Kamis, 31 Maret 2016

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As shown by my recent lack of posting, I havent had much to talk about in our lives.  
Life has slowed down dramatically for us, since we havent been busy with moving, and we are just enjoying living in this new house.

Life is good right now, and I am enjoying it.  Ive passed the 7 month mark, and I feel different.  I feel less grief most of the time, and I feel more at peace with what has happened to us.  Last night for the first time, I was able to say to someone, frankly and bluntly..."Barry is dead, and hes not coming back".  I need to get on with my life!

We have some exciting events happening in the next month!  The kids got accepted into their grief camp, so we have the welcoming pizza party for that on the 26th, and then they go to camp June 11-13.  Im going to see Jim Norton in Seattle on the 28th, which I am extremely excited for.  I plan to take a sharpie and have him sign my boobage! Yes, I totally am going to do that! And this upcoming week, I will be booking our trip to Florida, so that is going to take some time for me too, with all the logistics of car rentals, and hotels and flights etc etc. 

I dont feel that I have anything to write right now, so I am going to take a break from blogging.  Not long Im sure, I just didnt want to leave this blog unattended, and have everyone wonder where I am.  Im here, just living!   Ill be back soon!! 

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Dear Readers;

What Im going to write about today has been weighing heavily on my mind for awhile, and Ive struggled with coming to terms with it, how to acknowledge it, and just how to proceed from there. I had a couple really awesome conversations last night with a couple people, one including my sister, that really helped me realize that this is what I want to do right now.

And without further adieu, here we go...

Im not going to blog about grief for long time.

It has been almost two months since Barry died. I have trouble beleiving that myself, only two months? I remember the week after he died, when we were all busy with funeral preparations and dealing with that and the aftermath, time just crept by so very slowly. And then my family left, and I thought time couldnt go fast enough. All I wanted was for time to pass. Now here I am, the last day of November, and Im shocked that hes been dead for two months almost.

The last two months have been filled with unmeasurable sorrow. Buckets of tears, little sleep, spending lots of money because I just needed to keep busy. Weve done the Grief Support group thing (next week the 10th is our last meeting, were skipping this week because the three older kids have the Christmas Choir performance) too, and weve just tried to deal with this dynamic change in our family. And it has been the HARDEST thing I have ever had to do.

I will always love him, that is never going to change. How could I not? We were married for almost 10 years and have 4 children together. He was my life for over 10 years.

But now hes dead.

And honestly, that changes things now. How can I be in love with a dead man? Does that sound callous? I certainly dont intend for it to sound that way, but the love that I have for him, its changing in some ways. Its so hard to explain unless youve actually lost a spouse; You will always love them, always hold them in your heart and memories, but you cant live a live with a dead person. You cant talk to a dead person...well, you can, but not in person and you certainly wont get a response. I dont think the love will fade, but it just changes.

Blogging about him has been so therapeutic, it has helped me to work with my grief and somehow, somewhat, come to terms with it. But it is so emotionally exhausting to talk about it all. the. time. Ever stopped by here and wondered why there wasnt a post one day? this is why. All Ive been blogging about for these last two months has been Grief and Barry, and I just CANT anymore. I just cant. Theres no saying I wont blog about grief again, I probably will, and at certain milestones too. But this grief blogging day after day after day after day, is really getting old. How many times can I really say how sad I am? And I do think that blogging about him all the time is prolonging my sadness. Of course if I write about it, Im going to be sad and all that encompasses.

I want to be happy again, I am going to be happy again. I dont want to wake up each day and think that I have to grieve, have to be sad all the time because my husband is dead. Society has made us think that once you lose a spouse, you should grieve for the longest time possible, perhaps the rest of your life. But Im only 29, Im not destined to spend the rest of my life grieving and mourning the loss of my husband. Im not destined to spend the rest of my life alone! I do want to love again, and one day I hope I can even get remarried. Im going to get through the holidays this month (ok, next month, but its only one day, does it really matter?), and start 2010 afresh. 2010 is going to be a new year for us! Im going to make it the best year I can. Were going to go to see family in PA hopefully in the summer for a reunion, Im going to try take the kids to Disneyworld or Disneyland, and Im even thinking about going camping with them too! Were going to LIVE, and enjoy, and be happy again.

