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lisa32989
04-17-2014, 06:29 AM
:welcome2:
Welcome back to the Daily Chat thread - post your plans for today, share what's been happening, ask questions!

Some forum lingo:
NSV = Non-scale victory
TOM = time of the month
WI = Weigh-in
WF = Walden Farms
OP = on plan

Bookmarking:
Ideal Protein Sub-forum Home page (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet-236/)
Consider making it a bookmark or a favorite in your browser so you can come back easily to get your RDA of Ideal Protein information.

Information for newbies:
Check the sticky page (top of forum, above all the topics) for lots of good information and please read here before asking what might be a frequently asked question (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/243142-have-question-about-ip-read-here-first-before-posting-question.html): Information on Ideal Protein phases (1-4), IP Ultimate List Recipes, FAQ, Newbie Guide, Exercise, and other Important Threads,
(http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/238801-ip-ultimate-list-recipes-faq-newbie-guide-exercise-other-important-threads.html)and here are the most recent Ideal Protein Protocol sheets (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/4701599-post49.html)

And before you cheat, read this thread:
The Real Cost of Cheating on Ideal Protein (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/221536-real-cost-cheating-ideal-protein.html)

Before starting new threads: spend some time reading the forum. Most new threads are duplicates, triplicates, quadruplicates. Folks who are the most successful, make time for research/reading.

More Recipes Here Mix'n in the kitchen...Recipes from the Rainbow (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/261885-mixn-kitchn-recipes-rainbow.html)
MiX'N' iN THE KiTCH'N.... Recipes from the Rainbow Volume 2 (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/268669-mixn-kitchn-recipes-rainbow-volumn-2-a.html)
Fun with Ideal Protein Packets (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/212175-fun-ideal-protein-packets.html)
Fun with Veggie Purees! (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/264231-fun-veggie-purees.html)
Ideal Protein Diet Recipes #4 (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/273856-ideal-protein-diet-recipes-4-a.html)
Tips and Recipes from the Incredible Weight Loss Center (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/270950-ideal-protein-tips-recipes-incredible-weight-loss-center.html)

For those looking for alternative products
Here is a thread with tons of info. Spend some time in it. http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/270731-alternative-products-will-work-phase-1-a.html
And here is a link to a chart (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/4677467-post240.html) to help you choose appropriate products

Tickers and Signatures:
There are 2 requirements to have access to signatures and tickers. You must have been a member of 3fatchicks for 20 days AND posted at least 20 messages anywhere on the 3fatchicks forum. When you've met those requirements check The Ultimate Signature and Ticker Thread (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/announcements-forum-help/203435-ultimate-one-stop-signature-ticker-thread-read-here-if-you-have-questions.html) for more information and instructions.

Quoting:
The best quoting tip - EVER!! (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/3427715-post155.html) Thanks Rosie, aka 6710.

Searching:
If you can't find what you're looking for in this forum using the website search function, try using the "double search" using Google.

1) Go to Google.com. Search 3fatchicks by using the term site:3fatchicks.com at the end of your Google search.

For example, if you want to look for "big mac in a bowl", type "big mac in a bowl site:3fatchicks.com" in Google search. No need to include the quotation marks when you type.

2) This will bring up the page that you are looking for, now hit Ctrl+F to search on that page. Type "big mac in a bowl" and all instances of that search term will be highlighted.

Progress photos
Mini-Goal Photo Album (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/mini-goals-201/).

Other helpful links related to the Ideal Protein Dr. Chanh Tran Tien's website (http://www.trantiendiet.com/site/spip.php?rubrique19)


drd1961
04-17-2014, 08:06 AM
Good morning. We have tomorrow off for the first time ever, so today is the last work day!

Did my weights at home, now off to swim. Hope everyone has a great day. Enjoy healthy eating!

calypso58
04-17-2014, 08:07 AM
Happy Thursday everyone! After a 2.8 loss yesterday, I moved my goal from 145 to 128. 15 more pounds to go!


MellyIP
04-17-2014, 08:24 AM
Calypso congratulations on meeting your goal and deciding to push it further!! I hope I feel the same way when I get to mine!:cool:

I had a little NSV this morning with my jeans. Since tomorrow is a holiday we can wear them to work today instead. I was worried because I hadn't put them on since washing them earlier this week - so I was afraid of the dryer tightness but.... No more dryer jeans!!!:carrot: aka they fit perfect as if I had worn them all week! I even texted my boyfriend to see if he had tried to trick me and let them air dry haha - he said "you're such a girl" :lol:

I hope everyone has a great day today! Can't wait to check back in @ lunch :cheer2:

Ruth Ann
04-17-2014, 08:38 AM
Good morning. We have tomorrow off for the first time ever, so today is the last work day!

Hooray for 3 day weekends! I want one! :(

Happy Thursday everyone! After a 2.8 loss yesterday, I moved my goal from 145 to 128. 15 more pounds to go!

Wow, you're doing great! I should probably move my goal lower but I really like seeing that I'm under it - little things make me happy. ;)

I had a little NSV this morning with my jeans. Since tomorrow is a holiday we can wear them to work today instead. I was worried because I hadn't put them on since washing them earlier this week - so I was afraid of the dryer tightness but.... No more dryer jeans!!!:carrot: aka they fit perfect as if I had worn them all week! I even texted my boyfriend to see if he had tried to trick me and let them air dry haha - he said "you're such a girl" :lol:

Great NSV! Just wait - soon you'll be washing those jeans in hot water and drying them on high heat hoping they shrink! (They don't much, by the way.)

3sisters
04-17-2014, 08:46 AM
Good Morning!

MellyIP, we are very close in start date and starting weight....though I'm an inch shorter :) My goal weight is higher too, but I am 60 now - not that that is an excuse! - but I just didn't know what was reasonable for a goal weight. If....er, when.....I get to 145 I may reconsider and set it lower. How did you decide on your goal weight?

I'm wondering how many of you weigh at home? My first 'official' (weekly) weigh-in is not until Monday, but I have to say......I saw ONEDERLAND on my scale this morning!! Yay!! So motivating! I know it will slow down, but have to get this initial 'quick' weight off (the bloating from the carb binge that I had the day before I started IP) before I can really attack the fat stores. And I'm amazed that I can already feel the difference in my waist! After just 3 days?! Can't wait to officially see where I will be on Monday and change my ticker :) Have a great day everyone!

dcs0826
04-17-2014, 08:51 AM
Happy Thursday IPers! Had my third weigh in yesterday and lost 5lbs which I was very excited about. Close to my first mini goal of getting to the 220s. Next mini goal is getting below 220, then onderland! Hope everyone has a great day

MarylandMom
04-17-2014, 09:27 AM
Good Morning! Just got to work and am sitting at my desk with a full bottle of ice water trying to drown out the irritating naysayer voice in my head that says I'm going to fail at this diet too, just like all the other ones I've tried. I am on Day 25 and feeling great. Have lost 14.6 pounds. I am doing IP with alternatives so I do my own "official" weigh-in on Monday mornings. So far, I am down 14.6 pounds. However, I do cheat with some "unofficial" weigh-ins just to gauge how the week is going. Yesterday, I was up 1 pound, and this morning it was up another .5...so 1.5 pounds gained since Monday's weigh-in. WTH???

I know there are lots of variables that make weight fluctuate, but still frustrating nonetheless. Here's my question: Have any of you had this happen but then still had a decent loss several days later at your official weigh-in?

The mental component of this journey is so hard for me. I know that I need to just keep going and push the negative thoughts out of my head, but if I have to see a GAIN on the scale after just 4 weeks, I know I will cry!

dak1lls
04-17-2014, 09:45 AM
Maryland Mom, let me just say that it is very common to go up and down throughout the week. It can be many different things....ahem, how to say this delicately?.....food still making its journey through the body? Water retention? That is why it is good to weigh weekly, so you don't see those daily fluctuations and stress yourself. Trust the plan....it really works. Don't let that little voice of doubt derail you and cause worry.

Dcs! Congrats on being so close to your first mini goal!

3sisters, it is so difficult to figure out a goal weight. Each of us are built so differently. I think you are picking a good goal and it is so easy to readjust as you near that, and see your new figure emerge. You will be amazed at how the fat melts away and as many others have said, you will find that you are much smaller at a heavier weight than ever before.

Calypso, you are so close to goal! Yay!

MellyIP, it is so funny how the little things mean so much. Throwing my pants in the dryer has been such a cool thing! I have ALWAYS hung everything yo dry, fearing my clothes would shrink and no longer fit. What a good feeling to toss them in the dryer.

CarbLover443
04-17-2014, 10:13 AM
Do you guys find that the inches are coming off in only one or two parts of your body (that are measured) or do you find it comes off pretty evenly? I swear, the inches on my hips just will not budge! It's like they are super glued on! I don't even care about a scale victory this week, I just want to see that hip number drop!

schenectady
04-17-2014, 10:29 AM
Do you guys find that the inches are coming off in only one or two parts of your body (that are measured) or do you find it comes off pretty evenly? I swear, the inches on my hips just will not budge! It's like they are super glued on! I don't even care about a scale victory this week, I just want to see that hip number drop!

This was my warm laugh for the morning! Inches do NOT come off evenly for me. I am now a size 10 on the top and just squeeze into a 14 on the bottom. Now that I need to get new lingerie since I am falling out of the old things, I have to go to a padded underwire to have any shape on top.

