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  • Tuesday's Gone

    3/4/2015 7:07:15 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Another song title blog title today. Nutrition was crappy today. I woke up after 4 hours of sleep and had to hit the road. Energy level was LOW. I felt weak. Too many days in a row I've not had dinner, been too busy doing something, or had food go bad. So it was sort of a mini-fast for the past... Read more

  • Do you know how to love your kidneys??

    3/3/2015 8:05:50 PM, by LIFE-FAITH

    https://www.kidney.org/content
    /three-everyday-things-you
    -can-do-now-kidney-health Three things you can do right now to impact your kidney health 1. Increase physical activity 363 311 231 332 355 548 313 318 2. Try to treat minor pain symptoms without medicat... Read more

  • Short post today

    3/3/2015 6:32:38 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Busy day today. MIL came over and SIL came too. I hid from them and let the wifey and the kiddos interact instead. I visited a microbrewery store and got quite an education. Fun stuff. A spendy hobby but it looks fun. Nutrition was fairly low calorie, and that wasn't my intention. Jus... Read more

  • Pretty good Sunday

    3/2/2015 8:09:25 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Maybe the rant helped after all. Odd. I got a message from my parents that they wanted to visit later today. And they did, and it was good. Its almost like they knew that I was being critical of them... It was a good visit. And a pretty good day overall. Nutrition was good. I had an ... Read more

  • Gripe Water (and a rant, and other gripes)

    3/1/2015 7:54:52 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Okay, be prepared, this is a vent. A rant. A gripe session. But hopefully you can identify with it and even chuckle, cry, or whatnot. It occurred to me that the newborn might be having some sort of acid reflux, or something similar. One solution is to use Gripe water. I went to the drug st... Read more

  • Carb Redemption Saturday

    3/1/2015 7:02:47 AM, by MRTHING2000

    I was disappointed but not surprised to measure NO ketones today. A big nuke to the system wiped out ketosis, but I'll bounce back. It went from a solid moderate Thursday to NONE in basically a day. But that's what I get for going overboard. One doesn't 'have' to be in ketosis to lose weight on ... Read more

  • Carb attack Friday

    2/28/2015 6:55:00 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Today was going to be a more-than-usual carb day, and I was okay with that. Its tough to get enough fiber from just vegetables alone, and Miralax tastes like crap. If there's only been one downside to LC it is that fiber is a lot trickier to find without eating oats/prunes/etc. A lot of things DO... Read more

  • Thoughts on nutrition thus far

    2/27/2015 6:55:03 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Nutrition was OK today. It was a low-cal day and I probably went a bit over the self-imposed 6-700 calorie limit by maybe 100 or 200, but that's still pretty good considering. A nice big salad for dinner probably put it slightly over but the protein was good for the day, fats were great, and carbs... Read more

  • woohoo 26 years!!!

    2/26/2015 2:46:45 PM, by LIFE-FAITH

    244 384 408 My husband and I are celebrating 26 years of marriage this weekend! We are going to dinner at a special restaurant we have been trying to visit for two years... there is always a 2 - 3 hour wait... they do not take reservations... but I called and got a very nice gal manager... Read more

  • Mostly good nutrition day

    2/26/2015 6:32:37 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Today I had lunch with my parents. It was the first time they saw their granddaughter with her cast. I knew it would be a little rough for them but they didn't seem rattled. The kiddo is lively and wild as usual. Perhaps that provides reassurance that other than slightly bulkier clothes, she is ... Read more

  • Back on-plan

    2/25/2015 6:22:47 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Monday was a good nutrition day, and Tuesday was a great nutrition day. Things are still low-carb striving for a keto-range daily. Monday was a 'normal calorie day' and today was a 'low-cal' IF'ing day. Energy levels have normalized already, and that's a great thing for me. But the kiddo kee... Read more

  • back pain is much better

    2/24/2015 2:19:11 PM, by LIFE-FAITH

    252 244 521 I LOVE SPARKPEOPLE!! My back pain is 99% gone!!!! No doctor! No Chiropractor!!! Just sparkpeople's back stretching exercises!!!! Day 1 - I could not hardly stretch at all the pain was intense Today is day 16 and I am able to move without much pain at all ... Read more

  • Sunday and starting anew

    2/23/2015 6:16:02 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Today was the final day of the carb vacation. Oh, it was quite a binder. Everything I wanted, I had, with no apologies. It was like an all-you-can-eat carb buffet but I had to drive to places to find them. I would consider that to be a complete failure, but perhaps it may also keep the overall p... Read more

