End of Week 1 of Ideal Protein
As I approach this morning's weigh-in and measurement to begin the second week of my return to the Ideal Protein program, I've realized that I've successfully fallen into the routine. The summer has proven to be an excellent time to do this process as there are fewer outside functions and interruptions to routine.
While some may call this a weight loss program, I like to think of it as a health gain initiative. Yes, the pounds are coming off - just how many will be revealed this morning - but more importantly I'm getting to a healthier metabolic place. At my first consult my body fat percentage was 22 percent. So, even though I had only put on about half the weight I lost in 2011, it was enough to put me on the edge of being overweight and under healthy.
I thrive in routine, which might be why this program works so well for me. I don't mind having the same thing for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack. The only choices I have to make are the types of vegetables I'd like to have and what meat (protein) to have for dinner. It is in the decision making process that people can start floating into the restricted and forbidden territories of this protocol.
The painting that I've been doing on the weekends has helped. I don't think about eating when I'm in the creative zone. All I do is drink water, which for this program (and for life), is an excellent thing.
What has changed after one week?
- my desire to nibble incessantly has curbed substantially
- the light headedness I encountered on days 2 and 3 has gone
- I am drinking way more water than before (a downside is that I'm up and down 3-4 times a night to go to the washroom)
- I've lost weight (based on our weight scale, between 5 - 7 pounds in a week)