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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

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12/25/12 5:26 P

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Merry Christmas everyone!

Wishing you a great holiday time.
- James M.

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12/25/12 4:45 P

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Merry Christmas! I hope those of you staying on protocol are doing well. And I hope those of us off protocol are also doing well LOL. I'll be glad when the holidays are over so I can get back to normal, on protocol, once again. Ho Ho Ho!

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Happy to say that we stayed on protocol, at my house, last night. We had only a small gathering, given that my mother-in-law passed away, just last month. We treated Dad and two of Mom and Dad's closest friends to an almost low-carb feast:

Homemade Butternut Squash soup (higher in carbs, but we served just a small cup)
Baked ham, basted with home-made chicken stock, not glazed
Mashed potatoes (for the guests only) and mashed cauliflower with herbs
Very low-carb gravy thickened with powdered dried mushrooms (2g carb per serving)
Mixed vegetables with butter (cauliflower, broccoli, yellow carrots)
Green salad
Red cabbage slaw with green onion, grated carrot, pomegranate seeds and vinaigrette
Strawberries with whipped cream (quarter cup us, more for the guests)
Pecan cinnamon muffins (almond flour, pecans, eggs, Splenda, 3g carb each)

No food hangover today, ready to do it all over again, with a large group of friends. Very similar menu, but this time Mushroom Soup and Borscht, turkey instead of ham, asparagus, veggie platter with low-carb dips, green beans instead of mixed vegetables, and Cinnamon stars (almond and hazelnut flour, Splenda, egg whites, spices) instead of the muffins (2g carbs per cookie)

LOULOU, you mentioned you experienced a major food "hangover" after yesterday's dinner. I am wondering what that entailed. I haven't gotten myself out of ketosis in almost 7 month and am wondering what I would have to look forward to, if I did....

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Highest weight ever: 220 pounds. Followed the IP protocol from June to December 2012 and lost 58 pounds.

In Maintenance mode since January 2013. Still eating very low carb (25-40g per day), but with increased fat intake (avocado, nuts, cheese). Have been able to almost maintain my weight. Regained about 12 pounds a year ago during a period of high stress, then maintained that new level.

Now down 4 pounds since May 2014, although still eating "maintenance" levels of food.


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12/25/12 2:11 P

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Christmas Eve cheat turned out to be a full fledged eating frenzy. I controlled myself over Thanksgiving with my small cheats. No such control last night. On the one hand, it was enjoyable, on the other hand I had what I can only describe as the worst food hang over ever imagined -- not sure that I really want to experience that again. Planning 1 IP drink today and Christmas dinner tonight. It will involve small cheats (small amount of mashed potatoes and a glass of wine, along with a 2 cookie limit) and then phase 1 tomorrow and back to phase 2 on Thursday.

Merry Christmas all.

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Started Ideal Protein:
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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12/24/12 3:40 P

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Merry Christmas IP Sparklers !!
I am thankful that this year I am 22.5 pounds lighter than I was last year. It was the absolute RIGHT decision for me to start IP on October 22- and continue on protocol thru the Holidays. It has kept me in check and feeling POWERFUL that I have found a program that works for me.
I am grateful I have found the Team Love, unconditional support and wisdom of this group.
We are all on our own personal journey but it feels wonderful to have people who understand to share our experiences along the way.
I hope everyone celebrates a joy filled Holiday !!
HoHoHo !!!

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12/24/12 12:23 P

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Wishing you all a wonderful holiday. May your Christmas be bright and light.

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12/24/12 12:04 P

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LINDA ~ Congrats!

PURPLE ~ It very well could be the gum that is causing you to stall. I found for myself that as I lost the weight the little "extras" I was consuming to help me stick with the diet were having more of a negative impact on me. It seemed like I could get away with consuming them (why not have a little cheese on my eggs since it has few if any carbs) when I was heavier but the lighter I got the more these items seemed to mess with my weightlosses.

ALL ~ I am hoping everyone has a wonderful Christmas with family & friends.
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Started Ideal Protein:
...12/09/2011 - 249.4 pounds
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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12/24/12 11:25 A

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I must confess my sins. I am chewing entirely way too much gum. It's the only thing getting me through, and yet, it's stalling me. No gum for me!!!!!

Have a great Christmas Eve one and all!

~~~~Amy "Purplepiecat"~~~~
In September 2006 I weighed my heaviest at 327 lbs. On May 30th, 2012 I began Ideal Protein at 304.9 lbs. I followed it without deviation until 12/25/2012. During the winter of 2013 I incorporated vigorous exercise & diet modifications with little success. On 05/30/2013 I weighed in at 188.47 pounds, for a total loss of 116.5 in one year. You can do it too!!!
**My blog: thoughtsbyamy.com/


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12/24/12 9:52 A

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I just got in from my week 7 weigh in - not a full week (weighed in last Wed) and I am down another 3 lbs!

Merry Christmas!

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SPOONER ~ See if there is a veggie omelet that you can order without cheese. And I, personally, love having a salad with eggs or an omelet. But I guess it depends on the restaurant.



Started Ideal Protein:
...12/09/2011 - 249.4 pounds
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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12/23/12 9:12 P

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Day 13 and doing well--7.5 lbs and 8 inches gone! The last few days have been challenging with all the great smells but I decided that I want to be at 175 by January 1st so I just keep reminding myself of that. The question I have now is: we're going out to breakfast tomorrow--how do I follow the plan? Do I just order eggs? I've never known anyone to have a salad for breakfast....

Thanks in advance,

Deb :D

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12/23/12 2:41 P

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LouLou - good for you with those size 8's!! I am hoping to see that size by the summer time. :)


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October 194.0
November 184.0
December 181.5 (Size 14)
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January 2014: Up to 182 and size 14. Getting back on the wagon and will get back down!



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12/22/12 2:31 P

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I put on my brand new Christmas sized 8 jeans and started Phase 2 today. Can I just say, it was so nice to not have to "shake" my lunch today. Now, I am just hoping that the 4.5 oz of ground turkey (with my veggies) will be enough to hold me for dinner.

Question: Does anyone know truly what it takes to throw you out of ketosis? I have followed the protocol pretty religiously because I have always had this mental image that if I cheated, whatever I put in my mouth would cause me to explode (yes, not rational ... but that was/is the image). I did treat myself on Thanksgiving, but I was very careful and only did 1/8 to 1/4 cups of "extras" (like dressing, mashed potatoes) and had a small piece of cake and literally a sliver of pie. I thought for sure that all of that would throw me out, but yet, I lost 2.6 lbs and the next weigh in.

So, the plan is the same for Christmas Eve and Christmas, but just wondering if anyone has any idea of where that line is or if it is different for everyone?? I really do not know.

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So, fingers crossed, perhaps my weight loss drought is over. This morning I touched a new low of 202.8....previous low had been 203.7.....so maybe there is downward movement again. But even if there is not, I will hold fast and know it's coming.

And again, I'm blessed that it is much easier for me to stay on protocol this Christmas because it is only me, and my mom and dad. And they are fine to go without the usual cookies, etc....so in my home I have a complete sanctuary away from those temptations. Yes, my mom has some peppermint bark and moose munch that I bought her that she has hidden....and yes it could tempt me....but out of sight out of mind for me with that. It's not like being forced to walk by a platter of cookies continually.

So everyone please know that whatever choices you personally make are yours....and no one should judge. You should just try to follow these rules....

1. Enjoy yourself - eat whatever it is slowly. Smell it. Eat it mindfully. Enjoy the heck out of it.
2. Do not beat yourself up. You are human. See #1.
3. Try to not go crazy. 5 cookies are better than 20. 10 cookies over the day are better than 40. One plate full of holiday meal is better than 2.
4. Get back to phase 1 the day after.

We can all do this!!!
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In September 2006 I weighed my heaviest at 327 lbs. On May 30th, 2012 I began Ideal Protein at 304.9 lbs. I followed it without deviation until 12/25/2012. During the winter of 2013 I incorporated vigorous exercise & diet modifications with little success. On 05/30/2013 I weighed in at 188.47 pounds, for a total loss of 116.5 in one year. You can do it too!!!
**My blog: thoughtsbyamy.com/


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It is so reassuring to hear from many of you that kind of "taking a break" from strict protocol is not the end of the world. I justified it in my own mind, using some of the rationale that James cautioned against a couple days ago here...knowing that Phase 1 works well for me, and any weight I gain back over this week can be quickly lost again. Bad reasoning, I know, I know...and plenty of slippery slope for me...but the reality is that the day after Christmas, I will return to protocol strictly and with every bit of determination and motivation, knowing how well it worked for me losing these first 42 lbs. Maybe I'll have to "re-lose" 3 or 4 of them as penance for the Christmas cookies and treats I'm allowing myself, but it will happen. I can't imagine another time of the year when it is as tempting to enjoy special treats - every family has traditions, favorite recipes, and special meals and treats.

My problem...and I'm learning more about how susceptible I am to it...is that I can never "just eat one". If it were just having one cookie mid-afternoon, and maybe a small bite of peppermint bark later on, that would be one thing...but with me, once I start, I indulge. A lot. And I have been a very, very bad boy the last couple days. So for me, the challenge starting tomorrow is to learn the key word of the week here on this forum: MODERATION. Even though I'm purposefully allowing myself a few days off protocol, I don't want to do TOO much damage! So...I must learn to place limits on my treats, and this of course will be one of the most important skills for me when I eventually reach my goal weight and go on maintenance.

I just wish my teenage daughter didn't enjoy baking so much, or at least wasn't so fricking awesome at it!

Darren

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Lowest weight achieved: 193 in Dec. '12 after 3 1/2 mos. on Ideal Protein; now back up to 238 (Jan. '14) and STARTING AGAIN.


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12/21/12 11:59 P

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You are all fabulous for showing all of the love and support. I know these pounds will move again, which is why I feel guilty for complaining at all.

Having this forum to be able to share a lot over the months, has been a true blessing to me.

Have a great night and start to your weekend!