  • update on my back...chiropractor visit

    2/21/2015 12:34:40 PM, by LIFE-FAITH

    524 first I must confess I am under the influence of pain meds as I write this so please forgive me for any typos and such... I went to see the chiropractor last night as planned... well they did not get my referral from my doc... gee do you think they could have told me that when they calle... Read more

  • Friday

    2/21/2015 7:00:08 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Just wasn't feeling like restarting the plan today. Sucks. A temporary setback, but motivation was just lacking today. At some point I managed to lose my SP tracker. I had it tied through several shoe laces but the tracker must have slipped off the clip. Gone. No idea where it went. I'm h... Read more

  • Bleh Thursday

    2/20/2015 6:39:04 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Still recovering from the chaos of the day before. Energy was low today and it didn't seem appropriate to hit hard to restart the plans just yet. Or that's just another excuse to be lazy. It is what it is. Nutrition was horrible and I'll blame only myself for that. But if anything, I st... Read more

  • It is done

    2/19/2015 7:00:05 AM, by MRTHING2000

    It was a long and stressful day, but things went well and it is now done. The kiddo got her cast today and is beginning to adjust to it, as are we. It was a horrible night for us getting started due to an early wakeup and arrival at the hospital. We checked-in at 6:30 and things began to roll... Read more

  • Kiddo's casting is today :(

    2/18/2015 6:04:07 AM, by MRTHING2000

    The kiddo goes in for her casting tomorrow--or today for the late-night crowd. I think things will go relatively well, but the lack of sleep on all of us will be a killer. But its a relatively simple procedure, not overly long in time, and nothing she hasn't done before. I assume she'll wake up an... Read more

  • An early lunch with the parents

    2/17/2015 7:24:24 AM, by MRTHING2000

    The newborn's checkup went well as we anticipated. He is very tall (or long as they say) for his age. Weight is good. All that. He wasn't a fan of his shots and definitely has some muscle soreness from it. But overall he's doing great. His sister goes through her casting on Wednesday. Not... Read more

  • This is how strong and determined I am

    2/16/2015 8:07:48 PM, by LIFE-FAITH

    I have had a slipped disc for 8 days... I know from experience with my husband - you can lay around and let it get worse or you can stretch, stretch some more and keep moving YES the pain is unreal... thank you Lord for pain meds and muscle relaxers... (due to my ankle I always have these on ... Read more

  • Rough week ahead

    2/16/2015 8:25:26 AM, by MRTHING2000

    As expected, given the chocolate attack the ketones took a big hit today. I hope I didn't knock things too out of whack. The levels still measured SOME ketones, but it went from a solid moderate level to between low and a trace. I'd guess the level was about a 10 or so, down from the upper 40s. ... Read more

  • Chocolate attack courtesy of Valentines Day

    2/15/2015 8:10:47 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Well, today was supposed to be a good IF'ing day after yesterday's planned off-plan carbfest. Ketones took a very slight hit, no biggie, so I knew if I held to the plan today all would be well. Despite the carbfest, I actually looked trimmer in the mirror today that I did the day before--when I IF... Read more

  • Better day

    2/14/2015 6:52:47 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Sleep and some introspective thinking really helped improve today. The sun was out for a short while and I made lunch plans to go to Sweet Tomatoes (the salad buffet restaurant). We couldn't last Friday because the wife was still recovering from physical therapy and wasn't walking well. She's abo... Read more

  • Long walk

    2/13/2015 6:50:31 AM, by MRTHING2000

    The sun was out today and it was time to put on the shoes and go for a long walk. I pushed the jogging stroller and got a decent workout on the roads. I took the kiddo to Petco (which shall serve as the local aquarium and zoo). She oohed and ahhed at the fish and stared curiously at the little fu... Read more

  • feeling some relief... health journal and diet changes

    2/12/2015 3:17:27 PM, by LIFE-FAITH

    I am finally feeling some relief, with my medication change 13 days ago I am surprised to feel the difference in just a short amount of time, now I am concerned the med change may be too much for me, as I have 57 days to go to my next blood work. As I do not worry about tomorrow, I have given th... Read more

  • Cell Phone vs. Bible

    2/12/2015 11:54:55 AM, by LIFE-FAITH

    Cell Phone vs. Bible ============================ I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phones? What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets? What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it? What if we flipped through it sev... Read more

