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Friday, January 11, 2013

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BOBBIE83646 1/17/2013 7:40PM

    Awesome!!

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THISISTHEREALME 1/16/2013 9:27PM

    AWESOME!!

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SKINNIESOMEDAY 1/12/2013 12:40PM

    wow such a pretty girl and a big difference !! congrats !!

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FITFRIT 1/12/2013 2:25AM

    You look great, healthier, happier, and younger too!

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GLC2009 1/12/2013 2:03AM

    aaww, you're too cute. good motivation. thanks for sharing. emoticon

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SASIKHASI1 1/12/2013 12:30AM

    Looking good!!!!!

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BOOKWORM2004 1/11/2013 11:51PM

    Looking good! emoticon

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CDNIEMANN 1/11/2013 11:49PM

    Good job! emoticon

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New Year!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I made it through the holidays only gaining 5 pounds! This may sound like a negative thing, but believe me when I say that I did not hold back. Pecan-carmel bars, pumpkin pie, peppermint bark, chocolate treats, everything. I tried it all, I just did so in moderation. (Except those pecan bars, I had 2) It was delicious and I didn't weigh myself for months. It was great!
I ended up getting a full time job over the summer so I didn't have a chance to track my weight or eating habits. The sudden increase in activity definitely helped keep the weight off and I didn't have a chance to snack all day since I was working. After the summer I signed up for school again and that's what I did for the rest of 2012. I stayed away from bread, rice and pasta and I maintained my weight. When I stepped on the scale after the New Year I did expect the worst, but low-carb has changed my body. I don't pile on the weight anymore like I have in the past years and I owe it to low-carb.
I've been thinking about changing my major to be a Dietician. I haven't felt so passionately about a subject in a long time. I think I could make a difference in someones life. I know if someone had helped me I may not have grown up fat. There is so much misinformation out there and so many people that have the wrong idea about what being healthy really is. Haven't switched yet, but I'm looking into it :)
On a separate note, I just watched a documentary called "In Search of the Perfect Human Diet" (available on iTunes) and it really reaffirmed all of my beliefs and has further strengthened my love of nutrition. Using anthropology to track what our ancient ancestors ate and how the last 100 years has brought about the obesity epidemic.
2013 is my year! I'm getting married in a couple months, we're thinking about starting a family later this year and I am getting healthier by the day. Now if I could just get into a career that I am passionate about. . more to come on that :)
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BOBBIE83646 1/17/2013 7:45PM

    I am also a low carb-er. Have you listened to any of the low carb podcasts out there? Low Carb Conversations is one I enjoy, there are so many people around me telling me that eating low carb is bad for me and that my body needs carbs...but I feel so much better when I limit my carb intake. Listening to the podcasts and knowing that I'm not the only one that feels the way I do makes me feel so much better.

The cohost of the show is a tranditionally trained dietician and she talks about her frustration with the mainstream education of dieticians right now and what they are taught is the "right" way to eat.

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KATRINAKRAUT 1/9/2013 4:55PM

    Follow your passion!

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30 Days of a New Life

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

I feel I have fully adapted to my Ketogenic lifestyle. I can sniff out carbs from a mile away, I constantly read labels, I make decisions everyday without even thinking. It's all become second nature and I feel that it is truly my lifestyle not just some gimmick diet. My scale has been broken for weeks, but I think I will be happy when I buy a new one next week :) I did my first set of measurements today and lost 2 inches off my waist. I was so disappointed when I saw that, but after a google search I'm fairly confident that it's a more than an acceptable loss.

Now that I have become accustomed to making good food choices I need to focus on curbing my appetite and keeping my calorie count at a deficit. I have a huge problem with snacking. Now that I have good choices in my house it's not an issue for gaining weight, but if I want to lose anymore weight I will have to watch my intake. I think I may turn to a 20/4 IF since I have been slacking on my 16/8. It's all about discipline and I know I have it somewhere in me.