So, you can guess that means I still have natural padding on the bottom. Yep! Curves to be more polite. Will never be a stick but I do know it is genetic. When my mother married at 19, she had a 21 inch waist and 40+ inch hips.

drd1961
04-17-2014, 10:38 AM
Do you guys find that the inches are coming off in only one or two parts of your body (that are measured) or do you find it comes off pretty evenly? I swear, the inches on my hips just will not budge! It's like they are super glued on! I don't even care about a scale victory this week, I just want to see that hip number drop!
Nope..one week it would all come off one place, the next a different place. I felt like one of those lumpy cartoons.

dak1lls
04-17-2014, 10:47 AM
I lost in my hips and thighs the fastest, but my arms and waist were slower. I am still self conscious about my upper arms. My SIL had the opposite happen, her hips and thighs took the longest to begin shrinking. It was at the very end of P1 that she started to go down more rapidly in sizes on her lower half. She is still larger on the bottom, than the top, but as you said that is all genetics. I used to always picture myself as that little old lady with skinny legs and a round belly some day. lol.

sunflwr816
04-17-2014, 10:51 AM
Happy Thursday everyone! After a 2.8 loss yesterday, I moved my goal from 145 to 128. 15 more pounds to go!

Congrats!!!! :carrot:

danilynn
04-17-2014, 10:55 AM
I am losing more in my hips, waist and thighs... but my girls (to put it politely) are the very last things to drop.

I am in a size 10 -- it fits snug, if i go the next size up (12) it looks like i poo'd my pants. Or as my husbands says "you look like a fool with your pants on the ground" rapping that to me when i wear my 12's

tops i am still the same size -- Large

Slipfree
04-17-2014, 11:15 AM
Happy Thursday everyone! After a 2.8 loss yesterday, I moved my goal from 145 to 128. 15 more pounds to go!
Yay Calypso! So excited for you :yay:

Calypso congratulations on meeting your goal and deciding to push it further!! I hope I feel the same way when I get to mine!:cool:

I had a little NSV this morning with my jeans. Since tomorrow is a holiday we can wear them to work today instead. I was worried because I hadn't put them on since washing them earlier this week - so I was afraid of the dryer tightness but.... No more dryer jeans!!!:carrot: aka they fit perfect as if I had worn them all week! I even texted my boyfriend to see if he had tried to trick me and let them air dry haha - he said "you're such a girl" :lol:

I hope everyone has a great day today! Can't wait to check back in @ lunch :cheer2:

Melly, Great NSV! Ruth Ann stole my line, :) but in a couple of weeks that hot air dryer is going to be working overtime!

Good Morning!

MellyIP, we are very close in start date and starting weight....though I'm an inch shorter :) My goal weight is higher too, but I am 60 now - not that that is an excuse! - but I just didn't know what was reasonable for a goal weight. If....er, when.....I get to 145 I may reconsider and set it lower. How did you decide on your goal weight?

I'm wondering how many of you weigh at home? My first 'official' (weekly) weigh-in is not until Monday, but I have to say......I saw ONEDERLAND on my scale this morning!! Yay!! So motivating! I know it will slow down, but have to get this initial 'quick' weight off (the bloating from the carb binge that I had the day before I started IP) before I can really attack the fat stores. And I'm amazed that I can already feel the difference in my waist! After just 3 days?! Can't wait to officially see where I will be on Monday and change my ticker :) Have a great day everyone!

Onederland! Hurray!

Happy Thursday IPers! Had my third weigh in yesterday and lost 5lbs which I was very excited about. Close to my first mini goal of getting to the 220s. Next mini goal is getting below 220, then onderland! Hope everyone has a great day

Congrats on 5 pounds gone forever!!

Good Morning! Just got to work and am sitting at my desk with a full bottle of ice water trying to drown out the irritating naysayer voice in my head that says I'm going to fail at this diet too, just like all the other ones I've tried. I am on Day 25 and feeling great. Have lost 14.6 pounds. I am doing IP with alternatives so I do my own "official" weigh-in on Monday mornings. So far, I am down 14.6 pounds. However, I do cheat with some "unofficial" weigh-ins just to gauge how the week is going. Yesterday, I was up 1 pound, and this morning it was up another .5...so 1.5 pounds gained since Monday's weigh-in. WTH???

I know there are lots of variables that make weight fluctuate, but still frustrating nonetheless. Here's my question: Have any of you had this happen but then still had a decent loss several days later at your official weigh-in?

The mental component of this journey is so hard for me. I know that I need to just keep going and push the negative thoughts out of my head, but if I have to see a GAIN on the scale after just 4 weeks, I know I will cry!

Marylandmom, take a deep breath. As one of the Oct. Newbies told me recently, this is not a race. You are well on your way and 14.6 pounds in 4 weeks is amazing. Week 4 is notorious for scale mischief. Your body is trying to catch up to the changes. I know it is hard to see the scale fluctuate, there were weeks of slowdowns for me. My coach said no weighing at home for a while, because stress can cause water retention. I just had to trust that the protocol works. Please consider that the scale reacts to many things, sodium, TOM, C, water retention.... No need for tears, the scale is just one measure of your journey. :hug:

AmberLS
04-17-2014, 12:07 PM
I am losing more in my hips, waist and thighs... but my girls (to put it politely) are the very last things to drop.

I am in a size 10 -- it fits snug, if i go the next size up (12) it looks like i poo'd my pants. Or as my husbands says "you look like a fool with your pants on the ground" rapping that to me when i wear my 12's

tops i am still the same size -- Large


I wish my hips and thighs were going faster! My waist is going fastest which is great, my bust is behind it but that is also ok because I have huge breasts, then my thighs. My hips are just hanging on which makes for a very odd dilemma, smaller pants are needed for almost all areas but I can't get them on my butt lol. I've always been an hour glass shaped person and I am hoping to retain that, but I'm headed for the pear lol

AmberLS
04-17-2014, 12:16 PM
Lisa, I wanted to say thank you for your kind words last night. I only read them this morning as I was attempting a mommy time out. I sent the girls outside to play and I locked myself in my room. I only got about 10 minutes but it was better than nothing. I should have got 35 as I am supposed to be allowed one minute for every year of age lol.

You are right I tell parents all the time, almost daily that kids behave differently at home than at school and it's been true for a long time for me, my daughters teachers had never experienced anything remotely close to the behaviors I had expressed, and honestly she was doing better at home. But whatever "broke" in January is a mystery. Now everyone is experiencing the behaviors I experience. I guess yesterday was particularly hard because it was our first huge melt down in public, I mean we've had little ones but they've been much easier to circumvent. She's usually very sweet in public, she's very shy and reserved so she stays hidden by me. I've never quite experienced that kind of thing in public as none of my other kids had any behavior issues. I guess it's time to take a look at what we're doing at home and see if we need a change. I know wine is the easy way out, and I don't think without the phone call I would have debating going that route on my own, but it was strange timing, friend called right at the end it was terrible timing. LOL I am much better today. Kids relaxed pretty early so it was a quiet night.

CarbLover443
04-17-2014, 12:37 PM
Well, I just weighed in and measured. Down 2lbs but, for the 4th week in a row, ZERO change in my hips in FOUR WEEKS!!! AGH!

Tisado
04-17-2014, 01:17 PM
Do you guys find that the inches are coming off in only one or two parts of your body (that are measured) or do you find it comes off pretty evenly? I swear, the inches on my hips just will not budge! It's like they are super glued on! I don't even care about a scale victory this week, I just want to see that hip number drop!

I no longer have a butt. I wear the same size bra although the girls hang differently. TMI
Plenty of flab in my middle section. Shirts are anywhere from XL to XXL but the new jeans are 10s.

ACK!!! :?: :?: :?: :?: :?:

ems70508
04-17-2014, 01:32 PM
I no longer have a butt. I wear the same size bra although the girls hang differently. TMI
Plenty of flab in my middle section. Shirts are anywhere from XL to XXL but the new jeans are 10s.

ACK!!! :?: :?: :?: :?: :?:

blows my mind how differently everyone can carry weight. I'm wearing XL tops and size 10 but am 5 inches taller. I also lack a butt! In the 80 lbs I've lost, I went down one band size and one cup! That is all!

NaeNae2113
04-17-2014, 01:34 PM
Hello Everyone, This is my first post in the daily chat. I just started IP yesterday. My coach is pretty new so she really didn't have the best answers to some of my questions. I have been reading through the posts on this sight and see that you all are a wealth of knowledge. Is it ok to use the Skinnygirl Monk Fruit extract as a sweetener?? It says it is 0 cal 0 fat 0 carbs. Also how many of the Omega III's should be taken each day?? It is exciting to see from the results that you all are having that this plan works extremely well!!

ems70508
04-17-2014, 01:35 PM
Anyone take the IP Enzymes? Started today to see if it would help moderate my big C issue. I do the CALM regemine twice a day but thought a pill would be easier to manage.

I ate IP Maple Oatmeal ( a norm for me) this AM and took my enzyme after. I have felt terrible ALL morning. Not sure if it's something else or the enzyme....

LakeLover
04-17-2014, 01:50 PM
Good day, all! I had my first big cheat - and it did NOT go well. I was making something (I'm not gonna tempt you with even the name!) and I ate some. Suffice it to say it was very sugary. Well, within a half hour, I felt nauseous, dizzy, and sick.

Suffice it to say I learned my lesson and am back on the straight and narrow today!

I hope you all have a wonderful IP day!

CarbLover443
04-17-2014, 02:01 PM
Hello Everyone, This is my first post in the daily chat. I just started IP yesterday. My coach is pretty new so she really didn't have the best answers to some of my questions. I have been reading through the posts on this sight and see that you all are a wealth of knowledge. Is it ok to use the Skinnygirl Monk Fruit extract as a sweetener?? It says it is 0 cal 0 fat 0 carbs. Also how many of the Omega III's should be taken each day?? It is exciting to see from the results that you all are having that this plan works extremely well!!