  • Escapism

    2/12/2015 7:32:09 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Nutrition was okay to below-average today. I had lunch with my dad and was still recovering from some of the mental anguish of yesterday. I had a few french fries and part of a quesadilla along with a low-carb burger (lettuce bun). Not sure if the thousand island dressing had much in the way of s... Read more

  • Feeling really down today

    2/11/2015 8:01:51 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Nutrition was good today. Keto strips measured solidly moderate. The IF'ing routine with back-to-back 'normal' days wasn't sabotaged. Those were the main good things. Sleep was heavily disrupted by the angry 2 month old. Not sure what his problem is/was. He was good throughout the day but ... Read more

  • IF'ing changeup

    2/10/2015 8:00:48 AM, by MRTHING2000

    My intent is to do a 4:3 weekly fasting schedule. What I didn't realize until today is that I need to do Sunday and Monday as normal calorie days to keep on a 4:3 track. Otherwise I have a normal calorie day week 1 on Wednesday, but not on week 2. So today was a second normal calorie day. I kept... Read more

  • Sometimes simple things are the most difficult

    2/9/2015 7:12:43 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Nutrition was okay today. It was a normal calorie day but I got up late so the IF'ing continued a bit longer than intended--but that's ok. Breakfast was 2 eggs and 3 strips of bacon. Lunch was an Atkins bar. Dinner was a salad, cream of cauliflower soup that I made (no thickeners in it), and a s... Read more

  • The Auto Show was fun

    2/8/2015 8:06:35 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Today I went with mom to the Portland Int'l Auto Show. Getting into the event turned into a massive ordeal. The parking garage was full and took forever to drive around. Rain and heavy traffic made for a long slog. I went up a few train stops to the next park-and-ride and that station was under ... Read more

  • Light Friday

    2/7/2015 7:45:45 AM, by MRTHING2000

    The plan was to go to Sweet Tomatoes (the salad buffet restaurant) but that didn't happen. The prospect of dragging 2 kids through a buffet line and a wifey recovering from physical therapy proved overly difficult. Instead, we went to Pita Pit. Its pretty good and 'can' be LC friendly just li... Read more

  • writing a health journal - daily

    2/6/2015 8:47:21 PM, by LIFE-FAITH

    Ok so to get back on track... I am writing a health journal daily included in this journal is my nutrition, my sleep, my exercise, how I feel that day, and what my symptoms are I am going to overcome my thyroid issues! I am going to feel better than this! I am taking control of what I a... Read more

  • Productive day

    2/6/2015 5:55:39 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Despite today being a low-cal '3' day and non-stop rain outside (we're supposed to get 3" total through Sunday), it was a productive day. I built a fire in the fireplace and we kept cozy in the living room far from the TV and distractions of the daily outrage on the news. I got our taxes done ... Read more

  • Semi-busy day

    2/5/2015 6:16:33 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Overall, a good day. Lots of things going on but not much involving me specifically. Wifey had her PT appointment. She's progressing well and now will go every 2 weeks. Its good to have her up and walking again albeit quite slow. But that's an improvement over 2 weeks ago. Nutrition wa... Read more

  • A GIANT step forward... HUGE leap back - hashimoto thyroiditis

    2/4/2015 4:00:57 PM, by LIFE-FAITH

    OK so a few days ago I was happily blogging about no longer being pre-diabetic... today I get a phone call telling me I have hashimoto disease.. I already have Graves disease... so really!!!!! These are thyroid diseases. We killed my thyroid 20 yrs ago with radioactive iodine, I have been on ... Read more

  • Become a leader

    2/4/2015 7:31:47 AM, by MRTHING2000

    I found out unexpectedly that I am now the Team Leader for Team Keto. Well yay for that! Wish SP had told me that my request was accepted. All the sudden I saw a Quick Community flag for "Team Leaders". Huh? Well, the previous leader stopped 'sparking back in 2013, so the Team Keto was pretty m... Read more

  • Wow! NO longer pre-diabetic

    2/3/2015 11:05:55 AM, by LIFE-FAITH

    I have been pre-diabetic since 2012... I am NO longer pre-diabetic. 244 252 I DID IT! (wish we had a emoticon for that!) If you are pre-diabetic there is hope for you - you can avoid diabetes... this is how I did it.... (if it sounds familiar - this is what I do to maintain my ki... Read more

  • The Clincher

    2/3/2015 6:18:16 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Jeez--another song title for the blog title. This one comes via Chevelle. Nutrition was very, very good again today. It was nice to have a 'real' day as one of the '4' days a week that will be the normal IF'ing days. It still bites to be hungry past 8pm, but that's the self-imposed no-fly zo... Read more