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Old 07-19-2011, 08:44 PM   #106
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Hello All,

I have been on the program for almost 4 months and have done really well on it. I am truly grateful for that.
When I first started, I had a dream that I would be able to go clothes shopping with my mom and for the first time in my life, I would be happy to try on clothes. Since childhood (I was always a bigger than average girl) clothes shopping was a constant struggle for me...nothing ever made me happy, I never felt pretty in anything and more often then not, my mom would be more upset for me than I was. She was a single mom to four kids, life was difficult financially, but everytime we went into a clothes store my mom would say 'I will buy you anything you want, I just want you to be happy'...in hindsight, I think she wanted me to have the same ecstatic reaction that my skinny older sisters had when buying clothes. Needless to say, even with the offer of anything I want, we left empty handed every single time. (I was born and raised in England, and I actually thank God for school uniforms!! It was my saving grace for many many years)
When I started to lose weight on IP, my mom asked if she could come clothes shopping with me, when I was ready. I know that all she wanted to see was her baby happy in an environment that would usually have me sprinting (and panting and sprinting) in the opposite direction.
Well, I went to Winners this weekend and I took me ol' ma with me. She helped me pick out dresses, pants, blouses and sleepwear. As we walked to the fitting rooms, I asked if she would come in with me. She was shocked, who wouldn't be...this lovely lady has not seen me in my underwear since I was a small child when she was still dressing me. She helped me in and out of the clothes...I didn't need it...but it was an incredible bonding moment. I loved every second of it, I loved every item I tried on. She was beaming!
When I was ready to get back into my regular clothes, she said she would wait outside the fitting room for me and took the stuff that I tried on with her. After getting dressed, I literally skipped out of the fitting room area....but didn't see mom. I looked around the entire store and I finally found her at the checkout paying for ALL my stuff. She is on a government pension, I knew this was a big purchase for her...I wanted to give her the money to cover it, I could afford it. She wouldn't take it. As we walked through the parking lot back to my car, she held my hand looked at me and told me that she knew that I had worked really hard to lose this weight, she was proud that I had done it for myself and I deserved to reward myself, but she felt like she had won something too and being able to do this for me was a reward for herself. She had waited almost my whole life to do it, afterall.
I don't need to tell you that I am utterly crazy in love with my mom, she's been our quiet supporter all our lives, worked 4 jobs to support her four kids, never asked for anything in return, but always pushed us to achieve our dreams whatever they may be. She's taught me a lot. But this weekend she taught me the about the power that I have inside me to make the people that love me truly happy - it's as simple as living MY dream, loving MYSELF and treating ME with the respect and compassion that I deserve. Isn't that all any of us want for the people that we love?
I see now that the years of misery and self doubt didn't just take a toll on me, but the people I love to.
So, I ask you all to remember that as you continue on the journey, as you either breeze through the protocol, or struggle along slowly...keep on keeping on. Do it for yourself, and watch the amazing transformation of those that love you so much that all they want is for you to be happy. So be happy no matter what your weekly WI or Scale Addiction results may be - be happy that you're on the path to being a better you and without even trying will become a happy wife, happy mother, happy daughter, happy friend etc.

Thank you to all of you for the support you have inadvertantly given me while supporting each other. I think we learned this morning on a different thread that sometimes no matter what support you give to someone, they will take it negatively if it isn't what they have wanted to hear. For the record, I'm a true appreciater of tough love...because it is just that...love.

Thanks again and good luck to all of you.
Brummie,
Not sure if it is my PMS but you have me bawling like a baby! What a wonderful write up this is. I think it is truly the most beautiful peice of writing I have read in a long time. I think it would be lovely if you framed this "peice" and presented it to your mother. Thank you for sharing this with us! "hugz"
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:50 PM   #107
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brummie - Thanks so much for posting this. I think we need an inspirational sticky thread and have this in it!
I agree! I love reading about peoples success, it really has kept me going!

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WOW! Thanks for sharing. That made my day.
Thank you! If it can just inspire one person to keep going, it's totally worth it!

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Thank you, thank you, thank you. For making me laugh AND cry. For reaffirming all the goodness that the changes this program has wrought on my life. Thank you.
I think I could easily get used to change now!! Infact, a friend and I are thinking of trying reskilling, where we learn a new skill (like making our own yogurt, sewing, baking bread etc) every couple of months. It encourages change, and also provides a great distraction! All we need now are some other unsuspecting victims (friends) to join our reskilling army! Thank YOU!

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Brummie, hearing about you and your mum really made my day!
I started IP roughly a month ago. Did great in week 1 -week 2 not so good. Talked to my coach and took the next 2 weeks off b/c of huge stressors etc. Back OP since early last week. Cannot wait for my weigh-in on Thursday. Doing well I think. Have only told a few people I am doing this so am looking to see when people see a change.
Thank you. You know, i think that was really smart of you to take a break so that you could deal with your life, you put your focus where it really needed to be. I hope everything is better now and I know you will be successful at this.

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Crap. I screwed up and accidentally had 2restricted today! Hope my workout saves me
I did this once too! In my second week, I forgot that I had a pack of bbq ridges for breakfast (i know, kinda gross!) and then I had a chilli for lunch! Everything was fine, no gains. On the grand scale of things, I think this isn't the worst mistake you could make on this diet. I know you'll be fine, honest!
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:53 PM   #108
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Phew! I gotta be careful!
Hey Wrecky- if you haven't seen it, go check out the thread "motivated and loving it" or something along those lines- maybe "motivated and feeling great"? Anyway, someone posted in there the "Athletic Protocol" and I thought you might be interested in it too. It looks like if you are working out regularly, we can have upwards of 5-6 packets per day. Interesting. I have my WI tomorrow so I am going to talk to my doc and possibly try a week at 5 (I currently do 4 for w/o days) and see how my losses go.