I hope you will all come to visit and read my blog still. I love having you all here, reading about us, encouraging me, and being such awesome supportive friends. It has meant so much to me.

And with that, I say goodbye to grief blogging for now. I will be blogging still regularly, so come back to visit!! Ive found a new love for writing, and I enjoy it!!
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I dont know what my deal is, but Ive been craving Thai food like CRAZY lately. Oh the carbs. I love massaman, and panang, and pad thai, and this week I was determined to find a yummy protein and veggie packed recipe with some thai flavor. I ditched the rice and noodles and stuck with Spaghetti Squash. <3 Good ol squash. :) Check it out fellow fit-meal foodies.


1 pound Boneless skinless chicken breast
1 pound shrimp, pre-cooked and deveined
garlic powder, to taste
onion powder, to taste
1 large spaghetti squash
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 carrots, shredded
1 bunch green onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup cilantro

1/4 cup low fat, low sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 fresh lime, squeezed
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup Tamari*
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Cut spaghetti squash in half longways. Remove seeds and pulp. Fill a glass casserole dish with an inch of water. Place spaghetti squash middles down in the dish and microwave for 15 minutes, or bake on 350 for 45 minutes.

While squash cooks, chop chicken and cook in chicken broth and season with garlic powder and onion powder in a LARGE skillet. When chicken is mostly done, add in shrimp. Cook until chicken is done and shrimp is thawed.

While the chicken and shrimp are cooking, combine sauce ingredients in a sauce pan and heat on low heat (it does not need to boil.)

Add the red pepper, carrots, onion, garlic and cilantro to the chicken and shrimp mixture.

Once the squash is done, use a fork to scrape it out of its skin and into a large bowl. Add meat and veggie mixture, top with sauce. Mix together and enjoy!

This recipe makes about eight 1 cup servings.
Each serving has 257 calories, 31 grams protein, 16 net carbs

*If youre watching your sodium, use low sodium Tamari.

This recipe was adapted from Hello Healthy.

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Dont you agree?

This morning I heard the familiar sounds of air brakes, and my heart started beating faster with excitement, pitter patter pitter patter.. I knew it wasnt Barry, but I couldnt help myself, and went outside to look and see what it was. Just a truck at the neighbors house. Though my mind knew, my heart was still slightly crushed.

Unfortunately, the dog also heard it. Braddock loves Barry, and is used to him being gone. As soon as he heard them, he started whining and crying. You never really think of the pets in this sort of situation, but he knows. Braddock has known that sound for a very long time, since early 2004. Air brakes by the house means Daddy is home.

But now hes not.

I still havent full accepted Barrys death. Why? I dont know. I just dont know how to fully comprehend it. Wrapping my mind around it is such a foreign concept to me and I still dont understand. And Im not sure when I will. My mind does know, but my heart does not. I think that had Barry had a job where he was home all the time, this would be an easier transition. His job was a blessing, and a curse in disguise. So yes, were used to him being gone which helps with day to day life, but again, were also used to him being gone, so it doesnt seem real.

As I am typing this, the dog heard the truck outside start up again, and he is barking like mad. He thinks Barry is home. He is conditioned, like Pavlovs theory of Classical Conditioning.

On a bit of a happier note, I decided that this year the kids and I would adopt two children from the Salvation Army Angel Tree. You can pick an angel in your area, and either have the items shipped to the Salvation Army in their name, or drop it off at a local location. Ill be dropping them off at a local Salvation Army center.