On a side note, after almost 4 years I got a job last month! Then a week later I got another one :) One less thing I have to worry about. Money has been so tight and my SO is so supportive, I couldn't have made it without him! Now maybe I can take HIM out to dinner and a movie without counting our change jar emoticon

  
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WOUBBIE 6/6/2012 6:24PM

    Two inches is MARVELOUS!

You're doing it right - get the hang of the food choices first and then one by one get control of the other habits. We develop our eating habits over a lifetime - you can't just switch everything up in one month.

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Mothers Day Ambush

Monday, May 14, 2012

Hope everyone had an awesome mothers day! We spent the day with my boyfriends family which I usually really enjoy. Their property is so beautiful, the weather was perfect, the dog got to run around and stretch her legs and a meal of prime rib and nice green salad was so amazing. However, if I could go back now and redo it I would have told his family that we were diabetic just to avoid the discussions that followed. Jeffs birthday was on the 9th so he got a couple of nice gifts and cards, but as soon as we entered the kitchen there was the birthday cake. "Ice creams in the freezer too" She announced as the smiles wore thin on our faces. We spent the next 4 hours defending our diet choices, hearing horror stories of their low-carb experiences and being "offered" cake more than a few times. "It won't hurt to cheat once, it's your birthday!" No matter how many times we respectfully declined and tried to explain that ketosis isn't exactly forgiving. It made me angry, not so much at the time, but after we left I started thinking more about it. They knew before we got there that we had started a low-carb diet and had seemed to be supportive, but after listening to their concerns for hours I'm so proud of us for being so educated in our eating habits. Of course, no matter how many times we tried to explain the process of Ketosis and the benefits of eating less carbs they never seemed to "want" to understand. They were stuck on their belief that it wasn't healthy, even telling us that when they had attempted the same thing years before they ended up getting mysterious "lumps" caused by eating too much protein. All while chugging their pepsi and getting seconds of the twice baked potatoes. I'm fairly certain his mother thinks I'm trying to kill her baby boy, and would even go so far as to blame me for his weight gain since we got together. I'm sad that he had lost weight and then gained it back, but I refuse to believe it was my fault. I won't let this get me down and maybe in a month or two when we see her again and her son is alive and well (and lighter) she'll lay off a bit. I, however, am down 20 pounds today and not much can get me down.

  
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WOUBBIE 5/14/2012 3:52PM

    I'd love to say that they mean well, but, well, when people don't like feeling that their own habits are being criticized or threatened they tend to sabotage or denigrate your very legitimate choices. Sounds like you handled it as well as can be expected. They'll get used to it in time. The best thing you (and the rest of us, for that matter!) can do is succeed and set an example!

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COOKINGGRANNY 5/14/2012 1:53PM

  You need to do what is best for you as long as it is healthy. Everybody has their opinion and that is their right. I have learned that you just have to do what is right for you and simply ignore the naysayers. You will always have people around who are negative. Make sure that you are getting the right amounts of each food group and you will do fine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARRKM 5/14/2012 1:49PM

  Good for you! And it sounds like, no matter what you do or how healthy you get, these folks want you to be wrong just to prove themselves right. You've got a great attitude - stick with it! :-)

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Hello Energy

Friday, May 11, 2012

After a few weeks on this new diet I think I can officially say I'm in Ketosis. I read all the forums and I knew what to expect, just not to what degree. Four days ago I was sure that my body was in Ketosis. I ended up having a nagging headache, a little nausea and then a 3 hour nap. I never take naps during the day so that was a pretty good indicator that something was up with my body. When I woke up I also noticed that I had started (and have yet to stop) spotting. I have been on birth control for many years so this was a very "good" sign, from what I've read of others experiences, that I'm doing it "right". Since that day I've had more energy, my head feels clearer and I'm finally starting to sleep better. Last night I cleaned the whole kitchen before going to bed. I NEVER clean the kitchen at night, I'm always too exhausted and I just leave it for the next day. I've also been initiating physical activity. Which may not sound like a big deal, but I have been sedentary for so long that even a little bit helps. I feel good, I feel active and most of all I feel healthy. It probably helps that I've been losing a pound a day all week, I just hope that my determination is still there when the scale starts to slow down.

  


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