As I've been starting Ignite (Day 5), I'm feeling pretty good and definitely feel like the end is attainable. Yay for Igniting through Thanksgiving!
The times when I struggle most are when I get really stressed from work, or am dealing with emotional family issues. I definitely emotionally eat, and it's been an uphill battle. Any tips on dealing with this?
I'm mid-Ignite and really looking forward to the Balance phase. I am trying to lose around 50 pounds though, so am wondering: how much weight are people losing on Balance? Should I be sticking to Ignite for another cycle or two, or can I continue to lose on Balance?
How much balance would a glass of wine take? 1 for alcohol? Or 2 for alcohol + sugar?
As far as I can tell, since it has no added sugar it would be one. I know wine has more sugar than, say, vodka--but if it's a dry red variety (not dessert wine), would that count as sugar?
Eagerly awaiting my glass of Malbec in 15 days...
If you bought totally gluten free oats (not Quaker oats) that would be okay though, right?
How does creamer in coffee work in balance? -1 for every cup? Or -1 for every amount of creamer that = a serving? I've been doing the coconut milk in coffee and it's not nearly as good. :( Can't wait.
The other day I got two Chipotle tacos on corn tortillas with the barbacoa filling, guac, salsa, and lettuce. I meticulously checked and there was no soy, sugar, gluten, etc. It was a pretty high calorie lunch for how small it was, but it felt so good to eat something "normal."
I'm also a cream/bit of sugar girl, but have just been going hardcore black. It's forcing me to drink less coffee because I can't guzzle it like a pumpkin spice latte/etc, but now that I'm more used to it it has the same enjoyment as cream/sugar.
I love Woodchuck, but isn't it 2 anyway with sugar + alcohol?
Likewise with wine (this works in Ignite too, if you portion carefully), I sometimes have a bit of 100% Pom juice. It has no added sugar, and it's rich enough that it usually kicks my craving for red wine. Obviously use sparingly, and only in 1/4C - 1/2C portions at a time. That's how I'm surviving the holidays on Ignite!
The shakes really seem to be a marketing ploy for DB to make more money. I can't afford them either and have been eating things like (natural) almond butter with apples, eggs on veggies, etc. I'm sure they're delicious but I don't see why they're so "crucial."