~~~~Amy "Purplepiecat"~~~~
In September 2006 I weighed my heaviest at 327 lbs. On May 30th, 2012 I began Ideal Protein at 304.9 lbs. I followed it without deviation until 12/25/2012. During the winter of 2013 I incorporated vigorous exercise & diet modifications with little success. On 05/30/2013 I weighed in at 188.47 pounds, for a total loss of 116.5 in one year. You can do it too!!!
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PURPLE, PURPLE, PURPLE: This program is HARD. I keep telling my husband that this is NOT a protocol for sissies. SO, to have stayed on this program and to have lost a 100 lbs is inspiring, motivating to others and just damn awesome. You know, after a 100 lb. loss, your body may just be saying, "whoa, that's a lot, we need to take a breather." And, it is not the number on the scale, it's how you feel, it's how your body has physically changed.

For example, I have this pair of jeans that I was wearing when I started this program all the way to today. I call them my magic jeans because they seem to fit me whatever size I am. Took them out of the dryer this morning, put them on and for the very first time, they are baggy in the back-end. I immediately got on the scale. No change in weight from Monday, but now the pants don't fit??? The number on the scale didn't bother me today because my pants don't fit!

Michele: You do not need to justify your decision to go off protocol for the holidays. Again, none of us who have endured this protocol (especially phase 1) are sissies. To do this, you have to be mentally strong. Mentally strong people will get back on track. At the end of the day, life is short. Yes, I want long term health. I want to feel good. But I do not want to spend my life beating myself up because I slipped up and ate something that wasn't good for me. Life is short. There is a balance and with the knowledge you have gained, the success you have experienced and knowing how good you feel, you will easily find your way back on the path if you choose to treat yourself over the holidays.

My uncle is the only one left in our family that makes my great grandma's pierogis (polish dumplings filled usually with sweet sauerkraut, potatoes or mushroom). He only makes them at Christmas. I have worked hard at my weight loss, I am not going to feel even close to remorseful for enjoying my pierogi. Life is short. I don't know what the next year holds for anyone, so I am going to enjoy my pierogi. The scale will say what it is going to say at the next weigh it -- so be it.

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12/21/12 5:37 P

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I just got back from my official weigh-in today. First all the caveats: I was wearing jeans, not my work-out clothes, I was feeling bloated and bleh because I started my period today (first one in three months), and I have pretty much been off protocol all week. So, I was expecting that my home scale was lying.

Down a pound and a half (my morning scale said two, so not too shabby), but the best part is I have lost inches: waist -2.0, bust -1.5, and thigh -1.0! So, I look at my body as giving me a warning shot across the bow, telling me that I had better shape up or the next one is gonna be a direct hit.

Funny, going to step on the scale and get measured was almost like waiting for your pregnancy test to come back -- and when it comes back negative, you VOW you are NEVER going to do THAT again! Yup. :)

So, I dodged a bullet, but I am going to commend myself on my portion control, and tell myself that when I finally start eating in the real world, I know that small portions will suit me, and that my choices will be healthier, so I have faith that I can do it when the time comes.

But that time is not now, so I better get back up on that horse and ride!



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November 184.0
December 181.5 (Size 14)
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January 2014: Up to 182 and size 14. Getting back on the wagon and will get back down!



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PURPLE ~ I have heard of others who have switched over to Phase 2 for a week or so and then back to Phase 1 and that has helped the scale to start moving again. Or you might try a couple of slightly higher calorie days and then back to your normal protocol. Sometimes that can get the fat to release too.

I truly DO believe our bodies get stalled at weights where we maintained for a while. I don't think there has been any point that I haven't stalled when I reached those weights while I have been losing using Ideal Protein. And the longer I had maintained a weight, the longer the stall. But I know how difficult it is to keep on following protocol when there is no movement and sometimes we just have to "do something" to make us feel like we are helping it along. So give one of the above suggestions a try and see if it doesn't help.

ALL ~ I'm doing a Phase 1 day today because I had a more relaxed day yesterday. Tomorrow I will go back to Phase 3 because, quite frankly, I LIKE Phase 3 eating.

I know the Christmas season is tough for anyone who is trying to eat healthier. But it can be done. Don't focus on what you can't have, focus instead on what you CAN have. And if you stumble, just get right back on-protocol for the next meal...don't wait for tomorrow because that can lead to an all-out binge. But there is no shame in stumbling. Aknowledge it and move on.

You are all fantastic in your encouragement to each other. Keep up the great work!

