COFFEE_KISSES's SparkPeople Blog COFFEE_KISSES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Still exercising, just tracking that right now! So, just trying to keep up with tracking my exercise at this point, still trying to be as active as possible. <BR> <BR> I think I am getting arthritis in my foot, so no running for the time being. Just walking when I can, elliptial, swimming and biking. <BR> <BR> Also, I have been on a couple of dates with, wait for it.....a personal trainer. How funny is that? Really nice guy, very down to earth, not a bulked up weight lifter, rather a conditioning coach type. Talk about having a re... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:00:38 EST Yikes I am so incredibly bad at keeping up here Goodness does life ever have a way of stepping in and taking over! Damn you adult life, damn you! <BR> <BR> I do have a positive to report, I am exercising more, yay me! I am trying so hard to be more proactive about my and my family's fitness, so, we all have bikes now, woo hoo! And, they didn't cost us a penny ;) Between my sister moving and giving me her bike and my thrifty son who bargained 2 for free form a yard sale and then finding another one. Hello! <BR> <BR> Anyway, all thr... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 16:48:32 EST Last week's successes and freckles <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, I didn't go off plan all week. THAT alone is a huge success around here these days. 7 straight days baby. No gluten, no sugar, no processed foods. NADA. <BR> <BR> I did have a couple glasses of wine during the week, but, I am not crying over that. <BR> <BR> Now, on to week two. Going grocery shopping today to stock up so I can continue being successful and not find myself in an "emergency" situation wi... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 12:01:55 EST Day 3: Feeling the pain (literally) of detox Here we go. <BR> <BR> Major headache. <BR> <BR> At least I know this is a sign of better things to come. <BR> <BR> Man, do our bodies fight to hold on to sugar and grains and crap. <BR> <BR> If that isn't a sign that our bodies do indeed become addicted to these things, well, I don't know what is. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:15:40 EST Exploring reasons for change We are all here because we have come to the conclusion that a change is in order for us. Whether its weight loss, healthier lifestyle, disease control, or just a desire for healthy eating habits, we made a decision that now is the time for that change. <BR> <BR> What brought you here now? What was that determining factor that said today was the day this change needed to begin? What was the catalyst? That lightbulb moment? <BR> <BR> Maybe a doctor told you its now or never? A family me... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:09:41 EST Day 1 of 365 transformative days I have decided to give myself 1 year's time and reinvent myself. Again. <BR> <BR> I have 40-50 lbs I'd like to lose and while that doesn't sound like loads, I am now over 40 and my metabolism, well, its in there somewhere, I am bloody sure of it. <BR> <BR> I am running my own experiment by combining the best of both low carb and paleo to see where I can go in 1 year's time. If it happens sooner, great, yay me, but I am all to aware of the curve balls seems to throw at us from time to tim... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 23:41:35 EST Experiment in progress (Paleo/low carb conversation) I may be off my rocker here, ok, I think it's pretty clear that I am off my rocker, however, I am very attracted to the paleo eating style AND I know low carb works, so I am going to try and incorporate both. <BR> <BR> Right? Right. <BR> <BR> I know the foods I need to avoid like starchy potatoes and sweet potatoes, and, will need to steer clear of the honey as a sweetener for now. However, will start attempting to not use as much splenda i.e., ONLY in my coffee in the morning. I will sta... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 15:46:07 EST Still here, still breathing, still living :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Life is crazy busy. But, look at my little track stars! Last night they competed at the Subway Washington Games (all comer, all ages track meet) and my youngest took home 3 gold medals in the 50m, 100m, and 200m dashes! The oldest got silver in the shot put! Squeeee! So proud! Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:55:47 EST Exciting neuro journal publication!! (in regards to my son) My youngest, who is 8 1/2, is what they call a 'sensory kid'. He was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder around the age of 5, but it was evident from birth he was, as they describe in this article, "out of sync" with the world. <BR> <BR> Getting support and therapy for him has been challenging because he does not have a comorbidity of Austism and/or Asperger's, etc. His has ALWAYS been a stand alone diagnosis, making it very difficult to suss out the best way to support him <BR> ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 17:04:23 EST David This is the guy I've been babbling on about :) He's a CPA, father of 3 teen girls, 6'4" (nice!)