Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ideal Protein Week 2

So I've made it through the first 2 weeks of Ideal protein.  I'm down 11.3 lbs and that feels amazing.  I'm also down 1.25" in my chest, and 1" in my waist so I'm not complaining about that!  It hasn't been too hard to stick to, but I think it helps that my Mom, Dad and Steve are all doing this diet as well.  Breakfasts have basically been some kind of drink, vanilla, cappuccino, orange, that kind of thing, we've been trying to switch up lunch a bit,  the pasta isn't bad with one of the soups used as a sauce, and the "chicken patty" isn't too bad over salad, but our favorite lunch has been the chili. When I make it I add lots of zucchini, cabbage and raw onion to it and then we stir in some salsa to add some heat, delicious!  The thing that has kept me going through this all is the dinners, my Mom and I have been able to get really inventive with the dinners, stir fries, soups, big salads, below are a couple pics of the things we've been enjoying.

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The munchkin comes in today at 2:30, and I can't wait, it will be so awesome having him here this summer!  I think that's it for me for now.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Ideal Protein

So I've been gone for a while.  The job I started shortly after moving here didn't work out.  I was working way too many hours and I was super stressed, sounds like when we lived in Cali.  The difference here is that I don't need to work that many hours to survive, so I quit.  It's given me a great chance to help my Mom out with some things and we're looking at starting a business locally together.  I love that we live in a place now where that is a viable option and not something to add on top of working a million hours a week.  I'll keep you all updated on all of that as it progresses.

Those of you who have known me for any length of time, or read the blog for any length of time, know that I have struggled with my weight and consequently my body image for the majority of my life.  I was always a somewhat chubby kid and that just continued to progress as I got older until, at the biggest of my life, I weighed 260 lbs.  I was wearing a size 22-24 and I was very unhappy.  I managed to take and keep off 25 lbs since December of 2011 when I had to make a decision before I ended up not being able to walk up the 3 flights to my office at that time.  I'm proud of the fact that I've kept that weight off, but the fact of the matter is that I'm still about 100 lbs overweight.  That's nothing to sneeze at kids, that's pretty major.  Over a lifetime of dieting I've realized a few things about myself:
1. I have minimal self control abilities which has a lot to do with:
2. I have amazing rationalization capabilities, this is why things like Weight Watchers don't work well for me long term, if I have points left at the end of the day I would be just as likely to eat something healthy like popcorn as I was to eat a snickers bar.
3. I am somewhat impatient with diet results, this is why juicing was so appealing to me, but that's not a good long term diet for me.
4. I do really well with regimented eating plans, like juicing, Jenny Craig, that type of thing.

All of this came into play when my cousin, who's husband is a chiropractor and struggles with weight as well, mentioned the Ideal Protein diet to my Mom and I.  Now, I'm not one who normally gets behind diets where you have to eat a lot of processed food, but after talking to my cousin, who feels the same way, I felt a lot better about the ingredients and the fact that they have you take lots of supplements and you eat 4 cups of veggies a day and as much lettuce as you want.  So that brings us to bringing this up to Steve and my Dad, who were both on board and we started today.  It's a different experience, but a good one all in all.

About the food, it feels a little bit like when you were a kid and you'd go to the space center and get astronaut food.  It all comes in little metallic bags which you open up and either mix with cold water or boil or mix with cold water and then heat.  You do get 2 cups of veg with lunch and 2 cups with dinner along with 6-8 oz of animal protein.  The food isn't amazing, except of course for the veg, but I'm using this as more of a type of medicine rather than a lifestyle, which it isn't meant to be.  Once I get down to my goal weight I'll reintroduce complex carbs to take my body out of ketosis, and at that point I'm thinking I'll want to do a clean eating diet.  We'll see.  I'm hoping to update everyone on my progress and to that end here are some before pics, not the prettiest pics I've ever taken but I'd really like to be able to see the difference as I go along, I find that's a huge help for me.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Snow day

Well I'm home today, I had to cover someone's shift last night so I only worked a half day today. It's been nice too, there's some major snow coming down and I'm hanging out with my parents and their wood burning stove helping my mom do some organizing.

In other news, we found a super cute house to rent while we look for a house to buy. It's a 2 bedroom 1 bath house right off of Broadway which is the main street in Cottonwood Falls. I have a job as a dietary manager at a retirement home and I'm really enjoying it, we're a little under staffed at the moment, but we're working to fix that.

Steve's here now and that's made a huge difference, man I was missing him. I've also started a knitting group, I'm teaching 5 women to knit and there is one lady who comes who already knew how to knit and that's been great too. I'm about 45% done with my January sweater from Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitters Almanac, my goal is to knit my way through it this year and so far I'm a little behind, but not too bad. That's it for now, time for a nice warm lunch.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

I made it!

Sorry this post didn't come sooner, I attempted to post it from my phone and it still says it's posting 2 days later.  I did make it to Kansas Friday evening around 6 PM.  It was a beautiful drive in, Western Kansas is a little monotonous, but I got to see Greensburg, the town that was devastated by tornado and is rebuilding using ecofriendly building practices.  That was pretty cool.  The sunset was gorgeous and Tink did really well, I let her out of her kennel because she was not a happy camper.  She spent the majority of the time under the passenger seat and would pop up to check our progress from time to time.  I'm really glad to be here, everything's been great.  We got a couple inches of snow last night and it is beautiful, fluffy, dry snow, my favorite kind.  I'm heading out to the house we're housesitting at today to get the lay of the land.  From what I hear it's beautiful, I can't wait!  I'll post more soon...

Friday, January 3, 2014

Bound to Happen

So I knew it was bound to happen, even with GPS it was bound to happen. This morning when I left my hotel I stopped for coffee and gas, after I was done I put my parents address into my GPS and followed the directions, I didn't think to check them very closely until the signs on the highway starting giving mileage for Las Vegas, that's when I looked closer. My GPS was going to take me through Denver. In January. In a VW rabbit. So I turned around and picked up I-40 like I knew I should have from the beginning and I'm only an hour and a half off what I was expecting. The plus side to this? Gorgeous sunrise. I may not have as many updates today add I'm going to try to stop less so I can make up some time.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Apple Turkey

I made it to Albuquerque right before 7 local time tonight. Sunset was gorgeous and the drive was super easy. Tink was great the entire drive, she basically slept the entire time we were on the highway and only got slightly upset when I had to turn off to get gas, but even then she was fine. She's super happy to be exploring the room though. So that's it for today now I'm just hanging out watching TV cuddling my kitty.

Oh and the Apple Turkey thing? That's how my Grandpa got my Dad to remember the name.

Winslow

I've made it to Winslow, Az. It's been a gorgeous drive and only about 3 more hours and I'll be done for the day. Arizona is a weird landscape, I always forget when I haven't been in a while, but the plateaus out of completely flat vistas is something to behold. On my drive through Flagstaff there was done snow on the sides of the road, that always adds to the beauty of the area.