Daily Archives: August 14, 2012

Trying again


A little more than a month ago, my guy and I decided to try again. ¬†And I’m very happy about it.


That’s all.


Getting my thoughts down for August 21st


I’ve been invited to speak at my clinic’s Ideal Protein open house, which is open to the public for anyone investigating the program. ¬†I cannot believe I’m actually one of “those” people. ¬†An “after” person, or at least “successfully in progress” person. ¬†I’m honored to be asked to speak.

Although it’s informal, I thought I would write down some thoughts of what I might share.

1. ¬†I recommend the book “Suddenly Skinny: A Weight Loss Survival Guide” by Freya Taylor. ¬†Love this book. ¬†Several things have touched me in the book that I use in my everyday thoughts now.

Some of these things are:

  • A restaurant is a vessel of ingredients. ¬†Most of them will be more than willing to make what you want exactly how you want it.
  • “Yes, I eat like a freak now” (and so what?)
  • All of the popular, successful programs work….for someone. ¬†But they probably don’t all work for you. ¬†Find the one you can live with and work it.
  • Choose your hard. ¬†It’s hard being overweight, it’s hard losing weight, and it’s hard maintaining weight.

2. ¬†When I’m craving something bad it’s because I’m actually hungry. ¬†So I eat something. ¬†Something on the plan.

3. ¬†There are so many positives, they overshadow any negatives (and there really aren’t any negatives).

Some of the positives (for me) are:

  • I’m completely off of blood pressure medicine and the dosage of one of my meds for high triglycerides was cut in half. ¬†I go for another blood draw at the end of September, and I can only imagine that I will get more good news.
  • I’ve lost 47.9 pounds since May 30th, 2012. ¬†That is 75 days. ¬†That is .64 pounds per day average.
  • I sweat like a “normal person”. ¬†More about that below.
  • Obviously, I’m in smaller clothes.
  • I feel better about myself, and am embracing my girly nature by enjoying looking nice, wearing makeup, and wearing some heels occasionally.
  • I have not had an antacid since day 4 of the program.
  • I have had to take an aspirin maybe 6-8 times in the 75 days. ¬†Aspirin for headaches used to be almost every day thing for me.
  • I have more energy
  • I no longer get drowsy in the afternoon
  • I still don’t like morning, but when I’m up, I’m up. ¬†And I’m busy.
  • I have almost no gastro-intestinal “issues” whatsoever (tummy aches, etc….)

So more about the sweating. ¬†My whole life I’ve been someone who sweats. ¬†A lot. ¬†And I sweat from my head. ¬†My armpits and palms are completely dry, but I look like I ran through a sprinkler because of the sweat from my head. ¬† Although I knew the weight contributed to the problem, because I sweated more at X+100 pounds than I did at X pounds, I felt it wasn’t completely weight. ¬†I know we are all different, but I could be around people who outweighed me at my heaviest and I would look like a drowned rat, and they would be dry. ¬†I just figured I was “lucky” (not).

So even at a 47.9 weight loss, I’ve been this weight before just a little over 2 years ago. ¬†And I still sweat like a pig 2 years ago. ¬†But I noticed this time, at about 25 pounds ago on this diet I can actually go shopping and go for a walk, and not sweat any more than anyone else. ¬†I cannot tell you what a miracle that has been for me. ¬†Sweating, especially for a woman, is completely embarrassing. ¬†You feel so un-feminine, and you feel like a spotlight is just shining on you “LOOK, I’M FAT!!!!”, as if people didn’t already know.

My coach thinks I must have a either a gluten intolerance, or a dairy intolerance that causes my sweating. ¬†We’ve decided that when I phase back into the foods I cannot currently eat (carbs, sugars, dairy), we are going to do it one at a time, so we can isolate the culprit. ¬†Sounds like a great idea to me. ¬†Doesn’t necessarily mean I won’t ever eat the food group I have an intolerance for, but at least I can be aware and plan accordingly. ¬†Like “I have an important event 2 days from now….guess I’ll avoid dairy until then” or whatever.

So that’s all I can think of for now. ¬†Yay Ideal Protein!!!!!!