided to use alternative products - I feel that it's just too expensive - I started over the weekend to incorporate some other products and so far no problem - I can do this - what I will start doing is weighing in at Weight Watchers on saturday morning - I'm lifetime member with them - that will keep
me accountable

You may still be able to weigh in with your coach and buy some things from the clinic. There are some "favourites" that you can't get elsewhere, and you HAVE paid your fee. Some coaches don't mind if you mix alternatives. So check out their reply before you abandon ship. However, the weight watchers weigh in is also a great other plan.

IP43
04-22-2014, 12:27 AM
Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Though I have a mix of 'good' and 'not as good' news - I am feeling happy with how things are going! First, the 'not as good' news. Had my first weigh in today, and I'm not quite in "Onederland" like I thought :( But I'm over that because.....now for the 'good' news - I still lost 6.5lbs my first week! AND I'm still 100% OP!

Just to be clear, 6.5 lbs for the first week is AWESOME so no need to be bummed about that. To be equally clear, you will NOT get those results every week. The first week or two is often your biggest loss. Then we all whittle down to 1-2 lbs a week-ish. Some people more. Some less. You'll get to Onederland - probably next week. But if not, the week after. Keep thinkin' happy thoughts!

IP43
04-22-2014, 12:28 AM
:censored:! :censored: :censored: :censored:!!!

I managed to take off part of the tip of my finger with the veg peeler last night ... the nurse's aide suggested I soak it in epsom salt tonight, but OMG, it stings!

That is taking "have protein with each meal" a little too literally! :p

Ruth Ann
04-22-2014, 08:57 AM
Glad to see it appears everyone made it through the holiday unscathed - good job! I made it through traveling with no issues (it was a very quick trip) - planning works!

Enjoying P3 but boy does it keep me full during the day.

Today makes it exactly one year since I started IP and I am just astounded at the weight loss and that I have managed to stick to it. I wouldn't have believed anyone who told me I could do this in March of last year - but it just doesn't seem like it's been that long or that hard to do. I guess we really can do anything we put our minds to!

And, silly me, I'm really hoping for a 2 pound loss at weigh in tomorrow (not likely I don't think) so I can call it 120 pounds in 12 months - nice easy numbers!

65X65
04-22-2014, 09:40 AM
:censored:! :censored: :censored: :censored:!!!

I managed to take off part of the tip of my finger with the veg peeler last night ... the nurse's aide suggested I soak it in epsom salt tonight, but OMG, it stings!

Last spring I did something similar...using a mandolin(new to help me with my planning and cutting ahead) to slice cucumbers and celery thin...only I did not slice top of finger "off" all the way.

...It was still attached and because it was a pretty deep "slice", ended up at the urgent care with stitches and antibiotics for 3 weeks.... Tip of finger is still numb! A reminder of my dedication to planning and getting more than a day's 4 C of veggies ready at once.

Hope you heal fast and well...you may find hitting the salad bar at the local groc every few days a help to buy some ready chopped sliced veggies until you can manage better and get it wet again. So sorry...I feel your pain!

Hiker88
04-22-2014, 10:44 AM
:censored:! :censored: :censored: :censored:!!!

I managed to take off part of the tip of my finger with the veg peeler last night ... the nurse's aide suggested I soak it in epsom salt tonight, but OMG, it stings!

I did the same thing this weekend!! that thing peeled quite a layer off my finger!!! Lots of vegi peeling on this diet... Hope your finger heels fast!

Ruth Ann
04-22-2014, 11:21 AM
Ouch to all of you with finger injuries! Those hurt!

schenectady
04-22-2014, 11:25 AM
Ouch to all of you with finger injuries! Those hurt!

Lots of injuries here trying to stay healthy! I JUST received my spiral vegetable peeler and these stories will, I hope, remind me to be super careful when using it. Thanks for the heads up everyone.

Hawaii69
04-22-2014, 12:46 PM
Congrats on hitting the 160's Hiker!

65X65
04-22-2014, 01:03 PM
Lots of injuries here trying to stay healthy! I JUST received my spiral vegetable peeler and these stories will, I hope, remind me to be super careful when using it. Thanks for the heads up everyone.


LOL...after an intense workout...my dh always complains that "....it hurts to be healthy...!" Of course he is over the top with his workouts...I don't punish myself at his level and have not an iota of intention to do that to myself! Moderation works for more than diet management! Good news is now as he observes me in my new lifestyle......he is asking himself (& retorically answering) good questions and I hear him say .." I don't need to punish myself, do I???..." Hmmmn....NO. You do NOT!

