Sunday, February 23, 2014

Weight Loss is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

I have been on the Ideal Protein protocol for about 7 weeks now and I have lost almost 20 pounds. That is amazing! I can't remember the last time I weighed what I weigh right now and it feels great!

I find that weekends are my hardest part of the protocol. All of my friends want to go to bars or out to dinner, and my boyfriend eats like a 6 year old boy at an elementary class party. I have to plan really well or I will fall victim to the cheats and fail.

I can also honestly say that during this diet, I have not cheated once. I have made a conscious effort to really give all of myself into this diet and it is slowly paying off. Thats a key word, slowly. The first week I lost a whopping 6 pounds, and am now averaging 2-3 pounds a week. That's great though! I haven't gained and I am slowly approaching my goal with every ounce lost.

Last night, my sorority had a black tie charity event. I always dread this event every year because my dresses don't look right and I look like a fat lard next to all of my skinny bitch friends. I felt amazing putting on my red dress for the first time since the Fall and it being almost too big to pull off! I have not had this problem in a very long time. This dress used to be tight on me, but I liked it because it hid my belly and fat rolls. Last night though, I felt like I was starting to look like my old self, and I finally am starting to feel beautiful again. That feeling is more than enough to keep me inspired to keep going with Ideal Protein.


Here is a little picture of my progress


I guess what my main point is for this post is don't get discouraged, diets are hard and take a while, but the results are well worth the wait! You can do it, don't give up!

-E

Monday, February 10, 2014

Guilt Free Caramel Macchiato

If you are like me, you look forward to trips to Starbucks for that special drink that gives you energy and tastes so darn good! I love getting Iced Caramel Macchiato's year round especially when I am studying for midterms and finals. Unfortunately these drinks pack on the pounds because they are loaded with calories, carbs, and so much sugar. My Grande nonfat Iced Caramel Macchiato comes to about 190 calories, 35 grams of carbohydrates, and 32 grams of sugar. OH MY GOSH!

During Ideal Protein, I have viciously craved my Caramel Macchiato when going to the library or even passing the Starbucks by my house. Luckily, my Ideal Protein coach sent me a video containing a recipe to make the Starbucks latte that we are in desperate need of or we are going to die all craving.



Ingredients:
Doppio espresso (2 shots of espresso)
1 Ideal Protein Vanilla Ready Made Drink
1 tsp of Walden Farms Caramel

How to:
1. Order a doppio espresso either iced or hot in a Venti or Grande cup. (If you are making it iced, order a Venti and if it is hot, order a Grande.)
2. Shake your Ideal Protein Vanilla drink.
3. Poke a hole in the top of the IP Vanilla drink with the straw.
4. Pour your IP Vanilla Drink in the Starbucks cup.
5. Stir. I drizzle caramel sauce on top of the drink to make the Caramel Macchiato, but this is optional. I have thought about getting the WF chocolate syrup to make a mocha drink as well.
6. Enjoy!


*Add two pumps of sugar-free vanilla, caramel, or cinnamon dolce syrup for a little more yumminess without the calories!

My Starbucks has no problem making this for me, but I like to mix in the protein drink and the caramel myself.


This drink comes in at 110 calories, 5 carbs, 0 grams of sugar! That's a starbucks drink worth buying!

-E

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Egg Muffin Bliss

I've been doing the Ideal Protein diet for about 4 weeks now. So far I have lost (since my last official weigh in with my coach) a total of 11 pounds. I haven't found this diet particularly difficult because I find that it fits my lifestyle very well. I love to cook and I love finding new recipes or experimenting in the kitchen. I do, however, HATE veggies. I cannot just sit there and eat celery or bell peppers. I have to hide them in delicious food to make sure I am getting my required 4 cups a day.

I have found so many recipes on Pinterest and have modified them to fit the diet requirements, however, this one I made-up with the a little help of recipes similar to it so I could get the temperature and time to cook these babies.

Here is how I made these:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of spinach
1/2 cup of chopped green onions
1 cup of mushrooms
1 omelet Ideal Protein packet
2 egg whites
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Sautee a half cup of washed spinach, a cup of washed chopped mushrooms, and a half cup of washed green onions in a pan with olive oil cooking spray.
3. Once the veggies are soft, mix the Ideal Protein omelet packet with 5 ounces of very cold water in the shaker bottle. I also added 2 egg whites to get the "real egg" consistency.
4. Combine the cooked veggies and omelet mix into a bowl.
5. Mix the veggies, omelet mix, and salt and pepper to taste.
6. Spray the muffin tin with olive oil cooking spray and add the egg mixture to the tins.
7. Ladle the veggies evenly into the muffin tin. I did the veggies about a fourth of the way into the muffin tin and my mixture made nine muffins.
8. Pour the remaining egg mixture into the tins evenly until the egg mixture is about 3/4 of the way full.
9. Place in the oven for 15 minutes or until the eggs are cooked through.


10. Take them out and enjoy! Be careful, they are going to be really hot!



- E