Edited by: FUNFIT53 at: 12/21/2012 (15:23)
Started Ideal Protein:
...12/09/2011 - 249.4 pounds
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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I'm really glad I came to this page today, because now I don't feel so alone. I feel like I'm losing my steam/motivation. I haven't cheated or gone off protocol but I feel like I am not as motivated anymore. I lost 1.6 pounds this past week, and while it's a lost and it's total of 60 in less than 3 months, I still feel like I should be losing more if I haven't gone off the protocol. I know from being on other diets, you often hit plateaus, but I am not ready to hit one yet. I still have 40 pounds, I'd like to lose. I know I need to look at the big picture and see how much I've accomplished and see the positive (I am in an XL shirt for the first time in over 7 years), and I just had to get re-measured for a tuxedo for a wedding I'm in and I went down two pants sizes in 4 weeks. It's just frustrating and seeing the holidays coming up and not being able to enjoy in the goodies, but I know it's only for this year and next year I'll be in phase 4 and be able to use my cheat day on Christmas. I just had a rough week ( I got laid off) and was frustrated that I couldn't go back to my old coping mechanism, which was to eat . However, I am happy I didn't because I showed will power, which is a new skill I've picked up since Ideal protein came into my life. However, reading that I'm not alone with my struggles is making me feel more sane and better about getting through them.

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PURPLE - you have tremendous power....anyone that has experienced success on this program does. To overcome an addiction - carbohydrates, processed foods, sugar - is a painstaking process. Your body WANTS these things. It doesn't know any better. A recovering addict often states that the cravings really never go away but that they handle them better when they come. At the end of this program, we all should have the wherewithall to be able to make better choices. I imagine that if I go back to eating the way I did, I would be physically ill. Of course, I am male and am not suffering from the hormonal battle that this protocol can bring on. Although I can not fully understand those problems, I sympathize with you. You have lost so much...even the Titanic teetered a bit before plummeting. A morbid analogy, I realize, and meaning no disrespect by using it, it may well be that your body is hovering to test your persistence. Whether you think you can or you can't....you're right.

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Thank you for all the replies. I have found myself being "blind-sided" by cravings. They come up at the strangest times and circumstances. It is always surprising to me as I prepared myself for things I thought would bother me. Sorry for the hormone fluctuations.. They can really screw with your body and mind. I had to have a complete hysterectomy 17 years ago so I don't fight that, but boy do I remember the weekly periods and feeling crappy. Hang in there. Just think, New Years is around the corner and then the whole world will be focusing on eating better and losing weight. Lucky us we will be way ahead of all of them. Keep on keeping on, do the best you can, and love yourselves for the amazing people you are.

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Purplepiecat - I can only imagine how frustrated you are with that scale not moving - esp when you are so close to being in the 100s. However, you already lost 100 lbs and wow - you are an inspiration!
I have had my period for 4 out of the 6 weeks I have been on program. PCOS...hormones...I hope I will balance out at some point.



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Brackencherry - getting off of meds is the best feeling of accomplishment in the world. I started the program on May 30th, and by the end of July I was off of my blood pressure med, and by mid-October I was off of my 2 prescriptions for high-triglycerides.

Thank you for your inspiriting message. I agree that the beauty of this program is phase 1....it has given me time to learn to enjoy foods I would have never really enjoyed before, and I learned that for me, carbs are really evil and are to be considered occasional items, or whatever Dr. Tranh says maintenance looks like.

We have all already won, just by being here. :)

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In September 2006 I weighed my heaviest at 327 lbs. On May 30th, 2012 I began Ideal Protein at 304.9 lbs. I followed it without deviation until 12/25/2012. During the winter of 2013 I incorporated vigorous exercise & diet modifications with little success. On 05/30/2013 I weighed in at 188.47 pounds, for a total loss of 116.5 in one year. You can do it too!!!
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Stuggles show humanity...and admitting them shows humility, both traits, at least to me, that Ideal Protein brings out in people that maybe thought they were impervious to falling off the wagon. Expectations are set and followed. Having the mind set to accept that, although you may be off protocol for one reason or another, you are going to moderate your intake and eat healthy foods AND portions were taught by following the protocol in the first place. We are our own worst enemy, both in getting to the point where we had packed on 30, 40, 100 pounds and suffering he effects of that weight gain, and for cheating on the diet. For whatever reason, let me say...IT'S OK! At some point, we have to realize that shifting from bad food as a crutch to Ideal Protein as a crutch is just as bad to the brain. Ideal protein is just a tool to a better life. We still are the driver's of this vehicle called life. We are not perfect. We "run red lights and pray to NOT get hit" while we are living our lives. Understanding that moderation is the key to healthy living is what the begining phases are all about.

I don't know what some of your particular struggles may be. Some have an outstanding will power, others are finding particular "chinks in the armor" of what they thought was indestructable. At those times of weakness, your support system is crucial. Personally, I have come too far to go backwards. if I was lost in the desert, trying to find my way back to civilization, and could see a city on the horizon; where I could find food, water and shelter, medicine, whatever, but realized I forgot my backpack 3 days ago....I would say "screw it, I'll get another one" and keep plugging forward. Knowing that you are so close to where I NEED to be and then turning around for something that could not help me get there...I just can't do it. That's me. Re-evaluate what the main reason was that you spend $80-100 a week to be on Ideal Protein was. Why did you want to drop the weight? In order to validate that reason, there is no going back. Why do people have to go through a psych evaluation prior to having their stomach stapled? For the same reason that there is a phase 1 on the program. In order to re-tool your body, you need to re-tool your mind. Knowing that, for my situation, I am about 90 days from being off of all of my medication is my my motivating factor. Knowing that my heart is not having to work as hard helps me. Knowing that I am saving the remaining heart beats I have left for the people that have stuck by me for the past 15 years while I let myself go to crap....I owe them that. The only way I know how to thank them for their patience is to be there for them...for the rest of my life.

Control the things you can control, let the other stuff go....and may God give you the wisdom to know the difference. You don't need to be an alcoholic for that to ring true. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas. Thank you for motivating me to move forward. I pray all of you have a blessed time with family and friends.

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Yes, struggling is a good time to pop on here, I just like to temper my negative with positive.

I have not lost weight since December 10th. I fluctuate between 205-203 for 11 days now. On Sunday I had 4 pecans with sugar/cinnamon on them. I've been on protocol since, with the exception of one day I had a lot of vegetables (still under 40 net carbs for the day though), and 2 days I had 1250 calories because of more ounces of proteins (free breakfast one day here at work and I could actually partake in the scrambled eggs and bacon). Granted, I've had my period 3 times in the last month....so that hormonal thing and retention is not helping. I keep drinking water, and keep hoping.

Then there is Nan's theory about hanging out at a weight you previously were for a while because the body holds on to it.....and I spent all of high school and college in the 185-210 range....so maybe there is that.

It's just a shame because when there is no movement in weight a person just starts to think "why not just have a darn Christmas cookie then?". So far I have not, but damn the holidays are tough. I can't wait until next year when I'm in maintenance and get to partake a little instead of not at all.

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In September 2006 I weighed my heaviest at 327 lbs. On May 30th, 2012 I began Ideal Protein at 304.9 lbs. I followed it without deviation until 12/25/2012. During the winter of 2013 I incorporated vigorous exercise & diet modifications with little success. On 05/30/2013 I weighed in at 188.47 pounds, for a total loss of 116.5 in one year. You can do it too!!!
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Well, I'll chime in. I'm struggling, too. I finally had to draw a line in the sand and give myself some reasonable goals, so that I wouldn't simply set myself up for failure. I've done so good so far, better than I thought possible. So much so, that four co-workers are resolving to start Ideal Protein when we come back from the winter break. We're talked to our Occupational Health department, and they will do our weigh-in and measuring, and they are going to sign up here and we'll also give each other support here at work.

