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Sinless Raw Chocolate - Choco Lovers, Rejoice!

Monday, July 18, 2011

I love chocolate. I've lived the last 6 years without sweets like cakes, cookies and pies. The one sweet indulgence I refuse to live without is chocolate. I eat mostly dark chocolates. I think dark chocolates have a complexity that I have learned to appreciate. When we go to ice cream parlors, I'll treat myself to two or three chocolate truffles.

Now I've found a new chocolate treat that simply feels like cheating. It's called "Sinless Raw Chocolate". It's not only sinless, it's simply heavenly.



It uses a natural zero calorie sweetener call erythritol. It occurs naturally in small quantities in many kinds of fruits. There is an extraction process, but there is no heat involved, so it is considered a raw food. It has been used in Japan and other Asian countries for decades. It is also a vegan chocolate.



There are about 136 calories per bar, mostly from the cacao butter.

Erythritol is a better type of sugar alcohol that does not raise insulin or blood sugar. It is absorbed by the body, but passes through urine unchanged. Most sugar alcohols pass through the intestines, where they can cause gastric upset.

Erythritol and xylitol sugar alcohols cannot be metabolized by bacteria that cause tooth cavities. Interestingly, it actually "starves" them.

How does it taste? It tastes just like sugar. I'm serious. It has zero bitter aftertaste. Stevia can have a bitter aftertaste. There is a very small amount of stevia in the ingredients, but you can't taste it. Sinless Raw Chocolate tastes decadent. It is so good.

They have 6 different flavors: Original, Almond, Coconut, Peppermint, Cherry and Orange. Which is my favorite? You can't ask me that. It's not fair. It's like asking me who is my favorite niece. I love them all equally.

It is a local brand to Charleston, SC. We only found it by chance when we were visiting Charleston. We were at a Whole Foods where they happened to be doing a demo. If you live near Charleston, you are a lucky bunch. Check their website for locations where to get it. If you aren't near the Charleston area, you'll have to order it from them. If it's your first time trying it, I recommend getting the 6 variety pack so you can try all the flavors.

Even though it's sinless, it is not calorie free, so try not to eat them all at once!

I'm serious.

www.sinlessraw.com/Site/Purchase_Sin
less_Raw_Chocolate.html

  
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KAKIPOPUP 7/19/2011 5:28AM

    You should get a commission - I ordered a box, too - hope it survives the heat!

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VHALKYRIE 7/18/2011 10:30PM

    PZF144: Awesome!! Remember that it is really hot out now, so when you get it, might want to put it in the freezer for an hour or so or it might be really melty. If you can wait that long!

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PZF144 7/18/2011 10:17PM

    OK I ordered it! I'll let you know how much I love it!

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VHALKYRIE 7/18/2011 9:49PM

    It's not as much in the store...but you have to be in Charleston.

If it was cheap, I'd eat too much. I'd rather eat a little of something great, than eat a lot of something cheap. Hersheys is very cheap, but it isn't very good. Just my opinion.

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TINYFRIEND615 7/18/2011 6:56PM

    YUM!!!! Thanks for passing along the info.

Holy Cow, expensive though!

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MNCYCLIST 7/18/2011 6:16PM

    I'm with you, I love chocolate, but I bet that stuff's expensive.

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TWO_SPARROWS 7/18/2011 2:20PM

    Oh, dear...I hear my credit card crying with pain. "Oh, NO!" it says, "you can't possibly be thinking of ordering chocolate online!" Oh, yes, my dear credit card...I can! And I most likely will, mwahaha.

Thanks, m'dear...I was looking for a stop gap to buying those cheapos at the department store. Seems we can't get anything decently nourishing AND good for us at the same time here!

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TWIXXX 7/18/2011 1:54PM

    YAY!!! emoticon Now I can have the choco cravings with a lot less guilt!

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TMCLEOD4 7/18/2011 11:22AM

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Thanks! I'll have to try it!

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ANDREA409 7/18/2011 9:35AM

    Thanks for the recommendation! The ingredients look fantastic; I'll have to try it.

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PRANA_DANCER 7/18/2011 9:20AM

    Ooo, they sell those in my school store. I'll have to try one!

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DEMURALIST 7/18/2011 9:19AM

    Trader Joe's carries the nibs, pretty good.

Thanks for the review and link for this.

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BEARCLAW6 7/18/2011 9:06AM

    Nice find. Xylitol gives me digestive issues that are unpleasant when I eat too much. I will look into this!

