Ten days ago, I moved to the second phase of the Ideal Protein diet after losing my goal of 38 pounds. As I’ve talked about in several blog posts before, this diet is very restrictive. While I’m thankful to have used the diet to drop nearly 40 pounds, it’s not exactly mysterious why it works. I can’t help but be nervous that all of this weight will come right back as soon as I resume a regular diet.
Yes, I know I can’t go back to my old ways of gluten- and dairy-heavy meals. But I always knew that. It’s not as if I was mystified as to why I was gaining weight. At least for me, it’s always been mind over matter. I know I should have a nice salad for dinner and have the best intentions when I take salmon out of the freezer before I head to work in the morning. But by the time I get off work, run whatever errands and get home, a chicken quesadilla or better yet – a pizza conveniently delivered to my door – sounds much better.
How do I transition back to life after Ideal Protein? Enter Phase 2. I appreciate that this diet requires a phased approach to returning to everyday life. Now, instead of using three Ideal Protein packets per day, I’m down to two and have replaced one with protein of my choosing. When I complained to my Ideal Protein coach about how tired I am of eating vegetables, protein and Ideal Protein packets exclusively, she suggested using the “modified” version of the diet which allows very limited fruit, dairy and starch. It doesn’t seem to be hurting me weight-wise, and it definitely helps my sanity.
Next week, I’m meeting with one of Wyoming Medical Center’s dietitians to learn more about Phase 3 and will be completely off of the diet within weeks. I know that weight will always be a struggle for me, but I am hopeful that all of the lessons I’ve relearned over the last three months will help me maintain a healthier weight for life and not just for a year or two.
Meanwhile, if I’m the same weight on Jan. 1 as I am today, that’s a huge win in my book.
If you are interested in finding your ideal weight using Ideal Protein, call the WMC Weight Management Program at (307) 577-2158.
My Ideal Tracker – Week 13-16
Pounds lost these weeks: 9
Pounds lost so far: 38
Pounds to go: 0
Power tip: Stay sane and indulge – sometimes!
Finding my ideal weight
- Week 10-12: Downhill slide
- Week 9: Shopping
- Week 8: Guilt
- Week 6-7: Back on track
- Week 5: Weekends
- Week 4: By the numbers
- Week 3: Measuring success
- Week 2: Traveling on a diet
- Week 1: Ten pounds down!
- Week 0: Should I or shouldn’t I?
Mandy Cepeda is the senior manager of community development at Wyoming Medical Center and contributor to The Pulse. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, she started her career as a copy editor at the Casper Star-Tribune over 10 years ago. While she decided journalism was not for her, she married one of the photographers, Dan, in 2006. They enjoy a lovely life together with their pound-puppy mutt, Maddie.