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Old 07-08-2012, 12:58 PM   #121
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First big family party tomorrow, but it's our house. I still don't have confirmation that there will be veggies I can eat (DH is coordinating, but people are bringing). So, it's at my house, so I can just go to the fridge and grab a pepper or something.

Next weekend's party (one almost every weekend) is at my sister in-aw's and I'll just have to bring a veggie, they usually have burgers, so to won't be an issue. I dont want to bring a shake and stick out too much.

Fireworks are rescheduled to tomorrow night because of all of the rain were not having, oh well.

Have a good night.

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I would either not go out to eat when I first started IP or I would host dinners at my house so I could control the entire meal. At one dinner the first month I served lemon and chocolate dessert parfaits - all IP - to all my guests. No one knew theywere eating IP. They did notice my salad dressing was different than theirs, but no one cared of course. Now I often eat my dinner before I go out to picnics, bbqs and parties and so when I get there, I typically only have salad and water and talk up a storm. No one really says anything.

I also ALWAYS have my emergency pack in my purse - always filled - and has 2 protein bars, 1 soup pack, 1 teas bag, 2 splenda, Mio. I am prepared to get stuck or have to go out somewhere to eat anytime. Also have 2 spare protein bars in a ziplock bag in my car - more emergency rations.
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Hi All,

My other issue: I will have to switch to alternatives in August because I will have exhausted my IP budget. I am a little frustrated because I feel I should have lost more weight using the real "IP" products so I am in fear what will happen when I make the switch. I dont know if anyone has had to switch on here but I was thinking I need to get a jump start on researching which products are comparable nutrition wise before that time comes.

Good luck to everyone and I will try to make an effort to at least read some of the posts daily.
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Start reading the Alternatives thread, so much good info there. I did IP starting in 2010 using 100% IP products, this time I am 90% alternative, 10% IP, weight loss is identical. Average weekly cost for 3 boxes (21 meals) is $35. - I use Proti-Diet, Proti-Thin, some Weight Loss Systems, some HealthSmart products, all from Nashua Nutrition. At $99, they have free shipping, so I just order $100+ and so have variety. One benefit is that Proti-Diet's pancake mix has only 6 carbs, so I use that every morning and have a cinnamon splenda topped crepe (make my pancake thin) and its not restricted!

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Good morning. Going out to breakfast with the kids then to the pool. Need to mow the lawn and fit in a trip to seem Spider Man later today. Having surgery on my left wrist tomorrow. Did the right wrist in March! Carpal Tunnel.
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IMPORTANT - re your surgery, if they give you saline solution, be sure its not the sugar based one. If you don't ask for non-sugar based saline, you may well be given that. Best wishes that all works out perfectly for you!

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I just can't tell you all how motivating it is to read your progress! This is the first diet of pretty much every diet out there that I haven't cheated at all! Today is day 6 for me and I'm so excited for weigh in tomorrow. According to my scale at home I've been losing a pound a day! This is so incredible!!
You are on an incredible journey. Keep coming to join us daily, you'll feel inspired, get so many great ideas and probably find answers to questions you didn't know you had as well as get great answers and perspectives on those questions you do have.

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I am having a hard time with people criticizing what I'm eating or that I'm dieting at all like it is some kind of inconvenience to THEM. My mother last night at dinner, my friend this morning by email...etc. My boyfriend is pretty supportive, thank goodness. Next Friday we are going out to dinner with friends, and ugh, I just don't want to hear about it!!! Going to look at the menu right now so that I will know in advance what I'm ordering. At least these friends are used to me drinking or not drinking and won't be critical of that issue.

I guess next time someone says something, I can ask "Why? Is it an inconvenience to you?" and see what they actually say.

Oh, and "You can just have a little". Seriously????
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I've needed it for ten years but just got sick of it this year. I was also scared off when my doctor said to do both at once. Wen he left I spoke to his PA and said how will I wipe my a*s! He said to only do one at a time.

SOOOO I am a left handed wiper, I have torn my right rotator cuff twice and I just don't have the reach! I bought a Comfort Reach to help me out!
My dad is a right handed wiper, he also tore his left rotator cuff and lost about 10lb when his right hand was healing. He had such a hard time going lefty that he stopped eating to create less waste! I guess that's one way to get motivated...
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So I don't know if my scale is lying to me or not but I weighed myself yesterday and it was 199lbs and this morning it said 190lbs! How is that possible????
There's that whoosh fairy! Go with it. Expect the scale to go up tomorrow while you stabilize.
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Good morning everyone. I had a great day with my Mom and sister yesterday. We had a bunch of friends over for the UFC fights last night. Tons of food and drinks. I am just not tempted anymore and that feels SO good. 3 boxes of Papa Johns pizza, and none of it looked appealing. (Pizza is one of my favorite foods) I never thought I would say that!!!! Talk about a life change!!! I also had one guy tell me I don't even look like the same person and that I looked tiny. Wow, that made me feel great

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I am having a hard time with people criticizing what I'm eating or that I'm dieting at all like it is some kind of inconvenience to THEM. My mother last night at dinner, my friend this morning by email...etc. My boyfriend is pretty supportive, thank goodness. Next Friday we are going out to dinner with friends, and ugh, I just don't want to hear about it!!! Going to look at the menu right now so that I will know in advance what I'm ordering. At least these friends are used to me drinking or not drinking and won't be critical of that issue.