There are also things called chocolate nibs that are basically slightly-crushed roasted cacao beans that I hear are pretty good. I haven't tried them yet.

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Our Bodies Remember

Friday, July 15, 2011

From yesterday's blog, I reported that I have gained about 5.59lbs of muscle in 2 months. I have not done a lot of heavy weight lifting, I've just done my normal activities.

I should note that this result is not typical. The reason that I am putting muscle on so rapidly is because my body remembers. I programmed my body to build this muscle at an earlier point in my life.

I had not always been overweight. I was pretty active with soccer and martial arts in my late teens and early twenties. I fell in love with martial arts in college. This is probably where I built the bulk of my muscle. I trained an hour or more, five days a week. I was pretty ripped.

In my late twenties, I stopped practicing martial arts and started eating a horrible diet. My body atrophied. Muscle disappeared, fat took over. I became obese.

When I started dieting, I was still eating the wrong things. I was eating way too little protein. 30-40g of protein is half of what I need for a strong body.

When I started eating 60-100g of protein per day, my body reactivated. With some resistance workouts, my body has responded very rapidly. It remembers how to build the muscle structure for my activities. This has been very rapid, and very atypical. It is only happening seemingly effortlessly because I have built this muscle before. My body is just rebuilding the structure I used to have.

If you have ever been athletic or fit at any time in your past, your body probably remembers, too. It will rebuild your athletic structure quickly with the right stimulus (nutrition and exertion). However, this also works in the reverse. If you have ever been obese or very overweight, your body also remembers how to restore your fat cells. And it will happen just as rapidly.

  
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DDOORN 7/18/2011 10:41AM

    Sadly, my body has NOTHING to remember...re: an athletic past...? Moi? Doubting I'll ever consider myself "athletic," even if ever I might be...lol! But that's okay, just keep putting one foot ahead of the other.

Don

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CHEFSOPHIE 7/16/2011 9:24PM

    I can relate as I have gone from healthy and active to overweight and inactive and back again. My body does respond when I change my lifestyle.

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VHALKYRIE 7/16/2011 10:11AM

    ANDREA409: I practiced Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido. I only did TKD for a short time before I discovered hapkido, which I loved. TKD is more of a sport, and hapkido is a practical self defense. I didn't really have any interest in doing competitive TKD. The only problem is, hapkido is not one of the more well known forms, so it is very hard to find instructors. I was not able to find one at all in Seattle. There is one in Georgia, but it is way out on Tybee Island which is a hassle to get to from where I live.

I stopped doing it partially because of burnout (I was doing way too much!), and a change in my life (got new job and boyfriend). I just became a couch potato and didn't do much. It was a shame.

BTVMADS: Squats and lunges are amazing! You're building the muscle now, which is the foundation for making everything you do better!

JOAN_HEO: Everyone can appreciate a great pair of legs!

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JOAN_HEO 7/15/2011 5:50PM

    That's interesting! I have never been muscular that I can remember. My legs are looking ripped now tho. It was from lots of walking then running. I really like the look of good gams! =)

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BTVMADS 7/15/2011 9:33AM

    It's true! Sadly, it's why I think I'm having a much harder time than I'd like. My body has never been athletic. I do have very muscular legs, but they've never been VISIBLY so, and my middle has always been soft and squishy. But that won't stop me from working out and lifting weights and doing squats and lunges -- I love the burn no matter how much or little change I see!

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ANDREA409 7/15/2011 9:14AM

    Awesome! I intend to start taking martial arts lessons when I reach my ultimate weight loss goal; it's one of my rewards. I'm really excited for it. What type did you do? Why did you stop doing it? Life got in the way?
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Mile marker 125.0 - Complete!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Yesterday morning I hit my original goal weight I set 4 years ago - 125.0lbs!

I didn't log it yesterday because I wanted to wait until today in case it was a fluke. This morning also 125.0! YAY

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Here was my progression. Sorry for the messy layout, best I can do with the Spark blog.

