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October, 2013 - CALP Low Carb Journal

This will be my daily journal for the month of October.

My weight was 138-1/2 lbs. today. Needless to say, I was pleased with my results since I am back into the 130's again.

I have made a few changes to my diet the last few weeks because I am tired of watching my weight go up and down. Since I still want to lose more weight, I have been following a high fat, high protein, low carbohydrate diet and it seems to be working. I am satisfied with my two meals each day and now that I have converted my body into a fat burner instead of a sugar burner, I am getting full on less food. The best part about this change is that I am not missing sugar at all. I never thought I would get to the point where I would not crave or want sugar, but I have!

The other thing I am doing is Intermittent Fasting. I have always been comfortable eating within an eight hour window, so that is the way I will continue to eat!

Began CALP on 3/03/08
Began Exercising 4/14/08, spotty the last couple of years.
Beginning Weight: Approximately 236 lbs.
Beginning Clothing Sizes: Top-Men's Size XXL, Pants-Size 20W
Current Weight: 138.5 lbs.
Current Clothing Sizes: Tops-Size Medium, Pants-Size 4

Weight Loss Results:

2008: 3.04-N/A, 4.01-N/A, 5.06-218, 5.27-213.25, 6.27-209, 7.22-205, 8.03-203, 9.03-200, 10.04-196, 11.03-194, 12.02-188 – Lost 30+ lbs.

2009: 1.03-187.5, 2.02 & 3.02-183.5, 4.01-185, 5.02-182.5, 6.04-180.25, 7.01-176.5, 8.02-176, 9.02-173, 10.01-173.5, 11.04-175.25, 12.01-170 – Lost 17.5 lbs.

2010: 1.01-164, 2.07-165, 3.02-162, 4.01-161.5, 5.01-160, 6.01-157, 7.01-158, 8.01-156, 9.10-154, 10.01-154, 11.01-158, 12.01-155 – Lost 9 lbs.

2011: 1.01-150, 2.01-146, 3.01.148, 4.01-146, 5.01-144, 6.01-146, 7.03-139.75, 8.01-139, 9.03-139, 10.01-140, 11.01-139, 12.01-140, 12.31-139.5 – Lost 10.5 lbs.

2012: 1.07-140, 2.02-140, 3.01-141, 4.04-143, 5.01-141, 6.01-141, 7.01-143, 8.01-145.5, 9.01-142, 10.01-139.5, 11.01-140, 12.01-139, 12.31-134 - Lost 5.5 lbs. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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9.18.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight is 141-1/2 lbs., up one half pound since yesterday.

I was going to drink three cups of my decaf coffee with cream but when my husband took my cup into the kitchen to get me a glass of water, he refilled my coffee cup. I thanked him and told him I would drink it and ended up drinking four cups of coffee with cream.

I have been doing a lot of reading since my weight is still hovering above 140 lbs., and I finally decided to begin lowering the amount of carbohydrates I eat each day. Since I don't want to do anything drastic, I am going to begin to limit my consumption of sugar, coconut sugar in my case, to every other day.

I have tried eating once a day and that worked out well, getting my weight down a few pounds, but I don't want to only eat once a day, everyday. Actually, after reading several Intermittent Fasting ebooks, I can't say that I am really following it since I have been drinking coffee with cream each morning and there have also been a few evenings as well.

The way of eating I want to follow is WHEN. Aaron Blaisdell's slogan: “Not IF, but WHEN (When Hunger Ensues Naturally)” may not be an official diet, but it is a way of eating that I would love to be able follow. First, I need to begin to recognize hunger instead of habit, so that is where I will begin. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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8.01.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight dropped another pound and a half and I weighed 140-1/2 lbs. when I stepped on my scale this morning. I desperately want to see the 130s again and I know that if I behave myself, I will.

I started my day with two cups of leftover decaf coffee with cream. I would have had more but there was only two cups left and I didn't want to have to make a fresh pot.

This morning, my husband seasoned a prime rib and placed it in the oven for our lunch. When it was almost ready I made each of us a salad and mine included two cups of romaine lettuce, half of an avocado, two stalks of celery, a third of a cucumber, and two tablespoons of our homemade raspberry vinaigrette dressing. I began my meal by eating the meat off of the two prime rib bones that were cut off the prime rib. I finished my salad and my husband suggested I try a “real” piece of prime rib. I think this was the best prime rib that we have ever made and I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. I completed my meal with a nectarine and when I went to put my dishes in the sink my husband shared a half of a Hershey's milk chocolate bar with me, which I did not need.

When it came time for dinner, I was not hungry. Coffee sounded good to me so my husband made me a pot of decaf coffee. The coffee was so good that I ended up drinking four cups with cream.

Thursday, 8.01.13

Weight
140-1/2 lbs.

Menu
Breakfast: Coffee w/cream
Lunch: Salad of romaine w/avocado, celery, cucumber, & raspberry vinaigrette, prime rib w/au jus, nectarine, chocolate
Dinner: Coffee w/cream

Carbs: avocado, chocolate, nectarine
Protein: prime rib
Vegetables: celery, cucumber, lettuce
Other: cream, dressing
Beverages: coffee, water

Exercise
None!