...anyway, though y'all would like to see a face to go with the blog. Back to low carbing now! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 7 Jul 2013 14:50:55 EST Hey, its going to be ok afterall :) Well, I know I may get judged for this, but our break only lasted 24 hours. We really, really like each other and feel that we're supposed to be together right now, continuing slowly as we've been. I can't explain it at all, it just feels so right for both of us. He's really, despite his issues, is one of the most emotionally intelligent men I have met in a long time. He's very open and honest with me and is really working hard on himself. I realize I am leaving myself wide open to criticism ... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 16:10:55 EST Serious emotional triggers happening right now The man I have been seeing revealed some information to me last night that has brought me to the decision that I cannot see a relationship happening. He's bipolar, has PTSD and HSV. He also shared with me the story of his wife's very gory, traumatic suicide. <BR> <BR> He's a very nice guy, but, with all he has going on, I can't. I am 100% relationship ready and I feel its ok to expect the same from a potential partner. He's not there yet. <BR> <BR> This being said, I am really sad and... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 13:20:40 EST A win for women's reproductive rights and equal rights. Between Senator Wendy Davis and her filibuster and ultimate killing of a god awful bill and the Supreme Court striking down DOMA, well, good morning America! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:21:15 EST oh em gee put the sugar free pudding down and... ...back away slowly. Or, run. <BR> <BR> Why did I think it would be a good idea to make pudding for the boys and I for dessert? WHY! <BR> <BR> We finished the whole bowl. Granted, it was a small package I made but, still. <BR> <BR> *hangs head in shame* <BR> <BR> <em>468</em> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 23:33:26 EST paleo v. low carb Obviously, Paleo seems to be trending high right now and I've been reading up on it and it sounds extremely similar in nature to Atkins, which I've been successful with. <BR> <BR> I'm wanting to hear from anyone who might have experience with it to point out differences, pros/cons, etc. Just to make sure I'm not missing something. <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday all! Sun, 23 Jun 2013 10:46:33 EST New day It was a challenging week at work, and then an equally challenging week with the man I've been seeing. He's a widower and its been a very up and down week for him, which, ultimately, I allowed it to affect me. I tend to hunker down and get inside my head when I am dealing with stuff, so, I get quiet. <BR> <BR> Today, I woke up early, called my dad and we grabbed a coffee and went for a hike at the beach. We spent a couple of hours hiking and birdwatching in the solitude and peace of a gor... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 14:44:04 EST rough few days, rough night I'll be back on track tomorrow. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 23:50:48 EST 10 days in... ...and, even though I don't have a scale, my clothes are fitting better this morning! <BR> <BR> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:19:13 EST Survived the weekend, onwards and upwards! Happy Monday everyone! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:23:01 EST Making dinner for my dad: Menu Boys and I are making dinner for my dad. <BR> <BR> Our menu: <BR> Broiled wild sockeye salmon with lemon butter, basil and garlic <BR> Sweet corn on the cob <BR> Steamed broccoli <BR> Fresh avocado slices <BR> Deviled eggs <BR> <BR> Dessert: <BR> Berries with freshly whipped cream <BR> <BR> I made sure it was all stuff I could safely eat! MMMMM! Sun, 16 Jun 2013 20:14:32 EST Happy father's day to my dad and to me and all the single moms out there <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My dad has been an incredible role model in my life and my son's lives and I am so very grateful for his presence, each and every day. He's shown them how to be a gentle man, a humble man, an honest man, a loving man...there's no end really. <BR> <BR> I love you, daddy <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> And, a special shout out to all the single moms that are mom AND dad everyday <em>345</em> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 12:08:09 EST Digressions, diversions, smiles and the such <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here we go, on to week 2! <BR> <BR> I had a bit of a digression last night, my youngest had a great 2nd grade report card and "demanded" we go out and celebrate, just the two of us :) So, we went to his favorite Italian restaurant where he enjoyed pizza, breadsticks and lemonade while I had a beautiful steak salad. It was gorgeous with crumbled blue cheese, loads of lettuce, olives, tomatoes, peppercinis.... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 15:58:44 EST Week one done yay me! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:20:20 EST I am a priority Tomorrow, Friday, June 14, marks a week of clean, induction level eating. <BR> <BR> I made it through some bad cravings. <BR> <BR> I made it through some heavy emotional stuff that normally would've driven me to bad food. <BR> <BR> I made it through my own bad thinking of, "just one won't hurt, you can start again tomorrow, just like you've done the last couple of years." <BR> <BR> I made myself a priority. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Total carbs: 16 <BR> Fiber: 6 <BR> Net ca... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:59:57 EST Day 6 *updated* Oh, blessed mental clarity that comes with following a low carb lifestyle. I had forgotten how incredibly clear headed you feel when you're not weighed down with sugar and gluten (I am gluten intolerant). I feel calm, peaceful, happy, clear, not groggy, positive...shall I continue? <BR> <BR> The weight loss that comes from induction hasn't started yet, ok, maybe a couple of pounds, but from what I have read, it takes longer to happen when you go off and start again. That is OK. Just fee... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:56:28 EST Day 5 *updated* Didn't eat dinner last night, my tummy was not feeling great and I was just tired. So, my youngest and I sat out in the yard and drank tea and talked. Very nice :) <BR> <BR> Later that evening, the man I've been talking to (we've gone out once, talk everyday) and I had an amazing, long talk about his wife's suicide, his feelings around it, where he is and he told me he's been reading up on dating after death. It was a very emotional conversation for both of us, but incredible on so many l... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:05:01 EST Day 4, feeling good Started my day off with quiche and coffee, packed my mason jar lunch of leftover grilled chicken breast strip salad. <BR> <BR> I am feeling resolute in reaching my goal again. I have also put a plan in place to get back to the pool, now that my oldest son is 12, he can stay home with the youngest for the hour I'll be gone (the pool is 2 blocks from our apartment). Plus, 2 days a week, the deep water class is at the same time as the public swim session, so they can go to the pool with me. ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:32:34 EST Day 3 23 total carbs <BR> 6 g fiber <BR> 17 net carbs <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sun, 9 Jun 2013 22:33:02 EST New quiche recipe posted, Day 3, a nice beach walk <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Made up a new crustless quiche recipe for brunch today, they look and smell delish! <BR> <BR> Spent the morning drinking coffee and walking with the boys at the beach. What a perfect start to the day. We had the whole beach and trails all to ourselves. <BR> <BR> Here we go, day 3. I got this. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Jun 2013 16:05:38 EST Day for a hike and a breath of fresh air *edited* Day 2 in progress and going smoothly. Hungry as heck but, I know this will pass. Just have to keep the induction friendly munchables on hand and I will be just fine. <BR> <BR> Had a 2nd date planned for tonight, but as I expected, he cancelled. He's a very recent widower (of 7 months) and he is just not ready. He's a great guy and we're going to remain friends but, I am glad he realized its too soon and saved us both the heartache. <BR> <BR> Youngest is off to soccer with his dad here s... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 15:08:39 EST Day one complete. 29 carbs <BR> 9 grams fiber <BR> 20 net carbs <BR> <BR> I survived. <BR> <BR> <em>380</em> Sat, 8 Jun 2013 00:13:24 EST Mason jar's what's for lunch! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've recently caught the mason jar bug as an easy way to pre-prepare food. Now I'm tweaking my recipes for doing it low carb style! <BR> <BR> I'll post the recipe on but, this jar salad consists of: <BR> <BR> Creamy pesto ranch dressing <BR> Steak <BR> Red bell peppers <BR> Cheese <BR> Whole flax seeds <BR> Mushrooms <BR> Wild spring greens <BR> <BR> Obviously, you can do so many things with a ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 10:20:09 EST Prepared. <img src="">Went to the store. <BR> <BR> Whipped up a dozen crustless italian sausage basil quiches for quick, to go breakfasts. <BR> <BR> Made a batch of creamy pesto ranch dressing then, packed a mason jar steak salad for lunch. <BR> <BR> Almonds? Check! <BR> <BR> String cheese? Check! <BR> <BR> Drank my last glass of wine for the next few weeks. Ate my last bite of ice cream. <BR> <BR> Let's go. <em>267</em> Fri, 7 Jun 2013 00:47:36 EST