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  • Feeling pretty good, but not a good LC day

    12/21/2014 6:45:10 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Somehow I managed to sleep pretty well last night. Just before I nodded off kiddo #1 decided to squawk and I ran in there to see what the problem was. Didn't appear to be one, but she quickly stood up and threw her arms up begging me to pick her up. Okay. I layed her on our bed to get her to rel... Read more

  • Back on-track (mostly)

    12/20/2014 5:01:09 AM, by MRTHING2000

    I would call today a good carb day. Minus a few snacks I would have called it a great carb day. But it is far better than the 'bender' that I went on for awhile due to a deliberate lack of planning (ironic?). I gave myself a break as the new kiddo was coming and didn't want to make things difficu... Read more

  • Ups and far downs

    12/19/2014 7:26:45 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Lately its been off-plan every day due to life events--and old habits roared back with vengeance. I am fully back on-plan and doing better. The stress of the kiddo coming and the few days back and forth in the hospital, and now NO sleep has been difficult. But the kiddo is doing great. He's back... Read more

  • You can get the body you want*

    12/17/2014 6:23:03 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Today was a lousy carb day, and I am trying to burn up the rest of the lousy food I bought so it won't tempt me further. No point trying to half-carb it all day and still be way over--that's terrible thinking but that's where I've been at lately. The nagging crud and ear issues have lingered. I a... Read more

  • A star is born

    12/16/2014 2:53:25 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Sorry I've dropped off for a few days. Its been a whirlwind. In short, the kiddo came 'naturally' a day before the c-section, but ended up taking so long it was just 5 hours before what would have been the surgery (go figure). Healthy kiddo, 9lbs 10 oz, 21 inches, blah blah blah. Fuzzy head and v... Read more

  • Slacker day

    12/13/2014 6:43:22 AM, by MRTHING2000

    I slept pretty good last night. The cold or whatever it is seemed to move on but a few effects linger. Mostly it manifests as waking up with a ton of crud in the throat and taking a hot drink to cough it out. At least it isn't a sinus infection or something that anti-biotics would be needed. Fee... Read more

  • Aha--pesto is made!

    12/13/2014 5:52:30 AM, by MRTHING2000

    I tried two different versions of the pesto. I intended to freeze both, so I left out the parmesan cheese. I'll add it in when I thaw it and use it. So keep in mind that my attempts did not use cheese (yet) and the recipes DO use cheese. The first batch I used cashews instead of pine nuts an... Read more

  • Feeling better but not 100%

    12/12/2014 7:08:54 AM, by MRTHING2000

    The strong sinus attack (or whatever it is) is finally fading but it manifests now as a post-nasal drip. Mornings now mean waking up and gargling and clearing out the throat as much as possible. It sounds bad for a few hours but otherwise I'm feeling 80% better. Better sleep helped last night. ... Read more

  • Carb binge

    12/11/2014 6:26:08 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Nutrition was great yesterday but then the cold medicine started to work. Sounds like a good thing? Turns out the cough syrup's main ingredient isn't a medication--its high-fructose corn syrup. I've been taking it 'round the clock for 2 days. Then I just fell down completely. The meds wer... Read more

  • A random cold has appeared

    12/10/2014 6:03:41 AM, by MRTHING2000

    I was up late last night and only the shoulder, shins, and feet were sore from the heavy work the day before. Waking up this morning my right ear was throbbing, sore, and the right side of my throat was scratchy and burning. Just the right side. No idea what that means, but I did apparently sleep... Read more

  • More chores done

    12/9/2014 6:45:26 AM, by MRTHING2000

    More chores done--sounds kinda boring, doesn't it? Well that was my day anyway. I woke up sore from the heavy yardwork yesterday. I felt fine going to bed, just a little sore on the right shoulder, but jeez--I woke up feeling really sore. It was hard to get things done today. My heel has a sore... Read more

  • Taking a Break from Spark

    12/8/2014 1:34:19 PM, by LIFE-FAITH

    Merry Christmas my spark friends I am on a spark break... we had a tragic death in our family last week, I am experiencing health issues and I am overwhelmed with my classes right now.. I just need a break to take care of me. God Bless you! Jean ... Read more

  • Lazy day but yardwork done

    12/8/2014 6:35:32 AM, by MRTHING2000

    I learned last year that when the leaves fall and its wet--rake them ASAP. Otherwise in the late Fall/Winter the wet leaves will suffocate the grass underneath. It sucks raking wet leaves. The evil oak trees dumped seemingly hundreds of pounds of them. At our new house (we bought it) there aren'... Read more

  • Exercising the demons--LOL

    12/7/2014 6:33:58 AM, by MRTHING2000

    I intentionally spelled the word 'exorcise' as exercise. My demons are laziness and inertia to do anything about it. You CANNOT reach your goals by diet alone. You'll lose weight, sure, but you won't be stronger. Do BOTH. Today I finally hit the pavement and took the kiddo on a long walk ... Read more

