Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Weekend: 7/28/12 & 7/29/12

     This weekend we went to a B&B in Maine called Pressey House, it is really a nice place to stay, I recommend them highly - http://www.presseyhouse.com/index.html
     Anyways they make the best breakfast there and I was so sad when the plates would come out and I couldn't eat anything on them, except for my stay Sunday morning.  Although we are not supposed to have real food in the AM and only an Ideal Protein meal, they did have 2 chicken sausages on the plate which I was thrilled to have.  I counted it towards my protein for the evening to come.  After I was done with the sausages and had to pass my plate of blueberry pancakes and fresh fruit to my husband to finish off for me.  One of the owners there, asked if she could get me anything else seeing as how she knew my plate was passed on to my left, she said she didn't want me to go through the day hungry, although the protein shake I was drinking would have probably sufficed for the morning I knew I wouldn't meet my 8oz protein that day if I was still on the road later (since we were heading home that afternoon).
     My husband said, "you wouldn't be able to make anything that would fit with her diet anyways, she can't eat a lot of stuff, she is on this weird diet."  He wasn't making fun of me he was just letting her know that it may be impossible to satisfy my needs.
     She then said: "Well how weird are we talking, I have a pretty weird diet."  Then she listed off what she couldn't have: no gluten, no dairy, no grain, no fruit.  She then added that the chicken sausages were gluten free, and lean meat, made with no preservatives, and that made me feel good about what I was eating. 
     I then said: "That's pretty much the same diet I'm on."
     She then said: "Would you like another chicken sausage or 2 perhaps?"
     I said: "Yes, I think 1 more chicken sausage would be just perfect."  I felt really good after that conversation.  The whole time I was there at the B&B I felt horrible because I had to pass on their food.  And I felt weird because I wasn't eating anything at the table and everyone else was able to eat it, the whole weekend when it came to food I felt out of place but hearing the comments of how good I was looking, made me realize that it really doesn't matter, people sometimes have weird diets and you just take it one day at a time, you will find something that works for you in terms of food, and it really doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.
     What she said really made me feel like I wasn't alone in this, that other people have limits with food too and I don't have to feel like a weirdo, I can just share my experience and inspire others.
So far people have seen my results and are just thrilled with them, so much so they want in on the diet too.

      This weekend I also revealed myself in a way that I would have never shared otherwise.  I was explaining about how this diet completely changed my life not just by losing the weight but also getting myself back, I have completely lost my anxiety issue.  I no longer experience anxiety, it has gone away and my mom was telling me that she thought it had to do with the removed gluten from my diet, which I looked up and saw that it was in fact a proven thing.  Lessening your gluten intake to little to no gluten can in some cases rid yourself of anxiety.  And it has for me, I no longer feel trapped in my house, I can go places with confidence.
     Anyways this weekend I was talking to my good friend Paula and because of the small room everyone else was tuning in too.  No one had a clue that I had anxiety, and they wouldn't have unless they lived with me, because frankly that kind of anxiety doesn't happen out in the open unless I went to an unfamiliar social event (even then no one would know except my husband).
     My mother-in-law the next day said she never knew that about me, and I said its okay, I kept it under wraps so no one could really see what I was going through, I'm good at that.  If I don't want people to know I don't let them know.  Of course there were a select few that did know because I told them.
     My husband was very supportive through most of it, sometimes he was annoyed, I had a car sitting in the driveway but just couldn't push myself out of the house to go do a simple errand.  My husband had to instead after a long day at work go do the errand before he came home, and with a grunt under his breath he did it, although I knew he thought I was being ridiculous.
     But that person is gone, I'm very confident and go places often with my son or by myself, and really am feeling the freedom of it.  Not feeling like I'm chained to the house and can't go another step.  Not feeling like I have to have someone come with me every time I need to run an errand, it really does feel good to be confident once again and to feel completely free.  I thank the Ideal Protein diet for that and my perseverance on getting me this far.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Weigh-in & Weekend 7/26/12

Changed my weigh-ins to Thursdays last week so I had 1.5 weeks to loose some serious weight.  And I would have lost 7 lbs, but blew it when I decided to cheat on Sunday the 22nd.  It was my son's 2nd birthday party and I had spent $60 on a cake, which I wanted to have a piece of.  So I did and when I was eating it, it just wasn't that great to me.  It looked good but it just wasn't worth the pounds I had put back on just from eating it.  Then after eating the cake (on this diet once you cheat you go big, cause its the same amount of time to get rid of it anyways), so I drank 1.5 cups of wine but not too much since I can't drink as much as before this diet started.  And then I though I'd get my frustrations out and dig into the chocolate from the chocolate tour that I stored in my freezer to keep till after the diet.  I ate a little and put it back.  And when I was all done eating the things I can't have like - 3 Cheese Doritos, 2 sugar cookies, and 3 Honey BBQ potato chips (I really went to town).  I felt sick, and awful about gaining pounds back.  Was very guilty for cheating, got right back on the horse on Monday morning.

Last night (Thurs night) I had a struggle, I wanted a piece of cake & PB cup, but fought with myself over it, you can't have it, remember how bad you felt, you don't need, it's not worth the progress you have made.  The constant battle trying to convince myself that this idea was no good, and nothing good would come out of it.  What it was, was my body craving for the sugar that I had put into it on Sunday.  My husband told me, you don't like the way you feel after you have had these things so there is no need to have them.  That's what I needed to hear, so instead of having cake and a PB cup, I satisfied my sugar craving by drinking an Ideal Protein Hot Cocoa with Cinnamon and that did it for me.

