Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Day Seventeen

Well today I was hungry and it was probably because my water wasn't on time when I ate, if I had drank after my meals I would have not been so hungry throughout the day.
Today I also changed up where I'm putting my snack in the day because I have wanted to go to bed earlier rather than staying up late.  Snack went before dinner because my son woke up early from his nap at 3pm because he went down earlier at 12 noon.  I wasn't ready to eat dinner that early so I ate my snack then instead.  Which is a smart move I think.

Message: Tweak your day and make it into the way you want to for consuming foods, if something isn't working for you, adjust it and hopefully you'll see positive results in the end.

Breakfast - Maple Oatmeal (IP food)

Lunch - Vanilla milkshake (IP food), Red Peppers & Honey Dijon dressing

Snack - Chocolate milkshake (because you can't have snack packages and oatmeal in the same day, so had to have a drink)

Dinner - Spinach w/ Sea Salt & Apple Cider Vinegar, Octopus w/ Cajun seasoning, Lemon pepper and sea salt.

All water and vitamins met.  As well as a good dinner, my husband complimented me on a good dinner, my only words were: "It's good and good for you, completely healthy.  Healthy can also be yummy."  It was good to hear and it was good to know that the dinner was satisfying enough for him that he didn't have to get more food except for 2 fruit bars.

This evening I had some personal issues, I was really angry about something and I felt like just eating whatever I wanted out of spite.  But decided against it because I would feel better at a weight of 150 rather than my current weight of 221.4, I want my self-confidence back when it comes to my appearance, and an animal cracker or a fruit bar isn't worth all that.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Day Sixteen - Weigh-In before Dinner

So with the probably forbidden Lime dressing from the Thai food in my system, I got on the scale to reveal a loss of 2 1/2 pounds!  Was expecting more but I knew that it was going to be tough because of the doubling up of foods I shouldn't have repeated in the same day.  The excessive oil and vinehar dressing and then the thai food last night so adding those up we get just 2 1/2 pounds off but still very good.
Should be easier this week.  Have a small trip coming up this weekend but no group trips just me and my husband and he's a vegetarian so I won't be jealous of his eating habits.

from 223.9 to 221.5, Third Week begins with 221.5, and 1 inch off my body weight, here's to a hopeful successful week!

Day Sixteen

The day after my trip, I felt that I didn't loose a lot of weight this past week because I doubled up on foods that shouldn't be eaten together, didn't want to loose my shakes for the road.  Probably ingested some items that were not on my plan without knowing about them.  Timing was also off when eating meals, some were too close together while others were too far apart. 

Message: Timing is everything, if you have a set way of eating your meals, its important to stick to them.  Traveling in groups and adding activities on road trips makes it hard to focus in that area but it is important to keep track of, and stay on line if you can.  Sometimes it can't be helped, I understand that, but all you can do is try your best.
Also if you are on a diet, prepare and bring foods with you that would work for any situation.  That way you won't have to hunt for what you need.

Breakfast - Chocolate Shake (IP food)

Lunch - Chocolate Shake (IP food), Arugala Salad w/ Red Peppers, pepper, sea salt, & Honey Dijon dressing

Dinner - Roasted Vegetables (@ Bertuccis), Tomatoes, Eggplant, zucchini, green peppers in garlic, soaked them in oil, so that was my oil for the next 2 days, haha!  Burger when I got home, 85% lean meat w/ coriander, pepper and sea salt.

Snack - Southwestern Cheese Puffs (IP food), plenty of them, and so good, even have a bit of kick to them, yumm would get again.

All water and vitamins met for the day.

Day Fourteen & Fifteen

The morning was easy but I ate earlier than normal because we needed to hit the road.  This was a tricky day and may have ended up eating things that may have not been on my diet without even knowing about them.  For instance how things were prepared, what was used in them like regular salt, or extra oils or butter. 
Other thing that was tricky was the timing of meals, when you are in a group you can't control when you eat, for instance my lunch and dinner were too close together, but I had to snag my 8oz of poultry while I could, otherwise it would not have been there if I had waited.