You should take 2 Omega 3's each day at dinner. I don't know about the monk fruit, but I would think it would be ok since WF is sweetened with monk fruit extract.

Good luck!!! I've learned so so much from the people here!! I just jumped in and started asking questions! There's also a ton of info in the sticky notes (first post of the page).

LuvA1exa
04-17-2014, 02:24 PM
Is it ok to use the Skinnygirl Monk Fruit extract as a sweetener??

Hi NaeNae 2113
I use Monk Fruit sweetener (not Skinny Girl) - my counselor said it was okay because it is 0/0/0. I prefer it to Splenda.

Anyone take the IP Enzymes?

ems7058 - have never taken the Enzymes but anytime I take a supplement it has to be on a full stomach or I feel sick.

dak1lls
04-17-2014, 02:29 PM
I no longer have a butt. I wear the same size bra although the girls hang differently. TMI
Plenty of flab in my middle section. Shirts are anywhere from XL to XXL but the new jeans are 10s.

ACK!!! :?: :?: :?: :?: :?:

Lol. My butt is gone, gone, gone. Now when I sit it hurts because my tailbone is sticking out. I read somewhere that women over 40 tend to lose muscle in their bottom half much more than younger women. So, I am hoping all my time on the treadmill will pay off and build some butt muscle. I NEVER thought I'd complain about losing my butt!

canadjineh
04-17-2014, 02:56 PM
Lol. My butt is gone, gone, gone. Now when I sit it hurts because my tailbone is sticking out. I read somewhere that women over 40 tend to lose muscle in their bottom half much more than younger women. So, I am hoping all my time on the treadmill will pay off and build some butt muscle. I NEVER thought I'd complain about losing my butt!

I don't know... I'm 50 and losing the hips, thicker upper thighs took a loooong time. I've always had a fairly small waist - no more than 31 inches even at my heaviest but ..."baby got back!!" I am pretty proud of my (still) nicely rounded, yet smaller tush. Wishing I hadn't lost so much off the girls though - they are a bit saggy and went from D to B+/C-. Using 'cutlets' to keep the tops rounded - I know - TMI! What I noticed is that my knees are too bony to comfortably stack when sleeping on my side - need a little bit of cushion to tuck between.
Liana

sarahBell
04-17-2014, 03:06 PM
Today I am trying hard hard HARD to keep my eating "clean". I had a slip up with breakfast with my 2 yo (took a small bit of his bagel) and bit of a banana. I feel like I am starving when it is my body screaming for sugar or carbs- so I ate a whole head of lettuce ion 3 separate servings topped with EVOO, lemon and Perfect Pinch season and a grind of sea salt. I am now starting on head #2

OMG I am just driving myself crazy. BUT I am mowing through lettuce vs. jelly beans, cookies and stuff like that.

shelflife
04-17-2014, 03:09 PM
Anyone take the IP Enzymes? Started today to see if it would help moderate my big C issue. I do the CALM regemine twice a day but thought a pill would be easier to manage.

I ate IP Maple Oatmeal ( a norm for me) this AM and took my enzyme after. I have felt terrible ALL morning. Not sure if it's something else or the enzyme....

I don't take the enzymes. I add 1tsp of inulin fibre (like benefibre brand) to shakes and soups to keep from getting "backed up".

dak1lls
04-17-2014, 03:25 PM
I don't know... I'm 50 and losing the hips, thicker upper thighs took a loooong time. I've always had a fairly small waist - no more than 31 inches even at my heaviest but ..."baby got back!!" I am pretty proud of my (still) nicely rounded, yet smaller tush. Wishing I hadn't lost so much off the girls though - they are a bit saggy and went from D to B+/C-. Using 'cutlets' to keep the tops rounded - I know - TMI! What I noticed is that my knees are too bony to comfortably stack when sleeping on my side - need a little bit of cushion to tuck between.
Liana

I know it sounds silly, but I have always wanted a round backside. I started out with a pretty flat butt anyway, but as I got heavier it certainly got wider! I joked with DH that I now understand why some women get butt implants or that Brazilian Butt Lift. Myself, as a 50 year old grandmother I suppose it would be inappropriate to do that. ha ha! My knees are the same when I lay on my side, and I know others have mentioned the same problem. I have seen those body pillows and figured those would be perfect for that.

Speaking of the "girls", mine are a lost cause. sniff, sniff. My SIL bought those "cutlets" as well. I was thinking of doing the same.

No matter, I would take all of these little issues any day compared to how I felt before losing the weight. :)

Mareeree
04-17-2014, 04:13 PM
Oh my goodness, you guys are cracking me up!! I actually went to Victoria's Secret for new bras because my 22 yr old daughter told me I looked like a boy, because I looked so "flat". I spent a lot of money, but I feel so much better with my new bras - they really helped with the "girls" after losing so much weight. It was definitely worth it!!

lisa32989
04-17-2014, 07:01 PM
Driving home from work today my head wanted to eat.

I can't call this hunger. I had drank an IP chocolate RTD less than 2 hours earlier.

But the craving was definitely there (:devil:have a bar! Have a bar!:devil:)

I had to tell the inner child, "No. you are not hungry. This is a craving. It will pass. Besides, hunger is NOT an emergency" (thanks Beck Diet Solution for the craving buster!)

I came home and made some decaf coffee. Living thru it like a champ. It IS possible to live without giving in to cravings!

I was at a training all day. The presenter brought LOTS of treats, both sweet and salty/crunchy. Lunch (provided) was fajitas. I had brought a bag of lettuce so I made lettuce wraps with a little meat and the veggies. This is perfect b/c we are unexpectedly going out to dinner tonite and where we're headed, the salads don't have 6-8 oz meat (more like 4) so I'm glad I had some earlier.

The treats don't call to me anymore. I honestly didn't want them. Mostly because I know how they make me feel (sugar & gluten both cause inflammation for me). I brought the chocolate drink b/c I figured there would be treats. It worked to combat it but then I think the inner child wanted a "reward" for having treats right under her nose all day & not imbibing. (Really interesting that I literally didn't want the treats...I wasn't avoiding, they just don't appeal now that I've learned how they truly make me feel).

She DOES get a treat. She gets to know that the adult kept her on plan and she'll be breaking that plateau soon! This is WAY more of a treat than any Easter goodies or salty (carby) snacks! Her treat is just going to be a little delayed gratification. Only children need instant gratification. Adults can wait.

MellyIP
04-17-2014, 07:49 PM
3sisters, I came up with my goal weight by remembering what I weighed when I was happy - for some reason that number on the scale imprinted in my mind, I can still see it. I wasn't tiny, but I was happy and confident. However it's not set in stone, that was 4 years ago so my body may look different this time around.

lisa32989
04-17-2014, 07:58 PM
Anyone take the IP Enzymes? Started today to see if it would help moderate my big C issue. I do the CALM regemine twice a day but thought a pill would be easier to manage.

I ate IP Maple Oatmeal ( a norm for me) this AM and took my enzyme after. I have felt terrible ALL morning. Not sure if it's something else or the enzyme....
I started taking the enzymes when I was getting GERD symptoms and I was working on getting off the PPIs (generic prilosec).

Now I don't need them daily. I use generic Calm (Vitacost brand) at nite before bed. I've read extensively about rampant Magnesium deficiency in our population (esp from people who have taken PPIs) so I feel comfortable using the Calm. It's probably less expensive than other options, as well.

Firebug470
04-17-2014, 08:35 PM
So I had my first weigh in today and I have lost 11lbs. I also lost either 1/4 or 1/2 inch every where else. I am excited but can not want to actually start seeing the results. Plus a had a NSV with having to tighten my belt the other day.

smallerin2014
04-17-2014, 08:36 PM
Good Morning! Just got to work and am sitting at my desk with a full bottle of ice water trying to drown out the irritating naysayer voice in my head that says I'm going to fail at this diet too, just like all the other ones I've tried. I am on Day 25 and feeling great. Have lost 14.6 pounds. I am doing IP with alternatives so I do my own "official" weigh-in on Monday mornings. So far, I am down 14.6 pounds. However, I do cheat with some "unofficial" weigh-ins just to gauge how the week is going. Yesterday, I was up 1 pound, and this morning it was up another .5...so 1.5 pounds gained since Monday's weigh-in. WTH???

I know there are lots of variables that make weight fluctuate, but still frustrating nonetheless. Here's my question: Have any of you had this happen but then still had a decent loss several days later at your official weigh-in?

The mental component of this journey is so hard for me. I know that I need to just keep going and push the negative thoughts out of my head, but if I have to see a GAIN on the scale after just 4 weeks, I know I will cry!

I weigh myself every morning (and even write the weight down). My daily weight goes up and down. I have had up to 2 pound fluctuations day to day. However, if I compare any 7 day time period, there has always been a loss. I don't get upset anymore when I see the "gains"; I know it is predictable that a loss is going to follow. I use this forum for support and inspiration. Remember that the daily number on the scale isn't the only reflection of if you are staying OP. Our bodies don't always lose as predictably as we would like, but if we stay OP we WILL lose :carrot: Hang in there!!

AmberLS
04-17-2014, 08:38 PM
Anyone take the IP Enzymes? Started today to see if it would help moderate my big C issue. I do the CALM regemine twice a day but thought a pill would be easier to manage.

I ate IP Maple Oatmeal ( a norm for me) this AM and took my enzyme after. I have felt terrible ALL morning. Not sure if it's something else or the enzyme....

I took the enzymes for 2 months, I didn't take as many a day as it says on IP food log. It seemed to help, I never felt sick and had no problems with C but now I am out and taking different supplements, I've just started having the C problem the last couple days.