  • No real surprises today

    12/6/2014 6:13:55 AM, by MRTHING2000

    The ortho appointment came and went. No real surprises. The kiddo will need a MRI (standard procedure) and go into casting from there. That will suck but that's really the only option for now. 2-3 casts for about a year will be the standard routine and will assess the effectiveness from then on.... Read more

  • Chipped teeth, chipped spirits

    12/5/2014 5:18:52 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Nutrition was marginal to crappy today. Breakfast was 2 or 3 eggs (I forget how many), sausage, cheese, and a serving of the almost-paleo coconut shreds/flour/chia seed/peanut butter mash cereal with coconut milk. Once again the coffee filter somehow managed to give that last sip of coffee as 'all... Read more

  • Darned Costco, and grilling in cold weather

    12/4/2014 5:55:53 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Lunch with the parents was good. I had a chopped chicken salad at Subway and even splurged and got the meatball sub, eating everything but the bread on a 6". Maybe there were some carbs in the sauce or the meatballs, but I figured not that much. I was feeling energized and we went to Costco f... Read more

  • A good LC day

    12/3/2014 7:05:23 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Things went much better today. I find the first 2-3 days of change are always the roughest. It's easy to do day 1, then waking up for 2-3 is a bit more of a challenge. At least I feel like I am up to the challenge. Its me vs me, and I am winning. Nutrition was pretty good today. Carbs were... Read more

  • Getting there again despite broken electronics

    12/2/2014 7:23:59 AM, by MRTHING2000

    I was feeling more energized last night and that was in no small part to a dietary reboot. Energy levels were a little whacky at first but quickly stabilized. I'd say I am well on my way to recapturing what (if anything) I had stalled by going on a 4 day blowout carb fest. I was readying myself f... Read more

  • Resuming after a brief pause

    12/1/2014 6:03:56 AM, by MRTHING2000

    As I promised myself, today was an okay LC day. It could have been a bit better but was nothing like the previous few days. I'll consider it a 'win' and a transition to the more rigorous strategy that I adhered to for months (with success). The body is thanking me for starting anew. Breakfas... Read more

  • My sweet sweet nephew

    11/30/2014 10:27:50 AM, by LIFE-FAITH

    My sweet sweet nephew passed away Thanksgiving morning in his sleep, possibly from an aneurysm. Rest in peace JohnBoy... we love you so very much! ... Read more

  • Sky high carb day--and that concludes the carb overdo

    11/30/2014 6:32:27 AM, by MRTHING2000

    I knew that the holiday would provide an ample amount of opportunity to overdo carbs. Then bad news led to a bout of anxiety and depression and the next thing I knew it was back to old habits. Funny how quickly that can reverse things. The tummy wasn't happy after a day of that, the paunch came b... Read more

  • Thanksgiving

    11/29/2014 7:35:54 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Turkey Day went well by an metric. I suppose 3 Adivan helped get through the stress of the day, and in retrospect I didn't need them. We're still rattled by the kiddo's bad news, but she's as happy as ever and things went well on the holiday. The 'big dinner' was around 1pm with the in-laws. ... Read more

  • Sweet pies, sour news

    11/27/2014 7:19:58 AM, by MRTHING2000

    It was a rough night and getting used to the new normal for the kiddo is far from routine. We still don't have any answers and won't have any for some time. But a voicemail from the doctor not only confirmed our fears, but jacked up the anxiety immensely. I'll keep it short. The curvature is... Read more

  • Nutritional rebound then crushed by life

    11/26/2014 6:49:38 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Today I woke up to the kiddo stirring much earlier than usual. This set the tone for a rough day. I was groggy and never really 'woke up'. It happens infrequently but is never welcome. On a positive note, I looked much better today even on the terrible sleep. Ketostix rebounded into the low... Read more

  • Getting back on track

    11/25/2014 6:51:02 AM, by MRTHING2000

    The carb bomb definitely had a strong impact. The GI system is all fouled up and some Magnesium Citrate was needed to help. It still hasn't but the tummy is gurgling and I expect all will be better by morning. The ketostix took a massive hit. I went from a solid moderate range down to a trac... Read more

  • Carb bombs but not giving up

    11/24/2014 6:12:51 AM, by MRTHING2000

    I did NOT do well on carbs today. I thought I would have 'just a little cake' and go on like normal. That DID NOT happen. My energy level post-carb load is crap. A trip to Taco Bell and a milkshake DID NOT fit the plan. My lethargy should be a reminder to me that I have adapted to another nutri... Read more

  • Lazy day

    11/23/2014 7:40:01 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Tomorrow is the kiddo's birthday party, but today was an average lazy Saturday. Wifey worked and most of the day was spent lounging around and doing random chores. Sleep was a little better last night. Should be better tonight also. A nap mid-afternoon helped restore things even more. Ketos... Read more

  • Intentional insomnia

    11/22/2014 8:32:10 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Wow--I really blew away the sleep plan last night. I spent HOURS last night installing a TV tuner PCI card in my computer. The install took about 10 minutes. But I didn't know that the hardware would not auto-detect and install the drivers to use it. I went to locate the drivers, and there were ... Read more