Plateau – Did not like that at all …

Okay I hit my first BIG plateau this month.  I was confused and frustrated.  I have been eating the same (some days I added about 150 calories if I was exercising) – so I thought I was doing it right.

I mean I expected some Plateau’s and have gone through a week one before – but this was a MONTH – what am I doing wrong.

In the month in question I had increased my cardio – joined a boot camp class (meeting 2 to 3 days a week) and started working out with weights at my gym.  All the right stuff — but NO LOSS in a MONTH – what gives.

I thought – I feel smaller – so I am probably loosing some inches (I was able to purchase a size 10 jean the other week – woot! woot!) – What about muscles – was I loosing fat but gaining muscle — That is what I figured – so on I went.

I talked with some folks and they said I may not be eating enough — really …. sounded counter intuitive to me.

But I was tired of this Plateau so I figured if I am exercising maybe it wouldn’t hurt – So last week I increased my calories from 1,200 / 1,400 calories to 1,400 / 1,700 — depends on how much I am exercising that particular day.  And when I got on the scale this morning – YEP 3 pound loss — Yippie Yippie – YIPPIE — so if you are stuck in a Plateau and you think you still have more to loose and are exercising – perhaps you need to increase your calories as well?  Just a crazy thought – lol







Ideal Shape PICKED ME! – Going to Utah – excited

I am so excited.  I submitted my story to the Ideal Ship Shape Challenge and they picked me (and Mark – we both rocked it!) to be their 2014 July Winner(s).  I go to Utah and get to finally meet all the amazing people they have working at Ideal Shape and all the other monthly winners as well as a few of last years winners they are inviting back.  I am so excited.  I will be sure to post more about the trip – it is in September. 

Click here for a link to the story they posted in a their blog

The only down side to it being in September – is I will be missing my son’s high school football game (he is the starting center)  – I have never – ever  – missed one of his games and he plays multiple sports – so that Friday night I will definitely be mentally a little far away as I will be figuring out how I can possibly listen to the game while in Utah.  I did talk to my son about missing his game and he said “Mom I am so proud of you – you deserve this and I will be OK”  – Golly I love that Boy

So Utah in September — Now I gotta go buy some more clothes – lol

Random Thoughts

More Thoughts (Kinda Random) …

I am by NO MEANS an expert – this is my journey and do not consider myself special but committed and dedicated to LIVING LIFE

I have been on and off many diets in the past — sometime in my late 30’s I determined I was destined to be FAT and vowed to never diet again (thus this being my Journey – since it is a life style change not a diet)

I was terribly addicted to Diet Mountain Dew — it was my American Express Card – I never left home without it.

Before I found (stumbled upon) Ideal Shape – I would constantly tell myself tomorrow I will try to loose — I even seriously considered weight loss surgery. However the cost made that option relatively out of reach – and after researching you must restrict yourself and change how you eat anyway….Then a really close friend of mine, Janet,  said she her sister was having success on some meal replacement shake product (I thought to myself – Hmmmmm that seems doable)

She gave me some product that she had and to be honest it was kinds grainy and expensive – you had to purchase the appetite suppressant separately and mix in (which is why I think it tasted grainy)

BUT the concept still seemed doable so I researched (I am a researcher for sure) and at the top of most lists was Ideal Shape – So I ordered and have not looked back.

When I started the shakes I had EVERY intention of still drinking my diet dews and figured at the very least if I just replaced my normal breakfast (BACON Biscuits etc) I would do good. However what changed in my thought process is the amazing aspect of my story. I started to research how many calories i was consuming on a daily basis (snack at McD’s before my David’s baseball – almost more calories than I consume all day now) — THAT research was a real eye opener.

