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Old 04-27-2010, 08:36 PM   #91
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So after a bad food weekend, I jumped back on track. Then today I get this horrendous review at work (feeling like a big loser- no raise in pay that we desperately needed), so I came home and ate my way thru the pantry. That's my problem. Not going off IP to have a 'meal', but going to the way other extreme. I cant believe I'm ruining all the hard work I've done! I can't gain this weight back. But I have no coping skills..food is the only thing I know! I wish there was an 'off' switch in my brain to stop me from eating! I think I need serious help!
I used to do the same thing and one thing that stuck with me from Weight Watchers was... CLEAN OUT THE GARBAGE FROM YOUR PANTRY!

Honest to God, if you don't HAVE it at home you won't go eat it right? If you have something there it is like a little voice in your head constantly saying ..."hmmmm, that yummy things is still there... we should just eat it now before it goes bad" or many other things. Donate them or throw them out. believe me, your family doesn't need to eat chips and sugary sweets any more than you do
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:23 PM   #92
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can you swap out your Coping mechanism for something more constructive...like walking it off? Yoga? Meditation? I just think those wold help you think things through a bit better AND get you on the path to health.

You can create a habit you know, it takes about 21 days, to make or break a habit.

Here some tips to do so I found...and it is long so my apologies in advance


STEP 1.

The first step in breaking old habits is deciding what new
habits you want to create with your life energy. Start asking
yourself these questions:

* What do you want your life to look like?

* What habits do you need to eliminate?

* What positive habits do you need to develop to make your
life look like you want it to look?

These desires must be realistic and obtainable. What is your
intuition telling you about what you should be doing?

Listening to your intuition is one of the most intelligent
things you can ever do with your life energy. Your intuition
always guides you in the direction that is perfect for you. It
is that small voice that is not affected by egos, past
failures, or other people?s opinions. It is your inner guiding
light.

In your journal, keep notes on what your intuition tells you
about the strategies and the resources that might empower you.

STEP 2.

Crystallize your thinking. Determine what specific goals
you want to achieve.

What habits are you letting go?
What habits are you creating in place of the old ones?

Your goals need to be specific, measurable, and realistic.

To do this you'll have to avoid nebulous thinking, such as "I
want to lose weight." What does that really mean? For your
subconscious mind to be able to serve you it must receive very
specific directions.

STEP 3.

Develop a sincere desire for the things you want.

Desire is the starting point for all achievement. It's the
greatest motivator of every human action.

Frequently, your mind is more motivated by pictures and
visualization than it is with words and written exercises. The
right side of your brain is where your creativity comes from,
and it thrives on pictures. Many times the right side of your
brain takes precedence over the left side, which thrives on
words. In the past, you may have just written words down to
reach your goals. Add this new dimension to your process.

Draw, cut out pictures, or take photographs of what you want
in life. Put pictures up on your refrigerator, your bathroom
mirror, or any place that will remind your subconscious mind
of your desires to reinforce your goal.

Every thought you have uses electrical energy to imprint a new
picture in your subconscious mind. The efforts of your
subconscious mind are to match the pictures in your mind with
reality.

The more you deliberately plant pictures of what you want, the
faster you will attract it into your life. It's very important
that you allow yourself to fantasize about what you want in
your life - let your imagination run wild!

To achieve what it is you want in life, you must think about
it. There are no limits except those we put on ourselves. This
is your life and you will be cheating yourself if you don't go
for what you want! You must feel your success before you can
manifest it in reality.

STEP 4.

Develop a plan for achieving your goal, and a deadline for its
attainment. The difference between a "wish" and a "goal" is
that the goal is written down. Once you have a clear picture
of what you want in life, your subconscious and conscious mind
can work together to achieve it.

When you prioritize and focus you can literally see what you
want; this gives you the power of concentration. Deliberate
concentration is like a laser beam - it can cut through any
obstacles in your path.

STEP 5.

