Holy Crap…It’s Day 60!

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When I started IP, I bought a huge wall calendar to mark off the days I complete on the diet.  It’s both to track my progress as well as keep me motivated.  It’s quite satisfying to look at the calendar and see all those Xs lined up.  It’s also really satisfying to mark those Xs off every day.

I always mark after dinner and I just put a mark on today and stopped dead in my tracks.  I counted out 30 day increments, and today is day 60! Holy Crap!

I’ve been doing this for two months!  60 days of no sugar, no carbs, and truly, only minimal struggle.  I’m fully back on track with my appetite and my head is back in the game.  So much so that I went all out for dinner tonight with a baked salmon recipe (thank you Pioneer Woman for the perfect baked salmon recipe!) and steamed fresh green beans.  You can check out the photo on Instagram.

I’m reinvigorated, and ready to take the next 60 days head on!  This weight loss/better health thing is a serious mental game.  And I may have stumbled the past few weeks, but i’m back on track now, and I’m ready to kick some weight loss ass!

Looking forward to sharing some good news on my stats on Friday!  Wish me luck!

Ciao for now,

M

It’s a Marathon…Not a Sprint

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In the life changing game, as with any other game, to be honest, most people want instant gratification.  We want instant change.  And I’m no exception.  The first four weeks on IP went really well for me.  I was in the right mental state.  I was excited.  And the pounds and inches were melting off of me and a very fast pace.  My first month’s stats were the proof!

But the past two weeks, my progress has slowed to a ridiculous pace, and it’s been really hard to stay motivated.  Let’s see:

  1. I friggin gained 0.6lb last week, and my weight was exactly the same this week.
  2. I lost 0.5″ on my thigh last week and another 0.5″ on my thigh this week.  And did not lose inches anywhere else.
  3. I have completely lost my appetite, and the idea of eating anything is less than desirable.  so much so that I skipped a few meals this past week just because I couldn’t be bothered to eat.
  4. My head is just not in the game, and I’m just so bored with this diet, yet it’s not like I want to cheat.  I just don’t care at all.

Why is this happening?  Why has my enthusiasm waned from how it was when I started?  Why have my numbers stalled?  Why have I completely lost my appetite?

My coach this morning didn’t have much in the way of wisdom to share or tips to try.  And because I didn’t eat all of my protein last week, the only advice was, “Get all your food in, and we’ll see where we are next week,” and of course the “Have you discussed this with the doctor?”

Trying to schedule these appointments as a working person is hard enough as it is, so adding doctor appointments on top of it can get to be overwhelming.  I think what it boils down to is this:  it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

I’m going to have off days.  I’m going to have off weeks.  As my blood sugar regulates, so do my hormones, and perhaps that is the reason for my shift in mood and appetite.  This diet is hard, really hard, and my mental state is going to take a beating now and again, and what hit me this morning on my drive from my doc’s office to my work office was, the old me would just give up.  The new me goes, “Well, hell, not the bet week, but at least you didn’t gain!  And let’s get back on track for next week.”  And that, right there, is huge progress.

I’m a firm believer in the fact that God doesn’t give you any more than you can handle.  And I’ve quit, packed up and run, or walked away from so many diets, so many healthy eating plans, and every attempt I’ve started to get myself to a better health.   I’m not going to walk away from this one.

I need to remember that I’m human, and will have weak moments, and I need to be ok with that.  By ticking with this, especially after the last two weeks is a success in itself.  And I’m really proud of me for that!

Change doesn’t come over night.  Doesn’t even come over a few months, when it comes to correcting the years of damage I’ve put on my body.  And if I’m going to use IP to permanently make changes, there are a few things I need to accept:

  1. Be patient, both with the process and with myself.
  2. Accept that there are going to be weeks where the numbers aren’t helpful, and that should be motivating and not deterring.
  3. I’m in this alone.  My coach only knows what she knows, and everyone is different. I have to listen to my body and focus on blood sugar readings and how I feel.
  4. The scale doesn’t lie, but it’s not the only factor.
  5. Attitude is a factor of success.  If I’m negative about the process, the results will also be negative.

First major hiccup, and I can get through it.  I can do this.  I can see this through to the end.  It’s a marathon…not a sprint.

Ciao for now,

M

I Lost My Appetite!

Not sure how many people who do Ideal Protein experience total loss of appetite.  Well, I have.  I don’t want to eat anything.  Not my IP food.  Not my 8oz of protein.  Not my veggies.  Not anything.  It’s taking every ounce of self control to eat at all.

I talked to my coach about this last week at my weigh in, because last week was the first time I have experienced this.  Ironically, I also gained 0.6lbs, which, ya know, is just not fair!  But it dawned on me how much of a mental game this IP thing truly is.

If my mind isn’t in it, my body won’t follow.  And yet, I’ve hit an emotional and mental plateau and am having a hard time moving away from it. I won’t give up, and I won’t quit.  But, there has to be something I can do to reinvigorate my mental state.

I’ll let you guys know what I figure out.

Ciao for now,

M

Look Out Mounds Candy Bar!

