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BLC Challenge - Kind to yourself

Monday, June 23, 2014

I've always wanted to write fiction... On my goal board is to write a minimum of 3 hours per week but I have been failing miserably.

I am going to push writing up on my priority list! I can write and I will write!

I have a few stories that I'm thinking about... And I think that even if I can't sit down and write - which is hard in the school holidays, I need to take notes when I come up with ideas and even if I'm not actually writing, I am thinking about writing and hopefully this will help me to focus when the girls go back to school in September as I will have a head start!

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LIS193 6/24/2014 12:37PM

    Getting started is the hardest.
Good luck!!

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WOUBBIE 6/24/2014 10:41AM

    If you want a real kick in the pants, then sign up for NaNoWriMo this November - National Novel Writing Month. 50000 words in 30 days!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 6/24/2014 1:18AM

    Take a little time each week when you can. You can do this.

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EDDYMEESE 6/23/2014 11:27PM

    I was just thinking the same as I read your blog - at least start writing things down! You don't have to set a time limit on finishing, just write!

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Day 26 Low Carb

Monday, June 23, 2014

I'm still low carb but have had a couple of slip ups in my weight loss. I put these down to over indulging on high fat foods and trying too many of the Atkins indulgences at once!

I'm back on track again and am feeling good. I am enjoying a variety of proteins and fats and am feeling mostly satisfied.

Today I am feeling hungry - I think... I am not sure if it is actual real hunger... I had a coffee which helped me through for a while but I'm not sure if this is hunger or just a side effect of my aching back.

This weekend I bought myself some good Kettlebells and have ordered a couple of DVDs for training with them and other weights. My core weakness, well, it's feebleness really... I believe is the main reason for my bad back. I am hoping to start working on strengthening my core which will help to strengthen my back and also hopefully reduce the belly bulge too! I hope to get more active and start getting up earlier in the morning to do a workout before I go to work. Hopefully the DVDs will arrive quickly and I can use them to do a kettlebell workout most mornings. I will start looking for one that I can try before they arrive.

I also ordered another Leslie Sansone DVD as I find that she is really motivational. I will set my alarm now to get up 30 minutes earlier tomorrow - and try to do a 2 miler with her in the morning! I think I will try to do one tonight when I get home - although Gwenna always hogs the TV these days playing on the Wii!

I'm still mainly in the "Induction phase" of Atkins but I have added in strawberries a couple of days. Yesterday I really enjoyed some strawberries with heavy whipping cream for dessert. I have been tracking on and off and I definitely notice that when I track I see results and when I don't track, there are no losses on the scale.

I have been tracking my food using Myfitnesspal and have amended my nutrition goals to try to fit what they should be to get 20g net carbs per day. I am not really too worried about the calories but am trying to stick to around 1600 per day, more if I exercise. I'm finding it a useful tool - just for monitoring my carb intake.

My short term goal is to get to 185 before my vacation in 19 days. I am just under 4lbs away from that mini-goal. I would love to smash it out of the water!

Today I weighed in at 188.6, which is a little less than Thurs morning. I was away at our trailer for the weekend and didn't track as well as I should have. I will be away at our trailer again from Thurs this coming weekend too. I will have to be careful and keep track of what I am eating and drinking.

I have definitely stopped the mindless snacking which I do think was one of my big problems. This means that my over calorie intake, even now I am eating way more fat, is lower than before. And I am not eating empty carb calories.

I added alfafa sprouts to my salad today. Go nutrients!

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LIS193 6/24/2014 12:36PM

    You are doing great! Mindless snacking is one of my down falls as well :(( Way to go getting in top of that habit!!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 6/24/2014 1:19AM

    You are still going strong with things. You can get to those goals.

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A_RARE_BEAN 6/23/2014 6:50PM

    Nice going, glad the atkins plan is still going well :o) You can smash that target! Hope the dvd's come soon for ya, take it easy emoticon

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MJRVIC2000 6/23/2014 3:09PM

    Remember that there is a BIG difference between making a DECISION and making a COMMITMENT! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Day 17? Low Carb

Monday, June 16, 2014

Wow - I can't believe how much time has passed! I'm already at around day 17!

I've been reading more of the New Atkins book and attempting the Induction phase, which is 20g net carbs a day. I'm finding that I am satisfied most of the time.

I am still not giving in to night time mindless eating - giving in is the wrong way to put it as it hasn't been hard to stop doing it, I just don't need to. And this is HUGE for me. Especially as I have been on my own (with the girls) for a week now. Normally when I am on my own in the evenings I used to go crazy in the kitchen, on the rampage for a quick hit of sugar, salt, soft or crunchy or all of the above! I just don't need to. I even watched two episodes of a TV show last night and didn't eat anything after dinner.

I did gain back 1lb this weekend. I know why, I was not tracking anything. I also bought some Atkins Indulgence treats and decided that I should try 3 of them yesterday (I am supposed to have no more than 1 per day!). They are not bad and I think they will help me to stay longer in the Induction Phase.

I am down to 189lbs. On Friday I was 187.8 so I'm up a little, but I'm not too worried. I set myself a goal to be 185 by our vacation which is in just under 4 weeks so I should be able to manage it - as long as I stick to the plan, track what I eat and measure... and have no more than 1 indulgence a day!

