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bacon and eggs

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Today I woke up to my cat barfing. But I saw the blue sky and knew it was going to be a great day! I weighed myself and finally, FINALLY the scales have budged a little. I am sorta sorta at my goal weight. I am 140.8 today. I am almost afraid to celebrate it in case it goes up again! I have wanted to be 140 for years but recently budged my goal down to 135 officially so that I will have some wriggle room. It's true I do still have a little belly to work out. But I am very happy overall with my fitness level, my appearance, how my clothes fit and my health on the low carb lifestyle.

So anyway, because it's mother's day I planned to have bacon and eggs for breakfast. I bought really great bacon because I haven't eaten it at all for so many years. I got organic, uncured bacon and it was great but holy smokes, a lot of calories, and I had 2 eggs with it too! So somehow I'm going to have to make up for those calories through the day which isn't going to be easy since we're going on a picnic with the ILs. I will bring my own salad, but they will bring and lot of extras and I will bring cupcakes for MILs birthday but I won't have any. And we will be hiking.

The kids started out the day great. They gave me some art, cards, a rainbow loom bracelet that is too small, and cat gave me a nice snuggle. Only now the kids are being really noisy and I really would like a second cup of coffee even though I know it'll give me a headache.


Amazing blood sugar numbers!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I finally got myself a blood glucose meter. In the last 24 hours I've gone pretty crazy monitoring my levels. It's really easy! My results have been consistently in the 80s, much to my surprise. Either this low carb diet is really great for me or the glucose meter doesn't work. I prefer to think it's the former rather than the latter. The biggest swing I've had was up about 10 an hour after breakfast, but my breakfast was pretty low carb so I wouldn't expect anything more. Thing is, I've now been low carbing it for nearly 4 weeks and only lost 2.5ish lbs. It doesn't matter, because I don't have much to lose anyway. I'm not at all tempted to eat anything out of plan these days. Stopped having the chocolate though I'm still having withdrawels from it. Just now I was totally craving it... but it's only been a few days.

Pulled the tags off some new clothes and they actually look great on me. I realized this is the first time possibly ever in my life that I have a closet full of clothes I love and they look okay on my body after all the work I've done. Bring on the warm weather!

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BELMACD2 4/29/2014 7:45PM

    No bikini for me. After having 2 kids the skin on my belly won't ever recover ;) But I do have 2 new one pieces :)

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WAY2GOCAT 4/29/2014 5:55PM

    Soon comes the bikini! emoticon Spark on!

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CHERIJ16 4/29/2014 5:17PM

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Chocolate Cravings

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I realized something a little bothersome yesterday. Chocolate is my one weakness. And it's got to go. I have given it up before, when I started losing weight, when I lost the first 40 or so lbs. I really gave up all sweet things altogether for at least 6 months. Then somehow I decided I would start eating dark chocolate and I kept it very controlled for a bit. Somehow now my diet is just about great, yet I am eating way more chocolate than ever and it's the ONLY source of added sugar I am eating regularly, and also the only thing that I crave and overeat on. Some days are better than others but yesterday I ate over 2 oz. Also went at least 300 calories over my calorie requirements to lose weight. I still have 8 lbs to lose. I think I need to give up chocolate until I get to that goal. Thing is, I think I'm just addicted to the sugar in the chocolate even though it's 85% cocoa. I know this because sometimes I just wish it was sweeter and I find myself reaching for another piece just to get that hit. Next thing you know I've eaten too much of it. I have to admit to being powerless against it and just leave it out altogether. I know after a short while I won't miss it anymore... but right now it makes me sad. And I have a block of it too. What should I do with that?

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WAY2GOCAT 4/24/2014 5:14AM

    1st step: You know it's a problem for you. You've admitted that to yourself and others. Yes, it's time for it to go. You can wreck everything you've worked so hard for. Simply, stop buying it. Avoid the candy aisles. Don't keep it in your house. What to do with the chocolate you have? What do YOU think? emoticon

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EDDYMEESE 4/23/2014 10:25PM

    That's a tough one. I'd find it hard to give it up completely. Denying myself usually makes it worse for me. Maybe you need to combine your piece of dark chocolate with something that will satisfy you more. Some protein? Almond butter on a piece of dark chocolate? A handful of nuts with the dark chocolate?