SylviesGirl
04-22-2014, 02:15 PM
For the past few weeks, I have been trying to pay attention to where my head is in preparation for maintenance. Have I accepted that I will, from now on, need to eat much more like IP than anything else in order to maintain? -check- Have I made the connection between being the person I want to be, physically, mentally, and emotionally, and eating healthfully? -check- Do I fully realize that food can no longer be the main mode of celebration and special occasions? -check-

Now, today, I caught myself at something . . . I am preparing for an out-of-town guest. She will be staying with us for several days. It is a visit I am very much looking forward to and the guest is my precious auntie. She has been through a lot recently and is in dire need of some pampering. Anyway, I sat down to plan meals and make a grocery list. When I was finished, I realized that I had planned 2 different menus: one for me and one for everyone else. I planned to make my special "Christmas" lasagna for her and cinnamon rolls for breakfast, etc. (She has no weight issues and is a runner. She eats in a portion-controlled way and is a very healthy weight.) Anyway, is this a red flag? It seems to suggest that I have not integrated low carb (let along IP) food into my idea of celebratory or "special" food, especially for others. My husband and son often eat what I eat for dinner, but often do not. It works for us. But, in the context of this visit, I can't seem to bring myself to serve her salad w/ grilled chicken and then beef with roasted cauliflower . . . it just doesn't seem like "company" food. Is this a bad sign for me? I can't go the rest of my life eating differently from everyone all the time . . . can I?

I just needed to write this out -- try to sort through it some . . . any thoughts are appreciated. Back to my "company-is-coming cleaning frenzy."

lisa32989
04-22-2014, 02:40 PM
For the past few weeks, I have been trying to pay attention to where my head is in preparation for maintenance. Have I accepted that I will, from now on, need to eat much more like IP than anything else in order to maintain? -check- Have I made the connection between being the person I want to be, physically, mentally, and emotionally, and eating healthfully? -check- Do I fully realize that food can no longer be the main mode of celebration and special occasions? -check-

Now, today, I caught myself at something . . . I am preparing for an out-of-town guest. She will be staying with us for several days. It is a visit I am very much looking forward to and the guest is my precious auntie. She has been through a lot recently and is in dire need of some pampering. Anyway, I sat down to plan meals and make a grocery list. When I was finished, I realized that I had planned 2 different menus: one for me and one for everyone else. I planned to make my special "Christmas" lasagna for her and cinnamon rolls for breakfast, etc. (She has no weight issues and is a runner. She eats in a portion-controlled way and is a very healthy weight.) Anyway, is this a red flag? It seems to suggest that I have not integrated low carb (let along IP) food into my idea of celebratory or "special" food, especially for others. My husband and son often eat what I eat for dinner, but often do not. It works for us. But, in the context of this visit, I can't seem to bring myself to serve her salad w/ grilled chicken and then beef with roasted cauliflower . . . it just doesn't seem like "company" food. Is this a bad sign for me? I can't go the rest of my life eating differently from everyone all the time . . . can I?

I just needed to write this out -- try to sort through it some . . . any thoughts are appreciated. Back to my "company-is-coming cleaning frenzy."
My DH and I realized when we had out-of-town guests that we don't keep snack foods in the house anymore. Our guests wanted them & we ended up walking to the store to get some. We've learned we can exist on 3 meals if the 3 meals are sufficient. However, requiring everyone else to do what I do is not expected. Unfortunately, it was just something we hadn't thought of! Oops!

We have more company this weekend. I'll make sure there are snacks...veggies & some dips (non-IP - that I can send home with them). DH usually keeps nuts around, as well, so that will probably suffice.

IP43
04-22-2014, 09:05 PM
My husband and son often eat what I eat for dinner, but often do not. It works for us. But, in the context of this visit, I can't seem to bring myself to serve her salad w/ grilled chicken and then beef with roasted cauliflower . . . it just doesn't seem like "company" food. Is this a bad sign for me? I can't go the rest of my life eating differently from everyone all the time . . . can I?

I just needed to write this out -- try to sort through it some . . . any thoughts are appreciated. Back to my "company-is-coming cleaning frenzy."

First of all your dear auntie loves YOU and is there to visit you, not be fed.

Second, she will be so proud of your changes and will want to see how you're eating.

Third, as a guest I would feel badly if I saw someone making me a special something and cooking differently for themselves -- like I was making more work for my host

Fourth, I would LOVE to have grilled chicken and vegs or beef and roasted cauliflower. Pasta is cheap. Someone cooking up good meat and fresh veggies is not cheaping out. We had company and they all wanted my recipe for my roasted veggies. I made zuchinni chips and the next time they came, they brought me a "mandolin" they never used because they saw that I was the only person they knew who went to the trouble to thinly slice veggies by hand -- mandolin WAY easier.

