Experiment: Day 3

Alright so today has been nuts, so my experiment is a bit abysmal right now.

B: Shake

L: Buffalo Wild Wings, 9 spicy garlic wings with regular ranch dressing (no veggies yet)

S:Shake

D:Veggies x 4 cups (holy vegetables this will be a ton) , not doing “real” protein due to my copious amounts of chicken wings I had during lunch.  My veggies will be sauteed peppers and onions for sure, as I can pack away those like it is no body’s business.

Was super pumped that I woke up today at 175 pounds, first time I’ve been this weight since…let’s see, personal trainer was March 2010 and I got down to 176.2…so Probably before I got my job as a 911 dispatcher (which I no longer do) and that was in December 2008.  I have officially erased nearly four years of fat from my body, and the sad thing is, my next “weight jump” will be my lowest weight since weight watchers, which got me down to about 165 I believe (hard to remember).  Before that I didn’t keep track of my weight except my freshman year in college (2003) which was about 125.

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Viva La Revolution!!

So it’s Wednesday, what a fun day for hump day, eh?  I sit here, sipping my protein shake, jamming out to Pink’s “Don’t Let me Get Me” and can’t help but think, today is going to be a good day.  Why is my mindset so optimistic you may ask?  I woke up thinner today, down to 175.0!!! This means that my experiment from the last two days so far has been a success!  I am continuing the trend today, shake, solid (snack), shake/veggie, solid(dinner)/veggie).  So far down 1 pound since Monday’s weigh in, lost 0.4 on Tuesday and another 0.6 today, just really need to keep this trend up this week so I can make it below 174.8 (which is my coveted 20 pound mark).

After my fantastic weigh in, I jumped on Facebook (because let’s face it, that’s something most people probably do the first 10 minutes they are awake for the day right?)  … Oh wait, let’s backtrack to yesterday’s debacle.

So I’m of Facebook, and up until yesterday was a member of an Ideal Protein “Group” (which will remain anonymous due to this not being the majority’s fault, who are innocent of any wrong doing), and I was posting up on a thread about something, I forget what exactly, but someone made the comment about asking me what I did for taking in extra fat.  I responded honestly that I had more fat intake, and when someone else asked about why, I informed them I was on “Alternative” program and that I was aware of the slower loss, but was OK with it because it made me have no stomach problems (because I hate gross things like constipation, cramping, diarrhea etc.)…apparently one of the site admins caught wind of this and started grilling me on whether or not  I was being “safe” about my loss and making sure I got my supplements in etc. and I responded with “I carefully researched this and made sure I’m getting the vitamins etc. I need”, this ended up being an hour long debate on a Facebook thread, yes really, and I hate troll-ey-type threads like that.  I defended with the information I had on the supplements, they asked how I knew I was meeting those, and I gave them the #’s from my vitamins and my GNC shake mix I have twice a day, which was equivalent to the Ideal Protein supplements, at which point I was asked to leave the group because I am not ON Ideal Protein.  They also informed me that IP was cheaper than normal eating out, I asked if it was cheaper than $80/month (shakes), $20/month (supplements), $24/month (snacks/treats x 14 servings to have when I’m not having a shake) for a total of $125/month roughly of expenses…which is basically the cost of one week on Ideal Protein.  They tried convincing me about how Ideal Protein is cheaper than normal eating out, which I’m sure it is, but the fact of the matter was that it wasn’t cheaper than what “I” had been doing, it was 3-4x more expensive per month, and honestly I’m saving money up for trips and cruises and motorcycle rallies oh my! So I do’nt want to shuck away all my money on PACKETS OF FOOD! I mean, it’s like eating powdered eggs, which I have no problem with (Hey, I went to public school) but I’m NOT going to pay $4 PER SERVING for a PACKET.  I will gladly pay $0.80-$0.95 / shake that I have however and then supplement my meats with higher quality meat and veggies (I also eat frozen veggies, such a rebel!)

Anyways, after I leave the group, I get a message this morning from someone else on the group, quietly asking where I got my supplements, what they were, what they cost, and what I did for my meals and snacks.  I felt like a total victor, because I think Ideal Protein WORKS absolutely, but I don’t think people should have to have that kind of money just to be able to get healthy.  Anyways, t his spurred me putting out the supplements I take completely listed by ingredient and cost, so I’m going to go ahead and get that put up on my page as a comparison with Ideal Protein’s supplements and see where we come out.  Oh, and I was informed that the Ideal Protein scientists are geniuses about finding how to get the proper absorption rate etc. for whatever given supplement.  Want to know something interesting?

FDA does not approve dietary supplements.

Unlike new drugs, dietary supplements are not reviewed and approved by FDA based on their safety and effectiveness. Most dietary supplements that contain a new dietary ingredient (a dietary ingredient not marketed in the United States before October 15, 1994) require a notification to FDA 75 days before marketing.

The notification must include the information that was the manufacturer or distributor’s basis for concluding that the dietary supplement will reasonably be expected to be safe. After dietary supplements are on the market, FDA evaluates their safety through research and adverse event monitoring.

So, no matter how awesome their scientists are, their supplements won’t be FDA approved.  On that note, neither will any of the OTHER vitamins / supplements I take, but eh that’s different, right? Haha! Oh well, off to get those supplements posted.

*Update* The supplements information is now available on its own page under the “Ideal Protein Resources / PDF’s” tab.