Client of the Month

February 2017 -- Rachael Foster
February 2017 — Rachael Foster
Why did you start the diet? I started the diet because my husband and I want to have a baby and I didn’t want to go into pregnancy being unhealthy.  I also wanted to feel good about myself again.

Which plan were you on? Ideal Protein plan, Phase 1

What was your biggest struggle? Not eating pizza is my biggest struggle. I also wait tables and seeing all the food at the restaurant is hard.

Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? I did go on vacation. I phased off so I could drink and party safely then got right back on the horse the day I got back.

What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? My favorite product is the southwest cheese curls.

What is your go to recipe? I really like zoodles with turkey meatballs you can get at Hy-Vee.

How did this affect your family? My husband now eats healthy with me and also lost weight.

Did you get off any medications? No meds

What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever?  I’ve eliminated Rockstar energy drinks, which I used to drink two a day.

What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? I’m going to make healthier choices by drinking a shake in the morning and eating more veggies.

Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? I think the coaches do a great job of keeping everyone motivated and helping out all clients.

Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. It’s hard, but worth it. Most things that are good for you aren’t always the easiest.


January 2017 -- Zach Donohue
January 2017 — Zach Donohue
Why did you start the diet? I have struggled with weight loss for as long as I can remember. I tried so many different things. Sometimes with good results sometimes with bad. I always ended up gaining it all back though. This time I was almost 330 lbs. Way higher than I had ever been before. I needed a change.  I had heard really good things about the Ideal Protein plan though and saw the changes myself in a friend of mine.

Which plan were you on? I believe I was on the standard plan.

What was your biggest struggle? Actually I did not find much of the plan to be a struggle. The IP foods are great and really easy to use. The plan is simple and easy to follow. I would have to say my hardest time was the first family BBQ I went to. It was really hard on me emotionally not to be able to enjoy some of the foods I used to. But it was well worth it.

Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? I did not go on vacation while on IP.

What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted and Non-restricted. Non-restricted is a tie between the maple oatmeal and the mug cake. For restricted I am actually going to go with the veggie chili. Soooo good!

What is your go to recipe? I think my most used recipe would have to be the buffalo chicken meatballs. Add spice to your life!

How did this affect your family? I was lucky and my partner did the diet with me. Teamwork definitely helped out.

Did you get off any medications? I was not on any medications when I started or now.

What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? I still pay really good attention to what I eat. I love the food habits that this program has taught me. I have been really good so far at maintaining with diet alone but I have added some weight lifting to my life to take myself to that next level.

Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? Just keep being awesome. The coaches and staff at Innovative Aesthetics are so amazing. Not only have they helped me achieve something beyond my dreams but I feel like I have gained some really great friends along the way. Shout out to Lindsay, Stephanie K., and Brooke!

Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. I think the true thing to realize about this program is not only will it for sure help you lose weight. It will give you the knowledge and ability to keep that weight off for the rest of your life. If life gives you a bump, Innovative will always be there for you!


December 2016 -- Brandi Bettis
December 2016 — Brandi Bettis

Why did you start the diet?  I started this diet because I was tired of being overweight. I was at the heaviest I had ever been and was very unhappy. I hated feeling like I was the biggest person in the room, and I was embarrassed to go to my kids activities because of how I looked.

I wanted to be the mother that my two boys deserved. I didn’t want to sit on the sidelines and watch what they were doing; I wanted to be right there with them.

I also wanted to be around for a long time to watch them grow and hopefully see them become parents and make a life for themselves. I knew if I stayed on the path I was on, I wouldn’t see any of that, so I decided to make the change, and investment, into my future, and my children’s futures.

Which plan were you on? Ideal Protein plan, Phase 1

What was your biggest struggle? During this journey, we did a lot of traveling for baseball tournaments, basketball tournaments, camping trips, a family vacation, and a couple weekend get-aways with girlfriends. With all the traveling, I really had to plan to have the right options for me to eat, even though I wasn’t home.

Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? I went to South Dakota for a little more than a week, camping and exploring the area around Mt. Rushmore. During the trip, I always had my trusty water bottle next to me, and I always had a small cooler packed with either a meal or snacks, depending on how long we were away from the campsite. I made a lot of food ahead of time to have ready to pull out and warm up during the week to make it easier for me to stay on track.

I also had a couple of weekend trips to St. Louis for a “Girls Weekend” with my best friend. The first one was within the first month of being on the program. It was so hard, but I planned ahead and had my snacks and meal options to help make it a bit easier.

What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product?  My favorite Non-Restricted product is the Krispy Bar. My favorite Restricted product(s) are the Wafer Bars. Can you tell I like my sweets?

What is your go to recipe? My family has several go to recipes: Beef & Broccoli, Sloppy Joes with rutabaga fries, Italian Roast in the crockpot, Zoupa Toscana, just to name a few!

