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

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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

 

Skinny Jeans…The Struggle Is Real!

Any woman you know has, at some point, struggled to get into a pair of jeans.  Everywhere from the dressing room, to the bedroom floor, women will contort themselves in positions only known to professional yoga instructors in order to fit into a cute pair of jeans.

Additionally, women often have a pair of jeans in her closet dubbed her sjs
‘skinny jeans.’  No, these are not the hipster fashion trend currently afflicting the twenty-something males of the world, but the pair of jeans that, if she were about 10 pounds thinner, she could fit into them.  I’m no exception to this rule.

I started Ideal Protein 30 days ago today, and this morning, when I got up and was trying to decide what to wear to work, my hands touched unfamiliar denim and I was reminded of my skinny jeans that I’ve had in my closet for a few years.  I pulled them out, and thought, why no?  And so, poised to do the yoga necessary to get into smaller jeans than you’re used to, I stepped into them, and a miracle happened.  No jumping.  No squatting.  No sucking my stomach in.  No lying on the floor.  No praying to the denim gods to stretch it juuuuuust a smidge.  None of that nonsense, because these babies slid right up and on!  They’re even a little baggy in the thighs!  I almost passed out from sheer shock!

In the first 25 days of doing IP, I have lost 12lbs and almost 5.5″, and so when I thought about that, it made sense that these jeans would fit!  I’m not gonna lie, I got teary eyed a bit, full of pride at the hard work that I’ve done, and how it’s paying off!

And it’s not just paying off in inches and pounds.  My blood sugar is getting regulated, and that feels awesome!  Just to give you an idea, my resting, fasting sugar reading was 179 on day one of this diet.  It was 119 on day 30!  GO ME!

Ciao for now,

M