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  • Steroid Shots and Caviar Dreams...

    1/25/2015 10:21:27 PM, by MISHAMW

    Again, I feel just aweful about not blogging more. I miss you guys so much, but life have been busy. And we begin by rewinding just over a week ago. You see, I live in Central Texas. And the weather this time of year is always beautiful or rainy. And I HATE the pretty days. You see, the pr... Read more

  • Bleh

    1/25/2015 6:05:58 AM, by MRTHING2000

    My intention was to make today a sort-of catch up day nutritionally. But it didn't go as planned. Before I knew it, it was a repeat of yesterday's gorge episode. But after doing healthy shopping and whatnot, I'm back on-plan for the week ahead. I just need to do better planning and not succumb t... Read more

  • Not Too Shabby----90 Days til Disney

    1/24/2015 7:48:40 PM, by CARMNRICO

    Today is Saturday and we had a party to go to. I made brownies, pineapple upside down cake, and meatballs in grape/chili sauce. Can you say Yum? I ate meatballs with no sauce and water. Yes, you read that right. I didn't have any of that delicious food. And, I woke up this morning and walked/ran ... Read more

  • Cloudy Saturday

    1/24/2015 12:09:33 PM, by VEG954

    I looked outside and it looked like we might have a snow day. If it weren't so hot here in South Florida. Guess there are days when none of us like the weather. Plan on spending the afternoon reading and computer time. Not much going on here.... Read more

  • A mostly good Friday

    1/24/2015 5:59:30 AM, by MRTHING2000

    It was a late night for me cleaning ahead of the mom-in-law coming over in the morning. I didn't want to have the house a total disaster. At least we can appear that we are clean and have things together. Its tough with a cannonball 2 year old! The night turned into early morning and I fell ... Read more

  • Busy Friday

    1/23/2015 9:25:43 PM, by VEG954

    The day began at 5 am. Tried to go back to sleep and my body was ready to get started. I was on the go all day and took a power nap at 4 pm. Received the lab results and all is well. Am back on track with LCHF and it feels really good. ... Read more

  • Another Good Day----91 Days til Disney

    1/23/2015 8:45:00 PM, by CARMNRICO

    Not much to report today. I've been extremely busy and totally on point. Exercised for almost an hour and ate very well. Tonight for dinner I tried Alfredo Spaghetti (using Spaghetti Squash). I'm still on the fence about that. It looked just like those noodle side dishes that I love sooooo much (y... Read more

  • Hoping for a good Friday

    1/23/2015 7:59:52 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Today did not go well. The wife's pain went off the chart and her spirits crashed with it. She has a PT appointment tomorrow and I'm hoping they can work wonders. She's on the verge of not being able to walk with so much pain--even medicated with hydrocodone. She says her pain medicated is an 8,... Read more

  • Great Thursday

    1/22/2015 10:53:18 PM, by VEG954

    Saw my foot for the first time since the surgery. Looked pretty rough. The surgeon said it was a very tough surgery. Am healing well and will go back in a week to get the stitches out. The external pins will come out the following week. It will be another 4 to 6 weeks before driving will b... Read more

  • Apparently I Can't Add----92 Days til Disney

    1/22/2015 10:31:35 AM, by CARMNRICO

    Okay, I finally got this right. I have 92 days until Disney....I'm using a countdown app on my phone so I know I have this right and I won't make anymore mistakes. Yikes!! Only 92 Days!?!?!? Oh My Gosh! I have been doing really well and I'm dying, absolutely DYING to jump on the scale and t... Read more

  • The terrible 2's are upon us

    1/22/2015 6:34:35 AM, by MRTHING2000

    The day started with promise. The sun was out and we were having the planned lunch with my parents. The wife is still in excruciating pain (more on that later) so she stayed home with the newborn. Well, me and the kiddo went to lunch and she quickly began to act up. Within 20 minutes it was ... Read more

  • Busy day----96 days til Disney

    1/21/2015 11:36:10 PM, by CARMNRICO

    I almost missed posting again. I've had a super busy day (won't bore you with details) and now I'm just ready to sleep. *I did something for myself today...joined a women's group at church and it was awesome! I totally needed me time and can't wait till week! *Bikini Body Mommy challenge is real... Read more