Fifth -- this is how you cook now. Embrace it. When you're done IP and she visits...guess what? She won't be having pasta and cinnamon buns then either

... wow -- you got a "buck and a half" worth just for asking for two cents:D

ChipnDip
04-22-2014, 09:27 PM
My husband has just joined me using alternatives. I'm finding meals to be overwhelming now. We like different veggies and the kids like none and are eating completely different so now I feel like I am making three meals for dinner. My kitchen us a disaster by the time dinner is done! I need to reign things in soon if this is going to work for us over the long haul.

IP43
04-22-2014, 09:34 PM
My husband has just joined me using alternatives. I'm finding meals to be overwhelming now. We like different veggies and the kids like none and are eating completely different so now I feel like I am making three meals for dinner. My kitchen us a disaster by the time dinner is done! I need to reign things in soon if this is going to work for us over the long haul.

I'm not sure how old your kids are but we're going through the same thing at our house. Hubby wants to do his bowflex plan -- high carb based. My kids barely eat enough so I need to have stuff they will eat. Hubby says "why do you buy cookies -- I'll eat them if they're in the house". I say "Well the kids aren't on a diet and they need lunch snacks. Just say 'no'..." Anyway, I keep cooking my way and they join me or make their own. I will add rice, potatoes or pasta to the meal of salad and meat to meet their "carb needs", but a new veggie or salad won't kill 'em either. Your hubby needs to appreciate how much work this is and either help you out with the veggies, or eat what you cook him. If you need me to have a 'chat' with him, let me know...:rollpin: (... JK... I'm the hugger, remember! LOL)

vachinyc
04-22-2014, 10:06 PM
... The more I watch my thin friends eat, the more I notice they either eat pretty healthy or they rarely finish an unhealthy food they ordered. They're usually pretty eager to share what they order and they usually take home uneaten food. I rarely did any of those things. I ordered unhealthy & usually ate it all by myself.

Hi all: I've had work craziness and family visiting...all good but busy! I've missed checking in. Congrats on all the losses, NSVs, smaller sizes, and planning-ahead successes. You all rock!

I had to copy and re-post this because it is so true. I didn't notice it before I started paying attention to my own choices. What I used to see were my friends ordering fries and burgers and rich pastas and desserts and alcohol every time we went out. What I didn't 'see' was what you say here Lisa...they always left food on their plates, shared with the table, or took some home. I NEVER did any of those things. In retrospect as I watch now, sometimes they skip the dessert or the alcohol while not making a big deal of it. My guess is they've had a few indulgences too many that week and know when to cut back. I didn't have that 'gear'.

Now, I have ways to make better choices too - and to recognize that I don't need to go overboard to have a fun night out with friends (and that if I do go overboard, it isn't the beginning of the end). It's still scary but I like knowing that this plan, and maintenance, works.

I'm not sure I'm ever going to be able to consistently order fries/desserts and only take a couple of bites but I can enjoy good choices that are healthier and still delicious and satisfying. It may not always be easy...but it's possible, even probable :) woohoo!

ChipnDip
04-22-2014, 10:53 PM
I'm not sure how old your kids are but we're going through the same thing at our house. Hubby wants to do his bowflex plan -- high carb based. My kids barely eat enough so I need to have stuff they will eat. Hubby says "why do you buy cookies -- I'll eat them if they're in the house". I say "Well the kids aren't on a diet and they need lunch snacks. Just say 'no'..." Anyway, I keep cooking my way and they join me or make their own. I will add rice, potatoes or pasta to the meal of salad and meat to meet their "carb needs", but a new veggie or salad won't kill 'em either. Your hubby needs to appreciate how much work this is and either help you out with the veggies, or eat what you cook him. If you need me to have a 'chat' with him, let me know...:rollpin: (... JK... I'm the hugger, remember! LOL)

:D:D:D. Actually my husband will eat anything I put in front of him. Always has as he was raised not to complain. If I don't feed him he only knows how to make cereal and toast! I think I am just worried about him getting bored with his choices and not sticking with the diet. I eat the same lunch everyday. I like the routine. I love salad. I'll eat the same veggie a few nights in a row to useit all up. It was easy when I only needed to focus on my needs. I think I just need to keep it simple for him too unless he requests something different and maybe teach him how to cook a few things! How hard is it to turn on a steamer? And I need to get the kids eating some veggies!! I haven't been the best role model. I have eaten more veg in the last two months than they have probably seen me eat ever.

dowey16
04-22-2014, 11:21 PM
I had another week of 100% on program and had a great result today, down 6lbs for my 8th WI, I've now noticed my best WI's seem to have been week 4 and week 8!

