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Weight still dropping fast! Answering questions and comments

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The scales were at 128 lbs. today, my lowest weight since I was 14. Amazingly there is still a significant amount of body fat left on my belly and my butt, LOL.
I know now that I can easily go down to 124 and not be too skinny, although once muscle mass increases significantly those pounds would have to come back on.
Overall I'm amazed how fast this is going. I may switch to slightly higher carbs in about a week if the progress continues as it has been.
I forgot to record one food item yesterday, about 4 oz. of brie cheese, in case anyone was wondering if my calories were low yesterday.
My energy level was good yesterday, with brief moments of a mild head ache. I also figured out that I need to use slow-mag for magnesium on days I don't have time to eat breakfast because my stomach complains otherwise.
To answer some questions:
At this point I may shoot for a body fat percentage of 18% rather than 20%, but will judge more by how I look and feel and how my glucose and insulin levels are long-term. The reason for taking this step was improved function and being able to easily fit into size 4 jeans is an added benefit, not the goal.
Increasing protein may have the same effect as increasing carbs, but given the benefit it has for being able to build muscle I may increase it a little before the carbs (if I manage to do more exercise).
Concerning being able to tell the difference between organic vs. non-organic, no, I honestly can't tell the difference, at least with meat. But given my cancer history I should not take too many chances of eating food that has more pesticides in it.
The reason that it's harder to tell the difference with Mc Donald's is that the food is fairly heavily salted, which is fine when on low-carb, but it makes the lack of other flavors less noticable. They may also add other flavors, I haven't taken the time to look, hoping that going there will be a very rare occasion.
I can easily tell the difference between homegrown vegetables (organic) and even organic produce from the grocery store. Some locally grown (non-organic, but non-spray) veggies are just as good.
Now I'm heading out without breakfast again, but with coffee with lots of cream. I'm taking my daughter to an appointment with my new doctor who treats with nutrition before anything else. I'm thrilled that I found her and that my daughter will be able to prevent so many diseases that I had to be treated for, including cancer, pre-diabetes, thyroid issues and obesity.
Eating breakfast and packing lunch will start tomorrow. emoticon

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SHIRLANGEL 10/19/2012 1:11AM

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EBLOOMING 10/18/2012 9:40PM

    You are really a STAR!!! emoticon emoticon

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JANETELIZABETH1 10/18/2012 4:59PM

    I'm really getting interested in your recent blogs...
I haven't tracked my food for a very long time and think I should start again to see exactly how many carbs are passing my lips!
Just did breakfast, that small banana wasn't worth it!!
You are doing great Brigit!

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HOUNDLOVER1 10/18/2012 2:44PM

thanks for your comment.
Concerning getting up earlier to eat breakfast: I used to do that, believing that it is essential to eat breakfast. When eating low-carb, especially when in ketosis, eating breakfast is not as important in itself because your body is used to burning fat (and we know there's always plenty of that around emoticon ). In fact I could go on a long run any day without breakfast and not lack energy at all nor will skipping breakfast lead to binging or even increased hunger later in the day.
So now, when I have the choice, because of a tight schedule, to either get enough sleep or have breakfast I will always choose the sleep. emoticon
I have learned that quality sleep is a great asset in weight management and appetite regulation.
Of course ideally we should have time regularly for both breakfast and enough sleep. That's definitely my goal. emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 10/18/2012 1:52PM

    Congratulations on your great progress! What awesome results. :D

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KALIOPPE 10/18/2012 1:42PM

    Look at you! You'll be in those jeans before you know it. emoticon

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-LINDA_S 10/18/2012 1:36PM

    emoticon Thanks for the info!

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CHRISTINASP 10/18/2012 11:57AM

    That's great that you have found such a doctor!
I'm wondering about your not having time for breakfast... I'd assume that you could get up a bit earlier to make and eat it? Maybe I missed something.

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 10/18/2012 11:12AM

    Woo hoo! Congrats!! That's an awesome accomplishment!

