Hello there!  I just got back from a couple of days down in Portland where I was taking some training with a co-worker and dear friend of mine.  We have such a great time when we get together, it always seems like a boondoggle, no matter how important the work I’m doing there or the reason for my going.  This time I was there to take a two-d

It also helps that neither Holly and I are exercising at the moment - though we both intend to get started after the first of the year in some fashion.

ay training on Adobe Captivate to make some e-Learning modules at the office starting at the first of the year.  But I digress.  The point of this post is to tell you how much I appreciate having  friend who is also on a serious weight-loss plan. I mentioned her on one of my very early posts.  She’s on the Medifast diet.  It is very similar to the Ideal Protein plan, except that it allows more carbohydrates and they don’t intend for you to be nor do they want you in a state of ketosis. 

Holly and I were taking this Captivate class together, so it was really nice to get up in the morning and be with someone who could not go to the Starbuck’s and get a pumpkin spice muffin.  It was also nice to try to figure out a similar lunch we could have downtown that would not wreck our respective plans.   We were successful in that endeavor, by the way, but hitting up the QDoba and having a steak taco salad with only the meat, lettuce, pico de gallo and a little hot sauce.  For dinner, we both ate plan food and then headed off to a movie where neither of us could eat popcorn either.  I had to go and get a water from the concession stand and it really wasn’t too hard to resist not getting anything because I knew that if I did pick something up, I’d be taking it back and my friend would be looking at me like “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?”  The next day, we had plan-food breakfast and stayed put at the training facility and had plan-food lunch.  I say “plan food” – but while hers was actually Medifast plan food, mine was EAS drinks with 17 grams of protein, 2 grams of carbs, and 110 calories plus some raw vegetables from the supermarket.  More and more I’m using those EAS drinks as a substitute for Ideal Protein drinks.  Though I am still drinking my pomegranite drinks laced with collagen.  I don’t know if it’s helping with skin toning, but I’m hoping.  Most of the Ideal Protein plan food is over-priced for what you are getting and can be replaced with other foods of a similar nutritive value.  I figured that out early on.  But the desserts and the foods with collagen in them, I’ve still not found good substitutes for.  Not yet anyway.  But back to solidarity with a dieting friend….

After the class was over, Holly and I went to Outback Steakhouse where we got ourselves a nice lean steak and some grilled shrimp with vegetables on the side and coffee (mostly the coffee was for me since I had to drive back to Seattle and we’d had maybe 10 hours sleep the two nights I’d been staying with her!)  It was a great time, and we both stuck like glue to our diet plans.  She’s looking great.  She lost 17 pounds and is still going strong.  I shared with her the tip about vitamin D, and I think she’s going to start taking those to see if they help.

Well, it’s time for me to get my shower and make my way to the Ideal Protein office to pick up more vitamins.  I do believe those are worth buying and taking as well.  Haven’t replaced those yet either!  Have a great day, and may you all be healthy and happy today.