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My Stomach is Shrinking!
Thursday, June 09, 2011      15 comments

Yesterday, we both had long days at work, the kitchen was a mess, and I didn't have anything ready to cook. We decided to go out for BBQ, then go for a walk on the beach. I ordered pork ribs, collards, and cole slaw. I checked the BBQ sauces,... Read more
Adjusting Sails
Wednesday, June 08, 2011      10 comments

I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. - Jimmy Dean I am 88lbs of pure MUSCLE! Yeah, not very impressive, is it? I'm petite at 5'0", but this still sounds puny. Bleh! ... Read more
Running on Diesel
Tuesday, June 07, 2011      13 comments

I've switched my body to a different type of fuel. For many years, I understood that our bodies prefer glucose from carbohydrates. When we eat carbohydrates, they all break down into glucose. Whole wheat or white, it becomes glucose. If ... Read more
Wetsuits and Wedding Dress!
Monday, June 06, 2011      7 comments

Less ranting in this post, promise. Sorry about the doom and gloom in the last one, I'm just...yeah. Let's just leave it at that. This morning, I am FINALLY below the 130 threshold! 129.7. I took some pictures to compare with my "before... Read more
Food Pyramid Junk Science
Monday, June 06, 2011      33 comments

Wow. My change in diet had some really unexpected twists. I thought I finally figured out what was causing my weight loss issues. The whole thing about metabolic response that I've been blogging about for weeks. But it uncovered some hea... Read more
Finally Feel I've Got a Handle on This Beast
Sunday, June 05, 2011      4 comments

I know I keep writing about the same topic, and I probably sound like a broken record. I can't tell you what a relief it is to finally feel like I'm the one in charge, and not some mysterious, unknown and whimsical thing. Since I've altere... Read more
One Hammer Does Not Nail All
Saturday, June 04, 2011      8 comments

At one time, I weighed 160. At my height of 5'0, that made me obese. I was able to lose 30 lbs, but I stabilized at 130. No matter what I did, I hovered near 130-135. A few times I dipped below 130, but I never stayed there for long. Wh... Read more
SparkBlog Says Higher Protein/Low Carb Breakfast
Friday, June 03, 2011      4 comments

...is better for appetite control. www.dailyspark.com/blog.
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n_breakfasts_to_boost_weight_loss Interestingly, the sample breakfast offerings are nearly Zone ratios of 40% carbs/30% fat/3... Read more
Julia Child was Right
Friday, June 03, 2011      10 comments

I remember watching Julia Child as a kid. She was on the PBS channel after my Saturday morning cartoons. I loved her enthusiasm and passion for French cooking. When she made a mistake, she would just keep right on going! Whenever I make a mi... Read more
I'm a Fat Burner!
Thursday, June 02, 2011      13 comments

Wow, after being stuck for so long, I feel like I finally got this plateau thing figured out. All it took was one simple change: I cut back on my grain/cereal/starch consumption. For too long, I was trying to follow the dietary guidelines ... Read more
How Cooking Changed My Palate
Wednesday, June 01, 2011      6 comments

Learning to cook didn't just allow me to make healthier meals than eating out, though that is definitely a factor. It also changed my palate. When I learned to cook, I used whole, fresh ingredients. No heavy doses of fat, sugar, salt or M... Read more
What's Cooking?
Tuesday, May 31, 2011      2 comments

You asked, you receive! Here's what I've got cooking! Lots of stuff going on! I'm prepping food for tonight, few days ahead, and for the week. Phew! 1. Shrimp Salad For lunch, I made a shrimp salad using leftover boiled shrimp from la... Read more
Continuing the Discovery
Monday, May 30, 2011      7 comments

I'm still researching. Over the weekend, I reread "Protein Power" to make sure I understood it correctly. I need to make a couple of corrections. - Insulin and glucagon are an either or, not a one or the other. The dominance of one deter... Read more
Redefining my Diet, and Taking a Leap
Thursday, May 26, 2011      11 comments

Disclaimer: Today's blog might be a bit controversial. Please note that I am only speaking for myself, and am not necessarily advocating that there is only one right way. We all need to make decisions about our health, using the best informati... Read more
Wine Marinated Beef
Wednesday, May 25, 2011      7 comments

Cooking with wine is easy. I don't know why this is considered a 'fancy' thing in American cuisine. Long time ago, I used to think of wine drinking with dinner to be a luxury for the well-to-do. I thought beer was for 'the rest of us'. T... Read more

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