I did plan for my trip and packed all IP foods as well as cooked up some roasted veggies to bring, and a couple of bags of veggies if I was in a place where a snack bag would be better.  Taking these steps helped in planning a good trip for me.

Day Fourteen:

Breakfast - Maple Oatmeal (IP food), 3 glasses of Peppermint Iced Tea (homemade)

Lunch - Chocolate Shake, Garden Salad w/ Olive Oil & Vinegar, 2 celery sticks

Dinner - Roasted Turkey (at the party), Roasted Veggies I made for the trip - Cauliflower, Zucchini, portabello mushrooms, red peppers in curry powder & Coriander.  Sea Salt.

Snack - Chocolate Chip Cookie

All water met, all vitamins met.

Day Fifteen:

Breakfast - Crispy Cereal (not great), to get a fuller tummy because I couldn't stomach the cereal I ate 1 egg white w/ pepper.  2 cups of decaf coffee

Lunch - Spaghetti Bolognese & Sea Salt, Cauliflower from home w/ oil & vinegar.

Dinner - Nua Num Tok Salad: Red Onion, Mint, Cilantro, Scallion, & Grilled Beef, the beef was a bit fatty, and the lime dressing most likely had rice powder and maybe something else I should not have had.

Snack - Chocolate Shake

All water met, and vitamins met.

Day Thirteen

Went well, the day before my road trip to Maine went smoothly.  Only issues I ran into was repeating foods that can't be enjoyed together in the same day, which is why I lost just a little weight this week. 

Foods -

Breakfast - Chocolate Muffin w/ Cinnamon, French Vanilla Decaf coffee, & 1 packet of sweetner.

Lunch - Broccoli & Cheese soup which was good, and then added Broccoli to it for my 2 cups of veggies.  Used the sea salt too.

Dinner - Was very good, I had Steamed Lobster, and made a Lemon & Olive Oil sauce with sea salt.  For veggies I had Baby Spinach salad w/ Honey Dijon dressing.

Snack - Caramel Nut Chocolate Bar - sooo delicious! 

All water was met, I actually ended up exceeding it by 2 glasses.  And vitamins were taken, I added an Iron supplement this week because I needed more Iron in my diet, as if what I was eating didn't have enough iron, so odd.  All I'm eating is iron now, ha!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Day Twelve

Still going strong besides the throbbing headaches in the morning everyday this week, but it goes away after I take some Ibuprofen.  Yesterday was a good day overall, my husband got home early and I prepared everyone a healthy meal but apparently it was just too healthy for him, he had to make more stuff.  My son on the other hand was happy about the meal but wanted some of daddy's when he sat down with it.  I liked my meal just fine.

I made them broccoli & cheese with salt and pepper.  My husband is a vegetarian so this would be okay for him, my son had broccoli & cheese & herb chicken I made the other night for myself but decided he should have some protein too. 

Meals for the day:

Breakfast - 100% natural pancake (Crepe Mix, IP food) w/ Nutmeg (way too much was added), and Cinnamon, you can imagine the unbearable taste but I had to truck through it.

Lunch - Chicken Noodle Soup (IP food), really good, added some italian seasoning, sea salt and pepper, tasted like the real thing except less sodium.  Also had Baby Spinach leaf salad and Red Peppers with Honey Dijon dressing from walden farms

Dinner - Coriander flavored burger with sea salt and pepper, with a side of broccoli spears w/ italian seasoning.

Snack - (I know your not supposed to mix the 2 but I'm running out of options) Sea Salt & Vinegar Ridges, which are supposed to mimic chips but they are squares, and more thick than chips, good though.