    1/21/2015 5:49:00 PM, by VEG954

    Thought I would try to do a little more today. Went for a short walk with the walker and stretched for a little while. Sounds good? The result is that my foot is throbbing and painful. Guess I will have to go back to being a couch potato! I see the su... Read more

  • Hunger

    1/21/2015 2:54:01 PM, by ASHENDREAMER

    I am trying really hard to figure out hunger and to tune into what my body is telling me. It sounds silly, I know.. I have spent 11+ years eating for other reasons though. I am working hard on it today. I woke up and was hu... Read more

  • Better answers

    1/21/2015 7:04:07 AM, by MRTHING2000

    It was tough to sleep last night. A twinge of anxiety hang over the doc appointment today. We rolled in battle-ready but the appointments were already 45 minutes behind. Trying to keep a newborn happy and a restless 2 year old from climbing the walls was difficult. The appointment went well.... Read more

  • Tuesday Already!

    1/20/2015 5:20:46 PM, by VEG954

    Time flies when I am sitting on the couch with my foot elevated. Will see the surgeon Thursday and possibly have the external pins removed along with the stitches. Thought I would be bored having to stay off my feet for so long. I was right. Have been doing lots or reading on my Kindle. ... Read more

  • I'm Hanging in There----96 Days til Disney

    1/20/2015 2:25:53 PM, by CARMNRICO

    I can't believe I missed my blog entry yesterday. I was just in a really bad funk all day and it totally slipped my mind. On the bright side, I was so pissy that I took that energy and worked my butt off....Bikini Body Mommy Day 15, TurboJam, and 30 minutes walking. Maybe I should get pissy more ... Read more

  • I'm Hanging in There----96 Days til Disney

    1/20/2015 2:25:50 PM, by CARMNRICO

    I can't believe I missed my blog entry yesterday. I was just in a really bad funk all day and it totally slipped my mind. On the bright side, I was so pissy that I took that energy and worked my butt off....Bikini Body Mommy Day 15, TurboJam, and 30 minutes walking. Maybe I should get pissy more ... Read more

  • Health insurance sucks, but you need it

    1/20/2015 7:55:26 AM, by MRTHING2000

    This entry is not meant to be controversial. Seriously. I'm not an insurance salesman. I hate insurance companies. I hate the idea of insurance. But I hate the idea of people going bankrupt and I've personally seen it. I met a lady today that did not have health insurance, and just about n... Read more

  • Rain, rain, go away

    1/19/2015 6:54:17 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Nature is a cruel mistress. At one point the sky opened up and looked promising. I thought 'today is a day for a bike ride'. Then before I knew it, the sky turned dark and it began to pour--all day. But it did give me the 'free time' to do a ton of cooking, including French Onion Soup, stuffed m... Read more

  • When the $hit Hits the Fan----98 Days til Disney

    1/18/2015 7:23:04 PM, by CARMNRICO

    So, this blog is supposed to be about my life and I'm going to be honest. Cuz that's the only way to really heal, right? I'm married to an alcoholic and we've been down some really tough roads. He went to rehab over a year ago and things have been living in Wonderland. Well, today re... Read more

  • Oops a couple of weeks later...

    1/18/2015 6:42:26 PM, by JOGBIKEWALK

    I guess I lost track of time. Actually I had some mess up days and have stopped weighing myself. I just don't want to know right now. I am back on track and will maybe -perhaps - possibly weigh myself tomorrow. I am still LC as that makes me feel great ( I just am not losing on it) but have start... Read more

  • Day 5*

    1/18/2015 8:10:41 AM, by MRTHING2000

    I measured the ketones for the first time in a great while--and it was firmly in the moderate territory. That's very good. Going much above it doesn't indicate great things are ahead. Going to the very low end is more indicative of 'you could be doing a bit better'. But I'll call today a win for... Read more

  • Sleepy Saturday

    1/17/2015 9:47:26 PM, by VEG954

    Last night was a rough one. Had abdominal cramps and couldn't sleep. Made up for it today. Slept off and on all day. Didn't do much else today. Bedtime will come early tonite. Looking forward to a better day tomorrow.... Read more

  • Was Down, Now Up----99 Days til Disney

    1/17/2015 8:59:43 PM, by CARMNRICO

    I woke up feeling lousy; kinda in a funk. It must be the hormones...thank God this visit is almost over. I think I was also beating myself up a bit for not exercising yesterday like I wanted. Whatever it was, it followed me around all day. I made good choices all day and then walked (in my room) fo... Read more