Also, I think (1) day of a double restricted is not going to hurt. My doc even mentioned that he thought since I was working out I could get away with (2) restricted a day. But I don't want to go that route, I am comfortable with 1. Oh- and I don't know if I mentioned it to you before, but I found that eating my restricted pre-workout gave me much better energy.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:58 PM   #109
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Here's the Athletic Protocol that I found in a post from this forum. I copied and pasted it from the forum so the formatting is not the greatest, but you can format to our liking (the original forum title is on the attachment). Enjoy!!
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Old 07-19-2011, 09:09 PM   #110
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Not sure if it is my PMS but you have me bawling like a baby! What a wonderful write up this is. I think it is truly the most beautiful peice of writing I have read in a long time. I think it would be lovely if you framed this "peice" and presented it to your mother. Thank you for sharing this with us! "hugz"
My pleasure. I tell my mom everyday how much I love her and what she means to me...infact, I tell everyone how I feel about them and what they mean to me (sometimes, I get asked if I'm drunk!!). Never assume that somebody knows the love you feel for them, always confirm it. This year I am also giving kudos where they are due too...even if it's someone I don't know well. Today so many of you made me feel great for putting myself out there and telling my story...I want to make people feel this great, every chance I get..it's great to be on the receiving end and it has made me more determined to return it!
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Hey Wrecky- if you haven't seen it, go check out the thread "motivated and loving it" or something along those lines- maybe "motivated and feeling great"? Anyway, someone posted in there the "Athletic Protocol" and I thought you might be interested in it too. It looks like if you are working out regularly, we can have upwards of 5-6 packets per day. Interesting. I have my WI tomorrow so I am going to talk to my doc and possibly try a week at 5 (I currently do 4 for w/o days) and see how my losses go.

Also, I think (1) day of a double restricted is not going to hurt. My doc even mentioned that he thought since I was working out I could get away with (2) restricted a day. But I don't want to go that route, I am comfortable with 1. Oh- and I don't know if I mentioned it to you before, but I found that eating my restricted pre-workout gave me much better energy.
Oh awesome! Thanks for telling me about this! Please fill me in when you talk to your doc! If all is well maybe we could do this together!
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:15 PM   #112
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I am really confused on how this website and all these different forums work. I can't seem to stay connected with the same people i started out with. There are so many threads. What to do, what to do. It seems confusing. Right now i am just trying to get an answer on a particular question: Can i have uncured bacon and one egg for my protein meal on phase 1? Thanks
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I think bacon would be a no but not entirely sure.
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When my husband and I bought our little house we thought we couldn't have kids and the prospect of adopting was far off in our future. Within two years we had adopted our first baby and gotten pregnant and had a second baby (Ideal Protein helps with fertility so watch out if you don't want babies!) so needless to say our little house wasn't equipped to handle our growing family.

So yes we are building our dream house for our dream family
That is so great. I am very happy for you all. I will send good vibes your way. Hope it sells fast.
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Me too! I (almost) have a whole new wardrobe. And now I have a spare bed full of clothes to donate. Feeling skinny today and thought I'd try on those favorite white shorts from so many years ago...the ones I just couldn't bear to part with. They buttoned and then OMG they zipped all the way up. Thank you IP (and armour thyroid) for bringing me back to me. Happy girl!!!!!!
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Went to visit a friend at her aunt's house and there were 3 baskets of IP food sitting in the dining room. I asked her if she was doing it and she said yes she had lost 40 pounds and blah blah. My friend asked me what it was all about and I told her what I eat and her aunt says, "Oh, I have bread. It might slow me down a bit but I'm not in a hurry. " She's a pretty big lady so she had quite a bit left I imagine. I just couldn't believe it. I asked how long the food there would last her and she said at least 10 weeks. She eats 2 packets a day. I told her maybe she needed 3 and she'd quit eating bread. Whatever I guess. Not my body not my business. But, she did give me a choc pancake packet. What should I do with it? What's best? I do alternatives so I've never used any IP food. Thanks!

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Hi there,

Im just about to start IP, I have my meeting with a rep on Monday.
I am SCARED!!
I really havent dieted EVER.. been in denial that Im obese.
Actually I have been in survival mode for the last 8 years. Now Im finally ready to start living again.

I am worthy of happiness, love, health, joy. Sounds simple huh, Im still trying to believe it and live it.

Any suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated.
You jump on board here with all of us girlfriend, stick to the plan and read the posts on this site whenever you feel like giving up( and even when you just want to hear about what others are doing to stay on plan). if you stick with it you will see results, and fast. You are worth it! Ideal protein is awesome.
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WEigh in #4 I lost 5.5 pounds!
Yeah Sandy! You are looking so wonderful. My mother who has made comments about my weight since I was a teen ager-she really means well- always says she is worried about my health- anyway today she Told me I look great and that she doesn't think I should lose another ounce- now there is a switch!
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WI #8 today and nothing, no loss, no gain...first time since I started the program. I didn't do anything differently...feeling discouraged...I did lose 4.5 inches though, which makes no sense to me. Hope everyone had a great OP day!
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I am really confused on how this website and all these different forums work. I can't seem to stay connected with the same people i started out with. There are so many threads. What to do, what to do. It seems confusing. Right now i am just trying to get an answer on a particular question: Can i have uncured bacon and one egg for my protein meal on phase 1? Thanks

According to my Phase 1 sheet you can have 2 eggs for your evening protein. No bacon
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