Water fell short by 1 glass but made up for it this morning, all vitamins taken.  Overall not a bad day.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Day Eleven

Still going well, tried a new food today, it was eh.  That's thing about trying the new IP foods, you either hate them or love them, or are on the fence about them.  I love a lot of them but the mashed potatoes this week were bareable, I ate them, but they needed something.  It's a learning process, I'll always be learning as I go.  So here is what I ate:

Breakfast - Capuccino drink (IP), peppermint herbal iced tea (that I made)

Lunch - Mashed potatoes (IP) with sea salt, peppermint iced tea, Baby spinach salad with red pepper & walden farms dressing.

Dinner - Burger w/ Coriander, Grilled Eggplant & Sea Salt

Snack - Licorice Spice Tea & Chocolate Soy Crisps

Overall a good day, all water met and exceeded by one glass, and all vitamins taken.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Day Ten

Today went well, the cravings have stopped completely and my days seem to go by so quickly, everyday I look forward to snack time where I get to enjoy a chocolatey or caramelly thing at night.

I was out for errands with my husband and son and my husband wanted to get a TCBY yogurt but felt guilty to eat it in front of me, I told him no one was stopping him.  He said oh, ok, went in came out, finished it on the way home.  Didn't phase me at all because my chocolatey thing would be some hours later and guilt free.  It really is okay to eat what you want in front of me, I don't care.

Breakfast - Chocolate Shake (IP food) & Peppermint Tea

Lunch - Chicken a la King (IP food, not sure I'll get it again), Sea Salt & Pepper, Salad with Walden Farms Ranch dressing.

Dinner - Cajun swordfish from the other night w/ fresh squeezed lemon juice, Zucchini w/ Curry, Lemon Pepper and Lemon juice, and sea salt.  (very satisfying)

Snack - Caramel Bar (soooo goooood)

Water exceeded by a glass or 2.  Vitamins taken.  To another day.

Day Nine

Was a successful day, was able to go out after my weigh-in to Bertuccis and enjoy my dinner guilt free, because I could have all that I ordered.  And I thought it would be hard to ask the server to ask the kitchen to prepare the meal a certain way, I just didn't want to come across as picky.  But it was easy to ask, and I didn't feel like I was putting them in spot where I was demanding so much.  I just needed to make a few adjustments. 
Shared my news with everyone on Facebook when I got home, many congrats my way, which awesome to hear because I can use all the support I can get.

Meals for the Day:

Breakfast - Blueberry-Cran Granata drink, super yummy (IP food)

Lunch - Mushroom Soup & Sea Salt (IP food), I mixed in some red peppers and had a cup of Decaf French Vanilla coffee.

Dinner - Mussels, Cod & Shrimp Stew in a Caper and Tomato Broth, Side salad with red onion & olive oil, apple cider vinegar dressing.

Snack - Chocolate Chip Cookie (IP food), best pre-packaged cookie I have had for a while, definitely could taste those chocolate chips and the vanilla flavoring in them as well.

Water met, vitamins taken.  Cheers to another great week!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Weigh In Results for Day 9

I just came back from dinner with my mom, we were celebrating our weight loss together.  My mom lost 4 pounds in 1 week!!!, so proud of her.  And I lost 6 pounds in 1 week!!!  Not sure how much my mom lost in inches off her body.  But I lost 5" off my body, 5" that's huge!!!  I would also like to add that this was with no exercise, that's right, the first 3 weeks you are not supposed to exercise but tonight I feel like doing Zumba!

This gave me the results I needed to confirm that I will be continuing with this diet.  If I lose 6 pounds every week, it should only take 3 to 3 1/2 months to reach my goal weight of 150, we shall see.

I'm so proud of myself and I can't wait to see what next weeks weigh in is going to look like.  In the meantime I'll keep you posted on my day to day.

New weight after Week 1: 223.9, next weigh-in Tuesday May 29th. 

Day Eight

Well Monday was an easy breezy day, so used to the diet at this point, it is getting easier to follow it and not want other things.  I have not cheated at all on this diet, but it can be difficult the first week.