I just felt really called to do this. Everyone has been so good to us, that I just wanted to make someone elses Christmas a little brighter. I have wanted to do this in the past, but we could never spare the money. This year I decided I would make sure I did. Please consider doing so if you can spare some, even $50 to go buy an outfit and some toys. I assure you it would really really help some parents give their children a Christmas that they cant otherwise afford.

I did have another, completely different, idea for todays post, but that will have to wait. I just felt it was more important to talk about what the dog was going through.

Pets grieve too.
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I am 22 years old and if I had to guess, Id say that Ive spent about 18 years of my 22 years trying to be

When we are young we start out putting on our mothers lip gloss. Then we start picking out our own clothes. We keenly listen to the way our mother talks about how she looks.  We start making friends and comparing things like hair, skin color, clothes, and shoes.  All before the age of 5, weve constructed in our minds our very first impression of beauty. Its still very fragile and impressionable. As we get older it is influenced by friends, family, and the media. THE MEDIA (here goes another woman talking about how the media is ruining the confidence of women, right? Yeah roll your eyes if you want, but you bet your sweet, probably not so perfectly shaped butt, thats what this is).

Im on a quest to define beauty. My definition doesnt follow the standards set by television, music or the fashion industry because if thats all there is to beauty...I am not beautiful. And seriously, if thats what beauty is, then I would venture to guess that there are very few in this world who are considered beautiful.

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And sure, the few women who do meet those standards are beautiful in their own respects, but being beautiful is more than an image. Its more than looks and size and color. I think that there are many aspects of a person that make them beautiful. I think looks are a small portion of that, but I also think that beauty takes into account how you talk about yourself, how you treat yourself, how you treat others, your talents, your ability to believe in yourself when no one else does, and your ability to be confident even if one of those other aspects falls a bit short according to societys standards.

Lets take a minute to reflect on you. Yes, YOU! If youre struggling to find beauty within yourself I want you to ask yourself a few things, but first, put your physical appearance out of your mind and if at any point you start to compare yourself to another person, start your thought over and ignore the temptation to compare. Seriously, we are doing this RIGHT NOW.
What are you good at?
Was there ever a time where you did better at something than you thought you could? Those small victories are actually big reasons to feel confident. You accomplished those things because you are a mighty person, and you can do hard things.
Now think about your personality.
What are some things about your personality that you feel confident about?
Are you a good friend?
Are you loyal?
Are you caring?
Are you hard working?
Are you driven?
Are you smart?
Are you independent?
Are you positive?
Are you kind?
In this moment you are an amazing individual.You are beautiful. You have talents, you have strengths, and you have experiences that you should feel proud of. You are more than what is in the mirror, you are an individual with a soul. Your thoughts and actions can literally change the world so dont get hung up on a gray hair, or a zit, or a fat roll.

Now that you know what you are good at, how can you channel those strengths to get better at some of the weaknesses that are making you feel insecure? This is a tough question I realize. However, I have learned that while its important to feel confident where you are, its also important to feel confident that you can be what you want to be as well.  Think of it this way, "I love who I am, and because I love who I am I deserve to be my best. Sometimes I think things or feel things that prevent me from being my best. So I am dedicating myself to changing those thoughts and feelings. I am becoming better to one day be my best." So, what can you work on to be a little bit better and little closer to your best?

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By regularly asking myself the kinds of questions listed above, I have improved my confidence. Instead of depending on other people to make me feel worthy and valuable, I know that I am worthy and valuable because I can literally name a handful of things that I rock at.

Its taken me a long time to find beauty in my qualities and strengths.  I am still working on changing some of my negative thoughts and feelings into positive, motivating self encouragement. Each day I have to rededicate myself to ignoring societies definition of beautiful and keep working on my own. My definition of beauty is confidence, and confidence is a feeling, not a look. By acknowledging all the things I am good at in my moments of insecurity, I move past self-pity, I move past self-loathing, and I feel beautiful.

I probably wont ever be a size two with awesomely tan skin and a super nice butt, and thats OK. At the end of the day I realize that I have so much more to offer myself and the world than just looking hot.