I need to focus on those positive things, and move forward. I am eating off protocol, yes. I have had pasta and cookies and cheese, but IN MODERATION. Isn't that what we are striving for? to not use food as a crutch, but to learn to consume in moderation. I have avoided alcohol and cakes, and I have set reasonable limits on my holiday food budget, so to speak. I've actually lost two pounds by my scale, but nothing counts until I step on the scale at the gym tonight. :)

I'm not going to spend the holidays beating myself up -- that just means that I will give up on what has worked so far. I am simply retooling my thinking. There was a division party yesterday, so I budgeted for it. Today through Sunday, there is nothing, so I will eat my salads and vegetables and drink my chocolate shake and stay on protocol. Christmas Eve is off protocol. Christmas day is driving to North Carolina, so I will stay on. And chances are that once in North Carolina with family, I will stay on protocol from then on out. Reasonable expectations will keep me from straying too far, and I will be ready, mentally, physically and emotionally, to join my co-workers at the first of the year, back on this protocol.

Not perfect, not ideal, and probably not recommended to everyone. But it's my plan, and I'm just sharing it so that you can perhaps get ideas for your own plan. Good luck and happy holidays to everyone! Every one of you is a winner (because you're a loser!), and even if you are digital, I still count you among my friends. Thank you for being here, and thank you for all your support and encouragement. Looking forward to the new year!

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Isn't when we're struggling the best time to post? :) What's going on?