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August, 2013 - CALP Low Carb Journal

This will be my daily journal for the month of August.

My weight is inching closer to the 140 lbs. mark. I have not strayed from my program since getting my appetite back under control but I am drinking decaf coffee with cream outside of the fifteen minutes that is suggested in the CALP book. My coffee tastes so much better with the rich, sweet taste of cream that I have decided that I am going to enjoy it as long as it does not have a negative affect with my appetite, insulin levels, or weight.

For the most part, I am still following a wheat and gluten free lifestyle. I continue to eat two meals a day which include protein and vegetables, and the one meal that I eat carbohydrates each day include a half of an avocado on my salad and a dessert. Recently, I have been enjoying fresh fruit as my carbohydrate dessert since it is now in season.

I have been following my lifestyle for awhile now and have become more aware of how corn, flour, potatoes, rice, and sugar, affect me. If I eat too much of any of those foods, my insulin levels rise and I have a hard time stopping. As long as I balance my meals, my insulin levels are also balanced, and I am in control.

Began CALP on 3/03/08
Began Exercising 4/14/08, spotty the last couple of years.
Beginning Weight: Approximately 236 lbs.
Beginning Clothing Sizes: Top-XXL, Bottom-20W
Current Weight: 140.5 lbs.
Current Clothing Sizes: Top-S-M, Bottom-4

Weight Loss Results:

2008: 3.04-N/A, 4.01-N/A, 5.06-218, 5.27-213.25, 6.27-209, 7.22-205, 8.03-203, 9.03-200, 10.04-196, 11.03-194, 12.02-188 – Lost 30+ lbs.

2009: 1.03-187.5, 2.02 & 3.02-183.5, 4.01-185, 5.02-182.5, 6.04-180.25, 7.01-176.5, 8.02-176, 9.02-173, 10.01-173.5, 11.04-175.25, 12.01-170 – Lost 17.5 lbs.

2010: 1.01-164, 2.07-165, 3.02-162, 4.01-161.5, 5.01-160, 6.01-157, 7.01-158, 8.01-156, 9.10-154, 10.01-154, 11.01-158, 12.01-155 – Lost 9 lbs. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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CDC-commissioned report: reducing salt intake unnecessary for most people

A recent report commissioned by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reviewed the health benefits of reducing salt intake and the take-home message is that salt, in the quantities consumed by most Americans, is no longer considered a substantial health hazard. What the CDC study reported explicitly is that there is no benefit, and may be a danger, from reducing our salt intake below 1 tsp per day.

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The original study.

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July, 2013 - CALP Low Carb Journal

This will be my daily journal for the month of July.

During the months of May and June, I strayed from my program a few times and my weight jumped from 133 lbs. all the way up to 146 lbs. It took me awhile to get my appetite under control and I can now say that it is finally back to normal and my weight is heading back down.

For the most part, I am still following a wheat and gluten free lifestyle. I continue to follow the guidelines of CALP and have begun to incorporate Intermittent Fasting (IF) into my program. I begin each morning with two cups of black, decaf coffee, and as soon as I finish them I begin drinking my water.

I am using IF on a daily basis with my eight hour eating window open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. There have been a few mornings when I have been hungry before 12 p.m., but I drink plenty of water to hold me over until my window opens up. I am still eating two meals each day, a Reward Meal and a Complementary Meal, and they are both eaten within my eight hour window.

Began CALP on 3/03/08
Began Exercising 4/14/08
Beginning Weight: Approximately 236 lbs.
Beginning Clothing Sizes: Top-XXL, Bottom-20W
Current Weight: 142 lbs.
Current Clothing Sizes: Top-S-M, Bottom-4

Weight Loss Results:

2008: 3.04-N/A, 4.01-N/A, 5.06-218, 5.27-213.25, 6.27-209, 7.22-205, 8.03-203, 9.03-200, 10.04-196, 11.03-194, 12.02-188 – Lost 30+ lbs.

2009: 1.03-187.5, 2.02 & 3.02-183.5, 4.01-185, 5.02-182.5, 6.04-180.25, 7.01-176.5, 8.02-176, 9.02-173, 10.01-173.5, 11.04-175.25, 12.01-170 – Lost 17.5 lbs.

2010: 1.01-164, 2.07-165, 3.02-162, 4.01-161.5, 5.01-160, 6.01-157, 7.01-158, 8.01-156, 9.10-154, 10.01-154, 11.01-158, 12.01-155 – Lost 9 lbs.

2011: 1.01-150, 2.01-146, 3.01.148, 4.01-146, 5.01-144, 6.01-146, 7.03-139.75, 8.01-139, 9.03-139, 10.01-140, 11.01-139, 12.01-140, 12.31-139.5 – Lost 10.5 lbs. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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6.21.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

I started my day with two cups of black, decaf coffee.

My husband went to the grocery store and came back with everything on my list, plus more. We were planning on having leftover tri tip for lunch but the store had fresh wild salmon on sale so he bought us some. While I unloaded the groceries, he started the barbecue. He seasoned the salmon with salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, & dill. I made us each a salad of romaine with avocado, celery, cucumber, & our homemade raspberry vinaigrette dressing. I completed my lunch with some fresh cherries and they were delicious!