Meals for the day:
(IP = Ideal Protein)

Breakfast - Yummy Crepe (IP food), with cinnamon and nutmeg

Lunch - Vegetarian Chili (IP food) w/ Fresh Basil from my herb garden, sea salt, and Lettuce w/ Walden Farms Honey Dijon dressing

Dinner - Cajun seasoned swordfish w/Sea Salt, Lettuce, radishes, & red cabbage salad with Walden Farms Honey Dijon dressing

Snack - Enjoyed the movie "Girl with the Dragon Tatoo" while sipping a Pina Colada drink (IP food), yumm.  Was a nice treat for the end of the day.

All water was met & all vitamins taken.

Tuesday is weigh in and measure, we shall see how it goes.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Day Seven

I've reached the end of the week!!!  I managed to cheat - ZERO times, awesome!  I definitely was struggling there, playing tug of war with my brain.  I am happy to report I have no more cravings for food, if people eat stuff in front of me, it doesn't phase me at all.  I just simply don't care, and I don't crave it either.  At the beginning of the week on this diet I told my husband not to eat ice cream in front of me, now I really don't care if he does.  I know that the ice cream would be really bad for me if I ate it, so watching others eat it, isn't so bad, knowing that I'm putting healthy ingredients in my body.  But hey if you want to eat ice cream I sware I won't be making faces at you, nor will I lecture you on the contents of your food, because you can eat whatever you want, really none of my business.

Message:  When you feel like you have had enough or you are feeling defeated, pick yourself up and keep on trucking, because you can do it.

Meals for Today:

Breakfast - Ideal Protein Hot Chocolate

Lunch - Ideal Protein Soy Patty w/Green Onions, Sea Salt, Curry and Coriander mixed in.  I decided to make the patty more appetizing by adding in veggies and spices into the patty before cooking, it did the trick.
For veggies -  Cucumbers with Sea Salt, Pepper and Walden Farms Balsamic Dressing

Dinner - A Curry Burger,  Steamers w/ Lemon juice dipping sauce (never thought I'd live without a butter sauce on Steamers but I did, and the sauce I made was excellent), and for Veggies: Lettuce with red cabbage and red peppers topped with Walden Farms Honey Dijon dressing (so good).

Snack - Ideal Protein Dark Chocolate covered Raspberry bar, so yummy.

Got all my water content except for 3 glasses I am currently finishing now at 12:37am on Monday morning, going to wake up quite a bit this evening for pee breaks.

Took all vitamins.

About 2 more days, and then a weigh in on Tuesday at 5:30pm, should be good news.

Day Six

I did so well today, I really thought I would fall off the wagon but nope!  I went to a 2 year old's birthday party where pizza, chips, cake, ice cream, everything not on my diet was being served.  I made sure to eat my ideal protein meal with my veggies before I got there so I wouldn't be tempted to eat anything.  I also brought my water jug with me to make sure I drank my water for the day but also to keep me full.  And it worked until it got to be around dinner time and I was wicked hungry.  I had to tell my husband that we needed to leave really soon, because I needed to eat something now.  Luckily one of the hosts of the party, which was also my husband's friend offered to cook for me, which was awesome!  He cooked up some veggies for me, and I was all set for the evening, when I got home I then had my protein (meat) for my dinner too.  But if it weren't for those veggies being cooked up I probably would have had to feel that achy stomach feeling for a few hours.

Message:  If you think you can't do it, just hang in there, you can!

Meals Today:

Breakfast - Ideal Protein Pineapple/Banana Drink

Lunch - Ideal Protein Cheese & Fine Herb Omelet, tasted disgusting, had to throw it out.  Instead ended up having a Cappuccino drink, yumm!!  With the drink I needed to have veggies so I enjoyed the drink first and then had Red Peppers w/Pepper and Sea Salt

Dinner - Zucchini, Green Pepper, & Tomato (only allowed once a week) at the party, and then when I got home I had a burger with coriander, pepper and sea salt.  Delicious!