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I was wondering the same thing. I would pipe up, but honestly, I'm still struggling and don't have a whole lot to say.

~~~~Amy "Purplepiecat"~~~~
In September 2006 I weighed my heaviest at 327 lbs. On May 30th, 2012 I began Ideal Protein at 304.9 lbs. I followed it without deviation until 12/25/2012. During the winter of 2013 I incorporated vigorous exercise & diet modifications with little success. On 05/30/2013 I weighed in at 188.47 pounds, for a total loss of 116.5 in one year. You can do it too!!!
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Gee, where is everyone?

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Linda, Loulu, and Barnumgal – congrats on the weigh-ins!

MLNEZAT – thanks for the perspective from the other end of the diet – it’s nice to hear how you’re navigating the other phases of the diet.

Wcaterino/ exercise – when I did the diet the first time in 2009, I was on a few adult sports teams, one being soccer (and I played center field) – I would definitely not recommend strenuous exercise like that. I didn’t want to quit and let my team down, but I almost passed out every game that we had when I was on IP. It was awful. I’ve had to play around with what I do – I posted about this a few years ago too I think, but the best fit for me has been yoga – even vigorous (vinyasa/power yoga) yoga I seem to do ok with. My coaches have varied from telling me to not exercise at all to trying to walk everyday… I like to exercise so it’s hard for me to do nothing… so yoga and hiking it is Yoga has the additional benefit (I’ve read before, but also is my experience) of being one of the few exercises that doesn't increase your appetite afterwards - exercise usually makes me super hungry!

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MLN - I had that same fear about ketosis and that motivated me to really stay on track. I think that is why I was disappointed in myself for being off plan on Monday - I survived Thanksgiving and Cookie Making Day...but not a day in the hospital. I am pretty sure my reaction in the hospital is called vasovagal synocope. But, I have been back 100% since and will be back in ketosis on Friday.
How has your system handled adding some of the carbs back?

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I can totally relate to all of the chatter about cheats. I completed my 2 weeks of Phase 2 yesterday, and followed protocol pretty good with the exception of a couple of days (once within my power to plan for and once not really). I do find myself having a bite here and there and I think probably that will turn into a full-on cheat every day if I don't watch it.

One thing I loved about the protocol while I was in Phase 1 was the "fear" that if I cheat, I could kick myself out of ketosis...can I tell you that was VERY motivating for me? I didn't want to lose 3 days of progress for a cookie. HOWEVER, now I'm out of ketosis and starting to eat breakfast, etc. I find myself saying, "well, you're not in ketosis anyway". I think it will be VERY important for me to follow the "cheat day" VERY strictly. I choose to eat in this restrictive fashion today and I will plan for my "cheat day".

This week I am going to a really nice dinner on Friday night, but we are celebrating Christmas with my family in TX on Saturday. Saturday will be my cheat day (I know I'm not in Phase 4...but it's Christmas) and I will eat a great steak and vegetables that are good for me on Friday...not like a steak from Ruth Chris is a loss anyway. I will eat Aunt Merri's cookies on Saturday, but not a whole container as in past years...and I will follow it up with a Phase 1 day on Sunday.

I just need to make sure my cheats don't sneak up on me. Even for those of you still in Phase 1, if you are going to cheat...plan it and don't let it become a daily thing. As someone else said...slippery slope.

BTW...Phase 3 is awesome! I love breakfast, but missing the convenience of a shake for breakfast knowing I'm getting healthy proteins in me without the fluff.

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@JAMES - Blood sugar lowers, causing the blood to not run like Karo syrup, rather normal blood...meaning the heart doesn't have to pump as fast or as hard to move the blood, and moving easier so the pressure is less as well as heart rate.

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Just returned from my week 6 weigh in - and I am down .6
I am still in the 3 #'s per week - and with being off plan on Monday (spent the day in the hospital & got sick), I am not going to beat myself up and I am glad I did not gain.
I weigh in again on Monday (due to the holiday) so I am not sure what a 5 day weigh in will show.
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Subject: Exercise and the I.P. diet

WCATERINO,
I used to subscribe to the simple calories in and calories out theory, divide the difference by 3500 to see how many pounds of fat you should have lost.

That was before this diet. Now I know how critical your base metabolic rate is, so you don't go into starvation mode and your body gets more efficient at using calories, throwing your calculations off.

Also from this diet I now know that not all calories are equal. Calories from carbs are worse for me (and probably you too) than calories from protein or fat, because those calories are accompanied by an insulin response that tries to flush out the carbs from the blood and store it in fat (and locks up your existing fat).

I used to think to loose weight you needed to eat less (fewer calories in) and exercise more (more calories out). It just didn't feel right to me that I could really loose weight when not exercising, but you are doing it too.

Now for your health and overall fitness you ought to return to some exercise. After 4 or 5 weeks on this diet ones body has certainly retooled its chemistry. I suspect that it is more to do with winter time than this diet. Have you tried exercising lightly or moderately at this point, rather than going back full tilt to what you used to do? If you do I think you'll be surprised at how much energy you do have. Test your limits slowly, and having a few slightly higher carb things ready before or after your exercise is a good idea.

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I have been terrible about my exercise goals on this diet. I had every intention of getting back to the daily exercise routine I used to have. However, I can't seem to bring myself to do it. I'm not sure what the problem is. Two things come to mind:

I've always used exercise as a way to lose weight. Now that the extra weight is almost gone, maybe I am feeling subconsciously that I don't need to work out.

I don't have the energy to exercise due to the diet.

Maybe it is something else but I have to get back into it. Maybe as I start maintenance and add carbs back into my diet it will help my attitude?

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SpoonerDCM,
CUPS not POUNDS!!!
I've always had my vegetables by volume, 2 cups with lunch, 2 cups with supper. As long as the vegetables were allowed (i.e. low carb ones) then it didn't matter about which ones. For me 2 cups is about 300 grams of vegetables twice a day, but you are eating 50% more than that. You poor thing, I can't imagine eating 2 pounds of vegetables each day. Why eat that much if your body isn't asking for it?

PLANTODAY,
its amazing how once you get to ketosis (fat burning) that your body alone
will keep you from getting too weak or too hungry. But just bring a few too
many carbs to your lips and you'll feel hungry again soon, too soon really.


Michelle8182,
yup, if you're going to cheat, try to cheat low carb. Its so much easier to recover from.


Darren0769,
if one is going to cheat, don't forget to weigh yourself regularly (I do it daily) so
that some part of your brain doesn't let you get too far before you make
your course correction. Otherwise after two weeks or so you can find you've gained 8
pounds rather than 2, and then it is much harder to stay motivated when you start thinking like this ...
aw heck,
1. I could gain a few more pounds before going back on protocol
2. Christmas is coming, I should enjoy that
3. With this diet I'll easily loose it all later, don't sweat it

- James M.


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Deb: 32 ounces is 4 cups of veggies. I always measure by the cup. I admit, I will jam that cup full sometimes on days when I am hungry. I eat two cups at lunch and 2 with my dinner. When you think about it, 2 cups of cooked spinach is really not very much. As for the lettuce, I eat it when I want it. It is unlimited, but to my knowledge it is not required. They push the lettuce for roughage -- to help with constipation.

I will say, the one thing I love about the clinic that I use is that they make all coaches do the diet and I know that my coach follows the protocol on a daily basis. It does make her encouragement more authentic. I know she knows how hard it is.

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After surpassing my goal at yesterday's weigh in, my coach took an after picture. She emailed the before and after pictures last night. I can not believe the difference. I have had a hard time seeing it, well ... simply because I am too close to it. As I get ready to phase out of 1 and into 2, I had a moment of panic as to whether or not I will really be able to keep it off this time.

Panic subsided when I got the pictures. I am going to keep it on my phone as my reminder ... never again. When debated whether to eat this or that, I will simply pull up the picture. Phase 2 starts this weekend.This will put me into maintenance in the first few weeks of the New Year. What a nice thought to be starting the New Year with the goal of keeping it off and not the annual goal of losing it.

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Darren, I am sorry you are having a struggle, and I know too well where those harsh mental battles with ourselves lead ...(to the fridge, often!) You are going to get back to being strict through your amazing dedicati0on to being an IP success story!

Wow, I can't believe there are 900 members of this SparkPeople group, lol, shows how unobservant I was before, but when I noticed I just thought, that's great! Never such a thing as too much support!
So, I am back on day two (again)! I believe at my weigh-in yesterday, which was 10 days after starting, and only 3.5 of those days on plan, I was STILL down 5.9 pounds! So, it works, especially if you work it..yay! This second time around on day two, and I feel great. I started working again at a new job today as a short order cook in a diner, and I'm not gonna lie, some of the menu items smell amazing as they cook! But, I'm doing a split shift, so I came home and made myself my IP meal packet during my hour off, and I know I am feeling good because of ketosis, so I won't jeopordize that by eating non ip. Since the factors that led me to go off plan were not deliberate, am very grateful now to be back on, with a good supply of foods for the clinic's closure for the holidays. Hope everyone else has squirreled away a lot of those silver packets, too, to bring in the new year! Smile!

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SPOONER ~ Turn your coach into IP...they want to know! I would go to the IP website and give the name and address of your coach and the fact that they are telling you that you must eat 2 POUNDS of vegetables a day...not 4 cups. IP wants to know when a coach is giving instructions that are not following corporate protocol so IP can "educate" them on the proper way of doing things.

Here is a link to the website, just click on the "Contact Us" button & input your information in the "Information Request" form:
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Weigh in today. Another 2 pounds off and 2 inches smaller. I love this diet!

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Deb Spooner,

I've always been told veggies are by the cup, not the oz. I have a best friend that is an advisor and a another gal at my PT's office that is also an advisor, and they agree, it's by the cup.

IMO, however, you can never have too many veggies, although I can't say for certain how it's going to effect your weight loss and ketone levels. Vegetables are more important for your brain and cardiovascular system than we will ever know in this lifetime.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjgBLwH3
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Darren, a week or so I posted that for me personally, it's really hard to get back on the wagon after going off the diet for a few days or having a lot of "cheat" days - especially the closer to my goal weight I am, so I totally know how you're feeling. Would your family be willing to keep food away from you? It sounds silly, but I honestly bought a lockable bin for my boyfriend's food (cereal, cookies, peanut butter, etc) because he refused to not buy it, and I couldn't handle having it in the house.

For me at least, I've learned it's best to try not to deviate, particularly with carbs - I think it's the structure or rules that help. Someone a few posts down (James I think) hit the nail on the head - I completely agree with his advice. Maybe it's because carbs are totally addictive for me, who knows, but when I try to only "cheat" or go off protocol with no carb/low carb foods, it doesn't affect my resolve as much and usually doesn't impact my weight loss at all. Whenever I cheat with a "normal" diet/ carb heavy foods, it's so much harder for me to start following the diet strictly again. Just my experience, of course everyone is different!! But that's where my advice to try and stick with the diet through the holidays if you can manage it was coming from :)

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DARREN you are not alone. It seems I have given myself permission to eat whatever I want and I'm starting to feel pretty gross. I'm considering resuming phase I as of tomorrow so I can drop the weight I've likely put on in the past week. At this rate I won't fit into my little black dress on New Years Eve and I'll be so upset. Apparently I really really need the structure of the diet -- if given an inch I will take a mile. I'm not giving up though...I know that there are yet uncovered and not understood reasons for my behaviour. Old habits, even bad ones, die hard. It is so easy to be lazy and not bother making healthy foods, giving in to the quick fix of junk food.

This trial run of being off the diet has been eye-opening. Next go round when I properly finish Phases 1 - 3 because I'm at the my goal weight, I will hopefully have learned much about myself and destructive behaviours in order to correct them.

KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON :)

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I am having WAY harder of a time resisting cheating these days than I thought. Through October and November, I thought I was SO beyond falling to temptation, and I scrupulously avoided anything that could throw me off course. 2 1/2 weeks ago, I had the full weekend of performances of the musical I directed, where I realized I needed to be realistic and allow myself to deviate because it wasn't realistic to keep protocol going 100% considering where I was and what I was involved in...and then I got right back on track. However, since then, its been so much easier to "allow" myself a little tidbit here and there, especially as Christmas goodies have started to proliferate. Then, this past weekend on our family trip to Great Wolf Lodge, I ate my IP meals instead of restaurant food, but definitely snacked waaaay too much on ice cream and other treats. Starting Sunday, I was supposed to be right back on track, but...I'm stumbling. A lot. A neighbor brought a variety of absolutely amazing homemade Christmas cookies and candies over, and I have not been able to resist a few.

Therefore it is no surprise that I haven't lost any weight in about 4 weeks now. I gained 7-8 lbs during the three-day pig out a couple weekends ago, and did manage to lose that, but then I gained another two, lost those, and am about 1 lb off from where I was before Thanksgiving. There is one side of me that seriously wants to say "okay, lets just allow this to be the case until after Christmas" and just stay "mostly" on plan but not beat myself up about little treats and allowances. I hear of others on this forum who are modifying their commitment temporarily for the holidays too. I figure as long as I can maintain my 197-ish weight and not gain a bunch back, it might be okay, especially since its just for one more week at this point.

I'm just being honest. I know its a slippery slope though. I could also decide to steel myself against all temptation and go 100% hardcore again right away! I can't decide, so I kind of float in the middle, which of course is the same as just allowing the deviations anyway.

Sigh.

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Weight or Volume? I had my first week WI last night and I asked my coach, "Are you SURE the vegetables are by weight and not by volume?" and she said, "Yes, Ideal Protein is very specific that it's by weight, not by volume." I replied that 32 ounces (2 pounds!) of vegetables per day can be a lot of carbs depending on which I choose, and she just reiterated that they MUST be measured by weight. She said that I don't have to eat them all at once but I definitely need to eat all 32 ounces. PLUS I must eat a salad with both lunch and dinner, although any vegetables other than lettuce can count towards the 16 ounces for that meal.

So I still have to point out that either I'm grazing all day on vegetables in order choke them all down--and I like vegetables, don't get me wrong--but it just feels wrong to either eat all day or keep eating after I'm full because I must eat all my vegetables, even if it is healthy vegetables. I want to eliminate both the habit of eating constantly throughout the day and/or eating beyond the point that I've had enough.

It should be noted that the coach is a young girl (20-something) who said she followed IP for two weeks, and "cheated a little" after 3 days. The first coach was a physician’s assistant but she’s the one who first told me “weight, not volume.” (She followed the program for one month.)

I love the program! It's working well, I feel so much better but: my confidence in these coaches and this office is being tested.

On the positive side, my WI shows me down 5 pounds in the first week!

Thanks all,

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Subject: Healthy numbers

BRACKENCHERRY,
I know this diet is great for blood sugars, it solved my 10 years on medication. Good for you too! I didn't know it would help blood pressure and lower heart rate. I know that loosing body fat does that, but I thought that would be an end result, not something seen early on. Excellent, ... that is an incredible motivator, to know how this diet helps your health so much.

- James M.

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Subject: Falling off the I.P. wagon over the holidays

My experience (because I've had it), is that if you cheat a little, like have grilled cheese sandwich, is that the carbs in the bread will stop your weight loss for the day. A loss of one day, no big deal.

If you cheat big time, then you also instantly gain a few pounds overnight. That gain is mostly water, but it takes a few days to loose that water. So a big cheat takes about 3 days to recover, a three day loss of time.

My advice ... during the holiday season is to cheat smart on low carb things. Cheat on veggies and dip, meat, fat and cheese, not on carbs, crackers and the like.

- James M.



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Wow, Brachencherry, keep it up. You are ON YOUR WAY!

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Does anyone use a blood testing meter to measure their ketone levels while on IP?

Or maybe have seen a ketone mM (miliMolar) level number in any text anywhere?

I know it's a long shot, but thought I'd throw it out there.

I got something going on where I would need to see ketone levels of 4-6 mM, rather than the normal goal levels of 1-1.5 mM, roughly speaking, if I would want a ketogenic diet to have a possibility of doing any real good.

To clarify, this is not a weight loss issue I'm talking about, and i really should double check those numbers as I'm not 100% sure of them.

I can't imagine IP would yield levels that high...but i know it had to be somewhat high in order fo me to lose the 4.5 lbs a week I was losing...but it sure would be nice if it were as easy as just doing IP again.



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Morning IP,
Yesterday was the first day I was off plan as I finish up my 6 weeks. I was in the hospital with my mom all day - leaving my house at 630 and just plain old forgot to bring my IP food (prob has to do with the head cold I am battling and making sure I had my stuff for that). I also hate hospitals - and I nearly passed out when I was there when they put the IV's in her arm. I left to the waiting room...came back and the nurse said, "whoa, you need to sit..." - I finally started to feel better when I went to lunch with my dad and had a salad, but also a slice of pizza and a ginger ale. I am pretty sure my blood pressure really drops when I am around beeping machines, etc. I also ate "comfort food" for dinner when we left at 7 last night - had a grilled cheese with my dad.
I already told my coach so I am prepared for either no loss or maybe even a gain (?) tomorrow when I weigh in...I did try my best and hope I didn't ruin too much of what I have been working on over the past 6 weeks.
Have a great day.

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Congrats BRACKENCHERRY!!! You are doing so good, both physically as well and mentally. Good for you

I had my week 3 WI today and and down 4.8 lbs. WooHoo! That means a total of 16.2 for 3 weeks. My goal is to lose another 3.8 (which will be a total of 20) in the next 2 weeks, which is when my next WI is. I'm a little scared of X-Mas week though because we are going to be at the in-laws house for 3 days and then NY City for another 3. I plan to bring IP food and I'll just do the best I can. My coach said not to worry too much if I slip up a little (as long as it's not ALOT!!!) I know I can follow this plan at home. I guess I'll find out how well I do out of my comfort zone.. This program definitely works. I so want to be a success story for IP--losing the weight and then maintaining it. Much of it is mental and doing the emotional work in order to maintain it. I have all of you to thank for the support and guidance you have given. Have a great week!

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12/3/12...202.8 ** -8.6 lbs **
12/10/12...200.0 ** -2.8 lbs ** -11.4 total lbs lost
12/17/12...195.2 **-4.8 lbs ** -16.2 total lbs lost
12/31/12...201.4**+6.2 lbs** -10.0 total lbs lost
1/7/13...193.0**8.4 lbs**-18.4 total lbs lost


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Brackencherry - you are so much healthier than you were! Congrats!!!!!!!!!

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Week #4 weigh in....down another 2.6. Downward trends in visceral fat, body fat, BMI and body fat percentage and increase in muscle and fat free mass. I know a lot of these scales are an average, but I see a trend. Not to mention having a BP of 150/90 and a resting heart rate of 103 prior to IP and having a BP now of 118/66 and a heart rate of 77. Not to mention low blood sugars....all in all, the best month I have had for a while.

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Monadm1, James, Nan ~ I needed that support/reminder. Thank you thank you. How dare I feel sorry for myself in light of Friday anyway. My goodness!

Monadm1 - You are right, I've already won.

So yay. :)

