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Self Criticism Leads to Acceptance

Every morning I wake up and step on my scale hoping to see a drop in my weight. I have never liked using the scale as one of my ways in tracking the progress of my weight loss journey, but I have come to accept it as a necessary evil. The truth is that my scale has dropped a significant amount since I began following my lifelong way of eating over four years ago. I am extremely happy to watch my weight hover around 140 lbs., since I look and feel so much better, but I am curious to see if it is possible to get this body that has been obese for over half of my 53 years, into shape.

The last time I can remember ever being close to being in shape was when I was 14 years old and roller skating. Fitness was something I avoided at all costs but roller skating was something that was fun for me since I started at a young age. In high school, I always enjoyed P.E. when we were playing games but when it came to exercise, I hated that part. I would much rather take a dance class than run around a track.

My goal when I began this way of eating has always been to get myself fit and healthy and the only way I could do that was to get myself started on an eating and exercise program that I could follow for the rest of my life. I settled into my eating program really well so the next step in reaching my goal was for me to become active and find an exercise I enjoyed. My preference is still Walk Away the Pounds and I continue to alternate my cardio workouts with strength training. Recently, I have been using Callanetics on my strength training days since I like the stretching and toning I feel while performing this exercise, and my Bowflex will always be available whenever I choose to incorporate it back into my workout schedule. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Teri Progress Photos December, 2, 2011

Here are more photos of me at 139 lbs.

Still following my program and still loving it!

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LowCarbForLife photo uploaded 06/15/2012 - 7:08pm
LowCarbForLife photo uploaded 06/15/2012 - 7:08pm
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Reality!

In October, 2011, I decided to go wheat and gluten free. For the most part, I have been following that decision. There have been a couple of times where I have had a flour tortilla and each time I made that decision, I was disappointed. I have never noticed a difference when I include wheat and gluten in my diet, except I seem to get hungry a lot sooner. I am happy with my weight loss results, wearing a size 4 jeans and small to medium sized tops, but at 141 lbs., I am still considered overweight according to the BMI chart.

It seems as if I have been bouncing around the 140s for a really long time but I just realized that last year on 6.01.11, my weight was 146 lbs. On 6.01.12, my weight was 141 lbs., showing a loss of 5 lbs. Since I want to lose additional weight, that realization was extremely satisfying to me since it proves that I am still making progress!

I have been doing really well the last few days in resuming my exercise schedule. I just celebrated my 53rd birthday and can not express how happy I am to have found a way to eat that is not only satisfying, but really easy for me to follow.

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June, 2012 - CALP Low Carb Diet Journal

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

For the most part, I have been wheat and gluten free since October 28, 2011, and I continue to like it. I will continue to make every attempt to balance the food that I eat every single day.

Starting Dates:
CALP - 3.03.08
WATP - 4.14.08
Bowflex - 4.15.08
Callanetics - 11.12.09

Weight Loss Results:
6.01.12 - 141 lbs.

My first weigh in was 64 days after I began CALP!
2008: 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

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

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

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, 9.03-140, 10.01-140, 11.01-139, 11.01-139, 12.01-140, 12.31-139.5

2012: 1.07-140, 2.02-140, 3.01-141, 4.04-143, 5.01-141, 6.01-141

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May, 2012 - CALP Low Carb Diet Journal

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

For the most part, I have been wheat and gluten free since October 28, 2011, and I continue to like it. I will continue to make every attempt to balance the food that I eat every single day.

Starting Dates:
CALP - 3.03.08
WATP - 4.14.08
Bowflex - 4.15.08
Callanetics - 11.12.09

Weight Loss Results:
5.01.12 - 141 lbs.

My first weigh in was 64 days after I began CALP!
2008: 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

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

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

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, 9.03-140, 10.01-140, 11.01-139, 11.01-139, 12.01-140, 12.31-139.5

2012: 1.07-140, 2.02-140, 3.01-141, 4.04-143, 5.01-141

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Revenge of the Pink Slime

Just when you thought it was safe to eat processed meat... (OK, you probably didn't think that...) Check out this freaky chart over on ProPublica:

"Lean finely textured beef," aka "pink slime," sparked an uproar when the USDA bought 7 million pounds of the stuff for school lunches. The agency maintains it's safe and healthy; critics say it's not fit to eat. But the burger filler isn't new, nor is it the only way that meat packers maximize production. Here's how it stacks up against two other mechanical processes.

And You Thought It Was Just ‘Pink’ Slime

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Carbohydrates and Glucose!

Hm... what changed after the '50s and '60s?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihOi56J17Hw&feature=player_embedded

Answer: Everyone got fat. (OK, not everyone. But lots of people got fat.)

And, when you're done watching the above video, here's a fascinating (but long) talk about sugar:

Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM&ob=av3e

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April, 2012 - CALP Low Carb Diet Journal

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

For the most part, I have been wheat and gluten free since October 28, 2011, and I continue to like it. I will continue to make every attempt to balance the food that I eat every single day.

Starting Dates:
CALP - 3.03.08
WATP - 4.14.08
Bowflex - 4.15.08
Callanetics - 11.12.09

Weight Loss Results:
4.04.12 - 143 lbs.

My first weigh in was 64 days after I began CALP!
2008: 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

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

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

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, 9.03-140, 10.01-140, 11.01-139, 11.01-139, 12.01-140, 12.31-139.5

2012: 1.07-140, 2.02-140, 3.01-141, 4.04-143

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Fourth Year on Plan

A lot has changed since I began my new low carbohydrate way of eating four years ago. I was 48 years old and after fighting my weight my entire adult life, I became so disgusted with myself that I became desperate once again. I needed to find a program I could follow where I did not have to give up anything and I remembered a book I followed several years earlier called The Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program also referred to as CALP. I knew that once I got started I could follow it because the first time I tried it, I was successful. The only reason I stopped was due to my impatience with the speed of my weight loss efforts. I began following Atkins and did not realize the restrictions I would have to make by giving up CALP and found that I could not continue to follow this particular low carbohydrate weight loss program. Instead of going back to CALP, I resumed my old way of eating and watched my weight creep back up.

I don't know my actual weight when I began four years ago, but I do know that I was close to the highest weight I have ever seen on my scale because I could not fit into my clothes. I am one of those stubborn people that refuses to buy jeans in a size larger than an 18W and the one pair that I owned were too small. My wardrobe consisted of stretch pants and men's XXL t-shirts before I finally figured out what program I could adapt to my life. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Rethinking school

Here's a cool presentation describing the ways in which schools hurt, rather than help, children. Stay with it, there's an interesting segment about the current ADHD 'epidemic':

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkPvSCq5ZXk

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