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ERIN1957 10/18/2012 11:06AM

    Thank you
You are an inspiration!


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Day 4 of ultra low-carb

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My weight was 129.2 pounds this morning.
I managed to get two walks with the dogs in but no time for anything else.

I did not have time for breakfast, only a cup of coffee with cream and my supplements. Being away from home for most of the day we had lunch at Mc Donald's again, another double quarter pounder with cheese minus bun and ketchup. I know this is less than ideal, the meat is not from grass-fed animals nor organic so I'm hoping not to repeat this too often.
After that we went to the mall and while there I had another cup of coffee at Starbucks and discovered their chocolate-covered almonds. I ate about 6 of those for about 8 grams of carbs.
The next meal in the late afternoon was at the Safeway salad bar, a big pile of mixed lettuce with some chicken breast, cheese and vinaigrette with olive oil, followed by another cup of coffee with cream. It's 5:30pm and I don't think I'll need anything else to eat today. If I feel like it I might have a little more homemade, sugar-free ice cream.
3 cups of coffee today was a little more than normal for me.
My hope is to eat most meals at home for the rest of this week, cut down on the caffeine and get more exercise in. I think given the circumstances I made decent choices today.
Tomorrow we'll go ice skating for the first time this season. I'm really looking forward to it.

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JSTETSER 10/19/2012 5:45AM

    McDonald's Chicken Cesar Sald is also a great choice.

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ERIN1957 10/18/2012 9:53AM

    I think you did OK. So what fat % are you targeting? I know when I have studied LC they talk a lot about the fat being the key to success, are you finding that true for you as well?
Old school high protein doesn't seem to cut it any more in the LC world, with proteins being to high convert into reactions just like sugar does. Another question for you, do you feel differently when eating non organic? Can you physically tell the difference or as well eating commercial produced food vs home cooked cleaner choices?
Thanks a lot for the great interesting blogs!

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-LINDA_S 10/18/2012 7:50AM

    It's really hard when you have to eat out. I'm not that great at planning ahead and taking something with me, but I do like Quest bars (the natural ones) and the protein is high enough and net carbs low. Good luck!

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CHRISTINASP 10/18/2012 7:05AM

    Maybe next time you have a day like that you can pack some foods that fit into your food plan to take along with you. Nuts, cheese, a boiled egg maybe. Vegetables like carrot or cucumber or tomatoes or peppers, maybe with a dip in a plastic container. (Not that I eat eggs or cheese, or eat low carb, just trying to 'think with you.')

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PASTAFARIAN 10/17/2012 11:22PM

    I don't do low-carb (doing CRON) but your diet sounds pretty yummy to me! McD buns are a worthless waste of calories anyway!

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VG1BLUE 10/17/2012 9:08PM

  I too am practicing a low carb lifestyle. (Notice I didn't say diet?) I am on day 12 of my first two weeks and lost 5 pounds the first week. I have had a pretty easy time and have not been too tempted,despite the fact that we keep having parties and birthday lunceons at work.

The first time I went low carb, I was on Atkins and they suggest no more than 20 carbs a day--that's really low--In fact my physician, who is supportive of a low carb lifestyle says 20 carbs is just too low. It causes you to have memory loss, weakness, fatigue, no energy, and just not feeling well. He suggests 30 carbs, only ten more, but it can help you to avoid all those problems. I know when I did do 20 carbs, I just didn't feel good. This time at 30 carbs, I have more energy, enough to exercise daily and am still losing at a good pace.

I see from your sparkpage that you are very active, and you are very wise to keep your weight under control now, and not let it get away from you like I did.

Ice Skating--wow-- I lived in New Hampshire once, and we got to do that a lot and I loved it. I'd be too afraid of falling now, might break something! Now I live in Oklahoma and it rarely gets cold enough to freeze anything to skate on without help from refrigeration.

I hope the rest of your week is good and that you stay motivated. Have fun ice skating!