~~~~Amy "Purplepiecat"~~~~
In September 2006 I weighed my heaviest at 327 lbs. On May 30th, 2012 I began Ideal Protein at 304.9 lbs. I followed it without deviation until 12/25/2012. During the winter of 2013 I incorporated vigorous exercise & diet modifications with little success. On 05/30/2013 I weighed in at 188.47 pounds, for a total loss of 116.5 in one year. You can do it too!!!
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PURPLE,
you are getting lighter! The less you weigh, the lower your base metabolic rate, so one's rate of loss has to slow down.

I think you've just hit a week where a normal fluctuation (probably mostly fluid) has masked your fat loss.

Don't get disheartened because you didn't reach an artificial goal by Christmas. Look at the real goal, and look at how far you've come so far.

- James M.

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Teeny tiny loss for last week= .4 lbs. What the heck?
Was under a ton of stress last week due to major issues at my work. I didn't go off plan, but it threw me off my schedule and routine.
Hope this week will be calmer and I can stick to my routine of when and what I eat and drink. The only "cheat" last week was one extra serving of green beans. Stupid green beans! I love them...easy to cook, no slicing or dicing...which I could find some no carb green beans.
Enough whining. Today is a new day. My cupboard will not have any cans of green beans this week and we'll see what happens.
I picked up some mushroom soup and potato puree at my clinic's exchange basket this morning. Hoping to create something good for Christmas dinner.
Good luck all!



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Hi, All!

I've been MIA for a bit. I took a break for the last 8 weeks from IP. I am happy to report that I have not gained any weight back during my break. I am completely shocked at this. I've lost 30lbs thus far and have 20lbs to go! I will be resuming IP today until I reach my goal.

Since I didnt gain any weight over my break, it makes me feel more secure when I have to end IP when my goal is reached. I really wish I could explain the non weight gain esp since I was expecting to gain a lot.

