As of Monday, May 23rd, I am officially moving off of Phase 1 of my diet and into Phase 2.
Basically this means I am eating one less of their protein-packed-packets/bars/mixes and adding back in protein for lunch. So far, it’s four hardboiled eggs for lunch on my salad but I’m probably going to get tired of that REAL quick and need some better ideas. Let the pinning begin!
But for real – I am pretty terrified to moving out of Phase 1 of IP. It turns out I responded *really* well to structure (which surprises no one) and I also really love my diet (which should surprise everyone). Here’s a breakdown of how Phase 1 went for me.
- I lost – on my scale – 25.9 pounds.
- My Body Fat Percentage went from 25.1% to 18.1%.
- On my coach’s scale I’ve lost over 20 pounds of fat. Just fat. Juuuuust fat. Ew.
- Things I owned from back in college (which admittedly there are few of) fit again, including the “ass jeans” that I just could never bring myself to throw away because they were so amazing and I ran so much game in them. (Don’t worry, I am not going to wear them outside of my closet)
- I haven’t had acne in… two months.
- I’m officially as small as when I met Vince. 122 pounds, people.
- Did I mention I love my diet? I’ve used my protein shakes/puddings/pancakes to make Lemon Pound Cake, Double Chocolate Muffins, Butterscotch Maple Muffins, and Pumpkin Apple Spiced Muffins, to name a few.
- My new life hack forever – Using a cold pre-made protein shake as flavored creamer. As someone who hates making/eating a large breakfast, one extra large cafe mocha with 18 grams of protein is life changing!
- Jogging and running is SO MUCH MORE FUN and easier with 25 less pounds to carry!!
- Nothing fits anymore and I’ve spent far too much money on clothes.
- My body’s hormonal cycle is like ‘what the fuck did you do?’ Two months in and nobody knows what’s going on.
- I have no boobs. As in, thank God this whole Bralette / Training Bra thing is in style because, um, right here ladies. Right. Here.
- I’ve been substituting sugar for Splenda and I don’t feel good about that. I need to do more research on Splenda and find a way to moderate my use.
- I started working out again – just a light walk / jog – and maaaaan do I feel weak. Getting better by the day, though!
- The weight-gain-anxiety is literally petrifying. I dread leaving my comfort zone of Phase 1 and 2. I dread introducing complex carbs and sugars back into my diet. I dread the inevitable 5lbs I am expected to put back on.
Every time someone looked at my 5’4″ frame at 140+ pounds and said ‘you look fine!’ or ‘you’re not overweight, staaaahp,’ I knew, KNEW, that they were wrong. Because I knew I could be THIS weight again.
I pretty much lived in a state of self-hatred and guilt because I knew I could do and be so much better… if only I worked out harder, hit the gym more, ran longer, walked more, ate less, enjoyed food less…. the list went on and on.
Turns out, I just needed to learn what to eat.
So now I’m moving on to Phase 2, which is super similar to Phase 1 and will last for 3 weeks. I will probably even keep losing (I think there’s another pound or two of fat on this body that can go, but now I’m just getting greedy).
And then the real fun begins with Phase 3, which I am absolutely petrified of. But at least by that point I’ll have before/after photos ready to share! 😀