AmberLS
04-17-2014, 08:46 PM
Good Morning! Just got to work and am sitting at my desk with a full bottle of ice water trying to drown out the irritating naysayer voice in my head that says I'm going to fail at this diet too, just like all the other ones I've tried. I am on Day 25 and feeling great. Have lost 14.6 pounds. I am doing IP with alternatives so I do my own "official" weigh-in on Monday mornings. So far, I am down 14.6 pounds. However, I do cheat with some "unofficial" weigh-ins just to gauge how the week is going. Yesterday, I was up 1 pound, and this morning it was up another .5...so 1.5 pounds gained since Monday's weigh-in. WTH???

I know there are lots of variables that make weight fluctuate, but still frustrating nonetheless. Here's my question: Have any of you had this happen but then still had a decent loss several days later at your official weigh-in?

The mental component of this journey is so hard for me. I know that I need to just keep going and push the negative thoughts out of my head, but if I have to see a GAIN on the scale after just 4 weeks, I know I will cry!

I have had this same situation more than once and always ended with loss at the end of the week. My lowest loss in 8 weeks was 2.6lbs which was still good and that was the week I went up and down. I swear I gained and lost the same pound 4 times. It happens, weight fluctuates. Deep breath and remember it works!

canadjineh
04-17-2014, 08:51 PM
I took the enzymes for 2 months, I didn't take as many a day as it says on IP food log. It seemed to help, I never felt sick and had no problems with C but now I am out and taking different supplements, I've just started having the C problem the last couple days.

I never took enzymes, but for a short bit I did have to take extra magnesium and lower my calcium dose to take care of the big C. Now that I'm on maintenance, I'm not having any problem even with my regular dose of cal mag - no extra magnesium needed. My coach & I found that my body worked better with the Alternative plan using 1 fruit, 1 dairy 1 starch a day while I was losing.

Liana

AmberLS
04-17-2014, 08:54 PM
I never took enzymes, but for a short bit I did have to take extra magnesium and lower my calcium dose to take care of the big C. Now that I'm on maintenance, I'm not having any problem even with my regular dose of cal mag - no extra magnesium needed. My coach & I found that my body worked better with the Alternative plan using 1 fruit, 1 dairy 1 starch a day while I was losing.

Liana

Oh how I'd love a fruit!!! LOL it's what I miss most, it's almost always what I'm eating in my cheat dreams. But I planned this precisely to be off when all the fruit is ripe in the summer and fall!!!

3sisters
04-17-2014, 09:22 PM
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?

64peppergirl
04-17-2014, 09:47 PM
So I had my first weigh in today and I have lost 11lbs. I also lost either 1/4 or 1/2 inch every where else. I am excited but can not want to actually start seeing the results. Plus a had a NSV with having to tighten my belt the other day.

Wow! You're off to a great start. Congratulations! It will be great to actually see the results but a really big reward is feeling the results. That is something that surprised me as I lost weight. I haven't felt this good in over 25 years.

gnalosit
04-17-2014, 09:47 PM
Oh how I'd love a fruit!!! LOL it's what I miss most, it's almost always what I'm eating in my cheat dreams. But I planned this precisely to be off when all the fruit is ripe in the summer and fall!!!

I miss fruit the most too! Saw watermelon in Costco last Sunday, hopefully I'll be able to have one before summer is over!

IP43
04-17-2014, 10:24 PM
Do you guys find that the inches are coming off in only one or two parts of your body (that are measured) or do you find it comes off pretty evenly? I swear, the inches on my hips just will not budge! It's like they are super glued on! I don't even care about a scale victory this week, I just want to see that hip number drop!

The first place you put the weight on is the last place it will come off. Sadly for most of us, it's the place we MOST want it off first.

lisa32989
04-17-2014, 10:28 PM
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?
Your lowest carb/cal Quest Bars would be Chocolate Peanut Butter and Strawberry Cheesecake. Both are on the fence between restricted and unrestricted, although I count them as restricted.

Chocolate chip cookie dough is higher than 30% fat so that would be a super-restricted (no more than once/week).
Coconut Cashew would be a restricted.

Ruth Ann
04-17-2014, 10:33 PM
Driving home from work today my head wanted to eat.

I can't call this hunger. I had drank an IP chocolate RTD less than 2 hours earlier.

But the craving was definitely there (:devil:have a bar! Have a bar!:devil:)

I had to tell the inner child, "No. you are not hungry. This is a craving. It will pass. Besides, hunger is NOT an emergency" (thanks Beck Diet Solution for the craving buster!)

I came home and made some decaf coffee. Living thru it like a champ. It IS possible to live without giving in to cravings!

I was at a training all day. The presenter brought LOTS of treats, both sweet and salty/crunchy. Lunch (provided) was fajitas. I had brought a bag of lettuce so I made lettuce wraps with a little meat and the veggies. This is perfect b/c we are unexpectedly going out to dinner tonite and where we're headed, the salads don't have 6-8 oz meat (more like 4) so I'm glad I had some earlier.

The treats don't call to me anymore. I honestly didn't want them. Mostly because I know how they make me feel (sugar & gluten both cause inflammation for me). I brought the chocolate drink b/c I figured there would be treats. It worked to combat it but then I think the inner child wanted a "reward" for having treats right under her nose all day & not imbibing. (Really interesting that I literally didn't want the treats...I wasn't avoiding, they just don't appeal now that I've learned how they truly make me feel).

She DOES get a treat. She gets to know that the adult kept her on plan and she'll be breaking that plateau soon! This is WAY more of a treat than any Easter goodies or salty (carby) snacks! Her treat is just going to be a little delayed gratification. Only children need instant gratification. Adults can wait.

Well done Lisa! :cp: I love how you think things through and identify what it is you are really feeling.

And I laughed at your description of the inner child wanting a "reward" - every time I see the word "reward" used when referring to food I think of the line I read on here when I first started:

You are not a dog. Quit rewarding yourself with food.

lisa32989
04-17-2014, 10:37 PM
I took the enzymes for 2 months, I didn't take as many a day as it says on IP food log. It seemed to help, I never felt sick and had no problems with C but now I am out and taking different supplements, I've just started having the C problem the last couple days.
I buy enzymes from Vitacost.

Good Morning! Just got to work and am sitting at my desk with a full bottle of ice water trying to drown out the irritating naysayer voice in my head that says I'm going to fail at this diet too, just like all the other ones I've tried. I am on Day 25 and feeling great. Have lost 14.6 pounds. I am doing IP with alternatives so I do my own "official" weigh-in on Monday mornings. So far, I am down 14.6 pounds. However, I do cheat with some "unofficial" weigh-ins just to gauge how the week is going. Yesterday, I was up 1 pound, and this morning it was up another .5...so 1.5 pounds gained since Monday's weigh-in. WTH???

I know there are lots of variables that make weight fluctuate, but still frustrating nonetheless. Here's my question: Have any of you had this happen but then still had a decent loss several days later at your official weigh-in?

The mental component of this journey is so hard for me. I know that I need to just keep going and push the negative thoughts out of my head, but if I have to see a GAIN on the scale after just 4 weeks, I know I will cry!
I didn't trust myself for a LONG time because I had such a hard time sticking to any plan. IP was so EASY! (I still don't trust myself to maintain...it's been my focus since day 1 to make sure I maintain).

Weight loss is not linear. You won't always see consistent losses and weight fluctuates 1-3 lbs throughout the day (so for sure only weigh once/day, at the same time of day, wearing the same thing). It can also fluctuate for MANY reasons throughout the week. Pick one day that is your official weigh-in day. The other days either stay off the scale (if the fluctuations frustrate you too much) or learn to view the scale as only one tool to measure success.

Many people see a 0 loss or slight gain during weeks, 3,4,or 5. It seems to be very common and is probably the first time your body pauses to "regroup". Remember, each weigh in is just a data point. The overall trend line will be DOWN but each point will be more of a jagged line. We MUST learn to view the scale neutrally. If we're sticking to the plan, there is no way gains are fat.

IP43
04-17-2014, 10:38 PM
Lisa, I wanted to say thank you for your kind words last night... You are right I tell parents all the time, almost daily that kids behave differently at home than at school and it's been true for a long time for me, my daughters teachers had never experienced anything remotely close to the behaviors I had expressed, and honestly she was doing better at home. But whatever "broke" in January is a mystery.... ... I've never quite experienced that kind of thing in public as none of my other kids had any behavior issues. I guess it's time to take a look at what we're doing at home and see if we need a change....

Hi Amber. I've been offline for a few days so I'm not sure what your issue was with your kids, but since I have some "monkeys" of my own, I can appreciate any parental frustration. My son seems to escalate behaviour issues starting in February -- I even warn his teachers every year when they tell me how well he is doing in the fall that the honeymoon won't last. lol. We try to keep a sense of humour the best we can (because some of the stuff really is sooo ridiculous). Now and then I will start singing to my hubby that Trace Adkins song "You're gonna miss this... you're gonna want this back..." and probably it will be true. For now, I'm just counting the grey hairs and thinking of the stories that go with each one of them... thank goodness for hair dye :^:

IP43
04-17-2014, 10:41 PM
Oh how I'd love a fruit!!! LOL it's what I miss most, it's almost always what I'm eating in my cheat dreams.

Cheat dreams! That made me laugh. I'm sure my DH were wishing I was dreaming of something other than food. I'll just tell him it was just a special dream with some berries and whipped cream involved... I'll forget to mention HE WASN'T INVITED!

The fruit thing is a biggie for me too. I've thought of doing the Diabetic version of the diet as it has a few differences, including one fruit a day I believe.

