It’s Luke’s Birthday!

Today is celebration day at our house! It’s Luke’s B I R T H D A Y!



I just wanted to take a minute to formally thank Luke for a few things.

Luke, thank you for:

  • being my number 1 supporter.
  • trying everything I cook. I try to make new things every week. Luke is always willing to try whatever I make, even if I think he’s going to hate it.
  • making your own changes. He could continue to eat carbs, sugar, and dairy, but he’s making the effort to cut out foods alongside me.
  • being my photographer. Every week he takes progress pics of me and edits them.
  • being the hardest worker I know. So full of creativity and talent. Thank you for working hard!
  • staying in with me when we can’t go out to dinner all the time
  • talking me out of bad food decision
  • encouraging me every day
  • telling me that I’m beautiful
  • loving me unconditionally

You can’t do a lifestyle change without people who have your back. I love you so much, Luke!

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My 3rd Week

First off, I want to thank you for reading my blog and encouraging me through comments in person and online. Support is key to a lifestyle change / weight loss journey and I hope you know how grateful I am.

My 3rd Week was a normal week. I didn’t travel to anywhere like last week, but just enjoyed a very routine week. Just like support a steady routine is key to success… well for me anyway.


Looking back we celebrated Father’s Day with a Campbell Family Grill out and I made mushrooms for the first time. Those two instances were not related…

Like I shared a couple of blogs ago, I really started noticing this week that my mind was working differently. No longer am I thinking through the rolodex of food that I don’t need to eat, but focusing on new ways to make old favorite vegetables. It’s been a big week in the mental progress department.

This week I saw a -3lb difference on the scale. Not as glamorous or exciting as a -6lb or -8lb loss, but it’s still progress! It’s crazy to think that I’ll pull big numbers like that every week. That’s not a healthy way to lose. Slow and steady.


This week my goal is to get to the -20lb mark! I’ll be making “JJ History” as I’ve never lost -20lbs before. What can I do to celebrate?! I sincerely hope that you have a great week. We can all make good choices together. I’m here rooting for you! – JJ

STATS | week 3
-17lbs total

4 Reasons why I chose Ideal Protein

Today I wanted to share some reasons why I decided to follow the Ideal Protein (IP) Method. A few people have asked why I chose Ideal Protein and I thought it would be fun to give you the behind the scenes information.


Over the past year I watched a couple of friends follow the IP Method and have great success. Digging a little deeper, I went to the Ideal Protein website and read story after story of other people’s successes. I read testimony upon testimony about how committing to the effort of being healthy dramatically changed those peoples lives.

I decided that it was time for me to stop watching other people succeed. It was time to stop standing by the starting line and actually jump in and join the race.

I first heard about Ideal Protein a few years ago on a routine trip to the doctor. I wasn’t wise enough to listen to my doctor’s counsel as we walked through the information pamphlet. I was too arrogant to admit that I needed help. I thought I had my diet and lifestyle under control, but in reality it was the opposite. Food controlled me.

Timing is Everything

That little statement is so true. For years I talked the talk of, “wow, I’ve got to start making changes” then the next day tear up a Chick-fil-a Sandwich and fries. Nothing stuck. No conviction or motivation was present after a week or two. I’d just fall back into old habits. 

I hate to admit this, but I just didn’t care enough. I didn’t care enough about my body to actually take care of it, treat it like a temple, and put in healthy fuel. I lived in the moment and was more concerned with how the ice cream and french fries would taste instead of going up a pants size. Thankfully, things are different now. I can look ahead. I can see past right now. The timing is right and I am committed to keeping it up.

The Plan Makes Sense

When my dietician went over the guidelines to the program it totally made sense for me. I need the guidelines and black and whites. Left up to my own decisions, I’ll indulge too much and too often tell myself it’s not a big deal. That’s one of the reasons why Weight Watchers didn’t really work for me (it’s a great program and people have been successful at losing the weight and keeping it off, it’s just not the best plan of action for me personally.) I don’t need the option to eat what I want even if it’s allowed in my points allowance. I need the gutter guards.

I know what I can eat at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack time. Nothing is left up to chance and nothing is up in the air. I can’t have the option to track as I go because I’ll leave things off. I’ve done it too many times with tracking apps and food journals. I’ll skip writing down that piece of cake because “I don’t know how many calories that is” or any other excuse I could come up with. I know myself and I know where I struggle. Free will to eat anything in moderation is not my strength. It’s my kryptonite. 

Weekly Accountability

This is another major factor of why I chose Ideal Protein. Once a week I go to my doctor’s office to talk with my dietician, weigh in, and get IP products for the week. Just knowing that someone is going to look at the number on the scale, make eye contact with me, and talk to me about my week is enough to keep me motivated and on track.

Phasing Off and Education

There are 4 phases to IP. You stay in Phase 1 until you’re almost at your goal weight, then phase off to 2, then 3, then 4. I’ll be living in Phase 1 for a while, but I know that when the time comes for the next steps I’ll be educated on how to maintain and keep the weight off without using the IP products.

I like knowing that people will be with me along the way. Helping me and educating me as I back all the way up to learning how to eat in moderation. 

Those are the major reasons why I chose this particular program. I would LOVE to talk with anyone who has done Ideal Protein or knows anyone currently on the plan. – JJ

Thoughts Everyone has on IP Weigh In Day

Thought I’d share my inner monologue on Weigh In Days with you.

  • Yay! It’s weigh in day! I wonder how I did this week?
  • Should I be excited or should I dread it?
  • What did I do this week?
  • Wear something light so it won’t get picked up on the scale
  • What all did I eat this week?!
  • Did I dream that I ate that dessert or was that real?
  • Nah it was a dream. Just a dream.
  • I’ll be seeing a lower number I’m sure of it.
  • That cookie dream sure felt real…
  • Stop worrying about it. Be proud of yourself even if the number on the scale stays the same. You tried
  • Be proud of any progress.
  • But…. I really hope the number is lower.
  • What did I weigh last week?
  • My clothes are a little looser so I definitely lost
  • Is it normal to be excited about weigh in day?
  • Just a few more minutes till scale time
  • What all IP food do I want this week?
  • Chocolate Drink Mix obvs
  • How many restricted items can I swing this week? I wish I could eat multiple restricted items every day….
  • Pre-Made or powder drinks?
  • Definitely Powder. Shaking my own drink makes me feel independent
  • Did I eat enough vegetables this week?
  • Do Southwest Cheese Curls really taste better than normal chips or am I just used to them?
  • They definitely taste better. 
  • Ahhhhhhh it’s time! What number do I want to see?
  • What was my number last time?
  • Should I take my shoes off? They have to weight like what a half a pound right?
  • Here I go! What is it? What is it? What is it?!
  • Ow-Ow!! LOWER! You did it!
  • I forgot how to do math. Where am I now?
  • Tell me how much I lost!
  • Can we High Five?
  • Clean slate. Let’s kill it this week

Be honest. We all get a little crazy on Weigh In day. – JJ