  • Day 4 down

    1/17/2015 8:06:53 AM, by MRTHING2000

    I wish I could rid myself of artificial sweeteners and go about the day. But I'm not there yet. But I do wonder if some/any of potential progress is being hindered by them. Its a hard take. Maybe they do something in some people, maybe they don't. The only sample size that matters is you. n=1 ... Read more

  • Felt Like a Bad Day----100 days til Disney

    1/16/2015 11:13:45 PM, by CARMNRICO

    I almost missed posting today. I've felt out of it all day. My knee prevented me from really working out today and I think that just bummed me out. Since the fall down the stairs, it's been tight but today I just couldn't do anything. I've been trying recipes, flourless chocolate cookies and pean... Read more

  • Day 3 of fat fast down

    1/16/2015 6:52:30 AM, by MRTHING2000

    It was another late night and crappy sleep was had. This was probably due to some anxiety about the kiddo's appointment. But hey--the house got really, really clean! I pulled down maybe 3 hours before it was time to get up and get going. I took an anti-anxiety med just before leaving and it mell... Read more

  • Better Thursday

    1/15/2015 10:34:00 PM, by VEG954

    Pain was under control today. Medication seemed to help better than yesterday. Managed to move around somewhat easier. Even went to a meeting tonite. Ready to relax before bedtime. Have been reading a new book on my Kindle. Time to go to bed. Looking forward to a good nite. Goodni... Read more

  • Food Scales and Calories Eaten----100 Days til Disney

    1/15/2015 1:19:45 PM, by CARMNRICO

    Last night I was in indulging in meatloaf. Hey, it's no carbs right? That may be true but after entering the recipe into the calculator, I found that the calories were pretty extravagant (as was the protein). Sounds weird to be worried about protein, right, but I was reading more into Ketogenics a... Read more

  • Bite the hand that feeds

    1/15/2015 7:08:48 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Day 2 of the fat fast is down. I slept horribly last night--perhaps it was the body furnace ramping up and some random anxiety, but I felt hot most of the night. I managed to pull down about 2-3 hours of interrupted sleep. Yick. It may have been because I've been taking Ambien the past few days.... Read more

  • Painful Wednesday

    1/14/2015 9:22:50 PM, by VEG954

    Had surgery yesterday. In more pain than was expected. Running a fever and hard to get about. One day at a time. Going to bed early.... Read more

  • Fall, What Fall?----101 Days til Disney

    1/14/2015 9:15:59 PM, by CARMNRICO

    After yesterdays fall I thought I wouldn't be able to roll outta bed. But, that was not the case. I felt relatively no more pain then usual (from all my working out). So, back to the grind. I was able to do Day 10 of Bikini Body Mommy, a Walk Away the Pounds 1 mile Express, and a 20 minute cardio... Read more

  • Aha--a good nutrition day finally

    1/14/2015 6:10:15 AM, by MRTHING2000

    I said Tuesday would be the hard start date for the re-boot, and it was. I opted to start a sort of fat fast since these have really helped clear things up before and kickstart ketosis much faster than easing into it. The first day or so isn't terrible but it gets hard around day 3. I'll probably... Read more

  • Tumble Down the Stairs----102 Days til Disney

    1/13/2015 9:36:07 PM, by CARMNRICO

    I almost didn't make this post but I promised myself to write everyday to document my journey. This will be short as I'm putting my girls to bed..just finished praying and I'm singing while I type from my phone. Fell down some icy stairs this afternoon and landed flat on my face in the snow. I... Read more

  • Back on track--tomorrow

    1/13/2015 5:45:32 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Today was the last day of nutritional debauchery. It was a fun run at times, but wholly self-destructive and didn't help things. It started when I got sick for the second time this winter and was buried up to my eyeballs in chores and screaming kiddos. But after a long spell and some loss of moti... Read more

  • Anxious Monday

    1/12/2015 5:54:03 PM, by VEG954

    Had a busy day today getting ready for foot surgery tomorrow. Grateful it is outpatient. Looking forward to walk without pain. Saw the Immunologist this morning. Last labs show low gamma globulin levels again. I have to go back on IV gamma globulin once a month. Not happy about that. ... Read more

