Our week in France: Paris and Strasbourg

Our week in France is coming to a close, and it’s been a wonderful week! Six days in Paris and two days in Strasbiurg – I’m exhausted!!! Some of my favorite things have been the food, the shops with gorgeous clothes, and the people. We have found them to be pretty pleasant if you don’t act pushy and aggressive. It’s not NYC: the service people are slower, meals are slower. Give yourself 2 to 3 hours for dinner or don’t go out!

I would love to live her for a while – really get yo know the customs and learn the language. I find the world- weariness of the people comforting as I often feel that way, too. imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimage

Headed to France next week

I’m going to France with my 22 year old daughter next week. My husband was a firefighter in NYC on 9/11 and went to work every day to stand on that pile for over a year. I took my kids into NYC regularly. Do NOT give in to fear. You are never really safe, no matter where you live. But if you give into fear, the terrorists won.

Fuck the terrorists. I won’t give in.

Viva la France!!!!!!

 

Review of the Ideal Protein diet

imageI started on the Ideal Protein diet on May 11th. As of this morning, I’m down 20 pounds.

Me, before:

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Yes, the foods are restricted and expensive. Yes, the veggies get boring. Try roasting them with a little olive oil and I use an Asian spice and salt. But this diet does work. When I quit smoking 12 years ago, I gained 40 pounds at my worst. When I started this diet, I was 35 pounds over my quit smoking weight. I’ve lost 18 to 20 of those pounds in about 10 weeks. I’m not having the really fast weight loss some others have, but I add 2 snacks during the day because I can’t go with no food between meals. I have 1/2 a protein bar around 10AM and the other 1/2 around 2PM. I don’t always have the evening snack. So my weight loss has been slower, but steady. And I’m not weak on this, like I was on Medifast.
The expense is relative. $120 a week is high, but that’s 2 meals out a week for my husband and I. And you phase off. I’m going to France next week and didn’t phase off, but I have learned a lot about how to eat now. No pasta at dinner. No bread at dinner. No processed foods. Eat clean and green. It’s a lifestyle change, too, folks. We Americans eat horribly!!! Prepackaged foods, meats filled with hormones and antibiotics, bread three times a day. I can’t go back to eating that way and keep the weight off, and I think I have really learned because I see examples around me everyday of very heavy people with huge health issues. I’m 54 years old, and if I want to be healthy and active into my 80s, knock wood, I can’t be very heavy.
I love the dark chocolate drink mix for breakfast – I make it in the blender with some ice and it really tastes good! My favorite! Soy nuts or a peanut butter and chocolate protein bar, split between morning and afternoon snacks. The “potatoes” or soup and veggies for lunch – watch the veggie list, some are high in carbs. Dinner is lean and green – and I’m amazed at how much I’m enjoying eating lighter at dinner. It feels very healthy and I’m full. Snack at night.
It is a great kick-starter and the rest is up to me for the rest of my life. I’m going back to triathlon training when I’m finished with Phase One. The women I work with who gained a lot of weight back all drink quite a bit. I don’t, so I’m hopeful as long as I’m mindful of what I put in my mouth, I’ll maintain a healthy weight. (Healthy, not skinny, mind you.) And it really feels better to have salmon or chicken and veggies for dinner than a big bowl,of pasta and bread. If I want that when I’m done with this diet, I’ll eat that at breakfast or lunch.
This diet really does work. 🙂