Ok, let’s start with the fact that I don’t have a sweet tooth.  I could care less if I never tasted chocolate or cake or candy again.  It’s not my thing.  However, now and again, when wanting something sweet, my favorite combination is dark chocolate and coconut.  So, on the rare, usually once a year case when I wanted sweets, I’d grab myself a Mounds candy bar.  It would take me about three days to eat the whole thing, but it was scrumptious and hit the spot every time.

ccbSo, now I’m on Ideal, and obviously Mounds are not allowed.  However, every day, every friggin day, I get to have one of IP’s chocolate coconut protein bars, and people, these things are so delicious, I can’t even tell you!  They have the filling nature of a protein bar, with not overly sweet chocolate, and the texture of biting into coconut.  It’s awesome!

So, for anyone who is curious about IP food, this one is a total winner!  Feels like I’m eating a candy bar.  And I think a lot of people like that sort of thing, so you should look into it!

Now, if they’d just figure out how we can have a French fry substitute that was just as tasty, I’d be set! 🙂

Ciao for now,

M

Progress, People, Progress!!!

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Weight loss is not easy.  If it was an easy task, so many people would be out of a job, because the weight loss/fitness industry is definitely booming.  Choosing Ideal Protein was an easy one for me as it was the only diet that both had a coach and was overseen by a doctor.  And it has the added bonus of removing sugar from my system, and as a diabetic, that’s a good thing.  But, people, this diet is hard!

And there are days, days I crave everything fro French fries to cheese to mentally talking myself out of just grabbing that loaf of bread and taking it home.  It’s a mental game, like I’ve never experienced.

And my first month’s stats were good, really good, and I’m proud of myself, but hadn’t really noticed a significant difference until today.  Today, people, today I visually saw the progress!

Over the weekend I went shopping, and was thrilled to buy tops 2 sizes smaller than I have in a long time.  And today, when I put one of those tops on, and was able to tuck it in because my stomach is flat enough to do so, I almost cried tears of joy!  And the jeans I’m wearing, while once were very tight skinny jeans, are now quite baggy in the waist, and so, I had to put a belt on.  A BELT!  Do you know how long it has been since I wore a belt?

I stood staring at myself in the mirror and thought, finally, I can see the progress.  It’s not about feeling thinner or lighter today.  Today, it’s about seeing a difference in my body!

Weight loss is hard.  Really hard.  But today I showed myself that after 43 days of no sugar, being able to toss this outfit on and feel confident makes the sacrifice completely worth it.  Progress, people, that’s what it’s all about!

Ciao for now,

M

First Month Check In – Yay Me!!

Really quick check in to state how well I did my first month:

Total pounds lost:  14

Total inches lost: 7

WAHOO!!!!!  Also, my fasting blood sugars have dropped from the high 170s to the low 130s in just 30 days.  That alone is going to keep me going until I lose the weight necessary to  kick this diabetes and have a healthier lifestyle.

I’m quite proud of myself and look forward to seeing more pounds drop away in the next month.

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Ciao for now,

M

This Ain’t Yo Mamma’s Cauliflower!

Ok, so one of the staples on the Ideal Protein meal plan is cruciferous veggies, and cauliflower is one that has quickly become my favorite!  It is so versatile, I had no idea all the cool stuff it could do.  So, in case you were wondering, it can:

1. Be grated and quickly sautéed in a tablespoon of olive oil to use in place of rice for a stir fry.

2. It can be steamed and then mashed with garlic and herbs instead of mashed potatoes.

3. And most astonishingly, it can be turned into bread!  BREAD!  Yes, blink, and read that again, because I said bread!

I’ve found a few online recipes for cauliflower breadsticks and pizza dough, and both were pretty good.  But the one that is my favorite, is the tortillas!  I followed this recipe on the brilliant and wonderful Joshua Weissman’s blog, Simple Palate.

pcHis pictures and process are spot on, so I won’t replicate them here.  But, I did change on thing up, in that I used purple cauliflower.  It does exist, if you’ve never tried it.  Tastes just like regular cauliflower, but is prettier to cook with.  And when used in Josh’s recipe, it comes out looking like blue corn tortillas!

Now, you want to follow the recipe exactly the first time, and then experiment with flavors, but the original is super tasty with just salt and pepper.  There are a few tips I’ll give:

1. Make sure you wring out all the water!  Wear rubber dish washing gloves.  Use cheesecloth.  And wring that stuff until you can’t wring any more!  Bonus, you get a good arm workout.

2. Don’t be surprised by how little cauliflower is in the cheesecloth when you’re done wringing out the water.  A little goes a long way.

3. I made 3 taco sized tortillas out of it, but you could do two larger tortillas, or a bunch of smaller ones.  But the key here is that the ‘dough’ is more like a ‘batter’.  Think pancakes batter.  So, when you put them on the parchment, it’s going to look runny and lumpy.  Trust me, it’s all good.

4.  Toasting them in a dry pan right before serving is what makes them taste and feel like a tortilla. So, don’t skip this step.

Below is a photo of my faux blue corn tortillas made from purple cauliflower, stuffed with ground turkey seasoned with chili powder, cumin, and a touchcts of cayenne, and some micro greens, all topped with a few drops of hot
sauce!

And the bread craving I’ve been having over the past month is gone, yo!

Try them!  You won’t be disappointed.

Ciao for now,

M