Distinguish between goals and activities. A goal is the specific
end result you want to manifest in your life. Activities are those
things you do to achieve your goals.

Use the skill of awareness, and remember the goal. Don't get
stuck in the activities.

STEP 6.

Create deadlines for your goals.
Without deadlines your brain doesn't have a clear picture of
what you want created. Deadlines have a magical way of
motivating us to produce results.

First write your *one-year* goals on paper, then write down
all the activities you will have to do to reach each goal.

Start by asking yourself what is the very first activity I
must do to get started on this goal? Then write down each
following activity that will take you closer to the one year
goal.

STEP 7.

Break down the activities for each goal into 3 month groups

Ask yourself "What are the activities I must do in the first
three months to achieve my goal?" Write those down.

Then think about the activities you'll need to follow up in
the following three months. By breaking down the goals into
manageable, bite-size pieces, you'll feel more in control.

The secret is that this divide-and-conquer approach keeps
achieving your goals from becoming overwhelmingly complicated.

STEP 8.

Make YOUR goals YOURS.

Time for a reality check. Don't set a goal for yourself that
your spouse (or anyone else for that matter) wants for you.

Please revise your current goals to ensure they REALLY meet
YOUR needs, not someone else's desires for you. You will never
be successful achieving goals that are not motivated by your
own desires.

Moreover, don't compare your goals with other people's goals -
you'll always come up short. The reality is that we usually
compare our worst traits with someone else's best traits and
we can never win that way.

Let's recap these 8 goal setting steps...

* Step 1. Set realistic and obtainable habits you want to
create with your life energy.

* Step 2. Crystallize your thinking. Determine what *specific*
goals you want to achieve.

* Step 3. Develop a sincere desire for the things you want.

* Step 4. Develop a plan for achieving your goal, and a
deadline for its attainment.

* Step 5. Distinguish between goals and activities.

* Step 6. Create deadlines for your goals.

STEP 9.

Write your goals as if they have already occurred.

Try writing, "I now weigh ______" not
"I want to weigh ______".

This helps your subconscious mind to see the end result.

STEP 10.

Develop confidence in yourself and your abilities.

Stay "sold on yourself". Here are some techniques you can
use...

* Listen to motivational CDs and tapes daily in your car or
while commuting.

* Do your declarations daily, and control your self-talk.

* Tackle every activity without giving any recognition to the
possibility of defeat.

* Focus on your strengths instead of your weaknesses.

* Recognize and honor your personal point of power found in
this moment.

* Develop a determination to follow through on your goals
regardless of obstacles, circumstances, or criticism.

STEP 11.

Review your goals monthly.

The first day of the month is the perfect time to set up a
ritual goal-reviewing. This should be the time that you can be
honest with yourself on what goals you are really committed to
and how you can improve your strategies. You must also be
honest with yourself on what goals are only paper dreams if
you aren't really going to pay the price to achieve them.

STEP 12.

Have PERSISTENCE.

Persistence is the real key to successful goal achievement.
Don't allow yourself to become distracted with excuses about
why things can't be done. Excuses are the enemies of goal
achievement.

***now my 2 cents****

We need to accept and realize that nothing happens TO us but rather FOR us. We create our lives with each and every choice WE make. Sadly we don't seem to learn from the experiences of others and like to hit our heads against the wall over and over again, but only WE ourselves know when enough is enough.

Breaking a habit or a "pattern" is not an easy thing but it is the only way to move forward and not be STUCK in the past. We need to honestly sit down and take inventory of what our life looks like today and what we really want it to look like for us and MAKE THE CHANGE. The longer we take at that "pattern" or habit, the harder it will be to break it so... my only thing is we are responsible for our own choices. Remember the definition of insanity? to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result.

I've had my fair share of "Patterns" and habits that I needed to break and luckily was able to before I did something terribly stupid...because yes, you do start to lose your mind!

