Equally attracted to and repulsed by the fitness culture, I maintained a healthy shape for as long as time and youth expelled the effort. After enjoying three wonderful pregnancies and the blessing of three delightful children, I found time had all but disappeared and youth was rapidly evaporating.
I was left (mercilessly) with the same 5’4” frame and an extra 15 pounds and lacked a clue about what to do about it. I’ve dieted before. I’ve worked out before. I have the tool box—so to speak, but I needed new tools, ones that reflected my busy life and many rolls as woman, wife and mother.
I commute and work outside the home—so I am unable to dedicate hours at the gym. But that’s not to say I despise the “hours-at-the-gym-kind-of-body.” On the contrary, I quite like it, yet the demands on my time, the proliferation of pizzerias and my proximity to ice-cold Hefeweizen keep getting in the way.
Enter Ideal Protein, a medically-supervised weight loss program that promises to be my “last diet.”
It’s easy: Two daily meals and a yummy snack are in convenient packets, to that I add four cups of veggies and unlimited lettuce with a whole protein source like fish, beef or chicken. No drugs. No injections. No counting. No Exercise.
It’s hard: Cheating is absolutely forbidden. Seriously.
Surprisingly, it is accountability that makes me shape up—literally. After only five days of following the protocol, I’m down three pounds, and because Ideal Protein only targets my stored fat, those three pounds feel like ten. I feel lean, I feel energized and I feel empowered.
I still shed a tear for those slices of pizza that need to find a new home, but to honest, a dinner of steamed bok choy and grilled sirloin or barbecued chicken breast and roasted asparagus sounds good too.
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.