Ruth Ann
04-23-2014, 08:45 AM
I had another week of 100% on program and had a great result today, down 6lbs for my 8th WI, I've now noticed my best WI's seem to have been week 4 and week 8!

That is awesome dowey! Our bodies do seem to get into a rhythm of losing - I would do 1 or 2 pounds for 2 or 3 weeks and then 4 or 5 and then back to 1 or 2. Funny how that works.

vachinyc: Good to see you! Sounds like you're figuring out maintenance really well.

3sisters
04-23-2014, 08:55 AM
I had another week of 100% on program and had a great result today, down 6lbs for my 8th WI, I've now noticed my best WI's seem to have been week 4 and week 8!

That's great! I hope I do as well! I had a terrific first WI, but know there will be weeks when I lose little if any. I'm confident if I stay OP it will come off.

Ruth Ann
04-23-2014, 12:21 PM
That's great! I hope I do as well! I had a terrific first WI, but know there will be weeks when I lose little if any. I'm confident if I stay OP it will come off.

Congrats on a great 1st weigh in and you are absolutely right - stay OP and it will come off!

:dancer: I'm doing the happy dance today! Down 120 lbs in a year (okay, a year and a day, but close enough for me) and a total of 92 inches lost. I am just thrilled!

MarylandMom
04-23-2014, 12:35 PM
:dancer: I'm doing the happy dance today! Down 120 lbs in a year (okay, a year and a day, but close enough for me) and a total of 92 inches lost. I am just thrilled!

Congrats! You are absolutely inspirational!! :)

dcs0826
04-23-2014, 12:43 PM
Congrats on a great 1st weigh in and you are absolutely right - stay OP and it will come off!

:dancer: I'm doing the happy dance today! Down 120 lbs in a year (okay, a year and a day, but close enough for me) and a total of 92 inches lost. I am just thrilled!

Congratulations Ruth Ann! You deserve it! Such an inspiration! :carrot:

JLUS
04-23-2014, 02:01 PM
Congrats on a great 1st weigh in and you are absolutely right - stay OP and it will come off!

:dancer: I'm doing the happy dance today! Down 120 lbs in a year (okay, a year and a day, but close enough for me) and a total of 92 inches lost. I am just thrilled!

Yay for YOU!!

:congrat: :balloons:

schenectady
04-23-2014, 03:40 PM
Funny story, Ruth Ann about all that weight and inches. Very recently when we were going through airport security, I had the crabbiest TSA agent ever, but then it was 4:30AM. I was determined to break him up.

When I gave him my license (first time it even shows a weight much HIGHER than reality) he kept staring from me to the license and back. I gave him a big 'ole smile and chirped "I know it doesn't look at all like me - I lost a whole bunch of weight!" He started a smile and passed me on.

Then he gets to my husband in line behind me - he questions him just "are you with her?" He answered "Yes, and I don't look like my photo - I fought the weight she lost!" (And he did).

Cracked the guy up, so just imagine your many 120 pounds and 92 inches popping up somewhere else!

Hiker88
04-23-2014, 05:16 PM
Congrats on a great 1st weigh in and you are absolutely right - stay OP and it will come off!

:dancer: I'm doing the happy dance today! Down 120 lbs in a year (okay, a year and a day, but close enough for me) and a total of 92 inches lost. I am just thrilled!

Wow, Ruth Ann, that's quite an accomplishment!! Tell me you are rewarding yourself with something??? (NOT food!) LOL I'm all about the rewards:)

eandc2006
04-23-2014, 05:39 PM
Congrats on a great 1st weigh in and you are absolutely right - stay OP and it will come off!

:dancer: I'm doing the happy dance today! Down 120 lbs in a year (okay, a year and a day, but close enough for me) and a total of 92 inches lost. I am just thrilled!

Ruthann you are simply amazing! 120lbs in one year (and a day) is an accomplishment! Heck, 120lbs is incredible PERIOD. You have all the reasons to feel great about yourself and this achievement!

pishposhappelsauce
04-23-2014, 05:54 PM
:dancer: I'm doing the happy dance today! Down 120 lbs in a year (okay, a year and a day, but close enough for me) and a total of 92 inches lost. I am just thrilled!

