I'll admit it, losing weight was exciting, especially with the weekly success I had from May 2017 through February 2018 with You First on the Ideal Protein Protocol. I lost 151 pounds.
You might be thinking, "Great!! Now what?"
Okay, I'll admit that I am thinking that too. And the answer is this:
Now that I've improved my life, I'm going to LIVE IT! In fact, that's what Phase 4 of Ideal Protein is all about. It's called "Lifestyle Living."
It took me about 20 years to pack on those pounds and as my weight grew, my ability, drive, and energy to enjoy things I loved diminished. Now, I am doing them again and I have a lot of lost time to make up.
For example, I have done THREE charity bike rides so far this year--and strongly compared to how I used to bike! Here's a short video and photo gallery of me on the Tour de Cure for the American Diabetes Association.
WHAT ABOUT FOOD NOW?
I can eat ANYTHING I want.
Yes, I have had pizza, peanut butter sandwiches, cake, muffins, ice cream, pancakes, and potato chips since I went into Phase 4 of Ideal Protein. ALL FOOD CHOICES are back on my menu... even doughnuts! But hey, it's not what you think.
I am learning to treat these comfort foods as INDULGENCES, and not as foods I should eat every day.
Phase 4 is not a strict diet. It's my every day food plan for the rest of my life. It is teaching me to make MINDFUL CHOICES about my foods in order to maintain a healthy weight range.
Yes, that can be tricky-- especially when I'm trying to fuel up for long distance bike rides. However, with a little understanding about how food affects the body, I am enjoying food each day that is healthy and delicious. Also from time to time, I'll have an 'indulgence day and have snacks at a movie, pizza with my best friend, or coffee and a muffin, etc.
I'm not afraid of snacks anymore because I have proven I can lose and maintain my weight. I have put those snacks where they belong-- in the column marked 'occasionally.'
WHAT ELSE AM I DOING POST-WEIGHT LOSS?
I share my story with people who are interested in losing weight. Above is a photo of me at one of our free seminars at You First (left: wearing clothes I used to wear at 313 pounds, right: in the bike jersey that made me feel skinny for the first time in decades).
At these seminars, I don't just talk about how I lost weight with You First. I also describe my improved health, how I originally went from being a fit army paratrooper to a 300+ pound physical and medical mess, explaining the trio of tragedies that finally made me realize that I needed help with my weight loss.
The seminars not only help me and my health coach, Dylan Webb, explain how the plan works. They are a reminder to me of how far far I had fallen and how far I have come.
If you would like to attend our next free seminar, it will be on Wednesday, August 29th You can get more info and RSVP at www.YouFirstAlaska.com. See you there! ~Brian
Disclosure: I, Brian Ross, was a client of You First for 10 weeks. After seeing significant weight loss results on the Ideal Protein plan, I proudly began endorsing them & receive compensation for on-air mentions & web content. Results may vary.
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