Snack- Lemon Poppy seed Bar

Got 11 glasses of water in for the day.  and all vitamins were taken.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Day Five

Another tough day, trying to avoid foods I love and another cry break trying to cope with the fact that I'm cut off from favorite foods till I get to my goal weight.  It is just so hard, and I'm sure everyone has struggled with this on a diet.  At first it seems easy, you're all pumped up about it, "I can do this!"  Then as you go along you feel great, you're getting everything done on the program you're supposed to.  Then reality sinks in, I can't have that Cheez-It or I can't have that glass of wine 2 nights a week, or I can't have that chocolate bar.  It's a constant struggle, it's a back and forth scenario playing over and over in your head and then you realize why you did this diet in the first place. 
For me it was to help support my mom initially, and that was not a good way to agree to something.  But I really had to ask myself, 'why am I doing this diet?', I'm doing it to lose the weight, to get to a healthier me, to have energy to play in the yard with my son, to have energy to go up the stairs and not be out of breath.  I don't want to be unhealthy anymore, having the excuse of "Well I just had a baby.", doesn't cut it anymore, he's almost 2, so that excuse it no longer working.

I was on Weight Watchers and was doing fine, 25 pounds lighter is a big accomplishment in 4 months but it could be bigger, if I had added in exercise.  I could have pushed myself harder, absolutely. 

Does it matter to me if I lose the weight fast or slow, no it doesn't.  This diet has you lose weight rapidly, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to do it, I also liked the idea of never dieting again because it would be nice to be at the weight I want to be and to keep it off.  The program said "Your Last Diet", which means your only diet, never again will you struggle with your weight, you can keep it off even after moving off their food intake.  That's right you don't have to eat their food forever, kind of nice isn't it.  In fact you can go back to the foods you love, only difference is you will enjoy them in moderation, because you would have learned some valuable principles from the program that hopefully would stick with you throughout the rest of your life.

That's the message for the day.  Now onto Today's meals:

Breakfast: Wildberry Yogurt Drink - this tasted great, and it made me happy that I was eating food that didn't taste like cardboard.

Lunch: Vanilla Drink and 2 cups of Broccoli w/ Hot Sauce, herbs, and Sea Salt (I didn't have these at the exact same time, I enjoyed the drink first and then had the broccoli 30 minutes later, if I had them together, I wouldn't think Broccoli and a Vanilla Shake would go well together taste wise.)
Vanilla drink was also very good.

Dinner: Marinated Chicken w/ Fresh Basil, side salad (just lettuce) with Walden Farms Balsamic Dressing.

Snack: A cinnamon bar

You don't have to drink shakes, I've just been doing this for the last couple of days because I have felt like this diet is making my stomach really full, so drinking their drink mixes for my meals has really helped me feel like I can finish it, still feel full and not have to dump the rest of the Ideal Protein food out, cause I don't want to do that.  Plus it can be easier to make a shake than to make an omelet, crepe, soy patty, or other meal, this means I have to clean the supposed "non-stick pan", that's failing in the middle (non-stick wore off).

Tomorrow I'm going to a 2 year old's party, hoping to avoid the food, hoping there might be something for me to eat, coming prepared with a shake just in case.  And hope I survive the day without crashing by eating a piece of cake, we shall see.  Stay tuned for Day 6!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Day Four

Today was a tough one, climbing that 4 day hump.  I struggled a lot today, my toddler offered me several cheez-its and it was so hard to say no.  I know he was just trying to be nice and sweet in offering me something to eat, and it was so hard for me to say no.  I said it in a nice way: "thanks honey but mommy can't have that on this diet."

The whole day I was upset because I want to eat real food, I miss my wine, I miss my thai food, I miss sushi, I miss everything I can't have and even though the sheet says: "...these restrictions are only temporary and are a small sacrifice for a short amount of time."  It feels like an eternity and its only been FOUR DAYS!!!
I'm wondering how I'm going to survive for the next 2 weeks, never mind the next couple of months, ugh....
I keep going back and forth about this, weight watchers seems simple to me, eat what you want, count the points, learn about portion sizes and things I'm learning in my current diet plan for less money and still lose weight.  I've learned to do this, it is possible, I lost 25 pounds recently, and about 3-4 years ago I lost 50 pounds on that state of mind, all by myself.
Ideal Protein is convenient for me because it gives me prepared meals to eat during the day, and then I can still have seafood, meat, or poultry for dinner with 2 cups of vegetables that are allowed on the plan.  Lunch also includes 2 cups of veggies of your choice that are on the plan.  As a stay-at-home mom it is critical to remember to eat, and these meals help me prepare them quickly so I can continue to watch and be there for my son, instead of being tied up in the kitchen making a meal that takes more than 10 minutes.

