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Old 05-02-2011, 04:32 PM   #106  
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Thank you!! And, thanks for the great read about lactic acid. I really enjoyed that bit of info. How are you? Are you back at your kettle bells?
I haven't done kettlebells much since I joined the gym the middle of Feb... I still believe in them, I just got bored & wanted to do something else... I'm on Day 6, back on 100% protocol (my way!), & I think I've finally got my head back in the game... at least the tape measure is moving in the right direction again...

Oh, yeah, forgot to say, your new photo is fabulous... what a pretty lady you are!..

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Old 05-02-2011, 04:32 PM   #107  
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I think I wasn't eating enough of my vegetables. I am going to make sure I get all of my vegetable and also today I'm going to try switching my meat meal to lunch and have a shake and veggies for lunch.
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:41 PM   #108  
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Can someone help me with the Big Mac in a bowl recipe! I cant find it anywhere!!!!!
I just bumped it -- you should now see it somewhere near the daily chat thread --it is a thread called what else but... Big Mac in a bowl - enjoy
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:52 PM   #109  
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Can someone help me with the Big Mac in a bowl recipe! I cant find it anywhere!!!!!
I just came across this yesterday. I haven't tried it, but I hope it works for you.

* 1/2 pound raw ground beef, about 5 1/2 ounces cooked weight or 153 grams cooked *
* Salt and pepper, to taste
* 1 teaspoon minced dry onions
* 46 grams dill pickle slices or 2 dill spears, chopped, about 1 5/8 ounces
* 2 tablespoons WF Thousand Island Dressing
* 1 1/2 ounces iceberg lettuce, shredded

Brown the ground beef, drain off any fat, season with salt and pepper.. Meanwhile, soak the dry onions in a little water to rehydrate them. Put the meat in a large salad bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Toss and eat at once.
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:54 PM   #110  
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Confession: Giving up alcohol has been THE HARDEST part of this for me. I have a husband who still indulges and sometimes I just kinda want throat punch him when he drinks in front of me.
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:59 PM   #111  
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Confession: Giving up alcohol has been THE HARDEST part of this for me. I have a husband who still indulges and sometimes I just kinda want throat punch him when he drinks in front of me.
It was the hardest part for me as well. Ask your husband to help you out and give it up too or not drink it in front of you until you are mentally ready. Trust me, you can get to that point where you can see it and not just start craving it. My wife supported me early on and now we can go out and she get a drink and I am fine with it. We went to a comedy club where she drank the whole night while I had 16 gallons of tea and water. Ask him to help you out.
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JuiceMan: Holy crud...you have done amazing on this!

I need to have a heart to heart with him!! Thanks!
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:08 PM   #113  
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hey guys! does anyone have a food journal in spreadsheet format that they would like to share with me? i've decided to do my food journals electronically and email them to my coach instead of writing everything down in the little book. let me know if you have a pre-made spreadsheet.

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Old 05-02-2011, 05:09 PM   #114  
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oh, also, has anyone started a new challenge for May?
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Thank you everyone for the kind words and wishes. I just need to see now if I can do this on my own as I decided I needed to see if I could do my own IP version on my own. I hope no one takes this wrong, but I think we all should take a look at this program and protocol on our own and say "how do I make this work in the real world?" You can not continue to eat "packets" and bars your remaining years, just not feasible. If calories in are greater than calories out, we gain weight. I want to be able to enjoy family dinners, I want to enjoy social events. I spent 3 months not enjoying those things. This protocol taught me a lot that I can take from here forward. I now have to learn to adapt to real life. Will I over indulge, sure. Will I have items I know I shouldn't 2 or 3 days in a row, probably. The key I learned is what can I do to counter act those things. The biggest part I learned from this journey was how much the excess weight I was carrying was holding me back. Sure I am sore from going to the gym, but it is a great soreness. I like it. I like running now. I think many of you will find this too once you start to get closer to the end.

In the end, we all have to find a way to make this work in our own lives and worlds. No one plan works for everyone forever.

I will still hang around and post, respond and read. I want to give normal life about 2 weeks and see what my weight says. If it is becoming a problem, sure I will start the program again and figure the ending out once again. This to me is not a one time fail and give up type deal. If it starts not to work as planned, jump back on on protocol and evaluate what went wrong and how do I change it.

Don't stress about changing phases or gaining a few pounds back. If you are that concerned with some weight gain, then go 5 lbs below your goal. I already know I will gain weight, but I plan to do it in the form of lean mass, will I gain some fat along the way, possibly, but I am ok with that. Embrace going to new phases and learning more. Embrace new foods and old foods. No one wants to do phase 1 any longer than they have too. I will do it again if I have too, promise.

Good luck to you all and thank you. I will still be around, maybe just not as much. I will still keep my Thursday WI reporting so you can all see what is going on. Who knows what the next 2 weeks will hold.
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JuiceMan: Holy crud...you have done amazing on this!

I need to have a heart to heart with him!! Thanks!
I agree with Juice...ask him to stop until you can join him. It was very hard for hubby and I because we love happy hours and casinos and martinis, beer, wine, you name it.

My hubby gave up alcohol with me from September 13th to December 24th. Since then we have had a trip to Vegas, a cruise, a wine weekend in the Finger Lakes, a wine weekend in Bucks county PA, a trip to Atlantic City, and two overnights at casino. I have drank alcohol (and lots of it) on all occasions. It has slowed me down a ton. I lost 52 from Sept to Dec and now only another 21 since. I plan now to have nothing until my goal.

