Grounding my inner teenager

Monday, September 17, 2012 Permalink

I’m pretty sure you’ve wondered with bated breath how my shake-a-thon is going. No? Why the hell not?!

Perhaps you were / are like me and expected the worst – that I’d crash and burn on day two, or three?

Nope… as it happens I’m still going strong and have now been using IsoWhey Complete for an entire week.

the-worst-trophies01Even better; I’m actually feeling a very rare sense of accomplishment.

Dieting, shakes and weight aside: I committed to something and I’m following through. I’m most chuffed with myself AND am actually feeling better physically.

I can lie on my stomach when I go to bed (I like to sleep on my stomach or side). Normally, having consumed 1kg of frozen oven chips with my healthy fish, I cannot sleep because I’m beyond full.

But, after a week meal replacement IsoWhey shakes and lots of protein for dinner, I’m already feeling less bloated and yucky.

I’ve got a long way to go and I still can’t promise success, but so far so good.

When I realised the shakes’ protein powder was only about 110 calories per serve I worried that it wouldn’t be filling. The information booklet and website suggest making smoothies and other delicacies, but I have the shake with high calcium skim milk (taking it up to about 200 calories). And amazingly, after my breakfast or lunch shake, I’m not hungry for the rest of the morning/afternoon.

I was fortunate enough to choose the flavours of shake I was offered and went for chocolate and vanilla. I’m not a huge fan of strawberry flavoured things and although I like lolly bananas (!!!) I don’t like the real things.

Happily the shakes are quite nice. Being impatient and not a avid ‘shaker’ I’m never entirely successful at dissolving all of the powder in the milk but am happy to eat the dregs with my spoon. The mixture isn’t sweet like a real milkshake OBVIOUSLY, but tasty enough to enjoy.

I’m yet to replace an evening meal with a shake and might battle to do that – appreciating the cooking-of-dinner process as I do.

It’s been a busy week and it’s been nice NOT to have to think about lunches. And now that my place is on the market and I have to leave it inspection-worthy as I head to work each day, it’s a relief that my breakfasts are quick and easy.

I’ve had opportunities to stray but I’ve held strong. I lunched out for a colleague’s farewell and specifically asked for no fries or baked potatoes with my grilled steak as I knew I’d nibble if they appeared on my plate.

And, some time ago I mentioned the fact that I often succumb to evil while visiting my mother. I don’t know what it is, but in my childhood home I have permission to eat all sorts of crap. “What goes on tour…..” sort of thing.

However, I sat with my mother, brother and niece as they consumed a packet of gluten-free corn chips without being tempted. And some Lindt chocolate survived my weekend at my mother’s house.

And I’ve had my moments. On Saturday mum talked about needing to go to the grocery store. Immediately the notion of getting some exciting binge food popped into my head and I became dizzy with anticipation. Yes, yes, YES… my mind said! (Channeling Meg Ryan in the When Harry Met Sally café scene!)

But then, no! I’ve been making such good choices, I reminded myself.  I committed to do this, I said to myself.

And I held strong. DESPITE a sense of deprivation. I wanted to pout. Like a teenager. A debate was waged in my little mind: why can’t have I whatever I want / it’s not fair; versus I don’t need to do that.  And, just like that, I grounded my inner teenager. I shook my head at their sense of entitlement and said, NO.

It’s bizarre but I’m determined.

I’m writing this before I weigh myself because I don’t want that to impact on my words and my feelings. There have been so many times over this past week that I would previously have turned to my binge / trigger foods to cope; but I haven’t.

So… it would seem, I do have some willpower. I can commit to… stuff. I’m stronger than I believe myself to be.

Disclaimer: I was gifted a 21 day supply of IsoWhey Complete for my personal use. There has been no compensation or other incentive offered to write a favorable review. All opinions expressed in this space are mine, written with the objective of giving readers my personal opinion on the product used.



  • Char
    September 17, 2012

    Every day you continue in your new behaviours you’re setting new habits and that longer you go on, the easier it is to keep going. You’ve made an impressive start. And you’ve kicked some big goals. I’m really happy for you.

    • Debbish
      September 17, 2012

      Thanks Char. I don’t know what the scale will say, but am not wanting that to drive me. I’m proud of my BEHAVIOUR, irrespective of the numbers. (Perhaps I shouldn’t even get on the scale. Hmmmm…)

  • Satu
    September 17, 2012

    I’m glad you’re doing well with the meal replacement thingie. I’ve never tried them myself and I’m afraid they would taste bland / horrible.

    I have the same thing when I go visit my parents. I eat whatever I want (and I will be indulged) when I visit. 🙂

    • Debbish
      September 17, 2012

      Satu, the brand I’m trying actually taste nice… but it’s more that I’m conscious of them just being about ‘sustenance’ rather than all about enjoyment. I know they’re packed full of healthy ingredients so have them. (In the same way I have almonds for snacks etc).

      And, glad it’s not just me who indulges when they’re visiting family (though I didn’t this past weekend!).


  • Julia
    September 17, 2012

    This sounds awesome Deb! The challenge isn’t about the shakes – its about you seeing that you CAN do what you set your mind to.


    • Debbish
      September 17, 2012

      True Julia and I’m very proud at my achievements (if that doesn’t sound arrogant!).

  • Lou Lou
    September 18, 2012

    I loved this post. It totally saved me. Your strength inspired me! It’s late here and I’ve done everything I should, I was just about to have a cup of tea and hog into a bucket of Ben + Jerry’s ice cream but I didn’t!! I’m not trying to lose weight but am trying to eat healthier – less sugar, way less sugar. I’m feeling good about myself for doing it even it is just a little thing. THANKS!

    • Debbish
      September 18, 2012

      Awww… thanks Lou Lou and great work. I so rarely say ‘no’ to myself. I almost feel like a grown up!


  • Liz@LastChanceTraining
    September 18, 2012

    I let my inner teenager out way too often 🙂 Time to shut her up!

    • Debbish
      September 18, 2012

      Yes…. as I said, mine’s grounded!

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