I have created this blog to offer ideas and hopefully some motivation as well as to inform those who may be interested in the diet. I would love comments about your successes, frustrations,ideas, or recipes. If anyone would like to share their story or recipes I would love to add you as an author to this blog.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Enjoying the Holidays-Recipes

Well, I don't know about you, but I'm a little nervous about being surrounded by all of that yummy food and making smart choices.  My philosophy is going to be do the best I can, and if I'm up a pound or two the next day hit it hard and get back on track.  Ideal Protein has sent out some recipes that can be substituted for some of your favorite holiday dishes, so I will share those with you.  I haven't tried them, so I'm not sure how they will be, but some of them sound pretty good.  This is the most difficult time of the year for dieting, but we can decide whether we gain 10 pounds, maintain, or loose 15 pounds.  My goal is to have lost another 18 pounds by the end of the year.  That will put me down 90 pounds!!  After all it's just food!  The holidays should be about our loved ones and the memories we make, not what we stuff ourselves with right?  It's Ok to change some of your food related traditions and focus more on being together and enjoying the real reason we celebrate!  Wishing us all good luck and a joy filled Holiday Season!

Look under the "recipes" in the side bar to find holiday recipes.

Things I am thankful for this season:

A wonderful husband who tells me every day how good I look and how proud he is
A daughter who has comitted to running a 5k with me in a few weeks even though she really doesn't want to.
A son who is my running coach and makes sure I get my workouts in.
3 fun younger kids who are learning to eat healthy with me.
Enjoying wearing jeans for the first fall season ever. 
Having the energy to get all the projects done that this season brings with it.
Feeling good enough about myself that I don't want to just hibernate for the winter
Finding new activities and abilities that I never knew would be so much fun
All of my MANY blessings

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Can't believe I did it!

This past Saturday I ran my first 6k!  It was a 6k instead of a 5 because the route they had us take through the gardens at Thanksgiving Point happened to be 6k's.  I still can't believe that I could actually RUN (ok jog slowly) for an entire 3.76 miles.  Sometimes I feel like I'm living in a dream when I think about how my life has been for so many years now.  It is so fun to be coming out of my shell a little and trying new things.  The reason I wanted to try running a race was to just be able to have a goal to shoot for and to say I did it.  I beat the goal that I had set for myself for the race by a few minutes and I came in right in the middle of the pack.  I was so nervous about being last that I felt really good about the middle.  There were 1800 women that raced that day and the atmosphere and just being a part of it were lots of fun.  I couldn't hold back the tears of amazement just to realize how far I've come and how much Ideal Protein has blessed my life!  Thanks Molly for running it with me.  Next on the agenda is the half marathon in Ogden on May 21st.  I signed Scott up with me for that one, so we have a lot of training to do, but we will be there!  Running should just get a lot easier with my goal of being down another 50 pounds by race day.  Can't wait!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Partying Summer!!!

Sounds like fun huh?  Well it has been and the scale has proven it.  The first of July we left for a family reunion, followed by a getaway to Lake Tahoe.  I got off track and I was having to much fun to refocus.  There always seemed to be an upcoming event (excuse) and reason why I couldn't get back on plan yet.  Finally after gaining 11 pounds over the last 6 weeks I decided it was time.  The only unfortunate problem was that I picked the week of the fair to start again.  Our kids show animals at the county fair, so we spend the whole week there surrounded by yummy fair food.  After all a fair is a veritable smorgousbourd (or howerver you spell that)!  But here is the good news.  Over the past 8 days I have lost not only the 11 pounds I gained, but and extra 1.8 for a total of 12.8 pounds in just over a week!  AND  I hate to admit it, but for 5 fair nights in a row I ate a Carl's Jr. low carb six dollar burger!  So now you know if you are in a pinch and need something fast those burgers obviously don't hurt too bad.  They aren't completely on protocol though, so I don't recommend trying this at home!  Anyways, I love, love, love that I can slip up a little bit every now and then and then get back on track.  I've always been one to quit if I cheated and never go back.  Not this time.  I've come to far and it is too easy not to keep going and reach my goal.  Which by the way is still a long way off, but closer than I ever imagined possible.  Now for the bad news.  If I wouldn't have cheated and taken six weeks off think where I would be now.  Another 18 pounds down!  So before you decide Kadee did it, so can I, think of the extra time you are tacking on to being on the program, and it also makes your pancreas have to kick back in and get back to work, which is not the idea here.  One thing that going off protocol did do for me, was remind me how crappy I feel when I am not eating healthy.  I actually felt bad enough that I looked forward to getting back on track.  Well here I am, committed, moving forward and I WILL get there, and I can't wait!