  • Manic Monday----103 Days til Disney

    1/12/2015 5:52:40 PM, by CARMNRICO

    Another super busy Monday for me with lots of drop-offs and pick-ups of the hubby, nieces, and my Bella. Shoveled snow for my exercise today and man was that strenuous. Then I did day 7 of Bikini Body Mommy!! I'm on track with the Keto best as I can be. I've been having sweet craving... Read more

  • Sleepy Sunday

    1/12/2015 6:45:04 AM, by MRTHING2000

    It was tough to get going this morning. I was groggy from the start and finally got a few chores done. I went out into the world and did a bit more shopping. Just some this and that. Energy was low so some huge influx of caffeine was in order. It becomes a vicious cycle though. Can't sleep... Read more

  • Goodnight Sunday

    1/11/2015 9:22:29 PM, by VEG954

    This has been a long day. Walked lots. Meeting. Stretched some. Food shopped X 2. Got gas. Meeting. I am really, really ready for bed! Sparkers.... Read more

  • I Survived Saturday. ...104 Days til Disney

    1/11/2015 8:32:00 PM, by CARMNRICO

    Last night was my first Saturday on this journey and it was a struggle. Saturday in our house is pizza night and Decided to try Pinterest recipes. Made almond flour pizza crust that stuck to the pan: that was a no go. I ended up trying skillet pizza. Amazing!! I didn't miss the crust at all....prob... Read more

  • TheBeck Solution - Day 7

    1/11/2015 7:28:32 PM, by GRINGUITA

    I just read the section for Day 7 - Arrange your environment. This is not a problem for me -- there is no junk food in my house (except for pork rinds which are on my program) and very dark chocolate which I do not consider junk food and is also on my program. Also we have two fridges in our a... Read more

  • The Beck Solution - Days 5 and 6

    1/11/2015 6:57:03 PM, by GRINGUITA

    My husband is finally home from the hospital and doing much better -- they have diagnosed his problem and the good news is that it is fixable. Day 5 on the Beck Program is to eat slowly and mindfully -- I do have problems with that because I find it rather boring to just sit and eat and so if I... Read more

  • A little less brainfog

    1/11/2015 6:47:09 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Taking half of an Ambien lessened the brainfog, but it still persisted through much of the day. The kiddos were on a screamfest today so my nerves are fried. It seems that I can either have #1 screaming or #2 screaming, or both. It was rare today for them to both be content. We did a bit of ... Read more

  • Saturday----105 Days til Disney

    1/10/2015 4:37:26 PM, by CARMNRICO

    Today is Saturday and I woke up, rolled outta bed, and worked out. Yep, I sure did. I finished day 6 of Bikini Body Mommy and Turbo Jam video. Whoot! Ate a good breakfast and made some cabbage for lunch. Ooops! I love it but didn't realize how many carbs were in it. Horrible for staying under... Read more

  • Simple Saturday

    1/10/2015 1:29:48 PM, by VEG954

    Friday's blog included my first experience in making laundry soap. I found lots of recipes online and found that most were just about the same. I enjoyed making it and thinking about how much money that would be saved over the year. Guess that makes me weird.??? Working this afternoo... Read more

  • I'm back

    1/10/2015 10:18:11 AM, by HONEYBEEZ2014

    Ok I've been off my plan for way too long. I'm sure I've gained back 15 to 20 lbs. trying to start over today. So far for breakfast I ate 1/4 cup fresh blueberries and two eggs with cheese. That equals 6 net carbs. I have 14 more carbs for the rest of the day. I can do it... Read more

  • Brainfog

    1/10/2015 6:20:21 AM, by MRTHING2000

    I decided to take an Ambien last night. The psychiatrist gave me a prescription because my sleep is all screwed up (as you know), mainly due to life events. The new kiddo isn't making sleep easier. It said to either take the full pill or half of it. My sleep has been terrible for a while, so... Read more

  • Fun Friday

    1/9/2015 4:23:14 PM, by VEG954

    Have been researching for ideas to reduce monthly expenses. Everything has increased except my income! Came upon a recipe for laundry soap! I made the laundry soap powder yesterday. Actually it was kind of fun. There is nothing in it I can't pronounce. The cost? Less than $20.00 for ... Read more

  • Hard Morning.....106 Days til Disney

    1/9/2015 2:53:45 PM, by CARMNRICO

    With a snow storm yesterday and below freezing temps, this morning was HORRID! Took hubby to work, picked up my niece and nephew who got dropped off at middle school, went and picked up my other nieces who got dropped of at elementary school, took my daughter home to feed her breakfast and then off... Read more

