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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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