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Day 3 summary and food

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

It's been another great day. My daughter's medley relay team made the required time of 2:02.50 for the State swim championships. She will be swimming butterfly for the relay and also still has a chance to qualify for IM (individual medley) or 500 m freestyle and 100 m butterfly.
I'm so proud of her knowing how hard she has worked to get there. emoticon

My eating pattern today was interesting. I only had time for breakfast later, around 11 am and felt like something other than eggs, so I had half a cup of frozen cranberries, one packet of Xylitol, 2 oz. of full-fat yogurt and some heavy cream on top. Total grams of carbs was only about 14.
It did not hold me as long as bacon and eggs would have so 3 hours later I ate a cheese zucchini duck egg omelett cooked in coconut oil. About two hours later I still felt a little hungry and added a double quarter pounder with cheese minus bun and ketchup.
After the swim meet I had a few carrot sticks and then we went out to a Thai restaurant. I was a little worried if I could find something very low-carb but ended up having a very nice dish, a red curry with chicken, peppers and avocado in coconut cream. To my surprise I was hungry for only about a third of what I used to eat in restaurants. I don't know the carb content but suspect that I stayed close to 30 grams for the whole day.
Overall I'm pretty happy to have stayed so close to target with eating away from home twice.
I do miss fruit and yogurt but it's not a craving.
Now a nice cup of herbal tea and time for bed.

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RUNNERKDB 10/17/2012 9:19PM

    emoticon It's hard to stay on track when out of our normal routine! Bravo to you!

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JSTETSER 10/17/2012 2:43PM

Healthy eating!!

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KALIOPPE 10/17/2012 10:06AM

    Nice work! I too find that eggs/bacon keep me full longer than other things. Although I'm experimenting on pool days with smoked salmon and cream cheese or half-avocado with a few cherry tomatoes and cottage cheese. I find it easier to give up fruit than dairy, although I don't drink milk. How are you finding your energy level? emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 10/17/2012 9:15AM

    I agree with christina this is interesting. But I for one don't know how you do it!!! I can barely keep my carbs below 50 without not knowing what to eat. Boy you have this down pat. I am still floudering in the waters... Head is still above water but. lol

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CHRISTINASP 10/17/2012 3:03AM

    It's interesting for me to read what you eat! Thank you for sharing,

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Two brothers - one survived

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

This is a link to Jimmy Moore's blog which is about the loss of his brother 4 years ago. While it describes a very painful experience it also shows how many lives can be saved by eating low-carb.

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AMARILYNH 10/17/2012 3:16PM

    Thanks for this reminder that weight loss is about WAY MORE than vanity! A year or so ago it really hit me - I know a number of people over the age of 80 and not one of them is morbidly obese. I'm not sure why it took me so long to come to that realization.... But think about it. It gave me a whole new reason to stick to the health path!!

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EGALITAIRE 10/16/2012 3:46PM

    Thanks for posting Birgit - powerful message

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-LINDA_S 10/16/2012 3:35PM

    Thanks, Birgit. Kinda knew what happened, but not the details.

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ERIN1957 10/16/2012 3:24PM

    Thank you for sharing this. I had read it before.
Wish I could convince my eldest son, my 2 sisters and brother to look at this life choice for their own lives. All weigh close to 300 pounds each.
It scares me for them all and our families that we share.

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Day 3 - I survived, now I' m thriving

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

There are a couple of reasons:
The physical process of switching to ketosis is done.
Some of my feeling a little off yesterday was probably from the chlorine when swimming. My eyes and throat are a little sensitive to it and both were burning slightly, just like getting a cold, for the rest of the day. I hope that as I get better at adjusting my goggles and breathing correctly without swallowing pool water , (yuck!) this will be less of a problem. Also, once my daughter's swim season is over I'll spend less time sitting at pool side smelling chlorinated air.
I'm glad I went to bed early last night because an open window, a lot of wind and some dogs led to some sleep interruptions. But I still feel rested now.