Stay strong and tell him it will be so worth it in the end...my hubby would completely attest to that.
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:25 PM   #117  
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@Juiceman: congrats on an amazing job! I think there should be no concern for your decision to go off program. You're so close to your magic number, and it's not lot like you're un-IPing to resume your previous life. With you workout plan (omg, sounds so intense) it sounds like you've not lost your commitment to better fitness, just the expression of that commitment.

Good luck!! Hope to continue to hear about your progress.



For myself, I have to share my great weekend and it's NSVs:
1) I went shopping for new pants. I brought a pair of size 18 pants into the dressing room as a lark--they didn't have that style in my size of 20. And as I slipped them on (already bummed that they didn't have my size available and mad that despite losing 40lbs, I've only dropped 2 pant sizes), and low and behold, the pants not only fit past my thighs and my butt, but they also zipped up and were not vacuum sealing my gut or butt! Shut up, I'm an 18?!? wahoo! I think that means IP has reversed time back 15-18 years (according to my *** clock).


2) In order to motivate myself to choose fitness over of doughy, fatty foods of comfort, I've decided to take up roller skating (quads, not inlines) with the ultimate intention of trying out for a roller derby league next year. So I've stared at my new skates for a month, with 3 miserable, 5-minute attempts at shuffling around my backyard and then mentally beating myself up for not being able to remember how to skate (from 30 years ago). So inspired by spring finally arriving, I found a vast, empty, FLAT parking lot with no witnesses. And so I shuffled, and then I SKATED! and then I skated some more! then I was skating and SMILING! So though I have less back cushion to fall on, I don't think I would have attempted this daunting feat without IP. Now, I'm not full of "I can't _____" but learning that I still can!

Hope you all have great OP day and don't get discouraged. Try to think of little slips as just little lessons reminding us why we are on this journey and how we can tackle the same situations in the "real world".
Wow I love roller derby, I am glad you are brave to take that on. I have inline skated but don't think I could do the quads. Let me know when you get on a team, that is such an awesome goal.

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Thank you!! And, thanks for the great read about lactic acid. I really enjoyed that bit of info. How are you? Are you back at your kettle bells?




not a bad idea. You can also add just some egg whites.

As a side note, you may be creating your afternoon hunger by your morning routine. Having coffee can cause some people to become hypoglycemic. Then if you are having a restricted packet (your highest carbs) you create another little bump in your blood sugar and as it fades, you feel hungry again. This is less extreme perhaps than what would happen with more "real world" food but, relative to us and this diet it is the same. You could be having a natural overnight low, made worse by morning coffee, not compensated by the protein drink with lower carbs, then bumped by the restricted and later needing more protein to try and level out.

You could try dropping the coffee first thing in the am or just wait until after you have had a protein to start your day. Once the blood sugar is more level you should be able to have coffee without as much impact. Assuming that were a problem for you. It is for some people.
Carla I have missed you, you give such good advice. Glad you are back.


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I just bumped it -- you should now see it somewhere near the daily chat thread --it is a thread called what else but... Big Mac in a bowl - enjoy
Thanks Cheeky, I have actually put them all in a word document and have them beside my stove every day for when I want to try something new.

Thank you for all your great advice as well..
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:26 PM   #118  
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It was the hardest part for me as well. Ask your husband to help you out and give it up too or not drink it in front of you until you are mentally ready. Trust me, you can get to that point where you can see it and not just start craving it. My wife supported me early on and now we can go out and she get a drink and I am fine with it. We went to a comedy club where she drank the whole night while I had 16 gallons of tea and water. Ask him to help you out.
My wife sat in front of me on Saturday and had 3 of my favorite drinks. It didn't bother me nearly as much as I would have thought.
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I agree with Juice...ask him to stop until you can join him. It was very hard for hubby and I because we love happy hours and casinos and martinis, beer, wine, you name it.

My hubby gave up alcohol with me from September 13th to December 24th. Since then we have had a trip to Vegas, a cruise, a wine weekend in the Finger Lakes, a wine weekend in Bucks county PA, a trip to Atlantic City, and two overnights at casino. I have drank alcohol (and lots of it) on all occasions. It has slowed me down a ton. I lost 52 from Sept to Dec and now only another 21 since. I plan now to have nothing until my goal.

Stay strong and tell him it will be so worth it in the end...my hubby would completely attest to that.
Wow...it DOES make a huge difference. I swear my hubs and I were King and Queen of happy hours too! I am positive that has a lot to do with my "success" at gaining so much weight.
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Old 05-02-2011, 06:09 PM   #120  
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Confession: Giving up alcohol has been THE HARDEST part of this for me. I have a husband who still indulges and sometimes I just kinda want throat punch him when he drinks in front of me.
This was a hard thing for me to swallow as well. Without the comfort of my old foods, I was upset that I couldn't have my escape with cocktails too. It's gotten easier over time. In fact I'm starting to hang out again at my neighborhood bar, but now I bring nori sheets and the garlic soy nuts to compete against the bar snacks plus my own mint and Stevia so they can pour faux-jitos for me. I have to remind myself to appreciate the company and the occasion rather than defining my enjoyment by the buzz.
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