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  • "March"ing to Health

    3/1/2015 11:18:36 AM, by SOPHROSYN3

    For too long, I have been focused on weight alone. While weight is important, so are healthy choices, balance, emotional health, self love. I haven't had any of that going on lately. I have been focused solely on the number on the scale. I have lost 30+ pounds since October, but I know in my hea... Read more

  • March Madness!

    3/1/2015 9:45:52 AM, by MISHAMW

    If February was my "Move it" month, then March will be Move It and Strength Training it up! Basically I am planning on doing what I did in February, which was mostly getting up and moving in the form of a C25k plan, and adding ST or strength training into the mix. I have printed out a Muscle M... 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

  • Achieved 1st Goal----54 Days til Disney

    2/28/2015 11:48:12 AM, by CARMNRICO

    I'm patting myself on the back! I officially weigh 255 pounds which is the lightest I have been in 10 years! 10 years! Yes, it bears repeating.....10 years!! I had set a goal of a 20 pound weight loss by our trip in April and I did it in two months. I am so proud. Now, back to the weight lo... 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

  • (5) 100 days - Adjusting

    2/27/2015 9:24:52 AM, by SARIANEC

    I crocheted last night. Which is one of the items on my list to do, but I did it for 3 hrs, meaning nothing else got checked off. Crocheting is like reading - I also can do just one more chapter or one more row! Moderation! Today's list includes finally taking before pix. And getting m... 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

  • 100 Starting

    2/26/2015 3:51:04 PM, by SARIANEC

    Its obvious to me that I'm not going to get 100 blogs in my 100 days, but that is a good thing. The PC time is really something I need to limit, so committing to 100 blogs when be counter productive for me. My 100 Days officially started Monday. I need to have things organized, and it took me... 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

  • Gluten Free May Be For Me!!!

    2/25/2015 7:49:45 PM, by MISHAMW

    And I rhymed! I love when that happens, especially in a Blog Title! I am not really focusing on being in Keto and by all means, I wasn't low carb at all yesterday or today. But I was gluten free. And I already see a difference on the scale. When I get in keto which is essentially gluten fre... 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

  • Barely Enough Energy----59 Days til Disney

    2/24/2015 11:01:18 PM, by CARMNRICO

    With 59 days til D-day, bpun intended, I have to push myself. I had no intention of doing any workout but I managed a measly 40 minutes. Glad it's done. Hope tomorrow will be easier. God bless and good luck on your journey. ... Read more

  • Cold Weather Running...

    2/24/2015 10:55:58 PM, by MISHAMW

    So I did my C25k run today...in 31 degree weather. Brrrrr! Luckily my double pants and Under Armour Cold Gear shirt helped a lot. And the run went really well. I was able to complete a three minute run, which was about 1/4 a mile. It took about 4 months to get to that point last time. And ... Read more

  • OMG! 60 Days til Disney!!!

    2/23/2015 12:13:39 PM, by CARMNRICO

    Can you tell that I'm super excited about Disney? Honestly I just can't wait for warmer temps and some sun. This has been a horrible winter here in Chicagoland. Anywho, I only have 60 days left til we leave and I really need to get down to business. I'm very proud of the work I've been doing but ... 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

  • Status ---61 Days til Disney

    2/22/2015 11:26:39 PM, by CARMNRICO

    I'm still here. Going strong would be an overstatement, but I'm still trying. This week was difficult, I really struggled with motivation and didn't get every workout in but on a positive my calories were good. Starting tomorrow I have access to a gym with treadmill and elliptical. Excited about ... Read more

  • Running and Running and Getting...

    2/22/2015 1:55:03 PM, by MISHAMW

    ...Somewhere! Which is always better than NOWHERE! Right? Today's run was a good one for the most part. It was the first day of week 3 of my C25k Running App. This is the run I am dreading. You go from running 1:30 (1min 30sec) to a full 3 minute run. Well I didn't complete the full 3 mi... Read more

  • Things I have learned about myself

    2/21/2015 9:13:53 AM, by DIANNA26525

    Over the last year I have tried every diet you can imagine. Below I will share my experience on each. I kept my weight down successfully for 8 years on low fat/low calorie with exercise daily. I got in my 40s had my gallbladder removed, changed my location and job and put on 50 pounds. Granted ... 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

  • I can do it for 100 days

    2/19/2015 3:55:08 PM, by SARIANEC

    I have this rather intense 100 day plan. Its what I need. Being middle of the road isn't getting me anywhere. I know we are not supposed to go at and deprive.... but I need a plan and discipline. I need it to be written down, 'this is what you are going to do today' - even if its me doing ... 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

