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10.23.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight is still the same, 139 lbs.

I started my day with two cups of decaf coffee and added heavy whipping cream to both of them.

The last time we went to the store, my husband and I bought some pork roasts so we could make empanadillas. He cut up one of the roasts while I made the sofrito and after the meat and sofrito were both cooked, we mixed them together. Since I did not have any flour tortillas, we put the meat into the refrigerator until the following day when we planned on going to town to pick them up, among other things.

We had leftover tri tip and a salad for lunch. My husband put the tri tip into the toaster oven to warm and I made us each our salads. Mine included romaine lettuce, celery, and some of our homemade vinaigrette dressing. When the tri tip was warm, I enjoyed it along with my salad.

For dinner, my husband made us a recipe called Bombay chicken which was shared by a long time CALPer on a support group that I visit from time to time. He used skinless, boneless, chicken breasts even though the recipe called for bone-in chicken. When it was ready, I fixed me a bowl and it was delicious. As a matter of fact, it was so good that I want to have it again next week. Since I wanted to taste the pork pastele meat and make sure that it had enough sofrito, I also ate a couple of spoons of it.

Wednesday, 10.23.13

Weight
139 lbs.

Menu
Breakfast: Coffee w/cream
Lunch: Salad of romaine w/celery, cheddar cheese, jack cheese, & vinaigrette, tri tip
Dinner: Bombay chicken w/sauce, pork pastele meat w/sofrito

Beverages: coffee, water
Carbs/Veggies: bell pepper, celery, cilantro, green onions, lettuce, tomato, tomato sauce
Other: cream, dressing
Protein: pork, tri tip

Exercise
None

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10.22.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

I got up earlier than usual since I could not sleep so I did not step on the scale right away. It was only 3 a.m., so I did not bother making me any coffee since I really wanted to be able to go back to sleep. I never did get back to sleep so I stepped on my scale around my normal time and I was 139 lbs.

I ended up drinking two cups of decaf coffee and added heavy whipping cream to both cups. As soon as I finished them, I poured my first glass of water and began drinking it.

Since I got up so early, I became hungry earlier than usual so my husband made me an omelet for my brunch. It started with three eggs, two pieces of chopped bacon, some jack cheese, and chopped mushrooms. It was exactly what I wanted and I ate every single bite.

My husband started the barbecue because we were having beef tri tip for dinner. When it was almost ready, I made us each a salad and mine included romaine lettuce, celery, cheddar cheese, and our homemade vinaigrette dressing. My husband cut me a chunk of the tri tip and it was so good, I am sure that I ate too much.

Tuesday, 10.22.13

Weight
139 lbs.

Menu
Breakfast: Coffee w/cream
Lunch: Omelet w/bacon, jack cheese, & mushrooms
Dinner: Salad of romaine w/celery & vinaigrette, tri tip

Beverages: coffee, water
Carbs/Veggies: celery, lettuce, mushrooms
Other: cream
Protein: bacon, cheese, eggs, tri tip

Exercise
None

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10.21.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight is 139 lbs.

I started my day with two cups of decaf coffee and added heavy whipping cream to each one.

When I was at the store yesterday, I picked up a slab of New York steak since it was on sale. My husband cut it into one inch slices and fixed us a steak for lunch. I was going to make us each a salad but I needed to make fresh salad dressing and by the time I got around to making it, the steak was ready. Since the steak was ready before I got a chance to make the dressing, I did not bother making us a salad. I warmed up my leftover mushrooms from last night and added them to my plate while my husband defrosted some broccoli and warmed it up for us, drizzling butter over the top. My meal was delicious and I still had some leftover New York steak for my dinner.

I made the salad dressing so I could make us each a salad for dinner. I have not been eating many greens the last few days and I wanted a salad. I began by adding romaine lettuce, celery, both cheddar & jack cheese, and some of our homemade vinaigrette dressing to a bowl. When my leftover steak was warm, I put it on my plate and began eating my meal. The steak was bigger than I thought, but I ate the whole thing anyway.

Monday, 10.21.13

Weight
139 lbs.

Menu
Breakfast: Coffee w/cream
Lunch: New York steak, mushrooms, broccoli w/butter
Dinner: Salad of romaine w/celery, cheese, & vinaigrette, New York steak

Beverages: coffee, water
Carbs/Veggies: broccoli, mushrooms
Other: butter, cream, dressing
Protein: steak

Exercise
None

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10.20.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

I was not home so I did not weigh myself again today.

I started my morning with a bottle of water since I did not have any decaf coffee or cream.

