SparkPeople Living Low Carb (Atkins and other Plans) Team Messageboard We will discuss low carb lifestyles (including Atkins,Protein Power, South Beach and other doctor-recommended low carb plans), trade low carb recipes and team up to do this together! SparkPeople Living Low Carb (Atkins and other Plans) Team Messageboard Thawed Out Thursday Going to be in the 30's today!! A little snow forecast for later. My goal is to get in a walk today. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:37:55 EST Windy Wednesday It is always windy here! Have a great Wednesday everyone! <BR> <BR> Xana Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:54:44 EST Tuesday! ICE! Again-- or still? Hmmmmm. Be safe! Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:57:06 EST Not new old and ready to make low carb meals Hello 71 now lost weight gained it back say 50 years of this <BR> I want a magic potion that takes 25 pounds off in a week <BR> Now 177 lost 16 with Jenny Craig love it but cost of food and 50 miles to center not what I want to do <BR> After googling options this is an option did before and know food will not be costly. <BR> My life complicated,suffer depression anxiety and just grumpy and never happy <BR> Need support Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:08:11 EST Monday Not feeling at all creative this morning. Had a very strange, very unsettling dream shortly before I got up. You know how when you have a bad dream it keeps coming back, even after you wake up? At least they do for me. But when I get up it finally breaks the hold the dream has on me. Except that hasn't really worked for me this time. My mind still goes back to the dream, or at least the sense of the dream. (Where's the emoticon for shivering?) <BR> <BR> Also shivering because the house hasn'... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:26:35 EST Hi Team Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just joined the team but I'm not new to low carb. In Dec 2015 I started a LCHF/ketogenic WOE and that combined with IF caused me to lose 35 pound. by July, putting me at my lowest weight since the 1980's. I've bounced around between 149 and 155 pounds but have maintained that loss. For 2017 my goal is to lose that last 10 - 15 pounds and through strength training build some lean muscle mass. <BR> <BR> I have been part of several Biggest Loser Challenges but I've... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:43:23 EST Sunday It's just Sunday. But I'm off tomorrow so we can act like it's Saturday. I got all the Christmas decorations put away yesterday. Today all the bathrooms need scrubbing. Maybe sledding or bowling with the kids today. <BR> Some groceries need to be picked up and some food prep too. It would help if my food didn't get eaten as soon as it's prepped! Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:37:31 EST Fit on Friday It's Friday! A big deal for a lot of you, not so big a deal for me. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:47:46 EST Tired Thursday Mom was sick at 2:30 this morning, and I haven't slept since. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:38:34 EST Thinking on Thursday At least I should be thinking! I hope I'm thinking! <BR> <BR> A hard freeze last night. I need to go out and check the water in the gutter. I spent several hours over the past couple of days chipping out ice and snow and slush so the water would drain. Unfortunately, the people downhill from me didn't do that, so it mostly just pooled up lower in front of my house. But at least I don't have a big ice pond at the foot of my driveway. I may be able to chip out some more ice, but I doubt it. <B... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:38:00 EST Wading on Wednesday Still well above freezing. Still a real mess as the snow and ice melt and the runoff has no place to run. I didn't realize that I live on a slight hill until I saw the water run down the street. There's a definite incline, and I live pretty much at the top of it. A very slight incline, but in this weather I'm glad I'm not at the bottom! <BR> <BR> Had a good day yesterday. Got out for the first time since last Tuesday. Did my ESL thing in the morning, then went to Winco. Took Ndenjehu and Bak... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:33:50 EST cream cheese I usually have 2 ozs. of cream cheese for my snack, and I love it. It's smooth, creamy, and I like the taste now. At first it was like feta, or altoids.. a little strong, and I thought.. how do people eat this plain. I love it now though. <BR> <BR> The last 8 oz. brick I got though, I froze, because I bought 2 of them. It is crumbly, and drier, and is a bit harder to enjoy, because instead of being the consistency of peanut butter, it is more like feta.. dry and crumbly. <BR> <BR> Is that... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:23:35 EST New to team, Newish to LCHF Hello--just joined the team. <BR> <BR> I am a WW refugee who joined Spark in Aug 2016 (when WW closed their community). A great WW friend told me about The Obesity Code by Jason Fung and mid September I started LCHF and IF (intermittent fasting). <BR> <BR> I was at goal when joining Spark, and struggling big time to stay there. I started LCHF and am now comfortably below goal. Perhaps too comfortable--the holidays--'nuff said. <BR> <BR> Anyway--I joined this team to: reign it in--get i... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:37:45 EST Topsy Turvey Tuesday Ice &amp; rain. Dangerous to be outside. I need to pickup my 88 yr old now. Be safe out there Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:04:09 EST Mostly Monday ...another week begins. And an obnoxious FULL week without any holidays. Boo. Mon, 9 Jan 2017 11:06:25 EST Bermuda Sunday It was 24 degrees at 8:15. ABOVE zero! Even the windchill was in the positive teens. Positively balmy. <BR> <BR> Spent over an hour shoveling snow, then took Russell for a short walk. He was so excited to get to go for a walk! It's the first walk we've had since at least Tuesday. <BR> <BR> We're supposed to have freezing rain today, turning to wet rain this evening. Yuck. A good day to stay inside again. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 12:39:58 EST Soggy Saturday Which I'm sure all you frozen people would appreciate, as it's a balmy 43 degree out there. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 11:38:31 EST Frozen Friday Another cold day, going to the gym. It was 10 degrees. I went and upped my walk to 28 mins. and a new high of .93 miles. Almost to a mile! It has taken a few weeks to get there, because I was so weak, after leaving the hospital. I turned down Cardiac rehab last night, because I think I can push myself hard enough,and doctor said it was my choice. I will probably use it after having the heart valve replaced, but think I got a handle on things for now.I didn't want to go to the hospital for wor... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 08:14:57 EST Thaw me out Thursday! 2 degrees at 9:45, windchill of -14. High of 8 with windchill of -3. Or something like that. And I have lots of shoveling to do. Drift on my front porch as high as the railing, which is about waist high. And a sort of diagonal drift going up my front steps from the sidewalk is just as high. And the sidewalk that I had shoveled yesterday is completely filled in again. About a foot of snow, with drifts, according to the weatherman, of 3' to 4'. Ugh. Will do several short sessions of shoveling, ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 12:06:31 EST rosedale shepard pie We ate this for dinner last night very tasty. <BR> <BR> 1 lb ground lamb or turkey <BR> 1 bunch swiss chard <BR> 2 onions diced <BR> 2 carrots <BR> 1 bag cauliflower riced <BR> 2 T olive oil <BR> rosemary <BR> sweat onions. Add meat and sliced carrots,.brown. stir in shredded chard. Cook on low 10 minutes. Meanwhile steam cauliflower and blenderize with butter . Add 2 T xanthum powder to meat mixture and 1 cup beef broth . stir till powder is disolved. Cover and heat tiull thick. Pa... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 06:56:51 EST Win It Wednesday Its time to Win it....what is your "it" and what will you do today to make it happen? Wed, 4 Jan 2017 11:53:59 EST New (again) today - January 4, 2017 I was on Atkins previously and was working full time and too busy. On top of that I was TOPS leader - my husband got dementia, and I was just too busy. I let things get out of hand. <BR> <BR> Woubbie, I remember you! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I'm now retired - still busy but som of that is winding down with my husband's dementia progressing. I really need to lose weight - more now than before. <BR> <BR> Can anyone recommend some beginning tips - I'm just starting again today and I'... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 11:49:33 EST Take it away Tuesday! For me, it's take away the pain! Fibro has been flaring for a few days now (dang weather) so I've been not sleeping well. Hope to get some better sleep. It's not about the AMOUNT of sleep, but the QUALITY. I took 2 aleve before bed, and I still tossed/turned due to sore-ness. <BR> <BR> I will try some stretching today. My favorite stretching (or workout) video is from the 90's! *8 minute stretch. It can be challenging depending on how stiff I am! They also have 8 min abs, buns, and leg... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 09:56:40 EST First Manic Monday 2017 OK. I started a new thread for today. Out of my comfort zone. <BR> <BR> New things for 2017! Onward and upward! Mon, 2 Jan 2017 12:47:30 EST My Weekly Menu Gonna really get on top of menu planning, no more eating out. The cost is too high... both in money and health. Went to TGI Friday's on friday.... almost $60 and Literally the only thing my daughter could eat (dairy allergic) was coleslaw, "add on ribs" (not babyback) and IF she asked for a hamburger instead of a cheese burger and in a lettuce wrap. THIS is why we don't eat out. I called them out on their FB page, they responded, but doubt anything will come of it. and about 80% of it was... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 13:49:57 EST FlyLady January Challenge: Day 19 It's a miracle! I started the year with a shiny sink! I think this is a First! <BR> <BR> Today is Sunday: Renew Your Spirit Day <BR> <BR> This week we are in Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> This month's Habit is: Shining Your Sink <BR> <BR> Morning Routine: <BR> Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth <BR> Make Bed <BR> Swish &amp; Swipe <BR> Empty Dishwasher <BR> Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day Keeps CHAOS... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:50:54 EST January Budget Challenge Want to get - or keep - your finances in order in 2017? Need some help or support or encouragement as you plug away at your plans or goals or resolutions? <BR> <BR> CindyTW963 and I are going to do a Budget Challenge over on Challenge Central. Like most of the "challenges" on this team, it will be pretty informal. More a place where we can report on our plans, our challenges, our successes, our ideas. Just a place where we can get and give support. <BR> <BR> Won't you join us? Doesn't mat... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:59:27 EST Budget Challenge Want to get - or keep - your finances in order in 2017? Need some help or support or encouragement as you plug away at your plans or goals or resolutions? <BR> <BR> CindyTW963 and I are going to do a Budget Challenge over on Challenge Central. Like most of the "challenges" on this team, it will be pretty informal. More a place where we can report on our plans, our challenges, our successes, our ideas. Just a place where we can get and give support. <BR> <BR> Won't you join us? Doesn't mat... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:57:51 EST The Kindness Blog Naypooie, you suggested yesterday or maybe the day before that we do a simple act of kindness every time we hear of someone doing something evil in the world. A great idea! And it has inspired me to start a Kindness Blog. <BR> <BR> Last night as I was sort of reviewing the Old Year, I tried to come up with lots of examples of kindness and niceness to offset the evil and nastiness and just plain meanness that we all remember from the year, and was having a hard time thinking of many. I know ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:33:01 EST Sunny Sunday Or Snowy Sunday, if you live in the northern part of the state (Idaho) where my brother lives. He says they woke up to four or five inches of new snow on top of the foot or so they already had, plus it's still snowing. Little snow in the forecast for us, but then we live in a desert here in the southern part of the state. <BR> <BR> Mom is coming over for dinner tonight. Not much of anything else planned for the day. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day, everyone. And a wonderful week, and a wonde... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 11:22:03 EST Sayonara (2016) Saturday I've got no plans to go out tonight - I never do. It is not my favorite night of the year to be out on the road... Instead I'm going to stay home and review and release 2016 and all the drama, trauma, and grief that came with it. In my jammies! <BR> <BR> Got a couple errands to do first and then I'm committed to a couple of quiet planning days at home. <BR> <BR> Goodbye, 2016! Thank you for the lessons and the gifts that came with loss and love! <BR> <BR> What are all you going to do t... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 11:54:59 EST 2017 Exercise Challenge So Hey! I’ve already quit smoking, so I have joined the exercise challenge for 2017. I am trying to raise money for all my kids sports activities for 2017. The rep soccer costs the most with all the travelling. She also is joining lacrosse and archery….funds permitting. It will also help cover costs for health related expenses. <BR> You don’t have to sign up for anything or submit your email. Just click the link and then click VOTE. Easy Peesy! <BR> <BR> Thanks for voting! <BR> <BR> <link... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:37:17 EST Final Friday...of 2016 Its our last Friday of 2016 and I'm so glad for a 3 day weekend! Mind you I just came back to work yesterday...just sayin' <em>334</em> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 10:20:34 EST Truly Thursday Is a good day because I don't have to work tomorrow. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:31:23 EST Wising Up Wednesday Got to wise up today. Too much living well but not too wisely the past few days. <BR> <BR> Nothing planned for today. I may see if I can invite myself over to an Iraqi friend's house today. I had intended to go over right before or after Christmas, but the weather interfered. Roads should be ok today. <BR> <BR> Speaking of roads, SIL called last night to say that they're stuck half way home because the road is closed due to snow. Fortunately they're in town and not stuck out on the highway!... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:16:11 EST Tuesday Dec 27 Flu --- traveling to get home. NNF is very patient. In the mountains we couldn't pull over. Thank my Angels I pack grocery plastic bags. TMI! This too will pass. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 14:55:00 EST Magic Monday let's make today great! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a good day yesterday. I took all keto foods to mom and dads. The only "off plan" I had was ONE of my favorite cookies. Just one. <BR> <BR> I was greeted with 179.8 this morning! wooohoo! Mon, 26 Dec 2016 11:53:31 EST Merry Christmas Sunday Hugs and hope for all of us ! Sun, 25 Dec 2016 10:42:31 EST A tomte christmas Sorry guys, couldn't post it for some reason <BR> Sat, 24 Dec 2016 08:25:00 EST Freaking out on Friday! So, is everyone ready? Or at least Christmas Eve Eve ready? I suppose I am. Not really ready for Christmas emotionally, though. Maybe I'd feel more Christmasy if I'd put up a tree? I'm going to ask an Iraqi friend if she'd like to go to Christmas Eve Mass with me. That should put me more in the spirit of the Reason for the Season! Mom's church as Christmas Eve service at 5 pm, which just isn't the right time for Christmas Eve service! <BR> <BR> Doctor's appointment this morning. Just a regul... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:28:00 EST Thinkin' it's Thursday But who knows. Wednesday would be ok, since it would give me more time to get stuff done. Friday would not be good. It would mean I'm even farther behind schedule. I think I'll stick with Thursday today. <BR> <BR> Got a lot of stuff done yesterday, but not everything. When my 15 break is up (thanks, Woubbie and FlyLady!), I'll take a shower and then vacuum and do just a bit more cleaning. Then I should be ready! Or the house should, anyway. Then off to deliver Christmas presents and then to ... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:11:59 EST Wiped out Wednesday Don't know why, but pulling myself out of bed this morning was really hard! I think I could have easily stayed put until around noon or so. I didn't even have a critical need to get up and go potty! <BR> <BR> I'm making a list and checking it twice - but not to find out who's naughty or nice. It's of things I need to do today. Seems like I've been on the go for the past few days, and I'm just not used to it. Being pretty much home bound for most of last week didn't help. <BR> <BR> Yesterd... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:10:37 EST Late on a Tuesday.... Hiya! Not much time to say much of anything else, sad to say! Happy Tuesday! Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:25:04 EST Helloooo! Been low carbing for a year, but need a kick in the butt to get out of a 4 month stall! I find it always helps to have a buddy/buddies :) Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:37:09 EST Low Carb, Dairy Free Egg Nog <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>m/2016/12/20/low-carb-dairy-free-egg-n<BR>og/#more-1008 </link> <BR> <BR> I used lite coconut milk just to keep the calorie count low. But you may want to use full fat milk. And if you can have dairy heavy cream instead of the coconut milk. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Mon, 19 Dec 2016 22:39:55 EST Manic Monday Still haven't done much to prepare for Christmas. Which is a shame, because part of the fun of Christmas is the preparation. But I need someone to prepare with me. Preferably some kids! <BR> <BR> Will take Ndenjehu to physical therapy this morning, with one of his English speaking kids. They said they'd try to get the one - or at least the best - interpreter for him, but Charles isn't always available. And Ndenjehu can't always read Charles' lips very well, anyway. Ndenjehu is profoundly d... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:35:23 EST Similar Sunday At least around here. Very cold, very sunny, very snowy. On the ground, that is, of course. My road was a sheet of ice yesterday, but the main roads and even the not so main roads seem to be pretty much clear. I'll head out to K-Mart and the Mall (opposite ends of town, of course) this morning. <BR> <BR> By the way, I thought about using my Word of the Day in the topic, but a) it's a noun and b) it's not alliterative. So I didn't. <BR> <BR> GALLIMAUFRY - a heterogeneous mixture : jumble <... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 10:47:49 EST Sunny, Snowy Saturday It's actually quite beautiful out. Nasty if you have to go out in it, but beautiful to look out at from inside a nice, warm, dry house, cuddled up in my recliner under a blanket with Russell to keep my lap warm. <BR> <BR> I haven't been out of the house since Tuesday. I don't remember the exact sequence of events, but I think it snowed on Wednesday, snowed and rained on Thursday, rained Thursday night and snowed again on Friday. Then the temps dropped into the single digits. Multiple layers ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 11:29:58 EST Forthright Friday Oops--got an extra letter in forthright. Ignore the w please. AHA--corrected! <BR> <BR> A nice steady rain started in the early morning hours and is still coming down. Glad to get the moisture. We had some horrible winds in the night and I am anxious to see what damage it caused as soon as it lightens up this morning. <BR> <BR> Will finish "decorating" the outside of the house today. We have sparkling lights all over the outside of the house and on several trees--including a huge cottonwood... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 08:53:40 EST Thumped Thursday The weather is thumping us here in MT...3 inches more of snow last night and still snowing. Up to 9 total inches possible. Tomorrow high temp is -4 and the low is -20. Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:19:04 EST Weinachtszeit Wednesday At least it LOOKS like it should be alliterative, even if it doesn't sound that way. <BR> <BR> It's snowing today. Supposed to get 1" - 3" accumulation. Then rain all day tomorrow, with highs tomorrow around 40. Sure hope tomorrow's rain melts today's snow. <BR> <BR> No plans for leaving the house today other than to walk Russell, and that won't be very far or very long. I need to get the two extra bedrooms cleaned up. Mine, too, for that matter. So far I've kept Bakumeza out of the bedro... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 10:56:51 EST 'Tis Tuesday Today! Got to run. Mom's out of of milk and I want to get some on my way to Ndenjehu's. I went to Walmart on Sunday evening before bridge and they didn't have any skim milk! <BR> <BR> On the other hand, I should call Mom and see if she wants to do any running around today. It's supposed to rain and or snow for the rest of the week - Chance of precipitation 80% to 100%. And this is a desert! Dry this weekend though - with high of 13 and 12 degrees. Today just may be a good day to run errands. I'll ... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:46:48 EST Mellow Monday! Nothing on the calendar for today except Bakumeza coming over after school to do housework for a couple of hours. The sun is shining. It's supposed to be warmish today. Russell is curled up under the blanket with me on my recliner as I fool around on my computer. A blissful mellow Monday! Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:00:08 EST Coach Jen asked for our help! OK, folks! Here's your chance to tell Spark Coach Jen how eating low carb has changed your health. She's asked for it! <BR> <BR> OK, well not exactly, but pretty darn close. Here's a SparkMail I just received from her as team leader. <BR> <BR> "I'm writing an article about what happens when people are told they need to lose weight because of health concerns. It's a piece about what to do next when you're given that info by your doctor. <BR> <BR> If you're someone who's been told you neede... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:55:36 EST SkinnyGirl's soup diet Has anyone been following SkinnyGirl's Chicken Soup and Veggies Diet blog posts? I have, and it's been interesting. As I understand it, she's eating just Chicken Soup this month - morning, noon and night. At least, she's posting pictures of her chicken soup every day. I'm not crazy about her diet - I'd get horribly bored very quickly - but the way she's doing it is interesting. I think this is how she's doing it. <BR> <BR> Each "soup" is 4 ounces of cooked chicken breast and 4 ounces of vegg... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 10:50:57 EST Sunny Sunday! At least I think it's supposed to be sunny here today. It looks like the sun is somewhere down below the horizon, anyway. <BR> <BR> A busy day today. I'm taking Marwah to Mass this morning, then we'll stop by an LDS (Mormon) church so she can talk to the bishop about a job at the LDS thrift store. I think she thinks that all she has to do is talk to the bishop and she'll get the job, but I'm not at all sure it's that simple. Then this afternoon I'll go over to Ndenjehu's and try to fix their... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 09:59:14 EST Saturated Saturday A couple of inches of snow on Thursday, then freezing rain yesterday and last night and today. The rain hasn't melted the snow, which really surprises me. Surprised a lot of folks, actually. We all thought that the rain would melt the snow and we wouldn't need to shovel it. Wrong. It just made the snow really heavy. It took me close to an hour to shovel the driveway and sidewalk yesterday. The roads are a real mess - lots of slush. But I did make it to the Christmas party last night. <BR> <... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:57:19 EST Something is better than nothing Saturday Jewel woke me up way too early today so I got up and did a 15 minute Jessica Smith interval workout, which was much harder than I anticipated. But in it she said "doing something is better than nothing" and I thought that was a great thing to keep in mind this month. On days when our time and energy are limited, try doing something, no matter how small, to advance your goals. How about it, will you do a little something today? How about a quick 1 mile walk? Weather is no excuse either (we hav... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:11:38 EST Friendly Friday Because we all need a low carb friend to help us through the holidays! <BR> <BR> I don't know what the official snow total is for yesterday, but it's about 6" on my porch railing. That's higher than most places, though, because the snow blew off of the roof onto the railing. I'm guessing about 3" if you were to measure it coming straight down. <BR> <BR> Russell did NOT want to go out yesterday! I finally insisted on a walk last night, and the snow was up to his chest. Which isn't very far,... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 10:42:59 EST Toot Toot Thursday! Blow your own horn today! Yyyyyyiiiipppee---we woke up--put our feet on the floor and get to celebrate another day! Yyyyyyiiiipppee! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 07:07:37 EST Warmly Wednesday Keep warm, everyone! Sounds like lots of cold weather now. <BR> <BR> Mom was going to come over for supper last night, but we decided to cancel because of the snow on the roads. I almost called her back midday to say the roads weren't bad after all, but then it snowed again. I'm glad we both stayed home! I did take Russell for a walk in the afternoon. I put a little jacket on him, but his ears and feet got cold. He was still glad to go, though. I'm just not sure how much cold a Chihuahua is... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:24:46 EST Transforming Tuesday Two year anniversary! Two years ago I rejoined SP as a way to track and look for advice on low carb. This team has helped transform my life--so many questions and helpful advice from the members here. Thank you all! <BR> <BR> Gray and cold today with a cold front moving in that will bring the temps to frigid. UGH. Dog training day and giving away a tunnel and bags (agility stuff) to a fellow trainer. Hard to let go of one life for another--sort of like learning to eat correctly for me. Life ... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:31:46 EST Merely Monday Brrrr! It's cold outside! And inside, too. I sleep with the furnace off and the bedroom window open (though I only opened it about an inch last night), and the house tends to cool off at night. But I'm in my sweat pants and heavy sweater and my long quilted bathrobe and I'm sitting in my recliner with a blanket over my lap and a dog on my lap and drinking hot tea, so I'm doing just fine. Except my hands. My hands are cold. I guess I need to type more quickly to keep them warm! <BR> <BR> Russ... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:06:31 EST Symphonic Sunday At least it is for me! Just texted Max the meeting place info. We'll all meet at 1:30 at a suburban grocery store and carpool downtown together for the show that starts at 2:30. Should be lovely, it's all music that we like. Gonna be a packed house, though. It's a "sold-out free concert" lol! The PSO was on strike for 6 weeks, it's good that everything is settled and they're back onstage. <BR> <BR> Still plodding along with the decorating today. My sister came by unexpectedly yesterday after... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 11:24:56 EST Solidly Saturday No question about it. It is definitely and solidly Saturday today! <BR> <BR> Woke up about 5, went back to bed and dozed until about 6:30, then gave up and got up. Did my knee exercises, then made myself a cup of tea and drank it while I listened to Christmas carols and pinned up a pair of slacks that need to be shortened. I need to get them hemmed quickly before I ingrow them! <BR> <BR> Russell isn't sure why we're up so early. He's asleep on my lap. <BR> <BR> Will take Mom to Winco thi... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 09:34:53 EST WOOHOO it's Friday! YAY! <BR> <BR> It has begun snowing this morning--forecast was for the southern part of the state to get this storm, but it must have zagged north. Really doesn't look like we will get more than flurries. <BR> <BR> Have most of the vest I am making for my trainer finished. Just have to finish a blanket stitch around the armholes and sew on the appliques. Bought an office light and now I can even see what I am doing. It is hard to see black thread on black wool! And my eyes continue to age. ... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 09:51:03 EST Thaumaturgical Thursday! Thaumaturgical: the capability of a magician or a saint to work magic or miracles. Which often seems like it should apply to eating low carb, though it's actually grounded in science, not miracles. <BR> <BR> (No, this isn't a word I dreamed up or use on a regular basis! Thaumaturgy was my word of the day today.) Thu, 1 Dec 2016 11:26:13 EST FlyLady December Challenge: Day 31 Today is Thursday: Errand Day <BR> <BR> This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> Zone 5: The Living Room <BR> Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> November Habit: Menu Planning <BR> December Habit: Pampering <BR> <BR> Morning Routine: <BR> Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth <BR> Make Bed <BR> Swish &amp; Swipe <BR> Empty Dishwasher <BR> Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day Keeps CHAOS Away) <BR> Check Your Calen... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 09:16:48 EST December Challenge Word - ENDURANCE! Words can hurt, but they can also heal. <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>306</em> <em>345</em> <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>380</em> <em>247</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> The things that you tell yourself over and over often become what you believe about yourself. Make sure you're supportive, not destructive! <BR> <BR> FRESH. <BR> FOCUS. <BR> MORE. <BR> MINDFUL. <BR> JUMPSTART. <BR> GENUINE. <BR> JOYFUL. <BR> AUSPICIOUS. <BR> STEADFAST. <BR> <BR> We've ma... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:33:43 EST Whacky Wednesday No particular reason, but seems like most days end up that way! <BR> <BR> Errands this morning, then I'll can the bone broth and turkey this afternoon. Grocery shopping with a friend this evening. <BR> <BR> Having a few friends over to play Hand and Foot (Canasta) tomorrow. Went way out of my comfort zone by calling up people I don't know very well and inviting them to my house. Just one table, and just for the afternoon, not for a meal. I'll serve nuts and offer coffee, tea and soft drink... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:54:46 EST Trendy Tuesday Have you noticed how far the medical and scientific world has come to accepting low carb? They may not admit it, but there's sure a lot of movement our way. We're trend setters, folks! <BR> <BR> Nothing on the calendar today except taking Ndenjehu and Mariam to a doctor's appointment. It was supposed to be an ESL lesson but Sadick asked me to take them to the doctor instead. No problem. I just need to find a book to take with me. <BR> <BR> Other than that, I still need to take care of the ... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:57:37 EST Snowy Monday! Ok, so it's not alliterative, but it snowed for the first time last night! Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:54:55 EST The Cellulite Thread So I've been dieting for some time. First with 5:2 and then back to the trusted Atkins. But now I can really see my cellulite. It's mainly on the tops of my legs and now it's appearing on my stomach, a bit like lopsided abs. This isn't really what I expected and I'm not sure how I feel about it. Certainly not good anyway. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking that because I am losing weight it is more noticeable and is being uncovered. What I'm really interested in knowing is if this is going to disappear?... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 02:42:34 EST The Poop Thread At last I have been for a Poop. It has been 6 days! ... and I lost a pound, lmao. Low carb eating sure changes the frequency of poops. Haven't been in any pain, not bloated, nothing. So all okay as far as I'm concerned. <BR> <BR> When first starting Atkins, I had the total opposite. Occasionally I get the odd runny poopy day but nothing serious. Pooping is now like an achievement. <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Thought I'd start this thread for a bit of fun. How many times do you Poop a week... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 02:32:45 EST Sunday Well, Thanksgiving dinner last night didn't go exactly as planned. <BR> <BR> The turkey was supposed to be done about 5:30, so it could rest for half an hour or so before dinner about 6:00. When I checked it at 4:30, the popper had popped! I checked it in other ways - moving the leg, poking the thigh and the breast to see if the juices ran clear - and it seemed like it really was done. So I took it out, let the oven cool a bit, then put it back in to keep it warm. <BR> <BR> DB called sho... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:26:30 EST Sweet, Sweet Saturday I was up a bit earlier than usual for a Saturday, but I felt pretty rested, at least physically, so it's okay. <BR> <BR> Max is home for one more day, but I think he's got plans with friends, so I probably won't see much of him. DH was a ball of fire yesterday and knocked a lot of paperwork/thought projects off the to-do list, so we might get a couple of stale household tasks done today. <BR> <BR> At my sister's on Thursday she brought up the subject of gift-giving for this Christmas and mu... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:26:52 EST Grey Friday Weather's overcast and blah, and my cubicle's pretty grey too. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I actually don't mind coming in to the office the day after Thanksgiving. It's quiet, I get a lot done, I can usually leave early, and I continue to be thankful that I no longer work retail!! Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:05:19 EST Thankful Thursday Happy Thanksgiving! I'm thankful for this team and the support we give and get here. What are you thankful for? Thu, 24 Nov 2016 10:00:23 EST Thanksgiving Eve Wednesday! At least for us in the US :) Wrote this post today on FB and wanted to share with you all <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I just want to remind you that you are going to have people who don't understand what you are doing and will try to talk you into "it's just one day, you can loosen up for just ONE DAY". Be polite, let them talk, but keep your eye on the prize. My mom is SO proud of me (now that I've lost), but she keeps saying "geez, you can let it go for one day". No. I've... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:10:09 EST Turkey Talk Tuesday Let's talk turkey..... <BR> <BR> How do you cook yours (if you cook one at all!) Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:23:13 EST Anyone Mention Monday? (I'm having trouble coming up with new alliteration, unless I "swallow the thesaurus," as Naypooie accused me of doing!) <BR> <BR> I've started the day off well. Got up early (for me), did knee exercises, ate the last of the leftover quiche, committed to a meat (and maybe egg) fast for the day, other than the quiche I had (crustless and pretty low carb), then took Russell for a walk. In a few minutes I'll go pick up Mariam (Congolese wife I'm tutoring in ESL with her husband) and take her to... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:44:00 EST Super Sunday It has been ages since I started a topic. <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone. For everyone eating in a restaraunt today, check out the menu that they show on the internet before you go. Find the low carb choices before you go. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:42:18 EST Satisfying Saturday Good morning, all! <BR> <BR> Not much on my agenda for the day, other than to keep on with the holiday deep cleaning. Yesterday I got all the cords and cables and consoles straightened out in the living room, and washed the three big windows, inside and out. Today, I'll finish a little reupholstery chore and do the furniture polish thing. <BR> <BR> I went to see Fantastic Beasts last night with a friend and it was a lovely evening. I wouldn't give the movie a 10 (maybe an 8?), but it was st... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:55:26 EST Frantic Friday Plans are meant to be disrupted--right? <BR> <BR> The tree guy has decided to come today--really want this work done, but would have preferred to wait until after our trip. I just have to rearrange the schedule. <BR> <BR> Last night was actually fun--got a beautiful sweatshirt, tee shirt and umbrella at a silent auction donated by the Indian Market of Santa Fe. And the food was actually good! Had two small but thick slices of roast beef and a chicken breast roll filled with spinach and herb... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:40:32 EST Then Comes Thursday! Wow! What a cleaning marathon! Almost 3 "fitbit miles" (over 7000 fitbit steps) just cleaning! Of course, that's a lot of movement that isn't exactly steps, but still. I know, I know. If I'd just do a little bit every day - or even just keep up with the mess every day - it wouldn't be such a big deal when I need the house at least more or less company ready. <BR> <BR> Will take Russell to the Doggie Spa for the day. He desperately needs a bath (phew!) and I need him out of the way when thes... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:12:12 EST Low Carb cloud bread french toast <link><BR>b-cloud-bread-french-toast/ </link> <BR> <BR> For those of you that want bread in your plan, this looked like a winner. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:54:08 EST Weather Wednesday Supposed to be a good 20+ degrees colder today than yesterday, or for about the past week or two, for that matter. High 60s yesterday - 70 at some locations - and mid 40s today. 30s tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Speaking of weather, did anyone see the Super Moon over the weekend? I can't say I noticed it being any bigger than usual, but it sure was bright! <BR> <BR> I'll finish cleaning today, and do the for the food for tomorrow. I'm having a dozen women over to play Hand and Foot (a form of Canasta... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:53:27 EST Typical Tuesday Not much going on around here. Which suits me just fine, since I've still got a long way to go to be ready to have a bunch of people here on Thursday. The good thing is that DB and family are coming through on Saturday (though staying with Mom) and I'll be having a birthday dinner for Mom Saturday evening. Then they'll be coming through again the following Saturday and I'll be having a scaled down Thanksgiving dinner. At least the house will be more or less cleaned up for family since it will... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:02:53 EST Too low calories? I have been at this for several weeks and in the last few days I have been gaining rather than losing. My average carb intake per day is under 20 and my average daily calorie intake is around 920. Are the calories too low and that is why I am not losing but gaining? Any responses would be greatly appreciated. Tue, 15 Nov 2016 07:39:11 EST Monday? Again?! Hope it's the start to a great week! Mon, 14 Nov 2016 10:45:05 EST Slow starting Sunday That's me. Finally starting to move though, got some bone broth brewing. Now there's a project for a slow day. Sun, 13 Nov 2016 12:39:57 EST Speedy Saturday! Whoever said a few days ago that the year is speeding past was sure right! I just realized that Mom's birthday is next week. I hadn't forgotten it - I knew it was November 17 - but that's so far in the future that I hadn't given it much thought. Except it isn't anymore. A friend said she and her husband always (I assume she means since Dad died) take her out for dinner on her birthday and invited me, too. Which is good, since I'm having cards at my house that day. <BR> <BR> And then my broth... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 10:52:52 EST Fantastic Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm driving 5 hours to meet my newest grandchild today! Positive words create a positive aura. FANTASTIC! <BR> <BR> My heart is full. She was born on 10/5/16 &amp; I want to see those big bright eyes. I really enjoy babies when they are 6+ months old. Up until then I enjoy their warmth &amp; their smile--A miracle right before my eyes! <BR> <BR> Hugs to surround us all as a Team! Fri, 11 Nov 2016 06:20:26 EST Can't believe its Thursday again... Good grief time is just sprinting by. It seems that days go faster and faster and the years fly. Today is a good day to slow down and refocus and ENJOY the day. We don't get these days back to do over and the older I get the faster they are going. Breathe deeply, walk with your head up and eyes open to see something beautiful. Let go of those negatives and focus on one thing positive. Life is good, and wonderful--even in the challenges. Have a great day!! Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:28:30 EST What Now Wednesday Things will be changing now. Don't know how, but I'm sure they'll change. The thing to do is to accept the change and make the best of it! Same advice/outlook/attitude I'd try to embrace whoever won last night! <BR> <BR> Nothing on the calendar for today except taking some Stilton to Mom. She loves the stuff (it's a kind of blue cheese from England) and it's seasonal at Costco. One year my brother brought some of every kind of blue cheese he could find at the store - maybe half a dozen or so... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 11:09:08 EST Just Wednesday Off work today to take Kyle for some job research. Didn't sleep much last night. God bless coffee. Doing my best to fill myself with Love. Wed, 9 Nov 2016 11:05:59 EST Toot-Toot Tuesday! Toot your own horn today! YYyyyiiiippppeeee! <BR> I stayed away from restaurant today! <BR> I voted! <BR> I smiled at everyone! <BR> I am a very lucky Woman! Hugs to All! Tue, 8 Nov 2016 09:48:46 EST Master Plan Monday Any one else need to have a master plan to survive the next 2 months through the holidays??? <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Nov 2016 11:01:48 EST Long tough weekend Tough food weekend, but I made it through! had very little food, and a lot of exercise, so I'm exhausted. LOL More carbs than used to (but all keto friendly except fries and a few plain potato chips). Yes, I did eat some fries because it was LITERALLY the only thing available next to my $5 regular size beef hot dog. UGH. But I made it, right back on plan yesterday when we got home, and all good today. DH and I even went and got a hamburger in a lettuce wrap while everyone else inhaled pi... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 08:48:53 EST Dr. Westman, page 4 Followers? Dr. Westman, page 4 Followers? Sun, 6 Nov 2016 20:51:21 EST Sleep In Sunday! Starting this a bit early, in hopes everyone remembers to sleep in Sunday morning! Sun, 6 Nov 2016 00:38:15 EST Superb Saturday Good morning! <BR> <BR> I stayed up a little later than usual last night, so I'm getting a late start as well. Nothing much on my agenda for the day but some housekeeping and some bookkeeping. How about you all? Sat, 5 Nov 2016 10:42:24 EST Friendly Friday! Share a friendly smile to everyone! It always helps me. I can't tell when the person I'm encountering is having a good day or a bad day! A smile and a nod of the head or a HELLO! <BR> <BR> I'm sending friendship waves and smiles to everyone on this Team. Hugs to surround us all as a TEAM! Yyyyiiiippppeeee! Fri, 4 Nov 2016 10:26:52 EST a Quick HELLO from your newest noob! Morning! I'm new to Sparks, new to low-carb eating, and new to having to worry about my blood sugar. I'm a little nervous about this particular journey, but excited about the destination (you know -- good health, being a skinny-minny, new adventure, yadda yadda yadda :D) Fri, 4 Nov 2016 09:49:11 EST Thrilling Thursday! We're alive, aren't we? That's enough to make it a Thrilling Thursday. Yiiipppppeeee! <BR> <BR> Russell walk this morning, then a shampoo and haircut. I was asked to sub at bridge at Mom's house this afternoon, but one of the players is sick so bridge was cancelled. I'll go over anyway and we'll play Dice or RummiKube, and I'll take Sandy for a walk. We may go grocery shopping again, too. Went to Winco yesterday (and Mom made it all the way through the store instead of having to sit down hal... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 10:58:20 EST Wacky Wednesday So emotional lately, much more than usual. <BR> <BR> I have some friends over here, but no one close really. I spent so much of my time, and life, involved in the (his, really, though I am half owner) business, that I never made my own life. <BR> <BR> It is said to never regret the choices we've made, but I cannot help but do so. While it's true that, given the same circumstances, I would probably make the same choices if I were that age again. However, 12 years later, I see things dif... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 05:52:09 EST November Challenge Word - Results! The things that you tell yourself over and over often become what you believe about yourself. Make sure you're supportive, not destructive! The words we've used so far? <BR> <BR> FRESH <BR> FOCUS <BR> MORE <BR> MINDFUL <BR> JUMPSTART <BR> GENUINE <BR> JOYFUL <BR> AUSPICIOUS <BR> STEADFAST <BR> <BR> It’s harvest time! The year is winding down and crops are gathered in. It’s also the start of the holiday season. For most of us, Thanksgiving is this month, with all the traditional Th... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 00:54:06 EST FlyLady November Challenge: Day 30 Today is Tuesday: Plan and Play Day <BR> <BR> This week we are in Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> October Habit: Paper Clutter <BR> November Habit: Menu Planning <BR> <BR> Morning Routine: <BR> Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth <BR> Make Bed <BR> Swish &amp; Swipe <BR> Empty Dishwasher <BR> Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day Keeps CHAOS Away) <BR> Check Your Calendar <BR> Check Your Contro... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 09:52:22 EST Twisted Tuesday! Yyyiiipppeee! Up early &amp; felt like I was being nudged awake. I went to the basement &amp; the sump pump was running. I couldn't figure it out. I took off the lid and it was smoking. WOW! I unpluged it---put a couple buckets of water in the hole. Seriously! My Angels continue to take care of me. I am eternally grateful! <BR> <BR> Body is 'singing' today so I'm going to HANG in the deep end of the pool at the Club. I want to do BodyPump but my wise brain says---lengthen and take gravity off th... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 08:09:25 EST Menacing Monday! That's both from the all the spooks who will be out tonight and from all the candy, too! <BR> <BR> The family of the deaf Congolese guy I work with are going to come over to my house this evening. We'll start by dressing up the kids a little bit (very little, but I hope enough to make them sort of feel like they're part of it all) and sort of practice trick-or-treating by handing out cheese sticks at my house for a bit, then I'll take them all out trick-or-treating. I don't think there are a... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:51:58 EST Hello! Good morning! <BR> I am new to this forum, and so happy to have found a low carb group. I have been LCHF for 4 weeks now, and I have lost a lot of weight. Some family members think that this diet is really bad for your health. I love this diet and intend to keep living this way even after I have met my goal weight. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:17:41 EST Sagging Sunday Isn't it great when we start to sag? We get rid of the fat and our skin is loose and sags, kind of like a balloon that's lost some of its air. Wear those wrinkles with pride, folks! They're a badge of honor for all we've accomplished! <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Oct 2016 12:08:07 EST Hello <em>213</em> Wanted to say 'hello' to everyone, I'm new to the team and fairly new to eating lower carbs in my diet. What little I've done in the past seemed to work and I'd like to get back to it and expand it a bit. Glad to be here :). Sun, 30 Oct 2016 04:40:46 EST Sizzlin Saturday -Spooky! It's a Saturday that's going to Sizzle with Energy! YYyyyiiipppeee! I got a full 7 hours of sleep and I'm rarin to go! It's raining---foggy---and I won't let that stop me from enjoying the preparations for tonight's Euchre game. I'll chop veggies and put a wonderful balsamic vinegar dressing on the salad. Hugs to surround us all as a Team! Sat, 29 Oct 2016 08:49:18 EST "The Impacts and Ethics of Eating Meat" Chris Kresser (long read but pretty interesting lines of thought): <BR> <link><BR>of-eating-meat-with-diana-rodgers/?utm<BR>_source=mailchimp&amp;utm_medium=email<BR>&amp;utm_term=impacts-and-ethics-of-ea<BR>ting-meat&amp;utm_content=&amp;utm_cam<BR>paign=blog-post&amp;utm_source=ChrisKr<BR>;utm_campaign=e9cfbddbfb-<BR>EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_10_27&amp;utm_medi<BR>um=email&amp;utm_term=0_e7d56abf8a-e9c<BR>fbddbfb-96212393&amp;mc_cid=e9cfbddbfb&amp... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:25:04 EST Frightful Friday ! (who's ready for Halloween?) I'm having a great day so far. Decided to cut all dairy except butter (so, really just cheese and sour cream) and in the last 2 days I've lost like 5 pounds! I can tell inflammation is down because I've been peeing like a race horse! was so cool to see "186.6" this morning and stepped off/on a few times to just make sure the battery wasn't bad or something. LOL <BR> <BR> Then, my dd18 got her "Welcome to TSU" email! :) Tonight is Senior night, have to walk her onto the field while her... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:09:56 EST Tune up Thursday Giving my program a tune up! Now that I'm off antibiotics and I have a serious goal looming (March 17 the kids are marching in the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade, it will be televised!) I want to get serious! I decided I want to lose at LEAST 31 pounds by then (5 months, should be doable considering my current average). <BR> <BR> Spurred on by others going "dairy free" I am going MOSTLY dairy free (dairy is where 99% of my fat comes from). I will still use butter, but am trying to avoid ch... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:40:04 EST Wherewithal Wednesday noun <BR> 1. <BR> that with which to do something; means or supplies for the purpose or need, especially money: <BR> the wherewithal to pay my rent. <BR> <BR> Trying to have some wherewithal this week, adding a few things to the schedule (new job) so trying to get a menu ready for next week when 2nd job really kicks in... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:58:38 EST Halloween I think I'm going to invite my Congolese family over for Halloween, starting with handing out treats here so they can see how it works and then taking them trick or treating in this neighborhood. They'd never heard of it until just recently, as it isn't celebrated in Uganda, where they lived as refugees before coming here. <BR> <BR> The problem is costumes. They certainly can't afford to buy them, so I guess it falls on me to make them. For four or five kids. Annet just turned 5, and I think... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:39:31 EST Tortuous Tuesday Tortuous - <BR> <BR> full of twists and turns; curvy. twisting, twisty, twisting and turning, winding, windy, zigzag, sinuous, snaky, serpentine, meandering, circuitous. <BR> <BR> excessively lengthy and complex. convoluted, complicated, complex, labyrinthine, tangled, tangly, involved, confusing, difficult to follow, involuted, lengthy, overlong, circuitous <BR> <BR> And I always thought it was an adjective form of torture! Turns out that's torturous. <BR> <BR> My days are often tortuo... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:17:46 EST Make-it-up -as-you-go Monday I should probably get on it. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:32:43 EST Stunning Sunday I call today Stunning Sunday because sitting at my window, looking out over lake and the trees that are just starting to turn color, it really is a stunning view. So much to be thankful for! <BR> <BR> I had to work this a.m. but now can fit in some reading time before I head to the bank and run errands. I want to do more batch cooking for the week ahead. I've been doing pork shoulder in the crock pot with chopped tomatoes and soy sauce that lasts for at least 2 or 3 meals for the 2 of us. Al... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 01:05:37 EST New to LCHF Hello to All, <BR> <BR> New to this way of eating, but it isn't a difficult change, but going from homemade green shakes without sugar to cooking again is. I used to cook, and enjoy it, so it should become a good enjoyable habit again. Eating this way is helping reduce chronic nausea post cancer, and get chronic migraines from daily 24/7 even with meds, to weather only and controlled with meds! I hope it may help me lose weight docs say is impossible without a thyroid. Getting blood suga... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:08:15 EST Newbie here! I am not new to SparkPeople but I will soon be new to Low Carb living. I will get married on November 6th and my husband to be, John, eats low carb. That will be good for me as I should be eating that way already....rather than all the carbs I eat. I will be eating, and cooking low carb beginning after our wedding! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:21:06 EST Happy Saturday! I woke up fairly early (for me) today. I only seemed to need 7.5 hours of sleep, which is a great sign that I may have finally gotten close to being "caught up on sleep"! Woohoo! A long time ago my typical nightly sleep needs were somewhere between 7 and 8 hours, but for decades I often got by on 5-6 during the weekdays. Then I'd make up for it by sleeping really long hours on the weekends - 10 hours, usually. This is a very hopeful sign that all those little habits I've been tweaking for so ... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:22:22 EST Fabulous Friday Happy Friday! I’m off today, just took some paleo pumpkin bars out of the oven. DH was on top of things this year and already gave me my birthday gift. Well, mostly on top of things, he forgot a card but that’s OK, expensive cards annoy me. He got me wireless headphones which I have been wanting, they’re charging right now and I can’t wait to try them out. And a gift card for Dick’s Sporting Goods to buy whatever I need for my bike. I have a full day planned and am off to enjoy it. Have a gre... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:28:49 EST Thanksgivin' 2016 at the KittenCoder Abode! Gonna work on trying these recipes for the next few weeks and see if I can make something my family might eat: <BR> <BR> <BR> Dressing: <BR> <link><BR>urkey-dressing-grain-free.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Desserts: <BR> <link><BR>eader-submission-berries-cream-crepe.html </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eanut-butter-chocolate-pie-sugar-free.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> <li... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:46:06 EST Thankfully Thursday well...because its Friday Eve of course! Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:44:46 EST CARBIE <img src=""> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:47:29 EST Wishful Wednesday Wishing the elections were over, but wishing even more that we had better choices. But oh! so grateful that we do have elections! <BR> <BR> Local political forum last night for candidates for state senate and house. Federal debate tonight. Forum for county commissioners tomorrow night. <BR> <BR> This is pretty much a one-party state, and it's not my party. Had to keep reminding myself last night that a large part of the reason the in-party thought things were going pretty well and my party... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:14:17 EST Totally Tuesday... What is it about Tuesdays? They seem to have the least personality of all the days of the week. No credibility, pizzazz, excitement. I don't think I've ever heard anyone say thank goodness its Tuesday. <BR> Personally, waking up with a pinched nerve in my neck isn't helping. Gotta head to the chiropractor today. A need, not a want. Found out I shouldn't be mopping floors anymore. Not sure what that means. No more housework? Hmmm..That shouldn't be so bad right? Unfortunately... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:27:11 EST Moody Monday Where is everybody? <BR> <BR> Not stormy anymore, but still gloomy here. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:43:53 EST Sweet, Sweet Sunday Hopefully just saying it makes it so! <BR> <BR> This is a "loose ends" weekend for me. Still tying them up! Feels good! Sun, 16 Oct 2016 10:07:50 EST Sticking it Saturday Just gonna stick with this woe! I've got this! How about ya'll? Sat, 15 Oct 2016 09:58:40 EST Friday Freedom... Just trying to come up with a good title....freedom is resonating with me. I'm free from carb cravings. Free for the day. Live in a free society. Life is good. Keep counting my blessings and not focus on the negative today. Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:11:27 EST Thursday's best! Today is a challenge for me. I'm pretty angry with my DH right now and I really need to figure out how to let go of the anger without letting go of the resolve to do what I need to do. I'm using it as a movement catalyst, which is fine, but the anger is festering and that's not fine. So today, gotta figure out how to let go of that anger without losing the movement that has come with it. <BR> So for anyone out there who needs to let go of something, use today as that change. We only... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:38:46 EST Inositol I thought I would post about what I have been doing lately.... maybe inositol supplement could help someone else... the studies are relatively new... <BR> <BR> I tried very low carb. Tried fat fasts also... Couldn't shed a single pound! My blood sugar tests are all normal, thyroid is normal, etc. Been checked out by several doctors. They are pretty much NO HELP! I've asked to have them look more in depth at my blood sugars. But what do i know? ha ha I live in a rural area and there is a limi... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:14:47 EST Wonderful, Wacky Wednesday! Have a great day. Check attitude at the door, smile and let the world think you are up to something spectacular! We are. Its called Life. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:37:37 EST Plans So what low carb plan would you all recommend to lower sugar and lose weight? Wed, 12 Oct 2016 02:20:47 EST I'm Back Getting back on Low Carb again. I joined this group in 2012 and almost hit my goal, and the rest was history. But I'm on day 2 and so glad to be back. <em>224</em> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:04:13 EST Terrificable Tuesday Hi! Tue, 11 Oct 2016 05:58:31 EST Moving Monday let's get moving today! ;) <BR> <BR> Still slight wheeze/cough, but decidedly better than last week this time. I am no wondering how I made it through the entire week feeling as crappy as I did! LOL <BR> <BR> DH and DD18 left house at 7:15 this am to go to a College Visit about 3 hrs away (University of Memphis). Hoping she likes it .. but not tooo much! ;) Having her visit TSU( Tennessee State University) this week as well, since it is a 30 min drive and she could live from home a... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:47:05 EST new to team and Atkins Hi <BR> <BR> My name is Kris. I'm a long time sparker...but trying something new, Atkins. <BR> <BR> I'm married to a wonderful guy, we have a Harley and I love riding with him. We have a Russian blue mix cat (Smokey), two Russian tortoises (Bill and Frank) and for ball pythons (Floyd, Bonzo, Fred and Ethel). <BR> <BR> I have lost and gained the same 40lbs more times than i'd like. Now I want them gone...permanently. that's why I've decided to really change things up with Atkins. <BR> <BR... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 14:10:30 EST Sunday Supreme! Think I need to make a delicious dinner tonite. Not sure what it is but a Sunday Supreme sounds like something that needs to be made. Not that I eat much nowadays! LOL. Just a small appetite with this way of eating. A few bites and I'm done. Weight is moving again after being pretty much stagnant for a couple months. With the move and all the rest going on I'm not unhappy to just have placeheld for that time. I've been right on target with what I've been eating so its just one of tho... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 07:53:44 EST Suddenly Saturday This week went by so fast! Where does it go? <BR> <BR> Made some amazing fish fillets for lunch with butter lemon and dill sauce. Also ordered a blood pressure monitor and received it today, to keep an eye on it at home. Sometimes on trips to the doctor's it is elevated but seems to do better at home. Sat, 8 Oct 2016 09:44:29 EST Fat Friday Fat as in low carb high fat! <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! I'm going to sleep but I wanted to create the post for the day lol. <BR> <BR> <BR> Also, anybody have any recommendations for peanut butter fat bomb / snack things? There are lots of recipes out there but I feel you all are more dependable to help me find the good ones. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>199</em> Fri, 7 Oct 2016 09:04:08 EST Thrifty Thursday Today was a thrifty day for me. I headed out to the Chinese wholesale market, a massively huge place with acres upon acres of shops with everything you can imagine at bargain prices. I needed winter clothing for my boys and some household items. My legs are tired from all the walking but the prices were great! It just takes forever to play the hide-and-seek game to find what you want. <BR> <BR> Now it's time to head off to the kitchen. I will make a big chicken salad with homemade dressing, ... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 05:40:35 EST Article about different types of protein This was in Mark Sisson's email today, and was an interesting read. We're all pretty conscious of "eating enough protein", but we don't often look very deeply at the sources of the various amino acids we need. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ety-of-your-protein-sources-matters/?a<BR>wt_l=BrSE.&amp;awt_m=JtDnDQXiehWvYa </link> Wed, 5 Oct 2016 16:46:46 EST Wet Wednesday Why is it a wet Wednesday? Because I decided to give my cat a bath! Furious yowling clawing kitty did not appreciate my efforts. <BR> <BR> After cleaning up the mess in the bathroom I decided I was on a roll and washed the kitchen screens and did some kitchen dejunking. This is the first vacation I've had where I stayed home so lots to do, along with catching up on reading and some shows. <BR> <BR> My son's recovery is going well. It's nice to have both the boys home again. He is doing grea... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 04:49:56 EST Tumbling Tuesday Today Kicking the day off. <BR> <BR> Third day without coffee. I'm doing better everyday. I didn't have any classic withdrawal symptoms, no headache or anything. I was drinking about 8 to 10 cups every morning, and just went instantly to zero. <BR> <BR> Peppermint tea today. <BR> <BR> Various physical problems are clearing up. Tue, 4 Oct 2016 09:06:33 EST Malady Monday Still sick here, had no voice when I woke up, talking to the family has helped that at least, but still plugged ears, stuffy nose, cough and sweating. <BR> <BR> Put a whole chicken in the crockpot this am on high for 8-9 hrs, then I will make some chicken soup out of it! :) wheeeeeee <BR> <BR> sigh. I have no energy. lol <BR> <BR> On the plus side, one kid in the band noticed a few weeks ago I had lost weight and complimented me, then Saturday he says "you've lost more, haven't you" ... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 08:47:41 EST Serendipitous Sunday Where is everyone?! I almost called this thread "Seahawks Sunday" just to see who was out there... <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I've done a fast grocery run up to Trader Joe's (north of me by a half hour) and spent less than I hoped - Yay! <BR> <BR> Been struggling with my mom and her attitude (gloom and doom and negativity) recently and realized I'd slipped back into a pattern of trying to give her an alternate perspective, shine a light on the good in her life, and find the jo... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 13:49:09 EST FlyLady October Challenge: Day 31 Today is Saturday: Family Fun Day <BR> <BR> This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> Zone 5: The Living Room <BR> Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> October Habit: Paper Clutter <BR> <BR> Morning Routine: <BR> Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth <BR> Make Bed <BR> Swish &amp; Swipe <BR> Empty Dishwasher <BR> Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day Keeps CHAOS Away) <BR> Check Your Calendar <BR> Check Your ... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 11:07:12 EST Monthly Challenge: Oh, October! <em>526</em> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <em>380</em> <em>306</em> <em>250</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>247</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> The things that you tell yourself over and over often become what you believe about yourself. Make sure you're supportive, not destructive! The words we've used so far? <BR> <BR> FRESH <BR> FOCUS <BR> MORE <BR> MINDFUL <BR> JUMPSTART <BR> GENUINE <BR> JOYFUL <BR> AUSPICIOUS <BR> STEADFAST <BR> <BR> As you know, we've been ... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 11:02:35 EST Sagging Saturday After last night, kicking the kids out is looking like the best option. DD went out with friends, apparently drank too much, had DS go get them, and came home around 2:30 this morning. Then I heard her banging around for the next 90 minutes. So PO’d. She’s getting a warning today. If this happens again, she has to leave. I’m not putting up with this. On top of that, her dog is a barker and she barked when DS came home, when he left to get DD, when they came home , and again this morning at 7:... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 10:36:37 EST Goal pix Trying to make a decision on what after picture to post for my success story for SparkPeople <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Oct 2016 09:23:37 EST Fortuitous Friday! Morning All! <BR> <BR> Fortuitous: <BR> <BR> adjective <BR> 1. <BR> happening or produced by chance; accidental: <BR> 2. <BR> lucky; fortunate: <BR> <BR> <BR> It's been a lucky morning here, hubby's paycheck was bigger than expected! And after a surprise bill of 2 tires this week, it was NEEDED! :) <BR> <BR> Have a fortuitous day and weekend everyone! Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:34:13 EST PARTY FOR CAL GAL I'd like to host a virtual party for CALGAL on finally closing on her new home!!!! My goodness its been a long time coming and dang it, she deserves a party. <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> I'd like to bring some decorations for the party......we need LOTS of decorations.... and food (on plan of course) and presents...OH and I know she like a glass of wine once in awhile.... <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>179</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:09:49 EST Spark page motivator of the day! What an honor! So excited about all of the events over the last 7+ months. Being in this group, being nominated for Motivator. I always wondered how that came about. Betting the most of this group had something to do with that. THANK YOU! <BR> Now it's on to learning how to maintain. And getting the after photo done, so I can submit my success story in how I finally made goal. <BR> Right now it is a work in progress, I cannot quite accept that I am the size I am supposed to be although ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:41:59 EST Thoughtful Thursday Start thinking... <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:31:35 EST Whispy Wednesday! Whispy??!!! I have no idea why I chose that word. Hmmmmmm! <BR> <BR> I've finished priming the new wood &amp; dry wall. In about 30 minutes I'll go up and start to roll on paint. Fingers Crossed. Need to shop at Aldi's &amp; Walmart as well as have my Last Will &amp; Testament signed, witnessed and Notorized at my Credit Union. Breathe in . . . breathe out. <BR> <BR> Omelette today was very tasteeeee! Hugs Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:57:31 EST Talkative Tuesday KITTYF54, <BR> <BR> A number of years ago my father sold a used Volkswagen with a standard shift to a work colleague of his. A car he had driven for 9 years. <BR> <BR> Within the week the clutch was shot, and his former office mate wanted my Dad to fix it. He replied that he had driven it fine for 9 years, and that cars are sold as-is. Fortunately he was retired at that point, so he didn't have to go to the office with the "former" colleague everyday. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:57:48 EST A Great BLOG by one of our own..... RAMONA did a bang up job on this blog! Stop by and give it a read (and give it a LIKE!) so we can spread the word on how this alternative way of eating can help you lose weight and feel better even when you might of thought you couldn't do either! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241401 </link> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:31:04 EST Mystery Monday It's Monday. And it's a mystery how that happened so fast. <BR> Up for soccer 5 am both days. Up with puking kid last night. She was at arthritis camp so it's a mystery if she got a germ or overrate carb crap. I could guess..... <BR> The real mystery is if I will function at work. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:56:36 EST Simple Sunday! I hope I'm the first to start the Thread! Good Morning Team! <BR> <BR> I'm still glowing and appreciative of the Wedding Celebration of my friend last evening. <BR> <BR> I must be glowing . . . the Sunday Instructor called me to ask for an Emergency sub for her class this Morning! I taught weekends for 15 years and I said I'd rather NOT any longer. I said YES . . .so I'm up, dressed, Sole' consumed, contacts in, Packer clothes adorned, coffee consumed and ready to share enthusiasm and... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:06:52 EST Sleepless Saturday I'm not getting back on schedule like I'd hoped to. After being mostly awake for 23 hours while traveling home, I went to sleep around 9 Thursday night (05:00 Dublin time). I was only able to sleep about 6 hours, and could not get back to sleep to save my life, same for my daughter and SIL (sharing motel room). We gave up on getting back to sleep and hit the road around 4. I was dozey all day after getting home and went to bed around 10, couldn't sleep for an hour, woke some time before ... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:40:02 EST Finally Friday! Though Friday isn't that big a deal for me any more, since I'm retired. (Where's the emoticon for gloating?) I know a lot of you have been eagerly anticipating the weekend, though. <BR> <BR> Raining again today. They said on the news last night that we'd gotten over an inch here in the past 48 hours, but says only about .84" Either way, it's a lot for our desert area. And while we definitely need the rain, it's not the best timing for the farmers, many of whom would like to be ha... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:46:14 EST Thankful Thursday Thankful for: <BR> 1. It's almost the weekend! <BR> 2. this week is almost over! <BR> 3. my daughter turns 18 today and she was happy with an $8 glass nail file until her letterman's jacket comes in <BR> 4. That dd20's car just needed antifreeze/oil, that it wasn't severely damaged by her lack of interest in taking care of it <BR> 5. That the allergic reaction I woke up to wasn't worse while I was sleeping and I woke up! <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday everyone! Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:16:08 EST What is going on Wednesday I am shaking my head at what is going on today. It started with a call at 5 am from my 23 year old son at the hospital! It had been riding his bicycle home at 1 a.m and a motorcycle coming the wrong way down the street hit him head on! TG son was wearing a helmet and only broke his collar bone, compared to the motorcycle driver who was knocked unconscious. My son didn't call me until the doctors told him he would be OK. I am just thanking the Lord over and over as it could have been so much w... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:36:10 EST Tired Tuesday Did not sleep well at all last night. Don't know why. Tonight will be much better, I'm sure. <BR> <BR> I'm sure I'm not going to get much sympathy from the rest of you, but I got up at a little after 6 am today. I know, I know. That would be sleeping in for most of you. But I've been waking up about 8:30 lately. Did you know it's still dark at 6:00? I would have stayed in bed longer, even if I wasn't sleeping, except that I have a doctor's appointment at 8:30. <BR> <BR> Doctor's appointme... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:15:58 EST Monday Moaning! :) Morning guys! I'm just sleepy this morning. Ready for daylight savings in November.... hard to get moving when it's still dark out! :) <BR> <BR> Big week here, our Band hosts a competition, that will be saturday from like 7:30 am to 1 am (lol, but seriously!) Friday night will be cleaning/prepping. Thursday is my middle daughter's 18th birthday (will take cookies for after band practice for 110 kids!!!! getting the easy slice/bake ones from the store, cuz they are dairy free and easie... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:47:20 EST Sugar lies news Have you guys seen this in the news lately? There was a story on CBS last night about this. I hope it becomes very big news.. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>arvard-scandal-nutrition-study_us_57d8<BR>088ee4b0aa4b722c6417 </link> <link><BR>ow/2016/09/13/study-how-sugar-industry<BR>-lied-heart-disease/90307932/ </link> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:52:21 EST Sunday Greetings from Ireland. Not going to say much as I find using my phone to be awkward. Some good stuff, some frustrations. Thinking of you all. Sun, 18 Sep 2016 05:07:06 EST Sapid Saturday What is sapid? “Full of flavor” – so make it a sapid Saturday! Try a new spice mixture, or just enjoy the flavorful LC food you have planned today. <BR> <BR> DD’s boyfriend asked to talk to us last night and asked us if he could marry our daughter. We knew this was coming at some point. They’ve been together since right after graduating from high school. So, he’ll be popping the question today at Covell Lake and Japanese gardens, and wanted DH (photographer) to hide himself away and take a ... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:14:32 EST hi doing low carb again Hi I am new to this team. I am doing low carb again. I did it nine years ago and lost a lot of weight. I quit it and regained the weight I lost. Hope to make it a lifestyle change Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:15:06 EST Diabetes 1 vs. LCHF Ok, my best friend is flying in this coming Wednesday, haven't seen her for many years. I already know she is not in agreement with the path I have chosen. It's a serious argument ensuing. I tried to explain to her, why I have given up these foods in order, first thing is to get my A1C down to normal level. Instead of being happy to see that I brought it to this level, she immediately got on the bandwagon. You cannot eat 0 carbs. Ok convinced her not eating 0 carbs. Ok then next, you d... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:52:11 EST Friday, so good to see you again Friday is back. Hope your is good, and please eat healthy. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:46:29 EST Throbbing Thursday Woke up to complete pain in the top of my foot! Not sure what I did... while sleeping!.... but it feels like a stress fracture. I know I stretch my feet in my sleep, wonder if I pulled a tendon or muscle. Hope it gets better by tomorrow, football game and competition saturday. I have it wrapped, wearing my good workout shoes and aleve on board. <BR> <BR> Hope you guys are having a better day than mine started out! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> On a positive note, I have been "mentoring" a fr... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:37:00 EST HELP! Hi, everyone, I've never done anything like this in all of my 8 years on SparkPeople, but this just hit me WRONG, and I need help addressing it. <BR> <BR> As we all know CICO is the by-line around the general SparkWorld, and there are great numbers of self-proclaimed CICO gurus, with huge readerships, prolifically blogging it's praises. I can't remember why this particular blogger caught my eye, but I started reading and looking for an opportunity to suggest there might another way of lookin... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:55:56 EST Wickedly wonderful wednesday Why not?😏 Interesting nite last nite. Who says water weight isn't real? Not me that's for sure! Was up 14 lbs last nite. Yep you heard that right. And THAT is enuf to challenge even the most stalwart lc'er. I knew without a doubt it wasn't a gain of fat. So it had to be water weight. Yup. An exhausting day yesterday, tons of water and even with lots of bathroom breaks I was up on the scale. I knew it was gonna be a long nite with many wake up calls. 8 trips to the potty an... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:29:29 EST Chirping Tuesday My smoke alarm, that is. It's hard-wired into the house's electricity, and only a year old, so there's no reason the battery should be low, but it's chirping up a storm. Poor Russell hates it. I'm not so fond of it myself. Now I have to find the Battery Drawer, figure out how to open it, remove the battery, replace the battery, figure out how to put the Battery Drawer back in. And all in the dark, because you're supposed to turn off the power before messing with the alarm. How are you suppose... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:41:38 EST I've been absent for over a year I thought I needed to re-introduce myself as the membership here has probably changed a lot. I spent a year without doing much on Spark while I bred and raised a litter of puppies and helped my daughter get into college. <BR> I've been LCHF for over 5 years now and just need to get more structured about exercise, in particular strength training, again. <BR> I'm happy to report that my weight is still within 5 lbs. of where I left off even without much exercise, although my body fat/muscle ra... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:12:20 EST Merry Monday! Have a great one! Mon, 12 Sep 2016 02:10:58 EST Summery Sunday It may the last one this year! Or not. Weather can be really strange. At any rate, it's supposed to get up to 81 today. Not bad at all. <BR> <BR> Last night I went to a Miss Africa Idaho pageant. A friend of mine, a 27 year old from Congo, was competing. She won the most talented award and came in as First Runner Up! She is definitely very attractive, but also considerably overweight by American standards, and all the rest were shaped more like American pageant winners - tall and very slende... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:57:12 EST Sanguine Saturday I’m heading downtown this morning to the Sidewalk Arts Festival, then need to figure out my food for the next week and get groceries. Maybe having my parents and brother/SIL over for dinner tomorrow too. This is day 6 of my Whole 30, and it’s going well. I do miss stevia in my tea something awful though. <BR> <BR> Make it a great LC day! Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:11:34 EST Friday is here Good morning everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm having coffee and cream, ...low carb so far. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 10:11:04 EST Big Day! Happy 50th Anniversary of Star Trek! Thu, 8 Sep 2016 12:16:27 EST Thankful Thursday! Not particularly thankful for anything in particular, just thankful in general. We've all got so much to be thankful for everyday! Like finding this Way of Eating and all the health benefits we're reaping from it. <BR> <BR> And I managed to get out of bed without triggering the vertigo this morning, so I feel much better. It just takes one episode of vertigo to make me queasy the whole day. <BR> <BR> I'll take Russell out for a walk in a little bit. Just a short walk, just in case, but we... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 10:45:08 EST Whata Wednesday Got some pictures back from the weekend Obedience Trial. This is Tipsy: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is us in a heeling pattern: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And this is part of a figure eight: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We did have fu... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:43:01 EST How important is fat? Really, truly asking. I am trying to get back on track, but seems, as always, getting enough fat is very difficult because of my stupid allergies. I'm not one to be able to eat a stick of butter (lol). The fats I can have: <BR> 1 red meat (1 or 2 times a week is ideal) <BR> 2 butter <BR> 3. peanut butter or sunflower seeds (comes with carbs, though) <BR> 4. I have gotten canola oil (not the best, but I can handle it) <BR> 5. Sour cream <BR> 6. Cheese. <BR> <BR> Tracked today, stayed ... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 21:40:41 EST Tenacious tuesday Tenacious Tuesday. Sticking with a working program. Many time we lose sight of our goals and wonder if we are doing things the best way. If this has been working odds are its still working and all that has changed is our vision. Keep your focus. Keep working at it and don't second guess. Have a great day of low carb and have a little faith in yourself!🤗 Tue, 6 Sep 2016 11:34:57 EST Monday, Labour Day It is just after midnight. So I can legitimately name today. I love the British influence in Canadian spelling, like "labour" in today's title, not "labor". <BR> <BR> Now let's see how many British spelling influences you catch in the next bit ... (I'll point them out later in the day). <BR> <BR> I have travelled the world, and have always enjoyed sharing the colour of my Canadian heratige. When I lived in the US I boasted to my American friends that I could drink a case of beers and not ha... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 02:45:25 EST Sleepy Sunday Because it just turned into Sunday and I'm still up! <BR> <BR> Have a good one. Sun, 4 Sep 2016 02:07:37 EST Saturday sillies Enjoy a day by adding a lightness of spirit to your life. Going to smile in these moments of frustration instead of letting stress work on me. Smile and keep them guessing what you are up to! Sat, 3 Sep 2016 09:35:47 EST Friday! Oh, frabjous day! High is only supposed to be 75 today. Might only get into the high 60s on Sunday! 75 is about right for me, though. <BR> <BR> Getting to bed took too much energy last night, so was after midnight by the time I got there. Which got today off to a late and slow start. Got some stuff done around the house before taking Russell for his walk, and now need to get cleaned up and over to Ndenjehu for his ESL lesson. Carol, his case manager, said he wanted to learn enough English th... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 11:22:16 EST My results!!! I DID IT!!!! My A1C is 5.5 I owe it all to LCHF. And I am 8 lbs away from goal weight. This hasn't happened since 1979!! My Doctor was ecstatic, that even his partner in the office was asking him why he was smiling so widely, he told him he was reading my results! OH WOW. 6 months ago I was at a dangerous high of 12..2 And to top it off, I am now off the meds!!! <BR> <BR> My glucose was 81 with the lab, All my numbers were within normal range. <BR> <BR> I cannot tell you how I a... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 13:51:02 EST September's Food Budget Challenge "I can't eat low carb. It's too expensive." Ever hear that? Well, let me tell you, it just ain't so! Eating low carb - eating real food - can be cheaper than eating crap. It isn't always, but it can be. <BR> <BR> This challenge is to encourage us all to reduce our food costs. How we do it will vary by individual. Maybe you'll set a food budget and make it work. Maybe you'll commit to eating one or two meals a week out of the freezer. Maybe you'll commit to reducing your food waste by using ... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 12:51:03 EST September's Monthly Challenge: Steadfast Words can hurt, but they can also heal. <BR> <BR> <em>526</em> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <em>380</em> <em>306</em> <em>250</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>247</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> The things that you tell yourself over and over often become what you believe about yourself. Make sure you're supportive, not destructive! <BR> <BR> FRESH. <BR> FOCUS. <BR> MORE. <BR> MINDFUL. <BR> JUMPSTART. <BR> GENUINE. <BR> JOYFUL. <BR> AUSPICIOUS. <BR> <BR> We've ma... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 10:32:58 EST Duplicate Thursday CalGal and I both started a Thursday thread at the same time, so I'll move mine over to hers. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Thu, 1 Sep 2016 10:15:52 EST Friday eve (Thursday) Lost a pound with all the box moving yesterday. My back really doesn't like lifting so am really sore. Think tonite will be soaking in hot tub. Still no move date😾 Thu, 1 Sep 2016 10:11:04 EST FlyLady September Challenge: Day 30 Today is Thursday: Errand Day <BR> <BR> This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> Zone 5: The Living Room <BR> Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> August Habit: Laundry <BR> September Habit: Before Bed Routine <BR> <BR> Morning Routine: <BR> Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth <BR> Make Bed <BR> Swish &amp; Swipe <BR> Empty Dishwasher <BR> Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day Keeps CHAOS Away) <BR> Check Your Cal... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 09:06:10 EST For JENNYWREN <img src=""> <BR> <BR> doing my daily cartoon search and came across this, it tickled me, and thought of you. I had a childhood friend, who was allergic to almost everything too. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:44:59 EST Wonderful Wednesday Here is the next Wonderful day. Take it, make something good with it. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:54:42 EST Question about water loss I have a question about water loss. I know during the first week or so, we lose a lot of weight and it is generally our bodies releasing water. My question is, does the amount of weight/water loss correspond with how much inflammation may have been occurring in our body???? Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:28:24 EST Tuesday rules! Good morning everyone. Make yours a low carb Tuesday. What else could it be? Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:58:59 EST Monday Monday Monday CALGAL98, <BR> do go back and read the sympathies for your loss in yesterday's "topic"! <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:27:40 EST Sunday Sun Cloudy and overcast where I am today. Not really "Sun"-day at all. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:42:23 EST HELLO :) Hello Low Carbers! <BR> <BR> I am back on SP after being gone for over a year. i started Atkins last week and lost 8lbs my first week! I know that won't continue but it's a great start. I had to eliminate sugar from my diet and I need to be low carb too so I decided to do Atkins. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know everyone! <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:41:37 EST Simplify Saturday Do something today to simplify your life? Maybe get rid of some clutter, plan your meals for the upcoming week so you're not trying to come up with something LC while you're hungry, think about something in your routine that isn't working for you and tweak it, etc… My plan is to drop off some things at Goodwill. <BR> <BR> The concert was great - wow, those guys have more energy than I do and must be close to 20 years older. Totally impressed with Tommy Shaw. <BR> <BR> My usual Saturday cho... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:16:11 EST Fun and Frisky Friday! Make it so! <BR> <BR> Nothing definite planned for today. Was supposed to have an ESL lesson, but turns out that Mariam, the wife of my student, had surgery yesterday and Ndenjehu wants to be at the hospital with her. Poor folks - neither of them speaks English and Ndenjehu is deaf, to boot! Must be really scary, though they do have interpreters at the hospital. Their oldest son here works all day and the older kids are in school, so I said I'd watch Annette, the youngest, if the neighbor ca... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:51:35 EST Thursday's Child Keeps Going, Going, Going! A neighbor came by to walk with Russell and me. She walks a lot more slowly than we do, but it's nice to have company sometimes. Very very different life styles and backgrounds. <BR> <BR> Got a text last night that I would be meeting with a new ESL student today, but then another text this morning saying Mudekemwa couldn't make it after all, so no lesson today. We're having trouble getting together. <BR> <BR> I am stuck within a roughly five pound range, and I'm tired of it! It's been almo... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:50:52 EST Stumble on Wisc Public TV exercises relieve pain<BR>alvideo.html <BR> <BR> I've only completed a couple of these clips. The pain relief is almost 11 minutes but my hips and feet feel much better. I'll look on SparksTV to see if these are available. <BR> <BR> Just a suggestion. I'm a FitForever kind of Woman! I prefer Callanetics, Pilates, Tai'Chai but teach power classes like boxing, running, tabatas, etc. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:06:25 EST First Day ...Again :) Well, at least I don't give up :) <BR> <BR> Hi all! I'm Kim, and LC works for me, and I know I like eating this way, and my body responds well to this WOE, and there is a million reasons why I know this works...yet I fall off the wagon and it takes me a LOOOONG time to climb back on. I am :) So, I thought I would say hello...I need to lose 25 pounds, which isn't a lot, but I will feel much better when I do. I follow general LC principles and stay between 20-30 net carbs dail... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:07:54 EST Peaceful Wednesday Not alliterative I know. But it is a peaceful day. Thank you, each and everyone of you, for the kind thoughts, hugs and well wishes yesterday. Caly was very special to me. And she absolutely loved her vet. Caly, the vet and I shared a wonderful rite of passage together. There were many tears and a lot of laughter and I am at peace as is Caly. Thank you again for sharing your support. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:00:16 EST Terrible Tuesday Because I want it to be Friday. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:23:33 EST If you ever want to know if this works.... In 8 months my husband has gone from : <BR> Triglycerides: 480 <BR> LDL: unreadable due to how high the Tri's are <BR> Blood sugar: 160 <BR> A1C: 7.4 <BR> to: <BR> HDL 34 <BR> LDL 128 <BR> Trigylcerides 80 <BR> Blood sugar 75 <BR> A1C5.9 <BR> So happy I'm in tears for him! Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:18:20 EST Doctor appointments yesterday So, busy big day yesterday. Started out getting my insurance physical and they did blood work "will screen you for diabetes" (not sure why, but I think it must be SOP now), then went to the dentist and there was a mixup, almost didn't get my teeth cleaned, but in the end they said I could just do a regular instead of a deep clean, my teeth are strong and solid, even my baby teeth are good. Due to my allergies if I ever need "major dental work done" I will have to go to a doctor that can do ge... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:56:59 EST Moderate Monday I sure do like cooler days in the summer and fall! Of course, I like warmer days in the winter and spring. <BR> <BR> Nothing on the calendar for today and only thing on the agenda for today is taking books back to the library and picking up some pork spareribs that are on sale. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:31:10 EST Sunny Sunday Another hot, sunny day here today. High in the mid 90s. But then down to the 80s for the next two weeks. Hurray! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great day. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:34:38 EST Sunny Saturday As of last night, high today was supposed to be in the low 80s. They changed it now and the high is supposed to be 89. At least it's not in the 90s! <BR> <BR> Russell and I woke up about 6:00 this morning, so I got up and opened up the house and sat down in the recliner under a blanket while he did his business. I don't think he did it, though, but instead jumped up on my lap and crawled under the blanket. Then we both slept until 8:00. Don't know how he felt about it, but I thought it was ... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:28:40 EST Diabetic but under control? Does anyone know whether I can be diabetic and not have it show up on the A1c test because I have it under control with diet and exercise? And if so, would I still have the other risks of diabetes, even though it is under control? And is there anything to do about it if I do have diabetes and it's "under control"? Or is it a moot point as long as my A1c numbers are ok? <BR> <BR> Last fall I had trigger thumb and trigger finger on my right hand. After a couple of months of physical therapy o... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:58:04 EST Feisty Friday! Go on! Be feisty today! Give those carbs the old heave ho. (But might be best to save your feistiness for the old habits that aren't good for you, and not for the people around you!) <BR> <BR> Two ESL tutoring sessions today, one with the deaf man I've been working with, and one with a new couple. They're from Congo, too. She's close to 6 feet tall and he's 6'8", I think Yvonne said. At any rate, they're very tall. And attractive, too. Five adult kids and triplets(!) in high school. Plus one... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:56:22 EST My grandson<BR>os/pcb.535732309969411/535731926636116<BR>/?type=3&amp;theater <BR> <BR> <BR> If interested this is my grandson. Don't know how to post a pic. :-P Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:55:02 EST Thrilling Thursday! Make it so! Though sometimes something bland and boring makes a nice change. <BR> <BR> Nothing official on my calendar for today. I'm watering now, and will take Russell for a walk when I change locations of the sprinkler. I need to get new walking shoes - I can feel myself walking on the side of my left shoe, and the heel there is worn down. New shoes, too, though cheap. And I want to run by Mom's and pick up more apples, and the library to return books. Another hot day so will probably spe... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:22:56 EST Woden's Wednesday Who knew? Wednesday seems to be named after the Germanic God Woden, in Norse that is Odin. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:52:59 EST Telephone Tuesday It's a telephone Tuesday for me because I've been on the phone constantly sorting out issues from work. I do a lot of my work from home but finally went in today trying to get things in order. Vacation coming up soon, starting on Sunday heading off for a week to the Yellow Mountains, so lots to wrap up. <BR> <BR> Started out the day with something different, a low carb English muffin recipe I found using peanut butter and almond flour, mixed with egg like the microwave muffins. Only 2 net ca... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:12:31 EST Mid-Month Monday Wasn't the Fourth of July just a few days ago? Somehow, it always seems like once we hit the Fourth, the summer's practically over. <BR> <BR> Took a really long (for us) walk yesterday - 2.4 miles - and was sore all day. Taking it easy today. What's funny is that I didn't particularly feel like walking yesterday and only intended to take a short walk. Today I really am taking it easy - I'll go to the U-Pick place and get some raspberries for Mom and me, and then go to her house and take the ... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 09:38:27 EST Simply Sunday Which means you can make it whatever kind of a day you want to! <BR> <BR> Another delightfully cool morning. Russell and I should be out walking, and we will go pretty soon. At the moment we're cuddled under a blanket. <BR> <BR> I was disappointed in the Farmers Market yesterday. There are a few stalls that sell produce, but seems like most of them sell crafts or baked goods. I did pick up some cucumbers (the English kind, which I don't remember seeing at a Farmers Market before), zucchini,... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 09:32:55 EST back to low carb Hello I have done low carb before and have drifted off and gained back weight and caused my blood sugars to drift up too. so i am here to be around a group that needs the same approach as I . So hello> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 05:02:02 EST Saturday's child works hard for a living Here it is... Saturday. <BR> Sat, 13 Aug 2016 11:01:42 EST Fragrant Friday--stop and smell the roses! Our world is so hectic and our lives reflect this daily. Take a moment for yourself and *stop to smell the roses* sometime in your life! Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:14:47 EST Thursday's child has far to go! Pulling a random thought out of space for todays title. Seemed appropriate as we continue on our journey to a healthier life. Keep looking forward to the horizon and the journey. Don't get stuck on the single step that you must make. Its forward!! Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:34:17 EST What a Wednesday! Another cool morning. I'm sitting here wrapped up in a blanket with the house wide open. Russell and I will leave shortly for our morning walk. <BR> <BR> Nothing planned for today except going to Walmart to pick up an Rx. I'll look into prepared veggies while I'm there. I might go to Winco for them, instead. I don't shop much for food at Walmart. Winco is quite a bit cheaper. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:32:10 EST Tantalizing Tuesday! No particular reason for the day name, but thought it would work well. <BR> <BR> Three more Tuesdays until we move. Packing is about 90% done. I'm stiff and sore this morning, but plan to have my packing pretty much done this week. Next week will be spent cleaning and doing stuff to prepare for listing the house. I still hope my daughter can sell her house so she can buy this one, but I can't wait to find out. Gotta get stuff done. It creates a bit of angst but am dealing with it. ... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 09:30:38 EST Marvelous Monday! The house is wide open, letting in the wonderful cool from outside. I love cool mornings! Mon, 8 Aug 2016 10:34:40 EST A question about calculating calorie deficiency I know that generally when on a low-carb diet you don't have to worry as much about calories. But, after my illness and a drug I was given I've had a harder time losing weight (normal low carb with no workout which helped me lose 20 pounds a decade ago isn't working this time round). So, I'm throwing in daily exercise and I'm watching calories as well. I'm also sleeping well, eating well, lowering stress... everything I can do in my own power. <BR> <BR> My question is this: you read that one... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 21:45:05 EST Spark Premium Loggin in today I saw an advertisement for Spark Premium. Does anyone have any thoughts on this. The one thing that would be interesting to me would be better tracking on weight loss. The Site is free and we get so much for that it's amazing. But I would be willing to pay for that type of extra. Any thoughts Sun, 7 Aug 2016 10:12:20 EST Solid Sunday I'm back in North America, but still not quite "in the zone". I'm still waking up very early and able to start the day off with a topic. <BR> <BR> I let my mind go free, to find a title for today. "Solid Sunday" popped into my head. But what does that invoke in my mind? Solidly staying on the low carb course for today. <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone a rejuvenating, low carb, solid Sunday. Sun, 7 Aug 2016 07:24:49 EST Satisfied Saturday Going to hit farmers market today. So glad to be home! Sat, 6 Aug 2016 09:38:57 EST Gluten-free to live and low-carb to lose wieght Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm Laurie. I live in So Cal. <BR> <BR> I spent the last couple of years first near death and then recovering from that. I was an undiagnosed (and largely asymptomatic) sufferer of Celiac Disease. Until the very end when I nearly died the only symptom I had was thinning hair and most doctors don't know to look for that as a potential symptom of the disease. In the last months of it I went from 113 pounds to 73 pounds in just under 2 months. Ended up in hospital for some ti... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 17:01:34 EST Hi Everyone! Hello! <em>213</em> I'm Ali, 34 years old, mom of 2 adorable little girls. I've done Weight Watchers in the past and it has worked very well for me. But I've been trying to eat more cleanly for the past couple of years and I feel that WW had me eating more processed stuff/artificial sweeteners (which I cut out about 3 years ago). <BR> <BR> I had a baby 9 months ago and I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight. But my body is totally different and I want to find a way to shed the fat I ca... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 11:02:15 EST Freaky Friday Ready for the weekend! Bring on the relaxation! Just looked at my calendar for august...maybe 6 blank days.... <BR> <BR> starting to come out of my funk! yay! Fri, 5 Aug 2016 10:46:09 EST Thursday - Cheese day My last day in Europe today. Slept at the hotel that is about a 3 minute walk from the Amsterdam airport. Dutch is an interesting language, it has similarities to both German and English, plus if course just a very straightforward English invasion as seen in this shot at the airport. I hope that more elektrisch cars come to North America (see the green writing on the car). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Thu, 4 Aug 2016 04:03:55 EST Steamy Wednesday It's not even 10 a.m. yet and it's already over 80 degrees with 87% humidity and dew point of 76! In a word, it's miserable outside. My glasses fogged over as soon as I stepped outside this morning - that does not bode well for doing much of anything outside except sweating! DH is planning to mow this evening which worries me because his leg muscles have a tendency to cramp up afterwards. I make him drink water with sole mixed in before and after he mows and that seems to help prevent the cra... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 10:48:26 EST New to this forum Hello! New to this forum but not to Spark People or Low Carb. Hubby and I started back on LC Monday (8/1). He has great success with it - I not as much but get bored and revert back to our carb-hogging ways. lol Feeling good three days in and already have relief from reflux which is a big reason for me to do this. <BR> <BR> Going through a bit of carb withdrawal but not terrible. I choose this time around to try carbs at about 40 a day and so far that is very good for me. Hubby sticks to a... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 10:44:20 EST No Dairy? No Coffee? Really?? Today I saw the naturopath for the first time. She advised to cut dairy and cut coffee/caffeine. I have heart burn with both these suggestions but truly the coffee the most. Not cut back mind you. Cut OUT..... still processing. Thoughts? Tue, 2 Aug 2016 18:14:29 EST Induction Flu Mark's Daily Apple has an article about Induction Flu. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eat-the-low-carb-flu/#more-59757 </link> Tue, 2 Aug 2016 18:04:40 EST Tuesday - Dienstag Tuesday today. I included the German word for the day "Dienstag" because that is where I am. <BR> <BR> The German word for day is "tag". <BR> <BR> I smell a Dutch word for Thursday coming soon. Tue, 2 Aug 2016 03:48:23 EST FlyLady August Challenge: Day 30 Today is Monday: Weekly Home Blessing Hour <BR> <BR> This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> Zone 5: The Living Room <BR> Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> July Habit: Swish &amp; Swipe <BR> August Habit: Laundry <BR> <BR> Morning Routine: <BR> Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth <BR> Make Bed <BR> Swish &amp; Swipe <BR> Empty Dishwasher <BR> Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day Keeps CHAOS Away) <BR> Check Y... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 08:53:59 EST I guess I should... ...make it official before I jump into the low-carb deep end, LOL! <BR> <BR> I'm not at all new to SparkPeople (been here 8 years), nor am I new to low-carb. <BR> <BR> I have been following a Paleo low-carb (approximately 50 grams per day) nutrition plan for almost 5 years... and managed to eliminate 55 pounds within the first 6 months, and maintain that until last September. <BR> <BR> I, however, got discouraged at that point... I just couldn't any longer stomach the reality that I had ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 04:18:22 EST Majestic Monday Why is it majestic? No clue. But it sounds awful perty! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Anywhos - I never get to post when you all are awake since I sleep during the day. Sooooo I'm gonna post the daily threads when I get a chance. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! What's on your plate for the day? Both literally and figuratively I suppose. <BR> <BR> Gonna be up to 86 degrees here but a humidity of 70%... not bad as it normally is. Still BLEGH but I'm going to be sleeping so oh well! Might rain (20... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 02:43:57 EST Kitten's Challenge Making this thread so I can stay accountable for my personal challenges. Anybody can feel free to join/post, though! <BR> <BR> Challenge starting 8/2 at 0001: <BR> <em>529</em> Short-term challenges <em>529</em> <BR> Nutrition: <BR> Less than 10g sugar a day for 30 days <BR> IF by end of day 30 <BR> <BR> Fitness: <BR> 30 day squat challenge <BR> <BR> <BR> Weight: <BR> 30 days to lose 10 pounds (272.2 is goal) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>529</em> Long-term challenges: <em>529</... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 21:42:44 EST The August Monthly Challenge Word: AUSPICIOUS! Words can hurt, but they can also heal. <BR> <BR> <em>526</em> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <em>380</em> <em>306</em> <em>250</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>247</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> The things that you tell yourself over and over often become what you believe about yourself. Make sure you're supportive, not destructive! <BR> <BR> FRESH. <BR> FOCUS. <BR> MORE. <BR> MINDFUL. <BR> JUMPSTART. <BR> GENUINE. <BR> JOYFUL. <BR> <BR> We've made a lot of progr... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 15:43:05 EST Soaking in Sunday I'm going to soak the day in and enjoy it. <BR> <BR> 4 more days in Europe. Today is the baptism of our grandson here in Germany.A big family event. Then a few days of more touristy stuff. Then back to Canada. Sun, 31 Jul 2016 03:14:38 EST Carpal Tunnel Surgery Anyone had it? I'm having it Wednesday on my right hand. Apparently there are different ways to do it. The surgeon is going in on my palm. <BR> <BR> I'm wondering about food. (Naturally!) Will I be able to use my right hand to eat the next day? I'll have stuff made, but I'm wondering if I'll be able to use a fork or spoon with my right hand. I will have some finger food ready, too. Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:25:59 EST Strawberry Saturday Strawberry because I just made some Strawberry Cheesecake Fat Bombs that are absolutely delicious!! Got it from one of the keto websites for recipes. LowCarbSoSimple is the site, I think. I like them a lot! Easy way to pop up my fat for the day quick. <BR> <BR> Also made a Zucchini and Squash Cheesy Casserole that's good. Tonight I'm going to make a Cream Cheese Steak Jalapeno bake, too. Yummy! These recipes are able to be frozen so no more excuses that I don't have time to cook! <BR> <BR>... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 07:40:56 EST Fruity Friday ... Don't get freaky. I really avoid most fruits. <BR> <BR> What I eat a few of, and really I always count them, and it is less than 10 berries in a day: <BR> - blackberries <BR> - raspberries <BR> - strawberries <BR> <BR> If I'm feeling like breaking some rules then I'll eat a few, like 6 or 8, blueberries. <BR> <BR> I'm still in Europe and vacation and family overrule internet. So my posts are random... <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 02:44:30 EST This is Thursday! At least it's alliterative, even if it is mostly meaningless. <BR> <BR> Absolutely nothing on the calendar for today. I took Russell for a walk, then sat out on the patio and read while I cooled off and dried off. That and a Russell Walk this evening are about the sum total of my ambition for the day. <BR> <BR> Hope you're all having a great day! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:15:32 EST Whack it Wednesday! Give all those old excuses for not eating on plan and for not exercising and for doing things you know your really shouldn't or for not doing the things you know you should a good solid Whack! Not just the big things (seems like those are usually easiest to get under control anyway) but the little things, too. Whack! Bam! Pow! <BR> <BR> Not a lot planned for today. A Russell Walk this morning (I've got to do it. Whack!), then an ESL tutoring session this morning. And an EKG and blood work th... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:51:43 EST Question about keeping diabetes in check with diet On Tuesday's daily thread there were some comments about people who are diabetic and figure if they just take insulin or whatever they'll be fine. No need to adjust the diet as long as the pills and shots are working. The comments there are definitely of the "It doesn't work that way" and "They'll be sorry" variety. <BR> <BR> I haven't paid much attention to what the meds actually do, because I'd rather keep the glucose and insulin levels in check with diet and exercise instead of taking pil... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:42:21 EST Ruby Tuesday OK, I like some songs by the stones, though I'm not a big fan. But I just wanted to kick today off with a song title with "Tuesday" in it. I'm in Germany today, France tomorrow, and back in Germany on Thursday. I'm close to the border, it's only a 90 minute drive each day. <BR> <BR> I'll be at my mother in laws house later today. Do you know what that means? It means no internet connection. Tue, 26 Jul 2016 02:24:09 EST Massage Monday Just wanted to say HI!!!! and hope you all have a great day! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 05:58:57 EST Sanguine Sunday Sore today - low back, hip, neck, headache all night - maybe from paint fumes. I opened the windows while painting but closed them before bed. It was just too hot to leave them open and let the cold air escape. I think that's the last time I paint the vaulted ceilings in this house. But the room looks great, I smiled when I woke up this morning and saw the beautiful walls. <BR> <BR> Church this morning, then meeting my parents for dinner at a restaurant. I didn't even have a chance to get ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:50:29 EST Saturated Saturday So it's about 10 am and it's already 85 with over 65% humidity. I've already gotten a 4+ mile walk in, watered flowers outside and sprayed a couple evergreen trees for bagworms - UGH!! I'm saturated with sweat and drinking tons of water. Have a good weekend! Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:05:18 EST Fabulous Friday!!!! Wooohoo! after being sick for a week and a half, to be greeted this morning with 199.2 is just incredible! I am in tears. I really cannot remember the last time I was in the 100's. The best I can guess is either right after I had my last daughter almost 16 years ago, or right before I got pregnant with her. and I would have to guess it's the latter. :( <BR> <BR> Getting ready for the weekend and another busy band camp week next week. trying to get my youngest to eat properly is kic... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:42:39 EST Thriving Thursday 'Cuz that's what we do when we quit eating all that processed carbage and eat real food instead. We thrive. We eat more veggies and meat and good fats and we cut out the sugar and unpronounceable additives and the grains and we exercise more as well as just plain move more, and we thrive. <BR> <BR> Errands again today, though probably not as much walking as yesterday. For which my knees and feet will thank me. I have to take some stuff to the Refugee Center and some stuff to Mom's. And borr... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:14:41 EST How to Cook Everything FAST Mark Bittman has a new cookbook out, How to Cook Everything Fast. At least it's new to me. Over a thousand pages, and it's all recipes and other info, not a bunch of pictures. <BR> <BR> Like his other cook books, he gives one recipe and then usually has at least one or two variations. For example, he has a recipe for Watercress with Peaches, Pecans, and Blue Cheese. Variations are Arugula with Apricots, Marcona Almonds, and Manchego; Spinach with Apples, Walnuts and Goat Cheese; and Kale wi... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:16:41 EST Walking Wednesday! In fact, Russell and I will be heading out in a few minutes! <BR> <BR> Errands this morning - Walmart to pick up a few things, then I'll pick up Mom and take her to Winco, and drop a referral to a physical therapist somewhere along the way. Housework this afternoon. My oldest brother and his wife arrive tomorrow night for a visit. Fortunately, they're staying with Mom and not with me! <BR> <BR> I sure hope the U-Pick place hurries up and opens for veggies. I'm really looking forward to zucc... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:09:07 EST Hello Again Hey all. Just wanted to say hi. I came around to low-carb about 5 years ago, and had great success with it. Unfortunately, I had a rebound and setback, so I'm starting over again. <BR> <BR> Been back on track for a couple of weeks now, and ready for what's next! Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:50:03 EST Interesting article Interesting article on the link between antihistamines and weight gain. this may 100% explain why I am a slow loser, since I take allergy meds 3-5 days a week. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tamines-weight-gain </link> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:28:08 EST Tenacious Tuesday Yes, I slept in until 11am, and I'm still the first one awake! <BR> <BR> I bring you Tuesday, sieze the day (Carpe Diem). Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:08:21 EST Misty Moisty Monday I'm still adjusting to the time difference. I just woke up at 11 am here. But I still beat all of you in creating "Monday". <BR> <BR> I'm visiting Family in Europe (more later). It is damp and there are drops of humidity on the windows this morning, even though the day is looking sunny. The lyrics from an old song by Steeleye Span popped into my head: <BR> "One misty moisty morning when cloudy was the weather <BR> I met with an old man a-clothed all in leather ..." <BR> <link>www.metrolyri... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 05:22:56 EST Super Sunday! The Whoosh Fairy visited and between us (she doesn't get all the credit!) I lost 2.6 pounds overnight and another 1.6 pounds yesterday for a total of 4.2 pounds for the two days. AND I'm under 250 AND I'm at my lowest weight all year AND I've lost 22.4 pounds in just under two months! Two months tomorrow, as a matter of fact. What a super way to start the day! <BR> <BR> High yesterday was only 81, but high today supposed to be in the 90s. Highs all week supposed to be in the 90s, I think. I ... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 09:48:44 EST Serene Saturday Nothing planned for today except a trip to the library. Maybe the Farmers Market, but I have so many veggies already that I might skip it. I hate to, though. I always like to see what's new as the summer progresses. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 11:16:42 EST Fantabulous Friday! Greetings and Felicitations! <BR> <BR> It is delightfully cool this morning. I do love the dry climate here, especially after coming from so many years in Indiana. I'll have to close up the east side of the house soon, though. Lots of big windows on that side of the house and the sun just pours through them, heating the whole house. I need to get some thermal drapes or something like that to keep the sun out, but that's such a shame to do when the windows were one of the reasons I bought the... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:51:53 EST Thankfully Thursday Good morning! <BR> <BR> Surely Thursday will be better than yesterday. After the phone incident (still disconnected today), there was a small fire just north of the Village, the electricity was turned off, a difficult customer decided we were going out of business to scam HIM because our phone was disconnected. Fire out, electricity back on, and customer taken care of. NOW just waiting (in fetal position) for phone company to fix the phone. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:21:59 EST Chris Kesser OK. Have I gotten this all wrong? Chris Kesser says that a very low carb diet can induce insulin resistance? <BR> <link>“normal”-<BR>blood-sugar-isn’t-normal-part-2/ </link> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:09:51 EST Weedy Wednesday I sprayed about a quarter of my yard with a really strong broad leaf herbicide. Darn bindweed and thistles! The rest of the backyard needs it, too, but I mowed it on Monday. I need to let the weeds get a bit bigger before spraying. <BR> <BR> As soon as I finish up here and finish breakfast (cottage cheese with toasted almonds, and the leftover roasted veggies from last night, both for breakfast but not combined), we're heading over to Mom's to pick up apples, thin the tree, and help make ap... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:54:42 EST Tasty Tuesday One of the wonderful things about eating low carb - all the wonderfully tasty things we not only can eat, but should! I'm lucky that I don't have to restrict calories very much (I aim for around 1600 to 1800 per day) so I can eat chicken skin and eggs and butter and heavy whipping cream and fatty cuts of meat with the fat still attached. But a lot of us eat more veggies now than we ever did when we were cutting calories and fat. And lots more than most people eat. <BR> <BR> I needed to get s... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:47:29 EST Monday Morning Well, at least it is here and now. <BR> <BR> Another cool day today. 53 at the moment, high of 75. A good day to get the lawn mowed, which is next on my agenda. I want to get the lawn mowed today (note that I did not say I want to mow the lawn!), do a bit of grocery shopping for vegetarian Libby, and probably go to the Falls this afternoon. We went to the Falls last week, but they cut the flow by something like 60% for irrigation and we want to see what it's like now. That's about it for tod... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:19:02 EST Springlike Sunday High today of 67! <BR> <BR> Bill and the girls come back from the lake today, then Bill and Katie go home tomorrow and Libby stays here til I take her to the airport on Thursday. Then Bill and Karen (his wife) come down on Friday and stay until Sunday. Then no one is here until Nick and Jean (oldest brother and his wife) come on Thursday. That might be it until Christmas, though I need to email my nephew and other niece that if they come sometime this year, all of Mom's family will have visi... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:07:07 EST Serene Staurday Was feeling sick yesterday, feeling slightly better in some ways, worse in others. Today our daughter gets her Senior Pictures taken. Not sure I'm ready for this, but.... <BR> <BR> I hit my next goal number, my goals are mini right now because they are milestones. The lowest number I've been able to get to in the last 5+ years, I hit it today :) I will call it official on Monday :) Then from here I have 3 pounds to my next goal.... Onderland! It's in my reach! <BR> <BR> Lets have a... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 09:12:53 EST Fantastic Friday! My first batch of company just left! Don't get me wrong - it's been great having them. But I've lived alone for the past 40 years or so, and it's a bit wearing to have people here all the time. They arrived last Saturday night, and my two youngest nieces arrived last Sunday. Lots of time for company, though, unlike fish, they didn't start stinking after three days! <BR> <BR> We ate up almost all of the leftovers, and they took some of what was left and the rest of it will go either to Mom or... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 09:43:44 EST Trustful Thursday Trusting this way of eating was hard at first but gets easier and easier. I love that feeling! Thu, 7 Jul 2016 08:39:59 EST Ready to feel good again Well after a couple of years, and several gained pounds, I'm back. I loved how I felt when I was eating low-carb. I'm ready to get back at it, and work my A1C down even further! Wed, 6 Jul 2016 12:55:47 EST Wonderfully Wednesday~ A very EARLY start to this Wednesday. 3 am. Sometimes I can go back to sleep, but not this morning. So starting with great coffee and an early movie on tv. Hope all of you have a great day following whatever plan you are on. Stay the course. Don't give in to those transitory temptations but revel in success~! Wed, 6 Jul 2016 06:52:59 EST Hi! I am starting the Atkins diet next Monday. I have been on the Weight Watchers plan since Jan. 15, 2016 and have only lost 15 lbs with it going back and forth on the scale. I am getting extremely depressed with these results, so I thought I would give Atkins a try. I really need to lose the weight for health reasons. Wed, 6 Jul 2016 04:31:57 EST Tired Tuesday Dragging today. Fortunately everyone else in the house is, too, so we have a lazy day unplanned. <BR> <BR> I've been staying up late with Russell because of the fireworks, and waking up early to feed and potty and walk him. Last night we spent the evening at Mom's so we could be in the basement where he could be away from as much of the noise as possible. He was still very upset. And then lots of people setting off their own fireworks until well after midnight. We went back to bed this morni... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 10:31:45 EST Magnificent Monday!! Perhaps not yet, but with all the celebrations in my country it should at least be exciting! Have a great day but be SAFE! Mon, 4 Jul 2016 08:11:23 EST Hey Y'all! I started on SP in 2010 at 314lbs. Followed plans, set goals, had set backs and eventually had wls in 2013. Its not for everyone but has been the best decision I could have made. I'm down to 189 but would like to be 160-165. <BR> I left SP during my surgery process because I had so much support around me but then we relocated to a new state. I lost my team. I've been struggling for the past year trying to find support then I remembered SP. This site started it all for me and I'm excited to b... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 13:41:32 EST Sunrise Sunday Up early today! Sun, 3 Jul 2016 09:13:19 EST Spectacular Saturday! Hope yours is! Sat, 2 Jul 2016 10:20:12 EST The July Monthly Challenge Word: JOYFUL! Words can heal, words can hurt. <BR> <BR> The things that you tell yourself over and over often become what you believe about yourself. Make sure you're supportive, not destructive! <BR> <BR> FRESH. <BR> FOCUS. <BR> MORE. <BR> MINDFUL. <BR> JUMPSTART <BR> GENUINE <BR> <BR> We've made a lot of progress this year, with powerful words as our guides. What's next? <BR> <BR> A JOYFUL July, that’s what! <BR> <BR> What’s so JOYFUL about another month of dieting? Not much of anything! Wha... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 10:04:24 EST FlyLady July Challenge: Day 31 Today is Friday: De-Clutter Your Purse and Car Day <BR> <BR> This week we are in 2 Zones: <BR> Zone 5: The Living Room <BR> Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> June Habit: Drinking Water <BR> July Habit: Swish &amp; Swipe <BR> <BR> Morning Routine: <BR> Get Dressed to Shoes including Hair/Face, Brush Teeth <BR> Make Bed <BR> Swish &amp; Swipe <BR> Empty Dishwasher <BR> Reboot Laundry (a Load a Day Keeps CHAOS Away) <BR> ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 10:07:45 EST FINALLY Friday! Been a long week! looking forward to a long weekend! :) Fri, 1 Jul 2016 09:19:10 EST Thursday - The End Well, at least "the" is alliterative! <BR> <BR> Happy last day of June. Can you believe it? Seems like once the 4th of July hits, the summer is practically over. <BR> <BR> Doctor's appointment this morning with a hand surgeon about carpal tunnel surgery, then Mom and I will do the first round of shopping for the company that starts coming on Saturday. So much food I need to get! And so much stuff that I don't eat or normally even have in the house. And no idea what anyone really likes. <BR... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:41:59 EST Sometimes my msg. does get across I was engaged in a conversation with a friend this morning, that was told something to do with Low Carb eating, and she replied "My friend MJ said that!" It made me feel really good to be able to get some of my learned knowledge across to a friend! Yippee! I'm thanking you guys as well. I don't do well with the scientific part of it. I am better with experience and others experiences as well. I don't try to relay that knowledge, because I'm still befuddled by the terms and facts, I get ... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:34:17 EST