Saturday, June 19, 2010


Today something really exciting happened! Something, that a few months ago seemed really close to impossible. Today for the first time in years the number on the scale started with a one. That is kind of hard to admit to the whole lot of you, but it is so amazing to me that I am just going to own it and be proud! After 20 weeks of following the IP protocol I am down 64.8 pounds! Tomorrow I will be down over 65 pounds and I will be half way to my goal weight. I can't even express how happy I am to be succeeding. There have been so many times when I have failed at dieting and have given up, and let me tell you after a while being a failure takes its toll on your self esteem. I know I have a long ways to go and the second half of this journey may be harder than the first, but the truth is, this time I know I will succeed. There is no doubt in my mind that if I stumble I will get back up and keep going. This is the first time that I have had that much confidence in myself and in an awesome program that has worked so well for me. After all who loses over 6 pounds on their 20th week of a diet unless Bob or Jillian are your trainer? I continue to be amazed! I'm thankful for a husband who has loved and supported me before during and hopefully after all of this and so grateful to have found the ticket for health for me. By the way, I haven't exercised at all while on this protocol until about 2 weeks ago when I decided to take off running and see how far I could go. I was hoping to make it to the corner of my street. I ran to the end of a dirt road by my house and then called Scott to come pick me up so that we could measure it with the odometer in the car. It was over 6/10 of a mile on my first time exercising in years. I was pretty excited about that. When my son got home I told him I had run that far without stopping and he didn't believe me. I said "come on, let's go". We took off jogging and I did it again. 1.2 miles of jogging on my first day! So anyways, I've decided that I am going to run a 5k on October 9th. I will spend the next few months preparing for that. It is really hard for me to believe knowing that a few months ago I could hardly make it up the stairs. What a happy day! Here are some before pictures (actually I was already down 13 pounds when these pics were taken)  and some pictures taken today when I entered onederland!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Ideal Protein Class

Just a reminder that we are having a class on Ideal Protein at the office this Tuesday, June 8th at 7:00. Anyone is welcome. Bring your friends and family that would like to learn more about this amazing diet. See you there!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Week 15

Down 5.6 pounds for a total of 55.4!!! The last couple of weeks I could feel my self starting to slip and not following my plan the way that I knew I should. Last weekend I called my good friend who also coaches with Ideal Protein and told her I needed some coaching. (Sometimes the coaching doesn't go over so well when it is coming from your husband:) She told me to give myself the weekend to take it easy and then to start fresh with 100% commitment. So I did, and I guess it worked. The important thing is to refocus instead of giving up. This program works too well to waste the time and money. I feel amazing and wonder what the future me will feel like. I am so happy to have found a plan that is working so well for me and am thrilled that so many of you are having such great results also. I don't know how many of you watched Oprahs show on weight loss this week, but she talked about looking past all that you see in the mirror into your eyes and into your soul. That is who we really need to love and the rest will follow. I tried this and I just started crying, because that person inside of this body is beautiful and tries hard to be a good person. I do love my soul and I want the outside of me to reflect that. Have a great week!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

3 Months, ALMOST 50 pounds and a few of my favorite things

Tonight I weighed in. It was one day later than I normally do because we were gone last night until 10:00. I was thrilled to have a 5 pound weight loss this week. That brought me down to 49.4 pounds lost!!! So close to 50 I can smell it and I can't wait! I think 5 pounds is incredible after 13 weeks of dieting. I've spent some time reflecting on how my life has changed in the last three months. I don't even feel like the same person and not necessarily because of my weight, but because I feel like I don't have to pretend that I'm ok like that any more. I know I still have a long way to go, but I am making progress and I am doing something about it and that lets me hold my head up. Sometimes I will be just paying bills or sweeping the floor and I find myself smiling. That NEVER happened before. I feel like I am a better wife and mother. No matter what diet plan people chose there is nothing like working to become a better, healthier person and finding success. Here are a few things that I have been so excited to discover in the past three months.

Comfortably fitting into theater/airplane seats
Much better hugs from my sweetheart
Sneaking a peek in the mirror instead of avoiding it
Smoother skin
More energy
No knee pain
Sitting my baby on my lap (I've found part of it)
Finding clothes at Costco that fit me
Changing sizes every few weeks
Looking forward to meals because I am actually hungry
Having my husband tell me I need to wear something different because my clothes look to big