That's awesome, congratulations!

dcs0826
04-23-2014, 07:27 PM
I posted this in the daily chat, so if you've already read it, please ignore :)

Just had my fourth weigh in. I lost about 2 lbs, but my coach is concerned because according to the BCA measurements I am consistently losing muscle. She wanted me to add a 5th packet, but I told her I could not afford that. She has suggested me eating 8 oz of cooked protein a night (ie, weighing the protein after it's cooked instead of before). She would also like for me to add 2 oz of chicken to my lunch, in addition to my packet and vegetables. I am concerned because this is not IP protocol. I am looking for advice..I don't want to consistently lose muscle, but I don't want to gain weight from eating too much food.

drd1961
04-23-2014, 07:33 PM
I posted this in the daily chat, so if you've already read it, please ignore :)

Just had my fourth weigh in. I lost about 2 lbs, but my coach is concerned because according to the BCA measurements I am consistently losing muscle. She wanted me to add a 5th packet, but I told her I could not afford that. She has suggested me eating 8 oz of cooked protein a night (ie, weighing the protein after it's cooked instead of before). She would also like for me to add 2 oz of chicken to my lunch, in addition to my packet and vegetables. I am concerned because this is not IP protocol. I am looking for advice..I don't want to consistently lose muscle, but I don't want to gain weight from eating too much food.

My coach had me eating extra protein because I was exercising. I was able to lose a lot of weight with extra protein. Try it and see.

ChipnDip
04-23-2014, 07:42 PM
I posted this in the daily chat, so if you've already read it, please ignore :)

Just had my fourth weigh in. I lost about 2 lbs, but my coach is concerned because according to the BCA measurements I am consistently losing muscle. She wanted me to add a 5th packet, but I told her I could not afford that. She has suggested me eating 8 oz of cooked protein a night (ie, weighing the protein after it's cooked instead of before). She would also like for me to add 2 oz of chicken to my lunch, in addition to my packet and vegetables. I am concerned because this is not IP protocol. I am looking for advice..I don't want to consistently lose muscle, but I don't want to gain weight from eating too much food.

My clinic doesn't even have those measuring things. I could be losing muscle and not even knowing it! I would trust her though, especially if she has been doing it awhile. If the scale doesn't show the right results, you can try something else.

I am worried now though. Have started at 249 I never had the four packets that some say I could have.

sweetenuf
04-23-2014, 07:57 PM
Good Evening IPers :)

Ruth Ann: CONGRATULATIONS!! your truly inspiring.


Today was my Week 14 WI. I WI every other week so for me it is 2 weeks of weight loss which was -7 lbs! Ive lost a total of 51 lbs!!! I can't even believe it. It doesn't seem that long ago I was posting on here for the first time.
Its also -24 inches.


Thank you ladies for keeping me inspired, I have nothing but gratitude :)

dcs0826
04-23-2014, 09:03 PM
My clinic doesn't even have those measuring things. I could be losing muscle and not even knowing it! I would trust her though, especially if she has been doing it awhile. If the scale doesn't show the right results, you can try something else.

I am worried now though. Have started at 249 I never had the four packets that some say I could have.

To be honest I wish mine did not have that thing..I don't know how something can be so accurate by only holding it with two hands..and then it magically knows your body fat percentage, etc?

lisa32989
04-23-2014, 09:13 PM
Ruth Ann
So many congrats!

To be honest I wish mine did not have that thing..I don't know how something can be so accurate by only holding it with two hands..and then it magically knows your body fat percentage, etc?
They are NOT accurate.
They are estimations.
And lean mass is more than muscle. It is EVERYTHING in your body that isn't fat: blood, connective tissue, skin, water, bone, organs, EVERYTHING. Just change in water can easily throw off the estimation calculation the machine does.

I don't trust them.

Real egg equivalent for a packet = 1 whole egg + 3 egg whites (large egg equivalent)

Other alternatives could include EAS Carb control shakes
Or, check the atlernatives thread for more ideas.

vachinyc
04-23-2014, 09:21 PM
...
:dancer: I'm doing the happy dance today! Down 120 lbs in a year (okay, a year and a day, but close enough for me) and a total of 92 inches lost. I am just thrilled!

WooHoo! Congratulations. This is AWESOME. You are awesome!

Ruth Ann
04-23-2014, 09:40 PM
Thanks everyone! I am so stoked! I think my coach was just as excited as I am!

Hiker - I'm rewarding myself with more clothes! I have a very skimpy wardrobe right now. And shoes, I need shoes! I can't keep wearing boots forever.

sweetenuf - woo hoo on your loss. That is fantastic!

dcs0826 - I'm with Lisa, I don't trust the accuracy of those machines at all. It's an estimate and not a very good one in my opinion. How do you feel?

IdealProteinNewbie
04-23-2014, 10:50 PM
Ruth Ann: You're amazing, way to go!