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ALIHIKES 4/23/2014 8:58PM

    I say give it away. I can keep dark chocolate and I'm not tempted -- but I can't have my favorites around at all! (love See's candies and good milk chocolate)

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BELMACD2 4/23/2014 3:20PM

    Maybe I'll just try and cut down to just one little square after a dinner and only if I haven't gone over my calories for the day. Previously I have been having a square after lunch, maybe one or 2 for snack and one or two after dinner! Gosh that is so much. Often I would eat half of a 3.75 oz bar in a day. I did actually lose weight while eating that much btw. LOL. I guess if I can control myself with this bar I have I can keep it in my diet as an after dinner thing, but if I can't keep it under control I just won't buy any more after this bar is done. I think I'll eat raw almonds for snack today. Right now is after lunch and I would usually have a piece now. I think I'll vacuum the house instead then maybe get out for a bit a browse at a store or something before picking the kids up from school. That'll keep me away from the temptation.

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RONNIEHUEY 4/23/2014 2:51PM

    For me,I try not to have it in the house.When I crave chocolate ,(usually at night)I have to drive to the store and buy just the least I can. When I lived in the mountains,the 45 mile drive usually did the trick.Didn't always work for ice cream. Now I live 10 miles from a store,so it is harder to resist. I have a friend who buys the most expensive chocolate she can afford.then only eats one piece to make it last.Right now she is eating Godiva and sometimes Dove.It would have to cost 40.00 a box to slow me down.Good luck! emoticon emoticon

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    My advice is that it's really hard to give up something completely forever then when trying to introduce it again the binge begins all over again.

I suggest writing out the what, when, why, and how before, during, and after eating chocolate. Get to the root of why it's your problem food or trigger and when it started.
(I have done this with my trigger for Chinese food)

However, if you want to just get the chocolate out of your house and away from your fingertips you can either trash it (wasted in your body or wasted in the trash it's still wasted), give to someone you trust who you can get your chocolate through - that keeps you accountable, or divide it out into small baggies and you have your portions already set out and stay accountable when you have a baggie.

I hope this helps!

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Focus on adding instead of taking away

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

One small change at a time! I've decided I need to cut a certain unhealthy carb source out of my life. The item that needs to go is sweetened greek yogurt. I eat 2 of them a day! And I think it's too much sugar. So I've decided to add in flaxseeds and cheese to my diet instead to replace it. Next I'm thinking about removing oatmeal from my diet because I think that is also messing up my blood sugars. But I'll decide that one next week... one thing at a time! Need to get a blood sugar monitor to see if it's really a problem or not. And I admit I'm going to miss the sugar really really badly from the greek yogurt but it'll pass I know. Having my A1c tested again tomorrow. Hopefully all the little changes add up to something eventually.. maybe even a little weight loss to get me closer to my goal of 140 lbs?


Success at eating at ILs

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ah yes, always the challenge... My in-laws like to eat. They like to eat good food. They like to eat a lot. They like us to eat a lot. They like to feed us a lot. And so meals at their house can often clock in at 1000 calories or more! It has been my challenge for many years to not overeat the delicious fare and everytime I successfully leave without pigging out I really need to give myself a pat on the back. And I did it yesterday. Firstly I only ate half a sandwich and some salad for lunch. Secondly I passed on the cookies. And then I secretly ate my dark chocolate that is my ritual after lunch every day. Yes there was definitely some bitterness coming my way across the table from MIL at not indulging in the overeating. Whatever! Now I just gotta get through a dinner meal at their house without drinking beer. That is truly a challenge. I can only ask to eat lunch with them for so long before dinner will be insisted upon. That is when MIL likes to truly go all out with the 1000 calories meals. Then for dinner I always want a beer and then my inhibitions drop and the next thing I'm eating all their fattening food plus the calories of the beer = waistline disaster! Oh well, celebrate small victories for now!

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DEB9021 3/19/2014 8:43PM

    Good for you! It is wrong that in our society so many celebrations focus on eating too much. I don't worry about over eating now and then, but I try to make it an indulgence that I truly want and enjoy. Your in laws will eventually get of it if they can see that you enjoy visiting, just not over eating. I remember when we used to eat at both my husband's and my family's home for each holiday. Crazy!

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