Sharing

At my home, this is a weekend typically filled with celebrations and fun with family and friends.  Typically, this means food.

Jar because I am being more careful with my food choices doesn’t mean I need to bring “diet” food!  A few of my favorites… Janeva’s buffalo chicken meatballs.  Brought those to a potluck.. 150 meatballs were devoured in short order!

Today, I made myself a sandwich (Janeva’s potato buns) and some coleslaw.  For the coleslaw, I used angel hair cabbage, purple cabbage, and Broccoli… mixed with Walden Farms Ranch, Apple cider vinegar, Italian seasoning, and a dash of lime… to mine I added tomatoes and orange pepper because I wanted a little color.

just because we are on IP, doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate.  We are just making healthier choices.  Life did not stop for me to loose weight!!! I just am focusing on the fun a bit more. (Yes, the pictures are of food… but I am out playing!!!)

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Changing the “can’t”

One word that threatens my ability to move forward is “can’t.”

When everything is super regimented, it feels like I am living in what I can’t have and can’t do…

This is where I get stuck. And depressed… and angry.

My sister reminded me: I am the one with the power. Yes, I will hear “can’t” for the rest of my life… but I still have a choice.

I can choose to eat off Protocol. But I don’t WANT to. I am the one who chooses to eat healthy, provide myself longer sleep periods, and to either stay home or go out.

Last night my hubby and I went out… third night in a row where we were doing something… then I slept 7 hours straight!!!! And you know what? I made a choice to focus on relaxation and happiness… and the world did not come to an end!!!!

I can choose!!!!

 

When to seek help

I can blame the stress. I can blame my health, I can blame the world. I choose to accept that I own my problem.

I got tasked with a new challenge… and I have an awesome boss who preaches work life balance (and actually walks her talk.). She reminds me daily not to burn out… and yet I don’t listen and work 12+ hours a day.

I have an awesome husband, who reminds me to be present and part of the family. Who is ready and willing to be helpful… and yet I try to do it all.

I have family and friends who invite me to do things with them… get outside, get fresh air… and I “can’t” because I am working.

I have a wonderful coach, who checks on me when I go radio silent, and encourages me to make healthy choices…

My support system is firmly in place… my head knows what to do… my body is screaming at me to listen…

Like any addict… the struggle between what we SHOULD do… and what we ACTUALLY do consumes our lives. And it takes wake up calls to make a change. The challenge is staying motivated and pushing through what is best for us, versus what is comfortable for us…

Following Ideal Protein isn’t hard… it’s uncomfortable. Yes it’s a strict diet, yes it’s pre-packaged stuff.. but others have paved the way to make it delicious. Is there an effort… yes… does it take planning… yes. Is that hard? No… but it isn’t easy.

The bigger challenge is facing all the reasons you didn’t make your health a priority. Finding something inside you worth the fight.. and the making that a lifetime commitment. Damn, growing up sucks!

Today is a new start. And the only way to start is to take a step… listen and activate support systems… breathe… dig deep… and make a plan. SMART goal time.

I will lose a minimum of 10 pounds between today and July 22, and I will do so following strict protocol, including weekly visits to my coach, and I will not hide from the scale.

Today I make my health my priority.

Confessions of an addict

Any one who has ever battled an addiction knows. We know what quitting means, we know that making good choices is the path to healing. Whatever your addiction, it’s a pull to something that is beyond reason.

I come from a very long line of addicts. Food, alcohol, drugs, shopping, hoarding… my family has a lovely variety. I am proud to report that we have a really strong history of being able to call ourselves recovering addicts…

IP has helped me with a battle on food addiction. I use food to celebrate, hide, smother, energize, and fuel. I think everyone does… but as an addict, I don’t have the filters in place to prevent me from going to extremes. IP has helped me set up boundaries in a way I never saw before.

If you are an addict, often you know your triggers. Mine are lack of sleep, perceived responsibility, and frustration when things don’t go the way I planned (yes. I am aware that I can’t control everything… working on it.) My triggers have been tested a bit lately… most of the time I have managed it… but last night… BAM…

So today I say… thank goodness for IP. I am not lost. I am not broken. I am a recovering addict… and I have tools… and I am really proud that I can right course.. and I love IP!!!!

It’s a choice

I awoke this morning with a ton of things to do. The color run starts in 1.5 hours, house cleaning, doctor appointments, laundry, grocery shopping, meal prepping… and my family coming for a visit. The dog needed to be walked, the fur babies needed to be fed. I started my morning feeling overwhelmed. Silly. It’s a Saturday. My life isn’t dramatic. Yet I make it overwhelming. Me. I did that…

I took the dog out. Fed the animals. Made myself a lovely cup of Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate (coffee, IP chocolate drink mix, Walden Farms caramel syrup, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne pepper) and sat down.

It’s 6am on a Saturday morning. It is OK to relax. It is also ok to turn down the volume on life… I want to do something fun. I have things that need to be done… but no one is going to be hurt if some of it doesn’t happen! So I am taking a moment for me… and reminding myself that I can choose!

Choose healthy and choose happy!

Depends on where you look

I was walking my pooch this morning and all the sudden it was raining.  It’s May, it’s cold, it’s raining… again.  I looked up… dark clouds… to the right and front of me blue sky.  What the heck?

I started to feel like a cartoon character where the rain stays right over that guy..  and no one else!

Wait a minute.  I am not a cartoon character.  I can choose to go to where it’s blue sky.  So I did.

May you look for and find blue sky today. Then go for it!!!!