3sisters
04-17-2014, 10:47 PM
Your lowest carb/cal Quest Bars would be Chocolate Peanut Butter and Strawberry Cheesecake. Both are on the fence between restricted and unrestricted, although I count them as restricted.

Chocolate chip cookie dough is higher than 30% fat so that would be a super-restricted (no more than once/week).
Coconut Cashew would be a restricted.

Thanks Lisa. I didn't see these choices at my grocery store, but maybe I missed it. I ended up having just half of the coconut cashew, and enjoyed every bite :) Don't like the sounds of "super restricted". Makes me fear it will stir up my sweet/carb craving. Maybe I'll take it to work and see if someone wants it.

lisa32989
04-17-2014, 10:48 PM
Thanks Lisa. I didn't see these choices at my grocery store, but maybe I missed it. I ended up having just half of the coconut cashew, and enjoyed every bite :) Don't like the sounds of "super restricted". Makes me fear it will stir up my sweet/carb craving. Maybe I'll take it to work and see if someone wants it.
I had to put myself on chocolate chip cookie dough Quest "time out". To me, they are craving-inducing. Could be because raw cookie dough was a binge-food for me for many years.

AmberLS
04-17-2014, 10:51 PM
Hi Amber. I've been offline for a few days so I'm not sure what your issue was with your kids, but since I have some "monkeys" of my own, I can appreciate any parental frustration. My son seems to escalate behaviour issues starting in February -- I even warn his teachers every year when they tell me how well he is doing in the fall that the honeymoon won't last. lol. We try to keep a sense of humour the best we can (because some of the stuff really is sooo ridiculous). Now and then I will start singing to my hubby that Trace Adkins song "You're gonna miss this... you're gonna want this back..." and probably it will be true. For now, I'm just counting the grey hairs and thinking of the stories that go with each one of them... thank goodness for hair dye :^:

My youngest has some behavior issues. But the weird things is she's always been good in public for the most part. I'm used to the full blown melt downs at home that last an hour, I have coping methods and all the tricks of my trade (I'm a teacher in an early childhood special ed and intervention program). This public melt down was hard for so many reasons, first everyone was staring at me, and I mean everyone, I don't think people understand the difference between a kid who has bad behavior occasionally or do to lack of parenting and a kid who has an issue like Asperger's. My daughter is not "labeled" but we have had a lot of appointments with behavioral psychologists etc.. It was hard. It almost made me have my own public break down.


Cheat dreams! That made me laugh. I'm sure my DH were wishing I was dreaming of something other than food. I'll just tell him it was just a special dream with some berries and whipped cream involved... I'll forget to mention HE WASN'T INVITED!

The fruit thing is a biggie for me too. I've thought of doing the Diabetic version of the diet as it has a few differences, including one fruit a day I believe.

ROTFLMAO that's funny. Poor DH they can be so clueless!

cooluu
04-17-2014, 10:55 PM
I bought the dill pickle zippers this week. This is my second week on IP. Does anybody else have a hard time eating the entire package of these?

IP43
04-17-2014, 11:05 PM
I bought the dill pickle zippers this week. This is my second week on IP. Does anybody else have a hard time eating the entire package of these?

It's a nice change when you can split them up into two snacks. I like to take the South west ones and turn them into a bread crumb as they are spicy enough. My IP version of Shake 'n Bake chicken or a casserole crust topping.

Fearciuil
04-17-2014, 11:08 PM
WI #6, and another 5lbs gone. My school pants would be falling off if I didn't wear a belt--they need to last another 25.5 weekdays!--and when I tried on my concert black last night, I was down a size in the shirt, my vest buttoned and looked fine, and my slacks are TOO BIG! :cheer2: :cheer3: :broc: :dance:



LOL, that last smiley looks like an Adipose from Doctor Who.

AmberLS
04-17-2014, 11:08 PM
I bought the dill pickle zippers this week. This is my second week on IP. Does anybody else have a hard time eating the entire package of these?

The first bag of those I ate no problem but I think it was day 2 or 3, but I couldn't eat them again after that, I ended up opening a second bag and then taking the rest in for trade!

lisa32989
04-17-2014, 11:20 PM
Beck Diet Solution
Think Thin Thursday Tip: If you were driving on the highway and missed your exit, would you say, “Forget it, I’ve really blown it now” and keep driving in the wrong direction? No! You’d get off at the very next exit and turn around. If you make a mistake, immediately turn yourself around and get right back on track.

Fearciuil
04-17-2014, 11:42 PM
OMG! Has anyone else tried the new Chocolate Wafers? I had one tonight, and it was yummy!!!

lisa32989
04-18-2014, 06:12 AM
New unrestricted IP items coming soon!

-raspberry mousse
- cherry jello
- pancake mix

Ruth Ann
04-18-2014, 08:05 AM
OMG! Has anyone else tried the new Chocolate Wafers? I had one tonight, and it was yummy!!!

I love them!

3sisters
04-18-2014, 08:31 AM
Beck Diet Solution
Think Thin Thursday Tip: If you were driving on the highway and missed your exit, would you say, “Forget it, I’ve really blown it now” and keep driving in the wrong direction? No! You’d get off at the very next exit and turn around. If you make a mistake, immediately turn yourself around and get right back on track.

Love this!

New unrestricted IP items coming soon!

-raspberry mousse
- cherry jello
- pancake mix

Pancakes as an unrestricted! Awesome. Besides the Crispy Cereal (plain or as 'pancakes'), there isn't much in the way of unrestricted options for breakfast.

TGIF everyone!!! Looking forward to a beautiful weekend here!

lisa32989
04-18-2014, 08:47 AM
Love this!

Pancakes as an unrestricted! Awesome. Besides the Crispy Cereal (plain or as 'pancakes'), there isn't much in the way of unrestricted options for breakfast.

Great breakfast options include Omelets, orange drink or peach-mango, berry yogurt, strawberry banana RTD, Cappucino mix or RTD, coffee mixed with vanilla shake or vanilla RTD

My go-to breakfast is a frozen smoothie with spinach puréed in - I typically use milk chocolate pudding.

Pudding mixes can be used to make muffins or pancakes (add zucchini for better texture, Recipe is in recipes #4

Most of the newest IP products remain off-limits for me as I'm gluten and soy protein-free.

drd1961
04-18-2014, 08:52 AM
I just tried the complete breakfast, chocolate flavored. Not bad and it feels pretty filling.

lisa32989
04-18-2014, 08:54 AM
I just tried the complete breakfast, chocolate flavored. Not bad and it feels pretty filling.

FYI for newcomers, that is for p3 and beyond

drd: cute pic update!

drd1961
04-18-2014, 08:55 AM
Sorry, should have qualified that.

JLUS
04-18-2014, 09:09 AM
Love this!!
Pancakes as an unrestricted! Awesome. Besides the Crispy Cereal (plain or as 'pancakes'), there isn't much in the way of unrestricted options for breakfast.

TGIF everyone!!! Looking forward to a beautiful weekend here!

IF you do (or want to try) alternatives mixed in with IP you can get Maple Grove Farms Sugar Free Pancake Mix (must be sugar free box) for UNRESTRICTED pancakes. I find it in the specialized baking goods area near Bob's Red Mill, GF baking and near the syrup section.

I use 1/4 cup mix, 1 egg white, a dash of baking powder and water to make batter consistency. (Do not need to follow directions and use whole egg or oil.)

Meets IP nutrition for Alts if you add the egg whites and makes nice pancakes (or waffles if you thicken the batter). Top with WF syrup and YUMMMMMM!

dcs0826
04-18-2014, 09:13 AM
I love them!

I love the chocolate wafers too! So yummy!

LakeLover
04-18-2014, 09:25 AM
Good morning! I thought I'd share some positive news on the doctor/diet front. My breast surgeon reviewed my post-surgical results with me yesterday (all good - I need radiation but NOT chemo!) and I told her I weighed about 20 pounds less than the first time we met. She asked what I was doing, and I explained it to her. She said she's been doing a very similar program. I told her that the office I was going to was a bit concerned about me doing this program since as the weight is lost, estrogen stored in fat will be released in my system. She replied, "You'll never get a straight answer on this - but what's worse? Having the estrogen released as you lose weight, or having it stored in the fat in your body? More women in the U.S. are going to die of heart disease than of breast cancer, so my advice is - lose the weight!" It was nice to hear her perspective and support :)

Tisado
04-18-2014, 10:14 AM
I just tried the complete breakfast, chocolate flavored. Not bad and it feels pretty filling.

Thanks for info.
I start work at six and my favorite part of P1 was jut grabbing a RTD chocolate on the way out the door and drinking it at my desk.

I'll see if my coach will let me get part of a package at WI on Monday.

Slipfree
04-18-2014, 10:30 AM
Driving home from work today my head wanted to eat.

I can't call this hunger. I had drank an IP chocolate RTD less than 2 hours earlier.

But the craving was definitely there (:devil:have a bar! Have a bar!:devil:)

I had to tell the inner child, "No. you are not hungry. This is a craving. It will pass. Besides, hunger is NOT an emergency" (thanks Beck Diet Solution for the craving buster!)

I came home and made some decaf coffee. Living thru it like a champ. It IS possible to live without giving in to cravings!

I was at a training all day. The presenter brought LOTS of treats, both sweet and salty/crunchy. Lunch (provided) was fajitas. I had brought a bag of lettuce so I made lettuce wraps with a little meat and the veggies. This is perfect b/c we are unexpectedly going out to dinner tonite and where we're headed, the salads don't have 6-8 oz meat (more like 4) so I'm glad I had some earlier.