How did I want my life to be? How did I want to be treated? etc... all very valid questions and that allowed me to finally move forward and LOVE myself (no wonder I didn't feel the love... why would anyone love me if I didn't love myself?) Now I appreciate who I am, and enjoy my own company... I'm not afraid any more! People come and go into our lives but the only constant we will ALWAYS have is OURSELVES so we better put ourselves first! No, not selfish. Think about it this way... it's like on an airplane when you hear them explaining about the oxygen mask "place it on yourself before assisting others"...YES, because otherwise you will be of no use to help others as you will be passed out! Life works the same way.

Every person that comes into our lives has been brought in by US, and we do so to learn some lesson... until we "get it" we keep falling back into the same old habits. Then we sit there and continue to say "he did this to me" or She said THAT to me" well guess what... YOU have and continue to bring that in and allow the bad energy around you. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change! Focus on YOU and I promise you things will begin to flow.

I had to finally put me first and allow myself to let go of people that truly were not serving me on my path to success. You know, you always have those people that will DRAIN you and yet, we want to be nice, blah blah blah... Doesn't work! you are not doing anyone a favor by keeping them in your life like that. Everyone has a different path and we all grow in different ways... it's nature! Allow yourself and them to move on because I assure you they too need to move on.

When I finally focused on me amazing things started to flow into my life. I still fall back now and again into the old habit of "if it sounds too good to be true..." but guess what? It IS true and we deserve it.

Now please, think about all of this and the many things that you feel could be better in your life... what are you going to do about it? and stop looking to others for excuses... it is YOU time... no one else. YOU be happy, YOU take control, and YOU create your amazingly beautiful life today because it is there for you... you just keep looking at the weeds in the garden instead of the AMAZING blooms that are everywhere...now why would you do that? ENJOY THE FLOWERS!
That was AMAZING!!! I was not chosen for a big job I wanted and had a pity party yesterday. I so needed to read this today. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS WITH ALL OF US!

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jordanna, i'm so sorry to hear about your loss. pets really are part of the family and it's very difficult to handle those losses. hoping your day gets better and we're all thinking of you!

anyone have an idea what i should expect at my first weigh in? i weighed in at 192 last wednesday and i'm not sure if i should expect an awesome 6 or 7 lb loss like some of you gals have had or more like a 2-3 lb loss. i am very tall and have a lot of muscle but my baby gut(had 2 babies in the last 4 years), cellulite and my saddlebags went crazy and out of my comfor zone this past year.

anyone who started around my weight remember what their first week's loss was?

thanks y'all!(I'm from Texas and yes we say y'all a LOT)
I'm in Austin too and hoping to start IP next Friday! May I ask which doctor's office you are going to and how you like them?
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Hi everyone! It has been a few days since I have been on the forum so I just spent some time reading!!

Jordanna: So sorry to hear of your loss. I too love animals and have been through what your experiecing. It is so tough and it takes time to accept. Just know that Zoe had a great life with your family!

Congrats to everyone on the great losses this week! Cheers to this diet!

Welcome to all of the newbies, I can't wait to get to know all of you through this forum...you will love it here...great advice...great people!

I went to my 5th week weigh in and lost 4 lbs. Down a total of 29.2 lbs in five wks!! Have a great week everyone!!!!!!


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Wow, Elizabeth, that was a really good post. There is so much truth in what you said. Thanks for sharing this.

Med...I like the soup and find it really comforting for lunch. My favorite is the chicken made with low sodium chicken broth. It is very filling. I also like the premade vanilla shakes. The puddings are filling, too, but I get tired of the "sweet" in this diet. Cucumbers with sea salt and celery with WF peanut butter are both good snacks for me. You could also try hard boiled eggs. Or make deviled eggs with the WF mayo and or dijon dressing.
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HELP!! IDEAL PROTEIN WILL COST ABOUT $2000 for 90 days of Phase 1, then I'll have to continue purchasing for Phase 2, and I do not want to have to rely on purchasing such $$$$ product for an extended period of time. $$$$ is tight!! I know all of you can relate; I'm not complaining--just making a plea for some help with some questions I have.