Mom and I went searching for garage sales and we found a couple but we spent more time driving then we did shopping. We had to quit searching and met my dad at the house so we could go to breakfast. We went to another Mexican restaurant but this time when I ordered my decaf coffee I only needed one container of half & half for each cup. I did end up drinking three cups of decaf coffee with a total of three containers of half & half. I ordered carne asada and eggs and this time I had my two eggs scrambled. Since I am not fond of eggs, I added some pico de gallo to them. I added the three slices of avocado my mom gave me to the top of my carne asada steak and enjoyed my meal. I ignored the chips, salsa, potatoes, and toast, and added them to a container to take home to my chickens.

I was able to leave for home around 4 p.m., and I was too tired to stop at Costco. Once I got to town, I did stop at the grocery store to pick up a few items that we needed. After I arrived home around 6 p.m., my husband helped me unload the car. I brought four pork chops home with me since my mom did not cook them the night before and had my husband cook them for our dinner. I had some mushrooms that needed to be cooked so I asked my husband to cook them in coconut oil so I could enjoy them with my two small, thin, boneless pork chops.

Sunday, 10.20.13

Weight
N/A

Menu
Breakfast: Water
Lunch: (Restaurant) coffee w/half & half, eggs, carne asada, pico de gallo
Dinner: Pork chops, mushrooms

Beverages: coffee, water
Carbs/Veggies: avocado, mushrooms, pico de gallo
Other: half & half
Protein: carne asada, eggs, pork chops

Exercise
None

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10.18.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight is up another quarter of a pound and I weighed 139-1/4 lbs. this morning. When my weight jumped up a quarter of a pound yesterday, I should have looked up the amount of carbohydrates that were in the mixed vegetable stir fry that I ate. Apparently, cabbage and zucchini are both higher in carbohydrates than I thought so I may have exceeded my 20 grams of carbs two days in a row.

I enjoyed my two cups of decaf coffee and added heavy whipping cream to both cups. As soon as I finished them, I poured my first glass of water and began drinking it for the day.

I wanted an omelet so I asked my husband to make me one with bacon, jack cheese, and mushrooms. He had the bacon cooking in the oven and when the first batch was ready, he started making my omelet. I walked into the kitchen and grabbed a piece of bacon while he began making my omelet. He started with two eggs that he scrambled and put in a pan of butter. He then added two slices of chopped bacon, about a cup of mushrooms cooked in coconut oil, and about an ounce of jack cheese. When the cheese was melted, he served me my omelet and it was delicious. I enjoyed my meal and was satisfied with my choice.

I had to get ready to go to my folks house so I could return their dogs that I have been taking care of this last week while they were away. My husband helped me pack up the dogs and their crate and then I headed to my folks house. Today is my folks anniversary and I had already made my mom some banana nut bread but my dad doesn't eat it. Since he likes a pumpkin pie that is sold during this season, I stopped at the store and picked him up one. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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10.17.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight is up a quarter of a pound and I weighed 139 lbs. this morning. According to the Atkins book, I should be weighing myself once a week instead of everyday because our weight can fluctuate several pounds on any scale. I was supposed to measure myself before I started, but I didn't. Saturday will be the end of my first week so when I weigh myself on Sunday, I should have an idea of how I did this week.

I started my day with my two cups of decaf coffee and added heavy whipping cream to both cups. As soon as I finished them I poured my first glass of water and began drinking it.

We have a walnut tree and I have been picking up walnuts for the last month or so. The last time I shelled walnuts, I shelled quite a few. Since I use them for baking and my husband uses them as snacks, I had just enough walnuts shelled for me to make four banana nut breads today. Last week when I mentioned that I wanted to make banana nut bread when the bananas ripened, I was told to use real flour and sugar. The four loaves I made today contain white flour and refined sugar. Since my family doesn't care about eating this unhealthy stuff, I am giving a loaf to my mom, middle daughter, and son. The fourth loaf will be going into my freezer after my husband enjoys a slice or two. While the breads were cooling, I gave my son an opportunity to have a slice of his loaf and after his first bite he asked me how it was made. After I told him that it was the same old recipe I always used to make, he told me that it was delicious and that he could easily eat the whole loaf all by himself. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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10.16.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight is up a quarter of a pound and I weighed 138-3/4 lbs. this morning.

I enjoyed both cups of my decaf coffee with heavy whipping cream.

