Paula's Fifth Week on Ideal Protein
In this week’s post I want to talk about some of the changes I’ve had to make in my life and the things that were once difficult, that aren’t anymore. But first, I wanted to mention that I had a weird set back this week that was a little discouraging.
I randomly gained 2lbs. It was very frustrating because I hadn’t changed anything in my eating habits and it took me pretty much all week to lose it again. This made me think I was “Plateauing” which happens in all diets. I will admit, I am a little obsessed with checking my weight. I check it every morning before having breakfast. My coach says weighing in once a week is enough, I don’t have to weigh in every day. But…I can’t help it. I’ve mentioned this before, I need to learn to control my curiosity and just wait one week. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to. I like seeing my progress from the day before, it helps me to see what I’m doing is working. Never the less, I ended up cutting the restricted IP foods for snack and it helped me lose the two lbs I randomly gained. Which brings me to a total of 18.5 lbs lost in 5 weeks…just over a month! WOW!
Now for the aforementioned lifestyles changes and challenges that are no longer challenges. As you know, Halloween just passed. And you know what that means right? Left over Halloween candy. Currently, Cody’s dad lives with us part time and one day I went downstairs to see A LOT of empty Halloween chocolate bar wrappers (eaten by Cody’s dad). If this were week one, I would have been sad and said, “I wish I could have those.” Instead I said, “Wow, that’s so unhealthy.” Complete 180!
I used to be bothered by foods I couldn’t have that I saw either on social media or on TV. I followed all the “Tasty” channels and many times I thought I would need to unfollow them because they would show such delicious recipes. But I don’t really feel that way anymore. Why? I think it’s I’m starting to find that I enjoy meals that I CAN have just as much. For example, I’ve created my very own stir-fry sauce recipe that I love. We probably have stir-fry with cauliflower rice twice a week now. If you’re interested in the recipe, let me know in the comments and I’ll let you know in my next post.
One thing I did get rid of on my phone was my takeout apps. Uber eats, Skip the Dish, Just Eat, and Door Dash. It was almost like they were ghosts haunting my screen. I didn’t use them anymore. I still get emails from Swiss Chalet and Subway though. Why haven’t I unsubscribed? Well, it used to bother me when I’d get them. I’d see the email and delete it as quickly as possible. Now? I’m cool with it. It’s a thing. A thing that is there and I’m too lazy to get rid of.
I do have some interesting news though. As I stated in my first blog, I’m originally from Winnipeg. When Cody and I first started dating, we decided that every year we’d rotate where our Christmas would be. This year is it’s my family’s turn to have us for Christmas in Winnipeg. Let me preface my next sentence with, Christmas is my favourite time of year. Filled with family, joy and great food! We will be there for 10 days and the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to go to a couple of my favourite restaurants while we are there. But how could I do that while on the program? I asked my coach and she said it would be no problem for us to phase off for Christmas. What’s phasing off? Well there are four phases in Ideal Protein. Phase 1 (which we are on now) is where you have three IP foods a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Snack), Phase 2 is for two weeks and it’s exactly the same as Phase 1, but you only have two IP foods a day. Phase three is also for two weeks and this is where you start to introduce carbs again and you’re down to one IP food a day. Then you’re on maintenance! Because we phase off, we shouldn’t gain a bunch of weight by eating non-IP approved food. When we get back from our trip, we’ll start back up on Phase 1. I was so happy when Linda said this. It will make Christmas so much more enjoyable!