Many of you have mentioned the Lindora products as a less expensive alternative to IP. How about others like the PREMIER NUTRITION PROTEIN High Protein Chocolate Shake from Costco? It costs only about $1.19 per 11 oz. pre-mixed shake, has 30 grams of protein, 3 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbs (2 of these are dietary fiber) and it tastes like chocolate milk. I know the fat grams are a li'l higher than the 1 or 2 you might find in an IP item, but there is no aspartame (Equal)--it's sweetened with sucralose (Splenda) just like the IP products....so wouldn't this also be an acceptable alternative?

Also, for those of you have substituted some IP products with the EAS AdvantEDGE pre-mixed shakes in chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, how have those worked out for you? I see they have 17 grams of protein, only 1-3 carbs, 3 grams of fat, 0 sugars and no aspartame (Equal)--sweetened with sucralose (Splenda) like the IP products.

I'm just reading here about how I might use eggs in place of the IP egg product and some of these other shakes in lieu of the IP shakes / puddings.

Also, PURE PROTEIN and MET RX make a couple different powdered protein mixes that are high protein (27 g), very low carb and no sugars. Could these not be substituted for an IP packet from time to time?

I only ask b/c this IP program is not affordable for me right now. I also see the IP packets do not have any vitamins and nutrients added which is probably why they taste so good rather than "chalky." It may also be why we have to purchase the necessary supplements like Cal-Mag, etc.

Believe me, I'd love to go full force into IP but am very limited in my budget. Please, anyone, someone, everyone, let me know what you think of some of these substitutions. The key is to get substantial intake of vitamins, nutrients, salt, potassium, and other electrolytes while staying low carb (less than 40 or so) so my body will kick into ketosis, correct?? So, if I can manage the fat, carb, calories, sugars, in the products while sticking with the restricted veggie list, would this work?
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deinekatze - inspiring post!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to type all that in.

It was awesome to read the info on exercise - very informative. I'm getting really excited about my weigh-in on Saturday. Here's hoping that the scale agrees
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HELP!! IDEAL PROTEIN WILL COST ABOUT $2000 for 90 days of Phase 1, then I'll have to continue purchasing for Phase 2, and I do not want to have to rely on purchasing such $$$$ product for an extended period of time. $$$$ is tight!! I know all of you can relate; I'm not complaining--just making a plea for some help with some questions I have.

Believe me, I'd love to go full force into IP but am very limited in my budget. Please, anyone, someone, everyone, let me know what you think of some of these substitutions. The key is to get substantial intake of vitamins, nutrients, salt, potassium, and other electrolytes while staying low carb (less than 40 or so) so my body will kick into ketosis, correct?? So, if I can manage the fat, carb, calories, sugars, in the products while sticking with the restricted veggie list, would this work?
can you pay weekly or do you have to do it all up front? i spend about $120 per week including veggies, meats and packets and in the end without eating out and buying junk i'm only spending about $40 more than i normally would i'm sorry i have no info on lindora but i'm sure you will get the answers here
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I'm in Austin too and hoping to start IP next Friday! May I ask which doctor's office you are going to and how you like them?
awesome!! i weigh in tomorrow for the 1st official weight loss WI. i actually work at an insurance agency and my boss is a consultant. she is great and an amazing coach. he name is geri blancken and our number at the office is 246-2122. you will not be disappointed in choosing ideal. my office is right next to hers and i hear clients come in about 6 times daily losing anywhere from 3-8 lbs a week. she gives great tips and advice, feel free to give us a call tomorrow to set up an appointment
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Jordanna, I am so very sorry for you and your family. My pets have a special place in my heart and we lost our house cat this spring to old age. {Hugs} to you.

Elizabeth, thanks for posting that information! It was very very good.