  • Sunny day chasing the clouds away

    1/9/2015 7:15:45 AM, by MRTHING2000

    I thought I'd interject a Sesame Street sing-song line into the blog today. The temps are cool but the rain is lurking in the background for the next few days. Partly sunny will the norm and it won't be hot or cold for the next week. That's good--my electric bill needs some time to rest. ... Read more

  • Less Sore----107 Days til Disney

    1/8/2015 10:31:03 AM, by CARMNRICO

    So I went to bed sore as could be and I woke up feeling much better...sore but not that bad. Good sign! 107 days to go until Disney and I'm excited and nervous at the same time. Tried a Keto crepe recipe this morning. Not bad at all. Put some chorizo and cheese in it and rolled it. Delish. Ke... Read more

  • Chores and more chores

    1/8/2015 6:58:26 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Lunch with the parents was good. A bit shorter than usual, but good. The kiddo was wild though. I left kiddo #2 with the wifey and took kiddo #1 instead. We still haven't heard the results of the MRI (no news is good news?). We'll pick up the CD image today and read the report. I'm hoping ... Read more

  • A King and His Bride

    1/8/2015 12:10:44 AM, by BEABARUKING

    As I woke up this morning I saw a picture I would like to share with all who care to read it. This story impacted my heart in an astounding way. Itís an illustration of a Love story that is endless and powerful. There once was a mighty King in the land who desired to have a bride. He longed to p... Read more

  • Big Hump Day!

    1/7/2015 11:09:51 PM, by VEG954

    Have been on the go since early this morning. Now it is almost bedtime. Got in a great workout this morning followed by 30 minutes of stretching. Great way to begin the day. Think I'm getting addicted to beginning my days with working out. Picked up an exercise mat and an exer... Read more

  • Fun Weekend...NOT!

    1/7/2015 1:59:48 PM, by MISHAMW

    Okay, so first off, I would like to apologize about the insanely long blog ahead. I know I hate to read on and on, but I write this mostly for myself anyways. But I did include pictures! WEEEE! I started off really well being and staying in keto. I have also figured out, how much wine is to... Read more

  • Cauliflower Virgin No More----108 days til Disney

    1/7/2015 10:04:57 AM, by CARMNRICO

    *I tried my first cauliflower recipe yesterday; cheesy garlic breadsticks? Didn't come out exactly like the recipe. Tasted okay at first but as it cooled it began to have that cauliflower smell and I didn't care too much for it at that point. So, lesson it steaming hot before smell... Read more

  • USB, PS3, and a mostly relaxing day

    1/7/2015 7:32:03 AM, by MRTHING2000

    The plan today was to take a trip down the Columbia Gorge. The past few days I've been annoyed watching the prices of the Playstation 3 go up and down. At one point it was $180 for a base model, then $200 for a base model plus a free game that I actually wanted anyway. Then suddenly it was $200 f... Read more

  • The Beck Solution - Day 4a

    1/6/2015 11:47:54 PM, by GRINGUITA

    I haven't read the section for Day 5 yet so I am still working on Day 4. Today was a fairly stressful day as my husband had an emergency appointment with a nephrologist and is now in the hospital for tests. The tests they have done so far seem to indicate that he has a solvable problem so that is ... Read more

  • Migraine Headache Follow-Up Appointment

    1/6/2015 1:43:39 PM, by ALNEAGLE

    I had my migraine headache follow-up appointment today. This is actually the 2nd follow-up appointment I have had. I had a 1-month follow-up and then today was an 8-week follow up from the 1-month appointment. I am feeling SO much better and more and more like my old self. The first month I was ... Read more

  • Living the Vida Keto----109 Days til Disney

    1/6/2015 10:49:29 AM, by CARMNRICO

    *OMG!!! I weighed myself yesterday and came in at 275. It's 5-6 pounds less than this time last year so I am happy. I'm going to use this as my starting weight. *I also started Bikini Body Mommy's 90 day challenge with my neighbor. SUPER HARD! I mean, I can do TaeBo, TurboJam, and aerobic... Read more

  • Wait a minute, I felt better yesterday

    1/6/2015 8:19:00 AM, by MRTHING2000

    I was feeling pretty much better yesterday, then today I feel like it took a heck of a setback. Uggh. Somehow I 'tweaked a nerve in my lower back just getting out of a chair. The pain zinged every time I took a step. I woke up today and it felt like it was gone for awhile, and now the zinging is... Read more

  • Monday Madness!