When I drank my first ideal shake – the directions said to DRINK A FULL GLASS of water after the shake to make the appetite suppressant work (and I definitely needed that to work). I had intended to have a diet dew after the water — but was so FULL I could not drink anything else — then I took a reservashape pill and drank more water. The reservashape gave me the energy (caffeine) that Diet Dew would — anyway – now I only drink maybe 12 oz of diet dew a day (usually at night)

I have noticed my weight not coming off as quickly now as it used to – WHICH I expected — I still have more to loose BUT I must TONE because I have the dreaded skin issue —

(I said morning shakes are Mon – Fri — this is typical because I LOVE my morning Coffee and unfortunately I like to add CREAM – so I count the calories and just have my coffee for breakfast Sat and Sun — unless I ma going walking then I will have a trail mix (cause I do not want a full bladder) and head to the park or gym)

For Snacks – I try to keep them around 200 calories — Terriayki Jerky – helps with a chewing fetish — lol — I also chew GUM when I feel the need to eat and know I am not hungry

I am by NO means perfect – but when I cheat I still try to keep my daily calories at no more than 2000 — normal days I am between 1200 and 1400 per day – Again if I exercise I allow myself to eat more if I want – just make sure you do not eat all the calories you burned – lol.

I started taking Ideal Shapes Carb Blocker about a month ago – seems to work I guess — pounds are not flying off BUT inches are still going bye bye

I also took the reservashape into my local GNC and they said it was fine, but not very strong – so I take GNC’s Women’s Energy and Metabolism Daily pack (5 pills) – usually just Mon – Fri

I still take the reservashape sometimes also – one pill is = to like 1/2 cup coffee in terms of caffeine.

BE SURE to take before and after pictures — when ever I would kinda get down on myself those pictures HELPED me — I do not loose every week – have no idea why not (probably because I am building some muscle now) but I do not gain. i think I may have 20ish pounds more to loose – but lots of toning needed – I currently weight 181 pounds)

What I Eat

I am fortunate that I really do not get bored with foods. so my daily meals do not change to much.

For Breakfast (Mon – Fri) I have an ideal shake @ 7:30 am: 8 oz Unsweetened Almond Milk (30 calories) 1 Scoop Ideal Shake Vanilla I take a kitchen soup spoon and add about 3 spoons of FROZEN blueberry’s Then I add about 3 to 4 FROZEN strawberry’s Blend in blender Add 2 to 3 ice Cubs – until THICK Put in shaker cup and it takes about 25 minutes to consume Then a full glass of water.

For a snack (usually between 10:30 and 11:00 AM) I have pre-measured Trail Mix (1/4 cup is 130 to 150 calories depending in type) I add in some pretzels or granola to get the calories of my snack to 200 to 225 calories

For Lunch (usually around 1pm) I have a Chocolate Ideal Shake or Ideal Bar (the new Strawberry Yogurts are AMAZING) – If I have the shake I usually just add 10 oz of water – shake mix – and shake in the blender bottle.

For Midday snack (usually around 330 – 4 pm) I have an apple or carrots and a slice of turkey or deli chicken

For Dinner I usually have (around 7pm ish) Grilled Chicken (on stove or grill) or Shake N Bake Chicken Vegetables prepared in a Wok (onions, mushrooms, broccoli, cabbage etc) – I add spices and usually put a little terriakyi sauce for flavor Then I usually have 1 serving of rice or noodles (1/2 cup uncooked)

For Late Night snack – (around 10pm) I will have a Greek Yogurt – or sometime trail mix blend (if I did not have the rice/noodles at diner – due to how many calories consumed versus worked off)



When I first started I could barely walk 1/2 mile without stopping and I was only going about 2 miles per hour — so I started to just walk in the shallow end of my pool (sad I know) — I would try to do this 4 days a week (usually was more like 3)

As the weight came off I was able to walk more…..but then winter came and to be honest did not exercise much at all – but was still loosing weight

Then in January I joined a gym – it was time to get serious about exercise because I knew that I would want to eat more and needed a way to work off calories. Mainly I just walked on the treadmills (comfort zone I guess)

Now – I walk about 25 miles per week at a minimum 4 mile per hour pace — sometimes I add in jogging (I like to walk at park better than treadmill and usually walk 5 miles a day at least 5 to 6 days a week). I also stop by gym and so some arm stuff (but still working on figuring all that out – lol )