This blog is not intended to steer you from one diet to the next, it is here for informational purposes.  Dieting is difficult but if you can try whatever program it is you are on for at least 2 weeks it is well worth it.  2 weeks allows you to test the waters to see if this is something you want to continue with, if after 2 weeks or 3 weeks or whatever goal you have set for yourself, you feel this plan is not working for you, try something that does.

That being said, I will move on and go over the meals today.

So meals today:

Breakfast - Peach Mango Drink (very sweet, but yummy)

Lunch - Chocolate Drink, tasted more like a chocolate shake, and tasted just like one too, I would get this again.  Had the drink with a salad and walden farms bleu cheese dressing.

Dinner - Leftover steak from last night and salad with cucumbers drizzled with Walden Farms Bleu Cheese dressing.

Snack - My favorite part of the day, my reward for the day as I like to think.  Peanut Butter coated Soy Puffs, really good to, tastes a lot like having candy but better for you.

I also succeeded on my 10 glasses of water for the day, and took my vitamins, so although a struggling day a good day overall.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Day Three

Well, I have hit the third day, can't believe I did it!  It was hard at first.  I was told that by the end of Day 4 all cravings will go away, can't wait!!
Breakfast today consisted of chocolate pudding, now I went ahead and put in the sweetner because I learned that the pudding is too bland without it, well still bland even after the sweetner packet went in, was tolerable but not great.  Don't think I'll be ordering any puddings next week.

Had my phone call today from the Devi Center, the call went well, was just a routine call to make sure everything was running smoothly, and to see if I had any questions.  Some of my comments were: "I have been doing really well with the water portion of this diet, can't believe it" (I used to have problems getting 8 glasses of water in a day nevermind 10 glasses).  "I am so full at most meals I can't even finish the meal and end up throwing it away or saving veggies for later" Dr's response: "Bet you thought you would never feel full on a diet before, huh?, Funny isn't it?  Don't feel you have to finish the meal, we are not trying to stuff you with food here, eat what you can and then stop."
The phone call was quick and helpful.

For lunch: Spaghetti & Bolognese Ideal Protein meal, it was awesome, didn't think I would like it but I loved it and I am not a pasta lover.  I also had a cucumber salad with Walden Farms salad dressing (the only dressing you can have on the diet).  I was so full I couldn't finish the cucumbers, put away and saved them for dinner.

Dinner: Steak and Salad w/cucumbers and dressing, yummy!!

Snack: Cookies n Cream Bar, delish!

As the days go by it gets easier, I still have to look on the sheet from time to time to see what I have to do each day for each meal, but I bet I'll be a pro at this when the week is up.  Till then I'll just keep trucking along.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Day Two

Felt great this morning when I woke up tummy wise, not a problem.  For breakfast I had an Ideal Protein Chocolate Pancake, tasted great.
Only problem the pancake was a disaster in the pan, I have a non-stick pan but it is a stick pan in the middle, think I explained this yesterday.  So when flipping the pancake, it didn't work and rather turned into Chocolate pancake glop.
For next time think I'm going to do a muffin, they had directions for that too, and silly me not learning from yesterday cooked it in the pan.  So muffin next time and add some cinnamon to the mix.

Lunch: Yummy Chicken Soup mix, and for my 2 cups of veggies, I put chopped broccoli in the soup was really good.  The weird thing today was that I couldn't finish it, not sure I'm supposed to finish the whole thing but my stomach is not used to retaining a lot food and decided not to finish the last bit, so full!!