The treats don't call to me anymore. I honestly didn't want them. Mostly because I know how they make me feel (sugar & gluten both cause inflammation for me). I brought the chocolate drink b/c I figured there would be treats. It worked to combat it but then I think the inner child wanted a "reward" for having treats right under her nose all day & not imbibing. (Really interesting that I literally didn't want the treats...I wasn't avoiding, they just don't appeal now that I've learned how they truly make me feel).

She DOES get a treat. She gets to know that the adult kept her on plan and she'll be breaking that plateau soon! This is WAY more of a treat than any Easter goodies or salty (carby) snacks! Her treat is just going to be a little delayed gratification. Only children need instant gratification. Adults can wait.

Lisa, I like your "can do" attitude! I have this conversation with myself about the cravings monster often, but I refer to my inner brat. I try never to reward the inner brat with food, she would just keep nagging at me. That is one of the blessings of IP, I know the difference between hunger and cravings.



Good morning! I thought I'd share some positive news on the doctor/diet front. My breast surgeon reviewed my post-surgical results with me yesterday (all good - I need radiation but NOT chemo!) and I told her I weighed about 20 pounds less than the first time we met. She asked what I was doing, and I explained it to her. She said she's been doing a very similar program. I told her that the office I was going to was a bit concerned about me doing this program since as the weight is lost, estrogen stored in fat will be released in my system. She replied, "You'll never get a straight answer on this - but what's worse? Having the estrogen released as you lose weight, or having it stored in the fat in your body? More women in the U.S. are going to die of heart disease than of breast cancer, so my advice is - lose the weight!" It was nice to hear her perspective and support :)

Lakelover, I think you are incredibly brave to deal with all of these health issues at once. I am glad that chemo is not required. As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor (32 years), I am also comforted by your Dr.'s. words. :hug:

catlady1981
04-18-2014, 10:37 AM
I had a very bad day yesterday. After my disappointing annual visit with my GP I got my lab results back. Not one bit of good news. It appears that I have a kidney infection or a UTI, they are doing a culture to see what type of bacteria grows so they can figure out how to see how to treat it. The only symptom I have been having is an ache in my lower left back that I thought was being caused either by my office chair or that I might need a new mattress. That could account for my 1 lb losses that last few weeks. Also the urinalysis showed Ketones - Negative. How is that possible? My blood sugar levels are elevated to the point that she says I am prediabetic. I don't understand this at all. Before IP I ate NO sugar. Not even fruit as I was doing very low carb and Paleo. Could the sugars that are in most of the packets and snacks be the culprit? Because of the Paleo, my cholesterol went up and this was reflected in the tests as well.

By the time I got home last night I was so upset and depressed. I made myself eat dinner and then I followed Ruth Ann's advice and just went to bed.

This morning I feel a bit better mentally, and I know this is just a hurdle that I will have to get through on this journey. As Lisa said earlier, I have to be an adult. But I really just wanted to have a child like tantrum yesterday. Being an adult is hard.

Pity party over.

Slipfree
04-18-2014, 10:46 AM
Catlady, Sorry to hear about your kidney infection. When was the last time you had blood work done? Could it be that the pre diabetes was there prior to starting IP? From what I hear at my clinic, you will not be pre diabetic for long if you follow the IP protocol. They talk all the time about people coming off insulin because of the weight loss. I hope all of this improves quickly.

kontesanera
04-18-2014, 10:54 AM
Catlady - I hope you get better soon. As far as your other tests go, I am sure that as you lose weight they will normalize. My SIL who was quite overweight had such horrendous results in late October that it finally motivated her to lose weight that she has been carrying for 15 years. Her doctor gave her until May or she was going to put her on heavy duty meds and insulin (she had high cholesterol, tryglicerade count was through the roof, she was prediabetic, protein in urine, etc). After losing only 30 lbs her tests are all normal! This is motivating her to keep on going as she has 4 kids and wants to be around for them.

BarbieBoston
04-18-2014, 11:15 AM
:(:(Week one, looking at a 6 lbs loss. But the headaches! Any suggestions?

schenectady
04-18-2014, 11:15 AM
Finally, a scale victory, albeit a small change...I finally hit my -100th pound! This was not all on IP, but it is from my highest recent weight.

What it represents for me, though, is renewed energy and determination, something that has sometimes been lacking. I look at myself and think, WOW, 100 POUNDS. That was always an unattainable dream for me. And, of course, as long as I thought that, it remained that.

This board is responsible for a lot of that and my thanks go out to all those stalwart people who take their time to post support and ideas. Honestly, I could not have done it without that. Losing weight in todays world is not always seen from the outside as a positive thing to openly support and cheer. Thank you my cheerleaders!

My morning will be spent celebrating - relaxing and reading, listening to a 1950's jazz CD I bought myself, sipping my coffee with a touch of vanilla EAS.

Then I am going to slip into my size 14 skirt (never thought that would happen), slide on my size 10 top (goodbye to the girls there) and saunter out into the world with the names of people on this board bouncing back and forth.....my inner child is nowhere to be heard (thank you Lisa for that expression because I use it often when it comes out).

Life is good.....better when skinny......

lisa32989
04-18-2014, 11:20 AM
:(:(Week one, looking at a 6 lbs loss. But the headaches! Any suggestions?
Add some salt to your water or put some in your hand & lick it, followed by drinking some water. We lose a lot of electrolytes with the water loss.

BarbieBoston
04-18-2014, 11:22 AM
Hope medication and rest bring that under control quickly! Hormones are impacted when the body has an infection.

lisa32989
04-18-2014, 11:26 AM
I had a very bad day yesterday. After my disappointing annual visit with my GP I got my lab results back. Not one bit of good news. It appears that I have a kidney infection or a UTI, they are doing a culture to see what type of bacteria grows so they can figure out how to see how to treat it. The only symptom I have been having is an ache in my lower left back that I thought was being caused either by my office chair or that I might need a new mattress. That could account for my 1 lb losses that last few weeks. Also the urinalysis showed Ketones - Negative. How is that possible? My blood sugar levels are elevated to the point that she says I am prediabetic. I don't understand this at all. Before IP I ate NO sugar. Not even fruit as I was doing very low carb and Paleo. Could the sugars that are in most of the packets and snacks be the culprit? Because of the Paleo, my cholesterol went up and this was reflected in the tests as well.

By the time I got home last night I was so upset and depressed. I made myself eat dinner and then I followed Ruth Ann's advice and just went to bed.

This morning I feel a bit better mentally, and I know this is just a hurdle that I will have to get through on this journey. As Lisa said earlier, I have to be an adult. But I really just wanted to have a child like tantrum yesterday. Being an adult is hard.

Pity party over.

Being an adult IS hard!

Get the infection cleared up and then get re-tested for all of the other things...blood sugar and cholesterol. Infections can throw test results off (as can antibiotics, so you might want to wait a few weeks after the antibiotics to re-test sugars and cholesterol). Infection may have thrown off the ketone test as well. Get a blood test for that if really concerned, but since you're losing weight, I wouldn't be that concerned.

Our bodies get more efficient at burning ketones and they stop showing up in urine. Best test for that is always the first time of the day (after sleeping all nite).

And infections (or injuries) can slow weight loss because they increase inflammation. That is water weight, not fat, so I'd avoid the scale until healed.

Hiker88
04-18-2014, 11:28 AM
schenectady, 100 WOW! Now that's a lot of work to shed those pounds!!! what an accomplishment! I've gotten so used to my total loss being a large number that I sometimes fail to take the time to meditate on it and really pat myself on the back....

I hope you thoroughly enjoy your day in your size 14's, 10's and don't just saunter out in the world today.... maybe strut a little! LOL!

LakeLover
04-18-2014, 11:28 AM
Lakelover, I think you are incredibly brave to deal with all of these health issues at once. I am glad that chemo is not required. As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor (32 years), I am also comforted by your Dr.'s. words. :hug:

Thank you, Slipfree. I appreciate your kind words!

wildirishrose
04-18-2014, 11:29 AM
How do you tell if an alternative product is restricted or not? I'm considering using alternative food but I will have to phase off because I had to sign a contract saying I wouldn't buy food from anywhere but my clinic. Thoughts?

lisa32989
04-18-2014, 11:31 AM
Congrats, Schenctady!

I hadn't thought about using highest weight ever. I've always "just" gone with my starting weight on IP. I was actually 275 before starting Atkins in 2002. I never maintained after that 100 lb loss (I don't even think I stayed at 175 for a day :p)

Even tho I plateaued, I've been consistently under that weight for quite some time. Feels good! But I want MORE! I know you do, too. We'll do it together.

Ruth Ann
04-18-2014, 11:34 AM
Good morning! I thought I'd share some positive news on the doctor/diet front. My breast surgeon reviewed my post-surgical results with me yesterday (all good - I need radiation but NOT chemo!) and I told her I weighed about 20 pounds less than the first time we met. She asked what I was doing, and I explained it to her. She said she's been doing a very similar program. I told her that the office I was going to was a bit concerned about me doing this program since as the weight is lost, estrogen stored in fat will be released in my system. She replied, "You'll never get a straight answer on this - but what's worse? Having the estrogen released as you lose weight, or having it stored in the fat in your body? More women in the U.S. are going to die of heart disease than of breast cancer, so my advice is - lose the weight!" It was nice to hear her perspective and support :)

So glad to hear your positive news! You have such a great attitude, I'm just amazed with all you've been through how positive you remain. And it's great that your doctor is on board with your diet!

