MAMIZA's SparkPeople Blog MAMIZA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Back Again: The Healthy Weigh Now I am starting this eating plan again after being sick. I started this journey back in 2012 and was doing pretty well on it and then I got very, very sick and had to discontinue it. I have an autoimmune disease that took heavy doses of steroids and about 18 months of various types of chemo to knock it out of my system. In the process, because of the steroids, I ballooned up to 220 lbs. As I went off of them I lost weight and am now down to 185ish, which is still way too much for my 5' 5" h... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 11:57:35 EST New Beginnings: Week 6 & Week 7 1/10/2103 <BR> <BR> I haven't written in my blog since day 12...oh noooo!! It's ok, but I decided I was being much too ambitious to commit to write everyday, so now I am committing to write once per week. Let's see how that goes... <BR> <BR> Week 6 weigh-in on Dec 31st wasn't good, as I expected. (A gain of 6 lbs.) I simply found it incredibly difficult to stay with my protocol when I was out and about all day in the City and was with my family and another...lots of people to make happy ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:55:02 EST New Beginnings: Ideal Protein: Day 12 Day 12: December 8,2012 <BR> <BR> Today was good. I went with the food is fuel philosophy and did quite well. I woke up late and so had a late breakfast and a late lunch and then my parents came to stay the night on their way thru to Florida. I had a good talk with my mom about the diet and how I am working it. She was like: No fruit? No dairy? No grains? You eating veggies? I said yes, yes, and some. Luckily she is very supportive of me and once asking if I had checked with my doctor,... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 21:52:03 EST New Beginnings: Ideal Protein: Day 11 Day 11: Friday, December 7, 2012 <BR> <BR> Today was a bit odd for me. I think I may have turned a corner...I had no cravings up until right now and I'm going to ignore them. That which I am craving I've had before and It will only hurt me to eat it now. <BR> One of the people on Ideal Protein Sparkers team said something that I've been thinking about all day. He said he rarely thinks of food, just uses it to fuel his body, so it didn't matter what he ate, but rather that it was on plan.... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 23:12:31 EST New Beginnings: Ideal Protein: Day 10 Day 10: Thursday, December 6, 2012 <BR> <BR> I have to say I've gotten more energy the last couple of days--got a lot done around the house, which is always a good thing. A major thing I did was re-arrange the freezers (I have 1 in garage and 1 in the kitchen) by moving all the off-limits foods,such as ice cream and potatoes and frozen dinners, etc to the garage and only left stuff I could eat in the kitchen. I figured why have it staring me in the face, right? So now the kitchen freezer ... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 20:12:05 EST New Beginnings: Ideal Protein: Day 9 Day 9: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 <BR> <BR> This really is a new beginning day for me as last night I indulged in some food off of protocol. I ate pudding cups. I regretted it even as I was eating them. How sick is that? And it's sort of funny because I was having a debate with myself whether to have an IP bar, because I wanted "snacky food" and I had already eaten my restricted food for the day by having IP oatmeal. I also realized that I had forgotten to get some IP raspberry jello. ... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 22:03:19 EST New Beginnings: Ideal Protein: Day 8 Day 8: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 <BR> <BR> Still going strong. My sleep study last nite went fine, although I probably looked like an mad scientist's experiment once they had all of the electrode and wires hooked up to me. (They don't provide a mirror in the sleep room so I can only imagine). I brought my IP bar to have for my bedtime snack...I do love the caramel nut bars! It is strange thinking of a camera recording you when you sleep. The tech told me some people they get are strange... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 22:29:53 EST New Beginnings: Ideal Protein: Day 7 Day 7: Monday, December 3, 2012 <BR> <BR> Today was an exciting day. My first weigh-in since joining the IP program. I'm ecstatic to say I've lost 8.6 lbs! Lots more to go, but one day/1 lb at a time and it will come off. I was also super happy to buy some new foods. As I stated earlier,the center gave me a variety to eat in my first week. Unfortunately, I didn't care for about 10 of the packets. I did try a few, but some I couldn't manage to even attempt. So I got foods that I will ... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 18:49:48 EST New Beginnings: Ideal Protein: Day6 Day 6: Sunday, 12/2/12 <BR> <BR> Today went well. Yesterday, I ate on program and was not hungry at all. In fact, I had to force myself to eat my snack after dinner because I had to take the supplements and the sheet said I had to eat. I had chocolate soy puffs--yummy! Still not much energy, but no pain, so that's good. I tried a recipe for potato pancakes that looked good, but was very dry--didn't like that so much but it was edible. <BR> <BR> Today I attempted and was successful ma... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 22:12:27 EST New Beginnings: Ideal Protein: Day 5 Day 5: Saturday, 12/1/12 <BR> <BR> five days staying power. I'm psyched. I'm really looking forward to my weigh in on Monday; according to my scale at home, I've done really well. I'll keep it a surprise til it is official (plus at home is in my underwear, and I don't think they'll let me strip at the office!) <BR> <BR> I'm also looking forward to buying some food that I like: so far I have liked: <BR> ready-made vanilla drink <BR> the orange drink packet <BR> the maple oatmeal <BR> ... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 23:39:47 EST New Beginnings: Ideal Protein: Day 4 Day 4: Friday, 11/30/12 <BR> <BR> My first foray into IP pudding last night was horrible. I decided to have the lemon pudding as my after dinner snack. Yuck I hated it. I really tried to eat it all, but I was gagging (sorry!) and only ate about half. I've read that people either love it or hate it. Well, I'm the latter! I usually like lemon, but not this! Oh well, live and learn. <BR> <BR> Food wise, I had a good day today. I had the chocolate drink for breakfast made with ice in th... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 11:01:19 EST New Beginnings: Ideal Protein: Day 3 Day 3: Thursday, 11/29/12 <BR> <BR> I had a good day today. Ate on program, but was very indecisive about what to eat and when. I kept changing my mind of which IP product to try since I've only had a limited number of them, and I guess I am hesitant to try stuff for fear I won't like it and then it will be a waste of $$. I chose the oatmeal for breakfast and the fine herb and cheese omelet + added veggies for lunch. I then went to the grocery store and bought some baby bok choy and mad... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 19:11:41 EST New Beginnings: Ideal Protein Day 2: Weds, 11/28/12 <BR> <BR> Ok... so today was a little stressful. I probably shouldn't have started my program til tomorrow because I had a stress test that I needed to fast for. But, I was tired of putting it off. I want to get healthy. I wasn't able to eat anything til 12:30 when the test was done. I was soooo hungry!! What made it even worse was the fact that they had a basket full of goodies for people to snack on after the first part of the test: little pkgs of cookies, chees... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 19:18:29 EST New Beginnings: Ideal Protein Tuesday, 11/27/12 <BR> <BR> DAY 1 <BR> <BR> My journey is beginning. I have never tried a "diet " like this before. I have also never had long term success before. So, my cardiologist suggested this program and since it is medically supervised and backed by his recommendation, I went to a seminar and signed up that night. I knew it wasn't realistic for me to start until after Thanksgiving because my house would be full of company and way too much temptation. So I began today. I am a l... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 18:58:10 EST Starting over... I am a "yo-yo" dieter. I have struggled with my weight since puberty. I have tried and succeeded both with WW and SP but I always return to my old ways of eating. I am disgusted with myself. I stepped on the scale and once again I have let myself get over the 200 lb mark. Then, to add insult to injury, I went shopping for some new clothes (warm weather..nothing fits!) and found to my dismay that I am once again in a bigger size and as we all know the bigger sizes are not the most fashion... Mon, 7 May 2012 13:08:58 EST new to SPARKPEOPLE It is day 2 of my joining this website. I am very motivated and am looking forward to being kept that way by the things I find on this site. Fri, 18 Jun 2010 14:22:14 EST