Whats your definition of beauty?

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If you scroll up and look right, you will see a before and after comparison of me at my heaviest in February 2009 on vacation and me in June 2010 at a family wedding.  Underneath, you will see my body fat percentage when the photos were taken.  Lately, my body fat has been above 34.4%, but today - TA DA! - I hit that number again!  I was so happy that I put on that same dress and had my husband take a pic to celebrate.

So this is me, with a different do, no makeup and wearing my cheaters, and no, I am not referring to a push up bra!

Im just happy today and feeling skinny...

(To hear the song, fast forward the video to 0:45.)

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Dieting on a tight schedule can be difficult. Sometimes, when cooking is the last thing on our minds, it feels like eating out is the best option . Unfortunately many turn to takeout or drive-thrus and end up eating greasy, unhealthy foods that cause weight gain. The good news is that, even for the busiest dieter, there are healthy options out there that can be made in less than half an hour!

Here are three HCG friendly meals that are quick, delicious, and satisfying.

Vegan Burgers

Black bean Boca burgers seem to do really well for HCG Dieters. One patty cooks in under two minutes in a microwave. Paired with a tomato, and some mustard, this dinner is one of the fastest ones you can make at home.

Boiled Eggs

I have been eating boiled eggs quite frequently. I eat two for one serving of protein. The great thing is that I can come home from work, put my eggs on the stove, put in a load of laundry, change my clothes, straighten the house, and by the time Im done my eggs are ready! Chop your boiled eggs up and add them to a bed of spinach for a quick salad. This is the perfect meal for multi-taskers.

Triumph Slim

2 scoops of Triumph Slim replaces your fruit, protein, and Melba Toast serving. Shake it up in less than a minute and cut some celery pieces to carry with you in a Ziplock bag. This combination is extremely portable for on-the-go situations.

What are your go-to meals for busy days?
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Yesterday, I completed Day 21 of my modified version of The Virgin Diet. 

  • Acne - No
  • Chronic mucus/stuffy nose - No
  • Constipation and/or diarrhea - No, not since stopping the shakes
  • Fatigue - Yes - In the afternoons on the days I work
  • Food cravings - No
  • Gas and bloating - No
  • Headaches - No
  • High blood glucose - No
  • Inability to lose weight - No - Starting weight 147.8 - Current weight 144.8 - Goal weight 136 - To get back to goal, need to lose 8.8 more pounds.  Can button "measurement shorts" with a slight "muffin top".  Weight stayed the same yesterday for a total of 3 pounds in 21 days.
  • Insomnia - No
  • Joint pain - No
  • Thinning, limp, lackluster hair - Yes
  • Muscle pain  - No
  • Nausea - No
  • Swollen fingers - No


Yesterday, I ate this:

129g fat (77%)
66g protein
21g carbs


I took a 2-mile walk after dinner.


Yesterday was the last of the 21 days of elimination.  My symptoms are improved, as you can see above.  I have lost a total of 3 pounds this past 3 weeks.  It would be fun if it was more, but Ill take it.  Today I start a week of eating eggs for four days in a row.  I have really missed eggs.  I am hoping that I dont have a resurgence of symptoms, because that will mean that I am intolerant of eggs and will only get to eat them occasionally or not at all, heaven forbid!

If you are interested in getting a short synopsis of how this plan works, you can click on the link at the beginning of this post or you can listen to Jimmy Moore interviewing JJ Virgin by clicking here.
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Yesterday, I completed Day 10 of The Virgin Diet.  Or is it really The Virgin Diet?  Read on...

