Week 5

Now that I have been on the Ideal Protein diet for just over a month, it’s time to give a one-month report card.

First, I weighed in at 270.6 pounds. That means that I have lost a total of 25 pounds in 5 weeks!!! These last several weeks have been both easy and hard. The hard part was during week 3 when I visited a friend in Reno who had just come home from the hospital. She must have brought a hospital nasty germ home because we both got very sick. I did not eat anything at her house so I must have picked it up by contact–door knobs, chairs, ????

Then, I couldn’t go in for a weigh-in during week 4 because my coach was sick. Finally, I had to travel to Las Vegas for 4 days. That meant packing my Ideal Protein packets in the suitcase and making them on the road. As I was staying at a friend’s house, I thought it would be easy to do but I discovered that she didn’t have small (1 cup size) measuring cups to measure my water to mix with the packets so I had to guess and I am not a good guesser. From now on, I’m packing measuring cups.

Today was weigh day and I had no idea how much I lost but I know that I was losing inches because I put on an old pair of jeans that were one size smaller than I was wearing and they fit! So the inches are coming off too.

The good part of the program is that I am sticking to it! In the sense of hunger, headaches, etc., I am not experiencing any of those symptoms. In fact, I have to remind myself to eat, especially, near dinner time because I am not hungry. I find the pancakes and omelets easy to make for breakfast as I have a small frying pan that is the perfect size to make one large round pancake or omelet and they come out perfect.

Now for other miscellaneous things about my diet. I have been getting a little lazy. I don’t mind mixing packets for breakfast or for an occasional soup for lunch. However, I would much rather drink the pre-mixed drinks instead of making my own. It costs more but for me, I think it’s worth it. If I have a slight avoidance to making my drink, I might go off the diet because I am too lazy. The pre-mixed drinks offer no excuse because they are just too convenient. I keep them refrigerated because they taste better.

I buy at least a month’s supply of food at a time because I only get paid once a month so I don’t have to worry about being broke and unable to purchase any product. Last month I didn’t buy any of the bars or snacks such as BBQ chips. This month I decided not to buy the puddings and purchased some bars and the BBQ chips instead. Again, the laziness factor might have been a decision maker because you don’t have to mix water with the bars and snacks like you do with the puddings. I haven’t tried them yet but will get an update later on.

The next month will be the true challenge for me. The first 25 pounds are the easiest. I’ve lost 25 pounds before but always gained it back. I never could lose more than about 30 pounds total without plateau-ing. So the big test is yet to come.

In Summary: I feel better. I have energy. I am no longer getting nauseous. The program is becoming easier as my gut bacteria has adjusted to the new diet and I actually feel healthier.


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