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Is my plan sustainable?

Sunday, November 04, 2012

This is what I want to find out over the next 37 days.
I already know what I need to do and how to do it. I will no longer monitor weight, carbs, water consumption or the foods I eat on a daily basis as this would actually waste energy and time that I need to get back into good exercise habits. Instead I will weigh myself weekly to get a rough idea how I'm doing.
This morning my weight was at 131 lbs. after consuming a fair amount of carbs in the form of cough syrup the last two days. Unfortunately neither this nor any other of the home remedies I tried worked at all and I had trouble sleeping the last couple of nights because of severe cough. The only thing that finally worked was hydrocodone.
Today I have some time to go for a hike and/or ride. I might even make it to the gym this afternoon.

  
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ERIN1957 11/5/2012 11:42AM

    I am back at it and working on finding some more clarity in my choices. So I too can make this more solid in my life.
I hope you get better soon too.


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MAGGIE101857 11/5/2012 6:36AM

    Feel better soon!!! emoticon

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HOUNDLOVER1 11/4/2012 11:25PM

    Thanks for the well-wishes and the neti-pot recommendation. I looked it up online and it seems to be using warm salt water. That's something I tried and it worked great for the congestion. I also had a hot steam vaporizer in the room which almost always works for cough better than over -the counter meds, but in this case it did not help the cough.

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NDTEACHER1 11/4/2012 10:19PM

    I hope your plan is successful.

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JAZZID 11/4/2012 8:38PM

    Sorry to hear that you aren't feeling well. I have had congestion where codeine was the only thing that worked. In between doses, if you can consume hot pepper, the following is great for congestion. My dad's family recipe:

1 cup chicken broth
1 tsp red cayenne pepper (more if possible)
1 glove of garlic, sliced thinly.

Pour broth in a cup and add the red pepper and garlic and let steep for a couple of minutes. Drink.

It is very spicy but it has helped me. I am asthmatic and when I catch colds they tend to get in my chest, with thick mucus (sorry).

Also, I agree with GRACEMCDOG and using a neti pot. If you are not familiar with them, here is an article about how to use them correctly:

http://yoga108.or
g/pages/show/106-how-to-use-a-n
eti-pot-without-danger

They are great for nasal congestion. emoticon ~ Dee

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GRACEMCDOG 11/4/2012 7:25PM

    I swear by the neti pot. I had to power through a cold that knocked neighbors and friends into bed for a week or more. Got by with Dayquil (actually a generic version of it). Hate taking that stuff but couldn't pamper myself because of work that had to get done. Got a residual cough/congestion/post nasal thing, did the neti for three days and it's gone. Hope you feel better really soon, Birgit. Don't forget to up your vitamin D for these short, dark winter days coming up.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/4/2012 4:37PM

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-LINDA_S 11/4/2012 4:29PM

    emoticon I hate coughs like that! Very difficult to deal with. Hope yours ends soon...

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GOPINTOS 11/4/2012 4:26PM

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CHRISTINASP 11/4/2012 3:05PM

    Feel better soon. Everything goes better once you've caught up on sleep!

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HOUNDLOVER1 11/4/2012 2:36PM

    Kricket, I think it's more that there needs to be a better way of dealing with severe coughing, LOL, I consumed so much of the over-the counter-stuff plus some raw honey in my tea that I thought might help that my carbs were over 50 grams just from that. I won't do that again.

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KENDRACARROLL 11/4/2012 1:46PM

    Feel better soon.
There has got to be a better way/plan than having to worry about carbs in cough syrup.
(Just sayin').

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/4/2012 1:29PM

    Good luck and hope you feel better very soon! emoticon

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Finding the Diet that's right for you

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Two of my favorite low-carb guys are having a great talk over here:
www.askthelowcarbexperts.com/2012/10
/33-dr-peter-attia-finding-the-diet-th
ats-right-for-you/

  
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ADZY86 11/9/2012 7:49AM

    I have the whole set of these podcasts saved on my phone. Still at number 14 so looking forward to listening to this one in the next couple of weeks...

