The art of distraction

I wake up every morning at 5am… rather, my pooch wakes me up to go out every day at OMG it’s early…

I start the day with my warm chocolate IP drink, num!  But by 7am… I need food!  But today… I know that I am going to be around a ton of temptation!  Eating all my food first thing in the AM is not going to work!!!!

Welcome to the art of distraction!  I sat down and painted my nails.  I decided to play, since it’s a holiday around here… my nails are fun… and WET!  I have at least an hour before I can touch anything!!!!

So the next time you are scavenging for food… and not really needing it… try painting your nails or giving yourself a manicure (clean your cuticles and rub in some olive oil and let it sit to soften the skin a little!).

For me, this is my art… and a fun distraction!

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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 beginning

Today started off…. ummmmmm… sucktastically.  Lots of frustration.. a few emotional outburst later… it’s time to change my day.

I took a little walk, and decided it would be a great time for a knock out breakfast!!! You know… start the day over, and better!

I made Wildberry Scones the other day.  They are really light and airy… not dense… so they are not quiet scones but REALLY good! 1 package wild berry yogurt mix, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon blend till combined. Add 1 teaspoon Walden Farms blueberry spread, 1 teaspoon Walden Farms marshmallow dip, 1 teaspoon olive oil, and a bit of lemon juice… blend and bake at 350 for 13 minutes. I tripled the recipe and used a muffin top pan! 2 per serving + 1 teaspoon olive oil.

I heated up some strawberry rhubarb compote  (a la Janeva!)

Sitting down to enjoy my breakfast and change how my day begins!

 

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.

Zucchini Chips-my new obsession

These are so tasty and incredibly simple to make
INGREDIENTS
  • large zucchinis
  • Olive oil spray
  • Kosher salt/pepper/garlic powder etc
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Slice your zucchini into super thin slices with a knife or mandolin.
  3. After you slice your zucchini, place the slices on a sheet of paper towels and take another paper towel to draw out excess moisture.
  4. Arrange zucchini on the baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.
  5. Season very lightly since they will shrink and have strong flavors.
  6. Bake for 2+ hours until they start to brown and aren’t soggy and are crisp.18951110_10102956619467748_1203178232160430783_n.jpg

How to Eat Healthy & Enjoy Graduation Parties

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With the end of the year and warmer weather comes celebration. Celebration often means delicious, decadent food and lots of it. Whether it be at a graduation parties, Father’s Day, weddings, family reunions or backyard barbecues with friends, there always seems to be a scrumptious spread calling your name. And let’s not forget the dessert table.

One celebration might not be so bad, but what happens when you have three parties to attend in one weekend? Don’t stay home, just be prepared and have a plan!

Read on for nine tips on how to enjoy parties while still staying on Phase I protocol:

1. Eat before you go.

Heading out to a graduation soiree where you know there will be killer desserts? Try eating a light, protein meal before you go. You won’t be hungry for the main event like fatty fried chicken and instead you will make better choices. Even the smallest snack can help when it comes to having control over the buffet table. Just remember, no matter what you do, don’t go to a party starving. You’re likely to enter a “see-all-eat-all” mentality and go overboard. Bring a sweet flavored protein bar to curb your sweet tooth.

2. Bring a healthy dish that is on your plan.

By bringing a dish to pass, you’ll at least know there will be one healthy option to eat. Serve yourself a portion of your healthy contribution and supplement it with smaller portions of things that you know are on protocol. I like to bring a platter of grilled chicken breast and a salad that has a light olive oil & fresh lemon dressing.

3. Don’t do the Taste test.

Taking just a taste or BLT (bites, licks, tastes) of things that are not on protocol will kick you out of ketosis (fat burning mode) and kick start those sugar cravings. Just DON’T do it!

4. Distract yourself.

Don’t stand or sit near the buffet or dessert table, as this can increase the temptation to start taking bites. Instead, offer to help the host out with dishes, take a break from the party to walk around the park or venture to the backyard to check out what else might be going on.

5. Be active.

After eating, don’t just sit around. Instead, get up and join in that slow-pitch softball game, round of croquet or sand volleyball match. Enjoy the experience!

6. Be mindful of your beverages.

Bring a San Pellegrino and some Ideal Protein Water Enhancer, which creates a light, tasty refreshing drink. Calories from beverages — whether it be from beer, mixed drinks, lemonade, punch or soda — will kick you out of ketosis (fat burning mode). Guzzle down two cans of Coke and you’ve just consumed 280 calories and nearly 80 grams of sugars. That’s about 20 teaspoons! Here’s what happens with alcohol: it takes time to process in the liver and can turn off fat burning, dropping your blood sugar and could have you passing out (with just one drink).

7. Eat Slowly.

Put your fork down in between bites. Enjoy socializing. Eat 80% of what is on your plate.

8. Balance your plate.

Just as you would for a typical dinner around the table at home, try to balance your plate. Your plate should be 80% veggies, 20%h lean protein.

9. Use a dessert plate.

Swing by the dessert table first before hitting up the food, but only to snatch a smaller, dessert-sized plate. Ditching an over-sized dinner plate in favor of a smaller plate aids in portion control and will prevent you from overindulging right off the bat.