Ruth Ann
04-23-2014, 10:53 PM
Ruth Ann: You're amazing, way to go!

Thanks IPN! I'm so grateful for all the support here - don't know how I could have done it without everyone!

3sisters
04-23-2014, 11:09 PM
:dancer: I'm doing the happy dance today! Down 120 lbs in a year (okay, a year and a day, but close enough for me) and a total of 92 inches lost. I am just thrilled!

AMAZING!! You must be SO, SO proud!! How fun to get cute clothes......and shoes :)

Today was my Week 14 WI. I WI every other week so for me it is 2 weeks of weight loss which was -7 lbs! Ive lost a total of 51 lbs!!! I can't even believe it. It doesn't seem that long ago I was posting on here for the first time.
Its also -24 inches.

Wow!! Awesome results in such a short time! A testament to your commitment!

dowey16
04-24-2014, 12:00 AM
WoW RuthAnn that is awesome and so much to be proud of!!

Congratulations on your loss sweetenuf :)

maureen kempster
04-24-2014, 05:42 AM
Ruth & Sweetenuff - way to go ladies you are both such an inspiration. |

I'm on day #89 of 100% and I feel fantastic - will hit the 30 pound mark hopefully by tomorrow. I'm finishing up the IP products I have and I'm integrating the alternative products. Hopefully by next week I'll be in Phase II. I have a big event Saturday for work - we have a National Training and Awards function twice a year - the dress I bought 3 weeks ago is too big!! whoopee!!! - this dinner is black tie & cocktail or gown. Thankfully I have something from before that fits now. As for the meal saturday - I have a lot to do at this event so I'll be able to get away with pushing my food around the plate!!!!

well let's all have a good one ladies we're worth it

dcs0826
04-24-2014, 09:17 AM
Ruth Ann
So many congrats!


They are NOT accurate.
They are estimations.
And lean mass is more than muscle. It is EVERYTHING in your body that isn't fat: blood, connective tissue, skin, water, bone, organs, EVERYTHING. Just change in water can easily throw off the estimation calculation the machine does.

I don't trust them.

Real egg equivalent for a packet = 1 whole egg + 3 egg whites (large egg equivalent)

Other alternatives could include EAS Carb control shakes
Or, check the atlernatives thread for more ideas.

Lisa- thanks for the egg equivalent.

Thanks everyone! I am so stoked! I think my coach was just as excited as I am!

Hiker - I'm rewarding myself with more clothes! I have a very skimpy wardrobe right now. And shoes, I need shoes! I can't keep wearing boots forever.

sweetenuf - woo hoo on your loss. That is fantastic!

dcs0826 - I'm with Lisa, I don't trust the accuracy of those machines at all. It's an estimate and not a very good one in my opinion. How do you feel?

Ruth Ann- I feel satisfied and am generally not hungry. I don't give the machine much merit, but apparently my coach does.

SylviesGirl
04-24-2014, 09:22 AM
Congrats on a great 1st weigh in and you are absolutely right - stay OP and it will come off!

:dancer: I'm doing the happy dance today! Down 120 lbs in a year (okay, a year and a day, but close enough for me) and a total of 92 inches lost. I am just thrilled!

CONGRATULATIONS, RUTH ANN!!! That is just awesome! That is a whole 'nuther person! :congrat:

Ruth Ann
04-24-2014, 09:33 AM
Thanks everyone! You guys are so sweet!

dcs - If you're feeling good, have plenty of energy and aren't getting hungry I don't think you need to change a thing (my opinion only). You might do as JLUS suggested in the other thread and just add a couple of egg whites and then you can tell your coach you added protein. It would be different if those scales actually measured only muscle, but since they measure everything that isn't fat as lean body mass there's no way they can distinguish between muscle and everything else. That's my 2 cents anyway.

schenectady
04-24-2014, 10:30 AM
Today, I am so happy with the weeks I have now managed to be 100% OP because the needle is moving consistently, albeit slowly, down. For me, there is a pretty direct correlation between my being absolute on the program and the consistent weight loss.

Now that my husband has joined me, it is much easier and I chuckle to see him make his Big Mac bowls! He is no and does not intend to be 100% OP but is doing extremely well on his modified version. I am not upset, just happy that he is at least taking the issue seriously.

