Paula's Fifteenth Week on Ideal Protein

Wendy Kampers 11 Feb

Paula's Fifteenth Week on Ideal Protein

Well, this week was a little better. Yayy! I’m so excited to tell you that I lost another two pounds which brings my total up to 38 lbs in only four months. Not bad, not bad at all! I am starting to get into old habits though. I might have weighed myself more than once this week…bad Paula! I guess I am just so excited to see the progress I’ve made since I have had to make hard decisions (avoid fast food, etc.) now that Cody isn’t on the program with me.


Valentine’s Day is coming up and this is going to be tough. We have always gone out for a special dinner and this year, it’ll be challenging to find a restaurant that will serve something that is both IP friendly and that I will enjoy. Cody says that I should cheat a little on Valentine’s Day. I might just agree with him. But, the last time I cheated on the program, I gained two pounds and couldn’t lose the two pounds for two weeks. I’m not sure I want to do that again. But, maybe I won’t cheat as bad as I did the last time. Eugh! Decisions! If Cody was still on the program, I’d be strong for the both of us, but now…it’s tough being strong just for me.


Lately I feel like my weight loss is slowing down. It isn’t, but that’s what it feels like. I keep trying to count down the weeks until I’ll reach my goal and it seems so far away. Compared to where I started, I’m not that far off. I keep telling myself this, but it isn’t working. We had friends over this weekend and one of them said something that really shocked me. In response to my good news that I had lost 38 lbs, he said: “That’s the the same amount as a large bag of dog food.”


Naturally, I was surprised at the comparison. When we got home, I checked the weight of our dog food.  It was exactly 38lbs. WOW! I’ve lost the same amount of weight as a large bag of dry dog food. I carried a bag’s worth of dog food on me four months ago and now I don’t. It doesn’t seem like a measly number; especially because I always have to ask Cody to carry the dog food. I do however have a magic number in mind.


When the scale hits this magic number (the lowest I have weighed since meeting Cody) I will really feel like I’ve accomplished something. I think the magic number will show up on the scale next week. My goal is to lose 10 lbs after that.  I’m so excited because every number that shows up after that is a bonus in my mind!

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