I guess next time someone says something, I can ask "Why? Is it an inconvenience to you?" and see what they actually say.

Oh, and "You can just have a little". Seriously????
I had this problem, initially, at work. My lunch, every day, became everyone's business. Then, when my weight loss started to show, that became the subject of criticism. Finally, I just sat every one down and said that I need support, not opinions. If I wanted opinions, I would ask. I then told them all that I appreciate that they care, but that no one cares more about my body and health than me and my coach. After that, I heard nothing but positive compliments.
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So I don't know if my scale is lying to me or not but I weighed myself yesterday and it was 199lbs and this morning it said 190lbs! How is that possible????
Don't question it, just go with it BUT if you step on the scale tomorrow and its UP don't be upset!...THIS is why we say don't weigh every day cuz you never know what mood your body is in for the day .

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I would stick to the salads probably the chopped salad with steak or chicken Stick with what you know
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Good morning fellow IPers!

I'm having a really tough time these last couple of days... I love how I look with my new clothes on and all that. I love dropping pants size. The issue is looking at myself naked... I can see some extra skin, and I still feel fat because there is nothing to hold or hide that skin. And obviously I still have too much fat in the areas that I wanted to lose (belly, hips and thighs). I've considered revising my goal to 10 or 15 lbs lower than I originally planned but I don't even know if that would make me feel better at all. The point of this diet was to feel better both clothed and naked, but while at first I was ecstatic, I am now not feeling much better about myself than I did 35 lbs ago.

I'm not sure I was properly able to express how I feel but it's probably close enough. I wonder if anyone else feels/has felt like me and how you managed to get over it... I'm not talking about quitting by the way, not planning on that at all, just feeling a little down and not sure how to encourage myself to feel better with no clothes on.

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I'm having a really tough time these last couple of days... I love how I look with my new clothes on and all that. I love dropping pants size. The issue is looking at myself naked... I can see some extra skin, and I still feel fat because there is nothing to hold or hide that skin. And obviously I still have too much fat in the areas that I wanted to lose (belly, hips and thighs). I've considered revising my goal to 10 or 15 lbs lower than I originally planned but I don't even know if that would make me feel better at all. The point of this diet was to feel better both clothed and naked, but while at first I was ecstatic, I am now not feeling much better about myself than I did 35 lbs ago.

I'm not sure I was properly able to express how I feel but it's probably close enough. I wonder if anyone else feels/has felt like me and how you managed to get over it... I'm not talking about quitting by the way, not planning on that at all, just feeling a little down and not sure how to encourage myself to feel better with no clothes on.

On a more positive note, I wish everyone a great OP day
Kiki, your extra skin is a sign of your success, even though you don't like looking at it or your naked body, you are a work in progress. Once you start toning up, do yoga or walking your body will tighten up. I see my self naked in the mirror and think WOW that is a lot of loose skin BUT I am not done yet. Just my "apron" weighs over 25lbs and I know this because I put my stomach on the scale. Yes I can lift my stomach up and put it on a scale. You can't tell its that big in my clothes because I can hide it. This is who I am, I am changing BUT some things will take longer than others. The loose skin I have will NOT go away on its own, I will have to get it surgically removed and that is far in the future for me with no health insurance. I will not let seeing that extra skin make me feel any less, its something I have accepted so I deal with it. Maybe my outlook is different than others but its positive for me. Learn to love what you see, its changing daily
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My other issue: I will have to switch to alternatives in August because I will have exhausted my IP budget. I am a little frustrated because I feel I should have lost more weight using the real "IP" products so I am in fear what will happen when I make the switch. I dont know if anyone has had to switch on here but I was thinking I need to get a jump start on researching which products are comparable nutrition wise before that time comes.
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Chloe said a lot of what I would have said. I just want you to know that I spent my first 3 months totally on IP, but for a variety of reasons, one cost, I decided to go to all alternatives. That was three months ago. I have not had a slow down in weight loss. The difference is you have to pay more attention to ingredients and nutrition when selecting alternative items. IP allows you to not have to think about those. I just want you to know it can be done.

As Chloe said, read the alternative threads. There are lots of us who post our alternative unique issues and situations. We try to keep those separate to allow most of this forum to be what it's designed for, Ideal Protein users.

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I'm glad to be back on the forum. This time at the cottage, being summer, and waaaaay too hot to be in the cottage much except to sleep, I did not get online to read most all week, especially being on dial-up (except our car chasing trip when my step son drove and I was in the back with the netbook). I've missed everyone and their information and words of wisom and love.