    1/5/2015 10:27:23 PM, by VEG954

    Have been wondering if it would ever be bedtime today. Had doctor's appointment this morning. Then stopped at Aldi's and bought a weighted ball to add to workout equipment. Picked up my friend who was in a bad car accident and can't drive. She saw her cardiologist. He was not pl... Read more

  • The Beck Solution - Day 4

    1/5/2015 10:22:31 PM, by GRINGUITA

    Today's assignment is to give myself credit for what i do not berate myself for my mistakes. So instead of getting upset because I didn't do the sitting down thing perfectly I am giving myself credit for noticing that there was some celery in my mouth as I was carrying my food to where I was going t... Read more

  • Thought from Ruthie

    1/5/2015 8:25:57 PM, by KTALLAMIGO

    I found this thought from another Sparker named Ruthie - I'm putting it here so I can read it over and over again.. Think about and visualize what your life will be like in two different scenarios: 1. You stick with your weight loss efforts and 2. You donít. Ask yourself: What will ... Read more

  • Keto Going Well----110 Days til Disney

    1/5/2015 11:25:57 AM, by CARMNRICO

    I finally get to go shopping today. I'm excited to get a fridge full of things that I can eat. When I get home (got locked outta the house today) I plan to toss most cookies and crap out of the house. I will save a bit for the kids but not much. I was talking with hubby yesterday and we're on the... Read more

  • I can wear a belt (that my hubby made me) AND not look fat!!

    1/5/2015 10:00:54 AM, by ALNEAGLE

    One of the fun things about losing the weight is that I have discovered the fun in wearing belts again. I don't wear them all the time, but I do wear them again. I had absolutely stopped wearing them once I gained weight because they were NOT flattering at all on me. Anyway, I have started wearin... Read more

  • About 75% today, and statistics lie (sort of)

    1/5/2015 7:19:31 AM, by MRTHING2000

    The cold/crud is on its way out. I'm feeling 75%. But the newborn seemed to get a touch of it, minus a fever--thank goodness. Last thing we need is a trip to the ER for meningitis testing! He's doing better since we setup the humidifer in the room. Too bad its pretty loud. We didn't sleep ... Read more

  • The Beck Solution - Day 3a

    1/4/2015 11:46:34 PM, by GRINGUITA

    I didn't do the next assignment today -- I didn't even look at it. This is a program that you go through at whatever speed you want to and today I wanted to think more about the lesson from yesterday and let some of my Sapphire Sisters catch up. I did better today -- this morning when I went to pu... Read more

  • Relaxing Sunday

    1/4/2015 10:00:25 PM, by VEG954

    Began the day with a meeting. Donated lots of clothes at a homeless shelter. BJ's was next on the list. Out to lunch with a friend. Did some research on the internet. Read my book and ordered more on my Kindle. Celebrated a friend's birthday with her. Getting cozy now and relaxing bef... Read more

  • Blah

    1/4/2015 5:36:57 AM, by MRTHING2000

    The cold/crud continues, and so does the off-plan days. I find that restricting too many calories or carbs when I'm sick just prolongs the suffering. Eating more fats these days contributes to more phlegm and makes things more difficult. Of course, I don't necessarily eat healthy off-plan. N... Read more

  • The Beck Solution - Day 3

    1/3/2015 11:44:15 PM, by GRINGUITA

    The assignment for Day 3 is to only eat when sitting. At first glance I thought -- oh that's easy as long as they don't tell me I can't sit in front of my computer or the TV when I am eating. Well they haven't said that -- at least not yet. So I thought it would be easy but it wasn't as easy as I... Read more

  • Shifting Saturday

    1/3/2015 7:17:01 PM, by VEG954

    The Saturday that was planned didn't happen. Work was cancelled. Went for a walk after stretching. Worked on improving my balance 4 times today. Made a low carb meatloaf. Posted the recipe. Caught up with the laundry. Read for a while. Kitchen is cleaned. Now it is time for me. E... Read more

  • 112 Days til Disney!