4/20/2011
Weight: 135lbs
Waist: 33 inches
Hips 40.5 inches
Bodyfat: unknown
Lean Mass: unknown

5/12/2011
Weight: 134.4 lbs
Waist: 31 inches
Hips 40 inches
Bodyfat: 35.72%
Lean mass: 86.14lbs

6/2/2011
Weight: 131.7 lbs
Waist: 30 inches
Hips: 40 inches
Bodyfat: 33.86%
Lean Mass: 86.64lbs

6/8/2011
Weight: 129.5 lbs
Waist: 29 inches
Hips: 39 inches
Bodyfat: 32%
Lean Mass: 88.1lbs (--- Muscle increase! ---)

7/14/2011
Weight: 125 lbs (--- 10 pounds down! ---)
Waist: 28 inches (--- 5 inches down! ---)
Hips: 37.5 inches (--- 3 inches down! ---)
Bodyfat: 26.6% (9.12% down! ---)
Lean Mass: 91.75 (--- 5.59lbs gain! Even more muscle?! ---)

I'm stunned! After being stalled for so long, this feels surreal!

Well, now this is goal weight #1. I clocked my bodyfat at 26.6%, so I am on the high side of normal. I'm going to see if I can keep going!

My new goal #2 is roughly 22-24% bodyfat. Or 112-114lbs. Though if I keep putting on muscle at the rate I have been, my weight goal might change! I'm mostly concentrating on the bodyfat percentage for that reason.

My fiance is nearing 40, and he is concerned about the fat. He's not quite so willing to take a leap like I have. So we have compromised on South Beach-ish meals for our evening supper. I say South Beach-ish because I have made a few modifications to the South Beach recipes. I will not use fat-free sour cream, fat-free cream cheese, skim milk or lite coconut milk. I use the full fat versions. There really isn't a lot of difference with my cooking style versus South Beach other than that. One of the things we got into a big argument about is he said he didn't want me bathing foods in fat, which is ridiculous. I prefer to grill or bake almost all my food. I do not deep fry, I have never deep fried anything. I use a little bit of oil in my pans to keep food from sticking. I do not shallow fry or other. He has a tendency to over-exaggerate reality. (A rather annoying trait he inherited from my future mother in law!)

I managed to convince him to drop most of the carbs, so he isn't eating as much bread and crackers as he was before. So a week on the South Beach-ish diet, fiance has lost a pound.

At the moment, I am very low carb, about 30-40g per day. I've been keeping my sugars extremely low while fighting off my sinus infection. Don't want to feed the microbes. Microbes love sugar. So I am almost ketogenic. I've been losing fat even though I haven't been exercising much due to the sinus infection. As you can see from my stats, it hasn't consumed my muscle. I've been keeping protein and vegetable intake high, and very low sugar fruits. I've lost about 2 lbs of fat and probably water loss due to clearing inflammation, even while sick. Doesn't seem to have harmed my immune system any, I am almost fully recovered from my sinus infection. The key was keeping my sugars extremely low, lots of rest, and a probiotic/herbal treatment. I didn't have to take a single antibiotic, for probably the first time ever.

It is interesting to me to see how effective a low carb diet is compared to a standard low calorie diet. If my man were eating the same diet as me, he would probably be losing about 3-4lbs per week, almost double my rate. Men have a biologic advantage with increased testosterone and muscle mass when it comes to losing fat. Despite his biologic advantage, my diet advantage appears to indicate he is losing fat at a rate half of my rate. But if he's happy, that's good enough. I'm just thrilled he isn't eating so much bread and crackers.

We are on our way!

  
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VHALKYRIE 7/16/2011 10:04AM

    PZF144: I would take a 2lbs weight gain over a sinus infection I incurred as wrath of sugar. ;) It's no problem! Just start again!

SEDGEY: It's so nice to hear testimonials! I'm glad it is working for you! Congrats!

NAYPOOIE: I have not had my lipids checked, but I did have my blood pressure checked. I've gone from 134/86 to 128/82 so far. I suspect it will improve even more.

ANDREA409: It is weird. He is worried that I am doing some sort of harm, but I don't think it's really rational. Lower blood pressure, losing body fat, and gaining muscle are obviously all impending sign of cardiac disease. ;)

BTVMADS: He's not much of a reader, unfortunately. I got him to watch FatHead, as that was the only way of getting the information to him. Unfortunately, he immediately started looking up on Google whether the movie was funded by the fast food industry.

JUSTBIRDY: Maybe it is reduction in inflammation! I am certainly having less problems with sore feet. It is amazing to me all the things that are clearing up, that I had just accepted as 'normal' discomfort.


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KAKIPOPUP 7/15/2011 9:01PM

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JUSTBIRDY 7/15/2011 8:23PM

    Great! I lost a shoe size when I went low carb, too. It takes out all the extra water.

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BTVMADS 7/15/2011 9:43AM

    CONGRATS on reaching your goal weight!!! That's AWESOME!