I had a very bad day yesterday. After my disappointing annual visit with my GP I got my lab results back. Not one bit of good news. It appears that I have a kidney infection or a UTI, they are doing a culture to see what type of bacteria grows so they can figure out how to see how to treat it. The only symptom I have been having is an ache in my lower left back that I thought was being caused either by my office chair or that I might need a new mattress. That could account for my 1 lb losses that last few weeks. Also the urinalysis showed Ketones - Negative. How is that possible? My blood sugar levels are elevated to the point that she says I am prediabetic. I don't understand this at all. Before IP I ate NO sugar. Not even fruit as I was doing very low carb and Paleo. Could the sugars that are in most of the packets and snacks be the culprit? Because of the Paleo, my cholesterol went up and this was reflected in the tests as well.

By the time I got home last night I was so upset and depressed. I made myself eat dinner and then I followed Ruth Ann's advice and just went to bed.

This morning I feel a bit better mentally, and I know this is just a hurdle that I will have to get through on this journey. As Lisa said earlier, I have to be an adult. But I really just wanted to have a child like tantrum yesterday. Being an adult is hard.

Pity party over.

:hug: Kidney infections are miserable! And any infection can slow down your weight loss and skew test results. Hang in there!

On the ketones - I would wait to even test again until you have the infection under control. Also, our bodies get very efficient at processing them so they could show as none during tests.

When I started IP I was pre-diabetic (1 more elevated test & the doctor was putting me on medication), my cholesterol was super elevated, etc., etc. Basically all the things you are talking about. Within about 4 months all my results showed me in normal ranges for everything. I was amazed and so was my doctor. I get blood work done regularly and it's so normal I'm boring.

Hang in there. Getting the infection cleared up is the most important thing right now. Once that is done, I'll bet you'll see a great improvement.

And if anyone had a reason last night for a pity party, you did. You should be proud of yourself for staying OP and getting through it. Awesome!

Finally, a scale victory, albeit a small change...I finally hit my -100th pound! This was not all on IP, but it is from my highest recent weight...

Hooray! That is outstanding! :bravo:

lisa32989
04-18-2014, 11:35 AM
How do you tell if an alternative product is restricted or not? I'm considering using alternative food but I will have to phase off because I had to sign a contract saying I wouldn't buy food from anywhere but my clinic. Thoughts?
Go to the Alternative Products (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/ideal-protein-diet/291417-alternative-products-will-work-phase-1-part-3-a-11.html)thread and look at the 2nd post.
Most of the important info is there in a nutshell for you.

I do a slight adjustment to that document.
Unrestricted under 8 carbs (cals 80-160)
Restricted 8+ net carbs & under 200 cals.

However, I also keep total carbs under 40 net for the day so my restricted can't go THAT far over.

ReenHag
04-18-2014, 12:01 PM
WI #6, and another 5lbs gone. My school pants would be falling off if I didn't wear a belt--they need to last another 25.5 weekdays!--and when I tried on my concert black last night, I was down a size in the shirt, my vest buttoned and looked fine, and my slacks are TOO BIG! :cheer2: :cheer3: :broc: :dance:

Awesome! Congrats! (And I LOVE the 25.5 weekdays!!!)

Beck Diet Solution
Think Thin Thursday Tip: If you were driving on the highway and missed your exit, would you say, “Forget it, I’ve really blown it now” and keep driving in the wrong direction? No! You’d get off at the very next exit and turn around. If you make a mistake, immediately turn yourself around and get right back on track.

This is such a relatable quote. Love it!

IF you do (or want to try) alternatives mixed in with IP you can get Maple Grove Farms Sugar Free Pancake Mix (must be sugar free box) for UNRESTRICTED pancakes. I find it in the specialized baking goods area near Bob's Red Mill, GF baking and near the syrup section.

Had this for breakfast this morning. Yum!

Finally, a scale victory, albeit a small change...I finally hit my -100th pound! This was not all on IP, but it is from my highest recent weight.

What it represents for me, though, is renewed energy and determination, something that has sometimes been lacking. I look at myself and think, WOW, 100 POUNDS. That was always an unattainable dream for me. And, of course, as long as I thought that, it remained that.

This board is responsible for a lot of that and my thanks go out to all those stalwart people who take their time to post support and ideas. Honestly, I could not have done it without that. Losing weight in todays world is not always seen from the outside as a positive thing to openly support and cheer. Thank you my cheerleaders!

My morning will be spent celebrating - relaxing and reading, listening to a 1950's jazz CD I bought myself, sipping my coffee with a touch of vanilla EAS.

Then I am going to slip into my size 14 skirt (never thought that would happen), slide on my size 10 top (goodbye to the girls there) and saunter out into the world with the names of people on this board bouncing back and forth.....my inner child is nowhere to be heard (thank you Lisa for that expression because I use it often when it comes out).

Life is good.....better when skinny......

Such positivity! Congrats on that number...wow! I love your plans for the day. And yes, life is better when skinny!! Enjoy your day!

dak1lls
04-18-2014, 12:05 PM
Finally, a scale victory, albeit a small change...I finally hit my -100th pound! This was not all on IP, but it is from my highest recent weight.

I am just so happy for you I could dance! What a victory for you Schenectady. Congratulations. :carrot::hug:

lisa32989
04-18-2014, 12:05 PM
Beck Diet Solution Friday Weekend Warm-up

If you have holiday meals coming up this weekend and think, “It’s not fair I can’t eat normally during the holiday,” remind yourself, “Actually, I AM eating normally for someone with my weight loss goals. And while it may be unfair I can’t eat all the food I want, it would be MUCH more unfair if I couldn’t experience the countless benefits of weight loss.”

AmberLS
04-18-2014, 12:08 PM
Good morning folks, I'm not enjoying this stagnate week, but I'm going to guess its stress or that spring break has my routine so off my body is confused lol, maybe it's that I've been having a little of the C although I have been still going everyday. I had a slow week after the first 4 weeks, so maybe it's a pattern and I can only hope so cause I had good losses the 2 after and typical the third and 4th. Oh the body is a funny thing.

calypso58
04-18-2014, 12:15 PM
Finally, a scale victory, albeit a small change...I finally hit my -100th pound!

Life is good.....better when skinny......

Yay Schenectady! What an accomplishment! Have fun struttin' your stuff! :dancer::dancer::dancer:

AmberLS
04-18-2014, 12:15 PM
How do you tell if an alternative product is restricted or not? I'm considering using alternative food but I will have to phase off because I had to sign a contract saying I wouldn't buy food from anywhere but my clinic. Thoughts?

They can't make you sign a contract and hold you to it, it's a free market economy. For one for all they know you just can't afford it anymore! I'm sorry but that's bull.

lisa32989
04-18-2014, 12:19 PM
How do you tell if an alternative product is restricted or not? I'm considering using alternative food but I will have to phase off because I had to sign a contract saying I wouldn't buy food from anywhere but my clinic. Thoughts?
They can't make you sign a contract and hold you to it, it's a free market economy. For one for all they know you just can't afford it anymore! I'm sorry but that's bull.
The clinic can, however refuse to be your clinic if you don't buy their products.
Wildirsihrose, you don't need to "phase off" to move onto alternative products, just buy them instead and quit going to your clinic.

Good morning folks, I'm not enjoying this stagnate week, but I'm going to guess its stress or that spring break has my routine so off my body is confused lol, maybe it's that I've been having a little of the C although I have been still going everyday. I had a slow week after the first 4 weeks, so maybe it's a pattern and I can only hope so cause I had good losses the 2 after and typical the third and 4th. Oh the body is a funny thing.
There is a lot of research about weight loss in women. It actually fluctuates through the month with hormones (not just TOM). Once we expect this, it's easier to live with.

ChipnDip
04-18-2014, 12:21 PM
For occasional veggies that say limit to twice a week does that mean I can have two cups, twice a week?

lisa32989
04-18-2014, 12:26 PM
For occasional veggies that say limit to twice a week does that mean I can have two cups, twice a week?
That has been my interpretation.
Some coaches interpret as 1 c. twice weekly so you may want to ask your coach.

Personally (this is just me), I rarely have occasionals. I save them for when we're eating out & the only choice is an occasional. That way I never "go over" for the week. However, a typical serving in a restaurant isn't 2 c.
We ARE having brussels sprouts this weekend, however (oops! and I had rutabaga. Guess I need to wait on the brussels sprouts until after we go out on Sunday to make sure they have a select veggie choice at the restaurant).

Special occasion - bring out an occasional veggie! Isn't it strange that THIS has become the treat?

schenectady
04-18-2014, 12:47 PM
Congrats, Schenctady!

I hadn't thought about using highest weight ever. I've always "just" gone with my starting weight on IP. I was actually 275 before starting Atkins in 2002. I never maintained after that 100 lb loss (I don't even think I stayed at 175 for a day :p)

Even tho I plateaued, I've been consistently under that weight for quite some time. Feels good! But I want MORE! I know you do, too. We'll do it together.

I know that we have been in this together, step by step! You are just waiting for that whooooosh and then you have a big moment to celebrate. It will happen soon!

Know, Lisa, that I am very aware of your footsteps walking next to me in this journey. It and a few other things on this site are what have kept me going or picked me up when I fell flat on my face. Eternal thanks.

Sully1961
04-18-2014, 12:56 PM
I am starting week 3 after a motivating weigh in yesterday with a 4 lb. loss. I have broken out of the 200's! All you stories and experiencing are very motivating. My small goal is to get through Easter weekend - being surrounded by chocolate is hard. Planning to make some chocolate bark with my dark chocolate pudding for a craving curbed. Any other hints you can share?

lisa32989
04-18-2014, 12:56 PM
I know that we have been in this together, step by step! You are just waiting for that whooooosh and then you have a big moment to celebrate. It will happen soon!