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-LINDA_S 11/4/2012 4:32PM

    Thanks! Will check it out!

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KADYSMOM11 11/4/2012 1:26PM

    I'll look when I have more time! Thank you!

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JANETELIZABETH1 11/4/2012 12:41PM

    Thanks I listened to the whole programme and thought it covered many areas that I wasn't clear about.
One point that was clear...many things can be attributed to genes etc. Interesting and should be remembered.


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CHRISTINASP 11/4/2012 8:01AM

    Don't have the time / skills to listen to long talks... I'd love a summary though. What are the basic points?

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KALIOPPE 11/4/2012 5:08AM

    Listening to it now over breakfast. Thank you :)

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GOPINTOS 11/4/2012 4:06AM

    Thanks for sharing!!

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My new 40-day plan

Thursday, November 01, 2012

It's 40 days until my next body scan appointment. My doctor thought this would give me enough time to see a significant difference in my body composition and possibly some more weight loss as well.
The primary goals are still keeping my blood sugar levels stable and low and increasing my upper body strength.
This time I will not attempt to go as low as 20 grams of carbs/day even though this may produce faster weight loss. I will try to stay between 30-50 grams of carbs/day which will keep me in ketosis but allow for some dairy and fruit in my diet as well as some nuts.
I will continue to do a mix of strength training and cardio and will try to increase this to about 90 minutes/day 5 times per week minimum and 1 rest day.
I will continue to monitor water and salt intake, sleep time and stress level and will continue the supplements I have been taking, in particular Vitamin D, magnesium (slow-mag) and fish oil.
I'm still considering if I want to try an occasional day of intermittent fasting but will only do this if I don't feel hungry doing it.
I may also increase my exercise once a week to include a long-run or other long, slow workout over several hours.
I'm hoping to reach my goal of 20 % body fat and increased muscle during this time.
To start with I will keep my exercise at whatever level I'm comfortable at until my cold is better.

  
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NDTEACHER1 11/3/2012 10:17PM

    Keep up the good work!

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CHICA_BORICUA 11/2/2012 9:43PM

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-LINDA_S 11/2/2012 8:41PM

    Best of luck with your 40-day plan. Hope it works out really well for you!

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GOPINTOS 11/2/2012 7:46AM

    Good plan.

I found that when I am lower carbs and higher fats, it makes IF a breeze. Put some CO in your coffee, maybe TBL of butter also. CO will produce ketones, the fat will keep you full for longer. Do that for breakfast and it will be noon lunch before you know it! If dinner was at 6pm the night before, there is your 18 hr IF! Easy Peasy! If you want to go for 24, have another for lunch :)

But anyways, if I know I want to fast, low carbs helps prepare me.

Kraut or anything fermented & CO does not interfere with fasting according to some. Perfect Health Diet being one and many on MDA believe the same. Bone broth is also AWESOME while fasting. While not an absolute water fast, you still get many of the same great benefits from fasting.

Thanks for sharing!

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JSTETSER 11/2/2012 5:44AM

    I think that I should start a 30 or 40 day plan. Thanks for the inspiration!

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ERIN1957 11/2/2012 4:28AM

    I am working on a 30 day plan, trying a few new ideas to get me exercising more.
I get so bored, and just do not like taking the time to do it alone. But I will push myself and get out of my comfort zone :-)
Your are so proactive and I admire that.
My Best in your 40 day journey!

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Results from InBody scan

Thursday, November 01, 2012

There is only very little change as expected. My weight was up 0.4 lbs. , my body fat was down 1/2 lb and my lean muscle mass was up by 0.2 pounds.
Overall not bad given that I let my carbs go as high as 80 grams on some days and that I had to stop exercising twice, once because of tendinitis, once because of a bad cold that I still have.
The good thing is that my doctor things it's just a viral infection so will just need a few more days hopefully.
I asked about whether I should monitor my blood sugar and the answer was that it is not necessary, unless keeping my carbs at or below 50 grams/day does not bring my H A1 c levels in the normal range.
My next appointment for a body scan is in 40 days so that should give me plenty of time to make some improvements.
I found an elderberry formula that does not have sugar so this leaves me more carbs to eat.