Tell your sweetie to read "Why We Get Fat." It's not a book about eating, the way that Protein Power or The Paleo Solution are, so he will probably be more receptive to its points. Then, it will BLOW HIS MIND. I read it all in just about a day and I'm still trying to come to terms with the fact that everything I thought I knew was wrong... But I know I'll be better for it in the long run. He'll be ready to join in on the high protein bandwagon for sure.

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ANDREA409 7/15/2011 9:19AM

    Oh, in-laws.

CONGRATULATIONS, Cathy!! 4 long, long years in the making, I know. If nothing else, the fact that you've accomplished in a few months, what you couldn't do in several years should get your fiance thinking that there's something to this. But sometimes people are resistant to new things. Not sure why.

Also, kudos to you on the not requiring antibiotics! I know you are susceptible to ear infections, so this is really fantastic news.
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NAYPOOIE 7/14/2011 8:00PM

    Outstanding.

Have you had your lipid work done lately? If the numbers look good, you could beat your fiance over the head with them.

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SEDGEY 7/14/2011 7:54PM

    Congratulations on your goal!! I look forward to reading that you've met your next goal soon. :)
Thank you so much for doing all the research and logging your success. I was an LC skeptic like you since I'd also drank the carb koolaid. I was doing all the right things and stalling out. Now I'm following your lead and have cut out grains and the weight is coming off. I love it!
Yesterday, for expediency's sake, I shared a cinnamon roll and a sticky bun as a late breakfast. When I got home, I collapsed into bed and slept for 3 hours. I *was* tired from lack of sleep, but the carbs and sugars just knocked me out. I somewhat knew it would happen since I'm hypoglycemic, but I only expected a short nap. Guess I won't be doing that again!

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PZF144 7/14/2011 4:38PM

    Wow, you keep on inspiring!! I am so mad at myself: On July 4th, I ate 3 (yes, 3) brownies and have been slipsliding since then. I had been doing so well. I'm back on track fully, and I just kick myself: I could actually be about 2 lbs. down right now, instead of 2 lbs. up. So I look at your progress, and it inspires me to stay on track and keep 'a low-carbing. And high-fatting! I feel a million times better these past couple of days, back on track. Amazing how much better you feel when you eat this way.

You keep going girl!

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/14/2011 2:45PM

    Congratulations, that is wonderful!

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PRANA_DANCER 7/14/2011 1:54PM

    Congratulations!

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TERP_TERP 7/14/2011 11:04AM

    emoticon hitting a goal is very exciting! emoticon

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MNCYCLIST 7/14/2011 10:39AM

    That's AWESOME!!!

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The Greatness of Grapefruit

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I didn't use to like grapefruits. I thought they were too sour. If I ate them, I would usually coat them with brown sugar or honey.

Over the years, I've adjusted my palate to less sugar. I eat refined sugars once in a blue moon. I use stevia as a zero calorie sweetener, but I still don't use it that often.

I used to eat a lot of oranges, but the high sugar content in oranges is causing me problems. I'm having to keep my sugar content very low at the moment. I've recently learned that the sweetness in oranges is much higher than it was 30 years ago. Modern oranges have been bred to have even more sugar.

Since I don't consume much sugar, my sweet tooth has disappeared. I've switched to eating grapefruits. Since my sugar palate is much lower than it used to be, I eat them raw, without brown sugar or honey. They taste mildly sweet to me, the way I like it.

Grapefruits have vitamin C and folate benefits, just like oranges. The sugar content is considerably less. Some varieties of grapefruit do have a small amount of sugar in them. A navel orange has about 18g carbs and 12g of sugar. A low sugar grapefruit variety has 9g carbs and near 0g of sugar. An orange's glycemic index is 44, whereas a grapefruit is 25.

It has lycopene, like tomatoes. There is also a potential anti aging agent called spermidine. Spermidine is necessary for cell growth and maturation. Spermidine levels fall as we age. Studies on mice showed they lived longer when fed medium amounts of spermidine.

There is a lot of hype about grapefruits being a magic 'zero calorie' food, which will help you lose weight. I think it helps lose weight because it is low sugar. Provided the brown sugar or honey are skipped.


  
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BTVMADS 7/15/2011 9:39AM

    I ought to give grapefruit a try. I really really love starting my morning with fruit, but I am very weary of sugars. I LOVE acidic flavors though, so maybe this is just what I need!

