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My Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program (CALP) Daily Menu & Exercise Journal

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I have kept a daily record of my food and exercise choices since I began the Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program (CALP) on March 3, 2008.

I will be updating my journal to include my daily entries and will be including everything from the beginning, as time permits.

I am living real life and dealing with the stress that life dishes out. I can not control any health problems that may be affecting myself or others, but will handle them to the best of my ability. I am no longer in control of the choices my young adult children make, even though I do offer my advice, whenever I feel it is necessary. I am in control of how I want to live the rest of my life and I want to become the fit, healthy, and active person that I can see in my future.

I have no doubt that following the guidelines of CALP allows me to remain in control of my food choices. I am never hungry when I follow the program and there is no deprivation, since I can eat whatever I want.

This is my second time on the Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program so I thought it would be a good idea to keep a journal this time.

The first time I tried this way of eating was ten years ago. I was able to lose over 40 pounds at that time and knew that it was a plan I could stay on since it was very easy for me. I became overly obsessed with the scale and when I experienced a stall in my weight loss, I decided to change plans. The new plan allowed me to drop 10 more pounds but I failed when I could not continue to follow it.

When I began my program this time, I was close to my highest weight of 236 lbs., because I know what clothes I could not fit into. I don't know my exact weight since I had been avoiding the scale and did not want to make it the focus of my journey this time around. I did choose to take my measurements five days after beginning the program so I would have some sort of record though. I made the decision to keep a record of my progress by taking my measurements at the end of each month.

According to this program, an option is to be introduced every two weeks. I began my third week with the GTF Chromium Option.

Two weeks later I was getting ready to introduce another option of exercise into my program. I ended up coming down with the flu and I was unable to follow my eating program for a couple of weeks. As soon as I was able to eat solid food again, I got right back on plan. I gave myself another four days before I got started on Walk Away the Pounds. I had made the decision to alternate cardio with strength training and began working out on my Bowflex machine the following day.

I did end up stepping on the scale two months after beginning my program because my clothes were becoming too big for me and I was curious to know what I weighed at that time. On 5/06/08, my first official weigh in, I weighed in at 218 lbs.

Diet Program:
CALP since 3/03/08

Exercise Program:
Walk Away the Pounds (WATP) since 4/14/08;
Bowflex since 4/15/08; &
Callanetics since 11/12/09

Weight Loss Results:
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

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

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

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, 9.01-140, 10.01-140, 11-03-139, 12.01-140, 12.31-139.5

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

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Wow you are going through so much right now. I am sending prayers up for you and your family. Stay strong and know that you are an inspiration to others.

Welcome back!

Teri, So glad you’re back and caught up posting! I’m always interested to see what the successful CALP girl is eating that’s working so well for her. Looks like you left another pound somewhere on the road, too….

Thanks for your email. Something you said resonated with me; the phrase “putting in the time.” I think that’s what has been missing from my efforts. I need to move this project up the priority list just a little bit. Problem is, it’s crowded at the top! I believe the reason I’ve had a run of good days on plan is that Sunday I spent the time preparing lunches for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Those are heavy schedule day for me and I’m always really hungry by noon. I would be even if I had eaten breakfast. If there’s not something interesting and tasty for CM, that’s when I lose focus and eat whatever the drug reps brought, and it’s never CM.

I have a couple of questions if you have time:
- We’re about to hit the road again – another week at my mother’s. we stay in our own log cabin with limited cooking facilities, usually stay a night in hotel each way. What happens to me, I get tired of “being good” through the drive-ins, etc., and after a couple of days I just start eating what everybody else is eating. Of course you stayed completely on plan during your road trip. Any tips?
- Do you ever get hungry between meals? Sometimes it’s so long before I get to RM, I’m famished and then I have a tendency to eat too much, even when the food choices are good.

Thanks for the inspiration and support you provide.



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Making the right choices!

Whenever I take a road trip, I plan accordingly. My preference is to make my own food, simply because I prefer it over anything else. When I planned and cooked my menu for the week, it was not only for me. My sister gave me fair warning that she was going to learn my way of eating because she was going to eat every meal with me, so I had to make food that she liked too.

The foods I took for CM were eggs, ham, hot dogs, hot links, linguisa, pork chops, & salad. I am not fond of eggs, but I like diced ham and scrambled eggs since the ham helps the eggs taste good to me. I also discovered chile verde over fried eggs, which does the same thing. Whenever we had eggs, meat, & cucumber for breakfast, I noticed that I would not be hungry for hours. I believe the reason for that is when I eat a piece of meat, I try and only eat one, not getting the double protein that came from both the eggs and meat.