Yesterday, he hit -20 pounds after three weeks. We celebrated at Applebee's with a completely legal, carefully chosen meal. He found a new pair of jeans waiting for him at home because he loved to show how he could 'drop' his current pair by just shrugging.....

dcs0826
04-24-2014, 12:32 PM
Thanks everyone! You guys are so sweet!

dcs - If you're feeling good, have plenty of energy and aren't getting hungry I don't think you need to change a thing (my opinion only). You might do as JLUS suggested in the other thread and just add a couple of egg whites and then you can tell your coach you added protein. It would be different if those scales actually measured only muscle, but since they measure everything that isn't fat as lean body mass there's no way they can distinguish between muscle and everything else. That's my 2 cents anyway.

I agree with you. The more I thought about it overnight the more I realized that the machine has no way of knowing what is muscle vs skin, blood, water, etc. Thank you!

dak1lls
04-24-2014, 12:34 PM
Congrats on a great 1st weigh in and you are absolutely right - stay OP and it will come off!

:dancer: I'm doing the happy dance today! Down 120 lbs in a year (okay, a year and a day, but close enough for me) and a total of 92 inches lost. I am just thrilled!

Congratulations on such an incredible journey! You are amazing!

dak1lls
04-24-2014, 12:37 PM
CONGRATULATIONS, RUTH ANN!!! That is just awesome! That is a whole 'nuther person! :congrat:

OMGosh! That is so true. Ruth Ann, you lost a person! :carrot::carrot::carrot:

Ruth Ann
04-24-2014, 09:38 PM
Today, I am so happy with the weeks I have now managed to be 100% OP because the needle is moving consistently, albeit slowly, down. For me, there is a pretty direct correlation between my being absolute on the program and the consistent weight loss.

Now that my husband has joined me, it is much easier and I chuckle to see him make his Big Mac bowls! He is no and does not intend to be 100% OP but is doing extremely well on his modified version. I am not upset, just happy that he is at least taking the issue seriously.

Yesterday, he hit -20 pounds after three weeks. We celebrated at Applebee's with a completely legal, carefully chosen meal. He found a new pair of jeans waiting for him at home because he loved to show how he could 'drop' his current pair by just shrugging.....

So cool that your husband is doing this with you! I loved your airport story too! And every pound you take off is one pound you never have to see again.

I agree with you. The more I thought about it overnight the more I realized that the machine has no way of knowing what is muscle vs skin, blood, water, etc. Thank you!

As long as you're feeling good and losing - keep going!

Congratulations on such an incredible journey! You are amazing!

OMGosh! That is so true. Ruth Ann, you lost a person! :carrot::carrot::carrot:

Thanks dak! I like to say I've lost my niece - who is now giving me hand me downs, which is pretty cool.

deelee10
04-24-2014, 10:05 PM
Congratulations Ruth Ann and Sweetenuff!!!

Ruth Ann
04-25-2014, 11:52 AM
Congratulations Ruth Ann and Sweetenuff!!!

Thanks deelee!

I am so glad it's Friday - long week and still have tons to do today that I don't feel like doing. I guess the only way to get it done is to start.

Ramped up my PT yesterday - boy can I feel it today! Amazing that I'm finding muscles that I didn't even know I had. The PT guy is working towards a goal of me being able to either join a gym or be able to do all the work at home. Right now though I need adult supervision since I have a tendency to push too hard - if 10 reps is good, 15 is better, right? Apparently not in some cases. :D

schenectady
04-25-2014, 12:36 PM
Although it is spring, it does not feel much that way today, so I am dressing spring in a way I never would have if I had not been 100% and knocking myself silly on this program.

White knee length jeans skirt, white knit top, periwinkle blue vest with matching flats (I am a very matchy matchy sort) with a gorgeous silk pink, periwinkle, blue silk scarf.

I never would have worn a white short skirt before...cause big fat ladies like me of old dress in dark colors...right! Makes you look thinner? Yea, right!

Ruth Ann
04-25-2014, 12:45 PM
Although it is spring, it does not feel much that way today, so I am dressing spring in a way I never would have if I had not been 100% and knocking myself silly on this program.

White knee length jeans skirt, white knit top, periwinkle blue vest with matching flats (I am a very matchy matchy sort) with a gorgeous silk pink, periwinkle, blue silk scarf.

I never would have worn a white short skirt before...cause big fat ladies like me of old dress in dark colors...right! Makes you look thinner? Yea, right!

Re: the bolded up there - you aren't knocking yourself "silly", you're knocking yourself "healthy"! ;)

And that sounds like a great outfit - I just bought a pencil skirt and was surprised how good it looked. Who would have thought I could wear that? Have to find summer shoes though - none of them fit any more!

schenectady
04-25-2014, 06:26 PM
Re: the bolded up there - you aren't knocking yourself "silly", you're knocking yourself "healthy"! ;)

And that sounds like a great outfit - I just bought a pencil skirt and was surprised how good it looked. Who would have thought I could wear that? Have to find summer shoes though - none of them fit any more!