  • Acne -Yes - One new zit
  • Chronic mucus/stuffy nose - Yes, but improving
  • Constipation and/or diarrhea - Yes, but only right after my breakfast shake
  • Fatigue - No
  • Food cravings - No
  • Gas and bloating - No
  • Headaches - No
  • High blood glucose - No - In the low to mid 80s all day, even after eating
  • Inability to lose weight - No - Starting weight 147.8 - Current weight 145.2 - Goal weight 136 - To get back to goal, need to lose 9.2 more pounds.  Can still button "measurement shorts" with a slight "muffin top".  Lost 0.6 pounds yesterday for a total of 2.6 pounds in 10 days.
  • Insomnia - Yes - Woke up in the night one time and had trouble going back to sleep
  • Joint pain - Yes, but somewhat improved
  • Limp, lackluster hair - Yes
  • Muscle pain  - No
  • Nausea - No
  • Swollen fingers - Yes - Having trouble getting my rings off in the morning


Yesterday, I ate like this, which was right on target:

133g fat (78%)
57g protein
28g carbs

For breakfast at 5:00 am, I had a shake that was comprised of coconut milk, water, non-dairy protein powder, raw greens, frozen berries, a few drops of Stevia and 2 tsp. of cod liver oil.  I cut out the flax seed.

For lunch at 11:30 am, I had my Sunrise Cocktail, which was comprised of MCT oil, olive oil, lemon juice and a few drops of Stevia.

For afternoon snack at 4:00 pm, I had a couple of thick slices of cooked bacon and a bit of Bubbies sauerkraut.

For dinner at 7:00 pm, I had pan-crumbled-fried lean ground beef, mushrooms and onions with coconut oil, bacon grease and sea salt.  For dessert, I had a little bit of canned pumpkin with cinnamon and Stevia.

I drank 72 oz. of water, but never within an hour before eating or an hour after eating, in order to not dilute my stomach acid.


I started out wanting to do the diet exactly as written, but a couple of things made me change my mind.

The first thing is that the shakes were giving me diarrhea.  Within a few minutes of drinking a shake in the morning and at midday, I would be running to the bathroom.  And even though I ate a "real food" dinner, I would still be in trouble after that, multiple times per day.  Cutting down to only one shake per day helped, but I was still having an attack every morning.

One of the things that The Virgin Diet is supposed to do is to get you back to normal so that you can tell if you start having symptoms again after trying the foods that you had eliminated for three weeks.  Well, its been ten days, and I am still running to the bathroom.  How will I know if eggs, for instance, are giving me the trots if I already have them from the shakes?

This morning, I tried a shake without the greens to see if it made a difference.  It did not.  Within 30 minutes of eating, I made my usual dash to the can.

The second thing that made me change my mind about doing the plan to the letter was the fact that the amount of protein and carbs I was eating was elevating my blood glucose.  My normal BG, fasting or postprandial, is in the low to mid 80s.  Not too long after starting The Virgin Diet as written, with higher protein and carbs than I am used to, it started creeping up until it was in the high 90s.  There was one time it was in the low 100s, if memory serves.

So I decided to continue the elimination part of the diet, but changed my fat, protein and carbs back to the way I was eating when I was in Nutritional Ketosis.

One of the reasons I wanted to try it as written was that the book says that the real reason people cant lose weight is food intolerences.  I thought it might be possible that, if I got rid of any intolerences I had, I might be able to eat a little more protein and carbs without gaining weight again.  Eating more is always good, in my book!  But I stopped eating the high FI foods, and still did not really lose weight until I cut back on the protein and carbs.  In all fairness, I did lose the first couple if days, but it came right back a few days later.


1. I am going to ditch the shakes altogether.  I am going to JERF (Just Eat Real Food) for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Yes, it will be more labor intensive than throwing together a shake, but I will make up for it by not spending a good portion of my time each day in the bathroom.  The downside of this decision is that I spent around $30 for the protein powder and only used half of it.  Sigh.

2. I am going to eat for Nutritional Ketosis, just like I used to the last time I was doing well and maintaining my goal weight.  I will eat high fat, moderate protein and very low carb.

I think that by making these two modifications, I will still be following the "spirit" of the diet and find out if I have any food intolerances.  So, off I go.  Tomorrow morning, I will not be having a shake.