One day I walked 10 miles in 2.5 hours — awesome but I paid the price with blisters on my toes — so I never walk more than 6 miles at any one time now — even though I really want to do a half marathon – maybe I need better shoes – they were new New Balances but heck I do not know)

I have noticed my weight not coming off as quickly now as it used to – WHICH I expected — I still have more to loose BUT I must TONE because I have the dreaded skin issue —

Ideal Shape

UPDATE : 05/05/2015

Ideal Shape has agreed to allow me to let any of my readers receive a discount on products purchased through the Ideal Shape Website.   When you order, use the following discount code LIVELIFE10 and you will receive a 10% discount on your order.  I feel so passionate about the Ideal Shape Products that I wanted my readers and supporters to be able to receive a discounted price to hopefully come to the same conclusion as me – This works, it tastes good and now it is even more $ friendly. I just tested it and it works, you must have a minimum order of $19.99 and then the code works great!  Thanks for following my blog and being open to CHANGE your LIFESTYLE!!!

{I could have earned a commission, but I truly feel like this is a life changing product and program, since my life is proof of this, and asked if instead of a commission could I pass the savings on.  I want to be clear I am making no money from Ideal Shape for this blog – this is a true blog – with my true feelings and opinions – Thank you Ideal Shape for allowing me to pass a savings on to my readers – just another reason I LOVE this COMPANY.}

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I know some of you were able to take advantage of the 20% discount code, but unfortunately it has expired. I always say 10% is better than 0. Hope you agree

Weight Loss “Journey” of a Lifetime

Where to start the story of my “Journey” ….. As long as I can remember I have always been overweight. I always used food as a crutch – when I was sad – I ate – when I was depressed – I ate – when I was happy – I ate – when I was ________ (fill in the blank) – I ate. My youth was difficult due to an alcoholic mother. My refuge was FOOD. No I am not using that as an excuse – It was just my reality and how I chose to handle it. Now to be honest, I used to blame my mother for my weight problem, but I grew up and realized she didn’t make me eat….I did.

I always knew I was overweight and went on and off diets MANY …. MANY …. MANY times (weight watchers, sheer will power, etc.) only to lose 20 pounds and later gain 30 pounds. So at some point, probably in my mid to late 30’s, I just resolved to be FAT. Anytime I went on a diet I would just gain it all back and more, so no more dieting for me – EVER…..

Oh I would look in the mirror – and think – I wish I could lose the weight. I thought about weight loss surgery, but that was just too expensive and just not an option for me. Every year I would tell myself that “next year” or “tomorrow” I will work on my weight, but that was only me putting it off or making excuses. I literally HATED when anyone would take pictures of me. Many times I had friends remove pictures they would post on Facebook because of how ashamed, embarrassed, and pathetic I looked. I have said I was over weight – but the proper term is OBESE – but what could I do that I had not done before….so again I just went on with my same thought process of “I am doomed to be fat” – “it is what it is,” I would think to myself.

So when did that old mind set change…..

In 2013, I knew I had to travel long distance three times for work. Oh the dreaded Fat Lady Flying. Yeah I understand small people hate sitting next to big fat ladies on a plane, but the agony I went through was so painful it is truly hard to express. As I think of it now, it still brings tears to my eyes. I would take hours trying to find the right flight, the best option was the small planes that have the one seat rows – so I could pick the one seat row and not encroach on someone else’s space. But that was not always and option. I would go online to Seat, to try to see which planes had bigger (wider) seats. It was so much agony. And that was just the start…then I would pick a flight and constantly check to see if the flight was full – I was so afraid that I would board a plane and be told “you are too big – you cannot fly today,” I feared being stranded (especially when I could not get a direct flight). I would get to the airport and watch all the people who had to board and wonder if they would have enough seat belt extenders, wonder who would be thinking “great SHE’s sitting next to me”…. Sometimes the long walks between flights and gates were so difficult. My feet hurt, I was sweating badly, and I was just plain miserable.