Dinner was pork ribs and fresh green beans for me. My husband cooked a slab of ribs on the barbecue after seasoning them with his recipe of Emeril's Blast. When he made the green beans he covered them in water and added some sliced bacon, onions, and butter. My plate was limited to pork ribs and green beans but my mom and husband ate some rice and sliced tomatoes with their meals.

I am still struggling with an enormous appetite and I am overeating. Since I have been having problems stopping once I begin eating my dark chocolate almond bark, I decided to begin eating fruit as the carbohydrate portion of my meal each day. I love fruit and I am happy that it is now the right season for it.

Friday, 6.21.13

Weight
145 lbs.

Menu
Breakfast: Coffee
Lunch: Salad of romaine w/avocado, celery, cucumber, & raspberry vinaigrette, salmon, cherries
Dinner: Pork ribs, green beans w/bacon & onions

Carbs: avocado, cherries
Protein: pork ribs, salmon
Vegetables: celery, cucumber, green beans, lettuce
Other: dressing
Beverages: coffee, water

Exercise
None!

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June, 2013 - CALP Low Carb Journal

This will be my daily journal for the month of June. I will be turning 54 years old in a few days and this is my sixth year of following CALP. Over the years I lost an incredible amount of weight by following this simple program. I look like a normal person who can control their weight and I like my results.

It was so easy, all I had to do was to balance my plate and I was seeing results. I believe I may have been a bit loose with my portions over the years so I am going back to basics. I am going to fix my plate by adding the same amount of protein, vegetables, and carbohydrates before I begin eating. For some reason, I believe that seeing everything on my plate will leave me with a mental image of eating enough because I will be finishing everything on my plate.

I am still following a wheat and gluten free lifestyle. My weight is up because I went off my program a couple more times but now I feel as if I am back to my comfort zone.

No more cream in my coffee. I am now drinking black decaf coffee each morning and I am finally enjoying the taste. Cream was a great transition to drinking coffee again but I went a little crazy with the sweet taste of it enjoying it throughout the day. That is a habit I will not pick up again because I am happier with the delicious, nutritious, taste of food.

Began CALP on 3/03/08
Began Exercising 4/14/08
Beginning Weight: Approximately 236 lbs.
Beginning Clothing Sizes: Top-XXL, Bottom-20W
Current Weight: 139 lbs.
Current Clothing Sizes: Top-S-M, Bottom-4

Weight Loss Results:

2008: 3.04-N/A, 4.01-N/A, 5.06-218, 5.27-213.25, 6.27-209, 7.22-205, 8.03-203, 9.03-200, 10.04-196, 11.03-194, 12.02-188 – Lost 30+ lbs.

2009: 1.03-187.5, 2.02 & 3.02-183.5, 4.01-185, 5.02-182.5, 6.04-180.25, 7.01-176.5, 8.02-176, 9.02-173, 10.01-173.5, 11.04-175.25, 12.01-170 – Lost 17.5 lbs. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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5.27.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

I woke up and had two cups of decaf coffee with a teaspoon of coconut oil in each cup. This is new to me but I really want to quit drinking cream in my coffee. I like the aroma and taste of coconut oil and unlike my coffee with added cream, I don't desire more than two cups.

My lunch was right on track with a piece of leftover tri tip and a cabbage salad. My salad was made with thin sliced cabbage and a tablespoon of mayonnaise. There was a lemon sitting on the counter so I put a squirt on my salad before adding salt and pepper. I went into my freezer and took out some of my homemade coconut flour brownies and I warmed them up for my dessert. They were delicious and I will be having them as my carb for the next few days. As a matter of fact, I still have a bunch of eggs in my refrigerator so I hope to make another batch soon.

When I finished my meal, I was comfortable. I was pleased with myself for putting a reasonable amount of tri tip to warm in the toaster oven and making my two cups of cabbage salad. My meal does not sound like it was balanced since I had more salad than meat, but I am supposed to have a salad or twice the amount of vegetables with this meal, so it really was a perfect balance. After warming the brownies, I did my best to balance the amount I ate to the same amount of protein. I was so satisfied with this meal that I came to the conclusion that losing weight is as easy as enjoying the foods that I want and eating them the way that I am supposed to. No more worrying about eating the right amount of fats, carbohydrates, micronutrients, macronutrients, protein, and calories that I am supposed to. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Some statins 'raise diabetes risk' -- BBC News

Powerful statins increase risk of developing type-2 diabetes... but not to worry, experts say, just keep taking them because the benefits outweigh the risks:

Some drugs taken to protect the heart may increase the risk of developing type-2 diabetes, according to researchers in Canada.

Their study of 1.5 million people, in the British Medical Journal, suggested powerful statins could increase the risk by 22% compared with weaker drugs.

Atorvastatin was linked to one extra case of diabetes for every 160 patients treated.

... snip ...

Commenting on the study, Prof Risto Huupponen and Prof Jorma Viikari, from the University of Turku, in Finland, said: "The overall benefit of statins still clearly outweighs the potential risk of diabetes."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22636666

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