How did this affect your family? My family was phenomenal during this whole process. They ate the same meals I did every night for dinner. They were so supportive of all the new recipes and actually really enjoyed them. They were my biggest cheerleaders. If not for them, I don’t know if I could have been as successful as I have been.

Did you get off any medications? No meds

What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever?  Soda, I used to drink at least one Diet Pepsi a day prior to beginning this journey, and many days it was more than one. I haven’t had any since starting my journey, and I don’t really have the desire or craving for it any longer.

What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? I know that if I don’t exercise, no matter how well I do with my food intake, I won’t be able to keep the weight off. I plan to keep exercise in my routine. I love to ride my bike and I finally feel comfortable getting on it again, so I have found cycling classes to take during the winter months and will continue to ride in the spring and summer with my kids.

I also am in the habit of making out a menu each week and only getting the food required to make it through the week. I will continue to do this to avoid having as many of those days/nights not knowing what to have for a meal, and possibly making unhealthy choices.

Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? The thing that really helped me be successful was my coach, Stephanie. She was always available with a smile and word(s) of encouragement. Even when I would be struggling, she would acknowledge it, but remind me of how far I’ve come and that I can push through it and come out on the other end and be successful. The positivity and energy within the clinic is so contagious and helps a person be successful. Keep with the positive feedback and environment and clients will be successful.

The recipes are a great resource as well. Continue to provide these to clients, as they give us something new to try.

Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. There are two take aways from this experience that I think everyone can benefit from:

First: You have to plan! Without having a plan in place and readily available to consult, you will be more apt to struggle and possibly stray from the diet. Trust the Ideal Protein protocol and the tools that your coach gives you. Every struggle is temporary; the benefits and results can be forever, if you just take the time to plan.

Second: Have a strong support system available to help motivate you during those times of temptation. If you don’t have the support at home, really utilize the coaches at the clinic and reach out to others that are on the same journey. Just know that you are not going through the process alone, there is a huge community that is ready to help support you and help you achieve your goals.


November 2016 -- Amy Rawson
November 2016 — Amy Rawson
Why did you start the diet? I started because I was in the unhealthiest place I had been in my life.  I have 2 young girls, one of which has bad habits with eating and I knew that I was a huge influence on that.  I was also very restricted in the physical activity I could take part in with my girls.

Which plan were you on? Ideal Protein Phase 1

What was your biggest struggle? No Diet Mt Dew! And I work at a pizza restaurant one night a week…pizza is my favorite so that was tough to stay away from.  I was able to create my own IP version of a grilled chicken salad to have when I am there.  Very thankful for the pizza crust recipe in Janeva’s cookbook so I could have my pizza once in a while.

Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? Not an extended vacation however, day trips, kid’s events and travel for work.  I was able to plan/pack the right foods to be sure I stayed on protocol.

What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted and Non-restricted. Restricted: Double Chocolate Brownie, Non-restricted: Vanilla Crispy Square

What is your go to recipe? Crack Slaw

How did this affect your family? My family has been very supportive!  My girls have been excited to help me prep my foods, organize my IP foods and have been very inquisitive of what kind of foods are good for me to have vs what is not. This has been very good for not only me, but my family as well.

Did you get off any medications? I did not get off any medications however, I have struggled off and on with high blood pressure…which has come down significantly.  I also had very frequent migraines…at least 2-3 per month.  I have had only 2 in the 7 ½ months that I have been on the program!

What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? I am looking forward to the next phases where I can incorporate exercise.  I have learned a great deal about how to handle hunger in itself and learned that huge portions don’t do you any favors.  I will likely continue on with some of the IP bars/snacks as we are on the go daily and these seem to be a pretty easy “grab and go”.

Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? The support that I have received from Stephanie Kruse has been amazing!  She is always so positive but yet will hold me accountable when I have not made the best choice.

Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. The longer you wait, the less likely you are to make a change!  Believe in yourself and know that you are worth it!


May 2016 -- Becky Beck
May 2016 — Becky Beck
Why did you start the diet? I didn’t want to be the next family heart attack!! My uncle and cousin both had heart attacks in 2014. My uncle had a triple by-pass and a year recovery.

Which plan were you on? Ideal Protein Phase 1

What was your biggest struggle? Thinking about all the food I couldn’t have. As I got closer to goal not giving into cheating.

Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? Yes, two weeks into it my brother had a heart attack/triple by-pass. Left the next morning and threw everything I had in a bag and hoped it lasted until I got back home.  Vacationed in Florida, Las Vegas and Tennessee at Christmas while on plan.  Just have to plan and keep the commitment while on vacation.