Dinner: Mussels w/Garlic, Lemon juice, fresh basil from my herb garden on my window sill, and their sea salt.  Also had mushrooms and bell peppers in a spicy thai sauce, and spinach with apple cider vinegar, sea salt and Italian seasoning.

Really full, but I know I'm going to want that snack later, just trying to figure out what kind of snack I want, chocolate soy crisps or a cinnamon bar?  hmmmm.....

Snack: Chocolate Soy Crisps, they were delicious and there was enough of them to keep me satisfied, jeeze if I could only eat these through the whole diet I would be thrilled!!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Day One

Starting weight: 229.3 pounds - weighed Friday May 11, 2012.

After a bland breakfast of Butterscotch pudding I have learned that Splenda is probably a good thing to add, which I can have.  So bought some.
Ate my lunch - Their Omelet mix, and 2 cups of Mushrooms, it was delicious!!  Gave it some seasoning: Italian seasoning, lemon pepper and their sea salt.  Cooked mushrooms in 1 tsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Learned that coating a non-stick pan which has a stick problem in the middle is not sufficiently surpassed by 1 tsp of olive oil, decided to get olive oil spray for the future.
Well dinner was awesome, got to eat what I wanted, I chose a Larb Gai Thai Salad, yummers! Everything in it I could have, was really yummy.
This diet also wants me to have a snack, and frankly my tummy is full, not sure how I'm supposed to fit a snack in but it's on the plan, so I have to. So funny, feeling like I'm forced to eat a snack, haha
Snack - suggested time before 8pm, well with my schedule impossible.  I stay up really late, my dinner was at 7:45pm so an 8pm snack isn't ideal.  I did have a snack at 10pm - Garlic & Onion Soy Nuts, they were yummy too.  And surprisingly I made the 10 glasses of water for the day, which is a new record for me!  I even pushed it to 11 glasses because I was really thirsty after eating a salty snack.

I took all my vitamins for the day, theirs and mine, at the end of the day, I'm ready to go to sleep at about 11:30pm and I'm feeling good, no tummy troubles at all.

Wonder what I will choose to eat tomorrow, we shall see.

How the diet works

To first understand this blog you need to understand the diet.  Ideal Protein diet has 4 phases, the first phase is to be followed till your goal weight is achieved, should you cheat you just dust yourself off and climb aboard the wagon once more. 
For me being an advent weight watchers fan, and losing 25 pounds the second time round it was hard to leave behind everyday foods but after talking with the diet center I felt better about it.  They are super nice there, you are expected to come in every week to get weighed and measured but it only takes 2 minutes to do, you then pick out your food list for the following week. 

The plan:
Breakfast - 1 Ideal Protein meal, 3 glasses of water, unlimited tea and coffee, black or with 1 oz of skim milk.  Sweetner is only permitted at breakfast and can be used but serving size must be respected. 
Lunch - 1 Ideal Protein meal, 3 glasses of water, and 2 cups of vegetables.
Dinner - 8oz of fish, other seafood, Beef, Poultry, Pork or Veal and 2 cups of vegetables, Tofu is also permitted but can't have it fried.  3 Glasses of water.
Snack - Can be anywhere on your plan, between lunch and dinner, after dinner, between breakfast and lunch, whenever.  1 Ideal Protein food, 1 glass of water.

Ideal Protein vitamins are to be taken at 3 meals and you are supposed to use only their sea salt, cause it has vitamins in it that are essential to the diet.  You may also use other seasonings like herbs, apple cider vinegar, garlic, lemon, ginger, lemon grass, hot mustard, hot sauce, soya sauce, spices (MSG Free/No Carbs), Tamari Sauce & White Vinegar.  (I suggest using seasonings, makes the meal so good).

If you want to set up a consultation or find out more about the diet you can go to: the Ideal Protein website or you can check out this site for testimonials.  There is most likely a place nearby to you who has this program available.  This was a doctor recommended diet, but anyone can sign up.