About me…wow, where to start…I’m 27 years old and never thought of myself as “Fat”. I was “Athletic” in high school, somewhat “Voluptuous” in college, “Comfortable” in my early 20′s, and in complete denial by the age of 22. I’ve joined Weight Watchers, lost 20 pounds and regained it all, and then some (don’t we all), I’ve tried counting calories on a daily basis, and as someone who loves math, let me tell you, if I never have to count to 1200 again it will be too soon. I’ve walked until my feet had blisters and watched exercise videos (watched, mind you, not participated in) until I thought my eyes would bleed. Nothing took the weight off, and it continued creeping, ever upward, steadily, like the rings of a tree as it grows.
That’s what I was, a tree. I was a tree with rings of fat growing around me as I stood firm in my belief if I wanted to be thin, I would be. It was as simple as that. So, I started Ideal Protein after finding a co-worker as well as my in-laws having fabulous success with it.
Let me tell you that the first week made me want to quit, kill someone and bury their body in a shallow grave, rob a Krispy Kreme and go to prison just so I could have 3 square meals a day. Headache, light headedness, irritability, and let’s not forget the joy of being hungry ALL THE FREAKING TIME! I swore, slept, pouted and even cried through that first week.
Now I look back and think “I was such a baby”. The amount of energy I gained after the first two weeks was insane, with fewer mood swings, no “crashing” at 2:00 in the afternoon because I felt like I needed a nap, and never hungry, like, ever.
Below is what I “did’ from April 2012 through August 2nd, 2012, during which time I went from 196 pounds (omg) to 161.2 pounds (The above has been updated as I am no longer on Ideal Protein, but am working on other alternative weight losses. Below is my original success story).
Am I doing Ideal Protein? Yes and No. Yes because I am taking vitamins like it’s no body’s business, eating 4 cups of vegetables, 7-8 ounces lean meat, 1/2 tsp salt and some olive oil every day, and No because I don’t buy the Ideal Protein Products. They are freakishly expensive. Did I mention freakishly? $28 for a box of 7 servings. You need 3 servings/day so you’re looking at 3 boxes/week ($94 for non mathletes out there) plus the consultation fee (initial fee of $100-$200 depending on the clinic), additional cost to weigh in every week on a “fancy” scale (about $15/week) and before you know it you’re looking at $110+/week to live out of little foil packets. Oh, plus the cost of 4 cups/day vegetables (that’s 28 cups in a week in case you’re curious) and the 6-8 ounces of lean meat a night (42 ounces up to about 54 ounces in a week). So here is what I’m doing instead.
My personal journey is using GNC’s AMP Wheybolic Extreme 60 dietary supplement instead of the Ideal Protein shakes for two of my three “protein packet” choices of the day. This is significantly cheaper than Ideal Protein (I pay $72/jug which has 17 “servings” in it, one serving is 60g of protein so I break it into 3, so 51 “my” servings per jug, and if I buy it during Gold Card week it’s only $57/jug, so $1/serving instead of $4/serving)., and from what I can read, healthier.
So that is the nitty gritty and extremely verbose story about how I found Ideal Protein and made it my own. This blog is dedicated to finding out everything I can about this diet, and putting it out there for the world to see. Low Carb isn’t a secret. Hell it’s been done so many times it’s ridiculous. Anything that is on my blog is available on the Web, I simply moved it to a place to make it easier to find.
Regarding me as a person? I’m a corporate communication specialist, love my job, am married with 2 dogs and 2 cats, 0 kids, and I play MMO video games. The means Massive Mulitplayer Online, and the current one is Guild Wars 2, woot woot! I’m a convert from World of Warcraft, and played that since the beginning, until about 5 years ago when I decided it was not that fun anymore, so I took a break. Now that I’m into Guild Wars 2, we’ll see how it works out.
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