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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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!

 

First Check-In – Success!!!

So, I was a little hesitant to do a check in only 4 days into this diet, because really, what kind of results can you have in just a few days, and I was worried if nothing changed, I would get discouraged.  Well, that did NOT happen!

Check it out…I lost:

0.5″ off of my neck

0.5″ off my arms

1.0″ off my chest

3 total pounds!

 

3 pounds gone!  In four days!  And I’m feeling really good!  I’m sleeping well (despite the stupid heat going on right now), I’m a little bit hungry, but nothing too insane.  For the most part the food has been good, other than the banana pudding and peach/mango drink disasters.  So, I couldn’t be more pumped!  I can’t wait to see how the scale and measuring tape look next week!

So proud of me!!