  • I Can't Believe It----65 Days til Possible Disney

    2/18/2015 8:38:19 PM, by CARMNRICO

    So I've been down....mentioned it a bunch. Today was especially difficult. All I wanted to do was eat, eat, and eat some more; the greasier and junkier the better. I was ready to throw in the towel and I texted my friend to tell her. After talking to her I realized that I'm 45 days into this. 4... 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

  • ???? Days til Disney

    2/17/2015 8:02:02 PM, by CARMNRICO

    Disney? Are we going? At this rate, a big fat NO. We need a car ASAP so that comes first and I just don't see how we're going to swing it. I ate well....Haven't worked out yet but I plan to tonight. Keeping my fingers crossed. God bless and good luck on your journey.... 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

  • Better Today----67 Days til Disney

    2/16/2015 7:49:42 PM, by CARMNRICO

    So I'm feeling better today....got some of my mojo back. I ate well and managed to workout for 45 min. I plan to walk when I get home and maybe do an ab routine. I really have to start increasing my cardio and decreasing my calories. I definitely don't want to stall my weight loss. On a per... Read more

  • Misha Is NOT Happy!

    2/16/2015 8:49:23 AM, by MISHAMW

    It's going be a quick one guys because I have to leave for work in 12 minutes! Eeek! So yesterday I went to do my run. I had to use my new app. I had a few issues with it. At first I didn't hear the first prompt to run because I was playing my music through my iPhone and not through the app... 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

  • Motivation Needed----68 Days til Disney

    2/15/2015 11:05:58 PM, by CARMNRICO

    I can't succinctly put into words how blah I've been this week. I have maintained my diet, but I missed 2 workouts. Plus, I've just been overall lacking of all motivation. I'm missing all my favorite foods, favorite restaurants, bread, pasta, rice, oh man let's not forget my ice cream and candy!!!... 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

  • The Frustration is Mounting....

    2/14/2015 1:39:52 PM, by MISHAMW

    I am so frustrated. And really mad. And just plain sick and tired of doing everything right and not seeing changes. Sure I have had a slip up here and there. But nothing big enough to derail me. And of course I have been working out. Getting plenty of sleep. Eating right (for me). And no... 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

  • Broke----71 Days til Disney

    2/12/2015 10:15:42 PM, by CARMNRICO

    I'm doing well; still eating right and managing to get in an hour of cardio per day. Woo goo! On personal note, we're broke. Hubby went to the dentist to have a tooth a pulled and there's much more that needs to be done. Insurance won't cover it. We're going to have use some of our Disney fund. I'm... Read more

  • Lifes sun set

    2/12/2015 4:13:53 PM, by EXOTEC

    Exotec aka Vicki Born Jan 30 1958 entered the next life Feb 10 2015 I will leave the page up for a while so those who do not check here very often will know she had a great life and said to tell everyone that it had been fun. Joe ... 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

  • Rest and Winning!

    2/11/2015 9:15:43 PM, by MISHAMW

    So Tuesday I opted for a "rest day." Now this won't always be a rest day, but I need some extra ones here and there in the beginning so I don't burn myself out or hurt myself. Tuesday was basically just Skyrim day. A much needed Skyrim day. I had a bit of headache all day long though. ... 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

  • Blah----73 Days til Disney

    2/10/2015 11:00:55 PM, by CARMNRICO

    So not feeling great. Eating right and managed to work out, but man my heart wasn't in it today. I keep looking in the mirror expecting to see changes and I'm not seeing anything. It sucks. I wish losing weight was as much fun as gaining. God bless and good luck on your journey. ... 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

  • Monday Funday!

    2/9/2015 6:19:10 PM, by MISHAMW

    Oops, I think I have used that title more than once. My bad! Today was a half day at work. Typically I am scheduled from 8am to 1pm, but it's until we get done. Which was about noon today. I woke up at 6:00am, bright eyed and bushy tailed. Why I don't know. So I decided that the worko... 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

  • Feeding Frenzy

    2/8/2015 7:23:57 PM, by SOPHROSYN3

    I have been on a binge for the last several days. Stress, Drama, Burnout......lots of reasons I guess, but the bottom line is they're all excuses. I know better. Going back to low carb tomorrow. For weeks now, I have basked in the glory of positive attention. Literally everyone I know has noti... Read more

  • Misha Did WHAT?

    2/8/2015 2:07:12 PM, by MISHAMW

    So I did something a little crazy, a lot surprising, and a whole bunch of AWESOME! I got up early, before having to leave for work which starts at 9:00am and RAN! I did the second installment of my C25k program. I took the app from my iPod Touch and put it on my iPhone and am having some ... Read more

  • I went off track...again

    2/8/2015 11:54:56 AM, by JOGBIKEWALK

    Hi, this week my blog is my confessional. I will get all my bad behavior out and then move on. So...the past couple of weeks I... 1) Ate what ever I felt like..crackers, chocolate, non - low carb bars and more 2) did not exercise, not even once 3) did not track Phew, there..its all out. N... 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

  • Keto Miracle?