Know, Lisa, that I am very aware of your footsteps walking next to me in this journey. It and a few other things on this site are what have kept me going or picked me up when I fell flat on my face. Eternal thanks.
Some of the natural approaches for improving my health are taking longer than we'd like so I'm back on my thyroid meds. Hopefully this will help as well.

I'll go back to natural approaches when I can have the amt (and types) of fat they want me to have.

ChipnDip
04-18-2014, 01:04 PM
That has been my interpretation.
Some coaches interpret as 1 c. twice weekly so you may want to ask your coach.

Personally (this is just me), I rarely have occasionals. I save them for when we're eating out & the only choice is an occasional. That way I never "go over" for the week. However, a typical serving in a restaurant isn't 2 c.
We ARE having brussels sprouts this weekend, however (oops! and I had rutabaga. Guess I need to wait on the brussels sprouts until after we go out on Sunday to make sure they have a select veggie choice at the restaurant).

Special occasion - bring out an occasional veggie! Isn't it strange that THIS has become the treat?

The only one I really like is rutabaga but I recently made chili so I am considering that tomato however I have No idea how to determine how much "tomato" would be in tomato sauce. Stuck with celery as my other veggie that day since some coaches call celery free.

karkrazy13
04-18-2014, 01:07 PM
How do you tell if an alternative product is restricted or not? I'm considering using alternative food but I will have to phase off because I had to sign a contract saying I wouldn't buy food from anywhere but my clinic. Thoughts?

I follow the original rules... 8 net carbs or less = unrestricted, and 9 net carbs or more = restricted. It's working for me! :)

AmberLS
04-18-2014, 01:14 PM
The clinic can, however refuse to be your clinic if you don't buy their products.
Wildirsihrose, you don't need to "phase off" to move onto alternative products, just buy them instead and quit going to your clinic.


There is a lot of research about weight loss in women. It actually fluctuates through the month with hormones (not just TOM). Once we expect this, it's easier to live with.

I should have been more clear, I know they can choose not to take you as a client if you don't use IP food. I simply was referring to forcing you to buy the food. You can choose alternatives and leave the clinic like you said. I assumed she meant she would no longer be using the clinic.

As for TOM and weight right now there seem to be some correlation, but I am having a full TOM every other week for a week. I only get a week off. I have lost the most inches and I'm assuming fat off of my belly so this explains a lot of that. Its not the end of the world, I'm not upset, at least I'm not gaining lol plus there's still 2 more days in this week before weigh in and anything could happen! I'm usually a slow mover M, T, W, losing a half here or there, then I lose bigger on TH-F-Sa and nothing or a .2 or so on Sunday lol. It's been a pretty consistent pattern. I use it all like data because I'm very curious as to if there is a true pattern at all.

IP43
04-18-2014, 02:00 PM
:(:(Week one, looking at a 6 lbs loss. But the headaches! Any suggestions?

I figured if I was going to have a headache anyway, I may as well cut out caffeine since I had to add a cup of water for every cup of coffee I drank (caffeine is a diuretic). The headaches will go away, and luckily for me, I will never have a caffeine headache again :) My decaf coffee can also count for some of my water. I don't want to start reading about what decaf does to you... I'm sure that is a totally different issue ;)

catlady1981
04-18-2014, 02:21 PM
Finally, a scale victory, albeit a small change...I finally hit my -100th pound! This was not all on IP, but it is from my highest recent weight.

Life is good.....better when skinny......

Wow! Just Wow! That is fantastic. Congratulations.

catlady1981
04-18-2014, 02:25 PM
Thanks to all of you for your encouraging words. Peeps on this board are so supportive. The one good thing about the bad clinic that I started with.. They did blood work right when I started. I will take a look at the results when I get home today and see if they did blood sugars. I know this will pass.

Just got notice that I get the rest of the day off! So yay for that. Happy Easter everyone and a have a great weekend!

sarahBell
04-18-2014, 02:33 PM
I am trying not to rip into a bag of chocolate chips and eat them right now :(

Jenny38
04-18-2014, 02:42 PM
Schenectady - way to go! You are amazing. Kept up the great work.

Congratulations on all the great loses and NSV's posted.

Wishing everyone who celebrates happy Easter and happy Passover to those that celebrated this week. Enjoy the long weekend and I hope this brings the start of Spring. It sounds like everyone has put a lot of thought into their meals over the holiday. I'm bringing my dinner to two out of three family dinners to stay OP.

schenectady
04-18-2014, 03:02 PM
I am trying not to rip into a bag of chocolate chips and eat them right now :(

You really do not want to do that - it is a craving and it will disappear. Maybe the chips need to disappear?

This is a long holiday weekend and I do not guess that you really wish to start it out that way by ripping into the bag - starts a slippery slope for the weekend because there will be other temptations.

Hang tough, make tea, take a walk, take a shower, read a book......

Tisado
04-18-2014, 03:37 PM
I am starting week 3 after a motivating weigh in yesterday with a 4 lb. loss. I have broken out of the 200's! All you stories and experiencing are very motivating. My small goal is to get through Easter weekend - being surrounded by chocolate is hard. Planning to make some chocolate bark with my dark chocolate pudding for a craving curbed. Any other hints you can share?

Hooray!!
Welcome to ONEDERLAND :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

shelflife
04-18-2014, 03:47 PM
Started IP almost a week ago, and I've gotta say I am loving being liberated from caffeine! I have been a slave to Coke Zero for years -- and it was getting worse and worse. It's lovely to actually want water when I'm thirsty!

SophieLT
04-18-2014, 04:03 PM
I have a NSV to share. I had an internal work meeting today. I requested plain turkey breast and brought my own salad. Keep in mind the President of my company was there. I thought it might look weird but I did it anyway so I could stay OP. :)

Bellamack
04-18-2014, 06:08 PM
Finally, a scale victory, albeit a small change...I finally hit my -100th pound! This was not all on IP, but it is from my highest recent weight.

What it represents for me, though, is renewed energy and determination, something that has sometimes been lacking. I look at myself and think, WOW, 100 POUNDS. That was always an unattainable dream for me. And, of course, as long as I thought that, it remained that.

This board is responsible for a lot of that and my thanks go out to all those stalwart people who take their time to post support and ideas. Honestly, I could not have done it without that. Losing weight in todays world is not always seen from the outside as a positive thing to openly support and cheer. Thank you my cheerleaders!

My morning will be spent celebrating - relaxing and reading, listening to a 1950's jazz CD I bought myself, sipping my coffee with a touch of vanilla EAS.

Then I am going to slip into my size 14 skirt (never thought that would happen), slide on my size 10 top (goodbye to the girls there) and saunter out into the world with the names of people on this board bouncing back and forth.....my inner child is nowhere to be heard (thank you Lisa for that expression because I use it often when it comes out).

Life is good.....better when skinny......

Absolutely Wonderful & Exciting. Congrats :)

Fearciuil
04-18-2014, 09:13 PM
Awesome! Congrats! (And I LOVE the 25.5 weekdays!!!)
Thanks! I warned my principal this afternoon that I might be teaching the last couple of weeks in shorts due to my pants being too big; he was fine with it. I don't want to buy more school clothes with only 5 weeks to go when I know all of those clothes would also be too big in August!

How long do you have left?

Fearciuil
04-18-2014, 09:51 PM
Has anyone else done martial arts on P1? I've considered it for several years, and it seems like the right time (if the pocketbook will take it.) My coach said I might need a little extra protein those days, but she doesn't think it will be too strenuous for the protocol.

3sisters
04-18-2014, 10:01 PM
Schenectady..... A HUGE congratulations to you! What an accomplishment!

I am having these irrational fears that somehow I'm messing up, even though I am carefully watching everything I take in.

Today for breakfast I had the other half of my Quest Bar from last night, was too busy at work to have lunch, then on to a dentist appointment, so by the time I had lunch, I had a lettuce salad with a very small amount of chicken, probably no more than 2 oz, and a homemade IP approved dressing. My second IP product was a bag of Sea Salt and Vinegar chips (yum!). And just had Big Mac in a bowl made with 6 (raw) oz of 93% beef. I am feeling uncomfortably full right now and feel like I must have blown it some how. I figure I should really have one more IP packet coming, but just can't imagine eating it (and it's already 8:00 local time).

Do any of you see anything wrong with this picture? I don't want to unknowingly mess up!

JLUS
04-19-2014, 12:19 AM
Schenectady..... A HUGE congratulations to you! What an accomplishment!

I am having these irrational fears that somehow I'm messing up, even though I am carefully watching everything I take in.

Today for breakfast I had the other half of my Quest Bar from last night, was too busy at work to have lunch, then on to a dentist appointment, so by the time I had lunch, I had a lettuce salad with a very small amount of chicken, probably no more than 2 oz, and a homemade IP approved dressing. My second IP product was a bag of Sea Salt and Vinegar chips (yum!). And just had Big Mac in a bowl made with 6 (raw) oz of 93% beef. I am feeling uncomfortably full right now and feel like I must have blown it some how. I figure I should really have one more IP packet coming, but just can't imagine eating it (and it's already 8:00 local time).

Do any of you see anything wrong with this picture? I don't want to unknowingly mess up!

You only had one and a half packets as I count it, unless you went ahead and had the last packet you reference sped, but still half short then. You really do need to get ALL the packets in.

How about veggies... Did you have a full two cups in your salad and then another two cups at dinner? (When I do Bug Mac, it's mostly lettuce and a little onion and pickle so I have to have separate veggies to get enough.

So it is a little hard to tell how far off you are, but it us very important to eat everything one the plan every day.

Was this just an unusual day, or is this typical?

AmberLS
04-19-2014, 01:12 AM
That scale better budge in the morning lol, it's summer challenge weigh in day.