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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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4.01.12, Low Carb Diet Journal

Sunday, 4.01.12

Weight
N/A

Menu
RM: (Restaurant) omelet w/bacon, bell pepper, cheese, ham, & mushrooms, potatoes w/ketchup
CM: (Restaurant) Chinese barbecue ribs, green beans

Carbs: ketchup, potatoes
Protein: bacon, cheese, eggs, ham
Veg/Fiber: bell pepper, green beans, mushrooms
Beverages: water

Exercise
Active, but no formal exercise!

Not wheat and gluten free due to the soy sauce in the barbecue marinade!

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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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Still Wheat Free!

On March 3, 2008, I began limiting my consumption of carbohydrates. Since I began taking my health seriously, I have learned how to enjoy a balanced diet, making sure to include real foods. The meals I enjoy every single day include protein and vegetables, with my carbohydrates limited to once a day. I made the decision to become wheat free because of the information I have been reading, so finding substitutions for flour became important to me. In my opinion, coconut seems to be the best substitution for the wheat and gluten we used to include in our diets, and we are enjoying the recipes we have tried from the cookbook Cooking with Coconut Flour: A Delicious Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Alternative to Wheat .

My weight loss journey has been more successful than I ever thought possible. By following the guidelines of CALP, I never had to give up any of the foods that I loved and soon discovered that my measurements were getting smaller. I was eating chocolate and losing weight, which was my dream come true. Of course, back then I did not realize it was probably my addiction to flour that fed my carbohydrate addiction, and it now appears that my desire for chocolate, sugar, and nuts, had limited wheat and gluten in my diet these last few years.

I have been maintaining my weight, 140 lbs., watching it bounce up and down since July. The lowest weight I have seen on any scale during the last thirty years is 136 lbs., which I am happy to say, was less than a month ago. I have been wheat free for the last six weeks and I am very happy with my new diet.

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Getting Rid of My Wheat Belly!

My husband has been reading the book Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health out loud to me recently. It started last week when we took a road trip and after five hours and a hundred and fifty pages of mind blowing information, I am anxious to take another car trip so I can hear more.

I am such an extremist that I was ready to go wheat free that same afternoon, but I made a huge mistake at the Chinese restaurant we went to for lunch. I ordered honey walnut chicken and accepted my mistake of not thinking about the chicken being breaded. I enjoyed every bite of my meal and even though I had to postpone my desire to go wheat free, I had no problem following the guidelines of CALP.

My next wheat free mistake came from soy sauce. I wanted our recipe of homemade Chinese marinaded ribs and discovered the soy sauce in the marinade contained wheat. Since the ribs were already marinading in the sauce, I postponed my desire to become wheat free again. I enjoyed two meals of this delicious recipe, delaying my wheat free desire two more days.

I never had any problems giving up flour and bread since my preference has always been to eat chocolate as part of my reward meal. There was a time when I mistakenly thought bread and wheat products were a healthier alternative than the dark chocolate and nuts I was eating. I purposely chose to include wheat in my program until my husband convinced me that my choices of avocado, chocolate, fruit, and nuts, were actually healthier for me. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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My Blood Test Comparisons

My blood test comparison results at 205 lbs., five months after beginning CALP at the age of 49, and 146 lbs., after almost three years on plan at the age of 51!

TEST RESULTS

GLUCOSE
7/26/08, Glucose, fasting 96
2/01/11, Glucose, fasting 96
Normal Range: 60 – 99 mg/dL

LIPID PANEL
7/26/08, Cholesterol 190
2/01/11, Cholesterol 179
Normal Range: <239 - mg/dL

7/26/08, Triglyceride 83
2/01/11, Triglyceride 92
Normal Range: <199 - mg/dL

7/26/08, HDL 43
2/01/11, HDL 40
Normal Range: >45 – mg/dL

7/26/08, Low density lipoprotein calculated 130
2/01/11, Low density lipoprotein calculated 121
Normal Range: <129 - mg/dL

CREATININE, SERUM, WITH GLOMERULAR FILTRATION RATE
7/26/08, Creatinine 0.78
2/01/11, Creatinine 0.75
Normal Range: <1.11 -mg/dL

TSH
7/26/08, TSH 1.1
2/01/11, TSH 2.14
Normal Range: 0.10 – 5.50 uIU/mL

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Motivation: Health!

My mother, 71, has COPD and she has been off and on oxygen for the last ten years. Breast cancer entered her life over five years ago and she has been dependent on oxygen ever since her surgery. Her breast surgery went well and she remains cancer free, but there is no recovery for COPD. Over the years the amount of oxygen she requires has risen, but I am happy to say that she remains active.

Two weeks ago, mom was hospitalized with respiratory failure. I packed an overnight bag and stayed with her at the hospital and when she was discharged, I helped her at home. She is recovering well and when I left to return home, she was playing her weekly Mah Jong game with her friends.

My motivation in beginning this program was to take control of my health since my genes are not something I can depend on. Before I began this program, I could not control my sweet tooth. The worst part was that I loved food too! Both of my maternal grandparents lived with diabetes and due to my lack of control, I suspected I was heading down the same road.

My paternal grandparents both died from heart attacks and cancer took both of my maternal grandparents. My father, 75, ended up having two heart attacks several years ago and he was diagnosed with diabetes last year when he was hospitalized in a diabetic coma. The emergency room staff were unable to get a glucose reading for the first three hours he was there and when they did, it was 1141, not a typo, eleven hundred and forty one! Needless to say, it took him three days to become aware of where he was and when he was released from the hospital, he was sent home with insulin so he could give himself injections. My father was able to stop giving himself insulin injections after the first month and since he quit eating sugar, he has been able to keep his insulin levels under control. As a matter of fact, he has been doing so well that he no longer believes he is a diabetic, although he continues to monitor it. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Natural Fat Burning Foods

I have been following The Carbohydrates Addict's LifeSpan Program, "CALP" for over three and a half years and I have been successful in losing a substantial amount of weight in that time. I made the decision to take my health into my own hands and tried this weight loss program at the age of 48, loving the freedom of including the foods that I love, every single day.

The success to any diet is to be able to make it permanent and I found CALP to be the perfect program for me. I have been trying to make healthier food choices over the years so I went searching for a list of fat burning foods and found myself successful when I found this list at http://www.letsloseweight.net/best-14-fat-burning-foods.

Turkey & Poultry
Berries*
Oranges*
Whole Grains*
Salmon & Tuna
Meat (article suggests lean)
Oatmeal*
Pine Nuts*
Milk*
Beans*
Eggs
Cheese
Hot Peppers*
Water Rich Foods (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, grapefruit*, lettuce, radishes & spinach)

*Carbohydrate rich foods according to CALP!

Whole grains are foods that I will continue to avoid since I have found that the more I eat, the more addictive I become. I also noticed that grains cause my appetite to increase and it takes me a few days of avoiding them in order to get it back under control!

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