I have always eaten on a schedule and when I started this way of eating, I continued. If I experience hunger, I will drink a glass of water and if the hunger continues, I will not hesitate to eat. Depending on the time, I will grab a piece of bacon, pork chop, or any other protein that sounds good, preferably with a vegetable so they will hold me over until my next meal.

I usually only eat twice a day, but I would not hesitate to eat more often since we are allowed to eat up to four meals a day. My suggestion would be to drink some water and if you discover you are still hungry, eat a combination of protein and vegetables. It can be a small amount to hold you over until your next meal or you can make it your meal. In my experience, hunger equals overindulging and overeating, so if at all possible don't allow yourself to get that way by eating more often.

I mentioned that I got my sister started on CALP while I was away. What I did not mention was that the camping trip has been a huge family tradition for decades. My sister began attending these camping trips over twenty years ago and since I am her sister, I have attended a few myself. There were many families in attendance and it seemed to me like people were always eating. I pointed out to my sister that they were more than likely eating out of habit or because it was there and not because they were hungry.

The camping trip may not have been the best time for most people to get started on CALP, but my sister did. She was used to drinking over a dozen sodas a day and she ended up drinking a total of one and a half cans in the ten days we were gone, dumping half a can because it was too sweet. She now knows she can drink a soda, but it fits into the carbohydrate portion of her meal so it is no longer at the top of her priority list.

On a side note, my sister is still sticking to the program and doing well. She got her girlfriend started on Monday and, so far, so good. There were other ladies that showed an interest in the program and since I gave them my website, I am looking forward to them sharing their journey on here with us.

I still have no problem sticking to my program since I know that carbohydrates make me crazy, fat, and stupid. I found a way that I can eat "normally" and I know that I can have anything I want as long as I keep it balanced with the rest of my meal, once a day. I look good and feel fantastic knowing that I am making the right choices for me.

I am here for you! If there is anything I can do to support you on your journey to becoming a healthier you, please do not hesitate to ask!

Your friend & support buddy,


On the road again

Dear Teri,

Thank you so much for your thoughtful reply. You really confirmed what I already knew: that planning is fundamental to this way of eating. It's not that you have to eat anything strange or unusual; quite the contrary. It's just that you have to know what you're going to eat and make sure it's availabe. Stress and fatigue are my mortal enemies on this way of eating.

We're about to hit the road again, as I said. Unfortunately, I haven't had time to plan it all out and fix ahead. On the good side, I'm not as exhausted as I sometimes am at this point. Also on the good side, our schedule is not as crowded, so I hope to have more time to attend to my own needs. I'm really trying to move this healthy living thing up the priority list!

I'll let you know how it goes...


Oh, p.s. I'm also working on trying to decrease the size of my RM, mainly be limiting my meat portion to something reasonable. But plenty enough to satisfy, never fear. I'm just trying to be more mindful and not keep eating another hot dog or hamburger patty or the whole steak, just because it's there and I can.


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Be Safe!

I have complete faith in you!

More advice! Be strict with your CMs having as many as you need. When you have access to more carbohydrates than you would like during your RM, taste everything, keep it balanced with the rest of your meal, and enjoy!

You are in control!!!

Have a wonderful time,


another pound!

Wow, looks like the Terrific Teri has been on a trip, too; and left another pound behind her somewhere on the road!

More soon!



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Down one day & up the next!

I allowed my scale to dictate how well I followed this program the first time I tried it. Ten years later, I was back at my highest weight because I could not break my bad habits.

I refused to buy clothes in a bigger size than I have ever purchased in my life and got started. I was very large for my frame and had not weighed myself in years because I was too embarrassed to know. Two months after beginning this program, I was excited to step on the scale because my clothes were becoming nice and loose.

Three very short years later, look where I am. I look better than I ever could imagine and I still have weight to lose. I really love this way of eating and just knowing that I have the freedom to eat whatever I please, is extremely satisfying to me.

Hoping you were able to make better choices,


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About LowCarbForLife

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About me

I'm Teri and I am 54 years old. I have been fighting my weight since I was fourteen, dieting my way all the way up to 236 lbs. I started my weight loss program on March 3, 2008, and at that time I was unable to get into the largest pair of jeans I owned, size 18W. I have lost close to 100 pounds, and I now wear a size 4 jeans. My diet and exercise program have me feeling better than I could have ever imagined and I did it without starving or depriving myself in any way.

I am getting myself into better shape and my goal of becoming fit and healthy is getting closer every day.

Here's a link to my Progress Photos.

Current Diet Type
Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program (CALP)

Current Exercise Routine
Resistance/Strength Training using Bowflex, Walk Away the Pounds (WATP), & Callanetics

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