I feel better although my back has been giving me some pain. I did some swimming over the weekend and am feeling like my belly is smaller. I tried on a pair of jeans that were tight last time, and they were not as tight but I have a way to go yet.

I need to focus on my vacation goal and see if I can beat it - and go even lower. There is no reason why not, the only thing stopping me is me!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 6/18/2014 1:37AM

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WOUBBIE 6/17/2014 10:33AM


I always think that the way your clothes fit is a much better measurement than the scale anyway!

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A_RARE_BEAN 6/17/2014 9:11AM

    This is so great Abi, glad this plan is working for you, and keeping you satisfied so nighttime isn't an issue.

Keep up the great work, I'm sure you'll hit that vacation goal!!

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LINDA! 6/16/2014 7:42PM

    Good for you - you made it to day 17!! The NSV with the jeans is awesome. Keep up the great work. No doubt you will be down (probably below) your goal weight by vacation time. emoticon

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Day 7 Low Carb - feelings

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

So, even after the bad weekend, I still reported a loss this week so I'm super happy about that. emoticon

I am still feeling super excited about the new low carb plan. Seeing a loss, big or small most days certainly helps... although I do prefer the bigger losses for sure! I need to measure myself with a tape. I want to see how my body changes too.

Any cravings? No, not yet. In the evening I am not even going into the kitchen to scout for food, which is what I used to do. I am eating my fill at dinner and find I don't need anything else. I debated having a little cheese before bed last night but I stopped myself. I had some the night before and it took me a while to get to sleep so I skipped it and found I fell asleep quite quickly.

An end to Mindless Snacking? As I mentioned, I am not opening and closing the fridge or the food cupboards in the kitchen these days trying to satisfy cravings. I am not bringing the snacks I used to bring to work. I used to eat a buckwheat granola square - very delicious, only 90 calories and all natural, but they are pretty high carb so I have cut them out. I also used to bring fruit, that is completely out right now too. Yesterday I had a snack at around 3pm. I had 1oz cheese and an all natural turkey pepperoni stick. Today I've cut the cheese and just have a pepperoni stick. I will see how I feel afterwards. Dinner will be late tonight so hopefully I will manage to last without feeling hungry.

Plan Tasks for today:
* Measure myself.
* Book a blood work appointment (I have the requisition from my doctor already).
* Think about rewards for goals... maybe time specific too, to push me harder. Although hopefully going shopping for new clothes will be reward enough! I can't wait to buy myself nice clothes from shops other than Walmart.

Total weight loss since starting the plan on May 28th: 1.4lbs.

Not a huge difference but I think the weekend and TOTM have set me back a little.

So close to the 180s! Hopefully I'll be there tomorrow or Friday!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 6/5/2014 11:57PM

    You're doing a great job! Keep on working hard and you will continue to have success.

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A_RARE_BEAN 6/4/2014 4:01PM

    Congrats on the weightloss! This plan really seems to suit you and that's what it's all about really, finding what works for you. Happy for you emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 6/4/2014 1:15PM

    You are doing great!!

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WOUBBIE 6/4/2014 12:50PM

    Well, you've proven to yourself that most of your cravings are physiological (caused by carb addiction) and not physical (caused by hunger). That is so HUGELY important!

"I debated having a little cheese before bed last night but I stopped myself." Also hugely important!


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TINA8605 6/4/2014 12:44PM

  Good job. A change of eating plans should include all food categories. Its about educating yourself for what works for you. You sound like you are giving it all you've got!

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LIS193 6/4/2014 12:42PM

    You are doing great! A weekend and TOM can really upset things and you still lost for the week!

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Day 5 Low Carb

Monday, June 02, 2014

I had a bad weekend for staying on the plan... but really, I had planned to start the plan later... so I am not too concerned.

On Friday night we had a big night out - a big social event in our neighborhood. I drank beer and had the very delicious dessert, but I also danced and clocked up over 18,000 steps.

However, on the scales, not so good. By the morning of day 3, I was down 3lbs! That's 1.5lbs a day! Amazing. I've gained some of it back but I'm back on track today.

I am now reading about the Atkins plan, the New Atkins which is making a lot of sense. I love the testimonials throughout the chapters... I hope that my story will be similar!

Today for lunch I had:

40g spring mix.
1/2 cup of sugar snap peas
6 baby carrots
1/2 cup cooked chicken.
1 tbsp. crumbled feta.
2 tbsp. no carb Caesar salad dressing.

I am so full!

I'm enjoying the plan and am not feeling deprived. Hopefully I can continue to feel this way.

I had a massage yesterday and my back is pretty sore. My arthritis has been bothering me and making my muscles hard in my hips. I have started to take the arthritis medicine again... I stopped taking it when it got warmer but I guess I should keep taking it for a while longer.

I have a rib steak for dinner tonight and I'm quite excited about it!

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    Keep pushing, you can do it.

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LADYOLIVER 6/3/2014 6:30PM

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LIS193 6/3/2014 12:05PM

    You are doing great! The weekend is always harder, especially when there is a party. Hang in there, it will get easier!

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