If you are interested in getting a short synopsis of how this plan works, you can click on the link at the beginning of this post or you can listen to Jimmy Moore interviewing JJ Virgin by clicking here.
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Rabu, 30 Maret 2016

Yesterday, I completed Day 15 of my modified version of The Virgin Diet. 

  • Acne - Yes - One new zit
  • Chronic mucus/stuffy nose - No
  • Constipation and/or diarrhea - No, not since stopping the shakes
  • Fatigue - Yes - In the afternoons on the days I work
  • Food cravings - No
  • Gas and bloating - No
  • Headaches - No
  • High blood glucose - No
  • Inability to lose weight - No - Starting weight 147.8 - Current weight 144.8 - Goal weight 136 - To get back to goal, need to lose 8.8 more pounds.  Can button "measurement shorts" with a slight "muffin top".  Lost 1.2 pounds yesterday for a total of 3 pounds in 15 days.
  • Insomnia - No
  • Joint pain - No
  • Limp, lackluster hair - Yes
  • Muscle pain  - No
  • Nausea - No
  • Swollen fingers - Yes - Having trouble getting my rings off in the morning


Yesterday, I ate this:

140g fat (79%)
57g protein
28g carbs

I ate breakfast at 9:00 am.  I had a cup of my homemade chicken bone broth with sea salt and gelatin, a couple of ounces of cooked pork chop with coconut oil, sea salt and garlic powder, a raw carrot and my special Sunrise Cocktail made of olive oil, MCT oil, cod liver oil, lemon juice and Stevia.

I ate lunch at 1:00 pm.  I had some more pork chop and a bowl of homemade guacamole.

I had a snack at 4:00 pm.  It was a new recipe for a Fat Bomb.  It was really good!

I had dinner at 7:00 pm.  I finished the last of the pork chop with olive oil, sea salt and garlic powder, and some roasted asparagus with my homemade mayo and sea salt, and some Bubbies sauerkraut.

I drank 72 oz. of water, but never within an hour before eating or an hour after eating, in order to not dilute my stomach acid.

If you are interested in getting a short synopsis of how this plan works, you can click on the link at the beginning of this post or you can listen to Jimmy Moore interviewing JJ Virgin by clicking here.
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So, I may have mentioned in my last blog post that I was going to take up running.  I did day one on September 13th, the day A started Pre-K.

I have kept up with it, and this week started my second week.  Day one I completed yesterday.  The running was upped 30 seconds each time, so it was a bit of an adjustment.  I know I will get used to it though.  And I am LOVING it!! I love running.

It exhausts me, it makes me sweat, it makes me breathe heavy, it makes me sore, it makes me want to give up, but I keep plodding away as my feet hit the pavement. It is so hard sometimes to keep pushing myself, to make myself keep going just a little further till I hear that familiar bell on the iPod touch telling me it is time to walk again.  But the fact of the matter is, I still do it, and I still push myself.

I have lost 10lbs since I started running.  Yes, you read that right, 10 pounds in a week.  I havent changed too much of my eating habits, but I have cut out a lot of sweets.  Ok, I take that back, last night I ate a huge king size snickers bar, and at the Mariners game last Friday I pigged out on hot tamales, and had McDonalds for dinner.  But seeing as I rarely buy candy bars, I figured it was ok.  A treat once in awhile is ok, and as long as I dont keep them in the house, Im not tempted to eat them.

Yesterday at my MOPS group, one of my good friends Angela commented that she didnt even recognize me.  She hasnt seen me since the beginning of june, so I guess I changed even over the summer.  WOW!! (Angela  was not at the hospital when Barry died, but came to the house that afternoon, and she lives an hour away, and cooked us all dinner, staying for hours along with a few other girlfriends of mine.  She helped orchestrate a lot of the meals we got through my MOPS group, helped with food at the funeral etc etc.  She was wonderful and Ill forever love her for that).