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SEDGEY 7/14/2011 7:43PM

    I love grapefruit too! I buy them by the Costco bag when they're in season. My go-to fruit all winter. I tend to prefer the yellow tarter varieties, but the ruby type is more commonly available.
Hopefully grapefruit's detoxifying benefits work well since I consumed copious amounts of grapefruit juice with my gin last night. ;)

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BEARCLAW6 7/14/2011 4:46PM

    Yes, Prana_Dancer. Grapefruit has a compound in it that destroys an enzyme in your liver involved in breaking down toxins. Most people show no ill effects from this. Your body considers a lot of medications toxic, even if they are good for you for other reasons. If you eat grapefruit, then your dosage for the medication has to be drastically changed, so just don't eat grapefruit if you are on one of those medications.

Strangely enough, this is also a good thing if you ever find yourself exposed to certain pesticides. The enzyme in your liver will convert the pesticide to something much more toxic than the starting pesticide, so grapefruit actually helps protect you from pesticides! It is all just so confusing.

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ARCHIMEDESII 7/14/2011 3:58PM

    Have you tried tangerines ? tangelos ? mandarin oranges ? Sicilian blood oranges ? clementines ? You may find those "oranges" aren't quite as sweet as naval oranges.

I do love a nicely chilled grapefruit on a hot, sticky day.


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VHALKYRIE 7/14/2011 3:44PM

    AMANIJABBAR: I have added grapefruit to my salads, but have not made a grapefruit salad. Sounds delicious!

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AMANIJABBAR 7/14/2011 2:34PM

    Have you ever made grapefruit salad dressing with a little EVOO?

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PRANA_DANCER 7/13/2011 2:17PM

    I'm not supposed to eat grapefruit; apparently it interferes with a lot of different medications.

I'd love to try one though. :(

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KELPIE57 7/13/2011 1:40PM

    I love grapefruit...and you know, you can even peel and eat some lemons. No seriously, wonderfully refreshing.

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GITTYB 7/13/2011 1:36PM

    too sour for me. It's very artistic the way you spread them on the plate

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DDOORN 7/13/2011 12:05PM

    Love to peel 'em and eat like an orange...yum!

Don

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ANDREA409 7/13/2011 10:43AM

    I never was into grapefruits either, but the bf loves 'em. So now when he gets them, I have a few slices myself. I've noticed, similar to you, I have a higher tolerance for their tartness nowadays...since I've kicked my habit.

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BEARCLAW6 7/13/2011 10:26AM

    Grapefruit has always been near the top of my favorite fruits list. One of the minor considerations I did take into account when deciding on eating low-carb was that grapefruit and berries are fairly low in sugar. Yeah!

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Unveiling the Athlete

Monday, July 11, 2011

I just read this testimonial on Mark's Daily Apple and I had to write.

www.marksdailyapple.com/when-eating-
healthy-is-making-you-fat/


This story sounds so much like mine, my pulse quickened. I read it thinking, "Dude! I know exactly what you're saying!"

His before and after picture. Umm...WOW. Hottie!!!! Average Joe to Heeeeeeellooooo!

Two months ago, I got fed up. For 4 years, I followed a healthy diet and had absolutely nothing to show for it. I started at 135 4 years ago, July 2007. In May 2011, I was still 135.

It was ridiculous. I combed through my extensive food logs, looking for the answer. Low fat? Check. Whole grains? Check. No junk food? Check. Homemade meals? Check. No processed foods? Check.

I got a lot of advice from experts and well meaning people, telling me to be patient and stick with the plan.

4 years? No. I was done.

It was excruciatingly unfair. I ate healthy. I kayak, bike, hike, dive, swim, rollerblade - almost anything outdoors, I do. I worked out diligently 30-60 minutes at the gym 5 days a week.

So why did I look like a couch potato?

My last doctor's physical said I was in exemplary health. My doctor said I had the heart stats of an athlete.

So why didn't I look like an athlete?

Maybe if I had been inactive and eaten a bad diet, I would never have questioned it. But I was doing everything right on paper, and not even an iota of change. No, something was wrong.

Some friends and acquaintances said if I was healthy, why worry about a few extra pounds? Being healthy is all that matters.

Two months ago in May, I said, so what? It is vain. I own it. I want it. I want the rocking bikini body.

I bought a bikini that I intend to wear for a vacation in Mexico in another month.



I put it on, and I was angry. I looked terrible. All the hard work eating right, tracking calories, exercising, and I still looked like a freaking blob.

This bikini kicked my butt in gear. It is vanity. I admit it. Vanity drove me to look for another answer. I want to look great in it. I make no excuses, or apologies.