    2/6/2015 9:33:06 PM, by MISHAMW

    I have been doing well for the most part. Cedar count is down, so I am feeling better. Staying strong in keto as well. Until today. Evidently it was Employee Appreciation Day at work. Which normally is awesome, but they brought in pizza. Pizza, aka Misha's Kryptonite, was offe... Read more

  • Still doing Well----77 Days til Disney

    2/6/2015 8:02:06 PM, by CARMNRICO

    Not much to report other than I'm doing well. I'm still maintaining the Keto Diet and exercise program that I gave myself. I'm working at a minimum of an hour per day of cardio. I'm trying to stay under 1800 calories but it is really hard for me. Trying though. God bless and good luck on your ... 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

  • Still Working It----79 Days til Disney

    2/4/2015 10:41:19 PM, by CARMNRICO

    Another day in the record books. Food and exercise on point. Still sore as can be. Managed to do Turbojam Cardio and abs! God bless and good luck on your journey. ... Read more

  • Just Say No to Thin Mints....

    2/4/2015 9:42:34 AM, by LITHGIRL

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  • 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

  • Shoveled my @$$ Off----80 Days til Disney

    2/3/2015 11:33:42 PM, by CARMNRICO

    So we got some major snow here in Chicago and I took it upon myself to shovel the property. I did it twice.....at least 6 inches deep both times and some drifts were over a foot high. Then I shoveled my parents house. Tired! Today I woke up in my blah mood but managed to eek out a 55 minute worko... Read more

  • February is My MOVE IT month!

    2/3/2015 8:44:26 PM, by MISHAMW

    What I don't understand, is how I can have a physical job where I reach my 10,000 steps before noon, and I still am so out of shape. On the upside I actually worked out. I did a full hour of Zumba, even though I felt winded and tired after a few songs! I can sorta of breath as the cedar has b... Read more

  • Intermittent Fasting Works

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  • Joined the Walkabout Challenge Anybody want to join me?

    2/3/2015 9:55:33 AM, by ALNEAGLE

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  • 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

  • Getting Back into the Groove and FitBit LOVE!

    2/2/2015 8:25:32 PM, by MISHAMW

    So I am starting February off with a bang. For the most part. I am already back into keto or ketosis for those unfamiliar with the lingo. I am already losing weight, and should lose a bit pretty fast. When you get in keto the water weight and bloat falls off. Pair that with the fact I am co... Read more

  • Brush Away

    2/2/2015 6:22:21 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Another song title as the blog title (LOL). This time Alice In Chains, not Soundgarden. "... I could use some time to get away... " Nutrition was the first '3' day of the IF'ing 4:3 plan. I'd say I did very, very well considering its a low-cal plan every other day. I watched the calorie... Read more

  • Regrets..

    2/1/2015 7:12:08 PM, by ASHENDREAMER

    This is going to be quick and dirty. I gave in to one of my inner voices (not the skinny girl screaming at me to put the fork down but the fat one, the one that likes a good sugar rush) and had cake at my sons party yesterday. I regretted it almost instantly and regret it even more today.. bloating,... Read more

  • Staying the Course PAID OFF----82 Days til Disney

    2/1/2015 3:06:16 PM, by CARMNRICO

    I am not gonna lie. I have been struggling this week to stay on track with my diet and exercise regime. I've been daydreaming of all my favorite junk foods, lovingly eyeing them in stores, and was soooo close to caving you just can't imagine. BUT, I stayed the course and in 30 days I'm down 15 po... Read more

  • Black Hole Sun

    2/1/2015 5:33:51 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Why not have another song lyric as the title for today? It seemed a bit metaphoric, with the darkness being washed away by the rain. It was one of my favorite songs as a teenager. And I 'owned' it on Rock Band 3 for the PS3. At one point I was ranked in the top 20 for vocals AND bass. Top 20!! ... Read more

  • Alive in the Superunknown

    1/31/2015 7:25:41 AM, by MRTHING2000

    I thought to use a Soundgarden lyric just for the heck of it. I couldn't think of a title today. Nutrition was horrible. I had very little motivation today and the sleep was disrupted and terrible. Imagine being in the deepest sleep ever and having a newborn wake you up screaming. That's th... Read more

  • Blah----84 Days til Disney

    1/30/2015 11:52:22 PM, by CARMNRICO

    I'm feeling blah today. Mostly I just want to eat yummy food again. I hate when I get in this type of mood. God bless and good luck on your journey. ... Read more