    1/3/2015 12:03:29 PM, by CARMNRICO

    We're taking the girls to Disney in 112 days. Love Disney and can't wait to see their little faces light up when they see it for the first time. That being said, I really need to move my butt. I was going to wait to start on Monday as today is Saturday, but I really have no time to wait. I gotta... Read more

  • TGI(Not)F

    1/3/2015 6:51:05 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Last night was tough to sleep. The kiddo was scheduled to have a MRI around noon and perhaps she knew something was up. She didn't take her usual nap and I thought we'd have her in bed earlier than normal. Or just normal. Or at all. It took letting her cry it out for over an hour, then I rocked... Read more

  • Finally Friday

    1/2/2015 10:20:54 PM, by VEG954

    I got so mixed up with the holidays It was difficult to keep track of what day it was. Seems like it has been two weeks of weekends. Guess it is ok since I am a year older. Kept my goals for 2015 simple for a change. So tired of slacking off on my 'perfection' lists in the past. Keepi... Read more

  • The Beck Solution - Day 2

    1/2/2015 7:33:47 PM, by GRINGUITA

    Today my task was to choose a diet and a backup diet. I have chosen to continue following a low carb high fat eating plan with intermittent fasting. I really don't know what to say about a backup plan since this is the way I have to eat to get rid of my diabetes -- there is no other choice for me.... Read more

  • Happy New Year Guys!

    1/2/2015 2:04:32 PM, by MISHAMW

    Hey Guys! I know I have been somewhat MIA and for that I am sorry. I have been very busy and overwhelmed with life. Things should be looking up, for next week I start me new schedule! I am very very excited with this because it means I work from Thursday to Monday. Since we are closed o... Read more

  • Keto? Is this the One?

    1/2/2015 9:06:48 AM, by CARMNRICO

    So, after trying almost every diet known to man I have found one that I believe might actually work for me..It's called Keto or Ketogenics and it's low carb. But, the big difference with Keto is that I can have fats. Basically you can eat protein and veggies but you can cover them in butter and che... Read more

  • Its January 2nd

    1/2/2015 6:29:48 AM, by MRTHING2000

    I'll keep it short, as bedtime is already past and I've been up cleaning like a madman. Perhaps that's how I deal with stress, or it could also be in part not wanting the in-laws to see an unkempt house. The kiddo has her MRI today. It involves anesthesia and all that. It will be a brutal 2 ... Read more

  • The Beck Solution - Day 1

    1/1/2015 3:37:09 PM, by GRINGUITA

    After completing the photo blog challenge for December I have decided to continue blogging through my journey working on the Beck Diet Solution book with some of my Sapphire Sisters. On Day 1 we are to list the advantages of dieting or as I prefer to put it to staying on Program (whatever that ... Read more

  • Spark the Season - Day 31 - Celebration

    1/1/2015 3:21:11 PM, by GRINGUITA

    I stayed up last night to watch the celebration of the New Year in Seattle on TV. They always have a great fireworks display with music on the Space Needle. I am looking forward to 2015 as a year of changes in my life -- some good and maybe some that are not so good. I try to live by the ph... Read more

  • Spark the Season - Day 30 - Resolution

    1/1/2015 2:27:13 PM, by GRINGUITA

    I am late posting this because I needed time to think about it. I never make resolutions that include numbers and/or a time frame because my body has a mind of its own and will take whatever time it takes to get well. It is my job to do the work not predict how fast my body will respond. So my re... Read more

  • Treat the cause, not only the symptoms

    1/1/2015 7:29:25 AM, by MRTHING2000

    I'm not the type of person who sets resolutions for the New Year anymore. After a few weeks its back to old habits and I forget what I even resolved to do. After a few days/weeks of 'perfection' one bad day sets me back and then its 'oh heck with this'. Not good thinking, and I'm doing better to ... Read more

  • 365th day of 2014

    12/31/2014 5:54:33 PM, by VEG954

    Worked this morning and made a little money. Enjoyed it too. Stayed out of the stores since I knew they would be crowded and really didn't need a thing. Had a tough nite and didn't get enough sleep. Took a nap this afternoon. Had no caffeine today so I should sleep really well tonite. Pl... Read more

  • Aha Costco, you can't tempt me anymore!