Now the good stuff: My weight was 129.8 this morning so things are moving in the right direction.
My husband had to go to a conference where they served breakfast and ALL the food had lots of grain and sugar in it (muffins, bagels, croissants etc.) He managed by eating fruit (his blood sugar is normal) and putting LOTS of cream in his coffee. I'm sure other people noticed. emoticon
I'm so excited to get to watch my daughter's swim meet this afternoon. There is a good chance of making state time at least for one of the relays and it's a very young team because many seniors left last year. The fact that they are doing so well encourages me to work harder on my swimming. Another example that true leadership is by example. Those girls have worked their butts off to get where they are and most of them take pride in their six-pack abs and strong arms. emoticon

I got to read some very good stuff about gymnastisizing horses (dressage) yesterday and was amazed again at how much transfers to conditioning in people.
When training/conditioning animals one can not just tell them to do X number of reps in three sets, but one has to find fun ways to get them to use their body correctly or they will put in the least amount of effort possible. I find people are really the same. There are many drill instructors at every gym who will gladly take our money to kick our butts, but frankly, that does not teach most of us anything about enjoying exercise, in spite of what the "The Biggest Loser" would have us believe.
The elegant way to change behavior is to find natural motivators that make the right thing more fun than the wrong thing. In horse and dog training I use food, play, touch and a soft, friendly voice to encourage and motivate. We can do the same in people, for ourselves and for others. The best motivation can often be the activity itself once we have learned the basics.
I have enjoyed swimming a lot more once my freestyle-stroke became smoother and I had more of a sensation of gliding on the water. I have enjoyed running more since I learned to use my body naturally (without shoes) and I have enjoyed horseback riding more since my spine has learned to absorb the bouncing movement of the horse at the trot and canter.
I remember the thrill when I managed my first little jump on figure skates last winter knowing that I was going to land on the correct part of my blade rather than on my butt.
But all beginnings are hard and finding exterior motivators are the best we can do to to make progress. Picking an activity that we truly enjoy (or at least can imagine enjoying) is critical. A walk through the woods on a fall day may be more appropriate and empowering than an hour at the gym doing intervals.
So today, I'm going to enjoy the sun and the wind and my dogs and take a good walk in the morning, knowing that this afternoon the only exercise I'll be getting is pushing the buttons on a stop watch and cheering our swimmers on. emoticon

Boy, this blog was all over the place. Thanks for reading all the way through. emoticon

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CINDYTW 10/16/2012 8:35PM

  Great blog! I am still trying to find a way to make strength training more fun than coming home and relaxing after work! emoticon

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EGALITAIRE 10/16/2012 3:53PM

    I agree - gotta find something or things you love to do - everyone's personality and preferences are different - find what works for you - nice to hear swimming is doing it for you.

All the best to your daughter and her team at the meet

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MRLDCTYGRL 10/16/2012 3:27PM

    You can do it! Any saltwater pools where you're at? I have awful chlorine sensitivity now too.... probably drank too much pool water as a fish in my teenager years!

My hubby and I are having so much fun dancing, we actually had to have a sit down last night and decide to cut it back to only twice a week because it's burning me out and we're so busy we don't have any other form of "date night" left... and we're missing that. But you're so right about finding something fun to do because it makes the exercise the side issue!

Keep it up!

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KAI_ZEN 10/16/2012 3:11PM

    "The elegant way to change behavior is to find natural motivators that make the right thing more fun than the wrong thing." Love this!!
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SHIRLANGEL 10/16/2012 2:56PM

    It's great that you've made it to day three and are thriving. I hope your daughter has a good swim meet today. I think it's nice that you are swimming too. I took water aerobics one time and loved it. I should look into doing aerobics and taking swim lessons. The fall walk sounds nice too. Oh and that had to be so exciting taking the first jump on your ice skates! Wow! emoticon

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ERIN1957 10/16/2012 1:52PM

    Absolutely correct on the work outs...it is nice reading someone who is so active and a go getter and positive!

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GETSTRONGRRR 10/16/2012 1:23PM

    Great post and you're right. I resolved long ago that I must enjoy my workouts, else I would find subtle reasons to stop going!

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