I am absolutely loving the fact that this weight is pouring off of me.  It makes me want to work harder.  I was looking at a picture of myself the other day, and I was amazed how different I look compared to a year ago.  Perhaps I will share that one day...I look like a completely different person.  I was reflecting on that, and thinking how much Barry would just love how I looked right now.  He loved me at this size...he wouldnt be able to keep his hands off me ;) (now, and years ago when I was this size before I gained all the weight).  I wish Barry could enjoy this new body of mine.  I do know that he can see me, and is still around though, because I saw an orb hovering over me in a picture I took the other night.  It was plain as the nose on my face, just sitting there above my left shoulder.

Speaking of seeing the orbs...I really am not so sure how I feel about that. It makes me so happy to know that he is still around, and gives me a sense of comfort knowing he is watching over us.  But on the other hand, it makes me sad.  That being because he is STILL here, and I cant see, feel, or hear him.  Am I supposed to be content knowing that he is?  I wonder if he is shaking his head at me, all this new stuff I am doing, all the new experiences we are having.  Would he be happy I bought the house? Bought a new 2011 Honda Pilot? Hed probably tell me to stop sitting around and "go clean his house" lol.  Either way, I guess it is a big comfort knowing he is sticking around.  He always did say he would come back to haunt me.  And that he did, but in a good way.  Just wait, Ill now have some really creepy experience to blog about soon because I jinxed myself haha.

Two weeks from today, I will be in Florida.  We leave in 13 days!!! So with that, I say goodbye today, because I have a million things to do.  No running today, as my shins are a bit sore and I dont want to over-do it (Ill probably hit the elliptical later).  Errands, errands and more errands today. Plus...I NEED to start packing.

I am sure youre all wondering...yes, I am taking the lap top with me to Florida.  Ive figured out how to tether my blackberry to my laptop so I will have internet access to blog.  Speaking of that...tell me WHY in 2010 do hotels not have WiFi? Especially at Disney World? WHY????????
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Well I made it through day one of my simplified diet, only thirteen days to go! Im excited that so many of you are doing this challenge with me. Remember, today is the first day youll post your daily diary in comments section below. If you arent sure what to include, check out mine below!

Weekly weigh-in: 192.4 lbs

Food Journal
1 large Granny Smith apple
4 pieces of Xilo Gum
4.5 liters of water
2 Lemonade Diet detox caps
1 can lean, fat-free chicken
1 tsp. Louisiana hot sauce
1 Wasa cracker
1 c. broccoli
2 scoops Triumph Slim

Exercise: None, day off. :)

I did really well with drinking my water!
Area of improvement:
I didnt get in my second serving of veggies, I have a hard time doing that when I have class, but I think I can figure out a way to do it!

Hang in there everyone! We can do this! :)
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Selasa, 29 Maret 2016

On July 9, 2012, I started eating in such a way as to be fueled by Nutritional Ketosis.  If you are new here and do not know what that means, click here to read more about it in detail.  The short version is this:  I am eating very high fat, moderate protein and very low carb.

The large blank in my charts between November 2012 and May 2013 was from when I was not weighing and measuring, and you can see that I had significant gains during that time.

The darker lines are my actual numbers, taken each Sunday morning before eating and the lighter lines are the average of the prior eight weeks, so I can see the trend without all the bouncing around.

With the initial losses and the subsequent gains, since starting Nutritional Ketosis in July 2012, I have:

Lost 9.2 pounds on the scale
Lost 7.3 pounds of body fat
Lost 1.9 pounds of lean body mass

Lost 3/8" around my neck
Lost 1" around my bust
Lost 1-5/8" around my waist
Lost 1-1/2" around my belly
Lost 1-1/8" around my hips
Lost 7/8" around each of my thighs
Lost 3/8" around each of my calves

Lost 2.8 percentage points off my body fat
Gained 2.8 percentage points into my lean body mass

These charts show the average of the macro nutrient breakdown for the days that I tracked in this past month. (Click on any chart to enlarge it.)