    12/31/2014 6:11:56 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Day 3 of being back on-plan was a roaring success. Hunger was minimal and I did pretty well today. I'd give myself a A- or better. That's a far cry from what it was a little over a week ago. I'd guess in 2-3 days I'll probably have measurable ketones and be back in ketosis for the long haul. ... Read more

  • Tuesday Temptations

    12/30/2014 10:50:05 PM, by VEG954

    Gave in to temptation today. I know better than to buy candy. That didn't stop me. My food addiction kicked in big time! Ate the entire bag of chocolates! Funny how they didn't taste as good as they used to. Guess I've been low carbing to make it a great habit. Not too shabby!... Read more

  • Still on-track. Yay!

    12/30/2014 7:16:47 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Today was maybe a 'B' or B+ day. I did well to stay on-plan and went to Panera to use up a giftcard. I had the steak and blue cheese salad. Per the nutrition info it wasn't super high in carbs, but I wasn't thrilled to get it with a cabernet reduction demi-glace on it. Tasted like a horrible bar... Read more

  • Spark the Season - Day 29 - Warmth

    12/30/2014 12:07:30 AM, by GRINGUITA

    I was going to post a picture of a fireplace which symbolizes warmth this time of year but I didn't get out to Butchart Gardens to take a picture of the lovely fireplace in the coffee shop there and I'm not sure where the picture I already have of a fireplace has located itself. So I went with the ... Read more

  • A Grateful Monday

    12/29/2014 10:12:00 PM, by VEG954

    Had a wonderful day. Volunteered most of the day taking someone to the doctor. She has severe diabetes, overweight, high blood pressure and major heart problems. No one should be on 36 prescription medications! Her doctor flipped out. He warned her if she didn't lose weight and get active ... Read more

  • Back on-track (finally)

    12/29/2014 7:26:11 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Long alas, I just sucked it up and started anew. There were going to be endless 'reasons' to wait yet another day, have 'one last' day of fun, etc. But my body was in full revolt and it was time to start over. Hopefully within a week I'll be back where I was and ready to enjoy the downhill slope.... Read more

  • Spark the Season - Day 28 - It's Cold Outside

    12/29/2014 12:26:08 AM, by GRINGUITA

    Well it isn't as cold here as it is over on the Olympic Peninsula where they have mountains with snow on top. But I can see this cold and snow from here so I'd say "It's Cold Way Over There Outside". ... Read more

  • Ah! Sunday

    12/28/2014 7:34:10 PM, by VEG954

    Spent the morning finishing my book, catching up on emails and the Sunday paper. Book group and pot luck lunch. I was really good! Spent time at an anniversary celebration. Made a Greek omlette for dinner. Yum! Have the rest of the evening to relax and enjoy.... Read more

  • Not going to be 'that guy'

    12/28/2014 6:57:59 AM, by MRTHING2000

    The nutrition did not resume today as I hoped it would. That's my fault. I was too much stuck in the fog and thought 'what a great idea it would be to go to a Mexican restaurant'. It was a great idea. Now I don't ever want to eat again. LOL The nutrition starts anew TOMORROW. My GI tract ... Read more

  • Spark the Season - Day 27 - Favourite Holiday Food

    12/28/2014 3:00:08 AM, by GRINGUITA

    Turkey is my favourite festive food and it doesn't have any carbs in it either so it's a perfect food for my plan. I didn't cook a turkey this year -- this photo was taken a few years ago when we lived in Ecuador.... Read more

  • One week later...Christmas goals check-in

    12/27/2014 7:52:39 PM, by JOGBIKEWALK

    Hi! So here is a review of my goals.. 1) I don't need to eat that cookie to feel jolly (ha ha) 2) I AM making time for exercise most every day 3) I WILL make dishes I can feel good about enjoying at all meals 4) I will focus on gratefulness and being aware of the many blessings to be foun... Read more

  • Busy Saturday

    12/27/2014 4:23:27 PM, by VEG954

    Lab work this morning. Returned a few things to the store. Went to 2 grocery stores. Walked, stretched, did a little gardening and cleaning. Working for a few hours tonite. Will be ready for a new day tomorrow!... Read more

  • Some sleep helped

    12/27/2014 5:30:03 AM, by MRTHING2000

    Kiddo #2 had his 2 week checkup. He's doing great--well above birthweight and gaining at least 1oz per day. They re-measured his length, he is/was 22. I suspected they didn't 'stretch' him out fully when they measured him at the hospital. So for weight, height (length in infants), and whatnot, h... Read more