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I'm doing the Ideal Protein diet - which is low carb, low fat and "sufficient" protein. The intention is to restrict carbs and calories (which produce glycogen as a body fuel) and force the liver to burn the body's own fat (which produces ketones) as energy. While the average adult basal metabolic rate will allow for a burn of 1600-2400 calories, the ketogenic diet actually has the body use ALL the carb and caloric intake, and supplements it with the fat byproduct - and because it's using ...
I'm doing the Ideal Protein diet - which is low carb, low fat and "sufficient" protein. The intention is to restrict carbs and calories (which produce glycogen as a body fuel) and force the liver to burn the body's own fat (which produces ketones) as energy. While the average adult basal metabolic rate will allow for a burn of 1600-2400 calories, the ketogenic diet actually has the body use ALL the carb and caloric intake, and supplements it with the fat byproduct - and because it's using energy to make that fuel, you tend to burn more fat off in the process.
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Member Since: 6/1/2010

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My Goals:
Drink more water.

For years I've suffered from dehydration without ever knowing what it was.

My Program:
Eat less, move more.


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My name is Amanda, I'm 49 and I live in El Paso with my retired military husband.

I'm British, but was raised in Australia until my teens, and emigrated to America on marriage.

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KAYDE53
12/4/2014 10:12:42 PM

Thanks for your very kind comments on my blog about the passing of my dog, Susie. It's means so much to have the support and kindness of my SP friends. Hugs, Kay



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HOLIERTHANTHOU
11/15/2014 6:43:42 PM

I can't think of anything I'd rather do than head South for a "visit." Would six months be too long? I'm freezing here!

Thank-you for your comment on my blog. Self-esteem is complicated, yes. Particularly for women, which is a bummer. I was a loud-mouthed feminist activist by the age of 15. I was involved in "reclaiming the body" projects, flamboyant guerilla girl protests, women-positive burlesque performances, etc .... It was a blast! This lasted well into my thirties, so those are the types of experiences that have shaped who I am.

If your family fostered your self-esteem, then you are lucky. I had a wonderful idyllic childhood and terrific parents. But my weight was an issue for my mother. I weighed 135 pounds when I was 15-----a perfectly normal weight for someone who is 5'4' (I actually weighed the same until 7-8 years ago). But this was not good enough for her. I love my mother, but we had our issues. I know many SP members had the same sorts of issues with their families. So you are very lucky.

I agree with you that self-esteem is not always a constant. I can't speak to the whole "comparing myself to other women" issue however. That is something I have actually never done. Truly. I do not take pleasure in the fact that someone might be less attractive than I am (in fact, I never think in those terms and I would never think of anyone that way), and I am not threatened or upset or unraveled by women who are more beautiful than I am (or smarter, funnier, etc ...). I love people who are good at things. They inspire me. And I tend to admire beauty, not resent it (although some women do take their own beauty way too seriously and because of that they stop being beautiful to me). It was interesting however that you brought this up. Competing with other women is something I hope I never do. Our lives are hard enough as it is. And I refuse to be manipulated into playing that game, ever. I am more of a solidarity type of gal. I think you are beautiful and smart. Period. Oh, and you love cats. Bonus!

I do think there are many positives about losing weight. I feel a million times better. I am de-stressed. I sleep through the night often (not always). I have a ton of energy. There are many positives. But I am still me, and I don't expect that to change. But yes, you are right, improving quality of life is at the top of the list. I guess I just hate to see people allowing themselves to be bullied into thinking they are "less than". They aren't!



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BRIAEL
11/9/2014 3:14:49 PM

Awwww, they're all sleepy at the moment so you'd have to settle for blowing raspberries into their furry bellies (all of them sleep upside down here). :)

Come on down to the sunshine for a visit. :p



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HOLIERTHANTHOU
11/9/2014 2:17:00 PM

I'm in the mood to pet a ragdoll kitty.



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EMMABE1
11/6/2014 6:27:17 PM

Thank you for your comments on my blog - my Saluki chose to join her lifelong friend - and in all honestly it was better- they will be together now!!
We have no idea what to call the new one - we had thought Brandy but he's not a Brandy - so ......any ideas???



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