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

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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

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

First Week High and Lows

My first week on Ideal Protein is behind me, and to say I’m relieved is the understatement of the century!  I didn’t cheat once, ate the right foods, the right veggies, and consumed more water than I thought possible!  So, with a smile on my face and excitement oozing out of me, I headed in to meet with my coach.

sctmAnd what did the dreaded tape measure say?  Well, it said I lost almost 4″ in the first week!  HELL YEAH!  And what did the scale say after that?  Well, that I lost just over 7lbs!  WAHOO!  This week I killed it on weight loss and inches loss, which makes the sacrifice of the past week totally worth it!  Go me!

Now, labs were a different story.  My labs were my first set and they are nowhere near ok.  It was another in a long line of wake-up calls the past few weeks.  Downside, it bums me out how far I’ve let my health slide.  Upside, it’s amazing motivation to stay on track.  The more weight comes off, the better my labs will be.  The better my labs get, the health issues disappear.  The health issues disappear, and I won’t end up like every other woman in my family by dying from complications of diabetes.  Morbid, I know, but true.  And this blog has to be about the honest, awful, naked truth for me.

So, great first week with a new wake up call.  All in all, we’ll call this a win.

Ciao for now,

M

Second Week Check-in Was a HUGE Success!!

I was worried about my check-in this week, given the whole cheating extravaganza.  I was prepared to not see the scale move or anything, and was prepared to properly chastise myself about it, forgive myself for it, and move on.  But that is not what happened because I lost 4lbs last week!!!  WAHOO!!  My losses looked like this:

  • Neck – lost 1″
  • Chest – lost 2″ (that’s 3″ total loss in my chest!)
  • Arm – lost .75″
  • Waist – lost 2″
  • Thigh – lost 2.5″
  • Pounds – lost 4lbs (total of 7 lost in the first 10 days)

For whatever reason, my hips haven’t lost any inches yet, which is weird to me.  Hopefully next week, I’ll see the tape measure move.

I did get to choose my own food this time, though, and that was awesome!  I ended up buying two weeks worth, though, so that I have some variety.  I was really irritated when I found out that the premade drinks, which I really like, only come in 6packs when every other product has 7 packages to cover the whole week.  Sigh.  Oh well.

So, I chose, cuz I’m more of a savory girl:

  • Salt & Vinegar Crisps
  • BBQ Crisps
  • Southwest Cheese Curls
  • Rotini
  • Lemon Wafers
  • Vanilla premade drinks

That sounds like a tasty couple of weeks for me!  Proud of the progress I’ve made so far, and am very much looking forward to seeing everything keep shrinking in the weeks to come!

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Holy Lemon-y Goodness, Batman!

Lemon_WafersBreakfast was delicioso this morning!  I am in heaven. Say it with me:  Lemon Wafers.  Did you see that ‘s’?  Yeah, cuz there’s two of them in the package and they are huge!  Light and airy wafers around lemony goodness, with a layer of chocolate on the bottom.  This one is a winner fo sho!  And what’s great is that, as light as it is, it’s really satisfying, and one package was more than enough and I’m not hungry at all!  This one is a keeper! Lemon Love!

 

Chocolate and Pasta and Motivation!

Day 2 was a huge success for me on a few fronts.  Obviously, it did not start well, what with that banana pudding incident, but the rest of the day went really, really well!  The sugar withdrawal was very minor, and the headache disappeared on its own.  Lunch consisted of a salad of mixed greens, endive and celery with a lemon pepper vinaigrette that I made myself and I had a delicious chocolate mint bar for dessert.  Dinner was another turkey scramble with mushrooms, bellpeppers and spinach.  But my evening snack was where it all got good.  And I mean really good!

As I’ve stated, I love all things carbs, and man was I missing them yesterday.  I was craving chips and bread all day long!  I wanted something starchy!  Well, I got to have ideal protein’s rotini last night and it rocked!  The consistency reminded me of pasta I’ve had that was made from quinoa.  And my coach gave me the awesome suggestion of cooking it in chicken broth instead of water, and since I was feeling a little headachey at that time, I just basically made chicken noodle soup, and it took care of that carb craving completely!  I’m thrilled!

But the best part of the past day or so, was this morning.  So, every morning I wake up, change into sweats and a tank top and head out to walk my little corgi.  The sun is already high, and we walk around the block of my apartment building.  I hate the last turn and street because the sun is at my back, casting my very unattractive shadow on the ground showing me just how big I am.  Can’t hide, the shadow tells the truth.  But today, today, I saw a smaller shadow.  Not drastically, but enough that I noticed.  And a small dip in my waist revealed itself.  And then, when I went upstairs to get dressed for work, the outfit I’ve worn numerous times was just a smidge more comfortable than the last time I wore it.  I know it’s only been 2 days, but this diet works quickly when you stick to it, and even if all of this is just in my mind, it’s wonderful motivation to keep going!

I can do this!  I can let Ideal Protein change my body.  And as the results keep showing themselves, the easier this will get!

Great start to my first hump day on this diet! YAY!