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

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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

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

Gotta Love a Coach with Winning Experience!

So, I had my first meeting with my coach today.  And I love her!  And why, might you ask, do I already know that I love her? Well, because she is someone who has successfully gone through this program!  And I love that, because she’ll understand the struggle for going through this diet.  Because, trust me, the struggle is real.  Very friggin real!  And she’s done it, which just helps with the motivation.

shccSo, I headed to my new home away from home to meet Dr. Giorano at 7:15am in the morning.  For those who know me, I clearly must be committed to this program, because yeah, mornings and I do not get along at all!  But I was there, on time, and ready for my appointment.  I got a very warm welcome at Stability Health Center in South Lake Union. And not only is Dr. G. going to help me get my weight under control, but she’s going to help manage my diabetes with natropathic methods.  To say I’m excited by that is an understatement.  So today was blood work, tour of the building, meeting the team, and my first one on one with my coach.

We talked about how I got to this place, my support system, my goals, and all that fun stuff.  I did another weight in,  blech, but had to be done.  Coach Jill is awesome, and I love her energy, and I know she’s going to help me meet my goal of finally, once and for all, getting rid of this weight.  I’m not losing it, because I refuse to find it again  I’m getting rid of it.

Ciao for now,

M