SparkPeople Living Low Carb (Atkins and other Plans) Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=482 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=482 Thursday's Child Keeps Going, Going, Going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65043323 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65042512 http://www.essentrics.com/mirandaeducation<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 :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x65042054 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. But...here 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65035169 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65029668 Because I want it to be Friday. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:23:33 EST If you ever want to know if this works.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65029621 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65028358 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65022113 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65015554 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65008931 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65002205 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x65002191 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64996423 www.facebook.com/amylongphotographyca/phot<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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64995209 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64988707 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64982091 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64974458 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64967848 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64966703 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64962371 Here it is... Saturday. <BR> Sat, 13 Aug 2016 11:01:42 EST Fragrant Friday--stop and smell the roses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64955043 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64948043 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64941834 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64935110 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64928605 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64924890 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64921681 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64920411 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64915317 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64911793 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64909947 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64909851 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64900711 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a9cc51f-41e6-4d0c-a8c7-15720bcfb456.jpeg"> <BR> Thu, 4 Aug 2016 04:03:55 EST Steamy Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64895893 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64895848 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?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64891173 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64891116 Mark's Daily Apple has an article about Induction Flu. <BR> <BR> <link>www.marksdailyapple.com/10-ways-to-b<BR>eat-the-low-carb-flu/#more-59757 </link> Tue, 2 Aug 2016 18:04:40 EST Tuesday - Dienstag http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64886974 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 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x64880257 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64879114 ...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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64878932 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x64877671 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 Soaking in Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64872342 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64868480 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64866955 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 ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64859996 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64855553 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64848474 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64848389 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64839972 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64833160 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64828897 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64822932 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!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64815762 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64810025 '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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64806034 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64802723 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64798815 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64798732 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>www.aaaai.org/ask-the-expert/antihis<BR>tamines-weight-gain </link> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:28:08 EST Tenacious Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64794869 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64787833 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64782936 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64777389 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64770673 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64763643 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64760980 OK. Have I gotten this all wrong? Chris Kesser says that a very low carb diet can induce insulin resistance? <BR> <link>chriskresser.com/when-your-“normal”-<BR>blood-sugar-isn’t-normal-part-2/ </link> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:09:51 EST Weedy Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64758272 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64749859 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64743090 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64734930 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64728380 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64722099 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64714365 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64708975 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~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64706131 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64705803 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64700552 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!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64692545 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64687764 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64686246 Up early today! Sun, 3 Jul 2016 09:13:19 EST Spectacular Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64679907 Hope yours is! Sat, 2 Jul 2016 10:20:12 EST The July Monthly Challenge Word: JOYFUL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x64679818 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x64672609 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64672182 Been a long week! looking forward to a long weekend! :) Fri, 1 Jul 2016 09:19:10 EST Thursday - The End http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64664687 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64659755 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 Wallflower Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64657084 Are you being a wallflower in your journey? Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:22:54 EST Terrific Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64649343 A friend is moving across town, so I offered her the use of some of my boxes. I thought she was coming yesterday, but received a text about 10 pm saying she would come today to get them. I texted that I would be gone from 9:30 to 11:30, and she said she would come by at 7 am! I guess I need to be up and decent by then. I'm up, anyway, sort of, to open up the house. A very strange dream led to my waking up about 5:30, so I got up and opened up the house and turned on the ceiling fans. Will tak... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:52:00 EST Melting Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64643478 Supposed to get up to 100, instead of about 86 like it should be. Strange how 100 is so much hotter than the 98 they were predicting as of yesterday! <BR> <BR> My brother has been saying for a month or so that he'll bring his sailboat down while the girls are here, and take oldest niece and her two girls out sailing all day next Friday, then spend a couple of days with youngest niece (his daughter) teaching her how to sail. Then yesterday he said that he hadn't looked into docking facilities... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:55:35 EST Sizzling Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64634713 Highs back up in the 90s again (was in low 70s on Friday), except for tomorrow when it's supposed to reach 100. And it's supposed to stay in the 90s for at least the next 15 days. Ugh. But it's supposed to be clear, and we get delightfully cool nights here in the desert. And the humidity is really low. A couple of days ago the dew point was 23! <BR> <BR> The only thing officially on my calendar today is bridge at Mom's house tonight. One of the couples who used to play in an eightsome with h... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 07:54:50 EST Carbohydrate counting and exchange lists http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64629055 <link>https://fnic.nal.usda.gov/diet-and-d<BR>isease/diabetes/carbohydrate-counting-<BR>and-exchange-lists </link> <BR> <BR> Found this article today.Read through it, and of course not agreeing with the amounts. Unless maybe for a maintenance which makes more sense. But incorporating too many high carb items to me, like pasta's and fruits. But then again it may work for maintenance. 45 carbs per day makes a lot of sense then. But to lose weight, the best is to keep way lower. When I... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:08:32 EST Serendipitous Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64628262 A cold front came through yesterday, with highs in the low 70s. It's supposed to be warmer, today, high around 80. Then back up into the 90s for the next couple of weeks. Ugh. In the meantime, the house is opened up as opened as I can get it, with ceiling fans pulling in the delightfully cool air, and I'm sitting here under a blanket because it's cold! <BR> <BR> A neighbor wants to go walking with Russell and me this morning, then I'm going to the Farmer's Market, then probably over to Mom's... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:31:22 EST Fragile Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64621434 Looking for a good adjective for today. Hard to find one that expresses my feelings given the UK vote to leave the Europen Union after 43 years. <BR> <BR> Broken, and fragile. Now the Scots probably want to stay in the EU, and raise a vote for independence again. <BR> <BR> I wonder, with this political turmoil in Europe, will it flow over in spirit, into the US. <BR> <BR> One of my daughters who has dual citizenship (German and Canadian) has been living and working in London for the last 3... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:39:41 EST Burger King (come on, seriously?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64617740 <link>time.com/4378236/burger-king-mac-n-c<BR>heetos/?xid=time_socialflow_facebook </link> <BR> <BR> SMH Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:48:14 EST 80 years old! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64617404 <link>www.msn.com/en-us/news/video/worlds-<BR>fittest-grandma-rings-in-her-80th-birt<BR>hday-will-inspire-you-to-hit-the-gym/v<BR>i-AAhpdR8?ocid=mailsignout </link> <BR> <BR> I was blown away by this "young" lady. She is super phenomenal. WOW Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:36:04 EST True or False http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64617305 Hi Team Mates, <BR> <BR> I have 2 diet facts that I have been mulling over. Do you know if these are true or false? <BR> <BR> 1. If you eat less than 1200 calories a day you will slow your metabolism and not get enough nutrients. I have been doing about 900 calories for the last 10 days and I am not hungry. I have a small stature so my starting point is low. <BR> <BR> 2. Homemade sourdough bread is a low carb food. Like this recipe http://gwens-nest.com/easy-bread-recipe/. It doesn't seem... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:17:06 EST Going strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64615666 I'm lucky enough to have a primary care physician in a practice that offers a Body and Wellness program to the patients. It involves a visit every other week (at least in the begininning), nutrition, exercise and psychological guidance relating to getting healthy. I started the program in April. The nutrition program consists of a low carb/high protein/moderate fat way of eating. I had my visit this morning. Since I started the program on Aptil 14,2016, I've lost 36.6 pounds and 10.25 inches ... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:32:18 EST Thinner Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64614415 The scale finally moved - in the right direction! And I felt all day that my pants were a bit baggy. I like it! <BR> <BR> Nothing formally on my social calendar today except tutoring. Also house work and yard work, of course. I woke up about 5:30 and started the sprinklers going. Got to get that done before it gets too hot. And while it's still legal, too, of course. We can't water between 9 am and 5 pm. <BR> <BR> Another hot day today, then a cold front moves in and the highs go down to th... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:59:41 EST Food For Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64611383 Recently I came across <link>www.cellowhisps.com </link> these parmesan cheese whisps at Costco. They really are amazing when you are looking for something for a camp trip as I was. A serving is 15 whisps and that has less than 1g of carbs. They taste good but they are strong so a few are satisfying. <BR> <BR> Another thing I came across today that surprised me. <link>www.daveskillerbread.com/powerseed-t<BR>hin-sliced </link> <BR> <BR> I was with my oldest shopping at Costco and ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:50:17 EST WOE Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64607402 Work your way of eating today. It's a lifestyle! Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:21:22 EST Take a chance Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64600720 Try something new! Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:00:50 EST How's your A1C? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64593664 I must admit I'm a little disappointed in mine. After 2 years on low carb it has lowered from 5.7 to 5.5. Though according to popular definitions that means I am no longer pre-diabetic, some people think the cut off should be 5.5.. I guess I just expected my test result was going to be lower so I am a little sad. I really put a lot of energy into staying healthy kwim? I regularly test my blood sugar, fasting and after food and it's so rarely over 100 at any time, even after eating something c... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:55:08 EST Summer Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64593317 It's here. Summer. The longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere. <BR> <BR> So the days have actually been pretty long up to today. In fact, after today they get shorter again. Enjoy the summer! Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:16:43 EST Trying to find balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64593309 Hello, all. <BR> <BR> We are in summer, full-swing. The graduation hoopla has died down. Everyone has returned home to where they live. And I JUST NOW have gotten the house in order. (Sometimes it takes me awhile - anyone work this way?) <BR> <BR> In fact, all this week, I've been working on one area - my desk. At first, I set the goal to just clean off the top of my desk. But then I decided to go further and go through my drawers. Well, one of my drawers is a filing cabinet, so of course I... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:15:15 EST Yay! no headache today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64587896 Good news, I woke up this morning and the headache I have had off and on for two days is gone! I must have finally got my sodium levels up enough. Now just to keep them up lol. Also good news, my ketositx tested positive for ketones! It was a light purple, but, I just started atkins on friday so that is a good sign of ketosis begining. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 11:38:25 EST Happy Father's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64587512 Ok, so it doesn't have "Sunday" in the topic line, nor does it have alliteration, but that's today's thread anyway! <BR> <BR> Woke up at 5:30, took some tylenol and went back to sleep until 7, when I got up. I'm hoping the early tylenol will keep the aches and pains away. Took Russell for a short walk. Will get out and do some stuff in the garden after I'm finished here. May take Mom for a drive this afternoon. Haven't decided myself, nor have I asked her. We'll see. <BR> <BR> Hope you're a... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:37:46 EST High Steppin' Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64580651 I need to get out there - now! After highs in the upper 60s through Thursday, it's supposed to get up into the mid 80s today. Russell and I need to get out while it's still cool! I'm a real wimp when it comes to heat. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Sat, 18 Jun 2016 09:26:52 EST When you cook for nonlowcarbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64577340 Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I am back to low carb after more than a year away. I have 4-6 other people at home and I do all the cooking. It is easy to do a meat, veggie and potato meal for everyone. I can just skip the potato. <BR> <BR> I often plan nice low carb high fat meals but then feel bad when the boys break out the loaf of bread or high sugar dessert afterwards. Isn't it especially bad for their health to do the high fat and add high sugar on top. Is this true? <BR> <BR> Tonight I mentione... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 19:02:04 EST low energy on first day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64576257 wow, I know it is normal to be tired a couple days into atkins/low carb but I didnt realize it would happen on first day lol! I am so tired I can barely hold my eyes open. I just had to make another cup of coffee to keep me awake. Hope how soon I go into ketosis so I can start burning some fat for energy because I have NO energy right now. But, on a good note, I'm not the least bit hungry :P Fri, 17 Jun 2016 14:37:02 EST Fresh Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64572530 So, unlike yesterday, I decided to start Friday off early. It is technically Friday where I am, just after midnight. So good night and see you tomorrow, ... I mean later today. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 02:40:42 EST Tag Along Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64568784 I can't believe its this late and no daily post...not fair for Thursday to tag along with Wednesday. Friday Eve deserves its own thread, lol. So here we go... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:00:41 EST got my grocery shopping done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64568323 well, I got my grocery shopping done today. Now I can start back on atkins tomorrow. I would start today but I have already had more carbs in my breakfast than I should have all day lol. <BR> <BR> I bought enough meat, eggs, and cheese to last the next five days until payday. I also bought some cabbage and collard greens, and lettuce, and pickles. I also bought some coconut oil and unsalted butter to have my bulletproof coffee for breakfast this week. I already had mayonnaise and som... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:43:01 EST Question re hostessing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64563396 As I've mentioned several times lately, I'm having a bunch of company the first week of July. My oldest niece, her two daughters (10 and 13), and my two youngest nieces (13 and 16). My brother (father of the two youngest nieces) will be here a couple of days and Mom will be over here for some meals. <BR> <BR> I don't expect them to eat like I do, and will provide starches for most of the meals. Toast for breakfast, unless they have waffles or French toast. Probably sandwiches for lunch, wit... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 16:49:09 EST What, it's Wednesday? Again? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64560419 LITTLESAPPHIRE, <BR> <BR> Following yesterday's dizzy/ weakness, I tend to agree with MOMTOMONKEYS2. It sounds very much like a hydration and electrolyte issue. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:04:06 EST Totally Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64553786 Good morning, all. I only have a minute to post (yup, another one of THOSE days at work), but I wanted to ask you folks a favor. My niece has been having a pretty rough year and yesterday she had to put down her sweet little rescue doggie, Lucy. She was only about 6 years old. <BR> <BR> There's not much I can do to cheer her up but I think she would be comforted to get some support and condolences on her SparkPage: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=LT<BR>TLREDCORVETTE </li... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 09:20:05 EST Low Carb Veggie Superstars http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=79x482x64547479 <link>articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/<BR>archive/2016/06/13/top-low-carb-vegeta<BR>bles.aspx?utm_source=dnl&amp;utm_mediu<BR>m=email&amp;utm_content=art1&amp;utm_c<BR>ampaign=20160613Z1&amp;et_cid=DM108161<BR>&amp;et_rid=1526880909 </link> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 10:39:22 EST Metabolic Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64546570 Let's get that metabolism going with great low carb choices today!!! Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:53:48 EST Second Sunday (in June) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64540648 JONEILNH2015, <BR> Do go back to yesterday's conversation also. There is still support, and good replies coming in for you there, don't miss that. <BR> <BR> I have so many things to say (and help you) today too. So let me get started. <BR> <BR> First of all, in my opinion excessive carbohydrates are physically addictive. It isn't weak willpower any more than a heroin addict has weak willpower. What is the way a heroin addict handles that in the long term? Do they just cut the amount of hero... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 10:26:54 EST Dr. Berenstein http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=27560x482x64536658 I was wondering if anyone has followed Dr. Berenstein's diet protocol? It doesn't look like there is any fat? <BR> Two small servings of protein a day 2 very large servings of veggie and two fruits per day. Have I missed something? I was going to buy his book but not too interested in a low carb diet that is void if fat, protein and carb. Ha ha Sat, 11 Jun 2016 18:04:48 EST Satisfying Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64534035 Hope yours is! Sat, 11 Jun 2016 09:35:29 EST hello I'm back to give atkins another go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64531096 Hello, I was on here a couple months ago doing atkins. I had big loss first month then stalled out. After some thinking about it, I am ready to give it another go. Only this time, I am going to do it a little different. I am going to have less low carb veggies and NO atkins shakes and NO ready whip with strawberries lol (I know small amounts of that can be eaten but I cant resist the ready whip in my fridge so better if I just avoid it). <BR> <BR> I found this board to be very supporti... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 20:40:51 EST Fit Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64527085 Happy Friday, everyone! Got your fitness goals for the day figured out? And committed to? <BR> <BR> I somehow got in over 12,500 fitbit steps yesterday, quite by accident. It did include two Russell Walks, but the rest was just doing Life things - running errands, watering the garden, moving around the house, etc. I think my fitness goal today is just to hobble around the house! I can hardly move. <BR> <BR> Nothing on the calendar for today. One last hot day (10 degrees or so above normal)... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:19:15 EST Thoughtful Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64521148 A day to think about what you eat and drink. Thu, 9 Jun 2016 10:19:03 EST Water Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64514460 Its getting HOT throughout the country now...DRINK YOUR WATER!!! Wed, 8 Jun 2016 11:07:37 EST Tangy Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64506682 This is Tuesday, right? Tue, 7 Jun 2016 08:53:55 EST Monday Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64499488 I couldn't think of a super great title for today. But the Mama's and the Papa's had a song titled "Monday Monday" in 1966 <BR> <BR> "Monday, Monday, so good to me <BR> Monday mornin', it was all I hoped it would be ..." Mon, 6 Jun 2016 09:27:06 EST Happy Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64493009 Good morning, all! Have a wonderful Sunday! <BR> <BR> I'm still just going to plod along with some projects and try to rest up for the daunting week ahead. <BR> <BR> Got my closet project done yesterday and for once I won't wince when the men in the house leave the door open. It actually looks pretty nice! I had a lot of leftover wallpaper from my bedroom project, so I slapped it up (very sloppy if you look close, but it's a closet, so who cares?) and it actually looks very presentable. <BR... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 10:59:51 EST Sensational Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64486220 Hope yours is! Sat, 4 Jun 2016 10:25:09 EST For diabetic issues! Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=27560x482x64479212 <link>www.ditchthecarbs.com/2016/06/03/how<BR>-to-eat-for-diabetes/ </link> <BR> <BR> Great resource with lots of links to more. Dr. Bernstein University link in here! Fri, 3 Jun 2016 09:36:55 EST Fearless Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64478184 Here we are, end of the standard working week. Have a great Friday. Fri, 3 Jun 2016 07:18:55 EST The June Monthly Challenge Word: GENUINE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x64473499 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> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>235</em> <em>306</em> <em>243</em> <em>526</em> <em>380</em> <em>345</em> <em>244</em> <em>304</em> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> We've made a lot of progress this year, with powerful w... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 13:55:56 EST Thoroughly Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64471803 Whatever that means! <BR> <BR> I got the back yard watered. Should probably do the front yard, too, but it seems to be doing very well without getting watered three times a week. It's supposed to get hot this weekend and then it will need it more often. <BR> <BR> I'm waiting for the dentist's office to open so I can see about an appointment to get this tooth fixed. <BR> <BR> Claude's funeral is at 10. He's the 17 year old Congolese refugee who died last week. I'm impressed with how peopl... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 09:30:40 EST PCOS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64468261 Does anyone here have PCOS? My doc agrees with me that I MAY have PCOS. She says we should try and treat with diet and exercise. I agree. However, I have been doing low carb for several years. And I love to workout, so that is not a problem.But, I am only able to keep weight gain to minimum. I can't lose a single pound. I am slowly gaining! <BR> I think I want to try metformin. <BR> Diabetes runs in my family.... <BR> thoughts? <BR> Wed, 1 Jun 2016 21:07:42 EST how many??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64467678 I am trying to find the right number of carbs I should be eating to be considered eating low carb??? <BR> Some sites say as low as 50 to get the full benefits and others say go as high as 150/ <BR> Sp currently has my carbs at 255 which I consider too high and always try to stay under that. <BR> But I am just not sure where I should be aiming. <BR> Wed, 1 Jun 2016 19:28:04 EST FlyLady June Challenge: Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x64463295 Today is Wednesday: Anti-Procrastination 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> May Habit: Moving <BR> June Habit: Drinking Water <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 C... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 08:58:57 EST Wandering Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64463007 Don't wander folks! Wed, 1 Jun 2016 08:21:43 EST Tenacious Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64456245 Because we're all persistent but there's not a day of the week that begins with P. <BR> <BR> I'm not nearly as stiff and sore today as I expected. I may even get out and finish weed whacking the rest of the back yard! Maybe. But no promises. <BR> <BR> Tutoring session this morning, and that's all that's officially on my calendar. Tue, 31 May 2016 10:23:32 EST 'Membering Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64449400 Cuz just having a Memorial Day Monday isn't enough. It's the 'membering that matters. <BR> <BR> Been not exactly off plan the past couple of days, but not exactly on plan, either. Carbs are under my limit, but not eating "right." And not exercising because of bad knees and back. And because I was sort of light headed the past couple of days. But feeling better today and back on track. Already did my knee exercises and the timer's set to keep me from sticking to my chair all day. I need to go... Mon, 30 May 2016 10:33:06 EST Slow Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64443177 Relax today. Take it easy. Sun, 29 May 2016 10:40:06 EST Exercise Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64443140 Hello friends, <BR> I have a question for you. As motivation to keep me moving, I purchased a push behind mower (battery powered---pretty cool---no gas or oil to fool with) and I now take care of my 1.25 acre property myself rather than paying someone else to mow for me. It's great exercise and I have a pretty good sense of accomplishment when I'm done and it's constant motivation to do it in order to keep the grass from getting too high. I pretty much mow every other day or so...in rotation.... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:31:57 EST Another low-carb lifestyle resource http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=27560x482x64439008 I found this website through a post on another SP team forum I belong to. I had never seen it before, and it looks like it has some good information. Some of the fat bomb recipes look really good. <BR> <BR> The site has printable food lists, recipes, meal plans, and some strategies. <BR> <BR> <link>lowcarbediem.com/ </link> Sat, 28 May 2016 17:12:28 EST Shazamm Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64436910 Time to amaze and astound our family/friends. Or just relax and enjoy your weekend. Have a great day/weekend everyone! Remember those who served and be grateful for this wonderful country that we live in (for those in USA) Sat, 28 May 2016 09:54:08 EST Fearless Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64430419 Have a great day and take on those challenges. Be fearless today as you find challenges. We are capable. We are worthy! <BR> <BR> On the home front, my preg daughter has been pulled off her nursing job to reduce stress. Baby needs to go another 40 days. He is big enuf to survive if born now, but would spend time in nicu if he was early. We want as close to term as we can get. I'm spending as much time as I can helping, but she isn't on bedrest yet. I went over and fixed dinner the ... Fri, 27 May 2016 08:56:44 EST Body fat scale? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64425140 Does anyone use one of those body composition scales that tell you your body fat and such? Do they work well? Do they motivate you? Kind of wondering if i should get one, or if I'll end up stressing over the numbers a bunch. I can get really obsessive about these sorts of things. Thu, 26 May 2016 13:11:02 EST Take Time Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64423356 Take time to take care of you today! Thu, 26 May 2016 08:42:51 EST Hi, back again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64419444 Hi, I've been in this group for a long time, but have not been active for quite some time and thought I would re-introduce myself. Life has some what calmed down for me (I was going to school and starting a new job shortly after) and am hoping to get some of this extra weight I've put on.I have about 80 lbs I'd like to lose and am using more of a Atkins approach w/ very low carb to begin with and am hoping to transition to a whole food paleo approach after getting majority of the weight off. ... Wed, 25 May 2016 17:15:05 EST TMI NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64416848 If you still clicked, I applaud you. <BR> <BR> I know it is a weird NSV, so you are the first ones to hear about it, but yesterday I realized while going to the bathroom, I can see the front of the toilet seat. My stomach isn't covering it up any more. kinda shocked me. LOL Wed, 25 May 2016 08:48:07 EST What's Up Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64416797 What's up? <BR> Finally I made it through a day without bingeing in any crap. Wow that's a slippery slope. My tummy is getting back to normal but the scale is still unhappy. <BR> Sunny this morning and I have a haircut so 2 great things about today so far! Wed, 25 May 2016 08:41:21 EST Chuy's last night... ugh.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64416548 I know I didn't do terrible, and usually my carbs are pretty low, but... I had the chips with the jalapeno dip. Not as much as I usually would, but enough. I got a salad, and it was good. I'm actually down this morning and expected a big gain because I know it wasn't good for my allergies. I will wake up breathing hard when I've eaten bad stuff (think feeling like just getting done with a good vigorous workout), and this morning I did. That usually means a good pound or two gain too. I... Wed, 25 May 2016 07:56:06 EST Twitchy Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64408129 Grrr. Another sleepless night. I think it has to do with a change in meds. I hope so, because that makes it fixable. <BR> <BR> I'm starting at home ESL lessons to a Congolese refugee today. He is very deaf - I'm told he can hear a tiny bit. The Center thought it would be better for him to have one on one lessons at his home than to have him in a class. He wants very much to learn enough English to get a job. He really wants a job. That's a story I've heard before - most of the refugees want... Tue, 24 May 2016 02:11:21 EST Reading through Diet Dr website http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64405508 found this website today, really liked this section. Really think Dr. Fung is so great. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.dietdoctor.com/how-to-lose-weigh<BR>t </link> <BR> <BR> Going to look over this and see where I can tweak some more Mon, 23 May 2016 16:26:47 EST Motivating Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64401202 So, what are you motivated to do today? I'm motivated to go back to bed and try to get to sleep. I gave up after about an hour and came out and played on my computer and compiled this missive to you. <BR> <BR> Hope you had a good night and that you have a good day! <BR> <BR> Nighty-night. Mon, 23 May 2016 02:53:50 EST Enough with the eggs already~~~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64399332 Actually I am talking about the usual suspects. Scrambled, fried, deviled, boiled soft and hard. <BR> And then I eat way more cheese than I ever ate. don't get me wrong, I love cheese. But I cannot get it out of my head that it is an artery clogger. And it's known to do other things to a body too. <BR> <BR> Someone that's been on low carb for quite sometime, have you ever had your pipes checked?I know it's one of those things that the FDA throws out at you like eggs being bad for you etc.... Sun, 22 May 2016 19:41:34 EST Sunny Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64397318 And I'm claiming this now! Sun, 22 May 2016 13:04:30 EST serene Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64389905 Going to the horse races today. Taking the grandkids with to show them how to loose money on gambling, a life lesson. Taking their piggy banks with. <BR> <BR> Lord help me if we accidentally pick a winner. Sat, 21 May 2016 10:43:34 EST Bungee Jumping Whoosh Troll http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64389241 I love the Whoosh Fairy but seem to be visited more by her evil twin, what I call the "Whoosh Troll". When I lose several pounds, my body seems to go into panic mode and overnight I will gain them back plus maybe another on top, like a bungee jump, up and down. This is after staying firmly on plan in calorie and carb range and drinking lots of water. Maybe it is salt? Then slowly the scale goes down, then springs back up, then down again. It seems to happen at particular weights, like my bo... Sat, 21 May 2016 09:07:28 EST New member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64385948 Hi everyone! <BR> I'm new here...I just started working on a nutrition/fitness program with my primary care physician and she has me on a low carb/high protein program. I was unbelievably successful in the first 4 weeks...lost 20 pounds. But this past week, nothing. I haven't changed my eating from the first 4 weeks. Isn't it a little soon to hit a plateau? <BR> I've been lucky so far...no real cravings. I'm eating lots of small meals and have most of my eating done early in the day and usu... Fri, 20 May 2016 18:53:12 EST Friday Faucet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64383868 Russell woke me up about 4:30, and while we both went back to bed after our respective potty breaks, I didn't go back to sleep. So got up about 6:00 and took Russell for a walk. It started raining just as we turned back and has been pretty much raining for the past three hours or so. Not a heavy rain, but definitely wet out there. <BR> <BR> The only thing on my calendar is taking Antoine to get his fishing license. I'll get one for me, too. I asked among the Refugee Center mentors whether a... Fri, 20 May 2016 11:45:37 EST Vitamin D and Magnesium Deficiency http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64377858 This article is fascinating. And my LC friends and fans will not be shocked that a low fat diet has contributed to the widespread Vit D problem...as well as magnesium deficiency. <BR> <BR> <link>www.easy-immune-health.com/Causes-of<BR>-Vitamin-D-Deficiency.html </link> Thu, 19 May 2016 13:41:12 EST Electric Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64375353 " And God said, 'Let there be light' and there was light, but the Electricity Board said He would have to wait until Thursday to be connected. " - Spike Milligan Thu, 19 May 2016 07:53:36 EST So tired and hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64372132 Hey guys, still no computer so I'll keep this short. Since Monday I've been having a ton of hunger and I've been very tired. I was doing so good before, lots of energy and never hungry. I haven't changed my carbs. I've been trying to eat more fat to help with the hunger but it only helps for a while. And this sleepiness is terrible. Plus I've been headachey. I'm not sure what to do or why this would happen a month into my diet. It feels like keto flu but I don't get why I'm getting it now.... Wed, 18 May 2016 18:51:19 EST Whacky Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64368856 The world is round, why am I the one where the sun comes up first? <BR> <BR> <BR> SHINY_SIDE_UP, <BR> Yes one still needs to burn more calories than one consumes in order to loose body fat, but without the carbs it is much easier, with less hunger. Wed, 18 May 2016 09:16:18 EST Do you find yourself mentally screaming when ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=79x482x64367964 a recipe for a 'low carb" dessert is 30 carbs? Wed, 18 May 2016 07:09:01 EST BB is this you IRL? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64364033 <link>www.facebook.com/awakenwithjp/videos<BR>/1313773811971811/ </link> Tue, 17 May 2016 15:17:21 EST How much fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64363105 I have seen so many things about how much fat (the more the better!!!!!) you should be having to lose. "the more fat I eat, the faster I lose". I stick at about 70%, getting higher than that is a real struggle, so... how much fat is right? I have seen 80% or more? Tue, 17 May 2016 12:14:34 EST Talky Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64361607 I didn't even know "Talky" was a real word until today. <BR> <BR> <BR> BUDGETMAW, <BR> To get those links to work... When you add the link in, if it starts with https:, then all the rest, edit it and delete that 's' leaving http: and all the rest, then add it in. <BR> <BR> You can even go back to your older posts and delete that 's' after the fact. <BR> <BR> I used to do website stuff as a consultant. That extra 's' means 'secure', it means that in some way you have logged on to that sit... Tue, 17 May 2016 08:45:57 EST Meandering Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64355635 My thoughts, that is. Meandering. <BR> <BR> And while my thoughts were meandering and I was answering a phone call and making a text or two, misssjvs started a thread and M2M added to it. So I moved my post over there. See you on the other thread! Mon, 16 May 2016 12:15:42 EST Misty Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64355522 Didn't see a thread started for Monday yet, so thought I'd give it a shot. It's more than misty here - it's a downright downpour, but that didn't rhyme with Monday. It's supposed to rain all day here in Kansas with highs only in the low to mid 50's - sure doesn't feel much like the middle of May! The bad thing is this weather makes me want to munch on junk all day long - it's going to be a long day! But, it's good for the flowers and my garden! Hope everyone had a good weekend. My baby brothe... Mon, 16 May 2016 12:02:48 EST Hi, I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64352269 Hello! I just started the dietdoctor.com 2 week low carb challenge. I've done Atkins and South Beach before and had some success, so I thought I'd give this a try. Love that it's free, and has printable grocery lists, lol. <BR> Mon, 16 May 2016 00:22:32 EST 'Sup Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64347967 I'm catching up on some house cleaning. Loads of fun. Sun, 15 May 2016 11:07:13 EST Whoosh Fairy.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64343550 http://kickincarbclutter.blogspot.com/2007<BR>/05/low-carb-whoosh-fairy.html?m=1 <BR> <BR> <BR> A fun read. Sat, 14 May 2016 18:53:35 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64342751 Hi, I just joined this team &amp; want to say Hi to you all. <BR> <BR> I try to focus on protein, fruits &amp; veggies. I usually have my carbs under 75g at the end of the day (about 50 net). <BR> <BR> I'm an experienced low carber. I first learned about it when Protein Power came out -- that was back in the 90's. Sat, 14 May 2016 16:00:51 EST Secure Saturday 5/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64339770 Congratulations on surviving Friday the 13th! <BR> <BR> I've decided to leave for my traveling before 10:00. It's easier to meet that goal than to stress out to get out of the by 8:30'ish. <BR> <BR> There's freeze warnings for tonight here in WI. All the plants I put in the ground . . . Grrrrr! <BR> The plants will survive or NOT. Breathe in . . . breathe out! Hugs to all! <BR> <BR> PS+ = Have I shared how much I LOVE SP-TV? Seriously, even if I'm just listening to exercise seg... Sat, 14 May 2016 08:02:52 EST Oil Pulling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=27560x482x64336191 I receive a daily e-newsletter from Dr. Josh Axe which usually has links to several articles. One of the articles in today's newsletter was about oil pulling. Has anyone tried it? I've done it off and on but have never been consistent about it, but I think I'll give it a shot again in light of all the digestive issues I've had over the past couple of years. Here is a link to the article: <link>draxe.com/oil-pulling-coconut-oil/?u<BR>tm_source=newsletter&amp;utm_medium=em<BR>ail&amp;utm_camp... Fri, 13 May 2016 15:56:01 EST Anyone have problems with flax seed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64335783 I just bought a big ol' bag of flax seed and was looking forward to making some muffins or something with it, but I just ran across something today that says it has a lot of phytoestrogens in it. I know that estrogen helps the body actually hold onto fat, so I'm wondering... does anyone have issues with flax seed? Do you find it harder to lose weight when you eat it? Should I dump my flax into my compost pile? Fri, 13 May 2016 14:45:08 EST Help with non-nut snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64334468 I am suddenly struggling for ideas here. I think I've been low carb for about 2 years now and all this time I eat almonds as my afternoon snack. Suddenly the last week everytime I eat them my mouth is burning and itching, yesterday for hours afterwards. So I have to assume I am suddenly allergic to almonds according to Google searches I have done on almond allergy symptoms. So what do I replace them with? Yesterday I just went hungry and it wasn't pleasant. I really love them for satiety. I h... Fri, 13 May 2016 10:58:29 EST Thank God It's Friday the 13-th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64332887 It's a bad day to have Triskaidekaphobia. <BR> <BR> From the Greek, fear of the number 13: <BR> <BR> Tris - three <BR> kai - and <BR> Deka - ten <BR> Phobia - fear Fri, 13 May 2016 07:23:00 EST How many calories? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64326587 Determine How Many Calories You Should Eat <BR> How many calories you need to eat to maintain your current weight depends on factors such as your gender, age, height, weight, and activity level. Your body uses about two-thirds of the calories you consume each day just to keep its systems functioning — your heart beating, your muscles moving. The rest of your calorie intake, according to My Calorie Counter, fuels everyday activities like walking around, exercising, typing an e-mail, doing a cr... Thu, 12 May 2016 09:03:05 EST Thunderous Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64326400 <BR> Thursday is named after Thor, the god of thunder. I guess it should be "Thor's day". <BR> <BR> In German the day is named "Donnerstag" made from "Donner" which is the German word for Thunder, and "Tag" the German word for day. <BR> <BR> In the names of Santa's Reindeer: <BR> Dasher <BR> Dancer <BR> Prancer <BR> Vixen <BR> Comet <BR> Cupid <BR> Donner (thunder) <BR> Blitzen (lightning) <BR> <BR> Yup it's thunder day today. Thu, 12 May 2016 08:41:50 EST Exercise order? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64323265 So I know that you don't have to workout on LC, but to be completely transparent, my eating habits have been horrendous since Baby Girl and I got back from New Orleans. I've been putting on some weight. I know it's stress eating with everything that's going on. Not making excuses - I'm just being real. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I think I might have mentioned a while back that Baby Girl and I were going to start going to the Y to workout. She wants to lose a little weight and get stronger (and now wi... Wed, 11 May 2016 20:32:24 EST They say it's better with a friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64323175 I have done lo carb successfully alone three times, so I know it's the right plan. I'm hoping with a friend or two I can follow through and figure out how to maintain. I've heard the journey is better with a friend. Wed, 11 May 2016 20:17:01 EST Wacky Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64318540 May I start the daily thread? <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> I'm on a roller coaster ride of busyness and emotions. <BR> <BR> My son graduates in seven days. Family will be here in five. Family will be staying with me. My dad and step mom have never met The Man Beast or the kids. I'm very excited - and so are they. My mother in law has decided not to come to The Man Child's graduation. I'd be lying if I said I weren't bitter. My husband is heartbroken, but disguising it as bitterness. This will g... Wed, 11 May 2016 06:11:32 EST On being nice... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64316344 Sometimes it just doesn't pay. <BR> <BR> I took Russell over to Mom's to play with Sandy and take some stuff over there and so forth, and while I was there I had an idea. I've been wanting to go for drives just to go for drives, but it's a lot more fun going with someone than doing it alone. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I've asked Mom a few times before if she wanted to go for a ride and she's always said no, or at least not really. I asked her again today, and she said not really. Then I added that ... Tue, 10 May 2016 19:56:55 EST Perfect Health Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64315965 I feed my kids a Gluten free/Grain Free diet. My 6 boys (ages 8,9,11,11,13,21) with Down Syndrome have benefited the most. Their Endocrinologist says more people with DS are most often gluten sensitive. Altho none tested positive!! LOL!! <BR> <BR> 5 of them from orphanages, ate only white bread soaked in water, potato water or rotten yogurt (out of beer bottles with calf nipples) the first 4-9 years of their life. I was not LC/HF Grain Free when they came home; so I introduced all the wrong ... Tue, 10 May 2016 18:42:26 EST Toss Up Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64313164 Good morning all--let's get this party started Tue, 10 May 2016 09:41:50 EST Bullet Proof Coffee Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64310934 Is it necessary to whip this stuff into a froth? I have just been stirring the butter and CO into my coffee and I enjoy it just fine like that. <BR> Am I missing out on something? Or is the whipped froth just a culinary thing? lol Tue, 10 May 2016 00:02:29 EST Monday may 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64307248 I didn't see a daily topic . . . so I popped in! Hugs Mon, 9 May 2016 13:43:40 EST Special Celebratory Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64299434 Happy Mother's Day, everyone! Sun, 8 May 2016 10:48:11 EST Alcohol? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64296323 I'm not a big drinker, but once in a while hubby and I like to kick back with an adult beverage. We got some cool new porch furniture today, so we got some Captain and some diet Dr. Pepper (really nice combination), and had a nice evening together on the porch. Should I be worried about what the scale will say tomorrow? The Captain doesn't have many carbs in it, but I know the body preferentially burns alcohol (because it's a toxin, lol). <BR> <BR> What kind of experiences do you guys h... Sat, 7 May 2016 21:42:15 EST cell phone security http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64293921 I received a text this morning, saying it was from my friend Ushindi (by name) and her cell phone number. It said "Download this video chat so we can talk" and then gave a URL.It didnt' sound like quite how she would have said it, so I texted her and asked if she had texted me. Nope, it wasn't from her. <BR> <BR> I assume it's some sort of nasty scam and I'd either be infecting my computer (or phone, if my phone were smart enough to use the URL) or stealing personal information or taking me ... Sat, 7 May 2016 12:56:01 EST Sunny Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64293900 Which is nice, after the rain (which we really needed) and hail and thunder an lightning last night. <BR> <BR> Off to the Farmers Market. First one of the season. Then probably Winco with Mom. And cleaning up so Mom can come over for Mothers' Day dinner. Fortunately there's not a lot to do since it's still mostly clean from Monday's Bunco gathering. Sat, 7 May 2016 12:51:03 EST Breakfast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64286882 Does anyone else have problems with breakfast. I would like to have something different than eggs, bacon and or cheese. I have a flax muffin every so often, but the maple syrup cost's in carbs, plus I am out of flax. Any other types of muffins? I like them with my coffee, but always seem to be too high for my under 20 carbs a day. I like the muffin in the mug, but would make a dozen to use throughout the week. Any suggestions??? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/gui... Fri, 6 May 2016 11:51:07 EST Freedom Friday! Breathe! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64285622 I'm attempting to use Postive Words to Boost! <BR> <BR> I found SparkPeopleTV for exercise. That's exciting for me. It's on uTube. That took some investigation. I still haven't figured out how to navigate in the site. <BR> <BR> Positive Energy--words to Heal---Motivate--Calm--what other adjectives? Hugs Fri, 6 May 2016 09:17:31 EST Back to LC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64280776 Hi everyone :) My name's Julie. I've been a member of Spark for a long time, and even managed to lose 30 pounds back when I first joined. That was doing low calorie though, and it didn't stick for very long. So now I'm back and I'm trying low carb. I've been moderately low carb for about four years, but some seriously traumatic life stuff last fall helped me gain 30 pounds. So now I want to lose that plus another 20 pounds and be back at the best weight I've ever been at. <BR> <BR> I... Thu, 5 May 2016 15:26:10 EST Theatrical Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64279134 Especially when a 13 year old DD is involved! <BR> <BR> Absolutely nothing on the calendar for today! The day is all mine. I've watered the front yard (manual sprinklers, not the automatic kind) and will work in the back yard today. It should be a nice day. And that's about it. Thu, 5 May 2016 10:49:49 EST Thoughtful Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64279123 wow have we been quiet in the am a lot this week! Been trying to think about how things are going for us with our WOE, and how our attitudes have really changed in the last few months. I am so much more calm, I quit driving myself crazy with micromanaging all I was eating, we are both losing weight at a respectable pace, things are good. <BR> <BR> DH was SO frustrated this am. The scale said 200.0. LOL I am fluctuating this week, but that's probably pms fluctuation, so I'm not too wor... Thu, 5 May 2016 10:48:24 EST Wacky Wednesday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64271801 One kiddo home from school, so I had to drive the other one and be home in time to start work at 8. Didn't get much of my morning routine done. Got a call from my neighbor, his wife passed early this morning after being in a nursing home for 23 years with alzheimers. <BR> <BR> Will eat a smaller lunch(maybe 200-300 calories) because I am not getting hungry early enough at night (I like to eat by 6 or 7, but lately not hungry until 8 or 9 pm) Wed, 4 May 2016 11:21:58 EST Vegetarian LCHF http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64268207 I'm part of a Keto FB group, and one member is vegetarian. I know someone (Calgal?) was asking about it last week, finally found a link to her website. Hope it helps! <BR> <BR> <link>www.ketoforindia.com/about/ </link> Tue, 3 May 2016 23:18:41 EST Talkative Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64263804 Though of course I tend towards talkativeness every day, and not just on Tuesday! <BR> <BR> The luncheon and Bunco went well yesterday. My mother would have pulled off having a dozen women over for lunch with no problem at all. Me, I made a big deal out of. Definitely different generations! <BR> <BR> I see the doctor about changing my depression meds today. Of course, if I have the gumption to call for an appointment it means things have already turned around. I'm doing much better than I ... Tue, 3 May 2016 10:26:35 EST FlyLady May Challenge: Day 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x64256530 Oops. Missed Day 01! <BR> <BR> Today is Monday: Weekly Home Blessing Hour <BR> <BR> This week we are in Zone 1: The Entrance, Front Porch and Dining Room <BR> <BR> This month's Habit is: Moving <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 Control Journal <BR> <BR> What's For Dinner? <BR> <BR> Drin... Mon, 2 May 2016 11:05:28 EST Metagrobolized Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64253533 So, are you metagrobolized today? <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 May 2016 02:48:58 EST The May Challenge Word: JUMPSTART http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x64249822 Words can heal, words can hurt. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>306</em> <em>243</em> <em>250</em> <em>304</em> <em>223</em> <em>526</em> <em>525</em> <em>227</em> <em>245</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> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247... Sun, 1 May 2016 15:49:24 EST Snazzy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64246617 HI ALL <BR> big big T storms here. house shaking, lightening going crazy. Love big storms tho. <BR> seems it is on the end now, everything tapering off. washed that nasty pollen off everything which is nice. <BR> <BR> easy day <BR> just relaxing and little of this and that <BR> off to moms for a visit later to chat <BR> stop at store and get kiddo new sneakers along the way <BR> <BR> 'big doings' here LOL <BR> <BR> ribeye and pork chops today. All is fab in my little world of ZC! Life... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:07:25 EST Ladies' Luncheon Menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64241708 I'm having twelve (including me) ladies here for Bunco Monday afternoon. I've only played with this group three times. The afternoon officially begins with "snacks." <BR> <BR> The first time I played with them there was pulled pork and rolls to make sandwiches, probably salad of some sort, and multiple desserts. Seems like there was more than this, but I don't remember. <BR> <BR> The second time the hostess said she didn't get around to fixing anything, so she served grilled ham and cheese... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 13:36:03 EST Sassy Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64240497 Nothing much planned for today except getting ready for Bunco on Monday. I'm having eleven women (twelve, including me) over for "snacks" and then an afternoon of Bunco. Which means the house has to be cleaned and tidied and I have to figure out the food. And then fix the food. And I have to go to Mom's house and borrow a couple of card tables and some chairs. <BR> <BR> Cloudy today, possible chance of showers. But back in the 70s starting on Tuesday. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:14:42 EST Checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64231998 Good morning, team! <BR> <BR> I thought I'd come and give everyone an update (if you were just dying from curiosity <em>334</em> ) <BR> <BR> The Spring musical was a huge success! The Man Child's performance of Scuttle was a hit. Everyone loved him. I was so proud of him. But, it was a busy run and our year isn't about to slow down! <BR> <BR> Three more Mondays and school will be out for the summer. The Man Child graduates on the 20th. Family is coming in on the 18th. (And I still work ... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:47:03 EST Friendly Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64231681 And the next to the last day of April! I don't know about you, but I always feel that April is spring and May is getting into the start of summer. I can't believe that summer is practically here! At least it's practically time to start planting things. I already have kale and chard planted, but I'll be be planting tomatoes and things like that soon. <BR> <BR> Do you read Anne Perry's Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mysteries? The earlier ones in the series were so much better, back in the days wh... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:19:35 EST Friday Eve (aka Thursday!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64225995 Hope everyone is up and going today! <BR> <BR> Looking for a good day today. kinda hungry this morning. Wondering if some hard boiled eggs (warmed up) with some butter would be a good breakfast. Seems I can IF for a couple days, not eat much, then for a couple days I'm starving. LOL <BR> <BR> a bit grouchy. I don't like getting up before 6, but inevitably my husband wakes up at 4:30 or 5, then moves, bounces, looks at his phone and chuckles or talks to it, or worse, talks to me! Th... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:37:50 EST Results of LCHF vs Calorie diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64224623 My parents have been a long time enemy of eating LCHF. In fact, they have never been able to understand the science of it at all. Until now, that is. <BR> <BR> I challenged my parents to eat LCHF for a few days and I would eat the 'normal' foods but at a calorie restrictions. I HAD to eat a certain number of carbs a day, though. Just to satisfy the point of the challenge. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, I kicked their BUTTS!!! They have now eliminated all grains and pastas from their diet and ar... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:16:59 EST Weird Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64218500 Though given the weather forecast, maybe that should be Wild Wednesday! I hope you all stay safe. <BR> <BR> I didn't sleep well last night - that going in and out of sleep, never quite waking up but not really asleep, either. And a very strange dream. I hadn't been going to my math class and now it was finals time and I missed the final because I was rescuing a dog. And on and on. I think that even in those semi-awake periods I was panicking because that was the last class I needed to gradua... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:02:28 EST Back Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64217039 Hello all, this is about my third time back on SparkPeople, but my first time trying low-carb. I just joined this Yoli Better Body System program; has anyone ever heard of it? It's a whole program for optimum health, not just weight loss, but losing weight will sure be an added bonus since my daughter's wedding is coming up in August. <BR> <BR> I am a java-junkie, and I'm addicted to bagels and all kinds of white bread, bagels, potatoes, etc., so for me, I decided that maybe this time I sh... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 23:41:10 EST Sweeteners http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64215293 I scrolled through 3 pages looking for a past topic but didn't find it easily and I'm not patient so I'm posting as I know everyone here goes crazy over this topic, lol. <BR> <BR> First of all do you use a sweetener? Why do you use the one you use? <BR> <BR> Has anyone used Swerve? How is this compared to Stevia which I've spent a fortune on mind you trying to find a "pure" version that doesn't taste nasty. Do you use Splenda? Why or why not? How often do you use a sweetener? Every d... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:39:44 EST The Wrong Kind of Food Indifference http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64214216 The last two days I've been struggling with food indifference. Nothing really sounds good. Yesterday I had half my eggs and sausage and then drank coffee w/ hwc until 3:00 when I went home and served myself up some Cheesecake Fluff. My fluff had cocoa in it. I decided to make it even better and I stirred in some peanut butter...topped it with peanuts and some dark choco shavings. It was freakin' fabulous and the only thing I would do different next time is top with some whipped cream. S... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:18:58 EST Interesting Ted talk on intermittent fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=27560x482x64213155 http://www.cosmicscientist.com/ted-talk-ne<BR>uroscientist-shows-what-fasting-does-t<BR>o-your-brain/ Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:57:18 EST Tantalizing Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64211837 What's tantalizing about it? Why wondering what wonders it will hold, of course! Lots of them for all of us, I hope. <BR> <BR> Bill just left. We had a good visit. I used his visit as an excuse to cancel everything yesterday, today and tomorrow. And it was mostly honest - I really didn't know how long he'd be here. So I have another day all to myself. <BR> <BR> Bill is a good cook and also eats low carb, so food wasn't a problem. And he did a lot of the cooking! Can't hardly beat that. <BR... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:11:23 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64206572 Hi everyone! I am thinking of coming back to low carb atkins plan. Last time a couple of months ago I tried and done well for a month then started slowly gaining so I gave up. Gained 8 pounds back, but, since have lost the eight just by eating only when I am hungry and stopping when full and lots of prayer. <BR> <BR> My husband was doing atikins with me before and he had same problem as me he lost 17 pounds first month, then gained a couple back and got discouraged and quit as well. He... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 13:37:59 EST Magnanimous Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64204974 Be kind to yourself today! :) <BR> <BR> Back at work today, feeling much better, got a lot done yesterday. I think my TOM just kills my body/spirit for a week. Glad to be back to feeling human again! <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:40:42 EST Splendiferous Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64198637 And sunny, besides! Which is nice after a very wet and windy Saturday. <BR> <BR> My brother should be getting here any time. I think he's going to call and tell me when he'll arrive, but who knows. He may do that from the driveway, or just tell me when I answer the door. The kitchen is cleaned up and the fireplace room and living room vacuumed, but that's about it. The really important stuff is done, though - the box of wine is out and so's the coffee pot! I'll even make him a pot of coffee ... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 11:42:51 EST Soggy Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64191635 At least it looks like it will be. High in the mid 80s on Thursday. High in the mid 50s today. Oh well. We need the rain! Sat, 23 Apr 2016 09:57:28 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64183774 I landed here a few days ago and I am sooo glad that I did. I'm not sure why I was thinking about LC, other than I was just sick and tired of going around the carb merry-go-round. The more I ate, the more I wanted. I was going up instead of down on the scale and beating myself up all the time. Anyway, when I tried LC yrs ago, I went for zero and got burnt out real quick. Since then, I've learned a thing or two about healthy eating. It CAN be done, and I like this way of eating for me. I feel ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:48:21 EST Meat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64183169 Ok Almost 2 months on Low Carb. And I am having trouble with meat, making me nauseous I have not eaten red meat for many years. I actually got tired of turkey and chicken. So when I started this, I brought in bacon and steaks and hamburger. <BR> Yesterday I made a rib eye, know this is BACONBURGERS favorite. I could only eat half of it and didn't feel very good for the rest of the day. <BR> I want to stay with low carb, but I don't want to eat red meat or actually very little meat would b... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 07:23:07 EST Friendly Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64183086 HI GUYS <BR> sorry I dropped off for a bit. real life got in my way. I know you guys know that. WAY too much on the plate and my aunt passed and things got wonky there. <BR> <BR> I am 100% on my plan tho :) I will not ever let life derail me again. I DO FOR ME thru it all even if it gets hairy and crazy and stressed :) :) So in a good place again and am trying to find some posting time. <BR> <BR> winter and fall, I have so much time---come spring and summer I am hardly ever in the ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 07:10:48 EST Out of control http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64176884 Starving all the time and gaining weight. Been taking in to many carbs! one day at a time but starting back to low carbing. Pray for me! Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:05:24 EST Thirsty Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64176143 I read the Coach's motivation blog '100 pounds Lost, 10 Lessons Learned" first thing this morning. OMG--- " . . I learned to throw away the cake." Great Blog! I hope you can locate the article. For those of us that are struggling with 'life' . . . it was inspirational for me. <BR> <BR> Hugs! I woke up very thirsty this morning. My Himalayan Pink Salt drink is doing it's job this morning. I have NOT been drinking enough fluids. I may be drinking water but for my activity level a... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:06:54 EST Wacky Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64168614 Hmmmm. I seem to be seeing the start of a trend here.... <BR> <BR> Nothing wacky planned here, but stuff seems to find me whether I'm out looking for it or not. Antoine and Veronica this morning, then ESL for a couple of hours this afternoon. I watered last night, so I hope that the soil will be damp enough for the weeds to come out easily but not too damp to sit on while I'm pulling/digging weeds. <BR> <BR> So, what wild and wacky wonders for your Wednesday? Wed, 20 Apr 2016 06:50:32 EST Neighborhood Kid Protocol http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64167237 When I went out to mow the lawn this evening, a neighborhood boy came over and asked if he could do it for me. I asked him how much he'd charge, and he said nothing, he just didn't have anything better to do. I accepted, but I gave him $5. He mowed the front yard and carried four bags of soil around to the back. Took him probably about 15 minutes, maybe 20. Definitely less than 30. <BR> <BR> His family moved in across the street a couple of months ago. I went over and introduced myself to th... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 22:55:44 EST Carbohydrate Addict's Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64167159 Is anyone trying the Carbohydrate Addict's Diet by Rachel and Richard Heller? Tue, 19 Apr 2016 22:41:15 EST Intolerant http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64164774 Are you intolerant? I am. I'll admit it. I finally quit making excuses for myself ...sabotaging myself...and people tend to want to know "what" your doing. If I answer honestly and tell them my strategies then I get excuses. I'm sure they are secretly thinking that I'll never stick with what I'm doing and gain all my weight back. I think they are hoping it...praying for it. Conspiracy thinking - maybe. So I've become intolerant of those who refuse to try. Now don't take this wrong. ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:10:29 EST Topsy Turvy Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64162996 Why? No particular reason. It just sounds right. <BR> <BR> Have a great day, everyone, and remember to look at things from a different angle today! Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:20:47 EST So working on making a new challenge for myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64160464 I love growing things and want to free myself from the markets as much as possible. Unfortunately, LCHF doesn't allow me to eat only what I grow during the summer. So, I need ideas here. I want a huge garden and to only have to go to the store like once or twice. I don't count trips to my family butcher as the store. <BR> <BR> I have an aversion to grisle and skins and such. Pretty much the only super fats I eat really are EVOO and butter and heavy whipping cream. Coconut oil and butter mak... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 05:34:41 EST The Sugar Conspiracy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=27560x482x64158689 I just came across this excellent article. It's got a lot of information covered in various books I've read and is a very worthwhile read. <BR> <BR> <link>www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr<BR>/07/the-sugar-conspiracy-robert-lustig<BR>-john-yudkin?CMP=share_btn_tw </link> <BR> <BR> Also, if you are worried about high cholesterol, you will find much encouragement here. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 21:26:55 EST Hello to the Group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64156533 I've been stalking this group for a few days and decided to join...there's a lot of great info! I'm not new to low-carb - I did Atkins and South Beach in the early 2000's. <BR> <BR> Before my 3 year-old daughter was born, I had lost about 60 pounds on a low-calorie diet and a TON of cardio. Then, pregnancy...I gained back all that weight and then some...postpartum depression, stress, no sleep, blah, blah, blah...I'm the heaviest I've ever been. In a bad way. <BR> <BR> One week ago I start... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:27:06 EST Mangled Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64154031 Did NOT want to get up this morning. Got a late night call from a crying college student who just needed to talk, so you can imagine how poorly I slept after she got off the phone. Hubby and I talked to almost midnight I think. She's struggling with life, being an adult, school, work, etc. I think she's going to take a semester off, she needs to. Preferred scheduling ended friday and she hasn't registered yet. I think she thought we would be disappointed, but told her we love her no mat... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:33:16 EST Why http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64149727 Hello all, <BR> <BR> I don't know why I do what I do.... <BR> <BR> This plan works wonderfully when I'm complient..... I never felt better, more energy, felt thinner and helped my neurological symptoms so why oh why did I slip back into my old ways. <BR> <BR> Feeling crap I got on the scales this morning and no surprise it reflected everything I'm feeling. <BR> <BR> <BR> I can't do this plan now and then I need to turn the corner this is for life... So today I admit to you and my sel... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 18:46:57 EST LC side effects? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64148697 Ok Wed the 20th I will be starting 8 weeks of Low Carb. 2 questions. Does eating more of low carb cause stomach, intestinal discomfort? It happens to me about once or twice a week. <BR> Other question. Does your lab reports show your cholesterol results? I would wonder with eating meats with saturated fats and a LOT of eggs, cause any problems with this? I know eggs are not the culprit they made them out to be, but those boys do mount up the cholesterol in my nutrition guidelines. But ... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 15:50:12 EST Sensible Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64146994 I'm in Chicago area watching my 12 &amp; 10 year olds warm up for their gymnastics. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 11:00:31 EST Fell off wagon/back on http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64146764 On Friday, I was down 16.6 lbs. for the week ( since Sunday ). Yesterday, we had a fundraiser for our Senator, Debbie Stabenow ( at a restaurant ). The time was 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.I had no breakfast at 7 a.m., convincing myself I would just stick to eggs ( it was a breakfast ). The bacon had too much Na., and the rest was 2 small pancakes, and toast ( a whole basket ). <BR> <BR> Well, right off, I was OK eating the bacon, along with the eggs, and they had some flavored cream cheese in an S p... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 10:17:06 EST Sparky Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64139625 I didn't see a Thread so thought I'd get one going! Hugs! Sat, 16 Apr 2016 10:22:49 EST Article on CO2 and produce (predictions) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64133351 Cheery article for gardeners and eaters: <BR> <BR> http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/R-D/CO2<BR>-rises-could-fuel-obesity-as-plants-ca<BR>rb-load/?utm_source=newsletter_daily&a<BR>mp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=1<BR>4-Apr-2016&amp;c=5OBDOt3CPZo0M%2FlVdZU<BR>0Sw%3D%3D&amp;p2= <BR> <BR> Any bets this hasn't already started to happen? I've seen studies comparing the USDA nutritional data for plants to what we actually eat now, and they don't match... <BR> <BR> SJP Fri, 15 Apr 2016 11:59:39 EST Glucose numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64132452 Ok this morning is the first morning I have seen my glucose numbers @ 96. I am thrilled to be below 100. <BR> My next question, is how low can it go, and to what point may be dangerously low? I am on medication until I see my Doctor, which I do not see until June. I won't know what the A1C is until then either. I am closing on the second month with LC, and no sugar. <BR> Last night I had a bit of trouble sleeping, and noticed I was feeling a bit yucky. I have been trying to keep the ca... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:35:21 EST Fit For Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64131653 The sun will shine today. Carpet cleaners come today. I'll organize the garage today. I'll rebound outside in the sun today. Breathe in--Breathe out. <BR> <BR> My body is 'singing' for all the fitness exercises I've enjoyed this week. Yyyiiiipppppeee ! Fri, 15 Apr 2016 07:47:39 EST Saturated Fats, Coconut Oil and Colon Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=27560x482x64126039 Thought I'd share this article about saturated fats and coconut oil helping to PREVENT colon cancer. YAY butter and coconut oil! <link>healthimpactnews.com/2016/study-satu<BR>rated-fats-and-coconut-oil-prevent-col<BR>on-cancer/ </link> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:57:30 EST Thundering Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64125101 At least it looks like it might. A cold front is moving in. <BR> <BR> Not much planned for today except bridge this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I finally got around to making an appointment with my PCP about the depression. Thanks for the empathy and support! There's something about being depressed that makes it hard to have the energy or initiative to do things like make an appointment to take care of it. Or yourself. Or myself, anyway. And I tend to be grouchy and shy away from doing things be... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:01:25 EST Episode 2 Truth About Cancer, Free Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64122159 Tonight episode among other things, essential oils. Sorry, the direct link doesn't work. Try registering at the site to get the link. This is only the trailer. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRDhZ<BR>cC4VlI </link> <BR> <BR> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:31:08 EST Oh No! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64118404 Ack! Friday the Thirteenth came on a Wednesday this month! <BR> <BR> <link>www.google.com/search?q=pogo+friday+<BR>the+13th+wednesday&amp;espv=2&amp;biw=<BR>1366&amp;bih=643&amp;tbm=isch&amp;imgi<BR>l=8drNRwV3ZzZf3M%253A%253Bs4JxwzTVsdpG<BR>TM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.ba<BR>tesline.com%25252Farchives%25252F2012%<BR>25252F01%25252Fchurchy-lafemmes-friday<BR>-the-13th.html&amp;source=iu&amp;pf=m&<BR>amp;fir=8drNRwV3ZzZf3M%253A%252Cs4Jxwz<BR>TVsdpGTM%252C_&amp;usg=__kLRe9rTd2xrv4<BR>... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:33:51 EST Whoooppppeeeee Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64116970 Good Morning Team! Up and At-um! YYYyyyiiipppeeee! Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:40:40 EST Where are BaconBurger, Erin, and SisterSpitfire? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64111181 Anyone know? Haven't heard from them in a while. <BR> <BR> Erin just did a blog post, so she's around somewhere. Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:19:16 EST Tubular Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64110433 At least I hope it is! :) Harking back to the 80's when things were so much simpler! <BR> <BR> Today is a "fake it till you make it" day. Not feeling very pleasant, so will try to put on a happy face and not grouch at my co-workers too much. If you use Hipchat, you will understand when I say (tableflip) will be my favorite response today! :) LOL <BR> <BR> PMS kicking my behind emotionally today and had a reaction to that yummy cheesecake stuff, so it's making me emotional too, so jus... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:44:13 EST Keto Krate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64104324 Has anyone signed up for Keto Krate? I'm considering it, so I just wondered if anyone had any feedback. <BR> <BR> It's a monthly box they send out that has different low carb snacks in it. <link>www.ketokrate.com/?utm_source=Keto+K<BR>rate&amp;utm_campaign=8de97dbffa-EMAIL<BR>_CAMPAIGN_4_10_2016&amp;utm_medium=ema<BR>il&amp;utm_term=0_23d044286a-8de97dbffa-170104237 </link> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:05:51 EST my allergens list http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64101558 I don't share this often, I don't want to seem a burden or pitiful, but since the discussion came up last week about variety (or lack there of! lol) of my diet, thought these websites would be helpful. If you make a suggestions and I say no, it's not to be difficult of picky, it's just there is a lot I can't have. <BR> <BR> I have decided broccoli isn't a friend of mine. I feel bad, hurt, itch, so that means if I can't have that, I have to cut out cruciferous veggies. Here's a list of wh... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:35:47 EST Miraculous Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64100973 Hope everyone is ready for a great week! :) LOL <BR> <BR> So, you KNOW I struggle to lose even an ounce. I keep saying I lose better 1700 calories or above, but I actually struggle to eat 1500 calories. The last 3 days I've made a concentrated effort to eat 1700-1900 calories (well just under 1900) trying to hit 2000. ( some of my calculators changed and added more cals due to my new activity levels) Well, since I started eating MORE, I've lost 2 lbs! I am down 3 lbs for the week! S... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 07:25:35 EST Confused http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64096386 Hi, I'm new here and fairly new to the site. I'm diabetic type 2 and did a very low carb diet for a long time, but had different problems with it and started to experiment. I've eliminated a lot of different foods from my diet (dairy, sugar, gluten, grains) and to make up for all of that I started to add a few carbby things that I didn't normally eat like fruit and starchy vegs. I'm not happy because I have that body type that is apple shaped and my belly is back. So I started Sparks for the ... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 14:30:11 EST Plain, unadorned Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64095401 That's for Leone, who didn't like it yesterday's topic line of "Saturday." <BR> <BR> We had thunder for about an hour yesterday evening. Long, low rumbles of thunder, not sharp sudden claps. The sun was shining the whole time. I wondered how Russell would react, but he didn't seem to care. <BR> <BR> Got my straw bale gardens arranged. Didn't get the fertilizer to start it "cooking." Figured it was more important to get the bales moved before they got waterlogged in case it rained last nigh... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 11:37:03 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64087227 Russell says that if we're up at this hour, we should be DOING something! Like eating breakfast (or at least feeding him, even if I'm not eating) or going for a walk. Enough of this silly business of sitting around with that ugly black thing on my lap where he should be if I'm silly enough to stay sitting. <BR> <BR> A workshop this morning at Home Depot on prepping lawn for spring (I wonder if they'll tell me what to do if I don't use chemicals) and I'll pick up some stuff for my garden whil... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 10:01:39 EST Wrapper-less Egg Rolls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64083356 Someone (Woubbie?) was wondering how to make wrapper-less egg rolls a while ago. I just ran across this recipe. Hope it helps. <BR> <BR> <link>www.southyourmouth.com/2016/01/egg-r<BR>oll-stir-fry.html </link> Fri, 8 Apr 2016 18:27:51 EST Freaky Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64080137 I didn't see a Friday thread so Good Morning Team! Fri, 8 Apr 2016 09:31:57 EST My friend shared this SP article today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64079966 http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrit<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=432&amp;utm_source<BR>=facebook&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;ut<BR>m_content=colorful&amp;utm_campaign=so<BR>cial-share-button <BR> <BR> OMG this is from a "registered dietitican"!!!! This is SO BAD for anyone who isn't a size 4!!!! wowwwww Fri, 8 Apr 2016 09:18:35 EST Thankful Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64070924 So many reasons, among which, of course, is that it's Friday Eve! Thu, 7 Apr 2016 02:13:48 EST Carrot Chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=79x482x64070198 These are actually pretty good! I'll be sneaking in a bag next time I go to the movies. Ha ha! <BR> <link>hardbitechips.com/chips/lightly-salt<BR>ed-carrot/ </link> Wed, 6 Apr 2016 22:58:57 EST staying about 20g carbs is hard? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64068809 Maybe I'm weird (more than likely), but I'm part of a Keto FB group, and people really struggle to stay under 20g carbs, and I'm all struggling to HIT 20g carbs. LOL I don't do the fancy breads, etc. I keep my food simple but filling, I eat all the green veggies I want and the only way I hit 19g of carbs today is by having 3 pieces of dark chocolate! <BR> <BR> I would actually like to stay between 20 and 30 net carbs to see how my body likes it, but I struggle to get to 20 gross carbs. ... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 19:47:23 EST Real or fake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64067416 <link>www.davidwolfe.com/69-olive-oil-fake<BR>-learn-test/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b1c0301a-63a6-4621-861d-9b8f4c6fff1c.jpg"> Wed, 6 Apr 2016 15:32:45 EST Side Effects of LC lifestyles and how to handle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=27560x482x64066126 Side effects of low carb lifestyle and how to handle them <BR> <BR> <link>www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com/low-<BR>carb-diet-side-effects.html </link> <BR> <BR> also, an article about the seven key minerals we must have - <BR> <BR> <link>www.groundreport.com/the-seven-key-m<BR>inerals-our-bodies-need/ </link> Wed, 6 Apr 2016 11:47:49 EST What? It's Wednesday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64064343 This morning I woke up and asked hubby if it was Tuesday, he informed me it was Wednesday! I was sooooo happy. <BR> <BR> <BR> Went and worked out again last night. 45 min on the treadmill. Did IF yesterday (skipped breakfast) again and today I'm starving, but I also felt bad as I was heading to bed (headache, body aches), and still have the headache this morning. I'm still stuffy, so I am trying to wait it out and see if it's just allergies or something else. usually it's just allergie... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 08:41:46 EST Spikes!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64058182 I just came in from doing a buttload of yardwork clean up (lots of weeds, after our rains) I am trying to take care of a 1/3 of an acre. I tested just now, and my glucose spiked to 140 from 120 this morning. Why does doing exercise do that? I have been keeping carbs under 20 these past couple of days. So I know it wasn't from anything I have eaten. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e543b482-6a8d-4fc7-975e-2195c4438b76.jpg"> Tue, 5 Apr 2016 11:38:53 EST Terrifying? Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64056337 I say that cause it is yard work and the wind is blowing so hard :) <BR> I will be terrified out there that the stupid pollen and high wind will give me a sinus headache---but out I go. <BR> <BR> easy day tho. sunny but SO chilly...ugh <BR> I say all the time, come on weather and change to my hot summer for swimming, I am so ready for that. <BR> <BR> ribeye and crab legs whenever...surf and turf day for this old gal :) <BR> <BR> luckily I am in non hungry mode again...well to me that mean... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 08:31:31 EST ~ The Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting ~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64051485 <link>jamesclear.com/the-beginners-guide-t<BR>o-intermittent-fasting </link> Mon, 4 Apr 2016 15:59:20 EST ~ The Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting ~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x64051471 <link>jamesclear.com/the-beginners-guide-t<BR>o-intermittent-fasting </link> Mon, 4 Apr 2016 15:57:28 EST Low Carb Fast Food list http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=79x482x64051080 Courtesy of About.com: <BR> <BR> <link>http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/eat<BR>ingout/a/lowcarbfastfood.htm?utm_conte<BR>nt=20160404&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;u<BR>tm_source=exp_nl&amp;utm_campaign=list<BR>_lowcarbdiets&amp;utm_term=list_lowcarbdiets </link> <BR> <BR> There will always come a time when you HAVE to eat fast food whether you want it or not. There are lots of handy tips and other links on this page. Mon, 4 Apr 2016 14:55:56 EST Merry Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64046633 At least I hope it is. <BR> <BR> I need to get to bed and finish up yesterday before dealing with tomorrow, or today or something. <BR> <BR> Nite-nite. Mon, 4 Apr 2016 02:12:48 EST Special Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64040677 Duplicate Sunday post. See JennyWren's thread. <BR> <BR> And have a wonderful, special Sunday! Sun, 3 Apr 2016 10:01:56 EST Super Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64040632 Hey guys! was going to put stressful sunday since vacation is over, back to reality tomorrow, but I choose to make it super. <BR> <BR> Had a stressful day yesterday, but worked it out by the end of the day, so today I'm doing my normal early shopping so I can come home and cook. Seems hubby is loving cloud bread, so I see cooking a lot of that in my future. I made some turkey bacon yesterday, not sure how much I will love it, but at least it's something. Will start bone broth and try t... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 09:57:45 EST Low carb blogs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64034782 Anyone have any favorite blogs about eating low carb? I used to have several but they all got lost when my (unbacked up, of course) computer crashed a few years ago. Sat, 2 Apr 2016 13:51:17 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64033844 Hello all, it's springtime and I definitely need to tweak my low carb skills. Good news is lost 35 pounds last year on SB, bad news is hibernation happened this winter and I gained back 20#. Hoping to find some new recipes and makes some new friends along the way. Sat, 2 Apr 2016 11:46:14 EST Sunny Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64033742 And if it isn't sunny outdoors, you can at least have a sunny disposition today! <BR> <BR> Another beautiful day. Average high for April around here is 62, and it's supposed to get into the upper 60s today, and into the 70s tomorrow. In fact, the 7 day forecast has three days in the 70s! <BR> <BR> Will take Russell for a walk a two, and probably take Sandy's sticks (rawhide chew things) over to Mom's. I got them at Walmart when I was there on Thursday and forgot to take them over yesterday.... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 11:30:01 EST The April WORD Challenge: MINDFUL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x64029099 Words. They can heal, they can hurt. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>306</em> <em>243</em> <em>250</em> <em>304</em> <em>223</em> <em>526</em> <em>525</em> <em>227</em> <em>245</em> <BR> <BR> The things that you tell yourself over and over often become what you believe about yourself. Make sure you are being supportive, not destructive! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</e... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 20:37:25 EST FlyLady April Challenge: Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2923x482x64023987 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> March Habit: Getting Dressed to Shoes <BR> April Habit: Making Your Bed <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 Awa... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 08:47:43 EST Friday - April Fools Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64023125 Has anyone fooled you today? Do you plan on fooling anyone? <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a relaxing fool free weekend. Fri, 1 Apr 2016 06:46:12 EST Thursday aka Friday EVE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64017549 Hope everyone's having a good day! Been up for a bit, have breakfast done, dishes rinsed and in the dishwasher, tracked my food, and coffee on board. <BR> <BR> Back to work on monday, so I'm trying to get a few more things done. Got the kitchen looking really good, dining room is cleaned up (needs some decluttering), will work on bathrooms and hallway today, and if time, the family room. Been working at least 8 hrs a day on the house, kinda miss these days. Was a SAHM for 13 years, oh to... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:38:04 EST Supplements http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64012168 This is a subject that comes up every now and then: <BR> <BR> Do we generally need supplementation? <BR> What are the important nutrients that are hard to get from our food? <BR> Which supplements are the best sources of those nutrients? <BR> <BR> I've sometimes gone without them entirely, sometimes just used a high potency multi-vitamin, and sometimes custom-tailored every single one. That's about where I'm at at this point in time, customizing and fine-tuning. <BR> <BR> What I'm really c... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:53:49 EST Hi all!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x64010610 Hi everyone! My doctor recommended a low carb lifestyle for me as a way to lose weight and keep it off. I can't wait to learn from all of you! Wed, 30 Mar 2016 13:42:33 EST Wild Wednesday 3-30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64007899 Its hump day all :) :) <BR> <BR> fast post then off and moving early today! <BR> <BR> simple day here. kiddo and I are off to moms for a visit. she wants to hit Kmart, uh, hmm, ok, she needs slippers. <BR> <BR> then probably stop somewhere for a bite. I am eating big ribeye before I go. I don't want whatever food place we stop. they can eat, I will get an unsweet tea and chat. <BR> <BR> Making this an easy relaxing day. nothing big happening which is fine by me <BR> <BR> I am ZC and lo... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 07:32:26 EST Three Veggie Soup a Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64003693 There's a Three Veggie Soup a Day Challenge on simplelivingforum.net that looks interesting. It's pretty much just what it says - make (and eat) a different soup each day for a week, with each soup containing at least three veggies. <BR> <BR> Coming up with seven different soups, each using at least three veggies is no particular challenge, though I wish it had been in winter when it was soupier weather. The challenge will be making it in small enough batches to make a different soup every ... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:27:21 EST simple living forums http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64003639 Several years ago I was going through a big budgeting phase and came across simplelivingforum.net. It's mostly a frugality website, though there's a bit more to it than just saving money. It was before I was eating lc, and I remember that a lot of the recipes were grains and beans, your typical "budget" food. <BR> <BR> I took a look at it today, for the first time in several years, and was surprised to find that they do have some threads that talk about eating low carb/paleo/primal. Even som... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:21:12 EST LC Hot Cereal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x64003534 Has anyone successfully incorporated hot cereal into their LC plan. I'm thinking of adding some steel cut oats and wanted feedback from other team members. Thanks! <BR> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:02:19 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x63998990 They're forecasting 3 to 6 inches of snow between now (about midnight) and noon. It's been a long time since we've had any snow. Probably close to two months. Winter is going out with a bang! Isn't there something about March coming in like a lion and out like a lamb? It's supposed to be in the mid to upper 60s this weekend. I'm glad I didn't get anything planted in my garden. <BR> <BR> I wish all you sick folks had kept your germs to yourselves! I seem to be coming down with a cold now. <B... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 02:04:58 EST Monday, Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x63993119 Woke up before 5 and couldn't get back to sleep, then realized I wasn't feeling well, so I called off work. Soooooo tired, but I'm going to push through for a few more hours, maybe take a nap later. Lots of things on the to-do list, and tomorrow will be a rough day at work to catch up. *sigh* It is what it is. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great day! Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:55:33 EST Easter Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x63986418 Blessings of Hope and Energy Sent to all! yyyhyyyyiiiiipppppeeee! Sun, 27 Mar 2016 10:50:37 EST Lower protein, low carb http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x63985128 I am a big guy, and I struggle to eat 2200 calories. I am supposed to eat about 3100 calories according to my BMR X 1.375 ( slightly active ). I can maybe consume 2500 calories, before I feel bloated, and stuffed. I simply get tired of eating. Of course, I have no cravings, so I feel great eating 1600 calories, but worried that is too low ( 1500 cal deficit ). <BR> <BR> So my way to pack on calories??.... meat. Lots of protein. I love chicken. I usually eat 1.25-2 lbs of it a day ( 6-10 thi... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 07:21:42 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x63982145 Hello! <BR> <BR> I'm starting LC Monday after stalling out a bit on WW. I really want to see results before an upcoming family reunion so my motivation is high. <BR> <BR> I have a question. I've been reading through various online info on keto and atkins eating - which seem quite similar. I know I need to keep my carbs under 20 grams during induction. <BR> <BR> I saw a graph that read that carbs should be 5% of daily calories - protein 20 % and fat 75% for keto. For my my meals I h... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 19:48:55 EST Deck http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x63981884 Finished building it, now have to sand a bit, fill holes (screw) with putty. And paint, <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/180f9855-d470-4d09-9ea1-4179d9967fef.JPG"> Sat, 26 Mar 2016 18:53:53 EST Poison to us http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x63978867 Two things I steer clear of in any nutritional facts and ingredients listings. # 1 High Fructose syrup # 2 Hydrogenated These two things strikes fear in my heart. I'm the bell ringer in my family and with my close friends, not to use anything that has these two words in it's listing. And do you know that Cool Whip is one of them? I opt for the real thing. <BR> And of course do you think any of them listen to me? lol Sat, 26 Mar 2016 09:44:41 EST Sausages and such http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x63978831 Hey team. Question for you. Do any of you eat any of the sausages on the market? I have gone through all the nutrition facts, and cannot find one that doesn't have SUGAR added to it. I am on a path to strike sugar from anything I put into my mouth. And also the Jerkys are also filled with sugar. I love jerky, and it bums me that sugar is it's number 1 ingredient. <BR> Other than making my own, which requires huge amounts of time in the dehydrator, is there any on the market, that are fr... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 09:39:47 EST Slaphappy Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x63978692 I am slapphappy stupid tired :) <BR> <BR> hit the bed at 3 am, woke up about 6:30 <BR> <BR> gonna be a long crazy day for me! <BR> <BR> have a felled tree in yard. big boy that bit the bullet. hubby is going to bring in the trailer and we are going to load up and take to older neighbor of MIL. he needs it. nice sunny day outside which is great, but pollen thru the roof. head foggy :) but will survive. <BR> <BR> easy food <BR> 1/2 whole roasted chicken <BR> ribeye with butter <BR> <... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 09:24:44 EST Magnesium Deficiency http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x63975053 I found the article I referenced in the Medications thread. <BR> <BR> If I've placed it in the wrong spot, please admin, move it (if you can) or I will. <BR> <BR> <link>wellnessmama.com/54128/signs-of-magn<BR>esium-deficiency/ </link> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:03:56 EST Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x482x63971447 Hi all! My name is Sarah and I'm in my 30's living in south Texas. I've been doing low carb for about 3 years now. <BR> <BR> The reason I'm not at my goal weight is because I cheat way too often! At one point I had lost about 70 lbs from my heaviest, but I've gained about 20 of that back and am still about 50 lbs total from my goal weight. Part of the gain was due to training for a half marathon and not being smart about fueling my body for runs. I did another half this winter and was... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 08:56:56 EST Medications http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x63971119 A while back we talked about restless legs. <BR> I take Gabapentin and have been weaning myself off with some success. <BR> I remember a few others mentioned taking it too. <BR> I just read this in Dr Fung's new book- The Obesity Code.pages 84-85 <BR> I'm paraphrasing here. <BR> <BR> "Gabapentin.........associated with weight gain 4.8 pounds. (my insert from pharmacy says it can cause increased hunger) It also magnifies insulin's effect. There are numerous reports of severe low blood sugars ... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 08:04:38 EST Finally Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x63970239 Where on earth has this month gone? Seems like it was early March one day and then practically the end of March just a couple of days later. <BR> <BR> I'm up making hard-boiled eggs to take to Antoine and Veronica's house tomorrow. I'm going to show them how to dye Easter eggs. I wish I were more artistic or at least had more interest, but I just got one of those egg dying packages from the Dollar Tree. It's got those little tablets of die, some stickers, a wire thingy to lift out the eggs,... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 02:24:31 EST Stevia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x63965426 Lots of talk on the Will I Ever Learn thread, but decided to start a thread just about stevia. <BR> <BR> Someone said she grows her own so she can control what goes into it besides the stevia itself. Growing it isn't apparently a problem, but how do you use it? I got some dried leaf stevia once at the health food store and couldn't find a way to make it work. I couldn't powder it fine enough that it would dissolve, and I ended up with fine bits of leaf in my tea. Yucky. Also, getting a tiny ... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 11:37:53 EST