What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted and Non-restricted. Restricted: Cookie Dough Bar, Lemon Wafers
Non-restricted: Chocolate drink, Chocolate Chip Pancakes

What is your go to recipe? Unstuffed cabbage roll soup and Big Mac in a Bowl

How did this affect your family? My mother eats better; she still eats her sweets at night

What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? Nothing that I know of maybe when I get to phase 4 I will find that trigger food item.

What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? Exercise, Jeneva’s cookbook, IP products

Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? No changes just continue to support and understand we will make mistakes.

Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. I started and stopped the plan twice.  The third time starting was the charm. I guess I just decided it was time and my head was in. Not wanting to be the next family heart attack is a big motivator.  You can only do this for yourself!!! If you do it for any other reason it will not last forever!!! Never be afraid to ask for help.  One day there was a box of donuts at my office. I took a picture and sent it to Lindsay and she told me that I had the strength to stay out of them and sent me a cinnamon roll recipe from Janeva that I could have.


April 2016 -- Matt & Theresa Mineart
Why did you start the diet? Theresa: Matt’s physician referred him and after the introductory seminar he was excited to start. I wanted to make changes but wasn’t sure about the plan; it seemed expensive and I was not convinced that we could manage the strict protocol of phase 1. But, Matt was so excited and I knew it would be hard for HIM to be successful unless WE did this together. Matt: To lose weight.
Matt & Theresa Mineart,

March 2016 -- Brandy Graham & Amy Casey
Why did you start the diet? Brandy: I started Ideal protein because I knew I needed to get healthy and lose weight (I was so out of shape and the heaviest I had ever been) and I had heard great things about Ideal protein and saw great results, so I finally decided it was time. When I had my first appointment I found out I was pre diabetic and I knew that I needed to do something NOW. Amy: I actually wasn’t going to do this plan. My friend asked me to join her at a informational seminar and it wasn’t until the end of that seminar that I agreed to do it.
Brandy Graham & Amy Casey, Ideal Protein Client

February 2016 -- Kristi Grimm
Why did you start the diet? I was very skeptical when I first heard of Ideal Protein. My friend Mellette Drager had success on the program and invited me to an open house. I went to the open house very hesitant. I met with Dusty Swehla (aka Superwoman, and my coach). I asked her million questions and I’m so grateful at how kind and patient she was with me. I took home the information and I did a lot of praying. God answered my prayers and more. It has been one of the best decisions, investments I have made towards living a healthier lifestyle.
Kristi Grimm, Ideal Protein Client

January 2016 -- Sarah Hansel
Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. OWN IT! This is your journey. No one can do this for you. Your next bite is your next choice.
Sarah Hansel, Ideal Protein Client

December 2015 -- Brandi Sargent
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? The only thing I can think of is taking the before picture. So many of us hide from the camera because we don’t like what we see. I don’t have too many full length pictures of me before the weight loss. Now I don’t mind it! But to see that visual as you go along is a huge help because you don’t see how much you’re losing when you look at yourself in the mirror every morning. But when you can put it side-by-side, it’s a great motivator to keep going!
Brandi Sargent, Ideal Protein Client

November 2015 -- Jaimie & Mike Nelson
Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? “The team does a great job. The girls were always available over text or messenger for any questions I have. My recommendation would be to put together a list of local restaurants and some menu items that are phase 1 approved (or customizable for phase 1) for when you have to eat away from home”
Jaimie & Mike Nelson, Ideal Protein Client

Maintenance Client of the Month

November 2016 -- Kristi Grimm
April 2016 — Kristi Grimm
Why did you start the diet? I actually was very hesitant to try something like this program. I thought it was going to be more money down the drain for something that I would fail at.  However I was proven wrong and I have succeeded beyond what I could have every imagined. I’m extremely blessed.

How long have you been in Maintenance? 9 months

What was your biggest struggle going into Maintenance? I liked the structure of phase one it was very black and white. You had a clear definition of what you could and couldn’t have. However I never felt deprived and at times I thought I was cheating. In maintenance I feel more pressure and more accountable due to being allowed that cheat meal or foods that my body may be more sensitive to and risk of making a cheat day or cheat week. It’s all about keeping what you have been doing a routine and not going back to old eating habits. That’s where this plan works. If you prepare and plan ahead, write down your food you will succeed. The best thing I could have done is make a list of my y’s. I thank my Coach for making me do that. I cannot wait for Janeva’s maintenance cookbook. Her cookbook was so crucial for me in phase one.

Did you go on vacation while while in Maintenance? How did you handle it? Yes. I did actually really well. I packed a cooler with meals same as phase one. I even cooked in the hotel. We did eat out and I stuck to things I knew would be lower carb options and no extra dressing or I asked for olive oil.