I can tell the whoosh fairy was in northern Michigan as I'm having trouble keeping my jeans up today (the others are packed on the bottom of the stuff all piled behind the seats in the truck.) These are stretch and have fit very well. Not now. I'm glad, as my body has been on some loss hiatus for several weeks. I have not weighted since June 23, so I will be anxious to see where I am at my WI on this coming Saturday.

Still have another250+ miles to home, then back to work tomorrow. Ugh. I am sooooo ready to retire and go to the cottage permanently. Wish we could easily organize the 17 years of stuff at home now.

Have a great Sunday and stay OP.

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Thank wuv you I appreciate your words I am just coming out of a major depression and sometimes it negativity comes back to haunt me... like it is never really far away. I started IP as part of my "new life and new me" to put all that behind me, along with a new job, new cat and new apartment. My body has always been a huge issue to me. However, I do feel better knowing others have the same skin issue and have accepted it. I need to learn to do the same. I guess I just have to be patient, and learning to love myself is something I constantly have to work on.

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Thank wuv you I appreciate your words I am just coming out of a major depression and sometimes it negativity comes back to haunt me... like it is never really far away. I started IP as part of my "new life and new me" to put all that behind me, along with a new job, new cat and new apartment. My body has always been a huge issue to me. However, I do feel better knowing others have the same skin issue and have accepted it. I need to learn to do the same. I guess I just have to be patient, and learning to love myself is something I constantly have to work on.

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You are a work in progress, you will get there. Some of us have MORE loose skin than you....remember that...if we can handle it so can you. When you are feeling down or depressed come here, someone is always around to help you out
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So, after being up 3 pounds throughout the week, I did my weigh in this morning and was back down to exactly what I was last week. I'm pretty happy about that!! I actually think the problem was that I didn't eat everything that I was supposed to. I was a little lax this week. Hopefully this week, I can be back on track.

I started training again for a 5K this morning. I haven't run since about March due to injury and starting IP. I'm going to add an extra packet on the days that I workout.
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I had this problem, initially, at work. My lunch, every day, became everyone's business. Then, when my weight loss started to show, that became the subject of criticism. Finally, I just sat every one down and said that I need support, not opinions. If I wanted opinions, I would ask. I then told them all that I appreciate that they care, but that no one cares more about my body and health than me and my coach. After that, I heard nothing but positive compliments.

I think when you get closer to a normal weight people get nervous that you are going to go overboard and develop an eating disorder.

I had the same experience with my brothers and sister and with co-workers this month.

No one seems to remember how big I was. The other evening a group of colleagues took me out for a birthday dinner. It was supposed to be a retirement celebration but a dear friend and coworker has been diagnosed with breast cancer and I told her I will keep working until she can come back so everything stays the same for her in the job,

My coworkers have watched me bring my own lunch of salad and chicken every time lunch is provided for us. We are totally overworked with many meetings scheduled for what should be our lunch break. To make up for this they bring in lunch which is truckloads of carb laden crap.

On my birthday get together I declined wine and ordered a very nice grilled chicken salad and split a dessert with someone. It was Olive Garden and everyone else had pasta and the bread basket.

When I was leaving one person said she was speaking for everyone and they were concerned about how much weight I was losing and wanted to ask me not to lose more. This is the same thing my family said when I was back east at the beginning of the month. I told them I was maintaining and let it go at that.

I knew why they were concerned; last year a coworker who was retiring and not overweight went on a fitness kick and diet to lose 30 pounds for her daughter's wedding and looks awful.

When i came home I sent everyone in the group an email with my progress pictures attached. I told them my journey has been different than many people's because I was obese as a child and I will always be a "closet" obese person. I said I was now at the high end of the average range for my height and age. I told them I would never be able to eat the way someone else of that height and weight and has never been obese can eat.

The first picture shows me 10 years ago on the right with my mom. I was 205 at 5"1". Shortly after that I realized I could not handle wheat and had energy for the first time in my 55 years. For that reason I will never take partake of the supplied lunches.

The middle picture is 5 years ago at 189. My doctor had just told me he was sending me to a specialist to look at a knee replacement. I asked him to wait till I tried to get more weight off. In that time I yo-yoed up and down with low carb plans.
I finally got the latest 35 pounds of this year with IP.

I got several responses. One from my secretary who is the same height as me but keeps her weight at 120 with daily walking. She said I was being too strict with myself as I am the same fine person when I am heavy or not. I emailed her back and told her I appreciated the thought but actually my knee and my doctor think I am a much healthier person at my current weight.

Two people emailed back and thanked me for showing them it was not impossible to get weight off after menopause which is incredibly difficult. One of them said from now on she would look at menus and ask herself "what would Pat order".

Several people didn't respond at all.

Sorry for the long post. The topic of other people being so concerned with what one eats never seems to go away and made me think of my experience this week.

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