POSITIVELY_ICAN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=POSITIVELY%5FICAN POSITIVELY_ICAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Surgery Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650852 I have some minor surgery next week. I made a decision a few weeks ago that around this time I would give myself a break and not worry about my weightloss goals. I'm still sticking with my ideal protein protocol, I'm just not weighing in at home or the clinic. I will be off work for three days and will take about three weeks to completely heal. I won't be able to drive or lift things for 1 - 3 weeks. <BR> <BR> Sometimes you need to just give yourself a little break. There is only so muc... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:43:26 EST Wedding prep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644544 I mentioned to a friend that my wedding dress is very very tight. <BR> She said "were you wearing your spanx when you tried it on?" <BR> Spanx? I'd never heard of them. Apparently this is magical underwear that I need to get. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> I'll only bother if the dress is still super tight in July. <BR> <BR> I took my ring back to the jewellers. It was a different sales lady. She put it on this metal rod and said that the size they had made it was wrong. It isn't that... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:04:48 EST Wedding dress - uh oh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640490 My wedding dress arrived yesterday! <BR> <BR> It was made just for me based on measurements of myself at my current weight. I thought that was wise because it has a sash to cinch in the waist in case I get to my goal or below. <BR> <BR> well... it is tight! I must lose at least another ten pounds or it just won't zip up. <BR> luckily that is my goal anyway and I have until August to do it. <BR> <BR> It will help when summer arrives and I can get out and be more active. It is still in t... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 13:44:00 EST Ring re-sizing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638872 My engagement ring was so big that it fell off my hand in January. I had it sized and sent in to be made smaller. I just got it back and now it is too small!!! They must have written down the wrong size. I remember that the sizing thing fit perfect. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I have decided to wait until I reach my goal weight then I'll try it on again. I imagine myself sending it back to be made bigger, then returning to have it made smaller again in a few months. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 18:33:43 EST 20 weeks on ideal protein - some stats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627450 My home scale says 138 lbs!!!! The clinic scale is always 2 lbs more than my home scale. <BR> I don't ever want to see my weight start with 14# again. I can live with 13#, but don't want to get up to or above the 140s again. <BR> <BR> My average weight loss has been 1.85 pounds a week. <BR> I never gained during the past 20 weeks, however one week I didn't lose. <BR> <BR> My waist is at 30 inches and has been so for at least a month. <BR> <BR> I have lost weight several times and not... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:39:59 EST Week 14 of Ideal Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588144 About 3 1/2 months spent on ideal protein, 30 pounds lighter. Home scale says 146.6 lbs. So far after those first few weeks IP has been pretty easy to follow. <BR> <BR> I have some fatigue that I think is due to the lack of sunlight in my part of the globe. I work in a windowless office during the only hours that the sun is in the sky. I arrive at 7 in the morning before the sun rises, I leave at 5pm, after the sun has set. This weekend I have a goal of going for a walk and getting som... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 13:32:17 EST January 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580497 A New Year! <BR> <BR> Over the holidays according to my scale at home I have lost three pounds. That is definitely better than most people's gain of ten. <BR> <BR> I had a set back when I went home to my parents 50th anniversary. It was constant thing after thing there, lunch, dinner, brunch, dinner, and so on. Our social lives mostly evolve around food, and my family doesn't drink alcohol which seems to make the food more prominent. I was careful what I ate but some things did get in ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 09:26:34 EST Ideal Protein Pasta http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569790 I ate pasta and still lost weight! Don't worry it was the IP pasta. Unbelievably it is no different on the diet than having one of the shakes. I had it with olive oil, salt, pepper and mixed with cooked spinach. So delicious and filling. Unrestricted. This morning my scale says 149.0!! Going down!!! <BR> <BR> I have everything for the IP eggnog except for the rum extract. I'll get that during grocery shopping today. <BR> <BR> Where I live it is -37 C / -35 F. That is the actual temp... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 11:00:08 EST Survived the Office Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559666 Last two weigh ins have been 2 pounds down, no inches lost. Consistent. <BR> So I'm losing weight from other areas than those they measure with a measuring tape I guess. <BR> <BR> Last night was the work Christmas party. I did good. Drank only water, there was a lack of veggies but tons of meat. It was a buffet. <BR> <BR> I had a dress to wear which I bought at a fundraiser for $35 a while ago It is a bit of a shapeless one size fits all sort of dress. I got ready and looked in th... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 10:28:53 EST Finished 8 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549007 I made it to the 150's!!! 159.0 at yesterday's weigh in and a bit off my waist. <BR> I'm so thrilled. IP works so nothing is going to make me stray from this path. <BR> <BR> Total loss in 8 weeks is 18 pounds, so that is a bit over an average of 2 pounds a week. Side benefit besides the weight loss is my blood pressure. It is always high, now it is 133/84. Still a bit high but not bad. <BR> <BR> I used to dread social events because they always result in photos that make me want to c... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 10:43:09 EST Day 51 and made it through a Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545247 Yup that clinic scale was exactly 2 pounds higher than mine. The official books say 160.2 lbs. So close! So close! No inches lost in the areas they measure. By the way, does anyone else out there hate having a tape measure put around their neck? <BR> <BR> For my birthday I made IP cookies, fiance gobbled up most of them. <BR> <BR> I bought the cinnamon raisin peanut butter from Walden Farms. It is a nice change on my morning vanilla pudding pancake. <BR> <BR> We went out for ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:30:10 EST Week 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540341 Weigh in result last weekend - down one pound compared to my home weigh in the week before. Down four pounds (I think) compared to my last weigh in at the clinic three weeks ago. No inches lost in past three weeks, but probably because it is my TOM. I'm bloaty. I didn't feel like I had lost inches because clothes weren't any looser. Those pounds come from everywhere I suppose. <BR> <BR> On the official clinic books I'm 163, anxious to see 159 on the clinic scale one day. My home scale ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:11:10 EST Week 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533080 Into my second month on phase 1 of ideal protein. Everything is quite easy. I find my food to be yummy and I'm only hungry when it is close to mealtime. Of anything I miss it is fruit not junk food. However I know fruit will be re-introduced and I can be patient. <BR> <BR> I haven't weighed myself since Oct 31st and my next weigh in is this Saturday, Nov 9th. I decided to leave the weigh in to be a surprise. I am following directions and not cheating so there is no reason to worry and ta... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 15:41:12 EST Leaving for another and last "road trip" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528292 This time I will fly on the way to the city. The five hour drive is only a one hour flight. <BR> <BR> Then, I return home with my fiance in his car. This is an unusual drive. For one hour of it there are no radio signals and cell phones don't work well. I usually listen to ABBA. For three hours it is nothing but forest, not your usual forest either. It is in the north so the trees are funny little things. I love them. Each tree is like a friend. However, it makes for a very boring ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:37:28 EST Finished month 1 on Ideal Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526239 I started a month ago! 11 pounds down! <BR> I think I would have done better without the road trip, but that is life. It isn't an easy journey. <BR> I will probably be on phase 1 for another four months. I don't mind. I like the packets. <BR> 11 pounds are gone, my emotions are stabilized, no more drinking, I've gone from size 12 pants to size 10s. Struggling through the first few weeks is worth it for the award of a healthier you. <BR> <BR> I have one more weekend of travel then I'll be... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 07:42:11 EST Survived a Road Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524834 Wow I made it home! I had one glitch in my trip but otherwise stayed on the IP program. <BR> The glitch - fiance and I went to visit his best friend from childhood. We were expecting the usual for dinner, a roast + veggies, or a bbq. Something like that. <BR> <BR> Fiance had mentioned to them that I was on a diet and that was why I specifically wanted to just get home to our hotel room instead of staying at their house. I have my own foods to eat. <BR> <BR> Oops, that lead to the ho... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 18:35:17 EST Hitting the reset button http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521377 People who have never heard of Ideal Protein don't seem to understand what I'm trying to do. <BR> I try not to tell people I'm even dieting, I think of this as a private part of my life and I hate answering all the questions that follow. <BR> <BR> Then there are some people who will notice the silver packets and inquire. I eat my lunch at my desk in cubicle land, there is no where to go for privacy. We are a 45 minute drive from civilization. I will tell them that I'm on a low carb d... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:07:37 EST Time to stick up for yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520731 Part of maintaining is going to be standing our ground and sticking up for what we want. I'm starting to practice already. For example, I have two weekends to spend in the big city. I know that the whole time people are going to be pushing alcohol on me. <BR> <BR> I say no. I don't care if you pour me a glass anyway, it is your foolishness that wastes the wine. I'm not drinking it. It is time that I stick up for myself and stand my ground. If you buy me a drink, well then you just wast... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:27:22 EST Practical Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518723 I finally gave my $35 Singer sewing machine the patience needed to get it threaded and working. I took in the waist and hips of four pairs of pants. These are my favourite work "trousers" (as they would say on What Not to Wear). <BR> <BR> Oops <em>40</em> I took one pair in about an inch too much. Oh well, they'll probably fit perfect in about a month. I'm so proud that I figured out that machine that I don't care about the now too small brown trousers. I bought that machine over a ... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 19:10:24 EST two pounds and 5 inches down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517842 I weigh myself at home but I don't do the tape measure measurements. The clinic scale is always exactly two pounds more than mine. Therefore the weight loss on the scale at the clinic was not a surprise. The loss in inches was a great surprise. <BR> <BR> At first my coach thought there was an error because it showed I lost 10 inches. Then I reminded her that last week I was sick so we are looking at the loss over two weeks. <BR> <BR> I'll assume I lost 5 inches the first week, 5 inch... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 15:04:09 EST Looking forward to fish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516880 Fiance leaves tomorrow morning and he'll be away for two weeks taking a course. <BR> I will miss him so much, but the good news is I will eat lots of fish! <BR> <BR> <em>492</em> <em>498</em> <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> He hates fish so much that even putting it in the fridge has an emotional affect on him. So, I always eat fish when we eat out because I miss it. While he is away I will enjoy some seafood. yum yum yum! <BR> <BR> He will be 5 hours away. Instead of him travelling... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:00:57 EST Two days until next weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516076 Just out of curiosity I tried on one of my favourite Christmas season party dress. The distance between the zippers at the chest area was 5 inches of skin. <BR> <BR> 5 inches to lose around the chest area until my dress will fit. Maybe I'll get there before Christmas? This year is my parents 50th anniversary so I'm giving thought already to what I might wear to their party. <BR> <BR> Next weigh in is Saturday morning. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Keep going everyone Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:29:11 EST Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514424 Day 17 I think. IP is normal for me now so the days are starting to blend. <BR> Tried two new things today - the pinapple/banana drink and the sour cream and onion puffs. <BR> <BR> Both are yummy. Those puffs are nonrestricted. (only ones that are I believe) I was surprised to learn that. I only had a few to taste them and they are delicious. They'll be good for my upcoming road trip. (weekend after this next one) <BR> <BR> It will be a five hour trip on the Friday, back again another... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:08:52 EST Happy Thanksgiving Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512230 Feeling better, there were moments when it was hard to breath. We had the humidifier going and I had some cough medicine to get through it. Made it through the worst. <BR> <BR> I'm thankful for my fiancé and sweet cats. Fiance is very supportive of IP. He'll be eating an IP dinner with me tonight as it is tradition in my family that Thanksgiving dinner is on the Sunday. Monday is for leftovers. <BR> <BR> Week three is starting off very good. I have the week off work so I'll be relax... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 10:50:26 EST 3rd week starts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511426 I am too sick to go in to the clinic. I could do it, I just don't want to make my kind coach sick <em>527</em> plus the others who will go in today might pick up my germs. What I have is very contagious. It has been going around town for about a month so I did a good job fighting it until this week. <BR> <BR> So... I weighed myself on my scale on the most even bit of laminate flooring I could find. It says 168.2. I brought that up to 169 for two reasons. I am consistently weighing... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 10:30:01 EST Weigh in number 2 is tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510660 I weighed 169 on my home scale this morning. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I have consistently weighed two pounds heavier at the clinic, so we'll see what happens tomorrow. It really is just numbers but I like celebrating milestones. Each journey through the numbers will be nice. travelled through those 170s in only two weeks !!! <BR> Next the journey through the 160s, doesn't matter really how long it takes. <BR> At 163 lbs that stupid BMI thing will change from obese to overweight. Most... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:41:55 EST Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509714 Aw I got the cold/flu everyone has. I'm in the sore throat stage. <BR> I'm still plugging away and getting through a work day. <BR> Days are blending and I'm never tired anymore. I have no cravings for <em>494</em> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 10:16:14 EST Day 11 - I hate cubicle land http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508776 Annoying, it is Halloween candy time. Why don't people just take a "no thank you" for what it is and walk away? I had to be harrased by the four 20 somethings that surround me in cubicles. Why, why, just have one, have a candy bar, why, <BR> <BR> So I explained to them that I am sugar free and staying that way. In fact looking at the Candy is nauseating this morning. <BR> <BR> I would have been better off lying and telling people I'm diabetic and they are being arses. <BR> <BR> The... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 09:37:52 EST Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508179 On my to do list this weekend is figuring out how to get my sewing machine to work. I need to take my work pants in a bit! Yay! <BR> <BR> Also it will be Thanksgiving in Canada. We'll have turkey and veg. I think I'll make the cauliflower recipe that is similar to mashed potatoes. Tue, 8 Oct 2013 16:45:13 EST Day 9 - back at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506932 The new non-restricted chips! Yum. <BR> <BR> I had lots of sleep last night, I've cut down my coffee to one cup a day now. <BR> <BR> Fiance is very supportive. We had friends invite us to stay at their place and I told him the problems I will have with IP and socializing. I'm OK with dinner, but then I will have had enough of the "just one little bit of dessert", "just one glass of wine", "but I made this bread myself" sort of banter. It is amazing how much of our lives evolve around... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 11:40:26 EST Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505183 first weigh in - lost 4 lbs and 5 inches. 2 inches from boobies, 3 from hips, no change in waist. Fiance asked about results and I told him I'm not going to want to talk about it. The day they may not be what I want, I just don't want to talk about it. Besides his interest in my weight loss makes me think he doesn't like the way I look now. It like discussing my pap smear or something, I don't want to talk about it. <BR> <BR> I got some of the new unrestricted chips. I love nachos so t... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 12:34:18 EST Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504393 Good morning today. I made a pancake with an eggwhite and the vanilla pudding. It was delicious! So far on my home scale I've lost 4 pounds. My weigh in is tomorrow morning. I'll be excited to leave the 170s and that should be this month! Yay! Home scale said 172.6 lbs this morning. <BR> <BR> Next month is my 42nd birthday. I'll exit this high weight range by then, good gift to myself. I'm only 5' 2" , lately I look in the mirror and think I might be a hobbit. I told fiance I'm going to cha... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 12:22:44 EST Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503314 I never did really hit a wall. hmmm, is it still coming? <BR> Maybe it is because I've been getting to bed at 8 - 8:30pm? I lie down and just fall asleep in minutes. Then I sleep through the night. I live in a noisy neighbourhood, usually something wakes me up. Not these days though. <BR> <BR> Today - omelette for breakfast, pink lemonade, dark chocolate pudding. I have a raspberry bar at work in case I'm starving. I'm away from home for 12 hours, that's a long time. <BR> I run off to ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 09:30:56 EST Day 4 on Ideal Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502303 This morning I tried a new breakfast. I had the omelette the first three days. <BR> Today I made a pancake. Mix one egg white with about 1/4 cup of water and any of the pudding packages. Fry with just a little bit of fat free, calorie free cooking spray. <BR> <BR> I chose the strawberry pudding. It was so yummy I didn't miss the syrup. There is ideal protein syrup, I just haven't bought that yet. The ideal protein food has turned me off the idea of sweet anyway. I watched my fiance e... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 09:41:02 EST What a difference a week makes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501651 A week ago I was so emotional, just a wreck. Today I feel like I can conquer the world. <BR> I truly believe it is getting sugar out of my system. Drinking is another thing, no more wine in my life. Alcohol enhances emotions. <BR> <BR> I thought the change in my life required a change in my username. <BR> <BR> Hopeful_trying became positively_ican. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 17:36:23 EST Day 3 on Ideal Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501456 Day 3: I'm feeling pretty good today. A bit hungry, but then again I'm always a bit hungry. <BR> <BR> My diet was already low carb/low sugar so I think I'm adjusting pretty well. Advice for others, make sure in your first week that you can get to bed early. I'm falling asleep at 8:30pm no problem. zzzzzzzzzzzzzz <BR> <BR> Very good news is I have absolutely no temptations and my stress levels are surprisingly low. I had gotten into the habit of drinking wine in the evening to releave th... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 13:35:19 EST Beginning of Ideal Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500474 Weighed in at 177 lbs. I was worried that I might cry at the weight in but I was just fine. <BR> The Ideal Protein office has lots of before and after pictures. That was encouraging and somehow soothing. I was in a place with no judgement. <BR> <BR> Day 2 is today, easy to follow but I am so very tired. Working and can't nap. 4 more hours to go at work then I can sleep on the ride home. <BR> <BR> I like the way IP is so simple to follow. I can do this. I have two goals, first is t... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:16:21 EST