Im still doing a little bit of blood testing for ketones and glucose.  Here are those charts:

Here is my "body goal":

136 pounds scale weight
40.9 pounds body fat (30%)
95.1 pounds lean mass (70%)
11-3/4" neck
28-3/8" waist
38-1/2" hips

To get there, I need to lose 5.6 pounds of body fat, gain 3.4 pounds of lean mass, lose 2-1/4" around my waist and 5/8" around my hips.

Starting on August 11, 2013, I started Doing Alternate Day Intermittent Fasting.  To read more about that, click here.


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I finished my first week of the Leptin Reset Diet.  I tracked my food every day this past week on Fitday.  Here are the averages of what I ate:

Since I started 1 week ago, I have:

Lost 1.25" total, which includes:
Lost 0" around my neck
Lost 0" around my biceps
Lost 0" around my bust
Lost 0.25" around my midriff
Lost 0.625" around my waist
Lost 0" around my navel
Lost 0.125" around my hips
Lost 0.125" around my thighs
Lost 0" around my calves

Lost 0.010 points off my waist-to-height ratio
Lost 0.013 points off my waist-to-hip ratio

Lost 0.9 points off my body fat percentage
Gained 0.9 points onto my lean body mass percentage

Lost 1.9 lbs. of body fat
Gained 0.1 lbs. of lean mass
Lost 1.8 lbs. on the scale

 Weeks completed: 1
Weeks to go: 7

Related post:
The Leptin Reset Diet
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My old blogger friend, Adam Kosloff, started a new blog last year called Caloriegate, and I poured through the whole thing in the past few days.  Its all about a topic near and dear to my heart, which is calories and the "calories in calories out" theory.  As usual, Adam has done a great job of making the science accessible to non-scientists, like myself, and the whole thing makes a lot of sense.  I agree with what he imparts, and I would read his blog even if it didnt, because I love the illustrations!  If you want to start reading his blog, I suggest you start at the beginning and work your way up to the present.  Click here to jump over to Caloriegate.com.

I already have Adams other website - Why Low Carb Diets Work - in my list of favorite websites, found in the right hand column here.  I highly recommend that one, too.

Welcome to my blogroll, Adam, and I look forward to reading new posts as you write them!  To find the blogs I follow, look right and scroll down.
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Losing weight has been one of the hardest decisions I have ever made. In fact, I was incredibly stubborn about my weight for several years. When I started working for HCG Triumph I had no intention of starting this program. I was scared, I was prideful, and I was misinformed about HCG.  

As I started doing research about the HCG Program for my job, I learned that a lot of what the media tells us about HCG is inaccurate. Many people say that youll always gain back what you lose, but this isnt true at all. Weight loss with HCG is permanent when you are willing to change your habits. I also learned that people just like me were doing this diet with incredible success. 

I started reading success stories, and I stared at countless before and after pictures. I was astonished at the results people were seeing because of HCG Triumph. I knew I had to give it a try. 2012 has been a year of change for me, I finally took losing weight into my own hands, but Im not the only one.
Below are a few of the many success stories Ive used to motivate myself along my weight loss journey. If they can do it, if I can do it, so can you. 

In 2012 Leah lost 78 pounds using HCG. 

Lauren lost a total of 83 pounds in 4 rounds using HCG!
Charlene used HCG to lose 71 pounds and totally transform her body!

Not many men use HCG, but Eric lost 60 pounds and proves that the program works well for men.

Crista lost 50 pounds in 2 rounds and is successfully maintaining!

Hey, thats me. :)

And then there is me. Finally I came to terms with my pride. My weight problems were my fault, and they were mine to deal with. June 2012 marked the beginning of my weight loss. So far Ive lost 79 pounds. :) Only 44 more until I reach my goal weight. 

The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to change your life. I started, now what are you waiting for? 

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