Last year, March 2011, I was presented the oppurtunity to change my life with Ideal Protein. And change it I did!
I surrendered 25 pounds and took my weight
from about 150 to 125 pounds in eight weeks. I did this without excerise, without drugs and with a great deal of enthusiasm. The program wasn't hard--but neither was it easy.
A year has passed.
Surprisingly, maintaince isn't hard but neither is it easy. We live in a culture of abundance and excess. We have developed an attitude of immediate sensual gratification. We feel entitled. We have intelligent excuses. We want to do what we want, yet don't often want the coresponding consequences. These are the battles I fight. And because I continue fighting, I have maintained my weight loss.
This isn't to say I haven't gotten knocked off-course. The six-week celebration of Christmas prompted a three-week stint on Ideal Protein in January. House guests, weekend celebrations and the pressures of work and home carry the illusion of ease--if only my diet and work-out regimen didn't have to be so strict...
I am convinced people do what they want to do, so I ask myself, "What do you REALLY want?" I consider the cost and either I pay, or I don't. I will love or hate the outcome, but either way, I own it because I bought it.
There is no question that if you want to maintain an ideal weight, build strength and live healthfully, you will have to live counter-cultural. Fast food restaurants are never far away, promising and delivering immediate gratification. It's tough to excerise. Food planning takes time. And on and on.
Achieving maintainance, really means "practicing" maintainace. You learn how your body responds to food and beverage choices. You are more sensitive to how food makes you feel: energized? satisfied? disciplined? exhausted? guilty? out-of-countrol? and you choose what you really want--not what you kind-of want, or what other's think you should want, but what you really want.
I know what I really want. What about you?
Dionne is a certified Ideal Protein coach who lost 25 pounds following the protocol way back when. Since then she's learned to cook healthier meals (and actually eat them), get a daily dose of iron in the form barbells and kettle bells and is usually training to improve her time in an upcoming half marathon.