Congrats to all of you with NSV's! Skinny clothes are so much fun to buy, aren't they?! I weighed in today, 5.4 gone. YES!
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alright so squash is actually a NO NO and I just realized it. Wish there was an online listing of items as I would not have had it then; its not as though I would have died. serious regret here.

Don't beat yourself up over it...... You didn't know. I ate yellow squash last week on accident. I totally forgot it wasn't allowed. I could have kicked myself a few hours later when I realized what I did. The good news though is it didn't show on the scale! I still lost 5.5 pounds!
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WOW, Well I am glad you all enjoyed that (I was afraid to hit a raw nerve with people...hehehe)

Sticked to Boot camp today again... stayed in Ketosis all day too...lets see if the scale moves at all tomorrow. Sadly another dinner out with the family tomorrow and I refuse to look like a weirdo not eating while everyone else enjoys...so Oh boy! I will be selective though so keep your fingers crossed for me!
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HELP!! IDEAL PROTEIN WILL COST ABOUT $2000 for 90 days of Phase 1, then I'll have to continue purchasing for Phase 2, and I do not want to have to rely on purchasing such $$$$ product for an extended period of time. $$$$ is tight!! I know all of you can relate; I'm not complaining--just making a plea for some help with some questions I have.

Many of you have mentioned the Lindora products as a less expensive alternative to IP. How about others like the PREMIER NUTRITION PROTEIN High Protein Chocolate Shake from Costco? It costs only about $1.19 per 11 oz. pre-mixed shake, has 30 grams of protein, 3 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbs (2 of these are dietary fiber) and it tastes like chocolate milk. I know the fat grams are a li'l higher than the 1 or 2 you might find in an IP item, but there is no aspartame (Equal)--it's sweetened with sucralose (Splenda) just like the IP products....so wouldn't this also be an acceptable alternative?

Also, for those of you have substituted some IP products with the EAS AdvantEDGE pre-mixed shakes in chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, how have those worked out for you? I see they have 17 grams of protein, only 1-3 carbs, 3 grams of fat, 0 sugars and no aspartame (Equal)--sweetened with sucralose (Splenda) like the IP products.

I'm just reading here about how I might use eggs in place of the IP egg product and some of these other shakes in lieu of the IP shakes / puddings.

Also, PURE PROTEIN and MET RX make a couple different powdered protein mixes that are high protein (27 g), very low carb and no sugars. Could these not be substituted for an IP packet from time to time?

I only ask b/c this IP program is not affordable for me right now. I also see the IP packets do not have any vitamins and nutrients added which is probably why they taste so good rather than "chalky." It may also be why we have to purchase the necessary supplements like Cal-Mag, etc.

Believe me, I'd love to go full force into IP but am very limited in my budget. Please, anyone, someone, everyone, let me know what you think of some of these substitutions. The key is to get substantial intake of vitamins, nutrients, salt, potassium, and other electrolytes while staying low carb (less than 40 or so) so my body will kick into ketosis, correct?? So, if I can manage the fat, carb, calories, sugars, in the products while sticking with the restricted veggie list, would this work?
Oops! Sorry! I just realized that we're not supposed to ask about alternatives on this thread. I'm just learning how to navigate around and hey, I'm not at all tech-savvy so.............some of you have used the site routinely and really know your way around. Not the case with me. Anyway, I'll post this on the other thread (if I can find it) and in the meantime, would appreciate any help.
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DK great post, def worth a read

Sophie Holy smokes 29.2 in 5 weeks!!! You should be over the moon!!! You too should be doing not just a little...but a big WOO HOO dance

Mamaerinb Good luck tomorrow, you will be so happy, I just know it
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JORDANNA, I am so sorry for your loss of your cat. Our pets mean so much to us. I am sure your cat had a wonderful life with you and your family. God Bless you and yours.





WELCOME TO ALL THE NEWBIES. This is a great forum and someone will usually give you some great advice. If we are slow to offer advice, go searching on some of our previous weeks. You will learn lots if you can read as many of the threads as possible.
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