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Old 12-24-2011, 11:14 AM   #1
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It would be foolish of me to even think about cutting carbs before Christmas. I'm positive I would fail. I had been doing IP for about 6 weeks and lost some weight. I had also lost my job, making it impossible to aford the IP meals. I eventually fell off plan and gained the weight back with a vengence. I am now at 182 lbs. I am now going back to work in Jan. and I also need to get back on track. For now, I can't afford the IP products. Do you have any suggestions? just enough to get me through a few weeks until I begin to get a paycheck again.

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Old 12-24-2011, 11:19 AM   #2
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Good morning Mary Ann ~ I know there is a forum relating to alternatives to IP, you should check those out. I totally agree the price can be very much overwhelming. I have a hard time affording the packets myself. I believe there was a post regarding shakes and bars that can be purchased at Walmart. If you are ready to commit after the holidays I would suggest already having your veggies and lettuce purchased for the day you start. Stick with it, you are worth it!
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Thank you. I'll look around and see if I can find the thread.
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:33 AM   #4
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Found it. Thank you.
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Old 12-25-2011, 12:46 PM   #5
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Mary Ann, here's ideas that have helped me. I tried Atkins diet twice, once in my early 20s and a year ago. Both times failed. After a few weeks on Atkins my parents came to town and took me out to dinner. I thought it wouldn't hurt to cheat and eat a baked potato then get back on program the next day. Before I left the restaurant I began swelling up and getting very uncomfortable feeling. It was, I guessed, a reaction to carbs and coming out of ketosis too fast. Plus, I think I was further into ketosis than the IP program has you get. It scared me and I decided NOT to get back on program but to quit the diet altogether even though I had been successful losing weight.

I DO NOT CHEAT with carbs or alcohols. If I'm going to eat more than the prescribed amount of food, I make sure it's IP approved. The diet is working very well for me so I don't want to mess it up. Plus, I don't go off program by eating more than prescribed very often because I figure, why drag this thing out longer than I have to? I want to lose the weight, go through maintenance, and get back to a normal life.

This Christmas my boss brought homemade cookies into work and left them in the cubicle next to mine. I listened to people going for one cookie after the next and describing how perfectly moist and delicious they were. It was maddening at the time but, today I can barely remember it. Had I given in, I would also barely remember the joy of the cookies but, my weight loss would be less. That very night I went to a study group and again, there was a table full of cookies sitting on the coffee table in the living room. I sat through an hour and a half of people eating those cookies non-stop, one right after the other, like they were downing vitamins. That was even worse than the office scene earlier in the day. But, I began to think of it as desensitizing myself like the way I do horses when I'm training them. You can't stop a horse from spooking by avoiding the spooks. You have to help them stand by and get desensitized to where things can go on and it doesn't have an effect.

I realized that most of my life, I had never not participated in eating sweets. I had always given into the overwhelming desire to indulge. But, in ketosis the desire for sweets is not as overwhelming as while I'm taking in carbs. I also thought about how sickly the mental feeling I get when I've eaten too many carbs, I literally feel a little depressed and anxious afterwards from the effects of too many cookies, sweets, or whatever.

So, I've realized that after I'm through with losing, I still should not eat carbs the way I did before. I'm going to miss the IP diet when I'm off because it gives me the extra strength to avoid indulging.
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Old 12-25-2011, 02:11 PM   #6
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...Plus, I don't go off program by eating more than prescribed very often because I figure, why drag this thing out longer than I have to? I want to lose the weight, go through maintenance, and get back to a normal life.
sekc14.... You are so RIGHT! In reference to your quote above, this is EXACTLY how I feel. Thanks for putting my thoughts in to words!
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