Also, in 2013, we decided on a joint vacation with my son’s girlfriend’s family to …. The beach … great – the beach – not my place at all. When researching the beach trip, all I could see were the things I could not do because of my weight. Parasailing sounded so fun, but I exceeded the weight limit, a banana boat ride sounded so awesome, but what if I fell off, could I get back on, etc. etc. etc.

THEN …. The moment my life changing “Journey” began … A super close friend of mine mentioned how she was going to try some meal replacement shakes to lose some weight (of course she was one of those people who in my mind DID NOT need to lose any weight – you know who I am talking about). BUT I thought “huh a meal replacement shake….that seems doable. Should I give it a try?” The truth is, that to start losing weight YOU have to be ready AND in the right mind set and I was definitely ready (i.e. flight agony and pending beach trip). Everyone around me knew I was fat, I knew I was fat, but until I was in the RIGHT MIND SET to lose the weight, none of that mattered. My friend was kind enough to give me about a week’s worth of a product she and her sister were on. It tasted ok, but was expensive and I really did not like the concept of, “If you sign 3 people up yours is free,” because that means that the 3 are over paying. But the concept of a meal replacement shake really seemed doable, so I researched meal replacement shakes and read dozens of reviews. At the number 1 spot on most lists was Ideal Shape (based on taste, hunger control, price, etc.), so I ordered the 4 tub package and have not looked back. The shakes are amazing and the hunger blocker is already in the mix (with the other shake I tried you had to add a pack of hunger blocker powder (more money) and to me it made the shakes grainy).

Remember before I said to myself I would never “diet” again, well this is not a diet, it is a JOURNEY. A way of life. A change to my whole concept of food and eating. So my first step, after ordering the shakes, was to research what I had been eating……wow….real eye opener. One of my favorite sayings I have learned during this “journey” is “EAT TO FUEL … don’t eat to eat”. What a grand concept. Let that sink in a moment….Eat to Fuel. Eat to Fuel. Eat to Fuel. In today’s society we eat to eat, eat to socialize, eat when sad, and eat when others are eating. But the concept of EAT to FUEL really stuck with me and I think of that concept every day. I ask myself, “Kelly are you about to Eat to Fuel or just eat to eat?”

Side benefits – lower blood pressure (normal now – I was at Stroke level) – confidence and just plain excited. I have so much energy now that I am excited to see what my day will bring. When I first started this “journey” I couldn’t even walk in the park for more than a half mile (at a very slow 2mph pace) without having to sit down and rest. Now I go to the gym and am able to walk/run on the treadmill or at the park for 5 miles in just over 1 hour (best time so far is 1:07:19). I will continue to work on working out, but just thinking of where I was and where I am now keeps me striving to “keep on keeping on”.

When I run into people I have not seen in a while, many have to do double takes because they do not recognize me and that makes me feel even more amazing. I had a young man (friend of my son’s) who came up to me and said “Wow Ms. Kelly you look amazing” that meant so much to me – words will never be able to express (tearing up again). So to sum up my “journey” so far, I say so far because I am not at my ideal shape yet, but more importantly this is my “journey” for life, and one that is definitely doable now that I have the mindset, the understanding that not all calories are equal (not that I counted calories before) and the Eat to Fuel concept. Oh and I am no longer afraid of a picture being taken, or dreading going to the mall, and am so excited to be able to do all the things I have missed out on. One thing I REALLY want to do is ride a roller coaster – now I can – oh and flying – no issue – no need for a seat belt extender – just a walk in the park now – lol.

On May 27th, 2013 – the start date of my life long journey, I weighed 355 pounds. I wore a size 38 women’s pant and a 5XL man’s shirt. In 13 months I have lost a total of 174 pounds (yes another person). I currently weigh 181 pounds, and now wear a Medium (men) or Large (women) shirt and a 14 women’s pant size.

If Ideal Shakes (and bars too) did not taste good or work, there is no way I could have accomplished this MAJOR FEAT – so THANK YOU so very much – for both the product and the support. I also want to thank all my Family and Friends for their encouraging words. Go be an inspiration to others.



Then....and Now

Then….and Now