  
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GOPINTOS 11/2/2012 7:48AM

    Numbers sound good!

Thanks for sharing!

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FRAN0426 11/1/2012 10:25PM

    Hang in there, se of us lose weight slower than other---everybodys motabolism and what not and medications etc. can be a factor too. emoticon

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ALLISON145 11/1/2012 8:51PM

    You can do this! Health conditions suck, but they can be great motivation to make positive changes, too!

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ERIN1957 11/1/2012 7:07PM

    good news!

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Day 18 and last day of my ultra-low carb experiment

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The good news is that my weight is back to 129.8, which means I'm back in ketosis. I wasn't very hungry yesterday in part because my throat hurt. Today I did not really have time to eat until lunch and that was bacon and eggs and a few nuts with a cup of decaf with cream.
I feel good enough to go for a long walk this afternoon.
The bad news is that my doctor's appointment to measure body fat/muscle mass is tomorrow and I'm pretty much exactly where I started at my last appointment.
Overall I still feel pretty good because I was able to maintain my new lowest weight over a month with some traveling and getting sick.
I know now that losing additional fat/increasing muscle will only work if there are no major distractions in my life, otherwise maintaining is all I'm likely to do.
Eating ultra-low carb (20 grams/day or less) is not nearly as much fun as eating low-carb (up to 50 grams/day) and takes considerably more planning and some more money, so I will have to plan these times when I don't have any other challenges that are distracting me.
I will make every effort to not let my carbs get over 60 grams/day and that should be fairly easy to do without feeling deprived.
Giving up fruit and yogurt completely is not worth it to me as long as I tolerate them well. I can save a few carbs by staying with the lower carb nuts (no cashews, more macadamia nuts, brazil nuts and walnuts) and by eating smaller portions of berries, apples and yogurt. I can also save more carbs by using Xylitol more sparingly and getting myself used to foods that have only a very slight sweetness to them.
All this will hopefully get my H A1c levels into the normal range but that will only be tested again in 2 months. In the meantime I will probably get a blood glucose meter and monitor at least twice a week.

  
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GOPINTOS 11/1/2012 2:36PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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ERIN1957 11/1/2012 6:36AM

    Your journey is yours to own and learn from. I am thrilled that you shared it with us.
Thank you!

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KALIOPPE 11/1/2012 4:55AM

    Great job on making it all the way through to your ultra low-carb challenge! Following along with your daily efforts makes me realise how very hard it is to stay that low on the carb meter, but also how important it is to record feelings and findings and how much you learn about your body. For example, you know now that fruit is something you need and want and that luckily, it doesn't harm your body in terms of sugars. Also that your xylitol allowance can be decreased in leiu of something else you may want and need. This will help as you continue on your journey. Again, great job and I hope your appt tomorrow shows positive changes in body fat. However, if it doesn't, don't despair. Sometimes fine-tuning take a while. Be patient, keep doing what you are doing. Your body will react in its own time. emoticon emoticon

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FITSMALLCLOTHES 10/31/2012 11:03PM

    I made my own every week or two for years with non fat milk powder. Maybe some maple syrup or maybe nothing. Have not made it for a couple months.

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MRLDCTYGRL 10/31/2012 6:04PM

    That yogurt she's talking about is also carried at Albertson's. and it's 4g in 6 oz serving with fruit flavors mixed in, for days when your sweet tooth just can't handle one more day of waiting.

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KAKONOLADY 10/31/2012 6:00PM

    not sure if you have a food4less nearby but they have this low carb yogurt-- 4gr only!!! and its pretty good!!! (Kroger brand)

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