What is your favorite Snack options in Maintenance? I still love utilizing the Ideal Protein premade shakes for my doppio espresso, and cookie dough bars but for a non IP products I would have to say a few would be the oh yeah bars, trail mix (homemade), hard boiled eggs with cheese, yogurt with granola, PB with celery, peppers, dill pickles, sliced cucumbers, chocolate zucchini cookies.

What is your go to recipe? I have two Crackslaw and Unstuffed Cabbage Roll.

Do you have a new normal now? TWhat are a few things that you never did before Ideal Protein that you do now to help with this lifestyle change? A new normal would be running, and getting up early to work out. I also find myself not being able to sit on the couch as much as before. I have to be doing something or moving. I have so much energy.

Did you get off any medications? No meds

What have you completely eliminated from your lifestyle forever? I can’t say I won’t ever have it again but I haven’t had it for two years and that is soda.

What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? I plan on continuing to set new goals. I have already achieved a few that Dusty and I have talked about. I ran my first half marathon and will be running my second on November 6th. I will still use the shakes, cookie dough bar. I love the option of doing a reset day (phase one day). I will meet with Dusty (call, text and get her help when needed) and not wait until it’s too late. I want to host a support group for other individuals on this plan as well. I plan to continue my work out routine.  I will also keep journaling my food.

Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? I love the personal relationship that I have made with my coach. I am very fortunate as I know a few other individuals at other clinics have not experienced the same experience as myself. It has to be daunting and overwhelming for the coaches to keep up but I commend them. Innovative Aesthetics is a top notch clinic and I am extremely blessed. If it was ever an option to have Ideal Protein offer a transfer refund if another clinic isn’t following protocol that would be something helpful to those struggling.

Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. Invest in yourself. Physically, mentally and spiritually.  Know you are worth it. We only get one body and we need to provide it with love and care. The only way I was able to get through this plan is to pray and I still have to. Do not listen to anyone that is negative. I have experienced that it’s really hard for others to see you make self-improvements in your life or watch you succeed.  When you learn to put you as a priority people think you are being selfish. In a way you are, but look at the bigger picture. Keep being a positive influence to them.  Since putting myself first I am able to give back so much more. I am so much happier. Before starting this plan I wanted to be a better person, wife, daughter, sister, and I wanted to be a role model for my family, friends, nieces, nephews, and employee. Guess what I am all of those things!!! God knew what I needed. I thank him every day. Plan ahead, prepare and you will succeed. If you tell yourself you can you will.


April 2016 -- Becky Konigsmark
April 2016 — Becky Konigsmark
Why did you start the diet? I have been on “diets” most of my life and over that lifetime I have probably lost over 600 lbs.  12 years ago, when I started my journey – a light bulb went off and I came to realize that it is a life style, not a diet.  But during that time I did lose 100 lbs. – only to gain back a good portion of it.  My hair dresser is the one who told me about Ideal Protein, so I did some research and was very impressed, but I also wanted to see her progress.  Oh my what progress she made and in such a short amount of time – I took the plunge – and 75 lbs. & 8 months later I reached my goal.  The clinic I was at turned me loose – big mistake, and I gained back 20 lbs.  Z102.9 I heard about Innovative Aesthetics – so I took the plunge – again and paid the $100 transfer fee – I was so excited to get started again, I showed up a week early for my appointment!  But Lindsay was so gracious and welcomed me with open arms!  So now I am actually 5 lbs. down from my last goal at the other clinic – that makes me so happy!

Which plan were you on? I am on phase 4 now and have been for 3 months. I weigh in every other week still to stay accountable.

What was your biggest struggle? Going to my favorite restaurant! (adalitias)

Did you go on vacation while on Ideal Protein? I was on phase 4 when I went on vacation.

What is your favorite Ideal Protein Product? Restricted and Non-restricted. My favorite restricted is the chocolate coconut protein bars – non-restricted – Vanilla Crispy squares

What is your go to recipe? Crack Slaw from Janeva’s cookbook

How did this affect your family? They are eating healthier, (although – I still eat healthier than they do and at times they get upset with me, and say this one thing is not going to hurt you!) and they LOVE the crack slaw.

Did you get off any medications? Luckily I was not on any medications before I started.

What have you completely eliminated from your diet forever? Yes I have – every once in a while, people will ask me what diet I am on – and I tell them I am not – it’s a life style.

What tools/habits are you going to continue in your life to maintain your weight? Choosing my favorite recipes and experimenting with others. I have started to walk, and of course I will always have the vanilla crispy squares close by!

Anything that we could change or continue to do to make this journey just as successful for other dieters? Just keep encouraging them, maybe when they reach goal, put their names in a bowl and draw for a prize!

Please share one take away from this experience that could encourage others. Use your coaches; don’t be afraid to ask for help. That is what they are there for. Use the Facebook support group – they are wonderful, very encouraging and not judgmental.