I'm also excited to discover the new pasta packet! Yum! I love that's its non restrictive? Am I allowed to have the pasta with chicken? Does anyone have any pasta ideas?

Keep up the great work everyone!

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MICHELEKRAUS ~ Here is a link to the Crispy Cereal Pancakes on our RECIPE FORUM:
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PURPLE ~ You have come incredibly far in your weightloss journey. Please don't become discouraged if your body won't release those pounds before Christmas. I understand why it is so important for you to reach this goal because getting below 200 is such a big milestone for many of us. It WILL happen, just maybe not exactly when you want it to happen.

ALL ~ I am loving Phase 3, as I knew I would, because I love breakfast! I have been trying some of the meal recipes out of Chef Verati's cookbook and have found they are very tasty. If you like to cook, you need to get this cookbook. Even if you don't like to cook but like variety in your meals, it's a good cookbook to have on hand. So far I have tried the Turkey Meatloaf, the Cauliflower & Curry Soup and the Slowly Braised Beef (a crockpot recipe) and found them all to be delicious. I think I may try the Easy Tilapia Chowder tonight although it calls for Fish Stock and I have not been able to find that in any of my grocery stores.

Have a great day everyone!

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PURPLE,

199.9 is just an arbitrary number. The magic already happened ! You are 100 pounds lighter, this Xmas than in previous years. That transformation is astonishing ! That's an accomplishment to celebrate.

You lost 37% of your starting weight. Doctors often beg their patients to lose 5-10% and promise significant health benefits at that rate. Imagine how much quality of life you have already snatched back !

The rest of the unwanted weight will come off, but that's just a bonus. You have already won the most important leg of the race !

You may not continue seeing big weekly weight-loss numbers, for a bunch of reasons. Many of us who started around the weight you are at, right now, never saw the big numbers, to begin with, and yet, we continue shrinking...

Stay the course and you will get there !

Highest weight ever: 220 pounds. Followed the IP protocol from June to December 2012 and lost 58 pounds.

In Maintenance mode since January 2013. Still eating very low carb (25-40g per day), but with increased fat intake (avocado, nuts, cheese). Have been able to almost maintain my weight. Regained about 12 pounds a year ago during a period of high stress, then maintained that new level.

Now down 4 pounds since May 2014, although still eating "maintenance" levels of food.


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Purple: Last week, I gained 1.6 lbs. I haven't seen a large loss in a while either -- until this morning. I was down 4.4 lbs. I officially surpassed my goal by 1.8 lbs. I will start phase 2 towards the end of this week. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hang in there. It is still doable -- very doable. Your body will respond when it's ready.

Michele: I have seen some recipes where people use the cereal to make little pie crusts (mini tins) and then they use the puddings (with a lot less water) and fill them. Not sure what the recipe is though.

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PURPLE just believe that you will make it, it is only the timing you cannot control. you will get that wonderful gift from your body at the right time. Dont give up....just keep on :)

THE JOURNEY OF A 1,000 MILES BEGINS WITH THE FIRST STEP.

November 2012 weight 183 pounds
May 30, 2013 weight 167 pounds
Aug 1, 2013 weight 164 pounds :)
September 23, 2013 177 pounds :(
Oct 1, 2013 173 pounds :)
January 5, 2014 187 pounds
January 15, 2014 180 pounds
January 20, 2014 179 pounds
January 22, 2014 178 pounds


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The universe is not making this easy for me. Last Monday I was 204.9, and today I'm at 204.3. While I know I'm still on the right track, I just really really wanted to be at 199.9 for Christmas, and I don't believe now it will happen, because I haven't lost 4.4 pounds in one week in a LONG time. Perhaps I will make it by New Year's....

~~~~Amy "Purplepiecat"~~~~
In September 2006 I weighed my heaviest at 327 lbs. On May 30th, 2012 I began Ideal Protein at 304.9 lbs. I followed it without deviation until 12/25/2012. During the winter of 2013 I incorporated vigorous exercise & diet modifications with little success. On 05/30/2013 I weighed in at 188.47 pounds, for a total loss of 116.5 in one year. You can do it too!!!
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MICHELE: try pancakes....add some water, bit of vanilla, little cinnamon and egg white. fry it up, tastes yummy

THE JOURNEY OF A 1,000 MILES BEGINS WITH THE FIRST STEP.

November 2012 weight 183 pounds
May 30, 2013 weight 167 pounds
Aug 1, 2013 weight 164 pounds :)
September 23, 2013 177 pounds :(
Oct 1, 2013 173 pounds :)
January 5, 2014 187 pounds
January 15, 2014 180 pounds
January 20, 2014 179 pounds
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CEREAL QUESTION: Does anyone have a recipe that uses the cereal in a ground up form? I have six packets that are pretty much powder at this point. I wasn't sure if there might be a way to make 'bread' out of it. I'm not a cook, so I'm useless as far as trying to substitute or manipulate it in any way. :)


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January 2014: Up to 182 and size 14. Getting back on the wagon and will get back down!



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I am still reeling, as I imagine so many of you are too, from the devastating absolute evil that occured on Friday. Instead of eating my feelings, I am letting myself feel the horror & disbelief of these events and find myself crying whenever I think about the loss of all those lives. I am trying very hard not to stuff those feelings down with food to make myself feel better. I am incredibly sad and I am allowing myself to feel it.



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...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

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I ended up going with Robitussin. My mom's doctor (she is diabetic) recommended that to her.

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Darren - congrats on mostly sticking to your plan! I think it's great that you're focusing on hopping right back on track with things. 40 lbs is definitely not something to sneeze at!!

Linda - I've found that there's usually a sugar free/ diabetic section of cough drops that fit IP criteria.

PLANTODAY - I think that the first 2-3 days are by far the hardest - I had a headache, felt incredibly nauseous, and hungry, not to mention being very grumpy. By the 3rd to 4th day though, for me - some people might be quicker or longer to adjust - I actually feel amazing - not hungry at all and have a lot of energy. If you can just stick out that hard first part it will pay off, I promise!


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I love reading this forum, it makes me feel that I am not alone in my struggles. I still say that this is an awesome group that keeps going on in face of trials and victories. I relate to all of them. Been struggling with wanting to emotional eat. I am craving, of all things, fruitcake!, lol. Yes I am one of those people who like it. Pure sugar with rum. I guess because it is one of those things that I only eat once a year. I choose not to eat it, but then my body says, well I want a replacement and cauliflower don't cut it. Oh well, this too shall pass.
The sorrow I feel about the happenings in the school shooting also manifest in cravings, so I am finding ways to do random acts of kindness. It helps, at least it is something I can do to spread my belief that there is goodness in the world.

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Thank you, Purplepiecat....~~~hugggzz~~~

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Plantoday - Hugs to you for all you are going through. Keep joining the dialogue here, even as you struggle. It will help.

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Hello,
it has been barely a week that I have been away from this website, and I cannot fully say I am "back" in the swing of things, but I am back.
Being back and actually posting are two different things, though, and though I am ashamed of how my first week (!) on/off the protocol went, I a m showing my face in here again due to the loving advice of members here as they interrelate with one another that I have had the priviliege to read.
MicheleKrause, I don't know you, but you have a wise way about you and your post this week was full of hope and lovingness, and FunFit53's warming, light-at-the-end of the tunnel vision of phase 4 (i really needed to hear that!) especially.
Well, I did have exactly 2.5 days perfectly (I think?) on protocol, and it was HARD, especially mood and hormonal wise, but then that was it, and circumstances literally beyond my control set me up for the big fall off plan. However, when I was on it, and even when I ate modereately OFF the plan once I saw I would be unable to plan to continue, I noticed a big weight change! So, that was exciting and I know that that big change in weight is still there, waiting for me to embrace it. Should be starting again Monday, if my coach will agree to it!
No point harping on what happened, anyways, as I am somewhat ...legallyy....prohibited from going into great detail about why I was prevented from following this protocol for the past few days. Ugh, that makes it sound like my life is crazydangerous-it's not, but there was a really really sad occurence that will be somewhat ongoing.
Anyways, like I say above, Monday is the day I will meet withj my coach, and since I missed many days, I still have a lot of food packets left over, so do not have to worry too much about buying too many more. Just enough to get going through the holidays!
Sorry this was so rambling, I have made a few mistakes already (overexercising when totally unaccustomed to it, for one!) literall y and figuratively as relates to this diet, but I LOVE this group and I know will come to love the plan, and I pray I can continue to follow it and that you all will see that I am trying and not making excuses, and keep traveling this road with yous.

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12/16/12 11:00 A

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Does anyone have a recommendation for IP friendly cough drops? My coached warned of hidden sugars but I am really suffering here and think I need something. Because of this cold/flu type thing I have, I am struggling getting my veggies in...not the most comforting of comfort foods.

Also, will be in the hospital all day tomorrow - my mom is having a procedure on her heart. I will be with my dad - I figured I will take an IP bar and hope for a salad.

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Just returned from our getaway at Great Wolf Lodge. Had lots of fun, and definitely got more exercise than any day since I started IP. Regarding eating: like I said, I came prepared with pre-cooked broccoli, salad, dressing, IP foods, etc., and I ate most of them even when my family was eating in the restaurant and cafes. However, I pretty much failed when it came to snacks. Burning so much energy, I was HUNGRY, and when everyone got some awfully great looking ice cream, I ate some too. Plus, we stayed a half-day longer than planned, and I didn't have dinner with me for tonight and ended up in the restaurant too, and while I didn't get a cheeseburger, I didn't make the best choice possible either.

As the saying goes, "The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray". Fortunately, I can always do better tomorrow, and I have to say, it was wonderful knowing I'd lost 40ish pounds already while running around the water park with my kids. The last time I was at a water park, I remember not being able to extract myself from inner tubes and rafts when coming off of water slides, but this time I had no problem! And while not yet among the leanest group of people there, I certainly was no longer in the "fattest" category I used to identify with either, and that felt good in itself!

Darren

Starting Weight: 238 Goal Weight: 150
Lowest weight achieved: 193 in Dec. '12 after 3 1/2 mos. on Ideal Protein; now back up to 238 (Jan. '14) and STARTING AGAIN.


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12/15/12 9:03 P

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The thing I hate about measuring in cups vs. weighing is the inconsistency. I cup of broccoli....how does one actually fit broccoli into cup measure? I understand there are times in restaurants and whatnot where you have to eyeball, and trying to do it by cups is better than nothing.....but for me it's just not consistent enough for my liking. A long time ago I found for me that being under 50 grams of carbs was my personal "magic number". My coach tells me there is no "magic number"....but for me, I know that is what it is. So I weigh all of my food, and simply stay to under 50 grams per day.

Is this strict orthodox Ideal Protein.....probably not. But it's what I've done, and I've lost 100 pounds so I can't be all that off.