I had leftover ribs again. I made a couple of salads and mine included about a cup and a half of romaine lettuce, about three quarters of a stalk of celery, about an ounce of jack cheese, and about a tablespoon of our homemade vinaigrette dressing. My husband warmed me up three ribs that I ate along with my salad.

I will admit that I am a meat eater and it has always been the best part of my meals. I can appreciate all the other goodies that I get to eat when I am following the guidelines of CALP, but this is the fourth day that I am following the induction phase of Atkins, and I am not missing my carbs at all.

Because I am limiting carbohydrates, I bought an assortment of vegetables when my husband and I were at the store today. I also needed sugar for the unhealthy banana nut breads that I will be making with the now ripened bananas that I brought home last week. I will be making one with coconut flour and coconut sugar to put into the freezer when I return to CALP. I am still doing fine without my beloved chocolate and I expect to sail right through the two week induction phase of Atkins.

Dinner was pork chops and a cabbage, mushrooms, and zucchini stir fry. My husband seasoned our pork chops with salt and pepper and fried them in a cast iron pan of coconut oil. He then cut a quarter off of a head of a red cabbage and sliced about six mushrooms. He chopped a half of a zucchini and stir fried them in a wok of coconut oil. I thoroughly enjoyed about a cup of mixed cooked vegetables with my pork chops and was happy with my meal.

Wednesday, 10.16.13

Weight
138-3/4 lbs.

Menu
Breakfast: Coffee w/cream
Lunch: Salad of romaine w/celery, tomatoes, & vinaigrette, pork ribs
Dinner: Pork chop, cabbage, mushrooms, & zucchini stir fry

Beverages: coffee, water Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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10.14.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

When I stepped on my scale this morning I lost a quarter of a pound and weighed 138-1/2 lbs. This is the same amount that I weighed on 10.01, before eating flour tortillas on three separate occasions and linguica processed with sugar on two others.

I enjoyed two cups of decaf coffee and added heavy whipping cream to both cups. After I finished the second one, I started on my first glass of water. I believe that limiting my coffee to two cups each day has begun helping my hot flashes go away since they now seem to be happening less often.

We had beef tri tip for our lunch. The last time my husband made us a tri tip roast, there was more than we could eat in a few days so I had him put the remainder into the freezer. He took the tri tip out of the freezer and defrosted it. He then cut it into two pieces before putting it into the toaster oven to warm. Instead of having a salad, my husband defrosted and warmed us up some of the broccoli that he had pre-cooked before freezing. I had about seven ounces of tri tip and about a cup of broccoli with a tablespoon or two of butter poured over the top. My meal was delicious and I was satisfied with the amount.

I had a chicken breast with jack cheese melted over the top for dinner. My husband cut two fillets into four pieces before seasoning them with salt, pepper, garlic, and turmeric. He cooked the fillets in coconut oil and when they were almost ready, he added some grated jack cheese over them. I enjoyed both halves of my chicken breast and was satisfied with the amount of food that I ate.

Monday, 10.14.13

Weight
138-1/2 lbs.

Menu
Breakfast: Coffee w/cream
Lunch: Tri tip, broccoli w/butter
Dinner: Chicken w/cheese

Beverages: coffee, water
Carbs/Veggies: broccoli
Other/Fats: butter, cream, oil
Protein: cheese, chicken, tri tip

Exercise
None

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LCHF/Atkins Induction

I have been doing a lot of reading the last few weeks. Some of the books I have read include “Good Calories, Bad Calories” and “Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It”, by Gary Taubes. I just recently finished “Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution”, 2002 edition.

Because I want to lose another ten to twenty pounds and have found it impossible to lose it and keep it off the last two years while following The Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program (CALP), I have slowly found myself following a high fat, high protein, low carbohydrate way of eating. Except for eating three meals a day as the Atkins diet suggests, my new way of eating is very similar.

Yesterday, 10.13.13, I decided to begin following Dr. Atkins two week induction phase. I now know that I can easily go without wheat and sugar, so my two weeks will be up before I know it. Dr. Atkins book suggests I eat three times a day but I am happy with the way I have been eating for the last five and a half years while following CALP, so I will limit my carbohydrates to 20 grams of vegetables and continue with what has been working for me.

The one thing I look forward to is after my two weeks of induction, I will begin the next phase of my Ongoing Weight Loss (OWL), which will then lead me to find my Critical Carbohydrate Level for Losing (CCLL). Eventually, I will find my Critical Carbohydrate Level for Maintenance (CCLM), and the rest will be history. Since all of these steps take weeks to figure out, I am curious to see how long it will actually take me to reach my CCLM!

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