Tip: Before you put something in your body that you know is going to be bad for you, really think..."Is it worth it?, How will I feel afterwards?" If it is worth it to you then go for it, if it is not and you are feeling the tiniest amount of guilt or anxiety about it, then chances are it isn't a good idea.  Listen to what your body is telling you, it does know what it wants and what it does not want.

Went for my weigh-in tonight, lost 2.2 pounds, would have been more but I decided to cheat.  Also lost 1" of my arm = 2" (losing inches in your thigh and arm are the hardest).  I know I lost the inches there because I did a ton of yard work last week prepping for my son's party - raking leaves, carrying large tree limbs to the back of the woods, lots of walking, lots of lifting, and it paid off.
Was at 198.4, went down to 196.2.

Well, let's hope next week is better!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

July 17th - Weekend Past & Weigh-In Results

This weekend was great!  Stuck to my diet the whole way through, went to a birthday party on Friday evening, Carvel ice cream cake looked tempting but did not have 1 piece.  I did a lot of activities this past week which I think helped with losing the weight.  Wave dodging at the beach, swimming, walking in the ocean, test driving trucks on Saturday, that was a work out especially with a huge car seat. 
I was in the Cape in Eastham on Sunday visiting with friends and they used Real Salt by Redmond on their meal for dinner that they cooked us.  Which was great!  I got a refill of salt while I was there, thank you Andrea!  She said it is the only thing her family and her use since they found out about it, it was so cool!

Tomorrow: Wednesday is my FREE Manicure/Pedicure from my mom, she wanted to reward me for losing 25 pounds on this diet so I get my reward tomorrow AM at the bright early morning time of 9am, I hope I don't fall asleep.  Should be a good morning.

Weigh-In Results:  Drum roll please......I Lost 5 Pounds this past week!!!  Bringing me into the 100's!!!  For the first time since before my son was conceived, which was 3.5 years ago!  Hoping never to return to the 200's again.  Bye Bye 200's hello 198.4!
For inches, I lost 1" off my chest, 1" off my waist, and 1" off both my thighs equaling 2".

So far I have lost 30 pounds on this diet and oodles of inches off my waist, chest, thighs and arms.  I'm sticking with it, and hopefully I will be at 135 in 3 months!

Monday, July 9, 2012

This Past weekend - Weigh In 7/9/12

Last week I followed the diet to a "T", until Sunday when I finally got to go on my long awaited Chocolate Tour in Boston.  I waited 2 years for this tour and despite my diet went on it anyways as it was a scheduled cheat day.
I ate quite a bit of chocolate, a lot of experimental chocolate too.  I even bought bars of it and stashed it away in the freezer.  I will not be getting the chocolate out of the freezer until 3 months from now when I have reached my goal weight, unless I have another cheat day coming up and I don't until my son's birthday party on the 22nd.  So until then I will wait.

Went for an earlier weigh-in, 1 day earlier than normal, the chocolate didn't have enough time to stick to my body yet so I still lost 1 pound which puts me at 203.4 lbs, and 1" off my waist and 1" off each of my thighs = 2" off my thighs in total.  I will hopefully be in the 100's next week!
I also signed my Aunt up for this diet.  They are having an Open House which I posted in the blog a few posts ago.  She got $100 off her consultation and I got a free box of food for next week!  Thanks Trish!!

She is going to do great, I'm sure of it.  It is going to be tough the first week but she will do just great!

Note: If you know of anyone who would want to join this diet plan or if you would like to and live in the South Shore, MA area, let me know and I'll get you $100 off too.

I would also like to recommend the Boston Chocolate Tour for all you Chocolate Lovers out there, awesome tour, you can't miss it, request Alyssa C as your tour guide.  Boston Chocolate Walking Tours

Tip: If you are going to cheat, it is important to schedule it in advance rather than cheating on the fly, this way you know your limits.  I ate chocolate, had sushi, and 1 glass of sake.  But for dinner I didn't eat the hamburger bun, the beets, or the potato fries.  Which saved me a lot of carbs and calories.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Before Pictures, at start of diet

Updated Picture, At: 204.4

Here is me at 204.4 pounds, 50 pounds lighter than I was in January.  And 25 pounds lighter since the start of Ideal Protein.

Weigh-In 7/3/12

Well went in for my weigh-in today feeling nervous about it because I caved in for a slither of Strawberry Shortcake on Sunday afternoon at my sister's baby shower.  But I decided to work off my mistake by doing 20 minutes of laps in the pool and chasing my 2 year old at the beach yesterday.

So I lost 3.5 pounds, weight last week was 208, weight this week = 204.4, next week should be in the 190's.  I also lost 1" on my waist and 1" on my chest.  Melting away.

I have also hit the 25 pound mark on this diet, and with my prior diet I have lost a total of = 50 pounds!  Which is a lot!!

And meeting the 25 pound mark, has gotten me a Free Mani/Pedi that my mom has promised me if I met this mark.
The rest of her deal entailed: For my 50 pound mark I get a cut and color and for my 75 pound mark I get a whole new wardrobe.  Then I'll be done.  Should be about 3 months from now to meet the 75 pound mark.  Just keep trucking through.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Open House at the Devi Center if anyone is local to the Weymouth, MA area.  Get yourself signed up and get $100 off!