If someone ran into me on the street looking like this 2 months ago, they'd think I just needed to eat better and exercise more, and maybe I'd look a little better.



2 months ago, I got fed up. I got angry that the experts seemed to be accusing me of not following it correctly. "You're exercising too much." "You're exercising too little." "Are you sure you're staying within your calorie range and not cheating?"

I had done what they asked. I even defended it to others as the right way.

I got to thinking that maybe my diet was still my problem, even though I was following the advice.

I found the paleo diet, then Protein Power. They both said that grains and starchy carbs were the problem. They said dietary fat was not the problem.

I took a leap of faith and decided to try an experiment on myself. I would ignore the experts and try it.

I first took a very tentative toe dip. From my food logs, I was eating about 160-200g carbs per day. I decided to cut my carbs in half to 80g-100g per day. I limited my grain or starch portion to dinner only. I didn't want to give up yummy bread, potatoes and rice entirely. I ate mostly vegetables and fruit for carbs.

I figured if there was anything to this theory, I should see something happen. If not, then I figured no harm would come from a one or two week experiment.

Oh boy did something happen. There was definitely movement on my scale, body measurements, and the way my clothes fit.

At that point, I was willing to ditch the bread, potatoes, and rice to once a week, rather than once per day.

I am on week 12 of when I started seriously tracking my stats so I could nail down what was going on. I am on week 8 since I changed my diet to a low carb paleo type diet.

Here is an example of the result so far.



There is muscle definition starting to show up, and the "overhang" from my arms are shrinking.

I have done no extra weight lifting or strength training other than my normal routines I have always done. That muscle has always been there from all my activities like kayaking and swimming. You just couldn't see it because of all the fat.

So now I can see my muscles emerging. It is energizing. The athlete body that I have always wanted has actually always been there. I just needed the right key to unlock it.

I ain't stopping now. My body is telling me I am doing the right thing, not the experts.

  
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ANDREA409 7/14/2011 3:47PM

    Way to go, girl! You're looking fantastic! I love Mark's website and browse it often. Great recipes there too! That man's success story is awesome; he is so jacked and hot now!

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VHALKYRIE 7/14/2011 3:42PM

    JOAN_HEO: LOL! Yes, I did notice. ;)

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VHALKYRIE 7/14/2011 3:39PM

    AMANIJABBAR: My point is, the high carb/low fat diet that the experts told me was the healthiest diet was very unhealthy for me. They deterred me from a paleo type diet because they said it was unhealthy. I have found this to be inaccurate. The experts were the ones saying high carb/low fat is a one size fits all, and it is not. I make no more inferences than that, other than it definitely was not the case for me. As for what works for other people, that is up for them to decide. I'm presenting a personal experience that others may decide that perhaps there is another alternative, if a particular way isn't working for them. I tried the high carb/low fat diets for years, and never got anywhere. There was another alternative that was right for me.

The only broad generalization I would present is, if the high carb/low fat diet doesn't work, then maybe a paleo low carb will. But no one told me this was an option. I had to find it myself. So now I am sharing an experience saying, yes, it is an option.

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AMANIJABBAR 7/14/2011 2:58PM

    I'm happy that you have found a diet that works for you, but would you go so far as to say that this type of diet would work for everyone? I don't think "dieting" can every be a one-size fits all approach.

We all have different bodies and we each have to learn how to nourish our bodies in the best manner. No, the MYPlate will not work for every American, and neither will Paleo/Atkins etc.

I have tried low-fat/high-carb and low-carb (atkins/south beach). I have learned that my body craves balance. Not too high carb, not too high fat. Probably a 40-30-30 ratio of carbs, fat and protein. That's what works for me. It will probably not work for everyone. But neither will Paleo. I do congratulate you on doing the hard work to find what works best for your body!

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JOAN_HEO 7/12/2011 1:46PM

    PS....Did you notice all his chest hair fell out?

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JOAN_HEO 7/12/2011 1:39PM

    Lookin' great!!!! Go you!!!

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DDOORN 7/12/2011 11:32AM

    While we are our own best experts, it's always such a joy when you see others finding a path similar to yours works for them as well...!

Keep the SPARK! :-)

Don

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KAYOTIC 7/12/2011 10:06AM

    Looking good!

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KAKIPOPUP 7/12/2011 7:13AM

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good for you!

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KELPIE57 7/12/2011 1:32AM

    Well done

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JUSTBIRDY 7/11/2011 7:46PM

    emoticon You're really bringing it@!

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