~~~~Amy "Purplepiecat"~~~~
In September 2006 I weighed my heaviest at 327 lbs. On May 30th, 2012 I began Ideal Protein at 304.9 lbs. I followed it without deviation until 12/25/2012. During the winter of 2013 I incorporated vigorous exercise & diet modifications with little success. On 05/30/2013 I weighed in at 188.47 pounds, for a total loss of 116.5 in one year. You can do it too!!!
**My blog: thoughtsbyamy.com/


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12/15/12 3:49 P

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Measure your vegetables, don't weigh them. If you want to continue to weigh the vegetables, you will need to find out how much a cup of each vegetable weighs. I looked on the USDA Nutritional Database and found that 1/2 cup of broccoli weighs 44 grams, while 1/2 cup of mushrooms weighs 18 grams. See the difference? And Ideal Protein tells us to measure by volume. 4 pounds of vegetables a day is way too much to be eating...the carb count is astromical to say nothing of the added calories you are consuming. Here are some comparisons for you:

Broccoli: 1 cup - 25 Calories, 5 Carbs, 3 Fiber
.........1 pound - 127 Calories, 24 Carbs, 14 Fiber

Mushrooms: 1 cup - 18 Calories, 3 Carbs, 1 Fiber
...............1 pound - 113 Calories, 19 Carbs, 5 Fiber

Spinach: 1 cup - 7 Calories, 1 Carb, 1 Fiber
.......1 pound - 100 Calories, 16 Carbs, 12 Fiber

I would ask your coach where they got the idea to eat 2 pounds of vegetables per day. They certainly didn't get it from Ideal Protein corporate because the protocol is very clear about eating 4 CUPS of vegetables per day. Sometimes our coaches go with what they think is best and not with what the protocol calls for...not always a good thing. If your coach wants you to continue to use weight for veggies, ask them for a handout with the conversion from cup to weight for each vegetable so you can be more accurate.





Started Ideal Protein:
...12/09/2011 - 249.4 pounds
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Phased off for major surgery:
...06/01/2012 - 181.6 pounds (67.8 pound loss)(2.82 lb/week)
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Restarted Phase 1:
...08/02/2012 - 182 pounds
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Reached goal:
...02/03/2013 - 152 pounds (30 pound loss)(1.15 lb/week)

TOTAL WEIGHT LOST: 97.4 POUNDS!


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12/15/12 1:46 P

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Thanks for all the advise. I never though about the difference of carb counts between weight and volume. I'll bring it up at my next appointment.

Today is Week 1 Day 6, and of course the weekend is a big challenge. There's no structure like work, my husband likes his regular food and goodies, my son is home for the weekend, and likes even more junk. So far it's been going well. I keep reminding myself that this program is working very well, and I feel so much better already. Yes, it's a challenge, and difficult, but it's worth it. I am making choices--to be healthier and feel better, and junk food just isn't worth it in the long run.

I told my husband how much weight I'd lost so far and he said, "You didn't lose it, you got rid of it. If you lost it that means you'd be looking for it again." He has a point. :D I NEVER want to find any of these pounds ever again!

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
~Lao-tzu


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12/14/12 11:03 P

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SPOONER,

how does your coach figure that 2 "cups" of vegetables are to be measured by "weight" rather than by volume ?

If you somehow establish what 2 cups of a dense vegetable, such as kohlrabi, weigh and then you measure out that same weight in something light, like mushrooms, you may go way up in carbs. If you do it the other way around and make the weight of 2 cups of bean sprouts the benchmark, then you'll be undereating on broccoli.....

I would take the IP info sheet literally and eat 2 cups of vegetables per meal, regardless of how much that weighs.

Highest weight ever: 220 pounds. Followed the IP protocol from June to December 2012 and lost 58 pounds.

In Maintenance mode since January 2013. Still eating very low carb (25-40g per day), but with increased fat intake (avocado, nuts, cheese). Have been able to almost maintain my weight. Regained about 12 pounds a year ago during a period of high stress, then maintained that new level.

Now down 4 pounds since May 2014, although still eating "maintenance" levels of food.


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