OK - knocking myself silly getting healthy. My son called from Korea today and when I told him, he did the typical son/young adult sort of flip response. I said in the nicest way "Hey, bud, your 'ole Mom is showing up at your wedding at about half her previous weight - I think I deserve some credit here". He backed off and apologized and said "you know how it is mom with guys. It is hard for us to be complimentary to women".

What he means is that he is like his Dad - non confrontational and non verbal. Lucky I love all my guys.

And in regards to shoes, Ruth Ann, my problem is that I never have a hard time finding them - I think they call out to me. Particularly the nice Italian ones with cute heels in great colors...I am running out of room but it is my approved vice.

When we got married, I had 66 pairs (I was single, great job in the public, traveled a lot). My husband cracked up that my periwinkle blue suit not only was accompanied by matching shoes but a matching briefcase!

Not tough when Nordstrom's is around...then came marriage, 6 pregnancies, life challenges and the shoes became sneakers and sandals and whatever fit....

maureen kempster
04-26-2014, 06:14 AM
good morning all

well today is the day of our National training and awards dinner - I'm prepared - I'll be out all day - so I've eaten my natural protein for breakfast - my eggs - I've packed a protein chocolate shake blended with 2 cups of baby arugula, some mint & I've been throwing in a dollop of walden farms chocolate peanut spread; I have a salad of lettuce & 2 cups of mushrooms with some walden farms balsamic vinagrette; I have some crepes(alternative product) that I'll eat as a snack during the day. I'll eat the salad at work and drink the shake before the dinner tonight - I have a lot to do today just making sure everyone has what they need etc - I'm the one who coordinates all the travel, hotels etc for this event - so I'll be so happy to be driving home tonight. I'm ready bring it on -
this was my second week of not seeing my coach and I managed to lose a bit less than a pound - but that's okay - I'm going the right way - should be hitting the 30 pound loss soon.
have a good one we deserve it

Ruth Ann
04-26-2014, 07:41 AM
I knew what you meant schenectady - just had to have a little fun with you.

I told a friend of mine that I haven't seen in a couple of years (we talk on the phone and Skype) that I was down 120 lbs and he said "I didn't think you had that much to lose." Kind of sweet, but just shows you how oblivious some guys can be!

I'm with you on the shoes - I like shoes! Getting ready for a major shoe run since all I currently have that fit are boots and sneakers. I haven't worn heels in awhile because of my back so I think I'll start with modest heels and see how I do. Kind of waiting though for the niece to sort out her shoes, she has a lot of shoes and we wear the same size. I did pick up a pair of flip flops though - I buy the everyday flip flops in the boys department (better made and cheaper) but my "dress" flip flops are all worn out so need some of those.

Maureen - sounds like a fun, if exhausting, day. Sounds like you are well-prepared though - yeah you! Hope you have a great time.

Still plugging away on P3. Haven't branched out much - I like easy in the morning. Going to have an apple with breakfast today and strawberries tomorrow. The added grains made me a little gassy the first few days (you needed to know that!) but that seems to have settled down. I haven't gained any, in fact lost 2 lbs last week. Nervous about maintenance but coach and I are having a long appointment next week to map out my plan. I'm sure it will be some trial and error.

65X65
04-26-2014, 08:12 AM
Have to find summer shoes though - none of them fit any more!

Ruth Ann-my shoe size changed 1-1/2 sizes! I just bagged up the rest of them (3 bags) that I "thought" I might be able to wear over the winter with socks and an insole "or something". They were really good shoes that I just hated to get rid of last year and did not.... then when switching over my closet, took a really good look at the summer shoes still left and did a purge there...(another bag on top of the 2-3 bags from last summer I gave up)...then re looked at the clothes....MORE gone...

Recently bought about a dozen summer-sunny dresses ( Schnectedy..I too love to shop....and have a dh who encourages it.) for summer vacation, and everyday stuff. They are showing are a lot of dresses these days, not just for dressy occasions, which I am not sure if it means I notice now because I can wear them ...or if fashion has just gone a bit retro again...whatever!! Now ..If it only will only get warm here in the middle-atlantic! We are still needing fleece over T neck shirts, sweaters and jackets, warm socks and even if we see the sun...it is struggling to hit/stay at 50-60 degrees....Hoping I did not make a mistake with the summer dresses!!! We planned to grill dinner last night...only to have a cold rain start around 5 PM that turned into a steady downpour all night. I did NOT but any new umbrellas. Or a new raincoat.